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Franklin Repository: June 20, 1866

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An Old Indictment
(Column 8)
Summary: The article recounts the resolutions adopted at the Union State Convention of 1865, condemning Democrats for their stand on a range of topics, including their opposition to the enlistment of black soldiers and their refusal to grant soldiers the right to vote.
Full Text of Article:

At the Union State Convention of 1865 a resolution was adopted by acclamation, declaring that the leaders and candidates of the Democratic alias Copperhead party stood arraigned before the people of Pennsylvania for constantly obstructing the efforts of the Constitutional authorities to maintain the life of the nation. We now repeat the counts in the indictment then preferred by declaring that the Copperhead leaders did this--

By inflaming the passion of their ignorant followers against the legally elected officers of the Federal Government, and refraining from all reproach against treason or armed traitors.

By procuring a decision from the Democratic judges of our Supreme Court, denying the right of the Government to the services of the citizens of this State for the defense of the imperiled country.

By discouraging men from volunteering into the armies of the Union; thus rendering it necessary to succumb to treason, or to pay large bounties, and so burdening every ward, township and borough in the State with debt to fill the ranks of our armies.

By opposing the enlistment of negroes for our defense, although no white man was required for every black one who could be enlisted, and this at the very moment when the battle of Gettysburg was raging on the soil of Pennsylvania, and that decisive battle was uncertain.

By denying to our soldiers the right to vote while fighting for the flag of our fathers, on the plea that such rights were not allowed by our Constitution, and by opposing an amendment which removed their objections and relieved our brave soldiers from this disability.

By exaggerating the public indebtedness, decrying the public credit, and teaching that the financial resources of the north were unequal to the suppression of the rebellion.

By a shameful opposition to measures for extending relief to the families of Union soldiers, and by a malignant effort by these means to secure the success of the rebels in the field as such a protraction of the war as would exhaust the nation in its effort to subdue their friends.

By now heaping abuse upon the Government for punishing assassins and their accomplices; by demanding the release of leading traitors, by frowning down all attempts to bring to punishment the fiends who starved our soldiers, and by assuring rebels that neither in person nor property shall they be punished for their crimes.

And if anything were wanting to complete their infamy, we have it in their determined opposition to free labor, and to a tariff which, while it would make labor profitable by protecting the workingmen of Pennsylvania from British competition, would largely increase the revenue essential to the maintenance of the public faith and credit.

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The Issue Made Up!
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Summary: With Congress having agreed upon the terms to admit the former rebel states back into the Union, the editors assert that the issue has been resolved. The only remaining obstacle is the ratification of the amendment, which leaves the onus upon white southerners themselves.
Mr. Seward at Auburn
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Summary: The piece castigates Secretary Seward for sympathizing with the plight of the former rebels, whom, he asserts, are deserving of honor, both for their bravery on the field of battle and for their willingness to abandon the institution of slavery. His "strange madness" undermines the accomplishments of his "long years of public service to the great principle of human equality" and "mars the record of his own greatness."
[No Title]
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Summary: In response to the news that the "Clymer men" intend on holding "a real Soldiers' Convention" on June 20th, the editors have issued a mock announcement that denigrates the proposed proceedings as a meeting for "bounty jumpers" and "skulking conscripts."
Full Text of Article:

The Clymer men are to have an preliminary meeting in Harrisburg on the 28th inst., to call "a real Soldier's Convention"--that is of soldiers who will vote the Democratic ticket. We are glad to hear that the enterprise has been undertaken, and it is all important to have the call properly worded so as to make the Convention a decided success. Knowing how seriously the committee will be embarrassed on this point, we submit the following call for their consideration:

A mass convention of the "real soldiers of Pennsylvania" will be held at the head-quarters of the Molly Maguires in the coal regions, on the anniversary of the New York Draft Riots of 1863--a period in the history of Democracy and real soldiers to which we all point with emotions of profoundest gratification and pride.

The Molly Maguires have organized a committee of heroic conscripts who gallantly killed several conscription officers to preserve their own liberties, and prevent the patriotic armies of Lee, M'Causland, Forrest and other distinguished sons of the South from being overwhelmed. This committee will have ample arrangements made for the entertainment and comfort of the delegations in attendance, in the historic caves and mountain fastnesses so sacred to every real soldier.

The grand procession will be formed with honorably discharged erring brethren soldiers in the front, next bounty jumpers, taking precedence in the ranks according to the number of times they served the government by enlisting; next skulking conscripts who rendered the best service they could to the Union army by staying out of it; next the gallant soldiers who believe with Clymer that soldiers in the service would not be allowed to vote, and all to have appropriate banners, with such strange devices as the patriotic efforts of the different classes demand.

Distinguished speakers will be in attendance. Hon. Heister Clymer, the real soldiers' candidate for Governor; Presidents Johnson and Davis are invited and confidently expected; Col. Moseby, Gen. M'Causland, Gen. Forrest and other distinguished soldiers of the United Republic will attend. By order of the real soldiers' committee,
Wm. A. Wallace, Manager.

[No Title]
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Summary: Information has come from a "Union resident" of Alabama that the state legislature has passed an act referring to the Union army as the "'enemy,'" which was signed by the newly-reconstructed governor, and intends "to crown the Rebellion and all its originators and promoters with honor."
A Female School
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Summary: The author of the letter calls for the creation of a female school in Chambersburg, modeled after an academy near to Stuttgart, in the Kingdom of Wuttemburg.
Trailer: S.

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Local News--The Grave of Captain Kerns
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Summary: The piece chronicles the last days of Capt. Kerns, who left his home in Missouri at the outbreak of the war to return to his "Native State" and join the Pennsylvania Reserves. Kerns died in the Second Battle of Bull Run, though the location of his remains remained a mystery for quite some time.
(Names in announcement: Capt. Kerns, Rev. Dr. Fisher)
Local Items--Robbery and Arrest
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Summary: Two black men, Peter Hatfield and Joseph Plowdon, were arrested last Tuesday after they tried to cash a stolen check at the National Bank of Chambersburg. A third man, Charles Diggs was later implicated and arrested in the affair. Prior to their arrest, Hatfield had tried to buy two suits of clothing at a store in Chambersburg but the check was refused. The prisoners assert that they did not steal the check but found it.
(Names in announcement: Peter Hatfield, Joseph Plowdon, Charles Diggs, O. Van Valkenburgh)
Local Items--Soldiers' Convention
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Summary: Local veterans of the Civil War who endorse the action of the Pittsburg Soldiers' Convention will meet on June 27th to organize under the "National Union of the Boys in Blue," as ordered by the last Convention.
(Names in announcement: F. S. Stumbaugh, John L. Ritchey, T. J. Nill)
Local Items--Grand Lodge of Good Templars
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Summary: The following delegates from Franklin county attended the Pennsylvania Grand Lodge of Good Templars meeting in Philadelphia last week: Rev. S. H. C. Smith, W. W. Paxton, John M. Gilmore, W. F. Eyster, W. E. Tolbert, J. A. S. Cramer, and W. S. Roney. Rev. J. S. McMurray and Rev. S. H. C. Smith were elected officers for the ensuing year.
(Names in announcement: Rev. S. H. C. Smith, W. W. Paxton, John M. Gilmore, W. F. Eyster, W. E. Tolbert, J. A. S. Cramer, W. S. Roney, Rev. J. S. McMurray)
Local Items--Good Templars at St. Thomas
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Summary: A Lodge of the order of Good Templars was organized on the June 7th in St. Thomas by W. C. T. John M. Gilmore. The following men were elected officers: George Burkholder, John W. Coble, Benjamin K. Hassler, Margaret Miller, Jonathan Coble, Kate Vautries, David Woodall, Amelia Weaver, William H. H. McCleary, David Parks, E. Coble, Jennie Fohl, T. T. Sixas.
(Names in announcement: George Burkholder, John M. Gilmore, John W. Coble, Benjamin Hassler, Margaret Miller, Jonathan Coble, Kate Vautries, David Woodall, Amelia Weaver, William H. H. McCleary, David Parks, E. Coble, Jennie Fohl, T. T. Sixas)
Local Items--Aggravated Assault and Battery
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Summary: An "old man named Sheetz" beat his son last Sunday while in a "frenzy of intoxication," leaving him close to death. Though "quite young," the son, Paul, served in the army in the late war and was "a gallant soldier." The father has been committed to jail.
(Names in announcement: Sheetz, Paul Sheetz)
Local Items--Soldier Gone
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Summary: It is reported that James Purviance, a member of the 77th Regt. Penna. Vols., died near Waynesboro last Tuesday. He was buried with the "honors of war" last Wednesday.
(Names in announcement: James Purviance)
Origin of Article: Waynesboro Record
Local Items--Located
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Summary: Dr. A. H. Strickler has relocated to Mercersburg to resume his practice. Strickler is a graduate of Bellevue Hospital Medical College of New York City.
(Names in announcement: Dr. A. H. Strickler)
Origin of Article: Greencastle Pilot
Local Items--Returned
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Summary: Reports that I. H. McCausley has returned to Chambersburg after an absence of two or three years, during which time he lived in several western states. McCausley has indicated that he intends on making Chambersburg his home once again where he will resume his law practice.
(Names in announcement: I. H. McCausley)
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Summary: On June 12th, W. H. Hockenberry and Maria F. Nesbitt were married by Rev. S. H. C. Smith.
(Names in announcement: W. H. Hockenberry, Maria F. Nesbitt, Rev. S. H. C. Smith)
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Summary: On March 29th, Henry Ulrick and Ann Newroth were married by Rev. G. Roth.
(Names in announcement: Henry Ulrick, Ann Newroth, Rev. G. Roth)
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Summary: On April 26th, Adam Thomas and Mary Kuhl were married by Rev. G. Roth.
(Names in announcement: Adam Thomas, Mary Kuhl, Rev. G. Roth)
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Summary: On June 14th, George Melbert and Philopena Kraemer were married by Rev. G. Roth.
(Names in announcement: George Melbert, Philopena Kraemer, Rev. G. Roth)
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Summary: On June 12th, I. James Shoaff and Syvilla J. Rumler were married by Rev. J. Dickson.
(Names in announcement: I. James Shoaff, Syvilla J. Rumler, Rev. J. Dickson)
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Summary: On June 14th, Andrew H. Witherspoon and Lizzie Carothers, of Sacramento, Cal., were married by Rev. J. H. Symmes.
(Names in announcement: Andrew H. Witherspoon, Lizzie Carothers, Rev. J. H. Symmes)
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Summary: On June 2nd, Harry Beugene, infant son of David and Lila Felker, died near Mount Morris, Ogle county, Ill. He was 17 months old.
(Names in announcement: David Felker, Lila Felker, Harry Felker)
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Summary: On May 14th, John Zarger, 16, died at the residence of his father in Antrim township.
(Names in announcement: John Zarger)
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Summary: On May 27th, Emma Catharine, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Mourer, died. She was 15 months old. Two days later, Elizabeth Mourer, 25, died. Both were interred in one grave on the May 30th at Brant's Church, near St. Thomas.
(Names in announcement: Emma Catharine Mourer, Peter Mourer, Elizabeth Mourer)

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