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Valley Spirit: March 7, 1860

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Democratic State Convention: The Democracy of the State in Council
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Description of Page: Poetry, stories, moral tales

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Description of Page: Poetry and advertisements

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Illness of Judge Black
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Summary: Judge Black, the Valley Spirit's candidate for President, has fallen ill.
Mr. McPherson's Speech
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Summary: Attacks speech by Pennsylvania Congressman McPherson, which blamed the Democrats for sowing seeds of disunion, and goes on to give general distinctions between Democrats and Republicans.
To the Editor
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Summary: Attacks the Franklin Transcript for its opposition to Buchanan and for its abolitionist sentiment.
Trailer: Truth
Experience in the North
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Summary: Serialized letters between uncle and nephew as nephew explores the North. The nephew is an abolitionist, and his uncle seeks to convince him of the error of his ways.
Seward's Speech
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Summary: Somewhat sympathetic article to Seward, stating that if anybody could rescue the Republicans it would be Seward. However, his effort has generally been a failure.

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Description of Page: illegible at bottom of page

Valuation of Franklin County
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Summary: Franklin County delegation protested to Board of Revenue Commissioners over the county's valuation of taxable property.
(Names in announcement: Eyster, McLellan, Nill, McClure, Rowe)
Full Text of Article:

--The Board of Revenue Commissioners which meet tri-ennially to determine the valuation of all taxable property, in the several counties of the Commonwealth, and adjust and equalize the same, had the following proceedings before it while Franklin County was under consideration.

The assessed valuation returned to the Revenue Board, by the Commissioners of this county, as the assessment for 1860 amounted to $11,043,877. To this sum the Board added one million of dollars as the Valuation for Franklin County, making the total valuation upon which the tax for the next three years would be assessed $12,043,877.

This action of the Board seemed unjust to Franklin County when compared with the valuation at which other counties of the Commonwealth, of greater wealth and population, are rated. Mr. Eyster, County Commissioner, together with Messrs. McLellan, Nill, McClure and Rowe, appeared before the Board, and by their representations convinced them of their unfairness in adjusting the valuation of Franklin County. The Board thereupon struck off half a million of dollars leaving the actual valuation for 1860 at $11,548,877, which is a reduction on the previous valuation of 1857 of $1,525,307. and consequently effecting a reduction on our State Tax of $3,781.25.

We have always contended that Franklin County was rated too high, in comparison with other counties, and thereby compelled to pay an unjust proportion of State Tax. As the valuation now stands we are placed on a more equal footing with other counties, and tax-payers should feel themselves under obligations to the gentlemen through whose instrumentality the reduction was effected.

Extension of the Borough
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Summary: Town Council agreed to extend borough lines to include portions of Guilford Township.
Full Text of Article:

--At a meeting of the Town Council, on Monday evening last, it was determined to extend the borough lines so as to admit the portion of Guilford township praying to be annexed. An Ordinance to this effect was unanimously passed by the Council and will be published in the papers, of this place, the present week. We described the boundary of the territory, desiring to be admitted, in an article published in the Spirit, on the Extension of the Borough, a few weeks ago. We extend the hand of welcome to Kerrstown, Broad-Lane, Ripper's Point, Clarksville, &c., and trust they will deport themselves with becoming dignity since we have extended the egis of our municipal authority over them. Couldn't we have some bon-fires over the "consolidation?"--This triumph over Old Fogyism certainly deserves some public demonstration.

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Summary: J. K. Shryock gave a lecture in Hagerstown.
(Names in announcement: J.K. Shryock)
Full Text of Article:

--Our esteemed townsman Mr. J. K. Shryock delivered a lecture before the citizens of Hagerstown, recently, that we are happy to perceive is "cracked up" in the most complimentary manner by the papers of that place. Mr. Shryock is unquestionably an able lecturer, and without making any pretensions in that line, will mix up as much genuine wit and sound philosophy in his discourse as can be found in the efforts of any of the popular lecturers of the day. We are glad to find his talents and social qualities as highly appreciated abroad as they are at home.

Woolen Goods
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Summary: Samuel White, proprietor of Franklin Woolen Factory, left a sample in the Valley Spirit offices.
(Names in announcement: Samuel White)
Handsome Monument
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Summary: James King constructed handsome marble statue for grave of Catharine Beatty.
(Names in announcement: James King, Catharine Beatty, James Beatty, John King)
Franklin Hall
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Summary: Minstrel company visited Chambersburg, and Valley Spirit approved of both the show and the behavior of the black troupe in general.
(Names in announcement: S. Sanford)
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Summary: Daniel Trostle was thrown from his sulky.
(Names in announcement: Daniel Trostle)
Poor House
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Summary: This article covers the decision to remodel and improve building for blacks.
(Names in announcement: Richard Woods)
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Summary: A wagon was upset and passengers hurt.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Nelson)
Tavern Stand Sold
(Column 02)Anonymous Present
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Summary: Son of Dr. Senseny received a pony as an anonymous present.
(Names in announcement: Dr. A.H. Senseny)
Singular Accident
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Summary: A child of Samuel West choked on a cherry.
(Names in announcement: Samuel West)
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Summary: Johnston, late County Commissioner, died after a short illness.
(Names in announcement: Joseph Johnston)
Public Schools
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Summary: Superintendent Shoemaker visited the borough's schools and pronounced them excellent.
(Names in announcement: P.M. Shoemaker)
Census of 1860
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Summary: Encourages all citizens to fully disclose all information to the census takers, and not to be suspicious of the process because of fears of taxation.
Trailer: Waynesboro
Justice of the Peace
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Summary: Samuel Relsher will be a candidate for Justice of the Peace in the South Ward.
(Names in announcement: Samuel Relsher)
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Summary: Married at Pleasant Street Parsonage, March 1.
(Names in announcement: Rev. James Bishop, John Ebersole, Sarah Unger)
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Summary: Married in Chambersburg, February 14.
(Names in announcement: Rev. G. Roth, J.G. Tritle, Lydia Tritle)
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Summary: Married at bride's father's house, February 28.
(Names in announcement: Rev. J. Smith Gordon, Henry McGowen, Sarah Geyer)
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Summary: Married on March 1.
(Names in announcement: Rev. William McElroy, Boyle McNew, Sarah Henrock)
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Summary: Married at Franklin Hotel, February 29.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Samuel Phillips, J.P. McClelland, Mary Hoke)
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Summary: Married at bride's parent's residence, March 1.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Samuel Phillips, Henry Rebber, Mary C. Lightcap)
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Summary: Married March 1.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Samuel Phillips, George Heller, Barbary Jones)
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Summary: Died of typhoid fever on February 24 at age 40.
(Names in announcement: Henry Bitner, Christian Bitner)

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Description of Page: Moral stories and advertisements

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Description of Page: Poetry and advertisements

Woman's Advantages
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Summary: List of advantages women have over men.
Hints to Parents
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Summary: Advises treating children with love and tenderness.

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Description of Page: Travelogue, non-fiction, for-sale advertisements