Franklin Repository: April 14, 1869Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
"An Evil Spirit Troubleth"
(Column 01)Summary: This article refutes the Valley Spirit's editorials arguing that the recent rapes by a black man are indicative of blacks in general under Republicanism. The Repository argues that only the single criminal is responsible and attacks the Democratic party in general for its conduct over the past several years.
Full Text of Article:
The Valley Spirit knows the taste of its patrons better than we; yet we have too much respect for newspaper readers, to believe that even the most unthinking and rabid of its subscribers can derive any gratification from its editorials on the late fiendish outrage that sickens the hearts of our community, and the atrocity of which is without parallel in the annals of crime. The flippant and indelicate style indulged in by the editors, gloating obscenely over the hellish iniquity, shows too clearly that they do not deplore the crime, but regard it as a windfall for the especial benefit of their party, whose mission seems to be only the imbruting of the negroes and forcing them into a condition of abasement that would forever make them a loathing and a dread in our midst.
"The teachings of the Radicals" that all men should be equal under the law, and should have a free chance for development and culture - that no caste, condition or color should be suffered in a democratic government to trample the manhood out of their fellow mortals of other classes, is consonant with the precepts of human wisdom and the obligations of the Divine Law.
Claiming with pride the superiority of the Caucasian over all other races of men, in moral and intellectual capabilities, we are ashamed to acknowledge that it had furnished examples of brutality and wickedness that blanch the cheek with horror, and cause our statute books to groan under fearful penalties.
And we believe that meagre as the Democratic party has, fortunately, become, the vast body of criminals that stain our fame as a people, are burning and shining lights in that horde of national offenders. The great cess-pools of vice in our large cities fester with "Democratic" teachings and teachers. New York, whose anti-Republican majorities are made up to order by all manner of fraud and violence, is literally beneath the dominion of outlaws and cut-throats, who intimidate the courts of justice, and bully the judges on the bench, instigated by the teachings and sanctioned and sustained by the Democratic party. By these teachings, too, such Congressmen as the Woods and Morrissey, and such blaspheming, clergy-hating organs as Brick Pomeroy's, are possible.
From the same teaching come the swarms of counterfeitors (the particular friends of the late President after he relapsed into his first love and his natural affinities,) who, accepting the cord-wood valuation of greenbacks, think it no sin to imitate them, and who lately filled our penitentaries until a sympathising Democratic President turned them loose upon society.
The impunity with which this offence could be committed bore its fruits even in this county, and our own prison now is ornamented by gentry of this ilk, whose intense Democracy nevertheless does not prevent the social equality of whiling away the time in playing "seven up" with nigger culprits in Fort Fletcher.
The Spirit's efforts to fasten the responsibility of Cane Norris's diabolism upon the negroes as a people is cruel and wicked. As well hold the Germans responsible for the fiendishness of Probst, the Swiss of Wirz, the Philadelphians of Twitchell.
The black beast, fitly so called by the Spirit, would fare worse at the hands of such partisans as the Spirit men, who seek to make his brutality a systematic purpose of his race, and who welcome every crime committed by a "nigger" as so much water on their party wheels, and to whom no sight is so odious as a respectable, well-doing colored man. It is a shameless prostitution of the press to attempt, for interested purposes, to pervert this horrid outrage of a brute, that disgraces mankind whether white or black, to inflaming and exciting the mind of the people against a class. But as there is joy in Heaven over one sinner that repenteth, so there is jubilation and triumph over every "nigger" that commits an atrocity, in the breasts of evil spirits.
(Column 01)Summary: C. M. Duncan passed a resolution in the State Senate ordering the printing of 10,000 copies of the report accompanying the act for the relief of the citizens of the border counties who had property destroyed or damaged during the war.Court Proceedings
(Names in announcement: C. M. Duncan)
(Column 01)Summary: This weekly article lists court proceedings in the county, including the defendants, plaintiffs, accusations and verdicts.
(Names in announcement: Judge King, Bishop Meads, Brandt Williams, James P. Wilson, James Parker, Josephine Franklin, David Beckwith, Mary Studebaker, Elizabeth Bell)Full Text of Article:Religious
The April term of Court commenced on Monday last. His Honor Judge King precided; Associates Ferguson and Armstrong were also present. The following cases have been disposed of:
Com. vs. Bishop Meads - Assault and Battery. True Bill. Prosecutor, Brandy Williams. Verdict guilty. Def't was sentenced to pay a fine of $1,00, costs of prosecution and to undergo an imprisonment in the county jail.
Com. vs. James P. Wilson and James Parker, - Rape. Prosecutrix, Josephine Franklin. True Bill. Verdict not guilty.
Com. vs. David Beckwith. - Rape. Prosecutrix, Mary Studebaker. Verdict not guilty.
Com. vs. Josephine Franklin. - Larceny. Prosecutrix, Elizabeth Rell. Verdict guilty.
(Column 01)Summary: The Rev. L. A. Gotwald will preach in Chambersburg's Lutheran Church on Sunday.Jerome Blitz on the Brain
(Names in announcement: Rev. L. A. Gotwald)
(Column 02)Summary: Jerome Blitz performed tricks of dexterity before a large audience at Repository Hall.Franklin County Horticultural Society
(Column 02)Summary: The paper announces the next meeting of the society and explains that the last meeting was poorly attended because of a miscomunication.The Woolen Mill
(Names in announcement: John P. Keefer, B. L. Ryder)
(Column 02)Summary: Arrangements are being made to keep the Chambersburg Woolen Mill in the hands of the present stockholders in order to prevent sale of the company.[No Title]
(Column 02)Summary: One hundred shares of Cumberland Valley Railroad preferred stock were sold at $57.25 per share on the Philadelphia Exchange. Common stock went at $55 per share.[No Title]
(Column 02)Summary: Thomas Metcalfe opened a grand sewing machine depot in Chambersburg in the room formerly occupied by D. B. Oaks.School Superintendent
(Names in announcement: Thomas Metcalfe, D. B. Oaks)
(Column 02)Summary: The school directors of Franklin County will hold a convention on May 4th in order to elect a county superintendent of common schools.[No Title]
(Column 02)Summary: M. A. Keefer bought the warehouse of George A. Deitz near the Cumberland Valley Depot. "Persons wishing to sell their grain at the highest market price, or buy coal cheap, should give him a call."Resigned
(Names in announcement: M. A. Keefer)
(Column 02)Summary: William M'Sherry, Revenue Assessor of the district including Franklin resigned on March 23rd.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: William M'Sherry)
(Column 02)Summary: The Cumberland Valley Railroad carried 281,134 passengers last year.[No Title]
(Column 02)Summary: Rev. William A. West of Path Valley received a call to Sinking Valley Church, Presbytery of Huntingdon.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Rev. William A. West)
(Column 02)Summary: R. F. Snoddy, formerly of Chambersburg, was appointed postmaster at Shippensburg.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: R. F. Snoddy)
(Column 03)Summary: The paper prints a supplement to the road law act providing for the nomination of three road and bridge viewers who will examine sights for new roads and bridges. They will be responsible from securing damage waivers from property-holders along the route. No building may begin, however, until they report to the people who ordered the new construction.Married
(Column 04)Summary: John P. Culbertson and Miss Julia E. Wunderlich, both of Chambersburg, were married on April 6th at the residence of the bride's parents by the Rev. J. A. Kunkleman.Married
(Names in announcement: John P. Culbertson, Julia E. Wunderlich, Rev. J. A. Kunkleman)
(Column 04)Summary: William H. Witherow and Miss Laura Noonan, both of Carrick, Franklin County, were married on April 8th by the Rev. J. A. Kunkleman.Died
(Names in announcement: William H. Witherow, Laura Noonan, Rev. J. A. Kunkleman)
(Column 04)Summary: Fanny Brechbill died in Antrim on April 7th. She was 92 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: Fanny Brechbill)
(Column 04)Summary: Philip Foust died in St. Thomas on April 3rd. He was 50 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: Philip Foust)
(Column 04)Summary: Isac Kaufman died in Letterkenny on February 3rd. He was 54 years old.
(Names in announcement: Isac Kaufman)