This week in history from the files of The Republican Journal, as complied by staff of Belfast Free Library.

March 24, 1854

Circulating Library

All persons holding books belonging to the Circulating Library, whether taken out by themselves or others, will greatly oblige by returning them immediately. As soon as the books that are now out shall be returned – the Library will be put in good order, and new books added, making it worthy of the continuance of public patronage. H. G. O. Washburn

March 26, 1847

The frigate Macedonia is rapidly fitting up at N. York to receive and convey contributions for Ireland {note: for famine relief}. The ship is 1776 tons. She will be officered by experienced merchant captains (volunteers), and most of the seamen will also be volunteers. The Macedonia was captured in the last war, but has since been almost entirely rebuilt.

March 27, 1863

Camp Grover, Baton Rouge, March 12th, 1863 – The 26th Maine Regt. still remains at this place but we have been under marching orders since Sunday, 8th inst. Why our march has been so long delayed after the order of preparation was given, is a mystery to those who have always thought that success in military operations depend upon the secrecy and dispatch with which they are conducted. The event is so near that I will not speculate on the result; but I hope for the honor of our country, and the 26th Maine, that we shall be successful. My report this morning show the strength of the Regt., to be 877 – 89 of whom are absent, leaving 788 present, 200 of these are sick, so we shall start with some less than 600 men. We have lost 19 by death since our Regt. was organized. Yours Truly, D. S. S.

March 24, 1898

The last of the new instruments for the Belfast Band has arrived. It is a double b bass, made in Austria, and will be played by W. B. Wadsworth. It is of lower tone, by one fourth, than any instrument ever before owned in Belfast, and with one exception of an instrument used only in the largest metropolitan bands, the lowest toned band instrument made. The other new instruments are four altos, one baritone and one tuba, made in England, and a piccolo made in France.

In future, unless other notice is given in the window of A. D. Chase & Son's store the rehearsals of the Belfast Band will be private for practice and study.

March 26, 1903

Ben D. Field and Fred G. White arrived home by train last Friday night from their trip to Bermuda and the West Indies. They were shipwrecked at Bermuda, and in collision with a schooner on their return voyage from Jamaica, but their landward journey was without mishap, much to the relief of their many anxious friends. They were heartily welcomed home.

Principal Eaton. At a special meeting of the School Committee Monday afternoon Hal E. Eaton was elected Principal of the Belfast High School, to succeed W. R. Howard, resigned. Mr. Eaton is a native of Auburn, 26 years old, and graduated from Bates College in 1896.

Sugar men say that this early season will injure the maple sugar and syrup-making business. It is claimed that there is but little frost in the ground. To get a good run of sap frozen ground is needed.

March 26, 1942

Cesar Romero and blonde Carole Landis go in for a bit of romance in A Gentleman at Heart which shares the double bill at the Colonial Tuesday, March 31 with Typhoon starring Dorothy Lamour and Robert Preston.

Work at the new airport has discontinued for about two months, because of ground conditions. The blasting has been completed by the Bridge Construction Co., of Augusta, except on the extension of the runways, which will be done later, it is reported. Mr. Sargent and the other contractors have now gone for the present, and the only men working are a few who are cutting in the woods.