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January 6, 2014

(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
January 5, 1898

DuBois Has a Hospital
The DuBois Hospital, which is a monument to the energy of Drs. S. Fugate and J.C. Sullivan was formally opened for the reception of patients on Monday. It is a three-story building 40 by 40 feet, with a wing attached 50 by 35 feet, and is situated on Scriber avenue, near the centre of town. It is well finished, and contains modern equipment and conveniences.

The male ward contains six and the female ward five beds. The staff will consist of Drs. Fugate and Sullivan, to whom the institution belongs, with Miss Pauley as head nurse and Miss Love as assistant.

Moved to Rochester
General Manager Lucius W. Robinson, of R. & P. C. & I. Company, will hereafter make his home in Rochester, New York, having removed his family to that city yesterday. Mr. Robinson's duties will nevertheless require him to spend much of his time in Punxsutawney. Dr. W. S. Blaisdell will occupy the dwelling vacated by Mr. Robinson.

New China Store
P.P. Long will put a large line of china and glassware in the Winslow building on or before February 1, '98. Any goods wanted now call out store. P.P. Long.

Lane's Long Journey
Last spring it was noted in the Messenger that a man named Ruben Lane, of Barnesboro, had passed through this place on his way to Kansas, where he was to marry a girl named Mary Ann Parker. Lane and the Parker girl had struck up a correspondence though a matrimonial agency and the girl promised to marry him if he would visit her.

Lane had but little money and he concluded to walk. As he had but one leg, the trip was a long and arduous one, some 950 miles. He arrived there a few days ago, but when Mary Ann looked him over she refused to wed. Lane is disconsolate and nearly 1,000 miles from home.

A Lawsuit for Fifteen Cents
The parties to a lawsuit wherein the issue involved was the munificent sum of fifteen cents, appeared before 'Squire Lowry yesterday afternoon, with their attorneys and witness the case was continued until Tuesday, February 1.

It is not the fifteen cents that the plaintiff really wants — it is simply to vindicate the eternal and everlasting principles of right and justice between man and man.

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