LOOK BACK IN TIME: 19th May, 1888

We noticed two amusing pieces from the Isle of Wight Observer published on 19th May, 1888. The first piece demonstrates that revenge is a dish best served cold and the second shows a marked difference in medical practice from today.

NOTES FROM THE “COURT JOURNAL”. A celebrated author hod some black blood in him and was of an unforgiving nature. In his earlier days he received a dire insult from one whom he called his friend. To the surprise of all who knew him he took no apparent notice of the wrong, but, instead, applied himself to looking carefully after the welfare of his friend. He took him with him into society, introduced him here, presented him there, and so continued for three years, the end of which time he stood as “best man” at his friend’s marriage. The wedding-feast being concluded, the author was leaving the house, when an acquaintance joined him, and, as they walked, said, “I have often wished to say how I have wondered at your great kindness to Monsieur X., whom we have just seen married. You have the most forgiving nature that I ever met with. He insulted you grossly some years ago, and yet ever since you have devoted yourself to his happiness, and at last assisted him to get married.” “That’s it precisely,” remarked the author slowly, with a sinister chuckle— “I flatter myself that I have given him the most furious and lynx-eyed mother-in-law in France.”

WHISKY IN HOSPITALS. Much of the whisky supplied in workhouse and other hospitals is very new, and is often largely oomposed of “patent still whisky or silent spirit.” We perceive that Messrs. W. and A. Gilbey have entered into an arrangement with Mr. John Jameson, the most famous of the Dublin distillers, by which they will in future supply the well-known JJ whisky, six years old at least, in sealed bottles, with labels, guaranteed quality. It would be well if such whisky as this, the quality of which is absolutely guaranteed, were supplied to public institutions instead of the uncertain stuff so often administered to the sick. We understand that the above whisky is bottled under the supervision of Her Majesty’s Excise officers, which offers a perfect guarantee that it is John Jameson’s sole manufacture.—Medical Press and Circular, May 9th, 1888.