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Semi-Weekly Dispatch: October 15, 1861

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 1-3; communications between Washington and the United States ship Monticello off Cape Hatteras, columns 4 and 5; article concerning the departure of General Fremont from Jefferson City, Missouri, column 5

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Description of Page: War news from New Orleans, New Mexico, Ohio, Kentucky, and Washington, columns 4 and 5

Official Vote of Franklin Co.
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Summary: Tallies the vote from Franklin County in the recent election.
Full Text of Article:

October 8, 1861.

We will give a table of the vote of each District in the County, in our next issue.--The following is the total vote received by each candidate:

For President Judge,
James Nill, 3498 / Wilson Reilly, 2835

For Associate Judge,
Jas. O. Carson, 3643 / Aug. Duncan, 2730

For Assembly,
John Rowe, 3635 / C. D. Lesher , 2766
W. W. Sellers, 3365 / H. S. Wishart, 2770

For Treasurer,
Geo. J. Balsley, 3650 / Sam'l Fisher, 2730

For Commissioner,
Jno. Nitterhouse, 3597 / Jos. M. Doyle, 2882

For Director of the Poor,
Wm. S. Harris, 3586 / John Croft, 2792

For Auditor,
D. K. Wunderlich, 3603 / Jno. Gillan, jr. [sic], 2770

For Coroner,
J. A. Hyssong, 3606 / W. H. Boyle, 2738

We have not been able to obtain the full vote of the several Counties, but the following are the official majorities for Judge:

Franklin, . . .663
Somerset, . . . 161

Fulton, . . .172
Bedford, . . .563

This leaves Mr. Nill 89 of a majority in the District, with the Volunteer vote to hear from. Of this vote sufficient has been received as to induce the opponents of Mr. Nill to concede his election by a majority of 125, which is not very large--not what the friends of the Union Ticket had reason to expect--but yet it is large enough for all useful purposes.

Comfort to the Enemy
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Summary: Argues that the results of the recent election should "give great encouragement to the rebels," since even though all the Union candidates won office, the vote was greatly divided.
Full Text of Article:

The editor of The Times says that, "according to the doctrine of the Dispatch," "the result of the recent election must be calculated to give great encouragement to the rebels." It cannot be otherwise. Instead of a divided, we should have shown the enemy a solid front. The people of the North should have acted upon the advice of such leading Democrats as Holt, of Kentucky; Butler, of Massachusetts; Dickinson, of New York, and that noble Irish patriot, Thomas F. Meagher, all of whom admonished the people to disregard political parties, form Union Tickets, and by giving such Tickets a unanimous support, it would have shown the Southern rebels that the North was a unit in sentiment in its purpose to sustain the Administration in its efforts to crush the rebellion and that fact would have gone farther to dispirit the rebels than a defeat on the battle-field.

So far as the Republicans are concerned, there are no sympathizes with the rebellion in their ranks. The Democratic party, we are sorry to say, cannot say as much. While we know that there are thousands of that party just as true and loyal to the Government, and just as ready to die for the maintainance [sic] of the Constitution and the Union, as are the Republicans, we are, nevertheless, constrained to say, that all the sympathizers with the rebellion, in the North, are found in the Democratic party, and this the editor of The Times knows as well as we do.

In the rebellious States there is no open apposition to the rebellion-there is no division of sentiment. In the North we are divided into political parties, and where there are opposing parties, there must be something that causes the people to divide. Division presupposes opposition to something. What is it? And if this division does not "give great encouragement to the rebels," they must be very hard to please.

The Republicans of this Representative as well as the Judicial District, were decidedly in the majority, and had no favors to ask from the Democratic party. But desiring to show the world, " and the rest of mankind" that they love their country more than party, they proposed to unite with their Democratic fellow-citizens in the formation of a Union Ticket, to be composed of men of different political views, and thus divide with them the places to be filled. It was magnanimous for the Republicans, under the circumstances, to propose a union with their political opponents. The offer was, however, rejected by a large part of the Democratic party, and we held that the result exhibited by the recent election, and which was bro't about, in a great measure, by the course persued [sic] by the editor of The Times, is well calculated to "give great encouragement to the Rebels."

Pennsylvania Troops for the West
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Summary: Reasons that Pennsylvania's troops will likely be sent to fight in the West.
Origin of Article: Philadelphia Bulletin
Treason in Ohio
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Summary: Reports the arrest of Fred. Court, "Commander" of a "Castle" of the Knights of the Golden Circle at Marion, Ohio. The organization is a secret one that supports the rebellion. Other arrests, the paper reports, should be forthcoming.
Origin of Article: Cleveland Plaindealer
Passes Refused
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Summary: Announces that passes will no longer be administered to family members coming to Washington in hopes of visiting their kin who are stationed in Virginia. General McClellan considers visitation by family members detrimental to the soldiers and to the cause in general.
Full Text of Article:

Washington, Oct. 11--For the information of many persons who have come, at a great sacrifice of time, money, and personal comfort, to Washington for the purpose of visiting their relatives in the army on the Virginia side of the Potomac, it is proper to state, that as General McClellan considers such visits inconsistent with the good of the soldiers, as well as prejudicial to the success of the army generally, he has, by positive orders, refused passes. The constant communication of families with their brothers, husbands, and sons, is prevented by the refusal, which, in very many instances, is the occasion of much painful embarrassment to the officer in charge, as well as to those who, after reaching Washington, are without means of providing for their comfort. Many visit the city merely through curiosity, but they incur a needless expense, as it cannot be gratified. No passes are granted excepting in extreme cases, where it is positively necessary.

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 3-5

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Summary: Reports that Captain A. J. Brand has already recruited about 40 volunteers for the company he is raising.
(Names in announcement: Captain A. J. Brand)
The Stereoscopton
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Summary: Announces that Messrs. Lochman and Porter will be in Chambersburg during the latter part of the week and will give exhibits of the "stereoscopton" in Franklin Hall on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The stereoscopton allows for the exhibit of photographic views, and the Dispatch predicts a full house both nights.
The Certificate of the Legion of Honor
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Summary: Describes the certificate of the Legion of Honor, which will soon be distributed to regular soldiers and volunteers who are participating in the present campaign.
Eighth Regiment of Cavalry
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Summary: Notes the officers and experience of the Eighth Regiment, to which "a number of our young fellow-citizens are attached." Of the newly commissioned officers, George Stetzell of Chambersburg has been made a Major.
(Names in announcement: Major George Stetzell)
The Benefits of Economy
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Summary: Suggests that wearing a bonnet for many years not only indicates frugality on the part of the woman wearing it, but also reveals her strength of character.
Full Text of Article:

The benefits of a wise economy are not confined to the mere saving of money. They have a moral bearing, and influence the character for good. An exchange, discoursing on the ingenious methods that resorted to be the feminine part of creation to get along and make a "good appearance," without taking any more money out of the pockets of their husbands and fathers, says:

The old bonnet--once such "a love of a thing"--has been taken out and fixed over, and so much taste has been developed in the doing of it, and so much of real cheerfulness of spirit has been cultivated, that it is a subject of sincere regret, that our fair friends are not obliged to wear over their old bonnets and things every year! Think of the good done the social state by it; there is the sweet temper gained, the taste developed, the ingenuity brought out, the self-reliance established, and the true courage made plain, in this single act, that very soon makes itself felt in the social state everywhere.

There, my good lady, when you were busy exerting your ingenuity to do over your old bonnet, you were not aware that you were a public benefactor! We know an old lady who has worn one bonnet for seventeen years, and she has not been so very far behind the fashions either, but has always appeared like a gentlewoman, even with that old bonnet on. Her tact and ingenuity were equal to every caprice and fashion, and she never allowed it to so far out run her as to give to the appearance of oddity.

These times of adversity give our ladies an opportunity to show what stuff they are made of, and some of them shame the men.

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Summary: Expresses approval of the military's strategy to march through Virginia at a very slow pace, making sure that they have secured the land they have taken previously before moving on to capture further ground.
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Summary: Mr. John Rock and Miss Lanor Caufman, both of Quincy, were married on October 10.
(Names in announcement: Mr. John Rock, Miss Lanor Caufman)
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Summary: Mr. George Wolf and Miss Mary A. Helman were also married on October 10.
(Names in announcement: Mr. George Wolf, Miss Mary A. Helman)
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Summary: Elwina Sullenberger, aged 29 years, died in Chambersburg on October 8. She was the wife of Lieutenant W. H. Sullenberger.
(Names in announcement: Elwina Sullenberger, Lieutenant W. H. Sullenberger)

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Description of Page: Anecdotes, column 1; prices current, column 2; advertisements, columns 2-5