Friday, April 29, 2016
MATTERS IN MAINE
Election Returns. Returns from 339 towns and planation's give Washburn,
51,850; Jameson, 19,111; Dana, 17,182. The Senate will probably stand 26
Republicans and 5 Union Democrats. Returns for representatives show the
elections of 113 Republicans, 24 Union Democrats, and 3 Dana Democrats-
leaving more to be heard from.
Mr. Paul C. Tebbets, Lisbon, Me., going to the barn to feed his horse, and
not returning, was found lying on the ground in an apoplectic fit, and died
next morning. He was nearly 80 years old.
Brother Drew, while of the Gospel Banner, in the course of his travels
recently paid a visit to "Purgatory," a place we always suppose he did not
believe in. He say however there is not the least smell of brimstone" there.
Rev. Mr. Whittlesey, of Bath has been appointed to give instruction in
rhetoric and oratory in Bowdoin College for the present year.
Brother Gilman, of the Bath Time and Brother Dingley, of the Lewiston
Journal have been both appointed to the Legislature. The business of
legislating is getting to be quite respectable!
The Kennebec editor are loud in praise of Togus Spring and Mr. Beals'
improvements. If we are to believe them he is making that wild rough spot
a paradise of beauty and fertility. We know he is just the man to carry through
any enterprise he commences.
The new house and barn of Reuben Small, in Cornish village, were entirely
consumed by children playing with matches in the stable. No insurance.
Mr. Isarel Record, of Harrison committed suicide in that town on Saturday
last, by hanging. Rumors assign as the cause of the deed, his implication in an
unhappy transaction with a neighbor.
Henry Tibbets, of Fairfield, while out gunning on Monday, week, in getting
over a fence, accidentally discharged his gun and received the shot in his leg,
causing a bad flesh wound.
Elder Jacob Golder of Lewiston, has raised and sold $75 worth of cucumbers
this season from vines in his garden. He has also sold from the hills of squash
vines, $6.35 worth of squashes.
Major Henry G. Staples has been elected Colonel of the 3rd Maine Regiment,
vice-Howard promoted Brigadier General, Lieutenant Colonel Tucker declined the
Colonel Berry, of the 4th Marine Regiment, has been compelled to resign by
pressure of his private affairs, and Major Nickerson is to be appointed Colonel.
General Jameson was recalled to Washington last week by a dispatch from
Mr. Elliott, of Freedom, is said to have been arrested in consequence of letters
compromising him found at Cape Hatteras.
Mr. Norton, of Hallowell, has recently lost the ninth child out of a family of
eleven children-only two being left.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Messrs. Cram & Co., of the United States Hotel, served up to a number of
invited guest on Thursday week, the first salmon of the season. With green peas
and other delicacies of the season, the dinner was pronounced a great success by
all present. But this is nothing new at the United States. Mr. Cram is making it
one of the most popular hotels in the state., and often has on his hands more guest
than he can accommodate. A pleasant landlord, a good table and reasonable prices
are always appreciated by the public.
The Chadwick house, which was so sadly shattered by the gas explosion of last
Saturday evening, is one of the oldest mansions in town. It was built in 1765 by
Rev. Samuel Deane, then associate pastor of the First Parish Church, and was one
of the few houses that survived the destruction of the town by Mowatt in 1775.
The lot originally contained three acres, extending from Congress Street to Back
Cove, and was purchased by Mr. Deane of Enoch Moody and Arthur Howard (sic)
for 60 English pounds. The house was originally two stories high, with a hipped
roof, The alteration made after the doctor's death greatly changed its appearance.
It was long owned and occupied by the late Samuel Chadwick, and was recently
sold by his heirs to Mr. Ira P. Farring for $25,000. Mr. Barnum, who occupied it
at the time of the accident, had fitted it up for a boarding house.
A fearful and disastrous explosion of gas took place on Saturday evening last,
is the Chadwick mansion, on Congress Street, occupied by Captain Isaac Barnum.
Workman had taken off a gas bracket in a third story chamber, and neglected to
plug up the pipe. The gas leaking out, Mr. Barnum lighted the gas below, went up to
discover the cause, and no sooner opened the door than a terrific explosion took
place, raising the roof, blowing out the wall, and making a complete wreck of the
upper part of the house. Mr. Barnum was thrown down and so fearfully burned that
he was unconscious most of the day Sunday, but in the evening was comparatively
comfortable. Mrs. Barnum was somewhat burned in tearing the burning clothes
from her husband. The explosion was very loud and caused a great sensation in
the neighborhood. Crowds surrounded the house on Sunday. The accident was very
severe to Capt. Barnum, causing much loss as well as suffering, and we cannot doubt
there will be a generous response to Mayor Putnam's call in his behalf, for pecuniary
Mr. C. S. Robbins, of Winthrop, writes us that in taking down the frame of an old
house in which he and his father before him were born-the latter now nearly 80 years
old-he found the timbers sound, and among them picked up a old copper coin which he
sends us. It is one of the Nova Constellatio coppers, which appeared in immense
quantities in 1783, and were probably struck in England. During the Revolutionary
War no coins were issued, and at it close there was a loud and imperative demand
for them, which was answered in all directions. There are five varieties of this copper.
The one before us has an eye with stars around in on one side, with the word Nova
Constellatio; on the other Libertus Justitia, in 1783, with U. S. in the center,
surrounded by a wreath.