A steam shovel has been working for some time past north of the junction, cuttiug down the grade at that point. Farmers are unable to plow to any extent on account of the extreme dryness and hardness of the ground. Apples do not promise a large erop this season. Corn and potatoes look bad on account of the drouth. Threshers have threshed out most of the grain and will soon finish it. Pittsfield Union Sunday School in the Roberts school house is still kept up with a large attendance. Not much doing on the marsh with celery and onions this season. Business in general is very dull in Pittsfleld just now. No signs of the present dry spell coming to an end. Pastures are in very poor condition. Several sheep wero killed and quite a number hurt by dogs last Sunday night. The sheep were owned by John and George Fiegel. It is not known whose dogs did the mischief.