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Waynesboro Village Record: January 09, 1863

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Judicial Loyalty
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Summary: The article dismisses the notion that rebel sympathizers in the loyal states should be dealt with by the judiciary as "suicidal," particularly in the wake of the violence perpetrated against soldiers in Baltimore, who were attacked while on their way to defend the capital. The judiciary, it complains, has failed to protect the interests of the state and has instead focused its energies on limiting the power of the government to prosecute the war.
Origin of Article: Washington Chronicle

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Sudden Death
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Summary: Christian Good, "an aged and highly respected citizen," died suddenly last Friday. Good was in church attending a funeral when he was struck by apoplexy. He was 79 years old.
(Names in announcement: Christian Good)
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Summary: Mrs. Gonder, wife of Michael Gonder, died suddenly at Waterloe last Tuesday. It is believed that apoplexy was the cause of her death.
(Names in announcement: Michael Gonder, Mrs. Gonder)
The Proclamation
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Summary: The article praises President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation as both an act of benevolence and an intelligent tactical maneuver.
Full Text of Article:

The Proclamation.--Abraham Lincoln (says the Press,) has proclaimed the downfall of slavery in the United States. The Proclamation we print this morning announces his decree in brief, eloquent, and immortal sentences. It is not an argument, or a defence, or a declaration; it is simply the frank announcement of a brave and frank man. Those who expect to read an invocation to blood and massacre and rapine will be surprised by the sincere and affectionate warning of the President to the people whose deliverance he proclaims. The beneficial power that declares freedom does not incite murder; it takes away the burden of national death from the hereafter, and makes the country of our children the country of freedom. This is the general thought that pervades the Proclamation; but that which is practical and immediate, is the conversion of this silent, oppressed, and anxious race into active allies of the Union. It adds a reserve force to the army of the Union, and makes three million of slaves three million of able-bodied recruits, who have only to see the Union banner to follow it with their lives. It takes away the labor that sustains the power of the South, and adds to the military power of the North. It is a war measure, and will add strength to our armies and glory to the object of the war. These ideas should be impressed upon the minds of all who read the Proclamation this morning. Let the people accept this great deed in the spirit that animates the President, appreciating the beautiful sentiments in which he declares it to be an act of justice warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, and invokes the considerate judgement of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.

Arrest of Deserters
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Summary: It is reported that three deserters from Frederick, Md., were arrested by Constable Herr near Waynesboro last Saturday. After committing several robberies in Frederick county, the deserters took flight but were pursued and eventually captured in Franklin county. Following an examination by Judge Stone, the trio was sent to Chambersburg to be held in that town's jail. The property that they absconded with--several horses--has been returned to its rightful owners.
(Names in announcement: Constable Herr, Judge Stone)
Meeting of the Legislature
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Summary: On Tuesday, the state legislature met in Harrisburg; G. V. Lawrence, of Washington county, was re-elected Speaker of the Senate and John Cessna, of Bedford county, Speaker of the House.
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Summary: It is reported that Col. P. B. Housum, of the 77th Regiment, P. V., died during the Battle of Murfreesboro. Housum was from Chambersburg.
(Names in announcement: Col. P. B. Housum)
Can These Things Be?
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Summary: The article rules out the possibility of rekindling relations with the South anytime soon in light of the death and destruction caused by the war, which, it argues, was initiated by the South.
Origin of Article: Shippensburg News
Full Text of Article:

Can These Things Be.--The [illeg] (says the Shippensburg News) [illeg] hour in live history of this once happy and prosperous country--an hour which makes every true patriot feel that we are trembling on the brink of ruin, and that we cannot be too watchful lest the dangers which surround us overwhelm us and crush us as a nation. An army of traitors has risen up as if by magic, and is spreading distress and desolation over the land, and the sight of the pallid corpse and the mangled and careworn veterans has made even the child familiar with the horrors of the fearful struggle in which we are engaged. But there are dark shadows where there should be nothing but sunrise. Even on the soil where all hearts should beat with unison for the preservation of this glorious Republic, there are men who sympathize with those who are undermining the pillars of our beautiful edifice, and who are sending sorrow and distress into thousands of homes that hitherto have been happy. It will be impossible to estimate the evils that have been brought upon the nation by this mad festival of treason. Cities in its wake have become dens of pauperism and of crime, towns have been sacked, fair fields have been laid waste, and families that have heretofore lived in luxury and ease, have been reduced to abject poverty; and yet the men who have brought this calamity upon our country, can find those who palliate their crimes, and who denounce those who are striving to save the nation from destruction. The new made graves in every village church-yard, bear melancholy evidence of their treason; and the maimed and mutilated heroes whom you meet in your daily walks are living, speaking witnesses of the enormity of the crimes of these blood-stained villains; yet you meet hourly those who would extend to them the right hand of fellowship, and would welcome them back into the Union, and confer upon them all the rights and privileges enjoyed by men whose souls are free from the guilt of treason and murder.

To-night many a widowed mother, sits with crushed heart, sorrowing for her gallant son, who fell at the post of honor and of duty, and who, perhaps, lies buried among the promiscuous dead of the battle-field. Many a fireside is sad and desolate to-night, that but recently was made joyous and happy by the pleasant jest and merry laugh of some loved one whose tongue is now silent and whose heart is still in death; yet we are told that the men who have brought this desolation and sorrow upon our country and people, are our brethren and should be forgiven. Can the fond mother forget that the hope of her heart--the idol of her declining years, has been hurried down to a premature grave by the ruffian hand of our traitor "brethren." Can the sorrowing father forget the tears which he so recently shed on the last resting place of his heroic son who fell by the hand of these "brethren." When these wrongs can be forgotten, they will forgive the murderers; but not till then.

Can it be possible that the loyal men of the nation, after having suffered all the evils which have resulted from this unholy rebellion, will consent that the foul fiends who organized it, shall be brought back into the Union, and be again clad in the robes of power, and be permitted to hold up their bloody hands in the councils of the nation, the equals of those who have stood by their flag in sunshine and gloom? Can they stand beside the graves of their honored kindred, whose blood reddens the battle-field, made memorable by their heroism and their death, and say with those who sympathize with treason, that they will so dishonor the memory of the gallant dead, as to forget and forgive those who slew them? Will they consent to any settlement of this struggle, which will permit the leading spirits of this rebellion to escape without satisfying the demands of justice by ending their criminal lives on the gallows? Let those now be dealt with as they dealt with John Brown, and the loyal men of the nation, and those who are mourning over the grave of the immortal dead, will be convinced that our rulers are not afraid to deal out impartial justice to all, and to punish those who offend against the majesty of the law.

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Summary: Notes that the President has approved the bill admitting West Virginia into the Union.
Emancipation Proclamation
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Summary: A transcript of President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.
The Altar
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Summary: On Jan. 6th, Benjamin E. Price and Harriet J. Stoner were married by Rev. D. F. Good.
(Names in announcement: Benjamin E. Price, Harriet J. Stoner, Rev. D. F. Good)
The Altar
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Summary: On Nov. 12th, H. X. Bonebreak and Agnes L. E. Fouke, daughter of Dr. George S. Fouke of Westminster, Md., were married by Rev. W. E. Krebs.
(Names in announcement: H. X. Bonebreak, Agnes L. E. Fouke, Rev. W. E. Krebs)
The Tomb
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Summary: On Dec. 30th, Elizabeth Catharine, daughter of Daniel B. and Susan R. Resh, died. She was 3 years old.
(Names in announcement: Daniel B. Resh, Susan R. Resh, Elizabeth Catharine Resh)
The Tomb
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Summary: On Jan. 3rd, James Buchanan, son of John and Susan Harbaugh, died in Waynesboro. He was 6 years old.
(Names in announcement: James Buchanan Harbaugh, John Harbaugh, Susan Harbaugh)
The Tomb
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Summary: On Jan. 1st, Susannah Virginia, daughter of Jeremiah and Mary Gossert, died of diphtheria. She was 6 years old.
(Names in announcement: Jeremiah Gossert, Mary Gossert, Susannah Virginia Gossert)

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