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May 31, 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
March 4, 1896

The Adrian Hospital will accommodate, in its present condition, eighteen people. It was designed for twelve, but additional cots have been placed in every available place until it has half a more than it was intended to hold. The hospital is always crowded.

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TRIED TO KILL HIS WIFE
A Brookville Man Who
Was Full of Cussedness
George Shannon, whose home is in Longview, is now in jail, charged with shooting at his wife. The facts in the casse are as follows, as near as we can learn them. Shannon had been out at Emerickville, and his brother-in-law, Charlie Neel, came home, with him. While he may have been drinking a little, he was not drunk.
When he and Neel came into the house Mrs. Shannon asked them if they wanted supper. Shannon replied, "I don't want any of your d-----d suppers," and immediately added, "I want to know whether we are going to live together as man and wife, or not."
She answered that this was not the time nor place to discuss that question. He immediately drew a revolver from his pocket, aimed at her, and fired, the bullet striking the comb in the back of her head. As soon as Neel saw Shannon aiming the revolver at his wife he caught Shannon's arm, and probably saved his wife's life. Neel immediately three Shannon across a bed there was in the room, and took the revolver from him.
Shannon is now in jail awaiting trial. He might have been released on bail, but his wife objected, saying she feared for her life if he were released. There has been trouble frequently between Shannon and his wife before, but this was the most serious case.---Brookville Democrat

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'Squire Tyson, of Big Run, who is not an old man yet, has served as Justice of the Peace for thirty-five years consecutively, and was re-elected at the recent election. When this term expires he will have served forty years without a break. And in all of his experience as Justice he has never been reversed in court. This is certainly a record to be proud of. A man who can maintain the confidence and good will of his neighbors for thirty-five years must be pretty uniformly straight.

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John W. Brown has recently secured a very fine pup. It is a thoroughbred English setter. Mr. Brown calls him "Duke," and thinks a great deal of him. He purposes sending him to a professional dog trainer to be educated.

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