Excerpts from stories published in the April 28, 1886 edition of The Princeton Clarion:
• Thos. J. Brady has got himself into notoriety on account of his alleged peculations in the Star route mail service. He still declares his innocence but things don’t look that way from this point.
• According to the new law, the two trustees in Princeton receiving the largest vote at the ensuing May election, will hold their office for two years, and the other three trustees are to hold for one year each.
• A new jury law requires the judge of our circuit court, at the present session, to select two persons of the county to serve for this year as jury commissioners, who will have the selection of all members of the grand and petit juries for all the courts during their term of office.
• The contracts will be let for the grading, tunneling, masonry and tressle work on the Loisville, New Albany and St. Louis (old Air Line) railrway, for that part of the line between New Albany and Hartford, Crawford county, a distance of forty miles, and between Albion, Ill., and the little Wabash river, a distance of ten miles.
Work on the Air Line will be fairly booming by the middle of May...There is a tremendous boom, at greatly advanced prices, in real estate in the vicinity of the Air Line railroad in the counties through which it passes. In Pike and Dubois counties, in particular, this boom is animated. More sales of real estate have been made in these two counties in the present month than any previous three months combined since their settlement. Coal and timber lands are in special demand.
In Harrison, Floyd, Crawford and Gibson counties this improvement in the price and demand for real estate — farming and timber lands particularly, is also being felt.
Peaches are all killed!
The bottom farmers are preparing to plant corn.
Will Markee was here last week and took in the hop.
T.H. Jerauld’s store was burglarized Saturday night.
Can’t Patoka have a paper? We ought to support one paper if Oakland can support two.
Our town is quite attractive just now, owing to the presence of the normal students, and occasional visitors from Princeton and other places.
• Vennor predicts snow for May.
• Several moral circuses are pointing this way.
• The thermometer was registering close up to 90 during the latter part of last week.
• The brick work on Downey & Welborn’s new brick will be completed in a few days.
• A new fire bell has been purchased by the corporation. It weighs about 350 pounds and cost $58.
• The grand jury is engaged in raking the county over, as with a fine tooth comb, hunting for misdemeanors.
• The Martin-Moore damage suit will be tried again in this court. This is the case in which all of Barton Township appears as witnesses.
Something of a scare about mad dogs prevails at present in this community. A small black dog belonging to a family living in the western part of town, which had hitherto manifested only the most amiable disposition, began suddenly, about the middle of last week, to manifest symptoms of ferocity by biting two other dogs, besides also biting its mistress and her baby, about a year old, after which it howled dismally for a few moment in a strange manner hard to describe, and then suddenly dashed out of the house and away from the premises, also which time its whereabouts remain unknown.
The day following a small dog, supposed to be the same one, and known to be mad, ran from the direction of Princeton through the country west of town, biting several other dogs as it pursued its way.
The dog was finally killed by a farmer in the Marsh creek neighborhood, and the dogs bitten by him have been killed or chained securely to await any developments of that terrible disease, hydrophobia.
• At last we are to have a new school building suitable for the present necessities of our town. Our people have long desired a good house and our trustee has now arranged to build one which will be an ornament to our town.
Boonville has no vacant tenement homes.
A Boonville rat terrier died of hydrophobia last week.
Pitching dollars is the favorite industry of Petersburg.
Eleven paupers were fed at the Wabash County, Illinois poor house.
The roller skating craze is having a run in several surrounding towns.