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Twillingate Sun
November - December

November 11, 1881

Fresh Salmon. -- A few fresh salmon, large size, were in market the past week which sold at 6d. per lb.

Steamer Arrival

The steamer ""Plover"" made a special trip to this port last week arriving on Friday with at cargo of flour to Messrs. W. WATERMAN & Co., the vessel consigned to them with the same having made St. John's her terminus.

Note of Thanks

The Rev. Henry JOHNSON begs hereby to thank Messrs. NURSE, G. PEARCE, Philip WELLS, and others for so kindly rendering assistance to his Mission Boat, which drove from her anchorage in Back Harbour during the gale of Sunday the 16th. ult. Had it not been for their timely aid the boat would have been materially damaged.


For the past few weeks numbers of residents from various parts of the Bay have been here transacting business. With others we were glad to see our old friends Mr. William ROUSELL, Sr., of Leading Tickles and Mr. James PARSONS, of Lushes Bight. We hope that one and all may have a safe return to their respective homes.

Loss of Schooner

We have to thank an esteemed Tilt Cove correspondent for the following item concerning the loss of a schooner belonging to Little Bay Islands, which occurred at Shoe Cove during a gale on the 28th ult.:-- ""At Shoe Cove this morning, in the dawning, a schooner about 30 tons register, commanded by one George GRIMMS of Little Bay Islands, dragged her two anchors and went ashore. The master and crew seeing little or no chance of saving their lives by holding on to the vessel managed to board the ""Nil Desperandum,"" belonging to H. HERBERT, Esq. of Nipper's Harbor that was lying near them. When first Mr. GRIMMS' vessel struck the rocks she broke off at the main hatch and after a few thumps was broken in small pieces. She was loaded with timber. ""

Narrow Escape

Narrow Escape from Drowning.-- On Tuesday evening three individuals belonging to the Arm, left Capt. WREY's wharf in (a) boat for the South-side. Having previously indulged a little too freely in beverages of an intoxicating tendency, the trio could not refrain from displaying ""tactics"" and when a few yards from the land, the boat tipped over, plunging its occupants into the water. Had it not been for timely assistance afforded, the result of their ""dip"" would have been most serious.

Return of Schooner

The schooner ""Vivid"", owned by Messrs. HODDER & LINFIELD, returned from the French Shore on Tuesday last, where she has been employed in a trading venture the past season. This is the second time the Vivid has come back with a full cargo of this year's produce. She arrived late in September with 1,600 qtls. of fish, 60 tierce of salmon, and 7 tons oil. This time her cargo consists of 1,600 qtls. fish and a quantity of oil, both trips being remarkably good. Three or four other craft have also arrived from the French Shore within the past few weeks with cargoes of fish, &c., to the same firm.The Vivid formerly belonged to the firm of E. DUDER, Esq.; is well and substantially built, and is a fast sailor as is well known from the quick trips made while running for her former owner. She was purchased last spring by Messrs. HODDER & LINFIELD, and it is pleasing to know that the speculation has thus far proved so successful. We trust that the enterprising firm may have continued success in the future. She left for St.John's on Wednesday morning last, Mr. T. LINFIELD, one of the partners of the firm, taking passage by her.


Saturday last being the 5th of November, various displays of bon-fires were to be seen in the night on the surrounding hills, which for a day or two before the juveniles seem to take a good deal of trouble to prepare.

Ship Departures

The schooners ""Branksea,"" ""Mary Parker,"" and ""Vivid"" left for St. John's on Wednesday last with cargoes of fish &c. The ""Young Builder"", Capt. A. ROBERTS left for same place on the previous Monday with a full cargo for J.B. TOBIN, Esq.

Loss of Life & Property (1)

An appalling loss happened near Cann Island on the 26th. Ult. The subjoined particulars of which we take from the St. John's Telegram of the 5th. inst.: -- Mr. Benjamin SQUIRES, master of the schr. "Brothers,"" furnishes us with the following statement respecting the loss of the ""Ellen"" and all on board, near Cann Islands, on the morning of the 25th. ultimo: The Ellen was a schooner of 30 tons. She belonged to Bay Roberts and was under the command of my brother Edmund SQUIRES. He was bound from the French Shore to St. John's in company with me when the disaster occurred. We left the same harbor together on the morning of the 24th. October, and got along well enough until 11 o'clock that night. We were then about three miles from Cat Harbor. Here the sea came very rough and the wind increased to a gale. Indeed so unfavorable did the weather appear that we decided to make a harbor, and accordingly bore away and made the Wadham light at half-past 12.

Loss of Life & Property (2)

lt then gathered in thick and we ran for Seldom Come By. But having made too far Southward of the latter harbor, we were obliged to wear round and stand out to sea again. I could see the Ellen's light all the time. We had to crowd on as much canvas as possible to keep off the lee shore. About twenty minutes to four, when nearly clear of the leeward point, the light shown by my brother suddenly disappeared, and I fancied I saw the mainmast of his craft go overboard. Yesterday I received a letter from a person living near the scene of the wreck. From what he ways I am led to believe that when almost clear of the Eastern Point of Cann Island, and just at the time I lost sight of the light, a sudden squall carried away the schooner's mainmast, and, drifting in on the Brandies, she went to pieces. On Sunday last three bodies were recovered - a young woman aged 19, a boy of 15, and one of the crew - and sent to their sorrowing friends, who received them last evening. My brother had his daughter, sister and sister's son with him at the time. No one escaped to tell the terrible tale.


FURLONG. - At Tilt Cove, October 21st. The wife of Mr. Andrew FURLONG of a daughter.


SLATTERY. - At same place, October 25th, the wife of Mr. Michael SLATTERY of a daughter.


YOUNG - GILLETT. - On October 28th, by the Rev. T.W. ATKINSON, Mr. Abraham YOUNG to Miss Emily Brewster GILLETT, both of Twillingate.


BOURDEN - GILLARD. - On Nov 3rd by the same Mr. John Bourden to Miss Elizabeth GILLARD, both of Twillingate.


MORGAN - SLADE. - Same date by the same, Mr. James MORGAN to Miss Susanna SLADE, both of Twillingate.


RICE - WARR. - On Nov. 5th., in the Little Harbor Methodist Church, by the same, Mr. Wm. RICE to Miss Harriett WARR both of Little Harbor.


VIVIAN - BURTON. - On Nov. 5th, by the same, Thomas VIVIAN to Miss Selina BURTON, both of Twillingate.


McVICARS - CRANE. - At Little Bay Mines on 27 th. Oct., by the Rev. W. Scott WHITTIER, to Mr. Philip McVICAR, Mining Captain, Of Loch Lomond, C.B., Miss Eliza CRANE, youngest daughter of James CRANE, Esq., of Upper Island Cove, Conception Bay.


GILLINGHAM - COLES. - In St. Andrew's Church, Fogo, Oct. 3rd., by the Rev. C. MEEK, Mr. Robert GILLINGHAM, of Gander Bay, to Miss Miriam COLES, of Hare Bay.


MERCER - COFFIN. - By the same, in the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Barr'd Islands, Oct. 10th, Mr. George MERCER, to Miss Caroline COFFIN, both of Joe - Batt's Arm.


SIMMS - GILLETT. - By the same, in St. Andrew's Church, Fogo, Oct. 24th., Mr. Wm. SIMMS, to Miss Emily GILLETT, both of Fogo.


BROWN - MERCER. - By the same, in the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Barr'd Islands, Oct. 24th., Mr. Ambrose BROWN to Miss Martha MERCER, both of Joe Batt's Arm.


SNOW - FRANCIS. - By the same, Oct. 28th., Mr. Azariah SNOW, of Hare Bay to Miss Fanny FRANCIS, of Gander Bay.


ARNOTT - CULL. - By the same, Nov 7th. William Henry ARNOTT, of Wild Cove, Seldom-come-by, to Miss Harriet CULL of Indian Islands.


WHEELER - HILL. - At the Chapel School, Seal Cove, Bonavista Bay, on ""All Saint's Day"" by the Rev. Theodore NURSE, Mr. Henry WHEELER, to Caroline, daughter of Mr. James HILL, of Bonavista.


JENKINS - SAMPSON. - On the 9th. ult., at Musgrave Town, Bonavista Bay, by Rev. B. HEMLAW, Mr. Eli JENKINS, of Western Bay, to Sarah, daughter of the late Mr. John SAMPSON of Salvage.


STUCKLESS. - On the 5th. inst., after a protracted illness, with Christian fortitude to the Divine will, Mary Jane, daughter of the late Mr. Alexander STUCKLESS, aged 17 years. Funeral took place yesterday. The children of the Sunday School with which she was connected walking in procession before the corpse. A suitable address was given in the Church by Rev. T.W. ATKINSON.


LUDLOW. - At Tilt Cove, on the 21st. Inst., Lucy Ann the beloved wife of Abel LUDLOW, aged 24 years. The deceased was formerly a resident of Twillingate.


POWELL. - At Fogo, on Monday, the 7th. inst., after a lingering illness, John, only son of Mr. George POWELL, aged 27 years.


November 25, 1881
  Death on board Schooner

The steamer ""Hercules"" which left St. John's for the North on Friday evening last, put in here about 6 p.m. on Sunday, Captain CROSS not wishing to proceed further as one of the passengers, John RENDELL, Esq., M.H.A. for Trinity Bay, was ill and appeared to be in a dangerous state, and who, sad to relate, died on the following evening notwithstanding all that could be done for his recovery. Mr. RENDELL was a son of the Hon. Stephen RENDELL of St. John's and was on his way to Round Harbor where he had been engaged in a mercantile business for some time. The remains of the deceased were conveyed to St. John's in the schooner ""Bess... " which left here on Tuesday morning. We tender our sympathy to the sorrowing relatives.

Ship Arrival

The English schooner ""Rippl…. Wave"", Capt. GULLY, arrived here from Bristol on Sunday night, to Messrs. OWEN & EARLE, with general cargo, making the run in 35 days.

Return of Businessman

Personal. -- Mr. T. LINFIELD, (of the firm of HODDER & LINFIELD), who had been on a visit to the Metropolis for a short time, returned per ""Plover"" on Thursday morning. We are glad to see him looking so well after his trip.

Escape from Drowning (1)

Providential Escape From Drowning.-- Monday night of the 12th. inst., was one of intense darkness; in fact seldom is it that we realize such a dark mantle as overspread our Harbor at that time, and remembering that, unlike most places, we are without a single artificial ray to guide the pedestrian in his wanderings around our shores and wharves, coupled with the fact that, about this season our harbor is generally full of strangers, from all parts of the Bay, transacting their business e're the winter closes, it is a matter of the greatest wonder that so few accidents of a serious nature occur. About nine o'clock on the night mentioned, Messrs. Michael BYRNE and his son James proceeded to the wharf of Messrs. WATERMAN & Co., in order to board their schooner of which the latter is master, and who at once laid hold of the mainstay and swung himself so as to drop on deck, where he landed safely. But not so with his father who, in the act of boarding in the same manner, was precipitated into the water by the schooner giving a sudden r…… Fortunately, however, he went clear (of) any obstruction that might have inflicted injuries of a serious nature, and not having forgot the art of swimming, acquired in his younger days, he at once struck out for the shore where he landed safely, after a complete ducking.

Escape from Drowning (2)

At about 11 o'clock the same night Mr. Thomas BOYDE and daughter, Little Bay, left the shop of Messrs. WATERMAN & Co., (where they had been transacting business during the day), in order to go to lodgings for the night, but wishing to give some instructions to men on board a craft at the wharf, they both walked down, the father being on the outside. In the act of turning a corner, he told his daughter to take his hand, so that she should not (go) astray, and scarcely had the words been spoken when he walked right over the wharf, leaving her terror stricken. She, however, was equal to the occasion, and, being called back to consciousness by the splash in the water, she at once gave a good pair of lungs fair play, and her cries, with those of her parent, quickly summoned ....... from the schooners lying close by and from the establishment which they had just left, and assistance being quickly at hand, the struggling man was rescued from a watery grave. It was a most miraculous thing that he escaped, for in the fall he just brushed a projecting half-way platform used for passing fish from small boats upon the wharf, which if he had struck might have inflicted injuries of a fatal character. However, all's well that ends well; after a quick change of clothing and a good rubdown, and a little fainting, ...... brought the tragic event to a termination.


December 2, 1881

First Sign Of Seals.-- A young harp seal was captured in a net at Wild Gulch, (near Morton's Harbor) on Wednesday morning. We understand that one or two others were caught about the same place. This, we believe, is the first appearance of seals in that direction for the season. It is to be hoped that we may be able to report the capture of many in various parts, the next few months.

Ship Arrival

The coastal steamer ""Plover"", on her way to St. John's, made her usual call here about 3 a.m., Sunday. Going North last trip. She touched at Morton's Harbor to land quantities of freight for Messrs. M. OSMOND, S. SMALL and T. FRENCH. A great boon would be conferred on this and other places in the Bay, springing into importance, by regular visits of the coastal steamer, say monthly, or perhaps, for a time, less frequently. The increasing business relations of such communities with St. John's require direct communication therewith, while the legitimate rights of the people will claim it. We trust that the time is not far distant when these ports may be so favored.


Among the probable weather events for next year, contained on advance sheets of Vennor's Almanac, it is stated that in Newfoundland the winter of 1882 is likely to be very severe and stormy.


Drowned. -- A correspondent from Little Bay kindly furnishes the following: ""A man named Michael RIELLY, of Kilbride, (near St. John's) was drowned on Wednesday morning. It appears that he and two others were crossing Little Bay about two a.m., on that day, and when within two hundred yards from the shore the boat accidentally capsized. ""


There have been several cases of measles in this community of late; not however, of a very bad type. Through skilful medical treatment and proper care and attention on the part of those interested, all have convalesced, or are in a fair way for doing so, and we are not aware that in any one instance a case has proved fatal. Diphtheria still prevails at Herring Neck, and some cases of measles are also reported there. We are sorry to know that Mr. T. CONNOR, teacher of the Church of England day school, has lost his only son from the effects of both. We tender our sympathy to the family in their bereavement.


Henry BROWN, a servant to Mr. Reuben BLACKMORE, while in the Bay a few days since, with others of the boat's crew, after fire-wood, met with an accident by inflicting a large wound in his right arm. He rested his axe down a short distance from where his turn was, and when starting, the hauling rope gave way, and he fell backwards, his elbow striking the sharp implement, thereby sustaining the injury. He returned in Mr. BLACKMORE's craft yesterday, which brought a full load of wood-fuel. A young man named William POOLE, of Little Harbor, while cutting timbers for a boat near Rocky Pond, Friday's Bay, on Wednesday last, accidentally cut his foot across the instep, which had a like to prove serious. He was taken to his home yesterday morning.

Ship Arrival

The steamer ""Hercules,"" going to St. John's put into port yesterday morning, having been as far as Battle Harbor. She experienced very severe weather on the Labrador coast.

Ship Arrival

The schooner ""Mary M.,"" Capt. I. BARTLETT, Jr., put into port on Wednesday morning, having had her foresail torn to pieces while crossing the Straits in a heavy gale a few days ago. She is owned by Messrs. N. STABB & Sons, St. John's, and left there early in October for Esquimaux Bay, Labrador, with a cargo of supplies for the establishment of a salmon and fur post in that quarter. One of the members of the above firm, and a projector of the enterprise, T. STABB, Esq., is on board; also his son and Mr. LILLY, who is enjoying a holiday trip to the Northern regions. The Mary M. started for St. John's on the 16th. ult., and encountered very boisterous weather nearly all the time. She will probably be delayed here until Monday, as a new sail or two will be required.

Ship Arrival

The ""Young Builder,"" Capt. Andrew ROBERTS, arrived from St. John's on Sunday morning last, having been engaged in trading and collecting in White Bay the past season for J.B. TOBIN, Esq. She brought back two full cargoes of fish, &c., and considering the very unfavorable weather nearly all the season, has done good work. Several other craft, which left St. John's when the Young Builder did, have not yet arrived.

Newfoundlander's Abroad

At the recent examinations, Queen's College, Kingston, Mr. N. Stewart FRASER Matriculated with honors, being equal with W. CLYDE as winners of the first scholarship. Mr. FRASER enjoyed the careful training of the late Mr. SCOTT for some years previous to leaving for Kingston, to which doubtless he is indebted for his after success. -- St. John's Nfldr.

Ship Grounding

A brigantine named the ""H.R. Jones,"" a week out from Halifax for Bett's Cove, with provisions, ran ashore at Bay Bulls on Wednesday night last. When information reached here, Inspector CARTY sent a party of police to the spot to render service if needed. The people of the place however joined those on board in their efforts, and they succeeded, after some hours, in getting the vessel off the rocks without very much damage. She comes here for repairs. -- Ibid.


LINFIELD. - On November 28th., the wife of Mr. Frederick LINFIELD, of a daughter.


BAGGS - ELLIOTT - On Nov. 23rd., by Rev. T.W. ATKINSON, Mr. Richard BAGGS, of Bluff Head Cove, to Miss Martha ELLIOTT of Crow Head.

Marriages "PRIMMER - BULYAN - On Nov 24th., by the same, Mr. Richard PRIMMER to Miss Agnes BULYAN, both of Twillingate.


WHELLOR - DAVEY. - On Nov. 25th. by the same, Mr. Jonathan WHELLOR, to Miss Lucy Ann DAVEY, both of Twillingate.


NOSEWORTHY - WARD. - On Nov. 21st., at St. Nicholas Church, Leading Tickle, by Rev. Henry JOHNSON, Mr. Simon WARD, Jr., to Miss Fanny NOSEWORTHY.


PECKFORD - ELLIOTT. - 24th Oct., Mr. Jonas PECKFORD to Miss Arabella ELLIOTT. At the Church of St. James the Apostle, Change Islands, by Rev. John Hewitt.


COVEDUCK - PECKFORD. - On the same day Mr. Joseph COVEDUCK to Miss Ethelinda PECKFORD. At the Church of St. James the Apostle, Change Islands, by Rev. John Hewitt.


BOUND - COOPER.- 25th. Oct. Mr. George BOUND to Miss Mary Jane COOPER. At the Church of St. James the Apostle, Change Islands, by Rev. John Hewitt.


PARSONS - BRINTON. - 26th. Oct. Mr. Robert PARSONS to Miss Mary Jane BRINTON. At the Church of St. James the Apostle, Change Islands, by Rev. John Hewitt.


OAKE - SMART. - On the same day, Mr. John Thomas OAKE, to Miss Charlotte SMART. At the Church of St. James the Apostle, Change Islands, by Rev. John Hewitt.


OAKE - HINDS. - 2nd. Oct. Mr. Josiah OAKE to Miss Mary Ann HINDS. At the Church of St. James the Apostle, Change Islands, by Rev. John Hewitt.


PORTER - ELLIOTT. - On the same day, Mr. Aaron PORTER to Miss Lucy Ann ELLIOTT. At the Church of St. James the Apostle, Change Islands, by Rev. John Hewitt.


ATKINS - SEALEY. - 2nd. Nov., Mr. Thomas ATKINS to Miss Lydia SEALEY. At St. Mary's Church, Herring Neck, by the same.


BLANDFORD - PARDY. - 3rd. Nov., Mr. Daniel BLANDFORD to Miss Dorcas PARDY. At St. Mary's Church, Herring Neck, by the same.


RICE - WAY. - 4th. Nov., Mr. James RICE to Miss Mary Ann WAY. At St. Mary's Church, Herring Neck, by the same.


WOODFORD - PHILPOTT. - 7th Nov. Mr. Timothy WOODFORD to Miss Lucy PHILPOTT. At St. Mary's Church, Herring Neck, by the same.


WHALEN - COLLINS. - 14th. Nov., Mr. John Charles WHALAN to Emily COLLINS. At St. Mary's Church, Herring Neck, by the same.


CASSELL - GRIMES. - 15th. Nov., Mr. Joseph CASSELL to Elizabeth GRIMES. At St. Mary's Church, Herring Neck, by the same.


CONNOR. - At Herring Neck, on November 28th, of diphtheria and measles, Lewis Willington CONNOR, dearly beloved and only son of Thomas and Mary Ann CONNOR, aged four years.


WEBSTER. - At Tilt Cove, 7th. Nov., Julia, second daughter of Capt. H. WEBSTER, aged 17 years and 6 months.


NOWLAN. - At Brigus on Wednesday, 9th. of November, after a brief illness, Ann NOWLAN, the much beloved wife of Patrick NOWLAN, Esq., M.H.A.


Cabinet Organs, Celebrated in England and America as the best instruments of their class. -Also- New England Cabinet Organs. Solid black walnut cases, as cheap and in every respect superior to English Harmoniums. Illustrated Catalogues and prices may be obtained on application to J.P. Thompson, Sub-Agent, Sun Office, Twillingate. A stock always on hand at No. 7 Water Street East, St. John's. J.B. Woods, Agent for Newfoundland.


December 10, 1881

In correcting proof sheet(s) last week, the word ""Young"" in the item about the seals, was substituted for, by one of our amatures, for that of ""bedlamer. " During the past week several bedlammer-harp seals have been captured in this neighborhood.

Ship Arrival

The coastal steamer ""Plover,"" Captain S. BLANDFORD, with mails, passengers, freight for the Northward, called here just before noon. The following embarked at the Metropolis: -- For old Perlican - Mrs. MIFFLIN Miss LEWIS, Miss MORRIS, Dr. SOMERVILLE and Mr. LEWIS. Trinity - Rev. Theo. NURSE, Mr. J. WILLIAMS. Catalina - Messrs. I. SNELGROVE, McCORMACK, A. TILLY, R. TILLY, and Miss MURPHY. King's Cove - Mr. COFFIN. Fogo - Mr. FITZGERALD. Twillingate - Messrs. NURSE, WILLIAMS, and Miss ROBERTS. Exploits - Messrs. J. MANUEL, and Thos. A. WINSOR, N. MARTIN. Little Bay Islands - Mr. A.C. HYNES. Little Bay Mines - Mr. GREEN. 30 in steerage.


Crow Head school house, the property of the Church of England Board of Education of this district, had a narrow escape from destruction on Monday last. The gale of Friday had probably shaken the stove pipes, which were somewhat worn, and at the dinner hour the roof was found to be on fire, an alarm having been raised, the men soon reached the building with ladders, buckets, hatchets, &c; and their promptitude saved the building. Much credit is due to the Crow Head people, not only for their alertness and ready aid, but for the manner in which on the next day, they repaired all damages to the roof, and cleaned the building, so as to enable the usual Tuesday evening service to be held. A crowded congregation proved the estimation in which these fishermen hold their school house, living as they do at so considerable a distance from the Church.

Missing Schooner

It is sad to learn that so far no account has been received of the schooner ""Daisy,"" belonging to Fogo, which left St. John's for that port about three weeks since. She reached as far as Cat Harbor Island on the evening of Friday, the 2nd. inst., where she was anchored, in company with the ""Five Brothers,"" Capt. Samuel YOUNGS, of this place, who got here on the following Tuesday evening. When the gale increased, the Daisy was seen dragging her anchors, and it is thought that she must have driven off to sea. It is to be hoped that intelligence of her safety may soon reach us.

Ship News

The subjoined extract is from a private letter received per ""Hercules,"" on Wednesday last: ""The English Mail Boat, now five days overdue, has not yet arrived. Steamers and vessels coming West have experienced extremely heavy weather, and many wrecks and much loss of life has been the result. We have two large steamers now in port, arrived this morning short of coal, one a large German boat with a great many passengers; the other a freight boat, the ""Somerset"" of Bristol bound to New York. ""


The brigantine ""H.B. Jones"", bound to Bett's Cove with a cargo of provisions, went ashore at Cape Cove (near Fogo) on the 2nd. inst., and became a total wreck. We learn that the greater part of the cargo has been saved. This is the second mishap which occurred on the voyage from Halifax to Bett's Cove. She ran ashore at Bay Bulls two or three weeks ago and was towed to St. John's for repairs whence she last sailed.

Ship News "Movements of Our Sailing Craft. -- The schooners ""Five Brothers"", and ""Violet"" arrived from St. John's on Tuesday. The ""Mary Parker"" also came in on Wednesday morning, making the trip in seven days, having left here for St. John's on the previous Wednesday morning. The ""Branksea"" which left St. John's on Monday last, arrived here on Wednesday. She left there previous to the late heavy gales, and being overtaken therein, before getting sufficiently far North to make a safe port of refuge, was compelled to go back to St. John's; as was the case with other craft which put out for the North about the same time. The ""Minnie"", owned by James STRONG, Esq., of Little Bay Islands, on her way from St. John's to that port, with a cargo of supplies, &c., for the owner, put into our harbor on Tuesday night. A craft commanded by Mr. John MOORS of New Bay Head, also put in the same time. She had on board a quantity of flour, saved from the wreck of the brigantine lost near Fogo, and intends conveying it to the mines whither the schooner was bound.

Ship Arrival

The steamer ""Hercules,"" going North, with a full freight, and a goodly number of passengers, called here on Wednesday evening. Among her passengers we were glad to notice Joseph STRONG, Esq., of Little Bay Island, who had been to the Metropolis transacting business.


Mr. Thos. FAREWELL, whose farm adjoins this village, died on Thursday last, aged 67 years, and was buried on Sunday in the new Cemetery. He had been sick for some months and was one of the most respected farmers in the neighborhood, though not a resident in this place for more than about ten years. He came here from the vicinity of Florence. Rev. Mr. RUSSEL preached a funeral sermon in the C. E. Church and a large concourse of friends followed the remains to the grave. -- Canada Paper.

Departure of Governor

His Excellency Governor MAXSE and family left here by the ""Nova Scotian"" yesterday for Great Britain. Delicate health renders it necessary that His Excellency should seek a more genial climate than ours for a time. -- St. John's Advertiser.

The Railway

The locomotive is on the track, but a few days will be required to put it in working order. Then will be heard the screech of the whistle and the conductor's cry - ""All aboard for Topsail. " The engine looks a little rusty but when it has been polished up a bit it will present rather an imposing appearance. - Ibid.


WHITEWAY. - At St. John's on the 23rd. ult., the wife of Sir W.V. WHITEWAY, H.M. Attorney General, of a son.


ROBERTS - GUY. - On Dec. 23rd., by Rev. T.W. ATKINSON, Mr. George ROBERTS, of Wild Cove, Twillingate, to Miss Lydia GUY of the same place.


ROGERS - BURT. - On Dec. 6th., by the same, Mr. John ROGERS to Miss Isabella BURT, both of Twillingate.


POWELL - ELLIOTT. - On Nov. 30th., by Rev. R. TEMPLE, R.D., Mr. Esau ELLIOTT, of Crow Head, to Miss Fanny POWELL of Merritt's Harbor.


MILLS - TORREVILLE. - On Dec 14th., by the same, Mr. Joseph TORREVILLE, of the Horse Island, to Miss Rachel MILLS of St. John's.


OLDFORD - MATTHEWS. - On the 25th., ult., by Rev. R.B. HEMLAW, in the Methodist Church, Musgrave Town, Hezekiah, son of John OLDFORD, Esq., to Lizzie, daughter of Mr. William MATTHEWS, all of Musgrave Town.


NAPPER - RATES. - Same date by the same, Mr. John RATES, of Musgrave Town, to Miss Elizabeth NAPPER, of Sandy Cove.


Dec. 16, 1881

The Steamer Plover came here on Tuesday night going South. By her we received the pleasing news of the English Mail Boat's safety, she having arrived at St. John's on Friday last, and experienced very boisterous weather crossing the Atlantic, being ten or twelve days over the usual time which these boats take coming.

L.B.I. News

We are thankful to a Little Bay Island correspondent for the following interesting paragraphs under date of the 13th inst. A man was accidentally drowned while crossing the Tickle at Little Bay last week. It is said, he and his comrades had been drinking. The measles have become prevalent in Little Bay Islands. Only one case has proved fatal to the present date. All our St. John's fleet of crafts have arrived but one, namely WELLMAN'S. Friends here have become anxious about them. Mr. Joseph STRONG'S store and shop were accidentally burned down on the 6th inst. Both buildings were insured.

A New Paper

We have before us the first numbers of the Morning Advertiser, a new venture lately undertaken in St. John's. It is to appear triweekly, the publisher and proprietor being Mr. W.J. CROCKER, who was formerly in the St. John's Times office, and of late years has, occupied that capacity in the office of the Morning Chronicle. The paper is well got up and, contains much valuable Local and Foreign intelligence. We wish the enterprise every success.

Coal Supply

Private advice from Betts Cove say that the supply of coal there is becoming short. The mining Company received a cablegram to the effect that a steamer which was bound to that port had to put back and it was feared that she would not make another attempt to reach Betts Cove this season.

St. John's Inventor

We understand that Mr. EARLE, jeweler, of this city has received information to the effect that the American patent for the Boat-lowering Raising and Life Saving Apparatus, recently invented by him, was officially allowed on the 22nd ultimo. We wish Mr. EARLE every success in the introduction of this very necessary appliance. Ship owners and master mariners in the colony and United States take a deep interest in the invention, and consider it fully equal to what it is represented to be.---St. John's Telegram"

Novices Now Nuns

On Thursday last, his Lordship Dr. POWER conferred the white veil on two young novices in the presentation Convent, Riverhead. The young ladies received in religion the names of Sister Mary Joseph and Sister Mary Christine. After the reception, the good nuns hospitably entertained the friends of the Religious at a sumptuous dejeuner.---Nfldr.

Untimely Death

The untimely death of Mr. John RENDELL, M.H.A., at Twillingate, on last Friday week, has been the occasion of an almost universal regret in our community. Away from home and friends and from the care which loving hands could give, his illness and death have a sadness which has touched every heart. His generous and amiable disposition had made for him friends of all who knew him, and they will join in heartfelt sympathy with those to whom the bereavement comes home most closely.--- St. John's Gazette.

Lodge News

CROSBY LODGE - OFFICERS FOR THE YEAR: Bro. T. MANUEL, W.M., re-elected. BRO. W.T. ROBERTS, D.M., elected. Bro. Josiah COLBOURNE, Treasurer, re-elected. Bro. John LUNNEN, Secretary. Bro. John PURCHASE, Chaplain. Bro. Noah WHEELER, O.S. Tyler, elected. Bro. Chas. NEWMAN, S.I. Tyler. Bro. Thos. WARR, D.C. Investigating Committee--- Bros. William HODDER, Thomas SPENCER, James ROSE, Thomas MITCHARD, and Fred GAY. Auditing Committee--- Bros. W.T. ROBERTS and George NOTT. Trustees--- Bros., Rueben BLACKMORE and William HUGHE John LUNNEN, Secretary.

Ships Leaving

The schooners Branksea, Mary Parker, and Kangeroo, left here yesterday for St. John's with cargoes of fish.

Another Sad Loss

News of a very distressing character reaches us from Trinity Bay, the loss of a craft with all her crew save one hand. The following particulars have been furnished to us by a Carbonear correspondent: ""The schooner ""Hope,"" belonging to Mr. Joseph BOYD, of Old Perlican, with a crew of seven men in all, and named respectively--Henry STRONG, master, with his brothers James and Menvale STRONG, Samuel STRONG, son of James, James CHEERLY, Elias CHEERLY and John COLLINS, all of Old Perlican, left home on Wednesday, the 23rd November, with a load of provisions, &c., for Random Sound, where, after landing her freight, she left the following Friday for a Cove further up the Bay for the purpose of procuring a load of firewood. Whilst beating up the shore she was suddenly struck by a squall of wind and thrown on her beam ends, when she immediately filled with water, just at nightfall. The boat being securely lashed on deck could not be made available. The crew had then to cling to the weather rigging, expecting to be rescued next morning. At about noon next day a boat came off from the shore to the scene of the disaster, but unfortunately found only one living being on the wreck, all hands except Samuel STRONG having succumbed during the night owing to the severity of the weather, and all washed away as they perished, except the body of John COLLINS, which was found tied to the rigging with his cravat. The deceased were all men of family. "--- Harbor Grace Standard"

Birth "YOUNG --- On Dec 6th, the wife of Mr. William YOUNG, a daughter.


PRICE, GRENHAM.---On December 8th, by the Rev. R. Temple R.D., Mr. John PRICE of Back Harbor, to Miss Mary Jane GLENHAM of Bluff Head.


FUDGE, NEWMAN---On the 21st Oct., by the Rev. Joseph LISTER, Mr. James FUDGE to Miss Eliza NEWMAN, both of Triton.


ANTHONY, FARR--- On the 29th Oct., by the same, Mr. Jesse ANTHONY to Miss Ellen FARR, both of Roberts' Arm.


HEATH, CROUCHER---On the 8th ult., by the same, Mr. John HEATH to Miss Elizabeth CROUCHER, both of Ward's Harbor.


SLADE, BROOKS---On the 20th ult., in the Methodist Church, Lushes Bight, by the same, Mr. Edward SLADE to Miss Maria Ann BROOKS, both of Lushe's Bight.


WISEMAN, PARSONS--- On the 1st inst., in the Methodist parsonage, Little Bay Island, Mr. Frederick WISEMAN to Miss Elizabeth PARSONS, daughter of Mr. James PARSONS of Lushes Bight.


McVICAR, DAWES--- At St. Andrew's Manse, St. John's, on St. Andrew's Day, by the Rev. L.G.MacNEIL, M.A., Mr. D.W. McVICAR of Little Bay Mines, to Miss Martha E. DAWES, of Nova Scotia.


STRATHIE--- At Harbour Grace on the 27th ult., Lizzie McDonald STRATHIE, aged 20 years.


HALLAHAN--- At St. John's on the 29th ult., after a short but painful illness, Mr. James HALLAHAN, Printer, in the 50th year of his age. (The subject of the foregoing obituary notice, was for many years employed in the Morning Chronicle office, and was much esteemed by his fellow craftsmen.)"


Dec. 23, 1881
  Shipping News

The coastal steamer, Plover, Capt. BLANDFORD, came here on Thursday evening. She left St. John's on Tuesday morning, having delayed a day later in order to bring the English mails, which arrived there the previous evening. Subjoined is the passenger list: For Bay de Verde--- Messrs. RYAN, MURPHY, and Rev. Mr. BATTOCK. Trinity---- Mr. KEEFE. Catalina--- Dr. and Mrs. FORBES, Messrs. J. RYAN, LINDSAY, SNELGROVE, and HAMPTON. Fogo--- Messrs. T. C. DUDER, J. ROLLS, DEADY, and ELLWARD. Twillingate--- Messrs. T. HODGE, BYRNE, and KENT. New Bay--- Mr. and Mrs. PHILLIPS. Little Bay--- Messrs. WALLACE, BENNET, RODLER, HUGHES, and BENSON. Nippers Harbor--- Mr. EATON. Betts Cove--- Rev. Father SHEEAN. From Twillingate for Little Bay---- Mr. G. BLANDFORD, Miss MARTIN and Miss COLBOURNE.

Schooners Missing

We regret to learn that no account of the schnr. Daisy, has yet been received. The Mary, belonging to Mr. BUTLER of Exploits, is also missing. It is now more than four weeks since both these craft left St. John's, the former for Fogo and latter for Exploits.

Copper Ore

Indications of this valuable deposit have been apparent in various localities on Twillingate islands. A short time since a ""find"" was made near Wild Cove, on land held by parties here, who have a legitimate right to search. The specimens shown us appear to be of an excellent sort for a surface ""find"", and have been pronounced valuable by some capable of giving an opinion on minerals. We understand that indications of copper can be traced a long distance. All that is wanted are capital and enterprise to bring to light the hidden treasures.

Shipping News

The Phantom, James BYRNE (of Fortune Harbor) master, arrived here from St. John's on Monday evening, having general cargo for Messrs. WATERMAN & Co. She will proceed to Nippers Harbour with freight. Mr. Richard HAMILTON was passenger by her, and left here on the Plover on Thursday evening for Fortune Harbor.

Shipping News

The Emeline, got here the same date to the above firm, also the Mallard to Messrs. OWEN and EARLE.

Shipping News

The brigantine Faith, Captain STENCHOMBE, arrived here from Lisbon via St. John's on the 21 inst. She left Lisbon 7th of October, and experienced fine weather for seven days, after which nothing but a continuation of Westerly and North Westerly gales. Passed a large barque dismasted, water logged and abandoned, 29 degrees, West Longtitude and about 48 degrees North Latidude. Put in to St. John's short of provisions after 50 days passage. Left St. John's in company with the schooner Kate bound for this port. Experienced fine weather as far as Bonavista, and was there caught with a sudden gale from the North West with heavy snow and was blown off, 47 degrees West. The ship was completely covered with ice and could not make sail or move rudder, being frozen up. Experienced three more gales before arriving at Twillingate, with hard frost and snow. Made Long Point light on the 19th., and after two days busting about, finially got in to Twillingate on the 21st. When the ships were caught in a gale off Bonavista, the Kate made back for St. John's, where she lay for ten days waiting for a time to proceed, and after several attempts, she arrived here on the 22nd., having on board a pilot belonging to Fortune Harbor, named CARROL.

Temporary Governor

In consequence of the departure from this Colony, on leave of absence, of His Excellency, Sir Henry FITZ-HARDINGE BERKELEY MAXSES, K.C.M.G., the Administration of the Government was this day assumed by his Honor, Sir Frederick B.T. CARTER, K.C.M.G., under his commission authorizing him to administer the Government in the absence of the Governor--- Gazetter Extraordinary, St. John's Dec. 7.


OSMOND----At Moreton's Harbor, on the 9th inst., the wife of Mark OSMOND, Esq., J.P. of a son.


PINSENT, BLUNDEN---- By the Rev. A. HILL on Nov. 29th, Mr. Tobias PINSENT of Ladel Cove, to Miss Mary Ann BLUNDEN of Indian Islands.


HOLMES, ANTHONY---- By same, Dec. 4th, Mr. Moses HOLMES to Miss Elizabeth ANTHONY, both of Seldom-Come-By.


PEDDLE, PERRY---- On Dec. 10th, at the Methodist Church, Musgrave Town by the Rev. R.D. HEMLAW, Mr. John PEDDLE of Musgrave Town, to Lavinia, third daughter of Capt. John PERRY of Bloomfield.


MOORS, PIKE---- At New Bay, on the 5th ult., by the Rev. J. PARKINS, Mr. John MOORS, to Miss Mary Ann PIKE, teacher of day school.


ATKINSON--- On November 11th, at Monk Ing, Dacre, in the Pateley Bridge Circuit, after long and very painful affliction, born with great Christian fortitude, Abigail, for forty years the faithful and much-loved wife of Mr. John ATKINSON, Twillingate; for forty-five years a consistent member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church. "To live was Christ, to die was gain. " Aged 65 years.


FIFIELD---- Early on Wednesday morning last, after a tedious illness, Mr. John FIFIELD, aged 71 years. The deceased was an old and respected inhabitant of this place, and leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to lament his departure. Funeral will take place Saturday afternoon at about 3 o'clock when friends are respectfully invited to attend.


PEARCE---- On Saturday morning last, aged 8 months, Joseph James, son of A.J. PEARCE, Esq., Sub-collector, of H.M. Customs, for this port.


THOMPSON---- At Heart's Content, on the 4th inst., of bronchitis, Morley William, son of Mr. A.A. THOMPSON, of the Anglo American Telegraph Staff, aged 4 years.


READER---- At Musgrave Town, Dec. 11th, at the residence of her son, after a short illness, peacefully and in much assurance, Mary, relict of the late Mr. Robert READER of Musgrave Town, aged 72 years. "perfect love casteth out fear. ""

Catching a Seal (Part 1)

A somewhat amusing and singular combat, took place in this vicinity on Tuesday evening last, between a hairy inhabitant of the Northern regions and a young man, a native of this community, resulting in a victory for the latter. On that evening, a seal got entangled in a net belonging to Mr. Reuben BLACKMORE of this town. The net, being set some distance out, in a place called “Old House Cove”, Mr. Thomas YOUNG, with another, got a boat, and proceeded to the spot, where the hairy monster was grappling with the antagonistic net. The seal, seeing that danger was approaching, made a desperate effort to free itself, which it succeeded in doing in so far as the net was concerned. But, while in the act of making a final plunge into the water, its unfortunate tail came in too close a contact with YOUNG’s teeth. The tail of the seal, rising as it were to bid farewell for the present, conveyed the thought that now or never is the time, and, quick as lightning, the tail of the seal was firmly between the teeth of YOUNG, who beckoned to his comrade to pull for the shore! The seal, being of large size, (what is called a Spotted Hood), and finding itself thus entrapped, began to plunge most desperately, which made it compulsory for the champion to exert all his energy if he would succeed. Both animals seemed intent upon victory, and we must admire the courage of the victor.

Catching a Seal (Part 2)

After a hard pull, the shore was reached, where several enemies of the poor seal had already gathered, on the beach, for the purpose of lynching him. Weapons of various kinds were showered upon the unsheltered head of the poor animal, and the men, thinking it was quite dead, removed it to the store of the owner for the night. On proceeding there, the next morning, they found that the seal was not to be outdone in that sort of way, but that he had entirely survived the previous evening’s encounter with its formidable foes, and was having high life downstairs! By this time however, we dare say its coat is safely housed in some mercantile store. In congratulating Mr. YOUNG, on his being possessed of such a strong set of teeth, we would, at the same time, extend to him our sympathy for having lost a front tooth in the conflict. We dare say however, that Mr. BLACKMORE, who is the more interested party in the affair, will amply reward him for the loss thus sustained. We understand that Mr. YOUNG is noted for his bravery and skill on previous occasions, having killed a large bear with a pork barrel stave; captured an otter with his hand, and now capturing a seal with his teeth, and, before undertaking such attempts in future, he should see that all damages sustained, such as loss of teeth, etc., shall be rectified.


Contributed by George White (2002)
November 11, 1881 to December 10, 1881 Transcribed by Ron St. Croix (May 2002)
December 16, 1881 and December 23, 1881 Transcribed by Jack Montgomery (May 2002)

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (December 2002)

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