Valley Spirit: 11 06, 1867Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
Seven Years of Radicalism
(Column 3)Summary: According to the editors, Republican rule has had a devastating effect on the country. They have burdened the American public with bloody conflict, rampant corruption, and costly taxes. But now, the editors say, it appears as though the "doom" cast by Radical rule is approaching an end.
Full Text of Article:Money
It was just seven years yesterday since Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States. Although a Western man himself, with a possible inclination to conservatism, his accession to the Presidential chair put the government completely under the control of the fanatical Radicals of New England. These authors of the Kansas troubles and patrons of the John Brown raid into Virginia had made up their mind to revolutionize the government, and in Abraham Lincoln they found an instrument adapted to their purpose. As first as his dull intellect was able to comprehend their designs, he fell in with them and used all his official power to crush the Constitution, under whose forms he had been elevated to the Chief Magistracy, against the will of a large majority of the people. War came because the Radicals wanted it, and lasted four years because the Radicals were unwilling to end it in two. It required time , even under the demoralizing influences of a gigantic civil war, to bring the people to look with complacency upon the destruction of a government which they had so long been accustomed to regard as "the best ever devised by the wisdom of man." New England ideas prevailed at last, and at the end of these eventful seven years we find ourselves with a dissevered Union, a subverted Constitution, and an altered form of government.
This is what seven years of Radicalism have ended in, but this is not all that Radicalism has cost us. We have paid out over four thousand million dollars in money, at least one-half of which went as stealing to shouting "patriots." We have sacrificed hundreds of thousands of lives, dotted the country over with mutilated human beings, and with helpless widows and children. Property to an immense extent has been destroyed, and the productive industry of the country has sustained injuries which fifty ears cannot repair. From a lightly taxed people we have become the heaviest taxed in the world. All that we eat and all that we wear--all that we produce and all that we consume--is taxed. From the swaddling clothes of the new-born babe down to the last nail in the coffin's lid everything is taxed to pay the cost of these seven years of Radicalism. The picture of the last seven years is dark, but a gleam of sunshine has been thrown upon us at last. This fall's elections show that the public mind is awakening to the enormities of Radical misrule. Honest, fair-minded and well-disposed Republicans are beginning to see through the schemes of the New England revolutionists. The candid admission of Thaddeus Stevens that the Rump Congress has been acting outside of the Constitution, and that he and his associates want no reunion that does not bring negro equality with it, has given them a new view of public affairs. Their eyes will be still further opened during the approaching session of Congress, and thee is reason to hope that the elections of next year will seal the doom of Radicalism and rescue our government from the evil control of the malignant fanatics of New England.
(Column 3)Summary: The editors attribute the current economic problems in England and the U. S. to the Republicans' "disastrous" economic policies. Of particular concern for the editors is the failure to revive cotton production, which, they say, could have alleviated most of the difficulties.
Full Text of Article:Negro Supremacy
Money is so abundant in England, according to the London Star, that it goes begging for borrowers at 1 and 1 1/2 per cent. interest, per annum! Its superabundance has an unfavorable effect on trade. People who live on the interest of their money are compelled to economize to an extent never before heard of, because, at the reduced rate of interest, their income is cut down almost to nothing.
In the United States, on the other hand, notwithstanding the amount of paper issued by the government and the National Banks, there is a great complaint of scarcity of money, and the prevailing rates of interest are from 6 to 10 per cent., with many transactions at even higher figures.
The plethora of cash capital in England and the scarcity of it in this country are owing in a great measure to the reconstruction policy of the Radicals. The war cut off shipments of cotton to England, our best customer, and we were obliged to send our gold and silver there in payment of our purchases. The drain has gone on without interruption for seven years, and we have not yet reached the end of it. If the Radicals had promptly restored the Union after the surrender of Lee and Johnston, and allowed the Southern people to sit down again quietly under their own vine and fig tree, with none to molest them, we should ere this have drawn four or five hundred million dollars of English capital here to buy our cotton. This transfer would have relieved the English money market of its superabundance of cash and kept the rate of interest up to it usual point. It would also have averted the stringency in the money market of this country, and prevented the rate of interest here from rising to the ruinous height of 10 and 12 percent.
Thus the Radical policy is working injury to business, both at home and abroad. The only persons benefited by it are plundering officers of the Freedmen's bureau and low politicians like Brownlow and Hunnicutt
(Column 3)Summary: In elections throughout the South, voters have come out in favor of holding constitutional conventions, but, contend the editors, blacks constituted the vast majority of those who cast ballots. Thus, the editors claim, the "effect of the election is that the negro has not only been made the equal of the white man, but has become his lord and master."
Local and Personal--Centenary Celebration
(Column 1)Summary: Announces that the centenary celebration of the Presbyterian congregation of Upper Path Valley will be held on Nov. 19th.Local and Personal--Accident
(Column 1)Summary: Richard Woods, Sr., suffered a serious injury last Saturday when the front axle of the buggy he rented from Samuel Brandt broke, throwing him from the vehicle. He is expected to recover.Local and Personal--Admitted To Bar
(Names in announcement: Richard WoodsSr., Samuel Brandt)
(Column 1)Summary: Relates that Joseph McClure was admitted to the bar on Oct. 31st. A celebration was held after his exam at the Mr. Gelwicks's restaurant.Local and Personal--Substantial Regards For A Pastor
(Names in announcement: Joseph McClure, Gelwicks)
(Column 1)Summary: On Oct. 29th, Josiah McDowell's will was admitted to probate. McDowell left a 200 acres farm to Rev. Thomas Creigh and made a woman in Mercersburg a "tenant for life" in one of his houses. Additionally, the will makes Creigh the executor of his personal estate and invests him with the power to designate the proceeds from it as he sees fit.Local and Personal--Phonographic Reporter
(Names in announcement: Josiah McDowell, Rev. Thomas Creigh)
(Column 1)Summary: Announces that William H. Duffield was named the phonographic reporter for the Court of Common Pleas in Franklin county.Local and Personal--Arrested
(Names in announcement: William H. Duffield)
(Column 1)Summary: Reports that William Ackerman arrived in town on Oct. 30th in the custody of Officer Michael W. Houser. Ackerman and his brother, Peter, were charged with conspiracy to defraud Peter Schneider of $1,500. William fled before he could be arraigned, but was arrested in Illinois and extradited from there.Local and Personal--Sudden Death
(Names in announcement: William Ackerman, Peter Ackerman, Peter Schneider)
(Column 2)Summary: Notes that Henry Rohrer, 60, died suddenly near Pleasant Hall last Monday.Local and Personal--Court Proceedings
(Names in announcement: Henry Rohrer)
(Column 2)Summary: A listings of the criminal cases tried and otherwise disposed of. "Com. vs. Mary Hays and Bettie Johnson. Charge assault and battery. Defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced to pay costs. Com. vs. Margaret Bricker. Assault and Battery. Catherine E. McKee, Prosecutrix. A true bill. Defednat pleaded not guilty. Verdict not guilty--costs equally divided between Prosecutrix and Defendant. Com. vs. Dr. John E. McKee. Assault and battery. A true bill. Defendant pleaded not guilty. Verdict guilty. Sentenced to pay a fine of five dollars and costs of prosecution. Com. vs. Jesse Kean. Charge of larceny of pocket book containing $130 form J. McDowell Sharpe, Esq. A true bill. Defendant pleaded not guilty. Verdict not guilty. Com. vs. Simon P. West. Assault and battery with intent to ravish a little girl, 12 years of age, the daughter of Jeremiah Ashway, Prosecutor. A true bill. Defendant pleaded not guilty. Verdict not guilty. Defendant to pay half of the costs and the Prosecutor the balance. Com. vs. Joseph Wallach. Surety of the Peace. Case dismissed--Costs equally divided between the parties. Cases Settled--Com. vs. James B. Smith, Com. vs. John Solander, Com. vs. Henry X. Stoner, Com. vs. John Kalp, Com. vs. Benjamin Rhodes, Com. vs. Aaron Swartle, Com. vs. Carson McFerren and Jackson Shank, Com. vs. Eliza Thompson, Com. vs. William H. Verdier, Com. vs. Relsher and others, Com. vs. Pendleton Pink. Bills Ignored--Com. vs. Philip Fendricks, Com. vs. John Etter and George W. Bowers, Com. vs. John Powell, Com. vs. Obed Gsell, Com. vs. Susan Howard, Com. vs. Melchor Deitrick, Com. vs. Leonard Cauffman and Isaiah Cauffman. There were several true bills found by the Grand Jury which were continued to January term. There are others found which the Defendants have not been arrested. Civil Causes tried--Sarah Mayhew vs. Ephraim S. Shank. Summons case in assumpeit. This was an action brought by the Plaintiff, Sarah Mayhew, for money claimed to be due her for services tendered the Defendant in the capacity of a servant. Verdict for the Plaintiff for $54.87. Miller & Helks vs. Jacob Lesher. This was an appeal by Defendant from the judgement of Justice P. Hamman. The Plaintiffs claimed $85 for a clover-huller sold by them through their agent, David Heidler, to the Defendant. The defence was that the huller was sold to Defendant on condition that he was to keep it in case it worked well--that it did not work well, and that notice of the fact was given to Plaintiff's agent. Upon proof of these facts, the plaintiff's attorneys "threw up the sponge" and took a non-suit. Daniel Hawbecker, Administrator of Noah Myers, dec'd, vs. Frederick Foreman. This was an appeal by Defendant from the judgment of justice John A. Hyssong--The claim of Plaintiff was for $98.68 for hogs sold to Defendant at the sale of the property of Noah Myers, dec'd. The defendant claimed to have paid the claim in full. Verdict for the Plaintiff for $98.68. Jesse Kean, Administrator of James W. Palmer, dec'd, vs. Daniel Palmer. This was an action to recover $475, which Plaintiff alleged that the Defendant had received from the Bounty Fund Committee, of Southhampton township, as the local bounty of Plaintiff's intestate, James W. Palmer--The Defendant admitted the receipt of the money but pleaded payment. Verdict for Defendant. C. C. Stull vs. Andrew S. Monn, and Daniel Bricker. This was an action to recover damages. The plaintiff hitched his horse and buggy in front Jones' Hotel in Quincy. Deft's took it in the absence of the Plaintiff, and went out riding. The horse ran off and broke the buggy to pieces, he being injured also. The case progressed part of the way, but was not concluded, being continued at the costs of the Defendants, on account of their filing additional special matter. Ann C. Funk and James Hovis vs. David Miller adn William F. Horner. Summons in trespass. Defendants confessed judgment for $30 and costs. James Shipp vs. Jacob Hisey. Appeal from judgment for John Kauffman, Esq., Justice of the Peace. Defendant confessed judgment for $20 and costs. The following licenses have been granted at the present term of the Court; Dr. H. Langheine, Wine Store. Chambersburg, N. W.: George Rodgers, Restaurant, Chambersburg, N. W.: Godfrey Greenawalt, Restaurant, Chambersburg, S. W.; Michael Miller, Ale House, Chambersburg, S. W.; George Forthman, Ale House, Waynesboro; Melchior Speelman, Restaurant, Waynesboro. The petition of David Harper for license to keep a Restaurant in Greencastle was withdrawn. The Court refused to grant licenses to Maria Morton, Greencastle; James Snyder, Mercersburg, and Catharine Hernlaben, S. W., Chambersburg."Married
(Names in announcement: Mary Hays, Bettie Johnson, Margaret Bricker, Catharine E. McKee, Dr. John E. McKee, Jesse Kean, Simon P. West, Joseph Wallach, James B. Smith, John Solander, Henry X. Stoner, John Kalp, Benjamin Rhodes, Aaron Swartle, Carson McFerren, Jackson Shank, Eliza Thompson, William H. Verdier, Reisher, Pendleton Pink, Philip Fendricks, John Etter, George Bowers, John Powell, Obed Gsell, Susan Howard, Melchior Dietrick, Leonard Cauffman, Isaiah Cauffman, Sarah Mayhew, Ephraim Shank, Jacob Lesher, Justice P. Hamman, David Heider, Daniel Hawbecker, Noah Myers, Frederick Foreman, Justice John A. Hyssong, Jesse Kean, James W. Palmer, Daniel Palmer, C. C. Stull, Andrew S. Monn, Ann C. Funk, James Hovis, David Miller, William F. Horner, James Skipp, Jacob Hisey, Dr. H. Langheine, George Rodgers, Godfrey Greenawalt, Michael Miller, George Forthman, Melchior Speelman, David Harper, Maria Morton, James Snyder, Catharine Hernlaben)
(Column 4)Summary: On Oct. 24th, F. L. Zollinger, of Strasburg, and Sarah P. Rigner were married by Rev. J. Keller Miller.Married
(Names in announcement: F. L. Zollinger, Sarah P. Rigner, Rev. J. Keller Miller)
(Column 4)Summary: On Oct. 29th, William D. Holtzworth, Register and Recorder of Adams County, to Evaline Lindsey, oldest daughter of John Lindsey, were married by Rev. W. Howe.Married
(Names in announcement: William D. Holtzworth, Evaline Lindsey, John Lindsey, Rev. W. Howe)
(Column 4)Summary: On Oct. 30th, Wilmer Moulder and Clarinda A. Harrison were married by Rev. William West.Married
(Names in announcement: Wilmer Moulder, Clarinda A. Harrison, William A. West, Rev. William A. Harrison)
(Column 4)Summary: On Oct. 28th, Philip Kramer and Catharine Dilp were married by Rev. G. Roth.Married
(Names in announcement: Philip Kramer, Catharine Dilp, Rev. G. Roth)
(Column 4)Summary: On Oct. 31st, Martin V. West and Sophia Yost were married by Rev. G. Roth.Died
(Names in announcement: Martin V. West, Rev. G. Roth, Sophia Yost)
(Column 4)Summary: On Oct. 23rd, Ann, wife of Solomon Crouse, died at age 39.Died
(Names in announcement: Ann Crouse, Solomon Crouse)
(Column 4)Summary: On Nov. 1st, Samuel Shafer, 65, died near St. Thomas.
(Names in announcement: Samuel Shafer)
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