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The Exhibition of the Ciceronian Society last Wednesday evening was very fully attended, and passed off pretty well. We would suggest three things to the young Gentlemen of this society: First, that they take judicious advice in regard to the selection of their pieces; Second, that they special attention to the pronunciation and enunciation; and Third, that they do not prolong their exercises beyond one hour.


Chase’s Cheese. This day received at the Sign of the Elm Tree, that celebrated Chase dairy, which all lovers of prime Cheese will do well to call and look at immediately. Townsley & Sons.


Savings Bank. Deposits for the next quarter should be made on or before the 4th of July, and all interest due the Bank must be paid by the 1st of July.


We understand that the Visiting Committee examined the several schools in this village on Monday and Tuesday of the present week. They report the schools in good condition, the teachers competent and faithful, and the punctuality in attendance and the progress in study generally satisfactory. The only exception they noticed was the attendance at the High School. That the District should support such a school at an annual expense of more than a thousand dollars, for the instruction of fifteen or twenty pupils, seems an extravagant use of the money raised by taxation.


The Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad Company have nearly completed a new freight depot, in this village. It is built of brick, 112 feet long, and will add much to the accommodations of all interested in the freighting business.


The Brattleboro Gas Company are extending their main pipe the entire length of High Street. The inhabitants of that most beautiful portion of our village will soon have an opportunity for a general illumination. Provision should be made for two or more street lamps, as the dense foliage of the shade trees render side walks and the street even quite dark in that vicinity.


Our amusement loving community will read with pleasure the announcement of G. F. Bailey’s Circus and Menagerie, which is to be exhibited at Brattleboro on the 10th of July. It is reported that the performances are of a superior order, and that the entertainment is of a character sufficient to warrant a general attendance.


The original plan for the celebration of the Fourth having fallen through from the unwillingness of our citizens to subscribe money with sufficient liberality, a committee has made quick arrangements for firing a salute, a procession of ancients and horribles, music by the band, and fireworks.


The elegant two-horse hearse which appeared in a recent funeral procession, is the property of Mr. C. L. Brown, our village undertaker, who has just added it to his already large assortment of burial outfits.


A notable wedding was that which occurred in this town last week, when a smiling maiden of sixty-one summers was led to the altar by a fossilized gent of twenty-eight.


The summer arrangement of railroad trains went into effect Sunday, and the only difficulty with it is in getting used to the increased train service which it affords. For once, at least, Brattleboro has no reason to complain that it hasn’t trains enough.


Nearly 12,000 feet of lumber has been required for the erection of the bill-boards for Barnum’s circus.


The first Brooks House hop of the season will be given Saturday evening of next week.


Brookside Park, the new pleasure resort on the line of the electric railway near West Brattleboro, will be opened next Monday night with the highest class attraction, a comedy troupe from New York City. Brookside Park will be a very attractive resort close to the waters of the Whetstone. It will have a large stage and total seating capacity for 700 people.


Mrs. J. J. Estey entertained about 50 ladies at an afternoon tea at her home Tuesday afternoon.


A special train of seven cars, packed with Russian Jew immigrants, passed through here Wednesday from Montreal on their way to New York.


The garage, or automobile station, erected by Manley Brothers in the rear of the Brooks House is ready for occupancy. This is the only garage worthy the name this side of Springfield, and it will take care of the machines of not only the automobilists who come to the Brooks House, but of all which may be taken there.


The work of preparing a place in the Baptist church for the new Estey pipe organ which has been given by Col. Gray Estey and Capt. J. Harry Estey will be begun in a few days.


The old Wesselhoeft Water Cure building is sold at auction.

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