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Staunton Vindicator: September 23, 1859

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Review of Judge Douglas' Article in Harper's Magazine by Judge Black
(Column 1)
Summary: Black expounds upon the wonderful virtues of slavery and criticizes Douglas's belief that settlers in the new territories should decide the fate of slave-holding in their areas when it is clear that this would interfere with a man's right to own slaves as property.
Editorial Comment: "We owe a debt of gratitude to Judge Black for his crushing indictment of Douglas' views on squatter sovereignty."
Slavery in Western Virginia
(Column 3)
Summary: The Times argues that Western Virginia is basically anti-slavery in sentiment but remains pro-slavery to assuage Eastern Virginia.
Origin of Article: New York Times
Editorial Comment: The Vindicator mocks a piece prepared for the New York Times that credits Western Virginia's support of slavery as a favor to Eastern Virginia rather than as a real belief in the labor system.
Douglas as Independent Candidate
(Column 3)
Summary: Article recounts rumors that if Douglas does not get the Democratic nomination for president, he will run as an independent. Article also says that if this occurs, the Democrats need to insure that they put up a strong man against him.
The Eclectic Magazine
(Column 3)
Summary: The General Agent of the publisher of the Eclectic, a British periodical, is now at the Virginia Hotel.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Rood, W.M. Bidwell)
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(Column 3)
Summary: Article encourages readers to contribute to the Washington Monument Fund in the contribution box at the post office.
Full Text of Article:

We call the attention of our readers to the "Contribution Box for the Washington Monument," which is placed just below the general distribution letter box at the post-office. Each son and daughter of America who acknowledges a debt of gratitude to Washington, is solicited to contribute his or her mite towards the erection of this tribute to the memory of the "Father of his Country."

We confidently predict that the loyal and patriotic citizens of "West Augusta," will not be niggardly in their contributions to so holy a cause.

(Column 3)
Summary: There was a fire of Baldwin and Hayden's stables behind the old Bell Tavern on Tuesday.
(Names in announcement: Dr. Baldwin, Thomas Hayden)
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(Column 4)
Summary: The heavy rains in Eastern Virginia have slowed the arrival of trains into Staunton.
Laying the Corner Stone
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Summary: The laying of the corner stone of the new Methodist Church has been postponed due to bad weather until September 27. Article includes a schedule of the procession and the names of speakers who will give addresses.
(Names in announcement: Rev. J. McKendre Reiley, Rev. D. D., Rev. E.R. Veitch, Rev. William G. Brownlow, James Cochran)
Typhoid Fever
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Summary: There has been a lot of sickness in the Valley near Edinburg and in Page due to typhoid fever.
Origin of Article: Tenth Legion

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(Column 1)
Summary: Married on September 15.
(Names in announcement: Rev. George G. Brooks, John A. Hays, Sarah C. Keys)
(Column 1)
Summary: Married on September 18.
(Names in announcement: Rev. George G. Brooks, Mr. Risdon Smith, Mary Jane Hanger)

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