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Otsego Herald

October 17, 2013

Cooperstown Elephant!


COMMENT: The desperate effort to find new means of financing the War of 1812 continued: carriages, distillers, now liquor stores.

Fossils Discovered

ANTI-DILUVIAN CURIOSITIES. Watertown, (N.Y.) Aug. 24. A gentleman on a tour to the westward this summer on exploring the mountain and ledges in the county of Oneida, has found a variety of valuable petrefactions, consisting of sea shell fish, &c. most of them were found enclosed in the softer kind of lime rock; some of them deep in the lime stone quarry.

In Jefferson county, near Sacket’s Harbor, he has found some still more extraordinary; among them are a large species of coral, and the weapons or tusks of several non-described animals which, by the appearance of their teeth, &c. must have been very formidable, and which as materialists say, must have had their existence previous to the general deluge.

COMMENT: Sea fossils from the Ordovician period (440-505 million years ago) are common along the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Further south, as in Otsego County, fossils from the Devonian period (360-410 million years ago) are common.

Curious Heavenly Phenomenon

From the [Keene] New Hampshire Centinel: Last Sunday evening, at half past eight o’clock, there appeared a little west from this village a most beautiful rainbow, the arch was complete, and the prismatic hues plainly discernable [sic]. In the western part of the hemisphere might be seen a dark cloud adorned with a beautiful rainbow, rising with awful grandeur; from which issued vivid flashes of lightning, accompanied with loud peals of thunder—in the east might be seen the clear sky, spangled with stars—the moon rising in full splendor and forming a pleasing contrast to the lurid prospect in the west—the lowering clouds---the forked lightnings—the reverberating thunder—the driving rain—the cerulean space—the twinkling stars—the full orbed moon, and the silence of the night—all combined to render the scene indiscribably [sic] sublime and beautiful.

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  • American victories at Chippewa From an authentic source, we are happy to be able to state, that our army under the command of maj. gen. Brown, crossed from Buffalo to the Canada shore on the 3d of July inst. and that Fort Erie surrendered to our arms at 6 o'clock in the morning.

    July 17, 2014

  • Civil War breaks out in Haiti The Baltimore American (extra) of the 22d, contains translations from the Royal Gazette of Hayti of the 23d of March; being official details of the capture of Fort Sabourin, by the troops of Christophe, from those of Petion, in a report of the Prince of Limbe, minister of war and marine, having under him the Duke of l’Arbonila and Duke of Grand Reviere, and 8 battalions of troops.

    July 10, 2014

  • Sacket's Harbor saved Dispatch from Brigadier-General Brown, to the Secretary of War ... June 1, 1813. SIR--You will have received my dispatch of the 29th [May] written from the field of battle ... that this post had been attacked by Sir George Prevost, and that we had succeeded in repulsing him ...

    July 3, 2014

  • Attack on Wareham undertaken Wareham [near New Bedford], June 14.... Yesterday morning we were informed of the approach of the enemy, and at about eleven o'clock A.M. they landed at the village called the Narrows, with a flag. There were six barges containing two hundred and twenty men.

    June 26, 2014

  • Victory won at Sandy Creek "I have the honor to transmit herewith Major Appling's report of the gallant affair which took place yesterday morning between a detachment of the 1st Rifle Regiment and Oneida Indians under his command, and a detachment from the British fleet, consisting of sailors and marines commanded by Captain Popham of the Royal Navy.

    June 19, 2014

  • Downfall of Napoleon Boston, June 4, 1814: We are able to give in our paper to-day the history of another surprising revolution in France.

    June 12, 2014

  • New ferryboat speeds travel Progress of the arts -- For several days past, the new ferry boat, invented by Moses Rodgers, Esq. of this city, propelled by the draught of six horses, has been plying between this city and Brooklyn, a distance of three quarters of a mile.

    June 5, 2014

  • Jackson victorious in Creek War Despatch from Gen. Jackson to Tennessee Governor [Willie] Blount, [from] Camp at the junction of the Coosee and Talapoosie, April 18th, 1814.

    May 29, 2014

  • Passing out bibles The annual meeting of the Otsego County Bible Society, will be held at the Meeting-House in Cooperstown, on Thursday the 9th day of June next. A sermon will be delivered by the first Vice-President at half past ten o'clock A.M.

    May 22, 2014

  • Oswego held for 15 hours A letter from Onondaga, dated 9th [May]...says: "On Thursday the enemy's fleet appeared off Oswego, consisting of 3 ships, 2 brigs, 2 schooners, and 11 gun boats, full of men.

    May 15, 2014