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' VOL. 1. AUGUSTA, ME., FRIDAY MORNING, JUNE 17, 1870. NO. 144.
lUrnukc Journal.
Published ou Water, loot of Court Street,
AUGUSTA. MAINE.
BY SPKAGIE, OWEN A NASH.
$ailj JttnnrljK Journal.
Is issued every morning, except Sundays.
Contains the latest news by telegraph and mail,
gives reports of the Markets, and has carefully pre
pared political and local articles, and a generous
amount of farming, home and miscellaneous read*
ng with a full compilation of State news.
Terms, $7 per annum in advance; $S il payment
s not made within the year. Single copies i cents,
to be had at the bookstores and at this office.
Advertisements oue inch iu length, three In*
sertions or less. $1.00; 25 eta. for every subsequent
Insertion. Longer advertisements,'or those inserted
for any considerable length of time, will be inserted
at favorable terms to the advertiser.
Special Notices 25 per cent, additional.
Amusement Notices, $2 per square per week.
'aScchlg Jjcnncbct Journal,
Published every Wednesday morning,
I. the largcot tollo paper In the State, containing
news, political articled, agricultural anJ scientific
matter, tales, poetry, anecdote?, household recipes,
markets, Ac., Ac.
Terms $2 per annwn in advance
Transient Advertisements, $1.50 per inch for
first week; 25 cents per week for each subsequent
insertion.
Special Noticos, $2.00 per Inch for first week;
50 cents per week for each subsequent week.
Business Notioes, in reading columns, 20 cents
per liue for first insertion; 10 cent? per line for each
subsequent insertion.
All transient advertisements to be paid for in
advance.
RICHMOND PORTABLE RANGE
-A.VI>
Hanging Dome Furnace!
At WILLIAMSON A GRKKN'V OOP'S.
Cough Candy !
ITrEYDEXBCBti'M COUGH CANDY cures
>> COUGHS. COLDS WHOOPING COUGH and
all Throat troubles.
2 Doors south of Granite Block, Market Sq.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS,
Fancy O-oods, d?c., sold bv
ianl-lyt W. WENDESBURG.
PIANO TUNING.
rpiIE Subscriber would mfonn ttic
X citirens of Augusta and vicinity
that he will give perianal attention to
tuning Pianos. Orders left at his res
idence, 97 Winthrop Street, will receive promp
attention. M. t M1I.LIKBN,
febb-tf Teachek of Piano and ouga.n
Ilrewster’s Hotel,
SKOWHECAN, ME.
mills large and commodious Hotel it* situated at
X the head of the Fulls on the Kennebec river, in
the enterprising village of Skowhegau, the terminus
of the Portland A Kennebec R R.
This is one of the best arranged Hotel® for family
borders there is in the State, and a better place for
Summer resort, cannot be found in Maiue. The
be*t of water, beautiful drives on the banks of the
river, fishing and sailing ponds in the vicinity, trout
brooks, where you can catch an abundance of the
allotted brook trout any day in the year.
Prices *or permanent or transient boarding are
very low, 90 our customers can afford to come often
ana stay a good while..
We also have a large airy stable to board horses
for the guest* that wish to bring their team* with
them Also one of the best half-mile trotting parks
in the State, is connected with the House, free for
the guests to train their horse* or drive for pleasure.
tl7jan-tl 3. B. BKEWsTLlt, Proprietor.
Cutlery and Plated Ware!
A full assortment of
Table and racket Cutlery, Sei$tor§,
TE*t TK.I I*#, *r.
Also Plated Tea Sets. Ice Pitchers, Goblets,
Knives, Spoons, Fork.*- and Castors of
the be«t quality, at
PIERCE’S CROCKERY STORE,
No. IBS Water Street - - Auguila.
mayl-ttf_
Great Sale
-OF
HARDWARE
FOR TEN DAYS
AT COST !
AMOS WII.DKH,
123 Water Street.
flw-j uneO __
J. W. TOWARD, M. D.,
PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON.
AUGUSTA, Ml-:.
Residence on Green Street, opposite the Mctlio.
dint Church. -’"u
MARTEN'S PREMIUM COLORED
FIRE-WORKS,
Pyrotechnist for the City of Boston, July 4 th,
1802, *04, '05, '07, '08, '00, ‘70.
For sale by BENJ. T. WELLS, Solo Agent, No. 3
Han ley ft., corner of Milk st , Boston, to whom all
orders should he addressed. The trade supplied
on liberal terms.
Programmes furnished and contracts made for
public or private displays with rommittecs of cities,
towns, clubs, or private individuals.
Send for our catalogue, and ORDER Eari.V.
tjuncll-18 2J
BILLIARD TABLES
a MAMUrAOTURED I1T
J. E. CAME & CO.,
With PHELAN A COLLENDER’S STANDARD
AMERICAN CUSHIONS. These cushions have
proved superior to all others, and are used iu all
the principal hotels and club rooms HA the country,
and are the only cushions recognised by champion
billiard players.
Superior Second-hand Billiard Tables, suitable for
summer houses, for sale cheap. Also New England
Agents for the Hyatt Comp Billiard Balls.
j; E. CAME A CO.,
fim-juneS 114 Sudbury street, Boston.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT.
A FACT WORTH KXOWIXG.
TO THE PEOPLE OF AUGUSTA,
And all having business in Augusta please bear in mind that the place to buy
PURE AND RELIABLE
XDrugfS^ Medicines,
TOILET & FANCY ARTICLES,
And APOTHECARIES' GOODS generally is at '
FRANK KINSMAN’S DRUG STOKE,
He has spared no pains in selecting Goods of the purest to he found in the best markets
of the United States, and the same are offered to the public nt
WHOLESALE OR RETAIL., at "Prices Hint Oefj Competition.”
He also continues to make all odd change IN GOLD AND SILVER. His motto
Quick Sales, Small Profits, Pure and Reliable Goods!
In hot weather FRANK’S STORE is the coolest place in the city, and the Ice Cold Soda
drawn from the
Famous Non-corrosive Arctic Fountain
refreshes many weary souls. Temperance Devotees can drink and not violate their pledge.
THE COLDEST AND THE BEST ! THE COLDEST AND THE BEST
with rich an 1 delicious FRUIT SYRUPS.
Physicians’ Prescriptions carefully compounded from the purest Medicines at all
hours of the day and night.
REMEMBER THE NUMBER OF FRANK KINSMAN'S DRUG STORE,
No. 142 Water Street, : : Augusta, Maine.
JUi •• \JU.
■ (■ AftD • fc j
I VALISES l !
Trunks ! Trunks!
. ’ THE PLACE TO BUY
Proncli, Eugene, Sole IjeatBer,
• And all kinds of common
TRAVELLING TRUNKS!
Also, Ladies’aud Gent,' TRAVELLING A SHOPPING BAGS, is at
HAMILTON & TURNER’S,
133 Water Street.
The Right Place to bn v your HARNESSES, midget the celebrated DUNN HARNESS, is at
HAMILTON A TtTkAEK’S, 135 WATEK STREET.
The cheapest place to buy WHIPS, CURRYCOMBS, BRUSHES. BLANKETS, SURCINGLES, HAL
TERS, Ac., is at HAMILTON A TURNER’S,
135 WATER STREET.
HARNTSSES!
’For Business, Pleasure, Teaming, Trucking. Carling & Expressing.
Manufactured from GOOD OAK STOCK, and by the best ot workmen.
'Ve would remind the public that our II r.-uu.-s took all the premiums offered at the last state Fair—
four in number. Alao the lh>t premium at the late New England Fair.
As our customers are daily informed that our Harnesses are Machine Stitched—we would invite
them and the public generally to call and examine the largest stock of ready-made Harnesses ever of
fered in this city, and we will convince them that we make the be^t H AND STITCHED work to be had
for the same amount of money, and if we don’t have on hand what i* wanted, can make it at short
notice. Samples of Gold Gilt! Oroide -diver. Covered, and Japanned Trimmed Harness, may be seen at
our salesroom, NO. 172 MIDDLE STREET. HENRY DUNN & SON.
For 8ulc by
Hamilton tfc Turner,
135 WATER STREET, - - AUGUSTA, MAINE
tllfcb-tf OPPOSITE PEERING & HOLWAY’S.
BOS "W O B T ZEI
IIAVIXi UEHOVED TO
STORE NO. 174,
(2 Doors south of Bridge street,) which has been expressly fitted up for his business, where
will be found a VERY LARGE S TOCK of
SPRING WOOLLENS!
m
.Of* the Latest Fashions,
WHICH WILL BE CUT AND MADE UP TO ORDER IN THE
Very Latest Style.
ALSO, WILL BE FOUND
V
A LARCE STOCK OF
Ready Made Clothing,
[-AND
Gents’ Furnishing Goods
OF EVERY' DESCRIPTION.
R. T. BOS WORTH.
Augusta, Mur. 7th, 1870. f7m»r-tf
A New Era in Piano Fortes!
HAS now become an established fact, acknow
ledged by the best judges of music in all parts
of the country, that the
Mathushek Piano,
Is bound to take the lead for
Rich, Pure, and Powerful Tone!
Which speaks fnr itself in notes of triumph over all
others. The Reason of this Great Superiority
is apparent to ull who carefully examine the pecu
liar mechanism of these instruments in
The* Equalizing Sralf,
which distributes the tension of the strings upon
all parts of the frame, relieving the instrument from
concentrated strain in any one part, thus securing
much greater strength, durability, and power of
keeping in tune,
The Greater Length of Strings,
through all the treble and middle notes, the distri
bution of strings upon the
Linear Ilrldgt*,
which runs the whole length of the sounding board,
giving greatly
Increased Power of Vibration
: throughout its entire length, producing a purer
| tone and better accompaniment to the voice than
any other instrument.
All interested are invited to call on
1. C. IIOVEY,
At lOO Water Street, and examine for them
selves, where the above named instruments can be
seen and heard, and will be kept lor sale.
Also a lot of very fine, tone*!
VESTRY ORGANS & MELODEONS !
BEST IN THE COUNTRY.
109 Water St., I. C. HOVEY.
! tt9npr-lf
A Free Gift to All !
HI LL'§ liHKl JIATIC
PILLS. To Rheumatic,
Neuralgia and Gout subject**
a sample box of these Pills
will be given by F. W. Kins
man, Water St., Augusta, and
for sale by all Apothecaries at
25 cents per box; 5 boxes #1.
0. A. HILL, Proprietor
t2finiar-3rn PORTLAND, ME.
Edward Rowse,
124 WATER STREET
DEALER IN
Watches, Jewelry,
AND SILVER WARE !
Agent lor the
Waltham Wratoll Com])')’,
And LAZAKU9 A MOHjilS’
l*ei’t*ectecl Spectacles.
Sir Special attention paid to the repairing of all
kinds of
FINE WATCHES.
Ch ron om eter Ba In n ees
"IT**"! and accurately adjusted to temperature
position and isochrouisui.
TI.T1E TAKE < Bt TRANSIT.
*ljan70-tf
Great Reduction
-IN THE PRICES OF -
BOOTS* SHOES!
The subscriber, having a splendid stock of
iloots and Shoes
on hand, will sell the same at the
' VERY LOWEST CASH PRICES !
The stock consists of the usual variety kept in a
store of the kind.
LADIES' ami
OOTLEMEIS,
MISSES* and
CHILDREN'S
BOOTS and SHOES!
; Constantly receiving from the manufacturers, and
'■ will be sold chettp. cheaper than the Cheapest.
.T . II . I. O W ,
lOO IVATEn 8t., AiiKUStn, Me. i
N. 15. —Gentlemen’s Calf Boots one dollar less j
than at any other store. jmay27-3m
BATH HOTEL7
33y C. 3VT. • Plummer,
HATH. ME.
Hoard, - - $1 per Day.
tlljanly
CUSHNOC HOUSE.
Corner and
Winthrop State Sts.,
A vicrusta, Ale.
T. B. I ALLARD, i : Proprietor.
Guests ta'Ken to and from the Cars
and Boats Free.
HORSES AND CARRIAGES TO LET.
tljan7(J <nn_
O. C. WHITEHOUSE & CO.,
-DEALERS IN
Foreign and Domestic
DRY GOODS!
i
And Carpetings,
XO. 173 WATEll 8THEET,
AUGUSTA, Me.
o. C. Whitehouse, Daniel Whitehouse.
► tmay*24-tf__
James H. Leigh,
DEALER in
Foreign and Domestic
DRYGOODS
Also, Agent fob
Wheeler A Wilson's
Sowing niachlnos !
; TVKl.DLF.S and all Tools adapted to the Ma
| chines, constantly on hand.
| W ater St., Uallowell, Me.
I flaprtf
A. P. GOULD,
-DEALER IN' —
SSL vyh O XT icn fSm
WOOD & COAL FURNACES, ’
RKGINTERH, *Vo.
Particular attention paid t<> setting HOT AIK
FUKNACES. Also Agent for the new
PEERLESS COOKIXG STO I E,
\\T1JE SAMPLE COOK, and
l XIOX POPTAPLE PAXClE\
STOVE REPAJRS,
Pumps and Lead Pipe. Tin, Bnttannia,
and Toilet Ware.
49-TIN ROOFING, and all kinds of JOBBING
promptly attended to.
I Door Nortli of Railroad Bridge,
Water Street, Anguata.
janl8-t&w4L
• Wanted! ~
I1 A HM MBS and Hunters having prime MinK skins
on hand will iind a casli^ustonier at highest
market price by sending them to *. < • .
J. II. HELM A CO.,_
Arctic Refrigerators!
SANFORD’S PATEST.
Cull untl See Tlieiii.
.10.Vft'W.
May 1C. 18T0. . tlw
BALLARD & CHASE,
WHOLESALE AND KETAIL DEALERS IN
TIN,
BRITANNIA,
I’ltKSSKD and
JAPANNED 1VARE«,
1P0X WARE. GLASS If APE,
Table and r«eket Cutlery,
Sadirons, Brushes, P rooms, and a General Assort
ment of Kitchen Furnishing Goods.
GnOCERS’ CA]\rB,
Stove and Furnace Pipe,
GUTTERS, CONUrcTOliS, Ac., made to order,
and at the lowest rates.
44* Job Work promptly attended to.
0 UNION BLOCK, Water St., AUGUSTA,
May 20,1809. _
Portland & Kennebec Railroad.
Summer Arrangement, May 23, 1870.
ON and alter Monday, May 23«1, next, the Po,-*.
lain 1 and Kennebec Railroad < ompany wiil put
on an additional passenger train to leave Portland
for Augusta and intermediate -tations at 7.10, and
will be due at Augusta at 10 A. M.
Returning in the afternoon. Leaves Augusta at
3.15 and-connecting with ttfc • veiii ig express for
Boston, which leaves Portland at 0 1*. M and ar
rives m Boston at 10 P. M.
L. L. LINCOLN*. Superintendent.
nON’T With the stick)*, filthy
UUli I* dangerous flair Prepara
tions. but use IVatnre’a
Hair lleiitorntive,
which is perfectly clean
and transparent, and en
tirely free from fall dan
gerous drugs. It will
positively restore Gray
Hair, prevents the Hair
from falling«*ff, will cause
nr it to grow when prenui
D C Lively lost, removes dand
ruff apd keens the head
in a perfectly nealthv con
dition. Try* a bottle and
be satisfied' that it is the
greatest diacoverv of the
age. PROCTER BROS.,
Gloucester. Mass., Sole
Agents for the Patentee.
All Lin; Maine Druggists
POISONED havBaflll,;s{fcm
MOSES M. SWAN,
Watchmaker and Jeweller,
American and Swiss Watches.
in gold and silver case, including the celebrate.»
National or Elgin Watch, Waltham, Tremont, Boi
• min, Boiinett l’ardeaux, .Jacot, &e.t in both La
dies’ and gentlemen’s sizes.
Fiuo Gold «T owelry,
Solid Gold Leoniton
Vest and Neck Chains,
STERLING A COIN SILVER GOODS,
FINE PLATED WARE,
SPECTACLES AND EYE GLASSES,
of the most approved kinds.
CLOCKS OF ALL KINDS,
including the celebrated ITHACA CALENDAR
all of which will be sold at the
Lowest Prices, nnd Warranted.
Particular attention given to repairing all kinds o!
Fine Watches. Chronometer Balances applied and
adjusted to temperature and position. fljauTO-tf
HOUSE FOR SALE !
THE undcrsigucd will sell his
•A house on Lincoln Street, in
llallowell.
CHAS. L\ NASH*
J. M. Kimball & Co.,
303 A 304 Congress St., Portland, Me.
OLD REPOSITORY.
-ARE SELLING
TOP BUGGIES for *175 to *200
CARRYALLS from HO to 200
PHAETONS from 175 to 200
Concord Style Wagon, 100 to 150
JUMP SEATS, 175 to 200
t may 20-1 w
.Shooting Tackle.
n. w. LONG,
SUCCESSOR TO L. M. LELAND,
GTJIsr SMITH
And Dealer in
Shooting Tackle of Every Variety.
Rifles and Shot Guns made to order and war
ranted. Old Shot Guns rimmed out smooth and
niude to shoot thick and strong. Also, Ammunition
of the nicest quality.
, Repairing done Aratly and Promptly.
IlluMtlng Powder.
The best quality and largest stock ever kept in
this market. For sale at Factory prices. Country
Dealers supplied in any quantity or quality at dis
count. IJan-ly
GOVERNMENT OF MAINE, 1 870.
GOVERNOR,
Joshua L. Chamberlain, Brunswick
council. •
1st District, T 'ran us 0. Brackett, Berwick.
2*1 District, William Deering, Portland,
ad District, William Rogers, Bath.
4th District, Ambrose H. Abbot, China.
6th District, Edward H. Spear, Rockland.
6th District, Joseph W. Porter, Burlington.
7tli District, l>. K. Hobart, Dennysville.
executive officers.
Franklin M. Drew, Brunswick, Secre {ary of State.
George G. Stacy, Kesar Fails, Deputy Secretary.
H. M. Pishon, Vaasalboro’, Clerk.
1». B. Murray, Jr., Pembroke. Adjutant General.
Augusts L. Smith, Augusta Clerk to Adjutant General.
George N. Page, Nor^MPIwock, State Pension Clerk in
Adjutant General’s office.
William Caldwell, Augusta, State Treasurer.
Sylvauus Caldwell, Augusta, Treasurer’s Clerk.
Parker P. Burleigh, Linneus, Land Agent.
GOVE!'NOR’S >TAFF.
John M. Brown, Portland, Colonel, Assistant Inspector
General.
Eugene F. Sanger, >1. I)., Bangor, Colonel, Assistant Sur
geon General.
Jills-de-Camp, with rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Selden Connor, Thomas W. Hyde,
George Varney, Nathan Cutler.
Prentiss M. Fngler, Augusta, Messen’r to Gov. and Council.
Benjamin F. H arris, Machios, Supt. of Public Buildings
George L. Goodale, Brunswick, State Assayer.
Cyrus F. Brackett, Brunswick, State Assayer.
Daniel Winslow, Westbrook, Inspector Gen. of Beef k Pork.
David Fernald, Cuiuden, Inspector General of Fish.
Geo. F. Dillingham, Gldtown, Agt. Penobscot Tribe Indians.
Geo. F. Wadsworth, East port, Agt. Pasaamoqu’y Tribe In.
Albert W. Paine, Bangor, Insurance Examiner.
Asa W. Wildes, Skowhegan, i
Samuel II. Blake, Bangor, ;• Railroad Commissioners J
Solomon T. Corner, Portland, >
SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT.
John Appleton, Bangor, Chief Justice.
ASSOCIATE JUSTICES.
Edward Kent, Bangor.
Jonas Cutting, Bangor.
Jonathan G. Dickerson, Belfast J
Charles W. Walton, Portland.
William G. Barrows, Brunswick.
Charles Dauforth, Gardiner.
Rufus P. Tapiey, Saco.j
ATTORNEY GENERAL
Thomas B. Reed, Portland.
INSANE ASYLUM.
Henry M. Harlow, M. !>., Superintendent and Physician
Bigelow T. Sanborn, M. D., Assistant Physician.
trust
William B. Laphara, M. 1)., Woostock, President.
John T. Gilman. M. D., Portland.
Dr. M. R. Ludwig, Thotnaston.
I Hon. Geo. A. Frost, Spriugvale.
lion. A. G. Wakefield, Bangor.
STATE PRISON
Warren W. Rice, Warden.
El bridge Burton, Deputy Warden.
INSPECTOR#*.
William Wilson.
Hon. Rufus Prince.
STATE REFORM SCHOOL
; Hon. E. W. Woedbury, Superintendent,
TRUSTIES.
, Hon. Noah Woods. Bangor, President.
W. K. Gould, Portland, Secretary.
Hon. Nathan Dane. Alfred, Treasurer,
lion. Jeremy W. Porter, Stri ng.
Tobias Lord, Standish.
STATE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND THE MECHANIC ARTS
Trustees \
lion. Abner Coburn, Skowhegan, President.
Hon. Thomas S. Lang, Augusta.
Hon. William P Wingate, Bangor
Hon. Lyndon Oiik, Garland.
Rev. Samuel F. Dyke, Bath
J. C. Madigan, Iloulton.
lion. Isaiah Stetson, Bangor, Treasurer.
Samuel Johnson, A. M., Grono, Secretary.
Executive Committee.
Hon. Win. I*. W'ingate, Hon. Lyndon Oak, Hon. Thomas
S. Lang.
Examining Committee.
Joshua L. Chamberlain, I.L. D.; Rev. Amory Battles; Hon.
Thomas 8. Lang.
Faculty.
Merritt C. Fernald A. M., Acting President and Professor
of Mathematics and Physics.
Samuel Johnson, A. M., Farm Superintendent and In
struct** in Agriculture.
Stephen F Peck ham, A M., Professor of Chemistry.
Calvin Cutter, M. D., Lecturer on Anatomy, Physiology
ami Hygene
Corydon B. Lakin. Instructor in Book-keeping.
Captain Henry E. Sellers, Bangor, Instructor in Military
Tactics.
BGARD OF AGRICULTURE.
Samuel Wasson, Ellsworth, President.
D. H. Thing, Mt. Vernon, Vice President
8. L. Goodale, Saco, Secretary.
M. C. Fernald, Grono. \
S. P. Peckhanu Grono.
Charles E. llandeu, Waterville. J- Members at Large.
Cyrus F. Brackett, Brunswick. |
George L. Goodale, Brunswick. I
MEMBERS FROM COUNTIES.
Seth Scamman; for Cumberland County, Scarborough.
WiMcs P. Walker, Sagadahoc County, Topshom.
William Swett, Oxford County, South Paris.
Levi L. Lucas, Somerset County, St. Albans.
Ira Doe. York County, Saco.
Elijah B. Stack pole, Penobscot County. Kenduskeag.
Samuel Wasson, Hancock County, Ellsworth.
J. Varnufh Putnam, Aroostook County, Iloulton.
( Jeremiah R. Norton, Franklin County. Avon,
i Luther Cham)«eriain, Piscataquis County, Atkinson.
Moses L. Wilder, Washington County, Pembroke.
Isaac Hobbs, Knox County, South Hope.
Daniel II Thing Kennebec County, Mt. Vernon.
George E. Brackett, Waldo County, Belfast.
A. Gilbert, Androscoggin County, East Turner.
Calvin Chamberlain, (State Society,) Foxcroft.
John Bodge, Lincoln County, Jefferson.
COMMON SCHOOLS.
Warren Johnson, Topsham, State Superintendent.
| Joseph F. Dunning, Clerk of Superintendent, Portland.
COUNTY SUPERVISORS.
Androocoggin, C B. Stetson, Lewiston.
Aroostook, W. T. Sleeper, Sherman.
Cumberland, J. B. Webb, Gorham.
Franklin, A. II. Abbott, Farmington.
Hancock, W. II. Savary, Ellsworth.
Kennebec, W. 11. Bigelow. Clinton.
Knox, G. M. Hicks, Rockland.
Lincoln, D. S. (Hidden, Newcastle.
Oxford, N. T. True, Bethel.
Penobscot, S. A. Plummer, Dexter.
Piscataquis, W. S. Knowlton, Munson
Saga»lahi>c, D. F. Potter. Topshara.
Somerset, A. II. Eaton, N<>rridgewock
Waldo, N. A. Luce, Freedom,
Washington, W. J. Corthell, Calais.
I York, M. K. Mabry, Limerick.
MAINE EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION.
President, J. II. Hanson, Waterville.
Vice-president, C. C. Rounds, Farmington.
Secretary and Treasurer, C. B. Stetson, Lewiston.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
J. H. Hanson, Chairman, Waterville*
C. B. Stetsou, Lewistou.
A. P. Stone, Portland.
J. S. Barrell, Lewiston.
W. Johnson, To)»shain.
C. C. Rounds, Farmington.
J. P. Gross, Brunswick.
G. T. Fletcher, C'astiue.
J. B. Webb, Yarmouth.
STATE LIBRARY'.
JoMph T. W'oodward, Librarian.
(Talcs ayA j&hctcUcs. |
JOHN MKKRILLVS SECRET.
Among the heterogeneous crowd who.
were to be my shipmates in the Amphion,
1 was specially attracted to a slender youth
from one of the back counties ot New York
State, who signed Ids name on the papers
as John Merrill. He was nearly my own
age, I judged; and there was an air of
quiet refinement about him strikingly in
contrast with the rude, boisterous charac
ter of the majority of our associates.
These last were about an average of such
raw material as is recruited every day of
the week at the metropolis, and shipped
off to the whaling ports, to be manufac
tured into seamen.
John was, from the first, retired and un
communicative, though less so iu his inter
course with me than with any one else,
i He never referred to his antecedents,
I though 1 had given him my whole auto-,
niography before we had been a fortnight
it sea. And as 1 found him a sympathiz
inglistener whenever I wanted to let my
tongue mu on, I don't think I ever thought
of esteeming him the less for his reticence
as to his past life. J merely thought that he
Must have some good reason for wishing
to conceal his true history, anil was too
conscientious to invent a false one.
< )ne of John's eccentricities—I know not
what else to call it—was that he always
kept his sea-chest locked. This is unusual,
in a whaler’s forecastle, and always sub
jects the man doing it to unpleasant re
marks, as implying a want of confidence
in the honesty of his shipmates. It is
common to say of the man who does it,
hat “he is either a thief himself, or else
ihinks the rest of us are thieves.” But
John Merrill only blushed, without mak
ng any audible reply, when such cut
ling insinuations were thrown out, as they
cccasionally were in his hearing. They
■tail no effect whatever in producing any
change in his habits. Even I myself could
never get a peep at bis inventory. He was
generous, even to a fault, in respect to giv
ing or lending little matters; but he always
kept hi' chest in the darkest corner of our
little triangular quarters, and when he
look out or put in any thing-, was careful
never to leave it unlocked.
As concerned his duty, he did not ap
pear to he the stuff of which crack sailors
lire made. But he won upon the good
opinion of tiie officers, even of gruff Mr.
Baldwin, our executive, a tarry old Triton,
whom current report declared to lie web
looted.
"1 can't haze that hoy,” he would say.
“We must ease him in. till he has eaten a
few barrels of salt-horse to harden his
sinews.”
I could not tell why, hut 1 don't think I
was ever envious of my comrade because
the mate favored him in this way, while lie
drove me up to my utmost capacity. Both
of us were respectful and willing, and
tried hard to do our duty, and as he ex
pressed it, “make men of ourselves.”
And 1 think 1 felt rather elated to know
that Mr. Baldwin discovered that there
was tougher material in me than in John
Merrill, and worked ns accordingly. It
was an honor to be selected to pull the
mate's tub-oar, while he was enrolled in
the real rank of the “ship-keepers.” And
I never complained, even when, in reefing
topsails, the old salt would say kindly.
“Step down John Merrill, I want yon to
help me while, at the next moment, he
roared at me on the yard, in a voice of
thunder, “Lay out there you Bill, and take
up that dog’s ear! What are you taring at
in the bunt?”
1 think I may have assumed a patroniz
ing air in all my intercourse with John, in
consequence of all this. Feeling a pro
fessional superiority, I could not avoid let
ting it appear sometimes. But if so, he
never seemed to notice it. If there was a
sudden call, in our watch, for one of the
boys to jump aloft and reeve studding-sail
hal-yards, or loose a royal, John would
start sometimes, but I would gently push
him back and jump in ahead of him. 1 was
proud of niy ability to take the lead, and
there was no gratitude, or shame, in his
clear, blue eye on sueli occasions. Some of
the men standing near would perhaps inti
mate that tie was wanting in pluck, to let
me do this. But I don’t think I ever
thought so, though of eonrse 1 felt flat
tered by such remarks, as any boy would.
But John Merrill made sure, though slow,
progress in his duties, and his sinews har
dened up, as Mr. Baldwin had prophesied.
Though delicate in frame, his health seemed
perfect, and in some respects we had no
better man among us. He was always
ready to take an extra trick on the look
out, for he seemed to like being alone
where he could commune with his own
thoughts. And he was soon acknowledged
to be the best helmsman on board. Did
tiie sturdy old Amphion show a determina
tio to carry her wheel an extra spoke to
windward at. “full-and-by,” or to make
wayward sheers and yaws when off before
it: no one could manage her like this quiet,
timid youth.
lie was always ready to take my turn at
the helm for me ; indeed, would have tak
en them all if 1 would have let him. He
could have done me no greater favor than
this: for no duty, however laborious or
dang#rous*\vas so irksome tome as steer
ing the ship. To do it well, required an
abstraction of the mind tortwo hours from
all other matters, with a touch and a kind
of foresight, or rather fore-feeling, in
which John Merrill excelled, but which
few rough-and-tumble sailors possess.
Mr. Baldwin used to declare that “he
never knew a right-down smart fellow
who could steer more than a fair, decent
trick; and that he never an A 1 extra
helmsman who was good lor much else.”
And, after an observation of many years,
1 think bis statement was not tar from the
iriun.
We made our tirst port at Talcahuana
alter doubling Cape Horn, and here John
and I, being in the same watch, were
much together on shore. Hut he would
never stay alter dark, and appeared utter
ly insensible to the fascinations of the
Chilian brunettes, lie would drink no
liquor, and his example, in this respect,
had a good effect upon myself.
We sailed for a cruise ou the coast of
Peru, after a short stay in port. Among
the men shipped to till vacancies was one
known as “California Tom,” a fellow of
unbounded assurance and infinite “gas,"
to whom John and 1 both took an instinct
ive nversionat first acquaintance. But he
found some congenial spirits on board the
Amphion, as such fellows will in any ship
where they may cast their fortunes.
We had not been long at sea before it
appeared that we had some ono in our cir
cle who disdained the nice little distinc
tions of meum and teutn. Several articles
had been mysteriously missed by differ
ent parties, and complaints were loud and
clamorous.
A ship’s forecastle is as unfit a place for
a thief as he can well find ms way into.
As much uneasiness is caused by his pres
ence, as by the knowledge that a powder
magazine' is located somewhre under the
deck, without knowing exactly where.
Woe to him il‘ he is caught; for though
Jack’s standard of morality is, in many
respects, no higher than it ought to be, he

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