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150 Years Ago in the Marion Commonwealth May 16, 1872

Two Fine Milk Cows with nursing calves for sale at very moderate prices. Apply at this office.

Died – In Mobile, on the 1st day of May, 1872, Mr. Peyton B. Mason, formerly of Marion, in the 26th year of his life.

Come and See! – There will be a meeting of the Washington Commandery, No. 1, at their Asylum, on Monday evening, the 20th, for work in the Red Cross Degree.

We are pleased to learn that our kinsman, Powhatan Lockett, Esq., will deliver the Commencement address before the Tuscaloosa Female College, on 14th of June next.

Shame on Us – Greensboro, Demopolis, Tuscaloosa, and even Birmingham – the place where the Sun never shines – can have well-organized fire companies, but Marion has to carry too much old fogyism. We have not yet emerged from the folliliferous period, and must do without such modern innovations, witchcraft, and heretical appliances as fire engines, cisterns, and fire companies. Well, there is one good thing connected with the humiliating thought of our condition of anti-progress, and that is the firm conviction that this generation will not live always.

Sudden Death – Just as we go to press, we learn with regret of the sudden death on Tuesday night of Mr. George A. Ryan, an old and highly respected citizen of this vicinity. He went to bed well and sound and was found dead in his bed next morning. Bro. Ryan will be buried in Marion this (Thursday) morning, at 10 o’clock, with Masonic Honors. All the members of Marion Fraternal Lodge No. 84, and all visiting Brethren, are requested to meet at the Lodge Room promptly at 8 o’clock.