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July 11, 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 newspaper. These reprinted stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence
March 18, 1896

The Golden Sands of Alaskan Lakes
Mr. Pelky, the Frenchman from Emporium, who spent two years in the gold regions of Alaska, tells some wonderful stories of the existence of the yellow metal in that country. "The lakes and rivers in that country," he said, "are as clear as crystal. You can see the bottom of a lake seventy or eighty feet deep. The water is almost as transparent as the air itself. The sands which for ages have washed into those lakes from the mountains are filled with gold. You can see nuggets as big as your fist down there, but yet there is no way to reach them. Nobody has ever brought a diving suit into that country, and there is no way to get to the bottom of those lakes, — which are frozen over eight or ten months in the year."
Mr. Pelky says there is a wealth of gold at the bottom of those lakes that is simply marvellous, and if some plan can be devised to reach it, they will prove the most prolific source of gold supply in the known world. — If a man had one of those dredging boats that are used to deepen the channel of the Delaware River up there for a few months, he could get enough gold to satisfy the wildest dreams of avarice. So Peter McCauley says.
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A Marvellous Machine
Thos. A. Edison is now busily at work in a machine to utilize Prof. Roentgen's X-ray to the end that we may look through brick walls, and into the heart and lungs and stomachs of animals as easily as we now see in the open atmosphere. His machine does away with the necessity of a photograph, and by its use a physician can look clear through you and examine your works as easily as a jeweler can examine the works of a watch.
This will be the greatest advance in medicine and surgery yet made — in fact it will revolutionize the profession. There will be no guess-work about it, and the average of human life will be greatly lengthened, because it will lead to an anatomical and hygienic knowledge compared with which our present information on those subjects will appear crude and barbarous.
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Will Cultivate Wild Deer
W. M. Fairman, Esq., of this town, has started a little deer park. He has three of the fleet footed animals now. One is a magnificent doe from Michigan, larger and finer looking than our Pennsylvania deer, and the other two are natives of this State. He is enclosing six acres of woodland on his farm in Porter township with a strong and high wire fence, and will endeavor to raise a herd of deer. At present he has them in an inclosure near his town residence.

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