Wednesday, April 2, 2014
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, June 28, 1879
At a meeting of the trustees of the Dexter Savings Bank last week a committee was
chosen to invite the executor of the Barron estate to examine the books of the bank and
made arrangements to settle his affairs with the bank. The executor refused to examine or
negotiate, and the trustees Wednesday voted to commence a suit against the Barron estate
for the $800 loaned by Mr. Barron to Dr. Fitzgerald, and turned over to the bank without
knowledge of the trustees. They have also voted to call upon Mr. Barron's bondsmen to
make up the deficiency appearing, and invite them to unite with the bank in employing
accountants to go over the books and state the accounts correctly. The bank has declared
a dividend payable July first.
A man named Alonzo Glidden of Chester was drowned recently on the West branch
of the Penobscot River. He floated off on a log from a jam of logs, got into rough water,
lost his balance and fell in. The boat not being at hand, before they could get to him he
had disappeared. He left a wife and children.
The man who committed suicide at Bangor last week proves to be A. J. Packard, of
Guilford. He had not been in his right mind for some time.
The Steadman affair grows worse and worse, as new developments are made. The
foolish as well as knavish lies he told during his whole pasturate at Dover, kept him in
hot water all the time. He explained one lie by another, until he came hopelessly
involved. He had a constant struggle to prevent people he had deceived from comparing
notes with each other. The catastrophe was precipitated by his attempt to get his uncle,
Dr. Steadman of Georgetown, to certify that his wife had died there. The Doctor, of
course refused to certify to the falsehood and suspecting his villainy, telegraphed to
Henry C. Prentiss of Foxcroft that he should at once visit Dover. Steadman was
informed that his uncle was coming, and tried to stop him by telegraph, and finally
hired a man to take him to Dexter, when he met his uncle, and the next morning he
started for the West, his uncle returning to Georgetown. His manner is still impudent
and audacious. He proposes when he gets clear to make it hot for his accusers. He
has even threatened Miss Gray, whom of other times he has profess to love so well.
(Steadman is a minister and a bigamist.)
Richmond correspondent E. writes; Considerable excitement prevails here on
account of several houses being entered by burglars on Thursday night. Between
$50 and $75 worth of silver was taken from the house of Mrs. M. S. Hagar, and a
watch and chain from Mr. John Perkins. At other house entered no articles of value
Edwin a Starkie, a lad of 11 was arraigned at Belfast on the 18th, charged with
the murder of Ezra Baker, a boy of 8. Ten days before, he struck him with a stick
across the legs in a boyish quarrel, as is alleged. The boy died of inflammation of
the bowels. He came home crying, and his abdomen was found to be discolored.
Starkie was found guilty of assault and battery, and sentenced to 30 days in jail.
A item was going around last week that John Robinson had fallen into the hold of
a vessel at Calais and was seriously injured. The he in fact fell 60 feet and struck his
head, and yet is in a fair way.
Phillip Phillips is to conduct a service of sacred song and Bible reading,
interspersed with congregational singing at Old Orchard Beach, from July 16th
to July 22nd. There will be gospel meetings and singing every evening, and public
prayers every morning. No admission fee will be charged, but a collection will be
taken up to pay the necessary expenses of the meeting. These service Phillips calls
song sermons, and they cannot fail to be very attractive.
Mrs. Ruth Stone was found dead in the road at Limerick last week, a case of
There was an attempt at murder and suicide in Lebanon on Thursday of last week.
Lewis Gerrish made a desperate assault with a knife upon J. M. Gerrish, as is supposed
on account of an old grudge. He cut a gash six inches long in his throat and neck, and
there are cut on his hand, and six places in his coat. Lewis was committed for trial,
after which he took a dose of strychnine which proved nearly fatal. Lewis is a nephew
of James M. Gerrish, whose wound are not considered dangerous.