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What We Noticed Today in a Walk Through East First Street

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What We Noticed Today in a Walk Through East First Street

In the course of a walk along East First street today, we noticed many things which, in the absence of more important matter, we deemed worthy of remark.

In Miller’s Ship-yard, there is just now great activity. An unusually large number of hands are employed in that establishment at present, and we heard the Alderman remark that he had more work on hand just now than he could well attend to. We wish him a continuance of this state of things; and would respectfully suggest to him to enlarge his facilities, and thus be able not only to do the work which he is at present favored, but to contract for more. - That’s the way, in our opinion, to do business.

The various lumber yards in and about the Cove well stocked, and their proprietors seem to be up to their eyes in business.

Colver and Lathrop’s Steam planing mill is in full blast; the way in which it smooths rough lumber is surprising. We shall refer to this establishment more particularly hereafter.

Edwards & Co’s. Elevator is in good working order. It has done a full share of business so far this spring.

We notice about twenty of Talcott and Canfield’s patent Capstans in from of their establishment and a glance at the interior of that building gives evidence of the immense business which is being carried on there.

The operations in Wheeler’s Block Factory on the opposite side of the street, are active and extensive.

At Fitzhugh’s dock. and in that vicinity, we noticed several vessels receiving and discharging cargoes, while a little further down, the rattle of the chain of the falling anchor, and the merry “heave, ho!” of the sailor, told of vessels arriving and departing.

While watching this scene, the steamer Howard swept by, going down the harbor to bring up canal boats which had received cargoes at the lower harbor warehouses.

Bond’s Elevator has received a new coat of paint, and has been otherwise improved. It is capacious and powerful, and its position insures a liberal share of business.

The Flouring Mills and Plaster Mill on this street, present a thorough business appearance. They are actively employed.

Ames’ Elevator is now ready to transact a large amount of business. The recent excavation in the harbor has so improved this establishment as to render it easy of access to vessels of the largest tonnage on the lake.

Noticed several saloons closed. Were much surprised, having learned that their proprietors intended to keep open and sell liquor, whether they had a license or not.

Saw no drunken men!

Looked into Wright’s Cabinet Ware rooms - He is having them papered throughout. They appear very neat, and are well stocked with furniture.

The store designed to be occupied by Mr. Abbey, as a clothing store is being rapidly finished. It is in the Empire Block, next door to Mr. Wright’s Warerooms.

Peck and Denton are opening their goods. - Their store is fitted up beautifully. Shall refer to them again.

We are glad to observe that a new Millinery establishment is now in operation over Peck and Denton’s store. It is conducted by Mrs. Peck.

Pennick & Sullivan are opening their new stock of Boots and Shoes. Their store is constantly filled with customers. One of Tascott’s new style of signs is over their door. It looks very well. Another of these signs is over the hardware store of Mr. I.LK. Merriam.

Abbott is making some improvements in his store which will give him better facilities for carrying on his business. Mr. A. is already one of our patrons, but we would advise him to advertise more liberally in future. He will find it to is advantage to do so.

Gray has an excellent collation of Daguerreotypes in his show-case opposite his Daguerrean Rooms. He is doing a large business in his line.

The stores in the Bennett Block are being rapidly completed. They will probably be ready to receive goods by the 15th of this month.

Hart’s Palace presents a gay appearance today. A piece of goods, of bright cloth, is suspended from the top of Abbey Hall and reaches to the ground. It is joined about midway by two other pieces of different colors, forming a tricolor of a very attractive appearance.

Above Abbey Hall, preparations are being made to erect a large brick building, by Messrs. Beattie.

At this point we became tired, owing to the warm sun and dusty streets, and were obliged to betake ourselves to our ‘sanctum,’ where we reflected upon “what we had seen” We cannot help remarking how strange it is that the stows whose proprietors do not advertise are comparatively empty; while those who advertise liberally are crowded with business.

We noticed at one of the former establishments (a dry goods store,) the proprietor reading a novel, wile the clerk sat on an empty dry-goods box, whittling a pine stick. Well, we have told such persons of the benefits which they would derive from a judicious course of advertising, but they did not head us, hence their present want of customers.

We noticed several other matters of importance, but we cannot now find space to mention them. We intend, however, to resume this subject again.

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6 May 1852
Richard Palmer
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    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
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What We Noticed Today in a Walk Through East First Street