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Valley of the Shadow

Valley Spirit: August 15, 1860

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Description of Page: Stories and anecdotes

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Description of Page: Advertisements

Old Abe Writes us a Letter and Sends us a Stick
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Summary: Satirical letter supposedly from Lincoln.
Origin of Article: Seneca Advertiser

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Meeting of the Executive Committee
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Summary: Discussion of a meeting of the Democratic State Executive Committee. The committee agreed to a compromise that was designed to unite the Party.
Fulton Democrat
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Summary: The Fulton Democrat came out in support of Breckinridge. The Spirit recommends that Democrats not deal with the Douglas-Breckinridge controversy until after the county and state elections because the presidential election is creating friction in the state party.
Republican County Convention
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Summary: The Republicans met on August 7th and nominated a ticket. The Spirit believes that "A more unsatisfactory ticket could not have been fixed up if the Convention had had that special object in view."
(Names in announcement: James Brewster, A. Caufman, E.C. Boyd, W.G. Mitchell, J.D. Scott, J.L. Latshaw, George Jarrett)
Political Aeronautics
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Summary: The Democrats in Huntington inflated a bag of gas with the words "Hon. John Williams" on it. It exploded over the Court House in Chambersburg. This amused the Democrats but annoyed the Republicans.
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Summary: See transcript.
Electoral Ticket
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Summary: The Spirit criticizes the editor of the Juniata Register and casts doubt on his manhood because he struck two names off the electoral ticket that is printed every week in his paper.
A Snake in the Grass
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Summary: States that Forney's Press is sowing dissension in the state Democratic Party. The Spirit hopes that Forney will eventually leave the Democrats and join the Republicans, who it believes he is secretly working for already.
A Letter from Wisconsin
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Summary: "Observer" from Wisconsin writes that Midwesterners are leaving the Republican Party and flocking to the Democrats.
[No Title]
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Summary: Jas. E. Wharton writes that New York's continuing commercial health requires that it build a direct rail line to the West. This line would travel through Franklin County.

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Balloon Ascension
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Summary: Mr. John A. Light will make a balloon ascension on the 25th of August from the Chambersburg public square.
Douglas and Johnson Club
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Summary: A Douglas and Johnson Club has been organized in Fayetteville.
(Names in announcement: William Piper, Kean, John Haughman, Joseph Correll, James Piffer, Wm. Rupard, Samuel Etter, Michael Neff, S. Brackenridge, Isaac Baughman)
Another "Institution" Gone
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Summary: Davy Montgomery died at the Alms House.
(Names in announcement: Davy Montgomery)
Court Week
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Summary: The August term of Court began the previous Monday. There has been an increase, to seventy cases, in the criminal docket.
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Summary: The Panorama of the Arctic region will visit Chambersburg.
Water Works Survey
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Summary: The Chief Engineer of the Philadelphia Water Works will visit Chambersburg on Monday to make the preliminary examination for the building of the Chambersburg Water Works.
More Incendiarism in Texas
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Summary: A large number of fires have occurred in Northern Texas. When 20 fires occurred on one day, the people became suspicious and "several individuals, who proved to be Abolitionists, and who were unable to give any satisfactory reason for their presence in the several communities where they were found" were arrested.
Meeting of the Democratic State Committee
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Summary: Discussion of the meeting of the Pennsylvania Democratic Committee. The article details the struggle between the Douglas and the Breckenridge supporters.
[No Title]
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Summary: Frederick Richter married Anna M. Heidtman on July 16th..
(Names in announcement: Frederick Richter, Anna Heidtman)

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The Baltimore Convention: Cling to the Union
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Summary: Poem about the Baltimore Convention that states that "right is on our [Douglas's] side."
A Curious Coincidence
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Summary: Reprint of a run-away slave ad from 1730 that names "Abraham Lincoln, of Springfield" as the slave owner.
Origin of Article: The Pennsylvania Gazette
Editorial Comment: "The advertiser was, doubtless, the ancestor of the present 'Abe Lincoln,' the Black Republican candidate for President. All of his denunciations of the slaveholder apply with equal force to his own grandsire."
More Treason
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Summary: Discussion of the forcible escape of Sherman M. Booth, who was imprisoned for a violation of the Fugitive Slave Law. An "armed mob of Black Republicans" seized him and helped him escape. The paper argues that this was treason and holds the supporters of Lincoln responsible.
Origin of Article: York Gazette
Amalgamation Case in Charlestown, Mass.
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Summary: Discussion of a mixed marriage. A young Irish girl ran away with a black man against the wishes of her parents.