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Twillingate Sun
June 13, 1885
  Local and General

There was a fair sign of fish in this neighborhood yesterday. One or two traps did very well, and one boat jigged a quintal. Similar reports come from Herring Neck. Several salmon have been taken in traps.

White Bay

The schr. Greyhound, which sailed from the firm of E. DUDER, on a trading venture to White Bay, some six weeks since, has not yet returned. It is thought that she is jammed in the ice at that place.


J. B. TOBIN and W. WATERMAN, Esq., arrived from England via St. John's by last Plover. We are glad to see both gentlemen looking so well after their trip.

Processions' Bill

The Legislative Council's discussion on the Processions' Bill will be found on the second page of to-day's impression, and will be read with interest. The last day's debate for this session will also be found in to-day's paper.

Dropped Dead

A melancholy affair (says the Standard) occurred at Tilton early yesterday morning - a woman, Mrs. YETMAN, having dropped dead. It seems that the unfortunate woman went to the well for a bucket of water, and not returning, her husband made search for her, and found her at the side of well-quite dead.


A lecture was delivered in the Congregational Church last Monday evening by the pastor, Rev. J. SHARRATT, subject of which was, ""Love, Courtship and Marriage."" The subject was treated in an earnest and practical manner, and if the advice given to young persons were acted upon in the future, beneficial results would be likely to follow. A collection was taken up at the close in aid of the Band of Hope.

Steamer Plover

The coastal steamer Plover, Capt. MANUEL, with mails, freight and passengers, arrived from St John's and intermediate ports on Thursday forenoon last. Annexed is a list of her passengers: Old Perlican - Mrs. MEWS, Miss MEWS, Mr. MOREY. Catalina - Mr. Baddock. Greenspond - Mr. BARTLETT. Fogo-Mr. LUCAS. Twillingate - Messrs. T. R. JOB and two sons, J. B. TOBIN, BOWRING and WATERMAN. Little Bay - Messrs. TAVERNER, DEIM, RYALL, CORMICK, BOYLE, and Miss BOYLE. Tilt Cove - Miss GOULD.


A sad drowning accident occurred at Durrell's Arm on Tuesday evening last. It apears five young men hurriedly launched a boat and just as they jumped into her, a sea struck the boat, which caused her to lurch and upset, precipitating its occupants into the water. One poor fellow, John JENKINS, was caught under the boat, and although life was not extinct when he was rescued, he expired shortly afterwards.

Steamer Hector

The steamer Hector, belonging to JOB Brothers & Co., of St. John's, arrived here from Bonne Esperance, Straits of Belle Isle, on Wednesday evening. The object of her coming hither was to meet R. T. JOB, Esq., and two sons, and Mr. BOWRING, who arrived here by the Plover on Thursday morning. After a short detention the party embarked and the Hector weighed anchor and left for the Straits.


FIRE AT HERRING NECK. - We regret to learn that the premises of Mr. Thomas DALLY, Herring Neck, were destroyed by fire on Thursday night. It appears that the servant girl went into the stage with a lighted candle and while there she snuffed it with her fingers, throwing the contents on the floor. She soon afterwards left the place, and as the floor must have been oily, a spark from the candle quickly ignited and the building was in flames. The fire extended to the store close by and from that to the dwelling, some two or three hundred yards distant by reason we learn, of a quantity of gunpowder that was in the store. Every exertion to arrest the flames proved unavailing, and in a little time everything was destroyed. The loss is a very severe one for Mr. DALLY, having been deprived of his fishery gear, as well as household valuables, which for a lifetime he has been accumulating. We deeply sympathise with him in his great loss.

Rev. George Noble

We are sorry to learn that the Rev. Geo. NOBLE, has decided to sever his connection with the Newfoundland Methodist Conference. He purposes joining the South African Wesleyan Conference and intends proceeding in a few weeks to engage in Missionary work in that distant land. Mr. NOBLE has not been quite three years in this colony, but during the brief time that he has been laboring in connection with the Newfoundland Conference he has been a most successful worker. On each of the circuits where he has been engaged in ministerial toil, namely, Carbonear, St. John's and Bett's Cove, where he has just left, his efforts were much appreciated, and on leaving our shores he will take with him the prayers and well wishes of very many for the future. It is to be regretted that he has been induced to make this change, primarily, because of ill health from which he has been suffering more or less ever since coming to this colony. It is to be hoped that the climate of the sunny land, whither he is bound, will prove genial to his constitution and conduce to restored health. We trust that his labors in that southern clime will be even more abundantly blessed by the Great Head of the Church than in this land.

Corner Stone

The Corner Stone of the Fisherman's and Seaman's Home was laid at St John's on Saturday the 6th inst. We learn from the Telegram, that the President, the Hon. A. W. HARVEY, ""concluded his address by presenting Lady GLOVER with a silver trowel, beautifully engraved and appropriately inscribed, (that had been manufactured for the occasion by Mr. LINDBERG) with which implement he requested her ladyship to perform the important ceremony. Thus invited, and the usual canister of coins and records being thereupon deposited in the center of the corner-stone, Lady GLOVER proceeded. With the practical aid of the operative masons - Messrs. CAMERON and BROWN - to perform the ceremonies usual to the occasion, when, the corner-stone aforesaid having been lowered into its place, and declared ""well and truly laid,"" the trowel was taken possession of by ""the Mayor"" and three cheers were given for her ladyship - Lady GLOVER- the amiable and dignified heroine of the day. His Excellency the Governor next addressed the assemblage, thanking the Chairman and company in a few well-chosen sentences for the honor done to Lady GLOVER and himself in connection with this event of the day."" Speeches were also delivered by Bishop JONES, Rev. Dr. MILLIGAN, Rev. L. G. MACNEIL, Rev. David BEATON, and Hon. J. J. ROGERSON.

New Masonic Temple

The Corner Stone of the New Masonic Temple to be erected by the Brethren of St. John's will be laid at that city on Thursday next. The impressive ceremony will, of course, be performed with the customary Masonic honors. Lodge ""Harbor Grace"" has received as invitation to be present, which, we understand, it will accept. - Standard, June 6.

Fancy Fair

It is intended to hold (D.V.) a Fancy Fair about the second week in October at Little Bay (Notre Dame Bay) in aid of the new English Church now in course of erection. Contributions in aid of the above object either in money or useful or fancy articles will be thankfully received by any of the following ladies: - Mrs. FOOTE, President, Mrs. LIND, Treasurer, Miss BLANDFORD, Secretary. Committee: - Mrs. DEIM, Mrs. CRANE, Mrs. LAMB, Mrs. RICHARDS, Miss E. FOOTE, Miss DEIM, Miss ATKINS. June 6.

June Gale at Twillingate (Part 1)

On Sunday last our coast was visited with such a terrific storm which, for this season of the year, was seldom if ever attended with such disastrous results to floating property. News of its terrible consequences have reached us from various directions, which is of a most lamentable character. In our own immediate locality the results were not so bad as elsewhere. The wind blew very high all day from N.E. veering to E.N.E. with thick snow showers and a heavy sea running. Had the wind veered two or three points further East it is possible that great disaster would have taken place, but fortunately no serious losses occurred in the harbor. The English schooner Ownie Belle, lying at Messrs. WATERMAN'S wharf, parted her chain and drifted a short distance, but without sustaining much injury; a small craft belonging to Messrs. HODDER & LINFIELD went ashore on the South Side, and with the exception of a number of traps being partly damaged, little other injury was done. At Wild Cove and Crow Head traps were badly wrecked.

June Gale at Twillingate (Part 2)

The storm at Farmer's Arm was more destructive. A new schooner owned by Mr. George GILLIOTT anchored in the arm, having supplies and everything on board, ready to leave for the fishery, was driven ashore. Her bottom was broken on the rocks, losing the salt and greatly damaging provisions, &c. At Herring Neck, seven traps were totally destroyed, and others were much damaged. At Change Islands and Fogo we learn that many traps and nets were wrecked. A correspondent from Musgrave Harbor, under date Tuesday last, says, that news was received there of seven craft lost at Cat Harbor; seven ashore at Doting Cove, three being total wrecks, with fishing gear, &c, ; two at Musgrave Harbor; three at White Point; one at Ladle Cove; several at Western Arm, and it is believed that all along the shore there is nothing but wrecks. The disasters further South are very great, as may be seen from the reports published in another column.

June Gale at Twillingate (Part 3)

The schr. First Fruit, bound from St. John's to this port with a cargo of provisions for W. WATERMAN & Co., was lost at Catalina during the gale of Sunday last. Her cargo, some of which was considerably damaged, and the wrecked gear which was recovered, were brought hither by the steamer Plover. The schr. Blanche, Phillip YOUNG, master, became a total wreck at Farewell, near Dildo, during the late gale. Their supply of salt was lost, but the crew managed to save all available gear, which was brought hither by the schooner Restless, LOYTE master, on Monday last. This latter vessel had a large part of her keel knocked off. The schooner Rose of Sharon, George CLARKE, master, and the Fawn, Albert SPENCER, master, left port last week for the prosecution of the fishery.

June Gale at Twillingate (Part 4)

They returned to port on Monday last. During the gale of Sunday both these vessels lost their trap skiffs, and had their traps considerably wrecked, which necessitated their returning to port. They were anchored at Cape Cove, near Fogo, and had to run for another port, the Rose of Sharon having to slip her anchor, and the Fawn beat into Stag Harbor with five reefs in her sails. The schr. Wild Rover, John ROBERTS, master, was lost at White Point, Straits Shore on Sunday last. She was bound from St. John's to this port, and on Saturday night was in the vicinity of the WADHAMS. It was very thick and the vessel hove off for the night. On Sunday morning the wind increased to a gale. The vessel's forestay was carried away, and being off a lee shore, had to run for White Point in order to save their lives. She had on board a large quantity of freight for Messrs. HOLDER & LINFIELD : 100 brls. flour for E. DUDER; and a summer's supply of salt, all of which was saved, with the exception of the salt, which was lost. The recovered property was brought here by a craft on Thursday.

June Gale at Bonavista Bay (Part 1)

We are indebted to an esteemed King's Cove correspondent for the following interesting particulars of the sad catastrophy in that part of Bonavista Bay: - June 9. On Sunday last, the 7th instant, was witnessed a gale of wind, such as the oldest inhabitant of this place never before saw at this season of the year. Early in the morning there was a moderate breeze of wind from E.N.E., till 6 o'clock, when it freshened and veered to N. E., with a heavy sea, and at 10 o'clock it blew a fearful gale. There were some thirteen schooners lying in the harbor beside six small craft, all in close proximity to one another, and only for the willingness of our men to render assistance, there would have been a serious loss of property. Mr. D. J. RYAN of the firm of James RYAN & Co., was to the front and working and giving instructions as to putting on lines and anchors, and to him is to be attributed, in a large measure, the safely of half of the schooners.

June Gale at Bonavista Bay (Part 2)

The schooner Advance, Reaper, Young Flirt, and Mary Ellen were in dangerous positions, and only energy and determination, with considerable personal risk, prevented them from becoming total wrecks. One skiff, manned with the crew of the Reaper capsized, throwing the occupants into the water, and it was with considerable difficulty they were rescued, one poor fellow narrowly escaped with his life. The schr. Starlight dragged her anchors and went on shore. She was not, however, greatly damaged, and can be floated with a little trouble and expense. Flakes, stages and wharves all suffered, some rooms being altogether demolished, and the scene on the beach can better be imagined than described. What was expected to be the worst feature of the gale here was the loss of Cod Traps, of which seven were out, but, providentally, only two were lost, tho' all were badly broken up. According to reports from neighboring Coves and Harbors, we were favored here.

June Gale at Bonavista Bay (Part 3)

At Knight's Cove, the sea made a clean sweep of every thing within its reach - flakes, stages and boats - three cod traps were also lost at this place, belonging to the following men; viz; Peter and David RICKETTS, James RICKETTS of James, and James AYLWARD & Bros. The first mentioned of these unfortunates lost the base of their cod trap last year - and now, James AYLWRD & Bros. had their large stage carried away by the sea, after standing for forty years. At Broad Cove all stages and erections over the water were knocked down, several skiff's lost and a lot damaged. One skiff moored off on a collar, containing a cod trap and gear, was totally lost. This belonged to Mr. Patrick LAWTON. Another crew, William SYLWARD & Co., lost their cod trap, skiff and some thirty qintals of fish. At Castle's Cove, Keels, eight out of nine schooners anchored there were driven on shore. One poor man, James BROWN of Salvage, lost his schooner, trap, and all fishing gear, valued at ¬ed there were driven on shore. One poor man, James BROWN of Salvage, lost his schooner, trap, and all fishing gear, valued at ¬£800. The following are the names of craft, and masters or owners names: - Eagle, Thomas HOBBS. Fanny, Abraham TURNER. Azela, James CAREW. First Trial, J. FITZGERALD. Glenelg, James BROWN. Bear, William DYKE. Bertha, Edward PENNY. Sarah Ann, James OLDFORD.

June Gale at Bonavista Bay (Part 4)

At Plate Cove, two schooners went ashore, the Evangeline belonging to James RYAN & Co., and one belonging to James and Michael WALSH. At Seal Cove, Southern Bay, five out of seven or eight schooners were driven on shore, and are total wrecks. At Red Clift Island one man, John QUINTON, lost three cod traps and gear. At Bonavista the full force of the gale was experienced, nothing by the waterside standing. Four or five schooners were lost, and an English vessel, which was discharging cargo to Messrs. Baine JOHNSON & Co., had to cut away masts, &c, to save the ship. One of the crew of same was drowned. The foregoing is but a brief outline known at present of the effects of the gale in this neighborhood, which is no inconsiderable direct loss, the indirect it is hard to estimate. We had a good sign of fish here on Friday last, traps taking from three to twelve quintals. Now prospects are far from cheering, the damage caused by the gale having a depressing effect on all engaged in our bread and butter industry. Since writing the above I hear there were six vessels lost at Catalina in the gale: two belonging to Messrs. McCormack & Walsh; one to Capt. Isaac BARTLETT of Bay Roberts, and one belonging to Green Bay, loaded with provisions.

June Gale at Conception Bay (Part 1)

Monday's Telegram says: ""We learn that at Cupids no fewer than seven schooners, one of the the Susie A., were driven ashore - forced from their moorings by the fury of the wind and sea. At Hant's Harbor, the Wave, owned by Mr. WATSON a dealer of Messrs. JOB, Bros & Co., was riding securely at her cables, fitted out with full supplies for the Labrador when the storm burst upon her, and, in spite of every effort made to save her, she drifted ashore and was beaten up on the rocks, becoming a total loss"". A Harbor Grace Correspondent writing to the same paper has the following: - ""Three small schooners ran in here for shelter yesterday morning, they were anchored on North shore, Conception Bay, when the gale came on, and had a narrow escape. One of them had to slip her chains, and, having no mooring, on reaching port it was found necessary to run her aground just above Ship's Head. She is not much damaged. Several vessels have been badly wrecked at the wharves here. James YOUNG of Upper Island Cove, lost two traps at Baie de Verde, and others fishing there have met with similar misfortunes. Two schooners are stranded at Carbonear, and the Brig. Emma and the schooner, Industry, (the former commanded by Captain THOMEY and fully laded with merchantdise and fishing appliances), are on the rocks at Spaniard's Bay, and badly, if not totally wrecked. These vessels are insured, but they cannot be replaced in time for the fishery at Labrador, whither they were bound.

June Gale at Conception Bay (Part 2)

From the Mercury of Monday last, we clip the following: - ""Fences down, trees torn up, broken flagstaffs, and displaced roofs, testify to the severity of yesterdays storm, so far as it was felt in and around this city. Reports of much more serious damage come from some of the outports, and it is probable that for weeks to come, we shall hear fresh accounts of disaster occurring on the North coast. At Holyrood, five vessels sank in the harbor, at Brigus twenty. The railway over Seal Cove Beach, and over the beach near Holyrood, was washed away, the waves dashing over it in a terrible manner. Places exposed to North Easterly winds suffered the most, as the gale was from that quarter when at its worst.

Loyal Orange Procession

The postponed annual procession of the Loyal Orange Association of Carbonear, referred to in Saturday's issue, was held at that town at 1pm. on Monday last. About 170 of the Brethren of the Harbor Grace Lodge with the new British Band proceeded at twelve o'clock, in the Lady Glover, to Carbonear in order to take part in the procession. The occasion was marked with nothing but the greatest order and decorum. The Glover returned to this port at 6 p.m. and the members dispersed to their homes, pleased and gratified with the day's recreation. Ibid, May 30.

Man killed

On Friday evening, an old man named Joseph PEARCEY fell from a gallery on Edwin DUDER'S wharf and was killed instantly. He resided on Limekiln Hill, was 77 years of age, and leaves a wife and two sons. His remains were interred in the Church of England cemetery this morning. Mercury.


Mr. John RIDOUT is agent for a book entitled ""The Liquor Problem in All Ages."" Of 656 pages, and profusely illustrated, the book contains the most exhaustive enquiry into the greatest problem of the century. The Rev. Dr. DORCHESTER, its author, has long been a prominent temperance advocate, and his book contains the result of twenty years careful study. It is, in fact, a complete collection of the best thoughts and arguments of temperance men, and contains invaluable information. Bound in the English cloth, the cost is 2 dols. 50 cents [last line too faded to read].


Fell asleep on Wednesday last, after a short illness, meekly submissive to the Divine will, Agnes, relict of the late A. H. PEARCE, Esq., aged 63 years. The deceased is much and deservedly regretted by a large circle of relatives and friends.


On Thursday last, Mr. Philip PRIDE, an old and respected inhabitant of this place aged 86 [could be 88, very hard to read] years.

Telegraph Line

Early in the winter, we intimated through the columns of the Sun, that the material for extending the telegraph line to Twillingate, had been conveyed to our district, and that persons would be employed during the early spring months, in distributing the wires, &c., along the route, and making other necessary preparations, prior to erecting the line. This work was successfully performed, notwithstanding the severity of the weather, during the season of the year in which it could have been most advantageously undertaken, and everything possible was prepared for commencing the erection, as soon as the frost was out of the ground. According to late advices from St. John's, we are happy to be able to inform the public this week, that the work of construction has begun from Shoal Harbor, Trinity Bay, and that up to last week, several miles of line had been completed. Another number of men is employed from Freshwater, Bonavista Bay, which will shorten the St. John's main line. In a little while, a crew will also be engaged at Gander Bay, and thus the work will be pushed on vigorously until brought to a completion. The cable for crossing Dildo [run] is now on its way from England, and in all probability, it will be laid next month, when our senior representative, Smith MacKAY Esq., Chairman of the Board of Works, hopes to pay us a visit. He has always taken a lively interest in the inauguration of this great public improvement, and deserves a large share of the credit for the project being so far advanced. Should everything go satisfactorily, it is expected that we shall be in telegraphic communication with St. John's, early in August.

Supreme Court (Part 1)

The Queen vs. Michael COADY and others. St. John's, Tuesday, June 2. The court opened at 10 o' clock this morning, to hear the argument in their case. Mr. KENT read affadavits to postpone, made by Richard MacKAY, Thomas MORRISEY, and himself. The grounds upon which the application is made are, that thirty-nine of the witnesses for the defence, are under shipping papers for the fishery, and will leave for the Labrador about the 10th. or the 12th. of June; that three of the witnesses have already proceeded to the Banks, and that serious loss would accrue to them and their families, if they were obliged to remain for the trial, more particularly as there would be no prospect of them afterwards, obtaining employment for the season. If it had been the intention of the Crown to try the case, it should have brought forward the matter at an early period, instead of allowing it to stand over until so late a day in the term. Looking at the number of witnesses who were examined, and the length of time which the preceeding trials occupied, it would be fair to assume that the present case would not be concluded, until the latter part of July. This would be a poor time of the year for men of that class to be looking for employment. The witnesses for the Crown, were in a better position than those for the Defence as the former could be compensated for their loss of employment.

Supreme Court (Part 2)

There were additional prisoners to the number of those that were tried last year, and it might be necessary to procure on their behalf, different evidence from that which had hitherto been produced, and at the present time, it was not ascertained, whether such evidence could be availed of. The Attorney General resisted the application. The reasons that were urged here for a postponement, were such as might be put forward against any case that was to be heard at this season of the year. It was unfortunate for the witnesses that they should be called from their business at such a period, yet it must be borne in mind, that the law should be carried out. The witnesses who had gone to the Banks, went away voluntarily. There was no intimation on the part of the Crown, that the other cases would not be proceeded with, and that they knew that their evidence would be required. Reference had been made to the appointment of a special term, but that was a matter which they had nothing whatever to do with. They were here as officers, prosecuting on the part of the Crown, and in that capacity, they were prepared to go on, and would urge that the case be proceeded with. The names of seventeen witnesses are upon the indictment. Other witnesses would no doubt be called, but not so many as were produced in the former trials. If this case were postponed, let the charge for the greater offence be heard. The witnesses in such event, would be obliged to remain, to give their evidence.

Supreme Court (Part 3)

After consultation with his brother Judges, the Chief Justice observed that they had read over the affidavits and had given carefull consideration to the arguements of Council. The case was not a novel one. Although the charge in this instance was different, yet the circumstancees were the same, and similar evidence would no doubt be produced, as that which was given on the two former occasions. They should at all times, take into consideration, the exigencies of the people, so as not to interfere with their means or prospect of obtaining a living, that is, so far as the same could be done consistently, with the administration of justice. It was also the policy, to allow those charged to make a suitable defence, and affadavits stated that this could not be done if the case were proceeded with in this term. After some farther observations, His Lordship said that the case will be postponed until the Fall. The Attorney General then said that the case being postponed, he would ask the Court to fix a day for the hearing of one of the murder cases. Mr. KENT said he was not prepared to agree upon a day, and that the reasons for a postponement in the misdeameanor case, equally applied to the present motion of the Attorney General. The matter was allowed to stand for the present. Only four of the Riverhead prisoners - COADY, WALSH, DUGGAN and HARPER, remain in the Penitentary for trial next autumn. All the others have been released upon bail. - Mercury.


June 20, 1885

Local and General

The revenue cruiser Rose, Capt. STEVENSON, arrived here from St. John's on Thursday last, on her way to the Labrador coast.

Schr. Greyhound

The schr. Greyhound, Capt. Geo. HODDER, arrived here from White Bay yesterday morning, with upwards of 300 seals. Her detention was caused by the ice.

Schr. J. W. Vickerson

The schr. J. W. Vickerson, Capt. CROCKER, arrived here from Griguet yesterday. In consequence of the ice, she has been some four weeks on her way to this port. She brought hither about 400 seals. The Rev. Mr. LLOYD, Mrs. LLOYD and child came passengers by her. They embarked on the Hercules last evening, for St. John's en route to England.

Herring Neck Fire

Just as we were going to press last week, we received information that Mr. DALLY of Herring Neck had all his property - dwelling house, store, and stage - destroyed by fire. We are glad to know that it was not so disastrous as then reported - the stage and dwelling house were not consumed.


The steamer Hercules, Capt. CROSS, arrived from St. John's Saturday night last. Capt. GREEN and daughter were on board, accompanied by Miss SCOTT and Miss GRAHAM, who were going the round trip. R. P. RICE, Esq., M.H.A. for Twillingate; J. OSMOND, Esq., for Moreton's Harbor, and Josiah MANUEL, Esq., for Exploits, were amongst her passengers from St. John's.

New Masonic Hall - St.John's

The corner stone of the new Masonic Hall, St. John's, was laid on Thursday, the 11th inst., at 12 o'clock, by Sir W. V. WHITEWAY, District Grand Master, assisted by Hon. A. M. MacKAY, Provincial Grandmaster, and the Hon. M. MONROE, Grand Superintendent of Royal Arch Masons in Newfoundland. The Brethren of the Masonic body met in the old hall at 10:30 and marched in procession to the site proposed for the new building, accompanied by the band of H. M. S. Tenedos. Brethren from Harbor Grace Lodge were present. The principal business establishements were closed from eleven to one o'clock, and a very large number of spectators witnessed the interesting ceremony, which for the first time was performed in this colony.

Ice Report

The steamer Hercules, Capt. Cross arrived here last evening, having been as far North as St. Anthony. She remained in port nearly an hour and left for Catalina, to convey the Methodist ministers, who are there attending District Meeting, to St. John's, in order to be in time for the annual conference, which meets on Tuesday next. We are indebted to an esteemed friend for the following jottings which the Hercules brings: - Ice now about Tilt Cove, and on to Partridge Point, nearly 3 miles wide, rather close and heavy. Clear water from Partridge Point to Fish Road Islands, and from there to St. Anthony, there is another heavy belt of ice. At St. Anthony it is reported, there is a heavy jam of ice coming out of the Straits. There are 30 schooners at St. Anthony, 33 in Shoe Cove, 8 in Tilt Cove, 15 in Round Harbor, 6 in Lascie, 4 in Manfield's Bight, all bound North, several others seen outside the ice going North.

Fish Report

Fish struck in on Monday at St. Anthony; traps getting from 10 to 15 qtls. per day. At Coachman's Cove, plenty of fish, but ice prevented use of traps. Ice make prospects gloomy, generally. At Burying Place, fish rather scarce. Nipper's Harbor, doing fairly well. North West Arm, the catch has been very good. One man has 130 qtls., and another about 100 qtls. Nothing is done anywhere with hook and line, the fish will not touch bait, very little is caught by jigging. Men say that fish is off in deep water. Salmon very scarce.

Shipping News

For the past week or ten days, vessels from ports in Conception, Trinity and Bonavista Bays, bound for the Labrador and the Straits, have been arriving at and departing from, this port. Their presence here has been mainly in consequence of a large quantity of ice and icebergs floating about our coast, which is a great hindrance to these vessels in reaching their destination. On Saturday evening last some twenty craft or more came into port, amongst which were the J. L. Vogler, Mr. CHIPMAN, of Harbor Grace, and the Ocean Queen, Capt. SPRACKLIN, of Brigus. These took their departure on the following Monday morning. On Monday evening another fleet arrived, including the Vinco, HEATER, Margaret, DAVIS, Phoenix, BUTT, and one or two others belonging to Harbor Grace; also a schooner commanded by Mr. RABBITS of Brigus, and another commanded by Mr. MERCER of Bay Roberts. On Wednesday a favorable time offered and they left en route for the Labrador. On the same day the schr. Portree, Capt. John PARSONS, came into port for the object of burying a little girl, by the name of Mary Kate BUTT, who died on the previous day. The child was 2 months old. The Portree, Wild Wave, Capt. Albert NOEL, and others which came in on Thursday, left yesterday morning. A large number arrived here last evening amongst which were the following belonging to Catalina: - Annie, LODGE. Medway, Lenora, JEANS. Spy, HISCOCK. Tissue, MARTIN. Reward, NOWLAN. Acme, GULLAGE.

Mail Service

The Labrador Mail Service will be performed this year by the Lady Glover, she having received the contract. The steamer is now being fitted up for the service. The speed of this boat will ensure the contract being performed with efficiency and despatch. The Lady Glover during the coming summer will be commanded by our energetic friend, Capt. Henry DAWE . -H. G. Standard.

Rough Trip for the A.K. Walter

[This and the following four] interesting items are clipped from the Mercury of the 9th and 10th inst: - Messrs. S. MARCH & Sons banking schooner A. K. Walter, Capt. George NICKERSON, arrived from the Grand Banks this afternoon, and reports that the gale struck the schooner on Sunday, while in lat. 45, long. 50, 20. She rode it out till Sunday afternoon, when her cable parted about 30 fathoms from the anchor. For hours the sea completely covered the vessel, and it was almost impossible to keep her afloat. Her trawls were all lost, her sails torn and dories damaged. The mate fell off the main boom into the sea, and was with great difficulty rescued, after being about half an hour in the water. When rescued his body was black and blue, and considerably swollen. He is now doing well. The A. K. Walter has equal to 700 qtls. of fish on board.

Three Bait Skiffs Lost

Rumor says that three bait skiffs, each with six men on board, left Holyrod on Saturday, and have not since been heard of. A bait skiff, bottom up, floated into Topsail last night, and it is supposed that she is one of the three referred to.

No Vessels Lost at Brigus

It was reported last week, and the rumor was based upon what we regarded as good authority, that twenty vessels had been lost at Brigus. A message published above says that none at all were lost, for which the public will be thankful.

New Hotel

The new Atlantic Hotel was informally opened to-day, dinner being served there for the first time. Several permanent boarders are to-day taking up their quarters, and preparing to be as comfortable as bugs in rugs. The dining room looked well this morning, although all the furniture had not been in position. The kitchen was filled with bustling cooks and waiters, and altogether, the hotel looked as though it had really entered upon a busy and successful career. In a subsequent number, we shall deal more fully with this splendid institution, which is unequalled in the Maritime provinces adjoining this colony.

Body Discovered

The body of the unfortunate man SCLATER was discovered by Sergeant LACEY and Constable COURTNEY, this afternoon, in the vicinity of Petty Harbor. Death is supposed to have been caused by exposure. The body was brought into town this afternoon. He was found about a mile and a half from the place where his friend left him, and two miles from LEAMEY'S the nearest house. When discovered he was lying on his back, and his trouting pole and bag were alongside of him.

The Ice in the Atlantic

The British steamship Critic, on her arrival at New York on the 13th inst., reported having had a remarkable experience amid icebergs while on the voyage out. The captain reports that the first indication of danger was a sudden and great fall of temperature, accompanied by dense fog. About midnight, was descried a great wall of ice close to, and completely surrounding the ship, like a vast tomb, into which the vessel seemed to have suddenly dropped. All onboard were overawed and some seemed panic stricken. This was right in the highway between England and America. All day long, Captain LONG tried to get clear or to find a passage to the Southward, but in vain. Vast fields of ice stretched away as far as the masthead lookouts could see, and intersperced were hundreds of vast towers of ice, from seven hundred to a thousand feet high. Only with the greatest difficulty could the Captain avoid being crushed by the floating masses, and every narrow channel he entered, hoping to find a way of escape, soon became blocked, and a retreat had to be made. Night came on, but brought no cessation of anxiety. There was nothing for it, but to drift with the ice field, which seemed to excerise a powerfull attractive force, and the ship had to steam forward and back to resist it. Next day, the same dismal prospect was presented, and other vessels, including the Allen mail steamer Caspian, were seen, adopting without success, various expedients to get clear of the all surrounding and ever increasing floes. They presented grotesque and fantastic shapes, and but for the danger, the scene was one of marvellous beauty. At length, after sixty hours of suspence, when hope had become faint, suddenly there opened a wide passage, before the ship, and she steamed through, and soon left all traces of ice behind.

Earl of Dufferin Damaged

The wrecking steamer Earl of Dufferin, while on her way from Halifax to Newfoundland, ran ashore at Cape Breton. She has been towed into Sydney for repairs.

Salmon Fishery

The salmon fishery on the Sacramento River is almost a failure this season. Not more than 2000 cases have thus far been packed, against 30,000 cases at the same date last year. The falling-off is attributed to the ravages of the seals and sea lions, which either destroy or frighten off the fish.

Estate of Thomas MANUEL

All persons indebted to the Estate of the late Thomas MANUEL, will please make immediate payment: and all persons having any claims against the same will present the same duly attested to Thomas PEYTON, Thomas J. MANUEL., Executors.

Sunday Excursion Trains

The running of Sunday excursion trains by the Newfoundland Railway Company is a procedure against which the popular opinion of a large majority of the people of this colony have pronounced since first the practice of Sunday trains commenced. But not withstanding the strong indignation manifested towards the running of trains on that sacred day, and the wishes that have been made known for their discontinuance, we regret to find that the solicitations of so large a class have been ignored and that Sunday Excursion Trains are being more frequently run than ever. Such wanton desecration of the LORD'S Day on the part of the Railway Company is inexcusable, and when the public funds of the colony are called upon to subsidize a project of this description, the voice of the people should be listened to and every endeavour made on the part of legislators to suppress the evil in question, affecting as it does the moral and social condition of our people. The running of Sunday trains may appear a trifling matter to many, but when we take into consideration the disastrous results, both morally and religiously, which the inducement for Sunday recreation thus affords, it behoves all who entertain any respect whatever for the Law of God which says ""Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy,"" &c. to discountenance in every possible way the form of Sunday desecration to which we refer. Numberously signed petitions were presented to the Legislature during its sittings in 1884, asking for an enactment against Sunday trains. A Memorial was also presented from the Church of England Synod and Resolutions from the Methodist Conference, (both of which we append) on the same subject. In accordance with the expressed opinion contained in these documents, a bill was introduced into the House of Assembly which as our readers are aware received little or no support, even from hon. members whose constituents were entirely in accord with the prayers of the petitions that had been presented against Sunday operations.

Donkies! Donkies!!

To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun - A word or two to the law makers and law breakers of our Newfoundland Government. You who profess to make laws do not make any law to prevent both sexes of our country from doing horse labour. Many part of the year many of our people are doing that kind of work, what in other countries horses or donkies have to do. Why should this be so? Why not the Government import some donkies for our people who are living in the various bays of this country. There is much land to which they have access, and which might be cleared and put into potatoes, hay, &c., which would prove to be a good benefit to the various settlements of the country and even to St. John's. These animals, which we are speaking of, are much in use by the common people in England, the West Indies and other countries, and why not in this? There is nothing which would pay the Government better. And on the ground of political ecomony we would strongly recommend the importation of these very durable animals. Some might say ""have small horses,"" Donkies would be even better - first they could be obtained for less money, and also they could be kept more cheaply by the owner. Either donkies or Sable Island ponies would be the thing. Now, Mr. Members of our House of Assembly, will you be kind enough to take this matter up? and by so doing you will benefit yourselves, your people, and your country. Exploits, Notre Dame Bay.

Riel's Capture (Part 1)

He Surrendered Like a Coward. Toronto, Ont., May 16 - A dispatch from General MIDDLETON'S Camp says RIEL was captured and brought in yesterday evening. There was no demonstration. He walked quietly into the General's tent and no one was allowed to see him. Fifteen Miles below Batoche, May 15, 2:30 pm., via Clark's Crossing, May 16 - RIEL was captured at noon today by three scouts named ARMSTRONG, DIEHL, and HOWIE, four miles North of Batoche. The scouts had been out in the morning to scour the country, and just as they were coming out of some bush, of an unfrequented trail leading to Batoche, they spied RIEL with three companions. He was unarmed but his companions carried shot guns. They at once recognized RIEL, and advancing towards him, hailed him by name. They were then standing near a fence. No effort was made on his part to escape and, after a brief conversation, in which they expressed surprise at finding him there, RIEL declared that he intended to give himself up. His only fear was that he would be shot by the troops, but he was promised safe escort to the General's quarters ... DIEHL says RIEL was not in the least agitated when arrested and was willingly made a captive. He was assured of a fair trial, which was all he seemed to want. RIEL is now being interviewed by General MIDDLETON, while the men are standing idly around. No demonstration has been made. When he saw the Gatling go down with the scouts at Batoche he was much alarmed, on account of his family. He appears careworn and haggard. He has let his hair and beard grow long. He is dressed in a poorer fashion than most of the breed captured. While talking to General MIDDLETON, as could be seen from the outside of the tent, his eyes rolled from side to side, with the look of a hunted man. He is evidently the most thoroughly frightened man in the camp, and is in constant fear of violence at the hands of the soldiers. There is no danger of violence.

Riel's Capture (Part 2)

RIEL charges Lawrence CLARKE, of the Hudson Bay Co., with having precipated the revolt. RIEL denies he was leader of the rebellion and asserts his innocence. He says he can prove he wanted to go back to the United States, but would not be allowed to do so. He expresses himself pleased that the books and papers have fallen into the hands of General MIDDLETON, as from them he claims to be able to prove his innocence. He exects to be hanged. He spends most of his time in fasting and praying. The capture of RIEL was the absorbing theme in every part of the city today. At the Windsor, groups of gentlemen discussed the exciting news with much animation. The general opinion was that the arch-rebel should be hanged forthwith, but it was freely urged that Sir John would not have him hanged. Others again, were of the opinion that, unless energetic measures were adopted towards RIEL and his accomplices, such an outburst of feeling would take place as would drive Sir John from power.

Supreme Court

Tuesday, June 9. - The prisoner LYNCH, who was convicted of perjury at Harbor Grace, was sentenced by the Hon. Mr. Justice LITTLE this morning to nine months imprisonment, to be computed from the first of May last."


June 27, 1885

Steam-cutter Dart

The steam-cutter Dart, belonging to Messrs. JOB Bros. & Co., bound from St. John's to the Straits of Belle Isle, put into port on Wednesday last, for the purpose of receiving a fresh supply of coal. She left for her destination next morning.

Steamer Plover

The coastal steamer Plover, Capt. MANUEL, with mails, freight and passengers, arrived here from St. John's and intermediate ports on Thursday morning last. She goes as far North as Griquet and may be looked for here to-morrow (Sunday) en route to the Capital.

Asiatic Cholera Disease

According to the late cable intelligence from Europe, we regret to learn that the dreadful disease of Asiatic cholera has again made its appearance in the countries of Southern Europe. Recent accounts inform us that Spain is being visited with this fearful epidemic, and that many deaths have already taken place.

Schooner Juno

The schr. Juno was driven ashore at Gander Bay during the late severe gale and is beyond repairs, having part of her keel out, several bents of timbers gone and very much hogged. This schooner was entered in the Terra Nova Club. The chains, anchors, sails, running gear, &c., will be taken to Fogo and sold. The hull will have to be sold at Gander Bay.

Lady Killed by Train

On Wednesday last (says the St. John's Times of the 22nd) a married woman named MORGAN, was killed by a construction train near Lance Cove Beach. She leaves a husband and nine children, the youngest being a mere infant. A magisterial inquiry was held by Judge PROWSE, yesterday, in reference to the sad accident.


The Rev. F. R. DUFILL arrived from Bonavista per Plover on Thursday last, and will attend to the ministerial duties of the circuit during the absence of the regular ministers to Converence. Having laboured with much acceptance to the Methodist congregations during his appointment to this circuit, his visit will doubtless be a source of pleasure to many. We understand that Mr. DUFILL will preach in the South Side Church on Sunday morning and in the North Side Church in the evening. The Rev. S. JENNINGS came same steamer, to attend to the spiritual needs of the Morton's Harbor congregation for a short time.


The remains of Mrs. WEARY, who died at Battle Harbor, Labrador, on the 3rd May, were brought here by the S. S. Panther this morning. The deceased was about 22 years of age, a native of Lapoile, and wife of the Rev. W. WEARY, the Church of England Clergyman at Battle Harbor. To the bereaved husband we tender our sincere sympathies. - Mercury, June 16.

Sir John Glover

It is rumoured that Sir John and Lady GLOVER will leave for England in a few days, and that the servants at Government house received notice of discharge. His Excellency's health is said to be poor, and he and Lady GLOVER will remain in England for several weeks. - Ibid.

Loss of the S.S. Lake Manitoba

A special despatch to the Evening Mercury from St. Pierre, dated June 17th, says: ""The steamship Lake Manitoba, 3,000 tons, Capt. JACKSON, from Montreal to Liverpool, while going at full speed in a dense fog, ran ashore at 2 o'clock on Sunday morning on Southwest point of Langdale. She is a total wreck, nine lady passengers and ninety-three of the crew barely escaping with their lives. They saved nothing. The cargo of five hundred head cattle, flour, corn and general cargo was all lost. Assistance was sent from here.

Suicide at Burin

By the mails per Curlew intelligence was conveyed here that a planter named Charles BEST a resident of Burin, committed self-destruction. He was a well-to-do man, and up to the last moment gave orders in the most rational way to his crew, in the way of preparing the schooner for sea, and almost immediately thereafter, put an end to his life. The victim was unmarried, and there appeared to be no sound reasons for the fatal act, which appeared to have been done impulsively and not with premeditation. - Telegram.

Boy Drowns

George DOROTHY, who was drowned at Bonavista during the late gale, was (we learn from the Mercury) "but 13 years old, a native of Trinity, and possessed all the attributes of a good and true seaman. He was a son of the late Capt. DOROTHY, who with another son and over forty others, went down in the ill-fated Lion, in January 1882. He leaves a widowed mother, who has had to mourn the loss of four sons and a husband, swallowed up by the remorseless ocean.


Drowned at Bonavista, on the 7th ult., from on board the Christabel, George, son of the late Captain John DOHERTY of Trinity, aged 18 years. [Note that the name and age are reported differently in this article than in the one above. In both cases it is transcribed exactly as printed. George White]


On the 16th inst., the wife of Mr. C. G. D. MAYNE, of a son.


At St. John's, on the 19th inst., the wife of Francis C. BERTEAU, Esq., H. M. Customs, of a son.


On the 17th inst., at St. Mary's Church, by the Rev. T. G. NETTEN, Edward M., eldest son of the late Capt. James LeMESSURIER, of Guernsey, to Annie M., fifth daughter of Thomas LONG, Esq., Surveyor General's Department.


At St. Pierre, on the 11th inst., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, by the Rev. T. W. TEMPLE, assisted by the Rev. A. S. WINDSOR, Alphonse Louis Mignot, merchant, to Florence St. Pierre, daughter of J. P. FRECKER, Esq., United States Consul.


Yesterday, after a long illness, Rebecca, wife of the late Richard HODDER, aged 74 years.


At Moreton's Harbor, on the 20th inst., after a long illness, borne with Christian resignation to the Divine will, Jane, relict of the late Edward RUSSELL, aged 75 years. The deceased was the mother of Messrs. Thomas FRENCH & Bros. of the above place.


At the same place, on the 18th inst., Rosanna, relict of the late Samuel BRETT, aged 75 years.


At St. John's on the 12th inst., Sophie, wife of Thomas W. PINSENT, Esq.


Drowned at sea, on the 9th inst., from the schr. D. A. Huntley, Francis BRIDE, of Brigus, North, aged 42 years."


At Bonavista, on the 18th inst., Gertie, third daughter of Dr. R. E. FORBES, aged 4 years.


At Catalina, on the 4th inst., aged 9 1/2 months, Alice Amelia, the child of the Rev. George P. and Bessy STORY.

Ship News

Port of Twillingate. Entered. June 26 - Heroine, HANCOCK, Poole, general cargo, W. WATERMAN, & Co. June 19 - Hebe, HOGAN, St. John's, salt - W. WATERMAN, & Co. June 26 - Come, EVENSON, St. John, N.B., ballast - Captain.


F W CUNNINGHAM Meehan's Wharf, (between JOB Bros. & Co., and Walter GRIEVE & Co's Wharves) MARINE STORE DEALER - For Sale. Second hand anchors, chains, blocks, sails and all description of vessels' gear. Highest Cash prices paid for Old Copper, Brass, Yellow Metal, Sheeting and Bolts, Zinc, Lead, Cast and Wrought Iron, Bones, Old Rubber, - Also Old Rope, Canvass, Rigging, Shakins, &c. Correspondence Solicited.


Contributed by George White (2002)
June 13, 1885 to June 27, 1885 Transcribed by Joyce Simms

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (December 2002)

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