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Twillingate Sun
November - December

Nov. 29, 1884

Boat Taken

Mr. Editor, Dear Sir, - I am authorised by Israel DECKER of Slaughter Cove, Bay Verte, to publish the following in the TWILLINGATE SUN : - Having been fishing the past summer, Israel DECKER had in his charge a small jack or bully, as they are sometimes called, from Mr. HERBERT of Nipper’s Harbor. After returning from the fishery, he moored his boat in safety, as he supposed, in the cove, but while he was absent in the country deer hunting, James BUTLER, who lives at the Head of Bay Verte, sent down a crew and towed her out of the Cove. There were a quantity of salt and some fishing gear belonging to DECKER in the boat at the time, his son was also on board and they took her from him by force. They towed her up to James BUTLER’s room, unbent her sails, and locked them up. When DECKER returned he went up for his boat, but BUTLER refused to give her up, giving as his reason that his son built her and he had furnished the material. DECKER will enter an action at once for the recovery of the boat. I can vouch for the truth of this statement being an eyewitness."<.P

Oil Discovery, Baie Verte"<.P

While a party where out deer hunting some three weeks ago, about eight or nine miles South from Bay Verte, they made a discovery, which may prove very valuable. On arriving at the hunting ground they erected a temporary camp for the night to prevent them from the weather. A fire was kindled and supper prepared. Having partaken their meal and while enjoying a comfortable smoke, flames of fire suddenly burst forth, causing confusion and dismay amongst the party. The flames shot forth to the distance of thirty feet in the air, illuminating the place all around. The tent was entirely consumed, and one man, John DOWNEY of Coachman’s Cove, narrowly escaped with his life, his clothes being nearly burnt off him. On returning to the scene of disaster on the following morning, traces of parafine oil were plainly visible on the ground, and it was supposed that the fire had burnt into a spring of parafine oil, which caused the explosion.

Antimony at Mortons Hbr.

While on the South Side of Twillingate one day this week, I was shown some beautiful specimens of antimony taken from the antimony Mine at Moreton’s Harbour. This Mine has been recently opened. G. HODDER, Esq., who is agent for the Company and a shareholder as well, (the gentleman from whom we derived our information) informed me that the lode could be traced for a distance of several hundred yards, enlarging as it extends West. This mine, if opened up, will prove to be the largest, as well as the richest on the continent of America, the ore being far superior in quality to that taken from the same kind of mineral now being worked in the Province of New Brunswick. There are at present, five men employed in prospecting, and I was informed they would continue to work during the winter. The owners of this splendid property are gentlemen belonging to Twillingate and St. John’s and carry on a large trade in the fishing. Robert PERRY.


The hackneyed saying, “in three midst of life we are in death.” was sadly exemplified yesterday, when the entire city was shocked by the news of the premature and unexpected death of Mr. J. H. BOONE. For several days it has been generally known that he had been severely unwell, but his speedy restoration in health was confidently predicted by his physicians and anticipated by the public, which would have been very unwillingly indeed to believe any other result probable. On Saturday night at about 10 o’clock, his physician, Dr. SHEA, and the consulting physician, Dr. MacKENZIE, visited the deceased, and found him in an apparently improved condition. At 10 o’clock yesterday morning a messenger brought to Dr. SHEA the same picasing report. But at 12 o’clock noon, the doctor was startled to hear that his patient was dying. He hurried to the scene with Dr. McKENZIE, but at 12:30 just before their arrival, the spirit had winged its flight to Him who gave it. Inflammation of the lungs was the cause of death. Mr. BOONE was the son of a clergyman of the Church of England, once stationed at Twillingate. He was born there, but received his education and legal training in this city, studying law in the office of Chief Justice Sir Frederick CARTER. For several years he occupied the honorable position of Solicitor of the House of Assembly, and resigned in 1882 to contest the electoral district now known as St. Barbe. In all the relations of life, Mr. BOONE was loved and respected. As a man he was genial and kindly, enjoying the love of all; as a lawyer he was most successful; and had no equal, in many respects, among his compeers at the Bar; as a member of the Assembly he was admired for his wit, oratory and fairness, having qualities which eminently fitted him to occupy in time, any position the country could offer. His death will create a great blank in legal and political circles, a blank which will not be filled for years, and it will be very long in deed ‘ere his friends will cease to recall the happy sayings and pleasant manners of one whose jovial disposition had become a household word. A wife and four children have been left to mourn their loss, and to them we beg leave to tender our sincere and respectful sympathy. - - Evening Mercury, Nov. 17


On the 10th inst., at his residence, Water Street, St. John’s, Wm. PITTS, Esq., in his sixty seventh year."


At St. John’s on the 17th inst., Thomas CLIFT, Esq., aged 66 years.


At Rose Cottage, St. John’s on the 16th of inflammation of the lungs, John HOYLES Esq., Barrister-at-Law and member of the house of .Assembly, age 36 years.


At Fogo, on the 2nd inst., Mary the beloved wife of Robert STRICKLAND, and the daughter of the late Wm. PELLY, aged 63 years.


At Old Perlican, Trinity Bay, on Monday 17, inst. Mr. John MARCH aged 80 years.


Dec. 6, 1884


Light! Light! PERFECT COMBUSTION! The New York “Wonder Lamp” One of the best and most practical in our times of the ninetieth century, and is the nearest approach to the ELECTRIC LIGHT yet invented. A Single Light of 60 Candle Power produced from Coal Oil, at an expense of a cent per hour. Never breaks a Chimney or gets overheated. ----- Warranted perfectly safe in every respect. Under all circumstances no cleaning of smoking chimneys or trimming of wick, no dirt or unpleasant smell. A great saving of disagreeable drudgery. It solves the problem of perfect illumination for Streets, Halls, Churches, Dwellings, Work, Shops or Vessels. WM. RYALL. 180 Duckworth St. St. John’s. Agent for Newfoundland.


""Correction"" - Two very glaring misprints inadvertently occurred in the letter of our correspondent, 'Justice', in last issue. In the second paragraph, instead of ""petitioners"" read practitioners, and in the last paragraph for ""patronage"" read patronise.


Just before going to press, the coastal steamer Plover, Capt. MANUEL, put in an appearance. The Plover left St. John's on Thursday morning and goes as far North as Griquet. The steamer Hercules, Capt. CROSS, arrived here from St. John's yesterday. She landed a quantity of freight, and left at an early hour this morning for the other side of the Bay, and is expected to call here en 'route to St. John's on Monday.

Guns for Sambro

The Imperial Government has supplied two, twenty-four pounder guns, to be placed on Sambro Island, near Halifax, for use of when vessels are observed in danger thereabouts, to warn them off. The terrible disaster to the Daniel Steinmann, of Sambro Light last spring, no doubt led them to take this step.

Captain FOX - Stroke

We are sorry to learn that Mr. Samuel FOX, of Back Harbor, who is now at St. John's, has been attacked with a severe paralytic stroke, whereby it is feared he has lost the use of one of his arms. Mr. FOX left here a short time since, for St. John's, as master of the schr. Bessie Purchase, and when taken ill was lying in his berth.

Mary Joseph Lost!

A special dispatch from Channel to the Evening Mercury, under date, Dec. 1 has the following : - ""The schr. Mary Joseph, belonging to this place, from Sydney, coal laden, total loss of all on board. Her wreckage was picked up near Point Rosey. Crew consisted of Frank RETIFF, Henry SCOTT, Michael PETITE, Charles BOYCE, and one woman and boy, passengers. The two former leave families. Mrs. SCOTT has a large family of small children totally unprovided for. Continuous living gales have been felt during the past fortnight.""

Accident - Joe HAGGETT

We are sorry to note that Mr. Joseph HACKETT, of Leading Tickles, met with a serious accident on Wednesday evening last. When landing wood from his craft on Messrs. Waterman's premises, and when heaving a 'turn' off his back, a stick flew back and struck him, knocking him backwards, which caused him to fall several feet, between the wharf and store. His head was a good deal fractured on sharp rocks on which he fell, having also sustained severe bodily injuries, and was in a senseless condition when taken up. Mr.Hackett, was taken to the residence of Mr. Samuel Newman and Doctor Stafford was soon in attendance, under whose treatment we are happy to know, our friend is slowly recovering.

Supreme Court

Queen vs. Michael Coady and others -- For the Wilful Murder of Wm. French -- The Attorney General's Statement. Monday, Nov. 25 The following with one or two slight alterations, is the recital of facts made by the Attorney General in concluding his opening speech last Spring, and is that which he also gave to the Jury yesterday: - I will now endeavor to detail the facts which, although few, are attested by a large number of witnesses. It appears that on the 26th. of December last, a Society in Harbor Grace, called the Orange Society, had proposed to walk in procession as they have done on previous years. And here let me observe, for the purpose of clearing away any misconceptions or any misapprehension, that the Society had a perfect and Legal right to walk in procession, as perfect and as legal right as any other Society in this Island, - for example, as the British, Benevolent Irish, St. Andrew's, Total Abstinence and Star of the Sea Societies, or any other body, and provided they did so peaceably and without interfering with others, no person had any right to interfere with or molest them. With the


Contributed by George White (2002)
November 29,1884 to December 6,1884 Transcribed by Pamela Elkins (June 2002)

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (January 2003)

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