The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1881
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
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880. Wed Aug 3 1881: About Town.
E.A. Rood's horse got frightened on Center Street yesterday, and--the
same old story.
The scandal-mongers are happy, and what an abundance of material they
are having to work on.
Dr. D. Dalton Jacobs is removing his residence to the rear of opera house
block, and will have an office in Cranston block.
Drs. David has removed their office and residence to the new and fine
house just finished on Union street owned by Michael Hickey.
A party of about forty young people gathered at the home of Miss Josie
Jillson on Friday evening last, and spent the evening until a late hour
881. Wed Aug 3 1881: Mr. Geo. Dimmock has a cellar
staked out and will build a neat cottage on Summit street between
Walnut and High. Mr. D.F. Johnson has the contract.
882. Wed Aug 3 1881: Mr. Don F. Johson has nearly completed,
by contract, a unique suburban cottage on the new street near the
east end of Prospect running north for Mr. Horatio Carpenter of Willington.
883. Wed Aug 3 1881: Fred M. Thompson, who for a number
of years has been connected with the furniture business at present
owned by Marshall Tilden resigned his position on Tuesday of last
week, and has bought the interest owned by H.T. Kollock in the boot
and shoe firm of G.G. Standish & Co., and took possession August
884. Wed Aug 3 1881: At the Burgesses meeting held
on Monday evening, the warden presided, and Burgesses Billings, Hall,
Keigwin and Harrington were present. It was voted to pay Globe Gas
Light Co., new lamps, $7.15; street lights for July, $98.88; Cryne & Moriaty,
repairs, $5.25; Mrs. A. B. Adams, rent Armory hall, $5.00; Labor
bill, $305.71. Adjourned two weeks.
885. Wed Aug 3 1881: E.T. Ellsworth, of Collinsville,
has taken the position of book keeper, vacated by W.J. Bassett in
the express office. He has been a messenger on the railroad for about
886. Wed Aug 3 1881: The building in South Windham
known as the nickel shop near the depot is being negotiated for by
parties in this place, but who they are and what are their business
intentions we have not heard. A newspaper correspondent of that place
says that a better location for business is not to be found in eastern
887. Wed Aug 3 1881: The first peaches which have been
exhibited in town, strange to say, were of home production. They
were raised on the farm of George Potter of Windham and brought into
town Saturday last. Both as regards appearance and flavor they put
the first crop of the imported article in a decidedly inferior position.
The load was easily disposed of to a peach-hungry crowd who gathered
about the wagon.
888. Wed Aug 3 1881: On Friday night last the drug
store of H.H. Flint was entered from a back window. In effecting
a passage to the inside the intruders had to pry open a window and
remove a hundred and fifty pound keg of lead which they set in the
middle of the yard at the rear of the store. There was nothing molested
as far as the proprietor could see, the visitors doubtless thinking
the job of cracking the safe too risky. And now people are improperly
asking the question: Where was the watchman? How cruel!
889. Wed Aug 3 1881: A man fell in fits at the depot
Saturday evening, and was quite badly bruised about the face by striking
heavily on the floor. After recovering from one he immediately went
into another out of which he did not come for nearly an hour. He
had stopped over a train at this station on his way to Waterbury
intending to proceed on the next, but he was so weak that he could
not get aboard the train. He was taken to the alms house and remained
there over Sunday. Monday he was as well as ever and started for
his home. It was ascertained that his name was John Farrell.
890. Wed Aug 3 1881: The New London Northern railroad
have just placed in a small building near the station a caloric or
hot air engine. It is used to force water from the river into a tank
from which the locomotives get their supply, a distance of some five
hundred feet, and an elevation of about fifty. Water has for a period
of about thirty years hereto been conducted to the reservoir by gravitation
through pipes leading from springs in the neighborhood of the upper
district school house, but the supply had become insufficient, and
this apparatus has been introduced to meet the deficiency.
891. Wed Aug 3 1881: Run Over by the Cars.--Robert
H. Prentice, well known in this village, and son of J.H. Prentice,
was run over and killed by the cars on Saturday at Pomfret, the first
station this side of Putnam. The young man had followed railroad
business for some time, formerly working on the Connecticut Valley
railroad. He had been in the employ of the New England railroad but
a few days when the accident occurred. He was braking on an extra
freight train which was proceeding westward, and when at Pomfret
received orders to lay over and await the arrival of the passenger
express due at that place about 11 o'clock a.m. Young Prentice was
sent out by the conductor for the purpose of flagging the approaching
train, and when at the required distance, sat down on the track flag
in hand. It is supposed that he fell asleep across the rails and
the engineer did not see him in time to stop his engine. The body
was frightfully mangled, parts being scattered all about the scene.
The remains were brought to this place on the 7:30 p.m. train, and
were taken immediately to the cemetery for interment. He was twenty-two
years of age. Funeral services were held at his home on Sunday afternoon.
892. Wed Aug 3 1881: H.C. Hall will run the camp meeting
boarding house and restaurant this year.
893. Wed Aug 3 1881: Personal Intelligence.
Mr. Walden, of New York, brother in law of Maj. A.T. Fowler, is spending
a few days at the residence of the Major.
Miss Ama Holman, daughter of the Rev. Holman spent a few days in Mansfield
The editor of the Chronicle spent Thursday of last week at his home in
Editor Adams of Cooley's Weekly paid us a visit the other day.
Miss Nellie Foster went to Martha's Vineyard Monday on a visit to friends
Mr. Allen Lincoln is entertaining his daughter, Mrs. E.H. Brown of Providence,
with her family.
Mrs. H.L. Edgarton, after a protracted illness is able to be out again.
Mrs. Winfield Snow, who has been seriously ill for a number of weeks,
has so nearly recovered as to be able to resume housekeeping.
Miss L. Anna Chesborough is spending her vacation from school duties
at her home in this village.
Mr. Wolcott Hamlin and wife were visiting in town last week.
Miss Alice B. Palmer has been spending a week with friends in Baltic.
G.D. Post stopped in town a day or two last week, on his way to Andover
for a few days.
Geo. C. Elliot and family go to Martha's Vineyard today for a few weeks'
sniff of the sea breezes.
D.G. Lawson goes tomorrow to meet engagements in his profession at a
number of summer resorts. He received the calls from the People's Lecture
Bureau, of Boston, under whose management he is.
Marcus Hanover, brother of the late Geo. C. Hanover, was in town last
Miss Addie Yorke started Monday for Bangor Me., to be absent a number
Samuel Chittenden has removed his family to The Oaks.
E. McCall Cushman, of Hartford, formerly of this village was in town
Mrs. C.M. Palmer with her son is rusticating in the beautiful town of
Geo. C. Thayer, of Boston, a nephew of landlord Sanderson, is visiting
at the Brainard house.
C.L. Taylor, of Norwich, spent a day with his son Newell L. Taylor, last
A.E. Weldon resumed work in Tilden's furniture house Monday after a two
Messrs. Frank M. Wilson and Arthur B. Carpenter started Monday for a
four weeks absence from business cares. They go directly to Eustis, Maine,
away back in the wilderness, where they will tarry for two weeks, and
then go the Rangeley lakes where they will be joined by their wives.
Mr. Ernest Chesbrough takes charge of the store house attached to the
Linen Co's. store.
Miss Camilla Jillson of Hartford, is visiting at the residence of Wm.
Mrs. Col. Samuel H. Pierce and daughter, from Columbus, S.C., are visiting
E. Perry Butts.
Misses Burt and Strang, two young ladies from abroad, are canvassing
the village for a polishing and fluting iron.
John Morrison has returned from his vacation, and is again on duty.
Mrs. George Dimmock returned Thursday from a four weeks sojourn at the
Mr. Lewis L. Willis returned to Worcester last week from a visit to his
father, Phylander Willis of Back Road.
Mr. E.P. Butts and wife, of Providence, have been making their son a
visit in this place.
M. Eugene Lincoln, senior member of Lincoln & Smith, in company with
Dumont Kingsley, starts Monday for an absence of one month. Their destination
will be Lake Chateaugay in the bosom of the Adirondack mountains.
Hyde Kingsley and wife started Monday morning for Vermont to be absent
the remainder for the warm weather.
Mrs. Charles Leonard goes to Stonington today for a visit to her parents.
Mrs. A.J. Lawton and family are on the camp ground.
Mrs. Dr. Rogers and daughter have gone to Martha's Vineyard.
Samuel Barrows and family, of New Haven, are visiting at Origen Hall's.
Mrs. E.F. Trowbridge has been spending a few days in Mansfield.
Mr. Geo. E. McKinster and family are out of town on a visit.
Dr. E.D.C. Card, son of Dr. D.C. Card, graduate of the New York Medical
College and who has been practicing medicine in Bellevue Hospital for
some time, has arrived home and we understand will practice medicine
in connection with his father.
Chas. Flagg, of Woonsocket, is in town for a few days calling on his
old friends and relatives.
Mr. E.C. Buck, a noted vocalist of Danielsonville was in town yesterday.
A. Walt Pearson, city editor of the Norwich Bulletin, is taking his annual
vacation, a part of which he spent in this place.
Commodore Smith spent Sunday in Providence.
Miss Nellie Malkin, of Providence, is visiting her other in this place.
Miss Malkin sometime ago took up the study of music, and has developed
an accomplished vocalist.
Thomas F. Somers has gone to Nantasket Beach for a fortnight.
Mrs. A. Billings and Miss Augusta Billings are visiting Mr. P.P. Kellogg
at Springfield, Mass.
The sad news comes by telegraph from Boston this morning of the decease
of Mr. Charles W. Dennison. He has been for a number of months at a homeopathic
hospital in that city. Mr. Dennison has long been highly esteemed for
his gentlemanly bearing and upright character. His demise sheds a gloom
over an extended circle of friends and acquaintances.
Mrs. Geo. W. Phillips has gone to Jewett City on a visit.
Frank Bray has resumed the duties of Clerk at Hotel Commercial.
Mr. Geo. H. Chase, of New York, is in town.
The remains of Mrs. John Baldwin, a former esteemed resident of this
town, was brought from Boston today and interred in Windham cemetery.
Oscar Tanner, of New Britain, is at home on a vacation.
Miss Jennie Rogers has gone to Martha's Vineyard.
Miss Margaret Ashley goes this week to Crescent Beach for a vacation.
Charles Thompson is spending a few days at Martha's Vineyard.
Tom. Weaver, editor New Haven Register, a former journalist of this town,
paid us a pleasant call this morning.
Rev. Father Dougherty, of Hartford, takes the place of Father Foanes,
who was removed to Grosvernordale last week, at St. Joseph church.
E.E. Fox has gone to Boston on a summer trip.
Mrs. E.B. Crane, of Mansfield, was visiting Mrs. Don F. Johnson last
Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Burleson, of Jewett City, are visiting in the town.
894. Wed Aug 3 1881: Pleasant Valley Fair.--A large
number of farmers and admirers of the pursuit of agriculture gathered
at room No. 4 Bank building on Saturday last in obedience to the
request issued in the Chronicle last week by the officers of the
Farmers Club to make arrangements for holding the annual fair at
Pleasant Valley. It was proposed to hold the fair September 5,6,
and 7, but these dates conflict with other important occurrences
in their section and the officers and executive committee changed
their dates to Oct. 3,4, and 5. Committees were appointed as follows:
Executive committee: Windham, J.G. Martin, Dea. W.H. Hawkins; Coventry,
Frank Spaulding; Scotland, Captain Haskins; Lebanon, Philo Burgess; Mansfield,
Ralph W. Storrs, George L. Rosebrook; Columbia, Albert Brown; Chaplin,
Origen Bennett; Andover, Charles B. Stearns; Ashford, D.O. Lombard; Willington,
W. H. Holt; Hampton, D.M. Deming; Hebron, Fred Burnham.
The following gentlemen and ladies were appointed committees to judge
all articles exhibited.
Produce No. 1.--Committee: F.R. West, Columbia; E.B. Crain, Mansfield;
George Martin, Windham.
Produce No. 2.--Committee: John A. Conant, Windham; Mrs. V.D. Stearns,
Mansfield; Mrs. R.P. Burgess, Lebanon.
Horticulture.--Committee: Giles Little, Columbia; S.O. Hatch, Windham;
Mrs. E.B. Crain, Mansfield.
Sheep and swine.--Committee: Merrick Barton, Chaplin; J.J. Andrews, Mansfield;
Arnold Warren, Coventry.
Poultry.--Committee: Charles P. Marsh, Mansfield; Andrew E. Kinney, Willimantic;
Frank Loomis, Chaplin.
Blooded stock.--Committee: N.L. Babcock, Coventry; George L. Rosebrook,
Mansfield; Nathaniel Brown, Lebanon; Lester Bill, Chaplin; George Martin,
Grade and native stock.--Committee: Martin Parker, Andover; R.P. Burgess,
Lebanon; William Reynolds, Mansfield.
Working oxen and steers.--J.G. Martin, Windham; J.W. Griggs, Chaplin;
Jesse W. Hatch, Coventry.
Plowing match.--Committee; B.F. Bennett, Windham; Samuel Greene, W.C.
Horses, colts and draft horses.--Committee: J.D. Wheeler, Windham; Horace
E. Brown, Scotland; D.M. Deming, Chaplin.
Single carriage horses and pairs.--Committee: L.F. Button, Hampton; P.G.
Hanks, Mansfield; Edward Burnham, Windham.
Trotting horses.--Committee: E. Harris, Willimantic; J.G. Martin, Windham;
S. M. Sweet, Coventry.
Domestic manufactures.--Committee: J. Dwight Chaffee, Mansfield; Mrs.
James E. Hayden, Windham; Mrs. James Macfarlane, Mansfield.
Agricultural tools.--Committee: James J. Slate, Mansfield; J.A. Lewis,
Windham; Wm. Battey, Mansfield.
Dairy utensils.--Committee: D.W. Fisk, Coventry; Mrs. Mason Bates, North
Windham; Mrs. Alex Hawkins, Coventry.
Hors and ox shoes.--Committee: James H. French, Windham; V.D. Stearns,
Mansfield; Isaac Larkin, Lebanon.
Arts and fine arts.--Committee: Rev. K.B. Glidden, Mansfield; Miss Mary
F. Lewis, Windham; Mrs. Russell Utley.
Town teams.--Committee: Yelverton Green, Columbia; Griswold Burnham,
Hebron; James A. Pendleton, Lebanon.
Superintendent of ground, D.H. Jacobs.
Superintendent of hall, James E. Hayden.
Messrs. N.P. Perkins, Jared Stearns, and James E. Hayden were appointed
a committee to procure music to cost not over $50.
N.P. Perkins says with the fine crops now in the ground, with favorable
weather we shall have one of the largest fairs held in Connecticut. We
are bothered to set a time, as we have to sandwich between other fairs
that draw money from the state. We don't. So let the farmers have the
full benefit of the money appropriated.
895. Wed Aug 3 1881: Burglars in South Windham.--On
Saturday last Isaac Johnson, clerk in the store of Johnson & Williams
of South Windham, observed that a widow in the garret of the store
had been tampered with from the outside and a pile of empty boxes
standing before it had been partially overturned. This discovery
led to a suspicion in the minds of the proprietors that an attempt
might be made to burglarize the store the following night, and that
this was an examination of the premises preparatory. The window was
nailed up, but the nails were afterwards removed when Mr. Williams
resolved to keep watch during the night. Both he and Mr. Johnson
took up positions in the attic and all went quietly till about or
a little past 12 when two persons came to the window from the outside
on the flat roof of an addition which has been recently built to
the store on the west end. They quickly removed the lower sash and
crawled through, striking a match to light their way to the stairs
only a few feet away. On the stairs they lighted a dark lantern and
went below. Messrs. Johnson and Williams held a whispered consultation
after which the former crawled through the open window to the roof,
dropped to the ground and making a considerable detour around the
store, proceeded to call help. After his departure, a rap was heard
upon the rear door which was opened from the inside. Mr. Johnson
proceeded to call Messrs. E.W. Avery, Fred Chamberlin, and Robert
Binns, the latter of whom took a shot gun which he hastily loaded
with a very light charge of shot, little dreaming of the use to which
he would be compelled to put it. They proceeded to the store and
it was decided that Mr. Binns should take up a position at the rear
door which is upon the north side, (and which, by the way was open
a few inches), while Mr. Johnson should go to the front door on the
east side and demand a surrender--Mr. Williams being in the meanwhile
up stairs. As Mr. Johnson approached the front of the building he
discovered a man peering through the window who saw him at the same
instant, and immediately fired a shot from a pistol closely followed
by another, the latter of which passed in close proximity to Johnson's
head. He thereupon returned the fire, and standing but a few feet
apart, nine shots were exchanged in quick succession, the burglar
being on the stoop, and Mr. Johnson on the ground in front, but constantly
changing their positions. At the first shot, those inside took the
alarm and ran to the rear of the store, threw open the door, when
Mr. Binns commanded them to stop or he would shoot,--or words to
that effect. They turned to the stairway, but Mr. Williams threatened
them from above, and the shooting began here. Two or three pistol
shots were fired in the direction of Binns, and Williams says one
was fired up the stairway. Suddenly a man rushed from the door directly
towards Binns, who pointed his gun at him and fired, when the man
staggered and fell. The remaining burglar fired at the flash of Binns'
gun evidently, and fortunately for the latter, the shot took effect
in the shoulder of the man who was already hit as he was falling.
After firing, he ran but was pursued by the remaining charge in Binns'
guns, but it produced no apparent effect. At this time the man who
was on the watch also took flight. A light was immediately procured
and the wounded man taken into the store, when Dr. Barstow was called.
All this, it must be remembered took place in an incredibly short space
of time--probably a minute would nearly cover it, or two at the most,
from the first shot to the last,--and it was so dark that a man could
barely be discerned a rod distant.
The man who was shot was in his shirt sleeves,--thus being more plainly
visible than the others who wore coats,--carrying a cocked pistol in
one hand and his coat in the other.
A large number of the neighbors were aroused by the firing, and soon
after the wounded man had been carried into the store quite a crowd had
collected. An examination showed that the charge from the gun had entered
the right side just below the ribs, making an ugly-looking hole large
enough to put two fingers in their entire length, a part going entirely
through the body so that a number of shot were picked out on the back.
At this time a team was dispatched for Dr. Hills who made a more thorough
examination and dressed the wound. His opinion was that the charge had
been divided by a bone--part passing out, and part into the body. The
cavity of the abdomen was penetrated so that he could feel the intestines,
but could not say whether they were ruptured or not. The pistol shot
fired by his pal had taken effect in the back on the lower part of the
shoulder blade, and had passed upward toward the back of the neck. The
wound was probed but the bullet could not be found. After the wound was
dressed the patient remained quiet, being somewhat under the influence
of anodynes. One of the selectmen was notified, and about 10 o'clock
he was taken to the town house. In his pockets were found a small wrench,
some tobacco, money to the extent of $23.06, a small silver watch, a
compass such as is used for a watch chain, a key, and a card bearing
the name of a liquor firm in Cincinnati, Ohio, but nothing which would
throw any light upon his identity. He steadfastly refused to answer any
questions about himself or his confederates.
In the store were found a soft felt hat, a bar known as a jimmy, a dark
lantern, and a drill and drill-stock, with which a hole had been started
in the safe. Outside were found places where some of the shots took effect.
Two struck the pillars in front, one struck a tree across the road, one
struck the house of Mr. Smith and was buried in the clapboards, one passed
entirely through the end of the store, and one was lodged in the rear
door of the store from the inside. Avery and Chamberlin took no part
in the proceedings. The ladder used by the robbers to get upon the roof
was taken from Mr. Winchester's premises.
The unfortunate village is still alive at the almshouse under the care
of Dr. Card, and continues to maintain a gritty and dogged silence in
relation to himself. Hoards of people have visited the place to get a
look at the fellow, and all were struck with the singularly intellectual
countenance which he bears. He has lost part of one ear and a broken
nose mars his visage, the results of a former encounter. He has a sandy
mustache and short side whiskers, is tall and has a splendid physique.
Is about forty years old. The only information which he has vouchsafed
to communicate is that he has a wife and two children, which may or may
not be true. He is undoubtedly one of the most desperate and accomplished
cracksmen in the country, and probably holds a high place among the fraternity.
About the only regret that he seems to entertain is that he should receive
his death blow (if he die) in a "little, nasty job like this out
of my legitimate business,"
as he expresses it. He admits that he would indeed have felt cheap and
provoked if only the [unreadable] which the safe contained--about $12.00,
had been obtained. It is evident that the confederates who escaped were
in no way fit accomplices for this fellow, if, indeed, they were not
novices. There is a suspicion however, that they have pluck enough to
hover about the town and keep track of their wounded comrade.
On Monday, efforts were made to gain his consent to be photographed,
but this he most positively declined to give. It was decided however,
to procure a picture of him without his knowledge, and he was accordingly
given injections of morphine to induce sleep, and in this way accomplish
it. A very good representation was obtained by Townsend, but not without
arousing the burglar's suspicions, and this seemed to be the greatest
of his troubles.
The attending physician took yesterday from the wound in his side, fifteen
shot, a tack nail, and a paper wad, and says there is a chance for his
recovery! No clue as to his identity has as yet been obtained from abroad.
896. Wed Aug 3 1881: Whereas my wife Ella C. Wood has
left my bed and board without jus cause or provocation, this is to
forbid all persons harboring or trusting her on my account, as I
shall pay no debts of her contracting after this date. M.L. Wood.
Colchester, Conn. July 30, 1881.
897. Wed Aug 3 1881: South Windham.
I learn that Mr. Butler has been engaged to teach the higher school for
the ensuing year, and Miss T.S. Eaton is to teach in the lower
room. The latter has had several years experience here and has
been well liked. The fact that Mr. Butler has been re-engaged tends
to show that the dissatisfaction which I mentioned some weeks since
was not as deep as it appeared to me from what I heard. Mr. Hatch
is said to have found by personal enquiry that most of those who
sent children were in favor of securing him for another year, and
he thought he could do no better. Personally I know nothing against
Mr. Butler's school during the past year, and all my remarks were
based upon, was what others said in my hearing.
The dwelling occupied by C.T. Barstow has been the recipient of a new
coat of paint.
Rumor has it that the nickel shop has been leased by Willimantic parties,
but I cannot find out much about it as yet. Where will they hold meetings
and Sabbath schools if this prove true? The hall is hardly in a suitable
A valise was found Monday forenoon near the depot, containing burglar's
tools which had been secreted there probably Saturday night. In it were
found a peculiar jack-screw, a ratchet counter-bore, an oil cup, a pair
of leggings (waterproof), a pair of pipe pincers, an iron punch, a pair
of nippers for turning a key in a lock by taking hold of the end, a brush,
and two pins for turning the jack-screw. These, together with the tools
left at the store, make quite a collection, and have been examined by
a large number of persons. The drills found, (two in number) were twist
drills with shanks made to fit the stock and were in good cutting trim.
The jimmy was in two parts, joined together by a collar and set-screws.
The pistol, a Worcester make, (Forehand & Wadsworth) of 38 or 40
calibre. The men are thought to be an experienced crowd who are taking
a vacation from some large city, and were after a little spending money.
One at least, will wish he had spent his leisure somewhere else. Criminals
seem to fare hard here.
An amusing incident occurred during the excitement. A team drove up to
the store soon after the shooting, with two persons in it, one of whom
was bent over so his face could not be seen. As one of the robbers who
escaped was thought to be wounded, it at once occurred to several gentlemen
that they were the chaps, and a suggestion was made that they could be
accommodated with quarters just as well as not. "That's just what
we are after"
was the eager reply--and then they were recognized as two of your local
gents who had been driving for several hours to get from Windham Center
back to Windham Center. They were started in that direction, but instead
of crossing the track, the drive turned and drove down the track below
the depot and around the woodshed up on the other side--an almost impossible
drive by daylight--much more in inky darkness. Well, they were started
twice and both times brought up at the store again, and begged for some
one to get them started on the right road again. At length the question
was asked why they did not remain here till daylight. "Why so I
can, I never thought of that" was the reply. They slept it off I
guess. One lost a hat however, which was found the next day, as was also
a black bottle near the same place.
898. Wed Aug 3 1881: Scotland.
Rev. Mr. Fellows of Bozrah preached at the Congregational church last
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hyde have gone to Iowa to spend the remainder of
their days with their children.
John Robinson who has been a work for Dea. Waldo Bass was coming from
Willimantic on Saturday, and by some means fell under the wagon. One
wheel passed over his leg lengthwise, cutting and bruising it nearly
the whole length, and running off above the hip. He was taken to Mr.
Simonds' house at the top of Carey Hill and cared for as well as possible.
It is said that Johnnie had taken too much beer in Willimantic, which
was probably the cause of the accident. He is now at his home in Willimantic,
under the care of Dr. I.B. Gallup.
George Waldo and family, with his son-in-law, Mr. Thomas and family,
making a party of a dozen are spending the week at the Stewart cottage
on New London Harbor.
Rev. S.A. Davis will preach at the Universalist church next Sunday.
I.H. Coe Jr., who has been rusticating at Wm. Gates' on Pudding Hill
for three weeks has returned to his home in New Bedford, Mass.
Mrs. E.P. Baldwin is spending the week at Camp White on the Providence
Aug. 11 is the day set for the "young folks" to start for the
salt water. The party will spend some ten days at the Stewart cottage
on New London Harbor, the same location that has been occupied by the
party for several seasons. Another party will set sail for the same place
immediately after camp meeting, and will be on hand at the Groton centennial
Hiram Parkhurst started his meat wagon again on Tuesday.
899. Wed Aug 3 1881: Chaplin.
Wm. Martin, one of our wealthiest and most respected citizens, died suddenly
while working in his garden on Wednesday. He had been hoeing vines,
and as a lady came into the garden for currants he spoke to her
and said he must get some brush for the vines to run over. After
a little conversation she turned to go into the house, when she
saw him lying upon his face, she went to him but he had expired.
Mr. Martin has been at times a great sufferer from rheumatism,
being unable to walk except with two canes, but was in quite good
health at the time of his death.
James H. Griggs who was severely injured by falling upon a stake while
loading hay, has so far recovered as to be able to walk about a little.
F.C. Lummis has been revising the list of members of the Congregational
church in this place, which was very imperfect on account of deaths and
removals, and has had it reprinted with the Confession of Faith. He has
taken great pains, writing many letters, visiting old graveyards and
making inquiries of the old inhabitants so that the work is thoroughly
done. It will be found very convenient for reference being in some respects
a little history of the place.
900. Wed Aug 3 1881: South Coventry.
Last Friday, the highway surveyor with his corps of assistants took up
the stone bridge at the foot of Mill hill and laid pipe to connect
with the water barrel. Several of these barrels are to be placed
in different parts of the town, and will be highly appreciated
by the traveling community.
William Dorman spent a day in town last week, and will return for a longer
stay after his trip to Block Island.
Augustus Dow, one of Coventry's young men made a short tarry here visiting
his birthplace, and the cemetery where his father lies.
Marvin Colman erected the frame to his barn last Friday, which has a
cellar to it, and a remarkably fine southern exposure.
Judge Webler is gradually improving. His two sisters, Mrs. S.B. Lyman
and Mrs. M. Colman visited him one day last week.
901. Wed Aug 3 1881: Columbia.
Mr. and Mrs. LaFayette Robertson of Hartford spent a portion of last
week in town calling on and receiving calls from their many friends.
They enjoyed rowing on the reservoir in company with George Sawyer
who daily exercises himself with the oars.
Wm. P. Robertson came into town Saturday evening, and will spend the
most of his vacation here.
James L. Downer has the contract for painting the new house of Samuel
On Thursday of last week, there were fifteen bushels of whortleberries
shipped to the Hartford market from this place.
Wm. H. and Howard Yeomans allured twenty-three sportive bass from their
native element one day last week.
A collection of lovely water lilies graced the sacred desk on the sabbath,
placed there by Chas. E. Little.
Rev. Mr. Hunter of Hebron preached to an attentive audience Sunday afternoon.
Every one seemed captivated by his easy, fluent speaking, and his clear,
logical manner of presenting his subject from the text "went about
doing good." We hope he will come again, and we assure him a hearty
902. Wed Aug 3 1881: Mrs. Samuels, the mother of the
James boys, whose exploits in the Western country have gained them
an infamous notoriety, looks upon her sons as heroes. She lives about
four miles from Kearney, Clay county, Mo., and always appear in Kansas
City promptly after the committal of a conspicuous crime. A few hours
after the recent train robbery, in which her sons are supposed to
have participated, she arrived there in accordance with the predictions
of the police, anxious to hear all the news and talk about her "boys." She
affirms that Jessie and Frank are dead, and therefore could not have
been engaged in the robbery; but not the least confidence is placed
in anything she may say.
903. Wed Aug 3 1881: Sitting Bull has surrendered at
last and one of the most troublesome Indian chiefs of the present
generation is harmless for the present at least. The telegraph announces
that he arrived recently at Fort Buford with 150 followers and has
been received and placed under close guard by the commandant of the
fort. Bull and his band were nearly starved, and the pangs of hunger
more than any immediate danger of capture were doubtless the compelling
motive to surrender. Sitting Bull has been called the Sioux Napoleon,
from the bold leadership he has shown, but his ability and bravery
have undoubtedly been overrated. His vindictive ferocity, however,
it is hardly necessary to say, has never been exaggerated. Since
1869 he has been the pest of the Montana border land, and during
that time has been engaged in numerous raids upon the white settlers,
his band being the most powerful and dangerous on the plains. The
most famous of the deeds of the band are the long though ultimately
unsuccessful siege of Fort Pease in 1875 and the Custer massacre
June 25, 1876. Since the latter date he has been a fugitive, and
made his escape into Canada, where he and his followers lived quietly
and safely for a time. But his band has been weakened by desertions,
until now, with a few adherents and reduced by poverty and starvation,
he is but a wreck of his former self. For the present he will be
kept a close prisoner until a determination in his case is reached.
904. Wed Aug 3 1881: Fish Fry.--A party of about twenty-five
were let loose from this place to go to Columbia reservoir Friday.
The party was made up of the joliest crew that ever was and they
were off for a racket that day. They had all the necessaries and
many of the luxuries that are common to such excursions, and in abundance
too. The weather was all that could be desired, notwithstanding the
season and everybody was happy. They scoured the lake from shore
to shore in search of the finny tribe. The principal feature aside
from the repast was the getting of the material for it, which they
did by means of a seine, (they perhaps were not aware that it was
an indictable offence,) and everything that could be called fish
was caught. The fry was gotten up in good style by J.H. Gray, and
the hungry horde got it down in like manner.
905. Wed Aug 3 1881: Carpenters on a Rampage.--The
possible harmonious relations of employees and employers were happily
illustrated on Saturday by W.H. Latham & Co., contractors and
builders, who gave their employees a holiday and free transportation
to the country for a sniff of the bracing air at Exeter lake. The
generous firm had the sufficient satisfaction for their pains and
expenditure of seeing about thirty robust mechanics made happy by
their action. The day was consumed in a genuine good time, and nothing
occurred to mar the enjoyment. They caught fish and fried them, they
carried clams and made chowder, and there was no hungry appetite
unsupplied. The party arrived home early in the evening satisfied.
A little incident in their return, however, deserves mention. The
occupants of one wagon in turning a corner near High street suddenly
found themselves mysteriously and unceremoniously landed on the side
walk--but they can't tell how it happened.
906. Wed Aug 10 1881: About Town.
W.N. Potter, the boot and shoe man, has the Egyptian obelisk in his window.
J.O. Sullivan is building a cottage for A.W. Bill, at the spiritualist
camp ground in Niantic.
G.G. Cross has an attractive new sign over the entrance to his restaurant
on Railroad street.
Rev. Granville Yager will preach at the Congregational church next Sunday
morning and evening, at the usual hours.
W.H. Lathan & Co. have contracts for building a number of cottages
on the new spiritualist camp ground at Niantic.
W.E. Barrows, treasurer of the Willimantic Linen Co., has removed his
family from Hartford, to his new, fine and unique residence in The Oaks.
Rev. K.B. Glidden, of Mansfield, preached at the Congregational church
A misplaced switch caused a large mogul engine and three freight cars
to run off the track at full speed Thursday. It ran four or five rods
and over the Main street crossing, and plowing deep furrows in the ground
regardless of three inches of planking.
A telephone has been constructed between the Rapid Telegraph office and
Last year the Third regiment voted to discard the useless and cumbersome
cross-belts, and last week the officers of the Second regiment voted
to follow suit.
907. Wed Aug 10 1881: Mr. Dwight Chaffee was one of
a syndicate of silk manufacturers who bought out the bankrupt Springfield
silk Co's. stock and machinery and uprooted the company. A part of
the machinery has been received at Mr. Chaffee's mill on Church street.
908. Wed Aug 10 1881: Wilbur Cross and Frank Smith
have successfully passed an examination to enter [unreadable] college
at the beginning of the next college years. Both were prepared at
Natchaug high school, and will enter [unreadable] the course unconditionally,
which speaks highly for this school as an educational institution.
909. Wed Aug 10 1881: The remains of Chas. W. Dennison
were brought to this place for interment last Friday evening. The
funeral services were held at the home of his brother in Portland,
Me., but it was the special request of the deceased that his body
should repose in Willimantic cemetery.
910. Wed Aug 10 1881: The resignation of Wm. H. Snow,
first lieutenant of Co. K. has been accepted by the adjutant general,
and an election will be held tomorrow eve to fill the vacancy.
911. Wed Aug 10 1881: At a regular meeting of Natchaug
Lodge, No. 22, K.P., last Monday evening, the following officers
were elected for the ensuing term: H.A. Adams, C.C., J.H. Parker,
V.C., Geo. H. Purinton, P., and H.R. Alford, K.R. S.
912. Wed Aug 10 1881: The Lowell machine shop is to
have an exhibit of one thousand spindles at the Manufacturers and
Mechanics' institute fair in Boston, and the Willimantic Linen company
will run their work on them during the exhibition. The fair opens
913. Wed Aug 10 1881: A meeting of the trustees of
the Storrs Agricultural school, soon to be opened at Mansfield, was
held yesterday at the office of J.M. Hall. The attendance was quite
full, and considerable business was transacted. The chief matter
under consideration was furnishing the sleeping, living and school
rooms of the building, putting in a new furnace and so on.
914. Wed Aug 10 1881: In returning from bathing Monday,
and walking along a high, projecting embankment near the former residence
of E.S. Boss, Willie Bowman was precipitated a distance of twenty
feet into the water beneath, by the caving down of a portion of the
embankment. But for the presence of companions who rescued him from
the water, the boy must have been drowned.
915. Wed Aug 10 1881: At a meeting of the directors
of the Dime Savings bank, held Monday afternoon, John L. Walden was
unanimously elected secretary and treasurer. The Chronicle tenders
him its heartiest congratulations and feels confident that the affairs
of the bank are in good hands. He is probably the youngest bank treasurer
in the State, being but twenty years old. The financial standing
of this institution is above suspicion, and we feel confident it
will be kept so. Give the young men a chance.
916. Wed Aug 10 1881: A fellow registering his name
as H. Hull stopped at hotel Commercial Monday night. He was called
early next morning and left the hotel forgetting to pay his bill,
but remembering to take with him a valuable woolen blanket, a counterpane
and other bed clothing. The goods were traced to a store in the upper
village where he left them, saying he would call again. The last
seen of the scamp he was making his way on foot in the direction
of Coventry. In another column we publish a "correct" portrait
of the escaped criminal.
917. Wed Aug 10 1881: A number of children were recently
playing blind man's buff on the hill back of the Linen Co.'s boarding
house, and a little boy by name Fenton who was blindfolded went too
near the edge of the bluff and tumbled over. He fell about a distance
of twenty-five feet, striking on a lot of rubbish, and rolled forty
or fifty feet further to the bottom of the hill. The bystanders expected
to see a dead boy, but he escaped with slight injuries.
918. Wed Aug 10 1881: At a battalion drill of companies
E and K on Monday evening, a delegation from Montgomery Hose company
appeared, and by a neat speech from Foreman Donahue, presented First
Lieut. Haggerty with a handsome sword and belt. After the drill Lieut.
Haggerty was also presented with a full uniform and fatigue uniform
by the members of Company E. It looks as if James was quite popular
in the various organizations to which he belongs.
919. Wed Aug 10 1881: A young man from Coventry was
taken with a fit on Main street near Bridge, on Saturday evening,
and required the full strength of two strong men to keep him from
injuring himself by dashing his head upon the sidewalk. Officers
Brown and Sessions took him to the lock-up and made him as comfortable
as the hole would admit. On returning an hour later, they found that
he had torn off nearly all his clothing, and demolished the mattress
upon which he lay. The fits lasted nearly all night.
920. Wed Aug 10 1881: Personal Intelligence.
Frank F. Webb and wife are at Westbrook, this State, for a month.
Landlord Burnham, of Hotel Commercial is suffering from an attack of
Benjamin Jones and family and the Misses Wood expect to go to Martha's
Vineyard for a season on Friday.
Dr. G.J. Holmes of Jewett City, is visiting H.B. Holmes, of Chatwick &
Rev. G.W. Holman has been granted a vacation of three weeks from his
pulpit, and he, with his family went to Noank, Monday, to recuperate.
Miss Adele Royce is at Block Island with Mrs. Jane Holland and daughter.
Miss Hattie C. Waldo, of Canterbury, is spending a week with Mr. Joseph
Capt. W.F. Chadwick's family are spending three weeks at Noank.
Nelson French and family went, Monday, to Noank to be absent a few days.
Mr. W.P. Holmes, of Jewett City, spent a few days last week with his
brother, H.B. Holmes.
W.C. Crandall, of the Middletown Sentinel and Witness was in town over
James Courtney spent a few days at Long Island, returning yesterday.
Mr. and Mrs. Wheaton, of Brooklyn, spent Sunday in town with their daughter,
Miss Carrie E. Wheaton.
Mr. E.O. Richardson, formerly a student at Weslyan Academy, as accepted
a general agency of W.C. King & Co., Springfield, Mass., to canvass
the village for a new and valuable work, entitled--"The Royal Path
of Life." The volume is endorsed by large men, such as Wm. H. Allen,
president of Girard College, Pha., Charles H. Fowler, D.D., L.L.D, of
N.Y. and Levi H. Frink 245 Main street, Willimantic.
John L. Walden spent Sunday in Springfield.
Mrs. Geo. A. Burnham started yesterday for West Winfield, N.Y., on a
visit to Rev. W.A. Fenn, formerly pastor of the Baptist church in this
Miss Lillie Reed is visiting in Granby, Conn.
Miss Florence North of this place, and Mrs. Cowan, of New York, are at
the White Mountains.
Mrs. Norman Melony and daughter, with Miss Minnie Barnes went today to
the Spiritualist camp meeting at Lake Pleasant, to be gone some time.
Orange Perkins and family are in Pleasant Valley, rusticating for a week
Mrs. Daniels, of New Britain, is visiting her son Charles Daniels.
Homer Tucker of Springfield, has for a few days been visiting his friends
and former associates in this village.
Mrs. Littlefield, aunt of W.N. Potter, returned Monday from an extended
visit to friends in Norwich.
Miss Josie Walden expects to go to Niantic this week to enjoy the salt
A.E. Sisson has been visiting his parents in Moodus for a week.
Miss Bessie Gallup, of Norwich, is visiting W.N. Potter.
H.L. Edgarton spent a few days at Block Island, last week.
Fayette Safford of the Chronicle, and wife, with a large party of young
people from Scotland go to Osprey Beach for a fortnight.
Samuel Chittenden has moved not to The Oaks, as stated last week, but
to Bassett Park.
H.W. Hall, of Newport, R.I., is home on a visit to his parents.
Mrs. D.A. O'Neill has gone to Woodstock for the remainder of the summer,
on a visit to her mother.
N.H. Twist is visiting in Cattaraugus county, New York, and will return
to his business August 16.
Edward Stratton, of Amherst, plays with the Willimantic band in their
excursion to Nantasket beach.
J.E. Williams, editor of the Amherst Record, and Miss Hattie L. Steere,
of Danielsonville, made us a pleasant call last week.
United States Treasurer, James Gilfillan, registered at the Brainard
Arthur I. Bill, with friends starts Friday for Lake Pleasant to be absent
Mrs. J.C. Dorman and son, A.L. Dorman, expect to start next week for
a fortnight's sojourn at Niantic.
Stowell W. Lincoln, of New York, is visiting his father, Geo. Lincoln.
Eugene Clark, of Brooklyn, N.Y., has been spending a few days with his
father, L.H. Clark.
Mrs. Frances Freeman, of New York, and Miss Alice Kelsey, of Colchester,
have been guests of F.H. Blish. Miss Kelsey returned home yesterday.
Valentine McSweeny, of New York has been visiting at P.J. Coffee's for
a few days.
Mr. George Stimpson, Sr., of Ingersoll, Ca., and Mr. George Stimpson,
Jr., of Toronto, are visitors at Mrs. J.C. Dorman's. The young man is
in the employment of the Canadian government.
Louis Cheesbrough is married. He was united on Sunday evening by Rev.
Holman to Mrs. Annie E. Oatley, formerly Mrs. Handy, formerly Mrs. Bill,
who has been waiter at the Brainard house for six years.
Mr. Henry Walden has left the employ of L.D. Brown & Son, silk manufacturers
in New York, and in company with another gentleman gone into business
on his own account. The firm is known as Walden & Gedney, dealers
in steamship and engineer's supplies.
Miss Gertie Cooley, of Hartford is visiting Miss Helen Moulton.
Miss Zoa Macumber, of Wilmington, N.C. is visiting her brother, V.D.
Macumber. Miss Macumber is an adept in artistic painting, and exhibits
some handsome specimens of her handiwork in A.W. Turner's window.
Miss Lucy Swift is visiting at A.B. Adams'.
Mr. Julius Jordan arrived in town this morning from Europe where he has
been for three months.
921. Wed Aug 10 1881: A subscription has been in circulation
for a short time among the congregation of St. Joseph's church, to
procure a new bell for the church, and $1000 is already pledged,
mostly in small amounts. Rev. Father Van Werch went to Troy a few
days since and ordered the bell which will be cast this week. It
is to weigh 3,000 pounds and will be by far the largest bell in town.
It is expected that it will be in its place this month, and is intended
as a surprise to the pastor, Rev. Fl. DeBruycker, who is to sail
for home the first week in September.
922. Wed Aug 10 1881: A number of urchins were somewhat
aggravatingly molested last Friday while in bathing at the Natchaug
river. A man named Haley became enraged at their boldness in trespassing
on his land in disregard, it is said, to signs posted forbidding
such action, and going to the scene of the bathers snatched up the
clothing lying on the banks and dashed it into the water. The lads
fished their clothing out as best they could, but not however, without
considerable loss of valuables in their pockets and pieces of clothing.
Haley has been arrested on seven counts, and will be tried on them
one week from tomorrow.
923. Wed Aug 10 1881: A battalion drill, which is something
new for our military companies, was held at the armory on Monday
evening, under the command of Col. Tubbs. The companies were divided
into two divisions commanded by Capts. Squires and Fowler, and went
through all the various evolutions of the drill. Tomorrow evening
the commissioned officers of Co. E will meet at the armory for a
competitive examination for non-commissioned officers in the company.
There are eight vacancies caused by the expiration of the term of
service, namely: seven corporals and one sergeant. In addition to
this examination the non-commissioned officers will be called to
appear before a board of examiners consisting of the regimental officers,
at the annual encampment at Niantic in September.
924. Wed Aug 10 1881: The Wounded Burglar.--No little
interest has been exhibited during the past week over the burglar
who was wounded at South Windham and who still remains in a precarious
condition at the almshouse. Hs chances of recovery are slim, but
it is barely possible he may pull through. At the present time he
is no worse and his wound is in a healthy condition discharging pus
freely. So for his identity has not been discovered, and his history
is veiled in mystery. A number of officials from neighboring cities
have visited him, but none seem to place him within their list of
criminals. On Saturday a man appeared giving his name as L. Goldsmith
counselor-at-law, and address as 25 Chambers street, room 36, New
York city, claiming to be an attorney for the burglar's family. The
lawyer gave as his object for calling on the burglar, to see that
he had proper care and should he die to take charge of the body and
see about the disposition of some property owned by the burglar.
Not much credit is given to the story of the visitor and from the
account he gave as to how he obtained information of his clients'
whereabouts, it is believed he is in league with the gang, and comes
in the guise of an attorney for the purpose of getting the lay of
the land in order to plan and execute a rescue if the wounded man's
condition should admit. Acting on this suspicion he has been removed
to the basement of the house for more security.
A preliminary hearing was held at the almshouse Monday afternoon before
Justice of the Peace J.M. Hall, for the purpose of throwing the prisoner
into the custody of the state and relieving the town of all expense.
The wounded man's condition was such that the charges could not be met
and the hearing was postponed until Saturday August 20th, and a bond
fixed at $5,000 for his appearance.
The Providence Star of Saturday says that the South Windham burglars
"beyond doubt the same gang that visiting Kingston Hill," and remarks
as follows:--On Saturday night, July 30 three burglars were caught in the act
of cracking a safe in a country store, at South Windham, Conn. One of them
was shot and captured, and though he was believed to be mortally wounded at
the time, he has since recovered to that extent that his captors have every
reason to believe they can soon bring him before the court and obtain his conviction.
He has steadfastly refused to disclose his identity and resisted the officers
so much when the attempted to photograph his features, that he had to be placed
under the influence of an anesthetic before the camera could be brought to
bear on him. By this method a good likeness of the prisoner was obtained and
copies of it were sent to all the principal police authorities in New England
that the man might, if such a thing was possible, be identified. Chief of Police
Child received one yesterday morning. The picture is that of a man 35 or 40
years of age, short and thick set, a large and full face, round head, moustache
and short side whiskers, with one ear slightly abbreviated as though it had
been bitten or clipped off.
The Star reporter, who was at Kingston Hill, Thursday, visited the post
office, where the burglars operated on a safe a week or two ago, and
asked for a description of any strangers who were in town the afternoon
previous to the break. A young man who is employed about the stable of
the old tavern, said that at 10:30 o'clock that night he was driving
up from Kingston depot, and when about half way up the long hill, met
a man who was walking in the middle of the road. He entered into a short
conversation with him, and then passed on. Later, and while sitting in
front of the hotel, the same man came up and sat down beside him, asking
him where the four cross-roads led to, and obtained a general idea of
the lay of the land and of the residents of the hill. Soon the man whistled
a low and prolonged note, and out of the dusk came two other men, both
being young, and one of them carrying a brown traveling bag, which appeared
to be quite heavy. These men kept their faces turned away from the stable
boy and seemed very anxious that he should not see them. The first arrival,
however, was no so fastidious, and as he stood so that the rays of the
lantern in front of the hotel shone upon him, the young man was enabled
to study his features and general appearance. In every way his description
tallies with that of the wounded burglar at South Windham, the clipped
ear all having been noted. At 3 o'clock the next morning the stable boy
got up and harnessed a horse for the purpose of driving to Kingston to
look after some travelers. When he got out on the square he saw that
the light in front of the hotel was turned down, and driving up to the
tree to which it was attached, adjusted the wick. This must have frightened
off the burglars, for they are supposed to have been at work on the post
office safe at the hour mentioned; they only succeeded in drilling a
number of holes in the safe door near the spindle of the combination
lock. A few hundred feet away from the post office the horse was frightened
by some one who was concealed in the bushes which skirt the roadside,
and nearly plunged over a small bridge to the ditch below. This is presumed
to have been one of the burglars, who had been stationed there to give
the alarm should any one approach the town by the way of the old road.
On the following night the same gang visited Richmond Switch and operated
We take the following from a daily paper of this morning: There is little
if any doubt that the wounded burglar now lying at the almshouse in Windham,
is the notorious "Ned" Lyons, a professional criminal of many
years standing, well known to the police of New York and Boston as a
skillful pick-pocket and adept safe-robber. Last Saturday, Capt. Whaley
of Norwich, went up to Willimantic to look over the prisoner and take
a mental note of the scars and marks which distinguish him. Yesterday
Capt. Whaley went to Boston, saw a photograph of Lyons and had an interview
with the detectives there who know his appearance and record by heart.
The result is that the criminal's identification is now almost certain.
The scar on his cheek is recognized as one he received a year or more
ago in an altercation with one Brock, a well know sporting man. It seems
that four or five years ago Lyons, then an escaped Sing-Sing convict,
"wife" Sophie Lyons alias "Sophie Levy," alias "Pretty
Sophie," were arrested at Riverhead, L.I., for picking pockets. Lyons
was sent back to Sing-Sing to serve out his unexpired term, and was released
only a year or so ago. Sophy went to live with Brock during Lyons' imprisonment.
When the latter released he attacked Brock, drawing a revolver on him, but
Brock was too quick for him, and gave him the wound the scar of which he still
His ear is said to have been chewed off by the notorious Philadelphia
thief and ruffian, Haggerty, in a fight.
Lyons himself is reckoned one of the "best bank men" in the
burgling fraternity. He is a thorough master of his pet form of crime,
and few safes would resist his attempt to open them. Since his release
from Sing-Sing he has been engaged, the Boston detectives say, in crimes
of the South Windham sort, breaking safes in the smaller towns and villages
of New York and New England.
925. Wed Aug 10 1881: A Rope of Human Hair. In his
details of Indian horrors that came under his notice Mr. Markley,
the new Mexico Indian-killer, stated that in 1867 he gave an Indian
half a dollar for a hair rope ten feet in length and about the size
of his little finger. He untwisted the end and found that it was
made of red, auburn and black hair, which, from the length of each
hair, was undoubtedly that of women. He questioned the Indian, who
told him that the rope was made from the hair of women and girls
slain in the Mountain Meadow massacre, for which murder John D. Lee,
the Mormon, was shot a few years ago. The place where he purchased
the rope was at Paleronagote, sixty-five miles from Mountain Meadow,
where the most harrowing and brutal massacre of modern times occurred.--St
926. Wed Aug 10 1881: The news that ex-Bishop Smith,
of the Mormon Church, who participated in the Mormon Council which
decreed the destruction of the emigrant train at Mountain Meadow,
has been murdered, revives the memory of that terrible event. Five
years ago Elder John D. Lee, the leader of the frightful horror,
was tried for murder and convicted, paying the forfeit of his life
in January, 1877. Being given the choice of means of execution he
selected that he be shot to death, which was done on the fatal spot
of the foul massacre. This massacre took place in 1857, almost a
quarter of century ago. It was a most barbarous and wholesale slaughter,
in which 146 returning California emigrants--men, women, and children--were
brutally put to death by the Mormons and their less savage Indian
allies. It is now supposed, and in fact there is every reason to
believe that Bishop Smith has been murdered in revenge for his exposure
of the butchery of 1857; it was through his testimony that Lee was
brought to justice.
927. Wed Aug 10 1881: Mrs. Garfield has written a letter
which has been published in the Warren (O.) Tribune, in which she
"The General is just beginning to have a faint suggestion of an appetite.
From newspaper reports you would suppose he had been taking beefsteak and lamb-chops
by the quantity; but the truth is, he has only tasted them to gratify the doctors,
and not always to his own advantage."
This shows just how truthful reports from the White House have been.
The public have been led to supposed that if there was any one thing
that troubled the President more than another, it was his ravenous appetite.
His mind was said to linger about the frying-pan and the skillet, and
all thoughts of the hereafter were swallowed up in his anxiety for ham
and eggs, roast beef and mutton-chops. He was made to appear a glutton
whom it took three doctors and Mrs. Edson to restrain. It now seems that
each of these doctors stood over him with a lamb-chop to run down his
throat the moment he opened his mouth, and instead of attempting to find
where the bullet had gone, they were trying to seduce him with beefsteak
and onions to take a Thanksgiving dinner in July. Little by little the
truth comes out.
928. Wed Aug 10 1881: Guiteau has made a demand for
his release on bail. The command will not be complied with just now,
of course; should the President recover, there is nothing to prevent
the release of the fellow if he can find anybody willing to go his
bond. The law does not recognize the President in this case, and
his assailant must be treated as the assailant of an ordinary citizen.
This may be considered unfortunate by some, but, after all, perhaps
it is for the best. A law could not be passed for the protection
of the lives of our Presidents without leaving the inference, that
their lives are in danger. This we do not care to do. The more we
try to shield the person of the Great Executive from harm, the greater
will be the desire to kill him. The carriage of Napoleon I. was guarded
by 500 soldiers when the assassin's bomb exploded beneath it. Napoleon
III. Was in the midst of 50,000 soldiers when he was shot at. The
attempts on the life of the Emperor William were always made at a
moment when he was surrounded on all sides by his guard of honor.
Queen Victoria in the midst of her royal attendants, and surrounded
by her chosen household guards, was shot at. Unless we lock the President
up in the White house during his term of office, it will be impossible
to protect him from the insane assassin. The surest way to do it
is to let him run the chances that his predecessors have run. Let
him have full confidence in the people, and trust in God.
929. Wed Aug 10 1881: Notice is hereby given that I
have given my son, John Grady, his time from this date, and shall
pay no debts of his contracting hereafter. James Grady. Willimantic,
July 27, 1881.
930. Wed Aug 10 1881: The firm of G.G. Standish &
Co. is this day dissolved by mutual consent. The business will be continued
by Standish & Thompson, and they are hereby authorized to collect
all accounts and settle all indebtedness. G.G. Standish, H.T. Kollock,
Willimantic, Aug 1, 1881.
931. Wed Aug 10 1881: G.G. Standish & F.M. Thompson
have this day formed a Co-partnership under the firm name of Standish &
Thompson, and will continue the Boot and Shoe business at the Store formerly
occupied by G.G. Standish & Co., 144 Main street. The undersigned
are authorized to collect all accounts and pay all indebtedness of the
late firm. G.G. Standish, F.M. Thompson, Willimantic, Aug. 1, 1881.
932. Wed Aug 10 1881: South Windham.
It was somewhat generally expected that our local newsboy, Thomas Palmer,
would have the Chronicle for sale last week, and as it was believed
that it would contain a correct statement of the recent "affair" here,
many were depending on receiving it of him. For some reason he
did not receive them and few besides regular subscribers were able
to secure a copy.
933. Wed Aug 10 1881: Woodstock.
The town never had so many summer guests. Woodstock Hill has been in
former years the favorite resort, but now the western part of the town
which is higher and cooler is becoming much sought after and visitors
come from all parts of New England, New York and New Jersey, and even
The robbery week before last in North Woodstock by a negro, of money
and notes to the amount of several hundred dollars was the result of
exhibiting in a challenge to bet, the contents of a pocket book. The
sight proved too much for the vagabond who reconnoitered the premises
and made away with the booty.
934. Wed Aug 10 1881: Willington.
Alfred W. Knight, seventy-four years of age, and long a resident of this
town, died suddenly at his home Thursday night. Mr. Knight had
been at work in the hay field all the previous day, and was enjoying
robust health, being a man remarkably preserved and sprightly for
his years, and retired as usual; in the night his daughter noticed
the sound of labored breathing issuing from his sleeping apartment,
and in going to his room found him suffering from paralysis which
caused his death in about an hour.
935. Wed Aug 10 1881: A very nice granite monument,
fifteen feet high, was erected on Saturday last at the grave of the
late Rev. H.F. Hyde in Grove Hill cemetery, Rockville. The funds
to procure the same were raised by subscription by the young lady
members of his Sunday school class after he died. The monument bears
the following inscription: Rev. Henry F. Hyde. Born at East Killingly,
Ct., Dec. 22d, 1834. Died May 27th, 1880. Pastor at West Woodstock,
Ct., 1858 to 1867; at Pomfret, Ct., 1867 to 1872; of the Second Congregational
church, Rockville, 1872 to 1880.
"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth, yea saith
the spirit, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow
them." The monument is from the marble yard of Eldredge & Adams of
Rockville, both of whom are attendants at the church of whom the deceased was
936. Wed Aug 17 1881: Notice. There will be published
from this office during camp meeting week, a Daily Chronicle, containing
an epitome of the doings on the camp ground together with the telegraphic
and general news of the day carefully and crisply served up. We have
engaged the services of a special and capable reporter, and assure
the public that the Daily Chronicle will be a readable sheet. It
will be published in the evening, and furnished at 10 cents a week,
or two cents for a single copy.
937. Wed Aug 17 1881: About Town.
Frank Blair has fitted up a billiard room in Atwood block.
A.J. Kimball put out a new grocery wagon this week.
A beautiful rainbow was visible in the eastern sky Monday afternoon.
Ansel Arnold has put a concrete walk front of his house on Main street.
There is a family living on Maple avenue with five children, every one
of whom are cripples.
A.C. Andrew, music dealer, has a new and neat arched sign over his doorway
at 177 Main street.
The Linen Co. will make an extensive exhibition at the Cotton Exposition
to be held at Atlanta in the autumn.
Charley and Willie Royce, unassisted have built a very pretty and capacious
boat which they will soon launch on the Willimantic river.
A fellow giving his name as Lewis Rathburn from this place was fined
in the Norwich police court Monday $3 and costs for intoxication.
938. Wed Aug 17 1881: Drs. Bennett and Houghton of
this place, in company with Dr. Dean, of South Coventry, performed
an autopsy on a body at that place last Thursday.
939. Wed Aug 17 1881: E.E. Fox and W.H. Latham went
to Middletown yesterday to bid for the contract for building the
Air Line railroad depot at that place. It is to be of brick.
940. Wed Aug 17 1881: Rev. Mother M. Josephine, of
the Convent of Our Lady of Loudres, of Willimantic, returned Wednesday
from a two months' tour in Europe, bringing two sisters with her.
941. Wed Aug 17 1881: A lady was frightened into fainting
by the runaway team of Saturday which passed uncomfortably near to
the wagon occupied by her. She was revived by the use of stimulants.
942. Wed Aug 17 1881: The death of Judge Seymour causes
another hitch in the proceedings of the Trust Co. case. Fate seems
to be against the settlement of this peculiarly complex suit.
943. Wed Aug 17 1881: The wife of "Ned Lyons"
the wounded South Windham burglar, is held in custody in Jackson, Mich.,
on the charge of assault with intent to kill. She bears the name
of Kate Larany.
944. Wed Aug 17 1881: Sheriff Pomeroy took James Fitzgerald,
a lad fifteen years old to the reform school, at Meriden, Saturday
at the request of his widowed mother, and on account of his disobedience
945. Wed Aug 17 1881: The attending physician tells
us that the wounded burglar at the almshouse is slowly improving.
It is more than possible that he may get well. He is to be removed
into the village as soon as satisfactory quarters can be obtained.
946. Wed Aug 17 1881: The last issue of the Scientific
American says: "Mr. James H. French, of Willimantic, Conn.,
has patented an improved package for fire kindlers which will prevent
the evaporation of the turpentine and other volatile substances contained
in the kindlers."
947. Wed Aug 17 1881: Company K, Third regiment C.N.G.
last Thursday evening elected Charles Harrington first Lieutenant,
vice William Snow, resigned; Caslisle Boynton, second Lieutenant,
vice Charles Harrington, promoted, and Benjamin Harrington, company
948. Wed Aug 17 1881: A team owned by Philo Bingham,
of Scotland, was capsized on Main street Monday, throwing the occupants,
Mr. Bingham and two ladies out, and bruising one of the ladies quite
badly. The accident was occasioned by the breaking of a rein which
left the horse guideless.
949. Wed Aug 17 1881: W.G. & A.R. Morrison shipped
to Boston the other day a pair of their patent thread winders to
be exhibited at the New England Mechanics' Exhibition to be held
in that city in September. W.G. Morrison is engaged in setting the
machinery up in the exhibition building at present.
950. Wed Aug 17 1881: Mr. Amidee Maisonneuve, formerly
with Buck & Durkee, and Mr. Jules N. Archambeault, formerly with
Geo. M. Harrington, have opened a new grocery store in Cunningham
block on Main street. Both are young men, active and popular and
will doubtless do well in their new undertaking.
951. Wed Aug 17 1881: Frank Kennedy has applied for
a patent of a part of organ hardware, recently invented by him. It
is an arrangement for protecting the peddles and peddle-straps on
instruments which are constantly getting out of order. It is a simple,
but we should think effective contrivance, and he claims that it
will last long as the organ.
952. Wed Aug 17 1881: The August term of the Superior
court should come in the last Tuesday of this month, but it has been
postponed one week. This is the term that will be hereafter held
at this place, and necessary preparations are being made in the court
room in readiness for it, such as the provision of a jury box, prisoners
box and sheriff's desk.
953. Wed Aug 17 1881: W.H. Latham & Co. have a
contract to build a house for Mr. Lynes on Winter street, which specifies
that it shall be completed in thirty days. That calls for the rushing
of things--but they can do it. The same firm has engaged to build
a house for A.J. Bowen, Esq., at the head of Church street, the foundation
of which is already completed. We understand this will compare with
the best houses in town.
954. Wed Aug 17 1881: The undertaking business of Marshall
Tilden has been put into the hands of A.E. Weldon, since the latter's
re-engagement in the furniture business. Mr. Weldon is thoroughly
familiar with all branches of undertaking, and his skillful management
of funerals has been attested by many years experience with E.C.
Potter. We call particular attention to these facts that people may
take advantage of them.
955. Wed Aug 17 1881: The Spiritualist camp meeting,
at Niantic, commences next Wednesday and will close on Thursday,
September 15. The speakers announced are: Sunday, August 21, Mrs.
Fanny Davis Smith; August 28 and September 1, Captain H.H. Brown;
September 4, C.. Lynn; September 8, Miss Jennie B. Hagan; September
9 and 11, Mrs. R. Shepard Lillie; September 13, J. Frank Baxter.
A large tent with a good floor has been procured and will be used
as a pavilion for dancing. A caterer will furnish board for all who
wish at $4.50 per week.
956. Wed Aug 17 1881: The tract of wooded land opposite
the nursery of J.A. Lewis, on Jackson street is being cleared up
and prepared for sale. It is owned by Mrs. Fidelia C. Byers, who
has been a resident of South America for forty years, but who returned
a short time since to look after the property. She is a grand-daughter
of Waldo Carey one of the old settlers of Windham who in former years
occupied the house owned at present by John Smith. This tract is
the remainder of a five hundred acre farm which included nearly all
the present site of Willimantic and was owned by Mr. Carey.
957. Wed Aug 17 1881: The system of treatment that
the streets are undergoing, under the direction of Mr. Whittaker,
seems to use to be the most sensible that has been practiced, at
least, within our memory. Instead of adding more material to the
streets, already mounded much above what they ought to be, he scrapes
off the earth which in an expressive way to put it, is worn out,
and leaves a good, hard bed, which when it is relieved of stones
will make an excellent road. They are too high, necessity only requiring
that they should be rounded enough to shed water. That they are too
high is proven by the fact that the pavements in the gutters are
embedded to quite a depth in earth. The process of repairs which
the streets are undergoing was first suggested by the Chronicle,
and under the circumstances it is rather gratifying to see our advice
958. Wed Aug 17 1881: A decidedly lively runaway occurred
Saturday evening, but fortunately without damage. A horse driven
by Fred. Sanderson became frightened at a locomotive at the Union
street crossing and started with a run so quickly that the driver
could not control him. There were two wagons in advance of the frightened
horse, and an opening wide enough to just admit of the passage of
a carriage, but a collision of hubs occurred and threw the occupant
of the runaway team out. The horse then dashed up through Union and
Main streets at a lightning gait and was soon lost to sight. He was
stopped near the school house on the road to Coventry, and it was
found that no serious damage had been sustained to either horse or
carriage. It seems almost incredible that a wagon could be drawn
through crowded streets at so terrible a rate of speed and escape
959. Wed Aug 17 1881: Police Court.--Friday night was
an active one for the "cops;" they had business all along
the line. The justice court was in full blast next morning, and well
attended by spectators. The indecorous conduct of Michael Donahue
and Jerry Sullivan on the street received the attention of officer
Sessions on the central beat, who advised them to be peaceable and
go home quietly, which one of them refused to do. The officer made
an attempt to arrest them both, but they having, it was alleged,
just taken a hand in a rumpus at a saloon their blood was in good
heat and their joints in working order, and it is said they would
have made quick work with the officer but for the timely arrival
and assistance of others. It was a sanguinary encounter, and blood
was plentifully sprinkled along the walk from Commercial block to
the lock-up. The noise of the fracas and the groans of one of the
offenders, caused by the liberal use of the policeman's weapon, aroused
the whole neighborhood. At about the same hour officer Brown made
the arrest of a darky named John Robinson for drunkenness and disorderly
conduct and came toting him down to the lock-up. In the justice court
Donahue was guilty of drunkenness and breach of the peace and fined
$2 and costs which he paid; Sullivan was found guilty of drunkenness
and resistance, and fined $6 and costs and thirty days imprisonment;
Robinson was fined $3 and cost, in default of which he went to jail.
960. Wed Aug 17 1881: Personal Intelligence.
Wm. Swift Esq. of Windham, went to Block Island Monday to be absent two
weeks. He will be joined by Mrs. Swift next week.
Mrs. Bran, Misses Annie Hall, Estella Alpaugh, Helen Beatty, Addie Yorke
went to the camp ground yesterday, and will occupy Union cottage till
the close of camp meeting.
Mrs. Lewis Kenyon occupies her cottage on the camp ground till the close
of the meeting.
Mr. Henry Osborn and wife, of Hartford spent Sunday in town with his
father, Mrs. Osborne will remain on a visit for a week.
The body of Mr. Albert Rood, of Revere Beach, near Boston, was brought
to this station and taken to Windham for interment, Tuesday. He was a
brother of Rufus Rood of that village.
Mrs. Dr. McNally returned Saturday from a fortnight's visit to relatives
in Providence. She is now entertaining her sister, Mrs. B.T. Northup,
of that city.
Sun Mun Wai, Wan Bing Chung and Chung Yah Kong, the three Chinese students
formerly located here, are to leave Hartford for San Francisco the 23d
inst. September 3d they sail thence for Shanghai on the steam ship City
of Pekin. Their party will number between thirty and forty. The young
men mentioned are well known here, where they made many friends by their
good qualities and quiet manners.
The Willimantic Hartford Globe correspondent says: "One of the proprietors
of the Chronicle, Mr. Safford, has gone to the beach below New London
for a two weeks' respite from the arduous labors of adjusting movable
alphabets. 'What are the wild waves saying.' Dollar and a half a year.
All of which is correct.
Mr. Newell Taylor, in charge of the boot and shoe department of the Linen
Co's store, goes to Block Island this week for a week's vacation.
Henry A. Congdon is out of town on a visit for a week.
Mrs. Z.S. Haynes is at North Manchester on a visit to her son A.S. Haynes.
Geo. H. Purinton returned on Saturday from a week's sojourn at Bullocks
Sun Mun Wai, the eldest of the Chinese students formerly at Natchaug
school, was in town last week on a farewell visit to old acquaintances
previous to his return to China.
A.W. Bill and family go to Niantic this week to occupy their new cottage
for a month. Mr. Bill tells us that this is the first respite from business
life which he has voluntarily taken since he engaged in trade, thirty-five
years ago. Eat, drink and be merry, Amos.
Frank S. Fowler has recovered enough to be out from an attack which threatened
Robert Alpaugh and Arthur Kenyon are at the "barn" near Osprey
Beach for a fortnight.
Mrs. E.N. Armstrong and Miss Hyler Armstrong, of New Haven, are visiting
at L. Freeman's.
Landlord Sanderson spent a few days at Boston, point of Pines and Great
Brewsters last week.
Mrs. Annie R. Beville is enjoying the pure air of No. Mansfield as the
guest of Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Roebrookes.
Edgar M. Kenyon, of Hartford, is visiting relatives and friends in town.
Rev. A.M. Crane, of West Boylston, a native of Mansfield, is visiting
Mr. Frank Bennett and relatives in this village.
Gardner hall and wife, of Willington, were visiting at Origen Hall's
G.H. Abel, a former resident of this town, and prominent musician, has
enlisted into the regular army as band musician, and is stationed at
Fort Keogh, Montana.
W.S. Crane, son of E.B. Crane, of Mansfield, has received the position
of clerk in the Dime Savings bank.
961. Wed Aug 17 1881: Resolutions on the death of Charles
W. Dennison, Jr., were passed by Natchaug Lodge, No. 22, K.P. John
Bowman, John L. Hunter, W.A. Potter, Com. on Res. Attest: H.A. Adams,
962. Wed Aug 17 1881: Ashford.
Mrs. Leander Wright is now regaining her health after a very serious
attack of malarial fever, was attended by the constant, careful
and skillful Dr. Witter, of Chaplin. He is well worthy his diploma.
Mr. Henry E. Knowlton, a life long resident of West Ashford died suddenly
at his residence in this village last Friday night. The cause of his
death is supposed to be the effect of internal injuries received from
a cow on that day. He was tying the cow to a stanchion in the barn, but
she was unmanageable and thrust him upon a box standing in the stable.
He did not complain of being hurt by the fall at the time, but in the
afternoon said that there was a pain in his side, and retired to sleep
without saying more about it. In the night he was awakened by severe
cramps and pains in his stomach and died in a few hours. He had been
in business with his father in this place for many years, but a short
time ago retired from the firm to engage in another pursuit, he had also
been postmaster. The community loses a respected and valuable citizen
at the prime of his life--41 years of age.
963. Wed Aug 17 1881: Lebanon.
The residence of Rev. O.H. Hines was entered by burglars last Saturday
night while the occupants were quietly sleeping, who robbed the
house of its silverware except two tea-spoons which happened to
be overlooked in their haste to secure booty. Not only did they
take the silver ware, but ate and carried off all the food cooked
in the house, compelled the Rev. Hines and family to take breakfast
with one of their neighbors, which was proffered with pleasure.
During the same night parties were heard prying the windows of the residence
of Nathaniel Williams but the barking of the family dog undoubtedly frightened
away the burglars. The day previous to the burglary strangers visited
the store of Wm. Barker, also the one kept by Mr. Larkins asking to be
shown some goods in the cellar and asking several questions which awoke
suspicions that they intended perhaps a raid at some future day.
964. Wed Aug 17 1881: Eastford. In District No. 3.
A school meeting was called on Saturday evening last for the purpose
of choosing a school committee for the ensuing year. Mr. E.E. Warren
being chosen clerk and treasurer; Mr. D.T. Clark, committee; Charles
A. Wheaton, collector. Mr. E.M. Smith, acting last year as committee
and saving the district $2.95 out of $200, doing far better than
was expected as the appropriation being cut down so low that the
School Board said it was impossible to run a school for $200, but
Mr. Smith has run it with successful teachers, and has given perfect
satisfaction, and says he has had no trouble in finding plenty
Harris E. Randall is putting in a new wheel in his warp mill. The wheel
is of Lefell make, and is called the best wheel made. James Latham and
Henry Braiman is doing the work.
965. Wed Aug 17 1881: Columbia.
The Hop River manufacturing Co. is erecting a tenant house, near the
one occupied by the superintendent.
Mr. Fitch the boss carpenter spends each Sabbath with his family on Fishers
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Manney of Boston have been spending a couple of weeks
at the parsonage. Rev. F.D. Avery and daughter spent the Sabbath in Chicago
and are expected home this week.
Mrs. Helen Smith is rusticating for a time at her father's Elmors G.
Mr. Holt of Rockville with his family have been sopping for a week with
The widow of the late Chas. H. Wright is visiting with her son their
friends on Chestnut Hill.
Mrs. Hubbard Manley with her two children are the guests of her brother
Mrs. Wm. H. Yeomans, accompanied by Mrs. Mary Lyman and daughter Alice
of New York, and Miss S.C. Yeomans and Mrs. Richard O. Lyman of your
village visited the Linen Co's. mill last Thursday and report themselves
highly pleased with the gentlemanly kindness of the agent in sending
a thoroughly efficient attendant to conduct them through the various
department of the mill and in seeing the cotton in its raw state go through
wonderful processes and come out beautiful six cord white spool cotton;
also in beholding the plants that are growing around the sides of the
building, the tree fern presented to the operatives, dracenas from Cuba
and Mexico, the tree Tucco, Old man's beard, Cactus, and other rare exotics
from all parts of the globe. The ladies also visited the Loomer Opera
House over every part of which they were shown. They next visited the
town building and were the further recipients of kind attentions from
the superintendent Mr. D.A. Lyman. They consider the day as pleasantly
966. Wed Aug 17 1881: Tolland.
Mr. Zina [or Ziua?] Winter has leased the Tolland House, at Tolland,
and will open the same to guests in a few days. The Tolland house
has been closed for something like a year, but we doubt not that
under Mr. Winter's management it will receive a liberal share of
the public patronage.
967. Wed Aug 17 1881: A Pen Picture of Sitting Bull.
Sitting Bull is described as follows by a reporter of the St. Paul (Minn.)
He is below the medium height, stolid and stoical-looking, and the thinness
of his lips and a few wrinkles in his face give him the appearance of
being older than fifty years, which Scout Allison says is his correct
age. He was dressed in the traditional blue blanketing, sewed in the
form of half-civilized trousers, with great gaping places where the pockets
should be, and when he walked often displayed a brawny leg. Over this
he simply wore what was once a finely made and nicely laundried white
shirt, but which had become greasy and dirty from long wear. The shoulders
of the shirt and the sleeves had three long streaks of red war paint,
with which the warrior's neck, entire face and scalp at the parting of
the hair, was covered. His hair is jet black, and reaches below his shoulders,
hanging in three braids, one at each side and one pendant from the back
and braided from the crown of his broad head. The two braids hanging
over the shoulders were thickly wound with flannel, and the only ornaments
worn were two brass rings, one on the little and one on the second finger
of the left hand, and a lady's cheap bracelet of black gutta-percha on
the left wrist. This lack of ornament, in comparison with his better-looking
and more gaudily adorned chief advisors, is for the purpose of impressing
the sentimental white man with his poverty. His moccasins were of the
most common pattern, dotted with a few beads here and there. While on
the boat a greater portion of the time he kept his eyes covered with
a pair of huge smoked glass goggles. While being looked at he evinced
no agitation, and seemed not to be impressed with the fact that he was
being lionized. He chatted freely with Scout Allison, and, at his request,
wrote his name in English on a card and presented it to Mr. Batchellor.
He writes easily and held the pencil of the Pioneer Press reporter with
considerable grace, but in writing his name he simply copied it from
the writing of another person.
968. Wed Aug 17 1881: The President is again reported
to be in a very critical condition, with only the ghost of a chance
of recovery. The change for the worse is from his stomach's refusing
to perform its natural functions.
969. Wed Aug 17 1881: Sitting Bull has found a way
of embarrassing the implacable interviewer. He demands a preliminary
fee of $10 on the reasonable ground that "his words are worth
So much for the boasted superiority of the civilized mind. The doubtful
part of the story is that the reporter paid the money.
970. Wed Aug 17 1881: The danger from the wound of
the president is not that it is a deep one in the sense of direct
penetration. It is because it extends a great distance in an almost
vertical direction in the muscular tissues forming the walls of the
abdomen. Being thus deep and narrow in an almost directly descending
direction the ball having deflected, it is a hard wound to drain.
Such a wounds heals by granulation, that is by the growth of new
flesh, and which is accompanied by the discharge of pus, which must
have a free outlet. The incision in the lower part of the wound was
made for the purpose of helping the flow of pus. The upper part of
the wound has now a chance to heal. The last operation will not only
reduce the extent of the wound, but will enable it to drain much
better. For these reasons the case ought now to be greatly simplified,
unless there is suppuration taking place around the ball. In that
case there is no help but to extract it.
971. Wed Aug 17 1881: Mansfield.
The camp meeting just closed at Douglass, Mass., was one of unusual interest.
The meeting commenced August 2d, and closed on the 11th. The ground
on which the meeting was held is owned by George Morse of Putnam;
and has been run for six years at his expense; costing thousands
of dollars for buildings and fitting up the ground. This year,
for the first time, a collection was taken at the request of Rev.
Mr. Macdonald, of Philadelphia, saying it was too much for one
man to bear all the expense.
The noted camp meeting John Allen, called "camp meeting John,"
was there, and when called to read the Scripture would repeat different
chapters (without referring to the bible) by memory. He is 86 years old,
straight and active as most men at 30, says he has attended 818 different
Lightning has been unusually sharp here this summer. J.W. Knowlton while
raking hay at Mount Hope was startled by a bolt which tore up the turf
within a few feet of him. He sustained no injury but don't want any more.
Miss Minnie Wright of West Ashford, who was injured at Westford by lightning,
received another shock recently while unhitching a horse from a rake.
It blistered the back of one hand and caused bleeding at the lungs for
some time. She begins to think she is fated.
We see that the hunters are forgetting the law about hunting, probably
because some of them knocked down the notices that the farmers put up
last year, but the farmers don't forget and ain't going to either. We
learn that some intruders upon private property have already been up
to the Captain's office and settled.
Mrs. Carrie E. Holley (Inspiration Speaker) of Bristol, Ct., has been
visiting friends at Wormwood Hill. She lectured a number of times much
to the delight of those who believe in the Spiritual Philosophy.
972. Wed Aug 17 1881: South Coventry.
The funeral of Rev. David Bradbury was attended from his late residence
on south street last Saturday.
Misses Mason, McChristie and Perkins arrived in town last Tuesday.
Quite a number of persons who were born and reared here are visiting
here this summer; among them Hon. James Huntington of Woodbury, who spent
his boyhood days with his parents on the Huntington homestead until he
left to pursue his studies elsewhere; he afterward returned and spent
a short time in teaching, and will ever be remembered by his students
as a successful teacher, a fine elocutionist, a genial, pleasant man,
and we are glad to welcome him among us once again.
The friends of Judge Webler are pleased to note his presence on the street
again, and the members of the Public Library are rejoiced that it is
again open for their benefit; we can prize it more highly now that we
have been deprived of it for a few weeks.
Mrs. E.E. Babcock's residence on South street is the scene of a happy
company. Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Babcock, Mr. J.V.B. prince, and Mr. Keeler,
of N.T. are rusticating there, and Mr. Kingsland of Columbia, S.C. is
973. Wed Aug 17 1881: At a Court of Probate holden
at Ashford in and for the district of Ashford on the 18th day of
August, A.D. 1881. Present, Davis A. Baker, Esq., Judge. On motion
of John A. Murphy, trustee, on the Estate of George W. Young, of
Ashford within said District, insolvent debtor, it is ordered by
this Court, that notice shall be given that the Administration Account
in said Estate will be exhibited for settlement at the Probate Office
in said District, on the twenty-seventh day of August, at one o'clock,
p.m., by posting a copy of this order on the public sigh post in
said Town of Ashford and by advertising the same in a weekly newspaper
published in Willimantic. Certified from record. Davis. A. Baker,
974. Wed Aug 17 1881: The New Agricultural School.
Gift of Augustus Storrs to Connecticut. Description of its site and surroundings
in Mansfield--Past History--Plans for the Future.
At the last session of the legislature an offer was made to the State
of Connecticut, through the state board of agriculture, of a fine farm
and suitable buildings in the town of Mansfield, for an agricultural
school. The proposition, which came from Augustus Storrs, was referred
to the committee on agricultural affairs, and met with a favorable reception.
As a result a bill was reported and passed, incorporating the school,
appropriating $5,000 a year for three years for its operation, and appointing
the following board of trustees: Gov. Bigelow, ex-officio; Professor
S.W. Johnson, of the state agricultural experiment Station; ex-Lieutenant
Governor Hyde, of Stafford, designated by the State Agricultural Society;
and the following gentlemen elected by the legislature: Messrs. John
P. Barstow, of Norwich, chairman of the legislative committee on agriculture;
T.S. Gold, secretary of the State Board of Agriculture. J.B. Olcott,
of South Manchester, agricultural editor of the Hartford Courant; S.O.
Vinton of Mansfield (Eagleville), and J.M. Hubbard, of Middletown; J.M.
Hall, of Windham. This board has organized with Mr. Barstow for president,
and has taken hold of the work with energy, intelligence, and a determination
to make the new institution worthy of the commonwealth and of the generosity
that founded it.
Mansfield is a large rural town in eastern Tolland county, lying next
north of Windham. The county is undulating, well watered, fairly fertile,
well dotted with the homes of prosperous farmers, small manufacturing
settlements, and as picturesque and healthy a neighborhood as can be
found in any agricultural district of the whole land. Its roads, for
which nature had done much, are, through the zeal and pride of intelligent
selectmen and the old fashioned
"deestrict" system, kept in admirable condition. On the old state
route from Norwich to Springfield, seven miles north of Willimantic, two miles
south of the "Four Corners" where the old Hartford and Boston stage
route crosses, one finds a cluster of half a dozen houses, and church, and
a building now devoted to the Agricultural school. The spot is also reached
by driving eastward from the New London Northern railroad station, Eagleville
and Mansfield, a short three miles from the former, and a long three from the
latter. By whatever of these routes the visitor has come, he ascends gradually,
and now finds himself on such high ground as to command a magnificent distant
view, especially to the north and east.
Attention is almost immediately drawn to the large residence and splendid
barns of Augustus Storrs, the donor of the property for the school. His
house is plain, but exceedingly neat in appearance; his smooth lawn tastefully
dotted with variegated flowers; his outbuildings, some of them quite
new, constructed on the most improved plan for economy of space, and
convenience; and his watering troughs, the stanchions in the stalls for
cattle, and mangers giving evidence of a studious interest to have the
very best appliances which human invention can apply for farm use. This
purpose is revealed at every turn. A magnificent yoke of Durham cattle
came up the hill with a load of hay, to one of these barns, as the reporter
stood conversing with Mr. Storrs. A few minutes later two span of horses,
each attached to a mower, came out of a meadow down in the valley, and
drove up to the barn. Each of them was handsome enough for a carriage
team; and they tossed their heads and arched their necks as sprightly
as if they were drawing the chariots of a Roman emperor. Meanwhile Mr.
Storrs was telling how by ditching and tilling that particular meadow
he had reclaimed it from a practically worthless condition, occasionally
interrupting himself to give a word of instruction to some of his men,
and changing the subject in a few moments to mention his need of a cheese
press and his wish to have just the very best cheese press in the whole
world or none at all. One discovered in rambling over his farm that the
best agricultural implements and methods were in use there. The farm
is stocked with something like a hundred head of cattle of good breeds,
Durham, Ayrshire and Jersey grades, from the sale of which alone Mr.
Storrs makes a handsome income. The utter absence of weeds and the neat
solid appearance of the walls and fences also impressed the observer
with the enterprise, taste and thrift of the ruling genius of this neighborhood.
Augustus Storrs is a short, compactly built, affable gentleman of about
60, dark complexion, heavy eyebrows, black hair scarcely touched with
gray, and a brisk, alert manner. He was a native of Mansfield, and has
reserved from his gift to the state the identical spot on which he was
born. With his brother Charles he has been in the mercantile business
in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he accumulated a handsome competence, and where
he still resides the greater portion of the year. For a few weeks in
the summer he comes out to this country residence. The operations of
his farm through the year are conducted by an educated overseer.
Contiguous to his property is that now bestowed on the state. The main
edifice and some fifty acres of it has quite an interesting history.
It was originally conveyed to the state by Mr. and Mrs. Whitney, who
had lost their children, as an asylum of the orphans of Connecticut soldiers
in the late war. The building was erected for this use some fifteen years
ago, a private school-house of Mr. Whitney on the same ground having
been burned a short time before, and this structure having been begun
by Mr. Whitney with the money which he recovered from the guardian of
the pupil who set the old school afire. In time the orphans grew up and
were established in new homes or business; and the object for which it
was founded having been accomplished, the state conveyed the property
back to Mrs. Whitney five years or more ago. She was then a widow with
a posthumous child, that promised to live and grow up. Subsequently there
was talk of selling the property; and as the state wanted a place for
incurable lunatics from Middletown asylum, it was proposed to utilize
this building for the purpose. At this juncture Mr. Storrs stepped in
and bought the property, which he has since retained.
The house is large and admirably arranged for a boarding school. In the
basement is a school room fitted with desk and black board. The laundry
and furnace are also in the basement. On the first floor are parlors,
family sitting room, kitchen, large dining room, and lavatory. The second
floor has two or three large chambers, and some dozen or more small bedrooms,
beside an attic in the ell; and there are further sleeping accommodations
on the next floor above. The house is in good condition, tight, neat
and sweet, well arranged and pleasantly located. Its outlook is to the
northeast, and a row of splendid large maples extends along the roadside
for thirty or forty rods. There are good barns and sheds close at hand,
beside a small house close by for a practical farmer who is now managing
the farm temporarily. With the school house there came fifty acres of
land; and in addition thereto Mr. Storrs bought another whole farm of
one hundred and sixteen or one hundred and twenty acres, making a total
of about one hundred and seventy. A small piece of this, including a
dozen acres or more, is a low swamp covered a dozen acres or more, is
a low swamp covered with young trees and shrubs; but Chas. Storrs, in
addition to a gift of $5,000 toward establishing the school, has given
$1,000 to clear this up and drain it; and that sum will fully cover the
There is no such school in existence as that which is it proposed to
establish at Mansfield. The great drawback to our regular agricultural
colleges are the great expense attending the course, the temptations
of worldly customs and vice to which the students are exposed, and the
attractions which other kindred professions taught at such places, like
civil engineering, afford to dissuade the student from continuing his
pursuit of agriculture. Instead of filling the young men up with theoretical
book learning, and a great quantity of science which may not be immediately
available, at a cost beyond the means of most parents, it is proposed
to have a school, at which the cost of tuition will be merely nominal
($25 a year) and the price of board very low (not over $2.50 or $3 a
week for thirty-six weeks.) Ample chance will be given for the boys to
do extra work to pay, so that industrious and earnest students can earn
enough for their expenses as they go. This is a very important consideration.
The course too, will not extend over two years, a time more easily spared
than the ordinary college course. In the next place the boys are to be
admitted, after some little examination to be sure, but without the formidable
requirements of the big colleges like Sheffield Scientific school. Many
a farmers boy whose advantages have not been equal to his ambition, will
be able to enter this institution who cannot get into the so-called agricultural
colleges. His education in the grammar school branches if deficient,
will be supplemented here with the right sort of tuition in addition
to the special instruction in agriculture. It is proposed to have the
boys do the practical work of the farm, under proper directions, with
competent lectures on the different branches of farm work in connection
therewith. There will be special study of the chemistry of the soil,
the use of fertilizers, and a number of kindred topics indoors.
The plan of the trustees is to put the charge of the school, the household,
the discipline, the farm work, and in fact the general administration
in the hands of a man to be called the principal, who, however, will
have no share in the schoolroom instruction. His wife would be matron
of the establishment, and exercise a home care over the boys.
For this position there was talk of selecting Solomon Mead, but the matter
is not yet decided. Mr. Mead is a man nearly sixty years of age, and
has studied agriculture under Professor Norton, at the Sheffield Scientific
school. He was for many years thereafter engaged in market gardening
and horticulture, with which he is thoroughly conversant. He has also
had practical experience in general farming, and is the inventor of a
plow--Meads conical plow--which, when well made by those who held the
patent, had an extensive sale and merited popularity. Latterly he has
been engaged in the sale of agricultural implements and machinery, in
connection with the house of H.R. Bradley & Co., New Haven. He is
a man of plain style and manners, but intelligent, shrewd, vigilant,
active, good tempered, and of fine personal character. He is warmly endorsed
by Professor Johnson, of Yale.
The work of instruction will be committed to a gentleman selected especially
for that purpose, and not connected with the general management. The
trustees have been negotiating with Henry P. Armsby, originally from
Milbury, Mass. but a graduate of the Sheffield Scientific school in New
Haven, in 1876 and since a resident of that city. Mr. Armsby has added
to his fine education in the Elm City by further study abroad, has been
connected with the Connecticut Agricultural experimenting station, with
Professor Johnson, and is the writer of a work on cattle feeding. It
is yet uncertain whether Mr. Armsby will be secured. It is quite probable
that an assistant teacher, to look after the ordinary English branches,
outside the special agricultural training will be needed.
It should be said that while the lack of precedent for a school like
this has surrounded its initiation with some perplexities, and makes
its inauguration an experiment, it is being engineered by a board of
trustees whose long interest and close affiliations with theoretical
farming, agricultural fairs and implements, practical experience, general
intelligence, public spirit and earnest zeal which combine to inspire
the confidence of everyone who looks into the matter. Most of these men
have been members of the state board of agriculture for years, and have
been otherwise been intimately identified with the agricultural interests
of the state, and are admirably fitted for the responsibility. It is
proposed to open the school the latter part of September, dividing the
year into three terms, of twelve weeks each, and allowing a weeks vacation
at Christmas and in the spring. Such students as wish to stay through
the long summer vacation can find renumerative employment. The applicant
must be fifteen years of age and bring certificates of good moral character.
Any of the above named trustees will supply further information. It is
particularly requested that applications for admission be made as soon
as possible to enable the trustees to make suitable provisions for the
household stores and furniture. The house will accommodate forty or fifty
pupils, but it may not be thought best to start with more than twenty-five
or thirty. There can be no harm in inquiring into the subject even if
nothing further is done about it; but the trustees want to have definite
decisions at the earliest convenience of would be patrons.--Hartford
975. Wed Aug 17 1881: Sitting Bull's Children. Sitting Bull is forty-seven
years of age, and has seven children, among them two pair of twins, the
younger being four winters old. Their names are: Woe-a-na-pa-pa, or the
One whose Heart is Changed. In one of the battles with Miles another
child was left upon the field, and therefore its name is They Fled and
Left Him. A third is called Paparorepa-Swea, meaning one whose heart
is brave, or he who stands and fights. Crowfoot, a seven-year-old boy,
was designated by the old warrior to surrender his arms. His is a bright
little fellow, a twin of the child Who Brings Word from the Lodges, so
named from important intelligence brought by the little fellow from the
distant lodges during one of the most exciting campaigns. A fourteen-year-old
daughter is named She Who Glances at You as She Walks, from her disposition
to flirt, it is presumed. A seventeen-year-old daughter is named Shook-raota,
The Woman with Many Horses, and another, Standing Medicine Woman. Mrs.
Sitting Bull is about forty-five years old, and a fine type of Indian
976. Wed Aug 17 1881: Abington.
Last Sabbath at the Congregational church the Rev. James Averill of Fushing
L.I. officiated. Mr. Averill is a native of Pomfret.
A short time since some workmen on the Col. Babbit estate, in Pomfret
Center near the Abington line, found a large number of Indian arrow heads
in a heap close to a stream (the Minie Ha-ha). Undoubtedly these had
lain there for a century, and perhaps a much longer time.
The Social Library have received another donation of books, and numbers
now almost one thousand volumes. Some of the volumes bear the date of
1727--one volume of Paradise Lost published in 1772.
A gentleman of Pomfret Landing though for many years a resident of Abington,
has in his possession an eight dollar bill bearing the date of 1777,
and his wife, a lady of eighty years, has a cup which was her grandmother's.
These persons abound in relics of antiquity.
S.H. Case has built an addition on the west side of his house and painted
and otherwise improved the appearance of the principal part of the house.
G.R. Sessions has recently repaired a grist mill which has been unused
for a long time.
977. Wed Aug 17 1881: Died.
Gray--In Willimantic, Aug. 18th, Henry H. Gray, aged 57 years.
Shannahan--In Willimantic, August 11th, Ellen Shannahan, aged 19 years.
Murphy--In Willimantic, August 15th, Dennis Murphy, aged 5 years.
Hickey--In Willimantic, August 16th, Bridget Hickey, aged 67 years.
Bourges--In Willimantic, August 16th, Celina Burges, aged 17 years.
Bradbury--In Coventry, August 12th, Rev. David Bradbury, aged 77 years.
Knowlton--In Ashford, August 13th, Henry E. Knowlton, aged 41 years.
Bosworth--In Ashford, August 15th, Alvey H. Bosworth, aged 66 years.
978. Wed Aug 24 1881: About Town.
Geo. H. Parks lost a valuable horse from lockjaw last Saturday.
Hoxies' express wagon shows the work of the painter and wagon maker.
A very good picture of Ned Lyons, the burglar, appeared last week in
the Police Gazette.
The comet which has just made is appearance is plainly visible in the
northwest on a clear night.
William Morris, on Thursday night, fell from the steps in front of Atwood
block and broke the fibula bone of one of his legs.
J.M. Phillips preached in the Baptist pulpit last Sunday. Rev. Phillips
is a superannuated minister and a resident of this place.
J.A. McAvoy has given up his intention of resigning his responsible position
of overseer of the spinning the Linen company's mills to go to Ohio.
A. Arnold & Co. are about to erect one of the largest grain elevators
in this section. It will be eighty-five by one hundred feet and four
A few of the poles of the Rapid Telegraph Company, extending from the
Post office up Main street, are to be taken down and replaced by higher
ones. The branches from trees obstruct the free passage of the wires,
and in preference to damaging the trees the wires are raised.
979. Wed Aug 24 1881: "Mickey" Miner, formerly
well known here among the base ball fraternity, was taken to Norwich
last Saturday evening in charge of Capt. Whaley. Miner's trial on
a charge of murder will be commenced next Wednesday. Miner was noted
desperado and the terror of "Scalptown," a suburb of Norwich.
980. Wed Aug 24 1881: T.H. Rollinson is one of the
musical magnates making arrangements for the great band tournament
to be held at Hartford in October. An exchange says that "when
the sixty-five brass bands get tuned up, the doughnut that now rests
calmly in the hand of the figure that surmounts the state house will
feel the jar and fall to the ground in atoms."
981. Wed Aug 24 1881: The white birch is about the
worst dispised tree that we have, but yet people have little idea
what an attractive ornament it makes for the lawn or yard. Mr. J.G.
Keigwin has in his front yard two thrifty specimens, and with the
polished white bark and willowy branches rather show with a better
effect than any of the surrounding shrubbery.
982. Wed Aug 24 1881: C.B. Hunt, of New London, we
understand will open an office in Loomer Opera House about Sept.
1st, where he will engage in drafting and architecture. He has a
good reputation as an architect and to his ability many of the fine
residences of New London are indebted. There seems to be a good opening
for such a man here.
983. Wed Aug 24 1881: We have engaged Mr. Allen B.
Lincoln as special reporter on the camp ground for the Daily Chronicle.
Mr. Lincoln has for three years of his college life--which has just
ended--been one of the editors of the Yale Courant, and the experience
which he has thus obtained will serve him profitably in giving a
full and interesting account of all the doings.
984. Wed Aug 24 1881: Sig. Thallenger has sold the
barber shop on Railroad street to Louis Hertz, who will continue
the business as usual and at the same place. Mr. Hertz came with "Sig." to
town and has been in the same shop with him ever since with the exception
of a few months. He is a good barber. Thallenger will open a shop
somewhere on the street--we understand in the Opera House block.
985. Wed Aug 24 1881: A correspondent writing to the
Providence Press concerning the Willimantic camp ground, says: "The
ground has been used for twenty years. Twenty four acres of land
are owned by the association, which with the buildings are worth
from $7,000 to $10,000. There is a seating capacity of 2,500. The
dining hall accommodate 300 at a sitting. There are 200 tents and
cottages which will be occupied in a few days.
986. Wed Aug 24 1881: Prof. O.W. Turner returned yesterday
from Martha's Vineyard, where he had been leading the singing at
the Vineyard camp meeting. He is organist at the Willimantic camp
meeting. On his way from the island to New Bedford he tells us the
boat which he was on (Martha's Vineyard) took fire from her engine
and had to be towed in to New Bedford by a passing boat to whom they
sounded the signal of distress. But for the wisdom of the officers
in keeping all knowledge of the danger from the passengers, there
must have been a panic on board, and perhaps lives lost.
987. Wed Aug 24 1881: Sunday will be a sort of red-letter
day at St. Joseph's church. It will be celebrated by the blessing
of the new bell by Bishop McMahon previous to its placement in the
spire of the church. There will be in attendance to assist in the
ceremony about a dozen clergymen from abroad. Confirmation will also
be administered to about one hundred children of this parish by the
bishop of the diocese. Rev. Father DeBruckyer will sail for home
about September first, and it is being planned to give him a grand
reception and surprise.
988. Wed Aug 24 1881: At a meeting of the Court of
Burgesses Monday evening, D.E. Potter was appointed a special constable
for the purpose of preventing cruelty to animals. Such an appointment
was considered necessary to suppress the disgraceful exhibition and
abuses of horses which has every year accompanied camp meeting. When
the meeting is over the appointment will probably be revoked. As
his authority does not extend outside the borough, the selectmen
should follow suit and appoint an officer to look after the same
class of barbarians outside the borough limits.
989. Wed Aug 24 1881: The Corsicana (Texas) Observer-Index
has the following of a former resident of this village, a brother-in-law
of Miss Mattie Hovey; Alderman George Phillips called us into his
shop Tuesday and exhibited letters-patent to himself and A. Angus
for a new railway switch-lock, of which mention was made in these
columns some weeks ago. It is an ingenious invention, yet simple
and durable. He informed us that the Central Railway company had
adopted the new invention and that Mr. A.H. Swanson, Supt., has contracted
for about $1,100 worth of them. We are glad to see our townsmen strike
such a bonanza for it is a young fortune to them if it should be
generally adopted by the railways of the United States.
990. Wed Aug 24 1881: An exchange says: "The new
comet is yet hurrying toward the earth and sun, but on account of
the strong moonlight it escapes the eye of the casual observer. Any
kind of a spy glass, however, readily shows it with its short, straight
tail, and it is likely to become a conspicuous evening object low
down in the northwest, this week. How large it will become, and whether
it has been seen before are yet open questions. The astronomers take
large risks when they assert that any particular comet will become
brilliant. Halley's comet at some of its returns frightened all Europe,
while at other times it attracted comparatively little attention.
The inclination of the orbit of the present comet is such that it
will be favorably situated for making a great spectacular kind after
it has passed its perihilion next week."
991. Wed Aug 24 1881: A Woman Struck By an Engine.--As
the passenger train from Boston was coming in at about five o'clock
Thursday afternoon, an elderly lady named Mrs. Mary Falvey stepped
on to the track in front of the ponderous locomotive as it came thundering
along, and before a word of alarm could be given the engine had struck
her, and she had been thrown heavily on the pilot, to roll again
on to the track in front of the wheels. The engineer reversed his
engine the moment he saw the woman's peril, and put on the air brakes.
Sparks of fire flew from the heavy driving wheels as they resisted
the momentum of the eastward bound train, which stopped inside of
a hundred feet, but not soon enough to have saved the lady's life,
had not switchman John Fay, with great presence of mind and commendable
heroism, run to the woman's assistance, and dragged her by main force
from the track. Mrs. Falvey is upward of seventy and she exhibited
a commendable amount of pluck. Portions of her dress were cut off
by the wheels and it was found that one of her arms was broken. She
was one of the coolest persons in the assembled crowd and bore her
injuries in a praiseworthy manner. By this accident the attention
is strongly drawn to the danger which constantly exists at the crossing
to the depot, and calls for an exertion to have it removed. A complaint
to the railroad commissioners setting forth the condition of the
crossing and the hazard to life will go far towards removing it.
The circulation of a petition for signature is in order.
992. Wed Aug 24 1881: Frank Dougherty is to build a
house on Bassett Park. The foundation is now being laid by Luke Flynn.
993. Wed Aug 24 1881: J.A. Lewis is cleaning a large
tract of wood-land near Whitmore's grove for the purpose of extending
994. Wed Aug 24 1881: The Ladies' Episcopal Aid Society
will meet with Mrs. R.K. Ashley tomorrow, Thursday, in the afternoon
and evening. All interested in the mission are invited to be present.
995. Wed Aug 24 1881: Cross has made a decided hit
in providing clam chowder twice a week at his restaurant, for he
has thus far found it hard to supply the demand. And we cannot say
that we have ever tasted better. His dining room is undergoing numerous
improvements, and receiving many adornments to make it cheerful and
996. Wed Aug 24 1881: The American bar association
at Saratoga, Friday, elected as president Clarkson N. Potter, of
New York. Vice presidents and local councils were also elected for
the several states, those for Connecticut being: Vice-president,
Alvan P. Hyde; local council, Lyman P. Brewster, Johnson T. Platt
and Gilbert W. Phillips.
997. Wed Aug 24 1881: The Burglar's Clothing.--The
suit of clothing worn by the burglar-curiosity at the almshouse is
at John Bowman's undergoing repairs which will fit it to be worn
when the fellow shall be able. The ragged hole which the charge of
shot made in passing into the body is in such a location and so frightful
looking that it seems almost incredulous that a human being could
receive such a wound and live. The diameter of the hole in the garment
is about four inches, and entered at the inner edge of the vest pocket
on the right side and passed through the binding of his pantaloons.
The suit is of good material and custom made. It measures 40 inches
at the chest, 36 about the waist, and has a 30-inch leg, which Mr.
Bowman says makes a map about 5 feet 7 or 8 inches, and of stubborn
proportions. Nichol, of New York, made the clothing, as is proved
by the fact that the buttons bear his name. And, by the way, this
is formation is of importance to verify the discoveries thus far
made about his identity. By sending a sample of the cloth and description
of the suit to "Nichol, the tailor," either his correct
name or one of the aliases could easily be obtained.
998. Wed Aug 24 1881: Killed in a Row.--The body of
Peter Riley who was killed in a row at the saloon of Charley Brearley
in Middletown on Thursday last was brought to this village on Saturday
and buried in St. Joseph cemetery. His family resides in the Stone
Row. He helped lay the gas main in this village, and some time ago
went to Middletown to work laying a main there. The particulars of
his violent death are these. John Leary of that place and Riley on
the fatal afternoon were in the saloon at No. 6 Union street at which
the latter was a boarder, and they had a quarrel. They stepped outside,
and soon Riley was seen trying to rise from the ground (evidently
having been knocked down by his assailant), when Leary again struck
him on the head and kicked him and he fell over. A bystander seized
and held Leary. Riley was carried into the house and expired before
medical aid could be brought. At the examination there his neck was
pronounced to be broken, but a subsequent examination showed that
death was caused by a ruptured blood vessel in the brain. There were
several bruises on the face and he bled copiously at the nose. The
deceased had the reputation of being a peaceable man at Brearley's.
He was about 35 years of age and leaves a wife and six children.
Doctors were summoned to the place, but soon finding the man dead,
one of them hastened to the police office and notified Chief Fielding,
who at once went to the river and found Leary rowing up stream close
to the Middletown shore, in a boat with a friend named Derring. On
being hailed and shown the officers revolver he gave himself up and
was taken to the lock-up. He is an employee of Coles & Weeks,
proprietors of the Union mills, is about 21 years of age, has been
before the police court both in Middletown and in Hartford, and was
fined a little more than a year ago for helping his brother Jerry
to escape the police, rowing him across the river in a boat, as he
was himself about to be helped off. The brother is still at large.
According to John's story of the killing, he went on the excursion
of the Hibernians, Wednesday, got quite drunk, and had not recovered
but went to Brearley's for a drink. He says Riley was drunker than
himself, but this is denied by others.
999. Wed Aug 24 1881: Personal Intelligence.
County Sheriff Osgood was in town on Monday.
J.D. Jillson has engaged to lead the Columbia band.
Editor Adams, of Cooley's Weekly, was in town yesterday.
A.L. Fuller and wife went today to Martha's Vineyard for a week.
Mrs. Vera A. Bartlett is spending a week in Springfield and Meriden.
Mrs. Don F. Johnson is entertaining as a guest Mrs. Bissel of Rockville.
Carroll B. Adams, of Providence, spent a few days with his parents this
Henry Walden, of New York, has been making a few days' visit to his parents.
Jerry O'Sullivan went yesterday to Watch Hill intending to be absent
V.D. Macumber, wife and child are spending the summer at Fisher's Island.
Miss Katie Kiernan, of Boston, is visiting Miss C.F. Lynch, of the Boston
W.E. Magee, of the Boston store, returned from a two weeks' stay on Block
Ernest J. Atwood, formerly a clerk in Eldridge's hardware store, is now
in Big Stone City, Dakota.
Misses Lucy, Lottie and Carrie Buck have returned from a few weeks of
rustication at their old homestead in Westford.
Miss Mattie Hovey will start for Corsicans, Texas, to be absent a year,
and perhaps permanently. A large circle of friends and acquaintances
will be sorry to part company with her.
Wm. Grant, junior partner of the firm of J.C. Bugbee & Co., returned
Monday from a fortnight's tarry among the hills of Ashford, and a few
days recreation at the sea shore with increase of flesh and color on
H.L. Hunt, with W.L. Harrington & Co., started Thursday on a month's
vacation. He was joined at Worcester by his wife and boy who have been
in Michigan for two months, and will spend the time with relations in
parts of Massachusetts.
N.H. Twist has returned from a five weeks' vacation spent in the west,
and is vigorously re-engaged in the photograph business at his studio
in Bill's block, near P.O. Important improvements and additions to his
gallery enables him to turn out as good work as can be did outside of
large city studios, and his prices are very reasonable.
1000. Wed Aug 24 1881: A pair of very handsome India
ink portraits are exhibited in the spacious show windows of H.E.
& Co. which are the production of J. Winslow Turner. One of them finely
represents the good-looking countenance of Mr. Chester Tilden, and the other
is a very good picture of Mr. Charles P. Bidwell, deceased, of South Coventry.
1001. Wed Aug 24 1881: The second contest for superior
markmanship among the members of the Natchaug Rifle Club will take
place this afternoon at the club range. The first prize offered is
a splendid field glass, and the second is a pearl opera glass. Benjamin
Lewis stands at the head thus far. There are to be three tests.
1002. Wed Aug 24 1881: Mr. J.E. Lynch of Windham has
been engaged as principal of the Baltic high school for the ensuing
1003. Wed Aug 24 1881: South Coventry.
The town meeting called at North Coventry Saturday to vote on opening
a street from Eleazur Kingsbury's to the residence of Andrew Kemps;
also to close a piece of road about three rods long which is seldom
used, and as it has not been repaired is at present very dangerous,
decided both questions in the negative and a second meeting to
reconsider both questions was called Saturday, Aug. 27th.
The circulating library has received a donation of 107 books, 9 being
agricultural, from Thomas Porter, a former resident, making 1073 volumes
in all. The books belonging to the library need re-cataloguing in order
to meet the requirements of the by-law: "The books shall be catalogued
alphabetically and topically."
1004. Wed Aug 24 1881: Ashford.
The annual meeting of the Ashford Bible Society was held in the Baptist
church at Westford, on Wednesday last. The exercises were to have
been held in the grove. But the unfavorable weather prevented.
The meeting was called to order by Dea. Chapman, and prayer was
offered by Rev. P. Mathewson, of Eastford. A good address of welcome
was delivered by Rev. James B. Cornell of the Westford Baptist
Appropriate addresses were delivered by Revs. Morris, Bissell, and Nichols
of Ashford; Revs. Potter and Colton of Willington; Rev. P. Mathewson
of Eastford, Rev. F. Williams of Chaplin, and Rev. E.P. Mathewson of
North Stonington. A goodly number were present; the exercises were of
interest, and earnest attention was given by the audience. Excellent
music was furnished by the Ashford band, and also by the choir.
Rev. E.P. Mathewson preached in the Baptist church at Warrenville, on
Sunday the 21st.
1005. Wed Aug 24 1881: Columbia.
Mrs. Mary Hills is spending a few weeks with her son, Joseph Hills, in
Mrs. Charles Hitchcock and wife, of N.Y., during the past week, have
been the guests of Mrs. Bascom and Fred Hunt.
Mr. Jonathan Tucker is visiting his daughter Mary, who resides at Point
Mrs. and Mrs. Herbert Little of Meriden are spending a few days with
various friends in town.
Wm. P. Robertson spent the Sabbath in town.
Fred O. Clark and wife are visiting a Norman H. Clark's.
Mrs. Wm. C. Lyman and Alice are in Hebron this week with Mrs. A. Parker.
Misses Mary and Charlotte Little are rusticating in this their native
town and occupying Bascom hall for a few weeks.
Rev. F.D. Avery occupied the sacred desk on the Sabbath, he having returned
from his western trip during the past week.
Samuel B. Lyman and wife and Richard O. Lyman and wife spent the Sabbath
Building in town seems to be on the increase. Mr. Ticknor's house is
rapidly nearing completion, the chimney being built by W. Bill, the painting
by L. Donner, the lathing by an expert who draws many to see him so rapidly
does he perform his work; at Hop River, Maine is preparing for a building
by the store, the Hop River Warp Co. are erecting another, and report
says W.C. Jillson is to put an addition on the mill and put in an engine.
With these additional buildings Hop River will look like quite a little
Mr. Bascom last week missed his pocketbook just at dusk. In making change
with a customer he laid his wallet down on the piazza as when he had
a similar occasion to use it gain. Soon after it was gone and no clue
as yet has been obtained. It contained twenty dollars in money, notes,
Some of the farmers have mowed the wild carrot that decks their lots
and the roadside and others would do well to imitate the example.
1006. Wed Aug 24 1881: On Sunday the President suffered
another relapse which almost proved fatal, and even the doctors took
a hopeless view of the situation. It was from the same course as
the previous drawback of the week before, he not being able to retain
anything upon his stomach. He is now somewhat on the improve and
able to take a little nourishment. It seems almost like hoping against
1007. Wed Aug 24 1881: Garfield fighting for life is
the saddest picture in our American history. With his strength all
gone, and his courage still up, with all the people's sympathy with
him, and no one able to help, it is pitiful indeed. If he pulls through,
it will be the greatest of all his triumphs of pluck.
1008. Wed Aug 24 1881: Tenement to Rent. A small tenement
pleasantly located. Enquire of Leander Freeman, Jeweler.
1009. Wed Aug 24 1881: Attention. Having bought the
barber shop formerly owned by Sig. Thallenger, on Railroad street,
I would respectfully solicit a continuance of the business according
to him, assuring all patrons that they will be served with attention
and given first-class work. I shall run three chairs, thus enabling
customers to be attended to without delay. Yours truly, Louis Hertz.
1010. Wed Aug 24 1881: Died.
Martino--In Willimantic, Aug. 19, Cilina Martino, aged 30 years.
Lammerine--In Liberty Hill, Aug. 20, Jules Lammerine, aged 3 months.
Lamere--In Willimantic, Aug. 21, Arthur Lamere, aged 6 months.
Loomis--In Lebanon, Aug. 24, at the residence of Wm. L. Huntington, Mrs.
Susan P. Loomis of Worcester, Mass., aged 58 years.
1011. Fri Aug 26 1881: The President Dying.
The President was worse yesterday and the news received from the sick
chamber today, shows that he is in a very critical condition. The
Cabinet have given up all hope and the physicians do not say that
he has more than one chance in ten thousand to recover. The swelling
on his neck is said to be sufficient to kill a well man, and it
is feared that it will be the immediate cause of the President's
death. He continues to digest all the food which the doctors see
fit to give him, and this is the only favorable symptom remaining.
The physicians say that he may live for several days, but give
no hope of his recovery. A rumor was circulated about town this
morning that the President was dead but it was not fully believed
and was soon contradicted. By a vote of five to one the physicians
voted that it would be unsafe to remove the patient from the White
House. It is now denied that he has suffered at any time from malaria.
The assassin is closely watched and precautions are being taken
to prevent any attempt to lynch him.
Later--A special dispatch to the Daily Chronicle at 2:30 p.m. says that
the President is more comfortable than at any time since yesterday morning.
1012. Fri Aug 26 1881:
James French has sold his livery stable to F.G. Stark, of Lebanon.
It is rumored that Maud S. will trot no more, she being permanently lamed.
W.G. & A.R. Morrison have just received a carload of machinery, from
where we did not learn.
It is expected that Rev. K.B. Glidden, of Mansfield, will occupy the
Baptist pulpit Sunday afternoon.
The katydids have already begun to chirp their lay of the mystic maids
whose name they know so well.
An Indian ink portrait of T.H. Rollison, by Wm. Henken, may be seen in
the window of Henken & Brown.
A horse owned by Edward Carey fell on Railroad street yesterday and broke
a shaft; otherwise no damage was done.
Six fine horses belonging to the advertising wagon of Perry Davis' Pain
Killer, were unloaded at the depot yesterday.
The arrangement for feeding the people at the grounds, under the management
of H.C. Hall, is under admirable control.
Rev. Geo. W. Brewster preached on the camp-meeting ground last Sunday
morning, and Rev. S.W. Hammond in the evening,--both of Danielsonville.
The telephone extending from the camp ground to the village did not prove
a paying venture. The building occupied for headquarters has been turned
into a barber shop.
Edgar Lewis is traveling as a champion of the brush, and wearing the
motto of his profession inscribed in letters of gold upon his hat-band.
Edgar says he "comes from a race that kills"--time.
1013. Fri Aug 26 1881: The Natchaug band gave a very
good concert last evening. After the concert they serenaded Mr. Geo.
M. Harrington. Much credit is due to Mr. Joseph Mathews, the president
of the band, for the progress they have made of late. They will give
another concert in about two weeks.
1014. Fri Aug 26 1881: The bell for St. Joseph's church
arrived today from Troy by rail; via New London Northern road. It
was cast at the foundry of the Meneeley Bell Foundry, Troy. The bell
with its fixtures is billed 5500 pounds. Its consecration by Bishop
McMahon takes place Sunday next. It will be in its place previous
to the return of Rev. Fl. DeBruycker from Europe.
1015. Fri Aug 26 1881: Runaway.--A serious runaway
accident occurred near Phelps' crossing, on the road to North Windham,
Wednesday evening. It was a team driven by Mrs. David Lincoln, who
was accompanied by a lady and child, and was returning home from
this place. They had crossed the track at the point named unaware
of the approach of the train that reached here at 7:15, and at the
sight of it the horse started into a lively run. He had proceeded
but a short distance when the whiffletree broke and fell on to the
horse's heels. This added fright to the runaway animal and he jumped
with such force as to clear himself from the wagon. This allowed
the thills to fall to the ground, and, remarkable as it may seen,
the driver hung to the horse with such tenacity as to drag the wagon
with the thills plowing into the ground, many rods, until all the
occupants were thrown out. Mrs. Lincoln was rendered senseless and
received very severe injuries from the fall. The other lady and child
were damaged, though not seriously. Dr. T.H. McNally was hastily
summoned to render medical assistance.
The railroad crossing at which this accident occurred is dangerous for
travelers and should not be allowed to remain a hazard to their limbs
and lives. We call the attention of the town authorities, that they may
look after the matter.
1016. Fri Aug 26 1881: Willimantic Camp Ground.
August 25, 1881. [abbreviated] That the Willimantic Camp Ground has become
quite a summer resort for many families belonging to this conference
district is quite generally known; but that it is increasing in
popularity and in the number of its patrons is a fact more than
ever evident this year. The reasons why the ground should grow
in popularity as a resort are evident. Its high location, commanding
a clear view of the lively borough of Willimantic and the surrounding
hills, the cool breezes from the winding river below, its perfect
quiet and freedom from all disturbance, and, more than all, the
comfortable, tasty cottages so cozily sheltered by the broad branches
of the large chestnut grove--these facts easily explain why so
many are annual drawn hither for the hottest of the summer season.
Not many days of July had elapsed before the people began to come.
First were four families from New London, old patrons of the Willimantic
camp grounds, and well known to all who are wont to gather here.
These were the Messrs. Andrew Hobrun, Lyman Caulkins and families,
Mrs. William Miner and son, and Mr. B.F. Barker and family. Probably
thirty or forty families were on the grounds for a month before
the meeting. Prayer and class-meetings were at once organized.
In the absence of any regular pastor, these meetings were conducted
by Mr. B.F. Barker, and were held once a week. The first minister
who came to stay on the grounds was the Rev. James Tregaskis, of
Staffordville. Last week sixty or seventy families had arrived,
and during yesterday and the day before the number has rapidly
swelled. Today it is estimated that of the two hundred and fifty
or seventy-five cottages and tents on the grounds all but three
or four are occupied, and many are unable to get accommodations.
Probably between 700 and 800 will occupy the cottages and society
buildings during the week, and the indications at present are for
a very full and successful meeting. The police arrangements, as
in years past, under the efficient control of chiefs U.S. Gardner
and David Gordon, are most effective and will insure good order
and freedom from disturbance throughout the meeting.
1017. Sat Aug 27 1881: Latest from the White House.
The President Sinking! Executive Mansion, Washington, Aug. 27--9:30
A.M. The President continues to retain the liquid food given through
the mouth. Nevertheless he is feeble and his pulse is more frequent
since midnight. Pulse, 120; temperature 97; respiration, 22.
Latest. 1 P.M.--The President is alarmingly worse, and as indicated by
the morning bulletins there can be no doubt but that he is sinking rapidly.
1018. Sat Aug 27 1881:
Sig. Thallenger is opening a barber shop in opera house in the store
formerly occupied by "Little Harry" the hatter.
Two men from New Haven are in town selling the photograph of Jennie Cramer.
They have, thus far, met with success.
The lengthy poles which are to supersede the present ones of the Rapid
Transit Telegraph company are being raised today. The stand seventy feet
out of the ground.
M. Somers & Sons have just received a full stock of Fall goods.
1019. Sat Aug 27 1881: D.E. Potter refuses to serve
as special officer to prevent the cruel exhibition of broken-down
horse at the Natchaug house he having other business which will prevent
him to attend to the duties which the office demands.
1020. Sat Aug 27 1881: The ceremony of the blessing
of the bell of St. Joseph's Catholic church by Rev. Bishop McMahon
will take place tomorrow (Sunday) Aug. 28. The ceremony of confirmation
will take place at 9 a.m. Several clergy have been invited among
whom we might mention Rev. Father Foanes. The bell at the base is
4 ft. 4 in. in diameter and stands 4 ft. 6 in. high weighing about
1021. Sat Aug 27 1881: Lyman Jordan while at work in
a stone quarry near the Oaks yesterday, was smitten with what he
thought to be a mild form of sunstroke. He was leaning over at work
at a stone lying on the ground and when he made an attempt to strengthen
up a blinding sensation came over him, and for a moment all was blank
to him. A companion near by noticed his queer behavior, and as he
was about to fall caught him. He immediately came to his senses and
in a short time was as well as ever. It happened in the heat of the
1022. Sat Aug 27 1881: A Good Work.--There has been
one commendable improvement, at least, in the sanitary condition
of the in former years numerous disease-breeding places of this borough.
We refer to the Stone Row owned by the Smithville manufacturing company.
Heretofore for many years--we have good authority for the statement--this
row of tenement houses has not been free from typhoid fever and the
number of deaths which occurred from this malady would astonish our
readers if they were reduced to figures. Had people with sensitive
natures taken the trouble to examine the premises they would have
cried out in holy wrath against the board of health that allowed
such a state of things to exist. A resident of the neighborhood informs
us that he has seen remains taken from there nearly every day for
weeks in succession.
This state of abomination does not now, we are glad to chronicle, exist
in that locality. Under the admirable and business-like management of
Supt. W.E. Phillips the houses have been thoroughly renovated and made
fit for the occupancy of human beings. The pools of filth have been removed
and substances are being applied to counteract whatever of poisonous
gases may arise. Acqueducts have either been constructed or repaired
so as to conduct to the river what would otherwise collect. On the whole
a place that had been a seething mass of corruption has been converted
under the present management into a healthy locality.
1023. Sat Aug 27 1881: Willimantic Camp Ground.
Friday Afternoon, August 26, 1881. [abbreviated] As the hour for the
afternoon service approached numerous new arrivals upon the grounds
were noticed, and a larger audience than that of the morning--numbering
probably about 600--was soon assembled. The service was preceded
by the choir singing the anthem, "Praise the Lord," with
cornet obligato by Mr. John Ames, of Canterbury. The afternoon
Scripture lesson, from the 5th and 6th chapters of Galatians, was
read by Rev. L. W. Blood, of Thompson.
Saturday, August 27. [abbreviated] Rev. W. W. Ellis of South Coventry,
took charge of the exercises. The first hymn of the morning was read
by Rev. Robert Clark, of Danielsonville.
1024. Mon Aug 29 1881: Latest from the White House.
The President Better. Executive Mansion, Washington, Aug. 29--2:30
A.M. The President's condition remains unchanged, although there
is room for hope, as in every symptom there is a perceptible change
for the better, but he is not yet out of danger. Co. Rockwell, who
has never faltered in his belief that the President would get well,
said last night: "There is a better chance for his recovery
than at any time during the past week, but we cannot disguise the
fact that he is in a very precarious condition."
1025. Mon Aug 29 1881: Part of the wires of the Western
Union telegraph company were out of working order a part of the day
1026. Mon Aug 29 1881: The funeral of Mrs. Mary Cahill, who has been
a pauper at the alms house for many years and who died Friday from consumption,
took place yesterday.
1027. Mon Aug 29 1881: John Collins, better known as
"Tom Collins" of Windham, known among show people as the Great American
Harmonica Soloist, is to make a professional tour through the principal cities
of the United States this fall.
1028. Mon Aug 29 1881: On the road to Windham near
the icehouse a horse owned by unknown parties fell down while being
drove to the camp and drew a large crowd to the spot. He was finally
gotten up and coaxed along to a place where he might die in peace.
1029. Mon Aug 29 1881: Two of the policemen who acted
last year have since died, Mr. Meech and Mr. Phillip Gray.
1030. Mon Aug 29 1881: Chas. R. Utley, stationer of this place, has engaged
to take charge of the post office and store on the grounds, and has put
in a large stock of stationery, Bibles, etc., and has also a large quantity
of damaged goods which he will sell cheap. He will also take orders for
the Weekly Chronicle.
1031. Mon Aug 29 1881: Willimantic Camp Ground. Sunday,
August 28. [abbreviated] Pastor McBurney, of the Willimantic parish
read a hymn. The evening's lesson was read by Rev. Robert Clark of
1032. Tues Aug 30 1881: Latest from the White House.
The President Improving. Executive Mansion, Washington, D.C., Aug
30. The President still continues to improve, notwithstanding the
unfavorable rumors afloat, and there are encouraging signs every
hour. Another gathering was found on the face of the patient near
the prominent point of the cheek bone. It was lanced by Dr. Bliss.
The mid-day journals are of a character to allay fear, and it is
thought he will now rapidly mend.
1033. Tues Aug 30 1881:
J.J. Kennedy is traveling for a Boston musical house.
Frank E. Hull, of Lebanon, has just returned from the seashore.
An unknown man was run over and killed at North Windham by the 7 o'clock
train last evening.
1034. Tues Aug 30 1881: The Weekly Chronicle will be published this week
on Friday instead of Wednesday, the regular day of publication. This
will enable us to give our readers a complete report of campmeeting.
It will necessitate the addition of a Chronicle supplement, which no
doubt our numerous readers will appreciate.
1035. Tues Aug 30 1881: Sudden Death.--Lester Bill,
of Chaplin left his home at five o'clock Monday to go to Mr. Dean's
in West Woodstock. About ten o'clock in the forenoon some one happened
to be passing along the road in Woodstock, about sixteen miles from
Mr. Bill's home in Chaplin, and found Mr. Bill dead beside the road,
and his horse, attached to the carriage, feeding by the roadside.
The body was in a sitting posture, leaning against the bank just
outside the shoulder of the road. Mr. Bill had been troubled for
some time with some one of the various forms of heart disease, and
it is supposed that he felt an attack coming and got out of his carriage
for relief, and sitting down by the roadside at once expired. Mr.
Bill was 74 years old, and had spent all, or nearly all, of his life
in Chaplin. The funeral will occur at 2 o'clock on Wednesday from
his late residence in Chaplin.
1036. Tues Aug 30 1881: Camp Notes. The Revs. S. Leader,
A.J. Church, G. W. Brewster, all former pastors of the Willimantic
parish, are on the grounds this year. Rev. D.A. Jordan son of Lyman
Jordan of Willimantic, arrived yesterday.
1037. Tues Aug 30 1881: Sojourners at the Camp.[abridged] A list of the
cottagers who have been spending a few weeks in the leafy glade prior
to the meeting is given below. Rev. G.W. Brewster and family, Danielsonville;
C.P. Blackmar and family, Danielsonville; E.P. Billings and family, Scotland;
Rev. Robt. Clark and family, Danielsonville; E.O. Dimmock and family,
Tolland; A.W. Fuller and family, Colchester; Miss S. Franklin and guests,
Danielsonville; Geo. C.Smith and family, Rockville; H.C. Hall and family,
Willimantic; S.W. Hammond and family, Danielsonville; Misses Hall, Batty,
York, and Alpaugh, Willimantic; Mrs. Susan Kenyon, Willimantic; W.H.
Rathborne, and family, Rockville; L.W. Reynolds and family, Colchester;
Augustus Tucker and family, Lebanon.
1038. Wed Aug 31 1881: Horrible! Suicide Today! A man
cuts his throat from ear to ear. A sickening sight. William Nye,
of Lebanon, yesterday had trouble with his wife and she left him
and came to this village. Nye came to this village today and at about
2 o'clock visited the house where his wife was staying, on Meadow
street. After kissing her and bidding he goodbye he drew a revolver
and fired, but she dodged down and the ball did not hit her. He then
drew a jack knife and stood in the middle of the street and cut his
own throat from ear to ear. He is still alive but cannot live many
minutes. More particulars later.
1039. Wed Aug 31 1881: Latest from the White House.
President Garfield better. Special dispatch to the Chronicle. Executive
Mansion, Washington, D.C., Aug. 31. 10 a.m.--The President passed
a comfortable night and is much better than at the same hour yesterday.
Pulse, 100; Temperature, 93; respiration 18.
1040. Wed Aug 31 1881:
J.T. Lynch has refused to accept a situation in a Boston banking house.
John Long of Hartford, is in town spending a few days with his old friends.
Miss Olive D. Sanger, of Canterbury, is visiting at the residence of
Hon. E.A. Buck.
Rev. Mr. Andrews of Windham will preach at South Windham, next Sunday.
"Josh Billings" the second principal witness in the Jennie Cramer
case was in town yesterday.
A. Arnold & Co. have already begun work on their new elevator and
it is in a rapid course of erection.
The reservoir supplying Thread mill No. 1 was drawn off the other day
to make repairs about the water wheel.
Mr. Charles Wheeler, of Bloomingto, Ill., who holds a responsible position
in a banking house in that city, is home on a visit to his parents.
1041. Wed Aug 31 1881: The finder of a four-leaf clover
is always considered to have luck cast upon his side. But what will
be the good fortune of one who finds a score of these leafy gems.
Miss Gracie Freeman the other day found in one field fifteen four-leafs
and Monday found six more. What is in store for her?
1042. Wed Aug 31 1881: W.L. Harrington & Co. clothiers
and Brennan & Clune boot and shoe dealers put out Monday, along
the roads leading into the village, along the roads leading into
the village some effective advertisements in the shape of guideboards,
directing the traveler to their store and giving the number of miles
to their places of business. We also notice that Standish & Thompson
are putting out a similar advertisement.
1043. Wed Aug 31 1881: Our Schools--Some of the children
sigh to think that this is the last week of their summer vacation.
Schools begin next Monday, and they have had rest enough to put in
some good hard study. The following teachers have been engaged for
the ensuing year at the Natchaug school: J.B. Welch, principal; Mrs.
L.P. Rollins, assistant; Miss S.A. Tiffany, first intermediate; Miss
A.J. Fuller, second intermediate; E.M. Crittenden, third intermediate;
Miss A.B. Palmer, second primary; Miss Addie Yorke, first primary.
Wm. C. Cargel is janitor. The First School District has engaged the
following teachers: C.A. Holbrook, principal; Miss F.A. Phelps, assistant;
Miss L.A. Phelps, first intermediate; Miss Ida M. Avery, second;
Mrs. S.M. Kenyon, third; Mrs. L.M. Cargill, second primary; Miss
W.L. Hudson, first assistant; Miss M.H. Martin, first primary.
1044. Wed Aug 31 1881: A Strange Decision.--The board
of county commissioners met at the selectmen's room on Monday and
sat as a court to try the case, brought before them on petition of
Prosecuting Agent E.B. Sumner, against Edward J. Holland. The petition
set forth that Holland was licensed to sell liquor in this town,
and that on the 5th day of august, 1881, he did not have his license
framed and hung up in a conspicuous place in the room where he sold
D.A. Lyman testified that he was superintendent of the Windham alms house,
and on the 5th day of August, as a private citizen, not as Supt. of alms
house, he went into Holland's place, and could not see, anywhere is the
room his bar was in, a license framed and hung up. On cross examination,
Mr. Lyman couldn't remember whether one of the selectmen or the prosecuting
agent had got him to make the inspection he testified to; he couldn't
remember whether anyone was anxious to have him assist in putting up
this job on Holland.
Mr. Holland was sworn, and testified that the day he got his license,
he had it framed and hung up in a conspicuous place in the room where
he sold liquors; that it hung there till the 30th day of May, when he
contemplated selling out the place and took it down to write a transfer
on the back of it, but the trade fell through. Holland said he neglected
immediately to rehang the license in the room where he sold liquors,
and admitted that it was not hanging there when Lyman came in to get
the evidence against him.
Mr. Hunter, for Holland, contended that Holland's license should not
be revoked, as the law did not require that the license should be kept
hanging up, and as Holland disclaimed any intention to violate the law,
and had framed and hung up his license and it had remained hanging up
seven or eight months, and had then been taken down for the purpose of
transfer, and by inadvertence he had not put it up again, it ought not
to work a forfeiture the party against whom the claim was made should
be brought within both the letter and spirit of the law, and the statute
was complied with when the party framed his license and hung it up, and
it remained there till it had become public and notorious that the party
was licensed, and it was not a violation of the statute which should
work a revocation of license because for some temporary purpose entirely
outside the business of liquor selling, it was taken down.
The section of the law under which this revocation of license was asked
is as follows: "Every licensed person shall cause his license to
be framed and hung in plain view in a conspicuous place in the room where
intoxicating liquors are offered for sale."
The Commissioners decided to revoke the license, thereby deciding that
no licensed person can for a day, for any cause, not have his license
conspicuously hung in his place for carrying on the sale of liquor.
This, it seems to us, is a novel decision, and not justified by the law
and the facts, but it is made and there is no appeal, and it will be
well for our liquor dealers to see that their licenses are not for a
moment taken down from their walls.
1045. Wed Aug 31 1881: Items of Interest.
The cornet which assists the organ in accompanying the choir's song,
is a great addition. The player of the instrument is Mr. John Ames
After today the cottagers will begin to turn their faces homeward. The
last regular service will be held Thursday night, though there will probably
be a temperance meeting Friday morning.
The Rev. J.B. Gould, late U.S. Consul to Birmingham Eng. And Marseilles
France, arrived on the grounds yesterday and preached this afternoon.
He enjoys (?) the distinction of having been accused of assassinating
President Garfield just after the latter was shot.
One of the largest and best "sings" of the camp this year,
was held in front of prf. Turner's residence, 8 Cartright avenue, yesterday
afternoon. Gatherings for song are quite frequent among the campers.
Every one who boards with H.C. Hall speaks high terms of the quality
and quantity provided. One says we have excellent board, another says,
the best that we have ever had; and all speak height of the gentility
of the waiters.
1046. Wed Aug 31 1881: Willimantic Camp Ground. Tuesday. [abridged] Flowers
were kindly furnished by Mrs. Chas Ford of Willimantic and Mrs. Samuel
LeDoyt of Coventry. Rev. R.D. Dyson of Voluntown preached.