Way Back When

(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
(May 27, 1896)

They Persecute a Cat That Destroyed Their Nest
About two weeks ago a black and white spotted cat belonging to Harry Hastings robbed a robin's nest. The parent birds witnessed the destruction of their home, and made a great ado about it, but the cat was abdurate, and proceeded quietly to feast upon the birdlings. But since that time that cat's life has been a burden. She cannot show herself in the open air without being savagely attacked by half a dozen robins that seem to be watching for her. They chirp loudly, ruffle up their feathers, and fly at the cat with vicious fury. At first the cat attempted to defend herself, but her enemies were too active. They could give her a savage peck and be out of the way before she could spring or strike with her paw. Now she goes around like one who has nothing to live for. If she ventures out for a moment, and hears the savage chirp of a robbin, she will make a dive for her favorite hiding place under the barn. Other cats are not molested by the robins. But they seem to have made up their minds to have revenge on this one, and it is probable that she will never molest another robin's nest.

We Need a High School
We do not know how the school directors feel about the matter of establishing a high school in Punxsutawney, but trust there will be a unanimous vote in favor of the proposition. We are now turning out graduates 15 years old, just about the age a boy or girl begins to grasp the meaning of the word education. The advantage of giving our children a course of study that would occupy their time and cultivate their intellects for an additional three years after they have gone through the course now provided for, is too apparent to require any argument. As to cost, one genius that might result, who would otherwise be lost, would be worth more than the expense would amount to for a thousand years. Expense is not to be weighed against great men and women at all, Their price is above rubies.

There is a great factional contest going on at the Pittsburg convention between the straight Prohibitionists and those who favor a regular drag-net platform composed of everything that might catch a vote.