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Many good men cuss them

Jul 05, 2019

July 8, 1869

The glorious Fourth was very mildly celebrated here on Saturday, principally by attending the circus. Small, pop, spruce and other beers were to be had in abundance, but nothing stronger at any public places. A few individuals seemed to have got more than the regulation allowance of pop in that beverage, and became noisy. The usual salution to the great day by fish-horns and small arm was not omitted, as well as other hideous and sleep-murdering inventions, the appropriateness of which is difficult to understand. We hardly think the patriots of ’76 expected any such testimonials from posterity. We never heard that anybody’s patriotism was stimulated thereby, while we do know that many good men cuss them outright.

July 5, 1877

The five elephants of the Howes circus enjoyed salt water baths while here. As soon as they left the cars in the morning, they were allowed to get in the water near the railroad station, and hugely enjoyed the luxury. They swam, rolled over, sported and frolicked to the delight of a large free attendance. In the afternoon they were again allowed to bathe near the McGilvery shipyard.

July 6, 1922

The confetti ball in the Armory the night before opened a well arranged program. McKeen’s orchestra with Charles F. Hammons vocal soloist, furnished the best of dance music and the large number of the dancing public present enjoyed a very pleasant evening.

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

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