Memorials and Things of Fame

1849
The Morning Chronicle

A supply of water for domestic use and for great emergencies has been long hoped for by the people of this city. A respectable and most intelligent citizen now in England has been exerting himself to obtain information on the subject and we have been favored with the result of his inquiries. Now is the time, when iron is cheap in England and when labor is cheap here, to erect water-works. We care not how the water is obtained, provided it is obtained. Recollect even though water pumped up by a steam engine costs something annually, yet if it pays, and pay it must, the city benefits more by that which requires the attendance of the engineer and the laborer and consumes fuel, than by the silent aqueduct which causes no outlay after its construction.

1859
The Morning Chronicle

The Municipal Elections: - The elections were continued on Saturday with less activity than on the two previous days, fewer voters presented themselves at the City Hall, and the same order prevailed that has hitherto characterized this contest. In Champlain Ward, Mr Lampson has now received over 100 votes, while his opponent it seems has but a dozen. In St. Peter's Ward, some 30 votes were given equally divided between the two candidates. In St. Rock's Ward, Mr. Lemesurier has retired from the contest leaving Dr. Rousseau at the head of a small though invincible majority. In Jacques Cartier Ward, Mr Bussiere's friends seem quite despondent, and have lost all hope of defeating Mr. Lemieux. In St. John and Palace Wards, there were very few votes given. Great complaints are made by respectable taxpayers as to the manner in which our municipal elections are carried, for there is no denying the fact that success is too frequently the result of the employment of the most unscrupulous and corrupting means, and that the candidate who wishes to be thought the people's choice, is, in reality, about the last man in the world they would have chosen if left to themselves. Matters are now so bad in this respect, that reform is indispensable, and we believe many of our citizens would rather see our civic affairs managed by a Government Commission, than under the control of men, many of whom shew by the measures they resort to to gain a seat in the Council, what dependence is to be placed upon their honesty and integrity when there.

1909
Chronicle Telegraph

To the Editor of the Chronicle: Dear Sir, - In connection with the oft mooted query, "Why steamers do not stop at Quebec," permit me to submit the following figures which may perhaps partly answer the question and at the same time enlighten the public as to the difficulties in the way. They are the tolls a steamer of 2520 tons has to pay on a full cargo to this port, viz: Harbor dues - 2520 tons at 5¢ = $126.00. Moorage discharging full cargo - $236.46 - for a total of $362.46. At Montreal there are no harbor dues or moorage charges for steamers so that had the vessel gone to Montreal instead of Quebec her owners would have escaped port charges to the amount of $362.46.

A most daring attempt at kidnapping took place at Levis about 7:10 o'clock yesterday morning in the centre of the town. A young girl, aged 11 years, daughter of a respectable citizen, after attending the 6:30 mass went to get milk on St. George Street. Two tramps, who were loitering around the spot, spied the young girl, who was alone, the street being deserted at the time. One of the tramps gave chase to the young girl, who turned and bolted to her home, which was quite close. The child came into the house in an excited state, told her father, who ran out armed with a stick, but the tramps had made their escape. He informed the police, who said it might have been the two tramps that they had given shelter to during the night and let go at daylight. There have been several outrages of the like nature in the town, and the residents are very nervous over the repeated occurrences.

1959
Quebec Chronicle Telegraph

Four-year-olds Alarm Helps Two Families Escape Blaze. Two families including five children are homeless today after a fire destroyed their two-storey, clapboard home at Ste. Monique Saturday. The alarm was given by four-year-old Line Pelletier who rushed to her mother's bedroom to tell her of the smoke that came into her room. Mrs. Pelletier ran to safety with her children at the same time calling for help to the Rochette family which occupied the first floor. Flames had destroyed the roof and upper floor, which was occupied by the Pelletier family. Cause of the fire was not immediately known.

At Canadian Tire at 200 Dorchester, salesmen are on roller skates and shopping is done by punched cards. Here is how it works. Each item on display has the price and card number attached to it. The customer merely drains the card with the number of the item he wants from the rack attached to the display. One item of everything in stock can be seen by the customer in the store. After the customer selects his card, he takes it to the cashier who places it in the machine and an invoice in triplicate covering the transaction is procured. Payment of the invoice is made at this time and copy number one is receipted and given to the customer. Meanwhile, the cashier has sent number two copy by pneumatic tube to the store-room. The order is filled and immediately delivered to the customer. The men in the stock room are supplied with roller skates and the complete sale can be completed within 90 seconds. Mr. Simard, manager of the store told us that this system was originated in a Canadian Tire store in Toronto. The Quebec store was the second to adopt it and the head office of National Cash Register in the United States has copied it.