Jan. 24, 1833

In this town at 8 o’clock on Saturday morning last the mercury in the thermometer sunk to 18 degrees below zero, and in less than 48 hours after, it rose to 45 degrees above.

It is no news to our readers that in this vicinity, that the winter thus far, has been truly, what is commonly called “broken”—alternate “cold snaps,” snow storms, rain storms and thaws.

Jan. 21, 1853

This winter our owners of vessels have been very unfortunate in the way of losses at sea.

Telegraph to the Pacific.—The construction of a line of telegraph to the Pacific coast must be regarded as one of the great movements of the day. So suddenly has a great state of the union sprung up upon the shore of the western ocean, and so rapidly are other states coming into existence there, that the most speedy means of communication with them is at this moment demanded. Without a railroad to the Pacific, so wonderful have been the advances of commerce and business on that coast, that a telegraph, (as the cheapest and speediest means of communication,) is now required, and, indeed, must be the precursor of a railroad. This fact has been discerned by the business men of the country for a long time. Sooner or later, by private enterprise alone or assisted by government, a telegraph to the Pacific must be constructed…

Jan. 23, 1873

The Thomas cats have begun to rehearse for the spring concerts.

Our streets were in dangerous condition from ice last week; several persons were injured by slipping down. Some of them, we are sorry to say, were moved to swear about it.

The Great American Doughnut Eater has been satiated for once. At a recent sociable he was presented with a doughnut which in its extension and twists emulated a barber’s pole of the first magnitude.

Jan. 26, 1893

A large amount of freight is now coming over the Belfast branch railroad, owing in part to lack of water transportation.

Last summer a traveling picture agent canvassed Belfast, and probably several other places, agreeing to furnish large crayon portraits, framed, at a very low price. He got several orders and before leaving each house collected a portion of the price in advance. A few weeks later another agent came along with samples of frames, stating that the first had no authority to include the frames in the price given, the latter taking the frame orders. His prices were also very low for the kind of work offered, but he got the orders and another installment of the price. After he had been gone several weeks the customers received letters from the “house” stating that when another installment was paid the pictures would be forwarded. In some cases this was sent, but the pictures are not forthcoming.

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

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