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Vol. 1, No. 1. Issued every Thursday morning by D. R. Crosby & Co.
We present to the citizens of Minneapolis and Ottawa County the first number of the Minneapolis Sentinel, and in doing so we feel confident of obtaining a hearty support, knowing that our people are thirsting for a periodical published in their midst at regular intervals of one week, which is devoted to the interests of our whole county....We have started on a basis which we expect to be able to maintain. We are firmly of the opinion that a six column home paper, well conducted, is far superior to an eight or nine column paper with one side printed in St. Louis or Chicago, and the other side filled with poorly printed matter and dead advertisements....Though not schooled in the business of journalism, by the kindly assistance of our people we will endeavor to thoroughly acquaint our neighbors, inquirers and foreigners, with what is going on among us....
The press in this office is one of approved pattern. Nearly all of our materials is new and in first class condition. Anyone in want of presses or printing material will consult their interests by making their wants known to F. G. Noonan, Kansas City, Mo.
We acknowledge the receipt this week of two new papers, one the Reporter published in Solomon City, and the other the Sentinel published in Minneapolis.... - Ellsworth Reporter.
"My first visit was to the new Sentinel office, where I found the gentlemanly proprietors, D. R. Crosby & Co., busily engaged in rounding up for tomorrow's issue. The material of the Sentinel office is all bran new and everything looks as clean and as bright as a new pin. Their first issue, dated last Thursday, is a very creditable effort and bears the impress of brains, energy and first class mechanical skill...." - Correspondent Topeka Commonwealth.
"The first number of two new papers have put in an appearance at this office....the Sentinel at Minneapolis, Ottawa County, edited by D. R. Crosby, and the Exposition at Concordia, Cloud County, edited by J. S. Paradis...." - Topeka Times.
The Echo, Vol. 1, No. 1, printed at Cawker City, comes to us this week. It is an offspring of the Tribune and an improvement on the same.
Published every Thursday morning at Minneapolis by Crosby & Hoyt.
The Minneapolis Independent has again resumed publication with a number of material changes. The name of H. H. Tucker, formerly of the Independent, appears as proprietor and that of Wm. Goddard of the late Lindsey Pioneer, and formerly an editor in London, England, as publisher. The paper is reduced in size from an eight to a seven column sheet and is run, as heretofore, on the 'cooperative plan.'...
...The Sentinel office will this week be removed to Midgley's brick building on First Street and, in consequence of the large amount of work attending the removal of a printing office, there will be no paper issued next week....
The Solomon Valley Mirror for December is out. C. C. Olney, the managing editor, is just the man for the place....As the Mirror is printed in this office, modesty forbids us to praise its typographical appearance.
By notice of dissolution in another column will be seen the change of proprietorship of this paper. The relations between ourself and D. R. Crosby have been of a pleasant and reasonably profitable character, and they return thanks for the liberal patronage and support of the patrons. The reason for the change is to better concentrate the profits of the concern.... - Chas. Hoyt.
By Chas. Hoyt & Thos. Midgley.
New Firm. It will be seen that with this issue of the Sentinel another change in its proprietorship has taken place which virtually results in the purchase by Thomas Midgley of the half interest formerly held by D. R. Crosby....Both proprietors of the paper are now practical workmen. Mr. Midgley commenced the printing business in Minneapolis some years ago, has been employed in this office since its establishment, and is well known to most of the patrons of the Sentinel.
We are in receipt of the second number of the Stockton (Rooks County) News, a neatly printed five column paper. N. J. Newell, editor and proprietor.
Many of our readers are already acquainted with the reason why the Sentinel did not appear last week, as notice was sent to the different post offices in the county stating that we had been disappointed in getting paper....This far from railroad connection, an omission is liable to occur sometimes, especially during such severe storms and almost impassable roads as have prevailed for two weeks past.
The Solomon City Reporter has adjourned sine die. The Reporter was one of the best cooperative papers printed in the state. We miss the inside for Solomon City news, but for the outside we do not pine as it yet comes to us, save the heading, from several other directions. However, Simpson, the editor, gives us his usual good dish of Solomon items in that most excellent paper, the Dickinson County Chronicle.
From history of Ottawa County by R. D. Mobley:
The first newspaper in the county was the Solomon Valley Pioneer, started in September 1870 by Wm. Goddard at Lindsey. It was Republican in politics, devoted to the interests of the county in general and Lindsey in particular. It ran until 1873. In January 1871, Dr. J. E. Wharton started the Ottawa County Independent. It was Republican in politics, devoted to the interests of the county in general and Minneapolis in particular. Through these two papers the bitter county seat war was carried on. The Independent passed through the hands of J. E. Wharton, Bishop Perkins, H. H. Tucker, C. B. Rotrock, and the office is now owned by H. H. Tucker, and is at present suspended. D. R. Crosby and Chas. Hoyt started the Sentinel in August 1875. It is Republican in politics and devoted to the interests of its readers and patrons and comes out regularly every week. D. R. Crosby sold his interest and retired from the Sentinel about the first of January 1876, which was subsequently purchased by Thos. Midgley, so that the Sentinel is now run by Hoyt & Midgley. C. C. Olney issues monthly, from the Sentinel office, the Solomon Valley Mirror, a neatly gotten up real estate journal and devoted to showing up Ottawa County.
We have neglected to notice the appearance of The Interior, a new paper recently established at Hutchinson, Reno County, by Inman & Bowles. Mr. H. Inman, the editor, formerly published the Ellsworth Reporter.
In this issue we publish an extract from the Troy Chief in relation to the Swayze paper, which we think eminently pertinent. Sol Miller, the editor of the Chief, is one of these outspoken journalists and was never known to be afraid to speak his sentiments. Since Swayze has published for several years a mud-slinging, unscrupulous, unprincipled paper, he came in contact with one who was foolish enough to get down on the level with him, and succeeded in getting himself shot - that is, instead of killing his antagonist he lost his life at the end of miserable and disgraceful combat. Independence is a very good thing, like everything else, when in its place; but when a newspaper gets the two words "independence" and "impudence" mixed, and has not enough brains to distinguish the difference, it had better begin to consult the judgment and respect the feelings of others.
"A Prophecy. From the Troy Chief. The Topeka Blade says it will pursue the same course as heretofore; and we also notice that Mrs. Swayze's name appears as editor. It is easy to foresee the outcome. The Blade, for a while, will be principally devoted to copying all the good things said of Swayze, and saying mean things of those who do not swear he was a saint, and to living on the capital created by sympathy. But if the lady in reality assumes editorial control, the paper will be conducted in a ladylike and respectable manner. This will soon sour on the palates of a majority of the patrons of the Blade, for they admired it for its filth and abuse, and they will soon lop off, leaving the paper to starve to death. And, in the end, those who encouraged Swayze in his meanness will swindle his widow out of her just dues."
From the Kansas City Journal: "The trial of Wilson for the killing of the editor Swayze at Topeka has been concluded and the jury acquitted the prisoner....The lesson taught in this event is one that, however the sensational press may affect to treat it, is not without its value in a public sense. The dead editor has been shown to have published a paper devoted to personal defamation, and those accompanying practices, which have done so much to engender bad blood in communities and bring disgrace upon the press. The practice of this sort of journalism has become too fashionable, and a warning such as this ought not to follow such examples. The profession of journalism should be the noblest among all professional pursuits. It is, when rightly wielded, the most potent for good of all modern instrumentalities, and its abuse is fraught with wider demoralizing influences than any other...."
The Sentinel presents itself this morning, the first number of its third year, with an appearance somewhat different than usual; whether it is an improvement we leave our readers to judge for themselves....The reward has been that our list has increased from 250 to 650 in the last 18 months, and the advertising patronage in the usual proportion. Times have been reasonably good and all the way through we have been enabled to make what we call a good living, for which every man should be grateful....
...We have purchased W. W. Hooper's interest in the Sentinel. Since the latter's arrival in this place last summer, circumstances have prevented him from taking a very active part in the business; and on account of urgent calls for his services elsewhere, together with personal considerations, it became quite impracticable for him to actively engage upon and continue in the arduous duties of editorial life. He will in a short time return to take charge of Shaw University...and will probably return to Kansas next season....
We have received the first number of Our Schools, a monthly school journal published at Lawrence and conducted by C. F. Forbes.
We have for some time been trying to solve the problem of how to conduct the Sentinel...on the ready-pay system - one which should be adopted by all classes of business. Some publishers offer premiums to get subscribers and retain them. Some give chromos, others cheap spoons. We have concluded to place the subscription price of the paper where everyone can afford to pay in advance, which will be an even dollar a year. This price will be upon yearly subscriptions alone....We hope our delinquent subscribers will take advantage of this very liberal offer, which will stand until the first of January next....
We congratulate J. W. Hart, editor of the Abilene Chronicle, upon his having become sole proprietor of that paper. He has for a long time been editor of and held a controlling interest in that excellent and well established journal.