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The SOMERSET PARAGON
Somerset, Ky., Thursday, April 2nd, 1896.

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Millsville.  J.W. Baugh sold to Abe Wolf six head of fat cattle and three fat hogs.  Anyone having a horse to swap would do well to come this way as we have a preacher in the business.  Pitman Creek has been on a boom for the last week.  Sam Mill's mill came very near being washing away last Thursday night. He is repairing the damage.  Someone would do well to come to this neighborhood and put up a first class store and attend strictly to business, as people now have to go to Somerset for nearly everything.  No services at any of the churches last Sunday.  Why is it we can not have preaching every Sunday?  Three good churches and only have preaching once a month at any of them and still we have people that claim to be sanctified.

Mintonville. (Deferred from last week).  E.J. Cain has been to Somerset.  The people of this community say Gov. Bradley is always right.  It is reported that Dr. Hamm will come to this place in the near future.  Rev. John Waterson has rented and moved to the Uncle Henry Davenport farm.  James Acey says its not worth while to put up his furniture as he will want to over again soon.  On account of the inclement weather, Rev. Ebrigh did not fill his last appointment at this place.  Sherrod Eads says Dr. Cain charges pretty high, $28 and cost, and he got knocked down in the bargain. 

Pulaski.  A.M. Tubbs had a good mare to die.  Born, to the wife of A.J. Dungan, on the 21st, a girl.  W.C. Pike has been quite sick several days with the grippe.  McDermont took up 1,100 cross ties from M.G. Higgins.  Uncle Perry Vanhook has returned from a visit to Moreland.  F.F. Hines and family and brother, Lacy, have gone to Ohio.  Perk Baker, wife and little boy, visited at G.B. Ware's some days ago.  L.D. Stringer, W.H. Steele and J.W. Anderson spent some days on the Cumberland fishing.  They report not many fish but a big time.

Saline.  Eddie Taylor is sick.  Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Owens are recovering from measles.  Wm. Massey visited relatives in Wayne last Saturday and Sunday.  J.E. Vaught and family moved to the Dabney neighborhood last week.  Mrs. Serena Jasper is with her daughters Mrs. L.F. Shadoan and Mrs. Isaac Jones, of Somerset.  Mrs. I.M. Peck of Rutledge, Tenn., and Mrs. Geo. L. Elliott of Somerset, were visiting their father, Rev. W.S. Taylor, last week.

Science Hill.  John Lay is very sick.  Tilden Day's house is nearing completion.  After the first of July we will have a daily mail.  Born, to the wife of James Walker, on the 22nd, a boy.  James Bryant is conducting a class in vocal music here. We were sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Blanch Eastham.  D.R. Hubble bought a horse of Mr. Adams and then gave him a cow.  Rev. E.B. Hill preached an entertaining sermon here last Sunday. The Paragon don't get here till Monday; it should come Friday. Miss Lettie Taylor who has been sick for some time, is thought to be better. Kit Vaught died Saturday evening and was buried Monday at the Crys Vaught burying ground on the Crab Orchard Road.  Science Hill is going to have new side walks.  E.C. Webb has the contract to furnish the lumber and Thomas Hines the contract to lay the walk. 

Skip.  Hog cholera is raging in this community.  Martha, daughter of Wm. I. Mayfield, is sick with fever.  Daniel Painter and Elijah Woodall moved to the farm of Buck McAlister near Plato last week.  Prayer meeting at Clifty Grove Church every Sunday at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Reuben Chaney. 
Margaret Burdine, wife of David Burdine, died on the 11th.  She leaves a husband (and wife?) to mourn her loss.  Her family have our sympathy in their sad bereavement. 
Squire J.N. Mayfield, on hearing something raising a disturbance among the chickens the other morning, looked out to see what was wrong, and soon discovered a large owl feasting on one of his hens.  The Squire succeeded in killing it, when it was found to be one of the largest kind, measuring five feet from tip to tip.

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