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Twillingate Sun
January - February

January 5, 1883

Particulars of The Melancholy Accident at North West Arm. We are indebted to a friend for the following particulars of the sad loss of life at N.W. Arm, on the 12th Dec. he writes: -- ""I am very sorry to say that the account in your issue of Dec. 23rd, of the sad loss of life at North West Arm is only too true. If you have not already heard further particulars you will find the enclosed a correct statement. Names of drowned whether married or unmarried with numbers of family. Abraham MILLS, married, 7; Joseph MILLS, married, 8; *John MILLS, unmarried; *William MILLEY, married, 4; *Elijah HOUSE, unmarried; *Stephen GOSSE, unmarried; *Thomas RANDLE, aged 21 years; William YOUNG, aged 14 years, son of James, master of ""Kate"". Those marked have been picked up by means of drags, the two last were in their berths sleeping when the ""Kate"" started which was about daylight on Tuesday, and did not know their danger until a crew from the shore went on board; those men who escaped when the skiff upset were very badly bruised having been washed ashore amid sea and ice over the breaking rocks.""

Ship Arrival

The coastal steamer ""Plover"", Capt. S. BLANDFORD, arrived here en route for St. John's on Wednesday, Dec. 20th. The Plover experienced heavy weather coming up from the North, and had one of her boats badly damaged. The following passengers went by her:-- J.B. TOBIN, Esq., JP and Mrs. TOBIN, Miss COEN, J.W. PHILLIPS, Esq., wife and family, Miss MARTIN, R.P. RICE, Esq., M.H.A., Mr. FORD and J.P. THOMPSON, Esq., M.H.A. We understand that Mr. TOBIN and Mr. FORD intend wintering in the Old Country, and Mr. PHILLIPS, wife and family in Canada. Messrs.. RICE and THOMPSON left for the purpose of attending the next session of the Legislature, which will be held at St. John's in February next. We wish them all a pleasant ""time"" and a safe return.

Ship Arrival

The steamer ""Hercules"" arrived here from the French Shore, via Bett's Cove and Little Bay, on Wednesday last, whither she had been with a cargo of provisions, &c. The Hercules brought up to Bett's Cove, from the French Shore, three prisoners who were arrested by Sergeant FEUNSEY, charged with plundering the wreck of the schr. ""J.G. Jones"" which was lost there during the recent gale. They were tried before J.C. DUDER, Esq., at Bett's Cove; one was acquitted, another was fined £5, and the other was sentenced to 2 month imprisonment in the Twillingate jail. The Hercules left same night for St. John's. R.D. HODGE, Esq., J.P., . wife and child, and W. WATERMAN, Esq., jr., taking passage by her, whom, we understand intend leaving for England by the next home boat. May they have a safe and speedy passage ""o'er ocean's ruffled bosom"" is our sincere wish.

Disastrous Gale

A Fogo correspondent writing under date, Dec. 20, 1881, says:-- A few lines of Fogo correspondence may not be amiss, especially after the late disastrous gale of 12th December. In Fogo Harbor, the only real loss of importance was E. DUDER's schr. ""Emily""; excepting a small and old craft belonging to Mr. H.T. SIMMS. The wreck of former was sold a public auction, Mr. SCOTT being the purchaser of hull at £40. Mr. SCOTT's schooner ""Lassie"", full laden with fish and oil for St.John's, had a narrow escape, driving from her moorings and striking heavily on Wiseman's Point, when fortunately the anchors brought up; the said craft left for St.John's 18th. Dec., Mr SCOTT taking passage by her. Mr. ROLLS' schr. ""Willie"" also went ashore with a quantity of goods valued £500, ex. Lassie from St.John's sustaining £100 loss in damage of goods, but not much injury to craft. A number of stages and flakes were carried away and debris scattered about the harbor and drifted through the Canal.

The Dogs Again

We learn that on New years night, three fine sheep belonging to the POND family of the Arm, were killed by dogs. However much the dogs are to blame, we think that people generally ought to take more precaution over their livestock and see that they are housed by night.


Hymeneal:-- On Wednesday, Dec. 27, Mr. A. LINFIELD was united in bands of Holy wedlock, to Miss Emma P. HODDER, second daughter of Mr. William HODDER, of this town. The ceremony took place at the South-side Methodist Church and at the appointed hour, (11 a.m.) a goodly number had assembled, the ceremony being performed by Rev. J. EMBREE, Chairman of the District. Miss HODDER for some time past, has been Organist of the above Church, a position which she has filled in a manner reflecting great credit. We wish Mr. L. and his fair bride many years of health and happiness.


Death of John STEWART, Esq. -- The numerous readers of the Evening Telegram will hear with regret to-day, of the sad but not unexpected demise of John STUART, Esq., which took place early this morning. Mr. STUART had been ailing so long, and was so well-known in public life, that his condition of late, has been a matter of general notoriety to the community, so much so, that few people will feel surprised or sorry to hear that so great a sufferer has been at last relieved from pain. Mr. STUART occupied for a long term of years, the responsible office of Chief Clerk to the House of Assembly and Secretary to the Board of Works. In filling these and other important public positions the deceased gentleman was a general favorite, having made no enemies and very many friends. Being of genial disposition by nature, It came easy to him to be obliging and courteous in his manners, and he has left behind him an enviable record for urbanity and good-will. Mr. STUART was for many years a partner in the old, and now, almost forgotten firm of STUART & RENNIE, and he filled one of the first seats in the Legislative Council under the administration of Sir John HARVEY. He was ""a Scotchman by birth"", and I believe, a native of Greenock. It needs not to add that there are none who hear of the melancholy event, but will feel the sincerest sympathy for the bereaved family affected by it, and the public service has lost a worthy and honourable representative. -- Com. to Evening Telegram.

House Fire

Sad Casualty by Fire at Hants Harbor:-- We are indebted to James H. WATSON, Esq. -- who passed through here yesterday on his way to St. John's -- for the particulars of an accident which occurred at Hant's Harbor on Wednesday week last, and which, sad to relate, was attended with fatal consequences to a mother and her infant child. The particulars, as far as we have learned them, are briefly these: At Hant's Harbor on the evening of Wednesday, the 6th inst., Mrs. John SOPER, with her two children, (one of them a child in her arms) was sitting in her dwelling-house sewing by the light of the kerosene lamp; when the elder of the children upset the lamp, and its contents were scattered over the mother and infant, Mrs. SOPER was soon enveloped in flames from the waist downwards; and in her endeavours to extinguish them and save the life of her child, got very badly burnt. Grasping her child to her bosom, as best she was able with her charred fingers, she endeavoured to make her way to a neighbor's house. Whilst on the road thither, the poor mother, weak and fainting, let her child drop to the ground, and reached with great difficulty the door of the friendly dwelling; after which she became unconscious. Soon the male portion of the inmates were on their way to render what assistance they could., and to find out what had become of the children. On returning to their home shortly after, one of the men in the darkness stepped on the body of the infant, which was lying a short distance from the dwelling, in which its mother had found refuge. Lifting the unconscious child, they bore it tenderly to the house. It died on the following day, whilst the mother lingered for four days after, when death also ended her sufferings. The husband and father of the unfortunate victims was absent from his home, up in the head of the Bay. -- H.G. Standard.


His Honor the Administrator of the Government, has been pleased to appoint Alex. M. McKAY, Esq., Joseph H. LITTLE, Esq., and Hon. Edward WHITE, to be Members of the Executive Council of this Colony. His Honor in Council has also been pleased to appoint the Hon. W.J.S. DONNELLY, to be Receiver General; James O. FRAZER, Esq., to be Surveyor General; Smith McKAY, Esq., to be Acting Chairman of the Board of Works; Mr. John R. KEARNEY, to be Landing and Title Surveyor in the Custom House, St.John's, vice, Mr. James L. NOONAN, resigns; Mr. Thomas W. GADEN, to be First Clerk and Warehouse Keeper in the Custom House, St. John's, vice, Mr. John R. KEARNEY; Mr. A. SEYMOUR, to be Clerk and Landing Waiter in the Custom House, Harbor Grace, vice, Mr. Thomas W. GADEN. His Honor the Administrator of the Government, in Council, has been pleased to appoint Rev. Henry ABRAHAM, Burgeo, to be a Member of the LaPoile Methodist Board of Education, in place of Mr. William TREADWELL, left the District; Rev. Jas. LUMSDON, Northern Bight, Randon, to be a member of the Random Methodist Board of Education, in place of Rev. Henry HATCHER, left the District; and Rev. W.T. DUNN, Herring Neck, to be a Member of the Fogo Methodist Board of Education, in place of Rev. W.F. EDYVEAN, left the District. Secretary's Office, 12th Dec, 1882, Gazette.


To the Inhabitants of Twillingate, Herring Neck, and adjacent settlements. Having now come amongst you, I am prepared to receive all parties who are desirous of becoming annual patients and shall be pleased to place their names on my books. My residence is the house recently occupied by John DUDER, Esq., on the South Side of Twillingate. Surgery Hours. - 9.30 to 12 a.m., and 7 to 8.30 p.m. F. STAFFORD, M.D.C.M. Twillingate, Dec 15th 1882.


On Tuesday, Dec. 26th, at St.Peter's Church by Rev. R. TEMPLE, R.D., Mr. Simon YOUNG jr., to Miss Mary Ann BROMLEY, both of Twillingate.


At the North Side Methodist Church, on 30th Dec. by the Rev. F.R. DUFFILL, Mr. Geo. CLARK of Back Harbor, to Miss Rosanna SMITH of Little Harbor.


At Twillingate, on the 23rd Dec., by the Rev. Charles McKAY, Mr George GARD, son of Charles Gard and Prudence Waterman, to Miss Phebe PAYNE, the only daughter of Sanuel PAYNE, both of Twillingate.


On the 28th Oct., by the Rev. J. EMBREE, Mr. William JONES, to Miss Ann KEEFE, both of Little Harbor.


On the 1st Nov., by the same, Mr. Israel DOVE, to Mary KEEFE, both of Little Harbor.


On the 4th Nov., by the same, Mr. Reuben LINGS, of Durel's Arm, to Miss Ann FLING, Friday's Bay.


On the 4th Nov., by the same, Mr. Isaac BORDEN of Durel's Arm to Miss M.R. ELLIOTT, Crow Head.


On the 8th Nov., by the same, Mr. Alfred ANSTY, to Miss Sarah POWELL, both of Purcell's Harbor.


On the 27th Nov., by the same, Mr. William LOYTE of Heart's Cove, to Miss Jane TIZZARD of Back Harbor.


On the 6th Dec., by the same, Mr. J.H. TAVERNER, of Trinity, to Miss Elizabeth LINFIELD of Twillingate.


On the 6th Dec., by the same, Mr. Henry WATKINS, to Miss Ellen RENDELL, of Purcell's Harbor.


On the 25th Dec., by the same, Mr. Thomas HICKS to Miss Lydia MANUEL, both of Twillingate.


At the South Side Methodist Church, on 27th Dec., by the same, Mr. Andrew LINFIELD to Miss Emma P. HODDER, both of Twillingate.


At the Methodist Parsonage, on 28th Dec., by the same, Mr. Robert STOCKLEY. to Miss Lucy YOUNG, both of Twillingate.


At. St. Andrew's Church, Brooklyn, B.B., on the 29th ultimo, by the Rev. Theodore R. NURSE, Mr. William RUSSELL to Miss Clara MAXHAM.


At the same place, on the 1st Dec., by the same, Mr. William ..EDDON, to Mary, daughter of Mr. Isaac PENNY.


On Dec 8th., in the Methodist Church, Little Bay Islands, by the Rev. Joseph LISTER, Mr. Thomas THISTLE, of Boot Harbour, Mall's Bay, to Lydia, only child of the deceased William JONES, of Little Bay Islands.


On the 20th inst., at the English Cathedral, St. John's by the Rev. A. HEYGATE, M.A., Senior Curate, Mr. R. MUNDY, of Pouch Cove, to Miss Isabella M. STONE, of Fogo.


On New Year's Day, Ann, wife of Mr. Wm. TIZZARD of Back Harbour, aged 40 years.


At Purcell's Harbour, on Christmas night, Mr. James ANSTY, jr., aged 42 years.


At Boot Harbour, on the 23 Dec., of dropsy, Patience Ann, beloved wife of Mr. William John TAYLOR, aged 27 years.; the deceased was a native of Cupids, Conception Bay.


At Kings Cove, Dec. 16th., Daniel MURPHY, Esq., J.P., aged 84 years. R.I.P.

For Sale

At Shoe Cove. Wreck Gear of the schr. ""Silver Stream"". 45 blocks (patent) for halyards, sheets and tackles, with shrouding in full. Halyard, sheet and tackle falls, 90 fathom of chain. 8 anchors and 1 windlass gear. Mainsail, foresail, staysail, and topmast-staysail. 2 stoves, 2 lanterns, 2 compasses, rudder irons, Ba...s and eyebolts of spars, large and small. The above will be sold in lot for the low sum of £80. Apply to William Lanning, Exploits. Dec. 15, 1882.


Twillingate, Jan 9th, 1883. To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun. Dear Sir, Please insert the following in your next issue: -- Mark BRETT desires to acknowledge with grateful thanks, the receipt of seven pounds, twelve shillings, and threepence, (£7 12s 3d.) from Capt. BLANDFORD and the crew and passengers of the steamer ""Plover"", collected on her way South last trip. I am Dear Sir, Yours Truly, Robert TEMPLE.


Barr'd Islands, Dec., 25th, 1882. to the Editor of the Twillingate Sun. Dear Sir, Will you please transmit through your valuable paper, my most sincere and grateful thanks, to Robert SCOTT, Esq., and the people of Fogo, who rendered me such kindly assistance in saving the schooner ""Willie"" and cargo, which went on shore in that memorable gale on the night of Tuesday the 13th ult. Hoping should they ever be in need, such like prompt and timely aid will be rendered them, and thanking you for time and space., I am Dear Sir, Yours truly, James ROLLS jr."


January 12, 1883

To The Public. -- We are requested to state the Mr. J.M. JACKMAN, Nipper's Harbour, has a subscription list open for the relief of the widows and orphans of the North West Arm disaster, and any subscription sent to him will be thankfully received and duly acknowledged.


Opening of the Legislature .-- A Proclamation of his honour Sir F.B. CARTER, K.C.M.G., Administrator, is inserted in the royal Gazette of Dec 26, summoning the General Assembly to meet, for the dispatch of business on Tuesday the fifteenth day of February next.

Shipping Notes

The Schrs. ""Branksea"" and ""Mallard"" arrived here from St. John's on Wednesday last after a very tedious passage. The Schr. ""Balcary Lass"" left port, bound for Poole, England, with a cargo of fish and oil on same day.

Lodge Elections

A letter received from Nipper's Harbour, dated Jan. 7, 1883, says :-- ""The Nipper's Harbour S.U.F., ""Pilot"" Lodge, No 39, at their annual meeting elected the following officers for the current year: -- Bro. J.M. JACKMAN, Worthy Master; Bro. S.J. BLACKLER, Secretary; Bro. R. BATSTONE, Purser; Bro. T. BATSTONE, Chief Officer; Bro. S. NOBLE, Quarter Master; Bro. J. ANDREWS, 2nd Officer; Bro. A. NOBLE, Lookout; Bro. W.J. EATON, Chap. I am happy to state that this Lodge although in its infancy, is in a very prosperous state, and I hope it may continue in the same.""

Shipping Notes

The coastal steamer ""Plover"" arrived here on her way to St. John's on Tuesday morning. The steamer ""Hercules"" arrived here from St. John's on Thursday and left same day for the other side of the Bay. Monday's Mercury says:-- ""The ""Heroine"", a square-rigged schooner, belonging to Messrs. WATERMAN & Co., of Twillingate, set our for that settlement of Friday, but stress of head winds compelled her to put back.""


A Swain's Island correspondent writes to the effect that Darius TILLER, aged 16, and Job WINTERS, aged 12, were accidentally drowned there on Monday, the 11th untimo. -- Telegram, Jan 3.

Body Found

Finding of Dr. HADDOCK's Body.-- The following communication, in reference to the fatal accident to Dr. HADDOCK, which we announced some time ago, has been received. It is dated, Brunette, Dec. 6: -- The body of Dr. HADDOCK was picked up here on Monday morning, and part of the wreck of his little boat. It is not known how the accident happened, but it was supposed in coming in the harbour on Sunday night, he ran against the Harbour rock and the boat sank. He was on his way from Lamaline to Fortune, but in the gale of Sunday night he had to run for here. There is no sign of the boy who was with him, and some say he had a woman passenger on board. They think here that the Doctor swam to the shore, but in landing the sea threw him on the rocks and killed him. -- Evening Mercury, Dec. 29.

Sale of Steamer

Sale of the ""Liddesdale"". -- The Liddesdale was sold to-day in the Commercial Rooms for £225, Captain GREEN, Manager of the Tug-boat Company, being the purchaser. There is no expectation of getting the steamer off the rocks; but the valuable machinery and gear which can be taken from the hull will reimburse the buyer. The people engaged in saving the cargo are not to be interfered with. -- Ibid

The Weather

The Indians Predict A Mild Winter. -- The Hall's Bay Indians have pronounced the opinion that we are to have a mild winter in Newfoundland. As the knowledge of these ""children of the forest"" springs from that unerring instinct which comes from intimate communion with nature making them familiar with her ever varying moods, we prefer to back any statement of theirs on the weather even against that of the sky-entific Mr. Vennor. -- Ibid.


On December 30th, at the Methodist Parsonage, Fogo, by Rev. A. HILL, Dr. Thomas MALCOLM, of Nova Scotia, to Annie Eliza FORNEAUX of Rose Blanche, Nfld.


On Dec. 26th, at the Methodist School House, Seldom-Come-Bye, by same, Mr. James GOODYEAR, to Mary BELLMAN of Hant's Harbor.


At Herring Neck, Jan. 6th, by Rev. W.T.D. DUNN, Mr. Eli POLLARD, to Miss Amelia SQUIRES, both of Herring Neck.


On Dec. 23rd, Mr. Jacob WHELLOR, aged 84 years.


On Dec. 28th, Emily STUCKLESS, aged 17 years."

January 20, 1883

J.T., Twillingate; J.B., Nipper's Harbour; J.B., Tilton Harbour; J.B., St. John's; thanks. Will have much pleasure in forwarding you the Twillingate Sun.

Ship Arrival

Arrival of the ""Plover'. The coastal steamer Plover, under the command of her gallant Captain, arrived here last night and was compelled to land the mails at Wild Cove, being unable to proceed farther in, as the harbour is filled with slob ice. We think another laurel has been won by Captain BLANDFORD in accomplishing this important and last trip of the season.


For some time past those in possession of seal nets have been vigorously working them, and we are glad to say in many instances, not without a certain measure of success. We learn of one crew having succeeded in procuring 50 seals and another 80.

Ship Arrival

The steamer ""Hercules"", Capt. CROSS, arrived here on Sunday 1 st.. from Little Bay. The Hercules after shipping 700 qtls. of fish, belonging to W. WATERMAN & Co., left on Tuesday morning for St. John's via Fogo.

Lodge Meeting

S.U.F. The annual meeting of St. Peter's Lodge, S.U.F. was held on Monday 1st. inst., when the following officers were duly elected and installed for the ensuing year: Bro. Philip FREEMAN, W.M., Bro. Samuel J. ANDREWS, 1st Officer, Bro. Walter PURCHASE, 2nd Officer, Bro. Mark LUTHER, Quarter Master, Bro. John WHITE, Purser, Bro. John LUNNEN, Secretary, re-elected, Bro. John PRIDE, Look Out, Bro. Rev. R. TEMPLE, Chaplain. Finance Committee. -- Bros. T. LINDFIELD, J. LOCKYER, A. FINDLATOR. Investigating Committee.-- Reuben BLACKMORE, Wm. FREEMAN, Adam BULGIN, Jacob MOORS. Sick Committee.-- Robert JANES, James BLACKLER, Daniel HAMLIN, Joseph SIMMS, Solomon COLBOURNE, James NEWMAN, Philip YOUNG, John JENKINS, John CHURCHILL. Managing Committee.-- Titus LINFIELD, Reuben BLACKMORE, William FREEMAN. Trustees.-- Rev. R. TEMPLE, Titus MANUEL. John LUNNEN, Secretary.


On Wednesday, Jan. 17th., at St. Peter's Church, by the Rev. R. TEMPLE, R.D., Mr. Esau William FOX, to Miss Eliza Ann ROSSITER, both of Back Harbour, Twillingate.


On the 15th inst., Elizabeth, wife of Abel BURTON, and daughter of the late David YOUNG, aged 30 years.

For Sale

At Change Islands, the boat ""Rolling Wave"", 16 tons; 3 years running; well found, and will be sold cheap. T.W. TAYLOR, Change Islands. Jan 19.


CARD. Thaddeus SCOTT, M.D. (Harvard University, 1860, U.S.) Member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons New Brunswick. Twillingate, Notre Dame Bay. Office and residence at Mr. Titus MANUEL's, nearly opposite the Temperance Hall. Office Hours - from 8.30 to 9.30 a.m.; from 1 to 2.30 p.m.' and from 7 to 8 o'clock in the evening. N.B. -- A Ledger will be open for yearly patients.


Feb. 2, 1883

Capt. E. WHITE (Part 1)

We published yesterday, the Hon. Captain E. WHITE's sealing record for the past 12 years. It is, we believe, unsurpassed in the history of our great sealing industry….. superior skill, courage, perserverence, and sagacity…. Captain WHITE's career is an example of what can be accompolished... The Vessels he commanded averaged, during twelve years, a catch equal to 25,000 young seals each season, or a total of 300,000 young seals in that period. The value of this quantity of seals, at $2.50 per seal would be $750,000. ... We believe Captain WHITE has made 45 voyages to the ice fields... What wonderfull changes our seal fishery has undergone! It is not much more than 80 years old. The first method followed, was shooting seals from large boats..... As late as 1795, the whole catch of seals only amounted to 4900 per year. Small schooners of from 30 to 60 tons were next employed, carrying from 12 to 20 men. These did not leave port until after ""St. Patrick's Brush"". In 1807, only 50 vessels were engaged in the seal fishery... in 1857, there were almost 400 vessels employed of from 80 to 200 tons, their crew numbering 13,600 men. The highest record of a catch of seals was in 1844, when 685,530 seals were taken. In 1850, 598,860; in 1876, 500,000; 1881, 447,903; last year, only 200,500.

Capt. E. WHITE (Part 2)

The first steamer took part in 1863. There are now from 20 to 25 steamers employed, some of them of 500 tons burthen. Sailing vessels are rapidly decreasing in numbers, and the day seems not distant when the industry will be carried on solely by powerfull steamers. We understand that Captain WHITE has sold his interest in sealing steamers, and will not engage in that business this spring. Below is a copy taken from the records of the delivery for 12 years of the steamers he has commanded, from 1870 to 1881, both years included: Nimrod, 1870, 20387 (young), 8100 (old). Hector, 1871, 27386 (young), 4358 (old). Hector, 1872, 1200 (young), 4000 (old). Neptune, 1873, 29136 (young), 12326 (old). Neptune, 1874, 8774 (young), 3043 (old). Neptune, 1875, 132756 (young), 4041 (old). Neptune, 1876, 8326 (young), 17000 (old). Neptune, 1877, 38662 (young), 3556 (old). Neptune, 1878, 8147 (young), 80 (old). Neptune, 1879, 19202 (young), 4233 (old). Neptune, 1880, 5303 (young), 902 (old). Neptune, 1881, 1609 (young), 5767 (old). Total of 181,407 (young), 67,406 (old). Average for 12 years, 15,117 (young), 5617 (old). 20,734 per year. 181,407 plus 67,406 equals 248,813 Total. Taking old seals into account, Hoods and Harps will give an average weight of at least 25,000 young seals each spring.

Opression of Widows

Leading Tickles, Jan 17th, 1883. Dear Sir: Please allow me space in the colums of the sun, to draw attention to the avariciousness of some of our gentlemen, late settlers here, who, on the day that William ALCOCK died, wrote on to St. John's to obtain if possible, management of our road money, which he held previous to his death. The deceased, who was well known and respected by the people of Green Bay, also kept the Way Office, and which, since his demise, has been managed by his widow very satisfactorily, is also sought for, by the person referred to above, but I hope Mrs. ALCOCK will be continued in this office. I cannot see that we need a removal of our Way Office, as it cannot be better situated than it now is, and is very convenient for the mail boat landing freight. Truly Yours, Sun Eclipse.


According to a Proclamation issued from the Colonial Secretary's Office, Dec 15th, 1882, a Poll was taken at the Court House on Monday last, for the Prohibition of the sale of Intoxicating Liquors. The total vote was 247; 212 for Prohibition; 35 against it. This community is now free from the legal sale of liquors.

For Sale

At Change Islands, the boat ""Rolling Wave"" 16 tons; 3 years running; well found, and will be sold cheap. T.W. TAYLOR, Change Islands.


Feb. 9, 1883

Thanks from Mark BRETT

Dear Sir: Will you allow me space in the colums of your paper for a few lines whereby to extend to the friends of Twillingate, Fortune Harbor, and passengers per SS Plover, &c., my sincere thanks for the valuable aid rendered me in my late disaster by fire. Words fail me to express the debt of gratitude which I feel I owe to all who in any way contributed to relieve my destitution, and especially to the friends who were the originators of this charitable design. As no good is ever brought about or accompolished without some legacy at work, I feel those brethern have done me an invaluable service. I also desire to express my thanks to the different Societies of Twillingate for their liberal contributions. May the blessing of Providence be with them all, and as they have done in the past, may they continue to live and prosper for the sake of ""suffering humanity"". In conclusion, I trust that the blessing of Heaven may rest upon all who have assisted me in this my need, and I promise that their kindness shall ever be held by me in gratefull rememberance. Your's Sincerely, Mark BRETT.

West River, Hall's Bay

[The beginning of this article was lost in copying] … seal, salmon and herring fisheries, and they are to a large extent, left to the mercy of selfish and mercenary men to prosecute in a manner which is not practiced in any other country, and thus our fisheries are fast being annihilated for want of proper laws and regulations. It is true that we have two or three of Her Majesty's Warships cruising around our coasts during the summer months, (which costs us no small penny), but this is, I think, more for their own amusement than anything else, and it is reported that one of those Captains, one year destroyed more salmon than the men of Notre Dame Bay. He prevented the rivers being barred, but himself and officers would stay ashore weeks at a time, catching salmon at a place in West River, Hall's Bay, which is now named after him. I hope that the prayer of the petition will receive the earnest consideration of the House, and that some means will be adopted to prevent the extermination of any of our fisheries. Yours truly, A Fisherman.


On Thursday, 1st inst., an interesting gathering was witnessed at St. Peter's Church, it being the occasion of the marriage of Mr. W.J. SCOTT to Miss Annie PEYTON of this town. At half past seven o'clock pm, the Bridegroom with Messrs LOCKYER, TEMPLETON, PERCY and TARRANT as Groomsmen, advanced by the left aisle to the Altar, while the Hymn, ""The Voice That Breathed O'er Eden"" was being sung. Here they were met by the Bride elect, with her uncle, James PEYTON as Father Giver, and Misses TUCKER, RICE, Georgeina and Nellie PEYTON, as maids, all very appropriately dressed, the Bride with prune velvet dress, veil, and bridal flowers; the two first maids with white and cardinal dresses and caps to match, and the other two, white and blue dresses and caps. Each of the male party wore a white rosette on the left breast...... Mr. LLOYD presided at the organ. ... After a short drive, the future residence of the Bride and Groom was reached..... guests among whom was Rev. J. EMBREE and wife, Rev. F.R. DUFFILL, and Dr. STANDFORD, (Rev. R. TEMPLE and Dr. SCOTT were prevented by professional engagements), passed several pleasant and happy hours.... drinking on Temperance Principals, the toasts.... Miss PEYTON is well known as a native of this place, [ section here lost in copying] Mr. SCOTT will be remembered in St. John's, being a native of that place, but coming here to the employ of Messrs WATERMAN & Co, Merchants, some 4 or 5 [?] since and now, having charge of the Dry Goods deptartment in their establishment. We take this opportunity of wishing....


At Purcell's Harbor on the 27th Jan, the wife of Mr. Silas BURT of a son.


On Feb 6th, the wife of Mr. John WHITE, of a daughter.


At St. Peter's Church on Thursday 1st inst., by the Rev R TEMPLE, Mr. William John SCOTT, Jr. of St. John's to Annie, daughter of Thomas PAYTON, Esq., Back Harbor, Twillingate.


On Monday the 5th, Willie George, only son of George and Mary PHILLIPS, aged 2 months.


At Black Island on Jan 4th, after a long and painful illness, the beloved wife of Mr. Patrick HENEFANT, in the 32 year of her age; she leaves a husband and six children to mourn their loss.


At Fortune Harbor, Jan 7th after a short but painful illness, Margaret, the beloved wife of Mr. John DAY, in the 38th year of her life. She leaves a husband and 8 children to mourn the loss of an affectionate wife and kind mother.


During the last few days large hauls of herring have been taken in the neighborhood of Friday's Bay, we are informed of one net taking as high as six barrels.


Feb 16, 1883


On Sunday, Feb 11th., by Rev R. TEMPLE, Mr. Thomas KEEFE of Little Harbour, to Miss Priscilla SHARP of Crow Head, Twillingate.


Feb 24, 1883


Jan 26th, at Kings Cove, Mrs. Alice MURPHY, aged 75 yrs.


Jan 28th, at Kings Cove, Augustus Morey, youngest son of J. Gariel E.M. HART, aged 5 months.

For Sale

At Shoe Cove, wreck gear of the schr."Silver Stream"". 45 Blocks with shrouding in fall. Hal-yard sheet and tackle falls. 90 fathom of Chain, 3 anchors, and windlass gear. Mainsail; foresail, staysail, and Topmast-staysail; 2 stoves, 2 lanterns, 2 compasses, rudder irons, bands and eyebolts of spars, large and small. The above will be sold in lot for the low sum of £80. Apply to William LANNING Exploits.

Great Fire (Part 1)

Court House and Jail burnt to the ground. The days of our old Court house are numbered. Last week closed its history and we may now place it among the things that were. About one o'clock on Saturday last, those in its immediate neighbourhood were alarmed with a cry of ""Fire." The people rushed from all directions, and a crowd was soon on the spot. They immediately tried to suppress the flames, but in vain. The fire progressed rapidly and defied all efforts made to retard its destructive career. When all attempts to save the building failed, attention was directed to the moveable part of the property. The house was speedily cleared of its effects and nearly all the furniture was saved. Although willing and active hands were ready to save everything, yet the fire forbade them, and so a few things were left to the mercy of the devouring flames. Sergeant WELLS lost a few articles of personal property and some things belonging to the constabulary force were destroyed. Some public documents were also burnt; but as they were nearly all connected with criminal cases, and only of local interest, the loss is inconsiderable, The leaves of those records were flying in all directions during the latter part of the conflagration, and he who ran might read their contents. However, as legal documents are proverbially ""dry"" and not usually adorned with the beauties of fancy or flights of imagination, it is not likely that their contents would be largely perused.

Great Fire (Part 2)

The fire rapidly spread over the building; and a strong breeze of wind soon stirred it into a furious rage. Its destructive nature was thoroughly roused and in little more than an hour from the time it originated, the Court House was a black heap of smouldering embers. The wind that does not favour anyone must blow from a strange quarter. This fact was illustrated in the case of two prisoners who were liberated by last Saturday's catastrophe. The claims of justice were nearly satisfied in the case of one, and the fire saved the other three weeks imprisonment. We are not aware that they expressed any particular regret at the disaster; on the contrary we rather think that when they breathed the air of liberty, their delighted eyes would look with pleasure on the devouring flames and their grateful hearts would ""Praise Him from whom all blessings flow"". We understand that the Magistrate has given them the benefit of the catastrophe, and that they are liberated in the full sense of the term. During the progress of the fire, all due precautions, were used to save the neighbouring houses. A small cottage close by ran a narrow escape of being devoured; but by throwing snow on its roof and other means, it was protected from the fury of the raging flames.

Great Fire (Part 3)

While the conflagration continued Mr. SCOTT'S shop and adjoining buildings were in imminent danger; but nearly every spark that fell on the roof was instantly extinguished. Had not special efforts been made to stop the spread of the fire, its hard to say what the consequences night have been. If the destructive element had laid hold of other buildings there would be an unprecedented disaster in Twillingate, and four or five families might be rendered homeless. Fortunately, however, its mad career was arrested and a serious calamity averted. We understand that the fire originated somewhere about the stovepipes. Those pipes after passing through the wall, were laid against the gable of the out side, and that may account for the fact that the origin of the fire was not instantly noticed. We express regret at the innocence to which Sergeant WELLS and family are necessarily put in the meantime; but we trust the government will soon begin to erect a new building. The Court House and jail are indispensable parts of our legal machinery, and though the power of the law is slightly paralysed, by being deprived of them, yet it is no serious loss to a community of good citizens such as Twillingate is. Sergeant WELLS desires to thank all the friends who have so kindly assisted him to save his own furniture and the government property.


Contributed by George White (2003)
Jan 5, 1883 to Jan 20, 1883 Transcribed by Ron St. Croix
Feb 02, 1883 to Feb 24, 1883 Transcribed by George White and Wanda Cole

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (March 2003)

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