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Twillingate Sun and Northern Weekly Advertiser

Jan 1887 - June 1887

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 BEVERLY WARFORD and RON ST. CROIX, formatted by GEORGE WHITE in April 2002. While we have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there could be some typographical errors.

Jan 1, 1887 MarriageIn the North Side Methodist Church, last evening, by the Rev. J.W. VICKERS, Mr. Joseph ANSTEY to Miss Olivia CLARKE, both of Twillingate.
Jan 1, 1887MarriageOn the 24th December, by the Rev. G. BULLEN, George BULGIN to Emma WHELLOR, both of Farmer's Arm.
Jan 1, 1887MarriageAt. St. John's on the 20th December, in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Baptist, by the Rev. A. HEYGATE, M.A., assisted by the Rev. R.S. HEYGATE, M.A. , James D. LOCKYER, Esq., J.P. of Herring Neck, to Ellen, second daughter of the later Peter CARTER, Esq., of Fogo.
Jan 1, 1887MarriageAt New Bay, on the 30th Nov., by the Rev. Mr. SWANE, Mrs. James HUSTINS to Miss Selina COX.
Jan 1, 1887DeathOf Diphtheria, on the 24th Dec., Mary Joseph, aged 4 years, and on the 29th, Stewart, aged 6 years, children of William A. and Bridget Francis HUNTER.
Jan 1, 1887DeathOn the 22nd inst., at Bluff Head Cove, Barbara, daughter of Archibald and Harriet ROBERTS, aged 3 years.
Jan 1, 1887Ship NewsPort of Little Bay - Entered - Nov 1 - Marion, MARTELL, 136 tons, Charlottetown, general cargo. Nov 2 - Suzerain, EVANS, 392 tons, Puerto, CABELLO, cargo ore. Dec 8 - Nushka, DAVIES, 418 tons, Puerto, Cabello, cargo ore. Dec 11- S.S. Foscotia, JONES, 1025 tons, Sydney, C.B., cargo ore. Dec 12 - Annie Stuart, OSBORNE, 93 tons, Gaildonia, C.B., cargo coal. Cleared - Nov 8 Marien, MARTELL, Cow Bay, C.B. Ballast. Dec 7 - Suzarain, EVANS, Liverpool, 630 tons, Copper ore. Loading - Dec 15 - S.S. Foscotia, JONES, Swansea, Copper ore. Dec 17 - ?Nashka, DAVIES, Copper ore Liverpool.
Jan 1, 1887SchoonerThe schr. Sweepstake, Samuel YOUNG, master, sailed for St. John's yesterday morning with a cargo of fish for J. B. TOBIN, Esq.
Jan 1, 1887Carol SingingOn Christmas Eve last, the good old custom of carol singing was kept up, a few of the friends, mostly connected with the Church of England promenading the harbor shortly after midnight.
Jan 1, 1887Methodist ChurchWatch night services were held in the Methodist Churches last night, being conducted by the Rev. Geo BULLEN on the South Side, and Rev. J.W. VICKERS on the North. They were both solemn and impressive.
Jan 1, 1887New ClergyThe St. John's Evening Mercury of the 21st Dec. says that the Rev. Mr. TOWER, Church of England minister, who arrived here by the S.S. Nova Septian on Friday last took passage in the S.S. Nimrod this morning for Greenspond, where he will fill the position of curate to the Rev. E. WEARY.
Jan 1, 1887R.C. ChurchA recent number of the St.John's Times says, it is pleasing to note that on Sunday last the handsome sum of $1,976.00 was collected in the Roman Catholic Churches, in aid of the Christian Brothers who are engaged in the good work of educating the rising generation of "this Newfoundland of ours."
Jan 1, 1887DiphtheriaFour or five deaths from diphtheria have occurred of late in various parts of the community, and several other cases are said to exist. Care should be exercised, and the promiscuous mixing of children of families suffering from the disease with other families ought to be strictly avoided.
Jan 1, 1887Steamer ArrivalThe steamer Hercules came here on Friday evening last. She brought the American mail and a few local papers and letters. This was the steamer's first trip North since being repaired and her appearance seemed familiar. She was in charge of Capt. CHRISTOPHER who was formerly second officer on board. The Hercules had a large quantity of freight for this and other ports North. She called here returning on Monday evening, and being rather stormy, remained until next morning, when she left for Fogo and St. John's.
Jan 1, 1887HymenealLast evening James D. LOCKYER, Esq., J.P. of Herring Neck, had the inexpressible delight of leading to the altar Miss Eliza, second daughter of Peter CARTER; Esq. of Fogo The marriage ceremony was performed in the Cathedral of St. Johns, the Baptist, by the Rev. A. HEYGATE, M.A., assisted by the Rev. H.T. HEYGATE, M.A. The happy couple left last night for their home at Herring Neck, suitable passage accommodation having been provided for them on board the S.S. Nimrod. "May they live long and prosper!" - Evening Telegram, Dec 21.
Jan 1, 1887Mill at Point LimingtonWell Done, Mr. PHILLIPS! It is gratifying to note, from the contents of Mr. PHILLIPS' lumber yard, adjoining the Campbell Tannery, how the lumbering industry of this country is coming to the front. In this place are stored immense quantities of lumber, including four million feet of board, together with plank and timber of various kinds, all the product of our "virgin forest" and dressed by Newfoundland workmen at the Point Limington Mills, Notre Dame Bay. Mr. PHILLIPS is a native of the colony - yes, of the district in which Point Limington is situated - and for that reason we have all the more pleasure in referring to his successful operations. - Telegram.
Jan 1, 1887Road BoardsPublished by Authority - His Excellency the Governor, in Council has been pleased to appoint Messrs. C.M. DE QUETTVILLE, and George DICKS, in the place of Messrs. G. R. WHITE, resigned, and Wm. DICKS, left District, to be members of the Burgeo Road Board. Messrs. Charles CLINTON (Fox Cove), and Jesse THORNTON (Bay L'Argent), in the place of Messrs. Joseph LOADER, left the District and Wm. MILES, deceased, to be members of the Out Settlements, Road Board, Fortune Bay; and Messrs. George PARMITER, ( New Bay), Thomas ROWSELL, Uriah MARTIN and Thomas SILK, Leading Tickles to be members of the Church of England Board of Education at Exploits. - Secretary's Office, December 21st, 1886 - Gazette.
Jan 1, 1887Fishermen and Seaman's HomeThe Fishermen and Seaman's Home was at 12 p.m. on Monday last opened at St. John's by His Excellency Governor DES VOEAX. When His Excellency, Lady DES VOEAX, and suite arrived, they were met at the door by Hon. A. W. HARVEY, M.L.G., the Chairman of the Committee, who invited them up stairs to look over the building, which consists of three stories and a basement. Ascending the handsome staircase, they were greeted by the strains of the National Anthem from a choir stationed on the landing. After inspecting the bedrooms, bath rooms and reading room, the Governor returned to the coffee room below, where a large number of the elite of St. John's was seated. His Excellency then delivered an admirable address which we regret we have not room for in today's issue. We shall have much pleasure next week in publishing it in extents. Hon A. W. HARVEY, on behalf of the committee, thanked His Excellency for his pleasing reference to them. He said it was but eighteen months since the building was commenced, and he anticipated it would have been finished long ere this, but unforeseen difficulties prevented its completion earlier in the season. A great deal of money was not expected be made this fall, but the building would be in good running order by spring. They had thought at first of getting a local man, who would naturally be a notice to run the institution at first, but after deep deliberation the committee decided on bringing a man from England, who had a large interest in similar institutions. Mr. JAMES came to them with good credentials and he felt assured that under his arrangement the "Home" would be successful. We have launched the ship, Mr. Harvey said, and we have got our captain and crew on board and I hope the vessel will safely tide over difficulties and enter port. We have also our stewards, who in a short time will serve you all with something from our stores.
Jan 8, 1887BirthAt St. John's, on the 20th inst., the wife of Hon. J.S. WINTER, Q.C., H.M. Attorney General, of a son.
Jan 8, 1887MarriageOn the 1st January be Rev. Geo.. BULLEN, Mr. George JENKINS, to Miss Selina HORWOOD, both of Durrell's Arm.
Jan 8, 1887MarriageAt the Parsonage, Morton's Harbor, on the evening of the 1st January, by the Rev. Mr. HATCHER, John OSMOND, son of Mr. Thomas OSMOND, of Morton's Harbor, to Mahala, daughter of Mr. Andrew LOCKE, of Tizzard's Harbor.
Jan 8, 1887DeathAt Bonavista, on the 24th Dec. David Chesley, son of Dr. R.E. FORBES.
Jan 8, 1887Ship NewsPort of Twillingate - Cleared - Jan 6 - Annie Stuart, OSBORN, Lisbon, 3,298 qtls. Codfish - W. WATERMAN & Co.
Jan 8, 1887SchoonerThe English schooner, Annie Stuart, Capt. OSBORN, sailed for Lisbon on Thursday with a cargo of fish from the firm of Messrs. W. WATERMAN & Co.
Jan 8, 1887Coastal SteamerThe steamer Plover made her appearance in port on Monday afternoon. She preceded as far as Tilt Cove and returned on her way to St. John's Thursday evening. Her detention here was a little longer than usual, having taken on board over 500 qtls of fish for Messrs. WATERMAN & Co. Passengers when leaving here were Messrs. Joseph STRONG, Mr. HACKER, Mrs. HACKER and child, and Miss SALTER. Messrs. J.H. EARLE, M. STONE, Titus LINDFIELD and LIND were passengers for Fogo. We understand that Mr. and Mrs. SCOTT and two children intend taking passage at Fogo, purposing to visit Scotland during the winter, and trust that the voyage across the Atlantic may be all that could be desired.
Jan 8, 1887School InspectorIn the Visitation of Inspection part of the Rev. Mr. PILOT's report, we are much pleased to note that the Back Harbor Church of England Day School, in charge of Miss Mary A BLACKLER, is so highly spoken of by the Superintendent. Miss BLACKLER is a young lady belonging to the p____ and, indeed, it is very creditable to her to bear such a reputation as a Teacher, as it must be gratifying to the people to know that the school has attained such a degree of proficiency. This is what the last report says: "Back Harbor. Present thirty - six out of forty - eight on the register. This by far the best school in the district - the teacher is competent and industrious, and the improvement in the scholars was decided and good. In the 4th Reader, reading was clear and expressive - the dictation was generally good, and arithmetic in simple and compound rules satisfactory. Order and discipline excellent."
Jan 8, 1887Mining at Betts CoveAmong the passengers per Plover for St. John's on Thursday last were Mr. and Mrs. HACKER from Little Bay, who were en route for Germany. Mr. H. has been nearly ten years in connection with the mining business of Betts Cove and Little Bay having charge of the machinist department. He takes to his native soil one of Terra Nova's fair daughters, being married to the daughter of J.C. DUDER, Esq., J.P. Subcollector of Little Bay. We wish them a safe and pleasant passage to the end of their journey.
Jan 8, 1887Coastal SteamerJoseph STRONG, Esq., J.P. of Little Bay Island as also one of the passengers, intending to visit Florida, U.S.A. for the next two or three months. He takes with him our best wishes for a prosperous journey and a safe return.
Jan 15, 1887Caught at LastTrinity, Jan 4, 1887 - two cases for breach of the License Act were heard yesterday before the Stipendiary Magistrate and Robert WHITE, Esq., J.P. Constable RUSSEL was the prosecutor, DOROTHY and POWER defendants. Two persons swore to having purchased spirits at Dorothy's and one at Power's. No defense was offered. They were fined twenty dollars each.
Jan 15, 1887Two Boys DrownedSt. John's, Jan 12 - Eight boys while skating on Quidi Vidi on Thursday, fell through the ice and two were drowned.
Jan 15, 1887MarriedSt. Peter's Church, on New Year's Day, by the Rev. R. TEMPLE, R.D., Mr. Archibald YOUNG of the Point, to Miss Cordelia LITTLE.
Jan 15, 1887MarriedAt. St. Andrew's Church, on January 6t, by the same, Mr. William SNOW, of Durrell's Arm, to Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. George MINTY.
Jan 15, 1887Point Limington MillLumber, Lumber, Lumber - Cheap to the Trade - To Lumber Merchants, Builders, Contractors and others: - I now offer for sale, at the very lowest wholesale prices, 2,500,000 feet pine lumber and clapboards; 1,500, 000 feet which is now in stock on tannery wharf east end of St. John's, under cover, balance at the mills, ready for shipment. I will sell 5000 M. or upwards, or any quality to the Trade. Will take orders for early shipments in Spring, in cargo lots, direct from my Mills, Point Limington, Notre Dame Bay, to any Port or Ports in Newfoundland. Send for Price List and particulars. J.W. PHILLIPS
Jan 15, 1887School InspectorParsonage, Twillingate, January 8, 1887 - My Dear Sir - I observe that in commenting upon the Report of the Church of England Inspector, and Back Harbor School in particular, that you have overlooked a very important circumstance. The Report is that which was presented to the House of Assembly last Session; therefore it is the Report for the year 1885. The Inspector did not visit at all the past year, and the Teacher at the time of his visit was Mr. G. B. LLOYD. Therefore it is not Miss BLACKLER the present teacher, who is spoken of, for Mr. PILOT has not seen since removing to Back Harbor School. And here, while thanking you for inserting the item copied from the Report, permit to add, that the Inspector's remarks have made of Miss BLACKLER's school, he would have had an equally good character to give as to behavior and discipline, possibly also of children's attainments; while in numbers he would have found the school double what it was in the later days of Mr. LLOYD's occupation, there being at the present moment about ninety on the register, which includes many girls who at the time of the Inspector's visit, preferred a female teacher and did not attend Back Harbor. I am, my dear sir, Yours very truly, Robert TEMPLE (Chairman)
Jan 15, 1887New Bay NewsNew Bay, Jan 3, 1887 - To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun - Dear Sir - Late in the summer the Government sent a bull to New Bay by Capt. A. ROBERTS, which was landed, kept in for a short time by Mr. W.B. MOORS, and then allowed to go at large. It wandered around the S. side of Cottles Cove, and after being there for a considerable time, one night disappeared. Some man, perhaps had a new maul, and wanting to know if it were good, tried it on the poor beast. It was struck a little too hand and fell. Well! Well! What a pity! But never mind, I'll make a good job of it and so he bled the bull and soon after found the animal dead. Then he examined the beast, and finding it in good order, thought what a good dish it would make for the cold, frosty winter; so he stored up enough for his use, and sold the rest to some place farther "North". But Sir, is it right thus to appropriate public property? No; and the general public look on it as a crime that ought to be punished with the utmost rigor of the law. Why should any one man be allowed to insult the population of a place and violate the laws of the country in such a manner? The people are indignant, and the general cry is that government should search the matter out and punish the perpetrator to the full extent of the law. If this is not done, sir, no animal sent by government will be safe, as some man will think he has sole right to it and will lay it by for his own consumption. Hoping that the law will take the matter in hand and send proper authority to investigate the case, and thanking you dear Mr. Editor for space in your columns. I remain yours truly, A. Resident.
Jan 15, 1887Coastal SteamerThe Plover arrived in St. John's from the North on Saturday evening last. We understand that she was to have left again on Thursday for the Northern ports of call.
Jan 15, 1887DisasterWhile a number of boys were skating on Quidi Vidi lake, St. John's on Old Christmas Day, eight fell through the ice and two of them were drowned.
Jan 15, 1887LocalThe Twillingate Branch of C.E.T.S. will hold their first Social Meeting in St. Peter's School, on Thursday, 20th January, to begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission free to members and friends, by the Lower Door.
Jan 15, 1887Back Harbor SchoolWe made a mistake last week in according to Miss BLACKLER the credit given Back Harbor School in the Report of 1885, which had only just to hand. Mr. G. B. LLOYD having, at the time of the Inspector's visit, been in charge of the school, which Miss BLACKLER, the present Teacher, wishes us to inform the public. Nevertheless we believe we are safe in saying that the Back Harbor School now is in as creditable condition as when the Inspector last visited it, while the number in attendance is much larger.
Jan 15, 1887Liquor trafficA special dispatch from Trinity informs us that two persons were recently fined twenty dollars, respectively, for selling spirits. Local opinion being in force there. It is well to know that vigilance is being manifested on the part of the authorities of that community for the suppression of the liquor traffic, and if there was a little more of it displayed in the various settlements where the Law has been carried by overwhelming majorities, we should more frequently hear of such cases coming before the respective Magistrates to be dealt with similarly. Instances have been known not long since of different individuals being in public places under the influence of liquor. This was so we understand on New Year's Eve, and still it does not appear to be sold anywhere.
Jan 15, 1887Church NewsThe friends of the Rev. Geo. NOBLE, who left our shores for South Africa over eighteen months ago, will be pleased to learn that his health, which at one time was almost despaired of, is somewhat improving, and that he is actively toiling for the Master in the sunny plains of that distant land, as may be seen from the following item which appeared in a paper published in one of the villages there, and for which we are indebted to a valuable contributor "A bazaar is to be held in the Masonic Hall, Greyton, the Wednesday and Thursday preceding Christmas, in aid of repairs and alterations to the Wesleyan chapel. Great preparations are being made by the ladies for the event, and I trust it will be a success. The Wesleyan minister here, the Rev. Geo. NOBLE has become very popular since he has been amongst us, and it is hoped the conference will see its way to stationing him permanently in this village."
Jan 22, 1887MarriedAt Harbor Grace, on New Year's Day, at the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. W. J. THOMPSON, assisted by the Rev. T.W. ATKINSON, Mr. H.J. WATTS to Fannie, eldest daughter of Mr. John ? STRATIE.
Jan 22, 1887DiedAt Wild Cove on the 15th inst. Mary, relict of the late Thomas PRIDE, age 76 years.
Jan 22, 1887DiedOn the 15th inst., at Little Harbor, Walter John, son of Solomon and the late Mary WARR, aged 16 years.
Jan 22, 1887WeatherThe weather the past week has been fine and bracing. King Frost has supplied a bridge across the harbor which many find very convenient. At present there are indications of mildness with wind South West.
Jan 22, 1887DeathWe learn that a Funeral Sermon will be preached in St. Peter's Church tomorrow, Sunday evening at the usual hour, by the Rev. R. TEMPLE, R.D. for Mrs. Thomas PRIDE, an old and respective inhabitant, whose remains were interred in the Church of England Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon last. The deceased was one of the oldest residents of the place being 73 years of age.
Jan 22, 1887MailThe steamer Plover arrived at the entrance of the harbor on Wednesday and the mails were sent ashore on the ice. The Captain did not venture to get further on the route, which might safely have been done, as the favorable winds ever since have kept the coast clear of ice. We regret this very much, in the interest of our friends across the Bay, who will consequently have to wait such an outrageously long time without being able to forward correspondence South.
Jan 22, 1887Church NewsA special dispatch to the St. John's Evening Telegram, from Bonavista, dated January 5th says: - Last night, while the Orange Hall was packed to its utmost capacity, by an audience religiously enthused and listening intently to Salvation Army ________ preaching, an ignorant person, disguised as a mummer, approached the door, and called in a loud voice - "Fire". The result was a most unfortunate stampede by all present. The injuries are numerous and serious, limbs having been broken, teeth knocked out and clothing lost and torn. Many elderly persons suffer much and effects may be prolonged illness. Had the building been galleried, fatal results would certainly have to be recorded. The party responsible is at large and unknown.
Jan 22, 1887FireThis morning at five o'clock, a fire broke out in one of Mr. J.T. NEVILLE's farm houses near Waterford Bridge, and as there were no means at hand to cope with the flames, the stables and barns were reduced to ashes in a short time. The dwelling house escaped destruction, and that was alone due to the direction in which the wind blew. The farming buildings were situated north of the residence, and the southeast wind wafted the flames and embers away from it and so it was saved from the common ruin. The gale of wind and snow had commenced but an hour previously, and when the fire gained the mastery it must have raged with terrific fury. Four horses, it is stated, a large quantity of farming produce were consumed, but the cows were saved. The property was covered by three hundred pounds of insurance. - Evening Telegram, 15.
Jan 22, 1887Grand OpeningA grand opening - The new Methodist College was formally opened on Wednesday afternoon in presence of the Representative of Majesty, and a very large number of citizens of all classes and creeds. Speeches were delivered by his Excellency the Governor, Rev. Dr. MILLIGAN, Rev. Mr. BOYD, Hon. Judge PINSENT, D.D.L., and other gentlemen interested in the education of the youth of this sea-girt isle. The President of the Conference (Rev. Mr. BOYD) in the course of his remarks, paid the following pleasing encomium to the builders - Messrs. HORDER & HALLEREN: - "The contractors, sons of Newfoundland, here, according to our idea, fully carried out their contract, and we shall have great pleasure later on in the evening, in presenting them with a certificate of our approval of the work they have done and of the speed with which it was executed. On behalf of the Board, I express the hope that the name and fame of the builders, and of the contractors for the furnishing of the heating apparatus, for good work may go abroad and that they may reap in the future the reward of the excellent work done in the college." - St. John's Times.
Jan 20, 1887CorrespondenceTwillingate, Jan 28th, 1887, To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun - Sir, - I regret that some unprincipled persons have circulated two utterly false and ungrounded reports. 1st. that I ordered my door to be locked against the S.A. Capt. and Cadet if they called at my House. 2nd. that on the steamer Plover during our passage from St. John's, I would not bow myself whilst the Army were at Prayer. I am as innocent of such conduct as a child unborn, nor would I condescend to such, and I am sorry that there are persons who, because I am a humble member of the Church, use such statements not really against me but through me against Religion, and it is for the sake of this that I write now. Whilst I do not define my position regarding the S.A. work here, I fully exonerate the two officers regarding the reports, and hope my denial will allay all further evil speaking. Yours respectfully, Wm. J. SCOTT
Jan 20, 1887The French Cod FisheriesThe following account, for the greater part of which we are indebted to an English Magazine, may be interesting to our readers, as it concerns the staple industry of this "Island home of ours.". The great resort of the Americans, Nova Scotian, and French fishermen is the great Bank of Newfoundland. The Miquelon Islands and St. Pierre, off the south coast of Newfoundland, belonging to France, are the rendezvous of the vessels of that nation. The French fishermen leave home with their salt, provisions, & c., in the latter part of the winter, or in the early spring, and come directly to St. Pierre, where they equip for fishing, generally making two or three trips to the Banks from that port. Their fishing season extends from April to October. A portion of fish is cured at St. Pierre, but the greater part is taken to France and there cured. About two and a half millions of pounds sterling is the amount of French capital embarked in the cod-fisheries, and about fifteen thousand hardy fishermen leave their homes annually to spend half the year near the Banks of Newfoundland and the neighboring isles. The costume of these fishermen is very striking, and very well fitted for their rough life in a cold climate. A sort of blouse of red flannel, warm and ample, covers the arms of shoulders and most of the body, and below that a blue cloth skirt is seen falling over the knees. Upon the arms are sleeves of black leather. The head is covered by a hat of tarred cloth, with a flap to protect the neck from rain and spray, and with broad ear pieces tying under the chin. Round the neck the fisherman folds once or twice his thick scarf of knitted wool. His hands are encased in enormous woolen gloves - a very necessary precaution by way of keeping a little warmth in the fingers when hauling in nets out of the icy cold waters of these northern seas. The vessels employed in the French cod fisheries range in size from barques of 300 tons to batteaux of 20 tons. They all use trawls, equipped with 6000 or 8000 hooks, which are set at night and hauled in the forenoon. They use boats of sufficient size to weather any ordinary gale, each manned by seven men. When the fish are brought on board the vessel they are dressed and salted. Upon arrival home they are taken out, washed, and dried on flakes or platforms of wickerwork on the shore. The process of dressing them is generally done on an exact system with great rapidity. The throater usually a boy, cuts the throat and opens the fish; the header removes the entrails and the head; the splitter splits the fish, removing a portion of the backbone; while the salter piles them in tiers and sprinkles them with salt. A word or two may be added about the cod-fish itself. It is very prolific. A single roe has been known to contain eight million eggs. Although only a small percentage of these finally result in perfect fishes, yet it is no wonder that three centuries and a-half of constant fishing seems to have made no impression on the great Bank fisheries. But it seems that along the shores and in certain bays whence the chief supplies of fresh cod are procured there has been a perceptible diminution in the supply of late years.
Jan 20, 1887Fish NewsOn our first page we publish an article from the pen of Rev. Walter R. SMITH, of Portugal Cove mission, containing interesting facts about the death of an old resident in his parish which may be on interest to many of our readers, as the subject of the remark was a native of Notre Dame Bay and the respected Clergyman himself formerly spent some years in the Bay, administering to the spiritual wants of Church people. He afterwards removed to Trinity East Mission where he labored energetically for the Master and is now residing at Portugal Cove in which mission he is now an active zealous Clergyman.
Jan 20, 1887AccidentWe learn that Robert LINFIELD, son of Mr. John LINFIELD, Jenkin's Cove, while walking along with a stick of wood on his shoulder, fell, breaking his right leg, below the knee, and driving the bone through the flesh. The break is a serious one, and under the skilful treatment of Dr. STAFFORD.
Feb 5, 1887Fogo Road BoardFogo, January 28, 1887 - Thomas MALCOLM Esq., M.D. Chairman Fogo Road Board - Dear Sir - We, the undersigned, members of the Road Board, having seen a publication in the Terra Nova Advocate of December 18th, 1886, which reflects upon your character as Chairman of aforesaid Board, feel it to be out duty (to you as well as onto ourselves) to refute these charges, which in our opinion are written from personal amity, and are only vile fabrications. We have every confidence in you as our Chairman, nor have you at any time expended any Road or Relief money without our entire concurrence. It would be highly agreeable to us, if the Government would investigate the public acts of our Chairman, ourselves, or any other person who has control of the expenditure of Poor Relief. You are at liberty to use this to vindicate yourself in any way you think proper, Yours truly, Thomas C. DUDER, John W. HODGE, Henry J. EARLE, Hay FINDLATER. The foregoing testimonial coming over such signatures cannot fail to carry weight and to place this "nameless adventure in his proper position (place) in the eyes of the Government, and all unprejudiced and right thinking men. Yours very truly. T. MALCOLM, Fogo, January 28th.
Feb 5, 1887Schooner AdriftWe omitted last week to make reference to a report that had been made to us by Mr. ROBERTS, Light-house Keeper, concerning a schooner seen on Monday, the 24th ult., about twenty miles from Long Pont. N.N.W. She was drifting with the ice, and it was conjectured at the time that the schooner must have parted from anchorage in one of the more Northern harbors. This supposition is corroborated by a statement of her whereabouts, which we received per mail on Monday last, from a worthy resident of Fogo. Under date of Jan. 28th, the following interesting particulars are given: - "A derelict vessel named the Star has been seen driving South in the ice the past few days; some Fogo men boarded her on Thursday last, but found several men belonging to Eastern Fogo Islands on board, and claiming full possession. The Fogo men returned, and as soon as they were gone, I hear the other men began to strip her; whether they succeeded in landing any of the provisions or not, I cannot say. The men report she was fully equipped for the ice, having flour, bread, molasses, tea, &c., on board; no chain on board. We presume by that, she must have parted her chains and drove out of some harbor. Some say is GARDNER's vessel, and belongs to Cochman's Cove.
Feb 5, 1887Public NoticeFor Preservation of Game and other Animals, 43 Vic.Cap.12 - No person shall hunt, kill, wound, take, purchase, sell, barter, give away, receive, or have in his possession any Ptarmigan, Grouse or Partridge, within the limits of the Colony and its Dependencies, from the Twelfth day of January until the first day of September in any year. No person shall hunt, kill, wound, take, purchase, sell, barter, receive or give away any Snipe, Blackbird, or any other wild or migratory bird (except Geese and Sea fowl) within the Colony or its dependencies from the Twelfth day of January until the first day of September in any year. No person shall hunt, kill, take, wound or destroy any deer within this Colony or its dependencies, by slips, pitfalls, traps or otherwise than by shooting, nor between the first day of March until the fifteenth day of July in any year. No person shall hunt, take, kill, wound, sell, barter, receive, purchase or give away, any wild rabbit or hare within this Colony and its dependencies from the first day of March until the first day of September in any year. No person shall take, kill, wound or destroy any otters or beavers within this Colony, between the first day of April and the first day of October in any year. Any person acting in contravention of the provisions of this Act shall incur the penalties of the Law provided in such cases. F. BERTEAU, Stipendiary Magistrate, Police Office, Twillingate, January 21, 1887.
Feb 5, 1887MailThe first Fogo mail by winter route was received on Monday last. It will be dispatched again some time after arrival of mail from South.
Feb 5, 1887CommunicationThe telegram wire was connected on Saturday last, but the severe storm of wind on Monday night made another break which was not repaired up to last evening.
Feb 5, 1887CensusWe note in connection with the late Census that out of the total population only three persons are entered as Infidels. These reside at Brandy Harbor, in the St. Barbe district.
Feb 5, 1887Destitution at FogoVery few seals were taken in nets about Fogo Islands. Destitution prevails, and it is feared that the relief grant is insufficient to tide the people over the winter.
Feb 5, 1887Political NewsMr. ROLLS, M.H.A. for Fogo district, went to St. John's by the last Plover to attend the Session of the Legislature which is to begin on the 17th inst.
Feb 5, 1887ShippingIt will be noticed in our telegraphic dispatch of January 22nd, the failure of Messrs. John Patton & Co., Ship-owners. The firm is one of the best known in London, and owns the "Monarch" line of steamers, running from London to New York. The Assyrian Monarch was employed in conveying the famous Jumbo to America. Two of their steamers were chartered by the English Government to convey troops to Egypt during the late war.
Feb 5, 1887Insurance MeetingInsurance Meeting - We learn that the Committee of the Twillingate Mutual Insurance Club met at the Insurance office on Friday, the 28th ult., to pass accounts, and declared the losses for the past year eleven shillings and sixpence per cent., covering fifty-five thousand pounds worth of property. This is not much, and the losses the past year were very few for the large amount of floating property covered by the scheme.
Feb 5, 1887Schooner WreckThe schr. Charles Graham is a total wreck near Halifax. Capt. COLERIDGE of Newfoundland and all hands are lost.
Feb 5, 1887MarriageOn the 20th Jan., by the Rev. Geo. BULLEN, Mr. Abraham ELLIOTT, to Miss Patience BULGIN, both of Twillingate.
Feb 5, 1887MarriageOn January 31st, at Burnt Cove, Friday's Bay, by the Rev. J.W. VICKERS, Mr. Thomas KEEFE of Little Harbor to Mary Jane ELLSWORTH of Moreton's Harbor.
Feb 5, 1887MarriageAt Herring Neck, by Rev. R. BRAMFITT, Mr. James BLAKE, of Cobb's Arm to Miss Sophia BURT of Loon Bay.
Feb 5, 1887DeathAt Farmer's Arm on the 29th January, after a lingering illness, Mr. George POND, aged 42 years.
Feb 5, 1887DeathAt Morton's Harbor, on the 24th January, Parmenas, son of Mr. James FRENCH, aged 3 years.
Feb 5, 1887DeathAt Herring Neck, on Dec. 11th, David only son of William and Hannah STUCKY, aged 4 years.
Feb 5, 1887DeathAt Friday's Bay, on the 2nd inst., very suddenly, Mr. Maurice BURT, aged 60.
Feb 12, 1887Breach of the License ActPolice Court - Before his Worship F. BERTEAU - Constable BURT vs. Richard WREY - Feb 9, 1887 - Constable BURT: - On the 3rd February, 1887, I was informed that Thomas FIFIELD bought spirits at the dwelling house of Richard WREY. On the 4th Feb, 1887, I had an interview with Thomas FIFIELD, I said to him " I am informed you bought spirits at Richard WREYS. He said "I did". I asked him whether he had bought any spirits within this last six months from Richard WREY's, he said "Yes, the last I bought was last Wednesday fortnight which was the 19th January, 1887." I asked him to give me full particulars, he then told me that on last Wednesday fortnight he went into dwelling house (in the kitchen) of Richard WREY's between seven and eight o'clock in the evening and asked Richard WREY whether he would sell him a half pint rum. Richard WREY went out of the kitchen and after a short time returned with the bottle containing a half pint of rum and gave it to him (Thos. FIFIELD). Then Thomas FIFIELD gave him (Richard WREY) one shilling in cash to pay for the half pint rum. I then asked Thomas FIFIELD whether he had bought any spirits from Richard WREY previous to this time and within the last six months. He (Thos. FIFIELD) said I have on several occasions, and on one occasion Ethelbert VATCHER bought spirits from Richard WREY's for me (Thos. FIFIELD) and I gave Ethelbert VATCHER two shillings and sixpence in cash to pay for half pint rum. Ethelbert VATCHER went into Richard WREY's and after a short time, he came out with a bottle containing a half pint rum and the one shilling and sixpence in cash which he gave to Thomas FIFIELD. This was sometime in December of 1886 to the best of his (Fifield's) knowledge and belief. On the 5th Feb., I made complaint to you. Thomas FIFIELD sworn: This day three weeks (I think it was the 19th of January 1887) between seven and eight o'clock in the evening, I went and knocked at the front door of Mr. WREY's house. Mr. WREY came to the door. I went into the kitchen and then asked Mr. WREY for a half pint rum. Mr. WREY went out somewhere, and after a short time returned and brought back the half pint rum in the bottle which I gave him. I then paid Mr. WREY one shilling cash for the rum. Mr. WREY told me to mind what I was about and not let any one know anything about it, then he opened the door and let me out. Questioned by Mr. BERTEAU: I was there about a quarter of an hour; I did not drink any liquor in the house. I have bought liquor there several times within the last six months from Richard WREY; I paid cash for the rum each time to Mr. WREY; once I shoveled away some snow for Mr. WREY and he gave me a glass of rum for doing it; he gave that glass of rum of his own free will and there was no arrangements made before hand between us. A little while before Christmas last, I sent Ethelbert VATCHER to Mr. WREY's for a half pint rum; he got it at Mr. WREY's. I gave him two shillings and sixpence cash, and he brought me the half pint rum, and one shilling and six pence cash change; he did not get a certificate from Doctor STAFFORD at that time. I never got a certificate from the Doctor to get any spirits at Mr. WREY's at any time. I gave Ethelbert VATCHER a bottle to put the rum in; I did not tell Ethelbert VATCHER to tell Mr. WREY that the rum was for me; I positively swear that I only had spirits given to me once at Mr. WREYS for a present; I always paid for the liquor I had at the time with the exception of the time Mr. WREY gave me the glass of rum for shoveling the snow away; he gave me the liquor within the last six months; I can't remember the date. Questioned by Constable BURT: Mr. WREY said to me where have you been so long, as I have not seen you for some time? I told him I was in the Bay; the last time I was in Mr. WREY's was this day three weeks, I think it was the 19th Jan. I remember Mr. WREY asking me the question within the last six months, whether I was living with James HODDER (coastal wharf) as usual. He asked me whether a young man by the name of BISHOP, was living with James HODDER. I told him he was. Ethelbert VATCHER did not tell me that he had an order from the Doctor when I asked him to get the rum or that he would get an order. Mrs. WREY did not give me any spirits within the last six month. I got it from Mr. WREY every time. Ethelbert VATCHER sworn: I went to Mr. WREY's and bought some liquor for Thomas FIFIELD; bought a half pint rum; I had a bottle to put it in and I paid one shilling cash for it to Capt. WREY when he gave me the half pint rum; I do not remember the date, but it was somewhere about a week before Christmas last; Thos. FIFIELD sent me for the liquor; when Thos. FIFIELD sent me for the rum he gave me a bottle and two shillings and sixpence cash. I brought back the half pint rum and one shilling and sixpence cash which I had got at Mr. WREYS and gave it to Thomas FIFIELD; when I asked Mr. WREY for the rum he asked whether I wanted it for sickness, I told him no; I positively swear that I said no. Mr. WREY asked me if I had a bottle. He told me to keep the bottle under my jacket so as no one should see it. He went inside and got the rum. I paid the shilling in the shop; I had no certificate from Dr. STAFFORD when I got the rum for Thomas FIFIELD. When I was going to the Herring Fishery with my brother last October, I got a certificate from Dr. STAFFORD for a half gallon rum. Instead of having the half gallon then, I got a pint, and James YOUNG got a pint, making a quart at that time; I never mentioned to Mr. WREY anything about the order that I gave him when I got the rum for Thomas FIFIELD; the reason we took only the quart was because we had not enough money to buy anymore; that is the only time I bought liquor for Thomas FIEFIELD; I bought a half pint rum for myself about a week after New Year's Day. I paid Mr. WREY a shilling cash for it. He asked me whether I wanted it for sickness. I told him no. Mr. WREY told me to put it under my jacket and keep it snug so as not to let any person know it on the road. I positively swear that I did not tell Capt. WREY anything about the certificate ( that I gave him previously) the last time I had rum for myself and Thomas FIFIELD, neither did I mention it to him or he to me. Question by Mr. WREY: Did you say to me that you would come again, and get the remainder of the half gallon rum after taking the quart on the day you did? VATCHER: Yes I did tell you that I would come for the remainder of the half gallon rum some other time. No plea was offered by Defendant, and his Worship fined him the next morning, in the sum of $25. Costs $6.50. $31.50
Feb 12, 1887The Bay MailWe learn that very much dissatisfaction exists on the North side of the bay owing to the "Plover" not having attempted to reach there. This is not to be wondered at when we consider that the mail matter landed here from the steamer had not arrived to Little Bay up to a day or two ago, and anxious enquires were being made from there as to the mail's where abouts, information having been solicited by telegraph. The mail was dispatched from here on the 19th. of January, but we understand that up to Saturday last it had only got as far as Samson's Island, near Exploits, its progress it is said having been retarded by the feebleness of the ice, which would not bear the weight of mails and couriers; and the route being for a time neither open nor shut........ Provision ought to be made by the Postal department for the dispatchment of a mail from that part of the district much earlier than is the custom. The fact is the present arrangement is simply abominable for this nineteenth century. At the commencement of the winter service two mails leave here before either one comes from the Bay, and the chances for catching the third cannot always be depended on; hence, with the present arrangement over two months will have elapsed from the time the last mail by steamer reached St. John's until the first overland one gets there, to say nothing of communicating with the outside world. Is there not great room for reform here?....... In order to catch the mail that was closed for St. John's last evening, special messengers were forwarded by F. WYTE, Esq., manager of the Little Bay Mining Co., who came purposely with mail matter to post here. Where such business is carried on, every facility should be afforded by the Government for mail communication with the business world, and connection with the main branches should be as perfect as possible.
Feb 12, 1887King AlcoholIt must be encouraging to all interested in the welfare of Temperance, to know that the good cause appears to be gaining ground more and more. Its friends and supporters almost everywhere are being alive to the demands of right and justice in respect to the movement, and are doing their utmost towards the suppression of the traffic. It was only a short time since we had the pleasure of making known the fact through our columns that the good friends in Little Bay, of all classes, had put their shoulders to the temperance wheel, and had succeeded in causing the legal sale of intoxicating liquors to be prohibited, which would go far to prevent the disastrous consequences that commonly follow the open sale of the deadly beverages wherever known. Hitherto Nipper's Harbor has not been altogether free from the curse of intemperance, there having been one licensed public house there. But by private advises from the Cape Shore a few days since, we learn that the friends of Temperance at Nipper's Harbor protested against a renewal of license, and that another term was not granted, and that community is now free from an open public house, which will greatly lessen the consumption of liquors, and remove the temptation from many who might otherwise be entrapped by the snares thus presented.
Feb 12, 1887Insurance ClubAt a meeting on Monday last of the Terra Nova Insurance Club, the rate of fifteen shilling percent was declared for the past season.
Feb 12, 1887Fortune Harbor NewsThe Rev. Father MCCARTHY was a passenger per last Plover for Fortune Harbor. As the steamer did not get beyond this, the Rev. Father landed and was a guest of J.B. TOBIN, Esq., J.P. until the past week, when a number of his parishioners came and conveyed him to the scene of his pastoral duties.
Feb 12, 1887AnniversaryThe. S. of T. Anniversary will be celebrated as usual, on Shrove Tuesday (Feb 22nd). Tickets may be procured from Bros. Frederick LINFIELD, Reuben BLACKMORE, Geo. ROBERTS, J. HILLYARD, and John DAVIS, Farmer's Arm. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold; price, 1s, 6d. A public Temperance Meeting will be held after the tea; admission, ten cents. Arrangement are being made for an interesting program.
Feb 12, 1887FireThe skittle-alley at Little Bay was burnt down the week before last. The building was owned by Mr. LINDBERG of ST. John's and was put some three years ago. Mr. LAMB managed it for some time and also carried on a watch-making business in another part of the building. This makes the second tennis fire of late years. The public hall was destroyed by fire more than two years ago.
Feb 12, 1887L.O.A. AnniversaryThe L.O.A. Anniversary will be observed on Wednesday, if the weather is fit. As the brethren number largely, no tickets will be sold for the tea until after they have left the hall, when, if there should be any remaining, they can be had at Bro. Titus MANUEL's. In order to avoid the hall being overcrowded at the entertainment, no money will be taken at the door, and only a limited number of tickets will be issued, which may be obtained from either of the following members of the Entertainment Committee, namely: Bros. ASHBURN, Chas. MAYNE, Stephen HARBIN, James HODDER, Allan FINDLATER, John DAVIS, Isaac CHURCHILL, John CLARKE, Back Harbor. The Brethren will attend Divine service in St. Peter's Church.
Feb 12, 1887The Fish MarketThe following "private advice" from Oporto, says the St. John's Evening Telegram of the 17th ult., has just been received here by the incoming Allan mail steamer: - Oporto, 30th Dec., 1886 - "Since our last respects of the 16th instant, there has hardly been any sale of fish, nor is there likely to be much. Meantime, an enormous stock remains over the end of the year, which we calculate to be at least 80,000 quintals in Oporto, and 10,000 quintals in Vienna. It will be impossible to clear off this stock before much of it becomes deteriorated, more especially as a great deal is Bank fish, which turns dunn very fast. It is, therefore, most important that arrivals should cease for some time, as until stocks are nearly run off, prices cannot rise, and if scarcity is felt latter on we may hope for good rates in April. The Maida, with 2,300 quintals, is in Vienna.
Feb 12, 1887BirthOn the 7th ult., the wife of Mr. James OAKLEY of a daughter.
Feb 12, 1887BirthOn Wednesday, 9th inst., the wife of Mr. W.J. SCOTT of a son.
Feb 12, 1887BirthOn Jan 14th, at King's Cove, the wife of J.G. HART, Esq. of a son.
Feb 12, 1887CorrespondencePublic Entertainment, Change Islands - To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun - Dear Sir, - On the Evening of the 4th inst., a Public Entertainment under the auspices of the Methodist Sabbath School was given in the Church belonging to that body and proved a rich intellectual and spiritual treat The Chair was ably occupied by Solomon ROBERTS, Esq., the chief promoter of the movement and who is always ready to do what he can for the welfare of the youthful portion of the community. We were fortunate in having the presence of two esteemed gentlemen from Twillingate, who were paying a visit to Change Islands, viz., Messrs. Phillip ANSTEY, and ROBERTS (the later a brother of the chairman), each of whom rendered very valuable assistance. Mr. ANSTEY presided most efficiently at the organ. As this is the Jubilee year of Her Majesty's Reign, like good and loyal subjects we sang at the close, the National Anthem.. Appended is a copy of program. Opening hymn, Sankey, No.87, Prayer by Rev. R. BRAMFITT, Speech by Chairman Solomon ROBERTS, Recitation - The Burial of Sir John Moore - Archibald WADDEN, Reading - Behavior at Church - Mr. Thomas PELLEY, Recitation - Protestant hymn - Philip LEDREW, Solo- Miss Elizabeth Ann LEDREW, Reading - "Masculine and Feminine" - Elizabeth A. LEDREW, Recitation - Young Lochinvar - Frank PORTER, Reading - "On Choosing a wife" - Mr. John PORTER, Recitation - "Mary's Lamb" - Arthur S. ROBERTS, Recitation - "Edinburgh after Flodden" - Wm. TAYLOR, Solo - Miss Patience GINN, Recitation - "Somebody's Darling" - Jessie LEDREW, Reading - "Romantic Realities " - Mr. John NOEL, Recitation - "What you do, do quick": - John H.B. ROBERTS, Solo - Messrs. Robert ROBERTS, John NOEL and the chairman. Recitation - "No Purgatory" - James BLAKE, Reading - "Fourteen claws a day" - Mark TAYLOR, Recitation - "Wreck of the Hesperus" - Rosanna GINN, Reading - "Poor preaching" - Mr. Thomas PELLEY, Recitation - "Memories of Home" - Bessie TAYLOR, Address - Rev. R. BRAMFITT, Recitation - Caribianea - Robert LEDREW, Reading - "Promises of Religion to the Young" - Frank GINN, Sole - Miss Elizabeth A. LEDREW, Recitation - "My Mind a Kingdom is" - Patience GINN, Recitation - " Ivory" - Mr. NOEL, Reading - "Battle between Pulpit and Pew" - S. ROBERTS, Esq., Recitation - "No Halfway doings" - Frank PORTER, Reading - The Boy who will lie" - Mr. John PORTER, Recitation - "I should like to die said Willie" - Samuel PORTER, Recitation - "The Dutchman's Family" - Wm. TAYLOR Hymn - Sankey, No 393. Nation Anthem. Doxology
Feb 19, 1887Confiscation of Spirituous LiquorsLast week's paper contained the report of a case that was heard before the Stipendiary Magistrate for breach of the License Act of 1884, which was brought to light through information received by Constable BURT, who was the prosecutor, and Mr. WREY defendant. There was one feature of it that seemed particularly to strike us, that was the manner in which the law is evaded by the practice of Doctors' certificates. The law provides that on leaving for the fishery a limited quantity of liquor can be sold to persons for the voyage; but it appeared from this evidence of one of the witnesses that the certificate granting the sale of spirits for that purpose, was made to serve as a "running order", thereafter, as it was stated that the party had not enough money at the time to pay for the full compliment stated in the certificate, which may often be a very convenient excuse for others. This is the first instance of the kind that has been made public, but seeing this one has come to the surface, there is grave room to suspect that there are others beneath the surface; thus the License Act has been cunningly evaded and violated, and under such circumstances as would render it very difficult for the most vigilant officials to cause a conviction. We cannot see that the medical gentlemen are to blame, excepting they were to give certificates for liquors when they felt convinced that the parties were not in need of such a medicinal preparation; but it is evident that the Act is open to amendment as regards the restrictions for procuring intoxicating spirits for medicinal purposes, as well as on other points. The License Act of 1884 provides that when it is believed that liquors are sold on a premises, in a community where Local Option is in force, they can be searched and whatever spirits discovered by the authorities are to be confiscated. So when the above violation of the Act are made known, defendant's premises were searched, and a considerable quantity of liquors found and seized by Sergeant PATTEN and Constable BURT, which is now held in custody by the Court. Some persons may be inclined to condemn the parties who are instrumental in bringing the guilty persons to justice in such cases. But it is the duty of every man to uphold the laws of his country, and if to his certain knowledge they are willfully transgressed, he is equally guilty with the transgressor, in not disclosing the fact. In many of the communities throughout the colony Local Option has been carried triumphantly. The law enforcing it is just as obligatory as any other; why then should persons who are fully aware of the existence of such laws attempt in defiance of them to traffic an article, the sale of which is known to be lawfully forbidden - in opposition too, to a very large majority of the residents of a community? Let every honest man assist in upholding the laws of his country, and then there may be less of their violation in various forms. The following are the quantities of the different kinds of liquors confiscated as furnished us: - 2 casks wine (43 gallons), 2 casks brandy (30 gallons), 2 casks rum (38 gallons), 1 cask gin (10 gallons), 10 bottles sherry wine, 55 bottles whiskey, 84 bottles brandy.
Feb 19, 1887MailThe first mail from the bay by winter route, arrived on Wednesday last, having been forwarded from Exploits by special courier, which is very considerate on the part of the Postmaster there, as the reception of the mail here before the Southern one comes will enable business men to reply to correspondence by incoming mail. The Fogo mail was also received same day. The mail from the South is expected to arrive here about Monday or Tuesday next should the travelling continue good.
Feb 19, 1887Twillingate Dorcas SocietyA meeting of the number of the ladies of Twillingate was held in the Grand Jury Room of the Court House on Friday afternoon, February 11th, for the purpose of organizing a "Dorcas Society". The formation of such a Society had for some time previous been contemplated by a few of the prominent ladies of the place. The ladies present at the meeting were: Mrs. Dr. SCOTT, Mrs. W. BAIRD, Mrs. R. NEWMAN, Miss COOK, Miss TAYLOR, Mrs. FINDLATER, Mrs. J. PEYTON, Mrs. THOMPSON, Mrs. HITCHCOCK, Mrs. BLANDFORD, Mrs. Dr. STAFFORD, Mrs. G. ROBERTS, Miss TUCKER, Miss HARBIN, Mrs. T. MANUEL, Mrs. PERCY, Miss COLBORNE, Miss R. STIRLING, Miss J. STIRLING and Miss G. STIRLING. Miss G. STIRLING was called upon to preside, and submitted a copy of Rules for the Society's guidance, all of which were unanimously adopted. The next business was the election of officers by ballot, which resulted as follows: President - Mr. J.B. TOBIN, Vice - Presidents - Mrs. Dr. SCOTT and Miss COOK, Hon. Secretary - Miss J. STIRLING; Assistant Secretary - Mrs. THOMPSON, Treasurer - Miss BERTEAU, Cutters - Miss TAYLOR and Mrs. W. BAIRD, Managers of clothing department - Mrs. J. PEYTON and Mrs. G. ROBERTS. One of the most important rules of the Society is that all applications for clothing are to be made through one of the resident clergymen, and such claims will be investigated by a visiting committee. It is gratifying to learn that the ladies' appeal to the public for assistance, met with so generous a response, notwithstanding the depressing season.
Feb 19, 1887DeathA very melancholy death occurred at Burnt Bay on the morning of Friday, the 11th inst. The Messrs. WOOLFREYS had a saw-pit erected, where three sets of saws could work at one time. There were three large sticks with a quantity of other timber over the pit. One of the men, Parmenas WOOLFREY, was sitting on the center log waiting for his partner, and just as the saw was entering the end of one of the other two, one side of the pit gave way and the whole thing fell with a crush. The unfortunate man was instantly killed, his head and brains being shattered to pieces by the crushing of the heavy sticks. Another man was knocked some distance and stunned for a time. With this exception, we learn that the other men escaped injury; but it is said that had the pile taken a little different direction the loss of life might have been more serious. As it is, the consequence is most thrilling one in vigor of health being hurried into eternity under such painful circumstances and without a moment's warning. How frequently are we reminded by such eventful dispensations of Providence that "in midst of life we are in death". The deceased was a married man, and leaves a wife and two children to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father. The downfall of the pit seems to be ascribed to the fact that fear was previously apprehended of the concern giving away, and a slab we are told was put under one side, which must have raised it too much, not allowing the weight to rest evenly on the other props.
Feb 19, 1887Little Bay Temperance MovementSince the Licensed Houses have been closed in Little Bay the Manager has put up a notice to this effect: - Any of the employees of the Company that are absent from their work through drunkenness will be dismissed unless they have convincing evidence of the party from whom they purchased or obtained the liquor. Also TEN DOLLARS REWARD to any person who will give evidence that shall lead to the conviction of any person selling intoxicating drinks on the premises of the Company. This will be indeed a righteous and wise movement. It will be a kind check to the workmen, a sure suppression of the injurious traffic and a great blessing to the community. This step has again proved how Capt. WHYTE, who has such a large number of men under his care, is ever anxious to promote their temporal and moral welfare; and has secured for him the affection and high regard of all in this large community. An amusing event happened in connection with this temperance movement, Mr. COURTNEY had a puncheon of rum come by the Plover. It was left in the Company's store on the wharf, possibly by the Magistrate's orders. Some smart fellows or fellow marked carefully its location in the store and either for mischief or the sake of a cheap and large drink, (the latter is most likely) they or he, no doubt in the dead of night, for no clue has yet been found, bored up through the floor, through the puncheon, and thus the whole of the liquor escaped. It is evident by the strong smell and appearance of the ground a large quantity was spilt. There is in Little Bay a Sergeant and two constables, but in spite of such a strong police force, the guilty party has not been discovered. The puncheon was worth between £70 and £80. Since the licenses have been discontinued, .another pay day has returned, and no person was seen drunk. This was most surprising and positive proof of the benefit derived from the withdrawal of the licenses. Jan 17, 1887.
Feb 19, 1887Local and GeneralThe S. of T. Anniversary will be celebrated on Tuesday next, 22nd inst., if the day be suitable. Tickets may be procured from Bros. Frederick LINFIELD, Reuben BLACKMORE, George ROBERTS, J. HILLYARD and John DAVIS, Farmer's Arm. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold; price 1s. 6d. The Division will attend Divine service at St.Peter's Church. A public Temperance Meeting will be held after the tea; admission, ten cents. Arrangements are being made for an interesting program.
Feb 19, 1887MarriageThe settlement of Fogo was taken somewhat by surprise on Thursday the 10th inst. when flags suddenly went up here and there; and it was discovered not only that there had been a wedding, but that the esteemed Incumbent of St. Andrew's Church had taken to himself a wife. The Rev. R. TEMPLE, an old friend of the bridegroom, had been asked to perform the ceremony; but the uncertainty of his arrival, in the present early part of the season, prevented such preparations as might otherwise have been arranged. However, ice and weather not being too forbidding, the affair was accomplished in due order. Fogo did not like to be prevented from holding a festival, and determined to do something to honor the occasion. So, salutes were fired, and a bonfire kept blazing till late into the night; and we suspect that when the happy pair returned from Barr'd Island, whither they retired for a few days to enjoy the hospitality of friends equally kind to those at Fogo, there was a hearty reception in true style. Rev. Mr. WOOD has made many friends in the two years he has resided at Fogo; and his bride has always been beloved and respected by Fogo people, being herself, we believe, a Fogo woman by birth. This make the fourth Clerical wedding solemnized by the present Rural Dean of Twillingate. The late Rev. C. MEEK was the first; next the Rev. C. WINSOR, now of Burin, then the Rev. T.W. TEMPLE, now of St. Pierre, and the Rec. C. WOOD of Fogo. We wish all happiness to the newly married pair.
Feb 19, 1887MarriageAt St. Andrews's Church, Fogo, on Feb. 10th by the Rev. R. TEMPLE, R.D, the Rev. Christopher WOOD, S.P.G., Missionary of Fogo, to Harriet Louisa, daughter of the late James M. WINTER, Esq., of St. John's, for many years collector of H.M. Customs, Fogo.
Feb 19, 1887DeathAt South Side, on Feb. 12th, Lydia, wife of Mr. Noah YATES, aged 30 years.
Feb 26, 1887DeathAt Loon Bay on the 4th February, after a tedious illness, Theresa ROBERTS, second youngest daughter of Mr. Joseph ROBERTS, aged 20 years. Her end was peace.
Feb 26, 1887Barr'd IslandsTo the Editor of the Twillingate Sun - Dear Sir - Please find space in your valuable paper for the following: On Monday evening, 3rd. Inst., a meeting was held in Saint John's Lodge, No. 11 S.U.F., for the purpose of installing the officers for the ensuing year. Bro. P.M. ROLLS took the chair to install the officers as follows: Bro. John BRETT, P.M. W.M. Elected, Bro. John BLACKEY, C.O., Bro. William Jr. BRETT, S.O., Joseph BRETT, Q.M., Bro. Alfred COFFIN, Purser, Bro. T.M. ANTHONY, P.M. Sec., Bro. James JACOBS, Chaplain, Bro. Henry HEWITT, L.O. Committee - Bros. Charles BRETT, elected, Lot ?COMBDEN, elected, Abraham ANTHONY, P.M. re-elected, Geo. COFFIN, elected, William JACOBS, elected, Aaron WATKINS, elected.
Feb 26, 1887Herring NeckTo the Editor of the Twillingate Sun - In a recent issue of your valuable paper, I notice reports of soirees and entertainments under the auspices of the various Societies in our neighborhood, is the order of the day. I venture to ask space for the following account of St. Mary's Lodge, No. 16, S.U.F. of this place....... The following brethren were elected by the Lodge as their officers for the present year, viz.: Bro. Francis MILES, W.M., elected; Bro. Wm. J. HOLWELL, C.D., re-elected, Bro. John PHILPOTT, S.O. re-elected, Bro. Solomon REDDICK, Q.M. elected, Bro. George FLORENCE, L.O., re-elected; Bro. Robert MUNDY, Sec. re-elected, Bro. William LOCKYER, Purser, re-elected; David BLANDFORD, Chap, elected. The Lodge has been in operation only one year, and, of course, has a small muster just now. ......... R.M. Herring Neck, Feb 21, 1887.
Feb 26, 1887Dorcas SocietyThe following has been received for publication, and we have pleasure in giving it place in our columns: - The Ladies of the Dorcas Society of Twillingate gratefully acknowledge receipt of two pounds from Orange Society and one pound five shillings from the Sons of Temperance, collected of St. Peter's Church. J.M. STIRLING, Secretary
Feb 26, 1887AccidentElijah WHIT was coming over Indian Hill, Friday's Bay on Tuesday, with a load of wood when the slide capsized, and he sustained serious injuries. A stick ran into his thigh causing a dangerous wound which we understand has been attended to by Dr. SCOTT, whose medical aid was sought soon after the accident happened.
Feb 26, 1887AccidentJoseph CHINN of Friday's Bay, also met with a bad accident on the day following, we are told. He had been engaged for some time cutting sticks for the Shoal Tickle work, and while in the act of paring one, the axe slipped, and cut his toes, separating one, we learn, entirely.
Feb 26, 1887Rose BlancheA Sad State of Affairs - A Rose Blanche correspondent to the Mercury, writing under date of January 24th gives the following particulars about the destitute condition of the people at that settlement. This is indeed a sad state of affairs, and we call upon the Governments to come to the rescue of the poor people who are famishing for the necessities of life: - Weather continues very stormy. No fish worth mentioning caught during the last six weeks. Much poverty, and consequently a great deal of sickness on the shore. Nine children have already died at Rose Blanche, and many more are sick. Most of the people have for weeks existed on flour alone, drinking boiled spruce. Those that can procure a little tea and molasses, consider themselves very fortunate - pork and butter is out of the question. Clothing, or bedding, they have but little, and generally the remains of that which they once owned. Several sleep on dried grass for feathers, and use punt sails for blankets. These poor people have to go two or three miles through the snow, for what is here called wood; but in most other parts of the island, would be considered boughs. A hardy fisherman asked the writer, a few days since - "What do you think I had for my Christmas dinner?" "No dinner at all!". "I had nothing in my house to eat." None of those who have resided on the Southwestern coast, can realize how the poor fishermen live; with a few feet of rough rock; a wife, and generally a numerous family, for their earthly possessions. Whatever may be said of slavery in the south; the life of a Negro slave in Cuba, is definitely preferable that of the poor fisherman. It is to be hoped the Government will assist them to tide over the winter. The merchants have already advanced a few pounds to each, but decline continuing, and they can't be expected to do much more.
Mar 5, 1887FireWe learn that a cellar was burnt at Tizzard's Harbor a few nights ago and some twenty barrels of potatoes destroyed.
Mar 5, 1887OrangemenThe Orangemen of Morton's Harbor held their Anniversary on Thursday, which, we understand, was quite a success.
Mar 5, 1887Methodist ChurchA Missionary sermon will be preached in the North Side Methodist Church tomorrow (Sunday) evening by the Rev. Geo. BULLEN, when a collection of behalf of missions will be made.
Mar 5, 1887LostOn the 16th August last at Iron-Bound Islands, Labrador, one cotton trap and leader marked on the buoys, with the letters "A.Y." - the property of Archibald YOUNG of Upper Island Cove, Conception Bay. Any person having found the same and giving information to that effect, will be suitably rewarded on application to the Standard office (Harbor Grace).
Mar 5, 1887Methodist ChurchThe Morton's Harbor Annual Missionary Meeting was held in the Methodist Church on Tuesday evening last, and was presided over by M. OSMOND, Esq., J.P., who made a few well chosen remarks on being called to the chair. The Revs. G. BULLEN and J.W. VICKERS were present, and delivered enthusiastic Missionary addresses. The Missionary meeting was held at Tizzard's Harbor the previous evening.
Mar 5, 1887FireThe dwelling house of Mr. Wm. FOX, Back Harbor, narrowly escaped being burnt down on Thursday night. About twelve o'clock his wife woke and thinking she smelled smoke, aroused her husband, who on making search, found the kitchen in flames of smoke. It was so bad that he could not pass through where the water was, but soon procured some from a neighbor, and with assistance managed to arrest the fire. A large hole was burnt in the floor which fortunately was about the only damage done, but if a few minutes more had intervened before being discovered, the whole building would have been destroyed.
Mar 5, 1887FireOn Friday morning last, a very unfortunate occurrence took place at Wild Cove, a dwelling house belonging to Mr. Benjamin ROBERTS, with nearly all its contents including a little money, having been destroyed by fire. It broke out upstairs about eight o'clock, and before being discovered, had spread so rapidly that it was impossible to extinguish the blaze, and in a quick time the dwelling was in ruins. The origin of the fire is unknown, but is supposed that a little boy, five or six years old was playing with matches and set fire to some clothes. The loss sustained by Mr. ROBERTS is very heavy, and assistance in any shape we doubt not would be most gratefully received. We know that there are many calls on the public, but it is seldom that an event like this happens, and when it does it deserves sympathy and support, which we trust will be extended in this case.
Mar 5, 1887DeathOn the 1st March, Irene Winten BERTEAU, daughter of Ernest Falle BERTEAU and Mary Emma BERTEAU, aged three months and eight days.
Mar 19, 1887Sealing NewsSteamer taking seals off Greenspond (Special to the Twillingate Sun) Greenspond, Friday Evening - Today we have light wind East, and since noon weather much finer than it has been for the past week. The dense fog is disappearing and 13 steamers are visible. A reliable report was received yesterday of the steamer Terra Nova having thirty thousand seals panned and on board, and the Greenland six thousand. A few seals were taken by the Ranger and Walrus still in same position, where they will remain until change in wind and weather. Five seals were landed here yesterday, and eighty by Cabot Island men. Crowds are gone out from here today in search of seals. It is reported that the Aurora went as far as the Funks and was obliged to return, seeing nothing but a field of solid ice. She has three thousand seals.
Mar 19, 1887NotesA bachelor says if you hand a lady a newspaper with a paragraph cut out of it, not a line of it will be read, but every bit of interest felt in the paper by the lady will center in finding out what the missing paragraph contained, even if it was only a Minard's Liniment advertisement stating that it cures rheumatism and all aches and pains of the human race.
Mar 19, 1887DeathAt Durrell's Arm, on the 13th inst., Julia Ann, daughter of George and Mary INGS, aged 2 years, 5 months.
Mar 19, 1887Sealing newsA special dispatch from Greenspond reports thirteen steamers off in the ice, and some of them doing well with seals. Very few have been taken here, the prevailing East wind for the past week or ten days being unfavorable. It is the general opinion that the seals are not far away, and that a strong North-east wind might bring them within reach of our people.
Mar 19, 1887Little Bay NewsThe following item from Little Bay, under date of February 27, was overlooked before: - "Last week a young man named LOUTHER broke his leg in the mines. There has been much sickness here of late; five children have died with measles and two other deaths have taken place, Old Mr. SAUNDERS and MR. HOSKINS.
Mar 19, 1887CensusSummary of Census Twillingate Dist. Click here!
Mar 19, 1887CensusSummary of Census Fogo Dist. Click here!
Mar 26, 1887Sealing newsA special dispatch from Bonavista last evening informs us that over eight thousand harp seals have been taken there this season.
Mar 26, 1887Sealing NewsThe sealing outlook the past week has not been very cheering. The ice has been off nearly all the time and only those with punts could go in quest of them, and they with poor success. Some who had nets in the water did very well, as many as ten and fifteen having been secured by a few persons. Yesterday a little was done by a number of sealers who were fortunate in meeting ice containing young hoods. Some crews, we learn got as many as twenty-five. There appears to have been plenty of seals in the bay, and had the winds suited, no doubt many would have been taken by landsmen. A correspondent from New Bay says that old hoods were very plentiful about two miles off the 15th. inst. One man killed seven on that day, and the day following, when our correspondent was writing , all the men were out on the ice.
Mar 26, 1887AccidentWe learn that Wm. ADAMS, a young man residing with Andrew LAMPLETT, South side, while on the ice a few days since, in firing at a seal, burst his gun, injuring his left hand so much that his two fingers had to be amputated by Dr. STAFFORD.
Mar 26, 1887Navy newsGreat Britain has in her navy fifty vessels capable of steaming around the world at a speed of twelve knots per hour without recoaling.
Mar 26, 1887Correspondence(To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun) Dear Mr. Editor, I quite agree with your correspondent "Temperance" about signs that liquor has been obtained in Twillingate a short time since. In one instance it was got in such a way that no one could interfere or say anything about as in the case of one man giving his neighbor a glass or two to drink. Another was the case of a Son of Temperance searching around for and getting a little brandy which Temperance does not appear to have been seen or taken notice of. It is not consistent for a person when he is afflicted by the hand of the Almighty to run at once to the devil for a cure instead of going to the doctor. I am sorry that such a common occurrence, but should some of the demon be actually necessary, getting an order would be a better way to get it than the one taken by some of those who have so much against a "little drop". I heard a recitation given at one of the Anniversaries a short time since about the getting up a Temperance Society where each member was allowed his own particular occasion to take a drop, and a clause like that in our Society here would be the means of keeping more than one from breaking the pledge "on the sly.". Watch.
Apr 2, 1887SteamerThe steamer Aurora arrived on Saturday in a leaky condition, with 3,300 seals. She goes on dock today.
Apr 2, 1887Sealing NewsThe Terra Nova arrived yesterday with 22,000, mostly old, equal to 35,000 white coats.
Apr 2, 1887DisasterThe barquentine, Susan, March & Sons, owners, collided with an iceberg on Saturday, off Fermeuse Point and sank. The captain, mate, and three sailors were lost.
Apr 2, 1887ProhibitionProhibition was outruled yesterday. It was referred to a select committee.
Apr 2, 1887DeathAt Crow Head, on the 29th ult., David, son of Michael DOVE and Martha DOVE, aged 4 years.
Apr 2, 1887Breaches of the License ActBreaches of the License Act - In the Police Court - Before his Worship J.B. BLANDFORD, Esq. - Sergeant WELLS vs. HUNT, O'NEIL, MAULEY, Michael MCLEAN, John MCLEAN and Margaret FITZGERALD - Little Bay, March 1, 1887 - Dear Mr. Editor, - We notice with pleasure in your issue of the 12th ult., the long looked for action on the part of your Police, in bringing to book the old offender WREY. Now, Mr. Editor, for their encouragement, and in justice to the Major's Invincible in this Little Bay of ours, I purpose to give some gleanings in reference to the movements of our police in connection with "old King Alcohol" within the past seven or eight months. I don't see the force of keeping their "light under a bushel," whilst you put the good actions of your "gallant officials" on a hill, so that the sun's rays may give it a brilliancy that even the Telegram and Sergeant DAWE could not "out shine". To commence my story: on Sunday night, the 11th July, or early on the morning of the 12th, when Sergeant WELLS and Constable MEANEY (the ever victorious army) set out on their mission of "benevolence to destroy and destroyer of millions," and to conquer the enemy of our people, both were dressed in civilian clothes. The Sergeant had all his whiskers shaved off and a patch of sticking plaster on his nose, his eyebrows and mustache blacked with "Ayer's Hair Vigor" (which we strongly recommend for the use of Major's Invincible elsewhere) and a bundle of oil clothes to their back - the night being very wet and foggy. All things being ready, they started from the "White House" at midnight, and when clear of the Barracks gate they shaped their course for Chimminst Cove, or perhaps I should have said "Stafford's Cove", so named after our esteemed friend, F. STAFFORD, Esq., M.D., where they arrived about 12:39 a.m. and made their first call to Mr. HUNT, who had just got into a comfortable "nap", and no persuasion on the part of the two travelers could induce him to arise - he having just got clear of some troublesome customers, and did not feel like being disturbed at such an early hour. They now left Mr. HUNT to enjoy his "nap" and proceeded to the next house, that of Patrick MAULEY, a native of Tiaprary, Ireland. This gentleman is a bachelor of about seventy summers. On their arrival at the door they discovered that PADDY had some troublesome customers inside who he wanted to get rid of, so the Invicibles decided to "lay by" until Paddy could get clear of them. Finally the men came out, "well fished", two of them , BRIEN and CONWAY came to where the Invicibles were laying ambush. The latter undertook to point out the road leading to the GIG-mill, and doing so he turned BRIEN in the direction of the other island (directly opposite to the Gig-mill) saying now BRIEN get you over that fence and you'll find the Gig-mill right. To turn to my story, the Invinsibles rapped at the Irishman's door, and a voice from within says, "is that you CARRY?" WELLS answered "No, we are travelers"; "faith thin I won't take the bar from the door tonight; I won't, I won't; I won't." Seeing there was no time to be lost, they started off through Dog Town, or as Wells would say, the Valley of destruction, for says he with HUNT's and Paddy's bad rum on the North, the sulfur from the catches on the South, the men of that valley and immediate vicinity are more like deserters ( so to speak) from some house yard or other than what the men they were two or three years ago. To continue my story (as I received it); the Invincibles having passed through the valley of destruction, they fairly reached Robert O'NEIL's house, near the Smelting works. They rapped at the door and a voice from the window above asked "who is that?". The Sergeant replied "Travelers from Roberts Arm, en route for Tilt Cove, and we were recommended here by the watchman for a drop of stuff.: The voice was that of a female, who conveyed the all important message to the good man of the house, who raised his window and who also challenged the intruders, who dare "disturb the harmony of that Shebeen house", but after a few minutes parley, the Sergeant assured Robert that they were "bonofide travelers," and that they would not keep him out of his comfortable bed five minutes; all that they wanted was a bottle of whiskey, they had plenty of bread with them. ROBERTS came down, unbarred the door, and (like the spider to the fly) he says walk into my parlor, for its as 'pretty a little parlor as ever you did spy". The first thing that meets the Sergeant's eye was a decanter of rum, three or four glasses and a jug of water on a very nice little table. After the glasses had been filled out the Sergeant called Joe to come, but as soon as Joe entered the door, Robert knew him to be a constable, Patrick MEANEY, instead of "Joe". Sufficient to say, Robert's warrant was sealed. The Invincibles left ......After waiting a while for the light to shine into Paddy's window, they rapped at the door. "Whoose that" say a voice from within - "Hiz dhat you Currey?" Yes says the Constable, and I want my morning before I go to work ; all right says Paddy, They were no sooner under the room then they were presented with a cupful of the old "stinge" (rum)......They shaped their course for Mr. Hunt's, well known rum shop, in whose cellar they found a keg containing about eight or ten gallons of rum, which of course finished up their morning......Of course summons were issued against the three Jews - Henry, Paddy and Robert, and they were convicted before the Police Magistrate, J.B. BLANDFORD, Esq., who declared Mr. HUNT's rum to be confiscated and that he should pay 25 dollars and costs. Paddy to pay 10 dollars and costs and Roberts 30 dollars and cost. That is only one morning's work, Mr. Editor. On the 22nd. January last, Sergeant WELLS and Constable SUTTON made a raid on Mr. FITZGERALD of Shoal Arm, and seized between six and seven gallons of rum. The Sergeant says that the old lady had a jar very comfortably covered up in her bed, and she became very poorly when she saw him coming towards her; for where the treasure is there will the heart be also (She was summonsed before his Worship and fined the sum of 10 dollars and cost, together with the confiscation of the said rum)........Apologizing Mr. Editor, for my rather lengthy epistle, I remain, yours truly, Peter O'DAY, New Bay, March 7th, 1887.
Apr 2, 1887Sunday travelMy dear sir, the time is come when as a people we should observe the Laws of God; the time is come when our law makers should be men who honor and revere the Laws of God, more than the applause of the world and the gain of filthy lucre; the time is come, I say, when as a people we should unite and veto this shameable - this God dishonoring custom. Our land is cursed on account of it. We talk of hard times, and attribute it to this and the other cause; but I think, sir, it is that we ignore the Laws of God, and rob Him of His right "Because of sin the land mourneth." May we hope, sir, that the time is not far distant when the whistle of the mail steamer will no longer be heard or expected on Sunday, when our post-masters will not be expected or allowed to attend to mail service, and when our couriers will not be forced to leave home and the opportunity of attending Divine services to go their accustomed route with the mail. The people in every place feel somewhat of this Sunday traffic; and while some think their letters and business of paramount interest and hope and look for it on Sundays, there are others who look on it as a curse and dishonor to the land. But truth and right are mighty and will win. It may appear buried and crushed for a time; but soon it will arise and put its foot on the throat of every usurper, and go conquering and to conquer. Thanking you, dear Mr. Editor, for space in your paper to vindicate right. I remain yours, etc., Veritar.
Apr 2, 1887Local and GeneralA man belonging to Fortune Harbor was recently lost while out getting seals. It is supposed that he became weak and exhausted when returning to land, and died on the ice.
Apr 2, 1887Sunday mailIt is reported that the sealing steamer commanded by Capt. JACKMAN has been blown up, but how far the report is true it is difficult to ascertain. It is to be hoped that no such calamity has taken place.
Apr 2, 1887Fogo newsThe mail from Fogo and intermediate places came in on Thursday evening. At Fogo we learn, that little was done with seals, the average being three or four a man.
Apr 2, 1887Sealing newsScarcely any seals have been caught this week, though we are glad to learn that our old friend, Mr. Job HAMLIN's crew, Crow Head, had sixteen out of their nets on Thursday. Mr. George RIDEOUT, Crow Head, we understand, had a number of nets taken away with the ice.
Apr 16, 1887SteamerThe steamer Eagle, Capt. JACKMAN, reported to have been lost, arrived in St. John's on Sunday with a full load of seals.
Apr 16, 1887SchoonerThe "H.W.B." Mr. R. BLACKMORE left port on Monday to go sealing; and is now at Back Harbor awaiting a favorable time.
Apr 16, 1887WeatherThere was a large snowfall on Monday night and Tuesday, and ever since it has been very disagreeable, sleet and rain falling nearly all the time, accompanied with a strong North-east breeze, blocking the harbor and all surrounding creeks with ice.
Apr 16, 1887EntertainmentThe Entertainment given in St. Peter's School on Monday evening, principally by Mr. PEARCE's Night School scholars, was we learn, quite amusing and the various parts of the program, consisting of readings, dialogues, solos, &c., well performed.
Apr 16, 1887New Bay RoadsNew May, March 29, 1887 (To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun) My Dear Sir, - Will you allow me through the columns of the Sun to ask Resident of New Bay a question or two? He says, "There have been five families settled in S.E. Arm since 15th Dec, 1885". Does he mean that there were five families there at that date, or that there was one family there then, and since four others have taken up their abode? We should like to know; for at that time as far as the writer can find, there was but one family settled there permanently, and one living on the Neck in the winter and at Cottles Cove in the summer. He says further, "That this road was petitioned for the previous winter by the people of New Bay and Fortune Harbor," True it was and we agree with Resident that it was and we agree with Resident that it is a very necessary road. But we would like to ask if there were not another petition presented at the same time which seemed not to receive any attention by the Government; but simply thrown out as not worthy of notice. This part of the public road mentioned on that petition was in a very bad condition and ought to have received a share, instead of being lavished all in one place. Perhaps Resident can give us some further information about the inhabitants of S.E. Arm, and also can tell us why the petition for the road on Richard's Hill was cashiered by the Government. At some future day Mr. Editor, if you allow us through your valuable columns, we will give as true and coercive a condition of the roads from the N.E. bottom of Cottle's Cove to Spencer's Cove, if not through the whole, as probable. At present, suffice it to say, we give all our due credit to the chairman and members of the Board for what has been done. Hoping dear Mr. Editor you will pardon me for troubling, and that you will find a corner in your excellent paper for these few remarks. I remain, yours truly, Inquirer.
Apr 16, 1887South Side SchoolWe learn that a pleasant time was enjoyed by the scholars of the South Side Church of England Day School, on Wednesday last. The teacher, Miss Laura COLBOURNE, assisted by a few friends, provided refreshments for the children, after the partaking of which, music, singing, recitations, &c., concluded the evening's program. Miss COLBOURNE is a zealous teacher, and takes much interest in the charge committed to her care.
Apr 16, 1887DeathAt Farmer's Arm on the 2nd inst., of diphtheria, Rueben, youngest son of Mr. Luke BROMLEY, aged 19 years. - Our dear one's fight is over, The earthly race is run, Twas by Thy grace and power, The glorious prize was won, He now is sweetly sleeping, His spirit rests with Thee, And though on earth we're weeping, His song is victory.
Apr 16, 1887DeathOn March 5th, while living at South West Arm, Mr. William NEWBURY of Shoe Cove, aged 54 years.
Apr 23, 1887Labrador FishThere is a suggestion made by Improver in a following communication in reference to Labrador fish which is well worthy of consideration, and which if acted upon by schooner-holders would be likely to repay them twenty fold for the expense and trouble which it may entail. If Bankers adopt the plan, who in most cases have fish on board only a short time, surely it is desirable that schooners prosecuting the Labrador fishery should be similarly fitted up in respect to pounds as they are oftentimes months away with fish in their holds. No efforts should be spared to restore Labrador fish to the good reputation which it once had abroad, and if proper attention is bestowed upon its cure, we believe that this quality of fish will yet be sought after in foreign markets in preference to Bank fish. We would recommend all concerned to give the suggestion thrown out their most careful attention, and try whether this or some other plan cannot be adopted with a view of improving this great staple produce - Mr. Editor, Dear Sir, - As the time will soon be drawing on for the fishery, a few words about the cure of Labrador fish may not be out of place. The great improvement made last season is no doubt very satisfactory to all concerned, and it is important that anything should be done which would raise the quality and value of this article of produce. As a suggestion to the schooner holders it would be well for them to think over whether Labrador fish could not be salted away similar to the Bank fish, so as to prevent the fish being so much pressed out, and also to keep it cleaner. It would not cost very much to have the vessel's hold fitted up for carrying greenfish, and the advantages would be very great and beneficial. Yours very truly, Improver, Twillingate, April 22.
Apr 23, 1887Schooner The schooner, Evangeline, Capt. ROBERTS is being got in readiness to commence her season's work, and will shortly be leaving for St. John's should a time offer.
Apr 23, 1887Tizzard's HarborOn Monday, April 11th, the School Anniversary in connection with the Methodist Church was held here. The day being fine, the children assembled in the Schoolroom, about 5 o'clock, where an excellent tea was provided for them……Appended is the program in full: - Opening address - Archibald OSMOND; Recitation, "Half Way Lion" - Lewis OSMOND; Recitation, "My Jack's knife and frying pan" - Simon BOYD; Recitation, "Brave Old Trim" - William LOCKE; Singing, hymn 787; Dialogue, "Why don't you learn to dance" - Mary OSMOND and Selina LOCKE, Reading "Crossman's Goat" - Joseph OSMOND; Recitation, "Jesus Lover of my soul" - Selina SMALL; Singing, hymn 746; Reading, "Salvation Army" - Selina LOCKE; Recitation, "I can't stand Mrs. Green's mother" - Edward OSMOND; Recitation "Rock of Ages" - Jane LOCKE; Singing, hymn 739; Recitation, "Drifted out to sea" - Kenneth LOCKE; Dialogue, "A Story" - Selina SMALL and Janet LOCKE; Recitation, "A Protestant hymn" - Pricilla OSMOND; Recitation, "Poor Mary's Story" - Annie LOCKE; singing , hymn 834; Reading, "A Mean Trick" - Joseph OSMOND; Recitation, "Nothing at all" - Stanley OSMOND; Recitation, "Sleeping Damsel" - Phoebe BOYD; Recitation, "Too clever" - Hedley OSMOND; Recitation, "Pretty Maid" - Annie C. OSMOND; Reading, "A Fisherman's Dream" - Samuel PARSONS, Closing address - Lewis OSMOND.......I remain, yours truly, ONE WHO WAS THERE, Tizzard's Harbor, April 18, 1887.
Apr 23, 1887Schooner disasterThe Bellerophon is said to have been lost in Bonavista Bay, and the crew have arrived at St. John's.
Apr 23, 1887PersonalMr. Esau BLANDORD, of Herring Neck, arrived at Harbor Grace on Tuesday, all well.
Apr 23, 1887SchoonerThe British Queen, Samuel FOX, is jammed in ice in Bonavista Bay, with seven hundred old and young hoods.
Apr 23, 1887SchoonerThe Steadfast from Change Islands got safely into Bonaventure during the recent gale, this schooner is owned by Thomas W. GINN.
Apr 23, 1887SchoonerThe Wild Rover, belonging to John C. NAFFEY, Change Islands, arrived safely at Catalina on Thursday with a saving trip.
Apr 23, 1887Sealing NewsWe learn that the Horse Islanders have again been successful this year with seals, and have four thousand white coats. White Bay also has about three thousand, young and old harps.
Apr 23, 1887Sealing NewsBy Telegraph, St. John's April 21 - The steamer Falcon arrived on Sunday morning with 8,000 seals; also the Nimrod with 3,000. The Falcon reports the Ranger with 15,000. The Hector arrived on Monday from second trip, short of water.
Apr 30, 1887Town clockTown clock that was stopped for a short time, has been cleaned and is now going its accustomed round.
Apr 30, 1887SchoonerThe schooner Blooming Queen, John PRIDE, master, from Messrs. Owen & Earle's firm, was reported from Catalina on Saturday evening last with 2,200 seals, and arrived here this morning.
Apr 30, 1887SchoonerWe learn that the Guiding Star, owned by Mr. Joseph ELLIOTT, Change Islands, arrived at St. John's with 1000 young hoods and left again on second trip.
Apr 30, 1887Twillingate Dorcas SocietyThe Treasurer of the Twillingate Dorcas Society, gratefully acknowledges the sum of six dollars (through Mrs. BAIRD) from Mr. Thomas BRIEN of St. John's; also two dollars from "A Friend" of Waterford Bridge Road, St. John's (St. John's papers please copy).
Apr 30, 1887Bank fisheryThe following schooners have been cleared for the Bank fishery by the firm of E. DUDER Esq. This is the first that have ever prosecuted the industry from Twillingate and it is to be hoped that the results of these pioneer reapers of that deep sea fishery from this port, will be abundantly remunerative for all concerned: Iris, 51 tons, E. WHITE, master; Gaspereau, 66 tons, I. CHURCHILL, master; Annie Roberts, 44 tons, J. ROBERTS, master; Suliean, 66 tons, J. CLARKE, master.
Apr 30, 1887RailwayA Little Bay writer says that a public meeting was held there on the 1st. ult., concerning the proposed line of Railway. Mr. REDDEN occupied the chair and spoke warmly on the subject, Rev. Father FLYN and others addressed the enthusiastic meeting. The meeting strongly objected to the line going to Placentia before coming to Hall's Bay, as was promised by the government.
Apr 30, 1887DeathDeath at Gillard's Cove on the 24th, inst., Martha, wife of John OXFORD, aged 47 years.
Apr 30, 1887ComplaintsComplaints are made in reference to the behavior of lads standing about the street at night near the barracks. Females have frequently been insulted while passing. Such conduct is not at all becoming, and it is to be hoped that attention will be directed to the grievance by the authorities, and that we shall not have to publish the names of any such offenders.
Apr 30, 1887MarriageOn the 26th inst., by the Rev. G. BALLEN, Mr. Steph PELLY to Mrs. Fanny SANSOM, both of Sandy Cove.
Apr 30, 1887MarriageAt Little Harbor, on the 26th inst., by the Rev. J.W. VICKERS, Mr. Uriah STUCKLESS to Mrs. Martha ROBERTS, both of Purcell's Harbor.
Apr 30, 1887Dorcas SocietyTwillingate Dorcas Society: Click here!
May 7, 1887Sealing NewsTwo or three schooners have left the past week for St. John's with cargoes of seals from Messrs. W. WATERMAN & Co.
May 7, 1887Plover ArrivesThe Plover paid us her first visit for the year on Saturday evening last, and was much welcomed by all, after being deprived from the advantages of navigation for nearly four months.
May 7, 1887Sealing NewsThe Sealing voyage has been very prosperous for the schooners that went to the Ice from this Bay, and encouraging for the future. The number landed by them is about 13, 500 which is better for the crews than 40,000 landed by steamers.
May 7, 1887Loyal Orange AssociationA Bill for the Incorporation of the Loyal Orange Association in this colony was lately introduced into the House of Assembly by Mr. KANE, one of the members for Bonavista district, and defeated in committee on Thursday, the vote being thirteen to twelve. Several of the Protestant Representatives were absent at the time of voting.
May 7, 1887SchoonersThe schooners Maggie Briggs and Lassie, belonging to R. SCOTT, Esq., Fogo, arrived to that port from St. John's last Wednesday, the former with full cargo for Twillingate, for Messrs. WATERMAN & Co. and the owner's trade. We are pleased to note Mr. SCOTT's return to Fogo same time, after his visit to the Old Country and United States the past winter, having returned by the latter route.
May 7, 1887DeathMorton's Harbor, May 4, 1887 - Mr. Editor, - We regret to call you to announce the death of Mr. William J. BENNETT, who died April 17th at Morton's Harbor, aged 63 years. Our deceased brother had been a member of L.O.A. His funeral took place April 19th, and was followed to the Methodist Church cemetery by a small concourse of brethren and friends. We received a very encouraging sermon by Rev. H.C. HATCHER, taking his text from 19th Psalm, 25-26 verses: "For I know that my Redeemer liveth and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth and though after my skin worms destroy, this body yet in my flesh shall I see God.". It has pleased the all-wise Grand Master to bereave us by the death of a brother. We trust that we shall meet in the Grand Lodge above where partings are unknown, and pray that the great Grand Master may strengthen and sustain every brother in the hour of death. "Weep not we say dear friends, nor grieve at deaths alarm, Tis but the voice that Jesus sends, To call us to his arms." - Yours truly, John Bennett.
May 7, 1887DeathOn April 23rd, Herbert Fox, youngest son of Mr. Philip RIDOUT of Wild Cove, aged 11 months.
May 7, 1887DeathOn May 2nd, Arthur James, second son of Mr. George MILLEY of Wild Cove, aged 6 years. "Suffer little children to come unto Me and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of heaven."
May 14, 1887Local newsThree valuable pigs were killed by dogs one night the past week at Back Harbor. The law bearing on their going at large should be strictly enforced.
May 14, 1887SchoonerA fine schooner, built the past winter, was recently floated from the dock premises of M. OSMOND, Esq., Morton's Harbor.
May 14, 1887JubileeWe are requested to say that all the mercantile establishments will be closed on the 24th of May, the day to be observed here in honor of the Jubilee; but should the weather be unfavorable, business will not be suspended until the first fine day afterwards, when the celebration will take place.
May 14, 1887Coastal steamerThe coastal steamer Plover, Capt. MANUEL, left St. John's on Tuesday morning and arrived in port about 9 a.m. yesterday, having been detained by ice which has been brought to the land by the northeast winds. She remains in port awaiting a change and will leave as soon as the ice moves off.
May 14, 1887Missionary meeting - FogoWe learn that a most interesting and profitable Missionary meeting was held in the Methodist Church, Fogo, on Friday evening, the 6th inst. The chair was occupied by T.C. DUDER, Esq. Addresses were delivered by the chairman, J.G. LUCAS, Esq., Revs. J. EMBREE, of Fogo, R.W. BRAMFITT of Herring Neck. J.W. VICKERS, of Twillingate, and W. REX of Seldom-Come-By. The collection doubled that of the previous years.
May 14, 1887Loss of steamer "John Knox" A very melancholy disaster occurred at Channel on the 1st of May. The steamer John Knox which sailed from Glasgow for Quebec on the 18th ult., with a cargo of iron, brick and spirits, ran ashore on the South West Island, and sad to relate, all the crew, twenty in number, were lost. The following particulars of the disaster are from the St. John's Evening Mercury, being a special dispatch from Channel to that journal, under date of May 4th: - On Sunday morning, half-past one o'clock, this community was startled from its slumbers by the shrill sound of a steamer's whistle, cleaving the early morning air and shrieking, as it were, for help. In a few minutes a large number of people collected on the Main, and it was soon discovered that a steamer, which afterwards was ascertained to be the John Knox, was ashore in the southwest passage. Bells were immediately rung to rouse all the inhabitants, for the purpose of rendering every assistance possible, and, as it was very dark and foggy at the time torches and tar barrels were kept blazing to encourage those on board. Men with willing hands and brave hearts launched boats for the purpose of trying to save those on board, but owing to the intense darkness and heavy sea, their errand of mercy was frustrated, it being impossible to reach the ship, and in less than an hour, after striking, she sank with every soul on board. The screeches of the drowning mariners were heartrending. Before daylight pieces of wreckage and boxes of whiskey floated ashore, but when day dawned nothing could be seen above water. Boats then managed to land in the neighborhood of the rocks but found nothing. They have been busy ever since in the mournful task of searching for bodies. So far nineteen of the crew have been recovered, of whom the following have been identified. Capt. BROLLY, Mate WILSON, 2nd engineer ROUSE, seaman, H. HENDRYCKSON, J. MCGUIRE, and a Negro lad supposed to be JOHNSTONE. Some of the bodies were much disfigured from coming in contact with the rocks. Three were buried on Monday, the Captain and thirteen yesterday, and two today. A large concourse of people attended the funerals, especially that of the Captain. A note book supposed to be the Mate's has been picked up, dated from the eleventh, up to Saturday night, when it states that then the ship was steering north west. Private letters belonging to the Captain and some of the crew, have also been found. Names of all the crew not known, as the log book nor ship's articles have not yet been found. One hundred and ninety cases of spirits have been recovered. The ship is now broken amidships, and the cargo gone except the iron. The scene of the wreck is not more than five hundred yards from the Main. The people are rendering every assistance in their power to recover bodies and cargo. A gloom has been cast over the whole place by the tragedy.
May 14, 1887MarriedOn Apr 26th, in the Church of St. James, King's Cove, by the Rev. W. KIRBY, the Rev. A. WATKINS, Incumbent of Goose Bay Mission, to Annie THORNTON, youngest daughter of J.M. Nurse, Esq., of this town.
May 14, 1887MarriedAt the Methodist Parsonage, Herring Neck, April 28th, by the Rev. R. BRAMFITT, MR. Wm. HAYTER, of Herring Neck to Mrs. Kezia HICKS of Little Harbor.
May 14, 1887News from the Cape ShoreHaving to visit the Northern Shore of Green Bay in the course of our travels we found ourselves at Shoe Cove, just at the time when the seals were being hauled. As a matter of course all was excitement and the only subject of conversation was the seals; many an eye sparkled as they told of the fierce battles with the old hoods. However, we are sorry to say, that the people could not "get their satisfaction" at them as they wished, for on Saturday the wind came down and some narrowly escaped; as it was, a couple of punts were lost, their owners reaching the land with difficulty. We should say that some two or three hundred seals were hauled. At Manfield's Bight and Flat Rock, a number of men spent several nights on the rocks or in such shelter as was available in such an out of the way place as Cape John. Returning up the Shore we called at Tilt Cove, and found about a dozen men working in the Sugar Loaf Mine. Great hopes were entertained that before long it would be working as of old. Passing on we reached North West Arm, and on Easter Monday the Arm presented quite an animated appearance for here and there might be seen groups of young people with flags crossing the ice to the School house on the western side where a sumptuous tea was being prepared. The children from the two Sabbath Schools having been regaled with cake and cocoa, the parents followed and so numerous was the attendance that a second tea had to be served to which ample justice was done. While the seniors were at tea, the children and young people were amused in various ways by the teachers and others, great amusement being caused by the rolls, &c., on the slippery ice. After tea the school was filled to its utmost capacity to hear the Rev. H. ABRAHAM deliver his popular and highly interesting Lecture on "Hard Lessons learnt in easy ways". The Minister of the Circuit, the Rev. J.E. MANNING briefly introduced the lecturer who drew other many practical lessons. The audience listened with rapt attention and evidenced by their frequent applause that they fully appreciated the witty and pointed remarks of the reverend gentleman; We have no doubt that the truths so lucidly put will long be remembered by those present. The hope was expressed that a second lecture would be given at no very distant date. Returning to Nipper's Harbor, after having been detained at N.W. Arm so long by the recent storm, we were just in time to be present at an Entertainment held on Tuesday, April 19th, in the Fisherman's Lodge, which was kindly lent for the occasion. It was given by the Methodist Day and Sabbath Schools. The Rev. J.E. MANNING again occupied the chair and after the meeting had been opened by singing and prayer, the program which was quite lengthy was proceeded with and well sustained. Great praise is due to Mrs. W.J. EATON and Miss A. GARLAND, for the way in which they trained the children and young people, and it is gratifying to know that their labors were crowned with success. Quite a large collection was taken up at the close to assist in the purchase of books to form a Library at the two schools.
May 21, 1887DeathAt Back Harbor, on the 16th inst., Mr. William PRICE, aged 67 years.
May 21, 1887AdvertisementLumber, Lumber, Lumber. Cheap to the Trade. To Lumber Merchants, Builders, Contractors and others - I now offer for sale at the lowest possible prices. 5000,000 feet - Pine - Lumber - And - Clapboards. 1,500,000 feet which is now in stock on Tannery Wharf. East end of St.John's, under cover, balance at the Mills, ready for shipment. I will sell 5000 M. or upwards, of any quality to the trade. Will take orders for early shipments in Spring, in cargo lots, direct from my Mills, Point Leamington, Notre Dame Bay, to any Port or Ports in Newfoundland. Send for Price List and particulars. J.W. Phillips. Jan 15.
May 21, 1887ArrivalSir Robert THORBORN arrived in St.John's on Wednesday last in the Allan steamer, from Great Britain.
May 21, 1887Ship ArrivalsThe Schooners Fawn, Kangaroo, Sweepstake and Mary Parker arrived from St.John's during the week.
May 21, 1887Ship ArrivalsThe Schooners Millie and E. Moores of New Bay bound for St.John's came into port yesterday to await a time along.
May 21, 1887Ship Arrival The steamer Tibb… made her first trip from Fogo, for this season, on Tuesday evening last, bringing a quantity of merchandize for Mr. SCOTT's branch trade here.
May 21, 1887Visiting AbroadW. STIRLING, Esq., M.D., accompanied by his two daughters, Misses Janet and Georgie, left here per "Plover" yesterday on a visit to Canada, and will likely be absent a few months. They intend spending a little time in St.John's before proceeding to the Dominion. J.W. Owen, Esq., also left same steamer for St.John's en route for Great Britain. We wish our citizens all the pleasure that it is possible for tourists to enjoy.
May 21, 1887FisheryA special dispatch to the St.John's Evening Telegram from Placentia dated May 9th says: "The arrivals during the past week have been the "Brave", Captain MURRAY, with 150 qtls, fish; "Souris Light", BOLAND, 400; and the "Treasure", DUNPHY, with 500, all from the Grand Bank, the "P.L. Whitten" and "W.F. McCoy", BARRON and NICHERSON, masters, with 50 and 150 respectively, from Banquereau; and the "Nimbus" Captain POWER, from St. Pierre Bank, with two hundred quintals. They report fish plenty on the Grand Bank, but very scarce on Banquereau. The "P.L. Whitten" reports that the French vessels lost a great many fishermen in last Tuesday's breeze."
May 21, 1887Steamer AccidentThe coastal steamer "Plover" was detained in port until Monday morning in consequence of ice, when it slackened a little and she forced her way out through it, with the hope of reaching her other ports of call in the Bay, which she was prevented from doing owing to the barrier of ice which blocked the waters in the direction of the Cape Shore. The Plover only succeeded in getting as far as Little Bay, and that with considerable difficulty and not without sustaining serious damage. She struck a large pan of ice near Hall's Bay Head, injuring several feet of her bow, and had to go to Hall's Bay for temporary repairs until arriving in St.John's when she will require to go in dock. It was fortunate that the contact with the ice took place just above water, otherwise she might have filled and sank in a quick time. She arrived back yesterday morning en route for St.John's and as the repairs necessary will necessitate some delay in dock, it is probable that the "Hercules" will supply her place, as next week is the regular time for leaving again.
May 28, 1887BirthOn the 27th inst., the wife of Mr. Andrew LINFIELD of a son.
May 28, 1887DeathAt Englee, Canada Bay, French Shore, on March 4th, after a lengthy illness, Mary Ann beloved wife of Mr. Henry GILLARD, aged 40 years, leaving a large family to mourn an irreparable loss. She died peacefully. Also at the same place, on April 16th, Mr. Henry GILLHAM, aged 52 years. The deceased was a native of Barr'd Island.
May 28, 1887Ship ArrivalsTwo or three craft have arrived here from Englee and neighborhood the past week. We learn that destitution has prevailed more or less on that shore the last few months.
May 28, 1887Ship DepartureThe steamer "Kite", which has taken the "Plover's" route for this trip, sailed from St.John's on Thursday morning for the Northern ports of call. She left Greenspond last evening, and may be expected to arrive here to-day.
May 28, 1887Visiting ClergyThe Rev. W.J. BARTLETT, Englee, White Bay, is in town and may be expected to preach on Sunday next.
May 28, 1887The FisherySo far as we can learn, no fish has yet been caught around our shores. A few lobsters were in the market this week. Now that the ice has moved off, we may soon expect a "sign" of cod-fish.
May 28, 1887AdvertisementFor colic in horses use Minard's Liniment internally, 1/2 bottle to one pint of warm water will relieve the worst case in 20 minutes. Cures collar boils, sore backs, swellings and all troubles that horses or cattle are subject to.
June 4, 1887Schooner AccidentThe "Plover's" Collision with a Schooner. Five Lives Lost. Yesterday morning at 10 o'clock the Northern Coastal steamer "Plover", Captain MANUEL, came into port and as she steamed up the harbor a crowd of men, evidently shipwrecked mariners, could be seen clustered on her fore deck. On her arrival at the wharf it was quickly ascertained that they belonged to the schr. "Trixie H.", Captain James PERCY, which left here on the previous morning bound for Heart's Content, but which was run into and sunk by the s.s. Plover at ten o'clock on the same night while between Trinity and Old Perlican, and out of nineteen persons on board - sixteen men and three women - comprising crew and passengers, five had been drowned, three men and two women. At the time of the disaster, it was pitch dark, the wind was blowing a stiff breeze from N.N.E., but the sea was smooth. The Plover was going at the rate of seven knots an hour and had a lighter in tow; those on board her did not see or hear anything 'till the collision occurred; the steamer's engines were immediately reversed, ropes were thrown over her side and boats launched with the object of saving human life. It was found that the schooner had been struck on the starboard bow. She was lying flat on the water and most of her passengers were clinging to her port side. These were quickly transferred to the Plover. The one and only woman who was saved was taken out of the water; when rescued she was insensible, being nearly frozen to death as she had scarcely any clothing on. A man named Ishmael BRANTON was in the water some time and was hauled over the steamer's side by Capt. MANUEL. He was the last man rescued and had a narrow escape, being all but gone. Several others clambered over the steamer's bow. The names of the lost were: William PERCY, aged 28 years, leaves a wife and two children, James PERCY, aged 18, Ann Maria PERCY, aged 25, brothers and sister of the captain; Richard ROCKWOOD, aged 27, and Mrs. WARREN, leaves a husband but no children. Richard ROCKWOOD was a young man, who for some time belonged to the police force in this city, but recently resigned his position to engage in the summer's fishery. He was universally respected being intelligent, steady and efficient in the discharge of his duties. His superior officers and companions speak very highly of him. Following are the names of the survivors; Robert PERCY, Master; James SEWARD, Levi WILLIAMS, Jethro PENNY, William WARREN, Thomas CONWAY, Fred GENGE, John CLARKE, Alfred SUREY, John MILES, Alex. DWYER, Martin SNOOK, Ishmael BRANTON and Mary COOMBS. They are now staying at the Sailors Home, where all their wants will be attended to. Not one of them saved anything but what they stood in. A good many were below at the time of the accident, and rushed on deck, some of them without coat and some without pants. The two women were drowned in the cabin. The captain's sister was seen on the cabin floor screeching. It is difficult to say who is to blame for the accident, the survivors say that the schooner had her two lights burning at the time and that they saw the lights of the steamer some time before the collision. John CLARK who was at the wheel says that he called out three times to those on board the steamer as she came near to put the helm hard up. But they did not hear him. They all speak in the highest terms of the kindness of Captain MANUEL, his officers and crew, and of the promptness with which they effected their rescue. Evening Mercury, May 23.
June 4, 1887Visiting ClergyThe Rev. Mr. SWANN arrived here last night per "Tibbie" from Fogo and will preach in the Methodist churches tomorrow (Sunday). At 11a.m., on the North Side and in the evening, at 6.30, on the South Side.
June 4, 1887Steamer NewsThe steamer "Kite", Capt. ASH, took the place of "Plover" last trip and arrived from St.John's on Saturday evening, calling on return Monday evening. It was though that the "Kite" would come again, as the "Plover" would not be off dock in time.
June 4, 1887Departing ClergyThe Revs. Geo. BULLEN, and J.W. VICKERS, also W. BARTLETT who arrived here from White Bay, left per "Kite" for Greenspond, where District Meeting is to be held, which commences on the 7th June.
June 4, 1887Steamer NewsThe steamer "Hercules" called into port on Monday going to Little Bay, and touched in again returning South on Wednesday morning. When coming, the weather was thick and foggy, and the steamer stuck on Dien's Rock near Fogo, causing injury to her keel.
June 4, 1887Shooting AccidentWe are sorry to learn that a serious accident occurred at Tizzard's Harbor on the 24th of May, which happened something like this: Two young men, sons of James and Andrew LOCKE, while amusing themselves with a loaded gun suddenly discharged the same, the entire charge passing through the right hand of Kenneth, aged 13 years, son of Mr. Andrew LOCKE, carrying away most of his right hand, and injuring the remainder to such an extent that amputation had to be immediately performed by Dr. STAFFORD. We learn that the poor little fellow is now progressing favorably.
June 4, 1887Lost Cod TrapMr. John ANSTY of Purcell's Harbor, requests us to say that a cod trap belonging to him was lost in August last, by Mr. Elias BURT, in the Straits of Belle Isle, and having heard that a man living to the Southward who fished at Lance-au-Loup or thereabouts picked up the trap, Mr. ANSTY would be very thankful if, whoever has it in possession, would let him know, and he would satisfy him for any claim demanded; or he would be glad to receive any clue whatever from anyone concerning the same.
June 4, 1887MarriageMarried. On the 30th ultimo, at St. Peter's Church, Twillingate, By the Rev. A. PITTMAN, Mr. Thomas Beverley KNELL, to Miss Mary HOUSE, both of Twillingate.
June 4, 1887DeathAt Twillingate, on May 27th, Rowena Laura COLBOURNE, daughter of Mark and Matilda Luther, aged one year and two months.-- Tender Shepherd, Thou hast stilled, Now Thy little lamb's brief weeping, Oh, how peaceful, pale and mild, In its narrow bed 'tis sleeping, And no sigh of anguish sore, Heaves that little bosom more. Ah, Lord Jesus, grant that we, There may live where it is living, And the blissful pastures see, That its heavenly food are giving, Lost awhile our treasured love, Gained for ever, safe above.
June 11, 1887Schooner ArrivalThe English schooner "Lord Devon", Captain PARTRIDGE, with cargo of salt for the firm of E. DUDER, Esq., arrived from St.John's on Friday.
June 11, 1887DeathsSeveral deaths from diphtheria have lately taken place in the community among the young, and we regret to know that other cases still exist. The families of the bereaved have our sympathy.
June 11, 1887The FisheryThe fishery prospect around these shores is not encouraging as yet, but is to be hoped that better indications will be visible in a little time. Doubtless the presence of ice on the coast so late prevents the fish from coming on the grounds. Our people are prepared and anxiously awaiting the appearance of the "finny tribe" of which it is hoped there will be an abundance.
June 11, 1887New ClergyThe Rev. J.F. GEDDES arrived here per steamer "Kite" on Thursday last to take charge of the Congregational Church, which has been without a Pastor for the last few months. Mr. GEDDES has lately been ordained for the work of ministry, as will be seen from the account given elsewhere in our columns, taken from one of our St.John's contemporaries. We welcome him here, and wish him every success in his mission.
June 11, 1887Steamer NewsThe steamer "Kite", with mails and passengers for the Northern ports of call, arrived here on Thursday evening. The weather was dull and foggy, which delayed the steamer somewhat. She proceeds North as far as Quirpoon and may not be expected back before Monday evening or Tuesday. The following were passengers by her: -- For Trinity -- Mr. CURRIE. Bonavista -- Mr. ANTLE. Greenspond -- Rev. Mr. ABRAHAM. Fogo -- Mr. OWEN. Twillingate -- Rev. J.C. GEDDES, Miss Alice OSMOND. Little Bay Island -- Mr. ANDREWS. Little Bay -- Mr. MITCHILL, Mr. CRAIGG. From Catalina -- Mr. WILLIAM. From Herring Neck -- Mrs. BRAMFITT and daughter. Trinity to Greenspond -- Mrs. SKELTON, Revs. Messrs. HEAL, FREEMAN and NEWMAN.
June 11, 1887The FisheryA special dispatch from Placentia to the St.John's Evening Telegram of Monday last, gives the following news of the Bank fishery: "The arrivals here from the Bank fishery during the past week were as follows: Schooners "Delight", 160 quintals; "Lavenia" 150; "Meteor" 200; "Dial" 100. The latter reports the loss of two of her crew, on Thursday, 26th ultimo. It is supposed they strayed away in the fog, which was very dense all that day. Both men belonged to this place. A large Western boat belonging to a man named WHELAN arrived here from the Banks on Thursday. This craft brought in an American fisherman who lost sight of his vessel - a Providence Town schooner - in the fog while looking after his trawls. He was two days adrift in his dory."
June 11, 1887SailingBy Telegraph. Halifax, May 28. The event is dated June 9. The "Caspian" is expected to sail on Saturday and carry Newfoundland mails.
June 11, 1887MarriageOn the 2nd inst., at Wesleyville, by the Rev. J. LUMSDEN, assisted by Rev. J.W. VICHERS, Mr. Charles BUNGEY to Miss Charlotte NOBLE, both of Inner Islands.
June 11, 1887Death At Twillingate, on June 9th, Priscilla, the beloved wife of Mr. A.A. PEARCE, aged 31 years, leaving a husband and five children to mourn their great loss. --- "Should grief or sickness waste away, My life in premature decay, My Father ! Still I strive to say, Thy will be done. Though thou has called me to resign, What most I prized it ne'er was mine, I have but yielded what was thine, Thy will be done. Then when on earth I breathe no more, The prayer oft mixed with tears before, I'll sing upon a happier shore, Thy will be done.
June 11, 1887DeathAt Back Harbor on the evening of the 9th inst., Allen, son of Mr. John PURCHASE, aged 6 years
June 11, 1887DeathOn the 4th inst., Albert Ernest, son of Edwin B. and Ellen COLBOURNE, aged 2 weeks.
June 11, 1887DeathOn the 4th inst., Maud, daughter of Mr. Simon YOUNG jr., aged 4 years.
June 11, 1887Deathon the 10th inst., Willis, son of Mr. James YOUNG, aged 6 years.
June 11, 1887Ship NewsArrived from St.John's. June 10 -- Lord Devon, PARTRIDGE, E. DUDER, 192 ton salt.
June 11, 1887AdvertisementRichard J. McGRATH, Tailor & Outfitter, over shop of REDDEN Bros. Indian Bight, Little Bay Mines.
June 18, 1887InquiryMarine Court of Inquiry. The Collision Between the "Trixey H." and the Stmr. "Plover", May 21, 1887. The following is the evidence taken before the marine court of inquiry in relation to the collision between the steamer Plover and the schooner Trixey H., which occurred in Trinity Bay on the 21st ultimo. The court consisted of Judge CONROY, Commander ROBINSON, and Captain John GREEN. Mr. KENT, Q.C., and Mr. EMERSON appeared for those interested in the schr. Trixey H. Mr. JOHNSON for Captain MANUEL and Mr. MORRISON for the Insurance Club:-- From the evidence brought before the court, it appears that the Trixey H. was a schooner of 81 tons burden, was standing W.N.W. across Trinity Bay with the wind N.N.E., or about two points free. At 10.10 p.m., on May 1st. she sighted a masthead light, and about 10.20p.m., she sighted the red light of a steamer. She kept her course until she was close to the steamer Plover, which was keeping a steady course of S.1/2 E., and then she put her helm, up, running across the bow of the steamer, and being cut down, fell over on her starboard side, filled, and in so doing drowned three men and two women. It appears that the master of the s.s. Plover had gone below for a few minutes, before the accident happened, the watch being in charge of Mr. B..TTERTON, the second officer, who was not on the bridge when the vessel was struck, and did not stop the ship or reverse the engines; he appears to have only seen the schooner a few moments before she was struck, and either did not realize their position, or failed to act promptly, as the man on the look-out, Patrick SMITH, stopped and reversed the engines, and gave the order "har-a-port" before he did so. The schooner was evidently struck when the engines were stopped, with full way on her going eight knots. Mr. B..TTERTON saw no light on the schooner, but Patrick SMITH saw a dim light, he could not swear it was green, it appeared to him that it might be seen twice the length of the Plover. Thomas WALSH was on the forecastle with the men on the lookout, he saw no light on board the schooner, and nothing to resemble a light. The only light he saw was her binnacle light when he went to assist the man at the wheel. The second officer and the two men on the lookout did not see the schooner until she was sixty or eighty yards off; she was close to the schooner when they first saw the sails and a dim light, according to Patrick SMITH. A few minutes before the collision, Mr. W. COSTIGAN, a passenger, was smoking on the steps of the after companion when he noticed a greenish light on the port side of the steamer; he thought it was a long way off, perhaps two or three miles, and the exact direction he was unable to describe, but it was on the port side and he saw it for three minutes, and he thought he saw another dim light, he was quite sure that it was not Baccalieu light. He was watching the light from the companion way, five or six minutes, perhaps ten, when the vessel was struck by the steamer.
Inquiry Continued[Continued} The master of the Trixey H., Robert PERCIE, was standing abaft the windlass of his schooner, and swears that his green light was burning brightly. Levi WILLIAMS was below just before the collision, but rushed up and saw the green light of the schooner from on board the Plover. Jonas SEWARD lighted both the schooner's lights about 8 o'clock, and saw them burning prior to the accident; so that there is a conflict of testimony with regard to the schooners lights that can only be reconciled by supposing that the look-out on board the Plover was inefficient. Mr. B..TTERTON was standing by the standard compass, instead of being on the bridge, so that he was not in a position to act promptly, and his duty, on a dark night as this was, should have kept him near the engine room telegraph and the man at the wheel. One of the look-out men saw a dim light, the other saw none; yet a passenger aft noticed the light for several minutes previous to the collision. Under these circumstances it appears that a light was visible from the schooner, and it should have been seen, either by the second officer or the two forward men on the look-out. The court are of the opinion, that the evidence laid before them, establishes the fact of a light being visible on the schooner. The duty of the steamer, in this case, was to avoid the sailing vessel, which she failed to perform. With regard to the management of the Trixey H., the evidence shows that although the steamer was seen for twenty minutes previous to the accident, the probabilities are in favor of his escaping with less serious damage; he would have probably lost his (jibboom ?) and bowsprit, perhaps the foremast by striking the steamer abeam or on the counter, but it is quite possible that he might have cleared her stern, and he certainly would have done so if the helm had been put down. Under these circumstances the court are of opinion that the steamer was in fault by failing to keep a sufficient lookout, but the master cannot be blamed as he was below and could not be expected to remain on the bridge all night. The master of the schooner evidently presumed on the good lookout generally kept on board these steamers, and made a grave error at the last moment, resulting in the loss of the vessel and five lives.
June 18, 1887Ship NewsSeveral craft belonging to Conception Bay, bound to Labrador, put into port yesterday, the wind being unfavorable, and left again this morning.
June 18, 1887FisheryThe fishery prospect remains gloomy. Caplin have made their appearance, but cod fish are exceedingly scarce in and around this neighborhood.
June 18, 1887Ship NewsThe steamer "Kite" called here going South on Thursday evening having been as far as Quirpoon, very little ice is reported as far as the steamer was. The following were passengers: -- From Tilt Cove - Miss GOULD. Little Bay - Revs. Fathers FLYNN and McCARTY, Rev. Mr. CLIFT and lady, Messrs. BOYLES and BOYD. Miss FLYNN. Little Bay Island - Rev. J. PINCOCK. Pelly's Island - Mr. CHAMBERS. Twillingate - Messrs. WELLS, MOORES and PEYTON. Herring Neck - Rev. R. BRAMFITT. For Twillingate: From Nippers' Harbor - Mrs. BARTLETT. Little Braha - Mrs. WELLS and daughter. Little Bay Island - Mr. HYNES. Little Bay to Fogo - Mr. and Mrs. RENDALL.
June 18, 1887Ship ArrivalsThe English schooner "Silver Spray", Capt. FOALE, arrived from Cadiz on Monday last, with a cargo of salt for J.B. Tobin Esq., and the "Arctic", Capt. SMART, from Harbor Grace, with salt for messrs. W. WATERMAN & Co.
June 18, 1887Revenue shipThe Revenue cruiser "Rose", Capt. STEPHENSON, bound North, put into port on Thursday, having on board the Collector of Customs duties for Labrador, Mr. BERTEAU, son of our respected Magistrate, F. BERTEAU, Esq.
June 18, 1887Drowning AccidentA Sad Accident. A telegram was received here last evening conveying the melancholy tidings of the death by drowning of Mr. Austin OKE, who for many years has been assisting the Inspector of Light Houses in that department of Public Work. Another occupant of the boat, which was being rowed along the coast to LaPoile Harbor, also met his death on the same occasion. The boat filled with water. Meagre particulars only, of the unfortunate event have been received, but the strong winds that have been blowing the past week must have produced a heavy sea that caused the disaster. Evening Telegram, June 8.
June 18, 1887H.M. CustomsHis Excellency the Governor in Council, has been pleased to appoint Mr. Wm. S. CANNING, to be first landing waiter , H.M. Customs in the place of Mr. James WINTER, deceased; Mr. Wm. WHITE, to be second landing waiter, H.M. Customs in the place of Mr. Wm. S. CANNING; Mr. P.M. BARRON, to be third waiter, H.M. Customs , in the place of Mr. Wm. WHITE; Mr. Philip D. WHITE, to be fifth clerk, H.M. Customs, in place of Mr. P.M. BARRON; Mr. Edward HIRST, to be sub-collector at Bay-de-Nord and English Harbor, in place of Mr. G.T.R. SNELGROVE, deceased; James GOODFELLOW and James P. FOX, Esquires to be Directors of the General Water Company. Secretary's office, 7th June, 1887 -- Royal Gazette.
June 18, 1887Ship NewsPort of Twillingate. Entered. June 13 - "Silver Spray", J.R. FOALE, Cadiz, 193 tons salt - J.B. TOBIN. "Arctic", M. SMART, Harbor Grace, Salt - W. WATERMAN & Co.
June 18, 1887DeathsAt Back Harbor, on the evening of the 15th inst., Annie aged 2 years; and on the 16th inst., Arthur John, aged 8 years, daughter and son of Mr. John PURCHASE. Christ will gather His own, To the place were He is gone, Where their heart and treasure lie, Where our life is hid on high. Had He asked us, well we know, We should say, "O spare this blow!" Yes, with streaming tears should pray, "Lord, we love them, let them stay."
June 25, 1887Ship ArrivalThe coastal steamer "Plover" arrived early this morning with mails and passengers for the Northern ports of call.
June 25, 1887Ship DepartureThe Revenue cruiser "Rose", Captain STEPHENSON, left on Monday morning for Labrador coast, calling at Little Bay and Nippers Harbor, Mr. BERTEAU, the Collector of Customs duties for that coast, having been authorized to visit the respective ports where customs officials are stationed for the purpose of inspecting and giving instructions as to a more stringent enforcement of the Customs laws.
June 25, 1887The FisheryTizzard's Harbor seems to be the only place that we know of around here where anything at all is being done with fish. There, some have been doing a little this week. We learn that boats got as much as a quintal and a half yesterday. In our immediate neighborhood nothing whatever has been done, and it is hoped that a change for the better will soon take place.
June 25, 1887Accident Mr. Wm. BAIRD met with an accident on Thursday last, which, however, we are glad to know, is not of a very serious nature. In hurriedly going towards a window in the bath house of his lobster factory, he went to step on the tank, but the cover being off at the time his foot and leg went into the boiling water causing a considerable scald, which for some time gave much pain.
June 25, 1887DeathOn Thursday morning last, after a tedious illness, Mr. James MANUEL, aged 76 years, an old and respected inhabitant of this place.
June 25, 1887Ship NewsPort of Twillingate. Entered: June 22 - "Pearl", LORRER, Cadiz, salt - W. WATERMAN & Co. Cleared: June 18 - "Lord Devon", PARTRIDGE, Cape Breton, ballast - Captain. June 21 - "Arctic", SMART, Harbor Grace, ballast - Captain. June 23 - "Pearl", LORRER, Nipper Harbor, salt, W. WATERMAN & Co.

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