Fearing that children at the park playground might be injured, City Marshal Cailler gave chase to a runaway horse Thursday afternoon and captured it near Bleachery Hill. The city marshal was standing at the Park Street entrance to the police station when the team went tearing past. Hundreds of boys and girls were romping on the playground while others were going and coming.

Realizing the danger to the children, the marshal jumped onto his team to give chase. Although the horse was facing Pine Street, he turned it around so quickly and drove so fast that he overtook the runaway at Bleachery Hill. The horse turned down Maple Street onto Lisbon. City Marshal Cailler stopped the runaway by driving along side of it when both teams were going at a reckless pace and grabbing the reins, slowed the horse down. The marshal’s prompt and courageous action prevented any damage being done to life or property.

50 years ago, 1958

Activities of a prowler in the Main Street-Whittum Avenue area last week have been reported by residents of the neighborhood. Whether the person was the “flashlight prowler,” who has been laying low of late or a “peeping tom” is not known.

Mrs. Laura Fitzgerald of 796 Main St. said her son spotted the prowler approaching the home of Francis Greenleaf Jr. shortly after 10 p.m. last Thursday. Her son said the prowler was on the porch and tinkering with a window. He chased the person from the porch and into a field behind the Greenleaf home before loosing him. No similar activities in that area have been reported since.

25 years ago, 1983

BAR HARBOR – The Aqualand animal park in this resort town has made the Humane Society’s list of the 10 worst zoos in the nation, and its operators are being accused by federal inspectors of failing to provide the animals with adequate care. But the owner of the park said the charges involve problems that occurred three years ago, before a change in managers, and have since been corrected.

Meanwhile, U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors have recommended that Sealand’s licenses for Aqualand and a similar facility in Brewster, Mass., be suspended for 30 days. The inspectors also recommend a $500 fine and a USDA order to improve conditions.

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