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Valley Spirit: April 4, 1860

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Douglas's Reply to Seward
(Column 06)
Summary: Summary of Douglas speech attacking Seward and the Republicans for violating the Compromise of 1820. Argues that the American people had already settled the question of slavery in the territories.

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Description of Page: Poetry, fiction

More Canonization of Abolitionists
(Column 05)
Summary: Article relates description of a memorial rally in Ohio for John Brown, attended by several fugitives members of Brown's party.
Origin of Article: Cleveland Plaindealer
Editorial Comment: "How long, we ask, will this infatuation of fanaticism continue to exercise its malign influence over a portion of our people? And how long will the sober-minded, conservative men of the country look with supine indifference on the daily increasing dangers that now threaten our dearest interests, and our very existence as a nation?"

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Description of Page: Poetry, advertisements

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Description of Page: Reprint of text of Buchanan's speech to Congress.

Post Office Affairs
(Column 01)
Summary: Complains of the time lag for mail between Washington and Chambersburg.
Full Text of Article:

We have borne with vexatious delays in the transmission of our mail between Chambersburg and Washington City, till forbearance has ceased to be a virtue. Our letters and papers could be conveyed between these points by an ox cart in less time than they frequently take, and yet there is railroad all the way. Matter intended for last week's paper, and deposited in the Post Office at Washington Friday afternoon, reached us on Monday evening. It should have been here on Saturday, for the first morning train from Washington connects straight through. Our last week's paper, delivered at the office in this place on Tuesday afternoon, had not reached our Washington subscribers on Saturday evening.

These are not the only instances of delay. If they were, we should not complain. But this vexatious state of things has existed for six or eight months, and our letters and papers have very often taken from one to three days longer than above stated to pass between the points mentioned. Some months ago, after waiting for the evil to correct itself, we made a brief allusion to it, but without effect. We are now determined to thump out a remedy somehow or other, and we give notice to all concerned that we shall agitate this subject till the cause of our just complaint shall be removed.

The President's Protest
(Column 02)
Summary: Article praising a recent speech by President Buchanan.
President and Vice President
(Column 03)
Summary: Washington paper proposes Democratic presidential ticket of John C. Breckenridge with Judge John Black (the Valley Spirit's nominee for President) as Vice-President, which the Valley Spirit said it would be happy with.
Origin of Article: Washington City Star
"High Grounds"
(Column 04)
Summary: Quotes article tearing down the Republican candidate for governor and Republicans in general.
Origin of Article: Easton Sentinel

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German School
(Column 01)
Summary: Praises Jacob Lortz's teaching in the German school, which was established by the Guilford school directors.
(Names in announcement: Jacob Lortz)
(Column 01)
Summary: An old man was killed in a drinking house in Mercersburg, when young man took offense to something he said and hit him hard enough to kill him.
(Names in announcement: Solomon Weiner, McCurdy)
A Convenience
(Column 01)
Summary: Jacob Heyser has opened a store to sell Nursery products.
(Names in announcement: Jacob Heyser, William HeyserEsq.)
(Column 01)
Summary: Mrs. Creaker has opened a penmanship school in Chambersburg.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. S.L. Creaker)
Full Text of Article:

--Mrs. S. L. Crocker an accomplished teacher of Pennmanship is now in this place soliciting pupils for a class in Pennmanship. Her terms are $3.00 for eighteen lessons, one-half the amount to be paid in advance and the balance at the expiration of the term. This lady comes among us highly recommended for her excellent character and rare accomplishments, and we trust she will receive the encouragement she deserves. Her class opens on Tuesday afternoon from 3 to 5 o'clock, at the residence of Mrs. Ritner, on King Street, where application for admission to the class can be made.

What has Anti-Slavery Done
(Column 05)
Summary: A list of wrongs that anti-slavery has perpetrated on the country.
Origin of Article: Pennsylvanian
A Premature Burial
(Column 05)
Summary: Story of a black man who was declared dead and was on his way to his funeral when his coffin overturned and he stepped out of it, alive.
Origin of Article: Cleveland Plaindealer
(Column 06)
Summary: Married in Fannettsburg on March 29.
(Names in announcement: John WitherowEsq., Asa Harris, Malinda Huffmanster)
(Column 06)
Summary: Married in Chambersburg on March 27.
(Names in announcement: A. Fry, Rev. James Bishop, Rev. Frederick Gilbert, Lena Werner)
(Column 06)
Summary: Married March 29.
(Names in announcement: P. McGarvey, Daniel Deatrich, Anna Arnold)
(Column 06)
Summary: Died March 28, age 4 years, 4 months, 9 days.
(Names in announcement: Ida White, Andrew White, Sarah White)
Notice to Tax-Payers
(Column 06)
Summary: List of homes in Franklin County where a tax collector will meet taxpayers.
(Names in announcement: Benjamin Culbertson, James Junkin, Jesse Jones, Colonel John Wyncoop, Jeremiah Zellinger, William Bard, John Zimmerman, P. Cook, J.B. Cook, James McAfee, Jacob Elliott, James Scott, James Mullen, Andrew Shank, George Anderson, Francis Bouden, Thomas Pauling, John Tankersly, Martin Shoemaker, John Brown, John Gordon, James Richardson)

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Description of Page: Poetry and advertisements

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Description of Page: Advertisements

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Description of Page: Market information from Chambersburg, Philadelphia, Baltimore; legal notices.

A Free Lover Rode on a Rail in Utica
(Column 01)
Summary: A household with a married couple who had each taken a lover and whose lovers lived with them was stormed by a mob and the man of the house was taken on a rail to the police station.
Origin of Article: Utica Telegraph
A Suicidal Fray
(Column 01)
Summary: Discusses the support from Representative Black of Ohio for a bill to repeal of the Fugitive Slave Law.
Origin of Article: The Evening Journal
Editorial Comment: "With more than half of their representatives pledged to such doctrines, how can the People's Party dare to talk of Conservatism and the Union?"
Chambersburg Saving Fund Association
(Column 06)
Summary: Directors of Chambersburg Saving Fund Association.
(Names in announcement: Dr. J.C. Richards, Dr. A.M. Senseny, Holmes Crawford, Samuel Senseny, Samuel Gilmore)