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Tue. Jan. 27, 1914
JAMES – At the residence of her brother, T. C. JAMES, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Eliza J., eldest daughter of the late T. C. JAMES, St. John’s. N.F., in the 75th year of her age.
O’NEIL – After a short illness, Andrew O’NEIL (cooper), aged 60 years, leaving a wife and three sons to mourn their sad loss. Funeral on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. from his late residence, 49 Angel Place. Friends and acquaintances please accept this, the only intimation.
POWER – At midnight, after a short illness, Kitty, daughter of Albert and Margaret POWER, aged 20 years, leaving father, mother, one sister and brother, the latter in Halifax, to mourn their loss. Funeral at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, from her late residence, 9 ½ Simms’ St. – Boston and New York papers please copy.
Fri. May 29, 1914
PASSING OF CAPT. PENNEY
CARBONEAR LOSES A PROMINENT CITIZEN
A message to the “News” yesterday morning conveyed the sad tidings that Capt. Josiah PENNEY had passed away. The summons came quite unexpectedly. He had not been in robust health for some months, but on Wednesday, although unwell, was around town as usual. At 10 o’clock he retired. At 8 a.m. yesterday his daughter. Miss Grace PENNEY, called him, only to find that in the silent watches of the night his spirit had passed away.
Few men in Newfoundland were better known than Captain Josiah PENNEY, and few were so generally liked. His genial smile, hearty handgrip and kindly good nature were contagious. Many a one has experienced new inspiration and been stirred into hopefulness and renewed activity through coming into contact with the warmth of his personality. He held strong opinions, but no animosity. He was a good fighter, but when the battle was over, bore no resentment. In the thick of conflict none was more prominent, but whether victory or defeat was the guerdon, there was ever the same friendliness. His was one of those large natures in which malice and animosity could find no anchorage. Fight the battle out and shake hands after, was the rule of his life. Captain PENNEY was no shirker. At an early age, when most boys are at school, or in training, he was skipper of his own craft. For over half a century he has been prominent in the activities of the Viking’s life. In his early days he made foreign voyages. Later he joined in the firm of Penney Brothers, conducting the Labrador branch at Red Bay. When the firm dissolved, he continued at Red Bay, where his hospitable home on the little harbour Island was a haven of welcome and comfort to all who sought admission within its ever-open portals. For a time he associated his sons with him in the fishery business. Then other calls came, and the boys entered on other avocations, and Captain PENNEY withdrew from the business in which he had spent so many happy years. Three years ago, he was appointed Judge on the Labrador coast, and would have resumed duties there this summer had life permitted. He leaves behind him the memory of a man who was a friend to all, - not one who made no foes, but one who refused to regard opponents as foes. Carbonear to-day has reason to mourn, for in Captain Josiah PENNEY she has lost a son and citizen whose strong personality had made of him, as it were, a landmark.
Capt. PENNEY was married to the eldest daughter of the late Mr. Edward S. PIKE, a lady of exceptionally beautiful character; and one who was to him a helpmeet in the best and truest sense of the word. When some ten years ago she passed away, a shadow fell over the old Carbonear home that has never lifted, and who shall say that his passing was not in joyful response to the beckoning hand of her whom he had loved and lost awhile. He leaves three sons, Fred, John H., and Joe, all of Carbonear, and five daughters, Mrs. COLPITTS, of East Orange, N.Y.; Mrs. Ernest W. TAYLOR, of St. John’s; Mrs. Josephjne PIKE of Camrose, Alberta, and the Misses Grace and Emma PENNEY, of Carbonear, the latter of whom is now on her way home from a prolonged visit to her sister, Mrs. COLPITTS. Judge PENNEY, of Carbonear, is a brother, Mrs. W. S. CANNING, of St. John’s, and Mrs. R. SIMPSON, of Carbonear, are sisters. To all we express the sympathy of their host of friends.
Of Captain PENNEY it may be well said, “there was no moaning at the bar, when he put out to sea, - no sadness of farewell when he embarked”. He fell an sleep, and in perfect peace passed within and beyond the veil, leaving behind him the fragrance of a manly life, a kindly spirit, and an influence that made men happier, and the less censorious, because they had passed beneath its cherry rays.
Sat. July 18, 1914
NEWFOUNDLAND’S DUTY TO THE EMPIRE
OUR EMPIRE OF TO-DAY. - CAUSES OF ITS GREAT SUCCESS. – HOW NEWFOUNDLAND CAME INTO THE EMPIRE. BENEFITS WHICH NEWFOUNDLAND HAS DERIVED BY BELONGING TO THE EMPIRE – WHAT SHE MANIFESTLY OWES TO THE EMPIRE.
(Essay written by Vincent CLUETT, Bishop Field College, winning the St. Catherine’s Chapter I. O. D. E. Prize, presented by R. W. LEONARD, Esq., St. Catherine’s, Ont., and receiving special mention among all the essays written by a large number of schools in Canada and other parts of the Empire.)
What visions of might, of liberty, and of justice, do the few words, “The British Empire,” call to our minds! What glorious pages of history, may be written of the deeds wrought by our forefathers in the formation of that Empire! A small European people, numbering hardly five million souls at the time it entered on its career of conquest and colonization in the sixteenth century, has gradually extended its dominions until they embrace the sixth part of the habitable land of the globe, and nearly four hundred millions of human beings. Some idea of enormous extent of territory included in the Empire, is gained by taking British India, itself as large as the whole of Europe with the exception of Russia, as a unit of measurement. It is found that British India is somewhat smaller than West Australia, which is only one of the five vast colonies, which make up the continent of Australia. Then the whole of Australia, if set down upon His Majesty’s dominions in North America, would stand in them as a cup does in its saucer. Putting Canada and Australia on one side, we still have some forty colonies, ranging from mere specks, to vast countries like New Zealand, or still vaster ones like South Africa. Britons of today have every right to be proud of their Empire. Even the blindest fool is ceasing to talk of its decay and degeneration, for Great Britain and her dominions stand more securely at the head of the world than ever before. Its trade is at its acme, Its influence in the councils of Europe has once more risen to its height. It has its problems and difficulties of course, and it would be on the road to national death if it had none; but after every problem and difficulty is allowed for, the fact remains, that the Empire leads the world in territory, in commerce, in shipping, in money power, and in men. Just as of old it still breeds leaders of thought and action.
Yet this great supremacy of the British race has not come from any accidental opportunities or chance gains. It has come because of the mixture of peoples from whom its founders have sprung, had for many generations bred a race of men who seek for opportunity, who love adventure and risks, who resist oppression, who fight tyranny, who work and who rule. It was so when Spain threatened our now “Motherland”; it was so when the shadow of Napoleon fell over the world; and it will be found so again if ever fresh issues arise to tax the strength of the nation, and test its virility. The system of Imperial Government adopted by Britain, animated by the Imperial genius of our forefathers, has contributed in an immense measure to the success of this great Colonial Empire. From the point of view of political theorists, the system may be termed absurd; but what a glorious success has attended it! Other European nations, who have been trying to rule their colonies logically, are discovering that Britain in not so devoid of sense, as she apparently seems. Where now, are the great empires built up by Spain and Portugal, after the discovery of America and the sea-route to India? They have practically faded into oblivion, simply because of the system of government adopted towards them by their rulers. Our great Empire has succeeded because its founders were able to realize, that there are often greater things in the world than logic.
Newfoundland became a possession of Britain by right of discovery. Many and fierce are the struggles which she has had with the French, who early recognized the strategical importance of its position, to retain her possession of the Island. Victory, however, was hers in the end, and its people today are the descendents practically wholly so, of hardy English, Irish, and Scottish settlers.
Now what are the benefits, which have accrued to Newfoundland, by becoming a member of this mighty, ‘nation of nations’, and by being colonized by the English race? That these are almost innumerable is at once apparent, when we compare our conditions of government or otherwise, and our prosperity today, with those of the colonies of other nations. Newfoundland today is a miniature Britain, her people enjoying the same freedom and privileges as those of Britain, the home of freedom and justice. Her form of government has been inherited from and is modeled on that of the ‘Motherland’. In it, the people through their representatives, rule and have the voice far more than even the citizens of that mighty republic the United States, do in theirs. Our affairs today are managed, not as men in Britain think right or proper, but as we ourselves judge to be right. As a colony of no other nation could Newfoundland obtain the same conditions. In a great many cases the seat of her government would be the Motherland, and all laws would there be made. Such might be very necessary for the Motherland’s best interests, but very injurious to colonial welfare, under such different conditions.
The whole cost of our defence and protection has been paid by Britain. Without her unselfish guard over us, and her sacrifices necessary to maintain that guard, our rights and liberties would long ago have been taken from us. Newfoundland is in no position to protect herself, That she is a prize worth having, is shown by the determined efforts of the French to obtain possession.
All the colonies of the Empire have great cause for rejoicing, through the farseeing policy of British statesmen, in letting them work out their own salvation. Too much help is the curse of a young Colony. Other nations have found it so. The struggle against, and overcoming of obstacles, that is what produces in the end successful colonies. That has been a great factor towards our own success. Comparison with other nations is necessary, to fully understand in what measure the British Flag implies – ‘Freedom from oppression, justice for the weak, opportunities for all’.
But what of the future of this great Empire? What should Newfoundland’s share in determining that future? What are the things which the men care more for the flag, and what it symbolizes, than for party should aim at? Surely we are unnatural children, if we refuse to see what wonderful debts we owe, and to do our utmost towards paying them. Ours is a glorious heritage, handed down to us by our forefathers, as trustees for our descendents; and it is our duty to give it into their care inviolate, and unbroken. Newfoundland, as much as the very largest dominion, can, if she wishes, prove the undoing of the whole union. She must take her part in seeing that the aims and ideals, for which the Empire stands, are carried out and promulgated; that the ideals of good government, justice, kinship, and loyalty, which have made the nation what it is, are stimulated and kept alive. A pride for the Motherland should be fostered in her people. We are the descendents of British races, and whatever good qualities we possess, are entirely due to them. We know that Britain has faults, and they are made no secret of; but despite faults so easy to point out, she is still our mother, and justice and truth have always been her aim.
The bounds of Empire must be strengthened, not only by the fostering of that glorious spirit of loyalty, patriotism, and self-sacrifice for the common good, but also in all possible material ways. Further Imperial education of her subjects is one great duty which Newfoundland owes in this respect. A knowledge of our sister dominions, of Imperial responsibilities and duties, must be taught. Just as membership in this great union brings with it its own rights and privileges, it also entails grave responsibilities.
As before stated the whole cost of Imperial defence has been paid by Britain. The burden of responsibility laid on the British navy is too heavy, and its weight is increasing year by year. The whole world is arming as it has never armed before. Every suggestion for the arrest or limitation of armaments has been unsuccessful. Even the smallest states enter in the mad race. It is sport to them, but it is life and death to the Empire. It has won for itself an exceptional share of the wealth and traffic of the world; it has got all it wants in territory, but its claim to live in undisputed enjoyment of its vast and splendid possessions, largely acquired by war, and largely maintained by force, is one that seems less reasonable to others than it does to us. Behind the British line of battle-ships lies the long low coast-line of the East of England, her very small army, and the immense peaceful population, and possessions of the whole Empire. The time has come for Newfoundland with all the colonies, to bear its share of the battle. Whatever be the method adopted by which the problem is solved, whatever the sacrifices required, Newfoundland should be willingly and gladly perform its allotted part. No one, who has its welfare at heart, will admit that the Empire is not confronted with a grave peril. Nothing short of our best efforts, the utmost we are capable of, will ensure success against the dangers which threaten to overwhelm it.
‘The good of the Empire, first in everything’, should be taken as our motto. We have seen in the past, and may see again, what appear to be opportunities for gain, but to obtain which our country has to pursue a policy contrary to Imperial interests, then our duty to the Empire must prevail before all else. That duty is certain to demand great sacrifices in the future. The way in which we respond to that call, will help to determine whether the Empire is to remain a united immense power for good, or ‘a house divided against itself’, with consequent weakness and uselessness.
The great problem of ‘Imperial Federation or complete disruption’ is sure to face the Empire in the near future. Complications, arising from the growing national self-consciousness of the great dominions, will demand that a closer union take place with Britain, or else total separation. The latter no one will for one moment consider who realizes what the Empire stands for, who knows what an immense good it has done, and is doing, especially for the colored races of the earth, among which the English have elected to take up their homes. That it has been raised up by God for its noble work, no one can doubt. In it, it is possible to have such a mutual exchange of every necessary article of life, an exchange capable of such boundless development, by reason of the diversities of climate and geological conditions, as to make the dominions, federated by an Imperial union, with proper commercial agreements, no less independent of any other country, than absolutely impregnable against the rest of the world. That great imperialist, ‘Cecil RHODES’, has said, ‘take the very best practical step, Commercial Utility, towards the closer union of the Empire’. Newfoundland’s duty is to advance such a step, which is so necessary for the vital welfare of the Union, by her trade policy, and by every means in her power, whatever inconveniences or sacrifices may be required.
In conclusion, we should make ours the words of the late Sir Henry PARKES when speaking in reference to Australia, in 1891: ‘We seek no separation, we only ask to draw closer to the bonds of true loyalty. We claim to take our place side by side with England, and to share in all her difficulties, honours, and glories. Just as much today, as in the days of Nelson. If ‘Every man does his duty’, then Britain rules the waves’.
Mon. Aug. 3, 1914
CAVE – On Saturday morning, Aug. 1st, after a long illness, Robert Dixon CAVE (Bert), youngest son of Capt. R. D. and Mrs. CAVE. Funeral to-day, Monday, at 3 p.m., from his late residence, “Ringwood”, Leslie St.
HURLEY – On August 2nd, Mary HURLEY, aged 84 years, relict of the late William HURLEY, tailor. Funeral on Tuesday from her daughter’s residence, Mrs. O’BRIEN, 8 Belivedere St., at 2:30. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
Sat. Aug. 8, 1914
SMYTH – LONG
A very quiet but pretty wedding took place Thursday afternoon at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. SMYTH when their youngest daughter Josephine M. was united in the bonds of matrimony to Mr. Stuart A. LONG of the Nfld. Express Co. The bride looked charming in a dress of pale blue silk with hat to match and carried a bouquet of sweet peas and carnations. The bride was attended by the groom’s sister, Miss Hilda LONG and the groom was ably supported by his brother Walter of the Reid Nfld. Co., No. Sydney. Following the ceremony, a reception was held, after which the happy couple left for Waterford Bridge, where the entrained for Doyles, where the honeymoon will be spent. The Bride was the recipient of many handsome and useful presents.
O’NEIL – McNAMARA
On Thursday morning at the Chapel of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Cathedral Square, Miss Margaret O’NEIL and Joseph McNAMARA were united in the bonds of matrimony by Rev. Mons. ROCHE, V.G., who celebrated the Nuptial Mass. The bride, who was given away by her brother Mr. T H. O’NEIL, was prettily attired in a costume of embroidered French voile with black hat, and carried a bouquet of white roses and lilies. Miss B. VINNICOMBE acted as bridesmaid and was attired in pale blue silk and black hat. The groom was supported by Mr. Thos. BATES. The honeymoon is being spent at the Goulds. The bride was the recipient of many presents. The “News” extends felicitations to Mr. and Mrs. McNAMARA who leave shortly for New York, their future home.
Thur. Aug. 13, 1914
VOLUNTEER MOVEMENT INITIATED LAST NIGHT
ENTHUSIASTIC CROWDS ATTEND MEETING AT C.L.B. ARMOURY
The public meeting held last night in the C.L.B. Armoury, to consider the question of enlisting citizens for land service, abroad in the War, and to establish a corps for home defence, was attended by a large gathering, all classes being represented, showing that the matter is one in which the keenest interest is manifested. Promptly at 8:30 o’clock, His Excellency Sir W. E. DAVIDSON, attended by Capt. GOODRIDGE, A.D.C., and accompanied by French Consul SUZOR, and Professor DUNSTAN, arrived. His appearance was the signal for a great outburst of cheering, while the C.L.B. Band rendered the National Anthem. On the platform with His Excellency were Rt. Hon. Sir E. P. MORRIS, Hons. R. K. BISHOP, R. A. SQUIRES, J. R. BENNETT, E. R. BOWRING, C. H. EMERSON, J. HARRIS, J. ANDERSON, P. T. McGRATH, M. P. CASHIN, Messrs. W. G. GOSLING, W. D. REID, T. J. EDENS, H. W. LeMESSURIER, Capt. WAKEFIELD, Rev. J. SUTHERLAND, Dr. MacPHERSON, Dr. KEEGAN, Lt.-Col. PATERSON, Lt.- Col. RENDELL, Major CARTY, I. G. SULLIVAN, W. H. RENNIE and others.
The Prime Minister briefly stated the object of the meeting, and requested that His Excellency take the chair. The Governor did so, and thanked the gathering for the reception accorded him. He stated the present question was the most momentous one in the history of our country. England had been forced into war by Germany, but she would take up the challenge and give her war with full and overwhelming measure, and show that we are Britons of the old stamp. The German people, he believed, did not want to fight, but were driven into it by a military clique, and when she sues for peace, as undoubtedly she will, the people will demand a democratic government. They have been forced to duty with but little heart. Their government is a curse to the world, and has allowed the people no voice in such issues as the present. The mailed fist has been raised by imitators, but really unworthy followers of the great Bismark, who are swollen with vanity. Bismark took care to attack weaker people in his footpad business, but his successors now have met their match, their bluff has been called. We have to arm in self-defence. Germany’s dream was to seize the North of France, later distribute it among her little friends as she thought fit, garrison England and make Britons her subjects. From recent dispatches we learn that the military leaders of Germany proposed to be in Brussels by Aug. 5th, but they have been disappointed. The splendid pluck of the Belgians has disposed otherwise. It behoves all Britishers to aid the Mother Country in speedily settling the trouble, so that the world may again progress peaceably, and Newfoundland should do her part. If we don’t, then, goodbye to our claim of the oldest and loyal Colony. “In my telegram to the Home Government”, continued His Excellency, “I stated that we were poor in money and rich in men; men who are accustomed to meet all difficulties without wavering. I pledged myself that Newfoundland would furnish 500 men, but I hope the number will be 5,000. The struggle may be desperate, but we will win ‘hands down’, and I hope our folks will get in the front so they may have a chance to uphold our reputation.” He then called upon Lt. Col. RENDELL of the C.L.B. to move the first resolution.
Lt. Col. RENDELL had no doubt of the patriotic sentiment throughout the Island, and believed there would be no difficulty in forming such a body as called for. Our lads, through their drilling in armouries and their sports, were in splendid condition to go to the front. Differences as to athletics must be set aside, and all should now join in upholding the prestige of the Empire. The C.L.B. armoury and equipment he then offered for the use of the proposed force as long as needed, after which he proposed the following resolution: -
WHEREAS in common with every other portion of the British Empire, Newfoundland is anxious to assist in every possible way in the justifiable war in which the Empire, of which we are proud to be a part, is now engaged;
AND WHEREAS, this Colony, through His Excellency the Governor, has offered several hundred efficient, trained men, for enlistment for service abroad in the present war;
AND WHEREAS it is desirable that steps be taken to provide for the enlistment of these men, as well as their equipment and maintenance;
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that a Committee of twenty-five citizens, with power to add to their numbers, be appointed to take such steps as may be deemed necessary for enlisting and equipping these men, and in this respect to act in conjunction with the Government of the Colony and His Excellency the Governor, and that the Magistrates in the outports be asked to take similar steps.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the appointment of this Committee be left in the hands of His Excellency the Governmor.
Hon. R. A. SQUIRES is seconding the motion in place of major HUTCHINGS of the Methodist Guards, who was unavoidably absent, referred to the enthusiasm of that body, and of their commander. As a colony, he said, we are indebted to the Governor for his interest in this movement. This meeting was a direct result of his personal efforts, and he believed all would carry the resolution enthusiastically. It was a shame that one tenth of Britain should be called upon to defend the Empire. It was now up to us to play our own part and show more than lip loyalty by personal sacrifice if necessary. He had received a message from a northern town that 10 of the men there had been called to the Reserves. As they joined ship for here they were cheered by the whole population and no regret at their leaving was expressed because they left to fight for the Empire. That’s the true spirit. We are not fighting for self aggrandizement, but because of the insults heaped upon us by a nation, aiming at the destruction of England’s power on the sea. This is a war of defence, not of offence, and we have to hold the supremacy of the seas. He then asked that all join in fighting for the Empire in the war which had been thrust on her, and hoped the resolution would be passed.
Capt. WAKEFIELD supported the motion, stating the Empire was now fighting for her existence. Canada is sending volunteers, “where are we to come in”? Referring to the Frontiersmen, which he represented, he believed at least 150 of them were ready to fight as soon as they got the word. The services of some were lost through their joining the Naval Reserve, but they could not fight in two forces. He estimated it would take $30,000 to send 200 men to England and make some provision for their families. He thought Newfoundland would fully prove her devotion as ever to the Motherland. His Excellency then put the resolution referring in praiseworthy terms to the proposer, seconder, and supporter, and it was passed amid deafening applause.
Major CARTY stated that the C.C.C. would stand shoulder to shoulder with the other brigades in the fight, sinking whatever differences may exist between them, and offered the use of the armory and the services of the C.C.C. officers as trainers for the new force. He then proposed the resolution given below.
Lt. Col. PATERSON in a brief address referred to the situation and said all should act on Nelson’s famous signal. “England expects that every man this day will do his duty.”
Dr. MacPHERSON, on behalf of the St. John Ambulance Brigade Overseas, said he had pledges from enough of the local divisions to fully bear our portion of treatment of the injured, at home or abroad.
His Excellency then read the following resolution, proposed by Major CARTY.
WHEREAS in common with every other portion of the British Empire, Newfoundland is anxious to assist in every possible way in the justifiable war in which the Empire, of which we are proud to be a part, is now engaged;
AND WHEREAS this Colony, through His Excellency the Governor, has offered to recruit serviceable men between eighteen (18) and thirty-six (36) years of age, to enrol themselves in training for Home Defence, wherever Corps Instructors are available;
AND WHEREAS it is desirable that steps be taken to provide for the enlistment of these men, as well as their equipment and maintenance;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Committee provided for in the former RESOLUTION be empowered to take such steps as may be deemed necessary for enlisting and equipping these men; and also, in this respect, to act in conjunction with the Government of the Colony and His Excellency the Governor.
Rt. Hon. Sir E. P. MORRIS followed and pointed out that the meeting had been called to endorse what the Government had already decided on. As soon as war was declared, they had pledged the assistance of Newfoundland and we now had the opportunity of earning in the future the claim that we had stood by Britain when needed. The Naval Reserve had been formed and carried on under great financial difficulties, but when despotism, represented by Germany, is overthrown, we can claim a share in the victory. This war as His Excellency stated was provoked, not by the common people, but by a despot, and England was now engaged to defend herself. It is dreadful to consider the consequences if we lose, but we can’t lose. We have the ships, men, and money, and the assistance of France and Russia, the latter being the only country which in 1812 withstood the advance of Napolean. After this war, Britain will see to it, that nothing similar will take place in the future. We have to rely on friends here for money to send men to the front, but every resource will be called on for this purpose. He hoped all would become recruiting officers and later be able to congratulate ourselves on the great victory.
Mons. SUZOR, the French Consul, who was present, was introduced to the gathering by His Excellency, and received a tremendous ovation. It was hoped the band would have been able to play the “Marseillaise” in his honor, but failing that, the audience started to sing it. Unfortunately, it was not well known, but what was lost in words or tune, was made up in vigor and enthusiasm. At the request of Mons. SUZOR, His Excellency thanked the gathering for the reception accorded him, and took advantage of the opportunity to pay a glowing tribute to the great French Army.
Mayor GOSLING felt it was well in such a juncture as the present that Newfoundland was represented by such a man as Governor DAVIDSON. This was where the foundation of Britain Overseas was laid, and now she is called on to aid in preserving the Empire. In conclusion, he asked that the thanks of the meeting be tendered His Excellency for presiding, a request that met with a tumult of applause, cheers also being given for the King, the Mother Country and France. The meeting, which closed with the National Anthem, was a most enthusiastic one, and evidenced the desire of the people that Newfoundland should not be behind the other Colonies in assisting the Motherland in this time of war. It is believed that when the proclamation is issued calling for Volunteers for service abroad or at home, hundreds will offer for both services. Many of those who have had brigade training have already expressed intention of volunteering for service overseas, while citizens generally are captivated with the idea of establishing a coprps for home defence, and will, we are sure, rally to its support. Long live the Empire. God save the King.
ALMOST A TRAGEDY
Yesterday afternoon, Jack FIELD, aged about 15 years, narrowly escaped drowning in Long Pond. While learning to swim under the direction of Mr. G. PHILLIPS, he went beyond his depth and quickly sank. Mr. PHILLIPS dived, but could not bring him to the surface, and then called for assistance. Mr. W. JOCELYN, hearing the cries, hastened to the spot, and after two attempts succeeded in reaching the boy and bringing him ashore. For over half an hour every effort was made to resuscitate him, but without avail, till the services of Dr. PRITCHARD were obtained. When taken home he was unable to speak, though conscious, and is still very ill, having been fully two minutes under water.
Sat. Aug. 15, 1914
THE NEWFOUNDLAND REGIMENT
His Excellency the Governor has been pleased to appoint the following gentlemen as the Committee of Citizens to raise the First Newfoundland Regiment: - C. P. AYRE, Esq.; N. ANDREWS, Esq., (or C. HUNT, Esq.); Fred ANGEL, Esq.; Hon. J. R. BENNETT; Hon. E. R. BOWRING; John BROWNING, Esq.; D. BAIRD, Esq.; H. BAIRD, Esq.; W. W. BLACKALL, Esq.; Vincent BURKE, Esq.; Hon. M. P. CASHIN; L. G. CHAFE, Esq.; M. CHAPLIN, Esq.; J. A. CLIFT, Esq., K. C. (or C. DUDER, Esq.); W. F. COAKER, Esq., M.H.A.; Tasker COOK, Esq.; Lt. Col. CONROY (or Major CARTY); W. J. ELLIS, Esq.; W. FREW, Esq.; A. C. GOODRIDGE, Esq.; R. F. GOODRIDGE, Esq.; W. G. GOSLING, Esq.; W. B. GRIEVE, Esq.; Hon. John HARRIS; C. McK. HARVEY; Hon. John HARVEY; J. C. HEPBURN, Esq.; A. HISCOCK, Esq.; Major HUTCHINGS (or Hon. R. A. SQUIRES); W. H. HYNES, Esq.; E. M. JACKMAN, Esq.; W. C. JOB, Esq.; Dr. L. E. KEEGAN; J. M. KENT, Esq., K.C., M.H.A.; Hon. G. KNOWLING; Dr. W. F. LLOYD, M.H.A.; Lieut. Commander A. MacDERMOTT; Hon. P. T. McGRATH; T. McNEIL, Esq.; A. MacPHERSON, Esq.; Dr. Cluny MacPHERSON; Frank MORRIS, Esq.; H. MOSDELL, Esq.; J. S. MUNN, Esq.; Sir J. OUTERBRIDGE; Lt. Col. PATERSON (or Capt. MacKAY); W. D. REID, Esq.; Lt. Col. RENDELL (or Major FRANKLIN); W. H. RENNIE, Esq.; Hon. J. A. ROBINSON; Hon. J. D. RYAN; J. SULLIVAN, Esq.; Hon. M. G. WINTER; Dr. WAKEFIELD (or Lt. W. RENDELL).
The Governor has exceeded the minimum indicated in the Resolution passed at the public meeting on the 12th inst. This has been done in order to include as many as possible of those whose help is needed to lead the way in the gravest crisis of our history.
The Hon. Mr. J. R. BENNETT is charged with the duty of convening the first meeting of the Committee who will select their own chairman.
Tue. Aug. 18, 1914
PROPOSED NEWFOUNDLAND REGIMENT
MEETING AT C. L. B. ARMOURY
With two or three exceptions, every member of the Committee recently appointed by His Excellency Sir Walter DAVIDSON, for the purpose of initiating a Newfoundland Regiment, was present at the C.L.B. Armoury last night.
Hon. J. R. BENNET referred to the purpose of the gathering, which was to arrange for the recruiting of a force of 500 men for service abroad, and of a similar number for Home Defence. His Excellency had expressed his readiness to assist the Committee in any way towards furthering this object. He therefore moved that he be elected a member of the Committee. This was seconded by ex-Mayor ELLIS and carried. On motion of Hon. M. G. WINTER, seconded by Major HUTCHINGS, His Excellency was appointed Chairman. Hon. John HARRIS then moved that Sir Joseph OUTERBRIDGE be vice-chairman, this was seconded by Mr. F. J. MORRIS, K.C., and carried. On motion of Lieut. Col. RENDELL, seconded by Capt. McKAY, Dr. V. P. BURKE, was appointed Secretary.
Whilst waiting for His Excellency’s arrival after notification of his election, Hon. J. R. BENNETT read a letter from the Hon. George KNOWLING, expressing regret at his inability to be present, and assuring the Committee of his readiness and desire to aid in forwarding the movement.
Sir Joseph OUTERBRIDGE gave a brief address, urging unity, and that all should stand shoulder to shoulder, as brothers in support of King and Empire. He feared that we scarcely realize what the present position meant, drawing a lurid but eloquent picture of what might have been, had a German cruiser occupied the anchorage of the Lancaster last week.
His Excellency’s arrival was greeted with the National Anthem, Rule Britannia, and, in response to Hon. John HARVEY’s call, three hearty cheers. He then took the chair and, thanking those present for the cordial and loyal reception, said that now, as always, his services were wholly at the disposition of the Colony. The first duties of the Committee, he said, were to enlist, equip, and dispatch a regiment, 500 strong, for service abroad. The first thing to do would be to appoint a sub-committee to draft a Proclamation. The following were nominated and approved; - Hons. John BENNETT, Edward BOWRING, John HARRIS, John HARVEY, M. P. CASHIN, W. J. ELLIS and Dr. BURKE, Secretary. The following Committees were appointed: -
Proclamation Committee, as above, Hon. J. R. BENNETT, convener.
Recruiting Committee – Major FRANKLIN, convener; Major HUTCHINGS, Major CARTY, and Capt. MONTGOMERY, who would communicate with outport Brigade officers and Magistrates.
Physical Fitness Committee – Dr. MacPHERSON, convener; Dr. PATERSON and Dr. CHATER.
Equipment Committee – H. OUTERBRIDGE, convener; Capt. McKAY, the Quartermasters of the C.C.C., and the M.G.B. and T. McNEIL.
Musketry Committee – The members of the Rifle Assocoaition.
Finance Committee – Hon. M. P. CASHIN, convener; Hon. E. R. BOWRING, Hon. John HARVEY, Hon. John HARRIS, Hon. M. G. WINTER, W. B. GRIEVE, W. D. REID, J. M. KENT, K.C., Jno BROWNING, C. P. AYRE, A. MacPHERSON, Hon. Geo. KNOWLING, Hon. J. D. RYAN, David BAIRD.
There was considerable discussion as to financial and other matters, in which Messrs. W. B. GRIEVE, John BROWNING, W. G. GOSLING, John HARVEY, FRANKLIN, BLACKALL and others took part. The committees will meet forthwith, and reports will be made, if possible, at a meeting to be held to-night in the Armoury.
All the committees were given power to add to their numbers; and a nominating committee, consisting of Messrs. J. A. CLIFT, W. J. ELLIS and F. J. MORRIS, was appointed to recommend additions to the General Committee. The session closed at 9:45.
Wed. Aug. 19, 1914
Newfoundland’s Proposed Regiment
LAST NIGHT’S MEETING
The second meeting of the Patriotic Committee was held in the C.L.B. Armoury last night, His Excellency taking the chair at 8:10 o’clock. The following report was presented by the nominating Committee: -
To His Excellency Sir Walter E. DAVIDSON, K.C.M.G, Chairman of the Patriotic Committee.
May it Please Your Excellency:
The Sub-Committee appointed to nominate additional members to serve on the Patriotic Committee respectfully beg to report:
(1) Your Sub-Committees are of the opinion that the Patriotic Committee should, as far as possible, be general and representative of all interests in the community – to that end we append hereto a list of the names of those gentlemen whom we would nominate as additional members. This list is not however by any means complete and we beg to be permitted to propose some further names at a subsequent meeting.
(2) Your Sub-Committee have nominated only those who are resident in St. John’s, but we are of the opinion that branches should also be established in the various Electoral Districts and that such branches should be called after the name of the District in which they are respectively situate.
(3) We are of the opinion that the various Magistrates throughout the Island should be requested to call meetings at their several centres for this purpose – and if this suggestion meets with the approval of your Excellency as a Sub-Committee to communicate with the Magistrates and co-operate with them in the work of organization.
Dated at St. John’s, this 18th day of August, 1914.
J. A. CLIFT
F. J. MORRIS
W. J. ELLIS
Appended to the report, which was received and adopted, was a list of some 250 names, comprising those of the Premier, ex-Premier, members of the Legislature, the City Commissioners, City Clergymen, officers of Societies and Unions, and citizens.
The report of the Finance Committee was then presented by the Hon. Edgar BOWRING, and read by the Hon. Secretary, Dr. BURKE, as follows: -
Report of the Finance Committee.
The Finance Committee of Newfoundland beg to report that, having held two meetings, they recommend the following for approval: -
(1) That Funds for the recruiting, training, equipment, transport and pay of the proposed Newfoundland Regiment be provided by the Government until the force be handed over to the British Government.
(2) That in support of any obligations assumed by the Government, the Patriotic Committee undertake to raise, by voluntary contributions, a fund which may be set aside for the purpose of assisting the families of those at the front, or for any other object or purpose in connection with the movement.
(3) That volunteers forwarded by the proper authorities from the Outports be given free passage to St. John’s.
(4) That any applicant for service forwarded by the proper authorities, but not accepted at headquarters, be given free passage back to his home.
(5) That the question of insurance against death or injury should be taken into consideration.
The report was discussed section by section, amongst the speakers being Sir Joseph OUTERBRIDGE, Messrs. John HARVEY, John BROWNING, P. T. McGRATH, and Capt. McKAY. Sir Joseph urged that provision should be made for the families of the Naval Reservists, and asked that the Financial Committee should take this matter under consideration. This will be done.
Hon. J. R. BENNET, convener of the Proclamation Committee, said that the Committee was not yet in a position to give a final report.
Major FRANKLIN, for the Recruiting Committee, presented an interim report, and said that the Committee would await the issuing of the Proclamation before finalizing their report.
Both the Nominating and Recruiting Committees asked for franking privileges.
Mr. Herbert OUTERBRIDGE stated that the Equipment Committee was not yet ready to report.
Mr. W. H. RENNIE handed in a report of the Musketry Committee, which was approved. He asked for authority for certain necessary expenditures. Permission was given.
Hon. E. R. BOWRING, W. D. REID and J. C. CROSBIE have offered free transportation on their steamboat and railway lines for volunteers.
Meeting adjourned at 9:35, until to-morrow, Thursday, at 8 o’clock.
Fri. Aug. 21, 1914
NEWFOUNDLAND’S EMPIRE CONTIBUTION
STRONG AND UNITED FRONT
Preliminary Work accomplished
The Patriotic Committee, to the number of about one hundred, met pursuant to adjournment,, at the C.L.B. Armoury last night, His Excellency the Governor presiding. Seated at the Governor’s right was Sir Joseph OUTERBRIDGE, and at the end of the table were the Prime Minister, Sir Edward MORRIS, and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. KENT.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by the Secretary, Dr. BURKE, and confirmed. Noted in the minutes was the offer of free transportation to Outport Volunteers, by the Reid-Newfoundland Co., Bowring Bros. Ltd., and the Newfoundland Produce Co. On motion of His Excellency, a hearty vote of thanks will be extended these firms for their generous offers.
The principal – indeed the sole – business of the meeting was to receive the reports of the various Committees previously appointed. These followed in quick succession, and the absence of criticism and debate emphasized the efficiency and thoroughness with which they had accomplished their various duties.
The first report came from Mr. J. A. CLIFT on behalf of the Nominating Committee, which stated that messages had been sent to the 32 Magistrates throughout the country acquainting them of the formation of the Patriotic Committee and requesting them to co-operate by calling public meetings and forming branch committees, the branches to be named after each electoral district.
The next to report was the Finance Committee, through the Hon. E. R. BOWRING. They had had two meetings, and had also met with the Government from whom they had received assurances that the money required would be forthcoming. As the work of the Committee would necessitate a considerable amount of work, they would require a Secretary of their own, and he nominated Hon. P. T. McGRATH for the position. This recommendation was endorsed, and Mr. McGRATH, who gives his services gratis, was appointed. The Committee’s report further recommended that the Canadian precedent already established be adhered to, and that the Regimental pay be fixed at $1.00 a day from the time of enrollment. Of this amount, it was further recommended that $.40 a day be paid the men at the front and the balance retained for the use of their families or dependents or to accumulate for their own benefit. The Government’s offer was confirmed by the following letters from the Colonial Secretary: -
Dept. Colonial Secretary, August 20, 1914.
I have the honour to inform you that the Executive Government have decided to pay for the equipment, transportation and other expenses in connection with the Newfoundland Regiment, and also to pay the men composing the same, who go to the front, the sum of $1 per day.
The Government have decided not to ask the British Government to contribute anything towards the cost of this Regiment while on service.
I have the honour to be,
Your obedient servant,
JOHN R. BENNETT,
Hon. E. R. BOWRING,
Chairman Finance Committee,
Dept. Colonial Secretary, August 20, 1914
Referring to my letter addressed to you this afternoon, I would add, that payment of the amounts required in connection with the expenses and maintenance of the Newfoundland Regiment will be made by the Government to the Finance Committee from time to time as required, the administration of the said funds being in the hands of the Finance Committee subject to the audit of the Auditor-General for the Colony.
I have the honour to be,
Your obedient servant,
JOHN R. BENNETT,
Hon. E. R. BOWRING,
Chairman Finance Committee,
The Finance Committee’s Report was unanimously adopted. It was intimated by His Excellency that the pay of non-commissioned officers would be slightly higher – Corporals and Lance-Corporals receiving $1.10 and Sergeants $1.25 per day.
Mr. FRANKLIN, on behalf of the Recruiting Committee, reported that so far as possible they had made their arrangements, and that they had appointed a sub-committee to see to the medical examination as to the physical fitness of the volunteers. On behalf of the sub-committee, Dr. MacPHERSON reported that, with the assistance of an Admiralty Blue Book, they had prepared a pamphlet containing full instructions for the medical examination of recruits so as to ensure only eligible men being sent on from the Outports. They also suggested that each recruit should be quartered in a military camp and given a supply of underclothing. The reports and recommendations were approved. His Excellency suggested that it was necessary provision should be made for the Oath of allegiance, the reading of the Articles of War, and the selection of the Commissioned and non-Commissioned Officers. For the latter work, he nominated four Commanding Officers of the Brigades, Sir Joseph OUTERBRIDGE, Hon. J. R. BENNETT and Dr. BURKE. He would also go on the Committee himself. Approved.
Mayor GOSLING read a letter he had received from Mr. Allan W. MALLUM, of Heart’s Content, volunteering for service abroad. Applicant had served several years in the United States Army. The Mayor, in expressing the hope that this was an evidence of the spirit which permeated our young men, added that he had replied, referring Mr. MALLUM to the Recruiting Committee.
Hon. John HARVEY, on behalf of the Proclamation Committee, presented a draft Proclamation calling for volunteers, which was approved and passed over to the Colonial Secretary.
The Quartermaster’s Committee submitted its report through Mr. H. OUTERBRIDGE. They were of opinion that there should be no fatigue uniform and suggested that the troops be supplied with Service Kit, and further that the Government should telegraph to England for the arms, side-arms, and equipment for shipment on August 29th by the S.S. Pomeranian. A list of equipment was submitted, and the price. If possible, orders for uniforms and other clothing, should be placed here. They further recommended that the troops should go under canvas as soon as they are passed as medically fit, and that a Quartermaster, who will go with the troops, be appointed at once. A cablegram had been forwarded to the Director of Equipment and Stores, London, asking for prices of complete outfits, and samples of uniforms and coats. The report was adopted.
Mr. W. H. RENNIE reported for the Musketry Committee. They were indebted to Captain H. Ballantine DYKES for valuable help and advice. Capt. DYKES, who has been here on a fishing trip, belongs to the Officers Reserves and expected to leave for England by the Digby to-day. An effort is being made to have him retained here as his services would be invaluable, and it is understood the Governor will authorize him to remain. The Committee made recommendations regarding drill, and suggested a course of training at the Rifle Range. For initial training in miniature rifle practice, the following will be required: - 12 rifles and cleaning outfits and 40,000 rounds of ammunition at a cost of $178. They recommended the appointment of qualified instructors, and as an initial step, the employment of Mr. MOORE, who has 21 years’ service in the Army. The Committee also suggested it would be of assistance if rifle practice were permitted on Sunday afternoons in view of the short time at our disposal. The Territorials of Great Britain practice at the ranges on Sunday. The report was approved.
All the doctors throughout the Island have been made members of the General Patriotic Committee, and will be so notified at once.
In reply to an enquiry as to the height demanded of volunteers, it was decided that 5 ft. 4 inches should be the minimum height with a chest expansion of 35 inches and weight not less than 140 lbs. It is possible that the age limit will be raised to 40 instead of 35.
Hon. E. R. BOWING, on behalf of the Finance Committee, enquired as to what further business they would have to transact, and suggested that a public a appeal should be made for assistance of dependents, who would be left behind. He was asked to prepare a suitable form of appeal to the people.
Before the meeting concluded, His Excellency read the following dispatch, which he was sending to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, which he hoped would meet with approval: -
“Secretary of State, London: -
With reference to my telegram of august 18th, Newfoundland Regiment, my Ministers desire me to state that the Government will meet the full cost of the contingent of 500 men. This contingent will leave at end of September. It is my earnest request that they may be sent to the Guards Depot and attached to the Foot Guards. The rank and file are specially selected men, hardy and handy, enduring and disciplined and crack shots. The officers with local rank of captains, lieutenants and sub-lieutenants, hope to be granted substantive rank for the period of the War.”
He also referred to the latest news from the front, which he thought was not too good, suggesting that the Germans, finding themselves unable to penetrate through Luxembourg an the South of Belgium, had made a big turning movement north of Brussels, where the resistance was not so great, the French apparently anticipating that their invasion would take place through Alsace Lorraine. He anticipated that the first blow of the war would fall on the British Expeditionary Force numbering about 120,000, who might probably be compelled to fall back on their defences, because of the weight of numbers against them. He thought, therefore, we might be prepared to learn of some reverses at first.
The meeting was adjourned sine die.
Sat. Aug. 22, 1914
Once more the defenders of England are called,
To fight for her Country and help out her friends,
And now we are calling our soldiers together,
For on them the result of the battle depends.
From all over the world reserve men are hurrying,
To Headquarters, in London, with the greatest of speed,
To go to the front for to fight for their Country,
And if courage conquers they are sure to succeed.
Newfoundland is doing her share in the fight,
And a Volunteer movement is now on hand,
In a short time we hope to send out,
A well-trained corps to our dear Motherland.
We will fight as hard as ever men fought,
And the result we expect to soon see,
But whether we win or whether we lose,
We know we have done our duty.
The result of the battle lies in God’s Hands,
And there we will let it stay,
But we will pray to Him always day and night,
That we’ll conquer and win the day.
St. John’s, Aug. 22, ’14
Tue. Aug. 25, 1914
First Newfoundland Regiment
Enrolment of Volunteers for the front commenced on Saturday night (the 22nd inst.) at the Armoury of the Church Lad’s Brigade which is, temporarily, the Headquarters of the Regiment. Seventy four Volunteers were enrolled. Cordial support and cooperation is telegraphed from Outports.
Training is, for the present, limited to the Contingent of 500 men who will proceed to Great Britain in order to take part in the general European War into which the British Empire has been forced.
Enrolment will commence immediately for the Regiment which will be formed for the training of citizens who are not in a position to volunteer for the front. Any further drafts that may be needed to reinforce our troops at the front will be raised by calling for volunteers from the training ranks of this Regiment. The Brigades will continue to act as heretofore in the moral and physical training of our youth; and in Commanding Officers from their volunteers will in due course and at their discretion select the best of the rank and file for enrolment in the Newfoundland Regiment.
Wed. Aug. 26, 1914
RESPONDING TO THE CALL
That the spirit of patriotism abroad is shown by the fact that volunteers for service in defence of the Motherland are steadily coming forward. Last night at the C.L.B. Armoury, ninety-seven volunteers presented themselves. The number enrolled to date is 218 and the outports have yet to be heard from. His Excellency the Governor, accompanied by Lady DAVIDSON, Rt. Hon. Sir E. P. MORRIS, Hon. J. R. BENNETT, Sir Joseph OUTERBRIDGE, and Capt. GOODRIDGE, A.D.C. was present at the Armoury last night and delivered a patriotic address, after which he inspected the volunteers. His remarks dealing with the position into which Britain has been forced and the need of support by every section of the Empire met with hearty applause from hundreds present. A feature of the meeting was the appearance of forty members of the Catholic Cadet Corps, who entered the armoury in a body for the purpose of enlisting. Major CARTY was in charge of the company which, before leaving their headquarters, was addressed by Lt.-Col. CONROY who dealt with the present situation and pointed out to them briefly but clearly their duty to the Homeland. Other officers present and who volunteered were Capts. BRIEN, HOWLETT and MURPHY, the latter of the Bell Island Corps. Drs. MacPHERSON, WAKEFIELD, BURDEN, CHATER, SMITH and PERKINS examined the candidates for enlistment. Following the general meeting, a meeting of the officers selecting committee was held, but nothing was finalized. In the selection of officers to accompany the regiment abroad, qualification as to fitness only will be considered. No consideration will be given to other matters and the best men available will be obtained.
Musketry Committee Settles Down to Business
A meeting of the rifle Club was held at the Board of Trade Rooms last night and was largely attended. The session was primarily, one of the Musketry Committee, connected with the volunteer movement. Mr. H. W. LeMESSURIER was appointed Chairman and Mr. F. W. ANGEL, Secretary. The main object of the meeting was to secure volunteers to instruct recruits in musketry and to form a committee to take up the preliminaries in connection with the training of a corps for home defence. Twenty-four citizens, well versed in the use of the rifle offered their services. The assistance of ten others, who were unable to attend last night is assured. Those who volunteered as instructors were Messrs. J. W. MORRIS, W. H. RENNIE, W. H. GREENE, Dr. McLAUGHLIN, F. DONNELLY, J. MURPHY, F. W. KNIGHT, J. W. MARCH, L. C. MEWS, E. AYRE, Jno. DAY, J. P. MURPHY, Geo. LANGMEAD, W. KNIGHT, L. KENNEDY, R. THOMPSON, Bert HOLLOWAY, E. COFFIN, H. LUSCOMBE, J. DUNPHY, F. H. ELLIS, C. ROSE, S. J. EBSARY, and F. WARREN. The spirit of the meeting was that activity in preparing to meet any emergency which may arise was essential and the Club decided to do everything possible in this direction. The C.C.C. Armoury has been placed at the disposal of the Musketry Committee and the instructors will meet there at 8 o’clock to-night to receive from Mr. MOORE the official instructor, a lesson in the teaching of musketry, such as is practiced in the Army. After that, the instructors will give lessons to their different classes.
Fri. Aug. 28, 1914
Patriotic Committee Meets
LARGE AND ENTHUSIASTIC GATHERING.
The Band Room of the C.L.B. Armoury, though quite commodious, was not sufficiently large to accommodate the members of the Patriotic Committee last night, and many remained standing throughout the entire proceedings. This was the largest room available, however, as the gymnasium was being used by the Medical Committee for the examination of recruits.
The Minutes of last meeting being read by the Secretary, Dr. BURKE, and approved, His Excellency referred to one matter arising therefrom, namely the appointment of Mr. MOORE as instructor. He was glad to be able to inform the Committee that Mr. MOORE’s salary would not be a charge on the general fund, as the Messrs. REID had generally offered to contribute it.
The meeting was specially called for the purpose of receiving further reports from the various Committees. The first report called for was that of the Nominating Committee, which was submitted by J. A. CLIFT as follows: -
The Nominating Committee have the honour to report as follows:
In response to our request to the Magistrates in the various districts, branches of this Patriotic Committee have been formed in the following places: -
La Scie – B. DUGGAN, Chairman.
Grand Falls – H. FITZGERALD, Chairman.
Twillingate – W. J. SCOTT, Chairman.
Bonavista – J. ROPER, Chairman.
Trinity – Geo. R. LILLY, Chairman.
Carbonear – Alfred PENNEY, Chairman; T. HOGAN, Secretary.
Harbour Grace – W. A. OAKE, Chairman.
Brigus – J. P. THOMPSON, Chairman; H. G. CHAFE, Secretary.
Bell Island – P. J. POWER, Chairman.
Ferryland – Dr. FREEBAIRN, Chairman.
St. Mary’s – G. GIBBONS, Chairman; J. D. BURKE, Secretary.
Placentia – W. F. O’REILLY, Chairman; F. MURPHY, Secretary.
Lawn – J. BENNING, Chairman.
Grand Bank – William FORSEY, Chairman; A BUFFETT, Secretary.
Hr. Breton – Charles WAY, Chairman; M. E. WHITE, Secretary.
Channel – R. T. SQUARRY, Chairman; C. T. JAMES, Secretary.
St. George’s – R. McDONALD, Chairman.
Bonne Bay G. W. WILTON, Chairman; Dr. S. B. FRASER, Secretary.
Burgeo – J. W. SMALL, Chairman.
Burin – S. AVERY, Chairman.
All the reports from the Districts named indicate that the formation of the branches was taken up by the people in a whole-souled way, and that a great wave of patriotic enthusiasm is spreading throughout the land.
Hon. E. R> BOWRING presented the Finance Committee’s Report. Since last report, the Committee has had three sittings. A Treasurer, Mr. John S. MUNN, had been appointed, and Messrs. G. N. READ Son & WATSON. Chartered Accountants, had agreed to attend all the clerical work of the Committee free of charge. The Committee submitted a draft appeal for a patriotic fund to be applied in making provision for the dependent relatives of those who undertake to fight the battle of the country and the Empire by land and sea. This appeal is to be signed by His Excellency the Governor, the Premier, Sir Edward MORRIS, the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. J. M KENT, K.C., and the Chairman of the Finance Committee, Hon. E. R. BOWRING. The appeal will be generally distributed and it is hoped there will be a ready response. This appeal the “News” hopes to publish under official sanction to-morrow. The Committee further reported that the Equipment Committee had been authorized to secure the services of the lower flat of the DOOLEY residence at Pleasantville for offices in connection with the organizing work. The Committee’s Report including the draft appeal was confirmed.
Mr. A. MONTGOMERIE submitted the report of the Recruiting Committee which showed that up to Wednesday night the number of applicants for enrolment was 285, including 21 applications for Commissions. The doctors are now carrying on the Medical Examinations and it was hoped a large percentage would be reported as fit for active service.
Of the 285 who had previous military drill, Mr. MONTGOMERIE further reported, that so far 87 had undergone medical examination, and of those 57 had passed, 19 had been put to one side for further consideration, while 11 had been declared unfit for foreign service. With regard to the Home Defence Corps, no recruiting was yet taking place as the terms of enlistment had not been made known.
The next report was that of the Equipment Committee presented by Mr. H. OUTERBRIDGE, and it gave evidence of hard and persistent work. As His Excellency subsequently stated, the many disappointments which had been met with in their endeavors to secure equipment had considerably hampered the Committee in their work, but they were doing their very best, and at any rate, they had the satisfactory assurance of the War Office that they would make up any deficiencies. It was the recruits that were principally wanted. The report, which was an admirable one, dealt with the various matters of equipment, and every effort is being made to see that our boys get the best and most suitable equipment possible, and with that object in view, the Committee is seeking general information. The report further showed that Lady DAVIDSON and friends had kindly offered to make the Housewives. Pleasantville had been selected as the camping site. Mr WOODLEY had offered the use of his field free. Offers of 47 bell tents, 8 large tents, and 46 smaller tents had been made and accepted. A few more bell tents were required. Mr. John CLOUSTON had offered free of charge the use of four cooking stoves. Mr. McINTOSH, Manager of the St. John’s Meat Co., who has had experience in supplying and cutting meat for the army has offered to give any help needed. Mr. C. B. DICKS has been appointed temporary Quartermaster Sergeant under pay. The report was confirmed.
Mr. RENNIE presented a verbal report from the Musketry Committee. Quite a number of gentlemen had volunteered as instructors, and all arrangements for efficient training of the recruits had practically been finalized. He was able to report that by securing considerable material from the Calypso, the original estimate of cost would be considerably reduced. This Committee were working with the Equipment Committee with regard to the procuring of rifles, but no decision had yet been reached as to which rifle would be adopted.
The Selecting Committee reported through Sir Joseph OUTERBRIDGE. Careful attention had been given to the matter of officers and it was gratifying to learn that 21 had applied for commissions. At the present time, it was thought best to make no appointments beyond temporary camp officers who would be as follows: -
Camp Commandant, Major W. H. FRANKLIN.
Assistant camp Commandant, Major G. T. CARTY.
Camp Adjutant, Lieut. W. F. RENDELL.
Assistant camp Adjutant, Lieut. J. A. LEDINGHAM.
Quartermaster and Commissariat Officer, Capt. H. OUTERBRIDGE.
Paymaster, H. TIMEWELL.
Musketry Instructor, Capt. J. W. MARCH.
Chief Medical Officer, Capt. C. S. MacPHERSON.
Sanitation Officer, Capt. C. S. HOWLETT.
Drill Instructor, Capt. A. O’BRIEN.
The Quartermaster, Medical Officer, etc., will select their own staffs.
In connection with the issuing of Commissions, the Governor stated these were only issued by the King, but he had asked power to issue them locally. Capt. J. McKAY suggested the advisability of securing the services of an efficient instructor from Canada who could thoroughly instruct the recruits in every phase of the work, there being nobody in this country qualified. Mr. C. H. HUTCHINGS suggested that the pay and equipment of the Camp Officers be provided for, as some of them were leaving good positions and should go under pay at once. His Excellency thought they would receive pay equivalent to the regular force. It was otherwise suggested they should receive the same as that paid in Canadian Volunteer regiments. His Excellency stated he would communicate with the Canadian Government for the loan of a capable Drill Instructor.
Mr. A. J. HARVEY, on behalf of the Transport Committee, reported that having had to write abroad for information they were not yet in a position to report.
This completed the business of the meeting. The various Committees will continue their work and probably another meeting of the Committee will be called a fortnight hence.
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