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Valley Spirit: September 25, 1861

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Description of Page: Various items of national and military news, battlefield reports.

The Duty of Democrats
(Column 3)
Summary: Asserts that it is the duty of Democrats to stand by the Government and the Constitution but not change their political faith.
Origin of Article: Luzerne Union
Correct Sentiments
(Column 3)
Summary: Condemns the actions of mobs.

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Description of Page: Poetry and fiction

The Dark Day
(Column 1)
Summary: Narrative account of the Federal retreat at Manassas downplaying its importance. Item blames the retreat on the panic of civilian non-combatants and points out similar examples from military history.

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Description of Page: Fiction and advertisements

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The Difference
(Column 1)
Summary: Accuses the Republicans of hypocrisy in their attempt to squelch Democratic opposition, as they were the first to denounce the Government when it was in Democratic hands.
A Judas Among Us
(Column 4)
Summary: Asserts that Nill has become a tool of the Lincoln Administration.
(Names in announcement: James Nill)
Old Guilford Sound
(Column 4)
Summary: Reports that Mr. Bender, who was reportedly an attendee at the Republican convention, has denounced the Republican party.
(Names in announcement: Samuel Bender)
Be Assessed
(Column 4)
Summary: Reminds voters that they will not be able to vote unless they have had their taxes assessed at least ten days before the election.
(Column 5)
Summary: Writer accuses Republicans, particularly "that scurrilous sheet, the Dispatch," of spreading slanders and lies about the Democratic candidates.
Trailer: A Democrat
Mr. Editor
(Column 5)
Summary: Pro-Democratic letter praises the merits of the Democratic candidates.
(Names in announcement: C.D. Lesher, Fisher, Doyle, Croft, Gillian, Reilly)
Trailer: Anti-Secession. Anti-Abolition.
Our Ticket
(Column 6)
Summary: The Harrisburg Democrat praises the quality of the Franklin County Democratic ticket.
Origin of Article: Harrisburg and Lancaster Democrat
The Democratic Pledge
(Column 6)
Origin of Article: Crawford Democrat

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Democratic County Conference
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports meeting of the Democrats of the 16th Judicial District. Reilly was nominated for President Judge and was notified by the Conference.
(Names in announcement: J. McD. Sharpe, R. W. McAllen, C. M. Duncan, Wilson Reilly)
The National Fast in Pennsylvania
(Column 1)
Summary: Reports the declaration of a day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer for the safety and welfare of the Union.
The Day of Fasting and Prayer
(Column 2)
Summary: Issues recommendations from the ministers of the Protestant churches of Chambersburg for honoring the day of fasting and prayer.
(Names in announcement: B.S. Schneck)
Full Text of Article:

In order to observe in unison the Day of Fasting and Prayer recommended by our Civil Rulers, the ministers of the various Protestant denominations of Chambersburg, at a meeting held for that purpose, agreed to the following order in regard to the public religious services on that day, viz:

1. That each congregation have appropriate services in their own houses of worship on the morning of that day. And

2. That a UNION SERVICE be held at half past two o'clock in the afternoon in the Lutheran church.

It is sincerely hoped, that all our citizens will join in a general and devout religious observance of the day, so befitting a Christian People, especially at such a time as this. We indulge the pleasing hope, and herewith earnestly and respectfully request our people of all trades, professions and occupations--whether Merchants, Hotel-keepers, Mechanics or otherwise--to close their respective stores, houses, shops or offices on that day. We cannot doubt that this will be cheerfully done by all.

In behalf of the Ministers Meeting.

B.S. SCHNECK, Chairman.

Black and White
(Column 2)
Summary: Criticizes the Union party, which is a fusion of Republicans and certain unethical Democrats. Item asserts that the Union party convention was dominated by Republicans and chaired by a committee of eleven Republicans and one Democrat.
(Names in announcement: James Nill)
(Column 5)
Summary: Married on September 10.
(Names in announcement: Rev. A.M. Loup, George Rogers, Matilda Miller)
(Column 5)
Summary: Married on September 18 at the Methodist E. Parsonage.
(Names in announcement: Rev. William Harden, William H. Michaels, Catharine Thompson)
(Column 5)
Summary: Frederick Steck died on September 11, aged 4 years old.
(Names in announcement: Rev. J. Steck, Carrie Steck, Frederick Payton Steck)

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Description of Page: Advertisements

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Description of Page: Advertisements

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Description of Page: Advertisements

Our Fat Contribution in the Home Guards
(Column 1)
Summary: Satirizes the Home Guards as fat, lazy and not fit to be real soldiers.
Origin of Article: Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Romance of the Camp
(Column 1)
Summary: Tells the story of Sophia Cryder, a 16-year-old girl who disguised herself and joined Capt. Kuhn's company of Sumner Rifles. She was a member of the company for a week until two men came looking for her.
(Names in announcement: Sophia Cryder)
Origin of Article: Harrisburg Patriot
Full Text of Article:

On Monday afternoon two gentlemen--solid looking farmers--arrived in Camp Curtin, who sought an interview with the officer of the day, and informed him that they were in search of a girl who had strayed away. The officer thought a military camp a queer place to hunt for stray girls, especially as it reflected on the virtue and dignity of the men at arms, nevertheless the gentlemen were at liberty to make search. As the old song says, 'they hunted her high and they hunted her low,' but they did not hunt her 'when a year passed away,' for lo! in less than an hour she was found on guard doing duty as a sentinel, in the uniform of Capt. Kuhn's company of Sumner Rifles, of Carlisle--We do not know what name she enlisted under to protect the honor of her country's flag, but her real name is Sophia Cryder, and her residence only about a mile from this city. She had been in Capt. Kuhn's company a week, is a plump lass of only sixteen years of age, and had so completely unsexed herself that she could safely bid defiance to any one not acquainted with her to detect her. How she shirked an examination, which is said to be made with great strictness by the medical men of Camp Curtin, we are not informed.

She is represented as a girl of unblemished reputation, and did not, as generally happens in such cases, enlist to be near the object of her affections, but merely in a wild spirit of adventure. It does not speak well for the modesty of Miss Sophia, however, to say, that she was in the habit of accompanying the men on their excursions to the river to bathe; but she may have done this to ward off suspicion especially as she took precious good care to keep out of the water herself. This is the first case of the kind that has been brought to light, but we are informed that the most reckless dare-devil attached to the Seventh regiment of the three month's volunteers was a woman--the mother of four children.

Miss Cryder was taken home, where she can reflect over what she did not see--Harrisburg Patriot.

The girl above mentioned, previous to joining Capt Kuhn's company, was in the employ of a gentleman in this place, as hostler, alleging that she had been several years in the employ of the Messrs. Ahl, at Newville, as a teamster, but her sex being discovered she was promptly discharged from his service, after which she was picked up by one of Capt. K's men and enlisted. Her friends lie near this place and not near Harrisburg, as stated above.

P. S.--The girl above alluded to was brought to jail on Sunday last, charged with setting fire to the barn of Mr. George Kuhns, at Plainfield, with whom she resided. It is supposed she fired the barn as a revenge for interfering with her course of conduct. The barn was entirely destroyed.--Carlisle Democrat