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Franklin Repository: 11 13, 1867

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

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Sympathies of the Age
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Summary: The editors lambaste their counterparts at the Philadelphia Age, a Democratic journal, for asserting the Democrats played a role in achieving the present state of peace in the Union.
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Summary: Despite the Republicans' recent electoral setbacks, explain the editors, the Democrats will not be able to reverse the current course of the nation. Though the "partial success of this despicable party" has emboldened southerners and given them new hope that they might achieve what they "failed to secure by their appeal to arms," the vigilance of Congress and the people will prevail.
Full Text of Article:

We must acknowledge that the aggregate result of the fall elections is against us. It is useless to seek the cause of our defeat. It is worse than idle for leaders, who differ slightly as to the means of attaining the same end, to criminate and recriminate. It matters little now whether our defeat in New York was caused by the lukewarmness of professed party organs, or wholesale corruption. Whether in Pennsylvania by apathy or the negro, or by other causes equally as plausible. We are rather concerned about the effect the success of those, who during the late war, were so closely connected with the enemies of the Republic, will have upon the decision of the great questions which now agitate the nation. Those who voted against us in October and November opposed the war at every stage; fought every measure taken for its preservation. They pronounced the making of the national currency a legal tender unconstitutional; the draft was unconstitutional; emancipation was unconstitutional and a great infringement of the rights of their Southern allies. Many of them fought against us with arms in their hands, and, according to their confederates, it would be a monstrous wrong to disfranchise them. What will a party composed of such elements do when it comes into power? is a question which every true friend of the nation should ponder well. It is natural to suppose that they will endeavor to remedy, according to their notions, what they deem to have been done amiss, and how they will reconstruct the States lately in rebellion is not left to conjecture. All they want yet to give them complete control of the government is the restoration of the rebels to all the rights and privileges which they enjoyed before their rebellion, without any guarantees as to their future behavior. But--thanks to the better mind which prevailed in the past--there yet remains a loyal Congress, and thanks to fleeting time a disloyal President's term of office draws near its close. Unless they succeed in the great contest next fall, their present success will do them little good and will do their unreconstructed friends much harm. The latter, taking time by the forelock, anticipating the action of the Democratic party if entirely successful, have begun already to set at defiance the laws of the land. As far as it lies in their power they are preparing the way for the abrogation of the enactments which gave freedom to four millions of slaves. They exult at the partial success of this despicable party, because they hope to secure through it what they failed to secure by their appeal to arms. They know that when that party holds the reins of government their cause is no longer the "lost cause." The anti-progression party, grows upon its denunciation of the radical party and not from any intrinsic merit. It has offered no plan of reconstruction while it denounces that of the party in power. It rants about the corruption in State and national affairs, but wherever they hold the reins--in New York City for example--their rottenness is without precedent. In fact the aim of their tactics is to get control of the government. There is no evidence anywhere of an intention on their part to deal fairly with the great questions at issue. They have changed no opinion held and advocated by them during the war, and every one knows that those opinions were radically antagonistic to the principles in defense of which the war was waged. The most bitter exponents of these opinions, Vallandingham, Vorhees, Pendleton, &c.--are to-day the headers and the candidates for the prospective honors of the party. These men croak of a war of races through the action of the radical party, and with the same breath stir the worst prejudices of their ignorant followers against an inoffensive and weak race. Once in power the march of progress stops, nay worse than that, from that moment we go backward. The questions which we fondly thought were forever settled will then be re-opened and the result may be another appeal to arms. We will not however borrow trouble. We have got a loyal Congress, loyal governors and we believe a great majority of the people are with us upon the great questions of the day. Let us only be vigilant and active, and all will be well.

The November Election
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Summary: The article supplies the results from the elections held last week: in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland the Democrats won by sound majorities; in Massachusetts and Minnesota the Republicans triumphed; and in Kansas, voters defeated Constitutional Amendments to allow "female and colored suffrage."
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Summary: That blacks "voted almost to a man in favor of a constitutional convention" in the recent election in Virginia should come as no surprise, relates the article. After all, they can differentiate friend from foe. If whites continue to abuse blacks and deny them employment opportunities for expressing their political independence, future acts of "crime or violence" committed by the freedpeople will be the sole responsibility of the white people of Virginia.
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At the recent election in Virginia the negroes voted almost to a man in favor of a constitutional convention, and for just such delegates to the convention as the majority of Whites did not want.

There was nothing surprising in this, at least to any one who had credited the Negro with sufficient judgment to discriminate between friend and foe. That he should want to exercise the rights of citizenship, since he is compelled to bear its burdens, it is natural, just as natural as it was for him when a slave to covet his freedom. That he should use his ballot so as to secure the former, might be expected just as naturally as that he should use his legs in days gone by to secure the latter. Any other course on his part would have indicated a stupid ignorance or sottish indifference that would have satisfied all minds of his utter unfitness for the endowment. But just because he did what he ought to have done, and what would have degraded him in the estimation of the rebels themselves if he had not done, they turn upon him with a ferocity that would disgrace even the negroes were the situation of the parties reversed. They propose to drive him from employment, to deny him the common right of all God's creatures, that of toil, and to bring upon him all the horrors of absolute and hopeless want. Such madness and stupidity combined, have seldom been equalled in the same people. Even supposing that there existed a necessity for some vindicatory measure, the thing proposed is the very refinement of nonsense itself. The community that would attempt it would soon find that its own was the greater punishment, and we know of no people who would be likely to discover the unpleasant truth sooner than the Virginians themselves. They, least of all, can afford to do this thing; yet they have commenced in downright earnest, and to-day there are thousands of Negroes in Virginia in enforced idleness and perhaps want. Idleness is the Devil's work shop; want is his opportunity. Whatever of crime or violence results from this mad course, let the responsibility of it be correctly fixed. That considerable of both will come if the present purpose of the white people of Virginia is persisted in, who can doubt?

Mi Experiens in Kourtin
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Summary: In this installment from the fictitious character, Snodgrass discusses his youthful attempts at wooing the hearts of young maidens.
Trailer: Obidiah Snodgrass
The Italian Question Settled
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Summary: Reports from Italy indicate that Garibaldi's attempt at revolution has ended "in total failure."

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Local Items
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Summary: The article relates that A. K. McClure's letters from Montana to the New York Tribune and Repository have been judged a huge success by the "entire press of Montana."
(Names in announcement: A. K. McClure)
Local Items--Court Proceedings
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Summary: The following cases were disposed since this journal's last issue. Common Pleas: James B. McDowell vs. Lewis Deitrich. Summons Case. Verdict for plaintiff for $68.42. Motion for a new trial. Court made reduction of $10 verdict, and refused new trial. John B. McLanahan vs. Cumb. Valley Railroad Company--Ejectment. Verdict for one-half of land in dispute. Levi Youse and wife vs. Basil Iser and wife--Summons case in slander. Verdict for plaintiffs for one dollar damages and defendants to pay costs. John Groff vs. Martin Inley and wife--Replevin. Verdict for defendant for $500. Motion for a new trial. John Cessna vs. Rudolph Speelman and Daniel Myers--Ejectment. Verdict for plaintiff for the land in dispute, to be realized upon the payment of the sum of $1,061.
(Names in announcement: James B. McDowell, Lewis Deitrich, John B. McLanahan, Levi Youse, Basil Iser, John Groff, Martin Inley, John Cessna, Rudolph Speelman)
Local Items--Sabbath School Institute
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Summary: Announces that the Cumberland and Franklin County Sabbath School Teachers' Institute will be held in Shippensburg on November 19th and 20th.
Local Items--Teachers' Institute
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Summary: Notes that the Franklin Teachers' Institute, which began on Monday last, will continue its session until Thursday evening.
(Names in announcement: Superintendent P. M. Shoemaker)
Local Items--An Accident
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Summary: Reports that Jacob Tharp suffered serious injuries in an accident that occurred while he was driving his father's team on the turnpike near Antietam. Tharp was thrown from the wagon after the horses took fright and suddenly ran off. Though he is "suffering considerably," his injuries are not judged to be life-threatening.
(Names in announcement: Jacob Tharp)
Trailer: Waynesboro Record
Local Items--Gen. Tom Thumb
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Summary: Announces that Gen. Tom Thumb and his troupe will perform at Repository Hall next Monday and Tuesday.
Local Items--The Meat Market
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Summary: The editors call on the Town Council to repeal its ban on allowing farmers to sell small quantities of meat on the streets; at present, they note, the prices for meat in town stores are too high, thus the community would benefit from the increased competition.
Origin of Article: Williamsport Gazette
Local Items--Tannery Sold
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Summary: Notes that George Middour, of Waynesboro, purchased the Quincy tannery of M. Oyler for $3,200.
(Names in announcement: George Middour, M. Oyler)
Local Items--I. O. G. T.
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Summary: Deputy Charles W. Lego, of the Gilmore Lodge, No. 358, I. O. G. T., of Fayetteville, appointed officers for the following quarter at the meeting held Thursday.
(Names in announcement: J. Burns White, Helen Shively, fL. J. Wolf, Stuart McGowan, D. B. Greenawalt, Joseph Bittinger, Robert F. McElroy, Harris J. Renfrew, Kate Richards, A. B. Snively, Sadie Black, Mrs. Maggie McElroy, John W. Wilders)
Local Items--New Director
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Summary: Notes that John Gillan, Jr., assumed his duties as the Director of the Poor on Nov. 4th, replacing John H. Criswell, whose performance was "acceptable." The board now consists of Messrs. Clayton, Heintzelman, and Gillan. Board members made the following appointments: Steward, David Piper; Treasurer, Charles Gelwicks; Physician, Dr. Cephas L. Bard; Attorney and Clerk, E. J. Bonebrake.
(Names in announcement: John GillanJr., John H. Criswell, Clayton, Heintzelman, David Piper, Charles Gelwicks, Cephas L. Bard, E. J. Bonebrake)
Local Items--Tearing Down Bills
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Summary: Reminds readers that it is crime punishable by a $5 to $20 fine for tearing down handbills.
Local Items--Railroad Accident
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Summary: Andrew Stepler suffered internal injuries while working at the Cumberland Valley Railroad last Saturday morning. Stepler was coupling railroad cars when he was sandwiched between two of them.
(Names in announcement: Andrew Stepler)
Local Items--Steam Fire Engine
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Summary: The Town Council authorized the purchase of a steam fire engine at a special meeting last Monday.
Local Items--Temperance Lecture
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Summary: Announces that the "great advocate of temperance" Dr. Charles J. Jewett will deliver at lecture in Chambersburg next Saturday.
Local Items--Snow
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Summary: The first snow of the season fell yesterday.
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Summary: On Oct. 31st, Charles Shaffer, of Adams county, and Sarah A. Stoke were married by Rev. H. Y. Hummelbaugh.
(Names in announcement: Charles Shaffer, Sarah A. Stoke, Rev. H. Y. Hummelbaugh)
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Summary: On Oct. 31st, James H. Conner and Fannie Rots were married by Rev. H. Y. Hummelbaugh.
(Names in announcement: James H. Conner, Fannie Rots, Rev. H. Y. Hummelbaugh)
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Summary: On Nov. 7th, Samuel Hoover and Mary Rhorer, daughter of A. Rhorer, Letterkenny township, were married by Rev. H. Hoover.
(Names in announcement: Samuel Hoover, Mary Rhorer, Rev. H. Hoover)
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Summary: On Oct. 31st, John S. Funk and Clara S. Morgal were married by Rev. W. E. Krebs.
(Names in announcement: John S. Funk, Clara S. Morgal, Rev. W. E. Krebs)
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Summary: On Oct. 31st, Enoch Diel and Margaret J. Bare were married by Rev. I. N. Hays.
(Names in announcement: Enoch Diel, Margaret J. Bare, Rev. I. N. Hays)
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Summary: On Nov. 5th, Daniel Powell, son of Franklin and Mary Foltz, died in Chambersburg. He was 18 months old.
(Names in announcement: Daniel Powell Foltz, Franklin Foltz, Mary Foltz)
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Summary: On Nov. 1st, Eleaner Duncan died in Guilford township. She was 76 years old.
(Names in announcement: Eleaner Duncan)

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