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The Willimantic Chronicle,

McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.

Wed Dec 1 1880: About Town.
Rev. C.N. Nichols will speak on temperance at room No. 4, Bank building this (Wednesday) evening, at 7:30 o'clock.
Huber Clark Esq. Judge of Probate has removed his office to the elegant quarters provided by the town for that office in Hayden block.
If our borough fathers will drive pipes near the joints of our new gas main, they can catch loose gas enough to light the streets free of charge.
In an editorial article on the silk industry of the United States, the New York Herald says that the first silk mill on this continent was built in Mansfield in 1810.

1696. Wed Dec 1 1880: The Willimantic Literary Institute organized on Monday evening and elected for president Dr. T.H. McNally, and for secretary J.T. Lynch. All wishing to join will please appear at room No. 3 Bank building on Thursday evening at 8 o'clock, sharp.

1697. Wed Dec 1 1880: F.H. Shaffer has been appointed special police by the Court of Burgesses. Slowly protection is being afforded to our people against the roughs which swarm our streets in some localities. Why not appoint a number of responsible persons as special police, and give them the power to make arrests?

1698. Wed Dec 1 1880: The Cleveland Herald records the death in Coitsville, Ohio, on the 24th, of Mrs. Polly Bissell Kyle, one of the oldest residents of the Western Reserve. Her father, John P. Bissell, went there from Lebanon, this state, in 1800. Mrs. Kyle lived on the homestead all her days. One of her fondest reminiscences was that she was a schoolmate of Jesse Grant, the father of the ex-president.

1699. Wed Dec 1 1880: A fire occurred in the picker room of the Linen Co's mill, No. 2, on Friday of last week, causing damage to the amount of a number of hundred dollars. It originated probably from particles of grit in the cotton being run through a picker. But for the perfect system of fire apparatus, the blaze would probably have produced considerable damage.

1700. Wed Dec 1 1880: We understanding that parties from out of town are contemplating starting a roller-skating rink in armory hall. We have never attempted the feat of skating on rollers, but we don't know any reason why, after the art has been acquired, there isn't as much enjoyment in this pastime as in gliding over the ice, besides escaping the severity of the weather. Roller-skating has become very popular in other places, and it probably would be in this place.

1701. Wed Dec 1 1880: Prof. Miller will form a dancing class at Franklin hall on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock for the instruction of Misses, Masters, Ladies and Gentlemen in the art of dancing. By this class an opportunity is offered to parents to have their children taught a desirable accomplishment which will be a source of enjoyment to them. People are becoming more and more liberal on the subject of dancing, and it is begin encouraged by parents very generally as a harmless amusement. We hope Mr. Miller will be successful in forming a large afternoon class.

1702. Wed Dec 1 1880: We are desired to call the attention of those who are interested in the formation of a night school in this place, to the fact that there will be one started by a gentleman who is fitted by education to give any course of instruction desired, provided he shall receive sufficient support in the undertaking. A few weeks ago the Chronicle suggested the idea to its readers, and it now heartily supports the subject. The young men among the laboring classes of Willimantic who have no particular place to spend their evenings, and who are anxious to inform their minds, and acquire a knowledge of the practical branches of study, which will be beneficial to them, should not be slow to avail themselves of this opportunity. A couple of hours spent in study would be an evening far more profitably passed than in loitering about the streets or in saloons, and it might awaken a desire to accumulate knowledge which will be a recommendation to some important position. The streets of Willimantic are full of bright young men every evening, who ought to be devoting a share of their idle time to this end. The tuition will be but a small item; just enough to pay the expenses of the school. Further particulars hereafter.

1703. Wed Dec 1 1880: Tuesday, as Robert McCarthy was returning from school, he met with quite a serious accident. He was riding on the step in the rear of C.A. Young's milk wagon, and when turning the corner of Jackson and Main streets, he lost his balance and was thrown violently upon the frozen ground. He was picked up unconscious and carried into a neighboring house, where Dr. McNally, assisted by Dr. Sawtelle, made a thorough examination. His injures were internal, there being but a slight scratch on his left cheek. After a couple of hours he rallied enough so as to speak, but was in a very critical condition all night. This morning, however, he is quite easy, and the doctors think he has a fair chance of recovery.

1704. Wed Dec 1 1880: On Friday afternoon Mrs. Anna Conway, residing with her son-in-law; Roland White on Maple Avenue was found dead in the room where she had been engaged in washing. Mr. White and family went to Gurleyville on Thursday to spend Thanksgiving, and returned at 5 o'clock on Friday, and found Mrs. Conway on the floor in a cramped position and cold in death. A lamp was burning in the room, and the amount of oil consumed showed that it had been burning since early Friday morning. A jury of inquest was called, consisting of the following persons: George W. Burnham; forman; C.J. Fox, M.D., A.T. Fowler, F.M. Fitts, George C. Topliff, Samuel Chittenden, E.E. Burnham, Wm. B. Avery, A.B. Palmer, M.E. Lincoln, E.B. Sumner, Thomas Jordan. The jury rendered a verdict that the deceased came to her death from apoplexy.

1705. Wed Dec 1 1880: But two days after the death of the brakeman who was injured in the smashup near Bolton the news was sent out that there had been another fatality on the same railroad. The victim was D.C. Scoville, a spare conductor, and the occurrence on Thursday morning. He was coupling cars, and the bunter to one of the cars being coupled was higher than the other and when they came together he was crushed between them, causing his death in about an hour. He was a son of John Scoville of Columbia, 36 years of age, and unmarried. On the following day a man in the railroad yard at Hartford had an arm smashed and was otherwise badly damaged. Freight conductor William H. Bliss, of Hartford, who had been employed for several years by the H.P. & E. road was killed on Saturday night near Franklin, Mass. Before reaching Franklin there are two bridges over the track, and Bliss either forgot that the car on which he was riding was two feet higher than the ordinary car or thought that the train had passed both the bridges. On reaching Franklin the engineer missed Bliss, and started with a brakeman to look for him. On walking to a certain part of the train they saw the feet of a man hanging over the side of a refrigerator car, and, on investigation, found the dead body of Bliss. A severe bruise across the face showed that he had been struck by one of the bridges, and his death must have been almost instantaneous. The railroad company has just had completed for it a number of elegantly finished passenger cars, and it is thought that they will order a new ambulance car built expressly for receiving their mutilated employees and run it regularly upon the road.

1706. Wed Dec 1 1880: According to the Hartford Times, a woman giving her name as Gertrude R. Scripture, of Hamilton, Ontario, was arrested in Norwich on Saturday afternoon for obtaining goods under false pretences and conveyed to the police station. It appears that she went to that city from Hartford on Friday, and took rooms at the Wauregan House. On Saturday she started out on a shopping tour, chiefly visiting drug stores and obtaining morphine, quinine and whiskey, and ordering them sent to her room at the hotel, where she was not to be found. After a day's shopping she was found by the officers at the depot, waiting for a train to leave the city, having apparently forgotten also to settle her hotel bill. She is known to have procured twenty grains of morphia, twenty grains of quinine and half a pint of whiskey, Saturday, all of which it is believed that she consumed. At night she was in a terribly nervous condition, and made a demand for a sufficient quantity of narcotics to kill five men. She had the money and the drug was furnished her. The same woman registered at the Brainard house on Thanksgiving night under the name of Mrs. G.R. Boynton, arriving late and not taking supper. She went out during the evening shopping and visited Dr. Rogers' drug store and purchased a porous plaster, a quantity of quinine and morphia and some pills. Part of the goods she took and directed that the pills, which had to be made, be sent to her room at the hotel in the morning. She requested the privilege of allowing the bill to go unpaid until morning because she had Canada money and wished to go to a bank and have it converted into our currency. The druggist suspected nothing, the woman being quite prepossessing in appearance, and acceded to her request. He called as directed to deliver the goods in the morning and collect pay, but the bird had flown, leaving landlord and druggist in the lurch. It is probable the woman was laboring under aberration of the mind.

1707. Wed Dec 1 1880: Scotland.
Mrs. Porter, living on the Oliver Wood farm, fell in the street near her residence on Monday evening, and dislocated her ankle. Dr. I.B. Gallup of Willimantic, was called and reduced the dislocation.
Parties passed through town last week, taking photographic views of private residences at $2 a view. The business appeared to be a profitable one.
Mrs. Fenner from Rhode Island, is holding revival meetings at Howard Valley, and much interest is manifested.
Michael DeVinne is newly covering and otherwise repairing his house on Parrish Hill.
The following persons from Scotland attended the golden wedding of Thomas Lathrop at Westminster last Friday, as invited guests: James Burnett and daughter, Dea. Dennison Allen and wife. Dea. Waldo Bass and wife, Rev. A.A. Hurd and wife.
There is considerable sickness in town at present.

1708. Wed Dec 1 1880: Westminster.
The Congregational church in the parish of Westminster, was the scene of a peculiar and very enjoyable and interesting occasion, on the afternoon of the day after Thanksgiving. At the time and place just mentioned, occurred the Golden wedding of Thomas and Annette Lathrop, worthy colored people, who have lived the wedded life together for half a century, in Westminster. Mr. Lathrop is a native of Westminster, and his grandfather is supposed to have been owned as a slave in Scotland, in the "good old times." His father and himself however were free born. He is now 76 years of age. He and his worthy wife have been for some years esteemed members of the Westminster church, as well as industrious, intelligent and respected citizens of the community. While not possessed of wealth, they are the owners of a comfortable home. They have children and grandchildren, who were present at the festal gathering, as was also a sister of Mr. Lathrop. The entertainment was given by members of the Westminster church and congregation, who furnished refreshments for the Westminster people and invited guests. A basket received the "golden" presents, which amounted to an acceptable sum for the bride and groom. Refreshment were served upon a table in the gallery. The religious literary exercises were full of interest. How could it have been otherwise under the circumstances. Mr. H.L. Reade, the lay preacher, (which means in his case, minister with the Rev. left off, merely because a council has not yet told him to write it,) led in an opening prayer after two hymns had been sung. Rev. Stephen Carter, a native of Westminster, gave an address which was acceptable and interesting. He spoke in very commendatory terms of Mr. Lathrop and of Westminster. He closed his speech with a felicitous, original poem. Mr. Dyer of the Norwich Bulletin, was then called upon, and responded in a few words of reminiscence of the olden time, when he came as a boy to the church in Westminster, and he pointed out the places where once sat those he knew in other days. Mr. Reade followed with a few remarks, appreciative of the Christian spirit of the gathering. Rev. Lucian Burleigh from Plainfield, read an original poem, which sparkled with wit, and chimed with a melody of wisdom. The closing prayer was offered by Rev. A.A. Hurd of Scotland. The singing was led by Mr. Turner, the singing-school teacher from Willimantic, who has a school in Westminster. The singing was hearty and good. The assembled company was social and cordial. At the close of the exercises Mr. Lathrop in a pleasant little speech, thanked the people for their kindness. It should be mentioned that Mr. Lathrop has served for some years as the sexton of the church.

1709. Wed Dec 1 1880: Rockville.
Lake Snipsic when full draws 26 feet of water, and now it lacks 14 feet of being full.
B.L. Burr of the Leader, says he is going to have the best editorial office in the state, and his many repairs assert the fact.
Prof. Turner of Willimantic is to start a singing school here.
Rev. Mr. Povey's talk on railroad cries No. 2 at the Opera house Sunday night drew a full house.

1708. Wed Dec 1 1880: A railroad man who was instructed to inform a lady that her husband had been killed by a railroad accident, and was cautioned to break the news gently, is credited with writing the following letter: "Dear Madam: I write to say that your husband is unavoidably detained. An undertaker will call on you tomorrow with full particulars. The funeral sermon has been arranged for.

1709. Wed Dec 1 1880: Married.
Holbrook-Stewart--At Arlington, Vt., Nov. 29th, by Rev. Mr. Randall, C.A. Holbrook of Willimantic, and Miss Lila F. Stewart, only daughter of Dr. James Stewart of Brooklyn, New York.

1710. Wed Dec 1 1880: Died.
Jacobs--In Willimantic, Nov. 26th, Nelson Jacobs, aged 77 years.
Conway--In Willimantic, Anna Conway, aged 58 years.
Tucker--In Conantville, Nov. 28th, Beatrice Tucker aged 3 years.

1711. Wed Dec 1 1880: For Sale. 216 Shares Willimantic Gas Stock. Proposals for the purchase will be received and information given, by L.E. Baldwin, Hotel Commercial.

Wed Dec 8 1880: About Town.
Mr. A.E. Weldon family returned from Colorado whither they went to take up their residence some two months ago, on Friday.
A life size bust picture of the late D.P. Corbin, has been presented to the Asylum Avenue school at Hartford, by the teachers and pupils.
The case of the defunct Willimantic Trust Co. will come to a second hearing in the court house, commencing Tuesday, Dec. 14th. This time before Judge Seymour.

1713. Wed Dec 8 1880: James Clune, formerly boss dyer in the Holland silk mills, has become interested in the Boston Shoe Store, and the firm name has been changed to Brennan & Clune.

1714. Wed Dec 8 1880: There will be a social dance at Cumming's hall at Liberty Hill, on Friday evening Dec. 17. Music by Kingsley & Kinne's orchestra. Edgar A. Rood, general manager.

1715. Wed Dec 8 1880: A.L. Preston will sell at auction on the Marcus Barrows farm near Gurleyville, on Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 9 o'clock a.m. his stock, farming tools, household furniture, wagons, etc.

1716. Wed Dec 8 1880: Station-master Marston was confined for a few days last week with a slight attack of pneumonia, and his place was supplied by Supt. Shepard and the head auditor of the railroad.

1717. Wed Dec 8 1880: Chas. Martin, station agent at Putnam for the past nine years, has resigned that position to accept a call on the New Jersey Central railroad, under M. Britton, former manager of the N.Y. and N.E. road.

1718. Wed Dec 8 1880: The railroad commissioners will, at their rooms at the Capitol, on the 15th inst. investigate the cause of the Hop River accident. The citizens of Rockville and Manchester and also the officers of the New York and New England Railroad Company have asked to have the affair investigated.

1719. Wed Dec 8 1880: Patrolman Worden has been over the course of the footrace at South Windham and has picked up between 70 and 80 pennies thrown away by the supposed burglars, and one revolver making four pistols which have been secured. Mr. Worden is confident that the three men had six or seven pistols among them, which would make quite a respectable armament for a peaceable trio.

1720. Wed Dec 8 1880: Dunbar Loring handed us a black bottle on the street one day last week which we brought into the office and uncorked. The compositors emptied it without ceremony, all agreeing that it was the best cider they ever drank. When the liquid was nearly gone it was discovered to be grape wine; and now if anyone don't believe that Mr. Loring makes good wine, let them come in and smell of the bottle.

1721. Wed Dec 8 1880: The prizes that are to be awarded at the Willimantic band fair and festival, are on exhibition in the window of A.W. Turner, Post Office block, and are handsome, useful and valuable.

1722. Wed Dec 8 1880: Willimantic people don't seem to like the West this year. George Washington Taylor and family returned a few days since from Michigan, and A.E. Welden and family returned form the stock regions last week. Wm. C. Crandall returned from his annual vacation in Colorado a few days since. Don't go West young man, don't go West!

1723. Wed Dec 8 1880: A five-year-old son of Homer A Barrows was sliding out of an alley to West Main street on Saturday, when he was caught under an ox cart belonging to Hardin Fitch, loaded with 4,500 pounds of iron. One wheel of the cart passed over the little fellow's right leg near the knee, crushing the bones and flesh to such a degree that amputation above the knee was found to be necessary. The operation was performed by Drs. Jacobs and Hills. The boy showed great fortitude both before and after the operation, and is now doing well.

1724. Wed Dec 8 1880: Our fellow craftsman, W.C. Crandall, who went west some three weeks ago but has since returned, receives the following complimentary send-off from the Fort Collins (Col.) Courier: "Mr. W.C. Crandall, a prominent manufacturer of Willimantic, Connecticut arrived Sunday over the U.P. We learn that he has engaged rooms at Loveland, and will open a bank there about January first. One of Collins' prominent business men is to be associated with him. Mr. Crandall leaves for the east to-day to bring on his family.

1725. Wed Dec 8 1880: Nothing has been heard from the missing pastor, Rev. John Marsland of Central Village, and the search in the vicinity has been abandoned. It seems to be well established that he took the cars at Plainfield, but no clue has been discovered as to his destination. Nothing has been found in his public or private life which can be urged as a reason for his flight from home, and the affair is as much a mystery as ever. It would seem that he must have been insane at the time of his disappearance, and we understand that this is the opinion of his wife, who clings to the hope that he will return to his family when he comes to himself.

1726. Wed Dec 8 1880: Supt. Shepard of the New York and New England railroad stated here on Saturday that the officials of the railroad decided to build a new depot at this place, and that work would be begun within a short time. The company has been desirous of providing more convenient accommodations for passengers at this place for a long time, and have had conferences in relation to the matter with the other roads interested, a number of times, but could arrive at no satisfactory agreement. They now say that a depot will be built independent of the other roads if they do not wish to join in the project. We did not learn the location, but probably it will be the present site. The freight yard will be moved to the sand cut just beyond the coal and lumberyard of Taylor & Son. This will relieve people who have business at the depot of much inconvenience, in being compelled to wait for freight cars to be shifted backwards and forwards over the crossing, and of being obliged to dodge between at the risk of their lives in order to reach the depot.

1727. Wed Dec 8 1880: Hammond and Wallen's orchestra, of South Coventry, are to play for a series of socials in Tillinghast's new hall this winter. They furnish music for a ball in the same place on the night of the 23d inst.

1728. Wed Dec 8 1880: Burglary and Attempted Murder.--Friday morning, as Mr. Flint, of the firm of Walden & Flint, druggists, arrived at their place of business, he found that the door was unlocked, and upon examination observed that it had been pried open by means of a chisel or lever. He entered the store expecting to see that a large amount of goods had been stolen, but on looking over his stock, found that there were no goods missing, and that the thieves had confined their attention to the money drawer, which was broken from its fastenings, and taken what change had been left in the drawer, which amounted to some seventy-five cents. Mr. Flint called on William Worden, the night patrolman, who was on duty that night, to ascertain if he had any knowledge of the offense, but found that he was not aware that anything of the kind had happened. He said that according to his custom he tried all the store doors upon his beat, and they were all locked. But it seems that the watchman saw, while coming down the street, three persons in conversation at the corner of North and Main streets, at a late hour, and when they perceived him they moved up the street on the opposite side, and as they passed, he discovered that they were strangers and kept an eye on their movements until they were out of sight. He thinks the breaking in must have been accomplished while he was at lunch at about one o'clock.
Mr. Worden in company with Charles Duncan, started in pursuit of the burglars, in the direction of Windham and upon inquiry at the hotel, were told that there had been three strangers in that neighborhood during the morning , and that they were last seen on the road leading in the direction of South Windham. Upon arriving at that place the pursuers found where they had spent money at a beer saloon and also at a store where they had bought apples. They could find no clue as to the direction the supposed burglars took, and so concluded to follow the road in Norwich direction, thinking that they were probably trying to make that city. A short distance out, Worden and Duncan met Walter S. Rood and James M. Forsyth going in the opposite direction and hailed them, asking if they had met three men on the road, and upon replying in the negative, Rood asked what that smoke was arising from the woods near the railroad. Worden concluded that the parties for whom they were in search were located there, and accordingly invited Rood to accompany them to the spot. They struck out in different directions, and arranged to approach them at the same time, and did so with some remark about rabbit hunting. When near enough, Worden pounced upon one of them with the exclamation, "I want you, all three of you!" Upon hearing this they were somewhat surprised, but replied coolly, "Wit until we get on our overcoats"--for they were lying about the camp fire on them. They were allowed to put on their overcoats, and instantly one of them pulled out a revolver and held it at Worden's head with the demand that he should release his hold upon one of their number. He did not do so, and a scuffle between him and his prisoner ensued. During the time Duncan and Rood were kept at bay by the firearms of the suspected burglars, but it appearing that Worden was inclined to keep his hold upon their companion, they commenced firing upon him. Worden returned the fire, and a number of shots were exchanged, one taking effect in Worden's head which compelled him to release his hold. The fugitives immediately beat a hasty retreat down the railroad. Worden and company at once started for South Windham, and the hands in the machine shop were informed of the encounter, and they formed themselves into a vigilance committee, with shotguns, revolvers, bowie-knives and bludgeons, and gave chase. They shortly overtook and captured them, and brought them to So. Windham, and they were taken in charge by Sheriff Pomeroy.
They were arraigned on Saturday in St. Joseph's hall, Valley street, before Justice Sumner, on the charges of burglary and assault with the intent to murder. The prisoners gave their names as Roland, Burns and Smith of Hartford. They were young, two of them being but eighteen--well dressed and intelligent looking, and seemed to have the sympathy of all in the crowded court room. The evidence introduced relating to the assault was somewhat conflicting, and the evidence pertaining to the burglary was very meager. However, as it was not within the jurisdiction of the court to pass sentence, it was deemed sufficient to bind them over to the February term of the superior court, in the sum of $500 each for the assault, and for the burglary, $300 for Roland and Burns, and $100 for Smith. If the prosecution cannot make out a better case than at the preliminary hearing, they will probably be acquitted.

1729. Wed Dec 8 1880: Scotland.
Our population was increased by one last week--a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Haskins.
Mr. and Mrs. John Ashley were besieged in their own castle last Friday night by a surprise party. There were 45 friends present, who brought a quantity of oysters and other necessaries, and appeared to enjoy themselves hugely.
James Smith, at the Reynolds settlement, recently butchered a spring pig weighing 420 pounds.
The Pudding Hill school is the largest in town, numbering 30 pupils.
John Babcock has moved his family to the village.
Joseph Palmer, from Nebraska has been visiting relatives in town for a few days. He reports poor crops in that part of the country this year owing to the drought, but he managed to raise 3000 bushels of corn and 1200 bushels of small grain nevertheless.
F.W. Cunningham and wife are keeping house at the Reynolds settlement, and working in the Reynolds yarn mill.
Thomas H. and Luther Fuller are traveling in the southern part of Europe on their way to the Holy Land.

1730. Wed Dec 8 1880: Montville.
Lewis Browning recently purchased a very valuable horse of E.D. Lyon. Small boys get out of the way! The horse has an excellent record and a first class pedigree.
An infant son of James Hope died Sunday morning at 4 o'clock.
Some active men in church affairs now declare that they intend to work for God now election is over.
E.E. Eccleston is breaking ground prior to the erection of a fine residence in Uncasville.
C.A. Chapman is building a large cistern in the basement of his house. The cistern is expected to hold six hundred gallons.
The blacksmith has been doing a flourishing business of late.
Orrin Gay has purchased a valuable pair of steers of Frank Rogers.
Leonard Thompson has gone extensively into the poultry business.

1731. Wed Dec 8 1880: South Windham.
Our village was thrown into a fever of excitement last Friday afternoon by the news which spread like wildfire, that officer Worden had been shot by some thieves who he attempted to arrest, and that they were only a short distance away. The news was brought by Walter S. Rood, who drove furiously up Main street to the shop, where he called for help to go after and bring back the men who had shot the officer. A score of men immediately rushed out, half a dozen of whom procured guns or pistols and started with Rood for the scene, while others procured a team of J.B. Johnson, and followed--all this in a very few minutes. As they passed down the street, they met Worden, who shouted, "Bring them in, boys, but look out and not get shot in the head," at the same time taking off his cap and showing his hair matted with blood, and his face and neck crimson with blood from a wound in the head. This sight fired them with a determination to bring back with them the men who had done the deed, at all hazards. They had gone about half a mile, when at a point a short distance this side of what is known as Hewitt's curve, they espied a hand car coming down the track from the opposite direction. By inquiry they found that the car had passed three men answering the description given, a mile or more below. The obliging section master at once placed his car at the disposal of the pursuers, who by taking turns at the crank covering the distance to Williams's crossing in an incredibly short space of time. At this point they saw three men just disappearing over a hill a half mile distant across the lots, and alighting they gave chase. Over hills and through swamps they went as fast as possible, gaining slowly until reaching the premises of Charles Briggs, Sen. In Lebanon, the pursued were headed by some men who had taken a sleigh and driven to a point some distance in advance of them. They were called upon to surrender, the demand being accompanied by a pistol shot fired into the air to show the nature of the request. Instead of stopping at once, they turned and ran a short distance in another direction, when observing a shot gun leveled at them directly ahead, they immediately threw up their hands and stopped. At this time they were nearly surrounded. They were partially searched, but only some knives and a razor were found, as the search was not very close. They were marched back here, and placed under guard at Johnson's store, while word was sent to Willimantic of their capture, and the arrival of the officer awaited. It was not till then that the particulars of the attack on Worden were known. The particulars of the attempted arrest and of the shooting of Worden, as well as the wounding of one of his opponents, I presume the Chronicle obtained at the trial Saturday, so I will not attempt to give the conflicting accounts as to the details given by the eyewitnesses to the scene. The were intensely excited, and it would be strange if they saw everything alike. This excitement was communicated to those who joined in the pursuit , and if any resistance had been offered, they would have been shot down at once. I am told they narrowly escaped a shot as it was, by stopping just as they did, such was the determination of their pursuers. All were under the impression that they had hardened desperadoes to capture, and it was known that they were well armed with revolvers, and had shown that they knew how to use them with fatal effect; so they were prepared to use desperate measures to effect a capture. It was found that two of the prisoners had been struck by Worden's bullets, one whose hip was just grazed, and the other more seriously hurt about the head. The latter was taken in a sleigh to Dr. Barstow's, who examined and dressed the wound, which was slight. When asked what he thought of Worden, his reply repeated several times was, 'He is a brave man but he is a bull-head." One of the others subsequently remarked, "He is gritty, though," referring to Worden. As the news of their capture spread, crowds flocked to the store to see them, and everybody was reminded of a similar occurrence several years ago, at the time when Keigwin's store was burglarized. I believe at that time the shop was stopped, and all hands turned out in pursuit. Then as now, they were successful in capturing the man they pursued, but it took a longer period of time. At one time during the that day, the thief soaked with water after swimming in the river, had climbed into a large pine tree, and while there, some gentlemen from Willimantic stood directly underneath discussing the situation, while the water was constantly dropping near them, in spite of one person's attempt to stop it. He was not discovered then, but was afterwards caught.
At about 7:30, Sheriff Pomeroy and Officer Cranston arrived, accompanied by several gentlemen, and the prisoners were handcuffed, searched, and taken to Willimantic. Early Saturday morning, the sheriff, accompanied by a party from here, went over the route of the pursuit, and succeeded in finding two revolvers and a cigar holder with case. A new meerschaum pipe and case was found on the road leading to Willimantic. The pistols found were said to be models of beauty, and were fully loaded. I believe they were of 32 caliber.
A number were summoned form here to attend the examination Saturday, and all were gratified at the result. Many think they intended to operate here on Friday night, as they were noticed to examine all parts of the village carefully. The man who was wounded, took dinner at Mr. Eaton's, and asked for work at the office, stating, I believe, that he was a bench moulder.

1732. Wed Dec 8 1880: North Windham.
Calvin Lincoln moved into his new house the day before Thanksgiving. We rejoice with him in its completion, and may he live many years to enjoy it.
Merritt Welch is rejoicing over the birth of twin sons--Merritt and Martin--which were born unto him Thanksgiving night.
Albert Bates is building an ice house.
P.L. Peck has just slaughtered four spring pigs whose weight averaged some over 400 pounds apiece.
Miss E. Christine Huntington from East Hampton is stopping at her uncle's.

1733. Wed Dec 8 1880: Chaplin.
A young man named Chas. Clark, while attempting to run a belt from a pulley which was moving slight, in D.A. Grigg's sawmill, became entangled and broke both bones of his left arm. The flesh was terribly mangled and it was feared that amputation would be necessary. Drs. Hills and Witter dressed the wound, and there is some hope that his arm may be saved.

1734. Wed Dec 8 1880: Colchester.
Among the cases which have been heard before the superior court at Norwich last week, has been that of Denison et ux. vs. the town of Colchester, the decision in which, just rendered, shows conclusively that the "blue laws" of the state, though nearly lost to sight, are still to memory dear. It seems that on the 18th of January, 1880, Mrs. Caroline Denison of Colchester, the wife of William H. Denison, was driving on a highway in the town in pursuit of a dog. She was at the time in an open top buggy and was exercising ordinary care in proceeding over the rough country road when she was thrown out by a dangerous excavation at the side of the highway, inflicting injuries which have since confined her helpless to her bed. A suit was subsequently brought against the town, Gardiner Greene of Norwich being retained by the plaintiffs as their counsel. E.S. Day appeared for the town of Colchester. The damages of the injured woman were placed at $10,000. A few weeks ago Mrs. Denison was moved to the house of a relative near Mystic, and while there the disposition was taken and presented before the court last week. Dr. Robinson who has attended the woman, says that it is in his opinion extremely doubtful if the woman ever recovers the use of her limbs, and said further that his colleague, Dr. Coates of Mystic, who now has the care of her, reported that he should be loath to insure a cure of her case in a twelvemonth, if indeed at all. Much interest was manifested in the trial by our townspeople, and the court room has daily been well filled. Judge Hitchcock's ruling seems to have been based on the fact that the plaintiff was injured while hunting up a dog on the Sabbath day. He awarded her $50 damages without costs. This decision does not at all meet the views of the friends of the injured woman, and the case may be taken to the supreme court on an error of judgement

1735. Wed Dec 8 1880: Died.
Aurelio--In Willimantic, Dec. 5th, Mrs. Charlotte J. Aurelio, aged 38 years.
Clark.--In Willimantic, Dec.7th, Essie E. Clark, aged 8 years.
Crowell.--In Windham, Dec. 6th, H.F. Crowell, aged 39 years.
Huntington--In Mansfield, Dec. 2d, Dwight Huntington, aged 79 years.
Clark--In Columbia, Dec. 4th, Peggy M. Clark, aged 88 years.

Wed Dec15 1880: About Town.
The street lamps have been taken for the purpose of being repaired and cleaned.
W.E. Hawkins of this place, aspires to be messenger of the next House of Representatives.
The hearing before the railroad commissioners in relation to the Hop river disaster is in progress to day in Hartford.
The Athletic club is practicing for the annual games which it is expected will take place about the middle of January.
A.B. Burleson & Co., of Jewett City are running their thread mill twenty-four hours a day, and are three months behind their orders.
Our E.C. announces that Arthur I. Bill has purchased an interest in the business and puts the firm name of Hall & Bill at the head of its columns.
Mrs. James Howard, a resident of High street, broke one of her ankles by falling on the ice, last Thursday. The fracture was adjusted by Dr. Card.

1737. Wed Dec 15 1880: The farmers hereabouts are pushing the white birch business very actively. Load after load is being drawn to the Linen Co.'s spool shop every day.

1738. Wed Dec 15 1880: The Rockville Leader building is to have some chimneys. Now we hope that some of the stove pipes hanging out of the back windows will be called in.

1739. Wed Dec 15 1880: The county papers have it that there is to be a double track between Willimantic and Putnam, and that the building of the additional track will be begun in the spring.

1740. Wed Dec 15 1880: J.C. Lincoln desires to close out his stock of furniture at cost before moving to his new quarters. When he says cost, he wants the people to know that he means business.

1741. Wed Dec 15 1880: S. Whitney Hall has taken a situation at the necktie counter of the Boston store in Providence.

1742. Wed Dec 15 1880: The third quarterly conference was held at the Methodist church, Monday evening, Dr. Talbot presiding. Dr. T. spent last Sabbath with the churches at Gurleyville and South Coventry.

1743. Wed Dec 15 1880: The employees in the Linen Co.'s new mill are required to wear uniforms. The females wear a white overskirt fitting closely and belted about the waist with a band of red ribbon, the males wear white coat and pantloons, with cap to match.

1744. Wed Dec 15 1880: On the first six week days of December the number of pieces mailed at the different post offices in the country were counted. The count at the Willimantic office was as follows: letters, 3,657; postal cards, 1,040; circulars, 349; packages of merchandise, etc., 81.

1745. Wed Dec 15 1880: We notice frequent loads of machinery are being shipped from the machine shop of W.G. & A.R. Morrison. Their business has been increasing liberally of late, and the extensive addition to their shop enables them to turn out a large amount of machinery. Their works are among the most important industries of the town.

1746. Wed Dec 15 1880: In the death of Mrs. Harriet Lathrop last Wednesday, our village loses one of its landmarks. Mrs. Lathrop was an original character, and under an unpolished exterior was hidden one of the kindest of hearts, as her neighbors and friends can testify. She had been feeble for some time, and passed away at the ripe age of 81 years.

1747. Wed Dec 15 1880: A.W. Turner informs us that he is to have a grand opening of fine jewelry and silverware on Saturday. We guarantee that it will be worth while to pay him a visit just at that time and examine his goods, for he will have something that will just suit your eye for a Christmas present, and of course that is what you are looking for about this time.

1748. Wed Dec 15 1880: The poles for the new telegraph line are being set between this village and Andover. The frost makes the rate of progress rather slow. Work is being carried on at the Boston end of the line, and it is said that the two gangs will meet at Providence. We understand that the route through the village, over which there has been considerable discussion, will be on Pleasant street.

1749. Wed Dec 15 1880: Rev. H. Montgomery will conduct the prayer meeting Saturday afternoon and preach at the Methodist Saturday evening. He will lead prayer meeting at 10 3/4 o'clock Sabbath a.m. and preach at 2 o'clock. Dr. Church preached Tuesday and Wednesday last week, at Greeneville, where he will conduct revival service, Friday and Saturday of this week, and preach next Sabbath.

1750. Wed Dec 15 1880: The caboose car on the early freight train east over the New York and New England road became detached from the rest of the train on Monday morning, and the conductor and all were left at this station, while the train went on its way. When at North Windham, the engineer received a telegram informing him of the loss, and he had the pleasure of returning for the conductor.

1751. Wed Dec 15 1880: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of the present week, will be days known in the ecclesiastical calendar as Ember days, fasting days of strict obligations in the Catholic churches, and also observed by the Anglican church and the Protestant Episcopal. The days are observed at each quarter of the year, and one of the terms used in describing them is "The quarter tenses." At these seasons the Catholic, Anglican and Episcopal churches ordain their priests.

1752. Wed Dec 15 1880: On Tuesday of last week, as C.N. Andrew was passing the corner at the junction of Chestnut and Prospect streets, he was guarding against slipping on the ice, but unawares struck his foot against the curbing, which projects quite a few inches above the walk, causing him to get an ugly fall, from which he was wounded quite severely about the head and face, requiring the services of a physician. Mr. Andrew thought the borough was responsible for the damages sustained. He has consulted a lawyer on the subject, and perhaps may bring a suit against the borough for damages.

1753. Wed Dec 15 1880: The second hearing in the case of the Willimantic Trust Co., was begun at the court room on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock with Judge Seymour, of Litchfield on the bench. Before proceeding with the hearing to any extent, it was deemed prudent, in view of the emergency which arose at the close of the previous hearing which prohibited Judge Hovey from proceeding further, to ascertain if Judge Seymour was interested in any of the concerns which were creditors of the defunct company thereby disqualifying him. Upon investigating the matter it was found that he was debarred from presiding in the case in the following way: It seems that the Judge's wife owns stock in the Farmers and Mechanics' bank, of Hartford, and that bank is a creditor of the Willimantic Trust Co. By the statutes of this state a man is made trustee of his wife's property, and he being trustee of her property is interested in the settlement of this bank's affairs and therefore he cannot legally sit on the case. And furthermore, the Judge is executor of the will of the estate of a certain Mr. Beers, of Litchfield, that holds stock in the Hartford bank, of that city, and this will bequeaths a certain sum of money to an ecclesiastical society of which Judge Seymour is a member. These are hair-splitting technicalities, but the array of legal talent which was present and discussed the matter decided clearly the construction which must be put upon the law relative to the case, and the Judge acquiesced in the decision. After a lengthy conference on the matter it was formally agreed by counsel for all parties interested that the disqualifications of the Judge be waived and that he be allowed to go on with the hearing. In order to do this it is necessary to get the consent of all the creditors of the bank to the waiver, and consequently it was adjourned to some time next week. Some doubt was expressed of the ability to get a Judge on the Connecticut bench who might not be in some remote way interested in the settlement of the question pending, and this was deemed the most advisable course to pursue. The receivers feel confident that the case will be settled sometime, but just when is an open question.

1754. Wed Dec 15 1880: Buffalo Bill, the noted scout, guide and actor, appears at Loomer Opera house, Wednesday evening, Dec. 22d., with his monster combination of 24 artists, a troupe of Cheyenne Indians, his superb orchestra and brass band, not forgetting the celebrated trick donkey, Jenny, who will help to make it pleasant and instructing. Mr. Cody will produce his new drama, the Prairie Waif, a story of the far West, written expressly for him, and taken from real scenes in his past life, while in the employ of the government as chief of scouts and guide to the U.S. Army.

1755. Wed Dec 15 1880: South Coventry.
One pauper family are being removed from Arnold Warren's to their new quarters at Isaac Turner's in the North parish. Mr. Turner has erected a new building especially for their accommodations.
The carriage shop lately occupied by Charley Coombs, is being metamorphosed into a dwelling-house, and Charley now occupies a new and much larger shop close by the old one.
Our genial friend, Albert Wood, has lately put in a stock of boots and shoes and rubbers of good quality, and at reasonable prices at his place in Kolb's building. Those wishing goods of this description will do well to call.

1756. Wed Dec 15 1880: Columbia.
At the annual communication of Lyon Lodge, No. 105, F. & A.M., held on Monday evening, Dec. 6th, the election of officers resulted as follows:--James L. Downer, W.M.; Asa C. Peckham, S.W.; George W. Thompson, J.W.; Carlos Collins, Treas.; William H. Yoemans, Secy; Alanson H. Fox, S.D.; Frank E. Holbrook, J.D.; George H. Hodge, S.S.; Frank P. Collins, J.S.; Warren A. Collins, Tyler; Samuel F. Ticknor, Champlain; Charles H. Brown, Marshall; George B. Fuller, organist. Charles H. Brown, William H. Yeomans and Eliphalet L. Hall were appointed Finance committee. George H. Hodge, Samuel F. Ticknor and George W. Thompson, were appointed trustees. The officers elect were all duly installed by Past Master Joseph E.H. Gates.
Miss Belle DeVelin of Springfield, is announced to speak upon the subject of temperance, at the Congregational church, on next Sunday evening, Dec. 19th.
The Literary association at its meeting last Friday evening, Resolved, "That manufacturing had reached such a point of stability in this country, that all laws for a protective tariff should be repealed." The resolution was supported by Nathan K. Holbrook and Charles F. Clark, and opposed by William H. Yoemans and Charles E. Little. It was decided that the resolution was not sustained. On Friday evening of this week, the society will discuss the following:--Resolved, "That steam is a greater civilizer than the scholar." Probably the discussion will draw largely from the N.Y. & N.E. R.R., and its recent civilization efforts.
At the last communication of Lyon Lodge, James L. Downer, William H. Yeomans, George H. Hodge, Asa C. Peckham and Chester H. Collins, were appointed a committee to fix upon a time during the month of January for a masonic festival and ball, appoint subcommittees and make necessary arrangements, etc. To learn whether it will probably be an enjoyable occasion, inquire of those who attended a similar entertainment one year ago.
Is it because the ministers' shots are hot that the pew holders are changing location, and moving to the rear? A large number of the front pews are unoccupied.
The Cornet band met for practice and refreshment with Charlie Strickland, last Tuesday night. 'You bet' they enjoyed the latter.

1757. Wed Dec 15 1880: Ashford.
Albert Slaid, and Henry Robbins have just returned from Michigan, where they have been spending a month or two in hunting and fishing having succeeded in capturing one black bear weighing nearly 400 lbs, bring home one of his paws as a trophy. They killed twenty-five deer while there, the largest weighing 350 lbs., and they brought home his skin and horns together with several other trophies of their sports. They give flattering account of the fishing in some of the lakes, where bass and pike may be caught that will weight twenty-five pounds. They provided themselves with fishing tackle before starting for the West, but when they arrived there, and commenced operations found at once, that the means provided for capturing fish were wholly inadequate for the work to be performed, having within a very short time lost every spoon hook and line that had been provided, and no fish in return.
Rev. John Bronson has been holding a series of religious meetings at Warrenville for the past two weeks, making a strong effort to convince sinners of the errors of their ways, and turn their steps toward the kingdom.
Buck & Dawley are cutting the timber from the Bicknell place where they have a steam saw mill cutting out the lumber into plow beams and various other kind of uses. This is the best lot of timber in town.
Thomas J. Peck is willing to be assistant door-keeper in the House of Representatives, if he can get appointed, and it is understood that John M. Hall, is also willing, provided he can be appointed speaker of the House. Bargains and trades in regard to these offices are being made in Windham County and for the purpose of making Hall speaker, but it may be found out at the last that some other parts of the state are to be consulted in these matters, and that Windham County, although strongly Republican, is not to control all the offices in the gift of the legislature. Mr. Hall's effort's in Ashford, during the last campaign, to save the country, will be remembered and duly appreciated, but we think not rewarded by being made the next speaker of the House of Representatives.

1758. Wed Dec 15 1880: Hebron.
Mr. F.P. Bissell, has laid a foundation for an addition to his house, which his son will occupy when completed. We are glad to see a little building going on in town.
At the Literary on Wednesday evening, the following program was carried out:--After the meeting was called to order, a little girl, Agusta Etzold sang a song, after which the song entitled "The Sunbeams are Glancing," was sung by the Quartette club. Then followed the play, Blue Beard, with the following cast of characters: (Blue Beard) Elisha Spafford; (The mother of Blue Beard's wife,) Miss Katie Phelps; (Blue Beard's wife,) Miss Ida Porter; (her sister,) Miss Flora Phelps; (the two brothers,) John Horton and David King. Space will not permit of extensive mention, but suffice it to say that all performed their parts in a very satisfactory manner, especially so Miss Ida Porter and Miss Flora Phelps. After the play, the 'Enterprise' was read by the editor in charge, Miss Katie Phelps, and did credit to the editor. Rev. Jared Ellsworth was then called upon, and favored the society with a song entitled, "The Sexton Old," which was heartily applauded at the close. The debate then followed on the question, Resolved, "That the jurist is as indispensable to the world as the mechanic." The question was argued in the affirmative by J.H. Jagger and H.G. Porter; in the negative by W.W. Loomis and Daniel Holbrook. The question was decided by the president in favor of the affirmative. This closed the exercises of the evening.
The M.I.S.T.H. club gave a party at Central hall on Friday evening last. Coates' band furnished the music.
Miss Bell Devellon of Springfield, Mass., spoke on temperance, at the congregational church, last Sunday evening.

1759. Wed Dec 15 1880: Central Village.
The search for the Rev. Mr. Marsland still continues, but as yet no clue has been obtained of the missing clergyman. On Tuesday of last week Mrs. Marsland received a letter from a lady in North Windham, stating that a gentleman answering to the description of her husband had called at her house, and gave answers that indicated that he was not in his right mind. Mr. M.A. Ladd and Dea. Wm. Lester immediately started for Windham, and proceeded to institute a vigorous search for the man. They tracked him from there to Pomfret, and as far as Putnam Wednesday. Here they lost his trail, and at last accounts had not succeeded in learning whither he had gone. The man partially answers to description of Rev. Mr. Marsland, but not wholly. He visited most of the hotels and many of the stores in Putnam, early Wednesday evening, and obtained some money from generous contributors. He wanted work, and was anxious to get to Providence, and it is thought he started for that city that night. The suit of clothes he wears is similar to that worn by Mr. Marsland when he left home, but his overcoat and hat differ, while his general appearance is described as resembling that of Mr. Marsland.

1760. Wed Dec 15 1880: Rockville.
It is quite sickly here, there being some cases of diphtheria.
Wm. Orcutt is building a little store on Main street, to be fitted up for a knight of the razor.
Dr. Leonard has moved into his new Ward street house. Editor B.L. Burr occupies the upper story.
Rev. Mr. Backus presented some facts about the "Passion Play," to his congregation at the Sunday evening meeting.
Sunday running of trains or engines on our branches of the N.E.R.R. here is becoming a common practice as the shrill whistle denotes, thus breaking the quiet of our Sabbath.
About 2,000 bushels of apples have been turned into cider at Allen's mill, near the Town house during the cold of the past three weeks.
Ice is from eight to ten inches, and is being rapidly stored.
Saturday the mercury was 2 degrees below zero.

1761. Wed Dec 15 1880: Montville.
Skating has been all the rage of late, and several broken skates and injured persons are among the trophies.
The Uncasville Literary society is in a very flourishing condition, and several interesting sessions have lately been attended. The question next Thursday evening is, Resolved, "That England was justified in her treatment of Napoleon 1st" is to be argued by Messrs. J.S. Latimer, Leolin Comstock and Thos. Latham. A lively time is expected.
T.A. Royce started for Worcester, Mass., last Monday, where he is to superintend the work in a large woolen mill. He has the best wishes of an extended circle of friends.
Rev. W.N. Walden of Palmerstown occupied the pulpit of the church on Montville hill, last Sunday, in the absence of the presiding pastor, Rev. D. Moses.
A.M. Etheredge has employed Martin Church to oversee the affairs of his large livery business.
A large and respectable company of Montvillians visited the social hop at Stark's mineral spring, last Thursday evening.

1762. Wed Dec 15 1880: Children's Quaint Sayings. The London Truth advertised to give a prize of 2 pounds 2 shillings for the quaintest saying of a child. Several hundred contributions were sent in and we give a few of the most pointed:
"As we were talking one day about churches and their curious ceremonies, a little boy remarked that he had seen a christening, a funeral, and a wedding, but he had never seen a divorce."
Jack (aged four, taking a walk)--"What becomes of people when they die?" Mamma--"They turn into dust, dear." Jack--"What a lot of people there must be on this road, then."
Tottie--"I wonder why dolls are always girls, Tom?" Tom--"Because boys hate to be made babies of."
A child seeing a bill on a telegraph post: "Oh, mamma, look! A message has fallen down."
"Little baby is very ill, Charley; I am afraid he will die." 'Well, if he does die, mamma, he won't go to the bad place." "Why, Charley, how do you know that?" "Oh, I know he can't, mamma; he's got no teeth to gnash."
Little boy, learning his catechism from his mother: Q. "What is a man's chief end." A. "His head!"
Girl (yawning over her lessons)--"I'm so tired; I should like to go to sleep." Boy--"I'll tell you what to do, then; get up early to-morrow and have a good sleep before breakfast."
A little girl, seeing two love birds billing and cooing, was told that they were making love. "Why don't they marry?" she asked; "then they would not make love any more."
A fond mother said to her little son: "Tommy, my dear, I am going to give you a little companion soon; which would you prefer, a little boy or a little girl?" "Well, mother, " replied Tommy, "if it is all the same to you, I would rather have a little donkey."
A little girl, aged five, going to bed one night, and kneeling down to say her prayers, said: 'Oh, mamma, may I only say 'Amen' tonight? I am so tired."

1763. Wed Dec 15 1880: Diphtheria. Its mode of attack, the symptoms, the precautions to be taken, etc. The following circular about diphtheria, issued by the New York board of health, will be found worth reading by the people of any locality:
Mode of Attack. Diphtheria is caused by the inoculation of the air passages with the diphtheritic poison, which from this point infects the whole system: the local inflammation is attended by the formation of membrane (exudation); the fever and general symptoms are the result of this local infection.
How it Spreads: Diphtheria is therefore a contagious disease (not perhaps as marked as scarlet fever) induced by contact with persons and objects infected. It may be diffused by the exhalations of the sick, by the air surrounding them, or directly by the exudation, communicated in the act of kissing, coughing, spitting, sneezing, or by the infected articles used, as towels, napkins, handkerchiefs, etc. The poison clings with great tenacity to certain places, rooms and houses, where it may occasion cases after the lapse of months.
Symptoms. In ordinary attacks the poison begins to act the moment it lodges upon the tissues; but, like a vaccination, causes but slight sensible effects in from two to five days; then there is marked prostration, dryness of throat and pricking pain in swallowing; the throat becomes red and patches of white exudation appear, and the glands of the neck swell. In mild cases symptoms subside on the third or fourth day from their appearances, if more severe these symptoms may be prolonged; if unfavorable the fever increases, the local inflammation spreads and exhaustion rapidly follows.
Predisposing Conditions. The Person--Diphtheria attacks by preference children between the ages of one and ten years (the greatest mortality being in the second, third and fourth year), children of feeble constitution and those weakened by previous sickness, and those suffering from catarrh, croup and other forms of throat affections. Social Relations--All classes are liable to diphtheria where it is prevailing, but those suffer most who live on low, wet grounds; in houses with imperfect drains or surrounded by offensive matter, as privies, decaying animal and vegetable refuse; in damp rooms, as cellars; in overcrowded and unventilated apartments. Seasons--Diphtheria is not affected by either heat or cold, drought or rain.
Precautions. (a) The Dwelling or Apartment.--Cleanliness in and around the dwelling and pure air in living and sleeping rooms are of the utmost importance where any contagious disease is prevailing, as cleanliness tends both to prevent and mitigate it. Every kind and source of filth around and in the house should be thoroughly removed; cellars and foul areas should be cleaned and disinfected; drains should be put in perfect repair; dirty walls and ceilings should be lime-washed and every occupied room should be thoroughly ventilated. Apartments which have been occupied by persons sick with diphtheria should be cleansed with disinfectants, ceilings lime-washed and woodwork painted; the carpets, bed clothing, upholstered furniture; etc., exposed many days to fresh air and the sunlight (all articles which may be boiled or subjected to high degrees of heat should be thus disinfected); such rooms should be exposed to currents of fresh air, for at least one week before reoccupation. (b) When Diphtheria is Prevailing.-- No child should be allowed to kiss strange children nor those suffering from sore throat (the disgusting custom of compelling children to kiss every visitor is a well-contrived method of propagating other grave diseases than diphtheria), nor should it sleep with nor be confined to rooms occupied by, or use articles as toys taken in the mouth, handkerchiefs, etc., belonging to children having sore throat, croup or catarrh. If the weather is cold the child should be warmly clad with flannels. (c) When diphtheria is in the House or in the Family.--The well children should be scrupulously kept apart from the sick in dry, well-aired rooms, and every possible source of infection through the air, by personal contact with the sick and by articles used about them or in their room, should be rigidly guarded. Every attack of sore throat, cough and catarrh should be at once attended to; the feeble should have invigorating food and treatment. (d) Sick Children--The sick should be rigidly isolated in well aired (the air being entirely changed at least hourly), sun-lighted rooms, the outflow of air being, as far as possible, through the external windows by depressing the upper and elevating the lower sash, or a chimney heated by a fire in an open fireplace; all discharges from the mouth and nose should be received into vessels containing disinfectants, as solutions of carbolic acid, or sulphate of zinc; or upon cloths which are immediately burned, or if not burned, thoroughly boiled, or placed under a disinfecting fluid.

1764. Wed Dec 15 1880: A bill in equity to remove Z. Chaffee from the position of trustee of the A. & Sprague estate, was filed in Providence on Monday. A hearing will be had before Judge Lowell in the United States circuit court today.

1765. Wed Dec 15 1880: Illumination by electric light has become so popular a means of advertising in New York that its speedy introduction for general use in that city is being seriously talked of. It appears that the Brush Electric Light company have received permission to light Broadway from Fourteenth to Thirty-fourth street, by means of their electric light, free of expense to the city. The understanding is, should the experiment prove a success, the entire city is to be illuminated in the same manner. The preparations for putting in the necessary machinery are progressing rapidly, and it is said with the beginning of the new year, the bright, clear light of electricity will almost turn night into day on the busy thoroughfare. The admirable effect of this light, as illustrated by its use by the enterprising company in our midst, proves its superiority to ordinary gas to be so great that there can be little doubt of the proposed experiment.

1766. Wed Dec 15 1880: Born.
Ladd--In Windham, Dec. 14th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Perkins Ladd.

1767. Wed Dec 15 1880: Died.
Lathrop--In Willimantic, Dec. 9th, Harriet Lathrop, aged 81 years.
Chapell--In Willimantic, Dec. 10th, Howard L. Chappell, aged 11 days.
Barrows--In Mansfield, Dec 11, Lemuel Barrows, aged 79 years.
Strong-- In Coventry, Dec. 14, Bohan S. Strong, aged 82 years.
Buckminster--In Willington, Dec. 14, Edwin Buckminster, aged 44 years.

1768. Wed Dec 15 1880: The last thing out, is one of our custom made overcoats, for $14.00. Please call and examine the goods. John Bowman. 64 Union street.

1769. Wed Dec 15 1880: Special Announcement. Buyers of Watches, Jewelry, solid silver or plated ware, will find an elegant assortment and lowest prices, at A.W. Turner's, Post Office Building. Watch and Jewelry Repairing a specialty.

1770. Wed Dec 15 1880: Marshall Tilden, Furnishing Undertaker, coffins & caskets, caps, shrouds, &c. This department will receive the attention of F.M. Thompson. E.FC. Potter's old stand.

1771. Wed Dec 15 1880: Mansfield.
It has been said by our Ashford neighbor, that this part of the town is growing up to woodchucks and white birches,--of late we have had something worse than either in the shape of a wild cat, or a lynx as he is called by an old hunter, as said animal carries a long tail. It has been seen by your correspondent and it is an ugly looking customer. Its favorite resort is about the large reservoir of E. Knowlton's. Where are all of the great hunters?

1772. Wed Dec 15 1880: Holiday Goods for 1880. All goods warranted as represented, and handsomely engraved free of extra charge. J.R. Robertson, "The Jeweler," Franklin Building, Willimantic.

1773. Wed Dec 15 1880: Great Bargains in Furniture at Tilden's, junction Main & Union streets (old stand of E.C. Potter). I have just received the largest stock of parlor and chamber furniture. Give me a call and save money. Respectfully, Marshall Tilden, N.B.--Picture framing and repairing neatly done at lowest rates.

1774. Wed Dec 15 1880: Holiday Goods, "Monitor" oil stoves with radiators, &c. &c, at E.A. Barrows.

1775. Wed Dec 15 1880: Geo. M. Harrington, groceries, boots and shoes, domestic dry goods. We deliver any goods. Geo. M. Harrington, Upper Main Street.

1776. Wed Dec 15 1880: Fire Insurance Agency, Room 6, Loomer Opera House Block. Insurance effected against Fire, Lightning & Accident in sound and reliable companies, at the lowest rates. All losses promptly adjusted. Silas F. Loomer, Willimantic, Conn.

1777. Wed Dec 15 1880: James Walden, Dealer in Books, Stationery, paper-hangings, Newspapers and Magazines, Post Office Building, Willimantic.

1778. Wed Dec 15 1880: G.B. Hamlin, Dentist. Satisfaction guaranteed, Laughing gas constantly on hand. Office - Union Block, Main street, Willimantic, Conn.

1779. Wed Dec 15 1880: T.H. McNally, M.D. Physician & Surgeon, office and residence, Union Street, Corner of Centre, Office open day and night.

1780. Wed Dec 15 1880: Frederic G. Sawtelle, M.D., Physician & Surgeon. Office and residence at the house recently occupied by the late Dr. W.K. Otis, Temple street, near Union, Willimantic, Conn.

1781. Wed Dec 15 1880: Sewing Machines, Butterick's patterns, Reynolds' name stamps, picture frames & framing, at the variety store of E.A. Barrows, No. 139 Main street, Willimantic.

1782. Wed Dec 15 1880: A.B. Adams & Co. General Insurance Agency. Office. corner Union and Centre Sts., Willimantic, Conn. Dwellings and Farm property insured against damage by fire and lightning, including live stock on the premises.

1783. Wed Dec 15 1880: T.R. Congdon, dealer in crockery, china, glassware, stoves, tinware, &c. jobbing in tin and copper. Work done at short notice. Main Street, Willimantic, Conn.

1784. Wed Dec 15 1880: D.C. Barrows, dealer in solid and plated silverware, watches, clocks & jewelry. Repairing done in the best manner and warranted. Tanner Block, Main Street.

1785. Wed Dec 15 1880: Frank Gilman, Oysters at wholesale and retail. Brainard House Block, corner Main and Church streets. Lunch rooms on European plan. Fruit and confectionery of all kinds constantly on hand. A large stock of cigars and tobacco. Domestic Bakery. Fresh bread, rolls and biscuit every afternoon. Pies and cakes made to order on short notice. Ornamental Wedding Cake made to order at a low price. Hot brown bread every morning including Sunday. None but first-class bakers employed. Fresh sweet milk by the quart. Milk brought in every morning and night. Frank Gilman.

1786. Wed Dec 15 1880: Edward Taylor, dealer in lumber & coal, lime and cement, mouldings, shingles, etc. Milk street, Willimantic, Conn.

1787. Wed Dec 15 1880: J.O. Sullivan, Builder and Joiner. Shop near Lincoln, Smith & Co.'s Lumber Yard, on Valley St. Willimantic, Conn.

1788. Wed Dec 15 1880: Nervous Children.--The following suggestion is worthy the consideration of parents: Nervousness with a child is almost always a matter of the stomach. A crust of bread will usually put an end to the most obstinate perverseness. Children, for this reason, should never be allowed to go to bed after a fit of crying with an empty stomach. A bit of bread and jelly or a cup of custard will bring smiles and happiness when all the moral law fails, and for the soundest of reasons.

1789. Wed Dec 15 1880: At a Court of Probate holden at Columbia within and for the District of Andover on the 9th day of December, A.D. 1880. Present, William A. Collins, Esq., Judge. On motion of Walter Abbey, Executor of the last will and testament of Bezaleel Hutchinson, late of Andover, within said district deceased. This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the Executor aforesaid and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic and by posting a copy thereof on the public sign post in said town of Andover, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. William A. Collins, Judge.

1790. Wed Dec 15 1880: Edwin Gillette, Formerly of Hebron, dealer in Groceries & Provisions, Bingham's Block, Church Street.

1791. Wed Dec 15 1880: W.H. Latham & Co. Contractors and Builders.

1792. Wed Dec 15 1880: T.M. Parker, Die sinker and stencil cutter, Box 700, Willimantic, Conn.

1793. Wed Dec 15 1880: Thomas Shea, dealer in Groceries & Provisions, also liquors of all kinds at cheap rates. John C. Shea's old stand, Jackson street, Willimantic, Conn.

1794. Wed Dec 15 1880: Willimantic Cash Store, Union & Main Streets. Call and examine our goods and prices. H.C. Hall, proprietor.

Wed Dec 22 1880: About Town. The following merchants make extraordinary preparations to supply the demand for Christmas presents and other goods which are necessary for the celebration of the festive occasion:
W.L. Harrington & Co. --clothing and gents' furnishing goods.
A.S. Turner--dry and fancy goods and toys.
Keigwin & Clark--crockery, stoves, tinware, etc.
Marshall Tilden--furniture.
Buck & Durkee--groceries.
W.N. Potter--boots and shoes.
Baldwin & Webb--clothing and gents' furnishing goods.
J.C. Lincoln--furniture.
Henken & Brown--clothing and gents' furnishing goods.
E.T. Hamlin--boots and shoes.
Dorman Bros.--confectionery.
Boston Shoe Store--boots and shoes.
James Walden--books, stationery and fancy articles.
A.W. Turner--fine jewelry display.
Walden & Flint--confectionery and fancy goods.
Alpaugh & Hooper--dry and fancy goods.
T.R. Congdon--china and earthenware, stoves, etc.
G.M. Harrington--groceries.
Pease & Edwards--dry and fancy goods.
E. Perry Butts--fancy goods, ribbons, etc.
D.C. Barrows--jewelry.
Wilson & Leonard--druggists, large line of foreign fancy goods.
Boston Furniture Co.--furniture.
H.C. Hall--groceries.
J.R. Robertson--jewelry.
Frank Gilman--confectionery and toys.
John Bowman--gents' furnishing goods.

1796. Wed Dec 22 1880: F.H. Shaffer, has given up his position as night patrolman intending to go to Meriden.

1797. Wed Dec 22 1880: Safford bridge, on the New York and New England railroad, the scene of the recent Hop River disaster, has been taken up and replaced by a new wooden bridge.

1798. Wed Dec 22 1880: Landlord Wilbur, proprietor of the Windham hotel, announces a social dance for the evening of the 24th. A good time may be expected, for Mr. Wilbur entertains in first-class shape.

1799. Wed Dec 22 1880: The new telegraph line is being put through outside of the borough, and over the top of Hosmer mountain.

1800. Wed Dec 22 1880: The contract for lighting the streets of the borough for the coming year, has been re-let to the U.S. Street Lighting Co.

1801. Wed Dec 22 1880: Windham county loses one of her representatives to the legislature by the death of Elisha Childs, member elect from Woodstock.

1802. Wed Dec 22 1880: Elder H. Davis will preach in the chapel at North Windham on Sunday, December 26th, at 11 o'clock a.m., and at 1 o'clock p.m. Sabbath school at noon.

1803. Wed Dec 22 1880: The first of a series of socials will take place in Tillinghast's hall, South Coventry on Thursday evening of this week. Music by Hammond & Wallen's orchestra.

1804. Wed Dec 22 1880: Walden & Flint have a variety of stuffed birds on exhibition in their store. They are for sale. While you are in search of holiday goods, call in and examine them.

1805. Wed Dec 22 1880: William Towne of Scotland, had his hand so badly damaged by a circular saw, on Monday, that amputation was necessary, which operation was performed by Dr. Hills.

1806. Wed Dec 22 1880: The Boards of Relief both of the borough and town, will meet at the town rooms in Hayden block, on Monday, Jan. 3d. If your property is assessed too high, be on hand and present your case.

1807. Wed Dec 22 1880: On Monday evening as Thos. Donohue was passing up Main street, near Hooper's lane he was run into by a team and knocked down. Besides breaking his collar bone he was otherwise seriously damaged.

1808. Wed Dec 22 1880: The address delivered by Mr. John Devoy at Franklin hall, Friday evening, was listened to by a small audience. Some of the ideas advanced were very good, and his address was received enthusiastically by the audience.

1809. Wed Dec 22 1880: With commendable enterprise, the dry goods firm of A.S. Turner, has had compiled and printed, a useful household book full of desirable and new receipts for cooking etc., called the national Cook Book, which he is giving away. Call and get one.

1810. Wed Dec 22 1880: E.A. Thomas, civil engineer of the Linen Co's. new mill, has taken the position of superintendent of that magnificent structure. Mr. Thomas has displayed extraordinary ability in his management of the construction of the building, and now the permanent supervision of its operation is a deserved compliment. Mr. Thomas is making rapid strides to success in life, with so few years on his shoulders--but ability tells.

1811. Wed Dec 22 1880: On Tuesday a horse belonging to H.C. Hall, grocer, was left standing alone in front of the post office, and becoming frightened by something ran away, doing a number of streets in the village in quick time and finally bringing up in Taylor & Son's lumber yard. The wagon was completely demolished.

1812. Wed Dec 22 1880: The following business was transacted at the meeting of the Court of Burgesses last Monday evening:--Record of last meeting read and accepted. Voted to pay J.H. Rollinson, for painting hose carriage, $6; Cryne & Moriarty, repairs, $2.55; D.E. Potter, $6.50; board of assessors, $75. It was farther voted to instruct the warden to sign the contract with the U.S. Street Lighting Co.

1813. Wed Dec 22 1880: The night school opened on Monday evening. The attendance was hardly large enough to warrant Mr. Conant in continuing the school, but it is hoped that more will come in. The next school will be on Thursday evening at room 4, Bank building. The rate of tuition has been reduced as per schedule in our advertising columns, and the low terms offered ought to be an inducement which will bring a large attendance.

1814. Wed Dec 22 1880: At the annual communication of Eastern Star Lodge, No. 44, A.F. & A.M., held at Masonic hall, Wednesday evening, Dec. 15th, the following officers were duly elected for the ensuing year: Chester Tilden, W.M.; Charles N. Daniels, S.W.; Richard L. Wiggins, J.W.; Charles L. Clark, treas.; Homer E. Remington, secy.; Gustavus F. Tilden, S.D.; Henry A. Congdon, J.D.; Samuel G. Marcey, S.S.; Albert R. Morrison, J.S.; Wm. Thompson, tyler; Charles B. Pomeroy, marshal; Rev. A.J. Church, chaplain; Robert F. Stanton, organist. Financial committee, John G. Keigwin, P.W.M.; Chas. S. Billings, P.W.M.; Charles N. Daniels, S.W. The officers were duly installed by Past W.M., John G. Keigwin, Past W.M., Charles S. Billings as grand marshal.

1815. Wed Dec 22 1880: The last few days have been happy and fruitful ones to quite a number of overseers in the Linen Co.'s mills. Last Thursday Mr. Benjamin Jones, overseer of the winding room in mill No. 2 was presented with an elegant and costly hat tree and an antique silver fruit stand. The donors were the operatives of his room. Mr. Jones has for many years filled the position of overseer, and is widely known as a kind overseer, and is widely known as a kind overseer and gentleman of sterling qualities. On Saturday Mr. Phillip Wilson, overseer of the spinning room in mill No. 1, was presented with an elegant gold headed cane valued at twenty-five dollars, by the operatives of his room as a token of their respect and good will. On the same day Mr. Seth Billings was presented with an easy chair by the employees of the spool shop. On Monday Mr. Herbert Wheelock, overseer of the winding room in mill No. 1, was presented with a valuable silver ice tilter, salver and cups to match.

1816. Wed Dec 22 1880: At the close of the state farmer's convention at New Britain on Friday, the Hon. E.H. Hyde announced to the convention that Mr. Storrs, of Mansfield, had offered to give to the state a farm valued at $15,000 for the purpose of establishing an agricultural school. To this offer a brother of Mr. Storrs adds a piece of land of 100 acres and agrees to give $5,000 to help along the proposed institution. Mr. R.S. Hinman offered a resolution that a committee of three be appointed to examine the property and make such recommendations to the board as they might see fit. Mr. Day amended by having the committee report at the next meeting of the board. As amended the resolution was passed after some discussion in which Messrs. Robinson, Augur, Stoughton, Day, Hinman, Gold, Cressy, Wadsworth and Professor Johnson took part. The profered gift is the property that was given to the state for the care of soldiers' orphans, and which reverted to the original owner. Since that time Mr. Storrs has purchased it and desires to give it to the state for the benefit of agricultural knowledge. It has 50 acres and a building 100x40, 3 1/2 stories high and containing 50 rooms.

1817. Wed Dec 22 1880: The band fair proved a rather enjoyable affair to the attendants, and a profitable undertaking for the band. The first three nights were not very extensively patronized, but Saturday evening called out a crowd. The prizes which had been provided in the lotteries were valuable and numerous. By twelve o'clock there had been nearly two thousand votes cast, of which Giles Young had about eleven hundred and Eugene Latham, of South Windham nearly six hundred. Giles Young was accordingly declared the most popular man in the town of Windham, and given a cane. Mr. Frank Wilson drew the ice pitcher, which was very valuable, Henry Larabee, the silver tea pot, G.G. Standish the calender clock.

1818. Wed Dec 22 1880: A Whale in Our Midst. The privilege of seeing a huge whale, and a real one, too, way up in this inland town, would be a treat well worth enjoying, even at the expense of a few hours valuable sleep, and would no doubt have been improved by many curious eyes, had they known of the occurrence. Nevertheless such was the case. On Saturday morning, long before daylight, there passed through Willimantic, via the New York and New England railroad, the body of a whale en route for Chicago. The train stopped in New Haven for the reporters to interview this king of the deep, and the Register gives this interesting account of it:--The appearance of a whale in new Haven is a decided novelty, and when one showed up this morning there was of course a general stampede to see this monarch of the deep. A whale intending to visit the City of Elms would naturally come by water, but this whale was an erratic sort of whale, as he came by cars; but it wasn't the whale's fault for it was brought here in that fashion in charge of Messrs McCarthy and Jordan, two of the parties who helped to catch it. As it was cut in two and transported on cars, it may naturally be inferred that the animal was dead. The whale was purchased by Fred Englehardt soon after its capture, some 450 miles off Provincetown, Mass., by Captain Cook and eleven others, he paying $20,000 for it. His majesty made but a short stop here, as it was bound through to Chicago via the Pittsburg and Fort Wayne route, but during his stay here he attracted more attention in a given time than President Hayes did when he was here last summer. The huge carcass is expected to reach Chicago at 8 o'clock on Wednesday morning. When caught the monster weighed fifty tons, but some twenty tons of flesh which it was thought would not keep during the trip to Chicago were cut from the carcass before it was loaded on the cars, so that only thirty tons of him arrived here. On the trip between Boston and this city, so one of the sailors who is with the carcass, twenty gallons of blood was taken from the remains of his whale-ship, but this statement may, if the reader chooses, be taken with some grains of allowance, as it smacks somewhat of a sailor's yarn. The bow of the whale, so to speak, occupied the first car, and the spectator could not but be impressed with the fact that the greater part of the front end of a whale is mouth. The jaws each measure twenty-four feet in length, and a man can easily walk around in that tremendous mouth, which must have a smile that is simply entrancing. This will be better understood when it is stated that the whole length of the animal is but sixty feet. The stern or rear half of the animal occupied a second car, and this was really the valuable part of the huge fellow, for it contained the oil, and this was oozing out in little drops while the car on which it rested remained here. The carcass lay on its back, and rose to a height of some ten feet above the platform car. Heavy plants fenced it on the cars, and the carcass was bound together with twelve hoops made of inch and a half round iron. The weight of the rear portion was so heavy that the car platform had sagged somewhat, and fears were expressed that it would not hold out for the entire trip. On the cars were large quantities of salt, which were used for salting the holes in which the harpoon has been stuck when the whale was captured. The train which brought the carcass came over the New England road, and an eager questioner as to the route taken, who was supposed to be a resident of Hartford--for he said it was a shame that it wasn't exhibited in the Capitol--was informed of the fact by Officer Kennedy. "If it came over the New England road without accident," remarked a bystander, with a roguish twinkle of the eye, "you needn't have any fear of that 'weak car,' as you call it, for a car that can stand a run over that route without breaking down, can run from here over all the other roads in the world without injury. Good day."

1819. Wed Dec 22 1880: Scotland.
At the annual meeting of the First Ecclesiastical society on Saturday, it was voted to hire Rev. A.A. Hurd for the ensuing year, and to pay him the same salary as last year, for the same amount of labor, viz: two sermons on one-half the Sundays, and one sermon on the remainder. Many of our people thank that it would be a better plan to have but one service a day the year through.
The traveling photographer re-appeared last week delivered very passable views of dwellings at prices varying from 50 cents to $1.25 each, as he could strike customers.
The Centre school numbers fifteen pupils and the average attendance is fourteen, which speaks well for the teacher, pupils and parents.
Henry Geer and John Babcock are putting up an ice-house on land belonging to the former. It is rumored that another is to be built beside the pond by other parties.
The meetings held of late at Howard Valley, under the leadership of Mrs. Fenner of Rhode Island have been frequently attended by Scotland people and it is said that among the converts are some from this place.
Miss Mary Greenslit returned from the West last week.
William Towne, while at work in Kimball & Moffit's sawmill on Monday, had his hand nearly severed from his arm at the wrist, by a circular saw.

1820. Wed Dec 22 1880: Columbia.
Rev. Mr. Avery smelled smoke at 1 o'clock on Saturday night, and getting up he went to the parlor and found that fire from the chimney had burst through a fireplace which had been covered with lath and plaster. The piano which stood near was ruined, but the fire was extinguished without much other damage. Had the fire remained undiscovered for a few minutes longer, it would have been impossible to have saved the house from destruction.

1821. Wed Dec 22 1880: Pomfret.
A barn belonging to Pardon B. Johnson was burned Monday night, with six or seven tons of hay, and some corn fodder owned by George Webb. The origin of the fire is unknown.

1822. Wed Dec 22 1880: Born.
Matthews--In Willimantic, Dec. 11th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Matthews.

1823. Wed Dec 22 1880: Died.
Williams--In Willimantic, Dec. 16th, Ray Williams, aged 2 years 8 mos.

1824. Wed Dec 22 1880: Found. A pocket book containing a sum of money. By proving property, the owner can have the same by calling on A.R. Morrison, of the firm of W.G. and A.R. Morrison, Valley street.

1825. Wed Dec 22 1880: Notice--The Board of Relief of the Borough of Willimantic will meet in the Town Rooms, Hayden Block, on Monday, January 3d, A.D. 1881 from 9 o'clock a.m. until 5 o'clock p.m., to attend to the duties of their appointment. The Board will also meet at such times during the following 20 days as adjournment may be made to from time to time, to hear appeals from the doings of the Assessors. John G. Keigwin, Frank S. Fowler, John D. Wheeler, Board of Relief for Borough of Willimantic.

1826. Wed Dec 22 1880: Notice--The Board of Relief of the Town of Windham will meet in the Town Rooms, Hayden Block, on Monday, January 3d, A.D. 1881 from 9 o'clock a.m. until 5 o'clock p.m., to attend to duties of their appointment. The Board will also meet at such times during the following 20 days as adjournment may be made to, from time to time to hear appeals from the doings of the Assessors. John G. Keigwin, Frank S. Fowler, E.H. Holmes, Jr., Board of Relief for the Town.

1827. Wed Dec 22 1880: Notice--The Legal Voters of the Town of Windham are hereby warned to meet at St. Joseph's Hall, Valley street, Willimantic, at 2 o'clock, p.m. on Monday, December 27th, to see: 1st, If the town will vote to build a jail free of expense to the County of Windham, and make an appropriation therefor, in case the General Assembly will pass an act to compel the holding of alternate terms of the Superior Court of Windham County at Willimantic, in the Town of Windham. 2d, To see if the town will vote to instruct the Selectmen to sell at such a price as they deem fair and reasonable, a small strip of land at the south west corner of the Town Farm, to the Boston and New York Air Line Railroad Company, and execute a proper conveyance thereof. Wm. B. Avery, Edwin E. Burnham, Henry Page, Selectmen.

1828. Wed Dec 22 1880: North Windham.
Mr. Albert Bates has his ice-house completed and well filled with ice from the village pond.
We are sorry to learn that Mrs. Chas. Taylor, formerly of this place, but now residing in Chaplin, is quite low.
Mr. Shea, who has purchased the wood remaining on the land of Smith & Co., is having a great demand for the same, drawing it to Willimantic. People must be trying to keep warm this cold weather.

1829. Wed Dec 22 1880: Montville.
Hugh Montgomery, the prosecuting agent of New London county, arrived in Uncasville last Saturday evening, and succeeded in capturing one half pint, the sum total and entire stock of Patrick Devine, and then coming up the road he searched a place kept by one Thomas Melony, and there found about three quarts more of the article. When will the people stop buying rum in Montville, and others quit selling it? Also, if it takes a half pint kept in a man's house to make a liquor dealer, how many rum sellers are there among us?
Henry Williams, a colored chap and his half brother, James Brooks, Brooks by theft and Williams for receiving the stolen goods, fell into the tender mercies of the law, Monday last, and O.W. Douglass, Esq., who after reviewing the law and evidence, punished Brooks with a fine of seven dollars and costs, and a sentence of thirty days. Williams fared better, a fine of three dollars and a sentence of twenty days.
Many Montvillians are making preparations to attend the grand ball at Stark's mineral spring Christmas eve. A general good time is expected.
J.A. Coggshall has secured the services of Thomas B. Holmes, to assist him in his grocery business.
An addition is soon to be made to our corps of doctors, Mr. Robertson has let an office to one.

1830. Wed Dec 22 1880: List of Patents. Granted by the United States to citizens of this State for the week ending Dec. 14th, 1880. [local people only]
E.C. Bowlton, assignor to himself, H.H. Abbe, E.G. Cone, D.A.H. Conklin, East Hampton, bell toy.

Wed Dec 29 1880: About Town.
T.H. Eldridge has sold his stock of hardware to Mr. Lawrence of Fitchburg, Mass., and the goods have been shipped to that place.
The next of the South Coventry socials will be given in Tillinghast's hall, Thursday evening, Dec. 30.
Rev. Hugh Montgomery will preach at the Methodist church Thursday eve., at 7:30 o'clock.
You can buy all kinds of furniture at wholesale prices, a few days longer at J.C. Lincoln's.
Have you seen the new style buckle arctics at G.G. Standish & Co.'s? They are the neatest and most convenient ever made.

1832. Wed Dec 29 1880: As many of the state papers has published the statement that the little son of Homer Barrows who had his leg crushed under a load of iron on Main street some weeks ago was not expected to live, we will say that the brave little fellow was doing well at last accounts.

1833. Wed Dec 29 1880: A partial eclipse of the sun will take place on Friday morning of this week. It will begin about fifteen minutes before sunrise and last until near nine o'clock.

1834. Wed Dec 29 1880: After snowing by fits and starts for a week, the accumulations aggregating about one-sixteenth of an inch, the storm this morning succeeded in giving snow sufficient for the small boys to try their new Christmas sleds.

1835. Wed Dec 29 1880: W.H. Latham & Co. are putting up the annual addition to their shop. Good work and fair prices are telling in their business.

1836. Wed Dec 29 1880: We are informed that Mr. J.J. Kennedy, on account of poor health, has decided to sell out his elegant and well established music business in Opera House block. We hope soon to hear that Mr. Kennedy's health will be restored. By the way, this would be a splendid opportunity for some young man with a small capital to step into a well established business. Who will get it?

1837. Wed Dec 29 1880: Mr. A.S. Nichols, former superintendent of the Smithville Manufacturing Co., but now holding the position of superintendent of a large cotton company in Newmarket, N.H., was in town Monday to attend the funeral of his mother, whose remains were deposited in the Willimantic cemetery.

1838. Wed Dec 29 1880: It is said that the population of New London will suffer the slight diminution of a few hundred, from the fact that the census enumerator placed the names of a number of crews of vessels on his books when they ought to have been assigned to their places of residence.

1839. Wed Dec 29 1880: Andrew J. Little, night switchman on the New York and New England railroad at this station, was called to Hartford, Thursday to tell what he knew in relation to the management of the road. He testified regarding the Hop River accident that he had jumped upon Conductor Aldrich's engine and asked him where he was going, and that he replied that he was going to Hartford. The witness supposed the order which Aldrich held in his hand gave him the right of way against freight No. 50, which ought to have got in before Aldrich started out.

1840. Wed Dec 29 1880: Officer Worden brought before justice Arnold, on Friday, Mary Rourke charged with drunkenness and breach of the peace. She was found guilty of both charges and fined $1 and costs on both, amounting to $13.62, which she promptly paid and was released with the warning to sin no more. On the same day Edward Keegan was arrested for drunkenness by Worden and was brought before the same justice. Being found guilty the penalty for the offence was fixed at $1 and costs, amounting to $8. He produced the required collateral and was discharged.

1841. Wed Dec 29 1880: On Christmas day Anna P., widow of the late Thomas W. Henry passed away in the fifty-second year of her age. She leaves a family of eight children to mourn her loss. She was a kind and loving mother and a faithful guardian of the interests of her children. Her death will be a sad loss to them, but their loss is her gain, for she has suffered much during the past two years. The funeral services were conducted by Capt. H.H. Brown on Monday afternoon at the Spiritualist church.

1842. Wed Dec 29 1880: The following postal changes in Connecticut were made during the week ending December 25: Postmasters appointed--Lynnes F. Turner, of Burlington, Hartford county; B.A. Rathbun, of Hamburg, New London county; Lester M. Hartson, of North Windham, Windham county; Eleanor F. Bancroft, of Woodstock Valley, Windham County.

1843. Wed Dec 29 1880: Patrick Fitzgerald of South Windham, fell from his wagon at the Bridge street crossing, on Friday, striking his head on the railroad track, receiving injuries from which he died.

1844. Wed Dec 29 1880: James Keene, the millionaire speculator, is credited with the intention to present the city of New York with a statue of Nathan hale, the young South Coventry hero of Revolutionary fame, the statue to be erected on the spot where Hale was hanged by the British as a spy.

1845. Wed Dec 29 1880: The new telegraph line makes a circuit around the village of Windham, taking to the fields on the plain and coming out into the highway again at the Frog pond. The people of Scotland also object to the line passing through the village, fearing injury to the shade trees in the street. The poles are being set through the town of Scotland.

1846. Wed Dec 29 1880: An unhappy mishap befell the cook in Hotel Commercial on Friday last quite as unique as it was unfortunate. She had been paid the wages her due, amounting to some $29, preparatory to leaving for Hartford and placed the same in the pocket of the dress which she uses in performing her accustomed work. While about her duties she inadvertently put her hand in the pocket containing the money, and thinking it was some old scraps of paper took them out and without examination cast them into the stove. Before she noticed the mistake the scrip was ignited and the $29 was consumed before her very eyes without being able to recover it. She is a poor woman, and the occurrence is an unhappy one for her. Being then without money excepting a little change, Mr. Burnham, the proprietor, kindly contributed enough to take her to Hartford where she has friends.

1847. Wed Dec 29 1880: At the town meeting on Monday, it was voted with but little opposition, to build a jail free of expense to the county, if the General Assembly will pass an act to compel the holding of alternate terms of the Superior court in the town of Windham. Power was also granted the selectmen to convey a strip of land from the town farm to the Boston and Air Line railroad.

1848. Wed Dec 29 1880: The Boston and Air Line railroad Co., is contracting for the land necessary to lay a track into the village, and thus avoid payment of rent to the New York and New England road, on which track they now enter.

1849. Wed Dec 29 1880: On Friday evening John L. Hunter, Esq. went out after his paper, and on his return found his office in the possession of a crowd of his friends, who presented him with a pair of gold bowed eye-glasses and chain.

1850. Wed Dec 29 1880: A Retrospect. Ed. Chronicle--An item concerning the M.E. church of this village may be of interest to some of your readers. Since 1837, there have been twenty-nine ministers stationed here; thirteen for one year, two for half a year, two for one and one-half years, nine for two years, and three for three years. Ten are dead, and of the living, two have joined the Baptists, one is a dentist, one a life insurance agent, and one a doctor. There have been thirteen presiding elders; nine for four years, and four for two years each. Seven are dead, six living up to 1881.

1851. Wed Dec 29 1880: Columbia.
On the first of next January Norman P. Little becomes Town Clerk and John H. Bascomb, Registrar of births, marriages and deaths. Parties having business at either office will take notice.
It is reported that scarlet fever is prevailing to some extent in the Chestnut Hill school district. It is to be hoped that it will not extend further.
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity." In consideration of the sickness of a worthy brother, Charles H. Smith, who has been confined to his house for some time, members of the masonic fraternity turned out on Wednesday of last week, and procured a pile of wood cut ready for use, for which many sincere thanks were returned by Mr. Smith.
At the recent annual meeting of the Columbia temperance union, officers of the society were elected as follows:--Alanson H. Fox, president; Henry D. Hunt, vice president; Samuel B. West, secretary and treasurer.
From the activity in hauling logs to N.P. Little's mill, within a few days, one would suppose that a vigorous lumber campaign had opened. This would very much delight those having lumber lands.
The Cornet band gave a concert and supper at Bascomb hall on Wednesday evening. The concert was fully appreciated and consisted of twenty selections of different kinds of music, played by seventeen pieces, under the lead of Amasa A. Hunt. The supper, consisting of oysters, cake, pies, coffee, etc., was enjoyed and well patronized. Among other amusements was the disposal of a nice inlaid dressing case by ballot, Mrs. Arthur H. Little, the wife of the president of the band, being the recipient. Several loaves of cake were disposed of by auction, bringing a good price, the best being $1.25. The receipts were quite satisfactory, and there will be a very handsome net balance to aid in the removal of the debt incurred in the purchase of new instruments.
A strange appearing tramp was arrested by constable Marshall Holbrook on Friday and brought before Asahel O. Wright, Esq., to answer the demand of the law, and being found guilty, was conveyed to the jail at Tolland to satisfy judgment. He made several ineffectual attempts to escape from the officer, who practically demonstrated to him that the way of the transgressor is hard.

1852. Wed Dec 29 1880: North Windham.
Elder Davis preached at the church in this village Sabbath morning and afternoon.
Mr. Hezekiah Utley has moved into the house formerly occupied by the late Pardon Parker his widow having gone to live with a daughter. The family of Mr. Champlin who resided with them have gone to Willimantic. We understand the place has been sold to L.M. Hartson.
We understand our Post Office is about to be removed to the store or Albert Hartson our present post master wishing to give up the business.

1853. Wed Dec 29 1880: Brooklyn.
Christmas in this town passed off quietly, and in most homes it was a day of pleasure. Some families have been so recently visited by sickness and death, that to them it was a day of sadness.
The funeral of J.B. Whitcomb, M.D., took place at his residence Friday last. The genial old doctor was much beloved by his towns people, and his pleasant face will be greatly missed by both the well and sick. On the same day the wife of Mr. Louis Kingsley, Sr. was laid gently to rest by her friends. The Rev. T. Terry made some very appropriate remarks on the good qualities of the departed wife and mother.
Again the family of Wm. Putnam has been visited by death. Miss Sarah Putnam had been quite ill but was not considered dangerously so, and she died very suddenly Thursday night. The family have the sympathy of their many friends.
A most determined fight will be made by this town against the setting off of a portion of its territory for the formation of another town or the removal of the court house. At town meeting held Monday, Dec. 27th, there was present a larger number of its tax paying people, and a great amount of interest was manifest. A committee of seven of our most prominent citizens was chosen to assist our representative before the general assembly. The following are names of committee:--Willard Day, chairman of committee; Hon. T.S. Marlor, Albert Day, Daniel B. Hatch, Joseph K. Green, H.M. Cleaveland and John P. Wood.
Lou Youngs is to drive the stage on the new route between Brooklyn and Elliots station on the N.Y. & N.E. road. We understand he begins the first of Jan. 1881. Next we are to have a telegraph office--right soon too we hope.
Arrivals,--Miss H. Clark, Mr. B. Dyer, Mr. Ralph Kenyon, and Messrs. Frank and Harry Richmond.

1854. Wed Dec 29 1880: Montville.
While Mr. Wm. Palmer of New London was out to enjoy a sleigh ride with Miss Howard, the horse suddenly became unmanageable, throwing out of the sleigh the gentleman, but the lady pluckily held to the horse and righted matters. No adjusting the reins to the dash that time.
Our veteran charcoal merchant Mr. Wm. O. Gay is again on the road, and such is his popularity that he informs us that the supply is not equal to the demand. Long may he prosper in his honest avocation.
Miss Josie H. Robertson is at home spending the holidays, having returned for the vacation from Rye, N.Y. where she has been pursuing her studies.

1855. Wed Dec 29 1880: Colchester.
A.B. Murphy and P.J. Martin are to have a dance at Gates' hall, on New Years eve.
The rubber mill is running on full time again.
Now is the time to take out your two forty horse and take your lady friends sleighing.
A New Years ball at the Hooker house. All are invited.
M.W. Robinson has a fine-looking horse.

1856. Wed Dec 29 1880: Chaplin.
As George Kingsbury and wife of this place were riding down the hill near the Swift school house in Mansfield, a thill slipped from its fastenings and the horse began to run. Mr. and Mrs. Kingsbury were thrown from the wagon and severely bruised, but finally recovered so as to walk as far as Atwoodville, when Mr. Macfarlane of that place brought them to their home. The horse was captured and led back by a neighbor. It was at first feared that Mr. Kingsbury's shoulder was broken but Dr. Witter being called, pronounced the bones all in their right places.
We hear that a fair damsel named Emma Abbott has joined one of our churches--Ralph by name.

1857. Wed Dec 29 1880: Scotland.
There was a neighborhood Christmas tree at M. Luther Barstow's and several family trees about town.
The deaths of Mrs. John P. Gager and Mrs. Jared Fuller, occurring within a few hours of each other, have plunged two families in grief and warned all in the community that while they are questioning whether they may live till the end of the new year, they may not live till the beginning of it. Mrs. Fuller had long been in delicate health, and for several weeks steadily failing with consumption. She died on Monday, aged 42. Mrs. Gager had been not quite as well as usual on Sunday, but started at night in the storm to watch with Mrs. Fuller. Stopping at Mr. Amos Chapman's to learn if she could engage someone to accompany her, she was seized with apoplexy and died is a few minutes. She was about 60 years of age.

1858. Wed Dec 28 1880: Ashford.
W.H. Platt is still suffering from cold and fever and will not be able to resume his place in the Boston store in Willimantic for some little time.
Mrs. M.E. Ward is fast recovering from a severe attack of cold and fever, and will soon be able to be out.
The library committee will soon purchases their annual supply of books, and request the citizens to hand in a list of such books as they want purchased. They will have one hundred and sixty dollars to expend this year in the purchase of books.
Miss Wealthy Slaid who has been working in the silk mill at Hanks hill, is now spending a few weeks at home.
Skating has been all the rage for a few weeks past, and every boy and girl large enough to indulge in this kind of sport has been busily engaged night and day, for fear that there would be a let up in the cold weather, and then the sport would be over, and if a Phrenologist should be called to examine their heads I think he would find some bumps that would trouble him to explain satisfactorily.
A few days ago your correspondent had the pleasure of calling at the place of business of L.H. Hooker, who is the genial proprietor of a variety store at Mount Hope. This place has become famous from the great variety of goods kept, and the gentlemanly manner in which all customers are treated. Mr. Hooker keeps groceries and dry goods, but his best hold is in the hardware business, in which he keeps the greatest variety that can be found in any country store, dealing largely in Carriages, Sleighs, and all kinds of farming tools, and it has long ago passed into a proverb "That Hooker keeps everything" I had the pleasure of viewing the various departments of the store and must say that I found the dressmaking department the most interesting. This branch of the business is carried on by his daughter Della and Mrs. Rosa Storrs, two very interesting young ladies that understand the dressmaking business to perfection. Miss Hooker having learned the business in Hartford, but the best recommend for them is, that they are having all the business that they can attend to, and the ladies in that vicinity certainly show good judgment in giving them their patronage.

1859. Wed Dec 29 1880:A Philadelphia man has perfected an invention whereby sour-kraut can be boiled in the house without any of the inmates smelling it. The invention consists of a small liver-like pad of limburger cheese worn under the nose.

1860. Wed Dec 29 1880: A census enumeration has been made of that fine bit of frost near the North pole owned by the United States, by reason of purchase from Russia, and called Alaska. There is a total population of 30,000, most of whom are Indians, a few of whom are Aleuts (natives of the Aleutian islands, near Alaska), and some 1,500 are Creoles, persons of mixed Russian and Aleut blood. There are in the whole territory only about 300 white persons, but four of whom are women.

1861. Wed Dec 29 1880: Accusations of dishonesty are now made by some of the Mormons against their bishops in connection with the tithing system. Every Mormon is required to give to the church authorities one-tenth of all his products if he is a farmer, the same proportion of his profits if he is in mercantile or professional business, and of his wages if he is an employee. Special officers are appointed to collect these tithes, and they are exacted with the utmost rigor. Five hundred Mormons lately went into Colorado to work on a railroad, and supposed they were for the time safe from the customary exaction, but Brigham Young, Jr., followed them, and demanded a tenth of their pay. The tithes yield not less than a million dollars a year to the church, and of this large revenue the head men make no accounting to the people. It is charged that a corrupt and successful ring exists at Salt Lake City, and its early downfall is predicted.

1862. Wed Dec 29 1880: Dime Savings Bank of Willimantic, Conn. Deposits. Oct. $456,708.64 President--James Walden. Executive Committee--James Walden, Ansel Arnold, C.P. Hempstead, Fred Rogers, David Greenslit, James E. Murray, Wm. C. Jillson. Money deposited now or before January 10th proximo, will draw interest from January 1st proximo. C.P. Hempstead, Secretary and Treasurer.

1863. Wed Dec 29 1880: Mansfield.
The M.E. church of Gurleyville gave the little ones of the Sabbath school a treat on Christmas eve., consisting of singing and speaking, also a well filled Christmas tree. The singing was very appropriate to the occasion, among the more noticeable was the Christmas song by Miss Mary E. White of Mt. Hope.

1864. Wed Dec 29 1880: Montgomery Hose company of Willimantic, came quietly to this city last evening, and presented the Independence Hose company of this city with a magnificent silver trumpet. They did not reach the city until after 10 o'clock. They were guests of Mr. John P. Murphy, to whom as foreman of the Independence company, the trumpet was presented, in behalf of the Willimantic company. The Willimantic boys were finely entertained by Mr. Murphy and remained until a late hours, returning as they came, in a two horse vehicle. One year ago Independence Hose made a surprise visit to the Montgomery boys and left a valuable testimonial of friendship.--Norwich Star, Dec. 24.

1865. Wed Dec 29 1880: List of Patents. Granted by the United States to citizens of the State for the week ending Dec. 21st. 1880. [local people only]
M.L. Metcalf, Willimantic, tube cleaner.

1866. Wed Dec 29 1880: Married.
Herrick-Smith--In Willimantic, Dec. 22d, by Rev. Dr. Church, Henry Herrick and Miss Ida Smith.

1867. Wed Dec 29 1880: Died.
Fitzgerald--In Willimantic, Dec. 24th, Patrick Fitzgerald, aged 56 years.
Henry--In Willimantic, Dec. 25th, Anna P. Henry, aged 53 years.
Lyman--In Columbia, Dec. 28th, Harriet Lyman, aged 56 years.
Gager--In Scotland, Dec. 27th, Lucy A., wife of John P. Gager, aged 62 years.
Fitch--In Coventry, Dec. 22d, Catherine Fitch, aged 75 years.
Barstow--In South Windham, Dec. 24th, Edith L. Barstow, aged 4 months 19 days.
Howard--In Ashford, Dec. 25th, Lucy Howard aged 74 years.


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