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Old News of Newfoundland (Part ix)

Excerpts from Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs Daily News Journals

Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs  
January 1924

Jan. 4:
The customs here have received word from Robinsons that schooner
"Donald [L.] Silver" is total wreck near Fishels and 4 or 5 bodies have
been washed ashore. Vessel was bound from Humbermouth to Gloucester
with herring.

Jan. 5:
Additional messages from Magistrate SCOTT and others of St. George's
concerning the loss of the "Donald L. Silver" as reported yesterday show
vessel was lost with all hands near Bank Harbour. The company including
Capt. Joseph HACKETT numbered six, five of whose bodies have been
picked up but so far not identified. Vessel was broken up and driven ashore.

Jan. 8:
According to Justice Department the bodies in wreck of the "Donald L.
Silver" so far recovered and identified are Capt. HACKETT, R [name
unclear, could be Roland] WHEELER of Bay of Islands and H.F. SEYER
of Sandy Point. 

Jan. 10:
S.S. "Portia", now at Corner Brook discharging general cargo from
Halifax, reports a very severe trip from Curling to Halifax with a cargo
of herring. For 24 hours the ship was enveloped by heavy seas many of
which swept the decks and did considerable damage to bulwarks and
deck apparatus.

Jan. 12:
Last night the Justice Department received a message from Magistrate
CARTY of St. George's stating that body recovered at Bank Head Cove
on Thursday morning was identified as Capt. J. HACKETT of the ill-fated
"Donald L. Silver".

Miss Minnie SHANNOW [SHANNON?], 11 years old was burnt to death
in a large fire which practically totally destroyed Mrs. H. BRYANT's
residence at the corner of Springdale and John Streets and damaged
adjoining houses. Conflagration was caused by unfortunate victim 
over-turning a lighted oil heater which quickly set three-storied building
in flames.

The "Prospero" brings here today Capt. Jesse WINSOR under arrest
from Twillingate for interference with police in Alexander Bay. Mr.
MORINE will defend him.

Jan. 16:
Mr. John KENNEDY, fireman on S.S. "Meigle" is reported as drowned
at Argentia. He had fallen into the water between the wharf and the ship
on Monday midnight and all efforts to recover body have been in vain. 

Jan. 17:
Railway manager RUSSELL states body of John KENNEDY, fireman
of S.S. "Meigle" has been found at Argentia. Deceased belonged to Petty
Harbour and leaves a widow and two children.

Jan. 18:
Mr. Charles TUFF who on motor cycle ran down and killed a little
girl on Topsail Road was committed for trial on charge of manslaughter
for trial on 28th instant.

Jan. 19:
S.S. "Sagona" which reached this port yesterday from Port aux Basques
has been chartered by Dr. M.F. MOONEY and will sail probably Monday
for Harbour Deep direct.

Jan. 21:
A message from Norris Arm states residence of Mr. Charles HAYTOR
was burnt to ground on Saturday night and his three children ranging in
age from 2 to 7 were victims having been caught asleep in burning
building. Mrs. HAYTOR had narrow escape from death by jumping
through window. She had to be conveyed to Grand Falls Hospital so
severely was she burnt.

Jan. 25:
A message from Champneys received late yesterday states a drowning
fatality occurred there when Mr. Llewelyn BATSTONE lost his life
through falling through ice in pond there.

Jan. 29: 
The trial of Charles TUFF in Supreme Court for alleged manslaughter
in connection with running down four-year-old girl Mollie HUMPHRIES
and instantly killing her took place yesterday. TUFF was acquitted.


Page Transcribed by Barbara Pederson (1998)
Page Revised by Don Tate (May 2002)

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