Dec. 22, 1843

The Cashier of the Belfast Bank informs us that counterfeit three dollar bills of the Gardiner Bank, Maine, have made their appearance in town this week. They are check letter A, dated Aug. 1, 1842, have a blurred appearance, and not quite so wide as the true bill; the names of the officers, Samuel C. Grant, President, and Joseph Adams, Cashier, appear to be written by the same hand. This counterfeit is a different plate from the counterfeit threes of the Brunswick, Plymouth, Eastern, &c. Banks, that have been in circulation the last two years.

Dec. 18, 1863

The Old Folk’s Concert, as will be seen from the notice in this paper, will take place on the evening of the 23d. It will be a revival both of ancient tunes and ancient costumes. The ladies are giving much attention to their antique dresses, we learn, and will demonstrate to the audience that they would have looked as charmingly in the habiliments of a hundred years ago, as did the celebrated beauties of that time. Let everybody go, pass a pleasant evening, and contribute something for the needy.

Dec. 20, 1883

A Singer sewing machine agent named Brown, was capsized near Deer Island last week, but was rescued after clinging to the bottom of the boat one hour. He tried to sell a machine to his rescuer.

Complaints are made concerning the large amount of English silver money in circulation in this city and vicinity. Some of our merchants think that war ought to be declared against it the same as against the plugged coin.

Dec. 17, 1903

The Belfast Savings Bank recently installed what might be called a book-keeping cabinet, although by its use the keeping of nine different books is dispensed with. It is a card register and furnishes a ready and convenient reference to many details of the bank’s business. The case is ornamental as well as useful.

Dec. 18, 1913

Words of Warning. The Christmas holidays will soon arrive. This is the season when naught but happiness and good cheer should prevail and it behooves us to use the utmost care in seeing that the dangers attendant upon the Christmas celebration are minimized, otherwise the day of happiness may become one of sorrow because of some serious accident from fire. Let us use caution and avoid carelessness in the handling of the Christmas tree decorations. See that no flimsy decorations are used. Paper and cotton are generally used in the decorating scheme and as you know are very inflammable. Many entertainments will be given in homes, schools, churches, bazaars and stores. Remember that light, inflammable decorations make easy fires. By all means avoid their use. Do not use candles on a cotton and paper trimmed Christmas tree; if electricity is used for the decorative effect, have the wiring done by a competent electrician. Also see that the tree is securely fastened so that the children cannot pull it over when reaching for the gifts. Don’t, smokers, throw lighted cigars, cigarettes or matches about in a careless manner. If trees are to be lighted, see that the children do not light or relight the candles. Frequently clothing is set afire by permitting this. The tree will also burn when dry. Better no lights than to run the risk.

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

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