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Excerpts from Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs Daily News Journals December 1927 Dec. 3: According to report of the Newfoundland Fire Patrol there were 600 forest fires in the Island during the past season. Of these, 480 were along the railway and 120 elsewhere. All these along the railway and 93 of those elsewhere were extinguished by fire wardens without any appreciable damage being done. Dec. 6: Despatch to the Deputy Minister of Customs from Clam Bank Cove yesterday reports that the body of an aviator had been picked up there yesterday morning Papers found on the body identify him as Count de Lesseps who left Gaspe, Quebec in a hydroplane for [a short?] visit to Valbrillan [?] on Oct. 18th and had not since been heard of. De Lesseps was a son of Count Ferdinand de Lesseps, builder of the Panama and Suez Canals and was an experienced airman. Dec. 7: Schooner "Occident" of St. John's, coal laden for Placentia went ashore on Back Point of Point Verde Tuesday night. Total loss, crew saved. New radio installation at 8WMC was formally opened last night by His Excellency the Governor, Message from Nova Scotia said reception there had been good and strong while locally the station was received with clarity and volume. Railway Commission have decided to place steam coach on the Bay de Verde, Hearts Content and Trepassey Branches instead of the present locomotive tain service. Dr. Thomas R. DWYER of Holyrood died last p.m. Dec. 9: The city had two large fires during past 24 hours. At 2:30 yesterday afternoon fire broke out in the Royal Stationary building in the block immediately east of the Court House and extended to the buildings on either side occupied by W.J. Clouston Ltd., F.V. Cheeseman, Dr. M.S. Power, dentist, Hynes and Hennessey Barber Shop, J.F. Meehan and D.J. Curling. The Royal Stationary building was practically gutted and the upper stories of W.J. Clouston Ltd. were completely gutted. The building east was not too badly damaged by fire but wrecked the offices and stores occupied therein. Damage will run into many thousands of dollars. At four o'clock this morning the store of George TRAINER on Water Street just west of McBrides Hill was completely gutted. At the same hour fire again broke out in the Royal Stationary building and the attention of the firemen was divided between the two conflagrations. Tonight 8WMC will broadcast today's news at 7:30 and at 8:30 and anthem recital will be given by the combined choirs of Gower Street and Wesley Churches with Miss Elsie TAIT at the organ. Game Board has issued notice that close season for caribou has been indefinitely extended. Penalty for killing, $200 fine or six months imprisonment. Dec. 10: Capt. KEAN of the "Prospero" wired the Railway management yesterday that Griquet was full of ice, and Cook's Harbour packed with slob ice. Weather very bad. Dec. 12: Henry ROSSITOR of Ramea was drowned at Culdesac on Friday according to message received by the Minister of Justice.
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