On August 4, 1871, the Missouri Cash-Book became the first newspaper to appear in Jackson, Missouri since the outbreak of the Civil War. Its salutatory message declared it would be an independent, democratic, “live, wide-awake local journal” that would serve and promote Jackson and Cape Girardeau county while encouraging “courtesy and fairness” in all “political differences and discussions.” To advertise its presence, the publishers decided to send out a complimentary copy to many people who were not yet subscribers, hoping to convince them to pay $2 per annum. The Cash-Book was indeed a success and ran for nearly a century (1871-1962).
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