Once again, I owe this find to Chris Dunham of Maine Genealogy Network. It comes from the Lewiston Evening Journal of 5 November 1878 and describes a near tragedy for the Carter family.
Relatives (age in Nov 1878) involved in this story:
Hon. E. M. Carter is Elias Mellen Carter (67) - my 3rd great-grandfather
Mr. Williamson "an old gentleman" is John Williamson (90) - my 4th great-grandfather and his daughter, Rebecca Ann Williamson (62), wife of Elias Mellen.