January 13, 1877
A Change of Name
By the advice of true friends, to whom I have always been ready to listen, I have changed the name of the Oklahoma Star to that of Star-Vindicator. Rev. J. S. Murrow purchased the Vindicator office and it was thought by consolidating it with the Star, its patronage would be increased and the paper strengthened in proportion.
When the Oklahoma Star ws first founded, just three years ago, it undertook to carry out the unexpired time of the old Vindicator’s subscribers, which it did faithfully; and now in the consolidation I promise the same thing, which will also be fulfilled. The style of the firm is G. McPherson & Co., publishers; Rev. J. S. Murrow, an old and well-known missionary among the Indians of this Territory, and forcible and fluent writer, will have the management of the religious department while the undersigned still retains editorial control of everything pertaining to regular matters. The financial management of the concern will be exclusively in the hands of a third party, whose influences and business qualifications places its success beyond the possibility of a doubt.
I know that some of the devoted friends of the old Oklahoma Star, those who have so anxiously watched it from its infancy as it struggled up through the dark stormy clouds of adversity, will hate to see it drop a part of its once familiar name and assume that of another, but then it is deemed best by those who have upheld it in the past and in whose judgment I have the most implicit confidence. Printed on the same press and with the same material, it is to all intents and purposes, the same paper it was before, any more than that with the addition of the polished and erudite pen of Rev. J. S. Murrow, its readers may reasonably expect to find a marked improvement in the quality of matter contained in its columns.
The object of the company will be to make it a spicy and reliable newspaper, with a sufficient amount of religious matter to make it interesting to whose who are inclined to turn their attention to things not of a sublunary nature. And while Rev. J. S. Murrow is a Baptist and will naturally advocate the doctrines of his own denomination, the columns of the Star-Vindicator will never be closed against any creed or sect. Liberality and Toleration, in both politics and religion, are emblazoned upon its banners, and will ever remain the leading features of its character. Life is too short to be frittered away in acrimonious controversies and the Star-Vindicator from this time forward will be devoted to educating the people of this Territory to a higher standard of morals and civilization.
Thanking my friends for favors extended to the Oklahoma Star, I now respectfully solicit a continuance of their patronage to the Star-Vindicator. G. McPherson