Articles in database from Wichita Tribune: 2
We present today the first number of the Wichita Vidette....Vidette! That is the name of our paper. The word is from the French, who spell it Vedette. It means an outpost, or picket, or rather "sentinel on horse back," as Webster hath it. As we conceive ourselves to be the sentinel or picket of journalism in Southwestern Kansas, we claim the right to spell the word as we see proper, and therefore print it Vidette.... -- F. A. Sowers and W. B. Hutchison, editors.
Vol. 1, No. 1. J. W. Vale(?), editor and publisher.
To the Public. Fully aware of the intelligence and love of improvement which pervade the people of Sedgwick county, we have ventured upon the experiment of publishing a second paper in Wichita. Our object is to make it a vehicle of general and useful intelligence, adapted to the wants, and devoted to the interests of the people of Kansas in general, and of Sedgwick county in particular....The Tribune will worship no men, and be devoted to no parties; but on questions of national or state politics it will adhere to the principles of the Republican party. The common good is our object....We are fully aware that to start a paper here is, apparently, a wild venture on our part, but we have confidence in the people here, and believe they will sustain us in our enterprise....
(Hand-written note in margin: "The Index of Cottonwood Falls moved to Wichita and changed name to the Tribune....")