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The sum of $16,883,120 was paid on account of the men serving the Civil War by the state and the cities, towns and plantations of Maine, according to figures compiled at the office of the Adjutant General for use of the government at Washington. Of this amount, the state paid $4,660,738. The 415 cities, towns and plantations paid $9,695,321 in addition to $1,915,961 as aid to the families of soldiers during the war; and 1,937 men drafted in 1836 were paid $300 each, amounting to $561,100.

50 years ago, 1957

• James R. Hoffa, No. 2 man in the Teamsters Union, won an acquittal today on charges that he conspired and bribed to plant a spy within the Senate Rackets Committee. The verdict may rocket Hoffa into the union’s presidency, a post being vacated by Dave Beck, who is retiring under charges from the same Senate committee that he misappropriated large sums from the union.

• At least one Congressman wants a law requiring cigarette manufacturers to state on each package that prolonged use of their product may lead to the formation of lung cancers, while a House Government Operations committee has been pushed into contact with the subject through its own probe into the value of so-called “filters” in cigarettes.

25 years ago, 1982

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WASHINGTON – The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree with a federal judge Friday that would prevent the broadcast industry from agreeing to limit the number of commercials aired by TV stations. If approved, the settlement could lead to more ads – and subsequent demands that the Federal Communications Commission step in.

• The 20-minute afternoon storm, with winds gusting to nearly 50 mph, uprooted trees and knocked down wires throughout Poland, Mechanic Falls, Lewiston, Auburn, and Sabattus.

NEW YORK – Two of the nation’s leading banks cut their prime lending rates one-half percentage point to 16 percent Monday, and the Federal Reserve Board lowered its key lending charge.

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