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Staunton Vindicator: February 12, 1859

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Description of Page: Most of front page filled by story "The Hidden Hand" by Emma Southworth.

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Description of Page: Congressional news

The State Rights Democracy and the Pennsylvania Protectionists
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Summary: Article details difference between States Rights and Pennsylvania Democracy, which is backed by the Opposition; the States Righters want to leave tariff alone; the Protectionists want to change it.
Full Text of Article:

"...the Democracy object most earnestly to such an infringement of Federal doctrine on democratic principles."

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Summary: There will be a meeting of the Democracy of Shenandoah February 7th to show that it favors holding a convention.
Trial of the Rev. Daniel Downey
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Summary: Trial of Downey for murder of Mullins being held in Staunton.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Daniel Downey, William Mullins, Judge Kinney, Col. W.H. Harman, Capt. William S.H. Baylor, Robert Doyle)
Nomination of Hon. Wm. L. Goggin
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Summary: The Whig Convention nominated Goggin for governor; article implicitly expresses envy over success of Whig convention.
(Names in announcement: William L. Goggin)
[No Title]
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Summary: Snippet calls attention of "City Fathers" to Main Street's deplorable state.
Full Text of Article:

We would earnestly call the attention of our "City Fathers" to the dilapidated condition of Main street, from the new town pump out. Its deplorable condition requires immediate attention.

The Local Editor of the Enquirer
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Summary: The editor of the Enquirer dubbed the Convention in Richmond "The Whig Newspaper's Convention."
(Names in announcement: Ridgway, Punch)
Fair for the Benefit of the West Augusta Guard
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Summary: The ladies are putting on a benefit for the volunteer company, the West Augusta Guard, on February 22.
Full Text of Article:

The ladies, who never weary in doing, are busily engaged in the very laudable purpose of getting up a fair, to be held in the Town Hall, on the 22d of Feb., for the benefit of the new and elegant volunteer company, lately organized in our town. The mere fact that the ladies are engaged in this undertaking is the surest omen of its complete success.-- We understand that the proceeds of the fair are to be appropriated to the fitting up of an armory and drill-room for the company. The ladies of the town and county, it is hoped, will contribute liberally towards the success of the enterprise, for the object is a good one, and with the ladies it cannot fail.

The Weather
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Summary: The weather this winter is so mild that some gentlemen are afraid they won't be able to fill their ice houses.
Full Text of Article:

The weather has been so uncommonly mild this winter, that many of our townsmen doubt the probability of being able to fill their ice-houses.-- We are glad to hear that some gentlemen living in town, and many in the country, have already succeeded in gathering their ice.

Late and Important From Kansas
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Summary: Letter discusses looming civil war in Kansas between free soilers and pro-slavers; discusses activities of John Brown.
Origin of Article: Private letter sent to a Staunton gentleman.

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Summary: Swinn married Statton on February 3, 1859.
(Names in announcement: Rev. G.W. Statton, James Swinn, Rebecca B., Peter Reubush)
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Summary: Robert Louis died at the age of 26.
(Names in announcement: Robert Louis, William Talliaferro, Lucy Talliaferro)

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