Friday, July 19, 2013
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, July 22, 1871
Launched at Hodgdon's Mills, July 3rd, from the yard of McDougall, a fine white
oak schooner of 105 tons, built by James McDougal and intended for the mackerel
fishery. It is to be commanded by Captain Alfred Pinkham, of Boothbay and is named
the Diploma. The vessel is finished in the finest style. Mr. McDougall has on the stocks
one of the same model for Captain Jessie Snow of (unreadable) and will lay the keel of
another for Captain Noah Snow of Wellfleet, Mass., in the future.
The Monitor asserts that Dr. Verrills' body was found after three weeks of
unsucessessful search, precisely in the spot pointed out by a clairvoyant, Mrs. S.
P. Hall of this city, who went to Oxford and gave explicit directions for finding him.
A son of Harvey Dunham of Hebron, 20 years old, was drowned in South Pond
Buckfield, last Sunday.
Miss Susan Spring, a native of Hiram, residing in Brownfield has agreed to give
$3000 in aid of a new Universalist Church to be built on the west side of the river at
Hiram. Miss spring is about 82 years of age, and has earned her money by her own
industry, much of it at 25 cents per day.
The saw mill belonging to E. Burbank, Albany, Oxford County together with a large
amount of lumber belonging to differen persons, was destroyed by fire on the 8th inst.
The dwelling house of H. H. Maxim, Sumner, was destroyed by fire together with ell
and barn and nearly all the contents, on the 10th. He lost 12 tons of hay, farming tools,
furniute, etc., and came near losing a child. Partly insured.
A. P. & F. R. Webber have bought the mills and lands and farm of Nicholas
Houston of Lincoln, for $22,000. The land is about 4,000 acres, situtated in the
northwest corner of Lincoln.
A jointer connected with a shingle machine at Great Works burst with a report
like a cannon on Saturday last. Doro Cram, who was running it, doubled its proper
speed which is 1200 to 1500 revolutions per minute, with the above results. One
piece went through the roof and was found on the opposite side of the river. Cram
was taken up for dead but soon revived, and the Whig says he will recover if not
Policeman Weymouth, of Bangor has the tip of his nose bitten completely off by
a drunken wretch named Ellison, when he was attempting to him arrest last week. Elison
hung on with his teeth and hands like a bull dog, till the officer got a chance at him with
his billy, when the Whig remarks, "the subsequent proceeding interested him no more."
Weymouth's nose has been sewn together but it is feared will not unite. Ellison was
only stunned by the billy.
The farm buildings of Mr. White, Corinna, were burned a few days ago. Also the
building of Ivory W. Davis, at East Eddington, the family barely escaping with their lives.
Rev. C. L. Nichols, formerly settled at Pownal, has accepted the call of the
Congregational Church at Brownville.
John Shaw, for 40 years a cashier of Lincoln Bank, Bath, died on Sunday last,
Mr. John Balch, of Newburyport, Mass., for many years treasurer and agent of
Bartlett Mills, was driving through Topsham on Tuesday week, when he got out of the
carriage to adjust the head-stall of the horse. The horse sprung suddenly, and throwing
Mr. Balch down, the carriage passed over him, fracturing his spine and otherwise injuring
him. He was taken up, and it was found the lower part of his body was completely
paralyzed. He died the same evening. He was for many years a prominent citizen of
The Anson Advocate says John Ray, Junior of Solon a young man about 20 years old,
was drowned at Carratunk Falls, just below the main pitch last week. The same paper
say that team after team goes through that place every day loaded with corn. The farmers
buying it for the coming winter, and many already feeding it to their stock-failing pastures
making it necessary.
Monday afternoon about 7 o'clock, a river driver by the name of Joe Redman from
St. George, Canada, performed the very daring feat of riding a log from the toll bridge
down through the swift water to the eddy just below this village. Any one who has ever
been in Skowhegan knows how swiftly the water runs above and below the railroad
bridge; we should judge that it runs in some places at the rate of a mile in three minutes-
perhaps even at a more rapid rate. The feat came off with scarecely any previous
announcement, still quite a large crowd gathered on the railroad bridge to witness it.
Redman did the deed with the ease and dexterity and as though he was entirely at home
on his log, dashing through the boiling water with only his pick pole to steady himself.
Several times the log plunged beneath the water, but still its rider clung bolt upright. He
jumped up from his log several times, turned and rode backwards and performed other
feats to show his dexterity. We learn the exploit was instigated by a wager of ten dollars,
which was quickly made up with ten or fifteen more with it. Redman has driven the
Kennebec for fifteen years. Skowhegan Reporter.
A new public house has been opend by J. L. Wetmore at Winterport.
On the 8th, as Ellison Page of Stockton, was riding home on a dray when he fell upon
the wheel and was drawn under it, the dray passing over him. When taken up his spine
found to be injured, so that his lower limbs are paralyzed, and he lies in a dangerous
The Coyle House, on Court Street, Machias, was burned last week. Also the house
of Elijah Demmons and his son, at East Machias.
The Eastport Sentinell says Elisha Small of Lubec, had exhibited last week a "stared
nosed mole," which drew crowds to the examine the animal. The star consist of little arms
or branches, about half an inch in length to the number of a dozen which it fastens on to the
prey till it has eaten enough to satisfy itself. The fore paws are like the human hand, and the
feet are like those of a cat. The length of the animal is about six inches.
James Cheney and Abner McFadden caught a live seal sleeping on the surface of the
water in Bailey's Mistake harbor; he made some fight when he woke up in the boat,
endangering the lives of his captors. He weighed 150 pounds.
There are 30 tax payers in Whiting who pay over $10.00. William S. Peavey is the only
one who pays over $100, his figure being $301
William Crosty fell from a third story window in Saco early Monday morning in a
fit of somnambullism, and was but little bruised. He belongs to the engineer corps of
B. & M. railroad.