The Civil War Connections Blog

it pays to exercise….

The June 29th edition of Harper’s Weekly reported the following in its Foreign News column: “The death of the minister who in the space of nine years, has carried the prostrate monarchy of Piedmont to the rank of a first-class European power, is one of those events which, even in the pressure of our own critical circumstances, commands us to pause and pay our tribute of respect. Count Cavour died at Turin on the 6th instant, of congestion of the brain, arising from intense occupation, want of bodily exercise, and either too strong an appetite or else excessive indulgence in the pleasures of his well-appointed table. He had been bled six times before his death.”

Meanwhile, also on June 6, the small Canadian steamer Maid of the Mist successfully shot the Niagara Rapids.