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January 9, 2012

(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
(April 22, 1896)

Bind Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bruner
And Ransack the House

Last Friday night about dark four masked men went to the house of Henry Bruner, a farmer near Flora, Indiana county, and ransacked and robbed it. They approached the house through the fields, and as Mrs. Burner supposed them to be neighbors she went out to see who they were. They seized and bound Mrs. Bruner hand and foot, and tried to force her to tell where the money was concealed.
They then went to the house and knocked Mr. Bruner down and tied his hands and feet. While they were tying him he threw his pocket book into a corner, but when they ransacked the house, they found it. The pocketbook contained $70, which was all the money they got, but they also took Mr. Bruner's watch and revolver.
When the robbers first entered the house, one of them took Bruner's rifle and stood guard outside.
From their talk the robbers thought there was $600 in the house.
There were two large and two medium-sized men in the gang, all of whom were unknown to M. Bruner, who has no idea who the villains were.
Before leaving they unbound their victims. As they started away, Mr. Bruner asked them if they were going to take his gun. "No," replied the man who had it. And he shot the load out and placed it against a tree.

The Money Raised to Build It
From Butler to Pittsburg

A telegram from New York, dated April 17, says that the money for trhe building of the Pittsburg and Butler railroad, $3,000,000, has all been subscribed. Of this amount of stock Andrew Carnegie took $2,500,000. This means the completion of the Pittsburg, Shenango, and Lake Erie Railroad to Pittsburg. The railroad will be completed within a year, and will involve the expenditure of $3,000,000, in that time.
It will also, it is said, insure the opening of communications between the east and west with Colonel Brice's new line and with the Rochester and Pittsburg railroad from Punxsutawney through to Kittanning and Butler.
The Butler end of the road is an assured fact now, and what we want is the extension of the B.,R. & P. which must eventually follow.

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