Franklin Repository: June 16, 1869Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
Hens Come Home to Roost
(Column 01)Summary: The paper reports on the recent rape of a black woman by white men. It uses this episode to argue against the Democratic paper's attempts to use the recent rape of white women by a black man to indict the Republican party and the black race in general.
Full Text of Article:The Election Riots in Washington
A horrible, inhuman and nameless outrage committed on the person of a colored woman, by a gang of lawless and devilish white persons, in the Capitol Grounds, at Harrisburg, last week, bids us to remember that no race is free from the commission of crime; and that they who fabricate arguments for withholding his civil rights from the negro because of his proneness to violate the laws of the land and of his unavoidable ignorance, find the same reasons weigh a thousand fold stronger against their own than the colored race. We Republicans deny the force of argument in the one case, and of course it fails in the other. But they who admit and use it in the one, cannot escape from its legitimate conclusion in the other, with this condition added, which makes it still stronger, that they cannot plead the mitigation of ignorance. A report of the crime to which we refer will be found in our local columns, taken from the Harrisburg Patriot, a Democratic journal not likely to step beyond the truth in the account it gives.
This recalls to our recollection the outrages perpetrated by a colored man upon several respectable white girls, in this neighborhood, a few months ago, and the dishonest attempt of a Democratic journal in our midst to shift the responsibility of his crimes upon the Republican party. No man honestly believed that anything save the depravity of his own nature incited the negro boy, Cain Norris, to the commission of the crimes for which he was fairly tried and convicted, any more than he believes that the Democratic party is responsible for the outrages committed by persons of undisputed Caucasian blood at Harrisburg, upon a defenceless colored girl. Yet the inference is just as strong in the one case as in the other, and the conclusion just as reasonable. It was the trick of a political demagogue to seize the intense excitement which prevailed in the case of Cain Norris, when the calm judgment of men was unsettled, and turn it from the real offender, for the meanest sort of political effect; we know no words sufficiently expressive to portray the meanness. Here is an outrage with its changed circumstances perhaps as unmitigated in horror as that. Let us see what this same journal has to say concerning it. True, it affords the Democratic party no chance to make political capital out of it. The victim was only one of a despised race, and the criminal offenders were of unmistakable white blood. But that does not mitigate the offence in the eyes of the law. Besides, there does not seem to have been only one fiend here, but a dozen. The report says that eight of the offenders were arrested, and warrants were out for others concerned in it. Nor is there any excuse on the ground of ignorance of right or of the law. Their extraction is so honorable that their names are withheld from publication, on account of the respectability of their connections. They did not have any revenge to wreak upon the negro race, in the person of this woman, for fancied injuries to the white race, because the injuries have all been on the other side.
Perhaps, taking all the circumstances of these two cases, there is as little to be said in extenuation of the one which occurred last week, as of the other. Human nature is considerably lower than angelic nature, and statutes have been framed to protect the innocent and punish the guilty, not because we have negroes, or because the Republican party has been instrumental in restoring them their rights, but because crime has existed in every age and every land. We would suggest to our neighbors the danger of constructing political theories whose ghosts come back to haunt them. The example of the old fellow who was "hoist with her own petard" is worthy of contemplation, old as it is. The inventor of the guillotine was himself beheaded by it, and an old and popular poet sang:
"O wad some power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us,
It would frae mony a blunder free us."
(Column 01)Summary: The paper condemns an episode in Washington wherein black Republicans attacked a black man voting for Democratic candidates. The Repository blasts the attackers for demonstrating unrepublican values, but also rebutts the Democratic argument that the episode illustrates the black race's unworthiness to vote.
Full Text of Article:Chase and Logan
The city election, in Washington last week, resulted in the choice of the Republican candidates, by an overwhelming majority. With the exception of riotous conduct on the part of colored voters at one of the polls, the quiet and order of the city was not disturbed. The prompt and energetic action of the police suppressed the disorder before it had time to become serious, but not until several of the rioters were wounded and some of the officers had received serious hurts. It seems, the disturbance was caused by some colored Republicans, who attacked another colored man voting the Democratic ticket. This man, Stewart, it is said has a number of colored men in his employ, whose wages he refused to pay unless they agreed to vote his ticket, which they refused to do, and hence the feeling aroused against him. Whether this is so or not we are unable to tell, and it makes little difference if it is. It furnishes no justification for the unlawful and riotous conduct of those who attacked him. The attempt of men, either white or black, to interfere with the free exercise of the right of suffrage should be severely put down. Too many election riots have occurred, of late years, in our principal cities, and all so far as we know by roughs voting the Democratic ticket, except this one in Washington, and not a single one of the offenders has been punished that we ever could learn. We hope they will not be a precedent in this case. We don't want the Republican party to encourage such disorders by allowing Republicans who interfere with the rights of an opposing but lawful voter at the polls to escape punishment. The voter who will use violence is no Republican, and has mistaken the party with which he ought to affiliate. He has failed to understand the first principle of republicanism, which concedes to all persons the same rights it claims for its own voters.
We protest, however, against the effrontery of those Democratic journals which charge the negro's unfitness to vote, from this disorder in Washington, and conveniently forget the commission of similar outrages at the polls in Philadelphia and New York within the last year by white Democrats.
(Column 02)Summary: The paper denounces Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase who seems to be positioning himself for nomination as the next Democratic candidate for president. The paper asserts that he is "leaving nothing undone to court favor with the rebels of the South. He has forfeited long since the respect and love of loyal men, and adds but little to his disgrace when he asks Union men to commemorate the heroism of traitors." The paper contrasts his behavior to the patriot John Logan who founded the Grand Army of the Republic.[No Title]
(Column 02)Summary: The Repository rebutts the argument that passing the 15th Amendment will result in more Southern representation and thus lead to problems for Pennsylvania. The author argues that the universal right to representation is more important than immediate politics.
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The Harrisburg Patriot and Union thinks that the ratification of the 15th Amendment would be political industrial suicide to Pennsylvania, because it would largely increase the number of representatives in Congress from the Southern States.
How will enlarged representation in Congress from the South endanger Pennsylvania? If the Southern States are entitled to representation on the same basis with Pennsylvania and the other Northern States, what right have we to object to their being increased in the same ratio? Can it be wrong for Pennsylvania to do right, and if so, how?
This is the last argument of the Democracy against the 15th Amendment. Don't pass it, gentlemen, because as it stands now a two-fifths of the colored population of the Southern States is not represented, while all of the North is If you pass it the entire population of the South will be represented, just as that of the North, and though it is but just and fair to do so, just so much of our power in Congress will be taken away from us.
This is blowing hot and cold with a vengeance. We are surprised and startled at the facility with which Democratic journals change their positions. Accustomed as we have grown to hearing them cry out against the injustice of the Radicals against the Southern States, we were not prepared to find the Patriot take a new departure, this time urging that the same Radicals have been conceding entirely too much to the South. Well, which we have been forced to hear so much, boiled down, resolves itself into hatred for the Republican party, just what we always thought it was. Will the Democracy of the Southern States please make a note of it?
(Column 02)Summary: The paper reports that many skilled mechanics have been immigrating to the United States. "The influx of such workmen will in a short time make a wonderful change in the productive interests of the United States. In the West, it will create a competitor for the East, and change to a manufacturing region what has heretofore been and is yet regarded as a purely agricultural locality."
The Fair and Festival of the Franklin County Horticultural Society
(Column 01)Summary: The Horticultural Society held a successful fair and festival in Repository Hall on Saturday. Two tables of roses, boquets, and flowers accompanied the exhibition of plants, fruits, and vegetables.Dastardly Outrage on Capitol Hill
(Names in announcement: Dr. Suesserott, Mrs. J. S. Nixon, Mrs. W. P. Palmer, Mrs. T. B. Kennedy, Mrs. Catharine Lindsay, Dr. William H. Boyle, E. W. Curriden, Mrs. Jacob S. Brand, Mrs. Amos Stouffer, Miss Mary Bard, Mrs. Annie Stoner, Col. J. G. Elder, Miss Sallie Ditzler, Mrs. Catharine Stouffer, John Jeffries, Mrs. R. A. Sloan, Mrs. M. A. Washington, Mrs. Noah Heckerman, Miss Mollie E. M'Culloh, Mrs. J. W. Deal, Miss Mary Armstrong, Mrs. William M'Lellan, Mrs. William D. Guthrie, Benjamin Chambers, Miss Lucy Chambers, Mrs. J. Allison Eyster, Mrs. John P. Keefer, Mrs. James D. Scott, Miss Anna Radebaugh, Mrs. Henry Gabel, Mrs. D. O. Gehr, Mrs. William Wallace, Mrs. A. J. White, Mrs. J. L. Suesserott, Mrs. E. Culbertson, B. L. Ryder, Mrs. A. D. Caufman, Mrs. G. W. Brewer, Miss Schofield, Miss Pinneo, George A. Deitz, John Nitterhouse, George R. Messersmith, Mrs. S. Myers, Mary E. Wark, Mrs. Benjamin Chambers, Mrs. Ed Culbertson, Mrs. William M'Lellan, Miss Anna Radebaugh, Mrs. G. W. Brewer, Edward C. Grove, William M'Lenegan, Theodore M'Gowan, Tobias Martin, B. L. Ryder, Austin Shaker, Dr. William H. Boyle, H. E. Hoke, Adam Stouffer, Mrs. Anna Stouffer, Mrs. Anna Dechert, Dr. Ed Culbertson, Mrs. W. H. M'Dowell, Mrs. John Linn, Mrs. G. M. Duncan, Mrs. George W. Brewer, Mrs. Samuel Myers, Mrs. William G. Reed, Miss Emma C. M'Culloh, Mrs. Jacob Heyser, Mrs. Mary Eyster, Mrs. B. F. Nead, Mrs. James Reside, Mrs. Nettie M. Caufman, Mrs. James C. Austin, Mrs. Adam Stouffer, Mrs. Daniel Stouffer, Mrs. Amos Stouffer, W. S. Fletcher, Jacob Heyser, D. Watson Rowe)
(Column 02)Summary: This report on a rape of a black woman by white men emphasizes the races of the victim and attackers.
Full Text of Article:Robbery
About nine o'clock on Tuesday evening, the 8th inst., a colored woman named Lucy M'Gill was ruthlessly attacked and outraged by young ruffians of this city. The heinous crime was enacted in the immediate vicinity of the monument, where a number of roughs had congregated. As the woman was passing in company with a colored female associate, one of the ringleaders clutched her, while another, assisted by three of his friends, succeeded in violating her person. Several others subsequently attempted to perpetrate the same crime, but were deterred from its accomplishment by the struggles and cries of the woman. The other female in the meantime escaped. In addition to those participating in the outrage, a number of their friends were in close proximity viewing the affair. Two of the principals were yesterday held in the sum of $800 to answer the charge preferred by the prosecution. Five of the by-standers were also bound over as witnesses in the same amount. Others are yet at large. The wretches implicated by the evidence of the outraged woman are well known in this vicinity, on account of their prominence in several disturbances that occurred a few months since. Were it not for the humiliation it would bring to their family connections, we would publish their names in conspicuous characters, and let the people know the miscreants who have so wantonly violated common decency. They are all white men, while the victim of their licentiousness is a black woman. It is hoped the guilty parties will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Too much leniency has heretofore been shown ruffians in this city, and it is high time that it give way to justice. The peace and quiet of the community demand that an example be made of those who have repeatedly instigated disturbances and capped the climax of their infamy by committing a deed that should mantle their cheeks with shame and cause them to welcome the walls of a prison as a screen from the gaze of an indignant people. - Harrisburg Patriot.
(Column 02)Summary: The residence of Samuel Ebersole was robbed while some residents were in the house sleeping. The thieves took around $370 cash from various pockets and drawers.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Samuel Ebersole, Rev. Tripner, John Lehman)
(Column 02)Summary: Franklin County has been divided into assessment districts and assessors have been assigned: David Fohl, 7th District, including St. Thomas, Peters, Montgomery, Warren; Jere Cook, 8th District, including Chambersburg North Ward, Hamilton, Antrim; Thomas J. Grimison, Chambersburg South Ward, Guilford, Green; Henry X. Stoner, 10th District, including Washington, Waynesboro; Daniel Keefer, 11th District, including Lurgan, Letterkenny, Southampton, Metal, and Fannett. Persons and businesses subject to special tax must register.A Pleasant Surprise
(Names in announcement: David Fohl, Jere Cook, Thomas J. Grimison, Henry X. Stoner, Daniel Keefer)
(Column 02)Summary: The students of the Lutheran Sabbath School of Chambersburg suprised Superintendent George R. Messersmith by presenting him with boquets and wreaths of flowers. Rev. Joseph A. Seiss spoke on the occassion. The school has 525 students and 60 officers and teachers, the largest in the area.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: George R. Messersmith, Rev. Joseph A. Seiss)
(Column 03)Summary: The editors of the Shippesnburg News give the Chambersburg Silver Cornet Band good reviews for a recent performance in their town.Picnics
(Column 03)Summary: Columbus Lodge No. 75, I.O.O.F., and McMurray Lodge No. 119, I.O.O.F., will hold a picnic at Kaufman's Station on June 24th.Festival
(Column 03)Summary: The Ladies' Improvement Society of the M. E. Church will hold a strawberry and ice cream festival tomorrow. Proceeds will go toward making improvements to the church building.Religious
(Column 03)Summary: Rev. J. A. Seiss of Philadelphia will preach next Sunday at Chambersburg's Lutheran Church. The Church of God invites the public to hear preaching on "Scriptural Baptism" and "The Priest, the Levite, and the Samaritan."Arrested
(Column 04)Summary: Jacob and Daniel Baker were arrested by Sheriff Fletcher for receiving stolen horses. They reside near Greencastle. They had a hearing before Justice Armstrong and were admitted to bail.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Jacob Baker, Daniel Baker, Sheriff Fletcher)
(Column 04)Summary: The students of the Chambersburg Academy will hold an exhibition on June 25th under the direction of Dr. J. H. Shumaker.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Dr. J. H. Shumaker)
(Column 04)Summary: The Grand Army of the Republic Post of Chambersburg has reorganized. Maj. John Doebler was elected commander, Lt. J. W. Fletcher vice commander, and Lt. Thomas J. Grimason, adjutant.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Maj. John Doebler, Lt. J. W. Fletcher, Lt. Thomas J. Grimason)
(Column 04)Summary: Dr. J. L. Suesserott of Chambersburg was appointed to give an essay at the next meeting of the State Dental Society.Married
(Names in announcement: Dr. J. L. Suesserott)
(Column 05)Summary: Henry Freeman and Miss Elizabeth Myers, both of Franklin, were married at the Methodist Parsonage in Chambersburg on June 12th by the Rev. S. Barnes.Died
(Names in announcement: Henry Freeman, Elizabeth Myers, Rev. S. Barnes)
(Column 05)Summary: David Esom died on June 14th. He was 69 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: David Esom)
(Column 05)Summary: Mrs. Isabella W. Wordebaugh died at the County Alms House on June 4th. She was 34 years old, and "had been deranged for some years."
(Names in announcement: Isabella W. Wordebaugh)