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Twillingate Sun

Dec 10, 1892

Testimonial to Mr. W.G. SMITH. (Pt. 1)

On Leaving Twillingate. Mr. W. G. SMITH late teacher of the Arm Methodist School, came here per ""Virginia Lake"" on Tuesday last, prior to his leaving for his new sphere of duty in Wesleyville, where he goes by return steamer, to the charge of an important school which the intelligent residents of that ""rising"" place are desirous of establishing in their midst. Mr. SMITH is a first grade teacher and came here a little more that a year since to take charge of the Arm school. He appeared to be very well liked as a teacher and had the good will of all classes of the community. He took considerable interest in the advancement of the pupils under his tuition, and the fact that he had a much larger attendance, than ever was on register under any previous teacher, is an evidence of the appreciation in which his services were held by the people. We understand that Mr. SMITH, in addition to other subjects, is an excellent teacher of Navigation, and as this is a branch of study which many of our young men are desirous of acquiring during the winter months, his removal is the more to be regretted. The following address was presented to him yesterday, which testifies to the esteem in which Mr. SMITH was held. We join with his many friends in wishing him every success in the future.

Testimonial to Mr. W.G. SMITH. (Pt. 2)

Address: (Twillingate, Dec 1802) Mr. W. G. SMITH, Dear Sir, - We, the undersigned, having heard that you are about to leave our community for a new sphere of labor, beg to express our deep regret, that circumstances have arisen, which brought about this result. You were welcomed here on coming from College as a first grade teacher, and the growth of the school under your charge speaks for itself. You are to be congratulated on having made many warm friends of all classes during your stay, which unfortunately has been abruptly terminated. We trust however, our loss will be your gain, and wishing you every success and Heaven's blessing wherever your lot may be cast in the future, We subscribe ourselves, Yours faithfully, (This address was numerously signed by influential citizens of all denominations on both sides of the harbor, which space prevents publishing in full, and not wishing to make individual distinctions, all are omitted.) Reply: Twillingate, Dec. 10th. My Dear Friends: - Your kind address has struck a chord in my nature, so that the vibration will never cease. My efforts since I came among you, have been directed for the establishment of manly, and kind feeling between us, that we might be held together by the strong bond of union and sympathy. The noble tribute of kindness which you have shown me during my sojourn among you, amply rewards me for my labours. I deeply regret my leaving you, but the force of circumstances which you all know, has made it a necessity. I can truly say that in leaving Twillingate I am leaving Home. Trusting that a kind Providence will be over you with benign feelings, and that I may continue to have your good will, I am yours, ever faithfully, W.G. SMITH.

Dangerous Sliding

(To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun.) Dear Sir, - Will you kindly allow me space in your valuable paper to call attention to a practice which is, I fear, becoming dangerously prevalent in our midst. For the past few evenings Church Hill has been the scene of a certain amusement, which was doubtless most enjoyable to the participators, but might have proved fatal to pedestrians. I allude to the dangerous practice of Sliding. Now, Mr. Editor, in all fairness to the delinquents, ought this be allowed to continue? The people of Back Harbor and Wild Cove must pass Church Hill when returning from Front Harbour, but after the scenes witnessed this week, I fear they do so at the risk of their lives. If boys were the sole offenders in this respect, one would feel inclined to be more lenient, but when members of the fair sex violate the law, what can we expect from the younger portion of the community. In conclusion I trust that when in future these young ladies are at a loss for a fashionable amusement, their originality will invent a pastime equally pleasant, but less dangerous to the lives of our citizens. Thanking you for space I am, dear Mr. Editor, Yours very truly, A Member of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - and Human Beings. Twillingate, Dec. 9.

Disaster Relief

Report of the Trinity Bay Relief Committee to the Governor. Sir: - The Committee appointed by your Excellency to collect and distribute the Fund subscribed for the relief of the sufferers, by the disaster of February 27th, 1892, in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, beg to report - That the total of the subscriptions received by the Committee and acknowledged through the public press, amounted to the magnificent sum of $8203. After careful inquiry made into the circumstances of the survivors, and the families of the men who were lost, the Committee took steps for the relief of their immediate needs, expending at once the sum of $435. This provided for the pressing wants of the seventeen families who had suffered by the disaster. The Committee then proceeded further to procure exact statistical information as to the number of widows and orphans left by those who perished as also of the ages and sexes of the latter. They found that there were eleven widows; and twenty-one orphan children under the age of fourteen years - nine boys and twelve girls. Besides these, there were five families which had lost the help of young men, and were in need of aid. Two men were also seriously injured by frost. One young woman, twenty-four years of age, an imbecile, who had lost her father; and two aged men - one with wife living, who had lost their bread winners. The Committee have drawn up a scheme providing first for the orphan children until they shall respectfully reach the age of fourteen years. Next for the widows, providing for them an allowance for varying terms, ranging from three to seven years, according to their needs. The rest of the sufferers are also included in the scheme as their circumstances seemed to the committee to require. Several amounts have been paid also to those who rendered assistance at the time such as seemed equitable on enquiry.

The Rev. P.G. Snow Relocates

The Rev. P.G. SNOW. Removes from Exploits Mission. The Rev. P.G. SNOW, who for the past three or four years has been labouring on Exploits Mission with much acceptance to the flock under his care, has recently been advanced by the Lord Bishop of Newfoundland to the charge of Spaniards Bay mission, and the Rev. gentleman went to St. John's by the last steamer going South, en route for his new field of labor. The Rev. Mr. SNOW is a zealous and devoted clergyman, and while on Exploits mission endeared himself to the hearts of his people, who very much regret his removal from them. We wish him every success on his new mission. Referring to the Rev. gentlemen's transfer, the Evening Telegram of the 1st inst., says: ""The Rev. P.G. SNOW of St. John's East, Church of England clergyman, who had been in charge of Exploits, Notre Dame Bay, has been advanced by the Lord Bishop to the charge of Spaniard's Bay, Conception Bay. The charge at Exploits embraces something over eight hundred persons, scattered over a circuit of one hundred and eighty-nine miles. which necessitates much hard travelling. For a zealous clergyman, such as the Rev. Mr. SNOW, Spaniard's Bay is a more compact mission, but it has a larger number of church people, nearly fifteen hundred. The reverend gentleman in question came passenger by the s.s. Virginia Lake from his late mission and will proceed with all haste to his new one. The regret expressed by the good people of Exploits at the loss and absence of him, shall have to be balanced by his presence and gain to the good people of Spaniard's Bay. Thus far this clergyman has fought a good fight in many senses; he is winning distinction, and he is fully worthy of every particle of the great respect shewn him. Many of the church people here in St. John's are anxious to hear him preach, but now that he is so very busy about establishing himself in his new home, it would, perhaps, be unreasonable to ask him. We shall hear him by-and-by; meanwhile, we tender him congratulations.


The coastal steamer ""Virginia Lake,"" Capt. WALSH, left St. John's Saturday morning and arrived here Tuesday evening. Thick, foggy weather prevented her from getting along as early as usual. The steamer goes to Griquet this trip and may be looked for, returning South, Monday or Tuesday. Annexed is the list of passengers:- Old Perlican - Mr. Eli MARCH, Mrs MOREY. Trinity - Miss HUSSEY, Miss MERCER, Miss WISEMAN, Mr. D.C. WEBBER. Catalina - Miss HART, Mrs. WALSH, Miss WHITE, Mr. McCORMACK, Mrs. COLERIDGE. Kings Cove - L. MOSS. Greenspond - Mrs. ELGAR, Miss SQUIRES, Mr. F. WHITE. Seldom Come By - Mr. PHILLIPS. Herring Neck - Messrs. BLANDFORD and W. COAKER. Twillingate - Messrs. THOMPSON, W.G. SMITH, Henry PIPPY. Moreton's Harbor - Miss OSMOND. Pilleys Island - Messrs. A. SIMMS, W. BLACKLER, W. ROBERTS. Little Bay - Messrs. J. LAMB, J.C. THOMPSON, P. BURKE, ANSTY, Jas. WALSH. Griquet - Mr. ALCOCK. 36 steerage for different ports. From Trinity to Little Bay - Mr. R. CURRIE. From Kings Cove to Tilt Cove - Mr. J. T. COFFIN. From Fogo to Twillingate - Mr. W. BAIRD. From Herring Neck to Twillingate - Mr. J. LOCKYER.


The steamer ""Matilda,"" belonging to R. SCOTT, Esq., Fogo, came here from Little Bay on Wednesday, and left for Fogo early yesterday morning. The ""Jubilee,"" Stephen NEWMAN, master, arrived from the White Bay on Wednesday night. She was engaged trading and collecting for J.B. TOBIN, Esq., and brought back a cargo of fish, &c., and left for St.John's this morning. The schooner ""Tamarack,"" Capt. J. HISCOTT, left for St. John's this morning with a load of fish for E. DUDER, Esq. The ""Mary Parker"", Capt. CARTER, left Herring Neck for St. John's on Monday last. She will not come North again this season. The schooner ""Orion"", Edward WHITE, master, and the ""St. John,"" Philip WELLS, each loaded with fish, left for St. John's on Monday morning. The ""Virginia Lake"" will probably make two more trips North before navigation closes.


The weather has been dry and hard the past week, and there is just enough snow down to make good sleighing. There has been no severe frost yet.

Damage to Ships

The schooners that were driven ashore in the late gale, namely the ""Manitoba"" and ""Hunter"", were both very seriously damaged and not slightly, as inaccurately reported in last paper. The Manitoba had part of her keel carried away and sustained other serious damages, and the Hunter is likely to become a total wreck.


The funeral of the late Mr. Thomas ASHBOURNE took place on Sunday afternoon last and was one of the largest ever witnessed in the community. The Orange and United Fishermen societies, of which he was a worthy member, attended in procession, and crowds of persons from all parts, which shows the great respect in which the deceased was held. His remains were interred in the Church of England cemetery, connected with St. Andrew's Church, the ceremonies being performed by the Rev. R. TEMPLE, R.D., who preached a very suitable and impressive discourse on the occasion.

Court Case

Information having been given to Constable Burt of Fogo that John Hynes, of that place, sold intoxicating liquors, contrary to the spirit of the Local Option Act which is in operation, he proceeded to prosecute Hynes, who was summoned before the Stipendiary Magistrate (S. Baird, Esq.,) on the charge made against him. The case was to be tried on Tuesday last, but in the meantime the accused acknowledged his guilt, and when he appeared before the court, all that the magistrate had to do was to pronounce sentence, and for the unlawful selling of spirituous liquors he was fined twenty dollars and costs. The Magistrate warned him, as well as all others, against the illicit sale of liquors, and gave them to understand that he would not deal so leniently with the guilty parties, in the event of another breach of the Local Option Act coming before him.


Dec. 17, 1892

Little Bay Island

For some time past, the Methodist friends of Little Bay Island have been making an effort to introduce instrumental singing into their services, and we are pleased to learn that on Sunday last, Dec. 11th, a $90 Mason & Hamlin organ was opened in the above church, the pastor, (Rev. W. REX) preaching on the occasion from Psalm C.L. The collection was $5.04. We understand that $58 has been collected by Miss F. WISEMAN towards paying for the instrument and $7.90 by Miss CHOWN in Little Bay, leaving about $20 for them to raise. This is very good for the Methodist people of Little Bay Island who are to be congratulated on the introduction of so valuable an auxiliary to the singing in their public religious services.

Hall's Bay

The steamer Hercules called here Sunday afternoon last en route for Hall’s Bay and Botwoodville, Exploits Bay. She had on board a boiler and machinery for a saw mill for Mr. George CLARKE whose property it will be remembered was destroyed by fire there a few months ago. After landing her freight for Hall’s Bay the Hercules started for Botwoodville for lumber but could not get any further than Sandy Point, as the bay from that up was frozen over and she could not venture to Botwoodville for fear of being jammed in the bay by ice. The steamer was in port again on Thursday evening returning to St. John’s and Mr. W. H. L th ridge [LETHBRIDGE?] took passage by her.

Fortune Harbor

Capt. J. LANNEN, of Fortune Harbor, Green Bay, is now in this city, with his schr. Westville, which he is fitting out and getting ready for next season’s seal fishery. This is a new departure for Capt. LANNEN, and we wish him every success, the more so as the vessel in which he will make his quest is one which has always been associated with good luck for her owners. Capt. BRAGG, of the Ranger formerly owned and “went to the ice” in the Westville, and his successful trips therein, speedily assured him promotion to a steamer. Evening Herald Nov. 26.


Mr. John W. FORAN, who recently bought the Silver Cliff Mine at Placentia, is very sanguine of the future success of the place. There are a few men working there at present, but it is anticipated to put on hundreds in the spring. The mine contains silver, lead, and slight tracings of gold. There is a fine specimen of ore, from the mine, on exhibition at the museum. It is worth seeing. Trade Review.

Seldom Come By

Capt. Jonathan BRETT, of the schr. Souris Light, has been selected to take command of Messrs. P. & I. TESSIER'S sealer Walrus at the ice, and she will sail, it is thought probable, from Seldom-Come-By. Capt. BRETT is an old sealer, and has demonstrated his ability by several schooner loads of seals brought in of late years. The owners have therefore shown commendable judgement in his selection, and we have no doubt he will get his share of the season’s catch. -Evening Herald.

St. John's

Mr. Mark CHAPLIN is having a new brick building for his tailoring business erected on Young’s estate, Water Street, east of Clift’s cove. It will be a basement and three storeys high. Mr. S. GARRETT is the contractor. “Long Live the King.” - Evening Telegram.

New Bay

""Our New Bay correspondent says that there has been good work done on the roads there the past Fall and that the money has been well spent. He further says: For the past two weeks people have been suffering from severe colds, especially children, consequently school time has been broken a great deal. A few families have moved in the bay to try and earn a little. On the whole the summer was not so good as last, but it has been fair; a little better home, but not nearly as good on the Labrador.

Swain's Island

The sealing steamer Mastiff will be in command of Capt. Jacob WINSOR of Swains Island, the coming Spring. He went to Harbor Grace a short time since to take charge, and arrived at Pool’s Island with the ship a week or ten days since, where she will lay up until the time arrives to prosecute the sealing voyage. Capt. WINSOR has been sailing in a steamer to the ice before but this will be his first Spring in command and we trust that the good luck which has followed his name in the past will be his lot the coming Spring.

Royal Scarlet

The Installation of officers of the Royal Scarlet Chapter, Edward 7th, No. 3, for another year took place at the annual meeting on Wednesday evening last, Dec. 14th, when the following Companions were chosen officers for the ensuing year. Com. GEO. GUARD W. C. in Command. “ J. LUNNEN Ex. C. in Command. “ THOS YOUNG, Scribe. “ PHILIP POND, Sir Herald Knight-at-Arms. “ JACOB MOORS, Inner Herald. “ CHAS. NEWMAN, Outer Herald. “ J. P. THOMSON, Chap


The following are the officers for “Crosby” Lodge, No. 30, for the ensuing year, who were installed and elected at the annual meeting held Wednesday, December 7th: Bro. W. HUGES, W.M. “ E. SWEETLAND D.M. “ T. YOUNG Chap. “ C. D. MAYNE R.S. “ J. COLBOURNE Treasurer. “ J. LUNNEN F.S. “ T. MANUEL Lecturer. “ NOAH WHEELOR, Dis. Cer. “ JACOB MOORS Inside Tyler. “ JOSEPH FIFIELD Outside Tyler. INVESTIGATING COMMITTEE: - Bros. Geo. GUARD, Titus MANUEL, Thos. YOUNG, C. D. MAYNE, Wm. ASHBOURNE. TRUSTEES: - Bros. C. D. MAYNE, Titus MANUEL. FINANCE COMMITTEE: - Bros. Geo. GUARD, Geo. NOTT. SICK COMMITTEE: - Jenkin’s Cove - Ros. Isaac POND, Adam POND. Durrell’s Arm: - Peter JENKINS, Edwar INGS. South Side - Charles WHITE, A. SPENCER. Back Harbor - Thos. PURCHASE, Jas. PURCHASE. Purcell’s Harbor - John ANSTEY, Wm. MARSH


At Fogo, on the 4th inst., the wife of Rev. C. WHITE of a son.


At Pilley's Island, on Oct. 31st, by the Rev. W. REX, Mr. William WARD to Miss Lenora EARL.


At Dark Tickle, on Nov. 1st, by the same, Mr. John FUDGE to Louisa PURCHASE.


At the same place, on Nov. 2nd, by the same, Mr. Isaac FUDGE to Miss Emily SNOW.


At Ward's Harbor, on Nov. 7th, by the same, Mr. Elias CROUCHER to Hager, youngest daughter of George PADDICK.


At the same place and date, by the same, Mr. James HEATH to Miss Mary HEMLETT. [This is not a typo on my part, the name was printed as Hemlett, perhaps it should be HEWLETT].


At Lushes Bight, on Nov. 12th, by the same, Mr. James COLBORN to Miss Ann Eliza CARAVAN.


""At Little Bay Islands, on Nov. 24th, by the same, Mr. Andrew John MORRIS to Miss Lavania Jane LOCKE.


At Lushes Bight, on Dec. 2nd, by the same, Mr. Robert SLADE to Miss Elizabeth Mary SLADE.


Letter To The Editor

" Santa Claus" Advice. (To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun). Dear Sir. -- I am a man of few words, and not given to letter writing for newspapers, but I feel there are some busy-bodies in this place who need a little advice and for them this letter is written. Now, sir, the busiest of these busy-bodies is the chap who wrote that piece called ""Dangerous Sliding,"" and put it in the Sun last Saturday. It is a queer thing if these maids can't go a merry making without meddlesome folks finding fault with them. My advice to that gentleman is. - not to be so free with his pen and his long words; for I know him sir, and as sure as he tries his little tricks again, he will hear from me. And since advice is so cheap, I say to those maids, - enjoy yourselves while you can; and that you may have plenty of snow and frost for your sliding, and a very merry Christmas, is the wish of your old friend, Santa Claus. Twillingate, Dec. 16, 1892.

Accident With a Horse

A Horse Goes Away on a Stampede. One Man Gets His Two Legs Broken - Another Sustains Slighter Injuries. About 3 o'clock this afternoon a serious accident occurred on Barnes' Road. Mr. John HENNEBURY, coachman, with Mr. J.H. MARTIN, was driving the horse, yoked to a cart, down there; a man named STANSBURY being with him at the time. The horse went away on a stampede. STANBURY [Note different spelling, but this is exactly as printed - gw.] was thrown off in the mud, had his hands scratched, and received other slight injuries. HENNEBURY held on 'till the car collided with a telephone pole, near Mr. GILLARD's residence. He was then thrown to the ground. The shaft of the cart broke and the harness having burst, the horse scampered away with it towards Hoylestown, where the driver lives, and was not stopped 'till it neared the Railway Depot. Mr. HENNEBURY was meanwhile attended to, and it was unfortunately found, that his two legs were broken between the ankles and knees. He was picked up and soon afterwards driven to the hospital, and a couple of doctors were summoned to give him their attention. - Evening Telegram, November 28.


A steam saw shingle mill is advertised in our columns, for sale, by Mr. B.J. BOYLE, of Little Bay, which might prove a profitable investment for capitalists.


The property of the late Mr. Simon SMALL of Tizzard's Harbor, (consisting of dwelling house, store, water side premises, &c.) is offered for sale in our advertising columns, which would probably make a good investment for any young man starting in life.

Christmas Sale

We understand that the ladies of Little Bay Island intend holding a Xmas Tree on Dec. 24th, and a Sale of Work, Tea and Concert on the 26th., on behalf of furnishing the Methodist Parsonage of that place. No doubt they would be glad to receive all the outside help that could be given them.

Ship Departures

The schooner ""Dorothy,"" Samuel YOUNG, master, left for St. John's on Monday morning with a cargo of fish for J.B. TOBIN, Esq. She had a splendid time and made the run in twenty-four hours. The ""Six Brothers"", James YOUNG, master, left for St. John's on Tuesday, also the ""Endurance,"" J. CHURCHILL, master, and both had a fine run there.


The coastal steamer ""Virginia Lake"", Capt. WALSH arrived here Tuesday evening going to St. John's, having a large number of passengers and nearly a full freight. The Weather had been foggy in White Bay which detained the steamer longer than otherwise. She remained here until the next morning and then left for other ports of call South. The following took passage here for the Metropolis: Mrs. TOBIN, Rev. Mr. ANDREWS, Messrs. John CURTIS, Andres LINFIELD, Andrew ROBERTS ,jr., and Edward ROBERTS. For Pools Island - Mrs. W.G. SMITH, Fogo - Mr. C. D. MAYNE.


The hand of death has been busy in our community the past few weeks, and old and young alike have had to succumb to its decree. On Thursday afternoon there were two funerals in St. Peter's Church at the same time. Mrs. Hannah COLBOURNE, an old and respected resident of this place, who, after a few weeks illness, calmly entered into rest on Monday night, at the advanced age of 72 years, and her remains were interred in the Church of England Cemetery on the afternoon referred to, deeply regretted by a large circle of relatives and friends. The other was that of Mary Anna INDER, a young woman in her 21st year, and only daughter of Mr. Samuel INDER. She had been sick of consumption for some months, and died on Monday morning. A suitable address was given on the occasion by Rev. R. TEMPLE, R.D., who performed the funeral rites. To those bereaved we tender sincere sympathy.

Correction to Marriage Notices

In the marriage notices in our issue of the 3rd. inst., the name ""Miss Phoebe Maria MOORES"" should have read ""Miss Phoebe Maria STUCKLESS"", the mistake being made by our correspondent.


December 24, 1892


The most item honored and festive season of the year is again with us, and we take pleasure in once more wishing the readers of the Sun a very happy Christmas. The wheels of time are ever on the move, and since last anniversary their revolutions have brought numerous changes to many homes, and some who were then bright and gleeful have passed away, and there is a vacancy around the family board, which causes feelings of sorrow in many hearts. But while this is so, there clusters around the Nativity, much that should call forth joy and gratitude at this season of the year, when our minds are more especially directed to this grand theme of the Divine Mystery of the Incarnation. One writer has said that ""Around this auspicious event, even heathen tradition clusters. Among the most striking, - and as a church was built to commemorate the alleged incident, - the seemingly best authenticated, is that, when the Roman Emperor Augustus consulted the sibyl whether he should assume divine honors, a vision of a virgin holding a child above an altar, arose before him, and a voice cried, ""This is the altar of the living God." As the highest expression of glad devotion is song, the beneficent mystery, upon which Christianity is founded, has been celebrated in spiritual song from the earliest times, as we learn from allusions in the f...he.... As the world was then Roman, these earlier days of praise were in the Latin tongue." In every Christian country the advent of this joyous festival is hailed with delight and is celebrated according to the usage or customs of the respective countries. With many it is a time for rejoicing and merriment, and its celebration is of the most jovial kind, while with others it partakes more of a solemn and religious character. Christmas is said to be preeminently the children's feast. A writer tells us that even before the days of heathen Rome, this season of the year was set apart for the festival of the children.


At this season of the year there is naturally a warmer feeling in the heart, for the poor and suffering. Let us therefore not be unmindful of their claims on our charity and may the true Christmas spirit pervade the hearts of Christians people, so that our of their abundance the sufferings of many of the poor and afflicted may be alleviated and made glad as a result of the permeating influence of Him whose birth we commemorate, and who came to bring ""peace on earth and good will toward men." Writing on Christmas, an eminent author has said: -""Glory to God and peace among men is the burden of the song of all Christendom to-day. Whenever a church is decked with evergreens, whether the palm groves of the East or the pine forests of the West contribute the wreathed legend, the one device that will not be omitted is 'Gloria in Excelsis.' The merry peal ringing from thousands of church steeples is the same song set to music. It is the song of all ages. Long before the quavering voices of one generation have gone down into silence, the strain has been taken up by the voices of the children of a younger and, let us hope, a better, more hopeful, more faithful generation; and who can doubt, that this sweet fragment of the songs above, will be sung Christmas after Christmas, until once more it blends the music of heaven and earth and finds its fitting echoes.


It seems that in referring to the Arm Methodist school, during Mr. SMITH's charge of it, in our issue of the 10th inst., we inadvertently made a misstatement in saying that the school had a larger attendance during his time than previously. We have been informed since, that in 1887 and 1891, under the former teacher, Mr. J. DAVIS, the attendance had been larger, 150 and 162 respectively, while last winter it was only 130. We have been asked to make this correction, in justice to other teachers, which we are happy to do.

Letter of Thanks

Thanks! A Thousand Thanks! To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun. Dear Sir, - We, the maids, desire through your valuable and much read paper, to thank our dear kind friend and champion, Santa Claus, who came so bravely to our rescue on the occasion of our being attacked by the author of ""Dangerous Sliding,"" signing himself with an endless non de plume. We would strongly advise this verbose old pedant, to apply vigorously, some lubricating preparation to his stiffened limbs, and then purchase a catamaran. He would then, we are certain, after coursing down Church Hill a few times, have more sympathy with the fashionable amusement of the fair sex, or if that gentleman, the above mentioned, (of the stiffened limbs) thinks the expense too great, let him send his address to the maids. He would in all probability find himself the happy possessor of a catamaran on Xmas morning. Again thanking "Santa Claus" and wishing him a very merry Xmas we are, dear Mr. Editor, Yours lovingly, The Maids.

Letter to the Editor

Arithmetical Question. (To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun.) Dear Sir:- In the past, some of the valuable space of your paper has been devoted to Educational matters, will you give space to the accompanying question for solution by some of the intelligent readers of your issue, and by so doing will oblige the writer and assist others. Question: - At my father's death a monthly installment of $10 has two years and one month to run, what sums must be paid at once to reduce it to six months, money being one-half percent. per month? Student. Heart's Content Dec. 11.

First Overland Mail

We understand that the first overland mail for the North will leave St. John's on the 2nd of January, and will be brought as far as Gambo by train.

Ship Arrivals

The "Silver Dale," David WHEELER, master, which has been on her way from St. John's for some time, arrived here from Herring Neck yesterday morning. The ""Lily of the West,"" John PHILLIPS, master, came in from the bay yesterday morning with a cargo of firewood. The "Minnie" and the "Abib" also arrived from the bay yesterday with firewood.

Ship Movements

The coastal steamer ""Virginia Lake,"" left St. John's Tuesday morning for Northern ports of call, but has had a tedious time getting along. She arrived at Fogo, at seven o'clock last evening.

The Weather

The weather has been quite severe the past week and real winter like. Snow keeps off, but there is just enough to make pretty good sleighing around the harbor.


On the 12 inst., the wife of Mr F.B. COLBOURNE, of a daughter.


On Nov 27 at the Methodist Parsonage, by the Rev. Jabez HILL, Mr. Elias YOUNG to Miss Sarah MEHANEY both of South Side.


On Nov 28th, in the South Side Methodist Church, by the same, Mr. Wm. G. GILLETT of Farmer's Arm to Miss Susan YOUNG of South Side.


On Nov. 30th in the Little Harbor Church, by the same, Mr George RICE of Fridays Bay, to Miss Henrietta COFFIN of Roberts Arm.


On Dec 11th, in the North Side Methodist Church by the same, Mr. Samuel SHEPPARD of Wild Cove to Miss Priscilla SHARP of Crow Head.


December 31, 1892

School Exams

This School, under the able management of Mr. S.C. THOMPSON, has done good work during the past year. An examination was held the week before Xmas in all subjects; that upon Scripture being conducted by the Chairman of the Board, who expressed himself much pleased with the answers given to his questions. The following is the list of subjects, with the names of the pupils who were best in each. A prize was offered by the Chairman to that pupil who attained highest marks in the greatest number of subjects. This prize was won by Miss Louisa PEARCE, of Back Harbor. The others in Standard VI were: Best in Scripture (Book of Genesis) - Harry PURCHASE. Best in Geography - Frank DOVE. Best in Grammar - Herbert PURCHASE. Best in Newfoundland and English History - Sarah PATTEN. Best in Arithmetic - Olivia BLACKMORE. Best in Mensuration and Drawing - Edgar PEYTON. Best in Euclid - W.B. TEMPLE. Best in Algebra - Mabel BLACKMORE. Best in Navigation - Frank FOX. In Standard V: Best in all was Frank CURTIS. Second,- Laura FOX. In Standard IV: Best in all was Harold THOMPSON. Second,- Annie LYTE. It is hoped that a more public examination may be arranged for at Easter, so as to give parents and others an opportunity of seeing for themselves, Mr. THOMPSON's excellent system. He gains the love of the children as well as having the power of imparting to them, instruction in all necessary branches of education. And it is a great satisfaction to have him at Twillingate a second year. Possibly the results hereafter, may encourage him to make a yet longer residence amongst us. We wish him success in his important work, and consider that the Church of England Board were wise in their attempt to establish such a school.

New Bay Items

Our New Bay correspondent furnishes us with the following news items: - On the 3rd and 4th December, a great rush of water came out in the N.E. Arm, where Mr. CHURCHILL has a small sawmill erected, flowing into the dwelling house, driving its occupants to seek shelter in their barn, and it stood about two feet deep in the mill-house. It is supposed that one of the dams inside burst and the water came out with terrible force. Fortunately the outside dam proved good, if that had given was it must have swept every thing before it. Diphtheria broke out in Mr. Jacob MANUEL's family a little while ago, but though he has a large family, all are getting better. As soon as he knew it was diphtheria he would not allow any one in, and he would not go nearer any one outside than was really necessary, so it is likely to contain itself there and not spread any further.


Mr. Wm. SHARON of S.W. Arm, who has been ill for some time, died on Sunday, 18th.

Concert at Northwest Arm.

Concert At North West Arm. Dec. 23rd. 1892 (To the Editor of the Twillingate Sun) Dear Sir, - Kindly allow me space in your columns to say a few words about an interesting event which occurred here on the 23rd. At a quarter past six o'clock, the schoolroom was filled to overflowing. The meeting opened by singing the hymn ""Saviour like a Shepherd lead us,"" several solos and recitations followed, after a speech from the chariman, Mr. J. JENNINGS. A dialogue, "The Force of Imagination," was acted by four young ladies, and thoroughly appreciated by the peoople, but the crowning part was the drilling of the school children by their teacher Miss F. MANUEL. They were all dressed in blue and white uniforms, and went through their exercises with a correctness which showed that some time was spent in the training of them. A song "Nellie Gray", sung by Miss MANUEL, gained special attention, as did also a recitation by Master George MILLS, entitled, ""The Little Light"". A pathetic recitation, "The Burden Bearer" was beautifully said by Miss E. MILLS. A duet followed: - ""The Handwriting,"" and the meeting closed by singing ""God Save the Queen." The school was prettily decorated with flags and evergreen, and altogether, formed a pleasant picture. Trusting I have not taken up too much space. I am, dear Sir, Tulus.

SS Concert (Part 1)

The Tea and Entertainment in connection with South Side and Bluff Head Methodist Sunday schools, which was held on Wednesday evening last, was a decided success. Tea took place in the schoolroom between five and six o'clock and an excellent spread was supplied by the ladies who presided at the tables. All appeared to enjoy the good things provided for the occasion and did ample justice to them. The room was necely decorated for the occasion, and being filled with an interesting audience it presented an imposing appearance. The Entertainment, which was given in the Church, was interesting. The Rev. Jabez HILL (Superintendent Minister) presided and opened with Hymn 856 in the Methodist Hymn book, after which the Rev. F.G. DRAKE offered up prayer. Mr. H. PIPPY (newly appointed Secretary) then read the Report of the last year. Several of the scholars showed talent in their recitations and dialogues. The musical part rendered by an efficient choir under the direction of Mrs. Andrew LINFIELD, who presided at the Organ, was also well given and appreciated. A vote of thanks to the Choir and those who took part in the Entertainment was proposed by Mr. John MINTY sr., seconded by Mr. Charles WATIE, and carried unanimously. The following is the programme of the entertainment: -"

SS Concert (Part 2)

Song - ""Hark! there comes a whisper"" - by the Choir. Recitations - ""Words of Welcome""- Lizzie A. FROST; ""Boy's Rights"" - Norman GUY. Dialogue - ""The Earth"" - Emma LEGGE and Bessie HILL. Song - ""Beyond"" - The Choir. Recitations - ""The Good Child"" - Lillie BULGIN; ""The Honest Boy"" - Andre LEGGE."A Little Hero"" - Janet MINTY. Dialogue - ""The Foolish Habit"" - Kate DALLEY and Lillie A. FROST. Song - ""For You and For Me"" - Choir. Recitations - ""Indifference"" - Susie GILLETT; ""Not So Easy"" - Kate DALLEY. Dialogue - ""The new Sunday School Scholar"" - four girls. Hymn - 820. Christmas Exercise - by fourteen girls and three boys. Recitations - ""Nobody Else"" - Rose MINTY; ""Guilty or not guilty"" - Lillie MOORES. Song - ""The Handwriting on the Wall"" - Choir. Recitation - ""The Widow's Child"" - Susie EARL. Solo - ""Have Courage to say No!"" - Rev. F.G. DRAKE. Recitation - ""Give us this day our daily Bread"" - Sarah LAMBERT. Dialogue - ""Health and Sickness"". Recitation - ""The Curfew must not ring tonight"". Song - ""Peace, perfect peace"" - Choir. Recitations - ""Little People"" - Dulcie MOORES; ""The Orphans"" - Miriam HILL; ""The Last Hymn"" - Carrie MINTY; ""For You"" - Edward BULGIN. Song - ""Let The Saviour In"" - Choir. Recitation - ""The Book of the New Year"" - Betsy LEGGE. Dialogue - ""The Auction"" - by eight persons. Song - ""God be with you"" - Choir.

Illness - Capt. WALSH

We are sorry to learn of the illness of Capt. S. WALSH, commander of the coastal steamer "Virginia Lake." He was seized with a paralytic stroke on Wednesday night which left one side apparently lifeless. He was very poorly from the effects, but it is to be hoped that the attack will prove to be only light, and that he will soon be able to resume his arduous duties, and navigate the coastal steamer along the rugged and dangerous coast, which he has so carefully and skillfully done in the past. The second officer, Mr. DRAKE, was in command of the Virginia Lake returning to St. John's.


Referring to the demise of the late Mrs. COLBOURNE, an esteemed writer in a private letter to our address says: ""In the death of Mrs. COLBOURNE we notice another of the old land-marks removed to another and we trust a better world. We were greatly grieved when we heard the news, and the family have our sincere sympathy. She was a good wife and mother, and had many difficulties to contend with in the rearing of a large and respectable family, during her long widowhood. She was one of those of whom it may be truly said: ""She hath done what she could "".


The steamer "Hercules," Capt. CHRISTOPHER, arrived from St. John's Thursday evening with freight and passengers. The greater quantity of her cargo was for Pelley's Island, but she also had a quantity for Little Bay Island and Little Bay. The new manager for Pelley's Island (Mr. BEATTY) and his lady, Sergeant WELLS, Messrs. Geo. STEWART, James STRONG and B.J. BOYLES, were among the passengers by the Hercules. She intends to make another trip North should navigation not close in the meantime.

Ship Movements

The coastal steamer "Virginia Lake", will come North another trip this season if not prevented by ice, and will probably leave St. John's Wednesday or Thursday next. The ""Stella Morris"" from Fogo, bound to Tilt Cove, put into port on Thursday and is still awaiting a time thither.


Messrs. STRONG's premises at Pelley's Island were destroyed by fire the early part of the week. There was some insurance on the property but it is said that their loss is considerable.

Ship Departures

The ""Silver Dale,"" left for St. John's on Tuesday with a load of fish for E. DUDER, Esq., the ""Jeanie"" on Wednesday, and the ""St. John"" on Thursday, both taking cargoes of fish for R.D. HODGE, Esq.

Schooner Towed

The schooner ""Tamarack"" was towed to Pearce's Harbor on Thursday by the steamer ""Fleta"", where she will lay up until the time arrives for prosecuting the seal fishery. Capt. James YOUNG will take charge of her and we hope that he will have a bumper crop.

Ship Arrival

The ""Gladys"" arrived from St. John's on Saturday last and the ""St. John"" and ""Tamarack"" on Sunday. The ""Jubilee"" and ""Orion"" got back on Thursday night. Some of these craft have been a long time on the passage but we are proud to know that all have got back safe.


We are glad to learn that J.B. TOBIN, Esq., who left here for St. John's some time ago with a bad foot has not been really sick as has been currently reported, but that he is in general good health, and we learn that the sore foot, from which he has been suffering is gradually improving.


The coastal steamer ""Virginia Lake"" arrived from St. John's last Saturday morning. After the usual detention she proceeded to the other ports of call, going as far as Griquet and returned en route for St. John's yesterday morning. She had a large number of passengers and the following joined her here: - Miss Minnie TOBIN, Miss Gertie TOBIN, Messrs. R.D. HODGE, W. ASHBOURNE, A. WHITE, F. BERTEAU and Geo. ALLAN.

Capt. John LANNEN

The ""Westville,"" Capt. John LANNEN, of Fortune Harbor, arrived here on Wednesday with a cargo of firewood. Leaving Fortune Harbor, he was bound to Tilt Cove, but the wind was adverse and he ran here, where the cargo was readily disposed of. Mr. LANNEN intends prosecuting the seal fisher in this schooner the coming spring, and we trust that abundant success will crown his enterprising efforts.

Chamber of Commerce

At the annual meeting of the Chamber of Commerce, the following gentlemen were elected for the ensuing year: President, Sir Robert THORBURN; Vice-Presidents, E.R. BOWRING, Esq., W.B. GRIEVE, Esq., Secretary, J. GOODFELLOW, Esq., T.R. SMITH, Esq., A.F. GOODRIDGE, Esq., Hon. J.S. PITTS, W.C. JOB, Esq., E.J. DUDER, Esq., P.G. TESSIER, Esq., R.H. PROWSE, Esq., A.S. RENDELL, Esq., Hon. A.W. Harvey. - St. John's Times.

Ship Sinks

A small craft belonging to the firm of E. DUDER, was lost in Fogo harbor on the 19th inst. She was going from Change Islands with 300 qtls of fish, to put on board the ""Carrie Kane"". When going through the Tickle the wheel chain broke and she struck a rock, causing a hole in her bottom. The water poured in and before she could reach the wharf they had to run for a small island in the harbor where she sank. It was blowing hard at the time and our informant says it was touch and go with the men saving themselves.


On Christmas Day, at the home of the Bride's father, by the Rev. Jabez HILL, Mr. Wm. ASHBOURNE to Miss Lucy Goodison LINFIELD.


On the same day in the North Side Methodist Church, by the same, Mr. Richard GLEASON of South Side to Miss Emily GREENHAM of Manuel's Cove.


At Tientsin, North China, on Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 1892, by Rev. C.A. Stanley, Rev. J.B. THOMPSON, B.D., to Miss T.D. [Effie ? Difficult to read.] HEWETT.


Contributed by George White (2002)
Dec. 10, 1892 Transcribed by Ron St. Croix (December 2002)
The first 19 items of Dec. 17, 1882 transcribed by Valerie Whalen (December 2002)
Remainder of Dec 17, 1892 to Dec. 31, 1892 Transcribed by Ron St. Croix (December 2002)

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (February 2003)

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