March 24, 1875, New Hampshire Patriot and Gazette (Concord NH) Issue 3995, Page 1
– Brentwood is out of debt and has $3,774.24 in its treasury.
– Mrs. M.T. Chase has been appointed postmistress at North Epping.
– Hillsborough’s debt is $18, 054; Francestown’s $10,500; Antrim’s $14,000
– Freestone quarrying at Francestown is now done by steam power, at a great saving of labor.
– Wolfborough voted to abolish the police court of that town, and to pay the firemen $8.00 each for the year.
– Bedford used to give from 70 to 90 Republican majority, but gallant and persistent work has reduced it to within one or two of a cypher.
– The Republicans of Rockingham county are pressing the claims of Thomas Leavitt of Exeter for the Speakership of the new House of Representatives.
– The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at Manchester was very successful. The procession was large and imposing, many organizations being in the line.
– Only eight deaths occurred in Chesterfield during 1874, but there have been eleven since the New Year. The unusual severity of the winter undoubtedly accounts for it.
– Several flocks of wild geese have been seen in various localities in the State, making their way northward. This is a “sign” that the backbone of winter is broken, we believe.
– Mrs. Catherine Holden, who died at North Charlestown on the 10th inst., at the advanced age of 96 years 3 months, was a Revolutionary pensioner. Her husband entered the army when but fourteen years old.
– The inquest on the body of Ansel Trask, of Farmington, the supposed victim of Republican cruelty, is in progress at that place, and will probably occupy several days. A post mortem examination has been made, the result of which will appear in evidence.
– The railroad bridge at Dover Point was severely tested the other night by an immense jam of ice which came down against the piers from Great Bay; it is estimated that there were 100 acres of ice, which finally broke up and passed away. It is proposed to blow up the remaining ice by nitroglycerine.
– The net indebtedness of Manchester, according to the statement in ex-Mayor Weston’s valedictory is $893, 171.71, an increase during the year of $85,311.55. The decrease of the debt, independent of the new water works, is $42,787,33. Hon. Alpheus Gay, the Mayor-elect, was inaugurated on Tuesday.
– Mrs. Mary A. Bragley of Rochester, widow of Captain Samuel Bragley, laid one of her arms on a chopping block, on Friday, seized an axe, and deliberately chopped her arm nearly off in three places. She then started for the woods and was caught when about half a mile away and taken home, when a physician was sent for. Captain Bragley died at sea about three years ago, and his widow has never fully recovered from the effects of grief at his loss.