A “red devil” sat in the hot spring sun in front of the county buildings in Auburn Tuesday, unconscious of the unkind remarks which were being made about him by Attorney Kavanaugh in the supreme court.

Mr. Kavanaugh was counsel for Martin Young of Lewiston, who was suing James W. Skene, Lewiston’s automobile enthusiast, to recover $200 damage alleged to be sustained by an accident in which Mr. Young’s team and Mr. Skene’s automobile were the principal factors.

This is the first suit against the owner of the automobile that has been brought in Androscoggin county. Justice Peabody, who is presiding says that he heard a similar one in Portland a few terms ago.

50 Years Ago, 1954

Auburn firemen worked three hours Saturday afternoon before they halted a woods fire on land owned by Delekto Bros., South River Road. The fire burned over about an acre of scrub growth off Loring Avenue.

Firemen made use of the department’s portable forestry pump in fighting the blaze. The department was called at 3:56 p.m.

There were three other calls for aid during the day, and none on Sunday. At 8:24 a.m. Saturday, firemen went to the property of Margaret Bartlett at 78 Manley St. for a flooded oil burner. At 2:16 p.m. they extinguished a utility pole fire caused by a grass fire on the Mechanic Falls Road and at 4:04 p.m. they went to the city dump on the Wilson Road to wet down burning debris.

25 Years ago, 1979

Cable television service remained out of order for a large section of Auburn and some areas of Lewiston early this afternoon, but Cable Vision General Manager Kent Higgins said that company is hoping to have most homes reconnected some time tonight.

The initial service disruption was traced to a power supply problem on Sabattus Street, which affected the entire city of Auburn. Although this problem with the system was rectified, Higgins noted two additional malfunctions in Auburn had cut off two-thirds of the city again today.

The downed system comes on the heels of a strike by unionized technical workers. The men walked off the job yesterday, dissatisfied with labor negotiations which have gone unresolved for some 14 months. The workers picketed the office at 720 Sabattus St. again today.


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