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Semi-Weekly Dispatch: June 25, 1861

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Description of Page: List of federal, state, and local government officials, column 1; advertisements, columns 1 and 2; poem, columns 3 and 4; anecdote about the loyal actions of Captain Armstrong's daughter, column 5; anecdote concerning the action off Pig's Point, column 5; article from the Cincinnati Gazette concerning the "farce" of an election in Tennessee on the secession question, column 5

Sunday School Address by the Hero of Fort Sumter
(Column 4)
Summary: Reprints a speech by Brigadier General Anderson to a Sunday school at Cincinnati. Anderson credits God for preserving his safety at Fort Sumter and for directing his actions there.
The Unemployed at Their Own Door
(Column 4)
Summary: The Dispatch points out that Secessionists have repeatedly predicted that war would bring unemployment to northern cities. Yet the article excerpted from the Richmond Examiner reports that five Richmond contains at least five thousand African Americans who lost their employment when the tobacco factories closed or cut their production.
Origin of Article: Richmond Examiner

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Description of Page: Brief items of news concerning the war, column 1; short report of a skirmish at Independence, Missouri, column 1; articles from Hagerstown (Maryland), Wilmington (Delaware), Baltimore, St. Louis, and Cincinnati, columns 4 and 5; proceedings of the Wheeling convention, column 5

No Tampering with the Tariff
(Column 2)
Summary: Urges Congress not to modify or repeal the Morill Tariff at the upcoming special session. Argues that the tariff should be tested in a time of peace before its merits can be examined.
Maryland and Her Legislature
(Column 2)
Summary: Reports that the Maryland legislature has declared that the state is not responsible for the debt incurred in fighting the war. The legislature has also prevented Governor from disposing of state funds and has formally recognized the Confederacy by a vote of 47 to 4. The Dispatch declares that the legislature of Maryland can do what "villainous" deeds they will, because the governor of the state will keep Maryland safe.
The Coming Anniversary
(Column 3)
Summary: Excerpt from Forney's Press affirms the decision that no appropriation be made for the celebration of the Fourth of July this year. Argues that Americans should spend their funds and their energy on settling the question of whether the experiment that their ancestors fought to create in 1776 will endure.
Origin of Article: Forney's Press
Editorial Comment: "We notice, in quite a number of our exchanges, articles relating to the coming 4th of July, but none which accords so well with our own inclinations and sense of propriety as an editorial in Forney's Press, of the 22d instant."
Secretary Cameron on the War
(Column 3)
Summary: Reprints a speech given by the Secretary of War at a dinner of the St. Andrews Society the previous Wednesday. Cameron denounced states' rights, pointed out the foolishness of the South in supposing that the North and West would divide over the question of preserving the Union, and championed the federal government as "the strongest Government to-day in the world."

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Description of Page: Prices current, column 2; advertisements, columns 3-5

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(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that the First and Second regiments have left Hagerstown for Frederick, and that the Third is expected to leave today.
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that Captain Finch of the Eighth Regiment, Company F, wounded his leg by stepping on the butt of a bayonet while drilling his company. The bayonet flew up and struck the calf of his leg, causing a somewhat serious flesh wound.
Capt. Campbell
(Column 1)
Summary: Announces that Captain Charles T. Campbell has formed another company of artillery.
No State Fair
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that the State Agricultural Society has decided not to hold a state fair this season because of "the war excitement" and difficult economic times. The Dispatch dismisses state fairs as "extensive humbugs" that benefit only managers and speculators.
The Hospital
(Column 2)
Summary: Announces that nearly all the people who had been in the hospital at Chambersburg have recovered and that the hospital was moved to Hagerstown the previous day.
(Column 2)
Summary: Mr. Martin Smith, Printer, died in Aberdeen, Ohio, on June 10 after a lingering illness. Mr. Smith was a native of Chambersburg and was 59 years of age when he died.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Martin Smith)
(Column 2)
Summary: Mr. Geo. M. Scheuerman, 53 years of age, died on June 20 in Chambersburg.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Geo. M. Scheuerman)
(Column 2)
Summary: Mrs. Nancy Sibbet died on April 20 near Lexington, Ohio. Mrs. Sibbet was the wife of Samuel Sibbet, Esq., formerly of Funkstown, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Nancy Sibbet, Samuel SibbetEsq.)

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Description of Page: Article relating anecdotes concerning the search for contraband at the Relay House, column 1; advertisements, columns 1-5