The Month That Was – September 1873

All articles courtesy of the Ontario Reformer

September 5, 1873

The council met on Monday evening. His Worship, the Reeve in the Chair. Present- Messrs, Thornton and Wall. Absent- Messrs, Glen, and Gibbs.

The clerk reported the carrying of the Stove Foundry and Fire By-laws, when they were read a third time and passed.

A number of accounts were passed. Among them, $1063.90 for street labourers for the month of August, and $48.56 for publishing by-laws in the Whitby Chronicle.

An application for Shop license by Mr. A. and J. Mackie was opposed by M. Thornton, and finally laid on the table for future consideration.

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September 5, 1873

The Whitby races came off on Friday and Saturday last, but were not as well attended as they should have been.

On the first day the trotting purse of $125, was won by Varcoe, Henry Clay second.

The province Handicap, $175, a two mile race, was won easily by jack Bell

The Hotel Keepers purse, $225, was won by the Toronto Mail’s War Cry.

On the second day, jack the barber won the Hurdle Race and $200, the other horses being evidently jockeyed and the whole race a put-up job.

The sweepstakes was won by Carleton, beating the favourite War cry, and Jack Vandal, Kalogram and Frank Ross.

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September 12, 1873

On Thursday morning last a letter appeared in the Montreal Herald, of which the following is a copy.

OTTAWA. SEPT. 1 1873

My Dear Pope,

I want you, before we take any steps about John Young’s appointment, to see about the selection of our candidate for West Montreal. From all I can learn, William Workman would run the best. He will very likely object; but if he is the best man you can easily hint to him that if he runs for West Montreal and carries it, we will consider that he has a claim to any early seat in the senate. This is the great object of his ambition. I don’t think we should take any steps about filling the appointment until we have our candidate ready and all competitors out of the field. There will be some difficulty getting A. A. Stevenson to consent, but I suppose it can be done. Will you see to this at once? If our candidate is ready, then we must take the necessary steps to prepare Young’s resignation, which I am pretty sure he will send in when he finds that if he does not we will appoint another Inspector.

Yours sincerely,

(Signed) John A. Macdonald              

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September 12, 1873

It is old truism that twenty enemies are better than one false friend; and we may presume that the rule applies to things as well as men, and to the circumstances which govern public life as well as private. Of all the beneficent influences which bless the people of this country, and they are many, it must be admitted that the press is one of the most important. Reaching far and wide, extruding to the people in every direction in a way unattainable by any other medium, permeating through every class of society, moulding people unconsciously to its views, the newspaper exercises control over the public mind and over public events, which is not to be estimated from the quiet, noiseless method of its work. It has indeed been called, and rightly, the greatest educator of the day and it cannot be doubted that it possesses advantages as such not attainable by the pulpit or the forum.

Of how great importance is it then that this terrible silent weight in society should be directed with judicial impartiality- that its great influence should be directed to advance the public wealth- that it should not lend itself to cloak the wickedness of designing men, nor betray its mission by excusing wrongdoing or blinding the people with plausible arguments or absolute falsehood in order that wrong may be made to seem right, and evil appear good. It should be remembered that unlike men, the press whose only support is public opinion, is unable to boldly advocate wrong, as that would be its own cure. Its functions are such that it must be the firm advocate of public morality, or it must appear to be so, in order that that respect for itself which alone can conserve its influence must be maintained.

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September 26, 1873

GEORGE GURLEY, constable.

The man who went into Esquire Farewell’s Cellar Window, Harmony, lately and removed there from 7 bars of soap, in addition to the one he took last spring. If the man himself will come forward, confess his fault, and promise amendment, he shall have his reward.

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September 19, 1873

The Sphynx Capsized on her way to Hamilton.

Three lives lost – hardships endured by the survivors

On Friday last the yachts Lady Stanley, Water Kelpie and Sphynx, left this harbour to join in the race that was to come off at Hamilton on the day following. The Lady Stanley and Water Kelpie reached their destination after experiencing desperate weather on the way up, the latter vessel having run a narrow escape from being lost. The Sphynx never made her appearance at Burlington Bay; and when Saturday had passed, and no tidings of the yacht were received, uneasiness was felt as to the safety of the crew. These were Mr T. K. Morgan, barrister of this city ; Mr. T. D. Groves, a clerk in his office, and son of the Rev. Mr. Groves, of Brocktown, Mr. Harry Davidson, of the firm Russel & Davidson, Jewellers ; and Mr. John Ward, a son of Mr. George Ward of Adelaide street. By yesterday morning their friends were in great alarm, which was justified by the absence of any intelligence, and the stormy weather that had set in during the time they had been out. Yesterday afternoon all doubt and uncertainty were cruelly brought to an end by the receipt of a telegram which announced the fact, of which more particulars are given in the following despatch. The news of the disaster created a feeling of sincere sorrow throughout the entire circle of their acquaintances, as each one of the party lost was deservedly esteemed. The squall that capsized the yacht must have struck suddenly and hard, as the gentlemen on board, particularly Mr. Morgan, knew how to handle a boat.

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