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Excerpts from Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs daily news journals as compiled by Barbara Pederson 1998. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Excerpts from Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs April 1928 Apr. 14: German plane Bremen landed at Greenly Island in the Straits of Belle Isle about noon yesterday. The plane was about 34 hours in the air. Apr. 16: The Junker plane is still at Greenly Island but all reports state that satisfactory repairs are being made to the plane which is expected to continue its way to New York under its own power. The Canadian steamer "Montcalm" was reported last night to be 75 miles from Greenly Island and would arrive there today. The Canadian plane piloted by Duke Schiller landed at Greenly Island yesterday afternoon. Rev. Arthur HOWITT was inducted as rector of St. Thomas' Church yesterday afternoon. Fire occurred yesterday morning in the building on MARSHALL's wharf taken over by Harvey & Co. for cold storage purposes. Very little damage was done. Apr. 17: Message from Point Amour says only the shaft of the Junker plane Bremen was damaged in landing and it is repairable. Col. FitzMaurice, one of the plane's crew left in the Quebec plane yesterday and landed in the p.m. at Natashquan 250 miles from Greenly Island. It is said that [the] trip is to procure the proper parts necessary to repair the airship. Apr. 18: The first story of the Bremen's flight came from a Grenfell nurse at Blanc Sablon, Greta FERRIS [Gerris?] who, with a party from Mission Station traveled 15 miles by dog sled to Greenly Island [to] lend what aid they could to the airmen. Her story says that Baron Huenfeld was cold and very nearly exhausted when they landed and had very nearly lost hope of ever reaching land and that he was prepared to shoot his companions if the worst came to the worst.. The Bremen was 36 hours on the trip, fought heavy fog over the Newfoundland coast and tried to fly above it but found this impossible as the fog was 200 feet high, then descending within 50 feet of the waves but had to mount again owing to heavy seas. The fliers say they flew over wooded country but could not locate their position. Also flew over large river then a large mountain and finally saw the light house which they thought to be a steamer. The flight was stormy throughout and the fliers saw stars occasionally. Latest report say they will not fly the Bremen to New York but will leave it at Greenly Island for the present and continue to Montreal in Canadian plane to pick up the Bremen's sister ship and fly it to New York to take reception awaiting them there. Message from Badger's Quay yesterday states that the house of Hezekiah DYKE was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning with all contents. Inmates barely escaped with their lives having to climb out through windows. [Reads more like a house of convicts these days but I'm sure they were just ordinary, innocent outport folks, (just like me), who lived there...] The Railway Commission has decided to re-rail the section of the railway between Humbermouth and Port aux Basques with 70-pound rails. Work will probably commence in the early summer. Order for rails was placed in England yesterday. The death occurred at Balmoral, Manitoba on Monday of Rev. Gilbert SPURGEON CURTIS, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard CURTIS of Blackhead, Bay de Verde.
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