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Valley Spirit: November 27, 1861

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

The emancipationists . . .
(Column 6)
Summary: Argues that the emancipationists have gotten themselves entangled in their inconsistencies. They have generally argued that slaves were persons, not property. Now, however, they have adopted a policy of liberating the slaves on the grounds that slaves are rebel property. If the slaves are indeed such valuable property, how can the government set them free and thus lose so many millions of dollars?
Full Text of Article:

The emancipationists get themselves entangled insome [sic] strange inconsistencies by demanding the liberation of the slaves because they are rebel property. Hitherto they have contended that slaves were not property, but persons. Now they assert that these same negroe [sic] slaves are as much property, and is as liable to confiscation as horses, oxen and munitions of war. If this is the correct doctrine, how can the Government be justified in seizing so large an amount of valuable property, and then turning it adrift, to the value of many millions of dollars' when it would fetch enough in the market after the restoration of peace to defray a large proportion of the expenses of the war? If the slaves are property in one sense, why not in all?

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Meeting of Congress
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Summary: Reports that Congress will reconvene the following Monday.
Government Triumphs
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Summary: Gladly reports that Missouri and Kentucky are mostly secure for the Union and that the Unionists of East Tennessee are rallying to the Union cause.
The Arrest of Slidell and Mason
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Summary: Gives details of the arrest of Slidell and Mason, Confederate envoys who had been dispatched to Europe as ambassadors. They were seized from a British steamer, and it was feared that war might ensue owing to the dubious legality of the action.
Half Sheet
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Summary: Explains that the paper is only a half sheet for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Where are We Drifting?
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Summary: Bemoans recent crimes in Franklin County, including the theft of some hams by a "contraband" and a rash of shoplifting by women.
Full Text of Article:

A short time ago one of our Merchants was swindled out of about $75 worth of silks by a young girl. A "contraband" relieved another Merchant of a couple of hams in a sharp way. An attempt at "shoplifting" a piece of calico, by a woman, was made in one of our stores the other day.--An overcoat was stolen from one of our Hotels last week. A young man was robbed on our public streets a few nights ago, and several other thefts have been committed in and about town within a short time past. We seem to be "advancing backwards" in honesty and morality, and as no arrests have been made, and nobody converted from the "error of their ways," it is likely we'll keep advancing so far as law and gospel are concerned.

The Senate
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Summary: Asserts that the Democrats should be most irate about secession because it has destroyed the party's power in the Senate.
Fire at the Poor House
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Summary: Reports that the Poor House burned because of an untended stove.
(Column 5)
Summary: Reports that a visitor to Chambersburg was robbed of a watch and 100 dollars while he was drunk.
Bank of Chambersburg
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Summary: Lists newly elected directors of the Chambersburg Bank.
(Names in announcement: William Heyser, James Davison, G. W. Immel, J. McDowell, John Huber, Samuel Radebaugh, J. C. Eyster, A. Stouffer, W. McLellan, H. Greenawalt, C. M. Duncan, E. Culbertson, J. Cresslor)
Chambersburg Public Library
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Summary: Announces an upcoming meeting to decide the fate of the Public Library.
(Names in announcement: William Heyser, A. Huber)
Capt. Housum's and McKessom's Companies
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Summary: List of soldiers from Franklin County in the 77th Pennsylvania Volunteers.
(Names in announcement: A. J. Stevens, Sam'l McDowell, F. Shatzer, R. F. Harman, Philip Smith, Michael Walters, Jacob Bauer, George Stouffer, Thomas Hughes, Wm. Harmony, Fred'k Dehart, Peter Gross, Wm. Bechtel, David Helfrick, J. Forner, Jacob Lynhart, T. Tolbert, Ludwig Wolff, John Kerus, Jas. Borhand, Wm. Biggs, Adam Brown, Geo. Bitner, Wm. Butler, Sam'l John, Chas. Boles, Jacob Bomgardner, Wm. Buchanan, Fred'k Brandt, John Bossart, James Clinton, Thomas Clemens, Jas. Carbaugh, William Crollman, Edward Cuddy, James Cornsey, Henry Dorly, Samuel Dine, Jacob Deal, Patrick Donnelly, Robert Dunkinson, Frank Daehling, F. Durmefrine, Jas. Ewing, H. C. Foreman, Geo. Faorver, A. Fritz, Paul Firick, John Forness, William Gates, Adolph Goeshe, Peter Gross, James Herron, William Harmony, Jacob Hildman, John Herron, N. B. Herron, Jacob Hellman, Wm. Hurley, John Hull, James Hollet, Howard Heller, Wm. Haberlin, John Hemerin, John Hoster, Christian Hebrich, John Hassenflug, Philip Hause, Jacob Jones, C. Jones, Amos Kriner, John Kohler, Samuel Koser, George Koser, William Lightner, Daniel Devenite, Louis Lisher, George Lynch, Wm. Miller, M. McConnell, Michael Manquart, Michael Matler, Peter Piper, Samuel Perie, Jeremiah Perie, Jacob Poper, John Prim, Samuel Palmer, Samuel Poster, John Popp, Henry Rorig, Nicholas Rasch, Jos. Reiger, John Roh, V. Seifert, H. Snyder, Fred'k Schrorr, Henry Shoemaker, Henry Seibel, Philip Scholl, William Simon, Daniel Shoup, Samuel Snively, Daniel Stoner, David Sliutzer, I. A. Stumbaugh, Henry Titler, Walter Philip, W. H. Williams, Warren Isaac, Jerome Wolfkill, Samuel Weller, William Leper, Franklin Yeager, S. K. McKesson, J. E. Walker, Joseph Thomas, Arthur Bennett, John Lertz, John Pensinger, Jacob Lertz, W. H. Pensinger, John Calaba, Francis Donavan, George Ainsworth, James Atherton, John Betz, William Boyle, Henry Brown, Joseph Bumbaugh, William Bush, James Cammon, Theodore Carbaugh, Thadeus Cook, Jeremiah Cooper, Thomas Cochran, John Craie, Daniel Ditck, A. Dingwalt, William Esker, Wilson Embly, John Essom, George Flagle, Nago Fout, C. J. Gamble, James Giles, W. H. Gonder, Peter Hamsock, Henry Henkle, Daniel Martin, David Miller, Joseph Mehaffy, Patrick Nugort, Samuel Pittman, John Purviance, Edward Reese, Jas. Rogers, Christian Senseny, Jacob Sights, J. Skinner, Jackson Smith, George Staley, George Stumbaugh, Albert Start, George Suter, Peter Troutman, John Wadles, Samuel Ward, John Witzel, William Wilson, John Wolff, Johnston Varuer, David Young, William Nunnersaker)

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Description of Page: Advertisements and Chambersburg and Baltimore Markets

(Column 2)
Summary: Married November 21.
(Names in announcement: Rev. M. Snyder, Adam Trehr, Mary Reed)
(Column 2)
Summary: Married on November 21.
(Names in announcement: Rev. W. H. Deatrich, P. A. Stotler, Elizabeth Fore)
(Column 2)
Summary: Keller died in Indiana on November 3. He was formerly a resident of Franklin County.
(Names in announcement: Samuel Keller)

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Description of Page: Advertisements