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April 22, 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
(June 3, 1896)

John Wallace, a recent proprietor of the Palace restaurant, on Findley street had his left leg amputated above the knee at the Adrian hospital yesterday. Wallace left this town about two months ago and went to DuBois, where he was employed in a restaurant. He has been troubled for a long time with a sore foot, and the trouble growing worse, he was taken to the hospital a few days ago. Blood poisoning developed and the hospital physicians decided to amputate his leg as the only means of saving his life. The operation was accordingly performed, but owing to the condition of the patient, and the fact that he is about fifty years of age, his recovery is doubtful.

Frightened the Women
Last Saturday night about 9 o'clock, an unknown man, who was perhaps under the influence of liquor, entered the house of Mrs. John T. Bell, and proceeded to walk through it. The woman were frightened and called for the police. Officer Palmer responded, but by that time the man had gotten away. He caught him, however, and took him before Burgess Mundorff, who fined him $12.50.

Got His Pension
J.H. Rager, of Flora, was recently granted a pension of $6 per month. Mr. Rager served four years in the war, and saw hardships. He was thirteen months in Andersonville, Florence and Libby prisons, and was wounded in the head at Plymoth, North Carolina. He escaped from prison once, and was recaptured with blood hounds and taken back. Mr. Rager was a good soldier, and has many friends who will be glad to know that he has received a pension.

Fast Freight Service
The Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburg railroad has just inaugurated in connection with the Philadelphia & Reading, a fast freight service between New York and Philadelphia and this place. The run from the former city will be made in three days and that from the latter city in two days. Solid cars will be made up each day for this place at Wiley street, and all freight for Punxsutawney, Brockwayville, and other adjacent points will be distributed from DuBois after the arrival of the car which will come to this point unbroken. This service will be a great convenience to shippers to whom expedition counts. It is in line with the usual custom of the B. R. & P. to give its patrons the best service possible. — DuBois Courier

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