Tues Sep 9 1879: Local Items.
E.E. Burnham has been appointed prosecuting agent in place of G.H. Alford who has resigned.
Mr. S.H. Cole, proprietor of the National house has just put in the finest poole table in town. It is from the manufactory of J.E. Came & Co., Boston.
William Hollenbeck, whose arrest for abusing a horse owned by Geo. Parks we noticed last week, was tried before J.R. Arnold Esq. on Thursday, and fined $3 and costs.
2454. Tues Sep 9 1879: F.H. Shaffet of this village has taken the agency for Windham and Tolland counties for Morse's patent self-extinguishing street lamp, and is putting them in quite freely in this village in private laterns.
2455. Tues Sep 9 1879: The New Laundry in Hall's building opened business yesterday and took in a good assortment of work to begin with. It seems as if a laundry, properly conducted, might be made to pay in this village, and we hope to see it well patronized.
2456. Tues Sep 9 1879: Danielsonville is to have its third annual course of lectures this winter. The course will include such speakers as Mrs. Livermore, De Witt Talmage, John B. Gough, (if he can be had) and others. If Danielsonville can afford such a course of lectures, Willimantic ought not to take a back seat.
2457. Tues Sep 9 1879: Duprez & Bendict's minstrels are billed for Franklin hall, Sept. 15. This company is now being organized in this village. Mr.Chas H. Duprez, the manager expected to organize the company in Hartford this season, but concluded that Willimantic was a better place and therefore came here.
2458. Tues Sep 9 1879: The new telegraph line is making some hard feelings by setting its poles on private and public property wherever the workman please without asking leave of anybody. One prominent citizen of Windham told them that if they set a pole on his front, he would cut it down. Through Scotland the poles were set so as to interfere with the ditches in some cases and the people growl. Parties living on the line in this village are protesting against the disfigurement of their property by the bare poles of the company. At Danielsonville much opposition was encountered, but the line was worked through.
2459. Tues Sep 9 1879: Attention Veterans! All ex-soldiers, sailors and marines are earnestly requested to meet at Room No. 4 Bank building, on Thursday evening, Sept. 11th, at 8 o'clock sharp, for the purpose of organizing a battalion to attend in a body, the exercises at Hartford, Sept. 17th,--the occasion of the transfer of the "Battle Flags." It is desired that every town in this vicinity be represented at this meeting.
W.H.H. Bingham, 1st H.A.
J.B. Baldwin, 21st C.V.
Horace Winslow, 5th C.V.
S.A. Comins, 18th C.V.
D.A. Oneill, 7th C.V.
J.D. Willis, 1st Conn. Cav.
E.F. Reed, 25th C.V.
Wm. B. Avery, 21st C.V.
S.J. Miller, 1st H.A.
2460. Tues Sep 9 1879: The New Kaolin Mine. "The mine is on Daniel S. Palmer's farm, in Ledyard, Connecticut, about one mile from Stoddard's Ferry, on the Thames, and about four miles from Norwich. It embraces a hill, the summit of which, where the mine is now opened, is about two hundred feet above the sea level. Such mines are usually on hills, and kaolin is a Chinese term, denoting a high ridge, as the first mine of this China clay was discovered in that country on an eminence. This mine is struck from one to ten feet below the earth's surface, and is easily worked by pick and shovel. It is the only mine of true kaolin yet discovered in New England. Prof. Silliman, of Yale College, who made a careful assay of it, pronounced it of very rare quality and equal to anything of the kind in this country or in Europe. While there are similar and valuable mines in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Missouri, the analysis of this, in Connecticut, proves this to be of a superior character. At the mine the clay is now being washed, barreled and shipped to market. The washing is by a descent of about five hundred feet, in a narrow box with riffles, when the material is passed through a burr mill which insures the disintegration of the bundles of kaolinite, thus rendering the clay in the highest degree plastic. As it finally appears, when ready to barrel, to the eye, it resembles nice chalk. No bottom to the ledge or stratum has yet been reached, though the excavation has gone down full thirty feet."
2461. Tues Sep 9 1879: Andover Atoms.
Mr. Chester Norton has dug 39 Early Rose potatoes of unusual size from one hill. Mr. Norton has corn growing in his garden 11 feet high. He thinks he will have to buy a ladder to pick it.
A tin peddler's cart was upset last Saturday near the residence of Mr. D.M. Burnap. Damage $1.75
Miss Ada Hall who has filled the position of telegraph operator at Cranston is at home again.
The Northwest district held a school meeting last Wednesday evening and made choice of Henry Bailey for committee. The Northeast district made choice of Hon. George Gardner for committee.
Mr. William Prentice and family went to their home in Montreal last Thursday.
Mr. E. Hall has the finest calf in this town which he is raising.
Mrs. N.B. Remington is away in New Britain visiting friends. Her voice will be greatly missed from the Baptist choir in which she has sung so long.
The Baptists held a covenant meeting last Saturday evening led by Revs. Lovell and Morgan of this place.
Miss Josie Reynolds of Providence is visiting in town and is the guest of E. Hall.
Mrs. Fannie Woodworth has arrived home from a visit to her father in Montville.
Our people do not need to go out of town for the necessaries of life if Mr. Wm. N. Cleveland is selling groceries, dry goods, boots and shoes, fertilizers, farming tools, etc., at prices that ought to keep the money at home. Patronize home industries.
2462. Tues Sep 9 1879: Mansfield Mites.
Rev. A.J. Chaplin, our Baptist pastor has just returned from an enjoyable two weeks vacation at the White mountains, much improved in health. Mrs. Chaplin has been visiting friends at Morristown, N.J.
Born.--In Mansfield, Sept. 3, a daughter to Dr. and Mrs. E.P. Flint.
2463. Tues Sep 9 1879: Portland Points.
The public school began Sept. 1st, with the same teachers as last year except the principal, Mr. F.A. Lillie of East Hampton filling that position. Mr. Sumner is returned as principal in district No. 1, (Gildersleeves) and Geo. Lee is employed at Penfield Hill, in the school taught by Mr. Lillie last year.
Miss V.B. Jamieson of Middletown will be retained in the select school another year. The school opens Sept. 8th.
Mr. Joseph Hall died quite suddenly last Saturday (Aug. 30) after a lingering illness of several months.
2464. Tues Sep 9 1879: Scotland Squibs.
Mr. John P. Gager has raised the frame for a new house below the grist mill.
Mr. Charles Burnham lost a valuable horse last Friday by a disease resembling diphtheria.
The annual meeting in the Pinch street School district last Saturday evening resulted in the election of Egbert Bass, committee, and S.B. Sprague, clerk & treasurer.
Mrs. John Bass had a slight paralytic stroke last week.
Mr. Davis L. Martin and wife, of Belleville, New Jersey passed a few days in town last week visiting at Mr. Alfred Martin's. Davis is employed on the horse railroad between Newark and Belleville at good wages and is looking finely. It is some ten years since he left town with only his two hands to make his own way in the world, and by faithful, patient industry and strict integrity has won the confidence of his employers and all who know him.
Mr. J.L. Cady closed the season at Rocky Point and arrived home last week.
Mr. Amos Burnham has a new horse purchased of Messrs. Sprague & Shippee.
Mrssrs. Sprague & Shippee have about 60 head of cattle remaining unsold out of their drove.
2465. Tues Sep 9 1879: Village Hill Varieties.
A large number of friends attended the funeral of Miss Hattie Jordan of this place last Wednesday.
Mr. Charles Noyes and family with others have been spending a week at the shore.
Our school commenced yesterday, with Miss Sarah Kingsley as teacher. She is liked by all the children.
Mr. Ed. S. Hinkley commenced his fall term last Monday, with thirty scholars.
Miss Annie Baily of Willimantic attends, and may be seen daily driving her pony over to Liberty Hill.
2466. Tues Sep 9 1879: Middletown. It is not often we are called upon to chronicle so sad an accident as that which happened about 8 o'clock last week Monday evening, on the river, just above the railroad bridge. A party of four young people, Samuel Allison, Arthur Clark, Nellie Prior, and a Miss Saddler, all of Middletown, were out rowing in a boat so small that its load sank it almost to the edge. They came near the ferry boat to take its wave--a thing often done--when suddenly their boat capsized and all four persons were thrown into the water. Immediately Mr. Allison attempted to rescue Miss Saddler whom he succeeded in placing upon the bottom of the overturned boat. He next sought Miss Prior, was seized in her grasp and both went down never to rise again. Mr. Clark, who could not swim, kept above water for a time, but went down before assistance came to him. News of this accident quickly spread throughout the city, and very soon the river bank was thronged with people, many of whom remained all night, while every boat available was manned and engaged in dragging the river in search of the bodies. The body of Mr. Clark was the first found, but it was supposed to be that of Mr. Allison and taken to his home thus adding disappointment to the grief stricken parents. The morning came and still the dismal search continued while the anxious crowd thronged the bank. At 9 o'clock two cannon were brought and firing across the river began, hoping thereby to bring the bodies to the surface. Soon after this the body of Miss Prior was recovered and carefully taken to her home, from which she had gone a few hours previously a beautiful, joyful lass of sixteen, a great favorite of all who knew her. Renewed anxiety and earnestness was manifest in the continued search for the only remaining body--for him who had so nobly sacrificed his own life in attempting to save another. At half past ten the body of Allison was found very near the spot from which Miss Prior's had been taken. The heavy, sullen booming of the cannon which for nearly two hours had sounded like a funeral knell, now ceased, the throng dispersed, and the whole city was in deepest sympathy with the families so suddenly bereft of their loved ones.
2467. Tues Sep 9 1879: Died.
Palmer--In Chaplin, Sept. 6th, Harriet N. Palmer, aged 64.
Kinne--In South Coventry, Sept. 7th, Phebe P., Kinne, aged 68.