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(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
September 5, 1888

Country Store Burned

The store building of C.E. Smith, on the Maysville road, in Perry township, was destroyed by fire last night, together with all its contents, including about nine hundred dollars worth of stock and about $350 in money, $335 of which was in bills.

Mr. Smith closed his store that evening about 8 o'clock and went coon hunting. The fire was discovered by a neighbor a little after 9 o'clock, but the roof was then falling in.

As there was no light nor fire in the building, Mr. Smith thinks it must have been set-on fire. The less will be about $1,800, upon which there is $1,000 insurance.

Craig for Congress
Capt. A.S. Craig, of Brookville, was nominated for Congress last Friday at Saltsburg on the 167th ballot. Indiana, Armstrong and Jefferson voting for Craig, and Westmoreland for Huff.

The nomination was an agreeable surprise to most of our people, as it was not supposed that the nomination would go to Jefferson this time. However, it is well.

Mr. Craig is a good, clean, honest man, who will do his duty conscientiously under all circumstances. Besides, he was a good soldier, and his many honorable wounds are entitled to recognition.

Had His Eye Extracted
Frank Rees went to Philadelphia last week to have his eye taken out. The sight of the eye was destroyed when he was quite a small boy. While playing with some other boys one of them threw a handful of sand at him, some of which got into his eye.

It had been giving him considerable trouble of late, and fearing that it might ultimately result in the loss of the other eye, he concluded to have it extracted. The operation was successfully performed last Thursday, and at last accounts to was getting along first rate.

Mrs. J.U. Moore
Mrs. Lillie Moore, wife of J. U. Moore, and daughter of our townsman Theo. Pantall, died at her home in Morrow, Ohio, on Friday morning, August 31, at 7 o'clock, in the twenty-fourth year of her age.

She had been ill of typhoid fever for several weeks, during which time her other was with her and administered to her wants as only a mother can, but the hand of death was upon her, and mortal skill or motherly tenderness would not avail.

Her remains were interred in the cemetery at Morrow on Sunday last, and were followed to the tomb by many loving friends, including a number of near relatives from this place.