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Vol. 3, No. 1. P. H. Peters, editor and proprietor. Published on every Saturday morning. $1.50 per annum in advance.
**We are in receipt of the first number of the Kansas Radical, Mr. Manning's new paper published at Manhattan. It is a vigorous sheet, looks tasty, and deserves success....We have fought each other with bitter words in days past, but our "bone of contention" has been thrown "to the dogs," so here's life to your Radical, joy to yourself, and wealth to your purse. (P. H. Peters)
New Paper Mill. "We are informed that a project is now in progress for the establishment of a paper mill in or near this city. A company with J. B. Laing, M. W. Delahay, S. N. Lattin, Joseph Ashton and W. H. Bush as incorporators has organized with a capital stock of $30,000. The company will be incorporated...under the name of the Leavenworth Paper Mill Company...." ? Leavenworth Bulletin.
Johnny Speer. The great I am, the mogul revenue collector, the Kansas leech on Uncle Sam's Treasury, who is so treacherous that the Devil wouldn't have him for a fireman for fear he would steal the poker, and who is no more fit to hold the position he does than old Satan is to baptize Christians, has given several awful howls because Crawford did not appoint him senator. Sometime ago, Johnny Speer thought that there was not a better man existing than S. J. Crawford; now the governor is a very mean and treacherous dog. He says he does not give vent to his opposition to the appointment on account of any dislike to Mr. Ross, but it is principally through the respect he has for the widow of the deceased senator ? that Ross was an enemy of Lane's and the appointment was properly due to Johnny Speer!...Because the seat was made vacant by suicide, that does not go to show that Crawford must do the same thing, politically, merely to gratify the whims of Johnny Speer, the collector....We like his appointment of Ross, and we give to it our unconditional support....
Miami County Republican is the name of a new paper just published at Paola by McReynolds & Simpson. As its name indicates, it is radical Republican....Typographically, it presents a very neat and tasty appearance. John McReynolds, one of the publishers, is one of the best printers in the West.
"The Border Sentinel has passed from the hands of Colonel Snoddy to those of Joel Moody. It was always a good paper. It will be hard for Mr. Moody to improve it much...." ? Radical.
"The editor of an up-country paper has advertised for a room in a poor house for himself and the publisher until his subscribers are prepared to pay up. One good idea." ? Exchange.
"A better idea is to put him in the lunatic asylum; we can think of no other place so well fitted for an editor or publisher who sends newspapers on credit." ? Conservative.
Or for a man who is dunce enough to publish a long "prospectus" for almost nothing, eh?
We had almost forgotten to mention receipt of the new, large and live daily paper recently started at Leavenworth under the cognomen of The Leavenworth Commercial. With two of its proprietors, Geo. Hume and Geo. F. Prescott, we are intimately acquainted, and know them to be gentlemen of great practical newspaper experience.
We received a pleasant call from D. D. Cone of Washington, D.C., president of United Press Association. D. D. Cone is interested with his brother, John P. Cone, in the publication of the Nemaha Courier. He feels materially interested in the success of northern Kansas and her railroad prospect.
The present winter's meeting of Kansas quill drivers at Topeka last week was a largely attended, pleasant and healthy affair. An able address was delivered...by that veteran editor, Col. J. C. Vaughan. The old officers were re-elected and Vice-President John A. Martin of the Champion was selected to deliver the next annual address....A committee was appointed to memorialize the Legislature to make a change in the Constitution so as to provide for the election of a state printer in the same manner as for other state officers.
We have now running in our office one of the finest job presses in the West, and are executing as good work as any other office in the West and at rates as reasonable. We are in constant receipt of new material, good stock and fine inks. Give us a call.
Paper Tariff. Poor country editors have two heavy tariffs to contend with in the publication of their papers. One is the heavy tariff put on foreign paper. The other is the continual "sponging" from dead-heads who do not appreciate the value of a paper or what it costs to put one to press.
**Senator E. G. Ross. Since the election of this gentleman to fill the position that he has lately held by appointment, our readers will of course feel an interest in his early history. We cannot gratify them better than by copying the annexed correspondence, which is in full accordance with statements we have heard from others and our own long personal acquaintance with the man.
Special correspondence, Cincinnati Gazette. The New Kansas Senator ? A Private Soldier in the Senate, Washington, Dec. 24, 1866.
In the seat in the Senate chamber so long occupied by General Lane of Kansas, and upon which the eyes of the nation were anxiously fixed at times, there now sits a private soldier ? the only one who has as yet taken his place among our senators.
Of medium height, rather slight, yet well-formed, with a finely shaped head covered with an abundance of brown hair, with a clear, pleasant eye, with regular features lighted up by a genial manner when conversing ? such is the new senator. While drawing toward him by a certain overflowing of whole-souled fellowship and the kindliness which seems to dwell in his eye, there comes the feeling that the man before you is a born soldier to battle sternly and manfully for the right, whenever and wherever he finds its sacred precincts invaded, and such he has been, and such his past gives sure promise that he will be.
Edmund G. Ross of Lawrence, Ks., has had an interesting career. When Northern men were first turning their faces toward the new territories so lately carved out of the Indian possessions, Mr. Ross was foreman of the Milwaukee Sentinel printing office. When the little party which accompanied him started for their destination, Northern men could not safely cross the state of Missouri, and with their ox teams they were obliged to drive around through Nebraska.
Ten years have wrought wonderful changes. After reaching Kansas, his first act was to haul stone with his ox team for the foundation of a printing office. From this office, when constructed, he issued the Topeka Tribune and very often, for weeks together, it was printed on sheets slashed with Bowie knives, the border ruffians habitually finding the bundles of paper at Kansas City landing and running their knives into them.
But the rude work of planting civilization in these prairies gave way to the ruder work of war. On the breaking out of the Free State troubles, Mr. Ross shouldered his rifle and did the duty of a freeman in the field. Through all these difficulties he was thus engaged. In 1859, he was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention which formed the present Constitution, and in that body he was regarded as one of the most reliable Free State men, and he made himself felt in the shaping of all radical measures.
In 1861-62 came national war, and again he stood a private soldier in the ranks and marched and toiled and fought as our noble private soldiers did. He was eventually promoted to the rank of captain in his own regiment, the 11th Kansas. Afterward, on its reorganization as cavalry, he became Major Ross, and escaping the provoking farce of being brevetted brigadier of major general, he is Major Ross still. Though his record is bright as an officer, the merit which shines upward from the ranks where he served eclipses it. To follow him as a soldier is to march over the fields of all that fighting in the great Southwest, a field almost equal in extent to the hunting grounds of the Indians.
The war ended, he returned to his paper, and was editing the Lawrence Tribune when selected by Governor Crawford to take the seat in the Senate made vacant by the death of Mr. Lane. The term for which he is serving expires upon the election by the Legislature, which meets in January next. The chances, as now calculated by Kansas men, are decidedly in favor of Mr. Ross. Some 40 members of the Legislature were his comrades in the field. The argument that the private soldiers who fought the war deserve to have one of their number in the highest legislative assembly in the land, is an argument which can be used for no other Senator.
...It would be a source of constant satisfaction to all soldiers who for six years will visit the Capitol to be able to point out one among all the Senators who fully understands what it is to bear the burdens of this war as the soldier in the ranks did ? who would think as they looked at him:
That man slept in his blankets as we did, pounded his coffee, when he had any, with his bayonet in his tin cup, cut up his bacon with his pocket knife, divided his hard-tack with his comrades, foraged for chickens, and shot pigs, and did other acts by which hungry soldiers kept themselves in fighting trim, burnt fence rails, marched with blistered feet, and sometimes tied his shoes to the top of his musket and went barefoot to ease the pain of walking. That man has cut timber for forts, and dug rifle pits, and thrown up entrenchments. He has curried horses, and fed them and watered them. In the battle, he bore himself a man.
And now he is a Senator ? one of us, and yet a Senator. Surely the people of Kansas do not forget the real heroes of the war. Such thoughts will run through the mind of every soldier who looks from the Senate galleries upon Senator Ross.
...The Reporter, published for several years at Troy in Doniphan County, has been removed to Wathena in the same county by its present owner, Robert Tracy. There is quite a fight being stirred up in that county on the question of removing the county seat, and we suppose the denizens of Wathena have rather outbid the Troy folks ? figuratively speaking.
Mr. Brown of the Kansas Farmer has associated with him Geo. A. Crawford as corresponding editor and general agent. Mr. Crawford is well known throughout the state as one of the most talented, able business men of Kansas. His name alone will largely increase the circulation and influence of this valuable journal.
We are in receipt of two new Kansas papers this week. The Jackson County News, published at Holton by A. W. Moore, is a neat and spirited little journal. The Pottawatomie Gazette is the title of the other, published at Louisville by R. S. Hick and A. Sellers, Jr. It is a very creditable paper but there are no very heavy indications of mercantile patronage about it.
The Kansas Farmer office has been removed to Leavenworth City by its new editor and publisher, Geo. T. Anthony.
We have received the first number of the Chase County Banner, published at Cottonwood Falls. It is a tasty little sheet, but it dispenses the horrible doctrine of Female Suffrage from the pen of Sam Wood, who, we believe, is its editor in chief.
The Daily Free Press of Atchison has enlarged to an eight column size....We hope it will pay well for its clever and live proprietors, Root & Elliott.
The Osage Chronicle comes to us this week enlarged and in a bright, smiling new dress. We welcome it warmly after its long absence. Murdock is a clear thinker, a ready writer, and a live newspaper man with much experience in the art preservative.
We are in receipt of the first number of The Clarion, published at Lawrence by Whitney & Boughton. It is a large, neatly printed weekly, edited with ability....We also have before us the first number of The Gazette, published at Grasshopper Falls by P. H. Hubbell, who was formerly one of the publishers of the Leavenworth Times. It is a neat, lively paper.
The Railway Advance is the name of a handsome little tri-weekly paper....It is saucy, spicy and racy; brim full of grit and independence....Our good friend Willis Emery, and somebody else, are running the Railway Advance. Hays City, the present terminus of the E.D., U.P.R.R., is its place of publication.
T. Dwight Thacher, one of our old and well known Kansans, who has been one of the chief editors for the past two years of the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph, is coming back to Kansas to revive the Lawrence Republican, which was the leading Free State paper of Kansas during her early history and was destroyed by Quantrill and his guerrillas in August 1863. So says the New York Tribune.
The editorial fraternity...had a very interesting meeting at Topeka on the evening of the 17th, of which the editor of the Champion writes as follows: "...R. B. Taylor, president of the association, presided. Several new members were added. The old officers were all re-elected: President, R. B. Taylor of the Wyandotte Gazette; vice-presidents, M. W. Reynolds, Lawrence State Journal, Jno. A. Martin, Atchison Champion, M. M. Murdock, Osage Chronicle, and Geo. W. Martin, Junction City Union; secretary, S. D. McDonald, Topeka State Record; treasurer, P. H. Peters, Marysville Enterprise. M. W. Reynolds then delivered his address...."
S. D. McDonald retired from the State Record on Saturday last. It will be published hereafter by the Topeka Printing Association under the editorial management of F. P. Baker, who has been connected with it for several years past.
L. R. Elliott has retired from the editorial chair of the Atchison Free Press and Frank Root...continues to run this sprightly daily....He is a "whole team" without any partners.
Jake Stotler has been dressing up his Emporia News in "new cloze" and the paper looks real handsome. It would look better though if it wasn't printed on straw paper, for which Jake apologizes....
That sprightly little tri-weekly, The Hays City Railway Advance,...has arisen Phoenix like from its ashes and greets us again looking better and larger than before....The fire it went through seems to have warmed it into more life.