No. 464
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
March 31, 2020

St. Patrick's Day.

An allegorical representation of the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
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Executed Today - 3/30/2020

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Ephemeral New York - 3/29/2020

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Soapy Smith's Soap Box - 3/30/2020
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Murder By Gaslight - 3/28/2020

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Strange Company - 3/30/2020
[Editor’s note: Guest writer, Peter Dickson, lives in West Sussex, England and has been working with microfilm copies of The Duncan Campbell Papers from the State Library of NSW, Sydney, Australia. The following are some of his analyses of what he has discovered from reading these papers. Dickson has contributed many transcriptions to the Jamaica Family […]
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St. Patrick's Day.

St. Patrick's Day

An allegorical representation of the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

We give an allegorical representation of the celebration of this famous day—the birth-time of the patron saint of Ireland. On the left of the engraving is seen a picture of St. Patrick himself, represented as banishing all the reptiles and unclean animals from Ireland. On the right, we have a view of Father Mathew delivering a temperance address to the people, in whose ranks banners are waving, and happy faces smiling. In the centre piece, surrounded by a garland, we have a miniature representation of the birth of Christ. On the left, at the bottom of the page, we have a view of the fruits of intemperance. On the right, its contrast—the peaceful products of temperance and honesty. To correspond with these ideas, on the left the sun is hidden behind a cloud; on the right it is bursting forth in clear effulgence. The lofty regions of the left represent ruins. On the right, we have a happy village with its steeple rearing its head towards heaven. The picture is full of suggestions and a very fine one in all its characteristics.


Reprinted from Gleason’s Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, March 19, 1853.