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Valley Spirit: December 18, 1861

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Description of Page: Various items of national and war news

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Description of Page: Poetry and fiction

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Description of Page: Poetry, fiction, anecdotes, and advertisements

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Description of Page: Congressional news in columns 4 and 5. More military and national news in column 6.

Where Do They Stand?
(Column 1)
Summary: Criticizes the Union movement and characterizes it as more interested in abolition and the destruction of the Democratic party than in the Union.
(Names in announcement: Rowe, Nill, Wunderlich, Nitterhouse)
"The Times"
(Column 2)
Summary: Accuses the Chambersburg Times of hypocrisy and political opportunism.
President Lincoln and the War
(Column 3)
Summary: Writer criticizes abolitionism and supports the right of Southerners to hold slaves.
Full Text of Article:

Mr. Editor--If you will permit me, through your columns, I would ask a few questions to be answered by the abolitionized portion of the Democratic party, not excepting that prince of jugglers, John W. Forney--or by any Republican; or, by "any other man."

If I find my commucation [sic] stretching out too long for this number of your paper, I hope you will give me another, and another, hearing.

1st. Was not African Slavery an institution, in twelve of the thirteen British Colonies previous to the achievement of American Independence?

2d. Did not the Colonists hold their negroes as chattels?

3d. Was any change made in the character of the property (negro slaves) by the Constitution of the United States, or the Act of Congress of 12th of February, 1793, explanatory of Article IV., Sec. II. and III of the Constitution?

4th. Have not the terms "held to labor or service" been judicially construed to mean Slaves?

5th. Are not the "citizens of any one State entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States?"

6th. Who then dares say, that no man owning a negro, man or woman, ("who owes him service or labor") shall and may not remove from any State into any Territory belonging to the United States?

7th. If it be so that a slave owner, was considered a citizen, by the Patriotic fathers of the Constitution at the time that great State Paper was made, can such men as the Beechers, Greeleys, Stevens, Sumners, &c., & , now Constitutionally read them out of any State, or any Territory or compel them to give up or relinquish any Constitutional right?

8th. If this war, which we all believed to have been waged for the maintaining of the Constitution, and laws of the Union, and for the common interest, comfort and well-being of the Anglo American race, be changed in purpose and effect, who will "plead guilty at the day of Judgment?"

9th. Will President Lincoln, after deposing J. C. Fremont, allow that Bragart Bully Jim Lane to set nigger traps and travel the Country making abolition speeches?

10th. Does his excellency find a difference, between catering for the votes of a parcel of ignorant, fanatical abolitionists, and the administration of the Government under oath, and "according to the Constitution?"

Finally. When the power of the Country shall have been prostituted to the destroying of the Constitution, and laws which govern us; our senses, our patriotism, and our rights as freemen, will all have been destroyed, perverted or torn away and Constitutional liberty, will have departed this earth, for ever!!


Trailer: Junius
[No Title]
(Column 3)
Summary: Accuses the current session of Congress of being preoccupied with the abolition of slavery.

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Installation of Pastor
(Column 1)
Summary: Announces the installment of Bausman as pastor of the German Reformed Church.
(Names in announcement: Rev. B. Bausman, Rev. Dr. Shaff, Rev. Apple, Rev. Ault)
A Treat
(Column 1)
Summary: George Seilhammer will recite a poem in Franklin Hall on Christmas Eve to raise money for the poor house.
(Names in announcement: George Seilhammer)
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that the ladies of Fayetteville are giving a concert to raise money for the soldiers.
(Names in announcement: W.S. Everett)
Death of James X. McLanahan
(Column 1)
Summary: Announces the death of James McLanahan, a former Franklin County resident.
(Names in announcement: James McLanahan)
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that Davis' Great American Panorama will be visiting Chambersburg
To the Rev. Jos. Clark
(Column 1)
Summary: Petition signed by many citizens requesting that Clark give a speech on the current state of public affairs to raise money for charity. Included is Clarke's affirmative reply.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Joseph Clark, A.C. McGrath, W. Reilly, J.M. Brown, T.B. Kennedy, T.J. Nill, James Nill, A.D. Caufman, E.C. Boyd, J. Smith Grier, C.S. Eyster, William Carlisle, John Stewart, W.S. Stenger, George Eyster, J.K. Shryeck, George B. Ayres, W.S. Everett, Augustus Bickley, W.G. Reed, H. Crawford, William Heyser, G.R. Messersmith, John Mull, D.W. Rowe, Jer. Cook, J.R. Orr, James Hamilton, J. McD. Sharp, W.H. McDowell)
Cumberland Valley Railroad
(Column 2)
Summary: Reports the finances of the C.V.R.R.

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Description of Page: Advertisements

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Description of Page: Advertisements

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Description of Page: Southern news and ads.