pendent newspaper that would "steer out of stormy latitudes" and be free from the "shackles of politics."
The Daily Bee gave thorough coverage of local, regional, state, and national news, but the outstanding feature of the newspaper was its editorials. Ridge expressed strong opinions on current issues such as vigilante "law," black suffrage (which he called "subversive"), county indebtedness, pending state legislation, the Dred Scott Case, Mormons, political corruption, the rise of the Republican Party, the Roman Catholic Church, political races, and the American Party. Ridge's literary bent is reflected in editorials on topics such as female beauty, melancholy, poetry, and conscience. He also addressed the question of the editor's job: the impossibility of pleasing everyone, the need for honesty, the editor's relationship to the reader, and plagiarism. In one of the latter editorials, he argued that if he was to be independent, he must speak fearlessly. In another he said that the Bee was ushered in when corruption was rank in high places; his obligation was to speak out honestly.
The Bee displayed other examples of Ridge's talents as a writer. In May, 1857, he took a vacation in the mountains of the gold regions; his letters to the Bee concerning his travels are good pieces of descriptive prose. He also published several lyrical poems under his pen name Yellow Bird. One also finds an occasional piece on the Indians of California and the so-called Digger Indians, including Ridge own "A True Sketch of 'Si Bolla,' a Digger Indian."
Ridge left The Daily Bee on July 25, 1857, taking one last editorial shot at the Buchanan administration, and saying that he might speak through the columns of another paper in another part of the county. That paper was the Marysville Weekly California Express.*
The Daily Bee became The Sacramento Bee and is still published.
Index Sources: Sacramento Bee Index ( 1900-1937), Library Microfilms
Location Sources: Gregory. Microprint: Library Microfilms
Title and Title Changes: The Daily Bee ( 1857)
Volume and Issue Data: The Daily Bee (Vol. 1, No. 1, February 3, 1857-Vol. 1, No. 149, July 25, 1857)
Publisher and Place of Publication: Tobey, Church, and Company, Sacramento, California ( 1857)
Editor: John Rollin Ridge ( 1857)