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July 27, 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
August 8, 1888

The Cavalry Company

Sheridan Troop, N.G. P, of Tyrone encamped on the fair grounds at this place last night, while on its way to Mount Gretna. The company makes a very fine appearance. The soldiers made themselves quite numerous about town last night, but did not forage any that we know.

Frank Miller's Generous Gift

Mr. Editor — The members of the Ladies Club of the First Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney desire through your columns to express their thanks for the handsome carpet presented to the church by Mr. Frank Miller, of the firm of North & Miller. Mrs. M. L. Brewer, President, Mrs. W. P. McCartney, Secretary.

Eagles Eat Rattlesnakes
Clarence Johnson, of near this place, while out on the huckleberry mountains last week witnessed a very singular sight.

He saw a large rattlesnake lying a few rods distant from him and while looking around for a club with which to execute the venomous reptile, was startled to see an eagle swoop down from a lofty crag, clutch the snake in its talons and fly away.

The snake struck viciously at the ravenous vulture and writhed and squirmed for liberty, but to no purpose. He watched the bird of liberty until it lighted on a mountain peak and proceeded to feast on the serpent's flesh.

— Thieves seem to be wonderfully fertile in schemes just now to rob the unsuspecting under the mask of honesty.

Every day we hear of something new and ingenious devised as a substitute for the ordinary tools of the burglar. These men are usually called "sharpers," and seem to enjoy the title. They are not sharp men stall.

They are simply professional thieves. Any man of ordinary calibre can become an expert thief if he makes a speciality of that particular line.
The man who robs you by practicing on your credulity, making false representations and abusing your confidence is just as much a thief as though he entered your house by night and robbed it while you slept. He is not sharp; he is simply a thief.

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