Friday, July 10, 2015
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, January 13, 1886
Two cousins, Charles D. Whitcomb and Edward Barker, aged 18 or 19, living with
their aunt, Mrs. M. L. Whitcomb, in Livermore, with their minds inflamed by yellow-
covered literature about a month ago stole $600 and a $500 bond from their aunt and
started for the west to exterminate the Indians. Arriving at New York, they thought it
only fair to their aunt to return the bond by mail. Upon their arrival in Chicago, they
laid in a supply of weapons and ammunition for their contemplated raid. But their career
was suddenly cut short last Friday by being arrested in Chicago as thieves and fugitives
from justice. Of the stolen money $403 was recovered.
The reed and rattan factory at North Turner is doing a thriving business, and is unable
to fill all its order. At present 40 hands, but the force will ultimately be 100. At a recent
town meeting in Turner, it was voted to exempt Charles Willard five years from taxation
if he would buy the saw mill property at Turner Village, and make his large business of
manufacturing boxes there.
Mr. Josiah Davis of Castle Hill, has just received over $1,400 back pension.
The Republican says Mr. Alex Sinclair, for many years known as an efficient engineer
on the N. P. Railway, has been disabled for service for about two years with paralysis of
the lower limbs. Christmas, the employees on the Northern Division made up a purse
of over $200 for him.
A memorial of the late Professor A. S. Packard is to be prepared by the librarian of
Bowdoin College, if subscription to defray half the expense are obtained. It will
contain a heliotype portrait and the commemorative address of Professor E. C. Smyth.
The price will be one dollar.
The librarian of Bowdoin College, Professor George T. Little, asks the aid of
friends of the library. Efforts are now being made to fill two new alcoves devoted to
the publications of alumni and the literature of Maine. For these contributions are
asked of books, pamphlets, magazines and newspapers, written or published by
natives or residents of the State, including town and municipal reports, catalogues
of educational institutions, Masonic publication, etc. If you have a single book or
pamphlet you can give, please mail it directly to the library. If more, inform the
librarian by postal card and he will provide transportation.
The Leather-board factory of Charles Davis, Saccarappa, is running both day and
night, starting every Monday morning at 12 o'clock.
The Presumpscot rose eight inches during the late rains-Foster & Brown, machinists,
shipped 8,800 pounds of machinery to J. D. McFadden, Oswego, New York, last week,
to be used in the manufacture of pulp pails. E. J. B.
Mr. Joseph V. R. Coombs, who died in Yarmouth, December 31st, was a man of
genial and obliging disposition and of an active energetic temperament. He had, in
his life much to contend against, but he wrought manfully up to a position of competence
and, by means of a useful business, rendered substantial help and advantage to the
community in which he lived. His kindly deeds were non-ostentatious one, and no man
much more likely to be forgotten than remembered, by him who performed them; but
in all the length and breadth of our two village could be more successfully, relied on
for effective aid, in any perplexity or distress than he. A. C. D.
Mr. Levi Phinney, of Gorham, aged 50 discharged a pistol into his mouth Wednesday,
with suicidal intent. The ball lodged in the muscles of the neck.
Professor Avery of Bowdoin, has recently been elected a member of the Royal Asiatic
Society of England and Ireland, a distinction rarely awarded to an American scholar, as
so few of them pursue the study of the Asiatic languages.
Fred Mason, of Saccarappa, aged 14, fell into the river Monday of last week and
was rescued from drowning by Willie Beatty. The Mason boy got a severe cold as a
result and died Wednesday from congestion of the brain.