This section is from the book "Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: A Guide To Correct Writing", by Thos. E. Hill. Also available from Amazon: Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: The How-To-Do-Everything Book Of Victorian America.
For the advantage of the inexperienced writer, making record of home news, the following partial list is given, containing subjects of general interest to the public.
Accidents. - When, where, to whom.
Amusements, Excursions, Etc. - When, where; character of amusement, etc.
Births. - When, where, name of parents and sex of child.
Burglary. - When, where, by whom, amount stolen, etc.
Crops. - Present condition and future prospects.
Crime Of any kind. - Names of offenders; nature of the crime.
Churches. - Change of pastors, revivals, election of church officers, etc.
Dissolutions of Partnership. - Names of parties, where going, what to do.
Deaths. - Who, when, where, cause.
Discoveries. - Of curiosities, or anything new or valuable.
Distinguished Arrivals. - At the hotels or elsewhere.
Divorces. - Who, when, where, cause. When and where married.
Elopements. - Names of parties and circumstances.
Election Intelligence. - Election takes place when, candidates to be, or are elected, etc.
Fires. - Whose property, when, where, cause, amount of insurance, names of companies insured in.
Facts and Figures. - Concerning any products raised in the vicinity, amount sold, profits, etc.
Improvements. - By whom, where, and costs.
Inventions. - Patents granted to whom, what for, nature of the improvement.
Lectures. - Past, or to come; when, where, by whom, substance of what was said.
Marriages. - Who, when, where, by whom married, where gone on bridal tour.
Murders. - When, where, who, by whom, object of the murder, circumstances.
New Comers. - Their business, where located, where from, etc.
New Manufactures. - In prospect, when, where, by whom established, kind, etc.
New Buildings. - To be or built, erected by whom, for what purpose, cost, etc.
Price of Staple Commodities. - In the market, prospect for the future, etc.
Parties Leaving Town. - Who, when, where going, business going into.
Presentations. - By whom, to whom, where given, what presented, why.
Railroads. - New roads in prospect, profits of present roads, etc.
Sales of Real Estate. - By whom, to whom, who will occupy, amount paid, etc.
Shows, Exhibitions, Fairs. - Where, when, who gives them, character of entertainment.
Schools. - Facts and figures concerning them, change of teachers, improvements needed, etc.
Secret Societies. - Election of officers, prosperity and condition of the society.
Strange Phenomena. - In the heavens, in the elements, on or in the earth, where, when.
Suggestions of Improvements Needed. - Where, when, by whom, cost, etc.
Surgical Operations. - By whom performed, of what character, condition of patient.
Sickness. - Who sick, cause, by what physician attended, health of the community.
Telegraphs. - What new lines are to be established, present cost of telegraphing, etc.
Violation of Law. - Whereby parties are arrested and fined, what offense, when, where, etc.