January 1, 1862
CARLILE - On Monday, the 30th ultimo, of consumption, Emma, second daughter of George Carlile, carpenter, aged 4 years and 11 months. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from her father's residence, Caroline street, this day, at half past two o'clock p.m.
GILLIES - Died in this city, on the 31st ultimo, Emma Jane, daughter of William and Emma Gillies, aged U years and 7 months. The funeral will take place from her father's house, corner of Charles and Main streets, to‑morrow, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this notice.
CASSIDY (Montreal) - A correspondent informs us of a murder committed in Franklin, County of Huntingdon, on Christmas Day. It appears that a person named Barry is the keeper of a tavern in that village, and had kept the same closed on Christmas Day. In the evening about nine o'clock, a party of rowdies assembled for the purpose of breaking open his place, and, it is believed, to molest him. He fired amongst them, intending only to wound them in their legs, but sad to say, the ball passed through a man, named Francis Cassidy, who soon after died. Yesterday Barry gave himself up to the authorities, and was moved to Beauharnois gaol.
January 6, 1862
GARMAIN - Died in Drummondville, on the 2nd instant, Sarah Maria Garmain, relict of the late Edward Garmain, Esq., and sister of Mr. Thomas A. Blythe, of this city.
AINWRIGHT - We have been informed of a terrible accident which occurred on Thursday last, near Millgrove, Town Line, East Flamborough. It appears that man named John Ainwright had been drinking to excess, came home that evening intoxicated, and turned his wife and children out of doors. What he did after that inside the house no one knows, but the result was that the building was burned down and Ainwright fell a victim to the conflagration. Dr. O. Skinner of Waterdown held an inquest upon the body, when the above facts were elicited, and a verdict returned to the effect that deceased had burned himself to death while intoxicated. There is a considerable feeling exhibited in the neighbourhood among the inhabitants in reference to the conduct of the tavern keepers who allow men to get beastly drunk in their premises. We think it is advisable that enquiry should be made into this case in order to ascertain whether the law could not reach the party supplying the wretched man with liquor.
January 8, 1862
LOGIE - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, Margaret Beatrice, daughter of Alexander Logie, Esq., aged 1 year and 10 months. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from her father's residence, on Markland street, to the cemetery, this afternoon, at half past 2 o'clock.
WILLIAMS - George Williams, who murdered his wife in Colchester on the 2nd of August last, was executed in the gaol yard of the Essex County gaol at Sandwich at twelve o'clock on Friday.
The brief facts connected with his history are as follows.
Williams was originally a slave in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was noted for being somewhat unmanageable and of a very violent temper. His master was frequently obliged to resort to severe measures to control him within bounds. He recently related to the Sheriff a story of his stealing a horse to run away and see some men hung. His reputation on the plantation of his master at Tennessee was that of a rowdy, and of a person whom it would not be exactly safe to interfere with. He ran away from his master about twenty‑three years ago and hired out as a cook on a steamer at Cleveland. He followed this occupation until August last when the crime for which he was executed was committed.
A jealousy had existed between him and his wife for some time. On the first of August, he went to visit her at Colchester and found her at a dance in company with another person. This excited him still more. The next morning a quarrel arose between them, and in the midst of harsh words, Williams seized an axe and struck his wife a blow upon the head. The blow knocked her down and was repeated, breaking in her skull, and killing her instant1y. The tumult drew the neighbour to the spot, and Williams ran from the house, but soon returned, and with a razor cut his throat from ear to ear. He was arrested, the wound dressed, and he was removed to the gaol at Sandwich where under the successful treatment of the gaol surgeon, Dr. Casgrain, the wound was speedily healed. In November, he was tried before the Court of Assize for Essex and found guilty of murder in the first degree. On the 15th of November, he received his sentence. He was then put in close confinement where he had been kept until a few weeks since when he was allowed the liberty of one of the large rooms. He was resigned to his fate, acknowledging that it was just, and has been preparing to meet his dreadful doom.
On the morning of his execution, he rose early and dressed himself with unusual care, appearing as calm and collected as though an ordinary day's proceedings were before him. When his breakfast was brought in, ate with heartiness and drank his coffee, saying that if he ate considerable food, perhaps it would give him strength to say what he wanted to the people.
He inquired about the details of the execution with the greatest coolness, and said that he hoped there would be a good many out to see him die as he thought his fate would be a warring to them all not to let their angry passions overrule them. He said he thought he should bear himself well, but the air was so cold he was afraid it might strike a chill to him and make him tremble which the people would mistake for fear.
He manifested some anxiety about the disposition that was to be made of his body. He wished to be buried in Colchester beside his wife, but was told that the coloured people there would not allow it. He said it made no difference to him; they would dispose of his body as they saw fit. The Sheriff assured him that his body would be properly cared for and that he would see that it was decently interred. Under this assurance he appeared to feel relieved, and again turned his mind to religious subjects.
A few minutes before twelve o'clock, the Sheriff, hangman, and attendants entered his cell to conduct him to the gallows. He met them with a smiling face, and placed his arms in the proper position for the hangman to pinion them. He requested that they should not be too tight as their position might become painful before he should be swung up. The procession then started for the gallows.
The gallows was erected against the rear end of the gaol and was substantially built of pine. It was eighteen feet high and was ascended by a winding stairway.The platform was about twelve feet square, surrounded by a substantial railing. On the centre was a trapdoor about three feet square, opened by means of a lever through the platform. The rope was passed through an iron ring and also over and around the beam overhead, giving, besides the stretching of the rope, a fall of about seven feet and a half.
The prisoner ascended the scaffold with a firm and steady step, and advanced to the front of the platform. He asked Revs. Messrs Hurst and Cleeworth to stand on each side of him while he made a few remarks to the people. Raising his voice to a pitch that could be easily hear by everyone present and speaking in a clear and distinct tone, he said he was to suffer the just penalty for the crime which he had committed.
At the conclusion of his remarks, he turned deliberately about and placed himself upon the trapdoor under the beam. The hangman placed the noose over his head, drawing it as tight as possible without actually choking him, with the knot of the rope under his left ear. He held up his head so that the noose could be conveniently adjusted, after which the cap was drawn over his face. For an instant, all was hushed. The Sheriff gave the signal, the spring which held the trapdoor was touched, and the victim swung between the heavens and the earth. The distance of the fall broke his neck. The wound in his throat, which was but lately healed, was yet very tender, and the rope re‑opened the gash which presented a most horrid spectacle.
A suppressed shriek from the crowd and an evident shudder as the man went down was all that gave proof of the slightest feeling in the dense throng which gazed upon the scene.
It is estimated that at least three thousand persons were present on the ground. Women in holiday attire were present as eager as anyone to witness the sickening spectacle. Rough looking men indulged in profanity and coarse jesting even while the doomed man was warning them to be instructed by his fate. And while all manifested a sort of horror at the scene, nobody seemed particularly impressed with its solemnity. After hanging about ten minutes, the body was examined by the physicians, Drs. Casgrain and Gilbert, who pronounced life extinct. It was then cut down and put in a rough pine coffin for burial, and was properly interred under the charge of the Sheriff in one of the village cemeteries.
January 9, 1862
LOGIE - Died at Hamilton, on Friday, the 10th instant, Alice, youngest daughter of Alexander Logie, Esq., aged 35 days.
PRICE - Died in this city, on the 10th instant, Sarah Jane, the beloved wife of W. G. Price, aged 80 years. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this notice and attend the funeral from his residence on Catherine street, south of Peel street, on Monday, the 13th instant, at 3 o'clock.
ARMSTRONG - Died in this city, on Friday, the 10th instant, Nevinson DeCourcey Armstrong, third son of Captain G. Hawkesworth Armstrong, in the 22nd year of his age. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from his father's residence, Hughson street, near Gore, at 3 o'clock, on Sunday, the 12th instant.
CLOYDE - Died at Waterdown, on the 4th instant, John Cloyde, farmer, aged 55 years. The deceased immigrated from the County Monaghan, Ireland, to this province, in 1846.
January 13, 1862
GRASETT - A most unfortunate disaster occurred on Tuesday night. Mr. W. F. Grasett, a clerk in the Bank of Upper Canada, took advantage of the very fine moonlight to enjoy an hour's skating in the harbour (Kingston). At about nine o'clock, he was skating in company with Miss Jones and the two were returning to the shore together when they both fell through the ice in front of Kingborn's wharf. The cries of the lady directed attention to their perilous position, and an effort was made to rescue them. Miss Jones was safely extricated, but Mr. Grasett was not recovered until half an hour after the accident, and life had, of course, departed. The steamboat “Rescue” had been cut out from the wharf a day or two previously, and the ice in that locality
was broken up. It seems there was nothing placed to indicate the weak spot. The deceased was held in great esteem, and his sudden death has created a feeling of gloomy depression.
January 14, 1862
MACDONALD - We regret to have to record the death of Town Major Macdonald, for so many years a resident of this city (Montreal). The Major in early life fought under the Duke of Wellington in the Peninsula, and was at Waterloo, in which battle he obtained a place in history as one of the defenders of the Hugomont.
MERRITT - Mrs. Merritt, wife of the Hon. W. Hamilton Merritt, died on Friday morning last. The death, though not altogether unexpected, was rather sudden as she was out on Wednesday previous, taking a drive in her carriage.
WARD - We learn that a murder was committed on Saturday last in the town of Sarnia. An inquest was held on the body of the deceased at which the following facts were elicited. It appears that the murderer, a labourer, named Ward, had been drinking hard for some weeks, and that his family had suffered much from the want of the necessaries of life. On the evening in question, he had gone home late in the evening, and seizing his wife by the hair of the head, he dragged her out of bed, kicked her in the stomach, and finally turned her out of doors. She went to a neighbour's where she remained all night, and early next morning she died. A post mortem examination was held by order of the coroner when it was found that the unfortunate woman had died from the effects of the injuries she had received from her husband, and the jury returned a verdict accordingly. The prisoner was committed to stand his trial at the next assizes.
MILLER - Two young men named Lodis Gedeon Huneau and Oliver Dejaunais, students at the French Medical college, Montreal, went over to the Parish of St. Martin, about twelve miles from Montreal, on Tuesday evening, for the purpose of carrying off some of the bodies from the cemetery in that village. But it appears that their presence was not altogether unnoticed, for one Isadore Madon, being in a public place in the village with a friend named Louis Monnand, about eleven o'clock at night, saw three persons leave the cemetery. He and his friend ran after the intruders crying, “Stop, if you don't want to be shot down”, and one of the students replied, “Don't fire, or we blow your brains out”. Madon, having come up with them, succeeded in arresting Huneau whom he brought before Mr. Louis Belanger, justice of the peace in the Parish of St Martin. A man, named Joseph Miller, also states that about eleven o'clock on Tuesday night, he saw a person (Dejaunais) running along the road, and came up with him when they were two or three acres from the cemetery.
Dejaunais had a bar of iron in his hard, and resisted, whereupon Miller caught hold of him and struck him several times with his fist, and having chastised hint to his own satisfaction, brought him before the above named justice of the peace. On the way thither, the student said he went to the cemetery for the purpose of procuring a body, but it was necessary to have those bodies in order to understand their profession. Huneau also confessed that he was in the vault, and Madon, on going there, found that the vault had been opened, and that the body of Catherine Miniera, wife of Joseph Miller, was out of the coffin and partially naked.
The justice of the peace, M. Belanger, caused the disposition of Madon and Miller to be taken, and sent the prisoners on to Montreal.
Dejaunais was severely handled by Miller, and it will be some time before he recovers from the effects of the beating he received. Miller was no doubt greatly excited at finding that his wife had been taken from the coffin, and not content with having the student in his power, he took upon himself to avenge his wrongs. It is said that Dejaunais is about to bring an action against him for aggravated assault.
Both the students have given bail for their appearance for trial at the Court of Queen's Bench on the 24th March next.
January 15, 1862
MACDONALD - Among our obituary notices this morning will be found recorded the decease of the distinguished veteran who for upwards of a quarter of a century has held the important office of Town Major of Montreal. During that long period we need not remind our readers, the times have not always been in Canada so peaceful, orderly, and prosperous as they have been of late years, and as good and loyal citizens must always desire that they continue to be. On the contrary, although it is painful to recall the memory of those disturbed and troublous times of civil strife when in Canada, as now in the neighbouring republic, the constitutional authorities and tribunals of our country were temporarily and necessarily superseded by the stern controlment of military power, it is only by doing so that we can do justice to the memory of a brave man whose decease, albeit full of years and well‑earned honours, will be felt in our community as a public grief by all, indeed, who knew him and were capable of appreciating his many admirable and estimable qualities in every relation of life. It is in such times that the characters of men are tried, and fortunate indeed must be he who emerges from the test as our late much‑esteemed friend undeniably did, alike honoured and respected for his untiring zeal and professional capacity by his military superiors, and for his unvarying and considerate humanity by his fellow citizens. We need not say that during that period we allude to, the duties of the Town Major of such a garrison as Montreal could then boast of, were important and multifarious, often affecting , in the manner of their performance, the interests and feelings of the inhabitants
of the city, and yet we have no hesitation in saying that neither then nor at any other time was there ever a whisper of complaint heard against any act or order of Town Major Macdonald on the part of our citizens, while we have every reason to believe that, as he merited, so he at all times enjoyed the uninterrupted approbation and confidence of the military chiefs. He was a man ever ready, and on every day, cheerfully to fulfil to the letter the heroic Nelson's eloquent and oft‑quoted battle cry of victory. It is more than pleasant to add that he had his reward in the honours conferred upon him by bis Queen and in the respect and esteem in which he was held by all who knew him.
Town Major Macdonald was a native of Sutherlandshire in Scotland and, if we are correctly informed, was one of five brothers who "more ma jorum" all took service as volunteers in one or other of the Scottish Highland Regiments which have ever been so distinguished for their gallantry in the field and their orderly conduct in the garrison. But a few days after volunteering in the 79th Highlanders in which he served until his appointment as Town Major of this garrison on the 30th January, 1823, he sailed for Portugal with a draft from the 2nd Battalion of his regiment, and from that time, was nearly constantly in the field until the close of the war with France.
He served in Portugal, Spain, the South of France during the campaigns of 1811, '12, '13, '14, and '15, and was with the army of occupation in France during 1816, '17, and '18. He was present at the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo, in December, 1811, and with the force covering the siege of Badjor in 1812. In the same year, he was present at the Battle of Salamanca, 22nd July, at the subsequent capture of Madrid, at the siege of Burgos in September and October, and at the Battle of the Pyrenees on the 28th and 30th of July, 1813, where on the latter day he was severely wounded. He was nevertheless at the Battle of Nivelle on the 9th of the following month, and on the 9th December, 1813, at the Battle of the Nive, where he received a severe wound in the groin. On the 10th April, 1814, he was with his regiment at the Battle of Toulouse with which crowning victory, the Duke of Wellington's peninsular compaigns may be said to have closed.
Town Major Macdonald was again in the field with his regiment when the war broke out anew after Napoleon's return from Elba. He was present at Quatre Bras and Waterloo on the ever memorable 16th, 17th, and 18th of June, 1815, and was on the last of these days severely wounded. In 182 5, he came with his regiment to Canada and only left it in 1835, when as a reward for his long and faithful services, he received an officer's commission, and was appointed Town Major of Montreal. Beside the medal for Waterloo, he had received the War medal with four clasps.
UNNAMED WOMAN - We are informed that a coloured man whose name we could not ascertain was arrested this morning at the Ten Mile Creek on a charge of having murdered his wife. It appears that about a week since, the man beat his wife so severely
that she died yesterday from the effects of the injuries received. Coroner Hatt, we believe, has summoned a jury to investigate the matter. If possible, we will give particulars to‑morrow.
January 16, 1862
LYONS - A poverty‑stricken and dissipated woman, named Ann Lyons, apparently 45 years of age, was found dead yesterday evening in a house on Catharine street. At the inquest, which was held by Coroner Bull, the facts elicited showed a most lamentable state of things in certain quarters of the city, and proved that a large amount of Missionary zeal to be found in our churches could be profitably expended within the limits of the Corporation. The deceased was not only of dissipated habits, but has been a common beggar for years past, and as such has been long known to the charitably disposed among our citizens. A week ago, she was admitted into the house of a Mrs. Dunn, a widow, residing on Catharine street whose conduct, as described by herself, is not of the most reputable character. According to her own showing, her house has been the resort of members of both sexes assembled there for drinking and doubtless worse purposes. On Monday night, there was such a gathering, and the deceased shared in the whiskey consumed on that occasion. There was more whiskey on Tuesday, and on the following morning, the deceased was found by her own son lying on the floor, a stiffened corpse. During the whole of the time she resided with Mrs. Dunn, she had no bed on which to sleep, and consequently she had to lie on the floor, and during the whole of the day previous to her death, there was no fire in the house. The day was bitterly cold, and it is no wonder that, thinly clad as she was, and with a diseased frame, she sank under its severity. The jury returned the following verdict: “That the deceased died from exposure to the inclemency of the weather, the want of the common necessaries of life, as well as from her long‑continued intemperate habits”.
January 18, 1862
BOND - Died at Barton, on Friday, the 17th instant, Benjamin, second son of Mr. Silas Bond, aged 7 years. The funeral will take place on Monday, the 20th instant, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
MCCABE (London) - One of the most startling cases of sudden death which we have been called to record for some time occurred to a private in the Royal Canadian Rifles yesterday afternoon. The deceased was a respectable, sober man named John McCabe. He was doing duty as sentry at one of the barrack gates when the funeral of a brother soldier passed out early in the afternoon. In less than one hour after, the incident above narrated, occurred, McCabe complained
of feeling ill. Shortly after, he was seized with a fit and almost instantly expired. Indeed he was lying dead in the hospital before the funeral party to which he had presented arms had returned. The solemn event cast a deep gloom over the comrades of McCabe who was respected by all in the regiment. Though only 32 years of age, he had seen a good deal of service and had been through the campaign in the Crimea.
CUTHBERT (Kingston) - It is feared that another life has been lost in the ice through imprudence. The heavy weather of last week washed all the ice out of the harbour, but only disturbed the thick ice above the Cataraqui Bridge where persons had crossed in safety for a week or two back. Nevertheless, owing to the swell of the lake, this ice had become very dangerous, full of holes and cracks, though a foot thick where it had not been disturbed. This was the case on Sunday evening last, when a young lady, Miss Emma Cuthbert, the second eldest daughter of the Rev. Mr. Cuthbert, of the Irvington Church essayed to cross to Kingston from her father's residence in Pittsburgh. She never reached the city, and no tidings have been heard of her. The ice was extremely dangerous near the Kingston shore, and to add to the danger, a small flurry of snow was falling, just sufficient to cover bad spots. The unhappy father is to‑day using drags to find the body, but the cold of last night has made all solid again, and the men at work know not where to drag after the ice is cut. Such is life! The young lady, in the bloom of youth and beauty, aged about twenty, had just returned from a visit to her father's relatives at Quebec, and it is but a month ago that we saw her name among the list of ladies presented to Lady Monck at her drawing‑room.
January 21, 1862
PORTER - Died on Saturday, the 18th instant, at the house of his uncle, Mr. Quimby, Mr. Nathan J. Porter, aged 25.
The funeral will leave Mr. Quimby's house in Vine street, on Tuesday, the 21st instant, at 2½ p.m. Friends, and acquaintances will please accept this intimation without further notice.
January 22, 1862
RUSSELL - Died on the 21st instant, Lucinda, the beloved wife of Edward Russell, aged 26 years. The funeral will leave Mr. Russell's residence, Upper James street, this afternoon, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
PORTER - Died in Hamilton, C.W., of consumption, on the 18th instant, at the house of his uncle, A. C. Quimby, Esq., Mr. N. J. Porter, of Stratford, Orange County, Vermont, U.S., aged 25 years. He was a young man of much promise, and his premature death is deeply regretted
by his relatives and friends. It is requested that this notice will be accepted by those at a distance.
January 24, 1862
AN INDIAN - On Friday evening last, as Mr. Kemball of Bear Creek was driving homeward and about a mile and a half west of Black Creek village, his horses were frightened by an Indian of a rather bloody appearance standing by the side of the road, and on a nearer approach, a murdered Indian was seen lying near him. Mr. Kemball immediately notified the nearest neighbours who hurried to the spot and found the Indian lying within a few feet of the one he had killed with their rifles, axes, knives, and hunting apparatus strewn about the place where they were lying. As soon as the parties arrived at the place, the Indian jumped up, whooped, and said he had killed a bad Indian. While they were gathering up the scattered implements, the Indian approached the murdered man and stamped on his head which, having been cut through the skull in several places with the axe, was by the stamp crushed to a flattened mass. He was immediately apprehended and brought to Sarnia on the Saturday night train, and is now in jail to be tried at the next assizes. A jug of whiskey found among the Indian's traps explained the tragedy. He was drunk.
The liquor had been bought at one of the shebeen shops at Enniskillen. The axes, knives, and guns are now in the possession of the Chief of Police, Mr. W. G. Harkness.
January 25, 1862
MCDONALD - Died in this city, on the 23rd instant, Mr. Duncan McDonald, aged 60 years, formerly of Perthshire, Scotland. The funeral will take place from his late residence, on York street, on Sunday, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.
BRUCE - Died in Kingston, on Monday, the 20th of January, Joseph Bruce, Esq., in the 74th year of his age.
January 27, 1862
REID - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, of croup, Frederick William, infant and only child of Mr. W. H. Reid, aged 2 years and 2 months. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral on Monday, the 27th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. from his father's residence, Market Square, without further notice.
CRAIGIE - Died on the 24th instant, Catherine, daughter of William Craigie, Jr., aged 3 years and 9 months. Friends are requested to attend the funeral this afternoon at 3 o'clock.
WHITE - Mr. William White, a member of the Township Council of Whitby and, for two years, deputy reeve, committed suicide by hanging himself in an out‑house adjoining his residence on Saturday last. For some time previous, we learn that he suffered much from mental derangement. Some years ago, he gave indications of an unsound state of mind from which his friends believed he had completely recovered. Dr. Henwood held an inquest on the body, and the verdict was that Mr. White had committed suicide under the influence of temporary insanity.
UNNAMED WOMAN - An accident of a painful nature occurred in the Township of Tuckersmith, County of Huron, on Saturday last. It appears that on that day the husband of the deceased was preparing to shoot a hog that threatened to run wild, and in order to do so loaded a gun in the house, leaving the ramrod in the barrel. With the gun under his arm, the muzzle pointing inwards, he had reached the door when the trigger caught in a part of his clothing, causing a discharge of the piece. The ramrod entered the body of his wife near the heart causing instant death. The effect of the accident has been to deprive the man of his reason.
FALLON - An inquest was held on Tuesday on the body of James Fallon, a young man of twenty‑four years of age who committed suicide by hanging himself. Deceased lived with his father on the 2nd concession of London, and on Monday proceeded to a barn belonging to Mr. Brough on the 3rd concession, rented by the father, to perform some work. Not coming home at night, the barn was visited on the following day, and there deceased was found hanging to one of the beams by the neck, quite dead. He was a sober young man, and no cause can be assigned for the commission of the rash act. A verdict of suicide through temporary insanity was recorded.
January 28, 1862
YOUNG - A man named Henry Young, who had been living among the Indians in Tuscarora for some years back, was found dead on Sunday morning last, near Ballsville, and two Indians have been committed to gaol at Cayuga to stand their trial on the charge of murder. It is supposed that they beat him to death.
CAMERON - Died on the 25th instant, Agnes, Daughter of Archibald Cameron, Esq.
HARRIS - Died in this city, on Monday morning, the 27th instant, Sarah, infant daughter of Mr. John W. Harris, “Times” office, aged 4 months. The funeral will take place from the residence of deceased's father, Rebecca street, near Nelson street, at half past three o'clock, this day (Tuesday) afternoon. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
BOURCHIER - Colonel Hugh Plunkett Bourchier, Town Major and Commandant at Kingston, died early on Friday morning at his residence, Point Frederick. He had been unwell for some six months previous and from the severe shock which his system had received, his death was not altogether unexpected, although it has taken many by surprise and has affected all who knew him, with sorrow and regret. In the course of a long residence in a military capacity here, Colonel Bourchier has been intimately connected with the concerns of the city. He was brought into contact, both officially and socially with the people of Kingston, and his urbanity of manner and careful consideration for others gained him many friends. Indeed he spared no pains to gain the good will of everyone. The deceased came to this city on receiving the appointment of Town Major in 1839, but he had been previously stationed in Kingston for a short time with the 93rd Regiment in which he held a captaincy. Col. Bourchier's military career was begun in 1814, in which year he attached himself to the 23rd Regiment of Royal Welsh Kusileers, maintaining his connection with it until 1837 when he joined the 93rd, and during the two years that he remained with the latter regiment, he was stationed at Halifax, Toronto, and Prescott. While in the fusilliers, he saw service in the Peninsula, and when the 93rd took part in the suppression of the Capadian rebellion, but during his occupation of the office of Town Major, he duties were pacific, and in keeping with the times. He was made a brevet colonel in 1859, and held besides a provincial Colonelcy by being appointed to the command of the Active Militia Force of Kingston. At his death he was 62 years of age, and he leaves a widow , a grown son, and four daughters.
January 29, 1861
THOMSON - Died on Tuesday morning, the 28th instant, Frank Colin Cory, son of Mr. J. Richard Thomson, aged 1 year and 6 months. The funeral will take place on Thursday, the 30th instant at 3 p.m.
LONTIER - Yesterday, an inquest was held in Cornwall, by Coroner Macdonell, on the body of an infant child of Peter and Louise Lontier, who died suddenly the day before. The father, a young man of dissipated habits, had been intoxicated for two or three days, and on the evening of Tuesday, severely beat his wife while she had the child in her arms. Some of the neighbours rescued the woman from his violence and took her into the house adjacent. The child, an infant of seven weeks of age, was crying at the time. Tn a few minutes after, it was found dead in its mother's arms. These facts were deposed to by several witnesses, but no one saw Lontier strike his wife nor could she say that he had struck the child. Upon the body of the child, there were no external marks of violence except a slight discolouration and swelling of the upper lip, Dr. Macdonald , who made a post mortem examination, deposed to finding
no evidence of violence either on the head or chest, and he gave it as his opinion that the child had been stifled in the arms of its unfortunate mother. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the child came to its death by suffocation in the arms of its mother while she was defending herself from the attack of her husband. Lontier is in jail at present on a charge of drunkenness, but the authorities will probably hold him for trial for a grave offence.
February 3, 1862
CLARK - Died at Bridge End, near Barnard Castle, Durham, England, on the 30th of December last, Mr. Thomas Clark, father of Mr. Alderman Clark of this city, aged 80 years.
GAVIN - About two o'clock last Friday morning, the inhabitants of Cobourg were aroused from sleep by the cry of fire and it was soon known that Mr. Regan's livery stables were one mass of flames. The engines were got to work as soon as possible, but the fire had got so much ahead that it was impossible to save more than the brick walls of the building from destruction. Seven horses were in the stables and three of them perished in the flames, but as no sounds of suffering were heard, it was presumed that they were suffocated before the flames reached them. The most horrible part of the affair yet remains to be told. About one o'clock in the afternoon of the same day, some boys were investigating the ruins and came across the charred remains of a woman in one of the stables.
The frightful story soon spread, and a coroner's jury was summoned by D. Brodin, Esq., to meet on the following morning. The dreadful truth then came out that alcohol had caused all the mischief, destroyed the horses, and other property, and worse than all sent another soul in the very midst of her sins to abide the last dread audit.
The evidence of Mr. Patrick Regan was in substance as follows. He was waiting in his office for his man, John Patterson, to come in and attend to the horses, etc. about eleven o'clock on Thursday night when a tap was heard at the window. He went outside to see who was there and found a short stoutish woman there and ordered her off and threatened to give her into the constable's charge if she did not keep away. She made no reply, and he observed her stagger as she walked away, as if she were drunk.
Some time afterward, he told the boy, Mike, who slept in the office, to go to bed and to take care not to let in the woman in mistake for John. He then blew the lanterns out and left them on the table, and Mike locked the door inside. He then went home to bed, and about 2 o'clock was awakened by his wife who told him that John was calling him. He asked what was the matter, and John answered in a low tone that the stables were on fire. He then demanded if he had taken the horses out. John replied, “No.” He then asked what he was doing there and why he
didn't cry "Fire", and get the horses out. He then looked out and saw the stables all in a blaze, and noticed John stumbled going down the steps. He afterwards hurried to the stables and found John there crying that the horses would be burnt, and tried to persuade him not to go into the stables to get the horses out. He was, in short, too drunk to do anything. In the morning he went into the stables and saw a lump of something which smelled horribly and made him quite sick.
He vomited a good deal, but it never struck him till the boys found it out that it was a human body. He had no doubt that she was the same woman he spoke to outside the office. When she was found, John Patterson exclaimed, “O God! they have found Julia Gavin in the stable burned to death”, or something to that effect. The remains of the lantern witness had left on the table in the office were found in the ashes. Mike gave John the key through the window, and he (John) must have come in and taken the lantern and gone to the stable.
To be brief, though the melancholy connection between the drunken confusion of Patterson and Julia Gavin, the fire, which involved the death of the latter, was evident enough. There was no legal proof as to the means by which she gained admittance to the stables, and the verdict returned by the jury was as follows: That the deceased who called herself Julia Gavin came to her death on the morning of the 24th of January, instant, in the town of Cobourg in the stables of Patrick Regan by being burned to death in the said stables which were then consumed, but be whose assistance she got into the stables, the jurors knew not.
February 4, 1862
CAMPBELL - Died at Helensburgh, Scotland, on the 10th ultimo, Charles Campbell, aged 25, late of the Commercial Bark, Hamilton, C.W., and youngest surviving son of the late Charles Campbell, Esq., of Combie.
February 6, 1862
HENRY - Died on the 5th instant, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Daniel MacNab, Mr. James Henry, formerly of Montreal, aged 82 years. The funeral will take place on Friday at 3 o'clock. Friends are invited to attend.
February 7, 1862
SOMERVILLE - Died on the 11th January, at his residence, Castlemar House, Castlemar, County Kilkenny, Ireland, William Somerville, Sr., Esq., father of Mr. J. H. Somerville, merchant, of this city.
February 10, 1862
ELMSLEY - Died suddenly, on the 8th February, John Elmsley, aged 60. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral on Monday, 10th instant, from his former residence, Eastern Limits.
February 11, 1862
HURD - Died in this city, of croup, on the 9th instant, Carrie, youngest daughter of H. H. Hurd, Esq., aged 3 years and 8 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from his residence, York street, to‑day, Tuesday, at 2 o'clock p.m.
February 15, 1862
HENDRIE - Died at Glasgow, Scotland, on the 26th ultimo, Elizabeth Strathern, wife of Mr. John Hendrie.
GRAHAM - Died at Janesville, Wisconsin, on the 7th instant, John James, infant son of Mr. Charles Graham, aged 3 weeks.
MATROUS - Died at Armada, Michigan, on the 4th instant, Sarah T., wife of Mr. David Matrous, aged 60 years.
February 18, 1862
LITTLE - An inquest was held on Sunday afternoon on the body of a man named George Little, an Irishman, about 45 years old, who was found frozen to death in Catherine street, near Tyburn. Evidence produced in the inquest showed that the deceased had been drinking freely of liquor on Saturday evening and fell in the snow while under its influence and froze to death. He was thinly dressed, and the extreme cold on Saturday night soon made him its victim. The whiskey was obtained from an unlicensed house kept by Patrick Ryan (or Mrs. Ryan) who had already been convicted three times of selling liquor without a licence. The last fine imposed some eighteen months ago has not yet been collected, for what reason we know not, but Alderman Mullin is the owner of the house.
February 20, 1862
MCINTOSH - On Tuesday afternoon, Mr. W. Mcintosh, solicitor, of Sarnia, died very suddenly at the Tecumseh Hotel. It appears that Mr. Mcintosh was in his usual health on Monday night when he retired to bed, but at seven o'clock yesterday morning, he was taken seriously unwell, and notwithstanding the efforts of several medical gentlemen, he sank rapidly and died at ten
o'clock. It is supposed that his disease was congestion of the brain. Mr. Mcintosh was the son of the late Mr. Mcintosh, land surveyor, of this city (London), and the young man had come to town to attend the funeral of a younger brother who was buried a day or two since. He leaves a young wife to deplore his loss.
MCDOUGALL - We learn from the Carleton Place paper the particulars or a fearful suicide which occurred in that neighbourhood last week. The unfortunate is Mr. John McDougall, Sr., of the ninth line of Beckwith who has been in a very unhappy state of mind for some time past, and who cut his throat in a most horrid manner. The instrument with which he inflicted the wound could not be found, but it supposed to be a razor. So determined was he to put an end to himself that it is said he severed his throat from ear to ear. His wife going to the barn soon after the occurrence found him in his last gasps of death. He had been all his life a man of strong will and ungovernable passion.
February 22, 1862
CAIN - We have, this day, the painful duty to perform of announcing a death that occurred in Woolwich on Monday last from that most dreadful of all diseases, hydrophobia. It appears that some weeks ago, as a man of the name of James Cain, a labourer living on the farm of Mr. W. H. Bowman, near Elmira, Woolwich Township, was approaching his house in the evening, a strange dog that, during his absence, had lain down on the doorstep, sprang at him and bit him in the cheek quite close to the mouth. Mr. Cain immediately grasped the animal by the throat and held him until his wife stunned it by a blow from a stick, when he took the axe and killed it. The wound from the bite healed rapidly and all went well until Saturday night when poor Cain felt a tingling sensation in the old wound. He immediately sent for medical advice, and on Saturday, Dr. Bowlby of Berlin visited the unfortunate man. On the doctor's offering the patient a cup of tea, he sprang beck in horror from the fluid, and the worst symptoms of hydrophobia rapidly developed themselves. In his paroxysms, the unfortunate man was horribly violent, half a dozen men being incapable of holding him while the fit was at its worst. At other times he was quiet, but the paroxysms became gradually frequenter and more violent until Monday when death mercifully relieved the unfortunate man from his sufferings. He died about noon on that day.
February 25, 1862
RICHARDSON - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Mr. John Richardson, formerly of Maryculter, Kincardineshire, Scotland, aged 78. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from the residence of Mr. James Richardson, O'Reilly street, this morning at half past 8 o'clock to proceed to St. Mary's Cathedral and thence to St. Mary's cemetery.
BYRNE - Died at the residence of Mrs. Beattie, West avenue, on Sunday morning, Mr. William Byrne. Sr. The funeral will take place this (Tuesday) afternoon at 3 o'clock p.m.
DEWAR - Died at Sandyford Place, on .Saturday, the 22nd instant, Eliza Kemp Pew, the beloved wife of Plummer Dewar, Esq. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, the 26th instant, at 3 p.m.
LOVEJOY - We have been informed that a young man, George Lovejoy, residing near Brantford, shot himself on Sunday morning last. The cause of the rash act we have not learned.
February 26, 1862
SHARP - Died yesterday, the 25th instant, after a long and painful illness, Catherine, wife of Mr. George Sharp, builder, of this city, aged 42 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from Mr. Sharp's residence, Miles street, at half past 3 o'clock on Friday, the 28th instant.
ROPER - Died suddenly, on the 25th instant, Evelyn Elizabeth Creasy Roper, aged 2 years and 3 months.
LOVEJOY - We have been furnished by a correspondent with some further particulars regarding the late George Case Lovejoy. The deceased was the youngest son of the late Mr. John Love‑joy who left to each of his children about $11,000. The body was found in a grove a few rods in rear of the old homestead. It appears that three years ago at this spot, he lost a ring which had been given him by a Hamilton lady to whom he was much attached, but for some reason or other, the contemplated match was broken off. Since then he has been in the habit of frequenting this grove and at last shot himself there. He was only 24 years of age and had borne a good character. Dr. Griffin held an inquest on the body on Monday where a verdict was rendered in accordance with the facts narrated.
February 27, 1862
ROPER - Died in this city, February 25th, suddenly, Evelyn Elizabeth Creasy, only daughter of Edward and Annie Roper, aged 2 years and 3 months. Funeral from her father's residence, corner of Hughson and Augusta streets, on Friday, the 28th instant at 1:30 p.m.
GRAY - On Wednesday last, a man named Peter Gray, about 35 years of age, came to a sudden and untimely end. Gray, it appears, was lately from the States, having served some three months in the Federal Army, and by his own account, was at the famous battle of Bull's Run. Since he came to this part of the country, he had been in the employ of Mr. Bailie of Puslinch.
On the day above mentioned, Gray and his master went for a load of rail cuts, and on their way home, stopped at Ingram's tavern. Here a large quantity of liquor was imbibed, Gray having drunk eight glasses of whiskey in the course of an hour, the glass being nearly full each time. He became very noisy, but by and by fell asleep. Bailie wished to leave him at the tavern, but at the suggestion of the landlord, he was hoisted on the top of the rails, dead drunk.
On the way home, and as they turned to a side road, the sleigh tipped over, Gray falling off. Some of the cut rails also rolled off and fell on him. Bailie shouted for help, and some of the neighbours put the deceased on the sleigh again. It was dark at this time, and the people who assisted, having heard Bailie's story, imagined Gray was still labouring under the effects of the liquor he had drunk. On reaching home, he was taken from the sleigh when it was found he was dead. Dr. Howitt held an inquest on the body on Friday when the above facts came out in the evidence. No marks of injury were discovered on the body, and it is conjectured deceased had died on the way home, even before the sleigh was upset. The jury returned a verdict of death from excessive drinking.
UNNAMED MAN - During the early part of last week, a most melancholy and tragical circumstance took place in the 2nd Concession of Caradoc. An old man, who was maintained by the Township, was kept in a small loghouse by himself at some distance from the residence of the persons who supplied him with food and looked after him. He was carefully attended and all his wants were relieved. Wood was chopped and left in the house for him so that he had nothing to do but place it in the stove. A few nights ago, the house and all it contained was burned up and with it the poor old man. It is supposed that he had permitted a spark to get upon his bedclothes and that by that means the house was set on fire.
When the neighbours were astir next morning, they were surprised to find that the log shanty had disappeared, not having seen the fire. They at first imagined that the old man had been taken away or had by some way succeeded in making his escape, but to their horror, when they made an examination, they discovered the upper portion of the body charred and burned, and they could find no traces whatever of the extremities, the flesh and bone having been burned to ashes and carried away by the wind. A coroner's inquest was held, and a verdict in accordance with the facts returned.
March 1, 1862
CATHERS - A few days ago, a man named John Cathers, of the Township of Bosanquet, was chopping cordwood, and as he was cutting a tree, another one fell against it. He then cut with the intention of bringing both trees down together. As they were falling, he did not give himself time enough to get from under, and a large branch from one of them struck him on the back of the
head and killed him instantly. The poor fellow leave a wife and seven children totally destitute, and the people of the neighbourhood are generously raising a subscription to assist the unfortunate family.
MCFARLAND - In the Township of Plympton, on the same day, a man named McFarland was chopping in the woods, when he too was killed by a falling tree. We have not heard the exact particulars.
MCINTYRE - On Monday last, a young gentleman, named McIntyre, a law student, died very suddenly in the Township of Warwick. Mr. McIntyre had been on a visit to a friend named Hayes, a farmer in Warwick, and on Monday morning last, one of Mr. Hayes' sons rapped at Mr. McIntyre's bedroom door and informed him that breakfast was waiting. The deceased replied that he would be down in a few minutes. In the course of fifteen minutes, the boy went up again, and not receiving any reply to his knock upon the door, he imagined Mr. McIntyre had fallen asleep again, and he opened the door. To his amazement, he saw the lifeless form of the deceased lying on the floor. Mr. McIntyre had been complaining for some months but no one thought that his death was so near.
COOK - We learn that a premeditated suicide took place at Hillman's Corners, Norwich, on Friday last. It appears that a man named Cook, who was a shoemaker by trade, and at one time in affluent circumstances, had been for some time a little deranged in his mind. On several occasions he had expressed a wish to die, and offered persons money to shoot him. On Friday, after procuring a small rope, he entered a barn a few yards from Hillman's tavern, and having arranged the noose, he placed his head in it, and rushed, by the aid of his own hand, into eternity. An inquest was held upon the body which was found soon after, and verdict returned in accordance with the facts. Deceased was a widower, about 50 years of age, and leaves two small children.
March 3, 1862
MARSHALL - Died at his residence, Barton, on the 1st of March, Alexander Marshall, in the 52nd year of his age ‑ emigrated to this country from the north of Ireland, County Fermanaugh, in the year 1836. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend his funeral from his late residence to the place of interment, on Tuesday, the 4th instant, to meet at the house at 12 o'clock noon.
March 4, 1862
CLASSCO - Died on the 2nd instant, at her father's residence, Park street, Hamilton, Sarah, only daughter of Mr. W. H. Classco, aged 16 years and 2 months. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral to‑day (Thursday) at 2 o'clock p.m.
March 5, 1862
NICHOLSON - Died in this city, of inflammatory croup, on the evening of the 3rd instant, William M., fifth son of William M. Nicholson, aged 3 years and one month and 2 days. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from the residence of the family, Catherine street, below Rebecca, to the place of interment, this (Wednesday) afternoon at 2 o'clock.
March 6, 1862
MCLUSCAN - We regret to learn that a young man armed John McLuscan, 20 years of age, accidentally fell into a kettle of boiling lye in a potash factory in the Township of Pickering on the 24th ultimo. He was taken to the General Hospital on the 27th, and although everything was done for him that medical skill could possibly suggest, he gradually sank and died last Sunday. His body awaits removal by his friends who have been written for. He leaves an aged mother to mourn his untimely end. Medical authority states that vinegar applied in cases of scalding by potash immediately after it has taken place will, in a great measure, counteract its serious effects. No manufactuary of this description should be without a supply on hand. Fifteen minutes transpired before it could be procured, a time said to be sufficient for it to produce all its fatal effects.
FORD - A most distressing affair occurred on Tuesday morning on the Brock Road, a little beyond Freelton. We learn that a married woman, named Hannah Ford, residing in that neighbourhood, has been partially insane for the past twelve months. The neighbours, however, did not apprehend that her insanity was of a dangerous character, and her husband seems to have concealed the real state of her mind, but he was in the habit of watching her, being afraid that she would do violence to herself, but not believing that she would injure himself or any of the children. On Monday evening, he put his family to bed, and lay down himself with his clothes on. About eleven o'clock, his wife got up and walked about the floor for some time, muttering to herself. Ford lighted a candle and persuaded her to get into bed again. He had then fallen asleep himself, but about three o'clock on Tuesday morning, he was alarmed by hearing a strange gurgling noise. Springing up and getting a light, he discovered to his horror that the throat of his son, a child between three and four years of age, was cut from ear to ear. Indeed so determined had been the maniac in her purpose that the head was nearly severed from the body. The neighbours were alarmed, and the woman was properly secured. The same day, Dr. G. Wetherall held an inquest at which the above facts were elicited, and the jury found “that the deceased came to his death from a wound inflicted by his insane mother”. She was conveyed to the city yesterday and lodged in gaol to await her trial at the Assizes.
March 7, 1862
YOUNG - Died on the 19th of February, last, of consumption, at his father's residence, Glanford, Bartlet, eldest son of Mr. William Young, aged 20 years and 8 months.
HOULT - Died at the Black Horse Inn, York street, on Wednesday night, March 5th, Mr. George Hoult, aged 42 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this afternoon at 3 o'clock from his late residence to the place of interment, without further notice.
March 10, 1862
STINSON - Died in London, England, on the 3rd ultimo, of lingering consumption, John Harvey, eldest son of Ebenezer Stinson, Esq., of this city, in the 31st year of his age.
BROWN - Coroner Bowlby of Berlin held an inquest on Saturday at Hamburg, on the body of a man named Brown, a track section foreman on the Grand Trunk Railway, Western District, who was killed in the snow drift between Baden and Hamburg on the previous day. It appears that, at the time the unfortunate man met his death, he was busily engaged in assisting to get a train through the drift, and being shovelling the snow close to the engine. The engineer gave the signal that he was about to move the engine ahead, and Brown, attempting to ascend the bank of snow, in doing so he slipped his footing, and falling backwards, was crushed between the steps of the engine and the track. Some delay was caused in getting him extricated, but he had sustained such injuries that he soon afterward expired. The jury at the inquest returned a verdict of accidental death.
March 11, 1862
SHARP - Died in this city, on Sunday, the 9th instant, Frederick Lang, youngest son of Mr. George Sharp, builder, of this city, aged 3 years and 5 months. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral without further notice from the residence of the family, Miles street, on Thursday afternoon at half past 3 o'clock.
DOODY - On Monday, the 24th ultimo, Mr. Michael Doody, a respectable farmer of Iberville, who resides about seven miles from the village of St. Athanase, sent his two sons, aged 17 and 18 years respectively with a sleigh and horse each to bring home two loads of wood. They had to go about nine miles to obtain it, and returned to within two miles of their father's house when,
from the drifting of the snow and the boisterous state of the weather, it was presumed that they were unable to proceed further on their journey. On Tuesday morning, the bodies of the unfortunate youths were found frozen stiff about three acres distant from the house of Mr. LaRue on the Chambly road. The body of the elder brother was lying by the side of his sleigh, and the younger, who had seen the light in Mr. LaRue's house, had gone over the field in order, it is presumed, to try and obtain help for himself and his brother, and being unable to pass the heavy drift, was overcome with cold and fatigue, and actually perished within sight of the dwelling. The family are much respected, and the deceased were good and industrious young men whose loss will be deeply deplored by many in the neighbourhood.
SYMES (Quebec) - We regret to 1earn that a farm labourer named Robert Symes belonging to the parish of Cap Santa lost his life during the snowstorm of Monday week. He had gone to Portneuf with a horse and sleigh for wood, and he left the latter place on his return about six p.m. He never reached his master's house. When it was feared that something had befallen him, a search was undertaken, and his body was found on the road, a short distance from Portneuf, standing erect and covered in a deep snow drift. His horse was standing on the road a short distance off. It is supposed that he became exhausted, and being unable to make any progress in the face of the fearful storm, broke down through fatigue. An inquest was held on the body, and a verdict in accordance with the facts was returned. Deceased was a sober, steady man, and was in the employ of Mr. Jess of Cap Santa.
BROWN - The death penalty was inflicted yesterday in front of Toronto gaol upon the unhappy culprit, James Brown, who had been convicted of the murder of Mr. John Sheridan Hogan, late M.P.P. for the County of Grey, in December, 1859. Our readers are doubtless all acquainted with the facts of the case. The sudden disappearance of Mr. Hogan and subsequent discovery of his body a year ago must be fresh in the minds of all. It will also be remembered certain facts were
brought out which led to the arrest of Brown and others. Brown, Sherrick, and Jane Ward were tried for the murder, and Brown alone was convicted. A new trial having been obtained, he was arraigned a second time and convicted, Judge Burns having sentenced him to be executed yesterday.
We gather from the Toronto journals that Brown was born in Cambridgeshire, England, in the year 1830. He came to America in 1852, and worked at Buffalo and other places in the United States at his trade as a sawyer. About six years ago, he came to Toronto, and was employed at the works of the Grand Trunk Railway near the Don station where he became acquainted with some
of the hardened characters who then resorted to Breck's bush. About the beginning of 1850, he abandoned his trade altogether and took up his residence in the bush where he sank to the lowest depths of degradation.
He has all along declared his innocence of the crime. Speaking of his conduct in the gaol, the “Leader” of yesterday said: Our reporter visited him yesterday when he found him sitting by the stove in the corridor reading a religious tract with a Bible and a handful of papers lying on the table beside him. His air was cheerful considering the near approach of death. He remarked that he was as well as could be expected under the circumstances, and hoped he would be prepared for his end. He exhibited a letter he had lately received from his father in which the poor old man expressed the most profound grief at the unhappy fate of his son, trusted that he was innocent, as he had stated, of the awful crime of which he stood convicted, and urged him in the most affecting terms to seek the intercession of the Saviour and rely upon Him for support in the hour of death. “Poor old man,” said Brown,”it will kill him, and I am glad my mother is not alive this day”.
The execution took place at 10 o'clock yesterday morning in the presence of 5000 spectators. We copy from last evening's “Globe”. At about a quarter before 10 o'clock, the Sheriff arrived and announced to the prisoner that the hour fixed for the execution was close at hand.Bbrown rose from his knees, for he had been engaged in prayer with the Rev. Mr. Grasett, and said he was ready to suffer. He then shook hands with Mr. Allen, thanked him for the consideration with which he had been treated, and bade good‑bye to the turnkeys who were in the room. In parting with the Rev. Mr. Grasett and the Rev. Mr. Fish, he showed considerable emotion. He returned heartfelt thanks for the great kindness they had shown him and for the exertions they had made to bring him to a knowledge of those truths whose importance he had so late begun to realize. His arms were then pinioned by the elbows, an operation to which he submitted quietly, a white cotton cap was placed upon his head, the cell door was thrown open and the procession was formed. First came the Sheriff, then the prisoner accompanied by two clergymen, followed by the officers of the gaol, and the executioner, the latter a little man with a frightful mask upon his face and with his whole person so carefully concealed that it was impossible to say whether his skin was black or white. The truth is probably only known to Mr. Allen. The “white folks” are pretty sure he was a negro, and the negroes are equally certain that he belonged to the pale‑faced race. It was not until Brown had passed from the gloom of the prison into the open daylight that the change in his appearance could be realized by those who had seen him when first arrested. He was then apparently a strong man, but with a countenance thoroughly brutalized, his low forehead, high cheek bones, thick protruding underlip, and square jaws spoke of the complete mastery his animal passions had gained over the little intellect he possessed,
and also of a strong will which would not shrink from the perpetration of any evil deed. But his long incarceration, giving him time for thought on the awful nature of the position in which he stood, combined with the earnest exhortations of his spiritual advisers, humanized him very considerably. When he passed from the prison yesterday, he had lost his erect bearing and his callous and defiant look. His face was pale and bore the marks of intense mental suffering, and of disease. His eyes were red, his lips a livid hue,, and as he walked with a firm step to the scaffold, he appeared to summon all his determination to carry through the few trying moments he had to live. As he ascended the steps, one of the female prisoners, probably a companion in his former crimes, who had been looking through a cell window, shrieked out loudly. Her cries resounded through the building and across the yard, and as they caught the ears of the condemned man, he looked in the direction from which they came, and a shade of surprise seemed to cross his countenance, perhaps, that any human creature could care at all for him.
As soon as he appeared upon the scaffold, the immense crowd became perfectly still and quiet. Brown knelt down with Mr. Grasett and prayed in an almost inaudible voice for a few moments, and then rising, stepped forward to the front of the scaffold, gazed for an instant upon the sea of upturned faces far below and spoke thus.
“My friends, I want to say a few words to you. I have been a very bad man and now I am going to die. I hope it will do you all good. I hope that it will be a lesson to you and all people, young and old, rich and poor, not to do those things that have brought me to my last end, though I am innocent of the murder I am going to suffer for. Before two minutes are gone, I shall be before my God, and I say with my last breath, I am innocent of the murder. I never committed a murder in my life. And may the Lord have mercy on my soul”.
Brown spoke in a low voice so that his words could scarcely be heard by the crowd. He raised his voice as he uttered the prayer for mercy, and many of the people joined with him in a fervent 'Amen' . He then knelt down upon the drop, and the executioner advanced, pulled the cap over his face, and with trembling hands, placed the rope round his neck with the knot resting under his left ear. In this position he once more engaged in prayer, and as the loud city clock rang out the hour of ten, the catch was drawn, and the law was vindicated.
The fall allowed was about five feet and a half, and it was supposed the rope would stretch about eighteen inches, making a total of seven feet. Death was almost instantaneous. The unfortunate man gave one or two convulsive twitches with his arms, but his legs scarce moved. A shudder appeared to run through the crowd as they heard the sharp twang of the rope and witnessed the sudden death. A portion stayed to watch the cutting down of the body at half past ten, but by far the greater part hurried away from the locality of the dreadful scene.
March 13, 1862
KENNEDY - Died on the 12th instant, Mary, daughter of Joseph Kennedy, police constable, G.W.R., aged 5 years. The funeral will leaye her father's residence on Merrick street, on the 13th (to‑day) at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
March 14, 1862
UNNAMED SOLDIER - One of the gallant band which crossed the Atlantic at the stormiest season of the year to aid in defending our Province from invasion, was yesterday committed to the dust. The spectacle of a soldier's funeral was new to most of our citizens, and consequently a large number turned out to witness the mournful cortege. The deceased, we are informed, was an artilleryman, but has served as Surgeon's servant for some time past. He had not been in good health lately, but he desired to accompany the expedition to Canada, and was permitted to do so. The severe weather and the hardships attending the march from Halifax to Quebec proved too much for his constitution, and the sad result was that he died in hospital on Tuesday last of disease of the heart. The funeral took place yesterday at half past 2 o'clock p.m. The coffin was placed on an Armstrong gun, covered with the Union Jack, and surmounted with the hat, sword, and other accoutrements of the deceased. The Band of the Rifle Brigade headed the procession followed by the firing party after which came the gun carriage with the coffin and the comrades of the deceased. On arriving at the cemetery, the coffin was carried into the chapel where the beautiful service of the English Church was read by the Garrison Chaplain, the Rev. A. Crawford Walshe, Mr. R. Bull officiating as clerk. The remains were then removed to the grave, and being consigned to the earth there to remain until the last trumpet shall sound, three volleys were fired, and the ceremony of the interment was complete. The soldiers then marched back to their barracks, and the crowd dispersed to their homes.
March 17, 1862
PRENTISS - On Thursday afternoon, Mr. Douglas Prentiss, a very old and very highly respectable inhabitant of Kingston, was found dead in his own room at the British American Hotel when a fellow boarder went into his room to call him. He was found in a sitting position resting on one knee with his face to the wall. Several medical men were hastily summoned, but life was wholly extinct. He had transacted official business at the Commercial Bank a short time before his death.
LAND - Died at Wentworth street, east, formerly of Barton, of consumption, on the 15th instant, Emily, aged 17 years, second daughter of John Land, Esq.
March 19, 1862
OWEN - We regret to state that on Saturday last, Mr. John Owen, of the Township of Derby, was killed by a falling branch from a tree. Mr. Owen went out during the forenoon of Saturday to cut a tree for firewood. About an hour afterwards, he was found lying with his head buried in the snow in an insensible condition. The tree at which he had been chopping was down and Mr. Owen had stepped back a few yards to be clear of the fall. It is supposed that there had been a hanging limb on one of the neighbouring trees wrenched from its place by some former tree falling and that this limb was loosened and came down when the maple fell at which he was chopping. The limb, which was not a large one, appeared to have come down heavy end foremost and struck him on the back of the head. The fracture was very small, yet fatal. Mr. Owen lingered till about sunset, but though at times he was supposed to be sensible of what was going on around him, was unable to speak or make intelligible signs. He leaves a wife and five young children to mourn his loss.
PARKINSON - It is with extreme regret that we are called upon to announce the death of a young man named Henry Parkinson, son of Mr. Joseph Parkinson of Eramosa, under circumstances painful in the extreme. On Wednesday last, the deceased was visiting his uncle's place, in company with another relative, and while in the barnyard in company with some young ladies, he playfully remarked that he could ride a colt that was in the yard without halter or bridle. Suiting the action to the word, he mounted upon the colt's back when the colt immediately started off and bolted for an open shed on the premises, and while passing under it, we are pained to say the young man's head came in contact with a beam with such force as to dislocate his neck. Death of course was almost instantaneous. The deceased was only about 22 years of age and was held in high esteem by all who knew him, while his immediate relatives deeply mourn his sad and sudden death.
March 20, 1862
BURNES - A man named Burnes, while taking his dinner at the Toronto House, Belleville, on Thursday last, suddenly fell backwards from the table and expired in a few minutes. He had been engaged in chopping wood during the winter.
FLOCKHART (London) - On Monday evening, an accident of a serious nature befell Sergeant Major Flockhart of the Artillery. It appears that he was in the act of descending a steep flight of stairs when the spurs he had on caused him to trip when he fell violently forward, fracturing his skull, cutting the scalp, and inflicting severe wounds on the face. He lay for some time in an insensible state, but was eventually taken to the Military Hospital where, failing to rally, he died
yesterday afternoon. We learn that the non‑commissioned officer referred to was much respected in the service to which he belonged. He bore the Turkish and Crimean medals and that of the Legion of Honour.
March 21, 1862
BURKE - On St Patrick's Day, a couple of Irishmen, named Burke and Cleary, got into a discussion at Sarnia relative to the American Rebellion. The debate waxed warm, blows were exchanged, and Cleary went to his boarding house a distance of nearly a mile and on his return, attacked Burke with a bowie knife, stabbing him in the neck, shoulder, and heart. A coroner's inquest was held on the body when it was shown that Burke's heart had been transfixed with the knife. The jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against Cleary who has been arrested and lodged in jail.
March 24, 1862
SHADE (Galt) - The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The body, enclosed in a coffin covered with black cloth with silver handles and nails and lined and stuffed inside with white satin, was placed upon a upon a very tasteful new bier into which it fitted nicely, and drawn by four horses it proceeded to Trinity Church. Beside the coffin walked Dr. Belts and Dr. Stinson wearing crepe scarfs. On each side of the body walked the pall‑bearers being the following gentlemen: Judge Miller; Richard Jason. Esq.; Thomas Reid, Esq.; Dr. Hamilton; Ewd Adams, Esq.; A. Buchanan, Esq. Immediately following the body came the chief mourners John Davidson, Esq., Alex Harvey, Esq. Behind these came an exceedingly numerous body of people from all parts of the Province, including the following: Rev. Dr. Thomson, Rev. Mr. Palmer, Rev. Mr. Hebden, Rev. Mr. Stinson, Rev. Mr. Acheson, Rev. Mr. Mesmore, Rev. Mr. Adams, Rev. Mr. Werther, Sheriff Thomas, William P. McLaren, George Stanton, James Colquhon, Thomas H. McKenzie, and James Webster, Esqs.
Letters were received from Hon. J. Fergusson Blair, Isaac Buchanan, Esq., M.P.P., Sheriff Grange, and many others, expressive of their regret at not being able to attend.
Some time before the procession was arranged, all the stores and places of business in town had been closed and the procession solemnly wended its way to Trinity Church amidst the most intense silence, broken only by the fitful tolling of the bell. On reaching the church, the body was carried forward to near the reading‑desk, and the pall being removed, there for the last time was seen by the mass of people the coffin containing all that was mortal of Absalom Shade. The church being beautifully hung in black and the people habited in like costume, the silver mounting of the coffin stood forth in painful brilliancy and brought tears to many an eye in
in that vast assembly. Immediately that the coffin was placed on the tressles and uncovered, the Bishop of Huron and Dr. Boomer took possession of the reading‑desk, and the Bishop commenced to read the funeral psalms.
Dr. Boomer read the sublime lesson commencing “Now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that sleep”. The church, which was intensely crowded, was hushed in the gloomiest silence whilst the funeral service was proceeding, and at its close, the procession was re‑formed and proceeded to the grave where the remainder of the service was read by the Bishop and Dr. Boomer, and the body of Absalom Shade was consigned to its parent dust.
March 25, 1862
WHYTE - Died at Barton Lodge, on Sunday, the 23rd instant, John Whyte, Esq., aged 78 years. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, the 26th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
RANKIN - Died in this city, on the 23rd instant, Elizabeth Graham, youngest daughter of William Rankin, aged 5 months.
March 27, 1862
PARKER (Ingersol) - The Ingersoll “Chronicle” of the 21st states that an inquest has been held at that place upon the body of Mr. Charles Parker who came to his death in consequence of injuries received at the hands of a negro named Pyper.
March 28, 1862
MCKEE - Died at his residence, Queen street, off York street, yesterday morning, the 27th instant, Alexander McKee, Esq., in the 71st year of his age. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
DOUGLASS - Died in this city, on the 27th instant, Leslie Douglass, stonecutter, aged 30 years. The funeral will take place on Sunday at 3 o'clock p.m. from the residence of the deceased, corner of Catherine and Wellington streets.
March 29, 1862
TALBOT - On Saturday last, Mr. E. P. Talbot of Nissouri East, son of W. P. Talbot, Esq., of London Township, met his death suddenly. He and his servant went out to the woods to chop, and while felling a tree, a branch from an adjoining one fell, striking him on the back of the neck. Mr. Talbot sank to the earth and did not give any signs of life afterwards.
He leaves a widow and three children. His remains were followed to the grave by a large concourse of people who have lost in him a good neighbour while his family lament a tender father and husband and a dutiful son. He had but reached his 29th year.
April 1, 1862
ROSS - Died at West avenue, on Monday morning, the 31st ultimo, Joan Gray Ross, aged 21 years, daughter of Mr. Kenneth Ross, late of the G.W.R. The funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. from Mr. Ross' residence, West Avenue. Friends will please accept this intimation.
HARRIS - Died on Sunday, the 30th ultimo, William Bird, infant s on of Mr. Thomas Bird Harris, aged 1 year, 3 months, and 25 days. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his father's residence, corner of Catherine and Catharina streets, to the place of interment, on Wednesday, the 2nd instant, at half past 3 o'clock p.m.
April 3, 1862
WALLING - Died at North Cohoeton, Steuben County, N.v., on Sunday, March 30th, Mr. Jacob Walling, aged 66 years.
April 4, 1862
MOORE - Died at Hamilton, on the 2nd of April, William James Moore, a native of Devonshire, England, aged 28 years. His funeral will take place from his late residence, King William street, on Friday afternoon, 4th instant, at 3 o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.
BRUCE - Died in this city, on Thursday, the 3rd instant, Robert Bruce, third son of Mr. Magnus Bruce, aged 22 years. The funeral will take place to‑morrow (Saturday) at 8 o'clock from the corner of Wellington and Main streets. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
April 5, 1862
BROWN - Died at Saltfleet, on the 3rd of April, Charles B. Brown, a native of Scotland, aged 49 years. The funeral will take place on Sunday, the 6th instant, at 2 o'clock, from his late residence, Lake Shore. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
CARROLL - One, J. F. Clifford, at present serving in the United States army, writes from the camp of the 7th Ohio Regiment at Strasburg, Virginia that James Carroll, supposed to have some friends residing in Hamilton fell fighting by his side in the late battle near Winchester on the 23rd
ultimo. Carroll left some personal property which is in possession of Clifford. Should this meet the eye of any relative of Carroll's, he can see the letter and obtain the address of Clifford by calling at this office.
April 7, 1862
DUFF - Died at Ancaster, on the 29th ultimo, James Duff, aged 27 years, 3 months, and 1 day.
April 9, 1862
PATTERSON - Died in the Township of Clinton, on the 25th March, John J. Patterson, Esq., aged 72 years. Mr. Patterson settled in Clinton in 1811, and was engaged in the battle of Fort George. With the advantage of a good education and sound judgment, he became at an early age a prominent man in the settlement, and for forty years has filled the offices of assessor, collector, conveyancer, magistrate, and councillor. In private life, his worth was well known for there are but few in the township who have not at one time or another been aided by his counsel, and in public his equanimity of temper and his consideration for the feelings of others will long cause his memory to be held in honour.
April 10, 1862
CURRIE - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, at her father's residence, corner of Peel and Walnut streets, Agnes Jane, daughter of Mr. William Currie. The funeral will take place to‑day (Thursday) at 1 o'clock from Mr. Currie's residence. Friends are requested to attend.
April 11, 1862
HARVEY - Died in this city, on the 10th instant, Mary, third daughter of Mr. Robert Harvey, in the 23rd year of her age. The funeral will take place from her father's residence, Peel street, on Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.
April 12, 1862
ROBERTS - Died in this city, on the 10th instant, of scarlet fever and measles, Thomas Evans, aged 5 years, son of John Roberts, Esq., staff officer of Pensioners. The funeral will take place from the residence of Mr. Roberts, on Wellington street, at 3 o'clock on Sunday afternoon, the 13th instant. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend.
DEMPSEY - The Toronto papers of yesterday announce the death of Richard Dempsey, Esq., County Attorney and Clerk of the Peace for York and Peel.
April 14, 1862
WYLD - A sad accident, occurred on Friday morning, on the banks or the Grand River, near Cayuga, resulting in the death of a fine young man named Stephen Wyld, about 19 years of age. It appears he was one of a party amusing themselves shooting at pike on the breaking up of the ice on the Grand River, and it is supposed that he had been resting the butt of his gun on the ground, probably when cocked. At all events, the gun went off, and the charge entered his chest, passing upwards into his head. He lived for a short time, but never spoke afterwards.
April 16, 1862
DALLAS - A young man. named James Dallas, was killed on the railway track near Jordan, fifteen miles west of Suspension Bridge, sometime on Monday night. He had been at the station during the evening, and being a stranger, it was not noticed when he left. His body was found yesterday morning in a mangled state, some of the night trains having run over it. His parents reside in this city, and were expecting their son home from Memphis, Tennessee where he had been for about a year back. His not arriving as soon as was anticipated caused one of his brothers to start for the South yesterday morning in search of him. A coroner's jury sat yesterday, but we have no further particulars.
April 17, 1862
MARSH - Died on the 15th instant, at the residence of the Rev. J. W. Marsh, London, Lewis George, eldest son of Lewis Rooke Marsh, Esq., of Hamilton, in his 18th year.
April 18, 1862
DALLAS - Coroner Keating held an inquest on the body of the young man who was killed on the tracks of the Great Western Railway the other day. The following was the verdict: That the young man on the night of the 14th of April instant was walking on the track of the Great Western Railway between Jordan and St. Catharines, and when about two miles from Jordan, a locomotive with train attached came violently against the young man, breaking some of his bones and causing other injuries, from which injuries the said young man, supposed to be Dallas, instantly died.
We may mention that Mr. R. B. Bull kindly searched out the deceased's parents who reside in this city. Mr. Dallas went down to Jordan and recognized the unfortunate deceased as his son.
BROWN - A case of sudden death occurred yesterday at Mr. David White's tavern, John street. The person who so suddenly departed this life was a stranger here and gave his name as John Brown. He appeared to be about 30 years of age and had evidently been ill for some time past. About a week ago, he came to Mr. White's saying that he had been working for a Mr. Ward Hawke, near Springfield, in the Township of Toronto, and that he had come here for medical advice. On the night previous to his death, he called on Dr. Ryall who considered him seriously ill and told him to go to his lodging and he would follow him. He did so, and the Doctor finding a considerable degree of inflammation, bled him, after which he seemed to be easier. He was heard moving about in his room about four of clock yesterday morning, but when a servant went to see what he wanted for breakfast, he was found lying dead in his bed. His body was committed to the dust in the afternoon. No papers were found on him whereby any knowledge of his relatives could be obtained, and it is hoped that our exchanges in the neighbourhood where he said he had been employed will make known the circumstances of his sudden end so that those interested may learn of his sad fate.
April 21, 1862
CRAIGIE - Died on the 18th instant, Annie, daughter of William Craigie, Jr., aged 18 months.
MILLER - We learn by telegraph from St. Catharines that a Mr. A. Miller, said to be an accountant residing in this city, was killed on the track of the Great Western Railway on Saturday. An inquest was held on the body of the deceased the same evening.
CHAPMAN (London) - On Monday evening last, Mr. Chapman, farmer, and his son were crossing the river Thames in a small boat near Killworth when by some accident one of the oars with which they were pulling the boat broke, and the wherry floated down the stream. In passing a tree which overhangs the river, both attempted to grasp a branch. The son succeeded, but the father failed, and unfortunately was precipitated into the stream which carried him rapidly away. The son held on and finally succeeded in getting ashore. The body of the father has not yet, so far as we learn, been recovered. Two daughters with the son who escaped the danger and a large circle of friends and relatives are left to mourn Mr. Chapman's melancholy end.
April 22, 1862
MILLER - Died on Saturday, the 19th instant, by being run over by a train on the Welland Railway at St. Catharines, Andrew F. Miller, accountant, of this city, aged 43 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his late residence, on Ferguson avenue to‑morrow (Tuesday) the 22nd instant, at 3 o'clock p.m.
MILLER - Mr. Andrew Miller, whose melancholy end we noticed yesterday was killed on the Welland Railway and not on the Great Western Railway as was at first reported. He left the city on Wednesday last to transact some business at Port Colborne, and it is supposed that he was on his way from St. Catharines when he was killed. Whether or not he had fallen on the track and was thus stunned cannot, of course, now be known, but the result was that a train passed over his body and sadly mangled it. He has left a wife and three children to lament his and their loss.
April 23, 1862
WATERS - Died at his residence, near Chatham, on Wednesday, April the 2nd, aged 45 years, Henry Waters, Esq, of Hailsham, Sussex, England, and only brother of Thomas Waters, Esq., of Port Dover, C.W.
LOVETT - Died in Brantford Township, on the 14th ultimo, Mrs. Lovett, the beloved wife of William Lovett, formerly of Norfolk, England, aged 58 years.
April 24, 1862
MCKUNE - Died at her late residence, Park street, Janet McKune, aged 59 years, relict of the late Kenneth McKune, formerly of Dumfries‑shire, Scotland. The funeral will take place on Friday, the 25th instant, from her late residence. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
April 25, 1862
BOOTH - Thomas Booth, a lock‑tender, was drowned in the Welland Canal, between Centreville and Thorold, on Sunday last. It was first reported that the unfortunate man was intoxicated and in that state was crossing on one of the lock gates when he slipped into the water. This report is contradicted, however. It is said that the deceased was a perfectly sober man and had drunk no liquor that day, and that, instead of trying to cross the canal when the accident occurred, he was walking near the edge of the bank, missed his foothold, and fell into the water. It appears that no timely assistance could have been rendered to him.
April 28, 1862
CHURCH - A very unfortunate accident occurred at Ogdensburg on Monday morning by which Mr. George Church, son of Mr. R. F. Church, late of Brockville, lost his life. It appears that Mr. Hopkins of the "Advance" newspaper and Mr. Church foolishly endeavoured to pilot a boat
down the valley and over the dam of the Ogdensburg River a little above the bridge. The boat was unfortunately capsized and both young men thrown into the current. Mr. Church was carried as far as the lighthouse at the entrance to the harbour where he was seen to raise his hands and then sink to rise no more in life. Mr. H. was rescued, but not a moment too soon, as nearly half an hour was occupied in bringing him to consciousness after he was taken from the water. The body of Mr. Church was not found up to last afternoon. The accident has cast a sad gloom over Brockville as well as Ogdensburg, and much sympathy is felt for the parents.
April 29, 1862
BRANIGAN - Died in this city, on Sunday morning, the 27th instant, Mr. Terence Branigan, aged 47 years and 10 months. Friends and acquaintances of the family are requested to attend the funeral of the deceased from his late residence, Market Square, to the place of interment, St. Mary's cemetery this (Tuesday) morning at 9 o'clock
Our obituary to‑day contains the name of one as well known to our readers generally as if its owner were one of Hamilton's earliest settlers. We mean that of Mr. Terence Branigan who has just passed from amongst us. Briefly reviewing his career since we first knew him, we may truthfully say that in his grave lies buried his chiefest enemy. The deceased was a native of the County of Armagh, Ireland, where he was born in the year, 1814, and emigrated to Canada in 1834.
The same year he settled in this city, and at first found humble employment, but his tact and ability soon gained for him a position in which he rapidly prospered in this world's goods. Ever warm‑hearted and generous, he used his means with no niggard hand, and by his liberality made many warm and true friends. In 1843, he was elected a member of our city government, and in that capacity soon evinced such practical ability that he occupied a prominent position among his colleagues. As chairman of the Market Committee, the citizens owe to his efforts the commodious market grounds they now possess. He it was, too, who suggested and superintended the existing arrangements in City Hall. But we need not multiply instances of his energy and good judgment in times gone by.
Suffice it to say that after four years service in the council, he became Clerk of the Market, and in that capacity introduced many useful regulations in our market laws. Before his co‑religionists had a place of worship, Mr. Branigan exerted himself to procure the means to build a Catholic Church, and his efforts in that behalf were so successful that the congregation after its completion presented him with a gold watch and chain as a mark of their gratitude and
appreciation of his worth. He was ever noted for indomitable perseverance in a good cause and hearty hatred of what seemed to him a bad one. Now that he is gone even his enemies will readily confess that his errors were those of the head and not of the heart. “After life's fitful fever, he sleeps well”.
April 30, 1862
UNNAMED CHILD - An inquest was held on Monday last before Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, on the body of a child, three years old, who was drowned in an open water barrel in the rear of its parents' dwelling near the Railway Bridge on Hughson street. It appeared from the evidence that the little girl had gone out to play in the yard but five minutes before it was missed, and on the parents looking out, its body was seen by the father floating in the barrel. The child being taken up and Dr. Billings being summoned immediately, life was found to be extinct notwithstanding the use of every means to restore animation. The frequency of such accidents, not only in this city, but in Canada generally, has become very alarming, and nothing can be more distressing than to find so many families suddenly robbed of one of their number by such a casualty. Here is a case where an interesting child was actually in the death throes within a few feet of where its parents were engaged in cheerful conversation, little thinking, alas', of their sad bereavement they were about to suffer. Who can imagine the horror of a father from whose side his darling had gone in all the mirth and innocence of childhood but a few moments before stepping out at his door to find his poor little one drowned almost within reach of where he was sitting, and he so near, yet his child to perish.
One would imagine that no repetition of such incidents would be necessary forever to warn parents to use means to prevent the like in future. Yet how sad that not a year passes without it being our melancholy duty to record two or three such accidents as having occurred in our own city or neighbourhood. Not more than a month ago, our pages contained the record of a similar accident, and within twelve months, the parents of an interesting and only child had to mourn their childless condition from a similar casualty. Indeed, were cases collected, there can be no doubt that the last seven years would show an average in Hamilton alone of three deaths a year from children falling into soft‑water barrels or tanks, either not covered at all, or insecurely fastened, and cases are not uncommon of children having fallen into such traps and being rescued in time to prevent loss of life.
Even in the case referred to as having taken place on Sunday afternoon, the mother of the drowned child rescued a neighbour's boy from a similar death in the same yard only a few months before, and we know of other cases where a life was saved as if by mere accident. Publicity is given to these facts, not to open anew the wounds of those who have lost children in
this way, but to warn all who value the lives of their little ones to be on their guard against the recurrence of such accidents in future, and in the hope that it may have the effect of saving many lives not only by rendering parents very careful in future but by calling the attention of the proper authorities to the matter which, it in hoped may result in some local or general enactments making it incumbent on parties sinking such soft‑water barrels or tanks to have them properly and securely covered, and imposing a heavy penalty on any found breaking the law in this particular.
Our city by‑laws contain regulations for the placing of stoves and chimneys so as to prevent property from being destroyed by fire and the statute books contain laws for the proper protection of machinery in order to the prevention of accidents or loss of life, and surely it is not unworthy the attention of some of our civic authorities or philanthropic legislators to introduce laws for the prevention of loss of life from drowning in water barrels. The coroner's jury in this case, very properly we think, instructed the coroner to bring the matter under the attention of the proper authorities.
May 2, 1862
WHITE - Died on the 29th ultimo, Catherine, fourth daughter of Mr. David White, formerly of Berwick‑on‑Tweed, England, aged 16 years and 6 months. The funeral will take place from her father's residence, Wellington street north, on Saturday, May 2nd, at 2 o'clock.
BUELL (Brockville) - It is with no ordinary feelings of regret that we announce the death of William Buell, Esq., of this town, in the 71st year of his age. Mr. Buell was connected with the “Recorder” from the first years of its existence till 1849. He was the father of the Canadian Press. A better citizen or more honest upright man never breathed and he has descended to his fathers leaving behind him for an heritage to his children that which is far better than riches ‑ the odour of a good name. He was universally respected, and his death is sincerely regretted. He died on Tuesday morning, 29th ultimo.
May 5, 1862
DOWNIE - We regret to learn of a fatal accident which occurred at the Dundas station of the Creat Western Railway on Saturday afternoon. The victim was an unmarried man of the name of John Downie, a brakesman on the line. Our information is that he was uncoupling some cars on the freight train going east when his foot caught in a "frog" and some of the cars passed over his body, killing him on the spot.
CONNOR (Brockville) - William Plant, a native of England, and who for some years resided in this neighbourhood, but who some time ago absconded to the United States to avoid the payment
of his debts, has been recently lodged in Canton jail for killing a man of the name of Connor. Some difference having arisen between the two, Plant knocked Connor down with a blow and the barbarian leaped upon him till he crushed his ribs. Shortly after the brutal assault, Connor expired, when Plant mounted a horse and fled with the view of crossing the St. Lawrence. He was pursued, however, and captured before he could accomplish his purpose.
UNNAMED WOMAN (Belleville) - Mr. Coroner Macdonell held an inquest on the body of a woman, name unknown, who was found in the woods about two miles east of this town. From the appearance of the body, it had evidently lain there for two or three months. No marks of violence were found on her person, and it was supposed that the unfortunate woman died from want and exposure. This supposition is strengthened by the fact that a woman resembling her in dress and appearance was seen in the vicinity last January.
May 6, 1862
MCKAY - Died on Sunday morning, the 4th instant, in thin city, Mr. Robert McKay, in the 44th year of his age. Friends are requested to attend the funeral from his late residence, Hughson street south, this day (Tuesday) at 3 o'clock.
DELURY (Belleville) - On Friday last, the 24th ultimo, two men, named respectively Patrick Trainer and John Delury, left Frankford in a canoe to descend the rapids. Shortly after passing under the Frankford bridge, the canoe upset and both men were precipitated into the water. They managed to hold fast to the canoe for some time, and in this manner were borne swiftly down the river with fearful rapidity. On reaching an island, Trainer let go of the canoe and succeeded in reaching it from which he was shortly after rescued. Delury still clung to the canoe, but how long he succeeded in keeping up is not known for he was never seen afterwards. Delury leaves a wife and two small children. His body has not yet been recovered.
May 8, 1862
KIDNER - Died in this city, on the 7th instant, Rose, youngest daughter of Mr. Charles Kidner, aged 1 year and 4 months. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral on Friday morning at 10 o'clock.
May 9, 1862
HUSTON (Kingston) - On Tuesday morning about 1 o'clock, William Huston, a carpenter, formerly of Kingston, and latterly working at Ottawa, was drowned from the wharf at the foot of Clarence street. It appeared that he had come to this city in reference to some property left by his
brother, Samuel, who died a few days since in the Township of Portland. He passed the evening in company with Alderman Allen, and when he went to his lodging at the City Hotel, he was considerably under the influence of liquor, and subsequently left the hotel and wandered to the place where he was drowned. The sentry at the barrack close by saw the deceased pass down to the wharf and soon after heard a splash in the water, but on going to search, could see nothing. The police who were notified of the circumstances also made a search, but were unable to discover anything till after daylight in the morning, when the body, most singularly, was found floating in an upright position, the head partially out of the water. The deceased had a wife and family at Ottawa, and had made arrangements to remove them hither but a few hours before the occurrence. Mr. Coroner Jenkins held an inquest on the body when the above facts were elicited, and a verdict of “accidentally drowned while under the influence of liquor” was recorded by the jury.
May 10, 1862
PENFOLD - Died at Staple Grove, Glanford, on the 8th May, Caroline, wife of George E. Penfold, Esq., late of the Hon. E. I. Company's Naval Service. The funeral will take place at Ancaster Church on Sunday, the 11th May.
May 13, 1862
YOUNG (Picton) - Captain Guy H. Voung, the oldest freemason in the County of Prince Edward, fell from an appletree which he had been pruning on Tuesday last, and died from the injuries he received on the Wednesday following about eleven o'clock. It is supposed he had been lying on the ground about two hours before he was discovered. His loss will be will be felt by a large circle of friends end acquaintances.
MATCHETT (Peterborough) - On Tuesday last, Richard Matchett, of Cavan, a farmer, in a fit of temporary insanity cut his throat so severely that he died from the effects of the wound shortly after. It is said the deceased has been subject for years to fits of mental aberration during which times he can be very melancholy. He was a man of about 50 years of age, in a good position, wealthy, and much respected. He leaves a widow and twelve children, eight of whom are still at home to mourn their loss and the sad occurrence.
WARD (Toronto) - Yesterday afternoon, a son of Mr. David Ward, fisherman, accompanied by five of his sisters, the eldest of whom was not over twelve years of age, started on a pleasure excursion in the Bay which terminated most lamentably. It appears that one of the children stooped over the gunwale of the skiff to pick up something out of the water, and on leaning over
too far, capsized the boat, thus precipitating the party into the Bay. The boy, who is about 17 years of age, used his best endeavours to save his sisters, but was unsuccessful. When he found his strength failing him, he took hold of and tenaciously clung to the skiff until succour arrived and on his being brought on shore, he was quite exhausted.
The parents of the family, as might naturally be supposed, have been plunged into the deepest grief at the sudden loss of so many of their children. The father is said to have gone almost out of his senses. It was a fearful visitation.
MEACHAM - Some boys out in a row boat on Sunday discovered the body of a woman floating upon the water in an old boat house on Sherman's Inlet, back of Gunn's factory, outside the city limits. It was ascertained that a woman had been missing since Monday last from the lower end of Main street east. The husband and others had been out all day on Sunday both scouring the woods and neighbourhood for the lost woman. The body of the woman was found in the early part of the day, but the husband did not hear of it until night when he immediately went and identified the body as that of his wife, Agnes Meacham. Dr. Rosebrugh, coroner, held an inquest yesterday, and the verdict of the jury was “Found drowned”.
May 17, 1862
MINTY - Died on the 16th instant, Mary Stewart McKenzie, the beloved wife of Mr. J. B. Minty, aged 89 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from Hughson street south, on Sunday afternoon, at 3 o'clock without further notice.
May 20, 1862
UNNAMED CHILD - The body of a child enclosed in a box was washed ashore on Sunday at Oaklands. Coroner Bull held an inquest on the body and the evidence showed that the child had never breathed. It was evidently a case of concealment of birth, and the jury returned a verdict accordingly.
RITCHIE - The body of a track foreman, named Alexander Ritchie, was found on the track of the Great Western Railway near Grimsby on Sunday morning. There was a heavy gash on his forehead and it is supposed that he must have been struck by one of the passing trains on Saturday evening. We believe it has been ascertained that he was the worse of liquor on that evening which will sufficiently account for the accident which caused his untimely end. He leaves a wife and four children.
May 22, 1862
BOND - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Edwin James, only son of Mr. James Bond, aged 2 years and 5 months, the funeral will take place on Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock from Mr. Bond's residence on Maria street. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
BENJAMIN (Kingston) - On Saturday night last, a fatal accident occurred on the lake by which a man named Samuel Benjamin lost his life. He and his brother had been spearing by torchlight in a little skiff off the Three Brothers Island, opposite Collins Bay. A number of persons in other boats had been enjoying like sport, and at last the whole party returned home. Samuel Benjamin, however, afterwards went back to the fishing ground above, not to spear, but to lift a net which had been set. It was in making the attempt to raise it that he upset the skiff and was drowned. There was none near to save him, nor was his brother in the skiff at the time of the accident. He leaves a wife and child.
May 23, 1862
CROOKS - Died at Hamilton, on Wednesday, the 21st instant, Mary, relict of the late John Crooks, Esq., of Niagara, aged 65. The funeral will take place to‑day, Friday, the 23rd instant, at 3 o'clock, from her late residence on Upper Catherine street. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
May 24, 1862
BASS - Died on Friday morning, May 23rd, Jane, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bass.
May 26, 1862
EDGAR - Died in this city, on Friday evening, the 23rd instant, after a protracted illness, Catherine Dewar, the beloved wife of Mr. William Edgar, aged 47 years. The deceased was a native of Carlisle, England. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from her late residence, Park street, this (Monday) afternoon at half past 4 o'clock without further notice.
May 27, 1862
MEWBURN - Died on Sunday, the 25th May, in the 47th year of her age, Ann, only surviving daughter (of five) of Dr. Mewburn, Danby House, Stamford, County of Welland, C.W., formerly of Whitby, Yorkshire, England. The funeral on Wednesday next, at 2 o'clock p.m.
HOLMES - Died in this city, on the 24th instant, at the residence of Peter Grant, Esq., of congestion of the lungs, Mr. Frederick Holmes, formerly of Devonshire, England.
SMILEY - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, Alexander, youngest son of Mr. H. C. Smiley.
May 29, 1862
SPOHN - Died on the 28th instant, at his residence in this city, Peter Bowman Spohn, Clerk of the Peace for the County of Wentworth, aged 37 years. The funeral will take place on Friday, the 30th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. of which friends and acquaintances will place take notice.
HALLOWELL (London) - We record with regret the sudden death of Mr. James Hallowell who, until recently, was employed in the Locomotive department of the Great Western Railway. Unfortunately he was addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors, a failing, we understand, which was the reason of his discharge by the company about a fortnight ago. Since that time he has been troubled with depression of spirits in consequence of his losing his situation. On Sunday night he retired to bed in about his usual health, but during the night, his wife had her attention directed to him when she arose and found that he was gradually sinking. He never rallied, and on Sunday morning was a corpse. He was a man in the prime of life, about 36 years of age, and leaves a wife and one child, a boy, to mourn his untimely end.
May 30, 1862
WILSON - A very distressing accident occurred yesterday morning at the farm of the Hon. S. Mills, in East Flamborough, now in the occupation of Mr. Joseph Hamer. In a field about a quarter of a mile from the house, there is a deep well from which water is drawn for the use of the cattle on the farm. It appears that a little girl, about nine years of age, named Margaret Wilson, who resides with Mr. Hamer, had gone to the well, of her own accord it is said, and in attempting to draw up a pail of water had fallen in. It was some time before she was missed, but search was immediately thereafter made, and her body was discovered in the well. Dr. Rosebrugh was sent for in the hope that restoration might be possible, but all efforts were in vain. In the afternoon, an inquest was held by the Doctor at which the above facts were ascertained, and a verdict in accordance therewith rendered by the jury.
May 31, 1862
DAGG - A correspondent from Lucan writes us that one of the most painful occurrences that has taken place in the neighbourhood for the last twenty years, happened to a young man
named James Dagg, about 20 years of age, son of Mr. Richard Dagg of the third concession of Biddulph, on Saturday last. The particulars, as near as can be ascertained, are as follows. While returning from Ailsa Craig G.T.R., in company with another young man on horseback, they were galloping along the road about three‑quarters of a mile from his house when his horse tripped and threw him with great violence to the ground. The poor fellow received such injuries on his head and body that he never spoke again. He lived about 24 hours, when death relieved him of his sufferings.
June 3, 1862
RUSSELL - We have to record the sudden demise of a Colour Sergeant of the 1st Battalion of the P.C.O. Rifle Brigade which took place at Grimsby on Sunday morning last. We are informed that the Sergeant, whose name was Russell, had been sun‑struck when in Malta, and had never fully recovered from its effects, but was able, notwithstanding, to attend to his duties. He went down to Grimsby with his company some six weeks ago, and was shortly after again sunstruck. He was removed to the Military Hospital here where he apparently recovered, and at his own request, he returned to Grimsby about six days ago. On Sunday morning he had gone to the Captain's tent on business, and while there, he fell down insensible and died in a few moments after. We understand that the Band will proceed to Grimsby to attend his funeral which takes place to‑day.
MURPHY (Peterborough) - A man named James Murphy, belonging, we believe, to Percy, was killed by the jamming of a crib of timber crossing over Dickson's dam on Wednesday last. The pilot of the crib, John Pye, was also much injured. This is, we believe, the first accident which has occurred in connection with running the timber this year.
GILL - A child about ten years old, named Evelina Gill, and daughter of Mr. Gill who occupies Mr. Strickland's farm , North Douro, was burnt to death on Friday last. It appears that Mrs. Gill had gone out, and that the little girl was trying to cook an egg in a saucepan. When the stove door was opened to take it out, the flames rushed out and set fire to her dress. She ran at once out of the door, and thus by the current of air created, the flames got much force. Some neighbours who were passing succeeded in putting out the blaze, but not until the child had received such injury as to occasion her death, which occurred on Saturday about 28 hours afterwards. As the child was old enough to tell all about the accident herself, no inquest was considered necessary.
June 4, 1862
MACKAY - Died on Tuesday morning, the 3rd instant, James Daniel, son of Mr. James D. Mackay, aged 3 years and 7 months. The funeral will take place on Thursday, the 5th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.
June 5, 1862
MCCOSH - Died at Paris, on the 3rd instant, Dr. McGosh, aged 45 years. The funeral takes place to‑day at 2 o'clock p.m.
June 6, 1862
BALFOUR - Died in this city, on the 4th instant, Agnes Janet, youngest daughter of Mr. Peter Balfour. The funeral will take place this day at 3 o'clock p.m.
June 7, 1862
GRAHAM - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, Captain Thomas Graham, aged 28 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested without further notice to attend the funeral from his late residence, corner of Mary and King streets, on Sunday, the 8th instant at half past 3 o'clock p.m. to the place of interment.
MCCUE - An accident of a melancholy nature occurred on Friday last to a well‑known resident of the Township of Dereham, which adds to the many proofs of the uncertainty of life. On the day above mentioned, Mr. William McCue had been in Ingersoll on business and left for home about half past eleven o'clock in a double wagon drawn by a span of horses. Just before reaching the first toll gate, he fell off the wagon and the wheels passed over his body, crushing him in such a fearful manner that he only lived about an hour after the accident. He was, we believe, unmarried. Truly in the midst of death we are in death.
June 9, 1862
HALL - Seldom have we to chronicle the death of an individual under more melancholy circumstances than which it is our lot to record respecting the death of Mr. John Hall, conductor on the Great Western Railway, a man of the most exemplary character and highly respected by the authorities and employees of the road where he has been in office during the past nine years. We will now proceed to give the details of the sudden death of the unfortunate man. Mr. Hall left Windsor yesterday (Thursday) in charge of the cattle train at 2:40 p.m., arriving at Bothwell on
time. The train having stopped there for a supply of water, the deceased observed the draw‑head of a flat car pulled out; he therefore proceeded to remove it, and while in the act of coupling said car with the side chains, got caught between it and a box car while attempting to get out from between them. Brakeman Barber, who was close at hand, observing Mr. Hall had been injured, caught him in his arms while falling to the ground, took him up, and carried him to the grass. He did not live more than 25 minutes from his removal. Mr. Hall was struck about the region of the heart and hence his death was sudden and instantaneous.
He addressed a few words to the brakeman referring to his hurt before he departed. The deceased was a native of Northumberland, England, aged 42 years, and leaves a widow but no family. As we have already remarked, he bore an unexceptional reputation, and every one who knew him regrets his death. What makes the trial more severe is that the poor fellow purposed leaving London next week for a trip to the international exhibition in England, and also to visit his friends as well. The ticket to pass him to Quebec was on the way to take him there enroute for the old country next week, and he had already purchased his passage ticket of Mr. Cartier of the Grand Trunk. Truly there is but a slip between life and death.
June 10, 1862
KEARNS - An inquest was held on Thursday on the body of a child found in the woods close by Delaware, covered with leaves and branches. Amelia Kearns, who lately resided in London, was suspected of being the mother and arrested. From evidence, it appears that defendant had gone to several houses late at night and begged admission which was refused. She then retired to the woods and was confined. The jury considered the fact of defendant having asked admission at different places quite sufficient to warrant their acquitting her, and also clearing her from malevolent motives.
June 11, 1862
SHUE (St. Catharines) - Edward Goodman, M.D, yesterday empanelled a jury to enquire into the cause that led to the death of Paul Shue, a brewer employed in the brewery of Messrs Taylor and Bate, who was found dead in one of the beer tuns on the return of the men from dinner at about half past 12 o'clock yesterday. The evidence went to show that the deceased was subject to asthma, that he was perfectly sober at the time, and went into the tun before the gas had escaped sufficiently to make it safe for him to do so. Both Messrs Taylor & Bate had always exercised the greatest caution in advising men to be careful in entering the tuns, but as Shue was an old brewer, they deemed it unnecessary to repeat the caution on every occasion on which he had to enter them, and did not do so yesterday when he was ordered to clean them out.
The following extract from the evidence of William Sheppard, a farmer from Louth, will show what circumstances Shue was found under. "I went into the tun room of Mr. Taylor's brewery to‑day about 12:30 o'clock. I looked into one of the tuns and there I saw deceased lying on his hands and knees at the bottom of the tun which contained about three or four inches of water. I called for assistance and then jumped into the tun. I took hold of the deceased and pulled him out as fast as I could. Other persons then came, and we took deceased out of the tun. When taken out, he appeared to be quite dead. He was quite cold." The verdict of the jury was "that the said Paul Shue came to his death by being suffocated in a tun in the brewery of Messrs Taylor and Bate by means of Carbine Acid gas, and that no blame can be attached to anyone".
COOPER (Brantford) - An inquest was held yesterday in the North Ward by W. J. Klophel, coroner, on the body of a Mrs. Jane Cooper who died suddenly on Thursday night. From the evidence adduced, it appeared that she died from disease of the heart. Verdict accordingly.
June 13, 1862
ROBERTSON - Died at Goderich, on the 11th instant, the wife of Mr. Robert Robertson.
June 16, 1862
BROWNE - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, Kate Rutherford, youngest daughter of E. Browne, Esq., aged 13 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from her father's residence, Barton street, on Monday afternoon, at 3 o'clock, without further notice.
UNNAMED MAN - On Sunday morning last, a fire broke out in the kitchen attached to the house of Gabriel Bellefeullie, innkeeper in the village of Petawawa, and notwithstanding the exertions made to prevent it, the fire soon enveloped the whole house together with a large stable used in the summer months as a storehouse, was entirely consumed. We regret to learn that a man, name unknown, who had been sleeping in the loft was also burned.
KEENAN - It was generally understood in the neighbourhood that this wretched young man (Edward Keenan) would be hanged at one o'clock in the afternoon, and consequence was that comparatively few witnessed the dreadful spectacle at ten o'clock. Waggon loads of people and hundreds of pedestrians however continued to arrive in hot haste up to some time past noon, only to discover however that they had been cheated. Generally their temper was not much improved in making the the discovery that they were too late while some professed indifference.
Up to Saturday last, Keenan was full of hope that his life would be spared, some influential efforts having been made on his behalf, chiefly in consequence of a disagreement by the jury at his trial. On Saturday, however. Mr. Sheriff McKenzie received orders to exercise the sentence of the law, and this communicated, Keenan gave up to his grief, and for some time cried bitterly. Subsequently he became resigned and spent his last night in religious exercises and in writing. He was attended by a priest of his church, but manifested little outward change of character. Beyond what he may have confided in his confessor, he said nothing, not even on the scaffold. A convict from this city officiated as hangman and at a signal from the Sheriff, having first pulled the cap down over the culprit's face and adjusted the rope round his neck, he pulled the fatal bolt, and Keenan was launched into eternity for the murder of his mother. He struggled hard for a few minutes and managed to get hold of the trapdoor of the scaffold which he shook violently. After hanging the usual time, life was pronounced extinct, and the body was cut down.
June 17, 1862
RICH - We regret to learn that a child was so severely burned on Saturday evening that she died yesterday. The little girl whose name is Rich had been trying to take a piece of wood out of the stove when her clothes caught fire, and before assistance could be obtained, a part of her body was actually charred, and recovery was hopeless.
June 18, 1862
ANGLIM - Died on the morning of the 17th instant, of disease of the heart, at the residence of her parents in London, C.W. , Lizzie, wife of Mr. Jas. Anglim, of this city, in the 23rd year of her age.
HOWARD - Died in New York, on Thursday, the 12th instant, Mrs. Margaret M. Howard, aged 50 years.
June 19, 1862
FIELDS - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, infant son of J. C. Fields, Esq.
June 20, 1862
TASCHEREAU (Quebec) - Under the usual heading, we record the death of Antoine Charles Taschereau, Esq., formerly Lieut. Col. of the Canadian Militia, in his 64th year. The deceased, who was born on the 26th October, 1797, was a member of one of our oldest and most
honourable Lower Canada families. He was one of the Seigneurs of Beauce which county he represented in the Parliament of Lower Canada and again, after the Union, in the Assembly of the United Provinces. For a number of years dating from 1849, he held an office in the Customs Department, Quebec, the duties of which he followed in his characteristic spirit of honour and fidelity. His death occurred on Wednesday last at Deschambault after an illness of several years' duration, and he was interred in that place on Saturday last.
UNNAMED MEN - At the raising of a barn in Lobo Township, two men got quarrelling when one struck the other with an axe. At sight of the occurrence, the men who were raising a bent, let go their hold when the stick came down, killing eight men in its descent. The man struck with the axe, it is said, died immediately.
June 24, 1862
RUTHVEN - Died at Grimsby, on Saturday morning, the 21st instant, of inflammation of the lungs, Charles Robert Nelles, aged 18 years and 9 months, only son of Mr. James Ruthven.
SHARP - Died in this city, on Monday, the 23rd instant, Mr. James Sharp, aged 44 years. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock from his late residence, Walnut street. Friends are invited to attend without further notice.
June 25, 1862
ELMSLIE (Guelph) - It is with much regret that we have to record an accident which happened to Mr. Peter Elmslie, at one time teacher in the Senior Primary School here, which indirectly led to his death a week after its occurrence. Mr. and Mrs. Elmslie, on the 18th instant, were travelling in a single waggon between Nichol and Eramosa. When near Armstong's mill, the horse was frightened by a cow which caused him suddenly to jump around, locking the wheels, and upsetting it. Mr. Elmslie sustained serious injuries besides having his right leg dislocated. Being much weakened from the effects of a long and serious illness, all that his medical attendants, Drs. Howitt and Parker, could do was unavailing. He died on Tuesday last. Mrs. Elmslie was also much injured. She is, however, recovering. Mr. Elmslie had a large circle of attached friends and was highly respected as a teacher and as a man.
ROBINSON (Peterborough) - A serious accident occurred at South Dummer on Saturday evening last. A number of men were engaged in raising a barn for Mr. John Spense. They were in the act of raising one of the beams when from some cause, it slipped, falling upon Mr. Alexander Robinson, striking him upon the back of the head. He never spoke afterwards, but about 2 o'clock
on Sunday morning, he died. Robinson was a man about 26 years of age, and very much respected. He leaves a widow and two children to mourn his loss and the sad occurrence. Mr. Oliver Ingram had a narrow escape. The beam in falling grazed his arm, splintering one of the bones.
June 27, 1862
MCMILLAN, GALBRAITH - A correspondent at Eldon informs us that Malcolm McMillan and two sons, and Malcolm Galbraith and his son, all of the Township of Bexley, were drowned in Balsalm Lake on Saturday last. How the accident occurred can at present only be conjectured. The deceased had been out fishing together in the same boat, which it is supposed was upset by some untoward means. No apprehensions whatever were entertained for the safety of the party until the boat was discovered floating on the lake without a guide. Further search led to the finding of four of the bodies.
July 1, 1862
LAND - Died at the residence of H. R. O'Reilly, in East Flamborough, on the 30th ultimo, of congestion of the lungs, John A. Land, Esq., aged 45 years. The funeral will take place on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
MORGAN - Llewellyn Morgan, of the 1st Battalion, P.C.O. Rifle Brigade, died in the military hospital on Sunday evening of disease of the lungs. This is the third death in the Battalion since its arrival in Canada, and the second since it reached this city. We understand he will be interred this afternoon in the Cemetery, the funeral cortege to leave the hospital at three p.m.
July 2, 1862
LAND - Died at the residence of H. R. O'Reilly, in East Flamborough, on the 30th ultimo, of congestion of the lungs, John A. Land, Esq., youngest son of the late Abel Land, and only brother of R. A. Land, of this city, aged 45 years. The funeral will take place to‑day, Wednesday, at 2 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
RENSHAW - An inquest was held yesterday afternoon at the City Hall, Dundas, before Dr. McMahon, in view of the body of Thomas Renshaw. It appeared that the deceased was formerly employed at the cotton factory in Dundas. He went to seek employment in the vicinity of Port Dover and returned on Monday last and was taken sick. He was attacked with vomiting and though every possible aid was given to him, he expired yesterday morning. We have not learned the result of the inquest.
July 3, 1862
FARRELL - On Saturday morning, Private Farrell, of No. 6 Battery, 10th Brigade, Royal Artillery, committed suicide while on duty at Fort Henry. He left his guard apparently upon a momentary impulse and plunged into the lake. His body was recovered in the forenoon, and it was arranged to hold an inquest within the fort. The result we have not learned.
UNNAMED SOLDIERS (Kingston) - Two men of the Royal Artillery were drowned on Friday evening by the overturning of a small flat ‑bottomed scow in which they, with some other comrades, were rowing from Point Frederick to Fort Henry. The bodies were not recovered up to Saturday afternoon, although constant efforts were made to regain them.
July 7, 1862
ROSS - We regret to state that two men lost their lives on the Great Western Railway on the 4th instant. The manner in which their deaths occurred is not yet ascertained. One of the young men, named Alexander Ross, was a resident of this city, and obtained a situation on the railway about two weeks ago as a spare brakesman. He was officiating in that capacity on the excursion train, and it appears that in returning from the falls, he was missed shortly after passing Thorold station. His body was found next morning on the track, horribly mangled so that he could only be recognized by his dress. The other man was a stranger, dressed in black clothes and has not yet been recognized. It is not known with certainty whether or not he was on the train, but the body was found on the track about two miles from that of poor Ross. He was breathing when discovered, but insensible, and soon expired. The bodies of the two unfortunates were conveyed to Thorold where an inquest will be held.
July 8, 1862
MOORE - Mr. Ransom Moore was found dead in his bed on the morning of the 25th ultimo under peculiar circumstances. An inquest has been held and the following circumstances elicited. On the previous night, the deceased and his brother had been out until eleven o'clock. On returning home, the deceased went to look after his horses which were chained in their pasture. The brother retired and soon went to sleep and did not awake till morning when he found his brother in bed beside him dead, and two other persons slept in the same room with the deceased and his brother. The medical men who made the post mortem examination gave it as their opinion that the deceased died from strangulation. The jury, having been adjourned from time to time, have not yet given in a verdict.
The deceased and his brother were engaged in the lumbering business and were both men of temperate habits and of good character. The affiar is creating a great deal of excitement in Walsingham where it happened.
July 9, 1862
DUNCAN - Mr Thomas Duncan, a farmer residing in the southwest corner of Arran Township, committed suicide on Saturday last, the 28th ultimo. It seems the deceased had been for sometime in an uneasy state of mind though not in embarrassed circumstances. He wrote some poetry on Saturday in friend’s house in which he seems to imply that he was obliged by some influence to destroy himself. Towards evening, he put the muzzle of a gun into his mouth and touching the trigger with his foot literally blew the top of his head off. Coroner Hawkesworth, M.D., held an inquest, Mr. Robert Cairns was foreman of the jury, and the verdict was of course temporary insanity. Mr. Duncan leaves a wife and several children, none we believe over 17 years of age.
July 10, 1862
MERRITT - One by one, the old political stagers are dropping off. On Saturday, the 5th July, Mr. William Hamilton Merritt breathed his last, having been born on 3rd July, 1793. New York was his native state, and though he lived the greater part of his life in Canada, he never ceased to hold New York as a model state with model canal management, and a written constitution such as Canada ought to adopt. Mr. Merritt has been failing very visibly for two or three years past, and he was at Montreal on his way to the sea coast when he was attacked with his fatal illness. Advised to return home, he died on board the steamer “Champion”.
Whatever celebrity he obtained arose chiefly from his connection with the Welland Canal in the early stages. Since canals were invented, there was not an isthmus of the least importance which did not suggest a canal in many minds. Mr. Merritt gave the idea of connecting Lakes Erie and Ontario by a canal a practical shape, though the original notions were very crude. His scheme was to make a tunnel forty or fifty feet underground with plank on the sides and on the top. Engineers gave estimates of cost which, when placed beside the actual figure, we can only regard as warning against deception in similar cases. But then nothing beyond vessels of ten tons burthen were thought of in connection with the canal. Three routes were spoken of, surveyed we should say and the canal was to be built for about eighteen thousand pounds on any one of them. It has cost between five and six millions of dollars.
Mr. Merritt figured in the Parliament of Upper Canada before he appeared in that of United Canada, and in those early days the canal was everything to him. After the Union he was Commissioner of Public Works in the Lafontaine‑Baldwin administration for a while, when he
resigned on some differences of opinions with colleagues. He long held the constituency of Lincoln so firmly that no one had the least chance of displacing him till he voluntarily abandoned it for a seat in the Legislative Council, a piece of popular gratitude, since as is seldom enjoyed by any public man in this country. Mr. Merritt's death leaves a vacancy in the Division he represented in the Legislative Council.
ENGLEHART - We regret to learn that a boy, between seven and eight years of age, was drowned in the village of Hespeler on Saturday last. He was the son of Mr. Louis Englehart, and the unfortunate accident caused a painful feeling throughout the village.
RICHTER - Last evening, an inquest was held at Port Dalhousie before E. Goodman, M.D., coroner, to ascertain by what means Louis Richter had met his death. The deceased was a native of Saxony and came to this town from Buffalo about a year ago and obtained employment on the Welland R. R. as trimmer. Yesterday he was engaged in sweeping up the grain on the floor of the elevator at Port, when his head was caught between the “dead heads” of the cars and crushed so severely that he died almost instantly. The verdict of the jury was “that he was struck by some portion of a car on the head while engaged in sweeping the wheat off the track in the elevator of the Welland R. R. Company, on the 7th July, 1862, and that the death was owing to the coupling of the cars while deceased was engaged in sweeping the said track, a practice which the jury consider to be objectionable”. We understand that Mr. Stovin, the manager, has taken the proper steps to prevent another accident of a similar nature.
MCGREGOR - On Saturday night last, many of the inhabitants of Sarnia were disposed to enjoy the pleasure of an ablution in the St. Clair after two very hot days. Among these was a company of six or seven young men who chose that part of the river below the Great Western Railway dock. One of the number, a young man named John McGregor, is supposed to have been taken with a cramp, for as soon as he commenced to swim, he was observed to be sinking. His company, however, thought he was diving and gave the circumstance no further thought. He came to the surface, coughed, and immediately sank again, and on rising the third time, they shouted to him to come ashore, but as they saw him sinking the third time, they ran to his assistance, but their help was too late. He sank to rise no more alive.
RAIL (Sarnia) - On Sabbath morning, we learn that another young man, named Thomas Rail, while bathing on the opposite side of the river, met with a similar fate as the above. A search was instituted for the body, and in about an hour it was brought to light. These fatal accidents, resulting no doubt from the extreme coldness of the water inducing cramps, should be a warning to others to be more careful when venturing beyond their depth, and the solemn lesson, solemnly
demonstrated that “in the midst of life we are in death”. Let the living lay it to heart.
ANDERSON - The Dumfries “Reformer” learns that the unknown young man who was killed on the excursion train last Friday was Lawrence Anderson, brother of Mr. A. Anderson of Galt, in which town deceased formerly resided. (See page 49 under Ross)
BEADLE - One of the soldiers of the Rifle Brigade, named Beadle, stationed in Ancaster, committed suicide yesterday morning by hanging himself. No cause is known for the committal of the rash act. Beadle has been a long time in the Brigade and has several medals for his services.
July 12, 1862
MERRITT - The funeral of the late Hon. W. H. Merritt was the largest that has ever taken place in this part of Canada, and the attendance was from all parts of the country. The day was religiously observed as a day of mourning, every store and workshop in the town being closed. The vessels passing through the canal had their flags half mast. The funeral cortege formed on Yate street in the following order: members of the Fire Brigade; employees of Mr. Shisktunn; police; members of the Town Council; hearse, drawn by four horses dressed in proper funeral palls, with the pallbearers on either side; the mourners; and the public following. There were between 150 and 200 carriages in the procession which extended the whole length of St. Paul street from Yate street. The pallbearers were: Sir J. B. Robinson, Bart.; Sir A. N. McNab, do.; Chief Justice Burns; Col. Gregory; Col John Clark; J. Keeler, R. Woodruff. G. Wright, Esqs. The Rev. Dr. Atkinson read the funeral service of the Episcopal Church at the grave, and one of Canada's greatest men passed from our sight forever.
MERRITT - All that was mortal of the late Hon, W. H. Merritt was confined to the tomb on Wednesday last. The best biographical sketch of the deceased gentleman appeared in the Globe of the 8th instant.
Our contemporary says: Mr. Merritt was the son of one of those brave and self‑denying men who, upon the breaking out of the American Revolution, adhered to the principles of their forefathers and sought a home in the then wilderness of Canada in which they could maintain their allegiance to the Crown and the country of their love. Mr. Merritt was one of the best specimens of the descendants of that noble band of pioneers.
He was first brought into notice by the active part he took as an officer in the Canadian Militia during the War of 1812 while a very young man. Some years later, fired by the example of DeWitt Clinton and the other projectors and promoters of the Erie Canal through the state of
New York, Mr. Merritt conceived the design of uniting Lakes Erie and Ontario by the Welland Canal. It was not simply that Mr. Merritt, almost single handed, overcame the prejudices and pecuniary obstacles encountered in constructing the Welland Canal, but he also wielded an immense influence in securing the completion on a great scale of the connecting links of the St. Lawrence navigation necessary for the full development of our carrying trade, and it may be said that in every important step taken during the last forty years to develop Canadian commerce, he took an active share. Although accustomed to entertain schemes much in advance of his contemporaries which had frequently the appearance of being chimerical, he was nevertheless practical in the mode of carrying out his plans. A most remarkable combination of the apparently impractical with the actuality practised was never seen. No obstacle daunted him. Earnest and labourious, though without any charms of manner, he brought all classes of men under his influence, and however disposed at first to ridicule or oppose his projects, whoever came within his reach almost invariably became his supporter.
He saw the Welland Canal rise through all its steps from his original plan of petty locks of timber to its present magnificent proportion. He saw it crowded to repletion with the vessels of both nations, the American people paying tribute to the enterprise of Canada. He witnessed the immense development which its construction gave to the section of country through which it passes in which his own personal interests lay, and more especially the striking prosperity of the town in which he resided and which he may be said to have created. He devised and carried through to completion the Welland Railway which he contended would be, instead of a rival, an assistant to his greater work. He involved his personal fortune in the completion of his enterprise, and it is probable that the difficulties he thereby encountered hastened his end. He was the hero of the greatest struggle with the difficulties of nature encountered by the pioneers of civilization in the Great Lake region of North America, and deserves to have his name enrolled with DeWitt Clinton, with Brunet, and with Stephenson, men who devised great works and struggled successfully against the still stronger prejudices of mankind.
As a politician, he was a consistent, but moderate liberal, and devoted his chief attention to questions of commerce and finance. He took an active part in securing the passage of the Reciprocity treaty, and was devoted to every measure which had for its object the development of the carrying trade of the St. Lawrence. In later years he favoured the establishment of an arrangement like the German Zuliverein between Canada and the United States in order to perfect free trade between the two countries, and the abolition of custom Houses.
July 14, 1862
QUINN (Montreal) - About a quarter to one o'clock yesterday morning, a dreadful deed was committed in the barracks of the 1st Battalion of H. M.'s 16th Regiment involving the death
of Sergeant E. Quinn, a soldier of 17 years' service and one deservedly beloved by all his comrades and acquaintances. It appears from the statements of several of the non‑commissioned officers and men that, after tattoo, all of the men in the room of which deceased had charge, including Private John Mawn, retired to bed when the lights were extinguished. At l¼ a.m. there, Private Conneil was awoke by deceased exclaiming, "Good God, is there no one near me. I am shot'." Conneil immediately turned around and in the darkness, demanded, “What is this?” When Mawn, who was approaching him, coming down the room, after having left deceased's bed, brought his rifle on which the bayonet was fixed in the ready and made a quick lunge at his body, Conneil in a moment caught the bayonet by the socket and saved himself from injury, when both grappled and a fierce struggle took place, Mawn no doubt meaning something desperate, and Conneil, who believed the rifle was loaded, fighting to save his life. The latter now shouted out, “I have caught the murderer. Is there no one to assist me?”
Private Judge now came to his comrade's assistance and seized Mawn, and in a few moments, Sergeant Carroll, Corporal Mullin, and other soldiers, who were on guard at the station near the barrack gate, came running up to the room in the second storey of the building whence the report of the rifle proceeded and took Mawn into custody. It was now ascertained that the prisoner had got up from his bed, took the rifle and fixed the bayonet, and had then shot the deceased in the body about two inches below the navel, the ball passing out near the left arm‑pit. The poor fellow was removed to the hospital where he died after three hours of dreadful suffering. The half of the charge scattered in firing the rifle, but the remainder was sufficiently powerful to drive the minie bullet through the deceased's body and bed and against the wall on the other side, in which it made a considerable indentation.
On being searched, another ball cartridge was found in the prisoner's pocket, and expressions are reported to have fallen from him indicating anything but a spirit of regret. It is said that Mawn was under the influence of liquor at the time, in short neither drunk nor sober. The only explanation that we have heard for this awful deed of blood is the following. It seems that two or three weeks ago the deceased was sent in command of a section of men among whom was the prisoner to Chambly for ball practice. Mawn happened to become intoxicated on the way, and was unable to keep in the ranks, when it was found necessary to have him removed. He was of course reported by Sergeant Quinn, and received a merely nominal punishment in the shape of seven days' confinement to guard house. The prisoner never had any quarrel with the deceased, not till this time probably did any ill feeling ever arise in his breast towards his sergeant. The prisoner, although previously guilty of a few trifling offences, bore on the whole a good character. We need only add that there is in the Regiment a widespread feeling of regret at the untimely death of one who displayed an honourable anxiety to be sent with the Regiment to
Canada and who was distinguished for his good conduct and totally respected as a man and a soldier. The deceased was a native of Ireland and 31 years of age at the time of his death. The prisoner has spent eight years in the service. Contrary to the expectations of many, there was no inquest held yesterday.
RYAN - We learn from the “Globe” that on Friday last while the steamer “Empress” was on her way from Hamilton to Toronto a passenger named Ryan accidentally fell overboard and was drowned. The steamer was stopped as quickly as possible and every effort made to recover the body but without success. Several boats put out from Oakville, the accident having occurred nearly opposite that port, but the body had not yet been recovered when the steamer left for Toronto.
July 16, 1862
KERR - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, Esther Maria, wife of the late Samuel Kerr, Esq., aged 48 years. Friends are respectfully informed that the funeral will take place from the residence of Mr. John Eastwood, Peel street, on Thursday, the 7th instant, at one o'clock p.m.
July 23, 1862
WILSON - On the morning of Sabbath last, the 20th instant, as Mr. James Wilson, of the 1st Concession of Ancaster, was setting out with his family to attend public worship in the Rev. Mr. Lee's church, Mrs. Wilson put up an umbrella after getting into the waggon, when the motion caused the young and spirited team to start off. Mr. Wilson ran by their side till he succeeded in seizing one of the horses by the halter when he was unfortunately jammed against the gate post and so severely injured that he survived the accident only about half an hour. His aged mother was also badly hurt, but his wife and children escaped with little injury. Mr. Wilson was in the prime of life and a most estimable and respected member of society. Tuesday, his remains were interred in the burying groung at Copper Hill chapel where a discourse was, in the absence of Mr. Lee, preached by the Rev. Mr. Henderson of this city to a very large assemblage of the surrounding community.
July 24, 1862
HUTCHINSON - Died at her residence, East Flamborough, on Tuesday, the 22nd instant, in the 70th year of her age, after a severe illness of five days, Mary, relict of the late George Hutchinson, Esq. Funeral at 10 o'clock on Thursday arriving at the Burlington cemetery at 1 o'clock.
July 25, 1862
BOURRET (Quebec) - We learned last night from a gentleman from Athabaskaville that a shocking tragedy had occurred in the Township of Stanfold about three miles from the station some time yesterday morning. A woman named Madame Bourret who had manifested symptoms of insanity years ago and before her marriage, and whose husband is now in the United States at the hay crop there, murdered her seven children and then cut her own throat. It appears that on Sunday night, there was a "veiller" at the house and that the thing must have occurred between the departure of the guests and morning, for at an early hour yesterday morning, Madame Bourret's daughter, who had been at the "veiller" but resided at St. Norbert, called at her mother's to see her. Finding the door closed, she looked in the window and was then shocked to see eight corpses, those of her mother, brother and sisters. The eldest of the murdered children, a girl of 14 years of age, seems to have had a desperate struggle for her life, for the bodies of mother & daughter were lying close together and the mother had several wounds on her arms, apparently inficted by an axe that was also close to the bodies. The daughter's throat and arms were cut, evidently with a razor which the rigid fingers of the mother still tightly grasped when the tragedy was discovered by the surviving daughter. All the doors and windows were found barred on the inside, thus of course leading to the conclusion that the dreadful deed had been committed by some one inside.
DALLYN - Died on the 24th instant, Elizabeth Ann, daughter of J. E. Dallyn, aged 5 weeks. The funeral will take place from the residence of her father, Stuart street, this afternoon at 4 o'clock.
July 26, 1862
BIRELY - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, Mary Catherine, infant daughter of N. F. Birely, aged 2 months. The funeral will take place from the residence of her father, Main street, this afternoon at 4 o'clock.
July 28, 1862
CAMERON (Montreal) - Yesterday morning, an inquest was held by Mr. Coroner Jones on the body of a man named Hugh Cameron who fell from the 4th storey window of a tavern in Commissioner street kept by Francois X. Roy. It appears that Cameron who was a raftsman arrived on Tuesday from Quebec, and during the day drank several times. He was seen by Constable Simard leaning from the 4th storey window at ten o'clock on Tuesday night. Shortly afterwards, Simard saw an object falling to the street and heard a sound of a heavy body striking
the pavement. He approached and found the unfortunate raftsman lying on the sidewalk, shockingly bruised and bleeding. A physician was immediately sent for, but before his arrival, Cameron had expired. The verdict of the coroner's jury was in accordance with the facts.
KERNAHAN (London) - Before going to press, we learned that the coachman of H.C.R. Beecher, Esq., was drowned about 6 o'clock last evening while bathing in the River Thames in rear of the residence of that gentleman. Up to the latest accounts, we have not heard of the body's being recovered. We also learn that a person named Robert Kernahan was drowned in a pool of water in a brick‑yard at Ryan's Corners on Thursday where deceased had gone to bathe. The body was speedily recovered but life was extinct.
COOK - The Woodstock “Sentinel” has the following account of a murder near Innerkip, County of Oxford. The all‑engrossing topic of conversation is the lamentable case of a wife's murder that unfortunately occurred in the outskirts of the village on Monday last. About seven months ago, Thomas Cook and his reputed wife, Bridget, left their residence at Innerkip and have been since that time wandering through the towns of Simcoe, Port Dover, Dundas, and Guelph, from which latter place they arrived in Woodstock on Monday morning and then proceeded to Innerkip in a waggon going that way, reaching their home about noon. On the road back, they quarrelled in the waggon, and he threatened to murder her that night. The teamster who drove them out to Innerkip informed us that she had a very abusive tongue and strove by the most abusive language to irritate her husband. Shortly after reaching home, he commenced to beat her with an oak club on the head in a brutal manner, having hold of her by the throat with one hand and using the oak club with the other.
The person who drove them from Woodstock heard her cries and in looking in at the window of their house saw Cook beating his wife in the manner above described, and then he gave the alarm, but so used were the inhabitants of the village to the drunken brawls of this unhappy pair, little or no attention was given to the alarm until the evening when Mr. Vincent and Mr. McLean, and a few others went to the house. The door was locked and Cook refused to give admittance, stating that Bridget was fatigued and asleep, and he did not wish her disturbed. After some persuasion, he opened the door for Mr. Vincent who went in and found Bridget on the bed a corpse, brutally disfigured about the face and head by the blows Cook had inflicted. Cook, during the lifetime of his first wife, conducted himself with some respectability, but after her death, which took place three or four years ago, he associated himself with this worthless and, as general report goes, profligate woman, and both of them have since been a great annoyance to the community. He is now in jail awaiting his trial at the next Assize for wilful murder.
July 30, 1862
LATHAM - The soldier who wan drowned on Saturday last at Grimsby and whose name, we understand, was Latham, was buried with military honours at that place yesterday. The Band left this city in the morning to attend the ceremony.
July 31, 1862
COPP - Died in this city, on Tuesday morning, the 29th July, Anthony William, infant son of Mr. Anthony Copp, aged 10 weeks.
SUTHERLAND (Toronto) - In a tenement house on the south side of Richmond street, near York street, a married woman named Margaret Sutherland, was found early yesterday morning weltering in her blood, and suspicion was at once aroused that she had met her death by violence. In the upper part of the building, the deceased with her husband and four small children resided, having communication with the street by stairs which opened on a narrow lane on the east side of the house. In the lower portion of the building lives another family named Sullivan, but between their apartments and those above there is no direct communication. About half past six o'clock yesterday morning, a man named Patrick O'Connor called at Sutherland's house for the purpose of accompanying him to his work. On opening the door in the lane he saw Sutherland's wife lying at the foot of the stairs with blood on her face and breast. She did not move and was probably then dead. O'Connor informed the people in the ground floor of the fact and then proceeded to his work.
Mrs. Sullivan went from her place to the door, and there found two or three women collected. The prostrate woman was carried upstairs and Dr. Scott was summoned. On his arrival about eight o'clock, he pronounced Mrs. Sutherland to be dead. There were several cuts on her head and her clothing was covered with blood. The police were soon made acquainted with the occurrence and by order of the Police Magistrate who thought appearances warranted the step, Sutherland was taken into custody to await the result of an investigation. This was held in the afternoon by Coroner Scott at A. Killegan's tavern, corner of York and Richmond streets. It appeared from the evidence offered that the deceased was somewhat addicted to the use of liquor, and that quarrels occasionally arose between her and her husband in which he heaped coarse and abusive language upon her. There was no testimony, however, to show that he was concerned in her death, and it is probable, as well as possible, that it was caused accidentally.
August 1, 1862
CLARKE - Died on Victoria Avenue, on the 31st ultimo, after a long and painful illness, Mercy,
wife of Hiram Clarke, Esq., in the 62nd year of her age. The funeral will take place from Mr. Clarke's residence, Victoria avenue, on Friday, 1st proximo, at 4 o'clock. Friends will please accept the above intimation.
August 5, 1862
SWAIN - A prisoner in the gaol here, named James Swain, died very suddenly on Sunday afternoon. He was brought up before the Police Magistrate last week charged with keeping a disorderly house near the wood market, and was committed to take his trial at the Recorder's Court. From the evidence gained at the inquest held by Coroner Bull, it appears that he was received into gaol on Saturday and placed in a cell occupied by another prisoner named Robert Wilson. Wilson stated that on Sunday morning, deceased complained of not feeling well in his stomach, and that he vomited his breakfast. He had his dinner which his stomach retained, but he felt sick and remained on his bed. About four in the afternoon, he turned on his right side, then on his back, stretched out his limbs, and shortly afterwards expired. The alarm was given and Dr. Rosebrugh sent for, but life had departed before he arrived. There was no doubt from the deceased's previous habits as to the cause of his death, and the jury accordingly returned a verdict of sudden death from long‑continued intemperance.
August 6, 1862
SMYTH (London) - Captain Smyth is dead. He left the vicissitudes and cares of a long and chequered life behind him yesterday, and passed into the world of spirits. Dear old man! We and everyone in London will miss him with his venerable form, silver locks, and neat and graceful appearance as he passed through the streets. Everybody noticed Capt. Smyth and he had a smile and a kind word for everybody, but with children, he was a general favourite. Capt. Smyth was one of the last of the Waterloo heroes, and a word or two respect ‑ his military career may not be uninteresting to his many friends or to the officers and soldiers stationed in our garrison. The deceased served in the 1st Battalion, 95th Rifle Brigade, was at the taking of Copenhagen, in the Peninsular campaign under Sir John Moore and His Grace the Duke of Wellington, and closed his military term by being present at the battle of Waterloo in 1815. Capt. Smyth held two medals for distinguished service, one for Waterloo and one with twelve clasps for the Peninsular campaign. He had the honour of organizing the first Volunteer Rifle Company in Western Canada and was appointed to the command of it. The deceased was 76 years of age and up to a few weeks since, was lively, hale, and hearty. He was always proverbial for being of an open, warm‑hearted turn of mind, and his flow of good humour seemed to be inexhaustible. Capt.
Smyth, before his death, made a particular request that he should be buried with military honours. In compliance therefore it is the intention of the Artillery and Rifle Companies to turn out and escort the worthy remains of deceased to the grave.
August 7, 1862
MORRISON - We witnessed a solemn spectacle yesterday, a Masonic funeral. The remains of Mr. John Morrison, a resident of this city for some twenty years and the Tyler of the Masonic body in this city during the same period, was committed to the 'house appointed for all living'. The funeral was attended by a large concourse of Masons and other friends of the deceased and was conducted with all the ceremonies usual with that ancient body. Mr. Morrison, under a somewhat harsh and eccentric exterior, was emphatically a warm and large‑hearted man, and many there are in this city who can bear testimony to his sterling honesty and uprightness of character. The writer of this knew him well and can safely say that, with all his pecularities, and who has them not?, it were well that the world had more of his kind. May he rest in peace.
August 9, 1862
MACNAB - To‑day it becomes our melancholy duty to record the sudden demise of one whom the country had been accustomed to regard for the past 25 years as the foremost among its distinguished citizens. The first Commoner of Canada is no more. He breathed his last at Dundurn yesterday afternoon about 4 o'clock after a brief illness of little more than a week. Ten days ago he was in perfect health and spirits and had entered with renewed vigour upon the private labour he set apart for himself during the interval before the next meeting of Parliament. But alas', how short and uncertain is human life as exemplified in the death of Sir Allan MacNab which took the city by surprise. It was known to but a few that he was suffering from an attack brought on by over‑exertion which gradually changed to a disease for which there was no remedy. All that three medical attendants, Dr. Hamilton of Flamborough West, Dr. Craigie of this city, and Dr. Lizars of Toronto could do to preserve so valuable a life was done but all in vain.
The Hon. Col. Sir Allan Napier MacNab, Bart., M.L.C., A.D.C. was born at Niagara in the year 1798 of Scottish extraction. His grandfather, Major Robert MacNab, was Royal Forester in Scotland and resided on a small property called Dundurn at the head of Loch Earn. His father entered the army in Her Majesty's 71st Regiment, and subsequently was promoted to a Dragoon Regiment. He was attached to the staff of General Simcoe during the revolutionary war. After its close, he accompanied General Simcoe to this country. When the Americana attacked Toronto,
Sir Allan, then a boy at school, was one of a number of boys selected as able to carry a musket, and after the authorities surrendered the city, he retreated with the army to Kingston where, through the instrumentality of Sir Roger Sheaf, a friend of his father's, he was rated as midshipman on board Sir James Yeo's ship and accompanied the expedition to Sackett's Harbour, Genesee and other places on the American side of the lake. Finding promotion rather slow, he left the Navy and joined the 100th Regiment under Colonel Murray and was with them when they re‑opened the Niagara frontier. He crossed with the advanced guard at the storming and taking of Fort Niagara. For his conduct in this affair, he was honoured with an Ensigncy in the 49th Regiment. He was with General Ryall at Fort Erie and crossed the river with him when Black Rock and Buffalo were burnt in retaliation for the destruction of Niagara, a few months previous. After the termination of this campaign, Sir Allan joined his regiment in Montreal and shortly after, marched them to the attack of Plattsburg. On the morning of the attack, he had the honour of commanding the advanced guard at the Saranac Bridge. At the reduction of the army in 1816 to 1817, he was placed on half pay.
He then commenced the study of law and during this time was employed as copying‑clerk and Clerk of the Journals in the Legislative Assembly, and when the Parliament of Upper Canada was extinguished by the Act of Union, Sir Allan was Speaker. He was subsequently elected speaker of the United Legislature. He was called to the Bar in 1825 and commenced the practice of his profession in Hamilton where he was for many years a most successful practitioner, having all the most important business in the District. He was then appointed Queen's Counsel, the first appointment of the kind in Upper Canada. He was first elected to Parliament in 1829, we believe, along with the Hon. John Willson, for the County of Wentworth, and after serving in three parliaments, was returned for the town of Hamilton, in opposition to Mr. Harrison, the Government's nominee.
He was afterwards opposed by Messrs Tiffany, Freeman, and Buchanan.
Sir Allan MacNab was in years past recognized as the leader of the Conservative Party, and when Mr. Hincks and his party were defeated in 1854, he was entrusted by Lord Elgin, then Governor‑General of this province, with the formation of a new cabinet. There were great and almost insurmountable obstacles to contend against, and Sir Allan saw that it would be impossible to form a party administration. His well‑known political tact was brought into play, however, and a coalition ministry was shortly announced, Sir Allan representing the upper and Mr. Morin the lower section of the cabinet. At the preceding general election, Sir Allan had declared his readiness to yield his opposition to the abolition of the Clergy Reserves, provided the voice of the country was found to be in favour of the long agitation. The result was expected and the new Premier had no difficulty in deciding to to adopt the settlement of the vexed
question as a part of the government policy. If the now lamented baronet had never done anything more that effect the settlement of a question that had for thirty years been the great theme of agitation and the cause of ceaseless strife, he would have earned the gratitude and praise of the people of this country. Sir Allan, although thoroughly imbued with party principles and an unflinching opponent of radicalism, was far more liberal in his views than many who have taken great pains to misrepresent him. As the chief of the Coalition Government he sanctioned measures the most liberal and treated the great questions of the day with the greatest fairness. As a politician, he had few equals in tact and no man knew better how to manage a party than he did. He was a hard hitter in debate; yet his manner won for him the respect of even his strongest opponents. His retirement from active life in 1857 caused universal regret in political circles and he was welcomed back to Parliament with unbounded satisfaction.
The Toronto “Leader” said of him on his retirement: “Sir Allan, doubtless, was not a faultless politician, but this may at least be said in extenuation of many of his errors that they were the fault of the times in which he played a prominent part. Sir Allen leaves no post for any successor to fill. He seems literally to have completed the work assigned to him, and left no arrears for a successor to work off”.
Sir Allan's election to the Legislative Council for the Western District was probably one of the most remarkable in record. The requisition requesting his acceptance of a nomination, although he was an entire stranger to the electors, reached him when he was prostrated by sickness. His wonted spirits returned, he speedily rallied with the prospect of an election contest before him, but he had to be carried from his bed and after travelling to Sandwich, he actually had to be supported on the hustings until he delivered his speech. His election was secured by only a majority of 26 votes. His indomitable energy and perseverance never forsook him while it public life, and he laboured with an earnest zeal in whatever he undertook. Hamilton owed him much for what he did to raise it to its high position. He was instrumental in promoting every public improvement and furthered the interests of the city in every way that he possibly could. No man could exert himself more strenuously to advance the prosperity of the city that Sir Allan MacNab did, and now that he is gone, although he was not directly the representative of Hamilton, his loss will be deeply felt. Sir Allan was generous to a fault, and many a time his good nature has been imposed upon by worthless pretenders, but he never turned the deserving away without some token of his kindness. The poor of this city have lost a friend, for he indeed was a liberal almoner.
As a military officer, Sir Allan MacNab served his country faithfully and well. He was Colonel of Military District No. 7, and Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st Battalion of Wentworth. His zeal and efficiency during the troubles of 1837‑38 cannot, have been forgotten, for they will live in the memories of all. At the head of the 'Men of Gore' he went to Toronto, afterwards to the
frontier when he was engaged in driving the rebels from Navy Island. The memorable and daring act of cutting out the “Caroline” was done under the instruction of Sir Allan. His services were so fully appreciated by the Mother Country that he received the honour of knighthood from Her Majesty and was subsequently created a Baronet. It was said of him by the Duke of Wellington that “he was the right arm of British power in America”.
When last in England, he was consulted by the Imperial Government with regard to the defence of his native province, and came home fully expecting to be called into the field. He did all that he could to infuse enthusiasm into the hearts of the Militia, and only a few weeks since, presided at a meeting, when he did his utmost to convince that it was essentially necessary to prepare for a probable emergency. He was no alarmist, but did all he could to inspire the people with the belief that at no distant day the services of a well‑organized Militia would be needed to repel invasion.
No man in Canada has enjoyed similar honour to the late Sir Allan MacNab. First a clerk in the Legislative Asembly, afterwards a Speaker, then a knight, afterwards Premier; then a Baronet; next an Aide‑de‑camp to the Queen and attendant upon the Prince of Wales during his tour though this country; and finally Speaker of the Legislative Council. He was not what might be called an old man, not having reached the allotted three score years and ten, and in spite of his lameness, was considered hale and hearty.
He attended the funeral of the late Mr. Merritt and the last public act he performed was to sign the writ for appointing a new election for the Niagara Division which had become vacant by Mr. Merritt's death. His own demise causes two vacancies, that of Speaker of the Legislative Council and the Representative of the Western Division. Sir Allan was twice married, and out of the four children by those marriages, three are living; namely Lady Bury, Mrs. Davenport, and Mrs. Daly, none of whom was present at his death. The good and true old Baronet is gone, and his departure creates a sad blank in our midst. Like other men, he had his faults and failings; yet it may be said of him: Take him all in all, we ne'er shall look upon his like again.
CREIGHTON - On Monday last, one of the soldiers belonging to Major Hoste's Battalion of Artillery, was found to be missing and was supposed to have deserted. His clothes were found on James street wharf, and the fact that he had shortly before been reduced to the ranks from the position of sergeant lent credit to the supposition that he had voluntarily left the force. We have hitherto refrained from mentioning the circumstances, but we have ascertained yesterday that ho was seen by a woman entering the water at a late hour on Monday evening & did not see his return to land, and last night a body was found in the Bay which probably is that of the same man. The name of the soldier, we believe, is Creighton.
August 11, 1862
CREIGHTON - An inquest was held by Coroner Mackintosh on Saturday evening on the body of the soldier found the previous day at the beach. Nothing definite as to the way in which he met his death was elicited, but two of his comrades who were intimate with him and who saw him on the evening of Monday last, declared their belief that he was not at all likely to commit suicide. P. C. Connor of the Royal Artillery stated that he was with the deceased (Creighton) on the evening in question, and that they were both on their way to the barracks a little before 8 o'clock when they met a civilian who accosted Creighton. The latter told witness to walk on and he would overtake him. He did not do so however. About half an hour afterwards, Corporal Wallingford of the Rifle Brigade met Creighton and the same civilian, described as being a short stout man. Deceased spoke to Wallingford as he was passing, and said he was on his way to the barracks. This was the last trace we have of him until his body was found in the Bay. There were, however, two other witnesses who stated they saw a soldier, whose appearance as they described it, somewhat resembled that of the deceased, somewhat under the influence of liquor, going in the direction of Waddell's wharf after 12 o'clock that same night. He spoke to them but gave a different name from his own, and subsequently went off in the direction of the wharf where the clothes of Creighton were found next morning It is to be hoped that the civilian who accosted the deceased and went w ith him will come forward and state when and in what condition he parted with him. The jury returned a verdict of “found drowned”.
MACNAB - The funeral of the late Sir Allan MacNab will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock. The body, we believe, will be interred in the family burial ground near Dundurn. The members of the City Coucil met on Saturday evening and on motion of Ald. Clark, seconded by Ald. Lister, the following resolution was adopted: That the Council, having heard of the demise of Sir A. N. MacNab, be it resolved that the members of this Council do attend the funeral in their official capacity on Monday next.
We suppose the whole of the business places in the city will be closed during the time the cortege is passing to the burial ground, say from 3 to 4 o'clock.
August 12, 1862
GOULD - Died on Friday, the 8th instant, at Ancaster, C.W., Elizabeth Amelia Winston, wife of George Gould, aged 87.
YOUNG - A melancholy occurrence took place on the river Huron at Sarnia lust Thursday evening about 8 o'clock, resulting in the death of three estimable young persons in that town.
It appears that five children of Mr. A. Young, merchant of Sarnia, were cruising in a skiff from Port Huron. As they reached the middle of the stream, a tug hauling three vessels up the river met the boat which struck the foremost vessel and immediately capsized it, leaving the unfortunate parties in the water. Mr. Peter Young saved himself by clinging to a chain suspended from one of the vessels, and another brother saved himself by swimming. The two other brothers and their sister, Miss Susan Young, a girl between nineteen and twenty, disappeared beneath the water and were rapidly borne away by the current. As the accident occurred, the last vessel of the three mentioned lowered a yaw and those yet remaining were saved. The skiff was recovered down the river at Baby's Point. Up to yesterday afternoon, the bodies had not beer recovered. This calamity has cast a gloom over the whole community in which it transpired, the victims having resided in Sarnia for years and had been favourites with all who knew them. To add to the melancholy interest of the incident, both father and mother are in Europe, and the task now devolves on those at home to inform the parents of their sad bereavement.
MACNAB - All that was mortal of the late Hon. Sir Allan MacNab, Bart., Speaker of the Legislative Council, was conveyed to its last resting place in the family burial ground yesterday afternoon. A very general desire had been manifested to show every possible mark of respect to the remains of Sir Allan, and it was fully expected there would be an immense gathering on the occasion, for not only had the gallant deceased been prominent as a public man, but at one time was Provincial Grand Master of the Masonic order, and in addition to his being Colonel of the Military District No. 7, was an A.D.C to Her Majesty. An interment with Masonic honours was anticipated in connection with a turn‑out of the Militia of the district, but somehow or other, the object of an imposing ceremony was frustrated, and a feeling of disappointment occasioned thereby.
Rumour with her busy tongue had given currency to a statement that the honourable baronet had died a convert to the Catholic faith. With this, none would have been displeased in case the conversion had occurred in the usual manner, but under the circumstances it was held that deceit had been practised, or in other words that Sir Allan had been made a convert at a moment when not answerable for himself as he was in a state of unconsciousness. How far this may be correct, we leave others to say who had better opportunities of judging. This much we may venture to state, however, that we do not believe that Sir Allan MacNab died a pervert to the Protestant faith, for knowing him as we did, we believe him to have been possessed of greater strength of mind that to yield contrary to the convictions of his whole life and become a Roman Catholic. Nay more, we have the positive asseveration of the Rev. Mr. Geddes that Sir Allan declared he died a Protestant. Well, the rumour, as is usually the case, was magnified and distorted in various forms, and numbers refused to take any part in the last observances due to the dead.
The feeling excited in the community was intense. It had been bruited about that Sir Allen had converted unconsciously and the whole thing was declared a cheat. The day of the funeral came, and with it, the greatest excitement in the public mind of this city that was ever witnessed. People looked at each other in blank dismay. None could understand the matter, and strangers arriving here to attend the funeral were shocked beyond measure to learn that the Catholic prelates had taken charge of the deceased and intended to inter him with the rites of their church.
Among those who came from a distance were: Chief Justice McLean; Chief Justice Draper; Chancellor Vankoughnet; Hon. J. H. Cameron; Hon. W. Caley; Hon. J. B. Robinson; John Crawford, Esq., M.P.P.; T. C. Street, Esq., M.P.P.; W. Ryerson, Esq., M.P.P.; Mr. Yardington, Pon; D. Christie, Brantford; John White, Esq., Palermo; Colonel McDougall; Colonel Webster; Hon. Geo. Alexander; T. Galt, Esq.; Rev. Dr. McMurray; Hon. W. Dickson, Niagara; W. Dickson; W. L. Distin, Esq.; Colonel Munro, Galt; J. G. Vansittart, Esq., Quebec; P. S. Stephenson, Esq., Chatham; S.S. Macdonald, Esq., Windsor; C. Harvey, Esq., Ancaster; Colonel Jarvis, Toronto; S. K. Chisholm, Oakville.
A number of the leading gentlemen of the city were at Dundurn, and the attendance was very large. The Hon. Mr. Cameron and other gentlemen had undertaken to arrange matters and ascertain whether the Roman Catholic or Protestant ceremony should take place. After a long parley, the decision was arrived at that the Roman Catholic bishop and his associates, who were present, should officiate. The announcement was made and the great body of Protestants present retired from the spot. It was now an hour behind the time appointed for the burial. The following pallbearers took their places by the coffin: Isaac Buchanan, Esq., M.P.P.; Henry McKinstry, Esq.; Dr. Hamilton, West Flamborough; Col. Munro, Galt; Col. Jarvis, Toronto; W. Dickson, Esq., Galt; T. C. Street, Esq., M.P.P.; J. T. Gilkison, Esq.; and Col. Webster. The chief mourners were Councillor Stewart, his two young sons, John Crawford, Esq. M.P.P., Toronto and Mr. Macdonald, Windsor.
The coffin having been taken to the hearse, it was carried to the grave, headed by the bishop and the priests, where the customary ceremony took place. We have narrated the facts as far as they have come to our knowledge and leave the Rev. Mr. Geddes to make his statement.
The Rev. Mr. Geddes, at the close of his sermon on Sunday morning last, addressed his congregation in Christ's Church to the following effect: I cannot allow this congregation to disperse without discharging a painful duty, but it is one which I feel to be imperative upon me. Death, my brethren, has been unusually busy among us. I mean, among my own particular charge. During the last few days, no less than six have been called away of various ages from the bloom of eighteen to the snows of three score years and ten. All other losses, however, seem to be absorbed at present in one which falls heavily upon the Province at large, upon the
community in particular, and especially on this congregation. Our dear old friend, Sir Allan MacNab, is no more. You have all heard this sad announcement and it has stirred the feelings and affections of your inmost hearts. His venerable form, his manly honest countenance beaming with kindness and benignity have been long familiar to us. For seven and twenty years, he had worshipped with this congregation. But a few short weeks ago, he knelt with us at the table of the Lord. He was here present in his place the Sunday but one before he was seized with his fatal illness. He received my spiritual ministrations on Monday and Tuesday of the last week. On Thursday, I was denied access to him, although I made three ineffectual calls; viz., at noon, at five, and at half past nine p.m.
On calling the following morning, I was informed that he had become a 'good Catholic' and had been received into the bosom of the Romish church. Had this been true, he who prided himself upon his consistency in all his public life is made guilty of the grossest inconsistency at the most solemn period of his existence. He who prided himself upon his honest, manly, and straightforward fearless expression of his sentiments is made to act the coward or the hyprocrite. O foul blot upon a fair escutcheon, dark stigma upon a dear and honoured name! For the satisfaction, however, of his old and familiar friends, for the satisfaction of this congregation, and of the whole community, I do now solemnly declare to you from this sacred place that on Friday morning at about half past nine o'clock in his clear lucid moments,, in the presence of credible witnesses, our dear departed friend solemnly expressed to me on his dying bed his desire to die in the pure and reformed faith of the Church of England, and also his desire to be buried according to the rites of that Church. And yet, will it be believed that as efforts were made to subvert his soul, so it is apprehended that attempts are being made to secure for his body Romish burial. I have been notified by a near connexion of the deceased that I am not to officiate at the funeral of my dear and valued parishioner and friend.
I say not these things, my beloved brethren, for the purpose of arousing in you any feelings of unchristian resentment. Feelings of honest and virtuous indignation will come uncalled for from every ingenuous heart. I pray that we may all be governed and guided by the spirit of peace. I pray that we may have imparted to us in this difficult and perplexing circumstance “the wisdom of the serpent and the harmlessness of the dove'”. I desire to live peaceably with all men, but truth is dearer than peace. The religion of Christ is first pure, then peaceable, and we are exhorted to “contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints”. I shall not enter into further particulars at present, but shall close with this prayer. “Present us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favour and further us with thy continued help, that in all our work begun, continued, and ended in Thee we may glorify thy Holy Name and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
We understand that a detailed narrative of facts connected with this painful case will be carefully prepared and submitted to the public as soon as the necessary time can be spared and when the
heat and excitement of the present moment have somewhat passed away.
It was currently reported last evening that Sir Allan's will provided he should be buried according to Roman Catholic rites. To this statement we have received the following contradiction which we publish at the request of the Hon, J. H. Cameron who read the will, Hon. Chancellor Vankoughnet, and others: “It is not true that there was any provision in the will of Sir Allan MacNab providing for his burial according to the rites of the Roman Catholic church. There was no provision about the burial except that his body should be interred between his two wives. Mrs. MacNab was appointed executrix of the will and as such was entitled to the management of the interment. By her direction the body was interred with the rites of the Roman Catholic church, and the large number of persons who had come long distances to attend the funeral, left Dundurn without following the body to the grave, not because Sir A. N. MacNab was a Roman Catholic, but because by a species of fraud he was buried as such when he had died declaring himself a member of the Church of England.”
August 13, 1862
ADAMS - Died on the 12th instant, at Victoria Terrace, King street east, in this city, Robert William, only child of R. W. Adams, Esq., aged eleven months. The funeral will take place on Wednesday (to‑day) 13th instant, at 4 o'clock p.m. of which friends will take notice.
URQUHART - Died in the Township of Barton, Capt. Alexander Urquhart, aged 90 years. The funeral will take place from the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Ashbaugh, on Thursday, the 14th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m.
UNNAMED WOMAN - We learn that a servant of Mr. Dulmage, of Palermo, committed suicide in a cistern on Sunday evening. It is said that she was seen in company with a young man a short time previously, and it is, therefore, supposed that disappointed affection was the cause of the melancholy act.
UNNAMED SOLDIER - One of the soldiers of the Rifle Brigade died yesterday in the Military Hospital of diarrhaea. The funeral, we understand will take place this afternoon.
August 15, 1862
MACNAB (Editorial) - Though from hoping it were otherwise, we fear the lustre of a worthy name has been sadly dimmed by the unhappy denouement which led to the extraordinary scene at Dundurn on Monday last when so few were left to follow the mortal remains of the late Sir Allan MacNab to the grave. It were well if the event could have been
forgotten, and the attendant circumstances forever shrouded in oblivion, but the deceased, having played an important part on the world's stage, it cannot willingly be permitted that a stain should rest upon his memory as most assuredly would be the case if there were no further elucidation of the facts connected with his alleged conversion to the Romish faith. In so far as we are concerned, we have unhesitatingly declared our conviction that no real conversion ever took place, but there are others who believe the contrary, and it is for them to procure evidence to show it.
No one can subscribe to the opinion that Sir Allan died a Roman Catholic without believing him to have been an insincere Protestant, nay more, we must either believe the statement of the Rev. Mr. Geddes, or pronounce against the dying man who could deliberately affirm that he would die a Protestant at the same time that he had become a convert to another faith. There is no blinking this point, and here lies the greatest difficulty, because in whatever way the matter is viewed, a wrong has been perpetrated. If Sir Allan died a Roman Catholic, then he deceived those to whom he had all his life made the strongest profession of sincerity. On the other hand, if he died a Protestant, there can be no censure too severe, no language too strong, to deprecate the act by which he was made a proselyte in his unconscious moments.
We by no means assume that a fraud was committed because we incline to the opinion that the supposed conversion took place when the convert was not conscious of what he was doing. It is just possible that he may have given a sort of tacit consent to all that was done, and the prelate administering the religious formula not have been aware of it. This is the most charitable construction we can place upon the matter. That Sir Allan was fully sensible of what was passing when the Rev. Mr. Geddes was present and obtained from him the declaration that he was still a protestant has not been denied.
And furthermore, the evidence is clear upon that point. There are many incidents in the closing life of Sir Allan to show that he had no intention of ever deserting his religious faith. We have it from an ardent friend of the deceased that he once remarked to Sir Allan that he appeared to attend church more regularly than he formerly did, to which he received the reply that he had thought very seriously about death after the terrible scene on the “North Briton”, and had made up his mind to be a closer attender of Christ Church. There are other conversations all bearing upon the point which we do not for certain reasons disclose at present. Enough has, in our opinion, been given to prove most satisfactorily that Sir Allan MacNab died a Protestant. The statement submitted in these columns this morning from the pen of the Rev. Mr. Geddes ought to be sufficiently convincing to even the most dubious, and we venture to assert that it will be regarded as conclusive.
(Then follow four columns giving Mr. Geddes's account.)
August 18, 1862
(In a column and a half, Bishop John Farrell gives his account of the conversion of Sir Allan MacNab. )
August 19, 1862
LEARMOND - A little girl, aged about 5 years, daughter of Mr. James Learmond, who lives at the west end of the city, was drowned in a creek running through what is known as Beasley's Hollow. It appears that the little unfortunate had been crossing the creek where it was swampy, and its feet sinking, it fell backwards into the water and was drowned.
WHITESIDE - It may be remembered that about two years ago, a man, named James Whiteside, fell from the roof of Lister's buildings on James street, apparently without being much injured, but it would seem that the brain had received a shock from which it never recovered. He removed from the city to Brampton about four months ago and now the dreadful news comes that on Saturday last he killed his child and afterwards cut his own throat. The Brampton “Times”' says: Our usually quiet village was thrown into quite a commotion between six and seven o'clock last Saturday morning by areport that a man named James Whiteside, living in the flats near the Railway bridge, had killed his child and cut his own throat. On arriving at the spot, we beheld a spectacle we hope never to see again, a sweet little child of fourteen months, lying on the floor in its nightgown with the head all but severed from its body, and the father on the broad of his back in a pool of blood with a razor by his side. The scene as far as the man was concerned was horrid, but the innocent little child, when its head was put on its body, was a pretty little corpse. It died, to all appearances, without shedding a tear and with a sweet cheerful‑looking countenance. The rash act appears to have been done while the father was labouring under a melancholy state of insanity on account of the poor prospects before him of making a living.
August 20, 1862
LEARMOND - We noticed yesterday the death of a little girl named Learmond on Monday afternoon by drowning. An inquest was held on the body yesterday morning by Coroner Bull when the following verdict was returned “that the said Margaret Learmond came to her death from suffocation by drowning on the 18th instant in a hole about ten feet deep filled with water, situated in an old brickyard, formerly occupied by Mr. Faulkner. The jurors also find that the said hole is dangerous and unprotected. We would call the attention of the Mayor and Corporation to
the above, as also a dry well, some forty feet deep, which is likewise in the same neighbourhood and unprotected.
August 21, 1862
BLACK - Died in this city, on the 20th instant, Daniel Alexander, infant son of Mr. D. Black. The funeral will take place to‑day at 4:30 p.m. from the residence of Mr. Black, 86 James street.
FINDLAY - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, Margaret Findlay, youngest daughter of Robert Findlay, Bay street.
August 22, 1862
GARR - Yesterday, while some labourers were employed in the excavations for the Messrs Muirs new drydock at Port Dalhousie, the bank caved in, burying them, and when they were extricated, it was found that one man, named Patrick Garr, was killed. The unfortunate man had only been to work a few days, having recently come across the bridge to escape the draft. He leaves a mother and two sisters in Bridgeport, Ct., where he belonged, entirely dependent on him for support. It was purely an accidental occurrence, and of course no inquest was held.
August 25, 1862
COX, PICKERING (Montreal) - It is our painful duty to have to record the death by drowning of three women and one man while crossing from St. Helen's Island on Wednesday evening. It appears that Mr. Cox of Bonsecours Market, his wife, and a woman named Mrs. Pickering and her sister were over at the picnic on the Island on Wednesday. They missed the steamer, and about 8 o'clock, Cox took an old boat which had been lying unused all summer, and having put his wife and the other two women into it, he started to row over to the city. A soldier volunteered to help him and also took a seat in the boat.
When about half way across, Mrs. Cox became alarmed and requested her husband to turn back to the island, saying that if he did not do so, they would surely be drowned before reaching the city. Mr. Cox then moved over to his wife for the purpose of reassuring her, but unfortunately in stepping across, the boat upset, and the five persons were thrown into the river. The soldier clung to the keel of the boat, and his cries for assistance being heard by the picket at the gate of the Quebec barracks, some of the men put out and rescued him. The others, however, sank and were carried away by the current which is very strong in that part of the river. The bodies have not yet been recovered.
August 26, 1862
COSTIE - In this city, on Sunday, August 24th, Annie, youngest daughter of Mr. David Costie, aged 1 year and 6 months. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from Liberty street, this afternoon at 3 o'clock.
HOPE - Died in this city, yesterday, the 25th instant, James Hope, aged 30 years. The funeral will take place to‑day at 4 p.m. from his late residence, Catherine street. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
August 29, 1862
BIRELY - Died yesterday morning, Sarah Elizabeth, infant daughter of Mr. F. Birely, aged 3 months. The funeral will take place from her father's residence, Main street, this afternoon at 3 o'clock.
September 1, 1862
RYALL (Quebec) Shortly after 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, the startling rumour spread with great rapidity through the city that a sergeant had been shot on parade at the Jesuit Barracks. It was at first thought improbable that another tragedy similar to the murder of the deceased Sergeant Bewley, R. A., or that of Sergeant Quinn, 16th Regiment, Montreal, had occurred within such a short space of time. The deed of blood had been committed, and the details, when ascertained, actually surpassed in horror the first rumour.
A portion of the 17th Regiment, quartered in the Jesuit Barracks, had turned out on afternoon parade in that portion of the Barrack Yard fronting on St. Ann street. Two men had just fallen in and were numbering off when suddenly Private Patrick Tynan raised his rifle to his hip and fired at Sergeant William Ryall of No. 5 company, killing him almost instantly. The men immediately rushed forward and seized Tynan who threw down his rifle and made no resistance. The unfortunate sergeant was immediately carried off to his room but life was extinct before he reached it. The bell entered his left breast just over the heart and came out of his back near the right shoulder, inflicting a dreadful wound.
The deceased leaves a widow and six children, two of the latter being in the regimental band. He bore a most exemplary character in the regiment, was very much respected by the men, beloved by his fellow sergeants, and esteemed by his officers. We are assured that even amongst such an intelligent class as the non‑commissioned officers of the British Army are known to be, the deceased stood pre‑eminent by his knowledge, zeal, and attention to his duties. He was always lenient towards the men, acting only when forced by his duty to do so. He had seen about sixteen years service, had been a sergeant for seven years, and was about 36 or 37 years of age.
The prisoner, Patrick Tynan, is about 27 years of age, seven years of which he has been in the service. His character, according to some of his comrades, we believe is not very good, and he is said to have a very quick temper. Strange to say, however, he does not appear to have any quarrel with the deceased, nor does there seem to be any cause which could lead to such a dreadful act.He had not been recently placed under arrest, and the only admonition he had recived was an order to have his shoes and shako repaired. It is said when he dropped his rifle after the fatal deed, he exclaimed, "I will have to pay for this". If he made any other remarks, they were lost amid the confusion which prevailed.
The report of the rifle was heard by many persons in St. Ann street who were looking over the wall at the manoeuvres of the troops. Great excitement was caused by the intelligence of the murder, both in the garrison and among the citizens, and a feeling of horror and disgust at the atrocious murder was loudly expressed.
It is to be feared that this frightful mania will require a violent remedy. The presence of half a dozen bad men in the regiment, an unavoidable thing among so many, notwithstanding the high state of order and discipline which is maintained, is sufficient to jeopardize the lives of that valuable class of men, the non‑commissinped officers of the British army against whom the insane fury is directed. The morbid desire of imitating great crimes is a disease which needs speedy and efficacious treatment.The savage nature of those murders has gone on increasing at each repetition at a most fearful rate. As the murder of Quinn exceeded that of Bewley, so the deed which we are called upon to chronicle this morning, surpasses its predecessor. There is no feature of these cases to provoke sympathy. They stand in their hideous atrocity, the horror ahd execration of the community. Let us trust we have recorded the red catalogue. (For the murder of Quinn see the entry for July 14, page 53.)
WYATT - The remains of Thomas Wyatt, of the P.C.O. Rifle Brigade, who died last Thursday, were interred in the Military burying ground on Saturday afternoon with the usual military honours, the Garrison Chaplain, the Rev. A. C. Walshe reading the solemn service of the Church of England.Deceased had been but eighteen months in the service and was barely twenty years of age.He was a native of Berkshire, and a great favourite amongst his comrades by whom he was much respected and esteemed. His mother, we learn, resides in London, England, and is a widow.
September 2, 1862
RANGE - We regret to learn that a shocking murder occurred in Douro, about two miles from Peterborough, on Saturday last. A number of persons had assisted at a raising bee at Mr. Rusher's near Welsh's tavern, and among them was a man named Alfred Range. A quarrel occurred
between him and one Patrick Sullivan with having broken his windows some time previous, and Sullivan was heard to say that he would revenge himself on Range. Liquor was freely used by the party, and when evening came, Range was too drunk to go home. The party left him on the ground, and the next morning his body was found fearfully mutilated, a couple of diamond‑shaped clubs lying near him with which he had been horribly beaten about the head and face. Notice of the murder was given to Coroner Harvey, and an inquest was held on the body, the jury being summoned, and the inquest commenced on Monday evening about 6 o'clock. After the examination of one witness, the inquest was adjourned until the following day in order that all the parties present at the bee might be secured, Sullivan among the others. The evidence on Monday tended so strongly to fix the guilt upon Sullivan that the jury returned a verdict that Alfred Range had come to his death by wounds inflicted on his head and face, and that suspicion strongly rested upon Patrick Sullivan of having been guilty of wilful murder. The coroner, after consulting with the Crown Attorney, issued a warrant for the apprehension of Sullivan, but up to the time of our going to press, he had not been taken. The constable, it is proper to say, was unable to find him to serve him with the summons on Sunday or Monday.
WAKEFIELD - The celebrated Mr. Gibbon Wakefield who figured conspicuously in this Province is dead. He died in New Zealand.
September 3, 1862
BROWNE - Died on the 2nd instant, Mary Henderson, infant daughter of Edward Browne, Esq.
COOLEY - Died at Ancaster, on the 2nd instant, David Herbert, youngest son of Mr. William A. Cooley, aged 10 months.
MCINNES - Died on the 2nd instant, at No. 1 Sandyford Place, Alexander Duncan, infant son of Hugh McInnes, Esq., aged 4 months. The funeral will take place at 3 o'clock this afternoon. Friends are invited to attend.
September 4, 1862
PHILIP - Died on the 3rd instant, Albert, youngest son of James Philip, aged 1 year and 7 months. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 4 o'clock from his father's residence, corner of Catherine and Catharine streets. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
BYRNE - Died at Baldwin, St. Louis County, Missouri, Dr. W. W. Byrne, late of Ancaster, of typhoid fever, aged 31 years.
September 6, 1862
COWLING -Died on Thursday morning, John Hawie, aged 9 months, youngest son of Mr. William Cowling.
BUCHANAN - Died on the 18th ultimo, at Auchmar Cottage, Roseneath, Scotland, Mrs. Jean Buchanan, widow of the late Andrew Buchanan, Esq., of Auchmar, Stirlingshire, and aunt of the Member of Parliament.
September 8, 1862
FLEET - One of the soldiers of the Rifle Brigade, No. 2 Company, named Fleet, died in the Military Hospital on Saturday morning after a short illness of ten days. He will be interred this afternoon with military honours.
September 9, 1862
CRAIGIE - Died on the 8th instant, George, youngest son of Dr. Craigie, aged 19. Funeral on Wednesday at 3 o'clock p.m.
September 10, 1862
HUNTER - Died at Brooklyn, New York, on the 1st instant, of cholera infantum, Frances Croll, daughter of William B. Hunter, aged 16 months.
GALVAN - Coroner Bull held an inquest yesterday on the body of a young man, named John Galvan, who was drowned in the Bay under very distressing circumstances. From the evidence given at the inquest, it appears that deceased, in company with Thomas Stanton, John Britt, and Peter Murphy, went down to the inlet running up to the hat factory on Monday afternoon for the purpose of fishing. On arriving at the inlet, they found a boat loose, and concluded to row out a short distance but on leaving the shore, they discovered that the Bay was becoming rough and the wind rising, and they accordingly headed for the clay wharf at the foot of John street. When about 400 or 500 yards from the shore, however, the boat suddenly upset, and the party were precipitated into the water. They all clung to the sides of the boat, but finding it unable to sustain their weight, Britt and the deceased made for the shore, while Murphy, who was unable to swim, was assisted on the keel by Stanton where they both remained until rescued about half an hour afterwards. The deceased was not a good swimmer, but Britt kept by his side to encourage him, and it seemed as if they would both reach the land. The breeze from the shore impeded their progress and Britt, finding the deceased was losing strength, pushed to the shore alone for the purpose of obtaining assistance. He reached it, although exhausted, and on looking back,
discovered his companion about twenty yards from the wharf, struggling with the waters. He was unable to give any assistance, and poor Galvan, raising his hands with the exclamation 'oh', sank to rise no more in life. The jury returned a verdict of “accidental drowning”.
September 11, 1862
BOYD - Died on the 10th instant, Charlotte Anabella, youngest child of Hugh Boyd, Esq., aged 1 year and 6 months. The funeral will take place to‑day from her father's residence, Main street, at 4 o'clock.
September 13, 1862
MACKAY - Died on Friday morning, the 12th instant, at her residence, Jessie, widow of the late Robert Mackay, merchant, aged 44 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend her funeral to‑day at 3 p.m.
CHAMPAGNE - A Frenchman, named Oliver Champagne, was run over by the morning train from Ottawa near the junction on Thursday last. Dr. Scott held a coroner's inquest on view of the remains when it was elicited that the deceased had been in a state of intoxication in the streets of Prescott that evening. When the train approached the culvert where he was killed, the engineer discovered something on the track which he supposed was a log of wood. He whistled 'down brakes' and reversed his engine, but as the train was on a down grade and moving at a high rate of speed, it did not stop until past the culvert. As he neared the culvert, the engineer saw that the supposed log was the body of a man lying across one of the tracks, his head and feet hanging down and being quite invisible until quite near. The verdict of the jury was rendered accordingly, acquitting the engineer and other employees of the company of all blame. Deceased has for many years led a dissipated life and has frequently, while in the frenzied state arising from intoxication, jumped and danced before approaching trains, causing the engineers to fear that he would be run over. He leaves a widow and three young children.
September 15, 1862
GEDDES - Died on the 12th instant, Emma, wife of James C. Geddes, Esq., Manager of the Bank of British North America, at Brantford, aged 35 years.
GEDDES - Died on the 13th instant, Percy, infant son of W. Allan Geddes, Esq., Hamilton, aged 17 days.
September 17, 1862
FRASER - Mr. Simon Fraser, the discoverer of the river which bears his name, died yesterday at St. Andrews, C.W.. He was a native of Scotland. One of his brothers was a captain and another a lieutenant under General Wolfe and participated in the capture of Quebec.
TUCKER - Died on the 15th instant, Miss Rebecca Tucker, second daughter of Mr. John Tucker, of the Plank Road, Seneca.
September 18, 1862
MUIR - Died at Detroit, on the 17th instant, Eliza, the beloved wife of Mr. W. K. Muir, formerly of Ayr, Scotland, aged 34 years. The funeral will take place from the residence of Mr. William Muir, Park street, Hamilton, at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, 19th instant. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
September 22, 1862
GOODFELLOW - Died in British Columbia, on Jackson Mountain, between Lytton and Yale, George, eldest son of the late J. Goodfellow, Esq., Markham, C.W., aged 23 years and 6 months.
September 23, 1862
VON WALDENGELLACH - On Saturday afternoon, the body of a man in a state of decomposition was found in Nash's woods about a mile west of Stoney Creek. It was evident from the investigation made that the man had committed suicide probably three or four weeks ago and that the strap with which he had destroyed his life had broken since, as the body had fallen down a hill amongst some bushes and there remained undiscovered until Saturday last. Part of the strap was found round his neck and the other portion attached to a limb of a pine tree, the ends of which being compared showed that it had been broken, not cut. The feet were upward and exposed to the sun and completely peeled as if the skin had come off like a glove. In fact the whole body was in a state of putrefaction, the skull being perfectly bare, and the bones only held together by the clothes. A number of papers in the German language, torn in small pieces were found at a short distance. On being put together, they turned out to be discharges from the army of the Duchy of Baden‑Baden. If they belonged to the deceased, his name would be Daniel Jacob Ernst von Waldengellach, of the County of Sinsheim, Baden‑Baden. They also showed he had been a substitute for one Anton Schewering. The date of one of the papers was as late as April, 1862. Close by was a portmanteau filled with very good clothes for a traveller, and on his person
a card of one of the German hotels near the Falls, and a small sum of money. Coroner Bull held an inquest on the remains at which these facts were elicited, and the jury returned a verdict of “Found dead ‑ supposed to have committed suicide”.
September 24, 1862
CAMERON - Killed on the 30th of August, at the battle of Manassas, Virginia,U.S., Alexander Cameron, aged 18 years, eldest son of Mr. Thomas Young Cameron, of Manning, C.W., and grandson of Mrs. Alexander Guthrie, of this city.
BARR - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Wilson Ballantine, only child of Mr. Joseph Barr, solicitor, aged 7 months.
September 26, 1862
FERGUSSON - Died suddenly, 25th September, from apoplexy, the Hon. Adam Fergusson, of Woodhill, aged 79 years. Friends are respectfully requested to attend the funeral on Saturday at 2 o'clock p.m. from his late residence.
September 27, 1862
HAINES - We regret to learn that Mr. Joseph Haines, a farmer of West Flamborough, was killed on the track of the Great Western Railway on Thursday night. How the accident occurred is not yet known, but his body was found on the track yesterday morning, cut in two. Mr. Haines was a well‑to‑do farmer, and leaves a wife and one child.
September 30, 1862
HAMILTON - Died in this city, on the 27th instant, David, youngest son of John Hamilton, Esq., late of Glasgow, Scotland, aged 17 years and 2 months. Friends are requested to attend the funeral from the residence of his brother‑in‑law, J. S. Garritt, corner of Park and Mulberry streets, on Thursday, 30th instant, at half past 3 o'clock p.m.
October 1, 1862
MILLS - As the mail train bound for Collingwood neared Scanlon's station on Saturday, the engineer saw a woman walking on the track. The whistle was sounded, but the woman paid no attention to it, seeing which the driver reversed his engine, but not in time to prevent it throwing the woman from the track. She was picked up and recognized as a maiden lady named Eleanor Mills, a resident of Bell Ewart, and deaf and dumb. Medical assistance was immediately
procured by the conductor, Mr. C. Sheehy. The unfortunate woman was placed on a hand‑car and taken to Bell Ewart where she died shortly after her arrival. The engine struck her on the left side and inflicted severe internal injuries. The deceased is 47 years of age. A coroner's jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
WALSHE - Died recently in New Orleans, after a long and painful illness, Jane, wife of Rev. A. C. Walshe, and daughter of the late Rev. George Whitmore Carr, A.M., of Ardross, County Wexford, Ireland.
October 4, 1862
LOTIMER - Died at the residence of her son‑in‑law, in the village of Sutton, Township of Georgina, on the 21st ultimo, Jeannette Mounsey, the beloved wife of Mr. Edward Lotimer, formerly of Dumfries‑shire, Scotland, aged 59.
October 6, 1862
SALTER - The departure of the Governor General of Canada and suite from Detroit yesterday over the Great Western Railway was a gala day in Windsor opposite the city, the occasion being seized upon by the officials and prominent citizens generally as a proper one for signalizing their loyalty to the sovereignty upon which their fondest affections are centred. Every flag was given to the breeze and manifestations of joy were visible on every hand. Little did anyone dream that the day ushered in so joyously was fated to close in sorrow and mourning.
Among the party that accompanied the Governor General and suite from Windsor were Messrs Paul John Slater and Joseph Mercer, both residents of Sandwich. They proceeded as far as Chatham where, with many others, they stopped and awaited the arrival of the evening train to return home. The hour for the arrival of the train at Chatham is a few minutes after seven. Messrs Salter and Mercer both endeavoured to get upon the cars after they had started from the station, and both missed their footing. The former caught hold of the railing of the forward part of the car next to the last when a piercing shriek from the bystanders intimated too truly the nature of what had happened. He had missed the platform and every wheel passed over him, crushing him into a frightful and indistinguishable mass. The train was stopped after it had proceeded about two lengths, when the remains of the victim of the frightful casualty was secured and properly cared for.
Mr. Mercer tried to get upon a car in the middle of the train, but as already stated missed his footing. He fortunately fell outside the track, but was struck upon the head and shoulder and seriously injured. A subsequent telegram stated that he was still alive, but we are unable to say what will be the probable issue. He is a brother of the Sheriff of Kent County, C.W.
The terrible death of Mr. Salter will fall with crushing weight upon a wide and influential circle of friends. He was universally esteemed and held, at the time of his death, the position of Treasurer of Essex County and Assistant Adjutant General of the Western Division of Canada West. He was for many years an eminent and successful teacher. He leaves a wife but no children.
October 7, 1862
HARRIS (Simcoe) - A few days ago, a son of Mr. William J. Harris, of this town, was ta ken suddenly ill and has since died from the effects of partaking of a poisonous root similar in appearance to mushrooms and easily mistaken for them. Others of the family partook of the same, but not so heartily as the deceased who was shortly after seized with thirst and vomiting which continued until death terminated his suffering.
TAYLOR - The town was thrown into considerable excitement yesterday by a report that a young man named Wentworth Taylor, son of Mr. Homer Taylor, of Belleville, had been stabbed the night previous and had died of his wounds. The report turned out to be too true. The particulars as far as we could learn are as follows. Young Taylor, who is in his twenty‑first year, was in company with Morris Moorman, Luke O'Neil, and Thomas McGinnis about half past nine o'clock on Wednesday evening. They left the railway station and proceeded through a field north‑west of the station. On their way, they stopped near a lime kiln. Moorman, it seems, had a bottle of whiskey with him and when they stopped, O'Neil asked him to give him some. Moorman refused. Taylor spoke up and said Moorman would give it to him. Immediately and without further cause or provocation, Moorman stabbed Taylor in the abdomen.
The wound was just below the ribs on the left side and was so large and deep that the bowels protruded therefrom. He was immediately conveyed to his home where Drs. Henry and Burdett were in attendance. But medical skill was of no avail. He lived but a few hours afterwards. He was perfectly conscious until a few moments of his death, but he suffered great agony. Previous to his death he made a deposition before James Whiteford, Esq., in which he declared that Moorman inflicted the fatal wound. Immediately after the murder was committed, Moorman fled to the woods and constables were sent in search of him. His whereabouts was discovered about noon yesterday, and he delivered himself up to McDonough who gave him in charge of the county gaoler.
ANDREWS - We regret to learn that Mr. George Andrews, farmer, residing in the 8th concession of the Township of Osborne, met his death on Saturday last, the 27th ultimo, in a sudden and shocking manner. It appears that the gentleman in question was mounted on a
waggon loaded with whest sheaves, driving towards his house. When within a few rods of it, he fell forward beneath the horses, the wheels of the waggon passing from his left hip to his right shoulder, killing him instantly. The unfortunate man was 60 years of age and was generally respected by all in that locality.
October 10, 1862
STUART (Kingston) - It becomes our duty to record the death of the Very Rev. George Okill Stuart, L.L.D., Dean of Ontario, for many years Archdeacon of Kingston, and long connected with this city. The Dean had been suffering for the past month or more from the disease which has carried him off, which was a variety of paralysis, but from the advanced years of the deceased, he may be said to have died in a natural manner, the worn‑out system gradually breaking up and life quietly yielding itself up to Him who gave it, when the tenement of clay was no longer fitted to lodge the spirit which had animated it. The Dean expired in his dwelling house in King street about nine o'clock on Sunday night, the 5th instant. He was in the 87th year of his age. From the important part which the subject of this paragraph has played as a citizen and in the affairs of the Episcopal Church in Kingston and in Upper Canada, it is desirable that we should present our readers with a few facts pertaining to his life and residence amongst us. We regret that the materials at our command for doing this are scanty and very imperfect. We may state briefly, however, that the Dean was the eldest son of the Rev. John Stuart, D.D., the first clergyman of the Church of England who ministered in Upper Canada. Dr. Stuart was a missionary sent out from England to preach to the heathen Indians of North America and to conduct the divine services of home amongst the soldiers who had migrated to the plantations of the American Colonies.
It was when he was thus engaged and when stationed at Fort Hunter in the Valley of the Mohawks in the state of New York that his son, George Okill, was born. On the breaking out of the Revolution of the Thirteen Colonies, Dr. Stuart remained loyal to the United Empire, pushed his way to Canada, and took up his residence at Kingston. It was here that the subject of our notice received the first rudiments of education, but to fit him for the Church, he was sent to a seminary at Windsor in Nova Scotia, and subsequently to Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was ordained in the year, 1803, and was first stationed at York, now Toronto. On the death of Dr. Stuart, the incumbent of Kingston, in the year 1811, the son at the request of the congregation of St. George's succeeded his father here and induced Rev. John Strachan of Cornwall, now Dr. Strachan, Bishop of Toronto, to take his place at York. The Rev. G. O. Stuart continued to minister to the spiritual wants of the people until, in 1820, he was made Archdeacon. By and by, failing health prevented him from taking his accustomed place in the pulpit, and he was assisted in his ministrations by a curate, the Rev. R. D. Cartwright,
the Rev. Mr. Stewart lately, and the Rev. P. W. Loosemore up to the present officiating in the capacity. On the erection of the new Diocese of Ontario, 1862, the Archdeacon was made Dean of the same. The deceased was a worthy minister of the Gospel and a devoted servant of his Master. He was largely imbued with feelings of benevolence and led an actively charitable life. His demise will be felt by many a recipient of his bounty and will excite a sorrowful interest amongst the members of the Church.
October 11, 1862
GAGE - Died in this city, yesterday morning, (Friday), 10th instant, Mrs. A. W. Gage. The funeral will take place to‑morrow (Sunday) at 2½ o'clock from her late residence, corner of Catherine and Rebecca streets. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
October 13, 1862
HOWARD - The Picton “Times” states that on last Saturday evening, about 9 o'clock, an inoffensive man, living in the Township of Sophiasburg, was routed out of his house and deliberately shot by some ruffians who, it appears, are the regulators in their neighbourhood. The murdered man's name is Borne Howard and who was the support of an aged mother and aunt. The purpose of the outrage was to drive the man, now lying murdered, and his aged charges, from a clergy lot which they had possession of. Two young men by the name of Steele are now under arrest for the murder. The coroner attempted to hold an inquest on the body near the scene of the murder, but gave it up, and removed the body to Picton.
October 15, 1862
MCTAGGART - Died at Ottawa, on the 13th instant, after a short illness, Mr. James McTaggart, for some years a resident of this city.
NEVIN - Died at the Manse, Mount Albion, C.W., on the 9th instant, Alexander, youngest son of the Rev. Hugh Nevin.
WATT - Died at Ingersoll, on the 13th instant, James Watt, Esq., of the Oxford Flouring Mills. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the Railway Station, Hamilton, to the cemetery at 3 o'clock p.m. on Wednesday.
October 21, 1862
ROBERTSON - Died in this city, on the 20th instant, Thomas MacIndoe Robertson, aged 34
years. The funeral will take place on Wednesday at 2 o'clock from his mother's residence, Park street.
NASH - Died in this city, on the 20th instant, James Nash, aged 52 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral to‑morrow afternoon (Wednesday) at 3 o'clock from his late residence, corner of Peel and Catherine streets, without further notice.
UNNAMED INFANT (London) - An inquest was held yesterday afternoon by Dr. Moore, coroner, on the body of a newly born female infant found during the forenoon in an old well in rear of the premises recently occupied by Mr. Mahan on Talbot street, and at present in possession of Mr. T. Symons. It appears that Mr. Symons had occasion to have an apartment in rear of the premises repaired and employed a man for that purpose. During an examination of the place, the floor gave way, disclosing an old well underneath, and upon further search, the body of a child was found floating therein. From appearances, it is supposed that the remains must have lain there at least three months. No clue was obtained at the inquest as to how the child came there or who the mother was, and the jury, therefore, returned a verdict in accordance with the evidence adduced.
MANN - We learn that a married woman, living on the Brunson Line, Stanley, committed suicide by drowning a few days ago. Impelled by a desire to leave this troublesome world in a hasty manner, she cast herself into a pool of water, but her crinoline floating her up, she deliberately crawled out, took off the buoyant article, plunged in again, and thus effected her object. She leaves a family of small children, the youngest of whom is only a few weeks old. Since writing the above, the following particulars have been handed in. Mrs. Mann left her residence about 7½ o'clock on Saturday evening last with a pail stating to her children that she was going for water, which was the last seen of her alive. On the following morning, one of her children observed some of her clothing on the edge of the creek about one hundred yards distant from her residence, and her body was discovered in a floating position in the pond, the water in which was only two feet deep. She was 40 years of age. An inquest was held on Tuesday at Bayfield. Verdict: found drowned.
JOHNSON - An inquest was held yesterday afternoon before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, on the body of a coloured man named William Johnson. The deceased has long been the recipient of public charity, but it came out in evidence that he was likewise a notorious drunkard as well as the companion of some abandoned females. We were not a little surprised to hear also sworn by three witnesses that a certain grocery, heretofore supposed to have been respectable, actually sold different quantities of liquor to these dissolute characters on Sunday.
A verdict was rendered to the effect that the deceased died from long continued intemperance and exposure.
October 22, 1862
HOWLAND (Kingston) - Yesterday a fearful accident occurred near this city which resulted in the death of a man named Howland. This person, who was a shoemaker aged about 45 years, was out shooting on the Canal below Bell's Island with a bugler of the Royal Canadian Rifles named Kenney. They were in a boat and had succeeded in bagging some birds. About half past 4 o'clock in the afternoon, when passing the marsh near Bell's Island on their return home, Kenney raised his gun to fire at a bird, but the cap missing, he lowered it again to put on another cap, when the gun went off, the charge lodging in the left side of Howland just below the region of the heart, making thereby a fearful wound. The unfortunate man was conveyed insensible to his dwelling on Rideau street where he died in about an hour after the fatal occurrence. The grief of poor Kenney was extreme, and his lamentations were heard by more than one individual. An inquest was held by Coroner Shaw when the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
October 23, 1862
HURD - The little village of Rupertsville in the Township of Vaughan was thrown into a state of great excitement last Thursday evening by a report that a young man named Benjamin Hurd, son of Mr. Benjamin Hurd, Rr., 2nd concession of Vaughan had been cruelly murdered by a waggon‑maker named Robert Kilfedder. It appears that the murdered man who was about twenty years of age left his father's house with a span of horses about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and proceeded to Mr. George Hampshire's blacksmith shop for the purpose of getting the horses shod. On his arrival there, he met Levi Jones and Robert Kilfedder. While the horses were being shod a discussion arose between Jones and Kilfedder relative to the quality of one of the animals. Jones said that it was the best in the Township. Kilfedder retorted that he could produce one that could pull or haul twice as much. Deceased took part in the dispute and said he was aware of the qualities of the mare Kilfedder had referred to, that he had seen her travel, and that she was no equal to his father's horse. On hearing this, Kilfedder replied that he would bet a £10 note he had in his pocket that the mare was the better animal of the two. Young Hurd then said that he was not aware that £10 notes were so plentiful with Kilfedder that he could risk them so freely, when the latter threatened to slap his face for making such an insinuation. Suiting the action to the word, he struck the deceased a blow to the face, and in an instant, they had hold of each other. While they were clutching each other, Hurd called out to Kilfedder if he was in earnest, and
receiving reply in the affirmative, he said, “Let me get my coat off that we may have it fair”. At this time Kilfedder, who was in his shirt sleeves, let go his hold and stepped back two paces, but before Hurd had got his coat taken off, he rushed at him and knocked him down. Some of the bystanders interposed, and pulled Kilfedder away, but he escaped from them, and rushing forward again, he kicked Hurd violently on the back of the neck with his foot. Hurd gave two or three convulsive gasps, and falling back, almost instantly expired. His neck had been dislocated by the kick he had received.
Kilfedder made no effort to escape, and he was taken in charge by Jones who conveyed him to Mapleville where he was given over to the custody of one of the County Constables. When told that the young man was dead, it is said he used an oath and exclaimed that he did not care. On the following day, Coroner Philbrick held an inquest on the body at Mr. Peter Rupert's house, lot 10, 3rd concession of Vaughan when several witnesses were examined who gave testimony relative to the facts as above. The jury returned as their verdict that Banjamin Hurd, Jr., came to his death through a blow or kick inflicted by Robert Kilfedder. A warrant was then made out and Kilfedder committed to gaol on a charge of wilful murder. Kilfedder is a young man about 25 years of age and respectably connected. He will be tried during the present Assizes for wilful murder.
October 24, 1862
MACDONALD (Prescott) - A young man named James Macdonald, about 17 years of age, residing in the 1st concession of Mountain, came to his death on Monday, the 13th instant, in the following manner. Deceased had been shooting squirrels, one of which remained suspended in the tree at a height of about forty feet. Climbing up for it, he trusted to an unsafe limb which broke, which precipitated him to the ground, killing him almost instantly.
HUGHES - John Hughes, a milkman of Cote des Neiges, died under peculiar circumstances last Sunday. In the early part of the week one of Hughes' cows died, and a few hours after, he had the animal skinned. Shortly after this operation had been performed, Hughes had occasion to go near where the carcass lay and was stung by a common fly, supposed to have been feeding on the dead animal. He felt a slight sensation of pain at the time, but thought nothing much more about it until two days after the occurrence, when alarming symptoms manifested themselves and then he applied to a medical man. The latter informed him that he should have attended to the matter before as the poison communicated by the fly had in the interval spread into the system. Hughes returned home and expired in great agony on Sunday.
October 28, 1862
BURNS - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, John, infant son of Mr. Henry Burns.
COX - Died in this city, on the 27th instant, Maggy Ann, second daughter of Mr. John Cox, aged 8 years and 8 months. The funeral will take place from Mr. Cox's residence, King street west, this afternoon at half past 3 o'clock.
HOWARD - Died in this city, on Sunday, the 26th instant, Mr. James Howard, aged 61 years. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral which will take place from the residence of his son, Mr. William H. Howard, John street, this (Tuesday) afternoon at 2 o'clock without further notice. New York and Baltimore city papers will please copy.
NELSON - A respectable family in Otonabee of Mr. William Nelson has recently been plunged into the deepest distress by the death from hydrophobia of their eldest unmarried daughter, a fine young person of the age of 21 years. In the month of July last, on descending into the cellar for the purpose of skimming the milk, a cat lying concealed seized on one of her toes, grasping it with such ferocity that it could not be made to let go its hold till it was strangled. Some precautionary measures were adopted and as the wound healed rapidly all fear of ulterior consequences passed away.
On the 8th instant, feeling somewhat indisposed, imagining herself to be suffering from a slight cold, after the use of some ordinary domestic medicines, she retired to rest, but on rising in the night‑time to take a drink of water, she could not swallow the liquid. From this time onwards, the fatal malady made its fearful and resistless progress till death terminated her sufferings on Friday evening, 10th instant. The deepest sympathy with the mourning and bereaved family has been excited in the community as the deceased, besides possessed of more than ordinary personal charms, was of a gentle and amiable disposition.
HUGHES, ROBARTES - It is with deep regret that we announce the probable death of Mr. George H. Hughes and Captain Robartes by drowning. They left Peterborough on Wednesday week with the intention of taking a few days' sport on Rice Lake, and that evening went down to Morton's steam mill on the Otonabee river where they procured a second canoe and started for the lake, camping, it is supposed, somewhere on the river bank that night. On the next evening they called at an Indian village where they spoke with James McCue and some other Indians, and then proceeded on their way to Paudash Point where they intended fixing their camping ground. It was then growing dusky, and a little later they were seen about two thirds of the way between the Railroad bridge and the point. At this time, a slight rain and wind sprang up, and the mist
soon concealed them from view, and it is surmised that the canoes must have upset, perhaps one of them first, and the other going to assist shared the same fate. Whatever the precise nature of the accident, neither of the gentlemen has since been heard from. Both were good swimmers and experienced canoemen. Captain Robarte, when they were last seen, had a large hound chained in his canoe, and both boats were heavily laden. Mr. Hughes had also a dog which has since been seen in the Indian village. On Saturday as Mr. Maxwell of this town was returning from a shooting excursion he found the canoes bottom up, but supposing they had floated from the opposite direction, he paid no heed to the matter further than bringing the boats to the Indian village. On the Sunday, however, hearing that Mr. Hughes and another gentleman had gone down in the boats on the Thursday previous a search was instituted which resulted in the discovery of the hound entangled in a ricebed with the chain around his neck, the decoy ducks belonging to the party, and some other things, pointing, but not too clearly, to the character of the terrible disaster that had occurred.
Having to return to town early on Monday morning, he brought up the first intelligence that had reached here of the probable loss of poor Hughes and Robartes. A party was at once organized and proceeded to the lake, and on reaching there, found Mr. Hughes' coat and cap and some articles of provisions had been picked up in the rice beds in Herkimer's Bay below the Railroad bridge and Paudash Point. Since that time, every exertion has been made to recover the bodies, but up to the time of our writing (Thursday evening) the search has not been successful. Mr. Hughes was a practising attorney in Peterborough and a member of the town council. He was a man of good abilities, and by attention to his profession might have made himself an excellent position. He was in his 27th year. Captain Mervyn Robartes was a native of Cornwall, England, and the only son of the agent to the Prince of Wales in Cornwall, and was formerly an officer in the 4th Light Dragoons. He has resided for a short time past in Omemee, and was on a visit with his wife at Mr. Hughes in Peterborough. He was in his 30th year.
October 29, 1862
LAWSON - Died in this city, on the 28th instant, Joseph Albert Edward, youngest son of Joseph Lawson, aged 11 months and 19 days. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this afternoon (Wednesday) at 3 o'clock from his father's residence, Upper James street, without further notice.
October 30, 1862
COOK - Died at Mount Albion, on the 2?th instant, William Cook, aged 67 years. The funeral will leave Mount Albion to‑day (Thursday) at noon precisely and may be expected at Wellington
street by King street east about 2 p.m. Friends of the deceased purposing to accompany the same will please accept above intimation.
November 12, 1862
HAIGH - Died in this city, on the 10th instant, in the 18th year of his age, Robert Wilson, eldest son of Mr. Richard Haigh.
BROWN - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, Robert Henry, youngest son of Mr. James Brown, aged 4 months.
KENT - Died in this city, on the 10th instant, Sophia, youngest daughter of Mr. Joseph Kent, aged 6 years and 9 days. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from her father's residence, corner of King and Pearl streets this forenoon at 10 o'clock.
November 13, 1862
MURPHY - Died in this city, on Wednesday, the 12th instant, John E. Murphy, aged 33 years. The funeral will take place at 8 o'clock a.m. Friday morning from his late residence, Catherine street. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.
JOHNSTON - Died on the 12th instant, in this city, of consumption, Sarah Jane, wife of Mr. Peter Johnston, aged 19 years and 4 months. The funeral will take place to‑morrow from her late residence, Catherine street between King William and Rebecca streets at half past 3 p.m. Friends are invited to attend without further notice.
PHILIPS - On the arrival of the Peterborough train from Port Hope on the morning of the 4th instant, a very sad accident occurred at the station ground in shifting the train, by which a most deserving and industrious young man named James Philips, brakema of the train, lost his life. The circumstances are shortly these. On the arrival of the morning train at 9:10 a.m., it is the custom to immediately shift as quickly as possible so as to place the cars in the most convenient position for loading and leaving the yard on the return trip to Port Hope at 1:30 p.m, The operation of shifting had commenced as usual on the landing of the passengers on the platform. A rope is generally used in performing the business, and the unfortunate young man got on the wrong side of the rope, and while endeavouring to place himself in the proper position by dipping under the rope, struck his foot against some obstacle which caused him to stumble and fall; the train being in movement, could not be stopped, and the car passed over his leg and thigh at an angle whereby the the lower limb was crushed to atoms, and the upper groin bruised
and injured so that the shock was too much for the constitution to sustain, and he sank under it in 30 hours after the accident. Although not long employed on the Road, he was much liked and respected by all who knew him and especially by his fellow labourers. He leaves a young wife behind.
November 15, 1862
MACDONALD - Died in this city, on Friday, the 14th instant, Robert John, infant son of Dr. J. D. Macdonald, James street, aged 15 months. Funeral will take place on Monday next, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.
November 18, 1862
GAGE - Died on Sunday morning, the 16th instant, in Glanford, John Paul Gage, aged 26 years, second son of John Gage, Esq. The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the 19th instant, at St. Paul's Church, Glanford.
November 19, 1862
RAMPFYLDE - Died in this city, on Monday, the 17th instant, Mrs. Rampfylde, aged 40 years. Funeral will take place from her late residence, York street, to‑morrow (Thursday) at half past 10 o'clock, Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
November 21, 1862
RANKIN - Died on the 10th instant, in the Township of Caistor, William Rankin, aged 66 years, a native of Stirlingshire, Scotland.
MCWILLIAM - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, in the 59th year of her age, Jane McLaren, relict of Charles McWilliam, formerly of Greenock, Scotland. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral to‑day at three o'clock from her late residence in Simcoe street, between James & McNab streets.
November 22, 1862
BLOODSWORTH - We are this week called upon to record the melancholy death of a man named Daniel Bloodsworth, near Boston corners, Townsend. Deceased was engaged in working on a new church in the Burford Plains, and on Friday, while adjusting something at a considerable height, lost his balance and falling headlong to the ground, was killed almost instantly, his brains being dashed out. He was, we are informed, a worthy man. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn their sad and untimely bereavement.
BERDON - The body of a young woman named Elizabeth Berdon was picked up near Long Point during last week. From the appearance of the body, it is supposed that she met with a violent death, the face and hands having been disfigured by some instrument and the body afterwards thrown into the water. The deceased formerly lived in the neighbourhood of Turkey Point.
November 24, 1862
KINNEAR - We regret to hear of the demise of a brother journalist, Mr. David Kinnear, the senior editor of the “Montreal Herald” which sad event occurred at his residence on Thursday morning. The “Herald” says: Mr. Kinnear was a native of Edinburgh, the son of a banker, and a lineal descendant of the celebrated Colonel Gardner. His father had been wealthy, but in one of those crashes which befell banking in the beginning of this century, his house stopped payment. The circumstances under which this happened, however, were so honourable that the creditors on two occasions took unusual measures to testify for him their confidence and respect. Mr. Kinnear himself, during his residence in the Northern capital, enjoyed the society of all the men of celebrity who resided there at the time, including Sir Walter Scott, Mr. James Hogg, and Professor Wilson. He studied for the Scotch bar and was admitted, but never entered upon the practice of his profession and was for some time engaged in mercantile business in London where he had valuable connections in the biggest branches of commerce. Here too, and at the house of his relative, Mr. John Murray, he met all the leading literary men of the day. He came to this country in the year 1835, and after visiting several parts of the United States, he made a complete tour of the province, passing through a great part of the northwestern portion of Upper Canada, then unsettled, in the primitive mode of travelling by canoe.
In descending by stage from the Coteau du Lac on the ice, he had one of those hideous adventures which are now happily obsolete. The stage fell into the rapids and was carried down some distance to the shore in the half frozen water. Fortunately, the passengers clung to the carriage and were rescued, though not without the most imminent danger to their lives. His eye was at last captivated by the scenery of the St. Francis and he was thus led to settle as a farmer near Dummondville.
He had not been long upon his farm, however, before the troubles of 1837 began, and he was one of the first to take up arms and to organize with his neighbours a force for the preservation of the Province to the British Crown. After the Rebellion had been subdued, but while the remains of discord still existed on the frontier, he received an appointment of stipendiary magistrate in charge of the police force which was temporarily employed in restoring order. At the close of this service, he accepted from his old friend, the late Mr. Hugh Ramsay, the post of editor of the Montreal “Gazette”, at that time owned by the firm of Armour and Ramsay.
This position he relinquished to become a partner in the Montreal “Herald”, then in the hands of Mr. Robert Weir, in consequence of the death of that gentleman's talented son. It would, perhaps, be out of place speaking in the name of his surviving partner who soon after acquired Mr. Weir's share of the property, to say anything more than has been already said of his management of the journal, end it is hardly necessary to add anything respecting Mr. Kinnear's private character. He had been long and extensively known and we think will be remembered by a host of friends for his social qualities and the liberality with which, so far as his means permitted, he contributed to every project of charity, good fellowship, or public improvement.
He died at the age of fifty‑five years, after an illness of four months, the last three especially passed in excruciating pain, borne with singular courage and constancy.
November 25, 1862
THORBURN - Died at his residence in Queenston, on Monday, the 24th instant, in the 73rd year of his age, Mr. David Thorburn, Esq. The place of interment will be Stamford and the funeral cortege will leave the late residence of the deceased on Thursday at 2 o'clock p.m. of which friends will take notice.
November 26, 1862
THORBURN - Our obituary column yesterday contained an announcement of the death of Mr. David Thorburn, until recently Indian Commissioner. Mr. Thorburn was at one time prominent as a politician and held a seat in the Provincial Legislature. He resided for a long time at Queenston where he died, although his duties had to be performed elsewhere. He exercised great influence over the Indians at one time and was considered almost supreme in his department. Of late years, his increasing feebleness incapacitated him, and Mr. J. T. Gilkison was appointed a few months since to take charge of the office. He will, of course, succeed Mr. Thorburn as commissioner.
December 1, 1862
CLARKE - Died in this city, on the 29th November, in the 6lst year of her age, Sarah Foreman, relict of the late Robert Clarke, of London, England. The funeral will take place from her late residence, King street east, at 2 p.m. to‑day. Friends will please accept this intimation.
December 4, 1862
TOWNSEND - Died at Fairfax Court House, Va., on the 29th ultimo, Gilbert, youngest son of the late Samuel Townsend, Esq., of Wareham, Dorsetshire, England, aged 25 years. The
funeral will take place on Thursday, 4th instant, at half past 3 o'clock p.m. from the residence of Mr. S. W. Townsend, Bay street. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
TAYLOR - Private John Taylor, Company No. 19, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade, died in hospital here on Monday last. He leaves a widow and two children who are at present resident in this city. His remains will be conveyed to the cemetery this afternoon at 4 o'clock.
December 6, 1862
BELLHOUSE - Died on the 4th of December, at the residence of her father, D. Wright, Esq., Catherine street, Louise Leslie, wife of D. Bellhouse, Jr. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Sunday, the 7th instant, at 3 o'clock without further notice.
MAINGAY - Died before Fredericksburg, Robert Maingay, Esq., C.E. Deceased was a former resident of this city, and the Government Engineer who built the Ancaster macadamized road.
December 9, 1862
CLEARY - On Friday morning last, the unfortunate man, Thomas Cleary, suffered the punishment attached to our laws to the crime of murder. Most of our readers will remember that last spring on St. Patrick's Day, one Patrick Burke was murdered at a small tavern about two miles from Sarnia. His death resulted from certain wounds caused by a bowie knife. He lived only a few minutes to state that Thomas Cleary had inflicted the fatal stab. The knife was found in his pocket and he lying in wait for Burke's passing.
Since his conviction, the unfortunate man has been in a deplorable state of mind, at first refusing the consolation of religion offered by the Very Rev. Dean Kerwin of the Roman Catholic church here. Latterly, however, the unremitting kindness and attention of Messrs Kerwin and Baubot had their effect, and the prisoner became more composed, and listened with more attention to his spiritual instructors. The Protestant clergy of the town also paid him several visits. Notwithstanding all this, Cleary spent most of his time crying and lamenting his hard fate, which grief has reduced him to almost a skeleton. At one time he attempted to set fire to his cell by means of a match which some former occupant had left there or which had been handed to him by some wickedly‑inclined person, but the jailer's diligence discovered the fire on time to prevent any damage. After this, he was put in irons for a while as he was considered dangerous, but, they were discontinued when the excitement wore partially off. He barely ate enough to sustain life, and his sleep was troubled, restless, and unrefreshing. His appearance had nothing of
the murderer in it, and those who knew him before his dreadful crime, speak of him as a cheerful, kind, quiet, and inoffensive man.
Thomas Cleary was born in Ireland and came with his parents, both of whom are dead, to America when he was about nine years of age. They settled in the state of New York where his brothers and sisters now reside. His people are, we believe, respectable and industrious, and his unhappy fate must be a severe blow to them. He had no trade, but worked wherever he could get employment, and had been engaged in cutting cordwood for Mr. Thomas Barron when the crime was committed for which be has suffered. He was not driven to drink, but being of an excitable and sanguine temperament, liquor easily affected him.
His hair was fair; his eyes blue, large and mild; his features well cut, except the mouth which was large and irresolute. His head in the intellectual region was well developed; his whole appearance was as much removed from that of a murderer as could be imagined, so that his awful crime must be traced to some other cause than to a natural proclivity to deeds of violence and blood, and that cause it is not difficult to discover ‑ it was liquor, that curse of our race. Deceased was five feet ten inches in height and strongly, though not heavily, built.
The Rev. Baubot spent the night with the condemned man, and early in the morning, they were joined by Dean Kerwin when the sacrament was administered to Cleary who appeared to be quite penitent and very fervid in his devotions. We are told that under Mr. Baubot's instruction he made great progress in religious knowledge, and was quite prepared to die. He made no confession, however, of the crime for which he suffered as far as is known to outsiders. What he told the priest in private in his final confession will, of course, be kept secret.
About 9:25, he was pinioned and a white cap put upon his head, he praying earnestly and the priests reciting portions of their service. In front of the cell, stood a table with lighted candles and a crucifix. At 9:30, the mournful cortege moved down the stairs of the new gaol in the following order: Rev. Mr. Baubot; the convict; Rev. Dean Kerwin; Mr. Sheriff Flintoft; Mr. Deputy Sheriff MacVicar; His worship the Mayor; Dr. Johnston, gaol surgeon; Alfred Fisher, Esq., J.P., visiting magistrate; Dr. Shoebotham; and the representatives of the press. Cleary ascended the scaffold with a firm step, praying earnestly and audibly. On reaching the platform, he knelt. It was a solemn moment. The condemned man preyed with all his heart. The burden of the prayer was for forgiveness. He said that he forgave all who injured him as he hoped to be forgiven.
A few minutes being thus spent, he arose, stood of his own accord on the drop, the hangman attached the fatal noose, put him in the right position and drew the white cap over his face, and on a given signal from the sheriff, touched the lever, and all was over. The last word he uttered was “spirit” in finishing the short but suitable prayer, “Lord, receive my spirit.”
He struggled for a few seconds, and after hanging twenty‑five minutes was pronounced dead by the gaol surgeon. His body, after being coffined, was handed over to his friends, and he was immediately interred in the Roman Catholic burying ground.
December 10, 1862
BLAGDON - Died November 1st, 1862, at his residence, Lowville, Nelson, C.W., John Blagdon, aged 82 years, son of Thomas and Mary Blagdon, of Nunney, Somersetshire, England. English papers please copy.
HUTCHINSON - Died on Monday, the 8th instant, Isabella, relict of the late Thomas Hutchinson, aged 75 years. The funeral will take place to‑day at 2 o'clock p.m. from her late residence, King William Street east.
AYLWARD (Belleville) - Monday, the 8th December, 1862, will be a day memorable in the history of this city, for on that day, a scene was enacted which has few parallels in the history of the world. It is painful enough to witness the execution of a person under any circumstances, but how revolting the scene to witness the death struggle of two of our fellow creatures on the gallows, and these creatures husband and wife in the full bloom and vigour of youth.
Richard Aylward was about 26 years of age, five feet ten inches in height, and rather well‑proportioned. He was born in Carlow, Ireland, came to America in the year 1850, and was living in Ploughkeepsie, New York when he married his wife.
Mary O'Brien, wife of Richard Aylward, was only 24 years of age. She was born in Tours, parish of Arpatrick, County of Limerick, Ireland, arid was twelve years of age when she left Ireland. Kilfinan is the name of the post office where she directs letters home. She remained a fortnight in New York after landing there and then went with her brother, John O'Brien, who is now dead, to her sister Ellen in Lakefield County, Connecticut. She was married to Richard Aylward in Plougkeepsie on the 15th August, 1855, by the Rev. Mr. Reardon.
Aylward and his wife in the month of February, 1855, moved to Puslinch near Guelph where an aunt of Mr. Aylward's, Mrs. Doyle, resided. They remained there throughout the ensuing summer, and then came and settled in the Addington Road. From thence they removed to near Pilot's Mill in Kalader where they lived for nearly four years. They next settled on the Hastings Road where they resided up till the time of the murder. But little is known of the history of these unfortunate people beyond what is given above and the last years of their lives which transpires in the account of the murder. (Then follows a long account of the murder of Mr. Munro) Immediately after the drop had fallen, the Rev. Mr. Brennan who has been unwell for some time became perfectly helpless and had to be carried away in a fainting condition.
The woman died with but a few struggles, and in one and a half minutes life was extinct. The man struggled for some time and died in fearful agony, but the doctor pronounced him dead after hanging 2½ minutes. The bodies hung for about 35 minutes, were then taken down, and placed in their coffins and taken possession of by those who had been most assiduous in their attention to the unfortunate victims during the last few days of their earthly existence. The bodies were buried in the Roman Catholic cemetery.
December 16, 1862
MCKAY - We regret to have to chronicle a melancholy accident by which a promising lad, aged 12 years, son of Mr. W. McKay of East Nissouri, lost his life. It appears that on Monday last, Mr. McKay was thrashing, and while the parties in attendance on the machine were clearing the floor, this boy got on the table and the machine being in motion, he fell into the machine & was torn to pieces in shreds in an instant.
GRAYDON - We learn from the St. Catharines “Journal” that Mr. T. F. Graydon, Secretary of the Niagara District Mutual Insurance Company died suddenly of apoplexy on Saturday evening last.
December 17, 1862
DYER - We regret to hear that a man named Dyer came to his death by a sad accident in Arran last Tuesday. It appears that the deceased was a carpenter by trade and took some cherry logs to Hardener's mill to have them sawn. In endeavouring to roll them into the mill, one of them fell back of him and he was crushed to death. The unfortunate man leaves a wife and eight children. (Huron county)
December 18, 1862
COOK - Yesterday, in front of the gaol at Woodstock, Thomas Cook suffered the extreme penalty of the law for the murder of his wife at Innerkip in July last. The murder was committed under very aggravating circumstances. Cook was totally blind, and the only assistance he had in procuring a living was that afforded by his wife. Immediately prior to the murder, Cook and his wife had returned from a begging tour which extended over seven months, and in the opinion of many of that class, they were supposed to possess considerable means. However that may be, the couple started from their home at Innerkip early on the day of the murder, accompanied by a person named Colver. On the way from Woodstock, Cook and his wife quarrelled repeatedly and at Innerkip seemed to settle their dispute by the aid of whiskey which they procured at an inn.
On reaching their abode, a small log hut about half a mile from the settlement, Colver appeared to start for his home, and Cook, complaining of fatigue, retired to rest in an inner room. He had remained a short time in bed when he was aroused by a noise in the house, and in getting up, he heard, or fancied he heard, a person escaping through the window of his house. Of this he complained to his wife whose faithlessness was but too well established. The wife only mocked his sensibility, and in intoxicating levity, laughed at him. This conduct Cook determined to punish, and according to his own statement struck her several blows with his fist, and at the same time grasped her by the throat. He disavowed the use of any other means by which she met her death. Colver who instead of leaving the place was a spectator of what was transpiring, testified in his evidence on the trial that Cook used a stick and thus by desperate violence effected the murder. Cook was found guilty and sentenced to death. All efforts to obtain a reprieve of the sentence were unavailing as there was no ground on which the Executive could remit the sentence.
For some time past, Cook appeared resigned to his fate, and received the spiritual services of the Rev. D. McDermid and also the Christian counsel of the Rev. William Bettridge of Woodstock, the latter gentleman taking a most active part in ministering to the spiritual consolation of the wretched man. The hardened heart of Cook relented under the ministrations of the clergymen who laboured for his religious welfare, and he freely confessed his guilt, acknowledging the justice of his sentence and expressed his readiness to suffer death. He manifested in general deep contrition and developed a measure of religious fortitude not to be looked for in one previously so little instructed either morally or religiously.
On the morning of the execution, he appeared in good spirits, partook of a hearty breakfast and such other sustaining requisites as the kindness of the estimable governor of the prison suggested. At 10 o'clock he was visited by tbe Rev. Mr. Bettridge and the Rev. Mr. McDermid and continued in devotional exercises up to six minutes to eleven when, at the intimation of the Sheriff, the preparation for the execution proceeded. Cook, before leaving the cell, expressed his deep gratitude to the reverend gentlemen who had interested themselves in his welfare. He was especially grateful to Mr. D. G. Miller, his counsel, not only for his gratutitous defence at the trial but for repeated and considerate efforts on his behalf. He also spoke in grateful terms of the humanity of Mr. Forbes, the gaoler, and his attendants.
At no part of the trying ordeal did Cook's manhood forsake him. He stepped from the gaol on the way to the gallows with surprising firmness. On reaching the scaffold, the condemned man was placed at once on the drop, the rope adjusted about his neck, and all was ready for the fatal fall. Cook remained for a moment engaged in prayer, when at a given signal, the bolt was drawn, and with the swiftness of thought the unhappy man fell through the trap. The fall was a very long one, the rope being nine feet four inches in length. It was now that the unlooked for and terrible scene
which sickened all who beheld it, took place. The fall being so great and the man's body being in a diseased condition, the vertebrae and muscles connecting the head with the shoulders gave way and terrible to relate, the head rolled off while the body fell with a heavy plunge into the interior of the scaffold. The life blood of the criminal poured out in livid streams from the headless trunk while the torn muscles and gaping arteries presented a sickening spectacle. The crowd, seeing the body disappear from view and the rope swaying to and fro, at once supposed that some catastrophe bad occurred, but it was not for a few moments that the real nature of the horror became known. When it was bruited around that the man whom they had but a moment before seen alive on the scaffold was now a mangled and headless corpse, a thrill of horror seemed to settle upon all. For a few minutes, the body lay as it fell, the authorities apparently shrinking from the task of touching the murderer's remains.
The body was at length put into a coffin and delivered to Mr. Brown, a near relative of Cook's first wife. Brown was, strange to say, present in the capacity of a special constable. The medical theory relative to the severance of the head from the body is not easily explained. High authority attributed the result to Cook's emaciated condition, the effects of dissipation and bad living combined, and to the diseased state of the body. Be that as it may, the drop that caused Cleary at Sarnia to die in agony sent Cook without a pang, headless into eternity.
That our readers may understand something of this wretched man beyond the narrative given above, we may remark that ignorance and an uncontrollable temper, tbe vice of intemperance, and bad company, step by step led him into the crime for which he suffered. Considering his infirmities, the ends of Justice merely closed a life of infamy by a disgraceful death scarcely less terrible than that which in all probability must have been the fate at no distant day of Thomas Cook.
December 18, 1862
DOTY - Died in this city, on the 16th instant, Mr. William Doty, aged 48 years. The funeral will take place from King William street this (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o'clock p.m.
December 19, 1862
FOSTER - Died in this city, on Wednesday morning, the 17th instant, of consumption, Margaret, wife of Mr. Joseph Foster, aged 34 years. The funeral will take place from Mr. Foster's residence, York street, to‑day (Friday) at 2£ o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.
ROGER - Died at Mrs. Stock's, corner of Gore and Hughson streets, Mr. James Roger, aged 22 years, a native of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The funeral will take place on Saturday at half past 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
BOICE - Died on Thursday morning, 18th instant, at her father's residence, John street, Hamilton, Mary Amelia, only daughter of William Boice, Esq. Friends are invited to attend the funeral at half past 2 o'clock on Sunday, the 21st, without further notice.
MCCURDY - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, Anne, wife of Joseph McCurdy, aged 54 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral to‑morrow (Saturday) from her late residence, Bay street, to the place of interment, Burlington cemetery, without further notice.
December 24, 1862
HESS - Died on the 23rd instant, after a severe and painful illness, the beloved wife of David Hess, Barton, aged 64 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral without further notice at 12 o'clock noon, Christmas Day.
December 27, 1862
MACDONALD - Died in this city, on Wednesday, the 24th instant, Caroline, the beloved wife of Walter R. Macdonald, Esq., barrister, in the 25th year of her age. Funeral will take place from Mr. Macdonald's residence, Bold street, to‑day (Saturday) at 3 p.m.
BETHUNE - Died of bronchitis, or the 25th instant, Elizabeth Ann, wife of Edward Bethune. Funeral to‑day at 3 p.m. from the residence of her husband on Hughson street, near King. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited.
December 30, 1862
THURLOW - An estimable young man by the name of Peter Thurlow, a resident of Howick village, came to a shocking and untimely end on Thursday, the 11th instant, and the appalling fact is that he could see his end approaching with terrible certainty. While at work at R. Leech and Bros, saw mill drawing up logs and seeing a person too near the circular saw, he was thrown off his guard while warning him, and incautiously took hold of the Bull's wheel chain while yet running loose, which fastened his fingers between it and the shaft and gradually his arms and lastly drew his head through a space between heavy joists above of about three inches.
Had there been anyone present acquainted with such arrangements, his life might have been saved. His screams were dreadful, and in about a minute after, his body tumbled over the shaft to the floor, a lifeless corpse.
JESSAN - On Tuesday evening, a teamster named Jessan in the employ of Messrs Daws of Lachine left Point Claire for Lachine with a sleigh and a pair of horses in company with another teamster and team. As usual at this season of the year, they took the ice, Jessan, contrary to the wishes of his companion, leading. The latter on reaching Lachine found that Jessan had not arrived, and suspecting an accident, roused the Messrs Daws who proceeded to search for the missing man and team. It was found by the tracks that on reaching the bay below Point Claire, Jessan had deviated from his course from being confused or asleep and at last driven into open water where he and his team were drowned. A portion of the sleigh was found above water and the unfortunate man's cap floating near. Jessan was a married man about 36 years of age, and leaves a wife and one child. He had been several years in the employ of Messrs Daws. The body had since been found at the horses' heads, he having apparently left his seat and endeavoured to save the horses when they got in, and been drowned with them in the attempt. The Messrs Daws have been unfortunate in their early winter visits between Point Claire and Lachine. Last year, about the same time, if we recollect aright, they lost a valuable horse in the same way, the driver narrowly escaping with his life.