A Sampling of Odds and Ends from the
Warren Journal
Belvidere, Warren County, NJ

Note:  "Inst." means "instant", and refers to the current month.
"Ult." means "ultimo", which means "in the last month."

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February 24, 1855


        THE books of Ezra Tower, has this day been assigned to Bartlett Bent, jr. and R. R. Finch & Son, and may for two weeks be found in the hands of the subscriber,--after which they will be placed in the hands of a Justice for collection.
        Feb. 24, 1855                                                                                                                                        J. G. SHIPMAN

        Patrick Crosby and Michael Sullivan escaped from the Warren County Jail, on Sunday night, the 25th instant.
        Crosby is of sandy complexion, short built, weighs about 140 lbs, and wore, when he left, a light colored Rough & Ready hat and Blue Coat.
        Sullivan has dark hair, is about 5 feet 8 inches high, heavy set, and weighs about 170 lbs.
will be paid for the apprehension of both of the Fugitives, and $10 for either one.
                                                                                                    JACOB SHARP, Sheriff
        Belvidere, Feb. 26, 1855

March 24, 1855


        THE Democratic voters of the Township of Knowton will meet at the Inn of Levi H. Albertson, Knowlton Mills, on Thursday, the 5th of April next, for the purpose of making a ticket to be supported at Town Meeting.                                                                                                        KNOWLTON
        March 24, 1855

May 26, 1855

        A wag in Detroit has been taking liberties with the reputation of the Pontiac Railroad.  He was asked whether he knew of an accident on the road and replied: "Never but once a middle aged gentleman left Pontiac for Detroit and died of an old age at Birmingham--half way!"


        It has been proposed to build a railroad tunnel under the English channel between Dover and Calais, so as to establish a permanent communication between France and England.  Several projects have been proposed; among them that of Dr. Payene, who offers to perform the work, if supplied with 140 submarine boats, 1500 sailors and workmen, 4,340,000 cubic feet of material, and 210,000,000 francs.  By means of such a tunnel the channel might be crossed in thirty-three minutes.

June 23, 1855

        MARRIED--In Woolwich, Mo., John Earnum, aged 83 and Miss Hannah Williams, aged 63, after a courtship of 40 years.


        "It's a very solemn thing to get married," said Aunt Bethany.  "Yes, but it's a great deal more solemn not to be," said her niece.

July 7, 1855

        WAGES IN KANSAS:  Printers' wages are $10 per week, or 30 cents per thousand ema; carpenters $2 per day; masons $2; lower class of laborers $1.25 to $1.50.  Board, $3 to $5 per week.

July 21, 1855

        Bishop Doane of New Jersey, in his address to the female graduating class, at St. Mary's Hall, Burlington, after alluding to the value of intellectual accomplishments in woman, observed:
        "The highest human graces that a woman ever won have but ensnared her soul in vanity and sin, and wrought destruction through their attractions, for the souls of others.  And intellectual powers and intellectual gifts, not subordinated to the providential orderings of God, not chastened and controlled by His renewing grace, are, at this time, unsexing women and thrusting on the astonished world a race of monsters, in that Amazonian crew who clamor, now, for "Woman's Rights," such as no mythology has ever dreamed of."

August 18, 1855

        Counterfeit twenty-five cent pieces are in circulation, bearing date of 1853.   They are executed with tolerable neatness but are quite light and brittle, besides being a trifle thinner than the genuine quarters.  They will be readily detected by any one in the habit of handling coins.

September 8, 1855

        ANOTHER FREE STATE--Before the next Congress has finished is work, we shall have Minnesota asking for admission into the Union.  The late census shows that its population almost comes up to the required number, and that this flourishing Territory already numbers forty-five thousand inhabitants.  St. Paul, the capital, has over five thousand inhabitants.  Minnesota will, of course, come in as a free State, and thus preserve the balance of power with Kansas, which will probably ask for admission at the same time, as a slave state.--N. Y. Herald.

September 15, 1855

                                                                                                    Baltimore, Sept. 10, 1855
        The steamship Benjamin Franklin which bro't the yellow fever from St. Thomas, is in the river below this city, but it is supposed she will not be permitted to come up.  There is some excitement at the Point, and threats have been made that she shall be destroyed if permitted to approach the city.
        Richard Perry Miller of Philadelphia died this morning of yellow fever at the Quarantine Hospital, below Baltimore.  He was returning from Portsmouth, where he had been acting as an apothecary.
        The Relief Committee left here in the Norfolk boat today to make arrangements for bringing to this city two hundred orphan children.  They will be quartered in the new House of Refuge now in process of building, and being prepared for their accommodation.  They will reach here on Saturday.
        A dispatch from Wildon says a large number have left Norfolk and Portsmouth for the Camp established by the authorities of Baltimore at Old Point.  A stock of provisions was left at the encampment on Saturday.
        At Portsmouth, Dr. Collins, President of the Railroad is dead.
        The collection in this city for the relief of the sufferers now reaches nearly $22,000.


        ACCIDENT.--We regret to learn that on last Friday week, Commodore Stewart feel from a wild cherry tree on his farm to the ground, and received some severe but not dangerous injuries.  The injuries were both external and internal.  He is, however, slowing recovering, and we hope that it will not be long before the gallant old veteran will be on his feet again.

October 6, 1855

        List of Letters remaining in the Post Office at Belvidere, Warren County, N.J., for the quarter ending Sept. 30th 1855:  Angel & Phelan  *  Best, Andrew  *  Brewster S. & Co.  *  Byron, M.  *  Broderick, John  *  Brining, Patrick  *  Collerson, Charles  *  Cray, F. D.  *  Collins, Josiah  *  Crossen, Med  *  Dillon, Peter  *  Dayton, Sophia  *  Emans, Daniel  *  Farby, John  *  Gannon, John  *  Hoag, Francis I.  *  Huff, Elizabeth E.  *  Hanisong, Plumer, Co.  *  Irvin, James  *  Kongho, John 2  *  Kuhl, Geo.  *  Keniry, Patrick  *  Koch, John A.  *  Kearney, Mary  *  Loder, Isaac  *  Miller, Meriam C.  *  Morgan, E. D.  *  Mitchell, Samuel  *  Marthe, Peter  *  McCollough, James  *  McLaughin, Dennis  *  Rowe, James  *  Rogan, Peter  *  Rush, Israel  *  Stephens, W.  *  Smith, James T.  *  Stiles, John  *  Sharp, Richard  *  Smith, Thomas  *  Slack, C. M.  *  Wilson, Peter 2  *  Williams, Mary  *  Weis, A. M.  *  White, Wm. S.
                                                                                    A. B. SEARLES, P. M.


October 13, 1855

        AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF CONNECTICUT.--It is believed that amendment to the Consitution of Connecticut has been carried by popular vote, prohibiting persons from voting who cannot read.

October 20, 1855


        WHEREAS Francis Moran dec'd, in his lifetime, entered into a written contract, for the sale of a certain tract of land situate in the township of Hardwick in the county of Warren, adjoining other lands of said Moran, Nelson Smith, Thomas Drum and Benard Cox, containing ninety six acres and twenty four hundredths of an acre, to George Maring of said county--This is to give notice to all persons concerned that the subscribers intend to apply in the Orphans' Court to be holden at Belvidere in said County, on the eighteenth day of December, next, to decree a fulfillment of said contract, accoring to the form of the situate in such case made and provided.
                                                                    NELSON SMITH, JOHN LINN
                                                                   Admr's of Francis Moran, dec'd.

October 27, 1855

        In another column of our paper we publish the report of the "Teachers' Institute of Sussex County."  It may be proper to mention that this report was promised to me last week--but the affiliations of the leading spirits of this conclave favored the Register instead of us.  We take this opportunity to warn Jerseymen against the wiles of a Mr. Hoagland, known as Superintendent or State Agent.  He intends as he professed, to get the Normal School Law altered, so that the teachers Instructed at that establishment shall not be compelled to teach in New Jersey; because he has a daughter, now under its Instruction, and he says that he thinks its wrong that she should be compelled to teach in this State at a low salary, when she might obtain better pay in Pennsylvania or New York.  We think otherwise.  If persons obtain their education at the expense of the State they should do the State some service.
        The object of a State Normal School is to supply the State with Jersey teachers, and if that cannot be done by that means, it had better be abandoned.  We are tired of the tin pedlars and wooden nutmeg venders of New England.  Let us have Jerseymen or none.--Sussex Herald.



        That A. J. Kleinhans, of Belvidere, is selling off his extensive stock of goods at cost for cash, being desirous of closing the business.  A great chance for bargains.

November 10, 1855

        NEW JERSEY AHEAD.--Among the agricultural wonders of the season, the editor of the Bridgeton Chronicle has seen a potato of the Bermuda species, which was raised near that place, which weighed eight pounds!  Its circumference was 2-3/4 feet one way by 1-1/2 feet the other; also an apple, raised in Salem county, weighing one pound five ounces.

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