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  • It was the juxtaposition of these two articles that cracked me up. Found in an archives here. (Fantastic research site, BTW.)

    Staunton (Va.) Vindicator, May 3, 1861:

    The Goths and Vandals (Column 4)

    Summary: The Vindicator reprints an article from the New York Herald that states that Northern cities are filled with "the most reckless, desperate men on the face of the earth." These men desperately want to conquer and plunder the South. The Herald believes that, as a result of such men, "The character of the coming campaign will be vindictive, fierce, bloody and merciless, beyond parallel in ancient or modern history."

    The Crops (Column 4)

    Summary: The wheat crop appears very promising.

    Full Text of Article:

    The Crops.

    Having travelled during the past week through Rockingham and Augusta, we are pleased to be able to say that the wheat crop never was more promising. If the ordinary growth is not checked, the supply will be more abundant than has been known for many years. Our people need not, therefore, fear any great increase in the price of flour. There is enough of Flour in Virginia now to answer all demands until after harvest, and the Governor having wisely prohibited its exportation, we would not be surprised, in less than sixty days, to find the price of Flour much lower than at present.

    Our farmers are now about finishing corn planting, a large quantity of land having been thus appropriated. If we have a good season, and Providence smiles upon us, we will have the substantials of life in abundance.

    July 30, 2008

  • Sure, sure. Wait until those desperate, plundering Northern Goths and Vandals get to the promising wheat crop. Then there'll be hell to pay.

    July 31, 2008