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March 5, 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)

A BLIND MAN SUICIDES
J. B. McCullough, of Beechwoods,
Hangs Himself

The body of James B. McCullough, of Beechwoods, was found suspended from a tree near Coal Glen, on Saturday morning last by A. H. Smith, of the latter place.
Mr. McCullough was 44 years of age, he had been blind for the last 23 years, and a cousin of Hugh and Boyd McCullough of this place, with whom he spent a summer here a few years since. He resided with another cousin, James S., of the Beechwoods area. He went out of the house about 8 o'clock Friday evening but was not missed until breakfast time the following morning.
He had secured a short strap from a limb and with that he ended his life. Mr. McCullough's mind has not been in its proper condition for some years and it is thought this last act is due to that fact.
A letter was found in one of his pockets which stated that he entertained the plan of taking his life, prior to leaving his home.
The funeral will be held at the late residence at 1 p.m. today and interment will be made in the Beechwoods cemetery. — DuBois Courier.

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(May 6, 1896)
More German Hares
Ira Carrier and Mike O'Connor, both of whom are interested in the stocking of our forests and streams with game and fish, put out about fifty more German hares last week. They are raising them in kennels, and have since last fall, placed in the circumjacent woods over a hundred of these big rodents some of which attain a weight of sixteen pounds. They are quite tame when first put down in the woods, and show a disposition to stay with their old friends, rather than to face the unknown terrors of the forests. These hares multiply rapidly, and if they thrive here it will be a matter of a year or so until the woods are full of them.

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Old Folks Concert
The Baptist Young People's Union will give an Old Folks Concert in the Baptist Church on Monday evening May 11. Everybody will dress in the quaintest old costumes they can find, and sing the oldest song that they can remember. It will be a revival of ye olden times, and will excite pleasant recollections in the old, and provide instruction and amusement for the young. Admission, 15 cents; children, 10 cents.

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