Sept 1932– Almonte
Back shops of old fashioned country printing offices have never been noted for their extreme cleanliness. There is nothing of an edible nature in these places and the printers go on the principle that composing rooms are useful not ornamental. This was pointed out in a delicate manner, Wednesday afternoon, by a business neighbour who is considerable of a wag. He came down town without his colored glasses and was unable to view the eclipse with any degree of comfort or satisfaction.
Happening into the back shop of the Almonte Gazette to tell the printers of his sad plight he chanced to look at the eclipse through one of the windows. “Well now isn’t that fine,” said he, “you don’t need smoked glasses to ^shield your eyes when you gaze at the sun through these windows.” He was soon given a pail of water with the other necessary equipment and told to “go to it.’’
Is morning nursing stiff necks as a result of “rubbering” at the eclipse Wednesday afternoon? For a couple of hours many citizens armed with pieces of film, smoked glass and amber spectacles stood gazing skyward with looks of owlish gravity on their faces. Mayor Comba viewed the solar phenomenon from the steps of the Bank of Montreal where the town overdraft is kept. He said he had hoped that as this was the end of the month the eclipse would be so complete as to obscure the municipal deficit for that afternoon a t least. He was greatly disappointed this was not the case and observed if complete darkness had fallen the utilities commission might have been induced to turn off the lights thus creating a bank holiday.