Elwood Free Press
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Vol. 1, No. 1. Published every Saturday morning by Lee & Wilder, one copy one year $2.
The Start. While the judges hold their watches and the people look with strained eyes at our new steed, we rise in the skeleton wagon to make a few remarks. The Free Press is a Republican nag, sired by the best blood we have had in America, and handled on this occasion by that kind of Kansas pluck which has not flinched in any emergency. The animal has some fire, some fun, a good deal of perseverance, and has never been known to break up....No favors are asked, no indulgence prayed for, no sympathy sought....
"Elwood Free Press. A new weekly with the above title, large size and Republican in its political views will issue its first number in Elwood on the 24th. Lee & Wilder, proprietors....We desire particularly to refer to D. W. Wilder, who will be one of the editors and proprietors of the Press. Mr. W. is of the young men of Kansas who do so much towards elevating the sentiment of our Territory and advancing its noblest interests...." -- Leavenworth Daily Times.
We have received the first number of the Kansas Zeitung, a German paper published at Leavenworth by Leopold Mader. Mr. Mader was recently connected with the St. Joseph Zeitung. His paper is announced as Republican....
Absent. Three or four weeks ago Wilder went East to see his mater and his alma mater and to take a vacation from the hard work of western life. This week, Lee went to see his brother get married....During the absence of Lee and Wilder, we shall have the entire control of the paper....Our editorial control will be brief, not more than two or three weeks. Ed. Russell.
Kansas Daily State Register. We have received...numbers of this paper, edited by Jeff L. Dugger. It is printed on the debris of the old Ledger. The Register is Republican, calls itself moderate, is edited with ability, and is a handsome paper.
Almost a Duel. E. Y. Shields of the St. Joseph West and Jos. Thompson, formerly of the Troy Democrat, lately connected with the office of the Free Democrat (St. Joseph), visited our city Thursday with the purpose of settling a little personal difference. A late number of the Free Democrat contained certain words that Mr. S. regarded as personal and offensive, and demanded retraction. After considerable parleying, an understanding was reached: Mr. T. explaining that the language was not intended to be personal, and retracting it in that sense. The gentlemen, the matter having been amicably arranged, returning home with their friends. We regard dueling as a humbug, a relic of a past age, and we are glad that an amicable settlement was arrived at; and we think the honor of both gents is just as well off as though they had taken a pop at each other.
We have now published the Free Press for three months and the first installment on our advertisements is falling due. We shall call on our advertisers soon, and hope they will pay promptly. Many of our subscribers are in arrears to us and we need the money....Our paper was commenced under inauspicious circumstances, owing to the failure of its predecessors here, and we have been willing to grant every indulgence on that account....
The State Record is the name given to the paper just started by E. G. & W. W. Ross at Topeka. It is a large-sized weekly, finely printed and edited with marked ability. But the best thing about it is its Republicanism, which is of the blackest and most irrepressible variety.
"Old John Brown." By reference to another column will be seen a detailed account of an insurrection at Harper's Ferry, Virginia. To Kansas readers, this disturbance will be of peculiar interest from their acquaintance with its leaders. "Old John Brown" has in Kansas proved himself to be a hero; he has been one of those men whom free men loved, and for his gallant deeds here he will be forever honored. He is now dead. His recent acts we shall not defend. Civil discord and servile war can never be eulogized; we condemn them and their authors in the strongest terms. A deep seated wrong, broad in its extent as half our confederacy, can never be uprooted by the violence of arms and bloodshed. But of "Old Brown" our censures are mild. A free man, nourished and strengthened in soul and body by the mountain air of Ethan Allen's home, he came to Kansas a peaceful, quiet citizen. His only war was against wild nature, and with his yielding farm he cultivated the joyous fruits of peace. The early events of Kansas transpired, and he was a part of that history. His farm was ravaged. His home invaded; his wife insulted; his two sons killed, and John Brown raised his grey head, already bowed with years, and swore eternal vengeance on that lustful power that had desecrated his home and made cold his hearthstone. The shrieks of a maniac son, made mad by border horrors, urged him on, and he has written his retaliation in blood....
Insanity....How many of the editors, who are just now calling old John Brown insane and a madman, really believe the articles they write? Not one. They fear the Republican party will be held responsible for the acts of this consistent Abolitionist and for this reason out-Herod Herod in condemning John Brown....John Brown is not a Republican, neither is he a madman....John Brown is an extremist; he believes with Lord Brougham that it is a wild and guilty fantasy that man can hold property in man. The Virginia slave is to him a brother man who has been robbed of his dearest rights. To give that bondman his liberty old Brown believes to be an act of Christian charity, and this is the ultra Abolition view. It overlooks Constitutions and Laws and considers only what it calls "the rights of man."...
It is understood that the Palermo Leader ceases with the issue of this week. The Leader has been ably conducted and we can only regret that Perham & Emery, its efficient editors, did not choose a location in a town where there were people and business enough to sustain their enterprise.
John Brown. We have no disposition to extenuate the crimes recently committed by this noted man. But there is no reason why the acts of kindness and charity which he was wont to perform should be forgotten now that he is about to suffer the doom of a felon. An instance of this sort fell under our personal observation. At the sacking of Osawatomie one of the most bitter pro-slavery men in Lykins County was killed. His name was Ed Timmons. Sometime afterwards, Brown stopped at the log house where Timmons had lived. His widow and children were there and in great destitution. Brown inquired into their wants, relieved their distresses, and supported them until her friends in Missouri, informed through Brown of the condition of Mrs. Timmons, had time to come to her and carry her to her former home. Mrs. Timmons fully appreciated the great kindness thus shown to her, but never learned that Capt. John Brown was her benefactor.
Published every Saturday morning by H. D. Hunt. Lee & Wilder, editors.
Our Democratic friends are making an effort to establish a journal in this city which shall be an exponent of their political principles.
Lincoln in Kansas! His first speech! Hon. Abraham Lincoln arrived in Elwood on Thursday. Although fatigued with the journey, and somewhat "under the weather," he kindly consented to make a short speech here. A large number of our citizens assembled at the Great Western Hotel to hear him. Mr. Lincoln was received with great enthusiasm. He stated the reasons why he was unable to make a speech this evening. He could only say a few words to us who had come out to meet him the first time he had placed his foot upon the soil of Kansas. Mr. Lincoln said that it was possible that we had local questions in regard to railroads, land grants and internal improvements which were matters of deeper interest to us than the questions arising out of national politics, but of these local interests he knew nothing and should say nothing....Mr. Lincoln in conclusion adverted briefly to the Harper's Ferry affair. He believed the attack of Brown wrong for two reasons. It was a violation of law and it was, as all such attacks must be, futile as far as any effect it might have on the extinction of a great evil....Mr. Lincoln closed his brief speech by wishing all to go out to the election on Tuesday and to vote as became the Freemen of Kansas..
"The Elwood (Kansas) Free Press has passed into the hands of H. D. Hunt, a graduate of this office. The Free Press is a good looking sheet, thoroughly Republican, and very ably conducted. Our young friend has made a favorable beginning...." -- Conneaut (O.) Reporter.
It is not necessary to tell anybody what the Leavenworth Times is. It is read all over Kansas, and its manly course in the defense of the Free State cause for three years, together with its enterprise in publishing intelligence from the Kansas Gold Region, have given it a reputation in every part of the Union. We are led to speak of it at this time from having before us a copy of the weekly....The Weekly Times is printed on a sheet 28 by 42 in size, and is by far the best paper, as well as the largest, that is published in the West....But the best thing about the Times, the fact that makes it a welcome visitor in the homes of the Freemen of Kansas, is this: it has never faltered in its support of Human Freedom....The Times establishment is an expensive one. It employs 20 men constantly....The click of the type and the clank of the presses never cease....
The Palermo Leader in its last issue takes leave of its friends in the following style: "With this number the Leader withdraws from among the Kansas journals as a regular weekly paper, and for a season will appear only semi-occasionally. It is our intention to recommence a regular issue of the Leader about the first of March next....In taking this step, we feel under no obligations to make an apology to our patrons nor the public. Our reasons are satisfactory to ourselves and of no interest to the reader...."
Mrs. George W. Brown, the wife of the editor of the Herald of Freedom, and a famous martyr and speakeress, has applied for a divorce from "Gusty Windy." She charges her liege lord with adultery. Rough on G. W.
The Elwood Democrat. On Thursday evening a petition was presented the City Council asking for aid in the establishment of the Democratic sheet we have for some time been promised. The council voted a subscription of 100 copies for three months. We have been reserving a warm welcome for the Democrat, and hope this boost of the city fathers may set it fairly afloat.
*G. W. Brown. The Lawrence correspondent of the Leavenworth Times says: "The Judiciary Committee, to whom a bill divorcing Geo. Brown and wife had been referred, reported in favor of passing the bill and, in response to a call for the testimony in the case, the members of the committee stated that the testimony was of such a character that they did not desire to make it public....Rather than read the whole testimony before the House, they would prefer to have the case withdrawn. It was finally suggested that the lobby be cleared and the reporters requested to withdraw just a little while and they would read enough of the testimony to satisfy....The bill finally passed the House with but one dissenting voice."
The Dollar Dispatch. Our enterprising typos of the Leavenworth Dispatch have begun to issue a weekly edition of their wide-awake sheet. It is published for the low price of one dollar per year....The Dispatch is an independent sheet and preserves its neutrality on nearly all public issues.
"D. R. Anthony and R. M. Hamer were yesterday arrested by Marshal Colby on writs from the District Court, charging them with resisting the arrest of the fugitive slave, Charley Fisher, last winter. They gave securities to appear at the April term." -- Leavenworth Herald.
We are indebted to John L. Merrick, marshal of the provisional government at Pike's Peak, for late advices from that region. Mr. Merrick is one of our old citizens, having published the Kansas Press here in '58 and '59.
With the present issue the first volume of the Free Press is completed. When we began to publish the Free Press we received nothing but discouragement. Papers had been started, money paid in and, after a few weeks, all promises were broken and the paper discontinued. We pledged our word that there should be no failure with the Free Press and have fulfilled the promise to the letter....The paper has been issued regularly, without a single failure, and without any of those miserable apologies for newspapers so common all over Kansas -- half sheets.
The Democratic papers in our territory are very generally changing hands. The Leavenworth Herald, the oldest and best of them, is now edited by Fain & Burlingame, Mr. Gill having retired. Mr. Hinton has left the Dispatch, now a Breckenridge organ, and is succeeded by J. A. Green. Mr. Chase has retired from that Atchison Union and that paper will not now be a Douglas organ.
The Independent is the name of a paper just started at Oskaloosa. J. W. Roberts and John W. Day are its editors.
J. W. Biggers, formerly of the Iowa Point Dispatch, has issued the first number of the Doniphan County Dispatch at Troy. We hope it will live but we can't believe it. We wish it told the truth when it said its subscription list was larger than the Free Press, but every man in the county knows it is a falsehood....
Left Town. D. W. Wilder has gone to St. Joseph for the purpose of taking charge of the editorial columns of the Free Democrat in that city. Mr. W. has been a resident of Elwood for two years past....We sincerely regret that Mr. W. has seen fit to leave us, but it is consoling to know that the cause of Free Labor in Missouri is to have so firm and steadfast a friend.
The Leavenworth Dispatch announces a temporary suspension of their daily evening issue: "...We are not forced or obliged to pursue this course by want of means of patronage,...yet we deem it sheer folly to continue its issue at a pecuniary loss of from 50 to 60 dollars per week...."
Wood will be taken on subscription to the Free Press.
John L. Merrick, formerly publisher of the Kansas Weekly Press in this city, has just returned from the Gold Mines, where he has passed the last two years. Mr. Merrick took out the first press and issued the first paper printed at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. He is now attached to the Rocky Mountain News, Denver City, and is east on business connected with that paper.
The Doniphan Post has ceased to exist. The cause of its decease, we presume, was the failure upon the part of the people to patronize it. Peace to its ashes.
Great Antiquity of Printing. When Warren Hastings was governor-general of India, Major Roebuck, making an excavation in the district of Benares, found a vault, and in it movable types, places as if for printing, evidently not of modern origin. From all the Major could collect, it appeared probable that the place had remained in the state in which it was found for at least 1,000 years. Paper we know to have been manufactured in the East many centuries before we had any knowledge of it; and we have many reasons to think that the Chinese had been acquainted with the mode of printing they now employ many centuries before Faust invented it in Europe.
We learn that the Doniphan County Dispatch, published at Troy, has ceased to exist owing to the pressure of the "hard times."
Wood Wanted. Those who promised to bring us wood will confer a great favor by doing so immediately. New subscriptions to the Free Press will also be received and wood taken in payment therefore....One cord of good wood will pay for the paper one year.
New Paper. "We understand that the Dispatch printing office has been sold to Anthony, Wilder & Co. and a new Republican paper will shortly make its appearance in our city." -- Leavenworth Herald.
We are pleased at being able to announce to our readers that the Free Press is published in the State of Kansas -- we have moved to America....
Leavenworth Daily Conservative. A new Republican paper, published at Leavenworth by D. R. Anthony, has made its appearance. It is edited by D. W. Wilder. Weightman, Prescott, Buckingham and Hume assist and share the profits with Mr. Anthony....Daily $6 a year, tri-weekly $3, and weekly $1.
Topeka Tribune. This paper...has changed hands and is edited by Jno. P. Greer, and has returned to its first love, being again Republican. Our capital now boasts two Republican papers.
Elwood Pioneer. We have received a prospectus for the above named sheet, a German newspaper, to be published in this city if sufficient inducements are offered to the publisher, A. Disque, in the way of subscriptions and advertising. A German newspaper should be liberally sustained in northern Kansas....
We have received the first number of the Union Banner, a lively little daily published at Atchison by Jno. A. Martin.
The Shield and Banner is the name of a new paper published at Mansfield by R. B. Mitchell and edited by B. P. Ayers. It is a Douglas Democratic paper but will support the present Administration in the defense of the Stars and Stripes.
The Kansas Frontier has just been started at Junction City by Short & Geery. It is Democratic in politics.
We received a call this week from J. G. Kelsey and Mr. Parker of Brown County. Mr. Parker is making preparations to start a paper at Hiawatha, and is now removing the press and materials of the Doniphan County Dispatch to that place.
We challenge any office in the state to produce a larger list of printers who have volunteered their services to the government in the present war: J. L. Merrick, private, Illinois 16th; R. A. Tracy, private, Kansas 1st; E. Sachse, musician, Nebraska 1st; Ed Pait, private, Kansas 1st; W. H. Smallwood, private, Kansas 1st; E. A. Snow, private, Major Peabody's Command, St. Joseph.