April 2, 1852

City or no City?—We hope all interested in this question will be at the town meeting on Saturday, as there are indications that the vote will be a very close one, and for years the town has not been called upon to act upon a more important matter. We think the great question of the time,—“rum or no rum,”—cannot be involved in this.

We doubt not we are happier than that conscience-stained individual who passed a bogus dollar upon us. Nevertheless, in gazing upon it we can explain with the poet: “Things are not always what they seem.”

April 4, 1862

At a late hour on Saturday night we were surprised to hear the sound of psalmody issuing from the office of our neighbors the attorneys on the opposite corner. The true pennyroyal hymns were poured out in the night air with a fervor truly refreshing. Suspecting that a revival was going on in a quarter quite unexpected, we were gratified to perceive under the gas light some of our respected citizens, henceforth to be classed among the “just men made perfect.” Next day, however, we learned that the meeting was one preliminary to an Old Folks Concert, soon to be given, and that the vocalists there were merely shaking the cobwebs from their throats by a little old time practice.

April 4, 1872

The Lecture by Col. Higginson on Friday evening, was not a success. The subject was “The Aristocracy of the Dollar,” and the lecture served mainly to illustrate how a suggestive and prolific theme could be made dull, commonplace and uninteresting. There was not an original idea in all the two hours of words, and nothing that the listeners did not know before, except the place of residence of the speaker. “Newport, where I live,” seemed to be the pivot on which the speaker revolved to face every portion of his subject. The illustrating anecdotes were all old Joes, and not well told, either. It may be that the speaker suffered in coming so soon after the brilliancy of Phillips, but the evening was a disappointment to all who attended—for in lectures as in life,

“A sorrow’s crown of sorrow

Is remembering happier things.”

And the audience could remember lots of them.

April 6, 1882

This city is to try an experimental oil lamp to test its usefulness and cheapness as compared with gas. The lamp is to be erected in front of Ellis & Ginn’s store under the charge of Alderman Ginn, who has agreed to test it for one month. The cost of running one of these lamps is said to be but a fraction of that of gas.

April 7, 1892

There will be a meeting of the stockholders of the late Rheumatic Oil Company next Saturday, to fix up matters relating to that defunct organization.

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