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Staunton Spectator: March 31, 1858

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To Mrs. Kate Kareless
(Column 5)
Summary: Condemns city council for attempting ambitious projects at the expense of more common but important ones.
Trailer: Paul Poplin
Extract from Mr. Crittenden's Speech
(Column 6)
Summary: Reprint of speech by Crittenden of Kentucky made on Senate floor on 3/17/1858. Advocates immediate statehood for Kansas. Condemns northern opponents who oppose slavery, claiming that they involve themselves in issues that do not concern them.

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The Kansas Bill
(Column 1)
Summary: Bill for admission of Kansas under Lecompton Constitution passed Senate on 3/23/1858.
[No Title]
(Column 2)
Summary: Reprints correct statement by Maj. J.B. Watts, which had been incorrectly printed the week before. Watts will be out of the county during most of April. As a result, he will be unable to campaign for Curcuit Court Clerkship, and he is withdrawing his candidacy.
(Names in announcement: Major J. B. Watts)
To the Voters of Highland
(Column 3)
Summary: Voters in Highland want a convention to be held at the April Court where candidates for county office can present themselves.
[No Title]
(Column 6)
Summary: Jeffeniah Shiflett attempted suicide while being transported to Richmond, en route to a seven-year sentence at the penetentiary for burning the barn of Dr. Caldwell of Greenbriar. Shiflett jumped from a wagon into Jackson's River. Although Shiflett claimed it was a suicide attempt, the sheriff thought it was an escape attempt.
(Names in announcement: Jeffeniah Shiflett)

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Local Affairs
(Column 1)
Summary: Janius M. Baylor died following an accident at his chopping mill outside of Staunton. Baylor was the son of Col. George Baylor. Funeral at Lutheran Church led by Rev. J.M. Seiss of Baltimore. Buried at Thornrose Cemetary. Granduncle, Col. Martin Baylor, was killed in a mill, while his uncle, Andrew J. Baylor, was killed near the location where Janius died. Baylor was named for Janius M. Fishburn, professor at Washington College, who died 3/26/1858. Both were born in Waynsboro.
(Names in announcement: Janius M. Baylor, Col. George Baylor, Rev. J. M. Seiss)
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Death of Professor Fishburn
(Column 1)
Summary: Professor Janius M. Fishburn, of Washington College, died of dysentary on 3/26/1858. Born and raised in Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: Prof. Janius M. Fishburn)
Land Sale
(Column 1)
Summary: Capt. H.H. Peck and Capt. J.C. Webb sold 466-acre plantation on Mr. Solon Road to Samuel Cline for $10,649.
(Names in announcement: Capt. H. H. Peck, Capt. J. C. Webb, Mr. Samuel Cline)
W.L. Asylum
(Column 1)
Summary: Letter fom A. Tax-Payer seeking information from Dr. Stribling, superintendent of the local asylum, on the process of awarding contracts.
(Names in announcement: Dr. Stribling)
(Column 3)
Summary: Jacob Vaspumer married to Mary Baidget by Rev. J.B. Davis on 3/23/1858. Both of Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: Jacob Vaspumer, Mary Baidget, Rev. J. B. Davis)
(Column 3)
Editorial Comment: Nancy Saipord, 70, died in Staunton on 3/24/1858 at the home of her son-in-law, Henry Boar.