Sunday, June 15, 2014
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, May 18, 1887
A reporter called upon Collector Redman at Ellsworth Wednesday, to ascertain
how many liquor licenses had been taken out so far. He found the total to be 111
against 319 issued last year at this time. In the first collection division of which
Portland, Saco and Biddeford are the largest places, 28 had been taken out. In the
second division, of which Lewiston, Auburn, Augusta, Hallowell, Gardiner, Bath
and Rockland are the largest places, six had been issued. In the third and remaining
division, in which Bangor, Belfast, Ellsworth, Calais, Eastport and Houlton are the
largest places, 77 licenses have been taken out, and most of these have been issued
to Bangor parties. Scarcely a hotel license in the state has been granted, the most as
most of the applications coming from Bangor. The Bar Harbor hotel proprietors, as
well as those at other summer resorts are puzzled how to act. It has been a profitable
business, it is said, particularly for those at Bar Harbor, and much indignation is
expressed at the severity of the law which ends the golden harvest.
David Staples of Penobscot, shot himself in his pasture Tuesday. His wife heard
the gun and spread the alarm. He was found by the neighbors with his gun between
between his legs and the muzzle under his chin. The charge went though his jaw
up through his head. He was insane.
General Joshua L. Chamberlain delivers the address, at Castine, Memorial Day,
when a soldiers' monument will be unveiled.
Dr. Harry Staples of Limerick, a graduate of Bowdoin and of the Maine Medical
School, is appointed assistant surgeon of the Soldiers' National Home.
Charles S. Taylor of Sidney, was last Saturday arrested on a charge of forgery. A
note for $200 was discounted by the Oakland bank last fall, purporting to be signed
by his brother and grandfather.
Governor Bodwell followed the suggestions of his Arbor Day proclamation by
planting between 30 and 40 trees.
The trustees of the insane hospital have found it necessary to adopt several new
rules. Persons have greatly abused the privileges of visiting days, and have rushed
in through idle and morbid curiosity, looking upon the unfortunate people with
much the same interest and purpose as they would view a caged lion, and hereafter
Tuesdays and Thursdays will be visiting days, but exclusively for municipal officers
of towns and cities and friends and relatives of the inmates. Another rule is to shut
out the promiscuous crowds from the entertainments and dances.
At the Insane Hospital in Augusta, Arbor day 125 trees were set out, the officers
and trustees participating. One tree each was planted for Governor Bodwell and
members of his council. One pine was named Arbor Day tree and dedicated to the
Legislature of 1887.
Calvin Graves, the murderer of the wardens was taken to Thompson prison on
The mate of the ship Parker M. Hooper having spread the story that Captain John
Hartness scuttled the vessel, there is much indignation felt about it at Rockland, where
the captain is well-known and highly respected. He had an interest in the ship that was
partly insured The mate was a troublesome fellow and had quarreled with the captain.
George L. Brewster of West Camden, aged about 30, hung himself in his barn on
Monday. Cause unknown. He leaves a wife and two young children.
The Piper Packing Co., of Camden, expect to pack 100,000 cans of lobsters.
Four schooners supply the factory and receive $1,15 per hundred for lobsters
delivered on the wharf. The corn factory at Union expect to put up 200,000 cans.
John J. Allen, a dory fisherman of Rockport, was drowned Wednesday morning
by the upsetting of his dory. His age was about 45.
The Clark murder trial at Wiscasset ended Wednesday with a disagreement of
A carriage containing Misses Bennett and Elliot was backed over a precipice of
300 feet near the suspension bridge, Gilead. last week. The horse fell upon the young
ladies, and Miss Bennett was seriously injured.
A little son of John Baxter of Oxford, during the temporary absence of his
grandmother, fell into the cellar filled with water and was drowned.
The Western Oxford Agricultural Society have decided to hold a celebration at
their grounds in Fryeburg, July 4th. C. H. Walker, A. O. Pike and the trustees
are the committee in charge. The leading features will be an oration by some
distinguished speaker and two races. The Fryeburg horse railroad, that runs by
the grounds, will before that time be completed and in operation.
Hannah, widow of Samuel Wiley, Fryeburg Center, has been granted a pension.