October 4th, 1899
Wreck of the Scotsman:
The Dominion Line steamer Scotsman, which sailed from Liverpool, Sept. 14th, for Montreal, is a total wreck on the shores of the straits of Belleisle. The disaster occurred at 2.30 a.m. on Sept. 21st. The Scotsman carried 320 passengers, eleven of whom - all women and children - were drowned by the capsizing of a life boat, which was swamped before it could get clear of the ship. The survivors managed to reach the rocky shore, where they remained, suffering terrible privations for four days and nights. They were rescued on the fifth day by passing steamers.
Shocking tales are told of the inhuman conduct of some of the crew, who rushed to the cabins, and slitting open valises and bags with their knives, took all the valuables they could lay their hands on. Several of them fired shot guns and tried to force men to leave their cabins.
For the honor of the British merchant marine, it must be said that these marauders were not the regular crew of the Scotsman but a gang of wharf rats and hangers on, picked up on the docks at Liverpool to replace the usual crew which joined the seaman's strike on the other side.
Death of Rev. R. Stewart:
Rev. Robert Stewart, of Farmington, Annapolis Co., died on Friday last. Mr. Stewart was a native of Ireland. In 1854, then just ordained to the work of the ministry, he came to Nova Scotia as assistant to the late Rev. Wm. Sommerville. He shortly after became pastor of the Wilmot branch of the congregation under Mr. Sommerville's charge and has since resided in Wilmot. Many years ago he was compelled to withdraw from the active work of the ministry and has now at a ripe old age been gathered to his fathers.
Mr. Stewart was well known in this county where he frequently preached and lectured. Many friends will hear of this death with deep regret.
The funeral took place on Monday and was largely attended. Rev. Mr. McFall officiated.