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Vol. I. WOMAN’S CHRONICLE. A Weekly Journal, published every Saturday, devoted to the Interests of Women. MIBS KATE OUNINGHAM, - - Editor. <■ Mrs. William Cahoon, Jr., i Mrs. Mari - B. Brooks, i Associate Edltois. TERMS: SI.OO PER YEAR IN ADVANCE. Specimen copies sent on receipt of two-cent stamp. Or the paper will be sent one m»rth for ten cents. All remittances should be bv money or postoffice order, and addressed always to . WOMAN’S CHRONICLE, Main St., cor. Second St., Little Rock, Ark. GREETING. This little sheet, brand new and bright, We send, dear friends, to you to-night, Fraught witli many a wish to cheer; May you and we live many a year. May peace, prosperity and wealth. But, best of all, the blessing health Be not only yours, bnt ours; And may the swiftly passing hours Find us bringing oft to you Maxims strangely quaint, but true. Thoughts of others, good and pare, • Whose lasting Impress shall endure; Thoughts that will lead the young to choose The paths of virtue, and refuse E’er to walk in sins dark ways, For wisdom gives us length of days. •Oh, may she guide until we com'’ Safe, sate at last to heaven, our nome. SALUTATORY. It is the peculiar province of a newspaper salu tatory to promise a great many absurd and some impossible things. One can generally recognize the article without a guiding headline by its studied phraseology and the earnest manner in which the hopeful but im pecunious editor announces his intention to go forth presently, sail to the moon, bridle some stars, pluck some chunks off the universe, and bring the whole pile unto the feet of the reader, solely, too, for the reader’s benefit. The idea that a selfish motive can be connected with the publication of a newspaper is not to be enter tained in a salutatory of 1888. So runs the popu lar brand. The Woman’s Chronicle, however, announces now at the very outset that it is radically different from all other newspapers, and will be published for purely selfish reasons. The enterprise has been undertaken with at most but two distinctly defined motives. The first is to make a little money; the second is to make a little more money. We believe there is a broad field for this paper and propose to fill the field, whereas it may be ■said that many predecessors have only looked over the fence. Many weekly papers have been started and in time ceased to exist, but of all such, in all probability, there was not one that deserved to live. The people of Little Rock, and of Arkansas, will support the first home paper de voted to the topics of which Woman’s Chronicle treats. The name has been selected froiji the fact that the paper designs to be the reflex of the real life and spirit of this grand old state; not as an out sider sees it, but as we see it who are of it. With this object in view, the topics which will receive especial attention will be the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, Woman’s Exchange, Orphans’ Home, Old Ladies’ Home, Woman’s Auxiliary to LITTLE ROCK, ARK., MARCH 3, 1888 the Young Men’s Christian Association, and others pertaining to the elevation of the female sex, not above their sphere, but in the proper way —by teaching girls to be self-reliant, self-support ing. The paper will be devoted to all good causes, giving both sides to all questions of public interest, together with an assortment of miscel laneous matter and smaller topics put together in a style to attract, “to cheer bnt not inebriate,” while all manner of hobbies will be carefully avoided. It is hoped there will be something in each issue to amuse, instruct and interest every reader. In order to be fashionable, as news papers go, the salutatorian had intended to tell a “gaudy story” about “ our circulation,” but, as at the moment of writing the ink had not been purchased for the first issue, it was deemed best to forego this, the greatest pleasure of a jour nalist. In conclusion, Woman’s Chronicle does not at any time desire to be funny? except in so far as making a comfortable living constitutes an almost wild pleasure to a newspaper proprietor. For all further particulars, please subscribe for and read our paper, and get your neighbor to do likewise. The one enduring word written across the plat form of Woman’s Chronicle is H-a-p-p-i-n-e-s-s. On the first plank is the letter “H,” for health, home and humanity, without any one of which woman’s life is incomplete. “A” represents the aesthetics of home life and the art of adorning bomb tha: furnisiits recreati&' from the oft time monotonous round of duly. “P” means the power to wield the sceptre in the domestic realm; to guide the little feet and hands and thoughts in the right way. It means, again, the perseverance that is so needful to every effort, and it might refer to promptness and punctuality, most desir able of virtues. “I ” means the industry that is a necessity in the life of a thrifty woman, and re fers to an idea which may now and then wander into its columns. “N” represents the nursery, that little domain of love and anxiety, dear to every mother’s heart. “E” refers to education; a broad plank it is, firmly founded and enduring, as the future will reveal. “S” means the ser vant question, that perjflexing, soul-harrowing problem which threatens to engulf woman kind. It represents, too, the social life, that developer Os the best in woman’s nature. And now comes the final “S” ; what means it? can it mean suf frage ? Is suffrage essential to happiness ? Who shall decide? who, indeed, — save time? There are two broad steps that lead to this platform. On one is written the word “Temperance”; temperance in everything, it signifies. On the other step is inscribed in golden letters the word ‘ ‘ Charity. ’ ’ What volumes it bespeaks, and how entirely al! other virtues are subservient to it, no one realizes more fully than woman kind. “ Os making many books there is no end,” and the same might be said of newspapers, but the daughters of Arkansas have not, but should have and take pride in a paper all their own. The late lamented Mrs. M. W. Loughborough saw and felt the great want, and, in the face of many difficulties, undertook and succeeded in establishing the first woman’s paper in this states Full many were the trials and tribulations she en countered, yet through them all she passed with her strong love and faith for the ultimate success of the work which she had begun, and which was relinquished by her only at the Master’s bidding. At this time there is no paper in the field we wish to enter, and in making our bow to the pub lic, we do so feeling that we belong to you, if not by birth by adoption. Two of our “ staff ” have seen “ many summers come and go, many winters wax and wane,” since they came here to dwell, and although the third member has been with us but a few years, she is too well and favorably known to require an intro duction, having won from the first her place in the. hearts of young and old. To the teachers we extend a cordial greeting, for we have served a number of years in that posi tion, and one of us is still employed in the school room. We ask for a warm place in your hearts and a subscription for Woman’s Chronicle. “ What are your politics?” is the question put in reference to this paper. “Do you have suf frage in your platform?” Suffrage seems to be the modern stand for the progressive, intelligent woman to take. Women who have any interest in politics usually embrace suffrage. But sup pose, as intelligent women, we enter the arena tabooing suffrage as we have the tariff, for the sake of the home women who have no interest in that direction. Do you remember Helen Hunt Jackson’s confession, after having been sent to a wo man’s suffrage meeting to write up a satire for a leading New York daiiV/ Instead fJf fulfilling her commission, she confessed to having been en tirely won over by Lucy Stone’s sweet manner, and changed her colors forthwith. That was en tirely a feminine quality in Helen Hunt, and you will feel inclined to pardon her lack of staunch ness, even though she adopted the unpopular heresy. In this, the initial number, Woman’s Chronicle makes its bow —its smiling, impartial bow—alike to encouraging friends, its enemies, if it has any, and the over-solicitous friends who have mounted convenient pedestals by the roadway and waved flaming torches as danger signals to the precipice beyond. Not easily daunted, Woman’s Chronicle has pressed on to the beacon light whose bright rays beam out in the distance and promise success to courageous and conscientious effort. With the black flag of this voluntary signal service unfurled above its head, and with the rain crows shrieking ever so* defiantly l from the tree tops, Woman’s Chronicle,.equipped for the storm, still bent upon its mission, sallies forth to honest purpose, look ing hopefully to the silver lining that is said to be the righteous possession of every dark and lower ing cloud. We desire to return thanks to the ladies and gentlemen whose advertising cards appear in this, our first issue. We are fully sensible of their kindness and of the confidence reposed in us, and shall remember them in the future with gratitude, and always regard them as our Charter Friends. We shall be perfectly virtuous when there is u» longer any flesh on our bones.— Margubritb Dk Valos. No. 1.