Thursday, September 9, 1898
The Marlinton people are sorry to lose old man Andy Kincaid from this part of the route, as he was one of the best mail carriers we have ever had. He was careful to keep the mail dry and never forgot or neglected a commission.
He was not fond of bicycles which scared his mule. He was an old Confederate soldier, and at one time was thought to be killed, and his funeral sermon was prea-ched. The remains must have belonged to someone else, however, as he turned up again and at present is as lively as a cricket.
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Reginal Tuke, of Mingo, drove over to Marlinton and sold a horse. He hired one here and it kicked his buggy to pieces in front of the courthouse. He secured another and got home all right.
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A seven pound catfish was taken from the Buckley hole last week. Two very large catfish had been seen there and after several days’ work on the part of some boys, the smaller one was killed with a spear. It was a mud cat.
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Some terrors took the town last Saturday night about midnight; yelling and racing a lot of horses up and down the plank walk. The people hated to have them do this but were too sleepy to get up and turn the cattle out of town. Let them but come here in daylight and try such capers and we will remonstrate with them.
THE FISH FRY
Misses Gertrude Bird and Emma King organized a fishing party Tuesday. They prepared a big supper and invited Misses Susie Price and Elva Bird, Senator McNeil, John and Lew Yeager, John Pullin, Norman and Calvin Price, and promised the Editor his supper if he would help fish. Now he don’t like to fish, but in a case of necessity, he can do it. And, too, the offer of supper was a big inducement to a man exiled in that desert island known as Bachelor’s Hall. They selected a camping place on the shore of the river opposite the mouth of Knapps creek.
They fished and caught 17 fine bass, including one 16-inches long, weighing two pounds. A big square limestone rock known to raftsmen, located in the river, was convenient, and they spread the supper on it. A fire was kindled and the fish cooked and eaten.
It proved to be a very enjoyable occasion, to use a stereotype phrase, and goes to show what pleasant outings may be had by our young people with very little trouble.
D. B. McElwee has returned from Hot Springs and is now at work in Swecker’s shop, where they are turning out a first-class line of furniture. They furnish coffins on short notice.
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The first thing we heard Monday morning was Orndorff’s threshing machine whistle. The next thing was Jeard’s horn blowing coming in with the mail on the new schedule. Jeard got there, but said he had to drive like the d-d-d-devil to make it. When Jeard has on a full head of steam, he says he can go as far as the road is cut out and back the same day. It will take good horses and better roads to bring the mail from Marlinton to Dunmore each day by 12 o’clock.