Valley Virginian: September 5, 1866Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
(Column 04)Summary: The Washington Correspondent of the Baltimore Sun reports a rumor that a general amnesty will be issued by November that includes Jefferson Davis, previous exceptions notwithstanding.The Spirit of the Thing
(Column 05)Summary: This excerpt takes issue with a New York News article that criticized the Southern delegates to the Philadelphia Convention, "accusing them of a want of manliness and of not upholding the Southern character." "We can assure the news that our women are willing to trust the men who fought for them during the war," retorts the paper.[No Title]
(Column 07)Summary: The paper sarcastically claims that Charles Sumner is "trying to get the word 'white' stricken" from the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
The Situation--Especially the Valley Rail Road
(Column 02)Summary: The editors apprise readers of the situation in several areas. They are encouraged by President Johnson's speaking tour in the North, hope that peace in Europe will lead to investment in Virginia, and, by pointing out the value of Augusta lands, attempt to convince residents to accept a tax to pay for the Valley Railroad.
Full Text of Article:The West Augusta Guards
Our news, local, and other columns, give our readers a very good idea of the "situation," generally, in this mundane sphere. It is improving, and our people may well be cheerful over the reports of the President's progress through the North and the great West. Next week we will publish the gist of his great speeches, and it is only necessary to say now, that he fully maintains his great constitutional position, and more forcibly than ever, reiterates his determination to stand by the platform of the Philadelphia Convention. It is cheering to notice the dismay of the Radicals at the enthusiastic reception he meets with from the people. It gives us more hope for the future and the right than we have entertained for many a day.
From Europe we have news of permanent peace, and that encourages us to believe the reports of the companies that have undertaken to build the Virginia and Kanawha canal and the Covington and Ohio Railroad. They report that with peace in Europe, they can raise the funds to complete these great works, and we believe them. By peace, millions of capital will be thrown into our glorious old State; and with that, willing hands and stout hearts, our future need not be despaired of. A little time, patience and hard work, and we will yet be a free, prosperous, and independent people.
But what has all this to do with the great Valley Railroad. Everything, for "now is the accepted time" for our people to strike a blow that will secure to us and our children the untold blessings to be derived from the completion of this great work. How to do it is the question? Some of our people have subscribed liberally, but the great desideratum is the county subscriptions. Looking at the taxes we have to pay, some are scared at the idea of a $200,000 subscription, and they never look at what we are worth as a people. Now for a few facts--and we have always found this the only way to convince a people like ours about anything requiring money.
The grand total of the value of real and personal estate in Augusta, including solvent bonds not taxed, and Staunton, is $13,883,868. The assessed value of land for this year is $9,573,883; of personal property, is $1,554,247; value of solvent bonds, not taxed, $1,628,475; value of real and personal property in Staunton, $1,127,263. Now, taking the value of land alone in the county--which we take from the assessor's books--at $9,573,883, the tax to be paid to meet the subscription of $200,000 to the Valley Railroad, (two per cent to be paid on call--$4,000; and 13 per cent. in three years--$26,000; total $30,000;) is $30,000, which is one-third of one per cent for three years, and one-ninth (1-9) of one per cent, or one mill and one-ninth on the dollar for each year.
Look at the facts and figures, people of Augusta, and say whether you can pay one mill and one-ninth, each year, on the dollar, for this great road. And by this you realize at least 50 per cent. on the increase of your property in value; you invest in good stock; you raise your county to wealth and independence; you benefit all classes and conditions among you, and your glorious Valley will become, in fact and in truth, the garden spot of the world.
(Column 04)Summary: The paper lists casualties from the West Augusta Guards.
(Names in announcement: Patrick O'Donnell, W. E. Woodward, Joeb Seiley, Samuel Roberts, John Donce, James Peters, Charles Swoope, James Reynolds, W. T. Martin, Albert Ramsey, James M. Dorm, H. A. Hague, James W. Barnes, T. P. Baskins, R. F. Bucher, J. F. J. Tinsley, J. H. Bryan, J. W. Bare)Full Text of Article:Town Council--September Session
Below we give the list of the killed during the war of this gallant company, as furnished us by one of its members. It is suggested that the surviving members have them removed to the Soldiers' Cemetery, and that a monument be erected to their memory, giving the name of each, where and how wounded, &c. This is an admirable suggestion, and we hope action will be taken in the matter at once:
Pat. O'Donnell, W. E. Woodward, Joeb Seiley, Manassas, July 21, 1861; Samuel Roberts, Winchester, May 25, 1862; Jno. Donce, Port Republic, June 9, 1862; Jas. Peters, Cold Harbor, 1862; Chas. Swoope, Manassas, Aug. 30 '62; Jas. Reynolds, Sharpsburg, Sept. 17, '62; W. T. Martin, Chancellorsville, May 3, '63; Albert Ramsey; Payne's Farm, Nov. 27, '63; Jas. M. Dorm, H. A. Hague, and James W. Barnes, Wilderness, May 5, '64; T. P. Baskins and R. F. Bucher, Spotsylvania May 5, '64; J. F. J. Tinsley, Lynchburg, J. H. Bryan, Monocacy, July 4, '64; J. W. Bare, Winchester, Sept. 19, '64.
(Column 04)Summary: The Town Council met, mayor Trout presiding. The resignation of J. M. Hardy, Alderman, was accepted, and H. Peck was elected to replace him. An ordnance increasing stall rents for butchers to not less than $50 and all other to not less than $10 per annum was passed. The street commissioner reported that paving was "progressing favorably and satisfactorily."Police Items
(Names in announcement: J. M. Hardy, H. Peck)
(Column 04)Summary: Mary Jackson, "colored," was arrested by Deputy Sergeant Kurtz for stealing $2.50 in specie from Patrick Carter, "colored," and also charged with stealing silver spoons from Rev. G. B. Taylor. Sarah Craig was arrested for stealing tablecloths and towels from William H. Peyton. Oliver Dorson was arrested for beating and threatening to kill his wife with a washboard. "First two sent on. Dorson held to bail." Ann Mahaney, "white," was arrested on complaint of Mrs. Hyer. She was sent to jail after refusing to post bail.More Pardons
(Names in announcement: Mary Jackson, Deputy Sergeant Kurtz, Patrick Carter, Rev. G. B. Taylor, Sarah Craig, William H. Peyton, Oliver Dorson, Ann Mahaney, Hyer)
(Column 04)Summary: The paper prints a list of Augusta citizens who may obtain their pardon by applying to the Secretary of the Commonwealth: John Brownlo, Cornelius Dull, B. F. Kemper, George Shuey, J. B. Trimble, James Bumgardner.
(Names in announcement: John Brownlo, Cornelius Dull, B. F. Kemper, George Shuey, J. B. Trimble, James Bumgardner)
(Column 01)Summary: The paper reports 75 visitors at Augusta's Stribling Springs.[No Title]
(Column 01)Summary: Reports from the Register estimate that 4,000-5,000 people attended a United Brethren Camp Meeting near Mt. Crawford.[No Title]
(Column 01)Summary: The paper reports the results of elections for officers of the 167th Regiment, Va. Militia: Colonel, R. E. A. Stuart; Lieut. Colonel, D. A. Ott; Major, Samuel H. Lyle.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: R. E. A. Stuart, D. A. Ott, Samuel H. Lyle)
(Column 02)Summary: 580 people arrived at Staunton's hotels last week.[No Title]
(Column 02)Summary: The paper complains that gas costs $4 per thousand in Charlottesville, but $7 in gold in Staunton.[No Title]
(Column 02)Summary: The paper declares that Staunton is improving, and applauds Capt. Peck for putting up the street lights.[No Title]
(Column 02)Summary: The paper announces that J. D. Balsly has replaced M. B. Manley as postmaster at Sherando, Augusta County.Fatal Affray
(Names in announcement: J. D. Balsly, M. B. Manley)
(Column 02)Summary: Frank Bush, "well known in Waynesboro, got into a difficulty with a negro man last Thursday. Bush died from the effects of the beating the negro gave him on Sunday night."Count. Court--August Term
(Names in announcement: Frank Bush)
(Column 02)Summary: M. D. Gearheart was convicted of petit larceny and sentenced to 60 days in jail.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: M. D. Gearheart)
(Column 02)Summary: The paper urges Valley citizens to support the Valley Railroad. Railroads, the editors claim, made New England, which has some of the "poorest country in the world," into one of the richest.Accident
(Column 02)Summary: The paper reports that Dumb George, "the famous colored devil of this office," fell from a tree, injuring his shoulder and leg.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Dumb George )
(Column 02)Summary: The paper jokingly asserts that "some people have suggested our deaf and dumb servant, George Tucker, as a suitable delegate to the Radical Convention at Philadelphia. He says he can't disgrace his honorable record in that way, and he declines."