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Franklin Repository: August 17, 1859

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Description of Page: Also a narrative of an aerial voyage, book reviews and news stories about a wide range of topics, including a sea serpent caught, a hedgehog found in a bed, and a man beaten to death with bricks.

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Summary: Tirade signed by "Fanny Fern" about the inequities of being a woman.
(Names in announcement: Fanny Fern)
Full Text of Article:

"Fourth of July." -- Well -- I don't feel patriotic. Perhaps I might if they would stop that deafening racket. Washington was very-well, if he couldn't spell, and I'm glad we are all free; but as a woman -- I shouldn't know it, didn't some orator tell me. Can I go out of an evening without a hat at my side? Can I go out with one on my head without danger of a station-house? Can I clap my hands at some public speaker when I am nearly bursting with delight? -- Can I signify the contrary when my hair stands on end with vexation? Can I stand up in the cars "like a gentleman" without being immediately invited "to sit down?" -- Can I get into an omnibus without having my sixpence taken from my hand and given to the driver? Can I cross Broadway without having a policeman tackled to my helpless elbow? Can I go to see anything pleasant, like an execution or a dissection? Can I drive that splendid "Lantern," distancing -- like his owner -- all competitors? Can I have the nomination for "Governor of Vermont," like our other contributor, John G. Saxe? -- Can I be a Senator, that I may hurry up that millennial, International Copyright Law? -- Can I even be "President?" Bah -- you know I can't. "Free!"


Trailer: Fanny Fern
How to Manage Her
(Column 4)
Summary: Man-to-man advice about how to cope with an angry wife.
Full Text of Article:

When your wife begins to scold, let her have it out. Put your feet up cozily over the fireplace -- lay back in your chair -- light one of your best cigars, and let the storm rage on. -- Say nothing-- make no answers to anything.

Speech of Col. J. W. Forney to the State-Rights Democracy of Berks Co., at Reading, August 3, 1859
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Summary: Transcription of a long speech given by Col. Forney, Chairman of the State Central Committee of the State-Rights Democracy of Pennsylvania. In a warmly received speech, Forney denounces the corruption of the Buchanan administration and calls for the assembled men of Berks county to support the nomination of Stephen Douglas for President.
(Names in announcement: Col. J. W. Forney)

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Description of Page: The entire page is a continuation of Col. Forney's speech, which started on page one.

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Description of Page: A Poem, a story about the art of birdstuffing and advertisements.

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Description of Page: Also includes a reprint of the People's Party ticket and an article about John A. Light's balloon ascension in Hagerstown.

Did Not "Face the Music"
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Summary: The author ridicules the proprietors of the Valley Spirit for not being prepared to go to trial in the libel case brought against them by Col. McClure, who is defending both his private and his public conduct against the "base charges contained in that tissue of calumnies," the Valley Spirit. The case will be held over until the October term of Court.
(Names in announcement: Col. McClure, Dr. W. H. Boyle, Peter Dechert, George Mengel)
Mr. Brewer's Funeral Arrangements
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Summary: Scathing commentary on Brewer's speech at the Democratic meeting, in which he "insisted that there were no vital principles at issue between the great political parties" except "the question of plunder." The author asserts that the People's party, supreme in Franklin County, won't "turn up on itself with suicidal hands and strike at its own vitals" and suggests that Brewer's "funeral arrangements may be postponed indefinitely!"
(Names in announcement: Brewer)
Court Proceedings
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Summary: John Snyder was found guilty of assault and battery, Philip Creamer must keep the peace toward Conrad Hammell, Frederick Kobler pleaded guilty of a disorderly house, Johnson Varner was found guilty of whipping his wife, Jeremiah Perie, a boy, was found guilty of arson, and several cases were thrown out. In common pleas, the hotly contested will of Daniel Stevenson was decided in favor of the will, bequeathing the estate to J. Grier. The proceedings of the Court were cut short when the Judge was taken violently ill.
(Names in announcement: Dennis Holly, John Snyder, Philip Creamer, Conrad Hammell, Frederick Kobler, Charles Stinehouse, William Stinehouse, Johnson Varner, Jeremiah Perie, Jacob Bosserman, Peter Brough, Samuel Reisher, McCauley, Clark, R. K. Wright, Fred. Smith, Everett, Strickler, Rowe, Orr, Reilly, Sharp, Stumbaugh, McGuigan, Nill, Kennedy, Eyster, D. R. Funk, Daniel Myers, Cessna, McLellan, McClure, J. Smith Grier, Daniel Stevenson, William Stevenson, J. D. Grier, Frederick Watts, Thaddeus Stevens, Brewer, Adams, McClintock)

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Description of Page: Also contains market reports and advertisements.

Out of all Character
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Summary: A complaint about a "ragged, dilapidated, worn-out" section of sidewalk on North Main Street in Chambersburg.
Full Text of Article:

We have frequently referred, with pride and pleasure, to the spirit of improvement which has so generally taken possession of the citizens of this town, and vicinity; but there is one portion of the town which is a disgrace to any civilized community -- we mean the ragged, dilapidated, worn-out board-walk beyond the Bridge on North Main street. Whose fault is it that this unsafe, unsightly foot-walk continues to annoy all who are compelled to use the dangerous pathway? Let us have the name of the man, or names of the men, who refuse or neglect to repair this much used pavement, and we will put them upon record for future reference -- hand them down to succeeding generations as public spirted (?) [sic] individuals. Last Sabbath, going to and, returning from church, we saw a number of Ladies going into the street for safe walking -- afraid to trust themselves upon the foot-trap. If it is the fault of the Council, we will hoist each member of the board in bold type by way of perpetuating their memory. Something must be done, and that pretty soon, to make this side-walk safe; or the town may have a nice little bill of damages to pay. The gentleman living on this side of the Bridge was compelled to pave the entire length of his lot, from King street to the Bridge; then why cannot the owners of the other side be made subject to the same Ordinance, that governed the case when this side of the Bridge needed paving. Attend to this matter Messrs. Councilmen and save your credit.

Illness of Judge Kimmell
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Summary: The Judge was "seized with a violent colic, followed by an obstinate constipation of the bowels" on Thursday night, causing court proceedings to be delayed until Monday. His life was saved thanks to the "consummate skill" of Drs. Lane and Hamilton.
(Names in announcement: Judge Kimmell, Dr. Lane, Dr. Hamilton, )
Bold Work by Burglars
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Summary: Burglars entered two warehouses and broke C. W. Eyster & Co.'s safe, but "[f]ortunately they did not get enough of money to pay for that amount of labor if it had been devoted to an honest purpose."
(Names in announcement: C. W. Eyster, Chambers, Gehr)
The Difference in Height
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Summary: William Woods, "the polite civil engineer of the Franklin Railroad," settled the debate about whether Chambersburg's or Greencastle's Diamond was higher. According to his calculations, the Diamond in Chambersburg was thirty feet higher than the one on Greencastle.
(Names in announcement: William WoodsEsq.)
Sad Case of Drowning
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Summary: The twelve year old son of Leonard Nave drowned at Nickle's Mill dam, and a son of Nickle recovered the body.
(Names in announcement: Leonard Nave, M. Nickle)
Full Text of Article:

On Wednesday of last week a lad about 12 years of age, son of Mr. LEONARD NAVE, near Culbertson's Row, a few miles North of this place, went into Nickle's Mill dam to bathe, and, not being able to swim ventured into water too deep for him to wade out of and, before assistance could reach the unfortunate boy he was drowned. A son of M. NICKLE performed a daring feat in recovering the body of the dead boy. He clung to the side of a boat, propelled by others in the boat, with his body under water, feeling with his feet for the body, as the boat was rowed through the dam, till he succeeded in touching the object of his search with his feet, when he dived down and brought it to the surface. The mourning relatives, and the whole community, feel deeply grateful to this brave youth for his successful efforts in rescuing the body. It is greatly regretted that he, the intrepid young man, was not within calling distance to save the life of the unfortunate boy -- his little neighbor.

Who Else Could Do So?
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Summary: The author expresses contempt for the way the editors and proprietors of the Valley Spirit, Messrs. Dechert, Mengel and Boyle, charged with libel by Col. McClure, are handling the court case.
(Names in announcement: P. S. Dechert, G. H. Mengel, Dr. W. H. Boyle, Col. A. K. McClure)
Full Text of Article:

On Monday of this week, the editors and proprietors of the Valley Spirit, Messrs. P. S. DECHERT, G. H. MENGEL, and Dr. W. H. BOYLE, who were prosecuted by Col. A. K. McCLURE for libel, were called up in Court and, entered into recognizances for their appearance at the October Term, to answer the charges. They were permitted to give the nominal bail of one hundred dollars each, and go bail for each other. Col. McCLURE was in Court, but kindly permitted this strange, unusual proceeding to take place without interposing a solitary objection. He would not add anything to the torture which these gentlemen are, evidently, enduring. He kindly permitted his bitter foes to get off as easily as they could; but who else could do so? One of the defendants asked us: What would become of the case if they were all to run off? To which we replied: The best thing which could possibly happen to this community.

Barn Burnt
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Summary: The log barn of Andrew Lohr, located in St. Thomas township, near Kreider's Mill, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. Lohr lost his entire crop of grain and hay, and probably did not have insurance.
(Names in announcement: Andrew Lohr)

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Description of Page: Fiction about a young woman with an unappreciative husband, morality tale in dialect about three Irishmen hanged for "larnin' Inglish," story of a lad who becomes a giant after sleeping on a bag of guano during a thunderstorm, other miscellaneous tidbits and advertisements.

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Description of Page: Mainly advertisements, and a story about "How I Courted Sal."

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Description of Page: Also advertisements and advice about preserving fruit.

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Summary: Rev. William West married Matthias Stump and Kate Morrow, both of Peru, Juniata County, at Dry Run on August 9, 1859.
(Names in announcement: Rev. William West, Matthias Stump, Miss Kate Morrow)
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Summary: Isaac Zigler died at Dry Run on August 3, 1859, of Typhoid Pneumonia at the age of 60.
(Names in announcement: Isaac Zigler)
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Summary: Mrs. Catharine Line died of pulmonary consumption at the age of 67 years at the home of her son, Levi Line, in Metal township.
(Names in announcement: Catharine Line, Levi Line)