I hope this was meant to be humorous in 1883!

FIRST AID TO THE DROWNING

(Excerpt from The Shelby Chronicle, Columbiana, Alabama, Nov. 22, 1883)

  1. Go through his pockets.
  2. If there are any trees around hang the subject up by the legs to let the water run out. If you are in a city use a lamp-post.
  3. If the subject be a small man, pummel him with your fists to start the circulation. If he be a large man, give him a shock with a galvanic battery.
  4. Endeavor to start respiration by blowing in his nostrils with a pair of bellows. If you can’t get a pair take one.
  5. Pour down his throat a mixture of 4.76 brandy, 2.29 ipecac, 1.07 paregoric, 1.00 ammonia, .88 Winslow soothing syrup. Be careful to get the exact proportions.
  6. If the above remedies produce no effects, as a last hope sing “Wait till the Clouds Roll By” to him, or read him a funny article from Punch. If he then shows no signs of writhing let him be. He was born to be drowned.
  7. Go through his pockets again.(New York Life)

Tapestry of Love: Three Books In One


About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me

All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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