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Franklin Repository: September 26, 1860

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Read! Read! Read!
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Summary: A two-page synopsis of Carl Schurz' speech that primarily discusses Douglas and his political career--criiticizing his character, and his claims as 'Champion of Freedom' and the 'greatest of living statesmen.'
Editorial Comment: A Synopsis of the Great Speech of Carl Schurz, delivered at the Cooper Institute, in New York, on Thursday Evening, September 13, 1860.

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Description of Page: Continuation of Carl Schurz' speech from page one.

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True Patriotism
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Summary: Excerpt of Mr. Seward's speech in Madison, Wisc., in which he promotes freedom and happiness to all humans, of any race or class.
Origin of Article: N. Y. Tribune
Banner Presentation
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Summary: An article describing the ceremony and participants of the presentation of a banner to the Wide Awakes of Monmouth, by the Ladies Cub. Anna Fleming, a native of Franklin Co., presented the banner.
(Names in announcement: Squires, Anna Fleming, W. B. Greer, W. Pitt Kellog, Gen. Paine, J. D. Wolfe, P. E. Reed)
A Good Idea
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Summary: Expression of the opinion that women's colleges should teach domestic skills.

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Description of Page: Two articles reminding Republicans to vote only for Republican candidates; a letter from Iowa that states that most of Iowa (and almost all its German citizens) will be voting for Lincoln.

The Ball Rolling
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Summary: Description of a Republican rally at which Col. A. G. Curtin and Carl Schurz, Esq., a Wisconsin German orator, spoke. Wide Awakes from Fayetteville, Greenvillage and Scotland, in a meeting later that day, elected officers, and the speakers of the earlier rally spoke again.
(Names in announcement: Mr. I. H. McCauley, Mr. George A. Deitz, Mr. A. D. Caufman, Mr. John G. A. Dennerline, Mr. William McLellan, Mr. Jacob Shaffer, Mr. T. J. Early, Mr. P. B. Housum, Mr. F. Henninger, Mr. A. N. Rankin, Hon. Joseph Casey, Col. A. K. McClure, J. A. EysterEsq., Jacob S. Brown, Col. F. S. Stumbaugh, Josiah W. FletcherEsq., Col. T. B. Kennedy, James DavidsonEsq., Hon. Edward McPherson, Mr. Peter Kreichbaum, Mr. Leonard Ebbert, Mr. William Dernfeldt, Mr. Christian Fuller)
The Speaker's Stand
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Summary: A list of committee members and participants in the construction of a stand for speakers, and a description of the stand, itself.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Henry Shepler, Col. F. S. Stumbaugh, Mr. J. W. Fletcher, Mr. Thomas Durbarrow, Mr. G. H. Merklein, Mr. A. N. Rankin, Col. T. B. Kennedy, Mr. George A. Deitz)
Herschel V. Johnson
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Summary: The editors mention that Johnson spoke in Chambersburg on Sept. 20th, and remind their readers that, in the past, he had compared white laborers to slaves and that his own Democratic party had realized that he could jeopardize their success in the coming elections.
Shameful Treatment Of A Candidate!
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Summary: A follow-up on a previous Repository article that accused the Valley Spirit and a clique of Democrats of controlling which Democrat candidates were allowed to run publicly for office, and a letter from one such candidate, William Piper, whose name was omitted from election ads.
(Names in announcement: William Piper, Mr. Keyser, Mr. Francis Northcraft)
Editorial Comment: Democratic Conventions Controlled by the "Town Clique."
Full Text of Article:

We intimated in our last issue, that the Valley Spirit and the "town clique," with which it co-operates, had treated a gentleman of Fayetteville, who desired to be a candidate before the late Democratic Nominating County Convention, in a very contemptuous and overbearing manner. We could not refrain from noticing the fact, for the reason that the gentleman who had been thus summarily choked off, had been a life-long member of the Democratic party. Our remarks, it appears, fell under the eye of the gentleman to whom we particularly alluded, and he has sent us the following communication:

Fayetteville, Sept. 21, 1860.

MESSRS EDITORS:--I observed in the Repository and Transcript of the 19th inst., a notice of the hostility of the Editors of the Valley Spirit towards "an humble member of the Democratic party of Fayetteville, who aspired to fill one of the Court House offices." I presume I am the individual alluded to, and in order that you and the public may be made better acquainted with the facts, and of the manner in which I was ruled out, permit me to make the following statement:

Sometime about the 1st of May last, I gave a short advertisement to Mr. F.-- S-----, of your place, requesting him to hand it to the Editors of the Valley Spirit. The substance of that advertisement was, that I was a candidate for the office of Register and Recorder, subject to the decision of the Democratic Convention. I looked for it carefully in the next issue of the paper, but found it not. I wrote another of the same, about two weeks after, and gave it to Mr. J.--- M----- to hand over to the Editors of the Spirit. He told me since that he positively gave it to them. I then confidently expected to see my Card in that week's paper, but found none. I then sent another through the Post office, and it was treated as the others were. I then thought I would try them with a little money, and sent them a silver dollar with Mr. J.--- B-----, of our village, who was about visiting Chambersburg, begging them to insert my Card in their paper as many times as a dollar would pay for. They took the money, and after consulting awhile among themselves, returned it to Mr. B----, with the remarks, that I should come in myself. I went to Chambersburg, but in reply to my request that they should insert my advertisement, announcing myself as a candidate, they told me that none of the County Candidates intended to publish their intentions--all was to be left to the Delegates in Convention. I then saw how the pot was boiling. On the day of the Convention I spoke to several of the Delegates, but they appeared all to be committed, and there was no chance for me. They said they had understood that the three respectable gentlemen who now fill the Court House offices were to be re-nominated for their present positions.

This is the manner in which equal rights are extended to all by the worthy editors of the Valley Spirit.

On the Sunday before the Delegates met in Convention, I was accosted in the town of Fayetteville by two very respectable gentlemen from Chambersburg, who wished to learn who the delegates from our place were. I informed the inquirer. I also told him that I was a Candidate for Register and Recorder, when he replied, "You are too late, the whole thing is fixed--we intend to keep the same Officers in the Court House that are in now." I replied by saying: "Then there is no use in holding a Convention."

Such has been the wire-working of the "town clique." I have been as firm a Democrat as any of the combined conspirators, and have done more labor and spent more of my own money in behalf of the cause than any man in the "clique," and had a right to expect better treatment of men professing to be Democrats than that which I have received. All I asked was a fair hearing, and, if I failed to obtain the nomination, well and good; but to be choked off and trodden down in the manner I was, by the paper professing to be the mouth-piece of the party, and by a few individuals who have set themselves up as leaders, is a little more than my spirit can bear or than my democratic teachings would warrant me to expect. But enough. I expect them to be defeated, with all their intrigue.

Yours, &c.,

So much for the manner in which Mr. PIPER was treated by the Valley Spirit and the Democratic leaders of Chambersburg. There is no denying the facts--there is the evidence from his own pen; and if any one will undertake to say, that it is anything less than mean and shabby treatment, such an one [sic], like the whipped cur, could "lick the hand that scourged him." After this we trust the Spirit will cease its clamor about the Republican Party of Franklin county being controlled by a "clique." The public will hereafter know, that when it sets up such a howl, it is only done to screen its own guilt--to cover the political trickery of its own "town clique"--and to mislead the public mind from a scrutiny of its own debauchery.

But more: Mr. PIPER is not the only man who came under the political ban of these Chambersburg Democratic leaders, who have constituted themselves the managers, rulers, and dictators of the party throughout the county. A very worthy and intelligent gentleman of Greencastle, of unimpeachable private character and of undoubted Democratic antecedents, who, in 1857, was a formidable candidate for the nomination of Prothonotary, and was beaten only 3 or 4 votes by his opponent, (Mr. Keyser, the present incumbent,) was most grossly, cruelly bamboozeled [sic] also by this Democratic "town clique."

The gentleman to whom we refer, came to Chambersburg for the purpose of again announcing himself as a candidate for the office of Prothonotary; but it appears he came upon "a fool's errand," for he had not consulted the "clique," which was a great breach of their assumed prerogative,--When his intentions became known, he was immediately taken in charge by the gentleman in authority, who at once put their wits to work to circumvent him, and get him out of their way, so that he should not come in contact with their already nominated County Ticket.

Every imaginable argument and inducement was held out to dissuade him from his purpose, and he succumbed to their desceptive [sic] words--promises made only to be broken, which he has since learned.--He was told that if he would withhold his announcement for the office for which he desired a nomination, they would place him in nomination for the Legislature.--The day for the assembling of the Convention came, and with it this gentleman from Greencastle, full of hope, confidently expecting to wear proudly the honors to be conferred by his party. Well, he was placed in nomination, the balloting commenced, and the anxious expectant awaited, not doubting that the announcement would be, that Mr. FRANCIS NORTHCRAFT was the unanimous nominee for the Democracy of Franklin county for the Legislature. But what was the result? Why he failed to receive one single, solitary, beggarly vote--the Delegate who nominated him did not vote for him! Who, but the Democratic leaders of Chambersburg could treat any member of its party in such a cruel, heartless manner! Things thus assumed an uglier shape than the leaders had intended, and on second ballot they allowed three Delegates to vote for Mr. N., and then he had his name withdrawn.

We submit to the candid reader, whether in view of the foregoing indisputable facts, the masses of the Democratic party of Franklin are not led as sheep to the shambles, by a few intriguing, selfish men of Chambersburg. The County Ticket was matured by them before the Convention assembled, all it had to do was to ratify the nominations already cut and dry. Is this not so?--and has the same thing not been done by these same leaders of the Democracy for the last ten years or more? The truth of the matter is simply this--the bone and sinew of the Democratic party are used by their leaders to vote but not think and act for themselves; they use them as the nigger-drivers of the South use their Slaves-- they must come when they are called and go when they are bidden. It is to this deep depth of degredation [sic] and humiliation that the great Democratic Party has at last fallen; and strange to say, many otherwise high-spirited men--men of intelligence and observation, still maintain their connection with it.

Col. Curtin And The Dog Story
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Summary: A letter from a Franklin County Whig who repudiates both the story of Curtin killing a dog, and the rumor that Curtin had slandered Dutchmen.
Trailer: An Old Franklin County Whig

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Description of Page: advertisements

A Grand Rally In Fayetteville!
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Summary: The Republicans of Green township met Sept. 19th, where several people spoke, including one speech, by John G. A. Dennerline, in German.
(Names in announcement: M. DonnelsonEsq., Mr. John E. Crawford, Mr. Henry Shaffer, Mr. William E. Camp, Jeremiah CookEsq., Hon. Edward McPherson, John G. A. Dennerline, P. HammanEsq.)
Montgomery And Peters
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Summary: A meeting of the Friends of Freedom and Protection was held a few nights ago at Clay Lick, in Montgomery township, and one at White Church Hill, in Peters township.
(Names in announcement: P. Henry Shough, J. J. Chambers)
[No Title]
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Summary: The Caledonia and Fayetteville Wide Awakes met and organized at the Log School House, in Fayetteville, on Sept. 22nd.
(Names in announcement: H. B. Crawford, A. J. Stevens, D. GreenawaltJr., W. E. Camp, John E. Crawford, G. B. Andrew, M. Donaldson)
Attention Wide-Awakes
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Summary: Lafayette Wood offers to equip Wide Awakes with their uniforms with a payment of forty dollars per fifty people.
(Names in announcement: Lafayette Wood)
[No Title]
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Summary: The teachers of Metal Township have organized in an Institute with officers.
(Names in announcement: John Wolf, J. C. Flickinger, R. L. Montgomery)
Origin of Article: Metal Township
Large Porkers
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Summary: The editors went to see Jacob Oyster's two very large hogs that weigh over fifteen hundred pounds.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Jacob OysterJr.)
New Suction
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Summary: The Town Council of Chambersburg has received the new Suction machine, from Cowing & Co., of Seneca Falls N. Y.

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Description of Page: A Postmaster's opinion of Lincoln; Advertisements; The Proclamation of the General Election.

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Description of Page: Sequel to Kansas Trouble; How to make Good Coffee; advertisements.

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Description of Page: advertisements; land and estate sales.

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Summary: On Aug. 30th, Rev. J. Rebaugh married Jacob Crider to Isabella Koontz, in her father's home in Franklin County. On Sept. 13th, in Greencastle, Rev. J. Rebaugh married Jacob B. Craley to Ann A. Knode, of Franklin County. On Sept. 12th, Rev. William A. West married William J. Harrison to Clarinda A. Johnston, daughter of D. C. Johnston, all of Dry Run, Path Valley. On Sept.13th, at Pleasant Retreat Parsonage (near Chambersburg), Rev. Jason M. Bishop, married Rev. J. Gideon Shoaff, of the Pennsylvania Conference, to Sue Peters, of Bendersville, Adams Co. On Sept.13th, Rev. G. Roth married Jacob Haulman to Hannah Hissong, both of Franklin Co.
(Names in announcement: Koontz, Rev. J. Rebaugh, Mr. Jacob Crider, Miss Isabella Koontz, Jacob B. Craley, Miss Ann A. Knode, Rev. William A. West, William J. Harrison, Miss Clarinda A. Johnston, D. C. Johnston, Rev. Jason M. Bishop, Rev. J. Gideon Shoaff, Miss Sue Peters, Rev. G. Roth, Mr. Jacob Haulman, Miss Hannah Hissong)
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Summary: On Sept. 3rd, at Dry Run, Susan, daughter of Solomon and Margeret Varner, died at age 1. On Sept 7th, Grizelda Bigham died at her mother's home near Fayetteville. On Sept. 14th, at Dry Run, Ellen Brinley, wife of John Brinley, died. On Sept. 17th, in Chambersburg, Eve Kobler died at age 71. On Sept 20th, Margaret Detwiler, formerly of McConnellsburg and in recent years a resident of Chambersburg and a member of the German Reformed Church, died at age 72. On Sept. 20th, in Chambersburg, William Brant died of consumption at age 31. On Sept. 19th, near Chambersburg, Susan Snively, wife of Samuel Snively, Esq., died at age 57.
(Names in announcement: Susan Varner, Solomon Varner, Mrs. Margeret Varner, Mrs. Bigham, Miss Grizelda Bigham, Mrs. Ellen Brinley, Mr. John Brinley, Mrs. Eve Kobler, Margaret Detwiler, Mr. William Brant, Mrs. Susan Snively, Samuel SnivelyEsq.)