Sept. 26, 1845

Postmasters, and others concerned in distributing the Mail at Portland, Augusta, Bangor, &c, will please to bear in mind, that according to the arrangement of post routes, all letters and packets addressed to Waldo, Brooks, and Jackson, should be sent by way of Belfast, there being now no Mail communications between Jackson and Dixmont. It should also be borne in mind by all who send or receive letters or papers through these offices, that the Mail is transported from Jackson to Belfast on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the forenoon and returns in the afternoon, leaving Belfast about two o’clock.

Sept. 28, 1855

Some of our exchanges have been boasting somewhat over the receipt of good, well-flavored apples, of last year’s growth. Mr. John Bryant, of Montville, has presented to us excellent and sound specimens of last year’s crop. The flavor, also, was fresh as that of an apple newly plucked. The scion was taken from a “natural” tree in the orchard of Mr. Bryant, late of Knox. Also Mr. B. had nice and clear specimens of sap sugar, made in this month of September,—but how, is the enigma for our readers to solve. 

Sept. 23, 1875

This is the season in which the man of integrity is called upon to consider a question of law and conscience. His neighbor’s squash vine, running through the fence, has trespassed upon his grounds, and deposited in a hidden nook a large and luscious marrow-fat. His own vines have not done well, and he is short of squash. The early frosts have nipped the leaves, his careful neighbor has gathered in the harvest, and the lone specimen still lies in its concealment. What are his rights and his duty?

Sept. 24, 1885

The street sprinkler appears to have retired from business, and for the past week the dust has blown about the streets in clouds. The work has been poorly done this season, and some more effectual method should be adopted for laying the dust. This is a matter that should be taken into consideration in connection with the proposed water works. 

Sept. 25, 1895

A steam boiler insurance company notified the parties in this city whose boilers they insure to prepare for a visit from the inspectors last Saturday for the annual inside inspection. Consequently the fires were drawn, water let off, tubes cleaned, and the boilers put in shape for the examination. But the inspectors failed to appear, and the engineers had their labor in vain. 

Sept. 28, 1905

Capt. Thomas G. Bartlett, shipkeeper on the new schooner Theoline, had quite an experience last Friday night. The four gafftopsails had been hoisted, with yarn stops. A little after midnight the wind came out of the north with a rush and the stops parting the sails were all loose, and it looked at one time as if the schooner would break adrift and go to sea. It was lively work for one man, but Capt. Bartlett succeeded in clewing down the topsails and making everything snug. 

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

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