Oct. 20, 1830

Cold Water is said to be not only the safest and healthiest drink in the world, but it is the best remedy for wounds and bruises. It should be poured on the wound, no matter how old; it stops the bleeding, and cleans the wound, which should then be covered with a bandage. In ordinary cases Nature will do the rest.

Oct. 18, 1850

“Sour grapes” is a common cry this season, but not exactly in the sense in which it was used by the fox in the fable. The Isabella and Catawba grapes, although abundant, are almost universally destitute of their usual sweetness this year, in some places they are not worth getting.

Oct. 20, 1870

The painters who inscribe prominent points with lettering, setting forth the virtues of pills and potions, are very enterprising. One of them the other day, in our streets, persuaded a charcoal dealer to allow the decoration of his cart, and shortly the vehicle was graced with beautifully shaded and huge letters, testifying to the virtues of the “Patent Back Action Bowel Persuader,” or some equally efficacious invention.

Clam diggers are supplying the markets with fine specimens, and the season of stews has begun.

It is computed that every chicken brought to market represents the nutritive portions of 48,469 grasshoppers. That’s what makes people feel so lively after eating roast fowl.

Oct. 16, 1890

The Dana Sarsaparilla company is making 6,000 bottles of medicine, which will carry them through until January, when they will begin to manufacture for the spring trade. The company intents to manufacture 75,000 bottles next year.

The workmen laying the sewer have had hard luck in Custom House square. First they came in contact with the pipes of the Belfast water company, and then they ran afoul of the old stone sewer that goes down past the post office. A portion of this sewer had to be relaid and the course changed. Where the new sewer runs through the old one iron pipe was laid. Notwithstanding these obstructions, the workmen are making excellent progress.

Oct. 20, 1910

Smelt fishing from the wharves and on the usual grounds above the lower bridge has been going on for some time, but no large catches have been made.

The city water is improving in taste and will soon be as good as ever. Some of the residents on the water front have been getting their supplies from a spring on the east side.

Compiled from archival holdings by Sharon Pietryka, reference & special collections librarian at the Belfast Free Library.

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