An actual "Letter to the Editor" with "a few slight additions" thrown in from The Carleton Place Canadian, Carleton Place, Ontario: December 16, 1948 edition




In a letter to the editor of The Carleton Place Canadian newspaper in December of 1948 a concerned citizen simply known as J.R.P. wrote a scathing letter about the ongoing power shortages. He was furious about the outage the day before and said it was a complete joke. J.R.P. was angry the lights had gone out while he sat relaxing in the barber's chair. Apparently his "tonsorial artist" as he called him, was in the middle of trimming his beard, an appendage he admires, even though the ladies don't like how it tickles.

The barber informed him he could continue trimming J.R.P.'s beard in the dark and so he did. As our fair gentleman strolled down Bridge Street later several friends greeted him with a hearty “Good Evening George!” His name was not George, and as he looked at his reflection in Oklimins he realized the barber had made him look like an exact facsimile of George Bernard Shaw. Not bad for a power outage he thought, but when the cleaner told him he had only pressed one leg of his trousers due to the blackout he began to change his tune.







When he arrived home he noticed his fridge was leaking and his wife was in a bad mood as her soap opera heroine was about to be thrown off from the top of the castle when the power was cut. He decided enough was enough, took a walk, and as he ventured back home he thought he saw his wife ahead of him. He grabbed the woman only to find out it wasn't, and then had to contemplate how he was going to explain the scratch on his face to his wife. The climax came when he was passing St. James Anglican Church and voices from the Parish Hall were singing, “Praise God from who All Blessings Flow” at an ungodly volume.







J.R. P. had enough and as the children dressed as shepherds opened the Parish Hall door and marched towards the church he had some serious thoughts. Was this power shortage business just a political stunt or could God be at work in this force? Is this force God? Will learning more about electricity bring us closer to God? Maybe electricity is the Holy Spirit? I'm going to have a shot of whiskey he thought and then I'll see if I can figure this out. After all I learned long ago from George Bernard Shaw, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it. 





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You can also read the story in the The Canadian Gazette/Inside Otta...



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With files from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Historical Museum









On March 23, 1743, The Messiah, written by George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759) in 1741, was performed for the 1st time in London, England. Present was the King of England. The king was so moved by the singing of the “Hallelujah Chorus,” he spontaneously stood to his feet and remained standing until the end of Handel’s masterpiece. (And when the king stands up, EVERYBODY stands up.) Ever since that day, it has been customary for the audience to stand whenever the “Hallelujah Chorus” is sung.





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Comment by Linda Seccaspina on December 13, 2013 at 10:34am

I think that was wonderful

Comment by Steve S on December 13, 2013 at 10:20am

More on the subject,

About 10 years ago the power went out after dinner at the usual Thanksgiving at my aunt & uncle' place. Ended up playing the usual Renaissance music w/ cousin by candlelight. That was fitting.

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on December 12, 2013 at 11:21pm

wow.... that would have been an unholy affair had that foundation cracked

Comment by Steve S on December 12, 2013 at 10:24pm

Be careful with Christmas Flash mobs. This one in Sacramento literally brought the mall down. I imagine the liability lawyers are still sorting this out.

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on December 12, 2013 at 7:42pm

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on December 12, 2013 at 7:06pm

Peggy, the letter was in the 1948..

Comment by Peggy Powell on December 12, 2013 at 6:35pm

You are such a nut!


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