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January 9, 2011

(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
(January 29, 1896)
THE TELEPHONE COMPANY
An Enterprise Organized in Summerville That Is Branching Out

The Summerville Telephone Company was organized a short time ago for local use, with a capital stock of 500 shares at $10 each. Subsequently, the line was extended to Brookville, and thence to Heathville and Ohl. Poles are up to Shannondale and Pansy, and arrangements made to extend the line to Worthville, Ringgold, and New Bethlehem.

Persons who desire the line extended to their towns can have it done by getting enough stockholders at $10 a share to construct the line, and thus become members of the company on the same basis with the original stockholders. Stockholders also have free use of the line, and service is thus secured at a very low rate.

The people of Hamilton, Whitesville, Fordham, and Horatio, should take an interest in this matter and have the line extended to those towns, and thence to Clayville and Punxsutawney. The company uses the Hunning patent, which is said to be the best instrument on the market.

We ought to have telephone communication to the villages between this town and Brookville, and certainly there could be no cheaper or more satisfactory way to secure it than by entering this company. Carmalt & Strong, Brookville, are the agents for the company, and will answer all communications regarding it.

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A Decent Campaign

The present primary campaign has been thus far a very decent one. There has been little if any disparagement of candidates by their opponents. That argues that the candidates are gentlemen.

A man who goes around blackguarding his opponent, or in an insinuating way endeavoring to create the impression that he is an improper and incompetent man, is not fit to be trusted by the people.

The fellow who pulls shingles off his neighbor’s roof to put them on his own is not much of a man. It is gratifying, and shows an improved condition of things, that what is known as “campaign mud” is getting scarce.

So far this appears to be a clean and creditable campaign. Let it continue so. The first candidate who tries to disparage his opponent, or knowingly permits it to be done in his behalf, ought to be ignominiously defeated.

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