June 8, 1831

A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words, that he is wiser to-day than he was yesterday.

Symmes’s Ghost. The doctrine of John Cleves Symmes, that the Earth is hollow is not exploded. The Portsmouth Journal states that it yet lives and improves, in the essays of a correspondent of the Gardiner (Me.) Intelligencer. According to the improved theory, the interior is not only habitable, but uninhabited—and, then, as the Polar Ice and White Bears make the entrance somewhat hazardous, he has recourse to a miracle in order to get the people in and another to get them out.

June 3, 1859

Back Again. The company of a dozen or more from Castine, that left this city in the Sanford in March last, intending to visit Pike’s Peak, have all returned. They are convinced that it is an exceedingly difficult road to travel, with nothing but desert country at the end of it. Some of the company that returned by the Daniel Webster, on Tuesday, report themselves as being amply satisfied with their explorations, having seen the entire elephant, and are now willing to stay at home. The whole thing seems to have been a combination to get men out there, skin them of what they might have, and send them home. The persons referred to state that after leaving St. Joseph, the further they went the less they heard about gold, until, at Fort Kearney, three hundred miles this side of the Peak, they concluded to turn back.

June 8, 1871

The traders on Main street don’t approve of the yellow loam with which the street is being rounded up. Dry weather will turn it to fine dust, and high winds will deposit it in the adjoining stores. The old practice of keeping the street up with beach gravel can scarcely be improved upon.

The sprinkler cart is out and doing good service. Possibly it may overcome the street commissioner’s yellow snuff on Main street.

June 5, 1902

Augustus Clark received a barrel of molasses direct from Cuba Tuesday, a reminder of the days when merchants all along the coast received large cargoes from that island.

Mrs. Ezekiel Small has at her house in East Belfast a barrel in which pork was salted every year from 1776 to 1895. The barrel is in good condition, the staves and head are very thick, and it is a peculiar shape, being much larger at the bottom than at the top.

June 5, 1919

The adorning of certain poles in Belfast and vicinity with blue bands flanked with narrow white bands at top and bottom has been the subject of much inquiry. These signs were so placed by the Maine Automobile Association, painted under their direction and indicate that Belfast is on the line of the Atlantic Trail, the highway used by the Maine automobilist in going from Portsmouth to Calais. Other markings used in different parts of the State indicate other highways and are of great aid to travellers.

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