March 5, 1840

We are glad to hear that the Academy in this place is flourishing, under the care of the present teacher, Mr. Bates. The present winter term has been larger than usual. This looks well, and it would seem as though there were enough to attend to in a place like this, to support a good school, apart from those that may be expected from abroad.—From what we know personally, and from all we gather from others we may consider Mr. Bates as one of those who has the ability, as well as the disposition, to do anything that he undertakes, well.—An assistant has been engaged for next term to give instruction in the branches usually studied by young Ladies, who will, we understand, be all that will be expected from such a teacher. After taking some pains, we ascertain, that the school thus far has fully sustained the expectations of those that have patronized it. It is no doubt highly deserving of its present prosperity.

March 7, 1862

The stays on the eaves of a large number of our principal stores, intended to prevent snow slides, prove by general verdict to be worse than useless. Last week there was much risk involved to passers on the sidewalks. Better dispense with them, and when the snow on the roofs require it, get it off by the usual means. It has been suggested to us to call the attention of the city government to it, and to the good policy of repealing the city ordinance which caused them to be placed on the buildings.

The post office department have recommended to colonels of regiments to appoint trustworthy persons to act as mail agents for the soldiers, receiving and delivering their letters. This has become necessary to protect the soldiers against the loss of valuable letters.

March 4, 1880

A lady in this city has a most prolific canary. The bird, since the first day of January, has hatched two broods of young—one of three birds and one of five.

The aldermen will be in session on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week, to revise the voting lists. The new law requiring a residence of sixty days in a ward to become a voter, will cut off many changes this year.

March 3, 1904

E. R. Conner shipped 1052 beef hides and 30 horse skins last Friday. The shipment weighed 64,171 pounds and loaded two cars. One car went to Frankford, Pa., and one to Boston. This is the largest shipment of hides ever sent out from Belfast.

Custer G. Dickey, who has charge of the fire alarm, cautions people who are about to ring in an alarm to desist if they hear the whistle blow before they pull the lever. The pulling of two boxes at once disarranges the machine and confusion results. This was the case at the alarm for the fire at Heal & Wood’s granite works. The fire was seen by different persons, one went to box 36 and the other to 25. Two blasts were sounded on one box when the other was pulled, and after that the blasts were short and with no regularity. Mr. Dickey also says that the lever should be pulled fully down and then let go to make the box alarm work properly.

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

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