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Boy's brains scattered by angry mule

Pottsville woman shoots herself while guarding against ghosts

An unusual story from the Pittsburgh Daily Post, December 1, 1882:


POTTSVILLE, November 30.-- Mrs. Thos. Moore, of Lac Gap, died to-day from the effects of a wound inflicted personally by herself yesterday morning while in bed. Eight months ago her husband, who was then employed as a night watchman at Spring Colliery, began to imagine that he was haunted by spectres and weird and mysterious forms. So confident was he that he saw these objects that he repeatedly fired a pistol at the ghostly visitors.

He said nothing to his wife of the matter until quite recently. At her request Moore obtained day work and the apparitions disappeared until within a few weeks ago when Mrs. Moore claimed that she was haunted as her husband had been, and that ungainly spectres and phantoms prowled around their house both day and night. This time the apparitions were accompanied by sulphuric odors.

Mrs. Moore invited a number of her neighbors to her home and they all positively declare that the building was …

A graveyard of stillborn children

You never quite know what you may dig up while building a new house, as this following newspaper story demonstrates. From the Lebanon Daily News on May 1, 1905:


Workmen, while making excavations for a new house at the corner of South alley and Partridge avenue, this morning, unearthed two small rough coffins, which are supposed to contain the skulls and decayed bones of three bodies. The coffins as found are really only old wooden boxes and their rotten condition would indicate that they had been in the ground for many years. The find attracted considerable attention, and the exaggerated stories set afloat soon aroused Coroner A.B. Schultz and Deputy Coroner C.D. Weirich, who promptly made an investigation.

One box, when opened, was found to contain two tiny shells about as thick as paper, which, it is believed, were the backs of two skulls. Some ashes in the box were thought to be the crumbled bones of rudely buried corpses. The other box contained even less to identify as bones and i…