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The Willimantic Chronicle,

McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.


Wed Feb 4 1880: About Town.
C.P. Hempstead has moved into Daniel Griggs' cottage on Prospect street.
Edwin Gillette has opened a grocery store in Bingham's block on Church street.
J.R. Root was out sleighing this morning driving tandem. Looked odd in a sleigh.
The Superior Court for Windham County granted nineteen divorces during the past year.
Wm. Harris, under Bowman, the tailor, does all kinds of gent's repairing neatly and promptly.
Capt. Brown will speak at Excelsior hall, Sunday at 2 o'clock in the afternoon and 7 in the evening.
Anson A. Kenyon will soon open a harness shop in the north store in Turner block, on Church street.
D.H. Clark contemplates erecting a large building at his stables, on Church street to be used as a carriage repository.
Some Willimantic parties are talking of renting the silk mill formerly owned and run by Atwood & Richmond, of Brooklyn.
The class in geology meet at the residence of Mrs. Marcy on Union street this evening, Subject, "Lithological Geology," continued.
Mr. J.B. Welch will address the Band of Hope at the Methodist vestry next Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock.
The Ladies social Union of First Society Spiritualists met at Mrs. L.J. Fuller's last Friday evening. The subject was "The Vedas or Bible of India."
Dr. Banning will be at the Brainard House Monday and Tuesday of next week. All those who desire his spinal braces will do well to call and see him.
At the annual meeting of the Connecticut Traveler's Union held in Hartford, Wm. P. Stevens, of this place was chosen one of the vice presidents.

328. Wed Feb 4 1880: The Congregational Sabbath school last Thursday evening elected Wm. H.H. Bingham, superintendent, Geo. A. Conant, assistant, and Mrs. Albert A. Conant lady assistant.

329. Wed Feb 4 1880: W.G. & A.R. Morrison shipped a car load of new machinery to Belding, Paul & Co., Montreal, Canada, last week. They are doing a very large business at the present time, and employ twenty-four men.

330. Wed Feb 4 1880: The Band of Hope met last Sunday evening in the vestry of the M.E. church at five o'clock. Henry W. Avery was the speaker of the evening, and delivered a telling impromptu address on temperance.

331. Wed Feb 4 1880: J. Dwight Willis has purchased the wood yard formerly owned by William C. Cargel, and is prepared to furnish wood and kindlings in quantity and quality to suit customers. All orders will be promptly attended to between 6 in the morning and 6 in the afternoon.

332. Wed Feb 4 1880: C.R. Utley has re-occupied the store from which he was driven by the fire, and has put in a new stock of goods. Mr. Freeman has resumed his position at the jewelry counter, and has also added a fresh supply. The store has been repaired and looks bright and cheerful, and ought to draw business.

333. Wed Feb 4 1880: Business at the Putnam silk mill is so brisk that the firm is compelled to run over-time. The force of help has been increased, and a much larger quantity of goods is being produced than ever before. The mill is owned by the enterprising firm of Hammond, Knowlton & Co., formerly of this place.

334. Wed Feb 4 1880: The Commissioners--J.R. Arnold, Esq. of this place and David Griggs, Esq. of Chaplin--on the estate of Erastus Canada, deceased, late of Chaplin occupied several days last week at the office of John L. Hunter, Esq., in hearing contests over the claims presented against the estate. Chaplin sent her full quota of witnesses.

335. Wed Feb 4 1880: The attaching of telephone instruments to the telegraph line for the purpose of connecting Palmer, Mass., with New London, was not successful, from the fact that the wire goes through so many offices and is connected with so many instruments. The passing of trains also helped to make the sound so indistinct that it was of no practical value. It is probable that the N.L.N. Railroad Company will erect a wire for this special purpose, as telephonic communication over the road is desired.

336. Wed Feb 4 1880: The latest swindle on the farmer is the "census-taking." A gentlemanly fellow drives up with blanks for statistics of the farm; bushels of wheat, number of cattle raised, acres under cultivation, etc. Between the tables and the foot of the page, where the farmer signs his name attesting the statement, is a blank space, whose existence is accounted for as affording room for miscellaneous information. In a month more the farmer receives notice from a neighboring bank that his note for $150 is due. He knows nothing of the note, but investigation shows that the "census-taker" has filled in the blank with a promise to pay, which, being now in the hand of an innocent holder must be paid by the unlucky dupe.

337. Wed Feb 4 1880: Mr. H.W. Hale closed up his business in this place on Thursday last and he and his pleasant and agreeable wife are visiting their friends in other parts of the state previous to going to Dover, N.Y., in March or April where he has engaged a new store to open in the same line of business which he has so successfully conducted here. Mr. H. is an energetic, wide awake, and pleasant business man of the strictest integrity, and the hosts of friends which he and his wife have made during their ten years stay here with us deeply regret that he thinks it for his business interest to leave us. That the same success and prosperity which has attended this agreeable couple while with us may go and remain with them wherever their lines are cast we think is the wish of our community.

338. Wed Feb 4 1880: James Haggerty recently received from a friend in the West, an Indian flute. Our civilized musicians are not equal to the task of playing on it. It may be seen in J.J. Kennedy's window.

339. Wed Feb 4 1880: A concert, for the purpose of raising funds for famine stricken Ireland, will be given at St. Joseph's Hall, Valley street, to-morrow (Thursday) evening. It is under the direction of J.J. Kennedy, and the programme which has been arranged will be very entertaining. It should be liberally patronized, as the object is worthy.

340. Wed Feb 4 1880: George F. Johnson, who has run the hotel at Windham for a number of years, has leased the Mortlake House, of Brooklyn, whither he has removed. The people of Windham will miss the genial presence of Mr. J. and wife. They have a thorough knowledge of the hotel business, and have a happy faculty of entertaining their guests. The Mortlake House is pleasantly situated and a very cheerful appearance. We have no doubt Mr. Johnson will make it an agreeable stopping place for people attending court.

341. Wed Feb 4 1880: About eight o'clock Tuesday morning attention was attracted towards the lower end of the village by the protracted blowing of the switch engine's whistles, and it was soon ascertained that the cause was a fire in that vicinity, and immediately the alarm was given. It was discovered that a fire had caught in the attic of a Mr. Cotter's house, near Milk street crossing. The fire companies tuned out promptly and dragged the machines through the snow in the direction of the fire, but before they reached the threatened premises it was out, it requiring but a few pails of water to extinguish it.

342. Wed Feb 4 1880: A most dastardly attempt was made a week ago last Saturday night to fire the barn of Lester Bill, Esq., of Chaplin and perhaps to take Mr. Bill's life. Mr. Bill went to his barn early Sunday morning to feed his stock, and upon turning to come out he discovered a piece of sand-paper tacked to the floor back of the barn door by which he entered the barn. This was tacked at the edge towards the door while the edge from the door was turned up so as to elevate it. A liberal quantity of powder was scattered over the sand paper and trained to a quantity of loose hay which had been carefully placed a short distance from the sand-paper and from this loose hay a train of hay was laid to the hay in the other part of the barn. Upon the bottom of the door was nailed a stiff piece of card board and between the door and this card board some dozen matches were stuck with their igniting ends near the floor. The intention of the dastardly scoundrel who fixed this infernal arrangement undoubtedly was to have the matches as the door was swung open rub over the sand-paper and thus ignited to explode the powder in Mr. Bill's face and fire the barn, but by some good fortune the matches were placed so low that they caught on the tacked edge of the sand-paper and were broken off as the door opened. Such an attempt as this upon the life and property of a citizen should be ferreted out, if possible, by the authorities of Chaplin and the guilty wretch be made to suffer the fullest penalty of the law.

343. Wed Feb 4 1880: Colchester.
The school census shows in this town, 611 children between the ages of four and sixteen years. Of this number, 546 were reported to have attended school in 1879, and 65 are said to have attended no school. Of this number, 31 were under four, 4 were weak-minded, and one deaf.
As Mr. Edwin Bronson was returning from the entertainment last Wednesday evening, he was stopped on the street by three young ruffians, who are well-known in Colchester. Mr. Bronson did not scare worth a cent, and after a few remarks, the young gentlemen made up their minds to give him the freedom of the sidewalk.
The vital statistics of the town for the year ending Dec. 31st, 1879, are, births 66, 26 males and 40 females; deaths, 44, 20 males and 24 females; marriages, 28.
There has been no epidemic here during the year, except whooping cough near the close of the year.
The Colchester Cornet Band gave a concert and ball on Friday evening, Jan. 23. Gurdon Cady, prompter.
Hon. E.S. Day has been elected President of the Colchester railroad, filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of Hon. Wm. H. Haywood for the purpose of accepting the office of railroad commissioner.

344. Wed Feb 4 1880: Vicinity News.
County Sheriff Osgood and wife are spending the winter in Florida.
Killingly boasts of two brides of twelve and fourteen years respectively.
Killingly has had 155 births, 53 marriages, and 129 deaths during the past year.
Seventy of the Danielsonville Union Graded school scholars are down with the measles.
Rev. A.T. Parsons, of Danielsonville, rector of St. Alban's parish, has tendered his resignation.
John Johnson of Killingly, has in his possession an eight dollar note of old Continental money.
William C. Gilman, the forger, has found employment in cataloguing Otis's library in Norwich.

345. Wed Feb 4 1880: John Wright, the stage driver between Rockville and Tolland died at his home in the latter place Wednesday noon.

346. Wed Feb 4 1880: The Putnam Patriot is trying hard to inveigle Providence capitalists into building the proposed railroad from Pascoag to that place.

347. Wed Feb 4 1880: Deputy Sheriff Bowen, of Danielsonville, makes his headquarters at Putnam a portion of the week during Sheriff Osgood's stay in the south.

348. Wed Feb 4 1880: The reason that all China is just now affected with severe colds must be, that the Rockville mud is so deep that it makes the ground dampen the other side.--Rockville Journal.

349. Wed Feb 4 1880: H.A. Harwood, of Tolland, has exchanged his farm with Mellen T. Doten, of Boston, Mass., for his stock of dry goods. Mr. Harwood is now in Boston selling the goods.

350. Wed Feb 4 1880: A ledge owned by A.A. Vaughn, of South Killingly, has been leased for five years by the Quinebaug Co., of Danielsonville, who are to build a large addition to their cotton factory next summer.

351. Wed Feb 4 1880: N.P. Witter, of Brooklyn, did a colossal business in the pork raising line the past season. He raised nineteen hogs, the aggregate weight of which was six thousand two hundred and ninety-three pounds.

352. Wed Feb 4 1880: Brunor & Son, proprietors of the Rockville Bazar, have assigned their property to T. Newcomb for the benefit of their creditors. Efforts have been made during the past week to compromise with the creditors but without success. This firm have been running a branch store in Stafford Springs and kept the largest stock of goods in the place.

353. Wed Feb 4 1880: Information has been received from Milwaukee, Wis., of the finding on the lake shore of the dead body of Mrs. Mary M. Latimer, recently of Hannibal, N.Y., but formerly of Montville near New London. She had been visiting a friend in Milwaukee. She was about forty years of age and left Montville last spring. She was a widow and has for some time shown a mania for polite begging. The body was found in a secluded place and the indications are that she met her death by foul play, as she was divested of ear and finger rings which she was accustomed to wear.

354. Wed Feb 4 1880: We are informed upon reliable authority, that it is the intention of the Willimantic Gas Co. to put their works in thorough and complete order, and to make some very considerable alterations, with a view to the furnishing the community with a good quality of gas, and in ample supply. Should they be seconded in their efforts to improve matters, by the increase of applications for gas, the price per thousand feet will be put at a lower figure than has been heretofore paid. Mr. Norman, who has been placed in charge at the works, is a well informed, and thoroughly capable man for the position, and it will no doubt, be speedily proven in the results of better gas, and greater and more available supply.

355. Wed Feb 4 1880: State News.
One Amos Treat, who lives in Westfield, a weak minded and miserly man, over seventy years of age, was tarred and feathered on the head and face Wednesday evening, Jan. 21.
Charles Brown, a shoemaker, 75 years old and who lived alone, in Windsor, perished by the burning of his domicile early Saturday morning. His charred remains were found in the ruins.
The late John D. Ferguson, of Stamford, left by will $10,000 for a public library, provided the people raised $15,000 to add to it. The sum of $11,325 has been secured, the most of it within a few days.
The Rev. Mr. Paige has been placed under $300 bonds, on the charge of sending obscene literature through the mails, for his appearance at the next term of the United States district court.
George W. Chapman, of Westchester, by jumping from the forward end of an ox-cart in motion, fell, and two wheels passed over him, breaking one leg and badly bruising the other. He crawled about a quarter of a mile on his hands and knees, when he was overtaken by a neighbor with a team and carried home.

356. Wed Feb 4 1880: Items of Interest.
The world is said by astronomers to be at least five hundred million years old.
The Japanese make a very curious and handsome kind of copper by casting it under water, the metal being highly heated and the water also being hot. The result is a beautiful rose-colored tint, which is not affected by exposure to the atmosphere.
A drunkard at Battle Hill, Kansas, resolved to reform or die. Putting some deadly poison into a glass with whiskey, he locked himself in a room with the mixture. His plan was to conquer his craving for alcohol if possible, and, if his appetite overpowered him, kill himself with the drink that satisfied it. He was alone with the poison for six hours, and then he drank it. His life was saved, however, by the timely efforts of a physician, and he was sent to an asylum for inebriates.

357. Wed Feb 4 1880: Stearns H. Abbott, the suspected murder of Mrs. Maria Crue, at Groton, Mass., was arrested at East Ware, N.H. on Thursday last.

358. Wed Feb 4 1880: Wm. S. Eakin of Groton, died on Saturday at the Grand Central depot in New York, where he was waiting for his wife's arrival on the train. The train bearing the wife arrived a few moments after the husband's death.

359. Wed Feb 4 1880: The Rev. A.W. Paige as taken from the Haddam jail to Hartford last Saturday, for the purpose of a hearing before U.S. Commissioner Marvin, on the charge of "sending obscene matter through the mails." The accused waived an examination, and was put under $300 bonds for his appearance before the next term of the United States district court. Paige looked dejected and woe-begone.

360. Wed Feb 4 1880: Much to the disappointment of the public, the grand jury found no bill against Riddle, accused of poisoning his wife. It is thought that the result of the Hayden trial operated on the jury in reaching their conclusion, and that they did not want to find a true bill unless there was, in their opinion, a certainty of conviction. To an outsider it looks as if Riddle should have been put on trial. What the evidence before the grand jury was is a secret of the jury room, but the jury are said to have been conscientious, conservative men.

361. Wed Feb 4 1880: The Democratic State Committee meets this evening in Hartford to fix the time and place for holding the state convention for the election of delegates to the National convention. The full committee is composed of the following named gentlemen:
1st Dist., Fred. S. Brown of Hartford, Chairman.
2d " William W. Ripley, So. Windsor.
3d " T.C. Coogan, Hartford.
4th " Wm. R. Shelton, New Haven.
5th " Greene Kendrick, Waterbury.
6th " John C. Byxbee, Meriden.
7th " Jerome S. Anderson, Stonington.
8th " John M. Thayer, Norwich.
9th " James A. Bill, Lyme.
10th " Morris W. Seymour, Bridgeport.
11th " Dr. E.A. Brown, Danbury.
12th " Wm. E. Raymond, New Canaan.
13th " John L. Hunter, Willimantic.
14th " S.A. Wheaton, Phoenixville.
15th " Henry J. Allen, Wolcottville.
16th " O.B. King, Watertown.
17th " Milo B. Richardson, Lime Rock.
18th " Charles R. Fagan, Middletown.
19th " Charles A. Elliott, Clinton.
20th " Merrick A. Marcy, Union.
21st " Dwight Webler, So. Coventry.

362. Wed Feb 4 1880: William Harris, Tailor, would respectfully announce to the people of Willimantic and vicinity that he has opened Clothes Cleaning and Repairing shop, where is prepared to do all kinds of Gents' Cleaning and Repairing in the neatest manner, and at the most reasonable prices. Gents' Clothing cleansed by the best French process, and spots warranted not to return. All descriptions of Dyeing done. Kid Gloves Cleaned. Work sent to us before Monday afternoon at 7 o'clock, returned Saturday, and before Thursday afternoon at 7, returned the next Wednesday. Main St., Under Bowman's Tailor Shop, William Harris.

363. Wed Feb 4 1880: At a Court of Probate holden as Eastford, within and for the district of Eastford, on the 31st day of January, A.D. 1880. Present, Hiram H. Burnham, Judge. Estate of George C. McClelland late of Eastford deceased, (represented insolvent.) This Court doth decree that six months from the 31st day of January, inst. be allowed and limited for the creditors of said Estate to exhibit their claims against the estate to Samuel H. Seward Esq., of Putnam, and H.B. Burnham of Eastford, Commissioners appointed to examine and adjust said claims, and directs the administrators on said estate to give notice of this order, and of the times and places of meeting of said commissioners for said purpose, by advertising four weeks in two newspapers, one published in Putnam and one in Willimantic, and by sending a like notice to every known creditor residing without said Probate District within ten days from this date. Hiram H. Burnham, Judge. The subscribers give notice that they shall meet at the office of J.D. Barrows & Son in Eastford, on Saturday, the 21st day of February inst., and the 24th day of July, at one o'clock in the afternoon on each of said days, for the purpose of attending to the business of said appointment. Samuel H. Seward, H.B. Burnham, Commissioners.

364. Wed Feb 4 1880: Liberty Hill.
The select school,--E.S. Hinckley, teacher, --twenty or more scholars, will close in about four weeks, and then the young men and maidens who are here from other places will "vanish like a beautiful dream" only to appear again some other day, when commences another term.
Mrs. Milo Hall from East Randolph, N.Y., is staying at Oliver Sherman's for a few days, with her son, C.D. Hall, who is a scholar at the high school.
Joel Loomis, a vender of the lively oyster, ladles them out in quantities to suit his many customers. May his horse never tire while the months hold an "r."
G.P. Loomis, who recently lost his house by fire, will rebuild.
Thos. H. Hull is sick, and under the care of his physician, Dr. Card.
Wm. H. Noyes has a fine farm for sale.
Fred Hart is running a blacksmith shop at Merrow Station.
H.B. Holbrook, the great American broomist, is out of broom corn. Try sorghum tops.
Warren Williams sought Old Nick,
That he might be a sinner.
Old Nick slapped Warren on the cheek,
And said, "You're no beginner."

365. Wed Feb 4 1880: Mansfield.
Mr. Edward Payson Armstrong of Mansfield Centre accepts a call to the Congregational church in Killingworth, and entered on his duties there Sunday, Jan. 25. He has lately been laboring at Bridgewater, Vt., being successful in raising sufficient funds to build a new church in that place.
The National Thread company have taken out papers for protecting them in the use of the label, "Paisley silk and thread company's soft finish."
M.H. Hanks and wife are visiting friends in Troy, N.Y.
E.R. Gurley, Esq., fell on the ice recently, and sustained quite severe injuries.

366. Wed Feb 4 1880: Portland.
Rev. D.A. Whedon, D.D., of Providence, R.I., preached an excellent sermon in the Methodist church last Sabbath evening from the words, "We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen, and ye receive not our witness." After the discourse, the Quarterly Conference was held, at which the unanimous request for the return of Rev. J.H. Nutting another year was made.
An interesting lecture was given by Rev. Mr. Nutting, pastor of the Methodist church, last Wednesday evening, which was followed by their annual oyster supper, and being well attended netted a handsome profit.
Mr. George Benedict, class of '81, Wesleyan University, has been engaged to teach the school at Rose Hill, vacated by the resignation of Miss Annie Strong, of East Hampton.
Mr. Alvin Brown, a respected citizen, died Jan. 19th, aged 66 years. He was insured in the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, for $2,000, for the benefit of his only son, Oscar L. Brown.

367. Wed Feb 4 1880: Lebanon.
One Lorenzo Dunton alias Charles R. Kimball of Enfield, Mass., was arrested at Lebanon recently by Constable A.C. Peckham, on suspicion of having committed the burglary at the store of O.M. Larkham on the 16th inst. Kimball has been residing at Lebanon for some time, and was a patron of Larkham's store. The morning following the burglary he disappeared from the place and suspicion fell upon him at once. Mr. Markham, knowing that he was from the neighborhood of Amherst, Mass., wrote to the authorities there to see if he had been seen in that neighborhood, and in reply was informed that he had not been seen there, but was wanted by the authorities. On Thursday he returned to Lebanon, having been absent about a week at Montville, where he stopped with Mr. Gay on Chapel Hill. He is a young man thirty years of age, well built and about six feet in height. He was wanted in his native state for burglarizing a private residence of $300. His partner in the crime is serving out a five years' term in the Massachusetts states prison. Dunton was taken to Lebanon by Constable Peckham where the case against him was nolled. There he was met by Sheriff Garland of Amherst, Mass., who identified him and conveyed him to the latter city to receive sentence for the crime he committed there two years ago. This item explains the recent petty thefts in Lebanon, and the people here now breathe easier.

368. Wed Feb 4 1880: Dayville.
It is understood that Will Watson is soon to leave us. He will go on the Light Infantry at Fort Trumbull.
Clarence H. Budlong of Cranston was in town last week.
Rev. E.S. Huntress being taken suddenly ill, did not preach Sunday. C.A. Young, in his stead, read a very good sermon.
Chas. P. Card, will in the course of the week, send through the southern and western towns of this county, a retailers' wagon with tea, coffee, spices and fancy groceries.
Fred H. Greene has bought of F. Williams of Taunton, Mass., a fine, large Light Brahma rooster. Mr. Greene is a fancier of fine poultry to a considerable extent.
A new barber shop has been opened by Fasco Bonnor. His prospects are dubious.
Mrs. C.P. Card returned from Hartford where she has been visiting relatives, on Monday.
Mr. Wood says we are not to have "Laila" here this winter. Too bad!

369. Wed Feb 4 1880: Brooklyn.
Mr. Atwood, of Wauregan, who bought the Apollos Richmond place, has hired Mr. G. Ellis to carry on the farm the coming year.
Mr. Johnson from Windham, the new landlord, has taken possession of the Mortlake. He comes well recommended by the Windham people, and we sincerely hope he will keep a first-class hotel.
The ladies of the Congregational church will hold their annual society meeting at Mrs. T. Braaman's next Wednesday evening.

370. Wed Feb 4 1880: Scotland.
Rev. S.A. Davis preached his farewell sermon at the Universalist church last Sunday. Mr. Davis has preached in Scotland quite regularly for a number of years and has many warm friends in town.
Sickness prevails to some extent in town among the children, characterized by severe colds, swelled neck and fever.
William Gates has hired the Thomas Webb farm for another year.
John P. Gager has been sick with a fever for several days.
A.M. Clark has taken contracts to build two houses, one in Chaplin, and the other in Hampton.
The family of Mrs. Gilbert Ashley had a reunion at the homestead on Saturday last.

371. Wed Feb 4 1880: Died.
Porter--In Willimantic, Feb. 3rd, Sarah Porter, aged 91.

372. Wed Feb 4 1880: Novel Contest in Prospect. Five Hundred Dollars at Stake. L.C. Welch will meet at Norwich, Ct., any lecturer of established reputation on scientific or philosophical subjects, in New England, and engage to present a more comprehensive subject, one fraught with deeper interest to mankind, and containing points of information more desirable and least possessed, than they, or forfeit the above amount. The two lectures to come off on consecutive evenings. Address L.C. Welch, North Windham, Conn., for the arrangement of preliminaries.

373. Wed Feb 4 1880: In a recent lecture on "Eclipse Problem," Professor Young, of Princeton, said, with reference to the observed increase in the rapidity of the moon's motion, that the discoverer led at first to the opinion that the moon's orbit was growing shorter, and that ultimately the moon would come down upon us. More accurate calculation, however, shows that there is no danger of so disastrous a result. The moon is not coming nearer, but our day is growing longer, owing to the friction of the tides upon the earth's surface. The tides act like a brake, and slowly diminish the speed of the earth's rotation.

374. Wed Feb 4 1880: One of the most portly and dignified of the Mormon bishops was lately seen running in a Salt Lake street, closely pursued by a woman, who whacked him with a broomstick whenever she got within reaching distance. She was the first and only wife of Brother Jones, and she had heard the bishop advising her husband to practice the precepts of the church by taking an additional spouse or two.

Wed Feb 11 1880: About Town.
Allen B. Lincoln is home from college, sick.
Rev. Frank Thompson, of Windham, supplied the Methodist pulpit Sunday.
Mr. William R. Andrews is preparing to fill his ice house from Perkins pond, Mansfield.
Grand ball at Samuel Hughes' hall in Scotland, on Friday evening, Feb. 50, Gurdon Cady will prompt.
On account of the illness of Rev. Horace Winslow, his pulpit was occupied by Rev. Dr. Church, last Sunday.
The iron rails on the New York and New England road from this place to Putnam have been replaced by steel ones.
The annual Valentine ball will be given at the hall of H.E. Knowlton in West Ashford on Friday evening, Feb. 13th.
Rev. Mr. Glidden, of Mansfield, preached at the Baptist church last Sunday afternoon in place of Rev. Holman, who was absent from town.
T.S. Beckwith sawed his hand badly this morning while at work on some wood work. The wound will disable his hand for a couple of weeks.
The Baptist Sunday school will commence a singing school Friday evening, under the instruction of Mr. Turner.
Messrs. Risley and Culverhouse, our genial cashier and teller, attended the Old Folk's Social at Rockville, last Friday night.
Mr. C.G. Bevin of East Hampton has just purchased from N.B. & L.G. Perkins a valuable thoroughbred Jersey cow known as "Scotland Lass."

376. Wed Feb 11 1880: John Long was successful in carrying off the prize of a live turkey at the shooting gallery last Saturday night, making a score of 116 out of a possible 120.

377. Wed Feb 11 1880: L.P. Ormsby is constantly supplied with those nice white clams, which he sells at 25 cents a quart. They may be found at his house, corner of north and Meadow streets, or he will deliver them if notified.

378. Wed Feb 11 1880: Lieut. Pomeroy of Co. K. has resigned. Mr. C.W. Marsh will probably be promoted to fill the vacancy. Mr. Marsh served three years in a Mass. regiment during the rebellion and is liked very much by the boys of Co. K.

379. Wed Feb 11 1880: A barn belonging to the estate of Jabez Avery, on the Coventry road was burned Saturday afternoon. The origin of the fire is unknown. It was insured for $450 in the Tolland Mutual, which will cover the loss.

380. Wed Feb 11 1880: Editor Anderson of the Stonington Mirror, John M. Thayer of Norwich, James A. Bill of Lyme, and John L. Hunter of this place, were the members from Eastern Connecticut, of the Democratic State Committee, which convened at Hartford on Wednesday evening last.

381. Wed Feb 11 1880: An exchange says that William B. Riddle of Norwich, who has been accused of poisoning his wife, came to this country from England in 1854, to put up some machinery for the Willimantic Linen Company, and that that company at Mr. Riddle's suggestion, began the manufacture of thread.

382. Wed Feb 11 1880: Warren Atwood, Esq., has shown us some milk from which the cream had been taken less than ten hours after milking and setting in his creamery; it was as blue as a whet-stone. It is Mr. Atwood's purpose to beat them all about here in the butter line, when he gets his creamery in full operation.

383. Wed Feb 11 1880: The annual Stockholders' meeting of the New London Northern railroad was held Wednesday resulting in the re-election of the old Board of Directors as follows: Charles Osgood, Wm. W. Billings, Wm. H. Barnes, Benjamin Stark, Wm. Allen Butler, Wm. H. Hill, August Brandagee, Robert Coit, Jonathan N. Harris, Thomas Ransdell, James A. Rumrill. It was voted to purchase the Brattleboro branch of the Vermont and Massachusetts railroad and for this purpose and to retire the present indebtedness of the road, it was voted to issue a million and a half of bonds. The Board of Directors subsequently held a meeting and re-elected the old officers, viz: Charles Osgood, President; Robert Coit, Secretary and Treasurer.

384. Wed Feb 11 1880: Mr. John Morrison, who has been a respected citizen of this town for the last thirty years, and who has been engaged for a number of years at the Willimantic Linen Co.'s spool shop, was the recipient of a handsome present of a gold watch chain and a meerschaum pipe from the members of Montgomery Hose Co. No. 2, of which he has been a valuable member since its organization. The presentation was made by Foreman Flynn with a few appropriate remarks which were endorsed by all the members of the Co. The proceedings were a complete surprise to Mr. Morrison, and in his reply thanked the members for their token of esteem, and said that he would always cherish them in memory of the pleasant hours spent with the Co. Mr. Morrison leaves here for Nebraska next Saturday morning, where he is to engage in farming and carries with him the respect and best wishes of a very large circle of friends and acquaintances.

385. Wed Feb 11 1880: Geo. W. Hanover, Esq. died of dropsy at the age of 54 years, at his residence in this place on Saturday night last at about ten o'clock. He had been sick and confined to his bed for two or three weeks, but the alarm attendant upon the first week of his illness had worn away as he seemed to be getting a little better. But Saturday he grew worse till at the hour mentioned he breathed his last. Mr. Hanover was a man whose great pleasure in life was in the accumulation of property. He began, in his early manhood, as an operative in our mills, and afterwards having married he and his wife began trade in millinery, and dry and fancy goods, which they carried on successfully for a number of years. For the past nine years, Mr. Hanover has been engaged in the business of Insurance Agent. When he died he had accomplished, in a great degree, what seemed to be the object and pleasure of his life and he leaves a large and valuable estate. He leaves a wife but no children. His funeral took place yesterday afternoon and he was buried by the Masonic lodge of this place of which he was a member.

386. Wed Feb 11 1880: Willimantic is not so far ahead of Putnam, after all. A glance at the vital statistics of the two towns shows that the home of the illustrious patriot holds her own, and a little more. In the matter of births Willimantic reports 208. So does Putnam. There were 62 marriages in Willimantic, while in Putnam they numbered 63. But this is more to the purpose: One hundred and fifty deaths occurred in Willimantic the past year, and only 101 in Putnam. At that rate Willimantic will be depopulated just as Putnam has completed the County court house, is enjoying the fruits of the Pascoag road, and contemplates appropriating a sum of money to help Willimantic out of a "slough of despond."--Putnam Patriot.
Well, Bro. S., lets stop and consider one moment. As near as we can calculate it will require about 60 years for Putnam to equal W. in population. Now if the village should happen to come to a stand still, it would be about double that time before it would be depopulated, at the end of which time you would be welcome to the court house. As for Putnam's appropriating a sum of money to help Willimanic out of a "slough of despond," we think it would be more beneficial to apply it to her own over-mortgaged property. Willimantic has wealth to lend. Meanwhile we're booming.

387. Wed Feb 11 1880: Hard times have learned people to economize. The low rents and central location of Church street, are attracting business men as well as buyers to that street. The latest attraction is the neat and well arranged grocery store of Deacon Gillette in Bingham's block. Mr. Gillette has fixed his prices in accordance with his very small expenses and he has a clerk that knows how to wait upon his customers.

388. Wed Feb 11 1880: February Term Superior Court. The Superior Court commenced its session on Tuesday of last week, Judge Carpenter on the bench. Owing to the severe storm of Monday night and Tuesday but nine of the jury answered to their names when called. The time of the court was taken up till four o'clock in hearing motions when the court adjourned till Wednesday at nine o'clock, Wednesday and Thursday were occupied in disposing of the criminal business and on Thursday the court adjourned till yesterday, when the case of the state against Eggleston Hughes for larceny was to be tried. After Hughes' case is disposed of the civil cases to the jury will be taken up, and of these the following eight cases are assigned for trial to-day, to be taken up in the order named:
Charles M. Carleton {Atty. Graves} v. Rufus Curtis {Atty. Phillips}
Albert A. Paine {Stoddard} v. Wm. H. Mansfield {Seward & Phillips}
Palmer & Richmond {Clark} v. E.F. Reed {Hall} Defendant's appeal from a Justice.
L. & M.E. Lincoln {Arnold & Hall} v. Geo. S. Manley {Clark}
E. Bugbee & Co. {Hall & Hunter} v. E.W. French {Sumner}
E.E. Moulton {Hunter} v. Geo. W. Hanover {Hall}
Chas. James {Potter} v. Borough of Danielsonville {Cundall}
Gilbert Hopkins {Potter} v. Borough of Danielsonville {Cundall}
The case of D.D. Read v. New York & N.E. Railroad is assigned for next Tuesday to the jury.
By the rules of the Bar eight cases stand assigned for each day in the order in which they appear on the trial, as the cases are tried, an equal number are added to the list so as to keep eight cases constantly in order for trial. The following, in addition to the cases already mentioned, are in the jury list to be tried this term: Round v Ross, Easterbrook v Easterbrook, Paine v Mansfield, Shippee v Brough, Willis v Bowen, Brown v Rickard, Herindeen v Corbin, Hutchins v Dalton, Boswell v Anderson, Vinton v Mansfield, Braman v Hicks, Vinton v Mansfield, Canada's Appeal from Probate, Whitaker v Tatem, Bowen v Moriarty, Penrose v Moriarty, Seward v Moriarty, Anderson v Boswell.

389. Wed Feb 11 1880: Vicinity News.
H.M. Gifford, of Woodstock, is to build the largest hen house in the county.
County Sheriff Osgood has returned from Florida, and is ready for official duty.
Lieut. Mercer, of Co. I., Putnam, has been appointed inspector of rifle practice of the Third regiment, in place of Capt. Sholes, resigned.
Small pox is severely prevalent in New London, and the cars on the Norwich and Worcester railroad are required to be disinfected daily in consequence.

390. Wed Feb 11 1880: George Cogswell, of Coventry, has been summoned to appear at the superior court for Tolland county, in April, to answer to Frank Reynold's demand of $5,000 for knocking Frank's teeth down his throat. Meanwhile Cogswell is under $1,000 bonds.

391. Wed Feb 11 1880: The Rockville Journal, which has been so successfully run by J.N. Stickney & Co., has passed into the hands of parties by the name of French, of North Brookfield. We wish them every success, and have no doubt they will be able to maintain the high standing of the Journal, as they are practical printers.

392. Wed Feb 11 1880: Henry W. Bartlett, of East Killingly, has an old Bible that was published A.D. 1615, five years before the arrival of the Mayflower, at Plymouth. It was brought from England in the Mayflower, by Richard Hathaway, whose autograph is in the book, and has been handed down from generation to generation through the Hathaway family.

393. Wed Feb 11 1880: North Mansfield.
The pastor of the M.E. church, Gurleyville, Rev. Tregaskis, returned from his vacation somewhat improved in health, as he has since occupied his pulpit regularly.
The afternoon Sunday service at the North church has been resumed. The last North social was held at E.P. Conant's, Gurleyville. The next Baptist social meets this week Wednesday evening at Dr. Flint's, Spring Hill.
Recently Mrs. Frank Freeman, of Spring Hill, burned two fingers severely with steam.
Last Wednesday quite a serious accident occurred at the steam sawmill. A fragment of hickory slab being caught by the saw, was hurled violently striking the sawyer on the face and cutting his lips in a fearful manner through their entire thickness. Dr. Flint made the necessary repairs, and at last accounts the injured man was doing well.

394. Wed Feb 11 1880: Scotland.
The Centre, Lower Scotland and Pinch Street schools had a union examination at the Centre school-house on Thursday of last week. The schools in the other districts were invited, but did not appear. The plan originated with the acting visitor, Mr. Henry Lincoln, and seems to be a good idea. A large number of parents and others attended, and the house was filled.
Miss Etta Parkhurst had a birthday party on Thursday evening.
Mrs. Oliver Wood lost a cow last week.
Mr. Hughes advertises a dance on Friday eve, Feb. 20, with Gurdon Cady as prompter.
Burnett & Palmer have filled their ice house with rather thin ice.
Mrs. Oliver Wood has rented her farm to M. Luther Barstow for the coming season.
A.W. Maine's school had a sleigh ride on Friday of last week, and partook of an oyster supper on the return. The examination of the school will take place next Monday.

395. Wed Feb 11 1880: State News.
John Mix of Waterbury, at the age of eighty, has taken unto himself a wife.
New London has had another death from small pox--a young man named McCrary being the victim.
A young Swede, named Martin Erichson, was killed at the Middlesex quarry at Portland, yesterday, by the caving in of an embankment.
Some people in Meriden have got excited over the sale of Sunday newspapers in that city, and have petitioned the mayor to put a stop to it.
A New Haven negro, named Wright, swallowed a teaspoonful of Paris Green on Sunday last. Physicians restored him by prompt and hard work. He had been despondent for some time.

396. Wed Feb 11 1880: Charles Brockway, the swindler in limbo at New York, is said to be the forger who counterfeited $100,000 of bills of the New Haven bank twenty three years ago and escaped punishment.

397. Wed Feb 11 1880: The man who has been the longest in prison is Isaac Randolph, sent from New Haven in 1856, for the murder of his wife. He is a colored man, and after killing his wife cut her up and buried her in pieces.

398. Wed Feb 11 1880: Mr. Peter McIntyre of Norwich has sold his young and promising black horse, William A. Buckingham, to Detroit parties for $3,500. The animal is about five years old and promises to develop a high rate of speed.

399. Wed Feb 11 1880: The body of a man was found about a mile south of Meriden Tuesday morning badly mangled by the cars. From papers found on the body it was ascertained that the deceased was W.H. Castigan, and that he lived in Wallingford.

400. Wed Feb 11 1880: The legislature has appointed John D. Converse, of Thompson, to be County Commissioner in place of Ezra C. Day of Woodstock, whose term of office expires in July.

401. Wed Feb 11 1880: Jake Smith, a negro who has been on trial in New Haven for the murder of Pierce, a negro, was last week convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to jail for eighteen months. The prisoner after his sentence stepped in front of the judges bench and thanked the judges for the light sentence and said he should be an obedient prisoner. Jake claimed that Pierce stole his wife and children from him and when he sought to induce his wife to come back to him with the children, Pierce assaulted him and he stabbed Pierce, fatally, in self defence.

402. Wed Feb 11 1880: The Andover Election Case. The House last week unseated Mr. Thurber, the democratic sitting member from Andover, and gave the seat to the republican contestant, the Rev. William C. Walker. This action on the part of the House is a piece of the most barefaced partisanship ever committed by any political body. The case turned upon two questions, one of scratched ballot and the other of a negro voting twice. Both the democratic and republican counters, at the election, without any hesitancy, agreed that a ballot for the republican candidate, Walker, had the name of Walker erased, and it was not counted. A negro, Buell, voted the republican ticket in the morning, having been brought to the polls by the republicans, and towards night the republicans finding, that, by some means, the checking of Buell's name at the time he voted had been omitted, they went for him a second time, telling him he could vote again as his name was not checked. The negro protested that it was wrong and against the law to vote twice, but he was assured by his republican friends that they would stand between him and all harm if he would come and vote a second time, so he came and voted. When the check list was counted, it was found that there was one more vote in the representative box than the check list tallied. It then leaked out that the negro, Buell, had voted twice. He was sent for, brought to the meeting, put under oath by the moderator, and stated that he had voted twice for the republican candidate. The moderator rightly decided that the two votes cast by Buell should be thrown out. This gave the democratic candidate a majority of one vote, and he was declared elected, took his seat, and now is ousted to give way to the republican who ran against him and was defeated. In order to reach the result which has been reached, the scratched ticket, which both counters, unhesitatingly threw out, had to be counted for the republican candidate, thus nullifying the work of a non-partisan board selected to determine, at the time, this question. Besides counting the scratched ticket, it was necessary to count one vote cast by the negro Buell. This was done without the least diffidence or hesitation. The counting of one vote for the negro when he had voted twice operates as a premium on fraud at the ballot box; nor was it legal to count a vote under such circumstances. If two ballots are found folded together in the box, the law throws them both out, but by the decision of a republican legislature, if the voter can get two ballots in the box at different times one is to be counted. The doctrine of ab initio applies in such cases, and by the second act of balloting the validiry of the first ballot is destroyed. There has been such an abuse of a privilege which the law confers that the first act is nugatory; the second act of balloting is incompatible with the first and they both are illegal. In 1873, when the legislature was democratic, the sitting member from Andover was a republican, and his democratic competitor at the polls contested his election, and made out a much stronger case than the republican, Walker, has shown, yet a democratic House refused to unseat the republican. Such is the difference between democratic and republican ideas of fairness.

403. Wed Feb 11 1880: Ashford.
Hon. Edwin A. Buck and Eugene S. Boss, of Willimantic, and Dr. F.O. Bennett, of So. Coventry, were at West Ashford a few days ago on a fishing expedition, and, as I understand, the catch was small. This fishing with "tilts" in open water is among the lost arts.
C.W. Thomas, who is the owner of the Asher Knowlton farm, at West Ashford, having some old and dilapidated buildings standing upon the place that were not used or needed, and had become too poor to be repaired, set fire to them and burned them up as the easiest way to get rid of them. While they were burning it created quite a scare in the neighborhood until it was ascertained what was the cause of the fire.
There is to be a ball given at the hall of Henry E. Knowlton, at West Ashford, on Friday evening, Feb. 13th, and there is no doubt but what a large party will be present.
Whitman C. Dutee has bought a wood lot at West Ashford of Asher Knowlton, and is cutting off the wood and timber and drawing the logs to A. Walker's saw mill to be sawed into plow beams.
The Lyon Bros., at West Ashford, have hired a store in Rockville, where two of the firm will go March 1st to engage in the grocery business, while the other brother and father will continue the old business at the old stand at West Ashford.
It is reported that John Whiton, who has lived on the Bugbee homestead for several years past, is preparing to move to Michigan. He has been engaged in the cattle business for several years, going west and buying cattle and bringing them East, and furnishing the farmers here with stock, as well as several butchers with beef for their markets. Last fall he brought on about six hundred live turkeys, which he sold to some of the markets at Stafford and various other parties. It was quite a novel sight for our citizens to see so large a number of turkeys in one flock. They were shipped to Tolland and Willington depot on board the cars, then driven overland to Ashford. Such "gobblins; we never saw or heard before.
Charles L. Dean has been sick with a slow fever for about a month, and does not seem to regain his health, and from the report about him should think that his disease is somewhat peculiar. Although sick, yet he says he never felt better in his life, and is able to direct all about his business, which consists of a controlling interest in two large glass stores in Boston, Mass., is free from pains and aches, yet is unable to take any food upon his stomach that contains any great amount of nourishment. His friends in Ashford feel somewhat concerned about him, yet hope that very soon there may be some change for the better.
The dwelling house of James H. Burrill, of Westford, was burned a few nights ago together with nearly all the furniture. The cause of the fire as yet is unknown, but may be accounted for by matches carried away by rats, as the fire was first discovered in a place where it would have been impossible to have taken from the chimney, or where any incendiary could have got in order to have set it. He has the sympathy of the community in his trouble, for to be turned out of door in the middle of winter, houseless and almost homeless, is a great calamity to come upon any one, yet he should be thankful that he has a father's house to go to in this time of need.
R.H. Squires is making spools for the National Thread Co., at Mansfield Hollow. This is a good locality for that business, as we have plenty of wood and good water power, and the manufacturing of this article ought to be as cheap here as in any other place.
Mathewson Bros. store, at Warrenville, is completed externally, and is somewhat advanced internally, and will no doubt be completed ready for occupancy by the first of April, the time that their lease expires of the store that they now occupy.
Miss Minnie Murphy has just closed her school of sixteen weeks at Wormwood Hill, in Mansfield. This is her first term, and judging from the fact that she is engaged to teach the next term, this her first attempt must be a success. Mr. John A. Murphy has three daughters teaching school this winter; one teaching in Ashford, and two in Mansfield, where one of them has taught four years in succession in the same district.

404. Wed Feb 11 1880: Chaplin.
Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Griggs celebrated their silver wedding Feb. 2. About 60 invitations were given, but owing to the inclemency of the weather only 30 were present. Several articles of silver and some other presents were exhibited. We understand that some of the young cooks did not pick out the bones thoroughly from the oysters causing the bridegroom to break his teeth.
A new steam saw and grist mill is in process of erection near Hampton Station.
Mr. D.A. Griggs is about to fit up his mill with new saws &c.
The snow storm of last week drifted badly, so that for two days there was no travel and the mails were not carried to Eastford.
A little son of Merrick Barton while playing recently upset a bottle of red dye upon his head instantly coloring his hair, which was quite light, a brilliant red. It will not wash off and does not fade.
Mr. Gardner Sweet is to improve the farm of O. Bennett the coming year.
A little boy in Baltic, the son of a dentist, invited a little playmate into his father's office in his absence, seated him in the big chair, and taking the instruments, extracted one of his teeth. They were about 7 years of age.
Mr. Manning Hunt has bought the farm known as the "Back Place."
Mrs. A.M. Griggs, who was obliged to resign her position in the Centre school on account of ill health, has gone to New York to spend the winter with her sister, taking her daughter with her.

405. Wed Feb 11 1880: North Windham.
The opening dance at the hall was given on the eve of the 30th. Some 37 tickets were sold, 25 cents being asked for those belonging to the district, and 50 cents for out of the district. It is proposed to commence at 8 o'clock and close at 1. Music by the Macfarlanes; Dwight Lamphere prompter.
The fortieth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Fitch Polly was celebrated on the afternoon and evening of Monday, Jan. 26. Nearly 100 persons were present during the afternoon and evening, and report an enjoyable time. Some staid and joined in the mazy dance until the wee small hours. Most of those who came in the afternoon went home at an early hour. A bountiful collation was served both afternoon and evening. The presents were valuable and useful, not consisting wholly of woolen gifts, but presents of cotton, glass, china, and a few articles of fancy work were brought, together with the bright pieces of money and bills, made quite an inviting looking table.

406. Wed Feb 11 1880: Liberty Hill.
The young people to the number of 30 or more gave a surprise party at the house of D.T. Fuller last Thursday evening, and many of them wishing to dance, crossed over the street to Cummings' hall and went in for a time. In crossing over, there were some casualties. Two ladies were down on the sidewalk, and the violinist, "Old-Rosin-the-Bow" had himself on the ice with a right good lurch. He however soon gained a perpendicular, and marching into the hall, went sawing away at his favorite tune, "The American Eagle." After the dance, all returned to Fuller's and had an oyster supper, provided by the company, and then--home.
Miss Mary Peckham, the youngest daughter of Mr. P.M. Peckham, is at her home, and in a critical condition from hemorrhage of the lungs.
A fancy cow belonging to N.B. Loomis, lost one of its horns in a melee with another bovine.
Any one finding a stray bland-and-tan hound, will be suitably rewarded by notifying O. Sherman, as he has lost his.
Henry A. Holbrook has sold his white trotter, and has purchased a bay one.
Warren Williams is not the Gen. Warren, the hero of old Bunker, but is the Warren who fought and bled on another hill.
Warren Williams lost his life--
Blew out his brains with a carving knife.

407. Wed Feb 11 1880: Hebron.
The New England supper given by the ladies of the Congregational society proved a success, financially. All present seemed to enjoy the occasion very much. The ladies and gentlemen who waited upon the table, were dressed in the costume of ye olden time. One lady wore a dress which once belonged to the mother of Gov. Peters of this town, and was worn by her at the time of her marriage, nearly 130 years ago. The society cleared $70.
The Farmers' Club met with Griswold Burnham on Wednesday evening of last week, and discussed the sugar and molasses question. The next meeting will be held at the house of John S. Wells. The question "How can the farmers of Hebron make the dairy pay a larger profit?" will be discussed.
The Literary society met at the Town hall on Friday evening as usual. The following officers were elected for the next two months: president, Elisha Spafford; vice presidents, Geo. W. Thompson and Miss Ida porter. Elisha Spafford and Clifford Robinson favored the society with declamations. The question, "Resolved that civilization owes more to the priest and philosopher than to the warrior and statesman," was argued, in the affirmative by F.C. Bissell and Dr. C.H. Pendleton, and opposed by W.W. Loomis and Geo. W. Thompson. Decided by the president in the negative. The society is preparing to give a public entertainment soon. The principal feature of the program will be the drama "Among the Breakers." The society has also made arrangements with Mr. W. Barrows, D.D., of Redding, Mass., to deliver to lectures, subjects not yet decided. He will also deliver two lectures in Gilead.
A pleasant social party was held at the Central hall on Friday evening of last week. Porter's band furnished the music, consisting of four pieces, Mrs. Porter presiding at the organ.

408. Wed Feb 11 1880: Dayville.
The Ladies' Sewing society will meet this week with Mrs. Harris Sayles on Thursday afternoon and evening.
Rev. E.S. Huntress preached Sunday from Luke 23:9.
The last lecture of the course was given Friday evening by Rev. James Dingwell of Danielsonville on "The Newspaper." It was fine, and may be truly termed the lecture of the course.
Miss Ethelyn A. Alexander is at home from Norwich for a few days.
Your correspondent is in receipt of an invitation to attend the Tin wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Seth Kimball in Abington, tomorrow, (Thursday) evening.
It is said that S.L. Sayles will put a new circular saw in the old sawmill in Attawaugan, lately purchased by him.
Measles are quite prevalent about here.

409. Wed Feb 11 1880: Putnam.
John A. Carpenter is to erect a livery barn in the rear of the Bank building immediately. Messrs. Hassard & Kelly do the work.
The case of James Lawler, the liquor dealer, was settled at the superior court Thursday last by the payment of $140.
Larry Cunningham was arrested after a sharp tussle, on Thursday, for intoxication and breach of the peace.
Two young men, named Picket and Stone have been discovered as the thieves who broke into Brainard's fish market. They have absconded, we hope never to return.

410. Wed Feb 11 1880: Born.
Carey--In Willimantic, Feb 10, a daughter to Patrick J. and Theresa E. Carey.
Flint--In N. Windham, Jan. 27, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Flint.

411. Wed Feb 11 1880: Married.
O'Connor--In Willimantic, Feb. 4, Andrew O'Connor, aged 20.
Clark--In East Hampton, Feb. 4, Lucy E. wife of Jesse R. Clark, aged 43.
Hanover--In Willimantic, Feb. 7, George W. Hanover, aged 54.
Bowdisch--In Willimantic, Feb. 6, Moses S. Bowdisch, aged 74.
Antes--In Columbia, Feb. 8th, Jacob Antes, aged 78.
Tucker--In Lebanon, Feb. 8th, Mercy P. Tucker, aged 79.
Colburn--In Hampton, Feb. 11th, Francis Colburn, aged 74.
Dorrance--In Andover, Feb. 10th, Louisa Dorrance, aged 64.

412. Wed Feb 11 1880: Mrs. Eureka Brown, wife of a New York merchant, was so angry that a street sweeping machine covered her silk dress with mud as she was walking down Broadway two years ago that she went right home and proceeded to make a better machine. It has just been patented, cleans the streets without throwing mud or dust and is pronounced is a wonderful invention.

413. Wed Feb 11 1880: Mr. and Mrs. Holberg made it lively for four burglars at Cambridgeport, Mass. Holberg caught up a hatchet when he heard the robbers in the house and chased two of them into the street. Mrs. Holberg locked the other two in a room, and yelled "Murder!" until they jumped from a window fifteen feet to the ground. One was hurt by the fall and could not run away. Meanwhile, Holberg had chopped another considerably. The two uninjured burglars then opened negotiations for the liberation of their captive comrades, offering to return the booty which they had, and pay $200 besides. Holberg accepted the terms and let them all go.

Wed Feb 18 1880: About Town.
J.H. Morrison and wife were in town over Sunday.
Rev. Winslow was able to occupy his pulpit last Sunday.
Prof. Miller's South Windham class give their first social this evening.
M. Johnson sold out his stock of groceries at auction last week.
Burnham & Kelley will occupy the store vacated by Merrick Johnson.
A masquerade will be given at South Windham, on Friday night, by Kingsley & Kinne.
Lewis Kenyon, a long time resident of this place, died at his home on Main street yesterday.
Wm. H. Osborne has taken the Willimantic Silk Company's concern to run for six months.
A part of friends surprised Mr. Frank Bennett and family at his residence on the Coventry road, last night.
Hammond & Wallen's orchestra give a social in Bidwell's Hall, So. Coventry, tomorrow (Thursday) evening.
The geological class meet this evening at Mrs. M.G. Clark's, on Union street and discuss "Igneous Rocks."
L. Warner, the sewing machine man, will be with Mr. Kennedy in his new store in the Opera House block.
Miss Olive D. Sanger, who has been visiting for a few weeks at Hon. E.A. Buck's, returned home yesterday.
The property known as the Jessee Spafford place between this place and So. Windham will be sold at auction March 3.
A bunch of small keys were lost last week by Thomas Turner. The finder will be suitably rewarded by returning the same to him.
The Holland Silk Co. has just added five new cleaners and one doubler to their machinery. They were built at their own machine shop.
The new directory, issued by R.A. Dillin & Co., contains a very accurate list of the residents of Willimantic, North and South Windham and Windham Centre.
On Tuewday, Mr. Edgar Wilson, assistant overseer in the winding room of mill No. 2, was presented with an elegant easy chair by the young ladies connected with the establishment.

415. Wed Feb 18 1880: Mr. W.F. Sayles, of the Sayles Bleachery firm, Pawtucket, and General Rogers, of Providence, attorney for the Smithville Co., were in town Saturday looking over that property perfecting arrangements to start the mill at a near date.

416. Wed Feb 18 1880: We have received from a correspondent at Andover a communication, enclosing a letter from the Rev. W.C. Walker to Mr. Thurber--the seated to the unseated Andover Representative--but it reached us too late for this issue of the Chronicle, and must go over to next week.

417. Wed Feb 18 1880: The Eureka Safety Valve, is the name of an invention for preventing lamps from exploding. It is very simple in construction, but it is a sure prevention. People commonly think little of this danger until it happens; but it is better to never have it happen. Geo. M. Harrington has the exclusive right for their sale in this town.

418. Wed Feb 18 1880: Fourth Quarterly Conference at the Methodist church, Saturday evening, at 7:30 o'clock. Dr. Talbot will preside. Love Feast next Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock. Dr. Talbot presiding. Dr. Talbot will preach at the Methodist church at 2 p.m., and at the school house on Village Hill in Lebanon Sunday evening the 22d at 7 p.m.

419. Wed Feb 18 1880: G. Winters of Norwich recently killed a pair of oxen fattened by Joseph R. Allen of Scotland, which weighed above 4160 lbs. and dressed 2900 lbs.

420. Wed Feb 18 1880: Court of Burgesses.--At the meeting on Monday night of the Warden and Burgesses the following bills were ordered paid: Street & Preston, for hand lanterns for fire department, purchased by Engineer Potter, $41.50; Benj. Cook freight and cartage of hose $2.65; A. Kinne lettering street lamps, $6.00; H.C. Cargel, wood for fire department, $2.75; Board of Relief for official services, $75.00; Phillip Dwyer labor, $3.75; C.A. Capen, clerk and treasurer, postage, etc., $7.80.

421. Wed Feb 18 1880: At a meeting of Eastern Star Lodge No. 44, F. & A.M., held on Friday, Feb. 12th, resolutions of respect for Brother George W. Hanover were adopted. F.S. Fowler, C.B. Pomeroy, H.E. Remington, Com.

422. Wed Feb 18 1880: Vicinity News.
Windham County has three lawyers in the legislature.
John S. Dobson and wife of Rockville have gone to Florida.
The Hyers Sisters will return to Danielsonville at no distant date.
It is reported that P.G. Wright, of Putnam, is to become part owner of the Patriot.
The town of Killingly has registered 1,521 children between the ages of four and sixteen years.
Robert's soap house, shed and barn at Putnam were burned, Tuesday night; loss $2,000, not insured.
A Rockville girl was sent to the reform school last week for taking money from her mother's purse.
A child of William Howard of Danielsonville died last week from the effects of an over-dose of laudanum.

423. Wed Feb 18 1880: At the recent Providence, R.I., poultry show W.H. Rathbone of Uncasville took the first and second premiums for black Hamburgs, and B.C. Young of Danielsonville the first premium for silver gray Dorkings.

424. Wed Feb 18 1880: Asaph McKenney, of Ellington, has a drove of five pairs of oxen that will average between 3,600 and 3,700 pounds.

425. Wed Feb 18 1880: The Congregationalists of Thompson last Wednesday celebrated the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the formation of their church.

426. Wed Feb 18 1880: Company C., of Rockville, have presented Captain Rigney and Lieutenant Abby each a handsome sword made by Schuyler, Hartley & Graham of new York.

427. Wed Feb 18 1880: The Wauregan Manf'g Co. are to have a telephone line run from Wauregan to Providence. The surveyor of the line says that the most feasible route will be through Danielsonville.

428. Wed Feb 18 1880: Marcus Wood, teacher of music in the Danielsonville Union Graded school is rehearsing two operettas, for an evening's entertainment. The proceeds are for the benefit of the school.

429. Wed Feb 18 1880: What attracted the attention of those on the West Side, Monday night, was a lad of ten years skating on the pond in the rear of Tripp's market, minus coats, pants, vest, hats and mittens, with the thermometer at zero.--Danielsonville Sentinel.

430. Wed Feb 18 1880: M.W. Grand Master John H. Barlow has appointed H.H. Green, of Danielsonville, to be his proxy in the Counties of Windham and Tolland, and to exercise the prerogatives of Deputy Grand Master in said District, whose duty it will be to visit officially and inspect each and every Lodge in said District, and watch over the interests of the same as the true and faithful representative of the M.W. Grand Master.

431. Wed Feb 18 1880: Mrs. Martha P. Graves of South Killingly, an old lady who has been deaf for the past thirty years, dreamed, January 20, that her hearing was wholly restored. In the morning she related the dream to the members of her family. On the night of January 31, when she retired, she was as usual, but the following morning her affliction was gone, and since then she has had no difficulty in hearing; a whisper, even, being distinctly audible.

432. Wed Feb 18 1880: On Tuesday, the 10th inst., Mr. Charles H. Kinne, long known as a prominent citizen of Voluntown, and formerly a Methodist clergyman, was arraigned before Justice Gallup, charged by Sarah A. Perkins, a married woman of Exeter, R.I., with having committed a felonious assault upon her. There was a good deal of excitement at the court densely crowded. After hearing the testimony of a large number of witnesses, justice decided that the evidence was not sufficient to hold Mr. Kinne for trial and he Tickets for dancing, 75 cents. Supper will be furnished by G.G. Cross, of this place.was promptly discharged.

433. Wed Feb 18 1880: North Windham.
Mr. George Lincoln, who has been laid up for several weeks has so far recovered as to be able to labor again.
Mr. Martin Flint was somewhat surprised by the appearance of about thirty of his friends on Friday evening, Feb. 6th, who brought along their music etc., and had a good time generally.
Master Geo. Flint, 13 years of age, is the owner of two pair of yearling steers which he has broken and drives around as handy as oxen. Yoked and hitched on his miniature wagon make quite a pleasing sight.
Mr. William F. Lyman died quite suddenly Friday afternoon. His funeral was attended on Monday at 2 p.m. He was 70 years of age.
Mr. and Mrs. John Coggswell have returned to the home of her father, Mr. A. Perry, from the West where they have been for several years.

434. Wed Feb 18 1880: South Coventry.
Rev. W.D. Morton of the Cong. church preached as excellent discourse last Sunday morning from the text in Matt. 25:40.
There is some special religious interest in the M.E. church. Extra meetings are being held. Rev. Mr. Saxton formerly of Ala. occupied the pulpit last Sunday.
The village schools will close in 3 weeks. Pupils have made rapid progress. Miss L.M. Perkins, who for 17 successive terms has toiled in the primary department, still wields the gentle but decisive rule as successfully as when she first begun. It is remarkable to see the degree of respect her pupils show her, meet them where you will and one can see evidences of their school training. As yet there is no look of weariness or discouragement on the teacher's face, her vocation seeming more like play than work. This term she numbers 45, 20 have no mark of tardiness.
The new house soon to be occupied by R.W. Barber has grown under the hand of the builder to be an ornament to our village.
Mrs. D.F. Lathrop and daughter have been indisposed since their return from a trip to Boston.
Geo. B. Carpenter, the popular salesman and delivery clerk at Hammond & Sweet's talks of moving into his own house, so as to be near the store.
There is a rumor that our enterprising merchant, George L. Phillips will build a public hall suitable for business or dramatic purposes. We also expect soon to have a public library.
W.F. Sweet went fishing on the lake last week, and caught--a cold.
Thomas Hicks, who has suffered for many weeks with a peculiarly distressing complaint,--cancer of the liver, died last Saturday morning at his late residence on South street. He was 74 years of age.
John Hodgson the late gentlemanly clerk at Townsend's, Rockville, has been spending a few days in this village, where his mother resides. He has been admitted to membership in the state Pharmaceutical association.
E. Hawkins, agent for the Hartford Life and Annuity Insurance Co., is again stopping in town.
C.H. Kenyon & Co. have advanced the pay of the operatives in their mill.

435. Wed Feb 18 1880: Ashford.
It becomes a pleasant duty to record a happy event which occurred in this town on Wednesday of last week. One of our merchants, Mr. John V. Lyon, who stands at the head of the firm of Lyon Brothers, was united in the bonds of matrimony to Miss Nettie Shippee, daughter of William G. Shippee, Esq., by Rev. E.P. Mathewson of Warrenville. The very fortunate, ad we dare say, happy bridegroom, has long been, and is, a well-known resident of this town, and for quite a number of years has been engaged in the mercantile business where, by dint of industry and economy, he has, it is reported, and no doubt truly, laid up quite a nice little fortune. But with success in business, and an increase of numbers to the firm, Mr. Lyon, in company with another brother, will open a new store in Rockville on the first of March next. Whether he will take his newly accepted partner there, is a question for future solution. Miss Shippee is no stranger in Rockville, for she has been engaged in teaching music in, and about there for several years, and has acquired an excellent reputation as a music teacher, not only in Rockville, but also in her native town.
Andrew S. Smith of Westford, of the firm of John C. Smith & Son, has lately engaged in the manufacture of cigars, which is a continuation of the business of Newell Delphy, who sold out his business to Mr. Smith, and removed to East Hartford.
If we are correctly informed, there is to be a hearing held in Ashford, where a government official is to sit in judgement on the post office muddle at Ashford, where all parties may present their grievances, and be heard thereon, both pro and con, and this is to be a final and lasting settlement of the whole affair, which will be a great relief to many of our inhabitants, and particularly to our Congressman, Col. Wait, who says that he has received "many letters" from Ashford about this matter.
Francis L. Fitts is to build a new barn next spring, 33x33.

436. Wed Feb 18 1880: State News.
John N. Camp of Middletown has been bitten through both cheeks by a horse. A tooth was broken off by the same bite.
Joseph B. Nichols, aged 35, a watchman for the Naugatuck railroad at Bridgeport, fell from the pier Thursday morning and was drowned.
Mrs. Ursella Humphreville of Northfield was 100 years old Thursday, and is hale and hearty. Last fall she drove a mowing machine around a meadow.

437. Wed Feb 18 1880: It is said the grand jury let up on Riddle because they forbore bringing any further scandal on Norwich. The Riddle murder would have been but a drop in the bucket compared with the sins of the Norwich ring, if they could all be brought to light.

438. Wed Feb 18 1880: The Rev. A.W. Paige, who is bound over to the next term of the United States district court, for sending obscene matter through the mails still languishes in the Hartford county jail, being unable to give the $300 bail required for his appearance in court.

439. Wed Feb 18 1880: Flavius A. Brown died at his residence in Hartford, of pneumonia, on Friday evening last. Mr. Brown was one of the oldest and best known business men of Hartford, having been in the book trade there for forty-five years, and latterly as a partner in the firm of Brown & Gross on Asylum street. He has been city treasurer since 1857, and for forty-three years was chairman of the school district committee, in the district in which the "Brown School" is. This school was named in compliment to Mr. Brown.

440. Wed Feb 18 1880: Allen the Prison Murderer. William Allen who has just had his fourth trial, at Hartford, for the murder of Night Watchman Shipman at the State Prison, will have to take his chances again, before a jury, at the March term of Court, as the jury, in the trial just closed failed to agree after being out nineteen hours. James B. Rose of Suffield is understood to be the juror who disagreed the jury on murder in the second degree on the eighth ballot.

441. Wed Feb 18 1880: The legislative committee on constitutional amendments, held a meeting in the Supreme Court room, last Thursday, to hear any parties desiring to be heard, on the proposed constitutional amendment to elect the supreme and superior court judges by popular vote. Judge Briscoe, of Hartford, and John L. Hunter, Esq., of Windham, advocated the election of judges by popular vote; claiming that in a state where political parties are so evenly balanced as in Connecticut, only the best lawyers could run the gauntlet of a popular election.

442. Wed Feb 18 1880: Brooklyn.
The Town Hall is being greatly improved by paint and papering inside, W. Williams is doing the job, and shows his good taste in selections of colors. It will be finished in time for the great ball to be given the 27th.
The Cong'l ladies' S.S. will meet at Mrs. Lawton's Wednesday, 18. The committee of arrangements and committee on tableaux are requested to be present in the evening, to prepare for the coming festival.
Our enterprising merchant A. Pray, has received a new invoice of goods in the form of a little daughter. We presume it is not to be sold by weight or measure.
Our Brass Band are getting new instruments. They are doing credit to their leader, Mr. Dunkley, in the progress they are making.
H.H. Davison is the new messenger.
Rev. Mr. Fellows filled Cong'l pulpit Sunday last.
Are sorry to hear that Robert White of this place, who is spending the winter in New York, has had another severe shock. He is to return with his sister, Mrs. Sprague Bard, as soon as he is able to stand the journey.

443. Wed Feb 18 1880: Dayville.
John Davis, of Worcester, Mass., was in town last week.
Mrs. Alexander Blanchard is very ill with pneumonia.
George Potter, who has been down with consumption for some time, died Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Funeral services were held at the church Sunday at 12 o'clock.
Wm. Babbitt, in the employ of S.L. Sayles, badly hurt his wrist with ice tongs Thursday. Dr. Darling dressed it.
Mrs. John Brooks fell on the ice one day last week and broke her ankle.
James P. Day is the recipient of an invitation to attend the semi-annual meeting of Connecticut Amateur Press Association to be held at Middletown the 18th inst.
Your correspondent attended the tin wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Seth Kimball of Abington as was mentioned last week. We had a very good time.
Henry J. Miller has leased the premises formerly occupied by Dutee Sears, and will open the store with a stock of fruit and fancy articles.

444. Wed Feb 18 1880: Hebron.
On Wednesday of last week, a young man 20 years of age, by the name of Wm. Castello, was arrested on complaint of Grand Juror Latham, and brought before Justice Porter for breaking into the house of John L. Asker and stealing therefrom a suit of clothes and a pair of boots. He pleaded guilty, and was bound over under $50 bonds. Failing to obtain bail, he was committee to jail. Young Castello is a hard character, and this is not, by any means his first theft.
The Farmers' club met at the house of John S. Wells, on Wednesday evening of last week. A large number of the members were present, and the dairy question was thoroughly discussed. The club adjourned to meet with Chas. H. Brown, of Gilead, on Wednesday evening of this week.

445. Wed Feb 18 1880: Putnam.
C.M. Fisher, Esq., shoe manufacturer, will remove his place of business to the shoe factory formerly occupied by E.N. Tourtelotte. Mr. Fisher has occupied his present place for twenty-six years, and moves to a larger building for the accommodation of his increasing business.
The Kindergarten school began Monday. The room over Manning & Leonard's store has been secured in which to hold the school.
Sheriff C.H. Osgood, who has been confined to his rooms at the Bugbee House for a week past, is recovering, and will be able to attend to duties soon.
Joseph Burnes has sold out his meat market to Wm. Longdon, of this place.

446. Wed Feb 18 1880: Eastford.
The school in district No. 3, under the instruction of Willie D. Grant is prospering finely. He has 42 names registered, and an average attendance of 35. Some of the pupils have had the whooping cough, and chicken pox, which have reduced the average. Mr. Grant has been successful in gaining the affections of the parents as well as of the pupils, and if any reasonable amount of money will keep him in the school for the next term, it will be far better than to have another teacher.
The party at H.M. Lawton's on last Friday eve was not a failure, as they turned out very well. Refreshments, consisting of oranges, candy, walnuts and popcorn were passed at 12 o'clock, after which they played until half-past five, and then returned to their homes, well pleased. There is some talk of repeating it some moonlight night.
Mr. William Johnson, of this place, walked off the abutment of the bridge at Phoenixville, Jan. 30, falling a distance of about 15 feet into the water, and breaking his leg above the ankle. He is in a poor state, and the town supports him and his family.
Mr. C.M. Smith is rushing the warp business, and orders are coming in so fast that he has to work over-time.
D.T. Clark is cutting off all his walnut timber for the Arnold Bros., who are doing a large business at present.
Henry Lawton is selling rustic motto frames at very low prices. He bought the glass before the rise.

447. Wed Fri 18 1880: Mansfield Centre.
Trade in real estate has opened by B.F. Bennett selling Samuel K. Jacobs one-half of the Perkins farm and house for $500. Who speaks next?
Gilbert Williams has been appointed administrator on the estate of E. Town. The place is for sale, and a very pretty place it is too.
We have a heifer in our town, at least she was here Saturday afternoon, which we will match against anything in a go-as-you-please race. About two weeks ago friend Jacobs sold or made some trade with Frank Jacobs for the heifer. Soon after Frank took her over to David Jacobs, then somewhere in Coventry then sold her to Frank Bennett. Friend Jacobs hearing that she was there claimed she was to be his property until paid for, went to Bennett's yard and took her home and sold her to C.T. Crane, he sold her to Orwall Atwood, when Bennett and Frank Jacobs appeared and took the heifer away. Mr. Atwood at once notified Mr. Crane and he went in pursuit. Meanwhile Bennett had sold her to J.D. Chaffee who he met on the road and Jacobs was taking her up there when Crane overtook him and took her away and Charles will be very likely to put her where it will bother them to find her. When we say the heifer is thin after all of her travels you will not doubt our word.
Mr. Doherty, Judge Fenton's son-in-law, from New Jersey, has moved in with the Judge.
We notice Mr. and Mrs. C. Kingsley are at Mrs. Trumbull's for a few days.
The school known here as the lower school--the Hollow and Conantville--closed on Friday. We think the school has been very satisfactory.
Many of our juveniles are having chicken pox, and there has been cases of scarlet fever around.
Wm. B. Crane has returned from his southern booking tour. He says everything is lovely down in Md.
Dr. Sumner, since his election as secretary and treasurer of the National Thread Company has been kept busy at the company's office. He has had a fair and successful practice as a physician, and since he has accepted his present position, he will have to give most of it up. This place would be a good field for some enterprising doctor. The old Dr. Adams house could be hired, and would make a central stand.
A.E. Allen, of Willimantic, has been up here hewing timber for a house frame, which he expects to put up in W. on R. B. White's lot.

448. Wed Feb 18 1880: Liberty Hill.
O.S. Barber, who has improved the Fowler farm for the past few years, has sold a part of his property at auction, and in about two weeks will leave for Kansas where his brother now is. The said farm is rented to R.P. Burgess for the present year.
The last rose of summer has been written about, and in song, but who has said anything of the last rose bug that was arrested on the Mineral Spring farm by our Constable N. Bass one day last week. Rose bug seemed gay and lively in his glass cage and appeared to be in search of the last rose of summer from which to make a delicious repast.
Mrs. Mary E. Church, who has been visiting her parents and friends in this place for a few days, has returned to her home in Norwich.
Irad Storrs is engineer at Johnson Bros. steam saw mill.

449. Wed Feb 18 1880: Born.
Pray--In Brooklyn, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Pray.
Hall--In Willimantic, Feb. 16, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Hall.
Burlingham--In Willimantic, Feb. 18, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Burlingham.

450. Wed Feb 18 1880: Married.
Smith-Hall--In Eastford, Feb. 8, by Rev. C.M. Jones, William Smith to Miss Fidelia H. Hall, both of Eastford, (No cards.)
Billings-Durgin--In Willimantic, Feb. 15, at the residence of A.J. Lawton, by Rev. Dr. Church, Frank Billings of Southbridge, Mass., and Miss Lydia Durgin of Willimantic.

451. Wed Feb 18 1880: Died.
Crowell--In Windham, Feb. 14, Thomas E. Crowell, aged 15 mos.
Nason--In Willimantic, Feb. 16, George W. Nason, aged 55.
Lyman--In Windham, Feb. 14, Wm. F. Lyman, aged 70.
Hicks--In Coventry, Feb. 14, Thomas Hicks, aged 74.
Kenyon--In Willimantic, Feb. 17th, Lewis Kenyon, aged 73.

452. Wed Feb 18 1880: A large plant, growing from six to seven feet high, and producing a kind of cotton and flax from the same stalk has been discovered in Wisconsin. Since good cloth can be manufactured from it, it follows that good paper also may be, and therefore the plant has been called the paper plant. If planted in the spring, it can be cut in the fall and winter. It bleaches itself white while standing, and will yield at least three or four tons to the acre.

Wed Feb 25 1880: To the Government the minimum of Power, and to the Citizen the maximum of Liberty, consistent with the Order and Safety of Society.

454. Wed Feb 25 1880: About Town.
Boy wanted, from 9 to 11 years of age, at Turner's.
Storm doors have been added to the Linen Co.'s office.
A.W. Turner wants to see you at his jewelry store.
James Walden has just received 1000 rolls of paper hangings which he will sell at a very low figure.
Dr. T.H. McNally, of Norwich, contemplates locating in this place for the practice of medicine.
The Willimantic Farmers' Club will hold its annual meeting, for the choice of officers, on Saturday evening next, at the residence of J.A. Lewis.
The Superior Court for this County adjourned week before last till yesterday, when Judge Sanford was to occupy the bench, but from New Haven, on Monday, he ordered the Court to be further adjourned, on account of his indisposition, till next Tuesday.

455. Wed Feb 25 1880: Charles N. Wadsworth, of Stafford Springs, having bought out Stephen Cole, will take possession of the National house on the first of next month.

456. Wed Feb 25 1880: G.G. Cross gets up the supper for the Mansfield silk boys' dance, at Spring Hill, Friday evening. Mansfield is George's old stamping ground, and he will feel at home.

457. Wed Feb 25 1880: D.H. Henken and Preston Foland have formed a co-partnership, and will enter into the ready-made clothing business at once. They will continue in the store now occupied by Mr. Henken.

458. Wed Feb 25 1880: We return our thanks to Mrs. George H. Loomis, of Liberty Hill, for the fine specimen of floral culture, in the way of bouquet of beautiful flowers, which she so generously contributed to our table.

459. Wed Feb 25 1880: C.H. Townsend, is surely the best photographer we have had in town, as a look as his samples will prove. He is settled in his new quarters in Commercial block and ready for business.

460. Wed Feb 25 1880: Lost. On Monday, between the store of A.S. Turner and the boarding house of the Willimantic Linen Company, a ladies purse. The finder will confer a favor and be liberally rewarded by leaving the same at the Chronicle office.

461. Wed Feb 25 1880: We understand that Mr. Tripp, who runs the shooting gallery under W.L. Harrington & Co.'s store in Turner building is to open the photograph rooms in the Blue Front building, vacated by C.H. Townsend.

462. Wed Feb 25 1880: We notice by slips of paper tacked on the poles of the Rapid Telegraph company, which passes through this place from Boston to New York, that the line has been attached by Wallace & Co., of Ansonia, for material used in its construction.

463. Wed Feb 25 1880: A horse from Conantville, belonging to Geo. Gradner, became uneasy last Friday night and started on a trip to Willimantic. The wagon was left just outside the village, and the horse brought up in a Pleasant street yard after jumping a high fence.

464. Wed Feb 25 1880: The firm of Murray & McCracken has dissolved, and Mr. H.C. Murray, senior partner in the firm, will continue the business. Mr. Murray is a thorough business man, a gentleman, and worthy the confidence and patronage of the public.

465. Wed Feb 25 1880: Mrs. M.L. Champion, formerly Mrs. Will Hatten, sailed yesterday to join her husband in the island of Haiti. Mr. Champion in connection with other gentlemen has purchased a tract of 8000 acres of land on the island and is preparing to go into the sugar business on a large scale.

466. Wed Feb 25 1880: At the quarterly conference of the Methodist church of this place, holden on Saturday evening last, it was voted to request the bishop to assign the Rev. Dr. Church to the pastorate of the church at this place for another year. Dr. Church is an able preacher and conscientious worker in the field of his Master.

467. Wed Feb 25 1880: John A. Gardner, who has carried on the meat business, for the past six months, at the old stand, on Church street, of C. E. Congdon, has made an assignment to Allen Lincoln, Esq. It is understood his assets consist mostly of book accounts aggregating something like $1,000, and that his liabilities are considerably in excess of this amount.

468. Wed Feb 25 1880: Mr. A.W. Turner has purchased the jewelry business so long and successfully carried on by James Walden, and will continue to occupy a part of Mr. Walden's store. Mr. Turner proposes to keep a fine line of goods, and to sell them right. He is a popular young man in town and will doubtless command a good share of the jewelry trade. For particulars see his advertisement in another column.

469. Wed Feb 25 1880: The Mansfield Silk Boys will give a ball at the Town hall, Spring Hill, on Friday evening of this week. Music by Rollinson's orchestra, with George L. Wheeler, prompter. The boys say if it is a pleasant evening, it will be the ball of the season.

470. Wed Feb 25 1880: John J. Kelley, Esq., of Plainfield, has entered upon his duties as Superintendent of the Smithville Company's cotton mill, which, in consequence of the financial embarrassment of the company has been shut down for the past ten months. The machinery having been unused so long, some little repairing has got to be done before starting up, but by the last of April Superintendent Kelley intends to have the mill running at its fullest capacity. The mill will give employment to about two hundred, all told. The mill starts up under the same ownership as heretofore, the Company having made a compromise with its creditors.

471. Wed Feb 25 1880: Railroad Commissioners Woodruff, Bacon and Hayward, began a hearing at 11 o'clock to day at the Brainard house, on the request to order the Air Line railroad to change the grade of the highway at the Kingsley crossing, so called, in Lebanon, so that the track shall be crossed by bridge instead of at grade as at present. The evidence of quite a number of witnesses was given at the hearing, and after dinner the Commissioners and witnesses went out to view the crossing. The crossing is a dangerous one and should be in some way changed, if it can be done without too great expense, to lessen or avoid the liability to accidents.

472. Wed Feb 25 1880: Geo. W. Burnham, Esq. is preparing to give a truly enjoyable entertainment, in Excelsior hall, in the course of a few weeks. Mr. Burnham, at the early age of six years went, with his parents, among the Shakers, and remained with them till fourteen years old. The entertainment which he proposes giving will present the chief characteristics of Shaker worship, dancing, singing, etc. Mr. Burnham has prepared a couple of dialogues, founded upon incidents which occurred while he was among the Shakers, and which will illustrate much of the Shaker faith. Mr. B. has in training some twenty persons, who will assist him in his imitations of Shaker forms as they existed forty-five years ago when he was among the sect.

473. Wed Feb 25 1880: The commissioners on the Erastus Canada estate were again in session, last Saturday, at the office of John L. Hunter, Esq. The evidence in relation to claims was closed at a previous hearing, and the meeting on Saturday was for the purpose of hearing the arguments of counsel. E.B. Sumner, Esq. appeared for the principal claimants, George Martin and Harlan Canada, and John L. Hunter and Huber Clark, Esqs., for the executor. In the case, growing out of this estate, wherein the question was as to which of two wills was the last will of the deceased, and which was tried at the November Term of Court at Brooklyn, to a jury, the Supreme Court of Errors has granted a new trial, in consequence of the misdirection of the jury in the charge by Judge Carpenter. The new trial however will not occur this term, as the opinion or the Supreme Court has not been written out.

474. Wed Feb 25 1880: Evidently a tramp, calling himself Parker, visited our place on Monday and was around town with paint pot in hand, soliciting jobs of graining; one or two of which he succeeded in getting and executed in the most primitive style. After finishing his graining, in the high order of art which pertained to his work, he visited the music store of Rollinson & Andrew and represented that he was a resident of the place succeeded, upon his false representations, in obtaining a banjo on credit. Worden, the night patrolman, happened to see the fellow with his recent purchase, and as he had done a job of graining at his house that afternoon, he mistrusted all was not right, and upon enquiry found where he had obtained the banjo, and that he had been trying to sell it at half its value. Worden notified Rollinson & Andrew and they found the fellow and got back the banjo. Parker then visited the store of E. A. Barrows, and succeeded, by operating the same game that he played at Rollinson & Andrew's, in getting a checker-board, and at the music store of J.J. Kennedy, he in the same way, got an accordion, Officer Sessions being notified of Parker's pranks endeavored to find and arrest him, but he had left town taking to the railroad track and going in the direction of Coventry. Patrolmen Worden and Shaffer the next morning started out, found Parker at South Coventry, brought him back, had him prosecuted and he now languishes in Brooklyn jail.

475. Wed Feb 25 1880: The last will and testament of Geo. W. Hanover, deceased, was admitted to probate on the 14th, inst., and recorded in the Probate Records. The instrument was executed in the city of New York on the 16th of September A.D. 1876. It provides first for the payment of the testators' debts and funeral charge out of the first money that shall come to his hands from the estate. The will then proceeds as follows: "Second: I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Louisa Hanover all my household furniture and household effects my gold watch and chain. I also give and bequeath to my said wife, in lieu of her dower and of any legal interest she may have in my estate; the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars. Third: All the remainder and residue of my estate, whether real or personal, I wish divided into three equal parts; one of said equal parts to go to my sister Mary Perry, wife of Waldo G. Perry now of Washington, D.C. in trust for her children until they shall each be twenty-one years of age, at which time they shall each have their pro rata share of said part. Fourth: I wish one of the three parts mentioned in item third, to go to my brother M.D. Hanover of Brooklyn, New York, in trust for the children of my sister Angenette Perkins, wife of Luther Perkins, now of New Haven, Conn.; said trustee to pay to my said sister the annual income arising upon such part, until said children shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years, when they shall each have their pro rata share of said part. In case of the death of my said brother, the trustee aforesaid, before the full and complete execution of this trust, I desire that the Judge of Probate for Windham County, Conn., appoint a suitable person to carry out said last mentioned trust. Fifth: The other and last of said three parts mentioned in item third, I give and bequeath to my said brother M.D. Hanover, of Brooklyn, New York, in trust for his children. But should he die without issue, I wish said part, so bequeathed to be equally divided between my said sister Mary Perry, in trust for her children, to be divided as specified for said part bequeathed to her in trust. And the other half of said part, I wish to go to the trustee appointed by the Probate Judge aforesaid, to be held in trust for the children of my said sister Angenette Perkins and to be divided as the second part herein specified. Sixth: I hereby appoint my brother, M.D. Hanover, of Brooklyn, N.Y., my sole executor of this my last will and testament and request that no bond be required of him."

476. Wed Feb 25 1880: Vicinity News.
Scarlet fever is reported in South Killingly.
Le Roy Squires has bought the Stafford Springs and Staffordville stage line.
Mrs. Kate Murphy, of Rockville, has been sent to Tolland jail for stealing a sled.
The new addition to the Quinebaug company's mill, at Danielsonville, is to be built of stone.
The scholars of the Danielsonville high school had a sheet and pillow case party last Friday evening.
Hezekiah Matson of Rockville gets $1,000 by the will of his brother, the late Zephaniah Matson, of Bridgeport.
A petition is being circulated in Stafford to have the grand list of the town printed in pamphlet form for general distribution.
Dr. M.K. Brewer and wife of Baltic, are in Boston to attend a reunion of the party with which they attended the Paris Exposition in 1878.
George S. Feeter has been appointed postmaster at Pomfret to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of C.G. Williams.
The Griswold Paper Co., of Voluntown, are running their mill day and night. They turn out some eighty tons of paper per week.
Loafing and smoking in the Danielsonville post office have been forbidden. The same rule should be enforced at the post office in this place.

477. Wed Feb 25 1880: Miss Minnie Fay Hedley, of Danielsonville, a young lady with a remarkably fine voice, is to be given a benefit to assist in completing her musical education.

478. Wed Feb 25 1880: Woodstock has had six failures within a year, the latest of which is L.M. Dean, a carriage manufacturer in that town. Quite a showing for a town with so small a population.

479. Wed Feb 25 1880: Two cows belonging to Seth Spaulding, of South Killingly, became engaged in fighting the other day, and one of them retired from the contest with a dislocated shoulder and a broken neck.

480. Wed Feb 25 1880: John G. Pinney, of Rockville, was recently arrested at New Haven for bigamy.

481. Wed Feb 25 1880: John B. Gough lectures but twice in New England this season, one of which will be given in Danielsonville on March 22d.

482. Wed Feb 25 1880: John H. Peck of Canterbury has a goose that laid an egg on the 15th, the circumference of which is eight and five-eights inches and the periphery twelve and one-eighth inches. Weight thirteen ounces.

483. Wed Feb 25 1880: Nearly two years ago several young men went from Rockville to Providence to work nights in a woolen mill. Last Friday one of them died of consumption and two more are beyond any hope of recovery from the same disease.

484. Wed Feb 25 1880: Thomas Windle has purchased of William Elting his two set woolen mill, water power, two houses and three acres of land, situated on Beaver brook, in the village of Baltic, for $6,000. Mr. Windle is having the machinery overhauled, and will put the same in operation as soon as possible.

485. Wed Feb 25 1880: Mansfield Centre.
James Sullivan, who has worked for Mr. Armstrong for many years, has bought a place in Willimantic and will move there April 1st.
The social last week at Mrs. C.H. Leonard's was well attended. About eighty were present. Mrs. Leonard's new piano was well tested and it was decided to be a very nice toned one and its external appearances are very fine.
W.W. Lincoln's administrators sale of the place that used to be his father's did not take place last Tuesday as advertised, as through a mistake no time of day was put on the handbills. It is to be sold on Saturday next. At the same sale Mr. Williams will sell Mr. Town's personal property.
The Ashford stage horses one day last week tried to get up a little amusement of their own by running away when standing in front of the post office, but the driver was close by and boarded the stage at the stern, went forward and stopped the runaway.
John Curry, who owns the old Cross place, has rented it to John Monroe and will move to Willimantic.
Mrs. G.B. Armstrong with her daughter, Mrs. J.D. Chaffee, have been spending a few days with Mrs. L.L. Bishop of Norwich.
Miss Lizzie P. Barrows is making her friend Eugena Campbell of Brooklyn, N.Y., a visit.
Miss Carrie Glidden has returned from Boston where she has been attending a music school. She is prepared to teach vocal or instrumental music.
C.H. Leonard was in town two days last week.
Mrs. Dwight Russ of Willimantic has been stopping at H.D. Russ' for a few days.
Mr. Morey of Hartford, son-in-law of Geo. Broadhurst, has been in town much of late.
The young people, to the number of about eighty, from Willimantic, Conantville and Mansfield Hollow, gave Miss Aggie Rouse a surprise party on Saturday evening, in honor of her birthday. They brought a number of nice presents, and had a good time generally.
Rev. G.W. Holman of Willimantic, preached at the Cong. church last Sunday.
We were much pained to learn of the death of Mrs. Charles Fenton, who has been residing in Maine for two years. She leaves five young children. They, and the husband have the sympathy of the whole town. Mrs. Fenton was reared in this place, and had no near relatives living, the rest of the family having died of consumption. She had as many of the good qualities which go to make up a Christian life, as most any one that we ever knew. She was patient, kind, and agreeable, and those who knew her best, loved her most.

486. Wed Feb 25 1880: Scotland.
Mrs. David Fuller and Miss Jane Fuller, who have been ill for some time, are recovering.
Henry Bingham is ill with bilious fever.
J.L. Cady has been very ill for a few days with inflammation of the bowels.
The examination at the Lower Scotland school called out a good number from other districts. On the closing day of school the teachers and scholars indulged in a May-day party, crossing the brook at Waldo's Station, and rambling over the country beyond. All this in spite of Venor's weather prediction.
H.M. Morgan is agitating the subject of starting a cheese factory in Scotland.
Geo. Fuller has gone to Florida.
O.K. Fuller will labor at Samuel Sprague's the coming season.
Miss Addie Bacon has gone to work in a shop in Southbridge, Mass.

487. Wed Feb 25 1880: An ingenious drug store clerk, who suspected that some one was tapping the till, fixed an arrangement on it so that any one who tried to open the drawer without understanding it would get four inches of brad-awl rammed into his hand. And then he went out and forgot to explain the thing to the boss, and as soon as he gets able to be about again he'd like to hear of a job.--Boston Post.

488. Wed Feb 25 1880: David W. Huntington, of Coventry, has been, by the legislature, appointed County Commissioner of Tolland County for three years from July 1st, 1880.

489. Wed Feb 25 1880: It is said that the Rev. L.T. Chamberlain is dieting for the Republican nomination to Congress from this district. If he shouldn't be more of a political success than his brother, the carpet Governor of South Caroline, he would not do Connecticut any credit.

490. Wed Feb 25 1880: Measles and whooping-cough are very prevalent in New Haven. There have been a thousand cases of the former since November, and an unusual number of deaths therefrom. The disease has been confined to children, and in many instances has broken up schools.

491. Wed Feb 25 1880: At the Confessional. The letter which we give below is from the Rev. Mr. Walker, of Andover, who was given the seat in the legislature to which Mr. Thurber was elected by the legal votes cast at the election. Whilst the letter is a kindly one, and to be commended, perhaps, for the desire manifested, on the part of its author, to smooth over matters, and allay any heart burnings which he thought the contest which they had been engaged in had produced, it shows to what abject servitude--a servitude which calls for the sacrifice of almost every principle of honor and impulse of manhood--a republican candidate for office must be brought. It is not humiliating when a minister of the gospel, and withal a clever man, has to confess that when he becomes a republican candidate--is defeated at the polls--and his friends in the legislature insist upon setting aside the verdict of the ballet box, he cannot step forward and how his manhood by denouncing the proceeding, but must say, as Mr. Walker in his letter says, "they had got me in the mill and I could not get out unless I was put out"? Mr. Walker seems as much rejoiced to think he has "got out of the hands of the politicians," and is now able to speak out and apologize for his wrong course, as the young convert when he feels that he has broken from the bondage of sin. But we fear our misguided brother is not yet quite out of the woods and beyond that grip of these republican politicians which crushes the manhood and independence out of a man, so that he is utterly incapable of doing by his neighbor as he would that his neighbor should do by him. But there is another phase to this Andover case which, for some reason, did not come out before the Committee on Elections. A witness was ready to swear that he was paid fifteen dollars by some republican to vote the republican ticket, and it is well known that other votes were bought by the republicans. Mr. Walker, possibly, may not have known that votes were being bought for him--we should hope he didn't--but if he didn't he is the most unsophisticated republican candidate we ever knew or heard of. But we presume from the tone of Mr. Walker's letter that even if he had known that the republicans were corrupting the ballot and violating the laws, he would have found sufficient excuse for allowing it to be done in the fact that "They had got me in the mill." How it does take the manhood out of a man to be a republican! Mr. Walker says that he should not knowingly have run against Mr. Thurber, when the fact is that Mr. Thurber was nominated first.
"Andover, Conn., Feb., 5, 1880. Mr. E. Thurber, Dear Sir:--You know I have been placed between two fires, in this matter of going to the legislature. I did not know that you were in House yesterday, until we were about leaving. I intended to have had a talk with you, but when I had got through talking with some gentlemen, I looked for you and you were gone. I had not been in the House since the first day of the session till yesterday, so no one could say I was there 'lobbying': nor did I say a word to the Committee, till after they had come to their decision, and I made no objection to their pronouncing a tie--(they did as they pleased as far as I was concerned)--had they done so I should not have run against you again; it was not my fault that I did the first time. I would not have run against you knowingly, but you were nominated after it was known that the republicans had decided on me. But it seems the committee was agreed that Mr. Marsh's decision was wrong which placed you in a false position and led you too far. But I do not blame you. The whole matter from beginning to end was against my wishes, did I have a thousand requests in the matter. Now I am out of the hands of the politicians I would do anything in my power to compensate for your loss in the case. You know your party would not allow you to give an inch for me, and I was held in the same place in regard to you. I said to you they had got me in the mill and I could not get out unless I was put out; but I hope to have a friendly talk with you before long. For you, personally, I have the same regard as ever. Other persons have heaped abuse upon me and done me great wrong, but I don't blame you. Truly Yours, W.C. Walker."

492. Wed Feb 25 1880: South Coventry.
Miss Clara Lloyd, an interesting young lady of this village, has been strangely afflicted since the death of her brother last December. There existed between this brother and sister a very strong attachment, and after learning that recovery was impossible, efforts to assuage her grief were useless. She soon began to exhibit symptoms of mental aberration. This greatly increased the anxiety and alarm of the family, who were now drawn upon the double watch-care. For a long time, she did not recognize those around her, and would remain for hours during the day and night with her attention fixed upon one object, scarcely speaking a word. From time to time she has lucid moments, but will at once cry out for her "dear brother," and then relapse into the same absent way. A few days ago, she expressed a wish to go to the cemetery. Her sisters accompanied her there, and she knelt by the new grave, tenderly stroked the earth, remarking: "I knew they had been digging here." The family are somewhat discouraged, but her physical health is good, and her physician speaks confidently of an ultimate recovery.
The members of the public library association met at the vestry of the Congregational church Monday evening, Feb. 16, and the following officers were elected for the year ensuing: Nathan White, president; Martin Parker, secretary; R.W. Barber, treasurer. At the adjourned meeting Thursday eve, Feb. 19, committees on finance and selections were chosen. Several rooms were offered, in which to place the library, but after some consideration, the house of Mr. Dwight Webler was decided to be the place, and Mrs. Webler is appointed librarian.
We regret to learn that our worthy citizen, Hon. Chauncey Howard, is very ill with pneumonia in Hartford. Fears have been expressed in regard to his recovery, but late reports, which we hope are correct, say that he is more comfortable. His loss would be widely felt as a common sorrow.
Dr. Dean had 8 new cases last Thursday. In the early part of the season, there were 13 deaths within three weeks in this village and vicinity. Then the cloud of gloom for a while did seem to be lifting, but at present there is much sickness here. A case of measles was reported Saturday. We are glad to learn that some of the farmers are taking sanitary precautions against a fruitful source of disease by removing decaying vegetation from the cellars.
Mr. Spaulding, an old and respected citizen is in failing health.
Geo. Wallen started for Bridgeport last Monday, where he has obtained a situation in the cartridge manufactory. Mrs. Geo. Wallen is convalescent.
The fourth of a series of pleasant dances was given at the Bidwell house last Thursday eve. Music by Hammond & Wallen's orchestra.
Miss Agnes Kingsbury gave a party to a number of school associates Monday eve, Feb. 16th.
Rev. Saxton, the evangelist who abode temporarily with H.C. Parker, assisting Rev. Dodge of the M.E. church, in his religious work, left town Friday for a new field of labor.
It is a welcome sight to see "Uncle Welcome" Tucker, a genial and thrifty farmer from the North parish, driving down weekly with a wagon load of freshly kept vegetables and rare yellow butter, at which the villagers eagerly snatch. The old gentleman is quite lame this winter, but his infirmities sit lightly upon him, and he always has a cheerful word for all.
Ned Hutchinson, a young man about nineteen, lately in the employ of C.P. Bidwell, met with quite a serious accident last Saturday, while chopping in the woods upon his mother's farm. He had placed his axe against a log, and threw a stick of wood, which caused the axe to come in contact with his knee, cutting deeply just above the joint. Ned was brave, and enjoyed a good smoke while Mr. Smith, who was with him, made haste for assistance. Later, while Dr. Bennett was dressing the wound, he tried in various ways to conceal the acute pain he suffered, but the change in his countenance and the quivering of nerves plainly revealed it. It will be some time before he will be about again.
Ladies' Benevolent society of the Cong. church will meet with Mrs. H.W. Mason Wednesday afternoon and evening.
Warren Lodge No. 50 F. and A.M. will give a Masonic ball at Bidwell's hall on Thursday eve, Feb. 26. Music by Rollinson's full orchestra. George L. Wheeler, prompter.

493. Wed Feb 25 1880: Ashford.
Eds. Chronicle: Dear Sirs:--I suppose that you expect your correspondents to report current events transpiring in their towns each week. But what is one to do when there is no news to report; when everything is as calm and serene as a May morning; when not a breath of news reaches the earnest seeker's ear, on greets his longing sight? Such is the condition of your correspondent at the present writing, and it is with much reluctance that I take my pen to inform you of my condition, knowing full well that you will expect some items from me this week, and if I do not find anything to write about, you will have to fill the space set apart for Ashford with some production from your own fertile brain. But there is one thing certain;--if I cannot report anything that has occurred during the week, I can report what has not occurred, and that is what I now propose to do. In the first place, I will say that there has been no accidents of any kind that have come to my knowledge. No runaway teams nor smashed vehicles to frighten children and nervous women out of their wits, and leave desolation in their tracks; no murderous assaults with intent to kill;--and here let me remark, that I believe that there never was a murder committed in Ashford, or if there was, no one was ever convicted of it, although a number of years ago, there was a party arrested for this crime, but the evidence was not sufficient to convict, and the party was set at liberty although the circumstances were strongly against him. This statement is made form my own knowledge, but perhaps some older inhabitant may have knowledge of the history of the town farther back than I have, and may know of some other case, but this is the only one that I have ever heard of. There have been no street fights or public brawls in which fists perform an important part, and bloody noses are the result; no threatening nor traducing language used, nor houses broken into and the inhabitants robbed, but every one is secure in person and property, and there is no one to molest or make afraid, and even the poultry yards have an air of security about them that is noticeable to the passer by. And here let me remark, there has not been a person convicted of any crime and sent to jail or to the work-house at Brooklyn for as many as six or eight years,--a fact that I don't believe another town in the county can boast of. Still, you must not understand from this that we are boasting of possessing all the virtue and goodness there is, but think we are favored with our share of it. There has not been a single case of drunkenness in the town during the past week, and this is not so singular, for the town has voted "no license," and of course there is not a single place in town where the "ardent" is sold, and also, not a single town that adjoins us, so you see that we are quite free from this source of temptation, unless it be when we visit the pleasant and enterprising village of Willimantic, where may be obtained, if reports are correct, plenty of what Buffalo Bill vulgarly calls "tanglefoot," but, nevertheless, no one is compelled to use it, even there, unless from his own free will.
There have been no births to gladden the hearts of expectant parents; no silken cords of love have been woven into the holy bonds of matrimony; no deaths have occurred to call forth the sympathies of mourning friends, or cause anguish at the final separation of the near and dear; no conversion of souls from their sinful ways into the paths of peace and righteousness, and still our clergy have been noted for their stately walks among the people, and their weekly appeals and supplications in their behalf to the Throne of Grace; no wranglings nor dissentions have occurred in the churches nor among the people; no tale-bearing to stir up strife, nor to injure or malign the character of any one. In fact, we are a happy and united people, and it looks as though the time had really come when the "lion and the lamb shall lie down together," when the "swords shall be beat into plowshares, and the spears into pruning-books," and "all shall know the Lord from the least unto the greatest."

494. Wed Feb 25 1880: Colchester.
The school in the eighth district, taught by Miss Ella Crandall, closed last week.
Mr. R.B. Sherman has filled his ice house with ice nine inches thick.
The Rev. Mr. Winter, secretary of the Connecticut Temperance Union, is expected to spend the last Sunday of February in Colchester.
Henry Ford, our popular dry goods clerk, has accepted a position in one of the leading dry goods houses in Hartford.
The entertainment given by the Temple of Honor at Gates' hall was well attended. Several double teams from Hebron were chartered for the occasion. The "Ten Nights in a Bar Room" might have been better. Mr. T.N. Griggs, none of our popular merchants, acted his part to perfection. He is a Willimantic boy. Send us over some more like him.
Mrs. Wm. H. Denison, who was injured about a month ago by the overturning of the carriage, is in a critical condition. It is hoped that Mr. Denison will take legal means to procure damages from the town.

495. Wed Feb 25 1880: Putnam.
Mr. C.H. Leroy, who has been manager of the Morse Mills store for the past eleven years, is to remove to Monson, Mass. where he is to engage in the grocery and hardware business.
The Hyers Sisters gave an entertainment in Bugbee hall, Friday, Feb. 20, to a full house.

496. Wed Feb 25 1880: North Mansfield.
A number of buildings will go up the coming spring. Mr. Chas. G. Cummings is preparing timber for a new barn. John N. Barrows is to build a new barn this spring. Thomas Fisk is to have a new house built. This, we think, will give our carpenters something to do.
A Union Missionary meeting will be held in the Methodist church at Gurleyville, on Thursday of this week, afternoon and evening. All the churches in town are invited. The ladies of the Methodist church will provide a collation between the services. Dr. M.J. Talbot will be present and deliver an address.
Mr. Frederick Maine, a young man of good standing, died of consumption last Thursday night. He leaves a wife to mourn his loss, but no children. His funeral took place Sunday afternoon, and he was buried by the Coventry Temple of honor, of which he was a member, the members of the lodge bearing all the funeral expenses.

497. Wed Feb 25 1880: A tramp found a woman alone in a Vermont farm house, and threatened to kill her if she did not give him five cents. "Well, here it is," she said, showing the coin, "but I guess I'll shoot it to you," and she dropped it into the barrel of a shotgun. The fellow did not wait to take it.

498. Wed Feb 25 1880: Born.
Austin--At Mansfield Centre, Feb. 20th, a daughter to Stephen and Laura Austin.

499. Wed Feb 25 1880: Died.
Salter--In Mansfield, Feb. 24, Mrs. Elizabeth Salter.
Perkins--In Willimantic, Feb. 25, Freddie C. Perkins, aged 3 mos.
Maine--In Mansfield, Feb. 20 [or 29], Frederick W. Maine, aged 21.
Farnham--In Gurleyville, Feb. 21, Mary E. Farnham, aged 26.

500. Wed Feb 25 1880: Items of Interest.
Spelling reform pays. Josh Billings has made $100,000 by his writings.
Thirteen times widowed is the experience of a Little Rock (Ark) woman. She has preserved the last hat worn by each, and from thirteen pegs driven in the wall they are suspended. An empty peg waits the last.
A French savant has succeeded in killing the phylloxera by means of electricity. He passes a powerful current through a copper wire wound about the infested vine, when both eggs and insects are killed by the shock.

501. Wed Feb 25 1880: State News.
Ida Hull of Guilford, has replevied six horses of the Murray estate, among them 'Flying Morgan," claiming that they are the progeny of two brook mare she bought with money saved while acting as Murray's agent on his lecturing tours. The case will be tried next week. Mr. Murray is believed to be in California, and his wife is a practicing physician in New York.
The cattle of Solomon S. Mead of North Greenwich have been inspected by the authorities and pronounced infected with pleuro pneumonia. They will all be killed.
Robert Hazell, an employee on the New York and New England railroad at Waterbury, was killed while coupling cars as that place Monday.
A 14-year-old son of Charles Sanford of Roxbury ran away, February 8, with another boy aged 15, and has not returned. The Sanford boy has a brother in Washington Territory, and as he took $100 with him, it is believed that the precious pair have gone thither.
Horation N. Warner, the school teacher who got into trouble at Norwich several months ago on account of his continued drunkenness, is now in New Haven jail. Warner was valedictorian of his class at Yale and had brilliant prospects, but drinking habits, contracted at college, controlled him and he will probably end in a drunkard's grave. His poor old mother has gone crazy and his wife, after sacrificing most of her property to save him, is dying of a broken heart.
The Hartford hospital gets $2000 and the Hartford Protestant asylum $3000 from the will of the late George Affleck, while $8000 is held in trust by Bishop Williams and his successors, to be expended at their discretion for the poor of the city.
Mr. Cockroft of Westport has discovered an emery mind on his land, and he thinks "there's millions in it."

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