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Friday Morningr, Dec. 1st, 1871.
Disaster near
New Lon-
Norwich, Not. 22. Steamer "City of
New Loudon," Capt. Brown, of the Nor
wloh and New York line, took fire this
morning on the River Thames, about five
miles below this city, about half-past four
o'clock. Flames were first discovered
Issuing from one of the ventilators. The
Captain was on deck who ordered the boat
anchored and immediately set to work to
extinguish the flames and after a short
time, efforts were apparently successful,
and a rigid examination discovered no
traces of fire, the anchor was taken, and
the boat proceeded up the river. When
about three miles below this city, and
abreast the mouth of the Poquoctannock
cove, the fire was discovered in the cotton
on the deck. The donkey pumps were
started and the Captain and engineer aided
by the crew, in less than one minute had
three streams on the fire. Despite all ex
ertions the. fire spread with great rapidity
and soon enveloped the forward part of
the boat and the Captain seeing the efforts
to extinguish the fire ordered the boat
beached but the engineer could not stall
the engine. The donkey pumps were
however still kept at work until the engin
eer notified the Captain that lie feared an
explosion of the boilers in which event all
would be lost. The spread of the fiames
had by this time cut off all communica
tion with boats and rendered the life pre
servers inaccessable.
The passengers and crew then threw
themselves into the water, clinging to
such portions of the cargo and boat as had
fallen overboard. Those who were able
to swim had not much difficulty in reach
ing shore, except the- chilling temperature
of the water. Some were picked up by
boats from floating pieces of cargo in an
exhausted condition and taken to the farm
houses in the vicinity where they were
cared for and resuscitated.
Some half-dozen of the crew and pas
sengers are still missing and it Is feared are
lost, among whom is C. B. Rogers, a well
known manufacturer of this city.
One of our reporters just from the wreck
reports her lying about fifty to seventy-five
feet from the river's .bank with bow down
stream, still burning fiercely with no hope
of saving anything of consequence. Every
thing above her deck is already consumed.
A train with a fire engine was taken down
from the city but was too late to be of
service. She has drifted down stream and
to leeward about a quarter of a mile below
Walden's Island where she was abandoned
by her crew and lies fast aground just
below Poquoetannock Cove. Trains are
hourly running down and a vigilant search
is being made for the missing men. The
City of New London was a first class boat
and had a large cargo on board.
The loss of life by the disaster is greater
than at first supposed. The passengers
were only seven in number, - but of these
Vm. T. Norton of the firm of Norton
Brothers, C- B. Rogers of the firm of
C. B. Rogers & Co., and Harrison R.
Aldrich all of Norwich were lost. The
officers and deck hands known to be lost
are Wm. P. Ely of Hamburg, Conn.,
second mate; M. VV. Baker qf , Norwich,
engineer; Henry Dugan of New London,
steward; Webster Coopef of New York,'
second cook; Frank Flowers, residence
unknown, a waiter; Warren Mitchell
oiler; Driscoll, Sullivan, Patrick Mahoney
and Thomas Rourke, deck hands.
The City of New London carried a heavy
freight of a miscellaneous character, princi
pally cotton, 300 bales being stowed on
the main deck rags, groceries, leather,
hides, etc., which together with the boat is
a total loss. Those on board rescued only
the clothes they stood in, many ot the
deck hands coming ashore dressed only in
shirt and pantaloons, some without hats,
others without shoes, and some barefooted
and wearing only their underclothing. The
Teasel's cargo at noon was a fiercely burn
ing mass, her main deck having fallen and
her hold being a perfect furnace. Nothing
was washed ashore of value, and fire lias
seldom worked more complete destruction.
The origin of the fire is a matter of un
certainty. It is supposed to have in some
way taken in the kitchen when the cook
went to kindle the fire for breakfast. One
account states by a poker, heated by rak
ing down the fires, being hung against a
pine partition, but nothing trustworthy is
known. .
Terrible Tragedy Near Meriden.
A special dispatch to the Courant, last
night gave some particulars of a horrible
murder and suicide, which occurred yester
day afternoon on the "Colony road," about
two miles north of Meriden. The murderer
was Charles E. Yetts, a young German who
has been a milk peddler in Meriden. About
four o'clock yesterday afternoon his mar
lied sister, a Mrs. Bayrand, went to the
house to call, and found all still. She en
tered, and on going to Yetts' roem she
found him dead with a knife-wound in his
throat and the mother was found in her
own room, also dead, with two ghastly
wounds in the throat and her dress and
under-clothing torn, giving evidence of a
struggle in resisting the brutal son. The
wounds were inflicted with an old butcher
knife blade about five inches long. The
body of the mother was partially conceal
ed under a heap of bed clothing.
There are some theories connected with
the tragedy which are of a most revolting
nature. Yetts was engaged to be married
to a young woman named Meachmeer.
His mother opposed their union, and there
is little doubt that this opposition led to
the murder. The young woman to whom
the murderer was betrothed visited the
house yesterday forenoon, and she made
some revelations at the coroner's inquest
last night which hint at disgusting crimes
Yetts was naturally weak-minded, and
had injured himself, body and mind, by
self-abuse. His matrimonial troubles weigh'
ed npon his mind, and on Thursday night
he showed symptoms of delirium. Yester
day forenoon it is said that he drank a pint
of cider brandy, and excited by this as well
as by disputes about bis proposed marriage,
he was fit for any crime. '
A corouer's jury was impanneled last
night, and the Inquest was adjourned to 9
o'clock this morning-.
Yetts has a lather living who was not at
home at the time of the murder. The room
where the body of the mother was found
was covered with blood, showing evidence
of a terrible straggle. The tagedy is one
of the moat horrible which we have been
called npon to record zor a long ume.
Bartfora CovranL
The Connecticut Western. .
A small party of gentlemen yesterday
made an excursion over the Connecticut
Western railroad from this city to Canton,
availing themselves of different construc
tion trains. The party ran out over twenty
one miles of the road, or to within about
one mile of Canton Center. For a new
road it rides remarkably smooth and easy
the track being laid generally on heavy
ties, with thirty foot rails, connected with
the Fish joint, and the joints over-lapping
instead of being opposite each other. The
w'ork of ballasting and completing the track
for regulur traffic is being vigorously pushed,
and this side of Tariffvllle is under the
charge of Mr. Walter H. Havens, of this
city. The gravel for this portion ot the
work is taken from an easily worked bed a
short distance beyond Bloomfield Center.
At this end of the road a connection is
made with the Hartford, Providence and
Fisbklll tracks so that cars can run into
the Asylum street depot The culvert this
side of Edwards street is being built, and
the foundations for the company's freight
buildings and offices are being laid. A
substantial iron bridge is being put up at
the Edwards street crossing. Three tracks
are being laid on the plateau above Edwards
street, for switching, and the round-house
is going up and the turn-table being put in.
Between this city and Tariffvllle the line is
a fine one, the grades being easy and the
curves few. There are .some sharp curves
near the picturesque-rocky gorge at the
Tariff ville notch. Beyond Tariffville the
line is very good to near Canton Center.
At the crossing of the Farmington river in
Siinsbury there is a good bridge, and nearly
three thousand feet of substantial piling
across the flats. Between Hoskins' station
and Simsbury, on the Canal road, about
two miles, the Connecticut Western and
Canal tracks run parallel, twenty-five feet
apart. At Siinsbury station the Western
crosses the Canal track. Beyond Tariff
ville, about eight miles of the track are
well ballasted. Gravel is plenty In this
locality, and this work has followed rap
idly after track-laying.
The condition of the road may be briefly
stated as this : The track is laid and in
good part ballasted from Millerton, the
western terminus, to New Hartford. A
steam shovel at Winsted loads gravel cars
for ballasting each way from that point.
Flora this city west, about twenty-two
miles of track are laid, and partly ballasted.
From Canton to Now Hartford about five
miles of track are yet to be laid, and this,
which will be put down by the early pait
of next week, will connect Hartford with
the state line by rail. There are no plaus
yet for running regular trains, and will not
be till after the next meeting of the direc
tors a couple of weeks hence. There is
some probability that the Hartford Provi
dence and Fishkill company will run trains
over the road as far as Collinsville next
week, but no definite arrangement to this
effect has been made. 'It is suggested also,
thatlf the connection is made in season
between Canton and New Hartford, a train
may run over the road on Wednesday or
Thursday next to give opportunity for any
who may desire to go from Hartford to the
northwestern towns, or come from there
here, to "keep Thanksgiving," to avail
themselves of the new road. The depots
are not yet built, and the sidings are not
constructed. A great deal of work is yet
to be done to put the road in f uil order for
regular and extensive business, but cars
can be run over the whole of it in a very
few days. Those who traveled over the
eastern section of the road yesterday saw
evidence that the masonry, bridging und
general work upon it are well done. Hart
ford Courant.
Plainfield gave $1,134,88 to western
Tho North Ashford church pays a salary
of $160.
John D. Noyes has been town clerk of
Stonington forty years.
A Fort Trumbull deserter was arrested
in Bridgep ort, Thursday, lGth.
East Windsor has subscribed $50,000
for the Connecticut Central railroad.
The Shepaug railroad has raised Bethel
property fifty per cent In value.
A Meriden miser is generous to beggars.
He keeps a dog at his gate to give hungry
fellows a bite.
A. B Shumway of the Enquirer has
been elected captain of the Litchfield in
fantry company.
The Stonington and Providence Railroad
company are laying a double track from
Providence to Groton.
A promiuent citizen of New Haven will
add $5,000 to the permanent endowment
'of the Yale Law School.
Prof. Hadley will commence his lectures
on Civil Laws, before the senior class in
the Yale Law School, this week.
Brewster station was Wednesday, the
scene of the most disastrous conflagration
in its history, the sash and blind factory,
and a factory and grist mill adjoining being
burned. Loss $20,000 ; insured for about
Every train of cars running from New
York to New Haven, on arriving within
half a mile of the Norwalk draw-bridge,
communicates by means of electricity with
a city bell which tolls, giving warning of
its coming.
A dispatch from San Francisco says : G.
D. Orcutt, a native of Connecticut and
superintendent of the mine in Grass Val
ley, was found helpless on Broadway,
Monday night, and died on his way to the
hospital. There is suspicion of foul play.
John M. Morris, who is well know in
this State as chaplain of one of the Con
necticut regiments, and who is now the
secret session clerk of the United States
Senate, has been seriously ill, but Is thought
by his physician to be out of danger.
A passenger on the evening train on the
New York and New Haven railroad, which
connects with IbeNaugatuck to Bridgeport,
died on Wednesday evening, between Nor
walk and Fairfield. His remains are in the
morgue at New Haven awaiting identifica
The woman suffragists met in New Lon
don Tuesday evening. Addresses were
made by Jim. Gallagher, Tom Wallar, Mrs.
Hooker, and Rev. Miss Brown. Initiatory
steps toward forming a suffrage association
were taken, but will) according to reports,
amount to nothing.
A Burglary was committed on the house
of William Fuller, No. 349 Howard avenue,
New Haven, early Saturday morning. The
burglar went to the room where Mr. and
Mrs. Fuller were sleeping, administered
chloroform, and then searched the house.
Two gold watches, and a pocket-book con
tainlng $30 were taken, the whole valued at
$200. The polico are on the track of the
"Come home to Thanksgiving, dear chil
dren, como home ;" So says tho song.
This day of all others, appears from the
earliest history of the New England states,
to have been set aside as a day for the
return to the parental heart stone, of those
of the family who have gone forth to battle
with the world. This day a family circle
should be complete so far as it is possible
to be, and from all a fervent thanksgiving
should ascend to the Creator and Preserver
of all, for his manifold and continued
blessings, so generously vouchsafed to
unworthy mortals. As nearly as can be
ascertained, the 11th of September, 1621,
was the first Thanksgiving day on the
western continent of America. On that
day,, the pilgrims at Plymouth in Massachu
setts, having finished their harvest, com
menced their season of thanksgiving.
"That they might," says one of their num
ber, "after a special manner, rejoice to
gether, after they had gathered the fruits of
their labors."
The Pilgrims had special reasons for
gratitude, that they had been so successful
in raising their first crop of Indian corn.
This was the beginning of a long and in
creasing series of corn harvests, over which
many millions have now occasion to re
joice. Corn seems designed by Providence
to hold the first rank among the rich and
various productions, by which the teeming
population of our land is fed. Tho first
Thanksgiving as stated above, was in
September, but there is evidence of its being
kept later in after years, probably in the
latter part of October, while the weather
was pleasant for out-door exercises ; and
we are informed by history, that it was
not for a single day, as with us. but seems
to have been kept up for nearly a week.
The Indispensable turkey was not wanting
at this first Thanksgiving, as the ancient
historian chronicles the great number of
"fowl," which the sharpshooters brought
home for this occasion, and afterward
speaks of the abundance of wild turkeys
about Plymouth, and thus originated the
custom of providing a turkey, by all who
are disposed to celebrate their Thanksgiv
ing feast in a proper manner. Among the
dainties furnished on that occasion, of
which mention is made were turkeys; Yeni
son ; fresh cod ; lobsters ; clams and oys
ters. These with their corn and barley
cakes; their "noltake," made from poun
ded parched corn, "sweet, toothsome and
hearty," the Pilgrims did not want tor good
cheer. As to the presence of the "Indian
pomplon," as the pumpkin was called by
the early settlers, we have no positive evi
dence, yet it is certain it was very soon
introduced, and to the present time is regar
ded more or less throughout Yankee land, as
necessary for the feast as the turkey.
Our annual Thanksgiving is rich in the
memories of the past : Lelis perpetuate
it; let the autumnal Thanksgiving be the
feast days of the sons and daughters of the
Pilgrims, where'er they roam, where'er they
rest." From ocean, to ocean let them hail
the coming of this harvest festival with glad
and grateful hearts. Let them consecrate the
day to friendship, to homejoys, to family
reunions, to social reminiscences, to the
memory of a sainted ancestry, and to the
praise of a convenant-keeping God.
"Till the waves In the bay.
Whore the Mayflower lay,
Shall foam and freeze no more."
While this day is observed in the true
Puritan spirit, in our churches and around
our firesides, we shall not offer in vain
that most appropriate petition, with which
the Fast and Thanksgiving proclamations
of the governors of our state always close,
"God save the Commonwealth of Connec
Mb. Editor. I have advertised "Young
Dexter" in the News as a highly bred fast
troting horse. About the 20th of Sept. he
was put out for a little experimental train
ing, and the enclosed certificate shows the
result and conclusion of his trainor, and
the figures of what he cau easily do, not
withstanding his fat and soft condition,
after the season's business. I hear that
perhaps it would gratify the curiosity of
your readers and my patrons, to know if
really he can trot at all. The Horse "Soc
crates" (trained by Israel Denton.) is half
brother to "Young Dexter" and sold within
the year for $40,000, so said.
Trials of speed,
Oct. 2d 1871 to sulky, 3 02
i ... 3 00 1-4
'13 " 2 58
' 21 wagon, 2 54 1-4
'80 2 55 1-2
Hicks Posts Stabi.es, neae Prospect
Park Fair Grounds
Nov. 2nd 1871.
I hereby ccrtity that Doct. Elliott's Hain-
bletonian stallion, "Young Dexter," has
been in my care for a short time ; and I
find in him a fast, promising and clean
natural trotter. Ho is large limbed, with
the heavy bono and muscle suited to stock
getting, and yet he goes alone the full mile
to wagon with apparent ease, uniformly
inside of three minutes, when I have driven
him over "Prospect Park track." With
training, he would doubtless trot in very
low figures. In a word, he is evidently a
good horse and worthy of his famous sire
which, in many points he closely resembles.
(Signed) "Israel Denton," trainer of
Socrates and other celebrated horses.
Falls Village, Nov. 28, -1871.
Mr. Editor : I would like to correct a
statement your Falls Village correspondent
made in your last weeks' paper, in regard
to the late Patty Landon not being
far enough from ber door to look down
Into the village, or never seeing the cars.
In the first pjace, I think the Housatonic
railroad bos not been built forty years, and
even if it has, her residence was where she
could stand in her yard, or door, and watch
the cars for more than a mile, before they
arrived at our depot. In the next place,
within the past 18 years she has visited a
daughter living in Stockport, Columbia Co.,
N.Y., by going on the cars there and back,
and about 17 years ago she visited some of
her friends in Canaan, which was the lost
time she ever came down the hill, as the
infirmities of old age would not admit of
her either walking or riding. As for her
being an excentric old lady, we never saw
anything of the kind, but this we do know,
she was a person of strong mind, a' kind
and affectionate mother, a firm friend, and
and a worthy christian.
An attempt was made to murder a young
man named Earle, in South Walllngford, a
few nights since, as he was driving home,
by three masked assassins. One held his
horse, another made a thrust at him with a
dagger, the weapon penetrating his pocket
book and was stopped by a copper cent
Two pistol shots were fired, by the light of
which they caught a glimpse of the young
man's face, when one of the ruffians shout
ed to the others that it was the wrong man
and they then fled.
Wxttm - SI
, We shall feel creatly obliged to any of oar
friends in the county, or elsewhere, who will send
us particulars of any occurrences of interest which
may come under their notice.
Connecticut Western News.
Extra Copies of the News can be obtained at
Post Office
Orant A Sweet's
F. C. French's
Post Office
Humphrey's Drag Store
Post Office
In this Village.
Lime Rock.
Cornwall Bridge.
Sew Advertisements.
New System Warming Buildings, J. C. Sherwood.
Steam Heating Apparatus, Bnriltt Hardware Co.
Fair and Festival, - - - Robert Hunt.
Fruit Trees, - - - W. T. Sauuders.
New Cider, - - Joseph Halllson & Co.
Attorney and Counselor, R. D. Livingstone.
Lakevdle Academy. The winter term
of school will commence in the Lakeville
Academy, on Monday Dec. 4th.
Pure Cider Vinegar. Mr. F, C. .French
of Lime Rock has 450 gallons of pure cider
vinegar, which he will sell by the barrel or
the gallon. As scarce as cider is this sea
son, pure cider vinegar is an article that
isn't always obtained. We know Mr.
French's to be the "real Simon pure." Buy
some of him.
The Neio Ore Crusher At the Davis ore
bed, which has recently .been adjusted for
its work, performs its duties in a very sat
isfactory manner, and with apparent ease.
It has a voracious appetite, and although
great quantities of ore are continually be
ing poured into it, its greedy jaws continue
to and will not be satisfied.
Stake, Stack, Stock. A short time since
we published an item in the News, con
cerning an accident which occurred to
Joseph Stake of this village. This same
item has appeared in a number of our ex
changes, and while some spelled bis nume
Stack, others had it Slock. Seldom was it
spelled Stake as in the original.
Chilly. Last Tuesday morning the mer
cury iu a thermometer in this village stood
at only about eight above zero. The roads
in this section, which a few days since
were so exceedingly muddy, and were
plowed into almost every conceivable
shape by the the ore teams, this sudden
"cold snap" has fixed into an almost im
passable condition. It seems as though a
wagon, with a horse on a walk, would
rattle into pieces.
In Mid Ocean. Tho letter which was
written in mid-ocean by Gov. Holley, who
so recently left our shores for a year's so
journ in Europe, and which we publish in
another column, will be read with interest
by most of our readers. As comparatively
so few of us have the means and time to
spare for a trip across the Atlantic, a de
scription of such a trip from the pen of so
able a writer as the Governor we are sure
cannot fail to interest.
Last Week. While working off the News
for last week, and when the edition was a
bout four-fifths printed, an accident occur
red to our press, which could not be reme
died in time to print the remainder of the
papers as nicely as is our determination they
shall ordinarily be, and those who chanced
to get them that were not quite up to the
standard, we hope will pardon us, realizing
that "accidents will occur, even in the best
of" printing offices.
Killed. The Housatonic train up last
Friday night killed a man named John
Pierce, between Lenox Furnace and Lee.
He was walking on the track directly
towards the train, and was not seen by the
engineer until he was within a few feet of
the engine. The engine struck him under
the chin, breaking his neck and killing
him instantly. The night was very stormy,
and it was not until atter searching some
fifteen or twenty minutes that the body
could be found.
The Connecticut Courant. Mr. J. O.
Brinton of Falls Village, brought into our
office last Monday, a copy of "No. 00," of
the Connecticut Courant, published Oct.
29lh, 17C4. This was published as a speci
men number of that journal, and coutains
their prospectus. The first regular issue of
the paper bears date of Nov. 19th, 1764,
and since that time it has continued unin
terruptedly to the present. A paper which
has contiuued so long as a successful jour
nal, must have indeed been founded on a
"Ajaz" from Sharon, writes this week
another correspondence concerning the
road controversy. He made his statement
of the question at first, and was replied to
by "Fair Play ;" thus both sides have had
a fair chauce, and being strongly of the
opinion that such neighborhood disputes
are seldom, if ever, satisfactorily adjusted
by publication in a newspaper, and also
that it can hardly be regarded as for the
best interests of a journal to publish them,
we must ask "Ajax" to excuse us this week
and thus let the matter end here.
Catholic Temperance Society. Mb. Ed
itor. The members of St. Mary's Catho
lic Temperance society, held a meeting in
the hall in Lakeville last Sunday evening,
and organized by electing officers. Now
Mr. Editor, look out for Salisbury : We
are on the war path, as companions of the
native citizens, who wish to put down the
greatest enemy of mankind ; Hum. Side
by side we will work in the good cause
and battle with this foe, and will not cease
the struggle, till the curse is totally annihi
lated, or driven from this good old town.
E. W.
No New York Mail. We understand
the cause of there being no mail received
from New York last week Thursday even
ing, was on account of the sickness of one
of the clerks in the Bridgeport post office,
whose place was. supplied by a boy. This
young chap, in his ardor to exhibit his
executive ability, chucked the large quan
tities of mail received at that office from
New York, for distribution to be sent north,
promiscuously in any of the various bags
in his reach, it apparently being of little
consequence to him whether those bags
were going to Omaha or Lincumpitch.
Teachers' Meeting. The meeting of the
school teachers of this town at the Acad
emy last Thursday evening was well attend
ed, and was a success, as was evident by
the Interest manifested by teachers and
others in the effort to elevate the standard
of instruction in our schools. It was the
unanimous wish of the teachers present
that the meetings be held every two weeks,
and some expressed the wish that they
might be held every evening, and now that
we are awakening in enthusiasm on the
part of the teachers, it is to be hoped that
parents will begin to feel some Interest in
the prosperity of our schools. Auother
teachers' meeting will be held on Friday
evening, Dec. 8th, at which time the Visit
lag Committee would be happy to see all
who are interested in the cause of education.
Those Advertisement Bills. Within the
past month, we have sent out something
less than a bushel and a half of letters con
taining bills for advertising, which are due.
To these we have but two or three rehou
ses. Somebody says, "It is the tightest
time for money they have seen for a long
time." If this is so we are sorry . for all
"who have money to make out." Well
now, gentlemen, you who owe us for these
bills ; it is exceedingly unpleasant to dun
you, when it is such a tough time for
money, but we must have it to keep the
machine running and pay for the ile. If
you are "hard up" cant you send us apart
of our due, because, well, "you know
how 'tis yourself."
Heaters. J. C. Sherwood of West Corn
wall, occupies his advertisement column this
week with a description of "Gold's new sys
tem of heating." By this apparatus, it is
claimed that all the advantages of the ordina
ry furnace are obtained at a greatly reduced
price, both in the original cost of the heater
and the fuel. It is also claimed to be a
much more healthful heat than furnace
heat. The Union Steam and Water heating
apparatus, of Gold's patent, advertised
under the head of special notice is also
worthy of special attention. The A. Bur
litt Hardware Ca., of Waterbury have the
agency for its sale. Read the advertise
ments, and learn what there is new under
the sun.
Andrew J. Miller. To whom we ullu
aea some time since as running an engine
on the Coun. Western, during the sickness
of the regular engineer, was agreeably sur
prised a few days since, by receiving from
headquarters the proper documents, pro
moling him to be a regular engiueer on
the road, the papers being dated'Nov. 10th.
We understand he is the first engineer made
on this road from a fireman. Mr. Miller
has had nn extensive experience in running
a stationary engine, and being thoroughly
versed in the management of steam, a nat
ural mechanic, and studious and faithful
in the execution of the minutest duty, are
undoubtedly the qualifications thought suf
ficient for the promotion. This is only
another illustration that a faithful and
competent employe is always rewarded.
Those School Children. Wo have been
requested to give the scholars, teachers or
parents, whomsoever it may be who is to
be censured, a "regular blowing up." for
suffering the myriads of school children co
pour into the post office as the mail is be
ing distributed and making of tho office at
that time, a perfect bedlam of confusion.
People further along in years, who are at all
inclined to be nervous, have come to regard
that half hour of waiting as almost intoler
able. Nor is their jabbering, laughing and
stamping the only annoyance : They are
on hand immediately the mail is ready for
distribution, and all must be waited on
before anybody else can have the shadow
of a chauce. The children certainly ought
to have the privilege of going to the post
office the same as others, but they have no
right to make themselves au intolerable
nuisance, Where is the remedy aud who
will apply it?
Turkey. We understand that for many
years past, it has been the .custom of the
Holley Manufacturing company of Lake
ville, to present a turkey to each employe
in their establishment, who is the head of
a family, and last Wednesday each one of
them received a turkey in accordance with
this time honored custom. Our informant
says the bachelors in the factory, were the
most solemn, crestfallen, dejected, and
wobegoue set of individuals, when they
gazed upon the luscious turkeys being so
generously distributed to those who are
the fortunate possessors of wives, it ever
became his misfortune to witness. His
heart was nearly rent asunder with sorrow
and pity for the poor creatures, and he
really hopes some of these gushing dam
sels of Salisbury and Lakeville will stave
off their prejudice against matrimony, and
join with them in the feast at the next
Thanksgiving, and together pick the bones
of the much coveted factory turkey.
Washocastinook. The private debate of
this association at the Academy hall last
Monday evening, was well attended by the
members, and the question was ably dis
cussed on both sides. These occasional
private meetings, at which the inexperi
enced can take part, and become accus
tomed to speaking, or as somebody has
aptly expressed it ; "Thinking while stand
ing on their feet," cannot be too highly
recommended. There are some who can
not rise before an audience of 15 or 20 of
their associates, when they have assembled,
and the meeting posseases any degree of
dignity and decorum, and make even a
few brief remarks, without" their knees
will rattle together like the "bones" between
the fingers of a negro minstrel, and they
will feel as though their head was about as
full of ideas as an ordinarily intelligent bag
of putty. As we understand it, these
lyceum meetings were designed to aid the
inexperienced to become accustomed to
speaking in public, and we are heartly glad
that they are being conducted with so
much spirit and fairness for tho accom
plishment of their principle object, as
stated above. A public meeting will be
held in the hall in Lakeville next Monday
evening, at which it is expected Mr. Hurl
burt of Lime Rock, will give the readiug
in Shakespeare, Scott, or some of the
favorite authors he may choose, which he
expected to give here last week Monday,
but which, on account of the storm, was
not given.
The following correspondence was crowd
ed out last week.
Lime Rock.
Rain, rain, go away ; come again anoth
er day, is the saying of all who have to
foot It through thick and tbin to business.
To those who can boast a Jioss and shay,
the saying dont amount to much, but we
who are not ot the favored few, choose
fair days Our amiable landlord, Mr.
H. W. Thorp, is doing a fine business we
should judge by the looks. I for one can
recommend his table and all that's on it
too, to the way worn traveler while the
genial face of mine host looks approvingly
on to see that you do justice to the good
things set thereon Then surely we are
proud of our schools (and teachers too.)
Our district under charge of Miss Fannie
Daucby is said to be tho best conducted
school in town. Mrs. D came to us
well recommended, and she has proved her
abilities as au A, No. 1 teacher. We hope
success will attend her wherever she goes.
Mr. Hurlburt surely needs no recommend,
only just go in and seo the classes "tip-toe"
and you will be assured that Mr. H is
a quiet man and a thorough, exemplary
Instructor, Surely, Lime Rock may will
be proud of such teachers as Mr. Hurlburt
and Mrs. Daucby O yes. Mr. Ed; I
almost forgot to tell you thatE has
the nicest boy in village, (wish I could say
so much of S ,) come down Mr. Ed.
and judge of all things herein spoken of,
for yourself. K. N. Psppsb.
Some cowardly sneak is endeavoring in
a pusilauamous manner, to blacken the
reputation of a resident of this , village,
whose standing as a man is such as to defy
all the libelous machinations, and concoc-.
tions of the old evil one himself or any of
his crew. The course pursued is to scatter
upon the sido walks and other conspicuous
places, slips of paper upon which are writ
ten articles of a polluted and ignominious
character. The authors, as well as the cir
cumstances connected with these articles,
are uuknown to us but he, she or they,
must be foolish, crazy or contemptibly
mean. Thief like they steal what gold
cannot replace, and like cowards, dare not
show their face: A sneaking cur that
sneaks alons the track; awaits his time
and then springs upon the back.
Mr. Editor. Our town for the past
week has been unusually quiet. The new
road to the depot will be finished in one
day more, (Nov. 28lh.) Already it has
been used to a considerable extent ; some
5 or G car loads of coal and several car
loads of grain, having been transported
over it. The freight depot is receiving a
coat of paint, and the passenger depot is
being lathed, and promises to be ready for
business ere long. A turnout has been so
nearly completed as to be practically used
from day to day We notice the arrival
of many familiar faces, coming to the old
home to spend Thanksgiving Ballasting
the Conn. R. R. progresses slowly, but it
is thought a week more good weather will
irive sufficient time to complete it through
Norfolk. This winter bus been, for Nor
folk, unprecedented in the way of mar
riages ; about 3 per week having beeu the
average, and enough more on the docket
to probably keep that average good up to
about Apiil 1st. "Mistaken souls who
dream of Heaven" but then, "sich is life."
Improvements are rapidly going on in
our place. Among others we notice au
iron fence of the most cosily kind, fencing
in the grounds and fencing out the side
walk in front of the residence of J. T
Andrews. This at the north end of the
street and a fish pond at the south cud
will evenly balance the two ends of the
village The Fanners are taking ad van
tage of- tlie damp wcatlicr tnat we are
having now days, by taking down large
quantities of tobacco. Some have got
their pieces nearly "husked" and are wait
ing for buyers, but no buyers have appeared
as yet The Rev. Mr. Prince supplied
the pulpit of the Congregational church on
Sunday last. He is expected to remain a
short time in the place Another town
meeting was held on Saturday, to consider
the expediency of purchasing a hearse and
appointing a sexton, to be owned, by the
town (the hearse not the sexton,) of Corn
wall, and the probabilities arc, that by the
time that the present generation get a
hearse, they will be past all need of it.
As the only way they can get one, is by
paying $15 a day for the use of one, they
had better let the matter rest as long as
possible, and in my opinion, this $15 per
day will fetch them to it sooner than any
thing else...... .Thanksgiving is upon us,
and the old fashoned visions of pumpkin
pies (with nutmeg in them,) and cider, will
have to be dispensed within a measure, as
we have not the apple juice, and we would
advise all animals that wear feathers to
roost hgh, for the days are coming when
t he cackling of hens shall be low, and the
voice of the gobbler no more heard in the
land. X. Y. Z.
Falls Villncrc.
The Hoag boy convicted of pilfering
money from the pockets of Mr. Crossman
last week, was put under the keeping of
bis falher over night, and when the officer
called for him the next morning, he was
non est. The whole family had "vamosed
the ranch."
He that lives to run away,
Lives to steal another day.
Our villagers were highly entertained
during the long evenings last week, by
Maxwell's Theatrical troupe. They drew
crowded houses of both old and young.
But the young people have greatly the
advantage over us old fogies, In the delight
ful walk home afterwards The Good
Samaritau Temperance society, held a
meeting iu the church last Sabbath evening.
Remarks were made by the Rev. Mr.
Burch, T. L. Norton ; Dr. Euight ; and
others, all of which I hope may do good.
They obtained over 70 signatures to the
pledge Mr. Henry Wolfe, another grad
uate from the old iron school, has accepted
a call as heater in a large iron establishment
in High Bridge, New Jersey A wood
chopper by the name of Humiston, while
choppiug in one of the neighboring coal
bushes a few days ago, nearly severed his
foot from his leg, by a glancing blow from
his axe It's a mistake that the Grand
Duke Alexis is expected here, which one
might infer from the display of fancy ar
ticles in our millinery and fancy stores.
Why is the grand Duke and suite, like the
crowds entering our late theatres ?pns ;
Because they are Russian (rushing.) Oh
dear ! Who could have surmised that our
government, so soon after our great inter
nal troubles, would have entered into nego
tiations, and formed alliance offensive and
defensive, with the representative of a
great foreign power, to conquer poor down
trodden Turkey. But such is the fact : A
great pitched battle is to be fought on the
SOth of this month. I hope the editorial
corps of the country, will be forced to take
part in the fray, and afterward give us a
correct account of the terrible slaughter.
A few week since, I arrived at Sharon
Station, in the afternoon train from New
York, amid the "wickedest" storm of rain,
wind, and sleet, within my recollection, or
that of the oldest inhabitant. Upon the
train, I made overtures to a handsome,
gentlemanlike young man, a fellow passen
ger who seemed pleased with my address,
and we chatted pleasantly upon the wind,
weather, and that never euding theme, the
corruptions of metropolitan office holders.
I soon found his destination was Sharon,
so was mine, and we became inseparable.
He further informed me, that he was my
opposite neighbor, and hoped an acquain
tance so happily begun, would be hereafter
continued. We consequently became still
more inseparable. He is now my friend
aud companion. We arrived at the station
and the storm raged with fearful wildness.
We hastily entered the little room provided
for passengers and sought the agent, who
informed us that no such storm had been
heard or seen within the last half century.
We did not question his statement, for it
was susceptible of proof. The prospect
of reaching home, only three miles distant
seemed instinctively doleful. Mutton Hill,
said he, has been swept away by the flood
and no conveyance could be gotten for
love or money, beside no farmer would
drive bis team across the mountain for tear
of accident to man and beast. But said 1,
blandly, where can wo procure lodgings
for the night ; none hereabouts, was his
plv, but I will make you as comfortable
as possible, and commenced at once to
throw the coals upon the fire. Tho coun
tenance of my young friend grew longer,
and he looked the picture of dispair. Not
of robust health, the prospect to him was
not of a cheering nature. He said iu a low
voice, we must accept the situation. 1 re
plied, "rather bear tho ills we have, than fly
to others that we know not of." This
language of the ancient bard made matters
satisfactory. At midnight we were severely
alone, the keeper had said his good nigbt,
and all creation was hushed in repose, the
elements and ourselves only excepted. For
the fiftieth time I opened the door to look
for tho glimmer of the stars, but tbey re
fused to shine; and then fell back upon
the "time table" and committed it to mem
ory. My companion racked his brain for
consolation and repeated forty of the choi
cest of Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns, for
our support under difficulties, It had the
desired effect and we derived from the
collection, much spiritual nourishment ; But
tongues cease to wag aud ideas to flow,
when human nature is hungry, tired aud
dispuitcd. At last we gave up to hard
pine chairs and our individual reflections.
We were startled at the flushing of a light,
and we peered out into the storm, to ascer
tain from whence it flashed. A lantern
was seen but we could not discover its
rbearer. We heard a voice, it was soft aud
frieudly, and a stranger opened the door,
aud delivered a message of the following
import. "Mr. Gilbert has a room and bed
provided for you a shoit distance from
this place, and prays your acceptance. We
accepted iustanter, and followed our guide.
Iu a few minutes we entered the homelike,
pretty cottage of Mr. Charles Gilbert, aud
after a cordial welcome aud a full slate
ment of facts, we retired for the remain
der of the morning. A capital breakfast
awaited us at dawn, and as we sal around
his well spread mahogany, we felt once
more at home. Samaritan like, he decliued
compensation, and his eye sparkled with
pleasure at the opportunity afforded him
of aiding his brelhern. in distress. The
stage for Sharon was announced, and we
reluctantly bid adieu to. Mr. Gilbert and his
amiable family. In these days of self
"Cau such things be, and overcome us like
a summer's cloud, without our special won
uer The yonng people of our town
are in the full tide of enjoyment. They
have select sociables, and reading parlies
every week, thus combining pleasure with
instruction. I wonder tbey have not sent
your correspondent a special invitation,
but I conclude they put me off, on account
of my classification with the last half cen
tury, and as my honored friend Counselor
Skinner sagely remarked to a member of
the committee; "The eternal fitness of
worldly matters must be observed, espec
ially at the present lime." Tho Counselor
Is right ; uever wrong. The Visitor.
On Board Steamer Wisconsin,
In Mid Ocean, Nov. 6, 1871
Friend Pease: I believe you extorted
from me a promise to give you a few lines
from the ocean, and perhaps a few more
from the shore. Never ask a friend to do
the first again, if it be a November voyage,
unless he does it in retrospect after touch
ing terra firma, for you might as well write
while sitting in the top of one of the beau
tiful elms on friend Liltle'6 meadows in a
gale, as to write in a ship bounding as ours
has done for the first five days over the bil
lows of old ocean. This (Monday,) is the
first and only day since we left port, except
Sunday, that writing has been practicable,
and even now my beautiful chirography
may need an interpreter. But the promise
must be fulfilled, brief though the response
may be.
we leu jNew xorit in the midst of a
heavy rain, waving adieus to many dear
friends on shore with the best heart we
could command, aud then adieus to the
fairest land on earth. Yes, it grows dearer
every hour in which we recede from it, and
push out into the wild, tumbling waves of
the ever restless sea. Soon after dismissing
the pilot at Sandy Hook, the ladies began
to retire, one after another, to their berths,
even at mid-day, followed also before nigbt
by some of the brave gentlemen, whose
stately tread upon the deck in the morning
seemed to say, we are not to be cowed by
old ocean's waves. Frail man 1 How soon
this pride of power quailed before the
majesty of the sea, Their subsequent hu
mility would have been amusing if it had
not been so sincere. All who were thus
withdrawn within the first twenty-four
hours, and I think they constituted one
half at least of our thirty-six passengers,
had retired to enjoy life "upon the ocean
wave," iu a manner they had not dreamed
of a few hours before, and such as often
falls to the lot of landsmen, and women
loo, on a first Atlautic voyage.
We sail in a ship 880 feet long and 40
broad, as staunch, apparently, as wood and
iron can make her, and yet she rises aud
falls almost constantly at least ten feet
above and below a horizontal line ; some
times at the sides and sometimes from stem
to stem. The great foaming white caps,
that seem conscious of their power, come
tumbling about and toying with the ship as
with a plaything, and then roll off as though
they were proud of the wideness of space
in which they are permitted to roll. One
thing is certain : none but an Almighty
power can control them. Our first four
days were rough, and those of us who
could get on deck could witness their dread
power. The wind aided us in our progress,
and we have averaged over 800 miles per
day for five days, which puts us this after
noon on the constantly lessening half of
the voyage. A part of yesterday and to
day have been milder and calmer, hence
the deck has been the resort of more than
half the passengers, who feel their emanci
pation joyously.
One hundred and fonr men manage the
ship in its various departments, and the
order, thus far, is like clock work. We
have an excellent captain, an agreeable
company, a splendid table, and nothing to
pray for in connection with the voyage but
five days more of favorable weather, and
enduring machinery, when we may hope
to escape this wilderness of waters, and
touch the land again at Liverpool. Our
first view of mother earth will probably be
the green hills of Queenstown, where we
call to land passengers and leave mails for
Nov. 10th. Four days have elapsed
sjnee we have attempted writing, and dur
ing those days we have been able to sit and
walk upon the deck in such numbers and
in such groups that we have become quite
like an agreeable family circle. British,
Columbia, California, South America, In
diana, Illinois, New York, Michigan, Ver
mont and Connecticut are represented by our
passengers, besides quite a sprinkling of
Englishmen. Our young lady friend from
your village is pronounced the best female
sailor on board, except the stewardess,
whose six years experience gives her a
higher place. The latter is a treasure to the
ladies. Games on deck, with promeuadlng,
are the amusements of the day when the
wind is not too high, and other games in
the eveuiug. They burn only candles in
the cabins and theso afford too dim a light
to read or write by, hence we have to resort
to trifling games or do nothing.
To-day our letters are to be finished, for
to-morrow we expect to leave them at
Queeustowu for America. W e hope be
fore night to seo the coast of the Green
Isle, when the head aud heart sick will re
joice, and those in health will not repine.
An occasional passing ship is the only ob
ject off from the ship that relieves the view
of this wilderness of waters. We shall
rejoice when we set foot again on mother
earth. n.
A correspondent of the Litchfidd Kii
quirer writes from
Kept "still lives." But one might almost
have thought that our valley had been
filled, the mountains cast into the sea, and
the inhabitants no more, as no notice has
been taken of us for so long a time. So
I sieze my pen to nam "both old and
young," iu the words of Webster, that
"we still live," "a word to the wise is
sufficient," don't be astonished when you
hear the news. Kent, renowned for its
old maids aud widows and the scarcity of
the other sex (there being iu the centre of
the town the radius of one half a mile,
over fifty old maid and widows to'bolance
the vast number of six buchelors, and this
is a true statement) has imported a gentle
man, smitten him, and is going to marry
him to one of its adopted daughters. This
subject keeps the above mentioned fifty
tongues in constant motion, each one
hanging on a privot aud turning two ways
at the same time.
Ashbel Fuller has purchased the house
and land owned and occupied by the
Widow Walling who is to leave the town.
The price payed was $1,200 so we under
stand. The mite society held Its last meeting at
the bouse of Russell Eaton, Esq,, on Wed
nesday evening. So far it was the best of
the season. The refreshments being su
perb, the tableaux vlvants splendid. The
characters of Spring and Summer in "The
Seasons" was particularly noticeable as to
their costume and positions and great credit
is due to the leader for the perfect manner
in which she costumed and arranged her
Mr. G. A. Hull, the inventor, maker,
uud I was about to say patentee, of the
Cardiff giant, has been spending a fe.w days
in our town, admiring our beautiful scenery
and at the same time combining business
wi h pleasure by buying several cases of
tobacco, he being in the tobacco trade at
Binghamton, N. Y. . R.C
Wednesday afternoon, about five hundred
persons from Holyoke, visited New Haven.
They came to West field over the branch
road from Holyoke, thence to New Ilaven
by the Canal road. The Palladium docs
not speak very highly of the reception
given them by the city government.
John Cotter of Derby was found dead at
his residence, on Friday morning, by his
wife. Mr. Cotter atoso about G o'clock to
make a fire ; bis wife waited a while for
him to call her, but as he did not do so,
she dressed hereself, and on going down
found him dead at the bottom of the stairs.
There was a large gash on the back of his
head, bis face was badly bruised, and be
was bleeding profusely from the nose and
mouth. Foul play is suspected by some.
The General Hospital society of New
Haven was voted $20,000 two years ago
by the legislature on condition that the
same amount should be contributed from
other sources. Of this latter sum the
friends of the hospital have secured $12,
200. Thcro are 70 patients now in the
hospital, and more funds are greatly needed.
raiXLEHTonr ihabk.ets.
Reported weekly by J. N. Van Deusen,
Produce and Commission merchant, liar
lem R. R. depot, Millerton, N.'Y.
Sheep, per lb 0305
Lambs 0405
Veal Calve 06008 1-2-
Hides, 67
Spring Chickens, (dressed) 12(314
Old Fowls, (dressed) ; 10Q12
Butter, 3038 ,
Eggs, per doz. 85
Pears, " bbl $3.0010.00
Apples prbbl $4.00(35.00
Pork (light.) 7
Pork (heavy.) 6
Tallow, 7 1-2
Rough Tallow 5 1-2
Turkeys (dressed.) 12 14
Lard 12 o
Beans pr bush 2.50Q3.25
At East Canaan. Nov. VSnd, by Rev. Wm. Hall,
Mr. Wm. A. Hayward of Canaan to Mis Anna
Holsaple of North Canaan.
At the residence of the bride, in North Canaan,
Nov. S3, by Kev. Wm. Hall, Mr. Nelson Ham of
Sheffield, Mass., and Miss Sarah J. Audrui.
One of tho neatest little boxes of wedding
cake we ever received accompanied this notice,
together with the compliments of the happy couple.
May the sacred lire of love burn mightily in their
breasts during their honevmoon, and may that
honeymoon bo of a thousand years duration.
At West Cornwall. Nov. 15th. Noah Baldwin.
aged 78 year.
a i jm. niea, nov. jrara, ira earaam, agea u.
At Norwich. Chenaniro Co.. N. Y.. Nor. 15th.
Hattie A., wile of J. Dakln Reed, aged 8S year.
At East Canaan, Nov. 13, Benjamin Wadswortn,
aged 1 years.
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