Wednesday, April 16, 2014
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, November 11, 1871
Two girls who had been employed in the Lewiston mill last Friday were seen
throwing themselves from the "West Pitch," of the Lewiston Falls. Their names are
Ada Brown, of Buckfield and Anna Wood of Hartford. They seem to deliberately
remove a portion of the outer clothing, then throw their arms about each other and
leap into the cataract. Up to the present writing their bodies have not been recovered,
but are probably held in the undertow of the fall. The Lewiston Journal says that
several years ago a boy was drowned in the same place, and his body did not come
to light for several months. No cause was assigned for the suicide, both girls when last
seen by their friends appearing to be in good spirits. When the bodies are recovered
the inquest may reveal a cause of the rash act. They were only 14 and 16 years of age.
They made the leap just as the Maine Central passed within 200 or 300 feet of them.
It appears that on the morning of the fatal day the girls applied at a drug store for
chloroform, and went away because the clerk would only sell them half an ounce.
They wanted "lots of it." They had left work in the mill and were looking for house-
work, but did not succeed very well, as they did not seem disposed to work steadily.
Anna, the older one, was moody and desponding and she appears to have had a
controlling influence with Ada.
Another party of Swedes have arrived at Houlton, after a passage of only 17 days
from Gottenburg, Sweden.
Mrs. Gould of Cape Elizabeth recently ran a pair of scissors into her hand, dressed
the wound and thought no more of it. Two days afterwards lockjaw supervened and
she died. Her husband is absent at sea. A later report says that she died of typhoid
Mr. Weston Thompson, a young man who had just opened a law office at
Brunswick, has purchased the law library of the late Honorable Phineas Barnes.
Mr. C. Bliss of Freeport who was on a Western tour for his health, happened
to be in Chicago at the time of the fire, suffered exposure and has since died at
Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Mr. Benjamin Rowe of New Gloucester, the deaf mute who was fatally injured
on the M. C. (Maine Central) extension, recently had a brother-in-law killed in the
same manner on the Grand Trunk two years ago, three miles from the place where
Mr. Rowe was killed. Of the ten children of the Rowe family seven are deaf mutes.
Mr. Edward S. Dow, of New Casco, brought into our office the other day a
curiosity in the shape of a double apple-or an apple with two blows and one stem-
freak of vegetation that does not often occur.
Messrs. Brown & Denison have leased a mill of Lisk & Weston, at Saccarappa,
for the manufacture of wood pulp.
A nest of 755 torpid snakes was found on the farm of Mr. Milliken, Scarboro
last Saturday. The Press says in this connection that eels were plenty in Portland
market Monday morning.
Last Saturday night four or five men employed upon a hand car on the Ogdenburg
Road near Cumberland Mills were waiting by the side of the road for the regular train
to pass. After it passed it was noticed that lights were hung at the rear end, indicating
another train was immediately behind. A dispute arose as to whether it was safe to
put the hand car upon the track. Joseph Sweno, a Frenchman, insisted it was safe, and
and it was done. Presently the light of an engine which was coming tender first, was
seen and some of the men cried out that there was danger ahead; but Sweno said that
the light proceeded from a building in the distance. In a moment the engine came upon
them and all jumped off but Sweno. The engine struck him, fracturing the back of the
skull killing him instantly. An old man who was of the party had a leg broken. The
verdict of the coroner's jury was that the deceased came to his death by his own
ignorance and carelessness, the proper signals being given him by the trains.
The Farmington Chronicle says that Mr. Stover of New Sharon, a few nights since
had twenty-four turkey's-his whole flock-killed by a fox. He was an eye witness to the
slaughter, but was unable to prevent it. Either the fox was pretty rapid in his movement
or Mr. Stover was very slow.
The Bangor Whig says the experiment of breeding salmon at Orland has thus far
resulted in several disastrous drawbacks and the loss of more than half the fish. But
it is still hoped this attempt at fish breeding may prove successful. Thus far $1200
has been expended. Mr. Dresses of Princeton has charge of the operations.
A monument is to be erected in the Bucksport Seminary grounds to the
memory of Rev. J. B. Crawford, formerly principal of that institution and $200 has
been subscribed for the purpose.
A short time ago Dr. Joseph L. Stevens of Castine, now in his eighty-second
year amputated the thigh of a patient sixty-six years old for obstinate and extensive
ulceration of foot and leg of forty years duration. On the second day after the
operation the patient sat in bed and shaved himself, holding the glass in one hand
and using the razor with the other; and before the end of a week was able to get
out of bed without assistance each morning to have his bedding arranged.
Considering the age of patient and surgeon and the duration of the disease the
success of the case deserves records. Boston Medical and Surgical Journal.
A 13 pound girl baby, only a week old will call Speaker Blaine "papa," one of
General J. K. Bachelor, of Readfield dropped dead while conversing with a
friend near his residence last Friday.
The Rockland Free Press says that the schooner James Warren, owned by
Captain Magune, was taken from the wharf at Rockport, where she had been
moored. Pursuit was made and the schooner re-taken with the thieves on board,
who proved to be two sailors from New York, who took this way of getting home;
their names are William Welling and John Giles. They were taken to Wiscasset,
and lodged in jail to await the meeting of the Supreme Justice Court.
Admiral Henry K. Thatcher, United States Navy, a grand-son of General
Knox, has been paying a visit to Thomaston, his native town