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Staunton Spectator: February 3, 1858

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Kaffir Women
(Column 6)
Summary: Description of African women.

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"A New Feature"
(Column 1)
Summary: "Vindicator" proposes that "Spectator" reproduce its new feature on "supporting a national administration." Condemns "Vindicator"'s editors for seeking to separate discussion of federal and state issues.
Slavery Agitation
(Column 2)
Summary: Problems in Kansas are the result of a few northern fanatics. These men, who have no connection to slavery and seek only spoils, are stimulating the possibility of national dissolution. Most northerners in the region are not concerned with slavery. Meanwhile southern plantation owners have recognized that they have no concerns in Kansas and are not meddling in its affairs.
(Column 2)
Summary: Jackson Hottinger arrested in Staunton on morning of 1/28/1858 by Martin Rohr and Geo. H. Mitchell and charged with kidnapping a slave belonging to Clement Ervine of Rockingham County. Justice Imboden sent him to jail in preparation for his return to Rockingham. Rockingham "Register" reports that he stole six or seven year-old slave from Ervine, gagged him, carried him into the woods, but left him to evade persuit of David J. Bear. He had also tried to convince two of Ervine's young slaves to leave as well. Hottinger claims that he was drunk and not in control of his faculties.
(Names in announcement: Jackson Hottinger, Martin Rohr, George H. Mitchell, Clement Ervine, Justice Imboden, David J. Bear)
Death of Jno. H. Seayres
(Column 5)
Summary: Jno. H. Seayres, superintendent of the American Hotel, killed himself by an overdose of laudanum. He bought the drug at Dr. T.H. & J.C. Kinney's drug store. Young slave belonging to Jno. B. Antoni saw him take something out of a small vial that later turned out to be the one containing the laudanum.
(Names in announcement: Jno. H. Seayres, T. H. Kinney, J. C. Kinney, Jno. B. Antoni)
Town Hall and Engine House
(Column 4)
Summary: Town Council passed a resolution on 1/30/1858 creatin a $1,700 bond to fund a second story for the town hall.

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(Column 2)
Summary: George N. Calhoun died on 1/30/1858.
(Names in announcement: George N. Calhoun)

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