10 Reasons Why Life Sucked In The 19th Century

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People pine for the good old days, when humans somehow lived better, more satisfying lives than they do today. The sad truth is that there were never any “past times worth remembering.” The main thing that has changed after some time is our ability to express sympathy for other living beings and the safety measures  that we have set up to help ensure lives.

As an entire, we’ve overlooked what life was extremely similar to long ago. The 1800s, for instance, were dangerous times when disease and lack of education  could kill the innocent, the vulnerable, and even the most strongestamong us. Life was fragile, and demise was in every case appropriate around the corner.

10. Mangled By Machinery

Mangled By Machinery

Working in the mills and factories before the age of Safety regulation was Deadly.Newspapers reported numerous instances of women, children, and men being mangled by exposed machinery. Most of the accidents could have been prevented with appropriate clothing and safety barriers. for example, a Young Wisconsin  Lady was inspecting the machinery  in a flour mill in 1861 when “her clothing came in contact with an upright shaft.” She could not break free, and by the time word got out to shut down the mill, her body was “horribly mangled.”

In a report published in 1892, we learn that a young fellow was ground to death in a California paste  factory . When he started to fix  the “dough,” the wheel inside the paste tub spun and caught  his hand. He was pulled in the middle of the tub and the grindstone, where he was ground to death.

9. Strychnine Ale

Strychnine Ale

Strychnine was considered  as a tonic in the 1800s and was utilized accordingly well into the 20th century. It was likewise added to beer, in small  amounts, obviously, as a flavoring. In any case, there were a lot of examples where a lot of strychnine was used, and the beer drinkers would become sick and sometimes  die.

Such was the situation in 1880, when two men ordered some beer in Prahran, Victoria, Australia. A bottle of ale was acquired from a store owner, and the men poured  it into two glasses. When they took a drink of the stuff, it turned out to be too bitter to complete off. Soon afterward, the men started to feel sick and showed sign of  strychnine poisoning. They were taken to the hospital, and under great medical  care, they survived the poisoning. At the point when the brewer was informed of the incident,he was able to remove all bottles of his ale from the stores, thus preventing any more poisonings from the bad batch.

In 1892, Catherine Waddell of Maryborough, Queensland, was not so fortunate. After drinking a little amount of very bitter ale, she panicked. She believed she had been poisoned  by strychnine and shortly died.

A postmortem  examination convinced a doctor that the silly woman had passed on from fear, and the case case might  have been dismissed if law enforcement hadn’t collected the bottle  of ale. It was found to contain the equivalent of 12 grains of strychnine. A half-grain of strychnine was sufficient to kill a healthy person, so the deceased lady was not wrong when she announced that she had been poisoned.

Further examination concerning her passing showed that the bottle  had not been legitimately washed at the distillery and that it probably had the strychnine residue  in it when the ale was bottled.

8. Hydrophobia: Not Real

Hydrophobia: Not Real

Hydrophobia and rabies were frequently utilized interchangeably during the 1800s, yet what is most interesting about this fatal disease is that there were doctors amid this time period who believed that there was no such thing as hydrophobia. For instance, in 1897, a paper was read by Dr. Irving C. Rosse before the American Neurological Association, and the doctors “did not hesitate to talk about hydrophobia as a simply imaginary disease, without any realty to rest upon than . . . witchcraft . . .

In spite  of the doubt with the presence of rabies, cases were being reported for in the daily newspapers, particularly when it came to pets and wild animals. By 1899, doctors were publishing articles once again , guaranteeing the people that hydrophobia was for sure a genuine illness and that it could be spread from animal to animal  and animal to man.

It isn’t known what number of people died from rabies essentially in light of the fact that such huge numbers of doctors did not trust that the disease really existed.

7. Drowning Dogs

Drowning Dogs

An article published in a Wisconsin daily paper in 1876 gave the accompanying depiction of “Healthy” boys in nature:The boy is a part of Nature. [ . . . ] He uses things roughly and without sentiment. The coolness with which boys will drown dogs or cats, or hang them to trees, or murder young birds, or torture frogs or squirrels, is like Nature’s own mercilessness.

With this state of mind, it is little wonder that Drowning dogs was a common method for getting rid of  abandoned or lost pets.

The neighborhood dog catcher of Saint Paul, Minnesota, declared in 1893 that he was never again going to kill unlicensed  dogs with “charcoal gas.” Instead, he was going  back to drowning them.The US wasn’t the First Country drowning undesirable dogs. It was reported in 1891 that stray dogs found in South Brisbane would likewise be drowned.

6. Infanticide

Infanticide

A Melbourne daily paper published  an article in 1897 asking what the government could do to stop the developing pattern of killing undesirable babies.Whether it was relatives killing the newborn children or their lives being taken by the Baby Farms, something certainly must be done because the bodies of babies were being discovered  at a alarming land and in water.

In 1873, a boy fishing in Tasmania got his line caught on something. He battled with it and in the long run pulled up a wooden box held together by a bit of chain. Whenever opened, the body of a baby was found inside.

Three newborn children were found in New South Wales in 1887 inside a single day. The First body was less than a week old and was wrapped in shirting before being left in the roadway. The second body was that of a five-day-old female, left in an paddock. The third baby was an newborn male, left on an empty part. Each of the three of the babies had either string or tape folded over their neckscut off their air supply. Luckily, the third newborn child was all the while attempting to breathe when he was found and was immediately resuscitated and taken to a hospital.

5. The Grinning Death

The Grinning Death

Tetanus, all the more regularly known as lockjaw, was not a preventable disease until the mid 20th century. Before the innovation of the vaccine, individuals died  horrible “grinning deaths” when the lockjaw microorganisms entered their blood stream. Victims of tetanus would be overcome with awful muscle spasms and seizures, until the point that Death gave them mercy.

A tetanus pandemic was accounted for in the late spring of 1899 in New York. Between July 4 and July 22, there were 83 passings from the illness, caused via “indiscreet treatment of firecrackers and toy pistols.”The death rates around then were somewhere in the range of 85 to 90 percent, implying that any individual who was punctured by tainted material was very liable to die.Doctors were looking for a remedy for the ailment, however it was with little achievement. One specialist in Tours, France, revealed that “the side effects of lockjaw were soothed promptly by nerve extending,” yet the patient kicked the bucket a couple of hours after the ordeal.

4. Swallowing Pins

Swallowing Pins

Ladies kept a substantial assortment of pins handy in the 19th century. While mending garments, they would regularly hold the pins in their mouths, leading  various reports of people coincidentally swallowing them. For instance, in 1897, a 56-year-old housemaid swallowed a brass pin. She was taken to the Hospital yet but Died six weeks later after the pin had perforated her intestines.

Children were likewise victims of pin swallowing, yet the subject was dealt with indifferently in newspaper reports. For instance, in 1881, it was accounted for that a kid just coughed up a pin he had swallowed six years previously.

For another situation, additionally revealed in 1897, a newborn child swallowed an open brass safety pin. The parents viewed over him for the initial couple of days however rapidly overlooked the entire thing until a half year later, when their kid began coughing. At the point when the baby was picked up, “he coughed  up considerable blood, aand with it came the long looked for pin. The pin was badly corroded and blackened.

3. Carcasses Dumped Into Bay

Carcasses Dumped Into Bay

New York City had a huge issue with animal bodies, as detailed in 1870. The New York Rendering Company and different contractors would gather the bodies of cats, dogs, horses, and the remnants  left over from the butcher shops and dump them all into the Lower Bay. There were such a significant number of dead animal that they were appearing on the shores. Occupants who lived along the Hudson River were becoming ill. Whenever, up to 15 dead  horses could be seen floating, bloated, in the water.

People began to complain about the terrible scent and grim sights. It was then chosen that the remains must be dumped outside as far as possible, however they kept on appearing on shore, and “Gothamites who go down the straight for a sail often [had] an extremely disagreeable experience of dead horse odors after they [returned]

2. Gruesome Experiments On People And Animals

Gruesome Experiments On People And Animals

There was very little oversight when it came to Medical Experiments in the 19th century.  Both people and animals, either voluntarily or involuntarily, were used in prodecures that we would rightly view as cruel or gruesome by today’s standards.

In 1893 in France, a 45-year-old lady experienced “a tumor in the frontal bone.” Her doctor needed to cut open her skull and remove the tumor. He was then faced with the issue of what to use instead of the original skull bone. As a component of a novel test, he had a bit of skull bone expelled from a living dog and, “taking antiseptic precautions,” fitted it into the woman’s head.

In 1889, there was likewise growing exploratory pattern of trend of injecting people with “matter from certain glands of the lower animals.” This was done to increase  vitality  in aging people.

Animals were helpless before medical doctors. While in a few nations, there were laws against specific brutalities to animals, it was all the while being chosen if the laws should apply to doctors.

In one case that went to trial in 1888 in Victoria, Australia, a doctor was investigating pooches. He would make a concentrate from meat and infuse it under the dogs’ skin. His objective was to check whether dogs could forego ingesting sustenance through the stomach. The dogs were given as much water as they needed, and the doctor claimed that the dogs were not encountering any pain.

At the close of the trial, it was decided that although some cruelty had been inflicted on the dogs, the bench could not determine the exact extent of the suffering involved. The doctor was told to register and pay fees to continue his experimentation on animals.

1. Wearing Items Made Of Human Skin

Wearing Items Made Of Human Skin

Wearing gloves or belts made of human skin is something that would make the vast majority of us shiver, yet it was very basic long ago. An article published in 1899 reveals to us that the skin was taken from the bodies of poor people who were not claimed by friends or relatives when they passed on.

Unclaimed bodies were regularly given over to the medical schools, where they were dissected. Medical students would then collect the skin and sell it to leather experts and jewelers . There was a popularity for things made of human skin in the United States, and the skin sold at a decent cost since it was in short supply.

Perhaps one of the more abhorrent accounts of wearing leather from human skin was distributed in 1888. A doctor living in New South Wales had his shoes made from the skin of Africans. As indicated by him, Africans made the gentlest and most sturdy leather.

The man had no evil sentiments toward Africans and was a foreign born  US resident who battled in the Civil War to free African Americans from slavery. In his own words, “I would use a white man’s skin for the same purpose if it were sufficiently thick and if anyone has a desire to wear my epidermis upon his feet after I had drawn my last breath, he has my ante-mortem permission.”

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P. Natasha Covers Classical Archaeology news and has been with Histecho since 2017. She has a Master's degree in MA Archaeology from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program. A California native, she also holds a Bachelor of science in molecular biology and a Master of Science in biology from the University of California, San Diego.

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