Sabattus, Maine, USA (Webster) - 1903 - SABATIS CITIZENS Object to Certain Features of the Saturday Night Dances
SABATIS, Me., Feb. 17 (Special). - The public opinion in this section is aroused to a degree.
The Saturday night dances have arrived at the period in their career when the better class of residents call them a nuisance. It is but a very small percentage of the villagers, say the citizens, who attend these dances. The greater part of the crowd comes out from Lewiston by electrics.
“The morality of the town has decreased steadily since the dances were started,” says O. R. Jones.
At 11.30 Saturday evening, it is reported, the dance was closed, and the doors locked. It was about one o'clock before the electric cars arrived from Lewiston, owing to slack power. In this ninety minutes, the crowd of dancers kept things lively up and down the street. Shouting and the singing of ribald songs, say the residents, kept the central portion of the village awake until the car carried the crowd
out of town.
Having considered all these matters, O. R. Jones is circulating a petition among the villagers. This petition is addressed to Charles S. Cummings, as sheriff of Androscoggin county, and the text reads thus: “We, the undersigned citizens of Sabatis village, respectfully represent that Frank P. Lombard of said village is running at his Opera House Saturday night, dances that are disgraceful to the
peace and good morals of society, thereby creating a disturbance to the people of said village; also that his place of business is kept open on Sundays against the laws of the State, “Therefore, we request you to take immediate action to cause the laws of the State to be enforced as in such cases made and provided for.”
Among the signers of this are leading citizens including O. R. Jones, Robert Beaurhope, Alex Cullen, Calvin D. Bubier, Edson Greenwood, Hon. J. W. Maxwell, Rev. L. S. Williams, Edwin Woodside, Fred A. Richardson, J. M. Niles, Mrs. C. Thorpe, Mrs. Jane Aveyard, Web Hall, and to the second charge, Dr. F. E. Sleeper, Dr. M. T. Newton and Judson Bangs.
So far as can be learned, the general sentiment in the village is that the dances are not of any benefit to the town, and that they bring into the industrious little village a class of merry makers which are not desired.
Lewiston Evening Journal
February 17, 1903
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