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Staunton Spectator: November 12, 1867

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Conservative Convention
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Summary: Expresses approval for the proposed "Conservative Convention" to be held in Richmond to "ensure concert of action" among the conservatives of the state. The editor recommends that a meeting be held at the Staunton Court House to select local delegates to the Convention.
(Names in announcement: Stuart, Baldwin)
Full Text of Article:

We approve of the suggestion, which seems to be concurred in by all the papers which have expressed an opinion upon the subject, to hold a Conservative Convention in Richmond, on Wednesday, the 11th of December, that a plan of campaign may be agreed upon which will ensure concert of action, on the part of the Conservatives, throughout the State. The Convention should be composed of the greatest and wisest men of the State. We hope that a large meeting will be held here on Monday, the 25th of this month, (court day), for the purpose of appointing delegates to the proposed Conservative Convention, and that our ablest, wisest, and most reliable citizens will be selected to represent the noble Conservatives of this great country, which, at the next election, will speak in tones of thunder its opposition to Radical rule and negro domination. Those who were silent in the recent election will, in the next, speak the more emphatically, that none may misunderstand the sentiments they entertain. They will not again give the Radicals an opportunity to claim their silence as evincing sympathy with Radicalism and approval of negro suffrage. If the Conservative Convention adopt the policy of voting down the ratification of the Constitution-as it is more than probable it will-then will the voice of Augusta be heard above that of any other county in proclaiming her emphatic and determined opposition to ratification. The people by that time will be thoroughly aroused to a sense of their duty-if the proper organization be adopted and carried into effect-and they will manfully perform it.-Stuart, Baldwin and other able speakers in this county should enter the field, and their eloquent voices should be heard in every neighborhood calling upon the people to rally to the rescue of the State.

P. S.-After the above was in type, we received the Richmond papers containing the following call issued by the Executive Committee of the Conservative party of that city:

"The Executive Committee of the Conservative party in Richmond, obeying the indications of the sentiments of the people of Virginia, and without any intention to dictate to them, but acting because there is no recognized body to provide for such a contingency, invite the people of the various counties and cities to assemble in primary meetings and appoint delegates to a Convention to be held in the city of Richmond, on Wednesday, the 11th of December, for the purpose of effecting an organization of the Conservatives of the State.

H. K. ELLYSON, Pres't.

JAS. R. BRANCH, Sec'y.

P. S.-Since the above was in type, a number of gentlemen have united in the following request:

"We are requested to state that a public meeting will be held at the Court-house, on the first day of November County Court, to appoint delegates for Augusta to the Conservative Convention to assemble in Richmond, on the 11th of December next."

Southern Black Men
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Summary: Urges black men to spurn "the emissaries of Radicalism" and argues instead that "as the vine to the trellis, or the ivy to the tower, so should he cling to the white man of the South."
Full Text of Article:

Is there a negro in the South so blind as not to be able now to see that he has nothing, absolutely nothing, to hope from the people of the North, and that he must so act as to secure and preserve the good-will of the people of the South, among whom his lot for weal or woe is cast, or be left a helpless outcast, denied all sympathy, kindness, employment, and protection? As the vine to the trellis, or the ivy to the tower, so should he cling for support to the white man of the South. The emissaries of Radicalism are actively engaged in severing, one by one, the ties which mind him to his best friend-the Southern white man. He should spurn their counsel, turn a deaf ear to their professions of affected friendship, mistrust their sincerity, leave the secret leagues into which he has been entrapped, and cling with increased tenacity to those who have, in the past, shown both the ability and disposition to protect, employ and kindly treat him.

The Southern black man should be the friend of the Southern white man, and vice versa.

The Recent Elections
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Summary: Summarizes recent elections from a variety of states, which the author argues shows "how strongly the tide is setting in against Radicalism."
Full Text of Article:

Such a re-action in public sentiment as has taken place in the Northern and Western States, as exhibited by the recent elections, is unprecedented. These elections show that the hope of such reaction, which we have entertained and expressed since the adoption by Congress of the Radical scheme of reconstruction was well founded, and that, if the people of the South had been enabled, by united opposition to the call of Conventions, to gain more time, as we hoped they would, they would now have nothing to dread-relief would certainly have reached them in time to save them from the doom they have such just reason to dread. As it is, whilst we have some reason to hope, our fate is still involved in doubt.

We give below the results of the recent elections which show how strongly the tide is setting in against Radicalism.

NEW YORK. This State, which had a Republican majority of near 14,000, now gives a Conservative majority of 40,000, being a Republican loss of 54,000. To be safe we give the majority at 40,000, though the Conservative State Central Committee claim that the majority is 50,000, which would make the Republican loss 64,000. The General Assembly is Conservative.

MASSACHUSETTS. Even in this State which, like Ephraim, is joined to its idols, the Republicans lose about 40,000. Their victory was like that of Pyrrhus, and one more such would ruin them.

NEW JERSEY. This State, like New York, has left the Republican ranks, and has taken its position in the ranks of the Conservative States. The Conservatives carried the State by 12,000 majority, being a loss to the Republicans of near 14,000. The Legislature stands as follows: Senate, 10 Republicans to 11 Conservatives. In the House, 15 Republicans to 30 Conservatives.

MARYLAND. In this State, the Conservatives elected every officer, and carried the State by 40,000 majority.

There's life in the old land yet,

Maryland, my Maryland.

KANSAS. This blood-stained and wool-dyed abolition State was nearly redeemed, to the utter surprise of Radicals and Conservatives, and the Constitutional amendment recognizing negro suffrage is reported to have been rejected. In this State female suffrage was submitted to the vote and defeated.

MINNESOTA. The reported Republican majority is about 4,000. The majority last year was 10,209. Whether negro suffrage was defeated is yet in doubt.

WISCONSIN. Reported Republican majority about 5,000. Last year it was 23,000.

MICHIGAN. No returns that we have seen. We suppose it has gone Republican by greatly reduced majority.

Who Can Vote for Railroad Subscription
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Summary: Explains that an order of General Schofield allows those who are disfranchised in regular elections to vote on the question of whether to support the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.
Full Text of Article:

In the election on the question of subscribing stock to the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad those who are disfranchised will be allowed to vote. An order of Gen. Schofield's, dated November 6th, permits all to vote who are qualified voters under the laws of Virginia, as well as those who are qualified voters under the laws of the United States. The votes polled will be recorded and returned in three separate classes, as follows:

1. The votes of all white registered voters

2. The votes of all colored registered voters.

3. The votes of all persons who are qualified voters under the laws of Virginia, but are not registered as voters under the laws of the United States.

If class No. 2, who are illegal voters, had been left out, it would be just right.

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Summary: Urges the 14,000 white men who failed to register to do so before the time comes to vote on the Convention.
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Summary: Reports that the Southern Opinion is publishing a "'Black List'" of the "so-called whites who voted the Radical ticket in the late election."
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Summary: Urges "sensible and reflecting negro men" to recognize in the defeat of "negro suffrage" in the North that they are being "used as 'cat's paws'" by Northern Radicals.
Origin of Article: Lynchburg Republican
Editorial Comment: In reference to the fact that the abolition States in the North have condemned negro suffrage by their recent votes, the Lynchburg Republican says:
Full Text of Article:

We appeal to the sensible and reflecting negro men of the State and the South at large to ponder well upon this base treachery of their especial guardians. They must, upon a moment's reflection, see that it is no love for them, no desire to elevate their political or social standing, which has here placed the ballot in their hands. Else why is it that the Radicals are not actuated by the same motives to bestow the right of voting upon them in the free States? It is merely that they may be used as "cat's paws," to secure the luscious chestnuts of the U. S. Treasury to the hungry, greedy Radical monkeys who infest its portals. It was for no other object under Heaven then that they might secure the Southern States with Radical Congressmen and Presidential electors, that the Southern negroes have had the elective franchise conferred upon them.

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Local News
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Summary: Details the number of blacks and whites who registered and voted in the late election, showing that black men voted at a much higher rate then white men.
Origin of Article: Staunton Vindicator
Full Text of Article:

The number of registered voters in this County prior to the late election, was 4,848-whites 3,574, colored 1,274. The number who voted, 3,969, whites 1,887, colored 1,082. The whole number who failed to vote 1,879-whites 1,687-colored 192.-Vindicator .

Local News--An Accident
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Summary: Dr. C. H. Perrow was seriously injured when he fell from his horse last Wednesday and is now under the care of Dr. Wm. McChesney.
(Names in announcement: Dr. C. H. Perrow, Dr. Wm. S. McChesney, J. T. Mitchell)
Full Text of Article:

On Wednesday, the 6th instant, near Hebron church in this county, Dr. C. H. Perrow, Medical Adviser of the Piedmont Life Insurance Company, was severely and probably seriously hurt. His horse fell with him, and his nose was broken, his lips cut, his head badly hurt-there being an indentation of the frontal bone. His skillful medical attendant, Dr. Wm. S. McChesney of this place, thinks there is no fracture of the skull. Dr. Perrow is at the house of Mr. J. T. Mitchell where proper attention is given him.

Local News--Two Bears At One Shot
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Summary: Abram Shaffer was able to kill two bears with one shot. Shaffer and other residents of the more mountainous areas of the county have seen bears and other animals committing depredations upon their crops and livestock.
(Names in announcement: Abram Shaffer, Hudson Michael)
Full Text of Article:

Some weeks since Abram Shaffer, near Augusta Springs, finding that bears were making depredations at night on his corn, and observing by their tracks that they crossed the fence into the field at a particular spot, fixed his gun or stakes and attached a wire to the trigger in such a way that, in pursuing their accustomed path, they must disturb the wire. The next night he was successful in killing two by one discharge, an old one and a half grown cub. The latter's head was blown to pieces and fell in its track, the old one ran a hundred yards and both were dead when he found them. The old one weighed 100 lbs. net. He has discovered continued depredations on his corn, but can't find that they come into the field at one place.

Hudson Michael, in same neighborhood, carried 17 coon skins and one opossum skin to the tanner, as the result several before day-excursions after the varmints. It appears they are plenty. The scarcity of meat in the mountains, cause the bears to be more destructive on corn and farm stock.

To the Ladies of Virginia
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Summary: Calls upon the women of Virginia to support the Ladies' Davis Association of Mississippi, who are endeavoring to collect enough money to provide a home for Jefferson Davis and his wife.
Full Text of Article:

The Ladies' Davis Association of Mississippi, prompted by those feelings of sympathy and love which suffering excites and greatness of character warms into active feeling, have decided to appeal to their countrywomen in all portions of Virginia, and to ask their aid in carrying out the noble design of providing a home for Ex-President Davis.

The privations to which the war has reduced so many of us, we have not felt so severely as he. He is debarred from entering the arena of active life to provide for the present comforts and future wants of those who look to him as husband and father, for protection and support. We feel it would be a work of supererogation to address you in order to arouse your sympathy and enlist your interest for the great Representative of the Southern people, who sacrificed all and suffered in our stead. There is not a heart in all this Southern land of ours that need be awakened to a just appreciation of all that is sublimely glorious-all that is sad and mournfully touching connected with that household name, which inspires more patriotic enthusiasm than all the laurelled heroes of antiquity.

The ladies of every county in the State are urgently solicited to appoint committees to raise contributions.

Amounts collected must be expressed to Miss Sue H. Adams, Lexington, VA.

All donations acknowledged by the Secretary.

Mrs. Gov. B. G. HUMPHREYS, Pres't.

Miss SUE H. ADAMS, Secretary, Davis Association of the South, Lexington, Va.

Nov. 1, 1867.

Virginia papers please copy.

Importance of White Labor
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Summary: Reports that a meeting was held at the Lexington Court House to formulate a scheme to promote the immigration of white laborers. The author expresses hope that "by Spring we may have 1,000 or 1,500 white laborers and voters in the county."
Origin of Article: Lexington Gazette
Full Text of Article:

A meeting was held on Court day to take the initiatory steps to canvass every district in the county and procure names for the formation of a Society or Company to forward as speedily as possible the above scheme. The colored people have drawn the line separating themselves from the white men; let us see who can subsist the longest under the new order of things. We hope the scheme will be pushed forward with energy, and that by Spring we may have 1,000 or 1,500 white laborers and voters in the county-let them be Swede, Irish, English, Dutch, Norwegian or Yankee, so they are white, then let the colored men see who were their friends and who are.-Lexington Gazette.

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Summary: Louisa Butler and Wesley Emswiller were married near Sherando on November 3 by Rev. W. R. Stringer.
(Names in announcement: Rev. W. R. Stringer, Wesley Emswiller, Louisa M. Butler)
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Summary: Mattie Clark Huff, of Augusta, and Marshall Burton, of Henrico, were married in Waynesboro on November 7 by Rev. W. R. Stringer.
(Names in announcement: Rev. W. R. Stringer, Marshall F. Burton, Mattie Clark Huff)
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Summary: Caroline Acliff and Ferdinand Lynn were married on November 7 by Rev. W. R. Stringer.
(Names in announcement: Rev. W. R. Stringer, Ferdinand D. Lynn, Caroline L. Acliff)
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Summary: Franklin Via and Mary Herrin were married on November 7 by Rev. W. R. Stringer.
(Names in announcement: Franklin H. Via, Mary E. Herrin, Rev. W. R. Stringer)
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Summary: Lydia Catherine Skiles and William Karicofe were married near Mt. Solon on October 31 by Rev. Henry Bovey.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Henry Bovey, Wm. Karicofe, Lydia Catherine Skiles)
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Summary: Jennie Maupin, of Augusta, and M. J. Moss, of Lee, were married at the home of the bride's father on November 5 by Rev. S. M. Crawford.
(Names in announcement: Rev. S. M. Crawford, M. J. Moss, Jennie E. Maupin)
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Summary: Julia Leary, of Staunton, and M. H. McCarty, of Frederick, Maryland, were married at St. Francis Catholic Church in Staunton on November 6 by Right Rev. Bishop Magill.
(Names in announcement: Right Rev. Bishop Magill, M. H. McCarty, Julia Leary)
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Summary: Eliza Dotson, of Augusta, and George Argenbright were married at the home of the bride's mother on November 7 by Rev. J. W. Kiracofe.
(Names in announcement: Rev. J. W. Kiracofe, Geo. W. Argenbright, Eliza A. Dotson)
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Summary: Jacob Shuey, formerly of Augusta, died at his home in Shueyville, Iowa on October 31.
(Names in announcement: Jacob Shuey)

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