Kansas State Record
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Vol. 1, No. 1. Edmund G. Ross, William W. Ross, editors. Terms $2 per year in advance.
Reader, in bringing into existence and laying before you another periodical for your consideration, we have no apology to make. The necessities arising from our political condition as a territory about to be transformed into a sovereign state are such as to demand the employment of every influence, however humble, which may tend to give proper direction to the affairs of the incoming commonwealth.
...As Kentucky was the "dark and bloody ground" to the two races which then contended for mastery of this continent, so Kansas is now the seat of the "irresistible conflict" which exists, and must continue to exist, between the ever antagonistic principles of freedom and slavery until the baleful influence of human bondage shall be crushed, never to rise again; and as the eyes of the entire confederation are watching the result of that conflict here with an intensity of interest never before elicited by a political problem, it becomes us as a people so to conduct this struggle that our friends everywhere may feel that encouragement in regard to final success which the magnitude and justice of the issue should inspire.
As a partizan journal, we deem our record as conductors of the Kansas Tribune, during the memorable days of '56, '57 and '58, a sufficient guarantee that we shall always be found on the side of true Republicanism -- of social and political progress -- that while we shall under no circumstances recognize party or personal dictation, or suffer ourselves to become a medium for the promotion of merely partizan or personal ends, we shall also, under all circumstances, consider it our privilege and duty to unite with all who labor for the right -- for the promotion of social and political advancement.
Having been among the first to suggest the necessity of organizing the Republican party of the territory for the redress of political wrongs, and regarding the members of that party, as organized in the States, as the true friends and supporters of the cause of free Kansas, during the time when that cause was in danger, we do not hesitate to avow our sympathy and cooperation with that party now.
...As a medium of intelligence, we do not intend to be behind our contemporaries in the dissemination of the current news of the day, or in an effort to develop the rich mineral and agricultural resources of our adopted home....
We have labored under many disadvantages in the issue of this number, always incident to the establishment of a new paper, which we expect to be free from hereafter. The State Record will hereafter be issued on one sheet instead of two, the press upon which this number has been printed being too small to permit its issue in a different shape....
The issue of the second number of the State Record will be postponed one week in order to get our establishment in order -- our press and much of our material not having been received. Our thanks are due to the proprietors of the Tribune for their kindness in allowing us the use of their press for the issue of this number.
Business directory: E. G. Ross, W. W. Ross, Ross Brothers. Book & job printers. Every description of plain and ornamental printing done to order. 104 Eighth Avenue, Topeka.
Edmund G. Ross, editor
John A. Martin, who was some time since appointed Postmaster at Atchison, took charge of the office and entered upon the discharge of its duties immediately upon the adjournment of the Legislature.