The Evening Telegram, 1892

January 7, 1892

Drowned while Skating

Sad News from Heart’s Ease

The Fall Through the Ice

Writing under date of the 2nd instant, a Heart’s Ease correspondent says:- “A very melancholy accident occurred here on Wednesday last, 30th ultimo. Two young girls named respectively Mary Ann Peddle, aged 13 years and Julia Jacobs aged 12, while skating on the salt water ice, broke through a short distance from the shore, the latter falling on the former and keeping her from breaking over the surface. People ran from all quarters and succeeded in rescuing Julia Jacobs before the vital spark fled, but poor little Mary Ann, having disappeared beneath the surface, was not recovered in time to save her life. After considerable exertion the body was borne to the shore. The rescued girl is rapidly regaining strength, and will soon be all right again. The people did everything in their power, but they had to beat through the slob, which was too thin to walk upon and yet too strong to get a boat through. The mother of the dead girl is in a condition of great prostration. I may here mention that this unfortunate woman’s poor relief was stopped some three years ago. She had two sons from whom she received some help; but one of them died last year of la grippe and the other is on his death-bed. I sincerely hope our kind-hearted and sympathising government will take her case into favorable consideration and render such help as they in their wisdom may deem proper.”


April 29, 1892

Wednesday, April 20th.

The House opened, at four o’clock. Dr. Tait gave notice that he would, on to-morrow, ask leave to introduce a bill to amend the Public Health Act of 1880. Mr. Webber presented a petition from James Drover and others, of Hodge’s Cove, praying for a sum of money to erect a bridge across Hodge’s Cove Brook. Petitioners pointed out that the bridge was badly needed by them as they could not cross the river except by means of a boat which was not available at all times, and it was over a mile to go around by land. The bridge would prove a great benefit to the people of the locality, by enabling them to carry on their business with more despatch, besides being a great convenience to the clergymen of different denominations who visited the locality, and he hoped that, with the aid of his hon. colleagues, he would be able to meet the wishes of petitioners; also, a petition from D. Peddle and others, of Hodge’s Cove, on the subject of a road.


May 7. 1892

A Smart, New Schooner. – In a smart new schooner, the Nonpariel, R. Seward, master built the past winter in Trinity Bay, Mr. W. Flynn of Heart’s Ease has arrived here to make arrangements for his Spring’s business. Miss Sarah Seward is also a passenger hither.



May 27, 1892


In a Boat Nine Feet Long.

Incidents and Occurrences.

Editor “Evening Telegram”

Dear Sir,—For a long time in the past I’ve been noticing incidents and occurrences from all quarters in yours wide-spread paper, and several times felt constrained to ask a short space in your columns for a line or two. But as nothing very interesting or important has occurred in this vicinity of late. I have left room for others in more important districts and towns. However, if its not too late, I have something new which, I dare say, your Trinity Bay readers would like to hear. Therefore, I take the liberty of asking you for the first time to allow me a short space for what I regard as

An Interesting Item.

On the 14th inst., a boy about eleven years of age left St. Jones’, Random, North Side of Trinity Bay, with the intention of sailing or rowing to Grate’s Cove in a boat nine feet by the keel—a distance of more than 35 miles. With nothing to eat or drink, he left St. Jones’ early in the morning and, after getting in the Bay, met a stiff breeze of wind from the eastward, and had to abandon the attempt at getting to Grate’s Cove in such a small boat, with

Only a Little Sail and Two Paddles.

Finding it an impossibility to carry out his design, he made his cut good for the south side of the bay. On nearing the land, be saw some houses, but knew nothing about the place or any person living there. After getting safely to land, at five o’clock in the evening, he fell in with kind friends who treated him well at Turk’s Cove. The distance from St. Jones’ to Turk’s Cove is about twenty miles, or perhaps more. Trinity Bay men, who know what it is to cross the bay in much larger boats than the one this boy crossed it in, will certainly admit that it was

A Bold Attempt.

I venture to say that the like was never done in Trinity Bay before, and it is not likely to be done again by any man, unless he is compelled or forced to do it. There’s one thing sure, I don’t know any man that would attempt to cross it in a smaller boat, with the exception of ” Jack o’ the Lantern,” and I’m not acquainted with him. On the 15th, the boy started from Turk’s Cove for Grate’s Cove, where he arrived safely on the 16tb, not much the worse for his travel of more than

Fifty miles Over Land and Water.

This boy was born at Western Bay, North Shore of Conception Bay, and is a son of the deceased James Hanrahan of that place. His name is Simeon; he left here to-day with Capt. James Atkins, in the schooner Little Pet, for St. John’s. It is certain, wherever Simeon Hanrahan lives, or where-ever he dies, he was the first boy of his age to cross Trinity Bay alone in such a small boat. Yours, E. M., Grate’s Cove, May 18th, 1892.


June 28, 1892

Outlook for Trinity Bay_June 28 1892  OUTLOOK IN TRINITY BAY.
Prospects Greatly Improved. Better off Than for Many Years.
We are pleased to learn from one of our representatives in Trinity Bay that prospects have greatly improved there since the advent to power of the present Government, and that the people generally of that important district are better off to-day than for many years past. A few days since we published a lengthy letter from a correspondent at one of the principal settlements in the lower part of the bay, in which he spoke very encouragingly of the outlook in that section. Now our attention is called to some of the thriving harbors and hamlets further up. At Heart’s Ease
Business IS Flourishing
as everything wears a hopeful aspect. The fishery has proved very successful during the past summer, gratifying results having been realized. Shipbuilding operations, too, are actively carried on, giving employment to large numbers. Mr. Edward Spurrill is getting a schooner built. She will be upwards of fifty tons and fitted out by Mr. J. J. Morris, of Trinity. The superintendent of the work is Mr. Joseph King. Another
Handsome Schooner,
of more than sixty tons, is also on the stocks. This vessel is being built by order of Mr. Edwin Duder of this city, for Capt. Richard Seward. The builder is Mr. James Pearcey of Scilly Cove. She promises to be one of the finest schooners ever launched in Trinity Bay. Agricultural pursuits in that part of the Bay continue to be prosecuted with steadily-increasing success. The quantity of cultivated land becomes
Larger and More Productive Every Year.
The management of the Road Board fails to give satisfaction; but it is hoped the friction complained of will be removed. The hunter is abroad and meets with a fair measure of success. A great many foxes, otters and other valuable fur animals have been captured already this season. Mr. Stephen Shaw, for his own gun, has secured five foxes, two deer and one seal. Our informant says: “Mr. Robert Seward shot at a coal black fox, but it got away from him. Up to the 18th instant the weather at Heart’s Ease appeared
Altogether Like Summer,
as regards the absence of frost and snow. Robins and other little birds were flying about the gardens, and, stranger still, small fish were swimming along the shore in schools. Perhaps they were enjoying Mr. Neilson’s hospitality all the fall, and came to spend the winter months with us.”




July 8, 1892


Near Heart’s Ease.
By Upsetting of a Mail Skiff
Names of the Victims.

Our Heart’s Ease correspondent, writing us under date of June 29th, [1892] says:—” It is my sorrowful duty to-day to acquaint you with a very sad accident which occurred here on Friday last, 24th instant [June 1892] three persons named, respectively, Jasper Yoe, aged 52 years; William Benson, 15, and Ann Baker, 25, were the victims. The packet skiff of Northern Bight left that place on the above-mentioned date. The destination of the boat was Fox Harbor, but she bad to call at several places on the way down, to land the mails. At 10 o’clock p.m., when entering the mouth of Heart’s Ease, the skiff was upset.

William Martin and his brother, while returning from the fishing ground, saw the skiff bottom up, pulled alongside, and righted it. Then, to their surprise, they found two dead bodies—one of them, poor Yoe, tangled in the fore-sheet, the other, the woman, in the bottom of the skiff. Young Benson’s body has not yet been recovered. The mails were in a bad condition, streaming with water. I cannot say whether any of the letters or papers were lost.”


Transcribed by Wanda Garrett and Lester Green, September 2014; Last update May 2021

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