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Interior Journal Friday, February 7, 1873 From Pulaski County Somerset, Ky., Feb 3, 1873 

Business reviving. On account of the extreme cold weather and the miserable condition of our roads, business had been very dull for some weeks in our town, and nothing to break the monotony save now and then spirited discourses on temperance, railroads, spiritualism, school-tax, or some other important topic. On last Friday, the gloomy clouds having passed away, Aurora made her appearance, shedding forth refreshing rays of light and sunshine, causing the sturdy old yeomanry to make their appearance again upon streets, business to assume a more lively aspect, and our merchants to wear more cheerful countenances. We hope the first day of February was an index to the remainder of the winter months.

A Sharp Get-Off. A certain young gentleman of our town, noted for his sharp and witty remarks, is a member of a choir. Being called upon, the other day, by a Dutchman who had repaired the organ belonging to one of our churches, to help discharge the price of said repairs, he responded, seemingly in an angry mood: "I supposed they want me to run the whole machinery of that church! I bought that organ, and made them a present of it, and now they want me to keep it in repair?" The Dutchman subsided.

W. Fox Richardson. Whose obituary appears in another column, provides in his Will that, at the death of his wife, a portion of his real estate shall vest in orphan children whom he raised.

Religion. The regular quarterly meeting at the M.E. Church, in this place, closed last evening. Elder Perry, that venerable and good old man, who has fought the battles on the side of Christianity so many years, was in attendance.

Bad Accident. A little daughter of J.N. Brown, about nine years old, on account of a fever when quite young, she has been subject to convulsions. A few days since, being left alone in the house, she was attacked with one of those spells, when she fell into the fire, and was so badly burned about the face, head and hands, that no hopes of her recovery are entertained.

Died. At the residence of her father, William Chrisman, four miles south of Somerset, on the 31st ultimo, Miss Alice Chrisman, in the seventeenth year of her age. She was a member of the M.E. Church (South), a pious girl, and much beloved by all who knew her.

Also at her residence, five miles west of Somerset, on the 3d instant, Mrs. Frances Zachary, wife of the late John Zachary, in the eighty-fifth year of her age. She had been for many years, and was at her death, a member of the Baptist Church, and died triumphant in her religious faith.

Good Templars.

The two Lodges of Good Templars in Somerset have elected their officers for the ensuring quarter, as follows: Somerset Lodge No 591 - John Silvers, W.C.T.; Mrs. M.E. Scott, W.V.T.; F.M. Cox, W.R.S.; G.h. Ensel, W.F.S. & T.; I.F. Shadowen, W.M; Miss S. Lay, W.I.G.; John Hopper, W.O.G.; T.Z. Morrow, P.W.C.T.; J.N. Beldow, W.C. Silver Star Lodge, No. 309 - J.W. Current, W.C.T.; Miss Lizzie Porch, W.V.T.; C.J. Huffaker, W.R.S.; John Canant, W.F.S.; Miss Mattie Barren, W.T.; George Griffin, W.M.; Miss Becca Wilson, W.I.G.; James Hays, W.O.G.; R.S. Barren, P.W.C.T; James Dehoff, W.C. Both lodges are in a flourishing condition, and doing much good in our town and county.

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