Friday, March 28, 2014
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, June 28, 1879
Messrs. George A. and C. W. Thomas have sailed for Europe with the Tourjee
In the Superior Court last Saturday, Charles E. Prescott convicted of the murder of
Harry Williams, was brought up for sentence and repeated his last "confession:" to the
effect that Nell Pray killed Williams, and he buried the body; the Judge then sentenced
him to State Prison for life.
Portland has not hitherto boasted much over the fact that Weston, the walkist who
has for a long series of years found his account in coming a little short of success, who
has indeed seemed to consider a miss as a little better than a mile in his career, is a
native of this city; now that he has really done something, we can crow over the feat;
he was named Edward Payson, after the eminent divine whose name will ever be
associated with that of our city.
The sea serpent was seen off Cape Light by two different vessels last Saturday.
Miss Lizzie Smith and Mrs. Sturdivant of Portland, Miss Mary Gerry of Fryeburg,
sail for Europe this week.
John H. Goddard convicted of an assault upon Charles Lambert in January 1878,
and appeared for sentence on Saturday, his bail of $5,000 was defaulted and scire
facias ordered to issue; his counsel called Dr. Bray to prove he was suffering from a
severe case of hernia, and it would be at the risk of his life to be brought into court.
On Friday last the botany class of the high school had an enjoyable excursion to
Cape Lights under the care of their teacher, Miss Carrie Gould; they received very
hospitable attentions from the family of D. W. Fesssenden, Esq., who has a cottage
near the Ocean House.
Mr. Henry John Murray, for many years British consul at this port, has been
knighted by the Queen.
Mrs. Sarah W. Condit, wife of the late Rev. J. R. Condit, D. D., formerly pastor
of the Second Parish Church in this city, died the 15th inst., in Perry, New York, at
the home of her son-in-law, Rev. C. F. Dibble. Her remains were removed to her
home in Auburn and now rest beside husband and children in the cemetery at Fort
At the closing exercises of St. Dominies school, on Tuesday. Bishop Nealey
delivered an address and awarded the prizes.
Tuesday was marked by an unusual number of alarms which kept the fire
department very busy; there was a false alarm on Monument Street, followed
by a small fire near the office of the Eastern Express Co., which was extinguished
without an alarm; then came the partial burning of the house of Captain John
Armstrong, 24 Cedar Street, caused by a defective chimney; loss covered by
insurance; a more distressing fire was that at Dyer's block, Hanover Street, also
caused by a defective chimney; the bock was occupied by Alonzo Quimby and
eleven other families, several of them widows, who all lost most of their
household furniture; the building was insured for $3,000; in the evening the
carriage factory of T. J. Akeley, Preble Street, was destroyed, the carriage; tools,
and material being mostly saved; there was also a slight fire at the Rolling Mills,
and the light of a burning building in Scarborough was seen from the Promenade at
Schooner Sahwa, of Machias, before reported abandoned, was passed again 16th,
inst., 25 miles, N E of Cape Cod; everything of value has had been taken off.
Schooner H. S. Billings put into Vineyard Haven, Mass., 15th, having lost
Schooner F. Barney, Burgess, Captain, of and from Belfast for Vinal Haven,
Mass., is ashore on Dogfish Island.
Schooner Isabella Thompson, from Philadelphia, for Saco; which put into the
New London, Conn., leaking badly, will discharge for repairs.
Schooner Helen, from St. George, Canada for Calais, Me., went ashore on the
ledges of Hurricane Island 18th, and lies in a very bad position.
Schooner Connecticut, Coombs, Captain, from South Yarmouth for Bangor,
in ballast, in running into Vineyard Haven 17th, went ashore on Canal Flat and
Schooner L. T. Knight, Graham, Captain, from St. Mary's, Ga., for Rio Janeiro,
Brazil, put into Fernandina, 11th inst., having been ashore in the river. She was
discharging 18th for repairs.
Schooner Hayena, of St. George, Canada, went shore near Hurrican Isle 13th,
was knocked off about 20 feet of her keel. She was hauled off about midnight,
and will be laced on the railway at Rockland.