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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 3, 1897

The Waverly Hotel

The Waverly Hotel is being remodeled and enlarged, and when these improvements are completed will be of the most commodious hotels in town.

The second floor of the adjoining building, occupied by Shield's drug store, will be fitted up for a dining room and kitchen, and the present dining room converted into a reading room.

The ladies' entrance to the dining room will be from the parlor on the second floor, and there will also be an entrance from the hotel office on the first floor.

Plenty of Pigs

A drive through the country last Thursday convinced us that were are in no danger of a pork famine.

We will undoubtedly have plenty of swine grease with which to lubricate the ubiquitous buck wheat cake. Almost every farmer seems to have a good supply of young porkers — just the proper age and size for good eating.

Will Build a Railroad Bridge

The P & N. W. railroad company is preparing to build a siding from their track just south of town across to the iron works. This will necessitate the building of a bridge across the Mahoning at that point.

The engineers are now at work, and the branch will be constructed without unnecessary delay. It will be a substantial trestle-bridge like the Elk Run structure.

The object of this siding, which will be about 2,000 feet long, is of course for convenience in shipping pig iron over that road and furnishing such supplies as may be gotten from that side possibly lime-stone.

Western Corn at $3 a Bushel

An Indiana county farmer informed us the other day that he paid $3 a bushel for two bushels of "choice seed corn," of a new variety this spring. He planted it and it did mature having barely reached the roasting-ear stage.

It was nothing but ordinary Western corn which he might have purchased in Punxsutawney for 50 cents a bushel. He had simply been taken in by an unscrupulous rascal who was anxious to sell corn at a profit of $2.50 a bushel.

Squirrels and Rabbits May be Sold

The new game law, which does not permit the sale of deer or birds, is silent as to squirrels and rabbits. You who desire may therefore shoot squirrels and rabbits in season to your hearts content, offer them for sale with impunity.