Valley Spirit: August 22, 1866Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
(Column 3)Summary: Provides an in-depth account of the National Union Convention, an event the article describes as a grand attempt to "re-establish peace, harmony and good feeling over all sections of our common country."
The Great Convention
(Column 6)Summary: The editorial provides a glowing review of the proceedings at the National Union Convention in Philadelphia, and proclaims the assembly a "turning point in the destin[y] of the nation."
Full Text of Article:Democratic Meeting
We surrender most of our space to-day to the proceedings of the Great National Union Convention held in Philadelphia, last week. We are quite certain that we can do the great cause of the restoration of the Union and the Constitution no better service than by giving these proceedings at length. That our readers will peruse them with enthusiastic delight and be inspired thereby with renewed hope and confidence in the future permanence and welfare of the Republic, we have no doubt,
This Convention was the great event of the age in which we live, and will be regarded by future generations as one of the remarkable epochs in our country's history--the turning point in the doctrines of the nation. It is the first public exhibition of that great reaction in the public sentiment of the country, which is destined to sweep down that baleful spirit of sectionalism and fanaticism--the cause of all our woes and the troubles in the past--and to bring back the government to the principles of the Constitution and a genuine spirit of nationality.
To say tat the Convention was a grand success but feebly expresses the reality.--Its like was never before witnessed in this or any other country, when it is taken into account the size, standing and ability of its members, and the harmony of its deliberations. Composed of over twelve hundred delegates, coming from every section, State and Territory in the union, representing all the varied interests and sympathies incident to their respective localities, and yet, not a ripple at any time appeared upon the surface to mar the peace of the convention. This grand fact disappointed most agreeably many of the friends of the Convention while it made its enemies rage with chagrin and disappointment. The last hope of the Radicals was that the Convention would fail to harmonize and "and break up into a row." But the complete unanimity and perfect harmony which prevailed throughout the entire deliberations of the convention, have knocked the last prop from under the radical structure, and down it will come in Pennsylvania on the second Tuesday of October, with a crash that will sound through, and be re-echoed by every State in a restored American Union. No wonder then that Forney raves and Greelly howls. They see the hand-writing on the wall and well know that their doom is fixed. This movement is from the people--the honest, uncorrupted and unpurchasable people, who love the Constitution and Union of our fathers--and they have fully determined, by overwhelming majorities in the fall elections, to notify these radical revolutionists in and out of Congress that their "time has come."
It is useless to refer to the incidents of the Convention, as these are fully set forth in the regular proceedings. We are, however, tempted to allude to the entrance of the Massachusetts and South Carolina delegations, arm in arm, into the "Wigwam" on the first day. The effect of this incident was overpowering, and the excitement which ensued beggars all description. The vast concourse of people assembled, with one glorious, patriotic impulse instantly sprung to their feet, and sent up cheer after cheer, to give expression to the joy that swelled every bosom. Tears of joyful emotion were seen filling the eyes and trickling down the cheeks of hundreds of men unused to weep. The moral grandeur of this incident, we think, must stand without a parallel for all time. A Major General in the Federal Army and a Senator in the late Confederate Senate, walking arm in arm into a National Convention speaks more eloquently in favor of immediate peace and re-union than all the platitudes that could be written from now until the end of time.
Without saying anything further we will let the proceedings speak for themselves. Read them everyone, and carefully study their overshadowing significance; endeavor to catch the inspiration of this great movement and work ardently, earnestly and faithfully in behalf of the great cause until the laurels of victory crown your labors with success in a restored Union and a perfect Nationality.
(Column 6)Summary: Recounts that "one of the largest and most enthusiastic" Democratic County meetings occurred on August 14th, at the Court House.
(Names in announcement: D. K. WunderlichEsq., John Armstrong, Samuel Holliday, Rev. Wesley Howe, William Boyd, William Bossett, Conrad Plasterer, Adam Kissecker, Christian Pisle, Joseph Douglas, Jacob Smith, Brewer, J. McDowall Sharpe, Calvin Duncan)Full Text of Article:Who Are The Disunionists
One of the largest and most enthusiastic Democratic County meetings it has ever been our fortune to witness, assembled in the Court House on the evening of Tuesday the 14th inst. Although the meeting was an impromptu affair and the bills announcing if had been posted but a few hours, the large hall was completely filled long before the hour of meeting. The assemblage was called to order at 8 o'clock by D. K. Wunderlich, Esq., President of the Democratic Club, who named the following gentlemen as officers of the meeting: President, John Armstrong, of Chambersburg; Vice Presidents, Samuel Holliday, of Fannett; Rev. Wesly Howe, Greene; William Boyd, Montgomery; William Bossert, of Hamilton; Conrad Plasterer, of Southampton; Adam Kissecker, of Chambersburg; Jacob C. Snyder, of Guilford; and Capt. Christian Pisle, of Chambersburg; Secretaries, Joseph Douglas, of Waynesboro, and Jacob R. Smith, of Antrim, all of which gentlemen were unanimously elected, and took their seats.
As soon as the organization was perfected loud cries of Brewer! Brewer! Brewer!! were heard in various parts of the hall, in response to which Mr. Brewer appeared and addressed the assembled Democracy in words of thrilling eloquence which excited the vast audience to the highest pitch of enthusiasm. After Mr. Brewer had concluded Hon. J. McDowell Sharpe, our candidate for Congress, appeared in obedience to the call of the meeting, and enchained its attention for more than an hour in an able, logical, and eloquent speech. At the conclusion of Mr. Sharpe's speech, Hon. C. M. Duncan, Senator, duly elected, but who was defrauded out of his seat by a dishonest radical Senate, was loudly called for and responded in an able and stirring address.
The meeting was characterized by an enthusiasm rarely witnessed in County meetings, and which will make itself felt in the approaching battle at the Polls, with the friends of Negro Suffrage and Negro equality.
(Column 7)Summary: Regardless of their claims to the contrary, the Radicals, says the editorial, are the true cause of the continued sectional conflict. As proof, the editorial points to the recent events in Philadelphia as an example of the excellent rapport that exists between northerners and southerners who adhere to the same basic principles, such as the sanctity of the Constitution and the notion that the U.S. is white man's country.Geary and Negro Voting
(Column 7)Summary: Despite their attempts to convince voters otherwise, Geary and the Republicans are proponents of black suffrage, contends the article. In fact, should Geary win the gubernatorial election, the journal warns, his "assent will be given to every negro measure enacted" in order to use the black vote to defeat the political ambitions of the state's white man's party.
Full Text of Article:The National Issue
Geary says in one of his "speeches" that "negro suffrage is not now a question," but he don't say how he is on that question. All his organs--with a few exceptions--declare, also, that "negro suffrage is not now a question," but why? Because there is no amendment striking the word "white" out of the Constitution of Pennsylvania to be voted upon at the coming election. That is their only reason; but, notwithstanding, negro suffrage is an issue before the people. Should the Gearyites succeed in quietly electing a majority of the Legislature, at the coming election, one of the first acts of next winter will be the passage of an amendment to enable negroes to vote.--There is no doubt whatsoever of this. And if Geary shall occupy the Governor's chair his assent will be given to every negro measure enacted. Besides this negro suffrage has become a national question, through the persistent agitation of the party to which Geary is attached. Seeing that political power is departing from them, their greatest efforts are being made to force negro suffrage at the South through amendments to the Constitution, and by means of irresponsible and revolutionary conventions, such as that which met at New Orleans on the 30th ult. The leaders of the Geary party want the negro vote to maintain supremacy at Washington. Geary, therefore, dare not deny that negro suffrage is the question at the South and that he is in favor of it. Negro suffrage and equality at the South mean negro suffrage and equality in Pennsylvania. Hence he who favors one is committed to the other. Geary is upon a negro platform.
(Column 8)Summary: With the end of the war, says the editor, the passion and prejudice that prevented calm and dispassionate discussion from taking place has been removed. Yet while this bar may have been eliminated, a new, potentially more dangerous issue has arisen, pitting Democrats and Conservatives against Radicals, who, he claims, seek to establish a new form of government rather than restore the Old Union.
Origin of Article: Age
Local and Personal--Delegate Elections
(Column 2)Summary: Announces that several election wards in Franklin county will assemble on August 25th to select the number of delegates that each district is entitled to under the new apportionment system.Local and Personal--Delegate Elections
(Names in announcement: F. M. Kimmel)
(Column 2)Summary: Announces that Democrats of the South Ward will meet at Samuel Greenawalt's residence on August 25th to select four delegates to represent the ward at the County Convention. Additionally, a meeting for residents of the North Ward will assemble at the Montgomery House to select three delegates. Those individuals selected will convene on Sept. 1st.Local and Personal--Court Proceedings
(Names in announcement: Samuel Greenawalt)
(Column 2)Summary: A list of the cases tried during the late term of the court. Court Proceedings--Over Terminer. "Commonwealth vs. Michael Haskell and Patrick Flanagan--Highway Robbery and Larceny, Verdict Guilty of Larceny. Sentenced to Eastern Penitentiary for 1 year and 8 months. Same vs. Walter Fields and Columbus Green, Manslaughter. After the hearing of testimony case abandoned by commonwealth's attorneys and verdict of not Guilty rendered by the jury. Quarter Sessions. Commonwealth vs. Mary Pass, Surety of Peace. After hearing the court dismiss the case of William Beckner and sentence the prosecutor to pay the costs. Same vs. Mary Jane Moatz, Surety of Peace. After hearing the court dismiss the case and sentence the prosecutrix Mary Pass to pay the costs. Same vs. Catherine Beckner, Surety of Peace. Having heard the evidence the court dismiss the case and sentence Mary Pass to pay the costs. Same vs. Polly Becker, Surety of Peace. Having heard the evidence the court dismiss the case and sentence the prosecutrix Mary Pass to pay the costs. Sane vs. Abraham Beckner, Assault and Battery, Defendant not guilty but to pay two-thirds of the costs and Sarah Melaner the prosecutor one-third. Same vs. Jacob Helsey, False Pretense, Jacob R. Smith prosecutor, Verdict Guilty, Recognizance of defendant forfeited and respited until next term. Same vs. Andrew Burns, Cyrus Black and George Black, Larceny, William Reber prosecutor, Verdict Guilty Verdict guilty, Cyrus Black and Andrew Burns sentenced to undergo imprisonment in the Eastern Pennitentiary for one year and one month and George Black to the House of Refuge. Same vs. Henry M. Speigler, fornication and Bastardy, Verdict Guilty, new trial granted. Same vs. Jacob L. Wingert, Blasphemy, recognizance of defendant and sureties forfeited and respited until next term. Same vs. Keggie Lotsbaugh, Larceny, recognizance forfeited and respited until next term. Same vs. David Bender, Larceny, Defendant pleads guilty and sentenced to Eastern Pennitentiary for one year, to commence at the end of prior sentence. Same vs. Solomon Ely, Assault and Battery, Verdict Guilty, sentenced to pay a fine of ten dollars and costs of prosecution. Same vs. John Shoemaker, Silas David Brant, Horse Stealing, Verdict Guilty, sentenced to Eastern Pennitentiary for four years. Same vs. Peter Hatfield, Larceny. Defendant pleads guilty and is sentenced to one year and eight months. Same vs. Samuel Norris, Assault and Battery, pleads guilty and is sentenced to pay a fine of one dollar and costs of prosecution and to undergo an imprisonment in the county jail for 3 months. Same vs. Hamilton Bentley, Larceny of one stone drill, Verdict Guilty, defendant sentenced to Eastern Penitentiary for 1 year and 1 calendar month. Same vs. Phillip Householder, Assault and Battery, Verdict not guilty, defendant sentenced to pay one-half the costs and prosecutor the other half. Same vs. Oscar Bell, Assault and Battery, a true bill, recognizance of defendant forfeited. Same vs. George Snow, Assault and Battery, Verdict guilty, defendant sentenced to pay a fine of five dollars and the costs of prosecution. Same vs. John W. Ditchman, Selling Intoxicating Liquors to Charles Nitterhouse, Verdict guilty, motion for a new trial filed, continued to term. Same vs. Jacob Kelley, Surety of the Peace, After hearing defendant sentenced to pay the costs of prosecution. Same vs. Peter Williams, Surety of Peace, After hearing defendant sentenced to pay the costs of prosecution. Same vs. Bert Lane, Surety of the Peace, After hearing the defendant sentenced to pay the costs of prosecution and enter into recognizance for his good behavior. Same vs. William McCain, Henry Barger, Jesse Richter, Riot and Assault and Battery, Verdict not guilty, and county to pay costs of prosecution. Same vs. Peter McFerren, Assault, Verdict not guilty, but defendant to pay costs of prosecution. Same vs. John Weyman, Jr., Assault and Battery, Verdict guilty, defendant sentenced to pay a fine of one cent and costs of prosecution. Same vs. George Wyant, Assault and Battery, Verdict not guilty but defendant to pay two-thirds and prosecutor one-third. Nolle Prosequi--Entered by leave of court in following cases: Commonwealth vs. Charles Jones and Henry Bergenstock, Same vs. Ann C. Funk, Same vs. Ann C. Funk, David H. Funk, and Mary Funk, Same vs. Mary E. Funk, Same vs. David L. Ditch, Assault and Battery, Same vs. same, Larceny, Same vs. Elizabeth Gilbert, Surety of the Peace, Same vs. same, Assault and Battery, Same vs. Maria Martin, Assault and Battery, Same vs. Hezekiah Beck, Samuel Beck and James Tibby, Riot, Assault and Battery with intent to kill, Same vs. Sarah Moon, Same vs. Peter Myers, Same vs. John W. Garver, Adultery, Same vs. same, Fornification and Bastardy, Same vs. James Gordon, Robert Sands, Same vs. Jacob Fitz, Assault and Battery, Same vs. same, Assault and Battery, Same vs. David H. Funk, Same vs. William Welker, Same vs. James Martin, Same vs. Abraham Taylor, Same vs. George W. Bartle, Same vs. Thomas Stevenson, Same vs. William J. Rickets and Henrietta Rickets, Same vs. Joseph Plowden, Peter Hatfield, and Charles Diggs, Same vs. David Croft, Same vs. Rachael Croft, Same vs. Catherine Hoover, Same vs. John C. Reed, Same vs. J. B. Farquar, Same vs T. J. Long, Same vs. Peter Comfort and Jacob Spoonhour, Same vs. Wilson Reilly, Same vs. Charles Diggs, Same vs. John Swinger, Same vs. John Anderson, Same vs. Andrew Burns, Cyrus Black and George Black, Same vs. Juliana Cook, Same vs. Jacob Snyder, Same vs. Martha Snider, Same vs. Francis Zarman, Jr., Theodore Doyle, John Harmony, Thomas Heckerman, and George Minnich, Same vs. same, Same vs. Lewis Ziter, Same vs. Juliana Cook, Same vs. A. B. Selbert, Same vs. Ann C. Frank, Mary E. Funk, and David H. Funk. Same vs. Jacob Mackley, Joseph Mackley, Mary Bowers, and Mary E. Funk. Bills Ignored. Commonwealth vs. Henry Stumbaugh, Same vs. George Wyant, Same vs. Barbara Dittman, Same vs. John Parker, Same vs. Samuel Norris, Same vs. Samuel; Maria, William, Edward, and Thomas Gilbert, Same vs. William Williams, Same vs. William Stoner and Catherine Stoner, Same vs. Sophia Rickel, Same vs. Polk Wilson, Same vs. Alexander Kyner, Same vs. Henry Mower, Same vs. Samuel Norris. Cases Continued. Commonwealth vs. Henry Moore, Same vs. Samuel Seylor, Same vs. James Robinson, Same vs. J. Wesley McCleary, Jeremiah Miller, Michael Houser, Abraham Hays, and Samuel Wolff, Same vs. James Hollet, Same vs. John Smith, Same vs. James Sweeney, Same vs. Theodore Myers, Same vs. Charles Moore, Same vs. Amos Criner, Same vs. Malinda Criner, Same vs. John Johnston, Same vs. Henry M. Speigler, Same vs. Sarah Bergenstock, Same vs. William Bush, Same vs. Peter Freese, Same vs. Page Davis, Hannah Davis, Nancy Norris."Local and Personal--The Bounty Law
(Names in announcement: Michael Haskell, Walter Fields, Columbus Green, Mary Pass, Mary Jane Moatz, Catherine Beckner, Polly Beckner, Abraham Beckner, Orlando Thomas, George Dice, Albert Dice, Jacob Helsey, Andrew Burns, Cyrus Black, George Black, Henry Speigler, Jacob L. Wingert, Keggie Lotsbaugh, David Bender, Solomon Ely, John Shoemaker, Peter Hatfield, Samuel Norris, Hamilton Bentley, Philip Houreholder, Oscar Bell, George Snow, John W. Dittman, Jacob Reilley, Peter Williams, Bert Lane, William McCain, Peter McFerren, John Weyman, George Wyant, Charles Jones, Henry Bergenstock, Ann C. Funk, David Funk, Mary E. Funk, David L. Ditch, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maria Martin, Hezekiah Beck, Samuel Beck, James Tibby, Sarah Moon, Peter Myers, John W. Garver, James Gordon, Robert Sands, Charles Sands, Jacob Fitz, David H. Funk, William Welker, James Martin, Abraham Taylor, George W. Bartle, Thomas Stevenson, William J. Rickets, Henrietta Rickets, Joseph Plowden, Peter Hatfield, Charles Diggs, David Croft, Benjamin C. Hoover, Rachael Croft, Catherine Hoover, John C. Reed, J. B. Farquhar, T. J. Long, Peter Comfort, Jacob Spoonhour, Wilson Reilly, Charles Diggs, John Swingler, John Anderson, Andrew Burns, Juliana Cook, Jacob C. Snyder, Martha Snider, Francis ZarmanJr., Theodore Doyle, John Harmony, Thomas Heckerman, George Minnich, Lewis Etter, A. B. Selbert, Jacob Mackley, Joseph Mackley, Mary Bowers, Henry Stumbaugh, Henry Wyant, Barbara Dittman, John Parker, Samuel Norris, Samuel Gilbert, Maria Gilbert, William Gilbert, Edward Gilbert, Thomas Gilbert, William Williams, William Stoner, Catherine Stoner, Sophia Rickel, Polk Wilson, Alexander Kyner, Henry Mower, Samuel Norris, Henry Moore, Samuel Seyler, James Robinson, J. Wesley McCleary, Jeremiah Miller, Michael Houser, Abraham Hays, Samuel Wolff, James Hollet, John Smith, James Sweeney, Theodore Myers, Charles Jones, Amos Criner, Malinda Criner, John Johnston, Henry M. Speigler, Sarah Bergenstock, William Bush, Peter Freese, Page Davis, Hannah Davis, Nancy Norris)
(Column 3)Summary: Announces that the state government is not yet prepared to pay for the extra bounties prescribed by the new law passed by Congress, and details the measures that are being put into effect to resolve the situation.
Full Text of Article:Local and Personal--A Word To Our Citizens
The Government is not yet prepared to pay the extra bounties prescribed in the new bill just passed by Congress, and the War Department has issued an order referring the act to a military commission composed of Generals Canby and Buchanan, and Surgeon Gen. Barnes. These officers are to prescribe rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of the law. The Second Auditor of the Treasury, also with reference to this act, has issued instructions that soldiers, in making application to his office for the additional bounty, must use the same application heretofore used for arrears of pay and bounty. The number of previous settlements of bounty, should always be given, and it should be stated in each case that the "application is made to recover the additional bounty provided by the 12th and 13th sections of an act of Congress, chapter 178, approved July 28, 1866."
(Column 3)Summary: Although the fire department has performed admirably, states the piece, the recent rash of fires in Chambersburg has clearly demonstrated the inadequacy of the force's equipment, an issue that must be dealt with to ensure the town's safety.Local and Personal--For The East
(Column 3)Summary: Reports that Sheriff Doebler and several of his assistants have set off for the Eastern Pennitentiary in Philadelphia with 8 convicts, the largest ever sent by Franklin county at one time which indicates that crime is "fearfully on the increase."Local and Personal--Admitted To Practice
(Names in announcement: Sheriff Doebler)
(Column 4)Summary: Reports that George Eyster, S. J. Henderson, and George Chambers were admitted to the Bar.Local and Personal--Fatal Accident
(Names in announcement: George Eyster, S. J. Henderson, George Chambers)
(Column 4)Summary: Relates that John Croft lost his life when a train frightened one of his horses and sent it into a panic while he was loading his buggy with coal. Croft was killed as he attempted to stop the horse, winding up beneath the wheels of his rolling cart.Married
(Names in announcement: John Croft)
(Column 6)Summary: On August 7th, William Hender and Mollie E. Wolf were married by Rev. G. Roth.Married
(Names in announcement: Rev. G. Roth, William Hender, Mollie E. Wolf)
(Column 6)Summary: On August 14th, at the residence of William McDowell, Robert McClelland and Susan Brinkley were married by Rev. A. K. Nelson.Married
(Names in announcement: Rev. A. K. Nelson, William McDowell, Robert McClelland, Susan J. Brinkley)
(Column 6)Summary: On August 10th, David Burtsfield and Isabel Ritter were married by Rev. P. S. Davis.Died
(Names in announcement: Rev. P. S. Davis, David Burtsfield, Isabel Ritter)
(Column 6)Summary: On August 18th, the child of John Kennedy died at age 7 months.Died
(Names in announcement: John Kennedy)
(Column 6)Summary: On August 12th, the son of Frederick Snively died at age 3 months.Died
(Names in announcement: Frederick Snively)
(Column 6)Summary: On August 9th, Sarah Nicewander, daughter of Christian Nicewander, died at age 12.Died
(Names in announcement: Sarah Nicewander, Christian Nicewander)
(Column 6)Summary: On August 12th, Sarah Bark, 60, died.Died
(Names in announcement: Sarah Bark)
(Column 6)Summary: On August 3rd, Mary Adaline, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Holtry, died at age 18.Died
(Names in announcement: Mary Adaline Holtry, Elizabeth Holtry, Peter Holtry)
(Column 6)Summary: On August 5th, Emma Mary, daughter of Mary and Frederick Rife, died at 15 months.
(Names in announcement: Emma Mary Rife, Mary Rife, Frederick Rife)
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