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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 23, 1897

Saturday’s Primaries
The primary election last Saturday was the lightest polled in this country for a number of years.

Some of the precincts were not heard from at all and many reported a mere decimal of the normal vote. There was practically no contest for any of the nominations.

Following is the vote. For District attorney, N.L. Strong, 1230; Jury commissioner, H.K. North, 730. M.H. Carrier, 501, Delegates to the State convention, G. D. Buffington 977, H. I. Wilson 935, Dr. S. Reynolds 871, J. M. Hays 683. The county committeemen met at Brookville on Monday afternoon and selected Geo. W. Allenbaugh a young attorney of that town, county Chairman, with very little opposition. D. N. McQuown of the south precinct represented Punxsutawney.

The Convention passed resolutions commending President McKinley and the present administration for their heroic efforts to give the country needed legislation for the assurance of a period of increasing prosperity; also complimenting our representatives in the Legislature and Congress for their patriotic efforts to secure wise measures for the general welfare of this state, and an acknowledgement of the services of county chairman Carmalt for his untiring efforts during his period at the helm of the Republican party in this county.

The delegates to the State convention were instructed to support James S. Beacome for State treasurer.

Faith Curists at Sprankles Mills

Dr. Radar, of Sprankles Mills, complains that the faith cure people of that community interferes with his professional work by destroying , in some cases the effect of his care and treatment of patients.

In one instance and old gentleman afflicted with paralysis is worked in to a paroxysm of excitement every few days by theses people, much to his injury. They hold prayer meetings at his house where his recovery is earnestly prayed for and the whole assembly is wrought up into a religious fervor that is most detrimental to a man who is afflicted in that way.

After one of these meetings the old gentleman is exhausted, and the physician's treatment of the past week is nullified. It is unfortunate that the real zeal of these people, who are no doubt sincere, should lead them to such indiscretion.