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Valley Spirit: September 8, 1869

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Our County Ticket
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Summary: Gives short biographies of every Democratic nominee for Franklin county offices. Especially likes to point out military service whenever possible and stresses every nominee's honesty and ability. Urges Democrats to support every single one of them.
Full Text of Article:

The Democratic County Convention, last week, performed its labors with the utmost harmony. There was no discord among its members. The rival candidates had their warm personal friends who pressed their respective claims with earnestness and energy, but there was none of that bitterness which is so frequently an unpleasant feature of Conventions. The ticket formed is one that we present with pride and pleasure to the people of the County. The candidates are men well worthy of the hearty support of the Democracy and we doubt not that they will be acceptable to those Conservative Republicans who have resolved to repudiate the ticket nominated by the Radical Convention.

CAPTAIN GEORGE W SKINNER, of Chambersburg, is the nominee of the Convention for Assembly. Although a young man, he is so well known to our people that it is scarcely necessary to say a single word in his favor. When but eighteen years of age, he enlisted as a Private in Company A, 77th Regiment of Volunteers. This was in 1862. Step by step he fought his way upwards until he was commissioned Captain of this Company. He remained in the service until the command was mustered out in January, 1866. During all this time, this regiment performed military duty in the South-West, participating in many bloody engagements and maintaining a splendid reputation for gallantry and thorough discipline. Capt. Skinner was one of the best officers in the Regiment. For dauntless courage and power of endurance, he had no superior in it. And through the whole war, he remained true to Democratic principles. In 1867, he was selected by the Convention as the candidate of the Democratic party for County Treasurer, and was elected by the handsome majority of 251 over one of the most active and energetic men in the County. There was but one candidate on the Democratic ticket who received a larger majority. He has discharged the duties of this responsible office in an unexceptionable manner. His political opponents will bear testimony to his uniform courtesy and remarkable efficiency.

Capt. Skinner will make an able representative in the Legislature. He has received a good classical education, is a clear thinker, a ready writer and a pleasant and forcible speaker. Add to all these qualifications an energy that never tires and a character for honesty that has never been assailed, and we have in him a candidate who, when elected, will be able to take a high position in the House of Representatives.

GEORGE W. WELSH, who was nominated for Prothonotary, is also well known to the people of Franklin county. He was admitted to the Chambersburg Bar in 1856. In 1859, he was the candidate of the Democratic party for the office of District Attorney. That was in the days when Republicanism had such a fast hold upon the "old Green Spot" that it was impossible for a Democrat to be elected. Mr Welsh, however, made an excellent canvass and led his party vote to an extent that was quite flattering. He became the law-partner of William Reilly, and for several years, practiced with him under the firm name of Reilly & Welsh.

When the war began, Mr. Welsh enlisted with the three months troops, and served through the campaign with them. In August, 1864, he assisted in organizing Company A, of the 126th Regiment, and was made 2nd Lieutenant. On the promotion of Lieut. John Stewart to the position of Adjutant, he took Mr. Stewart's place as 1st Lieutenant. After the battle of Fredericksburg, where Captain John Doebler was wounded, Lieut. Welsh commanded the Company until the time when it was mustered out of service. Since that time he has been practicing law at the Chambersburg Bar, having his office in Waynesboro', except one year when he was engaged in the office of the Age, in Philadelphia.

There can be no doubt as to Mr. Welsh's ability to discharge the duties of the office of Prothonotary. In addition to his other qualifications, he is an excellent penman and will keep a neat and beautiful record.

HIRAM T. SNYDER, of Fayetteville, who was nominated for Register and Recorder, is a prominent citizen in that locality. He is one of the most honest and sagacious business men in the County. He is exceedingly industrious and scrupulously careful in all his business transactions. Of late years, he has been in delicate health, which has incapacitated him to some extent for out-door labor. There is no man more popular than he in his neighborhood and we look for a strong vote in his favor. When elected, he will give his personal attention to the duties of the office and the public can rest assured that their interests will not suffer in his hands.

B. A. CORMANY, the nominee for Clerk of the Courts, is now living in this Borough, having moved here about two years ago from St. Thomas township. In the latter township he filled the position of Justice of the Peace with such ability and impartiality as to receive the approbation of the men of all parties. Since his coming among us, he has borne himself in such a manner as to win the respect and esteem of all our citizens with whom he has become acquainted. He is universally popular because of his gentlemanly deportment and clever and obliging disposition. There is no County officer with whom the people come more in contact than the Clerk of the Courts, and we can assure them that they will always find Mr. Cormany ready to accommodate them as far as lies in his power.

WILLIAM REBER, who was nominated for Treasurer, comes of good old Democratic stock. He came to this County from Adams county, when a young man and resided on his farm in Southampton township. A few years ago, he relinquished farming and moved to Orrstown where he now lives. He has been dealing largely in stock of late years, and bears a reputation for honesty and integrity in all his dealings. He has an extensive acquaintance in the County and wherever he is known he is liked. The management of the County finances will be entrusted to him for the next two years.

JACOB BRUMBAUGH, who was nominated for Commissioner, is from the Middleburg district, in Antrim township, where all the people are born Democrats and kept in the faith from their youth up. He is a man of sound judgment, good business capacity and strict integrity. He will make a faithful and efficient Commissioner.

FREDERICK LONG, the nominee for Director of the Poor, is one of the most intelligent farmers in Fannett township and a Christian gentleman, being one of the leading members of the Methodist Church in that section.

JOHN C. TRITLE, who was nominated for Auditor, is one of the most substantial citizens of Hamilton township. He is an excellent accountant and is, in every way, qualified for a much higher place on the ticket. We hope to have the pleasure of supporting him for a better position at some future time.

Such, Democrats, is your ticket. From top to bottom, it is eminently worthy of your most earnest efforts. It is made up of men of ability and integrity. The question, "Is he honest, is he capable?" may be applied to every candidate and you can ring back the answer yes. Go to work and elect them all and let us have a grand old Democratic rejoicing.

Why Packer is Popular
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Summary: The paper asserts that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Packer is popular because of his humble, blunt character and his "old fashioned integrity."
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Summary: The paper reminds voters of Franklin County that Cyrus L. Pershing, Democratic candidate for Supreme Judge aided Reps. J. McDowell Sharpe and Alex K. McClure in securing payment of war damages in the border counties.
(Names in announcement: Cyrus L. Pershing, J. McDowell Sharpe, Alex K. McClure)
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Summary: The paper urges readers to register and vote.
"Go to Work!"
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Summary: Prints an article from another paper ridiculing Republican calls to work for re-election. Claims everyone is already working to pay large taxes and debts run up by Republican office holders.
Full Text of Article:

Shout the Radical organs to their followers, not to earn an honest penny, but to carry the election, and to re-elect the roosters and bummers and pinchers of the last legislature, together with their chief manager, Gov. Geary. Yes, go to work, ye toiling slaves, work early and work late, work by night and work by day, to keep in their fat offices the profligate horde who have proven themselves such perfect adepts in squandering your money.

But the toiling masses of this once proud and prosperous old Commonwealth need no such admonition from their masters. They are at work, they have been at work and the inexhorable demands of necessity will require them to continue at work, and work, too, from early morn' till dewy eve, to keep starvation from their doors so long as the present system of extravagance and profligacy are the chief characteristics of official station.

O, no! they need not be told "to work!" They are used to that. It requires hard work to pay the enormous taxes saddled upon the industry of the country, in order that the real wealth of the country, the two or three thousand millions of government bonds, may go Scott free.

But the day of reckoning will come. It is near at hand. These toilers are beginning to see why there is so little profit to reward so much toil, and their work on the second Tuesday of October next WILL BE FOR THEMSELVES. Mark that.--Morning Patriot.

Negro Lust
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Summary: Reprinted account of an alleged sexual assault by a black man upon a white woman in Pennsylvania. The editors assert that such events in Pennsylvania lend credence to stories of similar outrages in the South. "A negro is everywhere the same," the article declares, "a beast and a brute--even below the mere animal in his instincts. You cannot tame or civilize him into a decent human being. His passions will rise superior to reason and rule him. When they are excited he is beyond control and becomes a fierce madman."
Origin of Article: Mifflintown Democrat
The Registry Law! What Must be Done in Order to Vote! Read, Explain and Circulate!
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Summary: Urges all citizens of West Pennsylvania to study the Registry Law carefully and abide by all its conditions in order to secure their votes. Puts great stress on naturalized citizens to pay attention because they are especially vulnerable to disqualification. Tells people specifically what to do to comply with the law.
Full Text of Article:

To the Democratic Voters of Western Pennsylvania:

Your attention is directed to the following explanation of the Registry Law. Read it carefully, in order to ascertain what is your duty in the premises, and then see that your names are placed upon the Assessor's list.

Naturalized Citizens

Will see that the Republican Legislature has imposed additional duties upon them. Let them comply fully with the requirements of the Law, in order that they may vote for the party which has always stood by them.

Examine the Assessor's List,

One of which is posted on the house where the election is to be held, and the other is in the assessor's hands. You have a right to examine them, free of charge.

These lists should contain your name, and the names of all other qualified voters in the district; they should state, if you are a house-keeper, the number of your house, the street it fronts on; your occupation; if you board, where and with whom you board; if you work for another, your employers name; and opposite your name should be written the word "voter."

If you have been naturalized, there will also appear the letter "N." If you have merely declared your intention to become a citizen, the letters "D. I."

If you are between 21 and 22 years old, the word "age." If you have removed into the district since the last election, the letter "R." will appear opposite your name.

Make it your personal duty to see that your name is upon the list.

Do not trust this matter to any one else.

How to Get Registered.

If you find your names is not on the list, go yourself to the assessor, and make your claim to be put on. He is bound to add your name. He cannot question your right. You need not discuss the matter with him, your "claim" is enough. Give him also your precise residence, occupation, &c. He will mark "C.V." opposite your name.

Attend to this at Once.

If you delay until within ten days of the election, you may lose your vote.

>Naturalized Citizens.

You must show your "papers" to the assessor, in order to get your names registered.

If you intend to take out your "last papers" before the election, you must show your "first papers" to the assessor.

See that your names are on the list.

Those of you who do not need to have "first papers," and intend to be naturalized before the election, should get naturalized first, immediately, and go to the assessor with your "papers."

All naturalized citizens must take their "papers" with them to the polls, unless they have been voting for ten years in the same district.

You must take your "papers" with you when you go to vote, even if your name is on the list.

Do not forget this or your enemies will deprive you of your vote.


The law in relation to the payment of taxes is unchanged. If you have paid neither a State nor county tax, assessed within two years, do it without delay.

Take your last tax receipt with you to the polls.

Do not delay registering or paying your taxes; attend to the matter now, for fear something may prevent hereafter.
Representing the State Com. for West. Pa.

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Democratic County Committee Meeting
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Summary: Announces a meeting of the Democratic County Committee for September 11. Lists all members of the committee, the towns they're from, and requests all of them to attend.
Full Text of Article:

There will be a meeting of the Democratic County Committee, at the office of McLellan and Kimmell, on Saturday next, September 11th, at 1 o'clock, P. M. A full attendance is requested as business of importance is to be transacted. The following gentlemen compose said Committee:

Antrim, Daniel S. Barnhart. Chamb'g, N. W., John Armstrong. Chamb'g, N. W., John R. Orr. Chamb'g, S. W., J. Newton Shillito. Chamb'g, S. W., Samuel M. Wosley. Concord, William Johnson. Dry Run, Samuel Helitsky Fayetteville, Alonso Holland. Greenvillage, Joseph Clugston. Guilford, Jeremiah Diehl. Hamilton, R. H. Reicher. Letterkenny, Joseph Gilmore. Loudon, Robert C. McCurdy. Lurgan, J.W. DeHaven. Mercersburg, William Boyd. Metal, William S. McAllen. Orrstown, William H. Blair. Peters, Jacob Hauck. Quincy, William Logue. Southampton, Jacob W. Hamsher. St. Thomas, John Gillan. Sulphur Spring, Daniel Stake. Warren, Joseph Phenicia. Washington, Hugh Sibbett Welsh Run, John M. Laughlin. H.M. Warren. Chairman
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Summary: Mr. A. K. Oswald replaced Charles H. Taylor as teller of the National Bank in Chambersburg.
(Names in announcement: A. K. Oswald, Charles H. Taylor)
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Summary: David Shetzer was arrested and charged with stealing the horse of Abraham Sollenberger.
(Names in announcement: David Shetzer, Abraham Sollenberger)
Admitted to Bail
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Summary: Isaac Collins, African American, was brought before Judge Rowe and charged by Alexander Fahnestock of procuring groceries on false pretenses. Bail was set and met at $100.
(Names in announcement: Isaac Collins, Judge Rowe, Alexander Fahnestock)
Monumental Association
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Summary: The Franklin County Monumental Association will meet in the rooms occupied by Judge Rowe in the Austin, Elder and Fletcher building. All ladies and gentlemen belonging to the association are requested to join. The group will discuss raising funds to construct a monument.
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Summary: John S. Walters and Miss L. Haveman, both of Franklin, were married in St. Thomas on August 24th by the Rev. J. H. S. Clarke.
(Names in announcement: John S. Walters, L. Haveman, Rev. J. H. S. Clarke)
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Summary: Hugh Smith and Miss Susan M. Davis, both of Orrstown, were married at the Montgomery House, Chambersburg, by the Rev. I. N. Hays.
(Names in announcement: Hugh Smith, Susan M. Davis, Rev. I. N. Hays)
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Summary: Joseph S. Bittenger and Miss Rebecca J. Black, both of Fayetteville, were married at the parsonage of the Central Presbyterian Church by the Rev. I. N. Hays.
(Names in announcement: Joseph S. Bittenger, Rebecca J. Black, Rev. I. N. Hays)
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Summary: Margaret Needy died in Greencastle on August 22nd. She was 72 years old.
(Names in announcement: Margaret Needy)
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Summary: John Sites died in Antrim on August 25th. He was 51 years old.
(Names in announcement: John Sites)
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Summary: Peter Shearer died in Amberson's Valley on August 24th. He was 66 years old.
(Names in announcement: Peter Shearer)
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Summary: William Rummell died on August 28th. He was 69 years old.
(Names in announcement: William Rummell)
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Summary: Mary Overcash, wife of Jacob Overcash, died very suddenly in Hamilton on August 21st. She was 79 years old.
(Names in announcement: Mary Overcash, Jacob Overcash)
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Summary: John Flickinger Meade, infant son of David and Martha Meade, died in Dry Run on August 22nd.
(Names in announcement: John Flickinger Meade, Martha Meade)
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Summary: Mrs. Hannah Brandt died in Dry Run on August 24th. She was 78 years old.
(Names in announcement: Hannah Brandt)

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