Wednesday, August 6, 2014
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, January 28, 1871
MATTERS IN MAINE
The report of the Investigating Committee traces the history of the "Paper
Credit" frauds back to their source, which they find out of their jurisdiction, in
the office of the Provost Marshal General of the United States. General Frye
is directly charged with having allowed certain lists of names presented to him
by substitute brokers of the state, which he must have known to be fraudulent,
to pass unchallenged. One or two witnesses, not however, entirely reliable,
being parties deeply implicated in the fraud, swear that General Frye received
from them a direct bribe for passing their lists-a check for $3000 having been
sent him by Delancy, if that worthy and his partner, Mr. Yates, may be credited.
A good deal of "small game" has been hunted down by the commission-hardly
"worth the candle," The only personage of political prominence in the state, who
is handled with much severity is Honorable A. B. Farwell, of Augusta. His sworn
statements, made at various time, are compared with each other, with very
damaging effect. The Commission find a great deal of difficulty in getting
information from the Adjutants General's office, as also from the office of the
Provost Marshal General at Washington. Import documents seem to have been
"mislaid" or destroyed without the usual regard for the sacredness of red-tape. It
is calculated that town paid to private persons for names from their list, at least
half a million dollars.
"T. H. T.," our Franklin Plantation correspondent, writes that in July 1844,
Thomas Thornton, of that plantation, walked from Oak Hill, Scarboro, to Portland,
thence by old stage road by way of Gray, Livermore, Canton, and Dixfield, to
Rumford Falls, a distance of 82 miles in one day, between sunrise and sunset.
A very remarkable day's walk, indeed. Mr. Thornton is now in his 103rd year,
and is hale and hearty.
The Maine State Agricultural Society met at Augusta last week. Honorable
Samuel Wasson, of Ellsworth, was elected President. On account of the loss
occasioned by the accident at the last fair, only fifty per cent of the premiums
have been paid. The Legislature will be asked to make up the full amount.
Bangor wants the next fair held in that city, a committee will confer with parties
A correspondent writes in regard to the case of Mr. Norton, of New Portland,
tarred and feathered by his neighbors in 1866, that it was not on account of
disloyalty, as we intimated in a recent paragraph, but he was mobbed for the
purpose of robbery. The finding of the jury indicated that they did not consider
it a case of robbery, whatever else it might have been.