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speeches, in favor of the secession of Virginia. At the close of Mr. Pate's address, the Chairman laid before the meeting the following preamble and resolutions, which were adopted by acclamation: Whereas, we, a portion of the people of Chesterfield, in a public meeting assembled, deeming it a duty of a free people at all times, in their primary assemblies, to express their opinions upon all grave and important questions involving their interests and rights, and believing, from recent devin Williams, it was Resolved, That the thanks of this meeting be tendered to the Hon. Mr. Hall, of Wetzel, for the able address delivered to-day, and that we offer him a cordial welcome to the hospitalities and friendship of the people of Chesterfield. Short addresses were then made, in response to calls, by Messrs. Friend, Nash, Ruffin, and others, and, after adopting a resolution of thanks to the Chairman and Secretary, the meeting adjourned sine die. The Armory Band enlivened t
a poetical tribute from the ladies, the point of which was that woman deems Union right, and that it is man's duty to support her. While Col. Baldwin was making an eloquent reply, somebody in the gallery trod on a dog's appendage, and the fierce "bow wow — ki yi," for a time completely eclipsed the oratorical peroration to the stripes and stars. Another incident on Saturday transpired while Mr. Bruce, of Halifax, was making an argument in favor of secession. A troop of horsemen from Chesterfield passed by the building, the trumpeter blowing "Yankee Doodle" with all his might and main, which created some merriment on the Union side, but produced no visible effect elsewhere. The ladies "never tire" of going to the Convention. They remain with remarkable patience throughout the long sessions, and if any of them happen to lose a veil, or any other article of apparel or adornment, a good excuse is furnished for going back next day to look for it. We predict that, as evening sess