Valley Virginian: June 5, 1867Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
What We Saw!
(Column 02)Summary: The editors contrast New York City with the rural Valley and assert that Virginians can learn lessons from Northern prosperity. Hard work, immigration, and industrial development are needed to keep up in the race of life.
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A great many people have asked us "what we saw in New York City?" It would be easier to tell what we didn't see, for N. Y. is a world in itself. We saw some millions of men and a million or so of women on Broadway, the latter dressed, and acting, as if they thought the men were ignorant of the fact that women had pedal extremities and bosoms--a fact they seemed determined to establish beyond the shadow of a doubt. We saw men enough to have conquered the South in 90 days--but they didn't. We saw the Black Crook and thought it a big thing, and several other big things, but, most horrible of all, we saw a vile white, "long haired barbarian" kick a darkey out of the St. Nicolas, and the people laughed. We saw a number of Confederates doing well, but understood there were 35,000 doing badly. The Central Park, the pride of all New Yorkers, a perfect fairy land, erected by labor and art, on naturally as poor a piece of ground as can be found in the most rugged portion of Virginia is certainly wonderful, but after all it does not compare with thousands of natural Parks, we daily pass by unnoticed, in our beautiful Valley. Central Park cost millions--nature gave us ours. And so it is with the whole North and South. By emigration, labor, economy, untiring energy and concentration of their resources, they make a poor land beautiful and a people rich. What limit is there to the future prosperity of our thrice blessed land, if we profit by the good in their example?
Looking at the wonderful material development of the North--for New York is but the grand center--the Metropolis of its wonderful prosperity, we were naturally led to visit the source from which sprang the vital element, that continually added fresh life and vigor to its constantly weakened power during the war. Castle Garden, with its thousands of emigrants from all parts of the world, told us the story. Looking upon the sturdy laborers, representatives of every land, collected there, we saw, in their strong arms and generally intelligent faces, the true source of Northern prosperity, and the secret of the wonderful development of that portion of the Union flashed upon us. And we thought, and still think, that in turning the tide of labor and capital South, lies the great hope of our Country. They wish to emigrate to this Sunny land, but are educated against us. Will you take the proper means to educate them and yourselves to it? Think about it.
And lastly we saw many things we intend to impress upon our people, regardless of their past prejudices or our own. The mighty present is upon us, and we must keep up in this race for material development or die, as a people. Let us live.
(Column 02)Summary: This article argues that political power and political rights for the white South will follow material prosperity.
Full Text of Article:The Attorney General's Opinion on Registration
Material prosperity brings political strength. Observation North taught us that as soon as we are rich and prosperous, by hard labor, we will have our rights--not before. The people North are attending to their own material interests, which are now feeling the effects of an impoverished South, with no trade, worth speaking of, to help them in the great financial crisis through which they are now passing. A prosperous South, and local causes North, will hurl the Radical party from power. Let us see that it is no fault of ours, if this much desired consummation is postponed, or never reached.
(Column 03)Summary: The paper prints the guidelines for voter registration. Naturalized citizens 21 years and older who have been living in the state for over 12 months may vote. The following are disfranchised: members of Congress, State Legislatures or Conventions that passed secession ordinances; military or civil officers who had taken a prior oath to uphold the constitution; members of the executive branch of state government during the secession movement/war; judicial officers having state-wide jurisdiction during the same period.Confiscation: Stevens Writes Another Letter
(Column 04)Summary: The paper reprints a letter from Thaddeus Stevens in support of confiscation of the property of ex-Confederates.A Sensible Bureau Officer
(Column 04)Summary: The paper applauds the actions of Captain McDougal, a Freedmen's Bureau officer, who, at a recent meeting in Wythe county, told the Freedmen not to believe promises of land through confiscation.
(Column 03)Summary: The Circuit Court met, Judge Sheffey presiding. The court heard the case Commonwealth vs. Lotts. Lotts was sentenced to 3 years in jail. He will next face charges for attempting to burn the jail.Important to Disabled Confederate Soldiers
(Names in announcement: Judge Sheffey, Lotts)
(Column 03)Summary: The Valley Virginian is offering a scholarship to any disabled Confederate soldier of Augusta to study at the Philadelphia University of Medicine. The scholarship will cover full instruction until graduation.Queen of May
(Column 03)Summary: The girls of Miss Mary Julia Baldwin's school held a May pageant. "Beautiful addresses were made, songs were sung, and all went 'merry as a marriage bell.'" Miss Mary Crawford was crowned queen.The Army Worm
(Names in announcement: Mary Julia Baldwin, Mary Crawford, Isy Carington, Maggie Stuart, Sallie Harman, Dora Mason)
(Column 03)Summary: The Army Worm is "doing great damage to the forests in portions of Augusta. We learn that a large body of woods on the Opie place has been entirely stripped of foliage and that it is appearing nearer town." The worms, hatched from the eggs of the candle moth, appear in large groups "sweeping every green leaf and sprig" from the trees. If warm weather follows, the trees will die. The paper recommends building large fires to attract the moths to their deaths.The County Court
(Names in announcement: Opie)
(Column 04)Summary: Monday was court day in Augusta, and the citizens "turned out in full force." Many auctions were held, anything sold on credit going at double price. The lawyers did brisk business. "The court house is a large and modern looking building, and the seats reserved for members of the bar were, with scarce an exception, filled."
(Names in announcement: Stuart, Baldwin, Fultz, Christian, Trout, Michie, General Echols)Origin of Article: Richmond WhigCounty Court--May Term
(Column 04)Summary: The May term of the County Court met, William Chapman presiding. 35 deeds were entered on the minutes. John Minor was granted a license to "keep private entertainment at Mountain Top," and T. D. Woodward was granted the same at Willow Spout. The following were appointed surveyors of the public roads: William Landis, G. C. Burner, George Cochran, W. S. Baker, Silas H. Walker, C. A. Rohler, William Shiery, John C. Mowry, and Daniel Croft, Jr. Charles Langford was ordered to be bound out, his mother being allowed to select his master. The road on Middle River which John S. Byers had petitioned for was ordered to be established, Judge John Kenney receiving $90 in land damages. In the case Commonwealth vs. Pannel, for assault and battery, the jury rendered a verdict of $5 in damages. Jacob H. Dull, James A. Wilson, Elijah M. Wiseman, and John M. Meek were granted certificates enabling them to procure artificial limbs. The road near Stribling Springs was ordered open on petition of Chesley Kenney, for which Jason N. Bruffy was awarded $25 in land damages and Albert Faucett, $10. Mary Virginia Pannell, aged 4 years, was ordered to be bound out. John S. Byers was granted $75 to blast rock and repair roads in his precinct west of town. The following road commissioners were ordered to assign hands throughout the county: James M. Lilley, Thomas S. Hogshead, John Pilson, and A. S. Turk. $70 was granted to R. S. Hansberger to rebuild a bridge on a public road near his mill. The case of Commonwealth vs. R. T. Smith, "colored," was remanded to Circuit Court. In Commonwealth vs. Martin Hill, "colored," for petit larceny, the jury returned a guilty verdict, and Hill was sentenced to six days in jail. The following were appointed a committee to audit county claims: R. G. Bickle, H. H. Peck, W. G. Sterrett, and B. F. Points.Marriages
(Names in announcement: William Chapman, John Minor, T. D. Woodward, William Landis, G. C. Burner, George Cochran, W. S. Baker, Silas H. Walker, C. A. Rohler, William Shiery, John C. Mowry, Daniel CroftJr., Charles Langford, John S. Byers, Judge John Kenney, Pannel, Jacob H. Dull, James A. Wilson, Elijah M. Wiseman, John M. Meek, Chesley Kenney, Jason N. Bruffy, Albert Faucett, Mary Virginia Pannell, James M. Lilley, Thomas S. Hogshead, John Pilson, A. S. Turk, R. S. Hansberger, R. T. Smith, Martin Hill, R. G. Bickle, H. H. Peck, W. G. Sterrett, B. F. Points)
(Column 04)Summary: John Hanger and Miss Mary Morgan, both of Augusta, were married on May 16th by the Rev. P. P. Flournoy.Marriages
(Names in announcement: John Hanger, Mary Morgan, P. P. Flournoy)
(Column 04)Summary: James Huntley and Miss Letitia Hess, both of Augusta, were married on February 4th by the Rev. H. Getzendanner.Marriages
(Names in announcement: James Huntley, Letitia Hess, Rev. H. Getzendanner)
(Column 04)Summary: Col. J. M. McCue, of Augusta, and Miss Mattie J. McCue, of Nelson, were married near Afton on May 28th by the Rev. W. S. Dinwiddie.Deaths
(Names in announcement: Col. J. M. McCue, Mattie J. McCue, Rev. W. S. Dinwiddie)
(Column 04)Summary: Mrs. Susan Brewer died of apoplexy near Churchville, Augusta County, on May 26th.Deaths
(Names in announcement: Susan Brewer)
(Column 04)Summary: Miss Mary F. Smith, aged 18 years, died at the residence of her mother near Staunton on April 24th.
(Names in announcement: Mary F. Smith)