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Staunton Spectator: December 24, 1867

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Christmas Greeting
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Summary: The editor extends wishes for "health, peace, happiness and prosperity" to the readers of the Spectator.
Full Text of Article:

Though, before the dawn of to-morrow's Christmas morn will purple the Eastern sky, the Editor of this journal will be "o'er the mountains and far away," yet, through its columns, he takes great pleasure in tendering its many generous readers the kindly and friendly compliments of the season-wishing each and all a "merry Christmas and a happy new Year." For forty-five years this journal has expressed its kindly greetings to its numerous readers.-No paper has better reasons for expressing kindly feelings for expressing kindly feelings for its readers, for none has a list of better subscribers. We hope that they will live to enjoy many years of health, peace, happiness and prosperity, and that their cares and troubles may diminish as their years increase. Could our wishes be granted, the ears of the readers of this journal would be greeted for many years more with that grand Christmas anthem, which, "on Christmas day, beginning at Jerusalem in the Church of the Sepulchre of our Lord, has traveled with the star that stood above his cradle, from region to region, from communion to communion, and from tongue to tongue, till it has compassed the land and sea, and returned to melt away upon the sides of Mount Zion."

The Duty of the Hour
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Summary: Argues that the "supreme duty of the hour is to preserve the public liberties" by ensuring that "the scum of population, the low whites and the ignorant blacks" do not control the Legislature. If they do so, the author contends, "a white man or conservative negro would find himself the object at once of plunder and oppression."
Origin of Article: Norfolk Virginian
Editorial Comment: "With the Norfolk Virginian, we feel that"
Full Text of Article:

With the Norfolk Virginian, we feel that "the supreme duty of the hour is to preserve the public liberties. This is no empty phrase, no idle declaration. It means escape from negro rule based on the arrogant assumption that the true white men of the South have no rights which need be respected. It means escape from ruinous taxes, disqualifying oaths, negro police, proscription in trade as well as in politics, equal (?) seats in public schools, hotels, theatres, public vehicles, and churches. The public liberties, then, include a great deal, fellow-citizens, and the man who fails to understand this truth is indeed sanguine, or insane. We beg you to run over the list of taxes, oaths and other cruel oppressions which the people of West Virginia and Tennessee groan under. In the latter State, the negroes, after having taken on several occasions, forcible possession of the trains, have just been authorized by law to ride with white people in all public conveyances. Now, when the scum of population, the low whites and the ignorant blacks get possession of the Legislature, what earthly chance could there be for a decent citizen to escape their oppression? There can be but one answer to this.-A white man or conservative negro would find himself the object at once of plunder and oppression. We all admit this. We all feel this. Hence we say that the supreme duty of the hour is for us to preserve the public liberties.

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Local News--Flour Inspected in Staunton
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Summary: Reports that 9,285 barrels of flour have been inspected in Staunton in the last three months and estimates the total value of the flour at $102,135.
(Names in announcement: B. F. Fifer)
Full Text of Article:

During the last three months, from September 18th to December 18th, 9,285 barrels of flour were inspected by B. F. Fifer, Flour Inspector for the town of Staunton. The grades were as follows: Extra, 6,550; Family, 900; Superfine, 1,500; Fine, 250; and musty 85 barrels.

We suppose that this flour did not average less than eleven dollars per barrel in this market.-Upon this estimate, the flour inspected here, within the three months mentioned, yielded the sum of one hundred and two thousand one hundred and thirty five dollars ($102,135).

Local News--Staunton Lyceum
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Summary: On Monday night the Staunton Lyceum debated the question, "Were the crusades productive of more good than evil?" After discussion the question was decided in the negative by a vote of 12 to 8.
(Names in announcement: S. A. Coleman, Y. H. Peyton, Dr. Fauntleroy, Capt. James Bumgardner, Col. B. Christian, R. Mauzy, Capt. O. Smith, Prof. J. H. Hewitt, Prof. Pike Powers)
Full Text of Article:

On Monday night, the 16th inst., the following question was discussed:

"Were the crusades productive of more good than evil?"

It was discussed in the affirmative by Messrs. S. A. Coleman and Y. H. Peyton, and in the negative by Dr. Fauntleroy, Capt. James Bumgardner and Col B. Christian. The vote stood: In the affirmative, 8-in the negative, 12.

The following question was selected to be discussed on Monday night next:

"In the present circumstances of the country, is there left us ground to hope and to labor for the restoration of the Federal Government to its original character?"

The following persons were appointed to discuss it:

In the affirmative, B. Mauzy and Capt. O. Smith; in the negative, Prof. J. H. Hewitt and Prof. Pike Powers.

Local News--Sales
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Summary: Details two recent local land sales and welcomes Jacob Hernsberger, who purchased a 250 acre farm, to Augusta.
(Names in announcement: Walter Davis, Jacob Hernsberger, Peck, Cushing, John O'Hare, Thomas Barrett, T. Hounihan)
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Mr. Walter Davis, of this county, has sold his farm containing two hundred and fifty acres, to Mr. Jacob Hernsberger, of Rockingham county at $40 per acre.

We welcome Mr. Hernsberger to Augusta county. He is a man of character, and will be a valuable acquisition to the citizenship of good "old Augusta." Many persons from Rockingham have become citizens of this county, and as they are valuable citizens, the good people of this county are prepared to welcome more of the same sort. Come along-a hearty greeting awaits you.

On last Thursday, Peck & Cushing, auctioneers, sold two store houses, belonging to the estate of John O'Hare, dec'd, situated on the West side of Augusta street, near the American hotel. One was bought by Thomas Barrett for the sum of $1750, the other by T. Hounihan, for $1454.

Local News
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Summary: Announces the formation of an "association for protecting the citizens against horse-thieves" in the Churchville area.
(Names in announcement: E. Geeding, J. H. Heizer, Dr. Joseph Wilson, Rev. P. Fletcher, H. B. Sieg, W. M. Dudley, Samuel C. Wilson, B. Crawford)
Full Text of Article:

Pursuant to a notice published in the Spectator of the 17th inst., a meeting was held for the purpose of forming an association for protecting the citizens against horse thieves. Mr. E. Geeding was called to the Chair, and J. H. Heizer, elected Secretary.

The object of the meeting was briefly explained by the Chair, and the following committee appointed to draft a constitution, viz:

Dr. Joseph Wilson, Rev. P. Fletcher, Sam'l C. Wilson, H. B. Sieg, W. M. Dudley, and on motion, the Chair was added.

They drafted a constitution for the society to which they gave the name of the "Churchville Horse-thief Detective Club."

The constitution was submitted to the meeting, and, with a few alterations, adopted.

On motion, a committee of five was appointed to solicit an increase of membership.

The Chair appointed Messrs. Samuel C. Wilson, H. Geeding, B. Crawford, W. M. dually and J. H. Heizer.

The meeting then proceeded to the election of officers, which resulted unanimously, as follows, viz: E. Geeding, President; J. H. Heizer, Secretary, and H. B. Sieg, Treasurer.

It might be proper here to state that one important article in the constitution provides that, if a horse be stolen the Club shall award a very handsome reward to any one who shall recover the horse and capture the thief, who shall, upon trial, be convicted.

On motion, the meeting adjourned to meet on Wednesday, December 25th, at 10 o'clock, A. M., for the more complete organization of the Club.

E. GEEDING, Chairman.

J. H. HEIZER, Secretary.

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Summary: Mary Dudley and Dr. J. M. Trevy were married at the home of the bride's father on December 18 by Rev. John Pinkerton.
(Names in announcement: Rev. John Pinkerton, Dr. J. M. Trevy, Mary V. Dudley, R. H. Dudley)
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Summary: Daniel Bell and Susan Mills were married on December 12 at the home of the bride's father, near Spring Hill, by Rev. John Pinkerton.
(Names in announcement: Rev. John Pinkerton, Daniel M. Bell, Susan V. Mills, Thos. Mills)
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Summary: Rebecca Woodward and Robert Davis were married on December 19 by Rev. T. L. Preston.
(Names in announcement: Rev. T. L. Preston, Robert H. Davis, Rebecca H. Woodward)
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Summary: Mary Jane Salmon and J. B. Munday were married on December 19 by Elder J. T. Randolph.
(Names in announcement: Elder J. T. Randolph, J. B. Munday, Mary Jane Salmon)
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Summary: H. M. Stoddard died of consumption, after a lingering illness, on December 19 at the age of 37. He "was a consistent member of the Baptist church, a good citizen, and highly esteemed by all who knew him."
(Names in announcement: H. M. Stoddard)

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