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Twillingate Sun

October 11, 1890

Shipping News

The Bonnie left for St. John's early yesterday morning, with a cargo of limestone, and the Blanca with a cargo of lumber from Halls Bay Saw Mill. HMS Forward came in port Sunday afternoon, and as a strong breeze and heavy sea prevailed, she remained here until Tuesday morning, when she started Southward.


The weather during the week has been very cold, and closely bordered on frost. A good many persons have commenced digging their potatoes, and are getting them cellared for the winter. In most cases the crop is good and there is not much talk of plight. [Exactly as written!. GW]


We have been informed that Mr. MUTCH of Ragged Harbor will be sending a quantity of turnips and carrots here for sale shortly. They are likely to be of an excellent quality and a good opportunity will thus be presented of procuring a stock of such vegetables for winter use.


The Coastal Steamer Conscript, Capt. WALSH, returning South, arrived Tuesday night. The weather on the Labrador Coast has ben very rough of late. There is little or no improvement in the herring fishery on the coast. A large number of passengers, principally from the Labrador, were going South this trip. The Conscript makes one more trip to Battle Harbor this season.

School Inspection

The Rev. Doctor MILLIGAN, Superintendent of Methodist Schools, has been making his annual tour along the Coast, and arrived here on Tuesday evening from Morton's Harbor. He visited and inspected Methodist Schools on Wednesday and Thursday, and found them in a progressive condition. The pupils in the various classes acquitted themselves creditably during the examinations, proving that the untiring efforts of the teachers to impart knowledge, have not been in vain. Doctor MILLIGAN has done extensive travelling this season, having been as far North as Gros Water Bay, Labrador, looking after the interests of education on that isolated shore, and for the advancement of which, in this Colony, he is such an ardent and indefatigable advocate and worker. He left here per Conscript for Fogo, to visit the educational institution under his charge, in that, and the neighbouring localities.


"Twelve girls, varying in age from 10 to 12 years, under the care of Sister M. Cecilia, at the Presentation Convent, St. John's, Nfld., were examined in Shorthand by the Rev. W.S. LALOR, the Palace, on the 8th inst. The Rev. Gentleman certifies ""That all the conditions were fully carried out"" in his presence. All the specimens have passed, and the applicants have been awarded Mr. J.M. SLOAN'S illuminated diplomas. The shorthand characters were neatly and accurately formed, in fact, the papers written by the little girls at the Convent, were among the best specimens of school work received. - Liverpool Catholic Times."


On the 1st inst., the wife of Mr. W.J. WELLS, of a son.


At Loading Wharf, Little Bay mine, on the 1st inst., the wife of Mr. W. GARLAND, Methodist Teacher, of a son.


At Nipper's Harbor, on the 10th inst., Mrs. W.J. EATEN of a daughter.


Wanted at once, a Teacher for the Little Bay Island Day School, salary $180. and fees. Apply stating geade and experience to William REX, Chairman.


Wanted, a general Servant to go to Tilt Cove. Must be well recommended. For particulars, apply to Mrs. George FURNEAUX, Post Office, Twillingate.


October 18, 1890


The Coastal Steamer Conscript, with mails and passengers, arrived at noon yesterday, bound North.


A strong breeze of North East wind prevailed Sunday night and all day Monday, but we are not aware of any serious damage being done in this bay.

Shipping News

The Flamingo arrived from St. John's on Sunday, bringing a cargo for Messrs. W. Waterman & Co., and left for Point Limington Saw Mill Works on Thursday morning, where she will again load with lumber for the South.


"About ten days ago, the Colonist sent out a sound of warning to shopkeepers and others, to the effect that there were spurious ten cent pieces in circulation. Every person in trade immediately became watchful, and it was soon found that our warning was not without foundation. Judge PROWSE took hold of the matter, and inspector SULLIVAN and his men struck ground this morning. By following a slight clue, they traced the coin to two young men named FRENCH and EVANS - the former apprentice to the printing business in the Telegram Office. When confronted with their guilt, FRENCH confessed alll. He stated that the spurious coins were made of type stolen from the Telegram Office. EVANS was the actual maker of the coin, FRENCH was the utterer. The leaden ""sixpennies"" was first got off on Colonist newsboys, and we cannot help remarking on the irony of the circumstances which lured our boys to take such stock at so high valuation. The Herald boys too, were the victims for some time of the daring coiners. However, their career has been now nipped in the bud, and the two of them will be formally tried for their crimes. The coins are not very bad imation, but their ring can be detected without difficulty. - Colonist, Oct. 11."

New Ferry

"In compliance with the prayer of a petition sent to the House of Assembly from this community last session, a new ferry boat has lately been provided for the ferry service between Gillard's Cove and Tizzard's Harbor. This was very badly needed as, heretofore, the ferryman had only a small boat for the conveyance of passengers, which was his own private property, and as a consequence, when it blew hard, he was very frequently prevented from crossing. The boat now provided is 25 feet keel and 7 feet wide. It is constructed of pine and juniper and copper fastened, the builder being Capt. Andrew ROBERTS. The boat is well and substantially made, and likely to prove excellent for the service intended. Already, she is highly spoken of by some who have taken passage in her, at times when the wind has been blowing strongly, with a high sea running. A large number of people travel between here and Tizzard's and Morton's Harbors and other places, and no doubt this boat will prove of great convenience to many, whose business necessitates them to travel between the various settlements."


"We again have been entrusted with a report of our ""Newfoundlander Abroad"", Captain George E. STONE, being offered the command of a fine large iron ship, 2000 tons burthen, The Parser, of Greenock, belonging to Messrs. STEWARTs of Scotland, principally of the House of that name in St. John's, Newfoundland, and here comes in the more interesting part of said report, namely, the declination on the part of Capt. STONE to the acceptance of such a splendid and tempting offer, solely on the grounds of loyality to his present employers, a company of New Zealand, as stated in our previous notice, who, having engaged his services in the Auriga, their new purchase, and upon favourable terms, he could not justify himself in giving up said ship, even for a much superior and more advantageous offer. Such rectitude of conduct in the abrogation of self interest, from a sense of duty, is at least worthy of being held up for example and commendation, and will ultimately, no doubt, ensure its own reward. M.S."


"For Sale at Black Island, Friday's Bay, about four acres of land, (more or less), formerly in possession of George SAMPSON. For particulars apply to Thomas PEYTON or at the Sun Office."


"For Sale by Public Auction on Monday, 27th of October, at Tizzard's Harbor, 11 o'clock on the premises of Edward CANTWELL, the schooner Hiberian, with sails, rigging, anchors and chains and also one cod trap. Thomas PEYTON, Auctioneer." "


October 25, 1890


"On Wednesday, 22nd inst, the wife of Jacob MOORES of a son."


"At Gower Street Church, on the 9th inst, by the Rev. H.P. COWPERTHWAITE, the Rev. Mark FENWICK of Nipper's Harbor to Miss Margaret H. HUDSON of St. John's."


"On Tuesday the 21st inst, William, infant son of William and Mary J. WELLS, aged 3 weeks."

Shipping News

"Port of Twillingate - Entered: Oct. 21, Western Lass, WILLIAMS, St. John's, ballast, W. WATERMAN & Co. Challenge, DAVEY, St. John's, provisions, J.B. TOBIN. Soverign, FLETT, St. John's, salt & provisions, E. DUDER. Oct 22, Johannes, FOSS, O.A. Josephson, Mochaganim, ballast, Exploit's Lumber Co. Ragnild, A.M. Johansen, ROCHFORD, ballast, Exploit's Lumber Co. Cleared: Oct 17, Lady Bertha, JARVIS, Gibralter, 300 quintals Labrador Codfish, E. DUDER. Oct 23rd, Galatea, WILKINS, Gibralter, 3500 quintals Labrador Codfish, E. DUDER. Oct 24th, Ternen, INVERSEA, Lisbon, 3200 quintals Labrador Codfish, Owen & Earle. The steamer Glenden arrived at Little Bay yesterday, from Montreal via Cow Bay, bringing part of the winter's supply of provisions, etc. This steamer has been making frequent trips to that mining center the past season with coal, also the steamer Eagle, Captain JACKMAN."


"The coastal steamer Conscript arrived early this morning going South. She was detained longer than usual North, having been waiting 48 hours for the Lady Glover which had not arrived at Battle Harbor up to the Conscript's leaving. It is not known whether the Glover had gone South or not, but she had not been to Battle Harbor, and the probability is that she was kept down the coast through stress of weather or from some other cause. Mr. GILL from Tilt Cove and Mr Henry MOORE from St. Anthony were among the passengers for St. John's, Captain TOMS and Mr. WILLIAMS from Tilt Cove to Morton's Harbor. Passengers for Twillingate: Rev. Mr. HARRIS from St. Anthony, Mr. Andrew ROBERTS from Tilt Cove, Mrs. PITTMAN, Mrs. ROLFE, Mrs. YOUNG, Mrs. PILGRIM and Mr. THOMPSON from Little Bay, Mr. HUTCHCROFT, Mr. LOCKE and MissOSMOND from Morton's Harbor."


"Just as the steamer Portia was coming into the dock last night, and while she was yet about fourten feet away from it, an unknown boy came to the side, and jumped ashore amongst the people on the wharf. Notwithstanding the distance, the agile leaper had four feet to spare when he landed. He picked himself up immediately, and sped up the wharf. It was soon known that he was a stowaway on board, and in five minutes he would have been in the hands of the Police. Of this fact, he must have been aware - hence his daring leap. His name could not be acertained, and he will hardly ever be captured now. A number of persons who suspected the true state of affairs, cheered him on making his escape."

Text Books

"Mr. Brundell CARTER urges all parents to test the vision of their children as soon as the latter know the alphabet. He urges upon all who have the control of schools, the examination of new pupils, the allotment of tasks in accordance with the capabilities of vision, and that all very young children be compelled to keep their books at a distance when reading them. Many of the school books now in use should be abandoned, and others prepared with type of at least twice the size and twice the legibility."

Thanksgiving Day

"The 6th of November has been fixed for Thanksgiving Day in Canada. As usual, it will be a general holiday throughout the Dominion. The United States will also have its Thanksgiving Day later in the month, to be celebrated in like manner. Perhaps, it would not hurt us very much, if we Newfoundlanders appointed a day to thanksgiving for the many blessings we enjoy during the year."

Successful Applicants

"Misses Maude RYAN and M.E. JOY of Newfoundland, who attended Mt. St. Joseph's Convent during last term, were successful in obtaining Grade ""C"" licenses for which they applied at the examination of candidates recently held in Sydney."

Little Bay News

"The Sloop Lavrock with Bishop JONES and Rev. J.M. NOEL, arrived the afternoon of Aug. 14th at 9am, [exactly as written, GW], At 11, his Lordship landed and was received by the Church Wardens, H. LIND and J.P. DIEM Esqrs, the Magistrate J.B. BLANDFORD, Esq, and the gentlemen, also by the children of the Sunday School under charge of their teachers...... On the 15th, in the morning, the Church was consecrated... and at 7:30 pm, the Cemetery was consecrated.... At 8 pm, his Lordship confirmed about 50 young people.... The Bishop remained over Sunday.... Laverock left again on Monday morning at 5, for Leading Tickles."


The Hon. Capt. CLEARY has recently been visiting his mining properties at Sunday Cove Island and was passenger for St. John's by this Conscript.

Very Late Caplin

"Quantities of fresh caplin, nearly a barrel in all, were cast at Little Harbor and Wild Cove last week. This appears to be a most singular phenomenon, the like of which seldom if ever before happened so late in the year."


"The corpse of a respectable workman of Little Bay Mine, the late Mr. John CONWAY, who died last week, was being conveyed to St. John's by the Conscript for interment in the Roman Catholic Cemetery of the city."


"Until today, the weather all this week has been delightful and has been taken advantage of by all who have had fish to handle. Considerable shipments have been made and with a few more such favourable days, the greater part of the Labrador voyage will be cured."


"A few cases of Diphtheria are yet in Little Bay. Notwithstanding the many that have suffered from its attack, the death rate has been comparatively small, which speaks much for those who are zealous to stamp it out. Measels have also made their appearance there."

Accident Little Bay Mines

"A young man named SELBY just escaped being seriously injured in Little Bay Mines on Wednesday, by a stone falling on his head from # 3 shaft, he being near a car a considerable distance below at the time. Dr Joseph's medical skill was quickly brought into requisition, and the unfortunate workman is now slowly recovering."

Curious Find

"While a number of boys were straying along the shore at ""City Point"", yesterday, one of them perceived a bottle floating on the water. Aided by his companions he hooked it ashore to examine it. He found it was an ordinary pickle bottle, tightly corked, and it had a note of paper inside. On opening it a common blue covered copy book was found, in which was written in a school boy's hand, a story entitled ""Digging for Gold"". The story possesses no merit, and the strange thing is where did the bottle come from, and how long had it been in the water? The paper, though perfectly dry, looks somewhat discolored, as if it had been a long time in the water. On one corner of the cover of the copy book the word ""Carbonear"" can be made out, from which, we presume it came from that town. Perhap's some person over there might throw some light on the subject. - Ibid."

Wedding Bells (Part 1)

"Yesterday's Nuptials in Gower St. Church: Yesterday afternoon the clouds rolled away, and old Sol beamed forth with all his wonted splendor, as many hundreds of people, representing childhood, youth, and maturity, assembled in Gower St. Church, in order to witness the ceremony whereby a name would be changed, and two would be made one. For all the world, it seemed as though Dame Nature awoke to the fact that a bride was being led to the Altar, and ordered things accordingly. The contracting parties were the Rev. M. FENWICK of Nipper's Harbor and Miss HUDSON of the staff of the Methodist College. Both are well and favourably known in St. John's. For several years, Mr. FENWICK held a Pastorate near the city and often occupied its Pulpits, while Miss HUDSON has always lived in the affection of her pupils and the respect of their friends. It was quite natural therefore, that such a large audience should assemble, and such interest should be shown upon the occasion. At the appointed time, the bridegroom, accompanied by his best man, Rev. W.H. ADAMS, and Mr. P. HUDSON, took his position at the Communion Rail, and immediately thereafter, to the swelling music of the organ, entered the bride, leaning on the arm of her eldest brother, Mr. G.F. HUDSON, and attended by her bridesmaids, Misses STOWE and Jessie HUDSON."

Wedding Bells (Part 2)

"The Bride's attire was of white cashmere and satin, with train, tulle veil, and wreath of orange blossoms. The officiating Clergyman was the Rev. H.P. COWPERTHWAITE, the Pastor of the Church. At the end of the ceremony, the party repaired to the Vestry where the register was signed, and afterwards, amid a shower of rice from enthusiastic friends, drove to the residence of the bride's mother in William Street, to partake of the wedding dejeuner and to inspect the numerous handsome and costly presents. Among those were some valuable silver plate, a handsome easy chair, china eggstand and cheese dish, brass fire irons, parlor clock and lamp, berry dish and spoon with salmon tinted bowl, crumb tray and brush, coal vase, and other articles in silver, brass and bronze, too numerous to mention. The large and handsome wedding cake, which was much admired, was supplied by the firm of Messrs J.B. & G. AYRE. Later in the evening, the newly married couple left in a brougham, drawn by a pair of horses for Topsail, where the honeymoon is to be spent. Mr. and Mrs. FENWICK are followed with the best wishes of the guests and of hosts of other friends, who sincerely desire for them, long life and happiness. - Telegram, Oct. 10."


Contributed by George White (2002)
October 11 to October 25, 1890 Transcribed by George White (Jan 2003)

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (February 2003)

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