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Staunton Vindicator: November 13, 1868

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Summary: Concedes the election of Grant and the Republicans. Speculates that since Grant hasn't taken stands on issues, his administration might show conservative colors. Also urges Southerners to build themselves back up by their own energies and not to rely solely on northern funds and immigration.
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In our last we gave the latest telegrams of the result of the Presidential election. In this issue we have but to reiterate the statements of those telegrams as corroborated, generally, by the official returns, which, as far as received, indicate that Grant and Colfax have been elected by a very large majority of the electoral vote. After the first reports their election was generally conceded, so singularly did the vote in many of the Northern and Western States vary from the result in their late elections. The vote in the Southern States surprised the Republicans as much, perhaps, as did the result in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and other States astonish the Democracy. One thing must be patent to them that the negro vote can't be relied upon. This may serve to open their eyes to the enormities they have committed to secure a continued lease of power through the colored vote.

The Democracy, though beaten, have accomplished much. They have reduced the Republican majorities of 1864 very considerably in nearly every State, and have gained about 15 Representative in Congress, enough at least to prevent the impeachment of Grant by the Republicans, which, should they continue their reckless legislation, they are likely to attempt before the expiration of his term.

What President Grant will do is the question on all sides and promptly answered by many. As he has indicated no policy but has been perfectly mum on all subjects, it appears to us a mere matter of guess-work. There is however one fact evident. The excitement of the contest over, the Republican journals are less violent and far more conservative than we anticipated. This would seem to indicate the dissatisfaction of the Republican party with the continued disturbed condition of the country. Then, as Gen. Grant's only policy seems to be the "will of the people," it may very fairly be assumed that his administration will have a conservative tendency, and, as the Republicans still control both Houses of Congress, the clashing between them and the executive, which tended to increase the asperities of legislation, is likely to cease and more conservatism be exhibited there also. Since we could not get a Democratic President and a Democratic Congress we must of necessity be content with the election of Gen. Grant and await his acts to censure or to praise.

In the meantime, as the occasion for political assemblies among the people dies away with the presidential election and labor is likely to be more steady and reliable in the South, it becomes one and all to work with a will for the restoration of that pecuniary prosperity which once characterized our beloved Southland. We hear from Republican sources on all sides, that since the election of Gen. Grant, money and immigration will rapidly flow southward, but we warn all against too great reliance on this. If the influx of sturdy immigrants and northern funds come, well and good, but our own endeavors must be the touch-stone of our future.--Let the policy of the incoming administration be what it may, the advancement and prosperity of the South is certain if our own shoulders be put to the wheel.

Stand by your Colors
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Summary: Quotes a Washington newspaper calling on all Democrats to not lose heart. Says the Democratic party is still the party of the people and will yet regain power. Beseeches all Democrats to stick with the party and keep up their organization for future elections.
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The Washington Express thus speaks of the election of Grant:

We have been beaten in this fight, but by what number of votes we cannot tell at this writing: nor can we say by what amount of intrigue, corruption and fraud. It is enough that we are beaten. What is our solemn duty in this?

There can be but one answer. Our highest, noblest, most patriotic--our imperative duty is to stand by our organization--to rally at once under our banners, on which is inscribed our principles and stick to them at all hazards! Our duty to ourselves, our party, and our country demands this course. There should be no faltering, but manfully, and at once, we should begin again to prepare for future efforts that will yet rescue the country from the hands of the destroyers who for eight years past have been daily undermining its influence, its power and its greatness. The splendid vote cast for our candidates shows clearly how narrowly our enemies have escaped defeat, and how cautious, they must be in all their actions hereafter if they would avoid being crushed at the first opportunity by the awful majesty of an outraged people whom they have again seduced into trusting them with power.

That vote is a warning to them, as it is an incitement to us to perpetuate the organization. Deny it who will, the democratic party is the majority party of the country, and sooner or later it must wield its destinies. That high duty is denied us now, but the people will yet see their mistake, and with "the sober second thought" will come the reaction that will crush the radical organization, which has already brought so much of rain upon the country. Courage, then, comrades! Close ranks! Keep organization! Stick to our colors! Hold on to the STAND BY OUR PRINCIPLES AT ALL HAZARDS!

What Grant's Election Means
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Summary: Quotes from a Republican New York newspaper to show how even some Republicans concede the weakness in the radical position. Says Grant and the war issues were the only way Radicals could get elected, and predicts they will have to reign in some of their extreme policies soon.
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We think there is much force in the conclusions of the New York Herald concerning the interpretation of the late election. It says:

"At the first glance the popular majorities of General Grant in most of the Northern States are somewhat astounding, but they admit of an easy interpretation. The republicans for their candidate had the most popular man in the United States. The democratic ticket and platform were, from their rebel affiliations, not only weak but extremely obnoxious to the great Union party of the war. The October elections, though comparatively close, in settling the main question demoralized the democracy outside of New York and relaxed their efforts for November, while this foreshadowing of Grant's election brought over to the republicans a considerable body of floaters."

Again the Herald remarks:

"Gen. Grant's popularity as the great victorious Union champion of the war has saved the party in power for another Presidential term. In the election of 1867 the popular tide had turned against the ruling radicals, and nothing but the name of Grant and a campaign upon the issues of the war could have saved them from a crushing defeat in 1868. The election of Grant and Colfax, then, does not involve an endorsement by the people of the extreme measures and programme of the ruling radicals of the present Congress; but it does involve a verdict from the people in favor of a more conservative and conciliatory policy. General Grant was not the choice (except as Hobson's choice) of the ultra-radical faction. They fought him off as long as possible, and at last they adopted him only from sheer necessity. The people have elected him in view of a new departure; they look to him for a new policy, and it is not only his right but his duty to take his position accordingly in his inaugural address and in the selection of his Cabinet, and broadly and definitely in his first message to Congress.

How We Have Gained
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Summary: The article asserts that the Democratic Party, though it did not win the presidency, has gained thousands of voters since the 1850s.
Origin of Article: N. Y. Democrat
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Summary: The article takes satisfaction from the Wall Street panic that followed the election of Grant.
Origin of Article: Enquirer

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Summary: The Rev. J. L. Clarke is leading a considerable revival at the Methodist Church in Staunton.
(Names in announcement: Rev. J. L. Clarke)
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Summary: Caesar Griffin, a black man accused of shooting the son of Judge Brockenbrough of Lexington, passed through Staunton on his way to trial in Richmond. Judge H. W. Sheffey had sentenced him to jail, but Judge Underwood granted a writ of habeas corpus on grounds that Sheffey was disqualified to sit as judge.
(Names in announcement: Caesar Griffin, Judge Brockenbrough, Judge H. W. Sheffey, Judge Underwood)
Staunton Lyceum
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Summary: The lyceum discussed whether or not the best government is that which is best administered. Next week they will discuss whether or not all laws are binding on the conscience.
(Names in announcement: Prof. J. H. Hewitt, R. Mauzy, Rev. George B. Taylor, Dr. C. R. Harris, Capt. James Bumgardner, Col. J. H. Skinner, Col. Bolivar Christian, Col. George Baylor)
Valley Railroad
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Summary: Describes in great detail the proceedings of a railroad meeting in Staunton. Railroad representatives gave long speeches outlining the great opportunities available to the city even though the railroad extension would require a new tax. Ends by recording the unanimous vote in favor of the measure and the men appointed to a canvassing committee.
(Names in announcement: Col. Bolivar Christian, Mayor N. K. Trout, John B. Evans, M. G. Harman, Judge H. W. Sheffey, Dr. C. R. Harris, Capt. Jed Hotchkiss, Col. John B. Watts, Robert G. Bickle, Dr. C. R. Harris, R. Mauzy, J. C. Marquis, William H. Tams, H. M. Bell, William A. Burke)
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On Wednesday night last a meeting was held in the Court House to discuss the question of the subscription by the town of Staunton of $100,000 to the stock of the Valley Railroad.

As we were unable to be present we take the following proceedings of the meeting from our neighbor of the Spectator:

On motion of Col. B. Christian, Mayor N.K. Trout was called to the chair, and Jno. B. Evans, Esq., appointed Secretary.

The meeting was then addressed by Col. M.G. Harman, the President of the Valley R.R. Company. He earnestly urged the propriety of the subscription and gave the assurance that the road would be put under contract within a few months after the sum of $1,000,000 should be subscribed by the counties and towns along the line of the proposed road, and expressed the belief that that amount would be subscribed.

Judge H.W. Sheffey followed Col. Harman with a speech characterized by sound, practical views. He said that there would be, in a short time, a tendency to immigration into the South, and particularly into this fertile Valley.

There are times, said he, when people were called upon to decide, and that promptly whether they would be great and successful, or stand back and be beggars. The present is such a time with the people of Staunton. This is not the time to be alarmed at taxes.

Years ago, the old fogies of Staunton were startled when it was proposed to establish the water works. They feared the taxes could not be paid and that the town would be rendered bankrupt. Now Staunton has eight miles of water pipe, and it has increased greatly both the value of property and the population of the town.

He said there were two things which the citizens of this county were wont to do successfully: 1st. To choose the best men to represent them in the Legislative Halls.--2nd. To do boldly what they were called upon to do. This was a time for the citizens of Staunton to act boldly, if they wished to win the distinction of being the city of the Valley.

One thing is certain, and that is, that the Valley R.R. will tap the Covington & Ohio R.R. and it will depend upon the action of the citizens of Staunton whether it will thus tap that great line of trade and travel at this place or not. If Staunton shall subscribe the proposed amount it will be made a point on the Valley R.R.--if she does not, that road may tap the Covington & Ohio R.R. at some other point. The interest on the $100,000 at 6 per cent would only be 40 cents on the $100 value of property in the town at its present valuation, but the population and value of property in town is destined to a great increase, and the tax thus rendered less burdensome.

In November 1846, a meeting was held here to secure the extension of what was then known as the Louisa R.R. from Gordonsville to Staunton. Rockingham county tried hard to make Swift Run Gap a point on the Road. The President of the R.R. hesitated, rather leaning in favor of that route, with Harrisonburg as a contemplated point on the Road. After an anxious consultation with Col. Crozet one night, Judge Sheffey, (then one of the Representatives of this county,) the next day offered an amendment to the bill providing that the route should be in the direction of Covington and to cross the Blue Ridge where the distance and cost would be least. The bill thus amended was passed, and the Road secured to Staunton.

Staunton, said Judge Sheffey, cannot afford to fail to vote the proposed subscription of $100,000.

Suppose the Valley R.R. should cross the Covington & Ohio R. R. at the toll gate four miles from Staunton. The scream of the whistle then would make the oldest fogy in Staunton grunt. Then they would regret that they had not voted the tax. Should this be made a point of intersection of the Valley and Covington & Ohio Railroads, Staunton will become a place of wealth and population not now even dreamed of by the most hopeful.

The building of the Road through this county would necessitatate an expenditure within the county of more than a million of dollars. All will be benefitted by this expenditure.

By the construction of this Road through the county, its citizens would make four times the amount of the tax in a mere business point of view. He dated the prosperity of Staunton from the building of the McAdamized Road in the Valley. He concluded by the expression of the hope that this people would work out a noble destiny.

Dr. C.R. Harris, Capt. Jed Hotchkiss, and Col. Jno. B. Watts addressed the meeting in pointed and telling speeches.

Col. Harman moved that the vote of the meeting be taken upon the question of subscription. The vote was taken and resulted unanimously in favor of it.

On motion of Col. Harman, the chair appointed a committee of ten to canvass the town in favor of the proposed subscription of $100,000.

The chair appointed the following to constitute the canvassing committee of ten:--Robt G. Bickle, Dr. C.R. Harris, R. Mauzy, Jno. B. Evans, J.C. Marquis, Jed Hotchkiss, Wm. H. Tams, H. M. Bell, Wm. A Burke and Bolivar Christian.

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Summary: George D. Almarode and Miss Susan J. Weitrsell, both of Augusta were married in Staunton on November 5th by the Rev. William E. Baker.
(Names in announcement: George D. Almarode, Susan J. Weitrsell, Rev. William E. Baker)
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Summary: Thomas Johnson and Miss Delila Allen, both of Augusta, were married on October 29th by the Rev. J. M. Shreckhise.
(Names in announcement: Thomas Johnson, Delila Allen, Rev. J. M. Shreckhise)
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Summary: William A. Beard and Mrs. Rachel E. Adair were married at Fairfield on October 27th by the Rev. Harvey Gilmore.
(Names in announcement: William A. Beard, Rachel E. Adair, Rev. Harvey Gilmore)
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Summary: Silas C. Echard of Augusta and Miss Phebe C. Burnside of Rockingham were married on October 20th at the residence of Robert Cox at Taylor Springs by the Rev. Henry Bovey.
(Names in announcement: Silas C. Echard, Phebe C. Burnside, Robert Cox, Rev. Henry Bovey)
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Summary: John Wampler of Rockingham and Miss Catharine A. Miller, daughter of Samuel Miller of Augusta, were married at the residence of the bride's father on October 22nd by the Rev. Frederick Miller.
(Names in announcement: John Wampler, Catharine A. Miller, Samuel Miller, Rev. Frederick Miller)
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Summary: James W. Marsh and Miss A. Freeman, both of Augusta, were married near Barterbrook on November 3rd by the Rev. C. S. M. See.
(Names in announcement: James W. Marsh, A. Freeman, Rev. C. S. M. See)
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Summary: Jacob Brown and Miss Lucy A. Riley, both of Augusta, were married on October 20th by the Rev. John L. Clarke.
(Names in announcement: Jacob Brown, Lucy A. Riley, Rev. John L. Clarke)
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Summary: Capt. John H. Woodward of Augusta and Miss Susie A. Watson of Albemarle were married at the residence of Dr. J. M. Watson of Barterbrook on November 11th by the Rev. James A. Latane.
(Names in announcement: Capt. John H. Woodward, Susie A. Watson, Dr. J. M. Watson, Rev. James A. Latane)
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Summary: Miss Maria Blackwood died at the residence of her brother, David Blackwood, on October 13th. "She had been for many years a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, and has gone from earth to the better land; but her memory and her virtues will be green and bright long after her body has perished in the dust."
(Names in announcement: Maria Blackwood, David Blackwood)

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