January 1, 1864
BELLEHOUSE (Montreal) - We regret to learn that Mr. J. M. Bellehouse, son of Mr. David Bellehouse of this city, was lost at sea during a voyage from Quebec to Nassau, New Providence. Mr. Bellehouse took passage for Nassau early in November last in a schooner, in company with Mr. Wm. Hall, also of this city, with the intention of residing in Nassau for some time. The voyage from Quebec to Cape Breton was all that could be desired, but after leaving the coast of New Brunswick, they experienced exceedingly foul weather. On the forenoon of the 8th December, during a terrific gale, which none on board expected to survive, all having prepared for the worst, Mr. Bellehouse was swept overboard by a wave which broke over the vessel and threatened to sink her, and was seen no more. The schooner reached Nassau whence Mr. Hall communicated the sad intelligence to Mr. David Bellehouse. Mr. John Munn Bellehouse was the son of Mr. David Bellehouse, and was a young man of much promise. He was held in high estimation by a large circle of young friends in this city who will deeply deplore his sad fate.
January 4, 1864
ELLIOTT - Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, Thomas Antony, youngest son of Richard Elliott. The funeral will take place this afternoon from his father's residence, Elgin street. Friends are respectfully requested to attend.
GALE - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, after a short illness, Mrs. Gale, relict of the late Rev. Alexander Gale, A.M., aged 60 years and 5 months. The funeral will take place from the residence of her son‑in‑law, the Rev. David Inglis, on Wednesday, the 6th instant, at two o'clock p.m. Friends are respectively requested to attend without further invitation.
January 7, 1864
RICE (Windsor) - It falls to our lot to‑day to chronicle one of the most heart‑rending catastrophes that ever occurred in this country whereby six persons lost their lives, some by fire and some through the inclemency of the weather. The circumstances as narrated to us are there. At the "Institution" in Sandwich East, a settlement of coloured folk planted there under the auspices of one of the Emancipation Societies, there lived a poor widowed coloured woman named Mrs. Rice with five children, the eldest of them a girl aged nine years. The hut they inhabited was
provided with one of those doubly dangerous chimneys and fireplace built against the walls of the house and composed of sticks and mud. A few days before the calamity occurred, the unfortunate woman had been seized with the smallpox, from the effects of which she became blind. Her neighbours at once ceased to visit her and left both her and her little ones to provide for themselves during the recent intensely cold weather as best they might. On New Year's eve, from some unexplained cause, the shanty caught fire, and although the neighbours saw it burning, their humanity did not overcome their dread of the smallpox, and they left the unfortunate inmates to their fate. The woman and two of the youngest children were burnt to death, two others frozen to death at the ruins of their house, while the eldest girl escaped from the burning shanty and ran towards a neighbour's house, but before she could reach any place of refuge, she sank under the influence of the cold and froze to death. When her body was found, she was perfectly naked.
January 8, 1864
ADDISON - Died in this city, on the 7th instant, Mrs. Addison, relict of the late Robert Addison, Fifeshire, Scotland, and mother of the late John Addison of Hamilton, aged 72 years. The funeral will take place from the residence of her son, Robert Addison, Vine street, on Saturday at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectful1y requested to attend.
FOTHERGILL - Died at Nelson, on the 6th instant, of consumption, Annie Hunter, daughter of the late Christopher Fothergill, aged 17 years.
UNNAMED MAN (Barrie) - An accident occurred on the North Railway on Monday night in which the baggage master on the train lost his life. The baggage car, it appears, got off the rails and became a complete wreck. The two men in it, Mr. William Fraser and the late baggage master, endeavoured to save themselves by jumping from the car. The former succeeded in getting to a safe place; the latter was lost.
HARTFORD - We have to record the sudden death of a soldier of the rifle Brigade on Tuesday last. A day or two before Christmas, he obtained leave for a fortnight to visit some friends in Binbrook, but shortly after he arrived there, he got sick, and notwithstanding every attention, he died. His name was John Hartford, and be belonged to Company No. 3. He was a native of Salisbury, Wiltshire, and had been in the service nine years and two months.
January 11, 1864
MCINNES - On the 31st ultimo, in obedience to a requisition from parties in Williams, Dr. McIntyre and Mr. Manners, coroners, proceeded to hold an inquest near the tavern of Mr. Ronald Morrison, on the body of a man names Neil McInnes, which had been exhumed for the purpose of examination, the man having been dead since the 27th. It was suspected foul play had caused Mr McInnes' sudden death, but the jury, of which Mr. S. Lake was foreman, brought in a verdict that the man died from natural causes.
January 13, 1864
PTOLEMY - Died at his residence, in Binbrook, on the 11th instant, Charles Ptolemy, Esq., aged 76 years, a native of Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland. Friends at a distance will please accept this intimation.
KNOTT - We note the death of Mr. William Knott, one of the veterans of 1812. He died on Sunday last at the house of Mr. John Bright on the Kingston road, aged 70 years. He was the son of a private in the Queen's Rangers, and was born in the old Fort. He is said to have been the first child born of European parents in Little York. He served in 1812 in the militia of the Province, and was at the taking of Detroit. For this he obtained a medal. He was also at Queenston Heights when Brock fell, and at the battle of York.
BAILY (Elora) - We regret to record the sudden death of an old and much respected resident of Garafraxa, Mr. George Baily, which occurred on Monday evening, the 21st December, at the residence of Mr. Martin. It appears that Mr. Baily had been complaining of disease of the heart for many years, and his most intimate friends were of the opinion that he would be called suddenly home in consequence of it. In this belief they were not mistaken, for after having driven a fat beast to Fergus on Monday and assisting to unload some grain in the village, he returned home, partook of a hearty supper, and went to the house of Mr. Martin to transact some business in connection with the Garafraxa board of school trustees of which he was an old member. Everything having been satisfactorily arranged, Mr. Baily was looking over the finished business when his head dropped, a peculiar smile played on his countenance, and he was dead. The deceased was in the prime of life, having only reached his 46th year. He leaves a wife and four grown children to mourn the loss of an affectionate parent.
January 14, 1864
LEE - We are informed that Mr. Lee of Caradoc was, on Thursday night last, accidentally and almost instantaneously killed by being struck on the head with a barn door, it is supposed.
January 16, 1864
GRENFELL - Died in this city, on Thursday, the 14th instant, John James, youngest son of Mr. James Grenfell, aged 6 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral to‑day (Saturday) at half past two p.m.
WALSH - In Barrie, on the 6th instant, Mary Walsh, while intoxicated, slipped from a chair on which she was sitting, when the back part of her cap became entangled in the top of the chair, the string of which was found tightly compressed around the throat, thereby producing death by strangulation.
MERRILL - A young woman named Achin, residing with her parents at Longueuil, on Saturday afternoon last, went deliberately to a well adjoining her house, removed the cover, and threw into it her nephew named Merrill, an infant 13 months old, after which she retired to her room and locked the door. On the child being missed, she was asked where he was, when she immediately replied, "I have thrown him into the well". On being questioned by the Rev. Mr. Thibeau, the curate of Longeuil, she said she had sent the child to heaven, and she would be punished for it, and would likewise secure heaven. The unfortunate girl is about 18 years of age, and was last year in the lunatic asylum at St. John's, from which she returned in the latter part of October last. She performed the ordinary household duties up to the time of the fatal occurrence, particularly that of attending to her infant nephew whom she was accustomed to feed and for whom she manifested much affection. The girl's mother has been suffering at one time from temporary mental aberration. The child was taken out of the well by Mr. Trudeau. After the post mortem examination made at the inquest by Dr. Larocque, he gave it as his opinion that the child had died of asphyxia. No marks of violence were visible, giving ground for the presumption that the child was alive when thrown into the well. The jury expressed the opinion that the girl, Achin, was of unsound mind and that she had committed the act of throwing the child into the well, but without malice aforethought. Mr. Coroner Jones upon the rendition of the verdict, committed the young woman for trial at the next term of the Court of the Queen's Bench.
January 19, 1864
KLEIN (Windsor) - On Wednesday night, a young man named Louis Klein, formerly a native of the County of Norfolk, fell through the ice while attempting to cross from Detroit, and was drowned before assistance could be obtained. His body has not been recovered at last accounts.
January 20, 1864
CLARKE - Died on the 19th instant, at her residence Main street west, in the 73rd year of her age, Mrs. Alexander Clarke, late of Perthshire, Scotland. The funeral will take place on Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
January 22, 1864
MCLELLAN - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, David Buntin McLellan, youngest son of William McLellan, aged 4 years and 3 months. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his father's residence, Catherine street, on Friday, the 22nd, at 3 o'clock, without further notice.
SWARTZ - On Monday morning last, Mr. George Swartz, a respectable farmer residing near the village of Morpeth, in the township of Howard, committed suicide by hanging himself.
January 23, 1864
CHILDS - Died on the 29th of December, at Cape Girandeau, Missouri, of typhoid pneumonia, after an illness of about four weeks, William H. Childs, Jr., aged 31 years, last surviving son of W. H. Childs, Esq., of Niagara Falls. The deceased leaves a widow and two children. The afflicted parents have thus been called upon to mourn the death of the third and last of three sons within the short space of three years and a half.
REID - A young man named Benjamin Butler at present is in the Ottawa jail on the grave charge of murdering a young woman of the name of Margaret Reid of the village of Carp.
MCCRAE - A little girl, daughter of Dr. McCrae of Keene, county of Peterborough, was burnt to death last week. She was standing near a stove when her dress caught fire and caused fatal injuries before an effort could be made to save her.
January 25, 1864
ROACH - An accident of a very serious nature occurred near Newtonville on Thursday last, the 19th instant, which materially damaged the train and caused the death of a young man named Roach, a fireman on the locomotive. Owing to a misplacement of one of the rails, the locomotive was thrown down an embankment and turned partly around. The van, breaking from its couplings, canted over and struck the side of the van upon which the unfortunate young man was standing, and he, being looking out at the time, was struck on the head, scattering his brains over the locomotive, and causing instantaneous death. Deceased was about 18 years of age, and the only support of a widowed mother and family of small children.
January 26, 1864
KELLY - Clarence Kelly, youngest son of Mr. R. W. Kelly, of the Brockville "Central Canadian", having joined the Federal army, was killed on the 16th ultimo in the fight at Chincopie creek, N.C. He was but 19 years of age.
January 28, 1864
MCPHERSON (London) - All classes of citizens will deeply regret to learn that Ald. Dougal McPherson was instantly killed on Saturday afternoon last by falling from a scaffold at the Lily Meadow mills about two miles from London. Mr. McPherson was a master builder by trade, and was engaged in his avocation as such when the accident occurred. The scaffold from which he fell was ten feet from the ground, and as he slipped from a plank, his head came in contact with the ice, and he died almost instantaneously.
January 29, 1864
DACOTEAU - Mr. Baptiste Dacoteau, merchant of Three Rivers, perished in a snow storm on Wednesday while attempting to reach his home from a place where he was spending the evening about two miles from town.
January 30, 1864
MCCANN - Died in this city, on Thursday, 29th instant, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. John McCann, aged 9 years and 8 months. The funeral will take place at 3 p.m. to‑day (Saturday), the 30th instant, from the residence of her father. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
February 1, 1864
INGLIS - Died at Hamilton, on the 31st ultimo, Margaret Alexina Gale, eldest daughter of the Rev. David Inglis, aged 1 year, 11 months, and 9 days. The funeral will take place from the residence of her father, upper James street, on Wednesday, the 3rd instant, at 2 o'clock p.m.
February 2, 1864
MOORE - A young man, named Joshua Moore, aged 18 years, son of Mr. Calvin Moore, 5th concession, of Beverly, was killed on Monday, last week, by the falling of a limb from a tree which he was engaged chopping in company with his brother. The young man was killed instantly, never having shown the least symptoms of life after being struck. Truly, in the midst of life we are in death.
February 6, 1864
SMITH - We regret to learn the particulars of a shocking accident that occurred on Monday afternoon on the 4th concession of London, in the vicinity of the village of Hyde Park, by which a much esteemed resident of that locality came to his death. The deceased, Thomas Smith, a brother of Mr. William Smith, late Grand Trunk detective, was, it appears, at the time of the melancholy occurrence, engaged in making potash, and is supposed to have overbalanced himself, causing him to fall into the seething chaldron which immediately deprived him of power to save himself. His cries attracted the attention of some of his family who instantly came to his relief, and by their efforts, he was rescued from his fearful position, but not before the burning substance had injured him so severely that he only lived till ten o'clock next morning when he expired in great agony. The deceased was well known in the city. He leaves a wife and two small children to mourn his loss.
February 8, 1864
GALBREATH - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the late John Galbreath, Esq., of Stoney Creek, Saltfleet, in the 51st year of her age. Friends are requested to attend the funeral on Tuesday, at 2 o'clock p.m. from the residence of her brother, D. B. Galbreath, Esq., corner of Main and Cherry streets.
February 10, 1864
MOORE - Died in this city, on Tuesday, the 9th instant, John Moore, aged 19 years.
February 12, 1864
WATKINS - Died on the 10th instant, at the residence of his son, C. W. Watkins, Esq., in the Township of Brant, Mr. Samuel Watkins, Sen., in the 90th yea of his age. Friends and acquaintances will, without further notice, please attend his funeral at 3 o'clock on Friday afternoon, from the residence of his son, Mr. T. C. Watkins, John street north, near Barton street, in this city.
February 15, 1864
WEBSTER Died at Binghampton, Broome County, N.Y., on the 9th February, 1864, of consumption, Maggie, wife of C. H. Webster, formerly of this city, aged 42 years and 5 days.
February 16, 1864
HOGG (Welland) - We regret to learn that a young boy, about 14 years of age, son of Mr. Samuel Hogg, of MacKenzie, was killed on Tuesday by the falling of a tree. It appears that the unfortunate lad, with his older brother, was engaged in felling a tree, and when almost chopped through, they both left it in a moment when it fell through the motion of the wind.
February 17, 1864
KEAN - Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, held an inquest yesterday upon the body of a woman named Sarah Kean who was found dead in a hovel on McNab street. She had only been a short time in the city. The evidence showed that her death was attributable to intemperate habits, and the jury returned a verdict accordingly.
February 20, 1864
HAIGH - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, Thomas Henry, only surviving son of Mr. Richard Haigh, in his 15th year. The funeral will take place on Sunday at 3i p.m.
MCBRIDE - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, Mr. William McBride, aged 52 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, John street, on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
LEWIS - Died at his residence, Stoney Creek, Township of Saltfleet, on the 19th instant, Col. Daniel Lewis, in his 75th year. The funeral will take place from his late residence on Sunday next at 11 o'clock a.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
February 23, 1864
MCDOUGALL - Dr. Rosebrugh, coroner, held an inquest yesterday afternoon on the body of a man, named William McDougall, a tailor by trade, who died suddenly the same morning. There being no external cause of death, a post mortem examination was held by Drs. Duggan and Mackintosh, the result of which was that the jury returned a‑verdict of "Died by the visitation of God".
February 24, 1864
GREENWOOD (Toronto) - Last night the awful tragedy in which William Greenwood acted such a bloody and prominent part was brought to a terrible termination. Shortly after ten o'clock, he put an end to his existence by hanging himself with a towel to the bars of his cell window. The circumstances of the case show the utmost determination on the part of the suicide, and stamp him as one of the most determined men, as well as one of the greatest criminals that this country has ever seen.
He must have had all his preparations made for the taking away of his life, and in fact it is now supposed had it in contemplation for some time, for he could not have done all he did in the short space between the time the clergyman left him and the time he was found dead, unless he had every preparation made before. At ten o'clock, the turnkey in charge of Greenwood went to another part of the gaol to look after some arrangements for the execution. He was thus engaged till about a quarter past ten. He then returned to his duties around the prisoner, and on looking into the cell to see if all was right, was struck with horror at finding him suspended by the neck by a towel attached to the bars of his cell window.
He immediately rushed in and cut the towel with his knife, but on feeling Greenwood's body, he found that he was dead. He at once gave the alarm, and Dr. Robertson was shortly in attendance and pronounced life extinct. The plan adopted by Greenwood to put an end to his awful life was, as we have before remarked, of the most desperate character. The window of the cell is about six and a half feet from the ground, and running along beneath is the bed. The suicide must have stood upon the bed, have tied the towel to the iron bars, having previously made a noose or a slipknot in the other end of the towel which he then placed over his head and tightened around his neck. The towel, however, was a long one, and reached from the window to within a foot or two of the door. In order, therefore, to strangle himself he was compelled to lie down so that the towel might have the desired effect on his neck. He seems even to have clutched the bed in his hands, and have pulled himself, as it were, with all his strength upon the towel so that there might not be any chance of his failing to put his awful intention into execution.
From time to time during his confinement, he has made statements to different gentlemen who have visited him about the crimes with which he was charged. These statements varied in many respects, but they nevertheless showed that he was guilty of every crime held to his charge.
From these different stories, we gather facts which prove him beyond a doubt guilty. The letter which he left in his cell was dated, the 22nd February, 1864, and commenced "Gentlemen", and a portion seemed as if it were intended for a dying speech to be delivered on the gallows. In it he declared himself innocent. The other part of it, however, was written in a different strain, and must have been penned after he had made up his mind to commit suicide. In it he made some references to his crimes, but did not confess himself guilty.
This terminates the fearful Greenwood tragedy, the last act being even more horrible and terrible than the first. With William Greenwood's death, one of the greatest felons which the annals of crime in Canada can produce dies.
February 27, 1864
BREEZE - A melancholy accident occurred on Saturday evening on the London Proof Line road which resulted in the death of MT. George Breeze, a most respected resident of Biddulph. The particulars are as follows. Breeze was returning from market on Saturday evening in company with Mr. Curtain. On coming to the toll gate near the 10th concession of London, a stranger who had been following close behind with his team requested permission to pass, which Breeze granted. After going some distance, Breeze attempted to re‑pass the stranger who prevented him by crossing to the side Breeze attempted to pass, and in one of these attempts, Breeze's waggon was crowded into the ditch and the deceased thrown to the ground with such violence that his skull was fractured, killing him instantly. Dr. Quarry, of Lucan, associate coroner, was promptly sent for and a jury summoned, and returned a verdict of accidental death resulting from being thrown out of a waggon. The deceased was temperate in his habits, and leaves a wife and child to mourn his untimely fate.
March 1, 1864
BURNHAM - The Port Hope papers record the death of Mark Burnham, Esq., of that place at the advanced age of seventy‑three. Deceased was an American by birth, and settled in Canada about fifty years ago.
March 7, 1864
ATKINS - Died on the 26th February last, at his residence, Donnecarney, near Dundas, Major Thomas Atkins, formerly of Her Majesty's 75th Regiment, and second son of the late Major General William Atkins, of Zanna, Bombay, aged 57 years. Major Atkins has been for many years back a well‑known and highly respected resident of this neighbourhood.
March 9, 1864
BARRON - We regret to learn that Mrs. Barron, wife of Mr. Edward Barron who lives on the 9th concession of the Township of Raleigh, was suddenly killed last Saturday by the falling of a tree. It would appear that Mrs. Barron was in the woods engaged in making maple sugar. In the vicinity of where she was at work, there was an old tree which had partially fallen down and was regarded by the deceased to be really dangerous, and some boys undertook the task of felling it to the ground. They had, however, hardly struck the axe into it half a dozen times when, unexpected to all, it suddenly fell, and in its course struck Mrs. Barron, killing her almost instantly. Deceased was aged 45 or 50 years. One of her arms was broken in four places; the back of her head was mashed in, as also was her chest, Portions of her body were also dreadfully mutilated. On Sunday last, Dr. A. R. Robertson, coroner, held an inquest on the remains of the unfortunate woman, and a verdict was found in accordance with the above facts.
March 12, 1864
NELLES - Died at Grimsby, on the 19th March, Henrietta Ann, wife of Henry Edward Hamilton Nelles, and second daughter of the late Henry William Nelles, Esq., of Lake Lodge, Grimsby. Funeral to take place in Grimsby on Saturday, the 12th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
ROBINSON - On Saturday evening last, a farmer generally known as Larry Robinson, residing near Jarvis, in this county (Haldimand), came home somewhat intoxicated, and soon afterwards went upstairs, as his wife supposed, to bed. In a short time, his wife ascended the stairs to put one of the children to bed, when she found her husband hanging by the neck, dead. It seems that he had hanged himself to one of the rafters by his muffler which allowed his knees to touch the floor. No cause can be assigned for the rash act.
March 14, 1964
STINSON - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, Thomas Stinson, Esq., in his 67th year. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral on to‑morrow (Tuesday) afternoon at 3 o'clock.
March 16, 1864
RAPLAY - We very much regret to learn that a son of Mr. Raplay of Strathroy was killed on Tuesday last whilst in the bush assisting his father to make maple sugar. The unfortunate lad, who was only eleven years old, was out in the woods, and seeing his father endeavouring to erect a large pole to rest the sugar kettle upon, the youth desired to help him, but was advised to desist as he was not strong enough. However, the boy continued helping to carry the pole, and got upon a barrel in order to lift the pole to its proper elevation, when the barrel slipped from beneath his feet, and he fell to the ground. The heavy pole descended upon his head with considerable force, killing him almost instantly. The poor child was a great favourite, and sympathy for the bereaved parents is universally expressed.
March 17, 1864
ROBERTSON - Died in this city, on the 16th instant, Mrs. John Robertson, aged 81 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from her late residence, Park street, next the convent, on Friday, the 18th instant, at 3 o'clock.
March 19, 1864
O'MALLEY (Brockville) - About half past three on Monday morning, a sad accident occurred at the depot of the Grand Trunk Railway. It appears that a commercial traveller named John O'Malley from Montreal arrived in town on Saturday evening from the west. He remained over at Herrick's tavern till Sunday, and was at the station waiting for the train going east on Monday morning. Unfortunately he had been drinking, and when the train arrived at the depot, he refused to go into the cars when they were stationary when asked to do so by the officers. He waited till the cars were in motion, and when attempting to get on board, missed his footing and fell forward across the rail. The wheels of the car passed over a portion of his left leg, and cut the right leg almost from the body close to the abdomen. The accident occurred about half past three in the morning. The unfortunate man lived till about seven o'clock in the morning. He was perfectly sensible, and the Rev. Mr. Burns, having been sent for, bestowed on him the last rites of religion before he died. He said he had left a horse at Bowmanville and a cutter at Cornwall. The money in his possession, a very large sum, he directed to be sent to his wife at Bishop Auckland, near Durham, England, We believe he has left only one child.
March 23, 1864
WILLIAMS - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, after a protracted illness, John Williams, Esq., late of Killeen House, Callinaferoy, County of Kerry, Ireland. Funeral will leave from corner of Emerald and Cannon streets, at 3 o'clock on Friday next.
March 24, 1864
MCKENZIE - Died in South Yarmouth, near Port Stanley, in the 66th year of her age, Caroline Bissett McKenzie, widow of the late John McKenzie, sometime Captain to H.M. 1st West Indian Regiment, and mother of Rev. J.G.D. McKenzie, of this city.
March 29, 1864
TURNER (Ottawa) - At 3 p.m. yesterday (Thursday) died at an early age, J. B. Turner, Esq., Lieut.‑Colonel in the Artillery of the Active Forces of Canada, commanding the Field Battery of Ottawa. Col. Turner was a native of Devonshire, descended from an excellent family. He had received and profited by a good education, but his tastes through life had been essentially military. He served with distinction under Sir DeLacy Evans in the war of the last Spanish Revolution. He came to Canada, and for many years devoted himself to literary pursuits for which he was eminently qualified. His productions on military subjects were remarkable for scientific knowledge and boundless information.
TIBADEN - A man named Tibaden was drowned in Lake St. Clair on Monday right. Under the impression that the ice was sufficiently strong to hold him, he buckled on his skates. He had not proceeded far when he broke through and disappeared to rise no more. His body had not yet been recovered.
HUDSON - On Tuesday night, about 7 o'clock, a painful accident occurred on the depot grounds of the Great Western Railway at Windsor by which the yard‑master, John Hudson, lost his life. It appears the yard engine was engaged in shunting cars, and the deceased, whose duty it was to superintend the work, was aiding the other employees. Instead of running the engine on the same track as the cars so as to move them along, a long rope was used which was stretched from the latter to the engine, and by this means the locomotive was kept upon a separate track. After the cars had been moved nearly to the place intended, the engine stopped, and the rope becoming slackened, the deceased attempted to cross the same while the cars were under motion.
His feet caught in the rope, and he was thrown across the track immediately in front of the cars. The forward wheels of one car passed over his body, cutting it in twain, and mutilating it very badly before the train could be brought to a standstill. Of course, life was extinct before the unfortunate man could be reached. An inquest was held on the remains and a verdict rendered in accordance with the facts. The deceased leaves a wife and one child to mourn his loss. He had been a considerable length of time in the employment of the Railway Company, and was regarded as a very useful and honest man. Some time ago, an employee barely escaped with his life under precisely the same circumstances as attended the above accident. He had an arm broken.
March 30, 1864
MARTIN - Died in this city, on the 29th instant, Mr. John Martin, aged 60 years. The funeral will take place from Rae street, near the Crystal Palace, to‑morrow (Thursday) afternoon at 4 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
SMITH - Died in this city, on the 29th instant, Mr. Thomas Smith, aged 41 years. The funeral will take place from Market Square to‑morrow (Thursday) at 2:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.
MOONEY (Goderich) - On Tuesday last, a man named Joseph Mooney, a resident we believe of the Township of Hibbert, was killed in front of Downey's Hotel by a lumberman by the name of Cartman. Not much of the particulars are known. So far as they have reached us, it seems that on that day, Cartman with a number of others came into Downey's apparently with the purpose of having a shindy with some one. After some desultory argument, Mooney and Cartman went out to fight, when Cartman struck him a blow which proved fatal. Medical assistance was in immediate attendance, but the vital spark had fled. From the nature of the wound, it appears that brass knuckles or something of a similar nature were used. Cartman and one of his comrades have been held to answer the charges, one for murder, and the other in assisting in an attempt to rescue the prisoner. An inquest held on the body has been closed and recorded a verdict of murder. The prisoner has been committed to jail to stand his trial.
March 31, 1864
MACDONELL (Kingston) - It is with the highest reluctance we tell our readers that a light has gone out in Kingston, that Archibald John Macdonell, Esq., recorder of the city, is dead. He breathed his last in Philadelphia whither he had gone for benefit of the best advice, yesterday
morning. The intelligence came by a telegram this morning, and filled the city with grief. The state of his health was such that for many weeks such a lamentable event might be expected. Still, when the sad tidings came, the blow was just as heavy as if it had not been foreseen. His loss will be deeply felt. He was a truly good man, a kind friend, and an honest and upright judge. It will be long ere we look upon his like again.
THOMPSON (Owen Sound) - A fatal accident, resulting in the death of a young man named John Thompson, son of a respectable farmer residing in the south‑east part of Artemesia, took place on the evening of Monday, the 14th instant. It appears that deceased went out in the afternoon of that day to shoot some partridge, but had not gone far when he came upon some racoon tracks. He immediately started in pursuit of the racoons, and soon chased them into a hollow tree. He then went after some help to cut down the tree and kill the racoons. He soon returned with another young man named Treadgold and cut down the tree. When the tree was cut down, it was found necessary to cut it in another place in order to get at the animals. Treadgold volunteered to do it and began to cut away some brambles that stood in the way of chopping. Meantime deceased was standing on the trunk of the tree with gun in hand. Treadgold had chopped only a few blows when he heard the report of the gun, and looking round, saw deceased falling backward. The probability is that while standing with his hand resting on the muzzle of the gun, the butt end slipped down the side of the log on which he was standing, and the cock of the gun caught in the rough bark and this caused the discharge. The contents of the gun, a heavy load of buckshot and slugs, lodged in the right breast and caused death instantly. An inquest was held on the body by Coroner Bonar when a verdict was returned in accordance with the above facts. Deceased was nearly 19 years of age, and is lamented by a large circle of mourning friends. This furnishes us with another fearful warning against the careless use of firearms.
April 2, 1864
UNNAMED INFANT - Dr. Rosebrugh, coroner, held an inquest yesterday in the Police Office on the body of an unknown infant found under somewhat peculiar circumstances. On Tuesday forenoon, a number of boys were playing about the suspension bridge at Burlington Heights when they accidentally noticed what appeared to be a box, lying in the ditch at the side of the railway track. A closer examination revealed the fact that the box was in fact, a small pine coffin. They immediately gave information to the police and Constable Ford repaired to the spot and brought the article to the Police Office. On opening it, the body of a female infant was found in
an advanced state of decomposition. From its appearance, it must have been dead for some months, and Dr. Mackintosh was of the opinion it had been a premature birth. How the coffin came to be laid where it was discovered there was no evidence to show, and nothing could be ascertained as to the parentage of the child. The opinion was expressed that it had likely been thrown from some passing train which may or may not have been the case, but at present, the whole affair remains a mystery. Under the circumstances, a jury could only return a verdict of "Found dead".
April 5, 1864
COLVILLE - Died on the 4th instant, at her late residence, corner of Peel and Walnut streets, Mary Graham Colville, late of Saltfleet, aged 82 years. The funeral will take place on Thursday, 1 p.m. Friends will please accept this notice.
April 6, 1864
GIBBS - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, Walter Henry, infant son of Mr. J . P. Gibbs.
MCKAY - Died in this city , on the 5th instant , Mr. George McKay, aged 60 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from the corner of Henry and Hughson streets, this (Wednesday) afternoon at 3 o'clock, without further notice.
April 7, 1864
HULZAR - We learn that person named Balzar Hulzar, in the employment of Jacob Hespeler, Esq., committed suicide by hanging himself i n a tree near the village of Hespeler on Thursday, the 31st ultimo. His body was not discovered till the following Sunday. The motive for this desperate action is unknown. Persons who were in the habit of meeting him every day affirm that he did not indulge in intoxicating drinks, but it is obvious that he had become, from some cause, temporarily insane. Hulzar was a German, and leaves a widow and family to lament his loss.
April 9, 1864
POWELL (Simcoe) On Wednesday last, Mr. George Powell, while I n a state of temporary insanity , committed suicide by hanging himself to his bed post. Mr. Powell was well-known and deservedly respected for his honesty and integrity, and his melancholy end will painfully shock, and be deeply felt, by his many friend s and acquaintances. For the last few years, Mr. Powell had
been in very reduced circumstances. This, together with being out of employment and seeing no prospect of being able to better his position in life, preyed so deeply on his mind that it has, for some time past, been evident that he was giving way to despair, that in fact ,he was weary of life. Unfortunately, he had also become somewhat intemperate, which aggravated both the disease and its causes. Within the last month, his eldest son died which made him more desponding still, and there is hardly a doubt that it tended greatly to bring about this sad tragedy which closed his life . Mr. Powell leaves a wife and a young family to mourn his sad end. An inquest was held and the verdict of the jury was that the deceased had committed suicide while in a state of temporary insanity.
April 11, 1864
KIRKLAND - Mrs. Caroline M. Kirkland, the well‑known authoress who died suddenly in this city yesterday morning of apoplexy, was a native of New York, her father, Mr. Standsbury, being at the time of her birth a book publisher in this city. Her husband was Professor Kirkland of Hamilton College, who died in 1847. Since 1843, Mrs. Kirkland has resided most of the time in this city where she has devoted her time to literary labours and education of young ladies. She visited Europe in 1848, and on her return, published reminiscences of her travels in a book entitled "Holidays Abroad: or Europe from the West". Her published volumes are very numerous, and most of them have obtained a wide popularity. In the social circle, she was much esteemed for her rare conversational‑powers, her genial humour, and her broad and sympathetic benevolence. Her last labour was devoted to the great enterprise which now absorbs the attention of our citizens, and only the evening before she died, she was at her post in the Arms and Trophies Department of the fair performing her duties as one of the Ladies' Committee.
April 12, 1864
WHITE - Died at Peterborough, on the 9th instant, George Harry, youngest son of Mr. Richard White, aged 14 months.
CUMMER - Died at Waterdown, on the 11th instant, Rachel, the beloved wife of L. A. Cummer, in the 33rd year of her age. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully Invited to attend the funeral from her late residence to the place of interment, to‑morrow at 11 o'clock
April 13, 1864
MCINTYRE - We have again to record another shocking railroad accident, resulting in the death of an unfortunate man named Donald McIntyre. The deceased, it appears, was a blacksmith by
trade, and lived at Komoka. He had been working for a short time in the Great Western Railway Company's shop in London, and on Saturday night made preparations to visit his family at Komoka. Unfortunately he had indulged too freely in liquor during the evening, and delayed his departure. Early on Sunday morning, therefore, he proceeded on his journey westward, taking the railroad track. On reaching the Cove Bridge, it is supposed he was unable to continue onward, and unconsciously laid himself down on the track. At this bridge, a watchman is stationed whose duty is to make an examination of the structure after the passing of trains in order to see that no sparks have lodged in the woodwork. About two o'clock on Sunday morning, a freight train passed along from the west. The watchman with his lantern proceeded to make the necessary examination, and on reaching the centre of the bridge, found the body of the deceased who had been run over by the passing train and dreadfully mangled. Assistance was at once obtained, and the remains were conveyed to the Great Western station in this city where an inquest was held on them the same afternoon by Dr. Moore, coroner.
The mutilated corpse presented a most shocking spctacle as it lay upon a board for examination by the jury. The head, which was scalped, was completely severed from the body and lay by itself. A portion of the brains protruded, and the body itself was badly cut up. It was one of the most sickening sights we have ever beheld. The deceased was well known in Komoka where he resided for a number of years. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his untimely end. From what we can learn he was about 35 years of age; His remains were removed to Komoka yesterday for interment by his brother who was present at the inquest and resides in the same neighbourhood. Deaths by such a cause are fearfully on the increase of late, but how to keep drunken men off the track is a question yet‑to‑be decided. No blame whatever is attached to any of the officials on the train in this instance.
April 14, 1864
MEWBURN - Died at his residence, Danby House, Stamford, C.W., very suddenly, on the 12th instant, in the 76th year of his age, Doctor John Mewburn, M.R.C.S., formerly of 'Whitby, Yorkshire, England. The funeral will take place on Friday, the 15th instant. Relations and friends are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
April 15, 1864
STREET - Died in Dundas, on the 13th instant, Mary Ann, relict of the late William Street, Esq., of Countess Weir, Devonshire, England, at the age of 83. The funeral will take place from the residence of the Rev. M. Y. Stark, on Saturday, at 10:30 a.m. to the place of interment, Ancaster.
April 19, 1864
STINSON - Died in the Township of Nelson, on the 11th instant, Mrs. Ann Stinson, relict of the late Samuel stinson, Esq., in her 72nd year.
April 21, 1864
FOX - Died in this city, on Monday, the 18th instant, Caroline, beloved wife of David F. Fox, in the 23rd year of her age, and second daughter of J. Nickerson, Jeweller, of this city. The funeral will take place from her father's residence, Hughson street, this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
April 22, 1864
AUCHINLECK - Died on the 20th instant, at the residence of her son‑in‑law, F. C. Minty, Esq., Bank of Montreal, Hamilton, C.W., Anna Maria, relict of the late S. Auchinleck, Esq., of the island of Antigua, West Indies, in the 73rd year of her age.
April 26, 1864
NUGENT - Died on the morning of the 25th instant, John Nugent, aged 66 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend his funeral from his late residence, corner of Maiden Lane and John street, on Wednesday, at 2 o'clock p.m.
May 2, 1864
CLEEVE - On the 18th ultimo, Mr. John Cleeve, of Chatham, a highly respected young man of about 27 years of age, was drowned in the river Sydenham, about seven miles above Wallaceburg while attempting to cross the stream in a canoe. Many years' personal acquaintance with the deceased has endeared him to our memory, and his awful, sudden death will be seriously mourned by an extensive circle of warm friends whom, by his actions, he had attached to him.
SAENGER - Died on the 10th March, at Trictis, Saxe Weimar, Mr. John Saenger, of diphtheria, in the 34th year of his age. Deceased was a resident of this city for 18 years, and left last July on a visit to his native place. He had made arrangements for a return to Canada when he was attacked by the disease which proved fatal.
MCCAHILL - On Monday evening last, a party of young men left Southwold for the purpose of fishing in Kettle Creek, near Port Stanley, when one of them, Thomas McCahill, son of Mr. John McCahill, Southwold, was drowned. It appears the rope got entangled round his legs so that he could not help himself, and he told his companions to draw him out. In doing so, the rope broke, and he was carried down with the current. His body was found on Tuesday last. The deceased was twenty‑one years of age, a worthy young man, and liked by all in the neighbourhood in which he lived.
May 3, 1864
MOREAU (Quebec) - We received a letter from our old friend Capt. D. Vaughan at the post office yesterday. It is dated South Pillars, 19th April, and posted at, Quebec, and has therefore taken ten days to reach us. Capt. Vaughan gives us the particulars of a melancholy accident which occurred at Trois Saumons on Saturday, the 14th instant, by the capsizing of a skiff in which were four boys, rowing close to the shore. Two out of the four, brothers named Pierre and Martel Moreau, were drowned in a five‑foot depth of water.
LANE - On Saturday last, a youth named James Lane, of about the age of 16 years, belonging to Dundas, met with his death under the following circumstances. He and two other boys of his own age named Reynolds and Regan, all of Dundas, were in a boat on the Desjardins Canal on a shooting excursion, having, we believe, but one gun with them. Lane, it appears, had been on shore, and was in the act of re‑entering the boat when the accident took place. In stepping on board, he put his foot right on the trigger of the gun which instantly went off, the charge entering the unfortunate youth’s breast. A tugboat which was near the spot on the way down from Dundas to Hamilton about the time of the accident, immediately put about and conveyed Lane, the wounded boy, with all possible speed to the Dundas canal basin whence he was taken home. Medical assistance was quickly procured, but nothing could be done to save him, the wound being pronounced mortal from the first. The poor boy died in an hour and a half after reaching home.
May 6. 1864
MACKENZIE - Died at Binbrook, C.W., on the 29th ultimo, Mr. Alexander MacKenzie, formerly of Inverness‑shire, Scotland, aged 70 years, much and justly respected by all who knew him.
PENDERGAST - Last Monday, a little boy, seven years old, the son of Mr. Pendergast, Pittsburgh, undertook to separate two cocks that were fighting in the yard. While doing so, one of the birds struck him above the eye with his spur, leaving a portion of it in the wound.
On Wednesday last, the wound became painful; it was examined and the piece of spur discovered and removed, but immediately afterwards, the boy was taken ill, and in about two hours died. It appears that the spur had penetrated into the brain. (Kingston)
MCCALLUM - A fatal accident occurred yesterday morning near the Great Western Railway station here, Shortly after the night express had left the station, one of the switchmen heard some one calling out lower down the line, and on proceeding to the spot, discovered a man lying across one of the rails. He was immediately removed to D. Henderson's hotel, and Dr. Billings sent for. Dr. Henwood was afterwards in attendance, but the unfortunate sufferer was too aged and feeble to endure amputation, and nothing could be done for him. He died about seven o'clock. From what we could learn from the widow of the deceased, it appears that they reside at Grand Rapids, Michigan, and that for the past six months, they have been on a visit to a daughter in Vermont. They were on their way home when the melancholy occurrence took place. Deceased was 78 years of age and very feeble.
No one saw him fall from the train, but it is supposed that he must have been on the platform and been jerked off. The following is the evidence taken at the inquest.
John Clarkson sworn: Am night station master here. About twenty minutes past two this morning, the policeman came to me and told me that a man had been run over by the train going west , about 200 yards west of the station. Went and got a board and had him removed to Henderson's Hotel. He was moaning when I first saw him. When we got him there, he told me his name was James McCallum, and his address at John Gibson's, Jericho Road, Vermont. He said also he was going to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Understand he died at seven o' clock.
Dr. Billings sworn: Was called to see the injured man about half past three this morning. Found the left leg below the knee severely crushed. In fact, the bones were smashed. He was very weak, although sensible. His great age and his feebleness prevented any amputation being attempted. He died from the shock occasioned by the accident.
Wm. Pierce sworn: Am a switchman at the station here. About ten minutes past two this morning, about five minutes after the night express west had passed, heard somebody calling. On proceeding to the spot, found a man lying across the track with one leg across the south rail on the main track. Went back to the station and gave information to the policeman.
The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
May 7, 1864
WEINGARDENER (London) - A person named Weingardener now lies in the police cells in this city, having been arrested here on Wednesday, on a telegram from Sarnia. He is alleged to have murdered his son during a journey from Sarnia to London, and will be taken to the former place to be disposed of. The prisoner was arrested by the chief of police near the bridge crossing the Port Stanley road on Wednesday afternoon. When asked what became of his son in company with whom he left Sarnia, he remarked that he did not know. It appears that both travelled together upon the track, coming eastward to London, and when a few miles from Sarnia, it is supposed he murdered the boy and left him by the track side, as the body was afterwards there discovered by the conductor. When found, the lad was not dead, but expired yesterday morning. The conductor, on learning the facts of the case and as the train passed the prisoner while on his way to London, he telegraphed to the chief of police here, and the arrest was accordingly made. The prisoner now awaits the result of the inquest which was being held at Sarnia yesterday. Deceased was 17 years of age.
DAVIS (Quebec) - Our readers may perhaps remember that during the course of last winter, a farm servant, named John Davis, in the employ of Mr. William Crawford of Valcartier, was suddenly missed from that place, and although every effort was made at the time of his disappearance, not the slightest clue to his whereabouts could be discovered. Strong suspicion existed that he had been the victim of foul play, and the Government was induced to offer a large reward for any information that would lead to the apprehension of the murderer or murderers. A body, which was identified as that of John Davis, was found on Sunday morning in the woods back of Valcartier, and though in an advanced state of decay, still bearing evident traces of violence. The back of the skull is opened as if by the blow of an axe, and the appearance of the remains would seem to indicate a violent death. The coroner left for Valcartier yesterday in order to hold an inquest when, doubtless, all the facts will be fully sought out.
May 9, 1864
DAVIS - Died on the morning of the 5th instant, in the 55th year of her age, at Andross Cottage, in the County of Haldimand, C.W., Alice, the beloved wife of James Davis, Esq., formerly of York, Grand River.
May 17, 1864
MUIR - Died at Willow Cottage, Montreal, on the 15th instant, after a painful illness, Ainess, the wife of Ebenezer Muir, Esq., aged 74 years.
May 19, 1864
THOMPSON - Died on Tuesday, the 17th instant, after a short and painful illness which he bore with Christian fortitude, Mr. Joseph Thompson, aged 80 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral to‑day (Thursday) at half past one o'clock p.m., from his late residence, Barton street, to the place of interment, Burlington cemetery.
YOUNG - Died at Hamilton, on the 17th instant, William Donaldson, aged 3 years and 10 months, son of William Young. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the residence of his father, West avenue, corner King William street, this day (Thursday) at 3 p.m.
May 23, 1864
SUMMERS - Died on Saturday, the 21st instant, in this city, Eugenie, eldest daughter of Mr. W. H. Summers, in the 7th year of her age. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from her father's residence, Main street west, this afternoon, at 4 o'clock
BOWES - The Toronto papers of Saturday chronicle the sudden death of J. G. Bowes, Esq., a gentleman widely and favourably known as one of the leading men of the "Province. Few have enjoyed an equal notoriety, and none would envy the abuse that was showered upon him. Yet now that he is gone, not a word of reproach is uttered, for the tomb silences even the slanderer's tongue. Mr. Bowes was a man of great practical experience and ability. For many years Mayor of Toronto, he enjoyed a high reputation, notwithstanding all that was said against him by his enemies. It is not a little singular that Mr. Bowes was selected as a candidate for Parliament by the very men who abused him most. He was an Irishman by birth and settled in Toronto in 1832. Being successful in business, he soon earned a competency, and became a public man. As such, he won the esteem and respect of all who can appreciate true worth and admire ability. Mr. Bowes had talents of no ordinary kind and possessed great administrative ability as was shown by his successful management of municipal affairs. He was, without doubt, the ablest Chief Magistrate Toronto ever had.
SCHAEFFER (Galt) On Monday last, as the lumbermen were removing timber that congregated at Blair's dam in this town, one of them named Alexander Macleod discovered the body of a man
floating in the water. He immediately gave information of the fact to the authorities, and the body was removed from the water and taken to a vacant house in the neighbourhood, The body, which was that of a stranger, was dreadfully decomposed and presented a dreadful spectacle. An inquest was commenced on the remains by Dr. Philp, coroner, the same evening, but after taking evidence as to the finding of the body, it was adjourned until the next day, the coroner having received information that a man was drowned about a month ago in Conestoga, and it being deemed advisable to send word to the friends of the deceased of the recovery of the body. Meanwhile the jacket of the unfortunate man was removed, together with a pocketbook and knife, and orders given for the interment of the body which was in St. Andrew's Church cemetery. On Tuesday morning, a brother‑in‑law of the missing man arrived and fully identified the jacket and other articles belonging to Mr. Schaeffer who was accidentally drowned while rafting cedar posts on the Conestoga river, at or near the village of that name. A verdict of accidental drowning was returned, and the enquiry terminated.
May 24, 1864
START - Died at Hamilton, on the 23rd instant, Arabella M., wife of J. E. Start, Esq. The funeral will take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the 25th.
May 26, 1864
DALY - An inquest was held yesterday forenoon on the body of a boy names Charbonnel Daly who was run over by the express train about 3½ miles east of Hamilton about 8 o'clock the same morning. From the evidence adduced, it appeared that the deceased, who was about twelve years of age, and his cousin, Thomas Coleman Daly, somewhat younger, ran away from Toronto on Monday last, intending to go to their grandfather at St. Catharines. They walked all the way and slept under one of the bridges that night. Early on Wednesday morning, they recommenced their journey, but being very tired, they lay down on the track to rest. Both, however, fell asleep, and the survivor, hearing the whistle of the approaching train, was just in the act of getting up when he was struck by the cowcatcher and knocked into the ditch, sustaining a severe but not dangerous flesh wound in the leg. The other boy was killed almost instantly, the engine breaking in the back and right part of his head. The jury found that Charbonnel Daly was accidentally killed by being run over by the express train this morning while asleep on the railway track east of Hamilton. The railway officials immediately telegraphed to the parents of the boys in Toronto, and despatched both last evening.
May 27, 1864
REID - Died in this city, on the 27th instant, Jane, daughter of Mr. Robert Reid, aged 1 year and 8 months. The funeral will take place to‑morrow (Sunday) at 3 p.m. from her father's residence, Pearl street north. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
BAIN‑ Died in this city, on Sunday, the 22nd instant, Mr. Thomas Bain, cabinet maker, aged 49 years.
May 29, 1864
GURNEY Died at Grimsby, deeply lamented by all who knew her, Mrs. Gurney, relict of the late E. T. F. Gurney, Esq.
NEWELL - Died in this city, on Friday, the 20th instant, W. H. Newell, aged 22 years.
May 30, 1864
DEVANEY (St. Catharines) Body of Miss Devaney Found: The body of this unfortunate young lady, who was drowned while skating on the canal in February last, was found this morning, floating in the water near the waste‑weir of Lock No. 2. It was discovered by a bridge tender named Howe. It will be recollected that in order to recover the body the water was let off the level between Docks 2 and 3, and therefore it is likely the body was carried down with the current, and being prevented by the lattice‑work from passing through the water, it is likely the superincumbent ice pressed the body into the mud, and this prevented a discovery. The father of the unfortunate girl is Mr. L. Devaney, the auctioneer of Montreal. The body was interred in the cemetery this evening.
June 3, 1864
HILL - Died at her late residence, 198 Seventh street, Buffalo, N.Y., on the 31st ultimo, Mrs. Abigail Margaret Hill, aged 61 years, daughter of the late Judge Sanders, of New Brunswick.
June 4, 1864
COLVILLE - On Wednesday evening, the quiet of the little village of Hogg's Hollow, about six miles north of this city (Toronto) was disturbed by a shocking affair, resulting in the almost
instant death of an unfortunate man at the hands of another. The murder, if the story we have heard be true, is one of the most atrocious and cold‑blooded affairs that has occurred in this vicinity for a length of time.
It is alleged that on Wednesday evening a number of men residing in and about the village of Hogg's Hollow were assembled at a tavern in that place. They had been drinking for some time and were, no doubt, rather heated with liquor when a discussion arose upon some religious question. A portion of the party was protestant and the other roman catholic. Words rose pretty high, and some slight scuffling occurred in the tavern. Through the interference of some peaceably disposed persons, the disturbance was quelled, and shortly after, several of the disputants departed for their homes. Amongst these were two, named Colville and O'Brien, the former a protestant, and the latter a roman catholic. Some pretty warm words were passed between these two men during the disturbance, but everything seemed to be peaceably settled. No danger was apprehended in allowing them to leave the place together.
After leaving the tavern, Colville shortly separated from the others, and proceeded towards his home. He had just reached the gate leading into a small garden in front of his house when O'Brien came running up behind him and made an attempt to stop him as he passed . through the gate. He succeeded, however, in getting into his garden without injury, and no doubt wished to avoid a struggle as O'Brien was armed with a heavy stick, and from his manner, seemed determined to use it in a desperate manner. On Colville’s passing into the garden, the other followed him, threatening all the time to do him grievous bodily harm, and vowing to have revenge for some real or imaginary insult that he had received from Colville.
Colville was within a few feet of his own door when his desperate opponent raised the heavy bludgeon that he carried and brought it down with all his force on the head of the unfortunate man, who staggered beneath the fearful blow, and then fell on the ground, and expired in a few minutes. O'Brien attempted to escape, but was arrested by some persons who, having heard the noise, came up just in time to secure him. He was placed in safe keeping, while the body of his unfortunate victim was borne into his recently happy home, and produced a heart‑rending scene when stretched before his now‑widowed wife and fatherless little ones.
June 8, 1864
ELLIS - Died in Bridgeport, Alabama, U.S., on the 20th April, Mr. Joseph Alexander Ellis, late of the Township of Brantford. C.W.
June 9, 1864
UNNAMED MAN - We are informed that an elderly man whose name we did not learn was drowned at the Beach on Tuesday noon. It appears that he had charge of the scow used for ferrying vehicles across, and was dragging a rope attached to the scow when he walked backward into the water. His body was recovered about an hour after the accident occurred.
June 11, 1864
BALDWIN, FENZER - We mentioned on Saturday the probable loss of three men in the Bay. We now learn that one of the missing three has turned up, having crossed on the steamer, Princess of Wales. The other two, we are afraid, are drowned. It is not known when they left Oaklands, but they were seen there at a late hour, and both were in liquor at the time. The boat they had was a light skiff, and quite unfit to cross the Bay under canvas on such a stormy night, and there is too much reason to fear they both found a watery grave. Their names were George Baldwin and Charles Fenzer, shoemakers, lately from the United States. The latter leaves a wife and two children.
June 16, 1864
BENNETT - Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, held an inquest yesterday on the body of Catharine Bennett who died suddenly on the previous evening. From the evidence adduced, it appeared that she was a woman of dissipated habits, that in the afternoon she went into a neighbour's house and asked for permission to lie down on the floor as she said she was tired out. In two hours afterward, she was found to be dead. The medical testimony was to the effect that she had died of exhaustion from inflammation of the stomach, and the jury returned a verdict accordingly.
June 21, 1864
TURNER - Died at Mount Albion, Saltfleet, on the 19th instant, Mr. Duncan Turner, aged 70 years. The funeral will take place on Wednesday instant, at 2 p.m.
RAFFERTY - A man named Rafferty, residing with his family at Niagara, C.W., on Wednesday night last, murdered his wife and two children, and then fled from the there. At last accounts, he had not been taken.
June 25, 1864
LEON - We are sorry to learn that Mr. James Leon, well known in this city as a vocalist, committed suicide lately in the neighbourhood of Cleveland, Ohio, by jumping from the deck of
a steamer while in the custody of a Provost Marshall for desertion from the American army.
June 27, 1864
MCMILLAN - Died in this city, on Saturday, the 25th instant, Gilbert McMillan, aged 24 years and 3 months. His funeral will take place at 3 o'clock p.m. from his mother's residence, corner of McNab and Hunter streets.
CHALMERS - In our painful duty of recording the death of George Chalmers, Esq., we have the consoling satisfaction to know that he died universally regretted, died under the inscrutable dispensation of Providence, what we in our shortsighted and frail human speculations considered too young. His funeral obsequies were attended by a large number of his friends and acquaintances, and were specially celebrated by the ancient and honourable craft of the "Free Masons", of which fraternity he was a distinguished brother. Peace to his manes.
June 29, 1864
DUFF - Died at his residence on the Brantford Stone Road yesterday, the 27th instant, Mr. Adam Duff, aged 65 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral to‑morrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 2 o'clock.
June 30, 1864
UNNAMED CHILDREN - We have been informed that a fire occurred on Tuesday in the Township of Trafalgar resulting in the death of four children. The parents had left the house to milk a troublesome cow, and during their absence, by some means or other, the building caught fire, destroying the children who all lay in one bed. We have not ascertained the names of the unfortunate parents.
ROGERS - Died at the residence of R. W. Adams, Esq., Victoria Terrace, King street east, on the 1st instant, Mr. William Rowland Rogers, aged 28 years. The funeral will take place on Sunday, the 3rd instant, at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend.
July 5, 1864
The Richelieu Catastrophe Names of the Dead Montreal, July 1, 1864
(Train ran into a drawbridge ‑ plunged into the river)
The committee appointed by the German Society to be present at the Coroner’s inquest at St. Hilaire and to see that the bodies be properly identified and coffined beg now to submit to the public a full report. As the bodies were numbered by Coroner Jones, the coffins were numbered accordingly.
The parties identifying the bodies testified also as to what church the deceased belonged to, and the coffins were accordingly marked Roman Catholic of Protestant.
1. THEOPHIBA KOFFEID, girl, 9, Russian, Roman Catholic, four of her family yet in the hospital.
2. ANT. STANICK, man, 28, Pole, Roman Catholic. Daughter saved, in the hospital and likely to recover.
3. VINT WATACHECK, man, 27, Bohemian, Roman Catholic.
4. JOHN URBAN, old man, age unknown, German, Roman Catholic.
5. ANT SCOLITSKY, boy, 1, Bohemian, Roman Catholic, father and mother wounded in the hospital, and his sister present at the coffin, herself slightly hurt.
6. MARIA KRUGER, woman, age unknown, Bohemian, Roman Catholic.
7. J. WITTSALLECK, single man, age unknown, Bohemian, Roman Catholic
8. ANNA KLOKOTSCHEN, unmarried girl, 20, Bohemian, Roman Catholic, father dead also.
9. UNKNOWN, boy, age unknown, Swede, Protestant.
10. UNKNOWN boy, age unknown, brother to no. 9.
11. KLOKOTSCHEN, old man, age unknown, Bohemian, Roman Catholic, father to no. 8
12. ANN KELLEM, married woman, age unknown, Prussian, Protestant, daughter at the coffin.
13. UNKNOWN, young girl, about 20, nationality unknown, Roman Catholic, sister came to Montreal.
14. AUGUSTA KELLEM, child, 6, Prussian, Protestant, daughter of no. 12, sister at the coffin.
15. F. V/. KELLEM, young man, 18, Prussian, Protestant, son of no. 12.
16. JOSEPH ROULER. "boy, 4, Prussian, Roman Catholic, his father at the coffin.
17. MICHAEL RATHKE, man, age unknown, "Prussian, "Protestant, whole family dead.
18. WAPATCHECK, old woman, age unknown, Bohemian, Roman Catholic, her son wounded in the hospital.
19. UNKNOWN, disfigured, about 3, nationality and religion unknown, supposed to belong to the Mollen family.
20. MOLLEN, old woman, 73, Prussian, Protestant, daughter name Schramm at the coffin.
21. GOTSCHICK, infant, 6 months, Bohemian, Roman Catholic, brother of no. 47.
22. UNKNOWN, girl, 6, Swede, Protestant.
23. UNKNOWN, girl, 15, Swede, Protestant.
24. UNKNOWN, woman, Pole, Roman Catholic
25. MARTIN FREDERICK HARREMAN, old man, age unknown, Protestant, relation of the Matz family.
26. WILHELM PETERS, young boy, 12, Prussian, Protestant, stepson of Kolster, $30.
27. WILHELM FINK, boy, 7, "Prussian, Protestant, son of no.
28. WILHELME AMELIA BELHKE, girl, 3, Prussian, Protestant, identified by christening certificate.
29. HEIM KOLSTER, boy, 9, Prussian, Protestant.
30. PETER KOLSTER, mar, age unknown, Prussian, Protestant, found $10.27 in vest pocket. His nephew at the coffin who is the only survivor; all others being dead.
31. UNKNOWN, girl, Swede, Protestant, age unknown.
32. ELIZABETH MAICK, infant, Bohemian, Roman Catholic, mother at the coffin.
33. UNKNOWN, child, 4, Bohemian, Roman Catholic.
34. THOMAS HEIM GOERING, boy, 6£, Prussian, Protestant, father at the coffin.
35. HOMEURRA, old woman, age unknown, Bohemian, Roman Catholic.
36. UNKNOWN, young girl, 18, "Pole, Roman Catholic.
37. UNKNOWN, young girl, age unknown, Swede, Protestant.
38. WILHELME HOFFMAN, girl, 2£, Prussian, Protestant, daughter of nos. 56 and 66. The whole family dead.
39. HEINR KILLEM, boy, 9, Prussian, Protestant, sister at the coffin, son of no. 12.
40. FRANZ CASBA, boy, 13, Bohemian, Roman Catholic.
41. MARIA SISBFFE, infant, age, nationality, and religion unknown.
42. UNKNOWN, infant, age, nationality and religion unknown, coffined with no. 41.
43. FRANZ SIMINATCHECK, boy, 9, Bohemian.
44. confined with no. 43
45. WILHELME REI, girl, 13, Prussian, Protestant, father in hospital, Montreal, mother at the coffin.
46. EMA FIOBIKE, girl, age unknown, Prussian, "Protestant
47. GOTSCHICK, boy, 1, Bohemian, Roman Catholic, brother of no. 21.
48. CARL REI, boy, 4, Prussian, Protestant, mother at the coffin.
49. GUSTAV FINK, boy, 5, Prussian, Protestant, the whole family dead.
50. UNKNOWN, child, age unknown, Bohemian, Roman Catholic.
51. EMILIE RUITZ, girl, 7, Prussian, Protestant, daughter of no. 83, whole family dead.
52. W. URBANKA, woman, 40, Romania, Roman Catholic.
53. F. BETHKE, married woman, age unknown, Prussian, Protestant, her little boy, aged 15 months in Montreal.
54. ANT KRUGER, boy, 12, Prussian, Protestant, identified by his brother at the coffin.
55. MATZ, married man, age unknown, Prussian, Protestant, $45.48 found on his body.
56. HOFFMAN, woman, 31, Prussian, Protestant, wife of no. 66, all dead.
57. MARIA HOFFMAN, girl, 12, Prussian, Protestant, daughter of no. 56.
58. RATHKE, baby, 1, Prussian, Protestant, whole of the family dead.
59. MATZ, married woman, age unknown, Prussian, Protestant, wife of no. 55. no children.
60. GOTT BETHKE, married man, 27, Prussian, Protestant, husband of no. 53, and father of no. 28, and of the baby, 15 months, living in Montreal, remarks no. 53.
61. LANE, young man, age unknown, Prussian, Protestant, step‑brother of Kinger.
62. UNKNOWN, man, 24, Pole, Roman Catholic.
63. ALEX KEMBEL, married man, age unknown, Prussian, Protestant, has mother and father in Oswego.
64. MATH KOLSTER, girl, age unknown, Prussian, Protestant, daughter of no. 30
65. DARL LANE, boy, age unknown, Prussian, Protestant, brother of no. 61.
66. HOFFMAN, husband of no. 56, Prussian, Protestant, whole family dead.
67. KOLSTER, married woman, age unknown, Prussian, Protestant, wife of no. 30.
68. LOUISE, married woman, 21, Prussian, Protestant, no other name could be ascertained.
69. ANG RINTZ, married woman, 22, Prussian, Protestant, all dead.
70. AV. LADEWIZ, girl, 9, Prussian, Protestant, father wounded, lying in hospital.
71. CARL RINTZ, girl, 12, Prussian, Protestant, whole family dead.
72. LEOP LEHMANN, bachelor, 22, Prussian, Protestant, $1.05 on his body.
73. H. FINK, married man, 37, Prussian, Protestant, brother‑in‑law of no. 70, $25 on his body.
74. BARTH RUITZ, girl, age unknown, Prussian, Protestant, daughter of no. 75
75. ANNA RUITZ, married woman, Prussian, Protestant, wife of no. 83.
76. RICH RATHKE, married man, age unknown, Prussian, Protestant, father of the family Rathke, with keys and pocket‑book, $20 in gold, $1 in silver, and 9d in sundries.
77. RATHKE girl, age unknown, Prussian, Protestant, daughter of no. 76.
78. RATHKE, boy, age unknown, Prussian, Protestant, son of no. 76.
79. GUST KINGER, young man, 22, Prussian, Protestant, mother in the hospital.
80. RATHKE, baby, age unknown, Prussian, Protestant, belongs of no. 76.
81. PAULINE, of Berlin, 24, Prussia, Protestant, two gold rings, only known by that name.
82. ANORA RUITZ, young woman, 25, Prussian, Protestant, daughter of no. 83
83. GOT RUITZ, married man, 60, Prussian, Protestant, found on him, 22 Prussian thalers, a bag of money ‑ $35 in gold, the whole family dead, about 6 to 9 persons in all.
First train to Montreal with 43 coffins containing 44 bodies. Second train to Montreal with 30 coffins, containing 39 bodies. Total 83.
A gold ring was found by the police in the street where the dead were lying, marked C.R., 1860, also a small box marked Johanna Dahlke, containing a silver watch and sundries.
Committee: E. Haenagan, F. Mithasker, O. Thorer.
The Loss of Life by the Late Accident
We learned yesterday from the Emigration Agent, Mr. Daly, that the number of souls on the special train conveying the emigrants to Montreal was 475.
Number brought into the city first night ‑ 384. Leaving to be accounted for ‑ 91 Dead bodies recovered ‑ 88 Leaving unaccounted for ‑ 3
Of the 384, two since dead, and the body of the conductor was recovered yesterday, so that the total Toss of life so far, according to this calculation, would be 91. The ones unaccounted for may either be dead or still in Quebec where the balance of the passengers by the "Necker" remained.
Our own calculation is that the bodies of 83 emigrants have been recovered which would leave 8 yet missing.
July 6, 1864
FIELD - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, Hannah Augusta, youngest daughter of Mr. John Field, aged 1 year and 18 days. The funeral will take place on Thursday, the 7th instant, at 3 o'clock from her father's residence, Mary street. Friends and acquaintances will accept this invitation.
CAMPBELL - We regret to learn that on Wednesday last, Robert, the youngest son of Mr. Alexander Campbell of Keene, was found drowned at the back of the sawmill in Keene. It appears that the poor ‑lad had been subject to fits since Infancy. On Wednesday, after school, he went out fishing, and about 6 o'clock, when some other lads went out with the same object, they saw his hat floating in the river. Search was made, and the body found, but unfortunately life was quite extinct. He was 14 years, 5 months, and 7 days old.
July 8, 1864
HALL (Chatham) - A very melancholy case of family bereavement has occurred in the Township of Chatham, whereby Mr. Edward Hall has lost, within the past few days, his three children, two daughters and one son, aged respectively, 16, 9, and 3 years. The disease of which they died was diphtheria. The eldest daughter, Amelia, died on the 26th of June; the second daughter, Josephine, died on the 2nd of July; and the son, Sidney, died on the 5th of July, two days later. Mrs. Hall, we understand, is also in a very precarious state of health.
UNNAMED MAN - On Monday, a young stranger at the Falls of Niagara, came to his death by being swept into the torrent while visiting the Cave of the Winds. It seems he insisted, in spite of the warnings of the guide, upon stepping on to a certain rock aside from the usual slippery path trodden by visitors. An instant after making this rash venture, he slipped and went down, The guide returned and told the sad story. We could not learn that the youth had any acquaintances with him, and so far as we know, no trace has been found of his identity.
July 11, 1864
GROVES - On Saturday last, Mr. Groves, long a resident in Glanford and well known in this city, was suddenly killed near Black's tavern in the Township of West Flamborough. It appears that he was driving a load of lumber from the village, but no one was present when he met with his death. An inquest was held on Sunday, but the only fact elicited was that the body of the deceased was found lying under the lumber, the load having capsized.
MAUNDERS - Died on Saturday, 9th instant, Gilbert Augustus, second son of Mr. E. Maunders, aged 8 months.
July 12, 1864
CONDY - Died at Bartonville, on the 9th instant, Mr. Adam Condy, Sen., aged 70 years, a native of the Parish of Dunfermline, Fifeshire, Scotland, deeply lamented by a large circle of friends. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral to the cemetery at Hamilton, on Tuesday, at 11 o'clock a.m.
CHESHIRE - Died on the 11th instant, Frederick John Cheshire, aged 50 years, native of Shropshire, England. The funeral will take place or Wednesday, 13th instant, at 4 o'clock p.m. from his late residence, Schollard street, Yorkville. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
July 14, 1864
BURKE - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, William Burke, aged 43 years. The funeral will take place from. Canada street, at 4 o'clock to‑day (Thursday). Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
July 15, 1864
MILNE - We deeply regret to learn that Mr. Alexander Milne, barrister, of Ancaster, committed suicide yesterday morning. He was found in his orchard suspended from an apple tree by a silk handkerchief. Mr. Milne was highly respected by all who knew him.
July 19, 1864
ROSS (Bruce) - A sad and fatal accident occurred near the pier at this place on Tuesday, the 12th, by which a young lad named John Ross whose parents live near Reckie's mills lost his life. It appears that he, with a number of other boys, had gone to bathe on the north side of the pier,
After being in the water some time, this lad ventured too far out, got beyond his depth, and as a heavy sea was rolling was drowned before any assistance could be rendered him. Owing to the heavy swell and the swiftness of the water, the body could not be found until near night although diligently sought for.
MILNE - At the inquest held by Dr. H. Orton on the 14th last on the body of the late Alexander S. Milne, it appeared in evidence that deceased had for a year or two allowed his mind to be greatly disturbed with the idea that his affairs were in a hopelessly embarrassed condition, and that thought pressed so heavily upon him that it added to a morbid habit of entirely excluding himself from society, produced attacks of temporary aberrations of intellect, and it is suggested that one of these attacks led him to commit the melancholy act which so unhappily deprived him of life. Such was the opinion of a very respectable jury, and they accordingly brought in a verdict of suicide from temporary insanity.
UNNAMED soldier - On Sunday evening, one of the men of the 63rd Regiment, whilst bathing, was noticed to be drowning, when some of his comrades rushed into the water, and after a short space of time, they succeeded in finding the body, when all means were applied to restore animation, and a message was despatched for Dr. Fitch who arrived but unfortunately to declare life extinct. Great praise is due to the officers of the Regiment for their efforts to restore animation.
July 22, 1864
WOODBURN - Died on the 1st instant, at Ellivery Place, Ayr, Scotland, Alexander Woodburn, Esq., formerly of Jamaica
SHEPLEY - Died on the 21st instant, Alexander, youngest son of Mr. William Shepley, aged 18 months.
GAGE - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Charles Gage, a native of Orkney, Scotland, aged 25 years. Friends and acquaintances will please attend the funeral.
MACGILL (Pembroke) - On Friday, the 8th instant, an old man named George MacGill, residing in the Township of Alice, was accidentally drowned while bathing in the Muskrat river near the house of Mr. Arthur Taylor. Dr. Edward McKenzie, coroner, held an inquest, and the following is the verdict "that the death of George MacGill was caused by accidental drowning in the Muskrat river while bathing under the influence of intoxicating liquors."
July 25, 1864
THORNE (Aylmer) - J. B. Ford and Charles Thorne, who were declared insane at the last Court of Queen's Bench, were removed from here to be taken to St. John's Asylum on Monday last in charge of Mr. John Clauson, Bailiff, Superior Court, accompanied by his son. We learn that after the steamer, "Prince of Wales'; had left Point Fortune, the man Thorne, being in charge of Mr. Clauson, Jr., leaped overboard into the strong current which runs from the foot of the Carrillon Rapids past Point Fortune, and instantly disappeared. The conduct of Thorne from Ottawa down to that place was such that the Bailiff had not the slightest suspicion of his intentions. Thus the execution of the suicidal act was rendered much easier of accomplishment by the unfortunate victim of insanity. Mr. Clauson, Jr., has been making every effort since then to recover the body.
VICK - On Wednesday last we gave the outline particulars concerning a murder which took place in Walsingham. The Norfolk "Reformer" of Thursday (21st) gives the following additional particulars.
Mr. John Vick, a German living on Lot 12, Concession 14, in Walsingham, was found on the morning of the 16th in a state of unconsciousness on the premises upon which he lived, horribly beaten and mutilated. His skull was fractured in several places. At 3 o'clock p.m., he died.
At the inquest held the next day by Coroner Lambson of Simcoe, a large number of witnesses were examined, and the following facts were elicited. The murdered man was a tenant of a Mr. Bowers who had last fall ejected John Pratt from the premises occupied by Vick. Pratt had put in a small field of wheat upon the premises previous to being ejected, and with the assistance of some of his friends, he was determined to cut and remove it, by force if he could not do so peaceably. On the night of the 15th instant, Pratt was engaged with two teams and several bands in removing the wheat. Vick had been to Simcoe to obtain a warrant against Pratt for trespass, and had returned at eight after one load of wheat had been removed. He went to the field to forbid Pratt removing any more of the grain. From the evidence of Robert Pratt who was assisting John Pratt with his team to remove the wheat, but who had refused to go upon the premises, it appears that John Pratt and John Booth, Jr. went to the field and commenced laying down the fence in order to enter with the team when Vick made his appearance and asked them what they were doing, whereupon John Pratt and Booth, without saying a word in reply, set upon him with a pitchfork. Robert Pratt swears that after hearing several blows followed by a scream from Vick, he called upon the assailants, "For God's sake, stop", and then turned and went to the house of John Booth, a distance of fifty rods or so from the scene of the murder, and that while
there, Mrs. John Booth told him that he must be a coward to run away from a fight, th after remaining a few minutes, John Pratt and John Booth, Jr. came, bringing a pitchfork handle with the tines broken off. Vick lay where he fell until five o'clock in the morning when he was found by his wife lying upon his face senseless in which state he remained until he died. When found, there was a stone weighing about two pounds, which had evidently been used to crush in the back of his head, lying upon his neck.
The jury found the following verdict "that the said John Vick came to his death from injuries inflicted upon his head during the night of Friday last, the 15th instant, by the hands of John Pratt and John Booth, Jr., and that we, the jurors aforesaid, do say that said John Pratt and John Booth, Jr. did wilfully kill and murder the said John Vick".
The inquest was attended by Col. William H. Wilson, County Attorney. Up to the time of going to press, the murderers have not been arrested.
For the information of the public, we subjoin a short description of the two men. Pratt is an old man about 70 years of age, under five feet in height, and very broad shouldered. His right foot is cut off a short distance from the leg; hair not very grey. Booth is about twenty‑one years of age of medium height and rather stout build; has light hair and heavy eyebrows.
A very lamentable feature of this terrible tragedy is that, although other parties besides those who perpetrated the deed were aware that the poor unfortunate German, Vick, lay near the gap in the fence where he had attempted to resist the entrance of the ruffians who perpetrated the murder, yet no one offered to go to his assistance, and further that a portion of the community showed a disposition to screen the guilty parties. It is said that several men whose standing in society is considered respectable were ;aware of the case on the morning of the 16th instant, and yet no information was laid or steps taken by them to secure the arrest of the murderers till the facts as above stated were brought out by the inquest on the afternoon of the 17th instant, Vick leaves a wife and a small family.
REGAN - A respected citizen, James Regan, M.A., died suddenly st an early hour on Saturday morning, the cause of death being apoplexy. Mr. Regan was an eminent classical scholar and was much respected in this city. Yesterday he was buried with Masonic honours, a large number of the fraternity attending.
July 26, 1864
WILLOUGHBY - Died in this city on the 25th instant, Dr. N. Willoughby, in his ?2nd year. The funeral will take place from his residence, Hughson street, to‑day. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
July 27, 1864
R ? - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, Charles Philander R.... , aged 14 years, 10 months, and 4 days. The funeral will take place from his father's residence, Hughson street, to‑morrow at 2 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.
July 28, 1864
NOTTLE - Died on the 27th instant, William, infant son of Mr. J. T. Nottle. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the residence of Mr. Joseph Kendell, Peel street. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
July 30, 1864
BRADLEY - Dr. J. W. Rosebrugh, coroner, held an inquest yesterday afternoon on the body of a man named William Bradley, aged 42 years, who died suddenly the same morning. It appeared from the evidence that his place was of a most disreputable character, that it was the common resort of soldiers, and that the deceased had for a long time been addicted to the excessive use of strong liquors, for the past three days, he had eaten scarcely anything, and occasionally took fits. Dr. Mackintosh, who examined the body, gave as his opinion from external appearance, that the deceased had died in a fit. The jury returned a verdict that Bradley died in a fit, brought on by excessive drinking.
JARVIS (Toronto) - We notice with regret the death of the late Sheriff Jarvis which took place at Rosedale, Yorkville yesterday. He was at one time representative of the town of York, now Toronto, in the legislative council of Upper Canada. He was an ardent politician of the old and now nearly extinct school, For many years he filled the office of Sheriff of the County of York which he resigned some years ago. He took an active part in matters of public concern so long as his health enabled him to do so. His death will be regretted by a large circle of friends.
CONGER - We deeply regret to learn that Wilson S. Conger, Esq., M.P.P. for the County of Peterborough died at his residence on Wednesday evening last after a long illness. Mr. Conger had been ailing since the commencement of last session, and with difficulty attended to his parliamentary duties. He sat for his present seat from 1854 to 1857 when he was defeated by Col. Haultain, and at the last general election, he was returned by acclamation. Mr. Conger was formerly Sheriff of Peterborough and resigned for the purpose of contesting the County, He was a
man of more than ordinary ability and commanded great respect in parliament for his moderate views and practical good sense as displayed whenever he had occasion to address the House. He was a man probably in his fiftieth year.
August 2, 1864
HOPKINS - A man named James Hopkins, living on Lot 17, 6th concession, Eramosa, fell from a load of lumber on Tuesday last, and received such injuries that he died on the following morning. Deceased was much addicted to drinking, and is supposed to have been under the influence of liquor at the time.
CURTIS - On Wednesday evening last, as the propeller, "Niagara" was preparing to leave the dock in Goderich harbour, a man named Curtis, who appeared to be under the influence of liquor, attempted to leap from the deck of the vessel to the dock, but missing his footing, he fell into the river and drowned. The body has not been discovered yet, and is supposed to have been carried out into the lake. Deceased was on his way to Kincardine where he leaves a wife and large family.
OGDEN - We learn of the death, on the 13th ultimo, while on a visit at the residence of her brother, Richard Clarke, Esq., at Compton, near Guildford, County of Surrey, England, of Susan, wife of the Hon. Charles Richard Ogden, formerly Her Majesty's Attorney General for Lower Canada, and a member of the Executive Council of this Province, and for many years a resident of this city, and now of Liverpool, England. Mrs. Ogden was a native of Montreal and daughter of the late Commissary General Clarke whose sister was the mother of the late Lord Lyndhurst, and was most highly esteemed and respected by a numerous circle of friends in this province for her benevolence and other virtues. (Quebec)
August 4, 1864
DOWNEY - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, Margaret Downey, fifth daughter of the late Hugh Downey of this city, in the 6th year of her age.
August 6, 1864
SIMPSON - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, Jennie, infant daughter of James Simpson, aged 4 months, The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock p.m. to‑day (Saturday) from her father's residence, John street. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
August 13, 1864
NEWMAN - Died on the 14th August, in this city, Mr. James Newman, in the 19th year of his age.
WARD - We have heard of a case of "coup de soleil" which occurred yesterday afternoon in this city, and terminated fatally. The man, who worked in the tannery on Peel street, was affected by the extreme heat and died shortly afterward. His name was George Ward.
BABY - Yesterday morning, accompanied by the sacred and imposing ceremonies of the Catholic religion, the vaults in the ancient church of Notre Dame de Quebec received the mortal remains of the Hon. Francois Baby, first elected Legislative Councillor for the Stadacona Division. The pall‑bearers were the Hon. the Premier Sir F. P. Tache, Hon. Attorney General Cartier, Hon Justice Caron, Hon. Justice Taschereau, Hon. Mr. Bosse, M.L.C., and the Hon. George Pemberton, and the body was accompanied from the late residence of the deceased by a numerous and imposing cortege of the prominent citizens of Quebec. Death which of late has been somewhat busy with our public men has seldom created a void in Canadian society, more to be regretted, and more unexpected, than in this instance.
For while admitting that the late Mr. Baby had almost attained the limit of life allotted to man by the Prophet, the extraordinary enterprise and public energy displayed by the Honourable gentleman during the last ten years of his life, while proving of incalculable benefit to his native country, had endowed him in the public estimation with a force and virility belonging to men twenty years his .junior. His sudden and startling demise will be learned with extreme regret by those who appreciated his public efforts and by those conversant with his public generosity, both public and private. Liberal in principles and large of heart, his soul was ready to sympathize with unobtrusive suffering whenever encountered as his mind was prepared to grasp and further a useful work, no matter by whom originated. Practical in the aims of his intellect, no petty antipathies obscured his view of public projects.
Human in his instincts, no narrowed sympathy horizoned the sphere of his benevolence. The proofs of the one and the other are scattered throughout Lower Canada, the country of his birth and of a patriotic love often and warmly expressed to those who enjoyed his confidence and the pleasure of his private acquaintance. We need not unveil the many and extraordinary acts of kindness and generosity which have come to our own knowledge, sometimes bestowed by Mr. Baby in quarters where least merited and expected, and when most men would indulge in sentimental hostilities. We leave those monuments of secret goodness to attest his virtues at a higher tribunal, passing to his public merits, without seeking to excite the feelings which are at
once the bane and the excuse of party rancour, without even a disposition to deny that the late Hon. Francois Baby had his share of faults & weaknesses inseparable from human existence, we can safely point to the contrast afforded by the navigation of the St. Lawrence river in 1854 and 1864 to justify his citizenship, and to prove to posterity that his life had a noble purpose in it, a purpose that lifts his memory out of the arena of faction, and shall yet oblige foes as well as friends to recognize him as the pioneer of reform in the navigation of the St. Lawrence. Peace to his remains.
BOWMAN, O'NEIL - We mentioned yesterday a case of homicide that occurred on Sunday by a Frenchman throwing one Michael overboard the steamer "Princess of Wales". At that time there was not the slightest suspicion of any other accident having happened, but it appears that another life was lost on that occasion. When the man was pitched into the water from the "Princess of Wales", Mr. John Bowman, wharfinger, who was an eye‑witness to the scene, jumped into a skiff in order to rescue the drowning man. Nothing further was seen of him until his body was found yesterday morning. Mr. Bowman was an energetic young man, and his untimely death in trying to save a human being will be deeply regretted. Dr. Mackintosh held an inquest yesterday at noon on the body, and the evidence given on the occasion, which we subjoin, will show the facts of the case.
Mr. Bowman, father of deceased, swore: Between seven and eight o'clock when the "Princess of Wales" was coming from Oaklands, she came to Bowman's wharf. I hailed it to keep off because I saw a row on board. My son came behind me and asked what was the matter. When I saw him present, I left him to take charge. The boat was then ten of twelve yards from the wharf. I went to the other end of the wharf and saw a man thrown overboard. John called on me to get the ladder. I threw it over, and the man came within three feet of it when he sank, and I saw him no more. I then turned round and saw my son in a boat, but the crowd on the wharf were chasing the man who threw the other overboard which directed my attention from my son. I did not see my son afterward in life. About an hour after, I saw the skiff empty, and half full of water, but had no idea he was drowned. The next thing I heard was the finding of the body about 8 o'clock this morning.
Wesley Lee sworn: Was told that Mr. Bowman was missing, wert to grapple for him, and at the first throw found him near the wharf close to the steamer "Hero".
Robert Black was present with, and corroborated, the evidence of the last witness.
Thomas McKay saw deceased go out in the boat. He had no oars with him. I went for oars, and when I came back, T could not see him. About three minutes afterwards found the boat empty, and half full of water, at the stern of the "Hero".
The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.
The second inquest was held in the Police Station on the body of Michael O'Neil who was drowned by being thrown overboard from the steamer "Princess of Wales" on Sunday evening by Denny Greenwood, a French‑Canadian. After the jury were sworn and had viewed the body, the first witness called was Capt. Walsh who said that in returning from Oaklands at about a quarter to nine, a scuffle ensued between prisoner and deceased about one hundred yards from Bowman's wharf. Went to separate them when he was pushed back by a big man, did not know who he was, had to attend to the boat, saw three or four pushes and tried again to get near them. Shortly after saw deceased tumble over the rail into the water. Did not think they were much the worse of liquor. The rail is about 2 feet 10 inches in height.
Mr. Sadleir asked if the prisoner had friends on board. Captain could not tell. There were about 25 or 30 passengers on board
Mr. Sadleir: was it the prisoner that threw the deceased over? Captain could not tell. The prisoner was one of them.
Thomas Grace swore: I knew the deceased, could not tell his age, was in the boat when the scuffle took place, saw them at Oaklands in company, saw them drinking together, appeared quite friendly, heard deceased say that if anyone struck the prisoner they might strike him, left Oaklands after 8 o'clock, nothing occurred until near the wharf, heard deceased say some one had struck him. They were not drunk but ? and the prisoner said he could whip any man on board. Some one called out to form a ring and let the two fight it out. The deceased then came forward and struck the prisoner who immediately ran in and circled and pushed him up against the rail, and had it not been for a Mr. Smith, they would both have been over. The prisoner then threw deceased down and after struggling, both got up, but the prisoner had such a hold of the other that with a sudden push, he threw him over the rail into the water. As soon as the boat touched the wharf all was confusion and a number of those present struck the prisoner when he attempted to run off. He was caught and conveyed to the cells. His appearance, however, indicates that he had been roughly handled.
It was suggested by the coroner to adjourn the inquest until to‑morrow at 8 o'clock. The heat of the room and the number of witnesses to examine were reasons sufficient for an adjournment.
August 17, 1864
MCMANUS - A melancholy occurrence took place last night about 12 o'clock on the corner of Bond and Hess streets. Shortly before midnight, the warning bell rang out an alarm of fire. The scene of the conflagration was in the western end of the city, and the sky was brilliantly
illuminated by the reflection. On reaching the spot, we learned that a most distressing accident had taken place. It appears that the house was occupied by a shoemaker, named Thomas McManus, and that, besides his family, there resided with him a young girl, a niece, whose father lived at Niagara Falls. She had only been there for a few days on a visit, and was a great favourite with her uncle. So far as we could learn, her age was about thirteen years. The whole family had gone to bed and were soundly sleeping when they were awakened by the dense smoke occasioned by the fire.
The building being built of wood was soon a mass of fire, and the inmates had the greatest difficulty in escaping with their lives. Unfortunately, the niece we have spoken of was unable to escape and was destroyed in the flames. At the late hour, it was difficult to ascertain the facts of the case, for the persons more immediately concerned were too much excited to give information, but so far as we could learn, the poor girl was dragged from her bedroom by a sister‑in‑law of Mr. McManus, but when coming down the stairway through the dense smoke, it gave way, and the girl fell into the mass of flame. The firemen did all they could, but the fire had attained too great progress to be subdued. Of course the persons who escaped are in a great state of excitement, and as there will likely be en investigation into the affair, we shall obtain fuller information.
O'NEIL - The adjourned inquest was continued yesterday morning in the Council Chambers.
James Grace, brother to previous witness, sworn, said: Did not see anything wrong with the deceased in the grounds. Also saw prisoner there. Saw them on the wharf waiting for the boat. Thinks it was about 8 o'clock. Deceased had his arm around prisoner's neck. The prisoner was the worse of liquor and was a little ugly. Could not say with whom. Assisted both aboard the boat. There was a woman making a great fuss, but I quieted her. They got on the boat and I took no notice of then till near the city wharf. Saw the deceased coming from the end of the boat and said he was struck. Did not say who struck him. Asked who struck him. Got no answer. John Shea and deceased walked to the other end of the boat. Saw deceased drink some small beer, but nothing else. Followed them. Turned back again. When coming back, saw Shea and another man, the big man, quarrelling. Witness spoke to Shea who made no resistance at that time. I had my back to the prisoner and deceased. I turned around. Thought they were excited, saw deceased strike prisoner, nearly knocking him down. Struck him on the face. I asked who deceased struck. He said it was all right. Shea struck at the big man who made no resistance. Deceased came back again to prisoner who ran in and got hold of him and threw him down. A ring was then formed and some one called "Give fair play to the Frenchman". I then saw through the crowd that
deceased was down and prisoner on top. I was outside of the ring. Could not say how close. Both parties got up and pushed to the side of the boat. Could not say how long they held each other. It was prisoner and deceased. I rushed to the side of the boat, outside of the crowd and saw some one fall into the water. Was about ten feet from them. I asked who was overboard. Heard some one say it was O'Neil. Saw prisoner standing by the rail, then ran to the other end of the boat, saw something in the water. Thinks the boat was in motion. When the boat touched the wharf, I got off, walked along the wharf. Saw a good many people there. Smith had hold of the prisoner who asked me to hold him till he came back. A great many striking prisoner. Heard some one say the police was coming. Did not see my brother have hold of the prisoner. Took him and delivered him to police. He was shouting that he was a frenchman and very much excited.
By a juryman: How long was it when he was brought to you?
Only a few minutes. To the best of my knowledge it was the prisoner that threw him over. Saw no one else touch him
William Tait sworn; said that he was within a few feet of them when the struggle commenced. Thinks he saw it all. Prisoner gave no provocation. Seemed quite friendly. Saw deceased strike prisoner twice, then run at another and struck him. Prisoner tried to get away. Deceased the second time struck prisoner and said "Can you fight me? to which the prisoner said "No, no". They then clinched and prisoner threw deceased. Saw deceased strike when down and try to get up and partly got up. The prisoner got him down again, They struggled a while. Then both got on their knees. Both got up, prisoner still holding his head down about ten feet from the rail of the boat. The prisoner was the strongest and pushed deceased violently to the side and over the rail into the water. The height of the rail is about 2 feet 6 inches to 3 feet. Saw deceased tumble over. Thought both parties would have got into the water, saw prisoner standing by the rail. Seemed confused, mumbling something. Some one then struck prisoner. Did not know who it was. Sew some one get a boat hook, but did not see the man in the water. Saw John Shea dive into the water after deceased. Saw prisoner on the wharf. He was trying to get away from those who were kicking and abusing him. Thought he might have made his escape.
A juryman: Did prisoner intend to push him over?
Witness: Could not say. Think not, for the prisoner could not see how he was going. The prisoner was strongest and pushed him over. Deceased tore the prisoner's coat in going over. Shea went into the water three or four times, but could not find him.
George Webster sworn: Was standing outside of the ring. Deceased first struck two or three times. Agreed with the evidence of the last witness, but was not near enough to hear what was said by the prisoner. From the position they were in, did not think prisoner could see where he
was pushing deceased to.
Thomas Braden sworn: Heard the evidence of former witnesses and agree to their correctness. The first I sew of it was when both were down. Saw them up, but could not, for the crowd, see deceased put overboard.
The Coroner summed up, going over most of the evidence and from the evidence adduced, thought it was a matter of self‑defence. He pointed to the law in such cases and said that such cases were generally sent up to a higher court, leaving the matter in their hands. He called on the prisoner to make a statement, cautioning him not to implicate himself as what he might say might be brought against him.
Wesley Law sworn: Was on the city wharf on the evening in question. Heard a noise and went down. Heard a man was overboard from the "Princess of Wales". Almost half an hour after went in search. Stephen Dunn was with me. Found the body about 10 o'clock. The body was left in a small scow. Did not know deceased.
Con Kavanaugh sworn: Brought the body to the Police Station Got it in a scow at City Wharf. Same body viewed by the jury. Found nothing on the person.
Malcolm Berry: Interpreted for the prisoner. Told him he was charged with death of M. O'Neil.
Coroner: You need not say anything about it unless you like. Does he wish to say anything?
The interpreter said prisoner had nothing to say, but he had a witness to examine on his behalf. The witness, however, could not be found. Prisoner could not tell her name.
The verdict of the coroner's jury was "that the said Michael O'Neil came to his death by drowning on the evening of Sunday last, the 14th instant, having been pushed into Burlington Bay while engaged in a struggle with the prisoner Denny Greenwood on board of the steamer "Princess of Wales". The prisoner is held in custody and we believe will be committed for trial. (He was acquitted at the assizes)
August 18, 1864
STERLING - Died at Scarborough, near Toronto, on the 16th instant, Mr. George Sterling, aged 87 years, formerly of Newcastle‑upon‑Tyne, England, father of Mr. George Sterling, of this city.
August 19, 1864
COLLINGWOOD - Died in this city, at the residence of his father, Mr. Thomas Collingwood, Jr., in the 28th year of his age. The funeral will take place on Friday afternoon from his father's residence, Catherine street. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
VANSICKLE - We regret to learn that Mr. Wesley F. Vansickle of Ancaster was drowned on Wednesday, in the Grand River near the village of Middleport. The deceased, with two companions, went into the river at about 4 o'clock in the afternoon for the purpose of bathing. Mr. Vansickle, who was a good swimmer, struck out from shore for the middle of the river. When about 20 feet from land, he was seized with cramps, and sank. His companions, who were unable to swim, could do nothing but gaze upon the awful tragedy being enacted before their eyes. An hour after, the body was recovered, life of course being extinct. Mr. Vansickle was about 41 years of age.
August 20, 1864
ROOD - It falls to our lot this week to record a most, terrible accident which occurred in Dumfries on Tuesday last in the house of Mr. James Goodall, farmer, about four miles from Galt. The accident occurred to a young man named Rood, employed with Mr. Goodall on the farm. It appears that of late young Rood, who was about 18 years of age, has been in the habit of keeping a gun with which he amused himself in his spare hours shooting vermin about the farm. On the day of the accident, the deceased sat down and partook of his dinner as usual, and immediately proceeded to his own bedroom accompanied by a son of Mr. Goodall. When he arrived in his room, he took up his gun and commenced to load it, and upon young Goodall asking him what he was loading his gun for, he replied "Just for Fun". Upon receiving this reply, his companion left the room. What afterwards took place is unknown, but in a few moments, a crash as if a window had fallen and shattered itself startled the household, and one of the domestics went to find out the cause of the noise. After looking into several rooms and finding nothing wrong, she opened the door of the young Rood's room when she was horrified at finding the unfortunate youth lying across the bed with the entire upper part of his head blown off, and the wall and ceiling splattered with brains and blood. The gun was lying a little to his left hand with the muzzle pointing to his head while the ramrod lay on the other side. She, of course, instantly gave an alarm, and Mrs. Goodall and others instantly hurried to the room. Deceased breathed few minutes after he was first discovered. Mr. Goodall took immediate steps to inform the young man's relatives of the sad occurrence and also to have a proper investigation into the circumstances. Dr. Phillips, coroner, held an inquest over the remains the same afternoon. The evidence threw but little light on the tragic occurrence.
August 22, 1864
BRADLEY - Died in this city, on the 20th instant, John Bradley, aged 50 years. The funeral will
take place from his late residence, Hunter street, near the Central School, to‑day (Monday) at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
BRADLEY - It becomes our sad duty this morning to record the death of another old resident, John Bradley, Esq., who had resided in this city upwards of thirty years. Mr. Bradley was born in Dublin, Ireland, 18o5, and came to America about 1830. He located himself in Rochester, N.Y., where he followed the occupation of a miller. But his intensely British feeling would not permit him to tolerate democratic institutions, and he decided upon coming to Canada. In 1832 he settled at Ancaster where he carried on the grist‑mill there, and in connection with it started a flour store in Hamilton. About a year afterwards, he disposed of the milling business, and came here to continue the flour store. Some time after, he commenced the hotel in the Court House Square, now occupied by Mr. Beatty, and subsequently carried on what was known as the British Hotel , which is now occupied by Mr. Crann. He finally retired from business in 1847, having accumulated a competency. Mr. Bradley married in 1834 the widow of Robert Patterson, Esq., Port Robinson, by whom he had one son, an only child, a promising youth who died in his 19th year. Mrs. Bradley survives him.
There was no more loyal or patriotic man in Canada than Mr. Bradley. Shortly before he died, an old friend went to see him to whom, on entering the room, he exclaimed "How I like to see the face of a real old Tory'." He was of the old Tory school of politics, and always evinced the greatest spirit and energy in parliamentary elections. He had a warm and generous heart, but mixed little with the world, and on that account, the true character was often misunderstood. He was an old familiar face which will be greatly missed, for when ir good health, he was constantly about the city. Mr. Bradley was a lieutenant on duty in 1837, but he did not obtain his appointment of major in the militia until a few months ago. The tardy acknowledgment afforded him much gratification, and he felt deservedly proud of the honour conferred. The race of old inhabitants is fast diminishing among us, and there are not many more to follow Mr. Bradley.
BUSCOMBE - It is our painful duty to record another unlooked‑for and sudden death. The mortal remains of Mr. Richard Buscombe were yesterday consigned to the grave. Mr. Buscombe had been for some time complaining of what are considered the slight illnesses incidental to summer and hot weather, but nothing dangerous was anticipated until a few hours before his death. He was a native of Cornwall, England, and came to this country about fourteen years ago. For some time after settling here, he followed the business he had been bred to, that of a builder, and had among other engagements, some contracts with the Great Western Railway, Habitually
active and energetic, when building operations became not so much in demand, he embarked In saloon keeping, and for a number of years has been well and favourably known in that business. His manners were frank, courteous, and kind, and he was one of the most popular of hosts. His death will be deeply regretted by a wide circle of friends throughout the province, and to a large number in this city it will leave a blank not to be filled up.
PLATT (Guelph) - A paragraph appeared in these columns a short time since with reference to the mysterious death of Mr. John Platt, hotel keeper, Guelph, who was supposed to have died from wounds received from some parties unknown while outside his own house at an early hour in the morning. The first report had it that, finding it oppressively hot in his bedroom, he descended to the sidewalk and laid down on a bench, and that while lying there was assaulted. The inquest, however, reveals a different state of things, but gives no clue to the manner in which he met his death. The whole affair seems shrouded in mystery. It is shown that he laid down on a settee in a room adjoining his bedroom, and that Mrs. Platt retired to rest, leaving a lamp burning on a table beside him. A little after 4 o'clock, Mrs. Platt was awakened by Mr. Mitchell, informing her that her husband was lying at the front door very sick. It was further deposed that Mr. Platt said he had been abused by two men, and the brother of deceased testified that he gave the names of the parties as Smith and Lamprey. There is a great deal of contradiction in the evidence, and it would be difficult to judge from it how the deceased man came to his death. One supposition is that he fell from the window, but Dr. Howitt dispels that notion by averring that the injuries which caused his death could not have been occasioned by such a fall. His impression is that he was struck a heavy blow in the breast, some of his ribs being broken. The affair is a very mysterious one, and occasions quite a sensation in Guelph. The inquest has been postponed until Wednesday.
MORIN - Madame Jacques Morin of St. Arsene, a parish in the vicinity of Riviere du Loup, who during a heavy thunder storm which passed over that locality some weeks since, had her child killed in her arms, and was herself seriously wounded in the foot by a stroke of lightning, has died within the last few days, mortification having ensued an amputation of several toes of the injured foot, which it was found necessary to perform.
HOUDE (Quebec) - A contemporary gives the following particulars of the accident by lightning which occurred lately at Baie du Febvre. During a heavy thunder storm which passed over the lower end of the parish of Baie du Febvre at a late hour on Monday evening, the stone dwelling house of Mr. David Houde was struck by lightning which entered the house, considerably
damaging it, and killing his daughter, aged nineteen years. A sister and a brother, standing close by at the time, were seriously injured; in fact, the brother so much so that he had not recovered consciousness on Tuesday at noon. The mother of the family was also struck, but recovered soon after the accident. The clothes of the young girl killed were torn into rags, while the brother was bodily pitched through a window and had his hat carried off his head by the electric fluid. The roof of the house which was covered in tin was torn up in several places, a large stone was forced out of one of the walls, and the chimney completely demolished. In the interior, mirrors were shattered, and almost every article of furniture destroyed.
August 23, 1864
DREY - Died at Munich, Bavaria, on the 6th July, Martin Drey, Esq., father of S. Drey, Esq., of this city, aged 68 years.
August 26, 1864
GRAY - Died at Toronto, on the 24th instant, Edward, infant son of Thomas Gray, aged 10 months.
August 27, 1864
HOWELL - Died at the residence of her father, Ancaster Township, on the 26th instant, Elizabeth Howell, in the 28th year of her age.
August 30. 1864
MCINNES - Died at Toronto, on Sunday, the 28th instant, Dougald Mclnnes, aged 36 years. The funeral will leave the residence of Mr. Mclnnes, Palmerston Terrace, at 3 o'clock to‑day (Tuesday), the 30th instant. Friends are invited to attend.
August 31, 1864
BRANT (Napanee) - Abraham Brant, well‑known to most of our readers as a descendant of the celebrated Captain Joseph Brant, met his death by drowning on the 13th last. He and a companion went out into the bay with the object of hunting, and, falling asleep, the boat by some means upset. The two men made great efforts to gain the shore. His companion succeeded while Brant gave up the struggle, and sank. The body was recovered on the following Saturday. It is supposed that Brant had some forewarning of his death approaching as directions were found, left by himself, as to his funeral with the request that the national anthem might be sung over
his grave during the burial. The request was respectfully complied with, a large number having attended his funeral. The deceased resided in Tyendinaga, and for a long time held the position of interpreter in the Mohawk tribe of which he was a councillor.
September 1, 1864
STINSON - Died on Wednesday morning, of scarlet fever, Jennie Lillian, third child of John Stinson, Esq., aged 2 years and 6 months. The funeral will take place on Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Friends are invited to attend.
September 2, 1864
OAKE - On Tuesday morning last, about 1 o'clock, an Indian named Walters, committed a brutal attack upon another Indian named Oake with a club, immediately below the Ottawa and Prescott Railway track, Prescott, which resulted in the death of Oake. Walters immediately made his escape. An inquest was held by Dr. Scott, coroner, and a verdict returned in accordance with the above facts. The deceased was a sober man, while the murderer was a brutal sot, and said to have been guilty of a former murder as well, He is still at large.
GIROUX - (Quebec) It was reported throughout the town yesterday that a woman named Giroux, residing in St. Sauveur, had been brutally murdered on Sunday evening by her husband. The rumour, which we were unable to trace to foundation, had it that, after severely beating her In the house, he threw her out into the street, and then killed her by stabbing her in the abdomen with a chisel.
September 3, 1864
KEATING (St. Catharines) - Last night, Mr. James Keating, for some months teacher of the Separate School in this town, accompanied a lady and gentleman, friends of his, to the 11:15 mail train, Ko. 14, west, and got on the train to bid his friends a final farewell, waiting until the train was in motion before he attempted to get off. On doing so, he landed on the intermediate platform between the two tracks and immediately fell backwards, apparently rolling between the platform and the track. He shouted when he fell, then raised up and fell forward across the rail, when two or three cars passed over his body, crushing it in a most shocking manner, and producing death almost immediately. The train was stopped, and the body of the deceased taken from under the cars when it was found that one arm of the deceased had been cut off, probably when he first fell, and his body almost crushed to a jelly. An inquest was held on the remains
to‑day before Dr. Goodman, M.D., coroner, when the above facts were ascertained, and a verdict of accidental death returned, accompanied by a caution to the public against getting on or off railway trains while in motion. No blame is attached to any of the employees of the road. The deceased, for the past month or two, has been engaged in selling Catholic works in and about the town.
September 6, 1864
FERGUSSON - Died at his late residence, Fergusson avenue, on Sunday, the 4th September, Mr. Peter Fergusson, aged 33 years. The funeral will take place this (Tuesday) afternoon at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
September 10, 1864
BENJAMIN The Conservative party has lost a true, staunch, and valuable friend in the death of George Benjamin, Esq., which sad event occurred at Belleville on Wednesday last. No man ever enjoyed the confidence and respect of a political party to a greater extent than Mr. Benjamin did. He was the well‑known cousellor and adviser on all occasions, and never was his advice rejected. We knew him for many years as an intimate friend, and many a kind word of advice we have received from him. He detested hypocrisy in every shape, and never was so eloquent as when denouncing some double‑dealing politician. As the representative of North Hastings he proved a valuable member, but ill health compelled him to retire from parliament, and his loss has been seriously felt ever since. Mr. Benjamin's illness had been long and severe, but he bore it with the greatest resignation. The Conservative party has lost a firm and attached friend in Mr. Benjamin. May he rest in peace'.
The Belleville "Intelligencer", which he formerly edited, says of him: Mr. Benjamin was born in Sussex, England, on the 15th day of April, 1799, and was consequently 65 years, 5 months, and 8 days old when he died. He came to Belleville in 1834 where he has since resided. Before coming to Canada, he had resided in North Carolina, one of the southern states of America, from which he emigrated to Toronto where he formed the acquaintance of the late Mr. Samson who at that time was the leading barrister of Belleville, and through him and others was induced to purchase a printing office, and started the "Intelligencer" which he continued to publish until 1848, during which time the paper consistently and fearlessly sustained and defended the Conservative party whose principles he never for a moment deserted, se was always true to his friends whether he found them labouring in adversity to exulting in victory. To him it was always the same. A man of strong passions, he was always ready to defend a friend with all the energy he possessed, end
in controversy was never known to succumb to an opponent. Though strong in his likes and dislikes, he was never yet known to refuse an act of kindness to a political opponent. In this respect, he was very liberal to a fault. No matter what injury he might have received personally or politically, he would forgive and render good in return without one moment's hesitation. Indeed the .most of his life was devoted to the transaction of business for others. In short, he was a kind of walking encyclopedia, and no matter what were the difficulties into which people got, they would go to him for advice, and it mattered little who they were that asked it, it was readily and cheerfully given. Few indeed knew the worth of the man, and it is only those who, like the writer had an intimate and personal knowledge of his private and social life for the last thirty years, that know how to appreciate his good qualities and mourn his departure.
A long and active connection with the Press during the troublesome times which Canada has passed since he gave life to this journal could not but bring him into constant contact with a large number of the inhabitants of the County, and as a consequence was looked upon by his political enemies as a man of violent political passions. Here let us remark that the man who remains connected for a number of years with a local political journal and does his duty to his party and country and not make enemies has done little for either. Constantly coming in contact with the prejudice and interest of a class, it is next to impossible to prevent a collision with some one whose favourite scheme has been suddenly nipped in the bud, and consequently would feel chagrined and annoyed at the man who did it. In this and thousands of other ways was he brough in contact with the people. With him, however, it was a question of duty, and if he considered it necessary, never feared the consequence.
The first office of public trust he held was that of Township Clerk of Thurlow. This was before the separation of this County from the Midland District, and some time before the introduction of municipal institutions, and was appointed a Commissioner by the Bench of Magistrates to settle the monetary difficulties between the old Midland District and the County arising out of the separation, for the satisfactory settlement of which he recived the thanks of the Bench. He was afterwards Clerk of the Board of Police of the town of Belleville, and subsequently for many years, an active and energetic member of the town council. During a part of this time, he was also a Councillor and Reeve of Hungerford, and Warden of the County, which office he filled for 13 years. During the time he was connected with the Council, he was unremitting in his labours to develop the resources of the North Riding, bringing his whole energies to whatever could tend to their material interests and welfare. It was he who first endeavoured to induce our people to build the plank road from Belleville to Canifton. Failing in this, he persuaded an American to undertake the task which proved to be the best‑paying stock in Canada.
From this time commenced the wish on the part of the people for a more extensive system of plank and macadamized roads until we have now over 130 miles of free macadamized roads in the County, and we hesitate not to say that it was to his indomitable energy and perseverance that the people are indebted for them, and though many have found fault, the County will yet bless his memory and appreciate his services when that of his traducers have been long forgotten.
In 1849, he was presented by the County Council with an elegant silver mug with an inscription engraved thereon, expressive of their high appreciation of his services to the County. And when he left the Council, a very flattering resolution was passed expressing regret at his retirement from municipal life.
During the Rebellion, he was an active loyalist, and though not the kind of man, from his portly figure, who would be likely to do active service, yet he, though holding a captain's commission, volunteered and under the command of the late Captain Wellington Murney, proceeded to Gananoque and did duty upon the shores of the St. Lawrence as a private soldier, remaining with the company until it returned home.
For his services to his party, he received the appointment of Registrar of the County of Hastings which he held until 1848 when, through an error on the part of a clerk in the office for which as Registrar he was responsible, he was dismissed by the Baldwin‑Lafontaine Ministry, more on account of his political proclivities than from any wrong that had been done, for so far as he was concerned, it was clearly shown that he had nothing whatever to do with the transaction.
In 1854, he contested the North Riding of the County of Hastings with the late Hon. Edward Murney, and was unsuccessful. In October, 1856. when Mr. Murney resigned to contest the Trent Division, Mr. Benjamin again ran for the North Riding, and was elected by a majority of 646. He continued to represent the North Riding of Hastings until the last general election in 1863. During the time he was in the House he was esteemed by his friends as a reliable man, and by all as one of its most useful and labourious members. As a member of the printing committee, he did good service to the country, effecting a saving of $500,000 in one parliament. For his labours upon this committee, he received the thanks of Parliament and a grant of $2000. Few men were missed more that George Benjamin upon the re‑assembling of parliament in 1863 by both sides of the House, and it will be a long time ere North Hastings be represented by a man his equal in point of talent and industry.
Mr. Benjamin was for many years an active member of the Orange Society to which he steadily adhered until he died, taking a lively interest in all its deliberations and all pertaining to its welfare. He was elected Grand Master in 1846 and continued in that office until 1853 when a division occurred in the Order arising out of a question of internal government, and though
re‑elected that year, he repeatedly expressed a wish to retire in order that he might not be in the way of a reconciliation, but his friends insisted upon his maintaining the position until the end of 1854 when he insisted on retiring. His services in the Order will not soon be forgotten by the members, many of whom have reason to remember his many acts of charity and kindness, and will long revere his memory.
The deceased leaves a wife and twelve children to mourn their loss. To them we offer the consolation and deep sympathy of a large circle of friends, trusting that the Almighty may protect and support the widow and fatherless in this their hour of affliction.
COLLIER - We received yesterday information of a most revolting case which occurred in the Township of Ancaster lately, involving the double crime of incest and murder. On Tuesday last, a woman, drawing water from a well about a mile and a half this side of Fiddler's Green, discovered an object in the water which on closer inspection proved to be the body of a newborn child. Suspicion was directed to a young girl, fourteen or fifteen years of age, of the name of Collier, who lived in the neighbourhood. She was arrested and, on being interrogated, related a most horrible tale.
Her brother, Francis, she declared to be the father of the child, and also that she was delivered of it six days previous on the grass plot outside the house, that she left the child there, and went back to the house, that her brother, Francis, then went out, and on her return to the place of birth, the babe was not to be found. She heard nothing further of it until the body was discovered as we have already stated in the well. Such is the story she tells, and a more horrible and revolting one it is impossible to imagine. One can scarcely conceive that the story can be true, but the fact that her brother, Francis Collier, has absconded unhappily leaves no ground for doubting the correctness. We understand the telegrams have been despatched to different parts of the province for his arrest, but as yet he has not been captured.
September 12, 1864
BELL - Died in this city, on Sunday morning, the 11th instant, Georgiana Andreans, youngest daughter of Mr. Thomas S. Bell, aged 9 months and 11 days. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from her father's residence, corner of Hughson and Maria streets, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
MCINTOSH - Died in Hamilton, on the 10th instant, John Hiram, infant son of John McIntosh, Jr., aged 7 months and 5 days.
September 13, 1864
UNNAMED children - The neighbourhood of Sweaburg, C.W. was thrown into a state of painful anxiety by the report on Tuesday that two children had been killed by the falling of a bank of earth. It appears that the people of the neighbourhood had been in the habit of drawing sand from a spot on the roadside near Slawson's mill, and the cavity was a favourite resort of the little ones. On Tuesday, about noon, the overhanging portion of the bank fell, and two of the children at play at the time in the excavation were killed, the third narrowly escaping.
September 14, 1864
STINSON - Died on the 13th instant, of scarlet fever, Margaret Florence, youngest daughter of John Stinson, Esq., aged 10 months. The funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Friends are invited to attend.
September 17, 1864
COLEMAN (Niagara) - On Thursday last, Samuel Coleman, employed on the Erie and Niagara Railroad, whilst in the act of filling a mud cart, the earth, about 5 or 6 feet above him, gave way and fell on him, and threw him with such violence against the wheel of the cart as to break his ribs and cut and disfigure his face and head, from the effects of which he died shortly afterward. In the afternoon, Dr. Morton empanelled a jury, and an inquest was held on the body, the verdict of which was, after hearing the evidence, accidental death. The deceased was a quiet and inoffensive man and much respected among those with whom he was connected. He has left a wife and four young children to lament his sudden and untimely end, and entirely unprovided for. We hope out citizens will help the bereaved widow and fatherless little ones.
September 20, 1864
SHEA (Chatham) - On Tuesday last, Mr. Cornelius Shea, aged between 50 and 60 years of age, and engaged in the manufacture of staves in the Township of Raleigh, after partaking of a hearty meal, went into the woods to his work where his son shortly afterward discovered him sitting on a log quite unable to move. The son at once started off to bring some one to the assistance of his father, but when he returned, he found the old man dead. Word was at once sent to Dr. Sivewright, coroner, who held an inquest on the body of the unfortunate man on Wednesday, the 14th, when a verdict was returned by the jury that deceased died by the visitation of God.
.September 22, 1864
PEARSON - An inquest was held by Dr. Mackintosh yesterday afternoon upon the body of Mrs. John Pearson, King street west, who was found dead in her bed that morning. The death was so sudden and unexpected and the cause of death so peculiar and extraordinary that we publish the evidence which will best explain the circumstances.
John Pearson being sworn said: Deceased was my wife and was about 37 years of age. She enjoyed good health until about a year ago, since which time she has complained of neuralgia. Dr. Hamilton was her medical attendant. Lately she complained of severe pains in the back part of the head and frequently said that something must be the matter with her brain. Last Thursday she had a severe attack, end the doctor was sent for. He prescribed for her, and she was better next day. she was again ill on Monday, but was better yesterday and went to market. In the evening, she complained of being tired. she had a severe attack of pains in the head about nine and went to bed. About ten heard her moaning and went upstairs to her. Was called again at eleven, Went to bed shortly after twelve. Did not apprehend any danger as she had often been worse before. Witness awoke about 6:30 a.m. and found her dead, Sent for Dr. Hamilton.
Dr. Hamilton testified that when he was called on Thursday last, he found Mrs. Pearson suffering severe headaches which he attributed to a bilious attack. He prescribed accordingly, and next morning she was so well that he did not consider further attendance necessary. He did not again see her until after her death. She then appeared to have been dead about two hours. It was impossible to state the cause of death without a post mortem examination, but he thought that death occurred from the rupture of a blood vessel in the brain.
After a short consultation, the jury decided that a post mortem was necessary, and Drs. Hamilton and Rosebrugh proceeded to make an examination.
On its conclusion, Dr. Hamilton stated that the brain presented a most extraordinary appearance, one that he had never seen or heard of before. The whole surface was highly congested, and on the right side of the brain, there were three tumours, each about the size of a nut, attached to the membrane of the temporal bone, and growing into the substance of the brain.
The jury returned a verdict that deceased died of congestion of the brain.
WISMORE - As the steamer "Silver Spray" was leaving the Toronto wharf on Tuesday afternoon, two men employed on the steamer as deck hands, named respectively Francis Wismore, 21 years of age, and Toney Gibson, went into the wheel house in order to get a drink from a bucket placed there for the purpose of receiving pure water from the wheel while crossing the lake. While the unfortunate men were in the act of drinking, the captain of the steamer, not
knowing that they were there, rang the bell ordering the engineer to start. In an instant, the wheel revolved, striking the men, and burying them in the foaming water. The alarm was at once raised by persons on the wharf who saw the men in the water, and unfortunately it was too late to save them both. Gibson was rescued, severely injured, but hopes are ascertained of his recovery. The other poor fellow must have been killed instantaneously. His body was not recovered until late in the evening.
LEONARD - On Monday morning last, Mr. E. W. Leonard, one of the oldest citizens of Esquesing, committed suicide at the residence of his brother‑in‑law, Mr. G. Worts of Hillsbury, by cutting his throat with a razor. He had been in a melancholy mood for three or four weeks previous, and when his body was found, three large gashes had been made with the razor, and life was entirely extinct. The deceased was 64 years of age, and was widely known and respected. He had been engaged in various businesses, and had at the time of death two children living. The melancholy event has caused a profound sensation throughout the locality where it occurred.
September 24, 1864
CARLING - The London "Protype" says that on 'Wednesday evening the engine driver on the night train on the Great Western Railway which arrives at 9:15 p.m. discovered the wheels of his engine clothed with blood and detached portions of' a human body adhering to the machinery. Search was made upon the line when about three and a half miles east, the mutilated remains of a human being were found lying on the track in a frightful condition. The body was carefully picked up, but in a shockingly mangled state, the legs and arms being only connected with the trunk by the most slender pieces of skin. The face was one mass of bruised flesh and utterly unrecognizable, and the whole one of the most sickening spectacles that could be looked upon. The body was taken to the engine house, and yesterday forenoon, an inquest was held by Dr. Moore, coroner, when the remains were recognized as those of a man named Philip Carling, residing on the 5th concession of Nissouri. He was a man of temperate habits, and how he allowed the train to come upon him is a mystery. The deceased was about 30 years of age, and was, it was said, to be married in about a week.
September 30, 1864
TAITREAU - On Thursday last, a young man named Taitreau, son of a farmer, residing hear Sandwich, went out to shoot, and not returning, a search was instituted when the body was
found lifeless in the woods. There was gunshot wound in the breast, and It is supposed that he may have laid down the gun, and on drawing it towards him, discharged, it. A coroner's jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
MCGREGOR - On Monday night, the 26th instant, Mr. John McGregor of Essex, was in the field for the purpose of fetching his cows in to milk when a Galloway bull, which was also in the field, turned upon him and crushed him to death. The old man not returning, his son, Donald McGregor, went to see after him, when to his horror, he found the old man lying on the ground with the bull standing over him. The bull was hard to be driven off, but when they got him away, Mr. McGregor was found to be dead. The bull was shot by Mr. Donald Crawford directly after the accident.
October 1, 1864
HARVEY - Died at his residence, Oakville, Nelson, September 30th, John Harvey, Esq., aged 50 years. The funeral will leave his house at 2 o'clock on Monday, October 3rd. Friends and acquaintnaces are respectfully invited to attend.
October 3, 1864
HILL - Died at his father's residence, on the 1st instant, Samuel H., son of Mr. Jasper Hill, aged 18 months. The funeral will leave his father's residence at 2 o'clock on Monday, 3rd instant, to the burial place in Glanford.
October 4, 1864
JOHNSON - An inquest was held yesterday by Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, on the body of a man named Johnson who died in the cells about eight o'clock on Sunday night. He was a vagrant, and was brought to the cells in a waggon. The jury returned a verdict of "died while in a fit brought on by long intemperance and exposure."
BELLHOUSE - Died in this city, yesterday morning, Monday, 3rd October, William Bellhouse, Esq., aged 44 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from his late residence, Wentworth street south, on Wednesday next, the 5th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. without further notice.
BRAND - Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, son of George Brand, aged 6 years and 9 months. The funeral will leave his father's residence, Hughson street, to‑day at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
October 6, 1864
PRICE - The St. Thomas "Rough Notes" says: We have just learned that a cold‑blooded murder was committed on the night of Saturday last, within a mile of Straffordville in the County of Elgin. It appears that a young man named Price had been in the habit of frequenting the house of a married man which resulted in an improper intimacy between Price and the man's wife. The husband soon became aware of the fact, and on the night above mentioned, the husband left the house and waylaid Price and stabbed him in the abdomen. He was found dead shortly after the murder was committed. We understand that the murderer gave himself up to the authorities and was conveyed to St. Thomas Gaol to await hid trial.
MACKAY - A hand on the steamer "Bay of Quinte" named Barnard Mackay was drowned at Belleville on Saturday night while stepping ashore from the steamer to the wharf. The night was very dark and stormy, and the deceased, having made a misstep, fell between the steamer and the wharf. Every exertion to save him proved unavailing, and the body was not recovered until the following day. The remains were brought down by the steamer this afternoon, the flag flying half‑mast, and delivered over to his friends on Wolfe' Island. Mackay had been on the steamer since last spring and was a steady industrious man.
DANIELL - Died at her residence in the town of Oakville, on the 5th Instant, in the 68th year of her age. Eleanor, widow of late Stanous Daniell, and mother of William Daniell, Esq., barrister of this city. The funeral will take place on Friday, the 7th instant, at 12 o'clock noon, from the late residence of the bereaved.
October 8, 1864
UNNAMED WOMAN - An inquest was held before Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, on the body of a woman who died on Thursday evening under circumstances which led the coroner to consider an investigation necessary. The court was constituted at 11 a.m. and the following were the jurors: William Brock, William Noble, John Maskow, Alexander Macdonald, Ambrose Parrott, Timothy Donohue, James Egan, Henry Spencer, Stephen Cleary, and Morris Cahill, Mr. Egan was chosen foreman.
The coroner briefly stated to the jury the circumstances of the case before them, and then directed them to inspect the body of deceased. This done, the coroner took the following evidnece.
John Chapell: I live on James street opposite Gore in this city. Deceased came to my house about noon on Thursday, the 29th ultimo. She had previously called at my neighbour's, Mrs. Lockman,
asking for employment. Mrs. Lockman, knowing that we wanted a girl, brought her to my house. The girl said she had newly arrived off some boat. She looked as if she had been travelling. She had a carpetbag in her hand. She had a severe cold, but otherwise seemed in good health. I employed her. She behaved very well. She did not go out on Thursday afternoon, but did every other day for an hour or so. On Friday, she was out from about one to five o'clock. She had a bad cough all times and did not get better of her cold. I did not think she was in the habit of drinking. A day or two before she began to complain of illness. I observed she was very listless. Her cough seemed to be worse. she began to complain about seven o'clock on Wednesday morning, the 5th instant, of pain in her body.
My wife sleptin the‑ same room with her. My wife said she heard her moan during the night. I went at once to the next house and called Mrs. Lockman who came to see her. I called in Dr. Miller who attended her till the time of her death. She died yesterday about 6½ o'clock p.m. On the second day she was with me, she asked my wife to recommend some doctor to her. my wife said Dr. Miller who was attending upon herself. When she came to the house, my wife asked where she came from. She said Napanee near Kingston. When I employed her I had not the slightest idea that she was pregnant. I am not aware of her applying to any medical gentleman for drugs with which to procure an abortion.
Dr. Samuel Miller sworn: I am a regularly licensed practitioner of the Province. Deceased applied to me on Saturday. Complained of cold, dizzyness in the head, and pain in the back. I prescribed for her. I suspected she was pregnant but did not say so to her. Complaining as she did, I supposed she was much unsettled by her journey, but gave her a blue pill, and some other suitable medicines. She said Mrs. Chapell recommended her to come to me. On Monday she called again and said she still felt faint spells, and her back was worse. I prescribed again the same way, giving a somewhat larger dose. I then saw her next at Mr. Chapell's some time on Wednesday morning.
I found her complaining of labour pains. I saw nothing that would lead me to think she had taken any drugs or done anything to bring on labour. I was called away in the forenoon and returned at noon when all was over. She had been delivered of a foetus of at least four months. Mrs. Medcalf, the nurse, was with her. I observed that after she was delivered acute pain seemed to continue. I then put her under treatment for inflammation of the bowels. Under the influence of narcotics, she would momentarily get easier, but it was evident that the disease was progressing. It was about 30 hours from the time she was delivered till her death. I think the inflammation set in immediately after delivery. I think there is no doubt the inflammation of the bowels was the cause of her death. I asked her name, but she would not tell it. She said she came from Kingston.
This conversation took place a few hours before her death. I had told her that she was in great danger. She would not say whether she was married or not. I think the inflammation could result from natural causes.
At this time, one of the jurymen, Mr. Spencer, put some very pointed questions relative to the remarkable discolouration which appeared about the abdomen. As the doctor could not explain it, Mr. Spencer suggested that there should be a regular post mortem examination. His fellow jurors concurred in his suggestion, and the coroner gave directions accordingly. Meanwhile the nurses's evidence was taken.
Anne Madcalf, nurse to Mrs. Chappell, sworn: I live in Hamilton, I was sent for on Wednesday about noon to attend deceased. When I arrived at the house, she had already been delivered. The child was pretty well formed. It was about ten inches long. It was discoloured about the head. It did not breathe or move. I threw it in the backhouse. A little before the woman died, I told her there was no hope of her recovery and that she had better tell me something about her friends in order that we might let them know. She said that she had a father who lived long way off, and she had brothers but no sisters. More she would not say. I should think she was about 25 or 26 years of age. I heard from Mrs Chappell that the girl had been more accustomed to farm work than any other kind. I gave her some medicine left there for her by Dr. Miller, but no others. She vomited all the medicine I gave her.
Dr. Miller recalled: The discolouration, on the head of the foetus might arise from natural causes, for instance if it had been dead for some time.
Mr. Chappell recalled: The girl had no trunk. She had a travelling‑bag. I saw nothing that could Indicate her name or her former place of residence.
One of the jurors suggested that an endeavour should be made to obtain information from some one on the boat which came in on Thursday, the 29th ultimo, relative to the place from which she came as somebody remarked that the same boat was expected in hourly. The coroner adjourned the court till half past four o'clock to allow time for the inquiry and for the post mortem examination.
On re‑assembling at half past four o'clock, Dr. John Mackelcan was sworn and testified as follows. I examined the body in conjunction with Dr. Miller and Dr. Rosebrugh. We made a post mortem examination. I saw no external marks of violence. We examined nothing but the abdominal cavity. We found 8 or 10 ounces of dark bloody fluid which was unnatural. The whole body of the uterus was rapidly running into a state of gangrene. Incipient gangrene a1so overspread some of the external parts. I cannot account for those appearances from natural causes. Inflammation could not account for it. I was suspicious of mechanical means having been employed, though there was no positive laceration.
Labour could not cause the appearances. The cause, I think, must have been brought to play some time before her confinement, possibly a whole day before. I do not think medicinal means could have produced the effects seen. I should consider that her period of gestation was six months. The child must have quickened before that time. I do not think it possible that a state of gangrene could have been produced by anything done after her delivery. The time was too short. The woman had had children before and gone her full time. She could have applied mechanical means herself.
Dr. John W. Rosebrugh sworn: I examined the body of deceased in conjunction with Drs Mackelcan and Miller. I may say that I have heard the evidence of Dr. Mackelcan and I agree with him in every particular except that I think it hardly possible that violent contractions of the uterus might have produced the extravasation of the blood found external to the womb and its appendages. A woman might use instruments upon herself, but I hardly think she would use such violence as to do herself a great amount of injury. In this case, I suspect that instruments were used, but there is no unmistakable evidence of it.
At the request of several of the jury, the coroner adjourned the inquest until Monday at half past four p.m.
CLOGG (St, Catharines) - Last night, Mrs. Joseph Clogg retired to bed apparently in her usual health, and this morning was found lying on the floor dead with a quantity of blood on the floor and oozing from her mouth and nostrils. Dr. Goodman, coroner, was notified, but as it was apparent that she had died from natural causes, the bursting of a blood vessel during the night, that gentleman very properly refused to hold an inquest. She leaves a husband and a large family of children to mourn her loss. The family reside about half way between Port Dalhousie and this town, on the Port Dalhousie road.
BEAUBIEN (Quebec) - An accident occurred on Monday morning about 5 o'clock at the Point‑a‑Carcy wharf by which a carpenter named David Beaubien lost his life. The circumstances are thus narrated; While forty men were busily at work at that dark hour of the morning, Beaubien, one of the workmen, was ordered by his foreman to take a lantern and loosen some chain that was attached to the wharf. This he at once obeyed, and while walking along the edge of the quay, missed his footing, fell upon the wharf crushing the lantern beneath him, and then rolled into the river inside the partly constructed wharf. The foreman, seeing the poor fellow's mishap, tied a rope round his body, called a man to lower him to the surface of the water, and caught hold of Beaubien who was then sinking to the bottom. Beaubien appeared to be suffering severely from the accident. Shortly after he was pulled up and placed in a batteau adjoining the wharf, he expired. An inquest was held by the deputy coroner, and during the examination of the
body, a large piece of glass, about four inches long and two broad, was pulled out from his windpipe through a cut inflicted by the glass in the neck. It appears that in his falling upon the wharf, his head fell on the lantern, breaking it to atoms, and that the large fragment which entered his throat was the cause of his death. Beaubien was a resident of St. Roch's ward where he leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his untimely death.
October 10, 1864
SOVEREIN - A very painful affair took piece in Wellington Square last Friday morning, resulting in the death of a very estimable young man by the name of John Soverein. He was the son of Freeman Soverein, farmer, and was about 19 years of age. During the morning, he was oiling the machinery in connection with a threshing machine, and having slipped, he was drawn into the feeder. His head was cut off and his side torn out before the machinery could he stopped.
DAMSTER - Died on the 8th October, Emma C, daughter of F. G. Damster. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from her father's residence, corner of York and Queer streets, to‑day at half past three o'clock p.m.
October 12, 1864
SCANTLING - A fatal accident occurred yesterday morning about half past nine at Hamilton station by which a labouring man lost his life. His name was Donald Scantling, and he was a steady‑respectable man who had been in the employ of the Great Western Railway for the last 7 or 8 years. It appears that he was walking on the track near the switch at the west end of the station. The locomotive of No. 5 freight train was going down to the switch. The deceased got off the track on to the side of the rails to allow it to pass with his back towards the engine, but not being far enough from the track, the buffer beam of the engine struck him, knocked him under the engine, and killed him instantly. No blame can be attached to the engineer. Deceased leaves a wife and five children to mourn his melancholy death. An inquest was held on the body by coroner Mclntoch, and a respectable jury, and a verdict of accidental death was returned.
October 13, 1864
HAYDEN, MCCANN - A portion of rock below the Quebec citadel fell the day before yesterday
John Hayden, Mrs. Hayden, Mary Hayden and James McCann aged 9 years and severely injuring' Thos. Hayden, son of the man who was killed, and also Mr. McCann.
October 14, 1864
ASSELIN - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, Lewis Asselin, aged 70 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his late residence, Park street cor. of Sheaf, at 7 o'clock on Saturday morning.
MACNAB - Died of disease of the heart, on the 13th instant, Flora, fourth daughter of the late Daniel MacNab, Esq., aged 23 years.
October 15, 1864
SCRIMGEOUR - Last Saturday afternoon, a poor old woman named Catherine Scrimgeour, some 70 years of age, who resided in Shakespeare, was crossing the railway track near that station, was caught by the express train, and instantly killed. She was somewhat deaf and did not hear the train coming. The driver did not see her in time to pull up.
October 17, 1864
MCPHAIL - A fatal accident occurred on the Agricultural Show ground at Brantford on Wednesday afternoon last to a man by the name of John McPhail of Newport, by the falling of a flagstaff. A heavy wind suddenly blew up, accompanied by a violent shower of rain, and owing, no doubt, to the flag becoming saturated with water, the flagstaff snapped asunder, in the descent striking this unfortunate man below the temple, causing immediate death.
MCGILLIVRAY - On Monday last, a woman named Janet McGillivray called at the Royal Exchange Motel in the village of Durham, and took lodgings for the night. About eight o'clock, she retired to her bedroom, and in about an hour or so after, it was discovered she had given birth to a child, and had committed the infamous and sickening crime of murder by smothering it in the urinal.
EVERETT - A man named John Everett while in search of a horse on Saturday night lost himself in Mr. West's bush about two miles from McKay's Corners, Harwich, and becoming cold through the night, he built two fires and 'aid himself down between them to sleep. During the night, his clothes took fire and were nearly burned off his person, his body being fearfully irjured, the upper portion of it being burned almost to a crisp. The sufferer lingered in great agony till Friday morning when death put an end to his pains.
MARTIN - About three weeks since, a child, two years old, belonging to Richard Martin, 4th concession, Huron Township, strayed from its home, and got lost in the woods. Although
upwards of two hundred neighbours turned out in search, keeping within sight of each other, it was not found until a week ago, when it was discovered suspended by its clothes on a snag with its head downward, and one foot and a portion of its leg gone. It appears to have been climbing over a log when it fell and caught by its clothing as above. It was in a thicket not over one hundred yards from the house and was passed a number of times by those in search.
FOOTE - Died at Brooklin, C.W., on the 15th instant, Harriet Eliza, the beloved wife of Henry B. Foote, Esq., and youngest daughter of Benjamin Clark, Esq., of Hamilton, aged 24 years.
October 18, 1864
JOYCE - Died in this city, on Monday, the 17th instant, aged 28 years, Margaret, wife of Mr. Patrick Joyce, and sister of Mr. Edward McMahon of this city. The funeral will take place to‑day (Tuesday) at 3 o'clock in the afternoon from the corner of James and Guy streets.
October 19, 1864
BRIDGE - A melancholy accident occurred in the yard of the Northern Railway Depot at Toronto on Monday afternoon by which one of the employees named John Bridge was instantly killed by being run over and actually cut in two by the wheels of a passenger train that passed over his body. It appears that the deceased whose business was to oil the wheels of the cars stepped off one of the tracks in the yard in order to allow a shunting engine to pass, without observing a passenger train that was backing into the yard behind him at the time, and before he could get out of the way, he was run over and instantly killed. The deceased was a steady industrious man and leaves a wife and three or four children to mourn his untimely end.
HURLEY - A very sad accident occurred in the family of Mr. James Hurley, a farmer of Laval, County of Quebec, last week. Towards half past five o'clock on the afternoon of Tuesday, the mother of the family went out to pick potatoes in the fields, leaving her three children in the house, one of six, another of five, and third of three years of age. During her absence, the children lit a candle for the purpose of setting a mouse trap which they in company proceeded to place under the bed, the mattress of which caught fire from the flame of the candle. The two older children succeeded in making their escape, but before aid could be obtained, the younger was enveloped in flames and perished.
RITCHIE - Died at Ancaster, on the 16th instant, William Ritchie, aged 75 years, formerly of Glasgow, Scotland.
MCROBERT - Died near Tapleytown, saltfleet, on Friday, the 14th instant, Sarah, wife of Mr. James McRobert, aged 45 years.
October 22, 1864
JUDD - Dr. McIntosh, coroner, held an inquest in the Police Court room yesterday afternoon on the body of Eliza Judd, a poor unfortunate, who was found lying dead at the corner of King and Ray streets Thursday morning. Verdict: intemperance and exposure.
UNNAMED CHILD - The newborn child found in an outhouse, of which mention was made in our issue of Tuesday, was exhumed at the instance of Dr. McIntosh, coroner.
Michael Brennan sworn, said: I went into the shed for the purpose of getting some wood when I discovered the body. It was wrapped in paper. Thought it was bundle of herbs that had fallen from the roof. Took it up and found it heavy. Saw blood on the paper. Laid it down again and sent for my brother‑in‑law and had the parcel examined. Saw what it was and gave Information to the police. The door is generally locked, but as there were some repairs being made, it had not been locked for some nights. Could not tell how it came there.
Dr. J. McDonald on being sworn said: I have examined the body of the newborn child. It never had breathed.
Dr. A. M. Rosebrugh sworn, said: I agree with what Dr. McDonald says. Saw no mark of violence. The mother of the child could have had no medical attendance.
The verdict of the jury that the said child was an abortion and never breathed.
October 25, 1864
WILSON - On Saturday morning, a labouring man named George Wilson, a resident of James street, Toronto, died in his own house very suddenly. He got .up in the morning apparently in his usual state of health, partook of a hearty breakfast, and shortly afterward expired without a groan while sitting in a chair. Cause: disease of the heart.
HEYBOURN - On Saturday last, about 11 o'clock, a fearful tragedy was committed at Clarke's Coffee House, Market Square, London, a man named Charles Heybourn having, while in a state of insanity, murdered his mother by cutting her throat with a razor. It seems from the evidence adduced at the inquest that the unhappy man had previously been affected with insanity, and had for some time since, attempted the life of his wife. The old lady, who was 76 years of age, was
quietly sleeping in her bed when her son stole in without a light, felt for her throat, and with a razor inflicted a frightful wound thereon, so large indeed that a person's hand could be placed in the gash. The wretched son then slunk to his bed, his hands covered with blood, and when arrested, at once admitted and in some sense justified the act. The deed caused an intense excitement in the neighbourhood and indeed throughout the city. The murderer has borne a good character, was kind to his mother and his other relatives, and but for the failing of his brain, would never in all probability have committed so horrible a crime. On Sunday morning, Dr. Moore, the coroner, held an inquest at Mr. Clarke's house where the murder was committed, and after a painstaking investigation, the following verdict was returned: That the prisoner, Charles Heybourn, destroyed his mother, Mrs. Ann Maria Heybourn, by cutting her throat with a razor on the night of Saturday, the 22nd of October, 1864, he being at the time in a state of insanity.
October 27, 1864
CAMPBELL - A man named John Campbell, a respectable farmer of the Township of Sandwich, on returning home from the town of Windsor on Monday evening last, was thrown from his waggon and so severely injured that he died almost immediately. An inquest was held on the body and a verdict of accidental death was rendered.
VANDAL - A French‑Canadian of the name of Michel Vandal who emigrated from Canada to the State of Connecticut some years since with his family was recently shot for desertion from the Federal army. In connection with the death of the unfortunate man, a melancholy story of want of principle and treachery is told. It appears that he had been enlisted in the army by another French‑Canadian named Achee Gadbois who subsequently endeavoured to induce him to desert. Confiding in the representations of this unprincipled scoundrel, Vandal at length did so and Gadbois immediately threw off the disguise of a friend and informed on him to the military authorities.
MCCORMACK Died in this city, on the 27th instant, Isabella, wife of Mr. George McCormack, aged 68 years, at his residence, Hannah street, foot of the mountain. The funeral will take place on Sunday, to‑morrow, at 2 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this invitation.
ESTEN - Vice‑chancellor Esten: We mentioned on Tuesday morning the report which had reached us of this learned and estimable gentleman, and regret much to learn that he died on the evening of that day.
WADE - Died in this city, on Wednesday, the 26th October, John Henry, youngest son of Mr. James Wade, aged 10 months and 13 days. The funeral will leave the residence of Mr· Wade, Hughson street, this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
October 28, 1864
WILSON - Died in this city, October 26th, Catharine, eldest surviving daughter of Joseph Wilson, of Rebecca street. The funeral will take place on Sunday at 3 p.m. precisely, from her father's residence.
October 29, 1864
ST. JEAN - A man named St. Jean, residing in the parish of St. Paul came suddenly to his death some days since from excessive drinking. The hotel‑keeper who furbished him with the liquor, one Fabien Alain, of L'Assomption Village, has been arrested on a charge of causing his death.
October 31, 1864
ROD - A woman named Mrs. Rod has been arrested at Picton on the charge of infanticide, the body of a child to which she is suspected of having given birth having been discovered in such a state as to give rise to suspicion, upon which she is committed for trial.
COLLINS - Dr. Mackintosh held an inquest on Saturday on the body of a man called George Collins who had died suddenly the day before. It appears he was once in the 47th Regiment. For two years past, he had been in the Royal Canadian Rifles, but was daily expecting his discharge at the time of his death, having applied for it in consequence of his malady. The inquest was held in Colvin's Hotel on King street.
On being sworn, the jurors examined the body, and then the following evidence was taken.
Charles Simpson sworn: I was with deceased, George Collins, most of Friday. Did not hear him complain of being unwell till about four o'clock as we were walking up King street. As we were going slowly, I asked him to hurry up. He said he could not as he had palpitation of the heart, a malady which had led to his discharge from the Royal Canadian Rifles. When we got to a low fence opposite McCabe's shop, he stopped and leaned against a post as if about to vomit. While in this position, he bent himself backward and held his hand to me. I took hold of him just as he was falling. I let him rest for a moment and having called for assistance, got him into McCabe's. When he came to his senses he asked for some vinegar and water and drank a tumbler‑full.
Apparently‑feeling better, he desired to move on again. Having gone about a hundred yards, he said he could not go further, and sat down. On getting up, he walked off homeward, and I accompanied him. He did not go far till he sat down again. I then went for a cab, but before returning, a man had taken him away in a waggon. I saw him back home. Had to be carried in. Was groaning slightly at the time, but cannot say whether he was breathing hard or not. He had beer working for me since Tuesday last. He looked sickly and moved about slowly, but never complained. The vinegar he took was mixed with water. He has not taken much liquor since he came to me.
Nicholas Kafeny sworn: Have seen deceased a good deal of late and heard him complain of disease of the heart. About two o'clock yesterday afternoon, he said he feared he would have to quit work for palpitation was setting in and when it did he could scarcely breathe. He lay on the bench a while as if to rest, but shortly resumed work at which he continued until 4 o'clock when he left with Mr. Simpson. That was the last I saw him. He told me it was at Niagara he first felt disease of the heart. He was temperate in his habits.
Allen Newitt sworn: I am a private in the 47th Regiment, Have known deceased for about ten years. He had been in our regiment and left about two years ago last April having served so many years in the 47th that he was allowed to be transferred to the Royal Canadian Rifles. This can be done if the party wishes it. He was a temperate and healthy man, Had been in the Crimea and many other places. Was separated from him a couple of years ago and met him again recently here. He then told me that he had applied for his discharge because of trouble with palpitation of the heart. I was present at the time of his death.
Dr. Ridley attended upon him. I saw deceased take some medicine about twenty minutes to five. A few minutes after, he called his wife and said that he was dying. He died at five minutes past five o'clock.
Dr. Henry T. Ridley sworn: I was called about half past four on Friday to see deceased. He was in a collapsed state, pulseless, yet sensible. I prescribed stimulants for him and left. Calling again about half an hour later, I found he had just expired. The stimulants had no effect. I have made a post mortem examination of the body of deceased. There is nothing external to show cause of death. Found general enlargement of the heart, extensive hyper trophy of the left ventricle, and ossific deposits above the valves of the aorta. He also had intense congestion of the liver. I have no doubt that this, combined with the symptoms already mentioned, caused his death. Cold or drinking might have caused the congestion of the liver.
The jury easily came to the following verdict: that George Collins died from disease of the heart, combined with congestion of the liver.
ROSE - Died at Grimsby, C.W., on the 29th instant, Donald Rose, late of Tomintout, Banffshire, Scotland.
November 2, 1864
MULDEN - Died in this city, on Tuesday, the 1st November, Mr. John Mulden, aged 58 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, on Rebecca street, between Catherine and Walnut streets, this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
November 3, 1864
LAMONT - A mar named Duncan Lamont, second engineer of the propeller "Niagara" was drowned at Goderich on Monday night. He was in the act of leaving the boat for the shore and fell between the dock and the boat. His body was found. He resided near Collingwood.
WALKER - As the steamer "Osprey" was leaving Port Credit on Monday night, a wheelsman named William Walker, of Kingston, accidentally fell overboard and was drowned.
November 5, 1864
MCDONOUGH (Toronto) - On Monday night, a melancholy case of drowning occurred in the bay, the unhappy victim being Mr. Michael McDonough, well‑known to the inhabitants of Orillia and the adjoining townships of Rama and Mara. He was last seen about five o'clock on Monday afternoon drinking in a tavern on Adelaide street, and his body was observed floating in the bay at the foot of York street about seven o'clock yesterday morning by Constable McBrien in the employ of the Grand Trunk company. Mr. John Tinning having been informed of the circumstance, proceeded in a skiff about thirty yards from the water slip, secured the body, and conveyed it ashore. Nothing of any value was found on his person. A bottle which had contained liquor was found in his pocket. Coroner Hallowell held an inquest on the remains at the Railroad hotel, but nothing could be learned of the movements of deceased after five o'clock on Monday afternoon. The jury, therefore, returned "found drowned" as their verdict. It will be remembered by many that deceased got into financial difficulties about three or four years ago by endorsing for some speculators , and having lost a large and valuable property, he became insane. He was subsequently placed in the asylum where he remained for about two years, and was discharged as cured about a year ago. It is alleged that a few days ago, deceased threatened to throw himself in
the bay, and it would appear, carried out his intention of destroying himself. Mr. McDonough had been a magistrate, and at one time possessed a good deal of political influence with his Roman Catholic fellow countrymen of Mara and Rama where he resided.
November 7, 1864
SMITH - A man, about 35 years of age, whose name is supposed to be John Smith, was drowned at Quebec on Friday afternoon, by falling from the pontoon at the Napoleon wharf. Deceased was about to proceed to Montreal by the Richelieu steamer, and the only clue to his name was the address "John Smith, book agent, Ottawa City" on two small trunks or valises which he had placed on board the boat.
HALL - Died of consumption, in Buffalo, or Saturday, November 5th, Robert Wharton Hall, aged 26 years, son of the late William Hall, Esq., Staff Sergeant of the British Army, and grandson of Mrs. Metcalfe of this city. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the residence of Mrs. Metcalfe on Market street. Friends are invited to attend.
GIBSON - Died at Edinburgh, Scotland, on the 26th September, Miss Margaret Gibson, eldest daughter of Mr. James Gibson, farmer, Long Flush, Carstairs.
November 9, 1864
UNNAMED MAN - A young man residing at St. Sauveur, near Quebec, was accidentally killed on Thursday afternoon while engaged with some other labourers in loading a vessel at Cape Blanc, a large piece of timber falling on him and crushing him to death.
November 11, 1864
BEGG - We regret to record the occurrence of a melancholy accident near Millgrove, West Flamborough, by whish a young mar named James Begg, eldest sop of Adam Begg, Esq., lost his life. The young man, who was about 19 years of age, had finished the construction of a cider press last fall, and since had added several improvements, one of which was to make the balance wheel run with extraordinary rapidity. On Saturday, the 29th ultimo, he though he would test the merits of the machine by manufacturing some cider. A short time afterward, he was found lying insensible by the side of the press. The balance wheel had given way, and it is supposed that some part of it had struck him and thrown him backward. He was taken up insensible, and continued so, never speaking a word between then and the hour of death. Dr. Miller of West Flamborough was called in, and did all for him that could be done, but it was of no avail. Death ended his sufferings on the ensuing Wednesday.
November 12, 1864
SLATER - Mr. Slater, an officer of the Rifle Brigade, was found dead in his bed on Thursday evening at Montreal. He had been up and quite hearty the previous evening.
TAYLOR - On Thursday evening, between 7 and 8 o'clock, as a man named James Taylor was drawing a coupling pin between the engine and a freight car at the London station, it is supposed his foot slipped in a cattle‑guard, as he fell, and the train going over him, he was instantaneously killed. The deceased was baggageman on the cars running from St. Mary's to London.
November 15, 1864
BAMPYLDE - Died on Sunday, the 13th instant, Hate, wife of C. H. Bampylde, aged 34 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral to‑day at 10 ½ o'clock.
DESBARATS - George Desbarats, Esq: We regret to learn that this gentleman, for many years Queen's Printer, died in Montreal on Saturday last. Mr. Desbarats has been ailing for a long time. With him, the commission of Queen's Printer expires.
November 16, 1864
DAWSON - A melancholy affair occurred at Dundas on Saturday. In a fire which broke out in a barn about 10 p.m., a man named W. Dawson, was burned to death. A span of horses also perished in the flames. The barn which was burned down and the horses were the property of Mr. J. Fisher of the paper mills.
November 17, 1864
FLOOD - Mr. Andre Flood, an elderly mar from Brooklyn, N.Y., was accidentally run over by the cars at Clifton station, Monday evening. He had both his legs completely severed from his body, and only survived the accident a few hours.
November 18, 1864
MURPHY - Death at Oil Springs: A mar named Thomas Murphy was found dead on Wednesday morning, dead in the oil tank. He is supposed to have gone into it for some purpose and to have been suffocated by the gas arising.
November 19, 1864
LAURIE - A little son, six years old, of Mr. P. G. Laurie of the "Essex Record" of Windsor, C.W., wan accidentally drowned in a water barrel on Wednesday,
PICKLEY - Yesterday a sergeant of the 16th Regiment found the body of a woman beside a hay stack adjoining the old fort in Toronto. He informed the police, and the body was removed to the dead house where it was identified as that of a well‑known outcast named Mary Ann Pickley.
DUNNE - Died in this city, on Friday morning, 18th instant, Lucretia, daughter of James Dunne, Esq., aged 7 months and 25 days. The funeral will leave Gurney's Block, John street north, for Christ's Church cemetery, at 3 o'clock on Saturday, the 19th instant.
PRITCHARD - Died on the 10th instant, at the Elms, Red River Settlement, Mr. Thomas Pritchard, aged 81 years.
November 21, 1864
CAMPBELL - Died in Toronto, on the 18th instant, after a long illness, Mr. John Campbell, late of the G.W.R., a native of fort Glasgow, Scotland.
MOORES - About 500 officers, non‑commissioned officers, and men of the 47th Regiment turned out yesterday to attend the funeral of a little lad, 4 years old. son of Sergeant Major Moores of that regiment. The child was the twelfth the sergeant had lost within a few years. It was buried in the Protestant Burying Ground, and the funeral was attended by almost every non‑commissioned officer and soldier of the corps. The wives and families also accompanied the remains to the burying ground, and the long procession was followed by the commanding officer and ell the officers of the regiment. So large a voluntary attendance testifies to the deep sympathy felt for sergeant Major Moores, as well for the respect in which he is held in the 47th Regiment.
November 23, 1864
ROBINSON - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, of inflammatory croup, Percy Ebenezer Done, aged 16 months, youngest son of Mr. John Robinson. The funeral will take place on Thursday morning at 10 o'clock from the residence of his father, corner of James and Gore streets. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
THOMPSON - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Williamene Thompson, the wife of Peter Thompson, aged 46 years. The funeral will take place from her late residence, Wentworth street, opposite the Ontario Pork Factory, on Thursday, the 24th. Friends and acquaintances will accept this invitation.
November 24, 1864
WIDDER (Montreal) - On Monday morning, immediately after breakfast, Mrs. Widder of Toronto, in the act of going to a front door, suddenly dropped down and expired. Supposed disease: dropsy.
November 26, 1864
OLDS - A young mar named William Olds, driving a load of bark to Goderich on Thursday, met a cutter on the road, and when he was in the act of moving out of the track, the bark slipped and fell from the waggon, burying him underneath. When taken out, Olds was dead.
RAFN - Charles Christian Rafn, a celebrated Danish scholar, died on the 20th of October, aged 69, in the city of Copenhagen. He is known in this country by his "Antiquities Americana" which appeared in 1837, and in which he attempted to show from old Northern manuscripts that this country was discovered by the Scandinavian navigators five hundred years before the days of Columbus.
November 28, I864
BECHER - We regret says the "Evening Advertiser" to record the sudden death of Mrs. Becher, the wife of H. C. R. Becher, Esq., Q.C., of London. On Thursday night, she went to bed in her usual health, hut shortly after was seized with violent apoplectic fits which terminated fatally after a few hours' painfu1 illness. Drs. Brown and Harper were called in, and did everything that was possible under the circumstances, but their efforts were of no avail. The many friends of deceased will regret this sudden visitation, and the family have the sympathy of the public in their unexpected bereavement .
BERGER - Died in this city, on the 27th instant, Gottfried Berger, in the 49th year of his age. The funeral will leave his late residence, Bay street, at 2 p.m. this afternoon. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
December 1, 1864
O' NEIL - A melancholy occurrence took piece last week in the Township of Escott, some fifteen miles west of Brockville. John O'Neil was on a visit at his uncle's, Major O'Neil, an old and
respected inhabitant of Escott. It seems he was restless and uneasy, and took a large dose of Laudanum to make his sleep at night. Instead of causing him to sleep, however, the laudanum made him deranged, and during the night, he got up and attacked his uncle who slept in the same room with a razor, cutting him into the bone on both cheeks from the ear to the mouth.
KINGSCOTE - Died at Meerut, East Indies, Thomas Fitzhardinge, infant son of Captain J. Kingscote, second Battalion P.C.O. Rifle Brigade.
December 2, 1864
HICKEY - The body that was found in the bay at Toronto on Monday afternoon has been identified by several persons as that of Mr. Hickey, a lawyer of Ottawa, who was attending a term in the city.
UNNAMED MAN - On Friday night, the body of a drowned man was found in Montreal in the sluice of the St. Gabiel lock gate. A silver hunting watch, No. 4465, J. Higginson, Coventry, maker; a leathern wallet with memorandum hook attached in which the following is written: "Came to "Point St. Charles, December 16th, 1863; jerney to Mr. Knox, December the 12th, 1863"; and 2s 8d in change were found on deceased.
POLLARD - The Quebec "Daily News" says: We record with regret to‑day the particulars of a melancholy case of self‑destruction which occurred in this city yesterday morning, taking the public by surprise and causing a deep painful sensation throughout the entire city. The unfortunate victim of his own rashness was a private soldier of the 25th Regiment, named William Pollard, a native of Burney, Lancashire, England, and aged only 27 years, who had served seven years in the regiment, and bore a good character for sobriety and attention to duty. While on guard at Prescott Gate shortly before two o'clock yesterday morning, he put an end to his life by blowing out his brains, and the particulars of the terrible deed so far as we have been able to glean are as follows. He was the sentinel on duty, and was just or the point of being relieved, when in the most apparently deliberate manner possible, he retired into the passage connected with the guard room, where he divested himself of his accoutrements, tidily arranging them on one side, took off the boot from his right foot, and placed the muzzle of his rifle under his chin, pulled the trigger with his toe, and sent himself into eternity. The ball passed straight through from under the chin to the top of his head, carrying with it portions of his brain, and lodging in the roof overhead. His comrades in the guard room rushed out immediately or hearing the report only to find, however, the unfortunate man lying lifeless onthe ground, death having been almost instantaneous.
December 3, 1864
HOWARD - Died in Barton, on the 2nd instant, Samuel Howard, In the 87th year of his age.
TAYLOR - Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, William Taylor, watchmaker, aged 56 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Sunday afternoon, at 2 p.m., from his late residence, James street.
December 5, 1864
ROWAN - The funeral of the son of Mr. Rowan took place on Sunday afternoon. It was very largely attended by the Roman Catholics of this city, the procession being about half a mile in length.
December 7, 1864
HEATH - A young child of Mr. F. Heath's of Townsend, County of Simcoe, was accidentally scalded to death on Saturday last, by falling into a kettle of boiling lye while playing.
ESSEN - A young child, aged nine months, being the only child of Mr. D. Essen, of Newbury, died Monday afternoon through the effects of being badly scalded on Sunday evening by upsetting a cup of tea over itself.
December 8, 1864
JENKINS - A boy, about two years old, of Mr. Jerkins, Lot 11, 1st Concession of Hope, fell into a cistern on Friday last and was drowned.
LAMB - A child, aged nine months, being the only child of Mr. Lamb, a miller in Newbury, Middlesex, was strangled to death while attempting to eat a piece of cheese on Monday last.
FILMAN - Died in Barton, on the 6th instant, Mrs. Clarinda, wife of Mr. John Filman, and only child of Samuel Kern, Esq. The funeral will take place on Friday (to‑morrow) at 11 o' cock a.m.
December D, 1864
MCDONELL, PARLOW, FLAGG - The Prescott "Messenger" Says that four young men,
belonging to Captain McDonell's Flagg Artillery Company of Iroquois, were drowned on Friday evening last when returning home from drill at the village.
Their cries were heard from the shore, but do not seem to have attracted particular attention. Their names were: Allen McDonell, a son of Capt. Alexander McDonell; Allen Parlow, son of John Parlow, Esq.; Edwin Flagg, son of John Flagg, Esq. and a young Englishman, a farmer, who worked for Capt. McDonell and who has hut lately been married. Their bodies have not been discovered.
December 10, 1864
ELDRIDGE - A soldier, named Eldridge, left at the City Hospital on the removal of the 47th Regiment from London, died yesterday. Consumption was the disease under which he has been gradually wasting away for about six months.
JOHNSON - A Charleston paper mentions the death at Richmond of William W. Johnson on the 28th September of wounds received in the charge of Weldon Railroad on the 22nd of August. He was son of J. D. Johnson, Esq., of Niagara, and was born on the 28th October, 1835 in that town, and there educated. He moved to Charleston in 1860, engaged with a firm of high standing, end afterward, entered the military service of the Confederates.
SULLIVAN - About ten o'clock yesterday, a dreadfu1 accident occurred on Main street in front of the New Connexion Church by which a young man named Patrick Sullivan, eldest son of James Sullivan, farmer, Township of Carlisle, came to an untimely end. An inquest was held on the body in the afternoon at the Police Station by coroner McIntosh, when the following evidence was adduced:
Joseph Kirk sworn: Knew the deceased. Came into town with him. We had three glasses of liquor on the road in. He drove to Locomotice street to move his step‑brother's furniture. Left him about half past eleven o'clock. Deceased was a healthy man.
John Hood sworn: Came in with the deceased. Had three glasses of liquor on the road in, one before we reached Waterdown, one at Waterdown, and one when we reached Hamilton. We had another afterward. Left Carlisle about nine o'clock. Deceased did not appear the worse of liquor. Was a steady man. Helped him to load the waggon.
Elizabeth Steele sworn: Deceased was my brother‑in‑law. He came to move our furniture to Wellington street, Had a glass of whiskey at my house. I accompanied the waggon. Was on the sidewalk about twelve yards in rear of the waggon when the accident occurred. Deceased was sitting on top of the load. A piece of lath fell off the ‑front of the waggon and started the horses. Deceased jumped down and in endeavouring to hold the horses was dragged under the wheels.
William Morgan sworn: Was passing when the accident occurred. The railing of a bedstead fell
forward on the horses and started them. Deceased jumped down and tried to hold the horses. The road was rough. He walked about three or four yards holding the reins. Deceased swung close to the waggon by the reins. The ground is rough and he stumbled, falling inward. The hind wheel went over his head and he never moved afterward. Deceased must have been sober to have landed on his feet after jumping. Jumped a considerable distance.
Dr. T. Ryall sworn: Was called out to see deceased. A good deal of blood was about him. He was quite dead when I got there. The bones of his head were completely crushed in. His jawbones were also broken. His death must have beer Instantaneous.
After a few minutes' deliberation, Mr. William Roger, foreman of the jury, returned the following verdict: That the deceased, Patrick Sullivan, came to his death by the accidental passing of a wheel over his head on Friday, the 9th day of December.
December 12, 1864
KNIGHT - The Essex "Record" says that Michael Knight, who was hurt last week by falling between the‑cars while in motion, has died from the effects of the injuries he received.
HALE - Jeffery Hale, Esq.: We deeply regret to learn the death "of this estimable Christian gentleman which took place at Tunbridge Wells, England, on the 14th ultimo. He will be greatly missed in Quebec.
NORTH - It become out painful duty to record the sudden demise in this, city of Michael North, a well‑known and esteemed resident of Brantford. He came here last week for the purpose of introducing a valuable invention which he exhibited at the last Provincial Fair, known as "North's Patent Heating Drummer" and had received nary orders around the city, but on Friday morning last, he was taken ill with indigestion at the hotel where he stopped and although possessed of a strong constitution, died on Saturday afternoon at four o'clock. Mr. North was known in this city as roofing and slating contractor, the principal bui1dings around the Railway depot having been slated under his supervision. He was also a mechanical genius and inventor, but like many others of a similar cast has been cut off before he had hed an opportunity of reaping the benefits of his inventions. It seems that Mr, North had had a forewarning of his approaching dissolution as two days before his demise, he seemed to be anxious about making arrangements with a gentleman of this city for the manufacture of one of his inventions so that, in case of sudden death, his family might be benefited by it. Deceased was an old member of the Wesleyan Church in Brantford, and met his death with Christian fortitude.
His wife, for whom he had sent, arrived in the city about half an hour before he died. We may state that Mr. North was in this office on Thursday in the full enjoyment of health ,and vigour, superintending the putting up one of one his heating devices.
SECORD - Died at Thorold, of typhoid fever, on Saturday, the 10th instant, Mr. Alfred Secord, son of George O. Secord, Esq., of Barton, and brother of Mr. G. E. Secord of this city, aged 27 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. from the G.W.R. depot.
December 13, 1864
FARLE - On Saturday afternoon, December 10, a man named John Farle, while taking a comfortable drive through the streets of Bradford, suddenly fell dead in his sleigh.
December 14, 1864
CLOSITIER - A French‑Canadian named Damien Clositier was accidentally killed at Angus on Monday by a tree falling upon him.
December 15, 1864
MATHER - Died at his residence, John street, on the 14th instant, in the 33rd year of his age, Mr. James Mather, late of London, England. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral on Sunday, the 18th instant, at 2:30 o'clock p.m.
December 16, 186k
DUFFY - An inquest was held yesterday morning by Coroner McIntosh on the body of a young man named James Duffy who is supposed to have died about noon or Wednesday. The evidence adduced went to show that a state of degradation exists among a certain class of unfortunate creatures in this city which no one had the least conception of. The body of deceased was found lying perfectly naked in a house out of which the doors and windows had been smashed and in which no fire had existed for several days. when Constable Ferris entered the house, he found three women lying drunk, two of whom were naked, and one of whom was on the point of death. Two little children were moving about among the living and the dead, and a house agent was present threatening to turn them all out of the house if they did not pay the rental. At night they slept on the floor, and a few rags were their only covering. Most of them had at one time been in comfortable circumstances, but whiskey, cursed whiskey, was the cause of all their misfortunes
and misery. The deceased was at one time employed in the hardware store of Mr. John W. Baine as porter, but having become corrupted by association with his own sister who was one of them found naked, he was sent to jail for larceny, and gradually became a confirmed drunkard, and died a victim to intemperance, in the 23rd year of his age. The following evidence was adduced at the inquest.
Michael McQuilcan: Am 10 years of age. Deceased was my mother's brother. We live in a house on Wentworth street near Land's bush. Mrs. McLean and Ann McLean live there also. We have been there for a couple of months. We had a little stove, but it was seldom lit. The windows were broken. We all slept on the floor, Some of them had only their clothes. Saw James Duffy alive on Wednesday evening. He had some bugs over him, but he kicked them off. John Masterson came at 5 o'clock in the morning. He gave deceased two cracks on the side with a cane and broke it over his head. Masterson was cursing all the time. He was drunk. White froth came out of his mouth after Masterson struck him. He was quite naked in the morning and covered him several times with some old bags but he kicked them off. Deceased was not drunk the night before. Did not see anyone help him but my little brother and I. He got the bags from a man up town. Tom Bradley and a little girl took Masterson away. They found him at Sheen's the night‑before. Sheene sells whiskey but has no licence. Bought three half pints at Mccarty's grocery. Get a little myself when I bring it. My mother gets drunk often.
Annie McLean sworn: Am 18 years of age. Duffy came home drunk. He covered himself with rags and bags, but kicked them off. He was perfectly naked. He said a few night's before that he expected to be found frozen some morning. He often complained about the cold, but never knew him to take fits. He was naked and I went to put clothes over him and found him dead. This was between three and four o'clock. Gave information to the police about seven. There was no fire in the room. Am in the habit of drinking.
Thomas Bradley sworn: Am 16 years of age. Went into the house about eight o'clock in the morning, They were all drunk. Masterson's pockets were turned inside out. He said some one had his money. He had a small cane. Helped to take him home. He afterwards said he had his money all right. Did not see him strike Duffy. Duffy was in the other room. Heard Mrs McQuilcan moaning.
Mrs. McQuilcan sworn: Was lying in the room with my brother. He was all right the night before. He has been a hard drinker for two years. He had two fits about six months ago. He came home the night before he died about ten o'clock.
Several other witnesses were examined, but nothing further was elicited.
Dr. Rosebrugh testified that he examined the body, but found no external marks of violence or anything to warrant the committal of Masterson.
After a short deliberation, the jury returned the following verdict: That said James Duffy died on Wednesday, the 14th instant, from the effects of habitual intemperance and exposure, and the jury find the evidence that whiskey is supplied to the wretched people in such house as deceased lived in by unlicensed groggeries; that they would in the strongest terms express their reprobation of the existence of such houses; and that they would call the attention of the authorities to this evil which exists to so great an extent in the city. The jury would further express a hope that very stringent measures be adopted to suppress such houses.
December 17, 1864
THOMSON - Died in Hamilton, on the 16th instant, of scarlet fever, Kate Cory, the beloved daughter of Mr. J. Richard Thomson, aged 6 years. The funeral will take place on Monday next at 3 o' clock.
December 19, 1864
MATHER - Yesterday afternoon, the late Mr. James Mather was interred with Masonic honours. A large number of Masons in regalia were in the procession, and at the grave the beautiful service of the Order was read in a most impressive manner by Br. Rev. Dr. Neville of Christ's Church. Mr. Mather had not been any great length of time in connection with the Masonic brotherhood, but he had established himself most securely in their affection. Wherever and by whomsoever known, he was greatly respected, and he leaves behind him a very large circle of friends who sincerely deplore his death.
December 20, 1864
HALLININ (Toronto) - Last evening an unfortunate circumstance occurred at the tavern of Mr. Ross, Palace street, which resulted in the death of Mr. James Hallinin, barrister and attorney‑at‑law of this city, a gentleman who it is regretted led a dissipated and useless life for a couple of years past, but who at one time had a flourishing business in this city, and was highly respected by all who knew him. Being hungry, he wert into Ross's tavern about six o'clock and asked for something to eat. Tea was produced for him, and meat was also laid or the table. While in the act of trying to swallow a piece of meat, it stuck in his throat, and he was choked to death, although every effort was made by those in the house to save his life. An inquest will be held on the body at 2 o'clock this afternoon at Cornell's tavern by Dr. Hallowell.
December 21, 1864
TEMPLETON - The London "Free Press" says that Templeton who lately‑started a hat and cap store on the west end of Dundas street in connection with one Keys, and which broke down after a few months' business, died on Friday night in the gaol. He had been for a few weeks in a confirmed state of drunkenness, and a few days ago the effects took such a hold on his system that delirium tremens ensued. He was taken to the hospital where he was so unmanageable, raving and threatening at everyone, that it was thought the safest course to lodge him in gaol, which was done yesterday, and shortly after, he died
December 22, 1864
BATTERSHILL - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Mr. John Battershill, aged 48 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully request‑ed to attend the funeral from the late residence, Margaret street, at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
UNNAMED INFANT - The infant which was left on the doorstep of a house two weeks ago and which was subsequently taken to the House of Refuge has since died. No clue could be got as to who was the mother of the child. She must have been a heartless wretch to abandon her offspring in such an inhuman manner at this time of the year.
December 23, 1864
GARY - We learn from the "Leader" that sister Mary Agnes, formerly Miss Gany of Hamilton, died rather suddenly on the 20th instant. Dr. Philbrock was called in and declared her death to result from disease under which she had been for some time labouring. The Convent of St. Joseph has lost in her a most valuable subject.
December 24, 1864
ROSS - On Thursday, a night watchman named Ross, in the employment of the Great Western Railway, was run over by the right express at the London station and instantly killed. He was clearing the snow from the track and did not hear the train coming.
ROY - The Quebec "Chronicle" says that a young man named Charles Roy, a farmer belonging to St. Constant, is supposed to have perished during the intense cold and storm of the beginning of last week while on his way to St. Constant, His horse and vehicle were found on Wednesday morning, but no trace of him has since been discovered. It is supposed that, becoming exhausted, he fell on the road and was buried beneath the snow.
YOUNG - Died in this city, on Thursday, the 22nd instant, Fanny Augusta, second daughter of Mr. Charles Young, Henry street, aged 8 years and 10 days.
December 26, 1864
MCCLENNAN - About ter o'clock on Thursday night, Captain Archibald McClennan of the steamer "Gazelle" lost his life by being crushed between the wheel and the paddle‑box. The steamer at the time was lying at Wolfe Island rear Kingston partly frozen in.
BURRAGE - Mr. Burrage, assistant sergeant‑at‑arms of the House of Assembly died suddenly on Thursday night in his chair of disease of the heart. It is not intended to make any new appointment till after the Confederation Scheme has been adopted.
UNNAMED MAN - The St. Mary's “Argus" says: A correspondent informs us that a farm servant, long employed by various farmers in Blanshard, met his death on Friday while under the influence of liquor by falling into a well. Deceased was in the act of drawing a pail of water when he slipped in and was not found till eighteen hours after. He was aged about fifty.
December 29, 1864
CURRIE - A man named Archibald Currie was accidentally killed at Bonaventure station, Montreal, on Tuesday. He slipped while stepping on the cars, and a wheel passed over his neck, killing, him instantly.
December 30, 1864
0'BRIEN (Kingston) An old pensioner named O'Brien, living near the Montreal road, died very suddenly on Monday evening. An inquest was held the same afternoon by coroner Shaw, and a verdict of "Died from the visitation of God" was returned by the jury.
UNNAMED stranger - The Kingston "Whig" of Wednesday says: Vincent James arrived in town yesterday in charge of a constable from Odessa, charged with the murder of the stranger who was found near that village on Thursday morning last, and on which person were marks of violence.
MURDOCK - (Kingston) Last night a woman, named Jane Murdock, went to an exposed well in Ordnance street for a pail of water, and by some means fell head‑foremost into it, and was drowned. She was not discovered until just before daylight this morning when a man living in the neighbourhood proceeded to the place for a pail of water and felt something which he at first took to be a stick, but or reaching down to take it out, he discovered it to be a hoopskirt. Another neighbour was called and the poor creature removed.
YOUNG - Died in this city, on the 29th instant, Mathew, youngest son of the late James Young of Galston, Ayrshire, Scotland, aged 23 years. Friends are requested to attend the funeral which will take place from his mother's house, Peel street rear Catherine, on Saturday, the 31st instant, at 2 o'clock p.m.
MOROW - Died on Wednesday, the 28th instant, at Hamilton, John Morow, aged 27 years. The funeral will take place on to‑morrow, Saturday, at a quarter past three o'clock from his late residence, Hughson street, opposite the Congregational church.
December 31, 1864
LARGE - A shocking homicide, which will probably be regarded as a murder, was committed on Tuesday night in the village of Streetsville, about 17 miles from Toronto, on the Dundas road. The facts as far as we have learned them are as follows. A man named Large, a stone mason residing in the village, worked as a labourer for a farmer in Toronto township during last summer and fall, and in payment of his wages on the balance due him, took the farmer's note for $2 , payable on demand. By the arrangement, he was enabled to draw the money in small sums as he required it, these payments being endorsed on the note. It seems that some days later, Large's wife, who is said to be addicted to liquor, stole or took the note from him, and had it cashed for $50, spending a portion of the money without the knowledge of her husband. When he discovered what she had done, he upbraided her for it, and a quarrel ensued between them. The dispute waxed warmer every moment until at length the woman, raising a poker, aimed a blow at his head which felled him to the floor. A frightful wound was inflicted by the poker, from the effects of which the unfortunate man soon afterward died.
When the affair became known in the village, it caused quite a sensation. The woman was arrested and confined in the lockup to await the result of an investigation. A coroner was notified and a jury empanelled to enquire into the circumstances connected with the death. It was sitting last evening and we have not learned what conclusion it arrived at. It is believed, however, that the woman will be committed to Toronto jail to be tried on a charge of wilful murder.
MCCORMACK - The Woodstock "Times" gives the particulars of the murder of a man named McCormack by his employer, John Fallon. It appears that jealousy was the cause of the murder, and at the inquest, the prisoner's wife admitted that she had criminal intercourse with deceased. A verdict of wilful murder was returned against Fallon.
MAUD - Yesterday afternoon, the remains of John Maud, Company C, were followed to the protestant cemetery by the officers and men of his company. The procession as usual was headed by the Band and firing party. Deceased was about 23 years of age and had been lingering in consumption for the last three months.
YOUNG - This afternoon, the remains of private Mathew Young, No. 4 Company, 13th Battalion, will be interred with military honours. Deceased had been a member of No. 4 Company since its organization in the fall of 1862. As a volunteer, as well as in his capacity as a gentleman, he was much and deservedly esteemed. The following regimental order has been issued:
Headquarters, Hamilton December 30, 1864 Regimental Order: The regiment will parade at the drill‑shed in overcoats and regimental trousers, this Afternoon, at 1:30 o'clock, in order to attend the funeral of Private Mathew Young, late of No. 4 Company.
F. A. Skinner Major