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Valley Spirit: April 11, 1860

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Description of Page: Travelogue, non-fiction, national news

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Description of Page: Poetry and fiction

The Wife
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Summary: Extolls the advantages of a devoted wife.
Origin of Article: Washington Irving's Sketch Book

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Liberty and Union
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Summary: Poem addressed to those who would sever the Union.

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Political Earthquake in New England
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Summary: Reports of elections in Rhode Island, where a Democratic governor was elected, and in Connecticut, where a Democrat was narrowly defeated for governor.
For the Valley Spirit
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Summary: This letter blames the entire sectional crisis on "black Republicanism," and argues that the Democracy upholds the true legacy of Jefferson.
Trailer: Truth

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A Word of Caution
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Summary: Warns people to be on the lookout for pickpockets, and notes that people were careless with their money on the traditionally busy first business day of April.
Hard to Kill
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Summary: Local drunkard, under a "heavy load of strychnine" fell off the bridge near the Gas Works and nearly drowned. He was rescued by employees of Mr. Gillan.
(Names in announcement: Alek Orbison, Gillan)
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Summary: Town Council recently paid damages for a man whose carriage was broken due to an obstruction on the street, one in a series of recent payments due to decrepit public works. The editors take Council to task for their neglect.
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Summary: Black musicians from Maryland visited recently, and editors claim that they returned to Maryland more satisfied with their condition than that of their free black brethren in Pennsylvania.
Full Text of Article:

A band of colored musicians from Hagerstown visited this place on Monday last. They discoursed some very fine music through our streets and after enjoying themselves among their "free brethren," on this side the line, returned home to "bondage," in the evening train, very well convinced, we have no doubt, that the worst form of Slavery that can possibly exist may be found among the negroes of Pennsylvania. We believe it is the custom in Maryland, at Easter time, to allow the negroes the largest liberty, and this Band had the audacity, on this occasion, to come into a free State as if for no other purpose than to show the sympathizers of John Brown, deceased, that their pikes and Sharpe's Rifles were not required to improve their condition, and that all the Republican philanthropy expended on the slave could be more appropriately used in bettering the condition of the free negro in the North.

The Homicide
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Summary: It was found that Weiser died, not from the blow inflicted by McCurdy, but from a seizure. As a result, McCurdy will only be charged with assault and battery.
(Names in announcement: McCurdy, Solomon Weiser)
Franklin County Teacher's Association
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Summary: List of committees to arrange exercises in different academic subjects for the upcoming meeting of the Franklin County Teachers Association.
(Names in announcement: F. Enterline, J.C. Atherton, A. McElwain, Jacob Cook, J. Detrich, W. Newman, D.S. McFadden, J.B. Eckerman, A.B. Stoler, Peter Swisher, ? Snively, J.H. Youst, W.H. Hockenberry, Miller, J.W. Hays, J.S. Stoner, J.S. McElwaine, J.W. DeHaven, J.F. Boutt, J.M. Bonebrake, George Eby, J.R. Gaff, G.H. Cook, G.E. Jones, H. Omwake, H.B. Kendig, D.D. Fahrney, J.H. Montgomery, C. Glen, W.H. Blair, J.S. Smith, G.W. Betz, Samuel Gelwicks, T.M. Richards, S.H. Eby, L.J. Wolf, M.K. Hays, M.E. Parker, J.W. Coble, J.S. Smith, J. Eckart, J. Reed, A. McElwain, B.F. Fry, Beecher Wolf, Dr. S.G. Lane, Miss M.J. Miller, S.J. Reynolds, William Hayman, D. Badd, Rev. W. Rodrock, Prof. J.K. Shryock)
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Summary: Married on March 29th.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Jas. Bishop, Lloyd Norris, Sophia Bishop)
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Summary: Died on April 7 at 46 years of age.
(Names in announcement: J.D. Knisely)
Borough Ordinance
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Summary: A new borough ordinance has been passed prohibiting riding horses at dangerous speeds through the town square or streets. One name is illegible.
(Names in announcement: L.H. McCauley, A.D. Caufman, Samuel Reisner, A. Banker, George Place)
Full Text of Article:

Be it, and it is, hereby Ordained, by the Burgess and Town Council of the Borough of Chambersburg, in Council Assembled:

That from and after the passage of this Ordinance, if any person or persons shall ride or drive any Horse, Mare, Gelding, or Mule at any unreasonable or dangerous rate through the Public Square, or on any of the Streets, Lanes, Alleys, Pavement or Side Walks of this Borough, or shall, by negligence, permit any such animal to run loose, gallop, or pass through said Squares, Streets, Lanes, or Alleys, or over or along said Pavements or Side Walks, to the danger of the citizens or others, every such offender shall forfeit and pay, on conviction before the Burgess or any Justice of the Peace of this Borough, a fine and penalty of not less than Five Dollars nor more than Fifty Dollars, at the discretion of the Burgess, or Justice trying the case, with costs of suit, one half of which fine or penalty shall be paid to the informer, when collected, and the other half shall be paid into the Borough Treasury; and any person or persons failing or refusing to pay the fine and costs imposed as aforesaid, immediately after conviction, or failing or refusing to give good and sufficient security for the payment of the same, within Ten Days thereafter, shall be committed to the Jail of the County of Franklin for the period of Forty-eight Hours, unless said fine shall be sooner paid.

Passed and Ordained this 3rd day of April, A. D., 1860

Attest: I. H. McCAULEY, Burgess; }Town Council WM. CARLISLE, A. D. CAUFMAN Sec'y. SAM'L REISHER R. E. TOLBERT A. BANKER April 11, 1860, 1860. GEORGE FLACK

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Description of Page: Poetry, humor, advertisements

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Description of Page: Poetry, humor, advertisements

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