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October 9, 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 8, 1896)

SHOT IN THE BACK
An Italian's Bold Attempt at
Assassination

Last Sunday, a little before noon, an Italian living at Eleanora went to the home of another and asked him to take a walk with him. After they had gotten some distance away, and the man who was called out of his house had his back to the other, he opened fire with a revolver and put three bullets into him. One ball struck him in the elbow and the other two penetrated his back.

The would-be assassin then took to his heels and escaped. The injured man was taken to the Adrian Hospital, where he is in critical condition, and can scarcely recover.

The name of the man who did the shooting was Louis Sevna, and the victim was Frank Petrone.

It would appear that this was a cool and deliberate attempt at murder. Neither party was intoxicated. It was either the result of an old fued or the execution of an order from some murderous society.

It has been but a few months ago since a dagger was thrust into the heart of an Italian at Walston under circumstances of a similar nature, a quarrel having been started with the victim as a pretence for the deed. No special effort was made to capture the murderer in that case, and it is not likely that there will be much zeal manifested in that direction in this case.

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Learn German in Five Weeks

An effort is being made to get Prof. W. Irving Colby, the famous German teacher, of Brooklyn, N.Y., to come here and instruct a class. Prof. Colby guarantees to give any person of ordinary intelligence a sufficient knowledge of German to be able to read and to carry on an ordinary conversation, in five weeks by attending his lectures, one hour every day, and without any study outside. He will come here if a class of fifty is secured.

B. H. Cunningham is taking an active interest in the matter, and has already secured thirty-six students. Fifteen or twenty more ought to be locally gotten. Professor Colby is great in his line. To know German is not only an accomplishment, but almost a necessity, and there is no better discipline for the mind than the study of languages. Those who desire to join the class should consult Mr. Cunningham.

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