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Old News of Newfoundland (Part xxv1)

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

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.


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

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