Council Grove Press
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Published every Saturday morning at Council Grove, Morris Co., by A. I. Baker, editor and proprietor. One copy one year $2.00. Ten copies or more one year $15.00.
We are publishing a paper on the very confines of the settled portion of Kansas at Council Grove, the county seat of Morris County, on the great highway to New Mexico, the mountain gold mines, to the Pacific and to many other important points. We are sending our paper to five hundred subscribers. It, therefore, is one of the best advertising mediums in the state. We beg our friends to exert themselves to extend the circulation of the Press. The people of Morris County, with a few exceptions, have not patronized us as liberally as we were led to believe we would be when we came here. We hope they will ponder over this thing, and do better hereafter. The citizens and property owners are well able to pay a little to advertise this beautiful country by helping to swell our subscription list.
A new paper is on our table, hailing from Junction City, Riley County. Name Kansas Frontier; is edited by H. N. Short and H. T. Geary.
S. N. Wood
It may be thought a wild adventure to publish a paper here at this time; our only apology is that our local interest requires a paper and one should be supported here. If those interested in building up and developing this part of Kansas give it that support they should, we have no fear for its success. We have determined to publish it one year at least.
...Our prime object will be to develop and build up western Kansas. Our agricultural and mineral resources will receive our special attention....We believe the richest portion of Kansas is yet south and west of us....We shall advocate schools and churches as the two great agents designed to improve the human race....Our motto shall be "The Union as it was, the Constitution as it is."...We believe slavery, for the last 40 years, has been the deadliest enemy of the Union....We shall, in a word, advocate the entire abolition of slavery in this country....We shall support the war, not only with our pen, but if necessary in the field. No word or act of ours, if we know it, shall encourage Jeff Davis and his traitorous crew, who should have all been hung long ago. By this we do not mean to say we shall find no fault with Lincoln and his Administration. "It is our best friends who speak plainly of our errors." Lincoln has been altogether, in our opinion, too truckling and timeserving for the position he occupies. Instead of making public opinion, he has waited for pubic opinion to make him. Oh! for a Jackson that dared to take the responsibility....Our doctrine is, and shall be, to crush out the rebellion. If, to do this, a war of extermination is necessary, let it come; we are opposed to any compromise with rebels in arms.
**More About Quantrell's Retreat. We have had a long conversation with Samuel Boies of Lawrence, who was taken prisoner by Quantrell and taken to Missouri on his retreat. Mr. Boies was sleeping at the Eastern House and, with five or six others, was taken a prisoner and marched to Fry's Livery Stable. Here Quantrell rode up and told his men to save one from the number to drive an ambulance down with two of his men who were wounded. Mr. Boies was ordered to fall back, while the others were marched forward a few steps and shot down in the streets. He was ordered to drive the ambulance with the wounded men. As they were passing out of town, they met Mr. Dulinski coming into town. Quantrell shook hands with him, saying that he was all right and telling him that he might pass by unmolested. Before he had passed the column, however, one of the ruffians shot him down. Quantrell asked Boies if he was a Copperhead, to which he answered no. He (Quantrell) then expressed his regret that several Southern men and sympathizers, called Copperheads, had been killed in Lawrence.
Quantrell avows his intention to march to Osawatomie, lying everything waste as he went. At Rothrock's, or Ulrick's, where he stopped to water his horses, Lane first came up with the pursuit; and, as Quantrell's men were off of the road to the west, Quantrell first thought that they would be able to head him off. In that case, he avowed his intention of turning back and marching down the Valley of the Kaw to Missouri. He, however, pushed on. He told Mr. Boies that about half of his men were his old bushwhackers and the rest were farmers from the border who had accompanied him for plunder and whom he could not depend upon for a fight. He kept about a hundred fresh horses which were led and, as often as a horse gave out, one of these fresh ones would be taken. When out of sight of the pursuing force, they generally went on the lope. Most of the route they took the prairie and just towards night came in sight of Paola. Quantrell rode forward and asked the guide where he was taking them to. The guide replied that the town before them was Morristown in Missouri. Quantrell looked a moment and then cursed the guide, telling him that the town was Paola; that a heavy force was there, and they would be cut to pieces if they proceeded.
They then turned back and took a shoot north, crossing Bull Creek at Rockford. Here they stopped and unsaddled with orders to rest 4 hours. In about an hour and a half, however, the federal scouts drove in the pickets and they hastily remounted. They finally reached Missouri and when they got into the second piece of timber said that now they were at home and all the troops in Kansas could not catch them. They then stopped, unsaddled their horses, and sent out scouts around to the farm houses to have bread baked. They came back with the reply that the bread could be ready in an hour. Here they divided their plunder. The privates got about $20 apiece in greenbacks; the leaders probably appropriated the rest to themselves. Several hundred watches were among the plunder, besides any amount of fine cloths, silk, etc. They had been here some time when their pickets announced the approach of a federal force. They re-saddled their horses and made ready for a start.
At this point, Mr. Boies determined it possible to escape as Quantrell had told him repeatedly that he intended to kill him as soon as he got through using him. Among the horses close by hand, Mr. Boies observed a powerful animal that...appeared to have no rider. He approached the horse leisurely and suddenly springing upon him darted into the bushes and escaped to our forces and joined in the pursuit....
The Kansas State Journal by Hovey E. Lowman is again on our table. It has always been one of the best papers in the state and we again welcome its appearance. Our readers will recollect that the Journal office, press, &c, were destroyed in the late Lawrence raid, and Mr. Trask, Lowman's partner, murdered, and that Lowman lost nearly all his property. Send $2 and get the Journal.
Mayor J. F. Cummings, publisher of the Topeka Tribune, has been nominated for representative in the Topeka district.
We publish in another column the result of the election in this county. It will be seen that the following are the successful candidates: Representative, S. N. Wood; commissioners, J. H. Ritchie, C. R. Rhoads and Jonathan Hammond....In our election we had to contend with the entire Red Leg and bushwhacking influence of the county; in addition to this, we had to contend with all the influence of Gen. Lane, which was exerted for our defeat. The result is gratifying to ourself and we assure our constituents that in us they shall find a faithful representative. We received 60 voted in our own township to Downing 21. In Neosho Township, where our opponent lived, among his own neighbors, we received almost two votes to his one....
Contrary to our own expectations, we are out again this week and intend to continue our paper regularly until the end of the year; whether we shall continue it longer depends altogether upon circumstances. We see and feel the necessity of a paper here, and are willing to make any reasonable sacrifice for that purpose. Could a practical printer take charge of the Press, one who had no other business to divide his attention, he could clear a thousand a year easy enough with this paper. But with us it is different. We have printed the paper merely because our place needs a paper, and have not devoted time enough to it to even keep the books as they should be kept, and we now feel in hopes that we can dispose of the paper to some good Union man who will make it a permanent institution. If not, and we receive the proper encouragement, we shall attempt its publication another year. But to do it we must have at least five hundred paying subscribers with our present advertising....
We shall print no more papers until we can get our office fixed so as to print one that can be read. Our office has been as open as a barn ever since we commenced. We had had promises enough from one or two mechanics, and lies enough told, to send half a dozen ordinary men to hell, and shall not ask for any more. When we can get a room that we can make comfortable, or warm weather returns next spring, we shall resume. We have tried hard to avoid this, but it is impossible to print a paper, out of doors, in the winter and we have spent time enough running after mechanics to have almost earned a fortune at something else....This suspension is at least $500 damage to the paper. It throws printers out of employment, injures the paper, dissatisfies advertisers and subscribers, injured our town and county, and all on account of the confounded lies of one or two men who never intended to do what they promised. The Junction City Union, Fort Scott Monitor and Emporia News can pitch in now; we shall not be in a condition to reply, we fear, very soon.
Thawed Out. Here we are again, as big as life and saucy as ever. We shall be able to appear regularly hereafter. We hope our friends will bestir themselves and increase our circulation.
Lockwood is the private correspondent of the Topeka Record. The Topeka Record is hired by Jim Lane for $1,500 a year to howl for him. Lockwood reads everything publicly at the post office calculated to injure us or our place.
We are now almost at the close of the year; many of our subscribers have not yet paid; we desire that they will do so at once....We are now opening books for volume four; no names will en entered upon our new books until paid. Paper and material have advanced and it is impossible to support a paper except upon a cash basis. Those who are in debt for this volume, by sending us $3.00 will be credited to the end of next volume. This is a fine chance to pay up and save a dollar.
Owing to the failure of teamsters to bring our paper, we were unable to issue last week. This week would have been a repetition of the misfortune but for the kindness of J. F. Cummings, editor of Topeka Tribune, who sent us some paper. He has our thanks.
With this number, our connection with the Press ceases. We have sold the entire Press material and "good will" of the office to Rev. J. E. Bryan, who will in future publish the paper. Our only reason for selling the Press is that we have not the time to edit it, much less attend to the business department and it is too much a burthen on our family. Mr. Bryan will continued the paper as a literary and miscellaneous publication and we wish him abundant success.
Our Paper....We consider the responsibilities of an editor and publisher to be no light or trifling matter; for, to a great extent, the masses depend upon the press for solid and useful information, not only in political and general news but in all that concerns us as intelligent beings....We shall attempt to give the political news as we get it; shall condemn what we think deserving, and justify what we think to be right. We are for the Union and government which our fathers left us....Our motto is "God and our country" and down with all traitors, whether in places high or low. For the foregoing reason we will not be confined to anybody's policy, but shall give credit to the good where we find it....Finally, we shall strive to help build up our state, our county and our town....We have a right to expect the help of our citizens in building up a paper worthy of the place. If our friends and neighbors have an eye to their interests, they will assuredly strive to sustain a paper in our county.... (Rev. J. E. Bryan)