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May 19, 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
June 9, 1897

Home From South America

Luther and brother, who have been in Venezuela, South America, during the past winter have returned home.

They have been doing that country with a merry-go-round, the first that ever operated there, and report a very successful venture.

The Venezuelans are fond of the flying dutchman and spent their money lavishly for the intoxicating and dizzy-headed pass time of swinging around the circle.

Mr. Kinsell and his brother were loth to leave a land where the shekels were so plentiful but the extreme heat of the Torrid zone began to make life burdensome.

With the thermometer bobbing around 100 degrees fahrenheit, in the shade and scorching rays of old sol raising huge blisters on ones unprovided back, the pleasantest occupation or the most lucrative vocation begins to be onerous, and human existence become parched and mummified.

They have their machines in New York City at present and will soon start on a tour through more temperate regions.

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