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Staunton Spectator: November 27, 1860

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Description of Page: Story about the Great Wall of China, column 4. Poetry, columns 3 & 7. Excerpt from Jackson's Nullification Proclamation, column 7. Bottom right of page is illegible.

The Way to Keep Him
(Column 3-4)
Summary: Short story written by Mary E. Clark about how a young woman can attract and "keep" a man.
(Column 5)
Summary: Magazine article by George Washington Wylie about the right kind of woman men should look for when seeking a wife.
Husbands and Wives
(Column 6)
Summary: Article outlining the belief that men and women have different duties and roles to fulfill and that each sex provides mutual advantage to the other.

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Description of Page: Bottom left is nearly illegible. Vote totals for all of Augusta's Congressional District, column 3. Excerpts taken from other newspapers with regard to the questions of secession and the election scattered about the page. Excerpt of speech by John T. Harris of Shenandoah County, column 3. Proceedings of Augusta County Union Meeting held on Nov. 26, columns 4-5. Excerpt of speech by Alexander Stephens, columns 5-6.

The Legislature--How It Should Proceed
(Column 1)
Summary: Spectator urges the State Legislature to use caution and prudence with regard to the issue of secession when it reconvenes in January and not to be swayed by impulse and emotion. Spectator argues that the Legislature can, at most, recommend a Convention to deliberate the question of secession, a recommendation that must first be put to the people.
Treasonable Desertion
(Column 1)
Summary: Spectator surmises that Senators who abandon their positions in the Senate ought to be treated as soldiers who desert the army -- that is, as traitors.
Full Text of Article:

If a soldier deserts the army he suffers the penalty of death. If desertion on the part of a soldier renders him deserving of death, what penalty should be indicted upon those Senators who are now resigning their seats and deserting their posts of duty, when, by so doing, they are betraying the trusts confided to them, and surrendering the government into the hands of the enemies of Southern institutions. If they remain steadfast at their posts and faithful to their constituents, the enemies of the South can do us no possible injury, as the Senators can control all the appointments of the Executive to suit themselves. Any Senator who, under these circumstances, should voluntarily desert his post of duty should be deemed a traitor to the South.

Actions speak louder than words, and the mere professions of fidelity to the South should be deemed false and hypocritical on the part of those who surrender the power of appointment into the hands of the Black Republican President. They profess to be the friends of the South, par excellence, and whilst expressing their devotion to the South, they surrender the citadel which effectually protects the South, and become thereby the indirect allies of the Black Republicans, for it will serve the purposes of the latter just as well to get the majority in the Senate by the desertion of the Southern Senators as by election on the part of Black Republican Legislatures. It seems that some of the disunion Senators are determined to do for the Republicans that which they could not do themselves, to wit: give them a majority in the Senate that they may have the power to make appointments to suit themselves without regard to the rights or wishes of the South.

To Whom Honor is Due
(Column 1)
Summary: Spectator singles Bolivar Christian out for praise for his efforts on behalf of the Bell/Everett ticket.
(Names in announcement: Bolivar Christian)
A Suggestion--Constitutional Mode of Dissolving the Union
(Column 2)
Summary: Article suggesting that South Carolina could secede with the concurrence of three-fourths of the states. This would be Constitutional and bloodless, while secession without consent would likely be neither.
Military Compliment
(Column 3)
Summary: Resolutions passed at the last meeting of the Augusta Rifles military unit.
(Names in announcement: George Guthrie, William Baylor)
Trailer: Geo. W. Guthrie, Secretary
(Column 7)
Summary: Andrew Sillings and Mary Donaghe married in Parnassus on November 8.
(Names in announcement: Rev. D.W. Arnold, Andrew Sillings, Mary Donoghe)
(Column 7)
Summary: Married in Parnassus on November 15.
(Names in announcement: Rev. D.W. Arnold, Samuel Quick, Margaret Beard)
(Column 7)
Summary: Married on October 30.
(Names in announcement: Rev. D. Thomas, L.M. Proffett, Mary James)
(Column 7)
Summary: Gustavus and Estill Crockett both died of diphtheria at ages 5 and 7, respectively.
(Names in announcement: Gustavus Crockett, Estill Crockett, G.A. Crockett, E. Crockett)
(Column 7)
Summary: Christina Miller died near Sangersville on October 30 at age 3.
(Names in announcement: Christina Mary Miller, Daniel Miller, Hannah Miller)
(Column 7)
Summary: John Miller died near Sangersville of diphtheria on November 5 at age 7.
(Names in announcement: John Burner Miller, Joseph Miller, Barbara Miller)
(Column 7)
Summary: Francis Brown died on November 17 at age 52. He was a member of Augusta Church.
(Names in announcement: Francis Brown)
Trailer: W.B.

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Description of Page: Ads, land sales, etc.; some print is very faint; bottom right is illegible.

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