July 18, 1833

The price for admittance to the wax figures, consisting of the Salem murder, &c. now exhibiting in this town, is reduced to 12 1-2 cents, without distinction of age.

July 21, 1843

The influenza continues to prevail, over all the North, and West, and a portion of the South. It is undoubtedly owing to some peculiarity in the atmosphere, but we have seen no attempt at an explanation of it. It appeared about the time of the visit of the President at Boston, and is called by the French, the grippe. It has therefore been anglicised the Tyler grip. It has been a severe grip for many.

Lightning.—On Sunday last a violent shower of hail accompanied with lightning, occurred in Freedom and its immediate vicinity. Large quantities of window glass were broken in Freedom and Knox. In Unity, a house occupied and owned by Mr. Benj. Douglass, was struck by lightning and very much shattered. Mr. Douglass, who was in the house at the moment, was struck on his side by the fluid, which descended his legs and left him through one foot, and through the boot upon his other foot, both boots being torn off his feet. Although severely injured, Mr. D. will recover. His wife and four children were near him at the time, but escaped injury. Our informant remarks, that the lightning entered the churn, in which the family preserve their cream, and made butter of the cream in it as effectually as an hour’s churning would have done. If the mesmeric influence if purely electricity, as some one lately asserts that he has proved, perhaps this may serve as a hint to some of our mesmerists to make themselves useful in the dairy.

July 17, 1873

Summer visitors are here in full force.

This is the season of outdoor enjoyment. Drives, excursions, picnics and fishing parties down the bay are now the order of the day.

New telegraph posts are being set along Union street, to which the wires entering the city from the Bay Road will be transferred. The trees on High street interfere with the working of the wires, by contact of the branches.

July 19, 1883

A sleight of hand performer was in this city last week, and taught several the trick of inserting a wire in the nose to be taken out at the back of the head. It did not work with some and the services of a surgeon were required to remove the wire from the nose.

A young seal was taken alive in our harbor on Saturday of last week. It was seen off Lewis’ wharf by Mr. Albert Robbins, who fired a charge of shot at it without serious effect. Jumping into a boat Mr. Robbins rowed up to the seal and with a gaff captured it. The sea animal is now in the possession of Samuel Holt, who proposes to tame it. The seal is about two feet long and very fat. It swims about in a tank and seems to enjoy itself.

July 16, 1903

O’Connell is serving the new “college ices” at his fruit stand and ice cream parlors on Main street, and finds them very popular.

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

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