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(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
June 16, 1897

The Maccabees Sermon

Last Sunday, about fifty members of the order of Maccabees assembled in their lodge rooms, and at 10:45 o'clock marched to the Baptist church where they occupied seats in a body.

After the usual opening exercises the Rev. J. H. Palmer announced that he would read from the same bible as previous occasions, but from a chapter never before read, in the baptist church at this place.

Lessons read from the 11th book of Maccabees 7th and 12th chapters, and the sermon which followed was an eloquent, epitomized account of the 700 years which elapsed from the closing of the old testament, up to the time of the birth of Christ.

Judas Maccabee was the Moses of that period of the world's history, and for 125 years led the people, and held Jerusalem in readiness for the birth, death at the resurrection of Christ the Son of God.

Rev. Palmer preached without notes or references, and for about 35 minutes held the complete attention of his large audience.

After the services, the Maccabees tendered the church and the pastor a vote of thanks, and signified their intention of becoming regular attendants as an order.

The Maccabees are a strong order of about 150 members.

June 23, 1897
A Pretty Trio

A three year old doe, belonging to Wm. Fairman, of this place, gave birth to three fawns last Saturday evening.

A party of visitors to the deer pen on Sunday found the little trio of spotted beauties snugly sleeping in the corners of the cote, on some straw.

They seemed to be entirely oblivious of their surroundings and were content to remain in the exact position they might be placed by their keeper.

Mr. Fairman explained however that shortly after birth they began to test their powers and exercise the springs of their hind legs.

He is a close observer of these fascinating little quadrupeds and is ready to dispute the encyclopedias in regard to some of their reputed attributes and distinguishing animal traits.

Aside from these interesting features of deer study, however one cannot help but admire the tender, wistful, pleading, almost human expression of their liquid eyes, the graceful outline curves of head, and limb, the emblem of innocent innocence.