The Month That Was – March 1872

All articles appeared in the Ontario Reformer

March 1, 1872, Page 1

Poetry – Fashionable Wedding

“Wilt thou take the brown stone front,
These carriages, this diamond,

To be the of thy husband,

Fast locked in bonds of Hymen !
And wilt thou leave thy home and friends
To be his loving wife
And help to spend his large income
So long as thou hast live ?”

“I will,” the honest maid replies,
The lovelight beaming in her eyes.

“And wilt thou take this waterfall,
This ostentatious pride,
With all these unpaid milliner’s bills
To be thy chosen bride?
And wilt thou love and cherish her
Whilst thou hast life and health,
But die as soon as possible,
And leave her all thy wealth?”

“I will,” the fearless man replies,
And eager waits the nuptial ties,

“Then I pronounce you man and wife,
And what I join together,
The next best may dignite
And the first divorce court never.”

Page 2
Attempted Assassination
Yesterday (Thursday) afternoon, at half past five o’clock, while the Queen was driving on Constitution Hill, a man named O’Conner, a Fenian, ran to the side of her carriage, and presenting a pistol within a foot of her head demanded her to sign a paper granting an amnesty to the Fenian prisoners, or die. Prince Arthur knocked the scoundrel down, and he was then immediately seized by the attendants, and safely secured.

Ontario Reformer, 1 Mar 1872; page 3

Page 4
Atmospheric Bath
For the cure of all kinds of diseases, both acute and chronic. Prof. Stone would announce to the people of Oshawa and country at large that his condensed Air Bath is now in successful operation in Oshawa, and he is ready to treat all diseases on the principles of Airpathy, or a condensed Atmosphere. He has purified and disciplined it to become one of the greatest sanitary agents of the age, and perhaps the world. As a cure of diseases, it must unquestionably hold a place as far above all other curative and sanitary agents as its relation to animal life is above all other elements or agencies known to science. Acute diseases such as Scarlet Fever, Typhoid Fever, Bilious Fever, Acute Inflammation of the Lungs and Bowels, Dysentery, with all other forms Acute Diseases, can be cured in their early stages in a very few hours without fail,, so if you or your family are attacked with any acute disease come to the bath and save the suffering of a long protracted illness. The cure is sure and certain as above stated, which others can testify, who have tried it.

March 8, 1872, Page 1

Saving and Storing Ice
The notion that to keep ice through this heat of summer we must put up an expensive building with double walls, &e, is now exploded. The difficulty and expense of keeping ice for summer use on the farm or the dairy is now so small that no farmer of any pretensions to intelligence need be without it. The ice must be cut, drawn and piled when the weather is very cold. The colder the temperature when the ice is put away the better it will keep. To put up ice after a thaw commences is almost labor thrown away.

Page 2
Hayloft Fire
On Monday evening last, a fire was discovered in the loft of the stables adjoining Quigleys hotel. By some unaccountable means, the gay took fire, and had it not been discovered at the time it was, there is no telling where the fire would have ended, as there was a strong wind blowing at the time. One of the men stopping at Mr. Quigley, with great presence of mind, rushed up and turned some of the loose hay over the fire, completely smothering it. A few pails of water were then thrown on it, and all danger was past.

News ad for a new dressmaking establishment in Oshawa, operated by Miss Room
Ontario Reformer, 8 Mar 1872; page 4

Page 4
A Good Memory
We read too much, and think about what we read too little; the consequence is that most of the people we meet know something, in a superficial way, about almost everything. Not a tenth part of what is read is remembered for a month after the book or newspaper is laid aside. Daniel Webster, who had a rich store of information on almost every subject of general interest, said that it had been his habit for years to reflect for a short time on whatever he had read, and to fix the thoughts and ideas worth remembering in his mind. One who does this will be surprised to find how retentive his memory will become, or how long after reading an interesting article, the best portions of it will remain with him.

March 29, 1872, Page 1

Alcoholic Beverages To Sick Persons
It is believed that inconsiderate prescription of large quantities of alcoholic liquids by medical men for their patients has given rise, in many instances, to the formation of intemperate habits, the undersigned, while unable to abandoned the use of alcoholic treatment of certain cases of disease, are yet of opinion that no medical practitioner should prescribe it without a sense of grave responsibility. They believe that alcohol, in whatever form, should be prescribed with as much care as any powerful drug and that the directions for its use should be so framed as to not be interpreted as a sanction for excess, or necessarily for the continuance of its use when the occasion is past.

Page 3
On the 21st instant, at Brown’s hotel, Darlington, by Elder T. Henry, Mr Geo. Lankin, of East Whitby, to Miss Mary M. Smith of Darlington.

News ad for Village Lots for Sale
Ontario Reformer, 29 Mar 1872; page 3

Page 4
In Memoriam
Against expenditures in honor of the dead, Heaven has uttered no prohibition, and Earth is not injured, but benefitted, by them. All those beautiful emblems which adorn the many tombs around which we love to linger, assure us we are in a world of warm and loving hearts; the adorning of the sepulchers of the “loved ones” alleviates our grief and soothes the wounded heart. It also cheers the bereaved to know that an additional embellishment of the grave presents stronger attractions to arrest the attention of the stranger, and causes him to pause and learn the name of one who has shared so largely in the life of others.

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