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April 17, 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 19, 1896

BALLOT FRAUDS CHANGED
The North Side Municipal Election Claimed to be Corrupt
There were charges of corrupt and illegal practices at the North Side Municipal election yesterday and preparations were being made to contest the election for borough constable.

Various irregularities were claimed. The law requires that the ballot box be left at the office of the nearest justice of the peace. It was accordingly taken to the office of 'Squire Wilson, and last night his office was entered, the ballot-box-broken open, and it is presumed that something that has been removed from it, although it is not certain, as the box is not permitted to be opened without an order of court.

A meeting of citizens is called for to-night in the Municipal Building to take steps towards discovering the party or parties who tampered with the ballot-box.
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Paid for His Fun
Last Sunday evening two Italians named respectively, Louis Grgis and John Franco, who live at London mine, indulged in a fracas, and Franco belabored Grgis on the head with a macaroni roller. Thursday Grgis appeared before Esq. John M. Hays and made information against Franco for the attempt to make macaroni out of his pate.

A warrant was issued and served on the offending Ike and he was locked in the Reynoldsville cooler so that it would be convenient for him to appear before Hay's tribunal for a hearing on Friday. Early Friday morning there was a hustling around among some of the Italian friends of the manipulator of the macaroni roller and the matter was finally settled by Franco paying $25 and all costs.---Reynoldsville Star

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They Did Not Like It
There was considerable dissatisfaction in Punxsutawney over the refusal of license to all the down-town hotels, which was a complete surprise. The places refused were well-kept, highly respectable and popular and it was such a breaking-up of established things that nearly everybody felt disappointed.

Of course people generally approve of Judge Reed's disposition to cut down the licenses, and they believe that he is inspired only by the purest and loftiest motives. But they do not think that he correctly understands the situation here, or he would not have discriminated as he did. Our very best citizens, leaders in the churches and in business circles, are sincerely sorry that matters turned out the way they did.

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