Wednesday, June 10, 2015
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, April 20, 1872
Mrs. Lydia Osgood, of Gardiner, aged 76, mother of J. K. Osgood, the leader of
the great temperance reform recently inaugurated, fell and broke her as she was on
her way to early morning prayer meeting of the Conference on Saturday. She kept
on and attended the prayer meeting and with heroic fortitude, holding the broken
limb with the other hand. Then she walked home and sent for a surgeon. In the
afternoon, with her arm in a sling, she attended meeting again!
The session of the Maine Conference of the M. E. church at Gardiner last week
was numerously attended, pleasant and harmonious. William Deering of this city,
and F. A. Plaisted, of Gardiner, were elected lay delegates to the General Conference
with Charles Beals, of Augusta, and J. M. Heath, of Portland, as reserves. The
clerical delegates elected were Parker Jacques, Stephen Allen, Charles Munger
and S. F. Wetherbee, with George Webber, and Professor J. L. Morse, as reserves.
The General Conference concurred in the addition to the restrictive rules of the
church passed by the Baltimore Conference, "that the time of pastoral service
shall not extend beyond the present limit." But non-concurred in a provision that
the present authority of the Bishops shall not be restricted.
The house of Thomas M. Reed, Phipsburg, was burned Sunday. Partly insured.
Black River is clear of ice, and the steamer is running between Bath and Boothbay.
E. D. Marshal, in attempting to throw a bag of corn upon a moving freight car
at West Paris, last week, lost his footing and fell upon the track. A car passed over
his body, cutting him completely in two. He leaves a widow and two children.
Ephraim Sanborn, of Denmark, owns a sugar orchard of 1,300 maples.
Twenty Swedes are to work in the Basin Mills at Orono, and if they do well
one hundred will be employed.
A writer in the Whig, who is an experiences hunter, says a few cougar or
American lions remain in the vast forest of Northern Maine, but he knows of none
being killed for the past 30 years. The are sometime called "Indian devils" and
catamounts. They are quite plenty in Northern New York.
A breach of promise case-Bertha Witham vs. Joseph Lemont-was opened for
trial in the S. J. Court at Bath last Friday. Soon after opening it was taken for the
jury and sent to the full Court on the special point whether the minority of the
defendant at the time of the promise, although he represented himself to be of age,
would be a bar to plaintiff's suit.
The well known Dr. Mann, of "Strippings and Molasses" fame was convicted
as a "common seller" at Skowhegan, last week. He plead his own case and urged
that "there was no court, as Norridgewock was the place where the court was held."
Judge Kent suggested that the defendant has been in favor of the removal, hitherto.
The doctor replied that he thought now he would rather be tried in a better place,
among better people and where they have Sunday schools. Mann is out with a card
in the Reporter, saying he voted for Kent in Log Cabin and Hard Cider times,but
the times are a sight harder now, without the cider!