Valley Spirit: October 5, 1870Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
Words to Conservative White Republicans
(Column 01)Summary: Appeals to conservative Republicans to abandon their party because their leaders forced black suffrage on them. Lists all the offices blacks now hold and insists miscegenation is not too far behind. Calls on conservatives to keep whites in power and vote for the White Man's party.
Full Text of Article:Vote! Vote!! Vote!!!
You were opposed to negro suffrage. You expected to get a chance to vote on the question. Your leaders promised you that chance. They were false to their promises. They took advantage of your confidence. They procured your votes by false pretences. They packed your State Legislature. The Radical majority of that Legislature ratified the Fifteenth Amendment. They did this although they knew that you were opposed to it. They did this although they were convinced that in Pennsylvania there was a majority of one hundred thousand against it. They did this although many of them had solemnly promised not to do it. Now they deny that they ever promised you a chance to vote on the question.
In consequence of this betrayal, the negro is invested with the right of suffrage. He votes without your consent. He votes against your wishes. By a base fraud he has been placed upon terms of political equality with you.
Fanaticism is aggressive. This negro-mania is the worst kind of fanaticism. It apparently knows no restraint. By its broken pledges, negroes are voters to-day. It aims at still further conquests. It seeks to break down other barriers. The schools must be thrown open to negroes as well as whites. They must be allowed to occupy the same seats in the cars as whites. There must be no distinction on account of color in churches or cemeteries. The theatres and all places of public amusement must grant them admittance. The hotels must give them the same accommodations as they give to whites. Negroes must sit as jurors. They must be commissioned as Justices of the Peace. Already Governor Geary has appointed two of them Notaries Public. They must serve as Constables. They have acted as Assistant Marshals to take the census. They must go to your State Legislature to make laws for you. They must be elected to Congress to represent your interests there. They must receive appointments to cadetships in the Military and Naval Academies in preference to your sons. They must be elevated to the high positions of honor in your State. Emboldened by these privileges and honors, they will demand entrance into your family circles. Amalgamation will be written on Radical banners.
This is the programme which Radicalism is preparing for you. Will you aid its treacherous leaders in carrying out this programme? We trust not. Now is the time to frustrate their plans. As white men, cast your votes with the White Man's Party for the White Man's ticket.
(Column 01)Summary: Beseeches all Democrats and Conservative Republicans to get out and vote on election day. Claims the alternative will be a government controlled by Radicals and African Americans.
Full Text of Article:Read and be Convinced. Cessna, the Blatant Loyalist of 1870 a Malignant Copperhead in 1863. He Refuses to Make Pennsylvania a Refuge for Emancipated Slaves
Democrats of Franklin County:
Do not fail to go to the polls. Your votes are of tremendous importance. The Radicals are saying: "We can not get our vote out. If the Democrats get their's out, we are beaten." Let us show them that Democrats are awake to the issues of the hour and by going to the polls, and voting, let us beat the Radical ticket. The negroes will be marched up to the polls and voted for the Radical candidates. White Conservative Republicans will be disgusted at this, and stay away, or vote the Democratic ticket.--Let us unite our forces with the Conservative Republican forces, and administer an overwhelming defeat to the men who rely on negroes to elect them.
Democrats: You carried this county last year by 308 majority. Six hundred negroes in the county have been enfranchised since. Republicans who voted against you then, are appealing to you now to cast the same vote at the coming election that you did last year, and they are assuring you that they will furnish the requisite number of votes to neutralize the negro vote altogether. Let no Democrat stay away. Let us show the Radicals that the negroes do not hold the balance of power in Franklin County.--Let every one of us devote the second Tuesday of October to the work of crushing Radicalism, with its horrid negro-equality and negro-superiority doctrines, out of existence. A full Democratic vote will carry the County by five hundred majority. Let no Democrat fail in his duty now. The question, "shall negroes rule this government?" is to be answered next Tuesday. Let every Democrat answer no by depositing his vote in the ballot box for the Democratic candidates.
(Column 02)Summary: Seeks to expose Cessna's hypocrisy by revealing his Democratic roots, his former opposition to Republicans, and his support of measures against blacks. Goes into detail on a bill drawn up by Cessna in 1863 which banned blacks from entering the state.
Full Text of Article:The Income Tax
The facility with which some men turn their backs upon their own records, is amazing. To hear Cessna parading his own loyalty, boasting of it, and quoting the figures to show his standing in Bedford county in 1861 and 1862, and then to listen to him ventilating the Ku-Klux record of his competitor, a stranger would think that he had waded up to his knees in blood for the Union or at least sacrificed the greater portion of his wealth in the great cause of crushing the rebellion.
Or to see him in his clownish performances for the amusement of the colored folks--intonating his sweet voice so as to imitate, at one moment, the shrill chorus of the Katydids and at another the sepulchral notes of the "Bloody-nouns"--throwing himself into all sorts of antic postures and displaying all the activity and wiriness of a gymnast on the trapeze, one in ignorance of his past life would naturally suppose that he was one of the original abolitionists, a Wendell Phillips agitator--that his soul and that of John Brown had marched side by side--that his loyal heart had bounded with ecstatic throbs when the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, and that he had welcomed the liberated negroes to the soil of Pennsylvania.
And yet, strange to say, notwithstanding all his loyal bawling, he did nothing of the kind. None of his precious blood was spilled upon the battle field. The nearest point he occupied to the scene of carnage was Harrisburg during the battle of Gettysburg. He was there seeking the "Copperhead" nomination for Governor whilst the Union boys were laying down their lives as so many sacrifices upon the altar of their country. Cessna was as patriotic as the late lamented Artemus Ward, who expressed his willingness to sacrifice all his wife's relations to the Moloch of war.
Nor did he impoverish himself by the magnitude of his contributions in money to the cause of the Union. Somehow--we do not pretend to know how--he managed to amass a splendid fortune, and is to-day three times richer than when the first gun was fired at Sumpter.
But some one, anxious to excuse this demagogue, will say, "if he did not shed his blood, or give his money, he at least had words of encouragement for the poor blacks who were released from slavery." Alas! this is a mistake also. This truckler to the negroes of this Congressional district would fain persuade them that he has been their fast friend all through the war--that he had conscientious scruples on the subject of slavery as far back as 1858--that he gloried in the movement which struck the shackles from their feet, and that he has been a constant and an earnest advocate of the claims of the black man for equality with whites.
But in this he is acting the hypocrite. He complains in his letter of acceptance that he is charged with being a "Copperhead" because he was a Democrat. Now the common meaning of the word "Copperhead," during the war, was a man who opposed the Lincoln Administration. What was Cessna's attitude towards the Administration? We have shown heretofore that he was in the House of Representatives at Harrisburg in the Winters of 1861-2 and 1862-63 as a Democrat. In January 1863, he was elected Speaker of the House by the Democrats. During the session of 1863, he drew a bill to prevent negroes from coming from other States into Pennsylvania. That bill was introduced and after some of its harshest features had been stricken out, it passed the House by a vote of 52 yeas to 40 nays, Cessna's name being recorded among the yeas. It can be seen on page 545 of the Legislative Record for the Session of 1863 and is as follows:
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the passage of this act it shall not be lawful for any negro or mulatto to come into this State from any other State or territory, with the intention of making it their temporary or permanent place of residence, and any negro or mulatto so offending shall be liable to be punished by indictment and on conviction thereof be fined in any sum not exceeding one hundred dollars and be imprisoned in the county jail for a period not exceeding one year, or both or either, in the discretion of the court.
SECTION 2. That if any person or persons shall bring or cause to be brought into this State any negro or mulatto slave, whether said slave is set free or not, shall be adjudged guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined for every such negro or mulatto in any sum not exceeding five hundred dollars, and shall undergo imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year, or both or either, in the discretion of the court.
SECTION 3. It is hereby made the duty of every sheriff, constable and police officer of any county or city, township or borough, upon information being given by any citizen or from their own personal knowledge of the presence of any such negro or mulatto, to arrest him, her or them forthwith, and convey them to the nearest magistrate or alderman, who shall give them a fair and impartial hearing, and if upon such investigation it shall appear that they have not been residents of this State prior to the passage of this act, it shall be the duty of such justice of the peace or alderman to bind them over to the next court of quarter sessions of the peace, and on failure of such negro or mulatto to give security for their appearance to commit them to the jail of the proper county: Provided, That nothing in this act contained shall be construed to apply to teamsters temporarily within this State.
It will be seen that in the first section, Cessna wished to impose a fine of $100 and send the negro or mulatto to the county jail for a year, simply for coming into this State. This fine was reduced to $20 and instead of imprisonment the offender was to be removed to the State or territory from whence he came.
And now the little hypocrite is courting the negro vote.
The second section as drawn by Cessna , it will be observed, punishes any person who might innocently bring any negro or mulatto into the State in violation of this proposed law. This was amended so as to apply only to persons who should knowingly bring negroes or mulattoes into the State in violation of this proposed law. Cessna had no commiseration for any one who might innocently offend against the statute. If he brought a negro into Pennsylvania, that was enough in his judgment, to subject him to severe pains and penalties.
And now the little hypocrite is courting the negro vote.
An effort was made by Mr. Cochran, of Philadelphia, to amend the third section so as to protect the black men who had enlisted in the army or navy. The amendment offered by him was as follows:
"Provided, That nothing in this act shall apply to any colored person in the military or naval service of the United States."
It was defeated by a vote of 37 yeas to 50 nays, and Cessna's vote is recorded among the nays. The colored soldier was an object of special hatred to him then. If the black man who had enlisted under the "Banner of the Stars," either in the army or navy, happened to step upon Pennsylvania soil, Cessna desired him to be flung into the nearest county prison.
And now the little hypocrite is courting the negro vote.
The two leading Republicans in the House at that time were Mr. Champneys, of Lancaster, and Mr. Shannon, of Allegheny. Both were unsparing in their denunciations of this bill, Mr. Shannon remarking:
"This bill is so utterly unconstitutional, and so inhuman, barbarous and monstrous in its provisions, that I agree with my friends on this side of the House that the best plan we can adopt is not to enter upon its discussion. I enter my protest against the measure because of its utter unconstitutionality, its inhumanity and its barbarity."
Cessna was the author of this "unconstitutional, barbarous and monstrous bill."
And now the little hypocrite is courting the negro votes.
Now, let him who is inclined to believe in Cessna's loud-mouthed professions of loyalty during the war, remember at what period it was that he was throwing his vote and his influence against the Lincoln Administration. It was just after the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation. It will be remembered that Mr. Lincoln issued a preliminary proclamation on the 22nd day of September, A. D., 1862, and the Emancipation Proclamation on the 1st day of January, A. D., 1863. On the 6th day of January, A. D., 1863, Cessna was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. Soon afterwards he drew the bill now under consideration and had it introduced and passed in the House. His evident purpose was to thwart Mr. Lincoln's intentions in relation to the negro. The President had declared the slaves free. The idea was prevalent that the emancipated slaves would rush from the border States into Pennsylvania as soon as they could get away from their masters.--Cessna concocted this scheme to prevent the negroes, fleeing from bondage, from crossing our State line. Was he a "Copperhead" or not?
And now the little hypocrite is courting the negro vote.
If the negroes could read and understand this bill, they would visit this screeching, bellowing loyalist with the defeat which his hypocrisy deserves. We are not writing this with a view to obtain their votes, however. Not a half dozen of them will see and read this article. It will be studiously kept from them. Cessna's agents here will readily see its damaging influence.
But our appeal is to Conservative white men--to men who have acted with the Radical party heretofore and who are now solicited to vote for Cessna on the ground of his tried loyalty. To them we say Cessna's loyalty is a sham--it is a monstrous fraud. We aver that in all Mr. Meyers' record, there is no word, written or spoken, or no vote, which is so indicative of "Copperheadism" as this bill, drawn by the now immaculately loyal Cessna, to prevent negroes from coming into Pennsylvania.
And now the little hypocrite is courting the negro vote.
(Column 03)Summary: Launches an attack on the Republican renewal of the income tax. Says it fosters corruption and hurts the honest businessmen.
Full Text of Article:For Congress
The Income Tax oppresses the well-to-do business man--the man of activity and energy. It falls with unequal force upon the life and enterprise of a community. This tax is one of the iniquities of Radical legislation.
The Income Tax is odious to the poor man because it is inquisitorial in its nature. It opens up his private business affairs to the eye of the curious world. This tax had died, but it was resurrected by a Radical Congress.
The Income Tax necessitates a horde of officials, and gives a pretence for saddling the people with the salaries of an equal number of unnecessary officials. All this needless expenditure comes out of the pockets of the people. The people clamored for the death of this tax, but it was doctored by a Radical Congress and it still lives to plague and oppress the toiling millions.
Rebuke at the polls, the men who inflicted this tax upon you.
(Column 03)Summary: The paper argues that Benjamin F. Meyers, Democratic Candidate for Congress, is a man of widely acknowledged ability, integrity, and work ethic.Look at your Tickets
(Names in announcement: Benjamin F. Meyers)
(Column 03)Summary: Warns Democrats to check their tickets carefully and make sure the correct Democratic candidates are on them.
(Names in announcement: Capt. George W. Skinner)Full Text of Article:For Assembly
Democrats, look at your tickets before you vote. Compare the tickets you receive with the ticket at the head of our columns.
You remember the effort made in this Borough last year, to "cut" your gallant candidate for the Legislature, Captain Geo. W. Skinner. Some of you voted against him then because you had confidence in the persons who gave you your tickets, and did not examine them. The same treachery may be practiced again. Be on your guard. Look at your ticket. If you can't read without spectacles, put them on, and assure yourself that the name of George W. Skinner is on your ticket. We want every man to know who he is voting for this time.
(Column 04)Summary: The paper endorses George W. Skinner for the assembly. He has good character, a "splendid" military record, and served in the legislature without engaging in corrupt practices.Blowing Hot and Cold
(Names in announcement: George W. Skinner)
(Column 04)Summary: Criticizes members of Temperance movements, especially Cessna, who don't practice what they preach. Sees them advocating temperance sometimes and courting anti-prohibitionists in election years.
Full Text of Article:For County Commissioner
We never did like this thing of "blowing hot and cold." Cessna was one of the Vice Presidents, a few years ago, of the National Temperance Convention. He has always busied himself in the outside work of getting up State Temperance Conventions and then refused to participate openly in the proceedings for the reason that it was impolitic. Now with all his pretensions in favor of Temperance and against men who are engaged in the liquor business, he is spending money freely to buy whisky for the colored voters. He is thus endeavoring to get the support of the prohibitionists and anti-prohibitionists.
Mr. Mahon is doing the same thing. Whilst he is one of the strictest members of the Good Templars, he winks at and encourages those who are commissioned to procure "the floating vote" by furnishing as much liquor as is needed. We like to see a man practice the principles which he advocates. If he is opposed to the sale of liquor altogether and in favor of the abolition of the license system as Mr. Mahon is, then he ought to avow his sentiments openly when he is a candidate as well as when he is not a candidate.
(Column 04)Summary: The Democratic County Convention selected a mechanic, Samuel M. Worley, to run as a candidate for County Commissioner. The editors endorse the choice. "He is not a political hack."For Director of the Poor
(Names in announcement: Samuel M. Worley)
(Column 04)Summary: The paper endorses Peter McFerren, Democratic candidate for Director of the Poor.For Auditor
(Names in announcement: Peter McFerren)
(Column 04)Summary: The paper endorses John A. Sellers, Demoratic candidate for Auditor.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: John A. Sellers)
(Column 04)Summary: Relates a story of a Radical leader threatening another Republican to show how whites have no protection against intimidation while blacks do.
Full Text of Article:The Road to Payment
A Prominent Radical in Hamilton township is threatening a laboring man there--who has heretofore voted the Radical ticket, but who has become disgusted with negro suffrage and intends to vote the Democratic ticket--that "if he votes the Democratic ticket, he will never give him any more work, or do him any more favors." As the man threatened is a white man, he has no remedy. If he were a negro, he might drag this intimidating Radical to the United States District Court at Philadelphia to be tried for his offence. What a disadvantage it is to be a White man!
(Column 05)Summary: Tells voters that the best way to secure Border Claims payments is to elect Democrats, who are the only ones in favor of a such a bill.
Full Text of Article:Cessna Cheating Van Amburgh
To the men of Franklin County who have claims for losses sustained during the rebellion, we say that it is to your interest to elect the Democratic candidates for the Legislature. Both Capt. Skinner and Dr. Milliken labored assiduously last Winter to procure the passage of a bill indemnifying you for your losses. They won an enviable reputation, even among those who opposed the bill, for the zeal and ability which they displayed. It was conceded by the opponents of the measure, that they did everything that could be done, under the circumstances, in its favor.
Now what would be the effect of their defeat? If another bill were presented next session, by Mr. Mahon, or Mr. Fosselman, the enemies of the movement would say to him, "Your people are not in favor of this bill. Skinner and Milliken labored with praiseworthy activity last session, doing all that men could do, and their constituents have condemned their course. How can they expect us to support the bill when its able advocates have been slaughtered at home?"
We call the attention of the citizens of Franklin County to this view of the situation. Let them think of it seriously before they throw another obstacle in the way of the success of the Border Claim Bill. Your brightest prospect of procuring payment for your losses, is in the re-election of Skinner and Milliken.
(Column 05)Summary: Comments sarcastically on Cessna's hiring of a comedian from a Menagerie to entertain his black supporters.
Full Text of Article:Squandering Your Inheritance
The Radical speakers are now trying to joke at the idea of amalgamation between the whites and blacks. A Mr. Chance, of Ohio, was substituted for Cessna to play the clown for the negroes on Tuesday night of last week in the Court House. He said, among other humorous things, that if a negro woman could be found sufficiently degraded to marry a Democrat, he would sentence her to read the Valley Spirit for six months.
He is a real funny fellow. We were very much amused at him on the day that Van Amburgh's Menagerie was in town. Our readers will remember the individual who descanted upon the weight and beauty of the "fat woman" and the extraordinary docility of the "live, livin' rattlesnakes."--This is the same fellow. The Menagerie exhibited in Bedford, and Cessna, not being slow to recognize the chap's power to amuse the negroes, immediately decoyed him away from Van Amburgh and by "shelling out" liberally from his $100,000, struck a bargain at once. The negroes are overjoyed at Cessna's happy idea. They say they want the Menagerie fellow back again.
(Column 05)Summary: The paper blasts Republicans for giving away large tracts of public land.[No Title]
(Column 05)Summary: The paper gloats that Franklin County Republicans chose not to run Capt. Walker because of his support for the 15th amendment.[No Title]
(Column 05)Summary: Urges voters to elect Democrats to keep blacks out of office and juries.
Full Text of Article:[No Title]
WHITE MEN of Franklin County, do you want the Radical Jury Commissioner to put into the wheel the names of negroes who are to sit as Jurors? If not, announce your opposition to the scheme by defeating the Radical ticket.
Do you want to see negroes running as candidates for Town Council, Constable, Justice of the Peace, Supervisor, Assembly, Prothonotary, Clerk of the Courts, Register and Recorder, or Sheriff? If not, vote the White Man's ticket and settle this question of negro equality in Franklin County forever.
(Column 05)Summary: Accuses Republicans of manipulating blacks to vote en masse for Republicans, and asks the white residents of Franklin county what they think of this.
Full Text of Article:[No Title]
GRIMESON, Assistant Assessor, Seiders, Post Master, Hays, prospective candidate for District Attorney, and Mahon, candidate for the Legislature, are drilling the negroes, night after night, so as to vote them solid on the day of election. They will have red, black, green, or blue tickets struck for the negroes to vote, so that they can tell when one of them "goes back on" the party. White men, how do you like the idea of negroes being taken to the polls like "dumb, driven cattle" to exercise the balance of power in Franklin County?
(Column 05)Summary: Compares Radicals to slavedrivers in their treatment of black voters, says they regard blacks "as mere machines."
Full Text of Article:[No Title]
NO MASTER ever exercised greater tyranny over his slaves in the South than that which the Radical leaders are exercising toward the negroes in this campaign. They regard them as mere machines. In this Borough the election officers might as well let Grimeson, Seiders, Mahon, Hays and Cook cast a number of votes equal to the number of registered negroes. It would save time, and give white men a better chance to get to the polls.
(Column 05)Summary: The paper points out that though Cessna's acceptance letter amounted to little more than a defence of his entire past life, he neglected to apologize to African Americans for writing a bill that would have excluded their entry into Pennsylvania. The paper sarcastically challenges blacks to continue to support him.[No Title]
(Column 05)Summary: The paper reminds voters that Benjamin F. Meyers was a steadfast friend of the Border Damage Claimants.Spending Your Money
(Names in announcement: Benjamin F. Meyers)
(Column 06)Summary: The paper criticizes Republicans for collecting more than "four hundred and eleven million dollars" from tax payers while claiming to be reducing expenditures. "Where does the money go?"
(Column 01)Summary: The Democrats will meet in Fayetteville, Funkstown, and Greenvillage on October 7th and 8th.[No Title]
(Column 01)Summary: J. F. Kurtz, Assistant Marshal, estimates that the population of Washington township, exclusive of Waynesboro, stands at 2346. Waynesboro has a population of 1345.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: J. F. Kurtz)
(Column 01)Summary: The Democrats of the North Ward will meet at the Washington House and those of the South Ward at Boyd's Hotel on Saturday at 7:00 to nominate candidates for borough and ward offices.Democratic Meetings
(Column 01)Summary: Democrats and Conservatives held a "large and enthusiastic meeting" in Mercersburg on Saturday. Another meeting was held in Upton on Monday.Census Returns
(Names in announcement: Capt. George W. Skinner, John D. DeGolly, William McLellan, C. M. Duncan)
(Column 01)Summary: William K. Widner, Assistant Marshal for Green, Metal, an Letterkenny, issued the following statistics: Metal, population 1419, including 631 white men, 719 white women, 11 black men, and 8 black women. The town recorded 18 deaths in the past year, 10 white men and 8 white women. Green, population 3359, including 1580 white men, 1634 white women, 73 black men, 73 black women. In the past year, 21 white men, 15 white women, and 1 black woman died. Letterkenny, population 2178, including 1101 white men, 1063 white women, 9 black men, and 5 black women. 8 white men and 13 white women died in the past year.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: William K. Widner)
(Column 02)Summary: Frederick E. Smith and Hugh McConnell, two of the "oldest and most highly esteemed citizens" in Mercersburg, passed away last week. Smith was 75 years old and a member of the Reformed Church and McConnell was 72 and a member of the Methodist Church.RALLYING THE NEGROES--SPEECHES BY WHITES AND BLACKS--ADDRESS OF THADDEUS M. MAHON, ESQ., RADICAL CANDIDATE FOR THE LEGISLATURE--HE SUCKED ABOLITIONISM IN WITH HIS MOTHER'S MILK--TELLS A STORY OF "THE IRISHMAN AND THE BULL--CALLS DEMOCRATS "BLOODY REBEL HEATHENS"--FIGURES 8599 MAJORITY--IS REMINDED OF THE STORY OF "JIM AND BILL"--HAMMAN'S "BETSY AND THE BEAR."
(Names in announcement: Frederick E. Smith, Hugh McConnell)
(Column 02)Summary: Reports on a gathering of Republicans and their black supporters in Carrstown African Church. Named the prominent Republicans who attended and quoted verbatim a speech made by the Republican Legislative candidate.
Full Text of Article:Married
Last Thursday evening Col. Elder, Grimeson, Cook, Hays, Seiders and Mahon assembled the negroes together in the "Carrstown" African Church of this Borough for a little private confab. They intended to have the whole affair to themselves, but neither bolts nor bars can exclude the Spirit reporter, and he was, of course, on hand.
It was interesting to witness the glow of fraternal affection which illumined the countenances of the speakers as well as the auditors. The whites endeavored to act as though they considered themselves equal to the blacks, and the negroes, from their manner, condescended to allow them to think so for the time. The following speakers addressed the motley assemblage, in the order which we give: Joseph R. Winters, colored, Ashford Collins, colored, S. Wilson Hays, white, Lyman S. Clark, white, T.M. Mahon, white, and Col. F.S. Stumbaugh, white. Col. Elder was called on, but excused himself on account of the lateness of the hour. Phil. Hamman responded to vociferous calls by saying that he was no speaker (and if there is anything Hamman is proud of it is his elocutionary power) but he would tell them a new story. He thereupon proceeded to give them "Betsy and the Bear" with illustrations. By the way, Cessna would have done far better to have employed Hamman to address the negroes of the District than by stealing that Mr. Chance from Mr. Van Amburgh's Menagerie.
We have not space to publish all the speeches that were made. As Mr. Mahon is the Radical candidate for the Legislature, and as the meeting was gotten up chiefly for his benefit, we instructed our reporter to take special pains to report him accurately. This he insists he has done, and alleges that his report will be acknowledged, by the Radicals who were present, as strictly correct. We take pleasure in laying the remarks of the Radical candidate before our readers.
Mr. Mahon said:
I am happy--indeed I am--to be allowed to say a few words to my colored friends. I was born in 1840, at Greenvillage, an abolitionist. I was cradled an abolitionist.--I voted when I was twenty-one years of age. My father and mother were not afraid to teach me what was right. A Christian mother taught me not to be ashamed of the colored people, or to stand up for justice and right. (Cries of "Amen" from the negroes and Grimeson, Seiders & Co.)
I have never been ashamed of the colored people, and I never will be. I am not like my Democratic friends who will soon be seen coming around, with their hats under their arms, trying to get the votes of colored men. They are the ones who wished to keep the colored man in slavery. Now they deny it. This reminds me of the story of the Irishman and the Bull. An Irishman was chased by a mad Bull to a fence, over which he was hoisted by a poke in his "hind-end." Picking himself up, and looking round, he saw the Bull shaking his head, as much as to say, "I didn't do it." This made the Irishman mad. "You lie," said he, "you murtherin haythen; yez did it on purpose." Now, I wish my colored friends to follow the Irishman's example, and say to the Democrats "you needn't deny it, you bloody rebel heathens, you did it on purpose." (Cries of "yes, yes," "amen," &c., from the negroes with clapping of hands and stamping of feet for Seiders, Hamman & Co.) I have seen the colored men fight. (He must have meant on Water Street the night of the procession--Local Rep.) I know that they did it well. They performed their duty. I consider no man a true American citizen who thinks otherwise. I have mingled with colored people all my life and have never received any bad treatment at their hands. I intend to stand up for liberty, justice, right, and equality in spite of prejudice. I am not afraid to run on a ticket which some time ago everyone said would be beaten. I would not be ashamed to run on a ticket with a colored man. I have always trusted the colored man and I believe that they trust me. If I was as sure of every vote in the County as I am of every colored vote, I could count 8599 as my majority over Skinner. And this reminds me of another story. Jim and Bill went out on a "lark"--got devilish full--saw a gas light in the distance. Jim said it was the sun. Bill told him he lied, it was the moon. They agreed to leave it to a third party whom they met, in the same condition as themselves. Third party knew nothing about it, "being a stranger in the place." Jim got home and wanted some milk--couldn't find it--asked his wife whether it was "laying around loose or tied up in a rag."
I think that after the election, the Democrats will be so badly beaten that they won't know whether they are "laying around loose, or tied up in a rag."
(Column 04)Summary: Rev. Frank J. Newson, Missionary to India, and Miss Fannie C. Reed, daughter of William G. Reed of Chambersburg, were married on September 27th at Falling Spring Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Dr. Newton, assisted by Rev. J. Agnew Crawford.Married
(Names in announcement: Rev. Frank J. Newson, Fannie C. Reed, William G. Reed, Rev. Dr. Newton, Rev. J. Agnew Crawford)
(Column 04)Summary: Jacob W. Houp and Miss Mary E. Sites, both of Mercersburg, were married on September 20th by the Rev. I. G. Brown.Married
(Names in announcement: Jacob W. Houp, Mary E. Sites, Rev. I. G. Brown)
(Column 04)Summary: James B. Seibert and Miss Priscilla Skinner of Fannettsburg were married at the Hays House in Greencastle on September 13th by the Rev. J. Smith.Married
(Names in announcement: James B. Seibert, Priscilla Skinner, Rev. J. Smith)
(Column 04)Summary: Adam Leidig and Miss Margaret E. Farmer, both of Franklin, were married on September 20th by the Rev. A. Tripner.Married
(Names in announcement: Adam Leidig, Margaret E. Farmer, Rev. A. Tripner)
(Column 04)Summary: B. Franklin Shively and Miss Elmina Thomas, both of Franklin, were married on September 25th by the Rev. A. Tripner.Married
(Names in announcement: B. Franklin Shively, Elmina Thomas, Rev. A. Tripner)
(Column 04)Summary: Henry Solichter and Miss Mary J. Forbes, both of Franklin, were married at the M. E. Parsonage in Orrstown on September 29th by the Rev. John Lloyd.Died
(Names in announcement: Henry Solichter, Mary J. Forbes, Rev. John Lloyd)
(Column 04)Summary: John Deck died in Letterkenny on September 29th. He was 62 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: John Deck)
(Column 04)Summary: Charles F. Wolff, son of John L. and Emma J. Wolff, died on September 22nd. He was 8 months old.Died
(Names in announcement: Charles F. Wolff, John L. Wolff, Emma J. Wolff)
(Column 04)Summary: Sarah Oyler, wife of Philip Oyler and formerly of Chambersburg, died in Indiana on September 23rd.
(Names in announcement: Sarah Oyler, Philip Oyler)