June 10, 1829

Promotion of Temperance.  We are gratified to see that the people of the United States are generally taking a lively interest in diminishing, by a variety of measures, the use of spiritous liquors. The odious vice of intemperance has gained an alarming ascendency amongst many classes of our most worthy citizens. And it has of late years increased to such an extent, in many sections of our country, that it began to effect whole communities, by the distresses, deprivations, and the miseries, it created. Houseless wives, naked children and all the evils, incident to the most abject poverty, have marked the ravages of the intemperate use of distilled spirits. Much is now doing throughout the country towards its suppression. In most of our principal cities, foreign importations have within a year greatly diminished. Societies are formed and forming whose objects are, the promotion of temperance by example. Wine dealers are giving up their occupations and seeking other employments for a living. In short there seems a general interest in the subject—A sense of duty in all those, who regard the well being of mankind, to check in its progress, a vice of such an alarming aspect.

June 15, 1849

We saw a lump of the real, palpable California Gold last week. We should judge that it was dug out of a ledge, by its looks; it weighed some over an ounce, and it was worth fifteen dollars. It was mingled with stone, but the gold was as unmistakable and as easily detected as a millionaire from a beggar.

June 10, 1869

A remarkable display of northern lights, was witnessed in this city on Sunday night. Stepping into the street about twelve o’clock, we saw the whole sky blazing with streams of light that ran from the horizon to zenith. Sometimes it would fade, and suddenly flash up again in broad sheets, occasionally with a tremulous or wavy motion. It was a remarkable and interesting phenomenon.

June 13, 1889

Crosby Inn.  On Friday evening last, when the Crosby Inn had been opened just one week, there were 213 entries on the register, which is considered good business. On one day there were twenty-eight commercial travelers…Instead of avoiding Belfast, as was formerly the case, commercial travels now make it a point to remain here over Sunday.

June 10, 1909

Many spent Sunday out of town, at the various camps and cottages at the ponds or the shore. It was an ideal day for motoring or driving and the country was looking its best. The fruit trees are blooming profusely this season, and driving was never more enjoyable.

June 12, 1919

There was a crowd of interested horse men at the New Belfast Fair trotting grounds Tuesday to see a race of unusual interest, with $100 staked on the winner. The track was a little heavy on account of the recent rains but good time was made—2.33, the best. Peter Gallagher’s Frances won in three straight heats with Ernest P. Piper’s George Guy second, in three straight heats. H. C. Buzzell was the starter and the judges were Capt. Rodin and John McLaughlin of Stockton Springs and Capt. Guilford Pendleton of Isleboro.

Compiled from archival holdings by Sharon Pietryka, Reference & Special Collections Librarian at the Belfast Free Library.

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