The Advance-Courier newspaper was founded in Lexington, KY in December of 1885 [source: "The Race in general," Cleveland Gazette, 12/12/1885, p.1, paragraph 16]. It was probably a very short-lived weekly publication that identified as Independent in terms of politics. The newspaper articles were straight forward and did not mince words. The Advance-Courier was one of the exchange newspapers with the Washington Bee [source: "We welcome our exchange," Washington Bee, 12/19/1885]. Knowledge of the Advance-Courier comes from references about the newspaper in articles printed in a couple of African American newspapers in other states [source: "The Advance-Courier of Lexington," Cleveland Gazette, 01/30/1886, p.2]. Also, the Advance-Courier is listed in the 1886 issue of The Edwin Alden Co.'s American Newspaper Catalogue, p.122 [online at Google Books]. The founder and/or editor of the Advance-Courier was not identified in any of the available sources, but the writing style is very much like that of William D. Johnson, founder and editor of The Standard: fearless, forceful, uncompromising, and bold [source: for an example, see the article "Peter H. Clark," Cleveland Gazette, 12/19/1885, p.2]. William D. Johnson founded The Standard in 1892. The Advance-Courier was first printed seven years earlier. No issues of the Advance Courier have been located at this time.