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Staunton Vindicator: February 10, 1860

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Description of Page: Scratches are pretty bad on this page. Column 7 is too faint to read.

The Results of African Labor in the New World
(Column 4)
Summary: Argues that slavery brought prosperity to the United States, while abolition will result in the extinction of the African race. Bottom of the article seems to have been cut off.

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Description of Page: Congressional report in column 2.

Judicial Election
(Column 4)
Summary: Defends Thompson from an attack by "R. L. J." in the Spectator.
(Names in announcement: Judge Lucas Thompson, Mr. Fultz)
The Southern Conference
(Column 3)
Summary: The Vindicator had hoped that Virginia would be united on the conference issue, but it isn't. The resolutions of 1849, in which Virginia backed away from supporting South Carolina, are a "blot" on Virginia's character.
Full Text of Article:

The Southern Conference

We had hoped that the events of the last three months would leave Virginia united as one man upon the subject. We had fondly believed that the necessity for concerted action, for purposes of self-defense, on the part of all the Southern States, would be readily acknowledged by all. We had commenced to congratulate ourselves that the conservatism which has degenerated into systematic lukewarmness for the honor and interests of the South, and of affiliation with the most bitter enemies of our section, was forever silenced, if not annihilated, in Virginia; and we believe that such results of paramount good would have flown from the Harper's Ferry raid, could it have been possible to expel from the arena the foul demon of party. What, we would ask Southern men, can be the objection to a peaceable conference of the Southern States upon the state of the country, and to devise the best means for preserving the Union as our father's framed it? It is quite a mistake to suppose that this conference is intended to be a preparatory step to going out of the Union. Such a purpose is expressly disclaimed by Mr. Memminger, the Commissioner from South Carolina.

We hope our Legislature will accept the invitation extended to Virginia by her sister State, for, besides the necessity for concerted action, which the threatening attitude of affairs devolves upon us, we owe peculiar courtesy to the gallant State from which the invitation to this conference first officially emanates.

On another occasion, Virginia took the lead, and pledged her faith to South Carolina to stand true to her in a certain emergency; that emergency arrived; South Carolina gallantly met and defied it; Virginia--as a Virginian we blush to say it-- Virginia ignominiously, and to her everlasting disgrace, backed down from her position, and left her noble sister to stand alone.--This blot, while it remains on the escutcheon of Virginia, forever stops her from arrogating to herself the pre-eminence in chivalry and honor, which the Union, before, had agreed to award to her.

For the information of our readers, and that they, one and all, may know the shame of their native State, and unite in wiping it out, we publish the resolutions of the Virginia Legislature in 1849:

Resolved, That we regard the passage of a law by the Congress of the United Stats, abolishing slavery or the slave trade in the district of Columbia, as a direct attack upon the institutions of the Southern States, to be resisted at every hazard.

Resolved, That in the event of the passage by congress of the Wilmot proviso, or any law abolishing slavery or the slave trade in the District of Columbia, the governor of this Commonwealth is requested immediately to convene the Legislature of this State (if it shall have adjourned,) to consider of the mode and measure of redress."

South Carolina again responded and declared that the time for action had come, and she was not mistaken, for the following law passed both Houses of Congress the next year:

"It shall not be lawful to bring into the District of Columbia any slave whatever, for the purpose of being placed in depot to be subsequently transferred to any other State or place to be sold as merchandise; and if such slave be brought into the said district by its owner, or by the authority or consent of its owner contrary to the provisions of this act, such slave shall thereupon become liberated and free."

Thus was the issue raised upon which Virginia and South Carolina had pledged the . . . [text missing].

The Report on the Harper's Ferry Affair
(Column 4)
Summary: Richmond Whig has a complaint about the legislative report. The Vindicator disagrees.
Origin of Article: Richmond Whig
For the Vindicator
(Column 4)
Summary: Baylor corrects a report in the Vindicator about how much money was raised for the West Augusta Guard to go to Charlestown.
(Names in announcement: William S.H. Baylor)
Trailer: Respectfully yours &c, Wm. S. H. Baylor
House of Delegates, Feb 8, 1860
(Column 6)
Summary: Letter from Rep. Christian, including the text of a bill to amend Staunton's Town Charter and change the town limits. The Bill includes a street-by-street description of the proposed town boundries.
(Names in announcement: Bolivar Christian, A.D. Trotter)
For the Vindicator
(Column 5)
Summary: Letter regarding the many contests for local office, especially about making sure that the Sheriff's candidates are honest.
(Names in announcement: Col. Lilley, Mr. Larew, Mr. Peck, Mr. Steele, Capt. Polmer, Mr. Sterrett)
Editorial Comment: Conservator; Feb 8, 1858--Spectator please copy.

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Description of Page: List of letters left at post office in column 2. Candidates announcements.

To Many Farmers
(Column 1)
Summary: Fultz is also a candidate in the hotly contested race for the circuit judgeship.
(Names in announcement: David Fultz, Judge Thompson)
Origin of Article: Spectator
Trailer: David Fultz; Jan 31, 1860
(Column 3)
Summary: Married on February 8.
(Names in announcement: Rev. J.A. Latman, Richard Foster, Fannie Stribling, Dr. F.T. Stribling)
(Column 3)
Summary: Married on February 7.
(Names in announcement: Rev. George G. Brooke, B.F. Markhood, Mary Williams)
(Column 3)
Summary: Married on January 26. Bailey is from St. Louis.
(Names in announcement: Rev. J.S. Blain, H.H. Bailey, Ann Rutlidge)

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