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Staunton Vindicator: August 3, 1860

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Description of Page: Meeting of Randolph County Democrats in column 3. Article from Alabama paper about Yancey and Rhett and the conspiracy to dissolve the Union in column 4. Article on Bell's views in column 6. Extract from Kansas-Nebraska Act in column 7.

The Accomac Murderess
(Column 7)
Summary: Miss Simpson, convicted of the murder of a man named Budd in Accomac, passed through Staunton on her way to the State Penitentiary in Richmond.

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Description of Page: Several political articles on the Douglas campaign in other states in columns 6 and 7.

The Bifurcated Democracy
(Column 2)
Summary: Discusses the Seceders' speeches that attack the Douglas Democrats and responds to them with vigor.
[No Title]
(Column 1)
Summary: Calls for the Staunton Convention to deal with problem of Breckinridge running in the North, where he can only take votes from Douglas and give states to Lincoln.
[No Title]
(Column 1)
Summary: Hill's Pump has finally been fixed, but the editor points out that the Market-house Bridge and plank walk near Adams Lushbaugh's house need repairs as well.
(Names in announcement: Esq. Adams Lushbaugh)
[No Title]
(Column 1)
Summary: A short article on a Republican flag that was cut down in Ocoquan. Vindicator endorses running out of Virginia those that raised the flag initially.
Full Text of Article:

The Black Republican flag at Ocoquan, Prince William, has been cut down. It took 50 or 100 gallant militia of that ancient county to accomplish the job. The pole, it is true, was a defiant insult to the South, but is it not a far more aggravated case to permit 50 living, talking, walking Black Republicans to live in Virginia, than it is to raise a pole with a piece of canvas floating from its top, with the names of Lincoln and Hamlin? Is it not necessary, in order to be consistent, to drive the pole-raisers themselves from the soil of Virginia?

The Ground Swell
(Column 3)
Summary: Several excerpts from letters from Western Virginia supporting Douglas.
(Column 4)
Summary: A series of political tidbits about the Presidential race, which largely support Douglas or say that Breckinridge has no chance.
Politicians and the People
(Column 5)
Summary: Editorial claiming that the people will teach the Seceders a lesson in the election, namely that the people want Union and Douglas.
Full Text of Article:

The Politicians and the People.

The politicians of the country who have undertaken to manage the great Democratic party and introduce new tests of party fealty, will be taught a lesson in the Presidential campaign which will prevent them hereafter from assuming to act and think for those who are the real guardians of American liberty--the American people. They will be taught that the Democratic creed is limited by lines which cannot be transgressed at pleasure by the madness of fanaticism or the hatred and jealousy of ambitious aspirants, and unscrupulous office holders.--They will be taught, that public spoils and public plunder, whilst they may govern the action and control the sentiments of unworthy officials and policemen, have no power to influence the opinions of the patriotic public.

That most miserable conjunction of Yankee excitability and administrative power, introduced on the one hand for the purpose of precipitating a revolution of the "cotton States," and, on the other, to serve the vindictive malice of James Buchanan against his superior in patriotism and intellect, will fall to pieces beneath the rod of public indignation, and the Democratic numbers, free from the contaminating influence of disunion furor or political jugglery, will still bear aloft in triumph the banner of national patriotism, every fold radiant with the light of liberty and hope.

The great Democratic party and this glorious Union will survive unharmed the shock of fanatical assault and malicious revenge. The despotic reign of Buchanan will come to an inglorious end, the desperate madness of William L. Yancey will be broken against the walls of Southern conservatism, and the fiendish schemes of Black Republican treason crushed beneath the power of popular will, whilst fresh in its pristine beauty and purity as the immutable principle of justice from which it springs, Democratic faith and Democratic influence will continue to inspire the hearts and control the destinies of the American people.

The reign and rule of trading politicians is over. The people--the true depository of all power in a republican government--will exercise their authority for the protection of free institutions and their own safety by the triumphant election of STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS to the Presidency.

Baltimore Conference
(Column 5)
Summary: A meeting was held of the members of the Baltimore Conference of the M. E. Church. They called for a Convention to be held in Staunton to decide whether or not to stay in the General Conference of the M. E. Church.
[No Title]
(Column 5)
Summary: The Charlottesville Jeffersonian complained that people stop in Staunton and eat dinner or spend the night when they ride the Central Railroad instead of going to Charlottesville. The Vindicator chides them for complaining about Nature giving more to Staunton than to Charlottesville.
Full Text of Article:

The Charlottesville Jeffersonian is trying to hatch a complaint against Staunton, and takes as a pretext the fact that the passengers on the Central Road dine at this place going west, and remain here all night going east, greatly to the annoyance of the Hotel Keepers in Charlottesville. We are surprised at Uncle Alec. Does he not know that Charlottesville is nothing more than a respectable turn-out as compared with Staunton. Nature has done more for the City of Staunton, than for the hamlet of Charlottesville, located near the University. If Charlottesville were here and Staunton where Charlottesville is, then this apparent favoritism would not strike our friend so forcibly. Be charitable, friend, Alex. Dont "kick against the pricks," for you cannot alter the nature of the case. The Central company are doing the best they can, and it does not become our venerable contemporary to complain.

William L. Yancey
(Column 7)
Summary: A description of Yancey and his history in politics.
Meeting of the Committee
(Column 7)
Summary: The Augusta Court ordered the Committee to investigate the Poor House and report back to the court. Members include Guy, Harman, Newton, Bickie, Hailman, McCue, White, Wilson and Anderson.
(Names in announcement: Robert Guy, John A. Harman, John Newton, Robert G. Bickie, Benjamin F. Hailman, John M. McCue, Robert M. White, James Wilson, William D. Anderson, J.D. Imboden, Charles S. Arnall)
Trailer: A Copt-Teste, J. D. Imboden, Clerk. per Charles S. Arnall, D. C.

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Description of Page: Surry County Democratic Meeting in column 1.

(Column 3)
Summary: Dr. William B. Reedman died near Spring Hill on July 19 at age 24.
(Names in announcement: Dr. William Reedman)

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