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Staunton Vindicator: November 16, 1860

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Description of Page: Election information from around the country in column 3. A tale of newlyweds in Indianapolis in column 6. A couple of vignettes about ministers in column 5. "Rustic Maiden on Matrimony" and morality tale in column 7.

[No Title]
(Column 3)
Summary: The Street Commission is repairing New Street and the Vindicator suggests that Augusta Street be repaired as soon as possible.
What Protection Shall We Have?
(Column 5)
Summary: An editorial on Lincoln's election. Points out that the Supreme Court and Congress both will protect the South. Lincoln's election is not the end of the Union.

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Description of Page: Summary of a Douglas speech in column 5.

The Union in Danger!!
(Column 1)
Summary: Reprint of article that appeared in the November 9th edition.
The Vote of Virginia
(Column 1)
Summary: Discussion of Virginia's election returns.
Death of Mrs. Alice Thompson
(Column 1)
Summary: Mrs. Alice Thompson, formerly of Staunton, died in Arkansas last Wednesday. She was well liked in Staunton.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Alice Thompson, Prof. J. Baker Thompson, Judge Lucas Thompson)
Census of Augusta County
(Column 1)
Summary: Census returns for Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: Robert W. Burke)
Full Text of Article:

Census of Augusta County.

We are indebted to Robt. W. Burke, one of the Deputy Marshals to take the census, for the following census returns of this county: Whole population, 27, 705, of which 5, 553 are slaves, and 569 free negroes.--As compared with the census of 1850, these figures show an increase of 8, 152, of which 300 are slaves. It will thus be seen that notwithstanding the plaintive appeals of demagogues as to the decrease of slave population in Virginia, here in Augusta county there has been really an increase. We believe, further, that in Western Virginia, notwithstanding the extensive trade in this species of property, the result will exhibit that we have more slaves than in 1850.

The Meeting To-Morrow
(Column 1)
Summary: Editorial claiming that the meeting called for tomorrow about secession is premature.
Full Text of Article:

The Meeting To-Morrow.

We are decidedly of the opinion that the meeting called to-morrow is premature.--We should await any demonstration counter to disunion until we see something tangible to strike at. The times require calm deliberation, and well matured and well digested action. Let us see precisely the ground upon which we stand, and have fully developed the purposes of the refractory, before we initiate any policy. The vote of Augusta is the most potent rebuke to secession that could possibly be given. We should be content with that for the present.

Barn Burnt
(Column 1)
Summary: John Churchman's barn burned down last Wednesday.
(Names in announcement: Esq. John Churchman)
A Review
(Column 2)
Summary: Editorial detailing the positions of Douglas supporters on secession and asking for patience and calm on the part of Virginians.
Nullifying States
(Column 3)
Summary: List of the states which have adopted laws to prevent the return of fugitive slaves to South.
Sound Advice
(Column 3)
Summary: Editorial recommends that Virginians maintain a "masterly inactivity" and wait to see what happens before taking any rash actions in favor of secession.
Origin of Article: Richmond Whig
Editorial Comment: Vindicator recommends this article as "embracing the true idea."
Full Text of Article:

Sound Advice.

The Richmond Whig of the 13th inst., has the following sound "Suggestions to the People of Virginia." We think they embrace the true idea, and we recommend them to the consideration of our readers:

Now that the Presidential contest is over, and has resulted adversely to the wishes and the interests of the Southern people, it behooves the people of Virginia, in our judgement, to preserve a "masterly inactivity" for the present. We throw out this suggestion, not as partizans, but as Virginians, devoted to the rights and honor of the Commonwealth, and looking with an eye single to the maintenance of her rights and honor at any cost.

In a word, let the true and patriotic people of Virginia, instead of indulging in hasty committals, or adopting any rash and ill-advised policy, patiently and dignifiedly await the development of events. Let there be no passion, no excitement, no wildness on the part of any of us, either in view of what is already passed or in view of the probabilities of the future. The action of Virginia should at all times--and especially in critical times like these--be calm, deliberate and enlightened. There is neither wisdom nor patriotism in haste, in a conjuncture like the present. The threatening aspect of affairs certainly demands the serious and deliberate reflection of us all; and, therefore, let none of us be in a hurry--let none of us be driven or seduced into rash committals or precipitate action.

This is our opinion as to the course Virginians should pursue under existing circumstances. In the course of a few weeks, or months at farthest, we shall be prepared to look the times squarely and intelligently in the face, and determine our course of action, as Virginians, if any action should be deemed necessary. In short, let the people of Virginia be quiet and calm for some time to come.

Arrest of Knight
(Column 5)
Summary: Knight, charged with shooting Mr. Shaw, was finally captured after he had escaped from the Staunton Jail.
(Names in announcement: Knight, Mr. Shaw, Mr. Hall, Mr. Thomas)
Waynesboro' Tannery
(Column 5)
Summary: H. L. Gallaher sold his tannery to his son, W. B. Gallaher.
(Names in announcement: W.B. Gallaher, Esq. H.L. Gallaher)
The Commotion at the South
(Column 5)
Summary: Summary of secession proceedings in various southern states.
Circuit Court
(Column 5)
Summary: The Circuit Court adjourned at news of the death of Judge Thompson's daughter-in-law.
(Names in announcement: Judge Thompson)
Augusta County
(Column 6)
Summary: Election results by precinct for Augusta County and surrounding counties.

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Description of Page: Congressional notes in column 1. Legislature notes from around the nation in columns 1&2.

Chicago, Nov. 13
(Column 2)
Summary: An escaped slave was arrested in Chicago by a U.S. Marshal, but a highly excited crowd of both blacks and whites caused the marshal to give the woman to the police, who put her in jail for safety.
(Column 5)
Summary: Married on October 30.
(Names in announcement: Wm. E. Baker, Henry Lathrop, Mary L. Fultz)
(Column 5)
Summary: Married on October 30 in Monroe co., Missouri. Mr. Dunlap is from Augusta.
(Names in announcement: Rev. J.M. Travis, Mr. Madison Dunlap, Miss V. Carrie Hanna)
(Column 5)
Summary: Margaret Willson died on October 30 at 65 years of age.
(Names in announcement: Margaret T. Willson, Col. William Willson)

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Description of Page: Poem in column 1.