Friday, October 31, 2014

Hallowe'en traditions

Gee, it's coming to be a tradition: reposting my 2006 post of an 1885 Hallowe'en in Toronto:
The Monday edition reported breathlessly that police constable Jenkinson, making his rounds at Parliament and Gerrard late that night, had discovered a nude female body hanging from a meat hook outside a butcher shop. “Great ghosts!” the Globe reports him as saying.
The Globe writers, on behalf of Victorian decency, seems to have been genuinely horrified. “Suppose a delicate lady had to pass an exhibition of this kind. The result would have been terrible.” 
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