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September 5, 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
(April 1, 1896)

Let Us Have a High School
What this town needs, as we have heretofore remarked on divers and sundry occasions, is a good high school, where our boys and girls can fit themselves to enter college. It is important beyond anything else.

The boy who graduates from our public schools at sixteen and loafs about the streets until he is nineteen or twenty, learning to be tough, instead of taking a three-years' course in a high school, is not being properly cared for. It is a serious matter.

It is our duty as fathers and citizens to see that the youth of our town are well educated. To graduate at a good high school would leave them pretty well equipped for the battle of life, even if they did not go to college, and those who could have this advantage would not need to go away to a preparatary school.

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Church Street, which ought, from its respectable name, to be above suspicion, was the theater of a scandalous scene the other night, and the sportiveness of some of its inhabitants has set the tongue of slander to wagging vigorously. The goings on to which we allude are very reprehensible, and could be dispensed with conveniently, without in any way, detracting from the value of real estate in that vicinity.

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The waters of Mahoning creek were considerably exalted last Saturday and Sunday. They slopped over the banks in some instances, and some of the low lands in the west end of town were submerged. However, no damage was done, although there was considerable apprehension on the part of a number of our inhabitants lest the waters should become too familiar.

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The neighbors of Mrs. W. E. Jordon, recently of Young township, presented her with a beautiful quilt as a token of their esteem prior to her removal to Marchand, which was very highly appreciated.

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A German woman, a drunkard and thief, born in 1740, has dad 834 known descendants up to date, according to Prof. Pellmann of Bonn, who has been able to trace the career of 709 of them. Of these 106 were born out of wedlock, 208 were professional beggars, 181 prostitutes, 76, including 7 murderers, got into jail; in seventy-five years these persons have cost the State more than 5,000,000 marks.

Prof. Pellman has gathered these statistics to prove the injurious effects of alcohol, but a writer in the Lancet points out that they seem to show that it does not reduce fecundity, and that the proportion of children reaching maturity is far above the average. — Ex.

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