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December 27, 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

Must Pass Elementary Examinations
The State medical council has ordered that hereafter physicians will have to pass an examination in arithmetic, geography, grammar, orthography, American history and English composition prior to their examination for license to practice medicine and surgery. Those who hold college, high school and normal school diplomas are exempt.
The examinations will be conducted by the school superintendents of Pittsburg, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Reading, Scranton, Allentown, Easton, Williamsport and Erie on August 21 in the above cities. The superintendents will receive $10 in remuneration, the work lasting not more than one day. June 16 to 19 the regular semi-annual examination by the medical boards will be held in Harrisburg and Philadelphia.

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Expensive Profanity
John Wallace, of Center township, appears to be a man given to much profanity. He was brought before J. T. Donahey, a Justice of the Peace in Mechanicsburg, charged with profanity. It was proven that he had used 116 profane oaths, for which the Justice fined him $77.72.
In default of payment he was sentenced to the county jail for a term of 116 days. It appears the prisoner had some difficulty with William McDonald, and not only stoned Mr. McDonald's house, but indulged in an assortment of cuss words contrary to the act of assembly. The penalty is 62 and1/2 cents for each oath. — Indiana Messenger.

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J. A. Weber, the popular clothier, is having the room recently occupied by Grier and Osterhout's hardware store, overhauled and fitted up for a clothing room. It will then have the largest clothing store in this part of the State.
The rumor that he was going to tear down the old "checkered front" building and erect a fine four-story brick on that corner, proves to be incorrect. The corner is too valuable to be occupied by a two-story building, and Mr. Weber knows it, but he will not build before next spring any how.

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During the late unpleasantness, by which we mean the little difficulty between the Northern and Southern states which took place from '61 to '62, Mr. J. Dinsmore of this place collected and saved all the military pictures of the time that he could procure. He has them yet, and they form a very interesting collection. He has been offered considerable sums of money for some of them, but he has made up his mind to present the whole collection to the G. A. R. post of this town.

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