As mentioned in an earlier post the Emerald set sail from New York on Friday 10th October 1879.
The Illustrated London News gives a really good insight into Victorian life. I’ll post a few excerpts now and again.
CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 11 1879 Sunday 5th St. Pauls Cathedral, 10.30a.m. Rev, Prebendary Row; 3.15p.m. Bishop Claughton; 7p.m. Rev. W G Abbot Monday 6th Society of Engineers, 7.30p.m. (Mr T Andrews on the strength of Wrought Iron Axle-trees.)
Tuesday 7th Christian Knowledge Society 2p.m. Wednesday 8th Moon’s last quarter 1.43 p.m. British Museum reopens Thursday 9th Opening of New Sadler’s Wells Theatre by Mrs Bateman, with “Rob Roy” (Opera) Friday 10th Tunbridge Wells Agricultural Association annual show. Quekett Microscopical Club, 8 p.m. Saturday 11th Thames and Achilles Rowing Clubs’ Regatta.
THE COURT The Queen, with Princess Beatrice, continue at Balmoral Castle. (A detailed account of their activities is given)
METROPOLITAN NEWS The British Museum was closed on Wednesday morning, and will remain closed to the public until the 8th inst. During this interval the rooms will be thoroughly cleansed; and, on the reopening, new features of interest will be presented, amongst other matters, that of lighting the Museum with the electric light is one to which the authorities are paying their utmost attention; they have determined upon putting this light upon a permanent basis, and a number of hands commenced operations this morning in placing lights not only in the Reading-room, but in the various galleries, so that during the winter season the British Museum may remain open for several hours after sunset, as to enable the working men to visit this national institution in the evening.
On Wednesday morning the five directors of the City of Glasgow Bank, who have completed their term of eight months’ imprisonment, were liberated from Ayr gaol.
LIFE-BOAT SERVICES A meeting of the Royal National Life-boat Institution was held on Thursday. The committee expressed their deep regret at the death of Sir Rowland Hill who had been a warm friend and liberal supporter of the life-boat cause.
It’s interesting to see what was making the news and what was of interest to readers. Clearly, technology has moved on since then, however, things had been going on in the financial system which have a familiar ring – more about this in another post.