The Evening Advocate, 1919

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January 28, 1919, page 2

Heart’s Ease Notes
(To the Editor)
Dear Sir, – On Jany 6th death visited Butter Cove taking away Amelia Strowbridge. wife of Israel Strowbridge. She leaves a husband, two children, one brother, and on sister to mourn their loss. She was laid to rest in the C. of E. Cemetery.

I must also say that we have some of the boys home who have been on active service in the hard struggle to save the British colors.

We are looking forward for the rest to come home soon. There’s many a poor brave boy who will never see home or friends again, but they have died for a good cause for the glory of the Empire. They have given their lives that their friends may know that England still remains mistress of the sea, and that Britannia rules the waves. Those that we have home are as follows: John Smith, Joseph E. Smith, Isaac Smith, George Critch, William Dodge, Abram Spurrell, also Josiah Avery of Southport. Before I close I must also speak of Hodge’s Cove, which has given nineteen of her brave boys to help the Allies fight for the Right, and out of nineteen there’s only one numbered with dead, Alex Peddle, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Peddle. He went down on the S.S. ‘Dirk’ in May, 1918.

So many lads grieve o’er his loss
And for this poor lad weep.
Who on the verge of manhood years
Went down into the deep.
But may he see a fairer land,
Most fervently we pray,
Of that brave soul who lost his life
Upon that fatal day.
Thanking you for space, I remain.
Heart’s Ease,
January 19th, 1919.


January 28, 1919

Southport Notes
(To the Editor)
 Dear Sir.—Will you kindly grant me space for a few notes from Southport as it is not very often that I see anything in your paper from this part of Random.
On Jan. 8th the Ladies’ Aid held their tea and sale of work which! brought in $75.00. The proceeds will go towards shingling the Methodist Church and other church work. I might say it was a poor Xmas for Southport as the grip was very prevalent. Practically every family was stricken during December, but thankful to say there were no deaths.
On Dec. 9th there passed away from Southport an old and respected business man in the person or Mr. Thomas Smith. He was hale and hearty when he went to St. John’s on business some time in December, but on his arrival home was not feeling well. A day or two later he had to take to his bed; a week later he got up but was unable to get from his couch, and on the ninth inst. as he was alone and someone went in to see him he was dead. His passing cast a gloom over Southport as he was liked and respected by all. His home was always hospitable, and he always had a kind word for all. He leaves two sons. Both have been to war. The eldest arrived home two days after his father was buried; the other is still on active service. He also leaves a brother and two sisters. He was in his 67th year. Let us hope that when the end came he was ready and trusting in his God.
Sleep on, dear father, and take your rest,
Lay down your head upon the Saviour’s breast,
We love you well, but Jesus loves you best,
Good night, good night, good night.
It has been a poor winter as yet for hauling firewood, not enough snow to get out the sledge, and so there is not much doing.
Just before Xmas we had the privilege of welcoming home two of our Navy boys, namely Joseph E. Smith and Josiah Avery. We hope to welcome many more shortly as they continue to arrive back to dear old Terra Nova.
Come along Union Man’s Daughter and give us some more notes, and give us some more information as to the price of a barrel of flour and a pair of boots. I suppose you don’t like Rolled Oats, seeing you don’t want the trimmings Neither do I like it, but I got to cook it O. K.
The Ladies’ Aid wish to thank Mr. and Mrs. Moses Spurrell for their kind donation towards the sale and sympathize with them because of their dead son. We feel that he is dwelling in that home where all is peace and everlasting joy.
May God comfort every sorrowing heart and bind the wounds of the broken hearted, because we know and feel that our darling boys did not die in vain, but that we may have Liberty and Peace.
Wishing Mr. Coaker, the Advocate and the Union every prosperity and every success, I remain,
Yours truly,
Southport, January 20th, 1919

February 24, 1919

Aunt Annie and Aunt Mary Write from Hillview

(To the Editor)

Dear Sir, – I was sittin down wid me nittin in me hand and wonderin to meself would Aunt Mary be in wen open comes de door and in she pops wid her sowing gare in her pocket.

“Well,” sez I, “Aunt Mary, come yer sit down and let’s have a good old dish of gossip, for do yer know the last ting that been a runnln through me brains, why twas about Mr. Coaker and the beautiful Advocate, and rason why there baint any sketches in this yer place.”

“Why, yes.” says Aunt Mary. “I think we had better let somebody know that we two old folks are alive and living in such a beautiful place, for there’s nor place around thosem yer barders equel to it. Bit Mr. Coaker will have to excuse our grammar, for its like was talked in the dog iron days when we was agrowin up.” Says I, “Aunt Mary, its high time someone should write to tell of all the business that’s transacted around this yer place. When there’s dat girt man, Walter Green, gettin dat girt yer craft built down in the dock, and that wonderful man William James Stoyles, the skipper builder, he must have a wonderful head on thosem yer shoulders of his. And then there’s skipper Jim Stoyles, he’s a most wonderful man. He’s abuidin two girt motor boats this winter. Yes and Aunt Annie you forgits there’s another wonderful man, Alexander Churchill,  that   was away to Hr. Grace In the shipyard abuidin dem girt crafts. He’s home dis winter to abildin a girt motor boat, and I don’t know how many more boats would be build fer if they could get any nails. We two old cratures sees if they sent to Mr. Coaker’s shop they would git all dey nails dey want. But it seems as tho them merchants in St. John’s baint goin to git any nails dis yer winter, fer dey don’t seem to be interested in the poor man’s welfare now like dey are when election time is drawin handy, You would see them sportin around then wid their walkin sticks apromisen every poor man such and such a ting and walkin in every young person’s house, akissin every big fat baby they can see, but they don’t trouble about old folks like we. But, Mr. Coaker, he’s the man who you can always trust in, for he’s already interested in the poor old worn out fishermen and not in kissin fat babies when election time is handy, and dats for sure. Mr. Coaker is the man dat the folks of dis yer place is interested in, for the Union is stronger than ever here, and dey men of dis yer place don’t mind after a hard day’s work walkin a mile to a Union meeting, and old as meself and Aunt Mary be if we were me we would be trotting off to the Union meetin too, and I can’t see they re?? in why our old men, Bill and Jack, don’t come home and tell us what been transacted in the meetins. But if we would ask our old men what was carried on dey would say, Ann and Mary don’t be botherin us, you knows we can’t tell yous anything when old women can’t keep secrets. Now I tink we have told you about all the business that’s being transacted here this winter, but I may say some of the men were in the country dis yer but they didn’t git any deer, but they rabbits seem to be plentiful. Mr. George Cooper went in this week and got a girt slide load of them. He’s a wonderful man for tings like that. He and his old friend, Allan Benson, used to be fox catchers one time, but now Mr. Benson is removed to Clarenville. We had another fine old man around here. He used to be one of our builders, but dis yer he’s gone to St. John’s workin in the foundry and got his old domin carried wid him.

Thanking you for space in your valuable paper and wishing Mr. Coaker and the Union every success we will close and write a longer piece the next time.

Go ahead Mr. Coaker,
Likewise your jolly crew.

Aunt Annie say you don a glorious thing
When you started the F. P. U.
Aunt Mary says things are bettter
In every age and __ ___
And the people ___ ____ ___ they was
In the old ___ ___ days.
Aunt Annie says ‘twas ___ ___
In the days of long ago.
When you had to eat the ___ flour
There was no Coaker than you know.
But since Coaker started the Union
Things are better now by far
My old man Jack can now afford
To smoke a big cigar.
And Billie often says to me,
Cheer up, Ann, me good old dear
Coakers work is still ___
Better times are drawing near.
But we’ll not feel down hearted
Throughout the coming year
But encourage Bill and Jack to stick
Fast to the Union
And Coakers name to cheer.
Aunt Mary and Aunt Annie


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


March 28, 1919, Page 2

Simeon Dean

(To the Editor)

Dear Sir,—Will you please give me space in your valuable paper record the passing of my dear uncle, in the person at Simeon Dean, youngest son of the late William Dean of this place. No doubt many of his friends be sorry to learn of his death which occurred on the 4th of March at the age of 41 years. For three or four years he has been the victim of that dread disease, consumption, or better known as the white plague, which takes so many of our people. He was laid to rest on the 6th inst. by the Pastor, the Rev. D. E. Freake, who took for his text: Jeremiah, 12th verse, last part of the 5th verse – “How wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan,” and preached a very impressive sermon to a large congregation. In spite of the inclement weather a large concourse of friends attended the funeral. The brethren of Mount Joy L.O.L. of which he was a member, paid their last respects to him. He suffered much but bore it patiently, knowing it was God’s will, for what He wills is best. During the few weeks he was on his bed the Lord was very precious to him. He was willing to depart and be with His, which is far better. Just ten months before, his sister, wife of Joseph Langer, was laid to rest, which makes two of the family within twelve months. He leaves a loving sister and two brothers, besides a large circle of friends and relatives.

A precious one from us is gone.
A voice we loved is still.
A place is vacant in our home
That never can be filled.


Since last writing we had the pleasure of welcoming another of our R.N.R.’s, Levi J. Avery, who arrived a few days ago, the best of health.

Bessie E. Hiscock
Southport, Random, T.B.
March 24th, 1919


May 1, 1919

Lad Meets Serious Accident

While working in a saw mill at St. Jones Within, Random, yesterday, a lad named Brown, son of John Brown, met with a serious accident, losing three of his fingers. The injured boy was taken to Heart’s Content to Dr. Anderson where the nearest medical aid could be procured.



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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