Death of Dr Jackson [1885]

The Quebec Mercury, 16 July 1885

Death of Dr Jackson

The late Dr. Alfred Jackson, M.D, who breathed his last yesterday at noon, was one of the oldest medical men in the city. He was professor of midwifery and diseases of women and children in Laval University. He was well known for the thoroughness of his attainments in medical science and especially in the chemistry branch.


Sunday Tavern Closing [1885]

The Quebec Mercury, 16 June 1885

Sunday tavern closing

The Recorder has fined a Lower town hotel keeper $75 and costs for opening on Sunday last and muleted another in St Roch’s $39 and costs for not closing punctually at the regulation hour of eleven Saturday night.

Young man drowned this morning [Quebec city, 1881]

The Quebec Mercury, 27 May 1881


A young man named Angus McKay, deaf and dumb, hired a small boat from one of the market boatmen, named Bourbeau, this morning, ostensibly for the purpose of having a sail. He left in the boat alone and went some distance up the river; he either accidentally or designedly fell into the river, the sailors of some of the shipping seing him going over the side, and the boat was found tenantless, with the man’s coat in the bottom. McKay is stated to be about 26 years of age, and came here from St. John’s N.B., about three weeks ago, stopping at Mr Demer’s boarding house, on the Finaly Market, where his effects now are waiting to be claimed. He is, it seems, a printer by trade, and had expressed his intention of leaving for Boston next week.

The poisoning case [1883]

The Morning chronicle and commercial and shipping gazette, 13 march 1883.

ANOTHER POISONING CASE – It is reported that all the members of a family named Wade, residing on d’Artigny street, have been mysteriously poisoned. The symptoms appeared on Sunday, but yesterday all the parties were much better.

The Morning chronicle and commercial and shipping gazette, 14 march 1883.

THE POISONING CASE – All the members of the Wade family, the victims of the late poisoning case, are now better. The medical men believe the poisoning to have occurred by means of a leakage in the drainage pipes which affected the water supply of the family.


Accident [1855]

Morning chronicle and commercial and shipping gazette (1850-1888), 17 april 1855

ACCIDENT – A girl, seven years of age, the only daughter of a widow named Kelly, residing in Artillery Street, St. Lewis Suburb, was very seriously hurt on Saturday afternoon, by falling from the garret window of a two story house in the neighborhood. The little sufferer was standing on the window sill, and is supposed to have been accidentally pushed down by one of a number of children who were playing with her. Besides a broken arm, she has sustained such internal injury as leaves but little hope of her recovery.


Escaped from the asylum [Beauport, 1866]

The Morning Chronicle, 30 October, 1866.

« ESCAPED FROM THE ASYLUM. – William Lannan escaped from the Beauport Asylum, about the 7th instant, and has not since been heard of. He is about 28 years old, and in height about 6 feet. His mental inclination was to drown himself. Any information respecting him will be thankfully received by his father, John Lannen, at Lake Beauport, or at the Lunatic Asylum. »

Lower Town Streets [Quebec city, 1833]

Quebec Mercury, Octobre 29th, 1833

« LOWER TOWN STREETS- The state of St. Peter street, one of the greatest thoroughfares in this city, was never worse than it is at the present time. The wretched manner in which the attempt at macadamisation has been made, and the paltry materials employed, have rendered it one sheet of semi-fluid mud, some inches in depth, almost as fit for navigation, by flat punts, as for the passage of carriages; il dams were erected at each end and the gratings of the drains closed to prevent espace, it would make an admirable preserve for eels. The matter, although a serious grievance, has given rise to some squibs, amongst others was one, which we saw on one of the tables in the public Reading Room of the Exchange, proposing a subscription for the purpose of presenting a Medal to the Corporation, for their inimitable management in having attained the nec plus ultra of road spoiling, by their attempted amendment of that street. Whether from economy or from prejudice against McAdam’s plan, we shall not pretend to decide, but certain it is that in very few instances, in this part of the Province, has his method had a fair trial. In the street we now particularly notice, had hard granit been employed instead of the soft black stone and rubbish which was laid down, there is very little doubt but it would have been found fully to answer the purpose. »