"Montreal in general is a well built town, but incapable ofany defence. The churches are elegant, and the houſes ofſome of their principal men are really magnificent; thoughfew in number. The Hotel Dieu is by far the fineſthoſpital I ever ſaw, every thing in it is extremely neatand convenient.
In 1767 the best soap and "dipt" and "mould" candles were sold at thepost-office in Boston, according to an advertisement in the "Gazette" ofOctober 26. The candles were made of tallow, and gave but little light,requiring almost constant snuffing. Other kinds of[Pg 24] candles were not ingeneral use in New England in the last century. Sperm oil and sperm orwax candles could be used only by the wealthy. Many families, foreconomy, made their own candles. This practice was common in New Englanddown to within fifty years.
Mr. John Ashton, in his recently published work on "Social Life inEngland at the end of the Eighteenth Century," informs us that oneevening in the year 1790, 2,100 men were pressed in London alone,besides many more at the seaport towns.
Laſt Monday about 9 o'clock at night a moſt unfortunateaffair happened in King-ſtreet: The centinel poſted atthe Cuſtom-houſe, being ſurrounded by a number ofpeople, called to the main-guard, upon which Capt.Preſton, who was Captain of the day, with a party, went tohis aſſiſtance: ſoon after which ſome of the partyfired, by which the following perſons were killed andwounded,
That the dreſs of the Students be neat and decent ishighly proper; but that it ſhould be very ornamental[Pg 75] andexpenſive is ever needleſs, and oftentimes pernicious:Nor will any Student, who is ſolicitous to acquireknowledge, and ſincerely diſpoſed to improve his timeto the beſt advantage, in obtaining ſuch degrees of it,as may enable him to be extenſively uſeful to theCommunity, feel a reluctance to economical inſtitutionsreſpecting dreſs. He will not only eſteem theornaments of the mind of vaſtly higher importance thanthoſe of the body, but the general good will alſoconſtantly influence his conduct; and he will chearfullyencourage every regulation, which tends to promotefrugality.
In this connection we notice "Micklefield's Indian," as it was called, awell-known landmark[Pg 87] in Salem half a century ago. Mr. Micklefield wasmuch respected, and noted for his liberality and public spirit.
When spinning-wheels ceased to be used altogether, we are not able tosay. Probably they were not in use for any great length of time afterthe opening of the present century; but possibly in some country placesthey were used down to the time of the War of 1812, and even later. Weare informed that in some remote places in Rhode Island and in Mainespinning-wheels are in use to this day; but these are exceptional cases.
Only a pittance of international food aid to Bangladesh feeds the starving or destitute. Even in this bumper crop year an estimated 368,000 babies and young children will die due to malnutrition or related diseases. Food aid generally does not reach the poor; 90 per cent of the 1.6 million tons of foreign food aid shipped to Bangladesh this year was used to subsidize a ration system for the middle class. 2b1af7f3a8