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Staunton Spectator: January 14, 1857

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Description of Page: From Europe; Congressional news;

The Court House
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Summary: Detailed description of renovation of County courthouse interior, including layout and furinishings. Sully portrait of Chief Justice John Marshall hangs above the Bench. Committe in Charge=Col. Baldwin; J.D. Imboden; Benj. Crawford; John Churchamn; Wm. A. Bell; Architecht=Mr. Starkeweather, of Baltimore; Contractor=Harman J. Lushbaugh; Woodworking=William Lushbaugh; Mr. Kice; Plastering=Samuel J. Lushbaugh; Painting & graining=Wm. L. Balthis; Marblework=Mr. Marquis; Mr. Kelly
(Names in announcement: Col. Baldwin, J.D. Imboden, Benj. Crawford, John Churchman, Wm. A. Bell, Mr. Starkeweather, Harman J. Lushbaugh, Mr. Kice, Samuel J. Lushbaugh, Wm. L. Balthis, Mr. Marquis, Mr. Kelly)
Things That Need Mending
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Summary: Controversy among citizens over the Town Clock. It needs mending. Also calls for the construction of a "suitable" water works for the town. Streets need to be fixed; cemetary grounds should be improved & beautified. Notes that since writing, work has begun on piping water to the town's main spring; also the clock has been restarted.
The Insurrection Rumors
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Summary: Rumors of insurrection from around the counry proved groundless. Inspired by slaves expressing interest in Fremont. Complins about mob spirit driving these fears, but also cautions about maintianing firm discipline.
Negro Hiring
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Summary: Prices for hiring slaves from around the state; compared with Stuanton. Local prices: farmhand=$120; 17-18yr old boy=$80; women=$60-75; girls=$30-45
Conviction of Huntington
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Summary: "New York Forger" sentenced to 4 yrs., 10 mos. in Penitentary.
(Names in announcement: Huntington)
Mr. Points Lecture
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Summary: Points gave a lecture at the Lutheran Church, before the YMCA about his travels to China.
(Names in announcement: J. T. Points)
Bank Dividends
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Summary: Annouces dividends for local & state banks: Bank of the Valley; Central Bank at Staunton; Bank of the Old Dominion; Bank of Rockingham; Bank of Winchester; Exchange Bank; Farmers Bank; Bank of Virginia;
Free Negroes
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Summary: Whig says Free Negroes are the least likely class to undertake an insurrection; they should not be targetted. Economically useful, if not a profitable class.
Origin of Article: Richmond Whig
Editorial Comment: We are glad to see the Richmond Whig defending the most defenseless class of our population.
For the Spectator; The Town Clock on a "Strike"
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Summary: Comparing the out of order clock to a drunkard; satirical
Trailer: Edax Rerum
For the Spectator
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Summary: New Providence congregation gave Rev. Jacob Wisters nearly $100 on New Years Day, as an expression of esteem & high regard.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Jacob Wisters)
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Summary: About Washington National Monument society. COntroversy over board of Managers
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Summary: Daniel Kunkle has replaces Lorenzo Shaw as postmaster of Pond Gap
(Names in announcement: Daniel Kunkel, Lorenzo Shaw)

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Description of Page: Markets, col. 2.

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Summary: Smith to Kelley, on 1/8/57; all of Charlottesville
(Names in announcement: Rev. W. H. McGuffey, Rev. J. Henry Smith, Miss Mary Kelley, E. W. Watson)
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Summary: Goodloe to Mills, on 12/20/56; both of Baltimore
(Names in announcement: Rev. J. A. Leferre, Taverner W. Goodloe, Miss Mary Jane Mills)

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Description of Page: Cool ad in col. 2. for Marquis & Kelly Marbleworks.