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David Allan Diary, 1877


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October. THURSDAY, 25th 1877.

This is a foggy morning, and even aproaching to fine rain, the mist lasted most of the forenoon. Sturdy's trial for the abduction of Miss Carr came on this morning, and the Courtroom was cramed. About 5 p. m called at the G. Trunk station the carrs M were late & got tired waiting and left, but had only gone out of the gate when I heard the train comming and I returned and the first one I recognised was my Brother James, from Bayfield

FRIDAY, 26th

This is a dull raw morning and the Thermometer down to 34º. The grass is keeping green and fine as yet and affords fine pasture in abundance. The day continued cold throughout. There was great crouds in the Courthouse to hear the trial of Sturdy it was difficult to squeze in to get standing room. I was informed to day that Williamson offers Carpets made at Elora for 87¢ per yard that cost 85¢ in the making, & when you deduct his proffit for selling of from 10 to 12¢ per yard it will leave the manufacturer nothing but a heavy loss, of perhaps 12¢ per yard. I heard that the Bank of Commerce has a claim or Mortgage of $25,000 on the flour & woolen Mills at Ayr the Woolen Mill was lately destroyed by fire, which must leave the proprietors in a poor way


This morning seems to be dull and louring and looks like rain. During the day it kept off, was never clear and bright all day. The Court closed for the day about not one oclock. There is yet a dullness in most of trades, great complaints as to the difficulty in collecting outstanding debts. The Wellington Hotel is not finished yet such as stairs to the basement floors there, and painting and staining. The heating apperatus is appearantly finished. But the prospects of it paying are bad should the, Duncan Act, be carried

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