fake $ 3 bills; the sewing machine seller capsizes; watch out for flammable decorations
December 22, 1843
The Belfast Bank teller informs us that counterfeit three dollar bills from Gardiner Bank, Maine, have appeared in town this week. This is Control Letter A, dated August 1, 1842, fuzzy in appearance and not as wide as the real note; the names of the officers, Samuel C. Grant, president, and Joseph Adams, cashier, appear to be written in the same hand. This counterfeit is a different plate from the three forgeries of Brunswick, Plymouth, Eastern, & c. Banks, which have been in circulation for two years.
December 18, 1863
The Old Folk Concert, as we will see from the notice in this article, will take place on the evening of the 23rd. It will be a revival of both old tunes and old costumes. The ladies pay a lot of attention to their antique dresses, it is learned, and will demonstrate to the audience that they would have looked as charming in the clothes of a hundred years ago, as the famous beauties of that time. . Let everyone go, have a nice evening and bring something for the needy.
December 20, 1883
A Singer sewing machine attendant named Brown capsized near Deer Island last week but was rescued after hanging onto the bottom of the boat for an hour. He tried to sell a machine to his rescuer.
Complaints are made regarding the large amount of English silver currency in circulation in this town and its surroundings. Some of our merchants think war should be declared against him as against the stuck.
December 17, 1903
The Belfast Savings Bank recently set up what might be called an accounting firm, although its use eliminates the need for keeping nine different books. It is a card register and provides an easy and convenient reference to many details of the bank’s activity. The case is both decorative and useful.
December 18, 1913
Words of warning. The Christmas holidays are coming soon. This is the season when nothing but happiness and good humor should prevail and it behooves us to be very careful that the dangers inherent in the celebration of Christmas are minimized, otherwise the day of happiness may become a day. of sadness because of a serious accident. fire. Letâs use caution and avoid carelessness in handling Christmas tree decorations. Make sure that no fragile decorations are used. Paper and cotton are generally used in the decoration scheme and, as you know, are very flammable. Many activities will be given in homes, schools, churches, bazaars and shops. Remember that light, flammable decorations make fires easy. Absolutely avoid their use. Do not use candles on a Christmas tree lined with cotton and paper; if electricity is used for the decorative effect, have the wiring done by a qualified electrician. Also make sure that the tree is securely attached so that children cannot pull on it when they are grabbing the presents. Do not throw away lighted cigars, cigarettes or matches carelessly. If trees must be lit, be sure children do not light or relight the candles. Frequently, clothing is set on fire when permitting. The tree will also burn when it is dry. Better no light than to run the risk.
Compiled from the archival holdings of Sharon Pietryka, Special and Reference Collections Librarian at the Belfast Free Library.
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