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Semi-Weekly Dispatch: October 8, 1861

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 1-3; miscellaneous anecdotes, columns 4 and 5

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Description of Page: Union ticket, column 1; reminders to voters to examine their tickets closely, and to vote for the Union ticket, column 4; anecdotes concerning the war, column 4; news from Fortress Monroe and Washington, column 5

Democrats on the Union Ticket
(Column 1)
Summary: Refutes the claim made by the Valley Spirit that the Democratic men on the Union ticket are "old office hunters who have been boring the public for office for years past."
Is He Competent?
(Column 2)
Summary: Argues that Mr. Reilly is not fit for a judgeship because in open court he declared himself against capital punishment.
The Legislature
(Column 2)
Summary: Implores voters to go to the polls and vote for "true Union men" so that Breckenridge Democrats do not take control of the legislature, in which case they would vote for peace and compromise with the rebels.
Full Text of Article:

Every intelligent voter will understand the importance of sending true Union men to the Legislature. If the Breckinridge Democracy should succeed in deceiving the honest voters of Pennsylvania and thereby securing a majority of their kind of patriots in that body, Pennsylvania will be dishonored by having her Senators in Congress instructed to vote for Peace and Compromise with the Rebels, and it must not be forgotten that Compromise with the Rebels upon any other terms than an unconditional surrender to the authority of the Government is Treason to the Constitution and the Union, and a virtual surrender of every principle that makes us proud of our Country and her institutions.

See to it, then, by ever honorable effort that you can exert, that John Rowe and W. W. Sellers is [sic] triumphantly elected. The larger their majority, the greater will be the rebuke you will administer to the enemies of the Union. Lag not in your efforts this day while the polls are open and there is a vote to be cast. Exert yourselves to secure that vote for Rowe and Sellers--for the whole Union Ticket--and for Freedom. One vote, this day, may be of the most momentous importance, and might decide the political complexion [sic] of the next Legislature, and upon the action of the Legislature may hang the fate of the Union! Who can tell? For our country's sake, then--for the sake of humanity, and for Freedom here as well as for the oppressed, struggling masses of the Old World, who are gazing with trembling anxiety as to the result of the struggle in which Freedom and Slavery are now engaged in our midst--for these reasons and for every other consideration that should be cherished by Freemen, we conjure you to a faithful, unwearied, unflagging discharge of your duty.

The despots and enemies of Freedom throughout the world are rejoiced at the wicked rebellion which is now so severely testing the strength of the Union, and which they fondly expect will ultimate in the destruction of the Republic. Let no vote of yours, then, either contribute to their gratification of the more inexcusable and detestable enemies in our midst. A political victory may result in more beneficial consequences with regard to the perpetuity of our Union than the most sanguinary battle-field; then let to-day's sun set upon a triumph of the entire Union Ticket.

The Union Ticket!
(Column 3)
Summary: Urges voters to vote for the Union ticket, because only in this way can "the open traitor" be kept out of the North.
The Test of Female Heroism
(Column 3)
Summary: Appeals to the women of the North to do their part in the Union cause by allowing their men to go off and fight to preserve the government.
Origin of Article: Louisville Journal

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Description of Page: Reprint of the list of jurors to serve at court in Chambersburg on Monday, October 28, column 1; anecdotes and incidents from the war, columns 2 and 3; advertisements, columns 3 and 4; story concerning a battle in western Virginia, news from Fortress Monroe, column 5

Col. Stumbaugh's Regiment
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports that Colonel Stumbaugh's regiment left Camp Slifer the previous day for Pittsburgh. Speculates that the regiment will be sent to the West as its "field of operations."
(Names in announcement: Colonel Stumbaugh)
The Growing Crops
(Column 1)
Summary: Relates that in at least five or six townships in the northern part of the county there are indications that in the next season there will be a good harvest produced.
Death of Maj. Hollar
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports the death of Major Joseph Hollar in Greencastle after an illness of several weeks. Hollar was the proprietor of the Union Hotel in Greencastle since moving there shortly after his marriage.
(Column 3)
Summary: Mr. Isaac W. Skinner and Miss Elenor A. Bowers, both of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, were married on October 5.

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Description of Page: Prices current, column 1; advertisements, columns 1-5