Dec. 29, 1831

A man by the name of Boswell of this town about 50 years of age, who is said to be subject to temporary fits of derangement of the mind, was accidentally found in the afternoon of Thursday of last week, nearly frozen to death, in the basement story of the brick school house near the Court house; the thermometer was about 15 degrees below Zero, and he had probably remained in that place ever since the preceeding evening. The door was open and the windows (not much to the credit of the school masters who have heretofore, had at least the nominal command there,) sadly dilapidated. When found he was speechless, his body and limbs stiff, and his feet hard as a rock.—Medical aid was immediately obtained, but it is said one foot at least will have to be amputated.

The same day we learn that the stage driver between Ellsworth and Bucksport was considerably frozen and had to stop by the way. Many others who were exposed on that severe day are frost bitten.

Dec. 26, 1851

On Tuesday the liquors taken from the steamer Boston were spilled. There were several barrels and two pipes, and the stream ran down the streets, creating a horrible smell. We understand that it had been attempted to replevin the liquor, but this being opposed the property of those having it under charge was attacked—so it will terminate in litigation.

Dec. 28, 1871

Elder Garland’s Case. The examination of Rev. Mr. Garland, of Monroe, on charges of gross immorality, did not take place on Tuesday, the day fixed for the hearing. Judge Flanders opened his court at the public hall, County Attorney Boyle was present, and a great crowd of people assembled, but the Elder failed to put in an appearance. An officer, who was sent to his house, found Mrs. G. and sundry members of the flock busily packing up the household goods. Presently one of the world’s people from the northward reported that the Elder had been seen at an early hour going over the Dixmont hills behind a fast horse, and it gradually dawned upon the minds of those present that he had flown. As the counsel for the accused was not present, it was evident that he had made a remarkably shrewd guess that his services would not be needed. The members of the Elder’s flock, or those who still adhere to him, justify this course by citing the letting down of Paul in a basket from the walls of Damascus, to escape the persecution of the wicked. What other community is to be crowned with this “fadeless Garland,” cannot be predicted.

Dec. 24, 1891

One of the cats at Swan and Sibley Co’s store boarded a vessel last week and went to Green’s Landing, Deer Isle. She was placed on board another vessel and made the homeward trip.

Dec. 26, 1901

The person who is annoying High street residents by hanging paper dolls on the door is warned to desist or look out for trouble.

H. E. Morrill of Belmont has shipped since Oct. 15th 200 cats of various ages and conditions. Last Thursday he sent, on orders, 26 cats and kittens to 12 different parties in Massachusetts.

At times during the past week it looked as though the bay might be frozen over. On several mornings it was skimmed across to Islesboro and the ice was quite thick at times. No one can recollect seeing so much ice in the bay at this season of the year, and had not the weather moderated our communication by water might have been cut off.

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

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