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Staunton Spectator: March 19, 1867

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Ebb of the Tide
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Summary: Uses recent election results in New Hampshire to suggest that "the destructive tide of Radicalism is about to ebb."
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At the recent State election in New Hampshire the Radical majority was reduced from five thousand to three thousand. In a vote of 67,000 the Radicals only carried the State by 3,000. The same ratio of reduction would give the conservatives a majority of 10,000 in New York, 5,000 in Pennsylvania, and sweep New Jersey, Nebraska and Oregon. The people of the South should be of good cheer, they should not yield to despair, for there are signs that the destructive tides of Radicalism is about to ebb. The ark of the constitution may find an Ararat to rest upon sooner than we suppose. We are now looking out with hope to see the return of the dove with the olive branch of peace.

The Ballot for Women
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Summary: Reports that petitions are circulating in the St. Louis area asking the Legislature to strike the word "male" from the state Constitution.
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Petitions are circulating by the women in St. Louis asking the Legislature to strike the word "male" from the State constitution. Preparations are also making for a mass meeting of women for th purpose of bringing the question of female suffrage prominently before the people.

Wise Legislation
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Summary: The House of Delegates recently passed a bill forbidding the sale or distribution of liquor at any point near a place of voting. The editor predicts the legislation will help "prevent collisions and ill feeling, especially in the new order of things."
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The House of Delegates, on Wednesday last, passed a bill, the object of which is to prevent drunkenness and consequent disorder and rows at elections. The provisions of the bill are very stringent-forbidding all persons, licensed or unlicensed, from selling or giving away liquor, either by wholesale or retail, at any locality near a place of voting, and punishing every offender by a fine of not less than twenty nor more than one hundred dollars, an by imprisonment not exceeding two months. If rigidly enforced, as it should be, it will have a great tendency to prevent collisions and ill feeling, especially in the new order of things, when every precaution will be necessary to preserve the peace and quiet of the community.

P. S. This bill passed the Senate on Friday last and is now, therefore, a law.

Southern Teacher Vindicated
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Summary: Kate Eidson, an Augusta native teaching in Pennsylvania, recently was charged with denouncing Winfield Scott as a traitor, but was vindicated by an official at the school.
(Names in announcement: Kate Eidson)
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Miss Kate Eidson, a worthy and intelligent lady of this county, is the Principal of a select school for young ladies in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. As she was from the South, the Republican, a Radical paper published there, with the view of injuring her school and exciting prejudices against her, asserted that she "denounced Gen. Winfield Scott as a traitor to his country," and added, "that parents who will send their children to a school where such sentiments are inculcated by the teacher, must be either in sympathy with the worst rebel opinions and passions, or sadly misapprehend their duty as parents."

Mr. D. Carskadden, who was chiefly instrumental in obtaining her services as teacher, takes notice or the remarks of the Republican, and successfully vindicates her and places the brand of falsehood upon her asperser in the following plain language:

"As I was mainly instrumental in procuring her valuable services for the position which she fills with such signal ability and acceptableness to her patrons, I feel it my duty to pronounce this precious piece of information a foolish and unmitigated falsehood, as can be established by every pupil in the school capable of giving testimony. What a miserable, pitiable, cowardly creature must that ban be who prostitutes his position as a public journalist, in attempting by such innuendoes, to bring into unfavorable notoriety an unprotected female far away from her home and friends and among strangers! I would not trouble you, Messrs. Editors, for the space in your paper to contradict this slander, if its author was as well known and duly appreciated outside of town as he is in it, where every one seems to know his real value."

To The Public
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Summary: A. T. Maupin disputes rumors that he is planning on running for Congress and has been "electioneering for the negro vote."
(Names in announcement: A. T. Maupin)
Trailer: A. T. Maupin

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Local News
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Summary: Simpson Taylor and Dr. John Davidson have exchanged residences, with Taylor moving to a farm outside town and Davison moving to town.
(Names in announcement: Simpson F. Taylor, Dr. John A. Davison)
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Mr. Simpson F. Taylor, of this place, has exchanged his residence and five acres of land adjoining, for the farm of Dr. John A. Davidson, containing 260 acres, about five miles from Staunton. Mr. Taylor will go to live upon his farm and Dr. Davidson will come to town to live. The town will thus exchange one good citizen for another.

Local News--The Memorial Fair
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Summary: The ladies of the Memorial Association will hold a fair to raise money for the Soldiers' Cemetery next Monday.
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We have frequently called attention to the fact that the Ladies of the Memorial Association of this place would hold a Fair, and give a dinner in this place, on Monday, (Court-day,) the 25th of this month. As the time is near at hand, and this will be the last opportunity we will have to speak of it, we avail ourselves of it to remind the public, and to repeat the expression of our hope that it will be made a success.

The Fair will be held in the Town Hall. Dinner will be served from 12 o'clock M. to 4 o'clock P. M. Price only 50 cents. During these hours no children, except those from the country, will be admitted. Doors will be open for children from 4 to 6 o'clock P. M. Supper will be served from 7 to 10 o'clock P. M.

Death of Col. Cyrus B. Baldwin
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Summary: Col. Cyrus Baldwin died June 25, 1866 near his home in Houston, Mississippi. Baldwin was formerly the editor of the Spectator.
(Names in announcement: Cyrus B. Baldwin, Joseph C. Baldwin)
Origin of Article: Lexington Gazette
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Col. Cyrus B. Baldwin, formerly editor of this paper, we are informed, died of camp fever on the 25th of June last, at Okalona, a village on the Mobile and Ohio railroad, about twenty miles from his late residence, near Houston, Miss.

He had been for some months before an officer in our Southern army under Gen. Beauregard, and was probably in the battles near Corinth. A wealthy planter, a distinguished lawyer, a wise counsellor, an enterprising and liberal citizen, a warm and faithful friend, an ardent patriot, a most genial and pleasant companion, a high-toned and spotless, and polished Southern gentleman, Col. Baldwin was universally regarded as one of the finest men in Northern Mississippi; and his sudden death, in the prime of life, in this great crisis is bewailed as a public calamity. His unsolicited election to the secession codvention of Miss., by the unanimous vote of his countrymen, attests the high estimation in which he was held at home. He had previously been a member of the Legislature of Mississippi. One of the earliest advocates of Southern independence, he felt himself bound to draw his maiden sword for his country, notwithstanding the natural delicacy of our constitution, which made the hardships and exposure of the camp doubly hazardous to his life. Fully aware of the peril he was encountering he voluntarily and deliberately went to the field from an imperative sense of duty, with his life in his hand, to offer it upon the altar of his beloved country.

In the character of Col. Baldwin, we are informed by those who knew him intimately, there was no erratic brilliancy. He was a modest, quiet, prudent man, remarkable for the full and harmonious development of all his faculties, moral and intellectual-for the poise and balance of his character-for an extraordinary endowment of masculine common sense-the rarest and most valuable of all the mental faculties; and for the purity and amiability of his private life. A more indulgent master to his numerous servants, a more faithful friend, or a more devoted husband and father never lived. At home he was all love and affection, the most cheerful and playful of men, and the idol and joy of his family circle.-What words can express their grief and loss!

Colonel Baldwin was in the prime of matured manhood, probably a little upwards of forty years old. He left a young widow and three daughters, two of them unconscious infants.-While his numerous friends mourn his premature death, surrounded by everything that can give dignity and happiness to mortal man, they feel some consolation in remembering his elevated and spotless character, his large and warm heart, his useful and honorable life, and his martyr death in the service of his beloved country.-When it was announced to him that his last hour had come, he calmly replied, "I am ready!" and folding his arms upon his breast he expired with the heroism of a Christian philosopher.

On a quiet summer evening, amidst a crowd of weeping friends, his remains were interred in the family burying ground of his father-in-law, Wm. Gates, Esq., on the edge of a magnificent prairie, a few miles west of Aberdeen Miss. There they will sleep forever in peace, undisturbed by the tramp of hostile armies, the roar of cannon and the shock of battle.

"No king of fears, in him appears

Who shuts the scene of his human woes;

Securely laid beneath his shade,

The dead alone find true repose."

Col. C. B. Baldwin was the third son of Capt. Joseph C. Baldwin, and a brother of the late Judge Joseph G. Baldwin, of California. He came to Staunton from Winchester, where he was born, when a mere child, and resided here until he grew up. From Staunton he went to Lexington, where at the early age of eighteen, he edited the Gazette, with ability and credit. From Lexington he emigrated to the Southwest, editing successively the Alabama State Intelligencer, at Tuscaloosa, and the Sumter County Whig, at Livingston, Ala., and settling permanently at Houston Miss., where he acquired reputation and wealth, by the practice of his profession. At the time of his lamented death he was supposed to be worth a hundred thousand dollars. He was a gentleman of talents and the highest worth and social position.

Appointments of the E. M. Church
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Summary: The Episcopal Methodist Church recently announced their appointments. The following men received local appointments: E. F. Busey, presiding elder of the Rockingham district; Staunton--J. L. Clark; Augusta--W. R. Stringer; Churchville--A. A. P. Neall, E. Crickenberger, W. H. Rippetoe, supernumerary; Fairfield--William McDonald; and Mt. Sidney--J. J. Engle.
(Names in announcement: E. F. Busey, J. L. Clark, W. R. Stringer, A. A. P. Neall, E. Crickenberger, W. H. Rippetoe, William McDonald, J. J. Engle)
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Summary: Elizabeth White and W. P. Johnson were married on March 12 by Rev. George B. Taylor.
(Names in announcement: Geo. B. Taylor, W. P. Johnson, Elizabeth White)
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Summary: Mary Elizabeth Stover and James W. Koiner were married near Tinkling Spring on March 7 by Rev. Martin Garber.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Martin Garber, James W. Koiner, Mary Elizabeth Stover, Jacob Stover)
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Summary: Sallie Clough and James W. Teabo, of the Staunton Artillery, were married on March 5 by Rev. E. Bagby.
(Names in announcement: Rev. E. Bagby, James W. Teabo, Sallie J. Clough)

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