A general garret delivery of ancient hats; full fifty spotted trout; a ten-cent public carriage

May 06, 2020

May 13, 1841

SHIP BUILDING. There seems to be considerable building going on at various towns. In North Yarmouth there are on the stocks a bark of 270 tons, four brigs and a schooner. There are now building in this town, two fine ships of 600 tons, a barque of about 300 tons, and four brigs of about 200 tons each.

May 12, 1870

The new spring hat has appeared in this region. About a dozen of the most scrupulously proper young men (in matters of dress) simultaneously came out with the new tile on Friday. While they were parading the Row, arrayed in the glossy headgear, there marched part a procession of jokers, who were crowned with the queerest lot of ancient hats ever beholden—looking as though there had been a general garret delivery. Old revolutionary bull-teazers were there—white hats with narrow rims and aspiring crowns—sou’westers—Quaker broad-brims—military chapeaux—and all and every style of the past fifty years. There was immense laughter on the occasion.

While taking a drive on Sunday last, for the purpose of getting some fresh air and seeing how the grass crop was coming on, we met a couple of individuals driving towards the city. Beckoning us to their carriage, they uncovered a basket and exhibited full fifty trout, real spotted beauties, that would measure from six to twelve inches in length. And there we had been, pent up in four walls all day long! It will probably be made right sooner or later, but there are occasions when it does seem as though the wicked are having the best time! Those fellows got the first run of that stream. Fifty trout!—only think of it!

May 10, 1900

A new ten-cent public carriage appeared on the streets Tuesday, George A. Beckett, proprietor and driver.

James P. Wight has begun on a dwelling for the poor at his farm on the Lincolnville road. It will be 26x30, two stories high.

May 13, 1920

Elizabeth, the little daughter of H. S. Webb, jumped from the second story at her home recently without injury. In explaining the act she said she was sitting with her feet out of the window and when she found she could not get them in she went out with them.

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

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