Oct. 4, 1850

Harper’s New Monthly Magazine.—H. G. O. Washburn, 29 Main street, has laid before us the October number of this prince of monthlies. We have before commended this excellent work. Forty-five thousand copies of the October number have been issued for the first edition. This number contains notices of Wordsworth, Sidney Smith, and Carlyle, by Geo. Gilfillan; all the series of articles from the London Examiner, upon health, by Harriet Martineau, and more than twenty beside, from some of the best pens of Europe and this country. One hundred and forty-four pages of such reading for a quarter! Is not this the millennium of books? 

Oct. 5, 1860

On Thursday the 27th a balloon descended on the land of Mr. Horace Cotton, in Orland, and was speedily cut to pieces and destroyed by those who discovered it. 

Sept. 29, 1870

The contractors on our Railroad want more men to work on gravel trains, to whom two dollars per day will be paid. It is the best work to be had for laboring men. 

Sept. 30, 1880

Female help is scarce about Belfast; in fact it is almost impossible to secure any. 

The local coal rates have advanced 25 cents per ton, caused by the advance in price of coal west, also advanced freights. 

Oct. 2, 1890

A Belfast hardware man said last week that not a shingle nail was to be had in the city. Owing to the wet season more than the usual amount of shingling has been done, which drew heavily on that kind of nails. Large quantities have since arrived. 

Some one is cutting the ropes that hoist and let down the electric street lamps. Saturday morning Mr. Peirce found the rope cut at the lamp near Dr. Flander’s house and the one near C. B. Hall’s house, both on Church street. The ropes will be charged with electricity and the miscreant will get into trouble.  

Oct. 4, 1900

Fish Facts. Edwin Curtis caught a “racer” codfish at the lower bridge Sunday. The fish was 3 ½ feet long. It is seldom that bottom fish come into the harbor beyond the monument, but this fellow was in waters generally monopolized by flounders and smelts, but in which tinkers have been schooling for the past two weeks. 

Sept. 29, 1910

The unpleasant taste of the city water is due to a vegetable growth that at certain seasons affects this, as well as other water works, and will be remedied when the fall rains fill the pond. There is nothing deleterious in the water at present, no sediment in the standpipe, and superintendent Walker is doing everything in his power to improve the conditions. 

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

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