Dec. 1, 1848

A Ghost.—A paper mentions the ghost of a sinner who could not rest in his grave, because he had neglected to pay for his newspaper. That should be a warning to all persons who are slow in paying the printer.

Dec. 3, 1858

Lighted by Gas.—On Wednesday evening of last week, the gas being in a state fit to use, the Company invited its customers to test the quality of the article, by a free use for that night, and a brilliant illumination was had, with a general inspection of everybody’s premises by everybody else. The change from the “darkness visible” of fluid and oil is really refreshing, and the returning to them a thing not to be thought of by those who have experienced the great convenience, cleanliness and purity of the gas light. We think no one can doubt its economy, also, when the amount of light afforded is taken into consideration. 

Shall we have the streets Lighted?—It is to be hoped that our city fathers will make some arrangements to have a few gas street lamps, distributed at suitable points. They would be a great convenience on some of our moonless nights, and not very expensive. At present the beacon light in the big lantern of Gen. Cunningham, at the New England House, is the only cheering beam that editors and other late working folks see on their homeward travels. 

Dec. 5, 1878

The rain of last week did considerable damage to the High school building. The Masons, whose business it is to keep the roof tight, were engaged in putting on a new canvas covering. The tar and gravel had been removed, the canvas stretched and partly painted, when the rain drove the workmen from the building. The Masonic lodge room was flooded, badly wetting the regalia of the Odd Fellows, and the school rooms beneath were so wet that the school was suspended for several days. The roof is now considered to be in good condition. The school agent has been unjustly censured, for he had nothing to do with the repairs on the roof. 

Dec. 1, 1898

Fifty-one names are registered at the sewing school and forty-two were present last Saturday. Among the wants are outing flannel and two pairs of scissors.

There will be a social whist party at Memorial hall at 8 o’clock to-morrow, Friday, evening. Admission 25 cents.

Dec. 5, 1918

The Over Seas Christmas Boxes. City Clerk Charles S. Bickford, who had excluding charge of the Christmas boxes sent to the men in the Service, last Saturday had a complete list of seventy sent to Hoboken on their way over seas. The only fault to be found with the cartons was their small size, but when they were neatly done up in green tinted paper and neatly tied and uniformly addressed they were large enough to carry Christmas cheer and love from relatives and friends at home. It is thought that every boy in Waldo county has been remembered and if some of them are on the way home others over there can have the benefit of the boxes with the best wishes of all concerned. 

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