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Staunton Spectator: June 26, 1866

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Public Meeting
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Summary: Reports that the "people of this county" met yesterday at the Courthouse where they "adopted resolutions protesting in the strongest terms against the proposed amendments of the Constitution" which, if passed, would "place the brand of degradation upon the people of the State."
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Summary: Counters claims about circulation made by the Valley Virginian and the Staunton Vindicator by stating that the subscription list of the Spectator is as great as the lists of those two papers combined.
Origin of Article: Valley Virginian; Staunton Vindicator
[No Title]
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Summary: Summarizes an article in the National Republican which declares "that the vote of the southern States shall be counted in the Presidential election of 1868" and that any attempts to prevent their inclusion "would 'provoke a conflict quite as 'irrepressible,' if not as bloody, as that which has just terminated.'"
Origin of Article: National Republican
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Summary: Criticizes two recent local court decisions as too lenient and attacks W. J. Dews as lacking both "the bravery of a dunghill rooster" and "the spirit of a cowardly mangy cur."
(Names in announcement: Dews, Harlan, Baylor, Mauzy)
Trailer: Law and Order
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Summary: "A negro who attempted an outrage upon the person of a respectable lady near Faber's Mill, in Nelson county, was caught and immediately hung."
Rates of Confederate Money
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Summary: Lists the rates at which contracts made in Confederate money are to be settled, with rates varying from 1.20 for contracts made in January of 1862 to 60.00 for those made in March of 1865.

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Local News--High School at Augusta Church
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Summary: The "High School for boys" will begin its first session on September 1 at Augusta Church.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Jno. Rice Bowman, Francis H. Bowman)
Local News--Maimed Soldiers
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Summary: In an effort to compile a list of all those who lost limbs in the war, all county residents in this category are requested to report their amputation to the Clerk of the County Court.
(Names in announcement: Wm. A. Burnett)
Local News--"Staunton S. S. Union"
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Summary: The Staunton S. S. Union, designed to "cultivate unity of feeling and action in the furtherance of the Sabbath School cause," recently elected officers for its organization.
(Names in announcement: Wm. H. Peyton, A. M. Simpson, G. T. Baker, D. E. Strasburg, W. D. Candler)
Local News--Work at the Cemetery
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Summary: Work at the cemetery continued last Thursday, as residents closed their businesses and homes to spend the day improving the grave sites of the Confederate dead.
Full Text of Article:

In accordance with th request of the ladies of the Cemetery Committee, on Thursday last the citizens of Staunton close their houses of business and repaired to the Cemetery with picks, hoes, spades and shovels to dig graves to receive the remains of the soldiers buried on the battlefield of Piedmont and of such others as were buried at Stribling Springs and other places in the county. Such of the citizens as were not able, from sickness or other cause, to go to labor themselves hired persons to work in their stead. Some colored persons volunteered to assist, and many were hired. All worked well, and by 5 o'clock in the evening they dug, it is supposed, a sufficient number of graves to receive the remains of all the soldiers buried in the Cemetery. The next labor will be to disinter and have the remains of the soldiers buried at Piedmont, Stribling Springs and others places, brought to the Cemetery and properly buried. The Cemetery Committee will not cease their labors till this be accomplished, and then they will probably succeed in having suitable monument erected in the Cemetery.

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Summary: Virginia Vines and John Burkholder were married on June 19 by Rev. W. R. Stringer.
(Names in announcement: John W. Burkholder, Virginia F. Vines, W. R. Stringer)
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Summary: Mary E. Wills and S. C. Wills were married on June 7 by Rev. J. W. Bennett.
(Names in announcement: S. C. Wills, Mary E. Wills, Rev. J. W. Bennett)

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To Be Amended
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Summary: A mocking piece that suggests that amendments will soon be added to the Civil Rights Bill imposing "penalties on those who refuse to recognize 'Cuffee' as abolitionism thinks he should be recognized."
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The "civil rights," or negro equality bill, which has lately been passed over the President's veto, is, it is said, to be amended shortly, imposing the following penalties on those who refuse to recognize "Cuffee" as abolitionism thinks he should be recognized.

For neglecting to step off the pavement as Dinah or Sambo passes, a fine of five dollars.

For neglecting to bow and take off your hat to them a fine of three dollars and a half.

For refusing to shake hands, eight dollars.

For refusing to kiss a wench when you meet her, seventy-six dollars and thirty day's imprisonment.

For neglecting to nurse their babies in streetcars or churches, thirty-six dollars and ten day's imprisonment.

For refusing to see one home from church ten dollars.

For passing them on the street without smiling, two dollars.

For asking them to work, ten dollars.

For believing that you are as good as a negro, five hundred dollars and three year's imprisonment.

For saying that you are better than a negro, ten thousand dollars and fifty year's imprisonment.

For refusing to marry one, imprisonment for life and the confiscation of your property.

For saying the government was made by white men, for white men, six thousand dollars fine and fifteen year's imprisonment.

For saying that white soldiers fought as bravely as did the "colored troops," a fine of two thousand dollars.

For refusing your daughter to any buck that wants her, to be hung by the thumbs until dead, and have your wife and children turned out on the highways to starve.

The fines in all cases to be handed over to the executive committee of the abolition party, and when the money is not to be had, Bottled Butler is to be sent in order to collect it in spoons or whatever else he may be able to find.