Staunton Spectator: September 1, 1868Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
The Railroad Subscription
(Column 01)Summary: Because the law requires a three-fifths vote in favor of the subscription to the Railroad, Augusta county will not subscribe, even though the majority vote was cast in favor of the subscription. The Spectator views this as a missed opportunity.
Full Text of Article:Radical Prospects North and South
Although a majority of the vote cast was in favor of the county subscription to the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, yet inasmuch as the law requires three-fifths of the whole vote cast in order to carry it -- the mere majority is insufficient. Augusta for the first time in her history takes a step backwards from the front to the rear rank in the march of public enterprise, and is the only county in Virginia which has yet refused aid to this great State work.
We trust that this vote may not be construed into opposition to the Railroad itself -- or even into an ungenerous disposition to avail of its advantages without the honesty to pay our fair share of the cost. There were side issues which decided many to vote against it who were otherwise favorable to the subscription, and under other circumstances it would certainly have been carried.
But we fear that a golden opportunity has been lost for securing to this generation, the advantage of seeing this great Valley, the highway for the trade and travel of nations -- the home of thousands of industrious and enterprising immigrants from all countries -- the seat of busy manufactures of all kinds. And we are sure that no one who votes against it would begrudge ten times the amount of his paltry tax to see this great end accomplished.
The subscription of Augusta was necessary to make sure of completing the amount required to let the work to contract. We hope her failure will not give other counties the pretext to withhold payment of their subscriptions and thus the whole scheme be thwarted for years to come. If such should be the case our advancing prosperity will be severely set back. This whole generation will pass away before the $4,000,000 will be raised by voluntary subscription for the Valley Railroad "so-called," before the Central Railroad can be induced or able to build its "short track" to Richmond.-- And we must for a life-time be content to be at the mercy of a single track worm-fence line of railroad around by Gordonsville, and pay taxes annually on 31 miles of unnecessary road.
(Column 02)Summary: Quoting from a correspondent of the New York Herald, the editors predict that the Republicans will lose the upcoming election, and will lose not only in the Southern States, but in several Northern States as well.
Full Text of Article:The Pattern City of Radicalism
The correspondent at Washington of the New York Herald, writing to that paper under-date August 23, says:
All the advices received here recently from the South represent carpet-bagism as on its death bed. With the exception of Florida and South Carolina all the Southern States are conceded as certain to go for Seymour and Blair. The Radical organization in the reconstructed regions are dwindling away rapidly, and defection has reached their very strong hold with such alarming results that the carpet-bag heroes see nothing but ruin ahead. They have discovered their great weakness in the very spot where they looked for an impregnable tower of strength. The negroes whom they relied upon as their right arm of power have become disgusted and proclaim that the white Radical is a greater enemy to them than the white rebels who were lately their masters. The most intelligent blacks, therefore, have determined to join hands with their old masters and thus drive away the carpet bag adventurers from the South to their native element. This repudiation of Radicalism by the colored citizens is overwhelming the Republican leaders of the South, and consequently they are beginning to realize that they have been caught in their own trap. Several shrewd Republicans who have just returned from different parts of the South admit that Sambo has turned the tables upon them completely, and that now their only hope of success is in the North. This last hope seems not to have a very firm hold of them either, judging by the manner in which they write to their friends in this city. The correspondence sent here from different States in the East and West by Radical stumpers and managers is of the most desponding character. They admit that Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Ohio are lost to Grant and Colfax beyond redemption, and one of them declares that Illinois will go the same way unless the strongest efforts are made to save it. Logan's defeat as Congressman at large from the State is spoken of as certain, but the electoral ticket it is urged, may be carried by clever engineering. The most sanguine Republican I have seen here from Colfax's State only figures up a Republican majority of three thousand in Indiana. In fact the impression is very general here now that Seymour and Blair will be elected by a very decisive majority, not on account of any great popularity of their own, but because the people of the country are determined to have a change anyhow.
(Column 04)Summary: The article asserts that Republican rule which includes African-Americans has left the city of Washington, D. C. bankrupt.
Origin of Article: New York WorldThe Colored Democracy
(Column 04)Summary: The paper reports and applauds the formation of African-American Democratic clubs in North Carolina.
(Column 01)Summary: The Sunday School of the M. E. Church South will hold a picnic for its members.Memorial Dinner
(Column 01)Summary: The Memorial Committee will hold a dinner on Monday the 28th. Ladies are requested to send their contribution lists so all can know what to expect.[No Title]
(Column 01)Summary: A report of the official vote of Augusta county on the proposed Railway subscription.
Full Text of Article:Augusta County Fair
Official vote of Augusta, Aug. 27th, 1868, on the proposition for the county to subscribe to $300,000 to the 8 per cent preferred stock of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company:For Against Court House, 536 26 Union Hall, 83 24 Middlebrook, 32 43 Craigsville, 97 23 Swoope's, 35 10 Newpost, 5 42 Greenville, 66 90 Stuart's Draft, No poll opened. Midway, 00 19 Waynesboro, 143 137 Fishersville, 46 20 Sherando, 8 30 New Hope, 9 165 Mt. Meridian, 6 53 Mt. Sidney, 23 184 Spring Hill, 47 46 Mt. Solon, 26 121 Parnassus, 21 2 Churchville, 22 34 Deerfield, 10 00 Sherando, 00 00 -- -- Total 1205 1077
(Column 01)Summary: Announcement of some guidelines for the fair. In order to encourage participation, county entries will win at least one prize in every category. Useful items will receive recognition even if they do not fall into any of the prepared prize categories, and railroads will lower rates. Speakers, music, and sports will round out the entertainment.Married
(Names in announcement: John B. Baldwin, William A. Burke, Ed. W. Bayley, Jed Hotchkiss)
(Column 02)Summary: William H. Daugaerty and Miss Mary C. Wiseman, both of Augusta, were married on August 27th by the Rev. James M. Shreckhise.Deaths
(Names in announcement: William H. Daugaerty, Mary C. Wiseman, Rev. James M. Shreckhise)
(Column 02)Summary: Bettie A. Heflin, daughter of John M. and Mary E. Heflin, died at the Staunton residence of Henry Bare. She was 12 years old.Deaths
(Names in announcement: Bettie A. Heflin, John M. Heflin, Mary E. Heflin, Henry Bare)
(Column 02)Summary: James H. Heizer died of cancer at the residence of his father in Greenville on August 9th. He was 23 years old.Deaths
(Names in announcement: James H. Heizer)
(Column 02)Summary: William Brownlee died of dropsy of the heart near Greenville on August 9th. He was 30 years old.Deaths
(Names in announcement: William Brownlee)
(Column 02)Summary: Carrie Engle, infant daughter of the Rev. J. J. and Mary Engle of New Hope, died on August 2nd.
(Names in announcement: Carrie Engle, Rev. J. J. Engle, Mary Engle)
Radicals Distrusting the Negroes
(Column 02)Summary: The article gloats that Republicans have been taking pains to keep African-Americans away from Democratic meetings. They wish to only expose them to Republican views, but their actions suggest they may be receptive to other arguments.