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Valley Virginian: September 30, 1868

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"God Bless the Ladies!"
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Summary: This article utilizes typical lost cause imagery to praise the women of Augusta County who tirelessly work to do "fitting honor to the memory of the dead." Further, the author calls for the men of the county to go beyond their commemorative efforts and contribute more money to honor the fallen Confederate soldier.
Full Text of Article:

There is something touchingly sweet in this expression; so fraught with memories of a glorious past; so hallowed and sacred, for it was over on the lips and in the hearts of our loved and lost, that one can hardly write it without tears.

"The boys"--ah, "the boys!" our boys--so proud, so brave, so free! said it, as they left home, mother, sister, sweetheart--all, to fight for liberty! They said it on the march, in the camp, under the starry bivouac; on the lonely pickit; in rain, in storm; in the dreary prison cell; on the perilous edge of battle! With their last breath it was feebly uttered and, even now, the disembodied spirits of the dead-Angel voices--re-echo the chorus of every true Southern heart-beat--"God bless the Ladies!"

And we would be false to our nature did we not say "God bless the Ladies" who have so perseveringly struggled, against every obstacle, to do fitting honor to the memory of the dead we always have with us, and cry shame on the pledge of the county of Augusta, who do not aid them more!

The dinner on Monday and supper at night, was "a success," but what "a success!" A people eating to honor their dead! Let us have an end to such things and raise the money necessary by every man paying his part. The Soldier's Cemetery stands a disgrace to Augusta county until this is done--but "now and forever" there should be a monument there--inscribed:
"God Bless the Ladies!"

Shall We Vote?
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Summary: This article urges the Conservative Central Committee into action. The author acknowledges that with this group rests the decision on the matter of voting, and he suggests that the Committee favor the vote. Otherwise, Virginia will have to "take things as they come" from the Radical party. The author supports his claims by illustrating Texas's commitment to a Democratic victory and their desire to see "constitutional liberty" through by voting.
Full Text of Article:

This is a question to be decided by the Conservative Central Committee of Virginia.

We have urged action in the matter, but have received no favorable response. Why is no action taken? Are we in the fight or out? Is Virginia to take things as they come, or reassert her proud old Sic Semper Tyrannis? If we are "out" let our Central Committee say so--If "in" let the people see where we are to go.

Gentlemen, we commend to you the following brave words from Geo. H. Pendleton, of Ohio, to Somers Kinney, of Houston, Texas:

Bangor, Me., August 21, 1868.
Somers Kinney, Esq.; Houston, Texas:

"My Dear Sir,--Yours of the 2d instant, dated at Brownsville, was forwarded me from Cincinnati.

"In reply, I have only time to say that you cannot urge too strongly our brethren of Texas as to stand by the National Democracy and resist all Radical attempts to abuse you. My heartfelt wish is that you may succeed in your new undertaking. We are making a last fight for constitutional liberty, and the signs of the times indicate a Democratic triumph hitherto unknown. Yield not a scintilla of your honor. There is no room for compromise

"About your being allowed to vote, be not alarmed; we shall see that Texas is represented. Vote, by all means

"Send me your paper to Cincinnati. I will write more fully to morrow or the day after. Yours, George H Pendleton."

Push on the Work
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Summary: This article combines immigration with "new and useful enterprise." The influx of new arrivals will further stimulate the advancing industries that will in turn bring prosperity to the Valley. The author implies that "industrious immigration" will counter the idleness of gentlemen of the "Rip Van Winkle school."
Full Text of Article:

The Valley of Virginia must be developed says the Winchester Times. To effect a full realization of our hopes we must adopt a wise and liberal policy, both with respect to immigration and with respect to those new and useful enterprises by which our great natural advantages may be made available. It is undoubtedly true that the busy and unceasing sound of the steam engine will be objected to by some worthy old gentlemen of the Rip Van Winkle school, as an impertinent interference with their morning nap or their evening siesta, but we predict that our venerable friends will learn to sleep all the better under the lullaby of development and progressive improvement. Let us then hail the coming of an industrious immigration, and give our aid to the promotion of useful enterprise.

The Future of Virginia
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Summary: The author of this article predicts a great and prosperous future for Virginia. Manufacturing will open the doors to "boundless vistas" of wealth that the state has to offer. Although the state is at present poor and desolate, industrial ventures have, in the last three years, begun to show positive signs for future affluence.
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The Norfolk Journal says "the last three years have fully justified our undoubted confidence in Virginians, and we can proudly boast that the whole State, poor and desolate as it is, has sprung forward with a power and energy that has astonished even ourselves. We have no fears for the future--onwards! onwards! is the motto of Virginia. If she has done so much when more than one-half of her territory has been swept with the besom of destruction, what will, in coming years, be her wealth and glory! There rises before our eyes of faith a boundless vista of her future prosperity. We see before the close of this century Old Virginia covered over with railroads and crowded with population, with noble cities at every fall of her rivers, manufacturing for the Union; with her mills developing the infinite wealth now hidden in the bowels of the earth. This picture of the future is no opium dreaming, but it is what must come to pass."

Public Meeting
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Summary: The citizens of Augusta met to appoint delegates to an upcoming commercial convention.
(Names in announcement: Alexander H. H. Stuart, Col. James H. Skinner, Col. J. Marshall McCue, Col. B. Christian, Col. John B. Baldwin, Gen. John Echols, R. G. Bickle, M. G. Harman, Jacob Baylor, Thomas W. Shelton, B. B. Donaghe, N. K. Trout, W. A. Burke, H. M. Bell, R. Mauzy, E. W. Bayley, John J. Larew, Col. R. Turk, George E. Price, B. Crawford, Absalom Koiner, Adam McChesney, Dr. William L. Walters, M. W. D. Hogshead, Joseph A. Waddell, Logan J. Maupin, William Withrow, James W. Patrick, William M. Tate, J. Marshall Hanger, Thomas P. Eskridge, Col. W. D. Anderson)
Full Text of Article:

At a meeting of the citizens of Augusta County, held in the Court House in Staunton on September Court day, for the purpose of appointing Delegates to the Commercial Convention which will meet in Norfolk city on the 14th of October next, upon motion, Hon. Alex. H.H. Stuart was appointed Chairman, and Col. James H. Skinner, Secretary of the meeting.

Col. J. Marshall McCue explained the object and importance of the Convention.

Col. B. Christian moved that the Chairman appoint fifteen delegates, and the same number of alternatives to represent this county in said Convention.

Col. John B. Baldwin briefly addressed the meeting, urging the importance of this county and section being represented in the proposed Convention, saying that if Norfolk had forgotten this part of the country, that we at least had not forgotten Norfolk, and that we hoped to make such a city of her, that shortly she would not know herself.

Gen. John Echols further zealously advocated the motion showing the interest that this county has in building up Norfolk, and making her the "great Southern sea-port." He jocularly intimated that it would be wise to appoint none but old men as delegates, as he feared that the well known hospitality of Norfolk, and the preparations of welcome which were making might result in leading astray young men from the true objects of the Convention.

Col. Christian thought if "hospitality" was significant of the sort of internal improvement to be promoted--the old gentlemen should not wish to monopolize.

The motion upon being put was unanimously adopted and the Chairman appointed thereunder the following Delegates and Alternates:

Delegates-- John B. Baldwin, John Echols, Bolivar Christian, J.M. McCue, R.G. Bickle, M.G. Harman, Jacob Baylor, Ths. W. Shelton, B.B. Donaghe, N.K. Trout, W.A. Burke, H.M. Bell, R. Maury, E.W. Bayley, John J. Larew.

Alternates-- Col. R. Turk, Geo. E. Price, B. Crawford, Absalom Koiner, Adam McChesney, Dr. Wm. E. Walters, M. W. D. Hogshead, Jos. A. Waddell, Logan J. Maupin, Wm. Withrow, James W. Patrick, Wm. M. Tate, J. Marshall Hanger, Thos. P. Eskridge, Col. W.D. Anderson.

Upon motion, the Chairman and Secretary were added to the Delegates

Upon motion, the meeting was adjourned
Alex H.H. Stuart,
Jas. H. Skinner, Secretary.

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Summary: There is a diphtheria outbreak among Staunton's children.
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Summary: G. W. Britt has been appointed flour inspector for Staunton.
(Names in announcement: G. W. Britt)
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Summary: The paper declares Staunton "the most progressive, quiet and orderly city in the State."
Arrivals at our Hotels
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Summary: 2,200 visitors have arrived at Staunton hotels in September, and 9,418 since June.
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Summary: The friends of temperance held a picnic in Mt. Crawford last week. Pennybacker and Price of Harrisonburg delivered addresses.
The Circus
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Summary: Bryan's great caravan, circus and menagerie performed in Staunton last Friday. "The canvas and the crowd was the largest that has ever been in Staunton, and everything passed off to the satisfaction of the people."
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Summary: Porterfield Kenney Bell, infant son of Maj. H. M. Bell, died in Staunton on September 18th. He was 5 months old.
(Names in announcement: Porterfield Kenney Bell, Maj. H. M. Bell)
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Summary: Louis B. Kelley, son of John and K. M. Kelley, died in Staunton on September 25th. He was 2 years old.
(Names in announcement: Louis B. Kelley, John Kelley, K. M. Kelley)

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