The Evening Telegram, 1906

March 5, 1906

Destroyed By Fire.

The residence of Stephen Smith of of Hodge’s Cove, Random, T. B. was almost ruined by fire on the night of Wednesday, February 21st. The family consisting of Mr. and Mrs. S. Smith, their sons William and Isaac, Miss Colford a school teacher, two women and a man servant were all asleep when the blaze started. William was the first to wake and was almost stiffled. He gave the alarm and tried to get down stairs, but was unable to breathe in the reek of blinding smoke. A second attempt was more successful, and he succeeded in awakening his parents who slept on the ground floor. They managed with great difficulty to get clear of the house Mrs. Smith being considerably bruised in the attempt, as it was impossible to see. Flames were now breaking out, and their attention was turned to the rescue of the other inmates who were on the floor above. By this time the neighbours were at the scene, and one of them mounting the gallery in front caught Miss Colford as she jumped from a window. The other women also jumped to the gallery and escaped unhurt, in their night clothes not having time to save anything.

Isaac Smith who was the last to get clear, was blinded on awakening, but after groping round, he finally got to the window of his room and leaped. He landed on the hard frozen ground twenty feet below and though bruised was not otherwise injured. The man servant had already got out, so a number of the men, led by Wm Smith, attacked the back part of the house with axes, where the fire seemed to have started, and after breaking through they managed, by the aid of snow and water, to get the flames under control.

It was difficult work, and by the time they had succeeded, a large part of the house was destroyed and the rest almost ruined by the smoke. A large amount of clothing, valued at about $150, was burned, while the damage to the house is about $200. This is a total loss, as no insurance was carried. The people, however, were glad to escape with their lives.

November 9, 1906


DURING the recent rain storm Mr. Bugden’s saw mill in Random Sound was washed from its foundation and completely destroyed. The loss is a severe one on the owner.


November 27, 1906

Mr. William Smith, a well-known resident of Random Sound, T. B., arrived in the city last night from Harbour Grace. He came in the schooner Nelson, Capt. T. Hart, and is looking remarkably well, notwithstanding his three score years and ten.


November 29, 1906

The Seven Brothers, Capt. James Shaw, arrived yesterday from Little Heart’s Ease, T. B. is discharging fish at the wharf of Browning & Son.


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