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This salute from the first editor of this newspaper was reprinted in the 1954 Centennial Edition. While the attempt probably was taken for eloquence in that day, some of the language is quite different from what you read in today's editorial comments.

In assuming the chair editorial we feel that we are entering upon duties at once intricate, laborious and of constant assiduity, especially one requiring untiring application and diligence of purpose, with an energetic regard for the public weal, the public morals and the public taste properly directed.

The profession of an editor in its multifarious ramifications, is one of the most extended and comprehensive in its range and compass that may engage that attention of the wisest and best of mankind. The successful editor may almost mould and fashion public sentiment by the inherent power of his own thoughts vitalicized. He may be undeservedly, and often is, made the object of severest condemnation, some scheme of ambition may have been thwarted by him, or some personal or private interest may not have been advanced, which required the sacrefice of the public good. Still we think it is not without its pleasant memories and green sunny spots by the wayside, interspersed with the briar that may nettle his feet along the pathway of uprightness, and he have an approving conscience of his career, it matters little to him if here and there some fault-finding misanthrope does aniadvert his conduct. The approbation of good men and his own sober reflections are worth more to him than all the harm the mischievous can do, and to pass through life uncensured,, is forever to be a cipher of the world.

If we had coveted a life of ease and self-indulgence we would have selected any other avocation than this one, but we hope to be useful to our fellowman, and if so, our end is gained, and our ambition gratified.

In making our debut we have to form the acqaintance of many of you; but some we recognize who were out old associates, classmates, or linked with our boyish memories of bygone days, with whom we are happy to renew our intercourse as of yore.

Success to the craft; let them be untied for good, and the voice of unborn myriads will redound to their glory in future generations.

Date: 12/20/1954
Origin: The Review-Republican
Author: A.S. Foster, editor
Record ID: 00002555
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Court House
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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