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Staunton Spectator: August 14, 1860

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Description of Page: Page is mostly literature, poetry, etc. "Address of the National Executive Committee of the Constitutional Union Party to the People of the United States," columns 5-7 (continued on next page).

For the Spectator
(Column 4-5)
Summary: Report of the celebration for the Sunday School of the Mossy Creek Church, held on August 2. A.B. Roler of Augusta, among others, addressed the large crowd gathered for the occasion.
(Names in announcement: A.B. Roler)
Trailer: "W"

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Description of Page: "Address" of the Constitutional Union Party, continued from page 1, column 1. Page also has a number of political items reflecting poorly on Breckinridge Democrats and positively on the Constitutional Unionists.

[No Title]
(Column 1)
Summary: The West Augusta Guard passed a resolution thanking Capt. Koiner and the citizens of Fishersville for the "elegant pic nic and hospitable treatment" extended to the Guard.
The Paramount Question
(Column 2)
Summary: Spectator argues that in the current political situation, all questions other than the preservation of the Union should be made secondary. The paper also calls upon all citizens to disassociate themselves from disunionists.
Three More Freshets in Staunton--A House Destroyed--Miraculous Escape of an aged Woman
(Column 3)
Summary: Just as the Street Commissioners were repairing the damage from the last flood, new floods came through Staunton twice and destroyed all the repairs that had been made. Spectator adds a postscript to this article indicating that a fourth flood came through the town, knocking down the house of Mrs. Parish who would have drowned had she not been saved by Mr. Chandler. Mrs. Parish's house was destroyed.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Parish, Mr. Chandler)
Stereoscopic Views of Staunton
(Column 3)
Summary: Mr. William D. Cooke of North Carolina has taken stereoscopic pictures of Staunton and they are well executed. N. Brooks and Charles Cochran are clearly recognizable in the photos.
(Names in announcement: N. Brooks, Charles Cochran)
"Free Fight"
(Column 3)
Summary: Report of a fight in the street on the previous Friday night near the stores of Bledsoe & Bro. Five or six people were called to answer an indictment for the fight.
(Names in announcement: Judge Points, Judge Bickle)
The Douglas Convention
(Column 4)
Summary: Spectator wonders whether the delegates to the Douglas Democrat convention, which will meet in Staunton, will stand by their candidate and his positions or will succumb to the demands of the Breckinridge branch of the party. The paper has faith in the Douglas delegates.
A Large Tomato
(Column 4)
Summary: Peter Engleman, Jun. has sent the Spectator a tomato that weighs two pounds. He had a number of others weighing over a pound but many were destroyed in the recent floods.
(Names in announcement: Peter EnglemanJun.)
To the Council of the Town of Staunton
(Column 5)
Summary: Author suggests ways of avoiding future flooding in Staunton. He argues that digging lower and lower down Augusta Street only hurts those at the bottom of the town. Rather, water should be prevented from collecting in the meadow by widening the creek, and water channels that run through town should be dug uniformly deeper.
Trailer: Common Sense
For the Spectator
(Column 6)
Summary: Author calls for a deepening of the creek-bed and a raising of its banks. In addition, he thinks that the city needs to build a brick aqueduct, which will run under the street where the canal stops, in order to prevent future flooding of Staunton.
Trailer: "C"
(Column 7)
Summary: Frances Ann Waddell died at her son's house near Richmond on August 7. Waddell was the widow of Dr. A. Waddell of Staunton.
(Names in announcement: Frances Ann Waddell, Dr. A. Waddell)

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Description of Page: Advertisements, land sales, auctions, etc. Bottom right is blurry.

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Description of Page: Advertisements.