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Franklin Repository: September 06, 1865

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(Column 4)
Summary: Another installment from Frater, the Repository's correspondent in Richmond. In the article, Frater continues his tour of the war-ravaged city, detailing the immense carnage that occurred during the late conflict.
Trailer: Frater
A Woman On "Waterfall"
(Column 7)
Summary: An extract from a letter in which the writer, a woman, lambastes the latest style in women's bonnets, asserting that women who sport this new trend could easily be mistaken as "Ojibbeway squaws." The "new head-gear," she maintains, "looks more like a cabbage in a net, tricked out with heads and wampum" than a waterfall, as it is named.
Editorial Comment: "Mrs. L. Maria Child writes a letter to the Independent, in the course of which she uses the following language inregard to the latest fashions in hair:"

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[No Title]
(Column 1)
Summary: On September 2nd, the district conference unanimously adopted David McConaughy as the Union candidate for State Senator.
(Names in announcement: David McConaughy)
The Democratic Ticket
(Column 3)
Summary: After noting that the Democratic County ticket is dominated by men from Chambersburg, the editors offer a critique of each of the men selected to represent the party in the election. In particular, they take the Democrats to task for their nominee for State Senate, C. M. Duncan, labeling the decision "a grave political blunder."
(Names in announcement: C. M. Duncan, William McLellan, Samuel Boyd, Cap Doebler, William Stenger)
Full Text of Article:

We give elsewhere in to-day's paper the proceedings of the Democratic County Convention which met here on Monday of last week, and nominated a ticket. The Chambersburg patriots bore off every nomination for offices of honor and profit, and the rural districts were left to gather up the odds and ends at the tale end of the ticket. The town has the nominees for Senator, Assembly, Sheriff, and District Attorney--the entire oyster, and the shell goes to their Democratic brethren of the county persuasion. For people who like such tickets, they are, we presume, just the kind that such people like, and if the Democracy is content, we shan't complain. Considering that Chambersburg, where all the honors are crowded, will give from two hundred and fifty to three hundred against the entire list, the compliment to the Concords, Letterkennys, Quincys, &c., which are to give the majorities, can be fully appreciated.

The nomination of C. M. Duncan for Senator was a grave political blunder, looking alike to the immediate and ultimate interests of the party, and to the momentous interests of the border people in case the Democratic nominations should be ratified by the people. Mr. Duncan is young, inexperienced, and without claims to the position other than as a mere partizan of the most ultra school. He secured his nomination solely by untiring effort, and against the manifest wishes of the party; but as he had the field to himself until ten days before the Convention, while Mr. Sharpe made no personal exertions at any time to procure delegates, the result is not surprising. In the North Ward, where both reside, a fair contest was had for the delegates, and Sharpe defeated Duncan by two to one, and yet Duncan is made the nominee against the overwhelming protest of his own ward and immediate neighbors. There are men who would have declined a further contest after such a verdict from his own immediate constituents; but Mr. Duncan is of the bolder class and does not become appalled at little conventionalities of that sort. Politically speaking we should not complain of the nomination of Mr. Duncan, as it will chill the ardor of many of the best men in the party, who feel that the wishes of the Democracy were deliberately defied by the Convention.

Mr. M'Lellan was nominated for Assembly without the formality of a ballot--the party taking to the new convert with the tenderest evidences of affection. He made a speech accepting the nomination, in which he expressly disclaimed any partizan purpose, and stated that the interests of the plundered border only compelled him to accept. Whether his manifest reluctance related to the company he was in, or the position for which he was nominated, we are not advised; but inasmuch as he announced his purpose to support President Johnson's policy, we infer that he meant to make his own platform in advance within the folds of his new circle of associates. Many years of intimate personal and professional association with Mr. McLellan could not but make us testify to his blameless character, and his unusual candor and integrity as a politician; and we are anxious to see whether he will advocate the destructive measures of the Democratic party, and if so, how he will undertake to do it. He may prove how far a man may lean toward the wrong and yet escape it, or he may demonstrate how a fair man may be mastered by the wrong and scarcely know it. We part regretfully with him in our political struggles, but our paths of duty diverge and the issues at stake rise above all personal considerations in the pending conflict.

Mr. Stenger is re-nominated for District Attorney, and, with Duncan, will be the master spirit of the contest. He won his commission three years ago, in defiance of the army vote which defeated him, and the constitution did not then confer the right of suffrage upon our soldiers; but now there will be a fair poll and a full vote, of soldiers and citizens, and his competitor is one of our most gallant veterans who is morally certain to conduct the prosecutions of the county, during the next three years. The rest of the ticket is of little moment. The election of Cap. Doebler for Sheriff is conceded on all hands and Mr. Boyd won a barren honor without a serious contest. The resolutions reaffirm the Democartic State platform and demand restitution for military damages.

Adams County
(Column 3)
Summary: The article congratulates the Union men of Adams county for selecting "a ticket of peculiar personal and political strength." As in Franklin county, several of the nominees are former soldiers "who have won their scars and fame on the sanguinary field."
Jay Cooke, The Subscription Agent
(Column 4)
Summary: The article extols the financial acumen and virtues of Jay Cooke who played a significant role throughout the war selling bonds to cover the government's vast expenditures.
[No Title]
(Column 4)
Summary: It is reported that 3,500,000 barrels of oil were produced in Pennsylvania in 1865, worth roughly $24,000,000. Once refined the oil was valued at $60,000,000, or about half as much as the state's wheat crop.
[No Title]
(Column 5)
Summary: A notice that a book about the rebellion will soon be published by Stebbine of Hartford. The author of the study is Thomas P. Kettell, "a well known writer" who is "particularly noted for research and accuracy."
Assess The Soldiers
(Column 5)
Summary: An article reminding readers that all returning soldiers must be assessed if they wish to vote. Those who fail to do so will forfeit that right.

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The Stultified Soldier
(Column 2)
Summary: The piece unleashes a blistering attack on Col. Davis for his support for the Democratic Party during the war. In particular, the article chides the veteran for the views that emanated from his newspaper,which offered veiled support for the Confederate cause.
Origin of Article: Philadelphia Press
Editorial Comment: "The Philadelphia Press, after a scathing review of the Democratic platform of this State, thus refers to Col. Davis, the soldier who has accepted a nomination for Auditor General on a platform that is a blistering libel upon his heroism in the field:"
(Column 3)
Summary: On August 21st, B. B. Henshey, formerly the druggist of Chambersburg, and Emma Wintermule, of Terra Haute, Indiana, were married in Indiana by Rev. Simpson.
(Names in announcement: B. B. Henshey)
(Column 3)
Summary: On Sept. 3rd, John A. Heckman and Maggie Gelwicks were married by Rev. S. McHenry.
(Names in announcement: John A. Heckman, Maggie Gelwicks, Rev. S. McHenry)
(Column 3)
Summary: On August 21st, John Johnston Campbell, 35, died near Concord.
(Names in announcement: John Johnston Campbell)
(Column 3)
Summary: On August 23rd, Elizabeth S. Crawford, widow of the late Hugh Crawford, died at her residence in Guilford. She was 99 years old.
(Names in announcement: Elizabeth S. Crawford)

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