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Twillingate Sun
November - December

Nov 21, 1891

Fogo news

Plenty of venison here at 5 cents a pound. It is supposed that over 200 deer have been slaughtered lately at Gander Bay whilst they have been crossing the ponds. The bazaar held for ""Meek Memorial Hall"" was very successful, $280 was cleared. The happy event concluded with a capital dance which was prolonged to an early hour. Rev. Mr. WHITE is expected from Bonavista next boat with his bride. The court Census Revision sat on November 2nd. There will be a slight increase in the District of Fogo. At Western Arm, Strait Shore, the diphtheria is very bad, 16 cases and 4 deaths. Dr. MALCOLM is visiting the place regularly in Mr. EARLE's steamer. Miss ROSS, late teacher in Little Bay, has returned to Fogo, as governess to Mr. EARLE's family. The wire has been down for weeks. No news has reached Fogo respecting the deer trials. Possibly the learned triplet of judges knew not what to do in the matter. Most of the fish here has been successfully shipped off, and the coming winter will not be as bad as last for poverty. Mr. T. LUCAS has established a photography establishment here, and is meeting with good success.

Church News

"The Dawn of Day" - We are highly pleased with the current number of this interesting little magazine, and must congratulate the editors on their good taste and ability as displayed in its contents. In addition to a full compliment of Church news, we have an excellent article on ""Our Orphanage"" by the Rev. H. DUNFIELD, ""Historical Sketches of the Church of England in Newfoundland"" by the Rev. Wm. PILOT. B.D., a charming piece of blank verse entitled, ""A Great Deliverer"", two or three exceedingly appropriate stories, with eight illustrations and a large variety of other valuable reading matter."The Dawn of Day"" deserves to be liberally supported. Evening Telegram, Nov. 3.


Well Done, Mr. BURGESS - The appointment of Mr. BURGESS, M.H.A., as sub-collector at Labrador the past summer, has proved a very judicious one. In addition to the fact that the service has been satisfactorily performed, Mr. BURGESS has gathered in the largest revenue ever collected on that coast. A popular policy is all the better for having competent men to carry it into effect. - Evening Telegram, Nov 6.

Fish news

The Evening Telegram of the 7th inst., says that squids have been extraordinary plentiful in Torbay the past week, and large catches of fish were taken on that bait by the fishermen of the Flat Rock ledges.

Thanksgiving Day

We learn from the Diocesan Magazine for November, that tomorrow, Sunday the 22nd inst., being the last Sunday after Trinity, has been appointed by His Lordship the Bishop, to be ""observed throughout the Diocese as a Day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the mercies of the year and drawing to its close. The Bishop recommends that, where practicable, the Holy Communion should be celebrated on that day, and the thank offerings of the congregations be devoted to the Clergy Widows and Orphans' Fund.""

Remarkably Large Codfish

It has lately been said by some of our local theorists that the codfishing industry here is on the decrease. We, however, with the tenacity of Newfoundlanders, have always maintained that the fish were on our shores from time immemorial; that they have been there the past summer and that they are there now. Any one visiting the fish market at Steer's Cove this morning might well be surprised. Two men named LEWIS and MARTIN secured three and a half quintals yesterday; and amongst the number was one weighing sixty-seven pounds. One of our occasional reporters espied the exhibit, and did what no novice would do, of course, he walked over to a Spaniard's Bay planter, remarking: - ""Come down in this Cove, captain. I want to show you something." They went and that independent planter told us that he never saw such a fish in his life. They were all sizes, but three fourths of them would be more than sufficient to prove that the codfish have not deserted the Banks and shores of Newfoundland, although others may think it to their advantage to make it appear so. Other fishermen also got good catches. We shall return to the subject. - Evening Telegram - Nov. 6.


On Sunday afternoon last the festival of ""All Saints"", the Lord Bishop of Newfoundland administered the rite of confirmation to 45 candidates, 17 male and 28 females, in St. Mary's church. The sacred edifice was full to overflowing. The Sunday Schools and Bible classes with the officers, parents, and friends of the children and many others of the parishioners being present. The Revd. J.S. THOMPSON, Senior Curate of the Cathedral, acted as Bishop's Chaplain, and the Rector, assisted by the Rev. G. H. BOLT, Incumbent of Lamaline, presented the candidates. The Address of his Lordship, after the Imposition of Hands, was remarkable for its eloquence and loving earnestness, and was listened to from first to last with, the most profound attention by all present. - Evening Herald.

The Pioneer Mine (Part 1)

Dear Mr. Editor - Tilt Cove is without question, the leading mine of Newfoundland, as well as the leading mine of Notre Dame Bay. The late Mr. C.F. BENNETT was the pioneer of mining enterprise in Newfoundland. For some time he stood in the minority of one, as a believer in the existence of minerals in the island. To the late Mr. Smith MACKAY, however, belongs the honor of discovering the first considerable deposit of copper ore. In 1858 Mr. MACKAY arrived at a little fishing hamlet, called Tilt Cove, containing ten or fifteen huts. His keen, acute eye soon detected in one of the cliffs, signs of copper ore. It was not however, until 1864, in connection with Mr. BENNETT, that he commenced mining operations, which have gone on ever since, with more or less activity, upon the deposits then discovered, and which as yet, show no signs of exhaustion. In passing, I may just here remark that these two gentlemen above named, have gone to their reward. Only one principal person of that old staff is now living, Leander N. GILL, Esq., J.P. who had evinced great energy and sagacity, as Manager of Tilt Cove Copper Mine, under C.F. BENNETT & Co., by displaying his ability and showing himself worthy of the honorable position entrusted to him; also, by being popular with both officers and men, even down to the present time, and making considerable improvements by developing mineral resources, thereby accumulating a fortune for the company. Mr. GILL now resides at Tilt Cove, and is highly respected by all. His name will never be forgotten by the inhabitants of Tilt Cove. He is now carrying on a very extensive and successful commercial business; also acting in the capacity of honorary Magistrate for Tilt Cove, and of late it is quite evident that he has discharged the functions of his office in a most impartial, discreet and judicious manner, which go to prove that he is well worthy of the confidence placed in him by the government.

The Pioneer Mine (Part 2)

Tilt Cove copper mine has lately passed into the hands of another company, viz : (Cape Copper Company). W.R. Toms, Esq., Manager succeeded Mr. HARVEY about three years ago. We know but little about Mr. HARVEY, only that he did not serve out his full term. As above stated Mr. TOMS resumed the management of Tilt Cove mine about three years ago, and he has proved himself worthy of the confidence which the company has placed in him. He is a gentleman of great energy, sagacity and economy. It requires a very shrewd and economical Manager to keep such an enterprise afloat. Between five and six hundred men are working here at present. When pay day comes it requires some dollars to satisfy them; and no less than $14,000 were paid out in wages alone, in July last, 1891, besides the amount paid for material for mining purposes. There have been five or six engines in full swing (working night and day); one stone-breaker, breaking 100 tons of ore each day, eight or ten trammers tramming out 200 tons of calcite ore each day for the smelting works, two smelting works smelting between forty and fifty tons of metal each day; also a crushing-mill for mixing mortar, which is being used for various purposes. The Company expect to ship or export six or seven cargoes of ore this season. Operations at Tilt Cove are carried on in a thorough manner. An iron tramway connects the mouth of the mine with the harbor, a fine wharf about one hundred feet in length is built for the accommodation of shipping, and there are two smelting houses costing thousands of dollars; these are skilfully worked under the management of Mr. Van WILLEY. It is to be deplored that such an industry should be obstructed in any way, although operations are being carried on more extensively at present than at any period previously. We could mention many objects of interest that come under our notice, if we thought it proper. But there is one more we wish to mention, that is the little trouble the croaker in the notch of the cliff is causing by preventing, or rather trying to hinder, the company from carrying their plans into effect which would prove to be beneficial to all concerned. Thanking your for space in your much esteemed paper. I remain, truly yours, A Visitor.

Sealing Steamer

Another steamer called the Labrador will be added to the steam sealing fleet the coming spring. She arrived at St. John's from Cardiff on the 5th inst., and is owned by the Newfoundland Sealing Company.

Fire at St. John's

The door and sash factory of Messrs. HERDER and HAILERAN, St. John's, situated near the railway depot, was totally destroyed by fire on the night of the 2nd inst. The loss amounted to $20,000. The property was only partially covered by insurance.


The steamer Curlew was dispatched from here on Monday night for Battle Harbor to bring away a number of fishermen that had been left on the coast. She returned Thursday night and is now discharging cargo and will afterwards take in fish for Halifax.

Court news

Several cases for breach of the License Laws have recently been before the Police Court, St. John's, when heavy penalties have been inflicted on the parties found guilty of violating the law. On the 7th inst., a West end liquor dealer was fined fifty dollars by Judge Prowse for selling intoxicating spirits to a minor.

Church/school news

The Rev. Mr. PECK, a new pastor for the Congregational Church, lately from England, arrived here per Volunteer on Monday last. He enters upon his public ministry in this community for the first time tomorrow (Sunday) preaching morning and evening at the usual hours. In extending to him a welcome to our town, we hope that his labours here will be abundantly successful. Miss ? CARNEIL, a new teacher for the Congregational day school also came here the same time, whom we likewise welcome to the community.


Passengers per Volunteer for the North: - Bay-de-Verde - Miss BENSON, Trinity - Mr. R.S. BREMNER. Fogo - Miss FRENCH. Twillingate - Rev. Mr. PECK, Mr. J. CURTIS and wife, Miss CARNELL, Messrs. A. LINFIELD, S. MAIDMENT and A.W. SCOTT. Exploits - Mr. R. MANUEL. Fortune Harbor - Mr. R. QUIRK. Pilley's Island - Mr. A. SIMMS. Little Bay - Mr. George LANGMEAD, Mr. John WALSH, Miss J. CURTIS, Tilt Cove - Dr. FREEBAIRN and wife, Mr. GILL, Mr. J. SKAPLEN, Miss RYAN, Miss MAGGIN, Asper MEMIE. From Twillingate to Morton's Harbor - Miss F. LUNNEN. Exploits - Mr. Samuel PAYNE, Pilley's Island - Mr. William BLACKLER, Mr. J. FRENCH, wife and child. Little Bay - Miss J. SLADE. Tilt Cove - Mrs. Wm. BLACKLER"


On Tuesday evening last the marriage of Mr. Edward ROBERTS (son of Capt. Andrew ROBERTS) to Janet C., eldest daughter of Mr. John CURTIS, was celebrated. The ceremony was performed in the North Side Methodist Church by the Rev. J. HILL, Superintendent of the circuit. The bride who was attired in white with a wreath of orange blossoms and veil, looked very nice. Leaving the church the wedding party took a short drive and then returned to the residence of the bride's father where the wedding was kept up. A sumptuous repast was provided and the wedding company, including a few invited guests, were soon seated at the well spread table partaking of the good things bountifully provided for the occasion. A very enjoyable time was afterwards spent by the company in singing and amusements of different kinds, and all dispersed at a reasonable time, before which, however, sentiments of congratulations and of good will for future happiness were expressed by a number of guests for the newly wedded pair. They were the recipients of a large variety of presents which is an evidence of the esteem in which they are held by their friends. The young married couple have our best wishes for future prosperity and happiness.


On Nov 2nd by the Rev. J. Hill, Mr. Stephen JENKINS, to Susan KING, both of Durrell's Arm.


On Nov 3rd by the same, Mr. Thomas LODER, to Sarah GILLOTT, both of Farmer's Arm.


On Nov 6th, by the same, Mr. James HICKS, Burt's Cove to Susanna WARR, of Little Harbor.


On Nov 17th, by the same, Mr. Edward ROBERTS to Janet, eldest daughter of Mr. John CURTIS, both of Twillingate.


On Nov 18th, by the same, Mr. Thomas DALLEY of Durrell's Arm, to Louisa WHITE of Bluff Head.


On Thursday evening last, in St. Peter's Church, by the Rev. R. TEMPLE, R.D. Mr. Elias BLACKLER of Back Harbor to Miss Mary Eliza MUDFORD of Crow Head.


On Nov. 2nd, at the West End Methodist Parsonage, St. John's, by the Rev. A.D. MORTON, Frederick SEABRIGHT, to Mary Jane PERRY, both of Exploits.


At Fortune Harbor, Notre Dame Bay, on the 4th instant, by the Rev. Richard WALSH, P.P., Mr. David ROBERTS to Susanna, daughter of Mr. Stephen MACLOUGHLAN, of the above named place.


On the 28th October, at St. Mary's Church, by the Rev. Edward BOTWOOD, Rector, assisted by the Rev. Walter R. SMITH, Incumbent of Portugal Cove, Mr. Edwin Albert ELLIS, to Isabel Lucretia, only daughter of the late Dr. FINDLATER, of Fogo.


At Christ Church, Bonavista, on the 11th inst., by the Rev. A.E.C. BAYLEY, R.D., assisted by Rev. J.J. WHITE, Incumbent, Harbor Grace South, Rev. Wm. Charles WHITE, of Fogo to Miss Frederica Thorne BAYLEY of Bonavista.


At Lushes Bight, on the 13th inst, after a tedious illness, Andrew, youngest son of the late Mr. James PARSONS, aged 22 years.


At Little Bay, Nov 1st, after a short illness, James Joseph, youngest son of the late Patrick HEWLETT, of Petty Harbor, aged 22 years; the deceased was well known and respected by a large circle of acquaintances both at Petty Harbor and Little Bay. R.I.P.


At Harbor Grace on the 4th inst., Henry A. CLIFT, Barrister-at-Law, son of the late James CLIFT, Esq.


At St. John's, on 3rd inst., Alice MCMURDO, aged 20 years, eldest daughter of John and Mary MCNEIL.

Ship News

Port of Twillingate - Entered: Nov 16 - Curlew, KEAN, North Sydney, 180 tons coal - J.B. TOBIN, 46 tons coals - R.D. HODGE. The schooner Mallard got back from St. John's on Thursday night bringing a cargo of provisions, &c. for Messrs. OWEN & EARLE. The steamer Curlew arrived from North Sydney on Sunday night last, bringing 180 tons of coals for J.B. TOBIN, Esq., and 16 tons for R.D. HODGE, Esq. The coastal steamer Volunteer, Capt. DELANEY arrived here Monday evening en route for Northern ports of call. She goes as far as Griquet and is expected today returning South.


The snow which fell some time ago has entirely disappeared and the past couple of days have been dry and hard and beautiful for handling fish.


Nov 28, 1891

Disaster (Part 1)

Loss of the Coastal Steamer ""Volunteer"" - The community was surprised on Monday morning last when the intelligence was dashed over the wire of the loss of the coastal steamer Volunteer, Captain DELANEY, which for the past two or three trips has been performing the Northern Mail and passenger service, instead of the Conscript, which at the option of the owners, had been put on the Western route. The Volunteer was going as far as Griquet, which was to be the terminus for that trip, and was at Englee on Thursday forenoon, when the accident happened. The weather was beautiful and fine at the time, and the water comparatively smooth, but it appears that the disaster arose through a misunderstanding between the Captain and the engineer. The ship was only a short distance from the shore, and directly the anchor was up, the Captain, who had been on the bridge all the time, gave the usual signal to the engineer for full speed astern. The ship moved slowly ahead and at first the captain thought that it was the weight caused by the anchor coming up, but she soon started more rapidly, and the captain seeing it must have been a mistake of the engineer, immediately repeated the order to go astern, instead of which the ship went ahead more quickly, and in a very few moments she was on the rocks and in a stranded condition. The water was falling and she went with such speed that there was no hope whatever of her getting off, although every possible attempt was made to do so.

Disaster (Part 2)

A hole was knocked in her bottom as she went ashore and it was not long before the water was up to the engines and the fires had to be extinguished. During that evening and night a heavy swell hove in and the vessel was pounding on the rocks, tearing away part of the keel and doing considerable other damage to the hull, and eventually she rolled over on her side and entirely filled with water, becoming a total loss. The water made so quickly after the ship first struck that there was little time to save anything and nearly all went down with the ship. It is clear that the disaster occurred through no misconduct on the part of the captain, with whom we sympathise in the misfortune that has happened him. The Volunteer was comparatively a new boat, as our readers know, this being only the fourth season that she has been engaged in the mail and passenger service, for which she was expressly constructed, and was excellently adapted for the work so far as accommodation for the travelling public was concerned, and it is a great pity that her existence should have terminated so speedily, which for the next few months will cause some inconvenience to the public. She was insured, but whether to the full value we cannot say. The steamer Curlew, Captain KEAN, was here at the time loading with fish for Halifax, and she was ordered to proceed North to rescue the shipwrecked crew, and to take the mails and passengers at the usual ports of call coming back. She left Monday afternoon going direct to Griquet, thence to Englee, and the other ports returning, and arrived Thursday morning en route for St. John's.

Northern Coastal Service

It is not known here yet what steamer will perform the Northern coastal service for the remainder of the season, but it is certain that the Conscript , which is the regular Northern mail steamer, should be the one. If the Curlew is to be employed at all, it should be on the West coast, because the trade there is not so great as it is North, particularly this time of the year. Besides, they enjoy far superior travelling advantages on that part of the coast, having the railway daily running to Placentia and steamer regularly plying on the bay. In the condition the Curlew is at present she is not fit for a passenger boat for either North or West, and it is a disgrace that even, she should have been engaged in the Labrador service with the wretched accommodation that there is on board of her for passengers. There are only a few weeks now before navigation closes, and unless a suitable steamer is put on the route so as to facilitate freight and passenger traffic, the consequences are likely to be very serious to the Northern districts. We sincerely hope the Government will duly consider the importance of the situation and act accordingly.

French Shore Question

Bay St. George Troubles - The Grand Jury, in a presentment on the cases arising out of the incidents in St. George's Bay, state that French officers prevented the people of the coast from selling bait to American fishermen, who offered $1.25 per barrel. Boats containing bait were driven from the side of American fishing vessels and compelled to sell their supplies, at forty cents per barrel, to the French vessels. The Grand Jury asked the Judge, Sir R. J. PINSENT, whether the French were justified in the course they were taking. His reply was, that the subjects of the United States had certain treaty rights to fish on the coast and the British subjects had a right to sell bait to them; consequently, the French were wrong in prohibiting the sale. Sir Robert added that the French had no right, under the treaties, to establish lobster factories on the coast, whereas the British had a right to establish factories, so long as they did not interfere with French codfishing. He urged a loyal submission to the modus ?vivendi, and expressed his confidence that the Imperial Government would redress the grievances of the Newfoundlanders in time - London Times.


Marriage of Rev. Wm. Chas. WHITE and Miss Fredrica T. BAYLEY - An event which excited much interest took place in the old town of Bonavista on Wednesday morning last, namely, the marriage of the Rev. Wm. Charles WHITE, Incumbent of Fogo, and Miss Frederick Thorne BAYLEY, daughter of the Rev. A.E.C. BAYLEY, R.D., who, assisted by the Rev. J.J. WHITE, brother of the bridegroom, performed the marriage service. The wedding was a quiet one, none but the immediate friends of the interested parties being present. The wedding breakfast was partaken of at the residence of the bride's father, after which the bridal party started for this town, arriving about 7:30pm, at the residence of Dr. WHITE, father of the bridegroom. The happy couple left town today overland for King's Cove, where they will join the steamer enroute to their new home at Fogo. The Record joins with numerous friends of the Rev. Mr. and Mrs. WHITE in wishing them many years of health and happiness. Trinity Record, Nov 11.

Marble Quarry

Mr. BARTLETT, of Brigus, in conjunction with some gentlemen in town, is the owner of a marble quarry in White Bay, the quality of the stone of which, is perhaps, better than any ever discovered on this side of the Atlantic. Owing to the peculiarities of the mining laws and French Shore complications, Mr. BARTLETT cannot work the quarry at present, but some specimens which he has brought to town with him are beautiful in the extreme. Mr. Thomas GREEN, a stone cutter in this town at present, but who has worked in the States for some time, says that MR. BARTLETT's marble far surpasses the best Tennessee marble in beauty of color, fineness of grain, or smoothness of surface. He has seen nothing like the marble from Mr. BARTLETT's find. Mr. BARTLETT brought two large specimens from the deposit this summer, which he will have placed over the grave of a dead relative. - Daily Colonist.

Methodist News

A sale of work in connection with the South Side Methodist church is to be held about the 15th of December.


There have been two deaths from diphtheria here this week, and a few other cases are still in the community.

Shipping News

The English vessel Wild Daisy, Capt. STEBBINS, sailed for Lisbon on Monday last with a cargo of fish for Messrs. OWEN & EARLE.


The Court House has recently been thoroughly painted both inside and outside. It looks well and presents a most creditable appearance.

Shipping News

There were two arrivals yesterday to the firm of Messrs. OWEN & EARLE, the G.C. Gradwell, Capt. TOWNSLEY, from Cadiz, via Fogo, with salt, and the Primrose, Capt. TREW, from Bristol, England, with a general cargo.

Cemetery Damage

The Church of England cemetery gate has been considerably damaged lately, believed to have been done by a cow trying to force it open with her horns. Some of these animals have been doing damage to fencing, &c., in other directions this fall.

Mining News

Another ""find"" of copper was recently made by Mr. George HODDER on Tickle Point. One day last week a blast was made in a part of the cliff and a considerable quantity of rock was excavated, which appeared to contain a good percentage of copper.


The steamer Miranda was at Pelley's Island loading with iron pyrites when the Curlew called there Wednesday night. Leaving Pelley's Island the Miranda was going back to St. John's and some passengers that were on board Curlew, decided to take passage by her.


A drowning accident occurred at Pelley's Island on the 8th. One of the workmen, named Richard REDMAN, while returning home alone, between twelve and one o'clock at night, fell through the ice while crossing the pond and was drowned. His body was discovered the next day. The depth of water where he fell in was about ten feet. The deceased was 25 years of age. He belonged to Harbor Main and was a steady, industrious man.


On the 26th inst., of diphtheria, Jane Mary, youngest daughter of Joseph and Hannah HARBIN, aged 3 years."One more little voice was wanting, To fill the choir above, So Jesus took our Janie, Dear object of our love.""


Drowned at Pelley's Island, on Nov. 8th, Mr. Richard REDMAN, of Harbor Main, aged 25 years.

Ship news

Port of Twillingate - Entered - Nov 27 - G.C. Cradwell, TOWNSLEY, Cadiz via Fogo, part cargo salt - Owen & EARLE. Nov 27th - Primrose, TREW, Bristol, General cargo - Owen & EARLE. Cleared - Nov 23 - Wild Daisy, STEBBINS, Lisbon, 3390 qtls Labrador fish - Owen & EARLE"


At Exploits, on the 18th inst., by the Rev. G.C. FRASER, Mr. Samuel PAYNE, of Twillingate to Lavenia, daughter of Mr. Jonathan MANUEL, of Exploits.


At Fortune Harbor, on Nov. 10th by the Rev. Richard WALSH, P.P., Mr. Peter LEHEY of Black Island, to Miss Mary Bridget THISTLE, of Carbonear.


At the same place on Nov. 18th, by the same, Mr. Thomas O'DAY to Miss Agnes SWENEY, third daughter of John and Sarah SWENEY.


At the same place, on the same day, by the same Mr. James LYVER, at Waldron's Cove, to Miss Catherine HARTREY, of King's Cove.


Dec 5, 1891

Drowning (Part 1)

A most melancholy accident occurred on Saturday morning last, when two men named John BROWN , of Bluff Head Cove, and Rueben ELLIOTT, of Ragged Point, were drowned by the upsetting of their boat while returning to their homes from Trump Island, Friday's Bay. For some time past a crew of three, consisting of George HELLIER and the two unfortunate men named, had been in Friday's Bay herring catching, having gone there in a good size boat; and it was usual for two of them to return home on Saturday to spend Sunday with their families, the other remaining to take care of the boat. There was a very heavy breeze of Northerly wind on Saturday morning, and no one would have dreamt of their attempting to cross the Bight in a small boat, but it may be that the breeze did not appear so fierce in that part of the bay as it really was, and being anxious to reach their homes, BROWN and ELLIOTT ventured to leave Trump Island, with the painful consequences that we have stated. They had a small sail up and were just of Manuel's Cove when a squall capsized the boat and the poor fellows were never seen afterwards. The accident happened only a few fathoms from the land and was witnessed by persons residing beyond Manuels Cove. The boat and paddles drove ashore and were picked up late in the day, also a cap belonging to one of the occupants.

Drowning (Part 2)

At first it was not known who the unfortunate men were, but the boat was said to belong to Brown and as he was one of the crew at Friday's Bay in quest of herring, it was surmised to have been some of them who had been returning home. But it was not known which until late in the evening when a crew proceeded to where the three men had been herring catching to find out who had left, and it proved to be John BROWN and Reuben ELLIOTT, who started for Bluff Head between eleven and twelve o'clock that morning. The both of them were married men, each leaving four helpless children unprovided for. The bereaved who have been so suddenly deprived of their bread winners, are deserving of much sympathy from a charitable public, which we trust in many instances, will partake of really practical nature. Reuben ELLIOTT, it may be remembered by our readers here, was the one who with Wm. BARNES, was driven off in the Spring of 1889 while out seal hunting, and would have perished there on the ice with the comrade, had they not been rescued by Capt. KNEE, in the steamer Falcon, who took them on board in a most exhausted condition, gave them the best of treatment and landed them in St. John's.

Mail Delivery

In order that the Northern districts should not suffer for lack of mail communication, in consequence of the loss of the coastal steamer Volunteer, the steamer D.P. Ingraham, Capt. CROSS, was despatched from St. John's early on Saturday morning last with mails and passengers and reached here Monday night, visiting the usual ports of call coming along. She went as far as Tilt Cove and returned going South yesterday morning. Passengers per D.P. Ingraham - Old Perlican - Mr. R. MOREY, Mrs. S. HOWARD, Miss J. BENSON, Miss D. CRAM. Trinity - Mr. LUCAS. Fogo - Mr. A. CLEGG, Messrs. T. SCOTT, G.H. PAYNE, SAVERN. Twillingate - Miss MINTY Exploits - Mr. T. WINDSOR, Pelley's Island - Rev. E. MOORE; Little Bay Islands - Mr. Geo. CLAREY. Tilt Cove to Twillingate - Mrs. SCOTT, Mr. W. SCOTT, Little Bay to Twillingate - Mr. A. WHYTE. From Twillingate to St. John's Messrs. LETHBRIDGE and T. FRENCH"

Mr. Lethbridge's Departure

W. LETHBRIDGE, Esq. took passage per D.P. Ingraham for St. John's to connect with the next Allan steamer for England, where he intends residing permanently in future. For upwards of twenty five years Mr. LETHBRIDGE has conducted the extensive mercantile business of E. DUDER's branch trade in this bay, and has now made up his mind to spend the remainder of his years in the mother country, where he was last winter, his family having gone there with him about a year since. Mr. L. possesses shrewd business prolifities and was very successful during his long connection with the time honored firm with which he was associated. He was very well liked both by planters and employees, and many will be sorry for his retirement from business here and his removal from the town, and country. We wish him a pleasant journey across the Atlantic, and every future happiness. His son, Mr. W.H. LETHBRIDGE, succeeds him in the management of the business here and we trust that prosperity, similar to that which characterised his father's long business career, will continue to be enjoyed by the firm, and especially that branch of it which is under his management.


Captain Richard PIKE, Jr., who has been so long first officer of the Volunteer, has accepted the offer to command the new steamer belonging to Messrs. PICKFORD & BLACK, of Halifax (sister ship of the Harlaw), which will be put on the route between Halifax and Placentia, calling at Sydney and intermediate ports on the Newfoundland coast. A few days since we announced that Captain PIKE would take charge of the Curlew, the old coastal boat; as a matter of fact, Messrs. Harvey & Co. offered her to Captain PIKE, but had previously accepted the offer of Messrs. PICKFORD & BLACK, and , of course, could not go in the Curlew. Captain PIKE will start for Halifax in a few days, where he will make his future home. He will start on the route about the first of the year, and we wish him success. Daily Colonist Nov 18.


Herder & Halleran's Factory - Messrs. HERDER & HALLERAN have begun in earnest to rebuild their factory on Ordnance Street. The building will cover the same ground as before, but will be one storey lower. The work will be pushed ahead rapidly, so that the owners think they will have their business in full swing again by the end of the year. Some of the machinery was picked out among the debris, but it will require a good deal of repairing before it will be of use again. ........


A serious accident on the railway line - We learn that on Wednesday last, about 11 o'clock in the morning, while a number of men were in a big cut on the railway line, some 7 or 8 miles from Shoal Harbor, Trinity Bay, a serious accident occurred, in which three men were injured - one fatally. Several of the men were engaged filling in a hole with dynamite for a blast, when it is supposed the cap burst, as the blast went off, driving pieces of rock, &c., in every direction. The three injured ones are: W.D. REID, eldest son of Mr. REID, who is expected to make a speedy recovery. SAUNDERS, a young man, a Canadian, and head boss of blasting, who died about 10 or 12 hours afterwards, having had his eyes blown out and an arm amputated by the Doctor. The other, as far as we can learn, was named SOPER, of Carbonear. He was taken to the hospital at St. John's. The clothes of all three were torn to pieces.

Fishing News

Labrador fish at $4.40 - The Evening Telegram's Gaspe agent, C. SUTTON LE BOUTILLIER, Esq., writing that journal under date of the 10th ult., says: - ""The high prices quoted in my previous advices have continued to prevail. A large quantity of Labrador fish has been bought here lately at $4.40 per quintal. Competition has been very keen throughout the season, and fishermen have been fortunate enough to dispose a fair catch at remunerative prices. Herring, mackerel, and salmon, have sold well, and the smelt fishery is abundant, large quantities being shipped to New York. - Evening Telegram. Nov ??"

Church of England News

Rev. W. PILOT, B.D., F.R.G.S., Received Degree of ""Doctor of Divinity"" - It is with much pleasure that we learn that an honor, by no means frequently given to those of us who live in the outer ring of ""Greater Britain"" has been conferred upon a gentleman who has spent the larger portion of his life in Newfoundland, has made the colony his home, and who is well and favourably known to all of us. His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury has conferred upon the Rev. William PILOT, B.D., R.R.G.S., Superintendent of Church of England Schools, the degree of ""Doctor of Divinity"". We congratulate Mr. PILOT upon being singled out by the Primate of all England as the recipient of so well-deserved an honor - Evening Telegram (We unite with our contemporaries in extending congratulations to the Rev. gentleman on the distinguishing title that has been conferred upon him by so high a dignitary of Great Britain - Ed. Sun.)"


We are thankful to our subscribers who have already favored us with their subscriptions and shall be glad, if others will do so at an early date.


The Rev. S. O' Flynn, P.P., of Little Bay, spent a few days in town last week, and was a guest of J.B. TOBIN, Esq., J.P. He took passage per S.S. Ingraham for Little Bay.


Five or six large cargoes of deal and other kinds of lumber have been exported from Botwoodville the past season, as may be seen from the shipping intelligence of that place appearing in today's paper. The last steamer from there took over a million feet.


Dr. LECHR, Surgeon Dentist (who has located in Harbor Grace) wishes to intimate to the public that he is prepared to practice all branches of dentistry. He has very nice rooms fitted up next door to Messrs. Munn & Bros. Premises on Water Street. - Adv.


We learn that a sad accident occurred on board of a steamer called the Tiber as she was steaming out of Little Bay for Pelley's Island on the 24th ult. One of the crew named Hermenegilde PAQUET, of Quebec, fell down in the hold and was killed instantly. The body was landed at Little Bay and interred there.

Supreme Court

The Fall Term of the Supreme Court opened at St. John's on the 20th ult. His Lordship, Sir F.F.T. CARTER, in addressing the Grand Jury, said that there were only two indictments that were of a serious nature, namely, one for ""Manslaughter"" and the other for ""Arson"". In both cases the Grand Jury brought in a true bill.


The English schooner Primrose, Capt. TREW, which arrived here last Friday, from Bristol to Messrs. Owen & EARLE, experienced a very stormy passage. She was 73 days on the voyage and had to put into St. John's, short of water. She met with a succession of gales and head winds all the month of October and was driven back from long. W.25, to long. 17 W., winds varying from N.W. to S.W. She lost part of her starboard bulwarks, but with this exception, was nothing the worse for her long and boisterous passing.


The steamer Falcon, Capt. MURPHY, was dispatched from St. John's, to the scene of the wreck of the steamer Volunteer, on the 25th ult., in the interest of the underwriters. The Evening Herald says: ""Mr. Peter SAUNDERS and his staff of workmen, including four divers, also went down by her, taking with them a large quantity of contents and all necessary appliances for carrying on the work of salvage. Everything possible will be done to float the sunken ship, and, if the weather continues fine, the supposition is that it will be accomplished easily.""


Dec 12, 1891

Capt. WALSH Highly Complimented (Part 1)

The high estimation in which Capt. WALSH, of the coastal steamer Conscript is held by the public travelling on the Western route, is amply manifested from the appended address, presented him on his last trip from that coast, which together with his reply thereto, we transcribe from the columns of the Evening Telegram of the 3rd inst. Many of our Northern people who have frequently taken passage in the good ship Conscript under Capt. WALSH's command, can likewise add their testimony to the high merit attributed to the Captain, as well as the courtesy of the officers and crew always shown towards passengers. We are pleased to note this compliment paid to Capt. WALSH, and are glad to welcome him on the Northern route again after the temporary removal of the Conscript without any wish or desire on the part of the Northern people, who are quite satisfied with the manner in which the coastal service is performed by her competent commander. - Address: To Captain S. WALSH: Dear Sir, - We, the undersigned, feel that we are unable to quit the good vessel Conscript without giving expression to the very strong feeling of appreciation for the admirable manner in which you have brought your steamer along, night and day, which possesses as; and to testify to the unvarying attention and kindness extended to the passengers by both officers and crew under your command.

Capt. WALSH Highly Complimented (Part 2)

That you may long continue in your honorable command, and be left to us on this route occasionally and particularly for the remainder of the year, is the sincere wish of your true friends: W. HARRIS, Alan GOODRIDGE, G.R. FORSEY, T.N. NEVILLE, G. BUFFETT, E. HIRST, Lieut. HAMPDEN, Dr. Wm. HOGAN, Capt. CAMPBELL, C. CHAFE, Lieut. MERCER, F.B. NANGLE, Capt. BISHOP. E. LAKE, THOS. KEECH, G. SNOOK, L. CLARK, Constable SHEPPARD, Jos. WILLIS, Lieut. NEWMAN, CLEMENT, Lieut. J. LEEWARD, T. RUMSEY, T. MANGLE, J. ROSS, H. FEWER, J. RYAN, J. FEWER, Glovannini, P.J. BURKE, D. CURKE, W. BURKE, M. MARSHALL, A. BURGESS. Reply - Gentlemen, I must own that the address you have just presented me with has taken me by surprise. I have ever looked upon it as a duty to be courteous and to promote the happiness of the passengers on the ship. I thank you for your good wishes, and hope that, as time goes by, our further acquaintance will tend to strengthen rather than diminish the ties of friendship so pleasantly evidenced in your address. Believe me to be, Yours truly, S. WALSH, Conscript, Dec 5, 1891"


Census returns for Harbor Grace and vicinity - A statement of the census returns for 1891 which appears in the Harbor Grace Standard of the 1st inst., shows the following figures for the respective denominations: - Harbor Grace - C. of E. 2,642; C. of R. 2,480; Methodist 1,088; Presbyterians 156, Salvationist 97, Congregationalists 6. Spaniards Bay - C. of E. 1,055, C. o. R. 287, Methodists 86. Upper Island Cove - C. of E. 789, C. of R. 80, Bishop's Cove - C. of E., 304, Co. of R. 1, Methodists 9, Tilton - C. of E. 299, C. of R. 70, Methodist 11, Bryant's Cove - C. of E. 252, C. of R. 122, Spoon Cove - C. of E. 71, Co of R. 28. Making the total number of Church of England, 5, 412; Church of Rome 3, 059; Methodist 1,194, Presbyterians 156, Salvationists 97, Congregationalists 6, which shows a decrease of 335, Church of England; 334 Church of Rome; 199 Methodists; 33 Presbyterians; and an increase of 2 Congregationalists and 97 Salvationists.

Fogo news

Two Methodist ministers arrived from England by the last steamer. One is to reside at Pilley's Islands, the other at Seldom Come By. The wire is up at last after a terrible delay and inconvenience to the people. Such an example of dilatoriness has seldom been manifest. How alarmingly passive the people are. We hope now the line is up we shall sometimes hear from Tilt Cove and Little Bay about the steamer's homeward movements. We generally know of her arrival by her whistle. We only ask for our privileges and rights from the operators North. Thus the public suffer great inconvenience and spend watching nights in vain. There is an increase of 436 in the population of the Fogo District. It is reported that there is a decrease in the numbers of Roman Catholics and Church of England people, but a large increase of Methodists. Owing to the new Act, ""Means of Egress from Churches, &c.", the Church of England here is having two new large doors made in compliance with the new law. If the law can be carried out, the carpenters will be quite busy for a time.

New Church

On Thursday last, the work of laying the foundation of the contemplated new Church was commenced. There was a good muster of the men of St. Paul's congregation, who armed with picks and shovels, &c., were seen working with a will. On Friday the work was again resumed and the foundation is now practically laid. A large quantity of lumber which was purchased some time ago for the new building was at the same time placed on the grounds. Rev. W. WEAVER and Dr. WHITE directed operations. It is purposed to remove the old Church in April next, and no doubt the work of construction will then be carried on vigorously. - Trinity Record, Nov. 28.

Bonaventure Head

A loud, rumbling sound, resembling thunder, was heard in this neighbourhood early on Friday morning. It transpired some time afterwards that the noise was produced by a founder, which occurred at that time at Bonaventure Head. A large portion of this promontory tumbled into the sea with a roar and a crash, which could be heard for some miles around. There was also a huge fissure made in the remaining portion of the Head, which goes to show that there must have been quite a disturbance in that quarter, and it is very evident that the days of Bonaventure Head are numbered. - Ibid.

New Exhibition Building

From a later date of the Daily Colonist, we learn that the site for the proposed Exhibition building has been decided on by the committee. That journal says: - ""The exhibition building committee have definitely decided on placing the site of the proposed building in Bannerman Park between the residence of James E. KENT, Esq., and the Colonial building, and fronting on Military Road. Of course this is contingent in getting the permission of the City Council (to whom the ground belongs), but as individual members of the Council have informally expressed their willingness to give the ground, it is safe to infer they will not back down from that position in Council convened. The matter will be discussed at the next meeting of City Council.""

Tribute to Governor MCCOWAN

We have great pleasure in giving place to the subjoined article from the columns of the St. John's Times of the 2nd inst., which contains a very high tribute to the efficiency of the respected governor of the Penitentiary, J.R. MCCOWAN, Esq., who ever since his appointment to the position in 1878, has displayed marked ability in the management of this most important office. We re-echo the sentiments of our contemporary, and congratulate our esteemed friend on the encomiums that have been so deservedly bestowed upon him: ""The Penitentiary"" - ""perhaps no public Institution in this country presents a more favorable record than does the Penitentiary of this city, under the able governorship of J.R. MCCOWAN, Esq. Previous to Mr. MCCOWAN's taking charge of the Institution, it was a continual drag upon the exchequer of this country. Prisoners were placed therein, fed according to prison rules, but made no return for the outlay given for their support and maintenance. Since Mr. MCCOWAN was appointed, he has utilised whatever experience or ability possessed by those prisoners, and has instituted the broom-making and mat-making industry, in connection with the department, and so successful have been his efforts, that the respected governor has been congratulated by his Honor Chief Justice CARTER in his address to the Grand Jury, and the pleasing statement made by Sir Frederic that over four thousand dollars have been placed to the credit of the Penitentiary. This shows that we have a competent and reliable official in charge of that department. Mr. MCCCOWAN appears to be a general favourite in this community. he has the entire confidence of the authorities - the full support of the press - the esteem of all well-disposed persons, and at the same time, never has it been known that he has, in any way, subjected a prisoner under his care to any other restrictions than those outlined by law. He is courteous to visitors. In his private capacity, he is affable and unblemished. In his public capacity, as an official, he is firm and consistent. We are proud to record the tribute of the Chief Justice to this deserving and respected official, and trust that the energetic governor of the Penitentiary will follow up the good work already begun, and institute another department wherein criminals will be employed in making seines, herring seines, etc., and wherein the female culprits will be employed in spinning wool, knitting, etc., which will eventually add handsomely to the returns of the Institution.""

Church news

His Lordship Dr. POWER administered the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Cathedral yesterday afternoon. Beside him there were present Rev. D. O'BRIEN, Rev. J.S. SCOTT, Rev. C.H. O'NEIL and the Christian Brothers. There were 353 children confirmed - 189 boys and 164 girls. After the ceremony His Lordship preached a short and appropriate discourse to the children, on the additional moral strength given them by the Holy Sacrament of Confirmation. - Daily Colonist.

Another Harbour Gracian Lost

The British Columbia sealing schooner Mascotte has been given up for lost, nothing having been heard of her since the summer. She had orders to return to port at the end of October, but up to last reports, she had not arrived in Victoria. By her loss another young Harbor Gracian has found a watery grave. His name is John COLE, son of Mr. John COLE, aged 19 years. The family left here some three years ago for Halifax and subsequently moved on to British Columbia. - G.G. Standard"


In St. Peter's Church on Thursday evening last, by the Rev. R. TEMPLE, R.D., Mr. George FIFIELD of this place, to Miss Sophia FIFIELD of Trinity.


On Nov. 12th, at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Herring Neck, by the Rev. G.S. CHAMBERLAIN, Arthur SCAMMELL, of Change Islands to Althea JONES, of Fogo.


On the 3rd inst., at the same place and by the same, John HOLWELL to Rebecca SEELEY.


On October 17th, at Lushes Bight by Rev. Wm. REX, William CARAVAN to Sarah Jane ROBERTS.


On October 29th, at Little Bay Island, by the same, Elisha HUSTINGS to Elizabeth FUDGE.


At Whitbourne, on the 23rd ult., by the Rev. Mr. DUNN, James H. LOUGHLIN, of Flat Island, Placentia Bay, to Mary, second daughter of Frederick THISTLE, of Boot Harbor, Hall's Bay.


At Back Harbor, on the 9th inst., after a lingering illness, Sarah, relict of the late George WARR, Jr., aged 27 years.


At Herring Neck, on the 4th inst., after a brief illness, and deservedly regretted by a numerous circle of friends, Mr. Darius REDDICK, aged 41 years.


At Tizzard's Harbor, on the 4th inst., after a tedious illness, Mr. John CLOTHIER, aged 39 years.


At Little Bay Island, on October 31st, Mr. Thomas ANSTEY, aged 20 years and 2 months.

Ship News

Port of Twillingate - Entered - Dec 7 --- Cardigan, MARTIN, King's Cove, ballast - Harvey & Co., Dec 7---Osprey, RAKE, St. John's , ballast - Harvey & Co., Dec 11 - Arthur, TOWNSLEY, via. Fogo, part cargo salt , Owen & EARLE. Cleared - Dec 8 ---- Primrose, TREW, Fogo, general cargo - Owen & EARLE; Dec 10 --- Cardigan, MARTIN, Halifax, 2570 qtls Labrador codfish - Harvey & Co., Dec 11 --- Osprey, RAKE, Halifax, 2765 qtls Labrador codfish - Harvey & Co.


Passengers per Conscript for the North: - Bay-de-Verde - Mr. P. SNELGROVE, Mr. GARLAND, Mrs. RYAN, Miss RYAN, Miss MANSFIELD, Miss GREENE. Trinity - Mr. R. ROWE, Mr. RYAN, Mr. J. MCGRATH, Mrs. S. HOGEN, Mrs. DOROTHY. Catalina - Mr. KEHOE, Miss J. LIND. Greenspond - Rev. Mr. AMOR, Capt. KANE, Mr. J.L. HODDER, Mr. KANE, Mr. EDGAR and wife. Fogo - Mr. T. DIVINE, Miss F. MANUEL. Herring Neck - Miss S. DAVIS. Twillingate - Mrs. WILCOX and five children. Morton's Harbor - Mr. J. OSMOND, Exploits - Miss A. FRAZER, Botwoodville - Mr. R. NEILSON, Little Bay - Messrs. J. LAUIB, J. H. TAVERNER, P. BURKE, J. BOYD, B. BOYLES, Nipper's Harbor - Mrs. J. BOWERS, Englee - Mrs. A. DOOLEY, St. Anthony - Mr. REED, Mr. J. MOORE, Miss S. HUDSON"

For Sale

At Tizzard's Harbor - Two grass meadows, containing 2 acres; one potato garden, containing 1/2 acre and waterside premises, the property of the late Nicholas CANTWELL. Apply to Mrs. M.A. CANTWELL, Administratrix, Twillingate, Oct 17.


The mails per Conscript close nine o'clock tonight.


Search has been made for the bodies of BROWN and ELLIOTT, who were drowned returning from Friday's Bay on the 1st inst., but this far all attempts to recover them have proved futile.


Two cargoes of Labrador fish were cleared from the Customs here this week for Halifax by Messrs. Harvey & Co., St. John's, one the Cardigan, of King's Cove, which took 2,510 qtls., and the other the Osprey, of St. John's, taking 2,765 qtls.


The death of Darius REDDICK, of Herring Neck, took place somewhat suddenly last week. He was son of Mr. John REDDICK, and was respected by all who knew him. For some years he had been master of their own schooner, the Bear, and has been pretty successful at the fisheries. The bereaved have our sympathy.

Harbor Grace Cathedral

Work on the Harbor Grace Cathedral is progressing rapidly, and the workmen have taken advantage of the continuance of the fine weather to begin covering in part of the roof. A few days since His Lordship Dr. MACDONALD made a house to house call on the members of his flock in Harbor Grace realising thereby the sum of five hundred dollars towards the building fund. Altogether the building is farther advanced than could have been hoped by the most sanguine Harbor Gracian. This, in a measure, is due to kind friends, but mostly to the untiring energy and zeal of Dr. MACDONALD. - Daily Colonist"


Dec 19, 1891


Two seals were captured in nets at Crow Head on Wednesday last, a hood and a bedlamer. Several others have also been caught this season by crews in other places around this neighbourhood.


The Silverdale arrived from St. John's on Monday morning bringing a general cargo for the firm of E. DUDER. She was several days getting along, in consequence of stormy weather and adverse winds.

Mining News

A number of our friends who have been working at the mines returned per Conscript on Tuesday evening and we are pleased to welcome them back after a few months absence from the community.


The Stipendiary Magistrate, F. BERTEAU, Esq., and his two daughters took passage for St. John's per last Conscript. Mr. BERTEAU has a four months leave of absence from the government, and intends making a tour to Canada and the United Sates during the winter, visiting Virginia and other parts, and will be accompanied by his youngest daughter. We wish them a pleasant journey.

Harbor Gracians

It is with pleasure we record the fact that yet another title of honor has lately been conferred on our esteemed young townsman - the Rev. Dr. THOMSPON, now laboring in the Master's Vineyard at Aylmer, Ontario. He has been elected a member of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. We congratulate Dr. THOMPSON and his friends on the mark of appreciation of the scholarship of our old townsman. - Harbor Grace Standard"


The coastal steamer Conscript, Capt. WALSH, returning to St. John's, called here Tuesday evening. While North, very stormy weather was experienced. On Saturday it blew violently, and the steamer was in Griquet all day with two anchors out. At other times the weather was very rough. The Conscript did not leave port until early Wednesday morning. The following took passage here for St. John's -- Mr. BERTEAU, Misses, BERTEAU (2), Miss Carrie TEMPLE, Miss POWER, Capt. PENNY, S.A., Lieut. PYNN, S.A., Messrs. J.B. TOBIN, R.D. HODGE, Dr. SCOTT, W. SCOTT. From ports North -- Messrs. J. MANUEL, D. SCOTT, J. MOORS, Robert BOYD, Wm. SAVILLE, J.R. GELLIBRAND, McINTOSH, Miss HOLDEN, Lieut. ENGLAND (S.A.); 70 in steerage.


On Dec 5th, at the Methodist Parsonage, by the Rev. Jabez HILL, Mr. James Alfred POPE, of Fogo to Miss Susanna MITCHARD, of South Side.


On Dec. 12th, at the same place, by the same, Mr. Frederick Wm. PHILLIPS, of South Side to Miss Maria E. WHITE, of Ragged Point.


On Dec. 13th, at the North Side Methodist Church, by the same. Mr. Joseph GIDGE, of Durrel's Arm, to Miss Martha MANUEL, of North Side.


On Dec. 16th, at the Methodist Parsonage, by the same, Mr. Elijah WITT, of Kettle Cove, to Mary A. KING, of Friday's Bay.


On Nov. 19th, at the Church of St. Nicholas, Leading Tickles, by the Rev. P.G. SNOW, Incumbent of the Mission of Exploits, Mr. Thomas HANCOCK, to Miss Elizabeth HART.


On Nov. 20th, at the same place, by the same, Mr. John HANNAM, to Miss Jane MARSH.


On Nov. 21st, at the same place, by the same, Mr. Joseph HAGGETT, to Miss Matilda HANNAM.


On Nov. 25th, at Cottle's Cove, by the same. Mr. John Thomas BOONE, to Miss ELLEN PARDY.


On Dec. 12th, at the Church of All Saints, Exploits, Burnt Island, by the same, Mr. Solomon SNELGROVE, to Miss Harriet TURNER.

Ship news

Port of Little Bay - Entered --- May 28 - S.S. Lief Ereckson, 1551 tons, Baltimore, ballast; May 30 - S.S. Falcon, 311 tons, Cow Bay, cargo coal, June 24 - S.S. Tiber, 1131 tons, Cow Bay, cargo coal: June 26 - Finlaggon, 99, Greenock, general cargo; July 3 - S.S. Arecuna, 1061 tons, New York, cargo coke; July 22 - S.S. Blakemoor, 1096 tons, Cape Breton, coal and coke; Aug 6 - S.S. Arecuna, 1061 tons, Philadelphia, cargo coke; Aug 21 - Rescue, 132 tons, Sydney, coal; Sept 9 - S.S. Coila, 161 tons, Cow Bay, coal; Oct 1 - S.S. Salamanea, 883 tons, Cow Bay, coal and coke; Oct 5 - ?Sord Duflies, 140 tons, Greenock, general cargo; Oct 13 - S.S. Salamanca, 883 tons, Cow Bay, coal, cattle and feed; Oct 29 - Salamanea, 853 tons, Cow Bay; Nov 13 - S.S. Coban, 689 tons, Grace Bay, coal; Nov 14 - S.S. Nether Holme, 1285 tons, Green, general cargo, Nov 18 - S.S. Tiber, 1134 tons, Montreal, provisions. Cleared May 19 - S.S. Vanguard, 3311 tons, Swansea, cargo ingots copper; June 1 - S.S. Lief Erickson, 1551 tons, New York, suppurate iron, June 3 - S.S Falcon, 311 tons, Glace Bay - ballast (? remainder of article missing)"


Dec 26, 1891


A daring robbery was committed in the office of R.D. HODGE, Esq., one night about three weeks since, when the safe was opened and about two hundred dollars were stolen therefrom, but thus far no clue to the miscreant has been discovered. It was evidently done by someone acquainted with the ""ropes"" of the office, as the keys were taken from a secreted part impossible to be known by a stranger, by which means the villainous deed was perpetrated.


The Maggie Briggs, Isaac BOONE, master, arrived in port Sunday noon from the North side of the bay. She left Little Bay Saturday afternoon, and put into Dark Tickle that night, just as the snow storm set in, where she left the next morning for Twillingate. When part way across the bay, her rudder gave out and she had to be steered by the mainsail. There was a heavy breeze of wind at the time, which , however, was fair, and fortunately the Maggie reached here safely. The necessary repairs were effected next morning, and she left for Fogo.

Fogo News

On Saturday, 19th inst., Eli READE, of Barr'd Island, went into the woods to set some rabbit snares. In the evening some snow storms came on, and although he managed to get within 3 miles of his home he perished. Up till this date, 23rd, his body has not been found in spite of most diligent searching. Strange to say, his wife's father, year before last, was lost in the same manner and near the same place. He was 30 years of age and was only married a few weeks ago. There is a good deal of sickness at Change Islands and one case of diphtheria. The delay of the steamer is most provoking. Mr. HODGE and Mr. SCOTT are expected by her.


On the 17th inst., Elizabeth, infant and only child of Joseph and Mary Ann HOUSE.


At Wild Cove on the 15 inst., Mr. Samuel KEEFE, aged 60 years.


At Little Bay, on the 10th inst after a short illness, Fanny, beloved wife of Wm LUSH, aged 25 years; she leaves a mother, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and a circle of friends to mourn their sad loss - R.I.P.


At Fogo, on the 13th inst., Mark MILLER, aged 25 years; he leaves an aged father, and brothers and sisters, to mourn their sad loss.


At. St. John's, on the 5th inst., Mary Cecilia, the only and well-beloved child of Mary BOWERS, aged 9 years 8 months.

Ship news

Port of Twillingate - Cleared - Dec 22 - Arthur, TOWNSLEY, Oporto, 1448 qtls shore codfish, 763 qtls Straits codfish, 519 qtls Labrador codfish, Owen & Earle; Dec 24 - G.C. Gradwell, TOWNSLEY, Bristol, 111 tons, 3 hogsheads, 12 gallons cod oil, 11 tons, 3 hogsheads, 55 gallons seal oil, 816 seal skins, 92 cow and calf skins, 12 cases rabbit skins, 2 horse skins, 80 barrels herring, 68 cases lobster, etc., etc., - Owen & EARLE"

Lunatic Asylum

Physicians throughout the Colony will please note that patients are no longer admitted to the Lunatic Asylum with the old forms issued by the Board of Works. New blank forms of ""Medical Certificate"" and ""Statement"" with instructions may be obtained on application at the office of the Attending Physician and Board of Works. The statement, may be sworn to before a Justice of the Peace, Magistrate, or any other person empowered to take Affidavits. Cathedral Hill.


The calamitous accident by which the only child, Mary Cecilia, of our contemporary, Mr. P.R. BOWERS, of the Colonist, lost her life from the effects of her garments taking fire, has evoked a great deal of sympathy for the stricken father and mother. The following facts, communicated to us, explain the melancholy occurrence. The little girl, who was in her tenth year, went down-stairs in her night garments and stockings at eight in the morning of Saturday last to examine her skates in childish fashion; for that afternoon she intentioned having an outing with some of her young companions on a nearby lake. She had previously been downstairs and had taken up a cup of tea to her mother's bedroom at which time the servant ascended with her to the same apartment. The little girl then went down-stairs for the purpose mentioned, and was cleaning her skates by the hall stove, in which a strong fire of anthracite was burning. Suddenly all three in the room above heard a piercing shriek. The girl and Mrs. BOWERS rushed down and the former seizing a mat wrapped it around the burning garments of the child. Instinctively, Mr. BOWERS, fearing fire, snatched a blanked from the bed and hastily seizing the child from the servant and discarding the mat, enveloped the little one in the blankets extinguishing the fire. The poor child's body was terribly burnt from the tops of her stockings to her hair and she suffered dreadfully. It is supposed that, as the child stood before the stove cleaning the skates, the skirt of her garment was drawn in the draught-hole or damper in the base of the stove and was instantly set in a flame. Mr. BOWERS immediately went for Doctors KERGAN and HARVEY, and they did what they could to relieve the child's sufferings, but their skill was of no avail to save her life, and about eight that evening she expired. The funeral takes place at 9 a.m. tomorrow. The little one was confirmed yesterday week and being an only child, the parents' grief is heartrending. We sympathise deeply with our contemporary in his severe affliction. - Evening Telegram, Dec. 7 (We sincerely sympathise with our contemporary, Mr. BOWERS, editor of the Colonist, and his lady, in the sad loss thus sustained, and under such painful circumstances. - Ed. Sun.)"

Fish Required at Malaga

Within the last two years there has been a considerably increased demand for British Labrador codfish; and if our fishermen in Newfoundland (says the British Consul at Malaga) would be more careful in the curing of the shore fish, they would easily succeed in securing many of the shipping orders which are now sent to Norway. It is expected that the inquiry for British codfish will be unusually important during the early months of the coming season. - Daily Colonist, Dec 17.


An old acquaintance under a new name - The steamer Diane, 275 tons (formerly the Hector), Capt. H. BARTLETT, arrived at 7 a.m., to Messrs. Job Brothers, from Dundee, coal-laden. She has been rebuilt from stem to stern, from keel to deck, her timbers and planking being of oak, her sheathing of greenheart. She has also been fitted with a new boiler, machinery and engine, excepting the cylinders only, and is to all intents a new vessel. The work was done by W. Stephen & Co., Dundee, The vessel maintained an average speed of eight and a half knots on the passage out which was accomplished in fourteen days. - Evening Telegram, Dec 12.


Yesterday being Xmas Day, Divine Services were held at the usual hours in respective churches of this town.


The steamer, Matilda, owned by R. SCOTT, Esq., Fogo, arrived from there Thursday morning and returned before noon same day.


We are indebted to Mr. Stephen NEWMAN, master of the Jubilee, for a bundle of late St. John's papers, interesting extracts from which will be found in our columns to-day.


The steamer Swallow belonging to Messrs. Owen & EARLE, arrived from Fogo Wednesday evening bringing five prisoners, who had been convicted before Samuel BAIRD, Esq., Stipendiary Magistrate, and sentenced to one month imprisonment for violating the Game Law Act last Spring.


The schooners Jubilee, Stephen NEWMAN, master, and Stanley, Stephen HARBIN, master, returned from St. John's on Tuesday afternoon, the former bringing a general cargo for J.B. TOBIN, Esq., and the latter having a cargo, partly for here and for Tilt Cove. These two craft left St. John's on Friday and had a favorable time back for the season of the year.


The English vessel Arthur, Capt. TOWNSLEY, sailed for Oporto on Wednesday with a cargo of codfish for the firm of Messrs. Owen & Earle. The barque, G.G. GRADWELL, Capt. TOWNSLEY, also sailed to-day for Bristol, with a cargo of oil, seal skins, and other produce for the same firm. These will be the last departures from here for foreign ports this season.


Mr. Edwin COLBOURNE's dwelling house was very near being destroyed by fire on Saturday last. A little fellow was playing with matches up stairs and made a fire for amusement, which, if it had not been discovered, in a few moments longer, would have totally destroyed the building. As it was a good deal of clothing was burnt and a considerable lot damage done to that part of the house.


Contributed by George White (2002)
Nov. 21, 1891 to Dec. 26, 1891 transcribed by Beverly Warford (December 2002)

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (February 2003)

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