Sunday, January 19, 2014
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, December 14, 1850
Cheney's Pail Factory, at Kendall's Mills, Me., turns out sixty thousand pails
per annum!-Where's Hingham!
A contemporary says that W. W. Story, son of Judge Story, is rising in
eminence as a sculptor and is placed, by some, in the same rank with Powers,
Crawford and Greenough.
Judson Hutchinson is now entirely recovered.
Park Benjamin delivered a rhyming lecture in Saco last week, on the Age of
Gold. We should like to hear the gentleman before our lyceum.
Returned Californians. Messer's A. L. Fox, Alford Dyer, Asa Bailey and Oliver
Waterman all of this city, returned from California in the last steamer. News has been
received of the death of Mr. Deering Johnson, of this city and also of Charles Haskell,
We have received a letter from O. C. Nelson, of Upper Gloucester, now at
Nevada City, California, who writes-The friends here from Portland and vicinity
are well and doing first rate. Diggings good. His letter is dated Oct. 1. He sends us
a remittance of "mint drops" to the amount of $3.00 to pay for two years subscription
to the Transcript.-The specimens are very fine.
The Governor of California has sent a requisition for a man by the name of
Johnson, of Bangor, who recently returned from California with $5,000 in gold. He
is charged with the robbery and murder of a man in California, for which crime two
innocent persons have been hanged.
The rum sellers of Augusta are at their dark and dirty work again. One night last
week they attacked the house of Mr. Whitney, daubed it with oil and paint, and then
breaking a window defiled his parlor furniture in the same manner. We hope the
temperance men of Augusta will ferret out the perpetrators of this vile deed.
BURNING OF THE INSANE HOSPITAL
This event, which we had barely time to announce last week proves to be a
very serious calamity. It is supposed the fire was caused by a defective funnel.
There was no night watch. The north wing is saved entire, and part of the main
building, but the building cannot be repaired at a less cost than $30,000 or $50.000.
The loss of life is truly deplorable. The scene when the poor mad wretches were
dragged from the burning building, rushing back into the flames and perishing there,
as some of the did, must have been horrible in the extreme. All the females patients
were saved, but 28 male patients are missing most of whom probably perished in the
flames. of the patients from this city, five, viz. Eben L. Blake, Franklin Dennison,
Nathaniel Flint, John Makey and James Barry perished; while Captain S. Dunham,
Charles Coffin, Bridget Devine, Aaron Lewis, and Mary Doherty were saved. All
these except Eben L. Blake, were supported at public expense. There were also a
number of private patients from Portland supported at private expense, who were
Mr. Thomas Jones, an assistant, lost his life while nobly striving to save the poor
inmates. Much praise is due to many of the attendants, indeed for their courageous
effects in behalf of the sufferers.
The following is a list of the dead or missing-Linscott, of Bangor; Armstrong,
of Gardiner,* Wyman, of Readfield;* Richards, Willis, McLelan, Pineo, Hodson,
Harlow, Dennison, McKay, Payson, Norwood, Fuller, Barry, Blake, Atkinson,
Wilson, Piece, Kinsel, Dennet, Heath, Carriel, Flint, Foster, Green, Jacobs,
* Supposed remains found.
The remains of eight bodies only have as yet been taken out, although there can
be but little doubt that as many as 20 patients perished by suffocation.