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Twillingate Sun
September - October

September 1, 1894

By-Election (Part 1)

"Burgeo Bye-Election". The nomination of candidates for the district of Burgeo and LaPoile takes place to-day and polling on the 11th instant, according to a Proclamation issued a short time since. The way in which this election has been sprung on the district is another potent evidence of the cowardly and undignified action of the Tory government, which is trying to run political affairs in a most high-handed and unpatriotic manner. Taking the districts in the routine in which their members for the respective ones were set aside by the conspiracy combined to hurl the WHITEWAY party from power, and to cast its leader into political oblivion, St. John's East and West, after Bay-de-Verde, should have been the first districts in which the bye-elections ought to have been held; but instead of that we find them passing over the capital of the Island, that has been disenfranchised for some months, as well as other important districts, and springing the election on Burgeo and LaPoile at the shortest possible notice. The Tories perfected their plans for the campaign in secret, allowed the coastal steamer to sail for the West coast with all their documents, plans, and instructions to their supporters, and the next day after the steamer leaves, when there is no other regular of direct way of reaching the district, the proclamation is made public.

By-Election (Part 2)

This is certainly done with the intention of preventing the WHITEWAY party from taking advantage of the coastal steamer going West, which is mean, contemptible in the extreme, and yet we find his Excellency the Governor a party to such cowardice and high-handed procedure. What unprejudiced and impartial mind, therefore, cannot but be persuaded that his Excellency is a strong partisan, as his attitude towards the Mercantile or Tory clique all through seem clearly to indicate? And we regret to find that one for whom our people generally hitherto entertained such a high regard, should lend himself to the unprincipled and questionable actions of the unscrupulous advisers by which he is surrounded at the Council Board. However, notwithstanding the intricacies of the Tories now controlling public affairs, it is to be hoped that the intelligence and good sense of the electorate of Burgeo and LaPoile will stand firm to the Liberal cause and show these usurpers now in power, that they have no faith in the pretension to progress which the Tories would have the people believe they intend to carry out - a policy which they have stolen from Sir William WHITEWAY with the hope of deceiving the electors of the colony.


"Accident at Baccalieu." The foreman in the erection of the Baccalieu lighthouse, Mr. STOWE, met with a serious accident on Thursday morning. He was working about the wall plate over the second floor and getting down from where he was at work, stepped on a piece of board, which gave way and he fell below on the next floor, a distance altogether of ten or twelve feet, causing two bones of one of his legs to be broken in a couple of places. Being a heavy man, the fall was the more severe, and the leg was badly fractured. Mr. STOWE was immediately taken to Herring Neck and Dr. STAFFORD sent for, who at once proceeded there to attend to the case. But before treating it, the Dr. considered it best that he should come here, so that he would be near to give him all the medical attention that was necessary. So Mr. STOWE was brought on by a crew Thursday night and taken to Mrs. WHELLORS, South Side, where the bones were set and everything necessary to ensure the recovery of the leg attended to, and we are glad to learn that it is now doing well.

The Fishery

The fishery around our shore the past week or ten days has been poor, and the hope of there being anything like an average voyage this season is now out of the question.

Shipping News

The coastal steamer did not leave St. John's for the North until half-past one on Thursday, and will be due here this evening. We understand the "Virginia Lake" comes North this trip. The "Five Brothers" owned by Messrs. E.& A.. ROBERTS, returned from a trading trip Saturday night last, having been to Shoe Cove and as far North as Goose Cove, and brought back about five hundred quintals of fish.


Mr. BARNES who is assisting the Rev. Dr. W. PILOT, in inspecting the Church of England schools North, this season, came here on Tuesday and the two following days inspected the Church schools. he was much pleased with the creditable way in which the pupils acquitted themselves, particularly those of St. Peter's school under tuition of Mr. S. C. THOMPSON.


In his address at the opening of the eleventh biennial session of Diocesan Synod, the Lord Bishop announced that he had created a deanery in Placentia Bay, and had appointed the Rev. J. HEWITT, Rural Dean; the Rev. H. JOHNSON, he had appointed Rural dean of the vacant post in Trinity Bay; and, in token of his regard and appreciation of the co-operation of Rev. E. BOTWOOD, his commissary, he had determined to revive the office of Archdeacon in his person. He hoped it would be one step more towards the more complete organisation and efficiency of our institutions.

The Fishery

The "Victoria," James NEWMAN, master, engaged in trading and collecting for Mr. W. WATERMAN, arrived from Grey Islands yesterday with over four hundred quintals of fish. The fishery at Grey Islands and Canada Bay has been very good this season and up to a few days ago, fair work was being done. On about half of the so-called French Shore the season's operations have been successful, but on the remainder part very little has been done. In White Bay the voyage is a very bad one indeed. The Victoria left Shoe Cove Thursday morning and there of late, the fishery is greatly improved and good work is being done. The "Carrie Kane," Capt. WHITE, belonging to the firm of E.DUDER, arrived from Griquet on Tuesday evening with a load of fish, having been North on a collecting trip. She reports fish to have been plentiful of late, along that part of the coast, but bait very scarce. When a supply could be obtained good catches were made.


On the 27th ult., the wife of Mr. E. BARNES, of a son.


At Tizzard's Harbor, on the 29th ult., George FORWARD, aged 64 years.


At St. John's on the 18th ult., Thomas D. SCANLEN, aged 58 years.


TO Merchants, Shopkeepers, Planters. The subscriber wishes to inform the public that he is prepared to book orders for any quantity of BIRCH and SPRUCE FIREWOOD cut at his premises "Coakerville", Dildo Run, at cheapest rates. For particulars apply to W.F. COAKER, Herring Neck.


NEWFOUNDLAND LIGHTS. [No. 2, 1894] TO MARINERS. Harbor Grace Island Conception Bay. Latitude 47 42' 45' North, Longitude 54 08' 11" West. In accordance with No. 1, 1894, the optical apparatus exhibited on this island has been removed. In its place A Trotter-Lindberg Apparatus of the 4th order has been installed, and is now in operation. It is occulating, worked by the heat of the lamp, and shows red and white alternately, in quick succession. Normally it makes seven revolutions per minute, four flashes in each revolution. No alteration has been made to the square wood House from the centre of which the lantern rises. The sides of the house are white - roof red. (By Order) Geo. W. MEWS, Secretary. Board of Works' Office, St. John's, July 19th, 1894.


Any person or persons found trespassing on my premises (known as "Coakerville") Dildo run, will be prosecuted, W.F. COAKER."

September 8, 1894

Fishermen (Part 1)

"The Truck System". What fishermen and Sharemen are Required to Sign. We have been shown the shipping papers which MUNN & Co., of Harbor Grace, and C.& A.. DAWE, of Bay Roberts, require their Sharemen and fishermen to sign this session. It is well known that the law demands that any balance coming to any fisherman, or any contract, shall be paid him in cash. Section 5 of the Master's and Servant's Act sets forth that "on the performance of such agreement, or contract, on the part of the servant, the balance of wages due thereon shall be paid in lawful current money of this colony to the person entitled thereto, any contract or agreement to the contrary notwithstanding." No words could be clearer. Their meaning must present itself fully to the dullest understanding; and yet these firms have the audacity to print in bold type on their shipping papers the condition that the balance shall be payable HALF IN GOOD AND HALF IN CASH. This is but another sign of the attempt of the Merchant's Party, all along the line, to get power into their own hands, so as to crush out the independence of the fisherman.

Fishermen (Part 2)

Of course the latter must sign any shipping paper put before him, no matter how he may dislike its contents. We learn of cases where men who would not go for less than $100 last season, had to take $75 this year. The Labrador men will further be charged 25 cents a quintal as freight money and $8 as berth money. Moreover, nine men of a crew, instead of getting half the fish caught by seine, will only get one-twentieth each of it, the remaining share being, by a certain fiction, given to the craft and called "a dead share." To crown all, DAWE's shipping paper adds, that C.&A. DAWE are to have the fish at the current price paid in Bay Roberts. We mention these items as signs of the times, and we ask the people to give careful consideration to them. We know that those shipping papers, so far as they refuse cash in payment of wages, are illegal and not worth the paper they are written on. But the merchants say if the law is against them, they will repeal it at the next session of the House. The amendment they intend making in the Act is to strike out the words "any contract or agreement to the contrary notwithstanding". With these words omitted, the only safeguard of the fisherman will disappear. -- Evening Telegram, Aug. 27.


"Personal". We beg leave to call attention to the advertisement of the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, which is said to be the oldest, largest and strongest financial company in the world. Mr. E.J. SHELDON, a special agent of the Company, is at present in our town and probably will call on the Merchants and others desirous of making an investment with this splendid Company. As will be seen by referring to their advertisement in to-day's paper, the company issue all forms of contracts, suitable to all classes. The security offered by this company is of the best character. All persons wishing a safe investment could not do better than to take a Policy in "the Grand Old Mutual." Mr. SHELDON remains only a few days. Mr. John J. MURPHY of Harbor Grace, the local agent for the company at that place, accompanies Mr. SHELDON, and we are pleased to welcome them to our town, and trust that their visit will be one of both pleasure and profit.


"Victory Certain." (Special to the Evening Telegram) Channel, Aug 30. The WHITEWAY candidate held a meeting at Cape Ray last night and was enthusiastically received. Another meeting has been announced by him to be held at Channel to-night. Victory is certain all along the line. "Everything Propitious." (Special to the Evening Telegram) Channel, Aug 30. Everything looks propitious for the Liberal cause. Mr. EMERSON, the WHITEWAY candidate, is conducting the campaign with scurrility, without malice, without falsehood and without rum, and the WHITEWAY supporters here are confident of a big victory.

Ship News

Port of Twillingate. Cleared. Sept (5?) - "Clementine", BALL, Lisbon, 3,200 qtls. shore codfish - E.DUDER.


"Twillingate Only Two Representatives." At present the district of Twillingate has only two representatives, Mr. GOODRIDGE and the Editor of the Sun. Mr. KNIGHT having accepted a departmental office, his seat in the Legislature has consequently been rendered vacant. He will therefore have to come before the constituents for re-election, and with the scheming that has already been going on with the Tories, it is possible that an election may be sprung on the district at any moment. Hence we would caution our supporters to be on their guard and be prepared for any emergency. Mr. FOOTE will again be the standard bearer for the WHITEWAY party in our district and we would urge all our people throughout the district to rally around him and support the Workingman's Party.

Shipping News

The "Clementine", Capt. BALL, sailed for Lisbon on Thursday with a cargo of shore fish for the firm of E.DUDER. The weather has been so boisterous ever since the Virginia Lake left here for the other Northern ports of call that she may not be expected here returning South before this evening or to-morrow. The Bay steamer "Lance" was detained at Fogo Monday and Tuesday by the heavy sea, and did not get here going North until Wednesday morning. Owing to this delay she cannot be expected so early to-day, if at all. The "Georgie" from Montreal, put into port Saturday evening bound to Botwoodville for lumber She had been to Fogo previously and landed part cargo of provisions, &c., for R. SCOTT, Esq. The Georgie remained in port until Wednesday.

Shipping News

The "Five Brothers", belonging to Messrs. E.& A. ROBERTS started for White Bay on Wednesday on a trading venture. The "Maggie Briggs," belonging to R. SCOTT Esq., Fogo, arrived on Saturday last with a load of provisions, &c., for his branch establishment here. The "Merimac," WALSH, master, belonging to Mr. RYAN, King's Cove, came here Wednesday bound North on a trading trip and has been weather bound ever since. The schooner "Dart," belonging to Trinity, put into port yesterday morning on her way home from Farm Yards, Labrador. She hails for seven hundred quintals of fish. H.M.S. "Buzzard" came in port Thursday afternoon from Canada Bay on her way South. She left again yesterday morning but the weather was so rough outside the ship came back, and remained until to-day.


The St. John's Trade Review of Aug. 25th informs us that pork has advanced in price one dollar per barrel since last issue, a week previous.


We have received private information from St. John's up to yesterday's date to the effect that the prospects for the WHITEWAY candidate in Burgeo and LaPoile are most encouraging.


The "Virginia Lake", Capt. TAYLOR, came North this trip and arrived last Saturday night. She had quite a large number of passengers leaving St. John's. Miss Janet STIRLING, Rev. W. EDMUNSON and Mr. Samuel ROBERTS were passengers for here.

Man Lost Overboard

The "Cactus," LODGE, master, which put into port Sunday on her way to Botwoodville for lumber, lost a man overboard on the night of Aug. 18th., when sailing down Clode Sound with a cargo of lumber bound to St. John's. He was putting a guy on the mainsail when main sheet caught his legs and tripped him over the side of the vessel. A boat was lowered in a few minutes, but it was too late to save him as the man sank when he fell in the water and was not seen afterwards.


FOR SALE. Two Litters Pure Bred Young Pigs, ready for delivery 25th September -- Price $3.00 each. Apply to J.T. CROUCHER, Fogo.


FOR SALE. At Jackson's Cove in the best part of the Harbor. A Small Piece of Ground with water side, and a House partly finished. For further particulars apply to L. NEWHOOK, Jackson's Cove.

September 15, 1894


We are sorry to have to report that the "Sunbeam" arrived from Labrador this morning bringing home the dead body of the master, Mr. William FOX, who died on Thursday morning last. He was not in good health before leaving here, but he survived until two or three days ago. This is the second corpse brought home this season, the other being that of George YOUNG, only son of Mr. Stephen YOUNG. We deeply sympathize with the relatives under their sore bereavements.

Price of Fish

"Only $2.50 a Quintal ! What an Injustice to the Fishermen of the Colony! On Tuesday last we briefly referred to the gross injustice, our hardy toilers of the sea are compelled to suffer at the hands of their taskmasters, the heartless Tory merchants. Our remarks on that occasion had reference to the starvation price paid for Labrador fish, and the privation and suffering certain to ensue from Tory cupidity in this direction. Yesterday we took occasion to further inquire into this matter, with the result that all our previous statements are confirmed and a good deal more light is let in upon the subject. It now transpires that the Tory politico-mercantile faction, in reducing the price of Labrador fish to the miserable amount of $2.50 (twelve shillings and sixpence) per quintal, are actuated solely by a desire to once more drag the fishermen of Newfoundland down to a state of utter dependence, if not absolute slavery. There is nothing to justify their conduct. The demand for our fish in the foreign market is just as great to-day as ever it was, and there is no falling off in price. On the contrary, our staple products are readily taken wherever offered. What further evidence of the Tory fish merchant's cupidity do we need than the fact that Labrador fish, for which he pays only $2.50 a quintal, fetches $4.00 in Halifax; and this, too, with little or no cullage, while here in St. John's at least one-third of the poor man's fish is thrown out at the culling board and afterwards bought in for less than quarter its actual value? Out upon such inhumanity! Those unprincipled, grasping Tories are scarcely in power when they resume their tyrannical attitude towards the poor fishermen, to whom they really owe all they possess, and grind him and his family down to the very verge of destitution. But, never mind ! The day of retribution begins to dawn. Nemesis is on the track of the Tory faction, and their reign of oppression will speedily come to an ignoble close! -- Telegram, Sept 8.


At Tilt Cove, August 25th, the wife of Mr. Peter WINSOR, of a daughter.


At Labrador, on August 26th, after a short illness, George, only son of Mr. Stephen YOUNG, aged 20 years -- "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."


Off Venison Island, Labrador, Thursday morning on the 18th inst., William FOX, aged 38 years.

Shipping News

Port of Twillingate. Entered: Sept. 11 - "Donna Maria," LeMARQUOND, St. John's, salt and provisions - E.DUDER. Sept. 12 - "Doris", PUTT, Cadiz, via St. John's. 148 tons salt - E.DUDER.


The following is a list of the passengers that were on board the "Virginia Lake" when leaving St. John's for Northern ports -- Western Bay, Mr. Wm. KENNEDY. Old Perlican, Mr. Jas KENT, Mr. E. DAY, Mr. Wm. GREEN, Mrs. E. MARCH, Miss DONNELLY. Trinity, Mrs. HART and infant. Catalina, Mr. J.Jos..on, Miss SNELGROVE. Bonavista, Rev. FOSTER. Pools Island, Mr. J. HADDON, Mrs. BENSON. Fogo, Miss PORTER. Herring Neck, Rev. G.S. CHAMBERLAIN. Twillingate, Miss OSMOND, Miss RABBITS, Miss L. NEWMAN. Fortune Harbor, Miss LANNEN. Pilleys Island, Mr. H.A. WILTSHIRE, Miss WISEMAN.


"Insult at Fortune Harbor" "What about that wharf at Fortune Harbor, Green Bay, now being built with WHITEWAY money, and two glasses of liquor per day served to the men? At the old game again." -- Daily News. We find the above paragraph in the Daily News of August the 24th, and we have no hesitation in saying that it is a downright insult to the people of Fortune Harbor. We are at a loss to know what wharf our contemporary alludes to, for we are not aware that there is either public or coastal wharf in course of erection there, which Messrs. GOODRIDGE and KNIGHT are fully aware of, and yet they allow one of their paid organs to make such a statement as the above, which is most insinuating and insulting to the residents of that important community. Certain it is that no public wharf is being built with "WHITEWAY" money, inferring that money had been voted by the WHITEWAY administration for the purpose of securing the vote of electors there which is false, and a base and malicious misrepresentation; and the impression conveyed, of two glasses of liquor per day being served out to the men for labor is a grave reflection on the people of that locality. It may be true that some private individual of Fortune Harbor is building a wharf with money that was made under the prosperous administration of the WHITEWAY government during the years it was in power, which in one sense might be termed "Whiteway money," but Messrs GOODRIDGE and KNIGHT would hardly be charitably disposed enough to give the leader so much credit, and this was by no means intended, and it is characteristic of them to cast such slurs upon those whom they know are opposed to them politically. However, the intelligence of that old and respected community will know how to deal with such vile aspersions on their reputation when the proper time arrives.


"Twillingate By-Election. Mr. FOOTE, Popular Whiteway Candidate". Mr. KNIGHT having accepted a departmental office arrived here by the "Lance" on Sunday morning to prepare for his election. Under ordinary circumstances we might not be inclined to raise any opposition to a candidate when coming before the people for confirmation in accepting office, but when we find the mean and dastardly methods adopted by the Tories to wrench the reins of government from Sir William WHITEWAY, and to set aside the people's representatives, we feel it our bounden duty in the interest of the country at large to oppose such candidates, and therefore call upon the electors of this district to support Mr. FOOTE who will appear to them at the approaching by-election, in support of the policy inaugurated by Sir William WHITEWAY.


"The Election at Burgeo." The returns for the by-election in the district of Burego and LaPoile were received here yesterday, which show that the Tory candidate in that district has been elected by a small majority of 78, the totals for each one being, MOTT, 640; EMERSON, 562. When we consider the extreme pressure that was brought to bear by the government in favor of Mr. MOTT's election, and the fact of his being so well known throughout the district, having contested two previous elections there, and Mr. EMERSON, personally, being a perfect stranger in the district, it is not at all surprising that the Tory candidate has been successful, considering too, the frightful trickery and dishonorableness practiced by the Goodridge-Morine party in springing the election so suddenly and unexpectedly on the district. It is no proof either of the unpopularity of the Whiteway party, as a Whiteway supporter has not been returned there for the two previous elections. Mr. MURRAY posed as an INDEPENDENT, being elected twice on that ticket, and belonged to NO political party, therefore the loss of that seat to the Liberals is no evidence whatever that the great majority of the electors of the country are not with the People's Leader.


"Fogo Election". The by-election in the district of Fogo takes place shortly, Nomination day being next Saturday, the 22nd inst., and Polling day on Tuesday the 2nd of October. Mr. T.C. DUDER, who has accepted a departmental office under the Goodridge-Morine Government, goes to the district for re-election and he is likely to be opposed by a popular Local candidate for the Whiteway party, whose chances of success are of a very hopeful character. It is hoped that the electors of that independent district will display considerable enthusiasm on this election context, in favor of the candidate of the Workingman's Party, and show to the country that they fully appreciate Sir William WHITEWAY's policy which he has been carrying out for the benefit of the masses, through almost insurmountable difficulties.


On the 8th inst., the Ven. Archdeacon FORRISTAL, aged 74 years. The Ven Archdeacon was born in Montcoign, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, and received his early training in the Co. Waterford. In 1844 he was ordained Deacon, and if spared, would have completed his fiftieth year in the service of his Divine Master.


"Loss of the 'Daisy' ". The schooner Daisy, belonging to John McCORMICK of Coachmen's Cove, was lost at Black Island Cove, East end Straits Belle Isle, on the 3rd inst. There was a heavy breeze of wind and a big sea at the time, and the craft was driven ashore and became a total wreck. At the time Mr. McCORMICK had 100 brls. of fish, and this, with all the fishing gear and all in the craft, went to the bottom of the sea, which is a great loss to him. A signal of distress was hoisted, which was seen by a craft returning from Labrador, which turned out to be the "Souris Light," Capt. George BARBOR, of Pool's Island, who bore down where the shipwrecked crew were, and took them on board and landed them safely there on Monday night. Capt. BARBOR treated them nobly and did everything in his power to make them comfortable, and Mr. McCORMICK desires through the medium of the Twillingate Sun, to publicly thank him for the great kindness shown towards him and his crew while on board the Souris Light.


Views of the Methodist and Church of England Sabbath School groups are for sale at Mrs. TUCKERS's Studio, Tickle Point, at Thirty-Five cents each.

New School

The work on the Methodist Superior School, in course of erection, is being quickly pushed forward, and it is expected that it will be well nigh completed by the end of the year.


There has been a good deal of fish on the grounds at Change Islands and Fogo the past week or two, and when the weather has been suitable for getting out, boats have done very well, catching from one to two quintals per day.

Supreme Court

According to Proclamation, the Supreme Court on Northern Circuit is to be held here next week, the days set down being from Wednesday the 19th inst., until Friday the 21st. At Fogo the Court will be held on Monday the 24th inst.

Return of Clergy

The Rev. R. TEMPLE intended to leave England for home on Monday last, the 10th inst, and not the early part of the previous week as was incorrectly stated in our last issue. We trust that he will have a pleasant voyage across the Atlantic.

Arrivals from Labrador

The first arrival around here from Labrador was the schooner "Mary Marsh", Job WATKINS, master, which arrived at Purcill's Harbor early on Monday morning with 250 quintals of fish. Thursday evening and yesterday, several other craft came back, some bringing fairly good fares, others have done poorly. On the whole the voyage is not going to be a good one The following are the arrivals: -- Hyacinth, Edward WHITE, 650. Larkspur, S. MAIDMENT, 600. Mallard, John ROBERTS, 400. Best Girl, J. HAWKINS, 400. Bessie Purchase, J. PURCHASE, 400. Lottie, Wm. ROBERTS, 330. Abib, John MINTY, 300. Experiment, W. WATERMAN, 290. Liberty, Joseph YOUNG, 280. Mary Marsh, Job WATKINS, 250. Silverdale, David WHELLOR, 250. Minnie Gray, Wm. MITCHARD, 250. Exe, Jacob MOORES, 200. J.S.O., Philip FREEMAN, 200. Lily of the West, J. PHILLIPS, 150. Dorothy, Samuel YOUNG, 150. Rose of Sharon, F. HOUSE, 150. Minnie Ha Ha, George GUY, 150. Manitoba, Philip YOUNG, 140. Six Brothers, Jas. YOUNG, 130. Resolute, Robert YOUNG, 120. J.C. Rose, George MINTY, 100. Lady Blackler, D. BLACKLER, 100. Erminie, Archibald WHITE, 100.

September 29, 1894

Letter of Thanks

"Mr. TAVERNER Thanks Picnic Party" Little Bay , Sept. 20, 1984 Mr. Editor,-- Please tender my sincere gratitude and good wished to Messrs. W. LIND, Jas. THOMPSON, J. LAMB, P. BURKE, J.P. THOMPSON, B.T. BOYLES, J. ROACH, W. WALKER, the ladies and residue of the general Picnic party, for the honor conferred upon me by their valuable presentation, which will be duly appreciated. I am also pleased to congratulate them upon the general success, and true enjoyment, that attended their festival. I sincerely hope that ere long, Divine Providence may again bestow benign favors upon the community. That mining operations may be resumed, affluence may abound, and that each member of the general Picnic party, may long live to enjoy many such social gatherings. I am glad also to thank the several subsequent denominational gatherings for their kind invitations extended to myself and family, and congratulate them upon the very favorable weather for each festivity and their vary pleasant enjoyment of the same. Such gatherings would tend to help cope with the monotony that pervades our community at the present crisis, also conducive to health and shewing good faith in silver lining of the cloud that is so dark and lowering at present, through the unusual bad voyage, and general depression of trade. Thanking you for time and insertion, Mr. Editor, I am, Ladies and Gentlemen, Yours very respectfully, J.H. TAVERNER.


"No Public Wharf Building" (To the Editor Twillingate Sun) Dear Sir: -- In looking over your valuable paper I noticed a clipping taken from the Daily News in reference to a wharf being built at Fortune harbor with WHITEWAY money and rum. Now, sir, I can tell the Daily News informant, that it is a deliberate falsehood, as there is no wharf being built at Fortune Harbor with either money or rum owned by the government. But, sir, much to the credit of our enterprising supplier, Capt. John LANNEN, who is building a wharf for the convenience of his business, and thereby giving a number of men employment during this dull season. If this is the way the Goodridge-Morine government are trying to make capital out of such enterprise by one of our suppliers, it is high time for them to throw up the sponge! Their doom is already sealed and as regards KNIGHT's chances in the coming election, he will be left as obscure as his name foreshadows. We don't require a cask of rum here to influence us as how to vote, as the Goodridge-Morine party sent here last spring by the informant of the Daily News to try and catch the people's votes. No, sir, we intend to vote for WHITEWAY and Progress. As a word of advice to the informant of the Daily News: It may be better for him to attend to his business and when he gets another cask he need not reserve it as he did the last one. A Resident. Fortune Herald, Sept. 20.


In our notice of the death of Mr. BERTEAU's son last week, the wrong name was given. "Frederick" should have been printed instead of "Francis."

Shipping News

The "Bonny", on her way from St. Anthony to Harbor Grace with a load of fish and oil, touched here Wednesday afternoon and left again Thursday morning.

Odd Catch

A novel catch was taken at Herring Neck the other day by Mr. John WARREN who had a herring net set for the purpose of catching herring. One morning when his son went to haul, it the first thing that came to the bow of the boat was on old dog harp seal.

Change of Clergy

The Rev. Mr. SNOW will leave by "Portia" (next week) for his new charge - Campbelltown, N.B. Mr. SNOW has been in charge of Spaniards Bay for the past year or so, and previous to that time was stationed in Green Bay, and during his charge of these places has shown energy in his work. In leaving for a new field of labor he will be followed by the best wishes of his parishioners and friends. -- Harbor Grace Standard.

Pickled Trout

The schooner "Jeanie," J.W. ROBERTS, master, from Labrador, put into port on Wednesday last. This craft left here on the 15th of August, having on board provisions, coals, &c., for the Moravian Missionaries at Hebron and Rama, Labrador. She has been there and discharged, and is now returning to St. John's. The Jeanie has about three hundred quintals of dry fish and three hundred barrels of pickled trout which were taken on board at Hookak.

Arrivals from Labrador

The following schooners arrived from Labrador this week: J.M. Lacey, James PHILLIPS, 300. Fawn, Albert SPENCER, 230. Speedy, Arch. BULGIN, 220. Endurance, J. CHURCHILL, 200. Rovers Bride, M. ELLIOTT, 150. Brisk, Job LUTHER, 120. Rosalie, James ANSTEY, 100. Olivette, John ROBERTS, 100.


Silas FACEY, tinsmith and Sheet-Iron Worker, North Side, Twillingate, Wishes to inform his numerous patrons that he can supply them with some of the best Kitchen and Parlour Stoves, Boilers, Bakepots, Frying Pans, and Enamelled Ware of different kinds. Also a large assortment of TINWARE, at wholesale and retail. A large stock always on hand, selling at the most reasonable rates. Orders for the making of Lobster Caps, or any other article, will be immediately attended to.


Wanted. Newfoundland Postage Stamps (used). Highest cash prices given. Apply to P.J. NASH, St. John's.


At Fortune Harbor, on Aug 2nd, the wife of Mr. Patrick CARROLL, of a daughter.


At the same place, on the 1st inst., the wife of Mr. James DAY, of a son.


At the same place on the 8th inst, the wife of Mr. Samuel WISEMAN, of a daughter.


At the same place on the 11th inst, the wife of Mr. Francis LIVER, of a daughter.


At the same place on the 17th inst, the wife of Mr. Edward WISEMAN of a son.


At Fortune Harbor, by the Rev. W. TARRAHAN, Mr Owen BUDGEL, of flurry's Bight, to Miss Sarah Jane NIPPER, of Fogo

Ship News

Port of Twillingate. Entered: Sept. 24 - "Grace", CHADDOR, St. John's, provisions and salt, - E.DUDER. Cleared: Sept 24 "Lucie", GAUTESEN, Fogo, 1057 qtls. shore fish, 26 tierce salmon, - J.W. OWEN.

October 6, 1894

Fishermen/Politics (Part 1)

"Fishermen Prepare For War !" Lies and sophistries will not win. We put hard plain facts before you. You know the truth of what we write. Rise men, or be forever slaves. We give you the prices paid under the WHITEWAY Government and the prices paid under the GOODRIDGE or mercantile Tory Government. This is no Herald lie. this is no Daily News lie. These are September prices in 1893 and 1894: -- WHITEWAY - 1893: Labrador, $2.80. Large Merchantable, $4.50. Large Maderia, $4.00. Large West Indies, $3.50. Small Merchantable, $3.60. Small Mederia, $3.20. Small West Indies, $2.80. Cod Oil (the tun), $76. GOODERIDGE - 1894: Labrador, $2.50. Large Merchantable, $4.00. Large Maderia, $3.60. Large West Indies, $3.20. Small Merchantable, $3.40. Small Mederia, $2.50. Small West Indies, $2.60. Cod Oil (the tun), $68. We have give you the figures paid by the shippers to you for local produce in 1893 and 1894. Can any fishermen deny those figures? Are they not the prices paid you last fall, and the prices paid you this year? MONROE and GOODRIDGE will make painful efforts to deny these facts. They have MORINE, MORRISON and CARTY retained to tell political lies that they dare not utter themselves.

Fishermen/Politics (Part 2)

Fishermen are you aware that a "solid ring" has been entered into by the twelve merchants who ship off every quintal caught in the colony? Are you aware that the smaller fry of merchants, such as MONROE and AYRE, who never ship a quintal themselves, are into this "ring"? Are you aware that MONROE and AYRE a... the smaller fry of the ring can get on an average fifty cents, or two shillings and sixpence a quintal more from the twelve shipping merchants, for the fish that you sell them, than you can? We have indubiable testimony of two planters, who have been credited on their accounts with 20 cents a quintal more than the current price. The "ring" by its own cupidity has been broken. They undertook too much and they failed. In secret among their own planters, they are outbidding each other and the planter laughs in his sleeve at them and gets his "advance price or rise." Fishermen! there was never a time in the colony when fish stood as high in foreign markets. We know of a cargo of fish shipped from Labrador at $2.50 a quintal, sold for 22s 6d. stg. in England, or in other figures $3.40. This happened quite recently too. Do you notice how eager they are this year to buy your fish. They say: "Its only worth $3.40 a quintal if you can get a better price, why get it, but if not come back, and I'll buy." MONROE may say this to you. "Take the fish out of your cart or out of your boat, walk down the street, sell it to Walter B. G....e, the shipper for $4." This is what it is to be in the "ring".


At Harry's Harbor, on July 21st, Mr. John DOREY, aged 77 years and 8 months. "It is hard to part with dear ones. Whom we've known and loved so long, But if we are true and faithful, We will join that happy throng; We'll be welcome home to Glory When our pilgrimage is o'er, By the loved ones gone before us Safe at home forever more.

October 20, 1894

Election Victory

"Grand Victory For Whiteway Party" Mr. FOOTE elected With Overwhelming Majority. The by-election in this district was decided at the polls on Tuesday last and resulted in a glorious victory for Mr. FOOTE, the candidate for the Liberal Party. The "Ingraham," with the ballot boxes arrived Thursday night, but it was not until late this evening that the count was concluded which showed the following result: FOOTE - 1704 ; KNIGHT - 1129. Majority for FOOTE - 575.


Polling Day In Trinity. The bye-election in the district of Trinity is to be decided at the polls on Tuesday next the 23rd inst. The Whiteway standard-bearers are Messrs. JOHNSON, HORWOOD and GUSHUE, the Tories being Messrs. BREMNER, McPHERSON and MONROE. Three or four steamers have been employed by the Tory or Mercantile party and the district throughout is flooded with political heelers from St. John's who are scattered in every direction for the purpose of disseminating the views of the party, which they are handsomely paid to uphold. Not content alone with sending their agents and hangers-on merely, some of the mercantile gentlemen themselves have also gone to the district, threatening, no doubt, to bring the bag and barrel influence to bear against the poor unfortunate fishermen, who may not have sufficient food to tide themselves and families over the approaching winter. But Trinity has long stood by Sir William and the Workingmen's party, and notwithstanding the tremendous influences which are at work to defeat him, and the trickery and dishonorable means to which his opponents are resorting, let us hope that the intelligent electors of that important district will stand firm to the principles of the People's Leader, in whom they have reposed such implicit confidence for over twenty years, and elect Messrs. JOHNSON, HORWOOD and GUSHUE, as standard-bearers of his banner of progress which he has unfurled to the breeze for so many years past.


Strolls Through Graveyards. How impressive it is to wander thoughtfully through the resting places of the dead. In doing so we come across many curiously interesting epitaphs; below are found some collected by the writer. From a stone in the churchyard of Tongnor, Statfordshire, the following was culled: "In memory of Wm. BILLINGS, who was born in a cornfield at Fairfield Head, in this Parish in 1679. At the age of 23 years he enlisted in His Majesty's service, under Sir George RORKE and was at the taking of the fortress of Gibralter in 1704. He afterward served under the Duke of Marlborough at the ever-memorable battle of Ramillies, fought on the 23rd May, 1706, where he was wounded by a musket shot in the thigh. Afterwards returned to his native country, and, with manly courage defended his Sovereign's rights at the rebellion of 1715 and 1745. He died within the space of 150 yards of the place where he was born, and was interred here the 30th of January 1791aged 112 years "Billeted by death I quartered here remain; When the trumpet sounds I'll rise and march again." At Cheadle, in the same county, George WOOD was buried at the root of a yew tree of his own planting. His tomb bears the unique epitaph: In sixteen hundred and ninety three, George WOOD, of Cheadle, set up this tree, Which was alive, but now he's dead, Up to this stone here lies his head. Be sure you have account to give, When you are dead, how you did live. In South Wales, the following were found in Pendine Parish Churchyard: " A pale consumption gave the fatal blow, The stroke was certain, but the effect was slow; With wasting frame, death found me long opprest, Pity'd my sighs, and kindly gave me rest." Over a Captain in the Tanghane Parish churchyard, is the following: "Tho' Borea's blasts and Neptunes waves Have tossed me to and fro, Yet I at last, by God's decree, Do harbor here below. Where at an anchor I do ride With many of our fleet, Once more again I must set sail My Saviour Christ to meet." And over a departed wife at Kedwelly, the following: "Farewell, good neighbour, void of strife, Farewell, good, loving, prudent wife, Farewell, good Christian, in her days. Farewell, good friend, deserving praise." Also in same graveyard: "No root, nor branch, nor youth, nor age, Can death's last enemy assuage; The rest is sweet, the day draws nigh, Go, reader, go, prepare to die." Also: "thus, then, it is we all must tread The gloomy regions of the dead: Neither bloom of youth, nor age can save Our mortal bodies from the grave.

Shipping News

The schooner "Dorothy", Samuel YOUNG, master, arrived from St. John's this afternoon, bringing a full load of freight for J.B. TOBIN, F. LINFIELD and E.& A. ROBERTS. The coastal steamer "Virginia Lake", Capt. TAYLOR arrived from the North this evening. This is supposed to be her last trip to Labrador coast this year, and if so her terminus for the remainder of the season will be Griquet. She is not likely to leave St. John's again before Thursday next.


The election now taking place in Trinity Bay will be about the keenest ever known there and the Tory party are bound to win it; trickery and dishonorable means can prevail.


Nearly ever since the return of our Labrador craft, the weather has been very unfavorable for fish making and large quantities are still in piles. This has been a fairly good fish day, and it is hoped that a more favorable change will set in and enable the voyage, which has been so much worse than for several years past, to be cleared off before too late in the season.


The little steamer "Matilda," Capt. John SCOTT, left Fogo on Tuesday evening for Trinity Bay, being employed by the Whiteway party for electioneering purposes. This is the only steamer they could procure while their opponents have all that were available which they can well do at the public expense, and we should think that the electors of that district are not blind to the fact.


STANDARD MARBLE WORKS. 257 New Gower Street, St. John's, Nfld. I invite the public to inspect my large and very excellent stock of Headstones, Monuments, Tombs, Mantelpieces, &c., At rates sufficiently reasonable to defy competition. I guarantee solid stock and best of workmanship. Outport orders solicited. Designs cheerfully furnished by letter or otherwise. Designs can be seen at the Twillingate Sun Office. James MacINTYRE.


On the 14th inst., the wife of Mr. Frederick NEWMAN, of a son.


At Little Bay, on the 28th September, the wife of Mr. Wm. GARLAND, of a daughter.


FOR SALE. At the mill premises, Indian Arm. 300 M No 1. Fir Shingles, at lowest prices for cash. Also 10 M. Refuse Lumber, 10 M. Matched board, cheap. Apply at the mill to J.K. KINSMAN.


FOR SALE. A Large Horse, suitable for limbering during winter. Will be sold cheap. Apply to John GILLARD, Gillard's Cove. or at the Sun Office.


WANTED, A General Servant. For information apply at the Sun Office. Oct. 12.

Contributed by George White (2002)
September 1, 1894 to October 20, 1894 transcribed by Ron St. Croix

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (February 2003)

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