A city of incendiaries; an efficient steam fire engine can be had for $3,000

Nov 28, 2019

Nov. 28, 1878

The fire on Monday morning started in the exact locality at which the great fire of 1873 began, and had the wind been strong from a like quarter would have been very destructive. The many recent fires which we have experienced show very clearly that better means for extinguishing them are called for. If it be impossible to obtain a water supply with head sufficient to force the water where needed, we might, at a comparatively small expense, have at least one steam fire engine. Such a machine was sorely needed on Monday. The extinguishing of blazing storehouses of hay, by unaided human muscle, is too much for our firemen. And besides the day has gone by for that in places like ours, and the aid of steam called in. An efficient steam fire engine, like that of the Moorlen patent, just built for the city of Augusta, can be had for $3,000, and would very likely be the means of saving our city from a serious disaster. Belfast has become a city of incendiaries; it should also become a city of at least one steam fire engine, and a vigilance committee of the whole for the detection and arrest of fire bugs.

Mathews Bros., at their factory, have completed the post office furniture, and it was placed in position on Monday. The distributing table is a great improvement over the old box stall arrangement formerly in use. The table is made of ash, handsomely carved, on the outside of which are two galvanized iron railings, with hooks, on which to hang mail bags. The name of each postal route is painted around the table, opposite of which name hangs the bag for matter going in that direction. In assorting the mails the matter is thrown from the table into the open mouthed bags.

Nov. 28, 1918

Maine Normal Teachers. The demand for professionally trained common school teachers is very great in the State of Maine at the present time and it will be increasingly so during the period of reorganization and reconstruction after the war. Many prospective teachers have entered some form of war service and many others are teaching without experience or training, because of the scarcity of teachers due to conditions brought on by the war. As a result the attendance of students at the Maine Normal schools is much lower than usual and from which it follows, the graduating classes will be much smaller next June. The reader of this article no doubt knows of one or more individuals who are qualified to enter a normal school and who are not engaged in teaching or in any other form of patriotic service. If the reader will call the attention of such an individual to the urgent need for trained teachers and will send the name of such a person to the principal of one of the Maine normal schools, a valuable service will have been performed in the interest of our boys and girls.

Nov. 30, 1922

After occupying for forty-nine years the second story of the brick block at 65 Church street, The Journal has moved to the Jellison block, No. 66 High street, with office entrance on stairs next to the City Building.

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

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