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Semi-Weekly Dispatch: July 19, 1861

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 1-3; poem, column 4; reprint of speech made by Mr. Joseph Holt at the Masonic Temple in Louisville, Kentucky, columns 4 and 5

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Description of Page: Proceedings of Congress, columns 4 and 5

Hon. John Cessna
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Summary: Reports the correction of a previous article involving John Cessna and the Democratic convention held in Bedford County. Cessna, while present at the convention and a strong supporter of the Union, did not introduce any resolutions at the convention.
Cultivated Mudsills
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Summary: Argues that the men fighting for the North are not the "vagrants of society" merely seeking adventure and food, but are men who have left behind "those domestic ties that knit a man to his country." In addition, Northern solders have an interest in "literary culture" and exhibit "scholarly taste."
Origin of Article: Nat. Int.
Later from the Seat of War!
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Summary: Details the military action that occurred at Bull Run on July 21.

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Description of Page: Continuation of Joseph Holt's speech, columns 1 and 2; advertisements, columns 2-5

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Summary: Remarks that an "alteration" made in the alley between the dry goods store of Messrs. Eyster and Brothers and the hardware store run by Messrs. Myers and Brand marks a significant improvement there. The work was commissioned by the Town Council.
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Summary: Reports that Mr. Charles W. Oyster was struck on the head by a timber that fell when he was attempting to remove some flour in the mill. Oyster was "knocked senseless" for a few moments, but his injury, fortunately, was not serious.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Chas. W. Oyster)
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Summary: Reports a burglary at the watch and jewelry store of the Hutton Brothers early the same morning. A "considerable amount of goods" were taken, but the thieves were unable to break into the vault containing the store's most valuable watches and jewelry. The Dispatch reports that no arrests have been made in the crime.
Found Dead
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Summary: Reports that a man of about 70 or 80 years of age was found dead, probably from exposure, in the woods about three miles from Chambersburg. He was a traveler and had with him a knapsack.
Return of the 2d Regiment
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Summary: Reports that the time of enlistment of the 2nd Pa. Vol. regiment, commanded by Colonel F. S. Stumbaugh, has expired, and its men have returned to Harrisburg. Most of the volunteers plan to re-enlist for a period of three years, but wish to spend a short time at home before venturing "into the heart of the enemy's country."
Useful and Ornamental
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Summary: Comments on the beauty and practicality of a new "pretty style of portico" added to the front of buildings such as that owned by Captain J. Brown on Market Street. The frame work of the portico is ornamentally latticed cast-iron columns.
(Names in announcement: Capt. J. Brown)
A Character on the Border
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Summary: Describes Jerome Bonaparte Closson, a young man who lives on the state border at Hagerstown, as a dedicated and effective scout for the government. Prior to the war, Closson's activities consisted largely of hunting, fishing, and frequenting country "breakdowns." He tames poisonous snakes and can kill a squirrel at thirty paces.
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Summary: Ellen Lesley Perry, aged 4 years, 11 months, and 26 days, died on July 19. She was the daughter of Richard and Naomi Perry.
(Names in announcement: Ellen Lesley Perry, Richard Perry, Naomi Perry)

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