In this article from "The Leader," a serious charge of misconduct and assault was brought against a number of boys
from the Trinity College Grammar School at Weston.
[Description courtesy of McGill University.]
About this transcript: Soon after Osler's death in 1919, Lady Osler asked their good friend Dr. Harvey Cushing to write
a biography. For this project, Cushing gathered a wide variety of material, including a substantial amount of Osler correspondence
and other memorabilia borrowed from Osler's family, friends, and colleagues. He employed three secretaries to transcribe
these documents, and later donated the transcripts (along with his other working materials) to the Osler Library. Because
many of the original documents were returned to the owners, the Cushing transcripts constitute the largest and most accessible
collection of Osler's correspondence.
Harvey Cushing's "Life of Sir William Osler" was published by Oxford University Press in 1925, and was awarded
a Pulitzer Prize in 1926.
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1866-04-09 (April 9, 1866)
Transcriber: [Cushing, Harvey]
Original Repository: Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University. Osler Library Archive Collections, P417: Harvey Cushing Fonds
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April 9th 1866.
Alleged misconduct of school boys.
A serious charge of misconduct and assault has been brought against a number of boys attending the Trinity college grammar
school at Weston, and will today be investigated at the court house of the city by Alcorn J. P. of Yorkville and other magistrates.
The complainant is Mrs. Denham who manages the boarding department of the school and who charges that on the 29th. ulto. the
boys broke into her room, ransacked the house, smashed the windows, pelted her with snowballs, and committed other acts of
a character which she calls outrageous. She says that no reason was given for this conduct, that the motive was unknown to
There is a full account given but as I was in on Saturday I was forced to leave at 1 PM.
Johnson's testimony shows that the old woman was living there rent free, refused to leave, even after many requests. No
doubt she earned her keep but her room was asked for and the boys did the school good turn.
"An observer" in the globe criticizes the authorities for backing up the boys in their assault on an old woman.