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Staunton Spectator: October 02, 1866

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-Page 01-

Letter from Hon. J. B. Baldwin
(Column 04)
Summary: Staunton resident John Baldwin responds to an editorial in the Richmond Enquirer that criticized Baldwin's position on secession and his comments before the Reconstruction Committee.
(Names in announcement: John B. Baldwin)
Origin of Article: Richmond Enquirer
Trailer: John B. Baldwin

-Page 02-

[No Title]
(Column 01)
Summary: Laments that the fragile coalition forged at the National Convention in Philadelphia is now fracturing and warns Southerners against adopting the Constitutional Amendment in the hopes that it will bring "peace and restoration."
Full Text of Article:

The patriotic labors of he late "national Convention," which met in Philadelphia, have, we fear, says the Richmond Times, been attended with no good results. A truce was patched up between the Northern Democracy and moderate Republicans, but it was temporary, hollow and insecure, and has been followed by open hostilities between the late allies. The pledges to support the Presidents's policy of reconstruction which were given by Raymond and Weed, as the accredited representatives of the Conservative Republicans, have already been broken.

The Maine and Vermont elections utterly demoralized the author of the address of the Philadelphia Convention, and, in imitation of Saturn, he is devouring his own offspring. Indeed, the coalition of Northern parties, from which such happy results were anticipated, has fallen to pieces, and those who were six weeks ago most vociferous in advocating the policy of the President are now deserting it, and advocating the adoption of the Congressional amendment. The New York Herald, Times and Post have already gone over bag and baggage to the enemy, and thousands of time-serving demagogues are in motion, or busily packing up and preparing to go over. A defeat to the Conservatives in Pennsylvania would give the finishing blow to the Conservative party. The Herald and the Times now boldly affirm that the President will very soon succumb to the teachings of the late Northern elections, and issue a proclamation advising the Southern States to adopt the Constitutional amendment which he has devoted so much time to opposing.

These demonstrations have greatly alarmed the Radicals, who fear that the adoption of the "Amendment" will strip them of all pretext for further sectional agitation. As they are ill-omened birds that delight only in stormy weather, may of them have already boldly proclaimed that even if the Southern States shall abase themselves to the earth and adopt the "Amendment," they shall not profit by their humility and dirt-eating. The leading organ of that party now declares that "no leading Republican in Congress means to admit the ten waiting States simply on the adoption of the Constitutional amendment until the rebel States consent to come back upon the basis of equal political rights to all loyal citizens." If, therefore, there is any Southern man who believes that the adoption of the "Amendment" will bring peace and restoration, he is very much mistaken.

[No Title]
(Column 03)
Summary: Praises "the extent to which the noble women of our country have aided the soldier's family, the soldier himself" and "the cause for which he fought."
The Great Issue of the Times
(Column 04)
Summary: Argues that President Johnson should not recognize the "fractional and sectional Congress" and that when the Radicals respond with violence it will be up to Johnson to "meet force with force."
Origin of Article: Richmond Whig
Editorial Comment: "The signs of the times indicate that the people of the North are on the verge of civil war. The excitement is even now intense, and is destined to increase in fervor. The issue is of such moment as to stir the hearts of the people. The Richmond Whig very properly describes it as follows:"
[No Title]
(Column 04)
Summary: Argues that despotism may be the only answer "if revolutionary excesses be not arrested."
Origin of Article: Richmond Times
Editorial Comment: "The Richmond Times says:"
Origin of Staunton
(Column 05)
Summary: Responding to a recent series of articles in the Spectator, the Rockingham Register claims that Staunton "owes its name to a calf and a dutch butcher" and not to Lady Staunton of England.
Origin of Article: Rockingham Register

-Page 03-

Local News
(Column 01)
Summary: Last Friday in Craigsville "a negro woman" was "caught between the train of cars and the platform at that depot and seriously, if not mortally injured."
Local News
(Column 01)
Summary: Reports that the Federal Tax Collector collected $12,500 in Augusta county last week.
Local News--Hair Tonic
(Column 01)
Summary: Reports that local doctor W. B. Young has manufactured a hair tonic that cleanses the scalp while restoring grey hairs to their original color.
(Names in announcement: Dr. W. B. Young, Yeakle)
Local News--Tournament at Staunton
(Column 01)
Summary: A tournament was recently held in the meadow in front of the Institute for the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind. A. W. Harman was victorious and crowned Avery Covell Queen of Love and Beauty.
(Names in announcement: A. W. Harman, Alex. Harman, E. D. Bell, Michael Harman, J. P. O'Ferrall, E. B. Burke, W. F. Bell, E. G. Peyton, C. C. Carson, Ed. Parker, Claiborne Mason, J. Bernard Peyton, Avery Covell, Alice Woodward, Rosa Chapman, Emma Peyton, Kate Woodward, Jennette Peyton)
[No Title]
(Column 02)
Summary: "Farmer" questions the propriety of a proposed tax to finance the construction of the Valley Railroad, a measure advocated by the editor of the Spectator last week.
Trailer: Farmer

-Page 04-

Bessie Bell and Mary Gray
(Column 02)
Summary: "Oldest Inhabitant" explains the origins of the names of Bessie Bell and Mary Gray, two of the most prominent of the Staunton hills. He contends that the names originated in Scotland and Ireland and "by our Scotch-Irish ancestors they were brought to the Valley of Virginia."
Trailer: Oldest Inhabitant