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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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  • British bomb Connecticut The inhabitants of Stonington have again distinguished themselves by their gallant and heroic defence of their little village and battery against the most "fearful odds" of the enemy. With a sufficiency of musketry and lighter field-pieces, we presume, to meet any attempt at landing their means of annoying the enemy consisted of only two 10 pounders, worked by militia or raw troops.

    August 21, 2014

  • British annex Maine Islands Royal Proclamation, by Capt. Sir Thomas Hardy, Baronet, commanding the Naval Forces, and Lt. Col. Andrew Pilkington, commanding the Land Forces of His Britannic Majesty, in the Bay of Passamaquoddy.

    August 14, 2014

  • Battle of Lundy's Lane The Late Bloody Battle. -- Extract from a letter from Dr. E. L. Allen, of the 21st Regt....Buffalo, 26th, July 1814

    August 7, 2014

  • NAVY IN SOUTH AMERICA British Perfidy New York, July 15th,1814--letter to Secretary of the Navy Sir--There are some facts relating to our enemy, and although not connected with the action, serve to shew [sic] his perfidy and should be known.

    July 31, 2014

  • General Swift killed Ontario Repository, July 19, We have received ... orders ... announcing that on Tuesday evening, July 12, Brigadier General John Swift, of Palmyra, in this county, was killed in a most perfidious manner, by one of the enemy. The General had volunteered to reconnoiter the enemy's positions and works at Fort George, and took with him 120 men.

    July 24, 2014

  • 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