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Old News of Newfoundland (Part xxx1)

Excerpts from Newfoundland Posts and Telegraphs Daily News Journals

May 1928

May 1:
Trans-Atlantic fliers Huenfeld Koehl and FitzMaurice received tumultuous
welcome in New York yesterday.

The "Daily News" this morning reports that at the convocation at Mount
Allison University about a fortnight hence the degree of LL.D will be
conferred on Mr. S.P. WHITEWAY, principal of the Normal School and
for some years a member of the Methodist College staff.

May 3:
[Speech from the Throne announced:] During the coming year the railway
line across country will be diverted to escape the Topsails which will effect
an economy in operating that will repay the cost of this new construction
within a comparatively short time.

[In the House of Assembly] the Prime Minister in closing the debate...
intimated that the western division of the railway [from] Humbermouth
to Port aux Basques would be railed. The Prime Minister hoped the work
on the railway would help to relieve the unemployment situation which was
causing the government some concern. During the debate it was intimated
that the International Paper Co. had secured the Crown interests at Baie de
Spoir and would establish a ten million dollar industry there.

May 4:
Walter OLDFORD of Greenspond lost his life in the harbor of St. John's
shortly before 7 p.m. yesterday by the upsetting of a dory. It is believed
that the fluke of the anchor which they were conveying to the schooner got
caught in the long bridge and upset the boat. OLDFORD was 29 years old
and unmarried.

Deputy Minister of Customs has been advised of the death of Emanuel
BATISTE, late tide waiter at Port aux Basques.

May 5:
Body of William OLDFORD who was drowned Thursday evening was
recovered yesterday.

May 7:
Robert SIMPSON, J.P., Carbonear died on Saturday.

May 8:
Despatch from Vancouver says that Capt. P.S. SLADE, native of
Newfoundland, aged 45, was instantly killed there yesterday when he
was crushed between two logs.

Dept. of Justice received message form Bonavista yesterday stating that
a man named Pearce FORD of Amherst Cove had strayed from his home
on Saturday and residents were seeking him.

May 9:
Report of the Royal Commission on Fisheries was tabled in the Canadian
House of Commons yesterday and a point of interest to Newfoundland is
that the report advises very careful consideration before imposing duty on
fish from this country.

May 11:
Trans-Atlantic monoplane Bremen is now being repaired and will be flown
either to Montreal or Quebec.

Fourteen landsmen seal hunters from Lascie who were caught with their boats
in heavy ice near Cape John on Monday were rescued by the "Kyle" at 1 o'clock
yesterday. Two other men and boat drifted out of bay and made Triton on

Westbury STOKES, 18 years of age of Cape Freels, was killed accidentally
when his gun discharged whilst [sentence ends here but probably killed "whilst

May 12:
Two American Army air planes forming an expedition to salvage German
trans-Atlantic plane Bremen left Washington yesterday and expect reach
Greenly Island Monday where they will drop salvage crew to fly Bremen
back to New York.

May 15:
Salvage planes for the Bremen are delayed in Nova Scotia owing to snow
storms and will probably continue flight today, next stopping place being
St. George's, Newfoundland.

May 16:
Stephen ANDERSON, aged 15 years was drowned at Boswarlos, Port au
Port yesterday. Body not yet recovered.


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

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