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March 11, 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
(May 6, 1896)

On the night of April 25 while three Italians residing in DuBois were returning home, they were met by three toughs, presumably Mike Hart, Joseph Cary, and James Delany, who brutally assaulted them. It appears that one of these men asked the Italians, whose names were Victor, Ardre and Dominick Corretti, for a chew of tobacco. Upon being refused, they set upon them with knives and stones, and inflicted injuries upon Victor Corretti, from which he died on Sunday last, and very seriously injured his son Dominick. Delany is now in confinement waiting trial, and a reward has been offered for the other two. It appears from the evidence before Squire Woodring, as given in the DuBois Courier, that the attack was cowardly and wanton, and that the perpetrators deserve the full penalty of the law.

Sharp Drummond, of this town, a cunning worker in iron, has invented a chainless bicycle, which, it is thought by experts, will be an improvement on anything heretofore constructed. Instead of a chain, friction balls, inside of a tube, are used. He has the device patented, and has gone to Buffalo this week, accompanied by his wife, to have a wheel made after this plan.

The Punxsutawney Rod and Gun Club is stocking all the streams hereabouts, and will shortly place a large quantity of bass, from seven to ten inches long in Mahoning Creek. A lot of small ones were placed their last year. Now it is important that these bass be left undisturbed until they have a chance to increase and replenish the waters, and anyone know to catch a bass and not return it immedately to the waters, will be dealt with according to law.

A Queer Freak of Nature
William Long, of this place, is eighty years of age. Two years ago, he was one of the baldest of the bald, having a mere suggestion of white hair around the lower part of his head about on a level with his ears. Since that time a growth of fine, black hair has been vegetating on his head, which is now covered with it. It is as fine as the hair of an infant, and just as free from the appearance of age. So far as hair is concerned Mr. Long has certainly renewed his youth.

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