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Valley Spirit: May 27, 1868

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Conservative Soldiers' and Sailors' National Convention
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Summary: The paper announces a national convention of conservative soldiers and sailors.
Radical National Convention
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Summary: Reports on the Republican National Convention, including the part played by A. K. McClure. The paper declares the ticket of Grant and Colfax a poor one, both men of "limited intellectual capacity."
The Union Pacific Railroad
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Summary: Reports on the construction of the Union Pacific.
Read Them Out!
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Summary: The paper gloats that Judge Chase and Senators Fessenden, Trumbull, Henderson, and Ross have been "read out" of the Republican Party, a move sure to strengthen the Democracy.
Candidates Serenaded
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Summary: Grant and Colfax were serenaded in Washington, D. C. last Friday evening. The paper mocks Colfax for pointing to the Republican achievement of freeing the slaves, and asserts that he favors black suffrage rights.
Soldiers' Convention
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Summary: Calls for the "conservative soldiers of Franklin County" to select delegates to attend the national convention.

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Readings and Recitations
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Summary: C. B. Howard will give readings from works by American and English authors before an audience in Repository Hall. His repertoire includes the trial scene from Merchant of Venice, scenes from Pickwick, Poe's Raven, The Lay of the Madman, Candle Lecture, Scene from the Lady of Lyons, Sheridan's Ride, and Comic Sketch and the Delirium Scene from "The Drunkard."
(Names in announcement: C. B. Howard)
Building Association
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Summary: Record of the Chambersburg Building Association's receipts and expenses for last 6 months. They took in $9499.97 and paid out the same. They hold $9411.80 in assets over liabilities.
Honor to Our Dead
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Summary: Favors the proposal to place flowers on the graves of soldiers who died in the war. Notes how former rebels do it and so the North should do it as well.
Full Text of Article:

Next Saturday, as will be seen by the notice in another column, it is proposed to strew the graves of our dead soldiers with flowers. We are glad that this is to be done. It will be an appropriate tribute to the memory of our citizens who fell upon the field of battle, or who died of disease in the camp.

This custom was inaugurated in this country by the Rebels, who each year decorate their cemeteries and the resting-places of their dead with evergreens and flowers.--They thus strive to keep alive the recollections of their former comrades and friends. And if they are to be admired for thus casting their offerings of affection upon the graves of those who fell in rebellion against the National Government, how much more ought we to emulate each other in doing honor to those who sacrificed their lives in defence of the Constitution and the Union!

Supreme Court
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Summary: The following Franklin County cases were decided in state supreme court. Helser vs McGrath, judgement affirmed; Ritter vs Downey, judgement affirmed; Wickey vs Eyster, judgement affirmed; Hetrick vs Smith, judgement affirmed; Hughes vs Oaks, judgement affirmed; Cumberland Valley Railroad Company vs M'Lanahan, judgement reversed; Schlosser vs Sollenberger, judgement reversed; Knepper vs Kurtz, judgement affirmed.
(Names in announcement: Helser, McGrath, Ritter, Downey, Wickey, Eyster, Hetrick, Smith, Hughes, Oaks, M'Lanahan, Schlosser, Sollenberger, Knepper, Kurtz)
To Farmers and Horse Dealers
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Summary: The paper extols the benefits of insuring farm animals. Frank Miller, the Chambersburg agent for Great Western Insurance, can handle inquiries. G. J. Balaley can also issue policies. Dr. Snesserott recently received a payout after the death of one of his horses.
(Names in announcement: Frank Miller, G. J. Balaley, Dr. Snesserott)
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Summary: A railroad meeting was held at Mercersburg to discuss the incorporation of the Huntingdon, Fulton, and Franklin and the Fort Loudon Railroad companies. J. O. Carson presided with W. D. McKinstry as Secretary.
(Names in announcement: J. O. Carson, W. D. McKinstry, Col. Winger, John Dougherty)
Attention Comrades!
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Summary: Letter from one F.S. Stumbaugh urging all army and navy veterans and ladies to participate in the honor ceremony for fallen soldiers in the late war.
Full Text of Article:

Saturday, the 30th day of May, 1868, having been designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in the defence of their Country during the late Rebellion, all Soldiers and Sailors in the borough of Chambersburg and the surrounding country are cordially and earnestly invited to attend and participate in this patriotic ceremony, and also to attend a meeting of Soldiers and Sailors, to be held in the Court House, on Wednesday evening the 27th inst., at 7 1/2 o'clock, for the purpose of making arrangements for such fitting services and testimonials of respect for our heroic dead as may be deemed proper.

On Saturday the 30th inst. at 7 o'clock A.M. all Soldiers and Sailors desiring to participate will meet at the Court House, where they will be immediately formed, and headed by a band will proceed to the Cemetery and other grave yards where the ceremonies will be had. And may we not hope that our patriotic ladies, whoso constantly cheered the braves while in the field to greater deeds of valor will now lend a helping hand to garland the passionless mounds above our deceased comrades with the choicest flowers of Spring-time. Join us then Soldiers, Sailors, and Ladies, in doing homage to those of the Nation's defenders who are no more. F.S. Stumbaugh P.C.

P.S.--Sheriff Doebler has kindly tendered his office room in the Court House, to be used as a depository for such bouquets and flowers as the ladies may see proper to furnish. F.S.S

Death of Dr. W. H. Watson
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Summary: Dr. W. H. Watson died in his residence at Bedford.
(Names in announcement: Dr. W. H. Watson)
Death of Mrs. W. P. Schell
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Summary: Mrs. W. P. Schell died in Bedford after a "lingering illness."
(Names in announcement: W. P. Schell)
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Summary: Anna Mary Stahl, wife of Joseph Stahl, died at the Guilford residence of Andrew Heintzelman. She was 72 years old.
(Names in announcement: Anna Mary Stahl, Joseph Stahl, Andrew Heintzelman)

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