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|FRIDAY MARCH 1ST, 1907|
Another Horrible Burning Accident
Another horrible burning accident occurred at 11 o’clock yesterday morning, the victim being Mary, the little 6 year old daughter of Joseph Phealan, Larkins Square. The child was playing in the kitchen, when her dress knocked against the base of the stove, and in a second she was enclosed in flames. The mother was absent at the moment but the little one’s screams soon brought assistance. The child’s clothing was then all on fire and she was endeavoring to extinguish it. Mary’s hand and body were terribly burned, the flesh in places coming off with parts of the clothes. Drs. Anderson, Leslie and MacPherson were quickly summoned, and did all possible to alleviate the suffering though they knew at a glance they could do but little to save her life. At 2.30 p.m. the tiny charred body was removed to the hospital in the ambulance. She was then unconscious, fortunately, and did not feel pain. The nurses watched her carefully through the night, to sooth her if her senses returned, but 12.30 this morning the hospital reported that she was still unconscious and dying. This is the second accident of its kind within a week and goes to show how careful mothers should be.
The Victim Dies
At 1 o’clock this morning the child breathed its last, without having regained consciousness, but the little girl required no earthly assistance before being taken to the realm where suffering and pain are unknown. The parents were distracted over the sad occurrence, as the unfortunate child was particularly bright and intelligent. The sympathy of all will be their in their hour of distress. The body will be confined and taken home this morning.
ANOTHER FIRE AT BAY ROBERTS
Wednesday night the premises of Eva Bursell, at Riverhead, Bay Roberts, consisting of store, stable and slaughter house, under one roof, were totally destroyed by fire. The place was occupied by Walter Crosbie, as a business stand. A valuable horse, which Mr. Crosbie purchased recently, perished in the flames. The building and stock were insured for $2,500. How the fire originated is at present unknown. Supt. Sullivan left for the scene by last evening’s train, and will hold an investigation into the cause.
The Bruce reached Port aux Basques at 5.20 p.m. yesterday having had to contend with ice all the way. She brought a large mail and the following passengers:—H. H. Lovett, C A. Jerrett, W. R. Howley, J. Browning, Mrs. Browning, B. Friedman, J. P. Chetwynd, T. J. Ryan, J.M. Kent, Capt. H. Bull, H. Martinsen, J. Baxter, J. J. Howlett, A. M. Fleming. The express left at 7.30 p.m. and is due here early tomorrow morning.
BRUCE BOUND HERE
The Bruce had a hard time crossing the Gulf, yesterday steaming through heavy ice all the way. In butting the pans some of the planks were loosened and she began to leak. A wire was sent to headquarters, and the express which was to leave at 6 p.m was cancelled, and the Bruce ordered on here for repairs. She left Port aux Basques, last evening and is due here early tomorrow. We are informed that her injuries are only slight, and repairs are not likely to occupy longer than a day. She will be docked upon arrival.
C. P. Eagan, Duckworth St., Robert Parsons, Hayward Ave., Geoffrey Healy, Carew St., William Dunn, Hayward Avenue, Miss Lush. William St., and Mrs. Coffee, Gower St., were before the magistrate yesterday, charged with selling cigarettes to two boys named King, aged 10 and 12 years. Miss Lush and Mrs. Coffee swore that as far as they believed, they did give the lads cigarettes, and the cases were dismissed. The others were each fined $10. Mr. Eagan testified that he did not sell them tobacco, but it was proved that they secured it at his shop, and he was fined as well as the others. For some time Mrs. King had been finding cigarettes in her boys’ pockets and she thought it best to acquaint the police. Supt. Sullivan detailed Sergt. Oliphant to work up the case, and yesterday trials were the result. The law dealing with this offence says the find shall-not be less that $10 or over $50, but the judge imposed the minimum amount as it was the first appearance of the defendants in court.
TRINITY CONGRATULATES HARBOR MAIN
Trinity, February 28th—Trinity extends hearty congratulations to Harbor Main and Temperance advocates generally on the glorious victory achieved. What about St. John’s ? Strike whilst the iron is hot.
EXPRESS GOES VIA PLACENTIA
In consequence of the Bruce coming to St. John’s, for repairs, the express last evening was cancelled. The service will not be interrupted, however, as the passengers and mail for Canada go out to Placentia by this morning’s train and will be taken to Louisburg by the Glencoe. Returning, the Glencoe will land passengers and mails at Port aux Basques if the ice permits.
HARBOR MAIN ELECTION
It is reported that certain irregularities have occurred in connection with the Harbor Main election; the most important one being in connection with the Ballot Papers.
These papers are said to have been printed, not in accordance with the provisions of the Act.
As Local Option election have been frequently held it is to be presumed that the Government is sufficiently acquainted with the routine not to make any serious blunders, if it has it merits severest censure.
It is said that the liquor dealers intend to protest. If they do, and their protest receives the sanction of the courts, it will only stimulate the District of Harbor Main to sterner and even more determined action. Harbor Main wants all grog shops within her borders closed, and has said so in clear and unmistakable terms.
Having so spoken, wise men will accept the decision. Next in wisdom to carrying off a victory with dignity, is the knowledge how to bear defeat gracefully.
A few sealers arrived by last night’s train.
Monday a batch of sealers are expected from Random Sound.
The S. S. Prospero, Capt. Kean, sails for Wesleyville this evening if the ice permits, and will bring up several hundred sealers.
The D. P. Ingraham returned from Catalina yesterday afternoon with a load of men. She reports considerable ice north and in the vicinity of Cape Bonavista it was heavy.
Capt. Baxter Barbour arrived from Wesleyville by train Wednesday afternoon. He and his companion had a most unpleasant tramp though the country to Gambo. Today, on receipt of a message from Mr. W. C. Job, now in Liverpool, it will be decided where the Nimrod will go.
Mr. H. H. Lovett will arrive by the express tonight.
Mr. C. A. Jerrett, who was visiting Canada, on business, returns by today’s express.
Mr. and Mrs. J Bowring are returning from their trip aboard by today’s express.
Mr. W. S. Cooksley and Miss May Cooksley left for Bay of Islands, by last evening train.
Messrs W. R. Howley and J M Kent, who were to Gloucester on legal business are returning by the express.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
Rev. C. V. Cogan will occupy the pulpit at the C. of E. Cathedral again this evening.
Four inebriates were arrested last evening, and taken to the station. They will be presented to His Honor this morning
The S. S. Silvia left New York at noon Wednesday, and is due here on Monday. She sails again about Thursday next.
At 6.30 last evening, Edward Mansfield created a disturbance at his father house, and Constable Baggs was called to arrest him.
Detective Byrne was working on the anonymous letter case, last night, at 8.30 had a lengthy interview with one of the ladies residing on Military Road.
There was a large attendance at the tea in Canon Wood Hall, yesterday afternoon. Rev. Canon Dunfield and Miss Ida Winter sang, and Master Hutchings gave a piano selection
The remains of Mrs. Moore, wife of the Rev. E. Moore, were interred at the West End cemetery, yesterday afternoon. Rev. W. R. Freeman, pastor of Alexander St. church; officiating. A large number of sympathizing friends attended..
Edward Rendell, who was in hospital at Ottawa, is now on the way home, being due at North Sydney by the I. C. R. , last night. He will arrive by the Glencoe, next trip. He has almost completely recovered from the effects of blood poison.
Mrs. Capt. George Jackman, of Bonclody St., yesterday afternoon lost her purse, containing five dollars and seventy cents, on Long’s Hill. Mrs. Bentley , who resides thereon, saw a boy pick it up and pocket it. He got away in a hurry, but Mrs. B. recognized him from her window and we would advise the lad to return the amount to Mrs. Jackman, without further trouble.
C. Parsons, who was injured in the hockey match with the Abegweits, has had the stitches removed from his arm He is not yet able to lose the limb, and in consequence, the Feildian-Victoria match for the championship is not likely to take place until the 11th.
GREAVES—On Feb. 28th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley W. Greaves.
SATURDAY MARCH 2ND, 1907
It was fairly fine along the line yesterday, though intensely cold . Last night the reports were:—
Port aux Basques—N. W. ; strong ; fine ; 10 above.
Bay of Islands— W., light; fine,; 4 above.
Gaff Topsails— W ; Light; fine; 3 above.
Bishop’s Falls— Calm ; fine; zero.
Clarenville— Calm ; fine; 8 above.
Whitbourne— N. W. ; light; fine, zero.
SPLENDID BANKER FOR CAPT. KENNEDY
Capt. Walter Kennedy, who had been visiting Boston, Gloucester and Lunenburg, to select a first-class banking schooner for Farrel Bros., St. Lawrence, returned to Holyrood, Thursday night. The captain was successful in the venture, procuring a vessel at Lunenburg. She is the Hispanola, of 112 tons net, built four years ago, and is well found in gear and sails. She will be one of the fastest among our fleet, Captain Kennedy taking 11 ½ knots out of her, under the foresail, on the passage down. Lunenburg was left at 2 p.m. on the 19th February and she would have reached St. Lawrence, Friday morning, but for ice. This year the Hispanola will be commanded by Capt. Kennedy, and will take 10 dories. The News wishes the captain as much success as in the past, with a little increase.
WANTED TO ENTER THE HOSPITAL
Michael Quirk, who arrived from Fortune, last week, presented himself at the hospital, last night, and attempted to force an entrance. Dr. Shea reasoned with him, but all to no purpose, and in the end was obliged to call the police. Detective Byrne responded and escorted Quirk to the police station at 9.30. He is evidently of unsound mind, and today will likely be examined by Dr. Rendell. A brother has been an inmate of the Insane Asylum for several years and from Michael’s actions last night, it would be wise for the authorities to send him there too, for a period at least.
LITTLE BOY BREAKS HIS LEG.
At 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon as the Globe Steam Laundry van was driving down Robinson’s Hill, the sleigh upset and the driver, Samuel Simmonds and a lad named John Janes, of Casey St, who was with him were thrown out. Janes fell under the sleigh and his right leg was broken. Simmonds righted the vehicle and placing the suffering lad in drove him to Dr. McPherson’s surgery on Rawlin’s Cross. The doctor administered splints and ordered the boy to the hospital and he was taken there in the ambulance.
CRAZY WOMAN ATTEMPTS SUICIDE
About 9 last night it was reported to Constable Quinlan that a woman named Keeley, of Water St. West , had attempted to take her life by cutting her throat with a razor. The officer investigated, and found that the woman, who is evidently suffering from mental aberration, had visited the West End Deanery and there tried to do away with herself. She was frustrated and the authorities notified. Officer Quinlan found the woman at her house and took her in charge. Later she was handed over to friends, who will look after her until this morning, when she will be examined by a doctor.
MARINE TRAGEDY FEARED
The Prospero brought word that a marine tragedy is feared to have occurred at Ramea. On Monday afternoon last, a boat containing four men could be seen sailing towards the shore, from Little River, nine miles distant. Soon after a terrible storm came on and the boat did not reach its destination. That night was one of the worst experienced for many years. An easterly gale with a blinding snow storm prevailed and the thermometer was below zero. The sea was terrible, and no open boat could live in it for any length of time. The blizzard was so fierce that the Prospero could not venture out of port, and the Glencoe was also held up. Next morning there was no abatement, but at noon the gale died out and the snow ceased falling, though the frost was as keen as ever. There was no sign of the boat, and although enquiries were made, no tidings of its occupants could be ascertained. Shortly after noon another boat, with four oarsmen set out in search of the other. They proceeded to the Outer Islands but whether they found any traces of the missing boat or the four men was not known when the Prospero left.
HARBOR GRACE NEWS
Mr. O. M. A. Kearney who unwell for the past fortnight was able to attend at the court today. His friends are glad to see him about again.
Mr. C. D. Garland, master cooper, has been confined to his home for a fortnight with a serious illness which is causing his family anxiety. It is be hoped the sufferer will soon return to health.
Mr. C. A. C. Bruce, representing the Canada Life Assurance Co., was in town this week. Mr. Willis Davis, Agent for Messrs R. Rutherford & Co. left for St. John’s by this morning train and is expected back Saturday night. Mr. W. A. Munn who was here on one of his periodical visits left for St. John’s by this evening train.
Messrs. Munn & Co. had a cable on Wednesday telling of the arrival at Pernambuco of their schooner Nellie Louise, Capt. M. Burke, after a passage of 454 days. Through a misinterpretation of a cable received a few days ago it was thought the vessel had reached her destination, but yesterday’s message sets matter straight. The S. S. Louise at 3 this afternoon towed out the brigt. Amy Louise, bound to Pernambuco with 4171 qtls codfish in 5220 packages. Finding the ice too heavy in the bay the vessel returned to port at 5 p.m.
Another fire occurred at Bay Roberts on Wednesday night at 10.30 p.m., the fire broke out in the premises owned by Mr. Walter Crosbie, formerly belonging to Mr. W. H. Bursell. Two stables, an oil store and a meat shamble with their contents, including a horse, were completely destroyed. A large quantity of hay, lumber and other articles were burned. The meat shambles was 60 feet long by 30 feet wide, and the two stables together, 100 long and 30 wide. About 20 pairs of blankets were destroyed in saving the residence.
Wednesday was an interesting day at the court here. A young man from Spaniard’s Bay summoned an elderly woman for abusive language on the street. The woman was proved the aggressor, but the cause of the contention was deemed trivial, and the Judge reserved judgement. A woman from Riverhood[sic] had some lads of that locality before His Honor on the charge of throwing stones and smashing some panes of glass in her window. The lads were convicted but the woman not wishing to punish the boys, the Judge again reserved judgement. Three parties from Riverhead at the instance of Constable Dooley, were up for breach of the Temperance Act, but the prosecution wishing to have additional witnesses, the hearing of these three cases was postponed till today . The hearing of two of the cases was resumed today, the third being withdrawn by the police. Witnesses in each case swore to having bought and drunk liquor at the house of defendants who were convicted. A fine of $50 or one month was imposed in each case. Lawyer Kearney labored hard on behalf of defendants to escape punishment, but the cases were palpable breaches of the Temperance Act and his arguments could not minimize the penalty. A number of dog owners who neglected to pay their dog taxes were present to show cause why they did not pay. Most of them could not give sufficient reason for delay and judgement was given against them for 80 cents and costs.
CORRESPONDENT Harbor Grace., Feb. 28th, 1907.
Mr. J Winsor arrived by the Prospero
Mr. W. D. Reid is expected from Montreal by early next week.
Mayor Gibbs leaves for Harbor Main by this morning’s train on professional business.
Capt. Fitzgerald who was visiting his brother Capt. William at Carbonear, returned to town yesterday.
Twenty-five years ago today Mr. William Martin, of the Martin Hardware Company, was married at Plymouth, England. The silver wedding was celebrated last night at his residence on Rennie’s Hill Road. Mr. Martin has won a well-merited place of prominence amongst the commercial men of this city, and is still a comparatively young man. The News extends to him and his accomplished wife sincere congratulations upon the completion of a quarter of a century of married happiness, and expresses the confident hope that when the golden anniversary is reached it will find them hale and prosperous, surrounded by an ever increasing circle of sincere friends and well wishes. May the joys and successes of the past prove but the harbinger of greater blessings in the coming years.
The S. S. Prospero, Capt. Fitzpatrick returned from Western ports yesterday morning. She left here on the 20th February at 10 a.m. with a strong N. W. wind, which veered to the W and S W, when she reached Trepassey at 10 p.m. That night and the following day and night there was a strong south wind and dense fog. She made Placentia at 2 p.m. of the 22nd and had to remain 5 hours until the weather moderated to land a quantity of frozen herring for J Murphy & Sons. From Placentia to Port aux Basques and return to St. John’s frost and snow prevailed, and as a result all the harbors are frozen up which made the trip somewhat tedious. The following passengers came by her— Messrs. M. P. Cashin, Winsor, Ellefsen; Mrs. McDonald; Miss Stewart and 102 steerage.
Portia sails west Wednesday next and will make three trips.
Prospero has hauled over to Bowring’ south side premises. She lays up until April 15 and will receive a complete overhauling.
Glencoe left Placentia at 5 p.m. yesterday for Louisburg with 58 passengers.
Argyle left Burin at 7 a.m. yesterday for Placentia.
Bruce arrived at Placentia at 4.30 last evening from Port aux Basques and left again at 6 p.m. for this port.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
The West End sailor who wanted to demolish his father’s parlor on Tuesday night was before the magistrate yesterday; he was remanded for eight days.
A number of sealers from the Southern Shore arrived by the Prospero yesterday. Some laborers to work at Bell Island also came along.
This season it is much easier than for several passed to obtain banking crews, due, no doubt, to the good wages made last year. Already crews have been secured for the Hispanola and Campanula at St. Lawrence.
Yesterday a lad picked up a bundle of letters written in 1880 and 1881 by Otis F. Smith of Brandon, Vermont, and Harvey & Co. of this city. They were left with Mr. Branscombe, of Harvey & Co. from which the owner can get them.
Sliding over the city thoroughfares still continues, and an old woman was run down last night at the foot of Casey’s Street. The coaster’s name is known and he will likely be summoned.
Several men have already arrived from outports seeking berths to the ice. As all the crews have been filled it would be wise if those without berths would not come here as the trip only means useless expense.
Capt. Collins formerly of the Drummers Tax, will command the schooner Campanula at the bank fishery, this season. Capt. C. has been successful in other years, and it is hope he will be equally so this season.
Augustus Osmond, Chief of the S. S. Viking; Charles Lewis of the Aurora and J J Skinner of the Panther have been awarded chief certificates.
Thursday afternoon Munns brigt. Nellie Louise in tow of the S. S. Louise left Harbor Grace for Brazil. The steamer was unable to penetrate the ice, however, and both returned after a short while.
Farrell Bros., St. Lawrence , are now building two bait freezers at that place. They are also getting the bankers ready and have almost 100 men employed. About 500 tons of ice is being cut at St. Lawrence to supply the freezers.
H. D. Reid , Esq., who is now traveling Southern Europe in his new auto was at Marseilles on Tuesday and was due at Nice yesterday. Nice is a celebrated winter resort and attracts hundreds of tourists from all parts of the world. The auto drives in these countries are magnificent and many stretch forty miles and upward without a bend.
Rabbits have been very scarce about Harbor Main district this season, and are being sold here for 30 cents a pair.
The Bruce brought the passengers from Port aux Basques that were to connect with the Glencoe at Placentia for Louisburg. They numbered 58.
The St. Patrick’s Amusement Club will hold its annual dinner this year at Ferndale, Petty Harbor. It takes place after Lent and promises to be an enjoyable affair.
Capt. Kennedy and crew, that went to Gloucester to bring down a schooner, had to bare their arms at St. John N. B. and be vaccinated before crossing the border. Several of the men suffered from sore limbs as a result, but were well again before leaving for home.
The Bruce will go on dock this morning and repairs will likely be completed by tonight. She will sail again tomorrow afternoon.
Rev. Dr. Kitchen, Spiritual Director of the T. A. Society, will lecture to the members on Tuesday night after prayers. His subject will be “A Modern Prosecution,” of the church crisis in France.
The purse containing $5.70 lost on Wednesday by Mrs. Capt. Jackman was picked up yesterday on Parade St. by Sophie Mercer. It is believed the boy who was seen picking the purse up, reading the item in yesterday News, threw it on the street yesterday afternoon, fearing trouble. It has been returned to Mrs. Jackman.
KENNEDY—On the 1st March a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. E. J Kennedy.
HICKEY—On March 1st, Annie youngest daughter of the late Laurence and Annie Haven, and beloved wife of William Hickey, she leaves a husband and six children to mourn their sad loss. Funeral on Sunday at 2.30 p.m. from her late residence 31 Belvedere St. Friends and acquaintances please attend without further notice. Boston papers please copy.
On Monday the Taylor medal will be competed for.
The Terra Nova Club contested for Cowan medal yesterday. A lively interest was taken in the game, especially towards the close. The winner was A.H. Salter who totaled 27 points. The next were: T. Winter, 24; W. Martin, 22; W.H Duder and D. Duff, 21 each. At the conclusion, Mr. Winter presented the trophy and congratulated the winner on his victory. It is Mr. Salter’s first time holding this medal.
The members of the Micmac Club competed for the Wright medal yesterday after and last night. At the finish, F.W. Hayward and W. Shirran tied for first place with 22 each. A. Easterbrook, second, 20; J. Rooney, 17; and S. Ryall, 16. In the play-off between Messrs Shirran and Hayward, the latter came off victorious by 3 points and was presented with the medal.
MONDAY MARCH 4TH, 1907
GRAND LAKE FORCED BACK
The S. S. Grand Lake, which sailed at midnight Friday for Pools Island, returned yesterday afternoon, having been unable to get around Cape Bonavista. Crossing Conception Bay, heavy slob was encountered, and Bacalieu Tickle was frozen solid. She had to go on the outside, and even there was forced to “butt” her way along, as the ice was thick. At 4 p.m. she reached Cape Bonavista, but found the ice too heavy to proceed. The wind was then S. W. and the ice running off from the land and Capt. Cross expected to be able to continue during the night, but the wind veered round to the eastward, packing the ice in tighter than ever. The captain then headed for Catalina, and arrived at 6 p.m. Two hundred and seventy sealers were taken on board, and at 2 a.m. yesterday she left for St. John’s. When leaving Catalina heavy slob was running in and had she remained longer she probably would have been jammed.
Mr. C. A. Jerrett, who returned home, Saturday, from Canada, purchased the first class schooner J. F. Morton at La Have. The vessel is 62 tons register one year old and said to be a good sailer. She will prosecute the Labrador fishery, the coming summer. On Saturday, Mr. J. closed negotiations for another Canadian schooner.
Saturday morning’s express brought Capt. Bull of the whaling steamer Cabot, and Capt. Martensen, of the Micmac. The latter crew also came along as the vessel is here, but Capt. Bull’s stopped off at Port aux Basques and will go on to Balena by the Glencoe to join their ship. They left Christiania on Feb.8th and were traveling continually up to Saturday morning. Capt. Christophersen of the Puma , and Capt. Davidson of the Lynx, and their crews, left home on Friday last and are due here about the middle of the month.
Saturday night and yesterday forenoon the weather was changeable along the railway. at Port aux Basques and vicinity it was soft and snowing; at Bay of Islands, cold drifting, and east from that point, raining. it hardened up last night, and at midnight the reports were :---
Port aux Basques—N. E. ;light ;27 above.
Bay of Islands—N. W. Fresh, fine, 8 above.
Gaff Topsails—N. E. Light, snowing, 20 above.
Bishop’s Falls—S. W. , light ; fine; 22 above.
Clarenville—N. E. fresh, drifting, 10 above.
Whitbourne—N. W. ; light ; fine ; 20 above.
AT THE R..C. CATHEDRAL
His Grace Archbishop Howley occupied the pulpit at the R. C. Cathedral, last night, and delivered an instructive sermon from the Gospel of the day. In the course of his remarks reference was made to gambling, which His Grace strongly condemned. The preacher also warned this congregation against taking part in what was absurdly called carnivals. In olden days carnivals—a series of feasts and games—were taken part in by most of the faithful before Ash Wednesday, but the entire 40 days of Lent were strictly and religiously observed. Our rink carnivals are but masked balls and hence were forbidden by the church. Attention was also called to the “chain of prayer” fake, which was being circulated. “Prayers” which threatened disaster etc., on those who refuse to say or further circulate them were being anonymously circulated, and some people had been victimized. The teaching of the church was against such things, unless authorized by the Bishop of the Parish, some other known Catholic Bishop or the Pope. His Grace closed by asking all to partake of the sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist during the Holy Season which was fast passing.
The death of Mrs. Emmanuel CHAFE at the Goulds early yesterday morning was very unexpected to her many friends. She retired on Friday night in best of health ass usual, but early Saturday morning was attacked with paralysis of the brain and remained unconscious until Sabbath morning early when she passed away. Interment takes place this afternoon. Many travelers on that road have had shelter, and by a warm fireside cheered up to face the journey to Petty Harbor, three miles distant, and all well miss her. It is a severe blow to her aged husband.
The Grand Lake passed one bedlamer , yesterday.
Captain G. Hann and E. Bishop arrived by train, yesterday via Gambo.
The S. S. Nimrod will go to the Gulf and will probably sail for Channel on Thursday.
The shore train arrived Saturday night with a large number of sealers.
If the ice remains in on the land as at present the steamers for the “front” will all sail from St. John’s.
S. S. Kite, Gillam, sails for Channel at 10 this morning. She signed 80 men here, and will take 60 at the western port.
The shore train brought in six car loads of sealers, Saturday afternoon. They were mostly from Carbonear, Harbor Grace, Bay Roberts and vicinity.
The S. S. Aurora was out for a spin on the harbor, Saturday, and cut a channel. She is now berthed at Bowring Bros’, north side premises from where she will fit out.
The cross country local, which arrived at 10.30 Saturday night brought in 90 sealers, from Trinity Bay. The majority joined her at Clarenville, and when the train left dozens of others could be seen walking up the ice.
Fifty sealers arrived by special train, from Clarenville, at 2.30 p.m. yesterday. At 7 30 the cross country accommodation train arrived with 150 men, from Gambo, Alexander Bay and other northern points.
Eight hundred men will leave Greenspond, Newtown, Pools Island and neighboring places, this morning and will walk over the ice to Gambo, and come in by train. As the Grand Lake, was unable to get down, it is likely that a number of the older sealers will not go to the fishery.
The new main steam pipe for the Virginia Lake arrived by the Bruce, on Saturday, and will be placed in position, today. On Saturday, the boilers were tested, and, the work proved satisfactory. The Virginia will be one of the fastest ships out this spring and as this is Capt. J Kean’s first year in command his friends hope to see him return with a log load.
CAR ON FIRE
Shortly after leaving Glenwood Saturday morning, the baggage car of the cross country local train which reached town at night, was discovered to be on fire. Conductor Noseworthy, Baggageman Barrett, Mr. Powell and others worked assiduously in endeavoring to extinguish it. On reaching Gambo, a stream of water was applied, and within a few minutes the blaze was extinguished. The car was considerably damaged, but the baggage was not injured.
Mrs. Eliza McDONALD, a native of this city, died in Sydney a few days ago at the age of 73. The funeral took place on the 21st. Mrs. McDonald, who was the widow of the late Neil McDonald, had lived in Sydney for many years.
Mr. Ernest W. Taylor, General Freight Agent of the Reid-Newfoundland Co., and Mr. John Crosbie, of Crosbie & Co., left yesterday week for Montreal to undergo operations for appendicitis. Their many friends will rejoice to learn that a telegram was received yesterday by Mr. S. K. Bell saying that the operation had been most successful and that the patients were doing splendidly.
Argyle arrived at Placentia at 7.30 a.m. yesterday, from western ports. She sails again this morning on the Merasheen route.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
The C. E. T. S. Meets in the Synod Hall, this evening.
Owing to the severe frost last week several of the water tanks along the railway line were frozen.
Saturday, Conception Bay was frozen over solidly and many persons walked to and from Bell Island.
Mr. Gibbs, who went to Harbor Main, Saturday morning , to plead in a civil case, returned by the shore train, at night.
There will be a missionary service in St. Thomas’s Church, on Friday evening, Rev. Canon Saunders will preach
A severe S. S. E. snow storm raged at Burgeo yesterday and last night. It was the worst for the season and be a serous drawback to fishing operations..
Capt. Darius Blandford came to town, Saturday to get the S. S. Bloodhound in readiness for the seal fishery. About 50 members of his crew also arrived.
During the sleet storm late on Saturday night some of the street cars became jammed and a couple did not reach the station until after 1 a.m. yesterday. In some places there was an inch of ice on the rails.
A ten year old boy was run down on Holdsworth St. Saturday afternoon, by Z Cox’s horse. It was thought at first that he was seriously injured, but he soon recovered and was able to walk home.
According to latest figures received by the Finance and Customs Department there is an extraordinary shortage in the Norwegian catch to date this year. The total catch up to February 26th last year amounts to 10 millions. Up to March 1st, the catch was just over one-third, 3 ½ millions, the figures are :–
Feb. 26th 1906 March 1st 1907
There was no news of the S. S. Glencoe reaching Louisburg, up to last midnight. She left Placentia Friday evening last, but evidently has to make a wide detour to avoid the ice, else she would have reached her destination before this.
Complaints come from Trinity East relative to the handling of the mails. It seems that there are already 2,000 people in the vicinity and that all the mail matter has to be opened and handled in the Trinity office before it reaches the office of distribution. Our correspondent urges that the mail in the future be made up at St. John ’s and forwarded direct in order to avoid this trouble.
The S. S. Bruce arrived Saturday morning, and went on dock. The repairs will not be completed until tomorrow afternoon. when she will sail direct for Louisburg.
Saturday night when the shore train arrived, the sealers took charge of the baggage car to get out their luggage. Two of them fell fighting, and the police had to be called for to put a stop to the proceedings.
Supt. Sullivan who was at Bay Roberts making an enquiry into the cause of the fire, which destroyed Walter Crosbie’s place on Wednesday, returned Saturday night. The investigation is not yet completed.
Drunkenness was more evident, Saturday night than for several weeks. The police had all they could to quiet disturbers and before 11 o’clock made 11 arrests. One was released, Saturday night, seven yesterday, and the other three—old offenders—will come up for trial, this morning.
CHAFE—Suddenly, at the Goulds, Bay Bulls Road, on Saturday morning, March 3rd, Lucilla Ann beloved wife of Emmanuel Chafe, aged 63 years. Funeral will take place today, Monday, at 3 o’clock. Friends will accept this notice.
TUESDAY MARCH 5TH, 1907
BOY DROWNED AT PLACENTIA
Passengers arriving from Placentia, by the night’s train, bring word of a drowning accident which occurred there, yesterday afternoon, the victim being the 7 year old son of Mr. James Collins, Tidewater. The sad event occurred at the “Swans”—a place known to all visitors at Ye Ancient Capital . The Messrs.Wise were engaged hauling out fire wood, and the lad was standing on a runner of the catamaran, when it went through the ice and the load toppled over driving him under the surface. The men attempted to rescue him, but were unsuccessful. A crowd soon collected, and no time was lost in cutting away the ice, but when the body was recovered life was extinct. The fatality cast a gloom over the town, as the child was known to most all of the residents. The parents are almost distracted over the happening.
Yesterday afternoon a larceny was attempted on board a schooner at Franklin wharf, and but for the timely arrival of the captain, the thieves would have succeeded. The vessel is being looked after by Capt. Levi Button, who left after dinner to transact business. Upon returning, he went to the cabin, and was more than surprised to find two young men there putting the ships side lights into a bag. Both ran up the companion-way and escaped. Button grabbed their caps as they were going and handed them over to the police, when he reported the matter. A description of the matter was also given, and Constable Lawlor has been detailed to work up the case.
S. S. Silvia is now due from Halifax.
There is yet no sign of the S. S. Ulunda.
Brigt. Clementine, Tucker, sails this morning for Lisbon.
Schooner Olive, Courtenay, had arrived at Barbados, all well, passage 21 days.
Brigt. Devonia, Noseworthy, left Pernambuco on the 29th February for this port.
Hon. E. Dawe returned from Bay Roberts last night.
Mr. P Power, of Dunville, arrived in town last night.
Mr. J. W. Hiscock came over from Brigus yesterday.
Capt. T. Bonia, M. H. A., arrived from Placentia by last night’s train.
Capt. Tucker, of the Clementine, who was visiting friends at Harbor Grace, returned to town yesterday.
Mr. David Griffiths, of Fox Harbor, who has been spending a vacation at his home, returns to New York by the Silvia to resume duties.
Mr. F Rioux, Supt. of the Reid-Newfoundland Co., had a message yesterday from Montreal , from Mr. E. G. Taylor, the company’s G. F. A. , saying that he was doing remarkable well after Saturday last’s operation for appendicitis.
Portia sails West at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
Argyle leaves Placentia this morning on the Merasheen route.
Glencoe is due at Placentia tomorrow a.m.
ALONG THE LINE
The 6 p.m. train yesterday was taken out by Conductor Penney. Only a few passengers left.
The shore train arrived at 10.20 bringing, Hon. E. Dawe, Capt. T. Bonia, W. Parsons, C. A. C. Bruce, T. Fitzgerald, and about 160 sealers.
The cross country express arrived at this a.m. with about 200 sealers.
Excellent weather was expected along the line yesterday, it being fine and mild all day. It continued fine last night, and at midnight the reports were :—
Port aux Basques—N. W. ; light ; fine ;30 above.
Bay of Islands—Calm ; fine ; 12 above.
Gaff topsails—N. W. ; light ; fine ;1 above.
Bishop’s Falls—N. W. light ; fine ; 3 above.
Clarenville—Calm ; fine ; 20 above.
Whitbourne—N. E. , light, fine, 10 above.
Howlett vs, Reid. This was an application for a new trial.
Furlong, K. C. , for appellant, is heard, as also J. A. NcNeily, for respondent. Court takes time to consider. Court adjourned till this morning at 11.
The Nimrod’s crew signs this morning at Job’s.
The Labrador’s crews commence signing today at Baird Gordon & Co.
The Viking’s crew finished signing last night. She sails for Channel at 8 a.m. tomorrow.
The Newfoundland crossed the harbor yesterday to take on board supplies.
The Express arrived this morning at 1 bringing about 200 men from Gambo and vicinity.
Twelve hundred men will sign at Bowring’s premises, for the seal fishery this spring.
The Leopard’s crew of 103 men signed yesterday. She sails for Channel at 2 this afternoon and from there will clear for the ice-fields.
About 150 sealers arrived from various ports of Conception Bay by the shore train last night. They mostly form the crew of the S. S. Viking.
S. S. Kite sailed for Channel yesterday. She found the ice of the harbor between Baine Johnson’s and Baird’s to heavy and the Aurora had to break it for her.
The first of the men who are walking in from Greenspond and nearby places reached Gambo last night. About three hundred are expected there this morning, who will come out by special train.
The News has been requested to suggest to the Fishery Department the advisability of securing information of the winds and weather for the benefit of the sealers for the next few days. The reports would be of great benefit to the Captains.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
The final competitions for the Outerbridge Shield takes place at the C. L. B. Headquarters, this evening:–the trophy will be presented next week.
The S. S. Cheronea, reported elsewhere, this morning, is owned by the S. S. Cheronea Co. Ltd., (W. Thomason & Co. Liverpool.) She is 3,189 tons gross, 2060 net and is 10 years old.
Capt. J. C. Taylor, of the schooner M. J. Taylor, arrived at Carbonear last week, from Gibraltar, to spend some time there for the benefit of his health. Capt. Taylor contracted fever while on a voyage up the Mediterranean, and is still suffering from its effects.
One drunk was arrested last night, he is an old offender.
Mr. W. D. Reid is expected to arrive from Canada, by the Glencoe.
Misses Whiteway and Murphy, recently of the Royal Stores, have opened a dress making establishment in the West End.
The annual sealers service takes place at the C. E. Cathedral tomorrow evening at 7.30. The Rev. Canon Saunders will preach.
Repairs to the Bruce will be completed this afternoon when she will undock. She sails direct to Louisburg at noon tomorrow.
Some of the sealers that arrived last night, were unable to find their ships owing to the lateness of the hour and would have remain all night on the street but that the police found boarding houses for them.
E. Day while installing electric wires in Pitts’ new building yesterday fell a distance of 12 feet. His head struck the floor and he was picked up unconscious. He was attended by Dr. MacPherson, who dressed his wounds, which were not serious and despatched him to his home on Hayward Avenue.
“Limnings in the Legislature” by G. have been received, but are unavoidably held over until tomorrow owing to the press of matter.
The members of the Loyal Order of Ancient Shepherds with their friends are holding a dinner at the Balmoral Hotel tonight.
Rev. Dr. Kitchen lectures tonight after prayers to the members of the T. A. Society, the subject being “A modern persecution.”
The B. I. S. will attend Last Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, St. Patrick’s Day. The panegyric on the apostle will be delivered by Rev. Fr. Coady.
The crew of the S. S. Adventure will arrive here from Conception Bay points on the 7th March.
By an inadvertence in our report of the Fast Line debate, it appears that Mr. Blandford was not present when the vote was taken. Mr. B. remained and voted with the others whose names were recorded against the measure.
The S. S. Glencoe arrived at Louisburg at 5 p.m. Sunday, all well. She left again at 4 p.m. yesterday, with mail and passengers for Placentia and is due there tomorrow morning.
The railway line right thought to Port aux Basques is at present in fine running condition, and the trains are making good time. When ice conditions in the Gulf permit the cross country service will again be run on schedule time.
The schooner Jubilee, Captain Isaac Carter, is now fitting out for the seal fishery at Channel. She will be the only sealing vessel to prosecute the voyage, this season, and will not sail until late this month owing to the heavy ice pack in the Gulf.
The St. John’s Mechanic’s Society held its 80th annual meeting last night, which was largely attended. Ten new members were added to the roll. The treasurers’ report showed the society to be in good financial condition having a handsome balance to its favor after meeting all outstanding liabilities. After the adoption of the report, Mr. James J. Norris, chairman of the conducting committee, took the chair and installed the following officers for the ensuing year: - Mr. Mogue Power, President, re-elected; Mr. Martin J. Doyle, Vice-President, elected; Mr. Edward Doheny, 1st Asst. V.P., elected; Mr. A.H.O. Keefe, 2nd Asst. V.P., re-elected; Mr. W. Myrick, 1st Treasurer, re-elected; Mr. James Beck, 2nd Treasurer, re-elected; Mr. Thomas Dunn, 3rd Treasurer, elected; Mr. James A. Leahey, Secretary, re-elected; Mr. John Ryan, Grand Marshall, elected. The following votes of thanks were unanimously adopted: to the retiring officers Mr. John Sutherby, Mr. James Goodland; to the editors and proprietors of the daily newspapers and to the chairman and his assistants for the efficient manner in which they conducted the business of the meeting. The following were appointed auditors: Messrs. Jas. J. Norris, M. Colbert and Wm. Hickey……… [remainder of article not photocopied]
WEDNESDAY MARCH 6TH, 1907
Since our last report Carbonear harbor has put on a mantle of Icelandic texture. Today a sheet of ice may be seen sufficient in strength to bear up the stoutest son of Anak.
At the last meeting of the United Towns Electrical Co., it was decided to extend the benefits of their enterprise to the neighboring settlements of Bay Roberts and Spaniard’s Bay. No doubt the pecuniary advantages following this project will fully warrant the extension.
A series of special services are being conducted at the Methodist church by Rev. T. B. Darby, B. A., assisted by Revs. E. Baines and L. Davis.
It was not correct as stated by the “Herald” a few days ago, that seals was taken at Crocker’s Cove. A friend holding an interview with that august personage whom the “Herald” quoted as having killed two, informs us that no such creation of the animal kingdom has been seen in the vicinity this season.
Messrs. Peter Keough and P. Hogan are busily employed just now storing their annual supply of ice from the pond near the beach. The dept of the frozen liquid is about sixteen inches, prima facie evidence, certainly of the refrigerating character of robustic Neptune.
Capt. Joseph C Taylor arrived to his home this week and is now in the hands of our local doctors. It will be remembered that Capt. Taylor was taken ill about three months ago while on his way from Spain to Mexico in the barque M. J. Taylor, and was obliged to land at Gibraltar hospital to seek medical aid. He has been there ever since until about three weeks ago when his health permitted him to journey homeward. His many friends hope that by careful attention on behalf of physicians and sympathetic nursing he will regain his wonted health.
On the 28th February, after an acute illness of short duration, the wife of Jno. Moore passed away in her 63rd year. A husband and five sons, the eldest of whom is Rev. Job Moore of Petites, are left to mourn the loss of their best earthly friend.
Some hundred of Terra Nova’s stalwart sons congregated here on Saturday awaiting the despatch of the Saturday afternoon express to the city, whither they go to join their respective steamers for the ice fields. Contingents from every cove on the coastal line of the Bay de Verde district made up the crowd.
The collectors for the new building fund of the Methodist body have started on their mission, and are anticipating a hearty response at the hands of the congregation. It is conceded that the incipient stages of theoretical reasoning are at last passed and the time for real effort of a practical kind is now the order of the day. The subscription list has been headed by the firm of Jno. Rorke & Sons for $1,000.
At the Methodist church on Sunday evening a memorial service was conducted by the Rev. T. B. Darby, B. A., pastor of the church. An appropriate sermon based on the words of St. John’s Gospel, 14 chap. 1-3 vs. was delivered by the pastor, in language tender and optimistic. The choral worship was in strict keeping with the character of the service. “Vital Spark”, the dying Christian’s anthem and “Jerusalem My Glorious Home”, were among the choir’s selections, both compositions being rendered with marked expression. “Crossing the Bar,” was very beautiful sung by Mrs. J Duff, followed with “Blessed are the Dead”.
The staggering blow dealt to the rum traffic by the Hr. Main electorate was an immensely just one, and merits the commendations of all men having the betterment of humanity at heart. That the curse would be driven out, none doubted for a moment, but few, if any, were prepared for such a walk over majority as the returns showed. The vote will undoubtedly have an incitant [sic] influence in the city’s temperance organization, spurring them on towards the goal which all haters of the intoxicating cup desire to reach. In the meantime we trust that those twenty-two individuals of Hr. Main district whose “licensed to sell” has been consumed by the quickening fires of rising temperance sentiment, will hew out for themselves a more conscientious means of obtaining a living that they have hitherto enjoyed.
PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY
His Excellency the Governor in Council has been pleased to appoint Mr. Jonathan Young, to be a member of the Road Board for Wild Bight, District of Twillingate, in place of Mr. Abraham Roberts, resigned.
Secretary’s Office, March 5th , 1907.
Dr. W. H. Webber, of Bay of Islands, is at present in the city.
Capt. Walter Kennedy came to town from Holyrood yesterday, on business. He returns again today.
Mr. Young, manager of the Singer Sewing Machine Co., left by train yesterday for points in Conception Bay, on business.
Messrs. F. C. Barnes, chief of the Newfoundland and A. Forward, second of the Nimrod have been awarded certificates of competency by the local board of examiners.
Schooner Excelda, Lewis, reached Halifax , yesterday, after a long passage.
Barqt. Ich Dien leaves Pernambuco, this evening, for St. John’s district. She intends calling at Barbados for molasses, but the supply there is limited.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
About 20 laborers left by the Bruce, yesterday to work in the mines at Sydney.
The S. S. Nimrod, Capt. Baxter Barbour, sails tomorrow, for Channel, from which port she clears for the Gulf fishery.
The S. S. Virginia Lake went on dock, yesterday morning, to have some slight repairs effected before sailing for the seal fishery.
The schooner Checkers, Rumsey, is now due from Oporto, but is evidently unable to reach port, owing to the ice now on the land.
A slight fire occurred in the saloon of the S. S. Ranger, yesterday afternoon; it was extinguished before serious damage was done.
From Fogo we learn that, owing to the ice being tight on the land, less seals have been taken, this year, than for many seasons.
There is still no word of Ulunda now overdue from Liverpool. It will be impossible for her to steam through the ice at present on the coast.
There was no news of the Glencoe reaching Placentia up to last midnight. She is evidently being detained by the storm, but should arrive this afternoon.
Sealers from Bonavista Bay, yesterday, say that the ice is very heavy in all parts of the bay. The walking to Gambo was excellent and the men made good time.
A sealer, who arrived in town Sunday lost a purse containing $5.40 on Water Street, yesterday morning. He did not recover it up to last evening, and was at a great inconvenience in consequence.
It is said that when the mounted police force is re-organized, Sergt. Noseworthy will be placed in charge, the older members of that body ,now in the city, are “Head”, Collins, Dawe, Const, Byrne and Savage, and Capt Kean of the West End fire department.
A fireman, who struck town by the Bruce joined one of the sealers soon after, and yesterday was charged with stealing a pair of pants and some other articles from a companion. He denied the theft, but others on the steamer believe him guilty, and his actions of the next day or two will be watched.
The Thompson liner, Cheronea, which was reported as being damaged by ice in yesterday News arrived at Placentia at 8 a.m. yesterday. She is not seriously injured, but is leaking somewhat. Temporary repairs will be effected at Placentia and the ship will continue her voyage to St. John N. B. when opportunity offers.
Crosbie schooner, Director, Capt. Moore, has reached Lisbon from Catalina, after an exceedingly hard trip. Most of her sails were blown away, on the voyage.
The S. S. Bruce came off dock yesterday morning and sailed in the afternoon for Louisburg. Going down the harbor she cut through the ice with ease, and opened up a large channel. The ice was several inches in thickness.
Monday afternoon a little girl named Murphy was bitten by a dog at the foot of Sudburry St. which place is infested with several worthless mongrels. A doctor had to be called to cauterize the wound which bled profusely, the matter has been reported to the police, and the dog will be shot.
Mr. M. Drover, arrived by yesterday afternoon’s train.
The town was quiet, last night and not a single arrest was made.
A large number of sealers have not yet left home, and are not expected here before Friday.
Mr. Jabez Le Grow arrived by the shore train yesterday afternoon, on a business visit.
Capt. Henry Dawe, of the S.S. Adventure, has been very ill for some time past and it not yet fully recovered.
The police had a hard time in last night’s storm. They were given relief every hour, however, by order of the inspector.
Last night there were 100 men at Gambo, who had walked from Wesleyville and vicinity, to take the train. About 200 more are expected there, this morning, which will be the last coming from that section.
WHITE—At 133 LeMarchant Road on March 4th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. W. White.
THURSDAY MARCH 7TH 1907
Fr. McGRATH’S NARROW ESCAPE
A gentleman from Portugal Cove who arrived in town last night informed us that the Rev. J. J. McGrath, the beloved Parish Priest of Bell Island had a narrow escape from drowning yesterday afternoon. Shortly after dinner, Fr. McGrath, accompanied by his driver set out for Portugal Cove. The distance is three miles and they were half way when the ice broke from under them and the horse and sleigh went through . A man named Greely who was nearby at the time of the mishaps ran to their assistance. The two men after much difficulty succeeded in reaching firm ice and were endeavoring to rescue the animal. With Greely’s help the horse was fished out and all hurried back to the Island. It was a close call. Fr. McGrath hosts of friends will be sorry to learn of the occurrence but delighted that he escaped with his life.
SILVIA PUTS BACK
The S. S. Silvia left Bay Bulls yesterday morning at 8.30 and attempted to steam down the shore. The ice was found too heavy and at 2.30 Harvey & Co. received a message that she was obliged to return to Bay Bulls. The wind last evening veered around and packed the ice tight on the land and until it moves off, it will be impossible for the Silvia to leave her present position.
Mr. REID RETURNS
W. D. Reid Esq., who has been in Montreal for the last eight weeks returned by yesterday’s express and is looking well after his trip. Mr. Reid reports heavy snow falls in Western Canada, holding up the railway but in the East the conditions are similar to ours. Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Reid, Sr. we understand are enjoying very good health.
Inspector Gerneral McCowen, who was appointed by the Government to hold an investigation into certain alleged irregularities at the Insane Asylum has completed his work and presented his report to the Colonial Secretary. The report is rather lengthy containing the evidence of a large number of witnesses. What action the Government will take in the matter is at present unknown.
Much better weather was experienced along the railway yesterday, than in the city, and last night’s storm did not reach beyond Topsail. The following are the latest reports
Port aux Basques—E. ; light ; fine ; 20 above.
Bay of Islands—E., : light ; fine ; 24 above.
Gaff Topsails—W. ; light ; fine; 20 above..
Bishop’s Falls—N. E. ;light ; fine ; 22 above.
Clarenville—N. E. ; light ; fine ; 24 above.
Whitbourne—N. E. ; light ; fine ; 24 above.
COVE PEOPLE ACTED
A resident of Portugal Cove, who came to town, yesterday, says, it was the people of the Cove who rang bells and fired guns, on Saturday night last, hoping to direct Bailiff Kelly and his companion on their return from the Island. The bells of the Anglican and Methodists churches pealed their loudest from 7. 30 to 10.15 while Mr. Hibbs and others were prominent with their firearms. Lights were also displayed by residents of the Cove, who knew the travelers were out. Hardly a day passes in winter that these good folk do not extend their hospitality to travelers crossing to and from the Island. Often they risk their lives and property to benefit others but they seldom or never receive recognition. The brave work of Hibbs and a few others, last fall, when a boat upset, will long be remembered by livers of this historic settlement, who say their efforts should be appreciated in some tangible form. Others are ever ready to extend the helping hand also, and if a mead of praise be given those who are really deserving should receive it.
Dr. Paterson, who has been in Montreal the last month, returned to town by yesterday express.
Mr. C. J. Jerrett arrived from Brigus by last night’s train , and will remain a few days on business.
Mr. Frank Pike, eldest son of Capt. James Pike, and Bank Manager at Cumrose, Alberta, was married on Tuesday at Wetaskiwin.
The Transfer Committee of the Methodist Church of Canada meets today at Toronto. It is said that amongst those to be transferred from the Newfoundland Conference will be the Rev. J. E. Peters, M. A. Secretary of conference, and the Rev. Anthony Hill, of Pouch Cove.
John J Stewart, editor of the Halifax Herald, and President of the Herald Publishing Co., died on Wednesday, Feb. 27th. Some days ago, Mr. Stewart sustained burns by the overturning of a lamp in his room. No man in Halifax was better liked than Mr. Stewart, and none was more deservedly popular. His death will be sincerely mourned by a very large circle of friends.
The Rev. Charles Hackett, the able and popular Superintendent of George Street Church, has received an urgent and repeated invitation to a prominent Ontario Church in secession to one of most eminent of the Canadian Methodist clergymen. We rejoice to learn that he has declined the invitational. St John’s cannot afford to lose men of the caliber of the Rev. Charles Hackett.
HARBOR GRACE NEWS
There is now a great scarcity of coal in town and many persons are seeking personal influence to secure a small quantity where it can be had.
A son and heir was born this morning to Mr. And Thomas Walsh, of Riverhead.
Mr. C. D. Garland, whose illness was chronicled in former notes is now much improved in health and judging from present appearances it will not take long before he regains his former health.
Messrs. Allan Ebsary, his son William and Carbery arrived by Monday afternoon’s train to attend to their annual assignments of business in connection with the manufacture of seal oil at Messrs Murray & Crawford’s.
Mr. Joseph Ross has made some improvements at his grocery store recently, another counter has been seen along the western side of the shop, to meet the requirements of his increasing business. The shop has now a bright and more commodious appearance, and next week when Mr. Paul Higgins does the requested paper hanging in his best style, the store will present quite a creditable showing.
Mr. Thomas Kehoe, of Riverhead, who returned from Bell Island on Saturday night, having accompanied home his son who was injured while working at the mine. On Sunday morning Mr. Kehoe not feeling well remained at home and suggested that his wife should go to Mass, which she did. When Mrs. Kehoe returned home she found her husband had gone to bed, and asking him if he felt worst, he complained of feeling pain about the heart. Recommending a dose of medicine, Mrs. Kehoe hastened to procure it, and when she returned to her husband found him almost if not quite dead. Father Finn was summoned, but before he arrived at the sick man’s home the latter had passed away. Deceased was about forty or fifty years old.
The guessing contest at Mr. M. T. Jones’ store closed on Saturday night , since when speculation was rife as to who would be the possessor of the clock. The clock was a clear, gift presented to the person guessing the nearest to the time when the clock would stop running down. The clock is an eight day one was wound up at 9 a.m. Saturday , Feb. 23rd. and stopped at 12.22 ½ p.m. Monday March 4th. Miss Susie Nichols is the recipient of Mr. Jones’ present, having recorded her guess as 12.15 p.m., just 7 ½ minutes out. Mr. Otto Grimm came next, his guess being 12:40, a difference of 17 ½ minutes. Mr. Paul Higgins came third registering noon on Monday, a shortage of 22 ½ minutes “A cent’s worth of tinned tacs” was away behind in the list of competitors.
The congregation at the Cathedral at 10 a.m. Mass Sunday listened to another edifying sermon from Bishop March. His lordship took his text from Proverbs, 1 ch. 8 vs. “My son hear the instructions of thy father and forsake not the law of thy mother.” The discourse may be said to be a continuation of that of the previous Sunday, which dealt with the duties of parents to their children. Now the relative obligations of children to parents were set forth in a manner which could not fail to impress all thoughtful persons. The preacher said of the duties of parents to their children were responsible, the obligations of children to parents were equally great. The honor and respect due to parents may be considered under three headings, duty, gratitude, interest duty, because it was commanded thought the thunderings and lightings at Mount Sinai, gratitude, because of benefits received, which if they could not be repaid, should find recognition through honor and respect, interest, because of the blessings vouchsafed to dutiful children and because their salvation depended upon obedience to the command. The Bishop showed how we are commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves , and thought we should love our parents better than ourselves. Not only were his words directed to younger children but those who were grown up and were parent themselves, were also included. If children nowadays, because of advantages not to be availed of in the past, considered their parents old fashioned and odd, they should remember the old folk were hard working people who had made sacrifices in order to advance their children and would be willing to make further sacrifices for their benefit, their indebtedness and repay with love, honor and respect.
Harbor Grace, March 5th, 1907.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
The crew of the S. S. Virginia lake will likely sign tomorrow.
Capt. W. Martin of Perlican is at present in the city on business.
The W. Harkins Co. is now playing in St. John N. B.
Const. Baggs resigned from the police force yesterday; two others will follow shortly.
His Grace Archbishop Howley again occupied the pulpit at the Cathedral, last night, and delivered an able sermon.
On Wednesday the boys of St. Bon’s College were given a half holiday in honor of the hockey team having won the cup.
Most of the sealing steamers are now ready for the voyage. As all will likely sail from St. John’s, Monday morning next promises to be exciting.
A private wire was received last evening, that considerable ice is on the coast at Channel. The floe in the Gulf is heavy, and the belief is that the steamers will not be able to get far up.
The Viking and Leopard which left yesterday for Channel, must have got a severe drubbing in last night’s storm. It is possible however that they made harbor before it came on.
A live seal could be seen enjoying itself on the ice off A Harvey’s premises, yesterday afternoon. It played about for nearly half an hour without molestation and was watched by scores of citizens.
The storm that began last night, and is still raging, is one of the worst for the season. Heavy drifts are piled along the city thorough-fares, and the sweepers were out all night keeping the car tracks clear. The county roads are certainly blocked, and the milk suppliers will have a difficult time reaching town.
Edward Rendell , of the C. L. B. band who developed blood poison and was also attacked with rheumatism at Ottawa, returned by yesterday’s express. He has almost completely recovered, but is weak from the effects of confinement at the hospital. A week or so of his native air will make him feel as well as ever. Edward says he will never forget the attention given him by the Ottawa and others.
Brigt. Clutha arrived at Pernambuco yesterday after a passage of 32 days all well.
Miss Neville who was a passenger on the Silvia came in overland last evening.
One drunk was arrested last night, and this morning he will go before the Magistrate.
Two trains from Gambo, with sealers will arrive today. One is due at noon the other at 5 p.m.
Passengers leaving by today’s express will connect with the Bruce at Port aux Basques.
The several vessels now due here must be meeting rough weather, and are evidently prevented from making port owing the ice barrier.
One case of scarlet fever was reported yesterday in a house on Hayward Avenue. There five cases now in the city and four houses quarantined.
John Connor, of St. Bon’s College, Joshus[sic] Banister, and Harold Hipper, C. E. Orphanage, have been discharged from the fever hospital, as they are recovered from their illness.
Mr. B. Chown, traveling for the N. F. Clothing Factory returned to town by last night train.
The annual service for sealers takes place in the Anglican Cathedral, this evening at 7.30 p.m. all outport men are invited.
A captain for the S. S. Vanguard has not yet decided on. Yesterday Baine Johnson cabled the Scotland firm for instructions and until a reply is received a selection will not be made.
Last night five young men of the West End were brought to the police station and questioned as to the attempted robbery at Franklin’s wharf Monday last. The forthcoming evidence was forthcoming and the suspects were released from custody.
Surveyor Wheately , who was at Placentia surveying the S. S. Cheronea in the interest of Lloyds came to town last night.
The S. S. Glencoe arrived at Placentia from Louisburg at 7.30 a.m. yesterday after a 39 hours run, bringing the following passengers :– W.D. Reid, Dr. Paterson, C. Montgomery, O. Liver, Mr.
and Mrs. Pitts, E. Rendell, H. A. McDonald, J. J. Boyles, F. A. Jerrett, K. Beates, J. E. Whiteway, S. Shaw, P. G. Armour, the express arrived at 1.30 p.m. yesterday
A letter from Capt. Baker of the sealing schooner Edith R. Balcom, written at sea and dated Nov. 24th. was received yesterday. Capt. Baker says that on that date his vessel has 221 skins, and the Alice Gertrude, 340. On Nov. 12th the Agnes Donohoe had 209, and on Nov. 9th the Baden Powell had 101. The Alice Gertrude spoke the Beatrice Corkim on Nov. 17th with 150 skins and the E. B. Marvin with 30. . The Edith R. Balcom made the trip hence to the sealing grounds first 3 days one of the fastest passages yet recorded.—Hx Chronicle.
FRIDAY MARCH 8TH , 1907
BAINE JOHNSTON’S SEALING CAPTAINS
The inability of Captain William Winsor Sr., to go to the ice, causes changes in the captains of Baine Johnston’s steamers. Capt. Darius Blandford, of the Bloodhound, will now command the Vanguard; Capt. W. Winsor, M. H. A. , of the Greenland, will be transferred to the Bloodhound, and Capt. D. Bragg, of the Southern Cross, will command the Greenland. A captain to succeed Capt. Bragg will be decided on today
The belated Carbonear train brought in 170 sealers last night. and the shore train 90 others.
The Nimrod, Capt. B. Barbour, did not sail yesterday, she will get away about 9 this morning.
About 500 sealers are yet to arrive in town, they will if weather conditions permit, reach here by tonight.
The Walrus is now ready to proceed to the fishery, and should opportunity offer she will sail and clear from a northern port.
It was reported Wednesday afternoon that the S. S. Viking which sailed Wednesday for Channel had met with mishap in the storm. The report is incorrect as Hon. E. R. Bowring told a News reporter last evening that he had heard nothing of her since she left port.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
One prisoner only was jailed last night.
Mr. M. P. Cashin leaves for Cape Broyle by the Portia, this morning.
The S. S. Wobun is now at Halifax; she will lay up several weeks.
Captain Hicks, of Catalina, is at present in the city, and leaves for Canada, next week to purchase a new vessel.
A sealer named Delaney, of Bay Roberts, reported to the police, last evening, that he lost his bag of clothes, while coming to the city.
There was a large attendance at the tea in Canon Wood Hall, yesterday afternoon; Misses Strang, Martin and Rev. Canon Dunfield sang.
The city streets were in a fearful condition yesterday and last night, in places the water and slush being knee deep. The council had a large staff of men employees shoveling drains but the force was not sufficient to do the work.
Messrs. J. C. Crosbie and E. Taylor, who were operated on by Dr. Armstrong, at the Montreal General Hospital, last week, are rapidly recovering. They expect to leave the hospital on Thursday next.
Only one street car track was cleared yesterday, and but a half service was kept up all day. Last night the employees were at work clearing the other tracks, and matters will be in perfect working order today.
Patrick Hynes, of Norris Arm, whose right leg was broken five weeks ago by a tree falling on it was discharged from the hospital yesterday. He was driven to the station, to proceed home, but learned that the train did not go north. He leaves the first opportunity.
Captain Kennedy and crew of the schooner Lucile, whose rescue in mid-ocean was noted in this paper, last week , were picked up by the steamer Roma, on Feb 18th ,bound for New York to Marseilles. The Lucile had encountered terrible weather and was slowly sinking when the Roma came in sight and took off the men.
Mr. H. A. Lovett, who is at present in the city, has recently been appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia a K. C. His marked ability will entitle him to the Honor. May he live long to worthily wear it.
A Fredericton despatch says:— C. M. Manning, manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia branch here, has been transferred to London, Ont. Mr. Benson, son-in-law of Premier Tweedie, will succeed Mr. Manning. Robert Rossborough, of this city, who opened the branch at London, goes to New Glasgow. Mr. Manning, who is a son-in-law of General Manager McLeod, has been here for five years. W .S. Benson. who is to manage the branch here is now at Kentville N. S. , where he will be succeeded by J. H. Stephenson, of St. John’s Nfld.
The Anglo-Am. Tel Co. vs Reid Nfld. Co. case is set for today in the Supreme Court. The amount of plaintiff’s claim is $250,000, which suggests interest and importance of an unusual character.
The man Griffin, who was arrested Wednesday in connection with the theft of two side lights from a schooner at Franklin’s wharf. Griffin has been identified by the master of the schooner, but he strongly protests his innocence.
The members of the Snow Shoe Club, numbering 20, went to Donovan’s by train, Wednesday afternoon, and after tea walked back to town. They enjoyed the tramp very much, and reached the city at 11.30 p. m.
No express left here yesterday. The next to connect at Port aux Basques will likely leave Sunday.
The special service for sealers took place at the C .of E. Cathedral last evening, Rev. Canon Saunders officiated and preached the sermon.
Mrs. Mary Morine, widow of Captain Alfred Morine, died Thursday last at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J. L. Fawcett McLeod, Alberta. The deceased lady was mother of Messrs. A. B. and H. A. Morine, recently of this city.
The S. S. Cheronea, which put into Placentia, in a damaged condition, resumed her voyage to St. John N.B. , yesterday afternoon. Temporary repairs were effected at Placentia under the supervision of Lloyd’s surveyor.
Purser March of the steamer Bruce and Purser Christian of the steamer Glencoe, of the Reid Newfoundland service, were in Halifax, last Sunday. The latter is in route to New York and the former will spend a few weeks visiting points of interest in Nova Scotia.
A North Sydney dispatch of March 1st says: besides the fleet of French steam trawlers which is expected to make this port their headquarters next summer in prosecution of the bank fisheries, it is said that several vessels of the same type will also come out from Scotland in the Spring to engage in the same industry. The French trawlers are now being prepared for the season’s work, and it’s expected that in about a month’s time the first of the fleet will reach this side by the way of St. Pierre.
There was no cessation in the storm from Port aux Basques east to Bishop’s Falls up to last midnight. It was there snowing and drifting with no indication of a change. East from Bishop’s Falls it was fine, and had been since noon. The following are the latest reports.
Little River–N. E. ; strong, drifting,
Bay of Islands—N. E. ; strong, drifting, 26 above.
Gaff Topsails—N. E. Strong, drifting; 4 below.
Bishop’s Falls—N. E. ; strong ; drifting, 28 above
Clarenville—S. W. ; light ;dull; 40 above.
Whitbourne—N. W. , light ; dull; 35 above.
Portia was prevented sailing West yesterday in consequence of the ice being in on the land. Capt. Fitzpatrick will make an attempt to sail this morning.
Glencoe left Placentia at 3.15.p.m. yesterday.
Argyle had not arrived at Placentia up to last midnight. She is evidently detained by the storm and in some harbor where there is no telegraph connection.
Barque Ich Dien left Pernambuco last evening for St. john’s.
Schooner Margaret Murray, left Cadiz on Wednesday with salt for Bowrings.
Schooner Evelyn has been waiting several days for a change to sail for Pernambuco.
There is still no word of the S. S. Ulunda. She will not be able to make port until the ice clears off.
Schooner Jesse L. Smith has a loaded fish at Crosbie’s but will not sail for a few days as the market is well supplied.
SATURDAY MARCH 9TH, 1907
ULUNDA’S STORMY TRIP
Sailors Have Narrow Escape
The S. S. Ulunda’s Capt. Chambers, arrived from Liverpool at 9.30 last night after a boisterous trip. She did not leave until 6 a.m. on Feb. 20th, having been detained by a storm. For three days after the weather was fine and good progress made. The 23rd Feb. opened stormy and from then until Monday last there was no abatement. Gale succeeded gale while the sea was mountainous and very dangerous. Huge waves swept over her and the decks were continuously flooded. The captain and crew were obliged to remain at their posts with very little rest and consequently were much fatigued,
One night four sailors had a narrow escape from being swept overboard. The lead was being thrown when an immense sea struck her and drove them against the bulwarks. Peter Rasmun was badly bruised about the legs and had to be carried to his quarters. No bones were broken but he was considerably injured and has not been able to do duty since. The others were also more or less injured. Had they not held on to the rails they would have been carried into the seething sea and met their doom. At 9 p.m. on the 4th she ran into field ice. For five minutes she steamed through it but as it became heavy, Capt. Chamber’s decided to retreat, as he feared being “nipped” . In less than an quarter of an hour after entering it, she was in clear water again. A South East course was then steered and she went around the floe. At 2.40 yesterday she made Cape Race. No damage was sustained notwithstanding the knocking about she received. She brought 950 tons general cargo, 6 passengers, the Rev, George Dowding. As there is cargo awaiting her at Halifax it is hoped the work of discharging will commence at an early hour this morning.
DISCOUNT DID IT
A few evening ago a society connected with one of our religious bodies held its annual meeting when the treasurer, who is a prominent figure in Liberal circles was brought to task for certain irregularities. The charge against him was that when paying the Society’s accounts he had been allowed discounts which the organization did not received the benefit of. Evidence in one particular case was produced, with the result that when the selection of officers took place, another was appointed to the post. The late treasurer held the position for 17 years and to get even with the body, presented a bill for stationary at the rate of 30 cents per annum for the period he held office. Several members argued that the account should not be paid but the majority decided to settle it and close the unpleasant incident.
S .S. SILVIA REACHES PORT.
The S. S. Silvia, Farrell, reached port yesterday afternoon, after a most eventful trip. She left Halifax at 1 a.m. Sunday and experienced fine weather until Tuesday, when she reached this coast. Being unable to make St. John’s owing to ice, she put into Bay Bulls. Wednesday morning she left again and made another attempt to enter this port, but was obliged to retreat. The storm that night was as severe as any of the crew ever experienced, and a couple of anchors were necessary to prevent her driving on shore. The off shore wind. yesterday cleared the coast, and at noon she was again headed for St. John’s, and arrived without mishap. Her passengers were :—Miss A. R. Neville, A. Von Spreekelson, Mrs. Von Spreekelson F. C. Whiteway, Mrs. W. Horwood, Mrs Cashin, Mrs. Roy White, Miss Ryan, James O’Neil, P. J. O’Neil J. B. Moore, and 11 steerage. She brought a full general cargo and 6 packages mail matter.
PASSENGER AGENT’S NEW BOOKLET
The Passenger Department of the Reid Newfoundland Co. has just issued a neat booklet for 1907, instructive of the game and fishing opportunities in Newfoundland. It is splendidly arranged, profusely illustrated with the latest photographs, and replete with valuable information for the prospective fisherman and hunter. The cover depicts a unique picture of the “lordly Humber”. It shows the railway track skirting the river, on which a boat is idly drifting, while the tall woodlands in the back ground add to the effect. The booklet is the best production yet published by the R. N. Co. and the G. P. A., Mr. J. W N. Johnstone, is to be congratulated.
By the outgoing train, last evening, about a dozen men, who had been in town seeking berths to the seal fishery, returned to their homes in Conception Bay. Each spring there is a recurrence of this matter, which is always followed with loss and worry to the men. Early in the season the papers called attention to the advisability of outport men coming here in quest of berths but the warning was evidently unheaded,
SCHOONERS DRIVEN OFF IN WEDNESDAY STORM
Word was received by telegraph yesterday morning that during the storm of Wednesday night several schooners were driven out to sea. The vessels are the Henry Fenwick, owned by Matthews, of Burgeo, Towbridge’s schooner, also of Burgeo, and the Britannia, owned by G. Penny , of Ramea. The Britannia’s crew are on board but the other schooners have no one on them, the men having left early in the evening. Fears are entertained for the safety of the craft as the storm was so violent it would be almost impossible for them to keep afloat. The number of men on the Britannia is not known at present. The Glencoe left Grand Bank at 6 p.m. yesterday and probably she may see something of them. Last evening another wire came from Burgeo that there was no word of the missing vessels. It is sincerely hoped that they turn up safely.
A GOOD SAMARITAN.
Rarely do we, nowadays hear the story of the Good Samaritan repeated; but a circumstance of this nature happened in our midst only one night this week. While on his way home at a little past eleven, the attention of a prominent business man on Water Street was attracted by a couple of sealers who were vainly endeavoring to gain admission to the Sailors Home. Going over to the men it was learned that they had just arrived by train and thinking that lodging could be obtained at the institution they had made straight for it only to find that persistent knocking failed to bring an answer from inside. The gentleman, taking in the situation at a glance, bade the men accompany him to his own dwelling where they were comfortably housed for the night, besides receiving the utmost hospitality at the hands of their unexpected friend’s family. The writer is not in a position to pronounce on the rules and regulations of the Sailors Home, as to the hour of closing, but at this particular season and especially during the very stormy weather of late it might not be out of place to suggest that every reasonable consideration be extended to our hardy sealers who require the shelter of the Home. This humane action of the gentleman, in question will no doubt be fully appreciated, not only by scores of others who are certain to hear of the incident.
ALONG THE LINE
The 6 p.m. train yesterday took out about 20 passengers mostly sealers who failed to secure berths.
The shore train arrived at 10.45 last night , about 30 passengers came
HARBOR GRACE NEWS
Mr. Frost, representing the C. L. March Co. Ltd., of St. John’s was in town this week soliciting orders.
A number of sealers left this week for St. John’s to register their names for their respective ships at the spring seal fishery.
Mrs. Albert Bradbury of Bears Cove, was taken very sick this week but is now much better and her recovery is looked forward to.
Mrs. Ames received a message from her husband the doctor, from Montreal on Wednesday, saying the party had arrived at Montreal and that Dr. Cornochan was much better
The snow storm which raged last night was a fierce one and huge piles of snow were everywhere piled up, so that horse slides and sleighs were not seen in town except in the central past of Water Street, until this afternoon. What puzzles the general public is how the Government can through its constituted authority the police, insist on householders clearing the sidewalks of Water Street of snow, while neglects to compel another of its constituted authorities, the Road Board to clear the ends of cross streets running into Water Street. Pedestrians are often annoyed by accumulations of snow left at places indicated.
Brother W. Quinn and Sister Mary Archibald of Grace Lodge, I. O. G. T., were respectively presented on Monday night with a silver stick-pin and broach by the Association in recognition of their service in bringing in new members into the lodge. A juvenile branch of the order will be established here next Saturday
There does not appear to be that scarcity of coal in town as was at first supposed. The harbor now being frozen up and the prospect of vessels getting in and out at an early date, not being bright, the people are apprehensive lest the present supply will become exhausted before more can be obtained. Messrs. R. Rutherford & Co. have still a quantity on hand, and are expecting about 100 tons are afloat, and are expecting the S. S. Regulus with a supply as soon as navigation is open.
Some weeks ago attention was called to the disreputable appearance of the fence of the ground on Harvey Street, claimed by some to belong to the Government, while others maintain that is owned by the C &G. C. Society and a new fence was recommended to be set up at an early date. It is understood the requirement will be attended to in the spring and a gate put on Harvey Street for the convenience of the public in proceeding to and from Court House.
In yesterday issue of your paper, “A Dog’s Friend” takes up what he calls the poor man’s side of the dog question. It is right the poor man should have his say as well as the rich or any other man. The question seems to have raised a discussion, and were other poor men give their opinions through the press quite a material benefit to the public might result. There are always two sides to a question, and while we have been hearing the opinions of those who favor the expulsion of the dog, yet very few who wish for his retention have expressed their views in print. “A Dog Friend” gives his opinions as the question affects him and a few with whom he has come in contact. What we should consider is the greatest good to the greatest number. With all due consideration for the poor man, it must be conceded the usefulness of the dog in hauling wood from the country is almost a thing of the past. Were all the labor of all the dogs in the district converted into dollars and cents, the aggregate amount of their earnings could scarcely balance the amount of the damage done by their depredations among the sheep and cattle. “A Dog
Friend “ says, the sheep are of no use to the poor man who has got no land . What is he going to raise sheep on?” How many poor men are there in this district who have not sufficient land to raise one, two or a half dozen sheep? There cannot be any doubt of sheep raising were attempted by our people who have land, and if the profits from the venture became known to others who do not at present posses and, under a-no-dog rule, these would find a way to procure sufficient land to enable them to share in the benefits of the neighbors. Much more of importance can be said in favor of the sheep. However, let us have all that can truthfully be said in favor of the dog.
Hr. Grace, March 7th, 1907.
THIS MORNING FIRE ALARM
At 1.30 this morning an alarm of fire was sent in from box 331, at the corner of LeMarchant Road and Bartlett Hill which was quickly responded to by the Central and West End companies. Upon arrival at the box they discovered the Buckmaster’s slaughter house, in Prowse field was on fire and burning freely. Owing to the heavy snow drifts it was impossible to get the chemical apparatus near the building, and the heavy engine not being out no attempt could be made to save the place. There was no danger, however , of the fire spreading, and water being unavailable the next best thing was used—snow. After a couple of hours work the fire was finally extinguished but not before the building was badly gutted. How the fire originated is unknown, but it is supposed that some straggler entered the place, and after lighting his pipe, let the burning match drop into some hay that was lying loose. It is also unknown who discovered it or sent in the alarm. On two other occasions the place was similarly set fire to.
There was an abatement in the storm yesterday, along the railway, and last night it has ceased snowing at all the stations except Port aux Basques. The snow fall is the worst for several years, and in place it is 20 feet deep. The following are the latest reports:—
Port aux Basques—N. E. ;light ; snowing ; 22 above.
Bay of Islands—N. W. ;light ; dull ;22 above.
Gaff Topsails—N. W. ; light ;fine ;22 above.
Bishop’s Falls—N. E. ;light ;fine ;22 above.
Clarenville—Calm ;fine ;30 above.
Whitbourne—N. W. ;light ; fine ; 22 above.
IN MEMORY OF A SCHOOLMATE
On Monday the 4th March, a gloom was cast over Placentia by the sad drowning of “Clem” , the 7 year old son of J. W. and Mary Collins. He left school at 12 o’clock ran home cheerful and gay, got dinner and was out for a skate on the ice before one o’clock. . Crowds were on the ice hauling wood. Clem ran to meet two men with a big load to give them a shove, just as he got by the side of the load the slide broke through the ice, and the load turned over on darling little Clem, and buried him under in four feet of water. Crowds of willing men were on the dreadful scene in a few seconds. To get the child from under the load in time to save his life, was the willing task of courageous and sympathetic men. His father came just as the load was taken up. There was no sign of the child. He plunged into the water, and all that courage daring and determination of an able man urged on by the feeling of a loving father could be done. But little Clem could not be found. Our good Monsignor was on the ice by this time anxiously directing the men in the search for the body. And remained until he performed the last sad rights of the church over the child on the ice after he was taken from the water. All that sympathy and kindness could suggest was done by Monsignor Reardon, to console the grief stricken family. The touching sight when little Clem was taken from the water and clasped in his father’s arms, forced the strongest man to shed a tear. He was taken home dead, where a hour previous he left full of life and childish glee to enjoy a few minutes of a skate. The shock to his poor mother can better be imagined that described. He was dressed and wakened in a tiny sailor suit of surge and looked just the promising little lad he was. The greatest expression of sympathy was shown, by men, women and children to the bereaved family. The easiest way to explain it “Placentia went to little Clem’s wake.” He now sleeps in the lonely Cemetery where skates and slides are unknown
The Walrus will clear from Wesleyville for the fishery.
The steamer Grand Lake and Panther will likely sail from Wesleyville today and clear from there.
The Virginia Lake hauled alongside the Adventure at Shea’s premises yesterday to take the balance of coal.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
Hon Capt. Blandford has much improved during the last week
The S. S. Nimrod Capt. Baxter Barbour, sailed for Channel yesterday morning.
The annual meeting of the Alexandria Workers takes place at the British hall, this afternoon at 3.45.
Up to last evening there was no word of the Viking reaching Channel , she left here Wednesday morning.
As the Nimrod was leaving yesterday morning, John White one of her crew, fell overboard, he swam to the pier, and did not appear to mind the cold bath.
Huh!’ growled the first citizen at the town meeting, “why did they call on that man for a speech? He doesn’t know how to talk”. No’ replied the other, but then he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, anyway, so there’s no harm done”
The S. S. Dahome left Liverpool yesterday for St. John’s.
A whaling steamer for Mr. Ellefsen’s factory is expected here about May 1st. She is now at Tomsberg, Norway. The vessel has been employed hunting whales for several years.
The S. S. Virginia Lake made a trial trip around the harbor, yesterday, to test her new boilers. Her speed is greatly increased, and she went through the ice with ease. Later she was taken to the buoy to have her compasses tested.
On Bain Johnson’s wharf yesterday at 4 p.m. some inebriate sealers fell out and a fistic encounter followed. The police responded and found one of the combatants considerably defaced. A few chums offered to take him to the ship and gave him the “frogs march” up Water Street. Opposite the Gazette Building the man became obstreperous and in the end the officers were obliged to jail him.
The Customs Department received the following message yesterday:—“Three life belts and one life buoy have recently been picked up between St. Mary’s and Holyrood. The two picked up at Gaskers are marked“ S. S. Catania passed U. S. Inspector Steam Vessel’s New York, April 6th, 105. H. M. T. ” No wreck has been reported in that vicinity and it is difficult to account for the life belts being found there.
The slowness of getting the ladder apparatus to fires was again demonstrated, this morning. Some twenty minutes after the “all out” had been sent in the ladder car reached the top of Barter’s Hill , pushed along by three men, who worked so hard getting it over the incline that they were almost exhausted when the scene was reached. The present system of getting ladders to a fire—which is as slow as a fly on a sheet of tanglefoot— will end seriously if not improved upon. The ladder car should be the first to arrive at the fire, for of the escape of the inmates of a burning building was cut off from the lower flat rescue would be otherwise impossible. In all up-to-date fire companies the hook and ladder apparatus is first on the scene, a principal should be adopted here.
Arrangements were made for the coastal steamer Portia to take the Leopard crew from Renews to Placentia. From that point they will proceed home by train.
Mr. W. Hector, who was chief officer of the Ulunda, has been appointed Captain of the S. S. London City. Captain Wilkinson is now first mate of the Ulunda.
William Fry, 83 McFarlane’s Lane, has the clothes bag of a sealer, who arrived by Thursday night’s train, and would like to find the owner. It bears the initials “J. S. S.”
Two drunks were arrested last night and this morning will go before Judge Flannery.
The Rev. George Dowding, who has been appointed to the Cathedral staff, arrived by the Ulunda last night.
Two sealers’ trains from Bishop’s Falls are due, this morning at 9. The rotary plow was at Rantem at 9 last night, coming east, and was due at Placentia Junction at 5 this a.m. The trains are following the rotary and as the road is open from Placentia Junction to here, they should reach this city about the hour mentioned.
MONDAY, MARCH 11TH, 1907
LOSS OF THE SEALER LEOPARD
Crew Crawl on Hand and Knees on a Bridge of Boards to the Shore
ALL REACH LAND IN SAFETY
The shore train, which arrived at 10.50 Saturday night, brought the officers, firemen and a few sealers of the ill-fated steamer Leopard. They were taken to Placentia by the Portia at 4.30 p.m., and the majority of the men, who belong to Brigus and vicinity, proceeded home by the branch line train. The men tell a harrowing story of their experience during their brief but eventful trip. The Leopard, it will be remembered, left St. John’s, on Wednesday morning for Channel, to clear for the Gulf seal fishery. The ice was in on the land, but notwithstanding she made good progress. The steamer was kept about
Three miles off the shore ,the intention being to go on the outside of Renews Rock. The early part of the night was clear, and the lights of the Viking, which was just in advance, could be seen plainly. At 10 o’clock the storm came on, and in a few minutes was raging terribly. It blew a gale from the S. S. E., and the snow was blinding, though the ice kept the sea down. At 1.10 she ran over a reef about half a mile from the land at Black Head. She pounded heavily, and all onboard knew that something unusual had occurred. Clearing the first shoal, she ran on the second and was brought to a standstill. For a moment or two she remained stationary,and then began to heave over on her starboard side. She continued to list until the bulwarks were in the slush. She did not make water, however, but it was quite apparent to Captain Bartlett that she could not be floated off, so he ordered all hands to look out for themselves . The firemen and those in the furnace room had a narrow escape from being crushed to death, as the port bunker gave way from the weight of coal and it fell down in the stokehold. Fortunately no one was directly under at the time or they would never have left her alive. The crew reached the deck without loss of time.
A boat was lowered but could not be worked, as the slush was too heavy. The men were now in a most unenvious position, for while a boat could not be propelled through the slob, the pieces of ice were too small to permit then walking on. A couple tried it but found it too dangerous to continue. Boards and bats were then procured and laid on the ice, and by this means one hundred and three men and a “stowaway” reached the shore. It was venturesome traveling as they were obliged to crawl on their hands and knees for nearly two hundred yards . Those who made a mis-step went to their waists in water, and owing to darkness, confusion and wildness of the storm very few there were, who were not drenched on reaching terra firma. At 2.30 a.m., when Captain Bartlett was assured that all had left her he too went over the perilous bridge. They huddled together around the wrecked steamer Vera, whose hull rests close by as a monument of her fate. Until daylight dawned, nothing could be done, so they made the best of a bad position and waited patiently for the darkness to disappear. Cold and wet, and the knowledge that their lives were still in jeopardy, they were not to be envied. The minutes dragged slowly, and it seemed that day would never come. But eventually the night broke, for which all were heartily thankful. The snow had given place to rain and glitter and not one had a dry thread on them. They were under a bluff cliff, the only means of ascending which was by a rope. This line has done good service in the past, but was now thickly coated with ice. It was quickly broken off, and going hand over hand they walked-up the rugged incline without mishap. Jimmie Locke, the 12 year old stowaway, proved a plucky little chap, and kept up “his end of the plank with the rest”. Captain Bartlett would not permit him to go up in the same manner as the others, but tied the rope around his waist and hauled him. It was a novel experience for him, and he speaks of it with glee. When all had reached the top they set out for Seal Cove, four miles distant. James Connors, John Murphy, John Stapleton and George Scott were in the first party to reach there. After partaking of some food and drying their clothes they continued on to Broad Cove. At both places the only residents, Messrs Edward Fowler and Wiggins, treated them very kindly and did all possible for their comfort. Thirty set out from Broad Cove for Renews, seven miles away as soon as they had warmed themselves, and had another “mug up” and reached the settlement before nightfall.
The balance proceeded there early Friday and by 8 a.m. the ship’s company had reached the scene and were awaiting the arrival of the Portia . She reached there at 5 p.m., and at 4.30 Saturday landed them at Placentia. Some of the men secured their belongings, but many others had to leave without them. It was fortunate the Leopard struck when she did, as had the misfortune overtaken her a couple of hours later, it is probable that not a soul would be alive to tell of the disaster. By daylight, Thursday, she was almost completely broken up, as the sea became rough, and gear could be seen floating in all directions Friday, when the ice cleared off. The loss to the men is considerable, but a few have secured berths in the Adventure and other ships.
The Winsor family leads at the fishery this spring, there being four brothers in command
Messrs James Maher and T. Harris are taking their maiden trip in the Newfoundland on a visit to the frozen jam.
Dr. Webber, of Bay of Islands, goes to the ice in the S. S. Virginia Lake, to look after the medical wants of the crew.
Dr. Stabb and Mr. W. B. Grieve are passengers by the Bloodhound and will take in the sights that are to be seen at the ice-fields.
The Walrus left port Saturday forenoon but was unable to get further north than Baccalieu, the ice being too tight. She returned about 4.30 p.m. and the captain decided to remain until this morning.
Nineteen steamers sail from here this morning at 8 being the largest fleet ever to clear from this port. The following are the ships and captains.
Terra Nova - A. Kean
Eagle - Joseph Kean
Aurora - Dan Green
Ranger - Edward Bishop
Algerine - Samuel Winsor
Vanguard - Darius Blandford
Bloodhound - William Winsor
Southern Cross - Peter Carter
Greenland - Dan Bragg
Iceland - James Barbour
Adventure - Henry Dawe
Newfoundland - J Parsons
Grand Lake - Job Knee
Panther - Jacob Winsor
Virginia Lake - Jacob Kean
Walrus - Jesse Winsor
Neptune - George Barbour
Diana - Alphaeus Barbour
Eric - Job Kean
THE GULF VESSELS
A private message was received in town last night, from Channel that the ice was five miles off, with the wind N. W., and that the sealers would have a good opening today. The Kite and Viking are ready, and will sail at 8 this morning, but nothing has been heard of the Nimrod, her arrival not being noted up to 11 p.m. She will likely call at Channel this morning, however, before making her departure for the fishery. The chances of the Gulf fleet are good, and it is hoped that all will be successful.
The weather for the past few days has shown improvement and continued fine last night, the latest reports being:—
Port Aux Basques—N. W ; light ; fine ; 20 above.
Bay of Islands—Calm ; fine ; 14 above.
Gaff Topsails—N. W. ; light ; fine ;zero.
Bishop’s Falls—N. W. ; light; fine ; 10 above.
Clarenville—N. W. ; light ; fine ; 10 above.
Whitbourne—West ; light; fine ; 20 above.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
Mr. L. Hannaford druggist, goes to the ice in the Grand Lake to look after the medicine chest.
Cape Race reports the weather clear and fine, last night. Nothing passed during the day.
There were three drunks arrested Saturday night, two of whom were released yesterday.
The S. S. Silvia hauls over to Job’s South Side premises, today to load fish and oil.
A woman arrived by Saturday’s cross country train for treatment at the hospital; she is suffering for a sore leg.
Four foreign vessels which have been waiting for a time to sail for market, will go to sea today.
Hon. Capt. S. Blandford has greatly improved during the last week, and with the advent of fine weather, will be able to be about again.
New Gower St. was lively on Saturday, and the police and citizens were called upon to quell several disturbances between sealers and townies.
A seaman who returned from a foreign voyage, Saturday morning, imbibed too freely, Saturday night and created a disturbance on Water Street. Falling into the hands of two officers, he was escorted to the station and will come up before the magistrate this morning.
The last of the sealers arrived at 3.30 p.m. Saturday. They mostly belonged to the Virginia Lake, and were signed soon after arrival by the Reid Co.
Friday last, when the sealer’s train was at Clarenville, some of the men were unable to gain access to their bags to get food, and had to call on the train hands for a supply. The conductor opened the emergency larder, and distributed bread, butter and tea among the hungry men, much to their satisfaction. Some of the men had been four days without sleep, and two days with only very little food.
Owing to the non-arrival of the Bruce at Placentia, no express went out yesterday.
The schooner Checkers ,G. Rumsey, is now 88 days out from Oporto to this port. She should arrive soon.
The lad Griffin, who was held for stealing two sidelights from a schooner at Franklin’s wharf, was honorably discharged, Saturday. The real culprits were also before the magistrate and sentenced to two months imprisonment.
DICKS—Passed peacefully away last evening, at 20 Flower Hill, Eleanor (Nellie) Lockyer Brown, third daughter of Ellen Louisa and Jacob Dicks, aged 15 ½ years.
TUESDAY, MARCH 12TH, 1907
THE CHANNEL SEALING FLEET
The steamers Kite and Viking sailed from Channel at 10.30 yesterday. When they left port the ice was three miles off, but open, giving, the steamers an excellent chance. The S. S. Nimrod arrived at 1.15 after a stormy passage, and left soon again soon after a message to that effect been received by Messrs Job Brothers & Co. At 2 p.m. the Viking and Kite were still in sight, but were lost to view soon after, a private message was received from Channel last night saying that the ice was again packed on land; the wind being from the south west.
Schooner Empire is ready to sail for Oporto with fish, from Job’s as soon as a time offers.
S. S. Ulunda sails for Halifax, this a.m., taking in saloon Hon. R. K. and Mrs. Bishop, Ralph Bishop, Miss Bishop, Miss J Andrews, J, J. McKay and W. S. Bell.
S. S Silvia sails for Halifax and New York, this afternoon, taking in saloon, Capt. Couillard, W. Blackler, Sheriff Carter, W. A. Thorburn, F. Cornick, Miss Butler and 48 steerage. She takes full cargo.
It was spring like along the line yesterday. A strong sun shone all day and the temperature at the different stations was well above freezing. It hardened a bit last night and the latest reports were:—
Port aux Basques— S. W. ; light ; fine ; 28 above.
Bay of Islands—Calm ; fine ; 30 above.
Gaff Topsail’s—W., light; fine; 25 above.
Bishop’s Falls—W, light; fine; 18 above.
Clarenville—Calm ;fine ; 20 above.
Whitbourne—W. ; light ;fine; 22 above.
AMERICAN SCHOONER DAMAGED
A message was received from St. Lawrence yesterday that the American fishing schooner, Harry A. Nickerson, Capt. Joseph Bonia, arrived there Sunday for shelter. During the recent gale four dories were smashed and the vessel was otherwise damaged by the heavy sea. The storm was the worst ever Capt. Bonia experienced. The Nickerson sailed again yesterday afternoon for the banks.
LAST NIGHT FIRE
At 8 o’clock lat night, as James Sutherby was taking a flash light photograph at Mrs. Cook’s residence, Gower St. , the chemical exploded and ignited the window curtains. W Green sent in an alarm, bringing the Eastern and Central forces to the scene quickly. Their service were not needed, as the blaze had been extinguished. The curtains and a couple of mats burned and the wall scorched was the only damage.
Portia was due at Burgeo at 8 last evening, going west.
Glencoe left Burgeo at 6 p.m. yesterday, coming east.
Bruce left Placentia last midnight for Louisburg
Argyle arrived at Placentia at 1 p.m. yesterday
ALONG THE LINE
The express last evening took out about 40 passengers including:–L Crane, W. S. March, Mr. A Penney, Rev. J. E. Peters, Rev. R. W. Freeman, Miss M. Dwyer, W. Soper, Miss Dawe, T. B. and Mrs. Woodman and daughter
The shore train arrived at 11.40 last night bringing J. E. Lake, Bishop, J. Murphy, Mr. and Mrs. Lincon ,Capt. Sheppard and a few others.
Capt. Couillard, who spent the winter here, leaves for Halifax by the Silvia.
Rev R. W. Freeman left by last evening’s train for Bay Roberts.
Mr. W. S. March, of the R. N. Co’s passenger office, left for Carbonear , last evening.
Mr. J. E. Lake arrived from Fortune, yesterday, and will remain a few days in the city.
Mr. J Murphy, who had been on the West Coast, on business, returned to town, yesterday.
Sheriff Carter leaves by the Silvia today, on his lengthy tour of the old and new worlds.
Capt. Sheppard of the brigt. Amy Louise, came to town from Harbor Grace, last night.
Rev. Monsignor Veitch P. P., Conception Harbor, came to town yesterday, on a short visit.
Mrs. Alfred Penney returned to Carbonear last evening after spending three weeks in the city, visiting friends
Messrs, W. J. Janes, S. Simmons, J Tapp, W. S. Goodwin, J. Warren of Harbor Grace. arrived by train yesterday
Hon. R. K. and Mrs. Bishop, and Ralph, leave by the Ulunda today en route to England, where Ralph will undergo an operation
Mr. T. B. Woodman and Mrs. Woodman, who have been visiting friends the last two months, left for Montreal by yesterday’s express.
At a recent meeting of the Methodist Transfer Conference, at Toronto, Rev. J. E. Peters was transferred to Hamilton, Ont., Conference, and will likely leave for there in June next.
Mr. A. J. Cox and his son Mr. Arthur Douglas Cox, of the Persian Oil Medicine Company , leave by the Silvia for Halifax. Their second annual visit to Newfoundland has, we learn, been a very successful one, and they propose to return in the succeeding years. Meanwhile their other branches at Halifax, Boston, New York, Chicago and Montreal , call for their presence. The Messrs Cox have just returned from Carbonear, where they have done a large business.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
The police are now looking for a pocket book containing a sum of money, lost a few days ago by an outport gentleman.
Mrs. H. C. Morris leaves for Boston, by the Silvia today. An effort has been made to secure the release of her husband from the penitentiary.
Several experts, who arrived by the Bruce, en route to Grand Falls, came to town yesterday and will remain until the next express goes out.
One of the sealing Captains, before sailing, yesterday stated that seals would be found in the mouth of White Bay, and that his steamer would be home loaded, April 4th.
The storm of Wednesday last was the worst that visited Cape Breton in 20 years. At Louisburg some shipping broke loose and drove off, but were later rescued by tugs.
The old time interest was evidence in the departure of the sealing fleet, yesterday, and many citizens were about to see the steamers leave. The Adventure was the first to pass through the narrows, and was soon followed by the others in quick succession. The Eric was the last to leave port, but at Cape St. Francis she had forged ahead of several of the fleet.
The S. S. Bruce arrived at Placentia at 3 a.m. yesterday, 25 hours from Louisburg, bringing the following passengers:— Mrs. E.C. Taylor, J. R. Leslie, A Boney, C. P. Ayre, Master Ayre, P. L. Herman, J. A. March, F. Cross, P Thistle, Dr. Bullard, Mr. and Mrs. D Lincoln, W. T. Loud, M. McNeil, J. Thompson, T. Flannigan, C. R. White, J. Loon, W. Doherty. The express arrived at 10.30
The rotary plow left at 8.15 last night and will go through to Port aux Basques.
Mr. W. Morrissey, who has been replacing Purser March, on the S. S. Bruce, returned to town yesterday.
The S. S. Bruce, on her last trip, experience terrific weather and was 74 hours going from Louisburg to Placentia.
Three arrests were made by the police last evening.
The customs officials had a busy day yesterday; the cashier’s receipts totaled $34,000.
Nothing was received from Burgeo of the schooner driven off by last week’s storm, since Friday and it is not known if they have been picked up.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 13TH, 1907
The brigt. Beatrice, Capt. Westcott, of Rorke & Sons’ firm, arrived at Gibraltar on the 7th, March. The run was made in 20 days.
An aged resident in the person of Albert Howell, passed to his reward on Saturday, having reached the good round age of four score years
Rev. William H. Bowring, President of the Methodist Conference, gave the exhortation at the service held at the Methodist Hall on Friday evening. A large congregation was present.
A scarcity of coal prevails in this town at present, the supply being completed exhausted, while the demand is becoming increasingly greater each day. Some of the folk think that cold (coal) storage should not have been allowed to flag.
At Prince Albert Lodge of Good Templars on Thursday night a debate that Newfoundland is now ready for Total Prohibition will form the first topic of discussion on the Good of the Order program. Mr. A Parsons leads the affirmative, while R Simpson, Esq., defends the negative. An interesting evening is anticipated by the members.
The closing ceremonies to the recent wreck on Mosquito Point came to an end on Monday afternoon when sub collector Barron put up for auction some 800 qtls of the saved fish and a few smaller articles of gear saved from a watery grave. As the sale proceeded, the competitive element showed itself plainly in the lively bidding that ensured. The result of the sale showed the bulk of the goods to be knocked downed to the Messrs Duff.
The strenuousness manifested of late by the Hr. Grace correspondent of the News and “Pro Bono Publico” in agitating for the removal of the canine species from the districts is. to say the least, prejudicial in its tendency to the welfare of that much abused animals. Your correspondent’s prophecy that the field would in short time become whitened by an extra sheep crop if the ban were put upon the dog is an attempt to draw on the average imagination a little too much. There is admittedly, a semblance of truth in his predictions and it is perhaps, quite within the bounds of practicability but we do not wish for one moment to have our aspiring friend to the “fourth estate” run away with the idea that the extermination of the dog will usher in the prosperous era which he paints so roseate, when the adjacent hills will take on a creamy hue by the appearance of the fleecy backed sheep. A greater inducement than the suggested remedy of our friend will have to be found before sheep raising and general farming is looked upon as a sole means of employment by our people. Their laxity in this avenue or labor is not far to seek. The primary cause, to our mind, is due to an aversion to the work , bred from within, and external conditions are but a secondary consideration. It is pretty generally known that the average Newfoundlander has little or no respect for the ploughing of the sod and shearing sheep etc., as an exclusive means of obtaining a livelihood. Instead of working on the “place”—as the old folk term it — he prefers to tie himself off to some distance scene, there to use up his sweat in the enrichment of some large syndicate by swinging a ten pound pick and shovel for six and three-quarter days in the week, whereas if he were content to expand the same amount of energy in tilling the acres alongside his own habitation, he would be the gainer by long odds, from a pecuniary as well as a physical standpoint. The “mongrel cur”, is therefore to our mind not the chief impediment after all in the raising of farm products, such as the sheep and so forth.. “Pro bono publico’s” wrathy judgments on all and sundry of the dog creation, savors more of a mighty bias with an intense longing for vengeance, that it does of an impartial opinion on the merits and demerits of the animal. Under the existing code of ethics in general use between the dog and his master is it to be wondered at that poor brute is of sheer necessity occasionally rendered more or less of a nuisance. Speaking from personal knowledge we know it to be a common custom among some of our people, to keep two or three dogs in their possession, with no other means of feeding them than by turning them loose at night-fall that they may satisfy the pangs of hunger by praying on some industrious neighbor’s goat or sheep. Is this the fault of the poor dog? Most certainly not. Rational reasoning would consign the keeper of these animals to a magistrate’s Court to answer to a charge of cruelty to animals. Let the dog owner treat his animals with that regard due to the lower creatures and it will not take long to discover that the dog is not at all what he is being represented. A little more applied Christianity to the dumb creature, particularly to the faithful dog, will go far to redeem his besmirched characteristics and raise him to his merited status as man’s best friend, it will at the same time wipe up the cruelties that are so frequently forced upon him by much samples of inhuman conduct as I have just referred to .
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
The barqt. Sunbeam, Scanlan, has cleared for Pernambuco with 3,908 qtls., fish, from Baird’s.
Mss Andrews, recently of the lunatic Asylum left for Halifax, by the Ulunda, yesterday morning.
Rumor has it that during the summer another sealer of the Adventu(?)e class will be built by a local company.
At 7.30 last evening, Bay Du Nord, H. B. reported heavy drafts, but further west, at Burgeo, it was not as severe.
The Reid Co’s bay steamers are now being overhauled at the dock premises, and put in condition for the coming season’s work.
A young man, named John Martin, of Harbor Grace, joined the police force a few days ago and is attached to the Western station.
The weather at Greenspond have been very stormy of late. A few seals have been seen at various times, but only one or two were captured.
The 3 year old daughter of Rev. H. K. and Mrs. Woodward, Petty Harbor broke her leg, on Monday afternoon. Dr. MacPherson attended the child.
Another south-east gale and blinding snow storm swept over Cape Breton, yesterday. At night the wind veered round to the north and it became clear and fine.
Mr. Walter Clouston received a message from his sister, Mrs. John Hutton, Kingston, N. Y. yesterday acquainting him of the death of her husband on Sunday night
Three lads of the West End are missing from home since Sunday night and their parents are anxious. They have evidently stowed to the seal fishery in one or other of the steamers.
One arrest was made by the police last evening
The shore train, from Carbonear, last night, was cancelled owing to the storm. She will arrive this morning.
The rotary plow was at Tilton Harbor, last night, and remains there until this morning, when it proceeds west.
As soon as weather conditions allow, a number of masons will leave for Grand Falls to build the large dam for the Harmsworth Company.
A private message was received from Channel, last night, saying that the ice was packed tight on the land, and that a N. E. blizzard was raging. No seals had been seen to date.
Schooner Fauna, formerly owned by F. C. Wills, is now offered for sale at Halifax.
The latest report from Brazil says that the market is favorable. Twenty-four thousand drums are on hand, but the consumption is good, and prices keep up.
The death of Rev. Father Doherty at Montreal on the 2nd March is announced in recent exchanges after a brief illness. The deceased clergyman will be remembered here as having been one of a number of Jesuit preachers who conducted a mission here a few years ago. Revs. G. O. Bryan , Devlin and Devine were those associated with him.
The express, last evening, took out R. Stein, W. Scott, J. Loon, W. H. Lincoln , P. J Lincoln, F. O White, W. Doherty, W. T. Long, C. Willitt, and a few other passengers.
Mrs. J Breen lost a valuable horse, last evening. The animal was hauling coal all day, and shortly before six o’clock suddenly collapsed near the railway station. The beast was valued at $100 and is a big loss to the owner.
The case of a West End publican, charged with selling liquor to an inebriate, terminated yesterday. The court was satisfied that the spirits had been sold, and fined the publican $20 or 30 days imprisonment.
Since Friday, four names here been added to the “black list” and for the next two years their drinks will be stopped. One is a commission merchant, two are laborers and the other is a cooper.
CURTIS—at Stephenville Crossing on the 12th March, Mercedes, aged 11 years, oldest daughter of the late John Curtis.
THURSDAY MARCH 14TH 1907
LATEST SEALING NEWS
Yesterday morning Bowrings Bros. received a wire from Capt. E. Bishop that the Ranger, Algerine and Bloodhound had put in Wesleyville out of the storm. Three other ships were under Cabot Island. A fierce gale was raging and the ice was tight on the land. It was the opinion of Capt. Bishop that others had sheltered is Bonavista Bay.
Bowrings asked for further particulars and the name of the ships under Cabot Island. During the afternoon Capt. Bishop’s wife wired that the Ranger and Bloodhound sailed again at 2.30. The vessels at Cabot Island were then the Iceland, Labrador and two-master, supposed to be the Grand Lake.
The Algerine in drifting to Wesleyville yesterday morning drove over a rock. She did not sustain serious damage.
At 2.30 Capt. W. Winsor wired Baine Johnson & Co., that he was leaving immediately. He thought the steamers north were in a dangerous position.
A private wire reached town at 4 p.m. from Wesleyville that a strong offshore wind was blowing and the steamers would be able to get out.
At 6 p.m. Mr. J. Roper received a message from his nephew, William , that at 4 o’clock eleven steamers could be seen in Bonavista Bay.
The above is not encouraging. If the sealers are to be struck near White Bay, as many people say, the prospects of those ships in Bonavista securing a load are not bright. As this is the 14th it is certain that there will be very few cats this spring.
Rev. P. O’Brien, P. P. , Mobile came to the city, yesterday.
Rev. H. Leggo is at present in the city; he has been unwell for the last few weeks.
Hon. J, Anderson leaves Liverpool tomorrow by the S. S. Livonian for Halifax.
Messrs. G. A. Buffett and Patten, of Grand Bank, are expected to arrive here in a few days.
Magistrate March, who had been in the city for some days, returned to Bay of Islands by Tuesday’s express.
Messrs J. C. Crosbie and E. Taylor are almost completely recovered from their operations, and leave the hospital this afternoon.
Mr. Samuel Harris, of Grand Bank and Lamaline, was in the city yesterday. He left by the Silvia for Halifax, and during his stay in the neighboring province, will purchase two new vessels for his large and ever increasing business.
BIG SNOWDRIFTS. WORK FOR ROTARY
The latest blizzard is responsible for the piling more snow on parts of the railway that any previous storm since the opening of the service. This state of affairs particular apply to the eastern of the road, but the Reid Co. hope to have it cleared by tomorrow. The big rotary which did such excellent work last week left Tickle Hr. yesterday morning, and had only covered 4 miles up to last night. The snow banks are almost twenty feet high in some places, and the rotary cut through one yesterday, that was six feet above the top of the machine. The work of clearing the rails will be resumed this morning.
The Reid Co. had a message from Capt. Delaney yesterday morning informing them of the arrival of the Bruce at Louisburg at 2 a.m A fairly good run was made from Placentia though 25 miles of heavy Gulf ice was steamed through. Another message was received last night saying the Sydney–Louisburg railway was blocked with snow and the ship was delayed in consequence. The belated express hoped to clear this morning, and upon the arrival at Louisburg the Bruce will sail.
The storm that began Tuesday morning raged until noon today east from Gambo, west from that point it was fine since early morning, with the temperature above freezing. The latest reports are :--
Port aux Basques—S. W. ; light , fine, 36 above.
Bay of Islands—Calm, dull, 32 above.
Gaff topsail’s—N. E. , light, dull, 25 above,
Bishop’s Falls—W., light, fine, 25 above.
Clarenville— S., light , fine, 30 above.
Whitbourne—W., light, fine, 25 above.
Prospects for a shore catch of seals are not encouraging.
The weather lately has been very indifferent with severe frost and heavy drifting snow caused by the high winds.
Our two freezers have their full complement of ice and will now await the arrival of the indispensable little bait fishes.
It is pleasing to note that Mr. James C. Waterman, whose health has been very poor of late, is now improving and it is hoped he may soon find himself fully recovered.
In business circles there is not much doing and with the exception of a little activity at Scott’s clearance sale, our shopkeepers are having a period of enforced idleness.
Since last writing another case of insanity has developed in our midst—a young man of Joe Batt’s Arm being the sufferer. The patient is now confined to the lock up undergoing a course of medical treatment and if no improvement takes place it will be necessary to convey him to the Asylum at St. John’s.
Portia left Rose Blanche at 3 .40 p.m yesterday, coming east, she is due here
at the end of the week.
Argyle is due at Placentia this morning.
Glencoe left Fortune at 7.15 p.m. yesterday, coming east.
Bruce is due to leave Louisburg this morning.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
S. S. Wansbeck, Capt. Murray, loads at Cadiz for this port next month.
Mr. J. Quinton formerly purser of the S. S. Glencoe, has re-entered the employ of the Reid Co., and is now station agent at Lewisporte.
Mrs. Southcott and Miss Roscoe serve tea at Canon Wood Hall this afternoon in connection with St. Thomas’s organ fund.
A number of city folk will leave for Holyrood Saturday night, to attend the Star Parade threre, on Sunday. The T. A. Society’s band will take part.
Several vessels are now on the way here, from Barbados, with cargos of new Molasses, and may be expected here in the course of a few days.
A message was received from Channel, at 7 last night saying that the ice was 10 miles off ; wind S. W. light and fine; no sign of steamers or seals.
The Catholic Association of St. Lawrence are building a new hall, which, when finished will greatly enhance the appearance of the settlement.
A number of young men of the Southern Shore, who returned home last fall, leave for the States again, next week, and will spend the summer months at the pogie fishery.
The Masonic sociable for the little ones, which takes place on St. Patrick’s afternoon, is being looked forward to with interest by the youngsters. The old folk intend giving them as good time as in past years.
The C. C. C. boys are now practicing at rifle shooting preparatory to contesting for a shield, to be presented by the committee. Dr. Scilly, corps surgeon, has offered a medal for the best average at target shooting, the coming season.
Mr. Patrick O’Neill, one of the oldest and most trusted of the Reid Co.’s employees is at present seriously ill at his home, in Harbor Grace. “Skipper Pat” was the company’s mail man when the road was being constructed, and always held the esteem of his employees and workmen alike.
The schooner Mauna Loa, which left Halifax Feb 20th, for Belleoram , fish laden, has not yet reached that port. Though the passage is long no uneasiness is felt for the ship safety, as she is a first class vessel. It is possible that she is caught in the ice pack.
On Hayward Avenue, yesterday afternoon, a child, returning from school, was bitten by a dog. The little girl’s screams attracted Mr. F. Dwyer, who beat the animal off. Tuesday evening, a large canine almost frightened a boy to death on Bond St., and it seems as if it would be wise if the police were ordered to get their guns ready. The city seems to be infested with a number of those half starved brutes and they should be disposed of before some one is seriously injured.
The French cable steamer Contre Armiral Coubet, Capt. De Grandi, is due to arrive from St. Pierre during the day, when she will be docked for repairs to her propellor and such other renovation as may be found necessary.
The city was very quiet last night and not a single arrest was made.
Nurse Hackett of the General Hospital who was on vacation resumes duties today.
The Dahome now on the way from Liverpool is bringing a large quantity of new goods.
Postmaster General Woods was confined to his room, yesterday, suffering from cold.
A Duckworth St. storekeeper had trouble with his lady assistants lately; one was proven guilty of being light fingers.
Const. Byrne is still on the search for the $100, lost by Mr. Malone; up to last night there were no trace of it.
King’s Bridge and vicinity was in a terrible state, yesterday, owing to the previous day’s storm. It should be attended to without delay.
As one of the Sunbeam’s sailors named Churchill, was jumping aboard, previous to the vessel sailing, yesterday, he fell in the water. After some difficulty he was hauled on board, and did not appear to mind his cold bath.
The misprint of Tilton Harbor for Tickle harbor in yesterday’s issue resulted in a facetious paragraph in yesterday’s Telegram. Our contemporary observes; “This morning’s News reports the rotary at Tilton Harbor; but later reports says that she was last seen off Fogo Island, heading N. N. E. “ Possibly if the rotary continues its course in the direction suggested it may soon find itself in the Premier’s “fog-free zone.”
FRIDAY MARCH 15TH, 1907
HARBOR MAIN NOTES
Very few of our young men have gone to the ice, being unable to secure berths. Oh what a change twixt now and fifty years ago, when Conception Bay was the center of the seal fishery, and when the Greens and Thomeys, the Smarts and the Murphys, the Fitzgeralds and O’Neills, the Hanrahans and Stapletons, the Strapps and the St. Johns, the Pikes and the Stephensons, sailed in quest of the golden fleece. The great seal hunt now belongs to the northern men and is but an echo of the times when an army of twenty thousand stalwart men trod the frozen pans.
Great preparations are being made for the Labrador fishery, the coming season. There will be some additions to the fleet, and to the number of men hitherto engaged. We trust they will reap a rich harvest.
All is peaceful and serene after the ripple of excitement of the temperance election. “Twas a delirious victory. A great rolling wave of ballots commencing at Turk’s Gut and increasing its mass on it’s onward motion rolled as a great giant wave right into the enemy’s headquarters at the city of St. John’s. It was a cold, clear message from a thousand of the manhood of the direct, asserting its intelligence and independence, and resenting with emphasis the impertinence and dictation of the St. John’s liquor seller. The Telegram claims to influence the election. This is funny when it threw open its columns to the enemy, and allowed the Temperance cause to be assailed with malicious vehemence. To the News belong some honors of the victory. It could lay claim and not unjustly to influence the election. It fired hot shot into the enemy’s camp, and stoutly and successfully defended the Temperance cause alone.
We call the attention of our Honorable members, Messrs. Morris and Lewis to the long-felt want of a station at Woodford’s. A railway station at Woodford’s is one of the prime wants of the district and in the behalf of a suffering and disappointed people, we urge our representatives to press this matter in the proper channel and have a railway station built at Woodford’s the coming summer.
We note that petitions have been presented by Capt. Lewis for a lighthouse on Salmon Cove Point. As this is the first public lantern to be lit in the district of Harbor Main we hope the petitioners request will materialize and that ere long a suitable Beacon Light will shine gloriously from that well known headland.
“Tis now nearly eighteen months since the Rev. John Roe assumed charge of the parish of Hr. Main, and in the retrospect we make to day, we must confess we have never had a more worthy or acceptable pastor. He is one who has the people’s welfare at heart, and ere long substantial progress both spiritual and temporal , will be everywhere visible throughout the parish.
March 11th, 1907.
Feb 20th was the day appointed for our Orange Parade. The morning was not as fine as we could wish, but we left the Lodge Rooms about half-past twelve and then paraded to the Methodist Church where an admirable sermon was delivered by Rev E. Powell. Afterwards a very handsome collection was taken up, which was handed over to the funds of our Lodge by the Rev. gentleman to whom a vote of thanks was tendered by the Society for his generous donation. We continued our parade from the church to the center of the harbor, the sun at the time being all that was desirable to made the march a success. We were greeted by Mr. P. Newell who spoke in glowing terms of the increase in our ranks during the year and also of our new lodge, which is sufficiently ready to have the roof put on. With cheers we marched on. Flags and guns were tokens, showing that we were welcome to every corner. We cross the ice, landed on Budding Point around the school house, which we used for a lodge. The ladies were there in attendance and tea was in waiting. About 150 took part. About 7 o’clock the concert began and a number took part in recitations solos and song, Worshipful Master Sheppard in the chair. At 11 o’clock a 10 cent tea was served to about 150 people, realizing about $42.00 of the day, against an expense of about $32. About 12 o’clock the people began to get to their homes well satisfied with the day’s proceedings. The writer was not present at the concert, but learned that the lads, to use a good old term, were all inclined “to hang on till morning, till daylight doth appear.”
M. W. P.
FORTUNE AND GRAND BANK
A meeting of schooner holders was called at Fortune by the Members of the local Council last month. Amongst those present was the Rev. W. Swann, who was requested to act as chairman, and kindly consented. Resolutions were carried unanimously that application be made to the Government for $4,000 to complete the dredging and $6,000 to build a stone and concert outside pier to protect the dredging inside as well as to protect the old pier which now in a very dilapidated condition. It was also decided that these resolutions should be presented to a public meeting of the whole male population for approval.
This public meeting was held in the course, the Rev. Wm. Swann acting as Chairman as before, and the decision of the previous meeting was confirmed. These delegates were appointed to take a petition around the community for signature and then to proceed to St. John’s, as a Delegation to interview the Government on the matter. Two of the Delegates have been unable to go to the city, but Mr. J. E. Lake will represent Fortune’s interest in this matter. The petition will be sent on by the Chairman, the Rev. Wm. Swann.
At Grand Bank similar work has been done and the sum of $10,000 will be required for the same purpose there. Both Grand Bank and Fortune are willing to be taxed in any way reasonable to pay the interest of the loan annually, whether by extra tonnage on shipping, by public subscription or by coal duties, or some other way. The delegates for Grand Bank are Messrs Samuel Harris, G. A. Buffett and Patten.
The great importance of this matter to the residents of these two flourishing towns and to the business interests of the West Coast generally will easily be recognized by all who are really interested in the growth and welfare of the Island. The residents are confident that their reasonable petition will not be spurned, saying that it is no use half doing a work and leaving the other half to accumulate.
A. B. C.
Fortune, March 8th.
Excellent weather was experienced along the line yesterday, with the temperature below freezing. It continued fine last night, the following being the latest reports.
Port aux Basques—W., light, fine, 30 above.
Bay of Islands—N. W., light, fine, 26 above.
Gaff Topsails—W., light, fine, 18 above.
Bishop’s Falls—N. W., light, fine, above.
Clarenville—Calm, dull; 38 above.
Whitbourne—W. S. W. , light, fine 6 above.
At 7.30 last night the following private message was received from Channel: “Wind west light; fine; ice about 3 miles off; no steamers or seals.
During yesterday, and up to 9 o’clock last night, nothing had been received from the northern sealing fleet. Several rumors were current, but all were incorrect, as late last night the News waited on several business gentlemen, but none were in receipt of messages.
Mr. C. A. Jerrett came over from Brigus, yesterday.
Mr. J. Baxter, who was along on the line on business, arrived by last night’s train.
Messrs. J. B. Patten and G. H. Buffett, of Grand Bank, arrived in the city last night.
Mr. C. D. Chetwynd who was at Carbonear, on business, returned to town , last night.
Mr. G. B. Tuff, of the Royal Stores, who was drumming up business for his firm on the West Coast , came to the city, last night.
Mr. Lewis Pippy is leaving by Sunday’s express. for Boston, to attend the wedding of his sister, Maud, late nurse of the St. John’s General Hospital, and daughter of William D. Pippy, Tinsmith, of this city, to Mr. A. B. Parker, of that city.
Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Reid, Sr., of Montreal intend shortly going to the Southern and Eastern States for a couple of months, returning about the middle of May. Miss MacGregor, daughter of His Excellence the Governor, who has been a guest of Mr. And Mrs. Reid in Montreal, for the past two months, will accompany them on the southern trip.
A schooner, supposed to be Crosbie’s Evelyn, which left here Wednesday, passed Cape Race at 2.30 p.m. yesterday.
S. S. Regulus, Wakeham, 7 days from Philadelphia, arrived at 11 last night, with coal to A. Harvey & Co. The Regulus experienced hard weather, both going and returning.
Portia left Burgeo at 9 a.m. yesterday coming east.
Argyle arrived at Placentia at 1 p.m. yesterday.
Glencoe arrived at Placentia at noon yesterday with the following passengers:–G. H. Buffett, J. B. Patten, J. Bates, G. B. Tuff, E. Noel, J. H. White, R. Pike, I. Little, C. Forward, in saloon and 15 in steerage.
THE DRIFT NET
HERRING FISHERY AGREEMENT
This Indenture made at St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland this thirty-first day of January in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Seven between the Honourable Eli Dawe, Fishery Minister of Marine and Fishery. on behalf of the Government of Newfoundland (herein after referred to as “the government”) party hereto to the first part and Alexander Fleet & Company of Aberdeen, Scotland, (hereinafter referred to as “the Company”) party hereto of the second part.
Whereas the Government is desirous of making thorough investigation as to the possibility of the drift net herring fishery and the better cure and better marketing of the said herring in its application to this Colony now therefore this Indenture witnessed.
1. The company in consideration of the promises and agreements on the part of the Government herein after mentioned to be observed and performed covenants and agrees as follows:—
(a) The company agrees to provide suitable sailing drifters of not less than thirty tons gross measurement fully equipped with suitable nets and fishing gear to properly conduct a drift net herring fishery in the pen sea off the coast of Newfoundland.
(b) The Company agrees to provide at least two competent and experienced drift net fishermen from Great Britain to form part of the crew of each drifter, the remaining number of the crew to be Newfoundland fishermen residing in Newfoundland.
(c) The Company agrees to pay all wages and all other expenses in connection with the said drifters and to carry on all their said business.
(d) The Company agrees when the said drifters are ready to commence fishing to report to the Department of Marine and Fisheries of the Colony of Newfoundland for the purpose of receiving instructions from the said Department as to the locality in which the said fishing is to be conducted.
(e) The said Company agrees to commence operations in the month of May One Thousand Nine Hundred and Seven, or as soon thereafter as possible and to continue in the production of the drifting net fishing off the coast of the Colony for not less than five months in each year to commence from the same time when the fishing may be commenced and to terminate at the end of the fishing season say October one Thousand Nine Hundred and Nine.
(f) The Company agrees to establish in the Colony of Newfoundland the business of curing herring according to the Scotch method and to employ in the said business of curing at least four men being skilled Scotch herring curers and nine workmen being skilled Scotch herring curers and to provide the necessary stock for the conducting of such business.
(g) The said Company agrees to operate during the said term of three years at a port in Note Dame Bay to be approved by the Department of Marine and Fisheries and to provide a premises at their own expense,
2. In consideration of the foregoing covenants and premises on the part of the company to be observed and performed the Government promises and agree to pay to the said Company an annual subsidy of Four Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty-Six Dollars and Sixty-Six cents for three years of Fourteen Thousand Six Hundred Dollars in all the term of which such subsidy is paid ending on the thirty-first of October One Thousand Nine Hundred and Nine. The Government further agrees to pay one-third of the said annual amount to the said Company on the arrival of the drifters at St. John’s, Newfoundland; one-third two months from that date and the balance upon the completion of the five months operation referred to in each year.
3. The Government agrees to provide the company free of charge to the Company during the first year of this contract with the temporary use of a premises to be used by them at two ports; one port in Bay St. George or Bay of Islands and one port in Placentia Bay, said ports to be approved by the department of Marine and Fisheries.
4. The Government agrees to permit free entry of all barrels, salt nets and outfit necessary for the undertaking for the period before mentioned namely three years.
In witness whereof the parties to this agreement have hereunto their hands subscribed and set the day and year first above written.
Minister Marine and Fish.
Pro. A. FLETT & CO.,
Signed, sealed and delivered
in the presence of
T. S. DEVINE.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
St. Andrew’s Club meet in their rooms this evening.
The Municipal Council holds its regular weekly meeting at 7.30.
It is expected that the Rhodes scholarship selection committee will meet today.
The .C. C .C. and C. L.B. bands are practicing some Irish airs for Sunday Parade with the B .I .S.
A number of Reservists were at Fort Amberst, yesterday, practicing long range shooting, from “three pounders”.
Passengers who arrived by the Glencoe say that Tuesday’s storm was one of the worst ever felt on the South West Coast.
In 1859 the first sealing vessel to arrive was the Zamesi, Capt. Terry Holleran, on March 27th. She had 9,500 prime harps.
The man Wolf who was sent to the fever hospital from the penitentiary, is nearly recovered and in a few days will return to jail.
The overdue schooner Mauna Loa, Capt. Smith, 20 days from Halifax, arrived, Wednesday night at Belleoram, she reports a stormy trip.
Samuel Peyton charged with purchasing liquor for a minor, was before the magistrate, yesterday, and the case being proven, he was sentenced to a fine of $50 or two months imprisonment.
From the Battery, yesterday, two seals could be seen, just inside the entrance of the harbor. One of the residents fetched his gun, but before he had a chance to shoot, the seals disappeared.
The sidewalks of Water Street were never worse than yesterday, in places. It’s about time the law was enforced and shopkeepers made to clear near their premises but first the Council would do well to clean in front of the coves.
The French cable steamer Contre Admiral Coubet, Capt. Grandi, arrived in port, yesterday, from St. Pierre, to be docked for repairs. She immediately went into the basin, and this morning the dock will be pumped out and a survey held.
Capt. Couch, yesterday, made an affidavit relative to his master’s certificate, which was stolen from his ship—the Adventure– last year, on her return from Hudson Bay. It was of no value to the thief, but the loss caused great annoyance and inconvenience to the captain.
Schooner Jessie has reached Barbados from Kingston and will load molasses for this port.
Rev. C. V. Cogan will occupy the pulpit at C. E. Cathedral again this evening.
The installation of the Worshipful Master Elect, and officers of Tasker Lodge A. F. and A. M. takes place at high noon on St. Patrick’s Day. In the absence of District Grand master Gordon, the Deputy D. G. M. Bro. John Cowan will officiate.
At 6.30 last night, Const. Walters jailed an East Ender, who was giving an exhibition of his ability as a boxer. Shortly after he ran in another, who is also charged with being disorderly, Consts. Dawe and Braggs were responsible for the arrest of a West End resident, and Const. Lawlor bagged another, making four for the evening.
MURRAY—On the 13th March, after a long illness. Patrick Murray, aged 78 years, leaving five sons and two daughters to mourn their sad loss. Funeral today, Friday, at 2.30 p.m. from his daughter’s residence, Mrs James Janes, Clifton Street. Boston and English papers please copy.
SATURDAY MARCH 16TH 1907
CEMENT WASTAGE AGAIN DISCUSSED
The cement wastage at the Water Works episode was up for discussion again at the council meeting last night and a rather heated debate followed in which all the members took part. Councillors Ellis and Kennedy who were sitting members at the time of the alleged wastage, asked that the investigation be gone on with and that a commission be appointed either by the Supreme Court or the government. Mayor Gibbs left the chair by permission, to have a free hand in the discussion. An amendment was then moved to the resolution to the effect that the matter drop, which was carried by a majority of the council who held that the investigation would only mean a useless expenditure.
CITY WILL APPEAL TO PRIVY COUNCIL
At last night’s meeting of the council solicitor Morris reported on the judgment of the Chief Justice in the snow clearing case, and that he had given notice of appeal to the Privy Council. It was unanimously decided that the solicitor’s action be upheld and the necessary bond of $1500 was voted. It was also ordered that the East and West End inspectors engage men to clear Water Street today, and that photographs of the snow will later be used as evidence.
AN INTERESTING DEBATE
The weekly meeting of St. Andrew’s Literary Association was held Thursday night in the Presbyterian Hall. Mr. D. Nicolson, presiding. The subject for discussion was “Does Norman Duncan rightly interpret the Newfoundland spirits? Mr. P. K McLeod led for the affirmative, being supported by Mr. A. Jackson. The negative was upheld by Messrs A Bryden and K Blair. The other speakers were Rev. Dr. Robertson, Messrs Charles, Brown, Rodger, Young, McIntye, McDougall, Frew, Spurrell, and Capt. Linklater. Upon the vote being taken the affirmative won by a majority of six. Nest Thursday Rev. Dr. Robertson will lecture on “Two hundred years ago; on the end of an auld sang.
ALONG THE LINE
The express last evening took out the following passengers: John Lynch, A. M. Fleming, J. D. McDonald, R. F. Horwood, W. J Hickey, Mrs. O’Rielly, M. Kent, Miss Healey.
The shore train arrived at 11.15 last night bringing R. C. Smith, Hon. D. J. Green, H. Saunders, H. W. Seymour, J. Walsh and a few others.
LATEST SEALING NEWS
Thursday night, Job’s received the following message from Wesleyville; “All ships sailed, last evening (Wednesday). They got to Cape Freels, but had to retreat; got hold of islands and pans. All left this morning, getting along slowly. They cannot enter the ice unless a breakage occurs. Diana and Erik in fleet.”
Yesterday morning, Mr. Job wired to Wesleyville for the names of the steamers missing, and was informed that the Vanguard, Southern Cross, Newfoundland and Panther were not in the fleet in sight between Cape Freels and the Wadhams. Winds north-east.
Yesterday morning, Baine Johnson had a message from Capt W. Winsor, Sr. (Wesleyville), dated Wednesday evening, stating that the Bloodhound, Algerine and Ranger left there, Wednesday, and they were off Musgrave Harbor. The Adventure, Grand Lake and Eagle were jammed at Cape Freels, five others were reported off the Wadhams, while sixteen were counted from Wesleyville, that evening. Some old seals were reported at Shoe Cove, and several bedlamers killed at Twillingate.
A wire to Bowring’s yesterday morning, from Musgrave Harbor read, “Algerine , Bloodhound and Ranger holding to the Wadhams. Ice heavy, drifting south.”
At 3.30 p.m. yesterday to following wire came from Fogo, in answer to one sent in the morning:...”No steamers in sight. Solid jam ice on shore, unbroken since 13th. Winds fine with light weather.
At 3.30 yesterday afternoon, Bowring’s received the following message from Bay St. Lawrence(Meat Cove): some seals killed on Magdalen Island. Three steamers at St. Paul Island, yesterday heavy ice.
At 7.30 last night, Channel reported : “Wind N. E. , light, fine no ice in sight.”
A private wire from Twillingate was received last night, by a gentleman in town, stating that a number of seals was seen in swatches off Long Point, yesterday, supposed by their action to be old harps.” Our informant believes the steamers have a good chance, for as soon as the ice opens, they will enter the patch of young harps, believed to be in the mouth of Notre Dame Bay. Not many young harps will take to the water until after the 20th instant. Arctic conditions prevail at Twillingate.
HARBOR GRACE NEWS
Messrs Munn & Co., received word Wednesday that their schooner Nellie Louise, Capt. M. Burke, had left Pernambuco that day for this port.
The funeral of the five-year-old daughter of Mrs. (widow) Mark Thomey, took place this afternoon interment being at the R. C. cemetery. The child died early on Wednesday.
Mr. John Buckingham, engineer, and a Norwegian gentleman from St. John’s were in town on Wednesday. It is said they are looking over the whale factory here in the interest of a possible purchaser.
Mr. Edward Sheehan, of the Reid Nfld. Co.’s employ, who was spending a few weeks holidays with his parents returned to Lewisporte by this evening’s train to again take up his duties at the company’s station.
Lodge “Harbor Grace” F and A. M. will give its annual children festival at the Masonic Hall on next Monday afternoon. As in the past the children anxiously look forward to a very pleasant gathering again this year.
Rumor has it that a popular young gentleman and an estimable young lady, both residents of Water Street, will be united in marriage at the R. C. Cathedral shortly after Easter. Their many friends will be pleased to offer congratulations when the time comes.
The Conception Bay Benevolent Irish Society, will meet at St. Patrick’s Hall, Carbonear, on Sunday morning, preparatory to attending Mass at St. Patrick’s Church that day. It is understood Rev. W. Finn of the Cathedral here will be the preacher at Carbonear on St. Patrick’s Day.
Some persons here and perhaps in other places, are disappointed at seeing the advertisement by the Reid Nfld. Co for St. Patrick’s excursion. These persons hoped to avail of excursion rates to go to St. John’s on Monday next to take in some of the events of the day, but excursion tickets are not said to be issued on Monday . Parties not able to go on Saturday or Sunday, if the chance offered, would go on Monday (This is incorrect. Tickets will be issued on Monday. See advertisement. Editor)
Mr. W. A. Munn arrived from St. John’s by this afternoon’s train presumably on business connected with the cod liver oil factory which has been taking in its annual supply of ice lately. Capt. Daniel Pumphrey left for the city by this evening’s train taking with him samples of his oyster brand preserved mussels.
There is talk among our citizens of asking the Reid Nfld. Co. to run a train between this place and Carbonear on Sunday to convey hence those who wish to participate in events connected with St. Patrick’s celebration. The road between the two towns is so bad at present for horses that it is feared if a train is not run many who wish to go to Carbonear, that day will be unable to do so. If a certain number of passengers could be guaranteed there is reason to believe the railway Company will provided a train.
Some weeks ago your correspondent thinking that your Carbonear correspondent would favor the expulsion of the dog from that district, asked him by his writings to endeavor to create a public interest in the dog question. It would seem from the article in Wednesday’s issue of your paper, that its writer does not think the same as either the Harbor Grace correspondent or “Pro Bono Publico.” It is not the intention now to defend the latter’s views, that writer being responsible for his utterances, must , if he deems it necessary, defend them; but the Harbor Grace correspondent wishes to point out to him of Carbonear, that he has not fully comprehended the former’s meaning when advocating sheep raising on a large or limited scale. What your correspondent desired was a few and full discussion of the dog question on its merits. He invited from time to time the expression of the opinions of those who favored the retention, of the dog as well as of those desired his expulsion. He has his own views on the usefulness of the sheep and of the dog, and while he does not claim to be infallible, yet he does think still if our people would give them a trial, that the sheep would be a means of largely supplementing their income. The Carbonear correspondent is mistaken if he thinks the present writer advocated sheep raising as a sole or exclusive means of support for our people. The latter had no intention of doing so nor does he think the average reader interpreted his meaning as such. What he really meant was that, in his opinion, the usefulness of the dog to our people under existing circumstances is almost a thing of the past, that a possible profitable source of increasing the home comforts of poor people was prohibited by reason of the depredations of ravenous dogs and that the less useful animal should not be allowed to exterminate the more useful one.. Almost everybody admits that sheep raising is not engaged in by our people, just because they believe their efforts to increase their stock would be rendered futile by the ravages of dogs. The Carbonear correspondent excuses the wanton destruction by their dog by putting the blame upon the owner who he says does not feed it. At all events, whoever or what ever is to be blamed, the dog is hungry and must hunt for subsistence; but it must be remembered that however well a dog is fed at certain seasons of the year, the wolf-like instinct within him manifests itself and he ranges the country in quest of something to eat and the poor sheep and cattle become his victims. Sheep raising was advocated not for those who expand their energies and their best years in creating wealth for distant syndicates, but for stay-at-home people who wish to augment their earnings in the usual way by sheep raising on a limited scale. There could be those who might engage in the business on a larger scale, and their enterprise no doubt would be fully rewarded were they encouraged by the absence of the dog. But it was in the interest of the poor man that the advance of sheep raising was undertaken. If it can be shown that the dog is the more useful animal, then let him remain, but if the sheep can be proved to be worth more than its enemy, let the dog be expelled. The object of this discussion is to elicit the truth, to obtain unbiased opinions in favor of the sheep or the dog and to show how our people can better their mode of living if they would view matters from a common sense standpoint and being convinced of the proper cause to pursued, they could enter upon the performance of a realized duty and the thrift and industry show that they are able to maintain themselves and families in comfort and independence.
Harbor Grace, March 14th, 1907.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
The Council of Higher Education Committee met yesterday afternoon and discussed several matters. The selection of a Rhodes Scholar will be made next week.
The dry dock was dried out yesterday, and a survey held on the French Cable ship. Repairs were started in the forenoon and will be rush with all possible speed. Mr. Tasker Cook is the ship’s agent.
The Reid Newfoundland Company would make a popular move if they extended the return tickets until Tuesday. Few can get away before Monday and to compel then to return the same day is to neutralize the value of the excursion rates.
The rotary plow is still encountering heavy snow banks along the line. Yesterday 18 miles were covered up to 5.30 p.m., when Northern Bight was reached. The rotary continued on to Clarenville 18 miles distance, where it is expected she will reach this morning.
The B. I. S. holds a special meeting at 9 a.m. tomorrow, preparatory to taking part in their annual parade, and to attend High Mass at St. Patrick’s Chapel, the Rev. James Coady being the preacher. After service the society will call on His Excellency the Governor and His Grace Archbishop Howley.
The Daily News will be issued as usual, on Monday, but the office will be closed from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Owing to Monday being St. Patrick’s Day, the Free Press will not be published until Tuesday night.
The S. S. Bruce reached port last night.
MONDAY MARCH 18TH, 1907
AVALANCHE’S TERRIBLE WORK
Two Dwellings Demolished
INMATES BURIED BENEATH TONS OF SNOW AND ICE
Mr. and Mrs Mayo Brought to Hospital
The Prospero last night brought William Mayo and his wife Anastasia, two of the victims in the avalanche catastrophe which occurred at Foote’s Cove, Parly Island, Burin, on the morning of Tuesday, 12th inst., for treatment at the hospital. Foote’s Cove , the scene of the terrible occurrence, is a small settlement, containing only a few families. The houses demolished were owned and occupied by William Mayo and his brother, Peter. They stood near each other in a corner of the harbor, at the base of the cliff. William and his wife were up at the time, but Peter and his wife were in bed, though the other occupants numbering five, were astir.
William had been out shoveling snow, and just returned to the house. Joseph Mayo, another brother, who resides with Peter, was going to the well, at the rear of William’s dwelling, when the snow fell; had he been a few seconds sooner he would have met instant death under the pile. Joseph was the only eye-witness to the awful affair, and it came so sudden, he says, that he was nonplussed. The mountain towers three or four hundred feet above the houses, and the snow and ice descended with lighting velocity. William’s house had a cottage roof, which was torn from its fastenings and hurled against his stable. The rear wall fell in, while the front was knocked out, and all was covered by about 8 feet of snow. The other dwelling shared a similar fate. James W. Hollett was returning from the school house at the time, and was the first attracted by Joseph. He arrived a minute or two , after the occurrence, and was horrified at the sight. The immense gulch in the side of the hill could first be seen, but of the two little homes, which a short while before stood staunch and firm, nothing was visible . They were completely covered and lost to view
In a few moments inhabitants of all parts of the Island congregated. The men and boys were armed with shovels, but for an instant they feared to begin. They knew several persons were entombed, and to mount the top might only tend to crush the life out of them. They commenced at the edge, and dug a trench of 30 feet before reaching the debris. William hands accomplished the task quickly, and after an hour’s work screams were heard . This was an incentive to them, as it told the victims were alive, at least. Eventually the snow was all removed from the side, but no sign of Mayo or his wife could be seen, though the woman’s moans were quite audible. The wall found to be resting on a coal box and stove, which kept the weight of snow from crushing them to death. The snow was wedged in tightly, but was taken out with all speed, when the man and woman were visible. They were lying in the center of the parlor, with the stove between them. Mrs. Mayo was most exposed and was first reached. Mr. Hollett crawled under, and with his hands removed the broken glass, furniture and snow from around her. She was enduring great torture from the burns and her suffering were made all the more by the snow and ice. Great difficulty was experienced in extricating her and each time her rescuer touched her made the pain almost unbearable. She was dragged out more dead than alive. Kind neighbors took charge of her, while the men continued their efforts to free her husband. Mrs. Mayo’s right arm was considerably burned, and parts of her body were bruised, while she was also faint and frightened. Mayo was further under the debris, and could not be taken out as his wife was.
The rescuers then went underneath the house, cut away the floors, and by that means got him clear. It was 2 p.m. , just five hours after the occurrence, when Mayo was rescued. His body was in a terrible state, and made the stoutest heart shudder. His left leg, abdomen, stomach and right arm were baked black and the flesh could only be likened to leather, while his shoulder was dislocated. His suffering were beyond description, and friends scarcely knew what to do to deaden the pain. When the crash came, Mayo had just finished putting coals on , and was in the act of handing his wife a bucket across the stove. The stove fell between him and his wife, and rested against his leg. It was well for them that the coal was fresh and not thoroughly ignited, or both might have been roasted to death. While one gang were engaged at William’s house, another force was actively employed on Peter’s seven Inmates were engulfed there , and it was hardly expected by the bravest worker that all would escape with their lives. After incessant shoveling there were taken out one by one, and strange to say , none were seriously injured. In his house a trunk was knocked on its end , which was the means of saving the lives of all. Peter’s wife was pinned under the wreck, and extreme care was necessary to remove her, but the task was accomplished successfully. The “old lady,” Peter’s mother, also had a narrow escape, and she cannot account for it. The good old dame is bordering on the grave, but she stood the shock bravely, and on being freed was the first to make enquiries for the others. She has a gash over her eye and is slightly burned, but otherwise did not suffer
A Mrs. Thorne of Trinity Bay, sister of Peter’s was spending the winter with them and came through unscathed. She says she will never wish for a similar experience. Her one thought was her baby boy, and she managed to shield him from hurt. Her older boy, four years old, was wedged in a sitting posture and could not be released for some time, he was not the least frightened, and waited patiently for the men to remove the ruins. All were comfortably housed and looked after by the nearby residents. Dr. Smith was summoned and responded without delay. He looked after them and ordered Mayo and his wife to the hospital. The escape of those in Peter’s house was most miraculous as when the stove fell the room caught fire, and was considerably charred. Once before this winter, an immense quantity of snow fell and covered the houses to the roofs, but was not as disastrous as the last. The rescuers especially W. Thomas Foote , deserved every praise for their heroic work; their efforts were certainly the means of saving all. Mrs. White , wife of the constable at Burin had watched over the patients since the accident. She came along with them and was untiring to make their lot easy and comfortable. James W. Hollett also came and looked after Mayo. The latter is in a bad state and it is doubtful if he will recover. Capt. Fitzpatrick, Chief Stewart Miller, Stewardess Brown and all on board ship, showed them every kindness on the passage.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
The express that left here Tuesday last was still at Whitbourn last night. There are no foreign passengers onboard, and those who are going to Grand Falls will be transferred to the express that left here yesterday and will leave this morning following the rotary.
The S. S. Bruce arrived at Louisburg at 2 p.m. yesterday after a fairly good run from Placentia. She steamed through about 50 miles of heavy ice the passage up ; which was packed tightly on the land . No seals were seen.
The rotary plow returned to Placentia Junction yesterday, from Clarenville; The section of the road which she cleared last week was filled up again on the return trip. This morning the rotary plow will leave again going west.
On yesterday’s date 1873, the S. S. Eagle, Capt. W. Jackman, arrived with 30,614 seals. She entered the harbor with all flags flying about 10.30, when the people leaving the Cathedral after attending 10 o’clock mass. That year the Eagle made three trips, arriving (2nd) , April 10th with 4530, and (3rd) May 16th with 4263. In the same year the S. S. Ospray, Capt. Levi March arrived June 3rd without a single seal, being absent three months and three days.
Shortly after the court adjourned Saturday, bail was secured by F. Norris, K. C., for Jabez Rideout, and he was thereupon released from custody.
The schooner Lucille, 158 tons gross, and built in 1876 at Gosport, England, was registered in Canada last month. The Lucille will make Sydney her home port. She is owned by J. C. Crosbie, St. John’s, Nfld.–Sydney Post.
The Reid Nfld. Company, in response to the requests made , have extended the excursion return rates until tomorrow, a boon which will be much appreciated and has no doubt increased the number of excursionists.
Mr. Michael Murray, son of Magistrate Murray, died at his father’s residents, Harbor Main, Friday night last. Deceased was for several years conductor with the R. N. Co., but later carried on business at Woods Island, Bay of Islands. About a year ago he was stricken with consumption, which resulted in death. A wife and two children survive him., at Bay of Islands, as also his parents to who , with others of the family general and sincere sympathy is extended..
DUNN—On the 16th March, of pneumonia, John Dunn, aged 35 years, leaving a wife, one child, mother, sister, two brothers and a large circle of friends to mourn their sad loss. Funeral today Monday at 2.30 p.m. from his late residence 90 Queen Rd. Friends are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
TUESDAY MARCH 19TH 1907
THAT STORM AT ROSE BLANCHE.
Vessels Part, Their Chains and Drive to Sea
The Worst Blizzard for Years.
By the Portia we learn that the north-east storm of the 7th March, which passed over the West Coast was the most severe in the memory of the oldest inhabitant. On the 6th inst., all the fishing fleet were on the grounds , and fish was abundant, but signs of a storm induced every master to seek shelter before night. The schooners Britannia and Stanley Joseph, owned by Penny & Sons of Ramea and Capt. C. Trowbridge in a 15 ton boat, were anchored well in the eastern part of Rose Blanche harbor, while the balance of the fleet were moored in the west part, when the storm came on. The Britannia had 200 qtls fish on board, 80 of which had been taken that day, and on her return to port commenced to dress it. About 9 a.m., when the storm was at its height about 40 qtls. of the last catch being dressed a heavy pan of ice crashed down and took the three schooners parting their chains. The Stanley Joseph got up in the ice to the east of Cains Island, but the Britannia and Trowbridge’s vessel went to the N. W. side of Cains Island and blew out to sea. Whilst passing out the Britannia struck the island several times, carrying away her rudder, stern posts, etc., and it is thought sank soon after. Trowbridge passed out without striking and four days later turned up O.K. at Miller’s Passage, F. B. , where he belongs. In the western harbor the Henry Fenwick, Capt. Mathews, of Burgeo, broke clear and ran on the rocks. When the Portia was coming east she was still aground. None of the other vessels were damaged, we are glad to say. Graves fears were entertained by these with friends on board, the fishing vessels, as it was believed the men were out in the storm. When it was learned that the fishermen were all safe on shore, and there had been no loss of life there was general rejoicing.
“TAKE YOUR CHANEYS OUT OF MY PLAY”.
Yesterday was play day within some Reid Co. and Council employees, and for some hours they gave an excellent illustration of “take your chaneys out of my pay”, on Water Street, at the foot of McMurdo’s Lane. The Council men were making a drain to allow the water to run off the side walk, which, when made, would be stopped up again by the Reid men, this childish procedure was kept up for sometime much to the disgust of citizens, and eventually the Reid men won. Considering that pictures were taken by the Council and R. N. Co., last week, of the conditions of the street, for legal use, it would be a good idea to get a moving picture of yesterday’s episode, as the man who could show such a farce on a screen would soon make enough money to put a roof over the city and keep the snow from falling in any of the street.
ICE DRIVEN OFF
Messages were received from Wesleyville, Fogo and Tilt Cove yesterday morning that strong S. W. winds prevailed during the night. No steamers were visible and the ice was well off the land. The belief is that the ships struck the whitecoats yesterday and no doubt there was a great slaughter. The old folks say that a S. E. gale to break the ice is necessary before they find the fat. It is not likely that there will be further news from the fleet until one returns.
The schooner Checkers, G. Rumsey, 44 days from Oporto, arrived yesterday, to Bishop & Monroe, in ballast. The first few days of the passage fine weather was experienced, but since reaching the Newfoundland coast a succession of gales have followed. Several sails were blown away while trying to hold the land, but otherwise the ship came through without damage.
BIG FIRE AT BREWERY
Causes Damage to Amount of $4,000
At 10.30 yesterday morning a telephone message was sent to the West End Fire Company that the Bennett Co.’s, brewery was on fire, and a few seconds later an alarm was sent in from the Cross Roads. The Western and Central Companies were soon on the scene but the fire had gained considerable headway in the interim. The top flat of the residential part of the building was burning freely and blinding volumes of smoke were issuing the refrom. Two streams of water were put on, but the pressure being low, they were of little or no service. The engine was then put into commission obtaining its supply from the river that passes on the western side of the brewery. A copious supply was obtained from the engine and was soon playing on the burning building. Owing to the dense smoke it was impossible to locate the more dangerous part of the fire, but the men worked willingly and their efforts soon began to tell. For over an hour the firemen toiled on incessantly, and finely succeeding in getting the blaze under control. During this time , however, they suffered intensely.
Without exception they were wet from head to foot, as were also the police who rendered timely and valuable assistance. After danger had passed, it took a long time to properly quench the burning building, which was not done before a lot of damage had resulted. The fire originated at the rear of the residential flat, in a building which some loose hay was kept, but the cause is unknown, though several theories have been advanced. It soon spread to the residence of the head brewer, Mr. Graham, and to the office below, the bottling department and cooperage, all of which were badly gutted. The office and residence were rendered useless, and also the entire top flat.
The brewery proper, ice house, stables, etc., escaped, but it is doubtful if this would have been so had the fire taken place at night. The greater loser is Mr. Graham, whose furniture was almost completely destroyed upon which no insurance was carried. The buildings were fully covered, and the loss to the company will be comparatively small. The damage will not exceed $4,000 in value .
The cause of the short supply of water from the city service, is attributed to the breaking of a pipe on the new line. When the alarm was sent in the higher level supply was directed to the West End by way of Le Marchant Road and Patrick Street. For a few minutes good result were obtained but the service failed suddenly, owing to the breaking of a pipe near Kieley’s farm. During the time the fire was in progress Mayor Gibbs drove through the city , and found that the pressure at the different hydrants were : “Alexander Street 54 lbs, Jobs Street, 56 lbs, Patrick Street 74 lbs, Prescott Street ,74 lbs; and upon learning of the break instructed the engineer to proceed to the scene at once and secure necessary help to repair the defect.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
There will not be a half holiday on Thursday afternoon, this week.
Mr. Marle will deliver another scientific lecture at the Methodist College Hall this evening.
Several trouting parties tried their luck in the nearby ponds yesterday but did not find fish over plentiful.
The Sealing premises on the South Side are now almost in readiness for the expected voyage.
Many sealing reports were current yesterday. All were incorrect , as nothing was received from the fleet.
Twenty young couples had an enjoyable tea and dance at Smithville last evening, dancing commenced at 8 and was indulged in until midnight.
From Lamaline we learn that la grippe has been prevalent this winter and a large number of people have been affected. Dr. Lynch has his hands full at present.
Last evening, a disgraceful row took place in St. Patrick St. , the participants being two youths, one of whom was recently before the magistrate. Some citizens stopped the proceedings, and the contestants escaped before the police arrived.
Mr. and Mrs. Mayo, the sufferers of the avalanche disaster, who were conveyed to the hospital Sunday night, are still in the same condition. The woman’s arm is in a bad state, and the doctors thought they would have to operate, yesterday afternoon, at present they are unable to say what Mayo’s chances of recovery are.
Yesterday morning a break in the new water service pipes occurred opposite the country residence of Mr. James Kieley , Long Pond road. A high pressure was on, and in a few minutes the road was converted into a river, and the adjacent fields were flooded. Engineer Ryan, Inspector Donnelly and a staff of men were soon on the scene, and began repairs without delay. Last night Mayor Gibbs visited the scene. It is expected to have a new pipe laid this morning.
Three arrests were made yesterday, one of whom is also charged with being disorderly. They will be presented to His Honor, this morning.
The rotary plow left Arnold’s Cove at 6.30 p.m. yesterday, for Clarenville. Upon arrival at the later place the express will leave Whitbourne, and continue on to Bishop’s Falls.
The Carbonear train did not arrive yesterday. Two miles from Harbor Grace she stuck in a snow bank and it tool some time to get her free. The incoming passengers came to town by last night’s regular.
About 6.30 last night two inebriates fought near the West End freight shed, to the disgust of passing citizens. After they had pummeled each other for some time the police arrived and took one of the disturbers in charge. He will answer to the magistrate this morning.
At 5.15yesterday afternoon John McGrath discovered a pile of paper in a shed at the rear of J. J. O’Rielly’s saloon, on fire. McGrath extinguished the blaze, after some difficulty and reported the occurrence to Const Lawlor. The fire it is thought was caused by the careless throwing away of a match.
The following message was received from Channel, last night: “wind N. W. , light; fine ; ice driven off, only a few loose pans in sight.”
Heavy sheet ice extends about two miles up in Mortier Bay at present, and prevents the coastal steamers calling there.
Capt. Neislen arrived from Ferryland, by the Portia , Sunday night, he proceeds to Norway, shortly, to bring out Mr. Ellefsen’s whaling steamer.
The Portia brought 50 bbls. frozen herring from Salmonier. We are informed that bankers could bait there easily at present, as fish are plentiful. The steamers also brought along one bbl of fresh turbot.
BEMISTER—At Toronto, on the 6th instant, after a very brief illness, Dorcas Mary (Minnie), youngest daughter of the late Capt. Willis Bemister formerly of Carbonear, and sister of Mrs, J . W. Nicholas, of this city.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 20TH 1907
The Council of Higher Education met, yesterday afternoon, to elect the Rhodes scholar. Two boys were eligible, B. Dunfield and Harry Winter, both of Bishop Feild College, and the latter was chosen. Winter is the third son of Sir James Winter, and we congratulate both father and son. Harry has been a prominent figure in college athletic during the last few years doing creditable work in cricket, football and hockey. We feel certain that he will sustain the reputation which Newfoundlanders have at Oxford, and predict a brilliant future for him.
At 9.50 last night an alarm of fire sounded from box 118 opposite Sir W. V. Whiteway’s , Rennie’s Mill Road. The Central and Eastern men responded, found the box open, but no one on the scene. The police then made a search of the locality, but discovered nothing. Box 118 has figured in false alarms on several occasions, but the perpetrator has so far evaded the police .He deserves severe punishment and no doubt it will be meted out to him if caught.
CROSS COUNTRY SERVICE
The cross country service will again bein working order by the end of the week. The rotary is doing splendid work cleaning the rails and was at Gambo, last night,. The express that left here Sunday, reached Bishop’s Falls at noon yesterday, and another express left here at 7 p.m. , coming east, and is due here at noon. From here to Grand Falls the road is in excellent condition and also east from port aux Basques to Kitty’s Brook. The section of the road to be cleared is between Grand Falls and Kitty’s Brook and the rotary will be despatched there today.
Yesterday was exceptionally fine along the railway. A strong sun shone all day making it springlike, but at night it became intensely cold at places, and at 9.30 the mercury stood 10 below. The latest reports were:--
Port aux Basques—N. W. light, fine, 30 above.
Bay of Islands—Calm, fine, 20 above.
Gaff Topsails—W. ; light; fine; 8 above.
Clarenville—Calm, fine; 18 above.
Whitbourne—S. W. ; light; fine; 20 above.
W. B. Fitzgerald of Job’s, had the following message from his brother, M. E. of Fogo, yesterday morning: “ Nineteen ships gone north, one jammed off the Wadhams; thousand of old seals seen. Saturday , but only a few killed. Believed ships have struck seals; will report when weather clears.” The message was dated Monday and a storm must have prevailed at the time.
It was rumored about town, yesterday, that the S .S .Diana had driven ashore at Musgrave Harbor, during the recent storm, and remained high and dry when the tied receded, but at high tides floated off again without damage.
At 7.30 last night Channel reported as follows: Wind, N. W. ; Light : fine: ice about a mile off ; no steamers or seals.
HARBOR GRACE NEWS
Mr. George Heath, of Messrs Bowring Bros. Hardware store, St. John’s and his sister Alice are in town. They intend returning home on Monday.
In the district court today, two cases of debt were disposed of. In each case judgement was given for plaintiff for the full amount claimed by admission.
Messrs J. A. and Lothrop Whitman left by this morning’s train for St. John’s, the former en route to Hamilton, Bermuda, to spend a few days with his daughter. Mrs. Ensign Trickey; S. A. whose husband is in charge of the Army corps in that Island, and the latter to remain a few days in the city.
It is reported here that the gold samples brought from the vicinity of Cape Charles, Labrador, show the metal to be of a very superior quality, those produced being in the opinion of one competent to judge equal to any discovered in Australia. It is said gold bearing quartz is found at Cape Charles in unlimited quantity , and the indications of free gold in that locality are very promising. Reports of the discovery of gold in different parts of Newfoundland and Labrador have not as yet borne evidence of the existence of the precious metal in paying or workable quantities, but if the information gathered from a resident of this town can be accepted as correct, those interested in the discoveries at Cape Charles may hope to profit eventually by their lucky find.
This morning our citizen became aware that Mr. John Butler , chairman of the Road Board here, had passed almost suddenly into eternity at an early hour of the morning. Although not feeling well for some time past, Mr. Butler, up to the evening of his death, was able to attend to his business and his almost sudden end was unlooked for. He was about town on Friday afternoon and so far as can be ascertained did not complain of feeling unwell. He returned home in the evening at the usual time, and a little later gave evidence of a serious illness. Dr. Allen was summoned and visited the sick man about 8 p.m. he saw that the end was near and suggested that Rev. Canon Noel be sent for. Canon Noel was subsequently in attendance and performed the duties of his office. At 2 a.m. today the end came and all that was mortal of our well known townsman was left to be prepared for its last resting place. Mr. Butler was widely known to person outside this town, and intimately acquainted with a great many of our citizens. For many years past he has led an active life in connection with the Road Board of the town, the position of chairman often bringing him to the notice of the public here and elsewhere. Those who were closely acquainted with him speak kindly of Mr. Butler and his cheering greeting will long be remembered by those who were best know to him. He leaves a widow and one son, Mr. Charles Butler, the obliging mail officer of the Labrador service, to mourn the loss of an affectionate husband and father. Deceased was 71 years of age. The funeral will take place on Monday afternoon.
Harbor Grace, March 16th, 1907.
J. P Powell, Esq., and Mrs. Powell arrived in town on Saturday afternoon.
Mr. William C. Hawker, an agent employee in the firm of Messrs Rorke & Sons, is now able to get around again, after an acute attack of rheumatism.
The public highway known as Bennett’s Hill, is now in an almost impassable condition according to the report of the travelers coming to and from town. The level of this hill being some five or six feet lower than the land on either side makes it a sure repository for tremendous piles of snow . It is an important thorough-fare as nearly all the outport trade—places such as Heart’s Content, Victoria and all up and down the North Shore—come in the town by this road. Some think it inexcusable carelessness on the part of somebody that it is not kept clear so that trade will have a fair chance to thrive. The traffic centering about this hill daily, is sufficient to justify the small expenditure that would be needed to make it navigable after a heavy snowfall.
The removal by death of Mr. George Edward Joyce, which event happened recently at the city of Boston, is heard with profound feeling of regret here. Although being now absent from this native place for a period of 16 years his name up to this day is regarded as a synonym for goodness and square dealing. There are still remaining through all the intervening years of separation a few of his old friends, whose call to cross the great dividing line has not yet been hears. To them particularly the sad news called forth sadness of heart. His transition from earth to realms of the blest means a severance of another link in the chain of the past, albeit his memory, as that of all good men, will continue to live on.
The tragic end of two young men named Davis, of Freshwater, which occurred at Boston’s Steel works last week, causes a wave of deep sympathy to swell up in the hearts of all the “liviers” in that little settlement towards the stricken relatives of the victims. The details of the accident are not yet to hand. Evidently a mistake was made in the wording of the message as the three unfortunate men are not brothers , as stated. The third is thought to be a native of Trinity Bay. The other two are sons of Joseph Davis, of whom the eldest, George Edward, is married and has been a resident in Boston for a number of years. The younger son John, is but a short time left home having went sometime last autumn, thus it will be seen the memory of the latter is very vivid to those of the old homestead. We learn the body of the younger man Davis will be conveyed here for burial.
The weekly meeting held on Thursday evening of the C. of E.
Assistant Association at St. James Hall proved immensely interesting,
the topic for the debate being that similar to the one discussed
simultaneously at the Good Templars Lodge viz: “That Newfoundland is
Now Ready for Total Prohibition.” From both sources we gather that
great enthusiasm was called forth on the subject, while an abundance of
thought and argument were freely interchanged from both opinionists.
The vote resulted in a majority for the affirmative in the I. O. G. T.
and a large majority for the negative in
St. Patrick was duly honored on Sunday at the R. C. Cathedral. High Mass was celebrated by His Lordship Bishop March, of Harbor Grace, assisted by Revs. William Finn and F. D. McCarthy. The sermon and panegyric of Ireland’s Patron Saint was ably delivered by Father Finn of the Cathedral. owing to the event this year coming on Sunday the accustomed round of the Conception Bay B. I. S. was not made, the worthy President deeming it wise to curtail the usual street procession, and confine themselves to a shorter route. The parade was therefore not so important an item as it otherwise would have been. Nevertheless they lined up at St. Patrick’s Hall and proceeded from thence to the church in full regalia. Many spectators viewed the ranks, and although minus the strains of music the society compared very favorably with parades of recent years.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
The Barqt Minnie Jackman left Bahia for this port, yesterday.
The express, with mail and passengers, is due about 10 o’clock.
About 20 laborers leave, this morning, for Placentia, to connect with the S. S. Bruce, for North Sydney.
The Council had a large number of laborers engaged on Water Street yesterday, leveling the snow. New Gower St. also demands attention.
The French cable Ship Contre Admiral Caubot came off the dry dock, yesterday, repairs being completed. She will likely resume her voyage today.
The frost of last night formed a solid sheet of ice on the harbor, and in consequence the S. S. Dahome took a couple of hours trying to get to the pier.
Passengers leaving by this morning train, at 8.45, will connect with the S. S. Bruce, at Placentia, for Louisburg. The Bruce’s next trip will be to Port aux Basques.
Mr. H. Hutching, who arrived from England, this morning, will be given the position of bookkeeper at the Fisheries Department, formerly held by Mr. H. C. Morris.
Rev. J. Hewitt, while visiting St. Lawrence, last week, became ill and when the Portia was coming east could not be removed. He is under the care of Dr. Smith, and it is hoped , will soon be able to get around again.
At present there are 6 cases of Scarlet fever in the city and two at Winsor Lake, of which there are four patients in two houses. In hospital there are six patients, three each of scarlet and typhoid. The town is immune from diphtheria.
Magistrate Benning of Lawn has sent the following message to the Minister of Justice from Lamaline “On Wednesday last Aaron Thornhill left his home at Dantzic Cove to set his traps. He has not been seen since and it is supposed he fell over a cliff and was killed or drowned, people have searched for him, but can find no trace of him.
The Railway and Marine World, for March says: “The Maritime and Newfoundland Wrecking Co., of St. John’s, Newfoundland, has made application to the Dominion Government for a subsidy in connection with the maintaining of a wrecking plant, Capt. A. Manley was recently at Ottawa in connection with the negotiations.
The S. S. Ingraham, which left here Wednesday last, for Catalina and Greenspond, returned, yesterday morning. She was unable to get further north than Catalina, owing to heavy ice, and had a difficult task getting there. On Monday she spoke the S. S. Panten. of Cape Bonavista , and was informed that the latter had been jammed since the 12th. She also reports the Newfoundland and Southern Cross jammed off Catalina until Saturday night last.
The many friends of Mr. Patrick O’Neill, of the Reid Co., will rejoice to learn that he has much improved in health the last few days and is expected to be about again shortly.
Three cases of scarlet fever at Ferryland, were reported by Dr. Freebain , yesterday.
The break in the water service, near Mr. Keilly’s , Long Pond Road, was repaired , yesterday afternoon.
Capt. C. Lake, of the banker Rigel, is now in town, making preparations for the coming voyage. He returns to Fortune, tomorrow, and expects to leave for the fishing grounds next week. Five bankers will sail from Fortune, this year.
Scarletina prevails at Catalina at present, and up to the 15th one death had occurred. The past fortnight had been very stormy in that section of Trinity Bay, and the roads are completely blocked with snow.
The funeral of the late M. Murray took place at Harbor Main, on Monday last, after Requiem High Mass was celebrated by Rev. J. Roe, assisted by Revs. Dr. Murphy and Monsignor Vetich. There was a large attendance of mourners, many of them coming from distant parts of the district.
The schooner Iona, Herald, hauled over to Bishop & Monroe’s yesterday, to load fish for Europe
Harvey & Co. wired Halifax yesterday, for the whereabouts of the Silvia, and was informed that she arrived there at 11 p.m. Saturday, and left again, Monday morning, for New York.
Most of the banking skippers along the South East Coast are not experiencing the difficulty of securing men this year that they did last . Those engaged made good bills, though the catch was not large, which is inducing more to ship this year. During the next fortnight the banking settlements will be full of business.
Lawrence Noseworthy of Bryants Cove, Harbor Grace, one of the Panther’s crew, was brought home, yesterday, by the Ingraham to enter hospital. Sunday night last , while steering his ship, a pan of ice hit the rudder, the impact sending the wheel around with force and throwing Noseworthy to the deck. When picked up it was found his right leg was dislocated at the knee. He was taken to hospital in the ambulance.
LAWRENCE—At Jubilee House, Bonavista, on March 12th, the wife of John W. Lawrence, of a son.
MYLER—On the 18th March, at the Lunatic Asylum, Thomas Myler, age 55 years. Funeral on today, Wednesday, at 2.30 p.m. from 2 Chapel Street. Friends will please accept this the only intimation.
THURSDAY MARCH 21ND , 1907
“IN PERILS OF THE SEA”
Terrible Weather Experienced on Atlantic Ocean.
Loss of Crosbie & Co’s Schooner Lucile.
Yesterday’s European mail brought particulars of the loss of Crosbie & Co.’s clipper schooner Lucile, Captain Kennedy. The Lucile loaded fish here for Brazil, and sailed early in February. Boisterous weather was encountered soon after leaving port, and the ship was much buffeted about. On the 10th a huge wave boarded her, breaking off 8 stauntions and carrying away the rail and bulwarks, from the fore to the main rigging on the port side. The life boat was smashed in pieces and carried overboard with the receding sea. The starboard side was also badly battered and five stauntions, rail and bulwarks were broken. The huge wave threatened to engulf her, and it was an anxious time for all on board. As soon as the weather permitted the men set about making repairs, but progress was very slow. For five days she was under sail, and Capt. Kennedy hoped to reach his destination without mishap. On the 15th the captain was alarmed at seeing water running in the cabin. He did not know what was wrong, so went down in the stern, where the sea could be heard running in in spouts. The vessel was wore round and the captain tying a rope around his waist, went over the side to make an examination of the damage. He found that ten or fifteen planks were rent off , right under the quarter, and saw at a glance that it would be impossible to effect repairs under the existing conditions. The water continued to make rapidly, and the pumps were kept going, for three days the men worked incessantly with very little rest. They felt that they could not keep up the strain much longer, and with the life boat gone, their position was anything but an enviable one. As they were almost done up, a steamer hove in sight. A signal of distress was hoisted, which was answered by the steamship, and a boat sent to their assistance. The Lucile was so far down in the water that the crew jumped into the boat, leaving their clothes and other effects to go to the bottom with the wreck. It was not an easy task abandoning her, as a high sea was running, but it was accomplished without loss of life or injury to limb. The steamer proved to be the Roma, of the Fabre Steamship Company bound From New York to Marselles with general cargo. On boarding her , the captain said officers made Captain Kennedy and his worn out crew as comfortable as possible. It was fortunate for them that the Roma was passing as the Lucile could not have remained afloat much longer, and their chances of living in the captain’s gig for any length of hope were slim indeed. They reached Marseilles in safety and were housed at the Seaman’s House. From there they proceeded to London, and after the captain had transacted the necessary business in connection with the loss, took train to Liverpool. They are supposed to be leaving the latter port by the S. S. Annapolis, today and will be due here at the latter part of next week.
LOCAL TRAIN STORM BOUND
The storm last night was the worst experienced on the local line for several years. The wind blew with hurricane velocity, accompanied with blinding snow drifts. The local train coming from Carbonear, had a terrible time coming along, and arrived at Holyrood more than two hours late. The storm was at it highest, when the station was reached, the wind threatening to blow the cars off the rails. Considering the conditions the train was held at Holyrood, the danger being too great to continue. The train remained there until 3 this morning and arrived here an hour later
Yesterday morning it was intensely cold along the line and at Bishop’s Falls the mercury stood 12 below zero. During the forenoon it was fine, but at one p.m. a south-east blizzard came on suddenly at Port aux Basques and continued east reaching Whitbourn at 5 o’clock, the storm was general at 10.30 when the following reports were received.:—
Bay of Island—S. E. , heavy, drifting, 20 above.
Gaff Topsails—S. E. , heavy, drifting, 17 above.
Bishop’s Falls—S. E. , heavy, driting, 18 above.
Clarenville—E. E. , heavy, drifting, 24 above.
Whitbourne—S. E., heavy, drifting, 25 above.
ALONG THE LINE
The express that left Tuesday arrived at Bishop’s Falls at 11 a.m. yesterday.
The express to Placentia yesterday morning took out about 40 passengers among them were M. B. Vail, J. D. McDonald, and J McGregor.
Within the past few days there has been a continual hum of conversation over the results of the recent storm. To the people of the south coast in general, and especially to the fishermen of the district of Burgeo and LaPoile, it was one of dire consequences. On land and sea destruction was wrought. We learn that in different settlements east and west, many houses suffered considerable damage, some were unroofed and others were literally destroyed. At Rose Blanche, where the greater part of the fishing fleet were at anchor the storm was more severely felt. The schooners H. Fenwick, owned by W. J. Mathews, Britannia, owned by Penney & Sons, and a Fortune Bay vessel owned by Mr. Snowbridge parted their moorings and took separate course towards destruction. The first was driven on shore, at the harbor mouth, where after receiving no small amount of pounding she filled with water and settled firmly on the rocks. The second swung on a rock at the entrance to the harbor, but only remained there a few minutes, during which time it is thought she was disabled and rendered leaky. Swinging clear of land she was driven into the open sea, and no trace of her whereabouts have since been seen. it is thought that she filled with water and sank. The third with a crew of eight men drove to sea , without being injured by contact with the shore. It was thought by all the different crews of the fishing fleet, that she met her fate upon the dangerous shoals a few miles off the land and that another marine tragedy was to be recorded, but we are pleased to state that a telegraph message made public today informs us that since the storm the vessel has reached home in Fortune Bay and that the crew are safe. The crews of the first two vessels escaped to shore in time to avoid the most solemn of life’s endings. We learn that the schooner Britannia had about 200 quintals of fish on board and the H. Fenwick about 100 so that the loss to the owners will be great. Messrs, W. J. and A Matthews took passage by the S. S. Glencoe, for Rose Blanche, on Saturday, 9th to attend to the saving of the wreck of their schooner H. Fenwick, and we learn since their arrival upon the scene, that they hope to get the schooner up and to have the hull repaired. The service of a diver have been secured , and if the present gale does not cancel the possibility of the vessel being saved, in all probability within another week Mr. Matthews will have her ready for dock. The loss to the owners of vessels at this season of the year is great, as no insurance can be obtained until later in the season, about March 15th, but the loss to the fishermen is greater, meaning as it does the sacrifice of their spring’s fishing and a consequent increase to their summer debt.
The schooner Rowena, Capt. Street, returned from the western fishery on Friday , 8th March to land a member of her crew, who was dangerously ill. We learn that she had on board about 120 quintals of fish. She left again on Saturday, to resume the voyage .
The S. S. Glencoe returned from west about 2 p.m. Monday 4th. On Sunday she spent a few hours off the coast in search of Penny’s schooner, Britannia, but the search proved futile. Evidently the vessel has gone under long ere this. Commercial Agent Stranger, traveling in the interest of J Anderson, St. John’s arrived by her to solicit orders. He will be going east upon Portia’s return from the west.
Mr. A. Moulton, son of R. Moulton, M. H. A. , took passage for Halifax, via Port aux Basques by S. S. Portia on Monday, about 9 p.m. He purposes a journey across the Atlantic first to Jersey (Channel Island), then to England, and before returning home will likely be absent for a period of six months.
Mr. R. Moulton has favorably improved within the past week, and will soon be about again, we hope, with health in statu que.
At the meeting held recently by the committee appointed by the Methodist denomination for superintending the erection of their new building in this town, plans and estimates were submitted by the chairman for that body’s consideration. After thoughtful discussion and mature deliberation the committee decided to accept the plan drawn up by Hon. Jno. Ayre, the estimated cost of which will be somewhere near $10,000. The next business for the committee, we presume is to call for tenders for the construction of the various parts viz:- foundation, basement, superstructure etc. The gentlemen of the committee, it will be seen are steadily progressing in an enterprise that has and will before accomplished , make great claims on their time. An appreciation of their work, will without doubt find on outlet in the hearts of every member of the congregation by giving liberally to the cause in hand.
We might say by way of reply to the esteem Hr. Grace correspondent of the News that whilst we do not see eye to eye with his views touching on what methods are best to employ for the encouraging of the people to sheep raising on a more extensive scale, by which they might augment their earning powers, we are in close accord with him and think the occupation might be made a profitable one, and could be gone into to a far greater extent with a very little outlay of money. Other domestics of the rancho might be included as well, and would afford a means for an equally lucrative investment. But the fact is obvious that the average man lacks wisdom along these lines. He doesn’t realize just yet the many advantages that must come to him by utilizing spare time in caring for one , two or more head of live stock. However, when people begin to turn their attention in this direction we do not think our friend the dog, if given kindly treatment, well-fed, and trained properly, will be any hindrance whatever to the cause. Possibly a small bonus from the public exchequer would do more or stimulating the industry in hand, than any other outside influence.
HARBOR GRACE NEWS
Last week a daughter was born to Mrs. and Mr. Frank Maher, the latter being the obliging freight agent at the railway at the railway station here.
The funeral of the late Mr. John Butler took place on Monday afternoon and was very largely attended, the burial being at the C. of E. cemetery.
Rev. Fr. McCarthy of Carbonear came in from his parish by Monday evening train and was met at the station by Rev. Fr. Finn.
Messrs Alex Bryden, manager of Newfoundland of the Sun Life Assurance Co., Charles Henderson H. J. Hansen, F. LeMessurier, P. J Summers and Miss Leary arrived from St. John’s by Saturday night’s train. Mr. H. F. Fitzgerald, Mr. Jesse Whiteway, and Capt. Sheppard, of the brigt. Amy Louise from the city came in by Monday afternoon’s train.
Messrs R. D. McRae & Sons’ schooner Clara, Capt. W. Yetmen, was at Valencia , Spain, on Feb, 20th at which time she had half her cargo of fish discharged. Messrs Munn & Co.s’ schooner Estella, Capt. Bartlett, and Messrs W. Duff & Son’s schooner Mystery, were at Valencia at the same date.
An old resident of this town Mr. Robert Courage died on Sunday at the advance age of about 82 years. He was a member of the British Society. The funeral attended by the Society took place this afternoon, many citizens paying their last tribute of respect to one highly esteemed. Interment was made at the C. of E. cemetery.
About 150 children attended festival given at the Masonic Hall on Monday afternoon and it was a scene worthy of description to picture the happiness depicted upon the countenances of the little ones as they moved thoroughly appreciating the pastime and amusements provided for their enjoyment. The committee in attendance, Messrs John Tapp, Otto Grimm, Arthur Tapp, Frank McRae, W. J. Janes and John C Sheppard, were indefatigable in their endeavors to make the children and guest happy. Fruit and candies were distributed during the afternoon, and the good things provided were done full justice to by those who attended the festival. Messrs Brazil , Garland and Power supplied the music and the pleasing notes of the cornet, violin and flutina in combination added largely to the enjoyment of the children and others. At 6 p.m. the festival was brought to a close and the gathering dispersed, the little ones carrying away pleasant memories of the occasion.
According to expectations the production of the comedy “Jane” at the R. C. Academy on Monday night brought a full house and the assembly was highly gratified at all that was presented for its entertainment. It would not be in good taste to distinguish between the merits of the performers, but it may be permissible to notice the general proficiency of the individual performers. Mrs. M. T. Jones was assigned a most difficult part which she executed in a most agreeable manner. Miss Aggie Thomey as “Jane” faithfully portrayed that conspicuous character. Miss Madeleine Cody and Miss Rose O’Connell took their respective parts with admirable skill and increased their popularity. Messrs W. H. Kennedy, J. A. Power. W. J. Lynch, and T. Hanrahan were in good form and each, displayed his talents with effect. Mr. Lynch earning the appellation of an excellent comedian. Mrs. Jones favored the audience with the favorite “Kathleen Mavourneen” and responded to the encores with “naughty Nancy Lee”. Dr. Strapp’s song “My name is Morgan but it ain’t J. P” was well received and he answered the demand for more with “He looks just like his mother”. Orchestra selections were given my Messrs J. T. Lawton and T. Hanrahan, Masters Lawton and T. Hanrahan and Misses Gertie Lawton and May Hanrahan, and their musical talents were highly commended. Altogether St. Patrick’s entertainment was greatly appreciated, the execution of the performance going beyond the expectations of the audience and eliciting the opinion that the play was the best in recent years. Mr. Samuel Thomey deserves mention for the service he rendered in so nicely arranging the decorations of the stage.
The committee in charge of the improvements to be effected at the R. C. Academy Hall are to be congratulated upon the execution in part of the proposed alterations now going on at this fine building. For some time past it has been felt that the stage requirements of the hall have been inadequate to the demands frequently made upon them. To supply the need for greater facilities some improvements, which will give convenience and suitableness to performers are to be made at the rear of the stage thus affording an easier and more accommodating entry to and exit from the stage, when theatrical performances are being executed. The entire stage front is to be renovated and has been finished in matched Californian pine neatly panelled in white pine, which harmonized prettily with the sides of the hall , the design and workmanship reflecting creditably upon the architectural ability of Mr. Michael Tobin. The fittings of the stage including foot-lights have also been put in place under the skilled supervision of Mr. James Gorman, the affable electrical foreman of the United Towns Electric Light Co. Now that the Academy Hall has been so improved for holding theatricals concerts, lectures, etc., it should receive its share of patronage both from local and visiting parties requiring accommodation.
Harbor Grace, March 19th.
A note relative to a marine tragedy in Ramea in the “Free Press” of March 5th, I am glad to say was not correct. The boat that left Little River, had returned , owing to the ice. What was seen here was the top of a large tree which looked very much like a boat with men due probably to the snow and hazy atmosphere, and knowing as we did that the boat had left Little River that morning.
There was a terrible gale here of North East wind on the 7th. A skiff belonging to a man named Hatcher, parted her moorings and rode to sea. This is a severe loss to him as it is his only boat for shore fishing. The gale was also severe at Rose Blanche and the schooner Henry Fenwick was sunk. A boat owned by Strowbridge was driven to sea with the owner and seven other men, and , it is feared, will be a total loss. The Britannia also parted chains and Captain Bullen decided to go to sea. The vessel fell of on the wrong tack , struck and became damaged, he then tried to beach her and partly succeeded but could not hold her to land. After a while the vessel broke loose and drifted out, leaking badly. She had on board 200 qtls of fish. The loss is a bad one. The crew saved only their clothing, whilst the Captain did not save any. The vessel had completed repairs last winter and was owned by J. Penney & sons of this place. She was 59 tons register and her loss was greatly felt as she carried no insurance and her crew are now out of employment.
The launch Rattler after some little trouble with machinery and boiler, which caused some delay sailed on Monday to the West fishing, Captain Ingraham in command.
Yesterday there was a great storm of snow from the North East and we now have to tunnel our way through the snow
Mr. Janes, our blacksmith, lost his little girl a few days ago. She was six years old and a very bright and winsome child. She had only been ill about 48 hours. It is supposed that her death was due to inflammation. The weather at the time made it impossible to secure a deacon.
Mumps are pretty busy with us just at present, but I am glad to say that there are no fatalities.
Ramea, March 13th.
A wire to Mr. D. Stott, from Port aux Basques yesterday read : “Two families hoods taken , several others seen at Rocky Barachois today. A steamer sighted about 20 or 25 miles West, supposed to be in the hoods.
Mr. Smith , of the “Anglo” received the following wire from Cape Ray: “Wind south east , strong, dull. Heavy close packed ice everywhere, moving N. W. 3 old and 2 young hoods taken in this vicinity yesterday and several old hoods seen in the water.”
The following was received by Mr. W. B. Fitzgerald from his brother M, E. of Fogo, yesterday: “No ships seen since Saturday then in the north east; men out nine miles yesterday never saw a seal, think last patch passed Friday and Saturday, ships must have struck seals , bay full ice, wind south est ice slacking.
At 7.30 last night the following message was received from Channel: “South East gale, drifting, ice packed tight on land, no steamers or seals.”
THE PASSING OF VETERANS
John Butler—Robert Courage
It was with feeling of profound sadness that the announcement of the death of an old friend and fellow townsmen of former years, was unexpectedly thrust upon my ears, on Monday afternoon. Arriving at Harbor Grace about 3 p.m., the writer attention was drawn to a number of flags flying at half-mast, and in making enquiry, it was found the mournful display of bunting was caused by the almost sudden death, in the early hours of last Saturday, of Mr. John Butler. At the same time a bell of the “old stone fabric” was tolling its dirge, another sad reminder that a member of St. Paul’s had passed to the Great Beyond. The sound to our ears was familiar,–we have heard the same clang in days gone by—oft we paused at the gate while the body of relative companion or friend was gently born inside the sacred edifice, now, in the distance, a sympathetic sigh recalls to memory that another link is broken and one whom we had expected to meet in the flesh was traveling the road to eternity. Mr. Butler was a prominent man in the affairs of Harbor Grace for a number of year’s; by trade he was a carpenter one of old stock, whose work was performed with a faithfulness and proficiency that is all too lacking in present day methods of semi-factory and hand labor. For some time past he was Chairman of the Road Board, which position, unenviable as it certainly is he filled with a considerable amount of satisfaction to what may have been , in some instances, an exacting public.
I have also to record the passing away of another landmark of the same town, viz., Mr. Robert Courage, whose illness was of long duration, death coming was welcome sleep to the tired body. Mr. Courage was one of the old stock fishermen—a noble race which is fast becoming extinct—and at death had reached the round age of 78. His funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon, and was largely attended, the Conception Bay British Society turning out in full force to pay its last token of respect to a worthy brother member. The writer desires to extend to the relatives of both the deceased his deep sympathy in their hour of bereavement.
H. F. F.
Head constable Dawe arrived by yesterday’s express, having in charge four prisoners, named Seward (2), Strong and Johnston. The men belong to Clarenville, where they were arrested and are charged with breaking open the Reid Co.’s cars and stealing food stuffs, etc., therefrom. Upon arrival they were taken to the police station”Head” Dawe, Sergt. Poet, and Constables Baggs and Quinlan escorting them there, the prisoners will appear before the magistrate, this morning.
The S. S. Bruce arrived at Placentia at 8.30 a.m. yesterday, 27 hours from Louisburg. She brought a large mail and the following passengers:– Hon. S. Millsey, C. T. Schmidt, Sing Pate, J. V. O’Dea, P. C. O’Driscoll, P. McDiddle, J. C. Charlotte, I. F. Perlin, Dr. W. Cornochan, P. Kennedy, J. D. Tobin, A. F. And Mrs. Goodridge, H. W. Thomey, R. W. Strong. The express arrived at 4.30 p.m.
Mr. I F. Perlin, who was abroad purchasing goods, returned by yesterday’s express.
Revs. Frs. McGrath, (Bell Island) , and Ashley, (Portugal Cove), arrived in town yesterday.
Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Goodridge returned from their visit to England by yesterday’s Bruce.
Mr. J. V. O’Dea. who was on a business trip to Canada, was a passenger by yesterday’s Bruce.
Mr. P Kennedy, who was purchasing goods in the Old Country, returned by yesterday’s express.
Mr. P. C. O’Driscoll, who was in Canada and the United States on business, returned by the Bruce.
Messrs G. A. Buffett, J. E. Lake, and J. B. Patten, leave by this morning train to join the Glencoe at Placentia, homeward bound.
The Casket of Antigonish announced the death of Dr. McIntosh, who was interred at his birthplace, Lower South River, N.S. He had been judge of Probates for the past 35 years. He leaves three sons and five daughters two of who are Presentation nuns in Newfoundland
Newfoundlanders make their mark in the political as well as the social and commercial world. We have recently seen a program of the Yukon Young Mens Independent Liberal Conservative Club, of which the Hon. Richard McBride, who was just triumphed at the polls in British Columbia is the honorary President. The actual president is Mr. Thomas Badcock, formerly of Bay Roberts. We rejoice to see him thus following worthily in the footsteps of the loyal and sturdy Bay Roberts chieftain, the Hon. Capt. Charles Dawe.
The Portia was at Fermeuse at 8.30 last evening and probably remained there until storm abated.
Glencoe left Fortune at 1.30 p.m. yesterday coming east.
Argyle arrived at Placentia at 7 p.m. yesterday.
Bruce leaves Placentia this morning upon the arrival of the S. S. Glencoe.
S. S. Annapolis leaves Liverpool today for St. John’s.
S. S. Dahome sails for Halifax at 5 this evening.
Schooner George Rose is now discharging her salt to Barrs. She load general cargo for grand Bank where she fits out for the Bank fishery.
Barques Cordelia , Taylor, has reached Pemambuco after a run of 27 days.
Brigt. Grace Giles, has reached Barbados from Bahia after a run of 15 days.
PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY
His Excellency the Governor-in-Council has been pleased to appoint Messrs. Wm. A. Rowe (Seldom-Come-By), and William Fillier (Canada Bay), to be Surveyors of Lumber; Rev. Andrew Tulk, to be a member of the Church of England Board of Education for the District of Port-de-Grave, in place of Rev. D.W. Blackall, left the district; Mr. John Spracklin, to be a member of the Methodist Board of Education for Brigus, in place of Capt. John Bartlett, left the district; Messrs. Joseph Rice, James, Rice, George Pearce, and Peter Mitchell, to be a Road Board for Fleury’s Bight; District of Twillingate.
Secretary’s Office, March 19th, 1907
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
Canon Dunfield lectures at the British Hall, and Dr. Robertson at the Presbyterian Hall this evening.
The S. S. Fiona sails west, today, and will investigate the alleged trawling on the fishing grounds.
Rumor has it that Sir E. P Morris, M. P. Cashin and P. T. McGrath have brought the Herald from Mr. Furneaux, for $43,000.
The Bruce express arrived at 4.30 last evening bringing Hon. S. Milley, I. F. Perlin, P. C. O’Dricoll, P. Kennedy, J. V. O’Dea, R. W. Strong and about 20 others.
Mr. Charles Hutton had the telephone put into his shop, on Water Street, yesterday. This will be quite a convenience for his numerous customers.
Yesterday’s cross country train brought along mail from Trinity Bay ports, which has been on the road over a fortnight. The snow blockade caused the delay.
There is a new chief and second officer on the S. S. Dahome, the position at present are filled by Captain Davis and Thomson. The latter has made several trips to this port.
Denis White who was before the magistrate, Tuesday and discharged to enter the Poor Asylum was arrested again, yesterday, for being drunk and disorderly on Water Street.
The Dahome brought Mr. W. Fluk, a cutter for the Nfld Clothing Factory; Mr. Khown, accountant for K. Noah; Mrs. Osborne dressmaker for Ayre & Sons.
Robert Strang, of Lawn, who has been undergoing treatment in the hospital for some time, was sent home by the S. S. Portia, yesterday, his case being hopeless. He was taken to the steamer in the ambulance.
This date , in 1880, the S. S. Walrus, Capt. Joseph Barbour, arrived first from the seal fishery with 13,500 seals. April 5th she returned with a second trip , 9,679 and May 1st, with a third trip, 1,652. The price given for fat that year was $5.50 a cwt.
The storm last night was responsible for the inundation of several houses on the higher levels, and also on new Gower St. The council employees were out all night clearing the gullies an unpleasant task, considering the weather conditions.
Once more the Labrador Fishery Bill (steamer) has met defeat in the Legislative Council. It was thrown out yesterday on the second reading. The only supporters of the measure were Hon. Dr. Skelton and Hon. John B Ayre
The rotary plow reached Bishop’s Falls, last evening, and will remain there until the storm subsides.
One of ourWater St. firms are at present negotiating for the purchase of the brigt. Richard Greaves, which has been here for some time. She is a splendid vessel, and is well known in the local trade.
One drunk was arrested yesterday, and taken to the station.
A West End Blacksmith was placed on the “watering car” Tuesday.
A West end tradesman fell on the sidewalk, yesterday afternoon and badly cut his right temple. Dr. Anderson was called to dress the wound.
James Kennedy, of Harbor Main, was driven to town yesterday morning, from Bell Island. He injured his foot two days ago, while working in Dominion slope, and suffered intensely from the effects. He was bound home, but missed the 8.45 train, and had to be given quarters at the station until 6 p.m train left.
FRIDAY MARCH 22ND 1907
MORE WRECKS AT ROSE BLANCHE
A message from Rose Blanche received yesterday morning reads : During yesterday’s storm four schooners drove ashore at Hopkins’ Island—the Bonny Briar Bush and the Julia Ward, of Channel; the Venus and the Gypsy Queen, of Burgeo. The Julia Ward and Venus will probably be total losses. The other two may be got off. The schooners had from 50 to 180 qtls. fish on board. The crews of all the schooners remained on the island all night, and endured great hardship. They are now being looked after by the relieving officer.
Mr. Jesse Whiteway had a message yesterday, from Japhet Winsor, Wesleyville, which read : “Eleven steamers sighted off Pinchard’s Island, yesterday, steaming north. Heavy ice. Thinks seals were jammed between Cape John and Groais Islands, when steamers called.”
Mr. R. B. Job received the following wire from Hugh Burt, Musgrave Harbor, last evening. “ Diana reported near Rocks at Cape Freels; got clear without damage. Steamers likely in seals off Wadhams.
A message from Channel, last evening, stated that the ice was close to land. No steamers or seals were visible.
JESSIE L. SMITH SINKS AT WHARF.
At 5 o’clock , yesterday afternoon, Mr. Parsons, of Crosbie & Co.’s employ on going on the wharf, saw that the schooner Jessie L Smith, loaded with 3,000 qtls. fish for Europe, was very low in the water. An investigation showed that she was leaking badly in the stern, and that the cabin and aft hold were filled with water. The dock is shallow and the keel rested on the bottom, and but for this fact the vessel would have been submerged. The pumps were kept going, but could not free her. The firm asked the assistance of the fire department and at 7 o’clock Inspector-General McCowen and Chief Dunn visited the scene, but deemed it inadvisable to send their apparatus. The service of the tug John Green and a large pump were then secured. The latter was in working order by 9, and was kept going all night. In the meantime a gang of men were employed landing the dry fish, and it was hoped to have it out by daylight. The schooner will then be towed to the South Side premises of Baine Johnson & Co. , where the wet fish will be taken out and go through the drier. Diver Taylor, who has charge of the work will then examine the damage and it is likely she will go on dock for repairs. At 9 yesterday morning the pumps were tried and she was as sound as a bell. The cargo, we understand, is not insured against mishap of this kind, and consequently the loss to Crosbie & Co. will be considerable.
The Conception Bay Benevolent Irish Society assembled at St. Patrick’s Hall Carbonear on St. Patrick’s morning and proceeded to St. Patrick’s Church to attend pontifical High Mass at which His Lordship Bishop March, was celebrant, Rev. Fr. McCarthy, of Carbonear, deacon, and Rev. F. Finn of the Cathedral of this town, sub-deacon. After mass, the society called at the palace to pay its respects to the Bishop and clergy and then returned to the hall. A number of persons from this town also attended Mass in Carbonear that day. The sermon was preached by Rev. Fr. Finn. After giving the text the preacher said in effect—Among nations in every age, there have existed men whose worth has been recognized by their country, and their fame and deeds have been perpetuated by admiring and grateful countrymen. The church also has had its great men in every age, and her distinguished sons have not carved their way to distinction like warriors, by the sword, but have reached their illustrious position by affection and heroism. It was one of these of whom he had to speak—St. Patrick. Every descendant of the Emerald Isle, in whatever country of the world his lot may be cast and where is he not to be found?—reveres the memory of St. Patrick, so that the example he bequeathed to us should be cherished and followed. Of the early life of St. Patrick very little is known. At the age of 16 he was taken captive to pagan Ireland, where he remained in captivity for 6 years, after which he made his escape and returned to his people. While in captivity he had learnt to love the Irish people and he pitied them in their ignorance and unbelief, as he had a great desire to return and make known to them the glad tiding of the gospel. We may therefore imagine his joy, when standing on the deck of the ship, which was bearing him to Ireland as a missionary he viewed the distant shores of the land which was to become his mission field and his delight, when standing for the second time on the beloved shores of Erin. Never has the world seen such a complete victory over paganism as that of St. Patrick in Ireland. For 30 years he labored among the Irish people and how successful was the result of these labors in quite manifest. St Patrick still lives in the hearts of the people of Ireland, as well as in those of Irish descent the world over. The tree of faith planted by St. Patrick in Ireland, grew up and branches of it were transplanted wherever the Irish race found a home, so that a large spread of the Catholic faith was effected through the Irish Mission. Despite the many hindrances to the growth of the faith in the past, the tree did not die, but rather grew stronger by adversity. Where did the Irish people get that indomitable courage, strength of faith, purpose, etc., so conspicuous a heritage of the race? It was found in the spirit of faith manifested in and given by St. Patrick. The numerous monastery, convents and magnificent Cathedrals were an evidence of the faith implanted in the Irish people by St. Patrick. The faith was to be carried by the race to the remote corners of the earth, wherever they unfurled the banner of salvation. We must bear in mind our first obligation is to practice the faith as Catholics and the disciples of Christ. Our lives should be in keeping with the teachings of the faith which St. Patrick delivered to our ancestors.
The sermon is considered as able effort by the preacher to present an old subject in an interesting manner so as to claim the attendance of the congregation , and he succeeded.
Hr. Grace, March 19th, 1907.
ALONG THE LINE
The local train, which left here at 6 p.m. Wednesday, did not reach Carbonear until 4 p.m. yesterday. She got bogged in the drifts between Broad Cove and Tilton, yesterday morning, and had considerable difficulty in freeing herself.
In consequence of Wednesday afternoon’s train not reaching Carbonear until 4 p.m. yesterday, the local, which should have left the Conception Bay Terminus early in the morning, did not leave until after 5 p.m., and came only as far as Brigus Junction, when passengers and baggage were transferred to the evening train, which left half an hour after her.
The shore train arrived at 12.15 this a.m. bringing:–Captain C. Dawe, F. H. Hue, R. Brown, and a few others. She left Carbonear at 6.
The Placentia train due Wednesday night became jammed in a snow drift on the branch line, and did not get free until last evening, when she reached Whitbourne.
Last evening’s express took out a few passengers only. She did not get further than Brigus Junction, last night, as between that point and Whitbourne the road is heavy. It will be cleared this morning.
The local express from Bishop’s Falls, with passengers and mails is due this afternoon.
The rotary plow reached Gaff Topsails at 8 last evening. She made a good run during the day, and cleared 70 miles of rails. She has 30 miles more to Kitty’s Brook to open, and then the entire cross country route will be in running order.
Stormy weather prevailed along the line yesterday and considerable snow fell. There was no let up during the day and at night it was as bad as ever. The latest reports were :—
Port aux Basques—N. E. ; strong. snow. and drifting, 28 above.
Bay of Islands—N. W. ; strong; snowing; and drifting; 26 above.
Quarries–N. W. ; strong; snowing and drifting, 26 above.
Bishop’s Falls—N. E. , strong, drifting, 22 above.
Clarenville—N. E. ; light; snowing a little, 30 above.
Whitbourne—W, strong; snowing a little; 30 above.
Mr. F. H. Hue arrived last night, and will remain a day or two , on business.
Mr. J. S. Munn went to Harbor Grace yesterday morning, he returns today.
Mr. W. C. Job reached New York, yesterday, from England.
Mr. and Mrs. M. Chaplin intended leaving Liverpool, on Saturday last, by the S. S. Victorian.
Capt. C. Dawe arrived by the shore train, at midnight. His many friends will be pleased to learn that he has almost fully recovered from his illness.
S. S. Dahome sails for Halifax today.
S. S. Silvia leaves New York, on Monday, for St. John’s.
Whaler Hump is now ready to leave for Dublins Cove; she sails as soon as the ice clears off the coast.
S. S. Regulus hauled up to Bowring’s from Job’s yesterday afternoon, and commenced loading oil.
Schooner Excelda is expected to leave Louisburg, today, for Harbor Breton, where she fits out for the bank fishery.
Portia reached Trepassey at noon yesterday, going west.
Glencoe reached Placentia at 5.30 p.m. yesterday, and landed S. Percey, W. Tibbo, T. Foote, T. Le Selleur; passengers will arrive today.
Argyle left Placentia at 12.15 p.m. yesterday, on the Lamaline route.
Bruce left Placentia at 11.30 a.m. yesterday , for Louisburg.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
At 9 o’clock last night Cape Race reported that nothing had passed during the day.
Repairs to the S. S. Rosalind will be finisher, shortly, and she will resume service, next month.
Hon. J. J. Rogerson celebrated his 87th birthday, yesterday; he was born at Harbor Grace, in 1820.
This date ten years ago, the S. S. Harlaw was the first arrival (at Channel) . She had 14,000 prime seals.
Letters received from Greenspond by Wednesday’s mail, say that only a few seals have been taken there, this spring.
William Mayo and his wife, the victims of the Burin avalanche accident, are doing well at the hospital. The woman is now out of danger.
I. G. McCowen has been very ill of late, and at present is under the doctor care. He is about, however, and attending to his duties.
The Fisheries Department had a wire from S. W. Point, Anticosti yesterday morning, saying that wind was N. E. light ice to the north, no seals.
The Council had a large gang of men employed during the last few days, trying to cope with the pools of water to be seen on the sidewalks everywhere.
Conception Bay towns are now blocked with snow, and in several places traffic is tied up. Not for years has Brigus seen such immense banks of snow as this winter.
A horse driving along Circular Road last night, took fright and resulted in upsetting the sleigh. The occupants were a lady and a gent, and the former, falling on her head, narrowly escaped breaking her neck.
A Water Street establishment it is said, has become aware of the fact that some of the employees are not as honest as they should be. It will be interesting for the shop hands to know that one of the Scotch clerks is a detective and he is endeavoring to ascertain who the light fingered ones are.
The Supreme Court was occupied, yesterday, hearing the arguments of Sir James Winter, and continues again in the morning.
The insolvency case of Jabez Rideout was postponed, yesterday, until Monday next, bonds for the insolvent being extended to the later date.
A meeting of the seal skinners takes place in the T. A. hall, this evening.
Mrs. Kate Gaul, of the Topsail Road, died at her residence, yesterday morning. She had been ill for some time.
The four Clarenville men arrested by “Head” Dawe and charged with the larceny of goods from the Reid Nfld Co., were before the magistrate, yesterday afternoon. They were remanded until today when their case will be disposed of.
At midnight a blizzard was raging, but it soon passed away and became fine again.
Const. Mackey and Coady bagged two drunks and disorderliness, between 12 and 1 yesterday. One other was arrested up to midnight, the trio will be presented to Judge Flannery this a.m.
The Minister of Justice received a wire from Mr. Vavasour, J. P. St. Lawrence, yesterday, as follows: “Jonathan Beck, single went to the woods, yesterday, and the storm came on before he reached home. His body was found beside the slide, this morning, about one mile from his home.
RYAN—At Montreal, on March 13th, Annie Frances, wife of the late Richard Ryan, shipwright of St. John’s, Newfoundland. The funeral took place from her late residence, 9 Farm Street, on Thursday, March14th at 6.45 p.m.
GAUL—Yesterday morning after a lingering illness, Catherine, relict of the late Richard Gaul, aged 73 years. Funeral on Sunday , at 1.30 p.m. from her late residence Topsail Road. Friend and acquaintances please accept this the only intimation. No crepe–Boston papers please copy.
CRITCH—Yesterday morning, at 8.30., Sarah Maud, only daughter of John and Selina Critch aged 18 years. Funeral on Saturday at 2.30 p.m. from her late residence, 38 Spencer Street. Friends and relations please attend without further notice. No crepe—Halifax papers please copy.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD 1907
Editor Daily News—
Dear Sir,—Even in the “fog free zone” around Kelligrews , coming events are beginning to cast their shadows before. Rumors of the repairing of wharves. etc., are freely circulated, and I predict every effort will be made to bring back the “erring” Liberals who have forsaken the Bond fold, and who are prepared, with the Opposition, to administer the severe castigation, which their boodling record so justly deserved.
Surely representatives must think us weak minded and ignorant to allow the reckless throwing away of thousands of dollars in useless experiments, money that would be better disposed of in aiding the fishermen in their hazardous calling , opening up agricultural roads, in fact making a short line route to prosperity instead of to Great Britain. What, I ask , had the Government done during the past seven years to benefit the working classes of the Island? We are being daily told in the government journals, of the tide of prosperity, the high price of fish , the amount of wages which the D. I. & S. Co. on Bell Island , pay monthly , etc., but do Bond and his clique imagine that they have brought this about when they boast of prosperity and two blade gears? Surely not! Perchance they refer to their own well-lined pockets, instead of Divine Providence. “Bouncer” Jackman talks of a substantial yearly surplus and of the duty taken off lines, salt, flour and molasses, but the gaseous individual dose not tell that it costs ore to subsist now than it did seven years ago. Take got instance, the dry good line, and compare prices with those of six or seven years ago. Mr. Jackman is suffering severely from an attack of “swelled head”. It is a pity that he was not born in the neighboring republic as Newfoundland is undoubtedly too small a sphere for a display of his marvelous financial talent. He wants a wider sphere in which to operate his stupendous genius.
The House is about to close after a short session of “all things our own way”, and the hard worked Premier, who spends half the week at Whitbourne all the year round, will again have the pleasure of a prolonged visit to the Old Country, of course at the expense of the tax payers. Tell it not in Twillingate, publish it not in the streets of Placentia, lest the water pipes burst in that ancient town, but it is a fact, and an unmistakable fact, that this South Shore was never so united as it is at the present time, and not all the gold of Golconda will avert the coming changes. We can effect it and we will insist upon it.
Kelligrews, March 21st.
Thursday night’s storm subsided early yesterday and fine weather was reported from all quarters yesterday. The latest reports are:—
Port aux Basques—S. W. ; light; fine; 30 above.
Bay of Islands—Calm; fine; 30 above.
Quarry West—light; fine; clear; 17 above.
Bishop’s Falls—N. W.; light; fine; 28 above.
Clarenville—Calm; fine; 28 above.
Whitbourne—Calm; fine; 20 above.
The Late Matthew Jackman
Yesterday morning 22nd inst.,, there passed quietly to his rest Matthew Jackman, sen. , Bell Island . Deceased had reached the patriarchal age of 98. For over 60 years his name has been recorded for the ferry and mail service between Portugal Cove and Bell Island beach. This exceptional long service for the public benefit, needs more than an passing notice. The position was one of considerable danger oftentimes; the duties were ardous and laborious. And who can conceive the many escapes and hard encounters with sea, wind and ice during such a lengthened period over 60 years? Even in only 10 years what experiences can be recorded crossing this oftentimes rough work of dividing water. He gave satisfaction to the public and did honor to himself. Deceased was much esteemed by all the people.
The mail service is yet in the family and with improved facilities and modern means of transportation the comfort and safety of the public will be assured.
To the family and relations sympathy is in order. He lived a just life and died the death of the just. “Blessed are the dead who die on the Lord”–Com.
Portia left Placentia yesterday afternoon going west.
Argyle left Burin at 11.45 a.m. yesterday going west.
Glencoe leaves Placentia this morning for western ports.
S. S. Bruce was due at Louisburg last night but up to 11 there was no word of her arrival.
ALONG THE LINE
A local from Whitbourne arrived at 7.40 last evening
The Carbonear train arrived at 10.30 last night bringing J. S. Munn, John Kennedy, R. French, and a few others.
A Placentia train , the first since Tuesday night, arrived at 3.30 a.m. bringing the Glencoe passengers and a few others.There were heavy snow drifts on this branch line but it is now clear.
The express from Bishop’s Falls is due at Whitbourne at 9 this morning and should reach town at noon. Thursday night’s blizzard filled the cuts opened by the rotary plow and the train could make but slow progress.
The rotary reached Kittys Brook yesterday and will remain there until her service are required again.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
Job’s schooner Jessy was to have left Barbados, yesterday, for St. John’s, with molasses.
The road leading to Belvedere cemetery was impassable until Thursday when the snow banks had to be cut away to allow a funeral to pass.
Const. Lynch drove from Cape Broyle, Thursday night, with a patient for the lunatic, named John Morrissey. Twice of late the man attempted suicide by hanging.
Mr. J. C. Crosbie leaves Montreal early next week and is due here on Saturday next.
The whaler Hump left Jobs premises yesterday afternoon and berthed at Pitt’s lower wharf prepatory sailing for Dublins Cove.
The electric lights were out on Water St. this morning; no doubt the Council will enquire as to the cause.
In 1801 the S. S. Neptune was the first arrival on March 23rd with 32,061; the following year the Labrador came first on this date, with 17,968, and in1807 the Iceland with 22,075.
“A Syrian” named Charles Joseph, who has been suffering from consumption for some time, at the S. A. home, has been attended by Dr. Mitchell. Mr. Noah has interested himself in the man and will look after him.
The Clarenville prisoners were sentenced by Judge Flanney, yesterday morning. James Johnson was sentenced to two months imprisonment, and the others, Richard Seward, Burt Seward and Nicholas Strong, were sent down for 30 days.
Mr. J. S. Munn, a director of the Harbor Grace Boot and Shoe Co. who was over inspecting the factory, returned last night.
Const Nugent went to Outer Cove yesterday afternoon in connection with a dispute over some land. The question will be settled by the Court.
William King, a 14 year old lad of Monkstown Road, was before the Magistrate yesterday charge with the larceny of a $1.30 mouth organ from Garret Byrne. He pleaded guilty and was fined $5 or 14 days.
The next cross country mail may be looked for Monday evening.
The schooner Jessie L Smith which sprung a leak at Crosbie’s wharf, Thursday afternoon was not taken to the South Side as at first intended. She remained at the pier and the unloading of the fish continued during the day as soon as sufficient is taken out an examination of the damage will be made.
SAMWAYS—Passed peacefully away at Twillingate on the 21st March, in his 85th year, Peter Samways, a native of Pool, Dorsetshire, England, and father of William M Samways, this city.
MONDAY MARCH 25TH 1907
AN UNRULY DRUNK
Saturday afternoon Constable MacKey arrested Patrick Shea, of the Rocky Hills ,near Logy Bay for being drunk while in charge of a horse . He was taken to the Eastern Station and shortly after being placed in a cell became hysterical and would have injured himself but for the guards. He broke a mug, and the officers were obliged to remove his boots to save the partition. He was taken to the police station at night and this a.m. will go before the Magistrate.
LIGHTNING DESTROYS HOUSE
The thunder and lightning storm which occurred Saturday morning did considerable damage. Such a storm at this season of the year is a rarity and those who saw the lighting could not believe their eyes. A few moments later, however, a heavy roll of thunder left no doubt in their minds. The telegraph station of the Anglo and Government in the city had their fuses burnt out, causing some inconvenience. The lighting arresters at the Reid Nfld. Co.’s Despatching Office prevented serious injury there, though while it prevailed the lines worked badly. From what we can gather the storm was more severely felt in Conception and Placentia Bays than in St. John’s. At Harbor Grace a house owned by Ambrose Barrett, on Kitchens Hill, was completely wrecked by the lighting. Fortunately it was unoccupied at the time, as the owner is residing at Halifax, and no was hurt. His father’s home stands close by but this escaped. From Placentia to Placentia Junction, the telegraph poles suffered much. One was completely broken in two pieces , a few were split in the center and several large spalls broken off. The wires in various outports were interrupted and required the attention of the repairers. Mr. A. D. Brown says he [blank] on the Placentia Barrens 23 years ago when a similar storm prevailed
Yesterday storm was severely felt all over the island. At 6 a.m. the snow began falling and although there was not a great quantity the high winds made the drifts uncomfortable. Just after tea it increased in violence and on the higher levels the blizzard was blinding. Cape Spear reported that the day was the worst for the winter and it was hardly safe to venture out of doors. Cape St. Francis telephone similar weather. Vessels on the coast must have had a trying time but it is hoped they came through without mishap.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
The S. S. Regulus sailed for Trepassey, Saturday morning, to load deal (?). She took up a gang of men to do the work.
Purser Spracklin, of the Clyde, who was relieving on the Bruce and Glencoe, went to Brigus from Placentia, on Saturday night; he comes to town today.
Dr. Kennedy and his sisters Misses May and Maud, have spent the winter in the South of France. The doctors friends will be glad to learn that he is enjoying good health there.
Only once since 1803, when steamers first procured the seal fishery, has the first returned on March 25th, and that was 38 years ago, when the Hawk, Capt. W. Ryan, return with 9,000.
Mr. J McRae, who is now in England, will purchase a small steamer for the firm. Their growing Labrador trade has made a steamer necessary and having one at their own disposal will mean the saving of a large sum annually.
Mrs. McCarthy, Flower Hill, reported to the police, Saturday morning, that her home was entered and ransacked during Friday night. Several articles were stolen, and as she suspects the thief an arrest will be made shortly.
The street cars were stopped at 8 o’clock last night, as a slight accident happened to the rotary, at Petty Harbor. After half an hour it was repaired and the cars resumed work. The service was kept open all night, but the employees say it was one of the hardest nights for the winter.
There was no word of the S. S. Ulunda at Cape Race, last night; she must have an unpleasant time in the storm.
A wire from Channel , yesterday stated that no ice was in sight.
Rev. F. Smart, of Island Cove, who has been ill, for sometime past, leaves for England in a few weeks time, to recuperate.
Much drunkenness was in evidence, Saturday night, and before 11, seven arrests were made. All were liberated, yesterday morning except one.
A 4 year old Eskimo boy was admitted to the C. E. Orphanage, on Saturday. The child came up from Labrador some time ago. His father is dead, and he had no one to look after him.
The work of removing fish from the schooner Jessie L Smith continued Saturday. Mr. S. Bell informs us that she will be taken over to Baine Johnson’s South Side premises today.
Mr. G. Kennedy, Avondale , arrived in town, Saturday night.
The 4 year-old son of Mr. Winslow, Circular Road, died at Midnight, Friday. The child has been suffering from scarlet fever.
There was no word of the sealing steamers, yesterday. It is thought that they had a hard time during the N. E. gale and snow storm, which raged during the day.
Conductor Lush, of the Placentia branch came to town last week for medical attendance, as when fighting the drifts he became snowblind. He has been ordered to rest for a day or two.
Wilcox Spracklin, Reid’s agent at Port aux Basques, who was in the city as a witness for the defence in the Anglo-Reid Nfld. Co. and left for Placentia, on Thursday last to proceed home by the Glencoe, returned to town, Saturday night.
GADEN—Suddenly, on Saturday night, Thomas W. Gaden. Funeral on Tuesday at 3 o’clock from his late residence 52 Prescott St. Friend will kindly accept this the only intimation.
COSTELLO—On Saturday, after a short illness, William Costello. Funeral today, Monday at 2.30 p.m. from his late residence 241 Theatre Hill. Friends will please accept this the only intimation.
BEARNS—Passed peacefully away on Saturday night, Ann Munden, relict of the late Thomas Bearns, aged 92 years. Funeral on tomorrow Tuesday , at 2.30 p.m. from her late residence 132 Military Road. Friends will please accept this the only intimation.
SUDDEN DEATH OF MR. GADEN.
Mr. Thomas Gaden, for many years employed in the Customs Department died suddenly at his residence, Prescott St. , at 8 o’clock Saturday evening. He had been complaining of a cold and retired at 7 immediately after tea. He soon became worse and his wife and daughter decided to call Dr. Anderson. They went to his surgery, and on returning home were shocked to find that death had claimed him during their absence. Dr. Anderson made an examination of the body and pronounced death due to heart failure. Mr. Gaden was about 60 years of age and a few years ago retired from active service at the Custom House. The remains will be interred tomorrow.
ALONG THE LINE
The express, Conductor Kelly, reached town, at 1.30 Saturday, after tedious run of two day from Bishop’s Falls.
The Placentia train, Conductor Mitchem, arrived as a special at 10.35 Saturday night, bringing; W. Spracklin, G. Kennedy. G. H. Press and Conductor Veitch.
The shore train arrived at 11.45 p.m. Saturday, bringing ; Dr. Stentaford, Mr. Perry and a few other.
A special left Whitbourne, Saturday, for Clarenville, with Roadmaster Graham and about 20 workmen, she reached her destination at night , and reported the road in good condition.
Last evening’s train was cancelled, as the line is again blocked with snow.
The rotary plow reached Bishop’s Falls, from the Topsails yesterday. This morning she comes east and will clear the rails.
A special train leaves town at 5 this morning, to clear the shore lines.
SERGEANT PEET ILL
At dinner hour yesterday, Sergeant Peet, while doing duty on Water St., was suddenly taken ill. He was struck with a pain in the hip, and it was with great difficulty he succeeded in reaching home A doctor was called and prescribed for him and it is likely the sergeant will have to remain in for a few days. Sergeant Sheppard is in charge of the night police this week in his place.
A CONSTABLE FALLS
At 7 o’clock last evening as Const. Devine left the Eastern Station to go on duty he fell and dislocated his foot. Returning to the station Dr. Rendell was summoned. He found the limb swollen and the officer suffering intense pain, but an examination showed that no bones were broken. Devine will have to remain off duty for a few days as at present he is not able to walk.
BRUCE DUE THIS MORNING
The S. S. Bruce reached Louisburg at 10 p.m. Friday , and left again at 1 o’clock yesterday morning. She is due at Placentia, this forenoon, but if she encountered yesterday’s storm it is possible that she may be late in reaching her destination. Passengers and mails to connect with her for Canada and the States will leave by this evening’s train at 6.
TUESDAY MARCH 26TH, 1907
SHORE TRAIN IS HELD UP
Conductor and Brakeman Have Trilling Experience With Two Tramps
The Marauder Escape in to Woods
One often reads and hears of trains in foreign countries being held up but the act was unknown in the history of our railroad until last night. The incident naturally caused a commotion and those traveling on the eventful train will have an opportunity of relating a story all their own , which must savor of the days of Jessie James. Just after the belated shore train left Brigus junction last night, the brakeman James Finnicune went to the rear passenger car to light the lamps. He was so engaged when conductor Kelly entered . The latter saw two strangers, who apparently were trying to keep their presence secret. As the conductor was not favorably impressed with their appearance, he immediately asked for their tickets and one replied: “Oh, we have no tickets.”“ Alright, a dollar ten each , please ,” and the retort the conductor received was “We have no money, have you? The conductor told his assistant to stop the engine and the tramps to get off. As Finnicune left, both rose to their feet and made a rush for Kelly. The latter was prepared for them, however, and quickly disposed of No.1 for an instant. The other then closed in on the conductor and a struggle ensued. Kelly is no mean looking specimen of a native, and no doubt would have overcome his opponent, who was no weakling either, but that the first recovered and went to his pals assistance. Gripping Kelly’s lefthand as if in a vice he got the thumb in is mouth and nearly bit if off, while he used the conductors shins as a football and lashed out with the force of a South-American mule. No.2 made a target of Kelly’s face and pummeled it for all he was worth. Their intention evidently was to knock him insensible, relieve him of whatever cash he had and make off as soon as the train stopped. As soon as Finnicune alarmed the engineer he returned to the car to find the three men engaged in a rough encounter. Going to the conductor’s aid, one of the strangers paid attention to him and gave him a fearful butt in the face with his head which almost dazed Jim and followed it with a swinging blow on the jaw. Relived of one adversary, Kelly was more that an match for the other but the tramp was full of fight and knowing that he would fare badly if he did not escape fought with the tenacity of an English bulldog. Forcing him to the platform the conductor gave him a hoist which drove him sprawling several yards from the rails. During this time the fight between Finniecune, and his man was going on in a lively manner. Kelly however, returned, and seeing that the battle was going against him, the brakeman’s opponent broke clear and making a bee line for the door vanished in the darkness. The train was now at a standstill and passengers hurried to the scene as the report of a hold up and attempt to rob the conductor had quickly circulated. Mr. P. Hanley was armed with a crow bar but did not have occasion to use it. Both marauders left the scene as quickly as their legs could carry them and were not seen after. As the train was considerably behind time and not wishing to cause further delay, she got underway again. One of the men left his cap and the other a black silk neck scarf behind which may lead to their capture.
S.S. ULUNDA’S STORMY TRIP
Loses Part of Deck Cargo
The S. S. Ulunda, Capt. Chambers, arrived at 10 last night from Halifax, after a stormy run. She left there on Friday morning, and that day experienced splendid weather. During the night a storm came on and until yesterday afternoon there was no let up. Sunday and yesterday morning was the worst in the captain’s long experience. The snow was blinding, whilst the frost almost penetrated to the bones. Mountainous seas swept over her, and almost instantly became ice. She was off Cape Race, Sunday morning but the storm would not permit making the land. The steamer dodged around and lay to at periods, while all on board anxiously waited for the sea to calm. One huge wave, which swept over the fore part, carried with it a quantity of deal, and yesterday morning a similar sea swept another quantity overboard. It made the work of the sailors dangerous to have the sticks flying around, but all escaped without injury. The cargo was also shifted, and on entering she had a port list. At 3 p.m. yesterday , Cape Ballard was made for which all were thankful. She is well iced up, it being several inches on the bridge, and port side. There was very little rest for the officers and crew, as the ship required constant attention. The captain was on the bridge, with intermission, but the eulogiums (?)of his steamship and ability given by the passengers will, we think, fully repay for the inconvenience and hardship endured. The Ulunda brought 300 tons general cargo and the following passengers:–Mrs. H. N. Muirhead, Gavin Muirhead , R. C. Morrison, J. T. Morrissey and J. M. Padon.
Early yesterday morning it was quite stormy along the railway line but during the afternoon there was a clear up. The latest reports were :–
Port aux Basques—S. W. ;light; fine; 24 above.
Bay of Islands—Calm; fine; 30 above.
Quarry—N. W. ; strong, fine, 10 above.
Bishop’s Falls—N. E. , light , fine , 20 above.
Clarenville—N. W. light, fine, 28 above.
Whitbourne—W. light, fine, 20 above.
Portia reached Channel at 12.30 p.m. yesterday. She left again last evening, coming east.
Glencoe left Harbor Breton ay 6.45 p.m. yesterday, going west.
Argyle reach Placentia at 10.30 a.m. Sunday. She leaves again this morning on the Red Island route.
S. S. Ulunda sails for Liverpool tomorrow.
S. S. Dahome reached Halifax at 6 a.m. yesterday.
S. S. Halifax City left London on Sunday for St. John’s.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
Detective Byrne had three boys before the magistrate, yesterday, for throwing snowballs. They were fined 50 each and cost.
During the storm Sunday night a lad went astray and the town was alarmed for his safety. He turned up yesterday morning, safe and sound.
The Ulunda reports heavy snow storm at Halifax, during last week. In the early part of her trip, when near Cape Sable, the weather was that of midsummer.
Last evening Constable Keefe arrested a citizen named Harvey under warrant. He is charged with ill treating and non-support of his better half. This morning he will go before Judge Flannery.
Conception Bay is now free of ice and the Amy Louise, which was detained there will likely sail today.
Dominion No.4 coal mine, Glace Bay, went on strike on the 20th owing to the refusal of the men belonging to the Provincial Workmen’s Association to go below the surface with the non-union men. Eight hundred are out.
The schooner Jessie L. Smith was towed over to Bain Johnson’s South Side premises yesterday where her cargo will be dried.
Passengers and mail to connect with the Bruce, for Canada, did not go out, last evening, but will do so by the 8.45 train this morning.
A report was current, last night that some men from Cabot Islands, who were out looking for seals had spoken the steamers Panther and Algerine in the ice.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 27TH, 1907
Lighting Storm At Cape Broyle
In the lighting storm of Saturday last, Mr. J. J. Brien, the Anglo operator at Cape Broyle received a bad scare and came near having his house destroyed by fire. When the lighting burst through the windows it set fire to the curtains and some papers that were lying upon a table. It burned the switch off the wall and exploded in a room underneath the office, through which the conductor passed, with a report as loud as a cannon. This room was also set fire to, the wall paper catching and also some clothing that was hung up. Mr, Brien escaped injury but had to work hard to arrest the blaze, which spread quickly. Fortunately plenty water was available, and the fire was extinguished without much damage resulting. So effective was the lighting on the “conductor,” that it was burned in three places.
A Similar Spring But the Ships Did Well
Sealers who were at the ice fields in 1883, say that the conditions that year were a/bout similar to those being experienced by the fleet this spring. That year March was very stormy and the ice was heavy. None of the fleet struck the white coasts until March 23rd, excepting the Bear, Capt. C. Dawe, the latter securing 30,000. All the others of the fleet, except the less powerful ones, secured good trips, the total catch being about 250,000. The first arrived that spring was the Proteus, Capt. R. Pike, on April 1st, with 14,465, and the last was the S. S. Tiger, T. Dawe with 600.
William Day Says He Was Robbed.
Police Doubt His Story.
At 8 o’clock yesterday morning William Day, the aged messenger of the Board of Works, reported to the police that he had been robbed of $15.50. The story he told was that at 8 o’clock Monday night he retired to his room, in the basement of the Board of Works building, and on going to bed , left his trousers, in which was the purse, on a table near by. He only been there a few minutes when a man crept into the room on tip-toe, turned on the light, put his hand in the trousers pocket, lifted the cash made his bow and left. Williams silently watched all this made no out cry, and did not report to the police until 3 next morning. The old man claimed that the thief (?)[sic] was an employee in the building, and demanded his arrest. Yesterday the Minister of Justice and I. G. McCowen investigated the matter and found that Day’s suspicions were erroneous, the person whom he blamed being innocent beyond doubt. The conclusion arrived at is that the aged man was dreaming and instead of thinking himself into millions, dreamt he lost $15.50. Some time ago he blamed a son-in-law for robbing him of $60, and wanted to take him before the magistrate. The son-in-law protested his innocence; Day insisted of his guilt, and after a few days one of the banks was called at, and it was found William had carefully deposited the $60 to his own credit.
The following message was received by Baine Johnson & Co. yesterday from Capt. William Winsor, Wesleyville:–“Storm since 9 p.m Saturday, Wind north by east. Steamers north Barrecks will go in Green Bay, pretty well rafted up, any south Barracks drive south all right, Men from Flowers Island Friday evening reported steamers taking seals outside Cabot Island. Sea on harbor ice breaking up.”
W. B. Fitzgerald of Jobs, has this wire from his brother, M. E. of Fogo. yesterday afternoon:–“No ships seen since 17th March, no seals, heavy sea, ice open, everywhere, wind S. W. strong, breeze, fine.”
Mr. J Roper had a wire yesterday from his brother at Bonavista the four steamers were off Cape Bonavista Monday evening heading east.
Baine Johnson & Co. had a wire from J. Rowsell yesterday morning that 3 three masted steamers and 1 two ,mast were 15 miles E. S. E. of Cape Bonavista Monday Evening.
S. S. Silvia left Halifax at 6 a.m. Monday, for this port.
Schooner Ionia, Herald, will finish loading at Bishop & Monroe’s today, and sail for market, Saturday.
S. S Ulunda sails for Liverpool this evening, taking a large cargo of fish, oil, etc., and Dr. Strapp and L Miller, is saloon.
Barqt. Fanny left Barbados, on the 2nd inst., for this port, with a cargo of new molasses; she should put in an appearance shortly.
The repairs to the S. S. Louisburg are fast nearing completion. When finished the ship will be in splendid condition, and the work reflects credits on the R. N. Co. and the men employed.
Yesterday was the finest for some time along the railway line. The sun was very effective and considerably reduced the snow. It was still fine last night, the following being the latest reports.
Port aux Basques—S. W. Light; fine; 38 above.
Bay of Islands—S. W. light; fine; 34 above.
Gaff Topsails—S. E. light; fine; 24 above.
Bishop’s Falls — S. E. ; light; fine; 28 above.
Clarenville—W., light; fine; 30 above.
Whitbourne—w; light; fine; 32 above.
ALONG THE LINE
Yesterday morning’s express took out 50 passengers, including; G. Kennedy, A. Perry, McDonald, P. Armour, F. Rioux, Warson, James, and Miss McNamara, A. Howley.
The Carbonear train arrived at noon, bringing: Capt J Lewis, E. Kennedy, F. H. Hue, and a few others.
At 6 p.m. an express left for Port aux Basques, taking about ten passengers.
The shore train arrived at 10.25 last night, bringing only a few passengers.
Rorke & Sons’ barqt, Callidora, Capt. G. W. Soper, chartered by Baird ,Gordon & Co., of St. John’s arrived at Bahia, on the 12th inst., and is now on her way to Barbados to load molasses
Quite a number of young people embarked for the “second city” Monday night , to take in the concert in honor of St. Patrick, held at the R. C. Academy Hall.
A glassy sheet on the harbor’s surface attracted many skaters on Tuesday night. The opportunity to indulge in the health giving exercise on the harbor waters is a great novelty in these latter years, consequently not a few of the young folks availed of its pleasures. Now as we transfer this jot to paper from our mental memorandum, the scene is completely changed ; the glory of the skater has departed from the spot and the blue lone sea asserts its right once again to breathe in the open.
A youthful son of Victoria sealed his period of flirtation on the 21st inst.,by signing his allegiance for life to the girl of his choice. The marriage ceremony was performed at the Methodist parsonage the Rev. T. B. Darby, B. A. officiating.
Dr. G. L. Stentaford went out on Saturday, en route to New York to take a three months’s course in surgery. It is possible, if things are not satisfactory to the Dr. in that city, that he will continue the trip and pursue the course in the old country.
Rev. C Lench delivered his lecture “The Laughter of Ages,” in the Methodist school room, on Tuesday night, by request of the Ladies Aid society. Rev. E. Baines gracefully acted the part of chairman, and promptly at 8 p.m. formerly introduced the lecturer. It will be observed that he topic was not one fresh from the grist mill, but a series delivered by the Rev. gentleman on previous occasions in other towns, and that carried with it a reputation of being possessed of all the qualities that tend to excise one’s risibility. Starting from the time of fun poking attitude of antediluvian unbelievers towards the venerable Noah and his ponderous lifeboat, the lecturer proceeded to narrate, in humourous tones , the proneness of the populace to jeer and laugh at leaders in all ranks of life down through the ages. Men of trophy, experimenters, of inventive genius, beliefs and proposals of religious and moral formers delving of scientists and so on in like manner with salesmen, philosophers and giants of the medical profession; all were counted fit subjects for ridicule and sportive contempt during the initiatory stages of their various theories and discoveries. In all the long list of names to whom the lecturer referred perhaps not one of them suffered the martyrdom of derision to such a degree as did Bernard Pallisy: that tenacious will powered genius of the 16th century , whose unconquerable determination and indomitable energy won the discovery which gave to the world the wonderful process of making and enameling earthenware. Dr. Harvey is worthy to be cited also, as another example of ridicule mentioned by the lecturer. His announcement of the circulation of the blood in the human body was received as the utterance of a crack-brained imposter. Likewise Dr. Jenner, who upon promulgating and establishing his discovery of vaccination as a preventive of smallpox, called forth the laughter of his professionals friends and a threat to expel him from their society if he persisted in harassing them with the subject. From beginning to end the lecture could safely be termed one long season of pleasure, with alternating streaks of edification and good humor running through every sentence. The lecture was brought to a close by singing the National Anthem, but not before the sentiment of the audience expressed itself in an proposal of a vote of thanks to the esteemed lecturer, the motion being proposed by Mr. H. Cameron and ably second by Mr. Jas. B. Peach.
A fierce snow storm raged here on Saturday and Sunday, the latter day, particularly, terrific weather was experienced. Indeed, so bad was it that Church and State practically joined hands to observe the day as one of entire rest, and that, in a manner, more stricely? than for many Sabbaths a long way back. Saturday storm will be remembered in future years by the heavy thunder and lighting that accompanied the falling snow a most unusual occurrence in this latitude at this season.
HARBOR GRACE NEWS
Mr. John S. Munn returned to St. John’s by Friday evening train.
A lad was before the Court today charged with smashing a pane of glass in the window of a shop on Harvey Street. The lad admitted breaking the glass for which he had to pay 60 cents and costs of the case. A slander case was postponed till Monday.
Mr. Paul Higgins has had his hair dressing saloon enlarged and next week the proprietor intends having the room suitably done up, so that his most fastidious customers will have no cause of complain when the contemplated improvements are effected.
A slight swell was noticed in the waters of the outer portion of the harbor today and shortly after the ice in that locality began to break into pans. At 6 p.m. water could be seen in the southern part of the harbor, opposite the Customs House and it is hoped that by Monday the harbor will be sufficiently free of ice to allow the vessels entering or leaving.
At 11.30 a.m. today an unusually loud clap of thunder was heard in various parts of the town but particularly appalling was the sound in the vicinity of Kitchen’s Hill, where the unoccupied house of Mr. Joseph Barrett now sojourning to Montreal stood intact at the beginning of the electrical storm. This house was struck by lightning which immediately preceded the clap of thunder referred to, and was completely demolished. The chimney was broken off at the middle, the roof separated in twain as its saddle, the walls battered to pieces, boards scattered in all directions, splintered in many cases into fragments resembling matchwood, and the total wreck of the house was complete. To convey a right impression of the scene is most difficult, but if one would imagine what the result would be like if a gigantic and complicated nail drawer with ramifying clasps to fasten upon every nail in the house at once, let him think of what would follow the instantaneous manipulation of the machine ere a jar caused at the same time. Such was the complete collapse of the building that one viewing the heap of ruins, could scarcely doubt that the house had been taken down and the lumber carelessly strewn around. Although unoccupied some furniture remained in the house. Some of this was recovered in a broken and shattered condition. A wooden bedstead was so demolished as to be an object of investigation to sight seers and a chiffonier was a curiosity worth seeing. Splinters of chairs and other furniture were strewn about everywhere, and fragments of shattered boards were found on the further side of Mr. George Tarrant’s house, about 50 feet away. A large heavy flat stone which had lain at the door step was upturned and moved a foot or so from its former place. About 20 yards west of the demolished house, in the residence of Mr. Ambrose Barrett, the father of the owner of the ruined house. Mrs. Barrett while in the kitchen washing some cabbage she was preparing for dinner, was terrified by the burst of sound caused by the electrical explosion, the canvas on the floor beneath her feet being burst up and a board of the floor split. The stone which stood near was uninjured but the electric fluid striking the facing of a door-way of the house tore them off splitting into piece of hardwood which was nailed below. From this room the electricity passed in to another to the south tearing off the paper from the walls, but doing no other damage. When Mr. Barrett who was also in the kitchen, went towards his wife her face was ghastly white and he feared she would swoon, but she bravely bore up although she received a severe shock. Old Mr. Barrett is 81 years of age and seemed very little agitated by the unexpected occurrence though at the time he must have manifested some little concern. Hundreds of citizens today visited the scene of the disaster to see the novel sights which were exposed to view and their curiosity as amply rewarded by what they saw.
Hr. Grace, March 23rd, 1907.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
The brigt. Dovonia , Noseworthy, left Barbados , yesterday, molasses laden, to A Goodrige & Sons.
A message was received from Channel last night, to this effect : “Calm and fine all day, no ice in sight ; no steamers or seals reported.”
The track is now open through to Port aux Basques, and it is likely that the regular service with the Bruce will be resumed after Sunday next.
The public wharf at Black Head was badly damaged by Monday night’s sea and storm and will need extensive repairs before it can be used again.
The two men, O’Neill and Healey, who assaulted M. Dillon, last week, and later had to be thrown off the train for bad conduct, arrived in town yesterday. It is likely that they will be arrested for assaulting Dillon.
Two of Mr. Snelgrove’s children, William Street, developed scarlet fever, yesterday, during the afternoon were taken to the hospital in the ambulance. A case also broke out at Mr. Tobin’s Buchanan Street, but the patient will be treated at home.
The stormy weather of late has a serious effect on the fishermen in Placentia and St. Mary’s Bays. Most of them were getting their boats in readiness for the coming voyage, but the severity of the weather made them discontinue. Early in April , last year, a number of the western craft were here for supplies.
In a few days Capt. W. Kennedy will be leaving for St. Lawrence, to get his banker Hispanola ready for the coming voyage. This prevalence of ice on the coast will seriously interfere with the spring trip of the bankers, and but for its presence most of the fleet would have left here . The Campanula, which was commanded by Capt. Kennedy, last year, will be in charge of Capt. J. Collins, of Catalina.
Hundreds of able-bodied men in the city are at present living in enforced idleness. For some weeks there has been practically no work, except that given at the dry dock by the Reid Co., and a few steamers arrivals. In consequence, there is much destitution in the city, and the charitable societies have been called upon, and distributed more food and fuel for March than for the proceeding two months,
S. S. Progress arrived from Bell Island at 8 last night, after a run of 6 hours.
In the Supreme Court, yesterday morning, before the full bench, Mr. Morison, K. C. , commenced his address in reply to Sir. James Winter, in the Anglo-Reid case, and continued until 5.30 p.m., when the court rose until today at 11 o’clock.
The Hon. Treasurer of the Methodist Orphanage begs to acknowledge, with sincere thanks, the receipt of the undermentioned amounts towards the funds of the Orphanage: Mrs. Robert Moore, Carbonear, $2; South Side Meth. Sunday School, Twillingate, $5.
No arrests were made by the police last evening. The city was unusually quiet during the night.
The work unloading the schooner Jessie L Smith continued yesterday. She is not yet high enough to make an examination of the damage.
Operations at the wool factory Brigus, are still delayed by the non-arrival of machinery. Several pieces have been on the road for weeks , but owing to the snow blockades in Canada and the States have not yet turned up.
Twenty-one years ago , 1886, on this date, the sealing steamer Resolute, Captain A. Jackman was lost near Fogo. The crew joined th Vanguard; and were landed at Greenspond . The men returned to St. John’s on April 5th, and Capt. Jackman took charge of the Falcon, on her second trip that spring.
This date has seen the first arrival from the ice fields on several occasions. Seventeen years ago, Capt Billy Rose arrived in the Kite with 10,800 seals, Aurora, Capt. A Jackman, was first in , in1895, with 29,947. Three years later the Greenland disaster occurred, and she entered port of a Sunday afternoon with 14,000. The following spring Capt. A Kean arrived first in the Aurora with 24,800 . In 1874 the old brig Havelock ,Capt. St. John , was the first to return, on this date, with a full trip, while in 1859 the sailing vessel Zambezi, Capt. T. Hallaran, returned with 9,500 seals.
THURSDAY, MARCH 28TH, 1907
GRAND LAKE FIRST HOME
With 10,000 Seals, Propellor Broken and Ship Leaking.
Discouraging Reports From the Fleet.
Only Forty-five Thousand Seals Accounted For
The fears express during the last fortnight that the seal fishery would not be successful were confirmed, yesterday by the Grand Lake . At 1.30 word was received that a steamer was coming, and it caused the customary commotion. All eyes were eagerly turned to the Cabot Tower where a flag and ball told that the report was correct. At 8 the ship could be seen off the narrows and citizens flocked to the water front to watch her enter and express their opinions. It is usual for the first arrival to be gaily bedecked with bunting, and to have a cheering crew. The Grand Lake, for her it proved to be, had neither, which gave rise to the rumor that she had a dead man on board. The latter we are glad to say , is not correct, ,but her arrival at this date is in consequence of an accident to the vessel, and none on board were in humor for demonstrations. Hundreds flocked to Harvey & Co.’, premises , all anxious to hear the news of the trip. She steamed up the harbor slowly, turned opposite Shea’s pier, and berthed at Harvey’s wharf. Citizens crowded over the side to welcome back their friends, and a cheer was given the men, who looked as weather beaten as if they had been out until the end of the voyage, regret was general when it became known that she had only 10,000 seals, and was obliged to abandon her work in consequence of having lost two blades of her propellor. Enquiries for the balance of the fleet elicited the discouraging reply that with the exception of three or four, all were clean and that the prospects were anything but bright. On the morning of the 11th inst., the Grand Lake sailed in company with the others. Leaving the narrows, she steered a N. N. E. course , and continued until Bacalieu was reached. At that point ice was met, retarding her progress and making it necessary to go outside the island. She kept forging ahead and by the evening was off Cape Bonavista in thick ice. The whole fleet were there, but none were able to penetrate the heavy floe. During the night they endeavored to force their way north, but without success . The following day the wind veered round to the E. S. E. , and was accompanied by a terrific snow storm. It was a regular blizzard, and prevailed without abatement during the day. Realizing that it was useless to attempt to proceed north Captain Knee decided to steer out to the eastward, hoping to get down on the outside. Accordingly she was headed out but this ice was so heavy that progress was slow. The snow was so thick it was impossible to see any distance, and the captain did not know how many ships took a similar course, but at daylight on the 13th, the Adventure was sighted just in advance of her. Having taken a northern cut after leaving the land some distance in her rear, she and the Adventure became jammed near Cabot Island. They were on the outside and inside them could be seen the other ships, also nipped. The weather up to this time had been very stormy, there being a succession of gales and blinding blizzards.
During the day efforts were made repeatedly to get free, but to no purpose. As night came on the wind moderated and the ice loosened sufficiently for the vessels to move. Both put steam on and made headway slowly to the N. N. E. During the 14th and 15th they kept on that course, the Lake, for the most part being in the Adventure’s wake. They worked together, and when one jammed the other was able to free her. Unity is strength among the frozen pans and had either vessel been alone, the barrier would have been too much for her to overcome. At 8 a.m. on Saturday , 16th, inst., they struck a patch of hoods, on the outside of the Funks. They were whelping, and only a small body. The hoods are usually found east of the harps, and consequently Capt. Knee knew that his course lay westward. The morning and part of the afternoon were spent steaming in, and at 4 p.m. a patch of young harps was sighted. The Lake located a favorable position, and in less time than it takes to write all hands were overside, and the killing commenced. The Adventure was a short distance away and her men, too, were in the fat without delay. The pitious cries of the young and the streams of gore told in no uncertain way of the slaughter which was being enacted. The men worked with a will, and panned 5,000 before nightfall. At 6 p.m., the Virginia Lake and Neptune, which had also forced out by working together, steamed in and dropped their men. With the four crews busily engaged, the patch, which was a small one only, was completely cut up by dark. The seals were picked up without delay, but having, “burnt down” she remained there all Sunday. The next day not a live seal was to be seen, and having secured the remaining few pelts, the four steamers proceeded further westward and ran into another small patch, about the same size as the first, on Tuesday, 19th. The crews started their work of destruction once more as vigorously as on the previous occasion, and totaled another 5,000 as their quota. By the afternoon of Thursday, 21st, all were taken on board and stowed below. The patches which were struck, Capt. Knee says, were portions of the main. It is his opinion that the big patch was jammed in the mouth of Green Bay, and those taken, broke off when the ice struck the land. At this juncture the propellor came in contact with submerged ice, and two blades snapped off. They were at right angles, and left her practically useless as far as contending with the floe went. Had the blades been opposite, Capt. Knee would have attempted to get north to the main body, but in his crippled state such as idea was out of the question. In open water she could only steam slowly, and when in ice she could make no progress at all. Owing to the heavy winds, the ice rafted, and the Lake was soon jammed as tightly as if wedged in. It was nonsensical to try and get clear, so there was nothing left but to wait until there was a break up. Last Saturday the hulls or smokes of seventeen steamers were counted. Capt. Alphews [sic] Barbour, of the Diana was on board that day and reported himself and nearly all the others clean. That night a N. by E. gale came on. and prevailed until Monday. It drove the ice and steamers south. When it slackened the Grand Lake was about 15 miles north-east of Bacalieu, having been driven nearly 70 miles from Saturday night. Monday the ice wheeled off and carried the Lake about 20 miles from the land. Tuesday the Erik, Newfoundland, Algerine, Bloodhound and Diana , were off Cape Bonavista, while several other were further south . The reports as to the catches of the balance of the fleet, vary a little, but all agree that the majority have no seals. Capt Knee is of the opinion that the Adventure, Virginia Lake, Neptune, Eagle, Terra Nova and Aurora may strike the main patch but he believes the chances of the weaker ships are very poor. Capt. A Barbour told Capt. Knee that he has not been north of the Funks for the Spring, and many of the rest would have the same report to make. The in winds pressed the ice on the land , and they have been unable to penetrate it. The weather was also against them. With one or two exceptions the Lake crew were well, and the ill were well looked after by Mr. L. Hannaford. One of the cooks, George White, of Pool’s island, had to remain in bed a few days, with a bad cold, but he is now able to get about. The steamer is leaking aft, the damage being caused when the mishaps to the propellor occurred.
THE LAKE’S REPORT
Only 45,000 seals are accounted for to date, which is loss than for many years. Her report is :--
Grand Lake 10,000
Virginia Lake 8,000
Terra Nova Clean
Southern Cross Clean
Capt. Knee brings word that the S. S. Greenland , Capt. D. Bragg is disabled, and in a dangerous predicament. The report was brought on board by Capt. A Barbour, of the Diana. It appears the main shaft broke between the base and rudder post and the propellor dropped from its position, leaving the ship unable to move. Capt. Barbour gave her all the spare canvas she could. One hundred of the Greenland crew left her saying in such state it was too dangerous for them to remain on board. The Diana was near at the time, and they joined her, but Capt. Barbour could not accommodate them, and advised them to return as the danger was not as great as they imagined. They went back to their ship, and did not get a chance to leave after. Last Saturday night the Greenland drifted south in the pack, and on Monday night, when the ice wheeled out, carried off to sea with the Grand Lake. When the latter bore up on Tuesday, there were no signs of her. What her fate will be , none can tell, but the danger of beating about in the ice, without a propellor is great.
The Ranger , Capt. E. Bishop has also met with mishap. When sheltered under the Wadhams, a few days after leaving port, a strong gale sprung up, driving the steamer before it, and she loss an anchor and chain. The mizzen topmast was also carried away, but no other damage was done. Capt. Bishop and all his men are enjoying good health.
WENT OVER A ROCK
The Bloodhound, too had a marrow escape, by going over Middle Rock, near Cabot Island. Her bottom grazed the ledge, but no damage was sustained. At first it was thought she was leaking, and the pumps were tried, but she was found to be perfectly dry.
Mr. F. Abbott of St. George’s came to the city last night on business.
Capt. William Gushue, of Brigus is in the city. He leaves shortly on a business trip to the Provinces.
Mr. R. T. McGrath, of Oderin, is in the city, and will be spending a few days here. Mr. McGrath is doing good work with his mining ventures which will mean much for the welfare of the residents of Placentia Bay.
Mr. J. E. P. Peters received a cable last night from his son, Mr. William Peters who reached Halifax by the Virginia, saying that the passengers for Newfoundland leaving by the S. S. Silvia were Mr. and Mrs. Chaplin, Mr. And Mrs. Peters, and Messrs Anderson , Marshall and Steer.
Mrs. S. K. Bell, of Crosbie, received a message yesterday from her brother-in-law, Mr. C. R. Rogers, of Summerside, P. E. I. announcing the death of his youngest son Jack, of meningitis. Mrs Rogers at the time, was in Montreal with her sister Mrs. Woodman, who left here two week ago to undergo a serious operation at the Central Hospital. Mrs. Rogers will arrive at her home in P. E. I. today.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
The schooner Ionia, Herald, sailed yesterday for Oporto with full cargo of fish.
Constable O’Keefe was visiting the saloons yesterday, placing two city inhabitants on the “black list”.
The Grand Lake steamed over to Job’s premises at 6.30 last evening and will begin discharging this morning. The price has not yet been settled but the rumor says it will be $4.75 per cwt.
The schooners Australia, Almida, Oliver, Victoria, Morinan, Levenia, Nightingale, May, Dove, and Adele left Burin last week for the Channel grounds before proceeding to the banks. They are well supplied with salt squid and as fish are plentiful in the locality, hope to secure a good catch, each.
Experienced sealers say the prospects for the Gulf fleet are the best for many years. This is hoped to be true as the voyage will be far short in the Gulf steamers fail.
Mr. L. Hanaford who was doctor in the Grand Lake is looking well after his trip. On the first day of killing Mr. H. knocked down 47 and during the remainder of the voyage several fell to his uneering aim.
At 9.30 last night Constable Tobin and Braggs arrested a west end car-man who has been over-indulging to an extent that left him unable to look after his horse. He will appear before the Magistrate this morning.
The express coming from Port aux Basques left Bay of Islands at 1.30 this morning. The engine and plow that went off the track yesterday morning were put back on again after a few hours delay, the damage caused being slight.
The S. S. Silvia should leave Halifax, this evening, for St. John’s.
TRAINOR—On Wednesday, March 27th, after a brief illness, Frank , son, of Thomas and the late Ellen Trainor, aged 15 years. Funeral on Friday 29th inst,. at 2.30 p.m. from 28 Prescott St. Friends will please accept this the only intimation.
DOROTHY—At 4.30 p.m. yesterday Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Hugh Dorothy, Chief Engineer of the S. S. Southern Cross, leaving a husband, sister and brother to mourn their sad loss . Funeral on Friday at 2.30 p.m. from her late residence No.1 Barter’s Hill. Friends will please accept this the only intimation. Boston papers please copy.
SATURDAY MARCH 30TH 1907
PRICE OF FAT
GRAND LAKE’S CREW Want $4.75 Per Cwt.
The work of unloading the S. S. Grand Lake has not yet commenced, as on Thursday the men were not satisfied with the price offered. When the first steamer arrives it is usual to arrange the figures, as an ideal to be had. This year, however, is an exception, and the buyers have deemed it advisable not to value the fat at this early date. Believing that the catch will be short, the Grand Lake’s crew said they would not sell for less than $5 per Cwt., but later would let it go for $4.75 per cwt. This the owners were not prepared to give, but Mr. Harvey offered a guarantee that it would not be less than last year — $4 —and if the price was higher, they would receive the difference. This was not satisfactory to the men; they wanted $4.75, or they would not sell. The owners then decided to land their share—two thirds of 10,000-6,000 , the exact quantity to be arranged when all were out, and Mr. Harvey gave the crew the use of the vessel for their seals as they needed her, but the men would not begin discharging, and the results is a pelt has not been landed. Last night the News interviewed Mr. Harvey on the subject. He said he was prepared to give the current price , but he could not promise $4.75 . as the market did not warrant it, and he would be buying at a dead loss. He will see however, that the crew are paid the same price as the others. The Herald, on Thursday , was wrong in saying the News stated the price had been fixed. We said , in plain type, that the price had not been settled.
Mr. W, B. Payne, had the following wire from R. Bursey, Catalina, Thursday evening: “Three steamers sighted from here, yesterday. No sign of seals.”
Cape Ray wired last evening that dense fog prevailed all day.
The following message was received from Channel at 7.30 last night “Wind N. W. ; light ; foggy; loose ice in sight today”
Baine Johnson & Co. had the following wire from Grates Cove, Thursday morning: “Ten steamers sighted off Bacalieu ; think they are taking seals. Vanguard and Virginia Lake nearest.
The report current Thursday night, that a a steamer had passed up Conception Bay, was incorrect.
PORTIA GONE FOR GREENLAND
The S. S. Portia, Capt. Fitzpatrick, sailed at 4.30 yesterday morning to search for the disabled sealing steamer Greenland. It is thought that the latter is somewhere near the edge of the ice, and the Portia will skirt along there first. If unsuccessful, she will remain out until Monday morning, but the opinion prevails that she will locate her before that.
Yesterday afternoon , a report was set going about town that the Reid Co. had received a Marconigram from Capt. Delaney, of the Bruce, to the effect that the Nimrod was making for Channel with 19,000 seals. All the afternoon the Reid Co.’s officials were kept busy at the telephone answering anxious friends, and telling them the story was not correct. Last night another report had the Kite at Channel, with a bumper trip, and the Viking and Nimrod following, also loaded. Unfortunately this was also untrue.
S. S. Dahome is due from Liverpool, on Monday.
Brigt. Bella Rose left Maceio , on Thursday, for St. John’s.
S. S. Dahome, leaves Halifax, on Thursday, for St. John’s.
S. S. Silvia left Halifax at 3 a.m. Thursday, and is due this evening.
Schooner Oliver, Courtenay, 19 days from Barbados, arrived yesterday, to A. Goodridge & Son’s, with molasses.
ALONG THE LINE
The express that left here, Thursday evening took out about 60 passengers, including: H. A. Lovett, K.C. , A. E. Chown, H. Soper, H. Hansen, W. Thompson, M. Hawker, Miss Paterson, Miss Archibald, and about 20 from the city college, going home to spend Easter.
The Carbonear train arrived at 10.30 Thursday night and the Placentia train at 10.50.
The local express in charge of Conductor Noseworthy, arrived at 12.30 p,m, yesterday, having been on the road almost four weeks. She brought a few passengers and the first mail from Port aux Basques for three weeks.
The Carbonear train arrived at 12.30 p.m. yesterday, bringing only a few passengers.
The 6 p.m. train, yesterday, outward, took about a dozen passengers, including Premier Bond.
The shore train arrived at 10 last night, bringing: Dr. Guthro, J Murphy, P. White, J. Butler, F. Angel, J Sampson, and about 20 others.
ACCIDENT AT BELL ISLAND
On Thursday afternoon a minor named Shea met with a painful accident at Bell Island. He was engaged working in Dominion slope, No.2. when a car broke loose, which came over the slope with lighting speed and before Shea had time to step clear the “runaway” hit him. He was knocked unconscious by the blow and his fellow workmen who picked him up thought him dead. Dr. Guthro, the company’s doctor, was soon in attendance and found Shea to be not as seriously injured as anticipated. One of his legs were broken and a few minor injuries were noticeable about the body. Yesterday the injured man was taken to Kelligrews by the S. S. Progress, and came to the city by last night’s train in charge of Dr. Guthro to go to the hospital. He was conveyed there in the ambulance soon after the arrival of the train.
On Wednesday, 20th inst., another severe storm from E. N. E. attacked the shore of the South Coast; and at Rose Blanche the scene of the fishing fleets operations, again left destruction in its wake. The schooner Gypsy Queen, owned by Clement & Co. , parted her moorings in the height of the gale and was driven on shore, almost a total wreck. Fortunately she was injured, and the loss to the owners will not be great. An attempt will be made to refloat the wreck, which in all probability will be repaired. Mr. Louis Caines, of Clement & Co., will take passage by Glencoe going west, to attend to the interest of the firm, in relative to vessel and cargo.
We are pleased to learn that Mr. W. J. Matthews has refloated his vessel Henry Fenwick and in a few weeks will again have her in a fit condition to resume the voyage. Although the repairs will cost a great deal the loss to Mr. Matthews will not be as great as anticipated. Since his arrival in Rose Blanche he has hired another vessel, and his crew are now busily engaged again in their usual occupation. In case the fishery continues good the anticipated failure will be turned into a success.
The gale of Wednesday last was accompanied by a heavy fall of snow, the record batch of the season. In many places the drifts were piled upwards of five or six feet in depth.
Since the above was written the schooner Virgin Belle, J. Vatcher, Master was returned from Rose Blanche to undergo slight repairs, to the rudder and keel which were damaged in the recent storm. From her we learn that four vessels were wrecked on Wednesday last two owned by Clement & Co. of Channel, the Gypsy Queen (referred to above) and the schooner Venus, commanded by Captain Dunford. The vessels are on shore filled with water and in all probability are badly damaged. Efforts will be made to refloat them .
The schooner Corona, owned by R. Moulton, M. H. A. , and commanded by Captain Fitzgerald, arrived here from St. John’s today about 5 p.m. She was out in the storm of Wednesday and Thursday last and was driven some miles off the coast, otherwise, she would have arrived earlier. This vessel is an important addition to the foreign fleet of Mr. R. Moulton and is considerably larger than any one of his other vessels. She brings part cargo of salt from St. John’s.
The wife of Mr. Leonard Hare, mater of the schooner Annie E. Larder passed quietly away from this life on Friday 22nd. Inst., another victim of that dreaded disease–Consumption. She leaves a husband, two children and several relations to mourn their sad loss. The funeral takes place on Monday, 25th, in St. John’s Evangelist’s Church. Rev. E. Nichol’s will officiate.
March 23rd, 1907
FROZEN TO DEATH
About the 19th, ult., Mrs Geo. Hines and Alice Hillier, aged 14, started from Fortune to walk to their home at LeBeach Cove, a distance of eight miles. They were overtaken by the storm. Mrs. Hines gave out and the young girl endeavored to secure rescue. Night overtook her. She scooped a hole in the snow crawled out of it at daylight and fortunately was seen by Mr. Joseph Piercy who rescued her. A search party was instituted and Mrs. Hines was found frozen to death. She was the eldest daughter of Mr. John Forsey of Seal Cove and is survived by her husband who was very ill at the time of the accident. Another tragedy in the neighborhood was the drowning of Aaron Thornhill of Dantzic Cove who fell over a bank and whose body has not yet been recovered. Thornhill leaves a wife and two children. These sad tragedies have caused widespread sorrow in this portion of the District of Burin.
PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY
His Excellency the Governor in Council has been pleased to appoint Hon. Minister of Marine and Fisheries, Hon. George Shea, Hon. John Harris, R. B. Job, Esq., and Captain Edward English, to be commissioners of Pilots for the Port of St. John’s, under the provisions of Cap. 119, Consolidated Statutes, (Second Series).
Secretary’s Office, March 26th, 1907.
Miss L. Spracklin came over from Brigus, last night.
Mr. J. E. Burgess arrived by the Portia, Thursday afternoon.
Rev. G. Ross Godden left for England, by the S. S. Ulunda.
Mr. J. B. Mann came over from North Sydney, yesterday, on business.
Dr. Guthro came over from Bell Island, yesterday, and is staying at the Crosbie.
Mr. W. C. Job, who was visiting England, on business and pleasure, returned by yesterday’s Bruce.
Mr. H. A. Lovett, K. C. of Halifax, who was in the city on legal business, left for Nova Scotia, Thursday last.
Mr. A. E. Chown, of the N. F. Clothing Factory, left for the West Coast, on business by Thursday’s express.
Lieut. Col. Rees, S. A. who was in Canada taking part in the general’s meetings, will arrive by tomorrow’s express.
Dr. McCulloch, of Ferryland, arrived in the city on Thursday, by the S. S. Portia. He will remain a few days, on business.
Capt. McPhail, of the S. S. Cacouna will arrive to-morrow to assume command of his ship which is now on the dry dock, undergoing repairs.
CITY AND ELSEWHERE
No arrests were made on Thursday or last night.
The Portia brought along a small shipment of fresh fish for the local market.
A wire from Sydney last night, stated that excellent weather prevailed during the day, and the snow received a great cutting.
M. Parsons, who keep a grocery on Hayward’s Avenue, reported on Thursday morning , that a revolver bullet was fired through his window on Wednesday night.
Thursday night, the captain and officers of the French cable ship Contre Admiral Loubet were entertained to a “flipper “ supper at Donovan’s by some city friends.
After the service at the R. C. Cathedral, Thursday night, Miss Horwood fell in a fit. Some worshiper’s went to her assistance, and after a few minutes she recovered.
Capt. Clyde Lake, of the banker Regal leaves for Fortune, on Monday, taking six men that he shipped here. Capt. Lake has secured a baiting of frozen herring at Salmonier which he will use on his first trip.
Tomorrow’s date, in 1878, the S .S. Falcon, Capt. A Jackman, was the first to arrive from the seal fishery with 21,190, and the same date, 1835, the Resolute Capt. A Jackman, was first in with 34,628.
Repairs to the S. S. Cacouna at dry dock, are fast nearing completion. Several new plates have been put on her starboard side, during the week.
The S. S. Glencoe was detained at Port aux Basques, yesterday, owing to heavy fog. She was to sail as soon as the barrier lifted.
The Hon. Treasurer of the Methodist Orphanage begs to acknowledge with sincere thank the receipt of twenty dollars from Hon. George Knowling , towards the funds of the orphanage.
There were large attendances at the services in the R. C. Cathedral , yesterday. At 7.30 last night, there was office of Tenabrae and sermon, the preacher being His Grace Archbishop Howley. Tomorrow (Easter Sunday) there will be pontifical high Mass at 11 a.m. , and pontifical Vespers at 7.30 p.m.
The friends of Mr. A. E. Elgee, formerly private secretary of the Governor, who was promoted to a position in W. Africa, will be sorry to learn that he has been invalided home to England. He is now taking the rest cure, under Sir Patrick Monson at London.
The Portia brings word that Rev. J. Hewitt is now almost completely recovered from his recent illness.
A few harp seals were taken by the residents of Bay of St. George, during the week. At other places in that neighborhood a few have also been taken.
The schooner Jessie L Smith was placed on the floating dock, Thursday. Diver Taylor made an examination of the stern and found that the rudder case was broken. Repairs commenced at 2 p.m. and will be completed in a couple of days.
The Portia brings word that there is still a good sign of fish at Channel and Rose Blanche, but owing to heavy seas the men have not been able to go out very often.
Mr. John Rabbits of Brigus has been in the city since Wednesday night perfecting necessary business arrangement for the Conception Bay Mutual Insurance Club. He returns home tonight.
There were four applications for the position of Superintendent of the Insane Asylum. Two were by St. John’s doctors, one from Conception Bay and the other from the South Coast.
Thursday night Const. O’Neill was called to a Mullock St. residence, where the head of the house was making matters lively. The visit of the officer was sufficient to cool him off.
The Premier went to Whitbourne yesterday, where he will remain until Tuesday, then taking the cross country train to Halifax, connecting with the weekly mail boast for England on Saturday.
We understand that Mr. F. Moore, the newly elected Legislative representative from the M. C. L. I. is receiving many applications for the position on road boards or any old thing there is the prospect of either a dollar or glory in. The new member contemplates arranging stated office hours, if the applications don’t shy off.
It is feared that the sealing steamers will run short of coal this spring, on account of travelling about so much. The Adventure had the greatest quantity—1,200 tons, which should be sufficient for her.
The Portia, going west, took the crew of the sealer Bonnie Briar Bush and Jubilee, lost at Rose Blanche, on the 20th, to Channel. Coming east, she conveyed the crews of the Venus and Gypsy Queen, which met their fate in the same storm, to their homes at Burgeo and Cape La Hune
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