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Staunton Vindicator: June 29, 1866

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Hark Ye Girls!
(Column 07)
Summary: Urges women to remember that men want wives who can perform important domestic chores, explaining that one cannot make a dinner from a piano. Women who know how to cook and keep a house, the author contends, will make themselves "worth catching."
Full Text of Article:

It is nigh time that somebody told you a little plain truth. You have been watched for a long time; certain class of you; and it is plain enough you are laying plans to cheat somebody. You intend to sell chaff for wheat, and there is danger that some of the foolish "gudgeons" will be sadly taken in.

It may not be your fault that you belong to the "one idea party"-that the single idea of getting a husband is the only one which engrosses much of your time or attention.-Your venerable mother of Eden memory, was called a "help for man, and you are looking for a man to help you; to help you to live in the half idle, half silly way which you have commenced. Men who are worth having, want women for wives. A bundle of gew-gaws with a string of flats and quavers, sprinkled with cologne and set in a carmine saucer-this is no help for a man who expects to raise a family of boys and girls and veritable bread and meat.

The piano and the lace frame are well in their places, and so are ribbons and frills and tinsels-but you can't make a dinner of the former, nor a bed-blanket of the latter. And awful as the idea may seem to you, both dinner and bed blanket are necessary to domestic enjoyment. Life has its realities as well as its fancies but you make it all a matter of decoration, remembering the tassels and curtains, forgetting the bed-stead. Suppose a young man of good sense and of course of good prospects to be looking for a wife, what chance have you to be chosen?-You may cap him, or trap him, to catch him, but how much better to make it an object for him to catch you! Render yourself worth catching, and you will need no shrewd mother or managing brothers to help you to find a market.-Lancaster Intelligencer.

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[No Title]
(Column 01)
Summary: Referring to the resolutions produced by a meeting of white citizens, held at the Court House on June 25 and found in another column of the Vindicator, the editor calls on other citizens of "Virginia and other Southern States to hold public meetings and place the seal of their condemnation on this iniquitous radical scheme."
Full Text of Article:

We publish in another column the earnest protest of the people of Augusta, assembled in their Court House, on the 25th inst., (Court day,) against the abominable 'concurrent resolution,' "so-called," proposed as an amendment to the Constitution. Thus has spoken the people of "old Augusta" and right nobly do they speak. They will have nothing to do with the ratification of this miserable subterfuge as an amendment tot the Constitution, involving as it would an entire loss of their self respect, and, by their own act, the sanctioning their own degradation and dishonor.

We commend these resolutions and proceedings to our confreres in the South, and as the citizens of "old Augusta, in their meeting on Thursday last, have done, call upon our fellow citizens of Virginia and other Southern States to hold public meetings and place the seal of their condemnation on this iniquitous radical scheme, and thus show the people of the North, many of whom are led to suppose that we would accept anything to secure representation, that, though having suffered severely, and compelled to bear the burdens of, without enjoying the privileges in the Union, we are not willing, by our own acts and deeds, to consign ourselves and our posterity to everlasting infamy.

Public Meeting in Augusta
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Summary: Resolutions propounded by a public meeting at the court house on June 26, denouncing the course of Congress, praising President Johnson, and vowing that Virginia will never "be placed in the position of a political prostitute, by giving consent to her own degradation and dishonor." For the full text of the resolutions, see the Staunton Spectator, 7/3/66.
Negro Congressmen
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Summary: Argues that the South should send "fifty or sixty of the ugliest, dirtiest, greasiest, . . . most ignorant cornfield darkies" to Congress and soon, the author predicts, "the spectacle" would guarantee that "neither army or navy would obey their behests."
Origin of Article: Mobile Tribune
Editorial Comment: "The Mobile Tribune, speaking of the prospects of Congressional Representatives says:"
Full Text of Article:

"Let us get fifty or sixty of the ugliest, dirtiest, greasiest, raggediest, lou--, yes, and most ignorant cornfield darkies, that can be caught in the country-let us cram their moths full of iron-clad oaths, and send them as our members elect to Congress.

"The Radical members could not deny them their seats without stultifying themselves before the world. They have giving the negro his civil rights, let them have the first benefit of it. Now would not a Congress so composed-made so as the just result of Radical legislation-present a beautiful spectacle? Such a spectacle, indeed, that neither army nor navy would obey their behests.-They would in a very short time, be as dead as the Southern Confederacy."

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Local Items
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Summary: A summary of the proceedings of the June term of the County Court, presided over by J. Marshall McCue.
(Names in announcement: J. Marshall McCue, George Hawkins, Dr. John W. Gillespie, W. J. Dews, Thomas S. Hogshead, J. G. Fulton, John Pilson, W. F. Smith, A. L. Turk)
Full Text of Article:

PROCEEDINGS of the term of the County Court, held Monday last, J. Marshall McCue presiding.

The Commonwealth vs George Hawkins, colored, for felony, dismissed.

The County levy was laid at $3 on each titheable, making total levy $15,627, of which sum $6,500 was appropriated for the support of the poor, and for the building of additional houses at the Poor House for freedmen.

The Constables of the County qualified.

Dr. John W. Gillespie qualified as Notary Public.

A number of licenses for Hotels were granted.

W. J. Dews was required to give counter security on his official bond as Notary Public.

Thomas S. Hogshead was appointed Road Commissioner, vice, J. G. Fulton, and John Wilson, vice, W. F. Smith.

A. L. Turk was also appointed Road Commissioner.

Local Items
(Column 01)
Summary: Reports that there was "a general turn out" at the cemetery last Thursday, where "the citizens of town and country" assembled to prepare the grounds for the soldiers "now lying in uncared for graves on many battlefields."
(Names in announcement: Colin Scott, John Christian, Jno. Bumgardner, Fleming Burnett, Alex. Patterson, Rich. H. Brown, Jno. Bridges, George )
Full Text of Article:

THE work at the Cemetery, as far as digging graves and arranging for setting out trees &c. is concerned was completed on Thursday of last week. There was a general turn out, the places of business, as far as practicable, being closed, and the citizens of town and country, repairing to the cemetry either in person or by substitute, worked with a will, and left nothing undone to receive our Confederate dead, now lying in uncared for graves on many battlefields. When the bodies of our soldiers are removed to the cemetery, we hope to see these grounds handsomely adorned and an appropiate monument rise to commemorate their many virtues and gallant bearing.

In conclusion we take pleasure in mentioning the fact that Colin Scott, John Christian, Jno. Bumgardner, Fleming Burnett, Alex. Patterson, Rich. H. Brown, Jno. Bridges and Deaf and Dumb George (colored) voluntarily presented themselves or sent substitutes to aid in this work.

Local Items
(Column 01)
Summary: Summarizes the proceedings of the Town Council at their June 23 meeting.
(Names in announcement: Robt. Knightly)
Full Text of Article:

PROCEEDINGS of the Town Council, at their meeting held June 23rd.

The water Committee, having considered complaints against the Superintendent of Water Works, and fined him $30, upon an appeal to the Council the fine was reduced to $20.

Robt. Knightly was awarded the contract to clean Lewis' Creek, from the Beverly Street to the west side of the bridge on Lewis Street, for the amount of $650.

Several unimportant resolutions were adopted and the Council adjourned.

Local Items
(Column 01)
Summary: Mrs. William Harman will open a boarding and day school at her residence in Staunton, where "every attention will be paid to the morals and manners of the young ladies committed to her charge."
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Wm. H. Harman)
Local Items
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Summary: William Davis died last Saturday, "aged nearly 100 years." Davis was discharged from the military in the War of 1812 because he was over 45 years of age.
(Names in announcement: Wm. A. Davis)
Local Items
(Column 01)
Summary: The Lutheran Sunday School had a picnic near Staunton last Tuesday, where "the children enjoyed themselves exceedingly, and the Teachers and others present were much delighted with their innocent pleasures."
Local Items
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Summary: A "difficulty" occurred at the Depot last Wednesday when Madison Doom and Bernard Peyton drew pistols and knives but "by the interposition of bystanders a collision was prevented."
(Names in announcement: Madison Doom, Bernard Peyton, Mayor Trout, Wm. B. Kayser)
Full Text of Article:

A difficulty occurred at the Depot on Wednesday evening last, by Mr. Madison Doom striking one of the Virginia Hotel porters, whom he alleges was portering against the rules, on the platform, into which Mr. Bernard Peyton was drawn. Some harsh wods passed when pistols and knives were drawn, but by the interposition of bystanders a collision was prevented. The case was investigated before Mayor Trout and Mr. Wm. B. Kayser, Recorder, who decided to bind Messrs. Peyton and Doom over the sum of $500 each to keep the peace for three months. They also bound Mr. Doom over in the sum of $100 to answer an indictment to be preferred by the Grand Jury for assault and battery.

Local Items
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Summary: The Ladies of the Methodist Episcopal Church South made $300 dollars from a fair held at the Town Hall last Monday and Tuesday.
(Column 02)
Summary: Lou Hawkins, wife of James Hawkins and formerly of Augusta, died in Danville on June 25. She was 49.
(Names in announcement: Lou W. Hawkins, James P. Hawkins)

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