The Evening Advocate, 1919

March 12, 1919

Edgar Smith R.N.R. A Worthy Hero

(To the Editor.)

Dear Sir, – Will you please allow me space in your highly esteemed paper for a few remarks concerning one of our brave boys, Edgar Smith, Royal Naval Reservist, who gave his life for his King and Country on the 11th of Nov. 1918, while serving on one of H.M. ships which was sunk on the said date.  In 1914 when the terrible struggle started, he joined H.M. forces in August of that year, and since then he has had some trying experiences.  He left St. John’s about the middle of Nov. with the second contingent, and went over to Devonport barracks, from there he was transported to the H.M.S. Prince George.  She was a battleship of eighteen thousand tons.  She was one of the first ships to enter the Dardanelles.  While there she had undertake some heavy tasks, but he came through all without receiving a scar, after having several men killed and his ship hit a few times.  We have often read of the hard times endured while fighting there and especially in the landing of troops, and it was for his good services rendered by him there, that he was mentioned in despatches.  After the evacuation of the Dardanelles he proceeded to England when he again joined another ship, which fought through the Jutland battle, where he again had a very hard time, having his ship almost blown to pieces, and in a sinking condition reached port after much difficulty. He received a slight wound after which he soon recovered.  He was a brave lad and not backward in fulfilling his duty.  He fought manfully and is worthy of much praise.  In July of 1917 he came home on furlough and after spending some months, he went across again and joined the H.M.S. Trebiskir, and was only serving on her about a couple of months, when she happened to go down carrying all with her.  Before going away again he was married to Miss Parrott, of Winterton, C. of E. Teacher, and as it happened, the very day he was drowned a little son was born to him.  Sorry to say he will never know the comfort of a father nor the father the joy of having a son.  We wish the little lad a happy future and may our dear Father raise him up to be as much of a hero as his brave father.  Edgar also had another  brother in His Majesty’s navy.  All we can do on this occasion is to put our trust in God and leave it all in the hands of Him who doeth all things for the best.  He leaves also to mourn a mother, father, seven sisters and three brothers.  May God comfort the broken hearted.  Thanking you for space, I remain.


Island Cove, Random

Feb. 18th, 1919


May 8, 1919, page 5

From Butter Cove

A very quiet but pretty wedding took place Tuesday, April 22nd [1919] at the home of Mr. Moses Seward Sr. when Mr. Levi Green was united in the holy bonds of Matrimony to Mrs. Isabella Smith daughter of Mr. Moses Spurrell of Butter Cove. The bride looked charming in her suit of white voile, with hat to match. The bride’s boys and bride’s girls are as follows: Mr. Alex Spurrell, as best man, brother of the bride and Miss Gertrude Sheppard. C of. E. teacher, as chief bride’s maid; Mr. James Smith, brother-in-law of the bride, and Miss Alice Smith, sister-in-law of the bride. Rev. D. E. Freke took the ceremony. After the ceremony was performed the happy couple wended their way to the home of the bride’s parents where a pleasant evening was spent by all. On Saturday the happy couple went by motor boat to their future home, St. Jones Without. We all wish them, many happy years of wedded bliss.

On Wednesday the C. E. W. A. held their annual sale of work in the school room. They raised the tidy little sum of $33.00. We must not forget to the outside people who came to help us through, although the night was very stormy, also Mrs. Vey and Mrs. David Spurrel who also helped by sending their splendid gifts to us, also the men of Butter Cove who went on the door. We express our sincere thanks to also the men who were here from Port de Grave, who helped

I think nearly all the boat building is finished here now, and all launched, except Mr. Ralph Spurrell’s.

We are sorry to say our teacher, Miss G. Sheppard, will soon be leaving after teaching at Butter Cove for two years. We all wish her much success in her next school.

All the men are beginning to get ready for the fishery and I wish them the very best of health and a prosperous voyage. They want to make a good one, as everything is so expensive, but we are in hopes Mr. Coaker will soon get ahead and make some things cheaper.

Wishing Mr. Coaker and your esteemed paper every success.

I remain, “Lick for Smadder”, Butter Cove


June 19, 1919

A Good Word for the Sailors

(To the editor)

Dear Sir—Will you please allow me space in your widely read paper the Advocate for a few words I have to say concerning our heroes, not only of this place but of others as well.  I saw our solider boys were coming home and a reception was got up for them. I was glad to see their return and the reception for them, but now I must say there have been a good many of our sailors returned home, but I never saw anything about a reception for them.  How do you consider to yourselves that this is right? Why are not the sailors worthy of a reception as well as the soldiers? The sailors are worthy. How do you think the soldiers would get across the Atlantic if the sailors did not guard them?  I am not saying anything against the soldiers for I know they did their duty, but it is the people that got up the reception for them I am talking about.  Now stir up, and have a reception for the next draft of sailors, and show you regard them.

    I remain,

One Who Thinks Of Sailors
Little Place in Random
June 10th, 1919

July 10, 1919

Clothing Allowance for the Sailors

(To the Editor)

Dear Sir: — While reading the paper today I noticed a little sketch from “Jack” regarding clothing allowance. Well, it’s a great pity that our Naval Reservists are quite so slow with looking up this affair:  but certainly, it’s a bit too late to wake up now.

Well everybody that is not blind could see how much money was cut out for clothing allowance and certainly the deceased sailor is not allowed any: part’y the reason I suppose is because they can’t look out for their rights.  If there were a thousand or more sailors gone, I wouldn’t blame them to keep back the money which they should have: but I believe it would look better if they would give that little amount to the orphans of those who so nobly gave their lives to save the grab-alls of the Nfld Government. Anyway, they might have given the poor sailor enough money to finish up buying the old suit, because there was lots of them had to give of their own money to buy a “quiff”.

Hoping I have not transposed too much of your space, and thanking you in anticipation.

I remain yours,
23, 9, 4, 15, 23, 15, 6, 4, 5, 3, 3, 1, 19, 5, 4, 19, 1, 9, 19, 15, 11, 18, 1, 14, 4, 15, 13,
Hatchet Cove, Random.


August 8, 1919

Wedding Bells

(To The Editor)

Dear Sir:- Please permit space, in your much read paper to record the event of a very pretty wedding, the contracting parties being  Benjamin Smith, R.N.R., of Heart’s Ease to Miss Mary Jane Lambert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Lambert  of Southport.

Owing to there being no minister in the Mission, the bridal party left Southport by the SS Petrel on Friday afternoon, July 18th, for Heart’s Content, where marriage ceremony was performed on Friday night in the C. of E. Church of St. Mary’s the Virgin, conducted by Rev. Canon Smart, R.D.

The bride looked charming in a dress of pale blue silk with bridal vail and orange blossoms, and carried a bouquet of white carnations.  She was attended by Miss Alice Smith, sister of the groom, while the groom was ably supported by his brother-in-law, Mr. Moses Seward.

The bridal party spent two days at Heart’s Content and arrived at Heart’s Ease, their future home, on Sunday afternoon by motor boat. On the following Wednesday night, July 23rd, a tea was held at the home of the groom’s mother, when quite a number of guests were entertained.  The bride was the recipient of many pretty presents. We wish Mr. and Mrs. Smith a long, pleasant, and prosperous voyage over the sea of matrimony.

Thanking you for spacing and wishing the Union and its worthy president every success.

     Yours truly –
            “WE TWO”
Heart’s Ease, Random,
July 31st, 1919


September 30, 1919

Give to This Cause
Motor Boat Burnt with Loss of $700.
(To the Editor.)

Dear Sir, Will you kindly allow me space through the columns of your widely circulated paper to make known the misfortune which happened two fishermen quite recently. These two men, brothers, namely, Moses and Elijah Baker, spent the summer months fishing at St. John’s.

Having made a very poor voyage, they left St. John’s on Saturday morning, September 20th, in a motorboat for home.  On Saturday night, when about three miles from home, accompanied by Mr. John Norris in another motorboat, a sad misfortune befell them. They were on the point of separating to go to their respective homes when the disaster occurred. At dark Mr. Moses Baker lit his lantern to see that his engine was in good working order, then closed his engine.  A little water having got into the boat, Mr. Baker took his piggen to throw out the water, when a little flame burst forth. Quite suddenly the boat was in a flame, and these poor men had to leap into the other boat to save their lives. They had on board their boat a cask of gasoline, fishing gear and all their clothing, etc. They tried their best endeavours to put out the flame but Mr. Norris having gasoline on board his boat, had to keep off some distance to prevent disaster to his boat. They were lying by her about two hours, when she sank.

Mr. Norris, who belonged to Little Harbour, Random then took these men to their home.

The loss is estimated to be about $700.00 and is a very severe one to these men as they are poor fishermen. They feel their loss keenly, as they are destitute, having had all their fishing property on board the boat. The season’s catch is not enough to pay for the spring’s outfit. A few of their friends have decided to take up a collection in the nearby settlements on their behalf, as it is badly needed. If any of your readers would like to help these unfortunate men, gifts of money or clothing will be gladly accepted by the undersigned, or it may be sent to Moses or Elijah Baker. 

Both these men are family men.

Thanking you Mr. Editor, in anticipation of publication, I remain.

Yours truly,
William H. Seward, Sr.
Gooseberry Cove, Random, T.B.,
Sept. 23rd, 1919

(We shall be glad to receive any amounts for this worthy object and acknowledge same. – Ed.)


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