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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
November 17, 1897

The New Church at Anita
The new Anita Cumberland, Presbyterian church edifice will be completed this week and the first regular service will be held on Sunday evening, November 21, at 7:30 p.m. The beautiful little church, in its attractive new attire is due to the faithful and energetic building and committee, who have worked so faithfully and pleasantly with the pastor.

Short service was held last Sunday, owing to the heater not being placed.

However, the meeting was a blessing to the people present, as one useful man gave his heart to God in the service.

Sunday school, prayer meeting and Y.P. S. C. E. will take their regular hours and place next Sunday. Subject for Sunday evening at 7:30, "Sanctification." To all these and the public services, all friends of Chirst's cause are invited. Harry G. Teagarden, Pastor.

Ought to be Investigated
An eight year-old daughter of Shields Gray, of Greenwood Avenue, East End, has been ill with typhoid fever for the past two weeks, but is improving under the care of Dr. Beyer. This is the only case in town at present.

There have been a number of cases in this immediate locality within the past three or four years, which would seem to indicate that there is a well, or some other source of infection there, that ought to be investigated.

Typhoid fever is a disease that can only be communicated by introducing the germs into the alimentary canal by means of infected food or drink, and when a succession of cases appear in any given locality it is fair to presume that all have their origin from the same source.

November 24. 1897

Silas Gray Has Found His Son
A press dispatch from Greensburg under date of November 22, says: —"Silas M. Gray, lately released from Riverside, after eighteen years of separation, has found his son, and W. H. Grant of Apollo has learned for the first time his real name and parentage.

When Silas was committed to the penitentiary for the supposed murder of Mrs. McCready, up the river, his son was a little boy. When he was 4 years old his mother died and he was taken charge of by an Indiana county family, who brought him up and gave him the name of W. H. Grant. Grant is now a West Penn freight brakeman."