February 3, 1916

Prohibition is thinning out the crowd in the penitentiary. There may be bats in the belfry of that famous institution yet.
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Unless the faithful roosters crow,
The sun will not arise, we know;
But look not for an early spring,
The ground hog never does a thing.
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There are 760 newspapers in the United States printed in a foreign language. They are formed into an association called the American Association of Foreign Language Newspapers. The slogan of each paper is “America First.” A large scroll on the wall of the hall reads: “Many flags, one patriotism. Many papers teaching one Americanism. Many tongues uttering one word – Loyalty.”
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One of the text books in the Universities is the Federalist, which contains the papers of Alexander Hamilton, John Hay and James Madison, which were published in support of the constitution which was at the time submitted for adoption by the states, to form a more perfect union. In this book you can find all manner of good advice bearing upon the questions that are now agitating the country as to our relations with the European powers, and our fighting force.
The book can be opened at random and thoughts will appear that apply directly to conditions now.

James Gibson is able to be out again after being laid up two weeks with cold and grippe.
Mrs. Nancy Beverage, of Onoto, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. O. W. Kellison.
Ellis Sharp, of Onoto, was here a few days ago and sold Morris Friel a fine saddle horse.
Russel Hannah, John D. Gibson and Clark Hannah were at the county seat on business last week.
Frank Jordan was at Marlinton for a load of supplies for his camp the last of the week.
George Bright was visiting relatives near Edray, Sunday.

During the recent fine weather quite a lot of plowing was done throughout the Levels.
Bud Hogsett caught a big hawk recently. The hawk had killed a hen. He was driven away and a steel trap was set, covered with feathers. The next day he returned and pounced down upon the feathers, when the cold steel jaws of the trap fastened about him and restrained him from ever again mounting into the sky’s blue dome to take an inventory of the farmer’s chickens. He measured 4 feet and 8 inches from tip to tip of the wings.
During the recent cold snap a raccoon was seen swimming the river near Burnside. After landing he started across the railroad track, and when he put his paws down on one of the rails it was so charged with frost as to cause them to stick to it, and so great was the adhesion that he could not release himself and was held there until captured. The writer of these lines will not vouch for the truth of the above story.
Walter Given and Elsie McMillion, of Renick, were in town recently. Mr. Given rode the Masonic billy goat to the entire satisfaction of the A.F.& O.M. Lodge.
On last Monday the 25th inst. while the sun was making glad the hearts of men and gilding everything with its beautiful light, the soul of Wm. E. Kinnison took its flight to the eternal home above. He was born near this place October 5, 1837 and would have been 79 years of age the 5th of October. He was a son of William and Nancy Kinnison… Mr. Kinnison was never married and was somewhat eccentric, but a man of many fine traits of character. He lived the simple life, was quiet and unassuming and honorable and upright in all his dealings with his his fellow men. He was a good citizen because he was a good man… His affection for his niece, Mrs. Jessie Kinnison, was truly sublime. She said with the exception of her mother, he was the best friend she ever had… His body was laid to rest in the McNeel cemetery where those of loved ones sleep… J.H.C.

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