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Excerpts from Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs daily news journals Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs April 1924 Apr. 1: Sealing messages indicate the "Terra Nova" is continuing to pick up her [catch of seals on] pans and has on board 2500. Ship is having difficulty to do so owing to rents in the ice.... The "Thetis" reports 100 yards more to blast and she will be free [from the ice]. "Ranger" got free yesterday.... [and] reports [she is] in heavy sheet ice, making slow progress steering north. A message from Change Islands states that quite a few harps were secured there yesterday and the "Ranger" was 6 miles off that place. Apr. 4: The following message has been received from Mayor BUTLER, Deer Lake by the Dept. of Colonial Secretary: It is imperative that all possible steps be taken to keep men from coming forward to this area until work has been arranged. Every train brings scores, and at Deer Lake there are still over one hundred unemployed who are overcrowding our camps to the discomfort of our workers. Conditions are the same at Corner Brook and unless more drastic steps are taken the situation will be most serious as our accommodation is hopelessly overcrowded now. Apr. 5: George DRAKE, aged 21, of Millers Passage, Fortune Bay and Frank LYNCH, 19, of Curling were washed overboard from schooner "Electric Flash", bound from Bay of Islands to Gloucester and drowned. Apr. 14: To all [telegraph] offices: Vessel named "Edward Gerald", two mast, barrel on mainmast, light mainsail, dark foresail, and head sails left Wesleyville for seal fishery first April and news of her is asked by Minister of Marine & Fisheries. Apr. 17: A message from "Sagona" last night states the position of that ship is six miles N. by West of the Funks... "Thetis" reports in same vicinity as "Sagona", steamed through thousands of bedlamers but ice too loose to put men out... Apr. 19: A message from Magistrate JEANS of Greenspond advises [that] two men of Fair Islands, CUTLER and ROGERS, aged 21 and 17 years respectively, have perished on ice. One body was recovered. Other particulars not known. Apr. 22: The "Neptune" finished discharging about 3 p.m. and weighed out about 20,000 [seals]. The ship is expected to sail north [again] on Saturday with sealers and will proceed to White Bay for landsmen's seals. Apr. 24: The Warren administration lifted the duty and sales tax from kerosene, gasolene, flour, pork, molasses, and beef, the removal coming effective from 9:30 this morning. The reduction amounts in value to approximately $600,000.00 annually and the object of the government in taking off these duties is to encourage the greater prosecution of the fishery this year. Apr. 25: The House of Assembly opened yesterday in pursuance of the proclamation previously issued... [and] that in order to make possible the removal of duties [as above]... the government had decided to introduce legislation providing for a corresponding reduction in expenditure and also that legislation would be asked for in connection with a new pulp and paper project in the Gander Valley and for the erection of a flour mill in the country. [Mr. Harvey SMALL is noted here regarding a vote of confidence in the government; he "was absent, being out of town".] [We never did get our flour mill...] Apr. 28: Mr. A. JOLLIFFE, second engineer of the S.S. "Canadian Sapper" was found dead at the government Railway Dock wharf on Saturday afternoon. A post mortem examination disclosed death was due to drowning. He has been missing since Thursday. It is supposed drowning was accidental. Apr. 29: A message from Magistrate COOK of Fogo to the Dept. of Justice reads as follows: I have received from Frank SAUNDERS, Gander Bay, a telegram as follows: Stanley GILLINGHAM and Herbert FRANCIS left here Wednesday enroute north-west Gander River. Squall [of] wind upset their boat eight miles from Gander Lake, GILLINGHAM being drowned. Francis reached shore. Search parties leaving today to recover body. The Minister [of] Posts has received a report from Loon Bay that the body of mail courier Patrick CLAIR was found in a water-logged boat in drift ice two miles from there. Courier WELLS, who accompanied, and the mail, is missing. A search for the missing courier and mail is being made.
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