It was a cold Spring in Lanark County which is situated “snugly” in Eastern Ontario. Although the sun is shining during the day, the nights are still screaming middle-weight underwear. In the local Carleton Place newspaper of 1914 an ad from Tabers asked everyone if they considered jumping down a whole flight of stairs when they came down for breakfast in the morning.
The dry goods store asked everyone to hold that thought when they changed their underwear from Winter to Spring. They advised the public if they changed from heavy-weight underwear to light-weight too soon the common cold might be caught quickly. “Take the safety that lies in moderation and buy medium-weight underwear for the Spring days that are still cold in the morning and the evenings”, the popular store advised the general public.
In other news, 16-year-old Otta Seinger smoked cigarettes so continuously to keep warm that he literally smoked himself to death according to Dr. John Perney from the New Britain Hospital in Connecticut. The boy was the only child and support of a widowed mother who brought him to the hospital for nicotine poisoning. Just before his death he admitted to the doctor that he smoked 50 cigarettes a day for the past 8 months. Perhaps the poor lad should have bought some medium-weight underwear from Tabers.