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Franklin Repository: March 23, 1859

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Description of Page: Page covered by fiction and miscellaneous national news.

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Description of Page: Page covered by transcript of the lecture "A History of the Chambersburg Bar." End in 1802.

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Description of Page: More of "A History of the Chambersburg Bar"

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The Disorganizer's Convention
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Origin of Article: Harrisburg Sentinel (Gov. Packer's Organ)
[No Title]
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Summary: Article from Gov. Packer's Harrisburg Sentinel denounces the state Democracy as passing an aggressive platform at the behest of the national administration, itself controlled by Southerners.
(Names in announcement: , )
The "Soap" Convention
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Summary: Editorial denounces the Pennsylvania Democracy for its pro-Southern convention activities. Argues that they will need a lot of soap to wash away their sins.
(Names in announcement: , )

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Local Items: Graduated
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Summary: Notes Mr. Maurer's reception of the Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Philadelphia.
(Names in announcement: J.L. Maurer)
Get the Best
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Summary: A reminder to purchase high-quality seed potatoes from Mr. Hurst.
(Names in announcement: A.R. Hurstof the Agricultural Store, )
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Summary: Notes the destruction of Mrs. Gontz's barn, about 1 1/2 miles East of Greenvillage, by fire. The property was occupied by her son, who lost one horse, six head of cattle and a quantity of corn and hay, as well as all of his farming implements.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Gontz, Michael Gontz)
Terrible Effects of Rum
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Summary: Notes Mr. Reed's death as a result of overindulgence in liquor.
(Names in announcement: Jacob Reed, )
Full Text of Article:

--On the evening of the 9th inst., a man named Jacob Reed, aged about 65 years, a resident of Horse Valley, this county, was burned to death. The circumstances connected with his melancholy affair, as they have been detailed to us, are as follows:

On the evening named, Reed procured half a gallon of whiskey at the Horse Valley Tavern, and proceeded towards his home, distant some 4 miles. On the way, he must have taken frequent potations, and become deeply intoxicated, as in this condition he called at a neighbor's, on the road, and requested permission to remain for the night, which was refused.--He proceeded further and came to an unoccupied shanty, on the premises owned by Mr. Jacob S. Trostle, of this place, located in an unfrequented, out-of-the-way place, in that mountainous district, and into it, it is supposed, Reed entered to spend the night. In the shanty was a cooking-stove, without a pipe, and in the corner of the room was a large pile of shavings. The supposition is, that he undertook to build a fire in the stove; in doing so, he set fire to the entire pile of shavings. In his efforts to extinguish it, the fire was communicated to his clothing; and being helpless from the effects of the liquor, he fell a victim to the flames. The fire from the shavings soon enveloped the shanty, and not before the Saturday following, (the 12th inst.,) was it discovered that it had been burned.--He was missed by his family, but as he was in the habit of being away for a day or two at a time, his absence occasioned no uneasiness; but the discovery of the shanty having been burned, caused and examination to be made, and sad to say, among the embers were found a small portion of the remains of a human being, the broken fragments of a jug, and a pocket knife which was identified as having belonged to Reed.

Whether there was an inquest held, we have not been informed; but the circumstances taken together, are conclusive that the remains discovered are those of Jacob Reed, and that he perished thus terribly from the effects of intemperance, another victim on the alter [sic] of the insatiable monster, the Molloch of Rum.

Reed leaves a wife and four or five children to mourn this sad fate of the husband and father, and, from no fault of theirs, are made to endure this terribly afflicting blow.

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Description of Page: Page covered by advertisements and miscellaneous curiosities.

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Description of Page: Page covered by advertisements and miscellaneous curiosities.

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Summary: Marriage of March 10, at Pleasant Hall. Both parties from Franklin County.
(Names in announcement: Rev. H.W. Rebok, Mary A. Johns, Washington Raifsnyder)
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Summary: Wedding of March 17. Both parties of Spring Run, Franklin County. No church noted.
(Names in announcement: Rev. William West, Mary L. McCurdy, S.O. McCurdy, William H. Mackey)
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Summary: Death of Laura Culbertson, aged 7 years, at Culbertson's Row, Green Township.
(Names in announcement: Laura Virginia Culbertson, John Culbertson, Catharine Culbertson)
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Summary: Death of Mrs. Walker on March 20, in Hamilton Township, "very sudddenly," of Syncope. She was 64 years of age.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Mary Walker, George Walker)