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Valley Spirit: November 18, 1868

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State Colored Convention
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Summary: Reports on the proceedings and speeches of a state-wide convention of blacks in Harrisburg. Particularly notes the repeated calls for black suffrage in the North. Ends by asking Franklin county Republicans how they can stand for this when they promised repeatedly never to vote for such a measure.
(Names in announcement: Perry Stanton, Peter Plowden, Thomas L. White)
Full Text of Article:

A Convention of colored delegates from different counties of this State met on Friday morning last, in the Wesleyan Union Church, on South Street in the City of Harrisburg. The number of delegates was about one hundred. The object of the Convention was to select delegates to a National Convention of Colored Men to be held in Washington D. C. on the second Wednesday of January 1869. In the call for this State Convention, it is alleged, that though the colored men "had held aloft the flag of patriotism and loyalty during our country's severest trials and shed their blood in preservation of the Union, they are still in many States deprived, either partially or totally, of the franchise and the right of trial by jury." The delegates to the National Convention are to deliberate upon the best method of securing the true interests and welfare of the colored masses. Mr. John Chambers, col'd., of Snyder county, was elected temporary Chairman and Mr. O.L.C. Hughes, col'd., of Harrisburg, permanent President.

Mr. Perry Stanton, col'd., of Shippensburg, was chosen one of the Vice Presidents.

The delegates from this County were Messrs. Peter Plowden, Waiter at the National Hotel (Trostle's) and Mr. Thomas L. White, Waiter in the restaurant under Repository Hall. Mr. Plowden figured on the Finance Committee, whilst Mr. White bore off the honor of delegate to the National Convention.

A committee of seven was appointed to nominate these delegates to the National Convention. The Committee selected five of their own number as delegates thereby exhibiting the rapidity with which they learn the lessons taught them by their white brethren.

Resolutions strongly advocating the right of the colored race to perfect equality with the whites were adopted. A committee was appointed to wait upon the Governor, the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth, and invite them to address the convention.

Our worthy Governor who fought so bravely for the rights of the colored people during the war, and who unloosed his eloquent tongue at the invitation of Judge Carson and spoke two hours in order to swell the Radical majority in Montgomery and Peters townships, replied that he "sympathized with the colored people and should like to be present this evening, but that he feared his engagements would not permit." If he would have told the truth he would have said, "Gentlemen, I am a candidate for renomination as Governor next year. If I am caught in a negro convention, the conservative Republicans, who loathe the idea of negro suffrage, will 'go back' on me. I must keep in the back-ground." The Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth rushed to the fore front, however, and sent in the following letter:

HARRISBURG, PA., Nov. 13, 1868.

To Merryman Cupit and others, Committee.

GENTLEMEN: Accept my thanks for your kind invitation to visit the Convention of Colored men now in session in the Wesleyan Church of Harrisburg. ALthough I cannot be personally present, yet I shall be with you in spirit, heartily sympathizing as I do, in your struggles for full recognition as citizens of this State in common with your brethren of other races. Trusting that the day is not far distant when the ballot will be put into the hands of every colored man in Pennsylvania.

I am, yours, very respectfully. Issac R. Gara.

This is a sample of the kind of cattle that Geary keeps around him.

Hon. Murrow B. Lowry, (white) Radical Senator from Erie, then addressed the Convention, paying his respects to the timid and weak-kneed in the Radical ranks. He said,

The white race had given them (the negroes) nothing but chains and stripes, and they never intended to give them anything else. They never would have given them the musket had they not been compelled by dire necessity to do so. It was not the Democracy alone that opposed the negro--even his Republican friends had persecuted him. [Hear, hear, hear.] You must take care of yourselves! [Applause.] God could have no affinity with a piety that preached one doctrine and practiced another. Why was it that church ministers and the people could sit still and see a colored woman brutally kicked out of a street car? You have got to cut your own way through by firm, good behavior. There were all over the land weak-kneed, disgraceful Republicans, who aided the enemies of the negro and applauded the wrong done the black race for the last two hundred years. Thank God, they still had many good Republicans, the Quakers and God on their side! [Tremendous cheers.]

The audience then rose to their feet and gave Mr. Lowry three times three cheers followed by the choir with--
"John Brown's body lies mouldering in the grave,
His soul is marching on."

Immediately before adjournment it was resolved that the celebration of the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on the 22d of next September be held in Chambersburg.

How do you relish these proceedings, weak-kneed Republicans of Franklin county? You that have reiterated the statement over and over again and sworn to it, that you would never vote for negro suffrage, how does it "go down" now? The loyal press is clamoring for it. The Radical leaders are about to agitate it in Congress? What do you say on this question in Franklin county? When you voted for Grant, you opened the gate through which negro suffrage will flow in upon you. You closed your eyes and gulped it down; now stop making wry faces at the dose.

Col. Weistling's Card
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Summary: The paper publishes charges by Col. George B. Weistling insinuating that John Cessna bought the Republican nomination.
(Names in announcement: George B. Weistling, John Cessna)
Pennsylvania--Complete Election Returns
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Summary: Official vote by county for President and Auditor General. Franklin gave 4,278 to Boyle and 4,321 to Hartranft in the Auditor General's race; and 4,171 to Horatio Seymour and 4,451 to Ulysses Grant in the presidential race. Hartranft won the state 331,416 to 321,739 and Grant 342,280 to 313,382.
A Card
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Summary: Basically an autobiographical sketch of one George Weistling's experiences as a Republican candidate for Congressman from Franklin County. Recounts his initial hesitation, approaches from party regulars, his offense at remarks made about him in the Republican press, his decision to run to counter the party regulars, and his subsequent opinion of the corruption and immorality of the party machine run by Cessna. Editor printed the letter probably as a way to show how corrupt Radicals can be, even in the eyes of their own party members.
Full Text of Article:

To the Republican Voters of the 16th Congressional District, and the Public Generally.

2d Nov. 1868.

"As a dog returneth to his vomit," so the Franklin Repository "returneth to its folly," the assumed organ of the Republican party casting its slime at the reputation of Republicans, who decline being led or driven into prostituting personal manhood and integrity, principles and party, to the aggrandizement of a few, the self-constituted directory of the Republicans of Franklin county. Such slanderous assaults seldom produce the intended effect.

Before this reaches my fellow citizens, the political campaign of 1868 will have closed, with a result that is not doubtful, viz, the success of the Republican ticket; and I feel that no apology is necessary for now intruding upon you this card; as a decent respect for the opinion of my fellow men demands that I should make known the motives which prompted my course during this campaign. Arrogating to myself no great familiarity with the generalities and abstractions of politics, but relying only upon the experience of the past and the vindication which truth always realizes, I can only present these facts, without malice, in a plain, practical light, and ask my readers to draw their own conclusions.

Over a year ago I was solicited by Republicans in this county to become a candidate for nomination for Congress, and for several months I was importuned to this end, not by a few from one locality, but by gentlemen residing in different townships in this county, and to each and all, on every occasion, I declared my unwillingness.

In March last, I noticed an article in the Repository, recommending me as a suitable person for such nomination, written without my knowledge and by whom, I knew not--and I reiterated to all inquiring friends again, that I was not a candidate, and had no intention to become such.

Soon after this, certain gentlemen besought me with all apparent kindness, to become a candidate for the State Senate; to all of whom I gave an emphatic denial, stating that I was not an aspirant for any political honors.

In the issue of the Repository dated 1st July, an article, written, I believe by Captain Geo. Eyster, and signed "Franklin," appeared in the interest of Mr. Cessna, bringing into invidious comparison the names of Gen. Koontz and myself. As to myself, it stated, flatteringly, that I had "qualifications for the place"--charitably, that I "was a gallant soldier in the war for the Union"--truthfully, that I was "a consistent Republican"--kindly, that I was "a good worker in the cause"--deprecatingly, that I was "a comparative stranger in the County and District," too much so to merit the barren compliment; and finally that he did not know I or other "worthy military gentlemen named" were solicitous of the compliment.

On the 3d of July, arriving in Chambersburg, on my way home from Philadelphia, I was met at the cars by the Junior Editor of the Repository, Mr. Hays, who, assuring me of his undying friendship, referred to the above mentioned article, and stated that he did not think it would harm me--that he was satisfied I would not object to it when I read it carefully. He told me, that a few young men in town, (Mr. Cook, Capt. Eyster and others.) who with himself were my personal and political friends, and who desired my nomination and election to Congress, were apprehensive that I had placed myself in bad hands--that my nomination was a foregone conclusion, and they were solicitous lest I should attribute the success solely to these "bad hands," and give to them the distribution of public patronage in this county, while these "few young men who always went together" thought they could do more to further my success; that hence I should place myself in their hands and ignore those who had written in my favor, and all would go well. I replied to him; that I was not aware that I was in the hands of any person or persons, and respectfully declined placing myself in such position; that the articles had been written without my knowledge or consent--that I appreciated the expressions of good will and friendship, but that my friends would best manifest their kindness to me by dropping the use of my name altogether, as I had no desire to become a candidate--that if ever I became an office holder, it would be in the interest of my whole constituency, and I could never so far forget myself as to sell myself or my party to any clique or ring. He replied, "Yes, but you cannot help being a candidate, and we will work and secure you election;" and then he politely invited me to meet a few mutual friends at his office after supper, to tell them also that I had not placed myself in the hands of the Gehrs & Stumbaugh. I consented to meet these friends and advise them of my whole position in this matter.

Immediately after supper, I was waited upon at the Hotel by Mr. Hays, and was accompanied by him and Col. Theo. McGowan, (who manifested decided unwillingness to go,) to the office of Cook & Hays. We found there Jere. Cook and John Stewart, Esq's, and Capt. George Eyster and subsequently were joined by Dr. Samuel G. Lane. I was handed a copy of the Repository containing "Franklin's" article, and after reading it carefully, that personally I had no objection to it; that I could not endorse the arguments used, as I regarded them specious and weak, in that, the only objection to me was the "short time I had been in the district;" for however true that was, it was notorious that my "emigration" hither, ante-dated Mr. Cessna's indentification with the Republican party; yet I would feel gratified if the article would effect the dropping of my name in connection with the candidacy, as I had no political aspirations.

I do not propose to consume time by giving in detail all that occurred at this later-view; which has been very appropriately styled by one present as a "pitfall," but merely to give the substance of what seemed pertinent. The gentleman all avowed their personal and political friendship for me, and assured me of it particularly in connection with the question before them, and said I would certainly get the Franklin county nomination. They intimated or charged that those who had been using my name were not acting in good faith toward me, but were merely using me in the interest of Gen. Koontz. I was subjected to a general catechisation as to this:--was asked where I would throw my influence in case my failure in the District conference became apparent; to accept the nomination for State Senator; as to the distribution of the patronage in case of an election? &c.

The "few young gentlemen who always went together," had no particular spokesman to represent them, but each one present spoke for himself, and the conversation was quite desultory. And it would probably be unfair to hold all responsible for the views of each one.

Dr. Samuel G. Lane not only expressed his disapproval of the questions asked me, and of the whole tenor of the interview, but protested against my replying, and stated that he was invited to be present as a friend of mine, and not for the purpose of insulting me or conniving against me. Col. McGowan stated that he had not been aware that the object of the meeting was as it had developed itself, or he would not have been present, and Mr. Stewart, I think, said he had not understood the object of the interview. However, I preferred replying to the interrogatories, notwithstanding the protest of my friend, Dr. Lane, and did so in effect thus:--

I was not aware that Messrs. Gehrs and Stumbaugh had any preference for Gen. Koontz over Mr. Cessna; that I did not believe they were actuated by any motives but those of friendship for me, and interest in what they believed to be the welfare of our county and party; that I declined being made a catspaw of, to pull either Mr. Cessna's or Gen. Koontz's chestnuts out of the fire, and hence would not pledge my influence to either, in the event suggested, which event could not occur, as I would not be a candidate; that I would not accept the candidacy for State Senate or any other office; that if I ever became a candidate it would not be of a fragment of the party, but of the whole party: that if I ever became an officeholder, it would be in the interest of my whole constituency to whom I would be individually responsible, and hence would not pledge or promise any patronage to a few.

Whether these replies suited the "few young gentlemen who always," &c., or not, or whether they imagined they could "do better" with some other candidate, can be inferred from the sequel.

All reiterated their protestations of friendship for me; assured me that I would have to take the County nomination; only Capt. Eyster kindly admonished me, that whatever was done against me, was not on my own account--was not for any lack of affection for me, but was intended to be against Stumbaugh and Gehrs.

Who would not exclaim: "Heaven, save me from my friends!"

It was suggested to me that it would be better not to repeat what had occurred at this "pitfall," and I assented, but have concluded since, that 'tis better to have it known; and that I have given the substance of what there occurred, truthfully, Dr. Lane, Col. McGowan and John Stewart, Esq., could not but hear testimony.

The Repository, in its issue of 15th July, gave notice that articles on the Congressional question were crowded out for want of space, but would appear in the next issue.

Meanwhile, on the evening of 18th July, John Cessna was at the National Hotel in Chambersburg, where, I have been informed, he met some of his friends, and among others in his interest, some of the gentlemen hereinbefore named. I am informed further, that after denouncing Col. Stumbaugh, the following arrangements were consummated. Some man was to go to Welsh Run and Southampton Township, and one or more were to go to the Northern part of the County, in order to have the Delegates to the Convention instructed in favor of Mr. Cessna--Mr. Cessna saying, "I must carry Franklin County at all hazards, and will pay all it costs," or words to this effect. I believe Capt. Eyster did go to Welsh Run and Mt. Rock Districts; other persons went to the Valley and other parts of the County, and the Delegates were generally instructed for Mr. Cessna; whether by reason and in pursuance of the arrangements made at the National Hotel on the evening of the 18th, I leave the public to judge.

The crowded out articles on the Congressional question, did appear in the "next issue" of the Repository, viz: the 22d July last, just four days subsequent to the Cessna Meeting at the National Hotel.

They not only preached Mr. Cessna up, to which no one could have objected, but, if memory serves me, preached me down. The same writer, "Franklin," who had so charitably given me credit, as "a gallant soldier in the war for the Union," now asserts what he must have known to be untrue, and attempts to be-little my military services. "Franklin" referring to the organization of drafted men! Ye that were drafted observe! I feel thankful that the drafted men of 1863 are my friends. Can "Franklin" say as much of those of '65?--But my war record needs no vindication or defense at my hands from such as he, and so I leave it. "Franklin" did not confine himself to this, but "annihilated" me entirely; fearing doubtless, that notwithstanding I had advised him that I would not be a candidate, that I might repent and injure his friend's prospects. If this was done only on account of those who had the temerity to avow themselves my friends, and done with kindly feelings toward me, I wonder whose sins "Franklin" was visiting on Gen. Koontz's head in the same chaste article. From this time forward, the Editors of the Repository, Messrs. Cook & Hays, closed their columns against all articles on the Congressional questions not favorable to Mr. Cessna.

Friends of mine appeared to increase and I was urged from all quarters, that now in self defense, I must come out as a candidate.

But the reasons which had prompted my declination from the first had not modified or changed, and I persisted in my refusal to allow the use of my name. Finally, on the Friday preceding the convention, I concluded that in order to fully develop the machinations of this ring, (of "a few young gentlemen, who always" &c.) I would permit my name to come before the convention, and so advised, by mail, at that late date, a few friends in five districts. From these, where not previously instructed came the 24 votes for me.

The proceedings of the convention are too fully known, to require any account from me; all who were there, know that the report in the Repository was neither correct or full. The resolution, so fulsome of my praise, only betrayed the imbecility of my friends of the "ring," and forced me to speak in self defense. And the same voices who treacherously lauded me through that resolution; after the October election, were ready with "slay him." The report which the Repository gives in its issue of 21st of October of my speech before the convention is unqualifiedly false in every particular, as all who were present know, and as the editors themselves know. I asked the convention to establish the distinction which existed between Republicans and especially a Republican organ attacking Republican candidates for nomination, and Republicans attacking their own candidates for election; and warned them that in countenancing the action of the Repository in endorsing factional spirit, a precedent would be established that would militate against our candidates at the polls. I endorsed as the sentiment of the Republican party, the words of Gen. Grant: "Let us have peace," but I disavowed all peace which had to be purchased by a servile cringing to the presumption of arrogant demagogues. In my speeches during the campaign, I urged my hearers to support the ticket, for the same reasons which caused me to refrain from exposing to the convention, the honorable (?) workings of the "few young gentlemen, who always," &c.

I strove to avoid all things, that would at all jeopardize the success of Republican principles; for as I have stated publicly heretofore, I do not hold to the faith because it is called Republican, but I have been and still am a Republican solely on account of the principles; and when if ever the Republican party drifts from what I believe to be the channels of truth and rectitude; proves false to human rights and progress, and ignores what my conscience approves; then it drifts from and ignores me.

It is not my purpose in this card to convey the idea that Mr. Cessna was aware of or approved the erratic course of "The few young gentlemen," etc; neither that he made any bargain with them, in pursuance of which they adopted their Anti-Republican programme. I only present facts as they were present with me, and each one can draw his own inference, the correctness of which the developments of time may demonstrate. Neither do I realize any propriety in referring to the past political record of Mr. Cessna, or to the previous omissions and commissions of the "few young gentlemen," &c., but feeling the great importance to the people, that the control of the Republican party should not pass into the hands of politicians; that they should not permit men whose main business is office seeking, "to eject delegates from conventions and select candidates," I could not indorse, from any considerations of personal interest, or mistaken political expediency, measures, the legitimate fruit of which was the substitution of "apathy and disgust for earnestness and enthusiasm in our party." And while I bow to the expressed will of the majority in conventions or at the polls, yet I respectfully urge my humble protest, notwithstanding my "lack of common honesty and common sense," in the judgement of these paragons of purity, faithfulness, wisdom and integrity, who have assailed me, against any result so questionably obtained. Hence in the township in which I live, at Quincy Polls, I paid my respects, openly, fairly, and, I thought, modestly, to the representatives of the "few young gentlemen who always went together." This was done without any consultation with any person or persons, and without any positive knowledge, that the "few young gentlemen" would receive any attention elsewhere.

Immediately after the October election, in order, as it were, to verify the 11th verse of the 26th chapter Proverbs, the Repository again "annihilates" me, and alas! some of my friends.

With reference to the editorials in their issues of 21st and 28th October, I declare the statement, charges, insinuation, or whatever term they may apply to it so far as they relate to me, to be totally false in every particular, and that they knew it to be untrue and had no adequate ground for believing it to be otherwise. And thus I stigmatize all the reports of like tenor; that I was a renegade Democrat; that I had sold out to the Democracy or had combined with them that I had been instrumental in defeating our candidate for State Senator; that my course had injured the whole ticket; as untrue and worthy only of emanating from the same impure source.

To those of my friends who regretted my course, fearing that it would effect my popularity, I can only quote the sentiment of another: "I would rather be right than popular." For whatever may be the views of others, I shall still remain of the opinion, "that honesty in politics, as in business and the private affairs of life, is the best policy," and that the present Editors of the Repository, aye, all of the "few young men who always," etc., are constitutionally, totally incompetent to be the "representatives of the deep conviction and the high moral honor which constitute the strength of the Republican party."

Already have prominent Democrats recognized the Repository under its present management, as a "powerful machine to build up their party and break down Republican interests," and thus that paper has, whether from ignorance or evil intent it matters not, placed itself in the van, as the champion of "selfish organization," from the thraldom of which our party must be redeemed by "such reforms as shall popularize the system of party organization, by making the voice of the people directly felt in the decisions of all questions of party discipline.

This model newspaper which seems to be edited with the sole purpose of furthering the interests and feathering the "nests" of "those few young gentlemen who always go together," which advocates by its course, partizanship and factional spirit in its worst form, under the cloak of being the organ of great Republican principles which it is too selfishly obtuse to comprehend, refused its columns before this campaign, to articles which suited not their ends, and hence, fellow citizens, I would be false to my own convictions of right, to consign this card to such hands, and therefore present it to you in this shape. All the statements of facts herein made I can sustain with incontrovertible evidence.

My action was not prompted by disappointed political ambition, for I had none to gratify; it was not intended to be, nor can I see that it was, a forsaking of my Republican friends, or an abandonment of my cherished political faith; but it was the result of a firm conviction of duty, that supercilious demagogueism should be rebuked; and in an humble but not less positive way, I confirmed the consistency of my conclusions with my actions. And whatever may be the opinions of those who may read this card, my motives were none the less pure, and the award of my conscience satisfactory. GEO. B. WEISTLING.

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Summary: The new Union Church near Keefer's Store will be dedicated next Sabbath.
The Young Men's Christian Association
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Summary: The Young Men's Christian Association celebrated its anniversary in a meeting in the Methodist Church. The Revs. Irving Magee and S. H. C. Smith delivered addresses.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Irving Magee, Rev. S. H. C. Smith)
Teacher's Institute
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Summary: The Teacher's Institute is in session in the Court House. Several local and prominent educators will deliver speeches.
(Names in announcement: J. H. Shumaker, J. S. Ermentrout, J. F. Wickersham)
A Pleasant Surprise
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Summary: Ladies from the congregation of the Falling Spring Presbyterian Church left a large number of "proofs of regard" in the parlor of the Rev. J. Agnew Crawford while he went to tea and then conducted afternoon services.
(Names in announcement: Rev. J. Agnew Crawford)
New Sheriff
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Summary: Josiah Fletcher was sworn in as County Sheriff. He gave a party for members of the Bar, Court House staff, and personal friends. Jacob Brown was named Deputy Sheriff.
(Names in announcement: Josiah Fletcher, Jacob Brown)
Writing School
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Summary: P. Hamman is planning on opening a writing school in Chambersburg. He has extensive experience in teaching penmanship and is a well known citizen in town.
(Names in announcement: P. Hamman)
Monumental Association
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Summary: The Monumental Association is hard at work raising funds to erect a monument to Franklin County soldiers. They are planning a concert and fair.
General Illumination
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Summary: Account of the parade and speeches in honor of Grant's election.
(Names in announcement: John Cessna, Col. McClure, John Stewart, Charles Lee Armour)
Court Proceedings
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Summary: Proceedings of the Franklin County Court.
(Names in announcement: Upton Washabaugh, David Hoover, George W. Brewer, Sharpe, David Slighter, Henry Weist, Kimmell, Henry Stonehouse, Elias S. Troxel, Joseph Douglas, George Myers, J. F. Smith, Emma L. Smith, Austin, Elder, Fletcher, Jacob Smith, Edward G. Etter, Elizabeth Smith, Frederick Foreman, Luther Spellman, John H. Adams, George Speelman, Samuel Secrist, Wilson Reilly, John C. R. Eckman)
Full Text of Article:

Upton Washabaugh's Executor vs. David Hoover. Verdict for Plaintiff for $30.47. Brewer for Plaintiff; Sharpe for Defendant.

David Slighter's Administrators vs. Henry Weist. Feigned Issue to test the validity of judgement No. 112, October T., 1868. Verdict for Defendant. Brewer and Sharpe for Plaintiffs; Kimmell for Defendant.

Henry Stonehouse vs. Elias S. Trozel. Foreign Attachment. Verdict for Plaintiff for $701.94. Jos. Douglas for Plaintiff; Kimmell for Defendant.

George Myers vs. The Township of Quincy. Amicable Action in Assumpsit. Verdict for Defendant. Sharpe for Plaintiff; Brewer for Defendant.

J. F. Smith, use of Emma L. Smith vs. Austin, Elder & Fletcher. Summons Case in Assumpsit. Verdict for Defendants. Stumbaugh & Gehr, Kimmell and Brewer for Plaintiff; Cessna, Kennedy & Stewart for Defendants.

Geo. W. Brewer, Adm'r d b n cum testamento annexo of Jacob Smith, dec'd, vs. Edward G. Etter, Adm'r of Elizabeth Smith dec'd. Summons case in Assumpsit. Verdict for Plaintiff for $163.60. Sharpe for Plaintiff; Kimmell for Defendant.

Same vs. Edward G. Etter. Summons Case in Assumpsit. Verdict for Defendant. Sharpe for Plaintiff; Kimmell for Def't.

Frederick Foreman, use of Austin, Elder & Fletcher vs. Luther Spellman and John H. Adams. Summons Case in Assumpsit. Verdict for Plaintiff for $92.97. Sharpe and Kennedy & Stewart for Plaintiff; Kimmell for Defendant.

George Speelman vs. Samuel Secrist and Wilson Reilly [unclear] of John C. R. Eckman. Summons Case in Assumpsit. Verdict for Plaintiff for $325. Sharpe for Plaintiff, Cessna and Cook for Defendants.

The Court continued in session until Saturday noon attended chiefly by the parties to the suits, their witnesses and the jurors.

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Summary: Michael Latus and Miss Catharine Gommel, both of Chambersburg, were married on October 20th by the Rev. William George Hawkins.
(Names in announcement: Michael Latus, Catharine Gommel, Rev. William George Hawkins)
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Summary: Josiah Fleagle and Miss Rebecca C. Frey, both of Horse Valley, were married on November 5th by the Rev. P. S. Davis.
(Names in announcement: Josiah Fleagle, Rebecca C. Frey, Rev. P. S. Davis)
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Summary: Benjamin Humphrey of Loudon and Miss Cynthia Belle Reams of St. Thomas were married at Keefer's Hotel on November 12th by the Rev. P. S. Davis.
(Names in announcement: Benjamin Humphrey, Cynthia Belle Reams, Rev. P. S. Davis)
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Summary: Philip Weirich and Miss Lizzie Reed, both of Hamilton, were married at the Strasburg Lutheran Parsonage on November 5th by the Rev. E. Dutt.
(Names in announcement: Philip Weirich, Lizzie Reed, Rev. E. Dutt)
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Summary: Solomon C. Zimmerman of Letterkenny and Miss Mary C. Smith of Orrstown were married in the Lutheran Parsonage on November 12th by the Rev. E. Dutt.
(Names in announcement: Solomon C. Zimmerman, Mary C. Smith, Rev. E. Dutt)
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Summary: C. M. Burney of Chambersburg died suddenly of paralysis on November 17th. He was 53 years old.
(Names in announcement: C. M. Burney)
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Summary: Henry Bushey died in his Montgomery township residence on October 28th. He was 74 years old.
(Names in announcement: Henry Bushey)

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