At least one emergency always occurs before a wedding. This time, the Best Man's button popped off his tux just minutes before the ceremony was to begin. Luckily, the Historical Society is well-stocked with paper clips.
While I waited for the nervous wedding party to get settled, I did some research upstairs in the Society library and came across this 1877 edition of the Gospel Banner published in Augusta, Maine.
Inside was this list of "Useful Things." And they are actually useful things to know. The most interesting item on the list is definitely the last. Thank your lucky stars for modern medicine, vaccines, and despite the hue and cry for a healthier life, we must be doing something right!
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