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Old News of Newfoundland (Part xix)

Excerpts from Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs Daily News Journals

Excerpts from Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs
November 1924

Nov. 4:
The Mercantile and Industrial Fair opened in Princes and Curling Rinks yesterday
by the Governor and attracted nearly two thousand visitors. The exhibitors have
featured their goods in a most attractive  manner and the display is one of [the]
finest ever given in this country. The Exhibition continues for the week and it is
expected will attract a large number of out of town visitors.

[It is] officially announced that new Liquor Control Board is T.J. MIFFLIN, Joseph

Railway Commission states [that] cross-country line will be operated throughout
the winter.

Nov. 7:
The longshoremen declared a general strike yesterday and work completely ceased
along the water front. Last night the truckmen decided to throw in their lot with the
strikers, with the result that deliveries of goods will practically cease today. All steamers
loading are hung up and train freights will also be greatly delayed.

Nov. 10:
Longshoremen's Union Strike continues. On Saturday the "Prospero" and "Susu"
got away on their annual routes with fair sized freight. The "Rosalind" sailed last
night for Heart's Content where her cargo will be landed and brought to the city by
train. Other steamers may also be unloaded outside [St. John's].

The "Evening Advocate" published here suspended publication on Saturday.

"Tomorrow [is] Commemoration Day". Office hours 9 to 10 a.m. & 4 to 5 p.m.
[Signed] Geo. J. VEITCH, Acting Supt.

[Please note: From these pages we will be bringing you a special edition of
Commemoration {or Remembrance} Day on the forthcoming November 11th,
1998, when we will be highlighting the traditional selling of the ever-sacred
"Flander's Poppy" which took place throughout Newfoundland annually in the
years following the Great War, " remembrance of Newfoundland's gallant
sons who made the supreme sacrifice and as a practical means of helping their
comrades who survived the ordeals of battle only to suffer the hardships of

Nov. 12:
There is still no change in Longshoremen's Strike situation... fish is being landed
from outport vessels by their crews but with this exception the entire waterfront
was idle as the employers now refuse to consider any but the old terms and the
union apparently equally determined on the new. There seems little prospect [of]
early settlement.

Armistice Day was celebrated yesterday by a brief ceremony at the National
Memorial which included a few words by the Governor and the placing of wreaths.
A large crowd attended for the first time since the end of the War.

Nov. 15:
The Longshoremen's Strike practically came to [an] end yesterday with the return
to work of a number of truckmen and fish handlers. These, with some non-union
men started the wheels of business moving somewhat briskly and some of the
steamers got out their cargoes. Last evening the union met after a meeting with
employers and decided to return to work today. They assert, however they will
not work alongside non-union men and this may cause some further delay as
merchants say they will not dismiss those who have helped them break the strike.
It is generally believed the men will resume work irrespective of union's decision.

Nov. 17:
The Longshoremen's Strike ended Saturday and work along the waterfront was
resumed. The difficulty with regard to non-union men was largely overcome by the
latter quitting work on their own volition.

Nov. 22:
[Name withheld], driver of motor car in accident which resulted in death of six
persons in September was last evening found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced
to one year in the penitentiary.

Nov. 25:
"Prospero" ashore [at] Cape Bonavista. Passengers and crew landed safely.

A fatal accident occurred near Manuels Bridge yesterday when a work train that
left St. John's to operate the steam shovel near Manuels jumped the track and went
over embankment. The engineer, Fred TIPPLE, jumped from the cab to try and
save his life but in doing so a box car next [to] the train came upon him and crushed
out his life. The body was brought to town at 11:30 o'clock.

Nov. 26:
S.S. "Prospero" went ashore on Green Island near Cape Bonavista early yesterday
morning and it was feared she would become a total loss. The "Susu" and "Malakoff"
were rushed to her assistance however and last evening she was safely pulled off and
proceeded to King's Cove under her own steam, leaking a  little in No. 1 tank and not
very greatly damaged as result of the accident.

Nov. 27:
S.S. "Prospero" arrived here [St. John's] safely under own steam yesterday afternoon.


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

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