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Valley Spirit: April 17, 1861

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

From Harrisburg
(Column 3)
Summary: Reports the progress of raising troops in Pennsylvania.

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Description of Page: Numerous articles encouraging Democrats to vote and endorsing the Democratic ticket.

Are You Ready?
(Column 1)
Summary: Encourages Democratic voters to vote in the upcoming election and not to abandon the Democratic Party.
Look out for Them
(Column 1)
Summary: Warns that Democrats should not be deceived by the Republicans and should cast their votes for Reilly.
(Names in announcement: James Nill, Wilson Reilly)
The Judgeship of our District
(Column 2)
Summary: Endorses Reilly over Nill.
(Names in announcement: Wilson Reilly, James Nill)

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The Pennsylvania Volunteers and the Election
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports provisions established to enable soldiers to vote.
Who Encourages the South?
(Column 2)
Summary: Asserts that Republicans encourage the rebellion by making it appear as though they have allies and sympathy from Northern Democrats while refusing to ensure the rights of the states.

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Description of Page: Many articles denouncing Nill and the Republican ticket, warning voters to avoid the so-called Union Ticket.

Voters Remember
(Column 1)
Summary: Warns Democrats and Republicans alike not to be fooled by the Republican ticket.
A Lie Nailed
(Column 1)
Summary: Accuses an editorialist of lying about Lesher's remarks at a Middleburg meeting.
(Names in announcement: Christian D. Lesher)
Can't be Caught
(Column 2)
Summary: Asserts that Democrats can't be caught in the Republican-backed Union ticket trap.
(Names in announcement: Duncan, Hamsher, Armstrong)
The Mongrel Ticket
(Column 2)
Summary: Denounces the "mongrel ticket" of former Democrats fielded by the Republican party.
(Names in announcement: James Nill, John Rowe, John Nitterhouse, D.K. Wuderlich)
Will a True Prophet be an Inconsistent Politician
(Column 3)
Summary: Accuses Nill of inconsistency because he previously denounced Republicans as abolitionists but has now joined them. Item quotes a previous Nill diatribe against Lincoln as proof.
(Names in announcement: James Nill)
Home Again
(Column 5)
Summary: Reports that J. Allison Eyster has been freed by the Confederates and has returned home. He appears to be in good health.
(Names in announcement: J. Allison Eyster)
The Legislative Ticket
(Column 6)
Summary: Recommends Lesher and Wishart over Rowe and Sellers for reasons of character as well as party.
(Names in announcement: Capt. Wishart, Christian D. Lesher, Maj. John Rowe, W.W. Sellers)
Origin of Article: Fulton Democrat

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James Nill
(Column 1)
Summary: Objects to James Nill's candidacy based on his shortcomings as a lawyer.
(Names in announcement: James Nill, Wilson Reilly)
Origin of Article: Bedford Gazette
(Column 5)
Summary: Married on October 3.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Snyder, Jacob Leedy, Ann Carbaugh)
(Column 5)
Summary: Married on October 1.
(Names in announcement: Rev. T.A. Colestock, David M. Baker, Catharine Avey)

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