This Week In Brooklin History

110 years ago this week
November 25, 1887

More on “The man rum makes”

From the November 25, 1887 Whitby Chronicle:


Mr. McLean now teaching near Oshawa has been engaged here by the trustees to succeed Mr. Ell Wilson who goes to Green River.

Mrs. James Davidson of Balsam has been very sick but we are glad to hear is recovering rapidly. She has presented her husband lately with a daughter.

Mr. George Johnson of Pickering has moved on to the farm owned by his brother Arthur. Mr. Peter Heron moves away in the spring.

(We have a comunication from Ashburn reflecting rather cruelly on a person whose physical infirmities should have been considered. We are sure the writer would be very sorry for his action the moment he would read the letter in a public newspaper. We cannot publish the letter -- ED.)

Your correspondent embraced the opportunity of attending the lecture in Brooklin on “The man that rum makes” by Dr. Fairfield, President of the sanitarium, Battle Creek, Mich. The Dr. is a man in middle life, (apparently about 40) of a wiry active frame, about medium height, dark complexion, stray featured yet of a mild countenance. The lecture to say the least was a finished masterpiece.

We have heard Gough in his palmy days and while he was unequalled in his power of mimicry, his wit and pathos, yet in conveying information in a most attractive manner, for brilliant eloquence, and a thorough mastery of his subject we would place Fairfield far beyond the average.

The pathological effects of alcohol upon the stomach, blood etc., were dwelt upon and bountifully illustrated by crayon and blackboard. The Dr. is an eminent cartoonist. the melancholy effects of drink upon the “human form divine”, how it is parent of malignant diseases of all kinds, were illustrated in the most convincing manner.

No right-thinking, reasonable, conscientious man after listening to this lecture could go away without the conviction being placed upon him if he has any self-respect or respect for the welfare of others, that it is highly dangerous to tamper with the accursed stuff in any shape or form.

Mr. T. J. Holiday ably filled the chair. The Glee Club discoursed excellent music in a most charming way. The lecture was under the auspices of the Royal Templars.

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