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Staunton Spectator: November 2, 1869

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Officers of State Council
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Summary: The State Council of the Friends of Temperance met at Petersburg on October 27th. J. S. Lipscomb of Staunton was elected Sentinel.
(Names in announcement: J. S. Lipscomb)
Yerger Case
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Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed jurisdiction in the Yerger case, overruling a Congressional declaration that the Court has no jurisdiction in matters relating to Reconstruction. This has been a terrible disappointment to the Radicals, and the Lynchburg Virginian cautioned future generations against repeating the misdeeds of the Radicals lest their fates be the same.
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The decision of the Supreme Court affirming jurisdiction in the Yerger case, says the Lynchburg Virginian, has fallen like a wet blanket on the Radical party, and, to a certain extent, invalidates the laws of Congress erecting military governments in the Southern States. There never was any reason to doubt the unconstitutionality of the Reconstruction acts; and the subsequent act of Congress which prohibited decisions of the high court -- which is really a co-ordinate branch of the Government -- on all questions involving the merits of Reconstruction, was a confession of their want of confidence in the constitutionality of these measures, and their total incongruity with the letter and spirit of that instrument.-- They never could have stood the test of judicial investigation. But, it is not our purpose now to enter into any labored argument on this subject, or to encourage further resistance to a power that has shown itself as able as it is willing to set aside the Constitution, as Thad. Stevens, one of the Radical leaders, acknowledged they were doing when the laws were passed. Virginia is too nearly "out of the woods," as we trust, to engage, at this late day, in any hostility to measures that have served their purpose, in this State at least. The time may come, however, when we shall be able to look back upon the long dark night through which we have passed, with feelings less chastened than those that now dwell in our bosoms; when we shall wonder, even more than we now do, that this country ever tolerated the usurpations of the Radical party during nearly five years of profound peace. And our Northern fellow-citizens, too -- unless the love of liberty and law, under a wise and beneficent Constitution, shall die out in their hearts -- will regard that interregnum wherein the Constitution was virtually suspended in certain States of the Union, and one of them the oldest of the Confederation, with feelings akin to those with which all lovers of Constitutional liberty regard the dismal reign of Jacobinism in France. If these bitter recollections shall serve to quicken our love of true liberty, and to stimulate our hatred of "every form of tyranny over the mind of man;" then, indeed, the history of the Radical party in the United States may serve a useful purpose in teaching those who shall come after us to look with suspicion upon, and to repress the very first efforts of men who may rise hereafter to emulate the bad example of those whom impartial history will hold responsible for all the crimes, beginning with a fearful civil war, that have been committed against Liberty, and the record of which will darken our annals throughout all future time.

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Summary: The Circuit Court for Augusta County began its session on Friday, with Judge Fultz presiding. The trial of John M. Stanley for the killing of Jacob Scherer opened at that time.
(Names in announcement: Judge Fultz)
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Summary: S. Brown Allen and Miss Mary S. Hamilton, daughter of John Hamilton of Augusta, were married at the residence of the bride's father on October 26th by the Rev. P. Fletcher.
(Names in announcement: S. Brown Allen, Mary S. Hamilton, John Hamilton, Rev. P. Fletcher)
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Summary: W. F. Fauber and Miss Mary Ann Alexander, daughter of William B. Alexander, were married at the residence of the bride's father in Waynesboro on October 5th by the Rev. C. Beard.
(Names in announcement: W. F. Fauber, Mary Ann Alexander, William B. Alexander, Rev. C. Beard)
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Summary: Rufus Alexander Howdershell of Fauquier and Miss Martha Elizabeth Parker, daughter of Maurice Parker, were married at the residence of the bride's father near Staunton on October 27th by the Rev. G. Kramer.
(Names in announcement: Rufus Alexander Howdershell, Martha Elizabeth Parker, Maurice Parker)
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Summary: Dr. George H. Eyster and Miss Inez Josephine English, daughter of the Rev. John A. English, were married at the Staunton residence of the bride's father on November 2nd by the Rev. Dr. Haynes.
(Names in announcement: Dr. George H. Eyster, Inez Josephine English, Rev. John A. English, Rev. Dr. Haynes)

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