Archive for March, 2018

“I CALLED on him for the first time on Friday the 15th of
November. He appeared very cheerful, but his ways soon convinced me he was
doing all in his power to excite himself into happy feelings to drown the
thought of his impending execution.

Upon testing him a little as to the ground of the hope he expressed concerning the life to come, I soon
found it to be his thorough repentance, his comparative freedom from evil
desires, his great love to God, &c. He thought surely he had made his peace
with God since he had so many good things to show.

His lips talked
about Jesus and His love very nicely. He repeated some of God’s precious
promises, but evidently his heart was
so intensely occupied with self, that he could grasp no meaning in those promises.

His earnest face, however, and the thoughtful attention he
paid to what I said to him, attracted me at once. I remembered how, four years
before, I was in the same state — occupied with my humility, my repentance, my faith,
my love — and while putting on a cheerful face to make myself believe I possessed
that happiness which I had often heard belonged to a man at peace with God, what
bitterness and anguish lay in the depth of my soul. I remembered the day when,
at the climax of misery, someone had pointed me to the third chapter of Romans,
how it had opened Heaven to me — the unutterable deliverance it put me into —
and I burned to have him get in the same place.

I told him nothing he
could do could save him; neither his repentance, nor his love, nor looking to
the work of the Spirit in him, could give him peace with God. “You are
lost,” I said: “you are dead in trespasses and sins — condemned already— and you might as well
think that weeping and promising to do better could put away the sentence
pronounced against you the other day as to think your repentance, or your promises,
or anything from you, can move the curse of God’s eternal law which now hangs over
you, as well as over every soul of man who is not saved.’

I told him the only
thing which could meet a "lost” man’s need was salvation — a “dead” man needed life and a “condemned” man needed mercy.

I declared to him he
was grievously mistaken if he thought he
had made his peace with God
. He
could never do that. “What, then, must I do?“ said he, in a half-stunned
way. “Read there,” said l, and my finger pointed to Colossians 1. 20:
And having made peace through the blood
of His cross
.  . .” I pointed again
to Galatians iii.13, and said, “read again here!” “Christ hath
redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us …”

I then besought him to read, thoughtfully and prayer-fully,
the third, fourth, and fifth chapters of Romans, and commending him to the Lord,
who alone, I knew, could open his blinded eyes, I left him in his lonely cell.”

– P. J. Loizeaux, The Last Twenty-One Days of the Convict Daniel Mann; Sentenced to Death, On the 10th of November, 1870, Executed on the 14th of Dec. Following. – Being a Simple Narrative of the Author’s interview with him.  Kingston: Printed by William Lightfoot, Wellington Street. p. 3-5

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POWER FOR THE GOLD MINES OF NORTHERN ONTARIO. Transportation Difficulties Overcome – Twenty-six Miles by Tractor Transformer of 1,500-kv-a capacity en route to Matachewan.

A tractor pulling 1,500-kv-a, transformer to Matachewan Transformer Station ascending Moyneur’s Hill, March, 1934.

– from the “Twenty Seventh Annual Report of the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of the Province of Ontario,” Sessional Papers of the Legislature of Ontario, Vol. LXVII, Part IV, 1934-1935. Toronto: King’s Printer, 1935. Frontpiece and page 99.

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“Unnatural Parents Sent to Penitentiary,” Toronto Globe. March 25, 1916. Page 06.

Children Lived in Constant Terror of Them Both, Said Judge Dromgole

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Windsor, March 24. – For the crime of having brutally whipped their ten-year-old daughter Elizabeth, not once but on many occasions, Daniel O’Connor, a veteran of several Indian campaigns and holder of the Queen’s medal with two clasps, was, together with his wife, Mary, sentenced in Sandwich Court to-day to Kingston Penitentiary, their terms being of two and one-half years each.

In passing sentence, Judge Dromgole commented severely on the O’Connors, both of whom he declared to be ‘of the worst possible type, dangerous to the community and unfit to be the parents of children.’

‘This case is one of the worst I have ever had before me,’ said the Judge. ‘Both of you have been found guilty of ill-treating in a most horrible manner a little child who had every right to look to you for protection and care. There are no extenuating circumstances in the case. The evidence shows that your children lived in constant terror of you both. You, O’Connor, should have known that your wife was beating this child cruelly. The fact that the woman is about to become a mother should have softened her, but it has apparently made her more brutal than ever. It is a strange case indeed.’

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L’Assiette au Beurre, 1903.

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March 24, 2018: a new episode of The Anatomy Lesson at 11pm EST on CFRC 101.9 FM. Music by YlangYlang, Gabie Strong, Christoph de Babalon, Flying Saucer Attack, HANZ, Kali Malone, Korea Undok Group + more. Check out the setlist below, tune in at 101.9 on your FM dial, stream at http://audio.cfrc.ca:8000/listen.pls or listen to the archive at cfrc.ca or on mixcloud here: https://www.mixcloud.com/cameronwillis1232/the-anatomy-lesson-march-24-2018/

Kanker Kommando – “Count” Low-tech 1982-88 (198?, 2017)
Annwn – “Midnight Ellapse” Promo-Tape (1995)
Flying Saucer Attack – “[extract from]” In Search Of Spaces (1996)
Gabie Strong – “Peaked Experience” Mineralism (2016)
Korea Undok Group – “On Alibi” Continent 7" (2018)
Kali Malone – “Locus of Repetitition” Organ Dirges 2016-2017 (2018)
Ligature – “Paradise II” Paradise (2016)
Hanz – “Root Words” Plasty I (2018)
Lukid – “Twisted Blood” Twisted Blood (2017)
Hollowfonts – “Petrifier” These Few Bones (2015)
Christoph de Babalon – “My Confession” If You’re Into It, I’m Out Of It (1997)
Klara Lewis – “Twist” Too (2016)
YlangYlang – “I Have The Flames” A Certain Distance (2017)

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Ethnic tensions and settlement in early 20th century northeastern Ontario, from Kerry M. Abel, Changing Places: History, Community, and Identity in Northeastern Ontario. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s Press, 2006. pp. 287-290.

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“Terrorists Get ‘Pen’,” Kingston British Daily Whig. March 22, 1920. Page 14.

“Alphonse La Terrier was sentenced to five years in penitentiary, and Harley Smith and James J. White to three years, at Toronto, on charges of robbery and hold-ups. In the case of storekeeper, they entered the store armed with revolvers, gagged and bound the victim, and threw him into the cellar, afterwards robbing the till.”

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