In the News (in the 19th Century): Died from the effects of jumping rope

Died from the Effects of Jumping Rope – Maggie Daniels, an interesting daughter of Mr Edward Daniels, about eight years of age, residing in Pine street, died from the effects of jumping rope, on Tuesday last. We learn that she jumped two hundred times in succession, which was followed by sudden illness resulting in death. The practice of rope-jumping to see how many times one can jump without stopping is exceedingly dangerous, and it behooves parents and teachers to caution the children against indulging therein. A little of this exercise will do very well, but if carried out to excess it is sure to produce injurious results.

- Cape Breton Advertiser

This appeared in the Morning Chronicle on March 25, 1874, pg 3.

What I got out of reading this was that moral panics have changed a lot over the years.

One Response to “In the News (in the 19th Century): Died from the effects of jumping rope”

  1. CapriUni says:

    moral panics have changed a lot over the years.

    Quite.

    I’m amused by the adjective used to describe the late Maggie Daniels: “Interesting.” not many kids today would be called “interesting” in the local papers: “darling,” “bright.” “vivacious,” maybe. But not “interesting.”

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