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Staunton Spectator: September 22, 1868

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(Column 06)
Summary: The paper criticizes the Republicans for the heavy taxation they have levied while in office.

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Let Us Have Peace
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Summary: The Lynchburg Virginian argues that the South shall have peace because no one wants war, but claims that the Radicals who campaign under the slogan "let us have peace" have failed to generate the kindness and good will that form the lasting basis for peace.
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Away down in the State of Maine, says the Lynchburg Virginian, they seem to be imbued with Horace Greeley's idea of the best means of making peace between the North and South. They justify the wrongs and outrages that have been inflicted upon the white men of the South by the party in power. They "speak good words" to us like Rehoboam did to the people, when following the advice of rash and wicked counselors. They say, in effect: "Those who have gone before us made your yoke heavy, and we will add to your yoke: They chastised you with whips, but we will chastise you with scorpions. Our little finger shall be heavier than their loins." And having said this, they add: "Let us have peace!" Of course we shall have peace, for nobody wants war. But what of that kindness and good will which are the true basis of peace and concord? Can we feel these in our hearts towards the men who thus declare that our punishment is just and they will not lighten it? They act a brutal part towards us, in that they support the authors of the greatest crimes upon civilization that have been committed in any age or country where the spirit of Christianity prevailed. "What concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?" About as much, we answer, as it is possible for the Southern people to have with those who would "shed the blood of war in peace" and crush out the last remaining hopes of a ruined and almost despairing people. We trust, however, that no Southern man will ever humble himself at the feet of these people -- We have had enough of that, and now let them do their worst.

[No Title]
(Column 01)
Summary: Criticizes those who would confuse disagreement with the Radical platform with disloyalty, as well as those who believe that Congress represents the whole government, with the other two branches subordinate to it. Also criticizes Radicals for electing criminals.
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It is well remarked in the last number of the Political Pamphlet, that a prevailing error is, "to confound the resentment of the South towards a political party, with hostility to the rightful authority of the government. The two sentiments are widely separate; and yet how often do we see some indignation which the South has exhibited on Radical rule, busily and ingeniously misrepresented as an evidence of disloyalty, a sign of "rebel" impatience and contumacy. The mistake is constantly made even by some honest, but thoughtless people. It runs through the newspapers; it is the familiar fallacy of the Republican party; and it has been imposed on the popular mind with an effect dishonorable to its own intelligence and ruinous to the South." And the misfortune is, that a long possession of power almost unlimited, and authority without stint, even to a course of legislation outside and irrespective to the Constitution, has emboldened the leaders to impress upon many of their followers, the idea that Congress is the government, and that the Executive is its creature, and the Judiciary subject to its orders. There are thousands of Radicals who entertain this opinion, and who have no proper conception of the Federal government as organized under the Constitution.

Two gentlemen from the North who went to South Carolina to speculate in loyalty have been doing splendidly. One got elected delegate to the Constitutional Convention and the other has got into jail for bigamy. The Convention man has also been elected a member of the Legislature and stands indicted for a criminal offence.

Wonderful Combination of Curative Waters
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Summary: The paper extols the virtue of the waters at Variety Springs.
[No Title]
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Summary: The paper calls attention to "accounts of atrocities committed by colored people in various portions of the country, either impelled by their own bad passions, or incited by evil counsels. Some of the details are shocking, involving murder, rapine, arson, outrages on females, etc."

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[No Title]
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Summary: Harvey Risk has announced that he will take a census of Staunton if the town furnishes him with the books and supplies.
(Names in announcement: Harvey Risk)
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Summary: Mr. Allen and Mr. Johnson, nurserymen of Richmond, subscribed one $100 share of stock to the Augusta County Fair. They made their purchase through William Burke.
(Names in announcement: William Burke)
Staunton Lyceum
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Summary: The Staunton Lyceum will resume its meetings. The Rev. Mr. Long will open the season by delivering a poem. The paper also lists the organization's officers.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Long, Col. Baldwin, Col. Christian, R. M. Guy, Maj. Hanger)
Memorial Dinner
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Summary: The Lady's Memorial Association will hold a dinner in the Town Hall. The proceeds will go toward the costs of laying turf on the graves and graveling the walks in the Soldier's Cemetery. The paper urges citizens to attend.
The Norfolk Convention
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Summary: "A CITIZEN" expresses Augusta's interest in the Commercial Convention in Norfolk. This Convention will discuss internal improvements, including an ambitious project called the James River and Kanawha Canal.
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MR. EDITOR: -- Augusta is much more interested in the Commercial Convention, or I ought to have said the Internal Improvement Convention, which meets in Norfolk in Oct., than she was in the Democratic Convention which met in New York. We are deeply concerned in pushing thro' to the Ohio, the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, but far more that greatest of all schemes, the James River and Kanawha Canal. I will not take time to say any thing on a subject about which all intelligent people are familiar. Maj. Carrington, President of the Company, has lately put forth a most interesting pamphlet, in which a history of the Canal, part, present and prospective is given. I wish all persons in the United States that are to be, could read it.

Please insert in a conspicuous place under your editorial head, a call for a public meeting at our next Court, to appoint delegates to that Convention, and let it be understood, that our best men be appointed.


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Summary: David K. Hoover and Miss Cynthia A. Masincup were married on September 17th at the residence of the bride's father by the Rev. A. A. J. Bushong.
(Names in announcement: David K. Hoover, Cynthia A. Masincup, Rev. A. A. J. Bushong)

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