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Staunton Vindicator: August 12, 1859

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Return of Fugitives
(Column 6)
Summary: Sixteen fugitive slaves who had escaped from Kentucky to Canada returned to slavery because they were disgusted with Canadian freedom.

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The Sunday Laws
(Column 1)
Summary: The Vindicator criticizes reform efforts in the North to abolish Sunday laws; believes at least one day of devotion should be observed.
Full Text of Article:

"Strange as it may seem to the good people of the sturdy and conservative old county of Augusta, the citizens of the large cities of the North are seriously agitating the question of abolishing the existing Sunday laws."

The Virginia Springs
(Column 1)
Summary: Miscellaneous news about the springs near Staunton.
Full Text of Article:

During the first part of the season the number of Visitors at the Springs promised to be small, but now the uninterrupted tide which flows westward daily, indicates that there will be an equally large, if not a larger number than usual. There are already at the White Sulphur about 1500, at the Rockbridge Alum about 700 or 800. The other watering places are equally well supplied.

Gov. White and Chief Justice Taney, fleeing from bustle and business, have retired to the Rockbridge Baths.

There will be a Fancy Ball at the Augusta Springs to-night. (Friday.)

Letter from Hon. S.A. Douglas
(Column 2)
Summary: Letter from Douglas to John L. Peyton of Staunton disagrees with rights of naturalization. Letter also gives a history of congressional reaction to the slave trade and stands by the decision to end the slave trade in 1808.
(Names in announcement: John L. Peyton)
Editorial Comment: The Vindicator disagrees with Douglas that the South does not have the right to "abolish the tyrannical restriction of Congress."
Painful Occurrence
(Column 1)
Summary: Perrin was bitten by a rattlesnake in Augusta Springs and died.
(Names in announcement: William A. Perrin)
Full Text of Article:

On Saturday last Mr. Wm. A. Perrin, a resident of Staunton, was bitten by a rattle-snake at the Augusta Springs, from the effects of which he died the next day; though several physicians were in attendance, their skill could avail nothing. The fangs of the venomous reptile had penetrated a blood vessel in the hand and the poison coursed with the speed of electricity through the system; in ten minutes after the fatal occurrence his feet commenced swelling, which made it evidence that the poson had already disseminated itself through the system. - Before death finished its work, the whole body had become discolored and enormously swollen.

The snake had been sent by some one residing in Highland to Mr. Perrin who was known to be in the habit of catching and caging them. Unfortunately, the fangs of this one had not been extracted, and the fatal blow was struck while Mr. Perrin was changing him from one cage to another.

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(Column 2)
Summary: There were 185 deaths in Augusta county last spring ending December 31, 1858; there were 634 births and 151 marriages. The small number of deaths for a county of 25,000 reflects a healthy county. The marriage list "shows that the blessing of matrimony still continues to be appreciated. The births speak for themselves."
Full Text of Article:

The statistics of this county for the year ending Dec. 31st 1858, show the number of deaths to be 185.

The number of births for the same time, 634. The number of marriages for the same time, 151.

The number of deaths is a pleasing commentary on the health of our county with a population but little if at all short of 25,000. The marriage list shows that the blessing of matrimony still continues to be appreciated. The births speak for themselves.

(Column 2)
Summary: Mrs. Knowles, an attendant of the Lunatic Asylum, was killed on Friday by one of the patients.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Knowles)
Full Text of Article:

Mrs. Knowles, one of the attendants at the Lunatic Asylum, was killed on Friday last by one of the patients, who struck her with a heavy brush on the head, causing her death shortly after. She was formerly of Rockbridge county, Va.

Glass Blowing
(Column 1)
Summary: Baker's glass blowing establishment by the Post Office is now open.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Baker)
Mr. Wise's Letter
(Column 3)
Summary: Letter to Gov. Wise from B. Donnelly argues that Wise is the only candidate from the South that has a chance of getting northern support for the presidency. Donnelly believes that Wise would carry every state except Massachusetts, Vermont, and possibly Rhode Island.
(Names in announcement: B. Donnelly, Mr. Wise, Mr. Wood, Mr. Ludlow, Mr. Cassidy, Peter Cagger)
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(Column 3)
Summary: Wise responds to Donnelly that the northern Democracy can rely on a united Virginia but that the South will not endorse Douglas's platform, which he says is too close to Black Republicanism.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Donnelly, Mr. Wise, Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Douglas, Mr. Seward, Hon. Wood)
My Dear Sir...
(Column 4)
Summary: Letter to Gov. Wise from Donnelly expresses regret that their correspondence has been published by vicious tricksters.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Wise, Mr. Donnelly, Fernando Wood, Mr. Richmond, Mr. Ludlow, Mr. Cagger, Mr. Cassidy)
Editorial Comment: Wise says he believes Donnelly is genuine in his insistence that he did not publish their correspondence, which may ruin Wise's chances of running for president.
How the Signers of the Ruffner Pamphlet Voted
(Column 5)
Summary: Disagrees that the Democracy of Virginia sympathizes with the emancipation views of Ruffner. Article lists men who had supported Ruffner letter and assures that they all voted for the Opposition ticket.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Letcher, Mr. Goggin, Mr. Ruffner)
Origin of Article: Norfolk Argus
A Nut for the Abolitionists to Crack
(Column 5)
Summary: Ex-slave Braxton, who was manumitted, petitioned to be returned to slavery in Hampshire County, Virginia.
(Names in announcement: William Braxton, Samuel House)

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Description of Page: Advertisements for land sales and Staunton markets

(Column 1)
Summary: Married on August 4.
(Names in announcement: Rev. W.C. McCarty, Wm. C. Berry, Fanny L.P. Kennerly)
(Column 1)
Summary: Miss Calhoon died on August 6.
(Names in announcement: Mary Calhoon, Rev. William Calhoon(dec'd.))
(Column 1)
Summary: Mrs. Lynn died on August 8 at age 49.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. C.M. Lynn, A.M. Lynn)

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Description of Page: Advertisements