Feb. 21, 1833

We were visited on Saturday last, by a gentleman from England, in the character of a Quaker preacher. He has no contributions in his meetings, but pays his own expense, and that of three men that were with him. He does not always have company when he travels. He is paid to belong to the firm of the Rotchschild’s, in Europe, which is the richest firm in the world, he is himself said to be worth four millions of dollars. We heard him hold forth in the court house on Saturday evening, and in the Methodist Meeting house on Sunday forenoon,—he stated in the onset, that he came not among us for any sectarian purposes, but to preach “Christ and him crucified;” and well did he stick to his text, paying his whole attention to peopling Christ’s kingdom, leaving the poor Devil to take care of his in his own way.

Feb. 23, 1855

Earthquake—On Monday morning, at 5 1-2 o’clock, there was a shock of an earthquake sufficient to wake people up. It was like a heavy coach rolling over a paved street. No material damage done.

Feb. 21, 1878

The second crop of ice in this vicinity is now ready to cut and is more than a foot in thickness.

The traveling on the roads leading to and from Belfast is in very bad condition—neither good wheeling nor sleighing.

Feb. 18, 1892

A musical society of sixteen young people has been formed in Belfast, and the members are rehearsing weekly. They are so ardent in the work that the blizzard of last Thursday night did not deter them from meeting. All but two members met, but they were taken to and from their homes in hacks.

More About the Poisoning Case. Last week brief allusion was made to an alleged attempt at poisoning in this city. Isaac Baker says that Amos Hall, his brother-in-law, handed him a small package of tea which he claimed he picked up under the window. The following is an exact copy of the note which accompanied the tea: “Mrs. Baker. I dont want you to be ofended With this little mess of tea it is good tea it will revise you you up from a dear friend. I am coming up to day.” On the reverse side of the paper was written “Lonnie Baker M. W.” The tea was steeped and a quantity drank, making the family sick. Mr. Baker says he has given the remainder of the tea to Dr. Ellingwood, who will have it analyzed.

Feb. 21, 1918

Stenographers Wanted. F. B. Luce, the local representative of the United States Civil Service Commission at the Belfast post office, has received information that the Government urgently needs thousands of stenographers and typewriters at Washington and that the Commission has modified its requirements for these positions. Competitors who do not desire to take the whole examination need take the practical tests in stenography and typewriting only. These subjects consume ordinarily not more than one hour and if passed the prospects of appointment are excellent. The examination will be held every Tuesday at the High School building beginning at 2 p. m.

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

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