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Valley of the Shadow

Valley Spirit: February 29, 1860

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Thrilling Eloquence
(Column 05)
Summary: Reprint of speech by Rep. Boder of Virginia, recalling Virginia volunteers in the Revolutionary War who fought in Massachusetts, and pointing out that they had been repaid with John Brown's raid.
Sentence of Death
(Column 06)
Summary: Transcript of sentencing remarks of judge in trial of Aaron Stevens and Albert Hazelett, two members of John Brown's raiding party, who were given death sentences.

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Description of Page: Travelogue, history, poetry. Most of page illegible.

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Description of Page: Financial statement of Franklin County; advertisements.

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The John Brown Party
(Column 01)
Summary: Attacks the Republican party for its support of John Brown.
Reaping Their Reward
(Column 02)
Summary: Claims that New England shoemakers are suffering from the lack of business because of boycotts by the South.
For the Valley Spirit
(Column 03)
Summary: Letter from Charlestown, Virginia, talking about the condemned men of Brown's raid, and relating several anecdotes attributed to Brown himself. His followers are described as intelligent but fanatical men.
Trailer: Respectfully, Oglethorpe
Sectionalism in Congress
(Column 06)
Summary: Compares chairmanships of committees in Congress to demonstrate that Republican claims of Southern domination of Congress are unfounded.

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Description of Page: Market reports from Chambersburg, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Bottom of page illegible.

Comic Journal
(Column 01)
Summary: Reports favorably on new magazine, Vanity Fair, available from John Reed, the local periodical dealer. The Spirit also recommends another humor publication, The Independent, despite the fact that it has an abolitionist writer on its staff.
(Names in announcement: John Reed)
(Column 02)
Summary: Complains of an increase in vagrancy and thefts, and hints that the law officers are not attending to their duties.
(Names in announcement: William SeibertEsq.)
Hook & Ladder
(Column 02)
Summary: Officers of the Protection Hook and Ladder Company were elected.
(Names in announcement: William Kennedy, William Boyle, J.H. Reed, Jacob Shaffer, James King, John Culbertson, A.J. Brand, Joseph Frey, Jacob Spangler)
Sale Bills
(Column 03)
Summary: Bills of sale printed in the Valley Spirit office.
(Names in announcement: George Flory, William Flory, John Kaiserly, Daniel Metz, F.A. Zarman, Anthony Riffle, Jacob Seibert, James Nill, Patrick McGarvey, George Nicklas, Jacob Nicklas)
R.R. Meeting in Chambersburg
(Column 04)
Summary: Committee meeting to enter into agreement with the Gettysburg Railroad to extend its line to Waynesboro.
(Names in announcement: Holker Hughes, Abraham Frantz, Abraham Hart, John GilbertSenior, John Funk, Dr. E.A. Hering, Esq. John Philips, Esq. George Besore, Henry Stone, L.S. Forney)
A Negro Wedding
(Column 06)
Summary: Anecdotal story of the supposedly humorous events at a black couple's wedding.
Origin of Article: N.O. Delta

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Description of Page: Poetry, advertisements. Mostly illegible.

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Description of Page: Advertisements. Page very light, hard to read.

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Description of Page: Poetry, filler blurbs, crime stories, advertisements.

Our Union-Right or Wrong
(Column 02)
Summary: Poem celebrating the Union.