Big Blue Union
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Vol. 1, No. 1. By G. D. Swearingen. The Big Blue Union is published every Saturday morning. "Westward the Star of Empire Takes Its Way." John P. Cone, editor.
The Union -- Salutatory. In engaging in a pursuit or public enterprise of any kind it is common for us, the world over, to ask is there really any need, any demand, any convenience to be suited, any want or market that we can supply, and by doing which will be alike beneficial to the people at large, the community around us, and ourselves. If, at first, we do not extend the limits of the enquiry much beyond self, we soon discern that our hopes of success are ill-founded -- for to surely and ultimately make progression in any public undertaking we must have the cooperation of the people. But to the point: Is there a newspaper wanted at this place? Assured of this want and satisfied as to the necessity of supplying it, we issue the first number of The Big Blue Union....Assuring our readers that it will endeavor to advocate every interest which is beneficial to the people and that, politically, it will support "no party which does not carry the flag and keep step to the music of the Union," we are willing that from time to time...it shall speak for itself....People of Marysville and of Marshall County! We trust that you have long since arrayed yourselves on the side of the Union....The people of Kansas are mostly a loyal people; wherever the secession spirit does exist it is of no influence and is ashamed to show itself....
To Subscribers and Advertisers. We intended to have stated in our first issue that those wishing to subscribe for The Union should hand in their names immediately so that by this week we could have had a list by which to be guided in making up our mail and otherwise facilitating our work. But being short of "sorts" or type, we were compelled to omit reference to the matter. We now, then, ask those who wish to subscribe, advertise, or have their advertisements renewed or continued, at the first opportunity, to hand in their names, orders or favors. The amount of job work on our hands and the extra work incident to the re-establishment of the paper make it impossible for us to devote the time we could wish to the wants of our citizens....
We have received the second number of the Doniphan County Patriot, published at Troy by E. H. Grant.
Having been somewhat unexpectedly called away upon business to Nebraska City last week, and not returning until late this week, we were obliged to issue but a half sheet.
*The New Paper. The first number of the Constitutional Gazetteer, edited and published at this place by Jas. S. Magill and P. H. Peters, was issued on Thursday afternoon last. Its typographical appearance is good. In politics it is Democratic, but announces its determination to support the Administration in its prosecution of the war and punishment of the rebels.
*The Gazetteer Office Destroyed. The office of the Constitutional Gazetteer, a paper published in this place by Peters & Magill, was on Sunday forenoon last, by some 20 men, entered and gutted or cleared and destroyed of its entire contents, the press being badly damaged and the types scattered through the streets. The Gazetteer had been in operation some eight weeks, during which time it has not failed to give aid and comfort to the enemy by preaching, under a thin veil of pretended Unionism, treasonable and false Union doctrines. It has denounced and endeavored to discredit the efforts of the true Union men of the country, has endeavored to criminate their acts and magnify their errors, calling all who did not sympathize with its peculiar doctrines negro lovers, thieves or abolitionists. At the same time it was very sparing of its epithets towards Jeff Davis and his conspirators -- the severest term it saw fit to use -- after roundly abusing the "Abolitionists" -- was that he (Davis) and his abettors have "engrafted on the Constitution bitter hostility to the Union." All of this was, of course, done under the garb of pretended loyalty and Democracy. But the people were not to be deceived as to its true sentiments, and after the issue of last week -- in which it endorsed a malignant Ohio correspondence in the Lawrence Journal slandering General Lane, and by its own comments endeavored to stir up hostility to the General in whom the confidence of the people and soldiery was unbounded -- we say after this issue, which climaxed its treasonable career by evidently intending to discourage enlistments, by maligning one of the most efficient Generals in the country, we heard mutterings and threats loud and deep against it. But, Saturday passing without further excitement, it was supposed that the office would not be disturbed or suppressed, except in the most orderly way; but on Sunday it was "suppressed" in the manner given above. And while the people do not favor this mode of procedure, or the wanton destruction of property, in this case their almost unanimous declaration is Amen. They can bear fair and even severe criticism of the questions now agitating the Republic, but downright and malignant abuse of the cause which the loyalists are defending -- the cause for which they are freely offering their best blood, and enduring the sundering of the dearest ties on earth -- that cause they will not see abused, and those who endeavor it at this time may well congratulate themselves if they escape without bodily harm from an outraged and indignant people.
An apology is due to the patrons of the Union, which may be satisfactory. We have been engaged in making a "roller." The moulds wherein the roller was to be molded was rusty, therefore our non success; we at last succeeded, partially, and will promise hereafter to furnish our paper regularly with an increase of reading matter.
Wanted. We want a real live Devil, one that can cut wood, bring water, and take care of the baby, and won't fall in love with every pretty girl in town. We have got the horns all ready for such a one.
L. A. Woodward, editor. Our Bow. In assuming the editorial control of a newspaper, it becomes the duty of the editor to lay before his readers the position he will occupy as a public journalist. Our position can be easily defined. We propose to publish an Independent newspaper, independent of all parties and cliques, devoted to the advancement of the interests of northern Kansas. In occupying the position of a party journal, we are subject to the most bitter execrations and vituperative denunciations; and occupying the position of an independent journalist draws upon us the censure of all political organizations. We take this position, believing that, in the present crisis of our National affairs, parties must be discarded, and true, tried men placed in power. We will, so far as our mail privileges admit, furnish to our readers all the principal movements of the armies, &c. In conclusion, we would say we are desirous to see the grand armies of the Union triumph in every quarter. If it takes half the population of the great North to crush this rebellion, give it freely.
We are in receipt of the first number of the Atchison Union, a daily paper edited and published by Marion and Leland. We wish the enterprise success....Atchison is comin' out o' the mud.
John P. Cone, editor. Back Again. After a "furlough" of something more than eight weeks we are at our post again. During our absence the editorial and mechanical management of The Union has been in the hands of L. A. Woodward, who has performed the duty with decided vigor.
*The Late Traitor Sheet. The fact of the destruction of the Leavenworth Inquirer was merely stated in our last week's issue without any particulars. On the night of the 9th, the office was filled with its friends, armed and insolent, who caroused throughout the night, fired into houses opposite, and attempted to shoot Col. D. R. Anthony and others. About 10 o'clock on the forenoon of the 10th a large crowd of citizens headed by Jennison and Anthony proceeded to the office and cleared it of the entire contents, breaking the presses and burning the combustible portion of the material. The Inquirer was the center and personification of traitorism in this state -- a stench in the nostrils of every true Union man -- and its destruction was a "bully," if not a righteous act of "arbitrary power" administered by the people. The Bulletin "sums up" the charges against the Inquirer editor and his abettors as follows: "Burrell Taylor, it is said, while the little 'episode' was transpiring at the Inquirer office yesterday, took leg bail and dusted for Missouri. But he should not be allowed to rest quietly there. The military should arrest him, and send him out of our lines, or send him to Fort Lafayette, where the sneaking traitor to government belongs. We charge him, and all his cohort of traitors, with a violation of the Constitution. We charge them with 'giving aid and comfort' to the enemies of the Government 'in time of actual and armed rebellion.' We charge them with being traitors, as such deserving the penalty of treason. We charge them with instigating mobs, bloodshed and riots; of intrigue with despoilers of our Government and -- the Devil. Let them be arrested, arraigned, and put on trial by the Government. Loyal Leavenworth, loyal Kansas demands it!"
Pay Up. We have now published the Union one year and have fairly commenced the second volume. Many of our subscribers are yet in arrears for the full time published, and we wish all such and those owing us on advertising and job work to make settlement immediately. We do not intend to raise the price of the Union, though paper, ink, etc., costs us twice the amount it did when the Union was started....During the year just passed we have been obliged to labor under many disadvantages; have had to perform the duties of editor, compositor, jobber and often of pressman, "devil," and all. Our columns, mechanically and otherwise, have frequently testified to a lack of time and attention, and our summary of events and treatment of important subjects have often been imperfect and unsatisfactory....We can say with pride, we have always aimed at the exact truth and set down "naught in malice."...Locally we shall advocate the interests of this county, endeavor to encourage settlement and improvement in the Blue river valley, and shall labor for the interests of northwestern Kansas generally, and hope to merit the support of this community in particular and others in general.
Wm. Henry, editor.
Valedictory. My connection with The Big Blue Union ceases with this issue. Commenced nearly one year and a half ago, the first Union Republican paper published in this county, and at a time when the whole country was rocked from "center to circumference" by a gigantic Rebellion, the surroundings and circumstances of its birth were not particularly favorable. But The Union has successfully weathered the storms and trials incident to its younger days and gone forth to its manhood bright and prosperous. Its need here has been demonstrated, its financial basis and success established and, what is better, I trust it has gained the distinction of having exerted an influence, however small, for Freedom and Right.... -- J. P. Cone.
Salutatory. In assuming the position as editor of this journal, it is proper for me to introduce myself to its readers. One week ago (today) I trod the soil of Marshall county for the first time. The waves of fortune have borne me hither; here I have pitched my tent, and here I expect to abide. Born and educated in a Free State, I wish no better fortune to live and die in a country where I can enjoy, and leave to my descendants as an inheritance, Freedom....
...In Manhattan we met James Humphrey, formerly editor of the old Express, and now in the practice of law there. Also Josiah Pillsbury, who had just issued the first number of a good looking paper entitled the Manhattan Independent. Mr. P. is an earnest worker and his paper will always be found on the side of right....
I have bought the Union office from G. D. Swearingen and shall continue to publish the paper on the same terms that is has been heretofore. I have engaged the assistance of Wm. Henry, a practical printer, who will also assist in the editorial. It is my intention to improve the paper in its attention to the local interests of Marshall and Washington counties. It is not necessary for me to state what the politics of the paper will be, except that they are unconditionally Union, as you nearly all know me. I prefer to let deeds speak rather than words.... -- E. C. Manning.
We are not begging subscribers, but if any of our friends think they can get a dollar's worth of information from our paper in the course of a year, they can just send up their names with the proper amount of money, vegetables, wood, poultry or corn.
We are glad to notice the arrival of the Nemaha Courier, published at Seneca by Jno. P. Cone....The chain through the "Northern Tier" is now complete -- Chief, Patriot, Courier, Union, and if we work together we can make the politicians "Harken to our story and listen to our song."
Today the Big Blue Union is two years old. The Union has lived longer and steadier than any of its predecessors in this place....
J. T. Morton, the defeated candidate for mayor of Topeka, went into the State Record office after the city election and pitched into the editor for something that the Record had said. In their tussle they knocked down the stove, which was about to set the building on fire, and this mishap parted them. Morton retreated downstairs and the editor "fell back for reinforcements" in the compositor's room. No hair was lost.
The Troy Patriot is merged into the Doniphan County Investigator. We have seen nothing lately quite so egotistical as the valedictory of E. H. Grant, the retiring editor of the Patriot.
The Baldwin City Observer has come to hand. It is published...by Warren Mitchell. It is set in very large type to facilitate the readers who are blind and who are guided by sense of feeling....
H. Clay Pate, of Kansas notoriety, was among the killed in Sheridan's fight with Stuart. Thus endeth one of the worst scoundrels and ruffians that infested the Kansas border in the earliest days of her political history. Pate won his first notoriety by his white feather behavior at Black Jack, where Old John Brown, with 34 men, whipped more than double his numbers, each of his men taking two prisoners each. Nearly all of the original Border Ruffian crew are under the sod, and the few survivors, some still in Kansas and the remainder in the rebel army, will gang the same gait. Verily, John's soul is marching on?" -- Conservative.
Valedictory. This week terminates my connection with the Big Blue Union. If the paper has been well edited during the past year, the principle credit is justly due to the senior editor; if the mechanical department has been well conducted, the subscriber claims the lion's share of praise for it; and also claims to have done the best he could in either capacity of editor or printer.... -- W. Henry.
*We accidentally omitted noticing the advent of another paper in Marysville last week. The Enterprise presents quite a good appearance, and ought to be well edited, it having four editors. P. H. Peters is publisher, formerly publisher of the Constitutional Gazetteer.
The Marysville Enterprise, Vol. 1, No. 1, has reached our table. This is a medium sized sheet, printed on fair paper, with good type, and has a strong company of four editors at the head of which is our townsman, now in New York for the season as state emigrant agent, T. H. Baker.... -- Manhattan Independent.
"We regret to hear of the sudden death of Mr. Payne, editor of the Burlington Register. He had conducted the paper but a short time. Lieut. Prouty assumes the control. He was the founder of the paper but left it to go into the service." -- Bulletin.
E. C. Manning, editor.
After nearly one year's silence we again greet you. Last fall, at the time of the suspension of the publication of the Union, we expected to resume its publication early this spring. Various circumstances combined to prevent us from issuing a paper until the present. We commence now with rather favorable prospects and the full determination to make the paper a permanent affair....The character, size and attractiveness of this paper in the future depends entirely upon you. If you will yield it a grudging, sickly, starve to death support, it will be a runted, sickly, starved to death bantling...and we will be compelled to devote our time to begging advertisements and dunning delinquents. But, upon the other hand, if every man will take the paper, whether we exactly agree about everything or not, and all advertise liberally who can and should, then we can afford to pay for good help and issue a larger paper and a more interesting one.
We send this copy of our paper to all our old subscribers and to some who are not subscribers. The latter class will consider this as a polite invitation to come up and subscribe. And all who owe us are requested to pay up as we need funds just now badly.
Farewell! This is the last copy of the Big Blue Union that will ever be issued. This place will not support two papers. Owing to our frequent suspension and lack of good material the Enterprise has got the start of us. We are going to start a new paper in Manhattan if nothing happens to us that we now know of. Manhattan is a thriving, promising place, and the people there have promised a liberal support to us if we would come there with a new paper. We shall try it. Our heart is with Marysville and its people. We are loath to leave. Our new paper will be continued to all our subscribers that have paid us in advance. Our accounts will be left with an agent for collection. Farewell!