Con­grats

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

Re­ports of news­pa­pers’ deaths have been greatly ex­ag­ger­ated. When the Daily Progress de­buted in Char­lottesville, the city’s two week­lies pre­dicted it wouldn’t last more than 90 days (one gave it less than 30).

That was 125 years ago this week. Sept. 14, 1892, to be ex­act. Since then the paper has de­voted it­self to record­ing the events, both great and small, of cen­tral Vir­ginia’s most re­fined city. Its first edi­to­rial lam­basted the city for not do­ing some­thing about the “wretched con­di­tion” of the bridge over the Chesapeake and Ohio rail­road.

James Lind­say, the paper’s first founder (with his brother), editor, and pub­lisher, promised that “if the com­mu­nity will take an in­ter­est in the paper, the paper pledges its best ef­forts to the ad­vance­ment and wel­fare of the com­mu­nity.”

The city took the deal, and the Progress has been do­ing its best for the city ever since. We of­fer hearty con­grat­u­la­tions— and warm wishes for another pros­per­ous 125 years.

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