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Twillingate Sun and Northern Weekly Advertiser

Place of publication: Twillingate
Dates of publication: June 24, 1880-Jan. 31, 1953.
Suspended publication: Jan. 16-Feb. 15, 1947.
Frequency: Weekly.

Title varies:
Twillingate Sun and Northern Weekly Advertiser, June 24, 1880-Aug. 10. 1912.
Twillingate Sun, Oct. 19, 1912-Jan. 31, 1953.

Editor and proprietor:
Jabez P. Thompson, June 24, 1880-1895.
George Roberts, 1895 (56)-1910.
William B. Temple, 1910-1921.
Stewart Roberts, 1921-Jan. 9, 1947.
Ernest G. Clarke, Feb. 22, 1947-Jan. 31, 1953.

The Twillingate Sun printed local and foreign news, legislative proceedings, serial fiction and advertisements. It claimed to be politically independent in 1886, but supported the Whiteway and the Liberals, especially in the fall election of 1894. In 1929, it supported Squires and in 1948 was neutral on Confederation. The Sun ceased publication due to financial reasons in 1953.

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The records were transcribed by RON GALE, GEORGE WHITE & JEAN CURTIS.
While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there could be some typographical errors. If you should find any errors or have other records to contribute, then please contact the Twillingate Sun transcription project co-ordinator, GEORGE WHITE

March 28, 1896 Death At South Side, on the 25th inst., Ann beloved wife of Mr. James STOCKLEY, aged 47 years.
March 28, 1896 Death At Crow Head, on the 25th inst., Ruth, beloved wife oF Mr. George ELLIOTT, aged 23 years. "My dearest husband left behind with a broken heart and troubled mind, Weep not for me nor trouble take, but love my child for my sake."
March 28, 1896 Bazaar The Ladies Jubilee Committee of St. Peters Church, Twillingate, hope to hold a Bazaar, and Sale of Work, in the Autumn of 1896, towards purchasing a New Organ, as a permanent Memorial of the Jubilee. Donations of money or work or of any saleable article, will be thankfully received by the following members of the Committee. Miss L. COLBOURNE, Miss A. TUCKER, Miss S. MANUEL, MISS L. PEYTON, Maud NEWMAN, Caroline TEMPLE.
March 28, 1896 Application For License Whereas applications were made for licenses to search for minerals within half a mile of the Coast Line on that part of the Coast of this island where the French have by treaty, certain rights of Fishing, and whereas such applications were burnt in the fire of 8th July, 1892, notice is hereby given that all persons whomsoever having made applications for Licenses to Search for Minerals within the said limits, are required to renew their applications, and substantiate any claims which they may suppose themselves to possess, within three months from date hereof, after which date no claims based upon previous applications will be entertained. H. J. S; WOODS, Surveyor General.
March 28, 1896 New Church at Morton's Harbor The Methodists of Morton's Harbor were favored with real Queen's weather for the opening of their new Church on the 19th inst. The event was of the utmost moment to the great majority of the community, hence large crowds gathered to each of the opening Services. On Thursday afternoon the Rev. Levi CURTIS, B.A., preached the dedicatory sermon from ii Corinthians, 8 c. 9 v., and the service according to the discipline, was conducted with the assistance of the Pastor. The night service was a union of Sunday School and Epworth League. The chair was occupied by Mr. S. SMALL. Music, etc., was rendered by the two aforesaid departments, and addresses delivered by the Ministers. The annual missionary meeting was held on Friday night. Mr. J. B. OSMOND occupied the chair, and addresses were delivered by the Pastor and the Rev. Levi CURTIS. On Sunday the 22nd inst. the Pastor continued the opening services, preaching in the morning from Corinthians 6 c. 19,20 v., and at night Revelations 21 c. 27 v. In spite of many discouragements, the building is so far complete. The financial crash was the cause of the small remaining debt, which we hope to soon clear. Perhaps some of your readers would desire to help in the realization of this hope, if so, the smallest subscription would be gladly received and acknowledged by yours truly, Samuel J. RUSSEL, Pastor.
March 28, 1896 A Few Questions (To The Editor of the Twillingate Sun.) Dear Sir, - Will you allow me space in your valuable paper to ask a few questions,desiring representatives of law or gospel, medicine, or merchandise, or anybody who can supply the information? Is it true, as commonly reported, that the drink which proved too strong for some persons, at the celebration of Feb. 25th, at Moreton's Hr., came from Twillingate? and if so, on what pretext was it supplied - for medicine, science, art, or just to produce staggering? Is it true as some people say, that fines for illegal traffic in strong drink, imposed at the Magistrate's Office, Twillingate, long since, are not yet paid, although the time appointed for payment has come and gone? And, if so, who is responsible for the neglect? Is it true, as some authorities state, that when a Doctor authorizes the sale of strong drink as medicine, he ought to be prepared to testify, on oath, that the person for whom it was sold required medicine, and that in his opinion, strong drink was the remedy that would best meet the case? And should not such note be dated, and filed at the retail store, so as not to be used again? Or if no medical skill be required in prescribing strong drink, why is not a fisherman's note as good as a Doctor's? When these questions are disposed of, others may follow from, yours truly, PEPPER.
March 28, 1896 Letter From Prohibitionist (Part 1) (To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun) Dear Sir, - I notice in your last issue that no less than 76 puncheons of rum have been imported into St. John's. This doesn't look much like prohibition, or that we are going to get a prohibition law for some time yet. I believe the time is not far distant when the Legislature will see the wisdom of prohibiting the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors in Newfoundland. A prohibitory law is the only logical and adequate remedy for the grievance under which the whole country is at present suffering, with respect to strong drink. We are convinced that this question is one essential to prosperity, and the well being of this colony. Suppose the Government gets $18,000 duty on those 76 puncheons of rum; what about the expense of keeping our jails, court houses, etc., in repair? what about the salaries of Magistrates and Policemen, who are being paid principally for the purpose of bringing to justice, and the prosecution of culprits, for the atrocious crimes committed whilst under the influence of the demon drink.
March 28, 1896 Letter From Prohibitionist (Part 2) Generally the most heinous crimes are committed by men while under the influence of the "liquid fire," we may mention a few - arson, embezzlement, forgery, homicide, etc. The Government expends thousands of dollars more than the amount of duty collected on liquor, for the prosecution of parties who are guilty of crimes when influenced by liquor, besides the wasted health and strength, heartaches, heartbreaks, misery, and poverty,caused by its use. According to my calculation, those 76 puncheons of rum would realize $27,360, (allowing ninety gallons to each puncheon), that is taking into consideration the advantage gained by retailing it over the counter, it would realize at least $4.00 a gallon. The publicans and shebeeners secure (after deducting $18,000 duty) $9,360. We have given a meagre description of the "Evil Beast." The question is, who will hunt him down and how can he be killed? We answer, first by getting our children right on this subject; let them grow up with an utter aversion to strong drink.
March 28, 1896 Letter From Prohibitionist (Part 3) We will battle with this evil by voting only for the men who will give us the power by law to protect ourselves, our families, and our country, from the attacks of the "Evil Beast." We will war upon this evil by organized societies, we wish we could lay under the rum casks a train, which when once ignited would shake the whole country with the explosion of this monstrous iniquity. Do I address one whose regular work is to administer to this appetite? If a woe is pronounced upon the man who gives his neighbor drink, how many woes must be hanging over the head of the man who does this every hour of the day, Sundays included. Do not think that, because human Governments license you, therefor God licensed you. Higher than the judicial bench at St. John's is the Throne of the Almighty.
March 28, 1896 Letter From Prohibitionist (Part 4) No enactment, national, state, or municipal, can give you the right to carry on a business whose one effect is destruction, whether you sell it in a dungeon, cellar, or behind the polished counter of a first class hotel, the Divine curse is upon you. We tell you plainly that you will meet your customers one day when there will be no counter between you, when your work on earth is done, and you enter upon the reward of your business, all the souls of them whom you have destroyed will crowd around you, and pour their bitterness into your cup, they will show their wounds, and say you made them and point to their unquenchable thirst and say you kindled it, and their united groans will smite your ears, and with the hands from which you took the silver dimes, they will push you off the verge of the great precipice, while rolling up from beneath, and breaking among the crags of the pit, will thunder, “Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink.” Thanking you for space, I am yours truly, Prohibitionist.
March 28, 1896 Fire at Burnt Bay The Methodist school room at Burnt Bay was destroyed by fire sometime last week.
March 28, 1896 House Hauling A dwelling house formerly the property of Mr. John FORWARD, now owned by Mr. Edward ELLIOTT of South Island, was launched from Tizzard's Hr. to Twillingate on Wednesday last.
March 28, 1896 Diphtheria On Thursday 26th inst., there were eight cases of diphtheria in the neighborhood. Between the 17th January, and the 25th inst., 84 cases of diphtheria,and 10 deaths resulting therefrom, have been reported to the Magistrate, F. BERTEAU Esq.
March 28, 1896 Mr. Walter GARD On the 12th inst., Mr. Walter GARD fell from Fogo Head among some loose rocks below, and received a severe blow, which rendered him insensible at the time. His friends supposed him to be dead, but he revived in about twenty minutes. Fortunately he received no serious injury beyond his face being badly cut.
March 28, 1896 Strange Disappearance A man of about 50 years of age, by the name of WEST, and belonging to the Strait Shore, left his house one morning during the early part of February, to go into the woods, for the purpose of cutting some large sticks, and from that time up to the 21 inst., nothing has been seen or heard of him.
March 28, 1896 Note of Thanks The ladies of the "Dorcas" Society desire to express their best thanks to the friends who so kindly assisted in the Social of the 18th inst., either by taking part in the entertainment, or by providing refreshment. Also to Rev. R. TEMPLE, R.D. for his kindness in lending St. Peter's School room for the occasion. The sum of $21.20 was realized from the evening's entertainment. E. HUGHES, Sec.
March 28, 1896 Morton's Harbor Church (To The Editor of the Twillingate Sun.) Dear Sir, - It is an old saying ' where there's a will there's a way' and this proverb has another illustration in the success which has attended the efforts of our friends in Moreton's Harbor. The Methodist workers there have, during the short pastorate of the present superintendent, put up and so far completed, a new Church, as that, on the 19th inst., it was formally dedicated to the service and worship of the Almighty God, and thenceforth from week to week, its walls will resound with songs of praise and preaching of the Word. It is a spacious building, somewhat larger than our North side Methodist Church, and well supplied with vestries for week evening services. When completed it will be an honor to the community and reflect credit upon the enterprise and devotion of the Methodist people there. Rev. Mr. RUSSELL and his coworkers are to be congratulated upon their success, and as Mr. RUSSELL is expecting to move this year, it may be well for Quarterly Official Boards, with new buildings in contemplation, to apply early for his services. Faithfully yours, L. CURTIS.
March 28, 1896 Shipping News Mr. George PARSONS of the Schr. Hunter, called in here on Wednesday last to get his foresail repaired. He reports very heavy ice all along the coast, and is of the opinion that very few seals have been taken by the steamers so far. He left here on Thursday morning for the Straits. No doubt the friends of the crew will be glad to hear that they are all well. Whitbourne, March 26. Meat Cove, Cape Breton, reports ice closely packed, but open at Magdalen Islands, no seals or sealing vessels are visible. No reliable news from sealing fleet. Grand Lake is due from Halifax tonight. March 27, The Portia arrived at 8 p.m. and the Grand Lake at 10 p.m. yesterday. Rev. Mr. GRAHAM and a number of buyers, came passengers to St. John's. It is reported that a local company is being formed to open up a second Pyrites claim at Pilley's Island. Work has began on Belle Isle.
March 28, 1896 Court Report Before F. BERTEAU, Esq. On Monday last, Mr. George RICE, of Little Harbor, charged with violation of the Public Health Act, by allowing his family to go abroad, while his house was under quarantine for diphtheria, and also for removing the flag before the house was disinfected. He pleaded ignorance of the law and was let off, by paying $3.15, being the cost. Also Mr. John SPENCER, of same place on a similar charge, having gone to Church and other places, from a house infected with diphtheria. He has to pay the costs, $2.90. On Tuesday Messrs. Silas and Wm. BURT, for keeping a vicious dog, which attacked people on the road. The Magistrate ordered the dog to be destroyed, and the owners had to pay the costs of the case.
April 4, 1896 Death At Bluff Head Cove on the 30th ult., George, child of John and Amelia BAGGS, aged 3 years.
April 4, 1896 Prohibition (Part 1) Twillingate, March 31. (To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun) Dear Sir, - I venture to send a few comments on the letter signed "Prohibitionist," appearing in your issue of 28th March. I suppose there is no more sober community than Twillingate, though the letters appearing from time to time in your paper would lead outsiders to think quite the contrary. There are many absurd and misleading remarks made by "Prohibitionist," which ought to be contradicted. The use of drink in excess is no doubt a great evil, but at the same time there are many greater sins than taking a glass of spirits - though our teetotal friends may not think so. Does your correspondent mean to suggest that the Magistrate, two Constables and courthouse in this , and I may say every other outport in the country, are maintained "for the purpose of bringing to justice and the prosecution of culprits for the atrocious crimes committed whilst under the influence of the demon drink?" And can he give any instances of any atrocious crimes that have been lately committed by any persons under the influence of drink? The list of crimes given as committed by men under the influence of "liquid fire" is rather peculiar. If at any time a man would take particular care to keep sober it would be, I should say, while he was meditating and committing such crimes as arson, embezzlement, or forgery.
April 4, 1896 Prohibition (Part 2) If he were not sober, his chances of escape from detection would be very small. Experience shows that most great crimes are committed by cool, long-headed, temperate men, frequently I may add under the guise of religion, as witness the numerous building society frauds lately exposed in England. Free drinkers are as a rule happy-go-lucky sort of individuals, who seldom commit great crimes. Let it not be for a moment thought that I am defending intemperance, I am simply trying to put the matter in a fairer and less bigoted light than "Prohibitionist." It is a mistake to attribute all crimes and immorality to one cause and overlook the others. The statement that the Government spends thousands of dollars yearly more than is received in liquor duties, in the prosecution of drunkards, and in keeping Policemen, etc., on their account, is absurd on the face of it. I have the statements for '92 and '93 by me, in which it states that the expenditure on the whole judicial force is about 8 percent of the custom's revenue, while the receipts from liquor duty are nearly 12 percent. In addition I suppose no one would say that the prohibition of the sale of liquor in this country would do away with the necessity for any Judges, Magistrates, Police, or gaols.
April 4, 1896 Prohibition (Part 3) At the very best it would only do away with a few of them, and it is quite possible that a much larger staff of Police, and more Judges would be wanted to detect and prosecute the keepers of shebeens, which would inevitably crop up. How then would the deficiency in the revenue be made up? Are the teetotalers willing to subscribe the $170,000 or so among themselves? They certainly do not pay their share of the revenue now. Another thing is that prohibition would undoubtedly injure us in our fish markets on the "if you don't buy from us we won't buy from you" principle. "Prohibitionist" seems rather rough on publicans. I have known many of them - honest, respectable men, ever ready to help a friend in distress, and paying heavy licenses to the Government. I cannot see that their calling is any worse than many others. People will have drink, and it is better for it to be sold in licensed house under the inspection of the Police, and for the Government to benefit by the business done - than it is for it to be sold sub rosa in shebeens. It is a certain fact that there is nothing a publican objects to more than seeing a drunken man in his house. The talk about souls is of course not worth the notice of practical men, no soul will ever be lost on account of its owner taking an occasional drink. It may be interesting to note that the revenue on tobacco, which article was also lately attacked in your paper, is about $14,000 per year. I am, sir, yours very truly, A LOVER OF FREEDOM.
April 4, 1896 Conservation (Part 1) LITTLE BAY, March 5. (To the Editors of the Twilligate Sun.) DEAR SIR, - Will you cause the rays of your "rising SUN" to warm up the heart of those who have the rule over us, that they may further enact laws, and see that they are enforced, to prevent the wholesale destruction and extermination of that noble and most useful animal, the caribou (carius tarandus.) It is too true that our deer are becoming scarce, and if protective laws are not speedily enacted and rigidly enforced, the Newfoundland deer, like the Red Indian, will soon be a thing of the past. We - "Poor Settlers" - often ask ourselves the question, "Why is there today, twenty barren does to the one there was twenty years ago?” Why, because their lords, the stags, are killed by the sportsmen and bush rangers, and second, because there is no close season at the time that reason and common sense tell us there should be, namely, from the 20th Sept. to 20th October. This is a most important season amongst the antlered tribe, and last but not least, there is another reason why there should be a close season, (as already stated), because at that season, stag meat is not fit for human food, consequently, it is left in the country to rot.
April 4, 1896 Conservation (Part 2) Notwithstanding all laws to the contrary, not even "Indian Joe" could stand over the carcass of an old stag. No, Sir, the antlers are quite enough to take from the old "monarchs of the forest" at this season. Why, Mr. Editor, I have seen my dog refuse to eat old stag meat at the period already mentioned, and if I am correctly informed, there is a law on our Statute Book, compelling those sportsmen, aye and bush-rangers too, to bring or cause to be brought, all their venison, or deer meat, to the seaboard for consumption. Now I would ask, is the law kept? Of course, the bush-rangers will say, yes, but "Poor Settler" would have you believe that not one "jot or tittle" of this law has been broken by him. Well, Mr. Editor, reason and common sense will decide in favor of "Poor Settler" for no sane man would attempt to bring stag meat out of the country at this season, namely, from the 20th Sept. to about the 25th or last of October, and even then "Poor Settler" would prefer the hide and antlers. As to whether the meat is fit for the crows or the Indian Joes, never enters the fertile brain of the bush-rangers. I am prepared to prove, that not only has stag meat been left in the country to rot, but that hundreds of our prime does have been slain for the sake of the skin, and to cut a steak off for breakfast, another killed for dinner, and a third for supper. This "gathering of manna in the wilderness" is repeated daily.
April 4, 1896 Conservation (Part 3) Is this all? Oh, no, not by any means. As the Queen of Sheba said of the wise man, "The half of thy glory was not told me," neither has half of this disgraceful practice of wholesale slaughter and willful destruction of the common wealth, been told. I have no doubt that your readers will be shocked to learn that there are certain places in the neighbourhood of Hall's Bay, the rendezvous of some sportsmen, or bush-rangers, where in summer time it would be impossible to pass by, owing to the stench arising from the carcasses of hundreds of deer; both stags, does and fawns, which have been deprived of their hides and antlers, and the remains left to foul the air for miles around. This is no exaggeration, Mr. Editor. I would refer your Twillingate readers to our mutual friend, Mr. John CURTIS, who for many years owned, and superintended a successful mill business on Mill Island, Hall's Bay, (and was not slow to entertain strangers, though he could scarcely expect to entertain many angels amongst sportsmen). He can corroborate which I have said, and he can tell you what quantities of valuable furs - otter, beaver, fox, wild cat, etc., deer's hides and antlers in abundance, were packed, boxed and shipped from Hall's Bay to England and America by those so-called sportsmen and Bush-rangers, every year during his residency on Mill Island. The same game is still carried on, more or less.
April 4, 1896 Conservation (Part 4) Talk about "five stags and three does", the number allowed by law to be shot by each sportsman. I wonder, Mr. Editor, does each sportsman say every morning before entering upon his day's stalking, "Oh Newfoundland Government incline our hearts to keep this law." No Sir,not a bit of it. Now, Mr. Editor, we too (Poor Settlers) have gone astray. We have mingled with those unrighteous sportsmen and have learned their ways, but we are now convinced that if the present legalized practice of slaughtering deer is allowed, it will be only a matter of a few years when the sight of a lordly stag will be good for sore eyes, and we have the courage of our conviction, for we have petitioned the "people's Government to pass a law prohibiting all persons, poor settlers as well as sportsmen and bush-rangers - since it cannot be known beforehand from whom evil may come - from killing more deer, at any time, than he or they are able to bring to the seaboard at the time of killing the same. It is time to put a stop to the abominable practice of "scaffolding" deer meat. It is, like the practice of panning seals, a destruction of common wealth, and a curse to this Newfoundland of ours. Just imagine, Mr. Editor, for a company of say ten men and boys to go in to the White Hills or Birchy Lake, and slaughter a hundred and fifty or sixty deer, and bring out about twenty, put the remainder on "scaffolds" to be hauled out in Winter.
April 4, 1896 Conservation (Part 5) In this way there are hundreds of carcasses of deer left to rot in the country or become bait for the foxes. We may say, Mr. Editor, that we scaffold meat in the Fall with an honest intention of bringing out the carcasses, skins, etc., for our Winter's consumption. We make boots and cuffs from the skins, we use the sinews for sewing and making boots, we give the poorest of our poor all the meat they are able to haul out of the country in the Winter, and we do many other charitable acts, still we are but unprofitable servants, and we must not lose sight of the fact, Mr. Editor, that sportsmen and bush-rangers are less profitable. Therefore we would ask the people's Government to look well to the poor, "for the poor ye have always with you" and with this end in view we (poor settlers) would ask the Government to make a slight alteration in the present close season, and make the clause to read "from the 15th Feb, to the 15th July”, instead of to the 15th Sept. The latter part of July, the month of August and the forepart of Sept. are the best months for good venison. Then a close season from the 15th or 20th Sept. to the 20th or last of Oct. This will be found to be to the interest of all true lovers of country and sport. And we hope that our more favored brethren of the sunny South, will follow suit re the abominable practice of panning seals. We think the Fishermen's Society ought to be up and doing. Apologizing, Mr. Editor for trespassing on so much of your valuable space. Yours as usual, POOR SETTLER.
April 4, 1896 St. John's Notes (Part 1) St. John's, March 23. (To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun. DEAR SIR, - The attention of Customs' Officials is drawn to a number of false invoices recently detected here and now being investigated. Customs' Officers in the outports would do well to be on the alert.
April 4, 1896 St. John's Notes (Part 2) Cars of laths and sawdust are being brought in by train from the lumber districts, showing that work is going on in that direction, while the SS. Grand Lake which sailed for Halifax, Tuesday, took $3000 worth of furs from here.
April 4, 1896 St. John's Notes (Part 3) It is suggested to introduce the cultivation of whitefish in Newfoundland waters. I am not a whitefish myself, so I cannot tell whether it would agree with it or not, but I am doubtful. I fancy that fish ranging over the ocean from Pole to Pole have established themselves into their respective places and quarters best suited to them, and that man assumes responsibility whenever he interferes with the wonderful works of nature.
April 4, 1896 St. John's Notes (Part 4) It is very painful to visit our Police Court almost every morning to find the names of boys and girls from 10 to 16 years of age being called out, charged with offenses that are rapidly tending to demoralize the youth. Here is urgent need for religious societies to actively cooperate, before St. John's loses its reputation altogether.
April 4, 1896 Telegram News from Whitbourne March 28, The Grand Lake, sails for Halifax at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The Ulanda leaves Liverpool today for St. John's. The sale of confiscated goods in the Custom Bond store realized about eight hundred dollars. No ice in sight from Meat Cove, Cape Breton yesterday. St. Pauls reports heavy closely packed ice. March 30, S.S. Newfoundland arrived last night, equal to 26,000 seals. Spoke to Walrus on Friday night, she hails for 12,000 young hoods; reported Labrador 16,000 harps, Leopard 8,000; Kite load panned; all other steamers except Terra Nova, Mastiff and Windsor Lake, reported clean on the 21st. March 31, Labrador arrived last night with 18,000 young harps; reports the Algerine on the 22nd with 10,000, Terra Nova and Esquimaux clean, Aurora 4,000, Greenland 18,000; Hope 2,000; Vanguard 200 and bows stove in, Mastiff 400; Neptune 24,000; Diana 1,000; Panther 3,000; Leopard 8,000; Ranger 200: Walrus 9,000, and brought in the crew of Windsor Lake which was abandoned on the 27th. April 1, Hope disabled and towed in St. John's last night with 2,000, reports the same as Labrador
April 4, 1896 Friday's Bay Among the events of the week was the Missionary Meeting at Friday's Bay. This meeting was held in the Schoolroom at Salterns on Monday. It was a beautiful day and the friends from the neighbouring places came and filled the room. The chair was taken by Mr. Thomas TIZZARD, and in his opening address he spoke of the changes that had taken place within his remembrances. The Rev. A. HOSKINS then gave a few figures relating to the Mission Work and stated that giving to such a cause would of itself bring prosperity to those who gave. Mr. Andrew LINFIELD brought forward a few suggestions as to building a Church to take the place of the present schoolroom for public services. Mr. George ROBERTS again impressed upon those present the need of practical help being given to the work. Mr. Andrew ROBERTS spoke of the improvements that might be made in the surrounding district in the coming years. The closing speech was given by the Rev. L. CURTIS, B.A., and in referring to some of the customs prevalent in heathen lands, he reminded the fathers and mothers present, how great were the privileges they enjoyed, compared with those who knew nothing about the Gospel, and as the speaker pointed out, the needs of the heathen in distant countries, for further light and knowledge are real and pressing. A few hymns were sung during the course of the meeting, among them being the well-known hymn, "From Greenland's icy Mountains." The collection at the close amounted to about $8.
April 4, 1896 Politics (To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun.) DEAR SIR, - In your last issue I noticed a report of the statements of the editor of the Evening Herald, as given to one of the American papers. At first, I was surprised, but on reflection I decided that this is characteristic of the Tory faction in Newfoundland. A little while since, he denied that the revenue for Dec. was anything like reported, affirmed that the Savings Bank was in wretched condition, and that the retrenchment scheme was a huge farce. Now he turns around and contradicts these statements in his own paper. What opinion can his intelligent readers have of such an insane cackle? Yet the leader of the opposition has the audacity in his "strictly private and confidential" to say that he has secured the assistance of this unreliable paper to propagate the interests of that party. Surely to say that the whole concern is sophistical would be to pay it an extravagant compliment. But sir, we are glad today that the reins of power are wrenched from the grasp of such fickle and selfish politicians, and now placed in the hands of those whose object it is to raise the country to a better condition. This is clearly manifest in the fact that about a year ago when the Liberal party took charge, we were plunged into universal agitation, financial disaster, disorganization, and not one stipulation was left by the Tory party for the future welfare of our dear old land. But now we have men at the helm of affairs whose energy, patriotism, and wise legislation are raising to vigor and vitality, the paralyzed commerce and industries of our island home. And every effort made tends to herald the coming dawn of prosperity and progress.
April 4, 1896 Local Weather Continuous Easterly wind during the past week. Splendid weather during the early part of the week, latterly it has been dull with sleet.
April 4, 1896 Sealing Reports Several young harp seals were seen in the Bight on Wednesday, one having got up on the edge of the standing ice, was killed by a man bound to Friday's Bay for wood.
April 4, 1896 British Navy Next week there will be on exhibition, a large picture showing the wonderful British Navy, made up of six hundred ships of all classes. Come along boys and girls, it is well worth seeing, and free of charge at that.
April 4, 1896 Mr. Edward ELLIOTT On Wednesday 25th ult., Mr. Edward ELLIOTT of South Side, had a narrow escape from what might have been a fatal accident. His brother while in the act of knocking away posts from under a house they were about to launch, struck him a very heavy blow on the head with the pole of his axe, having missed the post at which the blow was aimed.
April 4, 1896 Advertisement [This ad is accompanied by a drawing of a man.] JACKMAN, The Tailor and Gent’s Furnisher. This is the Picture of the Man WHO SELLS THE CHEAPEST AND BEST CLOTHING IN NEWFOUNDLAND! Everything that a Man or Boy Wears can be Bought CHEAP at JACKMAN’S, 364 Water St. West, St. John’s.
    [There is nothing on my 1896 microfilm between April 4 and April 18, 1896. GW.]
April 18, 1896 Marine Insurance (Part 1) OUR attention has been lately called to the necessity of having a Marine Insurance Scheme again established in this Bay, as the one which formerly existed became defunct in the commercial crash of 1894; and as our columns are especially devoted to the interest of our hardy Sons of the sea, we avail ourselves of the opportunity to advocate this most desirable project, which is calculated to be of such benefit to schooner holders. The re-establishment of an Insurance Club would be beneficial and of great advantage in many ways. The percentage to be paid would be very much less than would have to be paid in the St. John's Scheme, for we learn that last year, those who had vessels insured there, had to pay more than double the percentage that they had paid any year in the Twillingate Insurance Club, although it was considered a low rate of percentage in comparison with other years.
April 18, 1896 Marine Insurance (Part 2) Then again there is the convenience of having an insurance near at hand, so that there is no excuse for delay, and the money paid would be kept in circulation in our own Bay. While the Twillingate Mutual Insurance Club was very commendable, we are convinced that it could be greatly improved upon, and a new scheme managed in such a way that the expenses would not be anything like so great, and yet have all the advantages of the former; as there were nearly 200 vessels cleared for the fisheries in this Bay during the year of '95, we can see no reason against the forming of such scheme. We would not presume to outline one, as our knowledge of the matter is rather limited, but would be very pleased to hear the opinions of men of experience, who would give some hints as to the practical work of the same.
April 18, 1896 Tilt Cove Notes March 25th, 1896. Young seals struck here early in March and several were taken by the landsmen. Had the ice remained in a few days, some of our young men would have made a good bill. Mr. Andrew ELLIOTT had the misfortune to lose his gun while out sealhunting the other day. Captain PHILLIPS has recently discovered a very valuable load of ore in one of the old West mines. This is likely to create a boom here. The amputation of a young man's leg was very skillfully performed by Dr.LAWRENCE a few days since. A young man by the name of Nathaniel MILLS who broke his arm while working in the mines, is doing well under the treatment of the Doctor. Ensign FREEMAN, Lieut. BRINE, and Cadet OXFORD, S.A. Officers, arrived here yesterday. Special meetings are being held. Two or three Hallelujah weddings are to come off. Success and joy to the contracting parties. Several men belonging to the smelting works have been discharged for not working on the Lord's Day. Much credit is due the men for taking a stand for the right. Comment on the action of those who discharged them is unnecessary, we leave them to the righteous anger of Him whose laws they break and would, if they could, force others to do the same.
April 18, 1896 BILLING'S Death (Part 1) St. John's, April 11, '96. (To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun.) DEAR SIR, - St .John's now mourns over a tragedy - the death of a young man on the ice floe last evening. Throughout the night and early this morning the sad news was circulated that there were men adrift on the ice. The men were - James SULLIVAN, Long Hill, Patrick BARRON, Signal Hill Road; and James BILLINGS, formerly of Fortune Harbor, but lately residing on Signal Hill Road. Two of them had been seen drifting South on the ice last evening by Mr. CANTWELL, at Cape Spear. A report was sent into St. John's, and the following messages were despatched. The first one, from Hon. A.M. MACKAY to Capt. TAYLOR of the Virginia Lake, Bay Bulls; "There are two men adrift on the ice. They passed Cape Spear before dark. The light keeper tried to rescue them but failed. The only hope is in you. Have no time to consult owners. Please reply. Can you go and seek them?" Capt. TAYLOR replied, "I will go at once."
April 18, 1896 BILLING'S Death (Part 2) The second message was from Inspector General McCOWEN to Constable FURLONG, Bay Bulls to this effect: - "Two men adrift on ice. Hire a codseine boat and seek for them, and also if possible, notify the Virginia Lake. The men are supposed to be near your station now." Captain TAYLOR had his ship put in order at once for sea, and sailed at 11:30 p.m. He steamed the ship down the Shore about one mile off, and when near Freshwater, not far from Bay Bulls at 2 a.m., the ship was run midway between the drifting men. SULLIVAN on one side of the ship, and BARRON on the other side, a short distance from his companion, who was lying dead. The two men and corpse were taken on board ship, the latter placed on the hatch with a tarpaulin covering and the two former saved from the jaws of death taken below and warmed, given food, and treated in the kindliest manner by both Captain, Officers and crew.
April 18, 1896 BILLING'S Death (Part 3) "It must have been a merciful Providence," said Capt.TAYLOR, "that drove us into Bay Bulls, otherwise we might have passed by, and the other two men would have perished. At the arrival of the ship in port there were crowds of people on the wharf anxious to glean the fullest particulars. From the two rescued men Patrick BARRON and James SULLIVAN, we learn of the sad venture, and as they recited their hearts throbbed with emotion, the two realizing the solemnity and sorrow attending the dying of a man near by them on the ice, and then thinking of the death that threatened themselves. James SULLIVAN, a single man of middle age, left St. John's at 10:30 a.m., in company with a man named SQUIRES,who got a tow of fat, which he had to subsequently slip. Patrick BARRON also single, and of middle age, and James BILLINGS, also known as BAYLY, the victim, about 32 years of age, went out together at 6 o'clock in the morning. They too went beyond the Cape and procured tows which they had to 'slip' later. BILLINGS fell in off the Bill of the Cape at 2 p.m., and was rescued by BARRON after much difficulty, and the immersion took much of the spirit out of him.
April 18, 1896 BILLING'S Death (Part 4) BARRON could have landed at the whistle then, even though there was a heavy swell at the shore, but with true spirit, refrained from doing so. He would remain at the risk of the sacrifice of his life, rather than leave a less buoyant companion to sure death. No, he would stand by him, to render help, or perhaps to die with him. At 4 p.m. SULLIVAN was comparatively near the two other men. All were then drifting rapidly South, and were becoming weary and very hungry. The parties ate their store of food and SULLIVAN added strength to himself by eating the heart of a seal. The party nearly drove on "the motion" on the way South. There was expectation of a boat putting out from Petty Harbor, and when neither one appeared, BILLINGS grew faint hearted. It was then about six o'clock. "What do you think of it now?" asked BILLINGS. BARROW answered to this effect, "There are two steamers coming down the shore. There is a chance for us." BILLINGS replied, "If there is no other chance, then that fixes me." Soon afterwards he uttered his last words: "I wish I had taken my wife's advice:" and ere long while reclining on a pinnacle, he quietly expired. BARRON's soul was wrung with anguish.
April 18, 1896 Weather Continuous east wind this week. Bay blocked with ice.
April 18, 1896 Seal Bay Mine It is reported that a Glasgow company has bought the Lock's Hr. (Seal Bay) mine for £15,000 stg.
April 18, 1896 Personals Arrived from St. John's, on Thursday afternoon, Messrs. W. BAIRD, S. BURT, J. GUY, and Mrs. B. HUNTER.
April 18, 1896 Magistrate THOMPSON Magistrate THOMPSON is a terror to all evil-doers in the Neighborhood of Brigus. He is rooting out the shebeens and punishing culprits severely.
April 18, 1896 Death By request a post-mortem examination of the body of the late Mr. Andrew BOYDE who died on the 13th inst., after a long and painful illness, was held on Tuesday last, when it was found that his death was caused by the formation of a Medullary cancer on the side of the stomach, and which had entered the liver.
April 18, 1896 Bay Of Islands The Messrs. REID. are getting ready to commence the erection of an extensive railway dock at the Bay of Islands. A large number of laborers will be employed there next month and the work will be rapidly pushed forward. It is hoped that before the close of the year, native coal will be shipped from there to various parts of the island.
April 18, 1896 As Others See Us A private corespondent writing from St. John's says, "Sorry Green Bay men got no seals this year, you must have killed [illegible] Sunday when last they were in, and the temptation was withheld this year." Perhaps! We wonder if it's for the same sin that some of the sealing steamers have done so badly this year.
April 18, 1896 Dr. GRENFELL Dr. GRENFELL has proved himself an able and successful "swoiler." Between 90 and 100 of the Neptune's load fell beneath his deadly gaff. When "all hands overboard," was called, amongst the first on the ice was the gallant Medico, and he rarely came aboard without a "tow." Whether in the cabin, the fo'castle or the hold, on the fore-maintop in the barrel, above or below, he was thoroughly at home. The Doctor is a sailor every inch. -- News.
April 18, 1896 Advertisement It is very advantageous to have a local agent, and William ASHBOURNE, Esq., has been appointed agent for the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York for this district: he will be pleased to give all necessary information, and effect insurances for those desiring the same
April 18, 1896 New Hope for Tilt Cove Work at Tilt Cove is likely to be pushed forward with more than usual energy during the coming summer. The recent discovery of a valuable deposit of ore by Capt. PHILLIPS, will no doubt put new life in the place. Our congratulations are extended to the Captain.
April 18, 1896 Horse Dies of Exposure During last week, Mr. KINSMAN, manager of the Indian Arm Lumber Company, wishing to get his mail quickly from Burnt Bay, despatched a man by the name of CHALK with a horse and slide for the purpose. On the way up the Bay the horse fell through the ice in the water. CHALK worked hard for some time trying to get it out, which he found was an impossible task for one hand, so he tied the horse to a stick which he placed across the hole, and proceeded four miles on foot to the nearest settlers, where he got all the help required. They hurried back, and quickly pulled the horse out of the water. CHALK retraced his steps homeward, thinking the horse was none the worse for the plunge, but the poor beast died shortly after arriving at Indian Arm.
April 18, 1896 Mr. WHYLES tells a story "Ah!" said our venerable old friend, Mr. WHYLES, of Wild Cove, as he looked with wonder at the picture of Britain's Navy, which has engaged the attention of so many visitors to Coastal Wharf shop during the past few days, "Some changes in ships and things since I left the old country," yes, we replied, "I suppose steamers were hardly known then." and this drew out the following bit of news of the old times, which is worth repeating. About the year 1829, a small schooner called the Gratitude, owned by Mister BURGE, uncle of our old friend, was cleared to cross the Atlantic (a wonder in itself) by the firm of COLBOURNE, with a cargo of thirteen hundred quintals fish for the English Market. She was navigated by Captain SAMWAYS, father of our most highly respected citizen, Mr. Peter SAMWAYS, but brought out again by the Mate, Thomas DRAKE, and among the passengers were the late respected A.A. PEARCE, Esq., Clerk of the Peace, and Mr. WHYLES, above referred to, who says, after leaving England's shores, he saw his first steamer, a paddle mail boat plying between Bristol and Channel Islands. Although our informant has lived a long life (and may it still be prolonged) yet the change in marine as well as other particulars, during that period is truly marvelous -- W.J.S.
April 18, 1896 By Telegraph from Whitbourne April 13th. The Kite arrived at St. John's on Saturday morning with 8,500 young harps, reports the Vanguard with 11,000 on Thursday last. March 14 Magdalen Islands reports the Iceland and Nimrod the former with one thousand and the latter one hundred, they were spoken to at Byron's Island on Sunday last. March 15, The House of Assembly has been prorogued until May 14.
April 18, 1896 Death On the 13th inst., after a lingering illness, Mr. Andrew BOYD, aged 60 years.
April 18, 1896 Advertisement Lumber, Having on hand a stock of SEASONED LUMBER, we will supply the trade the coming season with All grades of Pine and Fir CHEAP. Send Along Your Orders. INDIAN ARM LUMBER Co.
April 18, 1896 Advertisement Coastal Wharf, THANKS! The subscriber takes this opportunity of thanking his customers for past Patronage and begs to say that he hopes to leave for St. John’s to lay in New Spring stock, early in May. Any special orders, or matters of business, will receive his best attention. If you wish Clothes made to order, come and get measured and you will get them at St. John’s price (the tailor’s bill will be given to you.) This is the chance for my Lady Friends to order the new hat, dress, mantle or otherwise. W. J. SCOTT
April 18, 1896 Arrested Halifax, April 11. Mary BLANCH of Newfoundland was arrested yesterday on a charge of setting fire to the residence of John STARR, Halifax.
    [There is nothing on my 1896 microfilm between April 18, 1896 and July 11, 1896. GW]

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