Staunton Spectator: November 16, 1869Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
Better Times Ahead
(Column 02)Summary: The Enquirer predicted that Virginia will soon be restored to the Union. Hoped for the speedy reassemblage of the Legislature, and claimed that the State will provide for the Freedmen far better than the Northern States. Also reported that the carpet-baggers are leaving the State, and that this will help Virginia improve her situation.
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All the signs, says the Enquirer, point to the speedy restoration of Virginia to the Union. The howl of the unrepentant, but well threshed Wells "rebels" in this State have sunk into almost inaudible whispers, and the current of "true Republican" sentiment is drifting the State steadily back to her ancient moorings. Certain inquisitive gentlemen, who have lately "interviewed" the President, report that the clamors of the Radical "rebels" who "protested" so loudly during the late session of the Legislature, have excited no more attention at Washington than they did here, and that every friend of Grant is anxious to crown the first year of his administration by the restoration of all the Southern States.
We may hope, therefore, for the speedy reassemblage of the Legislature, and the commencement of the work of State reconstruction. And when this labor commences the Legislature of Virginia will become of far greater interest to us than Congress.
The whole of our organic law must be vitalized by statutory enactments, and so enforced as to make it as little oppressive as possible to all classes. We believe that the Conservative majority in the Legislature will deal with especial tenderness and fairness with the colored portion of our people, and demonstrate the truth of the often repeated declaration that the native white men of Virginia are the best friends of their late slaves. We venture the prediction that the future legislation of Virginia for the protection, education and advancement of the welfare of the blacks will be a model worthy of general imitation. It will so far, in liberality and wisdom, surpass all that the abolition States have done for the negro that our traducers will blush for their calumnies.
We have long entertained the opinion that the complete demolition of the carpet-baggers was indispensable to the inauguration of an era of good feelings between the races in this State, and the information which has reached us from all sections of the State confirms this opinion. Since the utter rout of Wells demonstrated the ability of the whites to defeat all the base conspiracies having for their object the political deposement of the white race, the carpet-baggers have had little or no inducement to prosecute with vigor their nefarious work of poisoning the mind of the negroes. It has no longer paid to demoralize and deceive the freedmen, and, therefore, they have, to a great extent, suspended their operations. Cuffee no longer hears his old friends defamed and villified as he did for months before the election.
Lying is not a sufficient luxury for a carpet-bagger to skulk through the State from league to league, indulging in that sort of special preparation for Hades. Hence cordial relations are again springing up between the native white and the black races; and the land owners have abandoned all thought of punishing the poor negroes for that "rebellion against Grant" into which they were led by the carpet-baggers.
Now all this is precisely as it should be, and we trust that in all their dealings with the negroes our people will visit upon them none of the sins of those who led them astray. The curse of the carpet-bagger will not afflict us much longer, for there will soon be a general exodus of the whole flock of harpies. For a few months there will be a general flight and flutter over the shreds which still cling to the carcass of bankruptcy -- a fierce battle for the scraps of the feast, and then in a flight of lean and hungry adventurers to other fields of pillage.
The old State, thank Heaven, is blessed with a vast amount of recuperative energy, and she will emerge from all her troubles somewhat worn and battered, but with strength enough left yet to make her influence felt as a mighty power in the Union.
(Column 01)Summary: Junius F. Maupin has been appointed storekeeper of internal revenue for Virginia's 6th district.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Junius F. Maupin)
(Column 01)Summary: W. J. Keller of Staunton was awarded a prize for best three-horse plow at the recent state agricultural fair.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: W. J. Keller)
(Column 01)Summary: James Payne, an African-American owner of a blacksmith shop, had his property destroyed by fire on Friday morning. The damage is estimated at $500.Stonewall Band
(Names in announcement: James Payne)
(Column 01)Summary: The Stonewall Band, a successful band during the war, has been reorganized, and new officers have been elected.
(Names in announcement: A. J. Turner, T. M. Turner, E. M. Cushing, Samuel C. Baskins)Full Text of Article:Married
"STONEWALL BAND." -- We are pleased to announce that this band has been re-organized once more, with a fair prospect of success. At a meeting held in the jury room, at the Court-house, on last Thursday night, a constitution and by-laws were adopted, and the following officers elected for the government of the band: Prof. A. J. Turner, Leader; T. M. Turner, Assistant Leader; S. M. Cushing, President, and Samuel C. Baskins, Secretary and Treasurer. This Band was first organized in the year 1838, under the leadership of its present talented Professor of music, and had a most successful career until the close of the late war. It entered the service of the Confederacy in 1862, and was in the army up to the surrender of Gen. Lee's army at Appomattox. Since that time, they have had no efficient organization. We hope they will be able, in a short time, to furnish our citizens with a series of musical entertainments equal to those which they used to give in their palmiest days, and that our citizens will show their appreciation by giving them a most hearty support and encouragement.
(Column 02)Summary: W. C. Truehart and Miss Sallie C. Myers of West Virginia were married in Staunton's Methodist Church on November 10th by the Rev. William A. Harris.Married
(Names in announcement: W. C. Truehart, Sallie C. Myers, Rev. William A. Harris)
(Column 02)Summary: Henry P. Shover and Miss Stacy Ann Schwartz, both of Augusta, were married at the residence of Thomas Shumate near Fishersville on October 10th by the Rev. C. S. M. See.Married
(Names in announcement: Henry P. Shover, Stacy Ann Schwartz, Thomas Shumate, Rev. C. S. M. See)
(Column 02)Summary: J. W. T. Hawpe of Greenville, Augusta County and Miss Amanda Boone, daughter of Daniel Boone of Rockingham, were married at the residence of the bride's father near Port Republic on November 3rd by the Rev. Mr. Hawes.Married
(Names in announcement: J. W. T. Hawpe, Amanda Boone, Daniel Boone, Rev. Hawes)
(Column 02)Summary: Mr. E. M. Brown, formerly of Staunton, and Miss Mattie Barry of Georgia were married in Georgia at the residence of Col. W. J. Anderson on November 2nd by the Rev. Mr. Russell.Deaths
(Names in announcement: E. M. Brown, Mattie Barry, Col. W. J. Anderson, Rev. Russell)
(Column 02)Summary: Andrew Jackson Southards died in Staunton of consumption on November 4th. He was 33 years old.Deaths
(Names in announcement: Andrew Jackson Southards)
(Column 02)Summary: Anna Givens McGuffin, daughter of D. C. and Sue M. McGuffin, died near Staunton at Fort Lewis on November 8th. She was 2 years old.Deaths
(Names in announcement: Anna Givens McGuffin, Sue M. McGuffin, D. C. McGuffin)
(Column 02)Summary: Mrs. Julia E. Wise, daughter of Charles Callaghan and wife of David Wise, died at Millboro on October 25th. She was 39 years old. "She was an affectionate wife, an exemplary mother, and a true friend. In her all the beauties of true christianity centered, and society has, in her demise, lost an excellent member, while the Methodist Church mourns the eternal departure of a true christian and an exemplary member."
(Names in announcement: Julia E. Wise, Charles Callaghan, David Wise)