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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Christmas Stories

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Would you want to be able to go back in time , to the Christmases of yesteryears? During the holidays most of us are in a hurry. In a hurry to shop for gifts and today the gifts are not like they were when we were little. Today it’s games, and I Phones, laptops, computers. Where are the days of settling for a little rag doll or a little red wagon? And we didn’t have these fancy stockings to fill, mine was a brown stocking of mine. It worked just fine as far as I am concerned, We got them filled up with lots of goodies. Let me tell you a nice little story I read in a book I bought at a pawn shop about a certain Christmas long ago.

My favourite Christmas happened long ago. I was only 7 years old at the time and I remember it as if it were only yesterday. My parents , my sister Loretta and brother Andy and I lived on the outskirts of town. My parents lived in this old log cabin. It was heated with an oil furnace and it took all the money we had to keep us fed and warm. But it was ok, we had enough to eat and were warm. But at the end of October my Dad was laid off from work, with no chance of working there again because the factory closed down. My Dad would get up early in the morning and walk to town to look for work and come back home without any luck . The end of November ,still no job for Dad and we missed out on the county picnic. December found us still in the same situation, no job and our oil was going down fast. We usually put up our tree in the middle of December but not this year. Mom kept telling us that Santa had been good to us in the past years and this year would be no different. December 23 came, a cold ,cloudy day with a little bit of snow. We wanted our tree but Mom said she wasn’t sure we could get a tree. We reminded her that tomorrow was Christmas Eve and that Santa wouldn’t leave any presents if we had no tree. We heard a truck pull up and it was Uncle Tom. He worked at a fish plant and he was single. He was all smiles and soon so were we. He went to the back of the truck and pulled out the most beautiful Christmas Tree. It smelled of fresh spruce and there were little bits of snow on the branches. Mom had tears in her eyes and Dad put his arms around her. Mom grabbed Uncle Tom and gave him a big hug along with a thank you, thank you. We decorated our tree that very same night with ornaments we had in our attic. Our tree was beautiful. Christmas Eve we were so excited and had a hard time sleeping. I heard voices downstairs, was it Santa? He had let one of his elves in our house? I snuck down the stairs and I saw Dad putting a little wagon for Andy. He painted it a bright red. Mom was combing a little doll’s hair and putting a yellow ribbon on it. Dad said “wasn’t that good of them?” Sure was, replied Mom, I only hope someday we can pay them back. I went back to bed and woke up to the smell of something wonderful. Loretta ,Andy and I jumped up and ran downstairs. Oh there was the wagon, Loretta found the little doll and I had a beautiful Eaton’s doll. The wonderful smell turned out to be the turkey. It was the most perfect day. Mom and Dad were standing in the corner being happy for us. By late March Dad had a job again. Years later I found out that all Mom’s brothers and sisters had put money together and got us our Christmas. A Christmas I will always remember.”

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Christmas Stories

Xmasornament

Would you want to be able to go back in time , to the Christmases of yesteryears? During the holidays most of us are in a hurry. In a hurry to shop for gifts and today the gifts are not like they were when we were little. Today it’s games, and I Phones, laptops, computers. Where are the days of settling for a little rag doll or a little red wagon? And we didn’t have these fancy stockings to fill, mine was a brown stocking of mine. It worked just fine as far as I am concerned, We got them filled up with lots of goodies. Let me tell you a nice little story I read in a book I bought at a pawn shop about a certain Christmas long ago.

My favourite Christmas happened long ago. I was only 7 years old at the time and I remember it as if it were only yesterday. My parents , my sister Loretta and brother Andy and I lived on the outskirts of town. My parents lived in this old log cabin. It was heated with an oil furnace and it took all the money we had to keep us fed and warm. But it was ok, we had enough to eat and were warm. But at the end of October my Dad was laid off from work, with no chance of working there again because the factory closed down. My Dad would get up early in the morning and walk to town to look for work and come back home without any luck . The end of November ,still no job for Dad and we missed out on the county picnic. December found us still in the same situation, no job and our oil was going down fast. We usually put up our tree in the middle of December but not this year. Mom kept telling us that Santa had been good to us in the past years and this year would be no different. December 23 came, a cold ,cloudy day with a little bit of snow. We wanted our tree but Mom said she wasn’t sure we could get a tree. We reminded her that tomorrow was Christmas Eve and that Santa wouldn’t leave any presents if we had no tree. We heard a truck pull up and it was Uncle Tom. He worked at a fish plant and he was single. He was all smiles and soon so were we. He went to the back of the truck and pulled out the most beautiful Christmas Tree. It smelled of fresh spruce and there were little bits of snow on the branches. Mom had tears in her eyes and Dad put his arms around her. Mom grabbed Uncle Tom and gave him a big hug along with a thank you, thank you. We decorated our tree that very same night with ornaments we had in our attic. Our tree was beautiful. Christmas Eve we were so excited and had a hard time sleeping. I heard voices downstairs, was it Santa? He had let one of his elves in our house? I snuck down the stairs and I saw Dad putting a little wagon for Andy. He painted it a bright red. Mom was combing a little doll’s hair and putting a yellow ribbon on it. Dad said “wasn’t that good of them?” Sure was, replied Mom, I only hope someday we can pay them back. I went back to bed and woke up to the smell of something wonderful. Loretta ,Andy and I jumped up and ran downstairs. Oh there was the wagon, Loretta found the little doll and I had a beautiful Eaton’s doll. The wonderful smell turned out to be the turkey. It was the most perfect day. Mom and Dad were standing in the corner being happy for us. By late March Dad had a job again. Years later I found out that all Mom’s brothers and sisters had put money together and got us our Christmas. A Christmas I will always remember.”

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

BATHS & BATHING

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Most of you readers are young , and some of you may be seniors, but what do you remember or remember hearing about taking a bath? Today we have bathtubs, showers, and running water.
 We take a bath as often as we want to. We never worry about using too much water do we? We take things for granted but what about our grandparents and great grandparents? They didn’t have running water ,nor bath tubs or showers.

Well I heard stories and read stories about Bath times of long ago. First of all our ancestors needed something to bath in. Oh I know that some used to bathe in a creek or river or stream but that would have been hard to do if one was living far from these places. I read that one particular family used to go to a spring about a mile from their home filling buckets of spring water and bringing them home on a horse and wagon. The lady of the house (mother, grandmother, or spouse) had this round metal tub, ( I remember Mom had one ,I believe it was galvanized) This tub was used for many things, for boiling diapers, gathering vegetable and whatever usage the could find. So as you can see they had to conserve the water by using it over and over which brings me to the bath time . Baths were usually once a week and usually on Saturday to have everyone clean for Sunday Mass. Usually they all took turns in bathing in the same tub of water ,as one would leave the tub ,water was poured in to warm the water for the next child, after the children were put to bed, the mother took her bath and then the father. By the time the father got into the same tub he had the most water in the tub. When the baths were all over the water was often thrown on flower beds or plants which seemed to thrive all this bath water. Another lady wrote” It’s funny how deprived some people think they are. They feel poor because they don’t drive a car, or cannot shop at fancy stores or they cannot live in the exclusive parts of the city. They have never experienced what it means to survive on so little and still not feel underprivileged.” A very wise lady to realize that we should be thankful for whatever we have no matter how little or how much., Christmas will soon be here, and now is the time to start preparations, you can find more at either of my two stores

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Stay safe, stay well
Drive careful.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Notorious Crime

I decided to tell you a story that I read , and I have changed the names because the story is based on a true story. I will begin with the first part of the story, but before I continue I would like to share some of my products with you. I am hoping you will check them out.

In the eyes of the press of the time of Jane X may have been repulsive at worst but in the eyes of the two men in her life, she was a desirable and attractive woman. She married John Doe around 1840 ,she was 22 and she bore him eight kids before he got sick. Leprosy was very common in the last half of the 19th century and a very debilitating disease. And John was forbidden to make love to Jane by the parish priest.

Jane was born into poverty and ignorance, John was a woodcutter by trade. As he got worse he was less and less able to work and provide for his family , so the kids became wards of the parish. Now Billy Brown a 25 year old man as poor as the Doe’s befriended them and the whole family moved into his one room cabin . Husky Billy Brown fathered Jane’s next two children over the following ten years of misery for John who’s body was covered with sores. He was often confined to bed because of his terrible pain. Yet surprisingly, in the spring of 1872 his condition started to improve. Soon he was moving from bed to a chair and then walking with a cane. He started going to the woods to chop wood.

Jane was then pregnant with Billy’s third child. She had been bugging Billy for the past two years to kill her husband, now with John’s health improving Jane became more persistent. Even in front of visitors she would urge Billy to kill him. At one time she openly debated the merits of a knife, blows to the head, or strangulation, and options she believed might be considered a natural death. Billy regularly told her he didn’t have the heart to do it. John apparently was aware of Jane’s plotting. ( are you still following the story? To be continued further in my blog…. Now I would like you to just have a look at a few of my products that you can find at

 
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Part Two of the story

On April 10th when Billy’s sister was visiting them, John took his axe and went to the woods around 8 o’clock in the morning. Billy left about an hour later, he came back and talked to Jane outside in the yard then went back to the woods for a half hour. When he got back the second time, Jane went to the woods and she too came back in a half hour at which time Billy washed himself and changed clothes. Jane threw the clothes into the loft and continued her visit with Billy’s sister. By four o’clock Billy’s sister wondered where John was , so Jane told her where to go and she set out into the woods, to find John was lying dead in a clearing, it looked as if John had been hit on the head with an axe but she could not see the axe anywhere. Billy was distressed with the news but Jane was her usual easy going self. Billy and his neighbor went to get John’s body , and brought it to the cabin where Jane washed the blood off and tied a white bandanna around John’s head to hide the cut. Billy kept saying he did not kill him. The inquest held two days later attached no blame but the next day Billy went to the magistrate and confessed in front of witnesses ,that he had killed John. He said he killed him with a stick and his fists, not with an axe and he said that Jane had nagged him into committing the murder. The medical evidence did not agree with Billy’s confession but indicated that the fatal wound might have been with the blunt edge of an axe. Billy was put in jail to await trial, telling anyone who would listen that Jane had been after him for two years to kill John and warned him that if he didn’t do it, she would. He also said that when he left ,John was alive and trying to crawl. Jane was arrested and charged with the murder of her husband. The police believed that when Billy returned after beating John, Jane went into the woods and finished the job. But they couldn’t prove itBilly went to trial, and it took the jury only 20 minutes to reach a guilty verdict and recommended mercy because he had confessed and said he was sorry. Jane was next, she was charged with being an accessory before the fact, and the same evidence which convicted her lover was presented by the same lawyers before the same judge and heard by the same jury but with one exception, Billy was called to testify against her. But the judge later said that Jane’s influence over him was apparently as strong as ever. The jury took an hour to deliberate but they came back with a guilty verdict, with no recommendation for mercy. They were both sentenced to death ,Jane was given a reprise because she was pregnant. To the amazement of reporters, neither prisoners showed any reaction to the sentence, it was some time because they learned the reason why. The judge had delivered the sentence in English and the interpreter forgot to translate to French. Because they could not speak English , Jane and Billy left the courthouse ignorant of their fate. In October they hanged Billy. Strangely Jane’s sentence was commuted in December to life in prison where she remained for the next ten years. She was pardoned in June the following year and lived with one of her children. Was justice served?

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Do you Believe

I was looking through some of my books to see what I could blog about and came across this article, I will change the names but apparently there were many witnesses to the event or events. I am always intrigue but events that seem unbelievable. Could it be true? I feel it could be true, or there has to be an explanation somewhere or somehow.

The first appearance took place in September 1893 when a group of students said they saw a lady and a child on the school grounds, these appearances continued for long months to follow. The classroom had 22 desks in it. The children were all questioned and questioned again five weeks later and their stories never changed. All the children answered with great sincerity. Mary Cormier age twelve stated that she was the first to see the lady that September day, she had left early to go to school with her two cousins, Cecile and Leonie, she said they were all sitting on the door step of the school when she heard this exclamation “ well! Well! In a clear voice seemingly from inside the school. Then she heard three knocks like the teacher knocking on her desk. She told her friends she had heard knocking and at the same time there were three knocks again. Her cousins told her they had heard the knocks that time. Mary went went her cousins to the first window on the right of the entrance door, she saw a profile of a lady figure turned towards the east. She was dressed in white, her hands folded, her eyes seemed to be raised towards the sky, she wore a white veil and a blue sash. Her height seemed a bit taller than the ordinary women. She looked to be very sad. Mary thought it was just a mirage, after taking a stick in her hand ,she walked closer to the window to make sure there was nothing reflecting in the window, the same person was still visible. The idea came to Mary to hit on the window with her stick to surprise what she was seeing inside, or to get her attention, but the apparation stayed the same way with the same expression. At the same time Cecile was seeing the same thing while Leonie didn’t see anything. Mary said out of fright they ran under a tree in the schoolyard to wait for the other children. When the children arrived Mary told them what she saw and heard. Some of the children went to the window and many saw the same lady. Once the teacher arrived and the children entered the class room the apparation was gone. At recess around 10.30 Mary again went back to the window and that same lady was still there exactly as she had been two hours earlier. He teacher never saw her.Mary said that for many days after she looked in the window and the lady appeared again. After that first set of appearances Mary continued to say one day she saw the profile of a man with a a grey beard and near him a woman holding a child in her arms. This group appeared near the blackboard. The man was standing dressed in white, I only saw them one day ,continued Mary. A while later I saw a little child in the corner of the classroom not far from the blackboard, he seemed to have a white tunic and wasn’t touching the ground and I could not see his feet. On the bottom of his dress was a trimming of white lace. His eyes were something happy sometimes sad, he seemed above us all, his hands turned inward as if asking for something, his hair was yellow and long reaching his waist. Another one of Mary’s friends Susan saw the child too. Since Mary began seeing the child she never would see the lady. Four about four months the child appeared with a heart the color of gold on his chest. Another time she saw him he had a golden crown. Another time Mary saw this white bird on the top of the child’s head carrying a white flower in its beak.

Mary born in 1884 became a nun, she died in 1970, she was so moved by these things she saw or witnessed that she devoted her life to Mary mother of Jesus.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Shipwrecks

Here is an interesting story from a book I bought yesterday at a yard sale ,titled “Shipwrecks off the East Coast. The author was Carmel Vivier. If you can still buy it

I would recommend it… This story is called The Royal Tar. I do hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Imagine a crisp fall day, with a touch of frost in the air. The leaves are changing colors, people are hurrying all over , and horses are hauling cards full of good up and down the road. These were all typical sights in Saint John in October 1836. No so typical however was the cargo on a group of wagons slowly making their way to the harbour. The wagons were carrying cages filled with exotic animals. In was October 21 and Fuller’s Menagerie, which had been touring Nova Scotia and New Brunswick for the last 6 months were leaving Saint John and heading back to the United States. Young and old people stood and watched as the colourfully painted wagons, some large and some small slowly went down King St. in the heart of the city to the wharf and the loading dock.

Fuller’s Menagerie was like most other travelling circuses, a mix of close knit families and performers who had been together for a long time. It had the usual circus animals, including 2 camels an elephant, a lion, a couple of tigers, ponies and horses that were used for performing and pulling the wagons. It also had an assortment of reptiles and birds. With an entire circus to move back to the USA, the owners needed a large reliable ship. They picked the Royal Tar ,a 400 ton, 160 foot side paddle steamer that could accommodate all their animals and bring them to the USA in a short period of time. The circus owners were anxious to get to New York, where they were hoping to find work for the winter. Built in Carleton New Brunswick in 1835, the Royal Tar was more reliable than any other ships because she had both a paddle wheel and sails. The captain was Thomas Reed. The Royal l Tar had a regular route, running between Digby ,Saint John, Portland and Maine. This route enabled people to reach New York from St John in less than four days. The passenger list for this 21 th day of October’s sailing totalled 93 passengers and crew, with some Irish immigrants heading to the US looking for work.

As the ship sailed out of Saint John Harbour into the Fundy Bay, the circus band played God Save the King. After the steamer started her trip, the weather began to get bad, with strong winds. The first port of call was Eastport, and the ship arrived in time, but when the ship left Eastport that night Captain Reed decided the weather was too bad to keep on going to Portland. He gave orders to steer the ship into Little River near Cutter Maine, to seek shelter. He decided to stay there till the weekend. The following Monday they left their shelter but soon after the weather was bad again so they took shelter in Machias Bay. Again they started out but the engineer didn’t notice that the water levels in the boilers were running low. The captain stopped the engines and the opened the safety valves. They dropped the anchor near Fox Island. Then they noticed smoke directly above the boilers. Now that the paddle wheel wasn’t working they had to use the sails to get the passengers to safety. The captain gave the order to man the boats, and everybody ran for the lifeboats. But the engineers, other crew members and some passengers had already lowered the biggest lifeboat and were on their way to Isle au Haut instead of getting help.

The captain didn’t want the rest of the passengers to all get in the one remaining boat because it would have tipped so he ordered everyone to jump in the water. Once they jumped he pulled them towards the boat he was in , soon the boat was full and they headed away from the burning ship. The sound of people screaming and animals screeching sent shivers down the spines of those on the lifeboat. The US cutter Veto arrived on the scene and boarded the people on the lifeboat. Then the Steward and Capt. Reed along with two seaman from the Veto made trips to and fro to the burning ship to rescue passengers . Many of the circus animals were dying of smoke inhalation in their cages, The horses and camels were backed off the shop, some other animals jumped into the water, the elephant jumped and landed on a raft full of people, tipping the raft, sending some people to their death, then the elephant swam to shore. With a boat full of passengers the Veto headed for Isle au Haut. Arriving on the island the passengers were in for some surprise, the men who had taken off in the biggest lifeboat were all there sitting comfortably around a fire at Squire Kimballs, one of the local lodgings enjoying themselves as if nothing happened. The survivors showed their appreciations to the people of Isle au Haut who gave them warm clothing, food and lodging. Captain Reed and William Brown returned to Saint John were they treated as heroes in rescuing the passengers of the Royal Tar, and the people of Saint John celebrated their bravery.

Out of 93 people on board the Royal Tar 32 died including 10 children and 3 crew members. The vessel and cargo was worth around $200,000 but nothing was insured, the strongbox from the circus with all of its earnings from an entire summer was lost . The elephant and two horses were found on shore, but the camels and exotic animals were never found. The Irish immigrants lost all their possessions, strangers in a strange land, they were left with only the clothes on their backs.

I do hope you have enjoyed reading this story which is sad but true.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Migmaw Native Americans

Well I have been reading more on Diereville’s Voyage to Acadie and here are a few exerts. First of all the Native Americans were once called Indians and it was supposed that when the continent was discovered that it was connected with East Indies. The people on East Indies were called Indians. It sort of makes sense.

Now Diereville was an agent of a merchant company in Rouen and he spent one year in Port Royal Nova Scotia (known as Acadie back then). He frequently went with the Native Americans to their learn their ways, customs, habits and also to collect specimen of things he found in the new land, such as flowers, and plants.

The Chase was the chief occupations of the Native Americans for subsistence. Lots of wild game such as moose, caribou (deer) and wild fowl furnished them with food while the beaver, otters, martins and lynx furnished them with furs for clothing and trading with the French. Sometimes on their hunting trips they would not eat for days but when they killed a deer they ate it in a most ravenous manner, bolting down the flesh without chewing and washing it down with spring water.

Beaver was found in many streams but much skill and cunning was needed to capture him. It’s sense of smell and hearing were so accurate that it was almost impossible to shoot it. The Native Americans also had a fine sense of smell, they could smell a bear at a great distance. With the guns they got from the French they seldom failed to get enough food for themselves and also game and venison for the Port Royal garrison.

The man who excelled in the chase was raised to a high rank position in his tribe and was chosen to be the chief of 100 warriors and he was respected both in peace and in war.

A warrior had to prove himself to be a good hunter before he could have a wife. If he fell in love, he applied to her parents who at once gave their permission if he was successful in the chase. If they had any doubt at that point the was required to prove himself by feeding the whole family of his future father in law with game he killed.

The marriage ceremony was simple. The parents presented the girl to her fiancĂ©, just saying “This man is your husband”. The newlyweds then went into the woods for their honeymoon and to hunt together. The game they killed were taken to the bride’s father’s wigwam for a feast where all the Native Americans nearby were invited.

After a baby was born, it was dipped into the coldest water available even in winter to harden the baby and fish oil or melted fat was poured into the baby’s mouth before it was allowed to drink his mother’s milk until he was strong enough to eat solid foods.

Native American feasts were given on the following occasions, the birth of a boy, his first tooth, his first walk, and when he killed his first game. (nothing is mentioned about the baby girls).

When the French first settled in Port Royal , the Native Americans worshipped the Sun as their God , they called it Nichakaminon meaning very great. They acknowledged him as their maker. They also believed in a Demon called Mendon. The Jesuit missionaries converted the Native Americans to Christianity……..

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