In Statue Debate, a Hurtful History Has the Final Word
A. Bowdoin Van Riper
The fiercest, bloodiest wars are those fought not over territory or a throne, but over a way of life.
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Dedication Ceremonies
Vineyard Gazette
As we go to press the exercises attending the dedication of the Soldiers’ Memorial at Cottage City are in full progress. The fine weather, accompanied by a cool breeze from the northward, together with the noble aim of the events of the day, has brought together the largest body of people Cottage City has seen for years.
 
At 1 o’clock the several posts assembled at Grand Army Hall, Lake avenue. The line formed for parade on Siloam and Kedron avenues, right resting on Lake avenue, in the following order:
 
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Memorial Tablet Dedicated
Vineyard Gazette
While the dedication of the Confederate Memorial tablet was planned as a part of the Oak Bluffs Celebration, it seemed that the fates must have willed that a day be set apart for the ceremony alone, as the heavy electrical storm on Friday prevented the carrying out of any other part of the day’s program, other than the Fireman’s Parade which took place just before dark.
 
Owing to the sudden death of Judge Hillman, Herbert N. Hinckley was chosen as master of ceremonies, and read the speech which the Judge had prepared for the occasion.
 
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Opposes Placing of Confederate Name
Vineyard Gazette
Despite the protest of Grand Army Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief Wilfred A. Wetherbee against the placing of a Confederate veteran’s name on the Soldiers’ Monument at Oak Bluffs, representatives of the surviving member of the Henry Clay Wade Post, and the Woman’s Relief Corps, declare that the plan shall be carried out, and regard the commander’s objection as ridiculous and shameful.
 
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Guns and Broomsticks
The story of her long life begins before that war, and there is a touch of mystery and interesting tradition in the very beginning.
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Victory! Victory!
Vineyard Gazette
Since our last issue many stirring events have transpired.
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Hurrygraphs
Vineyard Gazette
President Johnson recently remarks: - “Mercy has been slain. Let us now take care that Justice is not slain also.”
 
Another mercantile firm of New York, has added its proffer of $10,000 toward the half million fund proposed to be offered for the capture of Jeff Davis, which makes $30,000 already proffered.
 
It is proposed to raze Ford’s Theatre, and to raise on its site a monument to President Lincoln.
 
Gen, Halleck has taken command at Richmond.
 
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Confederate Soldier Honors the Blue
Vineyard Gazette
Last Saturday at Edgartown marked the beginning of a new paragraph in a chapter of Vineyard history which was begun 30 years ago. At the close of the public exercises, patriotic orders including the G. A. R., W. R. C. and the American Legion met in the town hall for refreshments and friendly discussion.
 
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Distant Blazes of War Engulfed Island
Ethan Kelley

For the sheep grazing in pastures above Vineyard Sound, the patches of weathered canvas beating toward Holmes Hole were barely worth a glance away from meals of September grass. Farmers, townspeople and public officials, however, greeted the approach of some four dozen English-flagged vessels with a bit more alarm.

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The Dred Scott Decision
The Vineyard Gazette

The decision of a majority of the Judges of the Supreme Court adverse to the right of citizenship of this individual, has called forth many severe comments from the press in the free states, and also from the pulpit. Personal abuse of the Judges expressing this opinion, and especially of Chief Justice Taney, has characterized many of these strictures.

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