A Letter from Home
(Dublin, Ireland) to Ottawa
Just a few lines to let you know I'm still alive. I'm writing this letter slowly
because I know you can't read fast.
You won't know the house when you get home - we have moved.
About your father - he has a lovely new job. He has 500 men under him. He cuts
the grass at the cemetery.
There was a washing machine at the new house when we moved in but it doesn't work
too good. Last week I put in 14 shirts, pulled the chain, and haven't seen the
Your sister Mary had a baby this morning but I haven't found out if it's a boy or
a girl, so I don't know if you're an aunt or an uncle.
Your uncle Patrick drowned last week in a vat of whiskey in the Dublin Brewery. Some
of his workmates tried to save him, but he fought them off bravely. They cremated him
and it took three days to put out the fire.
I went to the doctor on Thursday and your father went with me. The doctor put a small
tube in my mouth and told me not to talk for ten minutes. Your father offered to buy
it from him.
It only rained twice this week, once for three days and once for four days. Monday was
so windy, one of the chickens laid the same egg four times. We had a letter from the
undertaker. He said if the last payment on your grandmother's plot wasn't paid in seven
days, up she comes.
Your loving mother
P.S. I was going to send you five pounds but I had already sealed the envelope.
The above was printed in the March 2000 issue of the Osgoode Township Historical Society Newsletter.
March 9, 2002:
Pat Murphy, who worked at the Molson Brewing Plant in Montreal has passed away.
Apparently while working on one of the large vats of ale, he lost his footing,
and fell into the vat, thereby drowning.
His widow, when asked if it was a quick death, replied "Not that quick. He had
to climb out of the vat twice to pee!"
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