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Old News of Newfoundland



Excerpts from Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs daily news journals as
compiled by Barbara Pederson 1998.

Excerpts from Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs
April 1928

Apr. 2:
Aviator Colin CALDWELL arrived in the city Saturday afternoon from Port
Saunders finishing his sealing flight. In all, he flew 4,000 miles and the first
accident occurred on Saturday when he landed at Quidi Vidi owing to one of
the skis being broken. The left wing was slightly damaged.

Message to Deputy Minister of Customs on Saturday reports that Channel
schooner "Guide" which was seal hunting is a total wreck off Three Rocks
Cove. The schooner rafted in with the ice Friday night and [had] her keel
carried away. Crew made safe landing.

"Sagona" called at Wesleyville yesterday morning and landed the body of
David BEST, a second hand who died on Friday. [Ship was at the seal

Apr. 7:
Abraham BASHA aged 53 years, native of Syria, was accidentally killed
by street car here [St. John's] yesterday.

Michael FOLEY of Harbour Grace, passenger on Thursday evening's
outgoing train had his left hand badly lacerated by the car wheels at Seal
Cove. It is believed that FAHEY was leaning against car when the train
started, he fell, his outstretched hand going under the wheels.

While shooting on Thursday p.m., George MULLOWNEY of Bay Bulls
had two fingers of his left hand blown off.

Apr, 9:
Crew of schooner "General Byng" abandoned on March 21st arrived at
Halifax yesterday.

John CRANE of Upper Island Cove had two fingers of his left hand blown
off in gun explosion on Saturday. He was brought to the hospital by
Saturday's train.

Apr. 11:
N.J. VINNICOMBE, for some years M.H.A. for St. John's East and latterly
one of the Liquor Controllers commissioners, died suddenly last evening. He
had not been in good health for sometime past.

Apr. 12:
The store on Water Street next to the Bank of Nova Scotia building
owned by Woods & Gate and occupied by F. MURPHY was badly gutted
by fire which started at 3 o'clock yesterday p.m. The origin of fire is at
present unknown.

Message to the Deputy Minister of Customs yesterday reports the
death of Mr. Benjamin BRAZIL, Collector of Customs at Garnish.

The man Harold BUTLER of Brigus who was ill, is improving and
now out of danger. [Possibly on one of the sealing ships.]

Message to Dept. of Customs from Fortune yesterday stated that [the]
two men who had been reported missing from their banker "Admiral
Dewey" were safe, having been picked up by the schooner "Dorothy
Sarkey" which arrived at Fortune yesterday.

Apr. 13:
Up to the present nothing has been heard of the German Junkers Plane
Bremen which left Baldonnell, Ireland yesterday morning on non-stop
flight across the Atlantic. There was a report that at 11 o'clock yesterday
morning the plane was 880 miles from its starting point and message 
from the [telegraph] operator at Shoal Harbour last night claims that
two people had heard a plane flying in a westerly direction. Although
these reports are not confirmed authorities at Baldonnell claim that they
are not worried and are confident that plane will reach its destination 
sometime today.



Page Transcribed by Barbara Pederson (1998)
Page Revised by Craig Peterman (September 2002)

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