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A Gelwicks began at Argus

Editor’s note: The following is the introductory editorial of the first issue of the Empire County Argus, Nov. 19, 1853, written by Publisher D.W. Gelwicks. The Argus was published in the Crescent City Building on the corner of Main and Bridge streets in Coloma, then the El Dorado County seat. On Jan. 21, 1854 George Vincent became publisher. A month later Gelwicks bought the El Dorado Republican from Thomas Springer in Placerville and renamed it the Mountain Democrat.

In our relations of the success of miners we shall strive to avoid the exaggerated accounts that we believe to be prevalent.

It shall also be our aim to give all the interests of our county a due and proper degree of attention. The Argus being established for the general interest of the county, it will not be permitted to become the organ of a particular town or section of the county. Our aim is to be above a narrow-minded sectional feeling. We shall strive to give full and reliable intelligence from all parts of our county as well as the state, and news of general interest from other quarters.

We shall also deem it our duty to watch closely the manner in which the public officers of our county conduct the business that the people entrust to them. In this we shall aim at the performance of our duty without fear or favor.

In politics this paper will be entirely and fearlessly Democratic.

We shall not attempt to please all. By doing so we should please none. We seek to do good by pursuing an honorable and fearless course.

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