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Staunton Spectator: October 30, 1860

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-Page 01-

Description of Page: Campaign poem for Bell, to the tune of Oh Susannah, column 3. There are a number of political items on the page, such as one detailing the situation in Kansas as related by Thaddeus Hyatt to James Buchanan, column 4. There are also a number related specifically to the upcoming election, especially in columns 5-6. Bottom right is illegible. Excerpted speech by Gov. Wise, column 7.

How Overwhelmingly Important?
(Column 5)
Summary: Stresses the importance of the upcoming election. Article insists that the fate of the Union is at stake and that Virginians must cast their votes against Breckinridge and for Bell.
Origin of Article: Richmond Whig
Trailer: Rich. Whig
Between Bell and Lincoln
(Column 7)
Summary: Claims that the upcoming election contest is really between Lincoln and Bell, the only candidates with enough clout amongst a large enough section of the population of the nation to win.

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Description of Page: Page is scattered with short pieces urging people to be sure to vote, and to vote for the Union party. Columns 6-7 are ads.

To the Union Party of Augusta
(Column 1)
Summary: Praises the turnout at the Grand Union Rally and calls for another meeting on November 2.
(Names in announcement: John Baldwin, Alexander Stuart, Bolivar Christian)
Trailer: Bolivar Christian
Speaking at Greenville
(Column 1)
Summary: Speech announcement for Bolivar Christian.
(Names in announcement: Bolivar Christian)
[No Title]
(Column 1)
Summary: Announcement of speeches to be held in Mint Spring.
(Names in announcement: Bolivar Christian, H.W. Shaffey)
Staunton Bell Club
(Column 1)
Summary: Announcement of a "Huzzah Meeting" of the Staunton Bell Club on Nov. 5.
The Gathering of the Clubs
(Column 1)
Summary: Announces that the Bell Clubs of the county have agreed to assemble at a meeting/rally scheduled for November 2, before which they will parade to the Court House. The men listed above are members of the various committees in charge of organizing the rally.
(Names in announcement: Col. Rudolph Turk, William Tate, J. Marshall Hanger, Alex Stuart, Col. J. B. Baldwin, George Imboden, Emmett Guy, A.T. Gilkeson, P.H. Trout, Thomas Marshall, J.H. Waters, Adams Lushbaugh, A.M. Simpson, John Bledsoe, John Evans, John M. Hardy, John J. Clake, H.R. Matthews, J.W. Suthards, George Hudson, George A. Armentrout, C.T. Cochran, J.H. Frasier, S.H. Lushbaugh, John T. Parent, Powell Harrison, H.K. Cochran, Arch'd Kinney, R.D. Lilley, A.S. Fultz, Dr. J.B. Gilkeson, W.J. Points, Jas. Bumgardner, Virginius Guy, Bedell Berkeley, Thomas S. Doyle, C.T. Arnall, Bolivar Christian)
Friends of the Union
(Column 2)
Summary: Calls for those who love the Union to defeat the forces of sectionalism and treason at the ballot box. Spectator believes that the masses do not want disunion, but still hold to party loyalties and thus divide their vote. Claims that to defeat sectionalists, the vote of the masses must be concentrated on the candidacy of John Bell.
No Time for Quarreling
(Column 2)
Summary: Spectator insists that Southerners must stop their internal bickering and vote for a national candidate, namely John Bell, in order to defeat sectional enemies.
Hon. Alex. H.H. Stuart at Greenville
(Column 2)
Summary: Report that Alexander H.H. Stuart delivered a fine speech in Greenville.
(Names in announcement: Alex Stuart)
The Plot Thickens--Peace or War--The South Must Decide
(Column 3)
Summary: Spectator collects material from a number of Virginia newspapers that it believes is evidence both that the fate of the Union itself rides on the upcoming election and that the Breckinridge ticket stands for disunion and treason.
Origin of Article: Petersburg True Democrat, Alexandria Sentinel, Richmond Enquirer
Augusta a Bell County
(Column 3)
Summary: Spectator lists reasons why Augusta is the strongest Bell county in the state.
Trailer: "It has more Bell voters than any county.... It has more persons by the name of Bell, we venture to say, than any county in the State, all of whom, we suppose, will be related to the President if Bell should be elected.... It has more ladies who are entitled to be considered belles than any county in the good 'Old Commonwealth.'"
Mr. Douglas in Staunton
(Column 5)
Summary: Sarcastic letter to the Spectator reporting on the meeting of Stephen Douglas supporters in Staunton.
(Names in announcement: Gen. Harman)
Trailer: "M"
Bouquet presented to Hon. Thos. S. Flourney
(Column 5)
Summary: Further report from the Union rally of the previous week, with information the Spectator neglected to include in its previous issue.
(Names in announcement: Col. Marshall McCue)
Mowry's Mill Club
(Column 6)
Summary: Letter reporting the proceedings of "Mowry's Mill Club."
(Names in announcement: Capt. Doyle, Maj. Poage, P. Harrison, R. Mauzy, George CochranJr., W.S.H. Baylor, D.B. Crousehorn, B.F. Fishburn, W.H. Snapp)
Trailer: D.B. Crousehorn Cha'mn. B.F. Fishburn, W.H. Snapp, Secretaries

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Description of Page: Page is mostly ads, auctions, land sales, etc. Bottom right is illegible.

(Column 1)
Summary: Married on October 23.
(Names in announcement: Rev. C. Beard, Jacob Riser, Elizabeth Cullen)
(Column 1)
Summary: Married on September 24.
(Names in announcement: Rev. C.S.M. See, George Keiser, Susan Crobarger)
(Column 1)
Summary: Thomas Read and Martha White were married on October 18.
(Names in announcement: Thomas Read, R.M. White, Martha White)
(Column 1)
Summary: Married on October 25.
(Names in announcement: John Hamilton, Theodosia Hudson, Elisha Hudson)
(Column 1)
Summary: Dr. Minor, of Bridgewater, married Martha Crawford on October 25.
(Names in announcement: Rev. William Brown, Dr. J.G. Minor, Martha Crawford, Maj. James Crawford)
(Column 1)
Summary: Mary Warden died in Staunton on October 8 at age 67. She was the daughter of Mr. Leas, who had been an elder of the Staunton Church.
(Names in announcement: Mary Warden)
Trailer: "S"

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Description of Page: Advertisements; bottom left is fuzzy.