The circus comes to Charlottetown, charging 25 cents per person

Jim Hornby
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The Islander, Aug. 26


This loathsome disease, which we believed had entirely disappeared from the Island, has recently shown itself on Township 65. It is now found in three families, inhabiting separate houses on the West River, and whether it will be prevented from spreading through the Island will depend very much upon the Medical Officer of the Board of Health for this County, and the local Board of Health.

In our country districts especially, but few of the inhabitants have been Vaccinated, and should Small Pox spread through them, it is more than probable that the mortality would be very great.

Jim Hornby: Smallpox was the most serious communicable disease then infecting Islanders. While vaccination was available, as this report notes, many were unable or unwilling to be vaccinated: some mistrusted the cure, others resented the cost. It was very contagious: in 1859, a woman in a city laundry contracted smallpox by handling clothes belonging to a visiting sailor. In this case, a Long River man was infected when visiting a vessel in Charlottetown Harbour. In 1885-86, a smallpox epidemic in Charlottetown killed 53 people and led to the emergency use of the abandoned former Lunatic Asylum as a quarantine hospital at Brighton.

The Protestant, Aug. 27


The place of their confinement is a room some fourteen feet square, and its height is seven or seven and a half feet. It is lighted and ventilated by one window of considerable size. In this spacious, lofty, and well-ventilated apartment are no fewer than three beds. When your readers are informed that the outer door of the jail is barred at sundown, and that each cell is closed at 10 o’clock at night, and not opened until seven or eight o’clock in the morning, they may form some idea of the state of the prison air when the doors are unbolted. That sleep in such a room should be disturbed and unrefreshing, and that those confined in it should complain of lassitude and want of energy, is only what might be expected. Will your readers believe that this small room is intended to contain three prisoners, and these prisoners not felons but debtors, has its one window so fenced in that neither the breath of heaven nor the light of heaven can have free access to those who are so unfortunate as to be compelled to occupy it?

The Protestant, Aug. 27


At nearly every corner of our streets, the eyes of our citizens are attracted by extensive placards of an entertainment to be given, in the shape of a Circus, during the course of next week. On account of her isolated position, and the consequent difficulty and expense of transferring all the necessary equipage for such an exhibition, it is not often that our little city, or any other part of our Island, is infested with such displays. But what possible advantage can be obtained by viewing the whimsical freaks of men, women, horses, dogs and monkeys?

And then again, can it be denied that such a source of diversion is productive of idleness, dissipation, and general depravity? Is it not the fact that such amusement is received with greatest favour in the most corrupt and depraved state of society? And who does not know that it is not infrequently the cause of drunkenness, riot and outrage? There is surely enough of intoxication and consequent rioting in our city already, without encouraging it by such useless gatherings as will be produced by this Circus.

J.H.: Editor David Laird was not famous for his wit and sociability.

The Examiner, Aug. 29

THE CIRCUS will be opened here tomorrow. It is 21 years since the first and last Circus was here. We remember that it was crowded by all classes, the rich and the poor, the godly and the ungodly, and we don’t think the people of Charlottetown are better or wiser than they were then, although they are about three times more numerous. We think there is far less harm in going to a Circus than there would be in attending some of our midnight Pic Nics, or certain peculiar religious exercises ardently patronised by those who condemn the Circus and Theatre.

J.H.: Editor Edward Whelan, however, was.

The Monitor, Sept.r 1

DIED. McNIVEN.--At Long Creek, Lot 65, on the 25th ult., of Small Pox, Mr. Alexander McNiven, Tailor. He leaves a wife and six children in very destitute circumstances.

Ross’s Weekly, Sept. 1


Slaymaker & Goodwin’s Olympic Circus is now in full blast in this City. The entertainment is well worth the price of admission--25 cents; and persons who have never witnessed such performances should not lose this opportunity. Our space will not admit of details, but we will simply mention the double trapeze by the Snow Brothers--the monkeys and dogs--and the trained horses &c. The immense tent was filled to overflowing, and the performing was excellent.

Ross’s Weekly, Sept. 1


The return match between the Charlottetown and Pictou Cricket Clubs came off on Friday, the 28th inst. The weather was all that the most ardent lover of the game could desire, and everything gave token of a pleasant and exciting day. The Pictonians, taking advantage of the inducements kindly offered by the Steam Navigation Company, came over in large numbers.

At 11 o’clock precisely the wickets were pitched, and the Islanders having won the “toss,” sent their Pictou friends to the wickets. Messrs. John Brecken and Louis Davies commenced the bowling on the side of the Islanders, and the style in which they maintained their labors and the surprisingly quick manner in which the stumps of the Pictou cricketers fell, proved very clearly that the bowling of these gentlemen had not lost any of its effectiveness.

 ( . . .) The Islanders won with 8 wickets to go down.

J.H. Louis Henry Davies, ardent cricketer, is the only Islander to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada, serving without distinction from 1901 to 1921.

Organizations: Islanders, Board of Health.In, Circus and Theatre.J.H. Snow Brothers Steam Navigation Company Supreme Court of Canada

Geographic location: Charlottetown, West River, Long River Long Creek

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