Staunton Vindicator: June 21, 1867Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
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(Column 1)Summary: With voter registration commencing tomorrow, the editors reiterate the need for all white men to register to vote. Labeling the prospect of black rule as a "terrible evil," the editors contend it would "take many years to recover" from such a scandalous outcome.
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To-morrow the Registration of the voters in District No. 1 and 2, Staunton, and No. 3, Middlebrook, will commence and be continued in these Districts until the 29th inst. We have, heretofore, endeavored to place before our people the necessity of their promptly register, one and all. We again appeal to them to come forward and register, to "the very last man." Many do not take the papers and can not therefore form correct conclusions on the subject, whole many express a great disinclination to Register. It is therefore not only imperatively our duty to register, but also to prevail upon the uninformed and disinclined to do so.
The Enquirer pithily and pointedly on this subject says:
"Let no man decline to register because he may, perchance, and not yet have made up his mind to vote in the elections that may be ordered. The act of registering will not require him to vote; but it will secure him the option of voting or not, as may seem expedient in the future. To refuse to register is to gag himself hereafter, whether he may then wish to vote or not. No man is wise enough in these times to know positively what it may be best to do months ahead. Hence it would be very foolish to lose the liberty of choice hereafter, by refusing to register now.
While those who are allowed registry, owe it as a duty to themselves and the Commonwealth, to avail themselves of the privilege, they also owe it as a peculiar duty to those of their fellow-citizens who are excluded. As one of this latter class, we call upon those who can vote, to take care of us too! Disappoint the miserable conspiracy of hungry demagogues and refuse party hacks, who are seeking to fasten themselves like vampires on the State, to suck out its life, and destroy both you and us!
It will be a terrible evil, from the effects of which it will take many years to recover to let the conduct of our State affairs pass into the hands of the utterly incompetent and venal men who are now seeking it, for what they hope to make out of it."
We would desire our readers to weigh well the subject and act from reason, rather than passion and prejudice and they will see that the course we have endeavored to point out to them is the right one.
Let each and all, who can, then do their duty, in this darkest hour of Virginia's history, and come forward like men who have something still to live and strive for and register themselves as voters. In no other way can they fully perform the duty they owe to themselves, to their disfranchised fellow Southrons, to their State and to posterity.
(Column 1)Summary: Relates that several resolutions were passed at the Immigration Convention, held recently in Alexandria, including one calling on landowners to divide their holdings into smaller plots as a means to attract immigrants who may not have enough money to buy large plots of land.
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The Alexandria Gazette gives a report of the proceedings of the Immigration Convention recently held in that city, from which we learn that a series of resolutions were passed urging upon Landholders the great advantage to themselves of subdividing their lands into such sized parts as will meet the demands of those who would desire to settle among us and have not the means to buy and cultivate large tracts, and recommending the establishment of Agencies in the leading cities of this and foreign countries, with the belief that the proper information can thus be better spread before the people, and that the advantages which Virginia offers, thus made, known, will suffice to draw into our State a reliable voluntary immigration adopted to our need.
It is Generally conceded that our tracts of land are too large and yet there is a great indisposition among our people to divide up and sell in smaller tracts, although they may desire to sell the whole. This course may induce some little immigration, but not of a character to do a great deal of good. Virginia has many advantages over the far West, but with her indisposition to sell in tracts suited to the demands of immigrants, the 80 and 100 acre tracts will continue to carry immigration in that direction. To benefit ourselves and the State we must be willing to divide our lands and sell in small tracts suited to the demand, yet though satisfied of this it will require time to start our people on this progressive track.
There is one thing however which this convention recommends, which we think is practicable, that is, the formation of an organization to be called the "Virginia Land Company," to receive subscriptions of land at a fair valuation, to be disposed of to immigrants as may be required. There would be sufficient subscriptions of land, from every locality in the State, to show the practical advantages of selling in small parcels, to suit the demands of settlers, and the idea would thus be practically initiated, which is all that is needed.
We trust therefore that such a company may be organized to foster, by positive inducements, a healthy immigration which we so much need, but which, by our present course, we are daily repelling from us.
(Column 2)Summary: At a meeting held last week in Richmond to mend the rift between the Hunicutt and Botts factions of the state Republican party, participants passed a resolution calling for a convention to be held on August 1 to settle the matter. The article contends that the white participants who approved of the resolution are hypocrites, and notes that several of them "anterior to, and even after the war would have disdained the idea of affiliation with negroes as derogatory to their character and standing." These same men "in all probability now will sit in convention with them."[No Title]
(Column 1)Summary: Notes that C. Douglas Gray, of Augusta, is on the Executive Committee of the state Republican party.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: C. Douglas Gray)
(Column 2)Summary: Announces that a meeting will be held in Staunton on June 24 to discuss "the completion of the Covington & Ohio Railroad, which is under contract with the Va. Central Railroad Company. Completion of the railroad "is of the first importance to Virginia."[No Title]
(Column 2)Summary: In the time since registration began in Richmond last Monday, reports the article, the ballots from only one ward have been collected. Thus far, votes from 466 whites and 890 blacks have been tallied. It is believed that blacks from the countryside surrounding Richmond are traveling to the city to register, which may account for the high total.The Powers and Duties of Military Commanders in the South
(Column 3)Summary: The article praises the Attorney General's "lucid and cogent" opinion on the constitutionality of the Military Reconstruction Act, and notes that military commanders in the South have over-reached their powers by involving themselves in civil affairs.
Origin of Article: Baltimore SunImportant Cabinet Meeting--Forthcoming Order to Restore Southern Civil Officers
(Column 4)Summary: It is reported that a Cabinet meeting convened last week to re-examine the policy of allowing military district commanders to remove civil officers, in light of the Attorney General's published opinion questioning the legality of such actions.
(Column 1)Summary: Notes that the Augusta Female Seminary held its commencement exercises last Wednesday and Thursday.Local Items
(Names in announcement: Nannie Link, Nannie I. Gooch, Carrie Heiskell, Cornelia M. Patterson, Sue Allen, Nellie S. Burr, Lila Scheffer, Kitty Estell, Maggie Taylor, Mollie Hawkins, Cornelia Weade, Agnes Montgomery, Annie Fulton, Bettie K. Guy, Eliza Gibson, Mary L. Glendy, Mattie E. Tate, Laura Howard, Kate King, Lizzie Harris, Mary R., Gamble, Maggie V. Howard, Ella M. Allen, Elizabeth Preston, Nannie T. Thornton, Letitia Smiley, Nannie D. Bell, Lizzie Bell, Lucy Campbell, Bettie Johnson)
(Column 2)Summary: Announces the Augusta Fire Company will hold a picnic on July 4 in Goshen.Local Items
(Column 2)Summary: Notes that George Harlan, the town's "efficient Jailor," has made several "improvements" to the jail, and jokes that his work has made it "a Boarding House to be sought after rather than avoided."Married
(Names in announcement: George Harlan)
(Column 2)Summary: On June 12 George W. Dice, of Pendleton County, and Fannie Beard were married by Rev. John L. Clarke.Married
(Names in announcement: George W. Dice, Fannie Beard, Rev. John L. Clarke)
(Column 2)Summary: On June 5 Reuben Davis, of Aberdeen, and Sallie Virginia Garber, late of Staunton, were married in Houston, Miss., by Rev. W. A Clarke.
(Names in announcement: Reuben Davis, Sallie Virginia Garber, Rev. W. A. Clarke)
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