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October 14, 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
September 23, 1896

HORRIBLE EXAMPLES OVERWORKED

"Rome, Babylon, Carthage where are they? What caused their downfall? Why have they been wiped off the map of the world?" howled the free silver orator. And the men of various political and social ideas in the audience answered in various ways.

"They went back to barbarism because they had no public schools, no system of popular education," said the school teacher.

"They were blotted out because they maintained the institution of slavery," said a philanthropic man.

"Intemperance ruined them," said a Prohibitionist

"A concentration of wealth in the hands of the few caused the trouble," said the socialist.

"Vice and corruption brought them low," said the religious man.

"They were wiped out by tyranny and the bloody spirit of war and conquest." said the peaceful man.

"No sir!" said the orator. "You are all wrong! Rome, Carthage, Babylon and all other nations that have perished have gone to oblivion, my fellow citizens, because of the gold standard, and don't you forget it.!"

CARTER FOUND GUILTY

George Carter, of this place, charged with tampering with the ballot, was tried in Brookville last week, and convicted on the charges of perjury and making false return of the votes cast.

Judge White did not have time to hear the arguments he set November 14 for that purpose and ordered Carter to enter bail for his appearance at that time.

In the meantime sentence was suspended.

The impression prevails that Carter is not the only one implicated in the matter, but up to this time, he has not intimated that he had any accomplices.

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