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Staunton Spectator: August 9, 1859

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For the Spectator
(Column 7)
Summary: Letter complaining about Democratic behavior during and after the election.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Harris, Skinner, Letcher)
Trailer: "Fair Play"

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Description of Page: Roundup of other State election results--Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina

[No Title]
(Column 1)
Summary: Spectator is responding to an article in the Vindicator that painted the opposition as a party of "Whigs, Americans Free Soilers, Free Niggers etc." The paper takes issue with the last category. It also discusses good Northern men who refuse to interfere with slavery in the South, even though they oppose it. Raises the specter of Black Republicanism.
Sad Occurrence
(Column 1)
Summary: Perrin was bitten by a rattlesnake at Stribling Springs and died.
(Names in announcement: William Perrin)
Full Text of Article:

Mr. Wm. A. Perrin, of this place, was bitten by a rattle-snake at Stribling Springs, on Saturday afternoon last, and died from the effects of the poison on Sunday morning. He had caught the snake and was playing with it at the time the wound was inflicted.

Dangers Ahead
(Column 2)
Summary: Announces increase in value of goods imported through the New York Customs House and expresses concern about a repeat of 1857 crisis.
Origin of Article: New York Herald
Important Letter from Gov. Wise
(Column 3)
Summary: Reprint of a letter that Gov. Wise sent to the New York Democratic State Committee. He promises to defy Douglas and "crush" the Virginia Opposition. Wise calls for a united South and a united Virginia. Article includes other paper's commentaries. The letter is so outrageous that some call it a forgery.
Origin of Article: New York Herald; Philadelphia Press; Providence Journal; New York News; Journal of Commerce; New York Commercial Advertiser
Another Virginia Aspirant
(Column 2)
Summary: Article about 1860 Presidential election. Will Letcher run? What about Douglas? Or Yancey?
For the Spectator
(Column 4)
Summary: Response to Many Voters letter of August 2. Many Voters should not complain about the Council--they are elected and do a good job.
Trailer: Young America
For the Spectator
(Column 4)
Summary: Wonders how the Presbyterian Church's new carpeting can be protected from tobacco chewers. Could they be asked to abstain while in church?
Full Text of Article:

Messrs. Editors.--I was at the Presbyterian Church on last Saturday, and was pleased to see it so neatly carpeted; but the question occurred to me, how can that neatness be preserved in a Church where so many tobacco chewers attend, and chew tobacco all the time? I wonder if gentlemen cannot be induced to forbear the use of the "weed" for about one hour and a half. I believe it is not considered genteel to chew tobacco in private parlors and spit over the carpets; if so, it must be looked upon as far from genteel to spit tobacco juice over the floor or carpet of the House of God.

Trailer: B.

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(Column 2)
Summary: Married on August 4.
(Names in announcement: Rev. W.C. McCarty, William Berry, Fanny Kennerly, Rev. Samuel Kennerly)
(Column 2)
Summary: Mary Calhoon died on August 6.
(Names in announcement: Miss Mary Calhoon, Rev. William Calhoon)

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