March 25, 1853

Lawyers, more than any other class of men, are proverbial for their illegible handwriting. It is related of a distinguished English barrister, that he wrote three distinct hands, one that he himself could alone read; one that his clerk could read; and one that could not be read by either himself or any body else. The late Justice Story’s penmanship was sometimes so bad as to puzzle those best acquainted with it. But for the worst handwriting in the profession, Rufus Choate bears off the palm. We have a specimen of it in our possession. The characters resemble the Hebrew, or hieroglyphics, rather than English. We have heard a good story of Mr. Choate, in connection with his bad penmanship. When a young man, a deed of real estate he had drawn for a client, being left at the Register’s office for record, not one of the clerks could decypher it, and it was returned as hopelessly illegible, whereupon the draftsman coolly expressed his astonishment that the people should choose a Register who could not read writing!

March 25, 1875

The city bell rings now at 7 o’clock, A. M.

The Odd Fellows who are anxious to organize, complain that they are unable to procure a suitable room in which to hold meetings.

March 29, 1888

Mr. George T. Read has bought a very handsome Columbia bicycle, known as the Volunteer, the only one of the kind in town.

The fourth lecture in the Belfast Scientific Association course was given Tuesday evening by Dr. H. H. Johnson. Subject, “What gives an animal precedence in rank.” The lecture was a very able production and was well received. The fifth in the course will be given next Tuesday evening by Judge Williamson, who will speak on Prehistoric Maine.

March 30, 1899

An amusing incident happened near this city a few days ago. A young man who lives about four miles out came to town on business, and on his return, when about a mile from home, overtook an old man whom he invited to ride. The invitation was accepted, and when they arrived at a certain house the passenger said: “My friend, I am greatly obliged to you for this ride. This is my house, I will get out here.” After stopping for the old gentleman to get out the young man drove past him into the barn. The former hurried in to get an explanation as to the actions of the stranger, when he saw, to his surprise, that it was his own son.

For sale. A very large pure white Angora male cat; fine silky fur, good ruffle, lovely tail, very clean looking and a beauty; never wanders from home. Mrs. Hattie S. Webber, Monroe Center, Maine.

March 27, 1919

The daylight saving law to be in operation from Sunday, March 30th, to Sunday, Oct. 26th, gives an extra hour of daylight for 210 days, which means much at the season of the year it covers. This law saves money, gives extra time for many forms of out-of-door labor; also restful forms of recreation, etc. Don’t forget to change your time pieces!

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

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