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June 2, 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

Right of Way for the Railroad
About two and ode-half years ago, Mr. C. F. Burnham of DuBois, in the interest of B. R. & P. Railroad, took up the right of way along the survey of the proposed road through this vicinity.

Since that time the options have expired, the survey now being made making many changes, shortening the line and improving the grade at many points. Mr. Burnham is here again on the survey to take options.

We unexpectedly met him last evening at the Dayton House, and at his solicitation had a talk with him at his room, finding him a genial gentlemen, shrewd and discreet in his business transactions, and not difficult to approach on railroad affairs.

We are justified now in saying that the company means to build the road, providing the owners of land through which the road passes will be reasonable and liberal in their granting right of way.

Other surveys have, to some extent, outdone us in this respect. Down the Cowanshannock valley they have conceded their right of way in a manner more advantageous to the company.

The speedy opening up of the matter now depends altogether on the interest manifested by land owners along the route. — Dayton News.

Gone to Nashville
Col. John P. Wilson and wife, left on Monday for Nashville, Tennessee, to attend the interstate exposition now being held in that city.

They went to Washington city and from there to Atlanta, Georgia, over the famous Sea Board line, stopping off in South Carolina, where Mr. Wilson has a large grape vineyard and fruit farm.

From Atlanta they will go to Nashville via Chattanooga, by which route they will be able to view some of the most notable and historic battle fields of the late confederate States of America, and see the most progressive portion of the new and regenerated South.

We bespeak for the valiant colonel, and efficient business manager of this paper and his wife, a pleasant journey and safe return to the scenes of his multifarious duties as general-in-chief of the SPIRIT office.

They expect to be gone about a week or ten days.

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