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Twillingate Sun

July 7, 1883

Woman Burned

One of the most appalling calamities that can befall a member of the human race occurred at Durrell's Arm, on Friday night last, when by the bursting of a kerosene lamp, Mrs. George JENKINS was horribly burned from her waist to the crown of her head. The painful circumstance seems to be somewhat as follows: Mr. George JENKINS and his father were engaged until a late hour of night, making a trawl. This completed, the two men with Mrs JENKINS, wife of the son, lay on the floor to take a few hours rest before morning dawned; and being quite fatigued they were in a short time, soundly sleeping. Unfortunately, they left a large lamp lighted on the table in close proximity to which lay Mrs. JENKINS. It is conjectured, that, the wind coming through a broken pane of glass, in the window near the table caused the lamp to explode, and its dreadful contents covered the breast of the poor woman sleeping underneath. When aroused from their sleep the body of Mrs. JENKINS was enveloped in a flame and before the father and the husband had scarcely time to attempt to suppress it, Mrs. JENKINS, quite panic stricken and finding herself suffocating with the oil and fire, ran for the door which incident increased the woman's already intense suffering, for in the excitement that prevailed and in their efforts to stop her, Mrs. JENKINS stumbled, causing a contusion to her left elbow; and it was not until they reached the house of a sister in law, some thrity yards distant, that the flames were suppressed. By this time the clothing which covered the poor woman's body was burned to a cinder and her breast, mouth, face, back and arms were actually baked. Dr. STAFFORD was promptly in attendance and dressed the wounds of the unfortunate woman; since which time she has been doing very well and the doctor now enterains every hope of her recovery.


By the arrival of a craft from Leading Ticlles we have received information of an accident, which occurred at South West Arm, New Bay, on Saturday last, whereby Widow Mary SHARRIN lost her life. From what we have ascertained it appears, that Mr. SHARRIN, who was residing in the house of her son, came in during the afternoon of the above day and hastily untying her bonnet string was heard to say it was very warm. This incident, however occasioned no apprehension for her safety on the part of her daughter in law, who was in the house at the time. Mrs. SHARRIN then went out again and not long after, two children passing the wharf near by, saw her body floating in the water. They immediately made the fact known to some of the women of the neighborhood - the fishermen were absent at the time - who immediately flocked in the direction of the wharf where the body was, but which by this time was beyond their reach, and having to go some distance for a boat, some time elapsed before it was recovered. When taken out of the water life was extinct, but the body was still floating. While nothing certain is known of the exact circumstances that sealed the poor woman's fate, it is surmised that whilst she was proceeding down the wharf she fainted and fell over into the water and was drowned. The body bore no marks of a blow received in falling, and the water around the wharf was shallow at the time, so it is not unlikely that in this way the unfortunate woman lost her life. Her remains were conveyed to Leading Tickles for internment on Monday last, She was aged 78 years.


On Sunday last of erysipelas, Mr. John BRETT, aged 46 yrs.


July 7, 1883


At St. John's on June 20th, in his eightieth yr, Robert John PARSONS, editor of the Patriot, and for upwards of forty years a representitive of the people in the House of Assembly and at one time Speaker of that body.


July 14, 1883


Last issue it was our painful duty to report a sad accident which occurred at Durrell's Arm, whereby Mrs Geo. JENKINS, was terribly burned by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. Yesterday death terminated the intense sufferings of the unfortunate woman.


There died on yesterday evening at the poor asylum of this city, a woman named Johanna HANLON, who had reached the extraordinary age of 105 years, exactly as long and a half as the scriptural term alloted in the life of man. The deceased was a native of Bay-de-Verde. Up to a few hours before her death she had all her faculties about her, her appetite was good, her limbs strong, her memory quick, her eyesight unimpaired and she was free from ache or pain. Her memory is said to have been a history of the last century. She has a son an inmate of the Poor Asylum aged 78 yrs.


July 20, 1883


At Lobster Harbor, Twillingate South Island, on the 15th, Thomas, son of Mr. Ambrose SMITH, aged 16 yrs.


At Kettle Cove on the 13th Mr. Robert HOPKINS, aged 55 yrs.


We are sorry to learn that the dwelling house of J. B. BLANDFORD, Esq., Magistrate, at Little Bay, was entirely destroyed by fire on the night of Wednesday, 18th. A friend has kindly handed us the following particulars: As far as can be ascertained, the fire was first noticed by Constable NOWLAN, when upon a forcible entrance being made, the flames were discovered issuing from the upper landing. All efforts were used to extinguish the fire but without avail, and in a short time it had gained such complete mastery, that the greatest difficulty was experienced in trying to save a few articles of furniture from the lower room of the building. No cause as yet can be given for its origin.


At Fortune Harbor by the Rev. Father FLYNN, Mr. Wm GILLISPIE to Miss Mary POWER both of Fortune Harbor.


All persons having any claim upon the estate of deceased Mrs PLOMER are hereby requested to present same, duly attested, to undersigned for discharge thereof. And any one indebted to the said estate will please forthwith to account with Martin STONE, sole executor to the estate of deceased Louise PLOMER, Fogo, July 9, 1883.


Contributed by George White (2003)
July 7, 1883 to July 30, 1883 Transcribed by George White and Wanda Cole

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (March 2003)

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