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Valley Spirit: October 2, 1861

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Description of Page: Various items of national and military news.

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Description of Page: Letter from Prince Napoleon assessing the war. Items of national and military news. Columns 5 and 6 are a short story by Charles Dickens.

West Point Academy
(Column 2)
Summary: Notes that many officers and political leaders on both sides of the conflict graduated from West Point.

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Description of Page: Columns 1 and 2 are the remainder of Dickens story.

Party and No Party
(Column 2)
Summary: Criticizes Republicans who wish to erase the opposition of the Democrats in the name of the Union.

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Are you Ready?
(Column 1)
Summary: Urges Democrats to turn out to vote.
Full Text of Article:

In a few days the time for holding the annual election will be here. It comes this year on Tuesday, Oct. 8th. Remember the day and be prepared to do your duty to your country and your party. Matters of great importance for the present and the future will be decided on that day. The acts and doings of the State Administration will be endorsed or condemned. The flag of the good old Union-loving Democratic party will be thrown to the breeze in triumph; or will continue to trail in the dust. If it trails, sectionalism, Abolitionism and fanaticism will triumph.

Fellow Democrats, the issue is upon you. It must be met, and should be met in a spirit of exalted patriotism and devotion to country; whilst you have given men and money without stint, to put down and rebuke the sectionalism of the South, rise in the majesty of your power and rebuke at the ballot box the sectionalism of the North.

The issue is forced upon you, to decide in favor of Democracy or of Sectional Black Republicanism and Abolitionism.

The cry of "no party," is one of the most flimsy devices of the enemy, to gull the people, whilst this and other similar schemes are continually prated around by the Republican party; they are at this very time more intensely and uncompromisingly partizan than they have every been in the past. And in the very face of these unblushing protestations of 'Union' and 'no party,' they have offered and are now most industriously laboring and planning by all means in their power for the election of a ticket composed entirely of partizans of the strictest sect, whose greatest recommendation is their devotion to Republicanism--their opposition to Democratic men and measures.

Is there anything in the nominees of that party to induce Democrats to support them? Is there anything in their principles or the acts of their State or National Administration, that entitles them to a preference over Democratic candidates?

We most unhesitatingly say there is not. We present to you a ticket of which any party should be proud. Men well known to you, and we believe very favorable know. Men eminently qualified for the positions for which they are offered. Men of ability and character, and the foulest enemy dare not dispute it. Men whose lives have been devoted to the good of the country and for the supremacy of the laws--men, in whose hands the interests of the people will be safe.

The Judgeship of our District
(Column 2)
Summary: Urges the election of Reilly over Nill and asserts Wilson Reilly's moral qualities and his patriotism as reasons for his election. Much of article illegible.
(Names in announcement: Wilson Reilly, James Nill)
Up and at Them!
(Column 3)
Summary: Urges Democrats to vote on Tuesday.
A Masked Battery
(Column 3)
Summary: Urges Democrats not to fall for the Union dodge, as it is just a Republican trick.
(Names in announcement: James Nill)
Not Fit for a Judge
(Column 4)
Summary: Asserts that Nill, the phony Union candidate, was appointed a judge in Chester County and was removed for incompetency.
(Names in announcement: James Nill)
Stand by Your Party
(Column 4)
Summary: Urges all Democrats to support the ticket.
(Column 5)
Summary: Lambastes the management of occupied territory in Missouri by Gen. John Fremont, particularly his abolitionist policies with regard to slaves confiscated from rebels.
(Column 5)
Summary: Reports that Ross Forward of Somerset Co. arrived in Chambersburg and declared himself an independent candidate for the Judgeship. He is a Republican who is dissatisfied with the "bogus union-saver ticket".
Look Out for Them
(Column 5)
Summary: Warns of those who will attempt to sway Democrats into voting for Nill.
(Names in announcement: James Nill, Reilly)
Judicial Conference
(Column 6)
Summary: Reports that the Republican conferees from Bedford County nominated Nill for the Judgeship despite instructions to vote for Alex King.
Be Active--Be Watchful
(Column 6)Sure Enough
(Column 6)
Summary: Asserts that some Republicans are dissatisfied with the "mongrel ticket" of Nill and Nitterhouse and would prefer not to vote at all.
(Names in announcement: John Nitterhouse, James Nill)

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Description of Page: Various endorsements of Wilson Reilly and other Democratic candidates from papers around the district

President Judgeship
(Column 1)
Summary: Praises the choice of Wilson Reilly to head the Democratic ticket.
(Names in announcement: Wilson Reilly)
Origin of Article: Bedford Gazette
(Column 5)
Summary: William Keller and Annie Ward married on September 4.
(Names in announcement: T. A. Colestock, William H. Keller, Annie Ward)
(Column 5)
Summary: Adam Yost and Elizabeth Kahler married on September 26. Miss Kahler is from Cumberland county.
(Names in announcement: Adam Yost, Elizabeth J. Kahler)
(Column 5)
Summary: Tilbert Talbert and Rosanna Bohn married on September 26.
(Names in announcement: Tilman Talbert, Rosanna Bohn)
(Column 5)
Summary: Mary Fletcher died on September 27 at age 8 months.
(Names in announcement: Mary Alrick Fletcher, J. W. Fletcher, Mary V. Fletcher)
(Column 5)
Summary: Daniel Maxwell died on September 28 at age 22 years.
(Names in announcement: Daniel Maxwell, Dr. Thomas Maxwell, Sarah Maxwell)
(Column 5)
Summary: Samuel Wilson died on September 17 at age 71.
(Names in announcement: Samuel Wilson)

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Description of Page: Advertisements

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Description of Page: Advertisements

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Description of Page: Items of national news and advertisements