Category Archives: People

French Healthcare in 1854

Snippets 134.  The oldest hospital in Paris is the Hotel-Dieu, founded in 651. Visiting the hospital in 1854, the American Rev. George Foxcroft Haskins was extremely impressed with what he found, and compared it favourably with American health care at … Continue reading

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A Champion Spitter

Quick Quotes 11. The following is taken from George Head’s Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America (1829): It was quite dark when we came to the end of the day’s journey, and I had had nothing … Continue reading

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Uninvited but Welcome

Quick Quotes 5. The following is taken from George Head’s Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America (1829): As countries become more civilized, the social feeling is proportionably restrained; amd hospitality and barbarism are, it is said, … Continue reading

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A Disturbed Night

Snippets 122. In 1815 George Head, the assistant commissary-general of the commissariat of the 3rd division of the Spanish army, undertook a journey across North America, snappily titled Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America, Being a … Continue reading

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American Wives

Quick Quotes 4. The following is taken from Max O’Rell’s Jonathan and his Continent (1889): The wives of men with middle-class incomes imitate the luxury of the millionaire’s wife. I expected to find it so: in a Democratic country the … Continue reading

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Too Much Rum

Quick Quotes 3. The following is taken from George Head’s Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America (1829): Two country fellows came into the inn while I was eating, and placed themselves at a small table in … Continue reading

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Mob Justice

Snippets 121. Attitudes towards women, and their treatment by men, has been the source of concern and debate throughout history. The quote below illustrates how travel writer Max O’Rell felt that America was quite progressive in this respect at the … Continue reading

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