Friday, May 16, 2014
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, February 29, 1868
Glances About Town
Mrs. Elizabeth Kent fell on the ice on High Street on Tuesday week, and broke
her wrist; the frequency of these accident calls a liberal sprinkling of ashes on the
The funeral of Colonel Frank I. Jones, whose sudden death we briefly recorded
last week, was attended on Thursday week by the Army and Navy Union, with the
Portland Band; his death was caused by the rupture of the large artery leading from
the heart, and a gallon of blood was found in the chest pressing upon the left lung;
Colonel Jones was a genial, kind-hearted man, and his sudden death mourned by
many friends; he was a son of the late Captain David Jones, of this city.
The Mechanic Blues organized last week by the election of the following officers;
Sheriff George W. Parker, Captain: Charles J. Pennell, 1st Lieutenant; James T. Brown,
2nd Lieutenant; it is expect the first parade will take place in May, when the company
will turn out 100 men, rank and file; it will be pleasant to see this old company on its
It is quite a novelty to have a Mercantile Library Lecture once more; we shall
endeavor to report Mr. Willetts in our next. (as written)
Mr. Newcomb, the architect, has drawn the plan of a new Opera House, and it
is said such a building will be commenced on Temple Street, as soon as the frost is
out of the ground.
We learn Mrs. Partington, widow of the well-known caterer, lately deceased, has
sold her establishment to Mr. Barnum who will make a first class eating home.
Commodore George H. Preble, of the United State Navy, was in town on Saturday,
looking hale and hearty.
A barn owned by Patrick Martin in the rear of Salem Lane, was burned on Sunday
morning and his house nearly by was damaged by fire and water; slightly insured.
In regard to our municipal election to come off on the 4th of March, matters
are rather mixed; Rufus E. Wood, Esq., having declined the democratic nomination
for Mayor that party has nominated William L. Putnam, Esq., this disaffected
Republican propose to hold a meeting on Thursday evening when they will
probably put up a candidate; meantime the McLellan men stand by their candidate
and held a large meeting at City Hall on Monday evening; as a majority of votes is
necessary to elect there may possibly be no choice of Mayor on the first trial.
Mr. R. N. Brown, well known here as a teacher of bookkeeping, and who has met
with heavy losses by fire, informs us that he intends soon to open a commercial
college either in this city or abroad. Mr. Brown has been a successful teacher here
for nineteen years and has established a reputation as a steady and reliable man.
Mr. Swain, founder of the Philadelphia Ledger, who recently died in Philadelphia,
left three millions of property. Who ever before heard of a printer millionaire!
Bayard Taylor came near being a victim of the land slide at Naples, which
destroyed so many lives. He occupied one of the houses which was overwhelmed,
but was fortunately absent on that day.*
Horse Murder-The Horse Empire State was driven from Brighton to Worcester, Mass.,
on Saturday in two hours and twenty-four minutes, winning $1000, and died the same
Thad Stevens, when he presented to the House the resolutions in favor of
impeaching the President, Andrew Johnson (1865-1869) was carried in by two stout
*This land slide took place in Italy.