Great Bend Register
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Vol. 1, No. 1. Office east side of the public square. Published by the Great Bend Register Co. W. H. Odell, editor.
Our Bow. We announce with a slight twinge of pain the demise of the Barton County Progress. It is not more; and while we have no flattering eulogium to pronounce over the remains, in the language of one greater than we, "We trust that we have none of that other spirit" that would detract one iota from its just praises. It has uniformly spoken kindly of us, with all the courtesy due.
The press, type and all the fixtures formerly used by the Progress have passed into other hands. A joint stock company has been organized with ample capital. The services of the best workmen have been secured. New type, new material, and a new job press have been purchased and will be here in a few days.
We now present you with the first number of the first volume of the Great Bend Register, which we intend to be as permanent as the city itself....
We shall issue no sectional sheet but labor for the interest of the whole county and of the state. We represent no cliques and labor for the promotion of no single interest....Vice will be condemned wherever found, and justice and morality commended.
To those who have patronized the Progress, we say, if you have any unsettled accounts with that paper you must settle with its proprietor....
W. H. Odell, editor of the Register, left on the Wednesday evening train for a two weeks' visit among his relatives and old acquaintances in Adams County, Ill. He is accompanied by his wife and daughter Mary.
By A. J. Hoisington
This week the Register is published on Thursday instead of Saturday. This arrangement will be continued.
"It is strange, but true, that the new editor of the Great Bend Register, A. J. Hoisington, used to publish the Winterset Sun while we published the Dallas Gazette. We lived in adjoining counties then, as now...." -- Ellsworth Reporter.
Hugh Burke is now the editor of the Leavenworth Commercial. He is one of the clearest and best writers in Kansas and will add no little tone to that neglected newspaper.
No. 1, Vol. 1 of the Kansas School Journal is at hand. Having been a teacher in public schools for...several years, we hail with delight every instrumentality for the advancement of general education. May Evans & Hollbrook realize all their expectations.
To Newspaper Men. A one-third interest in the Great Bend Register office and paper is for sale for cash, and cash in hand only. A capital of about $1,000 will be required. The Register has a good and increasing circulation; it is the only paper in the county and does an extensive job work business. It will be sold only to a practical printer; one who would remain in and superintend the mechanical department of the office. A good chance for an energetic, responsible man. Address the editor.
Lively and hopeful comes to us the Wilson Enterprise. P. Barker presides in the sanctum....Barker, divest yourself of all appetite; raimentize yourself only with buffalo grass and your uncollected bills; instead of fame pant after hard work; be your own editor, devil, compositor and pressman; blow your brains out puffing and blowing your town and county, and in a year have the people say, "why Barker is a fool, he don't make any money." Do all this, aye, and much more ye wot of not now and may the good Lord have mercy on your soul.
Arkansas Valley, published the first of every month by A. J. Hoisington, Great Bend. It is designed to be a newspaper especially calling attention to and giving the general news of the Arkansas Valley. Subscription: One copy, one year, 50 cents....
Brother Wallace of the Peace Herald is a business man. He is a lawyer, an editor, a school marm, and president of the Temperance Union in Peace. When a man becomes an editor, it's hard telling what all he will do.
Major J. K. Hudson. (A large number of Major Hudson's friends in this county have asked us to publish the following....) The Reform Congressional Convention of this district, at Emporia,...placed in nomination Maj. J. K. Hudson for member of Congress....Maj. Hudson is the style of man which is now in demand. He is not a professional politician; he is not a consumer of taxes who does no productive labor....Major Hudson is a native of Ohio, coming to Kansas from Salem, Columbiana County, in 1861. In obedience to his strong anti-slavery convictions he joined, with other comrades from Ohio and Iowa, the 3rd Kansas Regiment at Leavenworth in July 1861. Enlisting as a private soldier, Major Hudson was known as a strictly temperate soldier and officer, serving as commander of Co. C of the 10th Kansas after the consolidation of the 3rd and 4th, brigade and division adjutant and, upon the breaking up of the Army of the Frontier at Rolla, Mo., was promoted to be personal aide to Gen. Schofield, then commanding the department. While in this position, he entered the colored service as major with the recommendation of the officers of the Army of the Frontier for a colonelcy.
After over four years honorable service, he returned to Kansas, settling in Wyandotte County as a farmer. Taking a new, rough, timber farm, he worked for eight years in making a fruit and stock farm. For years at our state fairs his grain, vegetables and fine stock have taken large numbers of premiums. In 1871, he was sent from the country district of Wyandotte County as representative. In the Legislature, he was chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, and an earnest worker for reform....The first of January, Major Hudson purchased the Kansas Farmer and moved it to Topeka, enlarging and making it a weekly paper, and upon every live question of reform its voice has been raised in behalf of right and justice....He was for many years a member of the State Board of Agriculture, and a regent of the State Agricultural College. He has been heretofore a radical Republican.
Today closes the first six months' existence of the Register. Many have prophesied its suspension ere its second quarter would end. Many otherwise good friends of ours have told us privately and publicly that they could not and would not subscribe for our paper because they had been so badly beaten out of their money by all previous publishers of papers in this city and they feared the Register would use them the same way....The fact that we wish to establish is that the Register is a safe institution with which to deal....We promptly admit that business is not rushing -- that money matters are close with us. We confidently expect better times in the future and this hope is our encouragement to winter through....
New Papers. To our table comes the Chase County Courant, a new paper by J. C. Martin and W. E. Timmons. The Courant is a six-column paper and promises well. The Lyndon weekly Times, by Miller & Whitted, now small, says it will grow larger in four or five weeks.
The Western Democrat, F. M. Beatty, editor, Lincoln Center, comes to our table fresh and newsy. The initial number before us clearly rings the Democratic bell....
We can do no less than remember those who so ably and well conducted the Register during our absence, especially Mr. Himrod, foreman, and Eugene Hubbard. These boys will someday brightly illume the world of letters from behind a desk editorial....
This number of the Register is the last one of volume one. Twelve months ago, an entire stranger here, we were placed in charge of this office, and 11 months ago made editor of the Register. Under the disadvantage of a limited acquaintance in this section of the country and the close times we have all had to endure, the Register newspaper and printing office have improved over its predecessors. This paper has been issued on time every week since its commencement. It has promptly paid every cent of debt contracted by its manager....It has been steadily the aim of its manager to secure the confidence of the public financially. Heretofore, some of the papers of this city were grossly unreliable....Very many subscriptions expire with this number of the Register. We shall be sorry to part company with them at the commencement of another year. What! Do you say we only care for your money? Oh, no! Of course we can't publish you a paper without money, yet we can't get along without yourselves. We want you to come to the office and talk to us; tell us how you are getting along in this new country; how your crops are growing; how many bushels to the acre of wheat and corn you will have; if your stock is flourishing; when you will build that new house....Give us a year's subscription and a good local item every three months and we will excuse you.