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w T h e S o u t h p o r t T i m e s F A I R F I E L D C O U N T Y . VOL III. SOUTHPORT, CONN., FRIDAY, AUGUST 12,1881. KO. 38. flNE J ob iRINTINfi. -:o:- WE HAKE A SPECIATY OF S' S * X N S 1 O O JLmC > 1=1. In eoBUBMreial printing, for ^ wldcOi pofliOM we have the flBMrt o n tft of any oflee in th ii wKttion. See onr «peei-mena and get onr jniees. 9[|)t 3im(0. TO RENT Tbe Sioto in ILe Bride Block ou Centre Btieet, n««t door to Vnns ottoe. Alio, Apartmenbi on tke uoond and tliird floon of tlie ■MM boilding. fitted for « Boarding flonse, or for two «» tluee* private miUml Fm h to mit the timea. E. T. SALL, Agt., Sontliport. DESIGNER Intorior and Exterior Decorative Painting. . Paper Hanging, Graining and Mnrkliii. FILLING AMD POLISHING OF WOODS. ■ft. S Ljon Straet, oppoiite Depot, BBIDGEPOBT, Con it W. L. FERRIS, D. D. S., Dental Rooms, 354 Main Street, BBIDGEPOBT, CONN. n— «t FwaaqrlnH^ OoU«ee ol Dental Soi^eiT. Pensions, Bounties, ^c., a^ObWMd for Soldtai of all p f W. H. NOBLE, BBIDGEPOBT. ~ • - CONN. N. BUCKINGHAM & CO., W h o l e s a l e a n d B e t a i l F u r n i t u r e D e a l e r s '* S8T, tM W intar S t., u p a tn lra , B r id c e p o r t, Ckma. «ABliBli«CItettm T«i7 aiwq>forOMli. OooasXMiiwsAflat ol tB«a F. M. MONTIGNANI, P h o t o g r a p h i c Ar t i s t , S i e M i t fB S k id i l r .e tB t e , o v e r H nm iltom ’a D r a g S to r e , BRIDGEPORT, CONN. • a ^ v o t n p a box siBST-cLiss v o b k ka de. ^ 1 at BmmmUo PtioMb r- »t'■. t W . C H U R C H O U S E , ^ O U X X U 'O X t 'r , ......................................COI«IS%, MERCHANT TAILOR. mellnMe Wwfc mt Modwrnte Fricea. Murphy’s Painters' Supply. Storo. A k Dpaewr olMk of LEADS. OUiS, TDBPENTXSES. TABVUHE j , WHITIX S ■ m U i aa< CNABM oCewy teorlpUoB, ta OU a a i Dlfteapcr at Itir Totk M en . n ^ B mmA Of ■ —tel VMsUiic U «U M» f a o c m z p O B T . - c jo w jv SoimiFOBT, FsiDlr, Acqttst 12.1881, T h e B la e k e ll. TbtNiiaikoiylluTc betrd, A poet taHiwd it of • blid, Asa ktpt Ita mwio word bgr word: Aitotrof adim ravine, Ote wiiidi tbe towerim troeHop* lew WltU «B0 blue rift or Iky brtweon; . Aadthetf^aUioaiuid j c u i i f S • A littls flower, aa wbit«|M SDOw, Swajad Id Uie aOeoee to and fro. Day after day, with koainc eye Hie floweret watdied tbe narrow ekr, And fleecy ctonda tbat floated by. And ttoonah the darlmeee, night by night, Acleamli«atarwoalddlmbthe height. And cheer the lonely flowerefi eight. Thai, watching tho Unehearaia afkr. The rliiiw c( ita fkvorita atar, A change came to the almplc iloww. And aoltl} o<to ita petala white There cNiit a Uneneai, iiln the light Of ddea upon a aommer night: Thttn i& its M I*in The bonnie boll wae fonnd to hold A tiny (tar that gleamed Uke golj. And blnelicUs of tho Bcottiah land - An loved on cvury foreign atrand, IVhere etin a Sooltiijh heert or hand. Kov little people, foud and tme, I read a loaaon here for yon, mthlB the lloworet’a IwU of btoe: The patient child, whoae watchful eye Btrivea after an thingapnre and high, Shan taka their Image by and by. —I t. A. 0 .in DomeattoUeathly. S^C9eelilI(ittei»nd* Ihorgunna^s Ghost. Tlie following very curious story ia from the Eyrbyggja Saga, one of the oldest and noblest Of the Icelandic histories. As it results in an action unique in iis way—a lawsuit brought against a parly of ghosts who haunted a house—it bf curiosities. In the summer of 1000, the year ia svhich Christianity was established in Iceland, a vessel camc off coast near Snoerclliitiss, full ot Irish and natives of the Uebrides, with a few Norsemen among them; the ship came irom Dublin, and lay aloagside of llif, waiting a breeze which might waft her into the firth to Dogvertharncss. Some i>eople went off in boats from tho ness to trade with the vessel. They found on board a Hebride woman called Thorgunna, who, hinted the sailore, Jiad treasures of female attire in her possession the like of which had never been seen in Iceland. Now when Thurida, tho housewife at Frodriver, heard this, she was all excitement to get a glimpse of these treasures, for she was a dashing, showy sort of a woman. She rowed out to the ship, and on meeting Thorgunna, asked her if she bad really some first-rate lady’s dresses. Of course she had; but she was not going to part with them to any one, was the answer. Then might she see them ? humbly asked Thurida. Yes, she might see them. So the boxes were opened, and the Iceland lady examined the foreign apparel. I t was good, but not so very remarkable as she had anticl pated; on tho whole, she was a bit disappointed, still she >vould like to purchase, and she made a bid. Thoigunna at once refused to sell. Thurida then invited the Hebride lady home on a visit, and the stranger, only too glad to leave tho vessel, accepted the invitation with alacrity. On the arrival of the lady with her boxes at the farm, she asked to see her bed, and was showed a convenient closet in tho lower part of the hall. There she unlocked her largest trunk, and drew forth a suit ol bed-clothes of the most exquisite workmanship, and she spread over the bed English linen sheets and a silken coverlet. From the box she also extracted tapestry hangings and curtains to surround the couch; and tlic like of aH these had never been teen in the island before. Thurida opened her eyes very wide, and asked her guest to share bed-clothes with her. '‘Not for all the world,” replied thei^range lady with sharpness; “I’m not going to pig it in the straw for yon, ma’ani!” An answer whieh, the Saga writer assures us, di^ not particu-lariy gratify the good woman of the house. Thorgunna was stout and tall, duposed to become jTat, with black eyebrows, a thick bead of bushy brown hair, and soft eyed. She was not much of a talker, nor very merry, and it was her wont to go to ciiurch every day before beginning her daily task. Many people took her to be abont sixty years old. She worked at the loom every day except,in hay-making time, and then shu went forth into the fields and stacked her own hay. Tho summer that ye&r was wet,and tho hay had not been carried on account of the rain, so that at Frodriver farm, by autumn, tho Cl' p was only half cut, and the rc -t was still standing. One day appean^ bright and cloudless, and the farmer, Thorodd, ordered the house to turn out for a general hay-making. The strange lady worked along with the rest tossing liay till the hour of nones, when a black cloud crossed the sky from tho north, and by the time that prayers had been said such a darkness had come on that it was almost impossible to see. The hay-makers, at Thorodd’s command, raked their hay together into cocks, but Thorgunna, for no assignable reason, left hers spread. I t now became so dark that there was no seeing a hand held up before tho face, and ' down came tho rain in torrents. It did not last many minutes, and then the sky cleared, and the evening was as bright as had been the morning. I t was observ^ by the h.iy- 'imfcers uii their ^ lurn to -1 heir work that it ha^ rained bluod, for all the grass was stained. They spread ^ t , and it soon dried np; but niorgunna tried in vain to diy liers, it had been so llioroiighly saturated tliat the sun went down leaving it dripping bl<Md, and all her clothes were discolored. Thurida asked what could be the meaning of the portent, and Thorgunna answered that it boded ill to tho house and its inmates. In tho evening, late, the strange woman returned homo and went to her closet and stripped ofi’ her the stained clothes. Slie then lay down in her bed and began to sigh. I t was soon ascertained that she was ill, and when food was brought her she would not swallow it. Next morning the bonder camc to her to inquire how she felt, and to learn w'hat turn the sickness was likely to take. Tho poor lady told him that sho feared her end was approaching, and sho earnestly besought him to attend to her directions as to the disposal of her property, not changing any particular, as such a change would entail misery on the family! Thorodd declared his readiness to carry out her wishes to tho minutest detail. “This, then,” said she, “is my last request. I desire my body to be taken to Skalholt, if I die of this disease,fori have a presentiment that that place will shortly become the most sacred in ttie island, and that clerks will bo there who will chant over me; and do you reimburse yourself for any outlay in car- -rying this into efiect from my chattels. Lot your wife, Thurida, bavo my scarlet gown, lest sho be put out at the further distribution of my c0\H:ts, which I propose. My gold ring I bequeath to the church; but my bed, with its curtains, tapestry, coverlet, and sheets, I desire to have burned, so that they go into nobody’s possession. This I desire, not because I grudge the uso of these handsome articles to anybody, but because I ioresee that the possession oi them will be the causc of innumerable quarrels and heartburnings.” Thorodd promised solemnly to falGll to tho letter every particular. The complaint now rapidly gained gronnd, and beiore many days Thorgunna was dead. The fanner put her corpse into a coffin, then took all the bed-fumiture into the open air, and, raising a pile of wood, flung the clothes on top of it, and was abont to fire the pile, when, with a face pale from anxiety and dismay, forth rushed Thn-rida, to kno^ what in the name of wonder her husband was abont to do with those treasures of needlework— the coverlet, sheets, and enrtoins of the strange lady’s bed. “Burn them! according to her dying request,” replied Thorodd. “Burn them ?” echoed Thurida, casting np her hands and eyes; “what nonsense! Thorgunna only desiied this to be done because sho was full of envy lest others should enjoy these incomparable treasures.” “But she threatened all kinds of misfortunes unless I obeyed strictly her injunctions; and I promised to fulfill her intentions,” expostulated tho worthy man. “Oh, that is all fancy!” exclaimed the wife; “ what misfortune can these articles possibly bring upon us?” Thorodd still stood out ; but in this, as in many another house, the gray maro was the best horse, and what with entreaties, embraces, and tears, he was forced to effect a compromise, and relinquish to his wife tho hangings and the coverlet in order that he might secnrt immunity for burning the pillow and the sheets. Yet neither were satisfied, says the historian. Next day preparations were made for flitting the corpse to Sk'al-hoU, and trustworthy men were secured' to accompany it. Tho body was swatlied in linen, bntnot stitched up; it was then pnt into the coiHn and »lac,ed on horseback. So they started wi2t U Ovefthe’ moor, and nothing particular happened till tl'.ey reached Valbjarnar plain, where there aiV many pools and niorasses, and the corpse had repeated falls into the mire. Well, after a bit they crossed the North-rar at Eyar-Iord, but the watei was very tleep, for there had been heavy rains. At nightfall they reached Skalholt, and asked tho farmer to take them in. lie declined peremptorily, probably disliking the notion of housing a corpse, and ho shut the door in their faces. They could go no farther that night as the lluita was before them, which is very deep and broad, and could only be traversed in safety by day; so they took the coflin into an outc house, and after some trouble persuaded the farmer to let them sleep in his hall; but ho would not give them any food, so they went sup-perless to bed. Scarcely, however, was all quiet in tho'honse before a strange clatter was heard in the shed serving as larder. Ono of the farm servants, thinking that thieves were breaking in, stole to the door, and on looking in beheld a tall naked woman, with thick brown hair, busily engaged >n preparing food. The poor fellow was so frightened that.ho fled back to his bed, quaking like an aspen leaf. In another moment the nude figure stalked into tho hall, bearing vie tuals in both hands, and these she placed on tho table. By the dim light tho bearers recognized Thorgunna, and they understood that she resented the churlishness of the host, and had left her coffin to provide food lor them. The farmer and his wife were now speedily brought to terms, and leaving their beds they displayed the utmost alacrity in supplying all the necessities of their guests. A fire was lighted; the wet clothes were taken off the travelers; curd and beer, and a stew of Iceland-moss, set before them; H is t!—a litllo noise in the outhouse ! It is only Ihorgunna stepping back into her coffin. Nothing transpired of any moment dnring the rest of the journey. Tho bearers had but to narrate tho story of tho preceding night’s events, and they were sure of a ready welcomc wherever they halted. At Skalholt all went well; the clerks accepted the gold ring, and chanted over the body: they buried her deep, and pan green turf over her. their errand accom-pUshed, the servants of Thorodd returned home. [to bk cosxnruxD.] Dan Bice, the clown, married a Pennsylvania deacon’s daughter; but the union Of church and cirens was not happy, and the wife is suing for a divorce. A Chicago boy and giil of 15 and 14 were whipped by their parents as a remedy for lovesickness, but thoy defeated the cure by poisoning themselves to death. Tho latest order of conclusion at the Grand Union Hotel, Saratoga, is not against the Jews, bnt admits no other man to the ball room who doesn’t wear a swallow-tail coat. The admission price at a pic-nic at Frankfort, Ky., was 25 cents, which Campbell Hamptoif thought was too high, and insisted on going in for 15. In order to have his way he killed the doorkeeper. A Chinaman killed himself at Pawtucket three years ago, and his devoted brother has just killed and burned a chicken and also a good shirt upon his grave, because the dead man was hungry and short of clothes, he said. A plague of flies has compelled a temporary discontinuance of electric lights in tho Laclede and Lin-dell Hotels, St. Louls; Tho insects keep away-from the heat of burning gas, bnt swarmed in tho cool glare of cIectricity,tormenting the guests beyond endnrance., That a human bite is as dangerous as that of any animal is shown by an occurrence in tho German city ot Munster, where a man who was bitten in ono of his fingers during a fight has had the alternative of losing his arm or his life. Blood poisoning set in, and speedy amputation at the shoulder became necessary. A young and wobegone man handtJd a cat-’o-nine tails to a Toronto saloon keeper, stripped off his coat and shirt, and begged to be whipped for his sins. The obliging ramseller. to amnso the lonngert* in the place, gave the penitent fifty hard blows, lacenir ting his back considerably, bnt he bore it with fortitude, and declared that it made him feel easier in bis mind. A writer in Land and Water says there are from one to two thonsand English landlords in Virginia, with farms ICO to 1,S00 acres, and that they are remarkar bly happy. He especially recommend) Virginia for gentlemen emigrants with largo &milies. “I t offers almost the only gennine country life with congenial sur* roundings to the expatriated gentleman.” Preparations of great magnitude are under way for the production of Wagner’s musical composition “Parcival” in Bayrenth next summer. A Polish artist intimately acquainted with Wagner is painting scenery aivi decorations, and devising costumes in Munich, and all Germany is searched for singers. The music-loving King, Louis of Bavaria, contributes 300,000 marks (about $75,000) to tho expenses of the undertaking. The two wealthiest widows in England are the Hon. Mrs. Maynell Ingram, daughter of Lord Halifax, and Mrs. Gerard Leigh. The first inherited from her husband two splendid seats, each with a deer park, and an income above $150,- 000 a year. Mrs. Gerard Leigh, who sails in the finest steam yacht afloat, owns Luton Park, formerly the seat of tho Bute family, and a fine house in Grosveuor square, London. She entertains liberally, whereas Mrs. Meynell-Ingram lives quietly. The Aostialaaiaa wheat yield for 1880-81 shows an average yield per aere of 9.8Ibnfllieb fltfaintt 13.29 Iasi year. Vngiiiia faxmen in the neighbor^ hood of battle fields ate Btfll aUe to gatbernp enoufl^ old gun bamfai td snpply tteir bladomiihs irith homt* shoeizon. A bozse diseaae like tiuli vhieh q>- peazedinthis ei^inlSTShas la t^ appeared at Bedin and eaoasdamdl inconvenienee to the raaoiag of aticat can and the entploiymflnt of horsM generally. TfieOzknegrlsIaada appear tobea good egg-piodaeing distriel. aefaom tmatwoxthystatistiesit luwbeaa a» eertained that dazing the last twelve months more than U.000,000 have been expozted by steamers and sailiog vessels. Freight from the Paeifie Coeat to the East, in the half year endiiig Jane 80, was 101.040,080 pounds, n e a ^ all of which, exerting 4,331,650 ponnda of tea and coffee combined, eonsiatad of Gklifonua and Oregon pzodoetsi The wool diipmeiit Eaat zeaehed 6,642,2501 Inqauies ss to the prosperity of negio fanners in Loaisifl to all pazts of the State by the New Orleana Picayunei >ad the zepUae showcleazly that, “ it is within the zeasonable ambition of any beidtby colozed man now to own land, and to establish himself in an independenoy.” The Depaztment of Agzienllnza aajs there haa been an inezaaae of two per cent in azea in potatoea thzoaiclioat the whole eonntzy ainee 1880L The inczeaae ia genezal in all seetiooa. The Statea of New York and Miehigni repoztan inczeaae of five per eenl. each; Misaonn,aix per cent, and Ohio deczeaae of two percent. Theeon-dition of the erop ia zaported vaty high. Inaeetinjazieaaze reported in many localitiea, bnt the daaaaga irill bedight ^e a e z e ag e oftobaeeoia lazgalyineioflaaoflaat year, pntlien-lazly in Maryland. Tizglnie andXaa-tuchy. Butiaviewof thekiside-ezeaaeinl880in theae atatea, owing totheacazeityofp]anta.tha azeawiU not be gzeaterthia year than itwaaia 1879, the year in which tho arsa waa given for the eenana of 1 8 ^ The condition of the «R9 ia zqportedldgh* er thaa hMt year at the aaate time. 3£annal«a,the big videaaoofthe Sandwidi lahmda, ia in a atatf of eruption. The Umiieipal Gouneil of Flizia intend to tax telegraph and talaphooe wizea in aeweza.' There haa been a mariud inonMo in eaatem Ennpo of ktoyean of-pab* licationa in the Hebzow tongiM An Ohio woBun owed a aaan To wipe ont the debt ahoaanied hns. andthenfor |60 ahe got a dmne, thna aarintfUa Judge JameaD. Celt, of tho Maaaa chuaetta aqpieme beneh, snieide at his ofllee, in Kttsfidd. ea Tneadaylaat. The English Joeksy Olnb has boofl^t for 1900,000 a fine eataiaaaar Newmarket. I t iaelndea 3,8Qaaena, withamanaion. Afaitheampmeetmgiain progiaaa at Old Ozdiatd, M&, aadaavoai adia* enloaa enzca <» the gzonnda in anawer to pzqrer aze zepocted. A cazriage containing 1^000 eagla doUaza waa atopped on tha Altarioad, thirty milea from HermoaiUo, Mezioe, and the money eanded oC Lancaater. N. H., ia tzonUed with poiaoning. Several myatciioasdaiMha havdzeeentlyoeoazzed. whiA azeat* tzibuted to a young woman. ThedaOyzeeeipta of cattle at the Union Tarda in ConaeQ Blofib^ Iowa, avezage fiom 1,200 to 2;000 head. Stockmen aity that f al<y 200.000 head will be shipped to Eastern mazfceto thiai The following ia from a “Clipper’* adveztiaement: “Wanted—A good undertaker; one that can eatdi aom-eisanlta from three high down and hold for three high Npotter.” That means a circus performer, to be ono of thxeo tnmUeza^ and hold the twd others in teats of poeturing and som-ezsanltingi Bichazdaand DuiT worked a trip^ hammer in an iron foondzy at Fklmy<> za. Ho. They weze fiezeo saemiaa, and one of thehr fzeqnent qnazrekled to Bidiazda thzeatening to pnt Doff’a hand under the hammer. Onff dand him to try. A fearful eneonnter en-aned, imt Bieharda pzoved^ ataoag enough lot hia puzpoae^ aad Doff kat ahaad.
|Title||Southport Times, 1881-08-12|
|Subject||Fairfield (Conn.) -- Newspapers; Southport (Conn.) -- Newspapers; Fairfield County (Conn.) -- Newspapers|
|Description||Frequency: Weekly; Publication dates: Began in 1879; Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 37 (July 31, 1879)|
|Collection||Newspapers of Connecticut|
|Source - Location||Connecticut State Library microfilm, AN104.S75 T56|
|Relation||Continues:Fairfield County times|
|Publisher||Henry A. Van Dalsem, ed.|
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|Title-Alternative||The Southport times|
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T h e S o u t h p o r t T i m e s
F A I R F I E L D C O U N T Y .
VOL III. SOUTHPORT, CONN., FRIDAY, AUGUST 12,1881. KO. 38.
flNE J ob iRINTINfi.
WE HAKE A SPECIATY OF
S' S * X N S 1 O O JLmC > 1=1.
In eoBUBMreial printing, for
^ wldcOi pofliOM we have the
flBMrt o n tft of any oflee in
th ii wKttion. See onr «peei-mena
and get onr jniees.
Tbe Sioto in ILe Bride Block ou Centre Btieet, n««t door to Vnns
ottoe. Alio, Apartmenbi on tke uoond and tliird floon of tlie
■MM boilding. fitted for « Boarding flonse, or for two «» tluee* private
miUml Fm h to mit the timea. E. T. SALL, Agt., Sontliport.
Intorior and Exterior Decorative Painting. .
Paper Hanging, Graining and Mnrkliii.
FILLING AMD POLISHING OF WOODS.
■ft. S Ljon Straet, oppoiite Depot, BBIDGEPOBT, Con it
W. L. FERRIS, D. D. S.,
Dental Rooms, 354 Main Street,
n— «t FwaaqrlnH^ OoU«ee ol Dental Soi^eiT.
Pensions, Bounties, ^c.,
a^ObWMd for Soldtai of all p f
W. H. NOBLE,
BBIDGEPOBT. ~ • - CONN.
N. BUCKINGHAM & CO.,
W h o l e s a l e a n d B e t a i l F u r n i t u r e D e a l e r s
'* S8T, tM W intar S t., u p a tn lra , B r id c e p o r t, Ckma.
«ABliBli«CItettm T«i7 aiwq>forOMli. OooasXMiiwsAflat ol tB«a
F. M. MONTIGNANI,
P h o t o g r a p h i c Ar t i s t ,
S i e M i t fB S k id i l r .e tB t e , o v e r H nm iltom ’a D r a g S to r e ,
• a ^ v o t n p a box siBST-cLiss v o b k ka de. ^
1 at BmmmUo PtioMb
W . C H U R C H O U S E ,
^ O U X X U 'O X t 'r , ......................................COI«IS%,
mellnMe Wwfc mt Modwrnte Fricea.
Murphy’s Painters' Supply. Storo.
A k Dpaewr olMk of LEADS. OUiS, TDBPENTXSES. TABVUHE j , WHITIX S
■ m U i aa< CNABM oCewy teorlpUoB, ta OU a a i Dlfteapcr
at Itir Totk M en .
n ^ B mmA Of ■ —tel VMsUiic U «U M»
f a o c m z p O B T . - c jo w jv
SoimiFOBT, FsiDlr, Acqttst 12.1881,
T h e B la e k e ll.
A poet taHiwd it of • blid,
Asa ktpt Ita mwio word bgr word:
Aitotrof adim ravine,
Ote wiiidi tbe towerim troeHop* lew
WltU «B0 blue rift or Iky brtweon;
. Aadthetf^aUioaiuid j c u i i f S •
A littls flower, aa wbit«|M SDOw,
Swajad Id Uie aOeoee to and fro.
Day after day, with koainc eye
Hie floweret watdied tbe narrow ekr,
And fleecy ctonda tbat floated by.
And ttoonah the darlmeee, night by night,
And cheer the lonely flowerefi eight.
Thai, watching tho Unehearaia afkr.
The rliiiw c( ita fkvorita atar,
A change came to the almplc iloww.
And aoltl} o
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