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Franklin Repository: August 10, 1870

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Our Ticket
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Summary: The Repository praises the Republican ticket and reports the histories and qualifications of the candidates for office.
(Names in announcement: John Huber, Jacob Strickler, John Cressler, William H. Mackey, Thad M. Mahon, I. H. M'Cauley, W. S. Stenger)
Full Text of Article:

In our issue of last week we had time barely to mention the ticket which the County Convention put in nomination. The names of those upon whom the choice fell have been canvassed for a week, and we are able to speak, with some confideace of the feeling whith which the nominations have been received by the Republican party in the county.

To say that the nominations made for the county offices were received with satisfaction would be short of the truth. There were most decided manifestations of approval at the excellent selections made by the convention. Republicans congratulated each other, and Democrats did not hesitate to say that so good a ticket had not been put in the field by either party for a long time. We do not pretend to say that we have put better men in nomination than ever before, but there were reasons why this convention should make a county ticket which would meet with a more unanimous approval than any other we have had. The delegates represented the people purely, and did not seek to come to the convention in the interest of any particular person or candidate. This has rarely been the case before. Their minds were unbiased and they were prepared to choose the best men. It also gave us a convention composed of first rate men. Indeed we have never seen a county convention which contained such a large proportion of the best Republicans as this one. There were no appeals made by interested candidates to their friends to try and be chosen delegates for the purpose of nominating them to office. There were no candidates. The people were earnestly urged to choose only those for delegates who would make the best ticket and suffer every man to stay at home who wanted to be a delegate. This seems to have been the rule adopted, and the result was a convention composed of superior men.

John Huber of Chambersburg was nominated for County Commissioner. He is well know over the whole county. Few men in private life are known so well. As a man he is without enemies and as a Republican without exception. He did not want the nomination but when strongly urged to accept it, the day before the convention met he agreed to do so if it were offered without solicitation. He is regarded by both political parties as an unusually strong man. He will receive the united vote of his party, and many Democrats will support him. They will do so for two reasons. One is the unblemished character of the man for integrity and honesty, and the other is that the people of our county have become disgusted at the outrageous and corrupt management of the Commissioners' office since it is under the control of Democratic Commissioners. Democrats see, as well as Republicans, that in one year their party has been seriously damaged by the notorious corruption and the blundering inefficiency of the present Democratic Commissioners. Judge Huber's election will be guarantee for the faithful performance of the responsible duties belonging to the Commissioners' office.

For Director of Poor, the Convention nominated Jacob Strickler, of Guilford. He was not even aware that his name would be used in connection with this nomination, but since he has been chosen he has cheerfully consented to accept it and intend to concern himself actively for the election of the ticket. We believe no better nomination could have been made. Mr. Strickler is a substantial farmer, well known in the county and highly esteemed. If elected, and we have no doubt that he will be, there will be much encouragement to hope that the well founded complaints about the mismanagement of the Poor House will cease.

John Cressler, Esq., of Southampton, was nominated for Auditor. Mr. Cressler's business experience qualified him well for this place, and he accepts the nomination, as the others did, not that they care for these offices which bring them neither honor nor profit, but because the interests of the people demand of good men these sacrifices and as good citizens they are bound to obey. The people of the Republican party emphatically made these nominations and not the politicians and the people mean to elect the nominees.

For Jury Commissioner, Wm. H. Mackey, Esq., of Fannett, was nominated. This is a position of little trouble and little pay, still it is important to fill it with good men, because the character of the juries drawn depends somewhat upon the men who select them. Mr. Mackey will do this well, as he would perform the duties of a much more responsible place well.

Our candidate for Assembly is Thad. M. Mahon, Esq., of Chambersburg. Mr. Mahon and L. H. M'Cauley, Esq., were both mentioned as candidates before the convention for this nomination, but we believe that neither did more than to announce himself and allow the convention to select which ever they saw proper. Mr. Mahon was the choice of a majority of the delegates. He is a young man, a member of the Chambersburg Bar and has always been devoutly devoted to the principles of, and an active member of the Republican party. After his return home at the close of the war, in which he served faithfully and honorably several years and received wounds, he was elected Clerk of the Courts and won much praise for the satisfactory performance of its duties from persons of all parties. He was a candidate for re-nomination at the close of the term and though another soldier disabled by the loss of an arm was nominated, his popularity and great fitness for the office were such that he was within two or three votes of being selected the second time. A significant acknowledgment of his character and ability was made at that time by W. S. Stenger, Esq., editor of the Spirit, in his journal, in the following words:

Mr Thaddeus M. Mahon, the incumbent of the office of Clerk of the Courts, is a gentleman who has performed the duties of his office in a way which has won for him the commendation of every member of the Bar. Owing to our close official relations with him, we can speak from personal knowledge of his ability, and we can have no hesitation in saying, in simple justice to him, that we believe that not a single blunder during his whole term of office can be traced to his hands. Always prompt in the execution of the orders of the Court, ever courteous in his demeanor towards the members of the Bar and scrupulously careful of the rights and interests of litigants, he is indeed a model officer. A most egregious blunder did the Convention commit when it set his claims aside.

We have no doubt that the same qualities which won for him such praise from his political opponents, when Clerk of the Courts, will bring him similar commendations in the Legislature. If elected he will be a safe and judicious law-maker and his pains-taking, careful habits of business so warmly commended by Mr. Stenger will be invaluable in a body too much given to loose and unwise legislation. We may have more to say of Mr. Mahon during the progress of the campaign.

Democratic Frauds
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Summary: The Repository touts the success of Republican financial policies and accuses the Democrats of misrepresenting facts.
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FACTS we are told are stubborn things. And so they are. A thousand impulses may move the thoughts and actions of men, but they are powerless to move them to believe or act contrary to established facts if they can perceive the facts. No matter what our inclinations or prejudices or sympathies or interests may be, we are constrained by the laws of nature to believe what we can see, and to shape our actions by the light we receive from our observations. Nothing that we can think of would so help the Democratic party, would so strengthen its feebleness, and revive hope in the breasts of its leaders as the fact, if it were a fact, that the national debt were growing greater instead of smaller under Republican power. The disaster which such a condition of things would necessarily bring upon the whole country, would be greeted with joy and gladness if it but proved that the Republican party were powerless to rescue the country from the weight of debt piled upon it by the disloyal Democracy. Such is the desperation of the Democracy that, though they fully comprehend how fearful it would be if the government were unable to reduce the debt, as a means of placing the reins of the government in the hands of their party they would contemplate the fact with rejoicing. As it is, with large reductions of the principal of the debt every month, Democratic leaders and journalists do not hesitate to falsify and misrepresent the facts. They do not dare to deny directly the truth of the monthly statements issued from the Treasury Department, but they attempt to throw discredit upon them in a variety of ways. They talk mysteriously about extravagance in the departments of the government and complain about the growing burdens of taxation always striving to cover up and conceal from the observation of the people the facts which prove their statements to be false. They express doubt as to the power of the government ever to extinguish the debt, and insinuate that the Republican party only seeks to deceive the people with the delusion of an ultimate escape from indebtedness and taxation, while it really wishes to continue both as affording it the opportunity of unlimited plunder.

But all the time the ugly facts stare them in the face, and would cover them with confusion and shame if brazen effrontery, the accumulation of years of political duplicity and perfidy, had not rendered them insensibly both to shame and conclusion. The fact that the expenses of the government have been greatly reduced under the administration of President Grant meets them which ever way they turn, and confronts them in all their ingeniously devised attempts to deceive the people. The fact that the taxes have been reduced on almost everything since the war, and on many articles abolished altogether is in the knowledge of so many of the people that years of misrepresentation have not deceived them. The fact that collections have been honestly made under the Republican party, and strict economy consulted in all branches of the government, is so fully demonstrated by the increased revenue over the years of Johnson's misrule, and that from a reduced rate of taxation too, and from the monstrous sums monthly paid on the principal of the public debt, that no one is deceived if he wants to know the truth.

Yet on all these questions the Democracy deliberately work to build up false impressions in the minds of the people. They play the part of demagogues. They do not admit the facts and go before the people on them; they misrepresent the facts, and ask the people to take their distorted statements as true. The means employed show clearly the end they seek. It is not the good of the country but the success of the Democracy. They care not how the people fare, but they do love to have the machinery of the government that they may have power and abuse it.

Thanks to the intelligence and the strong American common sense of the people, all attempts to win success based upon fraud and deceit must fail as it has failed heretofore. The people will not throw away such splendid results as those which the seventeen months of Grant's administration have wrought for an empty and specious theory, however skillfully it may be presented. They can understand what the reduction of the debt by one hundred millions during the first year of Grant's administration means, and they know that that cannot be a corrupt administration which accomplishes such results. They know that the prosperity of the country and the interests of labor and industry are safe in the care of a party which has reduced the debt by sixty-nine millions in the last five months. They know that an average monthly reduction of the debt at the rate of nearly fourteen millions of dollars per month as has been the case for 1870, will in a few years wipe out the debt; and they know further, that there is nothing in the history or experience of the Democratic party to encourage the hope or belief that such brilliant results would be continued a day or a month after they came to power. The wisdom of the people in the past is a sufficient guaranty for the exercise of the same quality in the future.

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Summary: This article praises John Cessna, the incumbent Republican congressman and asks the Democrats to nominate a worthy opponent.
Full Text of Article:

OUR County Convention last week honestly represented the sentiment of the Republican masses of Franklin county in the following resolution endorsing the course of Hon. John Cessna in Congress:

Resolved. That we heartily endorse the course of Hon. John Cessna, and recognize in him a faithful, earnest and hard working public servant, whose abilities have placed him among the foremost members of our National Legislature, and we respond to the general desire of the Republicans of the country in making every honorable effort to return him to Congress.

We doubt if there was a single delegate in the convention who did not feel that in the short time Mr. Cessna represented this district in Congress he had honestly won the praise and commendation bestowed in the resolution. He has been faithful to the great Republican party and alive to the wants and interests of his constituents, whether they were Republicans or Democrats. Hardworking every one who is acquainted with him knows him to be, and Congress has freely acknowledged his great abilities and admitted his right to be classed among the foremost men in that body.

We now ask the Democracy to nominate their best and ablest man as his competitor. We deprecate a one-sided campaign in which Mr. Cessna's opposition can reach no higher dignity than is attained in calling vile names and howling epithets. Mr. Cessna's course in Congress is unmistakable and fearless. If Republican policy and principles are vulnerable then Mr. Cessna is vulnerable. If the Democracy of the Sixteenth District favor a White Mans' party, and are opposed to protecting the labor and industry, and encouraging the manufactures of this country, against the free-traders in Europe, we can assure them that the Republicans are not, and that their candidate for Congress fully represents their sentiments. By all means make the issue plain and unmistakable so that there can be no dodging.

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Summary: The paper suggests readers peruse the Harrisburg Patriot, the newspaper edited by B. F. Meyers, Democratic candidate for Congress. "It is open in its advocacy of most of the political follies and heresies of the Democratic party, among them a 'white man's party' and free trade."
(Names in announcement: B. F. Meyers)

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Democratic County Convention
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Summary: This article reports the proceedings and nominations of the county Democratic convention and notes a racist speech about "the coming man."
(Names in announcement: Col. B. F. Winger, William Logue, John C. Tritle, John Russel, Andrew Burgess, Capt. George W. Skinner, Samuel M. Worley, Dr. John Montgomery, B. Frank Need, Jacob Brand, Martin L. Hammond, Jacob J. Miller, William Brand, Jacob Hefflefinger, Solomon Brake, Peter M'Ferren, Peter Brindle, Elias Patton, John A. Sellers, W. S. Stenger, John R. Orr, B. F. Myers)
Full Text of Article:

Our Democratic friends held their County Convention in the Court House, on Thursday last, the 4th inst., to nominate a county ticket. Col. B. F. Winger was chosen to preside. Wm. Logue and John C. Tritle were made Vice Presidents, and John Russel and Andrew Burgess Secretaries.

The delegates presented their credentials and took their seats in the convention, which then adjourned to one o'clock in the afternoon.

After the convention reassembled, Capt. Geo W. Skinner was nominated for Assembly by acclamation.

The convention then proceeded to the nomination of a candidate for County Commissioner. Samuel M. Worley, Dr. John Montgomery, N. Frank Need, Jacob Brand and Martin L. Hammond were named. On the second ballot Mr. Worley was nominated, having received 50 votes.

The nomination for Director of the Poor followed. Jacob J. Miller, Wm Brand, Jacob Hefflefinger, Solomon Brake, Peter M'Ferren and Peter Brindle were named. On the second ballot Peter M'Ferren of Guilford, received 49 votes and was declared nominated.

For Jury Commissioner Elias Patton received 40 votes on the second ballot and was declared nominated.

For Auditor John A. Sellers received 45 votes on first ballot and was nominated.

The nomination for the county ticket being completed, Col. B. F. Winger, W. S Stenger and John R. Orr were, on motion, chosen Congressional Conferees, without instruction. It is known, however, that Winger and Orr are favorable to the nomination of B. F. Myers, of Bedford for Congress, and though he has not been Stenger's choice, it is probable that he will support his in the conference also.

The principal work done the convention drifted into speeches. Our ancient, quaint and venerable friend, Wm M'Lellan, disenterred several very interesting antideluvian fossils and exhibited them to the audience. Being scarcely inferior to Agassiz as a naturalist, he proceeded to construct the coming man, using the fossils to illustrate his remarks and establish his theory. The coming man according to this illustrious Savan will be of a light olive or copper color, the last condition of his coming having been accomplished when the right of suffrage was secured to the negro.

Stenger seized the occasion of the convention to again assure his friends that he was actually the superior of the colored man, appearances to the contrary notwithstanding. He asserted it with great vehemence, and as he had it pretty much his own way in that body he nearly succeeded in convincing some of them.

What we think of the ticket nominated, and the resolutions will be matter for future consideration.

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Summary: Crowds of visitors from accross the state have come to the Camp Meeting near Oakville of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The Cumberland Valley Railroad has had trouble accomodating all those wishing to attend. Six hundred tickets were sold in Chambersburg alone on Saturday. Ten to twelve thousand people attended on that day. The woods are packed with people, vehicles, and animals, and the crowds have kicked up a large amount of dust. So far, however, all visitors have been well behaved and orderly, and some excellent preaching has been on display.
Cleansing Feathers
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Summary: A. Furney of Waynesboro has secured the rights to a feather-cleaning process that he is performing for a fee in Repository Hall. The editors are impressed with the effectiveness and usefulness of the steam cleaning process, and encourage housewives to use it. Mr. Eberly will dispose of state and county rights and can be found in the Washington House.
(Names in announcement: A. Furney, Eberly)
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Summary: Sheriff Fletcher sold a selection of real estate on Friday. George K. Reed bought two tracts of land in Antrim from Joseph S. Hollinger for $6,400 and $2,100. James A. Fagan bought an Orrstown house from Henry S. Carr for $400. F. M. Kimmell bought a tract of land in Washington from David Miller, Jr., for $40. Samuel Myers bought a lot in Chambersburg from Elijah Hammett, John Harrison, and Henson Turner for $485. Mr. Brough and Mr. Foltz refused a $3,210 bid from Jeremiah Diehl for their gristmill.
(Names in announcement: Sheriff Fletcher, Joseph S. Hollinger, George K. Reed, Henry S. Carr, James A. Fagan, David MillerJr., F. M. Kimmell, Elijah Hammett, John Harrison, Henson Turner, Samuel Myers, Brough, Foltz, Jeremiah Diehl)
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Summary: The barn of Dr. Benjamin Frantz, a few miles east of Waynesboro, was struck by lightning and entirely destroyed, adjoining buildings, wagon shed, hay shed, and corn crib included. J. T. Riley, the tenant, was engaged in threshing oats and lost the season's entire crop of wheat, rye, oats, forty tons of hay, a threshing machine, a wagon, and two calves. The damage is estimated at $3,000 to $4,000. Mr. Riley lost $1200. "Great sympathy for the latter is felt, who is a poor, but industrious and otherwise worthy citizen. The more benevolent should circulate a subscription paper in the unfortunate man's behalf."
(Names in announcement: Dr. Benjamin Frantz, J. T. Riley)
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Summary: John M'Curdy and John A. Geesaman have purchased a newspaper in Ohio.
(Names in announcement: John M'Curdy, John A. Geesaman)
Court Proceedings
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Summary: This article briefly notes recent court proceedings.
(Names in announcement: Judge King, Judge Furguson, William Williams, John Andrews, Nelson Bird, C. H. Cressler, Wiley H. Alfred)
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The August term of Court was opened on Monday morning, at 10 1/2 o'clock. His Honor Judge King presided. Associate Judges Furguson and Armstrong were also present. The morning was spent in hearing motions, petitions, &c.

The following cases were disposed of in the afternoon:

Com. vs. Wm Williams, John Andrews and Nelson Bird. - Riot, on oath at C. H. Cressler. The defendants were found guilty by the jury.

Com vs. Wiley H. Alfred - Entering a store in the night to commit a Felony and Larceny. Defendant plead guilty and was sentenced by the Court to undergo an imprisonment in the Eastern Penitentiary for a period of three years.

The crimnal list is unusually large and in all probability will occupy the attention of the Court for the entire week.

Sabbath School Picnic
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Summary: The Union Sabbath School of the Grind Stone Hill Church in Guilford will have a grand picnic on August 13th. The Fayetteville Brass Band will play. The church is one of the oldest in Franklin County and Reformed and Lutheran congregations worship there. Both will participate in the picnic and ministers will speak.
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Summary: Some gentlemen from Philadelphia named Dykeman and Stevenson bought the farm of J. Watson Craig on which to establish a fish breeding establishment. The also bought the adjoining mill property of John Gish. The farm went for $28,000 and $11,500 for the mill.
(Names in announcement: Dykeman, Stevenson, J. Watson Craig, John Gish)
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Summary: Rev. Robert Vinton, former pastor of the Methodist Episcopal congregation of Chambersburg, died in Baltimore on July 31st. "On account of infirmity and old age, he had retired from any regular appointment in the pulpit for several years past. He was attacked with paralysis, week before last, and remained in an unconcious state until Sunday when he died."
(Names in announcement: Rev. Robert Vinton)
Interesting Lecture
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Summary: A. McElwaine will deliver a lecture on capital punishment in the Court House in Chambersburg on August 11th. Admission is 25 cents and will go toward liquidating the debt on the Bethel Church of God.
(Names in announcement: A. McElwaine)
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Summary: Jer Briggs and Miss Sarah E. Cover, both from near Mercersburg, were married in Chambersburg on August 2nd by the Rev. P. S. Davis.
(Names in announcement: Jer Briggs, Sarah E. Cover, Rev. P. S. Davis)
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Summary: Franklin Skinner Miley, son of Reuben and Ella Miley, died on August 2nd. He was 1 year old.
(Names in announcement: Franklin Skinner Miley, Reuben Miley, Ella Miley)
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Summary: Mrs. Anna Marty Wingert, wife of Byers Wingert and daughter of Solomon and Rebecca Shively, died near Fayetteville on August 2nd. She was 28 years old. A poem of mourning accompanies the notice.
(Names in announcement: Anna Marty Wingert, Byers Wingert, Solomon Shively, Rebecca Shively)

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