Memorials and Things of Fame

1850

The Morning Chronicle

We wish you a happy new year. Eighteen hundred and forty nine has gone; but the events which have occurred in it have been so momentous that they will remain for ever upon the pages of history. In the short space of a year there have been terrible doings. The old world has been convulsed; and the new agitated. We have had a *Parliament House burned; the authority of government set at nought; the seat of government changed; we have been visited by an awful **disease which has taken from us many good and some of the wisest of our citizens; but we have also seen– notwithstanding the cries of “annexation” and “ruin and decay.” – a return to commercial prosperity and we anticipate indeed, that things having been as bad, as well they could be, this year (1850) will be to us, a year of commercial prosperity, of political quiet, and indeed a physically and morally healthy one.

Notes from Cathy: *The Montreal Riots - The Rebellion Losses Bill was a controversial law enacted by the legislature of the Province of Canada in 1849. The bill was passed to compensate Lower Canadians who lost property during the Rebellions of 1837 and was modeled on similar measures which provided compensation in Upper Canada. Those who had participated in the Rebellion were to be compensated with taxpayer’s money except for those who had been tried and convicted of high treason. These provisions angered some of Montreal’s Tory citizens and provoked weeks of violent disturbances known as the Montreal Riots. It culminated in the burning of the Parliament building on April 25th which until then was in Montreal. The controversy around the bill contributed to the rise of an American annexationist movement.

**Cholera - The1849 pandemic killed millions of people worldwide.

 1860

The Morning Chronicle

Mr. Editor, - We had the pleasure of dining at Reynold’s on the 26th of Dec. last, and you were not there! To shew his gratitude for the well deserved custom he has enjoyed for six years from the gastronomers of out city, Mr. Reynolds had invited, by public advertisements, all his friends to meet at his table, in the Lower Town; and the doors of his dining room opened at about noon. I was there, of course, and among the first, I can tell you. My eyes sought at once for you, Sir, opposite the piece de resistance, but my dear Mr. Editor, shame on you, you were not there! The only penitence your fault admits of, and I inflict upon you, is the following account, which please to publish, as you ought to publish it, that justice may be done to one of the best Restaurateurs of the city. The charm of the tout ensemble was what struck me most. Bouquets of living flowers, pyramids of fruit and cakes were ranged at intervals between dishes of all kinds, drawn up in line of battle and presenting a formidable front to the attack on either side. We sat down. We took our bitters. Then a plate of ox tail soup lubricated our throats. Half a dozen oysters sharpened and gave a keen edge to our appetites. Oysters give you a most truculent propensity, so that you at once attack the field pieces; roast beef, round of beef, salt tongue, boiled ham, veal cutlets, roast turkeys, stewed fowl, &c., &c., &c. Then, alas! You give all such a tender and melancholy parting look. Adieu! But ham and chicken, roast beef, cutlets, suffer an eclipse. The tender succulent fibres may suffice for common mortals, but our host once stole a leaf from Epicurus’ private diary, and here he comes, holding that magic dust of which a sniff will make so many happy. Partridge! Prairie hen, skillfully seasoned, every thing of that kind besides. Oh! Oh! Oh! - Pheasant, as served up by Reynolds, is the king of birds and of game - as large as a capon, with all its delicacy; it has a finer flavor than partridge. Pheasant has but one fault. It is too rare and costs too much! As for the desert, description is useless. Blanc mange, charlotte russe, ices, corn starch, apple pies, and a thousand other delicacies were there. You found yourself bewildered which to choose. And what of the nutty Sherry, bees’-wing Port, sparkling Champagne? At three in the afternoon we relinquished the field for the children, of whom nearly a hundred dined and were amused with agreeable music until ten. In conclusion, let me give Reynolds, in the name of all who enjoyed his hospitality - Reynolds, the proprietor of the Mansion House - the tribute of gratitude which each one of his friends individually owes him. And you, Sir were not there!

 1910

Chronicle Telegraph

Ushered in by watch night services in the churches and by the pealing and chiming of bells, New Year’s Day was quietly observed in Quebec. At St. Roch Church, where the only midnight mass was celebrated, there was an immense congregation, people gathered from all parts of St. Roch and St. Sauveur to attend the service. On New Year’s morning receptions were held at the Archbishop’s Palace where his Lordship Monsignor Roy, Administrator of the Diocese received. An interesting incident at the former reception was the visit of His Lordship, R. Rev. A. Hunter Dunn, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Quebec, who called to pay his New Year’s respects, a courtesy which was highly appreciated. There were the usual receptions at the St. Louis Barracks and on the Citadel. The patrons at the Lake Edward Sanitarium ball at the Chateau on New Year’s Eve had quite a novel experience. Just before the stroke of midnight, the lights were turned low, to flash out in brilliancy again just as the New Year dawned. With the advent of the New Year came the call of “Chronicle” and Quebec’s morning journal proved itself to on be on spot, the guests being able to read the first news of the New Year, including an account of the very pleasant social event in which they were participating.

Note: The Chronicle was published both on December 25, 1909 and on January 1, 1910.

1960

Quebec Chronicle Telegraph

A common cold can lead to Nephritis also known as Bright’s disease. Bright’s disease, a breakdown in the filtering system of the kidneys, sometimes occurs a week or so after recovery from a streptococcus infection. However, there is no way of telling in advance whether your sore throat or sinus infection is caused by the streptococcus germs. Therefore common sense dictates the following precautions: Call your doctor immediately if you develop a sore throat, sinus infection, tonsillitis or painful neck glands. Take good care of yourself while you are recovering from a cold, sore throat or other infections. For the following several weeks, be careful not to get your feet wet, don’t become chilled and don’t become overly tired. If it is raining, snowing or sleeting, and you have a cold or are just getting over one, I (Dr. H.N. Bundesen, M.D.) suggest you stay home instead of going out and getting wet.