Wednesday, April 29, 2015
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, October 29, 1881
John Mathews, of Warren, fell into the hold of the ship J. B. Thomas at
Thomaston last Friday, and died the next day.
Albert S. Eells, on of the original settlers of Rockport, died last Sunday. He
was for many years engaged in ship building.
Professor A. R. Dunton, of Camden, is preparing for the press a book setting
forth his reasons for still believing that Nathan F. Hart is innocent of the murder
of Mrs. Merservey, for which he is suffering a life sentence in the State prison.
He has been studying the matter for three and one-half years, and is more than
ever convinced that a cruel wrong has been done to an innocent man.
The Knox Bar Association is taking action upon the charges preferred against
W. C. Perrigo, formerly of Rockland, who is accused of adultery, forgery, and an
attempt at blackmail. A committee is investigating the matter.
Captain Roscoe Babbidge of North Island, took 800 barrels of mackerel in
The Rockland Courier relate a case that might have easily developed into
another Willie Cain case. Johnnie Davis, aged 10 and Willie Gray, aged 5 went
sailing one forenoon, and were driven by a strong wind on the rocks of the shore
west of Easter's Cove. A severe storm raged all night and the boys did not come
home. The next forenoon the older boy arrived home and told several conflicting
stories about his little companion, and there were suspicions that he had made way
with him. But toward night the little fellow was found in a field, apparently lifeless,
lying with face downward. He was carried to a house, and after a long time
restored to consciousness. For 24 hours this 5 year old boy had been exposed in
a open field, clad only in a thin pair of pants and a light waist coat, exposed to the
pitiless rain and the stinging cold. A tough constitution alone saved his life. He
was soon playing around the streets as well as ever. The case affords a curious
parallel to the Rockport tragedy, as the Courier states it. If Willie had not been
resuscitated, the circumstantial evidence against Johnnie would have been very
strong against because of his conflicting stories to account for come home without
the little boy who had accompanied him.
The Cobb Lime Company, have loaded sixteen vessels for various ports during
the week, as specified in our marine column, with a total of 14,000 casks. In
addition they shipped 1,300 casks over the K. & L. for sundry points. The shipments
by rail have largely increased, the total being 325 cars for last year, while up to the
present time this year 400 cars have been shipped. There is good demand the New
York market continuing stead at $1.10 and $1.25. Rockland Courier.