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    Lord’s Day profaners suffer fatal accidents

    SOCIAL HISTORY: stories of life and times in Canada past

    When a youth drowned in Toronto’s bay, the Upper Canada Gazette, July 7, 1825 said in effect that it was his own fault for not being in church on Sunday, as with other Sunday fatalities.

    We lament with others the untimely death of Mr. John Doyle, aged 19, who was unfortunately drowned in our bay on last Sunday-week; yet we cannot help here noticing the very reprehensible weekly practice, not in this Town only, but throughout the Province, of numbers of young men busying themselves in various sports—and particularly in the diversion of sailing boats, during those hours which should be appropriated, either to the private or public worship of the Supreme Being.

    If in England, and in other well-ordered communities, those who tipple in Public Houses during the performance of divine service are punishable by fine and imprisonment, there can be no good reason urged why those who willfully profane the Sabbath, by other practices not less reprehensible, should not be mulcted in some adequate correction.—We have frequently had occasion to remark that fully two-thirds of the fatal accidents which have occurred in this country have happened on that day which has been appointed, from the highest authority, a day of sanctification and of rest.

    TAGS: Religious edicts, Sunday (Sabbath) observance, Blue Sunday laws, Profanity, Behaviour, Fatal accidents, Religious attitudes.

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