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McNeal & Prosser married

Arthur J. McNeal and Miss Deana B. Prosser, both of Warrensburgh, were united in marriage by the Rev. Thomas J. Hunter at the Baptist parsonage the morning of June 14, 1913. They were attended by Miss Maude Griffin and Henry Griffin, cousins of the groom. The happy couple left on the 8 o’clock trolley for a wedding trip.

Flies weren’t the culprits

The Bluebottle Stable fly, charged by Rockefeller Institute investigators with responsibility for infantile paralysis, has been exonerated by scientists of the California State University at Berkeley on the strength of experiments with 17 monkeys. Not a single one showed systems of infantile or any other kind of paralysis.

Young con artists stymied

The Board of Health has decided to pay no more bounties for the killing of flies. It has become known to them that numerous small boys have discovered that they could breed flies in great numbers by cooping them up while young and they have been collecting large bounties each week.

Deaths in the news

Wilson S. Smead, 71, prominent Luzerne postmaster, was found dead June 8, 1913 in his bed at home. A veteran of the Civil War, he was appointed postmaster by President Roosevelt in 1904. He is survived by two sons, Walter and Clifford Smead.

John G. Harris, 69, a native of Warrensburgh, who left here about 50 years ago and made his home in Johnstown where he engaged in glove making, died June 8, 1913 after a year’s illness from a complication of diseases.

Two black bears died at the hands of Clark Hayes the other day and the larger of them weighed 400 pounds while the little one weighed about 100 pounds. The big one was tough and did not give up his life or the little one’s life easily as he bared his teeth and flashed his claws and gave Hayes considerable trouble. The bears were caught in traps on the ridge and could not get away when they were shot and killed.

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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