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Staunton Vindicator: August 02, 1867

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Summary: The article sarcastically reveals the various things beside slavery that Abolitionists have "abolished."
Full Text of Article:

The word "Abolitionist" is derived from the transitive verb abolish, which Webster defines as follows; Abolish--1. To make void; to annul; to abrogate; applied chiefly and appropriately to established laws, contracts, rites, customs, and institutions. 2. To destroy." Now let us see what our Abolitionists have abolished, destroyed, annulled and made void:

They have abolished liberty.

They have abolished the Union.

They have abolished the Constitution.

They have abolished trial by jury.

They have abolished the laws and the courts.

They have abolished ten States.

They have abolished a Republican form of government.

They have abolished the peace and fraternity of the country.

They have abolished the sacredness of the church.

They have abolished the freedom of speech.

They have abolished the freedom of press.

They have abolished the freedom of opinion.

They have abolished freedom of religion.

They have abolished all that the late war was waged for.

They have abolished all that our forefathers fought for.

They have abolished gold and silver.

They have abolished equal rights to all.

They have abolished equal taxation.

They have abolished economy and honesty in the administration of the government.

They have abolished low prices, cheap living, good times and the general prosperity.

They have abolished the cotton crop, and the millions of gold resulting from our exports.

They have abolished a million lives.

They have abolished from three to six thousand millions of treasure.

They have abolished our Southern market.

They have abolished our independence of Eastern manufactures and iron mongers.

They have abolished representation as a corollary of taxation.

They have abolished the United States Senate.

They have abolished the United States House of Representatives.

They have abolished the United States.

With such a record and such achievements only to boast of, what more appropriate name could they bear than that of "Abolitionists?"

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Summary: The article reports that residents of West Virginia are enthusiastic about the approaching completion of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.
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Summary: Relates that a white man named Driscoll was "set upon and badly beaten" by a crowd at a political meeting in Richmond after he pointed a pistol at a black Radical named Givens, who was delivering a speech. Driscoll was "rescued" by the police and taken away to the station. It is believed Driscoll's behavior was caused by inebriation.
Local Items
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Summary: It is reported that Gen. Sheridan removed the Governor of Texas on the grounds that he was an "impediment to the reconstruction of the State." E. M. Pease, a native of Connecticut who has lived in Texas since 1833, was selected to take over the post.
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Summary: The article states that the Connecticut Legislature defeated the amendment granting blacks suffrage rights before it adjourned last Saturday and smugly notes that it "will be the next State requiring reconstruction."
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Summary: Contains an order from Gen. Scholfield, clarifying who is eligible to hold office, according to the Reconstruction acts.
Full Text of Article:

Gen. Scholfield has issued the following order in accordance with the late act of Congress, defining who are to be considered "Executive and Judicial officers in any State" which excludes many who were allowed to register under the previous orders:

Headqs., First Mil., Dist., of Va.

Richmond, Va., July 26, 1867,

General Orders, No. 47 -- 1. In accordance with section 6 of the act of Congress passed July 19, 1866, construing the words "Executive of Judicial office in any State," as used in the registration oath prescribed by the act of March 23, 1867, paragraph four of the instructions published in General Order, No. 34, from these headquarters, dated June 3, 1867,is hereby announced to read: "Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the State, Auditor, Register of the land office, State treasurers, attorney general, sheriff, sergeant of a city or town, commissioners of the board of public works, judges of the Supreme Court, judge of the Circuit Court, justices of the county courts, mayor, recorder and aldermen of a city or town or corporation, escheators, inspectors of tobacco, flour, &c., clerks of the supreme, district and county courts and of the court of hustings, attorney for the commonwealth.

II. Boards of Registration will be governed by the above amended list of executive and judicial officers. In revising the registration at the second session of the Boards to be held as required by paragraph 17, of the regulations published in General Orders No. 28, from these Headquarters, dated May 13, 1867, the Boards will transfer to the lists of registered the names of all persons, who may have been improperly registered, and will register all persons entitled to vote who may have failed from any cause whatever to be registered at the first session of the Board.

III. The Boards of Registration will hold their second session without unnecessary delay after the receipt of this order, after giving the ten days notice required by paragraph 17 of the regulations of May 11, 1867 hereinbefore mentioned.

By command.

Brig. and Brev. Maj. Gen. J. M. Scholfield

S. F. Chalfin, A. A. G.

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Summary: Reports that a political meeting was held at the Court House last Monday to select delegates for the constitutional convention. The crowd, which was composed of black and whites, heard several speakers and passed a series of resolutions.
(Names in announcement: John Yates, George McCutchen, David Fultz, Samuel Cline, Samuel Driver, Phillip Roselle, Benjamin Downey, Henry Davenport, E. L. Houff, Aaron Shoveler)
Full Text of Article:

A meeting of some of the citizens of this county, without regard to color, was held in the Court House on Monday last, for the purpose of sending delegates to the Convention to assemble in Richmond on August the first. John Yates was called to the chair and Geo. McCutchen appointed Secretary.

The following preamble and resolutions, reported by a Committee appointed to draft resolutions, consisting of Messrs. David Fultz, Samuel Cline and Samuel Driver, (whites) and Philip Roselle and Benjamin Downey (colored,) were adopted:

"This meaning, deeply impressed with the importance of a speedy restoration of the people to their political rights, and to have once more elected over them a Government of their own choice; securing to all the blessings of peace and prosperity; and heartily approving of the Convention proposed to be held in the city of Richmond on 1st of Aug., to take into consideration the important subject of reconstructing the State Government, and restoring the Union. Therefore be it Resolved:

1st. That it is the imperative duty of every good citizens, of all parties and without distinction of color, promptly and in good faith, to give their aid to the work of reconstruction, in accordance with the requirements of the Military Bills.

2nd. That the only security for our Republican Institutions is a speedy reunion of all the States, under the constitution of the United States.

3d. That the Constitution of the United States is the Supreme law of the Land, and to the extent of the powers delegated, by it, every citizens owes allegiance first to that government: and it is only in reference to the reserved powers that his allegiance is due to the State Government.

4th. That David Fultz, Esq., the Rev. Geo. A. Shuey, and Maj. John Yates, white Benj. Downey and Aaron Shoveler, colored, be appointed delegates to represent this Meeting in the Convention to be held in Richmond on the 1st of August next.

5th. That the Newspapers of Staunton and the Richmond Whig be requested to publish the proceedings of this meeting.

John Yates, President."

Speeches were made by Mr. Fultz, Henry Davenport (colored) E. L. Houff, Philip Roselle (colored) and Mr. Jackson, Agent of the Freedmen's Bureau. We were unable to be present, but learn that the speeches were conservative in their tone, and those of the colored speakers were very amusing, bringing down the house repeatedly with the happy points made.

Local Items
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Summary: States that word has come from California confirming Daniel Coiner's safe arrival out West. While traveling, Coiner met another former resident of Augusta, Dorsey Anderson, who is still engaged in the lumber business and doing well.
(Names in announcement: Daniel Coiner, Dorsey Anderson)
Local Items
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Summary: Notes that the Boards of Registration will convene in the next two weeks to re-vise the voting lists. This will give those who are eligible to vote, but failed to register, one more chance.
Local Items
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Summary: Informs readers that Abram Hildebrand purchased the Trinity Point Mills, which belonged to the estate of Dr. T. Reynolds. The price tag was $7,500.
(Names in announcement: Abram Hildebrand, Dr. T. Reynolds)
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Summary: On July 29 Henry, son of Samuel C. and Amanda Baskins, of Staunton, died. He was 6 years old.
(Names in announcement: Henry Baskins, Samuel C. Baskins, Amanda Baskins)

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