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Staunton Spectator: 07 09, 1867

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The Albemarle Meeting
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Summary: Referring to a recent Republican meeting in Albemarle, the editor expresses surprise at "gentlemen" who were leaders of secession now supporting the Radical platform and encourages readers to "maintain a manly fortitude in the midst of suffering" rather than follow the example of the Albemarle group.
Full Text of Article:

The white people of Albemarle, or a portion of them, have held a meeting at Charlottesville and resolved that hereafter they will be Republicans, or at least act with the Northern party so-called. The meeting appointed some forty-five delegates to represent "the white people" of the county in "the unconstitutional Union Convention" to be held in Richmond under the auspices of Botts, Hunnicutt &c.; and the names of the delegates are familiar to us as those belongings to the representative men of Albemarle. In past years it was not uncommon for people to change sides in politics-from the weaker to the stronger especially-and we thought we were prepared for any occurrence of the kind. But after all, the Albemarle movement takes us by surprise. It does seem very strange to see gentlemen, some of whom were recently leaders of the Secesh , all of a sudden whirl themselves over on the Radical platform along side of the Thad. Stevens and Ben. Wade, to say nothing of Botts and Hunnicutt. So it is, however, and hung in the party and on the platform, they are of course invested with all the rights and privileges of the most orthodox of their faith. They are doubtless prepared to "lay down the law" as to the principles and policy of the party. This will be a convenience to us. Heretofore, when we wanted to know what the Radicals were doing or going to do, we had to enquire of Pennsylvania, Ohio, or Massachusetts; but now we have only to call over the Ridge, and Albemarle will give us the answer. We want to know one thing forth [UNCLEAR]-are the Albemarle Republicans going to be felt a date[UNCLEAR]? Their own bacon is safe, do they exclamation make ours? [UNCLEAR]

But seriously, what do these gentlemen expect to gain by their movement? Credit for timerity? Not a bit of it. A grim smile no doubt passes over old Thad. Steven's face while he reads their proceedings. They remind us of a fable which Aesop ought to have written, if he did not: Once upon a time, the robins were in great fear of the hawks, and after trembling in their boots for a long while, hit upon a wise expedient-they held a formal meeting and solemnly resolved that thenceforth and forever they would be hawks. We do not read that the hawks were induced thereby to cease whetting their beaks.

Let us, while yielding obedience to authority, maintain a manly fortitude in the midst of suffering, and not, like "the people of the land," for fear of the Jews pretend to be Jews ourselves. Thus shall we save our self-respect and secure the respect of the world, our enemies included. Let us do right, calmly waiting for a change in the popular feeling at the North, and especially trusting in God, who still governs among men.

A Chance For Capitalists
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Summary: Suggests that Northern capitalists should invest their money in the South, which would be "the right way to reconstruct the South."
Origin of Article: New York Herald
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The New York "Herald" says there never was a finer opportunity for Northern capitalists to invest their money than the South no affords, and cites, as an instance, that one of the famous sulphur springs of Virginia, which was worth, before the war, two hundred thousand dollars, can now be purchased for fifty thousand dollars. The "Herald," therefore, advises Northern capitalists, instead of stock-jobbing and using their money for all sorts of kite-flying speculations, to invest in Southern property. This, it adds, would be the right way to reconstruct the South, and it is the reconstruction the Southern people most need.

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Local News
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Summary: Reports that Tom Harris, a freedman, was committed to jail last Saturday for raping "two small negro girls."
(Names in announcement: Tom Harris)
Local News--Useful Invention
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Summary: Reports that A. McR. Blain has secured a patent for "an improved apple pearing, boring, and slicing machine."
(Names in announcement: A. McR. Blain)
Local News
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Summary: Reports that Mollie Hemp, a twenty month old infant, died when she fell into a spring on June 29.
(Names in announcement: Mollie A. Hemp, John D. Hemp, Susan E. Hemp, John Baylor)
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MOLLIE A., infant daughter of John D. and Susan E. Hemp, aged 1 year, 8 months and 1 day, was drowned on the 29th ult., by falling into a spring on the farm of Mr. John Baylor, near Baylor's Mill. It was left by its mother in the care of its grandfather Hemp, who was working with some hay near the house. He having missed the child for some five or ten minutes, went in search of it and found it in the spring. It was still living when taken out of the water, but died very shortly afterwards.

Local News--Tribute of Respect
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Summary: The local Episcopal Church was crowded to excess for the funeral ceremonies of A. H. H. Stuart Jr. last Sunday.
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On last Sabbath afternoon the Episcopal Church of this town was crowded to excess by the numerous friends of Hon. A. H. H. Stuart, to witness the funeral ceremonies of his son, A. H. H. Stuart, Jr. The service was highly impressive, and the music of the choir of the most solemn and touching order. A great concourse of sincere mourners followed the remains of the deceased to the grave. He was beloved by all who knew him, and we sincerely condole with the bereaved family in their affliction.

Local News
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Summary: Reports that the wheat crop in the county is supposed "to be much larger than it ever has been" and encourages readers to "feel a high degree of gratitude to the Great Ruler for the many blessings we enjoy."
Local News--The Fourth of July
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Summary: An account of the local festivities on July 4th.
(Names in announcement: Dull, Capt. Waters, Y. Howe Peyton, Hardy, Fagan, Fifer, Wholey, Scherer, H. A. Goodloe)
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Our Town was very quiet on last Thursday, the 4th. Although the stores and shops were kept open there was comparatively no business transacted. A large number of our citizens availed themselves of the opportunity to breathe the mountain air by going to Goshen with the Augusta Fire Company, who, according to previous announcement, made a picnic excursion to that place. Early in the morning a large crowd of ladies and gentlemen were assembled at the Depot, prepared to take the train and participate in the festivities and amusements of the day. At six o'clock, the train, consisting of three passenger cars and two flats, was crowded with a joyous and happy part of ladies and gents, and the conductor giving the command-"all aboard!"-the engineer pulled the string-"toot! toot!!"-and off we went, feeling joyous and happy-"free from every care." In a few minutes we came to a stand still at Swoope's Depot, where, we remained for about half an hour, waiting the arrival of the passenger train from the West. During our stay here, some of our party, who had been too slow to get to breakfast before they left Staunton, went into the house of our friend, Mr. Dull, the agent at Swoope's Depot, where, through the kindness of the accommodating hostess, a cup of kindness of the accommodating hostess, a cup of hot coffee and other nice eatables were served, much to the enjoyment and satisfaction of all who partook of Mrs. D.'s hospitality.

The passenger train arriving and passing on to Staunton, we were soon "switched" on to the main track and in a few minutes we found ourselves

"Whizzing through the mountain,

Buzzing o'er the vale, Bless me this is pleasant

Riding on a rail." Especially it is pleasant when in company with jolly crowd and seated in close proximity to a pretty girl.

We arrived at Goshen at an early hour in the day, and the crowd was soon divided off into different parties, each choosing for themselves the kind of amusement they wished to engage in. A large number went to dancing, some went fishing, some rolled ten-pins, some went to a swinging, singing, and to hers rambled about the country ,

"O'er the hills and far away." A few members of the Stonewall Band were with the party and added interest in the occasion by discoursing sweet music.

In addition to the persons who went from Staunton there was a large number of persons present from the surrounding country and all, we believe, without a single exception, enjoyed themselves to the fullest extent.

After dinner the Fire Company was formed by Capt. Waters and went through the very pretty movement, called the "Snake Drill," and before the dispersion of the crowd, our friend Y. Howe Peyton, being spontaneously called upon, delivered a very eloquent and appropriate little speech.

Lemonade and all kinds of good eatables were to be had in the greatest profusion.

Much credit is due to Capt. Waters and the committee of arrangements of the Fire Company, Messrs. Hardy, Fagan, Fifer, wholes and Scherer, for the orderly and pleasant manner in which the whole affair was managed, and also to Mr. H. A. Goodloe, the keeper of the hotel, for the kind and hospitable manner in which he entertained the large crowd.

About seven o'clock, the party were "all aboard" again, bound for Staunton, and arrived here, after a most pleasant ride of about two hours,--all perfectly delighted, with the pleasures of the day.

Excursion parties of this character might be had often as they furnish a vast amount of innocent amusement and recreation to our citizens.

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Summary: Prof. Leonidas Points and Belle Gordon were married at the Wesleyan Female Institute on July 4 by Rev. J. L. Clarke.
(Names in announcement: Rev. J. L. Clarke, Prof. Leonidas Points, Belle Gordon, Col. T. A. Gordon)
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Summary: A. H. H. Stuart Jr. died of typhoid fever on July 6 at the age of 21.
(Names in announcement: A. H. H. StuartJr., A. H. H. Stuart)

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How to Avoid a Bad Husband
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Summary: Offers women advice on what types of men to avoid, including fops, gamblers, rakes, and strangers.
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1. Never marry for wealth. A woman's life consisteth not in the things she possetheth.

2. Never marry a fop who struts about dandylike, in his gloves and ruffles, with a silver headed cane and rings on his fingers. Beware! There is a trap.

3. Never marry a niggard, close-fisted, mean, sordid wretch, who saves every penny, or spends it grudgingly. Take care lest he stint you to death.

4. Never marry a stranger, whose character is not known or tested. Some females jump into the fire with their eyes wide open.

5. Never marry a mope or a drone, one who drawls and draggles through life, one foot after another, and lets things take their own course.

6. Never marry a man who treats his mother or sister unkindly or indifferently. Such treatment is a sure indication of a mean and wicked man.

7. Never, on any account, marry a gambler or a profane person, one who in the least speaks lightly of God or religion. Such a man can never make a good husband.

8. Never marry a sloven, a mass who is negligent of his person or his dress, and is filthy in his habits. The external appearance is an index to the heart.

9. Shun the rake as a snake, viper, a very demon.

10. Finally, never marry a man who is addicted to the use of ardent spirits. Depend upon it, you are better off alone, than you would be tied to a man whose breath is polluted, and whose vitals are being gnawed out by alcohol.