The Weekly California News, launched in 1858, had a volatile existence during the Civil War years. In the July 20, 1861 issue, editor C.P. Anderson chronicled the “Destruction of our Office by a Mob.” He reported that on July 14, 1861 “some 200 United States troops…threw our office into a complete wreck, scattering our type in masses all over the floor…and finally took off with them several important parts of the machinery of our press.” The publication of the Weekly News was disrupted again: in the May 17, 1862 issue, Anderson notes that “our arrest by the military authorities, on the 19th of April, and our confinement in the ‘guard house’ at Tipton…is sufficient reason for the non-appearance of our paper for the past three weeks.” Despite these interruptions, the Weekly News continued publishing and became the Central Missourian after the war.
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