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Staunton Spectator: November 15, 1870

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[No Title]
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Summary: Printed a letter from the students and faculty of a state college asking Virginia residents for donations to the Memorial Association. Reminded everyone of the great deeds their fallen soldiers performed in the defense of the South and the proper burials they justly deserved.
Full Text of Article:

For the Spectator.

EMORY, Va. Nov. 5th, 1870.

MR. EDITOR: -- We, the Students and Faculty of this College, have organized a Memorial Association for the purpose of taking care of the graves of the Confederate Soldiers here interred. At our usual meeting, held a few days since, for the elections of officers for the subsequent term, on motion of Prof. Jas. A. Davis, it was

Resolved, 1st., That we inquire into the expediency of erecting a monument to their memory.

Resolved, 2nd., That each member be empowered to solicit contributions in this vicinity, and elsewhere, and forward the same to the Treasurer of said Association.

We have expended a considerable amount of labor and money in putting the graves in a condition becoming a christian community, and our treasury is exhausted. Will not the friends and patriots of the sunny South contribute something to consummate an end so noble in the sight of God? Ah! the citizens of this glorious old Commonwealth foster in their hearts too vivid a recollection of the past; they hold in too great a reverence the names of those who fell on the bloody plains of Manassas, Gettysburg and Chancellorsville, battling for their trespassed rights and country's honor, to even hesitate in granting this little request as a testimony of their gratitude.

When the whole State was overrun by an overwhelming force of the enemy, and with fire and sword they ruthlessly spread devastation on all sides; when it seemed as if the lurid lightnings of the great Jehovah had burst asunder from their sombre hiding places, prognosticating immediate destruction to every creature -- like the little Spartan band at Thermopylae -- the proud sons of Virginia were seen staunch, choosing rather to perish than forsake the posts which the voice of their common country had assigned them.

Never did brighter jewels adorn the pages of history, and although the casket in which they were contained is now broken, yet in no wise does it detract from their lustre and magnificence, but only adds more glory and celebrity to their former fame to know that they were crushed in the cause of liberty and humanity.

Do we not owe such worthiness some tribute of respect? I know the unanimous response of the multitude. Forbid it God! that Virginia shall be remiss in her duty -- that she now in her greatest prosperity should pluck one gem from the coronet of her future greatness. Our fathers, now sleeping placidly beneath the cold and weltering sod, still moist from the breath of two contending armies, would cry out with indignation to think they were so soon forgotten. I will refrain, for fear that while I depict, I may do injustice to their illustrious deeds; but permit me to ask you to remember that the civilization of a nation is judged by the care it takes of its dead. I hope the age of commemoration is at hand. Now let us demonstrate our gratitude -- not by vaunting words, but by stretching forth the strong arm of prosperity and plenty, and erect a suitable monument to celebrate their heroic actions.

Any contributions will be kindly and thankfully received, and properly expended.

Yours, very truly,

S. S. H.

N. B. -- Papers duly appreciating our design, will please copy.

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Virginia Congressional Delegation
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Summary: The paper printed a list of the men elected to Congress from Virginia, including John T. Harris, conservative from the 6th district.

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[No Title]
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Summary: Queen Sisters and Troupe will perform at the Town Hall and the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Institutions.
Concert to be Repeated
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Summary: Madame Ruhl and Prof. Schneider responded to public requests and gave a repeat performance of their concert at the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Institute.
(Names in announcement: Madame Ruhl, Prof. Schneider)
Remarkable Longevity
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Summary: The paper reported that George Ware, a man living on the property of J. C. Cochran, will turn 80 in February. He had 22 children(five of whom have passed away), 60 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. "He has lived in the county for the last fifty years, and has never been arraigned before a magistrate for a single offence."
(Names in announcement: George Ware, J. C. Cochran)
Sunday School Convention
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Summary: The Sunday School Convention of the Baltimore Conference of the M. E. Church South will hold their annual session in Staunton on November 24th. The editor expected a large attendance and told delegates to report to C. W. Hunter upon arrival.
(Names in announcement: C. W. Hunter)
County Ticket
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Summary: The entire conservative ticket, with only one exception, was elected to county offices. Samuel Paul, independent conservative, defeated C. T. Cochran, regular conservative, for Treasurer. "The defeat of Mr. Cochran is attributable in some degree to an unjust prejudice which exists in the county against the town."
(Names in announcement: C. T. Cochran, Samuel Paul)
[No Title]
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Summary: A number of citizens requested that Madame Ruhl, Prof. Schneider, and Prof. Turner hold a musical concert. They agreed to hold the show on the 25th.
(Names in announcement: Madame Ruhl, Prof. Schneider, Prof. Turner, H. Ker, E. H. Sears, C. R. Harris, C. C. Wileat, B. Fifer, R. W. Burke, William Chapman, J. M. Carroll, J. B. Hendry)
New Telegraph Company
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Summary: James E. Norris visited Staunton to advocate for construction of a new telegraph line from Harrisonburg to Lexington and on through the entire Valley. The proposal would lower telegraph costs and allow Staunton to communicate more easily with the Valley.
(Names in announcement: James E. Norris)
Horrible Murder
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Summary: The editor reported a sensational story of a murder in the county the previous Saturday. A jury of inquest summoned by the mayor concluded that George Smiley murdered Joseph Black at Mr. Bush's house in cold blood with a knife.
(Names in announcement: John W. Bush, Mayor N. K. Trout, John B. Scherer, S. H. Lushbaugh, F. M. Young, Joseph F. Tannehill, M. P. Funkhouser, G. G. Bunch, George A. Smith, Y. M. Bickle, H. Ker, William L. Balthis, John B. Hoge, M. Doom, George W. Smiley, William Jordan)
Full Text of Article:

About half past seven o'clock, on last Saturday night, our city was thrown into a state of intense excitement by the discovery that Mr. Joseph Black, of Keezletown, Rockingham county, had been stabbed to death, at the house of Mr. John W. Bush, of this place. Mayor N. K. Trout had a jury of inquest summoned immediately, consisting of Messrs. John B. Scherer, S. H. Lushbaugh, F. M. Young, Joseph F. Tannehill, M. P. Funkhouser, G. G. Bunch, Geo. A. Smith, Y. M. Bickle, H. Ker, Wm. L. Balthis, Jno. B. Hoge, and M. Doom, who proceeded at once to hold an inquest over the body of Mr. Black, and after an examination, made by Dr. Hanger, and a hearing of the case before the mayor, the jury rendered a verdict "that the said Jos. Black came to his death from wounds inflicted with a knife by one Geo. W. Smiley, and that said Geo. W. Smiley feloniously and unlawfully murdered the said Joseph Black."

Smiley and Black were both bricklayers in the employment of Mr. Wm. Jordan; were very intimate friends, and were both boarding at the house of Mr. Bush, where Black was killed. Messrs Black and Smiley are both men of families -- the former living in or neer Keezletown, and the latter near Mt. Crawford.

At the trial before the jury of inquest, nothing was elicited showing cause for the killing. -- No grudge or difficulty was known to exist between them, but, on the contrary, they had always been bosom friends. They ate supper together on the evening of the killing. After supper Smiley left the house, and in a few minutes returned again, entering at the front door, went to a bureau in the front room, took a carving knife therefrom, proceeded at once to the dining room, where Black was engaged in conversation with Mrs. Bush, and ordered him out of the house, and at the same time commenced an attack upon him with the knife. When Smiley told Black to get out of the house, Black said, "let me out, then," and, at the same time commenced retreating backwards through an intervening room into the front room, where Black picked up a chair and threw it at Smiley. Smiley retreated from the house by the front door, and Black ran out of the back door, fell a few steps from the house, and died in a few minutes. In the affray he received a severe cut, extending from the corner of the left eye through the temple into the ear, severing the temple artery; another deep stab just above the left hip bone, another a few inches above and to the left of the last, a slight cut just below the navel, and a severe cut on the right hand, probably received while warding off the cuts of Smiley.

Smiley made his escape and up to our going to press has not been arrested. There is a reward of $100 offered by the city authorities for his arrest, and there will probably be a reward offered by the State.

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Summary: Local commissioners issued a report stating their reasons for throwing out the Poll Books of several townships in the recent election. The main reason was the failure of judges of election to sign the certificates.
(Names in announcement: William H. Bell, E. M. Cushing, N. G. Stout, David S. Bell)
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We, the undersigned Commissioners appointed by the Judge of the County Court of Augusta County, under section 40 of the Election Law, approved May 11th 1870, proceeded at the Clerk's Office of the County Court of said County, on Thursday, the 10th day of November, 1870, to perform our duty as such Commissioners, in canvassing and certifying the general result of the election held on Tuesday last, 8th inst. For Congressmen at Large, Congressman of the 6th District of Virginia, and Township officers. That in making such examination, and certifying the results of said election, we threw out the Poll Books at Centreville, Parnassus and Sangersville, in North River Township, in said County, upon the ground, for want of certificates as provided in section 27, of the general election law, the judges of election having failed to sign their names to such certificates; the Poll Book for Folley Mills, in Beverly Manor Township, Verona, in Middle River Township, Midway, Middlebrook, New Port, and Greenville in Riverheads Township, Sherando and Barterbrook in South River Township, Buffalo Gap, Deerfield, Craigsville and Lebanon Springs, in Pastures Township, were thrown out on the same ground, and for further reason, that it does not appear that the Judges and Clerk, at said precinct had ever been sworn in as said officers. The Poll Book at Peaco's Mill in Beverly Manor, was also thrown out upon the ground of informality in the certificate required by said Sec. 27, and for further reason that the certificate of the number of Electors showed there were twenty-five votes cast when in fact there were thirty-seven votes cast. The Poll Book at Churchville was not taken into count with the general result, because of its having been taken from the Clerk's Office of the Court to which it was returned before the meeting of the Commissioners for reasons above stated, the vote at the several places of voting named in this certificate was not taken into consideration, believing, as they do, that the law will not justify them in so doing.

Given under our hands this 10th day of November, 1871.






Election Result
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Summary: The paper listed the names of candidates who won election to different offices in the county and the new representative to Congress.
(Names in announcement: Judge John T. Harris, Samuel Paul, C. T. Cochran, Judge J. T. Harris, William L. Mowery, William A. Burnett, Joseph N. Ryan, James Bumgardner, George W. Fauber, Col. John D. Lilley, Fred L. Fultz, James R. Paris, D. M. Bell, Samuel A. East, Isaac Baker, George Hernsberger, C. H. Withrow, A. M. Bowman, William Crawford)
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The election on last Tuesday resulted in the election of Judge Jno. T. Harris, the conservative nominee, to represent the 6th District in the 42d Congress, and the entire conservative county ticket, except for the office of County Treasurer. Mr. Sam'l Paul, late Sheriff of Augusta County, was elected County Treasurer over Mr. C. T. Cochran, the conservative nominee. The following are the officers elected: Judge J. T. Harris, Congressman 6th District; County Treasurer, Sam'l Paul; Sheriff, Wm. A. Burnett; Circuit Court Clerk, Jos. N. Ryan; Commonwealths Attorney, Jas. Bumgardner, jr.; Sup't of Poor, Geo. W. Fauber; Surveyor, Col. Jno. D. Lilley.

In Beverly Manor Township, Fred. L. Fultz was elected justice of the peace, and Jas. R. Paris Constable.

In North River Township, D. M. Bell was elected Constable, Sam'l A. East, Supervisor, and Waller Oder, Overseer of the Poor.

In South River Township, Isaac Baker was elected Constable, Geo. Hernsberger, Commissioner of Roads, C. H. Withrow, Clerk, and A. M. Bowman, Collector.

In Middle River Township, Wm. Crawford was elected Supervisor.

Official Vote of Staunton
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Summary: Printed vote totals from Staunton for the congressional election.
Vote of Augusta County
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Summary: The paper printed the results of the elections in Augusta County in full.
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Precincts R. T. Daniel for Congress, At Large J. T. Harris for Congress, 6th District Reynolds for Congress, 6th District C. D. Gray for Congress, 6th District Mowry for Sheriff Bumgardner for Commonwealth's Attorney Samuel Paul for County Treasurer Cochran for County Treasurer McCutchen for County Treasurer Burnett for Clerk of the County Court J. N. Ryan for Clerk of the Circuit Court T. A. Turk for Superintendent of the Poor G. W. Fauber for Superintendent of the Poor George Rosen for Superintendent of the Poor Plunkett for Superintendent of the Poor J. D. Lilley for County Surveyor M. R. Coalter for County Surveyor Sandy Hollow, B.M.T. 54 22 82 22 55 56 16 40 1 60 59 4 45 2 4 48 5 Bolivar, B.M.T. 36 19 19 27 50 47 15 36 0 49 48 8 33 2 5 38 0 Mt. Meridian, M.R.T. 41 5 39 10 52 50 31 12 9 52 52 1 51 1 0 13 25 New Hope, M.R.T. 82 22 68 40 123 106 49 40 31 119 116 21 93 0 0 56 42 Mt. Sidney, M.R.T. 97 87 73 40 124 123 72 37 44 144 138 45 60 17 0 48 58 Red Mills, M.R.T. 5 1 0 27 27 21 4 0 24 29 23 1 28 1 0 27 2 Mount Solon, N.R.T. 100 34 70 18 116 112 120 2 3 113 109 21 14 23 49 91 2 Spring Hill, N.R.T. 63 13 61 23 90 90 87 5 7 92 91 14 39 31 3 86 2 Waynesboro, S.R.T. 179 65 123 5 193 181 116 54 18 192 186 74 100 8 2 115 50 Fishersville, S.R.T. 62 22 46 5 75 75 22 45 0 75 74 32 34 5 0 37 26 Official Totals, 719 240 526 217 905 861 532 271 137 925 896 217 497 90 63 559 212


Precincts R. T. Daniel for Congress, At Large J. T. Harris for Congress, 6th District Reynolds for Congress, 6th District C. D. Gray for Congress, 6th District Mowry for Sheriff Bumgardner for Commonwealth's Attorney Samuel Paul for County Treasurer Cochran for County Treasurer McCutchen for County Treasurer Burnett for Clerk of the County Court J. N. Ryan for Clerk of the Circuit Court T. A. Turk for Superintendent of the Poor G. W. Fauber for Superintendent of the Poor George Rosen for Superintendent of the Poor Plunkett for Superintendent of the Poor J. D. Lilley for County Surveyor M. R. Coalter for County Surveyor Heb. Church, B.M.T. 46 25 25 9 48 48 16 39 0 55 51 1 35 12 0 38 10 Folly Mills, B.M.T. 36 4 36 5 30 43 30 16 1 48 44 2 15 5 26 0 0 Peaco's Mill, B.M.T. 31 4 23 7 31 83 8 27 0 35 34 0 19 12 0 30 2 Verona, M.R.T. 27 0 26 5 37 33 5 31 1 36 33 6 19 1 0 26 5 Centreville, N.R.T. 39 17 26 0 36 37 40 1 4 39 42 7 36 0 0 39 0 Sangersville, N.R.T. 20 26 16 0 30 29 42 0 0 39 34 0 6 0 33 27 0 Parnassus, N.R.T. 36 16 27 1 36 37 22 18 4 44 43 10 23 0 3 37 0 Barterbrook, S.R.T. 49 2 47 3 46 45 17 30 0 48 48 7 34 2 1 9 35 Sherando, S.R.T. 23 2 23 9 31 29 17 16 1 33 31 1 12 0 15 8 21 Midway, R.H.T. 26 0 27 9 32 24 23 9 1 35 33 3 4 13 10 24 4 Middlebrook, R.H.T. 57 7 59 27 77 83 42 44 17 97 96 0 66 38 3 42 50 New Port, R.H.T. 32 4 30 0 33 33 8 25 1 34 34 18 6 11 0 25 7 Greenville, R.H.T. 112 15 104 38 100 111 84 48 8 142 117 11 37 80 24 105 22 Deerfield, P.T. 40 26 14 0 45 42 4 36 7 43 47 4 38 0 1 1 42 Leb. Springs, P.T. 10 0 10 0 10 10 10 0 0 10 10 0 9 0 1 0 10 Craigsville, P.T. 37 5 38 0 42 40 23 4 17 43 44 4 26 9 0 9 30 Buffalo Gap, P.T. 34 11 24 6 37 32 15 15 9 38 37 4 18 11 1 18 11 Churchville, P.T. 61 12 57 5 69 67 41 24 8 72 70 3 41 12 4 39 13 Discarded Totals 716 176 612 124 770 776 447 383 79 901 852 81 444 206 122 477 262 Aggregate Total 1435 416 1138 341 1675 1637 979 654 216 1826 1748 298 941 296 185 1036 474
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Summary: Gabriel H. Kennedy and Miss Margaret C. Ayler, both of Augusta, were married near Spring Hill on November 10th by the Rev. C. B. Hammack.
(Names in announcement: Gabriel H. Kennedy, Margaret C. Ayler, Rev. C. B. Hammack)
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Summary: Leander Sheets and Miss Susan E. Bridges, both of Augusta, were married at the residence of Christian Wine on November 13th by the Rev. C. B. Hammack.
(Names in announcement: Leander Sheets, Susan E. Bridges, Christian Wine, Rev. C. B. Hammack)
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Summary: J. C. Baxter and Miss Annette L. Reeves, both of Augusta, were married on November 3rd by the Rev. John Pinkerton.
(Names in announcement: J. C. Baxter, Annette L. Reeves, Rev. John Pinkerton)
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Summary: William D. Wren and Miss Annie P. Blair, both of Augusta, were married on November 10th by the Rev. John Pinkerton.
(Names in announcement: William D. Wren, Annie P. Blair, Rev. John Pinkerton)
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Summary: T. H. Young of Augusta and Miss P. C. Nickell of Monroe were married on November 1st at the residence of the bride's father, G. W. Nickell, by the Rev. J. H. Simpson.
(Names in announcement: T. H. Young, P. C. Nickell, G. W. Nickell, Rev. J. H. Simpson)
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Summary: Josie B. Richardson, wife of Charles A. Richardson, died on October 13th. She was 18 years old. "A few short months ago she was the blushing bride, but 'nipped by the winds untimely blast' she has gone to her reward of rest, beyond the reach of disease and decline. Mrs. R. was left motherless at quite a tender age but was raised by her aunt Miss Henrietta Brooks in the way she should go, consequently she was religious in her feelings and life, but did not make a public profession until in 1868."
(Names in announcement: Josie B. Richardson, Charles A. Richardson, Henrietta Brooks)

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