Smoky Hill and Republican Union
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Vol. 1, No. 1. (September 12 and 19) Published every Thursday by G. W. Kingsbury, office on Jefferson Street be'n 7th and 8th.
Owing to a failure in receiving our supply of paper from Leavenworth, our first issue has been postponed one week. Many of the original articles in this paper may appear somewhat aged, as they were prepared for the paper, supposing it would be issued on the 12th....
Salutatory. We present today to the public the first number of The Smoky Hill and Republican Union....We have already, in our prospectus, briefly set forth the leading objects which have induced us to commence the publication of the paper -- namely, the maintenance of the Government, and the development of the natural capabilities of the Western Kansas Valleys....We love the Republican Government established by Washington and his illustrious compeers; and we believe its maintenance against all foes to be the most sacred of all earthly duties....In thus supporting the Government, we do not propose to be governed by any narrow partizan views. We have confidence that the present administrators of the Government are actuated by proper patriotic motives....In local matters, we do not propose to be governed by any mere town or county considerations. An idea prevails extensively that central and western Kansas is a desert and howling waste, almost uninhabitable by white men....We shall labor assiduously to correct the falsehood, and to invite settlers to the now unoccupied lands of the Smoky Hill, Republican, Saline, Solomon, the Blues, Vermillion, Neosho, Verdigris and their thousand tributaries. The lands drained by the streams named are capable of supporting a population more dense than that of Massachusetts....We ask our frontier friends, who agree with us in the objects which we seek to promote, to aid in extending the circulation of the Union, not only among our own people, but among the people of the East, from whom we hope to attract emigration.
Our position....We have been connected in different capacities with the press of Junction City, since its inauguration over three years ago. Our former actions in the political world have been very limited; whatever they were, we deem them of no importance in influencing us how to act while our government is assailed by traitors, and our constitution trampled upon, and laws denied....We feel it to be the imperative, as well as the solemn duty, of all true patriots...to ignore all party platforms...and take their position upon the broad platform of the Constitution, fully resolved to defend that sacred instrument against the assaults of its enemies, whether they emanate from the North, South, East or West. Treason and open rebellion, in all its horrid forms, now exits in our once peaceful land....In conducting the Union, we shall, in the language of Jackson, "Take the responsibility," unawed by fear, or unbribed by gain, uncontrolled or influenced by any man, party, or clique save that party who marches and keeps step to the music of the Union.
To Our Friends. Once more we greet the people of Junction City. Many months ago we left them for the eastern counties of the state with the intention soon to return; but our stay has been prolonged by circumstances over which we could exert no influence....We're once more in our old home, at our old avocation, "only a little more so," and pleased beyond our power of expression....The appearance of our city has somewhat changed since we left it. It has improved some, but "Hard Times" is stamped upon its general appearance....Now, gents, let's shake hands; and ladies, just a welcome smile; and then to hard, hard labor.
"Our old 'chum' in the printing office, years ago, G. W. Kingsbury, has issued a prospectus for publishing a paper at Junction City. George, these are desperate times in the newspaper trade, but if there is any such thing as 'sucking blood from a stone,' we'll bet on you." -- Kansas City Advertiser. Mac, are you the same feller we once knew in Bloomington, Ill.? We always supposed you were too much of a man to be caught publishing a newspaper.
To the Public. As some maliciously disposed persons have taken pains to circulate a story to the effect that the Smoky Hill and Republican Union has been started merely as a campaign paper, and as soon as the election is over it will be suspended, we beg leave to state that this paper is to be a permanent thing in Junction City. We have come back to Junction City to stay just as long as we can make an honorable living....
Some ass, in a communication to the Frontier of last week, pitches into the editor of this paper for being a candidate on the Union ticket. He thinks our acquaintance with the people of this county of too short duration to warrant their support in placing us in one of the most responsible offices in Davis county. For the information of Mr. "S.," we will state that our residence in Junction City dates back to July 19, 1858....
Wood. We would like a few cords of good dry wood for use this winter. Those who wish to take the Union and pay for it in wood, now have an opportunity to do so.
*The Frontier complains of our republishing their old editorials most bitterly. Last week they tried to escape the responsibility of treason by alleging that we copy only portions of their old articles. It is the easiest thing in the world for the Frontier to prove their loyalty, and prove us falsifiers. Let them republish the article headed "What Is the Motive?" in full, and let the public judge whether they "have ever breathed aught but Union sentiments."...Here is another extract from the same article: "To the worst passion of Lincoln and his party, malice, revenge, sectional hate, a morbid thirst for blood, an unnatural delight in the miseries of their race, we must ascribe the existing state of things. If any possible good could come of a war, if it did not involve universal ruin, if any conceivable benefit or advantage could result from it to anybody, we might imagine some higher motives actuating the Republican leaders than we have imputed to them." In your paper of Aug. 17th is an article calling a convention for the purpose of expressing views as to the best mode of restoring union to the Republic. You have a mode of your own, haven't you Mr. Frontier? and the traitorous platform published at the head of your columns expresses that mode. Why, that alone will convict you. You are Union men with a "but."...
We have a copy of the Louisville Courier in our office. This sheet has been suppressed for advocating treason, and its editor placed under arrest. The copy we have, if a fair sample, must surpass our home organ of the same stripe, and should it revive we would recommend it to the patrons of the Frontier as eminently superior to that sheet in ability and material worth.
*From the last number of the Topeka Tribune we take the following extract. It serves to show in what light our neighborhood is looked upon by the press of Kansas: "No Half-Way Home. The Union and Frontier newspapers, at Junction City, are having quite a warm time...the trouble, it seems, growing out of a charge by the Union that the Frontier editor was a traitor, and in the habit of promulgating traitorous sentiments. We trust that some good may come of the discussion, notwithstanding it may have been called up mere with a view of influencing the approaching election than anything else. Both editors are candidates for office, and...run on opposition tickets. We should be glad to see the Frontier change its course somewhat. Its extreme sensitiveness on the slavery question argues badly, and the solicitude it manifests for the "rights" of rebels in arms against the Government is rather out of place, considering circumstances. Let rebels take care of themselves, neighbor....Now, we would not be so uncharitable as to call you a traitor, but if we had no better patriots to stand by the flag, we would have long ere this been the crouching vassals of a proscriptive and lordly South. There can be no reserve; there is no middle ground. Your influence, directly or indirectly, must go to promote the interests of one side or the other, for or against the Government...."
H. T. Geery of the Kansas Frontier has retired from the chair editorial of that sheet, and severed his connection entirely from it. The Frontier passes into the hands of George E. Dummer, a practical printer and an able writer, under whose supervision it will continue a "live paper." Perhaps Dummer won't believe it, but we do really wish him abundant success.
On and after this date, we will receive corn in payment for subscription at the Junction City cash price.
We must have some wood. Who will bring it?
Being shorthanded last week, we were obliged to suspend the issue of the Union. It won't happen again.
Official vote of Davis County....Treasurer: Kingsbury, Union, 85; Kinney, Dem., 81; Mitchell, Independent, 86....