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August 12, 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 19, 1896)

SCHOOL BEGINS AUGUST 31
The Punxsutawney schools will open on Monday, August 31st.

The average small boy will be delighted to know that his long vacation, during which he has added little to his intellectual growth, is about over, and that he can begin again the assiduous process of cultivating his brain.

Nothing grieves the average boy so much as to realize that he is wasting the precious hours of youth that should be devoted to the preparation for the battle of life.

(August 26,1896)
The Hobos Have a Picnic
On Monday afternoon ten tramps were encamped on the South Side.

They were having a feast.

An old powder can had been used for a kettle, in which they had made vegetable soup.

They each had an old tomato can which they used for a soup bowl, dipping it into the powder can to replenish the supply.

Besides this they had two kegs of beer, to which they gave the strictest attention.

After they had finished their repast Policeman Palmer gave them ten minutes to leave town. Which invitation was accepted.

Another gang of ten hobos landed here the night previous, and were given their choice between leaving town without any ceremony or sleeping in the lock-up. They left.

For Felonious Assault
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Grant Condron of Smicksburg, upon information made by Chief of Police Palmer charging him with felonious assault.

It appears that, on Wednesday morning about one o' clock, restaurant keeper Dunn, of Findley street, told Palmer that Condron, who had just left his restaurant, had put a salt box in his pocket.

Palmer walked after him to tell him to disgourge.

Just as he was going by Grier & Osterhout's hardware store on Mahoning street, Palmer told Condron to stop, and reached for him.

Condron dodged into the alley and struck viciously at Palmer twice, with a long knife, first at his neck and then at his body.

He then started to run, and Palmer shot at him.

The policeman then chased Condron for some distance but failed to catch him.

Only a little while before, Condron told Policeman Stockdale that he was going to "fix" Palmer.

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