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Staunton Spectator: November 13, 1860

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Description of Page: Page has a number of short stories/poetry, as well as one or two sentence morality quips.

Kate Yale's Marriage
(Column 3)
Summary: Story about a young woman who first seeks a man to marry who has money, only to discover that love is more important in choosing a spouse.
Origin of Article: Cornhill Monthly
Way-Side Jottings
(Column 6-7)
Summary: Letter to editor from a person who had visited Augusta County and wishes to give his opinions of the county.
(Names in announcement: Rev. See, Dr. McFarland, Dr. William White, Rev. Samuel Brown)
Blue Eyes
(Column 7)
Summary: Short piece claiming that blue eyes have been predominant among the great men of the world.

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Description of Page: Bottom of column 1 is illegible. Vote totals for other counties in Virginia, column 3. Electoral vote count by state, column 4. Editorial from the Richmond Whig on the election of Lincoln, column 4. Ads and land sales, columns 5-7.

The Union in Danger! Mass Meeting of the People of Augusta
(Column 1)
Summary: Petition signed by a number of prominent Augusta citizens calling for a mass meeting of county residents of all parties to be held on November 17 to discuss the necessary steps for saving the Union in light of the election results.
(Names in announcement: A.G. Gilkeson, James Cochran, B.F. Points, John McCue, L. WaddellJr., Joseph Woodward, John Peyton, Benjamin Crawford, Robert Cowan, J. Wayt, S.M. Yost, B. Hansel, John Baldwin, John Woods, George Baylor, W.W. Donaghe, Alex. Stuart, James Gregory, G.M. CochranJr., A.M. Bruce, Robert Doyle, R. Mauzy, N.K. Trout, Lee Waddell, H.W. Sheffey, H.M. Bell, C. JohnsonJr., James BumgardnerJr., F. McCue, Breeze Johnson, Jonathan Golladay, John Hendron, John Churchman, S.M. Templeton, John Imboden, Henry Haas, G.W. Imboden, Thomas Marshall, David Young, W.B. Kayser, Edwin Taylor, W.B. Young, John Smith, S.B. Finley, T.M. Durhoran, C.T. Cochran, Thomas Bledsoe, William Kinney)
Though Lincoln is Elected, There is no Danger
(Column 1)
Summary: Spectator regrets to inform its readers that the forces of sectionalism triumphed in the election with Lincoln's victory, but feels confident that the South can protect its own interests through the other branches of government, which it still controls. It counsels against secession, which would place the South in unnecessary danger by effectively turning all power over to the Republicans.
Full Text of Article:

It is with deep pain that we announce the triumph of a Northern Sectional party. We have labored earnestly to prevent that result, and supported the only ticket which carried the flag around which all the conservative strength of the country could rally without sacrifice of principle. The ticket we supported bore aloft a national banner around which conservatives North and South should have rallied with the view of preventing the success of sectionalism North or South. Our efforts were unsuccessful, though applied in the right direction, and sectionalism has triumphed over nationality.--Though we are mortified at the success of the Black Republicans in the Presidential election, yet we are rejoiced to know that the elections for Congressmen have resulted in giving us a very safe and decided majority against the Republicans in Congress. The success of the Republicans in the Presidential election is but a barren victory, and its fruits, like the apples of the Dead Sea, will turn to ashes upon their lips. They will have the Executive, but no other branch of the Government, and will, consequently, be impotent for mischief--they will not have the power to do any harm, however much disposed they may be to do so. We have the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court in our favor, either one of which would of itself be a sufficient protection to our rights. As we have all three there can, by no possibility, be any danger that our rights can be violated. No law can reach the President for his signature without first having passed both Houses of Congress, and we know that as at present composed no bill violative of our rights can pass either House. So that we are perfectly safe. The President cannot even make an appointment without the consent of the Senate, so that we have nothing to dread in that respect. If we remain united we have nothing to fear from the Black Republicans, because, as before stated, we have both Houses of Congress and the Supreme Court in our favor. The danger is in secession. If several of the Southern States secede, they will leave us in a minority in Congress, where we now have a safe majority. This may be the reason why some of the Southern States are in such a hurry to secede. They think that if they secede and leave us at the mercy of a Black Republican majority in Congress, that we will secede likewise. This is the way in which they expect to drag us into a like destiny with them. They will secede when we have a safe majority and there can be no danger, that we may be left in a minority where danger will threaten, in the confident belief that we will then secede and unite our fortunes with theirs. To secede when there can be no danger would be adding cowardice to treason. To give up when we have the game in our own hands would be cowardly, foolish and criminal. South Carolina, and other States disposed to secede, should remember that comity due to neighboring States should restrain them from taking action without consulting the wishes and interests of other States, particularly such as Virginia which is more deeply interested than all the Cotton States combined. As no man has a right to destroy even his own property when by so doing he will endanger that of his neighbor, so no State has the right to secede when that act will involve other States in the common ruin. Virginia has interests independent of the Cotton States, and she should take care of them in spite of the action of those States.

Union Democrats
(Column 2)
Summary: Spectator praises those patriotic Democratic voters who had the courage to break ranks with their party and vote for Bell.
Augusta County, by District
(Column 3)
Summary: Spectator prints election returns by precinct for Augusta and claims that Augusta's strong Bell vote allows it to be very proud despite national defeat. Final vote tally for the county is 2553 for Bell, 1094 for Douglas, 218 for Beckinridge.
Full Text of Article:

Districts Bell Douglas Breckinridge Staunton, Precinct No. 1 509 300 48 Staunton, Precinct No. 2 171 104 31 Waynesboro 168 102 13 Churchville 155 20 5 Mt. Sidney 206 121 8 Spring Hill 56 37 1 Middlebrook 166 28 31 Greenville 198 49 9 Fishersville 82 24 3 New Hope 178 61 5 Mt. Meridian 52 20 6 Mt. Solon 176 90 10 Deerfield 82 7 2 Craigsville 71 11 3 Newport 86 12 6 Stuart's Draft 50 13 16 Midway 36 13 2 Swoope's 27 10 3 Sherando 50 18 12 Parnassus 34 54 4 Total 2553 1094 218

Disunionism in Virginia
(Column 3)
Summary: Spectator criticizes those newspapers, such as the Clarke Journal, that are now waving the "black flag of Disunion." The paper hopes that Union men will unite to save Virginia from falling into the hands of Disunionists.
For the Spectator
(Column 4)
Summary: Letter to the editor claiming that, while states such as South Carolina move toward secession, Virginia remains conservative and unwilling to break away from its national government. Author praises Virginia as an example for the entire South and calls for a convention of the entire state to express the sentiments of Virginia in this crisis.
Trailer: "R"

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

(Column 1)
Summary: Mr. Lathrop married Miss Fultz on October 30.
(Names in announcement: David Fultz, Rev. William Baker, Henry Lathrop, Mary Fultz)
(Column 1)
Summary: Married on November 8.
(Names in announcement: Rev. William Baker, Samuel Baskin, Amanda Henry)
(Column 1)
Summary: Married on November 7 in Louisa County. Dr. Humston is from Augusta.
(Names in announcement: Mary Buck, Dr. N.Q. Humston)
(Column 1)
Summary: Married on October 30 at the bride's father's home. Miss Hanna is from Monroe County, Missouri, and Mr. Dunlap is from Augusta.
(Names in announcement: Rev. J.M. Travis, Miss V. Carrie Hanna, Madison Dunlap)
(Column 1)
Summary: Margaret Willson, wife of William Willson, died on October 30 at age 65.
(Names in announcement: Margaret Willson, Col. William Willson)

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Description of Page: Advertisements.