U.S. Lifts Ban on L.A. Paper Accused of Treason, Jan. 17, 1863

Read the entire Los Angeles Star of Jan. 17, 1863, courtesy of USC and the Huntington Library.

Jan. 17, 1863: The Star notes that after a year of being banned from the U.S. mails for publishing treasonous articles in support of the Confederacy, it will once more be available through the mail.

Mr. Humphries, who lives near San Gabriel, celebrates having the entire family, “down to the youngest grandchild” together “under the paternal roof.” “Dancing was kept up with great spirit until daylight.”

Joseph Winston is married to Dona Maria J. Bauchet.

Gov. Stanford, in his message to the Legislature, wants to raise the tax by 23 cents on $100. The Star does not approve.

A sample of the Star’s editorial:

Heretofore, certain European governments have been looked upon as the very incarnation of the worst passions which can actuate irresponsible power in its conduct towards the helpless masses. But this can be alleged no longer. For all time to come, history will point back to the reign of Abraham Lincoln, as having displayed a timidity most ludicrous, a terror most abject, a despotism most foul and hideous, a tyranny utterly regardless of all moral considerations, trampling under foot all the guarantees of a written Constitution, which he solemnly swore before God and the world, to maintain, revere and support.

Lincoln’s abject cowardice compelled him to silence the voice of the people, tangible through their publications and newspapers. The red and bloody hand of power reached to the utmost limits of Lincoln’s empire. Even away out here, on the very verge of civilization … away out here, on the western boundary of the great model republic, the central power at Washington made itself felt by stopping the circulation of a country newspaper, lest thereby, the “Government” should be overthrown.

Lame and impotent conclusion!

Jan. 17, 1863, Family Reunion
Jan. 17, 1863, Joseph Winston is married to Dona Maria J. Bauchet.


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I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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