Staunton Vindicator: December 24, 1869Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
(Column 01)Summary: The paper updates readers on Virginia's possible re-admission to the Union. The article asserts that Georgia's expulsion of African American law-makers from the legislature and a stream of "carpet baggers" speaking out against readmission have hurt the state's chances.
Full Text of Article:The Negro Exodus from Virginia
The subject of Virginia Reconstruction still hangs fire in Congress. Virginia has taken every step required by the Reconstruction Acts, but yet among some of the out and out Radicals this is not considered sufficient, and other guarantees are demanded. The case of Georgia, in regard to her expulsion of the negro member of her Legislature, is taken as the ground for opposition to the early reconstruction of Virginia. The Reconstruction Committee have been harangued by a number of Carpet-baggers, who are opposed to the early admission of the State, whose positions will be vacated by such course, and who exhibit "the spoils" as the great reason of their opposition. Many of those who came here after the war and who held offices and now hold offices, are, however, earnest advocates of Virginia's early admission, without further requirements or conditions. Some of these have appeared also before the Reconstruction Committee and have successfully answered all the objections raised by those opposed to early reconstruction, yet, from the proceedings of the Reconstruction Committee on Saturday last it is certain that any definite action will not be taken in the case of Virginia until after the holidays.
(Column 02)Summary: The paper reports that large numbers of African Americans are leaving Virginia for the South in search of better wages. The article asserts that this will lead to the replacement of black labor with white labor on small farms.
Full Text of Article:
The fact that the negroes in droves are leaving every part of Virginia at this time for the inviting cotton fields, is attracting much attention at the North, and many are the speculations in regard to it. The New York Herald says:
The negroes appear to be leaving Virginia in shoals for the cotton plantations of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, where they are sure of better wages and a warmer climate than they have in the "Old Dominion." In Richmond, for instance, a labor agent advertises for negroes by thousands to go South at from fifteen dollars to twenty-two dollars and fifty cents per month. Before the war the sales of "Virginny niggers" for the cotton States amounted in Richmond to about twenty millions of dollars a year. The present demand from the cotton planters for these Virginia field hands is but the revival of the old one in a new shape. Under the old slavery demand the Virginia master sold to the trader "a few niggers?" from year to year to make both ends meet. Under the new voluntary freedom and free labor system whole families and colonies of these Virginia plantation blacks are moving South. The end will probably be the disappearance of the black population from the State and its replacement by white labor. This will involve the cutting up of the large plantations into small farms for Germans, Danish, Norwegian, English, Welsh, Irish, and Yankee settlers--a transformation which will double the value of every acre of land in the State within the next ten or fifteen years.
(Column 01)Summary: G. W. McCutchen, sheriff of Augusta county, paid $31,000 to the state treasury. The treasury received a total of $60,000 on Saturday and is "being replenished pretty rapidly."[No Title]
(Names in announcement: G. W. McCutchen)
(Column 01)Summary: The paper applauds the appointment of Ed H. Sears as Staunton Postmaster.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Ed H. Sears)
(Column 01)Summary: C. W. Hunter, superintendent of the Methodist Sunday School of Staunton, will oversee the annual Christmas tree exhibition in the church. The public is invited to attend.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: C. W. Hunter)
(Column 01)Summary: The ladies of New Hope are holding a fair to raise money for the erection of a Temperance Hall. The councils of Augusta and Rockingham are invited to attend.[No Title]
(Column 01)Summary: Thomas J. Crowder is now in charge of the Virginia Hotel Bar and Billiard Saloon. "Those desiring a little of the oh-be-joyful, served in any style, or a sociable game of Billiards, can be accommodated in the best manner by calling on Tommy."Masonic
(Names in announcement: Thomas J. Crowder)
(Column 01)Summary: Staunton Lodge will meet on the 31st. Union Royal Arch Chapter will meet on the 28th. Stevenson Commandry, Knights Templar, will meet on the 27th.Married
(Column 02)Summary: George W. May and Miss Kitty Lomax Waddell, daughter of Dr. Alexander Waddell of Staunton, were married on December 21st at the residence of the bride's father by the Rev. William E. Baker.Married
(Names in announcement: George W. May, Kitty Lomax Waddell, Dr. Alexander Waddell, Rev. William E. Baker)
(Column 02)Summary: John A. Silling and Miss Mary C. Stover were married on December 16th by the Rev. R. C. Walker.Married
(Names in announcement: John A. Silling, Mary C. Stover, Rev. R. C. Walker)
(Column 02)Summary: Robert N. Carson and Miss Amanda C. Meck, both of Augusta, were married in Staunton at the Virginia Hotel on December 15th by the Rev. William E. Baker.Married
(Names in announcement: Robert N. Carson, Amanda C. Meck, Rev. William E. Baker)
(Column 02)Summary: David P. Bell and Miss Cornelia M. Patterson, daughter of John A. Patterson, were married at Long Glade, Augusta County, on November 18th by the Rev. W. T. Richardson.Married
(Names in announcement: David P. Bell, Cornelia M. Patterson, John A. Patterson, Rev. W. T. Richardson)
(Column 02)Summary: John P. Woodward and Miss Lucy R. Wright of Augusta were married in Staunton on December 15th by the Rev. J. M. Shreckhise.Married
(Names in announcement: John P. Woodward, Lucy R. Wright, Rev. J. M. Shreckhise)
(Column 02)Summary: D. B. Engleman and Miss M. Kate Koiner, daughter of J. H. Koiner, were married at the residence of the bride's father near Middlebrook on December 16th by the Rev. A. A. J. Bushong. The paper sends warmest wishes to the "happy pair" and thanks them for a piece of cake.Died
(Names in announcement: D. B. Engleman, M. Kate Koiner, J. H. Koiner, Rev. A. A. J. Bushong)
(Column 02)Summary: Mrs. Margaret Hogshead, wife of Elijah Hogshead, died near Middlebrook, Augusta County, on December 16th. She was 62 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: Margaret Hogshead, Elijah Hogshead)
(Column 02)Summary: John McClure, son of Andrew and Mary McClure, died in Staunton at the residence of his parents on December 14th. He was 2 years old. "This little one has left sad hearts behind, yet if its parents have one treasure less on earth, they have one more in heaven, and 'they only can be said to possess a child forever, who have lost one in infancy.'"
(Names in announcement: John McClure, Andrew McClure, Mary McClure)