April 25, 1845

Mr. P. P. Quimby, of this town, the somewhat celebrated Mesmerist, informs us of an interesting experiment lately performed with his boy Lucius. While at Castine, Lucius was directed to go in search of the ship Canton, which had sailed from Boston for Ichaboe, some time previous. Lucius described the vessel as being at Cape Town, soon to sail for Ichaboe. The dates were taken down, and a letter has since been received from the captain, confirming Lucius’s statement. It was not known that the vessel would put in at Cape Town, and when Lucius made the statement, it was at once pronounced that he must be mistaken.

April 27, 1860

Counterfeit Gold Dollars. Counterfeit gold dollars are in circulation. They can readily be detected by the absence of the word “Liberty,” which is on the genuine.

April 22, 1875

The bell is now rung three times a day in a feeble and uncertain way. Can’t there be a little more muscle put into the business.

All the loaded vessels in the harbor took advantage of the strong north west wind, Sunday, and went to sea. A large number arrived the same day.

On Thursday night last, about ten o’clock, some rascal hurled a brick through the window of Dodge’s saloon. It broke the glass, went through the curtain, and struck the showcase near where Mr. Dodge was standing. The evident intention was to hit him, as he was plainly visible from the street.

April 24, 1890

Where the Needles Go. It has always been a question what becomes of the pins. A lady in this city has an idea as to where the needles go. She has a pin cushion about six inches square that has been in use a number of years. Recently she took the cushion apart to remodel it and found inside 550 needles.

Mr. John O. Johnson has completed his labors in making an abstract of the mortgage indebtedness for Waldo county for the census department, and has gone to Ellsworth. While not at liberty to give the amount of indebtedness, Mr. Johnson says it is much less than he expected, and that the people of this country are financially all right. Many of the mortgages are small, one being but $6.

April 27, 1905

The taking down of the big elm tree opposite The Journal office was quite an undertaking, but was child’s play compared to the removal of the stump and roots. Dynamite was used, which took effect on the windows in The Journal building and at Ben D. Field’s, but made little impression on the stump. Day after day men chopped and dug but made slow progress. Friday, Mr. Churchill, who took the contract to remove the stump, slipped and fell against a pick, severely bruising one ankle. Saturday several charges of powder were used and digging and chopping continued, and finally the stump was conquered and Monday the debris was hauled away.

April 22, 1920

The open season for sardine packing began last Thursday and reports have been received here of large quantities of fish on the New Brunswick coast.

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

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