Staunton Spectator: November 29, 1870Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. Annual Meeting of the Stock-Holders
(Column 02)Summary: The stockholders of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, including men from Augusta, met in Richmond. The president delivered an address on the state of the road and its finances.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: A. H. H. Stuart, John B. Baldwin, H. M. Bell, Jacob Baylor, C. R. Mason, N. B. Hill, Gen. John Echols)
(Column 04)Summary: Anonymous contributor "TAX-PAYERS" severely criticized the taxes levied by the Council without voter consent. Claimed a lot of honest people would be ruined and urged the Council to ease off the burden of taxes.
Full Text of Article:
For the Spectator.
There is no subject so deeply interesting to the people of Staunton, at the present time, as the extraordinary assessment, by the council, of one dollar and ten cents tax on the hundred dollars worth of property, real and personal, and one dollar per head water tax, which amounts with the license tax to over $27,000. And this excessive and impolitic tax is about to be collected from a people hardly able to meet such violent demands upon their scant means, and this revenue system will result in the seizure of the property of many of our confiding and unoffending workingmen.
As this tax is forced upon the tax-payers without their consent, they want to know and they have a right to know, why this waste of their substance. But we are told that it is to repair the damages caused by our late flood. -- With prudence and economy the bridges can be placed in the same condition they were before the flood, without any extra tax. Let this heavy expense of digging up one street and removing the dirt to another street, and digging up the most substantial gutters and supplying them with inferior ones, be dispensed with until the bridges are in good condition, and collect only revenue enough to meet the present wants of the Town, as former Councils have done, and obviate so heavy a pressure on the means of subsistence of our people. To give an idea of the operation of this excessive tax, we will give a case of a workingman for your calm consideration. He has a little home valued at $2,000; a wife who does all the indoor work for her husband and seven children, and in order to keep out of debt they do without many of the comforts of life. What will be this workingman's tax on his little property:City tax, at $1.10 -(2,000) $22.00 City water tax at $1.00 per head 9.00 His watch dog 2.00 His tools and furniture, value $250 2.75 State tax 11.25 Total $47.00
Is it not a pity this workingman, who is by no means wealthy, should be compelled to yield to the necessity of giving up his scanty means, as a day laborer, to pay this excessive tax, leaving a bare remnant for the support of his family? We do not think the judgment of the tax payers can be convinced, that this excessive tax is wise, just, or proper, and we earnestly and calmly ask for a modification of this tax, that the harmony of our Town may not be disturbed and the tax payers driven to the alternative of testing the validity of this ordinance. TAX-PAYERS.
(Column 01)Summary: The ladies of the M. E. Church South will hold a fair in the Town Hall during Christmas week.[No Title]
(Column 01)Summary: Maj. Marshall Hanger left copies of the act in relation to the public roads at the County Clerk's Office.Free School System
(Names in announcement: Maj. Marshall Hanger)
(Column 01)Summary: The paper asked the citizens of Augusta to make the new free school system "as effective and as little objectionable as possible." Many people opposed the establishment of the system, but now that it was in effect, the editor urged citizens to get the best teachers and administrators.Fair and Feast
(Column 01)Summary: The ladies of the Baptist Church will hold a fair and feast beginning December 14th to raise money to repair and paint their church building and add an iron fence to the grounds. The steeple was struck by lightning last summer and in dire need of repair.Sunday School Convention
(Column 02)Summary: The Sunday School Convention met to discuss business, with Vice President H. F. Zimmerman presiding. They resolved to institute a uniform curriculum and called on all schools to subscribe to regular Sunday School periodicals.Married
(Names in announcement: H. F. Zimmerman, T. J. McGruder, C. W. Hunter, E. B. Tucker, Rev. J. H. Waugh, John L. Clarke, Rev. H. H. Kennedy, D. E. Monroe)
(Column 03)Summary: William H. Byerly of Spring Hill, Augusta County, and Miss Annie Lee Ryan of Shenandoah were married in Rockingham County on November 23rd by the Rev. J. F. Liggatt.Married
(Names in announcement: William H. Byerly, Annie Lee Ryan, Rev. J. F. Liggatt)
(Column 03)Summary: Yeizer M. Bickle and Miss Henrietta M. Parker, daughter of Maurice Parker, all of Augusta, were married on November 23rd at the residence of the bride's father near Staunton by the Rev. H. H. Kennedy.Married
(Names in announcement: Yeizer M. Bickle, Henrietta M. Parker, Maurice Parker, Rev. H. H. Kennedy)
(Column 03)Summary: Alex H. Teabo and Miss Sallie V. Worsham, both of Staunton, were married by the Rev. Mr. Williams.Married
(Names in announcement: Alex H. Teabo, Sallie V. Worsham, Rev. Williams)
(Column 03)Summary: James M. Bishop and Miss Teresa E. Glass, both of Staunton, were married on November 20th at the residence of the bride's parents by the Rev. H. H. Forsyth.Deaths
(Names in announcement: James M. Bishop, Teresa E. Glass, Rev. H. H. Forsyth)
(Column 03)Summary: Charles Lynn Hardy, son of John M. and Mary V. Hardy of Staunton, died on November 26th of croup. He was 3 years old.Deaths
(Names in announcement: Charles Lynn Hardy, John M. Hardy, Mary V. Hardy)
(Column 03)Summary: John Wilson died at his residence near Swoope's Depot. He was 50 years old.Deaths
(Names in announcement: John Wilson)
(Column 03)Summary: Miss Harriet M. Stribling died in Staunton at the residence of Nicholas K. Trout on November 27th. She was 50 years old.Deaths
(Names in announcement: Harriet M. Stribling, Nicholas K. Trout)
(Column 03)Summary: Willie Baldwin Ide, infant son of Prof. E. Louis and Sallie A. Ide, died in Staunton on November 26th. "This is the fifth child these afflicted parents have been called upon to give up to the sleep of death in about three years. Of a lovely group of six, one is left. What heart that believes in the efficacy of prayer will not ascend to Him, who comforteth those that are cast down."
(Names in announcement: William Baldwin Ide, Prof. E. Louis Ide, Sallie A. Ide)