Wednesday, October 23, 2013
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, September 20, 1873
Glances about Town.
Judge Ashur Ware died at his residence in this city on Wednesday week, at the ripe
old age of ninety-one years and seven months; his name has been intimately connected
with the history of our state and his career has been a long and honorable one; born in
Shelburne, Mass., in 1782, graduated in Harvard in 1804, engaged in teaching until
1815, he turned his attention to law and politics and coming to this city taking an active
part in the efforts for the separation of the Province of Maine from the state of
Massachusetts, he was appointed the first Secretary of State, and held the position until
1822, when he was appointed the Judge of the District Court of the United States for
Maine District, which position he filled with honor and distinction for the long term of
forty-four years, retiring in 1866 from all the active duties of life; since that time his
bodily and mental powers have gradually faded away until he quietly fell asleep in
death; the Cumberland Bar has paid suitable honors to his memory, and his form, so
familiar in our streets for many years was committed to the dust on Sunday week.
In the case of the Maine Steamship Company, sued for the value of liquors seized by
the Deputy Sheriff while in their charge, Judge Fox has decided that the carrier is exempt
when goods in his hands are seized by a legal process; the rule ordinarily held by the act
of God or the public enemies; the libellant appeals.
Judge Clifford, who has been sick at the Falmouth Hotel is now recovering.
The Argus tells us that a foolish, old sheep that got away from a flock, and
running into Littlefield & Wilson's planning mill, jumped into a blazing furnace;
when it was pulled out it was roast mutton.
Judge Morris admonished some boys who had been stealing fruit from gardens
up town, that they wouldn't be let off so leniently again.
A little three year old boy named Frank Ford, was playing at mud houses on West
Commercial Street last Friday, when a jigger drove over him and crushed his head so
that he lived but a short time; the driver could not see the child on account of a cloud of
The venerable City Messenger, Mr. George T. Ingraham, reached his 78th birthday
The dwelling house of Mr. S. H. Colesworthy, Jr., on High Street, Woodford's
Corner, was destroyed by fire on Friday week; the fire caught in the attic from a
defect in the chimney in the ell; the house was entirely consumed; but the furniture
was saved; loss $6,000 insured for $5,000; there is great need of a fire engine at
There was a sweet time at Wilson & Co's grocery the other day when a hogshead
of molasses fell and burst at it was being lowered into the cellar.
The Governor has appointed E. P. Payson, of Deering, Stephen Hubbard of
Portland, and S. H. Haskell, of Cape Elizabeth, Justices of the Peace and Quorum.
Last Friday Sheriff Pennell served a writ on the clerk and attorney of the Maine
Central road to recover $75,000 damages alleged to be sustained by the Boston &
Maine road on account of the refusal of the Maine Central to allow connection with
it in this city; property is attached in this county, and the defendant corporation is
summoned to appear at the October term of the S. J. Court.
Mrs. Mary Ann Dolan, head cook at the Perry House fell over the embankment
near North Street last Sunday evening, and broke her leg, which it was thought
might have to be amputated.
The police were notified last Sunday by Warden Rice, of the State Prison that
some New York roughs were in the city, and that the banks were in danger, and
attention was paid to the warning.
Mr. William R. Carlton, the celebrated baritone soloist, Mrs. John Dwyer, with
the Portland Band, will appear in the Shaw Company on Thursday evening of this
week; tickets for the remaining concerts, 75 cents with reserved seats.
John A. Parker, formerly a merchant of this city, died in New York lately.
Rev. James Freeman Clark and Samuel Bowles were the guests of Honorable
George T. Davis on Monday; they have gone eastward on a fishing excursion.
On Tuesday in the Superior Court, the jury brought in verdict of guilty against
Black, who was charged with a infamous outrage on an infant step-child.
Messrs. S. H. Colesworthy, Honorable Horatio King, and J. W. Lane propose
erecting a brick block on Federal Street, extending from Temple Street to Hopkin's
Rev. John L. Evans will be installed pastor of Ligonia Church, Cape Elizabeth
on Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st; Rev. Dr. S. Thurston of Searsport and R. G.
Jones of Utica, New York will deliver the address.