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Thursday, February 3, 1876
Pearsalls, Queens co., Long Island



H. W. Vandervoot, Woodsburgh
J. W. DeMott, Hempstead
O. H. Pettit, Christian Hook
S. S Doxsey, Springfield, Valley
Stream and Rockaway.
Rev. R. S. Hulsart, Baldwins
Wm. B. Parsons, New York
REPORTERS all over Long Island
Pearsalls, situated on the Southern R. R. in Queens County, is on of the most thrifty villages on the south side of Long Island, and believing as we do that it is the individual duty of every person to aid in the promotion and welfare and growth of the village in which they reside, we have resolved to contribute our share of usefulness toward the same.

While there has evidently been business enterprise enough in most directions, the result of which has been the erection and establishment of numerous store, wheelwright, blacksmith, butcher, barber and shoe-making shops, hardware establishments, drug store, post office,

hotels, school houses, churches and other public buildings, amid all of which goes sounding the shrill whistle of the frequently arriving and departing railroad train, yet there seems to have been one very important thing entirely neglected, without which no village can ever become what it otherwise might, and which we have decided to undertake, namely; the establishment of a first-class newspaper and job-printing office.

One thousand, eight hundred and seventy-five years of the Christian era of the world have come and gone, and the new year is upon us; when the morn of 1876 broke in upon this world of enterprise and life, many were the vows, the promises, the resolves that did escape the lips of hundreds, yes, thousands, who proposed to start, as it were, afresh with the new born year; but ours, kind readers, we have made already, and we append them briefly below.

After having expended much time, labor, and money in making our arrangements for the publication of a weekly newspaper, an the fitting up of a job office, out of which we intend to turn specimens of workmanship equal to the best done in this county, we find they are complete, and we present to the public favor the much talked of ONCE A WEEK; and the reasons why we expect every intelligent man and woman to subscribe for our new paper are as follows:
1. We intend, by the aid of Divine Provindence and the help of the people, to make it the leading journal of Queens County.
2. We shall spare no expense or inconvenience in obtaining from the minor to the most interesting news of the week, not only local, but from all points on the Island, which we shall present to our readers at full length when sufficiently important, and condensed when otherwise; and in order that we may receive the very latest intelligence up to the hour of going to press, we have engaged the services of correspondents and have stationed special reporters in every part of Long Island who will communicate directly to us.
3. Everything we print shall be given in as plain, intelligible and pleasing a manner as possible, while all personal and other articles which we feel will be likely to give offence to even a single reader, shall be rigidly excluded from our columns.
4. We purpose to be independent in politics, siding with no particular individual or party, but ever furthering the election to office of the best and most deserving men. We shall make it a point to expose, if possible, every corruption coming under our notice which may be existing in any of our towns, and break up the "Riags" of fraud which are weakening and threatening to undermine the solid foundations of many true, honest and upright political institutions.
5. On all public matters it shall be our aim to uphold the RIGHT, and on any current question: communications received from both the advocating and opposing parties will always be received and published, thus affording either side an impartial show, we wish the writers to distinctly understand that under no pretext whatever shall they make such article person, nor in any case do we indorse the views expressed therein by giving them publication.
6. We accept no bribes. Our motto and our principle are expressed by two words INDEPENDENCE, and JUSTICE. We cannot be bought over by one party to misrepresent the other, but shall battle for the RIGHT regardless of consequences. We have no respect for newspaper bribers, no do we fear them, and with regard to their supporters: we ask no favors of them.
7. A correspondents column will be free to all. Questions signed by any name will be inserted with the answer appended, and in every instance we shall exert all our energies to answer them as promptly and correctly as we possibly can, but no improper query, item or advertisement shall ever find a place upon our pages.
And lastly we are going to charge you only $1.50 for a whole years subscription to our paper which will contain beside the town, county and local intelligence admirable tales and romances of current literature many entertaining articles which will be found especially useful to the farmer, mechanic, and housewife.

And now pledging ourselves to adhere strictly to the foregoing propositions, we even venture to more than hope-we believe the general public will unhesitatingly lend us their aid in placing Pearsalls, which is already equal to the foremost, at the very head of Long Island villages, and giving the ONCE A WEEK a position as the leading newspaper of Queens County.

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