Shipment term

Remains worse than useless; a most prolific canary; largest shipment of hides

March 5, 1840

We are glad to hear that the Academy there is flourishing, under the present professor, Mr. Bates. The current winter term has been longer than usual. It looks good, and there seems to be enough to do in a place like this, to support a good school, apart from those you might expect from abroad. others, we may regard Mr. Bates as one who has the capacity, as well as the disposition, to do whatever he undertakes, well.—An assistant has been engaged for the next term to give instructions in the branches usually studied by young ladies, which we understand will be all that will be expected of such a teacher. After taking some pains, we find that the school so far has fully supported the expectations of those who have attended it. It undoubtedly deserves its current prosperity.

March 7, 1862

The guy wires on the eaves of many of our main stores, intended to prevent snowfall, are generally considered to be worse than useless. Last week, there were a lot of risks for passers-by on the sidewalks. Better to do without it, and when the snow on the roofs requires it, remove it by the usual means. It was suggested to us that we bring this to the attention of the city government, and good policy to repeal the city ordinance which had them placed on buildings.

The Postal Service advised colonels of regiments to appoint trustworthy persons to act as mail agents for soldiers, receiving and delivering their letters. This became necessary to protect soldiers against the loss of letters of value.

March 4, 1880

A lady in this town has a most prolific canary. The bird, since the first day of January, has hatched two broods of young—one of three birds and one of five.

The aldermen will be in session on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week, to revise the voting lists. The new law requiring a residence of sixty days in a district to become a voter, will remove many changes this year.

March 3, 1904

ER Conner shipped 1052 ox hides and 30 horse hides last Friday. The cargo weighed 64,171 pounds and loaded two railcars. One car went to Frankford, Pennsylvania, and one to Boston. This is the largest shipment of hides ever shipped from Belfast.

Custer G. Dickey, who is in charge of the fire alarm, warns people who are about to sound an alarm to refrain if they hear the whistle before pulling the lever. Pulling two cans at once disrupts the machine and confusion results. This was the case during the fire alarm at the Heal & Wood granite factory. The fire was seen by different people, one went to box 36 and the other to box 25. Two detonations sounded on one of the boxes when the other was fired, then the detonations were brief and without regularity. Mr Dickey also says the lever must be pulled all the way down and then released for the box’s alarm to work properly.

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

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