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Over zealous police officer draws complaint

“He squeezed her too tight” – The Montreal Daily Post Oct. 27, 1888

On Thursday a woman who sells on the Bonsecours market came to Sub Chief Naegele to complain of the way she had been treated by a policeman. It appears that the lady was overcome by her exertions when at work and fainted. A sturdy guardian of the peace saw the recumbent form, and, grasping the situation and the woman at the same time, picked the market woman up, and so nervous was he that he pressed her to him to support her rather more forcibly then he at the time realized. In fact he squeezed so hard that she vomited all her breakfast up. Hence the complaint, “he squeezed her too tight.” Sub Chief Naegele appeased the wrath of the lady by explaining that if the policeman had erred he had, like the famous Midshipman Easy, done so all through zeal. The complainant then departed, saying that the next time she faints she hopes that she will be left along to come round.


Ed’s note: Mr. Midshipman Easy is an 1836 novel about a young man who joins the British Royal navy during the Napoleonic wars. Here is the relevant quote about “zeal”: “All zeal, Mr Easy. Zeal will break out in this way; but we should do nothing in the service without it. Recollect that I hope and trust one day to see you also a zealous officer."

A line must be drawn

Commissioners street as promenade – The Montreal Gazette Oct. 9, 1880

No doubt the electric light has made the line of wharves nearly as attractive a promenade by night as it always is by day, but the line has to be drawn somewhere. Two ladies (?) were observed by the Water Police, at 12 o’clock last night, wandering slowly along Commissioners street, and when questioned as to their business abroad so late one of them became abusive. They were both provided with lodgings in the cells.


Old world meets new

Servants from the Old Land – The Montreal Daily Herald Aug. 19, 1892

Among the passengers who arrived from Liverpool on board the Dominion line steamship Oregon, were some thirty young girls sent out under the auspices of the United British Women’s Emigration Association, and under the personal care of Rev. John F. W. Drury, diocesan secretary of the Diocese of Manchester. The girls came from all parts of England and Scotland, but chiefly from the Southern counties. The objects of the association are: To emigrate only such women and girls as are of good character and capacity. To select only such men and families as are suitable to the requirements of each colony. To secure for them proper protection on the voyage, and adequate reception on arrival. If possibly, not to lose sight of them for a year or two after their emigration. To raise a loan fund for necessitous cases, repayment being secured on detained wages, and the whole management of the society is under the supervision of some of England’s most prominent philanthropists. Rev. Mr. Drury has gone to Niagara. Meanwhile the girls are being provided with suitable situations as fast as openings offer.