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1922 News and Events of the Year
The St. John's Daily News


Thur. Jan. 5, 1922



On December 25 (Christmas Day) a very pretty wedding was solemnized at Bay Bulls, the contracting parties being Miss Josephine FAHEY daughter of Constable FAHEY of that place, and Mr. Thomas DOOLEY, an ex-veteran, and now employed on the staff of the Employment Bureau, Militia Building.  The ceremony was performed at the residence of the bride’s parents by the Rev. Fr. KENNEDY in the presence of the immediate friends of the young couple. The bride looked very charming and was attended by her sister Miss Mary FAHEY while Mr. J. DOOLEY supported the groom.  After the ceremony, the wedding breakfast was served when the health of the newly married couple was duly honored, after which, amidst the best wishes of their many friends, the happy pair left for Torbay where the honeymoon will be spent.  In common with their numerous friends the News wishes Mr. and Mrs. DOOLEY many years of wedded happiness.


On Christmas Day at 7 p.m. a very pretty wedding took place at the home of the bride’s parents, when Miss Ethel IRELAND and Mr. Arthur SOUTHCOTT were united in the Holy bonds of Matrimony in the presence of a large gathering of friends.  With in a few minutes of the hour the bride entered the drawing room leaning on the arm of her father, Mr. F. IRELAND, while the wedding march was being played by Mr. Ron SOUTHCOTT, brother of the groom.  The bride wore a charming costume of sand color tricotine with hat to match to match and carrying a lovely bouquet of white carnations; the bride’s maid, Miss Laura SOUTHCOTT, also wore a charming costume of pearl grey crepe-d-chine, the flower girl, Miss Florence SOUTHCOTT, wore a pretty costume of white silk.  After the ceremony, the health of the bride and groom was proposed by Rev. W. FINN in a most eloquent speech to which the groom replied in a few but well chosen words.  The bride was the recipient of a large number of useful gifts.  The newly married couple have the good wishes of their large number of friends for their happiness over the matrimonial sea 

Grand Falls, Dec. 31. 1921.



CANADIAN COMPANY WILL ESTABLISH UNIT                                   

By last mail, Mr. R. A. YOUNG, representing the Ernest Shipman Motion Picture Corporation, received word that is was the intention of the concern to establish themselves in Newfoundland, with a view to using our scenery in the making of motion picture stories. Throughout Canada from Atlantic to the Pacific seaboard this syndicate has five such locations as it is intended establishing here, and the company is the biggest producer in all Canadian films, in the Dominion.  Newfoundland, owing to its splendid natural scenery, offers a splendid field for motion picture work, and if the present plans of the Company materialize it will be a big boost for the country as well as providing a large amount of employment. It is understood that operations will likely be started in March.  The company intends having a regular staff numbering about fifty quartered here including Actors, Cameramen, etc., as well as the usual appliances that go to make up a movie picture outfit.  The Shipmen Company specializes in stories from the pen of such authors as James Oliver CURWOOD and Ralph CONNOR and were the producers of “Back to god’s Country” which had as successful run at the Casino Theatre last winter.    In this picture Miss Neil SHIPMAN, daughter of the principal of the concern, starred and it is understood Miss SHIPMAN will be amongst that Company that is being sent here.  Besides the regular staff of actors, the Company will require about one hundred extras, to take part in the logging and other scenes that will included in the scenario.  These will be selected here ex-service men in all cases being given the preference.  It is expected a representative of the concern will arrive here next month to arrange preliminaries and secure a suitable location for the unit, and have everything in readiness to begin operations.  If all goes well, St. John’s will have an interesting summer in store while there is every possibility that a Newfoundland Mary PICKFORD or Charlie CHAPLIN, or even another Eddie POLO may be discovered as a result of the Company operations.



At the home of the bride’s parents, 1 Church Road, Grand Falls on Christmas Day by Rev. W. FINN, Ethel M., second daughter of Mr. F. E. and Mrs. IRELAND to Arthur H. SOUTHCOTT, of Sittingbourne, Kent, England.



- To Dr. And Mrs. FALLON, 20 Gower Street, January 4th, 1922, a son.



Passed peacefully away on Wednesday morning January 4th, William J. beloved husband of Eleanora BARNES, age 73 years.  Funeral on Friday afternoon at 2.30 from his late residence, Ordnance Street.  Friends and relations please accept this the only intimation.

Fri. Jan. 6, 1922



While in the act of feeding his horse which was standing near Bearn’s Store, King’s Road, at noon yesterday, Mr. Thomas McGRATH, a well known resident of Torbay, died suddenly of heart failure.  Sergeant KEEFE and Mr. N. J. VINICOMBE who were passing along Duckworth Street at the time, saw the man fall and hurrying to his assistance procured a cab and had him driven to the Police Station where Dr. J. S. TAIT was called who pronounced life extinct.  Rev. Fr. McGRATH was also in attendance before he passed away.  Deceased had only left home but a few hours previous in company with his younger son, and his sudden passing come as a severs blow to his family.  The sad news was telephoned Rev. Fr. ASHLEY at Torbay, who notified the heartbroken wife and children.  Deceased was about 65 years of age, and had never complained of being ill.  He was an energetic and respected citizen and highly esteemed by all who knew him.  He leaves to mourn a wife, two sons and a daughter at home, and one daughter in New York to who the NEWS extends sympathy in their sad bereavement.

Tue. Jan. 10, 1922



It is with a great deal of regret that we chronicle the death of Mrs. Stanley HARBIN who passed beyond the veil on Sunday last after an illness of a few weeks.  The late Mrs. HARBIN who, before her marriage a little over a year ago, was Miss Flo MASTERS, was very well known in the city, particularly in business circles, and her many friends will feel a pang of deep sorrow over the early death of a young woman of strong personality and undoubted ability.  For a considerable period the late Mrs. HARBIN was confidential clerk and bookkeeper of the office of Pope’s Furniture Factory.  Though of a somewhat retiring disposition her strength of character and likeable disposition endeared her to all who were fortunate enough to make her acquaintance.  Her hosts of friends showed their admiration for her in tangible fashion when she abandoned business to enter married life that was to be all too brief.  The blow is a terrible one to her husband who is left with only his infant child to console him for the loss of a dutiful and loveable wife and helpmeet.  She is also survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William MASTERS, with who she made her home at 16 Buchanan Street.  To all the sorrowing relatives we extend sincerest sympathy. The funeral takes place this afternoon at 2.30 o’clock from 16 Buchanan Street.


Wed. Jan. 11, 1922


The many friends of Mrs. Edwin ARNOTT, (nee Miss Daisy WILLS), will regret to learn of her sudden death last night.  Up to yesterday afternoon Mrs. ARNOTT was apparently in the best of health and having completed her household duties, left her  home on Mundy Pond Road, to walk to Cochrane Street.  About half past five she became suddenly ill and a cab was called and conveyed her to her home.  A doctor was summoned, but before he arrived death had visited the house and the unfortunate lady was beyond human aid.  The doctor on his arrival pronounced death as being due to heart failure.  To the husband and family her passing came as a terrible shock as no evidence of the dread disease had been manifested at any time pervious as she was in the best of good spirits at lunch-time.  The deceased lady was a sister of Mr. Walter WILLS of Bowring’s and Mr. Edward WILLS, Duckworth Street and leaves behind her besides her brother and husband, three little children, the oldest of whom is 10 years of age, to whom in company with their hosts of friends the NEWS extends most sincere sympathy.

Tue. Jan. 24, 1922



- On January 21st, a son to Mr. and Mrs. E. GEAR.



- On Sunday, after a long illness, Margaret relict of the late John McGRATH, aged 84 years.  Funeral to-day, Tuesday, at 2:30 p.m. from her daughter’s residence, Mrs. John ROSSITER, 150 Patrick Street. Friends and acquaintances please accept this the only intimation.  R.I.P.     


- Early on Saturday morning, Jean Barnes WOODS, wife of W. Lloyd WOODS. 


Mrs. Henry DAWE of Bay Roberts, and family desire to express their appreciation of and tender sincere thanks for the many sympathetic acts and letters and messages of condolence which afforded the so much comfort and helped to alleviate the pain of their recent great bereavement.

Wed. Feb. 1, 1922



Attended by a number of relatives and friends, the marriage of Margaret Dorothy, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph PETERS, and Charles U. HENDERSON, Assistant Comptroller of the Reid Newfoundland Company, was solemnized yesterday forenoon by the Rev. E. W. FORBES, M.A., pastor of Gower Street Methodist Church, assisted by the Rev. R. J. POWER, M.A., of Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Gower Street.

The bride was gowned in pearl charmeuse satin and carried a bouquet of pink carnations and was attended by her sister, Miss Norah PETERS.  Mr. F. E. PITTMAN, General Passenger Agent of the Reid Nfld. Company, performing the function of best man.  Following the ceremony, light refreshments were served.  The toast to the bride was proposed by Rev. E. W. FORBES, who referred in a very pleasing way to her always happily rendered services to the various organizations of Gower Street Church, Sunday School and the Boy Scouts.  The bridegroom responded very happily and proposed the health of the bridesmaid to which Mr. PITTMAN responded in a very appreciative speech.  The health of the bride’s parents proposed by Mr. Alexander ROBERTSON, and replied to by Mr. PETERS, was also a very pleasant part entered the room the Wedding March was rendered by Miss Helen OATES, A.T.C.M., and following the ceremony Miss Marjorie HUTCHINGS delighted the gathering with a beautifully, appropriate solo.  The bride and groom left by the express and intend touring in Canada and the United States before their return, and the expression of their popularity as evidenced by the numerous presents received in a very substantial way as well wishes of their very many friends.


Fri. Feb. 3, 1922



Western Bay

Western Bay has suffered a severe loss in the death of Mrs. Arthur CRUMMEY, who died at the General Hospital, St. John’s, December 25th.  Mrs. CRUMMEY had been ill for some months and went to the city for further medical treatment.  All that human skill could do had been done but was helpless in staying the hand of death, and under the kind care of her nurse, her soul passed peacefully to be with her god.  Mrs. CRUMMEY was blessed with a cheerful disposition and her ready smile was always as inspiration to her friends.  She possessed many noble characteristic, was kind gentle and sympathetic.  She was an ardent Church worker, a Sunday School Teacher, and was active in all phases of church and community life.  Deceased leaves to mourn a husband, mother and two brothers.  The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. J. W. WINSOR, and her body now rests in the family plot in the north side cemetery, Western Bay.  To the sorrowing friends the whole community joins in profound sympathy.— Com.

Sat. Feb. 11, 1922



At. St. Thomas’s Church on Monday the 12th inst., by the Rev. T. M. WOOD, Rural Dean of Avalon, assisted by the Rev. A. C. F. WOOD, M.A., Henry W. LeMESSURIER to Elizabeth daughter of the late Archibald ARNOTT, Esq., and niece of the Rev. T. M. WOOD. - The Times, 1872.


To-morrow will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the wedding of H. W. LeMESSURIER, Esq., C.M.G., who on February 12th, 1872 was married at St. Thomas’s Church, to Miss Elizabeth ARNOTT, by the late Rev. Thomas M. WOOD, Rector.

It has been written in another connection:—

“Wedlock, indeed, hath oft compared been

To public feasts, where meets a public rout,

Where they that are without would fain go in,

And they that are within would fain go out.”

Rather may it be said with Dryden, as referring to to-morrow anniversary: - 

“Our souls sit close and silently within;

And their own web form their own entrails spin;

And when eye meet far off, our sense is such.

That spider-like we feel the tenderest touch.”

All down through the years Mr. and Mrs. LeMESSURIER have been prominently associated with the various activities of the old Church and are to-day amongst its most regular attendants and supporters.  For thirty years Mr. LeMESSURIER was Superintendent of the Parish Church Sunday School.  He has also contributed much valued service in the Synod and divergent enterprise of the diocese.

Few citizens have rendered better public service with pen that the respected Assistant Collector of Customs.  Whether from the editorial chair, or as a private contributer, his writings have always borne the stamp of rich diction, forceful expression and clean cut argument; while his store of accurate general information has invariable border on the phenomenal.

For the past twenty years Mr. LeMESSURIER has acceptably occupied the office of Assistance Collector, a position that carried with it the duty of interpreting and applying the intricacies of our Customs Laws.  In this arduous work, his intelligent grasp of colonial business, based upon long experience, and coupled with remarkable industry, has enabled him to measure up to the requirements of his office with consummate skill and satisfaction.

Socially, his activities date back very many years.  From the early days of the old “Acadenia,” and indeed long before, no club entertainment has been complete without “Harry” LeMESSURIER; his services in ministrelsy, as in  other histronic avenues, being always sought and willingly rendered.  As a companion he will always be remembered for his cheerful and kindly disposition and a readiness to assist any who needed his help.  

Of the children remaining, there are four, all married and removed from the home circle.  Mrs. Field JONES is at present in the Kenya Colony, British East Africa; Arthur is in Chicago; Hugh (a war veteran) now occupies as important commercial post in Brazil, the fourth being wife of paymaster Commander NIND of H.M.S. Briton, at present resident in St. John’s.

And now, after half a century of wedded life, this devoted couple are nearing the sunset period, yet both are in the enjoyment of health and surprising vigor.  It will be the fond wish of hosts of friends, as congratulations are being offered to-morrow, and that the remaining journey to the end may continue many years, and that the experiences and happiness of a wedded life so long extended, may be their comfort and support always.  In there congratulations the NEWS joins most cordially.


The deputy Minister of Justice received the following message yesterday from the Rev. R. E. BELBIN, the Methodist Minister at Englee: -

“Thomas COMPTON, Methodist, and Frank SWEENEY, R.C., both of Englee, perished in a storm while travelling from Canada Harbour to Whooping Harbour on January 24th.  The bodies have been recovered.  A similar message was received from the Justice of the Peace at Englee.

Mon. Feb. 20, 1922



Three families were rendered homeless when the residence on Freshwater Road, owned by Mrs. J. CURRIE, and occupied by Messrs. J. MILLER, J. NEIL and H. BUGDEN and their families was totally destroyed by fire yesterday.  The fire was first detected shortly after 3 a.m. when the inmates of the adjoining houses were awakened by the smell of wood.   Mr. BUGDEN, who occupied the upstairs flat of the western end, proceeding to investigate found that the kitchen of the MILLER domicile was ablaze.  He immediately called in the mates and Mr. MILLER, his wife and two children, one of whom was a young infant, were obliged to make a quick exit, as the flames were fast spreading and dense smoke filled the upstairs apartments.  The NEIL family were also called, after which BUGDEN hurried to Box 228 at the corner of Cook Street to ring in an alarm.  Through not understanding the directions for pulling the alarm there was a mix-up at the fire station and while the East end Company and the Police station received the correct number the Central Station have Box 112 or the General Hospital and the men responded accordingly.  There was a lot of unnecessary delay as a result when the firemen finally reached the scene the eastern portion of the building was a mass of flame.  To make matters worse when the fire-fighters connected their hose, there was no water to be obtained from the hydrant, while only a very small supply, not sufficient to reach the top of the doorway, was got from the other.  The reservoir at the junction of Cookstown, Pennywell and Freshwater Roads was then brought into action, but some time had elapsed before this was properly working.  All hope of saving the building was then given up, the whole premises being enveloped in fire, while the tops of the surrounding trees were also ablaze.  Luckily the house was isolated from the neighbouring buildings, otherwise a much more serious conflagration would have undoubtedly resulted.  As it was, the residence of Mr. M. E. MARTIN was in imminent danger of destruction from the falling embers and the firemen were compelled to devote constant attention to it.  Very little wind was blowing at the time, which was a good thing for this section of the city with such a water shortage.  For nearly three hours the fire burned fiercely and at 6 o’clock, nothing but the ruins of the old cottage remained.  With the exception of some furniture and other effects saved by the NEIL family everything went up in flames.  Mr. MILLER lost everything and when his family were taken to a neighbour’s house they had very little more than their night clothing to cover them.  Mr. MILLER has only $500 insurance and the loss to him is a serious one.  The BUDGEN family are practically destitute as they have no insurance whatever and all they had in the world has been destroyed by the flames.  Mr. NEIL, who with his wife and two children, lived on the ground floor next to MILLER’s was unable to save some of his belongings before the flames burst through.  He has $1000 insurance and is not as heavy a loser as his neighbours.  The building is also partly covered by insurance and the total loss is estimated at several thousand dollars.  The shortage of water was a very serious matter and is attributed to householders leaving taps open overnight.

Fri. Feb. 24, 1922


Collapsed on North Sydney Street, She is taken to Hospital

Maud BILLIARD, a young domestic age 22, employed with a North Sydney family, collapsed yesterday afternoon in from of the home of Dr. McDONALD, Archibald Avenue, and was removed to Harbor View Hospital where she is still lying in unconscious condition.  It is believed that poisoning is the cause of her condition.  The girl left the home of her mistress at 2.30 o’clock in the afternoon to go to the moving pictures taking with her her mistress’s little daughter.  She was on her way home when she fell to the sidewalk.  She was taken to Dr. McDONALD’s surgery where first aid was administered and later removed to the Hospital.  Her condition this morning is considered precarious.  The young domestic belongs to Burgeo, Newfoundland, and is 22 years of age. - Sydney Post.

Wed. Mar. 1, 1922


All that was mortal of the late Hugh BAIRD was consigned to kindly British earth in that land which his father left over seventy years ago to commence his real work in life, with the dry goods firm of Wilson, in this city.  The late Hugh BAIRD, Esq., was the eldest of the family and death came to visit him within a couple of years of his having passed his 60th milestone.  As Manager of the large dry goods business of the firm, he was known all over the Island.

It would be safe to say that there was scarcely a business man or a planter who visits the city but knew him and had a regard for his integrity, his capacity and worth.

Outside of his business, he took a keen interest in sport, particularly cricket and curling, and no big event in either of these pastimes even went off without him being an interested spectator or a busy participant.  In the business of the firm in which he was a partner he specialized in the dry goods department and for years was the British buyer of the firm.  His knowledge of the requirements of the local trade and his keen appreciation of the value of goods was the equal of any man in that line of business.

One by one the old familiar faces are disappearing from our view.  We miss them on the street, in the shop, in the club and at Church.  We shall miss Hugh BAIRD, his bluff and hearty greeting.

The deepest sympathy goes to all the relatives.


St. John’s February 26th.



On Monday last, February 20th, death claimed as its victim one of Bell Island’s oldest and most respected citizen in the person of Mr. Daniel DWYER.  Deceased had been ill but a short while before the summons came, and the news of his death came as a shock to those who knew him.  Representing as he did one of the oldest families and pioneer settlers on the Island, he was known and respected by many to whom his acquaintanceship was a comfort and a pleasure.  In him the poor always found a friend and the sorrowful a sympathizing heart.  The knowledge of his life will always prove a consolation, to those who are left behind to mourn the loss of a husband and loving father, and sincere friend.  Deceased leaves a wife, two sons, and two daughters residing at Bell Island, also Mrs. W. J. MURPHY of this city, and Thomas DWYER of Boston to whom, the deepest sympathy of the community is extended.

Thur. Mar. 9, 1922




- At Hr. Grace on Feb. 19th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph B. LeDREW.


- On March 6th, a son to Mr. and Mrs. T. CONNOLLY, Hamilton Street.



- On Tuesday, March 7th, after a long illness William Ernest IVANY, aged 35 years, leaving to mourn their sad loss a father, 3 sisters and 3 brothers.  Funeral on Friday afternoon from his father’s residence, McNeill Street.  Relatives and friends please accept this only intimation.  English papers please copy.


- Passed peacefully away on Wednesday morning, at 6 o’clock of heart trouble, John, son of the late Solomon and Mary LAKE, aged 42 years, leaving a wife and seven children, also 3 brothers in the U.S.A.  Funeral on Friday at 2.30 p.m. from his late residence 26 Livingstone Street.  Friends and acquaintances please accept this the only intimation .  Boston and Tacoma papers please copy.


- On Wednesday morning at 12.30, Elizabeth Maley, beloved wife of John TOBIN (Plumber).  Funeral on Friday at 2.30 p.m. from her late residence, 49 Angel Place, off Alexander Street.  R. I. P.

Sat. Mar. 18, 1922



- Passed peacefully away at 8 p.m. last night after a long illness of paralysis, Anne Eliza Squires, beloved wife of Philip FORSEY, leaving to mourn their sad loss, a husband, one son, two daughter, four brothers and to sisters.  Funeral at 2:30 p.m. from her late residence, 70 Hamilton Street.


- After a lingering illness, Thomas O’LEARY, leaving a wife and one daughter.  Funeral on Sunday at 2.30 p.m. from his late residence, 78 Duggan Street.


- Passed peacefully away on Thursday, March 16th, William HORWOOD, age 70 years.  Leaving two daughters and one son to mourn their sad loss.  Funeral takes place at 2.30 p.m. on Saturday from his late residence, A. W. SNOW’s, Quidi Vidi - New York and Montreal papers please copy.


- Passed peacefully away at Kingston, Bay de Verde, on the 7th ulto., Mrs. R. HAYDEN, known as Aunt Gracie to the whole district, aged 88 years.  She leaves to mourn two sons, John, at the old home, and Timothy at Hr. Grace, and one daughter, Sr. M. LACHINE, fifteen grand children and six great-grand children; also one brother Terrence KENNEDY, Hr. Grace.  Montreal papers please copy.

Mon. Mar. 20, 1922


As the result of a shooting accident Mr. William POWER, of Brigus South is now lying in the General Hospital with his right arm badly shattered.  In company with his son, the unfortunate man was out rabbit shooting when the accident occurred.  He was towards some trees, carrying his rife across his arm when his foot caught in some roots and he fell to the ground.  In falling his rifle was accidentally discharged and the load entered his right arm.  Dr. FREEBAIRN was immediately summoned and after an examination he dressed the arm and ordered the man to hospital immediately.  A team of horses was procured and the injured man was brought to St. John’s.  He arrived at the hospital about 9 o’clock last night and was immediately admitted.  He was then in no condition to be examined.  At the examination in the morning it will be decided weather the arm will be amputated or not.  A late enquiry at the institution elicited the information that he was resting quietly.



- On the 18th, a daughter to Fredrick J. and Gladys V. LESTER.


- On the 15th inst. a daughter to George and Adeline EVANS, 15 Gear St.     



- On the 18th, infant daughter of Fredrick J. and Gladys V. LESTER.  Gone to be with Jesus.


- At Tilting, on the 3rd January, at the age of 86 years. Peter CARSON, a native of New Jersey, U.S.A., but a resident of Tilting for the past 65 years.


- There passed peacefully away at her niece’s residence on Sunday March 19th, (Miss) Catherine HALLEY, aged 85.  Funeral takes place on Tuesday at 2.30 p.m. from her niece’s residence, Mrs. George GREEN, No. 5 Walsh’s Square. R.I.P.  Please attend funeral without further notice.  Boston papers please copy.


- Passed away at 10.40 p.m. Saturday, after a short illness, Jasper PEARCEY, aged 79 years, leaving a wife, 1 daughter, 5 sons, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and a large circle of friends to mourn their sad loss.  Funeral on Tuesday at 2.30 p.m. from his late residence, 83 Bond Street.

Boston, New York and Philadelphia papers please copy.

Wed. Mar. 29, 1922


(Halifax Herald, March 18)

Her officers and crew reporting a rather unusual occurance witnessed at sea the Fraquhar Line steamer Sable I., Captain George MURLEY, arrived here yesterday from St. John’s, Nfld..  When 50 miles off the Newfoundland port what was supposed to be a meteor coming out of the heavens, exploded with deafening noise some miles from the ship and disappeared into the depths of the Atlantic.  Described by those who witnessed the incident, the meteor appeared first in the N. E. as a huge fiery ball moving slowly.  Gaining momentum, a long tail or streamer shot out from the body and lighted up the surrounding waters in brilliant contrast to the pale light of the moon, which shone in a clear sky.  The explosion, which followed the disappearance, was like the booming of a distant cannon.

The Sable I. met much ice on her voyage as far as Canso but from there to port she had clear water.  Besides a number of passengers and 50 tons of cargo, the steamer brought 100 bags of Newfoundland mail.  On her last trip from Halifax to St. John’s, the Sable I. called at Louisburg, where she took on 237 bags of mail.  She is to sail to-morrow morning to return to St. John’s taking mail, passengers and a full general cargo from Pier 4, north terminals.

Wed. Mar. 29, 1922


(Los Angeles Citizen, March 1st.)

The Church of the Blessed Sacrament was the scene of a charming wedding yesterday at 3 p.m. when Miss Mary MORRIS, daughter of Judge and Mrs. MORRIS of St. John’s, Newfoundland, became the bride of F. Regis BURKE, also of Newfoundland.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Fr. STROCK in the presence of a number of friends and relatives.

The bride, who looked very charming, was gowned in champagne colored lace with hat to match, and carried a beautiful bouquet of white roses and maidenhair fern.  She was attended by Miss Jeanne TRAPNELL, who wore a pretty blue silk retine.  The Hon. W. J. ELLIS gave the bride away.  Following the wedding there was a reception held at the home of Hon. Donald MORISON, K.C., and Mrs. MORISON at 2123 Beachwood Drive, Hollywood.  With others attending there was about twenty-five friends from Newfoundland.

The bridegroom, who has lately come to Los Angeles, is a young man of exceptional talent and ability and occupies a position of responsibility in the Citizens Trust and Savings Bank of Los Angeles.  Mr. and Mrs. Burke will reside in their new home, 2026c Hollywood Boulevard.

Among the guest from Newfoundland were F. C. BERTEAU, who is Auditor-General of Newfoundland.  Mrs. BERTEAU, Miss Marian FRASER, Mrs. J. H. WATSON, Mr. and Miss TRAPNELL, Charles SIMMS, Hon. W. J ELLIS and Mr. and Mrs. GRIFFITHS.

Mr. and Mrs. Burke have made many friends here who extend their sincere wishes for happiness in the future.   


At 8 o’clock last evening the provincial Grand Lodge, L. O. A., opened its Fiftieth annual, session in Victoria Hall, Provincial Grand Master W. H. CAVE in the chair, and a large number of delegates from city and outports in attendance.  In addition, there was quite a gathering of city Orangemen to listen to the proceedings.  Addresses of welcome and of congratulation were presented by Brother G. T. PHILLIPS, W. M., of Leeming Lodge, on behalf of city Lodges, and by Bro. W. R. STIRLING, P.M., on behalf of the ladies’ Orange Order.  These addresses were replied to by Bro. Rev. J. W. WINSOR, Grand Chaplain, and Past P.G.M. John SNOW.  The Grand Master then delivered his opening address in the course of which he dealt in general with world conditions and in particular with the work of the Order during its fifty years of activity in the country.  Reference was made to the Grand Masters who had preceded him and the work they accomplished.  The report of Brother J. MILLEY, the Grand Secretary, was then presented; it was largely statistical, showing that the organization was holding its own.  Brother H. V.


, Grand Treasurer, submitted the financial statement which was most satisfactory,.  This was followed by the report of Rev. Dr. JONES, last year’s delegate to the annual meeting of the Grand Lodge of British America, held in Toronto, which was read by Brother Rev. R. H. MERCER, who also attended this gathering.  The Auditor’s report and appointment of the Standing Committee to name the various committees for the session completed the evening work.  The session resumes at 9 o’clock this morning.  This afternoon Divine Service will be attended in the C. of E. Cathedral and to-night there will be a banquet in the College Hall.

Sun. Apr. 2, 1922


The sad news was received on Friday of the death at Caglarie, Greece, of seaman Hubert DICKS, one of the drew of the ‘Jean Campbell’ which occurred on Thursday last.  According to the particulars received deceased contracted a heavy cold, which later turned to pneumonia with fatal results.  Deceased was well known in the city and was considered amongst the best of our seamen.  He is a brother of Captain Burt DICKS of “ours” and during the war was in the Forestry Corp..  To his sorrowing mother, sisters, and brothers the NEWS tenders sincere sympathy .


Quebec, March 22–(By Canadian Press). “We wanted to get to Montreal which we have seen advertised as the greatest port in Canada”, was the excuse given in the Court of Sessions by the three young Newfoundlanders charged with stealing a ride on a Canadian National Railway train.

The young men who gave their names as William FALLS, Arthur ARMSTRONG and

William ANDERSON, said that they were seamen and were trying to get to Montreal to secure work.

As the trio showed signs of having suffered considerable hardships Judge CHOQUETTE thought it better to provide them with shelter here and sent them to Quebec jail for one month telling them they would possibly be able to secure berths on a ship in this port at the expiration of their terms.




Mrs. Thomas MARTIN

, Theodosia ROSS, daughter of the late Joseph ROSS, was born in the beautiful Margaree Valley, Cape Breton, just 56 years ago and came with her parents as a young girl in her teens to St. John’s.  Here her life has been spent. There are very few of us whose names will live in the annals of fame, but all of us may live so as to enter into that eternal life which endures when fame is at the end.  There was much of this spirit in Mrs. MARTIN, for eight years she was evangelistic superintendent of the W. C. T. U. and was responsible for a service every third Sunday at the Penitentiary.  There she was particularly interested in the young women with loving care she followed their devious paths all over the city finding homes for them, collecting funds to forward them to their homes and in many ways blessing them.  As a nurse, her ministrations will be gratefully remembered in scores of homes.  When the hand of disease was laid on her lat summer and all that the skill of physicians could do was not able to stay its progress, hers was still a life of absolute trust.  Of her spirit, the words of Bathurst’s fine hymn were emphatically true.

“That will not murmur nor complain

Beneath the chastening rod

But in the hour of grief or pain

Can lean upon god

A faith that keeps the narrow way

Till life’s last spark is fled.

And, with a pure and Heavenly ray

Lights up a dying bed.”


The many friends of Mr. Harry CONSTANTINE, youngest son of Mr. Peter CONSTANTINE, will regret to learn of his early passing, which occurred Friday evening at the residence of his uncle, Flower Hill. Deceased, who was in his 20th year, was formerly on the “Portia” but some five weeks ago contracted a severe cold and despite the best medical care and attention available tuberculosis developed and he quickly succumbed to the dread disease.  He leaves to mourn his father, one sister and a broth to whom the NEWS tenders its sympathy.

Wed. Apr. 12, 1922



The Angel of death has removed from our midst one of our foremost and oldest mariners in the person of Captain Robert Whiting WAKEHAM, who for may years was known as a fearless mariner and a kindly gentleman.  A native of Brixham, England, he came to our shores 52 years ago as mere lad of 14, serving his time on the schooner “Promise”. Since that time he has made Newfoundland his home port.  His life as a mariner was eventful.  In 1878 the Liverpool Humane Society presented him with a medal and clasp in recognition of his heroism in rescuing the crew of the Norwegian bargue Laurine on October 20 1877, and for rescuing the crew of the schooner “Camden” which was abandoned off the Lizard, March 30, 1878.  By his bravery on those occasions Captain WAKEHAM was responsible for saving 15 lives.  In reward for his valorous conduct in connection with the Norwegian ship, the King of Norway presented him with a high power spy glass, which was held amongst his dearest possessions.  Captain WAKEHAM sat for his mate’s and Captain’s tickets in England.  His connection with Newfoundland was further cemented by his marriage in September1898 to Miss SHEPPARD, daughter of Mr. A. SHEPPARD, Fort Amherst. In over 50 years in charge of vessels, Captain WAKEHAM never suffered the loss of a single man at sea, nor a vessel until January this year when as a result of a terrific battering on the high seas the “Gaspe” was wrecked.  For 10 or 12 days he stood by the vessel and contracted a heavy chill which resulted in his ultimate death.  Since his arrival home he was confined to his home and gradually his strength failed him and he died at 1.30 this morning, leaving a wife and one sister to whom the NEWS extends sincere sympathy.  Since taking up his residence here he has sailed out of pretty well every firm and had acquired a reputation second to none. His loss will be deeply felt by all who knew him.  

Wed. Apr. 19, 1922


Reported to Inspector General, acting-Sergeant WELLS of Bay Roberts states Clayton SPARKES, aged 17 years, drowned at the entrance to Bay Roberts on Saturday last.  It is learned that SPARKES, who is the son of Jesse SPARKES, in company with three companions, Walter, Chesley and Victor BADCOCK, went out in a boat gunning.  On the way home on of the lads in changing oars fell on the side of the boat, capsizing it.  Either of them could swim.  By holding on to the boat with one hand and paddling with the other, Walter BADCOCK succeeded in getting is brothers safe.  SPARKES could not be reached and an oar was floated to him.  On this he supported himself for 10 minutes but sank before assistance could be got to him.  The survivors were rescued by John EARLE and his two brothers of Jugglers Cove.  A number of boats are trawling for SPARKES body as the unfortunate lad was drowned in 50 fathoms.  For the sorrowing relatives much sympathy is felt.

Tue. May 2, 1922



— On March 19th at St. Patrick’s Church, Witless Bay, by the Rev. P. J. O’BRIEN, P.P., Annie O’BRIEN to W. R. FANNING.



- On May 1st, Mrs Susannah CADWELL, aged 86 years.  Funeral on Wednesday at 2.30 p.m. from her late residence, 50 Hamilton Street.


- On Monday May 1st, at 1.45 p.m., after a lingering illness, Jessie, beloved wife of Alfred A. MARTIN.  Funeral on Wednesday at 2.30 p.m. from her late residence, “Crosslea”, 274 Hamilton Avenue.


- On April 26th, at Topsail, Elizabeth, (Lizzie) HUNT, beloved niece and adopted child of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick O’BRIEN of Topsail, aged 15 years and 6 months.  Hr. Grace and Boston papers please copy.


– Margaret, daughter of the late Henry and Isabella HENDERSON.  Funeral on Wednesday at 3 o’clock from the residence of her sister, Mrs. A. STEWART, Waterford Bridge Road.


- On 12th April, 1922, suddenly of rapid pneumonia, while training in the Children’s Hospital, London, Margaret Agnes WILLIAMS, youngest daughter of Mrs. S. C. Pennefather WILLIAMS, and the late F. J. WILLIAMS, Esq., Superintendent of the Cape Copper Mines, Tilt Cove, Nfld. aged 24 years.

Sat. May 6, 1922



The passing of Melina WHALEN of Deer Harbor at the ripe age of 82 removes from the earthly sphere one who was widely know and respected. The deceased was the daughter of the late James P. KING of Western Bay, who sixty years ago came and settled at Deer Harbor.  Shortly afterwards, she married Edward WHALEN, who was also from the same place to live there together, he having died two years ago.  Since then her strength gradually gave way and for the last several months she was confined to her room.  On March 27th, loosed from the earthly house of clay, her soul winged its flight to realms eternal.  She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, having been converted at the early age of fifteen, and her cheering testimonies gave evidence of a life lived in companionship with the Master.  Her joy it was to know Him whom to know aright is life eternal, and in her later years she eagerly anticipated the time when she would see him face to face and tell the story saved by Grace.  The funeral service was conducted by the writer, the sermon being given from her selected text - John 12-26.  She is survived by three of her children, James and Tobias, and Mrs. Wm. PENNEY all of whom reside in the community.  Mr. Wm. J. KING, the present Lay Reader, is a brother and the only surviving member of the family.  COM.

Thoroughfare, April 18, 1922

Mon. May 8, 1922




Shortly before midnight on Friday last at ‘Burn Brae’ Waterford Bridge Road, Mrs. Charles P. AYRE passed within the veil after a prolonged illness.  The late Mrs. AYRE, nee Diana STEVENSON, was the daughter of the late Rev. Thomas STEVENSON of Edinburg, in which city she was married in 1888 to C. R. AYRE.  Her work during the war will never be forgotten. No duty was to onerous, no service too exacting. Plunged into deep personal grief through the death at Beaumont Hamel of her gallant son Wilfred D. AYRE, 2nd Lieut. in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, she abated not a whit her manifold efforts, increasing rather than decreasing them as though for solace in increase activity.  Many a sailor and solder owes a personal debt to Mrs. AYRE of which probably he has no knowledge, for hers was that form of service that neither courted publicity nor desired it.  When in December 1917 the overwrought system collapsed and compelled her withdrawal from the activities she loved, the magnitude of the loss was realized both by the public and her co-workers.  Since then she has been patiently awaiting the summons which for her meant reunion as well as separation.  On Thursday afternoon paralysis intervened and thirty hours later she passed peacefully away at the age of 56 years.  Amongst Mrs. AYRE’s many war activities were the Soldier’s and Sailors’ Club, the Jensen Camp and the Ladies’ Welcoming Committee for returned soldiers and sailors.

She was also in charge of the Sphagnum Moss Work at Government House until her illness.  For several years Mrs. AYRE was the esteemed Secretary of the Ladies’ Curling Events Club.  Left to mourn their irreparable loss are her husband, two daughters, Iasbelle, wife of Dr. Boyd CAMPBELL, of Belfast, and Miss Dorothy AYRE, who returned after a brief absence by the S. S. Sachem; and one son Ronald H. AYRE, M.C., B.A., now of London and formerly of the Royal Air Force, who is expected to visit here in the month of June.  In their great sorrow, husband and children will have the sincere sympathy of a host of friends including the boys of Reserve and Regiment, whose welfare was her constant thought and effort from the days of Pleasantville to the time when the hand of affliction prevented.  The funeral takes place this Monday at 3 o’clock from “Burn Brae”.


After a protracted illness, Mr. John BURKE, of H. M. Customs, was called to his eternal reward early on Saturday morning.  The decease was well and favourably known, and his demise well be regretted by the large number of friends to whom he had endeared himself by his sterling qualities.  He leaves a wife and three sons, William J., of Garneau Ltd; Joseph residing in Rochester, N.Y., and John, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to whom the NEWS offers sincere sympathy in their bereavement.  The funeral will take place this afternoon from his late residence, Bond Street.



- At the Goulds, after a short illness, Fredrick CHAFE, age 84. Funeral notice later.


- On Friday, May 6th, Diana, wife of C. P. AYRE and daughter of the late Rev. Thomas STEVENSON of Edinburgh.  Funeral to-day, Monday, at 3 p.m.


- At Placentia Saturday morning after a long illness, Bridget, beloved wife of James COLLINS, Sr.  Funeral Monday from her late residence, “Beach Cottage.” R.I.P.


- On Saturday morning, after a protracted illness, John BURKE of H. M. Customs, aged 66 years.  Funeral this afternoon from his residence, 117 Bond Street.


- On Sunday morning of Valvular Heart, Tryphena, wife of Mr. Wm. WYATT

Sr., aged 64 years.  Funeral on Monday at 2.30 p.m. from her late residence, 13 Monroe

Street. Friends and acquaintances will please attend.


- On Saturday, May 6th, Elizabeth Redmond, relict of the late Samuel WHALEN, aged 73 years, leaving to mourn one daughter and two sons.  Funeral to-morrow at 2.30. p.m. from her daughters residence, (Mrs. G. F. MORRIS), Freshwater Road.  Friends please accept this the only intimation.  R. I. P.


- Passed peacefully away on Sunday morning May 7th, after a long and tedious illness.  Thomas T. STICK, age 63 years, brother of the late James R. STICK, late of the Royal Stores Limited, leaving a wife and six daughters, five a home and one in Montreal; also one sister in Cornwall, England, and a large circle of friends to mourn their sad loss.  Funeral on Tuesday at 2.30 p.m. from his late residence, No. 3 Young Street.  Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend. Boston, Montreal and English papers please copy.

Sat. May 13, 1922



The sad news reached the city yesterday of the sudden death at Grand Falls of Mr. Thomas JUDGE, Superintendent of the A. N. D. Co., which occurred at 7 p.m. due to heart failure.  Deceased, who was born in the state of Maine, U.S.A., came to this country some sixteen years ago as electrical Superintendent and foreman in charge of construction at Grand Falls and was highly esteemed both at the paper town and in St. John’s.  He was an adept at his work and was originally sent here direct from the Westinghouse concern.  On the completion of the mills, he was appointed general superintendent has former position being taken by his brother Mr. James JUDGE.  He was a prominent member of the Knights of Columbus, was unmarried and was about 40 years of age.  He had never complained of being unwell and his sudden passing came as a shock to his many friends.  He had only recently accepted an invitation to visit England as the guest of Lord Northcliffe and was contemplating leaving here next month on his well earned holiday.  To the sorrowing relatives the NEWS extends sympathy. 



The case of Mrs. Rebecca NEWELL, aged 30 years, off the South Side, who was charged with bigamy, came before the Supreme Court yesterday, when accused, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to six months in the Penitentiary.  Mr. H. A. WINTER appeared for the Crown and Mr. C. E. HUNT, who appeared for the prisoner, made a strong plea for mitigation of sentence.  The accused bigamously married Wm. COLLINS on June 24th, 1912, and has since lived with him.  She has three children aged 5, 7 and 9 years. Both husbands are still alive and reside in the city.



received a message last evening stating that both Sydney and Louisburg were blocked with ice and that both ports were closed for shipping.  Several of our local vessels are now at those ports loading coal, while others are on their way there.  The Maple Dawn, which arrived yesterday, reports ice conditions in the Gulf the worse for years.

Mon. May 15, 1922


On Saturday forenoon, Detective Constable P. LEE and Constable WALSH arrested Mr. Denis O’BRIEN and Mrs. Margaret DUFF, brother and sister, and residents of Freshwater, who are charged with manslaughter.  The charge reads that they “Feloniously did kill and slay one Thomas O’BRIEN against the peace of our Lord the King, his Crown and dignity.”  The charge arises out of the death of Thomas O’BRIEN, a brother of the accused, whose body was found in a barn on the Oxen Pond Road on March 26th last, where he had been living alone.  A post mortem was held and death ascribed to natural causes.  Since then the police have been making further investigations and as a result of their enquiries the arrests followed.  The preliminary enquiry will be held next week.  In the meantime on bail in their own personal bonds of $5000 each and two securities of $2500.


Thur. May 25, 1922




At the Gower Street Methodist Church at 6.30 on Tuesday evening the 23rd, the marriage of Miss Margaret Chancey, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Heber PARSONS, Belle Vue Farm, Mount Pearl, to Mr. George H. DURBAN, R.N., officer in charge of H. M. Wireless Station, was solemnized, the officiating clergy man being the Rev. T. B. DARBY, M. A.  The bride, who was given away by her father, wore the customary veil and orange blossoms, and was prettily attired in a dress of georgette crepe.  She was attended by her elder sister, Miss Marie K. PARSONS.  The groom was supported by Mr. R. T. SILVERLOCK.  The guests included only the immediate relatives, but many friends were also present at the Church.  Following the ceremony the bridal party motored to the well known hostel at Donovan’s, where the reception was held and the marriage supper served; the usual toasts being honored thereat.  The bride was the recipient of remembrances from her many friends, several of whom, understanding that with her husband she will shortly be leaving for the Old Country, made their gifts in gold. During the time that he has been in charge of the Wireless Station at Mount Pearl, Mr. DURBAN has made many friends, all of whom wish him and his fair bride many years of happy wedded life.

Mon. June 5, 1922



Petty Hr. was the scene of a tragic occurrence on Saturday morning last when Doris and Ida, aged eight and six years respectively, little daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Thomas CHAFE, lost their lives by drowning.  How the fatality occurred is unknown as no one saw them fall into the water, and the first intimation of the tragedy came with the discovery by the heart-broken father of the elder child’s lifeless body floating face downward in a pool in the river which flows pass the rear of the CHAFE residence into the harbor.  The absence of the children was noted at the dinner hour and it was while looking for them that their lifeless bodies were found about sixty yards from home.  At first only the body of the elder girl was seen, and the father rescued it from the river and tenderly conveyed it home.  Then search was renewed for the other child, and at the bottom of the pool, known as Cook’s Pool, which is five or six feet deep, her little body was found.  This double tragedy so unexpectedly coming upon their home has naturally overwhelmed Mr. and Mrs. CHAFE with inconsolable grief.  How both little ones got into the river is unknown, but it is believed that the younger child must have accidentally slipped into the pool and that in attempting to rescue her the elder child was dragged in also.  The settlement is deeply stirred by the tragic happening and there is widespread sympathy for the distracted parents.  The bodies of the little girls were interred yesterday.  Cook’s pool, where the drowning occurred was so named following the drowning of a lad of that name there some years ago. 



A daring escape was made from the Penitentiary just before 6 o’clock Monday evening when a convict named Kitchener EDWARDS, a native of Change Islands, who was serving a term of twelve months for larceny, made a getaway by climbing the prison fence and escaping countrywards.  EDWARDS who served one month of his sentence, was employed in the

Broom Department and evidently had been making plans for his escape.  It seems that about the time the escape was made the various parties are brought in for the night, and amongst others the Broom Department workers are also brought back to the main building. EDWARDS, who had accumulated a quantity of rope while working in the Department, watched his chance, and eluding the warder in charge, ran around to the rear of the building.  Procuring an iron bar that was lying on the ground he attached the rope to it and threw the weight over the high fence that surrounds the prison, the rope holding between two planks, and enabling him to climb the fence.  He dropped to the ground on the other side and made off along the Bank of Quidi Vidi Lake crossing the road leading towards Logy Bay.


It was not till roll call at 6 p.m. that EDWARDS was found to be missing.  A search in the grounds was made and the rope being discovered an alarm was given and soon prison officials, mounted police and plain clothes men were scouring the country roads in the direction in which the convict was believe to have used. Residents of Logy Bay Road reported seeing the fugitive, but despite the efforts of the search party who were still out the escape prisoner has evaded capture.  Nothing definite as to his whereabouts has yet been learned but it is believe he will make an effort to reach the coast and if possible join an outgoing vessel.


EDWARDS was wearing prison clothes when he got away from the prison and in order to avoid detection would require a change of clothes, hence he would have to watch his opportunity to get wearing apparel from a suburban residence.  The matter of food would also be a big problem as he has had nothing to eat since Monday at dinner hour and should by now be feeling the effects of hunger.


The prisoner is only a young man the official records giving his age as 22 years, complexion, dark; of slight build and height about 5 feet 10 inches.  It is now ten years since an escape from the penitentiary was made.  At that time two prisoners got away, but one was recaptured the same day while the other has not been heard of since, though it was reported that he had managed to reach the United States, where he has since been working. Previous to that Philip BRADY made a sensational escape and evaded his pursuers for many days before being recaptured.  Mr. John BURKE, our local play-writer and comedian, wrote a sketch entitled “Brady’s Escape”, which was a big run in the city at the time.



(As reported by our local press the day after the event)


the prisoner serving a term of imprisonment for the manslaughter of a shipmate gave Governor McCOWEN of the Penitentiary and the town another sensation yesterday by making his escape from the institution.  All the day the mounted and foot police scoured the countryside, searching barns and outhouses of farms expecting that the         prisoner was hiding in some such place, and also examining the foreign vessels in port.  Some thought that he had smuggled himself on board the steamer Bonavista and got clear, others that as the of the English– schooner on board of which the offence was committed–had been pardoned the escape of Rigby, the boatswain of the same ship, was brought about by some connivance help similar to that by which the prison was broken into from the outside and tobacco and other things handed to the same convict.


All sorts of rumors were flying about none of them as may be believed flattering to those in charge of the chief prison in the Colony.  By nightfall the villages had been searched but no sight was had of the escaped prisoner.  It was mysterious how a man, dressed as he was in prison garb, could wander at large without being seen by some one.   The story was getting to be as interesting as the famous escape of WHALEN, which story by-the-by has never yet been told.  However at 10.30 o’clock last nigh, officer P. H. McDERMOTT, Samuel SQUIRES and John CRANE were commissioned to proceed to Topsail in citizen dress and to search that and the village of Broad Cove and Portugal Cove for the offender.  They set out in a wagon and by early morning has ascertained that the tramp had not patronized our local Brighton.


They continued on their search by the Topsail Road, to the village of Horse Cove.  There they stopped at Mr. William CLARKE’s, it being now between six and seven o’clock a.m. were hospitably invited by him to wait for breakfast. They tarried only to take a drink of milk and then resumed their search.  They turned down the by-path, which led past the dwelling of Mr. Frederick SQUIRES, and to a nook in the seaside.  On one hand of this by-path was an area of low bushes; and in them as RIGBY afterwards confessed he was hiding and watching the officers as they passed.  The later had proceeded but a short distance further, when Frederick SQUIRES (to whom they had previously communicated the nature of their mission) ran after and overtook them.  He told them that an ill-dressed man answering to the description of the person they were in search of had just called at his door and asked for bread, SQUIRES supplied his wants and the man then went on his way along the road.  SQUIRES stated that he had come by the rear of his fields so that the prisoner might not suspect his movements to acquaint the officers.  The latter hurried back and a short distance off on the road spied their man and arrested him.  He was dressed in the prison suit and wore a straw hat and a pair of shoes.  They brought him into town at half-past ten o’clock in the morning.  The prisoner has given the following particulars of how he escaped.  It occurred at half-past ten o’clock on Saturday night.  At that hour he passed his hand through the bar of the cell door and with his broom-knife unscrewed the catch which held the bolt.  Then he walked out into the corridor. All around was —


The prisoner was dressed save for his boots; but he found a pair in the course of his wandering through the prison.  He stepped noiseless through the corridor and down the stairway to the basement, passing Wardens FLEET and KELLY fast asleep at their posts.  He stated that he could easily have drawn their revolvers from their persons and shot them both dead.  It may easily be imagined that so daring a desperado would have had a few scruples in adopting this or any other means of effecting his object; but the report of a firearm would have had the effect of —


And frustrating his purpose he therefore merely looked at the faces of the two wardens; saw that they were wrapped in profound repose and that he could escape at his leisure.  Having gained the basement, he opened a hatchway that of coal scullery it is mentioned and reached a passageway.  At the end of the passageway a stout door intervened between him and the open air.  It was fastened only by a wooden plug thrust into the staple; he withdrew the plug and walked outside.  He wasn’t yet free.  The high fence was to be scaled.  He seized a piece of scantling which lay by the fence near the lake, clambered up and “sailor down” on the other side.


He was now a free man for the time being.  He went up by the east boundary of the Penitentiary hearing voices and laughter proceed from the house near that of the Superintendent of the Penitentiary, Mr. John R. McCOWEN, he retreated to the lakeside and walked along the margin toward Quidi Vidi where he entered upon the road.  A group of young men and girls passed him and set up a shout of laughter.  The prisoner feared danger in every sight and sound, and though that the laughing at the oddity of his prison attire, one leg of his pants being colored white, the other dark and he made for the seclusion of the White Hills.  He afterwards quitted this neighborhood and by way of the King’s Bridge, sought the Thorburn Turnpike by which he traveled to Broad Cove.  In the vicinity he lay in hiding through the rain on preceding day and the exposure of the ensuing night, till emerging from his fastness, he was confronted with by the officers as narrated.

Fri. June 16, 1922



A very pretty wedding was solemnized yesterday afternoon at St. Patrick’s Church, by Rev, Dr. KITCHIN.  The contracting parties were Mr. F. J. ARMSTRONG of the Commercial Cable Company staff and son of Mr. and Mrs. T. F ARMSTRONG, of Circular Road, and Miss Rita RYAN, daughter of Mrs. and the late James RYAN of Hamilton St.  The groom was ably supported by his cousin, Mr. Gerald CAREW, whilst the bride was attended by her sister Miss Monica RYAN, with the Misses JACKMAN, little daughters of W. H. JACKMAN, Esq., acting as flower girls.  The bride entered he church leaning on the arm of her uncle, Mr. D. J. JACKMA, of Bell Island, whilst the wedding march was played by Miss Agnes ARMSTRONG, sister of the groom.  The bride was very neatly attired in a costume of grey with hat to match.  Immediately after the ceremony the party proceeded to Bowring Park and from thence to the home of the bride’s mother where a wedding supper was prepared for the guests who numbered one hundred.  W. H. JACKMAN, Esq., was toast master.  The health of the bride and groom was proposed by Mr. D. J. JACKMAN, and responded to by Mr. T. F. ARMSTRONG.  At 5 o’clock Mr. and Mrs. ARMSTRONG motored to Bay Bulls where the honeymoon will be spent.  Many congratulatory messages were received from friends abroad, testifying to the popularity of the happy young couple.  That their voyage on the matrimonial sea may be a pleasant one is the sincere wish of the writer. — B.


Messages received by the Justice Department Wednesday from Mr. J W. AITKEN, J.P., at Botwood reported that a young man accidentally shot himself.  A subsequent message from Magistrate FITZGERALD reads as follows:– “Sidney PEARCE, 18 years old, of Flurrie’s Bight, New Bay Head, accidentally shot himself at noon Wednesday  whilst on the way to Botwood.  He was reaching for his gun to shoot a seal when it accidentally went off and the charge entered his chest.  The unfortunate young man was crossing North Arm in a boat and was accompanied by a younger brother and a girl named BUDGELL.”  It is not known whether the accident was fatal or not.



“The wind blows east, the wind blows west,

And never its pathway shows;

And when it comes, and whither it goes —

Who Knows?

Ah me. And this is the way with love,

And this is the way with joy;

Too come and go like the little dreams

Of a boy!

The wind blows west, the wind blows east

In shadows and sun and strife;

And thus go the soul of men on the winds

Of Life.

Fri. June 17, 1922



- At the General Hospital on June 15th, Marjorie Vivian CHAFE, aged 12 years, daughter of Henry and Leora Ann CHAFE, the Goulds, leaving one sister, four brothers to mourn her sad loss.  Beloved by all who knew her.  Funeral on Saturday at 2.30.


- Passed peacefully away, yesterday morning, Victoria, beloved wife of Thos. POTTLE, leaving a husband, 5 children and 1 sister.  Funeral on Saturday at 2.30 p.m. from her late residence, 121 Cornwell Avenue.  Friend and acquaintances please attend without further notice.–21

LeMESSURIER - On Wednesday evening after a brief illness Robertha Ann, daughter of the late Robert and Victoria MORRY, and wife of George W. LeMESSURIER.  Funeral this afternoon at 2.30 p.m. from her late residence, Masonic Terrace.



and family desire to thnk the following for their kindness during his illness and also at her demise:– Dr. MacPHERSON, Rev. Dr. CARTER, Rev. Fr. Ryan, sister Josephine and sister Patricia, Mrs. M. F. CAUL, Misses KAVANAGH, Mrs. O. NEIL, Mrs. GHENT, Mrs. J. ANDERSON, Mrs. SHEA, Mrs. J. DIAMOND, Mrs. H. CARTER, Mrs. A. NOONAN, Miss M. RYAN, Mrs. CHRISTOPHER, Mrs. P. MORRISSEY, Mrs. F. PINE, Mrs. J.


Mrs. EMERSON. Mr. T. J. RYAN, Mrs. G. BROWNRIGG, Mr. P. GLEASON, Mrs. Jas. MIRON, Mr. P. FOLEY, Mrs. M. MAALLARD, Mrs. MYLER; and the following for wreaths, C.C.C. Boat Club, Employees of C. J. Ellis, Misses Eleanor and Rose O’NEIL, Employees of T. M. Smyth, Mrs. M. F. CAUL, Mrs. BRIGHT, Mrs. P. FOLEY; and also all kind friends who sent notes of sympathy.

Tue. June 20, 1922



Supt. P. J. O’NEILL of the constabulary Department received a cable from Brooklyn, New York, yesterday forenoon announcing that his father-in-law, Mr. James O’NEILL had passed away in the early hours of the morning.

Mr. O’NEILL was a native of Bay de Verde in which place he lived and grew to manhood.  He then removed to Northern Bay and married Miss Bessie MARCH, daughter of the late Simon MARCH, merchant of that place.  He was successfully carried on a business there for a number of years.  Twenty years ago he went to Nova Scotia, and after a couple of years stay in that Province he removed to Brooklyn, New York, where he has been living ever since, engaged in his trade which he learned at St. John’s, Newfoundland, in his early manhood, that of a carpenter and Joiner.  Two years ago he, with Mrs. O’NEILL, visited Newfoundland and spent an extended Holiday with his daughter and other relatives.  For some months he has been suffering from heart trouble and his daughter, Mrs. P. J. O’NEILL, and his son, Rev. Father O’NEILL of Hr. Grace, were called to visit him about a month ago.  It was thought that the attack would not prove fatal, as about two weeks ago, letters were received which gave every hope, through change of medical attendance, for recovery, but such was not to be, and yesterday morning he passed away, regretted by numerous friends in Newfoundland and also in the place that he made his home on the past fifteen years.  He is survived by his wife, who as stated above, was Miss Bessie MARCH of Northern Bay, a sister of His Lordship Bishop MARCH of Harbor Grace, and Mr. James MARCH of Northern Bay and Miss. Michael O’NEILL living at Hr. Grace and one daughter, Mrs. P. J. O’NEILL, wife of the Superintendent of the Newfoundland Constabulary, three sons , Alphonus and Michael residing at Brooklyn, and Rev. Father O’NEILL who is attached to the Palace at Harbor Grace, two sisters, Mrs. TURNER, Freshwater Road this city and Mrs. O’KEEFE, Hr. Grace, and two brothers, Mr. Denis P. O’NEILL of New Jersey, U.S.A., and Mr. Edward O’NEILL of Brazil’s Square, St. John’s. Two brothers, Michael and John of Bay de Verde, predeceased him a few years ago.  All his children and his wife were at his beside when the summons came and he passed out at the age of seventy to receive the rewards of a well spent life.  To the bereaved relatives the NEWS tenders sincere sympathy.

Tue. June 20, 1922



- On Saturday, June 17,to Mr. and Mrs. W. J. WALTERS, a daughter.


- At Heart’s Content on Thursday, 15th inst., a son to J. R. and Mrs. CHAFE.



– June 17th, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church by the Rev. R. J. POWER, M.A., William J. ROBINSON to Edna M. BLAIR.



- At Brooklyn, New York, yesterday morning, James O’NEILL, aged seventy years, native of Bay de Verde, Nfld. Left to mourn are wife, one daughter, three sons , two sisters and two brothers


– Passed peacefully away on Sunday, June 18th, Thomas PARSONS, beloved husband of Caroline Kirby, and son of the late Capt. William PARSONS, of H.M. Customs, age 37 years, leaving to mourn, besides his wife, two sisters, Mrs. William KIRBY and Mrs. R. SQUIRES.  Funeral on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. from his late residence, Summer Street, Merrymeeting Road.

Tue. July 4, 1922



In common with her vast number of friends and acquaintances we regret to record the death of Mrs. Rosanna KAVANAGH, widow of the late John KAVANAGH (for many years senior partner of Hearn & Co. of this city), which occurred on Saturday afternoon.  The deceased lady, who had reached the advanced age of seventy six years, suffered with great fortitude a tedious illness of many months which she bore patiently up to the hour of her death, when surrounded by her family she received the sacraments of the roman Catholic Church and resigned her soul into God’s keeping.  She is survived by six daughters, Misses Jen, Rose, Alice, Bride, Agnes, wife of Capt. Thos. F. SULLIVAN, Lillian, wife of W. J. O’NEILL, two sons, Patrick and James.  By the passing of this estimable lady a link with the past is broken and the community which share in her charitable and kindly disposition is so much the poorer.  The funeral took place yesterday  from her late residence, 23 Colonial Street.



- On last evening after a lingering illness, James FANNING, aged 63 years.

Leaving one son, two daughters, one brother and two sisters.  Funeral on Wednesday at 2.30 p.m. from his late residence, 121 Cabot Street.



- In loving memory of my dear son, John CAREW, killed in action at the Battle of Beaumont Hamel July 1st.,1916, age 20; his brother David aged 18, killed at Gallipoli October 7th, 1914.

“The midnight stars are shining over

A far off grave,

Where Sleeping but not dreaming

Lie those we love so dear,

In dreams we see their sweet faces

And kiss their cold brows

And murmur as we love them, then

We love their memory now.

Inserted by his mother.”


- In loving memory of Pte. S. J. LEARNING who died July 4th, 1916, from wounds received in the battle of Beaumont Hamel on July 1st.

“We who loved him sadly miss him

As it dawns another year

In our lonely hours of thinking

Thoughts of him are always near.

Time will pass and years roll by

whatever be our lot

As long as life and memory last

He will never be forgot.”

— Inserted by his wife and little daughter Audrey.

Wed. July 5, 1922



Monday evening at 8 o’clock, there passed away one of natures gentlemen in the person of Mr. James FANNING.  The death of Mr. FANNING is the loss of a well known and highly respected citizen, who was venerated by reason of his kindness and friendship.  It is with great respect that this obituary is offered.  Many a one has come to him for help and advice and in the distance gloom today look back with happy memory of the fatherly advice and friendly help.  Mr. FANNING was employed at Parker & Monroe’s for over thirty years, being one of the old guards at the shoemaking business.  The news of his death will be heard with sorrow by his many friends and acquaintance who had learned to love him because if his many deeds of kindness.  Although having greatly suffered, he bore his tedious illness patiently and with faith in Almighty God up to the time of his passing on Monday evening.  Mr. FANNING is survived by one son, Mr. W. P. FANNING of Hutton’s music store, two daughters, Mrs. Alex GROUCHY and Mrs. Donald BARTLETT, with whom he lived and whose devotion with many other relatives including his sister, Mrs. C. F. MARTIN, helped to alleviate his suffering.  A sad feature of his passing is the fact that another sister in the person of Sister Euphrasia of Mount St. Vincent, receiving the call to come, will arrive too late to see the last of a beloved brother.  Mr. Wm. T. FANNING, Barter’s Hill, is a brother of deceased.  To the bereaved family and many other relatives we extend our sympathy.

“He doeth all things well,

We say it now with tears;

But we shall sing it with those we love

Through bright eternal years”


Fri. July 7, 1922



St. Clement’s Church, Berkeley, California was the setting on the morning of June 17th for the marriage of Miss Katherine LEWIS daughter of Dr, and Mrs. Alvah Conant LEWIS of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Samuel A. FRANCIS of Newfoundland.  Rev. Augustus MARTYN was the officiating clergyman and read the service in the presence of the bride and groom’s immediate friends.  A wedding breakfast followed at the Hotel Claremont, after which the young couple left by the North Western Pacific for a honeymoon trip through Northern California. 

The bride was attired in a becoming gown of rouge crepe de chene with a corsage bouquet of gardenias and lily of the valley.  Mrs. FRANCIS is a graduate of Rowland Hall, Salt Lake and has pursued post graduate work in the University of California.  The bridegroom, who is a son of George FRANCIS, Broad Cove, Bay de Verde, and taught for several years on the Methodist Superior Schools of Newfoundland, is a graduate of the University of Alberta and a post graduate of the University of California, having been an Instructor in Mathematics and physics for several terms in both institutions.  After the honeymoon, Mr. and Mrs. FRANCIS will make their home in San Mateo, California, where the groom has accepted an appointment in a Junior College.


The marriage of Miss Carrie Isabel, youngest daughter of Mrs. and the late Rev. C. P. STOREY of the “Maples,” Patrick Street, to Mr. W. F. HUTCHINSON, of Job Bros. & Co. Ltd. was solemnized Wednesday afternoon at the “Maples” at 4 o’clock.  Rev. E. W. FORBES conducted the ceremony.  The bride wore a handsome gown of white satin trimmed with pearl.  Her veil of white tulle, which was arranged in cape fashion about the shoulders, and bordered with rose point lace and orange blossoms.  She carried a bouquet of carnations and maiden hair fern.  The bridesmaid’s dress was of blue taffeta trimmed with silver and her hat of silver lace.  Her bouquet, was a shower of pink carnations.  The bridesmaid was Miss Elsie TAIT.  The bride was given away by her uncle, Mr. Frank STEER, and the groom was ably supported by Mr. M. D. SHEARS.  Following the ceremony, there was a small reception at the “Maples” only the immediate friends attended.  The happy couple were the recipients of many valuable presents, including several substantial cheques indicative of the esteem in which they were held in the community.  Mr. and Mrs. HUTCHINSON left by yesterday’s express for the West coast where the honeymoon will be spent.  Mr. and Mrs. HUTCHINSON will reside at the “Maples” upon their return to St. John’s.

Thur. July 13, 1922


The body of the young man, Stan BOWE, who was drowned at Shoal Bay on Monday, was recovered yesterday morning.  It was located by his father, who, with other residents of the Goulds, had been searching for the body since the drowning occurred.  The place where the fatality occurred is known as Hart’s Cove near where the Regulus was lost.  There is a channel here and the dory mates, MURPHY and BRENNAN, was taken through this on a sea and it is believed the boat was thrown against the cliff as the bottom was completely taken out of her and all three men were left struggling in the water.  BRENNAN and MURPHY managed to hold on to a part of the wrecked dory and were taken off by a motor boat that was hauling a trap nearby, but young BOWE disappeared beneath the waves.  An elder brother of the young lad witnessed the drowning.  Yesterday morning, Sir Michael CASHIN sent the tug John Green with divers WITEMARSH on board to the scene, but the body had been recovered.  The remains were taken on board the tug and on arrival here was prepared for burial by undertaker MARTIN, and last evening was taken to his late home at the Goulds, from where the funeral takes place this forenoon.



– June 1st., at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Dorchester, Mass. By Rev.

Father Ralstore, Agnes M Neary, of Portugal Cove, Nfld. to Sulwyne  Felton of




- Passed peacefully away July 12th, William J., only son of John and the late Mary A. MOREY, aged 25 years, leaving a sorrowing father to mourn his sad loss.  Funeral on Friday at 2.30 p.m. from his late residence, 167 South Side.  Friends are respectively invited to attend. May his soul rest in peace.


- Passed peacefully away after a short illness, Alexander Harry, aged 13 years, beloved son of Moses and Teresa HAMLYN.  Funeral on Friday at 2 p.m. from his late residence, (Springdale Farm) Topsail Road .  Friends will please accept this the only intimation.


- Passed peacefully away at St. Clare’s Hospital, beloved wife of Robert HENDERSON, age 22 years and 2 months, leaving a husband and 2 children, mother, father and two sisters, to mourn her sad loss.  Funeral at 2.30 p.m. Friday from her late residence, 66 Livingstone Street.



- The funeral of the late Stanislaus (Stan) Rowe of the Goulds takes place to-day, Thursday, at 11 a.m. after solemn mass of Requiem.  R. I. P


Mrs. Moses F. KELLY

and family desire to express their appreciation and gratitude to the many kind friends for their sincere sympathy and words of comfort in their recent bereavement; and especially to Miss May FURLONG, Miss (Nurse) GIBBONS, Bowring Bros., Star R. R. & B. Committee, Star Athletic Association, Stan JAZZOLA for wreaths and flowers.

Wed. July 19, 1922



On Friday, the 15th, there entered onto Rest of Paradise the soul of Stephen RALPH, a residence of Traytown, Alexander Bay.  He was one of the oldest residences of Bonavista Bay having completed his ninety-first year.  Mr. RALPH has many a time been spoken of as “a very fine old gentleman” and it can be said of him with every assurance of truthfulness that he was a man of outstanding character— quite and retiring, and to a remarkable degree.  He was a staunch churchman and it was one of his joys of his Priest, when visiting the little settlement, to administer the blessed Sacrament to the “kindly old man”, and to hear him tell of persons and doings extending over a period of more than eighty years. But for the last or two he was more or less helpless, and on Friday last he entered into rest ”as a child goes to sleep”.  The day following, in the little Church of England Cemetery overlooking the quite and beautiful little village where he had lived and laboured for years, was laid to rest all that was mortal of “Uncle Stephen” - a man of whom it can truthfully be said, he had no enemy, because he served his generation well. May his soul rest in peace.  The funeral service was conducted by the Incumbent Rev. W. J. ROWE, to the sorrowing relatives our sympathy is extended. - Com


On Sunday afternoon there was laid to rest at Holyrood, her native town, the mortal remains of Mrs. Lizzie FRAZER, wife of Mr. John J. FRAZER, Inspector of Police for Dominion Iron and Steel Company of Glace Bay, N. S.  The deceased lady was a daughter of Captain Walter and Mrs. KENNEDY of Holyrood, C.B., and was universally respected by friends both at home and abroad.  Her death occurred last week in hospital after a short illness at Glace Bay.  Mrs. FRAZER was a graduate nurse of the General Hospital St. John’s, where she carried on professional work up to the time of her marriage.  The funeral was largely attended, the officials of the Dominion Iron and Steel company coming to Holyrood by special steamer to pay their last ark of respect.  Accompanying the party was Mr. NOBLE, Chief Inspector of the Dominion force at Glace Bay. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. W. P. FINN, P.P., and the funeral was one of the largest seen in Holyrood for years.  The deceased lady had just reached her thirtieth birthday and her early passing comes as a great blow to her husband and six young children, the youngest of whom is about six weeks old.  To her husband and relatives the NEWS extends sincere sympathy.


(From the Twillingate Sun.)

Now that the Prime Minster has labored all the winter, no doubt he needs a trip to recuperate, and now the Minister of Fisheries has arrived, we wonder if there is room on Water Street for the Ministers at the one time.  Generally when one comes home the other leaves, at the Colony’s expense too.

If all the young men leave the country and taxes cannot be gathered, probably light dues will be collected from all the fish of the sea who take a look at the headlands this season, so that salaries now paid the Government crew remain up to its present figure.  It seems that no effort to reduce the salaries and commissions will be made till through housecleaning comes.

According to the doings of the House, the “Railways Armistice” may always remain as such, and the Resolutions, whereases, therefores, said agreements, said Reids, said Governments, wherebys, and all the other terms in contractual obligations must be affixed now and then, so the big puzzle, which even lawyers may never solve remains until the Colony is robbed, plundered and insolvent, at the hands of the present able and efficient political blunderers.

Ex-Rev. F. D. BOONE, who is now entwined within the ranks of the F. P. U., touched in here on the way North last Saturday by the Clyde.  It was said he is on a lecture tour preaching the gospel— good news— of the emancipation from slavery of the underdogs in the year past, but who are now sinking under the taxation yoke of bondage.  We trust that he will be careful where and among whom he lectures, as who knows but that rotten eggs are as plentiful to-day as when in the by-gone political.

Wed. July 19, 1922



A sad fatality occurred at the wreck of the schooner Doris L. Corkum, ashore at Small Point, near Cape Ballard, yesterday afternoon, when Capt. Eliol HISCOCK, of the schooner Viator, which is fishing out of Fermeuse, lost his life.  In common with members of others from Renews, Fermeuse and vicinity, when it became known that the banker was ashore, Capt. HISCOCK went to the scene in his motor boat in the hope of salving some of the Corkum’s fish cargo.  Some 100 boats were at the wreck and were closing in on her when a sea struck the vessel throwing her over on her side.  Capt. HISCOCK had transferred from his motor boat to a dory and was along side the vessel when she gave the lurch and was struck by the mainboom which swung over the ship’s side.   The blow fractured his skull killing him instantly, the lifeless body falling into the water alongside the boat.  It was immediately recovered and was brought here last night by the tug Hugh D., a sad feature of the occurrence is that the 18 year old son of the unfortunate victim was an eye-witness of the fatality affair, and is grief stricken over the terrible affair.  Capt. HISCOCK belongs to Winterton, Trinity Bay, but was fishing out of Fermeuse.  He had been doing very little, and was contemplating leaving today for a better berth down the shore.  Deceased was about 58 years of age, and is married, being survived by his widow, an only son, Norman, who was with him on the schooner, and six daughters, three of whom are married, two in Halifax, and one here, while the others are living at home.  On arrival here, the remains were taken in charge by Undertaker MURPHY, and will be sent out by to-day’s train to his late home for burial.

Wed. July 26, 1922



On Fridy, July 14th, the settlement of Sibley’s Cove lost its prominent and esteemed citizen in the person of Mr. Abraham SPARKES to whom the call of death came on that date and summoned him to his eternal home at the ripe old age of eighty four years.  Fifty-nine years ago he and his first wife, who predeceased him thirty-nine years ago, left Lower Island Cove, the place of their birth, and came to the above named place where they settled.  No easy task lay before them, as all around was nothing but forest.  As they had the pioneer spirit, grit and determination they began to work cutting down trees and clearing the soil, and within a very shot time nice fields of cultivated land ready for crops were the results of their toil.  Mr. SPARKES was looked upon as an expert fisherman in his time, and prosecuted it day and night vigorously with great success.  With successful fisheries, he and his noble wife were not settled many years before they realized the fruit of their labours.  Being successful at the fisheries, he soon acquired means, and was able to live comfortably, and raise a large family independently.  His house was open to travellers and whoever called day or night found in him and his estimable wife kind friends, who received them warmly and treated them kindly.  Many a clergymen, who laboured on the Hant’s Harbor circuit, will remember them in whose house they were treated so kindly.  He proved to be an honest man in all his dealings.  He had a good constitution and was able to do a little work within a few days of his death, when he felt his work was finished, and he gave up, fully resigned, waiting for the call to come up higher.  He lived a good life, and when the call came he was ready to go and meet Him.  His death removes the last old land mark of the place.  The funeral took place on Saturday the 15th, and was attended by a large congregation who came from different places along the shore to pay their last respects to an old veteran of land and sea.  Rev. E. BROUGHTON who has laboured so faithfully on the circuit during the past four years, and who is greatly loved by all, was called to preach his funeral sermon.  He took his text from Ecclesiastes, chapter 11, verse 8.  He preached a very touching sermon which left a great impression on all.  He leaves to mourn a widow, 4 sons and 4 daughters. Augustus and Thomas at Sibley’s Cove, James and George at Boston, Mrs. Nathaniel BAGGS, residing at Cambridge, Mass., Mrs. William DIAMOND residing Cliftondale, U.S.A., Mrs. William BRENNAN, residing in Cliftondale, U.S.A., Mrs. Arthur NAPMA, residing in Cambridge, U.S.A., two brothers and one sister at Lower Island Cove— Jabez and Wm. SPARKES and Mrs. John WHEELER, forty grand-children and five great-grand-children.

“Now The Laborer’s task is o’er

Now the battle day is past

Now upon the farther shore

Lands the voyager at last.”


New Melbourne, July 18th, 1922

Thur. Aug. 3, 1922









GUARD: - (G. Knowling, Ltd.) - L. ROGERS, (cox); W. J. PENNEY, (stroke); F. BROWN, H. COULTAS, A. MILLER, R. WALSH, H. HAWKINS


BLUE PETER: - (Cold Storage) - J. BILLARD, (cox), B. GORDON, (stroke); B. BURT, P. MADDEN, J. YETMAN, F. WHEELER, J. CARTER.


CADET: - (Outer Cove) – J. NUGENT, (cox); M. POWER, (stroke); D. HICKEY, D. HOUSTON, J. COADY, S. POWER, N. POWER.


NELLIE R: - (Portugal Cove Navy) - Wm. Hibbs, (cox); T. KEARSEY, (stroke); S. KING, C. MITCHELL, F. MITCHELL, E. CHURCHILL, Chas. SOMERTON.


NELLIE R: -(St. Joseph’s): - L. ROGERS, (cox); T. KEARSEY, (stroke); G. CLOONEY, W. MARTIN, J. BREEN, J. MALONE, W. THOMAS.


NELLIE R; - (R. N. Co.) - L. ROGERS, (cox); G. SQUIRES, (stroke); A. BURTON, L. PIKE, K. JEANS, P. COXWORTHY, J. MOORE.


CADET: - (Logy Bay) - P. BROWN, (cox); M. ROACH, (stroke); J. ROACH, J. O’DONNELL, J. BURKE, P. DEVEREAUX


BLUE PETER: - (South Side) - J. HUSSEY, (cox); James TAYLOR, (stroke); George HARVEY, F. COOK, T. COOK, H. ROGERS, F. WHITTEN



A very pretty weeding took place at the Catholic Church at Richmond County, Cape Breton, Monday, July 10th, when at 7 a.m. Rev. R. L. McDONALD united in marriage Annie May ROBERTSON, eldest daughter of John J. and Mrs. ROBERTSON, and Vincent FLEMMING, son of John and Mrs. J. FLEMMING, of St. Vincent, Newfoundland.  The bride looked very charming in a tailor made blue suit with hat and veil to match.  She was attended by Miss Nellie STONE, the bridesmaid, and Mr. George ROBERTSON, brother of the bride, acted as groomsman.  Miss Clara BISSETT, friend of the bride, rendered the Wedding March.  At the reception held in the evening at the residence of the bride’s parents, the bride wore a very pretty grey canton crepe dress, with shoes and stockings to match.  Over one hundred and forty friends had the opportunity to extend good wishes and congratulations.  The gifts were numerous and useful, including check, linen, glass-ware, silver.  The groom’s gift to the bride was a gold watch; to the bridesmaid, a necklace; and to the groom’s man, gold cuff links.  After spending a few days at the home of the bride, they will leave for Boston where they will make their future home.


A quite but very pretty wedding took place on Wednesday, August 2nd, at Carbonear, the contracting parties being Miss Eleanor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. BARTLETT, Hamilton St., and Mr. Chas A. ELLIS, Jr., son of Chas. Archer ELLIS, Esq., Gower Street, the Rev. W. B. BUGDEN officiating.

The bride looked charming in a dress of Navy and Henna Canto Crepe with hat to match and white carnations and asparagus fern. 

The bridesmaid, Miss Edith (Dot) ROONEY, was beautifully dressed in rose Crepe-de-Chene with black hat and carried a bouquet of Rose Sweet Peas and Maiden hair Fern, whilst the groom was supported by Mr. Walter L. VEY.  Following, a very pleasant reception was held at the Parsonage, concluding with the usual toasts, the party later motoring to the station and joining the evening train for Bay Roberts, where the honeymoon is being spent.

The groom’s present to the bride was a purse of gold, to the bridesmaid, a gold signet ring, and to the best man; gold initialed cuff links.

Mr. and Mrs. ELLIS will remain in St. John’s for about a fortnight before leaving for Montreal, where they will in future reside.  The presents received were many and valuable including several pieces of gold.

Mon. Aug. 14, 1922



A quite but interesting and pretty wedding took place on Saturday morning, 12th inst., in St. Thomas’s Church, at 7.45 when Miss Hilda, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William MEEK of Charlottetown, P.E.I., was united in wedlock to Mr. Ralph KENNEDY of this city, in the presence of a number of friends of the Bride and Groom.  The officiating clergyman was Rev. Clarence A. MOULTON, L. Th.

The Bride who was daintily dressed in a traveling suit of fawn with hat to match, bearing a beautiful bouquet of white carnations and sweet peas, was accompanied to the church by Mr. H. Y. MOTT, who gave her away.  Miss Annie HAMMOND attended as Bridesmaid and Mr. Harry WORSLEY supported the Groom.  Immediately following the ceremony, the wedding party drove to the railway station where the happy couple proceeded to Holyrood where the honeymoon will be spent.

Miss MEEK, during her two years’ residence in St. John’s, has been a valued employee of the Royal Gazette office, as well as an active member of St. Thomas’s parish.  Mr. KENNEDY is one of our most respected young business men associated with the firm of N. Worsley Ltd.

The handsome and valuable presents received bears testimony to the esteem in which both are held by a large circle of friends who extend hearty wishes for a happy and prosperous wedded life, in which the NEWS cordially joins.



On August 9th a very pretty wedding took place at Pouch Cove Methodist Church, when Miss Jennie MOORE was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Mr. G. S. BACON, M.SC of St. John, N.B.  Rev E. MOORE, father of the Bride, performed the ceremony.  The Bride entered the church leaning on the arm of her brother, Mr. Paul MOORE, and was attended by her sisters Misses Ethel and Lillian, while little Mildred and Helen MOORE acted as flower girls.  Mr. Heber ANGEL performed the duties of best man.  After the ceremony, a reception was held at the Parsonage, where a very pleasant afternoon was spent.  The Bride was the recipient of a large number of presents, including a number of cheques.  After the reception, the bride and groom left by motor en route for Holyrood where the honeymoon will be spent, taking with the best wishes of their friends.  After a short stay at Pouch Cove Mr. and Mrs. BACON will proceed to Winnipeg, their future home. 

Fri. Aug. 25, 1922



At St. Patrick’s Church on Tuesday, August 22nd, by Rev. Dr. KITCHEN, Ellen Frances (Nell) BRACE to Patrick S. SUMMERS.



- Wednesday evening after a tedious illness, Alice, beloved daughter of Thomas and Susan O’BRIEN, aged 17 years, leaving 5 sisters and 3 brothers to mourn their sad loss.  Funeral takes place to-day (Friday), at 1 p.m. from her late residence, Blackmarsh Road; friends will please accept this the only intimation.


Mrs. Mary BARNES wishes to thank her friends and neighbors for their kindness during her sad bereavement in the loss of her son P. J. BARNES; all who sent wreaths and flowers, and to everyone who in any way help to soften her sorrow, particularly the officers and stewards of S. S. Silvia and Rosalind for their beautiful wreaths and many acts of kindness and wholehearted consolation during her recent deep affliction.– advt.



Early on Saturday morning George KING, Sr., aged 84, died at Long Harbor, P.B., fortified by the rites of the Holy Catholic Church.  Mr. KING was of a large, robust frame and until a month ago had never been ill a day in his life.  He had a remarkable memory, was a genial disposition and was counted one of the best story tellers of Placentia Bay.  Although aware that recovery was impossible he was yet cheerful and contented and reconciled to God’s holy will to the last.  He was a devoted member of St. Mark’s Church, Arlington Heights, Long Harbour, P.B., an auxillary in the Parish Bar Haven.  His funeral took place at 10 o’clock on August 13th.  It was one of the largest funerals ever seen on the eastern shore of Placentia Bay.  His remains were taken to St. Gabriel’s Church, Crawley’s Island another station in the vast parish of Bar Haven where High Mass of Requiem was celebrated by the rector of St . Francis’s Xavier’s Church, Bar Haven for repose of his soul.  The Church was crowded and a large number were unable to get in.  The deceased was highly respected in the community in which he lived and although in the infirmities of old age his death nevertheless brought genuine sorrow to his relatives and many friends which was testified by the great number of spiritual offerings.  The pall bearers were Thomas MURRAY, William KING, Patrick KEATING, Augustine NOLAN, Denis KELLY, Denis BRUCE, Sr., William NORTHOVER, Andrew GRIFFITHS, Thomas WHALEN, Peter BRUCE, Edward NORMAN, Michael BURKE, Edward SAMMOND and Peter BARRON.  Interment was in St. Gabriel’s cemetery, Crawley’s Island, Placentia Bay.  Services at the grave were conducted by Rev. Francis A. CACCIOLA.  Mr. KING is survived by his son Michael, Captain Geo. KING, Jr., and Mary, a daughter, the wife of Thomas Lawrence MURPHY, Jr., of Crawley’s Island, and a number of grand children all of whom deeply mourn their loss.



Fortified by the rites of Holy church, there passed peacefully away at Patrick’s Cove, P.B., last week, after a protracted illness, Patrick B. McGRATH; leaving to mourn their sad loss, his wife, three sons, and many brothers and sisters.  P.B., as he was familiarly called by his friends, was well known to many sportsmen who used to visit Patrick’s Cove in former years.

He was an excellent guide, a good shot and kept a hospitable home.  He was the son of the late Bartley McGRATH, a well known and prominent figure on the Cape Shore in the good old days.  May his soul find eternal rest.


August 22, 1922.





The chair of Natural Science at Bishop’s College, Lennoxville, P.Q., vacant by the resignation of Mr. J. W. MORGAN, has been filled by the appointment of Mr. A. G. HATCHER, M. A., of McGill, gold medallist in mathematics and physics.  Mr. HATCHER has been professor of physics at the Royal Naval College, Esquimalt, B.C., for the past eleven years, but the college has now been closed as a consequences of the change in the naval policy of the Government.— Canadian Churchman— [Professer HATCHER is a son of the late Rev. Henry HATCHER, B.D., of the Newfoundland Conference.]

Mon. Aug. 28, 1922


Whilst bathing in Long Pond yesterday afternoon, a young boy named Stanley KAVANAGH of Military Road, narrowly escape drowning.  In company with a number of companions KAVANAGH, who is 17 years of age, had been swimming for a considerable period.  He had gone beyond his depth and was suddenly seized with a cramp, which prevented the use of his limbs.  His companions, who were somewhat further inshore, heard his cries for help and at once hurried to his assistance.  Mr. HICKEY, the instructor, also plunged in and the boy was soon brought ashore.  He was apparently lifeless and a messenger was sent for a doctor, while artificial respiration was used.  Dr. ANDERSON arrived very promptly and after working hard succeeded in bringing the boy to his senses.  KAVANAGH was taken to his home where he was at once put to bed and given further treatment.  Last night he was very well and had almost fully recovered.  Mr. HICKEY always has his hands full at the popular bathing centre as the young boys are particularly fond of going out of their depth and trying to emulate grown men by swimming across the pond.  But for Mr. HICKEY’s assistance several fatalities would have occurred this season and the City Council are to be congratulated upon having him in charge.



- On August 26th, at Liverpool, England, William, third son of the late Hon. R. O’DWYER.  R. I. P.


- This morning, Richard Horton, aged 64 years, eldest son of the late Hon. R. O’DWYER.  Funeral on Wednesday at 2.30 p.m. from his late residence, 33 Military Road.  R.I.P.


- Suddenly on Sunday morning, Helana, widow of the late Edward DOHONEY, leaving two brothers, William and John, to mourn their sad loss, funeral on Tuesday at 2.30 p.m. from her brother’s residence, head of Robinson’s Hill.  Friends will please accept this intimation.  R. I. P.


- On August 26th, after a long and painful illness, Susanna, beloved wife of Joseph TILLEY, aged 65 years, leaving husband, one son in Colbalt, Ont., one son in St. John’s, one daughter, two sisters, two brothers and twelve grandchildren.  Funeral to-day, Monday, from her late residence, 16 Cuddihy Street at 2.30 o’clock.  Friends will please accept this intimation.  Boston and Canadian papers please copy


Mr. Harry DEVEREAUX desires to thank the following kind friends for wreaths to adorn the coffin of his dear wife and for letters of sympathy in his recent sad bereavement.  For wreaths:– Employees Reid Co. Dry Dock shop, Mr. Malcolm DAVIDSON, Mr. and Mrs. P. K. McLEOD, Mr. and Mrs. GUNN, Mr. H. M. K. WHITE.

Fri. Sept. 1, 1922



Fortified by the rites of Holy Church there died at Placentia on the 29th inst., after a lingering illness Thomas, son of the late Edward O’REILLY, at the age of sixty years.  Deceased was a man of exemplary character, one of nature’s gentlemen; one who held the respect and esteem of a large circle of friends and acquaintances.  His illness was of a very long duration but the patience and cheerfulness with which he bore his great suffering was a lesson to everyone.  All that medial skill could suggest both here and at St. John’s was availed of but without success, for him the fiat had gone forth.

He leaves behind him a widow, two daughters, one of whom is Sister M. Thomasine of the Franciscan Order at Maisville, Kentucky, and who came home last season to visit him; one son, Victor, the Manager of James Murphy and Sons, business on the Jersey Side, and two brothers Mr. James and Capt. Geo. O’REILLY and one sister living in Boston.  The funeral which was attended by the Star of the Sea Society and a large concourse of citizens took place this afternoon at Mount Carmel Cemetery, when all that was mortal of Thomas O’REILLY was consigned to earth to await the Resurrection Morn.

To the sorrowing relatives we tender heartfelt sympathy.  May he rest in peace.

Placentia August 31st, 1922

Wed. Sept. 13, 1922


The Deputy Minister of Justice received a message from Magistrate JEANS of Greenspond yesterday stating that a son of Mr. R. B. STRUD, of Glovertown, aged 15 years, was drowned on Friday last on the Terra Nova River.  The fatality was caused by the upsetting of a dory, and the body has been recovered.


The ceremony of the unveiling and presentation of the “Fighting Newfoundlander” at Bowring Park this afternoon is expected to attract many spectators and besides the regular busses and other conveyances, three special trains will be run to the Park leaving the station at 2.15, 2.45 and 3.15 p.m.   The “Bomber”, which is the gift of Sir E. R. BOWRING, whose great interest in the Regiment is universally known, is being presented to the city by the generous donor, and the statue will be unveiled by His Excellency the Administrator Sir. Wm. HORWOOD.  All ex-service men who propose attending the ceremony are advised that the space encircling the monument has been reserved for them.  Veterans are asked to be in position not later than 3.15 p.m. otherwise the space allotted to them maybe taken by the public.



St. Andrew’s Church, Petty Harbor was the scene of a very pretty wedding yesterday afternoon when Mr. Herbert EBSARY, of the Monroe Exports Company, St.           John’s, led to the altar Miss Grace CHAFE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Josiah CHAFE, of Petty Harbour.  At 1.30 p. m. a number of guests assembled at the Long Bridge and later drove to Petty Harbour.  Along the road flags and bunting was displayed at many houses and many rounds of ammunition were fired.  On arrival at Petty Harbour the party proceeded to St. Andrew’s Church, where the nuptial knot was tied.  The bride entered the Church to the strains of the well known hymn “The Voice that Breath’d o’er Eden”, and the Rev. Canon HEWITT tied the nuptial knot, which was followed by the hymn “How welcome was the Call”.  The bride was charmingly attired in cream crepe de chine, trimmed with white satin, and she wore a wreath of orange blossoms and a veil of embroidered net.  A bouquet of white carnations and maidenhair fern, tied with white satin ribbon added the final touch of beauty.  She was attended by her sisters, Miss Lucy CHAFE and Mrs. Bella HOLLAHAN.  The groom was ably supported by Capt. Sid KENDRICK and Mr. Seymour CHAFE.  The bride was given away by her father Mr. Jacob CHAFE.  While the newly married couple were leaving the Church, the Wedding March was played by Mrs. (Canon) HEWITT, who presided at the organ during the ceremony.  The party then motored to Ferndale Hotel where a reception was held and a delicious supper served.  Mr. BOONE, schoolmaster at Petty Harbour in a bright and happy speech proposed the health of the bride, to which the groom responded.  Mr. T. SOPER paid warm tribute to the young couple just happily married and referred to the honour that was theirs in being married by Rev. Canon HEWITT, whose life is so entwined with Petty Harbour.  A toast to the health of Canon HEWITT and his good wife was then heartily disposed of.  Responding, Canon HEWITT thanked all for the expression of good fellowship.  He congratulated the happy couple and paid a merited tribute to their parents, to which Mr. CHAFE responded.  The wedding party then motored to Kelligrew’s where the honeymoon will be spent.  Mr. and Mrs. EBSARY were the recipient’s of very many valuable and useful presents, tokens of esteem from their great many friends.  The groom’s present to the bride was a cheque and a wristlet watch, to the bridesmaids, Birthstone rings, to the groomsmen, initialed gold cuff links.  With their many friends, the NEWS wishes Mr. and Mrs. EBSARY many years of wedded happiness.

Wed. Sept. 13, 1922



A young man named James HOLMES, a resident of Shearstown, was electrocuted at Spaniard’s Bay yesterday afternoon, the tragedy being witnessed by several of his friends and residents of the place.  The unfortunate man was a member of a working party employed by the Western Union Telegraph Company and engaged putting up new lines and poles between Spaniard’s Bay and Bay Roberts.  Yesterday afternoon the party, which was in charge of foremen BARTLETT, erected a pole near the premises of Mr. Jesse GOSSE.  Here it seems, some wires belonging to the United Towns Company system were crossing the roadway.  It was necessary to have the telegraph wire passed over these, and HOLMES, in order to get the line across, although cautioned against the procedure, climbed one of the Electric Company’s poles.  Reaching the cross arm which held the 110 volt wire, he stood up, when his head came in contact with the 6600 volt line and it is believe was killed instantly.  His companions were not aware of what had happened till he was suddenly seen to fall head first to the ground.  They immediately ran to his assistance, but life was extinct.  Deceased was not permanently employed with the Cable Company, being only recently engaged to do this work.  He was about 22 years of age and unmarried, and it is understood that his parents are living at Shearstown.  He intended going to the States as soon as his present work was completed, and his early and unexpected passing comes as a sad blow to his family and relatives, Inspector General HUTCHINGS, Superintendent SAUNDERS of the Anglo, and Hon. J. J. MURPHY were acquainted of the happening last evening.  An enquiry into the occurrence will be held.  

Tue. Sept. 19, 1922




A pretty wedding took place in the picturesque little town of Exploits on Tuesday, September 12th, when the Rev. Mr. DOTCHEN solemnized the marriage of Miss Carrie SCEVIOUR, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eliphas SCEVIOUR of Exploits, and Mr. Fred ROBERTS, son of the late Solomon ROBERTS and Mrs. ROBERTS of Change Islands.  The bride look very charming in a gown of gorgette and white satin trimmed with pearls and a bridle veil with a coronet of orange blossoms and a shower bouquet of sweat peas and carnations.  The bride’s maids, Mrs. Cyril SCEVIOUR and Miss Molly LAMBERT, were attractively attired in white silk with bouquet of sweet peas, while Miss Alice MANUEL acted as flower-girl.  Mr. Harry ROBERTS, brother of the groom acted as best man, Mr. Robert ROBERTS, another brother, also attended.  The bride was given away by her brother, Cyril.  A reception was held at the home of the bride, about fifty guests attending.  The bride received many handsome and useful gifts including a liberal cheque from the groom.  The bridle party left for change Islands, their future home the following morning after a good send off by their numerous friends.  Aa dinner party was held in honor of the bride and groom at Change Islands, May a long and abundant happiness be theirs.

Mon. Sept. 25, 1922



Mr. Henry D. CARTER

, youngest and last surviving son of the late Sir Frederick B. T. CARTER, K.C. M.C., passed away yesterday.  He as been unwell for about a year, and in company with Mrs. CARTER, visited the Old Country recently for consultation and treatment.  About three months ago he returned to Newfoundland, and shortly after his illness assumed an acute form.  Mr. CARTER was, until two years ago, the Assistance Manager of the Bank of Montreal in this city.  His bank career covered a period of over 40 years.  By 1894, when the Commercial Bank closed, he had won his way by sheer merit and devotion to duty to the accountancy of the Bank.  His services were secured by the Bank of Montreal on its opening here a few weeks later.  Since then his career was one of steady promotion, until his retirement.  In financial and business circles Mr. CARTER was held in general respect and regard.  For sometime he was a churchwarden in St. Thomas’s Parish.  He also held official positions in the City Club.  Predeceased by his three brothers, Weston, a monument to those memory is erected on the Mall, Hugh and Stanley, Barristers, the only remaining member of Sir Frederick’s family are Mrs. HENDERSON and Miss Louisa CARTER.  Mr. CARTER is survived by his wife, daughter of the late Hon. James BAIRD, M.L.C., three sons , Cyril, director of James Baird, Limited, Frederick of the Bank of Montreal at Halifax and Harry of the city, also by two daughters, Margaret, wife of Mr. Jack BAIRD, and Gertrude of this city.  His genial personally and kindly counsel will be missed by all who were privileged to enjoy his friendship.  The funeral takes place tomorrow from Mr. Cyril CARTER’s residence, Queen’s Road.


On Friday Miss Kate COLE  passed away at Southsea, England, where she was residing since leaving St. John’s some five years ago.  The news of her death will be received with sorrow by very many in this city, where her labours of charity and love are remembered with gratitude.  Miss C COLE  ’s departure left vacancies in church and philanthropic work difficult to fill, and to the present day, her guiding hand and helpful counsel are missed in many a phase of social and Christian endeavour.  Notably is this so by the Methodist Orphanage, the Ladies College Aid society and George Street Church the interests of all of which she watched over with solicitude.  Her work for the orphanage children was invaluable, no toll or tax on time and service, being regarded by her as too great or to oncrous.  Miss COLE, who was a nice of the late Hon. Charles R. AYRE, and a sister of the late Mrs. J. E. P. PETERS, is survived by her sister, Mrs. Alexander ROBERTSON, of Long Hill, this City and relatives in Southsea, where interment will take place.  


General sympathy is being extended to Mr. and Mrs. N. J. VINICOMBE whose eldest child, Mary Margaret passed away yesterday.  She had been ill for some time and a few months ago entered the Sanitarium, where it was hoped she would benefit, but the head disease had obtained too strong a grip on her frail constitution to overcome.  Of a bright and loveable disposition, her passing, was just as she was building into womanhood, comes as a heavy blow to her parents and is deeply deplored by her many friends.



An accident that ended fatally, occurred at Ferryland on Saturday afternoon, the victim being James CLOWE, a fisherman of that place.  The accident was a peculiar one.  Deceased was returning home from the fishing grounds in his motor boat and was leaning over the engine house when the fly wheel of the 7-horse power engine came off and smashing the woodwork, struck CLOWE with terrific force in the abdomen.  He was knocked unconscious and on reaching shore was attended to by Dr. FREEBAIRN, while Rev. Father MAHER was also called. On recovering consciousness, it was seen that he was hurt internally, but it was not thought his conditions was so serious.  Yesterday his condition became worse, however, and he suffered intense pain and it was deemed advisable to have him sent to the General Hospital.  Sir. M. P. CASHIN received a message yesterday at noon telling him of the accident and as it was impossible to take him to the city by motor, asking that a steamer be sent.  Sir Michael immediately arranged to send the Cabot and at 3.30 p.m. yesterday the ship left for Ferryland.  Captain DALTON lost no time in getting there and at 7.40 last evening the ship left with the injured man on board.  He was accompanied by his brother and another relative.  All possible for his comfort on board the steamer was done but shortly after passing Cape Broyle he passed away.  The Cabot thereupon returned to Ferryland with the body, where there is universal sympathy felt over his untimely end.  Deceased, who was 24 years of age is survived by a widow and one child.



About 10.30 last evening Mr. Charles PURCHASE was stricken suddenly ill at his residence head of Pleasant Street.  Before Dr. ANDERSON, who was summoned, arrived life had departed.  On examination the doctor described death as due to heart failure.  Deceased was a married man and leaves a wife, 3 daughters, and one son to mourn his death.  He had been apparently in the best of health and was working steadily at Lester’s at the time his death occurred the unfortunate man was resting quietly. General sympathy will be felt for the bereaved family.



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