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Lord Nelson’s Monument, Montreal, 1807

The Ipswich Journal 15 August 1807, p 4

A Monument to the memory of Lord Nelson has been erected at Montreal, in Canada.  It is a pillar of solid stone, sixty feet high, surmounted by a figure of the gallant Admiral, in artificial stone, eight feet high, upon the capital.

Alligator peeking out from the snow on Nelson's Column in Montreal, 2015
Alligator peeking out from the snow on Nelson’s Column in Montreal, 2015

For the Bachelor Girl – Montreal, 1919

Montreal Standard, 8 March 1919, page 10

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Tested Kitchenette Equipment

For the batchelor girl, especially the one who wants comfort and cleanliness in cooking in her tiny kitchenette, and at the same time wishes to spend very little money, the proper tools are needed. The Standard Institute has tested out scores of appliances of all sorts, sizes and prices adapted for this use, and this service is “At Your Service,” if individual housekeeping is your lot in life. The appliances can be easily adapted for two, and a good meal can be bought for the coin you give the waiter, which leaves a margin on the daily food budget for savings, recreation, or the patronizing of better classes when you are too tired or hurried to be your own chef.

If you have not got an electric coffee pot or urn, then one of the percolating pots that can sit on the small electric heater will be found very suitable, especially if not too large to heat up quickly.

Either an electric chafing dish with an extra pan or too [sic] for its serviceable electric that it might be used, or the three-storied grill shewn in the picture, which permits of toasting, baking, poaching or even frying, all on the one tiny stove.  Even delectable corn pone or muffins may be baked in the little tin when placed over the coil and covered with one of the other pans. The pan can be uncovered and slipped beneath the heat – for browning when the bread is done.

The toaster shown is the king of toasters, because it automatically reverses the bread – no futile dabs be being made at the hot slice with the fingers. On letting down the side the toast accommodatingly slides down and turns itself.

If tea is wanted instead of coffee there is a most convenient tea infuser, which is merely a large teaspoon with a perforated top, and is just the thing for the solitary drinker of tea.

If the bachelor girl aspires to the last word in economy, and is enterprising enough to put up her lunch instead of buying it, there is a scholarly lunch box of distinguished appearance that will collaborate with her.  Besides the tin case for sandwiches, fruit and cake, there is a thermos bottle to keep soup, chocolate, tea or coffee hot, or lemonade, tea or milk cold, as season or taste may dictate. The thermos bottle idea relieves the “carried luncheon” from the usual criticism.  There is nothing dry or unattractive about such a luncheon with an appetizing hot or cold liquid accompaniment. And there is much more relaxation in eating such a meal quietly, with a magazine or book for company, than in seeking it amid the clamor and rush of the average lunch room that a girl with a salary of $15 a week can afford.

Bad Patriotic Poetry, 1803

Morning Post, 13 August 1803, p 3

 

Bonaparte’s Answer to John Bull’s Card, Inviting him to England, with a Few Lines concerning his Brothers Taffy, Sawney and Paddy.

 

Tune “Here we go up, up, up”

 

My dear Johnny Bull, the last mail

Brought over your kind invitation,

And strongly it tempts us to sail

In our boats, to your flourishing nation,

But prudence she whispers, “Beware,

Don’t you see, that his fleets are in motion;

He’ll play you some d—d Ruse de Guerre,

If he catches you out on the ocean”

 

Chorus:

Our fears they mount up, up, up,

Our bapers they sink down-y down-y,

Our hearts they beat backwards and forwards,

Our beads they turn round-y round-y.

 

You say that pot-luck shall be mine,

Fe n’chiens pas ces mots, Monsieur Bull;

But think I can guess your design,

When you talk of a good belly-full.

I have promis’d my men, with rich food,

Their courage and faith reward;

I tell them your puddings are good,

Tho’ your dumplings are rather too bard.

 

O my Johny, my Johnny,

And O my Johnny, my deary,

Let a few of us come over,

To taste your beet and beer-y.

 

I’ve read, and I’ve heard much of Wales;

Its mines, its meadows, and fountains,

Of black cattle fed in the vales,

And goats skipping wild on the mountains.

Were I but once safe landed there,

What improvements I’d make in the place!

I’d prattle and kiss with the fair,

Give the men the fraternal embrace.

 

O my Taffy, my Taffy,

Soon I’ll come, if it please ye,

To riot on delicate mutton,

Good ale, and toasted cheese-y.

 

Caledonia I long to see,

And if the stout fleet in the North

Will let me go by quietly,

Then I’ll sail up the Firth of Forth,

Her sons, I must own, they are dashing,

Yet Johnny, between me and you,

I owe them a grudge for the thrashing

They gave that poor devil Menou.

 

O my Sawney, my Sawney

Your bagpipes will make us all friskey,

We’ll dance with your lasses so bonny,

Eat haggis, and tipple your whiskey.

 

Hibernia’s another snug place,

I hope to get there too some day,

Tho’ our ships they get into disgrace,

With Warren, near Donegall Bay;

Tho’ my good friends at Vinegar-Hill,

They fail’d; be assured, Jack of all this,

I’ll give them French Liberty still,

As I have to the Dutch and the Swiss.

 

O my Paddie, my paddies,

You are all of you honest creatures,

Art I long to be with you at Cork,

To sup upon fish and potatoes.

 

A fair wind and thirty-six hours, &

Would bring us all over from Brest,

Tell your ships to let alone ours,

And we’ll manage all the rest.

Adieu! My dear boy, ‘till we meet;

Take care of your gold, my honey,

And, when I reach Threadneedle Street,

I’ll help you to count over your money.

 

But my fears they mount up, up, up,

And my hopes they sink, down-y, down-y

My heart it beats backwards and forwards,

My head it runs round-y, round-y

 

 

Birthday of the Prince of Wales [George IV], 1803

Morning Post, 13 August 1803, page 3

Prince of Wales' Indulgence at Carlton House [Cartoonstock.com]
Prince of Wales’ Indulgence at Carlton House [Cartoonstock.com]
Never did the metropolis exhibit a more grand and general display of illumination on the anniversary of the birth of our beloved Prince, than last night.  Every individual, any way connected with His Royal Highness, appeared eager to evince the most respectful attachment, by some additional splendour of lights.  A grand gala was given at Vauxhall on the occasion, which was most crowded and brilliant.  Many grand dinners were also given in the metropolis.  At Brighton, Birmingham and at other county towns, we observe by the Provincial Papers, there were public fetes.  St James’ Street, in London was particularly brilliant; the Globe Insurance Office, in Pall Mall, was well lighted up.  As usual, Barfield, His Royal Highness’ Printer, stood pre-eminent, both for the elegance of his arrangement, and the number of his lamps, which could be very little short of 2000.  Around each of the pillars of the portico, on which are erected His Royal Highness’s arms, ran a festoon of variegated lamps, intermixed with laurel leaves; above which a cornice, with a double row of festoons.  In the centre, GP encircled with laurel branches, over these, a most brilliant star; rather lower, but wider extended, were placed perforated vases, lighted, and filled with laurel on each side of the house, reaching nearly 32 feet high, pilasters of the Ionic order; with a few beautiful diamonds; and the whole surmounted by the largest plume of feathers we ever remember to have seen, extending more than 40 feet in height, which produced such a profusion of light, as rendered Wardour-street the resort of thousands, till a late hour this morning.

Bankruptcy of Corley’s Drapery business, Swinford, 1888

Dublin Daily Express, 14 November 1888

Court of Bankruptcy, Ireland

In Bankruptcy

In the matter of Timothy Corley, Draper and Grocer, Swineford, County Mayo, a Bankrupt.

Sale by tender.

The Assignee invite tenders for the stock in this matter, taken as near as possible at Cost Price, amounted to

About £900 11s 2d

Consisting of the following lots, viz:-

Summary

  1. Coatings, Tweeds, Friezes, Cords, Moleskins, Hats and Caps £114 12 7
  2. Dresses, Cashmeres, Wisowys, Shirting, prints, shawls, mantles 327 13 9
  3. Blankets, quilts, flannels, tickets, linens, gray and white calicos and muslins 216 4 6
  4. Shirts, Hose, ties, cuffs, collars, skirts, gloves 52 12 1
  5. Millinery, Flowers, Feathers, Ribbons, Laces, Furs and silks 93 17 11
  6. Haberdashery 79 19 4
  7. Sewing machines 5 10 0

£900 11 2

The stock is in good condition, and may be viewed on the Bankrupt’s premises at Swineford, where the stock list can also be inspected, from Thursday, 15th instant, to Thursday, the 22nd instant, between the hours of ten o’clock am and four o’clock, pm, daily.

Sealed tenders, endorsed “Tender for Stock in the matter of Timothy Corley, a Bankrupt” and addressed to Alex Knox McEntire, Official Assignee, No 15 Merchant’s Quay, Dublin, will be received up to Thursday the 22nd instant, when they will be opened at the hours of one o’clock pm in presence of parties attending, the highest tender will be submitted to the Court for approval.

The purchaser, on being declared, must lodge at once one fourth of the purchase money, in cash, with the Official Assignees, and the balance before the stock is removed, which must be within four days from the date of Tender being approaved of, and at purchaser’s expense.

NB – Parties tendering are particularly request not to omit sealing their letters, and writing the words “Tender for Stock” on the outside of the envelope.

ALEXR KNOX MCENTIRE Official Assignee

15 Merchant’s Quay, Dublin

Richard Davoren, Esq, Dame Street, Dublin, Agent for the Bankruptcy

Dublin 13th November 1888.

News from Montreal, 1866

Ottawa Citizen, 28 December 1866, page 2

From Montreal

Montreal, Dec 27th

One Louis Latour, painter, while engaged in painting the new fire police station at Point St Charles, fell from the roof and broke his leg.

Hon Mr McGee is to deliver an address at the concert of the Irish Protestant Benevolent Society on the 3rd of January.  It will be his last prior to his departure for Europe.

A woman was found dead yesterday in an unoccupied house in College street. She was lying on the floor, her face downwards, and frozen dead.  Her name is unknown, but she is believed to be one more unfortunate gone to her rest.

There was a fire last night in the Boot and Shoe store of S Anderson, 601 St Mary Street.  The stock was considerably damaged by water. How the fire originated is a mystery- supposed to be the work of an incendiary.

An attempt was made at rape on the person of a respectable looking young woman, in a field off Dorchester street, west, from whence cries of murder were heard to proceed.  It was at one o’clock am.  Messrs Ritchie and Dorwin, residents in the street, pinned the man, Daniel Mulhorn by name, and gave him into the custody of the police.  The young woman when relieved ran away.

Our police are over officious.  They upset a merry party of ladies and gentlemen who were enjoying Christmas in the home of a friend, a very respectable citizen, whom they dragged to the station without his boots hat or coat.  The Recorder, after hearing the statement of Mr HJ Clarke, Advocate, who appeared for the defence, severely reprimanded the police, and dismissed the case.

Novel Place Cards, 1911

Montreal Standard, 9 December 1911, page 26

 

Novel Place Cards

 

Attractive place cards are good sized paper dolls dressed in satin and tulle veil, and carrying a bride’s bouquet.  These are fastened to oblong paper standards so they can stand erect at each plate. Sometimes a figure of the groom is used for the girls, but the male costume is of a different period.  This will not be hard if period fashion books are found in a good library.

Another pretty idea is a big square of chiffon or thin lace tied into a bag with narrow ribbon and orange blossoms. Lay it open on a table filled with rose petals or rice to be thrown after the departing couple, then tie the ends so they drop in four points.  The name of the guest can be stuck in the top of these folds.

Simple cards, painted with orange blossoms or other appropriate flowers can have tied to them charms of tiny silver wedding bells or bride slippers.

No Procession on the 12th, Montreal, 1877

Montreal Daily Star, 11 July 1877, page 1

No Procession on the 12th

The Orangemen Patriotically Accede to the Request of their Fellow Citizens and Abandon the Procession in the Interest of Peace

A great weight has been lifted off the city by the patriotic conduct of the Orange body in acceding to the request of their fellow citizens, and abandoning , for this year, at least, their intention of walking to the church in procession on the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.  This resolution was not arrived at until a few minutes before midnight last night, and the deepest anxiety was manifested by large numbers of citizens who congregated in several places to know the result.  At St Patrick’s Hall the largest gathering with [illegible] and the heads of the Irish Societies were in session until a late hour.  The course that has been pursued reflects honor upon all concerned.  The sp[illegible] of wise concession and forbearance showed by the Orangemen deserve the highest recognition, and the Roman Catholics were among the first last night to acknowledge the spirit of conciliation that was manifested in the resolution arrived at.  Every one looked forward to serious trouble, if not loss of life if the procession took place, and the feeling that was prevailed for some time past in this community has been a profoundly painful one.  Much of the happy result accomplished is owing to the wise and moderate con [illegible] pursued by the leaders of the Irish societies, who suggested and succeeded in getting truly representative meeting yesterday [illegible] all our National Societies. The sensible speeches of those gentlemen, who met in the parlour of the St Lawrence Hall, and notably the observations of the chairman, could not fail to have effect in averting what was looked forward to as a civil war. Our city has been spared scenes of riot and disorder that would have fallen upon her like a nightmare.  Good sense has prevailed, and citizens now look forward to a long continuance of that peace, harmony and good will that should always prevail among a people and by the ties of a common Christianity and citizenship.  The matter has been acquitted in such a form that both sides can co[illegible] shake hands over the result, and no feeling of triumph or defeat be felt on either side.

We stated in last evening’s issue that the meeting in the St Lawrence Hall passed a resolution earnestly among the Orangemen to give up the procession.  This result was communicated to the leaders of the Orange Society by a deputation and a copy of the resolution signed by all the representatives of National Societies, [illegible] added to Colonel Smith and Mr Grant the latter County Master and Chairman [illegible] the mass meeting of Orangemen which was being held in the Orange Hall. These gentlemen promised to lay it before the meeting without delay and return as early as possible with an answer. The signers remained in session awaiting an answer, and the reports from time to time that arrive, up to the last kept up the most painful anxiety to know the result. At 11:45 pm all felt as if they could breath freely, as an advance courier armed with the pleasing news that the resolution was carried (although by a narrow majority) to abandon the idea of  having a procession.  Messrs. Grant and Smith followed soon after as the ambassadors of peace and evidently well pleased to come in that capacity.  The meeting to receive the report took place at once, with Mr Devlin in the chair.  The following is the substance of what occurred.

Mr Grant said there had been a large attendance of the membership of the order, who after discussion had come to a resolution, which had been carried by a small majority, not to make a public demonstration.  The committee would be served with an exact copy of the resolution which had been arrived at. The society reserved their right to march when they pleased, but there would be no procession on the 12th of July this year. The members would proceed to church about half past eleven and trusted that there would be no disturbance or endeavour to hinder them in the charge of their privilege and duty of going to church.

Col Smith said that he had only to say that this decision had been arrived at after earnest deliberation upon the requests of the societies. They had determined to give way but reserved their right to go to church. He trusted the societies would now do their duty and see that the Orangemen were not molested. The society had acted in deference to the wishes of their fellow citizens.

Mr Grant said he ought to state that a deputation from the City Council had this day waited on the Orangemen which had tended in a great measure to influence their decision.

Mr Devlin said it was only necessary for him to say that he congratulated the societies on the result which had been arrived at, which was calculated to sustain and continue the friendly feeling which had existed for years.  He regarded the result, not as a triumph of party, but as a triumph of peace, good will and fellowship, and as such he regarded it.  He would announce the result at another meeting this evening.  All might rest assured that the proceedings throughout had been conducted with good will as tending to the prosperity of the Dominion and of the city of Montreal.

Col Smith said that in light of the society had acted in the interest of peace and good will.

Mr Devlin said he considered the best thanks of the committee and of the citizens generally were due to the gentlemen who had waited upon the committee, and also to all who had cooperated towards this good result. The Irish Catholic societies did not desire to triumph over Protestants, but were actuated by desires for the best interests of the whole country.

Mr Kerry, St George’s Society, said before the meeting separated it ought to thank the gentlemen of the Orange Society present for the interest they had taken in the matter.  He thought a vote of thanks should be passed to them for their kind offices.

Mr McMaster, of the Irish Protestant Benevolent Society, in seconding the motion, said he had no doubt that the gentlemen had made many personal sacrifices for the peace of the city.

Several gentlemen having spoken in this sense.

Col Smith thought that the vote should be passed to the society generally.

Mr Kerry said he should be glad to amend his motion in that sense.

The motion having been carried.

Col Smith, in acknowledging it, said he hoped after all this would be considered brethren.  The meeting adjourned.

Military Training, Canada, 1880

Montreal Daily Star, 8 July 1880, page 2

Note and Comment

It is impossible- and it would be foolish even if it were possible- for this country to keep up a standing army, but it is not necessarily bad policy to endeavour to have in readiness for any emergency the material from which the officers of such an army might be drawn should it ever become necessary to levy one.  If well-trained officers are available, the work of raising a well-trained army becomes a comparatively easy task; but if the officers have to be educated after being commissioned, the work of organizing an army is necessarily slow and discouraging. There are some uses to which the Kingston cadets may put their knowledge at once, and the more they do in the way of applying it to useful purposes the better; but after all, the fact of having a class of good men scattered here and there over the Dominion with a first-class military education is sufficient to justify the existence of the College, provided the expense of maintaining it is kept down as low as possible. – Toronto Globe.

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