Jan. 19, 1832

Punctuation.—Authors often send their manuscript to press without comma or semicolon, leaving these matters to the judgment of the compositor. Yet the misplacing of a single comma, is often fatal to the intended meaning of the sentence. The late Mr. Sharp committed a strange blunder of this kind, when he wrote the following under the likeness of his patron saint—“Believing Richard Brothers to be sent, by God I here engrave his portrait,” had he removed the comma two words forward, the assertion would have been very different.

Jan. 23, 1852

Doctor Udolph Wolf’s Highly Concentrated Aromatic Schiedam Schnappes are recommended as a positive cure for many diseases of long standing. Under the influence of a powerful dose, even the patient is out of the way of standing long.

Jan. 25, 1872

Almost a catastrophe occurred on Monday in front of the store of T. W. Pitcher. Four horses attached to sleighs were standing there among them the team of an honest vender of cider, who with his gallon measure in hand, was drawing off a supply from his barrel for our neighbor Clark of the saloon. A knot of loafers had, as usual, gathered around. Suddenly an avalanche of snow came from the housetop, burying the spectators and starting the teams on the run. The cider man followed his barrel, spigot in hand, calling out “whoa!” and trying to stop the intermittent stream of apple-juice. After much effort all the teams were secured without great damage. These snow-slides are great nuisance to people in the streets, and almost always dangerous.

Jan. 21, 1892

Windmills and Bicycles.  Among Belfast’s many skilled artisans is Mr. Geo. T. Read. Indeed, he is a mechanical genius. For years past whenever a job in metal work was wanted that no one else cared to undertake the word has been, “Go and see Read.” Starting with a small repair shop he now has a fully equipped machine shop, and can do anything and everything in that line except very heavy work. He makes a specialty of putting steam heat into private residences and public buildings, and can supply and put in either steam or hot water apparatus. He is also agent for the Aermotor, or what old-fashioned people would call a windmill, to supply power for farm or household purposes…He can also supply hydraulic rams. Labor-saving is the order of the day and farmers would do well to examine into these matters. Mr. Read is agent for the sale of Columbia and Hartford bicycles, acknowledged to be the best machines in the market, and as he is an expert wheelman himself can give points gratis to the novice who wishes to buy. Mr. Read’s shop is at 44 Main street.

Jan. 25, 1912

Are you reading the Motion Picture Story Magazine? If not you are missing one of the really good magazines. They can be obtained at The Opera House from Mr. George Russell (Old Faithful) who is agent.

“Pete,” the pet alligator in charge of Admiral Don Robbins, has new and convenient quarters at the City Marshal’s office, Memorial Building. Don gives him the best of care, and has just installed a new galvanized bath tub in his box. Pete is about three years old, and was brought North last year by Mr. G. C. Lower.

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