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July 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
(August 12, 1896)

A Very Queer Proceeding on the Part of Two Hungarians

Last Monday night Franklin K. P. Hall, of Adrian, was in town with his horse and wagon, and two Hungarians named Frank Momps and Joe Fogle, employed by Clark, Kizer & Kipp at Anita, engaged Mr. Hall to take them home. Something happened. An hour or two later Mr. Hall came back to town. His face was scratched and bruised and covered with blood.

His watch was gone and if he had possessed anything else that was valuable, that too would have been gone.

He said that when he reached the Adrian coke ovens, the Hungarians attacked him, beat him, took his watch, let his horse loose from the wagon by cutting the tugs and left him lying in the road.

A warrant was sworn out, and yesterday Constable Record arrested Fogle and Momps. He gave Fogle in charge of another party and he got away, while Momps gave bail for a hearing.

For Breaking the Sabbath
It has been the practice for a long time for some of the Hungarians of Adrian to annoy the people of the community by accumulating a few kegs of beer on Sunday, taking them to a shady nook, and playing while they put themselves on the exterior of beer.

The good people protested, and the owners of the land threatened, but it did no good. Finally more stringent measures were adopted. And nine of them were arrested. One stood trial, and was fined $4 aud costs.

Six plead guilty, and were given a like sentence, and two will have hearings to-day. The charge against them was "breech of the Lord's Day." Louis Bokdon, the last one arrested, insisted upon having a hearing, maintaining that he was not guilty, and was placed in the lock-up for safe keeping over night.

He Tackeled Will Tyson
A gentleman named H. M. Pomeroy, from Ann Arbor, Michigan, dropped into Big Run last Thursday evening and inquired for Will Tyson. Mr. Pomery is a professional checker player, and claims to have defeated some of the best players in the country by very one-sided scores.

He found Mr. Tyson, who had not played any checkers for a year, and arranged to play ten games the next day. The result was that Tyson won 7, lost 1, and 2 were draws. Mr. Pomeroy concluded that it was not his day for playing checkers.

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