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Vol. 1, No. 18. Published every Thursday by A. W. Jones and Chas. A. Faris.
We have been compelled to issue our paper on Saturday instead of Thursday in consequence of being thrown back by the exciting times which prevails in this vicinity. We hope our patrons will bear with us at least for a while, and excuse the scarcity of reading matter in this issue.
The Kansas War -- The Black Republicans keeping up the excitement....
Wanted at this office, an intelligent boy, 15 or 16 years of age, to learn the printing business.
Postmasters friendly to the cause will please act as agent in getting up clubs, etc. A. D. H. McGee is our authorized agent for Westport, Mo. Carey Whitehead is our authorized agent for Doniphan County. Dan'l L. Vandiver is our authorized traveling and local agent for the state of Missouri to receive subscriptions and advertisements. Robert Richmond is our authorized agent for Lawrenceville, Va., and surrounding counties.
Complimentary. In a late number of that truth telling sheet, the Chicago Tribune, we find the following:
A Border Ruffian Sheet. "We have before us a copy of the Lecompton (Kansas) Union, published under the eye, if not by the authority of the infamous Jeffreys at whom the town is named. It is one of the most villainous sheets of the Border Ruffian tribe -- howling for slavery incessantly, and as poisonous upon Free State men as Stringfellow himself...."
Now, if the editor of the Chicago Tribune had tried to write a more complimentary notice, according to our way of thinking, than the above, we don't think he could have succeeded. He denounces the Lecompton Union...in the most unmeasured terms, and that is what we expected, and in fact wished. If such sheets as the Chicago Tribune, the New York Tribune, and many others of the same stripe were to speak well of us we should fear lest our friends should begin to doubt us....
But we must patiently "abide our time" for we believe with the aid of such good and true men as the editors of the Dayton Empire, the Rock Island (Ill.) Argus, the New York Day Book, and many other sound and national papers North,...together with the honest masses of the people both North and South, we will be able to battle successfully this Black, nigger-worshipping Disunion party, and consign that party to the political grave.
A. W. Jones, editor.
*Apology. Our patrons will please bear with us for not sending our paper out for the last two issues, and also for giving a half sheet this time, as we have of late been subject to one of the "trials" which occasionally printers have to undergo. During the excitement our hands all turned "soldiers" and consequently we were left in the "drag." We have been unable to procure the services of only one to supply their place, but we will endeavor to supply our readers hereafter with their papers more regularly.
Wanted at this office immediately, a good printer -- one that is a good pressman preferred. Such an one can get permanent employment.
*Horse Stealing and Plunder....Lane's marauders adopted plundering and stealing peaceable settlers' horses, cattle, &c., as their means of pay and support. This is their promised reward and they have carried it on ad infinitum. We never expected anything better of these marauders, but...we hear of some men who came out here under the pretence of being law and order men but, no sooner had landed in the Territory than they adopted the customs of the outlaws. Now, we care not from what section of the Union a man hails, or what his political sentiments, as soon as he adopts horse stealing for a living we say search him out, arrest him if possible, and let him meet a horse thief's fate, which should be in this Territory hanging. It does seem too stringent to hang a man for stealing a horse, but what other remedy have we?...The New England Aid Societies commenced sending their hordes of hired paupers to Kansas, who would not scruple at doing anything mean for a few dollars, who were completely under the control of a few leaders, and would do their bidding let that be what it might. It is such a set as this that these aid societies flooded Kansas with ? a set who are ever ready to pounce upon their prey at the dead hour of midnight, run off his horses and cattle and, if the owner dare resist, as apt as any other way he will be butchered while defending his own property, his house burned, and robbed, and his wife and children driven off....Southern men have raised companies and come to Kansas. Well, in many instances they have been honest, peaceable bona fide settlers, who had no other object in view than to peaceably settle down and commence farming. Many of these peaceable settlers have been sufferers at the hands of the lawless marauders....If Southern Aid Societies can send out honest, bona fide settlers, men with families and men who are honest, peaceable citizens, men who are willing to take claims and settle...they will be able to accomplish some good, but money appropriated to send men out here who no sooner get in the Territory than they commenced the work which they should aid in putting down, is just so much worse than thrown away; when you give your money to send your men out here, let those that come be men of principle for any other kind will do our cause more harm than good....
Our readers will have to excuse our delay this week as our office had to be removed to one more suitable to the climate. For working in Kansas in an open concern called a house...is not so pleasant, especially to Southern men. But we are moved at last, both in mind and office....The editors also are absent (being both lawyers) at the Court in Tecumseh, where by their superior talent in that respect they are making transgressors quake and tremble, whilst we poor Printers are trembling for fear that some crabbed subscriber will come in, and because we are a little...behind the regular time, kick "hell" over, throw the "devil" out of the window, and knock the "jours" into "space," and the beautiful little "Foreman" into "pi!"
A. W. Jones, R. H. Bennett, editors.
"Lecompton will be a lively place this winter. Great preparations are making for the accommodation of the crowds of visitors who will be there during the winter. The Legislature will be in session. The Supreme Court will be in session. The Land Office will be opened. Houses are going up as if by magic. Improvements of every kind are being made. Soon Lecompton will present a city-like appearance. The citizens of Lecompton, with great liberality and enterprise, have fitted up at great expense two halls for each branch of the Legislature, new rooms for the clerks and committees. While such enterprise marks the citizens of that place, it is bound to go ahead." -- Kansas Herald.
In taking upon myself the management of the Local Department of the Lecompton Union, I shall endeavor to make the Local Column as interesting as possible both to our city and country readers.... -- Joshua E. Clardy.
Dissolution. The co-partnership heretofore existing between A. W. Jones & Chas. A. Faris, under the style and firm of Jones & Faris, for the publication of the Lecompton Union newspaper, is this day dissolved by mutual consent, Chas. A. Faris retiring from said firm.
No paper. There will be no paper issued from this office upon New Year's day, as the printers in our office desire to celebrate Christmas week. We wish you a happy new year.
Jones & Bennett, attorneys at law, Lecompton, K.T. Office on Halderman Street, one door south of the Lecompton House....A. W. Jones, R. H. Bennett.
Jos. A. Hutchinson is our authorized agent for Kansas City, Mo., and adjoining counties to receive subscriptions, advertisements, &c....Lee & Carter, Montgomery, Alabama, are requested to act as our agents to take subscriptions and receive money.
Valedictory. This number ends our connection with the Lecompton Union....We will simply state that it is our desire to engage in pursuits more congenial to our tastes, and will, we believe, prove more advantageous to our purses....To the uninitiated, the duties and responsibilities of an editor are not fully appreciated. A single false step on his part can bring his party into disgrace or contempt and overwhelm it with defeat....In this way many poor devil of an editor has gone down "unwept, unhonored and unsung."....But we have said more than at first intended....Our object was simply to return thanks to our friends and patrons generally for their sympathy and support, and bid adieu to the brethren of the "quill."... -- Jones & Bennett.
Salutatory....Messrs. Jones & Bennett...have given up the charge and desired to abandon the editorial corps, and that the want of some good, reliable paper at this point was so manifest to everyone that we bought out and concluded to continue its publication....It will be guided in its political views by the principles of the Constitution and the constitutional laws of the country....We expect to make the paper a medium for conveying, to those throughout the Union who are interested in Kansas affairs, a fair and truthful exposition of all things done there....In conclusion, we beg leave to forewarn our readers against being alarmed at the frequent intrusion into their homes and firesides of strange faces. We expect this issue to be our salutatory and valedictory. In the hurry of the time, and before we could secure the services of an editor, we were compelled to assume the post ourselves. By the time the next issue reaches your hands, we expect to have at its head a gentleman with whom we are now in correspondence.... -- The Editors (Rucker & Bowling).
The proprietors of this paper wish to secure the services of an editor in whose hands to place it. A man who understands the printing business thoroughly will be preferred.
The Herald of Freedom. This paper has come out in a new dress and with its old one we hope it has laid aside much of its blackguardism and falsity. We cannot expect it to be thoroughly cleansed yet. But the rogues have fallen out amongst themselves, and the work of progress goes bravely on, as witness the fact that this week he kindly furnished us with the paper upon which this issue is printed, and for once he finds it used in a legitimate business.