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February 27, 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 29, 1896)

Coming to Punxsutawney
Mention has been made in these columns of the effort being made to induce Prof. W. Irving Colby, the noted teacher and author, to give a five weeks' course in German here. The number of names required to insure his coming have been secured, and the following letter from Prof. Colby explains itself:

Editor Spirit — Through the efforts of some of your citizens I have been induced to give a course in German in Punxsutawney and shall open with free lectures in the Methodist church on Friday, May 15, at 4:30 and 8 p.m. I do not claim to teach the whole German language in five weeks, but a sufficient amount of it to enable one to speak and read it well enough for all practical purposes. I am fully prepared to substantiate the statement to the entire satisfaction of all attending. I merely ask that all skeptics will attend one of my opening lectures and investigate before passing judgment.

Very truly,
W. Irving Colby

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Tailor Robison's Spring Poetry
You need a spring suit in which there is no ghial.
And we are here to make it in the very latest sthial.
We will guarantee you fits, and also very low-cut prices,
Which we have reduced to suit the present financial crisis.

We can suit you in material and workmanship. Give us a thrial. The spelling in this may be phial, we admit, and cause you to samhial whial you read it — but the suits — are all right.
Tailor Robison

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A Bad Start
A Newely married couple made an exhibition of themselves in our streets one day last week. After they had secured their license and had the words that made them man and wife pronounced by a justice, the groom proceeded to a barroom and got a fairly good-sized jag on. He then proceeded to view the town.

They stopped at one of our hotels and both got out, went into the barroom and quenched their thirst with a beer or two. To the credit of the lady she hesitated to go into the hotel and only consented after much urging on the part of her husband. The young couple are making a bad start, and the sooner they reform the better for their further happiness. — Indiana Messenger

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