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
(August 12, 1896)

Yesterday morning, Prof. E. H. McHenry, of East End, heard a commotion on the front porch, and went out to see what was the matter.

A canary bird hung there in a cage. A large chicken hawk had come down to earth, and was making an energetic effort to get hold of the bird. In thrusting its beak and claws through the wires it had succeeded in pulling the tail feathers out of the canary and frightening it almost to death.

When Mr. McHenry went out the hawk sailed off down street, flying low, and looking for more birds. The canary has not been trilling its usual merry tunes since that time. It seems to be demure and sad, and is haunted by visions of beak and claw.

New Telephone Line
A new telephone line is being constructed by the Central District Telegraph and Telephone company from Punxsutawney to Indiana.

Sixteen men are at work on it now, stringing the wires. It is to be a metalic circuit, and will give us a very much improved service between Punxsutawney and Indiana.

Dow Barrett's Hard Luck
Dow Barrett, of the Loop, came to Punxsutawney in a buggy yesterday morning with a young man named Frank Fair.

As they were passing No. 6, Mine below Clayville, and just as they neared the bridge which crosses Polecat Run, the horse took fright at the fan used to ventilate the mines, and ran off the approach to the bridge, upsetting the buggy over the bank.

The buggy was broken to pieces and both Mr. Barrett and Mr. Fair, were considerably hurt. Barrett was injured on the left leg, and received a severe bruise on the forehead.

The young man injured his leg. Mr. Barrett thinks there should have been a railing to prevent vehicles from running over this embankment, and threatens to sue the township for damages.

Toby Valley Mines
Operations at the Northwest and Shawmut mines have been slacking up somewhat during the past ten days, and less work is expected during the next few weeks.

This is only a natural consequence, as the consumption of coal at this period is less than any time during the year.

Up to the beginning of the month the Toby valley mines have run steadier since last fall than any other section in the district. — Brockwayville Record