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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
December 8, 1897

Will Remove to New York
E. Lackman, the china store man, will leave for New York on January 1st. His father-in-law, who is a manufacturer and importer of mirrors, and who has a large establishment in that city, wants Mr. Lackman to take charge of the business, and though he is doing well here, having the finest china store in this part of the State, he thinks he can do much better there.

It is to be hoped that Mr. Lackman will sell to some one who will continue the business as he has established it, as Punxsutawney needs a good china store. Mr. Lackman has made a host of friends here who will be sorry to see him leave, and we have no doubt he reciprocates that sentiment.

Cattle Tested for Tuberculosis
Dr. Bethune subjected a cow belonging to Mrs. Maria Barnett, of Bell township, to the tuberculin test last week, and found the animal badly affected with tuberculosis. She was killed, and the bronchial and intestinal lymphatics, as well as the udder, showed unmistakable symptoms of the disease.

On Monday Dr. Bethune receive tuberculin for twenty-eight tests, which will be made this week. Cows of John Drake, Henry W. Mundorf, W.C. Brown and Harvey G. Bowers, of this place, were tested and found to be free from tuberculous.

Closing Out Sale
Having decided to quit the millinery business, we will dispose of our entire stock at and below cost. Persons wishing bargains in millinery goods should call and examine our stock and get prices, as everything must be sold to close out.

Taking Bids on the New Hospital
The Adrian Hospital Association is now receiving bids for the new hospital in this place to assist in the erection of which an appropriation of $20,000 was granted by the last legislature. There are three sets of plans for the convenience of bidders, and contractors who want to bid on the work should do so without delay. It is free to all responsible builders.

December 15, 1897
Christmas Cantata
The Sunday school and literary society of the first Evangelical Lutheran church, of Punxsutawney, will give a Christmas cantata on Christmas eve, Friday, December 24th. Admittance fee 10 and 20 cents; children under 15 years 10 cents, and adults 20 cents. Come and enjoy a pleasant evening. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and exercises commence at 8. Proceeds for the benefit of the Lutheran Church.