From The Constitution, Wednesday, October 9, 1861 (volume 24, number 1241)

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The most important intelligence from Missouri is of the death of the notorious Ben McCullock.  He died from wounds received in the battle of Springfield.

Gen. Wool has returned to Fortress Monroe, and Gen. Mansfield goes to Hatteras Inlet to assume the chief command.

The propeller Fanny, loaded with army stores and having on board 25 men of the 20th Indiana regiment was captured at Hatteras last week by three steam tugs belonging to the enemy.

Everything quiet on the Potomac.

Maj. Gen. Butler has arrived in Boston and assumed command of the new Department in New England.

European Intervention in Mexico

For many years past England and France have shown a strong disposition to interfere in the affairs of Mexico, and have wished that they might be allowed to take the dilapidated republic under their wing. But certain considerations which have been set forth by the United States have thus far prevented them. Now, however, there is an opportunity. All the energies of our Government will be required at home, and any little design which the European powers may have against Mexico may now be safely carried out. In this new enterprise, Spain takes a prominent part. It is said that a force of 5000 Spanish troops is being fitted out at Havana, which is soon to land on the shores of Mexico. This force is undoubtedly to be supported by the French and English fleets soon to be sent to the Gulf. It is not to be supposed that our government will tamely submit to see this interference in Mexican affairs. For the present our hands are tied, and we can do nothing to oppose foreign armies and foreign ships from meddling there. A protest should be made against such interference, and when we have settled our present difficulties we shall then be ready to attend to some other matters which by that time will require attention.


The sum of $33,000, which is a part of an annuity paid the Cherokees by the U. S. Government and has been on deposit in St. Louis is under the act of Congress forfeited to the United States.

An Iron Clad Gunboat

is now being built in Mystic for the Government. It is to be finished in ninety days, will be two hundred feet long, thirty-six feet wide, and will carry a very heavy armament. Her armor is to be of railroad iron and steel plates belted through the entire side of the vessel.

Ages of the Generals

Gen. McClellan is not yet 36 ; Gen. Fremont is under 48 ; General Lyon was about 44 ; General Butler is 43 ; General Banks is 44 ; and General McDowell is about 40.

General Fremont

Great interest has been felt during the past week in the case of Gen. Fremont. All the rumors that he had been or was about to be removed from his command were unfounded. Whatever may be the merits or demerits of the General it appears that he has not had at his disposal so large a force as has been supposed, and that he has been crippled as to any forward movement against Price. It is believed by his friends that he will be able to redeem his reputation as a brave and successful commander. We believe that every necessary aid will be furnished him by the Government, and that the result in Missouri will depend solely upon his own judgment and military skill.


Union Triumphant !

Secession Put Down !

This town and vicinity has been regarded as the stronghold of secession in the State ; and there are probably more secessionists to be found in this county than in all the other counties put together. They have felt so confident of their strength here that they actually hoped to poll a majority of votes. While the result has shown that there are vastly more of that sort of people than there ought to be in critical times like these, it has shown too that they are not sufficiently numerous to be formidable and that they are powerless for evil. This election has effectively put down secession in Middletown. Henceforth it has nothing to hope for here, and the sooner it hides its diminished head out of sight the better. We publish the vote in full. It will be seen that the Union ticket is elected by a majority of 325.


Union 1st dist. 2d 3d 4th total
S. C. Hubbard 264 380 81 84 806
Stephen Brooks 258 373 81 81 793
Alva B. Coe 262 377 77 79 795
James O. Smith 263 375 81 75 794
Geo. S. Hubbard 262 373 81 82 798
Secession 1st dist. 2d 3d 4th total
Alfred Cornwell 162 254 34 31 481
Ashbel Bidwell 158 259 34 30 481
Wm. Wilcox 160 255 34 30 479
Joel M. Clark 160 254 33 34 481
Wm. M. Booth xxx 160 255 34 30 479


Below is a list of officers chosen :

Town Clerk and Treasurer, E. W. N. Starr.


Samuel C. Hubbard, Alva B. Coe,
Stephen Brooks, James O. Smith,

George S. Hubbard.


George W. Burke, Chester Hentze,
Alvin B. Coe, Asa Boardman.

Board of Relief.

Ellsworth Burr, Alfred O. Smith,
Elisha S. Hubbard, Lewis L. Kelsey

Constable and Collector, John P. Stack.

Treasurer, James E. Bidwell.

Grand Jurors,

Leonard Burrows, Thomas Atkins,
William T. Elmer, Halsey Thomas,
Horace Clark, Isaac Gleason.


Asahel H. Brooks, Leverett Dimock,
Arba Hyde, William S. Hall,
Zadock Morgan, Elbert Miller,

Samuel B. Wetmore.

School Visitors,

Gabriel W. Coite, William A. Rockwell,
Walter W. Wilcox, Henry A. Balcam, to fill vacancy.


1st District, Andrew A. Cody.

2d d[itt]o, John M. Douglas.

3d d[itt]o, Benjamin W. Coe.

4th d[itt]o, Alfred O. Smith.


John S. Bailey, Walter Hall,
Origen Utley, Leonidas C. Vinal.

 Measurer of Salt, Samuel T. Camp.

Sealer of Weights, William H. Willard.

Sealer of Dry Measures, Flavius J. Chaffee.

Sealer of Liquid Measures, Patrick Dorsey.

Pound Keepers,

Thomas Brownlow, Abisha Doolittle,
John Moran, Elisha Gilbert.


James Cronin, Fred J. Hackman,
Leverett Dimock, George S. Screen,
John Wood, Daniel Lee,

Edward Sanderson.

Fence Viewers,

Jeremiah W. Hubbard, James Nolan,
Josiah Prior, Chester Sage,

Ichabod Miller.

Weighers of Hay,

Ellsworth Burr, Julius Warner,
Daniel B. Hubbard, John M. Douglas,
Frederick O. Fisk, James Norton,
Evan Davis, Henry W. Skinner.


George W. Burke, John N. Camp.


The town meeting was adjourned to meet Saturday afternoon at the Town Hall to complete the unfinished business.

Agricultural Exhibition

The annual exhibition and fair of the Middlesex County Agricultural Society was held on Wednesday. Thursday, and Friday of last week. For some reason the interest manifested in these exhibitions is not so great as it was formerly.

The display of articles at McDonough Hall, although not large, was quite attractive and pleasing. The fruit and vegetables were excellent. There was a nice lot of butter and cheese ; and what farm products were on exhibition were good, and were a fair specimen probably of what our farmers have raised this season. Considerable needle work was on exhibition, some of it of very fine quality, and some was much more useful than handsome. A large number of homemade carpets were there, one of which attracted much attention. It is the handsomest specimen of the kind we ever saw. There were several quilts on exhibition, very finely worked. Among the fancy and ornamental work we observed two or three large wreaths of flowers, beautifully worked with hair. They were worked by young ladies in this vicinity and indicate remarkable taste and skill. A card basket worked in shells, which is not a home production, was much admired. We noticed a specimen of the revolver pistol made by the Savage Revolving Fire Arms Co. It looked as if it might do some service. There was placed on exhibition the sword presented to Commodore McDonough by the State of Connecticut, and pistols presented to him by the crew of the Guerriere, U. S. N. Public curiosity was attracted by a “palm,” which the inscription said was blessed by Pope Pius IX, and carried in procession in the streets of Rome by one of the cardinals. Among the fruits was a case containing several varieties of grapes and pears, which probably came from the grounds of the most celebrated fruit ground in this section, Peter H. Ashton. Several pictures from the gallery of Bundy & Williams constituted of themselves an attractive exhibition. The attendance at the Hall during the exhibition has been good, and in the evenings the room has been much of the time crowded.

Thursday was Cattle Show day. The show was at Douglas Park, where there was a fine array of working oxen, cows, &c. A long team of thirty yoke of oxen, with a decorated cart, came in from Newfield, a few yoke being from Westfield, and was the best display of cattle ever made from that section. Middlesex County has for many years borne the palm from every other county in the State in her cattle exhibitions, and the show of animals last Thursday proves that there are no signs of shortcoming yet in this department, which is among the most important of our farming interests.

The Horse Show was held on Friday. There was not a great number of horses on exhibition this year, but what were there were of a superior kind. Some colts were on the ground which gave fair promise for the future, and one which belonged in Middlefield was thought by good judges would equal the celebrated horse Pathfinder. The exhibition of horses this year showed a marked and favorable contrast, as to quality, to what we have seen here in former years.

Much praise is due to the enterprise of the farmers of Westfield, Newfield and Middlefield. Very much of the interest of the exhibition at the Hall and the Park is due to them. A large share of the animals exhibited on Thursday and Friday were from their farms. The fact is, there are no more thrifty and successful farmers in the State than are to be found on the valuable lands in the west and south west part of this town ; and any agricultural exhibition in this vicinity will make that fact evident.

Benjamin W. Coe, Esq., of Middlefield, was Marshal on the fair grounds, and everything appeared to be conducted orderly and promptly under his direction.

On Friday afternoon there was a trotting match, which attracted a large number of visitors to the Park grounds. Several horses were entered, and some good time was made. The principal attraction was the celebrated Granger horse which was driven by Jarvis Joslyn.


The mean temperature of the past month at this place was nearly 62 degrees, being three degrees above that of Sept. 1860, and two degrees above that of Sept. 1859.

Thomas F. Meagher

This patriotic and eloquent gentleman will visit this city on Friday of this week, when he will address the citizens of Middletown on the state of our public affairs. Although an Irishman, Mr. Meagher has shown an ardent and intense love for American institutions and the American Union. He is a most interesting and eloquent speaker, and a man who now enjoys a national reputation as a most valuable supporter of the national cause.

Child in a Well

On Tuesday morning last week about six o’clock the wife of Mr. Samuel Ranney, who lives on the corner of Main and Spring streets, took her young child and threw it into the well. The well is forty feet deep from the top to the surface of the water, with a depth of twenty feet of water. On coming into the house she told her husband what she had done. He procured the help of a neighbor, who went down into the well and found the child just below the surface of the water. It was taken out and restoratives applied, when it revived and soon appeared to be as well as ever. It is a wonder the child’s life was saved under the circumstances. Some time since, Mr. Ranney lost a child, and since its death his wide has occasionally shown signs of insanity. This act was committed in one of those fits of temporary lunacy.


There is said to be a woman in Pittsburg who takes in children to wash. She gives them a good scrubbing with soap and sand, and then sets them in the sun to dry. She washes at four shillings per dozen. Pittsburg is such a smoky town, that the children have to be washed all over every day.


A late London paper contains for following advertisement :

‘A gentleman who is about to leave the house in which he resides, and being desirous to return it to his landlord in the same condition in which he found it, will pay a fair price for five hundred full grown rats, an acre of poisonous weeds, and a carload of rubbish ; the weeds to be planted in the garden, the rubbish to be left on the door step, and the rats suffered to run loose through the house. Address, &c.’