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Staunton Spectator: July 10, 1860

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-Page 01-

Description of Page: Most of page is poetry, literary and morality tales, etc. Column 5 has a note indicating that Senator Joshua R. Giddings of Ohio, has quit public life and gone to raise hemp in Ohio. Spectator believes it would be more appropriate "if the hemp would raise him." Bottom right of page is illegible.

For the Spectator
(Column 7)
Summary: Author details the sites of his trip by railroad across Virginia from Staunton to Weston.
Trailer: "Au Revoir"

-Page 02-

Description of Page: Bottom left is nearly illegible. Page is scattered with political articles about both the Democrats and the Constitutional Unionists, taken from various newspapers across the country, including some excerpts of speeches such as that of Sen. Pugh from Ohio in favor of Douglas, column 5.

Is the Object Disunion?
(Column 1)
Summary: Spectator speculates that the ultimate aim of the Southern Democrats may be secession and the breakup of the Union. Argues that a vote for the Bell/Everett ticket would be the only way to defeat disunionists in the South and Republicans in the North.
The "Virginia Pacificator"
(Column 2)
Summary: Report of an exhibition of a new gun, named the "Virginia Pacificator." The exhibition was put on by Lorenzo Sibert and J. Marshall McCue of Mt. Solon. William Shaffer, a gunsmith from North River Gap in Mt. Solon, executed the work. The gun can fire 49 times without reloading.
(Names in announcement: Esq. Lorenzo Sibert, Col. J. Marshall McCue, William Shaffer)
Inspection of Arms
(Column 2)
Summary: The local military companies (the Staunton Artillery, commanded by Lieut. Harman, and the Augusta Guards, commanded by Capt. Baylor) paraded and had their arms inspected at the Staunton Armory by the Governor and a number of generals including Brigadier General William H. Harman. The "Junior Blues," a youth company, also paraded, led by Captain Lilley.
(Names in announcement: Lieut. Harman, Capt. Baylor, Capt. Lilley, Brig. Gen. William Harman)
The 4th
(Column 2)
Summary: Report of the Staunton Fourth of July celebration, including a parade of the military units, led by their commanders, Lieut. Harman, Capt. Baylor, and Capt. Lilley.
(Names in announcement: Lieut. Harman, Capt. Baylor, Capt. Lilley)
Reception of the Governor
(Column 3)
Summary: Report of the arrival of Governor Letcher and Joseph Mayo, Mayor of Richmond, to Staunton and of the reception they received from the local military companies. The companies were presented to the guests by Major General Harper and General Harman. The Spectator then excepts the remainder of the story from the Vindicator, which reports that the Governor and a number of citizens proceeded to the house of Lieut. T.L. Harman and Capt. W.S.H. Baylor.
(Names in announcement: Major Gen. Harper, Gen. Harman, Lieut. T.L. Harman, W.S.H. Baylor)
Origin of Article: Staunton Vindicator
Richmond Medical College
(Column 3)
Summary: Report on the catalogue of the Richmond Medical College. Among the recent graduates was James A. Armstrong of Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: James Armstrong)
[No Title]
(Column 3)
Summary: At the recommendation of Census Deputy Marshal John B. Watts, George Seawright, Esq., was commissioned to take the census of the Northern part of Augusta County. When Seawright declined, R. Burke was named in his stead. Col. James M. Lilley was commissioned to take the census of the Southern half of the county.
(Names in announcement: John Watts, Esq. George Seawright, R. Burke, James Lilley)
Origin of Article: Staunton Vindicator
Virginia Female Institute
(Column 4)
Summary: List of Prizes, Medals, and Diplomas issued at the commencement exercises for the Virginia Female Institute. Diplomas went to F.M. Churchman of Augusta County and R.P. Taylor and O.J. Woodward, both of Staunton, among others.
(Names in announcement: F.M. Churchman, R.P. Taylor, O.J. Woodward)
[No Title]
(Column 4)
Summary: Editorial excerpted from the Valley Spirit praising the press in Pennsylvania for generally rejecting the actions of seceders from the Democratic convention and advocating voting for Douglas as the only "true" Democratic vote.
Origin of Article: Chambersburg (PA) Valley Spirit
For the Spectator
(Column 6)
Summary: A meeting of the Augusta Rifles was held in Fishersville on July 4th to make arrangements both for the presentation of the flag and for the holding of a picnic on August 4th. The above men were named members of the committee to make arrangements.
(Names in announcement: Col. D.W. Coiner, William Dodd, Samuel Alexander, A.G. McCune, J.D. Brooks, Col. Samuel McCune, Capt. A. Coiner, Lieut. G.T. Antrim, Lieut. A. McComb, Capt. C.G. Miller, Capt. B. Ellis, W.W. King, William Chapman, John Hamilton, M.A. Coiner, James Hudson, Thomas Calbreath, Dr. Thomas Shelton, Dr. James Watson, Dr. Cyrus Alexander, Dr. Samuel Kennerly, Cyrus Coiner, Abraham Kindig, J D Hanger, Clinton Hall, Hugh Turk, John Fauber, J A Dodd, John P Hamilton, Reeves McComb, S W Patterson, Thomas H Antrim, Daniel Coiner, W W McCue, George Killian, George F Kiser, Fulton W Brown, John W Hanger, John Brown)
Trailer: D.W. Coiner, President, George H. Guthrie, Secretary

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Description of Page: Page is mostly advertisements; bottom right illegible; interesting ad in column 5 for "Robinson & Lake's Great Southern Menagerie and Circus."

(Column 2)
Summary: George Hudson, formerly of Augusta County, died at age 79.
(Names in announcement: George Hudson)
(Column 2)
Summary: Mary A. Eddins, age 68, died at the home of her brother-in-law, James Craig, Esq., of Augusta County.
(Names in announcement: Esq. James Craig, Mary Eddins)
Trailer: "B."
(Column 2)
Summary: Elizabeth Frances Brown, daughter of Elizabeth and William Brown, died at age 35. The Brown family lived in Augusta County until 1854, when it moved to Johnson County, Iowa, where Elizabeth died.
(Names in announcement: Elizabeth Brown, William Brown, Elizabeth Brown)
Trailer: John B. Hill

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Description of Page: Advertisements

-Page 05-

Description of Page: Special insert dated July 14, 1860, designed to provide a series of articles on "Parties and their Principles," a look at and analysis of the positions of the major political parties, particularly on the question of slavery in the territories. This page has an article on the Constitutional Union party and the beginning of an article on the Republican party. Certain areas of print are blurry and/or illegible.

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Description of Page: Page is continuation of insert dated July 14, 1860 on "Parties and their Principles." Contains continuation of article on the Republican party, a copy of a lengthy Fourth of July address delivered by Edward Everett in Boston, and proceedings of Union meetings and conventions in Connecticut, New York, Louisiana and Delaware. Parts of the page are difficult or impossible to read.