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Valley Spirit: February 1, 1860

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Ode to William H. Seward
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Summary: Political poem decrying John Brown and "Black Republicans," calls for Seward's steady hand at the helm of the ship of state.
Origin of Article: Morning Pennsylvanian
Negro Life and Troubles in Canada
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Summary: Summarizes account in Herald which investigated living conditions among blacks in Canada and found them poor. Editor points out that this is their own fault for aiding runaway slaves.
Origin of Article: New York Herald
Food for Mercantile Digestion
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Summary: Points out the economic connections between New Orleans and Pittsburgh, where the Republicans won an election, and argues that Pittsburgh lives off slavery just as much as New Orleans does.
Origin of Article: New Orleans Bulletin
Editorial Comment: Reprints to demonstrate that Southerners felt betrayed by Republican electoral victories after the Brown raid.

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Description of Page: Fiction, poetry, and morality stories

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Description of Page: Poetry, aphorisms, advertisements

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Description of Page: Bottom of the page illegible.

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Summary: Argues that a railroad bill in the State Senate allowing the purchase of the Connelsville railroad should be amended to require the construction of a route between Chambersburg and Bridgeport.
Hon. S. A. Douglas
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Summary: Douglas gave a speech on Harper's Ferry, which the Valley Spirit hopes to reprint soon.
Negro Outrage in Canada
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Summary: Story of a raid in the Canadian town of Anderson by blacks on a household of vociferous, racist whites.
Origin of Article: Detroit Free Press
Kansas Rifles
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Summary: Story relates the display of one of John Brown's rifles in Henry Beecher's church in Brooklyn.
Origin of Article: Brooklyn Eagle

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Mysterious - Very!
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Summary: The junior proprietor of the Valley Spirit mysteriously got married.
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Summary: Worley was injured when his horse, frightened by a passing railroad handcar, threw him.
(Names in announcement: Samuel Worley)
German Reformed Congregation
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Summary: Congregation numbers 186 families, 345 members, an increase of 40 new members.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Samuel Philips)
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Summary: Margaret Wolff died, after being burned at the home of Lewis K. Barr.
(Names in announcement: Margaret Wolff, Lewis Barr)
Cartwright's Lecture
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Summary: Rev. Peter Cartwright's lecture, mainly on the subject of his past adventures, was very well received.
Appointments Made
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Summary: Appointments made by the United Brethren in Christ for Chambersburg and other near-by districts.
(Names in announcement: Jas Bishop, Z.A. Colestock, J.P. Bishop, Alex Tripner, G.M. Showman, H. Sleighter, Jac. Clem, A. Bickley, H.Y. Hummelbaugh, J.G. Shoaff, Wm. Humberger, Wm. Raber, J.C. Smith, J. Dickson, P. Baker, J.A. Sand, J. Baltsell, J.W. Burd, F. Links, J.H. Bratten, J.B. Jones, J.S. Wentz, Samuel Enterline, P. Corl, D. Eberly, H. Brown, J.C. Weidler, N. Alderman)
Sudden Death
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Summary: Joseph Unger, engaged in the grocery business, died in his sleep at his home.
(Names in announcement: Joseph Unger)
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Summary: Rev. Hefelfinger was installed as the pastor of the Grindstonehill church.
(Names in announcement: Rev. D. Hefelfinger, Rev. Reid, Rev. Schneck, Rev. Phillips)

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Senator Bigler's Bill
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Summary: Reprint of bill aimed at preventing internal invasions, namely the North into the South.

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Description of Page: Advertisements

Let By-gones by By-gones
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Summary: Calls for past differences in the Democracy to be put aside in the face of the "eventful combat" of the 1860 election.
Origin of Article: Washington State and Union
Editorial Comment: Applauds article's sentiment for Democratic unity in face of upcoming election.

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Description of Page: Advertisements

Modern Picture
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Summary: Moral story of an industrious family.

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Description of Page: Agricultural essays, market information from Chambersburg and Baltimore, advertisements.