Binding at 2 or 3 shillings; no murder to report this week; cows derail Burnham train

Nov 08, 2019

Nov. 10, 1831

The Book-Bindery, directly under the office of the Republican Journal, recently owned by Mr. Cook Kimball, has been purchased by the subscriber, and fitted up in good style.—Mr. Edward Fenno, an experienced Binder, has been employed to take charge of the establishment, and any work appertaining to the business, will be done promptly, and in any style that may be desired. Gentlemen wishing to have their Libraries repaired are invited to send in their books. Most families have Magazines, Sermons, and other Pamphlets, and files of Newspapers, Periodicals, &c. which are worth preserving and which they can have bound into snug, neat volumes, at 2 or 3 shillings per volume. Any orders left with Mr. Fenno at the Binders, or with the subscriber at the Belfast Bookstore, will be immediately attended to. N. P. Hawes.

Nov. 11, 1875

We haven’t a murder in Maine to report this week. The nearest we can come to it is the case of the man who put arsenic in his neighbor’s well—an interesting variation from the recent chopping and shooting experiences. If the next murderously inclined citizen will only adopt the Guy Fawkes idea, and blow up his victim’s house with a barrel of powder, and so on, we shall have a succession of new sensations, and a variety of reading that will make the paper interesting.

The agreement of the dry goods dealers to close their stores at six o’clock has blown up, and they have gone back to the old status. The arrangement released about forty persons from needless evening work, and ought to have been sustained.

Quite a serious accident happened on the Belfast Railroad Thursday of last week. As the morning train to Burnham was turning a curve near Holmes’ Mills, some five miles from this city, they ran into two cows which were upon the rails and threw the train from the track. The engine, tender, baggage and one flat car were thrown off, but the passenger car kept the iron. The passengers were greatly shaken up, as the train was going nearly twenty miles an hour, but no one was hurt. The engine plowed itself into the earth sufficiently to save it from falling on to its side, and remained in that position. The engineer and fireman remained in the cab, being unable to jump from their machine for the want of time. The rails and sleepers for some distance were town up and thrown out of place. Word was sent to this city, and the spare engine went up to the scene of the disaster, and brought the passengers to town. A wrecking train was sent for which soon arrived and went to work. At this juncture the Railroad Commissioners, on a tour of inspection, arrived. They left their car upon the rail beyond the wrecked train and came into the city. In the afternoon the passengers were placed upon the Commissioners’ train and taken to Burnham. The road was repaired in season for the night train to make its regular time. The engine was considerably damaged and was sent to Waterville for repairs. The cattle upon the track belonged to Mr. Homes at City Point.

Nov. 8, 1883

A saloon in this city hangs out a red light, evenings — a most appropriate signal, as a red light signifies danger.

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

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