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Semi-Weekly Dispatch: September 20, 1861

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 1 and 2; full report of a fire backstage during a performance at the Continental theater in Philadelphia, columns 3-5

Filling up Fort Lafayette-Arrest of Editor McMaster
(Column 5)
Summary: Reports the arrest of James A. McMasters, the editor of The Freeman's Appeal, for publishing a "seditious newspaper."
Origin of Article: N. Y. Tribune

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Description of Page: Union ticket, column 1; advertisements, column 5; articles concerning treasury notes, Fort Lafayette, column 2; news from Washington, column 3; articles from St. Louis, Jefferson City, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Louisville, Frankfort, Chicago, Fortress Monroe, columns 3 and 4

James Buchanan
(Column 1)
Summary: Expresses indignation at the Valley Spirit's admiration for James Buchanan.
The Day-Book Democracy
(Column 1)
Summary: Brings the Times (a paper published in Chambersburg) to task for not calling Democrats who once purchased the Day Book, which recently has been suppressed by the government, traitors.
Full Text of Article:

"A journal, calling itself the Day-Book, has been published in New York city, and has not only made itself infamous by its traitorous attacks upon the Government, but has rendered it necessary for the Administration to suppress it, as a measure of self-preservation."

The above statement we clip from the last number of The Times, a paper published in this place, whose editor is now engaged in the interesting exercise of trying to ride two horses at the same time--the Union and the Rebel.

The Times admits that the Day-Book was not only "infamous," but that it became "necessary for the Administration to suppress it, as a measure of self-preservation." Many Breckinridge Democrats of this County were patrons of the Day-Book, and if we are not misinformed, Mr. Orr, the President of the Democratic County Convention, was one of them. One thing is true, that during the day that the Convention was in session in our town, the Book Store of Messrs. Shyock & Smith, where newspapers and periodicals are sold, was literally beseiged [sic] by Democratic delegates to obtain copies of the Day-Book, N. Y. News, and other similar "infamous" sheets. Another thing is true--that these same Democratic patrons of the "infamous" Day-Book have been most earnest and bitter in their denunciation of the Administration for having stopped its publication, which, The Times admits, was "owing to its traitorous attacks upon the Government" and which was rendered necessary "as a measure of self-preservation."

In characterizing these friends of The Times and former patrons of the "infamous" Day-Book, as "Day-Book Democrats," thus intimating that all such were no better friends of the Union than they ought to be, our professed Union friend of The Times charges us with being a "calumniator."

A man who gives "aid and comfort" to the enemy is a traitor who patronizes and promotes the circulation of a paper which The Times has denounced as "infamous," owing to "its traitorous attacks upon the Government," and which, "as a measure of self-preservation," the Administration was compelled to suppress? Is not the support of such a paper as the "infamous" Day Book, giving "aid and comfort" to the enemy? If it is, are not the Day Book Democrats, over whom The Times is now spreading its wings, guilty of treason? If so, are they not traitors? We pause for a reply.

Horrible Rebel Outrages
(Column 2)
Summary: Excerpts a letter from Southeastern Missouri reporting that a rebel force from Arkansas entered the area, where they seized livestock and ammunition, terrorized citizens, and "dishonored women."
Origin of Article: Philadelphia Bulletin

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 2-4

Heard From
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that the "young friends" of the Dispatch who are serving in Captain Stetzel's Company of cavalry are presently at Washington and are "all well, in fine spirits, and prepared for any demands that may be made upon them."
An Accident
(Column 1)
Summary: Relates an accident with a locomotive that resulted in the death of Mr. Samuel Radebaugh's best cow.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Samuel Radebaugh)
A Cruel Hoax
(Column 1)
Summary: Notes the spread of a rumor throughout the northwest portion of Franklin County that a battle between Secessionists from Franklin County and the Union men from the vicinity of Shippenburg had been fought at Middle Spring.
Almost Out
(Column 1)
Summary: Relates the nearly successful escape of George Race from the prison in Chambersburg, where he is being held for setting fire to the warehouse of Messrs. Oaks and Austin in Greencastle.
(Names in announcement: George Race)
Greencastle Greys
(Column 2)
Summary: Announces the organization of a new company of volunteers from among the citizens of Greencastle called the "Greys." Joseph B. Strickler has been chosen Captain, Samuel H. Prather was elected 1st Lieutenant, W. H. Davidson will serve as 2nd Lieutenant, and Professor John Waugh Peden Reid will act as Orderly Sergeant.
(Names in announcement: Joseph B. Strickler, Samuel H. Prather, W. H. Davidson, Prof. John Waugh Peden Reid)
A Horse Killed
(Column 2)
Summary: Reports a buggy accident the previous Wednesday evening in which a horse ridden by the grandson of the Honorable George Chambers and owned by Mr. Chambers was killed.
(Names in announcement: Hon. George Chambers)
(Column 2)
Summary: Mr. David Harmon and Miss Barbara Mower, both of Fayetteville, were married on September 17.
(Names in announcement: Mr. David Harmon, Miss Barbara Mower)
(Column 2)
Summary: Mr. George Rogers was married to Miss Matilda A. Miller on September 10.
(Names in announcement: Mr. George Rogers, Miss Matilda Miller)

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Description of Page: Report of a train accident in Indiana, anecdote from the Tennesseans camped in Kentucky, column 1; prices current, column 1; advertisements, columns 1-5