Thursday evening of last week [01 Dec, 1892 – RU] there arrived in this village a notable party of gentlemen, bound on a peculiar mission. The cicerone of the party was one whom the Bridgton public have cause to long remember, and with gratitude too, for but for his system of railroad our town would have been to this day without steam communication with the outside world–Mr. George E. Mansfield, the originator of the two-foot-gauge system of road, and who filled so important a part in putting our road into being. With him were five prominent citizens of Nova Scotia, from Yarmouth and vicinity, men of brains and character and best representing the various elements, of public office, (in the Canadian Parliament, &c) of business interests, and the professionals, in that section. They were: A. M. Hatfield of Yarmouth, J. E. Lloyd of Lockport, W. Sargent of Barrington, E. L. Simmons of Lusket, Yarmouth, and Joseph R. Wyman of the latter-named city. Their object in coming here was this: It is proposed to build a narrow-gauge railroad from Yarmouth eastward to Rockport, a distance of very nearly 100 miles, following the general coast-line and taking in the chief maritime points, as well as striking the interior traffic; and so these five leading citizens came as a committee to Maine, to study the Mansfield system, with a view of constructing the road on that plan if deemed suitable and economical. Hearing of Mr. Mansfield, who is now a resident of Greenfield, N. H., they engaged him to accompany them on a tour of observation over the different two-foot-roads in this State, they made our road the final scene of their investigations, coming and returning over it. At the Bridgton House they held and informal conference and talk with officers of the road, engineer Marcque and other of our citizens and took copious notes. They were a fine body of men, and the interview was mutually satisfactory and pleasing to all concerned. They one and all expressed entire satisfaction with our system of road, nay more, were enthusiastic over its construction and workings, and went away next morning with the resolve to report to their constituency in favor of this style of railway.
~ Printed in the Bridgton News, 09 Dec, 1892.