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Valley Spirit: September 30, 1868

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The Negro and the Riots
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Summary: Blames recent riots in the South on Radical policies which allow blacks to vote and hold office. Claims blacks carry weapons and go around shooting whites at will. Urges voters to overturn this state of affairs and bring political control back to whites.
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The recent riots in Georgia and Louisiana are simply the natural results of the policy which the Radical party has adopted in the South. The election in the Northern States last year convinced Congress that Radicalism was waning in the North, and it consequently resolved to better its chances at the Presidential election by a system of legislation which would give it the electoral vote of the South. To do this, it became necessary to put the ballot in the hands of the Southern negro. By an assumption of power not contemplated by the Constitution, Congress undertook to regulate the right of suffrage in the States that had attempted to secede. Men were sent down from the North whose business it was to persuade the negro that his only friends are to be found in the ranks of the Radical party. These men went to work diligently and were glad to find that the job was an easy one. They inflamed the passion of the blacks. They stimulated their hatred of the whites. They tempted them with the promise of money land, and offices. When the blacks were reported to be properly educated to carry out the designs of the Radicals, Congress invested them with the right of suffrage. They were led up to the polls and voted. Enormous frauds were perpetrated. Double-breasted ballot boxes were manufactured. By means of most flagrant outrages, conservative men were driven from the polls and the elections were carried by the negroes. Once clothed with the right to vote, the negroes aspired to hold office. They became candidates for the legislature and were elected. In Louisiana, a negro was elected Lieutenant Governor and, by virtue of his office, became Speaker of the Senate. They soon stepped into the jury box. In an incredibly short time, not only was the machinery of the State governments under their control, but they were sitting also as judges to try the cases of the whites.

All this naturally gave rise to hard feelings between whites and blacks. Men of intelligence, refinement and wealth saw the protection of the law taken away from them, and found themselves at the mercy of ignorant, unscrupulous negroes. The more they protested against this condition of affairs, the harder did the negroes clamor for power. Not satisfied with the exercise of the power granted by Congress, they are now seeking to inaugurate and establish a reign of terror in the south by constantly carrying fire arms and using them whenever they feel so inclined. They respect neither sex nor age. They fire indiscriminately upon men, women and children. The fearful riots, chronicled recently in the papers, were caused by negroes undertaking to hold political meetings with arms in their hands.

Men of Pennsylvania! We appeal to you. What security would you feel for your lives, or your property, if bands of armed negroes were allowed to assemble night after night in your public places, there to be harangued by men whose object would be to excite and exhort them to deadly hatred of you, and your wives, and your children? Think of it seriously. The Congress that has inaugurated this state of affairs in the South may, afterwhile, undertake to do the same thing in the North. "Do unto others as you would have others do to you." Save the white men of the South from anarchy, bloodshed, and desolation. Give to the negro ample protection as to his rights of life, liberty and property, but let white men rule America.

Col. M'Clure On Hand With Money
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Summary: The paper announces that Col. McClure, the man "who has done more to debauch the politics of Pennsylvania than any other," has been named to handle disbursement of $115,000 in campaign funds to Republican candidates in Franklin County. The paper calls it a "corruption fund."
Radical Mass Meeting
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Summary: Describes a Republican gathering in the worst possible terms. Says the preparations were excellent but the turnout was poor and everyone was despondent. Tries to put the worst spin on the occasion to promote the idea that the Radicals can never win.
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Our Radical friends held their mass meeting in this Borough last Friday. We chronicle the fact inasmuch as it will, doubtless, be an item of news to many portions of the county from which nobody was present. Extensive preparations were made for a grand demonstration. Numerous Marshals were appointed. The houses of our Radical citizens were tastefully decorated. There were flags and banners in abundance. The Repository and Country Merchant printing offices, for days beforehand, were engaged in printing mottoes upon muslin to give expression to the sharp, spicy and witty thoughts that were floating through Radical brains. The leaders, and enthusiastic young men known as the "Boys in Blue," busied themselves, night and day, in arranging everything "in apple-pie order," so as to fill the minds of their country friends with admiration and wonder. Our Radical lady friends brought out their whitest and most handsomely embroidered handkerchiefs to wave their welcome to the thousands who were expected to throng our town. The Bands were engaged. The New Fair Ground was procured to accommodate the immense crowd that was to hang upon the lips of the speakers. A special train of seven cars was sent up to Greencastle to bring down as many hundreds of people from Antrim township

Five new carriages, each drawn by two beautiful horses, were driven to the depot to receive the distinguished speakers and their accompanying friends. But alas for the apathy of the Radical rank and file. For days before, rain had fallen. The morning was cloudy. There was not a Radical farmer in the county who worked on that day, because the ground was too wet for him to do any effective work. But the trouble was that there was no disposition to come.

The train came down from Hagerstown and Greencastle carrying about one hundred men. They did not fill two of the seven cars that were sent up.

When the speakers arrived, they and the committee entered one carriage, a few of our prominent citizens filled another, and the other three drove up from the depot empty. The band discoursed their sweetest music. The Marshals rode gaily, with their beautiful sashes streaming in the air, in search of delegations that ought to have come, but did not. At last the grand procession was formed and marched down Main Street. It numbered one hundred and seven horsemen, and forty-eight wagons, buggies and other machines. Not more than four hundred voters were in the whole procession. Candidates looked blue--the leaders hung their heads--the ladies looked upon the small show with contempt. Everybody felt that it was a huge disgraceful fizzle.

Going to the Fair Ground was out of the question--the crowd was too small. A stand was hurriedly erected in front of the Court House, and at two o'clock, Senator Wilson was introduced to the mixed crowd of negroes and whites, after some scalawag hanger on had sung a song. For two hours, Senator Wilson harangued his audience giving him his strongest and most savory dish of negro suffrage and negro equality.

Hon. Ed. M'Pherson followed him and said nothing, except to make the ridiculous prediction that the Radicals in Adams county will elect part of their County Ticket. The crowd then dispersed, and went sadly to their homes, evidently wondering how the Radical ticket is to be elected in Franklin County if the Grant and Colfax men can not make a better turn-out than this was.

In the evening a meeting was held in Repository Hall, at which a speech was made by a gentleman named Burleigh and where John Cesson indulged in some more of his gasconade. It gives us pleasure to say that our recent lessons seem to have taught the little fellow some manners and to have lashed him into a small exhibition of decency. The "Boys in Blue" figured during the day but the Grant and Colfax Club was not discernible. What has become of it?

On Saturday morning, the same attention was not shown the speakers as that which marked their reception. Senator Wilson was allowed to go to the depot to get on the five o'clock train, carrying his own carpet bag, accompanied by a single Radical, pay for his own ticket, and leave with feelings as despondent as those which dwelt in the breasts of the sleeping Radicals whom he left behind him.

"Mint-Stick" Geary
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Summary: Describes a scene where Governor Geary buys mint sticks from a German candy store owner and tries to influence him to vote Republican. Mocks the move, says the German is working for the Democrats, and accuses Geary of being a tool for an unnamed unscrupulous local Radical politician.
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During the recent visit of our Governor to the peach and pear trees in the vicinity of Mercersburg, he tried to make "a ten strike" among the Germans of that section. He went into a candy shop and bought twenty-five cents worth of "mint-sticks." Said he to the man behind the counter, "you are a German, I believe." "Yes sir," was the reply. "Well," said the Governor, 'the loyal Germans of the Keystone State are coming up nobly to the support of Grant, and I should like to see you do it also. And my dear fellow," tapping him familiarly on the shoulder, "if you do it, I will remember you." Citizens of Franklin county, think of the Governor of our grand old commonwealth descending to such a contemptible little act as this. The honest German, it gives us pleasure to say, saw through the little arrangement and is laboring with renewed zeal for Seymour and Blair.

We suspect that a certain very astute politician of that Borough was anxious to secure the influence of that very German, and, having gauged Geary and found him sufficiently small for his purpose, sent him on this errand, which no amount of money would have induced him to undertake himself. We hope that the Governor enjoyed his "mintsticks."

Our Redemption Draweth Nigh
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Summary: Saw the above quotation on a Republican banner, spins it into a cry for Democrats to elect Seymour and end Republican rule.
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We observed the above inscription on a banner carried in the Radical procession on Friday last. Did some waggish "Copperhead" climb up on a wagon and raise that banner, or was it carried by some repentant Radical who reads aright the signs of the times and looks forward to the election of Seymour and Blair for redemption from the evils with which Radical rule has afflicted this nation?

We are glad to believe that "our redemption draweth nigh." For eight years we have suffered from Radical tyranny, corruption, extravagance and misrule, and it is not possible for the country to endure four years more of grinding taxation and lavish expenditure. If the time of our redemption is not very near at hand, poor people will starve and our paper money will be worth nothing. The election of Seymour will redeem the country and put gold and silver once more in circulation.

Our "Loil" Governor
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Summary: Viciously attacks Governor Geary for making incendiary remarks about Seymour. Declares that even Radicals call Geary "a failure" and that he should not remain governor much longer.
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That beautiful specimen of humanity who disgraces the Gubernatorial Chair of the Keystone State delivered a violent partisan harangue at Mercersburg a short time ago. He made a flying visit to that borough under the pretence of wishing to ascertain the condition of the grounds and fruit trees belonging to the Association of which Mr. Tobias Martin is the Superintendent. In the evening he addressed his fellow citizens from the residence of Hon. James O. Carson. He indulged in the grossest misstatements, and the most incendiary and revolutionary appeals to the passions of his hearers. He predicted another war in case Seymour and Blair are elected. He expressed his willingness to lead, with match in hand, the loyal Pennsylvanians through the city of Baltimore, and if they could not pass through it, he declared that they would pass over it.

He said it was true that in 1863 Governor Seymour did send thirteen regiments into Pennsylvania, but it was with the understanding and expectation that Lee would whip the Union Army, and that, then, these thirteen regiments were to swell the Rebel leader's forces and march triumphantly upon Baltimore and Washington. To what degree of infamy would not this man descend who could thus willfully and deliberately, by a statement which he knew to be an unmitigated falsehood, seek to cast odium upon the man to whom Lincoln, Stanton and Curtin each expressed his warmest thanks.

Thaddeus Stevens pronounced Geary a "lamentable failure," and the people of this State have long since been thoroughly disgusted with his inordinate vanity and intolerable egotism, but we doubt whether his bitterest personal enemy ever charged him with such moral turpitude as this reckless declaration discloses.

Lord How This World is Given to Lying
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Summary: Takes severe offense at a Republican paper's reporting of a Democratic meeting at Greencastle. Claims the entire article was a lie through and through, and gives a particularly gory example.
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The Repository gives evidence of great alarm about the result of the election in this county. It has taken to downright lying in dead earnest. Its notice of the Democratic meeting at Greencastle contains seven sentences and seven falsehoods. Each sentence is a falsehood. Let every man who can lay his hand on a copy of the paper take it up and read the article we allude to, and see whether he will not lay it down convinced that every sentence in it is a deliberate falsehood.

The Repository could not even notice the accident that happened to the train returning from the Democratic meeting at Greencastle, without indulging in a deliberate falsehood, the eighth it has told in connection with this one meeting. It will be remembered the train ran over some horses, killing one and badly injuring one or two others. The Repository says:

Previous to the starting of the train, one of the joyful Cops amputated the head of the dead horse and carried it through the cars, to the great enjoyment of his comrades.

The head of the horse that was killed outright was amputated by the engine and not by any person on the train. One foolish fellow, who was in the same condition that some of our Radical friends found themselves in before they got entirely through with their meeting in this place on Friday last, lifted the head of the horse up on the platform, but was not permitted to carry it "through the cars," if such was his intention. His offence against good behaviour was very trifling compared with the Repository's offence against truth and fairness.

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Summary: Attacks John Cessna for sitting with 19 African Americans at the Chicago Convention, and asserts that if elected he would vote to allow blacks the right to sit in Congress.
The Greencastle Meeting
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Summary: Prints a contributory article from an anonymous source describing a Democratic meeting held the week before. Might be included here to counter any Republican bashing of the rally and contrast it with the low attendance of Republican rallies.
(Names in announcement: Sharpe, Stenger, Brewer)
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Messrs. Editors:--As there was no account published in this week's Spirit of the grand Democratic meeting held in Greencastle on Saturday, the 19th inst., we will send you a short sketch of it for your next issue.

This meeting, it is conceded on all sides, was the largest ever convened for any political purposes in this section of the county, it having numbered perhaps, not less than fifteen hundred, including about one hundred and fifty ladies, whose presence was very acceptable, and undoubtedly a check to many useless exhibitions by Young Americans, for the order was quite good considering the vast multitude in attendance.--Chambersburg sent about three hundred men, and the surrounding villages and neighborhoods were represented in full.--There were nearly as many torch lights and transparencies as men, and these, as they danced above the heads of the procession moving along through the various streets, were beautiful to look upon. The banners present "showed which way the wind blowed," as the bondholder and Sambo received about an equal share of attention from them, and formed the principal texts from which the almost matchless eloquence and power of argument displayed by the speakers, Messrs. Sharpe, Stenger and Brewer, laid bare to the bone the sophistries of modern Radicalism.

The Radical meeting in Waynesboro' on the same evening drew from Greencastle and vicinity nearly every thing of that color, so that ours was almost entirely composed of Democrats, and but for the barbarous, utterly inexcusable shooting that occurred on the pike just below Shady Grove, by which an innocent and worthy young man, returning from meeting, was brutally murdered, the pleasure, satisfaction and benefit afforded to all present by the occasion would have been lasting and complete.

Letter from Louisiana
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Summary: Another letter from one Jacob Matthews of Louisiana, formerly a Pennsylvania native, lamenting the burdens of the South. Explains why Seymour is better than Grant, and then delves into a detailed critique of reconstruction policies and shows how they are detrimental to everyone in the South and the North. Pays particular attention to policies concerning African Americans and the economy.
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Sept. 16, 1868.

Messrs. J.M. Cooper & Co:--Gentlemen:

Having lately seen a copy of the "Valley Spirit," sent me by a friend, I was reminded by it of the home of my childhood. In almost every column, I see the names of persons and places which were familiar to me in my youth and which I have long desired to see again, and especially I desired this summer to re-visit my friends and acquaintances in Franklin Co., and speak to those who were my school mates, and to those who were my pupils, on the subject of the bad affects of the radical measures of reconstruction of the South--of the wickedness, selfishness and cupidity of the radical emissaries sent down here, and of the wrongs that they inflict on us. But the poverty in which the war has left me, prevents me from accomplishing an object which I have long contemplated. I avail myself therefore of your excellent paper, to give a true statement of the facts as regards the people of the South and as to the radical policy of reconstruction.

I desire to address those who knew me, or who can be certified as to who and what I am--to those who were my school mates at the school house near Bossarts' Mill. The Pattons--the Weists--the Bolmers, Eastons, Keefers, Shearers, Titewilers and Longneckers, and to William Bossart, my cousin at Bossart's Mill. I address myself also to my friends and companions and acquaintances in Path Valley and in Amberson's Valley. To Elias and George Shearer--to the Alexanders, the Campbells, the Gambles, the Clippingers, the Flickingers, the Bears, the Hammonds, the Pipers, the Harveys, the Kaseys, Filsons, M'Curdys, and the Wolfs, the Varners, the Culbertson's and M'Vittys and M'Gees of Amberson's Valley, and all whom it may concern. It is now almost if not quite a half a century since some of the above parties knew me, and as many of them have no doubt passed away, I refer to William Bossart, at Bossarts' Mill and to Elias Shearer, in Path Valley.

I will not presume to inform you as to the facts which you must know as well, if not better, than myself. There never was such a contrast in the characters and merits of two candidates for the Presidency as that between Grant and Seymour. Even the radicals admit that Seymour is a gentleman of irreproachable manners, habits and character, while Grant is admitted to be a man of vulgar tastes and habits, being notoriously a sot and a sensualist. Seymour is a civilian by education, habits and pursuits, and therefore eminently fitted for the office of President of the United States: Grant, on the other hand, is a mere military character with no fitness whatever for any civil office. Seymour wished under all circumstances to preserve the constitution which is the real life of the nation. Grant is said at the commencement of the war, to have tendered his services to the Confederate States. Seymour is a man of honor and truth; Grant stands contradicted by Johnson and his cabinet in a question of veracity and fact. Seymour is the candidate because of his preeminent fitness for the office. Grant was selected on account of his supposed availability. Seymour is a positive man; Grant is a negative man politically. Seymour is explicit and out-spoken as to his political principles. Grant's great talent is silence. Seymour speaks and acts for himself. Grant must have Sherman as a guardian to speak for him in political affairs. In Seymour's case, "the office seeks the man," but in Grant's case, the "man seeks the office." It is a very strong presumption therefore that Seymour will be elected; for as the election depends mainly on the vote of the North, it is hard to conceive it possible that an enlightened and christian people will prefer a man for the highest office in the nation who is every way so unfit, to one so well qualified for the station. But I proposed to write concerning what is under my own observation--the effects of the radical policy of reconstruction.

After the close of the war the South needed no political reconstruction, except to legalize the emancipation of the slaves by the vote of the people. This was done by the vote of the South. It is true President Johnson demanded this as a condition precedent to our restoration to the Union; but the South freely did it, as much from a conviction of the future inutility of slavery under the circumstances as to comply with the Executive policy. Therefore the only reconstruction needed in the South was, the rebuilding of our homes which had been given to the flames, and the repairing of our desolated plantations, where fences were dilapidated, or burnt, and the fields overgrown by weeds and brambles, and had we been let alone, we might in a great measure by this time have reconstructed our dwellings and repaired our farms; but the negroes (who are our only laborers) have been rendered idle or worth but little for plantation service, by being flattered with false ideas of their liberty, and by the demoralizing and mischievous influence of the mongrel party agents. Had we been let alone we would probably, by this time, have had a tide of emigration from the North, and from Europe, to replenish our thinned laboring population. As it is, thousands of the best citizens of the South have left their country in despair and disgust, and gone to Brazil, Honduras, California, or the northwest to escape the bad effects of the reconstruction policy.

Had not the natural laziness and improvidence of the negro race, and their antagonism to the white people, been stirred up and cherished by political agents we would have had capital seeking investment here where improved land, the richest in the world, finds no purchasers at one dollar and twenty-five cents per acre. Haviving prosperity would have enabled us by this time to help pay the national taxes, whereas an increased burden now falls on the industry of the north. Had we been let alone the negroes would be self supporting, and the one hundred millions of dollars expended annually to support the freedmen's bureau, and military government would have been saved to the taxpayers.

Unity of feeling and interest (which is the only true and safe bond of union) would have been pretty well restored; and the bitterness of conquest would have been compensated in the prospective power and glory of the government created by the wisdom and blood of our fathers.

Why then were the reconstruction laws adopted? It was not necessary, in order to put down the "so called" slave aristocracy, because, the emancipation of the slaves by their own vote, effectually prevented any future "slave aristocracy."

It was not necessary to prevent another attempt at secession and war. No sane man could think so, after the leaders of the South were paroled prisoners or in exile, all of whom counseled the South to submit to the United States Government,--after nearly all the fighting men were either kiled, wounded, or tired of the war--after all the wealth and resources of the South were exhausted--after so disastrous a failure under the most favorable circumstances--after voluntarily abandoning slavery (which was the occasion of the war) it seems to be a moral impossibility for any intelligent man to believe there existed the remotest probability of a renewal of secession or of war.

Reconstruction was not necessary in order to protect the negroes. The meddling interference of bureau and other agents, by inspiring the negroes with ideas which foster laziness, and arrogance among them has been the cause of the death or punishment of scores of negroes to one whose life or rights have been vindicated by such agents. Most assuredly the pecuniary rights of the negroes have been more violated by the government agents, than any other class of men. In many instances when pretending to settle disputes between the planter and the negro, the bureau agent would assume control of the crop in dispute and swindle the negro out of his share of it wholly or in part. The truth is, the reconstruction laws are in violation of the policy avowed by the republicans during the war, and in violation of the rights and interests not only of the Southern people (including the negroes), but in violation of the interests of the whole north; and were an afterthought of vindictive unprincipled politicians (Stevens, Sumner, Beecher, &c.) to keep the South out of the Union: because they saw that the South would be a large element of political power against them, therefore they devised the reconstruction laws as a means of keeping the South out of the Union (not to restore them to it) unless they could, by excluding the intelligent influential citizens from voting and making the negroes voters, and exciting antipathy between the races, manage to keep their party in power.

Kimmell vs. Cessna
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Summary: Reprints an article discussing a debate between two candidates for Congress. Praises Kimmel but accuses Cessna(a well known radical) of ignoring key issues and basically ranting and raving the whole time.
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Little Johnny laid out Flat!--He blows and squeals and snorts, but can't argue!--He gets mad and deals in abuse!--Poor Little Turncoat John!

On Friday and Saturday last, Judge Kimmell and John Cessna met at Schelisburg and Bloody Run, to discuss the questions involved in the Platforms of the two political parties. Judge Kimmell did discuss those issues and discussed them with great ability. J. Cessna did not discuss them. He went off at a tangent and ranted about the late war, in which he took no part, except in speaking at Democratic meetings. He did not dare to touch the financial questions and evaded the greater part of the "Reconstruction" issue. His speeches were the "old two-and-six pence" over again, which he repeated during the last three years. Judge Kimmell fairly flayed him alive, and at Bloody Run the little fellow could stand it no longer. He got mad. He reared, and pitched, and picked his lips and pulled at the seat of his unmentionables, until his own friends became disgusted with him. A pretty specimen he would be to send to Congress! We would like it if he and Judge Kimmell could discuss jointly before the people of every township in this Congressional district. Such a course would elect Judge Kimmell by 1,000 majority.--Bedford Gazette.

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Summary: Sherry's New York Theatre will perform in Chambersburg during the fair offering "persons from remote parts of the county, who seldom see anything of the kind" the opportunity to enjoy a play.
Call Extended
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Summary: The Second Presbyterian Church of Chambersburg issued a call to the Rev. I. M. Hayes to serve as pastor. The congregation has been meeting in the Court House and is currently looking for a lot on which to build a church.
(Names in announcement: Rev. I. M. Hayes)
Mr. Foster's Seminary
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Summary: The Rev. A. S. Foster, principal of the Federal Hill Seminary for Young Ladies, has transferred his school rooms from Federal Hill to Mrs. Bard's building opposite the Court House. This will make it much easier for students to get to school, especially during bad weather. The paper urges parents interested in educating their daughters to look into Foster's school.
(Names in announcement: Rev. A. S. Foster)
Democratic Meetings
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Summary: Gives a very detailed description of Democratic meetings held throughout the State and who spoke at each. Is pleased with the turnout and enthusiasm at all of them.
(Names in announcement: George W. Brewer, J. McDowell Sharpe, W. S. Stenger, F. M. Kimmell, George W. Brewer, Capt. George W. Skinner, Lieut. M. D. Reymer, B. Rush Hollar, James P. McClintock, C. M. Duncan, Goshom, M. Gable, William McLellan, John R. Orr, Col. B. F. Winger)
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The meetings of the Democracy in this county have been attended with unusual success. The first regular meeting of the campaign was held at Greencastle last Saturday night a week. A special train from this place took three hundred men to the meeting. The largest crowd was assembled that ever attended a political meeting there at night. The meeting was addressed by Hon Geo. W. Brewer and J. McDowell Sharpe and W.S. Stenger Esqs. On Monday night of last week, two meetings were held--one at Mercersburg which was addressed by J. McDowell Sharpe and W.S. Stenger Esqs., and the other at Fayetteville which was addressed by Hon. F.M. Kimmell and Hon. Geo. W. Brewer. On Tuesday night meetings were to be held at Loudon and Sharpe's School House, but owing to the heavy rain, were postponed. The meeting at Loudon will be held on the evening of Tuesday Oct. 6th. On Wednesday evening, a meeting was held at Fannettsburg addressed by Capt. Geo. W. Skinner, Lieut. M.D. Reymer and Mr. B. Rush Hollar. A meeting was held on the same night at New Franklin and was addressed by Hon. G. W. Brewer and J. McDowell Sharpe Esq.

On Thursday evening a meeting was held at the School House in Dry Run at which addresses were delivered by J. McDowell Sharpe Esq. Capt. Geo. W Skinner, Lieut. M. D. Reymer and Jas. P McClintock Esq. The meeting appointed for Strasburg was postponed on account of the inclemency of the weather.

On Friday evening a meeting was held at Greenwood and addressed by C.M. Duncan Esq. Same night, another at Concord addressed by Capt. Geo. W. Skinner, Lieut. M. D. Raymer and Mr. Goshom.

In the afternoon of Saturday these same gentlemen addressed a meeting in Amberson's Valley. On Saturday evening a meeting was held at Marion which was addressed by J. McDowell Sharpe and James P. McClintock Esqs. There was also a meeting, the same night, at the Hotel of Mr. M. Gable in Hamilton township which was addressed by Wm. McLellan, C.M. Duncan and John R. Orr, Esqs.

On Monday evening of this week two meetings were held, one at the Forge School House in Warren township, addressed by J. McDowell Sharpe Esq., and the other at Upton addressed by Wm. M'Lellan, Capt. Geo. W. Skinner, Lieut. M.D. Raymer and Col. B.F. Winger.

All these meetings have been marked with the greatest enthusiasm and interest. The speakers indulged in no personal abuse but dealt in argument and facts exclusively. Men went to hear a discussion of the living issues of the present and did not go away disappointed. We have never seen the Democracy of Franklin county more fully alive to the importance of energetic action and we can assure our friends throughout the State that they will hear a good report from us next month.

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Summary: The Franklin County Fair will be held next week, and the paper anticipates large attendance from neighboring counties will supplement the citizens of Franklin. The editors reiterate that there are no entry fees except for speed trials and tournaments. Entries are still being accepted by the Secretary, Calvin Gilbert.
(Names in announcement: Calvin Gilbert)
Sands is Coming
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Summary: Prof. Sands, a "magician, ventriloquist, and exposer of spiritualism," will perform at Repository Hall. "His exhibitions are instructive and amusing, at the same time wonderful and mysterious." Admission is 25 cents, 15 cents for children.
Who Wants the Banner
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Summary: The Seymour and Blair club of Chambersburg will present a banner to the election district that produces the largest increase in Democratic votes over the 1867 results.
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Summary: Peter Greenhalgh and Miss Elizabeth Walt, both of Chambersburg, were married on August 27th by the Rev. William George Hawkins.
(Names in announcement: Peter Greenhalgh, Elizabeth Walt, George Hawkins)
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Summary: Solomon McLucas and Miss Maria Erisman, both of Warren, were married on September 3rd by the Rev. J. G. Brown.
(Names in announcement: Solomon McLucas, Maria Erisman, Rev. J. G. Brown)
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Summary: William Zeigler of Spring Run and Miss Hetty Rhodes of Fannettsburg were married at the Fannettsburg residence of Maj. J. S. Nimmon on September 15th.
(Names in announcement: William Zeigler, Hetty Rhodes, Maj. J. S. Nimmon)
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Summary: Peter Warnick and Mrs. Rebecca Parks, both of Franklin, were married at the St. Thomas residence of Solomon Hollar on September 22nd. The Rev. S. A. Mowers presided.
(Names in announcement: Peter Warnick, Rebecca Parks, Solomon Hollar, Rev. S. A. Mowers)
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Summary: Isaac Fautz and Jane Elizabeth Andrews, all of Franklin, were married on September 17th by the Rev. J. A. Crawford.
(Names in announcement: Isaac Fautz, Jane Elizabeth Andrews, Rev. J. A. Crawford)

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