Staunton Vindicator: August 27, 1869Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
(Column 01)Summary: This article attempts to illustrate how radicals have turned their backs on their former "pets." Radicals have essentially disfranchised black voters by enforcing a tax requirement at the polls. The author points out the hypocrisy of the radicals who would generally accuse Democratic papers suggesting the same thing of "disloyalty."
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The colored man receives another blow in the house of his friends. The Washington Republican would rob him of the privilege of voting, which it was instrumental in having granted to him, by a 16th amendment. The Richmond Journal (Wells Republican,) would deprive him of the privilege in a less bold manner. It would not allow him to vote unless he had paid his taxes. That it is the colored man the Journal is after is evident, although it suggests the payment of taxes by all suffragans be made the price of a ballot.
The list of delinquents in the State is enormously large and nine out of ten delinquents are colored men. This is a notorious fact. Then for every white refused a vote for non-payment of taxes nine blacks will be refused the privilege also.
The theory of the Journal, whether in the manner he proposes or some other, we think is likely to become popular.
The opinion has long obtained with some that could be allowed a voice in governing who give a pecuniary support to the government. Their numbers, when the question is once agitated, will be largely increased, and we should not be surprised to see a receipt for taxes the "open sesame" to the ballot box. Colored men will be most largely disfranchised and they can truly ascribe it to their pretended friends, the Radicals, who they are no longer pliable to their beck and nod, would rob them of all they have granted under the plea of rights.
If a Democratic paper had suggested the abridgment of the privileges of the former pets of Radicalism, the cry of disloyalty would be echoed and re-echoed throughout the land. What should the same thing be called when advanced by a Radical Journal?
(Column 01)Summary: The paper warns that horse thieves are beginning to operate in the area again.[No Title]
(Column 01)Summary: Gen. Canby has accepted the resignation of Samuel Landes as Justice of the Peace for Augusta.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Samuel Landes)
(Column 01)Summary: The Rev. W. B. Munsey lectured in the Methodist Church on "Man." Admission was 50 cents.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Rev. W. B. Munsey)
(Column 01)Summary: The Vindicator office is selling blank affidavits with which to authorize the execution on stayed debts under General Canby's General Order No. 97.[No Title]
(Column 01)Summary: Mrs. Bolen had bought Mr. Cease's street sprinkler and will take over its operation. It has been very useful for controlling dust in the streets.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Bolen, Cease)
(Column 01)Summary: The ladies of St. Francis Church will hold a fair to raise money to rebuild their School-house which burned last Fall. The female department will be placed under supervision of a religious order of ladies. "Staunton is already noted for the number and excellence of its Female Schools and every addition to the number must add to her reputation and prosperity and will increase inducements to persons from a distance to settle among us."A Very Sad Occurrence
(Column 02)Summary: The paper prints an account of the killing of Jacob Scherer by John Stanley. Stanley had been co-habiting with a woman of mixed race. Scherer led a party to break up the union. They broke into the house and Stanley shot Scherer in the process. Stanley was arrested for murder. The article includes a transcript of the testimony before the grand-jury.
(Names in announcement: Jacob Scherer, John B. SchererSr., John Stanley, Ginnie Sorrel, Clinedinst, Anderson, Dr. B. B. Donaghe, James Gilmore, Joseph Ryan, Trayer, N. S. White, Dr. Fauntleroy, J. T. Parrent, Robert Campbell, M. G. Harman)Full Text of Article:[No Title]
Our people were startled, about midnight Saturday night last, by the announcement that Jacob Scherer, third son of Jno. B. Scherer, Sr., had been killed by Mr. John Stanley.
Jacob Scherer was a young, unmarried man, about twenty years of age, full of fun, sociable, of an amiable disposition, which caused all our people to esteem him highly, and it may well be imagined, that the announcement that he had been cut down, in the vigor of life, caused a thrill of pain in the very breast of every one.
Mr. Stanley is a man of middle age, with a wife and one child, a son, about 15 or 16 years old, and was regarded as a steady, quiet, well-meaning man.
The circumstances attending the killing are as follows:
A party of some eight or ten young men, learning that Mr. Stanley was co-habiting with a mulatto girl, named Ginnie Sorrel, blacked their faces and went to her house, on Market Street, Saturday night last, for the purpose of breaking up the illicit connexion. Several entered the house and immediately a pistol was fired, killing Jacob Scherer, almost instantly.
Mr. Stanley was identified by several of the party present, as the one who fired the shot, and was arrested, at his house, about two hours after and lodged in jail.
The examination of the case was entered into before Justices Pearce, Clinedinst and Anderson, on Tuesday morning last. We give below a synopsis of the testimony of the witnesses examined.
Dr B.B. Donaghe.--Called to see deceased about an hour after death. Found him lying in the alley. Made no examination there, but at his father's. Extracted the ball. The ball entered the left side between the 5th and 6th ribs, and passed through the left lung, heart, and lodged in the right lung, causing death almost instantly. Made a post mortem examination about 5 A.M. Dr. Fauntleroy assisted me. Cause of death--wound.
Jas. O'Brian.--Saturday night went to house occupied by Ginnie Sorrel, and waited till deceased came up. Knocked on the door, which was opened. Walked in, made some remark, not remembered. Walked around the room to a door on the left side leading to another room. Could not get in. Jacob Scherer pushed against the door and it opened. Heard the voice of a woman hallooing--saw the flash of a pistol--recognized Stanley. Stepped back out of the door. Stanley came out by me. Scherer followed him a short distance and fell. As he was falling Stanley pointed his pistol at him again. Went to the place where Scherer fell. He was still living, but died in about three minutes after he was shot.
Cross-Examined.--Was just inside the door.--As soon as I saw the flash Stanley stepped out of the room. Saw Stanley again in the lot. He was under my observation a short time. Was about three steps from him. Saw him in the dark first. Am certain I recognized Stanley on both occasions, in the room and in the alley. White was in the room. Stanley was to the left of me.--Saw a pistol in Stanley's hand. It was pointed directly towards Scherer. Saw no other persons in the room. Heard the woman screaming.--Can't say that I saw any article of furniture. I just stepped in the door. Stanley was almost to my front when I came in. Door is on the east side of the room. Think Scherer was stooping.--Scherer and Stanley were not face to face. I stepped backward out of the door after the pistol shot. Did not see the pistol as Stanley passed out, but did in the lot. Stanley was about 15 steps from the door when he pointed the pistol second time. Scherer was 6 or 8 steps from Stanley when he fell. Pistol was pointed at Scherer when he fell. Stanley then ran in north-easterly direction. Saw him get over the stone-wall into the street near Mr. Jos Ryan's. Have known Stanley since the surrender. Went with the party by previous agreement. Jno. B. Scherer, Jr. asked me if I did not want a little fun. He said Mr. Stanley was staying there and wanted to take Stanley and the woman and duck them. Jas Trayer is the only one who went with me from Beard's. Knew the others were going--some 6 or 8. Determined to duck the woman, but not determined as to Stanley. A plan was laid. We went to the back door by orders. Beard laid the plan. Scherer told me to go to the back door. I waited outside till I saw the others. Don't know if any were at the front door. Knocked at the lower door--the upper door was open. No response. There was nothing said. Heard nothing from the inside. The door was opened from the inside I believe. Heard talking at the other door. Think by a colored man. Went in that door. Found Jacob Scherer and Trayer in the other room. Went in another room or passage alone. Could see the front door open--Could see into the street. There was a negro woman and child in the room I first went in--child on the floor and the woman walking about. Don't know how the door of other room was opened by Scherer or some one inside. Saw him push the door with his hand. Don't know whether he took one hand or both hands. Couldn't say that he broke it open. Could not tell anything in the room but for the flash of the pistol. Distinguished Scherer from White during pistol flash by their form and clothes. The man that passed me was running. It was Stanley. Made two or three steps when Scherer followed. Saw no woman in the room. Saw a colored man outside. There was no loud talking. Did not say who we were or what we wanted. Party consisted of 8 or 9 and faces blackened. Were not fully determined to do anything with Stanley. Don't know if Stanley could have recognized any one. Might have recognized a man coming in the door. Knew White by light and Scherer by dark clothes.--Don't think you could see a man but for the flash of pistol. Stanley was nearer the door than Scherer. Scherer was only two feet from the muzzle of the pistol. They were nearer the door than the opposite wall. The woman to be ducked was Ginnie Sorrel. Had not been a word spoken by Scherer. Saw Stanley point the pistol at Scherer in the yard and knew Scherer in the yard. His face was blackened.
N. S. White.--Saw Scherer shot. Don't know whose house it is, nor who lives there. Went through the house. Scherer stepped in the door. Heard a woman cry murder. Saw her in her night clothes. Thought I saw the form of a man stooping when the shot was fired. Went in front and out back door. Door was open. Saw Scherer go in the door next Hardy's shop and followed close after him. Saw the woman before I got in. Neither saw nor heard any thing in room. Was in about one or one and a half minutes when the shot was fired and I went out. Noticed nothing but the man who shot. Stanley shot. He was close to me, and his pistol was opposite my face. I went out immediately after the shot. Stanley went out first and Scherer next. Saw both after I got out. Stanley was running. He turned around once. There was moonshine and I am certain it was Stanley. I was following Scherer when Stanley turned and I stopped. No pursuit was made Scherer fell before I got to him. He had a black coat on. Pistol was on right side of my face. Scherer stood to my right, was bending and had his face turned from Stanley, with but a short distance between them. No difficulty in Stanley's getting to the door. Scherer did not seem in search of Stanley. There was nothing said by either. Stanley left first.
Cross-Examination.--It was between 11 and 12 o'clock. Front door was open from inside. Saw a woman in first room. Scherer went into the room. I heard a woman cry murder. Don't know dimensions of room. Did not recognize any one's face but could distinguish the form of a man. Heard no struggle. Scherer did not hold any one. Don't know what he was doing. Nothing said. Didn't know any body but our party was in the room, until I saw the flash of pistol. Was blackened. Saw Stanley stop in running with the pistol in his hand. Was with Charles Trayer. Didn't hear any body speak. No one spoke to me and nothing was said as to what we were doing. The room in which Scherer was shot was very dark. Did not wish to be known. Saw no weapons in the hands of any of our party. Don't know what I went into the room for. Went to see what Scherer was doing. Went to see what was the matter. Had no special object in view.
Dr. Fauntleroy.--Was at the post mortem examination. Saw the body at Scherer's house. Examination was made between 5 and 6 o'clock in the morning. Deceased was shot in left side, posterior portion of thorax, fracturing fifth rib, tore left lung, left cavity of heart, passed through and ball was found imbedded near the surface of right lung. Examined enough of abdomen to see that it was healthy. Direction of ball was upward and outwards. Entered lower lobe of left and was found in middle of right lung.--Wound was posterior to the nipple, below the arm-pit. External wound did not correspond with internal, showing that the body was bent forward. Ball and portion of left rib shown.
J. T. Parent.--Arrested Stanley. Found pistol in his possession. Took it until after inquest. One barrel was discharged, the others loaded. The hammer stood on the discharged barrel. Dont know when discharged. Made no examination.
Henry Hyer.--Saw this pistol in Stanley's possession. He asked me how to load it. Think the ball shown will fit the barrel.
Robt. Campbell.--Look exactly like my pistol. Stanley got a pistol from me about two weeks ago. Said he wanted to buy it, but have not seen him since on that subject.
Jas. Hess.--The pistol looks like Robt. Campbell's pistol, which he loaned me at one time--Had it about a month and returned it about two weeks ago. It was loaded then. It takes a long ball.
Geo. Harlan--Examined the premises. The catch was off the door of room in which shooting took place. Couldn't find the catch and the woman said she had been looking for but could not find it. Couldn't tell how long it had been off.
A discussion took place as to the calling of a witness and then the court adjourned until 5 P. M.
At 5 P. M. the court re-convened, and Col. M. G. Harman was introduced by the defence to prove that John Stanley rented the house in which the shooting took place.
The mother of Ginnie Sorrel, who occupies one portion of the house, was also introduced, but her evidence was of no great moment.
The commonwealth introduced a witness to allow that Ginnie Sorrel kept a house of ill-fame. The defence objected to its admissibility and, after discussion, it was ruled out.
The court then adjourned till 8 A. M. Wednesday morning, at which time the counsel in the case entered into a lengthy discussion on the question of acquitting the prisoner or sending him to answer an indictment for homicide.
The court then rendered its decision, and committed John M. Stanley to jail, to answer an indictment for homicide.
(Column 03)Summary: Col. A. W. Harman's barn and carriage house burned in a fire last week. A large number of wheat, oats, rye, hay, a reaper, mower, drill, two wagons, harness, and other agricultural implements also burned. The property was insured for $4300 in the Home Insurance Company of New Haven of which Capt. James Bumgardner, Jr., is agent.Sad Accident
(Names in announcement: Col. A. W. Harman, Capt. James BumgardnerJr.)
(Column 03)Summary: John Risk, who lives on Samuel X. Kerr's farm near Summerdean, accidently shot and killed his daughter while cleaning a rifle.Married
(Names in announcement: John Risk, Samuel X. Kerr)
(Column 03)Summary: Robert Knowles and Mrs. Ellen Rader were married at Churchville on August 19th by the Rev. J. J. Engle.Married
(Names in announcement: Robert Knowles, Ellen Rader, Rev. J. J. Engle)
(Column 03)Summary: George W. Haines of West Virginia and Miss Cassie G. Reeder, daughter of the late John Reeder of Waynesboro, Augusta County, were married on August 19th by the Rev. W. T. Richardson.Married
(Names in announcement: George W. Haines, Cassie G. Reeder, John Reeder, Rev. W. T. Richardson)
(Column 03)Summary: David T. Sheets and Miss Sarah C. Huff, both of Augusta, were married on August 10th by the Rev. C. Beard.Married
(Names in announcement: David T. Sheets, Sarah C. Huff, Rev. C. Beard)
(Column 03)Summary: Newton A. Fry and Miss Eugene A. Brown, both of Augusta, were married on August 16th at Waynesboro by the Rev. C. Beard.Married
(Names in announcement: Newton A. Fry, Eugene A. Brown, Rev. C. Beard)
(Column 03)Summary: Alexander Bush and Miss Martha Terrell, both of Augusta, were married in Waynesboro on August 19th by the Rev. W. T. Richardson.Died
(Names in announcement: Alexander Bush, Martha Terrell, Rev. W. T. Richardson)
(Column 03)Summary: Col. George C. Robertson died at his residence in New Hope, Augusta County, on August 21st. He was 80 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: Col. George C. Robertson)
(Column 03)Summary: James B. Sandage died in Staunton on Thursday after a short illness. He was 57 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: James B. Sandage)
(Column 03)Summary: John Shreckise died at the residence of Thomas Crawford on North River on August 13th. He was 72 years old.Obituary
(Names in announcement: John Shreckise, Thomas Crawford)
(Column 03)Summary: The paper prints an obituary for Col. George C. Robertson. "Col. Robertson was one of our most useful and influential citizens. Intelligent, upright, patriotic, and public spirited, he exercised an extensive and always wholesome influence on those around him, while, in his immediate circle, he proved himself a kind, exemplary and loving husband and father, a good neighbor and a warm and sincere friend. His hospitable door was open to all, and the poor never cried to him in vain."Tribute of Respect
(Names in announcement: Col. George C. Robertson)
(Column 03)Summary: A committee of the Augusta Fire Company publishes a tribute of sympathy and respect upon the death of fellow-member Jacob Scherer.
(Names in announcement: Jacob Scherer, J. H. Waters, W. R. Morris, J. W. Smith, J. M. Hardy, B. F. Fifer)