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Vol. 1, No. 1. R. Crozier, editor.
Having established in this city a newspaper, it is right and proper that the first number should indicate the general policy of which it will be made the exponent....While we are willing to accord to every man the right to hold and express whatever opinion he may entertain upon the question of slavery or no slavery in Kansas, we shall claim the same privilege for ourselves.
We will endeavor by a fair and honorable discussion of the subject to convince that portion of the people of the Territory who may read our columns that the resources of the Territory will be more rapidly developed, the population increase faster, and all the elements of wealth and prosperity flourish more luxuriantly under a government which shall prohibit the existence of African slavery therein. We will oppose firmly and resolutely...all measures and efforts to procure the admission of Kansas to the Union as a slave state....Parties, as constituted in the States, will be disregarded in this paper. So far as they are concerned, we expect to occupy a neutral ground....We are well aware of the responsibilities, difficulties, trials, vexations, anxieties and burdens connected with the position we have assumed, and do not expect to escape them....
**His friends will be pleased to learn that A. M. Sevier,, formerly of the Territorial Register, is again in the Territory, engaged in the dissemination of intelligence through the medium of the press. The very summary disposition of the Register printing establishment has not in the least cooled his Free State ardor. He is engaged in this office.
Published every Saturday morning by Champion Vaughan. Office in the McCracken building, Delaware Street.
Glorious Victory! The Free State Party Triumphant!...The Free State Party of Kansas rallied on Monday last and stormed the last stronghold of usurpation. In solid ranks, they bore down all opposition and wrested the last citadel from the control of the Calhoun Desperadoes. In this city, our brave freemen outdid themselves and achieved a worthy renown. In spite of the most infamous and outrageous frauds that were ever perpetrated, this county has gone overwhelmingly Free State. The people rose in their majesty and pinned their unprincipled foes to the wall. The following gentlemen have been elected in this county: Senators, Champion Vaughan, Stephen Sparks, Chas. Chadwick....
Champion Vaughan, editor.G84
Vaughan and Bartlett. As will be seen by today's issue, we have taken J. Kemp Bartlett into partnership with us in the publication of the Times. Though Mr. Bartlett has had no material interest in the office, he has been associated therewith for some time past, and in this association has won for himself a character and position which reflect honor upon his head and heart....Of our partner's political sentiments, it would be superfluous to speak. He is all for freedom and the rights of man, and ever will be found among the staunchest champions of justice and right.... ? Champion Vaughan. P.S. I start today for the East to enlarge the stock and add to the material of the Times office. Though we have now a much better stock of printing material and finer presses than any of our contemporaries, we are determined to make great improvements and additions....
The New York Associated Press, with a view of obtaining interesting and late telegraphic news, have established as their agent in this city S. N. Drake, formerly of the Louisville office. Mr. Drake's long experience in this department of newspaper business, together with a courteous and gentlemanly bearing, eminently qualify him for the position.
The Geary City Era has renewed its publication. It speaks flatteringly of the growth of the city and says the road to Doniphan under the bluff and also the one leading west have been completed.
Friend J. A. Cody has started The Grasshopper at Grasshopper Falls. It has the right snap to it. "Eternal hostility to any form of tyranny" is its motto.
The Kansas Weekly Press at Elwood comes to us with its bright face and cheerful words. It, too, is on the right side and will deal sturdy blows for it....
The Minneola Statesman is a new paper and opposes the English juggle....
The Kansas City Journal of Commerce, bright as a new pin and quite a large daily, is before us. What its position is, politically, we cannot say. It is silent on that point in No. 4....
We greet the Kansas Zeitung, daily and weekly, with warm-hearted cordiality. Dr. C. F. Kob is known to all the Freemen of Kansas; to the liberal and patriot scholar his name is familiar in Fatherland and in this Republic as the defiant foe of despotism in whatever shape it may appear. He is senior editor....B. Weidinger, associate, is kindred in spirit with Dr. Kob. He will know no party and act with none not associated with freedom....It will be politically an important organ and materially an important aid to Leavenworth.
A Very Fool. The editor of the Herald of Freedom is noted for his egotism and avarice. It is hard to tell which vice controls him most. Nobody can trust him. He stands alone and will continue to stand alone, save as he may be used by or use pliant politicians or truculent knaves....
In his last issue, the editor of the Herald of Freedom had a fling at the Times. We quote what he said, as copied by the Ledger, for he had not the courage or magnanimity to send us his paper:
"Vaughn, the editor of the Leavenworth Times, persists in representing the Herald of Freedom as an 'administration organ.' Were we to express our honest opinion of that sheet, we should set it down as an organ of calumny, vituperation and falsehood; and, as such, we terminate our connection with it by way of an exchange, as we do not wish to disgrace our sanctum with sheets of that character. Vaughn is laboring to secure the organship of the new Republican organization in Kansas. He is welcome to the position."
The reader of the Times will remember what we said of this paper. We made no charges against the Herald of Freedom; we stated only what was charged and said, in substance, "let the future policy of the Territory be discussed fairly ? let argument, not passion, govern in that discussion," and with this view proposed to copy a column article of the Herald of Freedom against Republicanism, if it would insert in its paper our reply, to be of like length. We quote from the close of our article to show its spirit:
"We believe one of the great truths of Freedom, that which now practically concerns the country, depends upon the success of the Republican Party. We know that it will be formed and, so conscious are we of its necessity, that we are anxious that all sides should hear and consider the arguments which may be urged for and against it. But let the poor stuff of partisans, the tricks, and trashy language of the demagogue be kept out of a discussion on a subject which calls only for directness, earnestness and truth."...
A new and able Free State journal, the Commercial Gazette, has recently been established in Wyandott....We feel assured Mr. McDonald will make a paper worthy of the cause and his fair city.
The Lawrence Republican has been purchased by T. Dwight Thacher and cousin, by whom it will be hereafter conducted.
The Fort Scott Democrat is now in the hands of J. E. Jones, who makes a very fair journal. The Democrat is an administration organ but commendably honest.
J. E. Clardy has retired from the Palmetto Kansan. The Palmetto Town Company takes his place as editors.
We have received the first number of the Junction Sentinel, edited by Ben. H. Keyser. It is published at Junction City (embryo), Riley County, and announces itself as "conservatory."
Kansas Zeitung of Atchison ? This was the first German paper established in Kansas, and it is one of the best German or English sheets of which our Territory can boast. Though dormant for a time, it has again started with a new life and noble purpose. We like its ring, its manly tone, its glorious independence. Freedom, with the Zeitung of Atchison, is not an empty word but a living reality and a god-like principle....L. Toussman and Jos. Pfeiffner are the editors. One page of the Zeitung is printed in English, the rest in German.
Kansas Zeitung of Atchison. This was the first German paper established in Kansas and it is one of the best German or English sheets of which our Territory can boast. Though dormant for a time, it has again started with a new life and noble purpose. We like its ring, its manly tone, its glorious independence....L. Toussman and Joe Pfeiffner are the editors. One page of the Zeitung is printed in English, the rest in German.
It is with no little pleasure that we feel able to announce the complete triumph of the old Free State party. There will scarcely be a corporal's guard of Democrats in the Legislature. With the exception of Atchison and Jefferson, we have made a clean sweep. We hope this withering rebuke will not be lost on the Democracy. They made a desperate struggle, resorted to every species of cunning, strategy and device that could be concocted to carry the day. And the result is that Kansas stands, as she has ever stood, in opposition to slavery and its great champion, the National Democracy....
Ten cords of good hard wood wanted at this office without delay in exchange for subscriptions....
Roll Up the Clubs. Our friends are doing nobly. Clubs for the Weekly Times are coming in bravely, notwithstanding the hard times. Keep the ball rolling. Circulate the Times throughout the whole of Kansas. Every honest Free State man may consider himself our authorized agent, and we will send any friend the Times for one year who gets up a club of 10 subscribers and sends us $15.
The Press of Kansas.
There probably never was a Territory where so many papers have been established as in Kansas. It has been customary for every town company of any pretensions to start a paper peculiarly and particularly devoted to aforesaid town. As a matter of course, these presses soon stopped. No paper can be sustained on the strength of a town company, or achieve an independent success from extraneous aid. We present a brief synopsis of the press of Kansas from its earliest history.
Leavenworth has a Times which is sufficiently known to need no word from us. It has a Journal (Dem.), a Ledger (mongrel), a Herald (pro-slavery Dem.), a German Free State journal and a French Democratic sheet.
The Kickapoo Pioneer of Border Ruffian memory has long since been extinguished, as has the Delaware Free State and the Quindaro Chindowan (Rep.). Wyandott has an Argus (Dem.) and a Commercial (Free State). The Citizen and Register have suspended.
White Cloud has a Chief, Free State and American. Iowa Point has an Inquirer, pro-slavery Democrat. It is reported that a new paper will be established in Highland soon. Elwood had an Advertiser, Free State, which suspended, and the materials are now used in publishing the Press, Republican Free State.
Geary City had an Era, Free State. The publication was abandoned. Troy has a Democrat. Palermo has a Leader, conservative Free State. Doniphan had a Crusader of Freedom, Republican, and a Constitutionalist, pro-slavery, but both have suspended.
Atchison City had a Squatter Sovereign, first radical pro-slavery and the central organ of the pro-slavery party; afterwards it became Free State. The paper was merged into Freedom's Champion, Republican Free State. The Zeitung, German Republican and Free State, is also published in Atchison.
Sumner had a Gazette, which was suspended.
Douglas County ? Lawrence has a Republican, Republican Free State, and a Herald of Freedom, bogus. The Free State was formerly published here. Lecompton has a Democrat, pro-slavery. Prairie City has a Champion, Republican Free State. It is temporarily suspended.
Topeka has a Tribune, Free State. It was suspended for some time but has lately been revived.
Tecumseh had a Note Book, pro-slavery, which died...and a Soldier, which has been temporarily suspended.
Centropolis had a Statesman, Free State; the paper is now established at Minneola but has not been published for some time.
Emporia has the News, Republican Free State. The Herald, Republican Free State, was published at Osawatomie but has been temporarily suspended. The Democrat, pro-slavery, is published at Fort Scott.
Junction City supports the Sentinel, pro-slavery Democrat. A new Republican Free State journal will soon be started at Manhattan.
The Kansan, pro-slavery, is published occasionally at Palmetto. It is the home organ of "Gov." Frank Marshall.
The Grasshopper, Republican Free State, hopped for some weeks at Grasshopper Falls but has lately hopped out.
Leavenworth is the only city that boasts of daily issues. We have three dailies. The real live and influential papers outside of our city we conceive to be the White Cloud Chief, Atchison Champion, Lawrence Republican, and Emporia News.
(By Champion Vaughan)
*Personal and political enemies have made such use of my name in connection with late transactions that I feel constrained to depart from my ordinary rule for the purpose of briefly referring to the flood of rumors and accusations planted against me. I shall not attempt the fruitless task of replying to all charges or insinuations, but content myself with rebutting the most prominent.
When Charley Fisher (a Negro) was kidnapped, I felt as if Leavenworth was dishonored and it rejoiced my heart to hear of his escape and return. I was then under the impression that he was not a slave. Upon learning, however, that he had been, and that his owner was here for the purpose of re-capturing him, I felt it must not be. I did not wish Leavenworth to become the nucleus for slave-hunters. I did not wish our free soil to be polluted by their tread, our free air by their breath. And when the wily trick was sprung to capture Charley by strategy, I was for meeting it with manly strength. Since then, in the various phases of the case, I have endeavored to do my duty as it became a man, without shirking or ambiguity.
I never drew a pistol at Dan Smith, as reported, for I am not one of those who believe in drawing without executing, and I never used the language attributed to me either at the Planters' or the Mansion. That I helped Charley to escape may be true ? that I am rejoiced in his escape is certain. It is also equally true and certain that I am responsible for all that has appeared in the Times relative to the matter. If I have outraged any Law, let me suffer. If any individual feel aggrieved, he can have all the satisfaction he desires.
For one, I shall never consent to the recapture of any negro on the soil of Kansas. I shall resist all such attempts with what little power I can wield, nor cease my efforts till the slave-catchers learn that our soil and our souls are free, though they would have fettered both if they could. The right of man to hold property in man, I shall never recognize, and if it is sought to be exercised in Kansas, shall war against it with might and main. What I have done in the case of Charley Fisher, I should do again. My faith and practice will go hand-in-hand, and while I would avoid conspicuity, I shall not let it deter me from acting out my belief.
From the exaggerated reports concerning my humble self that have appeared in print, a stranger might be led to suppose that I was a blood-thirsty ogre, a lawless fanatic, hell-bent for mischief, desirous of ruining our city and sapping the foundation of our Government. No matter. Time will regulate these matters, and I shall go straight on in my path of duty, having for my beacon light and animating impulse the right of all men to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I do not wish, or expect, to please everybody, and I cannot better close than by averring that, so far as the slight part I may have taken in protecting a man in the freedom given to him by a common God, I have neither explanations to make ? favors to ask ? or apologies to offer.
Uproarious Pow-Wow. the Times Annihilated!
...We like a good joke ? relish noting better. Wednesday night's meeting at Stockton's Hall was a little the richest thing that ever came off in the goodly city of Leavenworth. The hall was crammed from floor to ceiling, in theatrical parlance. And then the speeches and the cheers, and the groans and the yells, the trash and the buncombe, the kirflummery and the slashing bang-whang ? oh! it was tremendous.
...Daniel(not the one in the lion's den but our Daniel in a den of thieves) was there and damned us and damned the Times. He was gory.
John I. Moore opened his immense bowels of wrath and gas against us and against the Times.
Dramatic Stanley (Defender of the Faith and the Planters ? of the Shields Guards) volunteered to squash us and the Times. He spread his pinions and soared into the mazy mists of nasty ether.
Then came the resolutions as read and presented by the redoubtable Col. John P. Slough (him whom we so eloquently defended of late ? Ingratitude! Ingratitude!!) and obsequiously endorsed by the large-souled Samuel Harsh, the witty Doctor Morris, the Rev. H. Miles Moore, and the iron-headed Reisinger.
(Inasmuch as the preamble and resolutions were not given to us till nearly two o'clock this morning, we are unable to publish but that portion which embodies the substance of the whole. These we commend to the Freemen of Leavenworth.)
"Whereas, Prominent among those who have been instrumental in perpetuating this evil are the editor-in-chief, Champion Vaughan, and the local editor, W. W. Bloss, of the Times, who have been and are still dependent upon our citizens for the support of their miserable, fanatical and demoralizing sheet, and who have been prominent actors in the scenes that have brought disgrace upon us.
"Resolved, That we disclaim and repudiate, we frown upon and disown as citizens of our city all who were participants in the recent successful attempts by fraud and force to take from the officers of the law the negro, Charley Fisher, claimed as the property of R. C. Hutchison, Esq., of the State of Kentucky and conceal him so that he cannot be made amenable to the law ? among whom were some of the editors and proprietors of the Times newspaper, of this city, who not only by their paper, but in person, assisted in the perpetration of this unlawful and disgraceful act.
"Resolved, That the conduct of Champion Vaughan and W. W. Bloss, editors of the Times, demands condemnation, and that too of a substantial and telling character, as their influence and that of their paper have been wielded to the serious damage of our interests, we the merchants and other business men of the city, as a people, hereby pledge ourselves to withhold and withdraw from them and their paper whatever of patronage of any and all kinds we have given them and it, believing that this, and this only, will silence them and it, and prevent them and it longer being a disgrace and an evil in our midst."
And the slave-seeker, Hutchison, then rose in the motley throng and was welcomed by rousing cheers upon cheers. He explained his position, his love for Charley (Oh! how he loved him ? loved him about $1,500 worth). As evidence of his love, he offered to take $600 in city scrip for the non est inventus Charles or Peter. And Oliver Bolivar Hulman read us the Law, and Dr. Morris prayed, and the Rev. H. Miles Moore though we should be made to leave the city (perhaps the Rev. gentleman would like to try a hand in executing his cowardly threat), and the city was besought to pay the worthy Hutchison for his lost Charley; and The Times was further damned and the rabble dispersed; and the world still rolls in its orbit, and The Times patronage increaseth daily ? kidnappers and bloodhounds of slavery to the contrary notwithstanding.
Let us pray!
We have received the first number of the Johnson County Standard, published at Olathe by Barker & Eddy.
Our patrons must really bear with us. Although we have spared no pains or expense to supply our office with all facilities and improvements, we find them inadequate to answer the demands that are made upon us. We purpose purchasing another job press, in addition to the six we now have, and to secure a new Caloric engine, which are highly extolled by the Eastern press. Never was the Times in such a flourishing condition. We have an extra force in all the various departments of our office, and keep our presses running night and day. Our subscription books show a list that would do honor to an Eastern journal, and our advertising patronage speaks for itself....
The Elwood Free Press. A new weekly with the above title, large size and Republican in its political views, will issue its first number in Elwood on the 25th. Lee & Wilder, proprietors....We desire particularly to refer to D. W. Wilder, who will be one of the editors and proprietors of the Press. Mr. W. is of the young men of Kansas who do so much towards elevating the sentiment of our Territory and advancing its noblest interests. Talented and energetic, wide-awake to the living issues of the day, wielding a graceful pen, with heart and soul enlisted in the cause of The Right, we are glad indeed to stand by him and with him....
Our office lit with gas....This beautiful and cheap gas ? or Air Light, as the inventor calls it ? has been in full operation in the office of the Times for more than a week....It works to a charm and is admired by all who have seen it for its simplicity, durability and cheapness....The air is so charged with the constituents of the oil as to be converted into a gas, which gives a brilliant light, exceedingly pleasant to the eye....
We have an establishment in Leavenworth, the want of which has long been felt. We refer to the paper warehouse of Drake Brothers on Delaware Street, nearly opposite our office. It is the design of this new firm to keep constantly on hand a large and complete stock of newspaper, cards, stationery, book, news and of inks, with everything else relating to this department of the printing business.
We ask our friends throughout Kansas to aid in circulating The Times. Any post master who will send us three subscribers at $1.50 each will receive a copy of The Times for six months. Additional names can be added to our clubs at club rates. Schoolmasters and ministers can have The Times at one dollar a year....
Newspapers in Kansas.
We have received the first copy of the Olathe Journal, published weekly by Devenney & Given. It is a Democratic sheet of the "National" order.
The Junction Sentinel is to be revived under the auspices of Sammedary (Sam Medary) "the younger."
S. S. Prouty, former publisher of the Prairie City Freeman's Champion, is about to publish another paper at Burlington, to be called the Neosho Valley Advertiser.
S. N. Wood has removed his paper, the Kansas Press, from Cottonwood Falls to Council Grove....Council Grove is the county seat of Morris County and is about 20 miles north from Cottonwood Falls on what is known as the Kaw Indian Reserve.
Samuel Pope, an old and respected typo friend, formerly of this city, is the candidate for vice president of a printer's union recently formed in Virginia City, Nevada Territory.
The Southern Herald has been resuscitated. It is under the editorial management of G. A. Colton.