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WS 1865-07-21 What Butler is After p 2, col C.JPG
The Walla Walla Statesman is opposed to General Benjamin Butler's appointment on purely partisan grounds, but also remembers Butler as the "Beast of New Orleans." Butler was considered cruel and rapacious in his administration of New Orleans after…

WS 1865-07-21 Horrible p 2, col C.JPG
The Walla Walla Statesman reports the lynching of a black man named Green, after Green's wounding of a white man named Wells. Wells had sold Green a farm near Walla Walla, in Umatilla County, Oregon, on condition of Green splitting rails in payment. …

WS 1865-07-21 Celebrations p 2, col C.JPG
This Walla Walla Statesman editorial comments with sardonic amusement on the postwar role of blacks in the west. In San Francisco, black veterans marched in the parade - considered a failure by this newspaper - and awkwardly accepted the thanks and…

WS 1865-07-21 The Attorney General's Opinion p 2, col C-Pt1.JPG
The Walla Walla Statesman editorializes with approval that U.S. Attorney General [James] Speed does not seem to favor any amendments to the Constitution of the United States, including the 14th and 15th, which would confer citizenship on and…

WS 1865-07-21 President Johnson on Depotism p 2, col B-Pt1.JPG
Democrats mistrusted a large standing military, as a possible tool of despotism. The editor of the Walla Walla Statesman quotes a speech of Andrew Johnson, from 1858, decrying the build-up of the U.S. Army. And, as postwar president, Johnson…

WS 1865-07-21 Assassination p 2, col A&B-Pt1.JPG
The staunchly Democratic editor of the Walla Walla Statesman takes the Marysville (CA) Appeal, a staunchly abolitionist and Republican newspaper, to task. In an alarming chain of logic, the Appeal's editor suggests that he hopes the assassination of…

WS 1865-07-21 The Cause of Dull Times p 2, col A.JPG
This Walla Walla Statesman editorial examines the current "dull times" in the economy, and concludes that gold/silver vs. greenback paper money is not the issue. The greenbacks are unpopular because their value fluctuates whereas gold/silver coins…

WS 1865-07-21 Negro Ideas of Liberty p 1, col F.JPG
The Walla Walla Statesman reprints news items indicating that former slaves expect to seize the property of their former owners and live in luxury and idleness. For territorial readers, this is one article in a steady diet of such articles, shaping…

WS 1865-07-14 Splitting p 2, col D.JPG
The Editor of the Walla Walla Statesman points out with satisfaction that Republicans who are radically in favor of black social, economic and political equality are now acting in opposition to President Andrew Johnson's more moderate Unionist…

WS 1865-07-14 The Trial of Jeff Davis p 2, col D-Pt1.JPG
In the far west, the Alta California speculates on the difficulty of impaneling an impartial jury - as required by law - in the treason trial of Jefferson Davis, in the District of Columbia. The editorial suggestion is to isolate an obscure offense…