The Week of November 20, 1851

News in Connecticut, Stowe’s birthplace:

  • The Whig party held a nominating meeting at Odd Fellows Hall
  • A strong wind and rain storm caused damage to buildings in Guilford, CT
  • On November 22, 1851, the Hartford Daily Courant reported on the dangers of tobacco for young boys, stating that it would cause softening and weakening the bones…and generally [a lack of] physical and muscular as well as mental energy.”
  • The citizens of Meriden, CT applied to the Legislature for another bank in town. Their petition was signed by 136 prominent local business men.
  • A fire broke out in an upholstery store, which was said to have started due to spontaneous combustion in a mattress of palm leaves and cotton.

National News:

  • The citizens of Mercer County, Ohio spoke out against the Ohio and Indiana Railways. The Hartford Daily Courant reports that the group called the railway, “tyrannical, unjust and dangerous to liberty – not consistent with the Constitution of the State of Ohio.”
  • The Chicago Tribune reported on the slaughtering and packing of beef. There statistics on the industry stated that, “30,800 cattle are slaughtered, 59,600 barrels of beef are packed, 7,342 barrels are rendered of fine tallow, 2,023 tons of salt are used, and 463 men are employed.”

International News:

  • The Moors of Rif pirates capture a Spanish and an English merchant vessel in the Straits of Gibraltar, and the Governor of Gibraltar sends the Janus steamer to counterattack

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