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The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1882

Published every Wednesday.

McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
Office, Hall's Block, Main & Union Sts.
$1.50 per year.

M. Wallen, A.H. Freeman, O.G. Hanks. Prompter: O.M. Richardson.

1486. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: About Town:
Did you see it? The transit of Venus across the sun’s disc, we mean. It occurred between 9:08 a.m. and 3:12 p.m. It was about in the comparison of a two cent piece to a cart wheel. Smoked glass was in demand to-day.
Nelson Gilman sold a valuable horse to Providence parties Monday.
C.R. Utley, the stationer, is making extraordinary preparations for the holidays.
Rev. J.P. Hawley of Westerly exchanged pulpits with Rev. S.R. Free last Sunday.
D.C. Barrows, the jeweler, has remodeled his store and added much to its attractiveness.
Building Inspector Fuller is on a tour of inspection looking for unsafe buildings within the borough limits.
Benjamin Cook the veteran truckman is mortally afflicted with erysipelas and his death cannot be averted.
J. Ashley Turner has a large two-story house well under way at the corner of Walnut and Prospect streets.
Mr. Charles P. Hatch has been engaged to play the cornet at Trinity church Hartford and began his duties Sunday.
Sigmund Thalinger, of the Opera house hair store, is offering his favorite hair switches all long hair six stems for $5.
Christmas presents. For two weeks only N.H. Twist photographer, will furnish a large picture and frame complete for $1.50.
Mr. J. Stanley D’Orsay, the artist of New York, with a number of men, has been engaged for a week in decorating the audience room of M.E. church.
The Cogswell drinking fountain project received its eternal quietus Monday. As a gift it was growing to be a very expensive elephant for the borough to accept.

1487. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Thomas Shea has sold his store on Jackson street to P.J. and Cornelius Shea who will continue the grocery business at the same place under the firm name of Shea Brothers.

1488. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Mr. H.B. Barrows who went from Mansfield to Los Angeles, Cal., 30 years ago and engaged in business with his brother, is visiting relatives and friends in this vicinity, among them his father, hale and hearty and 88, at Mansfield.

1489. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: W.F. Hanks the Church street printer, caught a finger in his printing press the other day and it was so badly jammed as to require amputation at the second joint.

1490. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: The tramp nuisance is on the rapid increase. Seven of them were domiciled at the lock-up Monday night. It would seem that there is no cause for tramping in this prosperous time.

1491. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Mr. W.K. Yorke went on duty as night operator at the telephone central office Monday and hereafter there will be Sunday service from 10 till 4 o’clock. The system includes 101 telephones at present.

1492. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: A committee of citizens of Brooklyn and Killingly met in Danielsonville, Friday afternoon to consider the proposed Danielsonville and Willimantic railroad. E.H. Jacobs presided, and a spirit favorable to the enterprise was generally manifested in the discussion of plans.

1493. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Mr. H.E. Conant, of Pawtucket formerly superintendent of the Linen company’s mills, is to give his son, Samuel, a grand party next Friday evening, in honor of the latter’s attainment to majority. The affair, which will be very fine, will take place at Mr. Conant’s residence, No. 69 Clay street. About 200 guests are expected.

1494. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Mr. George D. Post, formerly of this village, now the leading Putnam clothier has been appointed on Governor Waller’s staff. The governor could not have made a better appointment from this county. George is popular, full of life and business and will fill the staff position admirably. His large circle of friends here send congratulations.

1495. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: A sensation was created Monday afternoon by the appearance on Main street of a woman in male apparel. She was a stranger in town, came in on a morning train and went out Bostonward on the 4:18 p.m. At the depot she was the cynosine of many curious observers and the subject of much hectoring comment from the laafers and gamins.

1496. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Mr. Frank S. Fowler has resigned the captaincy of Co. E, and a meeting of the members has been called for next Monday evening to fill the vacancy. Capt. Fowler has filled that position for about a year and a half. First Lieutenant Haggerty is in the direct line of promotion and will probably be elected to the position. He has had a large experience in the regular army and is in every way qualified to raise the standard of the company to the front rank.

1497. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: The “Octoroon,” a play representing southern life as recently presented at Jewett city by local talent under the direction of Mr. John Crawford of this village is spoken of in the most complimentary terms by those who witnessed it. They certainly are cultivating an extraordinary amount of dramatic talent down there and it is attracting attention far from that vicinity. A correspondent says that, “From the beginning to the end it was a much finer entertainment than the audience had expected.

1498. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Walter Burrows, the Western Union telegraph messenger, met with an accident in the railroad yard Sunday which cost him his right hand. He has just been relieved of duty at the office and went out into the New England yard where freight trains were being made up and dispatched. He attempted to couple some cars that were coming together and in so doing the bumpers caught his hand between them. The boy said nothing to anybody but went directly home before even taking off his glove. On examination the hand was found to be terribly crushed and he was taken to Dr. Hills’ office for surgical attention. It was decided that amputation was unavoidable and the member was accordingly severed at the wrist. The boy exhibited remarkable grit throughout it all and is doing well. This is a terrible warning for boys to keep away from the cars.

1499. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Died at Naugatuck, Ct. Nov. 29, 1882 Katie Burns aged 32 years. Miss Katie Burns eldest daughter of Bartholomew Burns, formerly of Willimantic, has been in declining health for several years. During those years she struggled to overcome her malady exerting every effort to regain her health but all were powerless and at length fell a victim of that the most flattening of all diseases Consumption. Her remains were deposited in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery Providence, R.I., Thursday November 30, 1882.

1500. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: The selectmen at their regular monthly meeting on Monday appointed James M. Hebard, Lester Hartson, John B. Johnson, E.E. Burnham and Roderick Davison special grand jurors, and T.J. Roberts, L.M. Sessions, A.B. Green, D.A. Lyman and Luke Flynn special constables. This action was necessary because one grand juror only and not a single constable had qualified according to law. Whatever business has been done by the officers elected last October has been it is believed without legal authority and must therefore be void.

1501. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: The meeting of the French naturalization Club was in every way a successful undertaking Franklin hall being about two-thirds full. J.N. Archrmbeault [sic], the president of the organization, introduced H.A. Dubuque, Esq., of Fall River who expounded, in French, the principles of citizenship in a very able manner it is said. His address was supplemented by brief remarks from Messrs. G.W. Melony, Esq., J.E. Murray and E.F. Casey. The interest which is taken in this movement is well illustrated by the fact that sixty-eight signatures were obtained in the hall of parties anxious to become naturalized.

1502. TWC Wed Dec. 6 1882: Borough Meeting.—At the borough meeting in Armory hall Monday about fifty were present. All votes hitherto passed relating to the Cogswell drinking fountain were rescinded without opposition. Mr. John C. Hooper was voted $12 per year for supplying the watering trough at corner of Main street and Mansfield avenue. The matter of obtaining two outlets of water from Mr. S.G. Adams’ works to supply drinking water at the curbstone at places deemed desirable received no action. The adjourned borough meeting to that date for the purpose of acting upon a report presented by the committee on the borough charter revised substantially accepted the changes as recommended by that committee.

1503. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Samuel Bonner repairs shoes in Coffey & Hurlbert’s brick building on upper Main street and lives in the third story. Friday evening about 9 o’clock a fire was discovered in his apartment by an adjoining tenant who sounded an alarm. The department responded quickly and for a short time there was violent commotion about the streets, and everybody was anxious to lend a hand towards extinguishing the flames if they could be found, but it was soon found that all chance for assistance had been cut off by the application of a couple buckets of water, thus depriving the department of the privilege of exhibiting its skill in subduing the elements. The damage was nothing. It is said that a capsized lamp caused the trouble.

1504. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Burgess Meeting.—At the regular monthly meeting of the court of burgesses held Monday evening the following business was done: E.E. Burnham appeared and asked that permission be granted to erect a wooden shed on the west side of North street opposite the livery stable, which was granted. The board voted to fix the license of Loomer opera house at $50 for year commencing Oct. 10th, 1882, and ending Oct. 10th, 1883. Permission was given F.M. Lincoln to locate a cesspool on Spruce street, subject to the approval of the warden and burgesses; the same to be removed if it should become a nuisance; he to take all necessary precaution to prevent damage that may arise by reason of its location. The following bills were paid: Labor bill, month Nov., $480.89; Keigwin & Clark, $7.68; S.B. Ford & Co., $17.00; B. Golden, $.64; S.A. Comings, $22.75; C. Whitaker, $1.50; Luke Flynn, $60.00; C.T. Brown, $34.00; D.W. Shurtliff, $34.00. The bill of the U.S. Street Lighting Co., was laid upon the table. Voted to dissolve.

1505. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Scotland:
Death of James Burnett.—On Monday morning the community was shocked by the news of the sudden death of Mr. James Burnett. He had been in his usual health and spirits, and he attended to the duties of his office as postmaster, and his work about the house and barn on Monday morning, and was in the store when he complained of feeling ill, and went to the house. The family gave him some simple remedy, and sent for a physician. He was soon taken with severe pains, and in a few minutes after entering the house he expired. Mr. Burnett was born in the town of Canterbury, April 23, 1812, and had been engaged in mercantile business in Scotland for over fifty years. In the earlier days of his residence here the store did a large business, and by industry and economy, he amassed quite a fortune. When Scotland became a town Mr. Burnett was the first to represent her in the legislature, in 1858. He was also elected state senator from this district in 1872. He has held the office of postmaster at different times for many years, the last appointment being in April, 1881, and was in office at the time of his death. He was known throughout eastern Connecticut as a sound businessman, and held various offices of responsibility and trust in banking and other institutions of our state. He took an active interest in whatever affected the political, social or religious welfare of the community in which he lived, and he was ever ready to bear his portion of the financial burdens of society. The widow and orphans sought his council and help which were always cheerfully given, and he has probably settled more estates than any other man in town. He was a member of the Congregational society and church, and was ever ready to do his part to sustain these organizations. In his death, the town has met with a loss which will be keenly felt by all classes. Probably no man in town was so well known throughout the state, and many outside of Scotland will feel that they have lost a wise counselor and a pleasant friend. Inheriting a genial disposition, he was never too busy for a joke, and his social relations were of the happiest nature. The funeral services occur on Wednesday, and will be conducted by Rev. E. Byron Bingham. A son and a daughter are left to mourn the loss of a kind father, Mrs. Burnett having preceded him to the spirit land some years ago.
Scarcely had our people recognized the sad fact of Mr. Burnett’s sudden death, when the news came of the death of another of one old residents [sic]. Mrs. Lucretia, wife of Henry Hatch, passed away from earth on Tuesday morning at 3 o’clock. Mrs. Hatch was the daughter of Mr. Thomas Safford of Canterbury and has spent the greater part of her life in Scotland and vicinity. She has been in poor health for a year, and for the last six months there has seemed to be a gradual letting down of the vital forces, until life went out. The funeral will occur at her late residence on Thursday, and it is expected that Rev. S.A. Davis of Hartford will officiate.

1506. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Mansfield:
John E. Knowlton leaves us next Monday for Putnam to assist in the manufacture of silk; the best wishes of your friends go with you John.
Tell the Doc. that when he was up here he left some of the coons for the boys to catch. Martin Atwood found two on one rail a poor rail at that. He captured one of them and John Clapp has bagged three with more to follow. Come up and see us Doc. before they are all gone.
Chas. Royce has put up a three story coal burner in his store in Gurleyville, and he expects the boys will turn their heads when they expectorate.
Mrs. John Wood opened the social season by an old fashioned sewing bee which was to wind up with a dance but was disappointed in the fiddler. A good time was reported nevertheless.
Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Ide gave a musical entertainment to a select few last Friday night but owing to the lecture but a few assembled and they had a good treat. We learn it is to be repeated.

1507. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: The Colchester Fire.
A fire broke out in Colchester shortly after nine o’clock on Friday evening in the basement of the store of Mr. William B. Otis. If abundance of water had been at hand it might have been confined to that building. But there was some powder in the store and also kerosene oil. The goods were carried out of the adjoining store of Mr. J.N. Adams. The large safe containing the valuables of the Savings bank was also removed, and the building burned. The next building was of brick occupied by the town clerk, Mr. G.D. Bingham, by Peter Scholl is a shoemaker’s shop, Fette as a barber’s shop and lager beer saloon, and by Mr. Ocutt Worthington as a dwelling, he being the owner of the building. This was next on fire. Nothing could be done but to watch its burning. On the other side of Otis’ Store was one occupied by A.G. Wickwire as an oyster saloon and by F.C. Abel as a merchant tailors’ store. The law office of E.S. Day Esq., was in the second story; also the millinery rooms and dwelling of Mrs. Rogers. A portion of the law library was saved, but the goods in a condition more or less damaged. At this point the firemen with their single hose made a determined stand and with great difficulty, aided by a man on the roof who kept at his post though the building was several times on fire and badly damaged saved Jackson’s harness shop. This secured the safety of many other buildings including the stores of Carrier and Smith that stood just beyond from which the goods had been carried. Meantime the flames were consuming G.G. Wickwire’s market, and the law office of J.H. Reed, Esq. The building formerly Roper’s meat market, and within a few days occupied by Davoll as a flour and feed store and the dwelling house adjoining occupied by Thomas Baker went.
The question was, would the large, fine house of Capt. J.N. Felton, which stood next, though not so near as the other, burn? The furniture was mostly removed. Men took their places on the roofs, pails of water were freely passed. A small building quite near the rear of the burning house was saved by men mounting the roof and shoveling on snow. The engine, though the water soon gave out, did some service. It was a great relief to the company when it was evident that the fire would extend no further. By that time it was two o’clock. And it was two hours later when many of those who had been working and watching lay down for a brief rest.
Several families were burned out. G.B. Rathbone’s livery, horses and carriages were removed, but his barns and hay were burned; also the barns in the rear of stores. Strong’s barn escaped.
No little praise is due to the men who worked so faithfully and so quietly from the beginning, doing the best thing at the right time.
For Mrs. Bjerkin and Mr. Bennett, who were among the tenants burned out of their homes, especial sympathy is felt.
The snow on the roofs aided greatly in preventing the flames from extending. The wind was light and favorable. The time when the fire broke out was sufficiently early for help to come promptly.
The records in the office of the town clerk were early removed to the store of H.P. Buell and so secured.
W.B. Otis, before the fire had half done its work, engaged the store formerly occupied by W.S. Curtis, which is in excellent condition and ready for a tenant.
Dr. Carrington’s house across the green is reported to have been more than once in danger from the sparks.
The loss and insurance, in the Colchester fire of Friday evening, as near as can be ascertained, are: insurance about $25,000 distributed mostly among Connecticut companies, and the Home of New York. The loss will foot up over $30,000, a large share of which falls on Wm. B. Otis, to whose store the fire first broke out, and who saved but very little. His loss is estimated at over $8,000, insure for $5,500. Some parties who lost slightly were uninsured.
The origin of the fire is a mystery. The first that was seen of it was a kerosene oil tank, containing about a barrel of oil in flames. The town of Colchester had their records in a large Marvin safe, but the town clerk and others, not feeling that they were safe there, had them all removed. This was fortunate, for although the fire was not intense, the safe cannot be opened and it appears to be worthless.
The safe of Wm. B. Otis was taken from the fire Saturday very hot, but when cooled down was readily opened and the contents found to be in good condition except from water which was thrown on the safe to keep it cool. The safe of the savings bank was rolled out upon the sidewalk, and the only injury is that the paint is burned off one side. Fortunately there was no wind or the loss would have been much greater. The fire was stopped __ Avery’s building, but not until one side of it was nearly burned off; damage was $500. The losers number about twenty-five, most of them had insurance. F___ families were burned out, all losing something, and one family everything.

1508. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: The attempt to acclimate and utilize the ostrich in this country comes none to soon, for no other creature can be expected to swallow and digest the tough political explanations that still are being produced in profusion.

1509. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Secretary Lincoln is said to be in training, under direction of the Stalwart leaders, for the Presidential nomination in 1884. If Blaine is to run in the grave clothes of Garfield, there is no reason why Lincoln should not don those of his illustrious father.

1510. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: The soy bean (Soja hispida) approaches more neraly to animal food in its prorimate composition than any other known vegertabel production, being singularly rich in fat and in albuminoids. This bean forms an important article of food in Japan and China, where a dozen or more varieties are known. Of late numerous attempts have been made to acclimatize it in several European countries, some of the experiments having been reported quite successful.

1511. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Mons. Toussaint has shown experimentally the serious danger of eating meat nearly raw as is now so generally done. If the meat is unsound, the germs of the disease must pass in the system unless they are destroyed by heat before the meat is eaten. The most frequent and dangerous malady with which animals slaughtered for food are affected is consumption, and even if the animal is only slightly diseased persons eating the uncooked meat are liable to infection. The raw juice pressed from a slightly affected cow’s lung was used to inoculate healthy rabbits and young pigs and all the subjects died in a short time from the disease. The experiment was repeated with a portion of the juice which had been partially cooked, and the result was the same. Thorough cooking of meat to be used for food is recommended as a precaution unsafe to neglect, as only this ensures the entire destruction of the disease germs.

1512. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Warrenville:
Mr. D.O. Lombard and family have removed to Willimantic, and Mr. George Copeland and his family have gone to Union.
Matthewson Bros. & Co., to the sorrow of very many have sold their stock of goods in their large and commodious store, the sale to take effect the first of March next. During the four years they have been in business here, they have built up a large trade, are full of enterprise and business tact; and have been successful. Hosts of friends and customers will regret their departure and they will be much missed in the community. They have purchased the business of a clothing house in the pleasant, stirring city of New Britain, and may enlarged success attend them.
Miss Etta A. Chaffee is now a student in the Boston Conservatory of Music, and we wish for her a bright future, and true success in the course she is now pursuing with so much interest and hope.
Master Orin Duehee, an excellent and promising lad, has just gone from us to pursue his studies in the Academy at Worcester, Mass. A grand step for our young friend to take.
A Mr. Prince a young man from Willington, has leased the house and blacksmith shop belonging to Mr. Gardener, who has recently removed to Conantville. Mr. Prince is said to be an excellent workman. He is very busy we notice.
Mr. Edward Dimmock of Mansfield is to commence a series of singing schools in Matthewson Bros. hall on Wednesday evening this week.

1513. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Ex-Lieutenant Governor Gallup is recovering from his recent illness at his home in Plainfield, and it is hoped that he will soon be restored to his former good health.

1514. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Ashford:
Thanksgiving came with its usual slaughter of turkeys and chickens, which made many a family happy as they gathered around the festive board to partake of the luxurious repast and discussed the events of the past year, for which they gathered to render true and heartfelt thanks for the many little things that go to make up a lifetime of happiness. The largest family gathering in town was at the residence of Mrs. Emily Durkee in Warrenville, where was met together all the brother and sisters, children and grand-children, in happy re-union of family friendship which is a very marked feature in this circle of relatives.
Danforth O. Lombard has removed from Ashford and taken up his residence in Willimantic. He is the senior partner of the firm of Lombard & Mathewson, manufacturers of fertilizers, and lumber dealers and has been prominently identified in the affairs of the town, and has done a great deal to help build up and sustain the place where he lived, where he had organized and by perseverance built up a large and paying business which will be continued under the same name. He was a very kind neighbor and will be missed in the church where he was a prominent member and a generous contributor, as well as in the community in which he lived. But what is our loss is Willimantic’s gain.
Matthewson Bros. of Warrenville will close out their business here and engage in the clothing business in New Britain, where they will succeed an old and well established business and with their natural perseverance and energy will succeed in their new field of labor. It is reported their store will be rented to other parties.
Dr. Remus Robinson who located in Westford about a year ago, has been, and gone, and got married, and what is still worse, is going to leave us. We had just got settled down to the fact that we had a good physician among us, and was going to give him a generous support when this sad intelligence came that we could have his services no longer. We wish him a long life conjugal happiness and success in his profession, which he so skillfully demonstrated while here. Dr. Ormsby of Union is to locate in Westford and comes with flattering recommendations from the place where he has practiced for several years.
Charles A. Lee has purchased a three horse team of Lombard & Mathewson and is prepared to work for those in want of services.
Joseph E. Phillips has purchased the mills and water privilege belonging to the estate of Henry E. Knowlton, and will commence the manufacture of window shades, for which he holds the right to manufacture the patent Venetian inside window blind.

1515. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Tolland:
Joseph Satterlee was home Thanksgiving.
A large drove of cattle from Vermont passed through here last week. They numbered about seventy-five head.
Elisha Brown of this place, who for the past three years has been engaged in business in Dunlap, Iowa, returned home last Thursday. His friends in this place were all glad to meet him. He intends to remain about a month. He was accompanied by Mr. Abial Metcalf, formerly of Tolland.
David Brown teaches in Windsor this winter.
G.P. Babcock and family of Vernon spent Thanksgiving with the family of Mr. Frank Kimball.

1516. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Married:
Davoll-Delap—In Willimantic, Thanksgiving Day, by the Rev. S. McBurney, Mr. Frank A. Devoll and Miss Mary E. Delap, both of Lebanon.

1517. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Died:
Robinson—In Windham, Dec. 4, Norton D. Robinson, aged 14 years.
Stiles—In Lebanon, Nov. 30, Charles Stiles, aged 22 years.
Hatch—In Scotland, Dec. 5, Lucinda Hatch, aged 65 years.
Trowbridge—In Ashford, Dec. 5, Dea. James Trowbridge, age 65 years.
Downer—In Windham, Dec. 1, Sidney Downer, aged 73 years.
O’Leary—In Willimantic, Dec. 4, Katie O’Leary, aged 21 years.

1518. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Willington:
We received a pleasant call a few days ago from Mr. & Mrs. Jared Fuller (see Miss Eliza Kent) of Lebanon.
Mrs. J.R. Hall has removed her dress and cloak making business to the “Turner House” where she will be pleased to meet her patrons.
The Willington Reading Circle met on Tuesday evening at the residence of Mr. Reuben Edgarton for re-organization.
A part of friends and schoolmates of Miss Hattie C. Robbins assembled at her home on Tuesday evening and very prettily and completely surprised our young friend it being the eve of her 18th birthday. Tokens of remembrances were kindly presented with hearty congratulations and good wishes for her future. The time was pleasantly filled up with social converse, music, refreshments, etc. May our happy friend be blessed with many like occurrences.
Several of the school children at Daleville have been obliged to leave school on account of sickness, mostly cases of typhoid fever. The patients, however, are doing well under the medical treatment of Dr. F.W. Johnson of Mansfield.

1519. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: Columbia:
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall of Boston were in town, also W.P. Robertson of Hartford, Alfred Yeomans, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hall of East Hampton and others.
Mr. and Mrs. John Rogers of Falmouth are the guests of W.H. Yeomans.
Rev. Josiah A. Mack of Gilead occupied the pulpit at the Congregational church last Sabbath much to the gratification of the people who are always pleased to listen to his teachings.
Samuel Harding of Glastonbury was in town over Sunday.
The ladies entertained their friends at Bascom hall on Friday Evening disposing of their bedquilts to Mrs. LaFayette Brown who received the greatest number of votes. A loaf of cake to Winslow P. Little who guessed the nearest weight of the cake, and various amusements much to the edification of the young people.

1520. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: For Sale—A nice Farm, of 150 acres, suitably divided into tillage, pasture and woodland, located within one-fourth mile of school-house, depot, telegraph office, post office and store, at Clark’s Corners, Goshen, and within one and one-half miles of a Catholic church. One and one-half story house of seven rooms, and connected therewith are corn-house, dairy, granary, wagon-house, and wood-shed. Barn 30 by 45 feet. All the buildings are in good repair. Never failing supply of good water. The property will be sold on reasonable terms, or exchanged for property in Willimantic. For further particulars enquire on the premises or of Sheriff Pomeroy, at Willimantic. James Henry.

1521. TWC Wed Dec. 6, 1882: For Sale at Private Sale. The greater part of the furniture in the Boarding House of S.D. Rindge, located in Hanover Block. For particulars enquire of Mr. Rindge on the premises.

1522. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: About Town:
L.H. Hooker, of Mount Hope and well known in this village we are informed has been stricken with paralysis, though it is hoped that he will recover.
George Rood arrived last week from the west with thirty-two horses and also thirty head of Alderney stock. They may be seen at his stables in Windham.
Thomas N. Forbes recently removed from Providence R.I. to this place to engage in teaching on the piano and organ. He may be found at 46 The Oaks.
Postmaster Walden, of this place was among the guests at the reception tendered to Postmaster General Howe by Ex-Governor Jewell last Thursday evening in Hartford.

1523. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: At company E’s meeting Monday evening called for the purpose of filling the vacancy caused by Captain Fowler’s resignation, Thomas Foran was promoted from corporal to that position, by a decisive majority. Mr. Foran has been connected with the Connecticut National Guard for many years and has had the advantage of becoming proficient in military tactics. The company is at present not in a very complimentary condition, but the new captain has the energy and disposition to greatly improve it.

1524. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Natchaug school has one new teacher this term, Miss Ward of Boston, Mass., who takes the place of Miss Holden. The upper district school has procured Miss Martin of Southbridge as assistant in place of Miss Howe who was compelled to resign on account of the death of her mother.

1525. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: We have just received a pamphlet made up of the clear articles on “civil service reform” written by Allen B. Lincoln and published in the Providence Press for which we extend complimentary acknowledgement. Our young friend is paying this subject much attention and his productions display ability and research.

1526. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Livery-men and horse-owners are respectfully invited to inspect H.H. Flint’s Veterinary Department, at the P.O. Pharmacy. He has recently added to his stock the celebrated Gombaltu’s Caustic Balsam and Somerville’s anti-fever medicine. His large and varied stock will be sold at very reasonable prices and it would be well for horse-owners to examine it before purchasing elsewhere.

1527. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Miss Nancy Chapin met with a very severe injury from slipping on the ice Monday. When near the residence of Dr. Colgrove on Union street returning from work in the evening she fell on the ice and broke her hip. Being an elderly lady the injury is a much more serious matter than for a young person. Drs. Hills and Sweet were called to set the break and she is now reported comfortable.

1528. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Morris Cahill got into a little unnecessary trouble with Louis Rainey at the depot last Wednesday which cost him pretty dearly. The latter complained of him for assault and battery and Officer Shirtliff took the belligerent into custody. When near the entrance to the lock-up, notwithstanding his diminutive size, he made a stubborn resistance in trying to trip the officer up and performing other capers until two outsiders lent a hand and led him to his cell. Next morning he answered for his ill behaviors before Justice Conant who upon hearing the evidence gave him $5 and costs for assault and on another charge for resisting an officer imposed thirty days in jail and costs amounting in all to over $80, all of which he is working out over yonder.

1529. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: The medical profession in this village are agitating the question of forming a society. A number of them met at Dr. Hill’s office last Saturday evening and after the formation of a temporary organization discussed the question. The sense of the meeting seemed to be that it would be for the mutual education and advantage of all concerned and a general sympathy with the movement was expressed. Doctors Griggs, Cotton and Fox were appointed to draft the necessary documents for the government of the society and to report them to an adjourned meeting next Friday night. This is a measure which the public will be glad to see perfected and in a flourishing condition for it will tend to more intelligent treatment in difficult cases on of frequent consultations together and relation of experiences.

1530. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Mrs. Elliot, relect of the late George E. Elliot and mother of Burgess Elliot, died at her home on Valley street last Sunday morning. Mrs. Elliot had been a resident of this town for nearly forty years, an intelligent lady and highly esteemed for her good qualities by all her acquaintances. She leaves a family of two children, Geo. C. and Miss Emma Elliot. The funeral took place today.

1531. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: The switch engine in the railroad yard which has here to fore escaped all complicity in the fracases on the New England road took a hand in the business Tuesday morning. While shifting cars from one track to another in the rear of Ansel Arnold’s premises the rails spread and threw the engine and two cars from the track into a conglomerate heap. The damage however was slight and principally to the engine and tender.

1532. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Those German astronomers who came over to Hartford for the purpose of viewing the transit of Venus in this hemisphere have been invited around to see many of the marvelous things in this part of the country and among the rest paid the thread mill a visit Tuesday. They were accompanied by a number of Hartford gentlemen and after viewing the greatest political mill on the ground in the world were entertained at the unique residence of Col. Barrows.

1533. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: George A. Baker is holding weekly assemblies for roller skating at Colchester with great success, and will open a series at Music hall, South Windham next Saturday afternoon and evening. The floor in Armory hall has become so rough that the rink in this village has been closed for some time, but preparations are being made for a new hard pine floor, and when it is completed, the skaters, will have ample opportunity to indulge in their favorite pastime.

1534. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: W.T. Wetherell, a brakeman on the New England railroad, was killed by the cars Sunday evening near the Jackson street crossing. He was one of the force of an incoming freight train from Boston and was descending a ladder on the side of a car which was icy when he slipped and went under the cars. Three cars and a buggy passed over his left hip and his leg was badly crushed and nearly severing it, one wheel passed over his abdomen. He survived the accident but a few minutes and called upon the by-standers to shoot him to put him out of his misery. Drs. McNally and Fox was immediately summoned and removed the body to the Montgomery hose company’s room, did much surgical work as was called for and gave it in charge of Undertaker Casey. The remains were removed to his rooms, encoffened and sent to Boston Tuesday. From letters found about his clothing his name was obtained and his home was ascertained to be in Constootook, N.H. He was judged to be about 24 years of age.

1535. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Willimantic Council No. 723 of the Royal Arcanium was organized here at Grand Army hall last Thursday evening with the following charter members: Dr. C.J. Fox, W.D. Brigham, J.H. Bullard, W.H.H. Bingham, H.F. Royce, C.N. Daniels, C.S. Billings, C.H. Andrews, H.M. Cady, A.A. Burnham, C.R. Utley, F.S. Fowler, H.E. Remington, H.R. Lincoln, F. Larrabee, D.W.C. Hill, N.D. Webster, O.S. Chaffee, Jr., F.M. Thompson, W.H. Wales and C.H. Robbins. Officers were elected as follows and duly installed by H.E. Campbell of Cincinnati, Ohio Warden of the Supreme Council of the Royal Arcanium: Past Regent, Dr. C.J. Fox; Regent, C.S. Billings; Vice Regent, W.D. Brigham; Orator, Chas. H. Robbins; Secretary, H.R. Lincoln; Collector, H.E. Remington; Treasurer, H.F. Royce; Chaplain, W.H.H. Bingham; Guide, F. Larrabee; Warden, H.M. Cady; Sentry, F.M. Thompson: Medical Examiner, Dr. C.J. Fox; Trustees, A.A. Burnham, C.R. Utley and C.N. Daniels. This is said to be an excellent plan of insurance and is becoming popular. New Councils will be immediately instituted in Putnam and Danielsonville.

1536. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: The old problem of trying to make two railway trains pass each other on the same track was again tried without success on the New York and New England road, Saturday night, at Chewink turnout this side of Goshen. The trial was not accompanied by the usual loss of life, however, The third section of No. 1, bound west, collided with No. 16, bound east. Both engines and five cars were badly wrecked, and three persons were injured. The telegraph operator at Goshen, had orders to stop the third section of No. 11 at Goshen, but by some error the train passed there and a collision ensued. It was reported that the telegraph operator was asleep when the message ordering the detention of one of the trains should have been received but that is authoritatively contradicted. He thought it for his best interest to absent himself from these regions without previous notice. The names of the injured persons are Frank I. Swain, a brakeman, living at Cambridgeport; George Clements, a fireman, and Wentworth, a conductor. Just before the cars came together, Swain says he and his companions jumped from the freight train, and, by doing so undoubtedly saved their lives. As it was Swain sustained a fracture of the right arm; Wentworth’s left knee-pan [sic] was torn out, and Clement, who belongs in New Hampshire, received painful if not fatal injuries. The smash-up blocked the track nearly all day Sunday and shut off the usual Sunday freight traffic over the main line. But several trains from the west were sent over the Providence division.

1537. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: South Coventry.
Mrs. Ferdinand Lathrop and Mamie left town last Tuesday to spend the winter in Norwich. Mr. Latimer and wife occupy her house in her absence.
The funeral of Joseph Matthewson as attended Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. John Rogers are the guests of Albert Rogers. It is several years since Mrs. R., has visited the scenes in her girlhood and as she was a universal favorite her many friends welcome her to Coventry once more.
Clarence Hoxie left Tuesday to engage in business in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mr. J.R. Wiley and wife of Chaplin were in town Wednesday also Rev. F. Williams and wife.
The wedding boom has started in this town again but whether it will exceed that of last season remains to be seen. Mr. Frank B. Topliff and Miss Mary Chandler and Mr. Henry Washburn and Miss S. Dunham have joined the army of martyrs.
W.H. Babcock of Cleveland was in town last week the guest of his mother. Mr. B., after having traveled over all parts of the U.S., for the past eighteen years successfully in connection with his business, has finally located the same in Cleveland and he and his wife have made their home there. We trust his vacations will be spent as usual at the old homestead where we shall all have the privilege of meeting him for the absent country boys who have made themselves men are our pride.
Rev. F. E. Jenkins was installed pastor of the Congregational church on Wednesday. The singing under the superintendence of Mr. Morgan assisted by Mrs. Hoxie as organist and first soprano was very fine. The charge to the pastor was by Rev. F. Williams of Chaplin, charge to the people by Rev. J.P. Hawley of Westerly a former pastor and highly esteemed by this people, right hand of fellowship by Rev. Mr. Pettibone of Poquonoc, installation sermon by Prof. Pratt of the Hartford Theological Seminary. Opening and closing prayer by the Rev. F.D. Avery of Columbia and Rev. Mr. Hoisington, of N. Coventry.
Thursday will be remembered as a particularly tedious snowy day but we have two brave ladies (Mrs. Norman Dunham and Mrs. Dwight Nason) who were caught in the storm at Mansfield city and braved its fury by driving home in the face of the fury of the gale.

1538. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Chaffeeville.
Last Friday eve, Rev. J.G. Gammons gave a lecture to the people of Gurleyville at the M.E. Church upon Phrenology and Human Nature.
The subject of the lecture next Friday night will be “The Swearing Tinker and The Immoral Thinker,” delivered by Rev. R. Povey, of Rockville. All may be assured that they will be well repaid for going a long distance to hear him. Single tickets 25 cents. It is hoped there will be a full house.

1539. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Columbia.
LaFayette Brown has moved into the tenement house of Samuel F. Ticknor.
James L. Downer is painting the interior of N.P. Little’s new house on Town street.
Mr. Samuel Brown is spending a few weeks with his daughter Mrs. Frank P. Collins.
Victor Pendry has moved into the basement tenement of Mrs. Armstrong’s house.
Rev. F.D. Avery and delegate Henry Richardson attended the installation at So. Coventry Wednesday.
Mrs. Sibyl Robertson gave a very pleasant tea party last Wednesday to a few of her friends.
There is a project on foot whereby Columbia may have a public library if her citizens will be energetic in the matter.
F.P. Collins has been making additions to his stock of goods and putting in extra shelves in his store which shows an increase of business.
A.P. Little has his men actively engaged in the basket business at the present time.
Alfred Yeomans and wife of Wyoming have been visiting in town.

1540. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Willington.
Rev. Mr. Cutler pastor of the Congregational Church of Hebron occupied the pulpit of the Congregational Church here Sabbath afternoon by exchange. There were three additions to the church, two by profession and one by letter, and one child baptised.
The school in District No. 2 taught by G.O. Southwick, closes on Friday of this week.
The Ladies Benevolent Society connected with the Congregational church meets Thursday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Edgerton.
The sad news of the death of Dr. F.M. Johnson’s wife which occurred last week at her residence in Mansfield is doubly sad to the residents of this town from the fact of its being the place of her nativity. And also the fact that her most estimable Christian character and noble worth. The loss to her husband and friends the community where she won a host of friends and to the church, is very great and many are the sincere mourners.
At the re-organization of the Willington Reading circle, James McFarlane was chosen President, Joseph Sparks, Vice President, and Wm. H. Holt, Secretary. The circle met this week with Mr. Josiah Sparks, their gatherings are very interesting and instructive.
Henry Starkweather formerly of Mansfield but later engaged in business at Manchester, Ct. has purchased the Warren farm together with the steam saw mill and appurtanences thereon of Messrs Johnson and Blanchette.
Charles Cummins, a 15 year old son of Frank Cummins of South Willington met with a singular and painful accident a few days since. While engaged in moving a heavy piece of furniture, he drove in a treacherous spot in the ditch which was covered by snow, causing the wagon to overturn throwing him violently to the ground, he striking on the back of his head while the furniture struck him on the forehead inflicting a severe wound. It is feared the skull is badly injured. The wound was dressed by Doctors Newton and Kelsey.
George E. Pearl for many years head clerk for J.B. Merrow & Son at Merrow Station, succeeds J.D. Graham at Hill’s Store at the Thread mill village, the latter contemplating a removal.

1541. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Westford.
Mr. Harvey Morey is teaching school in No. 10 district. Mr. Herbert Buston at axe factory school house. Mrs. Allen Carpenter has been engaged to teach district No. 1

1542. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Abington.
For two successive Sundays the pulpit of the Congregational church has been supplied by strangers one Sunday by Rev. Mr. Free of Willimantic who gave a very excellent sermon. The new organ at the Church is very handsome and fine toned. The exterior of the chapel of the Episcopal Mission is completed. It is very attractive—painted dark and with stained glass windows.
William Ingalls is building a new house.
R.L. Bullard recently lost a horse.
The funeral of Capt. Thos. Grosvenor was held Friday Dec. 1, he was a native and lifelong resident of the town.

1543. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Ashford.
Rev. James Connell of Westford will preach at the Congregational church next Sunday at 1 o’clock in the absence of Rev. J. Morris who is at present in Boston, Mass.

1544. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: A party of about thirty Mexicans and five Americans were slaughtered by the Mexican Indian Chief Juh and his band.

1545. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Mansfield.
Quite an interesting will case, which went by appeal from the Probate Court of Mansfield, occupied the term of the Supreme Court and a jury at Tolland last week. Alonzo Le Valley who died March 17th, 1882, was a partner in the Mt. Hope Spoke Company, purchasing an interest therein in January 1881. In early youth, by the death of his parents, he has been thrown upon his own recourses and began the trade of a car-builder. He worked at his trade in various states of the Union, and then gave it up and took to the sea as a whaler. He followed the sea some fifteen or eighteen years, when receiving a severe and permanent injury by a fall from aloft while on a whaling cruise, he was obliged to abandon a sailor’s life. He had never been married and the nearest relation he had, at the time of leaving the sea were two female cousins in good if not affluent circumstances, in Providence. During the short intervals between his long whaling voyages he made his home at a hotel in Providence, sometimes taking tea and dining at his well-to-do cousins.
In November 1881 he came to Mt. Hope to visit a second cousin, George W. Le Valley, whom he had not seen for near thirty years—since they played together as boys. He found his cousin George’s home pleasant and congenial, and after a few weeks he proposed to purchase on interest in the Mt. Hope Spoke Company, of which his cousin George was a partner. The purchases being consummated he returned to his hotel in Providence and brought his bachelor effects to Mt. Hope to his cousin’s house, where he made his home till his death. In August 1881 his disease had made such progress that he was obliged to abandon business and remain in the house. In October he made a will giving to George W. LeValley his interest as a partner in the Spoke Company, to George W. LeValleys’ wife $200; to each of his three daughters $100; and the rest of his estate, which consisted of $8000 in Savings bank in Providence, to his two female cousins in Providence, Dr. John H. Simmons, of Ashford, drawing the will.
He continued to grow worse and from November to his death, March, 17th, he was a great sufferer and required the constant care of George W. LeValley and family. During all this time Mr. George W. LeValley weekly wrote to the cousins in Providence of his condition and approach toward death, but they did not come to see him during all his long confinement. Feb. 27th he requested that Dr. Simmons be sent for as he wished him to do some more writing for him. Dr. Simmons came and, alone with him, he said he desired to have a new will made giving George W. LeValley that part of his property which he had given to his Providence cousins, and leaving the other bequests as they were. Dr. Simmons took the first will and reading to him he directed how he wanted it changed, and gave as his reason, that he had been a source of great care to his cousin George and family and they had been very kind to him. The will was made as directed, giving all his property to George W. LeValley and family.
Upon the completion of the will it was read over to the testator, by the Dr., and he said it was just as he wanted it. The testator was up and dressed when the will was made. In signing the will the testator’s hand was unsteady and Dr. Simmons placed his hand on the testator’s to steady it in making the signature. The will was duly attested according to law, and, after the death of the testator was probated by the Probate court. The Providence cousins appealed from the probating of the will, on the ground that the will was not signed by the testator but by Dr. Simmons; that the testator had not the required capacity to make a will, and that George W. LeValley and family used undue influence over the testator, so that the will was not the testator’s but somebody’s else. These questions were all tried to the jury and a verdict rendered, sustaining the will, within a half hour after the case had been given to the jury. The counsels in the case were John L. Hunter and E.B. Sumner for George W. LeValley and for sustaining the will, and J.R. Arnold, J.M. Hall and a prominent lawyer from Providence for sustaining it. [sic] Mr. Le Valley says he was fortunate in securing the services of your Willimantic lawyer, Mr. Hunter, and that a more honorable, able, painstaking, eloquent and successful attorney doesn’t practice at the Tolland county bar. How is that for Willimantic lawyers! Probably Mr. LeValley in the flush of success in his suit may be prejudiced in favor of Mr. Hunter, but, up this way, many of us think he hasn’t overdrawn it.
Rev. Mr. Gammons gave his lecture upon Phrenology and human nature to an appreciative audience last Friday evening. Mr. G. has a way peculiar to himself of addressing his hearers that is pleasing. He thinks a little spice by way seasoning comes not amiss in a lecture.
Origen Dodge of Gurleyville is very sick with pneumonia.
Mr. Babbington who is sick with fever is rapidly improving under the care of Dr. Bennett of your village.

1546. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: Died.
Wetherill—In Willimantic, Dec. 10, W.T. Wetherill, aged 24 years.
Johnson—In Mansfield, Dec. 7, Bessie F. Johnson, aged 35 years.
Collins—In Windham, Dec. 11, Sophia Collins, aged 84 years.
Eliott—In Willimantic, Dec. 10, Phebe Eliott, aged 73 years.
Allen—In Chaplin, Dec. 7, Minor Allen, aged 66 years.
Cook—In Willimantic, Dec. 6, Benjamin Cook, age 63 years.
Cleveland—In Andover, Dec. 7, David Cleveland, age 73 years.

1547. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: The recent massacre by Indians, at Casas Grandes, in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, proves to have been a more horrible affair than was at first supposed. It is stated that seventy-five persons were slaughtered by the savages.

1548. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: At the Court of Probate holden at Windham within and for the district of Windham on the 9th day of December A.D. 1872. Present, Huber Clark, Esq., Judge. On motion of Charles T. Barstow, administrator on the estate of Albert H. Backus late of Windham, 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 said Administrator, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham and by posting a copy thereof on a public sign-post in said Town of Windham nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record. Huber Clark, Judge.

1549. TWC Wed Dec. 13, 1882: For Sale Low to close an Estate. The Rev. Sylvester Barrows place situated in North Windham, consisting of a substantial House and Barn, with two acres of land. A good home. Twenty acres of additional mowing and pasture land can be had with the place if desired. By George Lincoln, 29 Pleasant St., Willimantic, Conn.

1550. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: About Town.
The Linen company changed its time Tuesday morning from Boston to Connecticut time—twelve minutes slower.
The Willimantic Farmers’ club will meet at the residence of N.P. Perkins, Pleasant Valley, next Saturday evening.
Now that the Cogswell fountain has been disposed of, perhaps that donation from Col. Barrows will soon take some definite shape.
A teamster in the employ of Samuel Ford was kicked in the face by a horse while coaxing the animal along on Walnut street last week Tuesday.
William P. Worden, the ex-policeman, has been engaged by the United States Street Lighting company to take charge of and light the street lamps.
Edwin B. Chamberlin who was injured in the recent railroad collision at Pomfret is able to be on the street and will resume his duties as mail agent January first.
A.R. Burnham & Co., who are the best carriage makers in eastern Connecticut, have been displaying for sale a large number of sleighs on Main street for the past week.

1551. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Horace A. Adams, who has been engaged in North Attleboro and Providence for a number of months has returned and is filling the position of timekeeper at the Linen company’s office.

1552. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: A night school was started in Keigwin’s block last week and will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night throughout the winter. It is for the benefit of our French population.

1553. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: The loud noises as of the blasting of rocks heard for the last week or two in the village were the explosion of torpedoes placed on the railroad tracks as signals to incoming trains on the New England road.

1554. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: The Linen company is making arrangements for opening a night school at Dunham hall which will be in session two nights a week-Tuesday and Thursday. The services of Mr. Charles Peck have been engaged as teacher.

1555. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: The physicians who propose to form a medical society had a meeting at Dr. Hills’ office last Friday for the purpose of discussing a constitution submitted by the committee. Another meeting will be held next Friday evening at the same place when the organization will probably be effected.

1556. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: James and John L. Walden have bought for $13,000 A.W. Bill’s property on Main street near the post office. The purchase includes the block occupied by H.E. Remington & Co., and A.W. Turner and also the livery stable in the rear. It is one of the most centrally located and best paying properties in the borough.

1557. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: D.E. Potter expects to start for Florida in a few days and will be absent for a number of weeks. He is the owner of a fine orange grove there which from all accounts is a profitable investment. Dr. T.M. Hills contemplates a tour through that state this winter as does also L.E. Eaton, the jocular ice man.

1558. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: The temperance meeting at Franklin hall under the auspices of the United Workers was well attended last Sunday evening. It was addressed by H.L. Hall, W.H.H. Bingham, L.A. Frink, John Tew and G.W. Burnham with liberality of expression. Public meeting next Sunday at same hour and place.

1559. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: D.S. Brayman has placed an order slate for the Willimantic wood yard in the store of H.C. Hall for the convenience of his patrons in this neighborhood.

1560. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: J.W. Webb, the good-natured marketman on Church street, has a bountiful supply of fowl for Christmas and everything else found in a first-class meat market.

1561. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Charles P. Hatch, the accomplished cornetist, will favor the audience with a solo in the concert previous to the Alert hose company’s masquerade ball Friday evening. The costumer will be here tomorrow and Friday. Everything augurs for a successful and enjoyable affair.

1562. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: A.P. Benner is able to be about again and has nearly recovered from the effects of injuries received by being thrown from his wagon five weeks since just this side of Andover. The cause was a defective road. His horse fell and broke the shafts and he was damaged internally, for which it is thought that the town may be responsible.

1563. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Patrick Cunningham is the next latest victim of the slippery sidewalk. He fell on the walk fronting his house Friday evening and broke one of his ankles. Dr. McNally rendered the necessary surgical treatment in reducing the fracture. Mr. Cunningham has a brother suffering from the effects of a similar injury produced by falling from a building in Hartford.

1564. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: The following paragraph doubtless refers to the person who attracted considerable attention on our streets the other day: “A woman dressed in male attire, and said to be the celebrated Captain Jack, who was arrested recently in providence on a charge of horse stealing, arrived in Woonsocket this (Tuesday) morning on the 9:45 up train and after parading the streets for a short time disappeared, no one knows where. Her gait, face and bearing all indicate her sex.”

1565. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: It is probable that the Episcopalians will have a place of worship of their own before long. Mrs. E.R. Heap has very generously offered to give that society the valuable and desirable lot situated at the south-easterly corner of Valley and Walnut streets if they can raise $1,000 without going outside the borough. A subscription paper has been put in circulation and already about half the required sum has been assured. It would be a worthy act of charity for anybody who is able to subscribe to the fund regardless of denominational preference.

1566. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: At a special meeting of the court of burgesses held Monday evening the following bills were ordered paid: U.S. Street Lighting Co., $112.75; Mrs. A.B. Adams, rent, $10; Board of assessors, $110; N.A. Stearns & Son, $1.00; C.S. Billings $15; Keigwin & Clark, $1.85; Carpenter & Fowler, $1; J.H. Gray, $1.50; S.A. Comins, $254.08; G.H. Alford, $11.22; Buck, Durkee & Stiles, $9.88.

1567. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: There is a possibility that the borough may have a law suit on its hand before long. A strip of land at the lower end of Union Street opposite the Linen company's store which is claimed by the Williams heirs. The matter was recently presented to the Court of Burgesses by the heirs’ attorney, E.B. Sumner, Esq., but as yet that body has taken no definite action with relation to the case. It seems that the widening of Union street has caused an encroachment on lands owned by the parties named which if fenced in would leave to that thoroughfare but a narrow passage way. It is said that the title is unquestionable the claimants having originally owned all the land in that vicinity. They now come forward and say that the borough must indemnify them for what it has taken away.

1568. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: J.A. Lewis’ four horse team met with quite an interesting accident last Thursday morning. C.O. Terry, Mr. Lewis’ son-in-law is engaged drawing ice from the Willimantic river to the Holland Silk Co’s ice house on Church street. The horses were on a cove just above the Windham company’s mills that morning attached to a sled bearing about five tons in weight when the ice which was some eight inches in thickness gave way and let them into the water. It was some four feet deep and the mud also very deep thus placing the animals in an extremely dangerous position. Their noses just protruded above the surface and Mr. Terry managed by clinging to the floating sled to cut them free by severing the harness in many places. The horses were hitched to their inundated relatives from the shore and they were safely landed. By giving the half-frozen beasts considerable energetic exercise they were soon restored to normal condition, seemed none the worse for trying the involuntary experiment of taking a winter bath.

1569. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: On Tuesday of last week Mr. P.T. Barnum—of the original and only “greatest show on earth”—celebrated the semi-centennial anniversary of his release from the common jail in Danbury, Conn., where he had been for sixty days imprisoned for an alleged libel published in his paper The Herald of Freedom.

1570. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Eastford.
Editor Chronicle:--Perhaps you are thinking your correspondents from here are somewhat dilatory of late. But to tell the truth there has but little transpired since election, worthy of notice. And that interesting event was of so corrupt a nature as to forbid going into delineations thereon. Therefore I will not rake it up at this late day.
Owners of ice houses are thinking of making a start to refill as the ice is of good quality and thickness.
Drover Davison, of Vermont recently closed out his drove of young cattle to parties and returned home taking with him a fine pair of matched horses, as he could procure them here as cheap as in the north.
A.D. Cady, of Stafford, owner of the hotel property in this place, is here looking after his interests.
Landlord Wilcox was recently arrested for the alleged violation of the liquor law. He stoutly denied the allegation and introduced evidence to corroborate his statement and to show that the proceedings against him were instituted by malice, as the only person who appeared against him as a witness was a hard character, alleged to belong to the R.I. state farm, and who had a grudge against Wilcox; but as he swore positively the justice decided to convict, whereupon Wilcox appealed.
There is considerable speculation in regard to the matter and much sympathy expressed for the defendant as he has kept a very quiet hotel here. It is thought by many that the cause of temperance cannot be advanced by such questionable proceedings, and that we have temperance people among us sufficiently zealous in the cause to look after its interests without being dependent on foreign importations.
Mr. C.N. Smith, representative-elect, is quite sick with pneumonia.
Martin Ethridge has recently reopened the “Whitney” blacksmith shop, which gives us three shops in the village now in full blast.

1571. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Columbia.
Mr. Horace Brown and sister took advantage of the fine sleighing and drove to Hartford one day last week.
Simon Hunt, S.B. West, W.H. Yeomans and Mr. Powell attended the meeting of the state board of agriculture held at Rockville last week.
N.P. Little has traded with Frank Bennett for the Royal Thompson farm.
Leverett Watrous spent last Monday and Tuesday in Meriden.
L.C. Clark had a three year old steer get his legs through the stable floor over a barn cellar but was fortunately extricated without any serious injury.
Geo. Carpenter disposed of a tract of timber land to Taylor of Willimantic.
Mrs. Julia Avery closed her school for a two weeks vacation through the holidays and will spend a portion of her time among friends in Springfield Mass.
Rev. F.D. Avery was making calls among his flock last week.
N.P. Little loaded, on Saturday, several cars of lumber with basket stuff destined for Mass. Mr. Little is a live man in business and keeps things moving.
Chester Collins was seriously ill last Saturday but thanks to Dr. C.N. Gallup’s untiring efforts he is still on this side with prospects of ultimate recovery. Dr. Gallup is very much liked by all who employ him.
Mr. Powell is contemplating erecting a hennery 40 feet in length; he seems well posted in the business of raising fowls and answered a number of questions on this subject at the meeting of the state board last week.
Miss Hortense Downer is intending to spend the holidays with friends in Hartford.
Dr. C.N. Gallup is intending to take a vacation of a couple of weeks and visit Chicago.

1572. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: South Windham.
A singing school is the matter talked about now considerably in some quarters. Nearly a sufficient amount of funds has been raised by subscription and it is proposed to have the first school next week. Geo. Fuller of Hampton is teacher and it is proposed to have a course of thirteen schools extending through as many weeks. It will require some labor and expense to put the hall in suitable condition as there are now no benches, and of course new ones must be constructed. And just here it would be proper to remark that it seems as if there ought to be public spirit enough in this village either in its citizens individually or collectively to have a hall which will be a credit to the place. It has been often said and no doubt with truth that such an investment would pay, yet even if it did not financially, it would be exceedingly gratifying to our people if they could feel there was a place in which they could assemble and which would be suitable for entertainments and also for religious services as well as for everything of a religious nature. The indications don’t point that way yet.
The colored people give a ball at Music Hall Thursday evening, which will no doubt be an enjoyable occasion.
Charles L. Lewis was married a few days since to a Franklin lady. It is astonishing how fast our young people are changing their conditions. As I have often remarked there will be no single people here in a short time if there is not a stop put to it. Well Charles, we all wish you joy and much of it.

1573. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: North Windham.
Christmas is near at hand, and everybody is busy preparing for the world wide holiday of the year. The Sunday school is especially busy preparing for a Christmas tree and its accompanying festivities.
The school is being very generously aided by the villagers generally and no doubt Monday evening next will prove a pleasant and profitable one to all who may attend. The children give recitations, and the singing led by the superintendent W.C. Burdick is always fine and spirited. It is hoped that our resident jubilee singers may again favor us at that time, with some of their sweet melodies. All are welcome.
M.A. Bates is also, with the hearty cooperation of his district, preparing a Christmas treat for his pupils. Such gatherings ought to increase the “Peace on earth and good will towards men” not forgetting to give God the glory.
At a recent meeting the N.W. Christian Society, the following officers were elected for the year. Society Com., A.P. Smith, E.L. Burnham and W.C. Burdick; Clerk and Treasurer, P.B. Peck; who has held the office for forty consecutive years; Collector, P.L. Peck; Tithing men, F.D. Spencer and W.C. Burdick.
Mrs. S. Barrows has recently removed to Weymouth Mass., and her home is offered for sale, also two other residences on the same street, viz: the house owned by Mrs. Austin Lincoln, and the other, owned by the heirs of the late Albert Backus—all formerly owned by Lincolns Mason, Warner and Dan, respectively.
The winter term of school is in session with Mr. Spafford and Miss Flint as teachers.
The enlarged mill of E.H. Hall & Son is now in operation with greatly increased facilities, of which we have not time to speak now.
Intelligence was lately received here of the death of Lucius Dennison if Tampico, Ill. but formerly of Windham. He will be remembered by many of your readers. He was one of the earliest settles of that place and was a respectable and well to do citizen.
We are glad to see our neighbor Joseph Edmunds and family back again from Mansfield Hollow. We do not like empty houses.

1574. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Andover.
Joseph Mathewson died Dec. 6, lacking but a few days of eighty years of age. Davis Cleveland died Dec. 7, aged seventy three. Neither of them have any family. Mr. Mathewson having lost his wife a few years ago, and Mr. Cleveland having never married. Mr. E.S. Button died Dec. 18, and his funeral was attended Saturday the 16th by a large concourse of our citizens. His age was thirty-eight, Mr. Button enlisted in Co. K., 10th Regt. C.V. in Oct. 1851, when but 17 years of age, and served all through the war. He had a thumb shot off, and his right arm shattered by a bullet, on account of which he has since drawn a pension. Since the war he has worked many years for the N.P. & F.R. Co. and afterward for the N.Y. & N.E. R.R. Co. in various capacities until his health became so impaired by consumption as to render him unable to continue longer in service. He leaves a wife and one child.
Our library has recently been enlarged by the addition of one hundred new books. It now contains over 675 volumes.

1575. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: At a Court of Probate holden at Canterbury, within and for the district of Canterbury on the 8th day of December, A.D. 1882. Present, M.H. Sanger, Esq. Judge. On motion of Lewis B. Herrick, administrator on the estate of Emily Herrick late of Canterbury 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 administrator 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 Canterbury, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from record, M.H. Sanger, Judge.

1576. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Married.
Cole-Morse—In Stafford Springs, Dec. 18 by the Rev. Mr. Palmer, Thomas C. Cole, of Providence and Miss Vina Morse of Stafford Springs.

1577. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Died.
Wedon—In Andover, Dec, 13, Edward Wedon, age 38 years.
Martin—In Willimantic, Dec. 16, Martha Martin.

1578. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: At A Court of Probate holden at Chaplin within and for the district of Chaplin on the 18th day of December, A.D. 1882. Present, Ephraim W. Day, Esq., Judge. On motion of Delia C. Allen, Executrix on the estate of Miner Allen late of Chaplin 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 executrix on said estate, 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 Chaplin. Certified from Record.

1579. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the district of Windham on the 14th day of December, A.D. 1882. Present Huber Clark, Esq. Judge. This Court doth direct John L. Hunter, administrator on the estate of Benjamin Cook late of Windham in said district deceased, represented to be insolvent, to give notice to all persons interested in the estate of said deceased, to appear, (if they see cause) before the Court of Probate to be holden at the probate office in said district on the 25th day of December, 1882, at 9 o’clock a.m. to be heard relative to the appointment of commissioners on said estate, by posting said order of notice on a public sign-post in said town of Windham nearest to the place where the deceased last dwelt and by advertising the same in a newspaper published in Windham in said district. Certified from Record, Huber Clark, Judge.

1580. TWC Wed Dec. 20, 1882: Birds. There will be offered at private sale for the remainder of the present week, a very fine lot of Hartz Mountain Canary birds, with a variety of other birds, consisting of English and Irish Thrushes, Blackbirds, Goldfinches, Magpies, Linets, Jays and Domestic Birds. Also a full line of brass and japanned Bird Cages, Bird Seed, &c. The birds are in splendid song, and fine plumage and warranted to be as represented. All to be sold at reasonable prices, at the Wheeler & Wilson Sewing Machine Office, Willimantic, Conn. R. Willis, Turnersville, Conn.

1581. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: About Town.
Last weeks’ postal appointments include that of William F. Palmer to be postmaster at Scotland.
Rev. S. McBurney will preach next Sunday morning and evening at the M.E. church, sermons appropriate to the New Year.
David H. Clark has a large supply of robes, blankets, harness and horse equipments at his stable on Church Street, and his prices are low. Go there when you want to buy this class of goods.
H.L. Edgarton took a whopper of a pickerel from Eaton’s pond yesterday. It was shown in Wilson & Leonard’s window last evening and weighed four and a half pounds.
A special train conveying Jay Gould, Russel Sage and others to Boston passed through here Thursday. It was expected that they would look over the Thread mill property but for some reason they did not.
The annual report of General Manager Felton of the New England road says that the total loss caused by the four serious accidents this year—those at Franklin, Burnside, Hampton and Putnam was $26,287.

1582. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Quite a party of friends and acquaintances of the parties gathered at the Catholic church yesterday to witness the marriage ceremony of Mr. James Ward of Norwich and Miss Mary Morrison daughter of Mr. Martin Morrison of this place.

1583. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: The officers of the posts of the Department of Connecticut will be installed at the first regular meeting in January 1883. Comrade John F. Crary, C.M.O., of Norwich will install the officers of the Colchester, Willimantic and Mystic River posts.

1584. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: The Hartford Post of last evening says: “The Norwich line of telephone is completed and this afternoon communication was had between Norwich and Willimantic, via., Colchester, Middletown, Hartford, Rockville and Tolland, 109 miles. The messages were clearly transmitted and everything worked admirably.”

1585. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: There has been at least one railroad collision which was a positive benefit to this village. That was the one which knocked the beauty out of that water tank west of the station. They are clearing away the debris now and a crane drawing water from the large new reservoir in process of erection will be used in place of the former institution.

1586. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: From forty to fifty of the marriageable young ladies of Rockville have formed a temperance organization which forbids “hitching” to any young man who drinks or even uses tobacco in any form. The Willimantic girls are yet to be heard from on this question. It is an admirable scheme for getting into the market, but our fair maidens, we imagine, are a little too modest for this sort of advertisement.

1587. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Mr. Taylor, a respected citizen of Greenville, father of N.L. Taylor, who has charge of the Linen Co’s shoe store, died suddenly at his home Tuesday morning of pneumonia.

1588. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: The Linen company has leased the building now occupied by Patrick Cunningham on lower Main street, of Hickey Brothers and it is reported will start a fish market there.

1589. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Never in the history of this post-office was so much mail distributed here. Postmaster Walden informs us that twelve extra sacks were necessary to contain the Christmas matter.

1590. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Sheriff Pomeroy, who has for some time by dictation of the railroad company been looking for a party of railroad men who stole freight at the recent smashup at Goshen, arrested a man on suspicion yesterday.

1591. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: The Episcopalians have raised $725 towards their church. They have service every Sunday at Dunham hall at 10:45, a.m. and 7, p.m. Rev. Mr. Wells, their pastor, is an able and eloquent preacher as well as an agreeable gentleman.

1592. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Mr. Hiram Conant of the firm of Merrick & Conant, East Hampton, Conn., has bought the Conantville silk mill property. It is understood that he will take possession as soon as possible and begin its operation on a substantial basis.

1593. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: A notable social event which was attended by a number of friends from this village was the marriage at Ellington of Miss Nettie Talcott, daughter of Mr. James Talcott formerly connected with the Linen company, and Mr. Horace Kibbe, which occurred at the home of the bride’s father last Wednesday. The guests were numerous and the presents many and valuable.

1594. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: More than usual has the lock-up been patronized the past week the cause being an extra amount of drunkenness and disorderly conduct. One taste of that filthy place, which is abundantly supplied with refuse from a stable, ought to be sufficient to teach the worst creature to keep within the law’s bounds thereafter. It really is a dirty place and a discredit to the town.

1595. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Town clerk Wales is wading through the town records away back to the year 1800 and indexing them in a book recently purchased for that purpose. The following particulars accompany each record: Nature of deed; grantee and grantor, book, page, character of deed, month, day and year. It is considerable of a task but when completed will be a convenient and expeditious means for reference.

1596. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Major Alfred Avery of Windham was found in bed Monday morning in a paralyzed condition, neither able to move nor speak. He has, however, to-day recovered the power of speech. He has been a resident of that borough for upwards of twenty years whither he removed from Scotland, and is 88 years of age. He is very well known in this village and has been an influential citizen of the town. But a few days ago he was noticed about this place as erect an active as a person thirty years his junior.

1597. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: At a regular meeting of Natchaug Lodge No 22 Knights of Pythias at Castle hall Tuesday evening the following officers were elected for the ensuing year.—P.C. Amos W. Bill, C.C. George H. Purington, V.C. John Bowman, Prel. C.J. Fox, K. of R. and S. F. W. Reed, M. of E George G. Cross, M. of F. W. N. Potter, M. of A. Howard R. Alford, J.G. Alex Ogden, O.G. James H. Picknell, Trustee James H. Picknell, First Representative to the Grand Lodge Chas. J. Fox, Second Representative to the Grand Lodge H.R. Alford. Natchaug Lodge during the past year has added largely to its membership many of our prominent citizens and is in a highly prosperous condition.

1598. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: “Bill” Davis, who is known as an in-offensive sort of person, had his upper jaw broken by being struck with a brick Christmas afternoon while passing along Main street near the Chronicle office in company with others, some brazen boys made jeering remarks to him and as he turned to reply one of them threw a brick at him hitting him in the face. The blow broke the upper jaw, knocked out two teeth and left an ugly gash. The wound was dressed and the gash sewed up by Dr. McNally. No arrests have as yet been made. It is necessary that there should be at least two day policemen. The court of Burgesses will promote public order by acting upon this suggestion.

1599. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Mr. W.G. Morrison was very agreeably surprised by about twenty-five of his workmen from the machine shop last Thursday evening. The men took possession of his home during his absence at the Methodist festival and upon returning he found it in commotion. The embarrassment of the situation was relieved when Mr. Timothy Reynolds stepped forward and in behalf of the company presented Mr. Morrison with an elegant and costly silver ice pitcher accompanying the gift with suitable remarks which were replied to appropriately by the recipient. The evening was passed in an enjoyable manner. Such little events speak well for the cordial relation existing between employees and employers of this establishment and are complimentary to the firm.

1600. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Messrs P.G. & J.S. Hanks, of Mansfield met with a severe loss in the burning of their silk mill last Sunday night. The fire which occurred at about 1 o’clock a.m. was not discovered until it was bursting through the roof and it was then beyond any possibility of being extinguished with the means at hand. The mill a building 28x60 feet and two stories high was completely consumed. It had but a short time since been thoroughly repaired and in it at the time was a large amount of stock and machinery. The loss comes very heavy on the owners as the insurance was in the vicinity of $5,000 while the value of property destroyed was over $10,000. The first building in this country in which silk thread has been manufactured by machinery stood near by but this was unharmed. It is understood that they will rebuild.

1601. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Windham loses another valuable citizen in the death of James M. Hebard which occurred Monday afternoon. During the morning of that day he complained of feeling unwell and a physician was summoned but did not arrive for some hours. Mr. Hebard was sitting in a chair at the time but made the remark that he felt better in a standing position and while the doctor was preparing medicine he rose to his feet but had stood but a moment when he began to waver and before he could be caught fell to the floor dead from what was afterwards pronounced to be paralysis of the heart. He was a well-to-do, honest and respected citizen of the town, 67 years of age. The Courant says of him: “Closely following the death of Mr. Chester Hebard, we are called upon to chronicle the decease of a younger brother, Mr. James M. Hebard, who died suddenly on Christmas day at Windham. Mr. James M. Hebard was a former resident of this city and was connected with the Consolidated road, which he left to take a position in the Hudson River Railroad office. He was president of the first cooperative grocery established here many years ago on State street, and was otherwise well known to many of our citizens. He leaves a widow but no children.” He was a brother of Andrew F. Hebard of this village. The funeral will occur on Thursday, at 1 p.m.

1602. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Highway Robbery—Friday night between 9 and 10 o’clock, Orin M. Larkham, a Lebanon storekeeper was robbed of $600 on “Kick hill.” He had been to Providence collecting bills for poultry, and arrived at South Windham early in the evening. He spent an hour or two at the house of Mrs. Larkham’s mother, where his wife was spending a few days, and at about 9 o’clock started for Lebanon, with his own team which he had left at South Windham during his absence. Having had an experience with highwaymen a year or two ago, he has since taken the road most thickly populated for night drives. The dexterous use of the butt of his whip and a spirited horse took him out of the hands of his first assailants without loss, but Friday night he was seized by two men from the rear of his buggy, forcibly taken out, gagged and bound hand and foot, and left insensible beside the road. The money was then taken from him and the thieves departed. He revived and managed to get his feet free and made his way to the nearest house, roused the inmates and was unbound and the gag removed from his mouth. He then made his way home, and found his horse in the barn when he arrived there. The thinks there were three men engaged in the job, but he cannot identify either of them. Mr. Larkham recently sold out his stock of goods in Lebanon expecting to go into business in this village. He was not harmed to any great extent by the assailants, and no clue to them has as yet been obtained.

1603. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Mansfield Center.
Last week Mr. Wood and wife from the north part of the town, were riding past the church in a sleigh, to which a young horse was attached, when one of the reins broke and the horse became unmanageable. Fortunately there is a high bank wall in front of the church, between that and the road, and Mr. Wood succeeded in “bring his steed up against the wall where he suddenly stopped and prevented what might have proved a runaway. Nothing better to check a runaway horse, than to butt him into a high, hard, Calvinistic stone wall.
The measles, which were expected to spread, have been successfully quarantined no new cases are reported. There have been but three cases, and those were confined to the plebeian side of the brook.
Joseph Hawley Barrows, and his brother Walter, while crossing some pine land a little east of Town pond, the fore part of this week, discovered a coon’s track and following it a short distance found that it went into a hole in the ground. After procuring a spade and bar, they excavated four full grown coons, all in one nest, and but a short distance from the surface of the ground. The combined weight of the four was nearly sixty pounds. Where is Dr. Hamlin?

1604. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Mansfield.
Some changes in real estate with us this winter. Two young Germans have bought the farm known as the Cross farm and they have began to make improvements already. George W. LeValley has bought the farm where he has resided for two years, of Mrs. Mary E. Simons and will commence to improve the buildings and land in view of making his future residence with us.
Our board of selectmen are threatened with a treat in shape of a law suit from Chaplin. The facts in the premises are as follows: James McFarlane owns a flock of sheep in Chaplin, and Charles Crain owns dogs in Mansfield and while Mr. Crain was hunting foxes his dogs bit three of Mr. McFarlane’s sheep and when both parties were looking up the damage they find that the sheep had been bitten by dogs before, but by what dogs they know not and while awaiting developments another pack of dogs get among them and tear them up badly, and the last lot of dogs were caught in the act. Now the conundrum is who pays the damage the owners of the dogs, Chaplin, or good natured Mansfield? Our town fathers say they are willing to do what is right in the matter but don’t quite see the matter in the same light as one of the appraisers saw it, when he says, make out the damage to Mansfield, they will pay it. But Mansfield ain’t doing so much as she was. Hence the circus.
The Mount Hope Spoke Co., have dissolved and Mr. Joseph Bacon has assumed the business and wants white oak timber. Don’t let any business in Mansfield lag for want of material to work when we have enough of it. Brace up boys.

1605. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Scotland.
Henry C. Ray is ill with a brain disease, but hopes are now entertained of his recovery.
C.M. Smith has torn down the old blacksmith shop and put it up on the David Smith place for an out building.
Rowland H. Tucker has bought the Horace Brown place in the village, and is making preparations to put up a blacksmith shop on the lot.
Miss Eliza J. Burnett is to make her home with her brother in Norwich. Mrs. Ralph Webb is to reside with her son Mr. Julius Webb in the same city.
John B. Bacon has taken a clerkship in the store of Burnett & Palmer.
Miss Lola Bingham has not recovered the use of her limbs since her fall some time since, and is now being cared for at the house of Mr. John Hovey.
Wm. F. Palmer has been appointed postmaster in place of Mr. James Burnett deceased.

1606. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Andover.
Mr. B.E. Post spent Christmas with his son George at Putnam. George is a native of Andover, and Andover people are much pleased with his appointment on Gov. Waller’s staff.
Mahlon Watrous and Alfred Forbes who were bound over some time ago for an assault on some children pleaded guilty in the Superior court at Tolland.

1607. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: South Windham.
Smith, Winchester & Co., made each family among their employees a present of a turkey Christmas.

1608. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Columbia.
The Ladies’ Society met with Mrs. Simon Hunt on Wednesday evening.
Chester Collins is gradually improving although not able to leave his bed.
Wm. B. Little has butchered a 15 mos. Pig that weighed 490 lbs.
Mrs. William H. Yeomans has pieced a bed quilt containing 8,640 pieces.
Christmas tree at Justin Holbrook’s and a very pleasant family party consisting of the children and grandchildren and a very rare occurrence as in this case their aged grandmother of over 90 years should be able to participate in their enjoyment.
Dr. C.N. Gallup, while returning from visiting patients in Andover, met with what might have resulted in a serious accident. His horse became frightened at the cars and one of the lines parted but the Doctor quickly guided the animal with the other holder into the ditch and secured him without injury with the exception of a few cuts on his legs.
Saxton B. Little of Meriden, in his earlier life a resident of this place has stated his willingness to aid the people in the formation of a public library. A meeting was held Thursday evening and a committee appointed to ascertain what Mr. Little’s propositions are and to take necessary steps in the matter.
Dr. C.N. Gallup will probably soon occupy his new residence, as he took to himself a wife on Christmas day. Quite a number of the bride’s relatives from this place were the recipients of those white-winged messengers that opened the doors of Mr. Foote’s residence in Colchester for them to witness the marriage ceremony which united their only daughter to our worthy physician—Dr. C.N. Gallup. His many friends extend to the newly wedded pair the compliments of the season with kind wishes for their future happiness.

1609. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Canterbury.
Mrs. Bacon, the widow of the late Deacon Lucius Bacon, passed her ninety-seventh birthday on the 17th inst. She was married and came to Canterbury to live in 1808. Her home is with her daughter, Mrs. E.A. Morgan, who resides within the town of Plainfield. This family has always been identified with the Congregational church in Canterbury. Mrs. Bacon’s mind is unimpaired, especially as to events that transpired three-quarters of a century gone by. Mrs. Clark of South Canterbury, the widow of the late Seth Clark, attained her ninety-second birthday on Friday, the 22nd inst. She is in the enjoyment of good health and her mind is still active. She received the congratulations of children, grand-children and many friends on her birthday. Mr. Perrin Adams, in the same neighborhood will be ninety years of age if he beholds the light of the last day of the closing year. Notwithstanding he has reached a great age he reads his weekly newspaper with as much interest as any of his neighbors.
It is reported that the receipts of the donation lately given to the Rev. J.H. Kopf will reach the sum of $90.
R.A. Williams and F.D. Sanger are at home from Williston seminary.
Miss Ruth K. Smith is home from Plainfield.
Miss Minnie Bond, from Northampton, is with her grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Dyer.
Mr. Gilman Spalding and sister came home to spend Christmas. They presented their parents with a handsome easy chair as a Christmas gift.
The supply of poultry for Christmas was limited. Mr. John T. Shea only obtained a ton. His customers in Providence would have taken three tons.
Miss Ruth F. Sanger sails on the Baltic, Saturday, for a trip to Europe. She is expected to be gone several months.

1610. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Willington.
Rev. J.L. Phillips of the Baptist church preached last Sunday morning.
A Christmas exercise was held in the Congregational church in the afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. F.W. Holden.
The Ladies’ Benevolent society of the Congregational church meet on Thursday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Cortiss.
Mrs. William Holt, formerly of this town but now in St. Johnsbury Vt., is visiting friends in town.
The regular meeting of the Reading Circle is omitted this week on account of Christmas and will meet Tuesday evening Jan. 2, with Mrs. H.C. Harbinson.
Mr. Dwight Cortiss of Willimantic, is spending a few days in town.
We are glad to see our esteemed friend L.W. Holt able to be out again after a severe illness.

1611. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Married.
Ward-Morrison—In Willimantic, Dec. 26 by Rev. Fl. DeBruycker, Mr. James Ward, of Norwich, to Miss Mary Morrison, of Willimantic.
Keigwin-Allen—In Willimantic, Dec. 24, by Rev. S.R. Free, Mr. Henry Keigwin, of Windham, and Miss Clara E. Allen, of Coventry.
Kilburn-Pilling—In Willimantic, Dec. 25th, by the Rev. S.R. Free, Mr. John Kilburn and Miss Alice Pilling, both of Willimantic.
Williams-Bliven—In Willimantic, Dec. 10th, 1882 by the Rev. S. McBurney, Mr. Herbert F. Williams and Miss Estella L. Bliven, all of Willimantic.
Duncan-Vogel—In Willimantic, Dec. 23d, by the Rev. S. McBurney, Mr. Charles F. Duncan and Miss Josie A. Vogel, all of Willimantic.
Kibbe-Talcott—In Ellington, Dec. 20th, Mr. Horace Kibbe, and Miss Nettie Talcott, both of Ellington.

1612. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: Died.
Schmidle—In Willimantic, Dec. 21st, Joanna Schmiddle [sic], aged 58 years.
Morrison—In this village, Dec. 21st, William T. Morrison.
Henry—In Goshem, Dec. 26th, Lucretia A. Henry, aged 65 years.
Hebard—In Windham, Dec. 25th, James M. Hebard, aged 67 years.
Alley—In this place, Dec. 23d, Artemise Alley.

1613. TWC Wed Dec. 27, 1882: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the district of Windham on the 15th day of December A.D. 1882. Present, Huber Clark, Esq. Judge. On motion of William F. Palmer and J. Guilford Burnett, Executors of the last will and testament of James Burnett late of Scotland, 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 said executors, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham, and by posting a copy thereof on a public signpost in said town of Scotland nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record. Huber Clark, Judge.

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