An old hay trader trick

A swindle discovered – The Montreal Daily Post Jan. 4, 1886

As Mr. Drew, Clerk of the Cattle Market, was weighing a load of hay on Saturday his attention was called to what seemed to be the arm of a man protruding from the hay near the top of the load. The owner of the load, when asked for some explanation, said it was only a coat, but this not satisfying Mr. Drew, an officer was called, and upon examining the load he found a man carefully concealed in the top, covered by the hay. He said he had been hired by the vendor to “allow himself to be weighed.”


Farm yard nap goes wrong

A shocking incident – The Montreal Daily Post Dec. 5, 1885

A shocking story comes to hand from the county of Huntingdon. A few days ago John Napier, a farmer residing at Coveyhill, got on the spree with some friends. His friends saw him home and deposited him in his farm yard, supposing he would go into his house. Unfortunately, however, he went to sleep in the yard, and his pigs being loose proceeded to make a supper of his nose and fingers, completely eating them off. When he awoke in the morning he presented a horrible appearance. Medical assistance was procured, and he is now progressing favorably.


A quiet wedding

Two hearts that beat as one – The Montreal Gazette Dec. 17, 1879

A young couple from Burlington registered their names at the Ottawa Hotel yesterday morning, and in the afternoon the gallant swain requested the obliging manager to give him the address of a clergyman, as he and his fair companion wished to enter the hymeneal state. The request was complied with, and at four p.m. the Rev. Geo H. Wells performed the ceremony in the drawing-room of the hotel. There was none of the excitement which the usual accessories to the stereotyped wedding festival occasion, and the same afternoon the newly married couple left as quietly as they arrived. We wish them a journey though wedded life as unruffled as their entrance into it.


House of ill repute on St. Elizabeth

A den of infamy – The Montreal Gazette Dec. 3, 1878

At 128 St. Elizabeth street, near the corner of St. Catherine, is located a small stone house, kept by a woman named Harriet Daniels, and according to the reports of the neighbors and the police, it bears a very unenviable reputation. Midnight brawls and robberies are the general characteristics of the den. Some steps should be taken to close the place up. This woman appeared in the Police Court yesterday morning, to lay a charge against a young man named Belisle for robbery, while the latter says that the woman herself is the guilty party. The case will be sifted shortly.


Man sells smallpox infested furniture

City news – The Montreal Daily Post Dec. 3, 1885

A man named Labelle, residing at No. 10 St. Felix street, had his child removed to the smallpox hospital yesterday afternoon, and without waiting to have his house disinfected immediately sold his furniture to Mr. Laurin, a dealer, at the corner of Guy and Notre Dame street west, and of course without informing the purchaser that the articles came from an infected house. The health authorities heard of the transaction and closed Laurin’s store. The place was thoroughly disinfected this morning, and a warrant was issued for Labelle’s arrest.