Excerpts from the April 23, 1896 edition of The Princeton Clarion:
A PURE MILK ORDINANCE
The city council met Monday night in regular session...An ordinance was presented entitled “An Ordinance to Protect Public Health.” The effect of the ordinance is that whoever shall knowingly sell or offer for sale any milk diluted with water or in any manner adulterated, or which is the product of sick or diseased animals, or of animals fed on impure food, shall be subject to a penal fine of not less than $10 or more than $100.
It will be the duty of the secretary of the board of health to inspect, analyze and test any milk offered for sale which he has suspicions of being impure.
• Work will begin soon on the new pressed brick plant.
• The telephone exchange business is increasing rapidly.
• A horse belonging to D.W. Smith ran away early Monday morning. Caused by a wheel coming off the buggy. No one hurt.
• The new Buckeye road grader, recently purchased by the city council, has been doing good service on our streets the past few days.
• The water works company is doing a thriving business. Quite a number of hydrants are being put in various parts of town every day.
• The warm weather that we’ve had the past ten days is almost unprecedented for April. The mercury was close to 90 degrees several days.
• Mayor Gamble’s home was made happy Sunday by the arrival of a fine boy baby. Jim declares the youngster has already commenced to howl for McKinley.
• Loafers have already begun to lounge on the grass in the court house yard. This should not be allowed and the commissioners would do well to keep the loafers off.
• Treasurer McConnell reports that he received $18,333.26 as taxes on Monday, the “last day.” This is probably the largest amount ever received in the treasurer’s office in a single day.
• A corsage boquet of marchanell roses and white slippers is a rather queer combination for a boquet, it seems to us; yet the expression is taken verbatim et literatim at “punctuatim” from the society column of the Daily Democrat.
• The Odd Fellows’ lodge of this city made a contract Tuesday with Clifford Shopbell of the firm of Shopbell and Brehmer, architects of Evansville, for plans and specifications for a three story building 44x102 feet, to be built on the site of their present building.
• About the usual number had too much business to pay their taxes on time. It seems strange, but a number of business men around the square put it off till after supper Monday, within an hour or so of the time for closing. They have so far to go that they couldn’t get in any sooner. This delaying makes it very inconvenient for the treasurer.
• Gil R. Stormont left Monday for Dallas and Austin, Texas. He goes as a representative of Commander-in-Chief Walker, of the G.A. R., and will attend some important business for the Grand Army.
• There is a strong probability that Princeton will have a horse show in a few weeks. Mr. John Shull, of the livery firm of Shull, Lucas & Co., informs us that he has spent a day or two in talking up the matter and raising subscriptions. He now has nearly the required amount to offer as premiums and it is thought that all arrangements will be completed this week.
• Princeton ought to have a bicycle club.
• Work commenced on the foundation for the Gray building.
• The big damage suit of McCord vs. Slomer, from Knox County, which has attracted the attention of court for several days the past week, was decided Monday night by the jury finding for the defendant. Slomer is a dairyman and his horse ran away and knocked McCord down, injuring him to some extend. He wanted $10,000 damages, but the jury said “nit.”