Weekly Public Press
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"Leavenworth has a new daily paper, the Commercial. It is democratic in politics and the only one of that style in the city." -- Joplin News. It is owned, printed and published by D. R. Anthony, a red hot radical republican on the Times, but a sure enough democrat in the Commercial. It is a big thing to be able to have two papers -- both daily -- but a postmaster enjoys advantages denied to the common herd.
Anthony's re-hash, called the Commercial, obtains its telegraphic news by a very slow line. On the afternoon of the 13th, The Public Press received from the American Press Association, over the Atlantic & Pacific telegraph lines, two important dispatches from Oregon and Idaho, by way of San Francisco and Washington City...both in relation to the Indian war on the Pacific slope. Those dispatches were published by us on Friday the 13th at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. The next day, Saturday morning, the same dispatches were published in Anthony's republican paper, The Times. His democratic paper, the Commercial -- which makes the news a specialty -- comes to the front on Saturday evening, the 14th, and serves its readers with the same dispatches, 24 hours after they had been read by the patrons of The Public Press, and 10 hours after they had been rehashed and served up to the readers of Anthony's republican paper. So much for a news paper.
Our Weekly. Today we present to the reading public the initial number of The Weekly Public Press. We have no promises to make as to the course we will pursue in its publication, other than those contained in the first number of our daily. We then stated that The Public Press would be Republican in politics, but every question had two sides, and we would endeavor to see both with an impartial eye....We beg to assure our friends and the public that the publication of the daily and weekly Public Press was not undertaken as an experiment, but as a permanent and legitimate enterprise....
The Coffeyville Journal has abandoned the patent outside system....A patent outside newspaper loses its individuality; the publisher has no control over the greater portion of his matter; it begets carelessness; and the paper is regarded as a sort of supplement for a city establishment.
Prodigy of Journalism. The Platte City Landmark says that D. R. Anthony, our pleasant-faced, mild-tempered postmaster "is a double-barreled cuss." That "he is now editing the Leavenworth Times (radical republican) and the Leavenworth Commercial (democratic)." It is with regret that we inform our Platte City contemporary that one of his barrels collapsed last Saturday evening, and that he is only able to shoot with a single barrel....
"We are sorry to hear that our contemporary has collapsed a flue -- it was such a novel affair, a prodigy of journalism. Anthony would write his editorials against democracy for the Times and demolish them in his leaders for the Commercial. It was all the fault of the foreman if the "leaders" sometimes got mixed and a republican editorial mysteriously insinuated itself in the Commercial, and a bulldozing democratic editorial found strange company with uncongenial fellows in the radical Times. No wonder that the necessary amount of steam to run one flue was sufficient to burst the other...." -- Platte City Landmark.
We have the second number of the Wamego Tribune, a new weekly by Campbell Bros....and edited, we presume, by W. P. Campbell, formerly of the Waterville Telegraph....
The Cherokee Banner is a new candidate for public patronage. It hails from Cherokee, Crawford county, has eight pages with five columns to the page. It is republican in politics and edited and published by H. H. Webb. The inside is furnished by the Kansas City Newspaper Union.
We are in receipt of the initial number of the Valley Republican of Kinsley, Edwards county. It is a seven column sheet, the outside being furnished by the Kansas City Newspaper Union. The home side of the Republican is neatly made up and well printed....M. M. Lewis, editor; F. T. Hallowell, publisher.
(From our Sunday Edition.) This is the initial number of our Sunday paper, and is the first attempt ever made to issue seven papers a week west of St. Louis....It is not undertaken as an experiment, but is entered upon as a fixed fact. The very generous support heretofore received by The Public Press at the hands of the people of Leavenworth is ample evidence that they appreciate a live, wide-awake and newsy journal....
Why He Sues. When the publication of The Public Press was commenced, the editor of the Times, who had, for a long time, enjoyed a monopoly of the newspaper business in this city, made his brags that he had "run out" every man who had attempted to publish a paper here, and that we should not remain 90 days! In order to prepare himself, he visited Atchison, where the parties connected with this paper had resided for 14 years, for the purpose of collecting material to be used in the "driving out" business he was about to engage in....We presume, however, that he was not greatly pleased with what he got on that visit, as he has not, so far, used any of it in his "driving out" undertaking. While in Atchison,...he swaggeringly said, in the presence of Col. Martin and others, that if we did not cease the publication of The Public Press before the first of July, he would drive us out!...But, when the first of July came, he found the paper in good condition -- not in debt for a minute's work or a dime's worth of material, and a circulation much greater than the Times; and its columns filled to overflowing with advertisements of the best business houses of the city....Up to this time his slanderous tongue had not been idle, and every lick spittle he was able to control and use had been busy on our streets circulating all manner of false stories in relation to the paper; insisting from time to time that it would suspend next week! but it didn't suspend as predicted....The brilliant idea of starting an evening paper popped into his noggin and right away the Evening Commercial made its appearance, full of sparkling (!) democratic and republican editorials, shockingly mixed up!...Eighteen days, however, closed out this nondescript affair....After this, he organized another force of villainous creatures...who have steadily patrolled the city up to this time,...leaving no means unturned by which they could do us harm, pecuniarily, to the end that The Public Press might be broken down and the Times be left as the only paper in Leavenworth. But it would not do; the people were not the willing tools of this creature, who has done more to the injury of the business of the town than all the other enemies it ever had. They still patronized our paper with their advertisements and continued to read it....He now brings suit for libel and attaches the establishment, not that he has been libeled by anything ever published in these columns, not for the purpose of stopping the publication of the paper (for he is well aware that it is well established and not only on a paying basis but making money), but he brings his suit for the purpose of harassing us and injuring the credit and standing of the paper. This is the plain statement of facts, with which most of the people of Leavenworth are familiar, and we think no honest man can, or will, uphold him in his efforts to again get sole control of the daily newspaper press of this city. This he has been constantly struggling to do for the past nine months. When he had it, as all know, he used it for his own personal ends. Through the columns of the Times he vented his personal spite, and poured out upon this community the vilest slanders. Will the people have it so again? We think not.
The case of J. H. Rice against L. J. Perry, editor of the Paola Spirit, for libel, was tried in the Miami County district court last week....The jury brought in a verdict of not guilty, and the defendant received the congratulations of the people. It appears to us that the institution of libel suits are more for the purpose of gratifying personal spite than anything else....There can be but little doubt that Gen. Rice, who is also an editor and publisher, comes out of this libel suit with a character damaged vastly more by the trial than by anything Mr. Perry ever said...concerning him.