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Twillingate Sun and Northern Weekly Advertiser

July 1885 - September 1885

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 JOYCE SIMMS, formatted by GEORGE WHITE starting in August 2002. While we have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there could be some typographical errors.

July 4, 1885The FisheryTwo or three schooners, belonging to Trinity Bay, went South on Thursday last, with a full load of fish. By arrival of the schr. Lullworth we learn that fishery operations around this Bay are fairly good. At New Bay Head the best trap hails for 200 qtls; Leading Tickles, 150, and Triton Islands 160. Hook and line men average 1 to 3 qtls. per day. A special dispatch from Trepassey to the Evening Mercury, under date, June 24, has the following: - Two strange bankers baited here this morning, and left for Banks. Our boats in since Monday, say it is very rough outside.
July 4, 1885Bett's Cove TelegraphWe understand that the telegraph office at Bett's Cove is shortly to be transferred to Nipper's Harbor.
July 4, 1885Caribou SwimmerA young doe deer was shot by one of the crew of the schooner Lullworth, off Sandy Cove Island on Monday last. The unwary caribou was enjoying a long swim when she was o'ertaken by the fatal bullet.
July 4, 1885Shipping NewsThe schooner Evangeline, Capt. A. ROBERTS, arrived here from St. John's via Change Islands-on Tuesday last. In to-day's paper will be found extracts from late foreign and local papers, which we received by her. The articles on the crisis in England, which we copy from the Montreal Gazette, will be read with interest. The new brig.. Clementine, Capt. BALL, arrived here from Oporto on Saturday last. The Clementine is of----tons burthen, is a handsome model, and possesses all the attributes of a gallant ship. W. LETHBRIDGE Esq., is the fortunate owner. The steam-tug Tibbie, belonging to R. SCOTT, Esq., arrived here from Fogo on Saturday evening last. After a short detention she returned to Fogo.
July 4, 1885Schooner AccidentThe schooner Glide, BUTLER, master, was dismasted off Southern Head on Sunday last. The Glide was bound to Nipper's Harbor from St. John's with a cargo of salt, and the crew had some difficulty in rigging sails in order to reach their destination, as about 10 ft. of the mainmast and 15 feet of the foremast had been carried away. A vessel has been dispatched to Hall's Bay for the purpose of procuring spars.
July 4, 1885Schooner LostSchr. Messenger, Capt. MORRISSEY, on lighthouse service, had to be abandoned yesterday at Arnold's Cove, Cape Pine, whilst landing freight. The wind and sea heaving in, she broke both chains. The Captain and crew arrived here last night. They lost everything.
July 4, 1885Reflections on DeathReflections on the Death of Mrs. MAYNE. The unhappy author of "Endymion" said "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever"; a statement that meets with frequent and emphatic contradiction. If a thing of beauty endured for ever it might be enjoyed for ever. However, in a sense the poet was right. A sublime Epic delights successive generations of readers. Mont Blanc with the sun glancing from its great white brow, enchanted beholders long before Alpine Clubs were dreamed of, and it will be stared at by half delirious tourists till the unparalleled convulsions of the last day tumble Jung-Frau, Chimberazo, and Cotopaxi into ruin. Is a thing of beauty a joy forever? I looked at the sky when the day was sliding into night. The clouds were heaped up in columned splendour; the sun was a luminous crimson ball; but the shadows deepened and the colours faded and the clouds became inky black, and only a stray star peeped timidly out. "Is a thing of beauty a joy for ever?" I asked, and the answer through the hushed darkness, "No!" I held in my hand a fragrant blossom, it was no botched wax-work, no miserable mimicry, of wool. God's own fingers had woven the silken leaves, and His magic brush had tinted stalk and petals. But I handled the frail thing roughly and the leaves broke from the stem, fluttered to the ground, and died. It was autumn time; ripe apples hung in clusters on the trees; the colours of the forest foliage were rich and varied; the ripe corn had bent before the sturdy strokes of the reaper; the boom of the threshing machine was heard across the fields; sun-browned gleaners were carrying their armfuls home. But I visited these rustic neighborhoods again, and the trees were naked and I could fancy they shivered. The dead leaves were knee deep; and they rustled mournful rhymes as I trampled through. I happened that way again and a snowy shroud was flung over all - not a leaf trembled, not a bird sang.
July 4, 1885DeathIt is with unmingled feelings of regret that we chronicle to-day the premature demise of Mrs. MAYNE (wife of our friend Mr. C. D. MAYNE) which sad event took place on Thursday last. The admirable qualities with which this "maiden, wife and mother" was endowed, won for her a widespread and genuine esteem, and her premature death is universally regretted. May her sleep be sweet!. To her bereaved husband and sorrowing friends we tender our deepest sympathy.
July 4, 1885DeathWith meek submission to the Divine will, on Thursday night last, after a brief illness, in the 20th year of her age, Caroline Amelia KNIGHT, beloved wife of Mr. Charles G.D. MAYNE, and daughter of M. OSMOND, Esq., J.P. of Moreton's Harbor. The deceased was much esteemed by all who knew her and leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to lament her premature death. Her remains will be taken to Moreton's Harbor for internment to-morrow (Sunday.)
July 4, 1885DeathAt Moreton's Harbor, on Thursday last, Dina, beloved wife of Mr. Thomas TAYLOR, aged 30 years. Her end was peace.
July 4, 1885DeathAt Purcell's Harbor, on the 26th June, Frederick, son of Samuel and Maria ANSTY, aged 11 years.
July 4, 1885DeathAt Little Harbor, on the 25th June, Louisa, daughter of Solomon and Mary WARR, aged 13 years.
July 4, 1885DeathAt Merrit's Harbor, on the 23rd June, after a short illness, Rachael, wife of Francis POWELL, aged 53 years.
July 4, 1885DeathAt Wild Cove, on the 25th ult., Barbara, wife of Samuel SHEPPERD, aged 34 years. The deceased leaves a husband and six children to mourn their loss.
July 4, 1885Ship NewsPort of Twillingate - Entered - June 27 - Clementine, BALL, Oporto, salt - E. DUDER. July 3 - Morning Star, MORRISON, Fogo, salt - OWEN & EARLE. Cleared - June 27 - Hebe, HOGGAN, Sydney, Captain. June 29 - Emmulator, PAUL, Sydney - E. DUDER.
July 4, 1885New AdvertisementFOR SALE - the fast-sailing yacht "LARK" with two suits of sails and all other requisites. For further particulars apply to Sun office.

July 11, 1885WeatherThe weather for some time past has been beautifully fine and summer-like, but it is feared the long drought wil be very prejudicial to vegetables.
July 11, 1885FisheryThe fishery for the past two or three weeks has been fairly good with traps in this neighborhood, but hook and line men have done very little. At Herring Neck and Moreton's Harbor it has been only middling.
July 11, 1885Schooners ArriveFour of our schooners have arrived from the White Bay fishing grounds during the past week, with the following fares: - Somerset, STUCKLESS, 200 brls; Five Brothers, R. YOUNG, 200 brls; Loyalty, GUY, 430; Six Brothers, Jas. YOUNG, 300 brls.
July 11, 1885PersonalWe are pleased to note the arrival per Plover of Rev. G. J. BOND, B.A., the newly appointed President of the Newfoundland Methodist Conference, and we beg to congratulate him on the important ecclesiastical position in which he has been placed in his native land. The Rev. J. EMBREE, Chairman of the Bonavista District, arrived here by same steamer, Mr. E. has been attending Conference, which has been one of the most successful ever held in Newfoundland. A report of proceedings will appear in next issue.
July 11, 1885Plover PassengersThe coastal steamer Plover, Captain MANUEL, with mails freight and passengers, arrived here from St. John's and intermediate ports on Thursday morning last. The following were passengers to this port:- Revs. Messrs. EMBREE, Dr. CARMAN, W. PILOT, J. BOND, ANDREWS, BRAMFITT, HATCHER, Misses SALTER (2), Messrs. BRAYLEY, INGRAM.
July 11, 1885Steamer mail ServiceThe Lady Glover was to have started on the Labrador mail service on Thursday last, so that she is now on her way to her destination. Seeing that the Plover does not proceed further than Tilt Cove, it would have been only fair that the Glover should have touched here going by, in order to afford business men and others an opportunity of availing of the mail communication thus afforded. It may be important to some that this privilege should be extended, which we trust another season will be the case.
July 11, 1885Stabbing at BurgeoA special dispatch from Burgeo to the Evening Mercury of the 29th ult., says: - On Saturday morning at Messrs. DeGROUCHY'S cooperage here, two apprentices named John MIKENNA and Albert EASTLY had a slight altercation, when MIKENNA took a cooper's knife that was lying on the bench, and stabbed EASTLY in the stomach, just above the groin. It was feared at the time that the man was fatally injured, as some of the inside membrane protruded, but he seems better this morning. MIKENNA, who only came from Jersey this Spring, is not sixteen years old. He is now in gaol waiting further developments.
July 11, 1885King's CoveFishery Notes from King's Cove - Our correspondent writing from the above place, under date, July 7, gives us the following fishery items: "At this place the fishery is poor, the average catch for traps not exceeding 40 qtls. Hook-and-line men 10 qtls per man to date. At Stock and Knight's Coves, the catch for traps and hook-and-line is much the same as at this place. At Broad Cove it is somewhat better; traps 60 qtls., and hook-and-line 15 qtls. per man. At Keels, hook-and-line men have been fortunate, the average being 20 qtls. per man; traps there have not done proportionately. At Plate Cove, Open Hall and vicinity the catch is small; 10 qtls. per man being quite up to the average. The schr. Young Flirt, arrived here on the 29th ult., from Bryant's and Coachman's Cove. One trap had 60 qtls. at Bryant's Cove, and at Coachman's Cove, traps and hook-and-line had done and were doing well."
July 11, 1885Newfoundland ConferenceStation Sheet - Final Draft. Rev. G. J. BOND, B.A., President. Rev. Geo. BOYD, Secretary. I. ST. JOHN'S DISTRICT . 1. St. John's East - Rev. Geo. J. BOND, B.A., Geo. VATER. 2. St. John's West - Geo. BOYD, Geo. C. FRAZER, G. S. MILLIGAN, L.L.D., Superintenent Education. (by permission of Conference) Thos. FOX, Sup'y. 3. Pouch Cove - Jesse HAYFIELD. 4. Sound Island - Theo. G. B. HOWE. 5. Flat Island - M. J. STEVENS. 6. Burin - James NURSE. 7. St. Pierre - (One wanted). 8. Fortune - S. SNOWDEN. 9. Grand Bank - T. H. JAMES. 10. Burgeo - J.B.J. SMITH. 11. Petries - Charles LENCH. 12. Channel - W. H. Edyvean. 13. St. George's Bay - W.H.BROWNING. 14. Bonne Bay and Bay of Islands - Henry SCOTT. 15. Flowers Cove - T. W. WILSON. 16. St. Anthony - (One to be Sent). 17. Red Bay - James Wilson. 18. Hamilton Inlet - J. T. NEWMAN. G.J. BOND, B.A., District Sup't. Geo. BOYD, Financial Secretary.--------II CARBONEAR DISTRICT. 19. Carbonear - Wm. KENDALL, J.C. Simpson, J.S. PEACH, Sup'y. 20. Harbor Grace - T. W. ATKINSON. 21. Bay Roberts - J. LISTER. Port-de-Grave - W. R. TRATT. 23. Cupids - John PRATT. 24. Brigus - Jas. DOVE. 25. Freshwater - Jas. B. HEAD. 26. Blackhead - Henry LEWIS. 27. Western Bay - Solomen MATTHEWS. 28. Lower Island Cove - John REAY. 29. Old Perlican - Jabez HILL. 30. Hants Harbor - Joseph PARKINS. 31. Hearts Content - John GOODISON. 32. Greens' Harbor - Anthony HILL. 33. Random (North) - Edgar TAYLOR. 34. Random F. G. WILEY. 35. Brittania Cove - Mark FENWICK. Jas. DOVE, District Supt., J. GOODISON, Financial Sec'y........III - BONAVISTA DISTRICT. 36. Bonavists - R. W. FREEMAN and F. R. DUFILL. 37. Catalina - G. P. STORY. 38. Trinity - Geo PAINE. 39. Musgrave Town - Samuel JENNINGS. 40. Glover Town - one to be sent. 41. Greenspond - Wm. JENNINGS. 42. Wesleyville - James LUMSDEN. 43. Musgrave Harbour - Wm. REX. 44. Indian Islands and Rocky Bay - A. CHEESEMAN. 45. Fogo - J. EMREE. 46. Herring Neck and Change Islands - R. BRAMITT. 47. Twillingate - Geo. BULLEN and J. W. VICKERS. 48. Moreton's Harbour - H. HATCHER. 49. Exploits - Wm. SWANN. 50. Little Bay Island - J. PINCOCK. 51. Little Bay - Herbert HOOPER. 52. Nipper's Harbour - one to be sent. 53. White Bay - one to be sent. J. EMBREE, District Supt., G. P. STORY, Financial Sec'y. Students attending Sackville - W. E. D. DUNN, Henry ABRAHAM, Levi CURTIS.
July 11, 1885James B. THOMPSON"Rev. James. B. THOMPSON, of St. John's Newfoundland, who has just completed his studies at Oberlin (Ohio) Theological Seminary, and who is about to go to China as a missionary was in the city on Sunday, and preached in the morning in the Congregational Church."- St. John's Telegraph, June 17. The Rev. gentleman, alluded to, is a brother of our worthy friend THOMPSON of the Twillingate Sun; and son of the late Dr. Henry THOMPSON of Harbor Grace. The Rev. Mr. T. has volunteered for Missionary work in far off China, and we sincerely trust that Providence will crown our fellow countryman's labors with abundent success. - St. John's Times. Mr. THOMPSON left Newfoundland in 1878 for the purpose of qualifying himself for the work of the ministry. The following year he entered Oberlin Theological Seminary, where he remained until the 10th or 15th of the present month, taking "the five year course" and carrying off all the honors conferred by that institution upon the most successful students. Although Mr. THOMPSON is only 25 years of age, yet he is spoken of as "already in every respect qualified for the clerical office." He was invested with ministerial functions, at Oberlin, on the 14th instant, one of the Professors preaching the ordination sermon. The building was crowded to its utmost capacity, and at the close of the service he (Mr. T.) had the pleasure of receiving congratulations and presents and warm-hearted wishes.
July 11, 1885BirthOn the 6th inst., the wife of Dr. STAFFORD of a son.
July 11, 1885BirthOn the 1st of July, the wife of Mr. T. LINFIELD of a son.
July 11, 1885BankersThe schr., J. W. Roberts, Capt. BENIA, arrived here this morning from the Banks with 500 quintals on board. She has been a week fishing, and reports weather fine and fish plentiful on Banks. The Sailor's Home, of Fortune, and the Bloomingdale, Capt. HINES, of Catalina, also arrived, the former with 200 for six days fishing, and the latter with 300 for nine days.-Mercury.
July 11, 1885Plover PassengersThe following were passengers by the Plover on her last trip South:- From Little Bay - Master CRANE, Mrs. SPRIGGS and son. Twillingate - Miss NURSE. Fogo - Miss FURNEAUX, Mrs. WINTER, Miss HADDON, Miss MEEK, Mrs. D. MALCOLM, Mrs. Wm. PERRY, Mrs. DEADY, Miss DEADY, Messrs. S. D. HODGE, and Wm. PERRY. Greenspond - Mrs. GOSS, Miss BROWN, and Mrs. Austin OKE. King's Cove - Messrs. J. PROWSE, and E. FENNY. Catalina - Misses CHURCHILL (2). Trinity - Mr. BREMNER, Miss BREMNER, Mr. D. RYAN, Messrs. Walter KING, W. STEWARD and WHITE. Bay-de-Verde - Mrs. L. MARCH, and Mr. E. MARCH. 10 in storage.
July 11, 1885Carboner RailwayLast week we made brief mention of the fact that work had lately been commenced on the Carbonear Railway Branch. We now proceed to give a few additional particulars. There are at present about 100 men at work on the line; these for the past ten days or so have been engaged in regrading the old road, for a distance of nearly three miles, preparing it for the laying of the rails. The culverts from the Harbor Grace end, in as far as Bannerman Lake have been placed in position, and it is expected that the work of track-laying will begin in the course of a short time, and that an engine will be engaged in ballasting [sic] the road about the 5th of next month. It is probable that the Branch will be connected with the Harbor Grace end of the line in the course of the coming week. Some improvements, also, have been lately affected around the station house of Harbor Grace Branch. The platform to the Westward of the building has been lengthened 30 feet, and the road graded all around the station, so that now carriages can drive from Harvey Street, close up to the platform. - Standard.
July 11, 1885RIEL's TrialA Battleford special says that in the investigation, which has been going on there with reference to the murder of TREMONT, the Swiss farmer, killed early in outbreak, two Indians have sworn that they were acting under RIEL'S instructions when the murder occurred. On Saturday POUNDMAKER acknowledged the receipt of four letters from RIEL, one of which he said he left in his tent near his reserve. The letter is expected to be important evidences in RIEL'S trial. Charles FITZPATRICK, one of the lawyers retained for the defence of RIEL, left Quebec for Ottawa last night, to interview the Minister of Justice with a view of having RIEL'S case brought before the Supreme Court of Lower Canada. This course has been taken, it is said at RIEL's own request. Mr. LEMIEUX, M.P.P. , the other lawyer in his defence, leaves for Regina on Wednesday next. Messrs. ROBINSON, OSKER, and CASGRAIN, crown counsel who are to conduct the prosecution of the trial of RIEL, are in the city waiting for instructions. The trial will probably take place on the 14th July.
July 11, 1885Winnipeg June 18.Col. Osborne SMITH, with the Winnipeg light infantry, 250 strong, are encamped on the North side of the Beaver river. Gen. STRANGE, with the 65th battalian is at Beaver mission and has been joined by Gen. MIDDLETON with the mounted troops. Col. OTTER is at Turtle Lake with his command, a portion of whom patrol the trail to Battleford. Col. HERCHMER is scouting in advance and is believed to have struck Big Bear's trail. Col. IRVINE, with his mounted police, has arrived at Green lake, and it is believed should Col. OTTER miss Big Bear, he will fall into the snare being set for him by Col. IRVINE. A dispatch from Regina announces the arrival there last night of the rebel prisoners arrested after battle at Batoche. They have been imprisoned in the mounted police barracks. A despatch from the front, says half the force now in the field, will be sent back in ten days. It would take about a week to come down. The weather is intensely hot and many of our men suffer from sunstroke.
July 11, 1885QuarantineThe following order has been adopted by His Excellency the Governor in Council, and is published for general information and guidance: - "In view of the prevalence of Cholera, it is ordered that all vessels arriving at any ports in this colony from ports in Spain, shall be placed under Quarantine, and that the provisions of Chap. 68 of Consolidated Statutes, entitled "Of Quarantine," of the Proclamation of Sir Stephen John HILL, of 24th of April, 1871; and of the order in Council, dated 22nd March, A.D., 1878, shall be enforced with regard to such vessels." - Royal Gazette.
July 11, 1885Schooner LostThe Donna Maria which arrived here from the Straits this morning brought news to the effect that up to the 20th ult., there was no fish or bait at Lance-au-Loup but that all the people were getting to rights for the summer fishing and had every hope of doing well. They were not catching many seals, and the most that had been caught, 140. were taken by DAVIS at Lance Amour. Others average from 51 upwards. The Lillian belonging to Mr. J.H. WATSON, was lost at Quirpoon, a piece of ice breaking in her bow. The crew were saved and brought into Lance au Loup by the La Marahgus [?] - Mercury.

July 18, 1885Local and General A very interesting report of the fishery agreement recently made between the United States and Great Britain, will be found in another part of to-day's paper.
July 18, 1885White BayRev. S. J. ANDREWS, the hard working missionary of White Bay, left here in the Mission yacht Snowdrop on Monday last, en route for the above place.
July 18, 1885SteamerThe steam-tug Tibbie came here from Fogo last evening and returned this morning. R. SCOTT, Esq., and Mrs. SCOTT were enjoying the round trip.
July 18, 1885Schooner The schr. Sunrise, belonging to J.B.TOBIN, Esq., left here for St. John's on Monday morning last. J. P. THOMPSON, M.H.A., went passenger by her.
July 18, 1885Stephen SNOWThe young man, Stephen SNOW, who, as our readers are aware, had both his feet amputated by Dr. Stafford the past spring, was enabled to return to his home at Black Island on Wednesday last.
July 18, 1885Cricket GameThe English cricketers in Australia have done remarkably well. Out of 33 matches played they have only lost but two, and one of these they only conceded after four days' play by six runs.
July 18, 1885Dry Fish ShipmentWe are pleased to observe that some shipments of dry fish have already been made to our supplying merchants. We believe the first shipments were made about the 20th of August last year, which shows this season's to be about a month earlier.
July 18, 1885Rev. J. EMBREEAt a special joint meeting of Loyalty and Crosby Lodges, L.O.A., held in the Hall on Monday evening last, the following Resolution was proposed by Bro. W. J. SCOTT and seconded by Bro. Wm. HUGHES, and carried unanimously: - Resolved. - That, whereas our esteemed Rev. Bro. J. EMBREE is about to leave this place for a new sphere of labour, the Lodges hereby record their hearty appreciation of his past co-operation, and pray that the great Worshipful Master above may direct him in his future career and abundantly prosper him in all his endeavours for the good of mankind. Ordered. - That a copy of the foregoing be presented to the Rev. Brother; and also sent for insertion to the Twillingate Sun.
July 18, 1885AdvertisementMr. George LOYTE of Twillingate writes to Mr. PILL thus: "Dear Sir, I was troubled with a very bad cold, and unfit to do my labor. A friend advised me to try your Lung Healer, one bottle cured me, and I am at this time cured of my complaints.
July 18, 1885Ship NewsPort of Twillingate. Entered. July 4 - Rose of Torridge, DEER, Fogo, part cargo, salt - W. WATERMAN & Co. July 5 - Maud, FOWLER, Liverpool, general cargo - J.B. TOBIN. July 10 - Willing, CLARK, St. John's, part cargo, provisions, salt - E.DUDER. Cleared. July 4 - Owney Belle, THOMAS, Sydney -Captain. July 8 - Heroine, HANDCOCK. Nippers Harbor, part cargo - W. WATERMAN & Co..
July 18, 1885Wreckage SpottedA special despatch from Trepassey to the Evening Mercury, under date July 1, has the following: - The banking schooner D. D. Winchester, of Gloucester, Captain FRAZIER with 1,000 qtls. of fish, put in here yesterday for bait and ice. She reports wreckage of vessels all over the Grand Bank. Passed by the stern of a large vessel with Boenelseneur on it, also a ship's jolly boat with Cohanem, Newcastle, on it. Captain thinks both these vessels were lost against an iceberg, and that all hands perished. Reports fish plenty on Grand Banks. Boats to-day, will leave for fishing ground to finish loading, and then for home.
July 18, 1885Double ShipwreckA despatch from Renews to the same paper, dated July 1, says:-The Norweigan barque Frithjoy, Captain NELSON, of Norway bound to Quebec, in ballast, ran ashore at Cape Bollard on Monday evening during a dense fog, and is a total wreck. She had on board the crew of the brig Emily Raymond, of St. John, N.B. which was dismasted and leaking on the 9th of June. She was commanded by Captain Wm. CODIE of the same place. The Frithjoy took them off the wreck on the 12th of June. Both crews are safe.
July 18, 1885Fancy FairIt is intended to hold (D. V.) a Fancy Fair about the second week in October at Little Bay (Notre Dame Bay) in aid of the new English Church now in course of erection. Contributions in aid of the above object either in money or useful or fancy articles will be thankfully received by any of the following ladies: - Mrs. FOOTE, President, Mrs. LIND, Treasurer, Miss BLANDFORD, Secretary. Committee: - Mrs. DEIM, Mrs. CRANE, Mrs. LAMB, Mrs. RICHARDS, Miss E. FOOTE, Miss DEIM, Miss ADKINS.

July 25, 1885Local and General Fishery operations in this neighborhood for the past two weeks, have been, on the whole very poor.
July 25, 1885Visiting DeaneryRev. R. TEMPLE, R.D., left here by the Plover on Thursday for the object of visiting some parts of his Deanery.
July 25, 1885Newly Appointed MinisterRev. George BULLEN, one of the newly appointed ministers of this circuit, accompanied by his family, arrived here by last steamer.
July 25, 1885Reform Party DelegateDonald MORISON, Esq., Barrister-at-law, arrived here by last steamer, for the purpose of visiting the Twillingate and Moreton's Harbor Orange Lodges in the interest of the Reform Party.
July 25, 1885FisheryThe following vessels have arrived from the fishery the past week or ten days, with the following fares: -Porcupine, PHILLIPS, 500 qtls., Patience, SPENCER, 80 qtls., Chas. YOUNG's craft 150 qtls., Trial, ELLIOTT, 100 qtls., and Frederick HOUSE's craft 80 qtls.
July 25, 1885Plover PassengersThe coastal steamer Plover, Capt. MANUEL, with mails, freight and passengers, arrived here on Thursday morning last. The following were passengers from St. John's to this port: - Messrs. LINDBERG, MORISON, PEYTON, EDENS, WALKER, TOBIN, Misses TOBIN, BERTEAU and OSMOND.
July 25, 1885Minister's PostingsThe Mercury says it is reported that the Rev. Mr. WEARY, lately stationed at Battle Harbor will be removed to Greenspond, that the Rev. Mr. RAFTER will take his place at Battle Harbor, and that the Rev. Mr. HOWE will be stationed at Rose Blanche.
July 25, 1885General ElectionA Gazette Extraordinary was issued this morning containing two Proclamations of His Excellency the Governor, - the one Dissolving the General Assembly of this Island, and the other directing that a Registration of the Voters for Members of the Assembly be taken previously to the holding of a General Election in the Autumn of the present year. - Gazette.
July 25, 1885Men Drowned - Brig BayA very sad affair happened at Brig Bay, Salmon River, Straits of Belle Isle, on the 7th May last. Two young men - a WELLS of Bay of Islands, and Louis GARRIO of Brig Bay - went in a boat to gather eggs on an island. The boat capsized, and both were drowned, strange to say, in four feet of water. WELLS was 22 years of age, GARRIO 17. - Mercury.
July 25, 1885MisrepresentationsIn the Watchman of the 9th instant, I observe that my name has been placed among the list of persons spoken of as candidates in the coming elections, in the interest of the Reform Party. I notice further that in last Saturday's issue, Mr. J. S. WINTER, in his reply to Premier WHITEWAY'S manifesto, mentions my name among those who, he says, "have come into his party (the Premier's) since 1873 and afterwards gone over." Now, in order to remove any doubt that may prevail in the minds of the constituents, whom I had the honor of representing, or the public, with regard to my political position, I beg emphatically to resent both the statements referred to. The Reform Party had no authority from me that would warrant them in using my name in the connection they did; neither have I ever given the slightest intimation to either the Orange Political Committee or Reform Party, that I had "gone over" or severed my connection with Sir William WHITEWAY'S Party, of which I have been a supporter, and which I shall continue to support until justifiable or substantial reasons lead me to do otherwise. J. P. THOMPSON.
July 25, 1885WINTER's ResignationWhen stating in our columns a few weeks since that Mr. J. S. WINTER had resigned his connection with the Government, we were led to entertain the opinion that he would be able to give good and sufficient reasons for the action he had taken. His manifesto, however, appeared on Saturday last in a new paper called the Watchman, which has been started by the Reform Party to advocate their interests for the coming elections. The replies to Sir WILLIAM'S are vague and meaningless and calculated to mislead the public. Time, however, will not permit us to say more at present, but we will return to the subject at an early date.
July 25, 1885PremierSir William V. WHITEWAY left by train on Monday last for Harbor Grace, where he will address the electors of the Bay Metropolis.
July 25, 1885Seasonably AdviceWe learn from an Orange friend that only two of the signatories to that "infamous Manifesto" attended Victoria Hall, on Sunday evening last, to hear good and wholesome, advice from the lips of the Rev. Mr. BOYD, who counselled every Orangeman to think and act for himself. We have been requested to state by a Presbyterian friend that Mr. James McINTYRE, one of the signatories to that infamous and lying Orange Manifesto, conceived by a cotorie of Judases, for the purpose of revenge upon Premier WHITEWAY, is not a member of the good auld Kirk, having left the Church of his forefathers many years ago.
July 25, 1885R. WHITE - CandidateWe learn with pleasure that Mr. R. WHITE (son of our old friend the hon. Capt WHITE) is to be the popular Candidate for Bay-de-Verde, in Support of Premier WHITEWAY.
July 25, 1885CorrectionCapt. C. DAWE and Mr. PENNY have not joined the Reform Paty, as incorrectly stated in the first issue of the Watchman. We make this announcement upon unquestionable authority.
July 25, 1885Not so Easily HoodwinkedWe have every reason to believe that Outport Orangemen are beginning to see the advisability, and the very great necessity of thinking and acting for themselves, and not follow the St. John's cotorie to have everything their own way. The principles which lie at the base of the Orange Institution are as follows: - The strict morality of its members, the upholding of the Protestant religion, and the maintenance of the Protestant succession to the Crown by all lawful means. Such being its base -- then why should the order be dragged into the political arena to serve the selfish ends of a few disappointed individuals. (The foregoing items are from the St. John's Times.)
July 25, 1885Fire and Loss of LifeAn esteemed friend writing from Wesleyville, Greenspond, under date July 20, gives us the following particulars of a sad accident which occurred there on the 15th inst: - "Fire and Loss of Life - An event which has cast a gloom miles around took place at Seal Cove, Cat Harbour, Notre Dame Bay, last Wednesday the 15th inst. The house of Jonathan PARSONS was destroyed by fire, and with it two children, a boy and a girl, aged, respectively one and three years. It appears that early in the morning Mr. PARSONS quitted his house for the fishing ground, and that his wife was employed on the flake. When they left their home all was well, but, by and by the shouts 'fire!' roused all the people. The flames by this time however, had most unfortunately, made such progress, that it was utterly impossible to save life, let alone property. As it was known that two children were in the house, the feelings of the people especially the mother, may be better imagined than described. So completely did the devouring flames do its work that nothing but ashes marks the spot where a happy fisherman's cot recently stood. The catastrophe, it is supposed , was caused by the eldest child attempting to light a fire in the stove, no fire having been kindled by the parents before going from home. Sympathy for the bereaved parents is general and deep."
July 25, 1885Railroad WorkWork on the Carbonear Branch Railroad is now in active progress. There are at present 185 men employed on the line extending from the direction on Harvey Street to Maiden Pond, four miles from Carbonear. On the Harbor Grace end, four miles of the road have been graded, 1 1/2 miles of the rail laid and, as well as 1 1/2 miles more of the road ballasted. On this part of the line some fine culverts have been made, the mason-work of which is very superior. This branch-line is being constructed under the management of the road master, Mr. CONNORS, who is energetically engaged in superintending the work. Sir William WHITEWAY, I. L. McNEIL, Esq., and the Hon. John RORKE lately went over the road, and, we learn, freely express their satisfaction with the manner in which the work is being performed. On yesterday week, the laborers on the line were paid their month's wages, that is up to the end of June. We may notice here that a telegraph office has been lately placed, for the convenience of the Company, in the station house at the Harbor Grace end of the line, and that now business can be transacted over the wires without having to come into the town to do so. This of course, will be of advantage to the travelling public.
July 25, 1885Plover GroundedOn Saturday night the Plover's career was nearly ended. She struck the rocks at the North Head of Catalina, and for a short time confusion reigned supreme. Our informant, who was in the cabin at the time of the striking, thinks that the steamer's engines had been stopped just before she struck, and attributes her lucky escape to this fact. It was dark and foggy at the time, and the Plover was making for Catalina. She had a large number of passengers on board, and these rushed upon deck when the shock was felt. Some cried, some prayed, and others rushed about. Our informant says that the boats would have been useless, as the passengers would have swamped them as fast as they were lowered from the steamer's side. Fortunately, there was no sea and very little wind, and the steamer was not seriously damaged. She ran upon a shelving rock, apparently above which towered the cliffs of the Head, and after a while she backed off, and got into Catalina. Those of our readers who remember the articles upon the Plover, written by us about two years ago, will see in Saturday night's accident all the elements of the great disaster we predicted. The lesson should be applied to the next contract for coastal steam, and the number of passengers carefully restricted. - Mercury
July 25, 1885MarriageAt Old Perlican, Trinity Bay, by Rev. George PAINE, assisted by the Rev. Jabez HILL, on the 12th inst., Rev. Thomas JAMES, to Drusilla, daughter of Mr. George CRAM.
July 25, 1885MarriageOn the 14th inst., at St. Luke's Church, Port-de-Grave, by the father of the bride, assisted by the Rev. R. H. TAYLOR, Mr. G. D. SHEARS, of St. John's to Mary Ellen, daughter of the Rev. J. C. HARVEY, Rural Dean of Conception Bay.
July 25, 1885MarriageAt George St. Church, St. John's on the 13th inst., by the Rev. G. BOYD, Chas. R. STEER, to Janet, daughter of the late Charles DUDER, Esq.
July 25, 1885DeathAt Moreton's Harbor, on the 13th inst., Taimar Jane, third daughter of Mr. Mark TAYLOR of the above place, aged 17 years.
July 25, 1885DeathAt Herring Neck, on the 10th inst., James OXFORD, aged 15 years.
July 25, 1885DeathAt. St. John's on the 14th inst., Adolphe George, youngest son of the late Hon. J. H. WARREN, aged 31 years.
July 25, 1885Ship NewsPort of Twillingate - Entered - July 24 - Lochalsh, CRAIB, St. John's provisions, &c. - E DUDER. Cleared - July 24 - Maud, FOWLER, Harbor Grace, ballast - Captain.

December 5, 1885  Carried Off By An Eagle  Montreal, Oct 17. This morning, as the wife of Jean Baptist ROMILY, a farmer in St. Vincent De Paul, a village about ten miles from Montreal, was feeding her fowls, wile her child, aged about two years was playing around, suddenly a bald headed eagle swooped down, and bore the little one off in its talons. The child screamed and extended its arms to its mother, who was beside herself with mental agony, but was powerless to render assistance. The screams of the child however, attracted the neighbors, who with shotguns pursued the eagle. The bird was seen to alight with its prey upon the roof of a barn about a mile distant. Lifting up its head, with one powerful stroke, it drove its beak into the child’s head, and then began its horrid feast. At the near approach of the neighbors, who were firing guns to frighten it, the eagle took flight, leaving the child behind. When the body was recovered, life was extinct. The skull was split in two, and a part had been devoured. 
December 5, 1885  City of Boston  The site of the City of Boston was sold in 1635 by John BLACKSTONE for £30. 
December 5, 1885  Ship Traffic Across Nova Scotia  It is said that the construction of a ship railway to connect the Bay of Fundy with the Gulf of St. Lawrence, has been finally decided on. Ships of 1000 tons and under will thus be able to reach Saint John from Montreal with out having to encircle the dangerous Nova Scotian Coast, a saving of 600 miles. The ship railway, which is to be 17 miles long, will it is expected, be supported by a subsidy of £60,000 per year for 20 years, from the Canadian Government. 
December 5, 1885  Smallpox Vaccine  The steamer Hiram Perry arrived here from Little Bay on Wednesday last, having onboard Doctor JOSEPH of that place. The object of his visit was to procure some vaccine as the arrival of a steamer at Little Bay with Smallpox on board, made it necessary that vaccination should be proceeded with as soon as possible. 
December 5, 1885  Shipping News  The schooner Brisk, left for St. John’s on Wednesday with a cargo of fish from J.B. TOBIN Esq. The Mallard also sailed on Friday with a cargo of dry fish from Messrs. Owen and Earle. The Evangeline, Captain Andrew ROBERTS, arrived on Thursday morning from St. John’s. 
December 5, 1885  Marriage  Marriage Nov. 26, at St. Peter’s Church, By the Rev. R. TEMPLE, R.D., Mr. William GILLETT of Farmer’s Arm to Sarah Ann, daughter of the late John NOBLE of Nipper’s Harbor. 
December 5, 1885  Marriage  Dec. 3rd., at the same place, by the same, Mr. George TIZZARD of Back Harbor to Elizabeth Jane, daughter of Mr. Israel DECKER, late of Tilt Cove. 
December 5, 1885  Marriage  On Dec. 1st., by the Rev. A.J.H. SHARRATT, Henry George BURT, to Mary Ann CURTIS, both of Friday’s Bay. 
December 5, 1885  Marriage  At Herring Neck on the 4th., by the Rev. J. HEWITT, Mr. Edward CUTLER to Miss Mary Ann WATTS, both of that place. 
December 5, 1885  Rev. Henry Lewis Letters (Part 1)  From THE TWILLINGATE SUN, December 5, 1885. The Rev. Henry Lewis’ Letters. In today’s paper we re-print communications from the pen of the Rev. H. LEWIS, which have lately appeared in the St. John’s EVENING MERCURY, on the question of female labor in the prosecution of the Labrador fishery. This is a subject of the gravest importance to the moral and social well being of the country, and should be taken up and dealt with in a practical manner by those who have it in their power to establish a better condition of affairs, than the abominable system that has been tolerated up to the present. Some three years ago, public indignation was somewhat aroused by the evils – moral and physical – that arose from the overcrowding of small craft, with men, women and children, going to and returning from Labrador. With the object of then reverting the evil, an Act was passed, during the session of the Legislature in 1882, which has proved ineffectual in accomplishing the desirable object aimed at. The Act provided that all vessels carrying females, should have separate cabins for them and a space of fifty cubic feet for each and accommodation for sanitary purposes, and that they should not carry more than one person for every ton burden, and that sufficient boat accommodation should be provided for at least one third of the persons on board each vessel. But this Act, like many others that have become law, contained a loop – hole, by which it could be evaded, and, while it provided that each vessel should not carry more than one person for every ton burden, a vessel of 90 tons could carry 90 persons, whether the accommodations provided for this many passengers, would be adequate or not, and thus the real object of the measure was defeated. 
December 5, 1885  Rev. Henry Lewis Letters (Part 2)  Now, that attention is again being directed to the abuses referred to, it is to be hoped that the importance of the question will lead the mercantile body, as well as the Legislature, to take the matter in hand and provide a remedy for the prevention of the disgraceful practices, that take place under the present system. The following remarks on this subject, from the HARBOR GRACE STANDARD of the 21st. Ult., are worthy a place here: “Another and better remedy still, would be the total withdrawal of female labour from the Labrador fishery. Some sceptical individual may be inclined to say here – ‘It can’t be done; this fishery without cheap female help, could not be prosecuted, except at a dead loss to those engaged in it. The wages which male servants would ask to perform the work, which is now done by women, would be such a tax upon the business as to render it wholly unremunerative. It doesn’t pay a bit too well as at present prosecuted. What would be the case were you to increase the expense of the voyage by the addition of larger wages? It can’t be done, no how!’ In reply, permit us to ask – how is it that the Nova Scotian and American planters, engaged in the Labrador fishery, can make them pay without the aid of female labour? These people never have a woman servant on board any of their vessels. They leave them home, employed in more congenial, more natural pursuits than salting and splitting and spreading codfish. And, tell us how much better would it be if, instead of the women of this colony leaving every season for the Labrador coast, they were, like their sisters of the neighbouring provinces, to remain at home and attend to the cultivation of the soil, (their gardens, etc.), during the absence at the fishery of their fathers, husbands, sons and brothers. Would not the product of the labour of their hands be a valuable adjunct to the fisheries of the Island, were this auxiliary pursued on an extended scale? And what is to prevent it? Nothing that we can see.” 
December 5, 1885  Rev. Lewis' First Letter  [Click here to view Rev. Lewis First Letter]
December 5, 1885  Rev. Lewis' Fourth Letter  [Click here to view Rev. Lewis Fourth Letter]

December 12, 1885  Shipping News  The schooners Sunrise, Minnie Tobin, Branksea, and Irene, arrived from St. John’s during the past week. 
December 12, 1885  The Execution of Herve REIL (Part 1)  The Execution Regina, Nov. 16: The morning broke fine and clear, the sun casting its bright rays over the broad prairie. The same extraordinary precautions against the possible escape of RIEL, or intrusions into the barracks of unauthorized persons were observed. At a mile from the barracks, mounted patrols challenged all persons and compelled them to show written passes. Other lines of guards were stationed at points near the post, and the same precautions were observed. At 8 o’clock, the execution party went up the rickety ladder upstairs and proceeded along the loft to the far end, where was found Louis RIEL, kneeling near a door leading to the scaffold, with Pere ANDRE and Father McWILLIAM reciting prayers for the dying. Doctor JUKES stood close by, near Sheriff CHAPLEAU. The tall form of Sheriff GIBSON filled the doorway; the noose was visible dangling beyond. Around stood a guard of Police. At 8:05, Pere ANDRE administered the last Sacrament to RIEL, who gave the responses firmly. Although pale, he was firm. He was dressed in a black coat, brown tweed pants, and moccasins. The figure of the hangman now appeared out of the gloom of the left, holding straps to bind RIEL. 
December 12, 1885  The Execution of Herve REIL (Part 2)  He wore a mask over his face. At 8:15, RIEL rose to his feet and was pinioned by the hangman. Deputy Sheriff GIBSON superintending the operation. RIEL stood with his eyes open, praying in French, the Priests standing in front. He then walked firmly to the scaffold repeating, “In God do I put my trust.” His head was erect and his step firm, never showing the least tremor. As he repeated the prayerful exclamation, a half smile lit up his face. Descending a few steps of the scaffold, he stood on the drop with his face turned Northward. Pere ANDRE and Father McWILLIAMS continued to pray, and RIEL said in English, “I do ask forgiveness of all men, and forgive all my enemies.” He then prayed a short time in French. The executioner now took his place, the white cap was drawn over RIEL’s head, and both Priests, holding lighted candles, continued to repeat prayers for the dying. Exactly at 8:23, the drop fell, the rope shook violently for a moment, swaying back and forth, then quivered. The length of the drop was eight feet. At the first moment of the fall the body remained still. Then the knees were drawn up violently three or four times, the quivering body swayed to and fro, and RIEL was dead. From the first moment of the drop to the time when the body became quiescent, was under two minutes. Not to exceed twenty persons were permitted within the confines of the Barracks to witness the execution. It was certainly performed with decorum and despatch. The body was taken in charge by the Coroner, and the verdict usual to all State executions was rendered. 
December 12, 1885  Missionary Meetings Trinity (Part 1)  (For The Twillingate Sun.) Billy, Dandy and Prince. These are the names of the horses that dragged the Methodist Ministers of Bonavista, Catalina, and Trinity, considerably more than a hundred miles in connection with the annual Missionary Meeting Campaign. On Saturday morning, a fortnight ago tomorrow, your correspondent quitted a realm that is particularly cozy at this time of the year, about an hour earlier than is his wont. Having succeeded in arousing a somewhat dilatory Coachman, first by sending a messenger, then by personally waiting upon him, I mounted a light wagon drawn by none of the horses named, but by a white mare named Fanny. It was, to say the least of it, an uncomfortable ride. The mare steamed more and more as she trotted over the rough road, but the chilly air seemed to penetrate to my marrow. At last, Catalina was reached, the tired mare, who had been a good deal abused in a quiet way, turned to the left about, and I climbed the hill to the genial home of the Rev. Philiskirk STORY, and thawed my benumbed limbs before a fire that frolicked and flamed in the grate and up the chimney. My day’s journey was only begun! The body, having been restored to its normal temperature, thanks to sparkling coals and hot Souchong, we descended the hill and at the base, found on of the equines, whose names head this article, already harnessed. Brother STORY and myself mounted. Our driver, a pretty, fresh-complexioned young man, went about his work in a business like way. 
December 12, 1885  Missionary Meetings Trinity (Part 2)  Prince, for this was the horse’s name, is a big fellow, bedwarfing all the horses in the neighborhood, except one: his strong point is the possession of four particularly lanky legs, and these he uses to good purpose. His bones are rather prominent, but this fact did not interfere with his locomotion, and he went swinging along, apparently with no effort, not reminding one at all of a certain circuit horse, about which we were reading a day or two afterwards. “The ill bred horse, possessor of one eye, poor spavined steed, attempting to convey his worthy load along the Queen’s highway.” Still less, did the conveyance with comfortable cushions and strong springs, remind us of the chariot, the above mentioned dilapidated animal was accustomed to pull from village to village. “Behold the circuit gig with broken spring and ancient harness, ill repaired with string. The venerable vehicle grown grey in lengthened service on the rut worn way, its antique cushion dusty, faded green. The idle whip of little use I ween. T’would hurt the driver’s heart to flourish it. Yet would not hurt the horse if he were hit.” Brother STORY’s destination was Trinity, I was due on the Sabbath at English Harbor and Salmon Cove. At the halfway bridge we stopped to give Prince an opportunity of munching oats, and Brother S. produced a satchel containing a suspicious looking bottle, and some sandwiches. The ginger, for the bottle held nothing more deleterious, helped us to defy the cold. 
December 12, 1885  Missionary Meetings Trinity (Part 3)  Our path diverged at a certain road a few miles distant; here I dismounted, bidding adieu to the senior half of the deputation. After lugging a cumbersome portmanteau some three miles, I reached the domicile where I was to be hospitably entertained for a day or two. On Sabbath morning, a cottage service was conducted at Salmon Cove, this involving a two-hour’s tramp. Several members of the congregation accompanied me back to English Harbor. Afternoon and evening services were held in the beautiful Church. The people of this place seem to be livelier religionists than predominate in the District of Trinity. I was forcibly reminded by the fervor of the worship and the congregational character of the singing of the people one preaches to in certain parts of rural England – Lincolnshire, and Yorkshire to wit. Monday was not a busy day and time seemed to hang heavily on my hands. Having been invited to dine with a certain widow lady whose [?]olubity was amazing, I found the tedium somewhat relieved. In the afternoon, I climbed the hill and looked eagerly past the houses of Salmon Cove, for the carriage that was bearing Brethren PAINE and STORY towards English Harbor. At length they came, and we drove to the village together. After tea, we went to the Church and were delighted to greet the large audience. Rev. George PAINE, Supt. Of Circuit, presided. Brother STORY spoke with his usual freedom, and several lay friends, an octogenarian amongst them, were well received. In this instance, prophets were not without honor in their own country. 
December 12, 1885  Missionary Meetings Trinity (Part 4)  There was a great deal of enthusiasm and something more tangible - a good collection. A cold drive of twelve miles brought us to Trinity in the small hours. It was a relief to find a comfortable refuge at the Methodist Parsonage. This residence, very excellent in all its appointments, owes it erection mainly to the zeal and liberality of the Rev. George [??OND – maybe two letters missing. GW], a former Minister. Each of his successors have enhanced the value of the property. Mrs. PAINE had waited up for the Brethren and prepared a sumptuous repast, which at least one of them, did full justice to. Tuesday morning was spent indoors. At [??] time the deputation waited upon John [?] Esq. The meeting held in the spacious Church at 7 o’clock was a great success, a pleasing feature being the very spirited singing. Geo CHRISTIAN Esq., occupied the chair and discharged the function of his office most satisfactorily. Wednesday was partly spent in seeing the [??]ons; amongst places of interest visited was the well stocked establishment of BREMNER & [??]RIEVE. One of the partners died recently and was succeeded in the firm by his son, a courteous young Gentleman. At 7 o’clock the Methodist Schoolroom was pretty well filled and a lecture was delivered, the proceeds of which went to a parsonage. The affair was much enlivened by the [?] sweet singing of Mrs. PAYNE and Rev. G.P. STORY. Thursday morning came, and with it farewell to Trinity. We crossed the ferry in company with that ancient mariner who used to guide the Plover with such dexterity through the narrow cracks that indicate in some instances, the harbors of Newfoundland. 
December 12, 1885  Missionary Meetings Trinity (Part 5)  Prince was waiting our arrival on the other side of a formidable hill. In a few hours, we were again at Catalina, the fire warming us, the boys jubilant at the sight of their Papa, and the dog Lil, a frisky little brute, with white curly coat, leaping onto our knees and licking us, a primitive and unpleasant mode of osculation. The meeting was better attended than last years. There were no laymen on the platform, but we had the Rev. R.W. FREEMAN of Bonavista with us, who appeared to be in good form. The announcement that the juveniles had collected $40. was received with evident satisfaction. The receipts of course, were up. Little Catalina was visited the next night, (Friday). The only horse employed on the occasion was Shank’s mare! The Sanctuary, which is so pretty as to have excited the admiration and compelled the eulogy of every speaker, was filled to the doors. Here again, the collection was decidedly in advance of last year’s. Next day found Prince once more on the trot, and behind him, the attractive looking driver, Brother PAINE, and myself. We stopped once, and entered a tilt to pray with a sick man, then on again to Bonavista, which looked rather dull on that November morning – no green in its gardens, no blue on its harbor wave, and no sun gleam on its white walled cottages. On Sunday, which was a perfectly splendid day, Brother PAINE preached at Bonavista. I contrived to get back for the night service and profited much by the soul stirring sermon. Our people are not averse to strangers at any time, and seem to set a high estimate on the Trinity Minister and his work. 
December 12, 1885  Missionary Meetings Trinity (Part 6)  On Monday night, the two horses who helped Prince to drag the deputation round, came into requisition. Brother STORY and the writer rode with Mr. A. LINDSAY – this gentleman is not a “dandy” but is the proprietor of one. Dandies as a rule are more ornamental than useful – this on the contrary was more useful than ornamental. Brethren FREEMAN and PAYNE rode behind Billy, a tolerably willing animal, owned by the former gentleman. On arrival at Bird Island Cove, we found that swarms had gone over from Bonavista. The Church was full. The people were appealed to, to relinquish luxuries such as tobacco, and support more liberally this grand enterprise. The meeting appears to have been enjoyed. On Tuesday night, hundreds of persons gathered together at Bonavista. One of the speakers estimated the congregation at 1000. The singing was not quite as good as on some former occasions, but notwithstanding one or two slight drawbacks, the interest was very fairly sustained for three hours. Mr. James BROWN made a dignified chairman and gave a short and [?] address. Mr. Alfred VINCENT did well and at least one felt regret that he had withdrawn from contemplated political life; a man of integrity and conspicuous ability, he would not have disgraced himself or his constituents in the Senate House. 
December 12, 1885  Missionary Meetings Trinity (Part 7)  Doctor FORBES came last, distinguishing himself less than formerly as a beggar, but sustaining his reputation as a [?] speaker and a master of concise and understandable English (or Scotch). He commented kindly and touchingly upon the fact that Methodist Missionaries in Newfoundland during the coming year, would have to live on --- dollars, a paltry pittance, that was absolutely inadequate to the needs of men in their station. It would have been well if the Doctor’s manly tones and his indignant protest against the perpetration of this great and perhaps avoidable wrong could have been heard at headquarters. They were certainly heard in Heaven, and God will see that men neither starve at the altar, nor serve the altar in rags. The Missionaries, in spite of small salaries, and the people, in spite of hard times, sang: “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.” Then the throngs poured out into the starry night. The last meeting was held at Newman’s Cove. Mr. A. LINDSAY in chair. Some Clerical speakers. Abundance of mirth. Sensible harangues from Brethren KEATS and SKIFFINGTON. Singing loud and lively. Collection good. A Rabbit sold on the platform for 1s. A Mother Carey Chicken came flapping to the front, a sixpence tied to one of its feet. The bird was freed, but not the coin! Home again with Billy and Dandy. Brother STORY at Catalina ‘ere this, and Brother PAYNE expecting a welcome and a half at Trinity at 5pm today. F.R.D., Bonavista, Dec. 7, 1885. 
December 12, 1885  Captain WHITE's Anniversary  Yesterday, Captain Edward WHITE and Mrs. WHITE celebrated one of the happiest events vouchsafed (sic) to enjoy – the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding day. In vigor of mind and body, in the attainment of as much worldly happiness as few ever enjoy, and with a retrospect extending back to the 26th of November, 1835, full of cheering commisquence of duties undertaken and faithfully performed – well indeed might yesterday be termed the golden day of their existence. The occasion of course, brought together under the old roof-tree, all their living children and grandchildren; friends and neighbors poured in to tender their congratulations, and the presents to both the Captain and Mrs. WHITE were numerous and valuable. Captain WHITE is deservedly esteemed as on of our most honorable and upright citizens, and we cordially join in the general congratulations, and wish him and his good lady still greater “length of days.” – Telegram, Nov. 27. 
December 12, 1885  Fishery Report  It is stated that 40,000 barrels of Labrador herring were landed in Montreal this fall. 
December 12, 1885  Passengers  The steamer Hercules, Captain CROSS, arrived here from St. John’s on Sunday morning last. The following were passengers: Twillingate, - Messrs. R.P. RICE, S. OWEN, JACOBS. Morton’s Harbor, - Mr. M. OSMOND, Exploits, - Messrs J. MANUEL, Jabez MANUEL. The Coastal Steamer Plover, Captain MANUEL, arrived here from St. John’s and intermediate ports on Thursday morning last. She goes to the French Shore this trip and is expected here on her return on Monday next. The following were among her passengers: - Baie De Verde – Miss BUTT. Trinity - Rev. A. WATKINS, Miss LYNCH. Greenspond – Mr. D. BLANDFORD. Twillingate – Rev. Mr. PITTMAN, Mr. HODGE, Mr. J. MARTIN, Mrs. WREY. Little Bay Island – Messrs HYNES, Jas. STRONG, J. STRONG, Geo. STEWART, MURCELL. St. Anthony – Mr. MOORE. Englee – Mr. ANTLE. Greenspond to Twillingate – Mr. PILL, Mrs. PILL. 
December 12, 1885  Birth  At St. John’s on the 4th inst., the wife of the Hon. James S. WINTER of a daughter. 
December 12, 1885  Marriage  On Saturday last at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. Geo. BULLEN, Mr. George ROBERTS to Agnes, B., daughter of Mr. Samuel ROBERTS, both of Twillingate. 
December 12, 1885  Death  Yesterday morning at Military Road, St. John’s, after a brief illness, W.T. SALTER, Esq., a native of Chester, England, aged 50 years, 27 of which were spent in this Colony. The deceased leaves a large family to mourn the death of a kind and affectionate husband and father. 
December 12, 1885  Death  At Rose Blanche on the 27th ult., Ellen, wife of P.H. SORSOLEIL, Esq., aged 50 years. 

December 19, 1885  Riverhead Prisoners Released  By Telegram. Special to the Sun. St. John’s, this morning. The Plover arrived at half past three on Thursday morning. All Riverhead Prisoners have been released from indictment of murder. Bail has been granted in the case of riot, and those included under that indictment will probably be tried at the next term of the Supreme Court. 
December 19, 1885  Three New Deacons  The Lord Bishop of Newfoundland held an ordination service in the Cathedral of St. John The Baptist yesterday morning, when Messrs WATKINS, PITTMAN and SADDINGTON were ordained Deacons. Rev. H.J. KNAPP, M.A., preached a very impressive sermon on the occasion, and the Rev. W. PILOT presented the candidates to the Bishop. Mr. WATKINS will be stationed at Goose Bay, Mr. PITTMAN in Green Bay, and Mr. SADDINGTON at Port – De – Grave. Mercury, Dec. 7. 
December 19, 1885  Schooners Collide  The schooner Family Trial, belonging to Mr. Simon MANUEL of Exploits, came into collision at 8:30 last night, off the Narrows, with a Burin craft, and received damages, which crippled her, and obliged her to return to port. The Family Trial was running out before the wind and attempted to pass the other schooner astern, but before this was done, the latter also with the object of avoiding a collision, luffed up in the wind and falling off, her bow crashed into the bulwarks of the Family Trial, aft the main mast, breaking off the main boom, carrying away the main shrouds, and doing other damage. The Burin vessel escaped with slight injuries. – Telegram, Nov. 30. 
December 19, 1885  Birth  Birth: On the 5th inst., at St. John’s, the wife of the Rev. G.J. BOND B.A., of a son. 
December 19, 1885  Marriage  Married: On the 12th inst., at the North Side Methodist Church by the Rev. Geo. BULLEN, Mr. Aaron VATCHER to Miss Emily Jane GOUDIE, both of Twillingate. 
December 19, 1885  Shipping News  Port of Twillingate. Cleared: Nov. 28th, Annie Stuart, THOMAS, Lisbon, 3300 quintals Labrador fish – W. Waterman & Co. Silver Spray, PEARNE, Gibraltar, 3500 quintals Labrador fish – E. DUDER. Mary Queen of the Seas, LANGELLER, St. John’s, part cargo fish and oil, - W. Waterman & Co. Dec. 17th, Donna Marie, LeMANQUARD, Oporto, 2400 quintals Shore fish – W. Waterman & Co. Port of Little Bay. Entered: Nov. 7th, SS Foscolla, JONES, 1035 registered tons, from South Bar, Canada, water, ballast. Nov. 23rd, SS Jesmond, HALL, 973 registered tons, from Glace Bay, C.B., 1700 tons coal. Dec. 1st, SS Cheswick, LEIGHTON, 795 registered tons, from Puerto Cabello, 1600 tons iron ore. Dec 10th Janet and Margaret, TREMBLE, 111 tons from St. John’s, cargo coal. Cleared: Nov. 12th, SS Foscolia, JONES, Swansea, 2010 tons copper and regulus ore. Dec. 12th, SS Cheswick, LEIGHTON, Swansea, 1000 tons ore. 

    [There is no material on my microfilm for the period from Dec. 19, 1885 to Dec.31, 1885. GW.] 

December 31, 1885  RIEL's Last Letter (Part 1)  REIL’s Last Letter to his Mother My Dear Mother: I received your letter of Benediction, and yesterday, Sunday I asked Pere ANDRE to place it upon the Alter during the celebration of Mass in order that I might be held under the shadow of his blessings. I asked him afterwards to place his hands upon my head, and that I might worthily receive it, and I could not attend at Church, and he thus had diffused upon me the graces of Mass, with its abundance of Spiritual and Temporal good. To my spouse, to my children, my brother and sister - in – law, and other relatives, who are all very dear to me, I say farewell. Dear mother, it is the prayer of your eldest son, that your prayers and beseeching on his behalf, may ascend to the throne, to Jesus Christ, to Mary and to St. Joseph, my good protector, and that the mercy and abundant consolation of God fill you and my wife, children, and other relatives with all spiritual blessings from generation unto generation, on account of the great blessings you have poured upon myself; on yourself especially for having been a good mother to me. 
December 31, 1885  RIEL's Last Letter (Part 2)  That your faith and hope, your charity and example, be as the tree laden with excellent fruit in present and in future, and when your last day arrives, that the good God shall be so much pleased with your pious spirit, that he will bear it from earth upon the wings of angels. It is now 2 o’clock in the morning of my last day on earth, and Pere ANDRE has told me to be ready for the grand event. I listened to him and am prepared to do everything according to advice and earnest recommendation. God holds me in his hand to keep peace and sweetness, as oil held in a vessel, which cannot be disturbed. I do what I can to keep myself ready for any events, keeping myself calm in accordance with the pious exhortations of the venerable Archbishop BOURGET. Yesterday and today I prayed to God to reassure you, and send you all sweet consolation and in order that your heart may not be disturbed by anxiety and trouble, I am brave, and I kiss you all with affection. I embrace you as a dutiful son, and my dear wife, I embrace you as a Christian husband, according to conjugal spirit of the Catholic union, I embrace you children in the breath of Divine mercy, and my brother and sister – in – law, and all relatives and friends, I embrace you with all the good feeling of which my heart is capable. Dear mother, I am your affectionate, obedient and submissive son, Louis David RIEL. Regina, Nov. 16. 
December 31, 1885  Posse Sent to Harbor Grace  Jeremiah LEE of Riverhead, while driving to Harbor Grace, was accosted by a boy who said, “There goes Thomas NICHOLS’ murderer!” LEE attempted to beat the boy, when he was struck by a stone thrown by a girl. A little excitement ensued. Major FAWCETT with a posse of Police was dispatched by special train. All is quiet there at present. 
December 31, 1885  Passenger  The schooner Harvest Home, Captain Nicholas PENNY, left Seldom – Come – By for St. John’s on Dec. 22nd, Mr. Levi PERRY being passenger. 
December 31, 1885  Accident at Waterman's  We are sorry to hear, Mr. Henry SHAVE, an employee in the firm of W. Waterman & Co, met with a severe accident on Tuesday morning. He was employed on board the English schooner Golden Fleece, loading with [?], when he slipped off the planks and fell down the hold of the vessel, a distance of about 20 feet, fracturing a couple of the ribs of his right side. Doctor STAFFORD was quickly in attendance, through whose skillful treatment we are glad to learn the patient is doing well. 
December 31, 1885  Boy Drowned  A sad accident, says the Harbor Grace Standard, occurred at Tilton on Monday last. A boy named SMITH, 11 years old, lost his life by falling through the ice on Spaniard’s Bay Big Pond. A sad circumstance in connection with this melancholy affair is the fact that the boy had two of his sisters drowned by the Labrador Storm of last October. Many sympathies are felt for the parents. 
December 31, 1885  House Completely Destroyed  A small dwelling house situated on the South side of Lady Pond, was totally destroyed by fire at 11 o’clock last Monday morning. The dwelling was owned by a man named Richard VERGE. Its contents, including provisions, clothing, bedding, chairs and other household effects, were wholly consumed. The origin of the fire is unknown. The case of this poor man is a deserving one, and it is to hoped that the appeal for assistance, which he is now asking to the public, will meet with a favorable response. H.G. Standard. 
December 31, 1885  Death  From The St. John’s Evening Telegram: Yesterday the remains of the late Mr. W.T. SALTER were conveyed to their last resting place in the General Protestant Cemetery at Riverhead. The funeral cortege left the family residence Military Road, at half past two o’clock, proceeded by the Newfoundland British Society, of which for many years, the deceased was an active member. On the way from Military Road to Prescott Street, the already unusually large procession was greatly augmented, and the strains of “The Dead March in Saul,” played by the Society’s excellent band, imparted a solemnity to the occasion that was impressive in the extreme. The religious service at the house previous to the removal of the casket, was conducted by the Rev. George BOYD, who also assisted the Rev. Messrs BOND and VATER in the sad and solemn ceremony at the grave. The bereaved family is the recipients of much genuine sympathy. 
December 31, 1885  Prisoners Released  In the Supreme Court this forenoon, his Lordship the Chief Justice and Mr. Justice LITTLE presiding, Mr. KENT Q.C., on behalf od the Riverhead prisoners, moved for their release from the indictment for murder. Mr. WINTER Q.C. (Attorney General), showed cause and remarked that as there was no answer to be made to the reasons urged by Mr. KENT, he consented to the rule for the discharge of the prisoners, on the murder counts being made absolute. The rule discharging all the prisoners on the charge of murder, was then made by the court. – Telegram, Dec. 18. 
December 31, 1885  Rev. Lewis' Fifth Letter  [Click here view to Rev. Lewis Fifth Letter]
December 31, 1885  Birth  On the 21st inst., at Little Bay Island, the wife of Mr. Uriah ROWSELL of a son. 
December 31, 1885  Birth  Same date and place, the wife of Mr. Alfred WISEMAN of a son. 
December 31, 1885  Birth  On the 20th inst., at same place, the wife of Joseph STRONG Esq, of a son. 
December 31, 1885  Birth  At Fortune Harbor on the 8th inst., the wife of Mr. Luke ROBERTS of a son. 
December 31, 1885  Birth  Same place on the 11th inst., the wife of Mr. Pierce POWER of a daughter. 
December 31, 1885  Marriage  On the 20th inst., by the Rev. J.W. VICKERS, Mr. Abraham MAIDMENT to Miss Mary Jane YOUNG, both of Twillingate. 
December 31, 1885  Marriage  On the 22nd inst., at the South Side Methodist Church by the same, Mr. Charles KING to Miss Mary Jane BULGIN, both of Twillingate. 
December 31, 1885  Marriage  On the 23rd inst., at the South Side Methodist Church, by the Rev. J.W. VICKERS, Mr. Thomas WHITE of Farmer's Arm to Miss Harriett JENKINS of Jenkins' Cove. 
December 31, 1885  Marriage  On the 24th inst., at the North Side Methodist Church by the same, Mr. Frederick CLARKE to Miss Hannah JENKINS, both of Twillingate. 
December 31, 1885  Marriage  On the 25th inst., by the same, Mr. Frederick TANNER to Miss Lucy Ann LINDFIELD, both of Twillingate. 
December 31, 1885  Marriage  Same date, at the South Side Methodist Church, by the Rev. G. BULLEN, Mr. David WHELLOR to Miss Sarah CLARKE, both of Farmer's Arm. 
December 31, 1885  Marriage  On the 25th ultimo, at Holy Trinity Church, Spaniard's Bay, by the Rev. Theo R. NURSE, Mr. William GOSSE to Julia Ann YETMAN. 
December 31, 1885  Marriage  At the same place, and by the same on the 27th ult., Mr. William WHITE of Trinity Bay to Sarah, second daughter of Mr. Nathaniel BARRETT, Bishop's Cove. 
December 31, 1885  Marriage  At the same place, and by the same on the 2nd inst., Mr. Isaac CLARKE to Diana, daughter of Mr. Joshua YETMAN of Tilton. 
December 31, 1885  Marriage  On the 4th inst., at the same place, and by the same, Mr. John MOORE to Mary RUSSELL, all of Bay Roberts. 
December 31, 1885  Marriage  At the same place and by the same on the 11th, Mr. Ebenezer GOSSE to Martha, youngest daughter of Mr. William BAGGS of Spaniard's Bay. 
December 31, 1885  Marriage  On the 25th Nov., at the Church of St. Nicholas leading Tickles, by the Rev. G.S. CHAMBERLAIN, Mr. Robert ALCOCK Jr., to Miss Mary Jane BUDGEL. 
December 31, 1885  Marriage  On the 29th Nov., at the same place, by the same, Mr. John MARCH to Miss Tryphena SHEPPARD 
December 31, 1885  Marriage  On the 8th Dec., at the same place by the same, Mr. John T. HAGGETT to Miss Susan ALCOCK. 
December 31, 1885  Marriage  At St. Joseph's Chapel, Fortune Harbor, on the 27th Nov., by the Rev. Father WALSH, Edward, eldest son of John and Elizabeth LYON of Waldron's Cove, to Margaret, eldest daughter of John and Mary WISEMAN of Fortune Harbor. 
December 31, 1885  Marriage  At the same place, by the same, Mr. Philip HAMILTON of Waldron's Cove, to Miss Elizabeth DeMARR of Pinware, Labrador. 
December 31, 1885  Death  On the 21st inst., Wesley Garland, son of Reuben George and Mary Ann ELLIOTT of Ragged Point, aged 3 months. 
December 31, 1885  Death  On the 22nd inst., Hannah, relict of the late Joseph MITCHELL, aged 70 years. 
December 31, 1885  Death  At Tizzard's Harbor on the 26th inst., after a lingering illness, Samuel, son of Mr. Thomas WHELLER, aged 39 years. 

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