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Semi-Weekly Dispatch: September 3, 1861

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 1 and 2; reports of skirmishes near Washington, column 3; incidents from the war, column 5

Giving Information to the Enemy--Death the Punishment
(Column 3)
Summary: Prints the order recently issued by the War Department that allows a sentence of death, or other sentence decided by a Court Martial, for those apprehended giving intelligence to the enemy. This includes those who print or telegraph information regarding the movement or position of troops, thus providing intelligence indirectly to the enemy.

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Description of Page: Anecdotes, columns 2 and 3; advertisements, columns 3-5

Union Ticket
(Column 1)
Summary: List of those nominated on the Union ticket.
(Names in announcement: James Nill, Jas. O. Carson, John Rowe, Geo. J. Balsley, Jno. Nitterhouse, W. S. Harris, D. K. Wunderlich, J. A. Hyssong)
Full Text of Article:

James Nill, of Chambersburg.
[Subject to the decision of the Judicial Conference.]

Jas. O. Carson, of Mercersburg.

John Rowe, of Antrim.

Geo. J. Balsley, of Quincy.

Jno. Nitterhouse, of Chamb'g.

W. S. Harris, of Metal.

D. K. Wunderlich, of Chamb'g.

CORONOR: [sic]
J. A. Hyssong, of Mercersburg.

Good News from the Old North State
(Column 1)
Summary: Predicts that the recent naval victory off the coast of North Carolina will provide the government with a foothold in Confederate territory and that when the government's true aims become known in the South, the public will comply with the law.
No Neutrals
(Column 1)
Summary: Quotes the report of the Grand Jury of Dauphin County, submitted just prior to their dismissal, as saying that there can be no neutrals in the current crisis.

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Description of Page: Advertisements, column 3; war news concerning the naval expedition to the forts on the coast of North Carolina, the declaration of martial law and freeing of the slaves in Missouri, and actions having taken place in Missouri, Illinois, and Ohio, columns 4 and 5

Proceedings of the Union Convention of Franklin County
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports the proceedings of the Union Convention, which met the previous Monday at 10 in the morning to nominate candidates for the offices of President Judgeship, Associate Judge, Legislator, Treasurer, Commissioner, Director of the Poor, Auditor, and Coroner. Each office was designated for either the Republican or the Democratic party. Names refer to delegates to the convention from Chambersburg.
(Names in announcement: D. Webster Diehl, B. F. Nead, John H. Reed, A. D. Caufman, S. M. Shillito, Sam'l Seibert, Henry Feldman, John Nitterhouse, H. B. Davidson, H. S. Stoner, W. S. Everett, T. J. Early)
Local News
(Column 2)
Summary: Complains of the dearth of local news at present.
Full Text of Article:

There is a complete dearth of items of local news in our community, as can well be imagined. We have not even an occurrence of a dog fight, or the burning of a chimney, to record. Although we occupy a position almost within sight of the camp of the rebels, we never knew this community before to have fallen into a state of such complete repose and quiet as it exhibits at this time. Business is stagnant, men are idle, money is scarce, and yet all seem to be getting along as well as when the hum of industry resounded in your ears at every turn. The omnibus is seen regularly on our streets at stated hours, the cars make their appointed trips, the sun shines occasionally, water runs, and grass continues to grow, but we are not informed of any thing else that might be considered as worth recording.

The Bell
(Column 3)
Summary: Reports that the bell will be put in place in the cupola of the Catholic Church this afternoon at 2 o'clock.
A Musket for Every Home
(Column 3)
Summary: Argues that if every house is armed, towns will be less susceptible to capture by the rebel forces.
(Column 3)
Summary: Mr. James W. Miller and Miss Mary E. Nicodemus, all of Waynesborough, were married in Chambersburg on August 29.
(Names in announcement: Mr. James W. Miller, Miss Mary E. Nicodemus)
(Column 3)
Summary: Mr. Michael Hellman, aged 68 years, died in Guilldord township on August 30.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Michael Hellman)

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Description of Page: Article from the London News concerning the reason for the federal retreat from Bull Run to Washington, column 2; prices current, column 2; advertisements, columns 3-5

Northern Secession and Southern Union Papers
(Column 1)
Summary: Lists the secessionist newspapers remaining in the North and the Unionist papers printed in the South.
Origin of Article: New York Herald