Feb. 4, 1853

A “subscriber” has a notion of going to Australia, and wants us to publish information concerning that country. We certainly remember of writing a long account of that charming region. Our subscriber must look his files over. However, in Australia there is plenty of gold, plenty of rascals, both male and female, plenty of bugs and vermin, and plenty of hard work. There are also packet lines to Australia from Boston. “A correspondent” wants to know if we want ship-news by mail. Certainly, we want it in any way. And let the postage be charged to us. All the local news,—moving accidents by flood or field,—prodigious storms, wonderful births, deaths, marriages, &c. we like to receive, and will pay our own postage.

Feb. 6, 1863

On Sunday night last, while the jailer was absent from town, three prisoners made their escape from the jail in this city. There were Winslow, Barnes and McDaniels. Winslow, who was awaiting trial for the robbery of Hervey’s store, opened his cell door with fake keys, liberated the others, and the three got out through a hole in the roof. Winslow was retaken in Albion, and returned to the jail on Wednesday. The others are still at liberty.

Feb. 6, 1873

The small pox has been confined to the house in which it first appeared, by great care on the part of authorities, and all danger of contagion is over.

Buried on Tuesday, in a grave due south-east and nor’-west, five feet deep, all that remained of the small pox in this city, consisting of the clothes lately used by the patients in the brick house. The ceremony was brief—the mourners few. May it never be resurrected.

Dodge, who has some fine oysters in the shell stored in the cellar of his saloon, was surprised to find lots of empty shells scattered around. One day, however, he surprised a rat carrying off his oyster knife, and then he saw through it.

Feb. 8, 1883

The train Friday noon was late owing to a broken truck on the baggage car. When near the Wescott bridge one truck broke, the detached part lodging in such a manner as to act as a brake, the remaining portion sliding along the rail.

Feb. 9, 1893

Mail carrier Boynton of the North Searsmont route got out suddenly and slid down a steep hill in the slush while coming in Monday. The horse, relieved of the driver and mail finding himself slewed around and heading up the hill, kept on back to Belmont corner. “Pres.” got here just the same.

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