By Malcolm Archibald
Nineteenth-century Dundee used to be a tricky, unforgiving position. for lots of of its voters, it was once the survival of the fittest, and to outlive they became to crime. yet what was once it relatively like either for the criminals and the law-abiding voters to dwell within the streets and closes of Dundee at the moment? A Sink of Atrocity finds the genuine Dundee of the 19th century and the standard and awesome crimes of the days. in addition to the standard family violence, fights and petty thefts, the Peter Wallace gang plagued the town whereas Resurrectionists brought on panic and alarm. there have been additionally notorious murders and an staggering number of crimes by way of ladies, in addition to hugely strange crimes similar to the robbery of a whale at sea. by contrast tidal wave of crime stood males like Patrick Mackay and the city's different Messengers-at-Arms, answerable for apprehending criminals ahead of the appearance of the police. It used to be a tricky activity in a tricky urban, however the punishments have been serious because the professionals fought...
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Mesmer founded a club, the Order of Harmony, and similar clubs were formed in a number of French towns, many of which later became centres of Jacobinism. Alternative medicine, then as now, was both a self-indulgent fad and a cause taken up by those who felt that all 38 Kaspar Hauser was not right, not only with the medical profession but also with society at large. Mesmer’s ideas were based on a combination of Newton’s notion of the ‘ether’ which permeated space and matter with more recent discoveries in electricity and magnetism.
Although authoritarian and vain, he was a hard working and effective administrator. In 1808 the administration of Bavaria was reformed and the kingdom was divided into a number of districts. Nuremberg became the capital of the Pegnitz District. The districts were reorganized two years later and Nuremberg was now placed in the Rezat district whose capital was Ansbach. This was partly the result of the riots in Nuremberg in 1809 when the people had welcomed the Austrian army, forced Wurm to flee, and mishandled Count Thürnheim.
There were about 80 people in the city’s employ, most of them clerks and policemen and 20 teachers. There was a garrison of some 3000 men who stood guard at the city gates and controlled the visitors. A great deal was done for the poor and needy, providing food and clothing, medical assistance and education. Binder’s deputy mayor, Johannes Scharrer, instituted a special scheme whereby the working poor could put by a modest amount to help them out in times of unemployment. It was a remarkably successful idea which was soon copied throughout Bavaria.