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Franklin Repository: 10 16, 1867

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Description of Page: Page contains advertisements and a number of anecdotes.

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[No Title]
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Summary: The article nominates Gen. Grant for President, and justifies the selection.
The Result in Brief
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Summary: In the late election, Judge Sharswood defeated Judge Williams by a majority of 800. Other results: the legislature remains Republican by a majority of 15 on joint ballot; Franklin county, with a 670 reduction of votes cast, elects the entire Democratic county ticket.
The Bane and Antidote
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Summary: The editorial laments the slow pace of reconstruction thus far, and blames the President and the Democrats as the chief culprits.
After the Battle
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Summary: Casting blame for the Republicans' poor showing in the late election on "lethargy," the editors contend that, had the "full vote been polled," the results would have been completely different. Indeed, they assert, the people of Pennsylvania are soundly behind the Republicans on "questions of national interest."
Full Text of Article:

PENNSYLVANIA on Tuesday last elected JUDGE SHARSWOOD to be the Supreme Bench.

To prevent this result we earnestly labored as best we knew how, and confidently expected that it would be averted, though we were well aware of the extraordinary efforts that were being made by our opponents to achieve it, and fully appreciated the many disadvantages under and against which we as a party had to contend.

We confess to a disappointment. We had hoped that the importance of the election was fully understood by the people, and trusted to a correct appreciation of what was involved in it to incite every man to the performance of his whole duty, well knowing that all that was required to give us an emphatic majority in the State was that the entire Republican vote should be cast. The returns show that enough Republicans remained away from the polls to make the victory of the Democracy an easy one. We have been defeated by our own lethargy. Had our full vote been polled, our majority would have been greater than that by which we elected our Governor last year. We take it that the difference between the party vote of last year and this, expresses the actual number of Republican delinquents who, either from an indifference which ill becomes the good citizen at any time, or an over confidence which is often as bad as none at all, stayed at home, rather than exert themselves to get to the polls; while we know that many of our friends alienated themselves from us, for the occasion only, on questions of mere local interest and minor importance. From these facts we conclude, and justly, too, we think, that the Republican party in Pennsylvania is stronger to-day than it was one year ago that a full vote of our people on the questions of national interest that divide the two parties would show the State to be Republican in its sympathies by a majority not less than thirty thousand. We cannot be mistaken in this. Therefore, while we see nothing in the result of the late election to discourage us for the future, to weaken our purpose or shake our faith in the ultimate triumph of the principles we advocate, yet we have no desire to conceal the fact that the defeat brings with it a keen regret that we would gladly have been spared. It infuses a new vitality, feeble and transient though it be, into a party which by reason of its ill disguised sympathy with rebellion deserved a sudden and complete annihilation; it gives a new hope, fresh courage and the prestige of victory to help it in future contests. We deplore it for this. It will we fear serve to strengthen the wicked purpose and embolden the depraved heart of the worst enemy of the Republic--Andrew Johnson--and in this way may cost the nation still further disgrace and perhaps most serious trouble. For this we regret it. It will encourage the rebellious South to resist Congressional reconstruction, in the hope that by and through the expected supremacy of the Democratic party in the North it can gain what it lost in war. In this way the thorough pacification of the country may be still further delayed and endangered. For this, too, we deplore it, and for a dozen other reasons equally as strong and certain, which will suggest themselves to every patriotic mind. But on the other hand this defeat may bring with it advantages more than compensatory, that we otherwise could not have had. It may serve as a stimulus in the future, and make those who caused it by their indifference more active and zealous than ever before. It has lessons which we can learn with profit if we will only address ourselves to the task. Let us begin it at once and enter immediately upon the great national contest before us with a fixed determination to do our whole duty as citizens, and restore to its supremacy the party that rescued the government from treason, and would still preserve it from the hands of those who sought its destruction.

Pennsylvania Election
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Summary: The article contains a table of the state and county election results, and a comparison with the results from the 1866 gubernatorial vote.
(Names in announcement: Armstrong, Paxton, Gillan, Maclay, Winger, Snively, McGowan, Frank, Boyd, Imbrie, Mower, Witherow, Skinner, Greemawalt)
The Legislature
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Summary: Includes a list of the members elected to the next Legislature, including Senate holdovers.
(Names in announcement: D. McConaughy, John Snively, B. F. Winger)
The Press on the Result
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Summary: The article compares various editors' reactions to the election.
Origin of Article: Philadelphia Press; Pittsburg Gazette; Pottsville Miner's Journal; Philadelphia Inquirer; Philadelphia Bulletin; Cherster County Journal; Pittsburg Commercial

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Local Items--Bass Fish
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Summary: Relates that several men in the area have hatched a scheme to stock the Conococheague Creek with bass, that "noble fish."
(Names in announcement: Jacob Mickey, Jacob Keller, A. J. Miller)
Local Items--Charm Strings
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Summary: Reports that the latest fad among the county's children is to twirl "string on which buttons of every conceivable style are fastened"; the object of the game appears to "be to secure the greatest number" of buttons on the charm strings, as they are known.
Local Items--Escaped From Jail
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Summary: Joseph Worthington, says the article, has once again escaped from jail in Chambersburg. Worthington is charged with stealing the carpet from the German Reformed Church, and was caught earlier, but made a successful escape only to be captured in Maryland for a different crime. After serving his time in Maryland, Worthington was transported back to Chambersburg last week to stand trial.
(Names in announcement: Joseph Worthington)
Local Items--In A New Field
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Summary: Notes that Rev. Samuel Philips, formerly of Chambersburg, has become the pastor of the First German Reformed Church in Baltimore.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Samuel Philips)
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Summary: On Oct. 10th, John Snider and Hannah Shoup were married by Rev. P. S. Davis.
(Names in announcement: John Snider, Hannah Shoup, Rev. P. S. Davis)
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Summary: On Oct. 13th, John Smith and Emma L. Feldman were married by Rev. G. Roth.
(Names in announcement: John Smith, Emma L. Feldman, Rev. G. Roth)
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Summary: On Sept. 24th, John Crawford and Ellen Stahill, of York county, were married by Rev. J. O. Miller.
(Names in announcement: John Crawford, Ellen Stahill, Rev. J. O. Miller)
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Summary: On Oct. 8th, Michael Kriner and Amanda C. Sponsler were married by Rev. W. E. Krebs.
(Names in announcement: Michael Kriner, Amanda C. Sponsler, Rev. W. E. Krebs)
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Summary: On Oct. 8th, Michael Winger died in Welsh Run. He was 62 years old.
(Names in announcement: Michael Winger)

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Description of Page: This page contains advertisements.