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Valley Spirit: November 2, 1859

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The Harper's Ferry Trouble; Trial of the Insurrectionists
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Summary: Proceedings of Harper's Ferry trial, from Charlestown. Takes up entire first page.

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Narrative of the Democratic Expedition up Salt River
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Summary: Letter from Salina detailing a Democratic expedition up river.
(Names in announcement: Judge Black, Liggett, Dr. Kennedy, Grigg, Cooper, Hi White, George Ripper, Solly Huber, Col. McClure, Frank Nead, McDowell Sharpe, George Stenger, Jonathon Jacoby, Mawny, Keyser, Sellers, Tom Kennedy, Whitaker, McAllen, Nill, Reilly)
Trailer: Democracy
Fruits of Black Republicanism
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Summary: Blames Harper's Ferry on Black Republicans. Argues that Douglass' August speech had something to do with the attack as well.
Important Documents--Giddings Clearly Implicated
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Summary: Text of letters written to and from Brown and co-conspirators while they were in Chambersburg. Complains about the coverage of the raid in the Republican press, which hasn't been critical enough.
Editorial Comment: "We rejoice to learn that, so far as the revelations are yet made known, not a single Democrat has been engaged in this conspiracy."

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Description of Page: Page is numbered incorrectly on the upper left. Official state election returns in Col. 4. Markets in col. 5.

Arrest of Capt. Cook
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Summary: Two men from Quincy captured Cook, one of the Harper's Ferry Conspirators, near Mont Alto. Details of papers about the conspiracy found on his person.
(Names in announcement: Claggett Fitzhugh, Daniel Logan)
The Fair
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Summary: Report on the successful County fair. Complains that the exhibitions did not include names, which allows the judges to grade them blindly. However, this deprives the exhibitors of public recognition and thus pride in their achievements.
Full Text of Article:

--The First Annual Exhibition of the Farmers and Mechanics Industrial Association, of this county, closed on Friday last. The Exhibition was in every way successful. The display of live stock, which was generally from our own county, composed some of the finest ever placed on exhibition. The superiority of the stock was the general subject of remark by all visitors. We regret that we cannot particularize and give proper credit to our Farmers for the very fine specimens of their stock entered. by an arrangement of the Managers, the names of the exhibitors were not allowed to be attached to the articles on exhibition. There may be some good reason for this regulation, but we cannot perceive it. If it is intended to keep the judges in the dark that no favoritism may be shown in awarding premiums, it is but a poor compliment to the honesty of the judges, while it does not accomplish the purpose intended. Exhibitors generally made it a point to be on hand and show off their portion of their stock, or explain the operation of their machinery, when the judges go around, and thus they become pretty well booked up as to who are the exhibitors. This regulation has certainly an injurious tendency, and if persisted in must be a great drawback on future exhibitions. As a general thing exhibitors do not enter articles merely with a view of obtaining the premium. A little pride in their stock or products, or as an advertisement for their wares, is the incentive. If this is taken away visitors as well as exhibitors, will hereafter take but little interest in our Fairs.

The articles exhibited in every department were of a very superior order, and gave the highest degree of satisfaction to all visitors. The display of Flowers, Vegetables and Farm products were very extensive, and for quality would have competed with any offered in the State.

In the department of Household Articles the display was very creditable to the taste and skill of our ladies.

The variety of Farming implements and machinery was very large and the articles generally of superior workmanship, and well adapted to the uses for which they were constructed.

We must refer our readers to the List of Premiums awarded for particular information as respects the superiority of articles and the names of the exhibitors.

"Capt. Kagi"
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Summary: Spirit expresses doubts that Kagi was actually among those killed during the insurrection at Harper's Ferry, arguing that the only time his name appears is on a list provided by Brown himself.
(Names in announcement: John Henrie)
Albert Hazlett
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Summary: Hazlett, one of Brown's men who was reported killed at Harper's Ferry, is in jail in Virginia.
Departure of Captain Cook
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Summary: Details of Cook's departure from Chambersburg to prison in Charlestown.
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Summary: Various rumors circulating on the subject of Harpers Ferry, including one story that Kagi has been seen in town and another that Cook was about to be rescued.
The Insurgents About
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Summary: Three boys out hunting in Beatty's woods found some rifles, ammunition, books, and bandages. The Spirit believes that these are signs that Harper's Ferry conspirators Tidd, Coppee and one of the Browns have been hiding out after escaping.
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Summary: Married on October 27.
(Names in announcement: Rev. S. McHenry, Charles Hoffman, Margaret Cover)
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Summary: Married on October 13.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Mr. Robinson, Samuel Bannerman, Cathrine Southall)
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Summary: Infant son died on October 22.
(Names in announcement: John Shyrock, J.K. Shyrock, Elizabeth Shyrock)

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