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Staunton Spectator: July 12, 1859

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The Market--A Suggestion
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Summary: Complains about "that colossal humbug, the Market." The Spectator believes that it's a nuisance and that it makes life in Staunton more difficult. Article proposes that it be turned into a Town Hall.
County Finances
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Summary: Prints a table of aggregate taxes collected and a table of expenditures for the county. The aggregate amount levied declined in the last year. The largest expenditures are for public roads and support of the poor.
Celebration of the 4th at Staunton
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Summary: More detailed account of 4th of July celebration. Article includes toasts and the text of a letter from Gov. Wise.
(Names in announcement: Gen. Harman, N.K. Trout, Major Washington, Capt. Harper, Capt. Mallory, Capt. Bushog, Capt. Baylor, Col. Terrell, Kenton Harper, J.D. Imboden)
Commencement at Washington College
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Summary: Account of commencement at Washington college in Lexington. Three of of sixteen graduates were from Augusta. Bolivar Christian was a speaker.
(Names in announcement: J.D. Brooks, H.T. Darnall, William McCue, George Life, William Alexander, Bolivar Christian)
Town Affairs
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Summary: Discusses Town Council meeting. The Council accepted proposals for gas streetlights and a toll road from Staunton and Parkersburg Turnpike Company.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Waterhouse, Mr. Bowes, W.B. Kayser, D.A. Kayser)
The Gubernatorial Election
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Summary: Number of votes in gubernatorial election, by county. Compares 1859 election with numbers from the 1855 election. Overall, the total turnout dropped.
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Summary: William, infant son of Robert, died on July 7.
(Names in announcement: William Cowan, Robert Cowan)
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Summary: Robert, 3 year old child, died on July 6.
(Names in announcement: Robert Samuel Garber, Isaac Garber, Rebecca Garber)
Trailer: D.

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