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Twillingate Sun
March - April

March 8, 1884

Moreton’s Harbour (Part 1)

We understand that a petition has been forwarded from the inhabitants of Moreton’s Harbour, Tizzard’s Harbour, and other parts of New World Island, for presentation to the Legislature, praying that Moreton’s Harbour may be included in the new contract, as a port of call by the coastal steamer engaged in the conveyance of mails and passengers to the Northward. Moreton’s Harbour is a central locality, and it would prove a great convenience to the public of that, and the neighbouring settlements, if favoured with a regular call from the coastal steamer. In making this request to the Legislature, petitioners are not asking anything unreasonable, or what they are not entitled to receive, but are merely soliciting their rights, which should be extended to them. The advantage of direct steam communication with the locality in question, as well as with many others of equal importance in various parts of this district, has long enough been denied, and it is about time that they were brought into connection with the Metropolis, by regular visits from the coastal steamer.

Moreton’s Harbour (Part 2)

Of late years trade has increased so greatly, as to render it necessary in the interests of mercantile relations with distant parts, to establish more speedy and direct means of communication between St. John’s and the principal northern settlements, and we hope that the time is not far distant, when they also will participate in like privileges to those already enjoyed by other ports in respect to regular steam communication. Moreton’s Harbour is not the only port in this Bay that is deserving of a call from our local steamer. There are Herring Neck, Fortune Harbour, Ward’s Harbour and other localities, that we would like to see included in the list, and if they were thus favoured, we believe that in a few years business would increase so largely, as to repay the colony for the additional expenditure that might be incurred by extending to them the benefits of steam communication. It is to be hoped that when the subject of the petition referred to comes before the Legislature, it will receive the support of honourable members, and that the Government will not be tardy in complying, as far as practicable, with the prayer therein set forth.

The Advocate’s Foul Attack(Part 1)

It is entirely adverse to our inclination to have to write on subjects that might give offence to any of our readers, but on looking over the St. John’s Advocate, of the 26th January, we observe that a writer in that journal stigmatizes a Society that is largely and influentially represented in this colony as a “body of men who go forth, breathing blood and slaughter in their fellow men,” and in the interest of so large a body, we feel bound to say a word in their defence. What motives could have actuated the writer to make so foul an accusation against a society, the principles of which he must be ignorant of, is impossible to conceive. At such a critical juncture, when the religious sentiment throughout the colony was aroused by reason of the painful event which so recently transpired at Harbour Grace, the course of publishing the article to which we refer, containing such a stigma upon the Orange body, was very injudicious, and we think under present circumstances would have been far more wise on the part of the writer if he had displayed common sense and not employed his pen in denouncing a society so populous wherever in operation.

The Advocate’s Foul Attack(Part 2)

It is well known that the Orange Association is a purely Protestant institution, and when it is made the target of uncalled for attacks, not only are those immediately identified with the Order incensed, but the Protestant feeling generally is likely to be inflamed. Thence the wisdom on the part of our co-religionists of suppressing the bitterness which seems to prevail in many minds towards the Orange body, and thereby maintain that harmony and good-will which should exist between the different religious denominations. The Advocate writer informs us that “there is only one society that is obnoxious and insulting and aggressive in its nature,” by which he means the Orange Society. How far this is true every reader of history knows. This Society, perhaps may be obnoxious to such individuals as the writer in the Advocate, but being somewhat acquainted with the principles of the Order, we strongly contend that the Orange Society is neither an insulting or aggressive body,

The Advocate’s Foul Attack(Part 3)

and if they were allowed to exercise the liberty of walking in procession through the public streets without being molested - a right which the British constitution extends to all Societies - we would hear very little of is aggressive nature spoken of by the writer in the Advocate. The principles of Orangeism are based largely upon the Bible, which every Orangeman is supposed to take as his guide, and which inculcates into the minds of all Protestants a very different spirit from that of “breathing blood and slaughter to their fellow men” - a spirit which is altogether antagonistic to the great cardinal virtues, which the Protestant Church makes known to the world. We are sorry that occasion has been given to introduce the subject, which we could not refrain from doing on behalf of the many against whom the insulting remarks in question have been made, and we assure the Advocate writer, that there is room in this world for Roman Catholics, Orangemen, and every one else, and there will be room also in the next; and if the religious convictions of each are not interfered with, - which is contrary to the spirit of Orangeism, - Peace and Goodwill are sure to prevail.

S. of T. Soiree (Part 1)

It is an everyday confirming fact that all things terrestrial, irrespective of their nature, have a termination and the Anniversaries of our flourishing Societies just ended, verifies this truism. For the past five or six weeks the preparations and anticipations of those approaching events have received no small share of attention, and being of local importance, have been viewed with a warm interest. This perhaps in some, may seem uncalled for, and not demanded by any worthy objects, or evoked by a sense of the intrinsic worth of those institutions immediately interested, but simply a barren custom and observance. But there is invariably a cause for every public token of rejoicing and commemoration, and public festivities are not often at random and void of meaning, at least we will attempt to show, in a degree, that they are not in the present instance. It is a very well known fact that the majority of our people, especially the members of the different Societies, are for the large part of the summer season, absent from their homes prosecuting their lawful avocations, and are thus denied the privileges of convivial gatherings and other seasons of enjoyment.

S. of T. Soiree (Part 2)

The writer, however, is more favourable, and they have very wisely chosen this season of the year for their gathering together for pleasure, and mutual benefit and support. And what more suitable time would be selected than when our hardy toilers of the sea, who have been for several months prosecuting their hazardous enterprise, exposed to numerous hardships and imminent dangers, have finished their voyage and returned safely to the bosom of their homes and families. And although all members of those Societies cannot claim participation in the fisherman’s calling, they are nevertheless, fully alive to their genuine worth, and jubilant over their successes, and sorry at their reverses. And again when the untold privileges and elevating influences of these Societies, and the laudable object of them all, vis, - the benefit of their fellow men - is understood, is it not ample cause for the warm and universal feeling, that is so potently manifested in their welfare and advancement. The celebrations this year were carried out under very favourable circumstances, and attended with gratifying results. The weather was salubrious on each occasion, and there was no occurrence to mar, in the slightest degree, the peace and harmony of the Societies, or the community.

S. of T. Soiree (Part 3)

According to the dates of their Anniversaries the North Star Divison, Sons of Temperance, comes last, but notwithstanding the fact that two had almost immediately preceded it, the gusto with which those affairs are greeted, was quite up to the mark on this occasion. On Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 26th, this time - honoured institution, celebrated their Anniversary in the customary manner. At about 1 p.m., they attended Divine Service in the Northside Methodist Chapel. The Service being conducted by the Rev. F.R. DUFFILL, who took for his text the twenty-third verse of the twelfth chapter of Deuteronomy - “For the blood is the life.” The theory that the different qualities of the blood are hereditary, was ably advanced and admirably dilated on by the Speaker, and in conclusion he urged on his hearers the necessity of kindness and perseverance, to win the inebriate, and those, who may have this hereditary disadvantage to contend with. After Service the Society made a circuit of the harbour and returned to the Hall, where a sumptuous fare and large number of friends awaited them. In a short time, all was activity around the tables - a part of the programme which seemed to be thoroughly enjoyed.

S. of T. Soiree (Part 4)

The building was artistically decorated, and upon entering the hall the eye was met with the appropriate motto, “Welcome,” which stood out in bold relief of its surroundings. In the evening the Hall was filled with a large and appreciative audience. The programme was pretty well diversified, but we think a little more of the humorous is required to suit the popular taste, and those who bring performance before the public would do well to bear this in mind. The dialogues were well rendered, and the amateur performers displayed much proficiency. The Drama, “Charity never faileth,” was very touching, and the characters of the drunkard and his wife were excellently personified by Master John and Miss Emma HODDER. Three of the clergymen of town, who purposed addressing the meeting, were unavoidably absent, as they were incapacitated by a bad cold, which is very prevalent in this community just now. However, there was considerable speechifying from the worthy Patriarch, (Mr. A. ROBERTS), Mr. H. STOWE, and Rev. F.R. DUFFILL. The addresses were practical and to the point, the latter gentleman, in his usual happy style, treated the audience to an occasional humorous hit, which appeared to be heartily appreciated. The Beethoven organ was used on the occasion: Mrs. W.J. SCOTT and Mrs.OAKLEY presiding. The singing of the National Anthem brought proceedings to a close


Sir E.M. ARCHIBALD, late Attorney General of Newfoundland, died at Brighton, England. He received a pension from the colony of £16,00. R. ALEXANDER, Esq., left Lady CARTER £500 ; another £500 to the Centennial School Society; & £50 each to Mr. SYME’S children.

Eagle Arrives

The Eagle arrived at Catalina yesterday morning. She will prosecute the seal fishery from that port.

Resolute Arrives at St. John's

Resolute arrived yesterday. 30 days from Dundee. She experienced heavy weather; lost bulwarks and sustained other damages.

St. John's News

Mr. BOND moved the Address in reply to the Opening Speech; Mr. WHITE seconded. In the Council, the Hon. Mr. PITTS moved; and Hon Capt. CLEARY seconded. The Newfoundland arrived last night. Mr. LITTLE’S seat in the house is vacated; he is appointed Acting Judge. (St. John’s, Feb 20) M. MUNROE, - Syme and Jas. McLAUGHLIN, Esqrs., have been appointed members of the Leg. Council. Hon. J.S. WINTER has been very ill for a week and not able to take his seat in the House. (St. John’s, Feb 23) John FREEMAN elected Sergt-at-Arms of the House. Petitions have been signed to prevent the sale of spirits for the first ten days of March, while sealers are preparing for the ice. It is rumoured that R. KENT, Esq. has been appointed to the Executive, and J.H. BONNE, Esq. speaker of the House of Assembly.


We learn that Mr. Isreal SMALL of Fogo, died suddenly on the morning of the 25th Feb. last. It appears that Mr. Small had just got up and proceeded down stairs, when he suddenly fell to the floor and expired. Heart disease is said to have caused his death. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn their loss.


An Ordination service was held in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist yesterday morning, when the Rev. N. LeMOINE and the Rev. Theodore R. NURSE were advanced to the priesthood. The Right Rev. Llewellyn JONES, Lord Bishop of Newfoundland, performed the ceremony. His Lordship was assisted by the Revds. E. BOTWOOD, R.D., A. HEYGATE, J.F. PHELPS, W. PILOT, A.C.F. WOOD, and H. DUNFIELD. The Ordination Sermon was preached by the J.F. PHELPS. The Rev. N. LeMOINE is stationed at Harbour Grace, and the Rev. T.R. NURSE at Spaniard’s Bay. - Mercury


March 15, 1884

Missionary Meetings (Part 1)

My Dear Sir, - In a recent issue of your paper you made brief reference to the Missionary meetings held under Methodist auspicies in this town and hinted that further particulars would shortly be forthcoming from some source or other. Nothing has since appeared, so acting on the adage, “better late than never,” I will furnish you with particulars of several meetings I have been privileged to attend during the last few weeks. Fogo and Seldom-come-by, in the fall. Of the mid-winter meetings, the first was held at Tizzard’s Harbour, whither I drove one bleak afternoon, more than a month since. After refreshment and a chat we repaired to the church which was comfortably filled. The meeting was addressed by the Revs. Jas. PINCOCK, Anthony HILL, and F. DUFFILL, and by Messrs. Samuel SMALL and J. PARSONS of Moreton’s Harbour. The speakers allowed themselves considerable scope, reviewing missionary operations in every land. The collection was a good criterion of the success of the meeting, more than doubling last years. The journey to Moreton’s Harbour at the close was not accomplished without difficulty, as it snowed freely and the ground was treacherous. However “all’s well that ends well”, as we thought when we sat at the supper table.

Missionary Meetings (Part 2)

The next day was beautifully fine and the prospect for the evening was good. At 7 o’clock we took our seats on the platform and found the church crowded to its utmost capacity. The meeting was an animated one. Brother PINCOCK presented with dignity. Bro. HILL convulsed the meeting with his narration of missionary experiences in this country. He sped onwards like a meteor and now and then flashed like one. Moreton’s Harbour did so admirably in its Mission subscription last year that it was thought unlikely that the amount then raised would be exceeded. “According to your faith be it unto you.” The collection was a little less. During the following week the meetings were held in the Twillingate circuit. The Revds. Messrs. PINCOCK and DUNN came from neighbouring circuit. On the Wednesday afternoon we drove off to Little Harbour. The tiny church, which is really not sufficiently commodious at any time, on that occasion, proved too small by half, and sardines could hardly be packed any closer than those sweltering through. Brethern PINCOCK and DUNN gave excellent addresses, and a native of Purcell’s Harbour, Mr. Johnathan BURT gave a racy speech, lasting half an hour. Scores shook with suppressed laughter during its delivery.

Missionary Meetings (Part 3)

The speaker’s grosteque humour was irresistible. Father DOWLAND made a few sensible remarks which did us good. The collection almost reached thirty dollars. A small box was found in the plate containing an amount bequeathed by a dying child. On Thursday the meeting was announced for the “big church”. Down came the snow, the wind at its heels. The Weather was unfavourable but probably 600 persons were present and the meeting was in every sense a success. Thos. DUDER, Esq., of Fogo having arrived, we were commissioned to ask him to occupy the chair. He gracefully acquiesced. A very interesting feature of this meeting was the address of the Rev. J. EMBREE principally based on his recent visit to Labrador. Though seriously indisposed he warmed with his theme and described in very graphic style his experiences amongst the sturdy souls, who have settled along the inhospitable shores of the North. The collection amounted to a little less than forty dollars

Missionary Meetings (Part 4)

On Friday night the New Church was filled and scores had, by some means or other, climbed into the unfinished gallery where they stood motionlessly throughout the delivery of the speeches. The Chairman, by reason of physical indisposition, didn’t turn up, so we must needs extemporise one. We had a good time; the interest being sustained. The number of speakers being so small those on the platform felt that the onus lay upon them. Brethren PINCOCK and DUNN did us excellent service, both being in good form (as they say when speaking of the Knights of the Willow). Last year the collection amounted to thirteen dollars, this year the plates held upwards of forty. The intense interest manifested at these meetings is very cheering. The watchmen on the walls of Zion can see the East reddening, and they announce the morning. I am, yours very truly, F.D.

R. SCOTT Visits

R. SCOTT, Esq., of Fogo, was in town on a flying visit during the week.

Rev. R. TEMPLE, R.D. on Tour"

We understand that the Rev. R. TEMPLE, R.D., purposes making a tour the coming week to some of the distant settlements, on business connected with the Church.

Moreton’s Hr. Tea

A Tea and Entertainment will be given by some members of the Methodist Congregation at Moreton’s Harbour, on Wednesday next, the 19th. inst.

Sealing in White Bay

We are indebted to an esteemed friend for the sub - joined interesting extract of a private letter received from White Bay: - “The people on ths side of the bay have done very well with their sealing nets: the OSMONDS at Seal Cove have got 70 seals; John RICE & Co., 45; and from Seal Cove to the head of the Bay, over 300 have been secured. The Messrs. GALE, have all done well with nets. I have not heard from the North shore as yet, there has been none of any account killed with the gun. The edge of the ice is from Whitehorn Hill to Man Point and about 1 mile off Wild Cove head."

Sailors Honoured

We learn from the Gazette of the 5th ult, that Silver Medals and Diplomas have been received from the Portugese Government by His Honour the Administrator, and have been presented to Francis BRIDDON, George BUTT, and John COOKE, Newfoundland seamen late of the brig Orielton, in recognition of their services in rescuing the ship-wrecked crew of the Steamer IV. R. Ricketts, off Figueria, on the 28th April, 1882. In giving place to the foregoing pleasing announcement, we trust that the brave fellows will be spared for very many years to wear their well earned decoration


On Thursday last, Mr. George ANSTEY was suddenly called from earth away. Altho the deceased had not of late been enjoying his accustomed good health, yet there was nothing to arouse any serious apprehensions on the part of his friends, and on Wednesday night he retired in apparently good health. At an early hour next morning he awakened one of his brothers and asked for a drink; the latter immediately went to procure it, and on his return found that he was unable to take it. The King of Terrors had laid his icy hand upon him, and in the space of a few minutes, he peacefully, calmly, passed away to where beyond these voices there is peace. The deceased was in his 28th year, of a pleasing and quiet disposition, and his sudden death in the prime of life, has evoked much sorrow and regret from a large circle of friends and acquaintances. We tender our deepest sympathy to the widowed mother and sorrowing friends.

Houghton Evening Star

At the regular monthly meeting of Evening Star L.O.L., No. 351, held here on the 12th inst., the following resolution was unanimously adopted: Resolved: That we deeply deplore the slaughter of our brethren in Newfoundland in so bloodthirsty, cruel and treacherous a manner, and while we mourn with our bretheren in their bereavement, we give them praise for more than human endurance in allowing the miscreants who attacked them to live to be tried by a jury; but as in the doing our brethren showed their love of law and order, we hope that justice will readily overtake the instruments of the cruel deed, if not those who instigated it. The resolution is signed on behalf of the lodge by Bros. W.H. TAYLOR, W.M., Wm. OTTERSON, D.M., and John PIET, Recording Secretary.


At Musgrave Harbour, January 29th, the wife of Mr. R.C. RUSSELL, of a daughter.


At Fortune Harbour, on Feb. 19th, the wife of Mr. Mathias GLAVEEN, of a daughter.


At the same place, on Feb. 17th, the wife of Capt. John Davis, of a daughter.


Suddenly, on Thursday morning last, Mr. George ANSTEY, aged 28 years. Funeral will take place from his late residence at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday).


Passed away peacefully, on the night of the 10th inst., after a lingering illness, borne with christian resignation to the Divine Will, Elizabeth, relict of the late John MOSS, aged 76 years, 65 of which she spent in the town. The deceased was a native of Fogo and leaves several children to mourn the loss of an affectionate mother.[Lengthy verse here]


Fell asleep, March 1st, at Herring Neck, after a brief illness, John, beloved son of Dharles and Maria MARCELL, aged 37 years. [It is not certain that the surname is Marcell, as the penultimate letter was indecipherable]. [Lengthy verse here.]


At Fortune Harbour on the 19th ult., Sarah KNIGHT, in the 17th year of her age. The deceased was a native of Hall’s Bay, and is much and deservedly retretted by all who knew her.


At North Parade, Otley, England, on Dec 30th, Henry,eldest son of Mr. Samuel SMITH, and brother-in-law to Rev. T.W. ATKINSON, Western Bay.


At Brigus, on the 11 inst., Capt. Robert WILCOX, aged 30 years.


March 24, 1884

Mackerel (Part 1)

Mackerel, of the various branches of the fisheries, always receives the most attention. Our chart will be found of interest as showing at a glance, the great fluctuations in the catch and quality. The very small amount shown at the commencement, is of historic interest when we recall those years as being unsafe to fish off our shores during a foreign war. The Massachusetts catch, the past season, amounted to 168,811 barrels against 258,382 barrels in 1882; a large decrease of 89,571 barrels. The Southern fleet numbering 129 sail, as usual of late years. They started early, sailing March 12, landing the first catch in New York, March 31. The early catch was followed with fair success, mostly being landed fresh, accounts for the small amount of cured fish reported as taken South. The fish were found to be abundant and of mixed sizes. As the season advanced, the fleet worked off the New England shores, fewer fish constantly being seen. The fishermen being of the opinion that a large body of mackerel were off this coast, but did not show themselves, were not willing to leave the favored grounds of the past few years.

Mackerel (Part 2)

About 50 sail went to North Bay in July, returning with poor reports and few fish. Later in the season, the catch not improving, and more favourable reports having been received from North Bay, quite a fleet once more went there, returning with fine fares of fish, of a fair quality and size. The total number of United States vessels fishing in North Bay during the season being 63, with a catch of 28,666 barrels. The catch off the New England shores amounted to 185,019 barrels; the Southern catch, 13,000; total catch of salted mackerel by the New England fleet 226,685, a decrease of 152,178 barrels from that of the previous year. The schooner Edward E. Webster, Captain Soloman Jacob, as for several years, is once more “high line” with the following fine record.

Mackerel (Part 3)

Sailed from Gloucester March 15, hauled up November 20, during which time, with a crew of 17 men, caught 2,160 barrels of mackerel that were salted, and 400,000 mackerel were sold fresh, realizing gross $27,440,000 or net $25,700,000, the crew sharing $709,75 each. [These figures are exactly as written!] During the season three trips were made to North Bay and 1,100 barrels of the catch taken there. Captain Jacobs adds to his report, “It is my opinion the body of large mackerel will be in North Bay in 1884, and the small fish off this shore.” The catch of the Prince Edward Island fishermen is estimated as ten per cent over that of the previous year, with a slight improvement in quality. The Nova Scotia catch also shows an increase. Of the Provincial catch, 75,226 barrels came to this market against 37,616 in 1882. - (The foregoing extract is taken from the Annual Report of the Boston fish bureau for 1884.) (Note: An item later in this issue of the Sun, identifies Capt. Soloman Jacobs as a native of Twillingate, who left that place some 13 years since.)


His Honor the Administrator of the Government in Council, has been pleased to appoint James McLAUGHLIN, Esq., and John SYME, Esq., to be Members (provincially) of the Legislative Council of this Colony. His Honor, in Council, has also been pleased to appoint the Hon. John SYME, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the General Protestant Academy, in place of the late Gilbert BROWNING, Esquire. - Gazette.

Schools (Part 1)

In the dearth of local matter which there usually is about this time, the Chairman of the Church of England Board of Education persuades himself, that some readers of this paper may find an interest, in having before them, an account of an examination, which he held last week, principally for his own information. On march 12th, 13th, and 14th, he examined five schools, two at Herring Neck, three at Twillingate, a sixth being at present closed for want of a Teacher. The total number of children on the Registers was 228; the largest being Salt Harbour (83), the smallest, the infant school in Front Harbor (13). There were present at the time of his visits, 160 altogether; the oldest being 17 years, the youngest 4. One teacher had been in charge of the same school fourteen years; one two years and a half; the others, less at present than a year. There were 40 children writing on slate, and 120 in copy books; 76 could do sums in one or other of the Simple Rules of Arithmetic; 30 in the Compound Rules. Only twenty-three could go beyond this. 51 were learning Grammar, and the same number Geography. 97 read in the New Testament, of whom the greater part acquitted themselves fairly, the simultaneous reading at Green Cove school was specially good.

Schools (Part 2)

The Salt Harbour school is most backward in spelling. The number of copy books shown was 155; which were classed in three divisions, 38 fair and good; 36 untidy or indifferent; 61 unsatisfactory or quite beginners. The Twillingate schools appeared to know their Church Catechism most perfectly, so far as to the words. In Dictation, 75 attempted a short lesson, out of whom only 9 were faultless; 11 had one mistake, 12 had two; 11 had 3, etc., etc. Only one school (Green Cove) had attempted much in the way of singing. It would be well if it were made a practice in every school; giving such _____ additional interest to the children, and enlivening their work. The examiner was much pleased with the order of the schools; but he cannot help regretting that comparatively so few children attend, and that those who do, are taken away so much, and at so young an age. What progress can be made, even under the best teachers, unless children attend school regularly and for a considerable time. The fees are so absurdedly small, that those are no hinderance; and what is the present assistance that a child can give his parents, to be compared with the future benefit to them (and himself) when educated and grown up. It is miserably false economy to keep a girl (for instance) at home nursing, or a boy wood cuting, etc., when an opportunity is afforded them of obtaining an almost free education.


(A letter to the editor bearing the date, Twillingate, March 22, 1884, notes) Dear Sir: I observe by a late number of the Evening Telegram that a poor widow woman was recently fined SIXTY DOLLARS by His Honor Judge PROWSE, “for selling Bavarian Beer and spirits without a license.” Perhaps this will tally with “Green Bay Justice!” Yours truly, TENEZ P.S. - If a fine like this above can be imposed for the illicit sale of liquor in a community where licenses are granted, I think the same can be lawfully done in a community where the Government - much less a J.P. - can’t grant a license. T.

Moreton’s Harbour Tea

A Tea was held on Wednesday past at Moreton’s Harbour, that was attended by a party from Twillingat who walked on snowshoes across the ice. Upon arrival they were hosted by M. OSMOND, Esq. At 4:30 there was a strong muster at the Methodist school-room, a setting that was too small for the evening meeting that was held in the church. The resident minister, J. PINOCK was absent, but his place was taken by Rev. F.R. DUFFILL of Twillingate. The following programme was undertaken: Chorus: “Once Again We Meet.” Prayer: Rev. F.R. DUFFILL. Solo: “Give Me The Drink”, Mr. John BENNETT. Recitation: “Wanted a Minister’s Wife”, Jane FRENCH. Reading: Mr. Samuel BENNETT. Chorus: “Little Mary”. Recitation: “Childe Harold’s Farewell” Lucy JENKINS. Reading: “Mr. Fisher’s Bereavement”, Geo. OSMOND. Solo: “My Mother’s Prayer”, Barbara SMALL.. Recitation: Mr. W. JENNINGS. Chorus: “Yes, I’ve A Home In Heaven”. Reading: “Bessie theBeautiful”, Miss ROBERTS. Solo: “Pass Under The Rod”, Miss C. OSMOND. Dialogue: “Cooking”, Lavinia BRETT & Robert BARTLETT. Chorus: “Sound the Alarm” Recitation: “Mary, Queen of Scots” Rev. F.R. DUFFILL. Solo: “What Is Home Without A Mother?” Charles MAYNE. Recitation: “Beautiful Snow”, Miss R. OSMOND. Quartette: “Whiter than Snow”, Miss C. OSMOND, Miss ROBERTS, Mrs. PINOCK, & Mr. BENNETT. Reading: Mr. PARSONS. Solo: “We’re Going Home”, Amelia MILLS. Recitation: “Shadow On The Blind”, Olivia SMALL. Reading: W.J. SCOTT. Chorus: “Love At Home


Up to the present very little has been done in the vicinity with seals. Our fishermen have been constantly on the lookout since the season arrived, travelling some days a long distance from land, but little success has crowned their efforts. Some three or four hundred bedlamers have been captured. There has been no sign of steamers off the coast as yet.

Bonavista Notes (Part 1)

The weather has been extremely cold with us this winter. Thermometer ranging from 10 to 23 degrees below zero for three or four days in succession. Up to date we have had an average number of public entertainments, etc., which as usual have been well attended and highly appreciated. The first was a public Temperance meeting, which was held under the auspices of the Good Templers, who are in a flourishing condition, and propose holding a series of meeting open to the public monthly. They have lately purchased a fine organ, valued at $120, for the use of this organization. Through their efforts combined with that of Bird Island Cove Lodge, the Local Option Bill was carried at the latter place on Feb. 9th, by a sweeping majority, only one voting against and 107 for. A very successful Band of Hope meeting was held a few weeks ago. On Thursday, 31st ult., the ladies of the Methodist Church, who were ably assisted by Dr. FORBES, gave a very enjoyable tea at the Central School, for the purpose of raising means to pay off the balance of debt on the church furnace.

Bonavista Notes (Part 2)

Never we believe were tickets for any entertainment at Bonavista, sooner disposed off. Scores sought admission at the door for which they would have paid double but could not be admitted as the building was thronged. It is needless to say that the tea was all that one could desire. The entertainment which followed and which consisted of songs, solos, recitations, dialogues and addresses, was rendered in excellent style, and elicited much laughter and applause. The net proceeds amounted to over $70. The above meeting was followed by a literary and musical concert at the Fisherman’s Hall, and which was quite a success. The amount of receipts which, I understand, is for the purpose of purchasing a library for the Church of England Sabbath School, amounted to $40. On Sunday last a gathering of the two Methodist Sunday schools assembled in the church, when a very profitable meeting was held. It was presided over by Mr. Jas. BROWN (Rev. Mr. BULLEN who was expected to take the chair at the meeting being unwell), and addressed by Messrs. POWELL, READER, LINDSAY and VINCENT. Another public Temperance meeting takes place on Thursday next and the children are practising for another Band of Hope meeting. The Methodists are talking of getting up an entertainment to raise money to buy an organ for Sunday School.


On Saturday, 19th February, at Christ Church, Bonavista, by Rev. A.E.C. BAYLY, Mr. John S. ROWSELL, accountant at the firm of Bain, Johnston & Co., Bonavista, to Lydia C., fifth daughter of Mr. James SKIFFINGTON, all of the same place.


At Wild Cove, Twillingate, on the 16th inst., after a long illness, Mr. John GUY, aged 59 years.


On the 23rd inst., Martha, relict of the late Charles PAYNE, aged 58 years.


At Comfort Cove, Green Bay, on the 9th inst., Mr. John CULL, aged 76 years.


At Western Gulch, on the 17th inst., Mr. Henry RIDEOUT, aged 73 years.

St. John's News (Part 1)

By Telegraph (via Bett’s Cove) Special to the Sun, St. John’s, March 1st. The Magistrates have decided not to accede to the request of petition asking to close the Public Houses for the first 10 days of March. Six sailing vessels leave Harbor Grace for the Seal fishery and two from here (St. John‘s). The Newfoundland arrived today. The harbour is blocked with ice. There was a heavy snow storm at Halifax yesterday. No business of importance has been transacted in the House the past week. The 2nd reading of Bill to prevent Sunday trains has been postponed until the Company are notified. A slight disturbance took place at Harbor Grace on March 4, Saturday night, occasioned by payment of railway labourers and the final closing of the liquor stores. Several policemen were despatched by the Lady Glover to take extra precaution against further outbreaks. A strong breeze N.W. wind yesterday; several vessels drifted out of the narrows in the ice. The Hercules succeeded in towing them back. The Newfoundland left this morning. The Harbor Grace sealing fleet has left for the ice. The Bay is clear. March 6: A railway car got off the track last evening whilst returning to town, Mrs. BUTLER of Port-de-Grave was badly injured. No other damage sustained.

St. John's News (Part 2)

The Nimrod and Leepard sailed for Channel yesterday to clear for the Gulf seal fishery. The Neptune left for Catalina. The title “His Excellency” has been conferred on Sir F.B.T. CARTER while holding the personal commission of the Queen for the administration of the Government. March 8. The Receiver General laid statement of affairs of the Colony before the House on Thursday. The revenue of the past year is One Hundred and Fifty-three dols. and Seventy-seven cents. Balance in favor of the Colony One Hundered and Fifty-two Thousand Five Hundred and Twenty-six dollars. No alteration proposed in tariff for the coming year, except duty on Canadian fruits, raisins, currants, etc. for which a resolution has been submitted. Another Dundee steamer, the Polynia, added to the fleet, arrived few days ago. Six Dundee steamers were to leave St. John’s on Monday. March 11: A despatch from Harbor Breton last evening says that a man named MARTIN and his wife were found killed or murdered on their premises at great Jarvis on Sunday. It is supposed that MARTIN killed his wife and afterwards committed suicide. Thomas Nicolas, one of the Orangemen wounded in the Harbor Grace affray, died yesterday. The steamers left yesterday. The ice prevented them from making rapid progress and they can be seen from the Block House. It is coming very stormy this morning. A bill passed the House yesterday naming White Bay district “St. Barbe”.


April 9, 1884
  Missionary Meeting Bett's Cove (1)

The Annual Methodist Foreign Missionary Meeting was held at this place March 12th, 1884. John C. DUDER, Esq., in the Chair, a gentleman who is always to the front in every good cause that occurs in our midst. This meeting as usual was largely attended by the fair sex, though our numbers are but small compared with former years. I am happy to say the cause was well represented by no less than three Wesleyan Ministers, namely, the Revds. Messrs. LISTER, ABRAHAM, and VICKERS, who represented the results and still further need of Mission work in a vivid and most explicit manner. The Revd. Mr. LISTER opened the meeting by prayer. We then all sang that beautiful hymn on page 1st of the Methodist Hymn book. Rev. H. ABRAHAM then introduced our esteemed and venerable friend J.C. DUDER, Esq., as Chairman, who addressed the meeting with remarkable impressiveness, dilating at some length on Missionary enterprise stating that all other was totally eclipsed, by this grand enterprise originated of God “himself“, in fact the address was full of mission zeal and pointed fact, showing why all should do their best to help so good a cause, pointing out the widow and her two mites in a most sympathetic manner, also of Christ’s approval of her gift. He also dwelt at some length on the Divine command: “Go into the world and preach the Gospel to every creature,” showing how the work was indeed still going on from the Apostles to the present day, against any and every opposition.

Missionary Meeting Bett's Cove (2)

The Rev. H. ABRAHAM then read Missionary report, after which the Choir sang that good old hymn, “From Greenland’s Icy Mountains.” The Rev. Mr. VICKERS, next addressed the meeting, who dwelt on mission matter with such eloquence that the whole audience were kept in the most wrapt attention. One especial matter he adduced was the need there was for more missionary enterprise, giving the numbers of the multitudes there were who yet were without the gospel, although much had already been done, and here and there introducing a few very feeling anecdotes, particularly the trials and success of a few single individuals at the cost of both health and life itself. The Choir again sang a hymn. Rev. J. LISTER next addressed the mmeting, a gentleman who is well known for his ability to deal with such matter. His remarks were so full of humour at times as to cause all faces present to light up with a smile, at others he related anecdotes with such thrilling truth in them, that one could scarcely withold a tear at such devoted zeal displayed by some missionarys even to the death, many of which had been a noble martrydom.

Missionary Meeting Bett's Cove (3)

Mr. HOWSON was then called upon who make a few remarks which was the effect that he wished to remind his hearers what this meeting had been called for, reminding them also that they could not after listening to what had previously been spoken but see the need of help in so good a cause, that as he was about to pass the plate, he hoped for this time at least to feel more pleasure in receiving than giving., although there was an adage to the effect that it was more blessed to give than to receive, and stating that if missionaries were to be sent, the Societies must have funds to carry on the good work. The Choir then sang another hymn. The Rev. H. ABRAHAM then spoke a few words concerning present mission tour extending from Little Bay Islands to Shoe Cove, especial mention was made of the noble gift to the cause of the few residents at Hall’s Bay, in fact receipts generally showing in excess of last year. Choir then sang a hymn whilst the collection was taken up, receipts showing in excess of last year, although many are left this place who were with us then. This clearly shows that Bett’s Cove people still hold their prestige for giving to all good works. The whole was enlivened by some good music and singing. Mrs. DUDER kindly presiding at the organ, assisted by Mr. Simpson and others as Choir, who did their work well. I may state that this has been the best Missionary Meeting ever held in this place both for excellence of addresses and liberality of donations, truly this is a noble work of which any one may feel justly proud to engage in. (One who was there).

St. Johns News

By Telegrapgh from Bett’s Cove, Special to the Sun, St. John’s, March 12 GOODRIDGE received the censure of House on Monday; he charged the Government with subsidizing papers and putting the money in their own pockets. The Bill to prevent Railway trains running on Sundays was rejected: 11 for, 19 against. Affairs at Harbor Grace are still very unsatisfactory. WEBBER of Bear’s Cove was fired at on Tuesday; the supposed would-be assassin has been arrested.


The funeral of Thomas NICHOLAS took place at Harbor Grace on Thursday, March 15th. The British and Orange Societies walked in full regalia. The Wesleyan and Presbyterian Ministers, Sheriff and Magistrates, preceded the corpse. The Revds. Messrs. NOEL, LEMOINE, and SANDERSON assisted in the Burial Service; and the Rev. Mr. NOEL preached a very practical and impressive sermon. There were between 1800 - 1900 in the procession. All Protestant places of business were closed at Harbor Grace and Carbonear during the afternoon.

St John's News

An item bearing the date March 19th at St. John’s, notes that an accident occurred on STABB’s premises yesterday to a man named Pat COTTER, working mear a pile of lumber, when some boards fell breaking both his legs. The St. Patrick’s Dinner was a great success. Upwards of 200 were present. Sir W.V. WHITEWAY, Hon. J.S. WINTER, and A.J.W. McNEILY, Q.C., were among the guests. A quantity of electro plated ware was stolen from Sir A. SHEA’s premises on Saturday night. The robbers are not known. St. John’s, March 20th. An earthquake shock was experienced at Conception Bay on Tuesday afternoon, causing considerable excitement. A heavy shock was heard simultaneously at Brigus, Harbour Grace Junction, Bay Roberts, Harbor Grace, Rantim, Placentia Bay and Trinity. A rumbling noise followed after a space of 30 seconds. Some houses were shaken at Heart’s Content. At Clarke’s Beach the earth trembled, and people ran, to each other’s houses. No damage reported. The annual meeting of the Bible Society was held in the Athenaeum last evening. The meeting was largely attended, and addressed by the Revds. Messrs. BOTWOOD, WOOD, PERCIVAL, BOND, McNEIL, BENTON, and four others. A despatch from Channel says that the Kite was seen off Cape Anguille taking seals on St. Patrick’s Day. Two steamers supposed to be the Neptune and Arctic, reported as being off Cape Bonavista yesterday taking seals. Large quantities seen panned, with flags. Upwards 500 have been taken by landsmen. BOYD introduced a Bill to destroy dogs by Local Option and encourage sheep raising; the Bill passed 2nd reading. The Revenue bill passed yesterday.


A steamer and small schooner have been in sight from this harbor since yesterday. Her Majesty’s war ships Mallard and Fastome will be engaged in the fishery protection during the coming summer, and are expected to arrive at St. John’s shortly.


Seals - Yesterday, we learn, some 20 or 30 young seals were captured by boat crews in this vicinity, some “pelts” were picked up and a great many carcasses were seen on the drifting ice.

New Owners

Our Country says it is reported that Messrs. JOB Bros. & Co. have purchased the premises at Blanc Sablon and Isle au Bois, in the Straight of Belle Isle from Messrs. P. SIMON & Co., of Jersey. It is also stated that Capt. Samuel BLANDFORD has resigned command of the Plover to run this speculation, which, we hope may be successful.


Mr. Samuel SHORT of Wards Harbor, writes: Dear Mr. Pill. The effects produced by your Lung Healer are truly wonderful. A few months ago my daughter who is 16 years old, was induced to try a bottle of your medicine for a cough atended with great weakness and pains in the chest from which she had been suffereing during the whole of her life. After taking the bottle all bad symptoms disappeared and she now enjoys perfect health.


Five of our sailing vessels - the William, Capt. W. SHEPPARD, the Sisters, Capt. S. HAWKINS, the Consort, Capt. J. PARSONS, the Matilda, Capt. N. HANRAHAN, and the Confederate, Capt. T. GREENE, took their departure for the seal fishery since last we went to press. The steamers Vanguard, Capt. J. KENNEDY, the Mastif, Capt. R. GOSSE, and the Iceland, Capt. A. SMITH, left for Catalina yesterday evening, whence they take their clearance. May a bountiful Providence crown the efforts of each and every of them at the coming fishery with the most abundant success. (H.G. Standard).


On March 26th, the wife of Mr. Joseph STUCKLESS, of a daughter.


On the 21st March, at St. Mary’s Church, Herring Neck, by the Rev. J. HEWITT, Mr. Frederick SEALEY, late of St. John’s, to Emily, daughter of Mr. Thomas DALLY, Herring Neck.


On the 20th March, at the School-room, Green’s Harbor, by the same, Mr. Samuel BATT of Herring Neck, to Mrs. Louisa HICKS of Change Islands.

Sons of Temperance Meeting

At the quarterly meeting of North Star Division, Sons of Temperance, held on Thursday last, the 3rd. inst., the following officers elect, were duly installed for the ensuing quarter: - Bros. W.J. SCOTT, W.P.; F. GUY, W.A.; John LUNNEN, R.S.; Joseph FIFIELD, A.R.S.; Chas. MAYNE, P.S.; Philip RIDOUT, Treas.; Geo. ROBERTS, Chaplin; Alfred LACEY, Com.; Winfield SCOTT, A.C.; Alfred MANUEL, I.S.; Edward ROBERTS, O.S.; Andrew ROBERTS was inducted at the Chair of the P.W.P. Receipts for the quarter amounted to 65 dollars.

New Steamship Company

On the 26th ult. was registered the New York Newfoundland and Halifax Steamship Company, Limited, with a capital of £100,000 in £10 shares. The signatories to the articles of association were Messrs. W.B. BOWRING, J. BOWRING, W.G. BOND; F.H. ANMONAR, S.H. MASSEY, and H. TOWILL, of Liverpool, and J. BOWERING Jr., of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Messrs. C.T. BOWERING and Co. of Liverpool are to sit as managers. (Mercury).


April 22, 1884

Remarkable Phenomenon (1)

At 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday last, many of our citizens were startled by hearing a heavy report issuing from the heavens, apparently in a S.W. direction. The report sounded as loud as that occasioned by a heavy discharge of cannon, and was followed by a succession of rumbles or angy and prolonged detonations, which lasted four minutes or nearly so. The noise was heard even more distinctly at Heart’s Content, where we learn, it had the effect of drawing many persons in alarm from their houses. At Trinity, Spaniard’s Bay, Bay Roberts, Brigus, Clarke’s Beach, Holyrood, Black River, Placentia Bay, St. John’s, and other places the report was also heard with more or less distinctness. A despatch from Brigus in Wednesday’s Mercury says that “a woodman crossing a pond nine miles west of that place felt the ice tremble, and his horse took fright. At Clarke’s Beach the earth trembled, and people ran to each others’ house. Patrick DOOLEY and Aubrey SPRACKLIN were boiling their kettle at the foot of the hill near Grand Pond, and report themselves badly scared at the time. They beat a hasty retreat, fearing the hill would fall on them. They say it was shaken from base to top.” Many theories were, of course, advanced to account for the apparently mysterious occurrence, some people suggesting one thing, some another.

Remarkable Phenomenon (2)

The opinion, however, which obtained the most weight was that it was a gaseous meteor which had exploded as it reached our atmosphere. A friend has kindly furnished us with the following: The body from which the sound came which created much interest, was probably either a meteorlite or bolide; a heavy igneous fireball composed of stony or metallic matter; or a body of far less density, that is a bolide. From the character of the report, which was of a compressed nature, the body inclined to the denser form, since we can easily know the difference between a rifle shot and a common gun-shot. Thinking over the matter, from whence it came, and consulting FARRAR on astronomy, the probability is that it came from hundreds of miles beyond our atmosphere, that its velocity was not less than 20 or 40 miles per second, and that entering our atmosphere it shortly after exploded, causing the report heard with such distinctness. HERSCHELL, speaking of bolides, says that they are often thousands of feet in diameter. He speaks of one in August, 1783, which was computed to be 4000 feet in diamter; and he remarks that it was observed from the North Sea to Rome. It is therefore not at all unlikely that at least the one here in question might have been heard with great power from the extreme north of Labrador.


From late advices from St. John’s we learn that the Government have decided on extending the privileges of telegraphy to this part of the district, and which will probably be undertaken during the present year. This is a move in the right direction, and manifests a desire on the part of the Government to maintain that progressive policy which has always been its aim to foster. The benefits of telegraphy cannot be too highly estimated and we have no doubt but that the desire on the part of the Government to extend them to this part of the district will be duly appreciated by all interested. For some years just the question has been in agitation, and we are pleased to find the time has arrived when definite steps are to be initiated to accomplish such a desireable object. The tedious and meagre means of communication which were in operation years ago, are not at all adequate to the requirements of the present advanced age Telegraphy is found to be indispensable in a business point of view in these days of keen competition, and it is only right and proper that all who speculate largely and expend their capital in carrying on the business of the colony should be on an equal footing with others in this respect. Of late years Twillingate has risen greatly in importance, but the fact of its not being favored with telegraphy at an earlier day might be attributed in a great measure to its geographical situation, which was considered to be an almost insuperable barrier in the way of carrying out the project. It is found since, however, that the obstacles are not insurmountable, and that the financial aspect of the work seems to be the only hindrance to the accomplishment of this much to be desired undertaking.

Little Bay News

Before J.B. BLANDFORD, Esq. - April 8 - Michael McLAIN was charged and convicted of violation of the 2nd section of the Licence Act. Fined $50.00 and costs. John WALSH , for assaulting Constable MEANY. Fined $4.00 and costs. Alex MORTELLE for fighting on the street. Fined $2.00. Thos. NOSEWORTHY, for similar offence. Fined $1.50.

Heat Wave

The heat yesterday was exceptionally high for this season of the year, the thermometer stood at 88 degrees in the sun.


A late number of the Gazette contains a Proclamation prohibiting the selling of Intoxicating Liquors at Bird Island Cove, Trinity Bay, and Fogo, in the district of Notre Dame Bay.

Sealer Breaks Free

We learn that the Resolute, Capt. JACKMAN, which has been jammed in the ice in this Bay for some time past, got her freedom yesterday and steamed away South.

Horses Fall Through Ice

This morning two horses venturing out on the harbor ice (which by the way is very treacherous just now) fell through, and had to be rescued from their not very comfortable situation by the strenuous efforts of some men who happened to be near by.

Tragedy at Rose Blanche

A correspondent writing from Rose Blanche to the Evening Mercury, under date, March 10th, gives the following particulars of a sad accident which recently occurred in that vicinity: - “On Friday, the 7th inst., Cornelius and Jacob BUTT, (aged respectively 21 and 15), left to go shooting in a boat. Returning about noon they hastened homeward. Upon entering the porch, Jacob was in front of his brother, who carried on his shoulder a loaded gun, muzzle forward. But, unfortunately, as the latter was in the act of passing through the aperture, the hammer of the gun came in contact with the beam above and caused an immediate explosion. The charge passed through poor Jacob’s left shoulder. Death was instantaneous. What followed, as the terrified family rushed to the pitiful scene, can be better imagined than described. The afflicted family have lost an affectionate son. And one who, though young, yet did his best in assisting his parents to secure the necessaries of life; and had just returned from doing so when he met his untimely death.

Search for Lost Explorers

The following despatch relative to Lieutenant GREELEY and his party has been received by T.N. MOLLOY, Esq., the American Consul for this colony: - Washington, D.C., March 18, 1884 The Secretaries of War and of the Navy Departments instruct all masters of vessels or whalers frequenting the waters of Greenland to keep on the watch for traces of Lieutenant Greeley and party, in view of the possibility that they may come to Littleton Island, or further South in boats, or along the shore, or on fixed or floating ice, and give assurance that all expenses will be paid, which may be incurred in thus rescuing the party or any member of it; and the Government will also suitable recognize the services of those who are so enterprising or so fortunate as to accomplish the desired object - Gazette.

St. John's News

By Telegraph (via Bett’s Cove) Special to the Sun Marine News, St. John’s March 29: The Aurora arrived with 28,000 seals. She reports the Hector and Neptune nearly loaded, the Falcon took the ice when the Aurora left. The Newfoundland arrived this morning. A fire broke out in a house occupied by Edward DOYLE; he lost to the extent of 800 pounds. The Presbyterians propose building an Academy on the site of the old St. Andrew’s Kirk in conjunction with the Masonic Hall. It will cost between 30 and 40 thousand dols. Another Presbyterian church contemplated. April 2, Reports from King’s Cove yesterday says that the landsmen from Cat Harbor and Flat Islands have been hauling White Coats for several days; 600 said to be hauled ashore about the Islands. Six steamers reported taking seals; Ranger, Falcon, Walrus, and Greenland supposed to be among the number. It has been exceedingly foggy for several days. Heavy thunder and lightning last night. Schr. Hydranga belonging to SNELGROVE of Catalina is reported loaded with seals. The Newfoundland left yesterday. HOBB’S took passage in her. Apriil 3. - The Hercules arrived last eveing with 2000 prime young harps; they were taken off Cape Bonavista. The Neptune, Blandford, arrived this morning - 41,000 prime harps; reports Hector loaded; Falcon 10,000; Ranger 5,000. The Aurora sailed for the 2nd trip today. Government News: DAWE took his seat in the Oppostiion side of the House yesterday; no public question under consideration; the grievance appears to be more of a private than public character.


On Good Friday, Mr. George WELLS, a native of Norton, Sub Hamdon, Somerset, aged 29 years.


At Little Harbor, on the 17th inst., Mr. Joseph HALLET, aged 29 years. The deceased leaves a wife and two children to mourn their loss.


At Jenkins Cove, on the 19th inst., after a long and painful illness, Mr. Thomas PARSONS, aged 56 years


At Leading Tickles, on the 28th ult., Isabella, the beloved wife of Mr. Benjamin BILLINGS, aged 38 years

Fishing Rooms For Sale

For Sale - Two Fishing Rooms, with considerable land attached. The room of the late James GILLARD, at Boyd’s Cove, Friday’s Bay; and the room of the late Geor. BARNES at Byrne Cove, Friday’s Bay. For futher particulars apply at the office of this paper.

Tragedy at Great Jervois (Part 1)

Terrible Tragedy at Great Jervois - A Wife Strangled - A Husband Suicides. We have learned from the Mercury that the mail by the steamer Plover brought the particulars of a terrible crime at Great Jervois, and from among several memorandums of depositions, it quotes enough to show what really happened. The tragedy occurred on the 9th untimo, and the victims were buried on the 12th. Thomas WARE sworn, deposed as follows: - I live at Great Jervois. I am a servant of Mr. John LAKE, of Fortune; so also was the deceased John MARTIN, who was Mr. LAKE’S agent here. I was sawing with the deceased all last Saturday. We left off about sunset. I saw nothing unusual about him. After he locked the stair door, he went to his house, close by. I went to my house, and did not leave it again until about five o’clock next evening. About that hour, Margaret LONG and Elizabeth ROSE come to my house, and said that MARTIN’S house doors were open and they could hear no one inside, and that the keys of the shop were in the shop door. I and John LONG then went to MARTIN’S house. The doors were open. Getting no answer to our knocks, we went upstairs.

Tragedy at Great Jervois (Part 2)

The bed-room door was open. Mrs. MARTIN was on the bed, dead, and covered, except her face. Her little boy was on the pillow by her head, awake. As soon as we went into the room, the little boy said, looking up, “Mummy is dead, papa killed her.” I took up the child and went to my home with it, not knowing whether MARTIN might not be upon our track. I went back to the room again and tried to open the door but could not, as it was buttoned inside. I peeped through this window, and could see the hand and arm of John MARTIN lying on the floor. I noticed some blood under the house just where MARTIN was lying. I and John LONG then went to give information to Mr. CAMP, the sub-collector at Pushthrough. Today I was told by the Magistrate (Philip HUBERT, esq.), to break open the door of the shop. When we first saw Mrs. MARTIN in the bed, we did not stop to see how she had come by her death, for we were too much frightened. The windows of the shop are always kept barred inside. Mrs. MARTIN was, I think, sent for by MARTIN to come from Codroy to be married. She is about twenty-three years of age. I think she was a widow before he married her. The little boy was by her first husband. MARTIN had foolish ways about him. He often said that people were troubling the house all night long.

Tragedy at Great Jervois (Part 3)

About the first of February he remained in the house a whole week. I went at last to see him. He was lying on a trunk. I asked him what was the matter. He said “trouble, I am gone, body and soul.” His wife was a quiet, inoffensive woman. She lived in my house about twelve days before they were married. He always carried the keys about him. I think there was money in the house, but perhaps he had sent it by steamer to his merchant. He often said that he had been robbed but I don’t believe it. John MARTIN first came here from Fortune about May last. William LORENZEN, sworn, deposed as follows: - I was with Mr. HUBERT when he directed the forcing open of the door of the building in which the body of John MARTIN was lying. A musket was found lying on the floor close to the door, and behind the door was the body of John MARTIN, dressed, his skull broken, one side of his face blown away, and pieces of flesh, brains, etc., strewn about the floor and on the ceiling overhead. The deceased, no doubt shot himself while standing; probably put the muzzle of the musket under his chin. There is a large pool of blood where the body lay. A box of gun caps was on the counter, a half out keg of gunpowder near, and a bag of shot opposite, cut open with a knife beside it. A purse containing two small keys was found in his pocket.

Tragedy at Great Jervois (Part 4)

The windows were all secure inside and did not appear to have been disturbed. There is only one entrace and the button had to be broken before the door could be opened. I went with the Magistrate to the dwelling house, where Sophia MARTIN was lying dead. The outside door was tied with a piece of rope, while the other doors were open. Upstairs we found the woman, dead in the bed, with a white pocket handkerchief tightly tied around her neck and throat. She had evidently been strangled. I untied the handkerchief from her throat, and there was a deep mark around where it had been tied. There are no wounds on the body. Some spots of bloody saliva were on the pillow alongside her head. There were several pieces of woman’s made clothing between the trunk and the bed. A lamp and a tin dipper with water stood close by the bed. William McDONALD, sworn, deposed as follows: I was in John MARTIN’S house about a fortnight ago. I was getting my account fixed. He took down the ledger from a cupboard which had been locked, and saying some one had altered the date, got up in a passion and paced the room. I reminded him that as he kept the cupboard locked no one could touch his book. He said his accounts were now all wrong, and he was “going to load every bloody gun he had.” He had crazy ways about him.


Contributed by George White (2002)
March 8,1884 to April 22,1884 Transcribed by Carl Hustins (June, 2002)

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (January 2003)

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