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Franklin Repository: July 25, 1860

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Description of Page: Poem; Facts And Fancies; a note of Breckenridge's standings in New Yor.

Civil War In Syria
(Column 1)
Summary: Coverage of the war between Christians and Moslems, the atrocities committed on the Christians by the Moslems, the Turkish and other nations' involvement, and of the American citizens present Syria.
The Way To Do It
(Column 4)
Summary: A plea to not only elect Lincoln and Hamlin, but also a Congress that will support their clean up of the executive office and the spending practices of the government. By disseminating speeches of Lincoln--especially the debates between Lincoln and Douglas--the Republicans make clear and emphasize the differences in the platforms of the two parties. It is suggested that the Democrats are afraid to do the same, because publishing the truth would make them look bad.
Origin of Article: The New York Tribune
[No Title]
(Column 5)
Summary: At a meeting in Schenectady, N.Y., Gen Houston with Com. Stockton were nominated to run as independents for the Presidency and Vice Presidency.
Facts And Fancies
(Column 6)
Summary: One brief observation that a woman can speak as many languages as she likes, just as long as she doesn't speak too long a time.

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Description of Page: Fiction story of a Widower remarrying; Christian parables; political news from different regions; advertisements

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Description of Page: Christian story for children; advertisements; story of army company saved from Indians by a dog.

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The Feast Of Blood
(Column 1)
Summary: Observation that the Democrats plan to disregard the rule of election that majority wins, and that the Democrats have a pathetic plan to refuse Lincoln's appointee to the Southern Post Master position, that this will only inconvenience the South and save the Treasury's money.
The Mails South
(Column 2)
Summary: Complaint that Post Master Holtz is favoring with better rates the Cumberland Valley Railroad over the much better southern route via the new Franklin Rail, and a demand that Holtz change this policy.
The People In Motion
(Column 3)
Summary: Use of a naval illustration to discuss the ship of Lincoln and Hamlin cruising along steadily into port, all the while looking for those boats of piracy that include Douglas, Bell and Everett.
The Old Whigs
(Column 3)
Summary: Prediction that the former Whigs who have not yet joined a party will finally join the Republican party when they see Lincoln as another Henry Clay, as an excellent representative for Whig ideals.
Full Text of Article:

There are many men in the United States, who, since the disbanding of the old Whig party, do not claim to belong to any of the political organizations of the day. Many of these, in 1856, were of the opinion that the Republican party was sectional in its character, and, fearing the consequences of arousing violent sectional feeling in the land--which they dreaded as the result of the election of the gallant Col. Fremont--they believed their true policy was to cast their votes for Millard Filmore, the American candidate for the Presidency. Others, feeling that age and experience had done great things for themselves, naturally supposed that the election of James Buchanan, a man bordering upon three score years and ten, would be the best possible way of allying public excitement, voted for and helped to elect the present incumbent. They find, too late, that they have been deceived in this expectation; that the man who could basely defame Henry Clay was not the man in whom they should have placed any confidence; that he who could permit a patriot, such as the sage of Ashland, to go down to the tomb with a calumny of his own making upon an otherwise untarnished reputation, should never have received their votes. They see this error, and not being able to correct it do not desire to commit another blunder like it. They are, therefore, seriously pondering over their proper course in this campaign. The result is easily predicted, a second Henry Clay; another old Whig is in the field. They see in honest ABRAHAM LINCOLN the embodiment of all their old political principles, and they will rally as one man to his support.

The meeting at Union Square, in the city of New York, a few evenings since, which was addressed by the old Whig leader HORACE GREELEY, and by DANIEL ULLMAN, ESQ., (one of the number who, like many others), supported Mr. Fillmore, four years since,) was an assemblage of earnest-thinking men of the old Whig like themselves, all their hearts can desire in a President, and they are determined to vote for him.

The opinion of Senator Benjamin, that LINCOLN is infinitely more conservative than DOUGLAS, and is greatly to be preferred by the thinking portion of society, is fully concurred in by the old Whigs, and their power will be felt on the right side during this very important campaign.

The Legislature
(Column 4)
Summary: A request that people continue the local tradition of sending capable and successful representatives from this district to the State Legislature; James R. Brewster and James C. Austin have done well, and it is wise to return such experienced men rather than risk choosing green representatives.
(Names in announcement: Mr. James R. Brewster, Mr. James C. Austin)
He Is Welcome
(Column a)
Summary: An expression of delight as Hon. John Hickman offers to canvass for Lincoln in the western states, and a call for others to do the same and make their mark in aiding in this historically significant election.
A Dwarfed Giant
(Column 4)
Summary: Observation and excerpt of a Southern Democrat's comment on the general opinion of Douglas by Southern Democrats---that he is currupt, even though he helped them by repealing the Missouri compromise. If this is the case, that the Southerners won't support him, and the Northern Democrats see him as a traitor to Free Labor, then who will support him?
(Column 5)
Summary: Note of a Missouri newspaper was mobbed and the Editor, S. Harbaugh, forced to leave the offices because he promoted Lincoln and Hamlin. Harbaugh is a native of Waynesboro, Franklin county, and worked under Joseph Pritts for the Franklin Repository and Transcript. Comment that this is how the Democrats in the South operate--by mobbing anyone who dares support a Republican, and yet the Democrats accuse the Republicans of sectionalism.
(Names in announcement: Mr. S. Harbaugh, Mr. Joseph Pritts)
Rather Sensible
(Column 5)
Summary: A complaint the Democrats are unwilling to stand up for the candidate Bell during the popular election, although if the vote goes to the House, they would urge his election there. And so the newspaper would rather vote for Lincoln, rather than settle for one of the Democrat candidates over Bell.
Origin of Article: The Cumberland (Md.) Civilian
Visit To A Centenarian Couple
(Column 6)
Summary: Mention by the Missouri editor of his visit with a married couple aged 109 and 102, respectively; both alive well before the American Revolution. The editor of the Franklin Repository notes a visit to Mrs. Cowan, aged 102, who lives in Cowan's Gap, northeast of Chambersburg.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Cowan)
Origin of Article: The Missouri Statesman
So They Go
(Column 6)
Summary: Reference to an article in the Louisville Journal about the disruption at a Breckenridge ratification meeting, caused by Bell supporters and animosity between Breckenridge and Douglas supporters
Monsieur Tonson Come Again
(Column 6)
Summary: The Atlanta Southern Confederacy, a paper supporting Douglas, urges that if Lincoln wins, then the South should secede. Clearly Douglas has not been able to quiet these suggestions among his own supporters. Also a mention that should the South secede the Government will respond with hangings.
Origin of Article: Harrisburg Telegraph
Accidental Hanging
(Column 6)
Summary: A three year old boy, Patrick Riley of Norristown, accidentally hung himself while playing with a rope hanging on a low wall.
(Names in announcement: Patrick Riley)

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Description of Page: Market report; articles of facts and interest; advertisements.

Joseph Culbertson, Esq.
(Column 1)
Summary: Mention of Joseph Cubertson in Crosby's Annual Obituary Notices of Eminent Persons who died in 1858. Summary given: died 7/26/58, age 79; born in Culbertsons Row 2/27/1779; in the mercantile business, High sheriff of Franklin Co., President of the Bank of Chambersburg, member of the Presbyterian Church of Chambersburg. Second son, Alexander, connected with American Fur Company and has made donations to the Smithsonian. Another son, M. Simpson, went to West Point and is now a missionary in China. Another son, Thaddeus, was a Reverend, but died 8/28/50. His daughter, Anne M., died 2/8/58.
(Names in announcement: Joseph CulbertsonEsq., Alexander Culbertson, Rev. M. Simpson Culbertson, Rev. Thaddeus Culbertson, Anne M. Culbertson)
Wire Walking
(Column 1)
Summary: Mention of a tight-rope act by Prof. Price on July 23rd, on a rope strung between John Fisher's hotel and Jacob P. Noel's house. Also mention of Antrim native, John Stickell, while working in Maryland, walked a rope in order to save an employee hanging from it.
(Names in announcement: Mr. John Fisher, Mr. Jacob P. Noel, Mr. John Stickell)
Montgomery All Alive>
(Column 2)
Summary: Members of the People's Party met at Mark M'Afee's Public House in Mercersburg on July 21st to organize a Lincoln and Hamlin Club. Col. F. S. Stumbaugh delivered a speech.
(Names in announcement: Mark M'Afee, Col. F. S. Stumbaugh)
[No Title]
(Column 2)
Summary: The pastor-elect of the Presbyterian Church of Chambersburg, Rev. Preston, of Virginia, a few weeks ago declined the position due to poor health. Rev. S. J. Nichols, of Westmoreland Co. is the newly chosen pastor.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Mr. Preston, Rev. S. J. Nichols)
The Ball Is Rolling
(Column 2)Meeting In Fayetteville
(Column 2)
Summary: A meeting of the Lincoln and Hamlin Club of Fayetteville met at John Brown's Public House July 21st. Mr. William G. Mitchell, of Pleasant Hall, Letterkenny township, and E. J. Bonebrake, Esq., of Chambersburg, spoke.
(Names in announcement: John Brown, Mr. William G. Mitchell, E. J. BonebrakeEsq.)
Rail Road Survey
(Column 2)
Summary: Comittees appointed in the several districts to collect money to pay for the survey for a railroad between Chambersburg and Burnt Cabins. In Chambersburg: Emanuel Kuhn, William Seibert, and J. W. Fletcher. In St. Thomas Township: Dunlap Dickson, Peter Hollar, and Samuel Sim. In Peters Township: H. Easton, George Stinger, and Hartman Dickhout. In Metal Township; Charles Campbell, Samuel Walker, and Jas. R. Brewster.
(Names in announcement: Emanuel Kuhn, William Seibert, J. W. Fletcher, Dunlap Dickson, Peter Hollar, Samuel Sim, H. Easton, George Stinger, Hartman Dickhout, Charles Campbell, Samuel Walker, Jas. R, Brewster)
Boat Ride
(Column 2)
Summary: A suggested local entertainment is an excursion on Mr. Sollenberger's "Young America" on the Conococheague.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Sollenberger)
Almost A Fire
(Column 3)
Summary: A fire in Barnitz' Old Brewery was started by children and extinguished by a passing gentleman. Another fire in an alley between Queen and Market St. was also extinguished.
The Meteor
(Column 3)
Summary: A large meteor passed through the sky around 10 o'clock pm July 20th.
Sad Occurence
(Column 3)
Summary: Isaiah Null, age 27, drowned in the milldam of Messrs. S. & G. Small, in Quincytown, and leaves a wife and two children.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Isaiah Null, S. Small, G. Small)
Almost A Fire
(Column 3)
Summary: A fire in William Garner's flour mill, caused by the friction of the hopper's burrs, was luckily put out by Garner in time.
(Names in announcement: Mr. William Garner)
Origin of Article: Greencastle Pilot
Good Work
(Column 3)
Summary: A commendation to A. Hurst and W. F. Smith who cut nine acres of oats in seven hours on July 21st on Hurst's farm in Guilford township.
(Names in announcement: Mr. A. Hurst, Mr. W. F. Smith)
Banners For The Free
(Column 3)
Summary: Announcement of a meeting July 26th of the Lincoln Ladies of Chambersburg to adopt measures for providing flags and banners to the People's Party of Chambersburg.
Bush Meeting
(Column 3)
Summary: A Bush meeting held by the United Brethren will meet on Peter Stinger's lands near Loudon, Aug. 3rd to the 5th.
(Names in announcement: Peter Stinger)
Another Oats Curiosity>
(Column 3)
Summary: The newspaper has been brought a sample of oats from J. Watson Craig's field where every stalk has two heads.
(Names in announcement: Mr. J. Watson Craig)
African Negroes Openly Imported Into Mobile
(Column 4)
Summary: An excerpt from an Alabama paper praising the recent successful import of African slaves--that slavery benefits the owners, and also the slaves by civilizing them and saving their souls with Christianity.
Origin of Article: The Mobile Register
Population Of Lebanon
(Column 5)
Summary: The population of Lebanon has greatly decreased; due to the stagnating market, mechanics and laborers must leave to find work.
Origin of Article: Courrier
Apple Tree Blight
(Column 5)
Summary: Ohio papers report a blight on apple trees, similar to a pear tree blight.
[No Title]
(Column 5)
Summary: Washington has sent Dr. Thomas Antisell, an eminent chemist and naturalist, to investigate the cattle disease affecting the Eastern states.
A List of Grand and Traverse Jurors
(Column 6)
Summary: The list of Grand and Traverse Jurors drawn for a Court of Oyer and Terminer, Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace, and Court of Common--to be held in Chambersburg August 13th. Grand Jurors include: John Shirts, Mercersburg; John Bonebrake, Washington; S. A. Bradley, Mercersburg; John Croft, St. Thomas; James Conner, Warren; J. C. R. Eckman, Quincy; Henry Eberly, Montgomery; Daniel Finafrock, Green; James Gilbert, Montgomery; Thomas Grove, Mercersburg; John Gilmore, Letterkenny; Jacob Gossert, Jr., Quincy; Benjamin Johnston, Southampton; John Oler, Washington; Philip Karper, Letterkenny; S. Mohler, Southampton; George Milay, Washington; Jacob Middour, Quincy; James McColloh, Peters; Daniel W. Royer, Quincy; John Ramsey, Letterkenny; Richard, Richer St. Thomas; James D. Scott, Peters; Jacob Witmore, Montgomery. Traverse Jurors include: Caleb Atherton, Chambersburg; Jeremiah Angle, Southampton; Jerome Beaver, Waynesboro; Willam Brant, Green; William Burgess, Peters; Michael Bushey, Peters; W. S. Bard, Southampton; John Crawford, Guilford; George Colby, Green; John S. Cell, Peters; Abraham Dull, Guilford; John Ditzler, Green; Andrew Detrich, St. Thomas; Christian Fry, Jr. Green; William Fetter, Letterkenny; Alonza P. Fry, Chambersburg; Adam Fleagle, Metal; John Forrister, Letterkenny; Joseph Fuss, Peters; William Hade, Antrim; David Hays, Southampton; Martin Hoover, Letterkenny; Michael Hoover, Peters; Cyrus Hambright, Green; Jacob Henninger, Chambersburg; Ruben Hawk, Green; John Irvin, Jr., Waynesboro; Daniel Johnston, Fannett; Abram. Knepper, Quincy; Simon Leckron, Washington; Daniel Leckrone, Washington; John Middour, Quincy; James R. McCurdy, Green; Daniel Myers, Antrim; Marshall Means, Southampton; William Orr, Southampton; Joseph Reed, St Thomas; Michael Rider, of A., Peters; Robert Parker, Mercersburg; F. Skinner, Fannett; Michael Slotliour, Antrim; Daniel Skinner, Fannett; Jacob Shaffer, Chambersburg; Morrow Skinner, Lurgan; A. K. Weir, Greencastle; Jacob Weister, Greencastle; John Wyncoop, Lurgan; Jacob Young, Montgomery.
(Names in announcement: John Shirts, John Bonebrake, S. A. Bradley, John Croft, James Conner, J. C. R. Eckman, Henry Eberly, Daniel Finafrock, James Gilbert, Thomas Grover, John Gilmore, Jacob GossertJr., Benjamin Johnston, John Oler, Philip Karper, S. Mohler, George Miley, Jacob Middour, James McColloh, Daniel W. Royer, John Ramsey, Richard Richer, James D. Scott, Jacob Witmore, Caleb Atherton, Jeremiah Angle, Jerome Beaver, William Brant, William Burgess, Michael Bushey, W. S. Bard, John Crawford, George Colby, John S. Cell, Abraham Dull, John Ditzler, Andrew Detrich, Christian FryJr., William Fetter, Alonza P. Fry, Adam Fleagle, John Forrister, Joseph Fuss, William Hade, David Hays, Martin Hoover, Michael Hoover, Cyrus Hambright, Jacob Henninger, Reuben Hawk, John IrvinJr., Daniel Johnston, Abram Knepper, Simon Leckron, Daniel Leckrone, John Middour, James R. McCurdy, Daniel Myers, Marshall Means, William Orr, Joseph Reed, Michael Rider, Robert Parker, F. Skinner, Michael Slotliour, Daniel Skinner, Jacob Shaffer, Morrow Skinner, A. K. Weir, Jacob Weister, John Wyncoop, Jacob Young)

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Description of Page: News from Europe; advertisements

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Description of Page: Republican Platform; advertisements; facts of interest an humor

[No Title]
(Column 2)
Summary: story of a man who drugged a woman in order to marry her; she sued to have it set aside, and to the surprise of the husband, the Supreme Court decided in her favor.
[No Title]
(Column 2)
Summary: A man in New Orleans was arrested for beating his wife to death with his fists and a club.
[No Title]
(Column 2)
Summary: A remonstration of the inappropriateness of women joking about suicide.

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Description of Page: Advertisements; land sales

Sound Sentiments
(Column 1)
Summary: A response that the editors will not abuse either Douglas or Lincoln--especially in the tasteless style of belittling their humble beginnings. The type of people who do mock in this way, are usually of the same class, but have not escaped and risen to a higher level.
The Stampede Commenced
(Column 1)
Summary: A number of Douglas supporters consider voting for Lincoln, since it will help defeat Breckenridge and be a revenge on the Southerners for their mistreatment of their Northern allies at the conventions in Charleston and Baltimore.
Full Text of Article:

The evidence of a determination on the part of the Douglas men to vote for Lincoln, says the Harrisburg Telegraph, and thus kill two birds with one stone, are multiplying on every hand. This is the case here and all over the country. Scores of men who have for years cited with the Democratic party are daily ranging themselves under the banner of Lincoln and Hamlin, determined to crush out the southern disunionists and the northern traitors who fraternize with them. It is conceded, and justly too, that every vote cast for Douglas in the Free States is a vote for Breckenridge or old Joe Lane, just in the proportion that it is effective in carrying the election into Congress. The honest supporters of Mr. Douglas would a hundred times prefer the election of Lincoln to that of either Breckinridge or old Joe Lane. This is the first bird to be killed, by all manner of means. On the other hand, a large number of them are burning with the desire to give a blow to the South in return for the dastardly treatment they have received during the past three years, and particularly at the Charleston and Baltimore Conventions. They see no other way half so effectual in accomplishing their revenge, as voting Lincoln into the White House. The country is swarming with this class of Douglas men, and among them may be counted some of the most efficient politicians of that persuasion.

The Douglas organs are laboring desperately to hold them back--for the purpose, we suppose, of carrying the election into the House and insuring the success of the "disunionists." as the term the supporters of Breckinridge. But the stampede has commenced, and it cannot be stopped. We have no doubt a large majority of Democratic politicians in the North are anxious for some kind of a compromise which may possibly save the offices to themselves--but the people who want no offices, are in for the fight on principle. The party has arrived at that perplexing fork in the road described by the colored preacher, where "one leads to hell, and the other to d--nation." If Douglas and Breckinridge are both withdrawn, Lincoln will be elected. If both remain in the field he will be elected. If either of them remain in the field Lincoln will be elected. But neither of them will withdraw unless the other does, and Lincoln will be elected anyhow. That is the whole mathematics of the campaign. Joint electoral tickets will not avail the warring factions, because that sort of thing implies that one or the other is to be cheated, and the people are bound not to be cheated.

Turn it which way you will, Lincoln comes uppermost every time. If anybody doubts it let him just hold his breath till the 6th day of November!

The Proposed Mormon Emigration
(Column 2)
Summary: A proposal that the Mormons emigrate to Oceanica, one of the East Indies islands, so that the wealth on the islands can be tapped by the U. S.
North And South
(Column 2)
Summary: Notwithstanding the present friction between the North and the South, the Patriot observes that Southerners have started coming North again when in need of manufactured goods, and the Northerners are going South for cotton, rice or sugar.
Origin of Article: The Baltimore Patriot
Full Text of Article:

The Baltimore Patriot says: At the north the watering places are rapidly filling up, and especially with southern visitors. The twaddle, so much in vogue a few years ago, of southerners shunning the northern States, and seeking only the rendezvous within their own borders, has died out, notwithstanding the present "impending crisis" of Messrs. Yancey & Co. People of sense, both north and south, go just exactly where their interest and inclination leads them. And in this they follow that universal law and custom which binds everywhere alike. When southern merchants want northern manufacturers, or southern planters seek change and a colder climate, they will go north to find them, just as they of the north seek health, or cotton or rice, or sugar in the southern states.

[No Title]
(Column 3)
Summary: Alexander Hamilton's son states that Judge Taney's belief that the Constitution does recognize property in a man is wrong, but, instead, that the authors were very careful to keep out any mention of a right to own another man.
(Column 3)
Summary: Pres. Buchanan says, that considering the irregularities of the Democratic conventions, Democrats should vote as they please, and not feel bound by any particular nomination.
(Column 4)
Summary: On July 19th in Chambersburg, at the German Reformed Parsonage, by Rev. Samuel Philips, Abner D. Kuhn married Rebecca Stover
(Names in announcement: Rev. Samuel Philips, Mr. Abner D. Kuhn, Miss Rebecca Stover)
(Column 4)
Summary: On July 10th, Sarah Maria Allen, wife of Josiah Allen, of Hamilton township, died at age 50. On July 19th, in Metal township, William Elliott died at age 81. On July 23, in Guilford township at the home of Mrs. Catharine Hosler, Rev. David Heffelfinger, who was pastor of the German Reform Congregations of Fayetteville, Funkstown, Marion and Grindstone Hill, died at age 45. On July 24th, in Chambersburg, Mrs parthena W. King, wife of James King, died at age 40.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Sarah Maria Allen, Josiah Allen, Mr. William Elliott, Mrs. Catharine Hosler, Rev. David Heffelfinger, Mrs. Parthena W. King, James King)