The Evening Telegram, 1893

February 21, 1893

 Diphtheria at Hearts EaseDiphtheria at Heart’s Ease
Four Deaths Already – Eight cases reported today – Letter from the School Teacher.

Dear Sir:- Diphtheria has broken out here and has already carried away four of our young people. There are eight cases down with it today. Young children generally succumb, but the strong constitutions of the older ones seems to enable them to resist its terrible ravages. We have no Doctor to investigate the matter, and it spreads very fast. As there are no doctor’s books here, we know not what remedy to apply. Indeed, there is no medicine of any king available. Grave fears entertained that we shall lose more than four before the scourge is stamped out. The teacher did not care to take the responsibility on himself to close the school until it was too late, thinking it was only a cold. If the Government would send us a package of medicine and instructions, I am sure it would come alright.

Faithfully yours, TEACHER, Heart’s Ease, Feb. 15, 1893.

Assistance already on the way.

[It is hardly necessary to say that steps have already been taken by the active and sympathetic members for Trinity District to have the necessary assistance sent with all possible despatch. Prompt measures will also be adopted to confine the malady to the infected houses.]



April 1, 1893, page 4


Improved Circumstances of the People—Benefit of the Railway — Two Men Clear $43 in One Month—lncreasing Popularity of the Government—The Matter of Forest Fires—Milling. Logging, Hunting, &c.

A Heart’s Ease correspondent, writing under date of the 21st ultimo, says: “The residents of this locality are very well to do, although the fishery turned out such a failure last summer. The railway is

A Great Boon to the People Here.

I had an interview, the other day, with a friend of mine, who told me that he and his son, by one months’ work cutting ties, had cleared $43, aftering paying local board and other expenses. They speak very highly of Mr. W. D. Reid, the Contractor. Our progressive Government appears to be more popular than ever in this direction. Their efforts to develop the resources of the country and improve the condition of the people are duly appreciated. May Providence continue to smile upon them and to frustrate the politics and all the knavish tricks’ of

Our Country’s Enemies — the Opposition !

Diphtheria visited us this winter, as was stated in the popular Evening Telegram. On being apprised of the unfortunate circumstance, the Government took prompt measures for sending us medicine and rendering other assistance. Another.

Matter of Grave Importance

should he brought under the notice of the Government. I refer to the necessity of severely punishing those who, either wilfully or through carelessness, kindle forest fires in the summer months. It is no uncommon thing here to see people boiling soap, &c, out in the open air only a few feet from thickly-wooded laud. Warning notices should be posted in conspicuous places everywhere, and the law, ‘in such case made and provided,’ should be

Rigorously Enforced.

Millmen are doing excellent work in the way of securing logs, and the hunter meets with a liberal measure of success. Agriculture will be vigorously carried on the coming season. Every year the area of cultivated land becomes larger and more productive. At last our people are beginning to realize the value of the soil-”


June 3, 1893


The Genial Captain of the S.S. “Dart ” Interviewed and the Route Described.

Captain E. Seward who assumes command of the steamer Dart, engaged for the mail service on Trinity Bay, was interviewed by a reporter of ours on board the trim little craft this morning. The captain states that he will be ready to leave for Trinity Bay this evening, and that he will start on the mail route on Tuesday next. The captain describes the route as follows:—Leaving Lower Shoal Harbor on Tuesday morning, the steamer will call at Hickman’s Harbor, Fox Harbor, Deer Harbor and Trinity. Leaving Trinity on Wednesday morning, she will call at New Bonaventure, Ireland’s Eye and from there, crossing the bay, she will call at Heart’s Content, and, recrossing, she will call at Fox Harbor and stay there for the night. On Thursday morning she will leave Fox Harbor and call at Little Heart’s Ease, Hodge’s Cove, Long Beach, North Bight and back to Fox Harbor. Leaving Fox Harbor on Friday morning she will call at Hickman’s Harbor, Ball Knap, Lee Bight, Elliot’s Cove and Lower Shoal Harbor, completing the route.

The captain states that there might be some little alteration in the route described after he has gone over it and tested the capabilities of the little boat.

Captain Seward is a man of a good deal of push and energy, and is of a very genial and obliging disposition, and no better man to have charge of the service could be found in “this Newfoundland of ours.”

Transcribed by Wanda Garrett, Lester Green, and Brandon Seward, September 2014; Last update June 2021

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