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Staunton Spectator: January 10, 1860

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Celibacy of Washington Irving
(Column 5)
Summary: Explains Washington Irving's celibacy after the death of his fiance, as well as the author's devotion to his family.
Origin of Article: Boston Transcript
Trailer: Boston Transcript, Dec. 29

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Description of Page: Week's proceedings of State Legislature in column 4, of Congress in column 5

John Brown
(Column 1)
Summary: Editorial comparing John Brown of Harper's Ferry disfavorably with other John Browns throughout history.
Keeper of Poor House
(Column 3)
Summary: Mr. James Henderson was reappointed as superintendent of county poor house.
(Names in announcement: James Henderson)
Message of Gov. Letcher
(Column 4)
Summary: Summary of Gov. Letcher's address on sectional relations to the State Legislature.
Hostile Legislation
(Column 5)
Summary: The New York Times argues that relatively few Northern states have adopted Personal Liberty laws.
Origin of Article: New York Times
Editorial Comment: "The New York Times endeavors to show that much of the apprehension felt in the Southern States, in regard to the present aspects of the slavery question, is without any real basis; and particularly in reference to the attempts which have been made in my Northern States to render the laws of Congress imperative, it asserts that the South will find no such array of hostile legislation as they have been told exists." However, the Times fails to mention the laws of Connecticut.
Full Text of Article:

"Unless we are greatly mistaken, Vermont is the only State that has passes a Personal Liberty Bill, or taken any legislative steps to defeat the operations of the Fugitive Slave Law. In several others, attempts to pass such acts have been made, but have been defeated. In Massachusetts such a bill was vetoed by the Governor. In New York it was defeated in the Senate. In Pennsylvania it was also stopped in its progress through the Legislature. In New Hampshire it was voted down, and a similar fate has befallen similar endeavors in other States. -- Yet to read the excited appeals of some of our ultra Southern journals, one would suppose that nearly every Northern State had enacted the most fearful penalties against every man who should seek to recover a fugitive under the Federal Law of 1850. Resolutions may and probably have been passed by several State Legislatures, expressing opinions hostile to slavery and to the Fugitive Slave Law; but we need not remind our Southern contemporaries that these resolves have no legal validity, and are usually intended to have no effect beyond influencing some local election."

Connecticut is not mentioned above, as among the States whose Legislation has been hostile to the South. She was the first to enact a Personal Liberty Bill, in opposition to the Fugitive Slave Law, which it entirely nullifies.

Odd Fellows' Party
(Column 6)
Summary: Report of party held by the Odd Fellows of Augusta Lodge.
Trailer: D.H.W.
Waynesboro Academy
(Column 6)
Summary: Lists the elected officers of the "Waynesboro Greys."
(Names in announcement: Captain Clinton Miller, Chairman William Chapman, Secretary A.W. Bicker, 1st Lieut. J. Astrim, 2nd Lieut. W. Long, 1st 2nd Lieut. J. Wallace, 2nd 2nd Lieut. Stephens, Orderly Sergeant H Gentry, 2nd Orderly Sergeant W. Huff, 3rd Orderly Sergeant A.M. Darnall, 4th Orderly Sergeant M. Baskins)
Trailer: P.
David Fultz, Esq.
(Column 6)
Summary: Calls on David Fultz to accept nomination for Circuit Judge.
(Names in announcement: Esq. David Fultz)
Trailer: Many Farmers
[No Title]
(Column 6)
Summary: Summary of Governor of Pennsylvania's speech on the Harper's Ferry raid.

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Description of Page: most of page to right of column 2 is advertisements, land sales, etc.

Trial of Stephens
(Column 1)
Summary: The trial of Aaron Stephens, one of John Brown's henchmen, will be conducted by state authorities.
To the Voters of Augusta
(Column 1)
Summary: Phillip Polmer presents himself as candidate for Sheriff of Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: Phillip Polmer)
Trailer: Phillip O. Polmer
To the Voters of Augusta County
(Column 1)
Summary: Announces candidates for county clerkship.
(Names in announcement: John Paris, John Watts, William Burnett, Alex Kinney, James Cochran)
For Sheriff
(Column 1)
Summary: Announces candidates for Sheriff.
(Names in announcement: Colonel James Lilley, John Larew, Henry Peck, Captain P Polmer, Peter Sterle)
For Town Sergeant
(Column 1)
Summary: James Waters announces his candidacy for town sergeant.
(Names in announcement: James Waters)
[No Title]
(Column 1)
Summary: Obituary for Miss Myrtilla Britton, age 47.
(Names in announcement: Myrtilla Britton)
Trailer: T.E.C.
Notice from the Board Public Works
(Column 2)
Summary: Announces that the contract for superintendence of the Staunton and Parkersburg Road is available.
Trailer: Thomas H. De Witt, Secretary B.P.W.

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Description of Page: Advertisements