Dec. 24, 1835

The subject of the mails seems to be awakening in the public mind the interest it deserves. We trust the subject will command and receive the prompt attention of the Postmaster General. It is a remarkable fact that there is not a daily mail from Augusta, the capital of the state, in any direction to the seaboard, except to Brunswick. There was formerly a route from Augusta to Belfast, but in the curtailment of mail transportation, under Mr. Barry this route was reduced, from a daily mail in four horse post-coaches, to a tri-weekly mail in a two horse wagon or sulkey. We believe the resources of the department will now warrant a restoration of this important mail, for important it certainly is to our eastern seaboard. If this should be restored, the daily mail from Belfast to Calais would also probably be placed on the footing of 1833. We copy below an article from the Augusta Age which shows something of public sentiment on the subject there.

Dec. 28, 1855

Our merchants in articles of luxury and taste were on the alert on Christmas eve, and their various establishments were set out with an unusual degree of magnificence.

Washburn’s book store presented an animated scene during the evening, and scores of juvenile humanity were made glad by sundry donations by Santa Claus, which might have been traced to his store. His shelves sparkle with the rich binding of new books, available for holiday presents.

Maine now owns shipping to the value of fifty millions of dollars,—more than the value of the whole commercial marine of any foreign nation, excepting Great Britain.

The Eastern Express had a busy time in delivering Christmas packages, and Frank with his loaded team appeared a good deal like Santa Claus himself.

Notwithstanding the hard times, most everybody about Christmas found a little scrip wherewith to buy something to please the children. It is always money well invested.

Dec. 26, 1895

Dr. Lewis Turner gave an exhibition of ventriloquism, slight of hand, etc., in Bradman’s Hall last Thursday evening to a good house. Miss Blanche Dodge drew the ring with the lucky ticket.

While the blanketing of horses left standing in the streets in cold weather is generally observed here, we learn that this is not the case in some other localities. The remedy would seem to be to organize a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals and appoint an efficient agent.

Postal clerk Prentiss of the Belfast branch railroad says the Christmas packages this year were largely in excess of last year. Monday morning he had three sacks from Belfast of Christmas goods. Express agent Gilkey says that while on some days the number of packages has been less than last year, on other days it has been much more, and this season’s business will show an increase.

Compiled from archival holdings by Sharon Pietryka, Reference & Special Collections Librarian at the Belfast Free Library.