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Twillingate Sun

September 1, 1888

Labrador Reports (Part 1)

The coastal steamer Conscript returned from Battle Harbor and intermediate ports on Tuesday evening, en route for St. John's, this being her third trip there this season. The latest reports by her do not differ very materially from those previously received, and give promise that the voyage will be at least an average one, so far as the intelligence goes though, hundreds of the fleet are not heard from, having gone beyond the furthest port that the mail steamer visits. We are indebted to Mr. FORD, who has just returned from a trip to Labrador, for the information which we now give of the fishery operations on the coast. Going down the shore he arrived at Hopedale on the 5th of August and was informed by the missionaries that the ice had only left there on the 1st of that month. A great many craft had been there, and the vicinity around, for upwards of a fortnight, waiting to proceed North to their accustomed fishing grounds, most of them belonging to Green Bay, In nearly every harbor between Hopedale and Cape Harrington there were very many craft, some had nothing, others from 50, 100 and 150 quintals. On the 6th, 7th and 8th of August most all these craft passed Paul's Island bound North, being a fortnight behind their usual fishing time. Several hundred of vessels went North during these three days.

Labrador Reports (Part 2)

From Aug. 4th to 7th these vessels also went North: Rose of Sharon, George CLARKE, 200 qtls; Blooming Queen, John PRIDE, 120 qtls; the J.S.O. Philip FREEMAN, 100 qtls; the Jewel, James HODDER, 200 qtls; and the Genestra, Wm. EVANS, 150 qtls. On the 7th and 8th of August, the following were at Queen's Lakes waiting for the fish to strike in: [Minito? hard to decipher] Pailip[exactly as spelled] YOUNG, 300 qtls; Loyalty, Geo. GAY, [??? Brothers] James YOUNG; Lily Dale, William SNOW; [Abib] John [MINTY]; [Ga??ill?] John ANSTEY, Proprietor [remainder indecipherable]. The Isabel, Thomas BURT, had 500 qtls of fish, and intended leaving for home about the 21st of August. On the 22nd, the Brilliant Star, John PADDICK, with 320 qtls was in Grady, on his way home, having got his fish at Holton; the Expariment[typed as it appears] Geo. DREW, with 300 qtls was also on his way home, having got his fish in the same place. The following report from Nain up is later than the above:- August 17, Nain and vicinity no fish. Spracklins Island, 5 or 6 vessels with from 60 to 100 qtls each. Cape Harrigan doing fairly. Hopedale - no craft here - fish scarce. August 18th, Winsor Harbor - boats 60 to 80; traps 250 to 500 qtls. Turnavik E. - boats 60 to 80; traps 100 to 250 qtls. Jack-boats 80 to 100; traps 200 to 300 qtls. Mannocks Island - boats 50 to 80; traps 100 to 170 qtls. Long Tickle - boats 80 to 130; traps 100 to 400 qtls.

Labrador Reports (Part 3)

Iron B. Island - 20 vessels here with from 50 to 150 quintals, doing very little. Rogers Harbor - traps 300 to 400 qtls. Adnavick - boats 80 to 120; traps 150 to 250 qtls. Ragged Islands - boats 100 to 130; traps 250 to 350 qtls. Jigger Tickle - boats 90 to 120; traps 250 to 400 qtls. Cape Harrison - boats 80 to 90; traps 300 to 500 qtls. Sloop Cove - boats 100 to 120; traps 300 to 400 qtls. Holton - boats 80 to 150; traps 300 to 500 qtls. Emily Harbor and vicinity - boats 80 to 140; traps 500 to 800 qtls. White Bear Island - boats 70 to 80; traps 150 to 200 qtls. Smoky - boats 70 to 100; traps 100 to 300 qtls. Indian Harbor - boats 30 to 70; traps 100 to 300 qtls. Edward Harbor - traps 100 to 250 qtls. August 20 Rigolet - Salmon poor. Independent - boats 30 to 50; traps 80 to 100 qtls. August 22. Cartwright - Salmon poor. Long Island - boats 30 to 40; traps 50 to 100 qtls. Grady - boats 10 to 40; traps 10 to 50 qtls. Indian Tickle - boats 30 to 40; traps 50 to 100 qtls. Domino - boats 40 to 60; traps 100 to 250 qtls. Black Tickle - boats 30 to 60; traps 100 to 200 qtls. Punch Bowl - boats 25 to 35; traps 20 to 50 qtls. Comfort Bight - boats 15 - 20; traps 20 to 30 qtls. From Comfort Bight to Battle Harbor there is no material increase. Very stormy weather is said to have been experienced on the coast this season, attended with heavy breezes and fog.


The s.s. Glendale, trading between Little Bay and Cape Breton this season, is a splendid boat. Registered tons 640; built in Sunderland in the year 1888, of solid steel and is fitted with all modern improvements. She has three engines. Triple expansion, diameter of cylinders 17 1/2, 29, 47. Length of stroke ; 33. Horse power 100 and steered by steam; she goes thirteen knots. the Glendale made her last voyage from Little Bay to Cape Britian and back in six days and seventeen hours, bringing no less than 1,250 tons of coal. - Communicated

Local and General

The coastal steamer Conscript reached here on Tuesday evening going South, having over fifty saloon passengers. The weather was exceedingly foggy when the steamer was entering port, which continued so during the night and she did not leave until towards morning.

Dog in The Well

It is said that a dog in the public well on Church Hill have been worried there on Thursday by boys throwing stones. If this is so, steps should be immediately taken to remove the nuisance and have the well renovated; and such mischievousness on the part of youth should not be passed silently by.

Schooner Lost

The schooner Rosalie, HOLLOWAY master, of Salvage, Bonavista Bay, and supplied by Messrs. GOODFELLOW, & Co., of St. John's, was lost at Spracklin's Island on the 7th of August. The night was very foggy and there was a heavy sea running, to which the disaster is attributed. the Rosalie had 160 qtls of fish when lost. Her crew were being conveyed to their homes by the last steamer.

Sunday School Picnic

The annual treat for the children of Morton's Harbor Methodist Sunday School was held yesterday. The weather was delightful and the festival was a success in every sense. It was honored with the presence of Rev. Dr. MILLIGAN, who arrived there per Conscript on his visitation tour to the Methodist day schools, and will be here to visit the schools on Monday and Tuesday next.

Laundry Stolen

On Wednesday night last, linen and other clothes, to the value of twelve dollars or more, belonging to Mrs. Thomas PEYTON, Back Harbor, were stolen from her premises. This is not the first or second time that similar thefts have been committed and very little effort appeared to be put forth with a view of bringing the guilty ones to punishment. It is to be regretted that in a community like this, there should exist such evil disposed persons, and no pains should be spared on the part of the authorities with a view of finding them out, and dealing with them as the utmost rigor of the law provides.


Passengers per steamer Conscript when calling here on Tuesday evening last: For St. John's - Battle Harbor - Revds WEARY and HOWE, Mr. W.B. WEST, Mrs. WEST, two children and servant, Miss WEST. Salmon River - Mr. Geo. HUTCHINGS, Mr. STEPHENSON, Masters WHITLEY. Lance-au-Loop - Mrs. WATSON and child, Dr. HOWLEY and Mr. ALLAN. St. Anthony - Mr. and Mrs. H. MOORSE. Nippers Harbor - Mr. RANDELL, Mr. S. KNIGHT. Little Bay - Rev. S. FLYNN, Mrs. LAMB, Messrs. Tilley MALONEY, BOGANE, SMYTHE, Miss BENSON, Cadet HOWES, Mr. SMART. Little Bay Island - Mr. and Mrs. CURTIS. Leading Tickles - Mr. and Mrs. HOLDEN, Miss HOLDEN and Miss ALCOCK. Exploits - Mrs. HOOPER and son, Mrs. PAYNE, Mrs. BEATON and Mr. J. MANUEL. Twillingate - Miss MCKAY and Mr. HOWELLS. Round Trip - Mr. TAYLOR from St. John's, Mr. GODDEN for Harbor Grace. Thirty five steerage passengers from various places. For Twillingate - Mr. FORD from Battle Harbor. Master EDGAR, PEYTON from Tilt Cove. Rev. A. PITTMAN from Little Bay. Rev. CHAMBERLAIN from Leading Tickles to Herring Neck.


September 8, 1888


At the parsonage, Trinity, on the 20th ult., the wife of Rev. Jas. LUMSDEN of a daughter.


At Little Bay, on the 22nd ult., the wife of Rev. H. ABRAHAM of a daughter.


At Gower Street Church, on the 30th ult,. By Rev. G. BOYD, Rev. Henry SCOTT, Highcomscliffe, England, to Nellie S. BONNELL, daughter of S. BONNELL, Esq., of North Sydney, C.B.


At Back Harbor, on the 4th inst., Mr. William SPENCER, aged 72 years.


On Sunday night, Susan, daughter of Naomi and Thomas PURCHASE, aged 10 months.


At Bonavista, On the 22nd ult., David CANDOW, late Stipendiary Magistrate, a native of Dunkeld, Scotland, aged 76 years.


At St. John's on the 1st inst., Mr. William Sheppard WHEALAN, a native of Blackhead, Conception Bay, aged 56 years. The deceased was for many years a resident of this city, where he was well known, being for the last 20 years an employee in one of our leading dry goods establishments.

Ship News

Port of Twillingate - Entered. Sept 6 - Willing, CLARK, St. John's, provisions - E. DUDER.

Local and General

The steam launch Fleta left for Dildo Thursday morning with a number of excursionists on board and returned the following night.

Shipping News

The schooner Flamingo, Jas. SEVIOUR, master, left for St. John's yesterday with a full cargo of produce from the firm of Wm. WATERMAN & Co. Miss PRIDE went passenger by her.


The respected Chairman of the Board of Works, Smith MCKAY, Esq., was passenger by the steamer on Wednesday last, being on a visit to his constituents in the bay. He expects to be here in two or three weeks to spend some time.

Shipping News

We learn that the S.S. Plover, Capt. MANUEL, will be on the Northern route during the remainder of the season, which will be a welcome boon to the trade and travellers, as what we want is more frequent communication with the capital.

Men Picked up

The. S. S. Eagle, Captain JACKMAN, arrived here from Sydney this morning. She brought in two castaways which she picked up off Cape Pine. They belong to a Placentia Banker and had been adrift in their dory for 24 hours. - Evening Mercury, Aug. 22.

Shipping News

The steamer Conscript called here on her way North Wednesday morning, having a considerable quantity of freight and a large number of passengers for different parts. The Editor of the Sun left by the steamer for a visit to the mining settlement, he will return by the same conveyance.


Examination of schools under Methodist Board in Twillingate Educational District took place during Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, of the present week. From the Rev. G. S. MILLIGAN, L.L.D., Superintendent of Methodist schools we learn that marked improvement was manifest, both in attendance and in general progress, in all the schools. this is a matter of thankfulness and cause of congratulation to all concerned.


By the arrival of John CLARK'S boat to Black Harbor, with 100 qtls taken at La Scie, we learn that good work has been done at Englee, Canada Bay, Mings, Coachman's Cove, and at Groas Islands, from the latter place several small Southern boats were returning well fished. One of Clark's crew, Samuel JEANS of Black Harbor has been disabled through a bad hand for over a month past.


We are sorry to note the death of an old and respected inhabitant of Back Harbor, Mr. William SPENCER, who passed away on Tuesday night after an illness of less than three days, although at the advanced age of 72. The deceased was comparatively vigorous and on Saturday last, was apparently in his usual good heath, but on Sunday he was seized with lock-jaw, which terminated in death on the second night following. He leaves many relatives and friends in whom we tender sympathy.


Passengers per steamer Conscript on leaving St. John's:, For Harbor Grace - Mrs. PARSONS, Misses TUCKER and BARNES. Bay de Verde - Mrs. NURSE and child, Miss HAYNES. Trinity - Messrs. D. RYAN, A.J. RYAN, S.C. WEBSTER and BREMMER. Catalina - Mr. T.W. CORMACK, and Mrs. TRAPNELL. Salvage - Mrs. BOWDEN. Greenspond - Miss HUTCHINS. Fogo - Rev. Mr. HOOPER and Mrs. HOOPER, Misses MABER and SCOTT. Twillingate - Rev. T.R. NURSE and Mrs. NURSE, Mrs. J. WHITEM and Miss ELSORY. Exploits - Mr. J. MANUEL . Little Bay Island - Mr. and Mrs. CURTIS. Little Bay - Messrs. J. HENDERSON and RIZZAGE. Nipper's Harbor - Mr. J. PERRY. Englee - Miss BUTT. St. Anthony - Mrs. TAYLOR. Messrs. ALDERHEAD and MOORE. J.P. THOMPSON, Miss K. HUGHES and Mrs. Geo. HODDER from Twillingate to Little Bay.


By the arrival from Queen's Lake, Labrador, on Thursday night, of the Schr. Manitoba, Philip YOUNG master, who has for 500 qtls. We are in receipt of the following news, which on the whole is very cheering, as some of the figures represent the catch up to about the 5th of Aug. Since then some of the craft have proceeded farther North to make up their voyage: - Liberty, Joseph YOUNG; Fawn, A. SPENCER, Mable, S. RIDEOUT, Sunbeam, W. MURCELL; X X X, U. OSMOND; Sovereign, T. ATKINS; all of which are reported loaded. Also the Rose of Sharon, G. CLARK, with 300 qtls.; Lilly Dale, W. SNOW, 200 qtls.; Musclliff, M. ELLIOTT, 200 qtls.; Endurance, John HACKETT, 250 qtls., Water Lilly, Joseph HACKETT, 250 qtls. We also note the following arrivals all loaded: BURT's craft in Main Tickle, TAYLORS of Morton's harbor and TAYLORS of Change Islands. Rueben BLACKMORE and Jacob MOORES are reported to be well fished. Ten or more of the foregoing craft are supplied by Messrs. WATERMAN & Co.

Banking Schooner

The banking schooner Aerolite, Thomas MORRISSY master, of Placentia, has arrived here to receive some repairs. This vessel reckons her catch at the present time to be 1,800 quintals, and she is likely to increase that figure by seven hundred quintals more, or to two thousand five hundred (2,500) quintals before the end of September, Captain MORRISSEY is one of the knowing ones who knows where to find codfish and how to take them when he finds them. It is not all luck by any means, which makes the successful Grand Bank skipper, but skill and science. - Evening Telegram.

Lost Fishermen

Yesterdays Telegram says that two fishermen named William RUSSEL of Harbor Grace and John SKANET of Colliers, C. B. were in Mr. PARSONS (the barrister's) office this morning obtaining the aid of that gentleman to have their supplying merchant furnish them with the means of joining their fishing vessel, the Mary Joseph, Captain Michael HARTIGAN, of Placentia. The two men had gone astray in a thick fog yesterday morning, but fortunately were picked up at 5 in afternoon by S. S. Eagle, Captain Arthur JACKMAN, bound hither from Cape Breton, and landed at eight o'clock this morning. They state that their vessel is a Western craft and fished all summer on the Grand Bank, with three dories, two men in each, the crew being seven all told. Latterly, one dory's crew finished up and left, but the other four men continued the voyage fishing with trawl lines on a local bank, twenty five miles off Cape St. Mary's. When the two missed their vessel yesterday, they heard the sound of a horn, and thinking it was their schooner's they rowed for it, and in a short time the hull of a steamer loomed up above them through the gloom and the mist. They were soon aboard, RUSSEL remarking to his companion as he did so, ""wherever this vessel was going, whether to England, Ireland or Scotland, we'll stick to her, for she's the means of saving our lives."" The sky had an ugly look, threatening to blow heavily, and this it did during the night. The men were without bread or water, and their boat leaked. She is now in port here, cobbled up with leather and other patches to keep her afloat. After being landed they saw Messrs. FOX, their supplier, and received from him a small amount to satisfy their wants. No accommodation will be afforded them at the Fisherman's Home, and the means of taking the train to Placentia to regain their vessel there - Harbour Grace Standard, Aug. 22.


September 15, 1888


At Bick Harbor, on the 1st inst., the wife of Mr. John PURCHASE, of a daughter.

Ship News

Port of Twillingate - Entered Sept. 15 - Lilla, SPAIGHT, St. John's, provisions - J.B. TOBIN. Cleared: - . Sept 10 - Pearl [LOWER?-cannot read] St. John's, 2,410 qtls. Shore fish - W. WATERMAN & Co.

From Little Bay

Capt. WHYTE, the manager, has gone to England for a few weeks, accompanied by Mrs. WHYTE, and son. A party of young gentlemen from Little Bay went on an excursion to Montreal - Messers. QUINBY, BLANFORD, DIEN and WHITE, - and returned per steamer Glendaleon the 8th inst. Rev. Mr. SIMPSON, Presbyterian, was visiting this place for a few weeks. The Ranger took about 400 tons of copper to Rowen, France, and it is reported that it will fetch about 100 per ton. For a long time past a good launch has been greatly needed in the Bay, on account of so many gentlemen visiting it and desiring safe and quick travelling. Mr. TAVENER obtained a good engine - English make - and has with great skill, fitted up a stout launch. Pleasure parties and business gentlemen are often hiring it, and it gives capital satisfaction. His charges are very moderate and he has conferred quite a boon on the place.


A lobster factory at Jackson's Cove and one at Harry's Harbor have been shut down now for some weeks, lobsters being scarce. The codfishery in the same neighbourhood Is still very poor.

Little Bay

The new find of copper at Little Bay is still looking well. Mr. BERTEAU is appointed cashier at the Savings Bank here. A cargo of cattle, &c. from Cape Breton, arrived at Little Bay last week and met with a ready sale.


We learn that Wm. WATERMAN Esq., of Poole, assisted by some local talent, will give an entertainment bearing on Temperance, in the Town Hall on Thursday evening next. Admission free; a collection at the close for a good cause.


The schooner Somerset which was away trading, arrived to Messers. WATERMAN and Co. on Tuesday morning last from England with a full load. She reports good work being done at Grois Isle; boats secured from two to three quintals per day, and there is every prospect of a good fall's catch should the weather prove favourable. Bait is scarce.


The following clipping is from a late Toronto paper received per last mail which will be of interest to his friends here:- ""Mr. Alfred WELLS, of Cumberland St., has just returned home from Aurora where he led one of Auror's young ladies (Miss Jennie KNOWLES) to the alter. They spent their honeymoon at Niagara Falls, South.""

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Northern Circuit is to open here on Friday next, the 21st inst., according to Proclamation, though possibly it may be a day sooner if there should not be a great deal of Court business to be transacted in the places previously to be visited. We understand that his Lordship Mr. Justice LITTLE, is to preside on the Northern Circuit this term.

Mining Accident

A serious accident occurred at Pelly's Island on the 7th inst.. A young lad named LOCKE, belonging to Little Bay Island, who was employed at the mining works there, missed his footing and fell back into a shaft, it is said over twenty feet, breaking his two arms, and dislocating the left elbow joint. He was taken to Little Bay where the professional services of Dr. JOSEPH, M.B.C.M. were procured, under whose skilful treatment the patient was doing well up to latest advice.

Bonavista News

From Bonavista we receive the following intelligence: - The firm of James RYAN, Esq., is erecting a large store which is 80 ft. long, 50 ft. wide and 30 ft. high which will be quite an elegant addition to the premises, already large. The schooner Challenge is now being loaded by the same firm, with codfish for Europe. Also the Bella Donna, with codfish, sailed from King's Cove on the 1st inst., for Lisbon, there to receive orders. During the last two weeks the brigantines Eugenia and Alaska have entered port both laden with flour, etc. Schooners Advance (RYAN's) and Cypress (DUDER's) arrived from the Banks last week, former with 150, the latter with 300 qtls., they report fish scarce. These crafts make two more trips. The Cypress has 800 qtls to date, Advance not quite so much. Rev. Mr. SIMPSON, Presbyterian, was visiting this place for a few weeks.


The Coastal steamer Conscript arrived here, bound South, on Wednesday afternoon, having the following passengers on board: From Bonne Esperance, Mrs. WHITLEY. Battle Harbor - Revs. Father BROWN and HAYDEN, Mrs. KEAN, Mrs. COSTIGAN, MESERS and MOORE, Masters AMITH and CAMPBELL, Griquet - Mr. BUTLER. Tilt Cove - Miss KELEGREW, Mrs. COUSINS. Nippers Harbor - Misses CUNNINGHAM and BOYLE, Mr and Mrs. PERRY and two children. Little Bay - Rev. J. SIMPSON, Mrs. WELSH, Mrs. ROGERS, Mr. HENDERSON, Miss TRILEY. Little Bay Island - Miss MURCELL. Leading Tickles - Mr. W. MARTIN. Exploits - Master PARKINS. Twillingate - Revs. Messers. HORNER and SMART and Miss WEARY. For Twillingate - Mrs. Geo. HOLDER, Mrs. ROBERTS, from Little Bay. Miss R. [STIRLING? -cannot decipher] from Leading Tickles. Miss ROSE, Exploits.

Arrivals from Labrador

Within the last week or ten days, the Labrador craft have been returning home, and with few exceptions, all from this locality have got back. The catches we regret to say have not been large, though scarcely one, so far has been altogether a blank. The craft from this Bay have not been so fortunate as usual. They were up the coast for some days waiting for the fish and finding that it did not make an appearance, the most of them left for the Northmost part of Labrador, and they missed the fish, whereas, if they had remained a few days longer up the shore, they might have secured good voyages, as the fish struck in and the craft that were there did very well. But this could not be foretold, and our men pursued the course they considered wisest under the circumstances. The Labrador voyage on the whole will be an average one, as many of the Southern craft are reported as having done pretty well, and the price will compensate in some measure for the limited catch. The following are the arrivals since last week:- Maggie, J. STUCKLES, Quintals 120, Crew 5. H.W.B., R. BLACKMORE, 250, 5. Five Brothers, R. YOUNG, 100, 8. J.M. Lacey, J. PHILIPS, 120, 5. Minnie Gray, W. MITCHARD, 160, 11. Mallard, W. ROBERTS, 337, 10. Six Brothers, J. YOUNG, 240, 13. Loyalty, George GUY, 167, 8. Liberty, Joseph YOUNG, 400, 7. Erebus, George VACHER, 230, 7. Muscliff, Matthew ELLIOTT, 350, 9. Sweepstake, S. YOUNG, 150, 7. Garnet, Charles YOUNG, 130, 6. Jewel, James HODER, 375, 10. Blooming Queen, J. PRIDE, 350, 9. Sunrise, Joseph CHINN, 200, 8. Brisk, J. LUTHER, 140, 6. Lucy, J. ANSTY, 150, 8. Betsy Purchase, J. PURCHASE, 250, 9. Fortuna, D. BLACKLER, 150, 8. Rovers Bride, J. RIDEOUT, 250, 9. British Queen, S. FOX, 200, 9. Lily Dale, W. SNOW (Arm), 200, 8. Bianca, A. EARLE, 300, 10. Volunteer, Elias DALLEY, 300, 9. The Royal Huntress arrived at Exploits with 760 qtls for ten men; and the Hero with 200 for five men, both craft belonging to J. MANUEL, Esq. Also the Harvest Home, John LANNON, with something over 200 for ten men.

Amateur vs. Pioneer (Cricket)

An interesting game of cricket was played at Little Bay on Sept 6th, between the two clubs above named. Annexed are the scores: Pioneer 1st Inning. J. CORBETT b. MCGRATH; T. DUNN, run out; P. DUMPHEY b MCGRATH; James FOLEY b DAVIS; J. C. THOMPSON not out; T. JOHNSTON b DAVIS, T. DENNEHEY b MCGRATH, c DRISCOLL; T HAYES run out; Wm. LIND b MCGRATH, c DRISCOLL; Wm. WALSH b MCGRATH. Amateur 1st Innings P. DRISCOLL b DUNN; H. RIDEOUT b DUMPHEY, c DUNN; J. ROGERS b DUNN; F. RIDEOUT run out; M. MCGRATH b DUNN, c DUNN; M. DAVIS b DUNN, c STEWARD; J. FOOTE b SUMPHEY, c DUNN; M. FOOTE not out; D. AUSTIN b DUMPHEY c THOMPSON; M. HAMILTON b DUMPHEY c DUNN. Pioneer 2nd Innings Thos. DUNN run out; J.C. THOMPSON b MCGRATH; P. DUMPHEY b MCGRATH c AUSTINS; J. CORBETT b DAVIS; T. DENNEHEY b DAVIS c RODGERS; J. FOLEY 1 bw; T. JOHNSTON b MCGRATH c AUSTINS; T HAYSE b DAVIS; Wm. WALSH not out; T. STEWARD b MCGRATH; Wm. LIND b MCGRATH. Amateur 2nd Innings M. LUSH b DUMPHEY c DUNN; J. FOOTE b DUMPHEY c DUNN; P. DRISCOLL 1 bw; J. RODGERS b DUMPHEY; M. MCGRATH b DUMPHEY c STEWARD; M. DAVIS run out; H. RIDEOUT b DUMPHEY c FOLEY; F. RIDEOUT b DUNN; M. FOOTE stumped out; D. AUSTIN b DUNN c THOMPSON; Mr. HAMILTON not out.


September 22, 1888

Local and General

The Rev. T. HEYGATE, curate of the Cathedral, St. John's, is in town and will preach in St. Peter's Church tomorrow evening at the usual time.


We are requested to announce that a meeting of the Patriotic Club will be held next Saturday evening, September 29th, when all members are desired to be present.


The coastal steamer Conscript arrived from St. John's on Monday night, having visited the intermediate ports. She makes her usual trip to Battle Harbor, and is expected back this evening or tomorrow, en route for St. John's

M.H.A. Visits

We are pleased to note the arrival of S. MCKAY Esq. Chairman of the Board of Works, who came here per Leopard from Little Bay having been visiting his constituents in that part of the district, and no doubt, many of his old friends have been pleased to see him.

Supreme Court

The steamer Leopard with the Supreme Court on Northern Circuit, arrived from Little Bay yesterday. The following are the attendance this term:- Hon. Mr Justice LITTLE, Sheriff BEMISTER, Mr. ADAMS, Clerk. Messers. A.C. HAYWARD, Geo. EMERSON, Wm. HORWOOD, J.D. BROWNING and J. BURKE, crier.

Sale of Work

We are requested to announce that the Sale of Work by the ladies of the Methodist congregation towards liquidating the debt on the North Side Church, will take place early in November. The ladies of the committee, who are as follows, would be thankful to receive contributions at an early date: - Mrs. FREEMAN, President; Miss Mary ROBERTS, Treasurer; Mrs. THOMPSON, Secretary; Mrs. A.J. PEARCE, Mrs. SAMWAYS; Mrs. Hannah MORES; Mrs. H. SHAVE; Mrs. J.W. ROBERTS; Mrs Albert SPENCER; Mrs. Samuel YOUNG; Mrs. Wm. HARBIN; Mrs. Geo. ROBERTS; Miss SCOTT; Miss Lavinia ROBERTS; Miss H. PRESTON; Miss Amelia ROBERTS; Miss Mary E. HODDER; Miss LACEY.


The steamer Plover in charge of her old commander, Captain MANUEL, paid us a visit on Monday morning, last, J.W. OWEN, Esq, who had been on a visit to the old country, coming passenger by her. The Plover left St. John's on Saturday evening, arriving at Fogo the next evening, remaining there until after midnight, when the freight for that port, was landed and she started for other ports going as far as Harbor [Round? - cannot decipher], returning on her way South Wednesday morning. The Plover is a very convenient - size boat, for entering our harbor, and as we understand, it is the intention of the owner to run her regularly on the Northern route. It is hoped that sufficient trade will offer, to enable the ship to make frequent trips during fall, which would prove of great convenience to the public.

Five Drowned

A most melancholy case of drowning occurred at Griquet on the 14th inst. A small craft, the masters name of which, was TAYLOR, belonging to Kelligrews, the crew (five) LEGREWS of Bauline, were at that place fishing. The five of crew, (brothers and cousins) left the craft, in a trap skiff, to go out and haul their herring net which was set near Battle Cove Rock. There was not much wind at the time, but a considerable sea, and in the locality where the net was, the breaking of the sea over the sunken rock was very uncertain. Sometimes it would not break for nearly half an hour, and at others in the course of a few minutes. While the unfortunate men were in the act of attending to the net, their boat was capsized by a sea, and the occupants recipitated into the water, when sad to relate, the whole five were drowned. The bodies of two were afterwards found tangled in the net, but the others could not be seen. Four of them were married, and leave wives and children behind them. It is seldom our lot to chronicle so sad a drowning disaster as this, while all were so closely related.


Passengers per last Conscript on leaving St. John's: - For Harbor Grace - Mrs. PINCOCK, Misses MCKAY and MULLALLEY. Old Perlican - Miss HICKMAN. Trinity - Mrs. C. JOY, Mr. C. GREENE. Salvage - Mr. and Mrs. J. MURPHY. Greenspond - Mr. S. OAKLEY, Mrs. H. REES. Exploits - Messrs. P. RICE and P. COLTON. Little Bay Island - Mr. and Mrs. James STRONG. Little Bay - Rev. Father FLYNN, messers. A.O. HAYWARD, G. EMERSON, W. HORWOOD, SMART and FLYNN and Miss QUINBY.


On Tuesday morning last, after a tedious illness, Joseph Stanley, only son of James and Priscilla NEWMAN, aged 18 years. He is not dead, but sleepeth.


On Monday night last, Mr. Thomas KNELL aged 31 years. His end was peace. The deceased was taken ill at Labrador, in the early part of August and died within a couple weeks of being brought home. He had not been two years married, and besides a wife and child, leaves a widowed mother to mourn.

Relict of a Red Indian

A very interesting discovery was made by Mr. J. TEMPLETON on the 14th inst., in the vicinity of Comfort Head. Curiosity had actuated him to make explorations in that direction, believing that remains of the Red Indian tribe, which formerly inhabited these parts, were to be found hereabouts, and on the date named, expectations were realised by the finding of a cave by the side of a hill, which contained the skeleton of what unmistakably proves to be one of the Beothic race to which we have referred. He was buried in the real Indian style, the body having been shrouded in birch rind, and the head wrapped in deer skin, before being laid to rest. It was the custom to deposit with the dead body, trinkets of various kinds, and with the skeleton Mr. TEMPLETON found a number of ornaments, three strings of beads, two feathers, two nails, two pieces of iron ore, the bottom of what appears to be a quiver, and several pieces of broken arrows, all of which is an interesting sight to us in these days of civilisation and enlightenment, and which would add much to the curiosities of a museum. The skeleton appears to be perfect in every respect with the exception of the feet, no traces of which were at all visible in the cave, leaving the doubt as to whether he had been possessed of them previous to death, though the lapse of a century of more since the body was first entombed, may have the effect of causing them to crumble to dust, so that it would be impossible to discern whether the feet had been there or not. Judging from the skeleton, the Indian seems to have been of a stalwart frame, and about eight feet in length. It is difficult to say how long the cave could boast of its occupant, but it is every way probable that it is more than one hundred years since the body was interred.

Local Steam Launch

Reference was made by a Little Bay writer in last week's paper, to a steam launch belonging to Mr. J. TAVERNER. We lately had the pleasure of making an excursion to the bottom of Little Bay - a distance of four or five miles - in this launch, in company with a party of gentlemen who were taking an afternoon's recreation, which was very much enjoyed by all, and we can speak from personal experience of the advantage of having such a means of travel, placed at the disposal of those who may, at any time feel disposed to avail of the boon, that has been placed within their reach. When once it is generally known that Mr. TAVERNER can so conveniently accommodate the travelling public, we imagine that he will be liberally patronised, which he deserves, in consideration of the expense which he has entailed in providing such a certain and speedy means of communication between the various settlements in that vicinity.


Our obituary column today contains the name of one whose demise at the early age of 18 years we very much lament. We refer to the death of Joseph Stanley NEWMAN, only son of Mr. James NEWMAN, who died on Tuesday morning last, after a protracted illness. When first the SUN was established, he became one of its staff, and continued in the office until failing health necessitated the abandonment of work, with the hope that a change might prove beneficial to its restoration. But alas, the germs of that fatal malady consumption, appeared to be smouldering in the system from a very early age, and as years advanced, it gave evidence of having undermined the constitution to such an extent as to baffle all the remedies propounded for the complaint, and finally the disease conquered. Although he had been a long time incapacitated, yet he had not been confined to his bed the whole of any day, and for a few days before expiring, he seemed to be much better than usual, and retired on Monday night in evident good spirits. but early in the morning, a change for the worse set in, and in a few minutes the spirit had taken its flight to that blest region of light, where suffering and death shall never more be known. Stanley was a most steady, attentive, active, industrious and trustworthy lad, and possessed qualities which made his disposition pleasant. He bore his illness with the utmost patience, and relying on Christ's Atonement for some time previously, he had no fear in death. We heartily sympathise with the family in the sore dispensation of God's Providence, through which they have been called to pass.

From Little Bay (Part 1)

On Sep. 18th, the Supreme Court commenced its session here with Judge LITTLE presiding. The Court Room is inconveniently small and quite unsuitable for the work. Before next year another building will be erected, giving plenty of room and convenience. It is a good thing to have a court session in a place. It impresses the people with the reality of authority, it brings wrong doings and their consequences face to face, it increases the suffering of the disobedient and wicked - even the rehearsal of their deeds before their neighbours, and has also an educational influence upon the community in things civil, moral and political. The address from the Judge to the grand jury was, and ever shall be, a most beneficial and powerful appeal to the gentlemen, spectators and residence. Those who listened to the words of Judge LITTLE on the 18th, must have enjoyed and felt what a good impulse was given to all that is good, by his kind and homely sentences. His Lordship highly complimented JAB. BLANDFORD, Esq., J.P., on the most excellent report which he had given him, he stated it was well worthy of publicity; and this report was the framework of the judge's speech.

From Little Bay (Part 2)

He congratulated the jury upon the freedom from bad conduct and crime. It being most marked here, as Little Bay was a mining locality in which many strangers and foreigners lived, and many young men without home influence and restraints. In fact there was but little to be done, and one case alone had a strong appearance of criminality and that in the department of dishonestly. The various new laws which had respect to the neighbourhood were read, explained, and commended to the people by his Lordship, and he congratulated the place upon its success and general prosperous appearance. Likewise, that Tilt Cove had been purchased by a new company for 80,000, and was likely to be worked most extensively. The remarks which Judge LITTLE made about the disastrous fire were scarcely covered, as he attributed it to a visitation of Divine Providence. It is generally thought that the fire was commenced by some thoughtless persons, and that therefore we can scarcely trace back to Providence what was the result of a thoughtless individual. However, the address will be long remembered and prized, Mr. HOWSON was elected foreman of the jury. The one criminal case was postponed owing to lack of witnesses, but for Mr. BENSON the cases would have been very few.

Wharf Upgrades

*The wharf at Little Bay is about to be lengthened and widened which is very necessary as the traffic is so rapidly increasing.

M.H.A. Visit

Smith MCKAY, Esq., has been visiting his constituents and making and promising various improvement in the town and this neighbourhood. He left by the ""Leopard"",

Meat Business in Little Bay

Messrs. BURGES & MILLAR have commenced a meat business on an extensive scale. They import live stock from Province as well as buy up local rearing. The butchers shop is in the Bight near the hotel.


Mr. David NORRIS of Three Arms is most dangerously ill.

From a Southern Correspondent

The Banking Schooners from this port, which up to the present have done moderately well, are beginning to show a little improvement in their fares. The Barbaroni, Captain DEAN, belonging to B.T.H. GOULD, Esq., brought in last week a fare equal to 750 qtls. dry. This is the finest trip for the season, with the exception of a Placentia schooner. The Argonaut, captain TUCKER, belonging to Messers. DUFF & BALMER, arrived about the same time with 400 qtls.


Herring are very plentiful here and at Harbor Grace. The fish which are remarkably large, and of good quality are little inferior to Labrador herring. Quantities of the peculiar bill fish have also been hauled. Such a sight has not been witnessed for many years. The fishery throughout Conception Bay as a whole is poor; though in some place the people have done fairly well.

Methodist Meeting

Several of the Methodist ministers of the Carbonear District, assembled at [Blackhead?-cannot decipher] on the 4th of September, for their Financial District Meeting. Rev. J. GOODISON, chairman, presided. A successful Sunday school convention was held at night. The June District Meeting will be held at Heart's Content.

Cricket Match

A general holiday was observed here and Harbor Grace on Thursday, August 30th the occasion being a cricket match between the ""Terra Nova,"" eleven of St. John's and a Conception Bay team. The match which was played on the beautiful ground at Carbonear was largely attended. It is needless to say the visitors won.


J.A. ROBINSON, Esq., the much esteemed principal of our Grammar School, and Mrs. ROBINSON, have lately returned from visiting friends in the old country. They made a quick run across in the Kestral captain Joseph TAYLOR, owned by J. Munn & Co., returning in the Allan boat.


Mrs. PEACH, wife of Rev. J.S. PEACH, who had been ill for some time, and latterly was quite blind, passed away very peacefully on Sunday morning last, the 18th, in the 66th year of her age. The aged couple had been united forty-four years. Mr. PEACH, notwithstanding his blindness, is comparatively active.

Roman Catholic Chapel

The Roman Catholic chapel here, which is beginning to show signs of decay, will be replaced by a more commodious and modern structure of brick and stone. Bishop POWER, it is expected, will lay the foundation stone in November. The building when completed will be the handsomest of its kind in the Island.

Labrador Fishery

Several Labrador craft arrived home during the week poorly fished.

Address to the Lord Bishop

[Long letter of congratulations not typed] signed Ed. BOTWOOD, Ep. Com; Edward COLLEY, Charlie CROWDY; A.W. HARVEY, Arthur C.F. WOOD; W.B. GRIEVE; W.V. WHITEWAY; Ambrose HEYGATE; J.S. WINTER; Robert Holland TAYLOR; G.T. RENDELL. St. John's, Nfld. Aug 30th, 1888


Contributed by George White (2002)
Sep 1, 1888 to Sep 22, 1888 Transcribed by Karen Galway (December 2002)

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (January 2003)

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