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The Willimantic Chronicle - Year of 1883

Published every Wednesday.

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

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

593. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: About Town.
Holmes will have Block Island lobsters Saturday.
Lincoln & Boss have Bradley’s X:L. phosphate on sale.
J.E. Murray & Co. have the agency for the celebrated Pearl shirt.
Rev. J.L. Barlow will preach in North Windham next Sunday at 2 o’clock.
The distinguished comedian John T. Raymond will appear at the opera house May 12 “In Paradise.”
Henry W. Avery has bought the house and lot on High street offered for sale by Frank F. Webb in the Chronicle.
Murray, Maxwell & Dawson received a large invoice of lace curtains, lambrequins and pillow shams this week, and the low prices make them move.
Good tenements are in demand by railroad men who will locate here during the period of double-tracking the New England railroad through this section.
The borough has bought William Sexton’s house at the west end of Valley street for $2,500 and will remove it thence, a course necessary to the extension of that street.
A.B. Carpenter has returned from an extended Southern trip.
W.G. Morrison has purchased a large and very desirable building lot on Prospect street, next east of Sheriff Pomeroy’s residence.




594. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: John Killourey is erecting a building on Jackson street for the accommodation of his prospective undertaking business. It will be two stories and a store will occupy the ground floor.

595. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: By the opening of their new street, which has lately been so handsomely curbed with granite, the Windham company has opened up some very desirable and sightly building lots at the summit of the hill.

596. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Patrick Rohan sustains a loss of about $325 by the burning of his barn last Wednesday, in which were a cow. Three harnesses and a lot of farming implements. Two out buildings were also burned, and there was no insurance on any of the property.

597. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: James F. Clune, proprietor of the Boston boot and shoe store, has been making his store especially attractive of late by renovation and improvements. He has received a large stock of spring and summer goods the merits of which he sets forth in another column. Our readers should take notice of the premium which he offers.

598. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: The largest party yet at the skating rink gathered last Saturday evening at the closing assembly – about three hundred in number. The general opinion as expressed by the attendants was very complimentary to the management for their successful endeavors in arranging an entertainment which was thoroughly enjoyable. The band and Chinese lanterns were especially enlivening to the occasion. After the skating dancing was indulged in for an hour.

599. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Undertaker Casey is enlarging and improving his undertaking rooms with a view to the better accommodation of his patrons than ever before. Mr. Casey has for the past eight years very ably and satisfactorily conducted the undertaking business. He intends, in the future, to be able to supply everything pertaining to funerals including hearse, hacks, carriages, etc. His unsparing attention and close application to his business and to those who have called in his services, has well merited the success which he has achieved.

600. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: The fragrant trailing arbutus is now industriously sought, the objective point being Conantville. It is said that a fertile field of arbutus is found in the vicinity of Jerusalem beyond Windham.

601. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Rev. S.R. Free drew a large congregation Sunday evening to listen to his very able discourse on “Reasons why men should become Christians, and some reasons why they are not.

602. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: C.E. Congdon & Son opened a very bright and attractive grocery store in the new Congdon block on Church street Tuesday and it is well filled with a stock of fancy and staple groceries. They will run a delivery team and accommodate their patrons in any part of the village.

603. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Andrew S. Martin, sexton of the Willimantic cemetery, makes a very creditable successor to the late James Martin in the care taken of that most beautiful resting place. The evergreens have just undergone the application of the pruning knife, and now appear in various artistic shapes.

604. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: The base ball season was inaugurated last Saturday by a game on Hickey’s lot between the Willimantic Association nine and a scrub team. It was quite an interesting game, resulting favorably for the Willimantics by a score of 22 to 17, and was witnessed by a large number of people.

605. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Mrs. Lovisa Whittemore, wife of David Whittemore, and long a resident of this town died at her house on upper Jackson street Sunday night from heart disease. The day previous to her demise she had been about the house in as seeming good health as usual and did her usual house duties. She was seized suddenly in the night by palpitation of the heart and a physician’s efforts could not allay it and she died in about an hour. Mrs. Whittemore was a most estimable lady and died with the respect of all who knew her leaving a life fraught with good deeds. She was 84 years of age and leaves a husband, son and grandson to mourn their loss.

606. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: We are to see an effort on the part of Mr. A.H. Parent, who we understand, is an accomplished musician, to organize a movement for the cultivation of musical taste and interest in that art. For the purpose of organization all who are willing to join a chorus are requested to leave their names at Wilson & Leonard’s. Let everybody give the scheme a boost and make it a success.

607. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Trinity Chapter, No. 9, R.A. Masons, held their annual meeting at Masonic hall Thursday evening and the following officers were elected for the ensuing year. W.A., James Harries, Jr.; D., Herbert R. Chappell; S., F.S. Fowler; Secy., C.J. Fox; D.W.H., C.S. Billings; P.S., Henry S. Graupner; R.A.C., E. Baker; 3d V., O.D. Brown; 2d V., D.O Lombard; 1st V., C.P. Brann; Tyler, W.M. Thompson; organist, R.F. Stanton. The officers elect were duly installed by Chester Tilden, R.E. Grand King of the Grand Chapter of the state of Conn., assisted by Comp. C.S. Billings, as Grand Marshall.

608. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Temperance. The Willimantic Reform Society met as usual in Mission Hall, Bank building, last Sunday at 5 p.m., devoting the first half hour to Scripture reading, song and prayer; after which J.A. Conant reviewed an article “Temperance in the Sunday School” in the Baptist Teacher for April, followed by E.F. Reed, Joel Fox, J.A. Lewis and the President, Rev. J.L. Barlow, who made the closing remarks and closed the meeting, after announcing the quarterly meeting of the society for the election of officers on Monday evening, which occurred as appointed, with the following result, viz: President, Rev. J.L. Barlow; vice-presidents, Geo. E. Beau, J.A. Lewis, Thomas G. Aurelio; secretary and treasurer, George Smith; Ex. Committee, C.O. Terry, Joel Fox, W.D. Pember, Organist, Geo. A. Conant. The society is well united and doing a good work.

609. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Friday afternoon upon invitation of Representative Fowler and Senator Boss members of the general assembly to the number of about one hundred came here by special cars attached to the 3:21 o’clock train over the New England road to visit the Willimantic Thread company’s mammoth establishment. Upon arrival at the depot the tourists were received by Col. W.E. Barrows, president and general manager of the Willimantic Linen company, and other officials and were transferred to the narrow gauge railroad and transported to the largest-mill-in-the-world-on-the-ground-floor. The Solons were here given an opportunity for studying the intricacies of the process of thread manufacturing which may be done in its entirety in one single room. After inspecting the other mills a luncheon was served in Col. Barrows’ office. On that day our law-makers had the privilege of reviewing one of the handsomest, most valuable and heretofore successful properties in the state.

610. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Excelsior Hall was about two-thirds full at the meeting of stockholders of the Willimantic Fair Association held last Saturday afternoon, called for the purpose of electing a board of permanent officers, which is the following: President, W.E. Barrows; vice-president, J.M. Hall; secretary, O.H.K. Risley; treasurer, W.C. Jillson; corresponding secretary, M.E. Lincoln. Directors. – W.E. Barrows, N.P. Perkins, D.E. Potter, J.M. Hall, F.A. Spalding, Henry Larrabee, Giles Little, M.E. Lincoln, E.C. Winchester, D.H. Clark, G.W. Burnham, Merrick Barton, O.H.K. Risley, George L. Rosebrooks. Committee on Grading, - W.E. Barrows, D.E. Potter, G.W. Burnham, M.E. Linclln, D.H. Clark, N.P. Perkins, J.G. .Martin. Committee on lease of land, - J.M. Hall, M.E. Lincoln, D.E. Potter.

611. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: F.A. Sanderson, who won the pool championship of Windham and New London counties at the recent tournament in Norwich, has been challenged by H.R. Hale of New London, to compete for the possession of the champion cue. A match game will be played to-morrow (Thursday) evening at Franklin hall, on one of the new Brunswick & Balke Co.’s tables, from Frank Frost’s billiard parlors. The game will probably be very interesting, as they are both fine players. Admission, 25 and 35 cents.

612. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: The twenty-first annual conference of the Congregational churches of Windham county is being held at the church in this place. The order of exercises which is being followed out has been previously outlined in the Chronicle. The services were opened yesterday morning by a prayer meeting led by Rev. K.B. Glidden followed by a discussion opened by Rev. N. Beach. In the afternoon Rev. O. Bissell and W.B. Clarke were heard. In the evening Rev. A.C. Adams preached a popular sermon to a large audience. The attendance of delegates from the various churches was very large and about forty were entertained at the hotels and by members of the congregation, who have been generous in their response to assist Mr. Free in the care of the visitors. This morning by invitation of President Barrows about thirty of the members of the conference inspected the Linen mills. Rev. Horace Winslow has been present during the session and his remarks were listened to with interest and attention. Revs. James Dingwell, and A.C. Adams, and H.G. Taintor were appointed delegates to the National counsel.

613. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: South Windham.
A carriage owned by W.F. Graham, of Meriden, and kept during the winter at the barn near the green-house, was recently scratched and cut by some miscreant until it was badly damaged. The work was done either for deviltry or revenge, and so far as I can learn, the suspicions of every one point to the same person as the perpetrator of the mischief. But, as yet, no steps have been taken in the matter and probably will not be.
F.J. Tabor is going extensively into the cultivation of fruits and berries, having started a great many different kids under favorable conditions.
A camp of gypsies was located near the covered bridge several days last week. They were doing some horse trading and what else for a living I know not.

614. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Scotland.
Miss Sue Barstow spent the Sabbath with her sister Mrs. Will Burnham, in company with Miss Sadie E. Towne, of Keene, N.H., and Miss Josie E. Kirby, of Burlington, Vt.
W.C. Bass was sick last week, so he did not go to Hartford. He is improving under the care of Dr. D.L. Ross.
C.A. Brown is painting his house. J.B. Bacon is the artist.
School commenced in the Center district this week Monday. Miss Grace Crowell, of Windham, teaches.
F.W. Cunningham intends to rebuild the dam at his upper pond this season, as he needs at the power he can get to do the grinding at his mill.
A.M. Clark is building a green-house in South Windham for Messrs. Winchester & Kinne.
Uncle Joe, of threshing mill fame, is confined to the house with sickness. Hope to see him around trading trotters soon.

615. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: South Coventry.
Last Thursday workmen were engaged in removing and refitting a bank wall in front of the old Dresser house.
The family of Fred Manning of Brooklyn, N.Y., are soon coming to take up a summer residence in the house of Van Bennett, near Mr. Manning’s early home.
Mrs. Babcock, of South street, returned this week from a prolonged visit to her daughter in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mrs. Agnes H. Wood has drawn from our library, since its opening, over three hundred books of all classes.
We notice on our streets Mr. and Mrs. Areunah Judd of Hartford, who are on a visit to Miss Eliza Fitch.
Mrs. Amos Rogers, of Noank, is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Albert Rogers.
The flower garden at H.F. Dimock’s is to be furnished with plants from Mrs. Ckark’s green-house and kept in order the same as when the mistress of the establishment is present, and its beauties will probably be enjoyed by some of Mrs. Dimock’s friends in her absence in a foreign land. The Misses Metcalf occupy the house for the season.
Mrs. Clarence Hoxie made and received P.P.C.’s last week, preparatory to leaving for Cleveland.

616. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Ashford.
Mrs. Moffit, wife of Wm. Moffit, had a troublesome tumor removed from her breast by Dr. Kelsey of Willington, and is now doing well.
Deacon Charles Mathewson is having a fine granite monument erected in the cemetery in Warrenville dedicated to the memory of the Mathewson family. It is a fine piece of work and is the best in the place. It arrived last week from Willimantic.
William W. Gardner is having his house painted by Henry C. Pray, the manufacturer of paints, under the name of the London Lead Manufacturing Co., whose factory is located near R.H. Squier’s. This is a new industry in Ashford, and is deserving of the patronage of all that are in want of the best quality of paint, and at the lowest living prices. His sample card of colors is being distributed, and his the finest specimen now on exhibition .He is now ready to do all kinds of painting and graining and has been doing work in Ashford, Mansfield and Willimantic.
Lombard & Mathewson have rebuilt their steam saw mill that was destroyed by fire, and now have it in running order.
Fred Green, son of John T. Green, died quite suddenly last Friday morning, having been sick only about one day. It is supposed his death was caused by a sudden attack of scarlet fever. The remains will be taken to Rhode Island for burial.

617. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
The famous Eaton law case which has caused much excitement, some anxiety, and any amount of comment and inquiry, has at last been closed and a verdict reached. The case in question was an appeal from the right of Judge Fenton to re-open the probate court in order to correct an error in the return of the commissioners doings, on the estate of Wm. S. Eaton deceased, Wm. Reynolds, administrator. In this case the Eatons who were the plaintiffs and who have experienced some ill luck in law, employed Hall and Sumner of Willimantic for counsel, Reynolds the defendant employing J.L. Hunter of the same place. Two cases of a similar nature were on the docket, the one already mentioned and tried, which was considered a test case the other was an appeal from the doings of the commissioners on the same estate. Judge Loomis after an impartial hearing gave a decision involving many points of law in favor of the defendant, which meets with general approbation by those acquainted with the circumstances. The judge in rendering his decision reviewed the facts and testimony offered in the case and gave his opinion in accordance therewith. Mr. Reynolds the administrator is a man not easily shaken and at the present time has more business of this nature on his hands than any other man in town, having no less than eight different estates in process of settlement.
Mr. James Learned formerly of Montagne, Mass., but lately residing at Denver, Col., left his home at that place in January last and until a few days ago had not been heard from. Mr. Learned is a brother of Charles of this place and well known to many of our citizens. He has for several years been laboring under a derangement of mind caused by physical debility and he removed to Denver two years ago hoping by a change of climate to regain his lost health. Immediately after his departure from home last winter, parties went in search of him but he succeeded in eluding them until a few days since he was found in California and has been returned to his home in Denver. The inclemency of the season when he left, his prolonged absence, and unknown whereabouts caused his relatives and friends great and unceasing anxiety, much trouble and many grave fears regarding his fate. Mr. Charles Learned left here for Denver last week for the purpose of making him a visit and rendering him assistance if necessary.
The postmaster on Spring Hill who keeps in addition to the post office a first-class grocery store thusly complaineth, that people buy stamps of him, and ail their letters at Willimantic, also the same people patronize a travelling, rather than a local grocery. In consequence of this dereliction he threateneth to sell out his stock of goods at cost, place the post office on wheels and retire from business.
A new physician, Elliot Marsh, from Montague Mass., has located at the Centre. His advent amongst us supplies a long-felt want in this place. He has been in practice some seven or eight years, and comes highly recommended both as a physician and citizen. He is unmarried and is boarding with Mrs. Learned at the north end of the street near the brook, where he can be found for consultation or called upon for attendance.
At a Court before his Honor, Judge Frank D. Fenton, Saturday April 28th a cloud of witnesses gathered from the four quarters of the globe. The case to be tried was a suite brought by Munroe D. Spafford against George Dutton for rent. The trial was postponed until May 12th, two weeks by mutual agreement.
With many thanks we acknowledge the receipt by mail of papers (agreeable to our orthodox sentiments) from your Lebanon correspondent.
We learn by last week’s Chronicle that Lebanon, the land of strange occurrences, has again been visited by a singular phenomenon. This time it was not attributed to any unusual disturbance in Mansfield and their long-hair philosophers, and bald-headed Solons are sorely puzzled over a satisfactory explanation. As the phenomenon referred to occurred among the clouds, possibly their present limited knowledge and slight prospective acquaintances with these regions may be the cause of their failure.

618. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: The Lost Locomotive. A locomotive ran through a broken bridge on the Kansas Pacific Railway, across Kiowa Creek, several years ago, sinking into the mud at the bottom, and has never been since heard from, though repeated efforts have been made, by digging and boring, to recover so valuable a piece of property. The bottom is quicksand, but even quicksands have limits, and it seems very singular that the longest boring-rod has failed to find any trace of the sunken engine. By-and-by the silent mysterious operation will drain the quicksand and harden it into rock, and then, long after the Kansas Pacific road has been forgotten, and the Kiowa Creek has vanished from the map, some future scientist will discover a curious piece of mechanism, undoubtedly the work of human hands, lying under so many hundred feet of sandstone, and will use the fact as a basis of calculating how many million years old the human race must be.

619. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Spring Millinery now ready at No 7 Church Street. Also a full line of Fancy Goods. Stamping done to order. Opening of Trimmed Hats & Bonnets. May 1st, 2nd and 3d. S.J. Brierley.

620. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: The picture of Alexander Hamilton, in the series of portraits belonging to the Treasury, at Washington, is the work of Miss Ransom, who took a three-quarter length of the first Secretary from the picture of him by Weimer which hangs in the Governor’s Room in the New York City Hall.

621. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: To the Board of County Commissioners for Windham County. I hereby apply for a license to sell spirituous and intoxicating liquors at No. 120 Main street in the Borough of Willimantic, in the Town of Windham. I hereby certify that I am not disqualified to receive such license by any of the provisions of the laws of this State, and that the place in which said business is to be carried on has no means of access to any part of the same building used or occupied as a dwelling house. Dated at Windham this 30th day of April, A.D. 1883. We, the undersigned electors and tax-payers of the Town of Windham, and not licensed dealers in spirituous and intoxicating liquors, hereby endorse the application of the above-named Frederick Rogers, and we hereby certify that we have not, since the 1st day of October, 1882, endorsed any other application for a license. Origen Hall, Mason Lincoln, F.F. Webb, W.N. Potter, Charles M. Palmer. Dated at Windham this 30th day of April, A.D. 1883. I hereby certify that the above-named endorsers are electors and tax-payers of the Town of Windham. Henry N. Wales, Town Clerk. Dated at Windham, this 30th day of April, A.D. 1883.

622. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Ostrich Feathers Cleansed and Curled in a superior manner equal to new. By Miss W. McKeogh 2d house beyond Spring street, right hand side of Walnut St.

623. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Hearing His Own Bones Rattle. A case of some interest, at least to physicians and surgeons, has been successfully treated in Mansfield, Tolland county; and the disorder is one of such rare occurrence that only a comparatively few practitioners have had a case of it in their professional experience. Ossification of the heart and larger arteries is sometimes met with; but Mr. Henry H. Noble of Mansfield, has had and been successfully treated for, an ossification of the arteries in his lower legs and feet. Mr. Noble is fifty-five years of age. He now gets about, as well as he can, with the loss of one foot. The case possesses some special points of interest which led the Times to obtain the main facts: For several years his right foot had been a source of trouble, especially in cold weather, owing to the very imperfect circulation. Great precautions were taken, by resorting to extraordinary wrappings as a means of protection, to save the affected member form getting cold, but with very little success. The first serious trouble was with the little toe, which became sore, and disclosed a small hole reaching to the bone, and which would not heal. This toe, after a while, became so swollen and painful that it was deemed best to remove it at the second joint. The wound did not heal; and the bone, together with the tissue, because diseased, the disease extending back into the foot. The bone had to be taken out of the foot, as deeply in as the next joint. Then gangrene set in, affecting the whole foot, until the tissue of the toes and upper parts of the foot was entirely consumed – leaving the bones, whenever the foot was suddenly shaken or moved, to rattle together! It is said to be a fact that this living man has often heard this skeleton rattle, which is usually more closely associated with death than the rattlesnake’s. Of course such a foot must be amputated. But, before taking this step, the doctors had to wait for the appearance of a line of demarcation, to show just where the gangrene terminated. When this was found the foot was amputated at a point about two and a half inches above the ankle-joint. It cam near being a fatal operation. The patient rallied with great difficulty, lying for nearly two hours in an unconscious state, and only being restored to life by the application of heated plates over the heart, the administration of brandy, and other sharp expedients. But the most notable feature of the amputation was the almost total lack of any flow of blood. So completely was the circulation stopped, that it was only with some difficulty and delay that a surgeon could find the chief artery. A severe illness of six weeks followed; then the patient began to recover, and in a month more he was able to be about on crutches. The walls of the arteries were so thickened and hardened that it was evident that for some time, very little blood had passed through them. Upon dissecting the ankle it was found that the arteries were ossified and enlarged for short distances and closed, alternating with short arterial sections in normal condition! The patient who has been about on crutches for six months or more, owes his recovery to constant and skillful attention. – Hartford Times.

624. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: James F. Clune, Boston and Shoe Store. 160 Main street, Opp. Opera House.

625. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Colchester.
Among the changes of this spring Mr. David Haynes of Unionville offers his farm and other property at auction, intending to remove from town. Those in that vicinity will lose a good neighbor.
Two gentlemen from Willimantic were last week making inquiries to the feasibility of establishing a brick kiln at Chamberlain’s near the Air Line railroad. The clay is found on the farm of Mr. Frank Taylor.
The First church in Hebron fixed on Tuesday, May 1st, to dedicate their new house of worship which has arisen from the ashes of the other. Naturally, the Rev. A.J. Sullivan of Norwich was selected as preacher for the occasion.
The frame of a two-story carriage factory is already up near the blacksmith and carriage shop of Messrs. Wood & Foote.
The Rev. W.S. Palmer, D.D., of Norwich, as his custom is, preached two excellent sermons in the First church on Sunday, in exchange with the pastor. His brief address in the chapel in the evening was no less acceptable.

626. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Died.
Shaffer – In Willimantic, April 24, Mary Shaffer, aged 66 years.
Storrs – In Mansfield, April 30, S.W. Storrs, aged 70 years.
Fisher – In South Windham, May 1, Eliza H. Fisher, aged 28 years.
Whittemore – In Willimantic, May 1, Lovisa Whittemore, aged 74 years.
Stone – In Willimantic, May 2, Lydia Stone, aged 78 years.

627. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: To Rent. A barn, in rear of First National Bank, Seven stalls. A good stand for livery. Apply at Sanderson House to I. Sanderson.

628. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Only $21.00 from Europe. Bring your Friends by the popular Allan Line, from Liverpool, Londonderry, Glasgow, and Galway by Direct Ships. Tickets for sale at the Chronicle Office. Main & Union Sts., Willimantic.

629. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Andover.
Mr. Milo M. Loomis has leased his farm to James C. Scranton of Manchester.
Mrs. Mary Ann Sprague has left her old home and taken up her residence with her daughter Mrs. A.H. Lyman.
Mr. Esek Hall has resigned his position as post master and station agent and will move to Moosup in about two weeks. Mr. Hall has held the position of station agent about twenty years. It is said that Mr. Chas F. Lincoln is likely to succeed Mr. hall in the post office.

630. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Columbia.
Jonathan Tucker has gone to New York for treatment of his eyes. Albert Abel has recently returned from the New Haven hospital, where he has been for several weeks for similar treatment, and his eye is much improved, and, if it remains a permanent benefit, will prove a great blessing and comfort to him.
J.E.H. Gates is at home once more and welcomed by his friends, as he always has a pleasant word for all.
W.H. Yeomans was in Bolton Saturday for the purpose of surveying.
Last Thursday it began so seem as if the young men were in earnest about the library building, as Messrs. D.E. Brown, C.E. Little, D. Avery, Chas E. Yeomans, W.E. Palmer worked on the foundation and gave it a genuine start. Among recent additional subscriptions to the Library Fund may be mentioned one from the Ladies’ Society and also one from George F. Taylor, son of Edward Taylor, the Milk street lumber dealer. George is busy at the lumber yard, and is gentlemanly to all who seek lumber, and those who desire to purchase anything in that line at bottom prices would do well to give him a call.
A wedding at the parsonage the 25th inst., the contracting parties being James H. Richardson and Mrs. Clara Sawyer.
Mr. Rufus Collins, an aged citizen residing on Chestnut Hill, died on Friday night. Funeral at his residence on Sunday afternoon, occupying the time of the usual service.
Miss Julia S. Avery is at home for a few weeks.
School in the Center, Miss Porter teacher, and on West street, Miss Townsend teacher, have begun.
N.P. Little is engaged for a few days in sawing shingles at his mill.
Ely and Sanford were in Hartford last Saturday.

631. TWC Wed May 2, 1883: Persons intending to build and desiring complete plans and specifications are invited to call upon or address F.J. Sawtelle, Architect, No. 5 Custom House St., Providence, R.I.

632. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: About Town.
Rev. S.R. Free did not occupy his pulpit Sunday evening.
S.G. Adams is laying a larger water pipe down Union Street.
Have you heard the news? Porgies have come! Holmes has them.
Miss Lottie M. Buck has returned from a three months visit to Ohio and Illinois.
Rev. K.B. Glidden will preach at North Windham next Sunday at 2 o’clock p.m.
Mr. J.B. Baldwin has his new house on Prospect street raised. It will be a large and fine structure.
A select social will be held at Franklin hall to-morrow evening over which Miller, of Norwich will preside.
J.B. Hamlin has removed his steam saw mill from Wauregan to Windham and will cut off the timber on the Maine property recently purchased by him.
The buildings recently purchased by the borough of William Sexton, for the purpose of extending Valley street will be sold at Auction Saturday May 26.

633. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Miss L.P. Rollins, formerly assistant teacher at Natchaug high school and at present holding a position as teacher in a Massachusetts state institution, is visiting friends in town.

634. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mrs. Michael Broderick from South Coventry was knocked insensible Saturday afternoon from being run into by a team while crossing the street opposite the Boston boot and shoe store.

635. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: By urgent request, Mr. George A. Baker proprietor of the roller skating rink, has decided to repeat the recent dress party which was intended to be the last session, some evening next week.

636. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mrs. Geo. O. Kinne, wife of Foreman Kinne of Colt’s armory, Hartford, died in that city Saturday. She was well-known in this town and the Courant says she had a large circle of friends in Hartford.

637. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: West Main street is being improved by a six inch dressing of good road gravel. Mr. Barstow has just finished grading Windham street and displays in his work a knowledge of how to make a very handsome street.

638. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Dr. I.B. Gallup attended the Connecticut Electic Medical association which met at the United States hotel, Hartford, yesterday, and was appointed a delegate to the National Medical association which meets in Kansas next June.

639. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: What with the digging up of gas and water pipes and other incidental excavations, our streets have been in an upheaval about three-quarters of the time the past year with a prospect of a good record in that line in the future.

640. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: “Charley” opened his restaurant at 15 Church street to the public Tuesday of last week. He has a very cosy and attractive place and it is very conveniently arranged for his business and what is of more importance he is an excellent cook.

641. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Sunday seemed to be very popular field day for the votaries of base ball sport. Within a radius of one-quarter of a mile we noticed no less than six games in active operation which engaged the attention of at least two hundred young men and lads.

642. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Warden Harrington has been informed by the authorities that all persons in this vicinity who have clean refuse matter which they are unable to dispose of may deposit it at the rear of the round house on the land belonging to the New York & New England railroad.

643. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: The companies of the Third regiment C.N.G., will parade for drill and target practice on the following dates: Company A May 15th; Company B, May 16th; Company C, May 18th; Company D and I May 17th; Companies E and K, May 23d, Company G, May 24th.

644. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: J.Q.A. Stone has sold the press from which he has issued the Windham County Transcript for quite a number of years past and set up in his office a cylinder press manufactured by J.H. Cranston at Norwich, Conn. The same style that is used in the production of the Chronicle.

645. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: A beautiful farm containing about five hundred acres of land and buildings in good repair located but a few miles form this village was recently offered at public auction and the highest bid obtained was $2100. It would have sold for twice that amount fifty years ago.

646. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mr. Charles Campbell, formerly of Mansfield Centre who objected to paying a judgement against him of $25,000 and quitted the country about a year since, has returned to this village with the intention, we understand of taking up a residence here. It is said that he arrived at an amicable settlement of all differences by a compromise.

647. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Luke Flynn and Patrick Cunningham have purchased the European house of R.E. Rogers and will take possession about the twentieth of this month. There is no reason why they cannot make this a very successful hotel as the location is a very desirable one and both the new proprietors are popular. They will make extensive improvements about the house.

648. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: At the pool match in Franklin hall last Thursday evening between F.A. Sanderson of this place and H.R. Hale of New London, the former won after a closely contested game, he standing but one ahead at the finish. Sanderson has but to score another success in order to become the confirmed champion poolist of the two counties and we guess he can do it.

649. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: The New York and New England railroad company is pushing the work of double tracking, its line very rapidly. The grading for the second track between Waterford and Millville Mass., is nearly completed and the work of laying the rails will soon be commenced. A steam shovel has been put at work on the Pomfret division and several large gangs of men have recently been added to the working force.

650. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mr. Geo. M. Harrington has sold his grocery business to Samuel B. Amidon of Quinnebaug, this state, who has taken possession of the store on West Main street. Mr. Harrington has done a successful business at the Windham company’s for about nine years and during that period has made for himself an extensive circle of firm friends in this village. He will remain in this village but his business plans for the future are not as yet definitely decided upon.

651. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: The United Temperance Workers met at Franklin hall at 5 o’clock p.m. with a good audience as usual. Addresses were made by Mr. Geo. Bean, John Tew and Levi Frink, all of which were evidently appreciated by the audience. The Glee Club is deserving of praise for its contribution to the interest of these meetings. It is expected that Dr. Sumner of Mansfield will make an address at the next meeting. The exercises hereafter will commence at half past five o’clock.

652. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: The Courant says: Department Commander Hyatt of Meriden has issued an order making the following assignments of comrades to decorate the graves of veterans in all the towns of the state which have no posts of the Grand Army. The assignments are, Stafford, Union, Tolland, Willington, Coventry, Mansfield, Columbia, Windham, Scotland, Chaplin, and Andover to George F. Lyman, A.D.C. This town has a post which has already began making arrangements for a proper observance of that holiday.

653. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mr. George K. Nason has bought the lumber business of Mr. Hyde Kingsley and will take possession tomorrow. Mr. Nason has ample means and energy and will no doubt make a strong exertion to extend the business. Mr. Kingsley retires after a long and honorable business career with a large fortune. Mr. Charles Daniels, who is well acquainted with the lumber business having for a long time been connected with the firm of Lincoln & Boss, will transfer his services to Mr. Nason and have an interest in the business.

654. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mr. John Congdon, the milkman, has a fine white horse which is exceptionally intelligent and willing to cultivate the friendship of anybody who is willing to pet him. In his rounds on the milk cart he has made the acquaintance of a number of Mr. C.’s customers who have bestowed upon him kindnesses in the way of anything good to eat. The horse makes a practice of calling on his friends by approaching near the door and whinnying in a familiar sort of way expecting in return to receive something in the way of sweetmeat. Kindness makes friends.

655. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: An interesting case will be brought before the next term of the superior court at Tolland involving the proprietorship of the patent right to the machinery used in stamping spools. The device of printing on spools is coming into general use by thread makers to supersede that of printed labels and promises to be an important item in the expense of manufacture. Gardiner Hall, Jr., of Willington has brought suit against the National Thread Co., of Mansfield to restrain that company from stamping or using stamped spools, the plaintiff claiming that he enjoys the exclusive right from priority of use. The decision will determine whether or not this is the fact and will be looked upon as a test case by those interested in manufacturing goods to which it pertains. Should the plaintiff be successful he will recover damages from all who have used the stamping process and its product, and, this being the case it is thought that the National Thread company will not be left alone to stand the brunt of the contest but that many of the alleged infringer will combine to test Mr. Hall’s title to the invention.

656. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: A sad accident occurred on the New York & New England railroad at Andover station, Wednesday night, which resulted in the death of Arthur Wentworth, a fireman on freight train No. 11. This train (Moriarty, engineer) bound west at 11 p.m. and while passing Andover, the tender broke loose from the engine and Wentworth fell between the engine and train, losing both feet and receiving injuries about the head from which injuries he died in about four hours. Mr. Wentworth was taking the place of regular fireman. This is the second accident that has occurred on this road within a month, from the same cause said to be defective iron work between tender and engine. Mr. Wentworth was a single man, aged twenty-two years and lived with his brother in Putnam.

657. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: The Court of Burgesses transacted business at their regular monthly meeting Monday evening: Wm. H. Osborne appeared before the board and complained that the Borough had not fulfilled contract regarding sewer on Jackson street and asked that the matter be attended to. The following bills were read and ordered paid: Labor bill month of April, $334.93, Excelsior Hook and Ladder company, salary, $51.25; Alert Hose company, $38.75; Montgomery Hose company salary, $38.75; C.S. Billings, care of fire alarm, $43.40; Wm. P. Worden, lighting street lights and caring for same, $63.60; D.H. Potter, glass for street lamps, $5.02; Willimantic Gas company, gas, $1; Luke Flynn, night watchman $60; Dwight Shurtliff, night watchman, $60; Chas. T. Brown, night watchman, $60; Geo. M. Harrington, expenses to Hartford, $3; Chas. N. Daniels, expenses to Hartford, $3; J.C. Lincoln supplies fire department $22; Wm. Vanderman, $7.03. Warren Atwood appeared before the board and asked that he be paid for labor in grading side walk. It was voted that he be paid two dollars. Voted to dissolve.

658. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: The annual reunion of the Veteran association of the 21st regiment, C.V. will be held at Excelsior hall in this place Wednesday, May 16. The business meeting will commence at 11 a.m. and will occupy about an hour. At 12 m. dinner will be served in Lyceum hall, by Landlord Burnham of Hotel Commercial. The afternoon exercises, to which all citizens are invited will be held in Excelsior hall, commencing at 1:30. The following programme of services has been arranged for the occasion: Prayer, Chaplain Brown; Music, Willimantic Glee Club; Address of Welcome, Henry L. Hall; Response to Welcome, Capt. D.D. Brown; Music, Willimantic Glee Club; Poem. Comrade H.L. Soper; Addresses by Comrades and others. It is probable that a large number of veterans will be present this year as the arrangements are attractive and a pleasant time promised. It is uncertain whether or not Chaplain Brown will be present this year as he is in delicate health, but Mr. J. B. Baldwin has received a letter from Capt. Brown assuring him that their beloved regimental chaplain would make a heroic exertion to attend and that it will be in all probability be for the last time. Mrs. C.B. Buell of New York, widow of Lieutenant Buell and daughter of Capt. Brown will probably be present as the guest of the “boys” and deliver an address she being a noted public speaker for the cause of temperance and thoroughly at home on the platform.

659. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: North Windham.
The store and tenement over it owned by E.H. Hall & Son, has been leased by W.W. White who is filling up the same with goods.
Mr. W.C. Burdick one of the overseers in the mill of E.H. Hall & Son has removed to Wilton, N.Y., to fill a similar position there. His place is to be filled by a Mr. Sawyer.
George Flint is supplying the people of the village and vicinity with fresh meat.
Mr. William Lawler our popular section boss on the N.Y. & N.E.R.R. has lately taken to himself a wife from Hampton and we understand is soon to take up his abode with us.
Our pulpit has been ably filled of late by the Revs. Barlow of Willimantic and Glidden of Mansfield. We expect the latter next Sabbath.
A. Card. I wish to thank the people of North Windham who contributed towards the very acceptable gifts presented by them on the eve of my departure from this place. W.C. Burdick.

660. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Andover.
Mr. Esek. Hall and family left here Saturday for Moosup where they will reside in future. Mr. Hall will be much missed here in Andover where he was very popular both as a station agent and post master. His daughter, Miss Addie Hall, who for a number of years has been day operator in the telegraph office here was a great favorite among our people, and many have been the expression of regret at her going. Mr. Mattison from Hop River takes Mr. Hall’s place in the station and the post office has been removed to the store of Mr. Chas. F. Lincoln, who as intimated last week is likely to be appointed post master in due course of time.
Last Wednesday night as a heavy freight was moving up the long side track here, the engine suddenly parted form the tender and the fireman fell beneath the train and was terribly injured, Dr. Hill of Willimantic was sent for and brought up on another train as soon as possible but the poor fellow died just before the doctor arrived. His body was taken on board of the Washington express at 5 a.m. and taken to Putnam where his sister lives.
Mr. A.C. Woodworth has moved his family to Willimantic.
Mr. Edward Bingham of Cleveland, Ohio was in town last week on a visit to his aged mother.
Mr. George O. Bingham, his son George A. Bingham, and his adopted daughter Mrs. A.M. Avery were all in town one day last week.
School commenced in the S.E. Dist. Monday with Miss Florence Martindale of Enfield, Mass., as a teacher.
Mr. C.L. Backus has nearly completed his new house.

661. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Scotland.
Mr. Oliver Crandall was buried last Sunday at ten o’clock, Rev. R.J. Nichols attended the funeral. Mr. Crandall was a good citizen and will be missed in the community in which he lived.
The Rev. J.H. Kopf supplied the pulpit last Sabbath.
Miss Flora Gager has returned from Florida where she has been spending the winter with Miss Henderson.
S.H. Legate, tree agent was in town Monday delivering fruit and ornamental trees. He seems to have good luck selling trees in this place as well he might for he brings just what he agrees to.
C.M. Smith’s horse was injured while harrowing by stepping on the harrow teeth, has been killed. He suffered about three weeks, until there was no prospect of his living, so he was put out of misery.
Mr. Lucian Bass is the juror from Scotland for the May term of the Superior court at Brooklyn.

662. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Columbia.
J.L. Downer was in Norwich Tuesday for his daughter Kate who has been spending the winter there.
Miss Esther Porter from Colchester is with her invalid sister Mrs. Wright.
The funeral of Mr. Jonathan Fuller of Liberty Hill was attended from the Congregational church in this place on Friday the 4th inst.
Mrs. Fred O. Clark of Hartford with Baby Helen has been spending a few days at N.H. Clark’s and on Sunday Mr. Clark spent the day under the paternal roof.
Mrs. W.H. Yeomans is enjoying a visit to Washington, D.C.
Frank Woodward returns to Framingham this week.
H.E. Lyman has been in town for a few days.
A quilting party at Miss Julia Brown’s on Wednesday.
Messrs. Watrous, Hunt and Clark discovered a nest of young foxes in the ledge and gave them a touch of fire and smoke, thereby securing two and probably smothering the others. The bark of the old one is distinctly heard at night.
Samuel Brown of Portland is in town a few days with his daughter Mrs. Collins.
The sawing on W.B. Little’s lot was finished Monday, but there is a pile of lumber and ties to be drawn away.
Mrs. John Ticknor met with an accident one day last week while coming down stairs with a carpet stepped down two steps and falling injured her considerably. Subsequently she attempted to go to the stove to remove a dish of apples and fell to the floor. Uncle John summoned assistance from a passer-by and she was removed to her bed and the extent of her injuries was feared to be more than at first thought as at her time of life she would not be likely to rally as quickly.
Mrs. Simon Hunt a few weeks since, just as the last ice was disappearing slipped and fell striking her shoulder, but at the time not considering herself injured proceeded about her work, later her shoulder began to trouble her and she has been confined at home ever since.
Addison Thompson has a cat with two kittens large enough for playing that when three grey squirrels were brought in took them in charge and cares for them the same as her own breed. Quite a contrast the kittens and the small smooth-skinned squirrels so small that their eyes are not opened yet, instead of devouring them brings them up as her own.
Fred Avery spent the Sabbath at home with Mr. and Mrs. Manney.
W.H. Mattison agent at the Hop River station has gone to Andover and assumed command at that station. He will be missed at Hop River.
Peterson the night operator at the same station was released from further service a few days since, because he allowed himself to be overcome by “tired nature’s sweet restorer,” while at his post.
The disease is becoming prevalent; first Mr. Richardson contracted it, and now our friend J.E. H. Gates has voluntarily placed his neck under the matrimonial yolk as a partner in life with Mary A. Caulkins of New London.
It may very reasonably be surmised that this event had more to do with calling friend Gates to New London so frequently than any call that he had in the line of his trade. But it is all right, we are glad of it and hope that his measure of happiness in the future will be full to overflowing all the time.
Mr. Gates and wife are upon their bridal trip in Rhode Island visiting friend of the bride – will return to New London the present week and after a brief stay go to their home in Columbia.

663. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Chaplin.
An unusual event for this place occurred on Wednesday evening, May 2d, 1882 [sic. Think they meant 1883]. It was a wedding in the Congregational church, the parties being Mr. John F. Reed, and Miss Hattie N. Loomis eldest daughter of E.M. Loomis, Esq. Miss Loomis being the organist, it was fitting that the wedding should be in the church. The ceremony took place at 8:30 o’clock, and was attended by a large concourse of people many coming from neighboring towns to witness the nuptial rite which bound “two loving hearts in one.” The pulpit and surroundings were decorated with flowers in great profusion and of rare beauty, which were supplied and tastefully arranged by kind neighbors, and which justly merited and received admiration, and lent an exquisite charm to the occasion. Music was furnished upon the organ by Mrs. A.M. Griggs. At the appointed time and while a wedding march was being played, the bridal party was ushered in, and the interesting ceremony performed by Rev. F. Williams pastor of the church. Invited guests to the number of about forty proceeded to the house of Mr. Loomis to a reception. This was a season of much pleasure. Congratulations were extended to the bride and bridegroom and a facetious address was read prepared by the Rev. J.W. Sessions in which there was a constant play upon the name “Reed.” The countenances of all present beamed with happiness and “all went merry as a marriage bell” until “the silent midnight watches,” when the company retired to their homes. The presents were numerous many of them costly and all of them useful as well as ornamental. Among other things was an elegant organ Mason & Hamlin manufacture it being a present to the bride form the bridegroom. The admirable manner in which the ushers, Messrs. E.S. Lincoln and W.B. Gallup, performed the duties assigned them is deserving of the highest praise.

664. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: The body of Mary Miller, the divorced wife of John Miller, was found floating in Quinnipiac river, at the Carmago bridge, near New Haven, Friday. Two weeks ago Mr. Miller obtained a divorce on the ground of infidelity, and the woman threatened to drown herself. She put her two-year-old boy to board, and directed that $50 to her credit in the bank be sued for him. Since the divorce she drank heavily. The couple were formerly in excellent circumstances, having a large bakery in Congress avenue. Mrs. Miller was last seen alive on Wednesday night.

665. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: In no other country is desertion from the army so numerous in proportion to its size as in ours, and in none is its cost per man so great. According to the last annual report issued by the Adjutant-General, there were 3,711 desertions during the year. When we remember that the maximum of the army is only 25,000 the proportion appears enormous. Five-sixths of the desertions take place on the frontier, and as cavalrymen almost invariable take their horses with them, the Government loses both. Taking into consideration the cost of keeping up recruiting stations, of enlisting men, of furnishing them with their outfit and transporting them to their posts – to say nothing of their rations – we can form some idea of the large amount of money that is wasted through desertion.

666. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: As the Governorship of Ohio is regarded in that State as a stepping stone to the Presidency most of the Congressmen are willing to be nominated for the former position.

667. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Red Cloud has discovered a gold mine on his reservation, and unless all signs fail another Indian war is imminent. If he can hold his own, the great Sioux warrior will probably turn up in Wall Street as the peer of the Goulds and the Vanderbilts.

668. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: From a recent report on the venoms of serpents, made before the Natural Academy of Sciences, by Doctors S. Weir Mitchell and E.J. Reichert, it appears that the venoms of the rattlesnake, moccasin and copper-head resemble each other, and are in the form of a slightly turbid, yellowish fluid (sometimes colorless) which is acid and has no odor. Bromine, iodine, permanganate of potash, strong soda and strong potash will destroy these venoms.

669. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: If the New London county politicians of the republican persuasion shall decide to allow their candidate for congressman at the next election to be taken from the “old Gibraltar,” great care will have to be exercised in his selection if the animosity which has arisen from the strife over local questions would be avoided and a consequent hazard of defeat shunned. Luckily for that party the recent legislature has brought prominently before the county the name of a gentleman upon which all sections can unite – Charles A. Russell of Killingly. He is a gentleman of education and ability and enjoys the advantage of being the son-in-law of the most influential political leader of that party in the county -–Sabin L. Sayles. He was formerly a journalist but for some tie has been largely engaged in the manufacture of woolen goods. He is talked of quite freely for that position at the east of the county, the locality that furnishes the votes.

670. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Baltic.
The Rev. John Lovejoy is supplying Andover.
James Campbell has opened a book store in New Haven.
Frank Logan is still in the metropolis.
J.B. Shannon & Co’s mill has stopped to make alterations in the machinery.
The Allen company’s mill at Baltic is soon to change from cloakings onto flannels.
Frank Keables and mother remove to Wilmington, Delaware, on the 20th inst.
Samuel Thornton and family have moved from Baltic into their cottage on the Franklin road.
Lieut. Alfred Henry Barker, who has battled consumption for a long time past died at his home in Providence on the 3d inst. He was thirty-eight years of age. Several years ago he resided in this town.

671. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Stafford Springs.
A serious accident occurred at Rawitzer & Brother’s upper mill Monday. John Devereaux was struck by a falling elevator, and badly crushed in the head and shoulders. His condition at last accounts was reported hopeful.
A young girl named Mullen was severely injured Saturday by having a hand caught in the card room machinery. Part of the hand was amputated and the child will probably retain the use of all her fingers.
Fishermen are having excellent luck and every day sees large strings of trout brought into the village. Charlie Butterfield secured seven large ones the other day in the eastern part of the town.
William Rudge, a respectable citizen, was yesterday arrested for striking a fellow named Bugbee. Rudge claims that anticipated violence from his assailant, who began by taking hold of him, and he had no intention of doing more than protecting himself. He was released.
Prosecuting Agent Fay, accompanied by Sheriff Woodward, destroyed a quantity of condemned liquor at Staffordville Station Monday. The cases arising from the seizure and arrest of Luman Plympton were amicably adjusted.

672. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: At Bridgeport, Conn., the mystery surrounding the murder of Aaron Nichols, colored, has been solved by William A. Stephens, son-in-law of the deceased; confessing that he cut the latter’s throat with a razor.

673. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mrs. Charles Cam was arrested in Sheldon for improper conduct. She was placed in the station house. With the aid of a poker and a button hook she succeeded by slow but persistent work in forcing two strong Yale locks, and escaped to the outer air just in time in the morning to be caught by the officer. On her trial one more count was added to her offences, viz. breaking and injuring a public building, her sentence and fines will amount to one hundred and five days in the Bridgeport jail.

674. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: A Norwich woman, Mrs. Webster Park has trouble in settling her husband’s estate. As administratrix, she first settled with the state, and after its claims had been met, it was found that the state was owing to the Webster Park estate over $3,700. She recovered the amount in a check. Then came the lawyers and other officials. After settling with one lawyer whose bill shrunk on investigation, from about $1,500 to less than $100, it was found that he had been overpaid nearly $50. After he had acknowledged his indebtedness, she was obliged to bring suit to recover. Further investigation showed that the other vociferous claimants were in debt to the estate instead of the estate to them. It became necessary to sue one and attach his property before he would settle; and it is probable that suit will yet have to be brought against others.

675. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mayor Kendrick of Waterbury has been sued for $10,000 by Mr. Clark in consequence of the behavior of Mrs. Clark.

676. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mrs. S. Childs wife of R.S. Childs the absconding publisher of the defunct Norwich Mercantile Gazette, is about to bring a suit for divorce on the grounds of drunkenness and non-support. Mrs. Childs is the daughter of a prominent citizen of New Haven.

677. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: In an altercation in New Haven at an early hour Sunday, James Glennon bit Patrick Ryan’s ear off close to his head. The penalty for mayhem is imprisonment for from seven to ten years.

678. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Mrs. J.H. Stoughton, the Hartford woman who was hurt by her dress catching on a bolt projecting from the platform of horse car, gets a verdict of $2,500 damages against the Wethersfield Horse Railroad company – Miss Nally, an employee of the Hartford Carpet company, is awarded $1,500 by the court in consideration of a leg broken by her stepping through a hole in one of the company’s closets.

679. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: A curious case of villainy comes from Salisbury. One Tuesday evening thieves butchered one of W.H. Walton’s valuable Holstein heifers and took the beef with them. They also made a raid on Erasin Goodwin’s barn and took quite an amount of grain. No traces of the thieves have been found.

680. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Married.
Gates – Caulkins – In New London, May 1, by Rev. J.W. Richardson, Joseph E.H. Gates of Columbia and Miss Mary A. Caulkins of New London.
Reed – Loomis – In Chaplin, At the Congregational Church, by the Rev. Francis Williams, Mr. John F. Reed and Miss Harriet A. Loomis both of Chaplin.

681. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Died.
Crandall – In Scotland, May 4, Oliver Crandall, aged 67 years.
Loomis – In Lebanon, May 5, Edwin H. Loomis aged 68 years.
Woodworth – In Lebanon, May 3, John M. Woodworth, aged 84 years.
Card – In Columbia, May 5, William Card, aged 93.

682. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Oak Framing Pins – I have a lot of Oak Framing Pins, which I will sell for 40 cents per hundred. Hyde Kingsley. Willimantic, Conn., May 3, 1883.

683. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Notice – I have sold my Lumber business, and would like to settle all my accounts. Those that are willing and able to pay I hope will do so. Those that are not able, I will receipt in full, and those that are able and won’t pay, their bills will be sold at auction. Every one that has a claim against me will be settled with on presentation. Hyde Kingsley. Willimantic, Conn., May 2, 1883.

684. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Notice – Having sold my grocery business it is desirable that all outstanding bills should be immediately settled. All persons having claims against me will please present them. I would recommend my successor, Mr. Samuel E. Amidon to the public at large and my patrons especially as a gentleman thoroughly honorable, and bespeak for him a continuance of the patronage to me. Signed, George M. Harrington.

685. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: The son of Guiseppe and Theresa Pecararo 3 years old, died in New Haven, Friday, in great agony from drinking muriatic acid from a soda water bottle which he found in the rear yard of the house.

686. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: A young child of August Winter of Meriden nearly killed by scalds two months ago, in falling from the sofa the other day, had all its front teeth knocked out and injured its tongue so that the end had to be amputated.

687. TWC Wed May 9, 1883 Thursday evening James E. Burdick of Ansonia while on his way home was way laid and seriously beaten by five young men. He had considerable money about his person some of which was taken. Friday morning Edward Ryan and John Ford were arrested on suspicion. The officer had to fire several shots at Ford before he could be brought to a standstill.

688. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: William E. Hawley, of Hawleyville, a farmer has made an assignment with liabilities of $30,000 of which $7,000 is secured. Among the creditors are the Pahquique Bank Elmer Northrop and Horace Peers of Brookfield, and Charles Couch, and Noble Bennett of New Milford. All but two of the creditors are willing to compromise for fifty per cent.

689. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: George F. Miller, arrested for stealing silver forks and spoons to a large amount from his employers, the William Rogers Manufacturing company, was arraigned in the Hartford court Thursday. He was charged with stealing 100 dozen spoons worth $700. He pleaded guilty.

690. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Burglars entered the house of ex-Mayor Horace C. Wilcox of Meriden, Wednesday night, and carried off over $500 worth of spoil, including a $300 camel’s hair shawl, an embossed velvet cloak, three silk umbrellas, and some silver. Strange to say, they did not touch a sealskin sacque, seal gloves and three good overcoats, which were hanging beside the shawl. The burglars then went into the kitchen, and ate up all the bread there was in the cupboard.

691. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Frederick Goebel, one of the four masked burglars who robbed the house of David S. Treat in Orange, Conn., in 1882, and who was recently sentenced for eight years, has turned state’s evidence against Oliver Budd. The case of Burgess was called Friday in New Haven but the prisoner did not appear, as he was married yesterday, and jumped his bail. His bond was forfeited.

692. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Ex-Congressman Stephen W. Kellogg of Waterbury has brought suit against Jared E. Redfield of Essex for $4,000 for “counsel fees, services and expenses,” and Sheriff Hutchinson of Middlesex county attached fifty shares of the capital stock of the Saybrook National band, of which Mr. Redfield is an officer. The case is set down to come before the superior court for New Haven the first Tuesday in May. It is pretty well understood that Mr. Kellogg is suing for money he claims is due him for services he rendered as Mr. Redfield’s attorney before the railroad committee of last year’s legislature when the Jewell-Redfield parallel road scheme was up.

693. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Colchester.
The Hayward Rubber company, which has not been running for several months, is making preparations to resume May 15th. While the works have been idle the foundations for a new brick building for a grinding room have been laid, and the work is being pushed towards completion as fast as possible.
Worthington’s block, in old Merchant’s Row which was burned in December, is now nearly complete and ready for tenants; also the new building built by Peter Scholl. J.N. Adams has also a large store in progress, and George D. Bingham has begun work on the foundations for a new building on the Avery property. When these are completed there will only remain the Kellogg property of about sixty feet front of the burned district and this will probably be built upon as soon as it can be bought for a fair price.
At the recent meeting of the First Ecclesiastical society, the following named officers were appointed for the year ensuing: J.N. Adams, S.E. Swift and E.H. Strong, committee; Russel Gillet, clerk; J.R. Backus, treasurer; P.R. Strong, manager of town hall.
The following named officers were elected at the annual meeting of the borough of Colchester: Warden, Leander Chapman; burgesses, Wm. H. Hawyard, E.S. Day, C.H. Bailey, H.P. Buell, Wm. A. Williams, Wm. Foote, clerk, P.R. Strong; treasurer, P.R. Strong; bailiff, N.P. Palmer; assessors, P.R. Strong, John Clark, G.G. Wickwire.

694. TWC Wed May 9, 1883: Auction – Will be sold at public auction on the premises on Saturday afternoon May 26 at 2 o’clock, the house, outbuildings and stone in cellar wall recently purchased by the borough of Willimantic from William Sexton located on High street opposite Valley. On day of sale notice will be given of the time which will be allowed for their removal. Signed, Geo. M. Harrington, Warden.

695. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: About Town.
Rev. T.W. Broderick of New London is recovering from a severe sickness.
Mr. and Mrs. Hyde Kingsley go to Plainfield, Vt., in a few days to be absent a number of weeks.
Mr. Charles Lyman, recently appointed chief examiner of the civil service commission is a native of Bolton.
J.W. Webb, the marketman, has put a water fountain into his market to be used in keeping his vegetables fresh.
Foran, Shea & Co. have sold their meat market to Nathan Alden of Portland, Conn. They will continue the grocery business as before.
Mr. James Walden is following suit in the line of plate glass fronts, he having just put one into his store in post office block.
Luke Flynn has resigned his position on the police force. There have been a number of applications for the vacancy but it has not yet been filled.
E.H. Holmes Jr. of South Windham has received a large invoice of best Nova Scotia plaster which he can furnish to customers in any quantity desired.
Mr. Eugene Atwood, manager of the Atwood Machine Co., of Stonington, will sail for a second trip to Europe in the interest of the company at an early day.
J.R. Abbe of South Windham has been granted a patent for a buffing wheel, and Geo. B. McCracken of this village has taken out similar papers for a steam trap.
A copious rain of Monday night was truly a god-send to the farmers as vegetation was suffering badly for its want. It was accompanied with severe lightning and thunder.

696. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The household goods, tools and implements belonging to the estate of the late Samuel Hoxie of Scotland will be sold at auction on Friday, May 18. If stormy, next fair day.

697. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Rev. Horace Winslow will occupy the Baptist pulpit next Sunday in the absence of Rev. G.W. Holman. The latter goes Saturday to Saratoga to attend the annual meeting of the National Baptist Association to be held there.

698. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The handsome and pleasant house and grounds of the late James Burnett in Scotland are offered for sale at a bargain. The place would be a fine summer residence. See advertisement.

699. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: It is said that Forepaugh’s advance agent finds fault with Norwich because she has no desirable circus lot. He says Willimantic has the most ample accommodations for a modern circus of any settlement in Eastern Connecticut.

700. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The latter part of this month the superior court in Hartford will be engaged in the trial of N.H. Morey vs. New York & New England railroad. Morey claims $10,000 damages as compensation for injuries received at the Hop river disaster.

701. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The bargain between Geo. K. Nason and Hyde Kingsley has been completed and Mr. Nason is now in full possession of the lumber yard. He will replenish the stock to the extent that is needed and endeavor to make prices satisfactory to his patrons.

702. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The old St. Joseph temperance society met in the basement of the Catholic church last Sunday after the morning service and effected a temporary organization. Sunday the 27th a permanent organization will take place by the election of officers.

703. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: A.B. Adams, as agent for the traveler’s Accident Insurance company, on Monday handed E.B. Chamberlain a check for $390 that being the allowance at $15 per week to May 4 for injuries sustained by him at the Pomfret railroad smash-up.

704. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The return pool match between the champions of New London and Windham counties, F.A. Sanderson of this place, and H.N. Hale of New London will take place in Norwich, next Friday evening. This will be the deciding game should Fred win.

705. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The urchin who does not try his hand at selling the daily papers and straining his vocal organs to their uttermost capacity with unearthly yells before daybreak every morning is sadly deficient in ambition. There seems to be about one newsboy to every inhabitant now a-days.

706. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Last Saturday forenoon Mrs. Mary A. Scoville a middle-aged lady slipped and fell down stairs in the house at the corner of Hooper’s Lane and Main street, owned by A. Humphrey, breaking one rib and receiving other serious injuries, external and internal, which will confine her to her bed for some time. The accident was caused by a defective stair.

707. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: It is expected that the new Episcopal church will be dedicated the first Sunday in July. On the outside it is an attractive little church and the inside when finished will be in good taste. A small spire is being drafted by the architect who refers to this church as one of his first efforts about twenty-five years ago. He is now one of the most noted architects of New York city.

708. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The 21st C.V. regimental reunion is being held here today with the attendance of about 110 veterans. The order of exercises was outlined in our last week’s issue.

709. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Rev. Horace Winslow is one of a building committee to take charge of the remodeling of a church in Salisbury. The people of this place can testify to his efficiency in that capacity. The Congregational church here is a monument to his memory.

710. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Dr. E.G. Sumner, of Mansfield, delivered an interesting address on the subject of temperance before the United Workers at Franklin Hall Sunday afternoon. Dr. Sumner having been chairman of the temperance committee in the late legislature is thoroughly acquainted with the feeling on this subject throughout the state politically.

711. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The editor of the Stafford Press facetiously and uncharitable remarks: “The Willimantic papers, with full understanding of the needs of their people, have taken to printing sermons. Great good must come of it, as the editors do the proof reading. The preachers should remember this fact, and put in their best licks for results.” For which we shall be revenged.

712. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: A.R. Burnham & Co., have just completed a beautiful landaulet for a Hartford liveryman at a cost of $900. .Evidently the purchaser is an admirer of good work and is aware of where he can get what he bargains for. This firm is one of the best carriage builders in this state and is destined to do an extensive business. They already employ about twenty men and are overdriven with business.

713. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: We take the following paragraph from the Pittston (Penn.) Gazette which is of local interest, mentioning as it does one of our substantial citizens. “The fact is not generally known that the first Presidential ticket for 1884 has already been placed in the field. It has been nominated by the National Christian Association for the suppression of secret societies, and bears the names of the Rev. Jonathan W. Blanchard and Mr. John A. Conant.”

714. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: News was received here Thursday of the death of Christopher P. Hempstead at Chicago at the age of twenty-six. Mr. Hempstead left Norwich a few days before, for Colorado in hopes to regain his health but suffered a hemorrhage of the lungs at Chicago which terminated fatally. When he left home he was considered sufficiently well to accomplish the journey and his death was entirely unexpected. He was formerly treasurer of the Dime Savings bank here and was bookkeeper at the First National bank at one time. He leaves a wife and child.

715. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: James Casey, a young son of Michael Casey living on Main Street, met with a serious accident while going to the Parochial school Tuesday noon. While crossing Jackson street front of M. Nelligan’s he was run into by a team that was going at a rapid gate and knocked down , the wheels passing over his head inflicting a deep cut over the eye and a compression of the skull causing blood to ooze freely from the ears. Also fracturing his leg and injuring his body considerably. He was taken up unconscious and carried to his home where Dr. McGuiness rendered all the surgical and medical aid possible.

716. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: This is the period of the year to enjoy a surprise by getting up in time to see the sun rise and turn its genial face beamingly toward the just and unjust. An early morning stroll gives a rare appetite for breakfast and a taste of fresh air that is a tonic to the mind and body. Our population is addicted to late hours. It takes half of the night to get settled for a little rest before the next day’s work begins. Hence the early appearing yawning youth, men and girls, who seem to have been pulled out of bed and sent out against their will. The mind is clearer in the early morning hours, the muscle is firmer, and the nerve is stronger, and that is why the world remembers Poor Richard’s, “Early to bed, and early to rise.”

717. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The executive board of the Willimantic Camp meeting met at the grove in Willimantic on Monday and made the following arrangements for the annual meeeting for 1883: Committee on Railroads – The Rev. Walter Ela and the Rev. H.D. Robinson. Committee on Straw – J.D. Wilson. Committee on Board – David Gordon, the Rev. D.L. Brown and the Rev. Walter Ela. Committee on Police – David Gordon and Alba Perkins. Committee onGrounds – E.H. Hall, R.R. Latimer, U.S. Gardner. Committee on Music – H.L. Wilson. Committee on Printing – U.S. Gardner. Collector – John F. Hewitt. It was voted to begin the camp meeting on Monday, August 13th, and to close it on Tuesday, August 21st.

718. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The May term of the Windham county superior court opened yesterday, Judge Hovey on the bench. There is quite a large number of criminal matters pending, but none probably that will take very much time to dispose of. Twenty cases are on the civil list notice for trial to the jury, and one hundred and one cases are to be tried by the judge. The trial of Charles Peckham for stealing Geo. C. Martin’s team is the first case to come before the court. At the bar meeting it was found that the parties would be ready in a very large number of cases and it is expected that a greater number than usual will disappear from the docket during the term. The legislature at its recent session having provided two criminal terms for this (Windham) county, it is confidently expected that hereafter parties in civil causes will not have to be unreasonably delayed in reaching a trial.

719. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Under the head of “a flattering compliment” the Hartford Times has the following about the granddaughter of a former congressman from this district who at one time had a law office in this village. “Mary L. Catlin of this city, (a granddaughter of the late Hon. Geo. S. Catlin, of Windham, who is remembered with feelings of profound respect by his many friends) has a picture on exhibition in the National Academy of Design of New York. It represents a bunch of Yellow Chrysanthemums carelessly thrown upon the table with apron and scissors – a prettily conceived design and a beautiful painting. It was accepted by the Academy solely on its merits. Not a word was said to induce the experts to receive it. The painting was simply sent there and it was at once readily accepted. This is certainly a gratifying compliment to the young lady who has not yet graduated from the art school of Mr. Charles R. Loomis of this city.”

720. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: A convention of public school teachers will be held in Norwich, Friday May 18th in the Sunday school rooms of the Broadway church beginning on the arrival of the morning trains and continuing through the day. Among the topics to be discussed are the following: Marking Systems, School Examinations, Language, etc. The feasibility of forming a permanent association of the teachers of Eastern Connecticut will be considered and acted upon if advisable. Hon. C.D. Hines Secretary of State Board of Education is expected to be present. It is hoped that school visitors as well as teachers of new London and Windham counties will be present and help make the meeting one of profit and practical importance to all. Free return tickets on the N.Y. & N.E. and N.L.N. railroads to those attending the convention and paying one full fare. The committee having the matter in charge is composed of N.L. Bishop, Norwich, C.B. Jennings, New London, J.B. Welch, Willimantic, Geo. H. Tracy, Colchester, A.P. Somes, Danielsonville. The schools in this village will be closed on that day to allow the teachers to attend the convention.

721. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Ashford.
Several fires of late have been set in the woods which spread rapidly and did extensive damage before they could be extinguished, the last being set on Sunday last but was discovered in season to be extinguished before very much damage was done. Some parties that have had their property damaged have offered a liberal reward for the detection of the party that committed the offence.
Col. C.L. Dean has sold a tract of 50 acres of land to Rep. T.K. Fitts which adjoined the old Fitts homestead. Mr. Dean has several hundred acres more land for sale in Ashford, as he proposes to reduce his real estate in town on account of his growing trade in the glass business in Boston and Chicago, which takes up his entire attention.
Ezra L. Knowlton has sold his farm in West Ashford to S.O. Vinton who will at once commence to cut off the timber. This is one of the most desirable places in that part of the town and has for a long time been owned by the Knowlton family.
It is expected that the Rev. C.N. Nichols will remain with the Baptist in Warrenville the coming year, where he has discharged the duties so acceptably for the past year.
Last week the news reached us of the death of Asher Knowlton of Stafford, formerly a resident of Ashford. He was born in this town and resided here most of the time until a few years ago he sold his farm on which he had resided so many years and his father before him, and removed to Stafford. He was one of the substantial men of the town, and had been representative, selectman and held severally, many of the offices of the town, and was always a safe counselor, and wise, judiciary manager. At the time of his removal he was considered the wealthiest man in town all of which had been accumulated by industry and prudence. He had a clear perception of right and never went a crooked way to reach it. His kindness to his neighbors is remembered – his wise counsels missed – his many virtues live after him. Honest, upright and honorable in all his dealings, faithful and true ot all his friends, kind and indulgent in his family, which constituted a faithful and devoted wife a lovely and accomplished daughter, who are left to mourn his loss.

722. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: A historical horse died Wednesday night. This horse was owned by C.N. Hall, and was purchased by him twenty four years ago in Southbury of Samuel Goodrich (Peter Parley), the well-known historian and writer of juvenile literature. The money paid for the horse was expended by Mr. Goodrich during his final illness. The horse was thirty years old when it died, and had been in active service till within a year; the last five years of its life it was used as a saddle horse.

723. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: At the close of the communion service Sunday at the Baptist church in Danielsonville, the Rev. William C. Carr announced his resignation of pastorate to take effect at once. Mr. Carr has been pastor of the Baptist church since its organization in 1875. During his pastorate one hundred have been added to the church and a fine church has been erected at a cost of $12,000 and fully paid for.

724. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Paymaster General Coit, of Norwich is being pushed for the position of sergeant-at-arms of the next national house of representatives. General Coit is a lawyer by profession, a man of energy and decision and would make an admirable official in that position. It is thought that New England will come in for this share in the organization of the next Congress and should this be the case the General’s chances are considered good. Politically considered, whatever patronage may be dispensed to this section rightfully belongs to Connecticut which is the only democratic New England state and it is represented by more democratic congressmen than all of the other states. Many things seem to drift in General Coit’s favor and we should not be surprised to see him successful, and we at least hope he may be.

725. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The Hon. Charles Lyman who has been appointed by President Arthur Chief Examiner in the new civil service departure is a Bolton, Conn., man and in 1863 was as Lieut. Lyman of the 14th Connecticut; regiment dismissed from the service by general orders from the U.S. Adjutant-General’s office, for furnishing a descriptive list of his company to an improper and unauthorized person. Lyman attempted to get this order reversed during the war but could not prevail upon its authorities to see it as he did. Lyman after his dismissal , in disgrace, from the army went into the Treasury department at Washington where he has continued till his recent appointment. Of course Lyman is a good republican and all the press are now engaged in telling us that his disgraceful dismissal from the army didn’t amount to anything and should be entirely overlooked. If Lyman happened to be a democrat what a howl these republican papers would set up.

726. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Andover.
The helping hands society gave a social last Tuesday evening at the house of Mrs. Gurley Phelps. It was well attended and the young people voted it the best of the season.
Mr. R.E. Bishop who has lately moved to Manchester is to have an auction at his late residence here in Andover, next Saturday, for the purpose of disposing of a considerable quantity of furniture and other property which he has no use for in Manchester.
Miss Eliza F. Phelps who has been spending the winter with her sister in Cleveland returned home last week. Her sister Mrs. F.J. Bingham and little boy came on with her.
On account of the rain but few were present Monday evening to hear the report of the committee on creameries, so the meeting was adjourned one week.
Mr. Pixley has moved his steam saw mill and has set it up near the railroad station.
Mr. S.L. Backus has moved into his new house.

727. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Willington.
Rev. F.A. Holden has closed his labors with the Congregational church much to the regret of a wide circle of friends of both denominations. He is now preaching on trial in Ayer, Mass.
Charles Janes of Philadelphia, youngest son of a former pastor here, is stopping in town.
Mr. Louis Price formerly blacksmith at West Willington, but more recently of Willimantic, has removed with his family to Tolland Center.
Charlie Janes is teaching the summer term of school at Daleville which commenced Monday 14th.
Miss Etta Holt is pursuing her studies at the Danielsonville Academy.
Mr. A.P. Bennet of Willimantic has recently put in two Hamlin Rubber Bucket Pumps, one at the Baptist parsonage and the other at the Rider house. Others on the hill are needed.

728. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The father of Senator Hawley, who is a citizen of Westfield, Mass., has been taken to the Hartford Insane retreat. He has shown unmistakable evidence of insanity for some time.

729. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Died.
Perry – In South Windham, May 11, Lilian F. Perry, aged 9 years.
Roberts – In New York, May 11th Estelle W. Roberts aged 7 years 7 months and 22 days.
Crandall – In Windham May 8th, Leanor J. Crandall daughter of Amos G. Crandall aged 7 months.
Dumas – In Willimantic, May 12th Zoe Dumas aged 58 years.
Lucy – In Willimantic, May 13th, Jeremiah Lucy aged 22.

730. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Established 1862. Lumber & Dcoal. George K. Nason, Successor to Hyde Kingsley, Dealer in all kinds of Lumber, Coal, Mouldings, Windows, Blinds, Doors, Cement, Lime, Brick, Hair, &c. &c. And builder’s materials generally. Office and Yards, Church and Valley Sts. 2 min. walk from the depot. Connected by Telephone.

731. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Attention – I have sold my Lumber and Coal Yard, and now I would like to settle all of my accounts without any trouble and no cost. I thank my many patrons for their liberal patronage, and I hope for a continuance of the same to my successor Mr. George K. Nason. All accounts, after today, will be settled at the Town Clerk’s office by H.N. Wales, Town Clerk, and by D.O. Sherman at the same place. Hyde Kingsley. Willimantic, May 15th, 1883.

732. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: For Sale – The property of the late James Burnett, situated in the village of Scotland, consisting of dwelling house and out-buildings, with about two acres of land, together with store bulding, all in excellent repair. A portion of the purchase money can remain on mortgage. Also, one single phaeton in good order. For further particulars inquire of Wm. F. Palmer, Scotland, or W.H. Burnett and J.G. Burnett, Norwich.

733. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: At a court of probate held at Windham within and for the district of Windham on the 15th day of May, A.D. 1883. Present, John D. Wheeler, Judge. Upon the matter of an agreement of adoption presented to this court, of George E. Jenness of Windham a minor, aged about eighteen years, it is ordered. That a hearing on said agreement be held at the Probate Office in Windham on the 24th day of May, A.D. 1883 at 9 o’clock a.m. and that notice be given to all parties interested therein to appear before this court at said time and place, then and there to show cause, if any they have, why said agreement should not be accepted and approved by this Court, by publishing a notice of said hearing in a weekly newspaper published in Windham two weeks successively, and by posting a copy thereof on the public sign-post in said town of Windham at least six days before said day of hearing and return make to this court. Certified form record, John D. Wheeler, Judge.

734. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
Parson Glidden displays an organ advertisement from his front window, and Jeff Campbell has re-arranged his out houses.
Mrs. Learned is making extensive repairs on her already fine residence, and Mrs. Fitch has repainted and otherwise improved her splendid mansion on the Boulevards.
General Cummings’ lawn and surroundings look remarkably neat and tidy, and give good evidence of taste and refinement.
Gib William’s new store is nearly done, and when completed will be metropolitan in architectural style and finish.
Decoration day May 30 will be observed here under the auspices of the Grand Army Post 30 of Willimantic. The Comrades of this post, the South Windham band, and Willimantic glee club will be present and take part in the exercises. An invitation will be extended to the Mansfield Drum Corps to assist. The Rev. Mr. Wells Episcopal Clergyman from Willimantic, formerly a chaplain in the army will deliver an address. The whole will be under the direction and supervision of post commander Wyllys of Willimantic. The churches, sabbath schools, and general public are cordially invited to attend and co-operate with the Grand Army. Floral contributions are solicited and will be thankfully received on that day, and as the comrades and others will arrive at the conference room at about eleven a.m. it will be desirable to have them at the conference room, the place of meeting, previous to that hour so that they can be suitably arranged for the occasion. A meeting has been called at the conference room next Friday evening May 18 to make preliminary arrangements. It is hoped that our citizens without distinction will cheerfully respond, and aid in keeping fresh the memories, and green the graves of our fallen heroes.

735. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Mansfield.
G.W. LeValley has got his barn cellar nearly completed and the carpenters will commence Monday to frame. Mr. Bennett of Chaplin is the artist for the cellar and Merrit Gallup of Ashford for the building.
Martin Atwood is having hard luck as usual with is cattle, having lost a cow by being gored by an ugly cow recently bought. The same cow ran her horn through the udder of another cow spoiling her for anything but beef.
Edwin Knowlton is sick again with rheumatism and confined to his bed. Mr. K. is troubled very much with this distressing complaint. Dr. Bennett of your village is in attendance.
Asher Knowlton formerly of West Ashford but more recently lived at Stafford passed away last Thursday with pneumonia. Mr. K. was extensively and favorable known in this place.
Mr. Chas. Jacobson has sold his place to Mr. James Elam of new Britain who will move on to it at once. Mr. Elam formerly owned the place.
Edwin Knowlton has bought the place adjoining known as the Schofield farm of the heirs of the late D.B. Reed. Wise prophets say that Mr. K – is buying the right of way through the state to build a R.R.
Last week Wednesday Mr. Wm. Warren one of the farm hands of Mr. Augustus Storrs met with a serious if not fatal accident. While hitching a pair of young cattle to a cart neap, as soon as the coupling was completed and before he could extricate himself from between them they started into a run towards the barn and crashing through a pair of bars Mr. Warren was flung violently to the ground by the roadside. Whether he was injured by the contact with the bars or by being crushed between the earth and the cart neap is not known. Mr. G.W. More happened to be near by and hastened to his relief, finding blood issuing freely from his mouth. Others were soon on hand and Drs. Kittrage and Johnson were sent for and subsequently Drs. Hills and Bennett of Willimantic were called. On examination it was found that the injury was internal no bones being broken. It is believed that one lung is badly injured breathing being very difficult and the pulse at times up to 150. If he survives a few days longer without inflammation setting in it is thought he may recover. Mr. Warren was a member of the 18th regiment (Buckingham’s pet) and war taken prisoner at the battle of Winchester by Lee’s army and marched to Richmond with thousands of others. We have heard him describe the march after the battle through the Shenandoah Valley. It was dry and dusty and the victorious army as well as their prisoners were parched with thirst and every well of water on the line of march was drained and yet their thirst was not quenched. Mr. Warren is an industrious, worthy man in the prime life and having escaped the shot and shell in battle and the general calamities of war we hope he may survive this accident and be spared many years to enjoy the society of his dutiful wife and loved one.

736. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Columbia.
Bert Brown caught two black bass from the reservoir waters last Monday one weighing 3.5 and the other 3.6.
G.B. Fuller’s old family horse left its master’s premises last week never to return.
Mrs. L.C. Clark has a fine calla with nine blossoms.
Mrs. W.H. Yeomans has returned from her visit to Washington and New York.
G.W. Thompson has been seriously ill but is reported convalescent.
Mr. and Mrs. McLoughlin of Providence are the guests of S.F. West.
Wm. P. Robertson and Wilton Little of Hartford were in town over Sunday.
Mrs. W.H. Yeomans returned from a three-weeks absence to Washington, Saturday last accompanied by her husband.
Mrs. D.C. Ticknor has returned from Putnam where she has been spending the winter and will reside in West street for several weeks at least.
Albert F. Yeomans has been off duty for five weeks enjoying the invigorating atmosphere of West street but contemplates returning to more active duties soon.
Friend Gates believes that it is not good for man to be alone and has taken into himself a wife. We are glad of it and congratulate Joseph, hoping his cup of happiness will continue to overflow.

737. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: To the board of County Commissioners for Windham County. Thereby apply for a license to sell spirituous and intoxicating liquors at the European House, corner of Main and Railroad streets in the Borough of Willimantic, in the Town of Windham. We hereby certify that we are not disqualified to receive such license by any of the provisions of the laws of this State, and that the place in which said business is to be carried on has no means of access to any part of the same building used or occupied as a dwelling house. Cunningham & Flynn. Dated at Windham this 16th day of May, A.D. 1883. We, the undersigned electors and tax-payers of the Town of Windham, and not licensed dealers in spirituous and intoxicating liquors, hereby endorse the application of the above-named Cunningham & Flynn and hereby certify that we have not, since the 1st day of October, 1882, endorsed any other application for a license. Patrick Shea, John Killoury, James Johnson, Timothy Reagan, P.J. Brennan. Dated at Windham this 16th day of May, A.D. 1883. I hereby certify that the above-named endorsers are electors and tax-payers of the Town of Windham. Henry N. Wales, Town Clerk. Dated at Windham, this 16th day of May, A.D. 1883.

738. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Columbia Bicycle. The Bicycle as a permanent, practical road vehicle is an acknowledged fact as thousands of riders can testify. It combines speed and endurance to an extent that no horses can equal, and for pleasure or health is far superior to any other outdoor sport. The art of riding is easily acquired and the exercise is recommended by the medical profession as a means of renewing health and strength. Send 3 cent stamp for 34 page illustrated catalogue giving price-lists and full information, or 10 cents for a catalogue and a copy of The Bicycling World. Second-hand is 48, 50 and 52 inch Columbias. Horace A. Adams, Agent for all kinds of Bicycles. 52 Union Street, Willimantic, Conn.

739. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: A novel and amusing sight was witnessed at the Harwinton Center, a few mornings since. Mr. Winship, the well known steer trainer, drove an 18 months old steer fully harnessed, bits in his mouth, guided by the lines, attached to a two-wheeled gig. In the gig sat Mr. Winship holding the ribbons driving on a brisk trot down the street, to the entertainment of the crowd as they passed along.

740. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The remains of the daughter of Edgar Brewer of East Hartford, which were embalmed and have been kept in the parlor of the Brewer residence since the 12th of February, were removed Friday to the vault which has been erected in the grounds of the residence for the purpose. The tomb is of brick and Portland brown stone with iron doors.

741. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: The Hartford bar discussed Friday the Weisander divorce case and the professional conduct of Lawyer Eberle in connection therewith. An investigating committee reported the facts of the case, but did not recommend any action for or against Eberle and the bar took no action, though it was generally admitted that Eberle’s conduct had not been strictly professional. This is the divorce suit which resulted first in a decree and then in its annulment, the court learning of connivance on the part of defendant in suit. Friday Judge Andrews struck the suit from the docket, and now Mr. Weisander, having on the strength of the decree hastily taken to himself another wife, must loosen one of the knots or plead guilty to bigamy.

742. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: Mrs. Ellen M. Gifford, of New Haven, has just given $20,000 to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a shelter where diseased and suffering animals may be humanely treated, or put out of misery if incurable.

743. TWC Wed May 16, 1883: South Windham.
S.O. Hatch was very severely injured a few days since while at work with a stump puller. Something gave way and the lever striking him in the breast, he was hurled some distance nearly senseless. I am glad to note that he is gaining rapidly and will soon be about again.

744. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: About Town.
Holmes will offer to the trade Friday fresh sea trout.
Company K. was out on Valley street Monday evening for drill practice.
Large Florida pine apples at the Gem fruit store from 20 to 30 cents each.
Rev. L.H. Wells will deliver the Memorial day oration at Mansfield Center. He is a veteran.
The superior court at Brooklyn has been adjourned until next Tuesday at 2 p.m. on account of sickness in Judge Hovey’s family.
A very correct portrait in India ink of the late Rev. Arnold Van Wersch is on exhibition in the window of D.C. Barrows jewelry store.
F.A. Sanderson of this village won the pool match with Hale last Friday evening at Norwich by a score of 16 to 11. He now holds the champion cue permanently.

745. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Fred L. Clark has been appointed a policeman by the court of burgesses to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Luke Flynn and is now doing duty on the beat of the latter.

746. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: H.H. Flint has in stock a fine assortment of flour and garden seeds, including Sibley’s celebrated flower seeds. Gardeners and florists, will find it to their advantage, to examine his stock.

747. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: H.H. Flint has just started his soda fountain with his usual excellent standard of pure fruit juice syrups. Birch beer, and Vichy water, on draught and bottled imported and Saratogy Vichy.

748. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Memorial day will be observed one week from to-day about after the usual order the exercises being at the cemetery. The programme as yet has not been made up. Mr. Henry L. Hall will deliver the oration.

749. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The east store in Bank building will be occupied for the remainder of this week by B.A. Clark & Co., auctioneers, who have a large stock of jewelry, plated ware and harness to dispose of. See their advertisement.

750. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Militia companies E and K are out today for field and target practice at the range by the Natchaug river under the supervision of Captain Miller regimental inspector. Both companies are well represented.

751. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The northerly extensions of Church and North streets and a long stretch on the north side of Prospect street is being curbed. With the grading, building and improvement in that locality it is a veritable hive of industry at this time.

752. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: There seems to be just now quite a competition among the manufacturers to supply shoes of a superior quality at the lowest price. The lowest figure yet reached is that by the maker of the celebrated C.O. Emerson shoe which is sold by James F. Clune for $2.50 a pair at the Boston Shoe store.

753. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: New concrete walks have been laid front of Brainard house and Hamlin block and one is to be laid front of Bassett block. There are a great many property owners in the borough whose sidewalks are worn out who ought to follow suit.

754. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Bobolinks used to get into the suburban fields on the first Wednesday of May – or ‘lection day. But lately they have been more tardy in working up from the southern rice fields, and like the slow blossoms they are about two weeks later.

755. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: A woman named Bridge Sullivan had her hand caught in the machinery of one of the Linen company’s carding rooms last Saturday and so badly crushed as to require amputation of one finger at the second joint. Dr. McNally performed the operation.

756. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The contract for grading the grounds for the Willimantic fair association has been awarded to Mr. T.C. Davis of Dedham, Mass., for 22 ½ cents a cubic yard. The lowest bid submitted by local parties was about 30 cents. There s about $2500 worth of grading to be done.

757. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The annual meeting of the State Council of Education will be held at New Haven on Saturday June 2. The question “How can country schools be improved?” will be discussed. Principal J.B. Welch of the Natchaug school is a member of the executive committee.

758. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: An unknown man who had been about the village for a number of days last week mending umbrellas, was killed by the 3:21 passenger train bound for Boston just beyond the Milk street crossing on Wednesday afternoon. He had been heard to make remarks previous to the accident while about the streets under the influence of liquor that indicated a tiredness of life. He was about 60 years old. The town buried him.

759. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The refreshing rain of Monday night was of about as much value to this community as a monthly pay roll of the Willimantic Linen company coming as it did just at this season. The earth has become very much parched by the continued dry weather and farmers had become greatly alarmed lest their crops should be very much affected by it. Owners of dairy farms outside the village say that they could not get pasturage enough to keep their stock along without some resort to barn supplies.

760. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The case of the heirs of Martin Pomeroy against O.H.K. Risley has been tried in the superior court at Hartford the past week and a decision was rendered by Judge Loomis yesterday. It was a suit for damages claimed to have been sustained by Mr. Risley’s running into Martin Pomeroy at the corner of North and Valley streets while driving in 1879, causing injuries from which the latter died in about three weeks. He was 82 years old. The defendant claimed that the accident was attributable to no careless driving on his part and that the collision was unavoidable, and the evidence brought clearly proved that this was the actual fact. He paid all the expenses attending the unfortunate man’s sickness and was willing to do anything which was fair and honorable in the matter. But the family of the deceased thought that they ought to have substantial damages and brought suit to recover $5,000. The case at a previous term of court had been defaulted before the jury and in consequence was tried before the judge at this term of court in Hartford county, who decided that the plaintiff should recover $1.00 and legal costs. Hon. W.W. Eaton was counsel for the plaintiff and ex. Gov. R.D. Hubbard for defense. It was the first case in which Senator Eaton has appeared for ten years.

761. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: It is not as yet authoritatively given out, but it is generally understood that the Linen company will run but two-thirds time beginning next week. It has been current rumor for some time that the sale of thread by this company was very limited and that most of its product was being consigned to the storehouse. Such a condition of things will of course have a detrimental influence on the business of the village and coming so suddenly will be all the more felt. Whether it will be of long duration or not can only be a matter of conjecture. On the two-thirds wages most of the work people will find it quite difficult to make both ends meet. It is rumored that this depression of business was caused by a combination with Coats and Clark whereby all would be obliged to keep their prices at the same figure. Heretofore, it is said the Linen company has sold its thread at a discount from what other brands could be bought and was able by this means to dispose of all and even more than they could manufacture, but by the new deal this could not be done without a breach of contract. It is further said that the Linen company was forced into the combination under the threat that should the managers refuse, the other firms would unite to cripple this company’s business by underselling it in the market. It seems hardly true that the Linen company exists but by the grace of these concerns. It is to be hoped that the machinery will soon be buzzing again in its old time fashion. The business depression could not however have come at a more favorable season of the year, there is at least consolation in that for those who are affected.

762. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Temperance. At the meeting of the Willimantic Reform society at Mission Hall last Sunday, Geo. Smith presided and took for scripture lesson, the 55th chapter of Isaiah. The singing was excellent and prayers from several persons fervent. One of the speakers called attention to an extract from the liquor dealers Advocate showing that there are over one hundred and fifty prohibition and so-called temperance papers in the country, and but few papers in the interest of the liquor traffic which is an omen of encouragement to temperance workers. Attention was also called to a bill introduced in the Legislature of Pennsylvania, “To prohibit the manufacture, sale and use of infernal machines and devices to surreptitiously destroy life and injure property.” Such a bill ought to pass and be enforced, but why more important than one to prohibit the manufacture and sale of intoxicating beverages which of the two, is the greatest infernal machine out? And yet the people are being educated to license the infernal system for a pittance to be derived as a revenue to the government by doctors, lawyers and clergymen and some politicians who say, “I would prefer prohibition if it only could be enforced but as we can’t get it, I go for the next best thing” and so they go for legal endorsement of the evil and protect it by law. Fine way of educating the people up.

763. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The Eastern Connecticut Ministerial Association will hold a meeting in Moosup, June 11th, 12th, and 13th. Programme – Preaching, Monday evening by Rev. Jacob Betts of Mashapaug; preaching, Tuesday evening by Rev. D.P. Levitt of Willimantic. Essays and discussions. 1. Ought persons who use intoxicating drinks as a beverage to be employed in our Sunday schools as teachers? James Tregaskis. 2. Exegesis, I Cor. 1:17-25, C.W. Holden; 3. The flood of Noah’s day, its cause, nature, and extent, R. Povey; 4. The Pauline significance of the terms Justify and Justification, A.J. Coultas; 6. How far is a preacher’s success in soul saving determined by the moral condition of his hearers? S.O. Benton; 6. Is our rule of six months probation for full membership a benefit or injury to the church? W. Kirkby; 7. What rights have preachers and churches in reference to appointments under our system of supervision? J. Oldham.

764. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: William Mason, proprietor of the Mason Machine works at Taunton the largest and most complete in the country, died at Taunton Monday aged 76. He was in former years well known in this county and lived in Packersville where he perfected many important inventions in the machinery line. He was a native of Mystic and early developed wonderful mechanical genius. He went to Taunton in 1836 and soon after invented the self-acting mule now universally used in cotton spinning. In 1842 he became owner of the works of Crocker and Richmond, his employers and has extended them until they now employ 1000 men in the manufacture of all sorts of machinery including locomotives, printing presses, cotton machinery, machinists’ tools, furnaces, etc. The business passes into the hands of his sons.

765. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The Hartford Times of Friday had the following about the wedding of a young lady well known in this village; The marriage of W.H.K. Nason and Miss Gertrude E. Cooley, daughter of ex-Representative Charles H. Cooley took place at the Church of the Redeemer yesterday afternoon, the Rev. Mr. Dearborn officiating. There was a very large attendance. The bride was dressed in white silk mull, made walking length, and trimmed with jabots of lace and bunches of ribbons between puffs of the silk mull. Her ornaments were pearls, the gift of the groom. Frank H. Lepaad was the best man, and C. Howard Moore of Bristol, George S. Boltwood, of New Haven, and Walter C. Camp of Hartford, (the last two classmates of the groom) acted as ushers. A family reception followed the wedding at Mr. Cooley’s residence on Broad street, a collation being served under the direction of Smith & Mason and the bridal couple left on the 7:30 train south for a brief wedding trip.

766. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Andover.
Mr. D.M. Burnap and Mr. E.K. Post both in the employ of the N.Y. & N.E. R.R. Co., have moved their families to Bristol. Their removal is much regretted by their many friends here in Andover.
The sociable given by the helping hands society at the house of Mr. J.H. Marsh last Tuesday evening was well attended notwithstanding the rain a considerable number of young people from Bolton being present.
At an adjourned meeting of our citizens held Tuesday of this week, Mr. R.E. Phelps from the committee on creameries, made an interesting report on that subject. He stated that a suitable site for a creamery could be obtained near the residence of Mr. W.N. Cleveland with an abundant supply of cool spring water. After considerable discussion, and a friendly interchange of views, it was voted to appoint a committee of three to see if the necessary stock can be raised and Messrs. R.E. Phelps, S.H. Daggett and Andrew Phelps were appointed as such committee. Much interest was manifested and it begins to look now as though we should soon have a creamery in operation.

767. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
Mr. I.P. Fenton has lately returned from Vermont and adjoining sections where he has been buying furs. He has purchased between seven and eight thousand muskrat skins, which were trapped on the shores of Lake Champlain “One leetle pon’ bout half full o water.” He has also during the trip bought seven hundred skunk five hundred fox, among the latter some of the “cross” which are more valuable than the common fox, and nearly three hundred coon skins, several hundred beaver and one hundred mink skins. This pile of peltry when viewed from a nasal point gives forth a greater volume and variety of perfume than all the drug stores in Willimantic combined.
The Hanks brothers have the frame raised for their new silk mill and will push the work to an early completion.
The noisy bobolink has put in an appearance and May baskets are fast becoming a stale nuisance.

768. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: For the best assortment of hammocks at the lowest prices call at W.L. Harrington & Co’s.

769. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Killourey Brothers are fitting up their new building on Jackson street very conveniently for the undertaking business and when it is finished will put in a complete supply of furnishings for that business.

770. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Cooley’s Weekly does not seem to take kindly to our suggestion about a future Congressman from this district. Not, however, from any hostility to the gentleman whose name we mentioned, but from the fact that it is dead in love with our present M.C. Col. Wait is not a great man, but nevertheless he serves the district as a party man quite acceptably – a worse choice might be made. But there is a strong disposition on the part of this county to take a home man for their representative next year, and in that event we have taken the liberty of suggesting a fit man for the position. For the benefit of our readers we subjoin Cooley’s Weekly’s observations on the subject: The Willimantic Chronicle is a well known organ of Democracy, but it takes occasion to trot out a Republican for Congress to succeed Col. Wait in 1884. The man is from Killingly, and is son-in-law of Col. Sayles. Very likely Mr. Russell, for such is his name, may be a candidate, when Col. Wait gets through with public life; but that may be looking some ways ahead. We never knew Col. Wait to look better than he does now, and while he lives, the people of the District will be slow to talk about any successor. It is lucky Mr. Russell is a young man.

771. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Norwich is a very peculiar town of strong likes and dislikes. When an innovation is attempted on its old established customs it has no hesitation in making its own preference manifest in the matter, whether right or wrong. The following episode well illustrates its position generally speaking. The recent retirement of the Rev. Mr. Stine pastor of the Lutheran society of Norwich was the result of a disagreement between him and his church committee on the subject of dancing. Mr. Stine came to Norwich several months ago and was at first popular with his entire congregation. It has been the custom of the society for many years to give a festival and fair each winter the most attractive feature of which was dancing. Just before the entertainment last winter Mr. Stine informed the church committee that he did not consider dancing proper in connection with a church entertainment and that it would be omitted at the coming festival. It was generally understood that Mr. Stine’s resolution was partly the result of a promise on the part of the other pastors in Norwich to pay half the indebtedness of the Lutheran Society, $4,000, on condition that the society raise the other at the festival, and omit the dancing feature from the programme. The majority of the committee and many of the church members were highly incensed at the pastor’s proposition, and spoke scoffingly at the chances of a successful fair without dancing. At one of the meetings at the pastor’s house one lady member of the church denounced the Rev. Mr. Stine’s moral ideas in such violent terms that the meeting was broken up. The pastor was successful in his prohibition of dancing but his success intensified the antagonism of the committee. After several unsuccessful attempts at reconciliation Mr. Stine resigned his pastorate and has removed to a town in Pennsylvania. Just before he left town the other clergymen presented him with a purse of $100 and a written testimonial of their esteem. The church is now without a pastor.

772. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: North Windham.
The much needed rains have come, and everything rejoices.
The Sabbath school recently elected the following officers: A.P. Smith superintendent instead of W.C. Burdick lately removed to Wilton, N.H., instead of N.Y.; Anna J. Spencer, assistant superintendent; C.M. Bates, secretary and treasurer; Mary Utley, librarian; Alice Hunt acts as organist. The teachers are A.P. Smith, W.W. White, A.J. Spencer, and Mrs. E. Lincoln.
Mrs. Jerush Ingraham, who has been cared for at Martin Flint’s for many years, died this week at a very advanced age. She was the oldest person in this vicinity.

773. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Chaplin.
On Sunday May 13th the Sunday school in this place was reorganized with Edgar S. Lincoln superintendent, John F. Reed assistant superintendent, Mrs. M.A. Chapman librarian, and Mrs. A.M. Griggs assistant librarian, secretary and teacher of the infant class. The statistics of the school read by the superintendent were of special interest, as follows: The school was in session every Sunday during the year. Whole number connected with the school is 168. Largest number present at anyone session was 111. Smallest number 27. Under 16 years old 59. Over 16 years old 109. Average attendance 80.5. The oldest member of the school is Rev. J.W. Sessions who has nearly completed his 82d year. One scholar, Miss Isadore I. Church has been present at every session at the school during the last three years, but was unable to be present at the reorganization on account of sickness. The library has been replenished with about $50 worth of books each year for several years past, and now has a large collection of Sunday school books, which are extensively read by the community with pleasure and profit. Mr. Lincoln has been the efficient superintendent for the last six years, and now enters upon his seventh with the good wishes of all concerned. The school is now, and always has been, under the control of the church. A committee is chosen by the church which appoints the officers, selects the teachers and has the general oversight of all the affairs pertaining to the school. The choir, under the leadership of William M. Smith, has been greatly strengthened by the addition of about a dozen young singers.
On Wednesday last Ernest Clark, an eight year old son of Oren S. Clark, accidentally fell over a pail of boiling hot water; spilling the water upon his limbs, which were very badly burned. The little fellow had his arms full of wood, which he was bringing for his bother, and did not discover the pail of water until he came in contact with it.
On Saturday afternoon the 19th inst. there was a destructive fire on the borders of Hampton and Chaplin set by a spark from a passing engine on the N.Y. & N.E. Railroad. It is estimated that from 500 to 600 acres of sprout and timber land was burned over.
As there was a strong wind at the time the fire was not entirely subdued until Sunday morning, and then only by setting counter fires. As it came over the high hills on to the Chaplin side in the evening, the two lines of fire, each more than a mile in length, presented, as seen from our village, a grand spectacle, and exhibited fireworks all night on a magnificent scale.

774. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Columbia.
Work on the foundation of the Pine Street school house was resumed last Wednesday and the building will be raised this week.
Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Hunt gave a party last Wednesday evening celebrating the 21st birthday of their son Henry.
Miss Porter teacher on the Green left her school for a few days indisposed from the effects of a severe cold.
Humpty Dumpty advertised at the Town hall on Thursday evening proved a grand humbug. Several families intended taking it in but on reading the South Windham correspondent’s description of it in the Chronicle were prevented from being victimized.
Mr. and Mrs. Gates returned from their wedding trip on Monday.
Sheriff Hawkins of Norwich and Deputy Sheriff Peckham of Lebanon were in town Friday night in pursuit of a colored man in possession of a team stolen from New London; the fellow passed through Pine street the preceding day and had a considerable start of the pursuers.
We are informed that Charlie Holbrook has taken the contract for drawing the lumber for Sanford from Turner’s lot not far from Turnerville.
Robbie Bown [sic] a lad with F. Collins while splitting wood accidentally split off a portion of his finger.
The public are coming to know where to go to secure first-class wagons – those made upon honor, Carlos Collins, Esq. has just finished one for Daniel Tucker a fine three spring business wagon, thoroughly ironed. The wood work is by A.H. Fox and done upon honor and the painting by Charles Robinson in his best style. The gear is painted a sort of maroon or lake, the frame black panels green striped with crimson and yellow and makes an exceedingly strong appearance. If there are others who are in want of such vehicles Mr. Collins will not refuse to accommodate them. Give him a call by all means.
Carlos Collins has in his employ several men with their teams removing stones and subduing a lot that will be a profitable investment making a fine spot for a garden.
Frank Collins is continually adding to his stock of goods and by close application to business and attention to customers is building up a good trade.

775. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: South Coventry.
The Ladies Aid Society met with Mrs. Aaron Hutchinson on Thursday afternoon. An early tea was served to accommodate some who wished to return early and a fine time enjoyed by all.
Dr. Barrows and wife of Hartford are at present the guests of Mrs. Preston. The Dr. having been very ill is seeking rest and retirement in the quiet of this old home of his wife, the Calvin Manning homestead.
Mr. H.W. Nason spent a couple of days last week in New York on business.
Rev. Dodge is having the old Catholic Church converted into tenements and painted a pea green with olive trimmings, a decided change in the exterior of the building certainly.
The customers of Miss Jennie Fuller, dressmaker, have missed her presence at her rooms in this village she having been in attendance upon her mother who has recently died from the effects of a cancer in the stomach. Miss Fuller has the sympathy of all her friends in her bereavement.
Thomas E. Porter of N.Y., a former resident of this place is lending valuable assistance to the Andover Library in donating a large collection of books and repeating the act a number of times.
Horace Newell who recently sustained injuries while at work in his barn is still unable to work and his friends last Thursday turned out and gave him a lift by work on his place.
William C. Latimer is building a new barn on West Street and John Franklin bosses the job.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fitch of Ill., are at Mrs. Spaulding’s still; Mr. Fitch being in very poor health he having removed from Willimantic some ten years since for the benefit of his health, but it seems a permanent cure was not effected.
Mr. Howard’s house on South street was occupied by its owner a few days he having spent the winter in Hartford, and recently has been subjected to a spring cleaning same as other residences, and which all gentlemen so well understand.
Several residences are being treated to new coats by their owners, conspicuous among them being that of H.W. Mason [sic] being painted a beautiful tint of brown with cream trimmings and when the blinds are added those being seal brown the effect will be very fine – the central village looks very prettily its residences all being of different colors – the velvety lawns and neatly kept street.
The determination of the case of W.F. Sweet Administrator of Estate of Stutely M. Sweet – vs-the N.Y. & N.E.R.R. Co. in the manner that it was, was a matter of much surprise to the people in this vicinity. After all that has been said regarding the dangerous location of the Willimantic depot in consequence of the switching of trains in front thereof, and which has been urged as a strong reason for a different location of the same, and with the many narrow escapes that have occurred there; upon the killing of Mr. Sweet and the bringing of this suit, it was generally believed that an opportunity would be given to the courts to officially declare that the place is unsafe for passenger travel, requiring the company to make such recompense for the loss of life as a matter of dollars is able to do. But as it is the public are virtually told by the court one of two things; either that human life is placed at a low value, or else that the traveling public on approaching that death trap are supposed to take their lives in their own hands, or in other words carry the risks themselves. The integrity of the bench of this state is supposed to be above suspicion or it might be presumed that some unseen but powerful railroad influence was sitting behind the throne.

776. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Mount Hope.
Bright and beautiful was the afternoon of Friday the 18th inst. at which time a pleasant, happy company numbering about thirty persons, were assembled at the residence of L.H. Hooker, Esq., to witness the marriage of his highly esteemed and estimable daughter, Miss Adele M., to Mr. William S. Ford, of Brooklyn, N.Y. The nuptial knot was tied by Rev. C.N. Nichols of Warrenville, and after the offering of happy congratulations, a bountiful repast was served to the guests. The bridal presents were beautiful, showing the high esteem in which the parties were held. At half-past three o’clock the happy couple went on their way rejoicing amid showers of blessings and benedictions from many friends whose best and kindest wishes follow the bride and groom to their pleasant and delightful home. May their pathway be strewn with the sweetest flowers even down to life’s golden sunset.

777. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Mansfield.
Mr. William Warren died at his residence Thursday of last week from injuries received by the running away of a pair of cattle, an account of which was published in the Chronicle. His injuries were wholy internal and for a few days hopes were entertained of his recovery, but lockjaw set in and he died as above stated at the age of thirty-eight years. He leaves a wife and daughter who will keenly feel the loss of a good husband and kind father. The funeral services were held at the Congregational church conducted by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Beach, and his remains were interred in the Storrs cemetery.
It is reported that Mr. Charles Campbell and family will board during the summer months at the fashionable summer resort kept by Albert Storrs, Esq., at Spring Hill. Good water, pure air and pleasant scenery coupled with good board makes this a desirable place for lovers of rural scenery.
Mr. C.A. Gurley of Polaski N.Y., has arrived in town and the indications are that he intends to spend the remainder of his days here which we hope may be many. He owns a farm at Spring Hill and has purchased another pleasantly situated further up the avenue and being possessed of means will undoubtedly make many improvements on both farms. We welcome all such generous hearted and enterprising men to our midst.
This is the week for farmers to plant their corn and large quantities should be put in. have the ground well plowed, sow both ways and let the horse do the hoeing. Rightly managed corn can be raised for one-half the cost of western corn.

778. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Scotland.
Rev. J.H. Kopf preached at the Congregational church last Sunday.
Mrs. Dr. Barstow and son are spending a few days at Mr. Anthony Parkhurst’s.
H.M. Morgan has moved to the Hoxie house in the village.
The personal property belonging to the estate of the late Samuel Hoxie was sold at auction last Friday.
The real estate to this village, belonging to the heirs of the late James Burnett is offered for sale.
Frank Willis, now living in Willimantic, expects soon to occupy his house on Pinch street.
Jared Fuller’s horse recently pulled down the post to which he was hitched, and in wandering about the barn, fell through a floor and received serious, if not fatal injuries.

779. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Married.
Miller – Edwards – In Chaplin, by Rev. Francis Williams, William V. Miller and Miss Mira L. Edwards, all of Chaplin.
Ford – Hooker – In Mansfield (Mt. Hope), May 18th, by the Rev. C.N. Nichols of Warrenville Mr. Wm. S. Ford of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Miss Addie M., daughter of L.H. Hooker, Esq. of Mansfield.

780. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Died.
Inghram – In North Windham, Jerusha Inghram, aged 93 years.
Warren – In Mansfield, May 18th, Wm. Warren, aged 38 years.
Murphy – In Coventry, May 16, James Murphy, aged 85 years.
Sweeny – In Willimantic, May 19, Mary Sweeny, aged 72 years.

781. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Came on to the premises of the subscriber near the so-called Hop River school-house, in Columbia, on Sunday, May 20th, a Yearling Heifer which the owner can have by paying charges and taking away. S.W. Moseley.

782. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: At a court of probate holden at Windham, within and for the district of Windham on the 21st day of May, A.D. 1883. Present, John D. Wheeler, Esq., Judge. On motion of Kendrick Douglass, Executor on the testate estate of Sarah Ann Loomer late of Scotland within said district, deceased. This court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the 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 Scotland nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, John D. Wheeler, Judge.

783. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: At a court of probate, holden in Windham, within and for the district of Windham on the 19th day of May A.D. 1883. Present, John D. Wheeler, Esq., Judge. On motion of William F. Palmer, Executor on the testate estate of Oliver Crandall late of Scotland within said district deceased. This court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the 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 the pubic signpost in said town of Scotland, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, John D. Wheeler, Judge.

784. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Killourey Brothers, Furnishing Undertakers, Jackson St., Willimantic. Residence, Jackson St. Hearse and carriages in connection with the business, and supplied at reasonable prices.

785. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Mrs. Maria Treadwell of Stamford, state president of the Women’s Christian Temperance union, is visiting all the local unions, preparatory to a year’s absence in Europe.

786. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Soon after noon Friday Isaac Randolph, colored, the oldest prisoner confined in the state prison, died at the prison at the advanced age of 72 years. For a number of years past he had been paralyzed in the lower limbs, and was obliged to be lifted in and out of a roller chair, by which he was wont to propel himself about the prison halls.

787. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Charles Conarty and Thomas Reilly of Waterbury have been held $1,200 each for having assaulted Attorney Charles A. Colley, prosecuting liquor agent, a few nights ago. Both have gone to jail in default of bail. They confessed that they were hired by several liquor dealers to assault Colley.

788. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Yew Fun Tan, an adopted son of the late Dr. Leonard Bacon, now a senior in Yale, writes the New Haven Palladium a long letter reviewing the recent letter of Yan Phon Lee and the Springfield Republican’s editorial thereon. Mr. Lee took the ground, apropos of the returned Chinese students, that none of them could hold positions under the home government without sacrificing integrity and patriotism. Mr. Tan dissents firmly but courteously from this opinion.

789. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Conrad Betterling of New Britain, a German about thirty-two years of age, shot himself through the right temple at his boarding house Saturday, and died in an hour or two. He was a jeweler and had been in the employ of P. & F. Corbin. Some time ago he went to Cincinnati and engaged in business but took to gambling, lost what money he had and came back to New Britain. He had been very despondent of late and threatened to kill himself if he could not stop gambling.

790. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Henry Kirke White of New York, whose straw goods factory is in Stamford, has failed. Creditors say that his actual liabilities are about $150,000, and his actual assets $10,000. This is the exclusive of his commission account of about $40,000, which the creditors think will take care of itself. His paper went to protest on May 5th, and a few days later Samuel Shethar obtained an attachment against him for $4,500 on a past due note. He has only about eight creditors, and their claims range from $15,000 to $45,000. His factory is still running, and he hopes to make arrangements to continue business. Rumors current that the failure was caused by a defalcation of old date, said to amount to from $60,000 to $70,000, were positively denied by the principal creditors.

791. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The Hartford Bar Association met Friday to consider the cases of Mr. Eberle, who had conducted a divorce case recently in behalf of Mr. Weisander, while under pay as Mrs. Weisander’s counsel, and of Mr. Richard McCloud, who is charged with misusing some $2,000 of his client’s funds. Eberle did not allow either party to see the contents of the affidavits which he introduced to secure the divorce, and deceived his client in several ways. He was suspended for a year. McCloud was suspended during the pleasure of the court.

792. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The pointer dog owned by Dr. Martin of Bridgeport, that won the championship and a special prize on Tuesday at the New York dog show, also took the special prize at the show on Thursday, being the handsomest and finest dog in the exhibition. He was immediately sold for $350.

793. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: A respectable looking woman was detected stealing expensive handkerchiefs in the dry good store of H. O’Neill & Co., on Sixth Avenue, New York, Friday afternoon. In the Jefferson Market police court she gave the name of Jenny Chase, and said she lived in Norwich, Conn. She told Justice Duffy that the devil must have tempted her to steal. She was held for examination.

794. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Isaac Palmer’s horse backed, with a wagon, off an embankment and on the railroad track at Branford. The horse’s neck was broken and a railroad train smashed the wagon into fragments.

795. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Judge Hovey was compelled to adjourn the superior court at Norwich on Friday because one of the jurors being a Seven Day Baptist could not conscientiously sit in the panel on Saturday.

796. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: Upon the application of Tilton E. Doolittle and Jared A. Redfield, receivers of the Townsend bank, Judge Beardsley has extended the time for all creditors to present their claims to July 1. After that time all claims will be barred.

797. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: William H. Wildman of Bridgeport has been arrested on charge of O.K. Tomlinson for the alleged embezzlement of $15,000. Bonds of $5,000 are given.

798. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: At Norwich on Saturday John Ryan, of Lisbon, the assailant of the Rev. Hugh Montgomery was fined $30 and costs and took an appeal. Mr. Montgomery was prosecuted on a charge of breach of the peace and discharged.

799. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: John Wisely of New Haven was Thursday sentenced to jail for four months for beating his wife. He had pounded her so severely that Dr. Reilly of Cedar street had found on her three scalp wounds about an inch long. Mrs. Wisely acknowledged in court that she had begun active hostilities by throwing a cup of hot tea in her husband’s face; but he retaliated fiercely knocking her down and beating her furiously.

800. TWC Wed May 23, 1883: The Granite State Disaster. The Steamer burned to the water’s edge at Goodspeed’s landing on the Connecticut River – two lives lost and all her freight destroyed – her fortunate nearness to the wharf prevents a dreadful calamity. The steamer Granite State, which runs between Hartford and New York, was totally destroyed by fire about 5 o’clock Friday morning while approaching her wharf at Goodspeed’s Landing, forty-one miles below Hartford, on her way to that city. Two persons lost their lives, nine horses were burned to death, and the cargo mostly freight billed for Hartford is a total loss.
The Discovery of the Fire. The discovery of the boat being on fire was due to a passenger, whose name cannot be ascertained. At about 4 o’clock he detected the odor of burning wood work and at once notified a deck hand of the fact. The latter said that the odor was probably due to the fires which were being kindled in the cook’s galley. Not satisfied with this the passenger went forward and found that one of the hanging kerosene lamps in the main stairway had ignited the wood work, which was blazing rapidly. Captain Dibble and Clark Silloway were notified and decided at once to run the steamer for Goodspeed’s.
The Fatalities. Had the disaster occurred between any two landings in the river or in the sound the loss of life would doubtless have been terrible. As it was, the fatalities were not over two in number, probably. The full list of passengers was not saved, but those known to have been lost are Mrs. Clifford L. Main of New Haven, aged twenty years, and the colored second cook named Jackson of Springfield.
A Bride of a Day Drowned. Mr. Main, husband of the young lady who was drowned, is a young man of about twenty-five years. On Wednesday night he was married to Miss Ida B. Mead of New Haven, and was on his wedding tour. He had been to New York and was going to Hartford to visit relatives there. Mr. Main describing the accident says: “My wife and I occupied stateroom No. 50 on the port side of the steamer, well forward. We retired about 10 o’clock, and as near as I can now judge, I was awakened at about 4 o’clock by the presence of smoke in the stateroom. I jumped out of the berth and threw open the window, but the smoke poured in and nearly overpowered me. I told my wife to get up and we partially dressed ourselves. Then together we went into the saloon of the boat. The smoke was terribly oppressive, but we were able to grope our way out to the forward deck. By this time the boat had swung around into the stream, and I saw that our only safety was in jumping overboard. Together we took the leap, and after sinking beneath the water I seized my wife in my arms. We sank together three times, as I arose to the surface the last time my head struck a piece of timber and I lost hold of my wife. I am unable to swim. Seizing the timber, which proved to be a paddle wheel blade, I climbed into the wheel, and after the boat had floated a considerable distance down the stream, I was taken off in a small boat and brought to the shore. My wife I did not see after I lost hold of her.”
Soon after two o’clock Friday afternoon the body of Mrs. Main was recovered by the men who were dragging the river. It was found a short distance below the steamboat wharf.

801. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: About Town.
The Episcopalians will soon erect a parsonage on a lot near their church.
Rev. J.L. Barlow will preach at North Windham next Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
Henry C. Nash of New Haven has bought the Sanderson house and will take possession June 1.
W.H. Burlingham is laying the foundation for a house on the lot recently purchased by him at the corner of Turner and Prospect streets.
It is reported, we are sorry to say, that Mrs. H.F. North will not make her residence here this summer, and that her place on east Main street is for sale.
The old blacksmith shop on Church street owned by Warren Atwood together with the tools therein are offered for rental. Enquire of the owner. A good opportunity for somebody.
The grading of the lot on which will stand Hyde Kingsley’s fine residence, is nearly completed and the foundation finished. It will be ornamented with handsome brown stone trimmings.

802. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The Rev. Mr. Hallam formerly of this place and now residing at Stonington officiated at the Episcopal church last Sunday in the absence of Rev. Mr. Wells who was called out of town on business.

803. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: S.C. Davis is prepared to execute all orders of any description of concrete work at short notice. He claims to lay the best concrete walks in the world and his work about the village will verify the assertion.

804. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Mrs. Marion Malkin and daughter Nellie returned from Europe last Friday whither Miss Malkin went last autumn to pursue a musical course. The atmosphere was detrimental to her health and she was on that account obliged to return.

805. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Elias P. Brown, who it will be remembered met with a severe accident by falling on the ice last winter, which was thought at the time would result fatally is able to ride out. He came down to the post office with Frank Bennett, Wednesday.

806. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Rev. T.W. Broderick of St. Mary’s church New London son of Edward Broderick of this place is now reported as the probable successor of the late Dr. Carmody in New Britain. This is regarded as one of the most important pastorates in the state.

807. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: D.G. Lawson returned last night from a seven months business trip through Kentucky and Mississippi having been very successful. He will take passage on the steamer Anchoria from New York June 30th for his home, Glasgow, Scotland where he will remain during the summer.

808. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: John H. Moulton has retired from the charge of the meat department of the Linen company’s corporation store and Courtland Babcock goes out of the grocery department. Geo. H. Purington who is one of the most capable businessmen, in this section, will hereafter have charge of the whole.

809. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: This village was favored with a genuine hail storm Tuesday afternoon which lasted about five minutes. The hail stones some about a fourth of an inch in diameter came down thick and fast and all the time the sun shone brightly. This is surely a notable spring, it seems to be a little “off” in many things.

810. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The selectmen have received information that Robert Ingliss, the unfortunate victim of the recent railroad smash-up near Robert Brown’s and who was sent to the Hartford hospital, will recover and retain the use of one leg. He has had a desperate tussle with the grim monster but an iron constitution pulled him through.

811. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Following is the record of some of the highest scores made my members of company E at 100 yards distance during their target practice last Wednesday: Lieut. Ashton, 20; Serg. Reed, 19; Serg. Crawford, 19; Corpl. Murphy, 19; Corpl. Sheedy, 15; Private Rollick, 22; Sugure, 20; Edmonds, 17; McCarthy, 17; Ronan, 17; J. Morrison, 16.

812. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Rev. Father Quinn delivered a lecture for the benefit of St. Joseph’s Temperance society in the basement of the Catholic church last Sunday evening, and some special music for the occasion was furnished by the church choir. Thirty-seven persons added their names to the society’s roll. Next Sunday permanent officers will be elected.

813. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The Forepaugh circus passed through this place Sunday over the Northern road in three trains on its way to Boston. It attracted a large crowd to the depot who eagerly took in the wonders of the whole show. Near the cemetery a car containing elephants was derailed and this necessitated the unloading of the monsters which afforded satisfaction for a number of sight-seers.

814. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The Sexton house at the western extremity of Valley street which was put up at auction Saturday afternoon by the borough was struck off to James E. Hayden for $290 and the stone about the premises for $10 more. Mr. H. will remove it to a lot owned by him for rental. There is more need for an extension of Valley street at the east end which has already been voted but it was probable that there’s not “influence” enough in that direction.

815. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The Willimantic Reform Society in Mission Hall last Sunday, was ably addressed by Messrs Lewis, Pember, Thompson, Fox and Smith, Miss Fitch and Miss Case. The importance of both moral and legal suasion were presented by some of the speakers while others presented in a lucid manner the evil of tobacco using and especially of cigarettes which are being so largely used by the boys who thus lay the foundation of disease in their moral and physical make up.

816. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The largest and finest haul of trout which has graced the basket of fishermen from this section in many years was exhibited by Dr. Houghton and E.A. Damon last Tuesday. There were seventy-five in number and some of them weighed half a pound a piece. At first we were inclined to believe that it was one of those fish stories, but have been convinced that truth is on the fishermen’s side this time. They keep the fishing grounds a profound secret for future use. Another notable string of speckled beauties numbering fifty was caught by John Culver the other day.

817. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: It seems that we were mistaken last week in saying that the Linen company were to run but two-thirds time, they have since decided to stop but one day each week. Our information was received directly form the company’s headquarters and at that time it was generally understood that the mills would be idle two days each week. The change was probably decided upon from the fact it would be impossible to retain their help on such short time with uncertainty as to the future. We are told that a number gave notice to quit work last week. It is hinted that this state of things may bring about a new deal in the management of that concern.

818. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The numerous friends of the gentleman named below will be interested in this extract from the Stonington Mirror. "Mr. Eugene Atwood sailed last Saturday on the steamer Baltic for a three month'’ tour through Europe. Prior to his departure a complimentary dinner was given at the Astor house. Among the guests were A.S. Headden and William O. Atwood of Tariffville, Conn., Chas. T. Simes, Chas. Scott and Alex. P. Mend of New York, Chas. S. Hull, Hadlia A. Hull, William Gilberts, Nathaniel Hancox and J.S. Anderson of Stonington. When the steamer left the dock, Eugene stood on the poop deck loaded with bouquets and surrounded by a crowd of fellow passengers. The heartfelt wishes of his many friends for a pleasant and prosperous trip will follow him to the old world.”

819. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: A very pleasant and quite remarkable little incident attended Rev. Mr. Holman’s recent visit to his former parish in Fort Edward, N.Y. Mr. Holman removed from that place 16 years ago, and has never been back until last week. The day before his arrival a lady living in the house he formerly occupied found in the garden under one of the windows, a thimble with a name engraved upon it which she did not recognize as belonging to any one in the place. On enquiry she learned that Mr. Holman had lived in the house 16 years before, and it was thought that the name might have been his wife’s before marriage. Learning that he was expected in the place the next Sunday she brought the thimble to him when, sure enough it proved to be Mrs. Holman’s thimble, buried for 16 years and found in that singular manner, as perfect as the day it was missed.

820. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The following, a piece of Wallingford news contains a hint to the people of this village. “An effort is being made to induce the Standard pipe company of Boston to locate here. A committee is at work investigating the company, which if sound satisfactory, will be offered inducements sufficient to bring it here.” Why was it that the Atwood machine company ever went away from here? Why was it that the Willimantic silk company went away from here? Because the inducements of other localities were more advantageous to them. Willimantic ought to have made an attempt to persuade their remain. And inducements should be held by our village and efforts made to persuade other enterprises to locate here. The more numerous the small enterprises the more independent a town is.

821. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The school meeting in the first district Tuesday evening called for the purpose of considering the question of building anew school house was attended by about fifty voters in that district. A committee appointed some time since to confer with the second district about a more equal division or consolidation of the two districts reported that this district opposed any change from the present condition. The advisability of erecting a new house was discussed at length and a vote was taken on the matter which was in the negative 27 to 23. The present structure in that district is altogether a rickety affair almost wholly unsuited to the wants of the school, and is insufficient in size and inconvenient in arrangement. There should be a new school building in place of the old one without delay and one that be a credit to the district. There should be a revision of the district lines.

822. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: A notable wedding took place at the Catholic church last Tuesday at the morning service. It was the marriage of Miss Nellie Gavigan to Mr. Edward Grimes. The ceremony occurred at 8 o’clock and was solemnized by Rev. Fl. DeBruycker who performed it in a very felicitous manner and at its conclusion gave the bridal pair admonitory advice and congratulated them on the happy event. Miss Emma Lancaster of Hartford acted as bridesmaid and Mr. Robert Carney appeared in the capacity of groomsman. The bride was neatly dressed in a suit of brown silk and the bridesmaid was attired in a similar color of rich material. The gentlemen wore the regulation costume of black. A congregation of about five hundred gathered to witness the ceremony and remained while the bridal party passed down the centre aisle and took a hack for departure. Both have been life long residents of this village and have a very extensive circle of friends and acquaintances who hold them in the highest esteem. The same day they started on a wedding tour to New York, and will immediately upon their return enter into a cozy home on Bassett park and assume the duties of housekeeping. They have the sincere wishes of their friends for a long life of happiness and prosperity.

823. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Memorial day in this village and vicinity was appropriately observed under the auspices of Francis S. Long Post G.A.R. yesterday. A detachment of veterans accompanied by a wagon load of militia in the morning visited the Windham cemetery and decorated the graves of the soldier dead then they proceeded to North Windham and repeated the ceremony and from thence went to the Mansfield Centre graveyard. The afternoon exercises in this village were in keeping with the occasion. Throughout the day the democratic flag was stretched from its poles across the street, and bunting was exhibited in many other parts of the village. The procession was formed on Meadow St. at 2 o’clock in the following order: South Windham band, companies E and K, veterans, children, and other societies. It marched down Valley street to Church to Main and up Main to the cemetery. A large concourse of people assembled to witness the exercises. At the muffled roll of the drum floral tributes were silently placed on each fallen soldier’s grave. Then came singing by the glee club, which was followed by an eloquent and able address from Henry L. Hall which was the principal feature of the day. The poem by H.L. Soper of Windsor was listened to with interest and well received. The glee club added greatly to the interest of the occasion. Lemuel Warner was chief marshal and John Leonard assistant.

824. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Mansfield Centre.
Widow Bundy’s house at Gurleyville which has been closed during the winter, has been broken into by some unknown party or parties.
Charles Clark of Gurleyville has rented the grist and saw-mill at that place for a year of Mr. Daggett the proprietor. He will keep on hand a supply of grain and feed for customers. Mr. Daggett will engage in the manufacture of carriages and wagons.
Evans Parish who has been sick through the winter is recovering. Dr. Marsh attends him.
Dr. Sumner repeated his temperance lecture and recited his poem at the Centre church Sunday afternoon. The young people were pleased with the poem.
Domine Glidden is vacating away down in Maine. Rev. E.p. Armstrong supplies in his absence.

825. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Eagleville.
It is rumored that P. Beauregard has exchanged his valuable building lot two miles east of this place for other property.

826. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Scotland.
Mr. and Mrs. Freeman of Hartford have been spending a few days at Mrs. Hovey’s.
Mr. Egbert Bass had the end of one of his fingers bitten off by a pig while he was putting jewels in its nose. [sic]
Mr. Jared Fuller’s horse died Sunday with the pink-eye. Quite a loss for Mr. Fuller.
John H. Barber’s horse broke his leg just above the ankle while running in the pasture Saturday. He had him killed. That makes the sixth horse that has died or been killed in town within a few months.
A.N. Clark has a Plymouth hen that sat on twenty-one eggs and hatched a brook of twenty chickens. Who comes next?
Mrs. Benjamin Webb of Hartford is at her father’s visiting.

827. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Brooklyn.
This village received a visit from burglars on Friday night, who entered some houses and attempted unsuccessfully to enter others. More than a hundred dollars was taken from John Palmer’s pocket-book which was in his pantaloons pocket. The contents of W.R. Thurber’s purse was also appropriated. At several other houses the door keys were turned by nippers, but bolts on the inside prevented entrance. The burglars after silently stealing, silently stole away, modestly avoiding any marks of attention and appreciation which the community would have been glad to bestow.

828. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Eastford.
Charles Sumner eldest son of A.C. and S.C. Sumner died on Saturday the 25th, after a long and painful illness. He was 23 years of age, a young man of exemplary character and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends in this community.
The health of O.M. Burnham still continues to be very precarious. It was fondly hoped that as warm weather approached there would be a change for the better but as yet the hope proves visionary. His malady seems to be of a pulmonary nature.
Rev. Jones of the Congregational church exchanged pulpits on Sunday with Rev. Williams of Chaplain [sic] who gave us one of his vigorous sermons as usual.
The monthly meeting of the Eastford Temperance organization met on Sunday evening in the chapel. Stirring speeches were made by Mr. Walker the president, Rev. Mr. Bessie, T.G. Huntington and others.
Editor Chronicle – We would like to call the attention of all lovers of nicely arranged flower gardens, to the home of J.K. O’Keefe Esq., of Eastford. It will well-pay for a drive of twenty miles to see what we saw last Sabbath morning. We halted in front of his yard hoping to see our esteemed friends Mr. and Mrs. O’Keeffe [sic] but concluded we were too early. However the flowers were out in all their splendor and we heartily unite with many others in saying, the ground lay-out, variety of plants, colors and general arrangement, cannot be surpassed in Windham county. It is splendid beyond description.

829. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Columbia.
School house in Pine street has been raised, and Goodwin the contractor will push the job with his usual energy.
Although the library building is a sure thing it progresses slowly as the work is done gratuitously and the season is so late that this work comes in collision with that of the farmers, but this afternoon there will be a beginning and we hope to see the building advance rapidly.
Leveritt Watrous saved some seed from the seed pod of his calla and planted them as an experiment resulting in the appearance of callas.
Howard W. Yeomans was confined to the house last week with throat trouble, this being the first time in five years that he had been absent from school.
Supt. Yeomans was at home over the Sabbath and in attendance upon Geo. W. Thompson who is in a very critical condition his life being despaired of by his friends.

830. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Lebanon.
Apple trees are in full blossom and for an “off year” give promise of an unusually large burden of fruit.
Cut worms, numerous and ravenous, are badly damaging the onion crop; some pieces having been utterly ruined.
At the present writing, the 27th, we are having a gentle drizzle-drozzle, which in addition to the much needed rain of last week, makes probable, if not actually insuring a good grass crop. Many of our farmers haven’t finished planting yet, the unusually cold weather and frosty mornings not having a very stimulating effect in that direction. A few fields however are up and show the rows plainly; notably one belonging to John Babcock – an early bird farmer near South Windham – is large enough to hoe.
Frank Brown of Exeter was arrested by Sheriff Peckham and brought before Justice Kingsley on Thursday last, charged with assault and battery upon Daniel E. Abell. The testimony was quite conflicting. Abell declared that the assault was unprovoked and in the highway; while Brown swore that Abell entered his mill, called him opprobrious names and on refusing to leave the premises when ordered to do so, sufficient force only was used to eject him. Justice Kingsley took some little time for deliberation and finally decided against Brown, imposing a fine of one dollar and costs, amounting in all to fifteen dollars, which was promptly paid.
Another “strange” and peculiar discovery was made a few mornings since by Mr. M.N. Scripter. This time, fortunately, the phenomenon was upon the earth instead of in the heavens and consequently where Chronicle correspondents might be permitted to investigate. As the above named person was passing along the highway he saw what at first appeared to be a large quantity of gunpowder spilled upon the ground. Further investigation however, revealed the fact that the shining particles supposed to be grains of powder were living insects and nothing more or less than snow-fleas. They were collected together in bunches varying in quantity from a half pint to several quarts filling the wheel ruts and depressions to the depth of several inches and occupying quite a space in the roadway. They remained thus in apparent convention for several hours, when suddenly with a hop-skip-and-a-jump they moved on, taking instinctively and naturally a northerly course in the direction of Mansfield.

831. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: David S. Husted, who is defendant in the action for $20,000 damages for slander now on trial at Bridgeport, will bring a similar suit against Alexander Mead, the plaintiff, claiming $35,000 damages.

832. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: While Henry Wood was driving a spirited pair of horses across the New York, New Haven and Hartford railroad track at Selleck’s crossing near Stamford, Thursday night, a Boston express train from New York struck his wagon, smashing the vehicle into splinters, killing the horses and injuring Wood so that he died an hour later. The train was nearly derailed. A step was torn from one of the drawing room cars, and a piece of flesh torn from one of the horses was plastered against a window.

833. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The sale of T.S. Cooper’s imported herd of jersey cattle in New York, closed Saturday. There were fifty-eight animals sold, bringing $69,695, or an average of over $1,200. A cow, “Felsina,” was bought by S.W. Robbins of Wethersfield for $975, and W.H Burr of Reding Ridge paid $1,525 for an animal. The highest price paid during the sale was $5,150, by S.M. Shoemaker of Baltimore, for a cow sired by “Pilot” and whose dam was “Primrose."

834. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Dr. I.A. Matnicheff, a native of Bulgaria a graduate of the Yale Seminary and of the New York Medical school, and a member of the Davenport church is to be ordained to the ministry, as a missionary, Sunday evening.

835. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Among the gentlemen who will deliver orations on Memorial day are Speaker Pine, at Stamford; Hon. John T. Wait, at Brooklyn, Conn.; Lynde Harrison of New Haven, and Hon. Lucius H. Fuller of Putnam will deliver an address at Woodstock.

836. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The Bicycling World of Boston calls Dan Canary one of the finest bicycle riders in the world and the Meriden Press Recorder says that Canary will be doing Leonati'’ spiral act in a week. Mr. Canary is now connected with the Cassino rink in Meriden.

837. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The outlook for profitable returns both in farming and grazing in this country has attracted much attention abroad and large amounts of English capital are being invested in western lands and ranches.

838. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The Hartford Times has fulfilled its promise to change its form from a four page to an eight page paper and now appear in the later more convenient and attractive form. The Times is one of those papers which owe their existence and prosperity to intrinsic merit and unquestionable ability and its chief charm is that it never fears to express its opinion with lasting vigor and plain language. Long may it wave.

839. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Died.
Robinson – In Canterbury, May 29th, J.A. Robinson aged 73 years.
Davis – In Willimantic, May 30th, Daniel M. Davis, aged 3 years.
Gates – In Lebanon, May 30th, Wm. P. Gates, aged 73 years.

840. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: W.R. Peckham, a young man, was arrested in Norwich Friday for stealing a horse, buggy and harness worth $350 from Oliver Reynold, a Norwich liveryman. He attempted to sell the rig in New London for $150.

841. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Engineer George H. Rose of New Haven, whose train killed a man last week at Stamford, was put under $1,000 bonds Thursday, the case to be heard Tuesday. It is charged that he neglected to blow the whistle before reaching the crossing.

842. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Fair Haven owners of oyster grounds were made happy Friday by learning that the war department had changed the direction of the New Haven dike so as to prevent the destruction of certain oyster beds. Some $100,000 worth of property is thus saved.

843. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Judge James A. Hovey’s wife died in Norwich Friday morning of Bright’s disease. She had been ailing for years. Her family and near relatives are now all dead. Her maiden name was Lavina B. Barber, and she was born in Suffield. She was 64 years old.

844. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Dr. McGiven of Waterbury is alleged to have accused Dr. Holmes of causing the death of a patient named M.F. Maber by neglect. The American says in concluding a report of interview on both sides: “The alleged claim of malpractice exists, so far as known only in the public imagination and all the individuals involved seem desirous of effecting an amicable settlement of the case.

845. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The widow of Jacob Cramer and the mother of Jennie Cramer of Malley trial celebrity appeared before the city tax collector of New Haven, Friday and asked the privilege of paying in installments the back taxes which have accumulated upon the house where she lives, all that remains of a once fair fortune. She said that she had lately found much difficulty living as she desired. Much that she depended upon for support had proved unsubstantial, and her petition for consideration she said, was based upon absolute need. The committee voted to recommend the granting of her request and she will begin in September next to pay $20 monthly. Interest will be abated.

846. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Lyman Russel, of Hebron died in that place Monday morning at the residence of Mrs. William H. Bill, after a short illness of typhoid fever. For nearly thirty years he has been a member of Mr. Bill’s family, a man so kind-hearted, so thoroughly honest and faithful in all of his dealings that he won the respect and esteem of all who knew him. His death in the prime of his useful life falls with crushing severity upon the family. For over a quarter of a century he has been a loved and trusted servant, and none better than his family can testify to true worth of this good man who "now rests from his labors." Funeral services at the residence of Mr. Bill, Wednesday at 2 p.m.

847. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Michael Kane, aged about 45 years, employed in Scully’s quarry, Groton, was killed Thursday evening. He was at work near a derrick a little before 6 o’clock, when the guy ropes gave way and the boom of the derrick fell, striking him on the head and crushing his skull.

848. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Patrick Ryan of Morris attempted a double murder a few days ago. While drunk he threatened to kill his wife. She ran to the parsonage; he followed with a loaded rifle and pistol. After she was safe in the house he tried to shoot Rev. Mr. Leonard. He was subsequently arrested.

849. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Rosa L. Pierce, of New Preston, aged 14, eloped about a month ago with Albert H. Giles, an 18 year old boy. They were married by a preacher in Providence, R.I. Now the girl is homeless. In a fit of jealousy her husband beat her, drove her from the house, and she has returned to New-Preston, but her people have cast her off. Before she eloped she was an inmate of the Industrial school at Middletown.

850. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: The story of Mary Higgins, the 8-year-old girl who said she was abducted from Waterbury by a colored man is not true. Inquiry of her father in Waterbury shows that she and her four brothers have been in St. Francis orphan asylum in New Haven for the past five or six weeks, the father paying $10 a month for their support, and Mary has not been home since she left Waterbury. She told her story again and again in minutest detail, and the sharpest and most rigid examinations did not confuse her.

851. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Two accidents occurred on the New York, New Haven and Hartford railroad Friday night. James Mulvey, a trackman while intent upon his work, was run over at Stratford by freight train No. 23, from the Harlem river, bound for New Haven. The evening Boston express killed James O’Harra [sic], a well-to-do farmer, near Springfield. He stood upon the track, facing the train, as though courting death. Engineer Benton blew his whistle repeatedly and shrilly, but the man would not move. The brakes were quickly applied, but the train rushed upon him and killed him instantly.

852. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Mrs. Mead, the mother of Mrs. Clifford L. Main, who was drowned by the burning of the Granite State, has received $344 from the New Haven Clock Shop Mutual Benefit association, of which the deceased was a member.

853. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: About 9:30 Sunday night, Fred Bromley residing in Preston, was shot dead on the bridge connecting the city with that town. Charles Whalley, who was driving upon the bridge, heard two shots and saw the flashes. Assistance was hastily summoned and Bromley was found laying prostrate moaning, with but one wound in the right side. He died in 10 minutes without uttering an articulate word. Subsequent examinations showed that the bullet entered between the fifth and sixth ribs, right side, passed diagonally through the breast and pierced the heart. Whalley saw no one else on the bridge. There is no reason to suspect suicide, nor any indication that the deed was done by his own hand. The affair is deeply involved in mystery.

854. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Andover.
The annual meeting of the Ladies Society was held at the Conference House last Thursday afternoon. Mrs. M.A. Yeomans was elected first directress and Mrs. D.J. Post second directress, Mrs. Gurley Phelps was elected secretary and treasurer. The next meeting of the society will be held at the house of Mrs. C.F. Johnson Thursday afternoon June 7th.
Mr. W.H. Mattison our new station agent is very polite and accommodating, and is much liked so far by all who have business to do with him.
Thomas E. Porter, Esq., of New York city, who has heretofore done so much for our library, has recently sent us the portraits of five of our most distinguished poets, all framed and ready to be hung in our Town Hall where our library is kept. Mr. Porter also has building at the Cheney Brothers shops in South Manchester, a very fine book case, which, when completed, he intends to present to our library. It is to be made of ash, in the very best style. And will take up the entire east end of the hall. It will be large enough to hold twelve hundred volumes.
Mr. E.H. Cook of our place is meeting with much success in bee culture. He began two years ago with three swarms into which he introduced Italian queens, and he now has nearly thirty swarms. His first swarm came out this year, May 16th. It is generally quite rare for the common black bees to swarm before June.
Mrs. Geo. Loomis and daughter Gertie from Kansas, are spending the summer in Conn. And are at present the guests of Mrs. G.F. Blackman.

855. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: D.C. Barrows, Dealer in Solid & Plated Sivlerware, Watches, Clocks and Jewelry. Repairing Done in the best manner and warranted.

856. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Shoes of a New Sort. About 150 prisoners in the Maryland penitentiary are engaged in the manufacture of merino shoes. The merino shoe I made of coarse wool from South America. It is put through the usual processes of cleaning and carding at the penitentiary, and is then steamed, hardened and made into a tough, pliable cloth about twice the thickness of ordinary shoe leather, and in general appearance not unlike the upper in arctic overshoes. The soles are made in the same way, of the same material, but are harder and heavier. The shoes are not impervious to water, but are intended for use principally in the dry, cold climates of the North. It is stated that, no matte how low the temperature, the feet will never get cold when encased in these shoes. The shoes are shipped principally to the North and Northwest, where they are used in the lumber camps.

857. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Hanging is fast losing its terrors. Gallows oratory has now become so popular at the South that an execution without a speech from the victim may soon be regarded as an imperfect and disappointing performance. The other day, in Texas, a colored man addressed a crowd of two thousand people from the scaffold for more than two hours. Last Friday, John C. Jones, who was hanged at Lexington, in Georgia, recognized the prevailing custom, and felt it due to the audience that he should apologize for being unable to give them a first-class speech.

858. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: South Coventry.
Several parties at the lake last week Thursday were very successful in catching large suckers some of them weighing nearly four pounds.
Dr. Barrows and company who have been rusticating here for a few weeks are intending to return to Hartford this week where the Dr. hopes to be able to resume the care of his patients.
Mrs. Alanson Washburn has a lovely bed of all varieties of bright hued tulips extending both sides of the walk the whole length of the garden and as this yard is situated on Main street it feasts the eyes of all that pass. The flowers from the bay window of the Methodist parsonage have been turned out on the lawn and later will be fine.
Hull and Sweet are making active preparations for an addition to their store, the excavating being completed and the part that is to be added being for the purpose of making room for meal and feed, as a lack of room has necessitated their keeping it away from the store, and was not as convenient for themselves or customers.
A lad at Barber’s mill while splitting some slab wood cut his hand an ugly gash between the two front fingers. Dr. Deane was called at once and dressed the wound.
There are one or two cases of diphtheria in the dyke village.
Miss Alice Mason occupies the position of organist in the Congregational Church made vacant by her sister Mrs. Hoxie.
Mrs. J.B. Carman is suffering from an attack of inflammatory rheumatism. In their store window is stored with other plants for three weeks a beautiful Lady Washington geranium about five feet in height with some thirty branches of buds and blossoms being the largest and most showy of any ever seen in this vicinity for a long time.
Mrs. Henry F. Dimock left New York in the steamer Cervia at the time appointed for sailing and duly arrived in Liverpool. Previous to her leaving she sent up for her garden thirty-three varieties of roses ready for enjoyment another season. Of the 120 shade trees set out on the roadside down Cross street adjoining Mr. Dimock’s land and also the opposite side we notice that about twenty of these as yet show no signs of life. We presume that they will be replaced and in time this will be one of South Coventry’s beautiful streets lined its entire length with shade trees.
The bank wall on the Tibbals farm has in places fallen in the ditch caused no doubt by the ditches being dug out too near their foundation for the repair of the road adjoining.
Mr. Marvin Curtis’ residence owned by John Brown has been painted by Coventry’s artist, Moore.

859. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: Mansfield.
G.H. Harris and son have built an addition to their corn and gristmill and the inside has been thoroughly remodeled. Belting now takes the place of the old fashioned cog wheel, and all is run on an improved plan. They operate three run of stones doing general custom work having one of the best bolts of flouring grain in the country. They manufacture a large quantity of bone and phosphate the chemical and commercial value of which is second to none in market.
Mr. A.P. Benner of Willimantic, agent for the white bronze monument company of Bridgeport has placed in the Gurley cemetery at the grave of Charles Richardson a beautiful monument manufactured at their works, of white zinc metal. This is the first of the kind ever erected in this town or county. It is beautiful in design and the material of which it is made is as indestructible as gold or silver, will not corrode, moss over or tarnish by time, and thus commends itself to those that have lost loved ones over whose remains they wish to erect a suitable monument of remembrance. By history we learn that a similar material was in use hundreds of years ago and has stood the test of time and the ever changing elements unimpaired. As a rule all things in time perish but the fine metals remain when marble and granite shall have mossed over, corroded and crumbled away. Mr. Benner has also placed in the same yard a head slab at the grave of Mrs. J.A. Reynolds made of the same material and in beauty of drapery and general appearance needs only to be seen to be admired. In point of economy considering the amount of work on these bronze monuments and head slabs they are much cheaper than stone or marble. Evidently in the near future, this kind of work is destined to take the place of the present unsightly mosscovered headstones and monuments now to be seen everywhere in our cemeteries.
Wednesday was decoration day and many fragrant flowers were strewn over the graves of fathers and loved brothers who met their deaths either in mortal strife or by sickness or disease incidental to army life.
Certain parties lately entered the grave yard near Harris mill and carried off the chains inclosing family yards and headstones have been defaced by scratching and writing on them. Those that would stoop so low as to do such things are at least a trifle below the brute. The value of the chains is but a trifle and if the sneak thief will put them back where he took them from, the writer will buy him all the chains he needs and bid him go hence and sin no more.

860. TWC Thurs May 31, 1883: South Windham.
A horse and buggy were found one day last week near the company ice house which had evidently been abandoned by some one. It was taken to Mr. Johnson’s stable and would have been advertised had not the owner been immediately discovered in another manner. On Monday Mr. Backus telegraph operator here, read a telegram as it flashed over the wire giving a description of a team stolen from Webster, Mass. Upon enquiry he found that the team found here answered to it and at once sent a telegram to the sender of the message which he read, who came and identified his property.
The American Wood Type Co. has dissolved partnership and the business is now carried on by Mr. Tubbs who purchased the interest of his partners.

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