Thursday, February 5, 2015
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, May 12, 1877
Honorable Elisha Allen, Minister Plenipotentiary from the Sandwich Islands,
(Hawaii,) is visiting his friends at Bangor.
The Maine Teachers' Association, met at Bangor last week, and about 200
teachers, from all parts of the State were in attendance. Superintendent Corthell
read a paper on "Methods of Teaching Reading." He thought the phonic method
would save a year's study. Only classic English should be read, and he did not
approve of using histories or works of science as reading books. Dramatic
elocution he did not think fit for the common schools. Professor C. C. Rounds
of Farmington read a paper on "Teaching this English Language," in which
he expressed the opinion that technical grammar should be deferred to a late
stage in the course. Messrs. Rounds, Corthell and Robertson of Augusta, were
appointed to prepare, and print a course of instruction in accordance with the
views of Mr. Rounds.
J. M. Hager, of Richmond, the well-known ship builder, who was very
severely injured by a fall at Philadelphia, some time ago, has so far recovered
as to walk about the street without a cane.
Quite a revival is in the progress at Phipsburg in Rev. Mr. Lovering's
parish. Messers. Ufford and Roberts of the Portland, Y. M. C.A. have been
laboring with grand success in this field.
E. F. Tukey and John Littlefield have bought out the old original S. S. Putnam
Curtain Fixture Co., of Boston, and will remove the machinery from Boston to
their new shop in Fairfield, where the Chronicle says, they will at once begin work
on an extensive scale. Mr. Putnam began the manufacture of these fixtures in
Fairfield over 20 years ago, and has made a fortune by their manufacture and sale.
Mr. Littlefield has been his foreman 15 years.
C. Davis Miller is Nominate Postmaster at Skowhegan.
The wife of Colonel A. W. Wildes, of Skowhegan, died suddenly last week.
She had suffer from asthma, and procured some stamonium by advice of a nurse,
and steeping it partook quite freely. She died in a short time, and some suppose it
was from the medicine. Her physician think her heart had become affected by
disease and this caused her death.
A salmon weighing 33 1/2 lbs., was lately caught in the Penobscot, to which
was attached a metallic tag numbered "1019" showing that it had been caught three
or four years ago and liberated at the Bucksport breeding works by Mr. Atkins.
An interesting case was tried at Belfast recently. The heirs of Robert Elwell
claimed that a deed of land in Northport purporting to be give by him in 1815, and
upon which all the titles to the land have stood since that date, was a forgery. They
said that Robert Elwell sailed around Cape Horn in 1811 and never returned. They
brought experts to show that his signature was unlike genuine signatures that were
offered. But their whole case was nearly taken out from under them by the
production of a paper folded so as to show only a signature. This signature the
experts said was identical with that on the deed of 1815. It proved to be a genuine
signature of Robert Elwell witnessing a deed of land in Belfast made in 1815. This
of course settled the matter, and the plaintiff consented to a nonsuit.