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March 17, 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 24, 1897

In Doubt of Their Man
A man supposed to be Jacob Bookamire, who is charged with the murder of William Cunningham, in Banks township, Indiana county, March 16, 1894, was captured at Bolivar, Westmoreland county, on March 20, and placed in the Indiana jail.

The identity of the prisoner is not fully established, and there are many people who believe it is not Bookamire.

Robbery at Clayville
On Monday night March 15, thieves broke into the express office at the B.R. & P. depot, and secured goods to the amount of $35 or $40, such as cigars and etc.

Indications point to local operators, but as yet the culprits have not been apprehended.
The authorities have been advised to keep watch for them.

The County Pays the Bill
Dr. W. F. Matson, of Pittsburg, formerly of Punxsutawney, was plaintiff and the county defendant, in a suit at court the present term, in which the Dr. collects the sum of $50, for his services rendered as deputy coroner, consequent upon the death of Lester Green, in this place about 3 years ago.

It appeared that Mr. Matson was called to make a post mortem examination, and although $10 is the fee for such services ordinarily, the Dr. at this time thought $50 a just recompense.

At any rate he was allowed to go ahead, and hence the present verdict of the court.

Barn Destroyed by Fire
A barn belonging to J. B. McGara, of North Findley street, located near Kintersburg, Indiana county, was struck by lightning about four o' clock on Monday March 22, and totally destroyed.

The barn and contents were valued at about $1200, partly covered by insurance. Mr. McGara is at present bookkeeper for the B. R. & P. Coal J& Iron Co., at Walston.

Heard at Bellwood
The Punxsutawney Iron Works tested their engines and sounded their whistles for the first Thursday of last week.

This new industry promises to be a great boom for 'ye ancient Indian town.

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