Council Grove Democrat
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Volume 1, Number 4. E. F. Campbell, editor and proprietor.
We believe our paper has given satisfaction to our patrons and, from the hue and cry raised over it by the opposite party, feel sure it is of some consequence. But by no means is it what we intend it shall be. Having no help, and being compelled to do all the work, gives us but little time to devote to the getting up of the paper. Had we a comfortable room for our office, it would greatly facilitate us in expediting our business. But we hope, ere long, to obviate these difficulties and, in the meantime, will expect every well-wisher of our enterprise to do all in their power to advance our interests in the way of procuring subscribers to the Democrat. We greatly need the circulation of Democratic papers all over the state such as will not yield to the storm of abolitionism and terrorism which is sweeping over the country. And, as Council Grove and Morris County have taken the lead in this great move, let it not be said she was not equal to the emergency.
"We are in receipt of a new weekly paper styled the Democrat, edited and published at Council Grove by E. F. Campbell, who lets us know in his salutatory bow that he is 'deeply convinced that the salvation of the country depends upon the restoration to power of the Democratic party.'...Mr. Campbell has no doubt many other conscientious reasons which will be urged through the columns of the Democrat why the old party shall be resurrected from the dead, and notwithstanding we have no desire to see the ghost, we have a curiosity to read about it, and shall weekly expect a visit from the Democrat." -- Topeka Tribune.
O, thou all-wise, ass-tute editor of that delectable, sweet-scented sheet, did you not know that the Democratic party was not dead, but only sleeping? She has awakened with renewed strength from her refreshing slumber. Pull the wool off your eyes and take a large dose of castor oil to work the nigger off the brain and you will be better posted, man, and know why "the salvation of the country depends upon the restoration to power of the Democratic party."
When it was first announced that there was to be a Democratic paper published at Council Grove, the very idea of such an attempt in the state was hooted at by thousands. It was repeatedly asserted that such an enterprise could not succeed, and even some of those that were anxious to see it inaugurated were in doubts about it, and could scarcely believe their eyes when the first number was laid before them. They had been so long without such a thing that they had almost despaired of ever seeing the like again. And the Jacobins were indignant and thought it mighty impudent, in any man, to attempt the like. But it was undertaken and now the Democrat has been published three months with more success, really, than we could have hoped for, under the circumstances. And now it only remains, in order to assure its entire success, for each and every Democrat to subscribe and pay for it. Council Grove has done a good part by us, for which we feel grateful, but there are men in the county, calling themselves Democrats, who do not support us. Perhaps they are on the fence, not having the nerve to decide which side to light on. Just such timidity has placed the Democratic party in Kansas in the attitude it now stands. The present party in power worked long and faithful to accomplish this object. After the death of the old Whig party, they first came out as Native Americans, then Know-Nothings, then Republicans, and now they are extreme Radicals, determined to rule or ruin all....
"They have a regular dyed in the wool Copperhead sheet at Council Grove, the Democrat. The editor copies his editorials from such delectable sheets as the rebel New York News." -- Emporia News.
Of course we copy extensively from such sheets as the New York News, always giving the proper credits, a thing the Emporia News very much neglects to do. In its issue of the 5th, in which we find the above sweet-scented morsel, there are no less than 16 different articles in the leading editorial column -- leaded, without even a quotation mark -- every syllable, word and line of which is purloined from other papers, all of which we have seen and read in our exchanges, and have now before us. Jake, you are an ass-tute cuss, egotistical as a donkey, brainless and stupid as a mule....
"Wood Paper -- The constantly increasing price of rags led papermakers for some years past to turn their attention to the discovery of other materials suitable for paper stock. All kinds of plants, from those which grow near our own doors to the luxuriant growths of tropical regions, have been experimented on with but partial success; but it now seems probable that for the future our main source of supply will be the forest. It is at least a century...since paper was made experimentally in Europe from wood; and, notwithstanding repeated improvements, the requirement of cost and quality have not until recently been met. The manufacture of wood paper is now, however, an accomplished fact. There are two large establishments near Philadelphia where it is carried on. In one of these a paper containing 60 percent of wood pulp is turned out, and in the other, which is on an immense scale, an excellent paper for printing purposes composed of 80 percent straw is made. The larger and more successful establishment is capable of turning out from 24,000 to 30,000 pounds of pulp daily." -- American Artisan.
Mr. Greenway of the firm of Greenway & Burkhead, at Little Arkansas Ranch, came into our office yesterday and requested us to accompany him to the store of M. Conn & Co., and without taking a thought as to whether the man's motives, in thus getting us out of our office, unarmed, were honorable, at once acceded to the request and, to our utter astonishment, after entering the store, we were made the recipient of a handsome present -- a new suit of clothes -- a thing an editor seldom enjoys, with the compliments of Greenway, Wm. Shamlefeer and Chas. O. Fuller, all simon pure Democrats and clever gentlemen.
Owing to the high water three weeks ago, our order for paper did not reach its destination in season and, consequently, we were compelled to defer our regular issue for two weeks.
"A statement, which we think reliable, from the Hydrostatic Paper Company, and addressed to paper manufacturers, informs us that the Patent Straw Paper, which was recently invented and put in operation at thee Genesee Paper Mills and Niagara Falls Paper Mills, accomplishes a complete revolution in the paper manufacturing business. The apparatus, we are assured, is simple in its construction and may be applied to any modern paper mill for less than $1,000. The following assurances are also made: It dispenses with all washing engines; two 400-pounder beaters will prepare stuff for five tons of paper a day, and will save one-half of the expenses in building a new paper mill. The straw is subdued and prepared for the chlorine bleach without the use of steam pressure, thus avoiding the risk always attending the use of high pressure upon boilers, and the principle is equally applicable to wood, rags, bamboo or any other fibrous substance. The invention also preserves the fibric in a sound state -- makes a stronger, clearer, whiter and better paper from pure straw than can be made from rags, and dispenses with the use of all hard stock, while the paper is flexible, opaque, and takes a better impression than rag paper, while it leaves the type clear from all foreign substances. Woodruff, McVean & Hastings and S. Poetibone assures us that the new boilers will save 40 percent over any other known process and they state they get from a ton of rye straw 1,200 pounds of newspaper, and can bleach it with 350 pounds of soda ash, 150 pounds of bleaching powders, 225 pounds of lime, using no acids or alum, and leaving three-fourths of the fuel, and one-third of the labor, also getting 500 pounds more of paper from a ton of straw than can be obtained by the Mellier or any other process. So great a revolution in the manufacture ought also to work a revolution in the price of paper, but we see no signs of this at present." -- New York Express.
A Paper for the People. The Council Grove Democrat. "Do we mean to submit and consent that we, ourselves, our country and its rights shall be trampled on? We never will submit." -- Daniel Webster.
A stanch advocate of Democratic principles. The political tone of the paper, in the future as in the past, will be firm and consistent, and Democratic men and Democratic measures will receive our cordial and constant support. We will advocate Democratic principles because we believe them to be in strict accordance with the true theory of government, and in the present crisis of our country's history we deem their advocacy a more sacred duty, from the fact that the government is in danger, and ambitious and designing men, both North and South, are seeking to overthrow the liberties of the people....
"The Council Grove Democrat...is a spicy, neat and well edited sheet. Ed. Campbell, an old-time friend of ours, owns and runs the 'masheen.' Ed. has started and successfully run several good country papers in the Western states. He is a first-class printer and a racy writer...." -- Columbus (Nebraska) Golden Age.
One of the reasons, and one of the principal ones too, that has made Kansas so strongly republican ever since that party was organized is to be found in the fact that the republican press of the state has been so well maintained, while the democratic press has been allowed to languish and decay, and one after another pass out of existence. The republican press has, as a general rule, we must say to its credit, been well conducted. Its managers, for the most part, have been vigorous and bold, just the kind of men that tell best in the conduct of newspapers. But the great secret of their success has been the determination with which the party has sustained its editors. To say nothing of the local patronage, township and county, which has been given them, the federal patronage has been very largely bestowed upon them. For this reason, the abolition sheets have thrived. They have been loaded with patronage and, therefore being raised above want, have been enabled to wield all the energy and ability they could muster for the benefit of the abolition party, and with what result we all know. And in proportion as the abolition sheets have prospered, our democratic papers have starved. Of course, the local patronage in most localities being wholly radical cannot be controlled for democratic papers. But the federal patronage is "not now as it used to was," and that should be made so far possible to contribute to the support of a sound democratic local press. This has been the wise rule of the republicans on their side, and we hope our democrats will learn wisdom from it. We hold that, as things now are, the federal patronage of right belongs to those who will agree to maintain a newspaper. Let this be the rule and...we shall soon see as many democratic papers in the state as there are republican ones, and a year will not pass before we witness the happy effects of it....
Volume 1, Number 14. Published every Thursday. S. M. Hays, proprietor. E. S. Bertram, general editor. Isaac Sharp, political editor. Terms: per year $2.00, six months $1.00.
S. S. Prouty of the Commonwealth has been re-elected state printer, the vote standing: Prouty 67, Sol Miller 33, F. P. Baker 22. Hon. E. S. Stover voted for Miller but afterwards changed to Prouty. Hon. Jas. Phinney voted for Prouty. Mr. Prouty has held the office for the past two years and has given universal satisfaction. Speaking of his election, the Lawrence Tribune says: "The election of Prouty will rejoice nearly all the printers in the state. He did good work, is a generous hearted man, and deserves re-election. It shows also that demagoguism cannot prevail over right and justice. Sol Miller never was really a candidate, and his vote is highly complimentary. Here's to Prouty!"
The office of the Miami County Advertiser, located at Paola, is for sale. There are two job presses, one Washington hand press, one paper cutter, one card cutter, three large imposing stones, plenty of long primer and minion for a 36-column paper and a splendid assortment of job type, nearly new. The office is doing a good business and is offered for sale because of a political difference between the two owners. Parties wishing to buy will find this to be a rare opportunity. Address Advertiser, Paola, Kans. Newspapers will confer a favor by copying the above.
Volume 2, Number 1. Published every Thursday by Maloy & Dyer.
As announced last week, we have purchased and assumed absolute control of the Democrat. We intend to make it a first class newspaper, one that its friends cannot be ashamed of. No labor will be withheld to make it signally merit in the future the very liberal patronage and friendship it has enjoyed in the past. The second volume has now commenced and soon the excitement of one of the most arduous and gigantic political campaigns this country has ever known will be upon us. We shall keep our readers thoroughly posted upon the issues that will enter into the contest, and as the organ of democracy of Morris County will give vent to no uncertain sounds, but will boldly and rationally discuss those topics that come within the scope of our duties as faithful chroniclers of everything that conduces to the public weal or the enlightenment of public opinion. In the political arena we do not propose to lose sight of local interests, therefore the Democrat can be relied on for the fostering of every enterprise tending to build up and develop our beautiful country....We have been asked if we intended to conduct the Democrat in the interest of any ring. Once for all, we will say that we consider the success of the party as a whole paramount to any faction thereof, and shall keep aloof from all rings and cliques. Our motto is, "Friendship for all, entangling alliances with none."
Kansas Magazine. Much has been said pro and con on the magazine question, some auguring failure and some uttering words of encouragement. Somehow we have faith that it can be made a success. Kansas certainly has a fair share of literary talent diffused through her striving, energetic people, and because it has not cropped out to any great extent through the medium of our newspapers we see no reason why a magazine solely for the purpose of collecting our "best thought on important themes" could not be made to flourish. The managers of the enterprise have established the following rules in reference to contributions, which our "blue-stockings," "poet-lariats," etc., will do well to notice:
1. Contributions must be written in ink and on but one side of the sheet.
2. Writers will be accorded the fullest liberty in the expression of opinion on subjects of which they treat, the foremost aim of the magazine being to give the best thought on all current themes.
3. It is immaterial whether contributions are anonymous or accompanied by the real names of the writers. In either case, they will receive prompt and careful consideration.
4. Contributions will be paid for only by special agreement, or when articles on particular topics are ordered from professional writers.
5. Unavailable papers will be returned to the writers when stamps for payment of postage are furnished.
6. All contributions should be addressed to the "Editor of Kansas Magazine, Topeka."
H. King, formerly of the Record, will be its editor for the first year. He will be assisted by D. W. Wilder of the Fort Scott Monitor, who is one of our best and most scholarly editors. The idea of the magazine originated with him.
Senator Ross's Paper. Senator Ross returns to the field of journalism. The following circular received by mail explains itself: "I shall commence the publication, at Coffeyville, on the first of December, 1871, of a weekly newspaper to be called Ross's Paper. It will be republican in politics and thoroughly independent, uninfluenced by merely partisan considerations. It will always commend what I believe to be good and condemn what I believe to be bad, in all parties. Subscription $2.00 per annum in advance. Please exchange. E. G. Ross." We shall look for the appearance of Ross's Paper with eagerness, and have already booked it for an "X." We are fearful, though, that the publishing of a republican paper "thoroughly independent, uninfluenced by merely partisan considerations" will prove an uphill business. The Senator tried to do his duty in the great impeachment trial "uninfluenced by merely partisan considerations," and the result he too well knows. We have some independent republican papers in Kansas, however; prominent among them we are glad to mention the Fort Scott Monitor and the Topeka Record, and possibly some others.
The office of the Parker Record has been moved to Coffeyville and Ross's Paper is to be printed with it, G. D. Baker, the owner, having sold it to Mr. Ross. The paper, we understand, will have no head but a running one on each page, and will not be numbered as to Volume 1, Number 1 and so on, as usual, but will be paged from page 1 upwards successively as long as it is issued. The first number will be pages 1, 2, 3, and 4, and the second number will commence with page 5 and 6, etc.
The editor of the Independence Tribune was cowhided one night last week by a man named Robinson, whom the Tribune had denounced as a fraud and "dead beat," alleging among other things that he had fraudulently personated a Baptist preacher and had also acted as a bogus insurance agent. The sympathies of the people of Independence are said to be with Robinson, and three prominent lawyers at once volunteered to defend him on his trial for assault and battery.
We are in receipt of the December number of the Medical Herald, a monthly published at Leavenworth and devoted to medicine and surgery and kindred sciences. It is neatly printed and full of reading matter of vital importance to the profession, and not altogether uninteresting to the general reader.
"Farewell." Under the above caption, F. P. Baker, the old wheel-horse of the Kansas press, takes his leave and surrenders to the fates the existence of the Daily State Record. We are truly sorry to lose sight of so valuable a newspaper, and at the same time one so independent as the Record. However, we shall expect the weekly edition regularly, which may in some measure make up the loss. Mr. Baker is a veteran in the service and has perhaps received more kicks and knocks than any other editor in Kansas, not excepting John Speer. His lengthy valedictory is not unmixed with the bitterness of disappointment, and of which we believe he has really good grounds of complaint. He winds up as follows: "The conclusion I draw from my editorial experience is that independent journalism in Kansas is not a brilliant success, especially at the capital. I would advise no young man to enter the editorial profession. If he does so, and expects to make a living by it, if he has no higher motive, I would advise him to avoid the luxury of independence; to cringe at the feet of power; to always help the strong and kick the weak; to avoid indulging any opinion where results are doubtful; and thus avoid the misfortunes of F. P. BAKER."
Noble L. Prentis, for about two years the city editor of the Daily State Record, since its suspension has taken the same position on the Lawrence Journal. Mr. Prentis is a good local editor and made the Record a spicy paper while he was connected with it. Some of the best editorials that appeared in that paper were from his pen....
"We read with a good deal of interest the Atchison Patriot, but confess we are bored a few days after to find the same matter hashed over in the Doniphan Democrat. That same swindle was attempted upon the democracy of Davis by the Leavenworth Commercial in the publication of the Junction City Avalanche, and it failed." -- Junction City Union. That same swindle is practiced by a good many newspapers in Kansas, whose publishers, actuated by a desire to present a blanket appearance, resort to printed outsides. We think a smaller sheet all printed at home is much to be preferred and trust that the publishers of our state will not allow those gentlemen in St. Louis, Chicago, Belleville, Milwaukee, and elsewhere to "run" the country newspapers into the ground as they have in Illinois and other sections.
We are pleased to announce that T. T. Duffy of Council Grove has been appointed by Capt. H. King, the manager, to solicit subscriptions to the Kansas Magazine. As Duffy is a responsible and energetic man, and the magazine promises to be a publication of rare literary merit, we predict a good list of subscribers from this point....
We find the following going the rounds and, strange to say, it is not attributed to any editorial convention orator. However, it is sound sense and should be the general practice of all journals: "To tell the news fairly, honestly and interestingly; to aid in all good causes; to expose abuses and stimulate reform; to represent the most liberal thoughts and highest tendencies of the time; to welcome all schemes that promise good; to encourage all human enterprises; to stimulate the love of knowledge, a taste for art and the culture of all the better parts of our nature; to sustain good government, honest rulers, and to condemn and upset the bad; these are a few of the sources of a newspaper that has no quarrel with its neighbor, and that sticks closely to its purpose of living at peace with all mankind. A journal that uses these means of making itself interesting and useful, with any decent degree of ability, will not fail because it is free from abusive controversial articles." This constitutes a sound journalistic creed which, if adhered to, will invariably conduce to the interest and prosperity of any newspaper.
We have received from the Humboldt Union a new year's greeting which is a fine specimen of what that office can do in the way of job work. Nicer work is rarely seen. Col. Martin of the Atchison Champion sends us his new year's address and, as usual, it is a typographical gem. The Champion is one of the best newspapers in the state, and Col. Martin is one of the ablest editors in Kansas. The Champion is uniformly a well printed sheet and we value it highly as an exchange.
We are in receipt of No. 1, Vol. 1 of the Solomon City Times, a neat seven column paper, republican in politics, and edited and published by Bradley & Chaffee.
The Ottawa Leader, a spicy and staunch democratic paper published at Ottawa, Franklin County, has had an editorial change. A. J. Allen, its editor since it started, has surrendered the chair editorial to Hiram H. Hand....
A. Mathewson has retired from the Parsons Sun, G. C. West taking his interest therein.
We are in receipt of the first issue of Marsh Murdock's new paper at Wichita. It is refreshing to look upon it, for its typography, makeup and everything else about it is almost faultless. This valuable addition to Kansas papers is called the Eagle; it is a large 32 column sheet, well filled with locals and general news and liberally patronized by the business men of Wichita....
We also have on our exchange list the first number of the Chetopa Democrat, size eight columns and is, as its name indicates, politically democratic.
And now comes the Beloit Gazette, published in Mitchell County by Johnson & Chaffee. It is a very neat and creditable sheet, republican in politics, though not of the partisan type.
The Orphan's Advocate. This paper is published at Kansas City by Mrs. M. A. Lykens in the interests of the Orphan's Home of that place. It is a laudable enterprise...and her paper should be liberally patronized.
The Democrat office is removed to the second story of D. J. Keezer's brick, where we remain ready hereafter to interview our friends who wish to subscribe for a good family and political newspaper or to get job work or advertising done on short notice.
We learn that an effort is being made to establish a new Grant paper here. This will be in direct opposition to Mr. Gregory. Of course, we are not entitled to any say in the premises, but this would be gross injustice to Mr. Gregory, who is as consistent a radical as there is in Morris County, and who does his very best to get out a paper worthy the support of the party. There are papers enough in Council Grove and it does seem that it is asking too much to demand the support of another. However, if the Grant party can stand two, we presume the Democrats and Liberals ought to put with one. Greg and "us" will make it red hot for the unlucky third "luminary" who has money to throw away by experimenting with types, etc.
Stopping His Paper. The following anecdote of the late Mr. Swain from the Philadelphia Press is not without a moral in other states than Pennsylvania:
Many years ago, Mr. Swain, the editor of the Public Ledger, was hailed at the corner of 18th and Chestnut streets by a very excited individual, who informed him in the most emphatic terms: "I have stopped your paper, sir," and proceeded to explain the why and wherefores, all the time gesticulating wildly.
"My gracious, sir! You don't say so! Come with me to the office and let us see if we can't remedy the matter. It grieves me that anyone should stop my paper."
Down Chestnut Street to Third the two proceeded. Arriving at the office, Mr. Swain said: "Why, my dear sir, everything seems to be going on here as usual; I thought you had stopped my paper."
Then and there, the excited gentleman, whom the long walk, by the way, had partly cooled, said that he had stopped taking his one copy of the Ledger.
Mr. Swain was profuse in his apologies for having misunderstood the meaning of his late subscriber's words, and regretted that he had given him the tramp from 18th Street to Third, down Chestnut street. The gentleman went on his way home, a wiser if not a better man, marveling at the stupidity of editors in general, and of Mr. Swain in particular. Before he left, however, he ordered that the paper still be sent to his address.
We have received the Ellsworth Reporter, G. A. Atwood, editor and proprietor. The Reporter is enlarged and improved under its new management, and is republican in politics, though not at all irrational....
We are happy to state that E. G. Ross has resuscitated his paper at Coffeyville which was destroyed by the gale that visited that town in April. We have missed the paper and welcome its resumption of hostilities toward the citadel of corruption and venality. In the last paper received, we read with interest the speech of Horace Greeley before the Osawatomie convention of this state in 1859.
The Emporia Ledger has changed hands. W. D. Walker resigns the editorial chair to J. H. & E. L. Hunt, and the paper is now distinctly republican, but will support the Greeley and Brown ticket.
The Wichita Vidette has passed into the hands of W. Perkins, he having bought out W. B. Hutchinson.
The old veteran, F. P. Baker, has started a Greeley and Brown paper at Topeka to be called the Wood-Chopper. It will make its first appearance next Saturday.
We are in receipt of the Land Mark, a new paper just started at Eskridge, Wabaunsee County. Eph. H. Sanford is editor and Elisha M. Sanford local editor. It is Grant in politics....