RHODE ISLAND – Week of July 23
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RHODE ISLAND – Week of July 23

Week of July 23

Newport, Rhode Island

July 23, 1873

Local Affairs

  • Steamer Neversink now leaves this city at 3:30 p.m.
  • Again the cry is heard for rain and many of the cisterns are dry again.
  • William Wilson, the husband of Ida Lewis, denies that his wife has been divorced from him.
  • An orchestra will be in attendance occasionally at the newly established casino on Catherine Street.
  • The members of the Baptist Society of Wickford will have a clam bake at the Wickford Branch Hotel on the fifth of next month. The steamer Eolus will take people from this city.
  • The Thames Street M.E. Church Sunday School contemplates an excursion to some place up the river soon. The locality has not yet been decided upon.
  • The Police Station is being fitted up like other seaside hotels for the summer season. Its popularity is evinced by the fact that its managers have found it necessary to increase its capacity twenty-five percent by the addition of one cell. The woodwork upstairs is to be painted, the officers’ room papered, and the city marshal’s office is to have new carpet.
  • Horace M. Porter, of Canton, was taken, it is supposed, with a fit while bathing at Rocky Point. He had but just entered the water and was but ankle deep. Two physicians who were on the grounds were summoned but could afford no relief as he died almost instantly. He was a single man between 25 and 30 years of age and formed one of the excursion party yesterday from Canton.
  • It will be remembered that on the sixth of November last a rail was fastened across the Old Colony railroad track at North Easton and the result was an engine off the track and an engineer and fireman badly scalded. The scoundrel who planned this obstruction was tracked to this city where he enlisted at the Fort under the name of John Skinners. Captain Hammond, assisted by officer Drew, went to the Fort yesterday and arrested him and he now rests behind the bars in Boston. His real name is John Ryan.

July 24, 1873

Weird Courtship

It is evident that a new element has been introduced into courtship — a pistol or a knife. A young man annoys a young woman by his distasteful attentions for some weeks or months and then because she declines to marry him he shoots or stabs her and says he did so because he loved her so much or because her refusal made him crazy. The latter is probably true enough as insanity and anger are identical. These peculiar manifestations of love and tenderness have become so common that we are not anxious to be an attractive young lady.

July 25, 1873

Fire Alarms

It doesn’t seem to diminish conflagrations much to improve fire apparatus and yet we feel better to have around us the most improved alarms and extinguishers. With all our modern inventions we are more liable to be burned out than were our ancestors and still, we would be very willing to throw aside our alarm telegraph and steam fire engines. One of the most ingenious inventions in this line is an automatic alarm.

A small cup of mercury contains one end of a circuit wire while the other end is suspended a little above the surface of the liquid. When there is an excessive heat, the mercury rises till it touches the upper wire, the circuit is completed, and a small charge of fulminating powder is exploded or an alarm bell is rung. In the new and magnificent Grand Pacific Hotel at Chicago, every room contains one of these alarms connected with a bell in the clerk’s office.

We are glad that some steps are being taken toward providing this city with an alarm telegraph which is certainly a necessity.

July 25, 1873

Offended Nostrils

Charles Marly was arraigned upon complaint of the Inspector of Nuisances for keeping certain nuisances on his premises in the shape of a hog sty, vaults, sinks, and sink drains, etc., which offended the nostrils of all the good people of the neighborhood and those unfortunate enough to pass by said premises. He was adjudged guilty and fined $10 and costs, which the said Marly paid and the city was so much richer while Marly was so much out. He has gained an experience, however, which will probably cause him hereafter to show respect to the ordinances of our worthy and famous city.

July 26, 1873

New Books

  • Outlines of Men Women and Things, Mary Ames.
  • Love in the XIX century, Harriet Preston.
  • Rhymes from a Sailor’s Journal, C.A. Taber.
  • Inga, G. Freytag.
  • Monographs Person and Social, Lord Houghton.
  • They Met By Chance, Olive Logan.
  • The Lawrences: A Twenty Year History, Charlotte Turnbull.

A.J. Ward, Agent, 130 Thames Street

July 29, 1873

Private Parlor Reading

Mr. Burbank gave a reading last evening at Bateman’s, on Kay Street, to about seventy-five invited guests. The charm of Mr. Burbank’s reading is that the listener is wholly absorbed in the subject matter that falls from his lips, he forgets the reader, and his feelings are excited as though the scene were a living reality for him.

His recitation of Rip Van Winkle, it is safe to say, is only equaled by Jefferson himself. Mr. Burbank not only excels in a certain style of reading but faithfully and successfully renders the humorous as well as the pathetic. The effect on his audience is truly remarkable. He has enabled a twill to convulse them with laughter or melt them to tears.

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