Blupete's History of Nova Scotia

Key Events in the History of Nova Scotia: 1866.


§ Finally, in 1866, the House of Lords allowed a change in the oath which every member of parliament was required to make. The oath up to this date included the words, "on the true faith of a Christian." These words were eliminated which opened the way for practising Jews to take a seat; it also opened matters up for Roman Catholics as they were not considered to practise "the true faith of a Christian."
§Annexation of the Canadian provinces to the United States was in the air and politicians in the United States confidently expected it. In this year there was a bill introduced into the House of Representatives providing for the admission of the states of Upper Canada and Nova Scotia.
§April 10: The ship, England, out of Liverpool and bound for New York hauled into Halifax Harbour. She carried 1,200 passengers besides crew. Fifty-six deaths had occurred on the crossing, all of Asiatic cholera; the bodies were towed along in boats strung out behind the vessel. A quarantine station was set up on McNab's Island. Before it was over, 300 souls were buried on the southern end of the island.
§April 17: Nova Scotia votes for union with the colonies.
§June 11: Halifax City Railroad comes into being, it consisted of five horse drawn vehicles.
§July 28: The American end of the Trans-Atlantic cable arrived.
§Halifax: An act for the establishment of a Quarantine Station.
§An Act "to amend the Jury Law."
§An Act to legalize Assessment Rolls.
§Nova Scotia Salt Works and Exploration Co. incorporated by statute.
§Nova Scotia Slate Co. incorporated by statute.
§An act to regulate "Poors' Asylum and Hospital" at Halifax.
§An act "to enable St. Francis Xavier College to confer degrees."
§An act to set up a "Provincial Stock Farm."

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