Some little excitement was caused on Main street, Auburn, just before noon, yesterday, by a peculiar accident. A new horse owned by J. S. P. H. Wilson was hauling a load of straw, weight about a ton and a half. The horse was a strong one and the drivers, it is said, are men who knew their business and horses. The team was being turned off of Main street on the short street or alleyway at the north end of the Victoria Hotel, but instead of keeping in the middle of the street the horse, to all appearance, deliberately walked through the plate glass window to the left of the door. This window was some little distance from the ground but nevertheless the horse easily and quietly entered.

George A. Allen heard the crash of the glass and hastened to the assistance of the drivers. The glass was completely taken out and was broken into bits.

The horse remained standing quietly in the room for some half an hour until a key could be found to unlock the door so that the horse could be led out. Of course the horse was cut some but was not seriously hurt, although be bled a little.

50 Years Ago, 1954

Lewiston won’t receive the nine new ballot boxes it recently requested from the Secretary of State’s offices despite a Maine statute which says such boxes shall be provided at the expense of the State.

The request for the boxes was made by the Lewiston Board of Mayor and Aldermen through City Clerk Lucien Lebel. The present containers are in “deplorable condition,” according to Lebel.

But Paul A. MacDonald, deputy secretary of State, promptly told Lebel that the State only supplies the boxes the first time. After that it is the city’s responsibility to buy them.

25 Years Ago, 1979

It was a recent attendance at the 18th annual Western Maine Gem and Mineral Festival, held at the Rumford Center School this weekend. Sally Spencer, president of the Mineral and Gem Association, which sponsors the show, said “this year’s festival is the largest in the history of the show with more exhibits than ever before – even though four exhibits did not show up.”

This year’s show had minerals and gems running gamut from diamonds down. The feature of this year’s festival was the Smithsonian’s Institute’s exhibit of Brazilian pegmatite.

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