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Title page of West Port Murders; or an authentic account of the atrocious murders committed by Burke and his associates : [1829]

File is an engraving from book West Port Murders. Inscription reads: West Port Muders; or an authentic account of the atrocious murders committed by Burke and his associates; containing a full account of all the extraordinary circumstances connected with them. Also, a report of the trial of Burke and McDougal. With a description of the execution of Burke, his confessions, and memoirs of his accomplices, including the proceedings against Hare, &co. Illustrated by portraits and views. "O horror! horror! horror! tongue nor heart cannot conceive nor name thee!" Macbeth. Edinburgh: published by Thomas Ireland, Junior, 57, South Bridge Street. 1829.

Sketch of Morton's Medical Warehouse

File is a reproduction of a sketch from The Nova Scotia Museum Centennial Collection. Inscription: The Medical Warehouse, built about 1850, was situated at the corner of Granville and George Streets. The site is now occupied by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. After a photograph courtesy of The Nova Scotia Museum.

Portrait of Sir Astley Paston Cooper, Bart. (1768-1841)

File is a black and white reproduction of an engraving of a portrait. Note attached reads: Sir Astley Paston Cooper, Bart. (1768-1841). The most popular surgeon in London during the first quarter of the 19th century, Sir Astley was in intimate touch with the "Resurrectionists:. It is said that he, more than any other man, knew the secrets of the "Sack_Em_Up Men".

Poem of elegiac lines on the tragical murder of poor Daft Jamie

File is a photograph of a poem in a book about the death of Daft Jamie during the West Port Murders by William Burke. Photograph was published in the book West Port Murders in 1829. Poem reads:
Alas! Jamie's Pickled
ELEGIAC LINES
ON THE
Tragical Murder
OF
POOR DAFT JAMIE.

ATTENDANCE give, whilst I relate
How poor Daft Jamie met his fate;
'Twill make your hair stand on your head,
As I unfold the horrid deed :--

That hellish monster, William Burke,
Like Reynard sneaking on the lurk,
Coyduck'd his prey into his den,
And then the woeful work began :--

" Come, Jamie, drink a glass wi' me,
And I'll gang wi' ye in a wee,
To seek yer mither i' the town-
Come drink, man, drink, an' sit ye down."

" Nae, I'll no' drink wi' ye the nou,
For if I div 'twill mak' me fou;"
" Tush, man, a wee will do ye guid,
'Twill cheer yer heart, an' warm yer bluid."

At last he took the fatal glass,
Not dreaming what would come to pass ;
When once he drank, he wanted more--
Till drunk he fell upon the floor.

" Now," said th' assassin, "now we may
Seize on him as our lawful prey."
" Wait, wait," said Hare, " ye stupid ass,
He's yet too strong--let's tak' a glass."

Like some unguarded gem he lies--
The vulture waits to seize its prize;
Nor does he dream he's in its power,
Till it has seized him to devour.

The ruffian dogs,--the hellish pair,--
The villain Burke,--the meagre Hare,--
Impatient were the prize to win,
So to their smothering pranks begin :--

Burke cast himself on Jamie's face,
And clasp'd him in his foul embrace;
But Jamie waking in surprise,
Writhed in an agony to rise.

At last, with nerves unstrung before,
He threw the villain on the floor ;
And though alarm'd, and weaken'd too,
He would have soon o'ercome the foe :

But help was near--for it Burke cried,
And soon his friend was at his side;
Hare tripp'd up Jamie's heels, and o'er
He fell, alas! to rise no more !

Now both these blood-hounds him engage,
As hungry tygers fill'd with rage,
Nor did they handle axe or knife,
To take away Daft Jamie's life.

No sooner done, than in a chest
They cramm'd this lately welcom'd guest,
And bore him into Surgeons' Square--
A subject fresh--a victim rare !

And soon he's on the table laid,
Expos'd to the dissecting blade;
But where his members now may lay
Is not for me--or you--to say.

But this I'll say--some thoughts did rise :
It fill'd the Students with surprise,
That so short time should intervene
Since Jamie on the streets was seen.

But though his body is destroy'd,
His soul can never be decoy'd
From that celestial state of rest,
Where he, I trust, is with the bless'd.

Written by J. P.

N. B.--There is published by the same Editor, (the second Edition with alterations,)
a LACONIC NARRATIVE of the LIFE and DEATH of POOR JAMIE ; in which are inter-
spersed, several Anecdotes relative to him, and his old friend BOBY AWL :--PRICE THRIP
PENCE. The work will be embellished with a striking Portrait of Jamie.
Published by WILLIE SMITH, No. 3, Bristo Port,
PRICE ONE PENNY.

Photograph of the first Sabin vaccine administration in Canada

File is a xerox photocopy of a photograph of first Sabin oral vaccine in Canada. Inscription reads: This photograph, taken in 1961, when the first Sabin oral vaccine in Canada was administered at Wedgeport, was used on the Peoples Tree at Expo 67 last year. It shows Dr. V.K. Rideout, director of western Health Unit, talking with the mother and child who were the first to receive the vaccine. Dr. C.E. VanRooyen, director, division, division of laboratories, and Miss Cecile Amirault, supervisor of nurses, Yarmouth, lock on. (National Film Board, Bob Brooks).

Photograph of south west corner of Surgeon's Square

File is a black and white reproduction of an engraving. Note attached reads: South West Corner of Surgeons's Square, as it was in 1829. Drawn by Tho. H. Shepherd, Engraved by T. Barber. At the left is Surgeons's Hall. At the right is the Royal Medical Society's Hall. In the centre is Knox's (formerly Barclay's) Class Room.
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