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Hartford Times, 8/3/1840



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Hartford Times 1840/Aug 3


Hon. H. l. Pinckney, Mayor of Charleston, S. C., has received the appointment of collector of that port.

One dollar bills of the Commercial Bank, Providence, new plate, have been altered to $10

Professor Thompson, of Marion College, Mo., recently shot himself with a pistol.

Capt. Talcott, of the U. S. Engineers, Professor Renwick, of Columbia College, and Professor Cleveland, of Ohio, have been appointed by the President, Commissioners for the exploration and survey of the North Eastern Boundary.

Three Spanish lads, who were residing at the West Point Foundry, were drowned on the Hudson, last Tuesday afternoon. They were on a pleasure excursion, when the boat sprang a leak and sunk.

The riot on the Philadelphia and Kensington Railroad, had subsided on Tuesday of last week. Several of the rioters had been examined and held to bail in the sum of $15,000.

The body of a man about 35 years old, was found floating in the East River, near Brooklyn, a few days since, with one arm severed from the shoulder, two cuts on his neck, four stabs in his left arm, head covered with cuts, bruises, etc.-- He was probably murdered.

The Sioux and Chippewa Indians were, at the last account, preparing for a fight.

On Sunday, the 26th ult., a man fell from a cliff at Niagara Falls, and struck on some rocks, at a distance of 80 feet, after which he arose and crawled up to within ten feet of the top of the precipice.

The Mississippi River is reported to be quite low.

CENSUS OF NEW HAVEN.--We have been furnished by the Assistant Marshal who is now taking the census in this district, with the following statement of the number of inhabitants in the city

 and town of New Haven, viz:--1840 Increase No. of Inhab'ts in town 

1840 1840 Increase
10,678 14,363 3,685

In City (F. Haven inch.)

1830 1840 Increase
10.180 13,728 3.548

There is living in this town of Fall River, a female, 17 years of age, who is a widow. She was fourteen when married, and has a son two years or more old. Abel says tht at the next festival or celebration, which he attends, he shall--after the cloth is removed, and the 'regular toasts' are disposed of--propose the following sentiment:

The Interesting Young Widow of Fall River--"God bless her."

There is at present in the grapery of Col. Connolly, at Castleotwn, a vine measuring the extraordinary length of 100 feet; and in order to think the crop, Mr. William Kelly, cut away 2,000 bunches of grapes, leaving to ripen the prodigious quantity of 3,500 bunches. This is the largest and most productive vine in this country.-Dublin paper.

Mrs. Mary Caroline, wife of Mr. Stephen J. Metcalf, of Medway, mass., drowned herself near Boston, last Saturday, in a fit of mental derangement. She had been married but about two months.

Hartford Times 1840/Aug3

INGENIOUS DEVISE.--Reports saith that the industrious ladies of the Eastern shore of Maryland, when they are obliged to go out to work in the cornfields and to leave their young children unattended at home, make use of the following admirable contrivance to supply the young one with nourishment, and, at the same time to prevent serious accidents. First, they place the child on its back, in the centre of the floor, then they take a twin string and tie a piece of fat bacon to one end of it, and the other end then fasten to the infant's great toe. The baby, having the bacon placed in his mouth, begins to suck very heartily; and if, during the mother's absence, it happened to draw the meat into its throat, it naturally give a kick; the motion of the feet jerks the twine, and the pump of fat is pulled out in time to prevent suffocation. By this means, the services of a child's nurse are dispensed with, and the mammas can leave home for hours, without feeling any apprehensions for the little cherub's safety.

NAPOLEON'S sword.--Gen. Bertrand has presented to Louis Phillipe the sword which belonged to Napoleon. It has engraved upon it, in letters of fold, "Austerlitz 2 December 1805." The hilt is of solid fold, simple in form, but inlaid with three antique medals, bearing the effigies of Hannibal, Caesar, and Alexander. This sword laid upon the bed of Napoleon during his last illness, and the English intended to seize and retain it; but Bertrand, with pious fraud, substituted his own for it.--Evening Post.


In this city, on the 29th inst., by the Rev. Mr. Sprague, Mr. Owen Bliss, to Barnstable, Mass., to Miss Caroline H. Jagger, of Wethersfield, Rocky Hill.

On the 25th of July, by the Rev. Mr. Rice, Mr. J. N. Kendall, of Alabama, to Miss Jane Fairchild, of Granby, Ct.


In East Hartford, on the 17th Ult., Mrs. Lucy Burnham, aged 7-. On the 28th, Ellen, aged 3 years, daughter of Mr. William Kellogg.

At East Windsor, on the 16th ult., Mr. Elisha Morton.

Litchfield County

 The Democratic Republicans of the County of Litchfield, are requested to assemble en masse, on Thursday, the 27th of August next, at the Democratic Hotel of Col. Wm. Odell, on Litchfield Hill, at eleven o'clock, A. M., for the purpose of responding to the nomination of president Van Buren, of effecting a complete organization of the

Democratic party, preparatory to the Fall elections, and to mingle their rejoicings and congratulations upon that glorious event, the final passage of the Independent Treasury Bill by the House of Representatives.


JOHN C. SMITH, County Committee

July 28, 1840.

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