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Story of Old Soldier Said to Have Sold His Wife

John Lightner, an old pensioner, attempted to work Charles Miller for a drink of whiskey this morning. Lightner knew that Charley’s father was absent from the city and so claimed that his credit was good with Mr. Miller. He is the man who is said to have sold his first wife to a neighbor for fifty cents and a quart of whiskey. That was when he lived near Vanceburg, Kentucky. He is reported to have done so repeatedly and his wife finally told him that the next time he did it she would stay away for good and she did. They were then divorced. She is now keeping house for the man to whom Lightner is reported to have sold her. Lightner has since married another and now lives on the West Side.1

  1. Story of Old Soldier. (1901, July 13). Portsmouth Times, p. 5.