Franklin Repository: January 13, 1869Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
The New Senator
(Column 02)Summary: The paper praises the nomination of John Scott of Huntingdon as the Republican candidate for Senate. He studied law in Chambersburg with Judge Thompson.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: John Scott, Judge Thompson)
(Column 03)Summary: This editorial discusses Governor Geary's message to the legislature and stresses the need for more funding for education and a better registry law to prevent voter fraud.
Full Text of Article:The Gough Lecture and the Valley Spirit
The message of Gov. Geary is a good one. His statements in relation to the finances of the State will be gratifying to taxpayers. In two years the State debt has been reduced $4,209,336. The balance of debt is $33,286,946. We can almost see to the beginning of the time when the entire State debt will be wiped out, as that time is sure to come before many years, if the economical administration inaugurated and carried on by Republican Governors be continued.
The school affairs of the State receive their share of attention from the Governor, who declares them to be in excellent condition. 800,000 pupils are taught in Common Schools at an average cost for each pupil of but $7 74 1/2. Teachers receive an average salary of $195.17 1/2.--Wouldn't it be more to the credit of the State if the cost were a little greater and the average salaries of teachers about twice as much? Isn't there great danger of its being true that this cheap teaching is due chiefly to the fact that its quality is very indifferent? and that the expenses of the school system is kept down to this minimum rate at a heavy expense to the intelligence of the pupils?
Surely no person who has the necessary intelligence and ability for a first class Common School teacher can afford to teach five or six months of the year for $195 17 when brain power can command the price it does in other departments.
A good Registry Law is insisted upon. The experience of the last general election is too fresh in the memory of all to make it necessary to argue this matter.--We need a stringent Registry Law to prevent frauds, and protect the purity of the ballot box, we mean what is left of its purity. But let it be simple in its provisions, and not so loosely framed as that an ox-cart can be driven through it, as was the case with the one of last winter. Skillful lawyers, if there be such in the present Legislature, should prepare a Registry Law that will not conflict with any provision of the Constitution, and while it will be sufficient to prevent the frauds which have made our elections a shame and disgrace, it will not impose complicated and unnecessary trouble upon voters.
Many other subjects of interest to the people were carefully reviewed in the message, which will be found on the first page of to day's papers.
(Column 04)Summary: An anonymous contributor answers the criticisms of the Valley Spirit. The latter belittled a recent lecture given by Prof. Wilson.
Full Text of Article:
To the Editors of the Franklin Repository
As a member of the Ladies' Mite Society of the M.E. Church, I cannot permit the criticism of the Valley Spirit upon the exercises in our church on New Year's night, to pass without correcting some of its mistakes. The article says "we were drawn to the church, by the announcement that Prof. Wilson would deliver one of Gough's lectures in a style that would surpass the delivery of the great orator himself." No such announcement was made; nor was it claimed that Prof. Wilson was "a second and improved edition of Mr. Gough," as was said by a correspondent of the Valley Spirit of the same issue. The editor continues:--"The delivery of the lecture was a failure,--he failed to make his hearers feel that he felt what he was uttering."
I respectfully differ from this sweeping denunciation. It was neither failure to the size of the audience, the amount of money realized, nor the impression made upon his hearers, excepting the critical editor of the Valley Spirit. On the contrary, many hearts were thrilled by the scenes depicting the horrible effects of drunkenness, and with many others, I was affected to tears. But then, the editor will say, it don't take much to make a woman weep; but I saw men, too, who I know are competent judges of such performances, deeply interested and affected, who at the close of the lecture expressed their high admiration of the manner in which Prof. Wilson gave the lecture, and hoped it might be repeated here at some future time. The editor says "Prof. Wilson moves to and fro upon the stage, and rants vehemently" I have had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Gough frequently, and my recollection of him is, that he is full of action; in many parts of his lcetures rapid and vehement; and where is there a public speaker, that requires more range of platform than Gough, or moves "too and fro" upon it more than he does? Prof. Wilson's voice, action and gestures were natural, appropriate and effective. It was neither expected, nor announced that we would have a perfect imitation of Mr. Gough. We neither heard nor saw anything in the Prof's delivery to offend correct taste,--however there is no accounting for the diversity of tastes.
The servants of Mrs. Siddons, while she was rehearsing for her famous private readings from Milton and Shakspeare thought their mistress mad, and used to say, "there is the old lady making as much noise as ever, how she rants and walks the floor." Again the critic says: "Eleven years ago we heard Mr. Gough tell the story of the Atlantic with such astounding power as to life his auditors to their feet." Now it was not in the programme, that any such effect would be produced, neither would the price of admission have justified so difficult an undertaking, in the efforts of the ladies, to raise a little money to help remodel the church. Prof. Wilson's failure to accomplish this feat, seems to be one of the critic's principal regrets, and his main reason for pitching into this part of the exercises. Perhaps when the lecture is repeated next month, some arrangement can be made to have the gentleman critic raised (Mahomet-like) during the recital of the Atlantic story. The society would have been pleased to have had Mr. Gough lecture for them, but not having $250 on hand (which amount has been paid him by the enterprising men of the Valley Spirit Prof. Wilson kindly volunteered his services. Under these circumstances it was not clever in the gallant editor to try to underrate the efforts of the ladies in so laudable an undertaking. A METHODIST LADY.
(Column 01)Summary: The paper reports on the improvements made to the Presbyterian Church. The ceiling has been raised, gothic windows added, and cosmetic changes made throughout the building.Interesting Occasion at the Lutheran Sunday School
(Column 01)Summary: Superintendent G. R. Messersmith and the pastor spoke at an event at the Sunday School. The students presented the contributions that members of the school had raised in the past six months. They amounted to $214.63, and $649.06 for the year.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: G. R. Messersmith)
(Column 01)Summary: The "Colored Dramatic Association of Chambersburg" performed on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights at the Wesleyan Church. The performances were well attended.Tribute of Respect
(Column 02)Summary: M. M. Angler, secretary of Cumberland Lodge No. 90. I. O. O. F., issued tributes of sympathy and respect on behalf of his fellow members upon the death of A. F. Armstrong. Surveyor General Campbell also passed resolutions at a meeting of the Land Department at Harrisburg.Franklin County Horticultural Society
(Names in announcement: M. M. Angler, A. F. Armstrong)
(Column 02)Summary: The Franklin County Horticultural Society met in the rooms of the Ryder Nursery Association on January 5th. J. S. Nixon was appointed chairman of the publication committee and B. L. Ryder was appointed chairman of the library committee. The group then discussed curculio.Death of William Curtis
(Names in announcement: J. S. Nixon, B. L. Ryder, Jenkins, Hoke, Guthrie, Keefer)
(Column 02)Summary: Olive Branch Encampment No. 13, I. O. O. F., passed resolutions of sympathy and respect upon the death of William Curtis.Annual Meeting of the Young Men's Christian Association
(Names in announcement: William Curtis)
(Column 02)Summary: The annual meeting of the YMCA will be held on Friday. Officers will read reports, and new officers will be selected for the coming year. "This association has been doing good in our community, and deserves the encouragement of all who are interested in the moral improvement of our young men."[No Title]
(Column 02)Summary: James M. Sellers calls on all former members of Co. D, 6th Regt. Pa. Reserves, to inform all former comrades who have left town that money is due them.Prohibitory Law
(Names in announcement: James M. Sellers)
(Column 02)Summary: Some citizens of Waynesboro have been circulating a petition for a law prohibiting the sale of liquor within one mile of the town. "This movement on the part of our temperance men has occasioned some excitement, and a counter petition on the part of those adverse to such a law will doubtless be put in circulation."[No Title]
(Column 02)Summary: Col. F. S. Stumbaugh of Chambersburg was beaten by General Selfridge of Allentown for clerk of the legislature.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Col. F. S. Stumbaugh)
(Column 02)Summary: Samuel Seiler, implicated in the Mercersburg robbery, was released from Fort Fletcher. Dr. King posted the $1,500 bail.Medical Society
(Names in announcement: Samuel Seiler, Dr. King)
(Column 03)Summary: The physicians of Franklin County will meet on January 19th to form a medical society.Married
(Column 04)Summary: William Metz of Guilford and Miss Anna M. Hartzel of Fayetteville were married in Gettysburg on December 29th by the Rev. W. R. H. Deatrich.Married
(Names in announcement: William Metz, Anna M. Hartzel, Rev. W. R. H. Deatrich)
(Column 04)Summary: John S. Strickler of Virginia and formerly of Guilford and Miss Helen M. Hetherington of Guilford were married in Gettysburg on December 30th by Rev. W. R. H. Deatrich.Married
(Names in announcement: John S. Strickler, Helen M. Hetherington, Rev. W. R. H. Deatrich)
(Column 04)Summary: William P. Slaughenhaup and Miss Julia Kate Hade, both of Quincy, were married on January 5th in Gettysburg by the Rev. W. R. H. Deatrich.Married
(Names in announcement: William P. Slaughenhaup, Julia Kate Hade, Rev. W. R. H. Deatrich)
(Column 04)Summary: Harry Shively of Chambersburg and Miss Mollie E. Keitle of Adams County were married on December 24th by the Rev. W. R. H. Deatrich.Married
(Names in announcement: Harry Shively, Mollie E. Keitle, Rev. W. R. H. Deatrich)
(Column 04)Summary: Benjamin Goodyear and Miss Cecilia F. Steinman, both of Shippensburg, were married on December 24th by the Rev. J. Hassler, assisted by the Rev. James Harper.Married
(Names in announcement: Benjamin Goodyear, Cecilia F. Steinman, Rev. J. Hassler, Rev. James Harper)
(Column 04)Summary: Israel Bollinger and Miss Mary A. Thrush, both of Franklin, were married on December 29th by the Rev. T. C. Billheimer.Married
(Names in announcement: Israel Bollinger, Mary A. Thrush, Rev. T. C. Billheimer)
(Column 04)Summary: John Conley and Miss Elizabeth Wishart, both of Washington, were married at the Union Hotel on January 5th by the Rev. Dr. Schneck.Married
(Names in announcement: John Conley, Elizabeth Wishart, Rev. Dr. Schneck)
(Column 04)Summary: Jacob Potter and Miss Rebecca Sarbaugh, both of Washington, were married at the Union Hotel on January 5th by the Rev. Dr. Schneck.Married
(Names in announcement: Jacob Potter, Rebecca Sarbaugh, Rev. Dr. Schneck)
(Column 04)Summary: John Clair and Miss Laura A. Statler, both of Franklin, were married in Shippensburg at the Lutheran Parsonage on December 31st by the Rev. G. H. Beckley.Married
(Names in announcement: John Clair, Laura A. Statler, Rev. G. H. Beckley)
(Column 04)Summary: Oliver Wickey of York County and Miss Henrietta Docherty of Greenwood, Franklin County, were married at the parsonage on December 24th by the Rev. J. Keller Miller.Married
(Names in announcement: Oliver Wickey, Henrietta Docherty, Rev. J. Keller Miller)
(Column 04)Summary: Thomas Z. Zarger of St. Thomas and Miss Mollie A. Seilhamer of Guilford were married at the residence of the bride's father on December 29th by the Rev. J. Keller Miller.Married
(Names in announcement: Thomas Z. Zarger, Mollie A. Seilhamer, Rev. J. Keller Miller)
(Column 04)Summary: Oliver Sowers and Miss Mary Dull, both of Guilford, were married at the National Hotel on December 31st by the Rev. J. Keller Miller.Married
(Names in announcement: Oliver Sowers, Mary Dull, Rev. J. Keller Miller)
(Column 04)Summary: Addison Byers and Miss Catharine Olaman, both of St. Thomas, were married at Boyd's Hotel on December 31st by the Rev. J. Keller Miller.Married
(Names in announcement: Addison Byers, Catharine Olaman, Rev. J. Keller Miller)
(Column 04)Summary: Daniel Zentmeyer and Miss Mollie J. Byers, both of St. Thomas, were married on December 31st at Boyd's Hotel by the Rev. J. Keller Miller.Married
(Names in announcement: Daniel Zentmeyer, Mollie J. Byers, Rev. J. Keller Miller)
(Column 04)Summary: John Byers of St. Thomas and Miss Jinnie E. Myers of Loudon were married at Boyd's Hotel on December 31st by the Rev. J. Keller Miller.Married
(Names in announcement: John Byers, Jinnie E. Myers, Rev. J. Keller Miller)
(Column 04)Summary: Samuel Gaff of Greenvillage and Miss Annie M. Rupert of Chambersburg were married on January 7th at the Parsonage by the Rev. J. Keller Miller.Married
(Names in announcement: Samuel Gaff, Annie M. Rupert, Rev. J. Keller Miller)
(Column 04)Summary: Philip S. Skinner of Dry Run and Miss Kate A. Wolff of Amberson's Valley were married on December 31st by the Rev. William A. West.Died
(Names in announcement: Philip S. Skinner, Kate A. Wolff, Rev. William A. West)
(Column 04)Summary: Augustus F. Armstrong, formerly of Chambersburg, died in Harrisburg on January 4th. He was 55 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: Augustus F. Armstrong)
(Column 04)Summary: Mrs. Barbara Reasmend died in Quincy on December 5th. She was 70 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: Barbara Reasmend)
(Column 04)Summary: Mrs. Sarah Blair, wife of James Blair, died in Orrstown on January 7th. She was 69 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: Sarah Blair, James Blair)
(Column 04)Summary: Daniel Lesher died in Green on December 31st. He was 57 years old.
(Names in announcement: Daniel Lesher)