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Thursday,November 16, 1916

The Scriptures tell us that the wise men came from the east. We think this may be true but they settled in the west.

We have just passed through the most terrific experience in politics. Under the old law that a President could not be elected without New York, some of our brightest and best Democrats laid down and gave up the ghost. Then came the news from the golden west that Wilson was elected.

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

Election night, as is the custom in this town, the men folks gathered in to get the election news. A purse is made up for the telegraph company and the messages are carried. The news commenced to come just before eight o’clock and while the voters were still busy voting in California, Hughes was declared to be elected, and the gloom that settled over the Democrats in this town was so thick that it could have been cut. We stood it for nearly an hour, but shortly before nine o’clock we got so sick that we were ready to hunt a fence corner in which to expire and we withdrew and laid down in sorrow.

We Democrats are certainly used to bad news and know how to endure it but it is not a pleasant experience, but we have an inborn respect for a majority…

After suffering all the agony of defeat over our noble captain, there came a whisper as from the air that the west was slipping from its moorings and would pull Wilson through. Then followed the most strenuous times of our political existence. But it was accomplished – the dream of the men with vision: The welding of the west and south. What God has joined together let no man put asunder.

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The more we study politics, the less we know about it. Not so with women campaigners. The result of the suffrage amendment must be a severe shock to their sensibilities. They went into the election with all men publicly endorsing the cause, and came out with most of them voting silently against it.

We got into trouble by treating the cause with some levity. Bright women came here to speak and work for the movement. It added interest to the campaign. We were talking with some of the party, and they were complaining of Albert Sydney Johnston, in the Monroe Watchman, using the Bible to argue against the suffrage cause. We suggested that the way to answer this argument was to say frankly that the Bible did oppose the idea, but at the time the Bible was handed down that the women of the world were not fitted for the ballot, but that so much time had elapsed and women had developed so greatly that they were now entitled to a revision of the law. This killer, they rejected with well-bred scorn.

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The women are complimented by the vote if they only knew it. In no place in the world do women occupy such an exalted place as in the Virginias, and as long as the spirit of chivalry survives here, women will be worshipped, protected, sheltered and kept off the firing line.

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We sincerely hope that the time has come to talk of other things than the matters that have been engaging our attention since the campaign opened…

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The other day we went home and the moving force of the household said: “What do you think? We have boiled cabbage today.”

“You are a liar,” we replied lovingly. “I didn’t see no fire at the mouth of the run.”

But it was even so.

The new cook, a famous culinary expert, had cooked the cabbage, and at the same time had put half a cup of vinegar in a pie pan on the stove and neutralized the odor so that the air was as sweet as the hawthorn buds in the month of May.

This is a matter of so much importance that we hasten to give it to the public. It makes it possible to have boiled cabbage and not create a disturbance in the neighboring neighborhood. Try it. Magic, we call it.


The special term of the circuit court set by Judge Dice to precede each one of his regular terms assembled on Tuesday. The grand jury was in session for a part of two days and found eighteen indictments. Among them was an indictment against Dr. O. A. Howard upon a charge of causing his wife’s death.

Indictments were found against the Italian for the shooting at Thornwood. There was no great cloud of witnesses swarming around the door of the grand jury room as of old. The general peace and good order of the county is much appreciated and ascribed to the prohibition laws.


After the storm that swept over this section on the 7th inst., with the exception of a few clouds of doubt and fear, we have had exceptionally fine weather for a few days. There is nothing in sight now to cause any great excitement so we will return with our political grief and joy to our unwelcome, but never forsaken master, “Work.”


Married, at the home of the bride’s parents, near Marlinton, Wednesday, November 15, 1916, Allan Blackhurst and Miss Bessie Kee. Rev. H. Blackhurst, father of the groom, officiating minister. The bride is a daughter of Squire and Mrs. Geo. M. Kee, and is one of Marlinton’s most popular young ladies. The groom is a resident of Cass. Our best wishes are extended

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