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July 1, 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
(July 29, 1896)


One feature of the new one dollar silver certificate which will cause a great deal of curious surmise on the part of its more reflective (as well as happy) possessors is its nearly encircling border of honored names in wreaths of laurel. Why have twenty three names been thus laureated? Perhaps on account of the space available.

But analysis of the twenty-three names chosen shows that ten are those of statesmen, Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton, Jackson, Clay, Calhoun, Webster, and Lincoln; one is that of the great Chief Justice, Marshall; two are those of soldiers, Grant and Sherman; two admirals, Perry and Farragut; two inventors, Morse and Fulton; and six men of letters, Bancroft, Cooper, Irving, Emerson, Hawthorne and Longfellow. Considering its limited scope, this showing is fairly representative, despite its omission of Lee among the Generals and Poe among the Poets.

— Philadelphia Record

(August 5, 1896)
A Pair of Big Shoes

The largest pair of shoes that we have ever seen are at Philip Margo's shoe shop. They are No. 16 1/2, and were made from a last manufactured to order for a man living at Adrain.

They are not only very long, but also very wide. An ordinary No. 10 shoe looks delicate and spirituelle beside them.

These Brobdingnaggian pedel garments are gazed upon with wonder by the passers-by, who try to imagine what sort of giant can wear them. The man who wears them, however, is only six feet six inches and does not weigh over three hundred.

Improvements at Walston

Four new boilers have been recently added to the battery at Walston mines, making eight in all.

The old wooden boiler house has been torn down, and an iron structure will be erected. Large air compressors are also being put in at Walston and numerous other improvements are being made.

This would indicate that there is still coal enough under the Walston hills to keep the mines running there for a good many years.

A Brutal Fight

A brutal fight occurred at the iron works last Sunday morning. Two men who were formerly employed about the works attacked a man who is now employed there, and who was under the influence of liquor, trampled him into the mud and kicked him in the face, breaking his nose.

Had it not been for the interference of some men who happened to be near, the victim might have been smothered to death in the mud. Those who witnessed it say it was a disgustingly brutal affair.

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