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Valley Virginian: July 1, 1868

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A Striking View of Reconstruction in Virginia
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Summary: J. Randolph Tucker writes to argue that while he believes all the reconstruction acts are unconstitutional, Congress's actions toward Virginia are especially unlawful. Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court had all recognized the legitimate state government of Virginia at the end of the war, and by including that state in the reconstruction acts, Congress in effect overthrew a sitting state government.
Origin of Article: National Intelligencer

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The Situation--Politically and Otherwise
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Summary: The "situation" in this article is one of hope. Although radicals have caused numerous problems, hard work and organization on the part of the conservative element--from all sections--is proving effective. Soon, particularly after the upcoming Democratic Convention, conservatives will once again be in power in Virginia, and any "scalawags" will have to make haste away from the South.
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The busy hum of the "Reapers," the glad shouts of the harvest bands, as they reap the rewards of labor well performed--the hard earned wages that come only "by the sweat of the brow"--precludes the necessity of long editorials. "The laborer is worthy of his hire," and all classes, South and North are now being paid off by a merciful Providence. Things look brighter than at any time since the war, politically as well as pecuniarily--and the poor, oppressed South begins to see the "silver lining" to the "cloud" of her troubles.

There is every indication that no election will be held in Virginia, but we must keep up the good work of Conservative organization. The "scallawags" know they will be defeated at a fair election, as they were in glorious old Mississippi--they know that any Legislature elected would continue the "stay law," which expires in January, 1868, and they want cheap lands in Virginia. Therefore, there will be no election, and the "scallawags" might as well clear out. We will soon be "out of the woods!" restored to the Union, with all our rights as white men, Virginians and freemen!

The voice of an outraged and indignant people will be expressed next Saturday, July 4th, by the National Democratic Convention. The old Democratic party, united and all-powerful, aided by all the Conservative elements of the country, can but nominate a candidate representing the great re-action against tyranny and wrong inflicted on the country by the Radical Revolutionists.--Who he may be the Omnipotent alone can know; but we may have faith in the party and the people! Be of good cheer and work, for a better day is coming, ye Southern people! There are voices in the air; there are undefined feelings in our heart; there is a "heart-boat" in every pulsation, which speaks to us sand says--"Victory is ours! the right must conquer!"

City Council--June Session
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Summary: The June session of the City Council met, Mayor Trout presiding. A. T. Maupin, Schofield's appointee to replace James W. Crawford was sworn in. A tax ordinance expected to raise $18,000 was passed. It was decided that anyone swearing, getting drunk, or committing assault and battery in town will be fined no less than one, nor more than ten, dollars. The Street Commissioners were ordered to pave the sidewalk from Job Turner's house to the Deaf, Dumb and Blind Institute, with property holders and the Institute paying to McAdamize the street. Schofield appointees Henry S. Echelberger and W. L. Herr appeared as Aldermen.
(Names in announcement: Mayor Trout, Points, Peck, A. T. Maupin, James W. Crawford, Job Turner, Henry S. Echelberger, W. L. Herr)
Our Schools. Commencement Exercises
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Summary: The paper prints accounts of the commencement exercises of the Virginia Female Institute, the Wesleyan Female Institute, the Augusta Female Seminary, and the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Institution.

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Our Dead
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Summary: Mrs. Cowan has raised $300 for the Soldier's Cemetery and Orphan Fund. The paper urges citizens to pledge and pay money. "These poor neglected boys died for you!"
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Cowan)
Ho For the Mountains!
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Summary: 3,434 travellers have arrived at Staunton hotels since May 1st, including 1,980 in June alone.
The Western Lunatic Asylum
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Summary: The Western Lunatic Asylum receives visitors from 9am to 12pm and 3 to 5pm. The paper reminds readers that the asylum is "a charitable institution, not a menagerie" and begs that everyone follow the rules of the house.
Our Schools
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Summary: The paper argues that the final exercises of the many female schools of Augusta are a good "index of the increasing prosperity of our people."
Staunton and Danville
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Summary: The paper reports that Staunton ships a large amount of grain to Danville, and commission merchant P. B. Sublett has orders for several thousand bushels of corn. The many mechanics who have moved to Staunton from Southside are a good indication of the relative strength of local economies.
(Names in announcement: P. B. Sublett)
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Summary: W. F. Hite and Miss Sue E. Wilson, both of Augusta, were married on June 24th by the Rev. R. C. Walker.
(Names in announcement: W. F. Hite, Sue E. Wilson, Rev. R. C. Walker)
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Summary: Robert A. McGinty and Miss M. Jinnie Jones, both of Augusta, were married on June 16th by the Rev. R. C. Walker.
(Names in announcement: Robert A. McGinty, M. Jinnie Jones, Rev. R. C. Walker)
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Summary: Mrs. Elizabeth Myers, wife of Rev. Hiram Myers, died in Waynesboro of asthma on June 17th. She had reached "an advanced age."
(Names in announcement: Elizabeth Myers, Rev. Hiram Myers)
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Summary: John Posey drowned while bathing at the landing of O. Hancock on Stony Creek. He was 23 years old.
(Names in announcement: John Posey, O. Hancock)
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Summary: Willie R. Myers, infant son of Franklin H. and Martha A. Myers, died last June in Augusta County. He was 1 year old. A poem of grief accompanies the obituary.
(Names in announcement: Willie R. Myers, Franklin H. Myers, Martha A. Myers)

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