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July 7, 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
July 7, 1897

Will Start This Month
The large and complete iron plant located at this place will be put into blast within a few days.

The date of the firing is not positively fixed, but it will be sometime during the present month.

It was the original intention to initiate this great industry with music and speechmaking and a banquet.

But that idea has been abandoned, and the furnaces will be lighted and the plant put in operation without any ostentation.

Shot from His Horse
A very realistic sham battle was fought at Willet, Indiana county, last Saturday.

The Hon. Noah Seanor was the commanding general of one of the armies and he entered into the spirit of the contest with as much enthusiasm and energy as our grandsires at Old Thermopylae.

Seated upon a spirited charger, he rode into the thick of the fight like Sheridan coming from Winchester.

And to add to the intense realism of the scene, his horse bore down upon a private who shot off his gun right in front of the horse's face.

This caused the animal to rear back so suddenly as to unseat General Seanor, who fell from his horse, amidst the cheers of soldiers and spectators. Fortunately nobody was hurt.

Clarion Assembly
The Clarion Assembly is opening this year under new auspices, and with a fine program and every prospect of an enjoyable and prosperous season.

The list of lecturers is good offering a variety of entertainment and instruction.

As the Carrier Seminary holds a summer session on the grounds, almost any desired study can be taken up.

The temperance ladies have purchased and partially furnished a cottage as headquarters.

For this year the upper floor will be rented, but the lower story will be free to the members of the W. C. T. U., and kindred organizations, with the use of stove, tables, chairs, etc.

Donations of furniture, bedding, dishes, heavy curtains and cooking utensils are requested.

Any information can be obtained from Mrs. G. W. Arnold, Assembly grounds, Strattonville, Pa.

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