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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WILLIMANTIC CHRONICLE 1879-1884
The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1883
Published every Wednesday.
McDonald & Safford, Editors and Publishers.
M. Wallen, A.H. Freeman, O.G. Hanks. Prompter: O.M. Richardson.
1064. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: About Town.
1065. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: One of the attractive features to the Willimantic river this season will be the handsome steam yacht which was last Thursday launched on that stream by Messrs. George Clark and Frank Bradbury.
1066. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: George A. Conant was awarded the first prize for declamation at Natchag high school last Tuesday evening and Arthur Gates the second. Fannie Hatheway received the prize for the most progress in penmanship. These were the only prizes offered this year.
1067. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Mr. Henry Fitch a native of this town but who had resided in the west for some seventeen years past, died at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Spaulding, in South Coventry on Sunday at the age of 63 years. He returned east a few months since because of ill health and has steadily declined until his death.
1068. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Natchaug Lodge No. 22 Knights of Pythias elected the following officers last Tuesday evening and they will be installed this evening by D.D. G.C., Wm. N. Potter; C.C. , Geo. H. Purington; V.C., H.R. Alford; P, John G. Keigwin; M. of A.D., F. Hooker; M. of F., F.H. Houghton, trustee, John G. Keigwin.
1069. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: John Killourey has succeeded William Worden as street lighter. Since the failure of the United States street lighting Co. the Court of Burgesses has not succeeded in placing a contract with any other company and have in consequence been doing their own lighting. During this period they have been unable to obtain gasoline with which the lighter would do the work satisfactorily and the lamps have most of the time borne the appearance of looking for an eclipse of the sun so badly were they smoked.
1070. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: The storm which threatened this village from the west last evening and which passed around to the south of us, developed into a species of cyclone along the sound and reports from Norwich and New London record a considerable damage to property and a loss of one life. A boat crossing the Thames river at New London occupied by three persons capsized by the wind and a lady drowned. This village has good cause to congratulate itself upon its narrow escape from a destructive wind storm.
1071. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: A young man named George Taylor residing at The Oaks, while painting the spire of the new Episcopal church fell a distance of some thirty feet to the ground Monday morning. He was perched on a not very substantial ladder which stood astride the ridge pole of the church and leaned against the spire when suddenly it spread out from the rungs and he was precipitated to the roof from which he slid in a helpless manner striking the ground near to a pile of rocks. Had his landing place been a short distance either way the accident must have ended fatally. Dr. Gallup was summoned and upon examination found a sprained wrist and an ugly cut on his face the only injuries sustained.
1072. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: The annual graduation exercises of the Academy of the Holy Family occurred at Baltic last Thursday. This a Catholic institution of learning devoted to the education of females preparatory to their entrance into the service of the church. The people of that persuasion in this village have a special interest in the school and a number of young ladies from the best of families here are pursuing the course there. Thursday's programme was very elaborate and interesting, made up of literary and vocal selections of high order. The only person upon whom graduating honor were conferred this year was Miss Maggie O'Loughlin daughter of Michael O'Loughlin of this place. Miss L. Cleary, a friend of the graduate, took first prize for general scholarship.
1073. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Henry B. Smith a former
clothing merchant of this place doing business in the present store
of H.E. Remington & Co.; fell dead at East Haven last Friday
morning. He was probably suffering from the effects of overdrink
and between 4 and 5 o'clock in the morning the proprietor of the
Forbes house where he was stopping heard some one coming down stairs.
He found Smith in the sitting room. Smith said all the college students
were after him and rushed out of doors half dressed. He was followed,
and when overtaken was found lying face downward in a hollow of the
road. He was stone dead. Coroner Bollmann was promptly summoned.
On Smith's person were found $150 in cash, $16,410 in promissory
notes, a gold watch and chain, a diamond stud, and a pocketbook containing
various business papers which seemed to fully identify
1074. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Court of Burgesses. The regular monthly meeting of the Court of Burgesses was held at the Borough office Monday evening, the Warden presiding and a full board being present. Mr. A.S. Turner appeared and asked that some action be taken by the Borough to reimburse him for the outlay in relaying water pipes on Turner street. The matter was tabled. Mr. Harry Boss appeared and asked that the Borough take some action to clear out culvert on North street. Mr. H.h. Flint was also heard in relation to same matter, referred to Warden for investigation. The following bills were read and ordered paid. Labor bill, month of June, 572.40; Silas F. Loomer, insurance, $21; Jas. Walden, rent fire department, $75; F.L. Clark, policeman, $60; Dwight W. Shurtliff, $60; Chas. T. Brown, policeman, $60; Sanford A. Comins, paving, $62; Fanny Y. Fitch, interest, $37.50; John Haggerty, labor, $3.75; R. Davison, rent fire department, $56.20; Michael Sullivan, paving, $53.10; Willimantic Savings Institute, rent, $37.50; Willimantic Gas Co., gas, 25 cents; Wm. P. Worden, street lighter, $56.34; John S. Smith, sand, $87.75. The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co., printing, $23. Voted to dissolve.
1075. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: School Meeting. The annual school meeting in district No. 1 last Thursday evening was largely attended and a spirited gathering as was expected. There was a lively contest over the choice of a district committee and five ballots were taken before an election was reached, the last vote standing 60 for Edwin H. Hall and 57 for Charles E. Carpenter. Geo. A. Conant was chosen clerk and treasurer in place of S.J. Miller. The question of better school accommodations was discussed at some length and was finally referred to a committee composed of E.B. Chappell, J.E. Hayden and E.E. Burnham to act with the district committee and present some feasible measure at an adjourned meeting next Thursday. It is thought probable that the committee will favor building an addition to the present structure or a separate building in the school yard sufficient for the present demands. It was voted to take no action on the district consolidation clause in the warning.
1076. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: A Shrewd Swindler. One
of those very shrewd and glib-tongued swindlers has been getting
in some of his professional work quite successfully among the mechanics
of one of our thriving industries during the past ten days and as
the result his shekels have been somewhat augmented. He ingratiated
himself into the good will of one of the most popular workmen giving
his name as Chalres Playfair and claiming to be the regular authorized
agent of the Connecticut Standard Oil company doing business at Hartford
and presented a handsome business card to that effect. He was around
soliciting orders for all kinds of oils, but kerosene principally,
and displayed an attractive line of samples in bottles gaudily labeled
encased in a pretty leather sachel. His story was very plausible
and he orated eloquently on the point that his firm was just
1077. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Commencement Week at Natchaug.
Last week was perhaps the most notable period in the history of Natchaug
school and it was an event of which its friends may justly feel proud.
In all the exercises which had been arranged for the occasion the
general public took an interest which has not before been accorded
to the school. A meeting of the alumni for choice of officers was
held Wednesday afternoon at the high school room and the following
persons elected: Pres., John J. Jennings, '72 of Bristol, Conn.;
Vice-Pres. Miss Hattie L. Merros, '79, of Merrow Station, Conn.;
Sec. And Treas., Fred Gates, '78, Willimantic; Ass't Sec., Miss Alice
K. Pomeroy, '81, Willimantic; Ex-Com., Geo. A. Conant, '74; Miss
Alice H. Palmer, '75; Miss Hattie M. Taylor, '77; Miss Helen B. Avery,
'81; Charles J. Royce '82, all of Willimantic. The evening of
1078. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Personals.
1079. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Andover.
1080. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Ashford.
1081. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: South Coventry.
Miss Alice Mason intends visiting her sister Mrs.
Hoxie in Cleveland during the month.
1082. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: A trackman named Shannon, in the employ of the New York, New Haven and Hartford road was killed at Bridgeport Friday afternoon. He had stepped off the track to avoid a coming train and was struck by a train on the other track.
1083. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: It is said that the member of General Hancock's staff who was charged with investigating the Mystic accident, places the blame on Captain Bucklyn, the master of the ceremonies of the day.
1084. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: John R. Williams of New Haven attempted to chop off the head of his young child, Saturday, and attacked the officer who attempted to arrest him. He will be sent to the insane asylum.
1085. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: New Haven doctors are returning to the old fashion of using gigs. Such as have not the old fashioned gig use the modern two-wheeler with a top. There are fewer ordinary carriages and buggies in use by the profession now than formerly.
1086. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: William Davis, of Waterbury, arrested as concerned in the Derby burglary, was examined Saturday and discharged but immediately re-arrested on a charge being implicated in the Bristol post office robbery.
1087. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Howard Loomis of Windsor, aged nineteen was drowned while suffering from a cramp in the water, Saturday.
1088. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Among the graduates from the State Normal school at New Britain last week, were Mary E. Greenslit of Scotland, and Phebe E. Chapman, and Amasa S. Chapman of Sprague.
1089. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: This year a son of Judge Nathaniel Shipman takes the first prize in composition at Yale, and a son of Henry C. Robinson takes a third prize in composition and both take declamation prizes.
1090. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: The Woodbury savings bank at Woodbury Conn., was burglarized Sunday night. The vault was broken open and $2,500 in cash and all of the securities were stolen. The burglars stole a horse from Rev. Mr. Wyckoff, drove to Southbury, where they exchanged for a better one. The four men in the gang were seen going through Newtown toward Bridgeport at 4 o'clock in the morning.
1091. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Ex-Senator B.K. Bruce, register of the United States treasury is one of the wealthiest colored men in the country. He owns two large plantations in Mississippi worth more than $100,000 each.
1092. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Origin of Two Expressions.
The origin of the terms "Uncle Sam" applied to our Government,
and "Brother Jonathan," applied in the first instance to
the people of New England, and sometimes to the people of the whole
country, or, rather, to the representative American, often provokes
a puzzle. The question how the terms arose is often asked. The following
seems a correct answer: After Washington was appointed commander
of the patriot army in the revolution, he had great difficulty in
obtaining supplies. On one occasion,
1093. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Queen Victoria has recovered from the injury to her knee, but in the very much more important matter of spirits, her condition is far from satisfactory, and is causing a great deal of anxiety to those about her, as her lengthened depression has exercised an unfavorable influence on her general health, and at present there are no signs of amendment.
1094. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: The time seems to have
come when official action in relation to the "assisted immigrants"
is necessary. There are many poor people who come to this country and
are welcome; poor as these assisted by the British government, but with
this difference: they are not hired or made to leave home. We want no
more paupers than are made so on American soil. Although no man is poor
who has strong hands and a sound body, women and children, without money
or health, with only the education and training of a British workhouse,
can not be expected to make a home for themselves or increase the wealth
of the country. America is large enough and her acres fertile enough
to give a home to them all
1095. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Columbia.
1096. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: H.C. Smith a Massachusetts merchant, was found dead in a roadway of New Haven with over $20,000 in money and checks in his pockets.
1097. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: A man supposed to be one of the Woodbury burglars was arrested Thursday, near Shepaug on the Naugatuck road. He was taken to Bridgeport and locked up. Two trunks belonging to the prisoner were examined and found to contain letters and a number of tin types. The letters showed that the man was of French extraction and that he lived at Waterbury and Ansonia. A number of points seemed to indicated that the man whose name appeared to be Frank Raux was one of the four men wanted.
1098. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: The superior court of California has confirmed the judgement by which San Francisco is entitled to the $40,000 bequeathed by Henry F. Robinson of Norwalk.
1099. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: A three-year-old child of Fred Freeman a waiter in the Allyn house, Hartford, fell from a three story window Friday evening and was picked up alive, but will probably die.
1100. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Miss Clara Louise Kellogg has leased a cottage on the mountain side at New Hartford, on the line of the Hartford & Connecticut Western railroad and will spend the summer there.
1101. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Arthur Platt of Danbury while attempting to board a train at Bethel, Saturday evening on the Danbury & Norwalk road, fell between the cars three of them passing over his body and mangling it horribly.
1102. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: In the case of William Clark of Waterbury against Mayor Greene Kendrick, accused of alienating Mrs. Clark's affections the court has ordered the plaintiff to give a bond of $350 for the prosecution of the suit. The bond is to be given.
1103. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: The policemen who arrested the Yale men for making a row on the campus the other night are likely to be investigated for clubbing Elmer P. Howe, a graduate of 76 and a Boston lawyer who stood quietly looking on. He has presented his case to the commissioners and insists on reparation.
1104. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: A remarkable sight in New Haven, Friday was that of a panting policeman chasing a naked boy through the streets. The boy had been violating the law against nude bathing, and seeing the approaching officer, jumped out of the river, grabbed his clothes and ran. He finally eluded his blue-coated pursuer.
1105. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: The amount taken by Moore, the absconding town clerk of Litchfield, is now stated at $140 from the town and $4,000 from individuals. He has for some time been getting checks cashed by individuals whenever he could. Nothing has been heard of him since his disappearance.
1106. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: The Waterbury American says; A family by the name of Peacock living on Pond hill Winsted, came near having a funeral Thursday, but on finding that the supposed corpse was alive, the coffin was returned and rejoicing took the place of mourning. Their little child fell from the piazza into a tub of water and when found by the mother appeared to be dead and showed no signs of life until the next day when the coffin arrived.
1107. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: A New Haven landlady resisted the execution of a search warrant obtained by a former boarder, and belabored both the officer and boarder with a bootjack till they gave up the search. She made such an impression that the matter was dropped without any arrest.
1108. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Robert Campbell, of Meriden, has gone west for a legacy of $200,000.
1109. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Judge Lynde Harrison, of Guilford, will leave on July 10 for a trip to Nova Scotia and vicinity. He has been afflicted for the past two months with malaria.
1110. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Edward Malley, the New Haven merchant, is to permanently retire from business in a few weeks, and will be succeeded by Walter Malley and Mr. Neely.
1111. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Seymour Patterson, 50 years old, has been bound over to the superior court at New Haven for indecently abusing little Nettie Hitchcock, a child only 9 years old. He met her on four occasions on the green and by giving her money, candy and peanuts coaxed her to accompany him to Grove street cemetery where he took the grossest liberties with her. Patterson had treated other little girls in a similar manner. Several were in court, but their testimony was not taken, as the court did not think it necessary.
1112. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Mrs. Henry J. Lewis of No. 8 Edwards street, New Haven was arrested Saturday evening for throwing red pepper in the eyes of two women she saw walking with her husband. Mr. Lewis furnished bonds for her and she was released. She said she was not sorry for what she had done, but would do it again if she had the chance, and that she had long suspected her husband of associating with other women. The parties to the affair have hitherto been considered respectable. Of the women assaulted, Mrs. Beale, wife of Rev. Joseph H. Beale, was the most seriously hurt. Dr. Tyler says that if inflammation sets in she will lose her eyesight. Friends of the women say their relations with Mr. Lewis have always been within the strictest bounds of propriety.
1113. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Died.
1114. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the district of Windham on the 21st day of June, A.D. 1883. Present, John D. Wheeler, Esq., Judge. On motion of L. Arnold Billings, Executor on the testate estate of Robert W. Stanton, late of Windham within said district, deceased. This court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the Executor and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham, and by posting a copy thereof on a public signpost in said town of Windham nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, John D. Wheeler, Judge.
1115. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: A Curious Calculation.
Did you think asked a Paris paper, how many male and female ancestors
were required to bring you into the world? First, it was necessary
that you should have a father and mother - that makes two human beings.
Each of these four must have had a father and mother - that makes
eight human beings. And so we must go back for forty-six generations,
which brings us only to the time of Jesus Christ. The calculations
thus resulting shows that 139,245,017,489,534,976 births must have
taken place in order to bring you into the world - you who read these
lines. But remember we are only taking the case of yourself - one
human being - and there are a billioon of human beings in the world
with the same history, and we have only carried back the calculations
to the time of Christ. How monstrous the calculation becomes if we
carry it back six thousand years! How ghastly it becomes if we push
it back two hundred and fifty thousand years, which DeMortillet and
others give as the age of the human race! Just count three generations
to a century, or thirty to every thousand years, and reckon up the
history of one individual.
1116. TWC Tues Jul 3, 1883: Meteoric Stones. It has been estimated that at least 5,000 meteoric stones reach the earth annually. These stones are usually of inconsiderable size, but as they have been falling since a very remote period in geological history, the aggregate mass which has thus been added to our planet must be very great. The largest meteoric stone ever found is in the Royal Academy of Stockholm, and weighs twenty-five tons. The museum at Copenhagen contains one of ten tons; the British Museum; one of more than five tons; the museum at St. Petersburg, one of 1,635 pounds; and the Smithsonian Institution one of 1,400 pounds.
1117. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: About Town.
1118. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: there will be a union temperance meeting next Sunday evening at 7:30 o'clock in the Congregational church which will be addressed by Rev. G.W. Brewster of Danielsonville.
1119. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: The towns of Eastford, Ashford, and Pomfret will have no jurors and the town of Canterbury only half its quota the present year in consequence of the selectmen of those towns having failed to do their duty.
1120. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Cholera infantum is busy among the children in this village at the present time. Dr. D.D. Jacobs and P.J. Brennan have both lost bright infant sons from the disease during the past week and the doctors report other cases of sickness.
1121. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Willie Casey, living on Main street, caught his hand in the machinery of the Linen company's mills last Friday mangling his hand in such a manner that amputation of the forefinger was necessary, and the operation was performed by Dr. McGuinness.
1122. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Rev. D.P. Leavitt of the Methodist church has been granted a vacation for the remainder of July and started yesterday morning for Martha's Vineyard. His pulpit will be supplied next Sunday by Rev. G.W. Brewster of Danielsonville and the following one by Rev. Mr. Dalrymple of Gurleyville.
1123. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Somers Bros. have rented the spacious store ____ building, next door to the Windham National bank, and intend to move in by the first of August. They will sell off their entire stock of dry goods, millinery and fancy goods for less than cost in the next twenty days. Their store in European House block is to be let. Apply to Somers Bros.
1124. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: The check stamp law having been abolished July 1, your banker will redeem what stamped checks you have on hand on application.
1125. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Elliot B. Sumner Esq. of this place has been appointed prosecuting agent by the county commissioners and, they also appointed George W. Carver of Putnam and Milton A. Shumway of Danielsonville to like positions. John P. Wood has been appointed county treasurer and Rev. E.S. Beard chaplain, both of Brooklyn.
1126. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: The marriage of Miss Nettie V. Tilden to Mr. W.H.P. Sweet at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Tilden, which occurred on the afternoon of last Thursday was a pleasant social event of the week. The young couple have a large circle of friends who bestow upon them their kindest wishes for the future. They are on a fortnight's wedding tour.
1127. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Work on the new fair ground is progressing rapidly and it has now reached the setting of the posts for the outside fence. The track is all graded but a small piece at the lower extremity and for a half mile one is excellent, being oblong with a long stretch at the front and back and having well graded turns at both ends. There is yet a great amount of work to be done and the energy of the officers will have to be exercised to complete it for a fall exhibition. It is understood that the Linen company has offered to light the track with the electric light for evening racing, and should this be done it will surely be an attractive feature.
1128. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Tuesday of last week, a painful accident befell Mrs. Wealthy Mathewson, a widow lady about eighty years of age living near Eagleville. She had occasion to go into the attic that day, and while moving about struck her foot against a nail in the floor, and stumbling over a chair, broke her leg near the hip joint in the fall. The house is distant from any other, and the family occupying a part of it were all absent at the time. For three hours she lay helpless and in the greatest agony where she had fallen, before her neighbors returned, and attracted by her groans, rendered assistance. Dr. Sweet was sent for, and reduced the fracture with much difficulty, and notwithstanding her advanced age, Mrs. Mathewson is now comfortable.
1129. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Quite a number of our Baptist people are in attendance at the first annual meeting of the Connecticut Baptist Bible Sunday school union being held at Crescent Beach, Niantic. Tuesday afternoon was given to a meeting of delegates from all parts of the state. Addresses were delivered by the president, Dr. Walker of New Haven, and the Rev. G.W. Folwell of Waterbury, and by Messrs. W.S. Bronson of Hartford and J.B. Underwood of Meriden. To-day there will be a mass meeting, to be addressed by the Rev. Drs. Herr of Norwich and Stone of Hartford, and the Rev. Messrs. Stubbert of Putnam, Pogson of Bridgeport and Gifford of Boston. The exercises will be held in a tent 80 by 250 feet in size.
1130. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: School Meeting - The annual school meeting in Natchaug district was held Tuesday evening. It was organized by the choice of ex-Representative A.T. Fowler chairman and H.N. Wales clerk. The treasurer's report was presented and received with satisfaction by the district. On the debit side it appears that $1,480.74 have been expended for sundries, $1,500 to reduce indebtedness, and $4,376.63 for teachers' wages, and it also shows that the Dime Savings bank holds a claim of $3,000. The credit side of the report shows that $10,462.80 have been received from all sources curing the year - including $571.33 for tuition - and it will thus be seen that the district is out of debt. The election of officers was proceeded to and resulted in the re-election of the veteran committee, William C. Jillson, by a vote of 100 to 13, and the substitution of Henry N. Wales for clerk in place of Hyde Kingsley who is unable to serve on account of ill health. A proposition was made to increase the district committee from one to three members, but it was argued that this could not lawfully be done as due notice was not given as provided by a recent law, and it was plainly demonstrated that the district is very well satisfied with the present arrangement. It was noised on the street previous to the meeting that an effort was to be made to oust Mr. Jillson from the committeeship but the opposition was not very pronounced. The school is in a very flourishing condition and the district appreciates that fact and so expressed itself at last night's meeting.
1131. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Personals.
Miss Sarah Tiffany of Hartford has been calling on
friends in this village and has now gone to her home in Hampton to
spend her vacation.
1132. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Town Meeting. We call particular
attention to the warning of a town meeting in another column as the
gathering will be called upon to treat subjects which are of great
public importance. The town will be called upon to say whether it
will expend $50,000 more or less, to erect a central high school
building. Such an institution would be a credit to the town. The
town will have a chance to say whether it will retain the present
lock-up, fit for cattle and not for human beings, or will it provide
quarters of this kind, at least decent. That nasty place which is
the receptacle of the refuse from a stable has been described by
the Chronicle and as we have said is a reproach to the town. Make
different arrangements, lease or no lease. The town will be asked
to provide more room for Superior court purposes. The rents paid
by both borough
1133. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: The fair of the Manufacturers and Mechanics Institute to be held in Boston from September 5th, to November 3d, will have a new feature, in the form of a woman's department, in which will be shown the product of woman's handiwork. One of the attractions will be the exhibition of thread manufacture which will be shown in every detail by young ladies from the Willimantic Thread Company. The woman's department is an assured success, and will be a very attractive feature. The object of this department is to give a more comprehensive scope to woman's work than has ever before been offered at exhibitions and the managers have set apart an acre of floor space to show what women produce in the various industrial lines. From what has been already promised this department will be most interesting and instructive. This department will well illustrate the abilities of woman as a worker, and in such a manner as will make every woman who sees it justly proud of her sex.
1134. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Railroad Accidents.
1135. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: South Windham.
1136. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Mansfield.
1137. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: James Carey, the Irish informer's latest grievance is that the government refuses to pay him any blood money on the ground that he did not cause the arrest of the murderers and his evidence was not necessary to conviction. He became informer to save his own life.
1138. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Ellen M. Gifford, of Boston, has donated $20,000 for a summer home for dogs, cats and birds. The building is now in process of completion and will be ready for business this week. The rates will be seventy-five cents per week for small dogs, fifty for cats and thirty-five cents for birds.
1139. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: This state has a very peculiar case in the person of Sherman W. Platt of Newtown, a farmer about 35 years old who fell into a deep sleep in his bed just before Christmas, and lay in it, without rousing, till the last of January. Toward spring he manifested an inclination to move, but did not open his eyes, and during three months ate scarcely enough to sustain life. In March the family succeeded in getting him dressed, and in April he walked a little, but during all this time he never spoke. He was cared for like an infant. After a while he scented his way to the pantry, and now he moves from his chair to the cupboard shelves, sleeping between his meals. His lethargy has lasted 194 days.
1140. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: It is not too much to say that Governor Waller would have shared the approval of the people of this section had he taken the course towards the Storrs Agricultural college which Governor Pattison of Pennsylvania has taken affecting the state agricultural college which like ours has always been a weakling and hopelessly "in politics." As a last lift at public expense a bill was passed by the Pennsylvania legislature giving $10,000 a year for four years to establish an agricultural experimental farm in connection with it, but Pattison vetoes this because, as he says almost in so many words, the institution has been entirely useless in the past and promises no improvement, and tax-payers have been bled for it enough. The Storrs agricultural school can never be of any benefit to the people of this state managed as it is.
1141. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Thomas Owens of Providence, R.I., aged twenty, bell boy at the Morton house at Greenwich, was drowned Saturday afternoon while bathing.
1142. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Samuel Benton, the negro who was arrested at Bridgeport last week on suspicion of having assaulted Miss Sarah E. Slocum at Salem N.Y., was discharged Thursday the woman failing to identify him.
1143. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: An alligator three and one-half feet long appeared in Mill River at New Haven near the Yale university boat house Friday night; is said to be the only saurian ever seen in the waters of the state.
1144. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: While coupling cars Friday forenoon at Norwalk station, John Vaughn, a brakeman on the Danbury & Norwalk railroad, was caught between the cars and crushed to death. The engineer shortly after the accident disappeared.
1145. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: In Meriden last week. Tuesday evening, just after Special Policeman Henry Warner had prevented some boys from building a bon-fire, he was shot through the calf of the leg, the bullet taking out a piece of flesh the size of a walnut.
1146. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1183: A quantity of acid used in the manufacture of wood pulp at Wilkinson's paper mill in Shelton was let into the Housatonic river last week. The water was poisoned and a number of fish were killed. Many boat-loads were picked up.
1147. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Thomas Connolly, a widower of thirty-two, of Southington, was sitting on a fence Saturday evening in company with a friend, when Bridget McCue passed along and threw vitriol into his face. The woman had previously asked Connolly to marry her and he had refused. He was brought to the New Haven hospital Sunday morning. It is thought there is danger that he may lose one or both of his eyes. Some of the vitriol went on the clothing of Connolly's companion. The woman has not yet been arrested.
1148. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Wm. Sheridan was arrested Sunday night for drunkenness and breach of the peace at New Haven. Since April 46th 1862, when he was arrested as a runaway boy, his name has appeared on the New Haven police records as a prisoner 113 times for burglary, theft and various other lesser crimes and misdemeanors. He is thirty-three years of age and since his first arrest has passed about two-thirds of his life in jail and state's prison.
1149. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Frederick Eberle and Richard McCloud, two well known lawyers of Hartford were publicly disgraced by a decision rendered Friday by Judge Andrews. Both men have been accused of "unprofessional conduct." Eberle was charged with crookedness in a divorce proceedings, and McCloud was charged with appropriating to his own use moneys collected for clients. By Judge Andrews' decision Eberle is disbarred and McCloud is suspended. Eberle will bring suit for reinstatement. McCloud is now in Kansas.
1150. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: John Tully a quarryman employed by John Beatty at Leete's Island; was killed Thursday. It was stated that he was crushed under a five-ton stone which rolled over on him. The medical examiner made his report to Coroner Bollman of New Haven, and that officer drove over Friday evening when he learned that there had been a drunken fight among the employees and that suspicions are rife that Tully might have come to his death by unfair means. Tully leaves a wife and four little children.
1151. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Married.
1152. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Died.
1153. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Columbia.
1154. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Andover.
1155. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Notice. The legal voters
of the Town of Windham are hereby warned to meet at Armory Hall in
said Town on Tuesday, July 17th, 1883 at 2 o'clock p.m. to act on
the following articles: 1st. To act upon the petition of Jas. E.
Hayden and others relative to establishing a Town High School and
providing suitable accommodations therefor. 2nd. To see what action
the town will take relative to providing for a suitable Lock up and
Justice Court Room. 3d. To see if the Town will vote to instruct
the Selectmen to furnish additional room for the accommodation of
the Superior Court and to lower the Judges' desk. 4th. To see if
the Town will vote to make an appropriation for the purpose of
1156. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: To Rent. Room in Tanner Block. In rear of Sherman's Fruit Store suitable for office or shop. Entrance on North street. Apply at Town Clerk's Office, to Henry N. Wales.
1157. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: Notice. We will pay the highest cash price for good White Birch Spool Wood if delivered immediately. The National Thread Co. Mansfield Hollow, July 12.
1158. TWC Wed Jul 11, 1883: National House, State St., New London, CT. Recently Refitted and Refurnished. Good Board by the day or week on reasonable terms. George A. Davis, Proprietor.
1159. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: About Town.
1160. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Information wanted of the whereabouts of Bradley Williams - Age, 27; height, 5 feet 11 inches; weight 123 pounds; wore dark clothes and dark felt hat; had sandy moustaches; last seen Sunday the 15th, about three miles north of Willimantic. Any information concerning him will be thankfully received, if left at the Chronicle office.
1161. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Mrs. Mina Kinne of Windham who is an expert in fancy work of the highest art is finishing a very elegant silk bedquilt. The embroidery work on it is perfectly exquisite and a number of very handsome hand painting adorn many of the blocks. Such a bedquilt in the New York market has a value of from $300 to $500.
1162. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Messrs. Emmons, Buck and Gray while returning from a fishing excursion to Exeter Tuesday of last week when crossing a bridge in Columbia the horse broke through and all were precipitated into the stream below. They succeeded in getting themselves out and the horse and wagon were finally got to the shore the only damage done being broken thills.
1163. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: A band of real Indians have continued for three weeks, every evening, to draw large crowds on the Johnson lot to witness a performance in which the customs of their wild life on the plains is delineated in many of its peculiarities. Accompanying them are gymnasts and variety showmen and all together the entertainment given is fully up to the average variety show travelling. Their last appearance was last evening and from here they go to Colchester. The object of it all is for the sale of a medicine.
1164. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Personals.
Lawyers J.L. Hunter and E.B. Sumner have been trying
a Danielsonville case at Litchfield this week.
1165. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Experienced spoolers wanted by the National Thread company.
1166. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: We have called attention to the dangerous condition of that railroad crossing at the junction of Union and Jackson streets and now comes a practical illustration of its danger in the shape of an accident. A South Coventry team, containing two ladies and a gentleman, in turning the corner Sunday evening caught the wheels of the carriage in the groove between the track and planking, and they were thrown out and one side of the running gear wrecked. They were not hurt beyond being bruised and fortunately there were bystanders who seized the horse before he could run away.
1167. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Coroner Seward's appointments for Windham county of medical examiners under the "New Coroner Law" of 1883, are as follows: Windham, Charles James Fox, M.D.; Scotland, Charles James Fox, M.D.; Brooklyn, Jesse M. Coburn, M.D.; Ashford, John H. Simmons, M.D.; Canterbury, George I. Ross, M.D.; Chaplin, Orrin Witter, M.D.; Eastford, Elisha K. Robbins, M.D.; Killingly, Olin M. Jenkins, M.D.; Plainfield, Wm. A. Lewis, M.D.; Sterling, Wm. A. Lewis, M.D.; Pomfret, F.G. Sawtelle, M.D.; Putnam, John B. Kent, M.D.; Thompson, Henry M. Baker, M.D.; Woodstock, George A. Bowen, M.D.
1168. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Some interest has been aroused on the subject of fire escapes during the past week by exhibition of the workings one of the recent inventions known as the Spencer fire escape. The apparatus which consists of a fire proof canvas trough arranged like a ladder on the open side was attached to a fourth story window on mill No. 2 at the Linen company's Thursday and it worked very satisfactorily many of the operatives making the descent without injury. It was also exhibited at O.S. Chaffee & Son's silk mills Saturday afternoon. The selectmen have purchased one for use in case of fire at the almshouse and there are other public buildings in this village which need better facilities for escape in case of fire.
1169. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: The following which is taken from the Hartford Courant will be of interest in this locality as the gentleman alluded to made a similar proposition to this village: "Dr. H.D. Cogswell, of San Francisco, offered two years ago to present to the city of Brooklyn a drinking fountain to be erected in the plaza in front of the city hall. It is now said that a statue which has been cast to surmount the fountain, and which represents the guardian of the fountain presenting a cup of water is to be a likeness of Dr. Cogswell. It was intended to expend from $5,000 to $7,000 in beautifying the plaza to make it worthy of the fountain, but the alleged discovery that the fountain is designed principally to celebrate Dr. Cogswell is said to have cooled the zeal of several Brooklyn aldermen and other officials. The San Francisco benefactor's offer to present Hartford with one of the fountains still hangs fire - in the matter of its acceptance - in the court of common council."
1170. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: The Linen company has been busy the past week weeding out illiterate persons from among its employees and it is said that a large number have been discharged on that ground. About a year since when the company was in a flourishing condition it advertised that after this date no persons would be retained on the corporation who could not read and write, and those who were deficient in these branches were given an opportunity to learn by the establishment of night schools with competent instructors. It is said that discrimination is being made in favor of those who have been long in the company's service and are too far advanced in years to learn and they are being retained. They who have not availed themselves of the schools are now suffering for their neglect by discharge, ample time having been given for them to obtain the useful knowledge.
1171. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Town Meeting. The town
meeting yesterday at Armory hall was largely attended and by many
who expected to witness a skirmish on the school question between
the two districts. The meeting was called to order by Town Clerk
Wales and Geo. W. Burnham was chosen chairman but declined to serve
and Whiting Hayden was named but he asked to be excused and in the
absence of Moderator Fowler John M. Hall Esq. was persuaded to serve.
1172. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: South Coventry.
Miss Alice Mason is in Cleveland with her sister,
Mrs. Hoxie, during her vacation.
1173. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: South Windham.
Smith, Winchester & Co. are erecting a large coal house just south of their blacksmith shop.
1174. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Columbia.
1175. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Andover.
1176. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: The salvation army has not been very successful in its American campaign against sin. The leaders are a queer lot of cranks who adopt all kinds of questionable means to attract congregations to their meetings.
1177. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Mr. Davis S. Adams who has had editorial management of Cooley's Weekly, Norwich, for a number of years past severed his connection with that paper last week to take a more desirable position on the staff of the New Haven Register. During his term of service on that paper Mr. Adams has displayed a special aptitude for newspaper work and showed himself possessed of more than ordinary literary abilities. He is a gentleman of indomitable perseverance and a commendable ambition to make a mark in journalism and if he fail we shall be much surprised. The Register will find him a valuable acquisition. All success, Dave, is our wish.
1178. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Connecticut Patents.
1179. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Apaches whose families are under the protection of General Crook at San Carlos reservation are reported as perpetrating a number of murders in the State of Sonora, Mexico.
1180. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: The coroner's verdict in the case of Miss Mamie Cables, the 15-year-old girl found dead in the streets of Danbury, is death by poison administered by her own hands.
1181. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Thomas Connolly, the victim of Bridget McCue's wrath is in a critical condition. He is raving delirious and confined in a strait jacket at the New Haven hospital. The vitrol thrown in his face will undoubtedly kill him.
1182. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Two new cottages are to be built on the grounds of the State Reform School at Meriden. This is for the purpose of carrying out the proposed "home plan" of caring for boys. The cottages are to be built of brick. They will be 106x48 feet, with three stories and a basement.
1183. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Charles Weldon, aged 19, escaped from his parents at Norwich on Monday and can not be found. He is five feet eight inches in height, of light complexion and is religiously inclined. Mr. H.J. Weldon, his father, was in New Haven yesterday looking for him. He was last seen in Meriden, and was then walking toward New Haven.
1184. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: At the quarterly meeting of the Church of the Redeemer, Bridgeport, held Thursday evening, a communication was read from Mr. P.T. Barnum, one of the trustees, tendering to the church cathedral stained glass windows throughout at a cost of $1,000. Contractors from Boston have already taken the measurements, and it is expected the windows will be put in during the vacation.
1185. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Mr. Timothy J. O'Connell, generally known as the sheriff, who owns a saloon at No. 220 Hamilton street, New Haven, has been missing since Wednesday. Mrs. Walter G. Brooks, who lives close by Mr. O'Connell's saloon, left the same day. Mrs. Brooks is about 30 years old and very good looking, of the blonde type. Mr. Brooks said that his wife was in Centerville, and that Mrs. O'Connell was needlessly jealous. The latter scouted both statements.
1186. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Miss Ida Boynton of Norwalk, a 14 year old school girl of respectable parents recently eloped with a cough cure man, named Charles Shenden. The parents of the wayward girl have been pursuit of the pair, but lost track of them. Shenden is a man of 50 years of age, of prepossessing appearance, and dresses stylishly. Finally a telegram was received from the runaway girl at Detroit, which stated she had been wronged and deserted and was left in Detroit penniless and repentant. The mother of the girl went to the county sheriff and succeeded in getting him to start for Detroit with a warrant for the arrest of the girl. Her deceiver escaped.
1187. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Victor Trudu, 13 year old son of Napoleon Trudu of Norwich, Conn. Was drowned in the Shetucket river, Sunday while bathing.
1188. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Sherman W. Pratt, of Newton, whose sleep of months has been reported, is awake and has been so, in fact, for two or three weeks. He shows evidence of insanity and while he is quiet mornings after noon has passed he becomes excited and yells at the top of his lungs.
1189. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: The New Haven wire-works at East Haven were damaged $30,000 by fire Sunday night; fully insured. Three hundred men were temporarily thrown out of employment. E.S. Wheeler & Co., the owners of the works, say that they will be rebuilt and in running order within sixty days. The fire was caused by an overheated furnace.
1190. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Born.
1191. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Died.
1192. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Help Wanted. Three or four good experienced Thread Spoolers wanted immediately. Steady employment and best of wages guaranteed. Apply to The National Thread Co., Mansfield Hollow, July 17, 1883.
1193. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: The Hartford Creditors of the late Cornelius J. Vanderbilt have been paid in full with interest, from the recent sale of his residence. There is a surplus of several thousand dollars.
1194. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Over 4000 people were in the procession at the funeral of the late Vicar General Walsh in Meriden, Thursday. Father B.O.R. Sheridan of Collinsville is suggested as a possible successor to the dead vicar-general, as is also the Rev. J.H. Duggan of Waterbury. There is also a rumor that the diocesan chancelor Father Hunt will be placed over St. Rose's. Father Walsh left a will which was drawn a short time previous to his last trip to Europe. Bishop McMahon and Father Russell of new Haven are his executors. His estate which is estimated at from $15,000 to $25,000 consists mostly of personal property. The bulk of it is left to the Sisters of Mercy and the church and there are a few legacies.
1195. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: The blacksmiths and body
builders employed at Manville's carriage manufactory New Haven, received
notice a few days ago that a reduction of ten per cent would be made
in their wages. Similar reductions have been made by most of the
other carriage manufacturing firms in New Haven. After receiving
the notice of reduction the men kept at work until Saturday morning,
when they expressed dissatisfaction. They offered to compromise on
a reduction of five per cent and on Manville refusing they left the
factory in a body. The men say they did not make more than $2.50
a day at the old rates. Several hundred workmen are employed at carriage
making in this building and it is
1196. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: North Windham.
1197. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Canterbury.
1198. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: Tom Thumb Dead. Charles
Heywood Stratton better known to the public as General Tom Thumb,
died at his residence in Middleboro, Mass, at 8:30 o'clock Sunday
morning of apoplexy. He had been slightly indisposed for a few days,
but nothing serious was anticipated. He was born in Bridgeport, Conn.,
on January 4, 1838, and was consequently 45 years old. At the age
of 4 he entered the service of P.T. Barnum, and has been before the
public ever since. He leaves a widow, who has been on the stage since
their marriage in 1863. Stratton came to the notice of P.T. Barnum
in November, 1842, and the showman described him as being under two
feet high; weighing less than sixteen pounds, beautifully formed;
a blonde, with ruddy cheeks, and mirthful eyes. Barnum introduced
Stratton to the public on Dec. 8, 1842, by the name that
1199. TWC Wed Jul 18, 1883: For Sale - One new two horse team wagon with Spring seat, one new Concord Buggy, one new Side Spring Buggy, one Side Spring Business wagon, one new Hand Cart, one Light Road Wagon, one One Horse Farm Wagon, one Three Spring Phaeton, and one buggy harness, one Side Bar Buggy. G. Winfield Snow, No. 9 Bellevieu Street, Willimantic, Conn.
1200. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: About Town.
1201. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: John Anderson, brother of Mrs. James Dolan returned home yesterday with an honorable discharge from the regular army having served his five years term of enlistment in troop A of the 6th U.S. cavalry. He was with General Crook all through the late Indian raid into Mexico.
1202. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: The W.G. & A.R. Morrison Machine company gave the workmen a picnic and clambake at Columbia lake Saturday. The best of feeling exists between this company and their employees and these occasions which are of annual occurrence serve to cement this feeling.
1203. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Sheriff Osgood has levied on a quantity of thread belonging to the Willimantic Linen company to satisfy a judgement of about $3,500 against the company. It is advertised to be sold at the public signpost on August 14th. This may offer an opportunity for our merchants to get their thread cheap.
1204. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: J.W. Webb's meat wagon came very near being demolished at the Union street railroad crossing Saturday. The horse had crossed and stopped near the railroad when a switching train backed up slowly. This somewhat frightened the horse and he backed into the moving train. The cars jostled the wagon a number of feet before they stopped but no damage done. It would have been a serious affair had the train been running fast.
1205. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Principal C.H. Holbrook will not return to the position of teacher in the Willimantic high school, Committeeman Hall having engaged Mr. Charles F. Merrill of Ware, Mass., to take charge of the school in that district. Mr. Merrill comes well recommended and has had an experience of over ten years of teaching having in that time prepared forty-seven students for college. Principal Welch has been re-engaged by Mr. Jillson for another year at an increased salary.
1206. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: The W.G. & A.R. Morrison company held their annual meeting on Monday of last week and elected the following officers. President, Ansel Arnold; vice-president, W.G. Morrison, secretary and treasurer, A.R. Morrison; directors - Ansel Arnold, A.T. Fowler, J.D. Chaffee, W.G. Morrison and A.R. Morrison. A semi-annual dividend of 3 per cent on the capital stock of $50,000 was declared. This is one of the substantial concerns of the town and it has a great future before it if we are anything of a prophet.
1207. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: From among Saturday's telegraphic news we clip the following: "James Brady a notorious thief is under arrest for horse stealing in New York. In 1854 he was convicted of participation in the robbery of the Windham (Conn.) bank, and served three years in the state prison.
1208. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: A wooden bridge on the New York and New England railroad over the south branch of the Pawtucket river near Coventry, R.I., was burned Monday noon probably by sparks from an engine. A train from this place arrived at the spot as the fire was discovered. The engine was run across to see if the structure would bear the weight. The flames spread so rapidly that it could not be run back to the cars.
1209. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: We notice that some of Co. W.E. Barrows' Hartford friends are suggesting him as a possible republican candidate for governor at the next election. We believe that the president of the Willimantic company is too stirring a gentleman and has no ambition to fill the gubernatorial chair. He has enterprise and versatility enough to make himself conspicuous at the national capitol. It is on the programme, so we are told, that should our next congressman come from this section of the district Col. W.E. Barrows will be the man.
1210. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: J.H. Gray's athletic and variety prize exhibition was fairly attended at Franklin hall Saturday evening. Following is the list of prize winners: banjoist, A.A. Farland, Moosup, Ct.; bicycle, George Nash; wrestling, Charles Henry; club swinging, William Moriarty; jig dance, John Donavan; harmonica, Henry Moriarty; double clog, Shea & Johnson; pie eater, Thomas Conners; bootblack, Italian George; boxing, Owen Ronan; roller skating, Charles Webster. The entertainment will be repeated on Thursday night of this week.
1211. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: The telegraph operators in this village are on duty the same as usual not having joined the strikers. The Brotherhood of Telegraphers do not require members doing railroad business to strike consequently Manager H.N. Williams who is a member and took charge of the formation of the Union in eastern Connecticut, and his assistants are at their batteries and are also receiving commercial business subject to delay. Manger Jas. Dolan of the American Rapid is not a member of the Brotherhood and is receiving all business. Lineman C.P. Brann of the Western Union company ahs joined the strikers. Public sentiment in favor of the strikers is very pronounced here.
1212. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: For the past few weeks a familiar sight on our streets has been the blind newsboy Dennis Sullivan. He is now home on vacation from a Boston school for the blind which he is attending, being sent there by the state, and has taken up the work of selling newspapers and is able by this means to be of considerable assistance to his parents. He has no trouble in finding his way about the principal streets of the village unattended, is always cheerful and between his calls announcing the different journals he has for sale he is singing or whistling and he does either artfully, picking up any tune with the greatest ease. Mentally he is very bright and when he has acquired the education he is seeking it is probable that he may fill some important station in life; this village has one example of what a blind man can do properly educated.
1213. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: St. Joseph's Catholic society will have an excursion to Lyles Beach next Saturday. The excursionists will leave by special train at 7 o'clock a.m. take a fine steamer Block Island at Norwich and enjoy the beautiful sail to that popular resort, where they expect to land at 10 o'clock. Satiated with one of the original Rhode Island shore dinners, boating and bathing they will return at 4:30 by the same steamer to New London, where the regular train will receive them and return them home all pleased with their pleasant trip at 7 p.m. Fare for the round trip will be at the reasonable figure of $1,50 for adults and $1 for children. Tickets are on sale at the stores of John Hennessy, Sodom, E.F. Casey, John Hickey, J.E. Murray & Co., H.H. Flint and J.N. Archambault & Co. Those who cannot leave at 7 a.m. may take the regular train at 8:10 a.m. to New London and there join the excursionists.
1214. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Arrangements are completed for the formation of an Eastern Connecticut trotting circuit, to comprise the agricultural societies holding fairs at Stafford Springs, Willimantic and Norwich. The plan is to have the trotting classes nearly the same at all these fairs; the dates being for Norwich, Sept. 25th, 26th, and 27th, for Willimantic Oct. 2d, 3d, and 4th, and for Stafford Springs, Oct. 10th, and 11th. The premiums for trotting alone at the three fairs will be about $3,600, Stafford Springs besides having running classes. The advantages to these three societies is in securing no conflict of dates, and the following of the entries of horses and of other fair attractions from one to the other in course, and thereby a common interest in advertising and otherwise co-operating together. Entries to the trotting classes of the entire circuit of all these fairs will close on Thursday, Sept. 20th. The Windham county Agricultural society has not come into the combination and therefore loses the extra attractions which are warranted by the union. The dates of that exhibition are September 18th, 19th, and 20th.
1215. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: At the annual meeting of
the Dime Savings Bank held at their banking rooms on Wednesday the
18th inst. the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
President, James Walden, Vice-President, Ansel Arnold, Directors,
James Walden, Ansel Arnold, James E. Murray, Dr. Fred Rogers, Henry
G. Taintor, Col. Anson Fowler, Dr. E.G. Sumner, William C. Jillson,
Porter B. Peck, David Greenslit, Joseph H. Woisard, Amos T. Fowler,
Col. William E. Barrows, Thomas C. Chandler, George Lincoln, John
L. Walden; Secretary and
1216. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Justice Court.
Saturday night George Mack was also supersaturated
with the ardent, and made a rumpus in the rear of Mr. Levi Frink's
Voluntown Bazaar. Complaint was made to Officer Brown who took the
fellow in tow and walked him down to the repository. But a few days
previous he had been arraigned on a similar charge and Monday he
got $3 and costs which amounted to $12.60. he is now at the county
1217. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Personals.
1218. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: South Windham.
1219. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Mansfield.
1220. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Andover.
1221. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Columbia
1221. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: The use of chemicals as an antidote to fire is urged more strongly and seems to meet with more favor every day. The latest application of the principle comes in the form of a recommendation by a Mr. Schlumberger, that a bottle of ammonia be placed in every barrel of petroleum. On ignition, from any cause, the bottle would break and the ammoniacal vapors would at once extinguish the fire. An Italian savant, M. Pietro Santo, proposes to apply the same method to collieries liable to fire damp. Tanks filled with ammonia and set in convenient places, would, it is claimed, stop the combustion, which could not subsist in an ammoniacal atmosphere.
1222. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883:A good swimmer can't drown himself on purpose. He may think he can, and go to try; but the man doesn't live who can help swimming if he is able just as soon as he begins to choke. Such is the opinion of an old sailor, who adds: "How many times we hear of folks changing their minds after they had got under water, and of course there's lots that never let on what they meant to do. When you read about a suicider weighing himself with lead or something, and the paper says it was done to hide the corpse, don't you believe it. Such persons are good swimmers, and who knows - perhaps from experience - that they've got to have help to keep them under."
1223. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Belle Harris is a heroine and martyr in the eyes of the Mormons. She is confined in the penitentiary near Salt Lake City, where she is daily visited by men and women high in the church, who continually exhort her to hold firm, and not betray her Saviour into the hands of the Gentiles. In the Mormon belief a woman's husband is her only Saviour, and she cannot be raised after death except through him. Belle's case is a test one under the Edmunds law. Several years ago a saint named Clarence Merrill took her for his third wife. She has borne two children whose parentage has never been questioned. Merrill is being prosecuted for polygamy. Belle Harris was summoned as a witness. Were you ever married? She refused to answer questions as to her marriage. Consequently she was adjusted guilty of contempt of court, and sentenced to pay a fine of $25 also to be imprisoned until she should become a tractable witness.
1224. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: North Windham.
Mrs. Joseph Tucker and Miss Hattie Flint recently
spent a week near Narragansett bay, and doubtless took in many of
its attractive points.
1225. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Scotland.
1226. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Windham County Jury List.
1227. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: A fine Alderney cow for sale. Seven years old, a good milker and splendid for butter. Apply at the Boston Boot & Shoe Store.
1228. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: John Castaynetti, murderer of John Rizzo at New Haven, Conn., was arrested near Milford.
1229. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: The man run over by the cars near Hartford, Wednesday, has been identified as Fenton Campion of North Cromwell. The woman whose body was found in the water at New Haven, was Mary Sheppard, a dissolute character well known to the police.
1230. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: E. J. Billings' residence at Vernon Centre was entered by burglars, Wednesday night and about $100 stolen. Next afternoon Henry Hauerwaus and his brother Cortland were arrested in Hartford, the first for the burglary and the second for complicity in it.
1231. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Sign boards have been put up on the country roads about Hartford by the Wheelman's league. They bear mysterious characters designed to show the condition of the roads, whether good, bad or indifferent; also whether they are hilly, which is the best road to take where two roads meet, and whether they are smooth enough to allow wheelmen to coast on them.
1232. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Mrs. Joseph Weiss, the wife of the New Havener who was found floating in the North river firmly believes that her husband was murdered. She says he wrote to find out where the family was living now and she thinks that on receiving the reply he started for home with the money on his person ad that he was followed by foot pads who knocked him down and robbed him and then threw his body in the river. Weiss' body was buried by the authorities in New York, who, so far as known have made no effort to five the poor widow any information about the death of her husband.
1233. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Mrs. Frederick Morris of Beaver Brook committed suicide Friday. Poor health.
1234. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Major Russell W. Norton who was hurt by being thrown from his carriage in East Haven, Tuesday morning, died of his injuries Saturday morning.
1235. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Lawrence J. Carmalt, son of Dr. Carmalt of New Haven, and Eugene Lucas of Birmingham are the successful candidates selected to be educated at West Point.
1236. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: General C. Dudley of North Guilford, was thrown from his mowing machine, and one leg was caught in the wheel and badly broken.
1237. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Bela Ball and his wife, a respectable aged couple, were thrown from their carriage on Congress avenue, New Haven, sustaining probably fatal injuries in the case of Mr. Ball.
1238. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: John Lawler, Jr. who was committed to jail a few days ago by Justice Metcalf of West Haven for drunkenness has been released on habeas corpus, and it is reported will sue for $5,000 damages alleging false imprisonment.
1239. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: A singular suicide was witnessed on the Shore Lane railroad Friday night. When the train due at New Haven at 8:26 p.m. was this side of Clinton the engineer and conductor discovered ahead of the train a nude man standing near the track and waving his hands as if signaling the train to stop. No attention was paid to him, and just as the train reached him he leaped in front of the engine and was instantly killed. His head was crushed and one of his legs was cut off. The coroner at Clinton took charge of the body. From clothing belonging to the man it is believed that he lived in Pennsylvania.
1240. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Died.
1241. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: A young woman of eighteen, a bride of four months, committed suicide in Brooklyn, E.D., by taking Paris green. The cause was jealousy of her husband, for which there was apparently no foundation. The husband's reason was temporarily shaken by the tragedy.
1242. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Third Regiment Appointments.
1243. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: David Merdes, a merchant tailor at 76 Carmine street New York, has recovered at Stamford, his 13 year old boy who ran away a month ago and whom he found blacking boots at Stamford. The father and relatives had for a month been searching the country from Chicago to Boston advertising in the daily papers, employing directives, interviewing travellers and railroad men, and writing and telegraphing - even sending cable messages to friends in London - in order to discover the whereabouts of this youthful wanderer.
1244. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: The man who shot himself in Birmingham about a year ago proves to have been a foreigner named Faggner, and now comes the news that a large estate has fallen to his heirs. The requisite proof of his death and his identity are furnished by the vital statistic records of Derby, but for which the heirs would have little hope to get the property.
1245. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Mrs. Frederick Morris, of Beaver Brook, Danbury, has been for some months in poor health and much depressed in spirits. On Friday morning her dead body was found in the river which runs at the foot of her residence. An inquest was deemed unnecessary.
1246. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: The woman who was found drowned at Long wharf, New Haven, three or four days ago, and whom the police identified as Mary Shepard, turns out to be Mrs. Max Dreyfuss of Newark, N.J. Her husband deserted her six months ago and came to New Haven. She followed him and they lived together for three months, when he again left her. She told her friends that she intended to commit suicide. Her body was exhumed Saturday and reburied in the Jewish cemetery by her friends.
1247. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Two weeks ago Worth Barrows of Coventry, while climbing over a beam in his father's barn, fell, striking upon a cart stake, making an ugly wound on the right side. The stake, it is said, penetrated the lung. Young Barrows gradually grew worse until lockjaw set in and he died on Saturday. He was a son of Mr. Don B. Barrows and only 19 years old.
1248. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: Connecticut Patents. The
following patents were granted to citizens of Connecticut, bearing
date of July 17, 1883. Reported by Louis Bagger & Co., mechanical
experts and solicitors of patents, Washington, D.C.
1249. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: For Sale - One new two horse team wagon with Spring seat, one new Concord Buggy, one new Side spring Buggy, one Side Spring Business wagon, one new Hand Cart, one Light Road Wagon, one One Horse Farm Wagon, one Three Spring Phaeton, and one buggy harness, one Side Bar Buggy. G. Winfield-Snow, No. 9, Bellevieu Street, Willimantic, Conn.
1250. TWC Wed Jul 25, 1883: 5000 Feet of Ash lumber for sale. One and one-half inch plant from ten to twelve ft. in length. Good lumber, and reasonably clear from knots. Enquire of E.C. White, Andover, Conn.
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