Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
raising a Secession flag — Political Affairs.
Fincastle, Va., April 8, 1861.
Some eight or ten days past we raised a secession pole and flag in our usually quiet town.
Hundreds witnessed the raising, and, as it was ascending the beautiful pole, (81 feet height,) our excellent Brass Band gave us that soul-stirring air, "Dixie." Secession speeches were then made by some of our citizens, and the day passed off quietly.
A great change — I judge from many that I have conversed with — has come over the minds of the people in this section, since things have taken the course they have.
The people are beginning to arouse themselves, seeing the danger to which they are subject by waiting.
They are getting impatient — the suspense the State Convention is causing cannot be longer submitted to, and it is denounced as the greatest "humbug" affair that ever assembled in your city, as a deliberative body, called together by the people to vindicate the honor of the Old Dominion.
How long are we to be kept waiting before they arrive at some conclusion ? We (in the mountains up here) read your excellent paper every day, but can never see anything from the Convention
that is palatable to our taste.
They sit, talk, and make long- winded speeches, while the enemy of Virginia
is preparing his incendiary plans to succumb
We had speeches to-day (Court day) from gentlemen, all of whom were in favor of secession.
, of Bedford
, spoke about two hours, and in his able speech showed how much more it was to the interest of Virginia
to be with the South
than remain the tail of a Northern Confederacy.-- Col. R. M. Wiley
, of Craig
, (who is a candidate for the State Senate,) also took strong Southern grounds.
, our late representative
in the Legislature, also gave "an account of his stewardship." He told the people that all hopes of an adjustment had banished — he had exhausted all in his power for the good of the State
, and he returned to tell his constituents there was no longer any chance for either adjustment or reconstruction.
He was in favor of the immediate withdrawal of the State
from the Northern Confederacy
Some of his friends, he stated, had insisted upon his announcing himself a candidate for Congress.
He would say to the people, that he did not wish to go to an Abolition or Northern Congress, and there sit and hear his State daily abused by Black Republicans.
He announced himself a candidate for re-election to the Legislature. --Green James
, editor of the Valley Sentinel,
also announced himself a candidate.
It is thought there will be others out.
W. R. Staples
, Union candidate for Congress to represent this district, was announced to speak here to-day, but was detained in Craig county