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Valley Spirit: January 18, 1860

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Brown on Beecher
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Summary: Racist poem denigrating Henry Ward Beecher, John Brown, and blacks in general.
A Visit to the Ruins of Jamestown
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Summary: Discusses a visit to the site of Jamestown, idealizes Indians who lived there and decries the civilization which drove them away.

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Description of Page: Poetry and essays

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Description of Page: Poetry, essays, advertisements

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Description of Page: Includes commodity market information from Baltimore.

The Presidency
(Column 01)
Summary: Argues that Black could take Pennsylvania in the election, and that his popularity there would help turn the tide for him nationally.
Origin of Article: Somerset Democrat
Editorial Comment: Praises Judge Black as the truest representation of conservative sentiment in the country, and slightly more moderate than Breckenridge, and therefore the best candidate for the Democrats for the presidency.
John Hickman
(Column 01)
Summary: Lambasts John Hickman, an abolitionist Democrat, for his argument that the North should forcibly subdue the South; "we should find the conquest of the South about the worst job we should undertake," claim the editors.
Northern Democracy
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Summary: Observes Southern attacks on Northern Democrats, and argues that in fact the Northern Democrats are the best friends Southerners could have. Notes that, while the paper does not support Douglas, he is not the abolitionist Southerners make him out to be.
True Conservative Feeling
(Column 04)
Summary: Cites a letter from a Philadelphia businessman assuring a friend in New Orleans that most Northern men are conservative and friendly to the South.
Origin of Article: New Orleans Commercial Bulletin
Editorial Comment: Cites as evidence that the majority of people in all sections favor "conservative and patriotic sentiment."

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Description of Page: Page is illegible at the bottom.

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Summary: Poem praising Virginia; commentary assures Virginians that they have friends in Pennsylvania.
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Summary: Resident of Loudon, died the previous Thursday.
(Names in announcement: John McGuire)
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Summary: Rev. Schneck seeks information regarding Martin Hess, a German.
(Names in announcement: Rev. B.S. Schneck, Martin Hess)
Franklin County
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Summary: Complains that Franklin County's assessment of taxation is too high in proportion to the number of its taxable inhabitants.
County Treasury
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Summary: John Stoufer, the new County Treasurer, and his deputy, J. Smith Grier, Esq., were sworn into office, and are approved of by the paper, as is the departing Treasurer, W.D. McKinstry, Esq.
(Names in announcement: John Stoufer, J.Smith GrierEsq., W.D. McKinstryEsq.)
A Great Treat
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Summary: Peter Cartwright, the "pioneer preacher", is preaching at the Methodist Church, and the paper quotes an anecdote comparing eastern religion unfavorably to western.

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Description of Page: Poetry, morality stories, advertisements.

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Description of Page: Morality stories, advertisements.

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Description of Page: Legal notices also on page.

The Lawrence Calamity
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Summary: Story of mill fire in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Origin of Article: Boston and New York papers