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Old News of Newfoundland (Part xv)

Excerpts from Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs Daily News Journals

Excerpts from Nefoundland Posts and Telegraphs
July 1924

July 10:
Flat Islands, Placentia Bay reports that on Tuesday, [a] hail storm played
havoc with property there, smashing glass in fifty or more houses and
destroying the felt on the roofs.

July 11:
Contracts concerning an enterprise in the Gander River and flour mill at St.
John's are being reconsidered. Adjournment was taken till Monday.

[The following is not exactly a 'local' news item, but because St. Pierre is a
neighbouring island {owned and governed by France} just a few miles off the
south coast of Newfoundland, whose ships no doubt often plied and shared
the same waters as ours, I am going to over-step the bounds of our little kingdom
and include the following news item here, not only because of its entertaining
content, but, after all, it *is* the holiday weekend, good time for an extra smile.]

July 11:
French steamer "Milrose" of St. Pierre has arrived at Halifax reporting she was
boarded by pirates on rum row [which, I understand, was the path of ocean traffic
used to carry "illegal" cargo from St. Pierre, destined possibly for ports along the
eastern Atlantic seaboard] and liquor valued at more than half million dollars stolen.

July 12:
The steamer which was in collision near Cape Race a few weeks ago and which
has been undergoing temporary repairs, sailed for Montreal yesterday but had only
reached the Narrows [entrance to St. John's harbour] when she ran aground on
Pancake Shoal. There she remained until 3 o'clock this morning when she pulled
off at rising tide, apparently not badly injured.

July 21:
Robert YETMAN of Bryant's Cove was killed and seven others injured at Bell
Island on Saturday when the cribbing of a coal dump gave way.

Big fire destroyed home of Thomas DOWNEY, Bell Street, early this morning.
It spread with such rapidity that the inmates saved nothing, while neighbours ran
from their houses in their night clothes.

July 24:
No. 2 Express which left Port aux Basque[s] at 9 a.m. yesterday became derailed
one mile west of Cape Ray. The engine and tender, two baggage cars and two
second-class cars left the rails. The engine tipped over and fireman R. PENNEY,
married of Bay of Islands, and mail clerk PERCHARD, married with two children
of St. John's, were instantly killed. Engineer LAWLOR and brakeman OSMOND
were slightly injured. No passengers were injured. Passengers from west-bound
Express due at Port aux Basque last night were transferred to the "Kyle" at St.

July 27:
330 men are wanted to cut pulpwood on party contract basis by Newfoundland
Power and Paper Company, Grand Lake.

July 30:
500 laborers went out on strike at Corner Brook, the seat of the Humber industry
yesterday morning, their demand being 30 cents an hour which is five cents over
their present wage. During the afternoon they were joined by skilled workmen
and it was reported last night that the number of men out totalled 2,000.

Fire destroyed five houses together with outhouses and crops at New Melbourne,
Trinity Bay yesterday.

July 31:
Reports yesterday from the strike area at Corner Brook said that quiet prevailed
but that there was little hope of settlement.

Eight houses and seven stores were destroyed by forest fires at Caplin Cove,
Bay de Verde on Tuesday.


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

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