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Franklin Repository: March 7, 1860

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Speech of Hon. Edward McPherson of Pennsylvania
(Column 3)
Summary: Reprint of speech on disunion.

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Description of Page: Speech by Hon. Edward McPherson on disunion.

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Description of Page: Ads and fiction.

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The Nigger Democracy
(Column 1)
Summary: Editorial sharply criticises the Valley Spirit and the Democratic Party for their allegiance to Southern slaveowners.
Full Text of Article:

A baser or more subservient stooping to lick the dust from off the shoes of wealthy aristocrats, never exhibited itself to the astonished gaze of a race of freemen, than is to be found in the columns of the Valley Spirit.

Nigger, nigger, nigger, is their only theme. The interest of the nabobs of slavedom, the only rights worth battling for--the only principles worthy the support of the party of which the Spirit is the organ in this county. Everything freemen of the North do in behalf of free white-men and the interests of free labor, is denounced by this advocate of the labor of the woolly head--the friend to the extension of free labor, with its necessary result; the crushing out of white laboring men.

Who, among working men, that has any respect for himself and for his wife and children, wishes to see this free State of Pennsylvania overrun with Slavery; every branch of industry, which now affords support for thousands of white people, who are willing to work for a living, supplied with the labor of negroes whose bodies and souls (while in the flesh) belong to their masters--recognized as such by law? Who, among the high-minded, independent, intelligent mechanics of Franklin County, desires to see his means of supplying the wants of those who are dependant upon him, degraded by the competition of Slave labor? Who, among all the different branches of industry, so multifarious in its form wishes to be reduced to the level of the poor whites of the South; those wretched beings of whom Locofoco United States Senators says: "they are not fit to associate with a Southern gentleman's body servant?" No man, not even a voter with the Nigger Democracy in the North, among poor working, white men desires to witness any of all of these calamities to befal the beautiful fills and dales of the dear old Keystone of the Federal arch-beloved Pennsylvania. Yet there is nothing more certain to happen--not even the setting sun to follow its rising--than that of Slavery, with all its blighting effects, will again be introduced into every Northern State, if the policy of the Nigger Democracy is suffered to be carried out to the conclusion the oligarchs are hastened it as fast as circumstances will permit. The Editor of that, and the Editor of every other locofoco paper, knows as well as do we, that the object of the leaders of the odious dogma of Slavery extension is to carry their system of labor not only into the Territories, but into all the Northern States. The bolder among the hotspurs have, over and over again, declared that slavery is the best form of labor which capital can employ. Certain leading Southern locofoco orators have had the impudence to declare that "color had nothing to do with slavery;" and that the "rightful and normal condition of all poor laboring men is slavery." All these abominable teachings fall from the lips of the Southern leaders of the Nigger Democracy; their Northern allies see and hear the disreputable language and have not the manhood to speak out in reprobation thereof in suitable terms.

Some of the purse-proud lords-of-the-lash have publicly declared "that the great cause of the violent agitation in this country, is, to decide whether it is better for capital to own or to hire its labor." Thus saying, as plainly as language could express it, that there is an "irrepressible conflict" between capital and muscles, at this time, going on in the land. In this struggle the Republicans, like Jefferson, and all his compeers[ sic], are on the side of labor. The Nigger Democracy like the enemies of poor working men in every age of the world, is on the side of capital.

If the Northern dough-face followers of the Slave-owning, man-stealing, man, woman and children selling, Southern leaders of the Nigger Democracy, in all their wicked assaults upon poor white working men, can find satisfaction in giving aid and comfort to these bitter, unrelenting foes to the genuine interests of the industrious sons of toil in the free North, they can go on in their dark, fiendish attacks upon free labor till they bring about its necessary fruits, when, it is to be expected, they will be assigned their wished-for position--will be made overseers, their proper post.

(Column 2)
Summary: Editorial condemns Stephen Douglas' attempt to introduce legislation making discussion of slavery in the North seditious.
Faithful Officials
(Column 2)
Summary: Article praises McClure and Eyster for their work in lowering taxes.
(Names in announcement: J. Allison EysterEsq., Hon. A. K. McClure)
Our Representatives
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Summary: Article praises the local politicians on their work.
(Names in announcement: A. K. McClure, Austin, Brewster)
Hon. A. K. McClure
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Summary: Article on Sen. McClure's speech at the People's ratification meeting in Philadelphia.

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Franklin Rail Road
(Column 1)
Summary: Article notes the activities of the fledgling railroad.
(Names in announcement: Col. O. N. Lull, Jacob Switzer, William C. Murray, Zellar, Wasson)
Chapter of Accidents
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Summary: Summary of a horse accident.
(Names in announcement: Daniel TrostleEsq.)
(Column 1)
Summary: Another horse accident.
(Names in announcement: Rev. A.K. Nelson)
(Column 1)
Summary: Child, choked on cherry pit, died.
(Names in announcement: Samuel West)
Waynesboro Railroad
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Summary: Article supports movement for a railroad in Waynesboro.
Sanford's Opera Troupe
(Column 1)
Summary: Visiting troupe of negro minstrels from Philadelphia peformed in Chabersburg.
Old Greene Good for 200 Majority for Cameron and Curtin.
(Column 2)
Summary: Town meeting.
(Names in announcement: Miller Ferree, James L. Horner, Jacob Shirk, John Herchelrode, John Youst, Jacob Zook, Jacob Pentz, Jacob Youst, George Dice, Robert Bass, Jacob BittingerJr., James S. Chambers, John DitzlerEsq., Dr. C. T. Maclay, A.M. Criswell)
Trailer: C. T. Maclay, President; A. M. Criswell Secretary
Ward Meetings
(Column 2)
Summary: Notice of ward meetings for the People's party.
(Names in announcement: John Miller, J. W. Taylor)
Tedious Trial
(Column 2)
Summary: Note on a U.S. Circuit court trial in Baltimore.
Rev. Peter Cartwright
(Column 2)
Summary: Notice of Peter Cartwright's return to Chambersburg.
(Names in announcement: J. W. Deal)

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Description of Page: Fiction and ads.

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Description of Page: All Ads.

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(Column 3)
Summary: Mr. J. B. McClelland married Miss Mary E. Hoke on February 29.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Samuel Philips, J. B. McClelland, Mary E. Hoke)
(Column 3)
Summary: Mr. Henry Rebber married Miss Mary C. Lightcap on March 1.
(Names in announcement: Henry Rebber, Mary C. Lightcap)
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Summary: Mr. George Heller married Miss Barbara A. Jones on March 1.
(Names in announcement: George Heller, Barbara A. Jones)
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Summary: Mr. Solomon Snyder married Miss Margaret Stake on February 28.
(Names in announcement: Rev. N. Schlosser, Solomon Snyder, Margaret Stake)
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Summary: Mr. James Pott married Miss Agnes E. Logan, both of Fulton Co., on February 22.
(Names in announcement: Rev. N.G. White, James Pott, Agnes E. Logan)
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Summary: Mr. John Ebersole married Miss Sarah J. Unger on March 1.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Jas. M. Bishop, John Ebersole, Sarah J. Unger)
(Column 3)
Summary: Mr. Bozel McNew married Miss Sarah Jane Henrock on March 1.
(Names in announcement: William McElroy, Bozel McNew, Sarah Jane Henrock)
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Summary: Mr. Henry McGowan of Fulton Co. married Miss Sarah Geyer on February 28.
(Names in announcement: Rev. J. Smith Gordon, Henry McGowan, Sarah Geyer)
(Column 3)
Summary: Henry Bitner, son of Christain Bitner, died of typhoid fever, age 40, on February 24.
(Names in announcement: Henry Bitner, Christian Bitner)
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Summary: Mrs. Margaret Over, age 51, died on March 2.
(Names in announcement: Margaret Over)