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An excellent, chaste circus performance; flights of eloquence from wart and corn doctor; fair wages for tinker mackeral

Jul 17, 2017

This week in history from the files of The Republican Journal, as compiled by staff of Belfast Free Library.

July 11, 1845

The Fourth appears to have been enjoyed by our citizens pretty much after their own manner, no organized celebration having been had inn this section, that we are aware. Some parties enjoyed the day in bay and pond fishing; but the greater portion in firing crackers and a field-piece. The latter instrument was in the evening brought into Main street, and a heavy charge fired, jarring every house in the vicinity and making the glass rattle nearby. A merry dance in the Democratic Hall, in which a party of young ladies and gentlemen enjoyed themselves, closed the day’s amusements in the town.

Accident: on the evening of the Fourth, Mr. Samuel Lear, of this town, had his leg broken in two places, by the kick of a horse he was driving in a wagon down Watson’s hill. The breeching of the harness was not fastened, and when descending the hill the wagon ran against the horse, which alarmed him, and he kicked both his feet into the wagon, one of them striking Mr. Lear, and inflicting a deep gash besides the other injuries. Although seriously injured, we are happy to hear that he is now recovering.

July 18, 1861

We caution our readers not to forget the day and date of the coming circus. It is recommended for its completeness in appointments and excellent and chaste performance, by every one. It comes in a good time – just after haying. Let the farmers take a day’s recreation. Also the youths and maidens of those years when the tender passion blooms into the full flower of undying affection – for in these times something is required to shake the cockles of the heart and drive away all bad humors.

July 12, 1867

Lost: a kitten, or cat hovering on the playful borders of kittenhood. The finder will relieve the afflicted losers by leaving word at this office.

One of the most amusing incidents on the 4th, was the harangue of a wart and corn doctor, who established himself opposite our office, and maintained his position without regard to the weather. His theme of the extracting virtues of the extracting liquid, was elaborated with the earnest language and sonorous tones of a camp-meeting exhorter. It was hard to believe from some of his flights of eloquence that he could settle down to a subject so insignificant as corns. But he always did.

July 17, 1879

Rev. Mr. Gerrish, of the Methodist church in this city, has just purchased, at East Cambridge, Mass., a new pipe organ, for that society. The instrument is a good one, eighteen feet high, ten and a half feet wide and five and a half feet deep. A recess, for the organ, will be built in the church at the rear of the altar, by cutting through the main wall of the building. The cost of the organ and setting it up will be $1300. Work will commence immediately.

Our bay fishermen are making fair wages catching tinker mackerel for the Castine packing house. Fifty cents per hundred are paid for the fish. On Monday the steamer Everett took a large quantity across the bay, and on Tuesday Follett’s yacht Little Rogue took over thousands of the fish.

 

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