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Twillingate Sun
January - February

January 6, 1894

Ship News

Port of Twillingate: Dec. 20 - S.S. Windsor Lake, DRAKE, Halifax, 5,000 quintals Labrador codfish - Harvey & Co. Port of Botwoodville: ENTERED. June 26 - S.S. Tiber, DELISLE, St. John's, ballast. July 14 - S.S. (Cameria ?), NEW, Barrow via Clode Sound, Railway iron - R.G. Reid; and 53 packages general merchandise - Exploits Wood Co. Sept. 4 - S.S. Nichsdale, GEDDES, Barrow, cargo Railway Iron - R.G. Reid. Sept. 18 - S.S. Capulet, RHYNES, Barrow, cargo Railway Iron - R.G. Reid; and (?) packages general merchandise - Exploits Wood Co. Sept. 25 - Plymouth, BLACKLER, St. John's, Ballast. Sept. 25, - Ceylon, [BENDROT ?] Sydney, 140 tons coal - R.G. Reid. Oct. 5 - S.S. Tiber, DELISLE, Montreal, general cargo - Exploits Wood Co. Oct. 31 - Viola, CLEMENS, Barrow, cargo Railway Iron - R.G. Reid. Nov. 20 - S.S. Falcon, (...ey ?) Sydney, 500 tons coal - R.G. Reid. CLEARED. June 28 - S.S. Tiber, DELISLE, Pictou, Ballast. July 21 - S.S. (Cameria ?), NEW, Meramechie, Ballast. Sept. 21 - Nichsdale, GEDDES, Liverpool, 50022 pieces deals, 1,466,327 feet board measure, Exploits Wood Co. Oct. 4 - Ceylon, [BENDROT ?], Sydney, Ballast. Oct. 6 - Plymouth, BLACKLER, St. John's, 191,... feet lumber. Oct. 7 - S.S. Tiber, DELISLE, St. John's, inward cargo. Oct. 12 S.S. Capulet, RHYNES, London, 7.,442 pieces deals and battens. feet board measure, Exploits Wood Co. [Transcriber's Note: remainder of article unreadable.] [Note: The original quality of this article makes it almost impossible to transcribe it with any degree of accuracy. I am surprised that Ron managed to transcribe the amount that he did! The remainder of the article, although quite unreadable, lists 36 events from May to Dec. 1, all seem to involve the Exploits Wood Co. Some vessel names which are readable are: Hyacinth, (July 21, Aug. 21, Sept 16, Oct 21, Nov. 25), Flamingo, (Oct 25, Dec. 1), Sweet Briar, (Nov. 2), Spinaway, (Aug. 4, Sept. 23, Oct. 21, Nov. 23), Dash, (Nov. 28), Pet, (Nov. 28), Fiona (Dec. 1). george white]

Shipping News

The steamer "Windsor Lake", Capt. DRAKE, finished loading with fish Saturday night, and left the next morning for Halifax, intending to call at St. John's en route. The schooner "Princess May", Joseph STUCKLESS master, left here Wednesday morning for St. John's with a cargo of fish from the firms of Messrs. DUDER, TOBIN and R.D. HODGE. She is the last that will go from here this season. It is said that another steamer is likely to come North, as a large quantity of freight was left behind, that the Virginia Lake was unable to bring. If the weather should continue mild there would be little or no danger of being impeded by ice. The "Virginia Lake", Capt. TAYLOR, arrived here Wednesday evening going North. She is booked for Griquet but is not likely to get as far as that as it is thought that the sever weather of late has caused considerable slob ice to be made along the coast. The Virginia Lake had a full freight leaving St. John's.


At the Parsonage, South Side, on Dec. 27th, by the Rev. Jabez HILL, Mr. Andrew GREENHAM, of Manuel's Cove, to Miss Jessie ROGERS, of Tilt Cove, Friday's Bay.


At the same time, place, on Jan 1st., by the same, Mr. Jonathan STUCKLESS of Bluff Head Cove, to Miss Rhonda WALSH of Tizzard's Harbor.


At the Church of St. Margaret the Virgin and Martyr, Change Islands on Oct. 28, by the Rev. G. S. Chamberlain, Incumbent, Mr. Andrew BURSEY, to Miss Isabella FANCEY.


At the same place, by the same, on Nov 9, Mr. Eli REID to Miss Lucy HOFFE.


At the same place, by the same, on Nov. 13, Mr. James Emmanuel CAKE, to Miss Sarah Cecilia COLE.


At the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Herring Neck, by the same on Nov [13 ?] Mr. Jeremiah FUDGE, to Miss Lucy BLAKE.


At the Church of St. Margaret, Change Islands, by the same on Nov 24, Mr. John GATEHOUSE, to Miss Sarah Ann (COMBDEN ?)


At the Church of St. Mary's, Herring Neck, by the same, on Nov. 27, Mr. James BOUND to Miss Priscilla BATT.


At the Church of St. Margaret, Change Islands, by the same, on Dec. 18, Mr. Stewart SCAMMELL to Miss Sarah Selina TORRAVILLE.


At the Church of St. Mary's, Herring Neck, by the same, on Dec 10, Mr. Benjamin BATT, to Miss Dinah VINCENT.


At the same place, by the same, on Dec 20, Mr. Esau BLANDFORD, to Miss Susanna BURTON.


At the same place, by the same, on Dec. 26, Mr. James BURTON to Miss Emma HURLEY.


At Merritt's Harbor, on Nov. 15, by the Rev. Aykroyd [STACEY?], Mr. Levi POWELL of Merritt's Harbor, to Mrs. Mary Ann KATES of the same place.


At the Methodist Parsonage, Herring Neck, on Nov. 16 by the same, Mr. Henry G. KING of Merritt's Harbor, to Miss Sarah Jane SYMONDS of Herring Neck.


At the Methodist Church, Change Island, on Nov 18, by the same, Mr. Beniah LEDREW to Miss Margaret PELLEY, both of Change Island.


At the same place, on Nov. 21 by the same, Mr. Richard TAYLOR to Miss Elizabeth Ann PELLEY, both of Change Islands.


At the Methodist Church, Herring Neck, on Nov 25 by the same, Mr. Levi FARTHING, to Miss Elizabeth TUFFIN, both of Herring Neck.


At the same place, on Nov. 30, by the same, Mr. William MAHANEY to Miss Rosanna OXFORD, both of Herring Neck.


At the Methodist Church, Change Islands, on Dec. 5th, by the same, Mr. Aneas MOORES, to Miss Elizabeth Louisa BROWN, both of Change Islands.


At Morton's Harbor, on Nov. 15, by the Rev. Samuel J. RUSSELL, Mr. John BUSSEY of Burnt Bay, to Miss Annie OSMOND of Beachy Cove, Tizzard's Harbor.


At the same place, on Nov 16, by the same, Mr. John FORWARD, of Tizzard's Harbor, to Miss Emily KEEFE, of Little Harbor, Twillingate.


At the same place, on Nov. 22, by the same, Mr. Samuel WALL, of Morton's Harbor, to Miss Julia Ann NEWMAN, of White Bay.


At the same place, on Nov. 28, by the same, Mr. Thomas BURGE, of Chants Harbor, to Miss Mary Elizabeth LEETE, of Burnt Bay.


At Western Head, on Nov., [29 ? Could be 20!] by the same, Mr. Elihu MOORES of Cottel's Island, to Miss Selina LEE, of Western Head.


At Tizzard's Harbor, on Nov 29, by the same, Mr. Richard WHEELER, of Farmer's Arm, to Miss Dorcas Annie BATT, of same place,


At Western Head, on Dec. 9, by the same, Mr Robert FUDGE, of Salt Pond, to Miss Madora NEWPORT, of Morton's Cove.


At Morton's Harbor, on Dec. 11, by the same, Mr. Esau BURT, of Bridge's Cove, Friday's Bay, to Miss Fanny Ann BURGE, of Chant's Harbor.


At Change Islands, on Nov. 30, Lydia WALBOURNE, aged 14 months.


At the same place, Nov, 30 Absalom GATEHOUSE, aged 55 years.


At the same place, Dec. 1, Priscilla POWELL, aged 25 years.


At the same place, Dec 7, Frederick TORRAVILLE, aged 17 months.


On the 12th. inst., Herbert Whitfield, darling child of Joseph and Dorcas STUCKLESS, age 2 years and one month. "In a world of pain and care, Lord thou wouldst no longer leave him. To thy meadows bright and fair, Lovingly, thou dost receive him. Clothed in robes of spotless white, Now he dwells with thee in light.

January 20, 1894

Rescue of Ship's Crew

Intelligence has been received of the rescue of the crew of the Norwegian bark "Helene" by Captain William DEUCHARS, of the British steamer "Mexican Prince". The Helene was bound from Halifax to Cardiff with a cargo of lumber and encountered a succession of fierce North-westerly gales. The barque was fast going to pieces, all her boats had been carried away, and her bulwarks smashed, when, in response to a signal of distress, the Mexican Prince bore down on the wreck. Such a heavy sea was running that Captain DEUCHARS did not venture to send a boat out, but signalled that he would lie by the barque all night, and asked her crew to keep flare up lights burning so that he would not lose her bearings. By dawn next morning the lifeboat of the Mexican Prince put off, and the Norwegian skipper's wife and the crew of (13 ?) man were transformed from the water-logged barque to the steamer having to be hauled one by one through the surf with a rope. Captain DEUCHARS was formerly master of one of the Dundee whalers, and has during his captaincy, saved 127 lives. The Scotsman.

SUF Meeting

S.U.F.. January 1st being the annual meeting of St.Peter's Lodge, S.U.F., No. 12, the following officers were elected and installed for the coming year, viz: - Bro. Wm. HITCHCOCK, W.M., Bro. Fred. NEWMAN, C.O., Bro. Em. HOUSE, 2nd O., Bro. Theo. LUTER, Q.M., Bro. Rev. R. TEMPLE, Chap. re-elected, Bro. John WHITE, Purser, Bro. John LUNNEN, Sec. re-elected, Bro. Robert JANES, L.O., Finance:- Arthur COLBOURNE, William SNOW. Investigating:- Reuben BLACKMORE, Jacob MOORES, Philip FREEMAN, Titus MANUEL, James SLADE. Sick:- Thomas PURCHASE, James ANSTEY, Daniel HAMLIN, John ANDREWS, James NEWMAN, Robert RYALL, Noah WHELLER, Arthur COLBOURNE, Samuel MAIDMENT. Managing:- Reuben BLACKMORE, Thomas YOUNG, Samuel YOUNG. Trustees:- Rev. R. TEMPLE, Obadiah MANUEL. FINANCE: cr. By Balance from past year $61.30, Received fees and Dues $198.50, Other Sources $25.00. Total $284.80. To Paid Sickness and Deaths $95.00, Working Expenses $55.30, Balance on hand $134.30.

Mail Delayed

Our Fogo correspondent complains that mail matter for here, has been lying in the Fogo and Change Islands Post Offices for weeks. This is certainly too bad, and must inconvenience trade considerably. But there is no reason whatever why there should have been so serious a delay in the transmission of correspondence that has been lying in these offices. Of course there has been no direct mail connection, but if the Post Masters in either of these places had had the presence of mind to have forwarded the mail matter for here by way of Gander Bay, (as the couriers from either of the places make weekly trips there) it might have been received here long since, and a great deal of annoyance to the public and especially to those more particularly concerned would have been avoided.

Educational Meeting

The letter in the Sun a fortnight ago has already led to important results. The two Chairmen of the Boards of Education in this place consulted together, and decided to call a public meeting, for the purpose of electing a Local Committee to act with the Council of Higher Education at this centre. The meeting was held at the Court House by permission of the Magistrate, on Wednesday 17th, at eleven o'clock in the morning: such an early hour being necessary to catch the mail leaving the same evening. It was as well attended as could be expected under all circumstances ; and has certainly resulted in a forward step being taken in the right direction. Mr. THOMPSON, M.H.A., was chosen Chairman, and conducted the business of the meeting. The following eight gentlemen were appointed to act as the new Local Committee: F. STAFFORD, Esq., M.D. (Chairman), J.P. THOMPSON, M.H.A, (Secretary), Rev. Robert TEMPLE, R.D., Rev. Jabez HILL Josiah COLBOURNE, Esq., Rev. T. HARWOOD, J.W. OWEN, Esq., C. MAYNE, Esq. These names have been sent on to Council for acceptance and as soon as a reply is received, the business of providing all things necessary for holding the Councils Examination at the end of June, 1894, will be proceeded with. Meantime our teachers and their pupils should exert themselves in readiness for a trial of their powers, at least in elementary subjects. We do not believe that our children are behind the rest of the Colony in ability; we are persuaded that all they need is the opportunity others enjoy. These examinations will stimulate teachers and scholars; and we hope that many will avail themselves year by year of this new chance to compete for the Diplomas and Prizes offered by the Council. We have already sufficient proof that our children taught in Twillingate, only can succeed in this way, side by side with others; since we can name four young girls who have just won Third Grade Diplomas, Miss Laura ASHBOURNE Miss Miriam HILL, Miss G. MAIDMENT, and Miss L. PEARCE, without any additional instruction or training than that which they gained in Twillingate schools (except Miss HILL); we are hopeful as to the future of Education in this centre. The committee will publish their acts from time to time in the columns of the Sun.

Road Opens (Part 1)

Road From Hall's Bay to Exploits Opened. Little Bay, Dec. 27, 1893. (To the Editor Twillingate Sun) Dear Sir: - I have no doubt you will be glad to hear that a junction by line of road, extending from Little Bay Bight to the railway, was completed on the twentieth of the present month; we have therefore a direct and good route to the railway line. This affords facilities to go to or from the city of St. John's and if need be, travellers can even reach White Bay without encountering any great difficulties. This is a boon that quite a number of people would have been glad of, had it existed a few years ago, when quite a number of gentlemen from the North had to spend a winter in St. John's, not being able to reach their homes owing to the inability of the mail steamer to get round Cape John. This route also affords better facilities for mail carriers, and will no doubt be the means of regular mails. The route is a very straight one from the shore at South Brook on the South Side of Hall's Bay. It is also very level and gives great credit to Mr. WHITE and his staff, for the judgment and skill displayed in the selection of so fine a route. The work on this line has been of much service to between three and four hundred men and boys, who have been employed; quite a number of families have received substantial help, that would now otherwise be wondering where the morrow's food would come from. We have therefore to feel thankful for the wise policy of the present progressive Government, of which you form no mean part. What do the traders now say to their wholesale falsehoods that they took so much pains to spread abroad, that this line was only a sham, and that it was to close down at the end of the elections. Why, sir, I can prove that some families earned over one hundred dollars for labor, after the sixth of Nov. Some single men earned after that, so high as forty dollars!

Road Opens (Part 2)

So much for a free and progressive Government. Our people will be alive to their false games in future: and it will be long ere they forget their being dealt with so falsely. There has been much more money earned on this line since election day than before it. A few days before finishing the cutting of the line, I met one of our hardy toilers with his pack to his back, making his way over the route for Conception Bay, and when asked his opinion of the road, he simply replied, "It's the levelest road in the country." I may here say that the superindendent has had quite a number of shelters erected for man and beast, who may need such shelter travelling this road. We have reason to thank the Giver of all good, for safely guiding all our work. We have not had one man receive an injury that would be worth notice, although stumping requires the uses of axes in a manner quite likely to cause trouble if care be not taken. The men all worked in a most creditable manner; steady at work, no grumbling or quarrelling in camp, ever ready to cheer their passing fellow workmen, evincing the best of good nature to the last, shouldering their packs and starting for home with three hearty cheers. Yours truly, J.B.H.


Messrs. George ROBERTS, John LOCKE and John HODGE, of Fogo, arrived from St. John's about one o'clock yesterday. They came by train to the junction road near Burnt Bay, arriving there Wednesday morning, travelled to Burnt Bay that day, and left there yesterday morning. The crews of the "Princess May" and "Minnot Light" also came by same route arriving here later in the day.

Murder at Gander Bay

It is reported that a murder was perpetrated at Gander Bay, ten or fifteen days since, the unfortunate victim being Mr. CLEAVES known for many years as manager of Mr. PHILLIPS' lumber tram. It appears that Mr. CATER, Mr. PHILLIPS' book-keeper, and CLEAVES had a dispute over some matter, when, it is said, CATER struck him on the head with an auger, from the effects of which he died shortly afterwards. The authorities have had the matter under investigation and full particulars will probably be received this mail.

Spars For Sale

A few fine spars ranging in length from fifty-five to seventy feet - now at Gander Bay, will be sold cheap. Apply to Wm. HARRIS, Gander Bay. or to W.T. STERRIT, Gander River, Hall's Bay Railway, Nov 11.

January 27, 1892

Newfoundland Misrepresented

A copy of the New York Herald for November was sent us some time since by one of our Little Bay friends, which contains an article headed, "Distress Reigns in Newfoundland," "Terrible Condition of the Fishermen and Miners of the Desolate coast region," "Fighting against Starvation," &C., and is made up of misrepresentations and falsehoods against the colony. It was sent for the purpose of publication in our columns, but we regret that its length precludes us from doing this and to reprint parts would not put the unscrupulous writer in his true light before the public. The correspondence was evidently written by a tourist who had visited our shores, and taken a trip to the Northern part of the coast, and it is greatly to be regretted that when strangers visit the colony they go away and figure in some of the leading newspapers abroad, making such abominable statements which are calculated to prove detrimental to the colony's best interests. The publication of articles of the character in question, depicting the condition of the colony as so wretched and miserable, could not fail to have a deterrent effect on capitalists, who may be disposed to come to our shores, to speculate in mining or other enterprises, and therefore the writers thereof, are doing us a serious injustice. As regards distress amongst our people, we venture the opinion that it would be difficult to find another colony in any part of the globe where less poverty and distress reign than in Newfoundland. We do not mean to say that as a colony we are entirely exempt, but it is well known to every one conversant with the true state of affairs, that the past five years there has been less destitution than for many years previously, and that throughout the land there has been comparative immunity from distress and suffering as a consequence of bad times, so that the writer in the New York Herald, is utterly astray in the assertions he has made in this respect, against the colony and, we hope that whenever strangers visit our shores, they will go away and represent things in their true light.

Statement of Dorcas Society

For the Year Ending 1893. Subscriptions 9 cents. Government Grant $100. A. Friend $4. Thomas FORD $4. E. & A. ROBERTS $2. R.D. HODGE $2. J.P. THOMPSON $1.50. A. GRAY $1.50. Frederick LINFIELD $1.20. Richard NEWMAN $1.00. George ROBERTS $1.00. G.G. WILLIAMS $1.00. W.J. SCOTT $1.00. William S. BAIRD $1.00. Andrew LINFIELD $1.00. W.H. MANUEL .60. J.S. COLBOURNE .50. R.M. DUFF .50. J.A.S. PEYTON .50. Samuel ROBERTS .50. Silas FACEY .50. P. SAMWAYS .50. S.C. THOMPSON .50. W.J. NEWMAN .50. James HODDER, (C.W.) .50. T.W. MANUEL .50. Samuel YOUNG .50. R. BLACKMORE .40. J. OAKLEY .40. A. Friend .40. Robert YOUNG .30. Robert RYAL .20. A. Friend .20. Total $130.20. Contributions received viz: in cash including Government Grant $106.10. Received in goods $24.10. Balance on hand account 1892 $27.09. Cash received in 1893 $106.10. Total $133.19. Cash paid for goods 1893 $105.47. Cash balance in hand $27.72. Total $133.19. E. HUGHES, Secretary. L. COLBOURNE, Treas.


Widow BRENTON, of Virgin Arm, Friday's Bay, had her tilt and all its contents destroyed by fire on Thursday last. She lost all her clothing, and everything she possessed. She is far advanced in life and, we understand, has been a hard working industrious person. It would be a deed of charity to confer favors on one in such a predicament and we trust that she will not be overlooked by the charitably disposed of the community.


Mr. and Mrs. LETHBRIDGE, Mr. George HODDER, sr., and Mr. S. HARBIN, arrived from St. John's on Monday morning last. The fall of snow last week, retarded the progress of the railway, and they did not reach the Burnt Bay junction road until about eleven o'clock on Sunday. Mrs. LETHBRIDGE, we believe, is the first lady who has come here from St. John's by train by winter route.


Petitions have been filed before the courts in St. John's, against representatives that have been elected in several of the districts, in support of the WHITEWAY government, on the grounds that the election law against bribery, &c., was violated by them or their agents, during the election campaign. These charges have been made, no doubt, through vindictiveness on the part of defeated candidates, and are not likely to come to much.

Murder Case

"That Murder Case". The H.B. train arrived at Whitbourne this afternoon, but too late to connect with the regular. She brought His Worship Judge PROWSE back from his investigation into the supposed murder case at Gander Lake. After an enquiry into the case, he decided that the man CLEAVES died from inflammation of the lungs, and discharged the accused man CATER, there being nothing to connect him with CLEAVE's demise. It will be a matter of satisfaction that the crimeless character of the country is still maintained. Herald, Jan. 19.


At Lynn, Mass., on the 26th ult., the wife of Mr. Jacob YOUNG of a son.


At Morton's Harbor, on the 22nd inst., by the Rev. R. TEMPLE, Mr. Alfred BARTLETT to Miss Jessie TAYLOR."

February 10, 1894

S.U.F. Anniversary

[Transcriber's Note: The following is the programme from a very long article on the 21st anniversary meeting of the SUF held 2 February at St. Andrew's Church.] Chorus - "Row Gently Row" - Choir. Address - Chairman. Recitation - "Boxiano" - Mr. A. BARRETT. Solo - "Flowers" - Miss N. PEARCE. Dialogue - "Defending the Castle". Recitation - "Fishes" - Miss R. PEYTON. Solo - "Committed to the Deep" - Mr. R.M. DUFF. Reading - Bro. W. NEWMAN. Solo - "Primrose Farm" - Miss FREEMAN. Dialogue - "Knights".Solo - "Under the Willow" - Miss R. PEYTON. Recitation - "Drifting with the Tide" - Miss N. PEARCE. Song - "Loves Golden Dream" - Misses ANSTEY and FREEMAN. Dialogue - "Hospitality". Solo - "Sailing" - Miss A. COOK. Dialogue - "Barking up the Wrong Tree". Song - "Just Before the Battle" - Misses ANSTEY and FREEMAN. Dialogue - "Why and Wherefore". Address - Mr. A. BARRETT. Chorus - "The Tars Farewell" - Choir. Dialogue - "Going Whaling". "God Save The Queen". May 1895 find S.U.F. still more prosperous than it is in 1894. And long may it continue to show the existence amongst us of Love, Purity and Fidelity.

Ship News

The Schooner "Ethel B. Jacobs", Capt. "Sol" JACOBS, reached Boston Sunday afternoon, being the fourth boat to arrive there this season with frozen herring from Newfoundland. Captain JACOBS reports his herring to be of a fine quality, running about forty-five pounds to the hundred count. The schooner put in at Gloucester before going to Boston, and when near that port Friday evening jibed her mainsail, and some of the tackle struck Captain Jacobs on the left eye, knocking him down and straining his side. One of the crew was caught in the main sheet and nearly carried overboard. he escaped with a severe shaking up. During a blow up North, the Jacobs lost her foretopmast, the first topmast ever carred away on her since she was built. Another disaster happened to her Saturday as she was getting away from Gloucester, in tow of the tug "Seguin". The tug collided with the schooner pretty severely and smashed a portion of her port rail. Herald. Jan. 27.


On Jan. 15th, at the Parsonage, by the Rev. Jabez Hill, Mr. Amos CLARKE, of Back Harbor, to Miss Patience VERGE, of Jenkins Cove.


At the same place, on Jan 16th, by the same, Mr. Charles HILLIER, to Miss Emily HARNEY, both of Ragged Point.


At St. John's on Jan. 25th, after a short illness, Elizabeth E., beloved wife of William COAKER, Southside, aged 59 years.


New Goods and Bargains At C. MacPHERSON's. Dress Goods - A large portion of our stock of New Dress Goods is now open - Splendid assortment and all good Value. Dress Making Department now busy. Please place your orders early. Job Lot. Boys' Caps 5c. Job Lot Girls Sailor Hats, covered and trimmed with velvet and light materials, just suitable for this season, 20c and 30c worth from 30c to 70c. C. MacPHERSON, Sign of the Leopard. At the old stand. 219 Water Street. June 3rd.

February 17, 1894

Seal Fishery

The Coastal Co's steamer "Windsor Lake" will prosecute the Gulf Seal Fishery the coming spring. Captain DRAKE, who has some experience in sealing on that part of the coast, will be in command. The sealing voyage apparently offers a good return for invested capital. The owners of the Windsor Lake deserve success for their enterprise.

SUF Anniversary

"S.U.F. Anniversary at Fogo". Feb 6. 1894. (To the Editor Twillingate Sun) Dear Sir:- Will you please insert in your valuable paper the following account of anniversary and march out on Candlemas day, of St. Andrew's Lodge, S.U.F., Fogo. Proceeding first from the Lodge Hall to St. Andrew's Church the brethren were treated to and participated in a short Church of England service, combined with portions of Lodge ritual, together with an excellent address by Rev. C. WHITE, from St. Luke v.c. 5v.: "and Simon answering said unto Him, Master we have toiled all the night and taken nothing. Nevertheless, at Thy word, I will let down the net", setting forth the duty of all, and especially Fishermen, in their arduous and precarious calling, never to be weary in well doing, but persevering unto the end, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of their faith, who will be sure to reward their labor in His own good time and manner. On leaving the Church, the procession wended its way to the residence of our worthy Magistrate, saluting the representative of Government, and receiving a gracious response thereto, then making their accustomed circuit of the harbor and returning to the Hall, dispersed without their usual tea this year, but in the evening a very enjoyable dance and ball was participated in by forty-two couples, including outsiders, patronised and enjoyed by Rev. C. WHITE and Lady, Messrs. EARLE, CROUCHER and COOK with respective partners of two firms and Miss EARLE. The Rev. TARRAN signalising himself with Miss EARLE, (who returned from England last year) in the light fantastic step of several polkas, Scottish dance, &c. Mr. EARLE equally lively in the quadrille; the whole affair being pronounced a perfect success, and tending in no small degree to exhilarate the young men and maidens for rem. of night. Yours Truly, M.S.

Murder (Part 1)

"MURDERED!! "A Cold Blooded Crime. Brained With An Iron Bar." This morning the community awoke to learn the startling information that a brutal murder had been committed last evening. It was discovered last night, too late to be known by any but very few people. The victim of the crime is the old man well known in the city as William McCARTHY. It was committed with a hollow iron bar, like a section of gas pipe, and the motive was apparently robbery. The murderer is not yet caught, but was seen by residents near McCARTHY's house, leave it about 9:30 last night, and a pretty accurate description of him is in the hands of the police by this time. The old man McCARTHY, familiarly known as "Billy", was a well-known figure in this city. He was an aged, miserly individual, nearly 80 years old, and not over appreciated in the community, as he was remarkable for hardness of heart, and exacted his pound of flesh in his dealing with everyone he had to do with.

Murder (Part 2)

Yet with all his faults one can scarcely help a feeling of regret at his violent and unprepared death, for he lived hard, and the few years yet remaining to him might have sufficed to better prepare him for the great hereafter. He was his own worst enemy and bitterly has he paid for it. He carried on business as a junk dealer, and lived in a house in Springdale Street, one of a number of tenements belonging to him. He was a hard landlord, always in trouble with his tenants, and constantly at law with them, and it may be found that wrongs of this character had something to do with his killing. As gleaned from various sources, the story of the crime is as follows: Shortly after midday he sent the girl WALSH home, saying he was going our for a while. Very soon after, he purchased a quantity of old lead, metal, etc., from a man who brought it to his door. Among the stuff, strange to say, was the very bar with which he was killed.

Murder (Part 3)

The man who sold the things is variously described, but all agree that he was tall and middle-aged and resembled the man who is thought to have done the deed. The bargain concluded, the man left and shortly after, it was observed that McCARTHY's door was closed and his window blinds let down. The neighbours had not seen him leave, but did not generally pay much attention to his movements. The girl WALSH came several times and tried to get in, but found the door locked, and after tea made enquiries for him at the police station. During the afternoon and night not a sound was heard from the old man's quarters; all the neighbours are unanimous in agreement that no disturbance or noise of any kind occurred. About [9:30 pm ?] Mrs. [DILLON ?] next door, heard a slight noise in McCARTHY's and then heard the door slam. She knocked at the partition and called out, but got no answer.

Murder (Part 4)

Then she went to her door, and saw a man leave McCARTHY's and walk quickly up Springdale St. towards Flower Hill. She and the other neighbours, who were about, describe him as being a tall man, of florid complexion, with a long overcoat and a soft high cap with a peak. A closer view of him could not be obtained he walked so rapidly. Having her suspicions aroused by the strange circumstance, she went to McCARTHY's door and found it open. She looked in but saw nothing, and then another young woman got a lamp and they both entered his house. When they got inside the door the lamplight revealed a pool of blood on the floor, and being frightened they left immediately and sent word for the police. An examination of the house was made and soon revealed the motive. In his bedroom was a chest or trunk, the key in the lock.

Murder (Part 5)

Raising the cover they found a canvas bag in which he kept his money. It was empty and a thorough search failed to discover any money or valuables in the place. As he was known to have had money there that day, the only conclusion is that the murderer had robbed him. The question then arises, "Who was the Murderer?". And the answer must undoubtedly be, "The man who came out of the house about 9:30." And with this, the mysterious character of the affair becomes visible. No one had entered the house from early in the afternoon. It was locked the several times the girl tried the door, and the blind was down. He could not well have entered during the afternoon without neighbours seeing him, the window was not tampered with, and the back door from the outhouse has not been opened the winter, and shows not a solitary track in the snow.

Murder (Part 6)

The theory of the police is that he obtained entrance, with the old man after midday, waited a favorable moment and killed him, then took the body by the heels and dragged it from the place he struck it down to the passage in the rear, where it would be out of the way, and then proceeded to ransack the place and make himself comfortable till after nightfall, when he could make his escape with comparative safety. This displayed a daring and a cold-bloodedness which stamps the murderer as a man of no ordinary ability and nerve, and places his crime in a category far above the few similar tragedies with which unfortunately, we have been visited. The astonishing fact, however, is that no noise was heard at all, for it seems incredible that the necessary movements of the criminal could have been made unnoticed.

Murder (Part 7)

The police are on the alert this morning, following up the clues they have obtained and they expect to make an arrest this evening. Meanwhile the body lies in the Morgue, and when a post mortem examination has been held, will be interred. It is to be sincerely hoped that the murderer will not escape, for such a disgraceful blot on our fair name demands that the utmost exertions should be put forward to hunt him down, and mete him out his just deserts when captured. Right here we would advise the police to watch the "Grand Lake", sailing to-night, and all outgoing trains and steamers for some time to come. -- Evening Herald, Jan. 30.


Turrs have been very plentiful around here this winter; one man belonging to Crow Head secured about seventy-three one day this week.

Ship News

The s.s. "Hope" comes North again this season, and her master of last year will again take charge of her. She will not leave for Fogo until the 1st March. The steamers "Neptune," "Ranger," and "Falcon" left last week for Pool's Island.

Sons of Temperance

The members of "North Star" Division, No 45, Sons of Temperance, intend holding their anniversary on Thursday, February 22. Tickets may be had from Bros. J.W. ROBERTS, F. LINFIELD, N. GRAY, A.W. PRESTON, C. WHITE, and C.D. MAYNE. Persons only will be admitted to tea, who hold a Ticket.

Escape from Drowning

On Tuesday last, while in quest of turrs, a young man named James SHARP, of Crow Head, had a narrow escape from drowning. From what we can learn it appears that he was after killing some turrs, and was in the act of reaching home over some very feeble ice, when it gave away and he fell forward in the water, where he remained a considerable time. Being alone, it was with great difficulty he succeeded in getting out, which he did by means of his gaff. The day was one of the coldest for the winter, the thermometer being 15 below zero. Having lost his mitts while in the water both hands were badly frost-bitten. We understand he is now doing well, and will not need amputation as was feared.

Old Fashioned Winters (Part 1)

"Our Ancestors and their 'Old Fashioned Winters' ". The people of Newfoundland are passing through what is commonly called "an old fashioned winter." Why it is so designated, we can hardly explain, except on the supposition that at this season, and years ago, the weather was much more severe that we of the present quarter of the nineteenth century are wont to experience. In spite of the terrible death rate here in St. John's there still exist in our midst, a few venerable octogenarians in the possession of sound physical and mental facilities. In conversation with those "sacred relics of by-gone days," as James Russell LOWELL calls them, we are sometimes astonished at the tales they tell of Newfoundland winters in the early part of the century. Snow storms of a week's duration each, we are told, were then matters of common occurrence, while drifts assumed the proportions of small mountains and the thermometer went down to twenty-five and thirty below zero.

Old Fashioned Winters (Part 2)

Fancy the horrors of a Newfoundland winter in those days, in loosely-built houses, with large, open chimneys, the only heat, in most cases, being the limited quantity derived from piles of burning wood, artistically arranged on ancient Drudish contrivances, commonly called "dog irons". Such were some of the circumstances in which our forefathers lived and moved and had their vigorous being. Nevertheless, in these very conditions, they developed a sturdy manhood and a dauntless disposition, which made them at once the finest seamen, and the most hospitable people on the face of the earth. They scoured the wintry sea in their small 20 ton vessels, in the face of Arctic ice and terrific gales, and successfully prosecuted the seal fishery, while the voyage of 300 or 400 miles to Labrador, every spring, often without the aid of compass or chart, was undertaken with less concern than present-day marines evince in making a trip to Cape St. Francis. -- Evening Telegram.


On February 16th, at the Parsonage, the wife of the Rev. R. TEMPLE, R.D., of a son.


On February 14th, the wife of Mr. J.P. THOMPSON, of a daughter.


For Sale. A Double Seat SLEIGH, in splendid condition. Apply to F. BERTEAU,. or Titus MANUEL..

February 24, 1894

Seal Fishery - Nfld.

Very few seals have been captured by landsmen around our shores and the prospect of their getting many this Spring is not very bright at present.

Seal Fishery - Nfld.

Three schooners have been cleared from the Custom House for the seal fishery, up to date, vis: Tamarack, James YOUNG, Orion, Edward WHITE, and the Westville, John LANNEN. We wish them all a bumper trip.

Seal Fishery - Nfld.

We understand that Dr. GRENFELL of the Deep Sea Mission, and Dr. BOBARDT intend making a trip to the seal fishery this spring, as they want to make themselves acquainted with all phases of life in Newfoundland. They will go with Captain BLANDFORD in the "Neptune," and they could not be under better care and guidance than with the gallant captain, who will initiate them into the mysteries of seal hunting.

Seal Fishery B.C.

Twenty-one sealers have sailed from Victoria, B.C., so far, carrying 74 Indians and 428 whites. This constitutes one-third of the entire fleet.

Seal Fishery B.C.

"Over 200 Men in Employment". Almost every day the fleet of sealing schooners, en route to the Japan coast, is enlarged by a fresh one starting out from Victoria, and on those which have already sailed, over 200 men have found employment for at least seven months. Yesterday the "Dora Steward" departed with a crew of (26 ?) men. She is captained by F. COLE, of Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, who commanded the schr. "Penelope" on her last cruise. -- B.C. Colonist.

Seal Fishery - Nfld.

"Seals on the Coast". A late North Sydney paper says that Capt. FARQUHAR of the steamer "Harlaw," which arrived a few days ago from Halifax, reports passing a number of seals in the water near the entrance of Big Bras d' Or. The genial Captain will again be in command of the "S.S. Newfoundland" on her sealing voyage the coming season. The steamer has for some time past been undergoing extensive repairs and alterations at Halifax, so as to fit her for the sealfishery. Capt. FARQUHAR will have no trouble in getting seal killers to go with him to the ice this year. Already many have applied for berths in the Newfoundland.

Newfoundland Boxer (Part 1)

Dick CRONAN. The Newfoundland Fisherman Boxer of Nine Years Ring Record. From a well-known sporting journal we take the following account of "a native" who has won renown in the prize ring in the Great Republic. In giving it a place in our columns it may be well to state, we merely do so as a matter of news, and knowing that many of our readers take a keen interest in the manly art of self-defence: Dick CRONAN, the "fisherman fighter" was born at St. George's Bay, Newfoundland, June 3, 1865. Dick is not strictly a fisherman, but on land he has been for nine years a boxer, and at sea has been a sailor, and of late years, mate of several sailing vessels. Dick's fistic career began with a fight at Coaster's Island with Ted SULLIVAN of Pittsburg, Penn. CRONAN won in five rounds.

Newfoundland Boxer (Part 2)

Next, CRONAN and Andy McCAULEY of Boston fought six rounds. The fight ended in a draw. In 1886 CRONAN fought an eight round draw with Abe HUMER. A month later he defeated HUMER in seven rounds. He next defeated Jack CASEY in two rounds, and later defeated CASEY at Brockton, Mass., in five rounds. CRONAN then had a four round draw with Martin E., SNEE, of Haverhill. He next defeated Mike BARRY, champion light-weight of Maine, in two rounds at East Boston, Mass. In 1887 he travelled with the John L. SULLIVAN combination, sparring nightly with Patsy HERRIGAN and George LeBAUNCHE, the Marine. In his next battle CRONAN's antagonist was Jimmy CONLEY of Cambridge. CRONAN fought at eight days notice and was defeated in six rounds. His next battle was with Joseph FEILDING of England, a four round draw, in New York. Dick's last battle was with Dan KENNALS of Florida, at Ebo City, Fla. CRONAN defeated him in the second round. CRONAN is now in Boston and is seeking a customer in the 140 pound class, where of late the fighting talk, and fistic engagements have been especially abundant.


At Seal Cove, Friday's Bay, on the 17th inst., after a lingering illness, Mr. George SAMPSON, aged 86 years."

Contributed by George White (2002)
January. 6, 1894 to February 24, 1894 transcribed by Ron St. Croix

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (February 2003)

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