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Staunton Spectator: August 14, 1866

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-Page 01-

The Radical Conspiracy--The Coming Civil War
(Column 04)
Summary: Argues that the "revolutionary work" of the Radicals, keeping the Southern states out of Congress, will "light anew the flames of civil war in our country."
Origin of Article: National Republican
Editorial Comment: "The Washington National Republican of Wednesday, August 1st, has the following startling announcement:"

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Philadelphia Convention
(Column 01)
Summary: The National Convention begins today in Philadelphia, and while the editor hopes the Convention will help "effect a speedy restoration of the Union with the rights of the States unimpared" he also expresses "fear that dissension and discord, instead of harmony and concord, will characterize the proceedings."
Sentiment in the West
(Column 01)
Summary: Reports that "an intelligent gentleman" traveling in the West indicates that outrage at "the New England States" is growing. He also reports he was able to read the Spectator in Missouri.
Slave Trade
(Column 01)
Summary: Reports that a "slick Yankee" in Atlanta has been "decoying negroes off to sell them as slaves in Cuba or some other port."
Origin of Article: Atlanta Intelligencer
The New Orleans Riots
(Column 02)
Summary: Argues that "the late riot emanated from and was instigated by the Radical leaders who inflamed and armed the negroes" and that the radical leaders have made extensive preparations in Richmond and other "various parts of the South to force a war of races."
Full Text of Article:

It is now plainly evident, says the Richmond Examiner, that the late riot emanated from and was instigated by the Radical leaders who inflamed and armed the negroes, while the authorities, the police, and the peaceable citizens did all in their power to prevent and afterwards to suppress the riot. The telegraphic accounts are more than borne out by the mail reports, which show, beyond question, that the whole scheme was an infamous Radical attempt to overturn the State and city government, and the letters of correspondents, as well as the extracts from New Orleans press published, all foreshadow the deliberate preparations for the recent Radical riot, and the detailed account of the riot fully confirms the fact that a revolution was intended.

This the Radical leaders still have in mind, and preparations are extensively made in various parts of the South to force a war of races; the recent drilling of armed negroes, and their midnight parades through the streets of Richmond, under the direct management of such men as Wardwell and Hunnicutt, which was timely stopped, was calculated to precipitate at any moment a scene similar to that of New Orleans.

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(Column 02)
Summary: Argues that the "Southern Radicals" will go to any lengths to obtain and keep power. To these ends, riots are their "trump cards," deployed "when it is found that the Northern masses are beginning to feel indifferent on the negro question."
Origin of Article: Richmond Times

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Local News
(Column 01)
Summary: Reports that "Capt. H. H. Peck, Superintendent of Gas Works, has received the lamps for lighting again the streets of Staunton. Peck is resolved to 'let his light shine.'"
(Names in announcement: Capt. H. H. Peck)
Local News
(Column 01)
Summary: David Garner sold his house and lot last Saturday to Mrs. Bolen for $1,450.
(Names in announcement: David Garner, Jno. N. Hendren, Mrs. Bolen)
Local News
(Column 01)
Summary: George Grass was badly hurt when a saw-log rolled on him, breaking his thigh in two places and injuring his head.
(Names in announcement: George Grass, James Grass)
Local News--Rogues About
(Column 01)
Summary: Last Wednesday night George Shuey's meat house, dairy, and chicken coop were raided. The rogues absconded with bacon, butter, and chickens as well as clothing.
(Names in announcement: George Shuey)
Local News--Lands for Sale
(Column 01)
Summary: Refers "capitalists to the opportunity now offered in this county for safe and profitable investments" by securing one of the many farms available.
Local News--Tobacco Factory
(Column 01)
Summary: Jno. B. Evans has established a tobacco factory on Main Street in Staunton, employing 15 hands and producing 1500 pounds of tobacco a week.
(Names in announcement: Jno. B. Evans)
(Column 02)
Summary: Ellie Taylor and Robert Fisher were married on August 9 by Rev. James A. Latane.
(Names in announcement: Robert H. Fisher, Ellie H. Taylor, Rev. James A. Latane)
(Column 02)
Summary: Jacob Kunkle died at his home near Pond Gap after a short illness on July 12. He was 88.
(Names in announcement: Jacob Kunkle)

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The Age of Slang
(Column 01)
Summary: Includes numerous examples of current slang and suggests that profit beckons for "an enterprising young man to get up a slang dictionary."