A comet of striking brightness; a Stage Company wager; popular priced plays

Sep 16, 2020

Sept. 23, 1842

Upwards of seventy-two thousand souls, it is said, left Europe for Canada and the United States, within the last five months.

Sept. 17, 1858

The Comet. — The new comet which was predicted some time ago by Dr. Gould, may now be seen just above the horizon in the northwest, at about half-past-seven P. M., and also about four o’clock in the morning. Its present location is at the trifling distance from the earth of one hundred and forty millions of miles, but it is travelling towards us pretty fast. We are told that during the first week in October, the comet will be of the most striking brightness, possibly the largest of the century, and at that time will be seen near Arcturus, perhaps even surpassing that brilliant star in splendor.

Sept. 22, 1870

The wager of the Belfast and Rockland Stage Company on one of their horses, to travel from Belfast to Rockland and back, 56 miles, every day for six consecutive days, was decided in favor of the company. The mare showed no sign of distress, and came in on the last day an hour and a half ahead of her time of the previous day. The driver called on Mr. Robbins, the loser of the wager, and took him on a half mile trot around the square. The wager was $200 a side, and the outside betting was to amount to the same amount.

Sept. 22, 1904

The Bennett-Moulton Co., will appear all next week at the Belfast Opera House in a repertoire consisting of all new plays. Many popular priced organizations have been seen here during the past season, but none on their first visit come so well recommended as the Bennett-Moulton Co. This company has been in existence for the past 26 years, but is still full of strength and vigor and foremost in the rank of dramatic companies. The opening piece, Monday, will be Justin Adam’s great play, “A Daughter of the People.” The play is taken from life along the Russina frontier and runs through a most thrilling story of heart in terest, giving the artists an excellent opportunity to display their ability. Elaborate stage settings and costumes make it one of the grandest productions ever presented or attempted by a popular price company.

Sept. 18, 1919

Murray Knowlton and ten other young men from Belfast and vicinity left Sunday for Barre, Vt., where they will be employed in cutting Christmas trees.

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

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