Staunton Vindicator: February 22, 1867Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
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(Column 1)Summary: In Washington, say the editors, Congress is debating a number of amended versions of Stevens's Reconstruction bill. Though it is "useless" to speculate on the various proposals, since so many have been put forth, one thing is certain: none of them bears "even a tittle of justice to the brave though conquered South."
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In our last issue we gave the substance of the Stevens Military Re-construction bill and the bill proposed by Elliott for the re-organization of the Government of Louisiana, which was thought to be a favorite and which would be used as a precedent and would be applied to all the Southern States. Since that time, an amendment to the Stevens bill, styled the Blaine amendment, has been the popular scheme for re-construction, which in turn has given way to the Sherman substitute for the Stevens bill, which has been adopted by a vote of 29 to 10 in the United States Senate. We publish the tenor of this substitute elsewhere.
It is useless to speculate on the various bills offered in Congress, which look to reconstructing the South, so various and in such rapid succession are they offered. There is one thing, however, we can not fail to notice, that no bill is offered which bears upon its face even a title of justice to the brave though conquered South. It would naturally seem that a victorious people should forget the malignity begotten by war, and the rather seek to re-instate the prosperity and foster a tendency to unity of feeling and interest among the whole people than to keep discovered vast sections, which, under a united government, must necessarily rely on each other for their financial prosperity. Our experience has taught us the reverse. The endeavor of the victors in our late war, through their representatives, has been to keep dissevered rather than unite the once hostile sections of our country. Whether for the sake of party -- for the purpose of pandering to fanatical Northern majorities, or pure malignity, or all combined, it is nevertheless so. We must accept it as it is, having no voice in, much less power to control the conduct of affairs, and wait with patience until a malignant fanaticism shall, as it will, over-leap itself, and in the effort to destroy our liberties, awaken the North to the dangers of its own and to the necessity of preserving constitutional liberty on this continent, whether it enures to the advantage of so-called "Rebels" or not. If this result does not follow then indeed did the once boasted constitutional liberty of this country expire with the dying throes of the Confederacy, and has been forever buried by the self-styled defenders of a Constitutional Union.
(Column 1)Summary: Discussing the conflict between West Virginia and Virginia over the creation of the former, the editors maintain the counties of Berkley and Jefferson "must come back to the old fold and West Virginia must pay her just share of the State debt."
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In the Senate of West Virginia on Tuesday last, Mr. Hoke, from the Judiciary Committee "reported a substitute for Senate resolution No. 9, authorizing the Governor to appoint Commissioners to treat with the authorities of Virginia on the subject of the public debt, which says the Commissioners are not to treat with the Virginia Commissioners until it is decided in the Courts whether Virginia has a right to the counties of Berkeley and Jefferson, or until Virginia relinquishes all claims on her part to the said counties in dispute are turned over the rightful jurisdiction of Virginia, when every white male, over 21 years of age, irrespective of past political sentiments, is entitled to vote, and hence the substitute offered by him. It's no use kicking. These counties must come back to the old fold and West Virginia must pay her just share of the State debt.
(Column 1)Summary: It is reported that Congress defeated the amendments to the Reconstruction bill proposed by Stevens, Elliot, and Sherman.[No Title]
(Column 1)Summary: It is reported that North Carolina "has virtually rejected" the reconstruction compromise drafted by Governors Sharkey, Parsons, Marvin, and Worth.Another Charitable Association in Baltimore
(Column 2)Summary: The article discloses that another charitable organization to help destitute southerners has been founded in the North. "'The Ladies Depository,'" as it is known, joins the New York Southern Relief Association in the effort to alleviate southern suffering.Elements of the Fortieth Congress
(Column 2)Summary: Although the radical presence in Congress is strong now, warns the article, it is "going to get much more powerful." In upcoming session, which begins on March 4, there will only be 5 Democrats in the Senate and 37 in the House.From Washington--A Substitute Adopted for Stevens' Bill
(Column 3)Summary: News from Washington indicates that the Reconstruction bill has held the attention of Congress during the past week. The latest proposal to make headway is Sherman's substitute, which grants the President the power to appoint military commanders, rather than Congress, as in Stevens' bill.
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(Column 3)Summary: It is reported that Gen. Grant is opposed to the Military Force bill because he cannot endorse "the creation of a despotism, with himself as the chief despot."
Origin of Article: New York TimesIs Virginia A State In The Union? -- The Question Before A New York Court
(Column 4)Summary: Explains that a trial in New York over the alleged theft of a steamer revolves around the question of whether Virginia is in fact part of the Union. If, as the defendant claims, Virginia is not a state, then the indictment for his arrest is invalid since it was issued by the Governor of Virginia.
(Column 1)Summary: The editors note the return of Dr. Elliott Wenger, who, like several other former residents of Augusta, has come back to visit the "Old Dominion."Local Items
(Names in announcement: Elliott Wenger)
(Column 1)Summary: Laments the passing of Rev. E. R. Veitch, a former resident of Augusta and Presiding Elder of the District in the M. E. Church, which he joined in 1831. At his death, Rev. Veitch was the Presiding Elder in the Winchester District.Local Items
(Names in announcement: Rev. E. R. Veitch)
(Column 1)Summary: The article notes with satisfaction the latest trade statistics for the county: last week, approximately "372,000 lbs of freight, consisting of Corn, Flour, Butter, & c.," was shipped from Staunton, with "50,000 lbs on hand to be shipped by first trains."Local Items
(Names in announcement: Capt. C. S. Arnell)
(Column 1)Summary: In recent real estate news, John K. Woods purchased the "'Old Market House'" at the public auction last Saturday for $2,250. Woods recently sold his residence near the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Institute to J. A. English for $5,500.Local Items
(Names in announcement: John K. Woods, J. A. English)
(Column 1)Summary: Announces that the Ladies' Memorial Association will hold a fair and dinner on March 4 to raise money.Local Items
(Names in announcement: Capt. C. S. Arnall)
(Column 1)Summary: Relates that the concert put on by the Presbyterian Church choir last Friday was "a decided success."Local Items
(Column 1)Summary: The "ladies of the Lutheran Church" held "very nice Fair and Supper" last Thursday, reports the article, which raised about $200.Died
(Column 2)Summary: On Feb. 9 Ephraim Kerr died at his residence near New Hope. He was 57 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: Ephraim Kerr)
(Column 2)Summary: On Feb. 11 James Alexander, infant son of Ephraim Kerr, died. He was 4 months old.Died
(Names in announcement: James Alexander Kerr, Ephraim Kerr)
(Column 2)Summary: On Feb 10 Jane Kerr died of dropsy. She was 66 years old.
(Names in announcement: Jane Kerr)
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