Staunton Vindicator: December 14, 1866Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
The Future of the South
(Column 6)Summary: The article argues that the South's fate is in the hands of its young men, particularly those "who manage its industrial enterprises." The region has an abundance of professional men, it acknowledges, but their contributions are less valuable at this moment in the South's history.
Origin of Article: National Intelligencer
(Column 1)Summary: With Congress back in session, several "prominent subjects" will take center stage in the upcoming months. As such, the editors disavow, in advance, any "diabolical schemes" the Radicals may enact, and distance themselves, and the South as a whole, from the Republican folly.
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Congress assembled on the 3rd inst., and has mostly been engaged in preparing business for the session. The prominent subjects which seem to engross their attention at present are, "The resolving the Southern States into a territorial condition"--the repeal of the 13th section of the Act of July 17th 1862, authorizing the President by proclamation, to extend amnesty and pardon to persons who had engaged in the rebellion; a general national Bankrupt law, and the ratification of the Constitutional Amendment, which is to be insisted upon before Congress may take up the subject of of amnesty. These are all questions in which we feel an interest, but over which those eminently hostile to us have a vast control. They are all questions, likewise, which induce an inquiry as to their constitutionality. How far the written Constitution of our country may restrain the action of Congress would not be difficult to predict, judging from the past acts of this body.--But, however it may be ignored to carry out the diabolical schemes of an unbridled and dominant radicalism, we can at least console ourselves that we had nothing to do with it. While we had a voice in the affairs of the nation our boast was our great reverence for the Constitution and the Government of our Fathers. When we attempted separation we carried our reverence for that instrument with us and reiterated its principles in the Constitution which was to be our chart and guide. Let all else be said, we can never be accused of a want of reverence for the Constitution. And when its principles are effaced, as destiny seems to foreshadow, as we boasted of our efforts to preserve it pure and inviolate when we had power, and mourn over the disregard of its teachings, so our greatest consolation will be that we had hand in its destruction, but, powerless, protested against the great wrong to the Republic and its coming generations.
(Column 1)Summary: Discussing Radicals' attempts to abrogate a clause contained in the 1862 law granting the president the right to issue pardons, the editors insist that repealing the provision would have little real effect on the president's pardoning power, a position supported by "the most eminent jurists of the country."[No Title]
(Column 1)Summary: Relates that a joint resolution introduced in the Virginia General Assembly refutes any suggestion that the legislature will repudiate the state's debt.Governor Pierpoint's Message
(Column 2)Summary: The article provides a summary of the governor's annual message, which included remarks concerning the state's financial condition, railroad construction, immigration, and efforts to educate the freedmen, among other things.
(Column 1)Summary: Announces that the Freedmen's Bureau will conduct a census of Staunton's black population. Individuals are not required to report to the agent in charge of the count, rather, "employers or others" may collect the pertinent information and pass it on to the official.Local Items
(Column 1)Summary: Booten vs. Scheffer. This was a Bill in Equity, alleging that the Plt'ff was owner of one moiety of the Va. Hotel property, seeking a recovery of rents and profits of said property while in possession of the Def't, and for a division of the property by sale. The Def't contested the Plt'ff's alleged claims, on the grounds that he was the purchaser of the whole property instead of one half as asserted by the Plt'ff. A decree was rendered sustaining the Defendant as the purchaser and owner of the entire property, and directing an account to ascertain the unpaid balance of purchase money thereon. Brown, Lanigan & Co. vs. Forrer, Milnes & als. This was suit in Chancery, seeking to compel the specific execution of a contract for the sale of the "Shenandoah Iron Works," in Page County, Va., at the price of $240,000 by the Defendants, the Messrs. Forrer, to the Plaintiffs. The pretensions of the Plt'ffs were resisted by the Messrs. Forrer, and by Milnes & Co., who had subsequently become purchasers of said Iron Works, on the ground that the Plt'ffs had not complied with the contract entered into by them with the Messrs. Forrer. The evidence in this case was very voluminous, and the case very ably argued, for several days by Messrs. Michie and Stuart for Plt'ffs, and Messrs. Baldwin, Echols and Menifer for the Defendants. On Tuesday, a decree was rendered in favor of the Defendants, thereby settling the main points in controversy and quieting the Messrs. Milnes & Co., the last purchasers, in the possession of this very valuable property. Cochran's Adm'r vs. Echard, and a number of similar cases. These cases, all, seek a recovery, from the several Defendants, of money on obligations given during the war, when Confederate States Treasury notes were almost exclusively the circulating medium in this county. These various cases were resisted by the Defendants, on the ground that such obligations were given with the view of payment in Confederate Treasury note. The parties submitted the questions in issue to the Court in preference to Juries. The Court gave a very lengthy and able opinion on the whole subject, in which so many persons are interested, which we expect to publish in a short time. Substantially the holder of the obligation under this decision, recovers in amount the value of the Confederate Treasury notes at the date of contract, with interest. The Circuit Court adjourned on the 11th inst., having been in session continuously from the 1st day of November last. A special term of the Court is appointed for the 9th of January next. Hon. H. W. Sheffey, Judge of this Circuit, leaves to day for Abingdon to attend the District Court (of Appeals) to commence its sessions at that place on the 15th inst.Local Items
(Names in announcement: Booten, Sheffer, Brown, Lanigan, Forrer, Milnes, Michie, Stuart, Baldwin, Echols, Menifer, Cochran, Echard, Justice H. W. Sheffey)
(Column 1)Summary: Recounts the details of an attempted jail-break by Martin H. Lotts, who was convicted of stealing flour from Mrs. Steele's Mill last June. Lotts tried to escape his confinement by burning a hole through the floor of his cell. The fire burned for almost a day before the smoke "aroused" the jailor, who gave the alarm. Lotts will face additional charges for his efforts when the Circuit Court next meets.Married
(Names in announcement: Martin H. Lotts, Justice H. H. Peck)
(Column 2)Summary: On Nov. 8, William M. Via, of Rockbridge, and Mary J. M. Carlile were married by Rev. E. Thomas.Marrried
(Names in announcement: William M. Via, Mary J. M. Carlile, Rev. E. Thomas)
(Column 2)Summary: On Dec. 6, Samuel McDanna and Sarah C. Stanton were married by Rev. George A. Shuey.Married
(Names in announcement: Samuel McDanna, Sarah C. Stanton, Rev. George A. Shuey)
(Column 2)Summary: On Nov. 21, George H. Johnson and Susan V. Rogers were married by Rev. George A. Shuey.Died
(Names in announcement: George H. Johnson, Susan V. Rogers, Rev. George A. Shuey)
(Column 2)Summary: On Dec. 11, Elizabeth V., infant daughter of Maj. John A. and Elizabeth V. Harman, died.Died
(Names in announcement: Elizabeth V. Harman, Elizabeth V. Harman, Maj. John A. Harman)
(Column 2)Summary: On Dec. 9, Lee Davidson, infant son of Milton P. and Mary Funkhouser, died.Died
(Names in announcement: Lee Davidson Funkhouser, Milton P. Funkhouser, Mary Funkhouser)
(Column 2)Summary: On Dec. 7, David Gilkeson died at his residence near Barterbrook. He was 84 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: David Gilkeson)
(Column 2)Summary: On Nov. 24, Henry S. Hogsett, son of the late James R. Hogsett, died at his uncle's home. Diptheria is believed the cause. Henry was 11 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: Henry S. Hogsett, James R. Hogsett, David G. Hogsett)
(Column 2)Summary: On Nov. 25, Elizabeth Forner, 61, died after suffering the effects of a protracted illness.
(Names in announcement: Elizabeth Forner)