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Old News of Newfoundland (Part xiv)

Excerpts from Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs Daily News Journals

Excerpts from Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs
June - 1924

June 2:
As usual, the first district to be heard from will be Port de Grave, where the
government candidate is Mr. R.J. SMITH and opposition candidate is Mr.
Gordon  BRADLEY...the district of Carbonear... with Mr. Robert DUFF for
government and Mr. John RORKE for opposition... [also mentioned] Joseph
MOORE, opposition for St. Barbe.

Latest estimates of number employed at various scenes of operation in 
[paper mill-related] Humber places number at 5,700. This is the largest number
to be employed there at any time since construction work began.

June 5:
Steamers "Rosalind" and "Digby" are in port today, the former from New York
and Halifax and the latter from Liverpool. Bishop MARCH and Msgr.
McCARTHY returned from Rome by "Digby".

Schooner "Bessie McDonald" returned to Grand Bank from the [Grand] Banks
and reports loss of Edward MILES of Little Bay East on May 24th. Vessel hails
for 900 quintals fish.

June 9:
The death of Mr. Richard GOODRIDGE is announced.

June 20:

At about 9 o'clock yesterday morning in a dense fog about seven miles off
Cape Race the C.P.R. [?] liner "Metagama" was struck on the starboard side
amidships by the Italian steamer "Clara Camus" and a gaping rent fifteen feet
long by three feet wide made in her side, while the bow of the "Camus" was
badly battered. No one was injured as a result of the collision but three of the
"Metagama's" crew who went over the ship's side in a boat to determine the
extent of the damage drifted away from the ship in the fog and [are] being
sought  by the U.S. Coast Guard "Tampa" which rushed with other ships to
the rescue. Both the "Metagama" which had a big list to port when she arrived
here and the "Clara Camus" were able to proceed here under their own steam.
The "Metagama's" 695 passengers will be taken off by the S.S. "Montreal"
due here this morning and taken to Montreal where the ship was bound from
Glasgow. She will probably only undergo temporary repairs here. The "Camus"
was grain laden and was bound from Montreal to Havre, France.

Warning is again issued to men seeking labor at the Humber, that if they proceed
there without positive guarantee of employment they do so entirely at their own
risk, and will be compelled to pay their passages home if they are not successful in
securing it. Positively no further passes will be issued by the government.

June 21:
Passengers of the liner "Metagama" were transferred yesterday to the steamship
"Montreal" which called here for them and sailed this morning.

Surveys of the damaged steamers were made yesterday but it is yet unknown whether
permanent repairs will be made here. It is feared that the "Metagama" is too big to be
put on the dock. No trace yet of the missing men.

June 24:
The liner "Metagama" injured in collision off Cape Race is to receive only temporary
repairs here.

June 30:
Field Marshal Earl Haig and Countess Haig arrived by S.S. "Caronia" yesterday
morning. At 9:30 they landed and were received by a Guard of Honor which was
inspected by the distinguished soldier and representatives of State and city. Veteran's
brigades, companies of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides lined the route to Government
House while thousands of citizens joined in the welcome to the Empire's foremost
soldier who tomorrow will unveil amid imposing ceremony the beautiful memorial
which has been erected by the people of Newfoundland in honor of the heroic dead.
Earl Haig attended divine service at the Church of England Cathedral in the morning
and in the afternoon viewed the city and surrounding country from Signal Hill.
Tomorrow's ceremony has attracted thousands of visitors to the city which presents
a busier appearance than for many years.

The missing boat from "Metagama" has been picked up, but without occupants.

Tomorrow, 1st July, Commemoration Day will be observed as general holiday.


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

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