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"Owing to the non-arrival of boats from below we have been deprived of our mail, and also all news or information from the states; consequently our paper presents but a meager appearance this week." This statement appeared on July 14, 1864 in the opening issue of the Frontier Scout, the first newspaper published in the Dakota Territories. The first four issues of the Frontier Scout were published in July and August of 1864 out of Fort Union; in June 1865, the newspaper resumed publication in Fort Rice. The State Historical Society of North Dakota has digitized 18 issues of the periodical, offering readers a glimpse into the nature of 19th century journalism as well as daily life in the Dakota Territory at the end of the Civil War. In these archives, one will find reports about the "much improved" sanitary conditions at Fort Rice, Captain E.G. Adam's poem upon the death of Abraham Lincoln, and speculation about the number of buffalo in the United States. The Frontier Scout also includes nuggets of alleged wisdom: "The reason women seldom stammer is because they talk so fast - a stammer has not chance to get in."
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