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Valley Spirit: June 6, 1860

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Speech of Hon. J.P. Benjamin of Louisiana
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Summary: Transcript of speech delivered by Senator Benjamin of Louisiana in response to speech given by Senator Douglas, which accused the Democrats who seceded from the Convention of disunity. Benjamin attacks Douglas for going back on his promises during Kansas-Nebraska to accede to the dictates of the Court, which Benjamin argues were clearly set forward in the Dredd Scott case.

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Great Speech of Senator Benjamin
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Summary: Continuation of Benjamin's speech, where he defends his devotion to the Cincinnati platform, and differentiates himself from Yancey and the cotton state secessionists.

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[continuation of Benjamin's speech]
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Summary: Douglas responds to Benjamin, and says that the Senator from Mississippi was not faithful to the Cincinnati platform and was reaching for too many rights for the South. Douglas argues that the South gets all it deserves under the Cincinnati platform.

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To The Public
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Summary: Editor J.M. Cooper announces his resignation, due to his disagreement with the leaning of the Democratic National Convention to nominating Douglas. He asserts that Douglas abandoned the Cincinnati platform, repudiated the Supreme Court, and caused the defeat of Democratic candidates in Pennsylvania. Since he cannot support Douglas in good conscience, he feels he cannot continue to direct a Democratic newspaper.
(Names in announcement: J.M. Cooper, Ripper, Mengel)
Trailer: J.M. Cooper
The Position of the Democratic Party--where we stand.
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Summary: English's speech asserts that there exists no fundamental, irrepressible conflict between the two systems of labor in the country.
Origin of Article: Speech of Senator English of Indiana
Editorial Comment: "We do not remember of reading an article that gave us more satisfaction or stated the position of the Democratic Party in a clearer light...."
Expressions from the South
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Summary: Variety of articles essentially affirming that unity at the Baltimore convention behind Douglas is acceptable to many southerners.
Origin of Article: Richmond Enquirer, Richmond Examiner, Alabama Democratic party, North Carolina Democratic organizations

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Description of Page: Advertisements

Local Department
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Summary: With the departure of the editor, the publishers will become responsible for the content of the Local Department.
Mercersburg Encampment
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Summary: Encampment was a success; included the Chambers Artillery from Chambersburg, the Light Infantry from Greencastle, and the St. Thomas Artillery.
(Names in announcement: Captain P.B. Housum, 1st Lieut. John Doebler, 1st Lieut. (Junior) Matthew Gillan, 2nd Lieut. George Miles, Captain J.B. Strickler, 1st Lieut. Adam Kreitzer, 2nd Lieut. T.S. Riley, Capt. James Elder, 1st Lieut. Jacob West, 1st Lieut. (Junior) James Montgomery, 2nd Lieut. Harrison Stump)
Eighth Census
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Summary: Pronounces the paper very much interested in the census and urges everyone's full cooperation with the marshals.
(Names in announcement: Thomas Orr, William Blair, George Welsh, Joseph Cooper)
Delegates to Baltimore
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Summary: The Cumberland Valley Railroad is offering a special rate to Baltimore for those attending the Democratic National Convention.
C.V. Railroad
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Summary: Apologizes to the Superintendent of the Cumberland Valley Railroad for scolding him for not giving free passage to the delegates to the railroad convention; they have been informed that such power is not in his hands.
Miss D.L. Dix
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Summary: Dorthea Dix visited Chambersburg last week; she had visited 15 years earlier and examined the Poor House and Prison while she was "memorializing" the legislature on the subject of establishing the State Lunatic Asylum.
(Names in announcement: Chambers)
Full Text of Article:

--This world renowned philanthropist paid our town the honor of a visit last week, and during her stay in the place was the guest of the Misses Chambers. This lady has occupied her entire time for many years, and spent an ample fortune, in efforts to improve the condition of that numerous and unfortunate class of beings who fill the cells and dungeons of Poor Houses and Prisons. It was through her exertions that the State Lunatic Asylum at Harrisburg was established. She visited this place about fifteen years ago, at the time she was memorializing the Legislature of the State on the subject, and examined our Poor House and Prison, and published in her Memorial a full description of their condition. This lady has obtained the sobriquet of the "Crazy Angel," but we think the "Angel of the Crazy" would be more appropriate.

Mechanics' Brass Band
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Summary: The Mechanics' Brass Band accompanied the Chambers Artillery to the Waynesboro Encampment.
Full Text of Article:

--Our Band accompanied the Chambers Artillery and remained with them during the continuance of the Encampment at Waynesboro.' The Military were highly delighted with the deportment of the Band. They were ready and willing to play at any times desired--either to serenade the citizens or furnish music for the military. Their delightful music contributed greatly to the gratification of the immense crowds assembled to witness this grand military display.

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Summary: Married on May 24 at Pleasant Retreat.
(Names in announcement: Rev. James Bishop, David Strager, Margaret Myers)

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Description of Page: Adverstisements; part of page illegible

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Description of Page: Advertisements

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

Continuation of Sen. Benjamin's speech
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Summary: Benjamin argues that Dredd Scott clearly decided the issue of slavery in the territories in favor of slavery.