Staunton Spectator: November 08, 1870Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
The Virginia Valley Railroad
(Column 05)Summary: Key supporters of the Valley Railroad met in Baltimore last week. They offered Johns Hopkins the presidency of the company but he declined. They appointed county officials and elected Robert Garrett president in place of Hopkins. Col. M. G. Harman made a speech in favor of the road.
(Names in announcement: Johns Hopkins, Col. M. G. Harman, Robert Garrett, S. Travers Phillips, J. D. Hotchkiss, W. A. Burke)
(Column 01)Summary: Reported on the recent conservative victories in West Virginia. The editor cited the Radical policies of giving blacks the vote as the main reason for their defeat because it cost them more white votes than they gained with black voter support. Expressed gratitude for West Virginia voters who finally ended Radical power in the state and thus ensured the enfranchisement of all white voters in the state. Also denounced the Radicals who were at that time attempting to reverse the election by throwing out conservative votes.
Full Text of Article:
LEWISBURG, GREENBRIER CO., W. VA.,
November 4th, 1870.
We are now here in the midst of the most happy and jubilant people we have ever seen. This state of feeling has been caused by the recent unexpected and triumphant success in the recent State election, of the Conservative party of this heretofore Radical-ridden and outrageously misruled State. These people, who have been, since the war, wearing the chains of political bondage, and have been violently gagged, and mercilessly tyrannized over, now feel that the day of their redemption has dawned with a bright aurora presaging the early enjoyment of the blessings of liberty. Their jubilation is natural, and it makes our heart thrill with pleasure to witness their exultation at their release from the galling yoke of political bondage. Their victory is one of the most important which has ever been won in the annals of political party contests. It secures the enfranchisement of the thousands of the most worthy and intelligent citizens of this State who have, since the war, been denied a voice in the administration of their Government. -- This class were denied the right of suffrage, whilst that right was conferred upon the negroes, and their inferiors in character -- the "loil" -- so-called. The conservatives have had the pleasure of seeing the Radical engineers "hoist upon their own petard" -- and this adds increased triumph to their victory. The Radicals conferred the right of suffrage upon the negroes whilst they withheld it from the best portion of the whites, believing that the negro vote would ensure, beyond peradventure, the perpetuation of Radical rule.
"But the best laid schemes o' mice and men
Aft gang agley."
Though the negroes, as was to be expected, voted foolishly and wrongfully, the Radical ticket, yet the triumph of the conservatives is justly attributed, in good part, to the fact that suffrage was conferred upon the negroes. This was so distasteful to many who had heretofore voted with the Radical party that the Radicals lost more than they gained by this advice, involving such palpable wrong and outrage. -- This result should teach the negroes the estimate in which they are held by the Radicals -- who dislike them, and but use them to subserve their own selfish and diabolical political purposes.
The result of the recent elections in this State was about equally surprising to both parties. This adds to the joy of the victors, and to the mortification of the defeated. The Radicals having been fairly defeated, they would have acted wisely if they had gracefully submitted to the verdict of the voters as expressed at the polls. But, like all great sinners, they die hard, and are now trying to change the result by throwing out of the count such precincts as gave Conservative majorities. The Board of Supervisors were engaged in this work yesterday at the Court-house. The conduct of a majority of the Board was shameful, though we do not believe that they experienced any sense of shame; for we doubt whether they have enough virtue in their characters to enable them to feel ashamed at the commission of a mean act.
As the Board adjourned yesterday evening, the Marshal, O. P. Hoover, under the instructions of Capt. C. A. Sperry, United States Commissioner, arrested three members of the Board -- Argabright, Snedegar and McMillein, who, failing to give bail, were sent to jail, where they are now. They will be tried before the Commissioner to-day. They were arrested, we understand, not for their conduct yesterday, but for acts heretofore perpetrated in refusing to allow persons duly qualified to register and vote. M.
P.S. -- SATURDAY, NOV. 5th. -- The trial of those members of the Board of Registration who have been arrested under charges of having violated the enforcement act by refusing to register persons who possessed the loyal qualifications, did not take place yesterday before the U. S. Commissioner as had been expected. Two more persons -- C. A. Thatcher and John Hughart, the latter an Inspector, not a Registrar, were arrested yesterday, and like the other three mentioned above, in default of giving bail, were confined to jail to await their trial before the Commissioner. To-day, the trial is going on, and up to this time, 1 o'clock, but two cases have been tried -- those of C. A. Thatcher and Jno. L. Snedegar. In these cases, the Commissioner required the parties to give bail for their appearance to answer indictments before the United States Court, which will meet in Charleston, in December next. Warrants have been issued for the arrest of several other parties for the same offence. The Government is represented by Capt. A. F. Mathews and A. W. Walker, and the prisoners by Wm. P. Rucker.
(Column 01)Summary: The ladies of the M. E. Church South will hold a fair at the Town Hall during Christmas week.The Concert on Friday Night
(Column 01)Summary: Madame Ruhl, Prof. Schneider, Miss Apperson, Mr. Drake, Mr. Hunter, and Prof. Turner's orchestra gave a concert at the chapel of the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Institution. The editor praised the performance.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Ruhl, Prof. Schneider, Apperson, Drake, Hunter, Prof. Turner)
(Column 03)Summary: "Sufferers" wrote an article complaining about disorderly conduct in Staunton. "Our streets have recently been made hideous by the screams and yells of disorderly persons, at a very late hour of the night. Rowdies have been seen to go around and knock at people's doors, fire off their pistols, and disturb the peace and quiet of our city."Married
(Column 03)Summary: Dr. S. McD Gold of Augusta and Miss Emma Hamilton, daughter of John W. Hamilton, were married on November 2nd at the residence of the bride's father in Rockbridge by the Rev. J. L. Kirkpatrick.Married
(Names in announcement: Dr. S. McD Gold, Emma Hamilton, John W. Hamilton, Rev. J. L. Kirkpatrick)
(Column 03)Summary: Dr. David W. Hanger and Miss Sallie A. Crawford, daughter of Maj. James Crawford of Augusta, were married on Nov. 1st at Mt. Pleasant, the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. Dr. Handy.Married
(Names in announcement: Dr. David W. Hanger, Sallie A. Crawford, Maj. James Crawford, Rev. Dr. Handy)
(Column 03)Summary: T. Marion Rosenbaum of Smythe County and Miss Nannie V. Bane, daughter of George B. Bane of Montgomery County, were married in Mt. Tabor Church, Augusta County, on October 26th by the Rev. A. A. J. Bushong.Deaths
(Names in announcement: T. Marion Rosenbaum, Nanie V. Bane, George B. Bane, Rev. A. A. J. Bushong)
(Column 03)Summary: Mrs. Margaret Vines died in Greenville on October 23rd.Deaths
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Margaret Vines)
(Column 03)Summary: James F. Patterson and Newton Argenbright pass resolutions of sympathy and respect on behalf of Staunton Lodge No. 45, International Order of Odd Fellows upon the death of Edwin M. Taylor.
(Names in announcement: James F. Patterson, Newton Argenbright, Edwin M. Taylor)