Wednesday, May 11, 2016
THE PORTLAND TRANSCRIPT, November 21, 1874
Glances about town
Mr. Reuben Ruby, the venerable janitor of the Custom House, now nearing
eighty years old, celebrated his "Tin Wedding" (ten years) last week; he drove
the first hack on the streets of Portland when he and Alex Stevenson were the
only hack drivers in town.
The free course of lectures provided by the Maine Charitable Mechanic's
Association will open Tuesday evening, December 1st., with a lecture by
Honorable George T. Davis, of this city, who will be followed by the succeeding
week by Edward H. Elwell of the Transcript ; lectures are also promised by Ex-
Governor Washburne, Honorable Thomas B. Read, Honorable George F. Talbot,
J. S. Palmer, Esq., Charles F. Forbes, Esq., Rev. Dr. Thomas Hill, Rev. C. W.
Buck, Rev. G. W. Bicknell, Dr. E. Stone and D. H. Ingraham, Esq; so it will be
that some very able and interesting lectures may be expected.
Captain Eben Harmon of Deering, some time since sent a card photograph of
his little daughter to a friend in Hong Kong; recently he received from there a
portrait of the child painted from the portrait of the child painted from the
photography on rice paper by a Chinese artist, and it is very finely executed
showing the art of miniature painting is well practiced in China.
On Thursday week the legs of Mr. Mariner, run over by a train in this city about
five weeks since, were re-amputated by Dr. Files.
Martin, Parnell & Company are building a very large and commodious carriage
manufactory of brick, on the corner of Cumberland and Elm Streets.
Mr. Mariner who has had his legs crushed and since amputated displays
wonderful tenacity of life; Dr. Files thinks there is a chance of recovery.
On Tuesday as Mr. Peter Hill of Buxton, was riding on a load of straw near the
Brewer House, a passing train caused his horses to take fright and run away, throwing
him to the ground and killing him instantly; he was about sixty-five years old, and well
known in this city.
Mr. James Shackford of the firm of Small & Shackford, book binders, died at his
residence in this city on Tuesday.
Speaker Blaine in a letter to the Daily Press, of this city, denies that he is a
candidate for the Senatorship, and advocated the election of Mr. Hamlin.