May 3, 1850

On Saturday morning last, about 3 o'clock, the ‘Farmers’ House,’ owned by H. H. Johnson and occupied as a tavern by Josiah N. White, was discovered to be on fire in the attic, and when the engines arrived on the ground the fire had broken out through the roof. Although the building was wholly consumed, the stable and other buildings immediately contiguous were prevented from taking fire. The fire caught in the attic, and from what cause is yet unknown. It is reported that money to the amount of $300 belonging to a man from the country, which he had placed in the bar and locked up for safe keeping, was either burnt or stolen.

Hoop Poles, Hoop Poles!

Wanted ~ five hundred thousand Nail Keg Hoop Poles, delivered at Gammons Point, Belfast, for which a fair price will be paid. For particulars enquire of James Gammons, at the Point, or Wm. E. Mitchell, at the Head of the Tide.

April 27, 1860

New Discoveries in Africa

A letter was read before the American Geographical and Statistical Society in New York lately, addressed to that body by the celebrated African traveler, Dr. Livingstone, under date of “Tette, Zambesi, 22d February, 1859,” in which he gives some interesting particulars of his latest discoveries.

Advice from a Lady to the Ladies

A lady correspondent of one of our exchanges writes as follows concerning hoops and lifting up dresses:

The hoops should be near together, say two or three inches apart, and come to within as many inches of the feet or the bottom of the dress. A word about the management of the dresses. In the first place, in going up stairs you only need to lift the front of your dress, and in descending, the back of your skirts. The front part of your dress can by no effort be soiled in descending, not the back part by ascending a pair of stairs. Do, therefore, have a reform in this to my mind immodest habit you heedlessly have gotten into, of dragging your dresses behind going down stairs and lifting it up in front instead.

April 29, 1897

Base Ball

Two buck boards from the Belfast Livery Co., and one from L. L. Genthner's took a lot of boys to Camden to see a game between the Belfast Juniors and the Camdens. The Belfasts won, 30 to 5. They remained to a dance and got home at 4 o'clock next morning. The same day the old time rivals, the Congress street and Post Office nines, met. Victory perched on the banners of the former – score 26 to 9.

Columbia Bicycles

1897 Models, 5 per cent Nickel Steel Tubing, Standard of the World, have no equal, $100. Geo T. Read, Agent, 44 Main Street, Belfast.

April 28, 1904

Capt. E. H. Colby arrived last Saturday noon in his smack Daybreak with 1,800 pounds of live fish. The catch only included four or five haddock. Since leaving here on his last trip the weather has been very unfavorable for fishing, two snow storms and generally rough weather having been encountered. This trip was got off Seal Island. Mrs. Colby is now visiting relatives in Belfast and will go to their home in Sunset, Deer Isle, on the next trip of the Daybreak.

The coming attractions at the Belfast Opera House are Prof. Prescelle, the hypnotist, and George F. Hall in ‘A Ragged Hero’ – a play which unfolds an interesting story of love and adventure. Further particulars later.

April 29, 1943

Ice Leaves Swan Lake Saturday Morning, April 24

After a long winter’s wait – while fishing yarns of tall lengths were being spun by the Isaac Waltons of Waldo County – the ice went out of Swan Lake Saturday, April 24. Out of nowhere appeared fishermen, young and old, to try their luck with rod and reel. We have all exclaimed over the cold, late Spring; but in checking over a record of Norman Read we find that since 1891 the ice has left Swan Lake later than April 24 fourteen years, five years of which have been in May.

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: Gene Autry with Smiley Burnette in Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride, plus Wrecking Crew starring Richard Arlen, Chester Morris and Jean Parker.

April 27, 1972

Children’s Author Speaks

Mary Jane, well known writer of mysteries for children, was visiting her young friends at the Belfast Free Library last week. Mary Jane, originally from Massachusetts, moved here with her husband 35 years ago and presently lives in Newcastle. She is now awaiting the publication of her seventeenth novel. Most of the popular series for young readers are set in Maine towns.