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Old News of Newfoundland (Part vi)

Excerpts from Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs Daily News Journals

As these are the final pages of this 1921-1922 journal, I will include here a
report on the forest fires and ice conditions in today's 'old' news, along with
a coastal boat report:

June 1922

[Left over from the 31st of May, 1922]:
Flowers Cove reports Straits [of Belle Isle] still blocked with ice. F.P.U.
auxiliary coaster reports passing nearly 100 icebergs between Green Island
and Baccalieu. "Portia" sails on Labrador service about June 9th, calling at
Conception Bay ports. Another steamer will also take crews down [north
and to Labrador for the summer fishing season].

June 2: 
A disastrous fire at Woody Point, Bonne Bay last night destroyed whole
business section, eight dwelling houses and all government property. All
supplies of food are also gone. Premises gone are supposed to include S.
TAYLOR, F.A. GARCIN, D. COHEN, BUTT Bros., Bank of Nova Scotia,

Forest fires are reported near Botwood and at Grand Lake.

June 3:
Danger seems to have passed in connection with forest fires at Bishops Falls
and Bay of Islands. In all, 48 buildings were destroyed at Bonne Bay, the
dwelling houses being JACKMAN, HOLLIHAN, JEMKINS, PREBBLE,
REID, ROBERTS. An estimate puts damage at 150 thousand dollars with
about 120 thousand insurance carried. T.A. ROSE's property is wiped out
in addition to those already mentioned.

June 7: 
Capt. Richard WERICK [?], born in Newfoundland 1868, has retired after
30 years at sea, according to message from Bath, M.E. [Maine?].

Botwood is enveloped with smoke from forest fire. Straits are still blocked
with ice.

June 8: 
Miss Beatrice PRESTON of Twillingate is among graduates of Montreal
General Hospital.

S.S. "Ranger" leaves St. John's Wednesday next calling at Harbour Main,
Brigus, Bay Roberts, Spaniards Bay,  Harbour Grace, Carbonear, Western
Bay, Trinity, Catalina, Wesleyville, Twillingate, and usual Labrador ports
going as far north as Holton [?], conditions permitting.

June 9:
Message from Bonne Bay says fishing is dull there. Seal Cove reports no ice.
"Prospero" reports ice conditions unprecedented.

S.H. PEET, prominent blacksmith, died suddenly at St. John's last night.

Mrs. Philip BUTTON and three year old child have died as result of burns
at Mouse Island, near Channel.

Anthony HOUSE, age eighty, was found dead at foot of cliff at Parker's
Cove, Placentia Bay.

June 12: 
A young lad of 10 years, Michael DUFF of Topsail Hill, was hit by Rev. Fr.
CASEY's motor car on Saturday evening and died yesterday. He had been
hanging on to the back of an Express [train] wagon and jumped off as the
motor car was passing, right in front of car.


Page Transcribed by Barbara Pederson (1998)
Page Revised by Don Tate (May 2002)

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