Staunton Vindicator: February 15, 1861Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
The Commissioner's Convention
(Column 3)Summary: Report of Hon. John Tyler, the President of the Peace Convention, which is working to preserve the Union.Will the People of the North Permit Coercion?
(Column 5)Summary: Argues that Seward believes that Civil War is a distinct possibility. However, the Vindicator believes that the vast majority of Northerners "are not prepared for civil war, nor will they consent to imbrue their hands in the blood of their brethren at the South."
Origin of Article: Cincinnati EnquirerLetter from Hon. S.A. Douglas
(Column 6)Summary: Douglas expresses his "unqualified opposition" to secession. He argues that many abolitionists support secession because they believe that the Constitution protects the institution of slavery. If secession occurs, the abolitionists will then be able to crush slavery in the seceded states.
Union or Disunion
(Column 1)Summary: The Vindicator denies that it supports disunion. As evidence, it points to Yost's actions at the Charleston convention, where he and the other delegates stood against Yancey and for Douglas. It also compares its position to that of Baldwin and Stuart in the election for the State convention.Death of B.F. Michie, Esq.
(Column 2)Summary: B.F. Michie, son of Thomas J. Michie, died in Harrisonburg on February 8.22d of February
(Names in announcement: B.F. Michie, Thomas J. Michie)
(Column 2)Summary: Lauds Washington as a man whose actions against tyranny and faction provide a model for the present day.Virginia Hotel
(Column 2)Summary: Thomas Peyton has purchased Mr. Jordan's interest in the Virginia Hotel.Military Fair
(Names in announcement: Thos. B. Peyton, W.H. Peyton, Mr. Jordan)
(Column 2)Summary: Reminds readers that a fair will take place at the New Depot on February 22 to raise money for the West Augusta Guard to buy knapsacks and tents.The Spectator
(Column 3)Summary: Argues that the Spectator's opinions during the last election campaign actually misrepresented the popular sentiment of the county. While the candidates the Spectator supported won the recent election, "no line of policy that either of them [Baldwin and Stuart] indicated as pertinent to be adopted by the Convention now in session was either discussed or endorsed by that paper."
Full Text of Article:The Southern Confederacy
The Spectator, seeking an excuse to compliment its editor in the last issue of that paper, says it "understood that some of the extremists in this and the adjoining counties say that the Staunton Spectator is doing more harm than any paper in the State." The editor then proceeds to pay himself a high complement for his very efficient efforts in the recent canvass, and to associate himself with some of the ablest papers in the State, assuming that they have taken alike positions with himself.
We have no objections to this little piece of egotism on the part of our neighbor. It is one of those self-congratulatory twits, which, while they do no one else harm, are calculated to tickle one's self under the fifth rib. But we cannot permit the other misapprehensions contained in his article to pass uncorrected. Some wag evidently perpetrated a hoax on our credulous neighbor when he was made to understand that his positions during the canvass just closed were anything more than misrepresentations of the popular sentiment of this section of the country. For although the "Staunton Spectator" was no doubt gratified by the election of Col. Baldwin and Mr. Stuart, yet no line of policy that either of them indicated as pertinent to be adopted by the Convention now in session was either discussed or endorsed by that paper. No more did it discuss or endorse the positions either of Col. Baylor, Gen. Harman, or Capt. Imboden. The cry was with it, unconditional Union, without giving any reason, and an occasional convert and unfair and unjust (to be no harsher) attempt to insinuate into the popular belief that there was a "disunion" party in the county. The editor well knows that there is no such party here, nor were there disunion candidates running. All assumed nearly precisely the same positions, and agreed entirely as to the end that should be attained--the preservation of the Union--and only differed as to immaterial points of policy to accomplish that result. To this extent did the "Staunton Spectator" do harm, and no further, for we venture the assertion that there are not one hundred men in the county who endorse its extreme submission views--its continued and persistent inveighing against the South, and its mute silence as to the aggression, treason and crimes of the North.
Again is the apprehension of the editor at fault, when he flatters himself with the belief that any observant reader would be guilty of the inconsistency of identifying his position and arguments with those of the Alexandria Gazette, Richmond Whig, Charlottesville Review, &c. But a few weeks ago we took occasion to compliment the Gazette upon its warnings to the New York Tribune, that the North must yield to the just demands of the South--must give us guarantees of future peace and the observance of our rights, or the South would be a unit. When did the "Staunton Spectator" ever take such high Virginia ground? We have before us now the following striking and loyal sentiment from the Richmond Whig: "We know we express Virginia sentiment, when we say that unless the North recede the South will secede. We do not mean that the Southern States will withdraw, go out, and leave their rights behind; but they will, upon separation, carry with them all their rights." The Whig also tells the North plainly that Virginia intends to demand every right that is guaranteed under the Constitution, and it will be a fatal delusion if the North thinks she will be satisfied with anything less. When did the "Staunton Spectator" do this? The Charlottesville Review, not with the same nervousness, but with equal ability, has warned the North not to be deluded with the belief that Virginia would in any contingency permit an abridgment of one single right she had, or tolerate a settlement of our present difficulties without the most ample security for the future. When did the "Staunton Spectator" do this? Echo answers, when?
Then, we ask in all candor, whether there is a justification found in reason for the designation as "extremists" by the "Spectator," of those who may differ from that paper? Is it extreme to pride in the glory and honor of a just Union, founded upon the equal rights of all its parts, and observing those relations of equity and right which the [word illegible] of the compact guarantee? Is it extreme to stand upon the Constitution, and gazing at the stars that glitter in the flaunting ensign of our country's glory, claim that no sister hand shall mar the beauty and brightness of the one that represents our own Virginia? Is it extreme to say to the surging waves of fanatical hate at the North which would madly submerge our own homes and hearts in universal ruin, "thus far shalt thou go and no farther?" Is it extreme to say, when our equality has been demanded and indignantly denied us, to the State of our nativity, where rest the bones of our fathers for generations past, and where cluster and cling the endearing affections of the heart, as did Ruth to Naomi: "Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God." If this be extreme, then we are "extremists!" If this be extreme, then are those who are for demanding the rights of Virginia to the "uttermost farthing," "extremists." If this be extreme, then are Cols. Baylor and Baldwin, of Augusta, Messrs. Lewis, Coffman and Gray, of Rockingham, Messrs. Dorman and Moore, of Rockbridge, Col. Hull, of Highland, and all who were elected as genuine conservative Union men, as well as many who were defeated, including Gen. Harman and Capt. Imboden.
(Column 4)Summary: Praises the Southern Congress for its "firm resolve," especially in the matter of the Forts and Arsenals in the Seceded States.Significant Letter
(Column 5)Summary: Criticizes the positions Lincoln took in a letter written to a Wheeling, Virginia man. In the letter, Lincoln wrote that, if he had been the governor of Virginia, he would have imprisoned but not executed John Brown. He also wrote that he did not favor the Dred Scott decision. The Vindicator questions why "treason, murder, and robbery, when committed on Southern soil" are not crimes for which capital punishment is the penalty.A Fight or a Foot Race
(Column 5)Summary: A local thief was caught and forced to return the bacon he had stolen. However, after he pled poverty, the local "boys" decided that "if he would start and run as fast as his legs could carry him, he might go free."
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A Fight or a Foot Race
A man, whose name we did not learn, borrowed without leave on last Tuesday evening a piece of bacon from the store house of A.M. Bruce, Esq. He was pursued by Messrs. Bruce and J.C. Marquis, overtaken, brought back, made to deposit the bacon whence he had taken it, and then turned over to the boys. After mature deliberation and consultation, it was determined by them that if he would start and run as fast as his legs could carry him, he might go free. No sooner was the proposition made, than off started the thief at greyhound speed through our principal streets, followed by the boys with "Hark and hoop and wild haloo," over hill and through vale until lost amid the "heathery couches" of our mountain spurs.
The reason why he was not handed over to the legal authorities, was the fellow's tears and sighs for his hungry family, which he alleged was the cause of his transgression.
(Column 6)Summary: Michael Donaho hit John Butterly in the face with a brick. Butterly is in serious condition.
(Names in announcement: Michael Donaho, John Butterly)
Description of Page: Information about various conventions and Virginia's Peace Commissioner to the Southern seceded States, column 3.
For the Vindicator
(Column 2)Summary: Criticizes the "Black Republican editor of the Spectator" and strongly denies the Spectator's claim that Douglas supporters would ever join the Opposition.
Trailer: AugustaThe Spectator and the Clergy
(Column 2)Summary: Letter rejects the Spectator's incorrect portrayal of the clergy--they are not "tame submissionists."
Full Text of Article:For the Vindicator
For the Vindicator: The Spectator and the Clergy
Mr. Editor: The Spectator publishes the concluding paragraphs of an address to the Clergy and Laity of the Christian Churches of the country, recently issued by the Revs. Wilson, Atkinson, Smith, Dabney and others of Virginia, "touching the duties appropriate to the people of God," in the present distracted condition of public affairs.
In order that the people may not be misled by these extracts, as to the true position of the Reverend gentlemen, I must ask you to publish the following emphatic declaration from the same address:
"Do these causes then exist? We would distinctly say, to avoid creating a mischievous mistake, that if the Southern States of the Union are persistently refused their just rights in the Confederacy and its common territories, and the peculiar property, then, in our opinion, the Southern people must conclude that these causes do exist, and that the catastrophe, however lamentable, must be met, sorrowfully indeed, and yet with the resolution of Freemen."
Thus you will see the Reverend gentlemen are far from being the tame submissionists the Spectator would make them by its isolated extracts. They are peace-loving and God-fearing men; but at the same time patriots. Common justice, therefore, requires that they should have the benefit of the foregoing declaration, made, as they distinctly say, "to avoid creating a mischievous mistake."
(Column 2)Summary: Writer argues that Augusta voters acted as they did in the last election because they "were led to believe they had nothing to do but 'save the Union.'"
Trailer: Verbum Sap.Married
(Column 4)Summary: Married at the Parsonage at Churchville on February 7.Married
(Names in announcement: Rev. D.W. Arnold, John Gordon, Sarah C. Livick)
(Column 4)Summary: Married in Lucasville, Ohio on February 3. Miss Warwick, daughter of Dr. Warwick, is formerly from Middlebrook.Married
(Names in announcement: Rev. D. Tracy, W.J. Thomas, Mary M. Warwick, Dr. B.G. Warwick)
(Column 4)Summary: Married on February 7.
(Names in announcement: Rev. John Pinkerton, Alexander G. Fulton, Fannie E. Mills)
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