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Twillingate Sun
January - February

Jan. 9, 1886


We have been favored per Hercules with the following cable from England, which was received by His Excellency Sir Ambrose SHEA, on New Year's Day: -- Congratulations on your appointment, which we feel to be in best interests of trade and general welfare of colony. Walter GRIEVE, Son & Co.; BAINE & JOHNSTON; C.T. BOWRING & Co.; JOB, Brothers & Co.; MARE, HOLWOOD & Co.; Charles T. BENNETT; Stephen RENDELL; Robert GRIEVE.


We learn that the St. John's Rope Walk was totally destroyed by fire a few days since, by which unfortunate event many will be thrown out of employment.


We understand that a very critical surgical operation was performed by Dr. STAFFORD on Saturday, the 2nd inst. Wm. CLARKE, son of Mr. Richard CLARKE, Farmer's Arm, had been suffering from an abscess or a gathering of matter within outer layer of skull. The symptoms were of a very severe character, and there being no other chance of saving his life, the Doctor decided on perforating or boring the skull, which critical operation was done on the date above mentioned. The patient has been doing well ever since, and we are glad to learn that there are now good hopes of his ultimate recovery.


The steamer Hercules: Capt. CROSS left St. John's noon on Monday and arrived early Friday morning. The weather was thick and foggy which prevented her from getting here sooner, having been detained a considerable time in ports waiting for the fog to clear away. She proceeds as far as Tilt Cove, calling at some intermediate ports, and intends coming into port on her return, which will be about Sunday evening or Monday, should the weather prove favorable.


The schooner Sunrise, belonging to J.B. TOBIN, Esq., left here for St. John's on New Year's Day with a cargo of fish.

Church Services

The customary Watch Night Services were held in the South and North Side Methodist Churches on New Year's Eve. They were solemn and impressive and largely attended. The service in North Side Church was conducted by Rev. J.W. VICKERS, who preached a very appropriate sermon from the words, ""We spend our years as a tale that is told.""


We learn that Mrs. Dinah JEANS of Back Harbor, met with a serious accident on Tuesday night. While walking downstairs at Mr. Joseph BLACKMORE's house, she slipped, dislocating the right foot and fracturing the ankle bone. Dr. STAFFORD's assistance was summoned, who, with his usual promptitude and skilfulness, administered the necessary applications to the wounded parts.

Church Services

On New Year's Day the usual divine services were conducted in the English Churches of this community. The one in St. Peter's was well performed by the new Curate, Rev. Mr. PITMAN, who has lately been appointed to assist the Rev. R. TEMPLE, R.D., who previously had to attend to all the Church duties of his extensive parish. He discoursed on the occasion from the parable of the barren fig tree, taking for his text the words written in the 18th chapter of St. Luke and 8th verse, ""Let it alone another year also,"" from which text Mr. PITMAN preached a very suitable and acceptable sermon.


On 31st Dec., at the Methodist Parsonage, by the Rev. G. BULLEN, Mr. Nathaniel JENKINS of Jenkins Cove, to Miss Jane GILLARD of Gillard's Cove.


On the 3rd inst., at the North Side Methodist Church, by the same, Mr. Edwin BAGGS of Bluff Head Cove, to Miss Pricilla ELLIOTT of Sleepy Cove.


On the 6th inst., at the South Side Methodist Church, by the same, Mr. Robert LINFIELD to Miss Martha PARSONS, both of Jenkins Cove.


At Plymouth, England, on New Year's Day, Georgina, wife of Capt. Alfred SEARLE, and youngest daughter of Mr. John LESTER, St. John's, Nfld.

Shipping News

Port of Twillingate: Entered Dec 22, Golden Fleece, SALT, St. John's, provisions, etc., -- W. WATERMAN & Co. Cleared Dec 19, Nerissa, JENKINS, Lisbon, 2280 qtls., Labrador fish, 920 Shore fish -- OWEN & EARLE; Dec 23, Janets & Margaret, BRUFORD, Lisbon, 320


It is intended to hold a Bazaar, at Twillingate, early in October, 1886, for the purpose of procuring funds to reshingle, paint, and re-seat St. Peter's Church. Contributions in money, and useful or fancy articles for the above, will be received by the following ladies: Mrs. TEMPLE, Mrs. HITCHCOCK, Mrs. STAFFORD, Mrs. R. NEWMAN, Mrs. Jas PEYTON, Mrs. FINDLATER, Miss LETHBRIDGE, Miss R. STIRLING, Miss BORTEAU, Miss COOK, Miss TAYLOR, Miss COLBORNE, Miss TUCKER, Miss STUCKLESS, and Miss G. STIRLING


Jan 16, 1886


A number of men from Friday's Bay came here yesterday and interviewed the Magistrate and some of our leading merchants with the hope of procuring relief. They represent their families as being in a starving condition, and unless something be speedily done of their behalf, they can not possibly live many days. We hope that the charity of our leading men will be extended towards them, and that means will be devised at once to relieve their penury.

Gun Accidents

Another worthy correspondent has our thanks for the following particulars of gun accidents that have taken place within the past few weeks: - About the first of Dec., a man from Musgrave Harbor named Manasseh TUCK, while out gunning, met with a serious accident, by falling on the ice and accidentally discharging a loaded gun, which he carried on his shoulder, the shot entering and lacerating both legs considerably, producing ugly wounds. He was brought in a skiff to Seldom-come-by, where his wounds were dressed, and then returned home, where he is doing well. On Thursday, Dec. 24th., Mr. Nathaniel LEDREW of Change Islands, while out in a punt gunning, and drawing a loaded gun towards him, by the muzzle, accidentally struck the hammer against the side of the punt, discharging it through the middle of his hand, carrying away half the metacarpel bone of the middle finger, and nearly all of the muscles and skin on the back of the hand. It is thought that the hand will probably be saved. On Wednesday, Dec. 30th., while out at Gabby's Island, duck killing, John HEAL of Lock's Cove, near Fogo, accidentally burst his gun, blowing away part of the thumb of his left hand. He was brought to Fogo where his thumb was removed. The wounds are healing rapidly and he is expected to be seen soon at his post of duck and fish killing -- minus the thumb.


A correspondent from Fogo, under date of the 5th inst., says that James ROLLS, Esq., M.H.A., will go by this Plover to St. John's to attend his first Session in the House of Assembly as representative for the district of Fogo, in the interests of the Amalgamated Party.

Church News

Two members of the Church of England at Seldom-come-by, commenced a fortnight ago to build a Church. It is already sheeted in. The principal dimensions are: Nave -- length, 40 feet, breadth, 24 feet; Chancel -- length, 12 feet, breadth, 12 feet. The workers deserve all praise for the very rapid progress which is being made. The design for this building is by Mr. SOUTHCOTT.

Destructive Fire (Part 1)

This morning, soon after 2 o'clock, a fire broke out in the Rope-Walk at Monday Pond, owned by the Colonial Cordage Company, and in a few hours nothing remained but a blackened mass of ruins. The whole of the extensive works, where the manufacturers of ropes, twines, cordage, etc., were carried on, are destroyed. The detached sheds alone are saved. How the fire originated is at present unknown. The watchman, who was in charge during the night, declared that he made his rounds as usual, and that two hours before the fire broke out, he passed through that part of the building where it first showed itself, and that then, there was no trace of fire. There is, however, no reason for supposing that the cause of the fire was other than accidental. In the portion of the building where it originated, there was no material to cause fire by spontaneous combustion or otherwise. The place had been closed at the usual hour -- six o'clock in the evening -- and no one was about the premises excepting the Watchman on duty. The loss is very heavy -- probably between 30,000 pounds and 40,000 pounds -- only a part of which is covered by insurance. A large quantity of manufactured goods was on the premises, as well as a heavy stock of materials for use during the winter.

Destructive Fire (Part 2)

The destruction of this splendid establishment, which, in regard to the machinery, and all modern improvements and appliances, was unsurpassed on this side of the Atlantic, must be regarded as a public calamity. Nearly 300 persons are thus thrown out of employment, with a long winter before them -- many of them entirely dependent on the daily wages they earned there. The value of such an establishment to the city of St. John's will be now fully realised when we have to feel and mourn its loss. Under the able and energetic management of Mr. James MONRO, the various process of manufactures were now brought to perfection, and the excellence of the goods turned out was admitted on all hands. All difficulties connected with the initiation of such an enterprise had been surmounted, and a prosperous career apparently was opening before the establishment. The whole business of country was feeling the benefit, in the supply of everything required by the fisheries on the spot, and at the shortest notice, while the articles were in quality superior to them imported. The dimensions of the calamity are widespread and will be felt for some time to come. Such an establishment, once destroyed, will require a lengthened period for restoration.


On Jan. 5th, at St. Peter's Church, by Rev. R. TEMPLE, Mr. Alfred NEWMAN, to Mary Jane, daughter of Mr. Absalom PURCHASE of Back Harbour.


Yesterday morning, after a tedious illness, Andrew, youngest son of Mr. Samuel NEWMAN, aged 19 years. For over four years the deceased was employed in this office, and was always a steady, attentive and industrious lad. He passed away calmly, declaring in his last moments he was going to be with Jesus. Sympathy is hereby extended to the bereaved family.

Jan 28, 1886

Shipping News

The steamer Hercules arrived here on Wednesday morning, bringing the mails for the Northern parts and taking the same route as Plover, that is now employed on the Western service. It is a convenience to the public that she should have been employed for the purpose by the Government, and should navigation remain open, we see no reason why she should not make another trip.

Painful Mishap

A painful mishap befell a man named James HALFPENNY, on Thursday afternoon, while engaged discharging coals from the brig Confederate. The horse which he was working bit off his thumb. It will have to be amputed at the joint.

Local and General

Mr. GLADSTONE entered upon his seventy-sixth birthday on 29th December last.

Local and General

We learn that R.P. RICE, Esq., leaves for Greenspond by this steamer to assume the office of Magistrate for that locality.


A late member of the St. John's Evening Telegram says that a telegram was received in town announcing the demise in England of Mrs. Walter H. GRIEVE.


The same journal learns that Sir Ambrose SHEA received by the S.S. Persian a letter of congratulation on his appointment as Governor of this colony, from His Lordship Bishop JONES.

Local and General

We are glad to learn that the Rev. George NOBLE, who recently left this Colony for South Africa, is doing well in his new home. His health is now considerably improved and he is stationed at Estcourt, Natal, a thousand miles from Cape Town.


An exchange says it is announced [that] Miss Mary GLADSTONE, daughter of the Hon. Mr. GLADSTONE, is to be married to Rev. Harry DREW, a curate of the Church of England at Hawarden.


His Excellency the Administrator has been pleased to appoint William J. EASON, Esq., Nipper's Harbor, Leander GILL, Esq., Tilt Cove, and Joseph STREAR, Esq., Little Bay, to be Justices of the Peace for the Northern Districts of the Island of Newfoundland.


At Farmer's Arm, on the 9th inst., Jane, relict of the late Mr. John GILLOTT, in the 90th year of her age.


January 30, 1886


Mr. T.W. NEVILL, of Glasgow, Scotland, will please accept our thanks for a late copy of the Glasgow Herald received last mail, which journal he has kindly offered to send to our address regularly. Interesting extracts therefrom will be found in today's paper. Mr. N. is a son of our efficient Inspector of Light-houses and public buildings, J.T. NEVILL, Esq., St. John's.

Relief for Friday's Bay

A meeting was convened by the Stipendary Magistrate on Saturday, the 16th inst., for the purpose of considering the appeals for relief that had been made from persons belonging to Friday's Bay and vicinity, and if possible to devise means to alleviate the wants of the unfortunate applicants. The idea of advancing amounts on account of the road grants that may be voted at the next Session of Legislature could not for a moment be entertained by the meeting, and after some deliberation it was agreed that voluntary subscriptions be made by those present towards relieving the persons who are in actual distress. Handsome amounts were subscribed by the Mercantile gentlemen, which with the donations from others in attendance, will be judiciously expended by a committee chosen for the purpose.

North Side Methodist

North Side Methodist Church - The first Tea Meeting of the season... took place... The following is a list of the Ladies who presided at the various tables Mrs. R.D. HODGE, and Miss TAYLOR, Mrs Doctor SCOTT and Miss SCOTT, Mrs W.J. SCOTT and Miss COOK, Messrs PERCY and ANDERSON's tray, Misses F. SCOTT and ANDERSON, Mrs. BAIRD, Misses L. and A. ROBERTS (Wild Cove), Mrs Josiah and Mrs James ROBERTS, (Wild Cove), Mrs PHILLIS, Messrs MAYNE and HILLYARD's tray, Misses L. and A. HARBIN, Mr. A. PEARCE's tray, Miss LUNNEN. ..... Miss G. STERLING ... at the organ, accomanied with much taste. The various parts were sustained as follows: Soprano: Mrs. OAKLEY, Miss TUCKER, Misses ROBERTS and PRESTON (Long Point), Misses SHAVE, S. MINTY, and BAGIN. Alto: Mrs. TEMPLEMAN, Miss ANDERSON. Tenor: Messrs. PERCY and BLANDFORD. Bass: Messrs. TEMPLETON, DAVIS, HUGHES, ANDERSON, and NOTT. Two consecutive readings were given by the Rev. J.W. Vickers.... We suppose this was the first service of song ever given in Twillingate...

Herring Prices^ Latest advice from the Western Coast say that some twenty American and Nova Scotial vessels have arrived in Fortune Bay for frozen herring. The low price of two and sixpence per barrel is all that herring catchers at Bay of Islands and other parts of Fortune Bay at present receive.

British Losses

The Board of Trade, return of British wrecks during November, gives 56 sailing vessels, and 14 steamships, with 202 lives, as the number lost.

Shipping News

The Laura Emma, from Twillingate, N.F., arrived at Leghorn, Jan 2nd,. with bulwarks and stanchions disabled, and some of the sails lost.

St. John's Storm

The St. John's Telegram of the 11th inst., says that the "wind blew a hurricane here yesterday and blew down trees, tore slates off roofs and shutters from windows, and wrecked two or three of the electric street lamps.


Owing to the glitter which made on Saturday night, the walking on Sunday was very dangerous, and as Mrs. FOX, Sr., of Back Harbor was returning from morning service in St. Peter's Church, she fell down, sustaining slight injuries.

Shooting Death

A special correspondent from the Western coast, to the Evening Mercury, under date of the 30th ult., furnishes particulars of a terrible gun accident which happened at Garia (near Rose Blanche) on the 23rd Dec., resulting in the death of a young man named William SMITH. The facts as given to that journal are as follows: Joseph SMITH, with his two sons, John and William, left home about ten o'clock, in the morning, and proceeded down the Bay in a boat. The father was bound to the Telegraph Office, and, after rowing about a mile, landed William on a small Island, leaving him there for the purpose of killing harbor seals. On the same morning Thomas FRANCIS and Thomas WHITTLE left home and rowed to the same island. FRANCIS remained in the boat but landed WHITTLE, who walked across the island with his gun, looking for birds or seals. On coming to a certain place, he fancied he heard a certain noise coming from the bushes, and getting frightened, he called out to FRANCIS to row in, there was something on the island. While FRANCIS was rowing in he heard a gun fired. WHITTLE met him in the landwash; he seemed much frightened, and fell down on the ground, saying to FRANCIS that, after calling him, he saw something with fur on it in bushes; fearing it would run after him, he fired at it. A dog came out of the woods and he saw it was Smith's dog. He then thought he must have fired at a man not knowing what it was. FRANCIS immediately went to the spot and found William SMITH, dead, with twelve shot in his head, one in his body. About 3 o'clock in the afternoon, Joseph SMITH and his son returned for William, and were horrified at finding him dead. The poor fellow was but 22 years of age, and was a great help to his father and family. A Magisterial Enquiry has been instituted.


A funeral sermon was preached in St. Peter's Church on Sunday evening last by the curate, Rev. A. PITMAN, taking for his text, Isaiah, 57 chapter, 1 and 2 verses. Reference was made to the death of Mr. Samuel NEWMAN's son, Andrew, whose remains had been consigned to the mother earth the previous Tuesday. The discourse, we learn, was earnest and practical and calculated to leave genuine impressions up on the minds of devout bearers.

GOODE Brothers

Another Newfoundlander at the Front: We learn that Athelstane [?] GOODE, a Channel boy, has won the "St. Leger", 10 per annum for 8 1/2 years, with other prospects at the Grammar School, Doncaster. The contest was close. He had to run against boys of 15 years when he was only 10 1/2 years old. Lately his brother gained a "Foundation Scholarship", Folies College, Edinburgh, so now the brothers GOODE vie with each other to show who has done the better part. Their "Pater" is now in charge of one of the best parishes in England, the seat of the Marquis TOWNSEND and Lord LAYCHAIN. Bravo! Newfoundland. Friends here will be glad to hear this good news.


At Little Bay, on 4th inst., after a lingering illness, borne with Christian resignation to the Divine will, Ellen, aged 36 years, beloved wife of John CONWAY, and second daughter of the late John CAHILL.


February 6, 1886


In the account of the North Side Methodist Tea Meeting, which apepared last week, we regret the name of Mrs. Aaron VATCHER and Mrs. B. ROBERTS (Wild Cove) were inadvertently omitted from among the tray-holders.

Religious Persecution

A special telegraph despatch informs us that while members of the Salvation Army were holding a religious service on the Parade Ground, St. John's, on Sunday last, they were attacked by a mob throwing rods and stones, which compelled them to retreat and seek shelter in a house nearby. One would imagine that the times of religious persecution would be unknown in a country like ours in this enlightened age, and that every one would be allowed to worship God according to the dictates of conscience.


We learn that Charles PELLY, Jr., son of Charles PELLY, Sandy Cove, met with an accident which was near being very serious on the evening of Wednesday, the 27th ult. While using a draw knife in cutting a piece of board, he rested part of it against his knee, which slipped, causing the knife to draw an inch above the knee joint, cutting through to a depth of three inches. The valuable skill of Dr. STAFFORD was soon brought into requisition, who after some difficulty secured the bleeding vessels, since which he has been doing very favourably.

Arm Methodist School

We learn that the Arm Methodist Day School is being largely attended this winter, upwards of one hundred pupils being present at times. Many of this number, we learn, are adults - young men who are desirous of improving their intellectual endowments; and it is greatly to be commended that there is such a disposition on their parts to raise themselves to a more elevated degree, educationally. The Teacher, Mr. J. DAVIS, manifests a deep interest in training the scholars, as the proficiency to which they have attained in the past fully indicates.


Jan 31st., at the Methodist Parsonage, by Rev. Geo. BULLEN, Mr. Thomas GIDGE, to Miss Emma JENKINS, both of Durrell's Arm.


At Bonavista, the 20th inst., by the Rev. A.E.O. BAYLEY, M.D., William TURNER, of St. John's, to Tryphena M., youngest daughter of the late Stephen JEANS, Catalina.


February 13, 1886

Missionary Meeting

We notice that the annual missionary meeting on behalf of the Home and Foreign Mission Fund of the Church of England was held in the British Hall at Harbor Grace on the [blank] inst. The report says that the meeting was an interesting one, and the attendance large. The chair was taken by the Rev. J.M. NOEL, who introduced the members of the deputation -- Rural Dean HARVEY, Rev. T.R. NURSE of Spaniard's Bay, and the Rev. C.E. SMITH of Heart's Content, all of whom gave stirring addresses on the subject of missions. A correspondent to the Harbor Grace Standard says that the Rev. Mr. NURSE, touched more particularly on the subject of Home Missions, and gave a graphic and somewhat humorous account of some of the trials of a missionary in opening up new work in Bonavista Bay. In conclusion, he pleaded for more interest and more money to provide for the many destitute parts of this Colony the administrations of religion.


We are sorry to learn that the Rev. J. HOWITT, of Herring Neck, was found in a precarious condition on the ice one day last week. When about half a mile from land, he fell through the ice and had some difficulty in getting out, as it broke away in under him. It was snowing at the time, which rendered the position more perilous. After some difficulty, he managed to scramble on a bearable part of the ice, remaining there until the weather cleared and he was seen from the shore and soon afterwards rescued, being in a somewhat exhausted condition. The Rev. Gentleman is an indefatigable worker, and in his zeal for the performance of his parochial duties, it may be that he ventured to travel over ice at a time that he would not have risked under other circumstances.


February 20, 1886

Fogo Pettifoggery (Part 1)

To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun: Dear Sir. -- On January the 9th, at Little Seldom-Come-By, a disturbance arose between Jacob JOHNSTONE and Reuben SMALL, neighbors of the same place, about a few pickets. JOHNSTONE had engaged to purchase 200 pickets from Small at the rate of 3s per hundred, payment to be made in barter. JOHNSTONE gave SMALL in molasses, flour, etc., etc., what he though equivalent to 6s, the value of the pickets. When SMALL returned home, he weighed the flour, measured the molasses, etc., etc., and discovered according to market prices that he had been defrauded of part payment. JOHNSTONE argued that SMALL had received payment in full and absolutely refused to pay anything more. SMALL then counted out pickets for value received and positively declined to give up the remainder. JOHNSTONE, being a stout man, and of extraordinary muscular ability, at once fell upon SMALL, who is a very small man, and powerless in the hands of his antagonist, was about to make small pieces of him, when SMALL's wife, a plucky specimen of her sex, coming to her husband's assistance, pugilistic like, gave JOHNSTONE a box in the ear. JOHNSTONE then brutally attacked Mrs. SMALL, beating and kicking her unmercifully, cutting open a lip, blackening an eye, and inflicting wounds and bruises of a serious nature, about her head and body.

Fogo Pettifoggery (Part 2)

JOHNSTONE entertained the idea, that as Mrs. SMALL first broke the peace (between themselves) by striking him, that he could take the law in his own hands and deal out to her just what punishment he thought the offence merited. Stephen JOHNSTONE hearing the fracas, ran to his brother's assistance and although he did not strike her, handled her so roughly so as to cause her to lose her equilibrium and she fell. This ended the row. SMALL and his wife came to Fogo next day seeking redress from the Stipendary Magistrate, who only heard their complaint with contempt, and advised them to go home again and try and settle the affair quietly between themselves (Pettifogg Justice). This they failed to accomplish and a few days later they returned to Fogo to force their suit, and were told by the Magistrate that unless they could get him the money to pay the costs he could not do anything for them. They, being in a starving condition, were unable to procure means. The husband, Reuben SMALL, went around the harbor begging money to enable him to prosecute but did not get sufficient. It is a downright shame, Mr. Editor, that the grievances of the poor are often thus ignored (especially here), while those of the middle classes and "upper ten" get a ready hearing. I believe it was not until after a note of remonstrance from one of our much esteemed Justices of the Peace, advising to at once investigate the above case and have the offenders lawfully punished, that our intelligent Stipendiary Magistrate decided to hear the case. Then summonses were issued and served.

Fogo Pettifoggery (Part 3)

The two JOHNSTONES came to Fogo a few days after and were at once arrested, and arraigned before His Worship and T.C. DUDER, Esq., J.P., charged with assault and battery. They both pleaded guilty. Stephen JOHNSTONE was sentenced to ten days' imprisonment or $3. Jacob JOHNSTONE to twenty-eight days or $15. The former paid his fine, but the latter had not the wherewithall, so was lodged in jail. Next day his fine was paid, and after being bound to keep the peace for six months, for threatening language used to Mrs. SMALL. On forfeit of $50, prisoner was released. Both went home poorer but I hope wiser men. To ill-use a female in such a brutal manner is a criminal offence, and should have been punished by imprisonment alone without the alternative of a fine. This is not the only time those JOHNSTONES have been guilty of such disgraceful conduct and rowdyism, and I sincerely trust that their late experience will teach them wisdom. The motive of this report, Mr. Editor, is to show to the public the tardy and lethargic indifference of our law administrators, in the performance of their important duties. I may again have occasion to write about other mal-administrations which I trust you will honor with a place in your valuable paper. I remain, dear Mr. Editor, yours, Xiphias.


On the 13th inst., Ann, relict of the late Mr. Andrew LYTE, aged 81 years.


At Herring Neck, on the 12th inst., Sophia, the beloved wife of Mr. Levi BLANDFORD, and youngest daughter of the late Capt. John LEDREW, of St. John's. The deceased was born in Cupids, Conception Bay, on the 20th of May, 1855, and with her parents removed to St. John's, when she was fourteen years of age, where she continued to reside until her marriage in 1881. Shortly after reaching St. John's, she was constrained by the Holy Spirit to yield her heart to the Saviour, and from that period until her death, lived a consistent Christian life. During the first two years of her married life, she might be seen in company with her husband (who is an earnest Christian worker), wending her way to the sanctuary, whenever its doors were open for Divine service. During the past two and a half years, and especially during the past six months, she was called to suffer extreme pain and weakness of body, all of which was endured with exemplary patience and resignation. As death drew near she often spoke of the "Land of pure delight/Where saints immortal reign". Two hours before she died, she was talking and smiling; among other things she said, "I feel merry tonight, but I shall be merrier tomorrow evening in heaven, singing the praises of my Redeemer. Her remains were interred in the cemetery, adjoining the Methodist Church; in the presence of a large concourse of spectators, on the afternoon of Sabbath last. Prior to the burial a large congregation filling it to its utmost capacity assembled in the Church, with an almost equally large number who could not gain admission, where an earnest and suitable sermon was preached by the Rev. R. BRAMFITT, from the words: "And there shall be no night there", (Rev. 22, 5). An affectionate husband, with a large circle of friends, mourn their loss.


D. F. BERTEAU, Notary Public and Commissioner of Writs of Attachments and Affidavits, will execute Protests and other Ship's Papers, wills, Mortgages, Leases, Bills of Sale, Indentures, Adjustment of Accounts and other documents on most reasonable terms. Office - Back Harbor, Twillingate.

St. John's News

By Telegraph.Sir William George DEVEAUX, Governor of Newfoundland, will leave England first boat in April".The hon. Edward SHEA has been appointed President of the Legislative Council and Governor of the Savings Bank".Mr. Charles BOWRING has been appointed a member of the Legislative Council".Mr. A.J.W. McNEILY was elected Speaker of the House of Assembly, Joseph BOYD, Sergeant - at - Arms". The "Evening Mercury" has been chosen as the official organ of the government. It is rumored that W.J.S. DONNELLY is to be appointed Receiver General; R.J. KENT, Solicitor General; and P. SCOTT, Chairman of Committees.


It will be seen from our telegraphic despatches that the Government have appointed the Hon. Edward SHEA President of the Legislative Council and Governor of the Savings Bank. This of course will necessitate the Legislature providing a retiring allowance for the Hon. E. MORRIS, who has filled the duties of these offices with great efficiency for many years past.


Mrs. LYTE, one of the oldest inhabitants of Twillingate, died on Saturday last, after a lingering illness. The deceased was relict of late Mr. Andrew LYTE, who formerly carried on business here, and was for many years in prosperous circumstances. Since her husband's death her condition was greatly reduced and sad to relate was at times the subject of almost abject poverty. We learn that Mrs. LYTE's husband's family are very respectable. It may be interesting to some of our readers to know that his brother was a Clergyman of the Church of England and that he composed that beautiful hymn, "Abide with me," etc., and was like wise the Author of other valuable hymns.


One of the oldest and most respectable fish merchants - a gentleman intimately acquainted with, and deeply interested in the great staple industry of the country - writes us as follows in reference to the "disastrous use" of codtraps in the industry. He says: "Are we anxious to preserve our trade relations with fish consumers in Europe? If so, we must do away with cod-trap fishing. Miserable small fish is ruining our markets! The French - caught article, large, white and clean, is taken at a higher price, realizing five or six shillings per quintal more than Labrador. How can we get back to our old, well-known Labrador cure? I say, prohibit the use of traps by act of parliament. Owners of traps can convert them back to codseines. The bait supply, now endangered by trap-fishing, will return to the spawning ground, and our fishermen will get better fish and a higher price for their labor, as foreign customers will give a better price for better fish, and consume more of it. Let us pay for the quality, not quantity, and we will soon have improved times.


The returns of native ship building show increase of tonnage over last year.


The light house service received an addition of a harbor light at Gaultois; and there is also a light in course of construction on Ireland Island, Lapoile"


In June last a gale of extreme severity was experienced on this coast, causing great loss of fishing craft; and this followed in October by a gale at Labrador with far more disastrous consequences, in the sacrifice of many lives and a large amount of property. On receipt of intelligence, the Government despatched a steamer with food and clothing to the suffering who were soon after conveyed to their homes. I am gratified to add that the Government efforts were seconded by liberal contributions from local, and public, and friends abroad.


The general elections last fall were conducted peaceful and with good order, creditable to the character of the people.


February 27, 1886

Disgraceful Scene (Part 1)

About three weeks ago a detachment of the Salvation Army arrived here, and we understand, rented a large building, on Springdale Street, for the purpose of holding their meetings in it, but since renting it, the owner of the building thought fit to change his mind and would not carry out his agreement, refusing to allow them the use of it. Finding it impossible to procure a place suited to their requirements, they decided to hold an open air meeting yesterday in a field near the Parade Ground. They commenced proceedings about two o'clock, in the afternoon, and had hardly got under way when they were surrounded by fully five hundred persons, consisting of men, women and children, a large number of whom, to their shame be it said, interrupted the meeting in every possible manner. The Salvationists consisted of one man and three girls, who, no doubt, came here under the impression that this was a civilized community and that they would receive the protection and courtesy, which their positions as strangers in a strange land demanded. But they were sadly mistaken, as subsequent events proved.

Disgraceful Scene (Part 2)

The mob of savages, they can be called, nothing better, threw mud on the poor creatures, applied to them the lowest and coarsest language, and even went so far as to lay violent hands on one of them. Girls and women seemed to take a prominent part in the programme. The language used by them was of the vilest character and ought to bring a blush of shame to the cheek of those who most degraded. One young woman whose name we have ascertained, but for various reasons at present refrain from publishing, so far forgot her womanly position, as to spit in the face one of the members of the Army, at the same time calling her a name that would not look well in print. For a long time the valiant little Army bore all the insults and abuse, but things got so bad, that at last it was forced to beat a retreat, and followed by the howling, hooting mob, took refuge in a house at the head of Carter's Hill, the inmates kindly admitting it. The crowd then pelted the house with mud. A messenger was dispatched to Fort Townshead [sic] for police protection, and soon after a detachment of six men under Sergeant COLLINS, arrived at the scene and dispersed the mob. The ill-used Salvationists then left their friendly shelter, and protected by a squad of policemen, marched to their lodgings without further molestation"


An inquiry was held yesterday before Judge PROWSE and Major FAWCETT, Inspectors of Police, respecting the attack on the Salvation Army. The general statement which has appeared in the papers about the disgraceful attack made by the mob on the poor defenceless women was proved to be substantially true. There was a good deal of contradictory evidence respecting the charge made against Bridget COADY, daughter of Sergeant COADY, of the Police, of having assaulted Lena KIMMERLY, of the Salvation Army. It was also proved that the former account of the attack on her was exaggerated. Miss KIMMERLY, calling herself Captain KIMMERLY, swore that the girl only struck her in the chest and on the bonnet. She did not slap her in the face so that another woman made a grab at her papers - the "War Cry" - and she (Captain KIMMERLY) said "God bless you. Bridget COADY was fined five dollars or ten days' imprisonment. The magistrate commented in very severe terms on the brutality and cowardice of the attack on the Salvation Army.


Passed away peacefully, on the 13th inst., after a lingering illness, Ann, relict of the late Thomas M. LYTE, aged 81 years, 67 of which she spent in this town. The deceased was a native of Fogo.


At Exploits, Burnt Island, on the 10th Feb, Mrs. Jane FOOTE, aged 85 years and 8 months.


Contributed by George White (2003)
January 9, 1886 to February 27, 1886 Transcribed by Marilyn Pilkington (Jan, 2003)

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (February 2003)

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