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Twillingate Sun
May - June

May 5, 1881
  Ship Arrival

It is understood that the steamer ""Plover"" is to leave St. John's for the North on Monday next, and may be looked for here, about Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.


A large quantity of No. 1 copper ore is now on the loading ground at Little Bay, ready for shipment. Mining operations at Roberts Arm are being carried on, to a limited extent, successfully.

Ship Accident "The schooner

"Vivid"" sailed for St. John's last Friday morning. Part of canvas being hoisted while weighing anchor, she suddenly ran down on schr. "Lucy"", breaking off her boom. and slightly damaging bulwarks.

Ship Arrival

The steamer ""Hercules"" on her way from the mining districts, touched in here on Tuesday evening to land a couple of passengers. Upwards of 120 miners took passage by her. Mr. GILL and lady from Tilt Cove, were also on board. It is expected that the steamer will be here again about Saturday evening next.

The Railway

The following are the gentlemen who compose the Joint Committee of the Legislative Council and House of Assembly to confer with the American Syndicate in reference to the details of the proposed railway contract:- From the House of Assembly - Hons.. Attorney General, SHEA, RORKE, Messrs. KENT, LITTLE and MACKAY. From the Legislative Council - Hons. Messrs. HARVEY, TESSIER and AYRE.

Death Inquiry

The St.John's Evening Telegram of the 11th ult. has the following:-- Yesterday Judge CONROY held a Magistorial enquiry into the cause of death of Jacob HODNOTT, seaman on board the sealing steamer ""Falcon"". It appears from the evidence taken that on Wednesday, the 6th inst., while the crew were at dinner in the forecastle, a gun fell, muzzle downwards through an air-hole and was discharged, lodging the contents in the body of the deceased. As he had his knife in right hand and held a plate containing pudding in his left, the charge passed through the right hand, through the pewter plate, through the inner part of the left thigh and lodged in the outside, making a gash six inches long. The man to his right had the bowl which he held in his hand smashed by the shot, and the man to his left was struck on the temple. The accident it seems was caused in this way: One of the men laid down his gun, which was capped but not cocked, on the windlass as he was going into the forecastle to dinner, and the vessel striking a pan of ice, the gun fell off and went down the air-hole, the ""hammer"" probably coming in contact with the windlass chain. The wounded man received the greatest care from Capt. KNEE, but lived only twenty-three hours. HODNETT was twenty-four years of age, unmarried and was a great favorite with captain and crew. He and the owner of the gun were friends and ""chums,"" and were both sober and industrious. As soon as the accident occurred Capt. KNEE made every effort to reach port in order to procure medical aid.


Died. WHELLER. - At Loo Bay on the 20th April, of consumption, Mr. Elezor W. WELLER, aged 49 years. [Transcriber's Note: The two different name spellings are as they appear in the article.]"


May 12, 1881
  The Railway

(The following is from an article concerning the proposed railway) Telegram dated the 30th. April from F.W. ALLIN, Secretary Syndicate Company to A.L. BLACKMAN, approving contract: all which is respectfully submitted. W.V. WHITEWAY, Chairman. P.G. TESSIER, John RORKE, A. SHEA, A.W. HARVEY, C.R. AYRE, J.I. LITTLE, A.M. McKAY, Robt. J. KENT. Committee Room, April 20th, 1881.


The mails per ""Plover"" will close at 8 o'clock to-morrow morning.

Fishery Small quantities of herring have been taken in nets this week. A few days ago three or four large size codfish were caught in nets with herring at Friday's Bay.

Ship Arrival

The coastal steamer ""Plover"" made her first appearance here for the season, on Wednesday morning, in charge of Mr. MANUEL, the senior officer of the ship, Capt. BLANDFORD, not having arrived from the Ice on second trip, in time to take command. Mr. MANUEL is well acquainted with the dangerous creeks along the coast, and is in every way competent to take charge of a ten or fifteen knotter, which we hope in time, to see him commanding.

Ship Arrival

The schooner ""Lucy"", belonging to Messrs. OWEN & EARL which left Fogo a short time since for the French Shore on a trading trip, put in here on Tuesday, one of the crew having had one of his hands fractured by the explosion of a gun. We learn that the injury is not very serious.

Ship Departure

The schrs ""Emeline"" and ""Fawn"" left for St.John's with cargoes of seals for Messrs. W. WATERMAN & Co., the past week. Two or three others also left for same place.

Disabled Ship

The following extracts are taken from the St. John's Chronicle of the 28th ult.:-- Early this morning the steamer ""Brooklyn City"", Capt. WEISS, arrived at this port with the disabled steamship ""Palmyra"", Capt. WOOLFENDEN, in tow. It appears that the ""Palmyra"" was on a voyage from Liverpool to New York when the accident, viz, the breaking of the shaft of her propeller, befell her and left her in an unmanageable condition. Fortunately, however, she was not long in this dilemma before the ""Brooklyn City"" hove in sight and rendered her the assistance which this morning, resulted in her arrival at this port. The ""Palmyra"" has about 700 passengers on board, and is 1,331 tons burthen. The ""Brooklyn City"" is 1,122 tons and bound from New York to Bristol, cattle laden.


May 19, 1881
  House of Assembly

From the Public Ledger. Wednesday, 23 March. House met pursuant to adjournment at half-past three o'clock. Hon. Mr. RORKE presented a petition from James HOWELL, of Carbonear, praying for compensation for loss of his property by fire in that town in October last, which he requested should be read. The Hon. gentleman observed that he could testify as to the truth of the statements contained therein. The petitioner had suffered very severely. His clothes, tools and other property to the value of 100 were completely lost, leaving him dreadfully, impoverished, and taking away his entire means of support. He recommended the petitioner to the sympathy of the House and the petition to their consideration.

House of Assembly "Thursday March 24. The House opened at 3.30 pm. Petitions: M. PENNEY presented several petitions from the inhabitants of Bay de Verde, upon the subject of roads. Mr. NORMAN presented a petition from Charles DAWE and others of Brigus and Burnt Head, and from Samuel BUTLER and others of Bareneed, on the subjects of roads.

House of Assembly

Monday, March 28th. Petitions: Mr. McLOUGHLAN presented a petition from Anastatia DOWNEY, late keeper of the Poor Asylum, praying for a retiring allowance in connection with her long services as superintendent of the Poor Asylum of St. John's.


Cod-Fish - On Tuesday last there was a fair sign of fish at Herring Neck, thirty or forty having been jigged in one instance. This, we understand, is the first sign of fish worth mentioning there has been in this direction up to the present.

Ship Arrival

The ""Plover"", returning to St. John's, arrived here early on Friday morning, having on board a number of passengers from the North.

The Clergy

Personal. The Rev. W. TEMPLE, who has been discharging his ministerial duties in White Bay since voluntarily accepting that Mission, arrived here last week. Notwithstanding the arduous work and exposure to which the faithful performance of his high and sacred office subjected him, we are glad to know that he has enjoyed fine health during the winter and that the Spiritual blessings enjoyed through his ministry, have been greatly appreciated by the scattered families of that isolated part.

The Railway

The following are the names of the Representatives who voted for and against the Newfoundland Railway Bill:-- FOR: Hons. Attorney General, Receiver General, John RORKE, Chairman B. Works, Financial Secretary, Messrs. MACKAY, COLLING, SKELTON, SAINT, PENNEY, NORMAN, RICE, LITTLE, KENT, SCOTT, NOWLAN, O'MARA, McLOUGHLAN, PARSONS, WATSON, (chairman). AGAINST: Hons. J.S. WINTER, Speaker, Surveyor General, Messrs. DWYER, CARTER, GREEN, GOODRIDGE, and TESSIER.


Bank Fishery. -- The ""Ten Brothers"", POWER, master, arrived from the Banks to Messrs. Alan GOODRIDGE & Sons this morning with about 30 qtls. of fish. The Captain reports fish very plenty where he was, having secured the quantity of fish named the day before leaving, and is convinced that, were it not for being obliged to run, owing to a breeze of wind having sprung up, he would have had no difficulty in loading. He had to leave all his trawls after him. St. John's Chronicle.


May 26, 1881
  Ship Arrival

The schr. "Maggie Briggs"" arrived here on Monday last with a supply of new goods, to the firm of Robert SCOTT, Esq. Several craft have also returned from St. John's the past week.

The Fishery

The prospects in several localities of late have been good. A friend who arrived from the Northside of the bay a day or two since, informs us that on Friday and Saturday boats along the Cape Shore, (from Shoe Cove to Bett's Cove) had from half to one quintal each. It is apparent from this that the fish is ""striking in"" from the North. In some of the harbours nearby indications have also been encouraging. About Bonavista and King's cove we learn that a good deal was being done when ""Plover"" passed along.


We beg to call attention to the advertisement of Mr. John SKINNER, of the Terra Nova Marble Works, St. John's. He has now in stock a supply of first class monuments, grave stones, &c., and is prepared to execute orders from any or every part with the utmost dispatch. Mr. S.'s designs are of the latest English and American, while the artistic skill displayed in their execution cannot fail to please, the charges at the same time being very moderate.


Missionary Meeting at Fogo. We understand that the annual Missionary Meeting in connection with the Methodist Church of Canada, was held on the evening of Friday, the 13th inst., commencing at half-past seven. The meeting having been opened with praise and prayer, the Chairman, T.C. DUDER, Esq., J.P., gave a suitable address. A report was read by the minister of the circuit, Rev. A. HILL, after which the Rev. T.W. ATKINSON, of Twillingate, and J.G. LUCAS, Esq., Sub-Collector, addressed the audience in a pleasing style, and the occasion throughout was one of interest. On the following Monday evening the Missionary Meeting was held at Indian Islands. The chair was taken by J.G. LUCAS, Esq., who having addressed the meeting, was followed by the Revds. Messrs, ATKINSON and HILL.

Ship Arrival

The coastal steamer ""Plover,"" with mails and passengers, called here on Tuesday night, and after remaining the usual time proceeded to the ports of call further North. We were proud to see Capt. S. BLANDFORD again in command, and must congratulate him on the success which attended him in the prosecution of the sealing enterprise the past spring. May good fortune characterise his voyage along our dangerous coast the ensuing season.

Return of Politician

R.P. RICE, Esq., J.P., M.H.A., for this district, arrived from the Metropolis last week, after an absence of four or five months. We believe the interests of the district entrusted to him as one of our three Representatives, were closely watched by the local member, during the session of the Legislature, and no doubt when the allocations for the various portions of the district are appropriated, improvements will be apparent in different directions. We welcome the return of our Hon. member.

Visiting Merchant

R. SCOTT, Esq., one of the principal mercantile gentlemen of Fogo, was here a short time the early part of the week. Mr. SCOTT has a shrewd business tact, and after years of assiduous toil and close attention to business, has gained an elevation in mercantile status worthy of commendation. The branch of his trade here conducted by the Agent, Mr. J.G. LUCAS, jr., is somewhat extensive. Mr. S. was on a visit to the Old Country during the past winter. We were glad to see him looking so well after his return, and wish him every success in his future business speculations.

Visiting Clergy

The Rev. S. FLYNN, of Fortune Harbour, is just spending a short time at the residence of J.B. TOBIN, Esq. The pastoral labours of the new Rev. gentleman have been confined chiefly to Little Bay the last few months, where, we understand, he has won the appreciation of his flock.

The Fishery

Bank Fishing. -- Messrs. C. MARCH & Sons' schooner ""Betsey,"" Capt. McGINNS, arrived from the Banks yesterday with equal to 275 quintals dry codfish and fifteen quintals halibut. The Betsey experienced rough weather, but sustained no damage whatever. A supply of clam bait is ready for her, and she will return to the fishing grounds as soon as possible. The schooner ""Snow Bird"", Capt. HICKEY, arrived at Placentia yesterday with about 200 quintals. It will be remembered that a report was in circulation here a few days since to the effect that this vessel had been run down while fishing on the banks and all hands lost. The reprehensible practice of circulating such unfounded reports cannot be too strongly condemned. A telegram was received by Messrs. R. PROWSE & Sons this forenoon stating that their banking schooner ""Samie S. McKown"" arrived at Fermeuse on Friday last with 300 quintals. A recent arrival at St.Mary's reports the ""J.W. Roberts"" with a good catch. -- Evening Telegram.

Ship Collision

The ""S.S. Hercules"", when leaving for Bett's Cove yesterday afternoon, collided with the schr. "Guerilla"" from Twillingate, tacking in the harbour at the time. She was struck on the port quarter, which driving her stern to leeward, brought her in collision with the jib-boom of the barque ""Eva"", lying at anchor in the harbour, tearing her mainsail and carrying away her mainboom. The Hercules on clearing from the Guerilla ran into the Eva, striking her in the port quarter, and breaking in her bulwarks. There was no injury done to the Hercules, and she proceeded on her journey.


Per ""Plover"" for the northward - Old Perlican - J. Bay. Trinity - Mr. BREINNER. Fogo - Miss SMITH and Miss HEAGAN. Twillingate - Messrs. WILLIAMS, L. BOYLE, P. BOYLE and MURPHY. Little Bay - Master CAIN; 150 in steerage.


TAYLOR. - At Salmon Cove, Port-de-Grave. On the 8th inst., Mrs. James TAYLOR, aged 97 years, after a long and painful illness borne with Christian resignation.


June 2, 1881
  Methodist Church

Bonavista District. Programme of the Public Services of the Bonavista District to be held in the Methodist Church, Twillingate. The following will be the Ministers homes while in Twillingate: -- BRAMFITT, Rev. R. at Mr. A. LINFIELD. BULLEN, Rev., Geo. at R.D. HODGE, Esq. EMBREE, Rev. J. at The Parsonage. EDYVEAN, Rev. H.W. at Messrs. J. & E. WHELLOR. HEAL. Rev. J.B. at Mr. Thos. LINFIELD. HILL, Rev. Jabez at Mr. A. ROBERTS. HILL Rev. Anthony at Mr. A. LINFIELD. JENNINGS, Rev. Wm. at R.P. RICE, Esq., M.H.A. LISTER, Rev. at Mr. J. COOPER. NURSE, Rev. J. at The Parsonage. PARKINS, Rev. J. at Mr. SAMWAYS. PETER, Rev. J. at Mr. COOPER. VATER, Rev. Geo. at Mr. A. ROBERTS. HEMLAW, Mr. at Mr. C. MOXHA. The District Meeting will open (D.V.) on Friday morning, June 10th, at ten o'clock.

Ship Arrival

H.M.S. "Phantom"", one of the war ships that will be engaged in the protection of the fisheries the present summer, may be expected here from St. John's in a day or two.

Ship Arrival

The steamer ""Hercules"", Capt. CROSS, arrived here from St. John's on Tuesday evening. We were pleased to see amongst the passengers the Rev. Mr. HIGGINSON and lady, who were en route for Tilt Cove, the scene of that gentleman's ministerial labours. As this is Mrs. HIGGINSON's first visit to Twillingate, we must extend to her our warmest welcome, and sincerely trust that she will enjoy years of happiness in this ""Newfoundland of ours. " We would also note en passant, that N. GILL, Esq., Mrs. GILL, and Miss KILLIGREWS were on board the ""Hercules"", likewise bound to Tilt Cove. Also Mr. GREEN, partner of the firm of CURTIS & GREEN, of the saw mill works, Hall's Bay, who was on his way to that place.

Ship Arrival "The ""Alpha,"" Captain LEONARD, of Swansea, arrived here on Saturday last via St. John's, with a cargo of salt to the firm of the late E. DUDER, Esq. She left the Capital on the 24th ult., and the following morning experienced a snow fall, some five or six inches having fallen upon the deck. The winds were very light and variable nearly all the distance, some ice was encountered. The ""Alpha"" is about 500 tons; barque rigged, well founded, and is in every respect adapted to encounter the dangers of the sea. Being built specially for the copper trade she is constructed of the most substantial material that could possibly be secured. The Captain expects to be in port five of six weeks, and after leaving here will proceed to Bett's Cove, whence he will sail for an English market with a load of copper ore. We are glad to welcome the Captain to our shores for the first time, and hope that he may enjoy pleasant weather during his short sojourn in our port.

Ship Arrival

The schooner ""Sonata"", ELLIS, master, on her way from St. John's to Straits of Belle Isle, put in here last night. She left St. John's eight days since and encountered adverse, squally winds nearly all the time. Yesterday the ice was met with, 40 miles E.S.E. of the Grey Islands, and the captain was compelled to bear up for this port, leaving the ice thirteen miles off Twillingate. He leaves again to-day and hopes, by taking the inside run, to reach his destination in a few days. Several other craft also left St. John's about the same time for the Straits, for the fishery.

Ship Departure

We are indebted to J.C. DUDER, Esq., Sub-Collector, Bett's Cove for the following information: ""May 23 - The steamer ""Ranzani"" sailed for Liverpool to-day with 1800 tons of copper ore. The day following she put back to this port, having struck an iceberg off Fogo sustaining damage to her bows, which is being repaired.

Ship News "Port of Bett's Cove. Arrived:- May 16, - Str. "Ranzani"", RICHARDS, 912 tons register from Newcastle. Coal. May 17, - Str. "Roxburg Castle"", TURPIN. 1240 tons register from New York. Ballast. May 20, - Str. "Rowland"", TYRER, 918 tons register, from St. John's. Cleared:- May 23 - Str. "Ranzani"", for Liverpool, 1800 tons copper. May 25 - Str. "Rowland"" for Swansea, 1800 tons copper ore. She loaded at Bett's Cove.


LEWIS. -- At Herring Neck, May 24th, the wife of Mr. Roberts LEWIS of a daughter.


MANUEL.-- At Locke's Harbour, May 10th, the wife of Mr. Valentine MANUEL, of a daughter.


HILL. -- At Black's Island, on the 26th ult., the wife of Mr. William HILL of a son.


SIMMS - PARSONS. -- On ascension Day at St. Nicholas's Church, Leading Tickles, by Rev H.C.H. JOHNSON, Archibald, son of the late Mr. G. SIMMS to Livinia, daughter of the late Mr. Jacob PARSONS.


BUTLER - QUIRK. At Fortune Harbour on the 22nd ult., by the Rev. S. FLYNN, Mr. Thos. BUTLER, to Margaret, second daughter of Mr. Thos. QUIRK.


LEWIS.-- At Herring Neck, May 30th, of diphtheria, Victoria Helena, daughter of Robert and Catherine LEWIS, aged two years and three months. Death

ALCOCK.-- On Ascension Day at Leading Tickle, after a long and painful illness, Rachel, the beloved wife of Robert ALCOCK, jr. "Peace shall follow battle. ""


For Sale. One fine Harmonium. Apply to P. SAMWAYS. June 2.


For Sale. At Little Bay Island, on or before the 13th October, a dwelling-House, situate near the end of the harbour, opposite the Government wharf. Full particulars may be had at the Sun Office, Twillingate, or from the owner, Little Bay Island. Address, W. GARLAND, Little Bay Island, Notre Dame Bay, or A.B.C.D. same place. June 2.


June 9, 1881
  Donation "We ought to have stated a fortnight ago that Thos. C. DUDER, Esq., J.P., of Fogo, has given 5, through the Superintendent of the circuit, Rev. T.W. ATKINSON to the new Methodist Church, Back Harbour Road.

The Fishery

Fishery Information. -- During the past eight or ten days the results of the fishery operations around this neighbourhood have not been altogether cheering. Some who use traps have been somewhat successful, but the hook and line men have done comparatively nothing. It is said that fish have been plentiful on the grounds but they could not be caught with bait. We learn that Mr. KEEFE of Little Harbour has about one hundred qtls. on shore, having been taken with trap. We learn that very little was being done by the fishermen about Bonavista and Greenspond when the ""Plover"" called there coming North. Salmon are scarce in this vicinity. A few have been secured lately, mostly of a large size. Caplin made their appearance at Little Harbour a few days since.

Accidental Death

We are sorry to hear of the melancholy death of George, son of Mr. Mathew DALTON of Exploits, Burnt Island. It appears that the deceased was returning from St. John's, and, when off Baccalieu Island, whilst lying becalmed, he came up out of the cabin, and the main-boom swinging round, unperceived by him, he was knocked overboard, and although a boat was lowered, before he could be reached, he had sank to rise no more. We extend to the bereaved family our heartfelt sympathy.

Arrival of Ship

Personal. We notice the arrival, per ""Plover"", from the capital of J.W. NURSE, Esq., and the Rev. T.W. TEMPLE, both of whom we are happy to see looking well. Also, T. HODGE, Esq., of Fogo, came per Plover on Tuesday evening. Our local representative R.P. RICE, Esq., who left per last Plover for Fogo, for the purpose of visiting his constituents in that part of the district, returned a few days since. It well is to find that Mr. RICE is desirous to make himself personally acquainted with the requirements of the various sections of the district.

Appointment of J.P.

We are glad to observe that Mark OSMOND, Esq., of Morton's Harbour, has lately been appointed a Justice of the Peace for the Northern District, and have much pleasure in congratulating him on his appointment to that honorary position.

The Fishery

The schooner ""Oleander"", LEARY, master, arrived at Carbonear from the Banks on the 28th ult., with equal to 600 quintals fish. Rough weather was experienced, the sea having swept the decks, carrying away part of her bulwarks.

House Fire

Fire at Brigus. -- On the 25th., about half-past 5 o'clock, the people of Brigus were startled by an alarm of fire, and shortly after flames were observed issuing from a dwelling house occupied by Miss NOWLAN. The fire rapidly extended to the whole building and in less that two hours from the time the alarm was given nothing but a heap of cinders remained to mark the place where the house stood. During the conflagration several buildings near by, were in imminent danger, but the efforts of the people were successful and the fire was confined to the house in which it originated. We understand there was no insurance on the property.

Fishing News

By late advices from Trinity Bay we are pleased to learn that fishing prospects there are brightening and the people are actively engaged in prosecuting their ""time honoured occupation. " One day last week all the boats at Scilly Cove secured full fares, and during the past few days good work has been done all along the South side of the bay.

The Fishery

We have to thank an esteem friend for the following extract from a letter received yesterday from Placentia:-- ""The fishery has been fairly commenced here. Some of the Red Island and Fox Harbour boats secured good fares last week; on the whole there are better prospects than last spring. The schooner ""Nimbus"", belonging to Messrs. W. & A. BRADSHAW of this place, arrived here on Saturday last with three hundred and fourteen tubs, equal to about four hundred quintals of dry fish. She was only eight days on the Banks and used sixty-five barrels of iced herring. The master reports fish plenty and large. It livered well yielding the full of nine butts, besides a quantity they threw overboard for want of casks. The Nimbus took her fish about 200 miles off Cape St. Mary's. Herring are not very plenty here at present. St. John's Evening Telegram.


WATKINS. WHELLOR. On the 15th inst., by the Rev. T.W. ATKINSON, Mr. Jacob WATKINS, to Miss Esther WHELLOR, both of Twillingate.


Wanted to purchase, A small waterside premises, with a few feet of frontage ground. Apply to the Sun Office. Twillingate, April 7.


June 16, 1881
  Ship Arrival

H.M.S. "Druid"", came into port on Saturday evening and left again early Monday morning.

Delivery of Goods

New Goods.- The ""Zingra"" arrived from Liverpool on Monday last to J.B. TOBIN, Esq., with a cargo of goods, &c.

The Clergy "We are requested to state that the Rev. Geo. VATER, will occupy the pulpit of the Methodist Church, South-side, on Sunday next, morning and evening. Also, that Mr. HEMLAW will preach at Little harbour at 11 o'clock and in the Temperance Hall at half-past 6 p.m.

Forest Fire

Fire in Hall's Bay.- For some days past a fire has been raging in the vicinity of Hall Bay, destroying much of the valuable forests in that part. When the steamer left Little Bay Mines on Tuesday, the fire was advancing with great rapidity towards that place, and great consternation was manifested by the inhabitants, fearing that the destructive element would soon reach them, the fire then being not more than twenty miles from the settlement. We regret to hear that a new house and premises belonging to Mr. John CURTIS have been completely destroyed. The saw-mill works have escaped damage. It is said that the fire originated at Indian Brook, being caused by sparks which flew among the bushes from the funnel of a dwelling there.

Ship Arrival

The steamer ""Hercules"" arrived from St. John's on Saturday night, having on board a number of passengers and a large quantity [*] for the respective ports in the bay. She remained until Monday, and having landed the freight for Twillingate, left for the Mining settlements, calling at Exploits, where a quantity of freight was landed for J. MANUEL, Esq. The steamer called here again on Wednesday morning, en route for the Capital. [* Transcriber's Note: The article does not indicate what the ""large quantity"" was.]"

Ship Passengers

Personal.- Amongst the passengers on board the ""Hercules"" from St. John's, we are pleased to see J. MANUEL, Esq. of Exploits. J.W. McCURDY, Esq., of Bett's Cove, was on board the steamer on her return to St. John's.

Schooner Accident

A Schooner Dismasted in Conception Bay.- The schooner ""Douro"", Captain BISHOP, was towed into port this morning with loss of spars and in a leaky condition. The Douro sailed from Cupids at 9 a.m. on Wednesday last, with supplies for the fishery and about fifty persons - men, women and children - bound to Bateaux, Labrador. The weather being fine and the wind fair , no apprehension of accident was entertained by any one; and as the schooner glided down the bay under ""wing-and-wing-canvass"" everything seemed to auger a speedy and successful voyage. "But pleasure are like poppies spread; We seize the flower, its bloom is shed. " At noon, when near the mouth of the bay, and about mid-way between Cape St. Francis and Island Cove, the foremast, without giving any warning whatever, snapped a few feet below the crosstrees and crashed down upon the deck, immediately followed by the main top mast. The broken spars, as they come into contact with the deck, shook the Douro from bulwarks to keelson, and caused her to leak badly. In this helpless condition the schooner drifted about the bay until the evening, when the ""Royal Arch"", Capt. GOSSE, of Spaniard's Bay, went to her assistance and towed her in Bay-de-Verd. Yesterday the steam-tug ""Cabot"" was dispatched to bring the vessel to this place for repairs, and as already stated, she arrived here early this morning. The crew of the Duoro have reason to be thankful that no personal injury was sustained by any one during the accident.


WELLS. - On the 1st inst., the wife of Sergeant WELLS of a son.


June 23, 1881

We regret to learn that diphtheria is still prevalent at Herring Neck, and that some cases have proved fatal of late. We extend our sympathy to Mr. Robert LEWIS for the bereavement he has again been called to sustain.

Bonavista News

We are indebted to an esteemed Bonavista correspondent, for the following items:- The barque ""Glen Afton"" and schr. "Hind"", both from Liverpool, the former at this port, the latter at King's Cove are discharging salt and general Merchandise for James RYAN, Esq. I believe the Glen AFTON when discharged, proceeds to Bett's Cove for copper ore. Early on the morning of the 10th inst., the magisterial residence here was entered by a maniac, who should not have been at large, and a great deal of valuable furniture, pictures and bric-a-brac demolished and rendered valueless. Complaint it is said, had been made to the Magistrate by the friends of the unfortunate madman as to his ...olent demonstrations, desiring his incarceration; this it seems was refused. The sequel illustrates which party was right.

Ship Passengers

Personal.- We are pleased to note the arrival, per ""Plover"", of the Rev. Theodore NURSE, son of our townsman J. NURSE, Esq.; also Samuel BAIRD Esq., Stipendary Magistrate of Greenspond, an old friend and familiar acquaintance to many in this district. Also Mr. J.H. TAVERNER, who has been on the visit to the Metropolis. The Rev. George VATER leaves for Bonavista by this Plover, to attend to pastoral duties, until the return of the minister of the circuit from Conference.


Mr. J.G. LUCAS, jr., left for St. John's by last Plover, and having there had the matrimonial ceremony performed, returned with his wife by same steamer on Wednesday morning, probably elated with the thought of having advanced to such a blissful state, as some would say.

The Fishery

Two or three craft belonging to Catalina are in port awaiting a time North. Since leaving, they have been fishing along the shore and have secured from 40 to 60 qlts. respectively.


A fatal accident occurred near Cape St. Mary's on Thursday last. While the crew of a small schooner belonging to Burin were engaged in ""overhauling their trawls"" one of the boats capsized and the occupants were thrown into the water. A strong wind prevailed at the time, in consequence of which assistance could not readily reach them; meanwhile one of the crew, a young man named John HOLLETT, after a hard struggle for life, disappeared and the crested waves rolled over him. The deceased was twenty years of age and unmarried. St. John's Evening Telegram.

Fire Alarm

About half-past 12 o'clock to day, while the wind was at its height and clouds of dust were making the shopkeepers mad and the non-shopkeepers rub their eyes, the lieges in general were startled by an alarm of fire from No. 2 Ward. The firemen turned out with their usual promptitude and, closely followed by a detachment of the Constabulary, hastened to the threatened locality. Their services, however, were not required, the fire - caused by a spark falling on the roof of a house occupied by a family named McGUIRE - having been extinguished by persons residing in the neighbourhood. Some of the shingles were slightly damaged; that's all. Ibid.


William HOLDEN, Esq., J.P., of Conception Harbour, was in town the past week. Mr. HOLDEN, a friend informs us, speaks very flatteringly of the mineral wealth of that region. Our informant further tells us that Mr. H. on Monday last received a cable-gram from England, stating that a party of mining prospectors were on the following Tuesday to leave by the Allan Steamer for Newfoundland. The object of their visit is in connection with working the gold, silver and copper deposits which are said to exist in large quantities at Conception Harbour. We are informed, moreover, that Mr. H. has also copper deposits at Salmon Cove and Gastors. Harbour Grace Standard.

Ship Passengers

Per steamer ""Plover"" from St. John's for the North - Old Perlican - Mrs. MORREY and Mrs. AVERY. Trinity - Mr. BREMNER. Catalina - Master ELLIS and Miss FASELY. Bonavista - Mrs. MILLS King's Cove - Mr. F. WINTON. Greenspond - Mr. CROSMAN. Fogo - Messrs. EARL, ROUSE, DEADY, FURYS and Mr. and Mrs. SCOTT and Mrs. ELLIS. Twillingate - Mr. and Mrs. LUCAS, Mrs. PAYNE, Mr. BERTEAU, Miss CANTWELL, Rev. Mr. NURSE, Mr. BEARD, Mr. TAVERNER and Miss TAVERNER, Little Bay - Mr. O'NEIL. Betts Cove - Mr. BRIDGES. Tilt Cove - Mr. PARSONS and Mr. WELSHMAN; 20 in steerage. Birth

OSMOND. - At Tizzard's Harbour on Wednesday, the 15th inst., the wife of Mr. Joseph OSMOND of a son.


LUCAS - TORRAVILLE. - At St. Thomas's Church, St. John's, on Wednesday last, by the Rev. A.C.F. WOOD, John G., second son of J.G. LUCAS, Esq., to Harriet, third daughter of Mr. Chas. TORRAVILLE both of Fogo.


FRENCH - NEWMAN. - At St. Peter's Church, Twillingate, June 10th, by the Rev. R. TEMPLE, Mr. Joshua FRENCH of Harbour Grace, to Lavenia, youngest daughter of Mr. Samuel NEWMAN of Twillingate.


WHEELER - LUCAS - On the evening of June 2nd, at the residence of J.G. LUCAS, Esq., Custom House Officer, Fogo, by the Rev. A. HILL, Mr. J.B. WHEELER, Methodist school teacher of Musgrave Harbour, to Sarah Rebecca LUCAS of Fogo.


JONES - WATERMAN. - At St. Andrew's Church, Fogo, on the 15th., by the Rev. C. MEEK, Mr. James JONES to Jane, second daughter of Mr. John WATERMAN, both of Fogo.

Died "LEWIS. - At Herring Neck, on the 7th June, Alice Maud, aged 2 weeks. Also on the 8th. Agnes Mary, aged 7 years, of diphtheria, daughter's of Robert and Catherine LEWIS.


YOUNG - On Saturday, June 18th, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Mr. Philip YOUNG, age 36 years.


June 30, 1881

The ""Sun"" for one Dollar and Fifty Cents. - Any person sending another name with their own will receive the Sun this year for One Dollar and Fifty Cents; each paper being separately addressed to the respective parties.

The Fishery

A little has been done by our fishermen in this part the past week. In the neighbourhood of St. John's the prospects appear to be sheering. From the Telegram of the 22nd, we get the following: - ""Fish continues plentiful everywhere in the neighbourhood of St. John's. A passenger per ""Nova Scotia"" reports that an immense fleet of fishing boats are on all the ""grounds"" along the Southern coast. Caplin are very abundant in Conception Bay this week. The quality of the fish being caught is also excellent. ""

Ship Arrival

The schooner ""Lucy Pender,"" SNOW, master, arrived from the French Shore a few days since. she was away some ten or twelve days and secured during that time over one hundred quintals. Reports from that quarter are very encouraging. One of Mr. Simon Young's' craft is said to have 400 quintals.

The Clergy

The Newfoundland Methodist Conference opened in the Church St. John's on Wednesday, the 22nd. We learn from a late copy of the Telegram that the Rev. C. LADNER has been elected President, and the Rev. George BOYD, Secretary.

Departure of ships

On Friday last, seventeen sail of craft left Exploits harbour for the Labrador. They all belong to that port, and we understand that they are as fine a lot of craft as can be commanded by any other port in the colony.

Arrival of schooners

Last Friday evening two new schooners, named the ""Jabez"" and ""Harmony"" owned by Josiah MANUEL, Esq., J.P., of Exploits, and built there the past winter, came into our harbour. They are each upwards of 30 tons, prettily modelled and strongly built. One of them left on the following evening for Labrador, the other has returned to Exploits, and will we presume, be engaged in a trading speculation during the summer.

The Fishery

A number of our sailing craft left for Labrador the past week, and with few exceptions all have now taken their departure for the prosecution of the fisheries upon that coast. We wish them a safe and speedy return, and hope that success may crown their efforts. It is a pity that the season is so far advanced before many of the craft get away. By waiting here in the hope of accruing a few qtls of shore fish, the probabilities are that they will be too late for the first ""striking in"" of the fish upon the Labrador coast - a loss which might seriously prevent them from making up a good voyage afterwards, many instances of which have been known in the past.

Ship Arrival

The Revenue cruiser, ""Rose"", Capt. STEVENSON, bound for the Labrador coat, put into port yesterday forenoon, having on board the Collector of Customs for that coast, Mr. BERTEAU, son of our worthy Stipendiary magistrate, F. BERTEAU, Esq. The Rose leaves in the morning. We are indebted to the captain for late copies of St. John's papers.


We are sorry to hear that a craft belonging Mr. William RICHARDS of Herring Neck, when beating out of the harbour last evening, bound for Labrador, mis-stayed and went ashore near Rages Rock, becoming a total wreck.

Ship News

We understand that the ""Plover"", after returning to St. John's the last trip, had to proceed to Sydney to go on dock. If this is the case she need not be expected here until about the end of next week. The steamer ""Hercules"" was engaged to convey an excursion party from St. John's to Harbour Grace yesterday. We learn that she will be here the last of the week.

Visit of Politician

Our local representative, R.P. RICE, Esq., left here a short time since to visit his constituents on the other side of the Bay. The following is from a Bett's Cove correspondent writing under date of the 21st inst., says:-- ""We have had the pleasure of the company of our esteemed member, R. P. RICE. Esq.., of Twillingate to-day. At 4 p.m. he left this port, proceeding further North. We understand Mr. RICE intends visiting the whole of this great District he has the honour to represent in the Assembly. His constituents everywhere seem cheered by his presence amongst them, as it is seldom they are visited by any of their representatives in these Northern parts. ""

Boat Accident

This morning, while some Belle Isle men were proceeding to the fishing ground, they observed a punt, bottom up drifting toward the shore. It is supposed that the boat, in attempting to cross the ""Ledge"" last night, was upset and the crew drowned. -- St. John's Telegram, June 23.

Shipping News

We note the following shipping news in connection with the firm of Messrs. W. WATERMAN & Co.: The ""Success"", ""Branksea"", ""Messenger"", arrived a few days since with cargoes of salt, and provisions. The English schooner ""Robert"" Capt. HUXTABLE, arrived from Cadiz via St. John's with cargo of salt, making a fair run. She has since left for Sydney. The English schooner ""Heroine"", Capt. WILKINS, arrived from Poole, Dorset, with general cargo making the run in 33 days. Having landed part of cargo, she proceeded to Fogo on Saturday last. The ""Constance,"" Capt. PEARCE, arrived from Cadiz on Tuesday with a cargo of salt, being thirty-six days from that port. The captain reports having met a prevalence of calm weather and light winds. The schooner ""Faith"" is shortly expected from Pool, Dorset, also a vessel from Cadiz with salt cargo. The fine schooner ""Flamingo"", 72 tons, recently launched by the SCEVIOURS of Exploits arrived, and was cleared for the Labrador. Much credit is due to the builder and proprietors for the superior model and workmanship of the craft, which we believe will compare favourably with many built in the lower Provinces.

Shipping News

Port of Betts Cove. ENTERED: June 8 - Str. Rayner, PUTT, Newcastle, 814 tons register, 600 tons coal. June 10 - Str. Rossend Castle, ADAMS, Philadelphia, 1,124 tons register, ballast. June 16 - Barque Albert Young, DAVIS, Fogo, 306 tons register, ballast. Str. Behara, PATRIE, Marseilles, 1,934 tons register, ballast. June 18 - Str. Regulus, OWENS, North Shields, 913 tons register, ballast. CLEARED: June 1 - str. Roxburg Castle, TURPIN, for Liverpool, 1,240 tons register, 2/500 tons copper ore. June 14 - str. Rayner, PUTT, for Swansea, 814 tons register, 1,500 tons copper ore. June 20 - str. Rossend Castle, ADAMS, for Liverpool, 1,124 tons register, 2,200 tons copper ore. Port of Tilt Cove. ENTERED: June 3 - Skitty Bell, MENDUS, St.John's, ballast. June 5 - Hondiklip, BIDDLE. St. John's, 224 tons register, general cargo. CLEARED: June 7 - Skitty Bell, MENDUS, for Swansea, 171 tons register, 280 tons copper ore. June 16 - Hondiklip, BIDDLE, for Swansea, 224 tons register, 412 tons copper ore.


HODGE. - On the 26th inst., the wife of R.D. HODGE, Esq., of a son.


POND.- On Sunday last, after a long illness, Lydia, beloved daughter of the late Mr. T. POND, of Farmer's Arm, Twillingate, aged 17 years.


Contributed by George White (2002)
Transcribed by Ron St. CROIX (May, 2002)

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (December 2002)

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