Thursday, May 21, 2009

An Interesting Obit

While checking out the Jefferson County section of, I stumbled upon this neat obituary from around 1910:

At 8:00 o'clock on Sunday morning, just as the day of rest was at its best, a beautiful woman entered into the last sleep to awake no more until the great trumpet sounds, when graves will be opened and the dead shall be raised. It was so calm a passing away that it seemed as though even death itself felt that its victim had already suffered enough, and strove to make the last moment one of joy.

Mrs. xxxxxx xxxxxx, with her husband, went to Dr. Walter Smith's office to have a tooth extracted; the doctor advised doing it under local anaesthetic but she insisted upon having chloroform, saying she had taken it several times and was not afraid of it. Dr. Smith advised against it as being contrary to his best judgement but she was determined and asked him to make an appointment with Dr. Forsyth to administer the chloroform the next morning. At 8:00 o'clock Sunday morning both doctors went to the home and found Mrs. xxxxxx quiet and composed and her husband assisted in the preparation and administration of the anaesthetic. She took it well and by actual measurement required less than one-half ounce by the drop method. The tooth was extracted and [unreadable] to spit out the bloody mucous from her mouth but [unreadable] gained consciousness when the heart suddenly failed and she died despite the efforts of the doctors and her husband to resuscitate her.

Mrs. xxxxxx has been very stout and the heart muscle had undergone a degree of fatty degeneration, which, under ordinary circumstances, was giving no trouble until some unusual strain like the anaesthetic caused it to break down.

In extending our sympathy we can also express the consolation that wife, mother and sister is past all suffering now, and for the first time in a number of years her body is at perfect rest. As to soul, it is well known that everything is right with God. The funeral services were held this afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the Methodist church, of which she was a member, Rev. B. G. Miller officiating.

Deceased was a member of the Companion Court and Royal Neighbors. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, mother and father, two sons and a daughter, two sisters and a brother.

You don't see them like that anymore.

The War of the Flowers

I just finished reading this book by Tad Williams and enjoyed it. I'm not a big fantasy fan, but my son recommended it (he reads a lot of fantasy). Without giving too much of the plot away, The War of the Flowers follows the adventures of Theo, a down-on-his-luck thirty year old musician who really hasn't done much with his life. That all changes when he is dragged into events on an alternate Earth that will have consequences for both worlds. As he stuggles to adapt to the other Earth he discovers things about himself that he never could have imagined before, as well as love and friendship like nothing he has ever had.

There is the usual magic (called science), fairies, goblins, nymphs, giants and other beasties you would expect to find in such a book, but the world they inhabit is really not that different from our own - Politics and power, murder, class warfare, even power outages. Theo's great-uncle even makes an appearance on the alternate Earth, but in an unexpected way.

Overall, it's a fun book to read, with plenty of action and a multi-dimensional main character. I give it about a 7 out of 10.