PORTLAND – The steamship Southwark of the Dominican line arrived in port this afternoon from Liverpool via Halifax, having left the former port April 9. The Southwark landed nearly 500 passengers at Halifax and 129 at this port. Twelve of the number landed here were detained for lack of funds to enable them to proceed. They will be allowed to go in a few days, as soon as relatives can send them money. The officers of the steamship report having an ordinary passage.

50 years ago, 1958

BOSTON – Paul Revere rode again Friday night – on the 183rd anniversary of his famous Revolutionary War ride – but this time on postage stamps destined for all parts of the world. The Post Office reported a record-breaking demand, more than 100,000, for first-day covers for a 25-cent stamp.

• Shoppers, golfers, fishermen and children on vacation from school – everyone in fact – liked yesterday’s weather. Bright sunshine brought the mercury up to 64 degrees at noon from a low of 35 degrees at 4 a.m. By 9 p.m., the temperature was down to 46 degrees.

• The trend in men’s clothes is toward in the increased use of sport jackets and trousers with fewer complete suits being sold than in the past. One-third more separate sports coats and pants were produced per man in 1956 than in 1951.

25 years ago, 1983

BEIRUT, Lebanon – A pickup truck packed with explosives blew up the seven-story facade of the U.S. Embassy’s main section during the lunch hour Monday, and Lebanese authorities said at least 39 people were killed, including five Americans. Police said 120 people were wounded.

In Washington, D.C., President Reagan denounced the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut on Monday as a “cowardly act” by terrorists and vowed it would not disrupt American efforts for peace in the Middle East.

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