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Franklin Repository: October 17, 1860

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Great Meeting At The Wigwam. Telling Speech Of Col. McClure
(Column 1)
Summary: In his speech at Wigwam on Oct. 6th, A. K. McClure makes fun of the Democrats'--Breckinridge, Douglas and Bell--attempt to fuse into one party. He also criticizes the Evening Journal for 'assailing the private character' of Col. Curtin.
(Names in announcement: Col. A. K. McClure)
Origin of Article: The News
Editorial Comment: The Wigwam was crowded on the evening of the 6th inst. Mr. Watson Malone was called to the chair at the usual hour, after which Col. A. K. McClure delivered a pwerful address, which we find reported in the News as follows:
[No Title]
(Column 3)
Summary: The editors mention that the vote for the First Congressional District has been taken to court for potentially fraudulent counting (due to an extreme change in the number of votes for Mr. Lehman in the 4th ward), and that the return judge, Mr. Byerly, has been arrested for forgery.
Speech Of Carl Schurz
(Column 4)
Summary: Carl Schurz' speech examines Douglas' efforts to 'solve' the slavery issue by trying to satisfy the interests of both the North and South with his self-contradictory doctrine of Popular Sovereignty. Schurz criticizes Douglas for his disregard or intentional misinterpretation of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, for claiming his concept of Popular Sovereignty is the same as Jefferson's, and for his indifference as to whether slavery is finally voted into the territories.

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Description of Page: Continuation from page 1 of Carl Schurz' speech at Hampden Hall

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Description of Page: Advertisements; life at Princeton; Benefits of Manual labor; the Republican Platform.

The Bill In The House
(Column 1)
Summary: An expression of astonishment that Bell supporters, formally supporters of Henry Clay, could consider to transfer their votes to Breckinridge.
Origin of Article: Philadelphia News

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Description of Page: Further articles claiming victory for the Republicans and their platform.

Another Invitation
(Column 1)
Summary: A request by the editors that patrons who owe the paper money pay their debts, with a reminder that court will soon be in session to handle such problems.
The Battle Won!
(Column 1)
Summary: A declaration of victory for Republicans, including Curtin, in the Oct. 9th election--that the people were not fooled by locofocoism again, and chose to elect true supporters of the Tariff.
A National Salute
(Column 2)
Summary: A celebration of Republicans and Wide Awakes in Chambersburg on Oct. 10th, with a procession walking to notable republican leaders and newly voted-in candidates.
(Names in announcement: P. B. Housum, J. Allison EysterEsq., Mr. Jacob Shaffer, Col. F. S. Stumbaugh, A. D. CaufmanEsq., Judge Chambers)
Hon. A. K. McClure
(Column 3)
Summary: The Repository congratulates and praises A. K. McClure, of Chambersburg, for his efforts to help Curtin win the governorship. The editors wonder if McClure would be willing to retire as a State Senator in order to join Curtin's cabinet.
(Names in announcement: Hon. A. K. McClure)
Deal Justly
(Column 4)
Summary: Question is raised as to whether Butler, a Lincolnite, was wrongfully given the victory of a Congressional seat, instead of Lehman, a Douglasite, due to the fraud of a return Judge, a Breckinridge man.
Origin of Article: locofoco Philadephia papers
"Reward Of Treachery"
(Column 4)
Summary: A response to "Prince William, the aristocratic editor of the Douglas organ of the Nigger Democracy," that he could be horrified that former Democrats could rise to high positions in the Republican party. The Repository reminds him that several notable former Whigs became powerful Democrats.
"Who Support Breckinridge and Lane"
(Column 5)
Summary: A response to a Spirit's article titled with the above quote. The article was a list of over seventy names of Breckinridge supporters--all of them wealthy whites. The Repository wonders where Bill Boyle's name is--that he must not be grand enough.
(Names in announcement: Bill Boyle)
Full Text of Article:

Under the above caption, the Spirit, of this date, gives a long list--containing over seventy names--of Honorables and Ex-Honorables, Governors, and Ex-Governors, and other celebrities, including the "Old Public Functionary," who are supporting the aristocratic, nigger-driving candidate--John C. Breckinridge--for the Presidency. Formerly that paper professed to belong to the "dirty shirt" party; now it is trying to button-hole the grandees of the land. WE have looked in vain for the name of Bill Boyle among the distinguised [sic] supporters of the great Kentuckian. The party, doubtless, has become too grand to have a rag, tag and bob-tail list-which accounts for the absence of our neighbor's beautiful phiz from the picture gallery which he presents.

We call the special attention of the working-men of this county to the list of kid-glove, ruffled-shirt gentlemen, whom the Spirit parades with so much display, as the "Supporters of John C. Breckinridge." Not one poor man to be found in the list. Not one mechanic there. Not one laboring man to grace the column. The reason is obvious; the niggerized party care nothing about POOR WHITES. Their whole concern is for the owners of slaves.

Those who are for ABRAHAM LINCOLN for the Presidency, are of a different stamp; they are: POOR WHITES, who earn their daily bread by honest toil; the frugal FARMERS, whom the supporters of Breckinridge style "small fisted;" the sturdy, industrious MECHANICS, whom the silk-stocking supporters of Breckinridge call "Greasy," the bone and sinew of the Free North, whom aristocrats, upon the Spirit's list denounce as "mud sills of society." These, a glorious host, who did so nobly in October, and who will repeat the dose in November, are the supporters of LINCOLN. Compare the lists and see which is really the most honorable in a Republican county.

Are You Assessed
(Column 5)
Summary: A reminder to Chambersburg voters to make sure they are assessed by Samuel Etters, in order to be able to vote in the Presidential election.
(Names in announcement: Samuel Etter)
"Our Little Neddy"
(Column 6)
Summary: Congratulations and praise for Franklin County's Congressional representative, nicknamed "Our Little Neddy"--though not a citizen of this county--for defeating Schell and the Locofoco party.
The New Engine
(Column 6)
Summary: A description written by the Friendship Fire Company, in Chambersburg, of their new suction engine and praise for its performance.

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Description of Page: Franklin County Official Returns of Election Held Oct. 9, 1860; advertisements; Ohio's election returns.

A Valuable Present
(Column 1)
Summary: Note of another horse given to Rush Senseny on Oct. 11th by the same mystery donor, a Lincolnite, with the intention that Rush canvass the county for support for Lincoln, and attend Lincoln's inauguration on this new horse.
(Names in announcement: Rush Senseny)
The Campaign Opened
(Column 1)
Summary: The citizens of Green Twp. met at Thompson's School House on Oct. 12th to start the Presidential campaign. John D. Coldsmith chaired, Robert Mahon, Esq., motioned a rally at Scotland on the 26th, and A. N. Rankin, E. J. Bonebrake, and F. S. Stumbaugh, Esqs., spoke.
(Names in announcement: A. N. RankinEsq., E. J. BonebrakeEsq., F. S. StumbaughEsq., Mr. John D. Coldsmith, Robert MahonEsq.)
Col. John Shirts
(Column 1)
Summary: The editors pass along a compliment by the Nebraska Advertiser, of a former citizen of Mercersburg, Col. John Shirts, who now resides in the Nebraska Territory.
Meeting At Marion
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Summary: Mention of a meeting of the People at Marion, in Guilford Twp, on Oct. 2nd. Speakers included William McLellan, L. S. Clarke, George Eyster, E. J. Bonebrake and P. H. Shough, Eqs., and elections for the Wide Awakes were held: Pres.--Col. Jeremiah Burk; Vice Pres.--Leander M. Snider; Secretary--S. S. Frederick; Treasurer--C. H. McKnight; Capt.--Henry S. Miller; 1st Lieut.--Lewis Etter; 2nd Lieut.--D. G. Shetter; Exec. Com.--George W. Bowers, Samuel Etter, Jr., and John G. Henry.
(Names in announcement: William McLellanEsq., L. S. ClarkeEsq., George EysterEsq., E. J. BonebrakeEsq., P. H. ShoughEsq., Col. Jeremiah Burk, Leander M. Snider, S. S. Frederick, C. H> McKnight, Henry S. Miller, Lewis Etter, D. G. Shetter, George W. Bowers, Samuel EtterJr., John G. Henry)
(Column 2)
Summary: The Chambersburg Lodge of the I.O.O.F. (Odd Fellows) recently elected officers: Nobel Grand--W. S. Everett; Vice Grand--William Kennedy; Treasurer--John Earhart; Secretary--P. B. Housum; Rep. to the Grand Lodge of Pa.--David Wertz.
(Names in announcement: W. S. Everett, William Kennedy, John Earhart, P. B. Housum, David Wertz)
A Burglary
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Summary: F. Snively's store in Shady Grove, Antrim Twp. was robbed on Oct. 11th; $100, Dry goods, a new suit, and $500 of Due Bills were stolen. Snively offers $200 for capture of the burglars, and recovery of all the stolen items, or $100 for recovery of the Dry goods.
(Names in announcement: Mr. F. Snively)
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Summary: The child of a man named Hatmaker (employed by Wood & Housum) recently was accidentally scalded by his mother, and has died.
(Names in announcement: Hatmaker, Mr. Hatmaker, Mrs. Hatmaker, Wood, Housum)

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Description of Page: Advertisements; Proclamation of the Presidential Election--see entry 8/29/60 for names and places.

How To Foretell Weather
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Summary: The study of the color of skies and types of clouds at sunrise and sunset can help predict the weather, as can also the behavior of animals.

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Description of Page: Advertisements; List of Traverse Jurors--see entry 10/3/60

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Description of Page: advertisements; land and house sales.

Address To The People Of Pennsylvania
(Column 1)
Summary: The Chairman of the People's State Committee, A. K. McClure, urges voters to give the largest majority ever of Pennsylvania votes to Lincoln.
(Names in announcement: A. K. McClure)
(Column 2)
Summary: On Oct. 1th, Rev. F. Dyson married Thomas W. Riley, of Philadelphia, to Mary Louisa Switzer, of Chambersburg. On Oct. 9th, Rev. S. McHenry married George Yoe to Fancis Creamer, both of the vicinity of Upper Strasburg. On Oct. 7th, Rev. William Harden married Jacob Sheets to Mary C. Parish, all of Chambersburg. On Sept 16th, in Chambersburg, Rev. C. Bauman married George Dietrich to Josephine Bucher, both of Shippensburg. On Oct. 4th, in Huntingdon, Rev. S. H. Read married William Fentiman, of Chambersburg, to Mary Jane Davis, of Shirleysburg. On Oct. 11th, in Greencastle, at the residence of the Rev. E. Emerson, Rev. Prof. Emerson married Jacob Lantz, of Lancaster City, to Emily Emerson, sister of the officiating clergyman. On Sept. 23rd, Rev. M. Snyder married Andrew P. Fraker, of Letterkenny Twp., to Maria Porter, of Southampton Twp. On Sept. 29th, at the house of Daniel Welker, Rev. M. Syder married David Beck to Geliah Gelwix, both of Path Valley. On Oct 11th, Rev. John Ault married Andrew M. Kann to Elizabeth J. Shew, both of St. Thomas Twp. On Oct. 3rd, Rev. Jacob Steck married William Hutten to Mollie E. Ott, only daughter of Samuel Ott, both of Chambersburg. On Oct. 11th, at the residence of the bride's father, near Carrick Furnace, Metal Twp., Rev. J. Smith Gordon married James W. Walker to Mary Elizabeth Noonan. On Oct. 11th, at the residence of the bride's father, in the vicinity of Marion, Rev. S. McHenry married Joseph Correl to Susan Weaver, all of Chambersburg. On Oct. 8th, in Chambersburg, Rev. J. T. McDonough married Edmund Ferry to Mary Murphy, formerly of Philadelphia and now a resident of Chambersburg. On Oct. 11th, Rev. William A. West married Noah Laughlin to Mary Bell Taylor, daughter of Geroge M. Taylor, of Amberson's Valley.
(Names in announcement: Rev. F. Dyson, Mr. Thomas W. Riley, Miss Mary Louisa Switzer, Rev. S. McHenry, Mr. George Yoe, Miss Francis Creamer, Rev. William Harden, Mr. Jacob Sheets, Miss Mary C. Parish, Rev. C. Bauman, Mr. George Dietrich, Miss Josephine Bucher, Rev. S. H. Read, Mr. William Fentiman, Miss Mary Jane Davis, Rev. Prof. Emerson, Mr. Jacob Lantz, Miss Emily Emerson, Rev. E. Emerson, Rev. M. Snyder, Mr. Andrew P. Fraker, Miss Maria Porter, Mr. Daniel Welker, Mr. David Beck, Miss Geliah Gelwix, Rev. John Ault, Andrew M. Kann, Elizabeth J. Shew, Rev. Jacob Steck, Mr. William Hutten, Miss Mollie E. Ott, Mr. Samuel Ott, Mr. Noonan, Rev. J. Smith Gordon, Mr. James W. Walker, Miss Mary Elizabeth Noonan, Mr. Weaver, Mr. Joseph Correl, Miss Susan Weaver, Rev. J. T. McDonough, Mr. Edmund Ferry, Miss Mary Murphy, Rev. William A. West, Mr. Noah Laughlin, Miss Mary Bell Taylor, Mr. George M. Taylor)
(Column 2)
Summary: On Sept. 29th, Christian Shank, Son of Isacc Shank, died at age 1 and 10 mo.. On Oct. 4th, near New Guilford, Sarah Alice Wingert, daughter of Jacob Wingert, died at age 1. On Oct. 6th, in New Guilford, Mary Elizabeth, died at age 10, and Henry Snider, died at age 4, both the children of Isaac Small. In Sept. Isabella L. Nixon died, only child of Sergt. G. T. and Isabella Nixon, of Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas Territory. Near Burnt Cabins, Fulton Co., Sarah Brown died at age 65. In Montgomery Twp. on the Welsh Run, John Shartle died at age 63 of a long, painful illness. On Oct. 14th, in Chambersburg, Philip Byers died at age 70. On Oct. 13th, near Ritchville, Washington Co., Md., Elizabeth Miller died at age 23.
(Names in announcement: Christian Shank, Mr. Isaac Shank, Sarah Alice Wingert, Mr. Jacob Wingert, Mary Elizabeth Small, Henry Snider Small, Mr. Isaac Small, Isabella L. Nixon, Mrs. Isabella Nixon, Sergt. G. T. Nixon, Mrs. Sarah Brown, Mr. John Shartle, Mr. Philip Byers, Elizabeth Miller)