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February 16, 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
February 22, 1888

Terribly Burnt
Last Friday night while Miss Sadie McCloskey, of Rathmel, was ironing, she accidentally struck the lamp with the flat iron, knocking it onto the floor.

Her father, Mr. Patrick McCloskey, hastened to pick it up, when it exploded, throwing the burning oil all over her and setting her clothing on fire, and before the flames could be extinguished she was terribly and perhaps fatally burned.

Robbery at Big Run
Robbers effected an entrance into the store of George II. Tyson, of Big Run, last Friday night by prying open the front door, and helped themselves to what they wanted.

They opened the safe, which was not locked, and examined the papers it contained, but concluded they could make no use of them, and as there was only a little small change in the money drawer, they had to be satisfied with that. They also took several pairs of shoes and other articles that happened to strike their fancy.

A New Mail Route
A mail route has at last been established over the Clearfield & Jefferson railroad, and Joseph W. Wilson, of this place has received the appointment of route agent. He will enter upon his duties on March 5, after which date mail matter will go through to New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, and intermediate points in a single day. Mr. Wilson will make a competent route agent, and as he is very genial soul, every one who know him will be glad that he received the appointment.

Excursion to Washington
An excursion to Washington, via the Bell's Gap and Pennsylvania Railroad will be on Thursday, March 1st. Round trip tickets from Punxsutawney to
Washington will be sold at the low rate of $9.00.

Tickets good for ten days. This is an excellent opportunity to visit the National Capitol in its most attractive season, when the Congressional menagerie and all the little side shows are open to visitors free of charge.

February 15, 1888
— James Means, of Frostburg, who recently obtained his discharge from the Regular Army, returned home last Friday. During his soldiering experience Mr. Means was stationed at Fort Thomas, Arizona. He has traveled very extensively for a young man, having seen a great deal of this country besides having made some long sea voyages.

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