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Franklin Repository: October 24, 1860

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Hon. A. K. McClure And The United States Senatorship
(Column 1)
Summary: A letter to the editors from 'A Working Man,' suggesting that A. K. McClure is the suitable successor to Hon. Beef Bigler, whose term expires March 4th, 1861.
(Names in announcement: Alexander K. McClure)
Speech Hon. Thaddeus Stevens
(Column 1)
Summary: Stevens begins his speech with the argument that tariffs are the normal, intelligent means of protection for a country's (especially a young one's) economy. He examines the four Presidential candidates' records on support for a tariff--that Douglas and Breckinridge are against it, and that Bell is such a good man and an enemy of Democrats and so he should join forces with the Republicans. Stevens then discusses the slave issue, Douglas' stance on it,and Judge Taney's misinterpretation of the Constitution.
Editorial Comment: Delivered at Cooper Institute, New York City, on Thursday evening, Sept. 27, 1860.

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Description of Page: Continuation of Steven's speech from page 1.

Col. McClure At The Wigwam Again: Fusion Entombed And Epitaphed. The Moral Of The Victory.
(Column 3)
Summary: McClure gives praise for the newly elected governor, Andrew G. Curtin. He points out that Democrat candidates lost elections due to back-stabbing by the supposedly fused (by a sort of bartering) divisions of the Party and Bell's supporters. He also stated, noting the recent election successes, that Lincoln will succeed where Henry Clay did not.
(Names in announcement: Alexander K. McClure)

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Description of Page: Humorous articles; Republican Platform; Advertisements.

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Description of Page: Articles urging Republicans to vote.

Mark The Difference
(Column 1)
Summary: The editors argue that the difference between the Republicans and Democrats lies in either promoting the welfare of the poor whites (Republicans) or the welfare of the wealthy, especially the rich slaveholders (Democrats)
The Middle Ground
(Column 3)
Summary: The editors discuss three camps of thought: The Abolitionist who want slavery abolished, or at least disunion from the South; The Southern fire-eaters who want to spread slavery into all parts of the country; and the Republicans who want to protect the South's institution of slavery, but prevent it from spreading into the Territories.
Sound And Fury
(Column 4)
Summary: An argument that the disunionists of the South are actually few in number, and that the Republicans will not permit these few to cause the splitting of the country.
The War Of The Bills
(Column 5)
Summary: A battle between the editors (both named 'Bill') of two opposing Democratic newspapers, in which 'Gimlet-Bill,' the editor of the Spirit, apparently won, and 'Bunty Bill' has cast his support to Douglas.
Full Text of Article:

Some months since, a company of Chambersburg Douglas men purchased the good-will and fixtures of a printing office in this place and started a paper advocating the exclusive claims of the "little giant" for the Presidency. Is Editor, Bunty Bill, pulled off his coat, rolled up his sleves [sic] and pitched fiercely into Gimlet-nose Bill, the puke that scribbles for the Spirit, the other organ of the Nigger Democracy of this County. The puke returned blow for blow; the war grew fierce; the puke became braver and more defiant as the battle progressed; Bunty Bill, at first so courageous, soon began to show the white feather; Gimlet- nose Bill discovered his advantage and gave the challanger [sic] several home-thrusts, which, together with the fizzling of its leaders--the bold, brave, straight-out Douglas men-- who assembled, in Philadelphia, a few days since, caused Bunty Bill to strike his colors, and this week we are to have him supporting the same electoral ticket which his foe has all the time advocated, and next week we may expect to see him on his back begging for quarter from the puke, whom he at first affected to despise. He who fights and runs away, may live to fight some other day--a great while after the first fight, however.

How will Gimlet-nose Bill act toward his fallen foe, Bunty Bill, now that the latter has surrendered? Will he permit him to return to the fold of the faithful? Will he allow him to be placed among the notables, who figure in capitals, in the Spirit, as supporters of Breckinridge and Lane? Or, as a punishment for joining those who dared to have an opinion of their own, when Southern dictators willed otherwise, will he and they be kept out in the cold when Breckinridge becomes President. We trust that peace and harmony may be restored between these two bloody belligerents before the inauguration of Breckinridge. Bunty Bill admits, virtually, that Douglas has no chance, and, since Foster carried Pennsylvania, so gallantly, he too must be calculating upon the election of Breckinridge, else why support men on his electoral ticket who say: "That under no circumstances will they vote for Douglas?"

The battle between the Bills, though fierce, was short. Douglas spent all his money, many thousands dollars, carrying his election to the Senate, in 1858--which was accomplished, in defiance of the popular will, by the manner in which the State of Illinois is distracted--and the friends of Breckinridge and Lane hold the offices, and wield the patronage of the Government, and as the Nigger Democracy are very fond of "spondulics," and have none of their own, the Douglas boys are trying to get hold of the government udder; but Gimlet-nose Bill will make Bunty Bill suck the hind teat. Nevertheless Gimlet-nose Bill had better keep a sharp look out; for old Mr. Buchanan, the present, and the last locofoco, dispenser of Federal bounty, is proverbial for rewarding his enemies and neglecting those who were his warmest friends.

If there is any private understanding between you, boys, keep it to yourselves; for "Andy can't keep a secret." There is no use fighting any longer. The deed is done. The fiat has gone forth. The hand-writing is on the wall. Your corrupt party is doomed to destruction--even "Rankin's prayers" cannot save it.

Voting For Douglas
(Column 5)
Summary: Stephen A. Douglas, of Illinois, writes that 4/5 of Democrats in Pa. will vote for him, and that his true supporters will not be led astray.
The Next Senate
(Column 6)
Summary: Prediction that the next Senate will have 61 Republicans.

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Description of Page: Advertisements.

Fayetteville Jubilee
(Column 1)
Summary: On Oct. 18th, the Republicans of Fayetteville met to celebrate the election of Oct. 9th. A procession of Wide awakes and speeches were part of the evening.
(Names in announcement: Capt. Camp, Mrs. Dr. McGowan, Dr. H. K. Byers, Hon. A. K. McClure, Mr. Greenawalt, John E. Crawford, Col. F. S. Stumbaugh, Mr. John Brown, Philip HammanEsq., Judge Cline, John H. CriswellEsq., A. J. StevensEsq., A. N. Rankin, Hon. Ed. McPherson)
Bayard Taylor
(Column 1)
Summary: Bayard Taylor, a traveler and orator, spoke in Franklin Hall on Oct. 22nd, at which he lectured on "Life in the Arctic Regions."
California Potatoes
(Column 1)
Summary: Mention of very large and prolific California Mercer Potatoes raised by David Funkhouser, near Rocky Spring.
(Names in announcement: Mr. David Funkhouser)
County Committee
(Column 1)
Summary: As the Chairman of the Republican County Committee is absent from home, communications should be sent to the secretary, P. Hamman, Esq.
(Names in announcement: P. HammanEsq.)
Robbery Of The Express Company
(Column 2)
Summary: On Oct. 6th, the Merchant's Bank of Baltimore sent a package of bank notes-$9,445--to the Hagerstown Bank. When it arrived, $3,300 had been stolen, but the Pa. Division of the Express Company reimbursed the Hagerstown Bank.
Origin of Article: Hagerstown Torch
Census Returns
(Column 2)
Summary: Mr. W. H. Blair, a Deputy Marshal for the Census, shared some census returns with the paper.
(Names in announcement: Mr. W. H. Blair)
Origin of Article: Greencastle Pilot
Stolen Goods Recovered
(Column 2)
Summary: The property and money (except for $65) stolen from Frederick B. Snively's store--reported in the 10/17/60 issue--was recovered on Oct. 19th, in Mrs. McCoy's haystack, by Mr. Snively himself.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Frederick B. Snively, Mrs. McCoy)
Business On The Railroad
(Column 2)
Summary: The opening of the Railroad has caused a great increase in Forwardings and Commissions, and the need for larger storage buildings, the reason for the enlarging of Schaffhirt & Co.'s house.
(Names in announcement: Messrs. Schaffhirt)
Origin of Article: Greencastle Pilot
Pennsylvanians In the 37th Congress.
(Column 2)
Summary: The list of members elected to the 37th congress, including Ed. McPherson as representative of the 17th District. There are a total of 20 Republican representatives and 5 Democrats.
(Names in announcement: Hon. Ed. McPherson)
XVIIth congressional District--Official
(Column 2)
Summary: A list of the counties' votes for McPherson (11,673) and Schell (11,144)--McPherson won by 529 votes.
(Names in announcement: McPherson)
Official Vote. Curtin's Majority
(Column 3)
Summary: A list of the votes of all the Pennsylvania counties for the governor and Auditor General.
Legislature Complete
(Column 3)
Summary: A list of the State Senators and Representatives--with a Republican majority of 21 in the Senate and 63 in the House.
(Names in announcement: A. K. McClure, James R. Brewster, James C. Austin)

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Description of Page: Proclamation of the Presidential Election; Advertisements.

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

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Description of Page: advertsiements; land and house sales.

An Abstract Of The Election Laws Of Pennsylvania
(Column 1)
Summary: A description of Qualifications of Voters, definition of a citizen, Evidence of Naturalization, and Evidence of the Payment of a Tax.
Important Opinion From Mr. Lincoln Before His Nomination
(Column 2)
Summary: In a speech in Leavenworth, Kansas, Lincoln warns those Democrats who threaten to dissolve the Union (if Lincoln is elected) that the government will deal with them in the same manner as John Brown was dealt with.
(Column 3)
Summary: On Oct. 16th, in Lancaster City, Rev. J. F. Krotel married D. Webster Diehl to Lu. F. Essom, both of Chambersburg. On Sept. 16th, Rev. Jacob F. Oller, married Lewis Embly to Eliza Weicth, both of Carrtown, Washington Twp. On Oct. 3rd, Rev. Z. A. Colestock married Charles Shanebrugh to Mary A. Harmony. On Oct. 18th, Rev. Z. A. Colestock married George W. Swaim to Anna M. Baker, both of Chambersburg. On Oct. 11th, in Carlisle, Rev. James M. Elderdice married Solomon Gabler to Sarah Ann Hambleton, both of Franklin Co. On Oct. 16th, in Shippensburg, Rev. Wesley Howe married John Ott to Elizabeth Barr, both of Scotland. On Oct. 18th, near Caledonia Furnace, Rev. William R. Coursey married David C. Burkett to Rebecca E. Everly. On Oct. 18th, Rev. S. McHenry married Samuel D. Lehman, of Guilford Twp., to Martha Ebersole, of Green Twp. On Oct. 18th, at the home of the bride's parents, Rev. S. McHenry married Samuel B. Wingert to Eliza Snider, both of St. Thomas Twp. On Oct. 18th, at the home of the bride's parents, Rev. S. McHenry married Daniel Shettron to Susan Gelwicks, both of St. Thomas Twp.
(Names in announcement: Rev. J. F. Krotel, Mr. D. Webster Diehl, Miss Lu. F. Essom, Rev. Jacob F. Oller, Mr. Lewis Embly, Miss Eliza Weicth, Rev. Z. A. Colestock, Mr. Charles Shanebrugh, Miss Mary A. Harmony, Mr. George W. Swaim, Miss Anna M. Baker, Rev. James M. Elderdice, Mr. Solomon Gabler, Miss Sarah Ann Hambleton, Rev. Wesley Howe, Mr. John Ott, Miss Elizabeth Barr, Rev. William R. Coursey, Mr. David C. Burkett, Miss Rebecca E. Everly, Rev. S. McHenry, Mr. Samuel D. Lehman, Miss Martha Ebersole, Mr. Samuel B. Wingert, Miss Eliza Snider, Mr. Snider, Mrs. Snider, Mr. Gelwicks, Mrs. Gelwicks, Mr. Daniel Shettron, Miss Susan Gelwicks)
(Column 3)
Summary: On Sept 12th, in Funkstown, John Henry, son of Henry and Catharine Sheiry, died at age 3. On Oct. 10th, in Hamilton Twp., Susan Hege, wife of Henry B. Hege, died at the age 23 of consumption. On Oct. 16th, near Middleburg, Magdalena, daughter of Isaac Shank, died at age 1. On Oct. 18th, in Loudon, Henry Roemer died of Lock-jaw at age 70. On Oct. 11th, at his father's home in Greenwood, Franklin Co., John Bayly Black died at age 21.
(Names in announcement: John Henry Sheiry, Mr. Henry Sheiry, Mrs. Catharine Sheiry, Mrs. Susan Hege, Mr. Henry B. Hege, Magdalena Shank, Mr. Isaac Shank, Henry Roemer, Mr. John Bayly Black, Mr. Black)