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Old News of Newfoundland (Part xiii)

Excerpts from Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs Daily News Journals

Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs 
May 1924

May 2:
"Terra Nova" finished discharging [cargo of seals at St. John's] early, her crew
sharing $74.68 each, her total catch being 18,851. The "Viking" is homeward
bound with less than 2,000 seals.

Walter DWYER, 18 year old electricial [as written] was instantly killed at Bell
Islands yesterday afternoon by contact with live electric switch in mine.

May 6:
The announcement was made today of the appointment to the Ministry of Public
Works of C.E. RUSSELL, J.P. of Bay Roberts.

May 7:
The "Viking" turned out 1,923 seals. The crew shared $7.75 per man... Premier
WARREN and Hon. Dr. ROBERTS got great ovation from "Viking's" crew
who were sent home by special train last night.

May 9:
The Great War Veteran's Association will be holding a Dominion Conference
of Newfoundland ex-servicemen in St. John's within the next fortnight. The
primary purpose of the Conference will be the approaching visit of Field Marshal
Haig for the unveiling of the National War Memorial and the participation in
the celebrations contingent thereof by ex-servicemen from all over the Dominion.
As full transportation has been offered it is stated that in cases where no branch
is functioning but where twenty or more ex-servicemen are domiciled that such
a body may appoint a delegate who should wire to headquarters immediately for
further particulars. Free transportation to and from St. John's will be provided,
also accommodations for one week.

May 15:
[I have deliberately refrained from including subjects of a political nature for
obvious reasons - (no room for politics here...} - but because of the possibility
of the following names hereafter being unknown in the political field, {perhaps
not having succeeded in the upcoming or any future election} I now make an

Mr. Robert DUFF of Carbonear was chosen by Liberal Committee of that
town as candidate under Premier HICKMAN. Mr. Robert J. SMITH of Cupids
will be the government candidate for Port de Grave.

May 19:
Fatal accident occurred at Humber Canal in Friday when Henry HORAN of
Belloram and Patrick BRIEN of Cape Broyle were smothered, being covered
in a car load of sand which fell from a car that was passing overhead. The latter
was 22 years of age and unmarried, former was 42 years and leaves a wife and
9 children residing at Belloram.

Late on Saturday Justice Department received word from Magistrate COOK
advising that Stanley and Lewis COMBDEN of Wild Cove were supposed to
be drowned, as a dory in which they went bird hunting was found bottom up.

May 20:
Halifax reports that the Newfoundland schooner "Joan E. Bullen" from Harbour
Breton was rammed and badly damaged in a fog this morning off Halifax by the
car ferry which plies between Borden Pier and Cape Tormentine, Cape Breton.
Both boats made harbor without assistance. The schooner had her bowsprit broken
off and windlass smashed and deck near the stem slanted [?] slightly.

May 26:
The present time upwards of 4,000 working men are actually employed in Humber
Valley [paper mill project] while the numerous activities resulting from construction
operations give work all over the country [i.e. Newfoundland].

[A second political exception:]
The Liberal candidate Lieut. Harvey SMALL who wires that his election is assured
in Burgeo held meeting at Rose Blanche. [...and I will sneak another one in here,
for May 31st:] Two candidates are due to arrive in city by S.S. "Prospero"
tomorrow, Joseph MOORE, opposition, for St. Barbe and R. HIBBS, government,
for Fogo.

May 30:
Fire in West End of city last night in wharf and lumber yard of Horwood Lumber
Co. did considerable damage. Good work of firemen saved serious conflagration.


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

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