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March 13, 2011

(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 12, 1896)

Still Keeps the Stove
Some time ago Wm. Burley, of Cortez, came to the hardware store of Geo. C. Brown and bought a stove which was delivered to his home. He afterwards complained that the stove had not been properly assembled, the that door would not fit. Brown furnished him with a new door, but Burley claimed other things about the stove was not right and wanted to exchange for another stove.

This Brown agreed to do, providing Burley would pay the difference in prices which he refused to do. Burley afterwards brought the stove back and in the absence of Mr. Brown had the stove placed in the store again. He subsequently sued before 'Squire Lowry to recover the price of the stove. The result was that the costs were divided and Burley was given a reasonable amount of time to remove the stove.

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Spontaneous Combustion
More fires occur from spontaneous combustion than people suppose. Last week Daniel Dunkleburg was rubbing down some wooden cases in Zeller's jewelry store, using for the purpose rags saturated with linseed and kerosene oil. On going to supper he threw the cloth on a table.
When Mr. Zeller came into the store he picked up the cloth, thinking to rub the front of his safe, but found it so hot he could not hold it. He called in another party, who also found it too hot to hold. They watched the cloth for a while, and saw smoke come from it.

After a little they threw it on the floor, and opened it up to the air, when it began to blaze. This all happened in less than two hours after Dunkleburg quit using the cloth to rub the cases, and shows the danger of letting rags or cloths lie about that have been saturated with grease.---Brookville Democrat

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A Grand Jewish Ball
The Hebrew congregation of Punxsutawney, will give a grand ball in the Municipal Hall on Thursday evening, February 27, for the purpose of raising funds to purchase a Jewish cemetery near this place. The celebrated Roscoe's Orchestra, of DuBois, has been secured for this occasion, and no pains will be spared to make the affair a success. Everybody is invited.
Tickets for sale at the Mammoth Shoe Store.

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The B.,R., & P. depot at this place is not a credit to the town, nor to the road.
It gives the stranger the impression when he lands here that he has struck a very insignificant place. Of course he is more undeceived when he takes a walk about our boulevards. There is rumor current to the effect that a large new depot is soon to be erected a little farther down the road, near where the round house is located. 

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