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August 24, 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 29, 1888

Everhart's Trial Postponed

The Trial of John Everhart for complicity in the Lickingville murder, which has been in progress in the Clarion county court for several days, came to an abrupt termination last Saturday when the judge was informed by a physician that one of the jurors was sick.

The juror was accordingly discharged and the case continued until November.

There were sixty witnesses for the prosecution.

Some apparently strong evidence was brought out against Everhart during the trial, and he betrayed unmistakable signs of relief when the postponement of the trial was announced.

The Boy and the Pistol

A little son of Mrs. Vandevort of Brookville who is visiting near Clayville, met with quite a serious accident Wednesday.

The boy was playing with a revolver when the weapon exploded, the contents entering the palm of his left hand, blowing nearly one-half of the fleshy part away.

He was six years of age. Dr. Hamilton dressed the wound.

Crushed to Death

Samuel Moore, of Rochester Mills, met with a fatal accident last Friday, while working in the woods in McKean county.

While engaged in skidding, a large log rolled down upon him with tremendous impetus, crushing his body and breaking his neck.

He was brought home on Saturday and buried on the following Sunday.

He was a middle aged man, and leaves a wife and family.

Claims DuBois Patent Dam

This morning's Pittsburgh Dispatch says: "There was a hearing before Master Shannon yesterday morning in the equity suit of Arthur Kirk vs John E. DuBois for damages for use of a dam of which Mr. Kirk claims to be the patentee.

Mr. DuBois was the only witness examined, and his testimony was on the construction and location of the dam and the number of dams used.

After listening to the one witness the hearing was adjourned until September 7 at 10 a.m."

— The game of baseball between Punxsutawney and Brookville last Friday, on the grounds of the latter, resulted in a victory for Brookville by a score of 9 to 6.

The defeat of the Punxsy boys was due to their dodgasted luck in knocking easy flies all the time.

They pasted the ball between the eyes as often as they desired, but it would invariably fly right square to some one who was standing with open arms to receive it.

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