September 27, 1993 |
Laid up? Feeling weak, nauseous? Got a splitting headache? Vomiting dark matter? Gums bleeding? Eyes and skin taking on a yellow tinge? If this were 200 years ago in Philadelphia, the diagnosis would be easy. You had yellow fever like everyone else. What to do? Well, if this was 1793 you might call in Dr. William Currie with his cautious, conservative treatment: Take tartar emetic in tea or barley water every half hour until you vomit. Take salt of tartar in lime juice and barley water or laudanum and ammonia to encourage sweating.
February 1, 1993 |
It was the deadliest, most catastrophic, gut-wrenching event in Philadelphia history. For four months, just about everything else in what was then America's largest city - the capital of a new nation - stopped while the populace either fled in terror, died or fought for their lives. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the worst yellow-fever outbreak on the East Coast. Many local historians find the late summer and fall of 1793 the most fascinating and dramatic period in city history.
April 7, 1989 |
It's the 18th century and we're taking a walk down Walnut Street from - oh, say, around the Penn Mutual Building to the Ritz Five theaters, then on to Penn's Landing. We've rented a tape cassette for Nancy Gilboy's do-it-at-your-own-pace AudioWalk & Tour, so we know that we're walking on cobblestones, through horse manure and garbage (the habit being to throw waste in the streets, a tradition that will continue), and past a peach orchard in Independence Square, known as State House Yard.
November 17, 1987 |
Psssst. Hey, buddy, want to buy the Walt Whitman bridge? No? Then how 'bout a piece of the English Chunnel? You know, the English Chunnel. The project those guys in London and Paris are talking about. The one they're calling the Eurotunnel. It's supposed to be a tunnel under the English Channel. That way, if you're in England, you'll be able to sort of drive to Europe. And if you're in Europe, you'll be able to sort of drive to England. You don't actually drive.