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Vol. 1, No. 2. V. P. Wilson, editor and proprietor.
The publisher did not wish to issue the first number of the Chronicle until April 1st but, at the earnest solicitation of many citizens of the county, we have brought our establishment to Abilene sooner than at first proposed. Owing to the fact that we have not yet moved our family -- and our connection with the Buckeye Colony, which will for the next few weeks require a share of our time -- we will not be able to devote much attention to the Chronicle until April. The paper will have to "run itself" pretty much until we return from Ohio, after which we will endeavor to make up for lost time....
The Chronicle for the next few weeks will be conducted by J. W. Wilson and Jas. Culbertson. If the paper is better than when the editor himself holds the helm, our readers will know whom to blame.
We are fully prepared to print posters of all sizes, or do any kind of job printing. Our facilities for doing all kinds of plain and fancy work are not excelled by any other country office in the state.
We have received the second number of the Wichita Vidette, a sprightly, well conducted seven column paper.
We have received another new Kansas paper, the Republican, published at Washington, Washington County.
The citizens of Minneapolis held a public meeting to take into consideration the practicability of raising funds to buy a press and start a weekly county newspaper....Those present organized themselves into an organization to be known as the Minneapolis Printing Association, and by the vote of all present placed the shares...at $5 per share. The following persons were appointed as a committee on subscription for stock: Dr. J. McHenry and A. J. Smith of Minneapolis; J. J. Jenness and A. J. Ingersoll of Coal Creek; Jacob Campbell, Joseph Decker, John Lancaster and Decatur Reese of Sheridan Township; Wm. Bell and F. N. Ivey of Trippville Township; and Thomas Waddell of Lindsey Creek....
We have received the first number of the Democratic Standard, the new Democratic organ just started at Lawrence....A new paper called the Transcript has just started at New Chicago, Neosho County, by Geo. C. Crowther. It is a lively journal and is Republican in politics.
We have received a new paper called the Council Grove Democrat, published by S. M. Hays and edited by Isaac Sharp.
The Humboldt Union comes to us greatly enlarged and improved. Our friend W. R. Spooner has purchased an interest in the paper and, as he is a vigorous writer and a live man, we may expect the Union to maintain its place among the first-class papers of the state.
L. R. Elliott has sold the Manhattan Standard to A. Griffin, who will hereafter publish the paper under the name of Nationalist.
We have received a new paper called the Independent, just started at St. Marys.
Salina is to have a new paper. Mr. Johnson of the late Council Grove Advertiser is to open out there....If two papers can live in that county, with a population of a little over 5,000, it will be a miracle.
New Paper. Augustine, Lebold & Wilson are issuing a new paper called The Kansas Free Home. It tells all about Kansas and Dickinson County especially. Copies will be sent free to all applicants.
I offer for sale the Advertiser office. The Advertiser is the only paper published in the county, is published at the county seat, and has a good paying patronage. Terms and reasons for desiring to sell made known by calling on or addressing W. H. Slavens, Neosho Falls.
Brother Martin of the Junction City Union says that he considers himself the handsomest editor in this part of Kansas, and that the editor of the Abilene Chronicle stands next on the list, while Hanna of the Salina Herald and Griffith of the Manhattan Nationalist are homely fellows, and that Brother Sharp of the Council Grove Democrat is a very ugly chap. That's rather hard on Sharp, but if he's a married man he can stand the insinuation without sustaining serious injury. As for ourself, we are hardly willing to yield the palm to brother Martin without taking a full vote of the house....
The present number closes the first volume of the Abilene Chronicle. In looking back over the year, we have but little reason to complain....Very few men would undertake to publish so large a paper, and bestow upon it so much time and labor, in a county containing a population of only 3,000 and with a considerable portion of the people opposed to the paper from the fact that it is not published in their particular village....
The Topeka Record appeared last Tuesday as an evening paper. The Independent is dead. The Commonwealth is flourishing like a green bay tree and is the only morning daily published at Topeka.
We have received the Republican Valley Watchman, a neat eight column paper, published by Mark J. Kelly at Clyde, Cloud County. Also the Thayer Criterion, a six column paper published at Thayer, Neosho County, by Perry & Olney.
The Council Grove Democrat has passed into the hands of a stock company, Gov. Sharp retaining the position of editor.
From an item in the Daily Times it seems that D. R. Anthony, the Leavenworth humbug, has just gone through with a regular "fisticuff fight" with a chap named Hosick. Hosick had Anthony arrested for assault and battery.
"The Junction City Union comes to us enlarged by the addition of a column to each page and with a beautiful new heading. The Union has always ranked among the best of the Kansas weeklies. Martin is a vigorous, outspoken, pointed and sensible writer and possesses spirit and independence. Now that he will be able to devote his entire time to his paper (since his retirement from the land office) we shall expect an improvement editorially as well as mechanically." We copy the above from the Topeka Commonwealth and heartily endorse the sentiment.
The Kansas New Era, hitherto hailing from Medina, is to be published hereafter at Grasshopper Falls, Jefferson County. The Era is a good secular and religious paper -- aside from the fact that, like most secular and religious papers, it publishes humbug and swindling advertisements such as "stomach bitters," "pills," and all sorts of quack medicines, and also a number of advertisements calculated to increase licentiousness. In this matter, Bro. Weaver but follows the example of nearly all the daily and 99 out of every 100 weekly papers. The social status of society is deplorable indeed.
Jos. Medill, editor of the Chicago Tribune, spent two days of last week in Abilene. His many old Ohio friends, now residing in this vicinity, were pleased to see him. It was his first visit to this section of Kansas and he was greatly pleased with the country. He owns a fine section of land a few miles from Abilene....Mr. Medill and family sail for Europe in a short time and will spend the winter in Italy.
We were pleased again to greet Senator Ross, whose genial countenance manifested itself in our sanctum on Tuesday. He had just been up the Solomon in the interests of the Lawrence, Abilene & Solomon Valley Railway Company....
"Our newspaper neighbor, V. P. Wilson of the Chronicle, Abilene, has just been appointed postmaster of that lively town. The selection is a good one...." -- Salina Journal.
A few days ago, the editor of the Junction City Union felt it to be his duty to "thrash" a chap named Brown, who offered him $5 to do the job. The editor earned his V but has not seen the money yet. Brown had to pay it to the police court and take the thrashing to boot. They have a strange way of doing things down in Junction. It's a good thing for the town, however, that its live editor is not afraid to publish an independent paper -- or fight.
The Kansas Pioneer. The above is the title of a spicy real estate paper just issued by Harbaugh, Corbett & Co. of Bunker Hill, Russell County.
The Topeka Daily Record has been merged with the Daily Commonwealth -- one of the best dailies in the West. Two daily papers can hardly be sustained in any city with less than 20,000 inhabitants. The weekly Record is to be continued under new management, F. P. Baker, it is understood, retiring from the concern.
The editor of the Chronicle was appointed "P.M."...at Abilene about the first of November. The appointment has just been confirmed by the Senate....We did not, in the first place, seek the position and, in the second place, we have too many other responsibilities to look after, and propose shortly to resign the office in favor of some good man who will bear the honors of the position meekly....
We have, for two years past, bought much of our paper and stationery of Matt. Foster & Co., Kansas City, but not until a few days ago had we an opportunity of visiting the house or making the personal acquaintance of its proprietors. We were agreeably surprised to witness the extent of the business carried on by this house. It is certainly one of the largest and best establishments in the West.
With the present number, the Abilene Chronicle enters upon its third year with fair prospects of continued success....Abilene then contained a population of about 250, and Dickinson County not much over 1,400. Now there is a population bordering upon 1,000 in the town, and that of the county cannot fall much short of 7,000....There were but few business houses in Abilene, and they only aimed to accommodate the cattle trade in season, closing their stores through the winter....
J. T. Bradley is now editor and proprietor of the Solomon City Times. His former partner, Mr. Chaffee, goes to Beloit to start a new paper.
We have received a new paper called The Beacon, just started at Manhattan....Whether the good town of Manhattan can maintain two first class papers is a problem yet to be solved.
New Papers. We have received the initial numbers of three new Kansas papers, as follows: The Eagle, published by M. M. Murdock at Wichita, Sedgwick County. Mr. Murdock was formerly editor of the Osage Chronicle....The Gazette, published by Johnson & Chaffee, Beloit, Mitchell County. It is a neat seven column paper....The Express, published by Frank A. Root, formerly of the Seneca Courier, at Holton, Jackson County.
It is said that Senator Ross lost his all in the recent tornado at Coffeyville. F. P. Baker proposes that old Kansas friends of the Senator assist him in starting in the world anew....Let it be done. We cannot endorse the Senator's political course, but we believe him to be honest and worthy of the assistance of his friends and neighbors.
We have received the first number of the New Republic, hailing from Bunker Hill, Russell County, and published by J. R. Rankin & Co.
J. T. Bradley is about disposing of the Solomon City Times. He has made a good local paper....Mr. B. proposes to devote his time...to the practice of law.
With the issue of the 25th, the publication of the Solomon City Times was suspended. It was a well conducted local paper but lacked the necessary support. It requires a more densely populated county than Dickinson to sustain even one paper and, when the people undertake to support two, one or both must starve....We here give Mr. Bradley's valedictory:...
"With this issue we cease all connexion with the Times and its publication will be indefinitely suspended. Several gentlemen, who are pecuniarily interested in the future of this place, propose...to put in another office here and continue its publication and a joint stock company will control it; so that Solomon City is bound to have a newspaper. It is just six months since the first number was issued, and we suspend it now because it is easier to have a settlement than it would be at any other time. We are under no obligations to the town, we received no bonus from it, or any other inducement, and we have no complaints to make. We stop the publication of the paper because it is a losing business and we have no money to squander....We did not expect to make a fortune publishing a little country paper, but we had reason to expect we would make expenses....It is sufficient to say that we did not receive the number of subscribers we were promised, but we determined to give the thing a trial for six months anyway....People have no right to expect any one, two, or three individuals to work for the good of the whole and receive no support in return....The publication of a paper in a little village like ours can be of no particular advantage to the publisher unless he gets well paid for it, or happens to be the owner of the townsite and wants to sell town lots or lands....Some people say, well, why don't you go out and get subscribers and advertisers; why don't you go down the railroad and up the railroad, and up the Solomon Valley and build up a business? To such people we say that the existence of a small country paper for the first few years depends entirely on local support. Every little village and town in this section of Kansas has its local paper and each place has enough to do to support its own paper....It does not pay outsiders to advertise in a paper that has no circulation, and for the first few years it has very few foreign advertisements....
We have received the first number of the Morris County Republican, a new paper just started at Council Grove by J. T. Bradley. Mr. Bradley is an able editor.
We have received the first number of the Kansas Evangel, a new Baptist paper just started at Topeka. Rev. E. O. Taylor, Topeka, and Rev. T. W. Greene, Junction City, editors. It is published monthly at 50 cents per year.
Topeka is to have a new daily, the Capital City News. The proprietors are L. H. Hascall, W. P. Newhard, W. H. Johnson and J. W. Fox. The politics of the sheet will be "Greeley."
We have received the first number of the Solomon City Newspaper, a neat, good looking sheet printed on new type and published by H. N. & J. W. Farey.
"The Republican Senatorial Convention for the 27th District met in this place on Tuesday....On the 13th ballot, V. P. Wilson, editor of the Abilene Chronicle, was nominated....The nominee for Senator is well known throughout western Kansas, although but a comparatively new settler. He came to Dickinson County over three years ago as the agent and leader of the Buckeye Colony, a large class of the best settlers...." -- Junction City Union.
Every Republican Candidate Elected....V. P. Wilson, state senator, 729; R. B. Spillman 343. Wilson's majority 386....
Thanks. It would be contrary to my better feelings were I to allow the occasion to pass without returning my sincere thanks to the Republicans of Dickinson, as well as Davis and Riley counties, for their steadfast and unbought support. And to the Democrats of Abilene, Lower Chapman, and other localities who generously voted for me on the score of personal friendship -- and because I was unjustly assailed by a few members of my own party -- I also return my most sincere thanks.... -- V. P. Wilson.
...As Dickinson County is larger than Abilene, we change the prefix to the Chronicle so as to indicate in the name that it is not only a local but also a county paper....The paper will be what its name indicates: The Dickinson County Clarion.
The Marysville Locomotive, Wamego Dispatch, Capital City Daily News, and a number of other Kansas papers have suspended. The fact is the newspaper business is overdone in this state. Every little village wants a paper, and usually succeeds in persuading some novice in the business that he can make a fortune by starting a paper in "our town." The "poor devil of a printer" finds out his mistake after a few months' trial; the "force of circumstances" compels him to suspend, and he seeks other employment or a new field of operations. It would open some men's eyes if they were compelled to foot up the expenses of publishing a newspaper. There would be less complaint about "too little reading matter," etc.; the question would be "where is the money to come from with which to pay the expenses of publishing this paper?" It would open sleepy peepers mighty sudden when they found that the cost actually exceeded the income....The wonder is, not that some die, but that so many manage to squeeze through until the country becomes sufficiently developed to sustain a local newspaper....
We move our office this week into Louderbaugh's brick block, under Odd Fellows Hall, on First Street. Come and see us in our new quarters.
Owing to the moving of our office, we are under the necessity of issuing a half sheet this week....Presses that weigh a ton each are not easily handled....There is plenty of hard work, but no fun, in the operation.
"V. P. Wilson, state senator from the 27th District and editor of the Dickinson County Chronicle, called on us Tuesday evening. He was here on business connected with a new colony, to be called Enterprise. While here, he secured of the MK&T RR 11,400 acres of their land, lying in Dickinson County, upon which this colony will settle....He is a pioneer editor and said to be the handsomest one in the west, always excepting Geo. W. Martin...." -- Neosho Falls Advertiser.
We have obtained a new two-hand-power engine with which to propel our presses. We are bound to imitate the Union, if it takes the last nickel.
The Enterprise Town Company, capital $50,000, was organized according to law last Friday....The following officers were elected: V. P. Wilson, president; John Johntz, vice-president; C. Hoffman, treasurer; T. C. Henry, secretary. Town lots are now for sale, not at fancy prices, but at very reasonable prices. Enterprise is bound to be a thriving manufacturing town, having the best water power in the Kansas Valley and the requisite capital for its improvement....
We have received the first number of the Kansas Folio, a magazine devoted to music, just published at Leavenworth by Hoffman, Brown & Co., publishers. They say in their prospectus: "We propose to publish the Folio at $1.50 per year and will give our readers, in addition to original stories and poems, from $15 to $20 worth of choice music during the year."
We are informed that Augustine & Hodge are about starting another paper in this place. Whether it is for the purpose of seeing it live at a poor dying rate, and finally starve to death, as it must; or whether they wish to assist in removing the county seat -- or are actuated by personal spite, we are not able to say. The purpose is evidently a selfish one in a great degree, and must to some extent injure the best interests and disturb the peace of the county. As for the Chronicle, it will go straight along endeavoring to perform its duty in assisting to build up Dickinson County....
In speaking of Augustine & Hodge's foolish project of starting a paper in this place, the Junction City Union of last week hits the nail squarely on the head as follows: "W. H. Johnson, formerly of the Salina Journal, during the past week unloaded a printing office at Abilene. He will publish the Dickinson County Journal. Another lamb for the slaughter. And so it goes. Three newspapers in a county where there is not a living for one."