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FOSTER, BESSE & CO.
817 MAIN STREET, BRIDGEPORT, OONN. You Ought to Call And See Our GENTS' FINE UNDERWEAE! OLt If you have on some of our warm comfortable Under wear these coming cold days, you wont have to stay in a tent to keep out of the wind and keep warm. We want to call especial attention to a fine garment that we are sell ing for FORTY-EIGHT CENTS. We couldn't help bringing these figures out in bold type for we want them to attract everybody's attention. Just think ol it.this garment is fleeced-lined with a double back and breast. Now you can't afford to let this oppor tunity to examine these goods go by. We've got better ones and cheaper ones, too, but this garment we are talk ing about is a great comfort on a cold day. Now our store isn't all full of Underwear, (though wo have got a good big stock to chooso from) but we've got great stacks of just the prettiest and neatest suits and overcoats we ever have had and we have prices on them that will make them go. TRUNKS, BAGS, HOUSE BLANKETS, ROBES. K y, ,- if ''Viiil.fNw vy S ' ? l ' " " GLIMPSES OF WATERTO WN-FROM THE TAFT. SCHOOL ANNUAL. PARISH HOUSE. EriSCOPAI-CIIUBCH. CONGRKOATIOKAL CHURCH. NRW TOWN HALL. . THE NEWTOWN BEE. FEIDAT. OCT. 25, 1895. CIRCULATION: JANOAET 1.1882, LAST WEEK, 610 3160 FOSTER, BESSE & CO., Comhiutioa Olothiirt tsd Ma'i FtrUliiri Opiratori ef 87 torni, 317 MAIN STREET, BRIDGEPORT, CONN- BICYCLES! Special bargains in Wheels for September and October. Come and see; and if you can't come, write. H. BRIDGEPORT, M. MANWARING, Y. M. C.JA. B'lD'G, Around the Fireside. PROSPERITY OF THE SOUL. A SERMON BY REV EVAN EVANS, PASTOR OF THE CONGREGATIONAL CODRCH, NEW PRESTON, CT. Text, 3d John 1:2, "Beloved I with above all things that thou mayest prosper ami be in health, even as thy soul prospcreth." I wish to Bay at the beginning that the man that spoke my text was well dis posed toward the other, the roan be ad dresses. I know' that tn many cases the fulfillment of such a wibh would mean physical and financial ruin, and that the most deadly enemies could use thU pray er for one another. You can nver wifb anything worse for some than that they should prosper in temporal things as they prosper In soul. It la not an ene my that speaks, but a fatherly man, the beloved John, who did not do much in the latter part of bis life but wishing well to people. But this is a great deal when we consider It. It is quite a pow er to be able to wish well for the honor able and legitimate efforts of all men. That Is not easily done. And persons that do it are far between ; they have been well tempered like the beloved dis ciple. Because good wishes are not sold over counters, and have no market val ue, people who judge everything by the I number of cents it brings or takes, con-1 sider them of no consequence. But in spite of these cent-judges, good wishes are of great value; and it is an unmis takable blessing to have men like John spending the evening of their day pray ing for the prosperity of other people. C xnese wen-wisners are nappy m tneir THEY ARE CONTENTED PEOPLE ; and their generous prayers bring them deep satisfaction and profound peace. It is a grand state of mind to be in. But as I said before, it is not very common. It is an acquired disposition. The natur al disposition is to have petty jealousies, full of mild torments, and dark, gloomy wishes, and have conceived prayers which would make man shudder if he put them into words. Those petty jeal ousies bite their best when they see the prosperty of other people. They make their father more miserable while he sees others prospering. It is these jealous ies that make people dissatisfied with their own lot. Not only they are dissat isfied with the success and prosperity of their neighbors, but dissatisfied with their own conditions. . The prosperity of their neighbors makes them dissatisfied with their own condition. It is said that this is the reason that prosperous people are craving for more prosperity, thev hi. h. 11 AW JjEiY themselves and as long as that is the case tnere is no peace for them. When we find the enlightened society of the 19th century so full of this diabolical spirit, is it not refreshing to hear a good old man like John speaking, and express ing his wishes so pure and unselfish? Any number of these products of modern times can offer the prayer of John, but they can do It because- they know that their rivals would be nobodies of they prospered not better In finances than in Hm it oocurred to youthtMckIntoBli Waterproof Rubber Coat and 80ul So' tw0 verr opposite spirits could oner this prayer, using the same words, but with directly opposite Inten tion ; one wishing prosperity, the other I reverses and failure. The one Is a good spirit, the other evil spirit. John wishes well to Gaius and the wish speaks well of the spirituality of the latter. It was a grand compliment to his frame of mind and heart. We do not generally look at things in this or der. We look at the natural first, and then at the spiritual. The physical forces Itself on us first, and the tpiritua? timidly stands at a distance. It has not the vulgar boldness of the physical. So we are apt to fling one natural law into the spiritual world; while little thought would show us, that spiritual laws are in the natural world. So the eeneral wish would reverse John's order, and I form Itself "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper in soul as thou proppereat In worldly things." We seem to understand this kind of prosper ity better. It is more tangible ; it can be weighed or measuied, or at least es- tlmated. The spiritual is not so tangi ble to most of us ; therefore, having not the place it should have iu our estima tion. Not only Is this temporal prosper ity better known, but the method of ac quiring it Is better known. This meth- od baa been thoroughly studied. CONN. coTrta -z MM4 START THE DAY ARIQHT WITH JAVA and MOCHA. A Delicious Coffee . . FOR SALE IN 1 lb. SEALED TINS BT Sovereign Unequaled for Fine Flavor and Strength. Claredon Oil Works! UWI3 B. amXMJJt, Propriitor, ifattom, Predaotr aatUWholasal Dealer In lubricating and IUumii OEIi and GREASES, PXTXOLZUM FKODUCTS. AIIKAL AID TXOETABLK OILS. 888 to 872 Water Street, - , - - - - - - - BBIDGEPORT,CONN, BooU for tie young or old will make a very desirable and that tie belt place to purchase these goodi ia and useful gift A. E. LACEY'S RUBBER STORE, US falrneld Art Bridgeport, Conn. WITHOUT HESITATION WeanrtJth,t,no finer exhibit of Horoo Oooda ! ! to M found iu the SMte ttmn la ahown here. In llKi-nam w nm tyle Imaginable ulMWmkk a lnrKOPrMnti of tB4M goods on toe crem nettled to Touch m to reliability end desirability. . . 42TairlleldAre-, 78 Middle 8t, Bridgeport, Conn. y every iiees are IT 13 IMPOSSIBLE FOB YOU TO HAVE TEETH WITHOUT A PLATE, Cnleee yon have nonnd root or teeth to hold tn place what yon nee.f, Bvery dentut who baa graduated In rroent yeire muet know how to do thl work before be can got bl dlplo "f O. flTTEU, HAWtJT. Do., thl. work, Career itoa tad Wait Bu-Mt. Happy Almllum are our prices, neither so hitch aa to uBct rn Mmry nor mt low an to make the best work ImptMMtule. wold fllllng. I and up according to lxe. surer nil. " and up. Kitracung with pure Irenh ga. Gold Plates. Wold Crown.. Gold Bridges. Teeth without a plate. DB EXTTEU HATLCT, SAIBDXT, 00N. - " ' ' DKALEIt IN ' . . Iron and Steel, Blacksmith and Carriage Hanu , facturers Supplies. , . Z2,'.H0 yatertreet, Bridgeport, Conn IT IS THE ONE GREAT STUDY OF MEN. Which study in this tlnw ia necessary in one day to attain any degree of success. Man can not afford to be thoughtless and planless, when he is surrounded by mer full of schemes and plans, men that wil' take bread from the hands of his child ren, unless be guards them. Thus maD is compelled to thinfe of worldly prosper ity. But there is no such compulsion to think of spiritual prosperity ; at best h? will not acknowledge such compulsion. It may be just as needful, may be more; but since he can jng along without giv ing it a serious thought, he will jog. Man does not always look very far ahead. A good illustration of this was given in New York bay laft week, when the gap ing, unmannerly, crowd interfered with the objects of their diversion, and by their half-civilized curiosity destroyed their fun in coming years. They did not look far ahead, and all lair minded peo ple despised their short-sightedness. It is the same with those in the Harbor of Time. They are completely taken up with the sport now in progress, and if they can have their full of this they do not seem to care for anything that may come. "For worldly prosperity is the race now, and they are going to take their fill of this enjoymeot thinking no thing of coming time, not giving a thought of what is to divert them in com ing ages, in harbors beyond the Harbor of Time. Let us pass this foolish short sightedness. One thing is sure, If they know anything it is about this prosper ity that they are scrambling for, and if they are to understand any other contest and true endeavor It must be in the light of this, through what they know of this. And the generality of men can under stand the spiritual better through the natural, and spiritual prosperity through worldly prosperity. There is another reason why we do go from the world's prosperity to thejspiri tcal. More succeed in it. With all the poverty and want that there are in the family of man, I think the poverty and want of the soul are greater. There arc more having rags about their souls than about their bodies; more having ema- tiated souls for want of nourishment, than have ematiated bodies ; more souls dying of starvation than bodies. So when we turn the other side, the positive side, the side of abundance; man has more in store for his body than his soul ; more for him than for eternity. THE BODY IS DRESSED BETTER THAN THE SOUL, and fed better, more regularly and with better adapted food. For the sustenance of body man must have his'three meals a day, and if he misses one of them he is afraid that he has injured bia health ; Jhe grumbles over it if anybody is to be blamed but himself and the system he has fed so regularly grumbles, and thinks itself the worse treated system in the world. But how about the soul? Is the soul fed with such regularity? There are some conscious that the soul must be fed, and like Daniel on a stated hour, they turn their faces towards Jerusalem, the city of the Great King. They gather the heavenly mana, and drink of the stream that flows from the Smitten Bock. Some are doing this and they have healthy vigorous souls. But the great mass -of the people think that the soul la a monk, and that periods of fasting do him good. If be will have something to break his fast every Sunday, he is fortunate. J If he has to fast for a month or two some times, be should not complain. What would you expectof a soul fed that way ! fed as by chance? Would you expect it to prosper? Do not deceive yourselves. Unless you feed the soul regularly and with care It can not flourish. This is simply the world-law in the soul-world. You know It is an important law.; and you observe it when you want anything to flourish here; it is just as important as it pertains to the souL If there is time when the body should fast, because it clogs the soul, the soul needs no faBting. For physical health regularity is requir ed ; lor spiritual health regularity ia re quired. jror trie sustenance oi cne body man requires healthy and nourishing food. This is as important as the regularity of taking It. , This Is persisted upon by pnyslcians and all sensible peoi le. . It must be free of poisonous stuffs; it must contain ingredients to build up the sys tem. Great care is taken of this. The fat of the land is gathered and placed on the table of man. The great plains give the vigor of their youth to feed man ; the seas are taxed to enrich his table ; in nocent animals give their lives by the millions to make glad his heart. It looks as if man's table ia the chief purpose of mountain and plain, sea and sky ; and the table to make him strong, vigorous and healthy. While the body is thus fed with care, Sir IMEN'S. FALL SUITS. For Men and Young Men. Itere's everything In Nobby Sack Suits which have the call this fall. Marvels of neatneag and durability In handsome Cheviots, Scotch Mixtures, Tbibeta, Fancy Casslmereo, -Clay Worsteds, Tweeds and Fancy Worsteds at any price accord ing to values. $10,tl2, 13 50, 15,-$)8,ti0, 22.50, :5. Ol course we've good wearing Suits for 6.60, 7 Mi aud 8.50. But from S10 up we give our guarantee ot their ex ra good valne. Hi MEN'S ODD PANTS. I? sent our every week to feed souls. It is like feeding upon death ! The most sick ly food for human soul that can be lm agined. When in form of religion some take it splendidly, while others think they can flourish by keeping away from it or by denying its nutritive nature. There are others that seem to flourish on ex citement, on foam. That Is about the poorest stuff in the world for Btrength and growth. There are souls like the pariahs of the city picking their sasten ance from gutters and dumping ground It is a pitiable state for a soul to be in Make this natural law which you ob serve in caring t for the body, the law of the soul. Give it wholesome food reg ularly. i nave Deen snowing tnat we can go easier, generally, from the natural to the spiritual, than from the spiritual to the natural as John does in the text, and that the common with would be to prosper spiritually as they do in worldly matters If people womd follow John's exam pi and want their friends to prosper in health and riches as they do in soul, we would have a very poor and sick world on our nanas u tnese two wisnes were fulfilled. John did not wish bis friends to prosper better in world things than in ; spiritual. He wanted them to be about me auje to uaiance one anotoer; naving enough ot this world's goods to supply his generous nature, so that the temporal would serve the spiritual. He has In mind two kinds of prosperity, and two kinds of health, prosperity and health of soul are worldly prosperity and health of body. These four are very Im portant. The last two you all acknow ledge are important. I would 1 ke to persuade every one that the' prosperity of soul, and health of soul are more im' portant. So much more important soul is more than body, and eternity of greater consequence than time. . HOW IS IT WITH THE SODL ? Has it the choicest and most nourishing food? Is the same care taken, the same sacrifice made for it, as for the body? While the body feasts sumptuously every CLOTHES ARE TO THE BODY what the body is to the soul. I know that some would have it that clothes are more important than the body ; but every sensible person knows that the most im portant of the two is the body. A strong healthy, beautiful frame, is more impor tant than the garment around that frame. The body is only the garment of the soul. and the first thought should be of the soul and not of its garment. If that soul is healthy and beautiful it will look well in any kind of a garb. But no kind of garment can make an ugly soul beautl ful. It is an Impossibility. If the soul is sick no garment can heal it. It may help, but that is all. When we see peo ple sick, may be not having much pain, butK. wasting away gradually, we feel deeply for them. If they are very in timate friends or near relatives it is al most more than we can bear. This way we feel when there is sickness in the mor tal body. How do we feel when an immortal soul Is sick, may be not in much pain, but wasting away gradually, but with terrible certainty? How do we feel? Are- we full of anxiety? Does the disease pierce our soul when we see it? Do we give tbem our best advice, and tell tbem of the famous Physician? Do we advise change of air and try to lead them to Mt Sion? - Do we tell tbem that thousands have been healed from that very disease by waters drawn from the wells of salvation? How do we feel when we see our fellow creatures thus? when we see our friends? when we see those dearer ..and. nearer than friends? Is the feeling deeper and the anxiety more racking than when we see the physical) decay? We nave to confess that it is not, and to our shame we con fess it. We think .more of this mortal Coil, this lump of earth that will soon mix with its own element, than we do of the heavenly spark, the Immortal soul will not pass away, but which we can keep with us forever if it can be brought to God. Friends, . we are inconsistent, we are wrong.; By ll means let us feel for those In suffering of body, but let our soul go but more , to those, who are in danger of losing their souls. For the simple reason, that the soul is greater then the body. John calls himself the spiritual father of Gaius ; and the words of my text are as those of a father to his son. PARENTS WISH MANY TBINOS for their children, great things, and sometimes impossible things. .Par ents that do not wish great and noble things to their children are worse than the faithless. - Suppose we were able to know the wishes of Ameri can parents to-day in behalf of their boys and girls, of what nature do you think most of them would be? Beyond doubt wealth and fame would be far in the1 lead. We can iudare thus from their practice. They think that if they ean give their children good education, and enough money to start them on a pros perous career, or keep them in idleness, think they have done their duty towards them. It Is a shameful nearlect. Raver. day, the soul is fed on crumbs, and not ence and deep piety are more than mil very wholesome crumbs at that. See Hons; rood .character is, more than n how much trash in form of literature is I knowledge. And thai hm.M tu r.nht Yon can pay as little as 1.50 for good working pants.dark and me dium dark mixtures. Pants of better quality $2 and 3.50 these we will guarantee strictly alllwool, no shoddy, made tor good hard wear, seams triple Sewed and buttons that can't come off. uur 8 50, 4.00 and 5 OOjare good enough for Dress or Business, thi-y are the Tailor made kind without the extra profit attached to them. FALL AND WINTER OVERCOATS. We thought we gave a" grand display of values last year in our Men's Overcoats, but compared with this year's production, they are way in the shade, shows what progress we are making In the clothing business. Our Celebrated "Home Rulers" Overcoat at $10 is better this year, dont seem possible but it's a fact. This over coat without exception is the best garment tor a ten dollar bill in this country- Our 13 60, 15, 1 8, 20, 25 an 3 (30 overcoats are wonders ollfciloriDg art. Fall weight Overcoats, are here in Thibet, Diago nal Cheviots, Clay Worsteds, Gray Worsteds and Covert Cloth at 7 60, 10, 13 50, 15, 18, and 20. BOYS' DEPARTMENT Is brimful ot new and handsome styles lor school, play or dress. Mothers who have to provide School Garments tor boys will find it to their advantage to come here. Every style for the large boy to the smallest youngster in Kilts will be lound here. Quality always decides the price. Here are strictly all wool Short Pants suits, 8.60, 3.00, 3 60. i 00, 5.00, ft 50, 7.50, 8.50, $10 Boys' School Pants in black and blue Cheviot and Fancy Casaimeres, a thousand pairs at 60c, our special school line. Boys' Special School Caps in Etons and Golfs 25c and 48c. Boys' Dress Tarns, Hats and Caps, 48c, 75, 93, 1.25. It you cannot suit your boy in the place yon have been in the custom ot purchasing come to the largest Boys' Outfitting establishment in town. Boys' all wool odd short pants 50c,our special finer grades 69c,89c. Boys' Long Pants Suits. Just before the Boys go into our Men's Department to get fitted, the intermediate sizes. We save their money, costs just as much to make the larger sizes, 16, 17, 18 and 19 years as our Men's, but we make a difference of $2 on a suit in your iavor. Xiberal values in handsome Cheviots, Worsteds and Cas simeres, 5 00, 7.50, 8.50, 10.00, 13 50. Boys' Long Pants (odd) $1,1.25, 1 50, $2, 2.0 and 3.50. We've all our Boys' Overcoats, Heelers and Ulsters. If you can't get suited in the place you've been accustomed to purchasing.come to the largest Boys' outlining establishment in Connecticut. ALL KINDS OF UNDERWEAR. For all kinds ot weather. If yon want medium weight we can suit you, ii you want Winter weight we can suit yon, can't help it. We have all the best makes in medium an i finest made. Cotton fleec ed underwear 48c, White and natural wool 48c, Wright's Health un derwear 89c, camels' hair underwear 98o, white lambs'. wool under wear 98c, red medicated underwear 98c, extra fine lambs wool un derwear in red.white and camels' hair color.Glastonbury and Item, ington mills make 1.50. You've paid $2 lor it before. Our fine grades are made by the Medlecott, Norfolk, New Brunswick and George Starrman, these last are the finest that can be made. We've our full stock ot Sweaters, Cardigans, Hosiery, Neckwear, Gloves, Flannel Shirts and other seasonable Men's and Boys' fixings. 327 MAIN, STREET, Cor BANK. BRIDGEPORT, CONN. BIOiIDIGS & CIiiLIHFBTT Wholesale and Retail Singe ists. FORMERLY WITH L W. BOOTH & CO. CITY IHVXlVEOTrr, 36 WALL STREETjBRIDGEPOET, CONN. Tatham & Bros. Shot at 1.45, 251b bag. Laflins & Rands Sporting Powder, Lowest Prices. Agents for the Hecla Powder Company Dynamite. and instilled into every child. It is far better to see a young man starting in life with a noble heart and worthy pur pose, than with a large estate. These people love their children dearly but they do not do their best for them. The other day I heard a man praising his children ; he told me how much he thought of them; but that man gives them but the least education, and no spiritual education ; as soon as they are grown strong enough to work they have to go, for he Spends his money on what is not bread. Yet in a sense that man loves his children. But I can see him condemned by another who goes further in his expressions of love, by helping his children materially. But not spirit ually there 1b no justice done unless there is spiritual training given. .The young should be made to feel that they have souls ; and that those souls are of more value than anything else. " , This is a glorious way of looking at worldly success, this way of John mak ing it to follow the spiritual. If the time will ever come when spirituality will be the chief aim of man, and spirit ual success made the standard ot all other kinds of success, then this will be spiritual world, and much more pleas ant to the bulk of mankind. That must follow. For when we follow God's ar rangements and order we go through the world a great deal easier than when we violate these. ; We have to pay for violating the order of things. ; And he that puts body above soul must pay for it. It is not so, and he can not make it Things will go wrong some time. THE FIRST IN OB.DEH spirituality; and when we observe this order, and follow it, we can enjoy life fully. - Said one that understood the order perfectly : "Seek ye first the king dom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.". It is the divine order ! Be filled with divinity, then you can go anywhere through the world, its riches nor pover ty will not hurt you. But if yon will fill yourselves with the world first you are not sure to fill your soul with riches divine. Sometime we hear it said of some per son, "He is not rich, but he is one of nature's gentlemen; the salt of the earth." What a compliment! What a testimony to character! With such credentials man can go anywhere ; into the very Holy of Holies of the Universe, unto the very presence, and into the heart of God. ' There are some like Gaius more pros perous in soul than body or riches. They seem to work hard, but have only enough to carry them through, enough ' to pay Nature her fare. They may be unable to bny a home of their own ; liv ing in a rented bouse, sojourning in the land all their days. But you can not imagine what riches those people have, unless you happen to be of their number. They live in their Father's house. The mountains are its pillars; the vaulted sky its dome. Death is only a veil to the room where they intend to spend most of their time, the temperature is more even there. They are not poor ! . You see they are going to stay at their Fath er's home, the old home of man. What else is needed in such a .home but health and life'. And these they have. Eternal life is theirs. This is prosperity of soul. That we have not long ere this been able t introduce to you the WEREGRET CELEBRATED SHOES Ot which we are the makers and sellers the sale of wbirh In Bridgeport during last reason have gained for tbem boats bl patrons, many ot whom, nnUl then were unable to find that which onrCom ford Last" gives vie. : EASE, STYLE, WEAR. We Have Tbem for LADIES, MEN, CHILJ DREN. And our new productions for Fall and Win ter wear are marvels ot Shoe Makers - art. WE INVITE INSPEC-I TI0N. Measured work if yon want It- 456fAwSr. fHLER Block, SHOES. AYEttS H YiilKNlljlXiF , mm TRADE'IMIX I MARK A Health Drink, Krrs and Braia Food, A vegetable and cereal Compound ; contains all the elements one's system requires. Prepared by M- S. AYES, ot Boston A Vegetarian for many years. PEICE, 20C PER P0TJ3D OS 40C BT MAIL. Sample mailed on receipt ot 10 cents. Follow the directions and yon will use no other. For sale by principal wholesale and retail grocers. Send 2c stamp lor book on "Diet Keiorm," M. S- AYER.209 & 211 STATE ST., BOSTON- A BRIEF HIST0ET OF WATEST0WI- To trace the exact history of Water town one must go far back into the early history of Connecticut. Its history properly begins with the exodus of many settlers from Hartford and adjoining colonies in 1640, who set tled Farmington. Certain banters and explorers irom f armington, in tneir trips through .the western forests, dis covered the land on the Naugatuck River, where the city of Waterbury now stands. They were struck with the de sirability of the place. So favorable was their report and such the disposition of the early settlers that they began at.once to think of etnisrratton. The Farmins- ton people petitioned the "'honored gen eral court" for liberty to make a settle ment, xnis was in tne rail or 1673. The first we hear of any settlement in the "Northwest Section" is 1n 1701 when John and Obadiah Richards settled there, hut Just at that period the IndiV DO YOU WAST A FARM WAGON, CARRIAGE OR BUSINESS WAGON? DO TOC WAST REPAIR WORK DONE? It will be for your benefit to Correspond with H. W. WOODRUFF, Washington Eepot, Conn. TH n . t Kerlin JlJ JL ron fridge Qt OF EAST BEKLIX, CONN. UiS BELL VOIT A GOOD IRON S STEEL ROOF Sty At 2 iS tc per nir. lout. Write tbem for particulars. MRS W. 0. TRASK, Manufacturer oi Haii Te-welx3r, and Ladies' Hair Work. Combings straightened, roots all one war. specialty. MDDLEBOET, C0JS. Write for information; enclose stamp. ans were very turbulent, and this prob ably prevented any permanent settle ment, ine nrst permanent settlement was made in June of 17il bv Ebenezer Richeson and Jonathan Scott. After 1730 the population increased rapidly, and in 1732, '-the people," says Bronson, "had become so numerous and so Incommoded in attending meetinar. that they began to think of obtaininir for themselves 'winter privileges ;' that is, the privilege of hiriDg for them selves, during tbe winter - months at their own expense, a minister, and of neing exempt aunng tnat time from old parish (Waterbury) rates." After several appeals of this descrip tion to the Legislature their demands were acceded to, and 173S saw their so ciety incorporated by tbe name of Wert- Dury. soon alter it was made a distinct society and its boundary lines were de nned, tine Kev John Trumbull, athlete. divine and poet, took up bis duties as tbe nrst clergyman, in 1739. History is silent concern n? the town of Wertbury up to the Revolutionary War, and all that can be said about that epoch is that there are in tbe old records of the town certain statements relative to the equipment and provisioning of troops for the Continental army. ine town was more or less connected with the war of 1S12 from tbe fact that the interests of several merchants, who did a great deal of importing, were at stake. In 1S10 the town may be said to have outstripped its mother city, Waterbury. It is a peculiar fact thpt at that time Waterbury people did all their slum ping in Watertown. In 1S15, however. wnen tbe wave of manufacturing in. dmtries swept over Connecticut, mnat of the moneyed inhabitants of Water town removed their intesests to Water bury, which was then showing cocsil erable promise as a manufacturing center. In the late war it was well renresen- ted in the army of the north, and names wen Known in tne town are enrolled upon tbe honor list' for bravery. . it may De wen to say a few words upon the ecclesiastical history of the town. Tbe first church wa the Con gregational, founded in 1758; the next Chris-. Church, in 1764. and then tbe Methodist, in 1853. watertown at tne present ia almost essentially a manufacturing town, its silk and other factories representing most of Its money. Farming is of conrsa carried on to a great extent, bat it Is cen tered mostly on the oatsklrU of the town. Tbe Taft School Annual.