The Evening Telegram, 1916

Feburary 2, 1916


Minister of Justice Squires received a message last night from Hillview, Trinity Bay, informing him that the house of Eleazer Gosse of Queen’s Cove, Random, as well as the contents, including $200, was destroyed by fire on Sunday last, January 30th. The entire lose is estimated at about $1,000 and upon which there was no insurance carried.



February 12, 1916

“Within the Law”

At Northern Bight – the express which left here on Thursday evening made very poor progress owing to the inclemeney of the weather and was hung up at Northern Bight station Thursday night and all day yesterday. The Klark Urban Co., who were on board, gave an extempore production of “Within the Law,” which was much enjoyed by the villagers.


March 11, 1916

Motor Boats For Little Heart’s Ease.—We learn from sealers that are here from Little Heart’s Ease, T.B., that several motor boats are being built. Messrs. B. King, Wm. Thos. and George Drodge are each building boats for codtrap fishing.



April 10, 1916

1st Nfld. Regiment
Casualty List

April 8th, 1916.
1744.—Private John Lambert, Southport, Random, T.B. Died yesterday (April 7th), at Ayr.

J. R. Bennett, Colonial Secretary.



May 9, 1916

Scurvy Treatment

Editor Evening Telegram

Dear Sir,- Please allow me space in your paper to say a few words re young men volunteering to fight for King and Country.

I have a son who had employment for the summer and who left his work and volunteered but failed to pass the medical examinations, so he had to return home again and went back to his employer expecting to get his job again but was refused any work or even the wages due him, until I had to enquire from the Minister of Justice if he really could retain money due.

Now, Mr. Editor, do you think it is fair to the young men if when they volunteer and then fail to pass the medical exam that they should be left without employment, or if their employers shouldn’t take them on again (providing there was no other fault) as they do not go from any selfish motive but from a purely patriotic point of view. I believe it is the duty of our boys “to do their bit” for King and Country.

Thanking you for space.
I am yours truly,
Ambrose Churchill
Seward’s Mill, May 5th, 1916


May 30, 1916

Mr. Adams and the Churchill Complaint

We have received a statement from Mr. Adams in reference to the letter of Ambrose Churchill in which the latter complained that his son left his work and volunteered, failed to pass the medical examinations and that he went back to his employer expecting to get his job again, but was refused any work or even wages due him at the time.


Nathan Churchill, son of Mr. Ambrose Churchill, Seward’s Mill, worked with us last year. He didn’t give us very good satisfaction. We decided not to have him any more. But this spring he came to us three times asking for a job, apparently as we were neighbors, and gave him work for the sake of his father, at $1.30 per day. His pay day was when I’d get the money when lumber was sold, same as last year.There wasn’t any limit of time as to how long I would give him employment. He worked twelve days and a half; he did not give me one minute’s notice that he was leaving until he left. At dinner hour he came to me and said, what about my time. He said he was going to volunteer. I told him I couldn’t help it. I had another young man here that had been down to volunteer a short while ago, but failed to pass. I had him engaged for a month, and to make disturbance he had been persuaded to go with him, which was useless for him to go. I gave Nathan his time without any hesitation. I told him I couldn’t give him any money for a few days as I had to have time to get it. He didn’t say anything to me about keeping his place if he failed to pass. He signed the agreement for his father to colled it, but he came back shortly after and I had another man in his place. I collected $10 for him which was the best I could do, until lumber was sold. I owe him the balance $8.25.


We are also informed that there are at present in the Newfoundland Regiment, three of the Adams’ family and one in the Canadian forces, out 10 nephews of Mr. Adams, sr. It would appear therefore that the trouble about the wages and the non-taking back of Churchill was not due to th latter enlisting.


June 8, 1916

John Hiscock Lost on H.M.S. Invincible

I regret to inform you that an Admiralty telegram was received to-day stating that John Hiscock, Seaman, Nfld., Royal Naval Reserve, serving in H.M.S. Invincible, had not been reported saved.

Hiscock enrolled in the Nfld. R.N.R. 7th May 1915, and resided at Northern Bight, T.B.

A. MacDermott
Acting Commander


July 4, 1916

Labrador Sailings 

The following schooners left Trinity last week for the Labrador:- H.J. Bailey, Majestic, Seven Brothers, British Empire, Twilight, Garnet, Prowl, Freda D, Edith May, St. Joseph, Willie Martin, and Beatrice.


September 4, 1916

VEY, John – The passed away on Sunday at Southport, Trinity Bay, in the person of Mr. John Vey, one whom for good sterling qualities it is hard to beat. Mr. Vey was one of the old school, upright, honest and just in all his dealings, and will be sadly missed by many. The writer knew Mr. Vey for over forty years and can testify to the above. For his widow and children the deepest sympathy is felt.




October 5, 1916

Our Volunteers

Activities were brisk at Recruiting Headquarters yesterday and twelve young men presented themselves for enlistment, bringing the enrolment number up to 4,075. Of yesterday’s twelve new recruits, six came from Trinity Bay, which continues to maintain the reputation for being the banner outport district:-
L. Newhook, Norman’s Cove, T.B.
Chas. White, Norman’s Cove, T.B.
Gilbert White, Norman’s Cove, T.B.
Lewis Pilgrim, St. Anthony Bight
T. Roberts, Bolster’s Rock, Labrador
Wm. Simmons, Green’s Hr., T.B.
Wm. March, Green’s Hr., T.B.
Edmund Anthony,  Seldom Come By
Ralph Parsons, Bay Roberts
Hubert Green, Hillview, T.B.
David Foley, St. John’s
Gordon Christian, St. John’s


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