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April 8, 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 27, 1896)

About one year ago Mrs. Eviline Means, widow of the late S.T. Means, who lives with her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Hickox, of Frostburg, had her leg broken by one of her grandchildren falling over it. She is afflicted with rheumatism, and is thus rendered almost helpless. On account of her age it required a long time for the fracture to unite. The peculiar part of it is that, last week, the same child fell over the other leg, and broke it also.

For K. of P. reunion at Clearfield this year, which by the way will be grander than ever before, the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburg railroad company will run a grand special excursion train leaving Punxsutawney at 8:30 a.m., June 11th, 1896, stopping at all intermediate stations, arriving at Clearfield at 10:30 a.m. Returning train will leave Clearfield at 10:30 p.m. Fare for round trip will be $1.00. Tickets good only on day of sale.

A Fresh Joke
A number of students went out one day to hunt rabbits. They took with them a youth who had never been hunting before, but who was a good scholar. They charged him that when he saw any rabbits he should keep quiet. Presently he saw a large number of them, when he exclaimed: “Ecce multi cuniculi!” (Behold many rabbits.)
Whereupon the rabbits all scampered away. Upon being reproached by the others for not obeying instructions he replied: “Who the devil would have thought that those pesky rabbits understood Latin?”
This story was often repeated by Sir Walter Raleigh at the expense of Sir Edward Coke. And the Lord Chief Justice used to remark of it then that it was like the origin of the common law, dating back so far that the “memory of man runneth not to the contrary.”

They are having a high old time over at the Indiana Normal. There is a feud between the Juniors and Seniors, and each side goes armed. Much feeling has developed, and the kids are going around with blood in their eyes and revolvers in their hip pockets.

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