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Staunton Spectator: March 12, 1860

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Indian Hunting in California
(Column 6)
Summary: Sarcastic account of "Indian Hunters" who murder Indians in the West; argues these murderers should be hanged for their crimes.
Judicial Election
(Column 7)
Summary: Author resolves to defend David Fultz against the assaults on his character led by other writers of letters, whom he calls "malignant" and "ignorant." Verbally assaults "Z" and claims he is neither knowledgeable nor honest enough to be a lawyer, but rather he writes like a "scrub politician."

-Page 02-

Description of Page: Weekly proceedings of State Legislature, column 4; of Congress, column 5.

The Charleston Convention
(Column 1)
Summary: Editorial on the upcoming Democratic convention, at which the Spectator predicts Douglas will be nominated. The editors also think that the Northern and Southern Democrats will again be reconciled around a platform each interprets to its own satisfaction, despite the South's professed hatred for Douglas.
Staunton Lyceum
(Column 1)
Summary: Spectator supports the efforts of a correspondent who wishes to create a permanent Staunton Lyceum, and urges citizens to attend a meeting toward that end to be held in the County Court Clerk's Office.
Baltimore Conference and Slavery
(Column 2)
Summary: Report of memorials presented at a session of the Baltimore Conference of the M.E. Church by some Virginia circuits, who lament the divisions within the Church caused by the slavery question. Prints resolutions of the conference that attempted to reconcile factions within the Church and to limit slavery agitation.
To Correspondents
(Column 2)
Summary: Spectator writes that it can no longer print so many lengthy letters regarding the merits and demerits of candidates for local elections. Editor wisely and appropriately asks correspondents to limit the length of their submissions.
The "Southern Conference"
(Column 2)
Summary: The House of Delegates voted not to send delegates to the proposed "Southern Conference."
(Column 3)
Summary: Author calls for the permanent establishment of the Staunton Lyceum to serve as a place of "moral and mental improvement" for all citizens. Calls on prominent citizens to attend a meeting for that purpose.
(Names in announcement: Col. Baldwin, Mr. Harman, Mr. Imboden, Mr. Skinner, Mr. Doyle, Mr. Baylor, Mr. Watts)
Trailer: Improvement
For the Spectator
(Column 3)
Summary: Advocates John J. Larew for Sheriff.
(Names in announcement: John Larew)
Trailer: A Voter
[No Title]
(Column 5)
Summary: The Harper's Ferry Investigation Committee has decided not to call Gov. Wise to testify.
Election of Judge
(Column 6)
Summary: Author takes "Quid," author of a previous letter, to task for his criticisms of "Gascoigne" and "Z" who both support Judge Thompson. Author explains a biblical analogy he employed in an earlier letter and reaffirms his own support for Judge Thompson.
(Names in announcement: Judge Thompson)
Trailer: Gascoigne
For the Spectator
(Column 6)
Summary: Authors want the candidates for Sheriff to tell them if any of them plan on employing the present Sheriff in event of victory.
(Names in announcement: James Lilley, James Larew, Henry Peek, Peter Steel, William Sterrett, Thomas Wilson)
Trailer: North Mountain

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Description of Page: Mostly ads, land sales, etc.; bottom right is blotchy.

[No Title]
(Column 1)
Summary: Report that Gov. Letcher asked Gov. Denison of Ohio to issue a warrant for the arrest of Oliver Brown and Francis Merriam, two Harper's Ferry insurgents presumed hiding in Ashtabula County, Ohio. Gov. Denison refused.
[No Title]
(Column 1)Married
(Column 2)
Summary: Married on March 8.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Dr. Harrison, Ellen Hartley, Samuel Hartley, F.B. Bailey)

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Description of Page: Advertisements; bottom left is blotchy.