Dec. 15, 1831

We still continue to have good sleighing, and already have had as much as there was during the whole of last season.

Dec. 10, 1841

The Ladies’ Temperance Society will offer a FAIR, at Phenix Hall, in Belfast, on Thursday Evening, the 16th instant, in aid of the Belfast Independent Temperance Society: at which time and place, will be exposed for sale, a great variety of useful and ornamental articles, furnished by the industry, skill and ingenuity of its members. The people of this and the adjacent towns, friendly to the cause of the Temperance, are respectfully invited to attend. Donations of any kind will be gratefully received, and faithfully appropriated to the furtherance of the Temperance Reform.

Dec. 13, 1861

A Bogus Capture. Dr. Montague, now at the American House doing good to the afflicted, related to us that some ten days since, on his way from Calais to Eastport, he was arrested by the collector at Eastport and an officer of the revenue or coast survey service. The doctor, being of the English persuasion, only asked for the reason of his arrest, which he found had been done by a government order which described the person of some confederate agent, to which description the doctor answered very nearly. But arrived in Boston the prisoner immediately proved his identity and character by the certificates of eminent physicians there, and returned on his way rejoicing.

Dec. 14, 1871 

A Trunk Thief in Limbo. Sometime ago a trunk check was lost from the steamer Katahdin, and could not be accounted for. Soon after it was presented to Mr. Wells, the agent in this city, and a lost trunk claimed by a man calling himself Lot U. Hart, of Hartland. Mr. Wells requested the man to make out a bill of the contents of the trunk , which he did, claiming the whole value at $163.34. Among the items was “one mattress,” which was enough of itself to fill an ordinary trunk, and the remaining articles would fill about two more. Requesting the man to wait while he went to the bank, Mr. Wells procured a warrant for stealing and attempted fraud, and had him arrested. While before Judge Patterson, he confessed that he had no trunk, and had “found” the check. He was held to answer at the Supreme Court. There are now two men in State Prison for similar frauds on the Sanford company. Steamboat and railroad men always rejoice when one of these gentry gets caged.

Dec. 12, 1901

The American Express Co. has sent to Belfast a new horse to take the palace of the one that lately died. He is called “Teddy.”

One of the numerous large St. Bernard dogs in this city went up a flight of stairs to a stable loft last week and was afraid to come down. It took several men with ropes to pull him to the stairs, but when he began to descend his courage returned and he finished the trip of his own accord. The dog weighs 143 pounds.

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

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