Friday, October 25, 2013
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, September 20, 1873
MATTERS IN MAINE
A. Cushman & Co.'s shoe factory, Auburn, is increasing its working force to
A blacksmith named Charles Booth, on the Bates Corporation, Lewiston, fell dead
in the shop one day last week. Heart disease.
The house of David Stetson, East Livermore was burned on the 15th.
The editor of the North Star gives some personal reminiscences of Professor
C. C. Langdell, Dean of the faculty of the Law School in Harvard University; who
has been lately visiting the Aroostook. He began his preparation for college at the
academy in Exeter, N. H., in 1845, at the age of 19. Lest it should be noticed that
so large a boy was just beginning the study of languages, he carried his Latin lessons
in his pocket. His industry was so great that his progress in his studies was very rapid
and he was one of the best scholars of his class.
Mr. Shieldstream bought a place in Maysville for $400, and sold timber to the
amount of $300 from the place, and raised the first year a crop worth $500.
Llewellyn Powers has sued the Houlton Times for libel, placing damages at
Two daughters of Captain Pittee, formerly of Ferry Village were recently drowned
at Anastasia Island, Florida. They were lovely girls aged 15 and 13, and the family
has the sympathy of all the people of the village. Captain Pittee was in charge of the
erection of a lighthouse at that place. His three daughters and a colored girl were
riding on a car on the tram road leading to the works, when they were accidently
thrown into the water as they turned a curve. Only the youngest daughter, a girl of
5, was saved as the water was deep and the tide strong.
Mr. S. P. Mayberry of Cape Elizabeth in looking up material for a history of the rise
the religious societies of the town, finds the original letter of Rev. Jesse Lee (the
travelling companion of Asbury, and known as the apostle of Methodism in New
England) written to William Hall, in answer to request to preach there while on his
journey east for the spread of the doctrines of John Wesley:
Saco, Sept. 16, 1793
Bro: Would that I could be able to preach the word of God to your people. My
time for the present is nearly all marked out, but when I return next summer I will
try and stop a few days. Jesse Lee
The buildings of Mrs. Lydia Frye, Yarmouth, were burned on the 11th inst. Loss
$4000, insured for $,1,700. Two men were seen coming from the barn just before
the fire broke out.
The News says the champion husker at the Bridgton corn factory is Royal
Gammon, who husked 72 bushels in 9 1/2 hours. His brother Washington, also
William Quincy, W. W. Farnham and J. R. Bachelder are each almost as smart.
N. P. Hilton, aged 83, husk his 26 bushels per day.
The clothing manufactory of Jeremiah Parker & Son, Great Falls, Gorham, was
burned last Sunday night. There was $4000 worth of clothing in store, and $800 worth
of tools, on which there was no insurance.
Commissioner Dyer, who so narrowly escaped being murdered by the Modoes (sic)
(Modocs?) American Indians, when General Canby was killed is visiting his home in
Farmington. He is a son of Colonel J. Dyer.
Honorable Monroe Young, Mayor of Ellsworth, publishes a card in the American
complaining that he is not backed up by the professed temperance men of that city in
his vigorous and impartial efforts to suppress the liquor traffic. He says:
Some of these reformers and well wishers of the community have gone so far as to
say that they had "rather see rum running down our streets, than its sale prevented by
the present authorities." And to my mind the sincerity of temperance people has been
tested and found wanting, and further it has been proved that genuine temperance men,
they are scarcer than were the righteous men in ancient Sodom. As to the truth of the
statement in regard to the enforcement of the law, I refer you to the records of the
Police Court. Therefore under such a state of public sentiment, all I can say is, if you
want Rum, have it; but good order in the streets shall be maintained at all hazards, and
regardless of expense attending the Police Court, and the Police force of our city.
Mr. H. M. Mansur of Augusta, dealer in musical instrument, and proprietor of
of a musical periodical, died last week of typhoid fever.
At the New England Fair Dr. N. R. Boutelle of Waterville, took the sweepstakes
prize for best cow, 1st and 2nd prizes for best cow over four years old, first prize
on yearling heifer, second prize on yearling bull, and second prize for the best herd
of cattle, against several choice imported herds for other states.
Ex-Governor A. P. Morrill is about to remove his residence from Readfield to
Mr. T. R. Law of New York proposes establishing a patent clothes pin factory at
Clinton. The town will aid him by furnishing a suitable building.
A gathering of the Buffum family takes place at A. C. Buffum's, North Berwick,
the old homestead of the family on Thursday of this week. It is expected that 150
will be present.
The Springfield, Mass., Republican has the following paragraph in regard to the
Maine State Prison at Thomaston:
There is one circumstance about the Maine State prison which should be generally
known, both for a terror to evil doers and to the credit of the juries and sheriffs and
prison officers of the state. It contains more dangerous bank robbers and safe openers,
in proportion to the whole number of convicts than any prison in the United States. No
less than four different gangs of bank robbers have been caught and convicted and shut
up in Maine within the last five or six years, and at one time there were a dozen of that
class in the Thomaston cells. Other states such rascals compound their felony, or get
off on bail, or tamper with juries or buy their way out of jail by corrupting the turn-
keys with money; but in Maine they are caught and held. Among them is one first
class Massachusetts rogue, Langdon W. Moore, who has been concerned in robbing
several banks in his native state, but is now serving a seven years' sentence at
Thomaston, to expire in 1877. Along with him are several of his own gang and a rival
of New York financiers, in the same line of business.
Miss Lucy A, Mink, charged with the murder of Dr. Baker, is to be tried at the
present term of court at Rockland, Chief Justice Appleton presiding.
Captain Frank Lane who lives on an island near Vinalhaven has a span of horses
which he uses on his farm and also employs to carry passengers to and from the boats.
A few weeks since, during the absence of Mr. Lane, one of the horses backed into a
well about twelve feet deep. His mate immediately started for the house of a neighbor,
and by neighing and other ways endeavored to attract the attention of the inmates.
After repeating this several times, the neighbors became satisfied that something
unusual had taken place, followed the horse to the well, and after a little delay
gathered a force and rescued his mate from his uncomfortable position. To their
astonishment the horse had received no injuries worth mentioning. Upon his return
Mr. Lane had occasion to go down after passengers, and concluded to harness the
horse which met with no accidents into a single wagon, and give the other horse an
opportunity to recover from his bruises. No sooner had he started than the horse's
mate placed himself by his side, and kept his place down and back, and this was
repeated several times when Mr. Lane concluded to again harness them both and let
them in future work together in double harness. Bangor Whig
Launched in Waldoboro, September 13th, brig "Emily T. Sheldon," owned and
built by Messrs. J. Clark & Son, 425 tons new measurement. To be commanded by
Captain William B. Sheldon, of New Jersey.