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March 4, 2013

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
March 10, 1897

Helped Themselves
On Thursday night, a freight car containing a large consignment of good for J.A. Weber, was left standing in the yards of Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburg road at DuBois, and some time during the night it was broken into by burglars who stole sixteen coats, the same number of vests and eighteen pairs of pants.

The steal amounts to nearly $200, and was not discovered until the car reached this place the next day.

The clothing was taken from eleven different lots of suits, and the thieves used the poorest kind of judgement in making their selections and when they come to dress up in the spring they will find that hardly any of the suits are full or are of the same color, cut or style.

It puts Mr. Weber to an endless amount of trouble as many of the broken suits cannot be duplicated. The railroad company will have to pay for the stolen goods.

A Dangerous Place to Ride
A man evidently without money wanted to get a ride from Bellwood to this place on Saturday, and resorted to rather a dangerous and risky method of accomplishing his purpose.

He located himself on the truss rods under the passenger car and there hidden from view, rode safely all the way to the station in East End.

The car inspector saw him leave the perilous position when the train stopped.

The fellow hurried away at once.

Walter H. Forsythe Plead Guilty

Walter H. Forsythe, who was arrested in Ridgway recently at the instance of Dr. R. V. Pierce, of Buffalo, and taken to Warren for trial, can thank his lucky stars that he was brought before a lenient Judge.

Forsythe, plead guilty to the indictments that were found against him and he threw himself on the mercy of the Court.

The judge imposed a fine of $60 and costs and sentenced him to the county jail for three months.

As he is wanted in Mercer and other counties also, it is likely that he will be re-arrested as soon as he serves his sentence.

His conduct while he was confined in the Warren county jail was most exemplary, and this undoubtedly had much to do with his light sentence.

Mr. Forsythe is well known here and at Clayville.

He was arrested for practicing medicine without having the legal documents necessary for a physician.

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