Spirit of the Times

Batavia, Genesee County, New York State

November 12-1881


There are five Tuesdays and five Wednesdays in this month. The merchants will now begin to advertise Christmas and Holiday Goods. Thursday, November 24th, Thanksgiving Day; see President's proclamation. About President GARFIELD's grave are to be planted a weeping beach, a pyramidal oak, a buckeye, and a silver fir.

Chris. WARNER and John BANNISTER are preparing about a ton of ammunition for their annual squirrel hunt in Canada.

A new stock company has been organized at Lockport for the manufacture of Venetian inside window shades and shutters.

The courts of this state have decided that farmers have no right to use land between fence and highway for agricultural purposes. Rats gnawed their way through eight wooden cages containing canary birds, in a Lockport store, the other night, carrying off the birds. The cry of potato famine in this country has occasioned the importation of tons of potatoes from Ireland, and large quantities are being shipped from Canada to the States.

The Governor has informed the president an directors of the Genesee Valley Canal Railroad Company and others concerned that certain portions of the lands in their possession are a public nuisance, and he orders that they be drained for the distance of twenty-nine miles, between Scottsville, in Monroe county, and Son Yea Creek, in the town of Groveland, Livingston county. The work must be performed before April 1, 1882.

"Reprehensible Conduct of Liverymen."

Under the above caption we find the following entry very timely and sensible communication in the Le Roy 'Times,' on the inpropriety of converting the best livery hacks and carriages into hearses. The attention of liverymen everywhere is called to the subject: "The impropriety of converting the best hacks and carriages of our liverystables into hearses for the transportation of coffins containing the bodies of children who have died of contagious or infectious diseases is clear enough to any intelligent person. Yet it is often done. The family and near friends right from the house, with clothing filled with noxious germs of disease which may adhere to the cushions and drapery of the carriages, are unwittingly exposing the next occupants of the seats vacated by an hour before by themselves. Would these liverymen wish to usher their own wives and children into these same vehicles for a pleasure ride on a return from such a funeral? The golden rule is a good one for all of us. Let hearses always be used for the transportation of those who have died of scarlet fever, smallpox, diphtheria, or other dangerous disease, and so lessen the liability of spreading contagion. Private funerals and early burials are prudent and should be obligatory. "Prevention is better than cure." The remedy lies with the liverymen, who should refuse carriages for such purposes from purely benevolent considerations as well as economic ones, for who would hire a carriage with knowledge of such recent use? Medicus."


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On Tuesday last a terrible accident occurred at the Lackawanna railroad excavation in Bethany, resulting in the death of one of the Italian laborers. It seems that in blasting the rock, a charge of powder had been placed in the hole and the fuse ignited by the Italian. He waited at a proper distance some time for the discharge, which failing to take place he approached the hold and was in the act of looking into it when the blast took place. The poor fellow's head and neck were horribly mutilated, and he was picked up in great agony. He was at once conveyed to his boarding place and Dr. CROFF, of Bethany, summoned, but little could be done for him so terribly was he injured. He lingered in great agony for some hours when death relieved him of his sufferings.

Dr. TOZIER, the coroner, was summoned, who upon learning the particulars of the death, said it was purely accidental and therefore it was needless to hold an inquest.


Submitted by Linda Schmidt 2002


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