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[102] six columns to the page.1 The editor recurred to his favorite quotation from Cicero; and ‘Reason shall prevail with us more than Popular Opinion’ was placed as the permanent motto of the paper, below the heading. The contents were attractively arranged, the first page being devoted to selections under the general heads ‘Moral,’ ‘Education,’ ‘Temperance,’ ‘Slavery,’ ‘Political,’ etc. Foreign and domestic news occupied the second page; editorials, communications, and a general summary of news the third, and poetry, miscellany, and advertisements the fourth. Contrary to the usual habit of giving editorials larger type and better display than other matter, Mr. Garrison set his articles in smaller type than the average, and still found himself cramped for space. His first bow to the Vermont public was made in the following Salutatory, in which the prime motive for establishing the paper seems to have been the last in the editor's thoughts.

To the public.

We this day present the first number of the Journal of2 the Times, for public approval and patronage. It is proper, therefore, at the commencement of our enterprise, that we should explain the motives by which we are actuated, the objects which we shall pursue, and the principles upon which we base our faith.

This shall be done briefly—for one article in our creed is, that practice is better than profession, and the fulfilment of a promise worth more than the contract itself;—hence we have issued no prospectus, nor solicited a single subscription, nor made any provision for an extensive support. Our paper shall be sustained by its merits, or it shall perish, even though the sympathy of friendship should open its coffers for our relief; and therefore we choose, in looking to the people of this county for encouragement, to place this sheet in their hands before we ask them to subscribe. Our terms and our pretensions are before them.

1 The printed page measured 13x 18 1/2 inches, and the subscription price was two dollars a year.

2 Jour. of the Times, Oct. 3, 1828.

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