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Twillingate Sun
May - June

May 5, 1888
  Left the Army

(Selected for the Sun) The following appears in the ""St.John (Baptist) Meessenger and Visitor"". The initials are presumably those of Rev. F.D. DAVIDSON :--- The Salvation Army has met with some very heavy losses of late in the way of officers and not the least of these was Captain GREY. Miss GREY, as a school teacher, ranked amongst the best in the province, and was, therefore, eminently qualified to fill any position in the gift of the Army. She joined the Army in Truro; was a Lieutenant in Windsor and Halifax under Captains BANKS and TOTTEN, and was then promoted Captain and transferred to Newfoundland. After two years experience in the Army, she is fully convinced that its mode of doing the Lord's work is neither profitable nor in harmony with the Lord's Word. No sooner was she convinced of this, than she at once withdrew. Every effort was made and every inducement offered by the Army to get her back, but without avail. She was the last of the thirteen girls that left Truro with the Army to work for the Master, that upon getting fully acquainted with their practices, quietly withdrew. Strong evidence (is it not?) against the Army. Miss GREY was quietly married at her old home in November, to Charles E. De.WOLFE, judge of probate and revising barrister for the County of Hants. They are living in Windsor. Mrs. DeWOLFE has been fully reinstated with the Truro Baptist Church and in future will use her talents in the Lord's way and not man's. F.D.D.

Shipping News

The steamer ""Leopard"" was ready to leave St. John's for the North on Tuesday, but up to Wednesday evening, advices state that she was prevented from getting out of port owing to ice, which completely blocked the coast.


In the statement of the Dorcas Society, in last paper the amount received from the late concert was unintentiionally omitted. We are requested to say that the proceeds amounted to the handsome sum of £5 14s 3d, or $22.85.

Roaming Pigs

A public notice from our Stipendiary Magistrate appears in this paper cautioning persons against allowing pigs, &c., going at large, which law it is said will be strictly enforced. This is very desirable at all seasons of the year; and more especially now when the Spring has arrived, and persons wish to have their premises clean and free from such a nuisance.

Sealing and Loss of Ship

The schooner ""Mary"", James YOUNG, master, supplied by E. DUDER, Esq., returned from the ice fields on Saturday last, with about 100 harp seals. She brought some wreck gear of the schooner ""Pathfinder"", which sailed from Herring Neck to prosecute the seal fishery, and which was lost in White Bay. The ""Lily Jane"", Elias WARREN, master, from the same place, was also lost.


The list from the Dorcas Society, published last week, contained the name of ""Mrs. S. JENKINS"" as a recipient of favors. As the initial stands for various persons of that name, we have been asked to say that Mrs. Stephen JENKINS was the party intended and not Mrs. Subana JENKINS, as some may have imagined. This explanation is made in justice to those on whom suspicion may rest for having received such favors; for while it may be honorable on the part of any needed family to be thus assisted, it is not proper that those who do not receive articles of clothing should be charged with doing so.

Sealer's Wages

The crew of the Steamer ""Neptune"" made sixty-six dollars a man; the ""Aurora's"" forty-one dollars and eighty-seven cents; the ""Esquimaux's"", thirty-eight dollars and eleven cents; the ""Falcon's"" thirty dollars and eighty-seven cents - some of this vessel's men made thirty-three dollars and eleven cents; and the ""Nimrod's"" twenty-seven dollars. From these, sure are to be deducted prices of the men's personal outfits and outfitting charges, beside. What is then left of their bill is a ""suprise"" indeed -- anything, however, but an agreeable surprise to those chiefly interested. - Evening Telegram, April 18.


Miss Nellie McLEOD, aged 20, of Boston, died suddenly at this place, on the 27th ult., while dancing at an evening party. She was attired in a pretty dress.


At St. John's on the 8th ult., Ruth E. youngest daughter of James and Julia ALCOCK, of Leading Tickles, aged 38 years.


Vessels Insured in the Terra Nova Mutual Insurance Club, 1888


Vessels Insured in the Twillingate Mutual Insurance Club from 1st. May to 15th. Dec., 1888


May 12, 1888

Loss of Livestock

A valuable cow belonging to Mr. John YOUNG sr., South Side, lost its life one day last week by falling through the ice crossing Kye..'s Pond. The cow had only calved a few days before. Such a loss is serious for a poor man.


At St. John's on Easter Sunday morning, Harriet, aged 39 years, wife of Richard A. M'COUBREY, only daughter of Aaron and Amelia CROSSMAN. The deceased took an active part in Church and good works, and her death is regretted by a very large circle of friends and acquaintances. It can be truly said to know her was to respect and esteem her. ""She hath done what she could.""

School Inspections

From the report of Public Schools under church of England Boards, for year ending 31st December, 1887, we take the following reports of Schools inspected by the Rev W. PILOT, B.D., during his last visit to these parts: --- District of Twillingate. Durrell's Arm, -- Present 22 out of 34 registered. A fair school securing fair success in reading, writing, and arithmetic. Twillingate South, -- Teacher was absent, but school assembled by direction of the Chairman. Present 18 out of 39 registered. Six read well in 5th R., spelled and wrote well, but were deficient in arithmetic. Seven others read well in third R., and spelled well; five were just beginning to read. Back Harbor, -- Teacher absent here also, Chairman assembled the school and attended the examination. Ninety-one were registered. Those present, twenty eight, acquitted them - well. The reading, arithmetic and dictation were above the average, and geography and grammar were creditable. Twillingate, -- the Chairman expressed his willingness, upon my explaining the condition upon which the grant for higher Education was to be made, to secure a Teacher of First Grade in order to establish a Superior School here, and arrangements for that purpose now in progress, I hope to see brought to a satisfactory conclusion. Morton's Harbor, -- Present 26 out of 51 registered for the year. Considerable credit is due to the Teacher for the satisfactory manner in which she had conducted her school. Every subject had improved, and evidence was clear as to the good and industrious Teacher can accomplish in a short time.


Children's Missionary Meeting: [Transcriber's Note: This is a partial transcription of a letter to the Editor about the meeting.] The meeting was held in the South Side church in Twillingate, Rev. W. HARRIS. Chair occupied by Mr. John HILLYARD. Choir Leader Mr. John DAVIS. Organists Mrs. Andrew LINDFIELD and Miss Jessie HODDER. The collection was $15.60. Programme: Singing, Methodist Hymn Book (653). Prayer by Rev. W. HARRIS. Chairman's Address. Singing by the Choir, 323 Sankey's Hymn Book. Recitation, ""The two orphans,"" -- Phoebe VERGE. Dialogue, by four little girls. Address by Mr. Geo. ROBERTS. Singing by the Choir, Sankey's No. 275. Recitation, ""Africa's cry to Newfoundland"", -- Lewis GILLOTT, Dialogue, -- ""Christ's love for His people"" Part I. by six boys, Singing by children -- ""I know there's a crown,"" (S.S.B. 449). Recitation, ""The African woman's prayer"" -- Laura ASHBOURNE. Address by Mr. SCOTT. Singing, -- ""If you have a pleasant thought,"" (Dom. Hymnal.) Dialogue, --""Christ's love for his people,"" Part II. by six girls. Singing, -- ""Hark what mean these Holy voices,"" (S.S.B. 123) -- Choir. Recitation, ""Billy Rose"" -- Carrie MINTY. Address by Rev. G. BULLEN. Anthem, -- ""Father take my hand."" Dialogue, ""Bold for the right,"" by three boys. Address by Mr. John MINTY. Singing -- ""Marching on,"" (S.S.B. 420) Choir. Recitation, ""So much to do at home,"" -- Olivia VERGE. Address by Rev. W. HARRIS. Collection, meanwhile Choir singing ""Victory."" Doxology and Benediction. ""Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord."" Methodist.


If the principles of contentment are not within us, the height of station and worldly grandeur will as soon add a cubit to a man's stature, as to his daily happiness.


The ""Endurance"" arrived at Round Harbor with 650 seals.

Shipping News

The steamer ""Neptune"" is jammed in the ice six miles off Bryant's cove, bound to Tilt Cove.

Shipping News

From a message from Tilt Cove, yesterday we hear there is no ice in sight North of Horse Islands, but packed at Cape John and Partridge Point.


A notice appears in another column from the Manager of the Mine at Tilt Cove, informing the public that no men will be engaged there for the present.

Shipping News

The ""Leopard"" left St. John's on Tuesday, with mail &c., and was as far as Catalina yesterday. She left port and had to return in consequence of ice which entirely blocked the shore. She will be detained there until favorable winds set in, to clear the ice from the land. There appears to be a great blockade all along the coast, and it wil take a few days heavy, off winds, to clear it away.


One of our St. John's contemporaries estimates the Spring's catch of seals from Partidge Point to Cape Fogo at 150,000, but these figures are far greater than the actual total number that has been taken, which at the most, we may be safe in saying, will not exceed sixty or seventy thousand. It is a great pity that such misleading reports should be sent to the Press, which is frequently done, too, by parties who are in a position to know differently.

Loss of Ship

The new steamer ""Conscript"" which was intended for the Northern Coastal Service, left the Clyde on the 13th ult., for St. John's, and being two days out was caught in a heavy breeze of wind, sustaining serious injury, and had to put back to Dumbarton, Scotland, where she is now on dock. We understand it is the hull of the ship that is damaged, which appears to be of such a serious nature as to make it probable, according to latest advices, that the steamer will be condemned. If this is so, it is a very unfortunate affair for all concerned, and looks strange that a steamer which was intended for such a service as the ""Conscript"", should have been so frailly constructed.


May 19, 1888


NOTICE. No men will be engaged at Tilt Cove Mine for the present. HARVEY, Manager. Tilt Cove May 4, 1888.

House Fire

A tilt or studded house at Dildo occupied by two families, namely, Joseph HYNES and Josiah BOURDEN, was destroyed by fire on the 2nd inst. Everything belonging to the occupants was burnt, with the exception of two or three articles, so that the calamity rendered the families completely destitute. Whatever supply of provisions they had was also consumed by the flames. It was not possible for them to get out of the place until this week owing to the ice being about, and the families, fifteen in number, were taken in and supported by William EDWARDS for over two weeks, and as his stock of provisions was not very great, the keeping of these families for so long a time also left EDWARDS and his family without any food. In such a case, it is right that the poor man should be compensated for the drain that has been made upon his food supply, which for himself and family, would have been sufficient to tide him over the Spring independently. But on applying to the authorities here, he finds that nothing can be done, as power is not invested in them for dealing with such cases, and therefore application has to be made direct with the Government officials in St. John's, who require minute and explicit details (which is almost impossible to give by wire,) before the matter can be understood, and dealt with. We cannot see why power could not be invested in the Poor Commissioner here, to deal with extreme cases, such as the one referred to, particularly when immediate relief is needed. Our official knowing the exact circumstances, could be able to render the assistance required, and would not likely to cause any imposition on the government. Our outport officials are worthy of more confidence than the Government are inclined to repose in them, and in the event of accidents arising similar to the one mentioned, they should be empowered to deal with them according to their merits, which would save a great deal of inconvenience and annoyance to the parties concerned.

School Opening [Transcriber's Note: This is a partial transcription of the article]

Inauguration of the Arm School. The combined Arm and South side school, of which Miss Laura COLBOURN is Teacher, was inaugurated by a small Entertainment, on Thursday, May 17th. [……….] The children who took part in the affair were assisted in the musical portion by members of St.Andrew's choir. The following is the Programme: Opening Address. (By Chairman of the Board); A Social Song (By Choir); Recitation (By Emily RANDELL) ""Judge Not""; Dialogue ""What each would be"".; Song (By the little children) ""Here we stand""; Recitation (By Edward YOUNG) ""Wanted""; Reading (By Rev. A. PITTMAN); Song (By Choir) ""Star of the Twilight""; Dialogue ""The Letter""; Recitation (By Katie YOUNG) ""Puzzled""; Recitation (By Ellen HUDSON) ""Let's speak the best we can""; Song (By the children) ""We all love one another""; Dialogue ""The only true life""; Recitation (By John WHELLOR) ""Piccola""; Reading (By Rev. R. TEMPLE); Song (By Miss A. ASHBOURNE,) ""Annie Laurie""; Dialogue ""Fashionable Dissipation""; Recitation (By Barbara YOUNG) ""The brother's promise""; Recitation (By Jacob WHELLOR) ""Somebody's mother""; Song (By Choir) ""Murmuring shell""; Dialogue ""Too much for Aunt Matilda""; Recitation (By Lizzie HULL) ""A Psalm of Life""; Recitation (By Sarah LAMBERT) ""The girls we want""; Song (By Children) ""Do what you can""; Reading (By Rev. A. PITTMAN); Recitation (By Olivia VERGE) ""Curfew must not ring to-night""; Dialogue ""The Graduates""; Song (By Miss A. ASHBOURNE) ""Annie Lisle"" .....Harmonium was played by Miss LETHBRIDGE and lent to her for occasion by Mr.DAVIS, Master of the Methodist Arm School. ......


The two new steamers for the Coastal mail service, North and West, are still in Dumbarton.


Herring in fair quantities have been caught around here lately, when the ice would admit of putting out nets.

New Schooners

Three fine schooners have lately been launched at Morton's harbor, two by Mr. OSMOND and the other by Mr. FRENCH, which will be quite an acquisition to our marine fleet. Two of them will be leaving for St. John's as soon as the coast is clear.

The Ministry

Through a late number of Halifax ""Wesleyan"", we learn that Rev. Jeremiah EMBREE, President of the Newfoundland Methodist Conference, has been transferred to New Brunswick Conference. The transfer is to come into operation on the 18th of June next.

The Ministry

Among the passengers on S.S. ""Nova Scotian"" was Mr. John LEWIS, a brother of Rev. Henry LEWIS of Blackhead. Mr. LEWIS, who is a Welshman, has come to offer himself for the Methodist ministry in this colony.


The ice blockade has much hindered the bankers and foreign vessels in leaving the Southern ports. The few vessels from St. John's which have been on the banks this season, describe the weather as very rough.


Rev. Dr. MILLIGAN, Superintendent of Methodist schools, is now on a tour of inspection through Conception Bay, having visited Harbor Grace and Carbonear.


Ten young women, belonging to Harbor Grace and adjoining neighbourhood, have lately gone out to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Boston with offers of good situations. Newfoundland servants are in good request.


By Telegraph from Halifax - Date of event is May 17. The Newfoundland schooner ""Guide"" was wrecked last Wednesday off Fling Island; crew arrived at Sydney.


At 24A, Victoria Road, Cirencester, England, Mary Jane, the beloved wife of the Rev. Joseph LISTER, Wesleyan Minister, in her 34th year. Intered at Cirencester Cemetery.


June 2, 1888

Church Building

St.Peter's Church. Tenders will be received forthwith, for inside repairs to St.Peter's Church. 1. The one tender for altering the seats in the Body of the Church, and sundry other carpentry work. 2. The other tender for painting and graining the same. Plan and specifications of work required can be seen by enquiring of the Chairman of the Committee. All Tenders to be handed in not later than June 15th. and the Committee do not bind themselves to accept the lowest, or any tender unless satisfactory. ROBERT TEMPLE, (Chairman of the Committee.)


A couple of young harp seals were caught in this locality the early part of the week.

Retirement [Transcriber's Note: This is a partial transcription of the article.]

"Retirement of Mr. STONE." We are informed that Fogo loses the services to its school of Mr. Martin STONE, a well known and experienced helper…… who for many years has done good work and who now finds the infirmities of age too great to continue…. . It is to be regretted that no provision is made to meet cases such as this. ........ When a person spends the greater part of his life in such a cause ........ surely some the way of a retiring allowance ought to be provided;....... we strongly recommend his case to the favor of the Government, with the hope that ....... a yearly allowance will be granted him for the remainder of his life. We reprint the remarks of Rev. W. PILOT, B.D., Inspector of Church of England Schools, and are enabled to add to them a very pleasing letter received by Mr. STONE from the Bishop of Newfoundland................. (From the Church of England School Report for 1887) Fogo. Present 20 out of 35 registered. The school was up to its usual standard. The worthy Teacher, who for over thirty years has conducted this school with marked success in the early portion of them, has voluntarily resigned his position, feeling that his declining health and energies are unequal to what is now required of him. I could heartily wish that some provision could be made to enable him to pass the remainder of his life, free from anxiety to a means of support. W. PILOT, Inspector -

Shipping News

The ""Minnie Tobin"" arrived from St. John's on Thursday, being the first of the sailing fleet that has come here from the Capital this season.

Shipping News

The fine schooner built at Morton's Harbor, by Messrs. FRENCH and BAIRD the past winter, did splendid work on her first trip, having made the run from here to St. John's in about twenty-four hours. This is a good commencement, and we hope that success will attend her all through.

Shipping News

The steamer ""Leopard"", Capt. FIELD, which left St. John's on Saturday, arrived in port on Tuesday morning, having visited the usual intermediate ports of call with the exception of Herring Neck, which could not be entered owing to ice. Until arriving thus far the course was clear, and no unusual detention arose. The steamer succeeded in getting into our harbor, but before the freight was discharged, of which there was a considerable quantity, the ice tightened to the land and the ""Leopard"" had to remain in port all night. She left the next morning but when a few miles off, found it impossible to steam through the immense jam, and had to return to port until Thursday evening, the wind changing in the meantime, which slackened the ice and enabled the steamer to proceed further North. The trip this time extends to Griquet, if it can possibly be accomplished. Navigation has been closed so many months it is feared the people on that part of the coast are in destitute circumstances, as the supplies of provisions there last Fall are said not to have been very great; but the ice still lingers around, blocking the coast, and the prospect of getting so far North at present is very poor, although a few days favorable winds would make a vast difference, which it is sincerely hoped, Providence will ere long send us.

Drowning Accident

Little Bay. A sad accident happened on Indian Brook, Sunday, 13th. Two brothers names WHYATT, of Twillingate, were going up the river when their boat upset. Both men were thrown into the rapid stream. It is reported one brother, the elder, held John the younger until he could hold him no more, being at length compelled, he had reluctantly to let him go and saw him no more. The body has not yet (May 22nd) been found. He, the elder, managed somehow to get out of the stream, and wet and exhausted had to hunt for some men who had gone into the country; at length he found them, to his great deliverance and joy. John WHYATT who was drowned was quite young, being a little under twenty.


We are pleased to note the return per ""Leopard"" of J.B. TOBIN, Esq., J.P. who has been on the continent of Europe during the winter.


A very large funeral took place here May 13th. Miss Mary FOOTE, aged 16 years, daughter of Capt. FOOTE, after a few week's sickness, peacefully passed away. Great sympathy was manifested by all to the family so sorely bereaved. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. H. TURNER. The church was crowded.

Shooting Accident

Large numbers of snow birds visited all the little settlements during the late snow storm and hundreds were shot. One bad marksman at Little Ward's Harbor, missed his birds and put the load through Mr. MERCER's window as the old gentleman was having his tea, sitting back to the window. All the glass was broken and several shot entered the head of the frightened victim. The force of the shot, however, was not great and they simply lodged in the flesh. Most of them have been extracted, but the evening meal was spoiled, and the old gentleman, instead of his meal, was well peppered.


Mr. STRONG's large schooner, 86 tons, will be launched next week.


On Saturday, May 19, Mrs. SAUNDERS of Hall's Bay, wife of Adam SAUNDERS, died almost suddenly, leaving several children.

Drowning Accident

A painful accident occurred at Farmer's Arm on Wednesday. A little boy about three years old, in wandering alone, a short distance from his home, fell in a well and was drowned. The practice of having wells uncovered in localities where small children are, is very dangerous. The father of the poor little fellow, Mr. James BROMLEY, is away to the Bank Fishery.

Shipping News

The steamer ""Alaska"" bound to Little Bay Mines, put into port this morning owing to ice.


At Tizzard's Harbor, on the 26th of May, of diphtheria, James, aged 7 years, also Thomas, aged 4 years, children of Edward and Mary Ann CANTWELL.


June 9, 1888

Tea & Concert [Transcriber's Note: This is a partial transcription of a very long article. The event probably took place on Thursday, 7 June 1888 and concerns itself with an afternoon tea and evening concert.]

The Entertainment was in three parts and was as follows: Part I. Song -- ""Hours of Evening""; Recitations -- Mabel BLACKMORE ""The Day is past, Maud NEWMAN ""Let Me Rest""; Cecilia FOX ""Little Minnie""; Song -- Better Land""; Recitations -- Willie TEMPLE ""No one will see me""; Lilla SPENCER ""Life is a school""; Millie FORWARD ""For love's sake""; Song -- Star of peace""; Recitations -- Carrie TEMPLE ""The Singers""; Sarah MANUEL ""To labour is to pray""; Olivia CLARK ""The Norman baron's Christmas""; Song -- ""Birdie""; Recitations -- Bessie PURCHASE ""Rock me to sleep""; Fanny LUNNEN ""Time for all things""; Willis PURCHASE ""Keeping his word""; Part II. Song ""Around our coast""; Dialogue -- Thrift (two boys and two girls); Song -- ""Waiting for father""; Recitations -- Julia FREEMAN ""The Elf and Wren""; Mary FREEMAN ""Gee up""; Georgie PURCHASE ""A new bonnet""; Song -- ""The little man""; Recitations -- Agnes COOK ""I live to love""; Sarah LUNNEN ""Little Bessie""; Louisa ANSTY ""The Streamlet""; Song -- ""The old black cat""; Dialogue -- ""Turning over a new leaf"" (Five Girls); Song -- ""Spring Voices""; Recitations -- Sarah PATTEN ""Girls look up""; Matthew COOK ""Ye mariners of England""; Joseph SPENCER ""Forging the anchor""; Song -- ""Blue bells of Scotland"". Part III. (This is a play called King Fuzzlehead concerning the dogs, or, the Princess who slept a hundred years.) King Fuzzlehead (Archibald PEYTON); Queen Nellie (Louisa PEYTON); The Fairy Queen (Carrie TEMPLE); The Nurse (Agnes COOK); The Chamberlain (Willie NEWMAN); Captian of the King's Yacht (Arthur COLBOURNE); The Princess (Rosie PEYTON); The Princess' Dog, Griff (Willie TEMPLE); Prince Florio (Willis PURCHASE). Moral of the play: Onward ever Onward. Concert concluded with God Save the Queen. The result financially was an addition of twenty dollars to the School fund.

A Sad Story(Part 1)

On the 17th of this month (April) a man named William MORGAN, with his son, left his home in Lushe's Bight. Two days later he was brough back lifeless, and his son in a weak condition. We give the account in something like the lad's own words: -- ""We left home 'bout six o'clock in the morning, although it was snowing very much. Got on Flit Island and intended to go into Ward's Harbor but, as it cleared just a little then, we went off to Gull Rock and stayed about half an hour. After travelling to the Eastward for a while, turned towards Little Bay Island, and coming across some carcasses of seals, took six between us, father three and I three, he carrying his gun under his arm. The ice began to rift and we made for Gull Rock and landed the things about half an hour before night. We then made for the Stag Islands to stay all night. There were so many holes we had to crawl across some and go around others. About a mile from the island, father said he felt weak and cold and did not know whether he would go on or not. I gave him a little to eat out of the small bag we had. When within fifteen yards of the island, he fell in the water striking himself with the sharp point of the gaff.

A Sad Story(Part 2)

I hauled him out with the gaff although he was up to his neck in the water. About five yards further he fell in again and I helped him out again, but he could not walk, only crawl to the shore. He ate a little and said he was aftaid he would not reach any of the sealing houses on the island. He complained of being very weak and cold. It was snowing all the time. Several times he tried to rise with my help, but fell every time again. At last he crawled up over a little point and rolled down the other side to the ice where there was water. I lay alongside of him to keep him from falling in the water. He several times tried to rise, but although he kept talking, all I could understand beside my own name was: ""We shall sleep together."" I was in the one position, to keep him from falling in the water, for about an hour and a half. At last I was obliged to move a little and father rolled over into the water. I screamed and caught hold of the rope which was around father's shoulder. I could not haul him out, but kept his head and left arm out of the water. He groaned and then breathed his last. I took my rope off my shoulder and made fast to the rope round his shoulder, and, sticking the gaff into the ice, made fast. Stayed there some time, sure he was cold and dead, so I thought I would try and find some sealing house for shelter, being so cold and weak and wet. Crawled about, unable to walk and at last in some bushes stretched out and fell asleep. After a time I awoke and drank a little water and fell asleep again.

A Sad Story(Part 3)

Sought and found another sealing house. Here were bedclothes, food and stove, but the matches were damp so I could not get any fire. Night was coming on, took off my outside clothes and got into bed. Slept nearly all night. In the morning heard some one come in. John Thomas PADDICK looked into the berth and I told my tale. They got me tea and dry clothes, and eight men went and got father out of the water."" Such is the lad's tale. The writer saw the poor lad's knees, from which skin as well as clothes had been torn off in those dreadful days and nights. Happily he was rescued in time. The brave lad is only sixteen years old. The poor widow is left with eight children to support, this lad being the eldest. Whilst many in different parts of the Bay have been fortunate in getting seals, those about the vicinity of this sad accident have been glad to get carcasses to help their families. If any, more favoured, would wish to show any practical sympathy for this distressed widow, they may send it, addressed to Mrs. MORGAN, Lushe's Bight, or to Mr. David ROBERTS, Little Bay Island.

Shipping News

The English schooner ""Lilla"", Captain SPAIGHT arrived from Liverpool last evening with a cargo of British manufactured goods, to J.B. TOBIN, Esq.

Ship Raising

Mr. CONDON, with a number of men and apparatus for raising the ""Plover"" came here lately. They have been working at her nearly all the week, and the ship is now afloat. It is thought that in a few days she will be patched up sufficiently strong to enable the steamer to proceed to St. John's for further repairs.

Shipping News

The English schooner ""Galatea"", via St. John's arrived yesterday morning, to the firm of E. DUDER Esq., with general cargo, consisting of dry goods &c.

Shipping News

By Telegraph from Halifax. Date of event is June 2: The disabled steamer ""Sardinian"", with cargo, will be towed by ""Newfoundland"" to Montreal. By Telegraph from Halifax. Date of event is June 4: The project to tow the ""Sardanian"" to Montreal has been abandoned. She will be repaired here. The ""Newfoundland's"" crew are discharged.


Married. At Little Bay, on April 26th by the Rec. S. O'FLYNN, P.P., Mr. Patrick BURKE to Miss HAYES.


At Morton's Harbor, on May 31st, by Rev. J. HEYFIELD, Mr. Simon MANUEL of Exploits, to Mrs. BENNETT of Morton's Harbor.


FOOTE-- At Little Bay on May 9th, aged 16 years, Mary, beloved daughter of Giles and Sophia FOOTE.


On April 13th, at Three Arms, after a long and painful illness, Mrs. Solomon STRONG.

Ship News

Port of Twillingate. Entered: June 8 -- ""Galathea"", WILKINS, St. John's, general cargo -- E. DUDER / June 9 ""Lillia"", SPAIGHT, Liverpool, general cargo -- J.B. TOBIN.


June 16, 1888


During the last week or two quite a number of people have been here transacting business. Among them, we were pleased to see our old friend Mr. James PARSONS, of Lushe's Bight, whose health has been impaired all the winter, but who is now slightly improving.

Customs ship

The Revenue cruiser ""Rose"", Captain STEPHENSON, arrived in port last evening with the Collector of Custom for Labrador, F. BERTEAU Esq., who is accompained by his good lady. The ""Rose"" left St. John's on Thursday and is proceeding on her usual summer's route on the Labrador coast. We are indebted to Mr. BERTEAU for Wednesday's daily papers, extracts from which will be found elsewhere.

New Ships

We learn that the new coastal steamer ""Conscript"" left the Clyde, Scotland, for Newfoundland on Thursday morning last, and the ""Volunteer"" yesterday morning. Both these steamers, it is said, have been classed A.1 at Lloyd's for 12 years.


His Excellency the Governor in Council, has been pleased to appoint Mr. J. ANSTY, of Purcill's Harbor, to be a member of the Twillingate Methodist Board of Education, in the place of Mr. Isaac MOORES, deceased; Mr. H.B. SPENCE, Harbor Grace, to be an Inspector of Pickled Fish, and Messrs Chas. W. WARR, of Robert's Arm, Thomas HOWE, and George HAINES, of Goose Bay, to be Surveyors of Lumber. --- Royal Gazette.


The average amount made by the Horse Islanders with seals the past Spring is about £60 per man.

Shipping News

The English schooner ""Faith"" Capt. GEORGE, arrived from Poole, England, on Thursday, to Messrs. W. WATERMAN & Co., with a cargo of dry goods, &C.


The Colonist says: An ox hitched to a dray as a beast of burthen, is being used in St. John's for the first time. It is being used by Messrs. SUMMERS, (butcher) in hauling lumber. They are much used in Canada and the United States.


The steamer ""Leopard"" came into port on Sunday afternoon last, having several passengers on board for the other ports of call. She landed what freight she had for here, and after receiving on board the mails for other places North, she proceeded on her route, intending to go as far as Griquet, but this was impossible, and the steamer returned early yesterday morning, en route for St. John's. She got as far as Conche, the immense jam of ice still hanging around that part of the coast making it impossible for the ""Leopard"" to reach the end of her intended route. The provisions, &c., that were on board for Griquet were landed at Conche.


The Banking schooner ""Mary Ita"", Captain John H. WILLIAMS, arrived from the Banks on Tuesday last with 500 qtls. - Evening Telegram.


Caplin in abundance were schooling on the banks of British Harbor and Bonaventure Head, Trinity Bay, last Thursday and Friday. The latter place is the most renowned in that Bay as a resort of Caplin. - Evening Telegram.


Cheering news to-day from the ledges of Cape Spear and Small Point. The fishermen all took good fares, some with the jigger, others with herring-bait. It was the largest supply for the season of fresh cod for the table, and the rows in the cove markets rapidly disappeared in the hands of customers. The Black Head fishermen made some three dollars apiece. - Evening Telegram.

Loss of Schooner

Mr. James BAIRD received information last evening that his banking schooner, ""Samuel Wonson"", has been lost in Baccalieu Tickle, while returning to Heart's Content with a fare of fish from the Grand Bank. She is of fifty tons, and was insured last year for £360. - Evening Telegram.


In the Schoolhouse at Western Head, on the 12th June, by the Rev. J. HEYFIELD, Mr. Abel JONES to Miss Margaret CANNON, both of Western Head.

Ship News

Port of Twillingate. Cleared, June 13 -- ""Galathea"", WILKINS, Sydney, ballast -- E. DUDER. / Entered. June 14 -- ""Faith"", GEORGE, Poole, general cargo - W. WATERMAN & Co. / June 16 -- Fortune, DANIEL, Cadiz, salt -- W. WATERMAN & Co., / June 16 -- Isabella Wilson, ELKINS, Cadiz, salt -- E. DUDER.


F. BERTEAU, Notary Public And Commissioner of Writs of Attachments and Affidavits, will execute Process and other Ships Papers, Wills, Mortgages, Leases, Bills of Sale Indentures, Adjustment of Accounts and other documents on most reasonable terms. Office -- Front Harbor, Twillingate.


June 23, 1888

Ship Arrival

The ""Leopard"" coming North left Greenspond at half-past three yesterday afternoon.

Ship Accident

A new crew craft, about twenty tons, built for Mr. SCAMMEL, Rocky Bay, when on her way to Fogo on Monday, capsized off Fogo Head, not having ballast on board. Fortunately no life was lost. The ""Fleeta"" was despatched to her assistance and the craft was got into Fogo without sustaining any serious damage.

French Shore

Mr. CROCKER in his schooner, put into port last Sunday morning, bound to St. John's. He reports that the condition of the people on the French shore the past Spring has been wretched. Owing to the poverty that abounded, those who were well to do, and had large supplies of provisions last Fall, had been on allowance for some time. He thinks it was not impossible for the steamer to have got as far as Griquet last time.


Published by Authority. His excellency the Governor has been pleased to appoint Daniel GREENE, Esq., to be a Queen's Counsel of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland. His Excellency in Council, has also been pleased to appoint the Hon. A.J. GOODRIDGE, to be a Railway Commissioner, during the absence of the Hon. W.J. DONNELY. Secretary's Office, June 5th, 1888 -- Royal Gazette


It is reported that the prospect for hook and line men on the Cape Shore is very fair.

Item of Interest

It is computed that in a gallon sea water there are 1890 grains of salt, besides some magnesice, iodine and bromine.


Several craft have taken their departure the past week in search of fish, nearly all having gone Southabouts, to try their luck in that direction before leaving for the North.

Sheep & Dogs

The Royal Gazette on the 12 inst., contains proclamations under the Ship Preservation Act, prohibiting the deeping of dogs; -- (1) in Heart's Content, (2) in Hant's Harbor, Caplin Cove, &c., and (3) King's Cove, Kiels and other settlements in Bonavista Bay.


Caplin have been in for a week or more, but so far, fish have been scarce in and around this locality. The prospect for shoremen is not the most promising, as the caplin school is passing and no fish worth while being caught. Salmon have not been plentiful either this season.

Ship News

The steamer ""Leopard"" left St. John's on Thursday morning, and will probably be here in the course of the day. This will likely be the last trip on the coastal service that the steamer will make, as the new one is expected in St. John's shortly, and will be ready to commence her work forthwith.

Houses burn

A fire occurred at Little Bay nearly a fortnight since. We learn that twenty-eight houses were burnt and two or three lives lost. The fire broke out at the bottom of Little Bay, near the new line of road that has been opened towards Halls Bay, and is said to have been caused by burning ground. The houses were mostly small, but the loss must be very serious for the occupants and owners, some of whom lost nearly all they possesed.

Ship News

The ""Minnie Tobin"" returned from St. John's last Saturday, making the run in about twenty-four hours. The ""Bonny"" also arrived Sunday, having called at Fogo and made a similar quick passage. The ""Bonny"" belongs to Mr. John LINFIELD and is engaged this season in the coasting business, between St. John's and various ports in this bay. Mr. LINFIELD has a good knowledge of the coast which, together with an excellent schooner, should secure for him the confidence of parties who may have merchandize, &c., to forward to the Northward.

Ship News

The schooner ""Ocean Traveller"" owned by Messrs. WATERMAN & Co., arrived from White Bay last week, having been on a trading venture. She left here a few weeks before, three or four of which she was jammed in the ice. By her arrival we learn that two French vessels intend carrying on the Lobster business at Western and Southern Arms, White Bay. They have arrived there with a large number of men and boys and propose going into the business on an extensive scale. This is the first time, we believe, that this branch of fishery operations has been carried on by the French on that part of the coast.

Ship Recovery

The ""Plover"" was successfully floated by Mr. CONDON, and after a few days was reparied sufficiently to enable her to proceed to St. John's to go on dock. Mr. John BURTON one of the engineers last year, when the accident happened, and who nobly stood to his post, amid much danger, attended to the cleaning and fitting the machinery, &c., and took charge of that department going to St. John's. The ""Plover"" left here on Monday morning, Rev. Mr. and Mrs. HEYFIELD took passage by her. We don't know that the late owners are to be blamed altogether, but there appears to have been a great injustice on the part of some one, as that steamer might have been got up last Fall for a few hundred dollars, and taken her place as usual on the Northern route to the great convenience of the public.


June 30, 1888

Methodist Meeting [This is an abbreviated version of the article].

The annual meeting of the Bonavista District of the Newfoundland Methodist Conference was opened at 11am on Monday, June 11th, 1888 in the Bonavista Church. …….. The roll being called, the followign ministers answered to their names: R.W. FREEMAN, G.C. FRAZER, J.B. HEAL, Geo. PAINE, W.R. TRATT, W.T.D. DUNN, J. EMBREE and W. REX. The District preceeded to ballot for the election it its officers which resulted as follows: -- Rev. R.W. FREEMAN - District Secetary; Rev. W.T.D. DUNN, Journal Secretary; Rev. G.C. FRAZER was nominated Assistant District Secretary; Rev. J.B. HEAL was nominated Financial Secretary pro tem., (the Rev. James NURSE being absent); Rev. W. REX was nominated to take charge of Reports on state of the work; Rev. W.R. TRATT was nominated to take charge of the Examination of Probationers. ........ ...after the meeting... the Rev. G. BULLEN and J. EMBREE led in closing prayers.

New Steamer

The new coastal steamer ""Conscript"" arrived in St. John's on Saturday last, and we understand, that she will leave for the Northern ports on Thursday next.


The fishery in this neighbourhood has been bad up to date. In parts of Friday's Bay a little was done with hook and line, some days, but on the whole the prospect is gloomy, and all who possibly can, have either left, or are making preparations to leave, to try their luck by means of sailing craft. It is hoped that success will crown their hazardous undertakings.


The Evening Telegram of the 20th instant says: ""Messrs. Mun… & Co,'s steamer ""Iceland"" arrived at Sydney, C.B. this morning, from Grady, Labrador. She reports the coast free from ice as early as the 3rd instant, and the weather favouable for operations when she left. Twenty vessels belonging to the fishing fleet had arrived there and others were on the way. Neither fish nor salmon had yet made their appearance.

The Mails

A Post Office notice lately issued from the General Post Office, and which will be found in another column, warns the public that ""On and after 2nd day of July, all correspondence posted on board the coastal steamers, will require a late fee of one cent on letters, books or parcels, and half a cent each on newspapers, to be prepaid by stamp. Such mail matter if not paid willl be taxed double the amount of late fee, which must be paid before delivery.""

New Steamer

A new steamer was lately launched in Fogo for R. SCOTT, Esq., to be called ""Matilda"", in place of the ""Tibby"" lost last winter. She was sailed to St. John's to be fitted with machinery. In referring to her, the Telegram of the 20th inst., says:- ""Mr. SCOTT's new steam launch had her machinery placed on board in a remarkably short time, twenty hours, so correctly was the execution of the order for the apparatus adapted to the dimensions of the boat by Mr. James ANGEL, and to-day she went outside the headlands on a trial trip, exhibiting a good rate of speed on her way.'


In our columns today will be found a paper on the question of temperance, by the Governor of the Penitentialy, J.R. McCOWEN, Esq., which he read before the C.E.T.S. in the Cathedral Hall, St. John's, during the past winter. It is an able production and contains facts from personal observation of the disastrous consequence of intemperance. If the ranks of Temperance workers were more conspicuously dotted with the support and sympathy of men in such prominent positions, the sufferings of many of our fellow-creatures, who are reduced to absolute misery and want, owing to strong drink, would soon be ameliorated, by its banishment from our land.


The steamer ""Leopard"" came here on Saturday last, and after a short detention left for the other ports of call, going as far as Griquet. She returned en route for St. John's Thursday evening. Messrs. J.W. OWEN and W.J. SCOTT went passengers by her. The ""Leopard"" reports a good sign of fish on the coast the North side of ...[remainder of article missing].


At French Beach on the 23rd inst., Mr. Thomas BATH, aged 84 years.


Married. On the 25th inst., by the Rev. A. PITTMAN, Mr. John BURT to Miss Mary Jane POTTER, both of Samson's Island.


In the North Side Methodist Church, on the 23rd inst., by the Rev. W. HARRIS, Mr. John Lockyard CLARKE, Black Island, to Miss Phoebe CHALK of Scissors Bay.

New Schooner

There is at present lying at the wharf of Messrs. AYRE & Sons, a beautifully modelled schooner called the ""Anti Confederate"". She is owned by Mr. Josiah MANUEL of Exploits and was built at the latter place during last winter. She is intended for the Bank Fishery, is about 65 tons, and will compare favorably with Nova Scotian built vessels. Her spars are very fine being of pine, about 65 feet in length with scarcely a knot in them. They were cut twenty-six miles up the Exploits river. This schooner is a fair specimen of what can be accomplished in the way of shipbuilding in Newfoundland, and would, we feel confident, delight the eye of Captain CLEARY. The only thing in connection with her that seems out of place is her name. Friend Josiah ! You had better sub out the first two syllables. -- Evening Mercury June 14.


Contributed by George White (2003)
May 5, 1888 to May 19, 1888 Transcribed by George White (December 2002)
June 2, 1888 to June 30, 1888 Transcribed by Ron StCroix (December 2002)

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (January 2003)

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