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Twillingate Sun
March - April

March 1, 1890


"Twillingate Road Board. The above Board hereby give public notice that they will not be answerable for the payment of any Order they have issued that are not strictly confined to the Articles mentioned in the Order, viz. -- Flour and Molasses. No alteration of the Order will be recognized by the Board. (Signed By Order) Samuel BAIRD, Chairman Road Board, Twillingate, February 24, 1890. "

Court Case

"Penalty For Breach of License Act. The hearing of the charge against Henry D. JOHNSON, for violating the License Act was concluded to day. The defence entered a denial, and called, as witnesses to sustain it, the defendant, Mrs. JOHNSON, Mrs. ELLARD and Hannah ELLARD. Judge PROWSE held that their evidence was overbourn by the two previous witnesses -- Sergeant DAWE and Kate KELLY -- and sentenced the accused to pay a fine of one hundred dollars, or in default, to six month's imprisonment under the following clause of the second section of the License Act: -- ""No intoxicating liquor shall hereafter be sold, unless by license, under a penalty for a first offence of not less than Twenty nor more than One Hundred Dollars, and in default of payment to imprisonment for any term not exceeding one month; and for a second or subsequent offence, imprisonment for not exceeding six months, with or without labor. -- Evening Telegram, Jan 27. "

French Treaty (Part 1)

"French Treaty Question. Letter from Admiral KENNEDY. He defends the colony's Fishery Rights. -- (Editor London Daily Mail) Sir, -- I perceive that this much-vexed question has turned up again, and I have read your leading article on the subject, as also the letter of ""Terra Nova"" in today's issue. The latter puts the case very clearly, and I agree with all he says except one sentence, viz,: ""But the large number of voters who have never seen England, and only know her war vessels as assisting their rivals in harassing them, and preventing the development of their mineral and forest wealth by occupying three-fourths of her coast-line, would not be slow in voting for annexation and freedom from interference by a foreign and alien flag."" This is hardly fair on us Naval Officers, who have striven for years past to do our duty, conscientious by our countrymen and also with due regard to the claims of the French. By the terms of the Treaty of Versailles (1883) French fishermen are allowed to enjoy the fishery assigned to them under the Treaty of Utrecht, but, unfortunately, the wording of the Treaty is so loose, that each Nation has put its own interpretation on it, the French claiming the exclusive right to the fishery, whilst the British Government maintain the right to be only a concurrent one."

French Treaty (Part 2)

" In 1856 Governor DARLIN concludes a letter in these words:-- ""Yet the political position of the Colony is such that a Foreign State, enjoys a right to a use of at least one-half of its line of coast, and avails itself of the right in such a manner, as effectually to close that portion of the coast, for all practical purposes against the people of the State, to which the soil of the Colony belongs."" By the wording of the Treaties, British fishermen have the right to fish concurrently with the ""French"", provided that they do not interfere with them, but therein lies the difficulty. How is it possible for two people to fish in the same water without one being able to claim, however unjustly, that the other is interfering with him? It is idle to talk about interfering as the law now stands. The fact is, the letter of the Treaty in enforced, whilst the spirit of it is ignored, and the collisions must occur between the fishermen of the two Nations while such an anomalous state of affairs is permitted. The truth is, the wretched Newfoundlanders are slaves, and half starved once they are ba...ed by foreigners, and forbidden to catch the fish with which God has provided them an abundance. Even the Naval Officers, who are sent to protect them, are unable to help them, and yet they are told they are British subjects! It is an idle mockery. "

French Treaty (Part 3)

"The treaties are absolute and do not apply to present circumstances, and they ought to be abolished or replaced by others suitable to the times. I feel very strongly on this subject and write with some knowledge of it, having commanded the squadron for the protection of the fisheries form 1879 to 1882, and I wrote a good deal about it in ""Sport and Adventures in Newfoundland,"" published 1885 -- in fact, I have quoted largely from the book. I am not surprised at the Newfoundlanders talking about annexation to the United States; the fact is, they have been shamefully neglected. There have been many attempts at negotiation, but they have come to nothing and never will. There is only one thing to be done, and that is to convey to the French that Newfoundland belongs to us and that we will not permit its resources to be paralyzed and its inhabitants ground down and prevented from earning their living in their own Country. The reason this has not been done long ago is that we are afraid of hurting the susceptibilities of the French. I should like to know what they would do if the position were reversed and the Island belonged to them. Why, we should be bundled out, and we would go without fighting, as they would. If the Germans or Americans owned the Island, they would not have been so thin-skinned. They would have had ""Newfoundland for the Newfoundlanders"" long before this. I have the honor to be, Sir, your obedient servant, W.R. KENNEDY, Rear-Admiral. London, Christmas Day. "

The Mails

The mail coming North left Gambo Thursday morning and is expected to arrive here on Monday. The mail from the Bay arrived on Wednesday. The couriers report old seals numerous along that shore on Friday and Saturday last.


The members of the Road Board are requested to attend a meeting to-night at the office of the Chairman when business of importance will be discussed.


"Extracts From a Private Letter from Rev. W.T.D. DUNN. By the time you get this I expect your stock of patience will have been run out. Don't be too hard on us, it is more our misfortune than our fault that we have not written oftener. We are in a growing place and improvement is the order of the day. We have now a Doctor residing among us, and there is on foot a movement to secure the calling of the mail steamer and the establishment of a Post Office at this place the coming season. We will then be able to give our friends more satisfaction in the way of correspondence. Our first overland mail is due to-day, but has not come yet. All being well, we start our Missionary meetings on Monday 3rd inst., at Greenspond and thence down the shore as far as Musgrave Harbor. We will have seven or eight meetings altogether and about eighty miles travelling. Hope it will be a little milder than we have had so far this winter, though to-day it has been raining and is very soft. Many people have the fashionable complaint. Our Bazaar was a grand success. We thought if we raised $200 we would do well, but we totalled $550. That will paint the Church in first class style, and buy two handsome chandeliers. The contract with the painter is made. He starts work in May. The same ...... did our church at Newtown and it is grand. Give our kind regards to all."

Celebration (Part 1)

"Love, Parity, Fidelity." As usual Shrove Tuesday was again selected for the celebrations of the Anniversary of the North Star Division No. 15, Sons of Temperance and also the Crystal Stream No 1. Band of Hope. At 1.30 the Division with the Band of Hope proceeded in procession to St. Peter's Church to attend Divine Service where an excellent discourse was given by the Rev. R. TEMPLE from the words: ""Against such there is no law."" -- Galations v. 23. At the close the procession moved back to the Hall where the ladies were preparing a good tea for them. After all had got their fill of the good things, the hall was cleared for the evening's entertainment. The meeting was opened in the presence of a large audience at 7 o'clock, by singing and Prayer after which Bro. C. WHITE, W.P., was introduced to the chair and in an appropriate address showed the object of the meeting. The programme which is appended was then gone through, and it will suffice to say that the different speakers, reciters, and those who sang and took part in dialogues did their parts well and that a most enjoyable and profitable evening was spent. Sister Henrietta PRESTON presided most efficiently at the organ. "

Celebration (Part 2)

"The choir under her direction, gave excellent singing which added greatly to the interest. The following is the programme: Chorus ""Once Again We Meet"" - Choir. Prayer - Chaplain. Address - Chairman. Chorus ""Hear the Order"" - Choir. Recitation ""Blushing rose"" - Frank CURTIS. Recitation ""My Position"" - Stephen LOVERIDGE. Solo - Miss S. PURCHASE. Dialogue ""Little By Little"". Address - Rev. H. WHITMORE. Duet - Sisters M.A. ROBERTS and F. CURTIS. Recitation ""Poor Ned"" - A. COLBOURNE. Dialogue ""Change of Fortune"". Address - Rev. R.W. FREEMAN. Trio ""Social Glass"" - Misses J. CURTIS, M.A. ROBERTS, and S. PURCHASE. Recitation ""The Barrel"" - Harriet ROBERTS. Dialogue ""Father Come Home."" Recitation - Minnie BARNES. Address - Rev. Bro. J.K. KELLY. Chorus and Solo ""Crouching Neath, etc., - Miss J. CURTIS and Choir. Recitation ""Drunkard's Death Bed"" - Katie BAIRD. Recitation Drunkard's Habitation"" - Jacob WHEELOR. Dialogue ""Have A Shine Sah"". Address - Rev. REX. Chorus ""Oh The Crystal Spring"" - Choir. Recitation ""How My Boy Went Down"" - Lydia NEWMAN. Recitation ""Save The Drunkard"" - Lucinda PRESTON. Dialogue ""Doctor By Proxy"". Chorus ""A Better, etc.,"" - Choir. National Anthem. "

By Telegraph (Part 1)

"Special to The Sun. St. John's, Feb 21. Masonic Fraternity attended divine service at the Cathedral Friday night, when the Rev. John ROUSE preached an eloquent Sermon on behalf of the Tasker educational fund. The sacred edifice was crowded and the collection amounted to one hundred and fifty four dollars. / The ""Conscript"" arrived from Halifax on Saturday and went to Trinity and Catalina with freight. She sailed for Halifax Tuesday night. / The Northern mail was despatched Tuesday. / Mail from the North arrived Wednesday being first from mining districts. / A new Board of Health has been appointed for this city, Judge PROWSE Chairman. / The body of a man subsequently known to be James WOODFORD, aged sixty years, was found on the landwash at Lance Cove last week. The body was unmasked and his face disfigured beyond recognition. The Jury concluded that the diseased was drowned while crossing the ice. / Snow storm last night, wind North-East. "

By Telegraph (Part 1)

"Special to The Sun. St. John's Feb 28. Funeral of the late Rev. John GOODISON took place on Monday afternoon, being the largest ever witnessed at Carbonear. A special train left there taking the city Ministers and a number of other friends. Seventeen Ministers attended, also the Masonic body of Conception Bay, the Church was crowded, many unable to get in. After the lessons, short tributes were paid to the memory of the departed by Revs. James DOVE, MILLIGAN, BOND and BOYD. The deceased was greatly beloved by all classes. / The Norwegian fishery up to February twenty fourth was nine million against three million five hundred thousand, corresponding date last year. / Charges of selling Garden Beer was lately tried before Judge PROWSE. Evidence by Professor HALLOWAY showed that the beer contained intoxicating properties. The Judge fined each party twenty dollars. / Dundee sealing steamers arrived. / Large audience greeted Rev. Dr. RYAN in the Athenaeum on Monday evening, when he delivered an excellent lecture on the City of the Lily, giving exposition of the History of Florentine Republic which was most interesting. "


"At Tilt Cove on December 17th., 1889, Frederick Freebairn infant son of Ephraim and Jane WATKINS, aged 5 months. ""Without spot before the Throne of God.""" "


March 8, 1890

Death of Mrs. COOK.

"The painful information contained in the following paragraph was received last mail and is likely to be read with regret by many, who may have been acquainted with Mrs. COOK. She was a native of Back Harbour and third daughter of John and Martha PITMAN, and was resident here for almost forty seven years. She was deeply convinced of her need of Salvation at a very early age (18) under a sever affliction, and at that time earnestly sought and obtained freedom from sin. She also became a member of the Methodist Church as soon as she saw her need of serving the Lord, and continued to be an ornament to it until the day of her death. Her regard for the means of grace, especially class meeting, was lasting; and she thought in difficult for anyone to keep up the life of piety without them. She was truly a good wife, and affectionate mother, a kind and benevolent neighbour, a sincere and devoted Christian. She appeared to be conscious at the commandment of her last affliction, that it would terminate in death; but was submissive, patient and truly resigned to the Will of God. Here confidence was generally strong, and her presence of glory was urgent ........ for several days unsure .... dath, her union with Christ seemed uninterrupted, she conversed with much composure of mind, and even with pleasure upon her dissolution. She died January 10 after three months illness, aged 48 years. Her funeral was attended by a large congregation mostly Newfoundlanders. She leaves a husband and seven children to mourn her loss. Buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, (Toronto) ""Peace in Jesus, blessed promise, Covenant word of changeless love; Sealed in blood and daily witnessed, By Thy gr... eternal Dove."""

BONUYN Speaks.

"The Newfoundland Colonization and Mining Company. The following appears in a late Canadian paper: -- ""Advices from Newfoundland say that a big scheme for the colonization of the colony is now under way. In the charter granted to the Anglo-American Telegraph Company in 1854, 10 square miles of land were granted to them to be selected by them from any unappropriated Crown lands. More than twenty years elapsed before the company completed its selections. Their grants are widely separated. Some of the grants contain coal beds, some minerals and some are adapted for agriculture. The Company, however, has not attempted to turn these lands to account, and lately these lands covering 64,000 acres, have come into the possession of an English company organized in London, under the title of ""The Newfoundland Colonization and Mining Company."" The directorate includes Lord THURLOW, who is Chairman, several English capitalists, and Hon. Alexander MacKAY, a member of the Newfoundland Government. The company proposes to send colonists to the lands, to work the mines, and carry on lumbering and other industries. It will hold out strong inducements to emigrants from Europe to lease or purchase farms. It is expected that a big stream of emigration will be pushed into the Colony. W.W. BONUYN, an English engineer, says: ""There is no doubt that Newfoundland has been neglected and much abused, but facts are facts. The Island might support many thousands of contented, prosperous and loyal people, half of whom might be farmers; but faith in the future and energy in the present must go hand in hand."" -- Evening Telegram. "

"A shower Of Blood."

"A Remarkable Phenomena Off The Newfoundland Banks. Baltimore, Feb. 6 -- Capt. TRENNERY of the ill fated steamer Queensmore, of Johnson line, which was burned in the Irish Channel, and afterwards beached while completing her first round trip, has arrived in command of the New Queensmore, and was given a warm reception by a large circle of friends. Captain TRENNERY reports: ""Off the Newfoundland Banks a phenomenon was witnessed, it being nothing more or less than a rain of blood apparently, and covered the decks, bridge, masts, stacks, coats and every exposed part. When it came down it was of a dark rich color like human blood, but soon dried up and assumed the color of .... rust. All hands was badly scared, and feared that a serious accident would happen. Capt. I..... of the Rossmore, also witnessed the same remarkable sight. No one can account for it. It was blowing very hard at the time."" -- Evening Telegram. "

The Mails

The mail coming North left Shoal Harbor this morning. The mail for Fogo and intermediate places will close at the Post Office Monday evening at 6 p.m.


"On Sunday afternoon last, the Loyal Orange Association attended Diving service at St. Andrew's Church, when they were favored with an excellent discourse by the Rev. R. TEMPLE, R.D."

A Newfoundland Dog.

"A big Newfoundland dog recently saved six lives in Allegheny City. About one o'clock in the morning the dog awoke his master, Mr. F.D. KING by loud barking. Repeated efforts to quiet the brute failed and looking out of the window, KING discovered that the BOYLE building was in flames. He called assistance and succeeded in rescuing from the burning building, the members of three families. -- Scientific American. "


"Effects of Cold on the Movements of the Cod. The present winter is an unusually cold one, and there is also an immense quantity of ice all around our coast; the probability, therefore, is that we shall have a late and cold Spring, such as we had in 1873 and unusually good fishery, the fishery of that year being the largest on record. We caught 1,700,000 quintals; the French caught 600,00. The livers of the fish, in may cases, were very poor, and the fish watery. (H.Y. HIND reports these facts in Part II of Fishery Companion.) The causes of the fish being driven into the land was in all probability the extreme cold and the extraordinary quantity of floating ice. The effect of cold on fish movements has been scientifically proved both in Norway and the North Sea. -- Daily Colonist."


"The death of two centenarians are reported in late St. John's papers. The first, says the Daily Colonist of the 17th February, is John ASHLEY who died Saturday last, having attained the advanced age of one hundred and six years. The deceased was a native of London, England, but has been a resident of Newfoundland for over seventy six years. He was in full possession of his senses up to the time of his death, and spent only one day in bed before he died. Up to four years ago the deceased attended Mass in St. Patrick's every morning, and in October eighty-eight, he attended as a witness in a case at the court house. The deceased leaves ten children, upwards of forty grand-children and a number of great grandchildren to mourn him. "


"The second was Mrs. Lawrence MURPHY, says the Evening Herald, who died yesterday at the age of 100 years and three months, after being bedridden for several months up to which time, however, she was an active woman. She was the mother of twenty-four children, four of whom, and one hundred grand-children and great-grand-children, survive her. She and her sister, a Mrs. MOORE, had forty-nine children. One of the daughters of Mrs. MOORE is the wife of Rev. J. KINGWELL of Harbor Buffett."

Brick Making

"This industry, which we .. Can be profitably engaged in and which we have before strongly advocated, is to receive from impetus in Trinity Bay the coming spring. A new company - the (Crambrook ?) Brick Co., are now making preparations to commence operations. A late number of the Trinity Record says: -- We are pleased to note the ...vent of progress of any industry in or around us, which may be calculated to afford increased employment to our people, the bulk of whom unfortunately are for a part of every year living in enforced idleness. Hence we are pleased to know that a company was recently formed for the manufacture of brick at Elliott's Cove, Random, where clay suitable for the purpose abounds, - samples of which have been sent to New York and tests were proven to be of a superior quality. At the present time a number of men are engaged in erecting the necessary buildings at Elliott's Cove, and quite a scene of activity prevails there, to the great benefit of those so engaged. The necessary machinery has been ordered and will be landed at that place in the Spring, when the manufacture of brick will be actively and somewhat extensively carried on .. Company hoping to turn out two million of brick next season. We wish the company - which will be known as the (Crombrook ?) Brick co. - abundant success. "

By Telegraph

"(Special to the Sun) Greenspond, March 3. Wind E.E. light, dense fog. Heavy Sea, Bay and Harbor clear. Fogo, March 8. Wind W.N.W. stormy, cloudy, Bay clear; reported a few harp seals seen at little Fogo yesterday. Greenspond, March, 8. Wind W.N.W. strong, fine no ice visible. The ""Vanguard"", ""Greenland"" and ""Terra Nova' arrived Thursday. There are eleven steamers to leave this neighborhood on Monday morning. No difficulty. St. John's, March 7. ""Conscript"" arrived from Halifax on Sunday evening, bringing mails taken to England some time ago by ""Caspian,""; she passed through heavy ice crossing the mouth of the Gulf and saw large numbers of old seals. Steamers ""Nimrod"" and ""Panther"" sailed for the Gulf seal fishery yesterday and will clear from Channel. Weather mild, snow rapidly disappearing. Northern mail arrived yesterday. House of Assembly opened at two o'clock yesterday by commission from the Governor, to elect a Speaker, when Mr. EMERSON was unanimously elected. The opening speech was delivered by His Excellency the Governor at two o'clock today in the House of Assembly. The motion for committee for address in reply to His Excellency's speech was moved by Mr. WEBBER and seconded by Mr. F. MORRIS. A lively scene took place in the House of Assembly this evening when MORRISON refused to take the Oath of Allegiance before occupying his seat in the House, and was ordered by the Speaker to withdraw, which he reluctantly did. MORINE declined to abide by the Speakers decision respecting the rules of the House, and was given in charge of the Sergeant-at-Arms who with aid from the Police, had MORINE removed from precincts of the House. Motion for select committee was ably moved and seconded by WEBBER and MORRIS and were highly complemented by GREEN and MURRAY, who spoke at length on topics which the speech contained. Other members also spoke, and after several notices of motion had been given, the House adjourned until Tuesday."


"A CARD. S. BAIRD, Notary Public, Commissioner Supreme Court, &c. Residence, Shoal Tickle Point, N. "

Public Notice

"Notice is Hereby Given, that the Law of 1888, abolishing the use of Cod Traps in this Island and its Dependencies, comes into operation on the Ninth Day of May Next, from which date the use of Cod Traps will be illegal, and any person using them will be subject to a penalty of Five Hundred Dollars. M. FENELON, Colonial Secretary, Secretary's Office, Nov 26, 1889" "


March 15, 1890

Hotel Fire

"The Hotel Glover Totally Destroyed By Fire." Hotel Glover, Topsail, was burnt to the ground at six o'clock this morning. How the fire originated is not yet known. It was a large edifice, much more so than the largest private dwelling in town, and a fire once under way in it, could not possibly be checked by the appliances at the disposal of the villagers. Heroic efforts were made to prevent the flames spreading to the Methodist Parsonage in which the people were successful. Conspicuous amongst these who rendered good service in this respect was the Rev. Mr. COLLEY. A telegraph message from Mr. N. McDONALD, the proprietor of the hotel, states ""Hotel burnt down this morning at six o'clock saved nothing only escaped."" The following amounts of insurance are placed on the property In the Northern Insurance Company, N. MacDONALD on furniture, $1,200, on new wing, $600, total -- $4,800 in the General Insurance Company, N. McDONALD on stock $800 total on entire premises, $5,400 (fifty four hundred dollars) -- Evening Telegram. "


The mail coming North arrived at Gambo on Tuesday evening and is expected to arrive here this evening or Monday morning.


"The Rev. P.G. SNOW, Incumbent of Exploits Mission, will preach at St. Peter's Church tomorrow morning and at St. Andrew's in the evening. "

Road Board

"His Excellency the governor in Council has been pleased to appoint Messrs. Samuel BAIRD, Andrew ROBERTS, Francis ROBERTS, Elias PEYTON, John PURCHASE, John ELLIOTT, Matthias Hayward, John MINTY, John ROBERTS, Archibald ROBERTS, Silas BURT and William YOUNG to be a Road Board for Twillingate Messrs. Nathanial CHAFE, Walter B. JENNINGS, Abraham KNIGHT, Simon RIDEOUTt, Charles BRITTt, Joseph TAYLOR, Andrew RUSSELL to be a road Board for Moreton's Harbor; Messrs. Robert BOYD, Edward CANTWELL, John SMALL, John LOCKto be a Road Board for Tizzard's Harbor; Messrs. Solomon COLBOURNE, Esau BLANDFORD, Joseph STUCKEY, Francis MILES, Timothy GRIMES and John CARD, to be a Road Board for Herring Neck. "

Meeting Friday's Bay

"Methodist Missionsary Meeting at Fridays Bay. A missionary meeting was held at Friday's Bay on Wednesday March 5, in the Methodist School house, which is a model for neatness, comfort and convenience, and where Miss MINTY is doing good service in ""teaching the young idea how to shoot"". In spite of the weather being somewhat unfavourable, the building was filled with a very attentive and enthusiastic audience. The chair was occupied by Mr. W. J. SCOTT, who was supported by the Revs. R.W. FREEMAN and J.K. KELLY and Messrs. J. MOYLE, T. TIZZARD and G. SAMSON. The various speakers all received a very attentive hearing, as one after another, they advocated the cause of Missions; one speaking of the difficulties which Christian Missions in foreign lands had to overcome; another speaking of the triumphs of the Cross and the claims of the heathen world upon us; whilst other speakers referred gratefully to the progress of Christianity in this land. A collection was taken up at the close of the meeting amounting to upwards of $9."

Meeting Change Islands

"The annual Methodist Missionary meeting was held here Wednesday, Feb. 26, Mr. J.G. LUCAS in the chair. Owing to the number of families living in the Bay for the Winter the Church was not crowded. The speeches were very interesting, especially the one by the Chairman. In urging the people to self-denial he said that some persons spend more in burning incense to the devil (smoking) than they contribute to the cause of God. Rev,. H. ABRAHAM spoke of Africa and made special reference to the noble life and early martyrdom of Bishop HANNINGTON. The Rev. W. REX gave the last address which was full of interest. The collection amounted to $40. The meeting held at Fogo next day was presided over by Mr. A. COOK and was addressed by Rev. W. REX, Mr. LUCAS and Rev. A. SKINNER. The amount collected at Fogo last year was $96.15, Mr. LUCAS giving $35:00. Quite a number of people from the Chruch of England were present and coming out one remarked, ""How is it that the Methodists give so much more to Missions than we Church fold?"". The meeting at Barr'd Island was well attended and was addressed by three clergymen and Mr. LUCAS"

Fogo Notes

"We have had a great amount of sickness throughout the Island. Our devoted Doctor has worked intensely hard taking scarcely any rest day or night. It is chiefly owing to his indefatigable efforts that there have been so few deaths. Over two hundred persons have applied for relief and unless the seals come, great will be the destitution of the people during March. March 11. The prospects of seals is very poor. So much slob has drifted in that it is impossible to get to the good ice. Not one seal has yet been taken. Poverty daily becoming more manifest, the relieving officer exceedingly careful in giving help. Several families in greatest extremities. A petition for a larger grant for education has been largely signed and forwarded to the House. "

By Telegraph

"(Special to the Sun) St. John's, March 12. Father WALSH, Parish Priest at St. Lawrence, died of diphtheria. He was buried Sunday night. The deceased worked indefatigably attending diphtheria among all classes and out of forty cases, only one child died. Feeling (the) symptoms (of the) disease on Thursday, he decided to go to Burin for medical treatment where (the) attack proved fatal; he is universally deplored by all who knew him. [Transcriber's Note: I think what is meant here is that his death is ""universally deplored"".] House of Assembly met yesterday. MORISON took his seat having previously taken the Oath of Allegiance. MORINE introduced resolutions to the effect that the Speaker should not be sustained in action taken last day of sitting, which were defeated. Address in reply to the opening speech was read first time. Premier gave notice he would move an appointment of Officers servants today. Several other motions made when House adjourned first days session. Colonial Secretary gave notice that he will introduce Manhood Suffrage Bill. Viola sailed for Oporto on Friday. " "


March 22, 1890

Funeral (Part 1)

"(From the Evening Telegram) Funeral Obsequies of The Rev. John GOODISON. A Very Touching Ceremony. Thousands of Sorrowing People. The Unexpected Call. It is but six days ago since the Rev. John GOODISON was discharging the duties of his Sacred office in the town of Carbonear. ........ and it was as a flash of lightning against a bright sky, that the news of his death reached this city on Friday morning. The Trip to Harbor Grace. A special train left the depot yesterday morning at eight o'clock conveying the St. John's resident Ministers of the Methodist Church - Revd's BOND, BOYD, MILLIGAN, DOVE, STORY, DUFFILL and ADAMS - and over twenty of the official members of the city Churches and friends of the deceased. On arriving at Harbor Grace station .... a number of sleighs were waiting to drive the train passengers to Carbonear ... Many went to take a last look at ....... their Reverend friend, afterward being sent, by arrangement, to kind hosts who had provided dinner."

Funeral (Part 2)

" At half past two the ""Lady Glover"" arrived from Harbor Grace with the Masonic Body and a large number of citizens, desirous of paying their last tribute . to one who had formerly been a loved brother and Pastor. Shortly after three o'clock the Rev. T.H. JAMES conducted a short service at the home, the Rev. S. MATTHEWS, of Heart's Content leading in prayer for the bereaved wife and children... The procession then formed and proceeded to the Methodist Church. The bearers were R.S. MUNN, MHA; W.DUFF, MHA; Messrs THOMPSON, GODDEN, CA...NS, J.R. GOODISON, W.B. GOODISON, Hon. Mr. RORKE, James and John RORKE, relatives, were the chief mourners. Seventeen Ministers of the Newfoundland Conference followed, and afterward mourners, amongst whom we noticed Rev. Mr. CLIFT (Episcopal), Rev. Mr. HENRY (Presbyterian), and citizens of all sorts and conditions, and hundreds having also come from the adjoining settlements so far as Brigus and Western Bay. "

Church Dedication (Part 1)

"(From Little Bay) ""Dedication of Church"". Last November the Methodists here began to enlarge their Loading Wharf School Church as it was insufficient for the congregation to worship in. On January 15 it was opened for public service. On February 17th a public tea was provided and entertainment was given to a very large audience for which there was not room, many having to stand. The following is the Programme: Address, Chairman, Rev. J.E. MANNING/ Instrumental Music - Little Bay Band / Quartette ""There's A Stranger....... door"" - Mrs. GARLAND, Miss PILLEY, Messrs. W. ROLLINS and ...... / Solo ............. / Recitation ""The Last Hymn"" ........ / Duett ""Some Day"" - Mrs. GARLAND and Miss TILLEY / Solo ""Some Day I'll Wander Back Again"" - Mr. G. LANGMEAD / Dialogue - ""Two Fishermen"" / Quartette ""Love At Home"" - Misses THOMPSON, Messrs. W.G. TAVERNER, G. LANGMEAD / Solo and Chorus ""Have Courage My Boy to Say No"" - Mr. G. LANGMEAD and Choir."

Church Dedication (Part 2)

"The proceeds from the tea and entertainment amounted to $62.44. On the following Monday a Tea was given to the scholars of the two Sunday Schools. On Sunday Rev. H. HATCHER preached to crowded congregations. In the morning and afternoon in the Loading Wharf Church. The afternoon was devoted to a Dedicatory Service, when the building was solemnly dedicated to the Worship of God. The evening Service was in the Bight Church when every available seat was filled. At the close, the Sacrament was administered to quite a large number. The collection from the morning and evening services were devoted to the Building Fund and amounted to $16.44. The total cost of the new building has been $265 all of which has been raised but $40 and it is hoped that this will be wiped off before Conference, as a Service of Song and other matters are on hand to effect this much desired object. Magister."

Church Meeting

"Moreton's Harbor. The annual Missionary Meeting was held in the Methodist Chruch on the 27th ult., and was very successful. In the absence of Mr. Mark OSMOND, JP., by reason ""La Grippe"" the Church was taken over by Mr. Samuel SMALL. The Pastor gave out Hymn 707, after the singing of which he read short Scripture Lesson and Prayer was then offered by the Rev. H. WHITMORE. The Chairman gave a short speech and then call on Rev. J. HEYFIELD who read the Report and commented on it, as it showed signs of progress. After singing, the Rev. J.K. KELLY was called on for an address. The speaker then gave a ..interesting speech in India ... Another hymn was sung, and Rev. Henry WHITMORE was called on to speak. The meeting ... was closed with Prayer by Rev. Mr. KELLY. A similar ... meeting was held in the Methodist Church at Tizzard's Harbor on the previous evening. Mr. John BOYD presided .... The Superintendent of the Circuit acted as precentor and read the report for the past year .... Prayer was offered by the Rev. J.K. KELLY at the opening... Addresses were delivered by Revds. Hy. WHITMORE and Jas. King KELLY. ...... The Rev. H. WHITMORE closed the meeting with Prayer. "


"The polls held here and at Moreton's Harbor, on the 27th, we are glad to know, resulted in all votes polled being in favor of ""Prohibition !"". -- Com"

Herring Neck Notes (1)

"On February 24 the Methodist Missionary Anniversary was held. Rev. J. KELLY preached an earnest sermon in the afternoon. At 7 p.m. Mr. Jonathan BURT ably presided over the meeting and Revd's R.W. FREEMAN and J.K. KELLY, and Messrs. W.J. SCOTT and MARSH did good service by their interesting and instructive addresses. The Church was well filled and the collection and subscription amounted to $14 00. On March 13th the Band of Hope walked in procession across the Bight to the new schoolroom where their first tea was provided. Our 60 members and friends partook of the good things. Mrs. REX, Misses S. FARTHING, M.A. MURCEL and E. WARREN presiding at the tables. At 7p.m. Mr. S. ROBERTS of Change Islands was called to the chair. Rev. G.S. CHAMBERLAIN and Mr. LOCKYER assisted at the Entertainment as will be seen from the following programme: "

Herring Neck Notes (2)

"Opening Hymn, ""Work for the night is Coming"". Prayer. Address - Chairman. Chorus ""Once Again We Meet"" - Band. Recitation ""Who are the Coming Men"" - P. FARTHING. Solo ""Mothers of Salem"" - D. COOK. Reading and Address - Mr. LOCKYER. Solo and Chorus ""No One Cares for Me"" - Mrs. REX Recitation ""Water"" - E. CASTLE. Recitation ""Liscensed to set"" - G. SIMMONS. Chorus ""New Name"" - Band. Dialogue - Misses FARTHING and MURCELL. Duett ""The Gushing Rill"" - Mr. and Mrs. REX. Duett ""March to Battle Field"" - Mr. and Mrs. FARTHING. Address - Rev. G.S. CHAMBERLAIN. Chorus - Band. Recitation ""Mount of Assembly"" - A. PILL. Solo ""Under the Willow"" - Miss GRIMES. Recitation ""The Drunken Father"" - Mr. HAYTER. Reading - Mrs. Rec. Solo ""The Mantrap"" - Mr. REX. Recitation ""The Wifes Appeal"" - P. TAYLOR. Recitation ""The Finished Talents"" - Miss MURCELL. Collection. Recitation ""Leave the Liquor Alone"" - E. FETHAMS. Chorus ""Going By"" - Band. Benediction. "

Little Bay Islands.

"March 10th, 1890. (To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun) Dear Sir, -- In consideration of our past Teacher, Miss L.G. LINFIELD, having rendered faithful and effective service as a Day School Teacher in this place, we beg to ask her through the medium of your paper, to accept as a small token of respect, a pair of silver bracelets, as an appreciation of her indefatigable assiduous toil. Wishing it were more worthy of her acceptance, we are with sincerest wishes that her future will be accompanied with health and prosperity, The Friends of Little Bay Islands. Note of Thanks to the Friends of Little Bay Islands. Twillingate, March 19th, 1890. Dear Friends,-- In return for evidence of kind consideration, etc. for past service, please accept my deepest gratitude. The success, which attended my labours was in a great measure due to your cooperation, without which no teacher can hope to succeed. The arduous toil of teaching was lessened by your sympathy, hospitality and kindness. Hoping my services will be more efficient if ever given again, I am, yours gratefully, Lucy G. LINFIELD. "


"We are requested to say that a memorial service will be held in the South Side Methodist Church tomorrow evening when a sermon will be preached by the Rev. R.W. FREEMAN, on the death of the late Rev. J. GOODISON, and short biographical sketches will be given on the life of the deceased. The North Side Church will be closed on the occasion."

The French Shore

"Mr. S. BAIRD, the worthy Secretary of the Patriotic club, has handed us the following telegram (received on the 20th inst.,) from the Honorable J.J. ROGERSON - with a request that we would publish it at once... In the face of the repeated assurances this Colony has had, that no settlement of the French Shore Question should be arrived at without the fullest concurrence of the Newfoundland Legislature, we are at a loss to conceive how the British Government, should so completely ignore those assurances, and come to any settlement on the vexed question, without that sanction and approval. We must however anxiously wait for farther development ......... St. John's, March 20. ""Immense enthusiastic Public Meeting was held last night to consider the recent arrangement made between British and French Governments without the consent of this colony, relative to Lobster fishery and establishing Lobster factories. Strong resolutions were unanimously adopted, indignantly protesting against the unprecedented invasion of our territorial, Maritime and Constitutional rights. Sheriff requested to convene a Mass meeting forthwith protest and united action, necessary to preserve Newfoundland for Newfoundlanders. We ask assistance of the people of Twillingate to make this fully public."" J.J. ROGERSON, Chairman of Meeting."

Steamer Salvaged

"St. John's, March 15. The steamer ""Southgate"", which has been ashore at Placentia for some time, was floated off Thursday night. " "


March 29, 1890

Fortune Harbor (Part 1)

"(To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun) Dear Sir, -- Within the last few months several events have taken place, events of such importance as to give us hope that before the present year is ended we may see our country in a flourishing condition again. Within the past few months the country has unanimously discarded the THORBOURNE Government. It's unmanly to strike a fallen foe. Suffice to say they were tried by Juries all over the Island, who brought in a verdict of guilty. Never in the annals of this, or perhaps any other of His Majesty's dependencies, has a whole Government got such a defeat. The whole country saw that a change was necessary and as it has been proved, we have had a change, and a change for the better, I am certain. The change places Sir William the Champion of progress, reform, and improvement, again at the helm to guide the ship of state through the troubled waters. In him we place confidence, he has done so before and will do it again."

Fortune Harbor (Part 2)

"He also has all the necessary materials a sterling crew and an able Lieutenant, no traitors in the camp. Since his a...... to power, Jack Frost has reigned supreme. We are now verging on the eve of the Seal Fishery, and the question now arises, are there no impediment to be placed in the way of the Steamers or will they be allowed to devastate our ice fields as they have formerly done. The former Government did nothing of the kind, but rather the contrary, although they passed a bill forbidding the use of Codrraps after May 9th, 1890. Everyone knows that Steamers are as injurious of more so than Codtraps, still one is restricted or prevented and the other allowed to kill, pan, and destroy all seals within reach. Such laws show that they were framed for the classes not for the masses, because the Codtrap is the Steamer of poor or middle man, but the Steamer is owned by the Merchant. Indeed, I must say there was very bad statesmanship shown by the parties in power by the introduction of Steamers. "

Fortune Harbor (Part 3)

"They were allowed full swing and have retained it since to such an extent, that this most valuable branch of our fishery is entirely wrested from us, and given over to a few Scotch Merchants and a few monopolists in this country. We feel pretty confident that our representatives will use their best endeavours to prevent the panning of seals, as they know full well the injury resulting from such a course. With regard to Codtraps, there are many conflicting opinions, some go so far as to say the cod nets are more injurious while others maintain that bultows do more damage. Many of us, Mr. Editor, who are conversant with the fishery from boyhood, and have studied the habits of the codfish, know full well that the cod is a timid and sensitive creature, gifted with instinct for its preservation to almost an unusual degree. So much so that we find, where nets, traps and bultows or other snares are placed in the haunts of the cod, they immediately shun them."

Fortune Harbor (Part 4)

"My opinion, Mr. Editor, and I fancy I know a thing or two about the cod and seal fishery, having been engaged in the prosecution of it for over 45 years, is that traps, nets, bultows and seines, and all other such snares are both injurious and destructive to the codfishery, and if we desire to retain our fishery and keep it in a floursihing condition so that it will be beneficial to future generations, seines, trawls, traps, cod nets, bultows and all twine must be removed from our waters. We must follow suit with Norway, and depend solely on the hook and line, and also banish steamers from our ice fields, and impede them in such a way that they will banish themselves. Give this a trial, say for 10 years. I will warrant that our cod and seal fishery will be in the same condition it was 30 years ago, otherwise we will be like unto the man in the fable, who killed the bird that laid the golden egg, and future generations will know nothing whatever about our fisheries as they are fast becoming played out. "

Fortune Harbor (Part 5)

"All will see what the upshot of this seal fishery will be and many can already see it. Apologizing for trespassing so much on your space, I remain, Sir, Yours most respectfully, Richard M. HAMILTON. P.S. -- I believe there is a move on foot with regard to connecting all the principal harbors in this bay with Telegraph communication. Petitions have been got up in several places to be forwarded to the Legislature. In justice to the District I do not think the Government would refuse such a simple request, seeing that we have only fortnightly communication all the year round, and after a little time the thing would be self-supporting in many places. Although I am interested to a certain extent in Codtraps, I should feel quite satisfied to have the law forbidding the use of them enforced, providing the steamers would be prevented from panning and otherwise destroying our seal fishery, which they did to such an extent last season, that there has scarcely a seal been seen in the bay up to the present time. R.M.H. "

Theft From PAUL & JOE

"On the 14th inst., Constable FITZGERALD and two specials left Little Bay for the Exploits, with orders to arrest John JURE and Peter GILL, for having on or about the 24th January last, feloniously stolen from a certain Camp, situated 21 miles from Hall's Bay and about 50 miles from Killick Island, Exploits Bay, a quantity of Provisions, viz. 2 Barrels Pork, 2 Barrels Flour, half Bag of Bread, a Quarter chest of Tea, and three Gallons Molasses. They also stole a Martin Cat out of one of the Complainant's traps. Andrew JOE and John PAUL (Indians) of Hall's Bay, are the Complainants. The Constable and his two assistants reached Exploits Bay on Sunday the 16th inst. The Constable, then suffering from a severe attack of Pneumonia, and bleeding from the nose during 12 hours previous to his arrival at Mr. EVANS, Dominion Point, Exploits Bay. The two special Constables arrived here on Wednesday last the 19th inst., with one prisoner, Peter GILL, leaving Constable FITZGERALD in the friendly care of Mr. EVANS. The specials were again sent off on the following day with Medicines, nourishing diet, etc., and it is sincerely hoped that relief will reach him in time, as he was in a very bad state when the two specials left him with the prisoners. The prisoner GILL was before the Magistrate, J.B. BLANDFORD, Esq., on Thursday last, and was convicted on the evidence of PAUL and JOE, and his own confession. Having elected to be tried by the Magistrate, he was sentenced to two months imprisonment with the option of $50 fine, which the accused paid in preference to spending two months in the ""Waite House"" with Sergeant WELLS. "


"We are to have but one vessel out of this port at the coming seal fishery - Capt. Levi FROST's schooner, the ""Lizzie"". This vessel is now receiving the necessary outfit, and will leave for the ice-fields on the 1st March should opportunity offer. Capt. James PARSONS, jr., will be in charge of her. Capt. FROST deserves credit for his enterprise, and we trust a good trip of seals may be the result of his venture. The ardent wish of our townspeople now is - would that we had more sealing vessels out at the seal Fishery! -- H.G. Standard."

Fatal Accident

"A man of family, named BRADBURY, aged 60 years, met with a fatal accident last week while working in an embankment on the railway line near Bay Roberts. The earth caved in, and rocks and debris fell so heavily that the victims leg was broken. He was brought to hospital here, where it was found necessary to amputate the limb. Mr. WHITELEY, M.H.A. showed the poor fellow every attention and consolation in his power. On Monday the operation was performed, but the ordeal was too much for the wrecked frame, and he sank beneath it. -- Telegram"


"Very sad intelligence was received here this morning in reference to Mr. Eli DAWE's schooner ""A.M. Brundritt' Capt. Orestes FOOTE. It was to the effect that she had been towed into New York on Thursday last from Venezuela. During the voyage, 3 of her crew succumbed to yellow fever, leaving only the Captain and two seamen to manage the vessel, and bring her into port. The names of the unfortunate men (who are all native, are -- Richard MARSHALL of Carbonear (mate), John PARSONS of Freshwater, (steward), and Jacob FRENCH of Coley's Point (seaman). The Brundritt loads at New York for St. John's. -- H.G. Standard."


"The many friends of the Rev. J. EMBREE will read with pleasure the following item taken from the Maple Leaf: -- ""On New Years night, the friends of Rev. J. EEMBREE on the Albert Circuit met at the parsonage according to announcement, the object being to hold a social to raise funds to provide necessary articles for the Parsonage. About 60 sat down to tea and the sum of $15 was realized, for the purpose named. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the evenings programme was the presentation to Mr. EMBREE of a dog skin fur coat with cap and gloves to match, by his friends on the circuit generally, and a fur sleigh robe and pair of overshoes, especially by his friends on the Harvey section of the circuit. The coat, cap and gloves were presented in behalf of the donors by Mr. Ralph COLPITTS in a neat speech, and the robe and overshoes by Mrs. Henry MORRIS of Harvey. Mr. EMBREE thanked his friends in a feeling address. The value of the articles presented was about $90."


"Arrival of ""Kite"" with 11,000 Prime Harps. Reports From Other Steamers. Special to the Sun. St. John's, March 27. The steamer ""Kite"", Captain KNEE arrived this afternoon with eleven thousand prime harp seals. She reports the ""Falcon"" with fifteen thousand, ""Vanguard"" twelve thousand, ""Ranger"" seven thousand, ""Wolf"" five thousand, ""Terra Nova"" three thousand five hundred, ""Walrus"" fifteen hundred. The Kite struck the seals thirteenth of march, fifty miles off Cape John."

By Telegraph

"Strong Resolution in House on the French Shore Question. Mass Meeting Held in St. John's. Special to the Sun, St. John's, March 27. A bill passed through committee yesterday giving majority vote to carry local option law instead of two-thirds as formerly. The following dispatch repudiating French claim to concurrent right of Lobster fishery in Newfoundland, was sent by the Governor to Secretary of State on the fourteenth instant, ""Before resolutions protesting against Modus Vivendi were adopted by the Legislature, my Ministers strongly protested against what would in Modus Vivendi appear to be, an admission of concurrent rights of Lobster fishery; and they are of opinion that this arrangement will be prejudicial to the position of Newfoundland in future negotiations; they further contend that the Imperial Government bear the expenses of the losses of those who have established since date of first July, they consider that as this Modus Vivendi has been concluded without their concurrence, it is not for them to advise as to giving notice to those whom it may concern."" A Mass meeting of citizens was held at Bannerman Park Wednesday afternoon, resolutions were adopted protesting against Modus Vivendi; Merchantile firms suspended business for the occasion; the procession with Bands marched through the principal streets before the meeting. The speakers were Hon. J.J. ROGERSON, Sir James WINTER, Father CLARKE, Rev. G. BOYD, Messrs James BAIRD, Edgar BOWRING, Charles TESSIER. "


"At Herring Neck, on the 6th ult., Mrs. Elizabeth BARTLETT, aged 23 years."


"At the same place, on the 27th ult., Mr. Samuel ALLEN, aged 28 years. "


"At Change Islands, on the 12th inst., Mr. George TAYLOR, aged 47 years. He leaves a widow and 8 children to mourn his loss. A large number were present to show sympathy at his funeral. Mr. Rex preaching from his text Heb. c xiii, v xiv. " "


April. 5, 1890

The Mails

"The mail for Fogo and intermediate places will close on Monday at 6 p.m. The fifth overland mail arrived from the South on Monday last, and a return one left again on Thursday."


Seven thousand seven hundred more passengers went over the Newfoundland Railway in 1889 than in the preceding year.


"The total number of steamers prosecuting the seal fisher the present spring is 19; - 15 Northern, and 4 Gulf. Ten of the former fleet cleared out of ports to the Northward. As they each and all entered upon the prosecution of the voyage on Monday last, many are the prayers that are now going up for their success. -- H.G. Standard."

Old Age

"A man named PAWLIKOWSKI, died recently at Wioclawek, in Poland, at the age of 115. He fought through Kosciusko's wars and through Napoleonic, Russian Campaign. He was working in the fields up to last year. His father is said to have lived to the age of 125, and one of his brothers died at 116. He leaves three sisters - aged 120, 99, and 93 respectively. "


"A Bill repealing law against the use of Codtraps throughout the colony, including Labrador, was passed in the House Thursday night. Report from Fishery Commission now before the House, recommends that traps or moorings should not be put in the water before the fifteenth of June, which will probably be law and enforced this year. Manhood Suffrage Bill, given young men twenty-one years of age and upwards a privilege voting at elections, passed through committee Tuesday. Temperance Bill, allowing majority vote to carry Local Option, which passed Assembly almost unanimously, was rejected in the Legislative Council. "


"Receiver General tabled resolutions for New Tariff Tuesday night, increasing taxation necessary to meet deficit in funds of Colony caused by late administration. Duty increased on several articles principally luxuries. Budget Speech will be delivered next Tuesday to which time house adjourned for Easter recess. "


"""Esquimaus"" arrived Monday evening with ten thousand seals, bows badly damaged, very leaky, seals first hauled twenty-sixth March, were from main body about forty miles North East from Funks; immense numbers seen. Steamers Neptune, Eagle, Falcon, Wolf, Ranger, Greenland, Terra Nova, Iceland, Vanguard, Aurora all getting seals. "

Body Found

"The body of Andrew CARROLL, aged seventy-eight, who had been missing since Monday, was found floating near Jobs' premises, South side, yesterday. Business trouble worried him lately and it is thought he was in an unsound state of mind when leaving home early Monday, deceased was always a sober industrious mechanic. "


"First direct steamer from Britain, bringing spring goods arrived last night. "


Two Sealers for the Lobster Business the coming season. For particulars apply at the Sun Office. "


Apr. 12, 1890


"A Letter From Mr. G.G. WILLIAM. Twillingate, April 3, 1890. (To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun). Will you give me space in your paper to insert the following lines. Well, Mr. Editor, as I have been accused by Captain CHAPMAN, S.A., that I said she kept some of the money that was collected at the Banquet last Fall, she told me she collected $50, I asked her if that was all, and she said there was a little over. She said she bought a few things and paid a few debts she owed. Now I am going to explain to the public the amount of money that was collected by the collectors and tickets. 180 Tickets at 25 cents, $46.50. Lieut. PIKE and Cadet BATTEN, $10. Misses WHITE and RANDELL, $4.64. Mrs. JANES, $2.50. Miss E.A. KEEFE, $1. Miss L. GUY, $.90. Collection taken at the door for the same purpose at two meetings, $7. Total $72.70. As the Captain did not thank the ladies at the time, I will take this opportunity of thanking them for their kindness, as it was a public affair and got up mostly by the friends of the Army to help finish the Barracks. Mr. Editor, as Captain CHAPMAN has stated in the Barracks and elsewhere, that all these lies and scandal came from my wife and I through jealousy. This is a false statement. Also she says in a note to me, ""If you go on believing I am a thief and an accomplice in house breaking, a Judas and a tyrant, you are quiet welcome to do so."" This is a false statement for her to make, as such thoughts never entered my mind. I have always been a friend to the Army and did all that laid in my power for them. Now I am receiving my reward from the Captain in slander. I pray the Lord to change her mind from malice and envy, to love and charity to all. I remain in love, to God and all mankind, G.G. WILLIAM."

Sealing on Sabbath (Part 1)

"It is cause for gratitude that in most of our districts, the work is not hindered by open violation of the Lord's Day. But in this seal-hunting district, we have to face a very different state of things. Last year seven steamers went to the sealfishery from Wesleyville, this year eight, carrying about twelve hundred men. Hitherto the Sabbath has been almost ignored by the most of the men during the sealing season; so much that it is often said that ""If a man wants to do anything at the ice, he has to leave his conscience at home."" During late years there have been laws, or amendments for the protection of the seal fishery, introduced into the House of Assembly at almost every session, yet no one seems to have any idea of introducing a law for the ""protection of the men, who go out to the seal fishery."" The time has come when we must do something, if we hope to save these sealing districts from being almost morally and spiritually ruined. Last season a law was passed which compelled the owners to pay all the men equal shares whether they worked on Sabbath or not."

Sealing on Sabbath (Part 2)

"This was to protect from an injustice, the men who kept their Sabbath. Formerly the seals taken on Sabbath were kept separate, and only those who had taken them were paid for them, while the men who would not take them, had to share in the work of stowing them, and shifting coal to make room for them, besides having to help discharge them when they arrived in port, and yet received no share in the pay. This is what the law seeks to correct, and there can be no doubt that it will do something in the way of preventing Sabbath work. We have laws to prevent seals being taken before and after certain days of the year, and surely it would be just as easy to make a law which would prevent them being taken on ""a certain day of the week."" What can we do? Agitate! Agitate! Let every brother work up public feeling in this district. And if the season is too far gone to do all we desire this year, let us flood the legislature with petitions, till they pass a law by which every seal taken on the Sabbath day, shall be liable to a fine of far more than its actual value, or some other law that will more effectual protect our men, and maintain the honor of God's holy day. "

Dorcas Soc. (Part 1)

"Dorcas Society Report. The closing meeting of the Dorcas Society were held in the Court House, March 26th, Treasurer and Secretary's reports was submitted. Members agreed to meet first Wednesday of every month during summer months, in order to be prepared for earlier distribution than formerly. The ladies of dorcas Society tender their sincere thanks to Newfoundland Government for its increased liberality, and to the kind friends who answered so promptly to our lady collectors, also the editor of the Twillingate Sun for his continued favours. The following is the statement of Dorcas accounts; Cash Subscriptions Received By Dorcas Society For 1890. Jan. 1. By balance in hand from account 1889 $8.58. J.W. AITKIN, $1. Peter SAMWAYS, $.50. JKK. $1.00. T.W. MANUEL, $0.50. John HODDER, $0.50. A. Friend, $0.20. Jan. 15, Mr. YOUNG, $0,20. Mrs. WEIR, $0.20, Mrs. HUTCHINGS, $0,20. G. BARRETT, $0.25. Jan 29, J. DAVIS, $1. Feb. 16, Govt grant paid by J.B. TOBIN, Esq. $50. March 24, Rev. BRYANT, $1.50. Rev. BRYANT, $0.50.Rev. FREEMAN, $1.50. Dr. Wm. STIRLING, $3. Rec'd on 2nd Govt grant fm J.B. TOBIN, $50. Total, $120. Government Grants, $100. "

Dorcas Soc. (Part 2)

"Subscriptions in Cash, $20.43. Donations in Goods, $56.23. Ladies Fees, $3.80. Total $180.46. Cash on Hand, $32.38. Goods on Hand, $8. Goods delivered to Poor, $140.08. Total $180.46. Contributions to Dorcas Society in 1890, Paid in Goods. Jan 1, Collected by Miss MAYNE from 1889, $5. Jan 4, Mr. C. MAYNE, $4. Mr. P. ANSTY, $0.50. Jan 6, J.B. TOBIN, Esq., $4. W.J. TOBIN, Esq. $1. Mr. R. NEWMAN, $2. Mr. Wm. BLACKLER, $0.60. R.D. HODGE, Esq, $4. W.E. WATERMAN, Esq. $2. Mr. A. FINDLATER, $1. Mr. W.J. SCOTT, $1. Mr. J.N. PIERCY, $1. H.J. PRESTON, $0.50. Mr. Robert S. ROBERTS, $1.03. Mr. Thomas YOUNG, $0.50. Josiah COLBOURNE, Esq. $2. Mr. Frederick LINDFIELD, $1. Mr. Wm. J. WELLS, $1. Mr. Samuel ROBERTS. Sr., $2. Mr. C. WHITE, $0.50. Miss S.B. TAYLOR, $1. Jan. 10, Mr. A. HYNES, $0.30. Jan 13, A Friend, $1.50. Jan. 16, Mr. Andrew LINDFIELD, $1. G.W. BARRETT, $0.50. Collected by Miss MAYNE, $2. J. BRYNE, $4. Wm. H. LETHBRIDGE, Esq., $1. Mr. T. FORD, $4. Mr. A. GRAY, $1.50. Mr. FRENCH, $1. Mrs. FRENCH, $0.50. Mr. George HODDER, $2. Mr. OSMOND, $0.20. Mrs. Wm. BAIRD, $2. Total $56.23. G. BERTEAU, Treasurer. H.L. SCOTT, Secretary. "

The Mails

"The mail from the Bay arrived yesterday. The mail left Gambo Wednesday morning and should it arrive today, which is expected, a return one will close on Thursday at 9 p.m., which will be the last going by overland route this season."


"Nearly everything possible was done to prevent Diphtheria from entering Fogo, but it has reached there in spite of all efforts. Two houses are now quarantined. Three bad cases. -- Com."

Death of William STIRLING

"We sincerely regret to announce the death of our highly esteemed and deeply lamented friend W. STIRLING, Esq., M.D., which occurred on the evening of Thursday the 10th inst., at his residence, North Side. Though very weak and feeble for a considerable length of time, yet his decease was rather unexpected, and sudden. His end was emphatically peace - no suffering - no pain - but a gentle falling asleep. We understand Doctor STIRLING was in his 74th year, and on the whole has been remarkable for a healthy constitution, and freedom from any sickness of a serious nature. We shall refer more particularly to this sad event in our next issue. In the meantime we respectfully offer our sincere sympathy to the relatives of the deceased. The funeral is expected to take place tomorrow afternoon. "


"List of Vessels Cleared for the Sealfishery 1890. Supplied by E. DUDER: ""Sisters"", Master, Wm. RICHARDS, 43 tons, 19 men. ""Niobe"", Master, John WARREN, 32 tons, 16 men. ""Iris"", Master, James YOUNG, 51 tons, 19 men. ""Mary"", Master, Jonas CLARK, 52 tons, 19 men. ""Lady Blandford"", Master E. BLANDFORD, 43 tons, 16 men. ""Albert"", Master, Wm. JONES, 41 tons, 14 men. Supplied by OWEN & EARLE: ""Minnie Gray,"" Master, P. FREEMAN, 62 tons, 19 men. ""Blooming Queen"", Master, J. PRIDE, 53 tons, 19 men. Supplied by W. WATERMAN & Co.: ""Emeline,"" Master, Chas. BRETT, 44 tons, 17 men. Supplied by P. & L. TESSIER, ""Naomi"", Master, Michael BYRNE, 53 tons, 13 men. Totals, 473 tons, 171 men. A.J. PEARCE, Sub-Collector April 8, 1890."

Fogo News

"A splendid entertainment was given last night at the Church of England school. A large audience. No seals. Mr. A.E. SIMMONS of this place, blacksmith, intends going to Canada this June with his family. Great numbers of families in distress. The number applying for relief is daily increasing. A company of about 12 men from Joe Batt's Arm, came to the Relieving Officer, and remained on his premises all day demanding more aid. They failed to get what they wished and at night returned home. April 9, 1890"

By Telegraph

"St. John's, April 11. Receiver General submitted his budget Tuesday which showed revenue for past year, including loans, was two million, one hundred and two thousand, nine hundred and ninety-three dollars and three cents, while expenditure was two millions, two hundred and eight thousand, seven hundred and thirty-five dollars, and sixty-five cents. Over drawn accounts were over one hundred and sixty-four thousand dollars. Estimated expenditure for current year was put down at one million, four hundred sixty thousand, three hundred and thirty-two dollars, and revenue one million, four hundred and seventy-two thousand, seven hundred and sixty-one dollars. The Government have made provisions for the conveyance of sick fishermen from Labrador by steamer. It is feared Imperial Sanction will not be given to Bill repealing act abolishing use of cod traps."


"Arrivals from the seal fishery since last week: ""Falcon,"" nineteen thousand; ""Neptune"" twenty-two thousand; ""Leopard,"" ten thousand; ""Greenland"" and ""Vanguard,"" Harbor Grace, the former sixteen thousand and latter ten thousand. "


"At Little Bay on the 29th ultimo, Roland Linfield, beloved son of Joseph and Ellen STRONG, aged 6 years and eight months." "


Apr. 19, 1890


"A Letter From Mr. F. TANNER, Twillingate, April 17, 1890. (To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun) Dear Sir,-- Now sir, I wants to no what Mr. G.G. WILLIAMS mean by been in love with God and all mankind. Well, Sir, Mr. Editor, I hopes he is Sir, and that he also loves his naybors dogs. The less he say on this here subject the better it will be for him. Of course he has sed as much or moar about every other Church, but thank goodness he can't say nothing about mine, as I don't go to none. I always has a respect for lovely woman, and my oh dear oh dear, how could he be so unkine and unmanly, so as to hert the feelins of the youg woman of the Army. What a pity, Mr. Editor, it was not some other woman that he attacked, for I am shore she would scratch his eyes out. Now, Mr. Editor, Sir, I hopes I don't see no moar, of it, and thank you Sir, for puttin this in. Yours respectfully, Frederick TANNER."

Ship Arrival

"We are glad to notice the first arrival by water this year in the appearance of Mr. Robert SCOTT's steamer, the ""Matilda"". She could get no farther than the edge of the ice at Wild Cove, and was seven hours getting from Fogo. We have to welcome Mr. Arthur SCOTT, Telegraph Operator as passenger by her, who reports ""all well"" at Fogo. We understand Mr. A. SCOTT relieves his brother Frederick, who now takes passage home in the Launch. "

Death (Part 1)

"It has seldom been our painful duty to chronicle the death of one of our fellow citizens more universally and deservedly regretted than falls to our lot on the occasion of the demise of our late respected townsman Doctor William STIRLING at the ripe old age of 73 years, after a long life devoted to his profession, and accompanied by an untiring zeal for the welfare and comfort of the residents of Twillingate since his adobe amongst them. Dr. STIRLING was born at Harbor Grace, and having decided on entering the Medical profession, matriculated at the University of Edinburgh, and other colleges noted for the education of students in the honorable practice of medicine. He settled down at Twillingate in the year 1843, if we mistake not, and since that time has unremittingly devoted his time and talents to the alleviation and cure of the very large number of patients on his list. But Dr. STIRLING did not wholly confine himself to his medical duties; he was not merely a skillful and attentive physician, but he was a rare man in many other respects. We do not often meet with men in the same position in life, carrying out the Christian principle of doing good to our fellow creatures, and so much simplicity and absence of ostentation. "

Death (Part 2)

"Doctor STIRLING was emphatically a sympathiser with the lowly fisherman, as with the most opulent amongst his clients. His valuable advice and assistance was always rendered where needed, irrespective of party or creed, and Twillingate has ample reason to remember him for his many acts of kindness and benevolence whenever the exercise of such acts was called into requisitions. His good acts, great and small, has left living remembrances and influences in the hearts of all who knew the departed man, and his memory will long be remembered in Twillingate with affectionate regards. His remains were interred on Sunday the 11th inst., at St. Peter's Cemetery, attended by the ;largest concourse of the inhabitants, it has ever been our lot to witness in Twillingate. To his bereaved family we would wish to convey our sincere condolence, and sympathy in the loss they have sustained of a loving and indulgent father, and we trust that the Great Consoler will in his goodness and tender mercy comfort them, and enable them to bear this affliction without a murmur, consoling themselves with the firm assurance ""He doeth all things well."" ""Only the actions of the just, Smell sweet and blossom in the dust."""


"Tenders will be received at the General Post Office, from persons willing to Contract for the Conveyance of Mails by Steam Launch from and to Fogo, as last year, Gander Bay included. By order of J.O. FRASER, P.M.G., J. COLBOURNE, Post Master."


"A.L. MARCH, Surgeon & Dentist, Office and Residence, 275 Duckworth St., Near Total Abstinence Hall. Parties from the North coming to St. John's would be welcome if they visit me professionally or otherwise. I would be glad to hear from parties North for whom I have worked, if they have had the satisfaction I assured them. If not, by making it known in a proper manner, I will remedy the matter free of charge. As to my intention of visiting Twillingate and other places, notice will be given later on. "

Postal Notice

"Stamped Letter Envelopes and Newspaper Bands may now be obtained at the General Post Office at the following Rates: Letter Envelopes, Per 1, 4 cents." "


Apr. 26, 1890

The Mails

Mail from Fogo arrived on Thursday and from the Bay yesterday. Mail left Gambo Thursday mornign and is expected to arrive this evening or Monday morning.

Ship Arrival

"The steamer ""Neptune"", Captain S. BLANDFORD, arrived at King's Cove eight o'clock this morning, on her way North."

Change Islands

"Only three seals taken here this spring, which were shared equally amongst our mercantile houses. The schooner ""Wild Rover"", supplied by J.W. HODGE, Esq., sailed for the ice fields early in March, and has not yet been reported. Messrs Thomass GINN, and Walter PORTER, two of our energetic planters, left for Belle Isle on the 18th inst, for the purpose of securing their old trap berths. Our people are greatly exited over modus vivendi, especially Lobster Packers. A club has lately been organized here known as ""The Change Islands Labourers Secretary."" Several important matters have been brought up for discussion. The following are some of the resolutions passed: 1st. That no lobsters shall be sold for less than $2.00 cash per hundred. 2nd. That all labor shall be paid in cash, strictly in advance. 3rd. That no man shall work on the Roads, or elsewhere for less than $1.00 per day.


Contributed by George White (2002)
Mar 1, 1890 to April 26, 1890 transcribed by Ron St.Croix (Jan. 2003)

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (February 2003)

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