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Twillingate Sun
March - April

March 3, 1894

S.O.T. Anniv. (Part 1)

"Love, Purity and Fidelity". The Sons of Temperance, "North Star" Division, No. 15, celebrated their anniversary on Feb. 22nd. It had been the custom in previous years to celebrate their anniversary on Shrove Tuesday, but on account of the proximity of the other anniversaries it was postponed to the day named. The day chosen being fine, the Society and the Band of Hope, 50 in number, assembled in the hall at noon; and at 2 p.m., wended their way to the North Side Methodist Church, where the Rev. J. HILL preached their annual Sermon, taking for his text 1. Chronicles 10 c. 31v., "Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the Glory of God." The preacher treated his subject in a most masterly style, and the brethren considered it admonishing, instructive and encouraging. After Divine service the Society marched as far as Back Harbor beach, and from thence to the hall where a grand tea was provided, to which they did ample justice. The concert began as usual at 7.30 p.m., and was opened by the Worthy Patriarch, Bro. C. MAYNE, who in a short but effective speech, introduced as chairman, the Rev. J. HILL, and he proved himself a very efficient one, maintaining thorough good order, throughout the meeting. The chairman also gave a short speech which was well received, and then proceeded with the programme. The singing was especially good throughout. The two duets "Song of the Fountain," and "Light Canie" were sweetly rendered; and the quintet, with its grand bass very effective. Mrs. E. ROBERTS, who presided at the organ and had charge of the singing, is to be congratulated upon its success. Bro. John LOCKE's speech was productive of much fun. The various dialogues, recitations, etc., in most cases were well rendered. Subjoined is the programme:

S.O.T. Anniv. (Part 2)

Chorus - "Keep the Temperance banner waving". Prayer - Rev. J. Hill. Chairman's Address. Duet - "Song of the Fountain". Recitation - "A Grogsellers Dream" - Sydney LOVERIDGE. Dialogue - "Next Morning". Recitation - "The Mouse and her Promise" - Edward LINFIELD. Recitation - "What I Like" - Garfield MOORES. Song - "Master is Come" - Choir. Address - Bro. John LOCKE. Recitation - "A Mother's Prayer" - M. NEWMAN. Dialogue - "Confirming Echo". Recitation - "Drunkards Inventory" - H. BLACKMORE. Dialogue - "Reaping the Fruits". Recitation - "High Top Boots" - Gilbert BARRETT. Quintet - "Ye Sons of Temperance". Recitation - "Lost" - Stephen LOVERIDGE. Recitation - "I'm a Teetotal" - S. MOORES. Drunkards' Soliloquy - A. COLBOURNE. Song - "Be not Deceived" - Choir. Recitation - "Rosa's last words" - Olivia BLACKMORE. Dialogue - "Moderation". Duet - "Light Canoe". Recitation - Berthie ROBERTS. Dialogue - "Fast Colours". Recitation - "Little Nell" - Janet HODDER. Recitation - A. SPENCER. Song - "The Dawning of the day". "God Save the Queen".

Herring Neck (Part 1)

Entertainment at Herring Neck. An Entertainment, which was to have been given in Green's Cove school-room on the 5th ult, (Shrove Tuesday), for the purpose of raising money towards getting new windows, and otherwise repairing the School chapel there, was postponed owing to the icy hand of death being laid upon a near and dear relative of one of its chief promoters. It was further postponed from Tuesday evening 22nd ult., on account of rough weather, to that of Thursday 22nd ult., when it took place in St. Mary's School-room, Salt harbor. The evening being fine, and walking good, a very respectfully and orderly audience patronised the affair, and filled the large schoolroom. The tickets for reserved seats were quickly disposed of. The young gentlemen who acted as committee of management, Messrs. GABRIEL, GRIMES, CROCKER and BURTON, did their work very nicely, in so politely showing each of their patrons to their seats, and took a great deal of trouble otherwise in making the entertainment so pleasant. All the performers did their parts extremely well and the three hours entertainment given would compare favorably with those of its kind usually given in the outports. It would be almost invidious to notice specially, any of the different parts taken, yet I think all will agree that Miss CONNOLY's rendering of "Bride Bells," and Mr. CROCKER's inimitable acting as Sambo, in the Dialogues "Telephone and Doctor" as well as his discourse on "Fun and Amusements" as the Rev. Tedekiah Squash, were deservedly much appreciated. In fact all who took part must have given considerable time and trouble to make the evening's amusements so pleasing; and the audience showed that they were fully satisfied and had the worth of their money, by the beaming faces and hearty burst of applause.

Herring Neck (Part 2)

Programme: Chorus - "Full and Harmonious". Reading - "Ears" - Mr. PEPPER. Song - "Down the Stream the Shadows Darken" - Miss CONNOLLY. Dialogue - "A Cat without an Owner". Song - "Sailing" - Mr. MUNDY. Song - "The Bogie Man" - Mr. GABRIEL. Recitation - "Mary, Queen of Scots" - Mr. LOCKYER. Dialogue - "How She Managed Him". Song - "Sweet Katie Conner" - Mr. GRIMES. Dialogue - "The newly invented Telephone". Song - "Bride Bells" - Miss CONNOLLY. Reading - "Victim of the Toothache" - Mr. GABRIEL. Song - "The Bills I have to pay" - Mr. LOCKYER. Dialogue - "How Sambo fooled the Dentist". Song - "Kind Words" - Miss DALLY. Discourse - "Fun and Amusement" - Mr. CROCKER. Song - "The Moon is Beaming over the Lake" - Miss RICHARDS. Reading - "Pa's Initiation" - Mr. HOLWELL. Song - "Our Jack's come Home to-day" - Mr. MUNDY. "God Save the Queen".

Return of Citizens

The Rev. T.W. HARWOOD, who was attending Methodist Missionary Meetings at Fogo and intermediate places, returned Thursday, accompanied by Mr. Frank ROBERTS and Mr. Titus LINFIELD.

Ship News

The schooner "Laddie" owned by Robert SCOTT, Esq., of Fogo, arrived at Barbados on the 16th ult., after a passage of twenty-one days. She was expected to leave again yesterday with a cargo of molasses for St. John's. Mr. John SCOTT, who was in command of the "Matilda" the past summer sailed in her as mate, to whom we wish every success."

March 10, 1894


By Telegraph. (Special to the Sun) Dynamite Explodes on Board S.S. "Walrus". Several Persons Injured. Beaver Cove, March 8. A sad accident occurred on board the s.s. Walrus, at Pool's Island, yesterday. While some men were warming dynamite in the galley it exploded; boatswain BRETT was terribly injured, and only lived a short time afterwards. George THOMS had his skull fractured and also received other injuries; he is not expected to live. James HURLEY also received a heavy shock; both of his hands were injured but not very dangerous. St. John's, March 9. The s.s. "Newfoundland", sailing from Halifax, passed outside the Narrows Tuesday, bound to the Northern ice fields. Our steamers will sail two o'clock Saturday. An explosion occurred on board the "Walrus," at Pool's Island, Wednesday while some men were warming dynamite in the galley; three men were seriously injured. Boatswain BRETT died shortly afterwards. THOMS and HURLEY were badly hurt.


On the 7th inst., Ann, relict of the late William YOUNG, aged 77 years.


At Exploits, on February 21st, Ann, relict of the late Andrew PEARCE, aged 86 years."

March 17, 1894

Strange Sighting

"The Sea Serpent Again". The steamship ("Umfali" ?) Messrs. BULLARD, KING, & Co.'s new steamer, had a strange experience during the voyage out. When the vessel was about 300 miles North of Cape Verde, lat. 23 deg. N., long. ... deg. W., and about half-past .... in the afternoon, the chief officer (Mr. C.A. POWELL) who was in charge of the bridge, espied a strange looking monster swimming through the waves. The object was about 300 yards away from the ship, and presented the appearance of a huge serpent, with slimy skin, and several pairs of short fins, about 20 ft. apart. In circumference it measured about the same dimension as a full-sized whale, and about 80 ft. of its body could be seen above water. Mr. Powell immediately sang out to several of the passengers, who were on the afterdeck at the time, and each had a good look at the monster. Aided by his glasses, the chief officer distinctly saw the serpent's mouth open and shut. The jaw appeared about 7ft. long, and was armed with large teeth, the gums being of a whitish colour. The serpent had the appearance of a huge conger eel, both in shape and colour, the skin underneath being white. A few minutes after it had been sighted, Captain CRINGLE happened to come on the bridge and immediately caught sight of the monster. It was then well on the port quarter and the Captain had the ship's course altered, so as to follow it up. At the same moment the serpent headed directly towards the vessel until quite close up, and then altered its course, and was soon lost in the distance. Owing to the fading light and the uncertainty of being able to overtake the object, Captain CRINGLE abandoned the idea of giving chase. As the serpent turned in the water a further large portion of its length was seen, moving with an undulating motion, and it is computed that the entire length could not have been less than 150 feet. It will doubtless be remembered that a few months ago a creature answering the above description was passed in the very same latitude by a Liverpool ship bound for the West Coast of Africa. -- The Natl Advertiser.

Published by Authority

His Excellency the Governor in Council, has been pleased to appoint Dr. George SKELTON, Sir Robert THORBURN and Capt. Samuel BLANDFORD to be members (provisionally) of the Legislative Council. The following gentlemen to be Governors of the Savings Bank: - Hon. Jas. ANGEL, Hon. Dr. SKELTON, Legislative Council; Hon. Sir W.V. WHITEWAY, Hon. E.P. MORRIS, T.J. MURPHY, Esq., W. DUFF, Esq., and the Hon. the Speaker, House of Assembly. Secretary's Office, Feb. 6, 1894. Member returned to serve in the Municipal Council of St. John's for Ward 1 of the Municipality: Hon. John HARRIS. His Excellency the Governor in Council has been pleased to appoint Mr. James POND, to be a member (additional) of the Fox Harbor (Trinity) Road Board. Secretary's Office, February 13. His Excellency the Governor in Council, has been pleased to appoint the Revs. Dr. PILOT, Dr. MILLIGAN, A.D. MORTON, Bro. J.D. SLATTERY, J.J. WICKHAM, Esq., J.W. WITHERS, Esq., and J. COWAN, Esq., to be a Commission to inquire into, and report upon the operation of the Pension Scheme provided for teachers in the "Education Act 1892". Edgar BOWRING, Esq., and A. John HARVEY, Esq., to be members of the Church of England Board of Education for St. John's East in place of Frederick RENDELL, Esq., deceased, and J. WEST, Esq., left the country; Mr. Wm. Hy. JERRETT, to be a Surveyor of Lumber. His Excellency the Governor has been pleased to recognise Mr. Charles A.M. PINSENT as Vice-Council for Portugal.

Letter to the Editor

"A Letter From Mr. CODY. (To the Editor Twillingate Sun). Dear Sir : - I, J.B. CODY, Notary Public, duly authorised, admitted and sworn, residing and practising in Little Bay, do hereby certify that the 2nd July, 1892, I wrote the following letter, signed Pro Patrid, to the Evening Telegram; and my chief object in writing, was to show that the mining interest of this Bay, was in too limited a hand altogether for success, in which I gave the result of my own experience, combined with the best information which I could obtain from the leading miners. Hence it is, after it appeared in the papers, Manager WHYTE and Father FLYNN conspired against me, and marked me for the slaughter. There is an old saying that when a Scotchman smiles he means mischief. So, Manager WHYTE went smiling to Father FLYNN, placed some anonymous letters in his hands, saying at the same time, "I utilise you to do some engineering. We must expatriate CODY". Oh Logengula, King of the Matables, what can I do against such weapons? Has my course carried me beyond the acquiescence of Ecclesiastical Tribunals? It was all I could expect of such a man as Manager WHYTE, but I am moved by feelings of sorrow at the thought that Father FLYNN, who has sat at the one desk with me for years, could be so unprincipled as to deprove me of my situation, because I was self-confident enough to tread on the toes of the Mining King (Mr. WHYTE). Wherefore I, the said Notary, in a spirit of fairness and fair play, hereby appeal to my Fellow Countrymen on the merits of the case, which I attest, J.B. CODY. Little Bay, Jan. 22nd, 1894.

CODY's Original Letter (Part 1)

(Copy) (To the Editor Evening Telegram) Dear Sir:- The following remarks on mining will, I trust, prove beneficial to the Colony: I notice that two gentleman arrived here by the s.s. "Portia", viz. Mr. THOMPSON, New York, and a Mr. BROWN, of London, to inspect this mine. Dame Rumour has been very busy these last few days, in all directions, that a rift will take place among the company, and the reasons are evidently dictated by interested motives. I give my opinion from a mineralogical view. It is admitted that a permanent Official of this Bay is negotiating with Matheson & Co., of England, trying to bluff one party at the expense of another. And I must give advice to all concerned to mark closely the course of events and avoid disintegration. I have watched with great interest the development of affairs these last few years. I notice that several mining locations are taken, and documents drawn in the name of Matheson & Co., and the mine is working under the name of N.C.C.M. Company.

CODY's Original Letter (Part 2)

I must censure such a proceeding. Somebody must be on the downgrade. I am aware that we have some excellent finds; shafts have been sunk in several places, and advices from the miners are so exceptionally favorable that I cannot refrain from calling special attention to other companies. Thus it is shown, that four or five copper mines can be worked in the vicinity of Little Bay, and there are indications of the whole Bay being so extraordinary rich in copper, that a great future may be predicted for it. It is a curious fact that the mines and finds of this Bay were never favorably reported. I intimate that the cause is owing to an optional deal, monopolising all for Matheson & Co., and debarring other companies from investing. Consequently, this Colony has naturally suffered, and still suffers from such monopolies. The great lodes of copper lately discovered, have by the way, never been sufficiently recommended to foreign companies.

CODY's Original Letter (Part 3)

I would advise all Newfoundlanders to view this question from a public standpoint. In my humble opinion, mining is only in its infancy in this Colony. No mercantile or foreign monopolists must be permitted bo obscure or dwarf the issues of our resources that are destined to be the most important in which the Colony has ever engaged. Advices just to hand state that on Colchester and McKenzie claim, two new lodes of copper have been struck which the finders say can be traced through the whole length of the section, and the veins are four feet wide fine copper; and this company knows all about the great lodes on Colchester and Lady Pond locations. But whatever the Matheson Party may do, Little Bay shares and mines are worth picking up. I trust that the press will be up and doing, and show our mineral wealth to outsiders, as the matter is one of considerable public interest to the Colony. If we do not bring our wares to market, we shall not be able to dispose of them. Yours &c., Pro Patrid, Little Bay, July 2nd, 1892.

Narrow Escape

George PAYNE and John SHEPPARD, of Wild Cove, lost their guns yesterday, having fallen in the water while out seal hunting, and narrowly escaped being drowned.

Narrow Escape

Two men of Back Harbor narrowly escaped drowning yesterday. They were out in quest of seals, and having killed several were in the act of crossing the ice for them, when they fell through.


Quite a number of seals, young and old, were killed yesterday by people who were off in boats. There were hundreds of young ones seen on the ice from the Light House, and had the wind continued like it was Thursday, and pressed the ice close to land, which would have enabled the men to travel, there would have been a big haul yesterday.

Narrow Escape

What was near being a sad drowning accident occurred at Dildo, [Run] on Thursday, the 8th inst. When Josiah OAKE, of Change Islands, and a boy of the same place, were returning home early that morning from Indian Head, where they had been for several days cutting wood, fell through the ice, where a strong current was running. They were in the water a considerable time, (long enough for two of their dogs to get drowned) and it is thought that they would have met with the same fate, if the man had not the presence of mind to get out his pocket knife and sheath knife, and by making holes in the ice with them, helped himself out, and afterwards rescued the boy; both of them were nearly exhausted.

Marine Wonder

The following marine wonder is taken from the Waterford Citizen: -- Advice has been received of the arrival at Galveston of the Norwegian barque "Elsa Anderson", having in tow the hull of an English built brig, which had apparently been burned at sea more that fifty years ago, and which appeared on the surface of the ocean after a submarine disturbance off the Faroe Islands. The hull of the strange derelict was covered with sea shells, but the hold and under decks contained very little water. In the captain's berth were found several iron-bound chests, the contents of which had been reduced to pulp, except a leather bag, which required an axe to open. In it were guineas bearing date 1809, and worth over 1,000. There were also several watches and a stomacher of pearls, blackened by the action of the water. Three skeletons were also discovered, one of a man nearly seven feet high.

House Fire

A double house belonging to John and Martin O'DRISCOLL of Bay Bulls, was destroyed by fire three o'clock Monday morning [unreadable] and four children were consumed in the flames; the other family barely escaped. The two fathers were on their way to St. John's when the terrible calamity occurred.

Election Trial

WOOD's and MOORE's election trial was concluded yesterday. The judge may give decision next week. There was no evidence of any direct or personal bribery being used all through the campaign. If they are unseated it will be owing to the expenditure of public monies for opening roads and on other public works, giving employment to quite a number of people. The public sentiment condemns the action of the opposition in respect to these trials.

Ship Arrival

The sealing steamer "Esquimaux", arrived yesterday being over thirty days from Dundee and encountered very stormy weather."

March 24, 1894


Capt. TRUSCOTT Dead. The sad intelligence was received in town this morning of the death of Captain TRUSCOTT at Rio, Brazil. No particulars have come to hand, but it is probable the captain died of yellow fever, which at present is epidemic in that locality. Captain TRUSCOTT was a native of Plymouth, where his widow resides, but for the last twenty years or so, has been sailing out of this port. At the time of his death he was in command of the brigantine "Grace," owned by the firm of Edwin DUDER. The deceased was one of the most popular captains sailing out of this port. He possessed the warm heart and generous disposition of the true sailor and won hosts of friends wherever he went. As a seaman, his qualities were of the highest, and his death is a great loss to the firm whose vessel he commanded. Evening Herald, March 9.

Death of Hunters

A New Bay correspondent, writing under date of the 16th of February, sends us the following: "It is my painful duty to ask you to record in the columns of your paper one of the saddest accidents that ever occurred here. Early on Friday morning, the 9 inst., Samuel SPENCER and his brother, Josiah, started out to shoot some birds in a small bay of water, not more than two miles wide anywhere, that has been open nearly all the winter, between Cottles Island and Matthew WARD's Head. Towards evening a severe storm came on suddenly, and they were not able to reach the standing ice, and early next morning they were found in their little boat both frozen to death, one lying straight in the bottom of the boat face downwards, the other kneeling down by the stern-thwart and leaning forward over it. And when they were taken by the men to their home, to see the agony, and hear the deep wail and cries of their aged grandmother, father and mother, and younger brothers and sisters, was enough to melt the hardest heart. The following Wednesday they were laid side by side in one grave, there to wait the blast of the Archangel's trump that shall bid them rise. Great sympathy is felt for the bereaved. Samuel SPENCER, the oldest, was 21 years of age, and Josiah SPENCER was 17 years. Hundreds of birds i.e., turrs, have been killed here this winter, and just lately hundreds have been picked up, frozen in the ice; the oldest person here, never saw the like, The weather has been very stormy with more snow than we have had for many winters".


Landsmen have done fairly well with seals around our shores this week. Some crews having secured about two hundred. On Monday several hundred were landed on the Shag Rocks and Back Harbor, Gull Island, nearly everybody getting a double tow. Tuesday the weather being stormy and the ice not close to land, prevented the men from getting off; but Wednesday morning the Northerly wind put the ice in again, and a good haul was made that day, some men getting their seals as near as a mile and a half and two miles from Long Point, and was able to work in their double tows. On Thursday the ice slackened, and the men who went off in their boats did well, one crew getting as many as a hundred and thirty. Yesterday the ice was all right for travelling on again, and hundreds of seals were landed.

By Telegraph

(Special to the Sun) St. John's, March 22. The House met Monday. Tuesday the time was occupied chiefly with Supply and Ways and Means; adjourned to-day for Easter recess.

Election Trial

The second election trial, this one being against Hon. J.P. ROX and T.J. MURPHY, members for St. John's East, was commenced Tuesday before Chief Justice CARTER. The decision of the first case has not yet been given.


There are thousands of seals in Bonavista Bay; yesterday some hundreds were taken.


It was very stormy last night. The Northern mail arrived last Friday and another yesterday.


On the 15th inst., Sarah Bessie, beloved child of Robert T. and Mary S. GILLINGHAM, aged 2 years. "Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven."


At Three Arms, after a short illness, Mr. Solomon STRONG, aged 85 years. He was a native of Twillingate, and has been for fifty-seven years a resident of Three Arms. His death will be learned with deep regret by his many sincere friends.

March 31, 1894

Steamer Refit

The boilers of H.M.S. "Blake" have all been retubed and ferruled, and it is said, since this was done she can do her twenty-two knots easily. The "Blenheim," a sister ship, to the Blake, is spoken of as the next flagship for the North American station.


The steamer "Hope", Capt. J. BRETT, that has been in sight from the lighthouse for the last fortnight, drifted down within four or five miles of Long Point Wednesday, and several of her crew walked ashore. They reported having sixteen thousand seals on board, and about eight thousand panned, and had the ice been loose to enable the steamer to get through it, they would have been loaded ere this, and on their way to the capital.

Ship Repairs

The coasting schooner "Mary Parker", belonging to the firm of Edwin DUDER, is undergoing extensive repairs at the firm's premises, Riverhead, under the supervision of Mr. ROSE, ship's carpenter, preparatory to resuming her summer services. She is stripped down, getting new top timbers and a stern post in, and is to get a new deck, spars, &c., and when completed will be one of the staunchest looking schooners leaving this port. -- Daily News, March 10.


The "Tamarack", James YOUNG, master, was near Western Head on Wednesday, and some of the crew came ashore. They have about three thousand five hundred seals, and reports the schooner to be in a sinking condition, having got a squeeze in the ice Tuesday night, a large pan entering her side and breaking several planks, which allowed the water to run in pretty freely. Early yesterday morning, when about five miles North of Long Point, the captain decided to leave her, so the masts were cut overboard and the crew started for land with their boats, leaving the seals in a bulk, on the ice near the wreck.

Marine Accidents

Experiences a Succession of Gales and Heavy Seas. The schooner "Ada," Capt. LEAMAN, 46 days from Figueira, with about 120 tons salt, heavy ballast, arrived here this morning, consigned to M.A.S. RENDALL. She had a very stormy passage. From the 5th to the 27th February she had a succession of gales from the S.W. around to N.W., and with very heavy seas. But the most important outcome of her trip is the speaking to, on March 6th, at 6 p.m., about 40 miles due South of Cape Race, the s.s. "Briscoe", Capt. F.J. SOARES, damaged, somewhat disabled and short of coals. All the available woodwork about the decks had been burnt, and the crew were then having recourse to the cabin furniture and fixtures to help on the steamer to a port. To add to the troubles, a large hole, the mate reported, was in the steamer's bow. Assistance was much needed - assistance which the Ada could not give. The Briscoe had been on the way from Hamburg for New York, and, shipping a very heavy sea, was so damaged that she was compelled to put into Queenstown, from which place she is now something over 34 days out. The Briscoe is an iron screw steamer of two decks, built by Palmers in 1882, owned by J. E. BOWSER, ARMSTRONG & Co., and is registered at Newcastle-on-Tyne. Her gross tonnage is 2,226 tons, length 292 feet, width 38-3 feet, depth 23-7 feet, horse-power 250, official number 86.081, and code letters, W.L.P.S. This steamer, in tow by the tug D.P. Ingraham, would be quite a bonanza. -- Telegram, March 8.

Safe in Port

The S.S. "Briscoe" Arrives All Right. The s.s. Briscoe has arrived in port all right. She was brought hither by the "Virginia Lake" from her perilous position off Cape Race, and entered the harbor at about four o'clock this morning. Messrs. BOWRING Brothers are her agents here, and she will be supplied with coal by them. She has a large hole in the bow, caused by ice contact, which will take some time to repair. The experience through which the men on board went, was most exciting, and has already been told in the Telegram. The steamer all through this voyage has had very hard luck, and when picked up, on March 2, by the "Ulunda' was badly off. The Ulunda towed her for a day, and then the hawser burst, the Ulunda went on, and the Briscoe remained behind. She is short of both coal and provisions, and when met by the Virginia Lake yesterday at 4 a.m., got food from her. The sight of the vessel bearing down on her was a pleasant one to the crew, who were about giving up hope, and preparing to die like sailors. The ship was badly beaten by the seas and ice, and is salt laden. The mate, when interviewed this morning, said the experience was the worst in his sea life, and that till in-tow with the Virginia Lake, neither he nor any of the crew had slept for nights and nights. A cablegram was despatched this morning to the owners, for orders. -- Ibid, March 13.

Asbestos Mining

Mr. J.R. HAYES, of the West Coast, is in town, at present, engaged in floating a company to work one of his asbestos claims on that part of the island. He seems to be progressing favourably, and a good deal of stock, it is said, has already been taken up. The reports of the value of the claim by Professor JONES and other experts; all indicate that the find is a valuable one. Other asbestos claims on the West Coast have been stocked by Canadian capitalists, and, no doubt, Mr. HAYES could get the stock for this one on the other side of the gulf also; but he thinks it too good a thing, not to give the St. John's capitalists a share in it. The mine is not far from the sea shore, and is therefore very accessible for shipping. -- Trade Review, March 10.

Use for Asbestos

In speaking of asbestos, we are reminded that one of the great fields for it in the future, is in connection with electrical machinery. The fact that it is non-combustible gives it its great merit for this work. Already it is largely used for the work, and as time goes on, and electricity takes its place as the motive power of the future, the use of asbestos must increase accordingly. There was a shipment of asbestos made from the West Coast a few days since, to Liverpool. This is the first, and the result is looked towards with anxious anticipation. -- Ibid.

Mineral Exports (Part 1)

Amount Shipped from Pilley's Island. Very few people in St. John's realise to what large proportions the exportations of Iron Pyrites have grown within a year of two, and the amount of labour given at Pilley's Island to those engaged in mining there. We have been given the following figures by T.N. MOLLOY, Esq., the gentlemanly United States Consul here, and they may be of interest to the readers of the Trade Review: The first cargo shipped in 1893, was as early as January 7th, in the s.s. Louisburg, besides 320 tons of copper pyrites from Little Bay. It might be explained that copper pyrites is distinct from iron pyrites, pure and simple, in as much as it contains a percentage of copper which considerably enhances its value. For instance, the value of 320 tons of copper pyrites on board the Louisburg, her first trip last year, was $16,166.50 while the 1050 tons of iron pyrites was only worth $5,462.50. The whole value of this cargo it will be seen, was $21,529. The next cargo we find shipped was on May 31st, in the s.s. Capulet, which took 1500 tons of pyrites, valued at $7,802.50. The Capulet also took the next cargo of 1331 tons, valued at $6,923.70: on June the 26th the s.s. Arecuna took 601 tons the value of which was $3,127.70. The Tafna followed with 3101 tons, worth $16,130: on July 3rd the Cordelia carried away 940 tons, valued at $4,890.00: and in the early days of August the Arecuna took 1400 tons, worth $7,805: on August the 18th the Topaz cleared with 2556 tons, value $13,203.70: followed by the Avalon with 2000 tons, valued at $10,402.50: the Arecuan cleared on September 6th with 1850 tons, the value of which was $9,625: on September 26th the [Tafna ?] is down for 3071 tons worth $15,922.20: in October the Avalon took on board 3000 tons, the value of which was $15,605: in the same month the Arecuna took away 1960 tons, worth $10,197:

Mineral Exports (Part 2)

On November the 24th the Justice took 2998 tons, valued at $15,594.70: on the 25th November the Arecuna cleared with 1897 tons, worth $9,866.90: On December 2nd the Greetlands took 1318 tons which was valued for $6,850: on the 13th the Cape Breton took 2,260 tons, valued for $11,7754.50: on December the 22nd the Silvia cleared with 1400 tons worth $7,282.50: and on the 29th the Thames took 1571 tons valued at $8.071.70. This closed the shipments of pyrites from Pilley's Island for American ports during the year, beside which some went to Canada, of which the record is not at present obtainable. On reckoning up the figures, it will be seen that altogether, there were shipped (including the 320 tons of copper pyrites from Little Bay), 38,214 tons, the aggregate value of which was $195,780.10. Here is an industry that has come into existence within recent years, giving employment to hundreds of men throughout the year. Nor is the output likely to decrease, for not only is there plenty of mineral to be obtained, but the demand for it is growing in the United States and elsewhere. It may not be generally known that a good deal of our copper also goes to the United States, especially from Tilt Cove. Last year there were shipped from that port 23,097 tons, the value of which was $68,609.10. It will be thus seen that the shipments of ore from Tilt Cove and Pilley's Island last year aggregated 59,311 tons, the value of which was $264,384.20. -- Trade Review, March 10.


LOST. At Labrador, last summer, A New Cod Trap, with a cotton bottom. The parties who picked it up will be rewarded by sending information of the same to Esau BLANDFORD, Herring Neck.


A CARD. The subscriber respectfully informs his friends and the General Public that he has been duly appointed Notary Public for the Island, and Commissioner of Affidavits for Supreme Court, and will be prepared to draw Protests, Wills and other Documents on the shortest notice and most reasonable terms. Particular attention given to conveyance of land with Diagrams where required. Thomas PEYTON. Notary Public &c.

Death on the Ice

Three Men Perished On Ice At Flat Rock. (Special to the Sun). St. John's, March 27. Several men went sealing Saturday from Flat Rock, and the wind veered, wheeling the ice and taking the men also; but all reached land safely except a man named PARSONS and two of his sons, who perished on the ice.


Several seals were caught here Saturday.

Election Trials

Judge WINTER gave a decision in WOODS and MOORES election case to-day disqualifying both. Great indignation prevail among the masses in consequence of the result. James MURRAY's trial began yesterday.

April 7, 1894

Wreck of Schooner

The wreck of the schooner "Tamarack" has been picked up near Fogo Island, and nearly all the seals were saved.


We understand that several thousand seals have been captured at Exploits, Fortune Harbor and Leading Tickles this spring.

Wreck of Schooner

The schooner "Orion" is reported lost somewhere near Fogo Islands, and the crew were hauling the seals ashore at Turr Rock Thursday.

Seals Lost

By the heavy sea that hove in last Saturday night, quite a large number of seals were washed away from Exploits and Waldron's Cove, one man who had seventy-two in a bulk on the rocks lost all excepting two.

The Seal Hunter

"Hard on the Poor Seal Hunter". It is very hard on the poor seal hunter, after he has risked his life on the icefields, to be deprived of the fruit of his toil by the cupidity of the trader and merchant. There has been no depreciation in the price of seals to warrant local buyers in offering only half the value for them. No sooner does the "toiler of the sea" here get a chance to gather a good harvest than the grab-all propensity of those with whom he has to deal manifests itself, and he is heartlessly victimised. Thus it is that the Newfoundland fishermen finds it so difficult to improve his circumstances. At present he does not get for the whole "pelt" anything like the value of skin itself. Ordinarily, young seal skins in the London market are worth from $1.20 to $1.40 each. This being the case, what a piece of injustice it is to offer the sealer for both skin and fat not even the value of the skin alone! Truly, "man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn." -- Evening Telegram, March 26. -

Deaths (Part 1)

The Rev. John CUNNINGHAM and Mrs. Keppel WHITE, Widow of Rev. E. Keppel WHITE. We have to record with deep regret the death of two well-beloved members of the Church of England - the Rev. John CUNNINGHAM and Mrs. Keppel WHITE. We may say with David: "They were pleasant in their lives and in death they were not divided." Both Mr. Keppel WHITE and Mr. CUNNINGHAM commenced their Missionary work in this colony at the same time, 1847. We can well recall the arrival of these two young clergymen and their wives. Mrs. Keppel WHITE will long be remembered for her kindness and hospitality. In Fortune Bay she was beloved by all. A better wife, a kinder and more affectionate parent never existed than the deceased lady. Her end was very sudden and has been a terrible blow to her sorrowing family.

Deaths (Part 2)

The Rev. John CUNNINGHAM, whose decease we mentioned a few days age, was selected by the great Bishop of London, Dr. BLOOMFIELD, as a Scripture Reader. His devout behaviour, his magnificent voice and grand reading of the service struck the Bishop as eminently qualifying him for the sacred office, and on Dr. FIELD's appeal for help, Dr. CUNNINGHAM volunteered to proceed to Newfoundland. How well he labored in the Master's service for nearly fifty years at Burgeo is known to us all. His fame has gone forth to all the churches. Besides being the good Shepherd of his flock, Mr. CUNNINGHAM was a most earnest promoter of education. His school was a model. Unlike some other clerics, he was a great promoter of athletics and outdoor sports. He was the most marvellous shot, and latterly, when the annual contests for geese and legs of mutton came on, by common consent, the Parson was tabooed. "It is no use shootin' against the likes of the Parson," old MATTHEWS used to declare, and the Clerical marksman was accordingly ruled out. The Rev. John CUNNINGHAM was the typical broad Churchman, kindly, liberal, hospitable. One of the most extraordinary circumstances about his life was the admirable way his children were brought up. Verily they may, in the words of the Psalmist, "rise up and call their parents blessed." Never had boys and girls more pains bestowed upon them, and the result of this bringing up was a marvellous success. One and all, down to the youngest of the family, have done honor to their parents. To the bereaved families of both Mr. CUNNINGHAM and Mrs. WHITE, we tender our most sincere sympathy. Com. to the Evening Telegram.


The s.s. "Newfoundland" arrived Saturday night with 7,000 seals: "Panther arrived from the Gulf Wednesday with 6,000 old seals, weight equal to 20,000 young. The "Hope" arrived last night with 17,000. "Diana" is reported to have 28,000 and the "Walrus" 16,000, all others poorly fished.

Ship Arrivals

The "Portia" arrived from Halifax yesterday, also the "Grand Lake".


There has been no business transacted in the House of Assembly this week owing to the political crisis pending. A general election is probable. It is to be regretted that such a course as may be detrimental to the interests of the country should be forced upon us by the hostile and vindictive attitude of the Opposition.

April 14, 1894


WANTED By the Fifteenth of May next, A Good Cook, also used to House Work; aged about twenty-six, and A Nursemaid, aged about twenty. Good wages to suitable persons. Six months engagement guaranteed. Travelling expenses paid. Apply to A.H. BEATTY, Manager Pyrites Co., Pilley's Island.

Election Trials (Part 1)

Judge Winter's Decision In WOODS' and MOORES' Case. The first of the election cases tried, as our readers are aware, was that of MARCH vs. WOODS and MOORES, which was heard before Mr. Justice WINTER in the Supreme Court, and the decision of his Lordship thereon, has already been given in our columns, which was to the effect that both these gentlemen, who were elected last Fall by large majorities, as members of the House of Assembly in support of the WHITEWAY party, were considered as being guilty of violating the Corrupt Practices Act, and were therefore pronounced as being unseated, and disqualified to occupy their seats in the People's House. But in to-day's paper, we wish to deal more at length with the important principle involved. Whether the judgement is right or wrong, is not for us to say, but this much we do believe, that it is one of the most unpopular to the masses, that has ever been given in any of our Courts of Justice in this colony.

Election Trials (Part 2)

And whether it is so or not, it certainly happened to a layman and to all unprejudged minds, to be a most one-sided and unwarrantable verdict, and one which we feel convinced, the country at large will most assuredly condemn. No person can impeach the reputation of either of the men against whom judgement has been given, and all through the election campaign, the great bulk of evidence that came before the Court showed that there was not the least attempt or appearance, of personal or direct bribery on their part. Still it would appear from the summing up of the evidence by his lordship, that more credence was given to those who gave testimony on the other side, although in some instances they were men of no principle or reputation, and who had been committed to prison on more than one occasion.

Election Trials (Part 3)

It may be, that strictly speaking, the letter of the law, as regards the Corrupt Practices Act, may have been violated by Messrs. WOODS and MOORES, as well as by every other election candidate last fall, whether Government or Opposition. But after all, what were the charges preferred against the successful WHITEWAY candidates? Why, simply that public monies were spent in the opening of new roads, and repairing of those that were already in existence, as well as expenditures on other necessary public works, which gave employment to numbers of our people, and circulated large sums of money among them, and this is construed as being bribery under the Act, and as a consequence, candidates who were elected by the people with immense majorities, are to be unseated and disqualified.

Election Trials (Part 4)

There is not a road or public work in the colony, where monies were expended last Fall, but sadly needed such expenditures, and many of them required much more money than it was possible for the Government to set apart, in order to put them in good condition. The same course was adopted on the eve of the previous general election, when the late Government was in power, and on a far more gigantic scale, as may be seen from the fact that in one instance alone, on about two and a quarter miles of road, nearly twenty thousand dollars was expended; and the very same year of the election, when Sir James WINTER was Attorney General, $9,000 was taken from the Saving's Bank and expended in widening Harbor Grace streets, for which district he (Sir James) was a candidate at that election, the work commencing four or five days before polling day.

Election Trials (Part 5)

This was done under the same Act, and yet the men who were guilty of such outrageous actions are the very ones who are now persecuting, and prosecuting, the members of the WHITEWAY party, for actions which they themselves were far more guilty of. The fact of the matter is, that the whole thing has been concocted by the Mercantile or Tory party, with a view to get control of the government. They could not succeed last Fall by the voice of the people, and now they are trying another dodge, which has rendered them more unpopular than ever with the masses of our people, which they will find out, should their malicious and vindictive designs bring about another general election in a few weeks, which is quite evident will be the case, as may be seen from our telegraphic dispatches.

Tilt Cove Jottings (Part 1)

(To the Editor Twillingate Sun) Dear Sir:- Just a few words to let you know how we up North are getting along in all this cold stormy weather. The winter has indeed been exceptionally severe, and LaGrippe has been very prevalent. Some of the most prominent members of Tilt Cove society have suffered severely from the affects of this terrible malady, amongst the number W.R. TOMS, Esq., J.P., and family, and Dr. LAWRENCE. It is deeply to be regretted that, owing to the state of his health, Capt. TOMS has been obliged to resign his position as manager, and intends leaving here for England about the latter part of June. Mr. TOMS will be greatly missed in Tilt Cove, and we shall all regret losing our genial, kindly manager, whose first thought has always been for the comfort and welfare of his people. The mining outlook for the coming season is much brighter than that of last year, as, owing to the reduction of duty on ore, Tilt Cove copper ore will find a good market in the States.

Tilt Cove Jottings (Part 2)

A fire occurred here on the 16th January, which was at first feared would prove a very disastrous affair. No. 1 breakhouse, at the head of the tramway, was totally destroyed. Fortunately, however, the machinery was saved, and, in less than a week, a new breakhouse had been erected and everything was in full working order again. A concert was held here on Saturday last, under the auspices of the C.E. Board of Education, which was a most brilliant affair and a perfect success in every detail. It was conducted by our capable and energetic young teacher, Mr. W.E. BRADBURY, B.A., while C.S. ROWLAND, Esq., who is also a member of the Board of Education, acted as Chairman. The songs and recitations were given mostly by the school children, although several of the staff kindly undertook to assist Mr. BRADBURY in his good work.

Tilt Cove Jottings (Part 3)

F.S. NICHOLS, Esq., acted as stage manager. I cannot give a detailed account of the programme but there are a few songs which I cannot refrain from mentioning. Especially the "Cork Leg," by J.M. JACKMAN, Esq., "Maggie May", by Capt. PHILLIPS, "The Captain with his whiskers," by Mr. W.H. LIND, "Memories of Galilee," by the two magistrates W.R. TOMS, Esq., and W. CUNNINGHAM, Esq., "I'm off for Philadelphia in the Morning", by Mr. T.M. MARTIN, and last, but by no means least, our generous and talented physician, Dr. LAURENCE, appeared on the stage and was greeted with the rapturous applause he so well merits. He sang a song which was entirely new to the ears of the people of this community, entitled "Gold more Gold," or "The Miser and his money bags," by Sir Thomas GUY, B.M. The proceeds of the concert amounted to something over fifty dollars. Great praise is due to Mr. BRADBURY for the manner in which the children performed their part. Mr. PILOT is to be congratulated on his choice of a teacher for Tilt Cove, as he could not have chosen one more suited to the place and people; Mr. BRADBURY being evidently the right men in the right place, as he has already doubled the number of pupils in the day school, besides having established a night school which is well attended, while his elocution as Lay Reader leaves nothing more to be desired, and we hope that he will long remain with us. With thanks for space, believe me, dear Mr. Editor, Yours very truly, Mars. Tilt Cove, March 9, 1894.

WOODS Vindicated

"Not Guilty !" Hon. H.J.B. WOODS' Character. Amply Vindicated by Quarterly Official Board of the Methodist Church, East Circuit. The following resolution of the Quarterly Official Board of the Methodist Church, East Circuit, St. John's, has been placed in our hands (Evening Telegram) for publication by the universally esteemed pastor of Cochrane Street Church, Revd. John PRATT. It does not need to be accompanied by a single word of comment. The Hon. H.J.B. WOODS' good character is amply vindicated therein: "Whereas: the Recording Steward of our Quarterly Board, the Hon. H.J.B. WOODS has been adjudged guilty of bribery and corruption by one of the Judges of the Supreme Court of this Island, and thereby unscathed and disqualified: It is the unanimous opinion of this Quarterly Official Board that, while the letter of the law has been unwittingly violated by our Brother WOODS, yet the evidence clearly shows that he has done nothing which we can construe as a breach of the spirit of that law, or as affecting his personal character; and it is hereby resolved, - that we place on record our continued belief in, and appreciation of him, and our confidence in his integrity in Church and State. On behalf of the Quarterly Official Board of the Methodist Church, East Circuit, St. John's. John PRATT, Supt. of Circuit. St. John's, March 31, 1894.

Schooner Fitting

Messrs. E. & A. ROBERTS are fitting out the "Five Brothers" to start on a trading venture as soon as the ice breaks up.


The several mercantile firms are getting their vats ready for seal fat, as skinning will commence as soon as the weather gets warmer.

Bringing Schooners Home

Messrs. John LOCKE, Edgar HODDER and Obadiah HODDER left here for St. John's Monday, via Burnt Bay, after the schooners "Terra Nova" and "Endurance".


A man from New Bay, who was in town one day this week, reported having passed through numerous seal carcasses on the ice between Fortune Harbor and Western Head, and captured one young harp.


By the judgement given in the Bay-de-Verde Election case, Messrs. WOODS and MOORES cannot become candidates in any by-election, while the present House of Assembly exists. As soon, however, as the Assembly is dissolved, they will be eligible for election as members of a new House.

Published by Authority

His Excellency the Governor in Council, has been pleased, under the authority conferred by section 34 of the Education Act 1892, to order the division of the present Congregational Educational District of Harbor Grace into two Districts. viz.: The Harbor Grace District and the Twillingate District, the respective boundaries of which shall be as follows: The Educational District of Harbor Grace shall extend from harbor Main, inclusive, to Farewell Harbor, exclusive, the Educational District of Twillingate shall extend from Farewell Harbor, inclusive, to Cape John, inclusive. His Excellency the Governor in Council, has been pleased to appoint Mr. W.H. PIKE Carbonear, to be a surveyor of lumber. Messrs. Robert T. GILLINGHAM, Andrew GREY, John HODDER, Wm. BAIRD jr., and Geo. B. NOTT, to be a Board of Education for the Congregational Educational District of Twillingate. Secretary's Office, March 27, 1894.

Shipping Live Lobsters

Seven or eight years ago, the experiment of shipping live lobsters from Newfoundland to England, was tried, but only proven partially successful. It was shown, however, that with properly constructed vessels and tanks, with facilities for taking in needed supplies of salt water from day to day on the voyage, the enterprise might be made to pay, especially as the lobsters were so cheap in Newfoundland, and so dear in England. No doubt, in time, some one with sufficient capital, will establish a profitable industry of this character. We notice that the shipment of live lobsters from Yarmouth, Digby and Shelbourne, in Nova Scotia, to Boston and New York has been going off for several years, the shipments for 1893 footing up the respectable sum of $500,000. From Yarmouth alone 34,000 crates were forwarded, and a local journal states that the freight paid out to the steamship line, by which the lobsters were shipped, amounted to six per cent of the company's capital. The industry is confined to the counties named, those counties having the lobsters to ship and being near enough to large cities in the United States to get them over .. [remainder unreadable].


Yesterday morning, Mr. Joseph HARBIN, aged 39 years.


W.M. CAMPBELL (Successor to the late Henry DUDER) Butcher. 350 Water Street, St. John's. One door East of New Post Office. All orders from the Northward will receive prompt attention."

April 24, 1894/b>


The specification of the s.s. "Hope" is: -16,425 young harps weighing 6,803 cwt., 3 qtrs., 11 lbs., and amounting to $27,215.39; and 74 old harps weighing 66 cwt., 3 qtrs., 21 lbs., and realising $214.20. Total cash amounts to $27,429.59; leaving to the men, 249 in number, $36.37 per share.

Botanical Club

We take the following from the report of the Botanical Club of Canada, for 1893: "Specially worthy of notice is the work of the Rev. A.C. WAGHORNE in Newfoundland. He has commenced the publication of the flora of the Island in the Proc. & Tt....s. of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science. In the spring he reported from Labrador to the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, a flora consisting of Phanerograms 907, Acrogens 61, Bryophytes 63, Mosses 285, Lichens 323, Algae 73; total 1617. To this list he added in his last report form Newfoundland and Labrador, Phanerogams 27, Mosses 34, Algae 13, Fungi 17, Lichens 84, a total of 154, (120 species) and 34 varieties."

Geological Survey

Mr. W. ELLIS, who was dispatched by the Government some time since, to report upon the quality and quantity of the building stone on the West Coast, has recently returned home after making an extensive and careful survey of the locality. Mr. ELLIS has not, we believe, reported officially to the Government, but we learn that his opinion of the stone, and its fitness for building purposes, is very high indeed. It appears that on a coast line, extending eighty miles, the whole formation is granite of a finer quality than any that can be imported. What enhances the value of the stone, is the fact that the Western Railway will strike the coast, only a few miles from where the best stone has been found. Mr. Ellis not only believes that we can get all the stone necessary for our own buildings, but also thinks that there could be an export trade built up in it. Mr. E. is a practical mechanic, and no visionary, and his opinion may be taken as bearing out the facts of the position. It is thought Mr. ELLIS' report will induce the Government to open quarries on the West Coast, from which to take stone, to use in the erection of the new public buildings. Nor is the supply of granite confined to ordinary kinds; on the contrary, there is a variety of the finer class of material, which Mr. E. has never seen excelled in his experience. He thinks that when once this stone is used in St. John's, and the market regularly opened for it, the foreign goods will be at a discount for all future time. - Trade Review.


One of the Bay-de-Verde Martyr's Receives a Popular Ovation. When Mr. George E. MOORES, one of the unseated members for Bay-de-Verde district, entered the depot this morning, just before the train left for Harbor Grace, he received a perfect ovation from the hardy sealers of Conception Bay, and others, who had gathered there to see him. Mr. MOORES is justly regarded as a martyr to party and principle, and, at the approaching general election, the people of Bay-de-Verde will return him and his colleague, the Hon. H.J.B. WOODS, by an overwhelming majority. The renegade, MARCH, and the adventurer, ROBINSON, will hardly venture to put in an appearance in Bay-de-Verde district again. - Telegram, April 14.


At tilt Cove, March 9th, of consumption, Louisa Jane Antle, beloved wife of Mr. Frank LYNCH, aged 24 years.

April 28, 1894

Pilley's Island Notes

(For the Sun). St. Patrick's Day, which was observed as a general holiday at Salt Pond Harbour, Pilley's Island, was celebrated by a ball, given on St. Patrick's Eve in the Public Hall by Mrs. BEATTY and Mr. A. H. BEATTY, the Pyrites Co.'s Manager, and about ninety couples responded to the invitations, which were liberally bestowed. Dancing commenced at nine o'clock, and supper was served in the Club Room, overhead at half-past twelve. Both rooms were most tastefully decorated and we heartily congratulate Mrs. BEATTY and her assistants on the pleasing effect produced. Much regret was felt when it became known that Mr. BEATTY had not sufficiently recovered from an attack of influenza, to enter fully into the proceedings, and his appearance at the head of the supper table was the occasion of general congratulation. An excellent repast had been provided to which, it is needless to add, justice was done. Not the least interesting items in the evening's programme were the vocal duets by our two Esquimaux friends, Simon TIMOTHEUS and Ferdinand JOSHUA, who, under the able conductorship of the "Bishop" of Pilley's Island, fairly surpassed themselves. Dancing was kept up with much spirit until "the wee small hours anent the twail" to the strains of Messrs. AUSTIN and MILLER'S string band. Several Little Bay friends who intended to be present, were unable to do so on account of the bad travelling.

Pilley's Island Notes

EASTER. -- The services at the Church of England, Wesleyan Schoolroom, and Salvation Army Barracks, were bright and hearty, and well attended. The interior of the first named edifice had been beautifully decorated by Miss HERBERT and Mrs. BEATTY, and presented a very tasteful appearance. Mr. SILK took the Morning Service, Mr. PEARCE the Sunday School in the afternoon, and Mr. SMITH Evensong. Miss PEARCE presided at the organ in the morning and Miss HERBERT in the evening, and the choir acquitted themselves very creditably.

Entertainment (Part 1)

ENTERTAINMENT. - An entertainment in aid of the liquidation of the debt on the Church of England, Salt Pond Harbour, Pilley's Island, was given in the Public Hall at that place, kindly lent for the occasion by Mr. A.H. BEATTY, the Pyrites Company's Manager, on Friday evening, March 30th. It was originally intended to be held on Easter Monday, but was postponed owing to the absence of so many at the seal fishery; in the matter of weather too, the promoters were most unfortunate, as snow fell more or less the whole of Friday, as well as the previous day, making locomotion difficult; notwithstanding this, however, the hall was well filled by an audience, whose frequent plaudits testified abundantly to their thorough enjoyment. The entertainment was a decided success from every point of view, and credit is due to the committee of ladies and gentlemen who worked so assiduously in the preparation of the programme. The committee are also indebted to Mr. H.M. HERBERT for kindly placing his house at their disposal for practice, and to Miss HERBERT for the loan of her piano. The duties of accompanist were shared by Miss HERBERT and Miss PEARCE, and were discharged in a highly efficient manner.

Entertainment (Part 2)

Miss HERBERT set the ball rolling with a well executed piano forte solo "Tripping thro' the meadows," a polka rondo by J.D. WILSON and this was followed by a glee, "The Minstrel Boy," (J. PITTMAN) by the following quintette - "Soprano" Mrs. Joshua FRENCH and Mrs. SPENCER; contralto, Miss HERBERT; Tenor, Mr. H. M. HERBERT; Bass Mr. A.J. W. SMITH. Mr. W.H. PEARCE who possesses a good baritone, was heard to advantage in "Ehren on the Rhine," and a reading entitled "Darby Doyle's Voyage to Quebec," by Dr. R.J. FREEBAIRN, fairly brought the house down. Miss HERBERT sang "Tit for Tat," (Henry Pontet), in a manner which left nothing to be desired and the audience were then favoured with a dialogue "The Matrimonial Advertisement." The cast was as follows: "Mary Cole" Miss VERGE; "Grandmother Cole" Miss SILK; "Jack Cole," Mr. W.N. FOOTE; "Aunt Martha Gordon," Mrs. HERBERT; "Cyrus Gordon", Mr. H.M. HERBERT. The various parts were very well enacted, and showed that considerable care had been taken in the preparation of the work; indeed this remark has equal application to all four dialogues, which were provocative of much merriment. Mr. SMITH sang "The Old Brigade" (Odoardo Barri), and the quintet were again to the fore with "The Harp That Once Thro' Tara's Hall" (J. Pittman). "The Bowry" brought up Dr. FREEBAIRN, whose spirited rendering of that very amusing song secured his recall, when he replied with a partial repetition. The dialogue "My Friend Bob," was well received. "Dramatis Personae." "Alfred Raymond", Mr. SMITH; "Bob, a policeman", Mr. William STONE; "Old Nuggett," Dr. FREEBAIRN, "Alice," Miss HERBERT; "Miss Trapes," Miss SILK; "Mrs. Flurry," Miss FRENCH; "Betsey," Miss VERGE.

Entertainment (Part 3)

Mr. H.M. HERBERT's song, "How Rafferty won the Muel," gained him much applause. Charles Osborne and Hatton's "Beware" by the quintet, brought the first half of the programme to a close. The initial item in the second part was a piano forte solo, "My Queen Waltz," (Chas. Coote jr.,) by Miss HERBERT, and Miss FRENCH sang very sweetly "You'll Soon Forget Kathleen," (W. Langton Williams) which was succeeded by a dialogue, "The Canvassing Agent," in which the parts were well sustained by the following "Betsey Bender," a widow, Miss HERBERT; "Bridget," an Irish girl, Miss HERBERT; "Peddler," Mr. H.m. HERBERT; "Canvassing Agent," Mr. FOOTE; "Peter," Mrs. Bender's son, Master Sydney HERBERT. Mr. PEARCE expressed his admiration for "Sweet Katie O'Connor," and Miss HERBERT and Mr. H.M. HERBERT scored heavily with their vocal duet, "A.B.C.," (John Parry). Stephen Adam's very pretty song, "By the Fountain," engaged Dr. FREEBAIRN's attention for a time, and the quintet were heard in the "March of the Men of Harlech," whilst Mr. H.M. HERBERT maintained the comic element with the song, "Miss Mulligan's Home Made Pie." Another dialogue "The Flower of the Family," or " Obadiah Thompson's Wooing," was given, Mr. Fred HERBERT as "Obadiah Thompson;" "A Country Beau," Miss VERGE as "Polly Simpson;" "A Buxom Country Girl," Miss FRENCH as "Mrs. Simpson;" "A Snapping Verago;" Miss SILK as "Mary;" "A Servant Girl;" Mr. SMITH sang "Jack's Return" (Godrey Marks) and "Home Sweet Home" (Bishop) by the quintet, preceded the National Anthem, which brought the best entertainment, ever given in Pilley's Island to a close. As many people were unable to be present, a repetition, with slight variation, was given on the following Wednesday evening, and was likewise well attended. It is proposed to hold a bazaar, during September, in aid of the same object, i.e. the liquidation of the Church debt, and any, who feel disposed to help, are invited to communicate with the Rev. A. PITTMAN, Little Bay, who will furnish all information.

Exploits Entertainment

A Successful Entertainment at Exploits. The young people of the Church here have to be congratulated on the entire success of the entertainment they gave us last Thursday night, the 3rd inst. Our school room was much too small to hold all who wished to be present. It was filled to overflowing in spite of it being Club night. There was a wide and decided expression of the hope that it would be repeated, but there were difficulties in the way. The affair was under the management of Miss HUSSEY of Port-de-Grave, our School Mistress, and reflects great credit upon her and all concerned. The $8.00, the amount realised by the 10 cents admission, will, it is hoped, suffice to furnish the church with a set of service books. As our young have thus shown us how well they can do it, it is to be hoped that there will be many such pleasant evenings in the future. Programme: Song, "Kind Words" - The whole company. Dialogue, "Playing School". Recitation, "Irish Jubilee" - Mr. John SCEVIOUR. Song, "The Belle of Baltimore" - Mr. W. PIERCE. Dialogue, "The Enrolling Officer." Reading - Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lecture on "Shirt Buttons" - Rev. A.C. WAGHORNE. Song, "Hard Times" - All the Company. Dialogue - "Getting A Photograph". Song, "Down in the Coal Mine" - Mr. R. SCEVIOUR. Recitation, "Rustic Logic" - Miss B. PIERCE. Song "Tread on the tail of me coat" - Messrs. A. WELLS, P. SCEVIOUR. Dialogue, "Bungtown Lycean." "God Save the Queen".


Messrs. Wilfred and Allan SCOTT, sons of Dr. SCOTT, formerly of this place, arrived here Thursday evening from St. John's via Marshalville. They left St. John's by Tuesday's train, arriving there a few days previously from Canada.


Mr. George RIDEOUT's wife, of Lower Head, died quite suddenly Thursday afternoon. While crossing the cove last Friday afternoon she fell through the ice and it is thought she got a fright which resulted in her death, though just previous to the sad event happening, she appeared well. She was a mother of several children and to her bereaved husband and family, we tender sincere sympathy.

Sunday School

Marshalville Sunday School Anniversary. A very interesting and instructive entertainment in connection with the Marshalville Methodist school, was held in the schoolhouse of that place on Tuesday evening last, the 23rd inst. The building was well filled and the interest throughout fully sustained. The programme, herewith appended, consisted of addresses, recitations, etc., and we are informed that the young performers acquitted themselves most creditably, and in a manner that would compare very favorably with many large towns where children enjoy much superior advantages educationally, than the youth of Marshalville were ever favored with. The school teacher Miss HARVEY took great pains in training the little ones for the occasion. The Rev. Mr. EDMONSON, the Minister for that circuit, gave a capital address on living for a purpose, and was listened to with marked attention. Such entertainment in those places are calculated to improve the rising generation and lead to much good. The children in our outports generally are smart and intelligent and with the development of the faculties in which nature has endowed them, are capable of holding their own against children who are living in centres, surrounded from their earliest childhood with all the educational advantages possible. Programme: Hymn 46 (Sankey's Selection). Prayer. Opening Dialogue. Chairman's Address. Recitation - Janet WOOLFREY. Dialogue - "What We Love". Recitation - Samuel WOOLFREY. Hynm 9. Recitation - Arthur LAITE. Dialogue - "Johnny's Party". Address - Rev. Mr. EDMONSON. Recitation - "Their Christmas" - Mary WOOLFREY. Dialogue - "On Decoration Day". Recitation - Willie OSMOND. Concertina Solo - Mr. EDMONSON. Dialogue - "How we teased Ned". Recitation - Bessie WOOLFREY. Hymn 512. Recitation - Alpheus WOOLFREY. Address - Mr. S. MOORES. Recitation - Abner WOOLFREY. Dialogue - "Little Gossips". Hymn 577. Dialogue - "Playing School". Recitation - Effie OSMOND. Dialogue - "Little Mimics". Recitation - Mary TURNER. Dialogue - "The Prophecy". Reading - Rev. Mr. EDMONSON. Collection. Hymn 494. Benediction.


On April 17th in the South Side Methodist Church, by the Rev.J. HILL, Mr. Solomon SKINNER of Heart's Cove to Miss Catherine Jane HORWOOD of Durrell's Arm.

Mail Service

PARCELS POST with the UNITED STATES. On and after the 1st April next, a Parcels Post will be operated between Newfoundland and the United States, the rates of Postage being fixed at 12 cents per pound; limit of weight eleven pounds; limit of size 3 feet 6 inches in length, and 6 feet length and girth combined. A Customs declaration of the contents and value of each parcel must be filled in and affixed by the sender. Forms can be had at the Post Offices. NO LETTER, Post Card or any writing (whether by hand or otherwise) of the nature of personal correspondence, can be enclosed in a Parcel for the United States, and the following articles are also prohibited: - Publications which violate the copyright laws, poisons, explosives, inflammable substances, liquids or articles which easily liquefy, confections and pastes, live or dead animals except dead insects and reptiles when thoroughly dried, fruits, vegetables, lottery tickets, circulars or advertisements, all obscene or immoral articles or any article that may in any way injure, or destroy mail matter, or officials handling same.

Public Notice

For the Protection of Game and Other Animals. No person shall kill any caribou between February 15th and September 15th in any year; nor shall any person expose for sale, or have in his possession, any venison before September 15th or after March 11th under a penalty of $400. No person, not usually resident in the Colony, shall kill or take caribou, without having first procured there for, to himself, a license issued for the season, as hereinafter provided, and shall pay for such license, an annual fee of $100, under a penalty of $400. Provided nevertheless, that no resident or Officer of any British warship stationed on the coast of this Island for fisheries protection, shall be compelled to procure or pay for such annual license. No one person shall during any one season, kill or take more than five stag and three hind caribou under a penalty of $400. No venison allowed to be exported as an article of commerce; but any person exporting, or carrying with him for private use, any venison, or the heads, antlers, skins, or other parts of caribou, must clear the same at the Custom House. Dogs, pitfalls, snares and traps are prohibited. Any poor or destitute settler in the Colony may kill any caribou for his immediate consumption, or that of his family; or may kill for purpose of sale, within this colony, during the season between 15th of September and 15 of February in any year, not more than ten caribou, save and except as restricted, viz., dogs, pitfalls, snares or traps. Willow grouse, partridge or ptarmigan, cannot be shot between January 12th, and September 15th; nor shall any person be allowed to have in his possession, give away, barter or sell, or expose for sale, any willow grouse, partridge or ptarmigan, after the 22nd day of January. Curlew, plover, snipe, other wild or migratory birds (except wild geese) between January 12th and August 20th. Wild rabbit or hare between March 1st and September 15th. Otter and beaver between April 1at and October 1st. The following is the law for the preservation of game fish: No trout, char, white fish, land-locked salmon, or grilse, or any fresh water or migratory fish, can be caught, taken or killed, in any lake, river or stream of this Colony from September 15th to February 1st in each year. F. BERTEAU, Stipendiary Magistrate. Police Office, Twillingate, March 30th, 1894.

Contributed by George White (2002)
March 3, 1894 to April 28, 1894 transcribed by Ron St. Croix

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (February 2003)

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