The Month That Was – August 1935

All articles originally appeared in the 14 August 1935 edition of the Oshawa Daily Times

Three patients in Hospital at opening 25 Years ago

Mrs. Wm. Webster, Mrs Geo. Scott and Mother of newborn baby were patients in hospital yesterday

Time and tide wait for no man and many events bring forth strange coincidences- happy puzzling and not so joyful. During the silver jubilee of the Oshawa General Hospital yesterday, three coincidences were recorded which are worthy of mention.

Three patients in the hospital yesterday were present when the opening of the institution too place twenty-five years ago, but at that time they were spectators and two at least were financially interested, while the third was a mere infant in her mother’s arms.

Mrs. William Webster, a member of Centre Street Ladies’ Aid who was a patient in the hospital yesterday, was able to be removed to her home this morning, was one of the first collectors to visit the factories of Oshawa twenty-five years ago to solicit donations for the hospital and through her efforts a goodly sum was added to the hospital fund at that time.

Another lady, whose name is withheld, and who attended the opening of the Oshawa General Hospital twenty-five years ago, as an infant in her mothers arms, was a patient in the maternity ward yesterday and this morning was presented with a young daughter.

Mr. George Scott, father of Mrs. Thomas Miller, who was an active worker for the hospital, and who made a presentation to the hospital on its opening twenty-five years ago, was also a patient in the hospital yesterday.

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A Man’s Idea on Laying a Table

It is very seldom that a man tells us what he really thinks about the way the table at which he takes his meals is arranged. Usually he accepts his wife’s taste in the matter unquestioningly.

But does he like it? I wondered as I walked round an exhibition of table-setting at which men archtects and designers were responsible for one or two tables each.

Two well-known architects flatly refused from the first to allow any cloth or mats to be used. They were Wells Coates and Frederick Gibberd, the latter only 27, and therefore very modern in his ideas.

His choice was a set of creamy yellow china with a pale grey flower and a dull red circle. It stands on a walnut table edged with sycamore: the latter wood, like the tweed-covered chairs, harmonizing with the color of china.

Wells Coates chose “curves.” Round plates and oval dishes with concentric circles of green and silver stand on a walnut table with rounded edges and curved legs.

One of the most interesting tables was arranged by Oliver Hill, who was the architect of five sections of the British Art in Industry Exhibition at Burlington House.

Its motif was diagonal lines, its color green and silver. The corners of the table were cut diagonally to correspond with the position of the oblong glass ashtrays, while the centrepiece was a set of four oblong glass dishes, filled with the heads of white flowers and ingeniously placed side to side.

As on other masculine tables, an ashtray was placed at each corner. Hostesses, please note!

Most men, apparently, like low centrepieces and tall candles. Mr. J. Emberton, architect of the new Olympia, is an exception. On a walnut table, again without mats, he sets jasmine china with orange and gold bands, two very tall candles, and a large centerpiece of china flowers, standing on mirror glass.

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British Warships are held in Mediterranean

London, Aug. 14- Preliminary negotiations were started today in Paris to avert war between Italy and Ethiopia and coincident with this is a British-Italian diplomatic struggle for mastery of the Mediterranean.

British Government quarters continue to emphasize that back of the Italian-Ethiopian dispute League of Nations ideals and prestige are concerned.

Diplomatic observers see more and more clearly the development of a British-Italian struggle for control of the Mediterranean in which, back of it all, the kings of the diplomatic chessman are Britain’s navy and Italy’s bombing air force.

French sources argue that the decline of the British navy under the limitation treaties has encouraged Italy not only to aim at broadening its colonial terrain but also to bid for a larger share of control of the Mediterranean.

This view, if confirmed by Italy’s attitude in the Paris talks, would cause alarm in great Brittan and cause a still further stiffening in its attitude because it would be seen as a threat to the British Sea route to India and to British supremacy along the Nile.

Visitors are not allowed to disembark at Leros, but are forced to go to Rhodes where all are subjected to a close scrutiny. Private houses on the islands have been requisitioned to care for the sick and wounded. All motor vessels have also been requisitioned.

The 13 islands of the Dodecanese are off the coast of Asia Minor. The islands are Khodes, Cos, Kalymnos, Leros, Nisyros, Telos, Syme, Khalke, Astypalaia, Karpathos, Kasos, Patmos and Lispos.

Exporters here hinted today at a move to refuse further credits to Italy because of delayed payments believed caused at the expense of military preparations.

Many exporters, especially coal shippers, have already shut down on sales to Italy until past payments are made, and this has shunted the Italian demand to Germany.


Harvesting is a Tedious Job

Heavy Straw and Lodging of Grain Proves Troublesome

Harvesting of the crops in Ontario county this summer is proving to be a hard task, owing to the straw in the heavy crops and the lodging of a great deal of the grain according to the weekly report of the Ontario Department of Agriculture. The section of the report relative to Ontario County reads as follows:

“Harvesting is a tedious and heavy job on account of heavy straw and a great deal of lodging of grain. A great deal of twine has been used and threshing is slowed up, to some extent due to the tangled condition of sheaves. Grain is considerably below last year both in yield and in quality. Oats especially are much lighter than was the crop a year ago. Where 60 bushels to the acre were common a year ago, 45 bushel yields are the rule this year.”

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