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eBook available: How to Make Candy

candy-193x300For the past few years, we have occasionally worked with Distributed Proofreaders to create Project Gutenberg eBooks of titles from Frank Tousey‘s Ten Cent Hand Book line, a series of inexpensive booklets covering a wide variety of topics from taxidermy to detective work. The most recent addition to this collection of electronic texts is How to Make Candy, which doesn’t serve so well as a contemporary recipe book but is quite fascinating for what it reveals about historical candy-making, which apparently involved such disturbing and dangerous ingredients as tea-cups full of bullock’s blood and the occasional “half a grain” of mercury.

While you obviously should not try this at home, you can find the full text online at Project Gutenberg.


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eBook available: An Old Man’s Darling

The illustration from the first installment of An Old Man's Darling in the New York Family Story Paper.

The illustration from the first installment of An Old Man’s Darling in the New York Family Story Paper.

Our latest Project Gutenberg eBook, produced with the help of Distributed Proofreaders, is An Old Man’s Darling by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller, another of the author’s early efforts for The New York Family Story Paper, published later in the same year as The Bride of the Tomb and Queenie’s Terrible Secret. In this story, the young heroine receives a dire warning from a seaside fortune teller while visiting Cape May; unfortunately for her, it proves to be all too accurate, and she experiences more than her fair share of murder, deception and heartache before the inevitable happy conclusion.

The full text of the story can be downloaded or read online through Project Gutenberg. Readers might also be interested in looking at the original story paper installments from July 25 and August 1, 1881 to see some illustrations not found in later reprints of the tale.


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Content Roundup – Second Week – April 2017

"Russian Types", [p. 17], from: Photograph album, Emily Warren Roebling, 1896-1914

“Russian Types”, [p. 17], from: Photograph album, Emily Warren Roebling, 1896-1914

This week, sit back and enjoy the beautiful weather and consider reading one of these newly digitized offerings:

Americana Collection

McConihe Family (1 manuscripts added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:479324]

Front, Receipt, To: Surgeon John Knowlson From: Office of the Assistant-Adjutant-General, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, X Corps, Raleigh, N.C., May 20, 1865

Front, Receipt, To: Surgeon John Knowlson From: Office of the Assistant-Adjutant-General, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, X Corps, Raleigh, N.C., May 20, 1865

War of the Rebellion (28 manuscripts added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:469839]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

"On the death of Edgar A. Poe" (poem), p. 1 (selection), from:  National Defender, v. X, no. 2, Tuesday, August 15, 1865,

“On the death of Edgar A. Poe” (poem), p. 1 (selection), from: National Defender, v. X, no. 2, Tuesday, August 15, 1865,

National Defender (35 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465299]

Independence Seaport Museum

Bethlehem Steel Company Collection

Front cover, The Fore River Log, v. IV, no. 4, November, 1918

Front cover, The Fore River Log, v. IV, no. 4, November, 1918

The Fore River Log (10 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:480638]

"First Aid in No. 2 Projectile Shop",  Inside rear cover, The Bethlehem Booster, v. 1, no. 20, February 17, 1919

“First Aid in No. 2 Projectile Shop”, Inside rear cover, The Bethlehem Booster, v. 1, no. 20, February 17, 1919

The Bethlehem Booster (14 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:480637]

Bethlehem Steel (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:479991]

The Unidock (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:480874]

Front cover, The Morse Dry Dock Dial, v. 6, no. 5, May, 1923

Front cover, The Morse Dry Dock Dial, v. 6, no. 5, May, 1923

The Morse Dry Dock Dial, v. 6, no. 5, May, 1923
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:480797]

World Collection

Selection, [p.  111], from: Photograph album, Emily Warren Roebling, 1896-1914

Selection, [p. 111], from: Photograph album, Emily Warren Roebling, 1896-1914

Photograph album, Emily Warren Roebling, 1896-1914
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:480639]


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eBook available: The Dreadnought Boys in Home Waters

The Dreadnought Boys in Home WatersOur latest eBook release, produced with the help of Distributed Proofreaders, is the final volume of the Dreadnought Boys series of early 20th-century naval adventures, following our earlier releases of The Dreadnought Boys on Battle Practice and The Dreadnought Boys on Aero Service. This time around, in The Dreadnought Boys in Home Waters, heroes Ned Strong and Herc Taylor are temporarily promoted so that they can command a small ship during a war simulation, but they soon find themselves embroiled in a plot forged by traitors and foreign spies. As usual for the series, there is plenty of action and not a lot of subtlety. To a greater degree than in earlier volumes discussed here, the period’s racism is visible through the book’s decidedly unflattering portrayal of the Japanese. While the book is unlikely to bring much joy to the contemporary reader on its own merits, it does serve as another interesting document of how military themes were being presented to young readers just before the start of World War I.

As usual, the full text of the book may be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – First Week – April 2017

The weather is warming up! Take a moment this week to smell the flowers, feel the fresh air, and enjoy some new digital content. Peruse a Dime Novel or check out the news circa 1865!

Americana

McConihe Family (4 items added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:479324]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Wild Jim, the traitor spy / by W. J. Hamilton
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:474973]

On the deep, or, The missionary’s daughter : a story of the Pacific Ocean / by Roger Starbuck
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:475075]

Deadwood Dick, Jr. : or, The sign of the crimson crescent / by Ed. L. Wheeler
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:475177]

The Shawnees’ foe : or, The hunter of the Juniata / by W.J. Hamilton
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:475279]

Periodicals

Illustrated news (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:300904]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender, v. IX, no. 36, Tuesday, April 11, 1865: p. [3], col. 5.

National Defender, v. IX, no. 36, Tuesday, April 11, 1865:p. [3], col. 5.

National Defender (18 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465299]

Villanova Digital Collection

Daily Doodles (2017: 1 image added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469294]


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“The Latest Official News: Surrender of Lee and his whole Army to General Grant”

Surrender of Lee National Defender, v. IX, no. 36, Tuesday, April 11, 1865National Defender, v. IX, no. 36, Tuesday, April 11, 1865, Whole Number: 448, p. [3], col. 5.

Transcribed text from the digitized copy in the Historical Society of Montgomery County Collection.


The Latest Official News !
______

A Great and Bloodless Victory
______

Surrender of Lee and his whole Army to General Grant.
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The not unexpected but not the less welcome news of the surrender of Lee and his whole army to General Grant was telegraphed to Philadelphia on Sunday evening shortly after 9 o’clock. The joyful news reached Norristown yesterday morning at an early hour. The fall of Petersburg and Richmond did not afford as much joy as the news of the surrender of Lee and his Army. The news being confirmed by official dispatches, with the wings of the wind the good tidings aroused the whole population, bells commenced ringing, cannon were fired every demonstration of joy was made. We have the more reason to rejoice at this last, great bloodless victory, because it is regarded at the harbinger of peace to our bleeding country. May it bring true peace and Union, a union of hearts and a union of hands, a union of brotherly love. We have not the space to give the details of the movements of our armies which resulted so gloriously. Below we give the terms proposed by Grant and accepted by Lee by which the lives of thousands of brave men were saved from a useless sacrifice :

Appomattox Court House, April 9, 1865.–Gen. R. E. Lee, Commanding Confederate States : In accordance with the substance of my letter to you of the 8th inst., I propose to receive the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia on the following terms, to wit: Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate : one copy to be given to an officer designated by me, the other to be retained by such officer or officers as you may designate : the officers to give their individual paroles not to take up arms against the Government of the United States, until properly exchanged; and each company or regiment commander, sign a like parole for the men of their commands. The arms’ artillery and public property to be packed and stacked and turned over to the officers appointed by me to receive them. This will not embrace the side arms of the officers, nor their private horses or baggage. This done, by each officer and man will be allowed to return to their homes, not be disturbed by United States authority, so long as they observe their parole and the laws in force where they may reside.

Very respectfully,
U. S. Grant
Lieutenant General.

Headquarters, Army, Northern Virginia. April 9th 1865.–Lieut. Gen. U. S., Commanding U. S. A.: General–I have received your letter of this, date, containing terms of surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, as proposed by you. As they are substantially the same as those expressed in your letter of the 8th inst., they are accepted. I will proceed to designate the proper officers to carry the stipulations into effect.

Very respectfully your obedient servant,  R.E. Lee, General.


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Content Roundup – Last Week – March 2017

Masthead illustration, from Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, v. V, no. 23, Saturday, December 3, 1853

Masthead illustration, from Gleason’s Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, v. V, no. 23, Saturday, December 3, 1853

Read the news of the vintage day in a treasure trove of newly digitized newspaper and story-paper issues! Listen to the free digital music from the Philadelphia Ceili Group! Enjoy the drama and adventure in new Dime Novels!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The madman of the Colorado : a thrilling legend of the Southwest / by Sandy G.V. Griswold
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:474540]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (1 issue added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:475984]

Illustrated news (18 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:300904]

The People's Home Journal, v. VII, no. 5, May 1892

The People’s Home Journal, v. VII, no. 5, May 1892

People’s Home Journal (2 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:475948]
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:476024]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

National Defender, v. VIII, no. 9, Tuesday, October 13, 1863

National Defender, v. VIII, no. 9, Tuesday, October 13, 1863

National Defender (11 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465299]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Irish Press

1918 [13 issues added] Completed
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:477127]

1920 [52 issues added] Completed
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:478455]

1921 [53 issues added] Completed
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:478624]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Pipes Workshop (8 sets added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:477882]


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The Female Federal Scout: Pauline Cushman

Female Federal Scout National Defender, v. VIII, no. 42, Tuesday, May 31, 1864, Whole Number 404, p.[3], col. 5.National Defender, v. VIII, no. 42, Tuesday, May 31, 1864, Whole Number: 404, p. [3], col. 5.

The transcribed portion of text is from the digitized copy in the Montgomery Historical Society of Montgomery County Collection.


The Female Federal Scout

Tarilling [1] Adventure of Miss Major Pauline Cushman–Her Performance As A Spy–A Narrow Escape from a Disagreeable Death.

[From Detroit Tribune.]

Among the women of America who have made themselves famous since the opening of the rebellion, few have suffered more, or rendered more service to the Federal cause than Miss Major Pauline Cushman, the female scout and spy.

At the commencement of hostilities she resided in Cleveland, Ohio, and quite well-known as a clever actress. From Cleveland she went to Louisville, where she had an engagement in Wood’s Theatre. Here, by her intimacy with certain rebel officers, she incured [2] the suspicion of being a rebel, and was arrested by the Federal authorities. She indignantly denied that she was a rebel, although born at the South, and having a brother in a rebel Mississippi regiment. . . . .

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[1] Probable printer’s error. “Thrilling”
[2] incurred

Further Readings on Pauline Cushman:

“The Perils of Pauline.” Winkler, H. Donald. Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War. Naperville, Ill.: Cumberland House, 2010: 111-134.  Falvey Main. E628 .W57 2010

Sarmiento, Ferdinand L. Life of Pauline Cushman, the Celebrated Union Spy and Scout… Philadelphia : J. E. Potter, 1865. Internet Archive. 25 March 2017. <https://archive.org/stream/lifeofpaulinecus00sarm#page/n7/mode/2up>

“Pauline Cushman: The Spy of Cumberland.” Blog. Posted by: Rebecca Beatrice Brooks. Posted Date: January 3, 2013. Civil Wag Saga. Copyright 2016. 25 March 2017. <http://civilwarsaga.com/pauline-cushman-the-spy-of-cumberland/>

“Pauline Cushman Biography.” The Biography.com. Biography.com Editors. Last Updated: April 20, 2016. © 2017 A&E Television Networks. 25 March 2017. <http://www.biography.com/people/pauline-cushman>

“Pauline Cushman.” Presidio of San Francisco National Park. National Park Service. U. S. Department of the Interior. 25 March 2017. <https://www.nps.gov/people/pauline-cushman.htm>

“Pauline Cushman (1833–1893): Mathew Brady Studio.” Collections: Leaders. CivilWar@Smithsonian. Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. 25 March 2017. <http://www.civilwar.si.edu/leaders_cushman.html>

Betts, Vicki, “Women Soldiers, Spies, and Vivandieres: Articles from Civil War Newspapers” (2016). Special Topics. Paper 28. 25 March 2017. <http://scholarworks.uttyler.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1004&context=cw_newstopics>

Suggested Subjects for books in Falvey:
Women spies — Confederate States of America — Biography.
United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865 — Participation, Female.

 


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Content Roundup – Third Week – March 2017

Selection, Illustration from "The Siberian Exiles", [3] p, The New York Ledger, v. 48, no. 25, Saturday, July 2, 1892

Selection, Illustration from “The Siberian Exiles”, [3] p, The New York Ledger, v. 48, no. 25, Saturday, July 2, 1892

New this week: many more issues of the National Defender newspaper; more Dime Novels and story paper issues! More historic popular culture materials such as the “Doctor’s book of private information”! As the temperature heats up outside balance out the temptation of Spring flowers – and bring a electronic reading device along with you!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction


Sharp-snout; or, The mysteries of the trapper’s cave / by R.L. Wheeler
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:474438]

Non-Fiction

Doctor’s book of private information
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:471260]

Counterfeit money : The “green goods” business exposed for the benefit of all who have dishonest inclinations
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469115]

The secrets of the harem / by one who has been there
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469097]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger, v. XXX, no. 2, Saturday, January 11, 1902

Chicago Ledger, v. XXX, no. 2, Saturday, January 11, 1902

Chicago Ledger (1 issue)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:475966]

New York Ledger (1 issue)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469075]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Selection, [4] p., ""Death of Colonel Edwin Schall", National Defender, v. VIII, no. 44, Tuesday, June 21, 1864

Selection, [4] p., “”Death of Colonel Edwin Schall”, National Defender, v. VIII, no. 44, Tuesday, June 21, 1864

National Defender (103 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465299]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Irish Press

1918 [(7 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:477127]

1919 (52 issues added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:477128]

Villanova Digital Collection

Daily Doodles (2017: 1 images added)
[https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:469294]


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Not Your Typical River Crossing

Wire-Rope Walker

National Defender, v. VI, no. 2, Tuesday, August 27, 1861, Whole Number: 262, p.[2], col. 4.

Annotated and transcribed text from the digitized copy in the Historical Society of Montgomery County Collection.


The Wire-Rope Performance At Fairmount.

The thousand of curious citizens who visited Fairmount [1] on the last Wednesday afternoon, for the purposes of witnessing the feat of walking a rope stretched across the river Schuylkill, [2] at an elevation of one hundred feet from the surface of the water, were doomed to disappointment. Every preparation appeared to have been made for the performance, but it was finally discovered that the riggers had not fulfilled their part of the contract, and the crowd returned home without having their curiosity gratified. Yesterday afternoon a large number of people again visited the spot and waited patiently until nearly six o’clock, when Mr. John Deiner the performer was enthusiastically cheered.

He was dressed in a flesh-colored suit, fitting him closely, and carried a balancing pole, about twenty feet in length. He started off slowly, and after proceeding a few steps sat down while the side ropes were being properly adjusted. — After some little delay he again took his position, and walked half way across [3] . . . our rope dancers celebrated. He then passed on to the western side of the river and, after reaching a point about one hundred feet from the derrick, [4] retreated backwards to the centre. He here again went through sundry evolutions, and then continued his journey to the eastern side. The performance was highly successful, and seemed to afford great pleasure to the numerous spectators.

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[1] “The park grew out of the Lemon Hill estate of Henry Pratt, whose land was originally owned by Robert Morris, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Purchased by the city in 1844, the estate was dedicated to the public by city council’s ordinance on September 15, 1855.” Fairmount Park. Wikipedia. 10 March 2017. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairmount_Park#Growth>
[2] “The Schuylkill River got its name, meaning “hidden river,” from Dutch settlers who discovered its mouth sequestered behind the Delaware River’s League Island. ” “Along the Schuylkill River” Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area. Pottstown, PA. 10 March 2017. <https://www.schuylkillriver.org/Along_the_Schuylkill.aspx>
[3] A crease in the newspaper page obscured the text.
[4] “a type of crane (= machine with a part like a long arm) used for moving heavy things esp. on ships” derrick n. Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press. 10 March 2017. <http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/derrick>

 

 


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