150 Years Ago - Reports from the Madison Daily Courier
Monday, November 23, 2015 3:02 PM
November 1, 1865
There was a crazy man in town last night. He said he belonged to the Seventh Rhode Island. He struck one man in the face, with both fists, near the City book Store, and was knocked down for it. He said his name was John W. Grinnell.
November 2, 1865
A little girl in Leavenworth, in this State, destroyed her eye sight on the day of the eclipse. A prominent member of the Lafayette bar narrowly escaped a similar misfortune by over-straining his eyes on that occasion. We heard of nothing of this kind in Madison on the day of the eclipse.
November 3, 1865
The new fractional currency notes of the ten-cent denomination, have been shown round in private hands, and are now, it is understood, nearly ready for issue….the main points of difference between this note and the first ten-cent note,…consist in the increased size and variety of engraving of the new issue. The latter is half an inch higher and a quarter inch wider than the former. The medallion of Washington forms the centre of the vignette, and in each side of the medallion, in ornamental work, are the figures “10.” The backs are printed in green. It is probable that no new five cent notes will be issued.
November 7, 1865
A Torpedo Plot.
A special dispatch to the Cincinnati Commercial from New York, under date of the 5th, gives the following particulars of a torpedo plot:
At half-past eleven this morning, an explosion occurred in front of the Wyoming Hotel, No. 33 Greenwich Street, shattering the front of the hotel, and breaking nearly all the glass in the buildings opposite and along the square where the hotel is situated. Two men were killed, and nine persons wounded. A short time ago, a guest of the hotel left a box as security for his bill, and promised to call soon and redeem it. The box was placed in the baggage room, in charge of the porter.
This morning smoke was seen issuing from the box, and it was taken by two men and carried to the sidewalk. Just as they reached the edge of the sidewalk the explosion occurred, killing the men carrying the box, and doing the damage above mentioned. The police arrested all persons stopping at the hotel, and the matter is now under investigation….
November 10, 1865
We hope the Board of Health will do something toward putting our city in order for the coming of the dread scourge, cholera, which no doubt will visit us, if not this winter, early in the spring. Meanwhile let our citizens not become frightened, for past experience has proved that as many die from fright as from the scourge itself.
November 14, 1865
We are rejoiced to say the senior Editor [Michael C. Garber] has received from the President a commission as Brevet Major and Lieutenant Colonel, and been made a Colonel in the Quartermaster’s Department of the Volunteer Army, dating from March 13th, 1865. A reward for meritorious services during the war.
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