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Semi-Weekly Dispatch: February 04, 1862

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 1 and 2; news from Mexico and information concerning a skirmish at Occoquan Bridge, column 5.

Gen. Lane's Expedition
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Summary: Predicts that General Lane will be "mischevious" to the enemy and will not be "tender" to slavery on his upcoming expedition. He plans to march with his men through Arkansas and Texas to the Gulf of Mexico.
Origin of Article: Cincinnati Commercial
Whipped to Death
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Summary: Reprints a letter describing the treatment by Samuel Cox, of the Southern forces, of a slave whom Cox whipped to death for informing the federal commander where Cox had hidden arms for the use of Southern troops.
Origin of Article: Albany Statesman
Full Text of Article:

The Albany Statesman, publishes a letter from Hooker's Division on the Potomac, stating that Samuel Cox, of Port Tobacco, Md., a returned rebel, whipped a negro to death for informing the Federal commander that he (Cox.) had arms for rebel use secreted in his house. The slave had escaped, but was delivered up to Cox. The correspondent says:

"Cox tied the man to his horse and rode at a rapid rate, the poor slave running to keep up behind him. When he left the regiment, he had on a pair of good shoes, but when he reached his master's house his shoes were gone, and his bleeding feet were found to be bursting open from coming in contact with pebbles and stone. He had been dragged eleven miles behind his master's horse! They arrived home at 11 o'clock on Friday. He tied him to a tree and called his overseer, Franklin Roby, and a man by the name of John Robinson. They commenced whipping him about twelve o'clock and whipped him until three o'clock, three hours, taking turns with the whip; when one was tired and breathless another would apply the lash.

"The only words he uttered up to 2 o'clock were, "I shall not live after this." "Oh, no, you rascal, I intend to kill you!" said Cox. "Mr. Cox," said Robinson, "he is dying." "No he is not. He is stout-hearted and able-bodied. He can stand as much more. However, give me the whip, let his blood rest upon my head," replied Cox. The lash was then applied until about two hours before day.--About 3 o'clock he was cut down and sank to the earth insensible. He had on a new cotton shirt when they began to whip him, and when they were done there was nothing left of it but the collar-band and wristbands. Then commenced the rubbing down to bring back sensibility, but all of no avail. Their unfortunate victim breathed his last before sundown on Saturday evening. Thus perished a loyal negro at the hands of a traitor."

That a person (even if he is black) who brings valuable information to our forces should be given up to a rebel to be whipped to death, does not speak well for the good sense or justice of the officer who is responsible for it.

Steel Armor Tested
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Summary: Informs readers that a steel cuirass to be used for armor by artillerymen and cavalry soldiers is being tested.
Origin of Article: North American
The New Secretary of War
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Summary: Offers a physical description of Secretary Stanton and remarks that he has systematized the schedule of operations of the War Department, so that specific days are set apart for army affairs, Congressional visits, and "the reception of the people."

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Description of Page: News from Europe, column 2; reports from Washington that positive relations between the United States and Great Britain have been restored and that Secretary Chase approves the making of treasury notes legal tender, the measure presently before the House, column 3;new from Fortress Monroe, column 3; advertisements, column 4 and 5

A Suggestion
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Summary: Proposes that soldiers who capture equipment belonging to the Southern forces be compensated as sailors are given the rights to property seized on the seas.
Rejoicing in England over the Settlement of the Trent Affair
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Summary: Reports that the English public expressed satisfaction at the release of Mason and Slidell, implying that the English are relieved that war with the United States had been averted.
The Outlook
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Summary: The Bulletin surveys the whole of the military scene and concludes that "there is more hope of an advance along the whole line than we have yet seen."
Origin of Article: Philadelphia Bulletin
The Difference
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Summary: Reports that the People's State Committee has met and decided not to hold a convention, but to stand by the President because of his efforts to maintain the Union. On the other hand, the Lebanon paper notes, the Committee of Breckenridge Democrats has determined to hold a "straight out party convention" prior to the next election.
Origin of Article: Lebanon Courier
The Tax Bill
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Summary: Provides information on the tax bill pending in Congress without criticizing it. Reports that it is "confidently expected" that the tax will secure an annual revenue of at least 150 million dollars for the national government.

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Description of Page: Advertisements, columns 3-5

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Summary: Remarks that ladies rarely wear dresses in the street since Balmoral skirts have come into fashion.
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Summary: Relates that Lieutenant James Wishart conducted a short visit to Fulton the previous week. The Lieutenant is on furlough in order that he might recover from being struck by lightning in Kentucky.
Origin of Article: Fulton Democrat
Old Folks Concert
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Summary: Announces that an "Old Folks" Concert will be held shortly in which vocalists will wear costumes and sing hymns and songs from "old Revolutionary times."
Accidental Shooting
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Summary: Reports the shooting in Cumberland County of a woman named Pye. The lady was making beds in the second story of a building when the rifle her brother was handling accidentally went off, and the bullet struck the woman in the head, killing her almost instantly.
Pennsylvania Southern Expedition
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Summary: Reports that Governor Curtin is attempting to assemble an expedition made up exclusively of Pennsylvania troops to travel to the Southern coast.
Origin of Article: Harrisburg Patriot
Terrible Railroad Accident
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Summary: Reports a collision near Baltimore of two trains, one of which was owned by Messrs. Wunderlich, Nead & Co. of Chambersburg. Mr. Henry Kupffender of Chambersburg, who had charge of the Wunderlich, Nead & Co. train, was crushed between the broken cars and died instantly. Urges the state legislature to pass legislation that would "prevent the almost daily occurrences of public butcheries on badly managed and badly conditioned roads."
Court Proceedings--Second Week
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Summary: Summarizes court proceedings from the second week of the session. Reports that Judge Graham of Carlisle rather than Judge Nill presided. The court found in favor of Keystone Mutual life Insurance Company in their case against William M'Lellan for $174.87 1/2. George Tritle settled with J. H. Shireman by giving the plantiff his note for $115 for the value of a reaper and mower. The case of Polly Piper vs. Catharine Dyarmond was referred to three auditors. The court found in favor of Solomon Ely and ordered Andrew McNair to pay him $10.68 "on a book account." John Snider was ordered to return possession of a tract of land in Montgomery township to the plantiff William Christ. The court found in favor of William McGrath in "an action in ejectment for 70 acres of mountain land" and ordered the defendant to pay six cents in damages and six cents for costs. The court awarded $27.50 in damages paid by James Tenley to Frederick for "rents, issues and profits of 13 acres of land." The court found in favor of the plantiff in the case of Abraham Carbaugh against J. Milton Lytle, the executor of the estate of David Lytle, deceased. The court ordered Hezekiah Easton and Mary Newcomer to pay the plantiff J. R. Tankersly $869.43 on an action involving a guardian's bond. William Phreaner, Charles Molly, and Samuel Behm were required to pay $110 to plantiff George W. Brewer for professional services. The court found in favor of William Forbes and ordered James and Elizabeth Patterson to pay $127.68.
(Names in announcement: Judge Graham, Judge Nill, Wm. M'Lellan, J. H. Shireman, George Tritle, Polly Piper, Catharine Dyarmond, Solomon Ely, Andrew McNair, Wm. Christ, John Snider, Wm. McGrath, John Beaver, Frederick Divilbiss, James Tenley, Abraham Carbaugh, J. Milton Lytle, David Lytle, J. R. Tankersly, Hezekiah Easton, Mary Newcomer, Martin Newcomer, George W. Brewer, Wm. Phreaner, Charles Molly, Samuel Behm, Wm. Forbes, James Patterson, Elizabeth Patterson)
Gordon, the Slave Trader
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Summary: Reports that the petitions for commuting the sentence of the slave trader Gordon, who is to be executed next month, were presented to President Lincoln the previous Friday. They will be passed along to the attorney general, who will decide the matter.
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Summary: Mr. Reuben Cashman and Miss Susan M. Palmer, daughter of Daniel Palmer, Esq., were married on January 30. All are from the vicinity of Chambersburg.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Reuben Cashman, Miss Susan M. Palmer, Daniel PalmerEsq.)
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Summary: Mr. Abraham A. Price and Miss Elizabeth Stover, both of Waynesboro', were married on January 30.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Abraham A. Price, Miss Elizabeth Stover)
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Summary: Mr. Benj. C. Snyder and Miss Elizabeth A. West, both of Hamilton township, on January 21.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Benj. C. Snyder, Miss Elizabeth A. West)
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Summary: Mr. Jacob Forney, of St. Thomas township, and Miss Mary M'Cleary, of Hamilton township, were married on January 30.
(Names in announcement: Mr. Jacob Forney, Miss Mary M'Cleary)
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Summary: Mr. James Muma and Miss Mary Myers, both of the vicinity of Fannettsburg, were married on January 30.
(Names in announcement: Mr. James Muma, Miss Mary Myers)
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Summary: Mrs. Margaret Fetter, aged 88 years, died of paralysis on January 30 near Orrstown.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Margaret Fetter)

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