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Twillingate Sun

Mar 5, 1892

Trinity Disaster

Special to the Sun - St. John's March 4 - A terrible calamity happened at Trinity and the neighbouring settlements on Saturday last. Hundreds of men were out sealing when a fierce storm set in, many being unable to reach the land. Some boats reached Old Perlican and others Heart's Delight. Several crews landed on the Horsechops, but were so exhausted that six men died in sight of their homes. Several died before reaching land and others were badly frost-bitten. Thirteen dead bodies have reached their friends, and twelve more are still missing. The first intimation of the disaster was received on Sunday night, via Heart's Content; Rev. Mr. ATKINSON having brought the news there from Heart's Delight that five boats crews had landed at the latter place thus revealing the woeful tale. The Government took prompt action and sent the steamer Labrador next day to search for the missing ones, but she returned after two days unsuccessful. The Assembly met Monday and adjourned until Thursday, out of regard for the bereaved people of Trinity.


At Merasheen, Placentia Bay, on the 13th ult., after a fortnights illness of La Grippe, Rachel TORRAVILLE, of Green Bay, aged 33 years.

Public Health Act

Sec. 13 - It shall be the duty of any householder, so soon as he shall become aware that any occupant of his house is suffering from an infectious or contagious disease that may be detrimental to the public health, to give notice of such disease to the Chairman of the Board of Health or a Justice of the Peace, as the case may be, under a penalty not exceeding fifty dollars. Sec. 14 - Any person suffering from any contagious or infectious disorder who wilfully exposes himself, without proper precaution against spreading the said disorder, in any street, public place, or public conveyance, and any owner or driver of a public conveyance who does not immediately provide for the disinfection of his conveyance after it has, with the knowledge of such owners or drivers conveyed any such sufferer, and any person who, without previous disinfection, gives, lends, sells, conveys, transmits, or exposes any bedding, clothing, rags, or other things which have been exposed to infection from such disorders, shall, on conviction, before a Justice of the Peace, be fined a sum not exceeding one hundred dollars, or in default there of, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months. Providing that no proceedings shall be taken against person transmitting, with proper precautions such articles for the purpose of having them disinfected by order of the Board of a medical man. F. BERTEAU, Stipendiary Magistrate.

Epworth League at Little Bay (Part 1)

A branch of the Epworth League has been in working at this place, for the past four months and is progressing very creditably and doing much for the welfare of some of our people. It is presided over by G.L. THOMPSON, Esq., an energetic and talented gentlemen, who has in this short time, with the help of his colleagues brought it to a creditable state of efficiency. Its orchestra consists of an organist, three violinists, one cornet, one euphonium, one English concertina, one accordion, and other instruments played as occasions or taste of players feel inclined, with about twenty or twenty five vocalists of no mean ability. We have in Little Bay good talent in this line. One creditable feature of the League here is, it is non sectarian, this has much to do with its success. The Epworth League is calculated, where ever established, to do much good in edifying, not only its members, but others if carried out as at this place, as the following will tend to show. During it existence at Little Bay, the members have already given three excellent treats to the people in the shape of Musical and Literacy entertainments. Admission is free. The following will give some idea of the standard of these entertainment. The last that was given at the Loading Wharf School Room, it was filled to overflowing showing the appreciation of these entertainments by an intelligent public.

Epworth League at Little Bay (Part 2)

PROGRAM - Opened by singing first verse of the c. Psalm. Then a brief prayer by Mr. GARLAND followed by the opening address by Mr. G.L. THOMPSON, the address being full of welcome to all present. Then the Hymn 296 from Sankey's Hymns was rendered in splendid style by the full orchestra, both instrumental and vocal. Messrs. BLANDFORD and SPINNEY's connets doing much to harmonise the whole. Then a recitation ""Miss Adelaide's Flounces"" by Miss Ada HUBLEY, which was rendered with telling effect. Then Sankeys Hymn was, by full orchestra, rendered in a style that kept the audience in rapt attention. Next a reading by Mr. ROLLINGS "" The vision of Mivza"". This reading had the full attention of all present as readings always do when rendered by Mr. ROLLINGS, next hymn 392, (Sankey's) by full orchestra. Next the crowning piece of the entertainment, an essay by Dr. L. JOSEPH ""The Poet and a Psalm of Life"". To show the varied qualities of the Poet Laureate's compositions, Dr. JOSEPH rendered ""Angel's Footsteps"" in such pathetic tones as to cause some of the audience to drop a few tears........ Then followed Sankey's Hymn 386, ""Have you any room for Jesus, He who bore your load of sin?""..... Mr. GARLAND gave a reading..... Then followed Sankey's Hymn 317 by the full orchestra, the tone of which brought out Mr. ROLLING's good baritone and Mr. TAVERNOR's excellent bass... Mr. GARLAND then read an excellent essay.... Sankey's Hymn 398 was then rendered....... the ladies voices keeping in excellent trim..... Mr. THOMPSON then gave a short essay on the relief of the GREELY party by Captain ASH and others, describing the meeting at the frozen North, in such a thrilling style, that one could almost imagine the dread scene was being reinacted before our eyes. Sankey's Hymn 43 was then rendered by the full Orchestra, Miss QUIABY presiding at our new and excellent organ...... audience wended their way.... a most enjoyable evening. Yours, &c., A Lover of Progress.

Ministering to Minds Diseased (Part 1)

A Musical treat given the inmates of Lunatic Asylum (To the Editor of the Evening Herald) - Dear Sir: - A pleasingly significant event took place at the Lunatic Asylum on Wednesday afternoon last, when a number of our talented ladies and gentlemen gave a musical treat to quite a large number of the inmates; thus enlivening the dead monotony of their lives; and casting a cherry glow over the sombre shadows of their sad fate. That the music was greatly appreciated by those poor creatures could plainly be seen, many amongst the crowd of faces vacant, hopeless, or sad, quite changed under the soothing effects of the sweet tones of the ladies' voices with the supporting melody of the piano. The change in expression reminded one of a gleam of sunshine from behind a dark cloud. Doctor MCKENZIE is to be congratulated for inaugurating a course of these and other entertainments for the inmates of the Asylum, thus following out the practice in other and larger similar institutions. The benefits resulting to the patients from such kind and sympathetic treatment cannot be over-estimated.

Ministering to Minds Diseased (Part 2)

The concert was gotten up at the request of Doctor MCKENZIE, by Mrs. WARREN and Mrs. MARCH. The following is the programme: Piano solo - Miss HARVEY; Song Miss WARREN, song - Miss PATERSON, song - Mrs. MARCH, violin solo- Mr. RENNIE; Song - Miss MURPHY, Piano solo - Miss HARVEY, Song - Miss FOX, Song - Miss RENDELL, Song - Mrs. WARREN, Violin solo - Mr. RENNIE. Finally the National Anthem was sung, the patients joining in, if not with much harmony, at least with evident enjoyment. Dr. MCKENZIE then made a few simple, telling remarks to the patients, asking them if they had enjoyed the music and calling on them to thank the ladies for so kindly entertaining them; this they did by acclamation. The doctor congratulated them on their good behaviour, and promised them many more such treats in the future. The patients seem well disciplined and under perfect control. Their behaviour during the performance was quiet and orderly. On passing out, the performers were greeted by several of the inmates. One old lady, in particular, wearing a fantastic bellowered bonnet. She was profuse in her thanks and blessings. She greeted Mr. RENNIE with the remark ""Good luck to you, sir. You're a great hand to play the fiddle." Miss SCOTT then hospitably entertained her guests until the arrival of the sleighs, when the party returned to town; let us hope feeling happier for having assisted in casting one ray of light over the night of ""minds diseased"". Let us sincerely hope that the doctor will meet with every support and encouragement in his good work in the future. I am dear sir, One of the Majority"

Census returns (Part 1)

The returns of the Census taken in this colony last fall have not yet been officially published, but from the figures that have appeared in public print, the population is put down at 202,000, being an increase of only 4,665 in the last seven years. In several districts there has been a decrease in the population, notably, St. John's East and West, where in the former there is a decrease of 1,018 and in the latter 1,017. In the districts of St. Barbe, Brigus, Harbor Grace, Carbonear, and some others there has also been a slight decrease. The St. John's correspondent of the Montreal Gazette, furnishes that paper some statistics in reference to the census returns which also have been published in the Daily Colonist of February 10th, in which the writer, speaking of the decrease in various districts, says that ""the greatest decrease has been in the district of Twillingate." In 1884 he says that the population was 20,289 and in 1891, 17,718, showing a decrease of 3,571. These figures are incorrect and very misleading. The correspondent of the Montreal Gazette must have combined the total population of Twillingate and Fogo districts; for in 1884 the former had a population of 14,058 and the latter 6,284, making a grand total of 20,312. In 1881 the population of Twillingate district, denominationally, stood as follows: Church of England - 3840; Church of Rome - 1,858; Methodist - 8,220; Presbyterians - 43; Congregationalists - 85; Reformed Church 3, Baptists and others - 9; making a total of 14058. In 1891, we find the following result, although as we said before the returns are not yet complete and there may be a difference of several in the figures of either of the denominations before they are officially published:"

Census returns (Part 2)

Church of England - 3,912; Church of Rome - 2,453; Methodist - 9,618; Presbyterians - 58; Congregationalists - 78; Reformed Church - 1, Baptists and others 15; Salvation Army - 583; giving a total of 16,718, which is an increase of 2,660 for our district during the last seven years The increase all over the colony during that period is said to be only 4,685, so that more than half the increase to the whole population has taken place in our own district. The increase for the seven years is put down at 2.36 per cent, which is exceedingly low indeed, and it is to be regretted that the result of the late census returns reveals such a lamentable condition of affairs, which may be attributed to the tide of emigration, that has been streaming from our shores during the past seven or eight years. During that period the fisheries have been very poor and the country has had to pass through years of unusual depression, and as a consequence, hundreds of our fishermen who found it impossible to maintain themselves and families, out of the small earnings obtained from prosecuting the fisheries, have sought new homes in other lands. The exit during the past twelve or fifteen months, however, has been very small, compared with the four or five years previously, and with the return of good fisheries such as we have been favored with the last two years, it is to be hoped that prosperity will once more abound throughout the land and that there will be no occasion for our people to emigrate to other countries for the purpose of earning a livelihood. The returns of the enumerates for the respective electoral districts are as follows: St Barbe - 6, 690; Twillingate - 16, 718; Bonavista - 17,051; Trinity - 18,871; Bay de Verde - 9,708; Harbor Grace - 13,881; Brigus and Port de Grave - 8,026; Carbonear - 5,765; Harbor Main - 9,189; St. John's Est - 20,745; St. John's West - 14,251; Ferryland - 5,853; Placentia and St. Mary's - 12,801; Burin - 9,058; Burgeo and LaPoile - 6,471; Fortune Bay - 7,671; St. George's Bay - 6,632; Labrador (estimated) - 4,118 Total - 202,000"


Estate of W.W. & Co. Clearance Sale - Will commence on Tuesday next, when Stock will be offered at great reduction for cash until clearance is effected. Come Early!"


Jewellery made and repaired. Wedding rings made to order. Watches repaired by experienced European workmen at J.T. LAMB's, Little Bay.

Friday's Bay

Methodist Missionary Meeting - Three years ago the above event was added to our yearly recurring programming of celebrations, the meetings of that and last year being successful, and so after the usual meetings were over here, the query went around ""who's going to Friday's Bay this year?"" Ash Wednesday the question was answered, and under fairly favorable circumstances of travelling, weather, &c., the following party left for the drive up the Bay over the ice about the middle of the day. Revds. HILL, KELLY, PECK, Mrs. HILL, Mrs. A. LINFIELD, Misses HUDDER and SMITH, Messrs. A. LINFIELD, R. ROBERTS, DWYER and W.J. SCOTT. Several others intended going but could not obtain horses. The drive was enjoyable, the crossing of rents in the ice and one or two little events such as "" a break downs"", yes and nearly a ""break through"" as well, only adding a little excitement to the journey. Our friend Mr. PECK never drove over the sea before and probably some of our conveyances were rather suggestive to him, of what we won't say. However, we arrived at the nice school room all well and soon the ladies displayed the contents of the boxes, &c. and by the time the brethren had looked well after the horses, a nice spread of good things for the inner man, and woman too, met the eye, and it is needless to say, justice was done to this part of the programme. About 7 o'clock the room was filled by a solid looking audience, and under the chairmanship of Mr. LINFIELD all went well. Singing, Prayer, Scripture, Report, &c., being heartily entered into, the speakers in order were Mr. SCOTT, Revds. PECK, HILL, KELLY and short review of the past by two venerable brethren. A. YOUNG and Geo. SAMPSON, all of which was well timed and made good impression (we think the Clergy excelled their Twillingate efforts). A duet was rendered by Misses SMITH and HUDDER and too well, after which the collection was taken up, and showed a decided advance on last year, being about twenty-three dollars, and we note that one visitor who was there last year gave four dollars, and he was not there to count this year. After refreshments and little chats with the people, who were all evidently well pleased, we started on return drive, arriving home in the small hours, and glad to retire from the activities of life, and maybe, dream we were returned Missionary excursionists, or tourists.


March 5, 1892, Transcribed by Beverly Warford (December 2002)

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (February 2003)

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