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Vol. 1, No. 1. Published every Monday morning at Cottonwood Falls, Chase Co., Kansas, by S. N. Wood, editor and proprietor.
Salutatory. After many delays, we are at last enabled to make our bow editorial. That we shall be able to please all our readers, we are not vain enough to suppose for a moment; indeed we do not intend to make the attempt. Should we be successful in pleasing ourselves, it is more than we now anticipate. Our paper is, and so long as we preside over its editorial columns shall be our own; what we like, we shall praise; what we dislike, condemn.
Our paper will be thoroughly devoted to the interests of southwestern Kansas (especially Chase County). We shall seek to send out weekly to the world correct information of our resources, improvements, mineral wealth, etc., etc.
Politically, in Kansas, we shall be Free State; having spent almost five years in the Free State party, we feel like "fighting the good fight out." We shall oppose the slavery propaganda in every form. We would place the Slavery question where out fathers placed it - "a local institution, existing by virtue of local laws, and for the existence of which, as a nation, we are not responsible." In a word, we would "denationalize slavery" and place the influence of the general government on the side of freedom.
We believe the people of Kansas are abundantly able to "regulate their own institutions in their own way; but that they have no more power to make a slave than to make a king." We believe in the province of "the majority to rule," but that they have no right to pass different laws for the minority than the majority, much less to enslave the minority.
In national politics, our sympathies and influence will be with the party of Freedom and against the party of Slavery, without regard to name. Our paper will be Conservative in character - opposed to radicalism - and will, in a legal way only, seek to remedy the evils of society.
Our readers may consider this week's entertainment like boarding-house fare - cheap and filling - but we hope the following apology may obtain their indulgence for its imperfection. F. E. Smith, who has charge of the paper during Mr. Wood's absence, was unexpectedly called away a week ago, leaving but one hand in the office and just no editor at all! Nobody but the "worser half" of the absent editor to prepare matter for the paper; and, as trouble never comes alone, our only assistant at housework was obliged to go home, thus throwing the duties of editor, housekeeper and cook upon the hands of one woman. He hoped that the Fort Riley mail would bring some sage editorial correspondence from Washington; but a few lines, on business dated at Leavenworth, comprised the meager fruition of our hopes. We have done the best that, with our inexperience and want of ability we could do, and hope our readers will charitably scan the result.
We were nominated at the American Convention, without our knowledge or consent. We received information of that nomination on Wednesday night. Our paper for the next week was almost entirely made up; what we had written and published in our first two numbers was written without any expectation of being a candidate. The convention that nominated us, as we learned, passed no resolutions, attempted to put us on no platform. We run only as a Free State man, if that was Anti-Republican then the News had a right to put us down as a Democrat. If, on the other hand, to favor a Free State is anti-Democratic, we could be justly charged as being a Republican. We have doubted, and still doubt, the propriety of organizing the Republican Party at this time....
We desire one word with you this week. We have struggled here on the frontier for a year past with our paper amidst disappointments calculated to discourage almost anyone. Five more numbers complete our first volume. Our paper has not been a paying concern but has been a continual drain upon our resources during the year; we have had thousands of dollars worth of property destroyed by fire and ourselves left without a home or shelter for our family, and our crops destroyed by drouth. Yet with a very few failures our paper has made its regular appearance whilst hundreds are indebted to us for subscription and advertising. We have had to pay cash for provisions, cash for paper, cash for ink, cash for work, cash for everything. There is now due the office over $2,000 which if paid would place us above want - place the press upon a firm basis and ensure its regular appearance. We have not only enlarged the press, but otherwise improved it, making it equal to any other paper in the Territory. Reader, you know whether you have paid for the Press or not; if not we beg of you to mail us two dollars at once; we know that you will sleep easier after it and just now it will aid us very much. Send us $3.00 and we will, in addition, continue the paper to you another year....We shall receive cash subscribers, to commence with the next volume, until August 1st at $1.00 - the cheapest paper in the West. Send on your $1.00 immediately and secure the paper. (S. N. Wood)
Removal. The next number of our paper will be issued at Council Grove; this will be unexpected by our readers and was by us three days ago. We have no room for explanation this week and shall, on account of removing, issue no paper next week.
Our Reasons. We decided very suddenly to remove our press to Council Grove. Some may have wondered at this step; our reasons are soon told. We came to Cottonwood Falls last spring, believing that a town would spring up at the Falls and in a few months we should have business all around us; but instead, one-half of our townsite was jumped by one person who, dog-in-the-manger-like, would do nothing himself or allow anyone else. Persons came to the Falls to build mills but the land was in dispute and they left disgusted. Others proposed establishing stores but, our townsite being in dispute, they would not venture and thus scores of men, as well as business, was driven from us. We were paying $25 per week to keep up our paper and from Cottonwood Falls were receiving no support because there was nothing there. COUNCIL GROVE, on the other hand, is a business place, doing a larger business than any other town in southern or western Kansas; the starting point to New Mexico and the plains. The people there wanted a paper, offered us inducements which we believe it our duty, as well as interest, to accept. And here we are at what is destined to be one of the most important places in Kansas. We have not, however, lost any of our fancy for the Cottonwood Valley; its equal for beauty and richness does not exist....