Hamilton Spectator

Deaths, 1871


(This file contains entries in addition to the original as compiled by Gordon Allison. The format is not the same as the original document. The separate index file does not apply to this document.)


January 2, 1871


HOPE - At Hamilton, of scarlet fever, Isabelle Buchanan, youngest daughter of Adam Hope, Esq., aged 9 years and 2 months.


BASTIEN - At Hamilton, 1st Jan., 1971, Joseph Anthony and Teresa Maria, son and daughter of Mr. H. Bastien, aged respectively 8 months and 3 years. The funeral from Mr. Bastien’s home, corner Picton and Bay Streets.


January 3, 1871


COPP - Died on the 29th December, 1870, of scarlet fever, Ethel Matilda, youngest child of Mr. W. J. Copp.


CRAIG - Died in this city, Robert Alexander, only son of Robert Craig, aged 5 years and 10 months. The funeral will leave his father's residence, 178 Napier street, at 2:30 p.m., this day. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation without further notice.


January 4, 1871


CAMPBELL (Montreal) - Mr. Rollo Campbell, formerly publisher of the "Pilot", died last night. He was aged 67 years, and was the oldest printer in Montreal.


MORROW (Toronto) - Another dreadful murder, which like the one which occurred on Tuesday night was the result of intemperance, took place at nine o'clock last evening. An old man, named John Morrow, resident on Elizabeth street, aged about 55, was thrown out of an upper storey window in his house by David Storey, a rough who was in the habit of frequenting the place. He fell upon the sidewalk, sustaining severe contusions about the head and breaking his neck, which resulted in death. His cries during his short struggle with his murderer attracted the attention of R. C. Burrows and sergeant Williamson who hastened to the spot. Burrows attended to the body while Williamson entered the house and took Storey into custody. The body of the murdered man, covered with blood, was carried into the house. A family named Potter, who lived with the deceased, were held as witnesses and taken to No 2 Police Station with Storey. An hour or so later, Joseph Perry, a companion of Storey's, was arrested. Storey is quite a young man, but a hardened dissolute wretch, and was in the habit of drinking with deceased at his house, and frequently abused and threatened him. Morrow was a widower and leaves a grown-up family. An inquest is now being held by Coroner Buchanan at Moore's tavern in the immediate neighbourhood of the murder, but up to the hour of our going to press, no additional light has been thrown on the case.


January 5, 1871


HANNON - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, of scarlet fever, Edward Talbot Hannon, second son of W. H. Hannon, aged 9 years and 4 months. Funeral will leave his father's residence, No 18. Grove street, to-day (Thursday) at 11 o'clock a.m. Friends will please attend without further notice.


ROWAN - Last evening, Mrs. Anthony Rowan was found dead in her house, corner of Cherry and Catherine streets, under rather suspicious circumstances. It appears that deceased was in the habit of indulging in whiskey and that yesterday she and her husband had a quarrel. She was left alone in the house in the early part of the evening, and when the family returned, she was found lying on the floor with her head in a pail of water. Medical aid was instantly sent for, but it was of no avail. She had been dead over half an hour before the doctor's arrival, it is presumed that an inquest will be held on the body to-day.


January 6, 1871


WRIGHT - Died at Woodlands, Governor's Road, near Dundas, on the 4th instant, Joseph Wright, Esq., in his 66th year. The funeral will take place from the above place of residence, on Saturday morning, at 10 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.


ROWAN - Died on Wednesday, the 4th instant, Mrs. Ann Rowan, wife of Anthony Rowan, aged 47 years. The funeral will leave her husband's residence, corner of Catherine and Cherry streets, at 2 o'clock this day. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


January 7, 1871


GLENDONWYN (Quebec) - Mrs. Glendonwyn's funeral to-day at three o'clock from Church Notre Dame des Victorines was largely attended by all classes of citizens. She was buried in Belmont cemetery.


January 9, 1871


LEE - Died in this City, yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Mary Lee, aged 49 years. The funeral will take place to-morrow (Tuesday) afternoon, at half past two o'clock, from her late residence, 248 King street west. Friends are requested to accept this intimation.


STINSON - Died at Oak Hall, on Saturday, the 7th instant, Ebenezer Stinson, in the 72nd year of his age. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, on Tuesday afternoon, at 3 p.m.


MOYES - Yesterday, Mrs. Moyes, who resided on King street east, near Ferguson avenue, was found dead in her bed. We learn that Dr. White, coroner, will hold an inquest upon the body to-day.

LEE (Quebec) - Louis Lee of Beauport died of congestion of the brain brought on by excessive drinking. While insensible from drink his companions kept pouring down liquor.


CAMPBELL - (Montreal) The funeral of the late Mr. Rollo Campbell, which took place yesterday, was largely attended, and amongst those who followed the body were many of the leading citizens and also several members of the Montreal press.


OUIMET (Montreal) - Last Thursday night, an old man named Ouimet, residing in St. Jean Baptiste village, left his house and went into an outhouse, and expired in a few minutes afterwards.


January 10, 1871


LARVAY (Galt) - A man named Edward Larvay fell into a boiling vat at Robinson and Howell's factory to-day and died in a few hours afterward from the injury. He leaves a wife and four children.


January 12, 1871


CHRISTIE - Died at 37 Cherry street, on the 11th instant, of scarlet fever, Margaret, youngest daughter of William and Margaret Christie, aged 5 years, 8 months, and 24 days. The funeral will take place from her father's residence this (Thursday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


January 11, 1871


MOYES - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, Jane, relict of the late David Moyes, of Dundee, Scotland, in the 64th year of her age. The funeral will take place from her late residence, East King street, to-day, Wednesday, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


CAHILL - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, of inflammation of the lungs, Jennie Charlotte, infant daughter of James Cahill, Esq., aged 2 months.


CARLING - We learn from the London "Advertiser" that Mrs. Carling, mother of the Hon. John Carling, minister of Agriculture and 'Public Works for the Province of Ontario, died in London, on Monday last, at the advanced age of 88 years. Mrs. Carling was among the very earliest settlers in that district, having lived to see the little village at the 'Forks' expand year after years until it has become the city of the present day. There are but few left whose memory can revert to the old times when the forest covered the site of the principal stores and buildings.


January 14, 1871


ROUSSEAUX - Died at Byron, or Thursday, the 12th instant, Albert Melville, son of Mr. William M. Rousseaux, aged 2 years and 5 months. The funeral will take place from the corner of Queen and Market streets to Barton Church cemetery, to-day (Saturday) at 10 o'clock.


PERRY - The wife of Mr. Perry, machinist, was drowned this morning in the Lachine Canal at Cote St. Paul.


COUILLARD (Montreal) - A. T. Couillard, who attempted suicide last Saturday and who was found in his bedroom with a bullet in his throat the medical authorities did not think it advisable or safe to extract the bullet and fever and inflammation, having set in a few days ago, Mr. Couillard gradually sank and died this forenoon. An inquest will be held to-morrow.


January 16, 1871


HARPER - Died at Mrs. Rae's boarding house, Bay street, on Saturday noon, Mrs. Harper, relict of the late F. A. Harper, Kingston.


BOWHALL - A terrible accident occurred at Stratford on Friday morning as the freight train No 23 from Toronto was switching. A brakesman by the name of George Bowhall fell between the cars and was instantly killed. The unfortunate man was caught by the wheel and wrapped round it. His head was pressed between the beam and around the wheel until the body formed almost a circle. The cars were thrown from the track, and it required considerable effort to remove the body from the wheel. Bowhall was formerly a mate of a vessel which was wrecked this fall near Kingston. His friends live near Whitby. An inquest will be held this evening.


CALDER - On Saturday afternoon, Dr. McKelcon held an inquest at the King William street police station on the body of James Calder, carpenter, who was killed while in the act of putting up a sign upon the end of Messrs Lottridge and Co's building, MacNab street.

Joseph M. Ballou testified: The deceased was sent by Mr. Mowatt to assist in pulling up the sign on the building. The sign was made of inch lumber and nailed on a frame made of inch-and-a-half pieces. Deceased said that he could raise it with two or three men with blocks. He procured the blocks and ropes. Deceased said in answer to my question that he thought the rope was strong enough. He proposed to support the sign on the top of the ladder with another ladder resting against the sign to prevent it from slipping over. The rope holding the sign broke at the hook. The rope was procured at Mr. Lottridge's store. It was a three-quarter inch rope. When the rope broke, deceased was standing with the upper part of his body against the ladder so that the sign would strike him about the middle. The sign must have fallen twenty feet before it struck deceased. After the accident, I found deceased lying with the sign across his body. We lifted the sign from him when he gave one groan as we raised him up. The sign is 31 feet long and 8 feet wide. There was about 260 feet of lumber in it.

Cassius M. Ballou corroborated evidence of his father, the previous witness.

Charles George Melville, sworn, said that he assisted in raising the sign, and his evidence was of a similar nature to the first witness, and stated that the end of the rope struck him on the foot, cutting his hoot and injuring him very much.

Other witnesses were examined whose testimony agreed with the previous evidence.

The jury returned a verdict that deceased came to his death by the breaking of the rope attached to the sign, and that it was purely accidental.

January 18, 1871


DAVEY (Toronto) - Franklin Kennedy, who was charged with having been concerned in the shooting of Mr. Patrick Davey at the Brockton Club on the 8th of August last, was tried at the Assizes to-day and acquitted. Hopkins, the man who actually fired the shot, has not been arrested, he having disappeared immediately after the affair. It is supposed he is in one of the Southern states.


BAKER (Cornwall) - John Baker, a mulatto, died here this morning at the age, as nearly as can be ascertained, of 100 years. Baker's mother was a slave of Col. John Gray who figured in Canadian affairs about the beginning of the century, and in this condition, the deceased was born. He was for years before his death understood to be the only living of the manumitted British slaves, up to the time of his death, he would speak intelligently and with enthusiasm of various historical incidents from American Independence to the Rebellion of '37. During the war of 1812, he enlisted and accompanied the British forces over the frontier from Windsor to New Brunswick. From the latter place, he was with his Regiment sent to England and thence to the Continent and took part in the battle of Waterloo. In that engagement, he was wounded in the knee. Years afterward, his case was represented in the proper quarters, and he obtained a pension which for many years prior to his death was his sole support.


SIMARD - (Montreal) Rene Simard, one of the pilots of the lower St. Lawrence, returning from Liverpool and having suffered from delirium tremens during the earlier part of the voyage, committed suicide on Sunday, the 8th instant, by drowning. Deceased, although, still very subdued in his manner, appeared to have quite recovered his self-control and spoke cheerfully to those on deck. The body was recovered after about thirty-five minutes in the water, but every effort to restore respiration was unavailing.


January 20, 1871


EDEN - Died at Gaspe, Mary Miller, daughter of John Eden, Esq. , Lloyd's Agent, and niece of Mr. Eden of the Customs at Fort Erie, aged 35 years.


Bandmaster of the 13th Battalion: Yesterday, the remains of the late bandmaster of the 13th Battalion were buried with military honours. Deceased had been a member of the Rifle Brigade for many years, and since his discharge from the Regiment, he has closely identified himself with the volunteer corps in this city, and for several months past has been the bandmaster of the 13th Battalion which position he has held to the satisfaction of the band and the officers of the Regiment. Although he had been suffering for some time past with some internal complaint, he was invariably at his post when the band required his presence. Even so late as the St. George's Calico Ball at the Mechanics' Hall, he played with all the vigour of his former days, and his sudden demise took all who were acquainted with, by surprise. The funeral yesterday afternoon was preceded by a firing party composed of members of different companies of the battalion, the band, hearse, Rifle Brigade, privates, non-commissioned officers of the battalion, officers of the battalion, and private carriages. The streets along which the funeral cortege passed were lined with spectators, attracted hither out of respect of the deceased and the mournful dirge of the band. After the body was lowered into the grave, the usual military honours and evolutions at such an occasion were proceeded with. The deceased had a large number of warm and attached acquaintances in the city, and his loss to the band will be much felt.


SMITH - The remains of the late Mr. John Smith, of Rose hill, were interred in the Burlington cemetery (Church of England side) yesterday afternoon. The funeral was attended by a very large concourse of people from the city and country. Between seventy and eighty vehicles were in the procession, besides a large number of people on foot.


January 23, 1871


COULTER (Toronto) - The first fatal ice accident this season occurred this evening at 5 o'clock. A boy, whose name is supposed to be Coulter, was skating on the Bay when the ice broke, and he was immersed before assistance could he rendered, and the lad was drowned. His body has not been recovered.


MCNEE - A respectable-looking middle-aged woman arrived at Finlay's hotel on the 14th instant and remained there till Thursday last. When she arrived, she complained of not being very well, and gradually seemed to be getting worse. On the last day mentioned, she was taken to the hospital, and died on Friday morning. She gave her name as Mrs. McNee and said she came from Belleville and subsequently from Toronto. She was 'enceinte' about six months. Some parties whose names she mentioned were communicated with, and it is probable, if they arrive here this morning as expected, that an inquest will he held during the day.


January 24, 1871


WILLIAMS - Died in London, Ontario, on Sunday, the 22nd instant, Jane Tristram, the beloved wife of Mr. John Williams, boiler-maker, G.W.R. works, London. The funeral will leave her father's residence, No 161 Market street, Hamilton, on Wednesday, the 25th instant, at 3:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


CONNELL - Died at Brownholm, near Langholm, Dumfries-shire, Scotland, Anna M. Connell, wife of Arthur Connell, Esq., youngest daughter of John Forster, Esq., Etterly, Cashale, and sister of the late George J. Forster, of this city.


HOLDEN - Died at his residence, Kensington, London, England, on the last day of December, 1870, in the 88th year of his age, the Rev. Henry Augustus Holden, of Upminster, Essex, father of John Rose Holden, Esq., of this city.


MCCAUL - Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, held an inquest yesterday afternoon upon the body of Mrs. McCaul who died suddenly in the hospital on Friday last. In consequence of the frozen state of the corpse, it was found impossible to have a post mortem examination, and the inquest was adjourned until to-morrow. In the meantime, the body will be thawed.

January 25, 1871


ROSS (Montreal) - Mr. Arthur Ross, an old and highly respected resident, died suddenly last night of apoplexy.


January 26, 1871


MCCAUL - The adjourned inquest upon the body of Mrs. McCaul, who died in the hospital on Friday last, was resumed yesterday before Dr. Mackintosh, coroner. The jury returned as verdict that deceased died from natural causes.


January 27, 1871


FEELY - Died at the residence of her husband, No 93 north Bay street, or Wednesday, the 25th instant, Jeannie A., wife of Mr. James F. Feely. The funeral will take place from her late residence on Friday, the 27th instant, at 8 o'clock a.m. and proceed to the Great Western Railway station. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.


COLLMAN - A woman named Mrs. Collman was frozen to death in London on Tuesday.


January 28, 1871


MILLER - Died at Chesney, Ancaster Township, on the 25th instant, Georgina Bell, daughter of Alexander Miller, Esq. The funeral will take place at one o'clock on Saturday, the 28th instant. Friends will please accept this intimation.


January 30, 1871


GRANT (or Graham) (Toronto) - An inquest was held yesterday on the body of a man, Grant (Graham), who was choked on Friday while partaking of a meal. A verdict of accidental death was returned.


SHAW (Seaforth) - This morning about 2 o'clock, the boiler in John Elder's stave factory exploded, instantly killing a young man named Shaw who was acting as night foreman, and so severely scalding a younger brother who was keeping him company that he has since died. The building was shattered to pieces, and the boiler hurled to a distance of fifty yards across an adjoining field.


January 31, 1871


KING - Yesterday morning between 11 and 12 o'clock, a man named King, middle-aged, committed suicide by hanging himself with a chain in a barn three miles north of Ingersoll. He was living with his brother-in-law who, with his family, went to church leaving King at home. Cause of suicide: lunacy.


CAW, BURGESS - (Montreal) Coroner Jones held an inquest to-day on the bodies of the

unfortunate persons who lost their lives in the fire in Notre Dame street. The evidence showed that considerable credit was due to David Gleeson, carter, and Constable Barrett who between them saved four children, Nina Paradise, Mrs. Caw and husband. Miss Paradise thought the fire must have originated through the servant accidentally setting fire to something when she went to turn off the water. The jury returned a verdict that Henry Caw, aged forty, Henry Caw, aged twelve, his nephew, and Francis Burgess, aged twenty-four, came to their deaths by being burned and suffocated, but whether the fire was accidental or otherwise, they could not determine. Henry Caw was about three years from Prussia, and had only been but a few days in Montreal. The scene of the calamity was visited by thousands yesterday and to-day.


HILL - A woman named Hill has been horribly murdered near Sherbrooke, being brutally beaten to death with a poker. Her husband and a man named Grace are in jail on suspicion.


February 1, 1871


ZEALAND - Died in this city, on the 30th January, Captain John Zealand, aged 28 years. The funeral will leave the residence of his brother, Captain William Zealand, foot of McNab street, on Thursday, 2nd February, at 2 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.


DE GASPE´ (Quebec) - Mr. de Gaspe´ author of "Memories" died yesterday aged 85. The corpse was taken to St Jean, Port Joli.


February 2, 1871


HOLDEN - Died at York street, on the 31st ultimo, Helen Cartwright, youngest daughter of John R. Holden, Esq., aged 9 months. The funeral will take place from her father's residence at noon on Thursday, the 2nd of February. Friends will please accept this intimation.


ZEALAND - At one o'clock this day, members of the Masonic fraternity will meet in the Hall on John street for the purpose of attending the funeral of the late Capt. Zealand.


February 4, 1871


COVERT - Died at Port Hope, on Monday, 30th January, Ellen, the beloved wife of Henry Covert, Esq., in the 48th year of her age.


February 7, 1871


KERR - Died on Monday, the 6th instant, Jane Hamilton, wife of Robert Kerr, Esq., in the 51st year of her age. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, 8th instant, at 3 p.m.


COWAN (Montreal) - The coroner's inquest in the case of Mrs. Cowan was resumed this afternoon and will be continued until to-morrow. The medical evidence so far tends to exculpate Drs. Debonald and Burns from the alleged charge of malpractice brought against them. The evidence too long and minute to forward by telegraph, and even this it is doubtful if the disgusting details would serve public interest in the columns of a respectable paper.


TAYLOR - Yesterday morning, it was rumoured that a man was found dead in his bed in the eastern part of the city, and upon enquiry, it was discovered that William Taylor, alias Jackson, who had been in the hospital for about four weeks being treated for an ulcerated foot, had left the institution without leave from the resident physician or any of the authorities connected with the asylum. On Thursday last, he went to the house of Beverley Jordan and remained there without any symptoms of death until yesterday morning when he was found a corpse. The body was brought to the dead house adjoining the police station on King William street where an inquest was held by Dr. White, coroner, and after the examination of various witnesses, and a post mortem examination being had, the jury returned a verdict that William Taylor, alias Jackson, came to his death from natural causes, and that no blame whatsoever can he attached to the resident physician or the other authorities of the city hospital.


February 8, 1873


CLIFF - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, Cordelia Annie, the beloved daughter of W. H. Cliff, aged 1 year, 2 months, and 10 days. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested without further notice to attend the funeral from her father's residence, 23 Catharina street, to-day, Wednesday, the 8th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m.


LAING - Died at his residence, West avenue, Hampton, on the 7th instant, Mr. George Laing, late of Aberdeen Scotland, aged 63 years. Funeral will take place on Thursday, at 3 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


February 10, 1871


ATTRIDGE, WOODHALL (Waterdown) - An accident, attended with loss of life, happened this

afternoon at the steam saw mill of Attridge, about one mile from here. The boiler burst, and William Attridge and M. Woodhall were instantly killed, the bodies being thrown about five rods by the explosion.


GIROUX - At the inquest on the body of Ernelie Giroux of Beauport, a verdict of death from disease of the brain was returned.


February 11, 1871


ATTRIDGE, WOODHALL -Yesterday, Dr. O. Skinner, coroner, held an inquest upon the bodies of Messrs William Attridge and A. Woodhall, who were killed by the explosion in the saw mill of Messrs William and Thomas Attridge and Mr. McCarty. From the evidence, we glean the following particulars. William Attridge was standing in front of the boiler showing the working of the machinery to Mr. A. Woodhall from London, and had by way of showing the power and working of the engine, put on an extra head of steam and tied down the safety valve, when the

boiler exploded, blowing out the firebox which carried with it the door of the boiler. These struck the two men standing in front throwing Attridge a distance of about sixty feet and Woodhall about thirty. Both men were terribly burned in the face and body, the former being literally crushed in. They were both killed instantly. It appears that at the very moment of the explosion took place, Mr. Woodhall enquired what pressure of steam the boiler would bear and was answered by Attridge, from 100 to 120 pounds per square inch, but that it might explode then under the pressure he had on. No sooner were the words uttered than the explosion occurred and both men were instantly hurled into eternity. There can be no doubt as to the cause of the explosion, a greater pressure of steam than the boiler was calculated to bear. Mr. Woodhall was peddling pumps, and had gone to the mill to procure a piece of belting to repair a pump he had put down for Mr. Attridge. He was about 35 years of age, and leaves a wife and two children, living in London. He was formerly a resident of this city. Mr. Attridge was about 32 years of age, and leaves a wife and two children. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.


February 13, 1871


CAMPBELL - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Daniel Campbell, second son of the late Daniel Campbell of the Vale of Leven, Scotland, aged 26 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, 104 Hunter street west, on Monday, 13th instant, at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


KAVANAUGH - Died in this city, on Sunday, 12th instant, Louisa, fourth daughter of Mr. Joseph Kavanaugh, aged 4 years, 7 months. The funeral will take place from her father's residence, 38 Hughson street north. Friends will please attend without further notice.


NORTHEY - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, of congestion of the lungs, George Northey, sr., a native of Cornwall, England, aged 85 years and 8 months. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, 18th instant, at 3 p.m. from his late residence, 17 Wellington street north. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.


February 14, 1871


BROWN - Died at Highfleld, on the 13th instant, of scarlet fever, Alexandra, youngest child of John Brown, Esq., aged 2 years and 5 months. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, at 3 p.m.


BAKER - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, Catherine Baker, of Dunnville, aged 20 years.


AUSSOM (Kingston) - The coroner's inquest in the murder case met at 1 p.m. to-day and continued up to 5 p.m., taking evidence of witnesses. They returned the following verdict: The said William Aussom came to his death by a knife or other sharp instrument in the hands of the prisoner, James Aussom. The prisoner was committed to await his trial.


February 15, 1871


BUCHANAN - Died at No 2 Burlington Terrace, on the 14th instant, of scarlet fever, Carlisle Wentworth, son of W. J. Buchanan, Esq., aged 4 years and 2 months. Funeral on Thursday, 16th, at 3 p.m.


NETTLE - Died on Tuesday, 7th February, 1871, near Fort Erie, Emma, wife of Mr. Peter Nettle, after an illness of three weeks, aged 28, daughter of John Start, Esq., attorney, and sister of Ex-Recorder Start.


NICHOL - Arthur Nichol of East Garafraxa, who met with a threshing-machine accident lately, died from the effects of his injuries on Monday last. Deceased leaves a wife and two children. A collection has been taken up among the neighbours to assist the family.


February 16, 1871


BUCHANAN - Died at No 2 Burlington Terrace, on the 15th instant, of scarlet fever, Mary Geraldine, daughter of W. J. Buchanan Esq., aged 7 years and 3 months. Funeral on Thursday, 16th, at 3 p.m.


BECKETT - Died at 50 Cathcart street, on the 14th instant, of affection of the brain, Alfred Edward, son of C. Beckett, aged 2 years and 1 month. The funeral will take place on Thursday at 2 o'clock.


BELLEAU (Quebec) - A man named Belleau was found last night insensible, and wounded. He died this morning. An inquest will be held to-morrow.


February 17, 1871


HAWKINS - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, Harry Walker, only child of Mr. and Mrs. George D. Hawkins, aged 1 year, 8 months, and 8 days. The funeral will leave his parents' residence, No 4 Bay street north, on Friday, the 17th February, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.


COLE (Quebec) - A man named Gaspard Cole was found dead last night in a house of ill fame in St Louis suburbs. There were marks of strangulation on the body.


GREGORY (Montreal) - An old widow lady named Gregory dropped dead last evening on the corner of Craig and Cote streets. The verdict of the jury this afternoon was natural causes.


February 20, 1871


WEATHERSTON - Died at Victoria avenue, on the 18th instant, Frances Hall, the beloved wife of John Weatherston, G.W.R., aged 27 years. The funeral will leave her late residence on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.

FOWKES - Died on Sunday, the 19th February, Annie, daughter of Thomas Fowkes, aged 5 years. The funeral will take place on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock, from her father's residence, 159 McNab street north.


WARREN - Mr. Peter Warren of Wallace Township lost his wife and three children in one week from scarlet fever.


February 22, 1871


OSBORNE - Died on the 16th December, 1870, at Rosario de Santa Fe, Argentine Republic, G. W. Osborne, in his 28th year, son of James Osborne of this city.


We notice in our obituary the death of George W. Osborne in Rosario, Argentine Republic. He, like many others of our energetic Canadian youth, left to seek his fortune in other lands, and by his perseverance, obtained a good position and name. His many young friends who still remember him for his kind and obliging disposition will mourn his early death.


February 23, 1871


BOWLEY - A little girl named Fanny Bowley died in Streetsville on Monday from the effects of a fall from a sleigh to which she had been clinging.


February 24, 1871


WAKEHAM - On Wednesday evening, Mr. T. H. Wakeham, a butcher, in James street market, died very suddenly. It appears that Mr. Wakeham was in the market attending to business in his usual health during Wednesday, and in the evening he went home in the sleigh along with his wife, and upon arriving at the house, Mrs. Wakeham observed that her husband was unable to get out of the sleigh, and immediately got assistance and carried him into the house, placed him on the bed where he expired in a few moments. Dr. Rosebrugh was sent for who pronounced that deceased had died from apoplexy. Coroner McKelcan was notified of the fact yesterday morning, and in company with Constable Wark, proceeded to view the body, and concurring in opinion with Dr. Rosebrugh, deemed it unnecessary to hold an inquest. Deceased leaves a wife and four children.


February 27, 1871


WATSON - Died at No 1, Sandyford Place, on the 25th instant, Arthur Sidney Littledale, only son of Captain Robert J. Watson, H.M. 29th Regiment. The funeral will take place on Monday afternoon, at 3 o'clock.


HALL - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, Mr. Robert Hall, aged 60 years. The funeral will leave his late residence, 35 Napier street, this afternoon, at 4 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.

BUCHANAN - Died at No 2 Burlington Terrace, on Sunday, the 26th instant, of scarlet fever, Millicent Ada, daughter of W. J. Buchanan, Esq., aged 5 years and 10 months. Funeral at half past three on Tuesday, 26th instant.


QUIGLEY (Uxbridge) - Two men, one named John Quigley, the name of the other could not be ascertained, were killed on the Toronto and Nipissing Railway while working in a pit near Sutherland by the falling of a stump on them.


WHITMARSH (Kingston) - A man named Whitmarsh, a resident of Wolfe Island, was, with his team, drowned while attempting to cross the ice this afternoon in the vicinity of Batteau Channel.


KEARNS (Montreal) - James Kearns, newsboy, died suddenly this morning, aged 15.


LOUSON - Last Wednesday, a man named Francis Louson was killed by the falling of a tree which he had chopped down.


MCDONNELL - On Saturday morning, Michael McDonnell met with a fatal accident, and from the mysterious manner of his death, a painful rumour was in circulation that he had been foully dealt with. The circumstances of this case are as follows. While Constables Ferris and McElroy were going the rounds of their beat between 1 and 2 o'clock in the morning, and while passing the livery stable below the Royal hotel on James street, they heard some one groaning inside as if in great agony. They immediately endeavoured to enter the building, and being unable to open the door, they proceeded to the north side of the building and entered through the window, and on proceeding to the centre of the stable, they found deceased lying in a pool of blood in a dying condition. Deceased was the proprietor of the livery stable and had but a few days previously sold all his stock and plant by auction, and he and his son were in the habit of sleeping in a room occupied as an office in the front part of the building. As soon as the constables found the body, they awoke the son who was in bed, and sent for Dr. Ferguson, who in a short time arrived, but too late of being of any benefit, as the deceased shortly after expired. Dr. White, coroner, was immediately notified, and upon his arrival at the scene, ordered the son to be kept in custody until after the inquest, as he was the only person in the building when deceased came to his death. In the afternoon, an inquest was held before a very respectable jury, composed of Messrs George Smallwood, foreman, A. S. Cruikshank, James Kilgour, James Davis, Thomas Myles, Robert Service, George Rutley, Samuel Easter, Charles Hill, John Hardiker, Joseph Huggard, Thomas Watson, John Farley, and Joseph Davis. The jury met at 3 o'clock, and after viewing the body, proceeded with the examination of a number of witnesses.

The son testified that he and deceased went to bed about nine o'clock, and that the latter got out of bed twice, and on the first occasion he returned in a few minutes. On the second time, he heard him go out, and then he went to sleep, and did not again see him until awoke by the police at the time mentioned.

Mr. Oliver, a neighbour, testified that deceased came to his house between ten and eleven o'clock the night previous to obtain some matches and said that he had got out of bed because he could not sleep in consequence of a door being loose upstairs, and the wind causing it to slam to and fro, and that he wanted a light to go up and close it. He remained in the house a short time, drank a glass of beer, and then returned.

Several other witnesses were examined, and from all the evidence adduced, it is supposed that the deceased fell and struck his head against a cutter that was in the stable and fractured his skull.

Drs. Mackintosh & O'Reilly were requested to make a post mortem examination of the body, and their evidence was as follows. Dr Mackintosh, M.D., sworn: Examined the body of deceased in connection with Dr. O'Reilly. The body seemed to be that of a man who had been in good health. On examining the body externally, found a small cut on the ball of the great toe of the left foot, a slight cut on the nose, and an abrasion towards the left side of the centre of the forehead. On the left side of the head, about two inches above the ear, there was a triangular wound of the scalp. About an inch on each side of the triangle, the ray extended from below upwards. Found the blood oozing from the left ear and also some dried blood on the face. Found upon pressing the skull about the seat of the wound on the side that blood was forced from the left ear. On removing the scalp, found a considerable quantity of effused blood below the scalp extending towards the forehead. On removing the skull cap, I was struck with the very thin state of the bore, but especially at the side above the ear. Found the crack of the fracture extending upward almost parallel with the suture between the temporal and frontal bones. On removing the brain, which was perfectly healthy, we found that the fracture of the skull extended downward and backward through the base of the skull through the occipital forward across the skull and forward towards the ophthalmic nerve. On looking at the wound of the scalp, we found a small piece of wood painted on the inside and having the appearance of hickory on the other. Am of the opinion that death was caused from fracture of the skull extending through the base, and from effusion of blood in the brain. The wound on the scalp might he caused by the body falling against a part of the cutter that was standing in the stable below.

Charles O'Reilly, M.D., sworn: assisted at a post mortem examination on the body of the deceased in conjunction with Dr. Mackintosh. I have heard the evidence of the last witness and corroborate it in every particular as to post mortem examination. I am also of the same opinion as Dr. Mackintosh as to the cause of death.

The jury returned a verdict that Michael McDonnell came to his death from a fracture of the skull received accidentally.

Great excitement prevailed during the time the inquest was held, and the police court where the jury met was crowded to excess, besides a large crowd who could not obtain admission.


March 1, 1872


BROUSSEAU (Montreal) - The wife of one Brousseau, tobacco factory, died suddenly this morning. The coroner's jury returned a verdict of disease of the heart.


MOORE - On Friday last, Mr. James Moore, a respectable farmer residing in the 9th concession, Tuckersmith, committed suicide by hanging himself in the barn. When discovered, life was extinct.


March 2, 1871


HOLMES (Quebec) - Mrs. Holmes of Control Department, daughter of the Hon Mr. Morris, of Brockville, died suddenly this morning.

COWAN - A fatal accident occurred near Huntingdon, Quebec, on the 25th ultimo, to Mr. W. Cowan, aged 25 years, farmer, while chopping wood in the bush. The tree at which he was working slipped and the axe entered his left side, piercing his lungs, from the effects of which he has since died. He leaves a wife and one child.


LOCKE (Montreal) - We have to report a most deplorable occurrence (we cannot call it an accident) which took place on Saturday afternoon about 4 o'clock, resulting in the death of a little boy, aged 5, & son of Mr. Locke of the firm of Black and Locke of this city. The family resides in St. Alban street, near Sherbrooke. At the time in question, the deceased, a fine chubby little fellow, and his parents' pride, was playing with a companion a few doors from his home. Suddenly and with a terrible roar, a mass of ice, which must have weighed half a ton, came off the roof of the house before which the boys were playing. Poor little Locke was dashed to the sidewalk insensible. His playmate escaped unhurt. Mr. Locke rushed to the rescue, but was not aware that the victim was his son. To remove the immense slab of ice required all the strength of himself and a bystander, and then what a sight met his gaze. There lay his dear little boy a mangled corpse. The ice had struck him on the side of the head and crushed in the skull. The poor little fellow to all appearance dead was carried into the house he had left but so recently a bright child, and in half an hour later, his heart gave its last beat. Imagination can scarcely picture the agonizing scene when the fond mother beheld her darling in the arms of his father. The eyes that such a short time before were beaming over with innocent joyousness, now to be so tightly closed by the finger of death. A tear hung on the silken eyelash as if the little fellow had wept at having so soon to leave the world that had so far been all happiness. But, oh that ugly gash from whence trickled the crimson stream through the curls that had so often been petted and caressed by those fond hands. Truly the grief of that mother was heartrending. Not so very long since she had to bear the pangs of bereavement, and now to be again called upon to mourn, and such a terrible death.


March 3, 1871


THOMPSON - Mr. John Thompson, of Oil Springs, while teaming a steam engine from the Oil Springs to Petrolia, was crushed to death beneath the load by the capsizing of the waggon.


March 6, 1871


O'DEA - Died in this city, on Saturday, March 4th, Thomas O'Dea, a native of the County of Clare, Ireland, aged 18 years. The funeral will leave his mother's residence, corner of Wentworth street and Aikman's avenue, at 2 p.m. this day. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.


MILLER (Mitchell) - Another remarkably sad instance of the uncertainty of life occurred in this village on Sunday evening last. An adopted son of Ebenezer Miller, aged about 12 years, returned from church, and while crossing the floor to hang up his hat, dropped dead in the presence of Mrs. Miller and other members of the family. Previous to his death, he made no complaint and was apparently in as good health as usual. A post mortem examination was made upon the body by Dr. Hornibrook who discovered that the lad's death was caused by heart disease. The heart weighed 17˝ ounces when it should have weighed 7˝ ounces.


March 7, 1871


ARNOLD - On the 2nd, John Arnold, a farmer living near Chatham, was found dead in his barnyard.


FERGUSON - The Charlottetown "Argus" says a melancholy accident resulting in the death of a little girl, aged five years, of Mr. James R. Ferguson's, St. Peter's Road, occurred on Wednesday evening, the 8th instant. The deceased in the act of holding a kerosene lamp for her sister who was turning bread in the oven, struck the lamp on the cooking stove. The oil immediately ignited, enveloping the child in the flames. The fire was suppressed by wrapping the sufferer in a blanket, but not until the little victim had been burned in a fearful manner. She lingered until nine o'clock the following morning when death put an end to her suffering.


HARCOURT - The death of Mr. Luke Harcourt which took place at his son-in-law's in Luther, near Arthur village last week, removed one of the old landmarks which connect the present with the past century. Deceased was born in County Wexford, Ireland, in 1795. He served in the British army for a number of years with distinction, and took an active part in many of the most prominent battles along the frontier in the war of 1812-13-14. He fought at Waterloo, and was wounded in the right ankle in that memorable battle. He emigrated to Canada in 1831, and when the Mackenzie rebellion broke out, he again entered the service to put down that disturbance. He left six sons and two daughters, besides upwards of forty grandchildren, to mourn his loss.


DOUGLAS - An inquest was held last evening at the James Street Police Station by Dr. White, coroner, upon the body of Mary Jane Douglas who was found dead in bed yesterday morning.

The jury having viewed the body, James Douglas testified that he was a brother of the deceased, that she was about 27 years of age, and that during the last 18 years, she had been subject to fits of epilepsy. Witness had not seen her for some weeks, but always understood that she was in good health.

Miss Kate Class, being sworn, deposed that deceased boarded with her mother, that she seemed always in good health. She saw deceased on Sunday evening about 8 o'clock when she was going to bed. Having occasion to go into deceased's bedroom yesterday morning, she called her, but received no answer, and on going to shake her, found that she was dead and the body cold. Deceased was lying on her right side, her legs drawn up, and her head half buried in the pillow. No noise had been heard during the night, nor could any person except the household enter the room without witness's knowledge.

Mrs. Glass, Mrs. Welsh, and Miss Clara Glass corroborated the last witness's evidence.

Charles O'Reilly, M.D., being sworn, testified that he had examined the body of the deceased and found no marks of violence upon the body except an old scar on the forehead which must have been done several years ago. The body had the appearance of a woman in good health and well-nourished.

Having heard the evidence of the witnesses examined, and from the evidence of her brother that she had been subject to fits of epilepsy, should think that she died from suffocation during an epileptic fit, the appearance of the face and lungs seeming to bear out this supposition.

The jury, after a short consultation, brought in the following verdict: That the deceased came to her death by suffocation during an attack of epilepsy.


March 8, 1871


HILL (From report of Hamilton Rural Deanery) - Your committee mention here with sorrow the untimely death of the Rev. Bold C. Hill, for more than 33 years the zealous and faithful missionary of almost the whole county of Haldimand. His labours were untiring in travelling, visiting, and holding divine services twice daily except Saturdays. It was while on duty, twelve miles from home, in November last, that he was violently thrown from his horse and received injuries which proved fatal three days after.


March 9, 1871


DALLYN - Died on Wednesday, March 8th, 1871, of congestion of the lungs, Charles Edwin, youngest son of Mr. Charles Dallyn, aged 5 years and 8 days. The funeral will take

place from his father's residence, 45 Cannon street east, on Thursday afternoon, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


March 10, 1871


WARDELL - Died at Dundas, on Wednesday, 8th instant, Isabella Maria, the beloved wife of Alexander R. Wardell, Esq., aged 34 years. The funeral will take place on Saturday next, the 11th instant, at 11 a.m. Friends and acquaintances are requested to accept this intimation.


BURNS - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, Christina, only daughter of the late Mr. Henry Burns, aged 2 years and 3 months. The funeral will take place from No 24 York street, at 3 p.m. to-day.


March 11, 1871


MURRAY - Died this morning, in the 52nd year of her age, Mary Stubb, the beloved wife of William Murray. The funeral will take place from her late residence, 14 Charles street, on Sunday afternoon, at the hour of half past two. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.


GRIFFITHS - The Dresden "Gazette" says that on Friday, the 28th ultimo, as two boys, Philip Griffiths and Franklin Merrills, were going home from school on the river, both went through the ice at the lower end of the village. Merrills was rescued, but Griffiths passed under the ice, leaving only his cap and his books which came to the surface afterward to point out the spot where he met his sad fate. The body has not yet been recovered.


WARDELL - At Dundas, on 8 March, Isabella Maria, wife of Alex R. Wardell, aged 34 years. Funeral on 11 March.


March 13, 1871


WORKMAN (Montreal) - The funeral of the late Mrs. Workman, mother of the ex-mayor, took place this afternoon.


March 14, 1871


NIBLETT - Died in this city, on Saturday, the 11th instant, Charles W. Niblett, in the 56th year of his age. The funeral will take place this (Tuesday) morning at 11 o'clock from his late residence, No 41 Catharina street. Friends are invited to attend without further notice.


PAQUET (Quebec) - At Sewell's mill at Les Ecuriniles, David Paquet was caught by the waistcoat and carried round the shaft twenty times before the mill could be stopped. He died on Saturday. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.


MCKAY - Last week, a boy six or seven years old, the son of Mr. William McKay, 1st concession, West Zorra, was killed by the kick of a cow. The little fellow seems to have been playing in the barnyard while his mother was engaged in milking when he met with the accident, resulting in his death.


ROBERTSON - A sad case of drowning occurred in Matilda last week. A little daughter of Mr. Guy Robertson, aged about seven years, was amusing herself by riding downhill on a sleigh on the bank of the river close to their dwelling house. The sleigh running down on the ice went further than was expected and shot into the stream, submersing the little girl. A brother of hers, a boy of fourteen, plunged into the cold stream, which so benumbed him as to render him powerless to assist. It was with difficulty he was rescued by an older brother. The little girl's body was shortly afterward rescued, but life was totally extinct.


March 20, 1871


FLETCHER - At Binbrook, Friday, 17 March, Margaret Rachael, second daughter of George Fletcher, aged 21 years, 1 month and 11 days.


March 22, 1871


LOCKE - Died in this city, on the 21st March, 1871, Mr. George Locke, late of the Prince Consort's Own Rifle Brigade, aged 36 years and 3 months. The funeral will take place from his late residence, 156 King street west, at 3 p.m. on Thursday, the 23rd instant. Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to attend.


LORIMER - Died in this city, on the 21st instart, James Lorimer, Esq., in the 46th year of his age. The funeral will take place from his late residence, No 12 Augusta street, this Thursday afternoon, at 3 o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.

With feelings of deep sorrow we announce the decease in this city at 3 o'clock yesterday of Mr. James Lorimer in the 47th year of his age. Mr. Lorimer was born at Aberchirden, Banffshire, Scotland, on the 28th of August, 1825. Entering commercial life, he went out to Jamaica under the auspices of Robert Dewar & co. Returning to Scotland, he came thence to Canada in 1856, and settled in Hamilton where he carried on a wholesale grocery business for about nine years. He went to Montreal in 1866, being presented on the occasion of his departure, January 1,with a valuable gold watch and chain by the members of Dr. Ormiston's church of which he was an active member, Robert Roy, Esq., being the promoter of the testimonial and Dr. Ormiston making the presentation. Mr. Lorimer returned to this city in 1868 and has been since engaged for the most part as agent for several insurance companies. For some time past, he has been in very feeble health, and news of his death yesterday did not surprise any of his friends. Mr. Lorimer was a man of sterling qualities, and a very large circle of friends will receive the tidings of his death with deep sorrow.


BEATTY - Mr. A. Beatty, in the employ of Mr. Palmer, St. Vincent, was thrown from a horse and killed on Wednesday. Coroner Albery of Meaford held an inquest on Thursday afternoon .


March 23, 1871


SMITH - William A Smith, an old and much esteemed citizen of St. John, died on Monday. Mr. Smith was an immediate descendant of one of the loyalist families.


March 24, 1871


GRANT (Montreal) - An unmarried man, named Grant, was found dead in an outhouse to-day. Verdict: death from delirium tremens.


SMART - Died at Toronto, yesterday morning, Catherine McGill, wife of William Lynn Smart, Esq., and youngest daughter of the late James Crooks, of Niagara. The funeral will take place from the Hamilton Station to Burlington cemetery at 1:40 to-day, March 24th, 1871, on the arrival of the train from Toronto. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.


March 25, 1871


SMITH - Died in this city, on the 24th instant, Mr. John L. Smith, of Her Majesty's Customs at this Port, aged 56 years, much and deservedly respected. The funeral will take place from his late residence, Macnab street, near the railway bridge, on Sunday afternoon, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


HULL - A man named Jonah H. Hull (Hull is the only family name in the Lynden Cemetery) was accidentally killed in the machinery at Vansickle's mills, Lynden, yesterday,


CAMPBELL - Duncan Campbell was riding between the cars of a freight train near Ailsa Craig on Saturday. He fell off and was killed.


HEPBURN - A young man named Edward Hepburn was accidentally drowned in the River Scugog on Saturday night last about 11 o'clock by the upsetting of a canoe. A comrade named Joseph White was in the canoe with him at the time and had a narrow escape. It was several hours before he was rescued. They were going down the river about five miles to the shanty in which they were working when the fatal accident occurred. The body of the drowned man was recovered about 5 o'clock on Sunday afternoon. Deceased was much respected by his friends and acquaintances.


March 27, 1871


LINDSAY - Died at the residence of her son, Township of Onondaga, on Wednesday, 22nd March, Agnes Brown, relict of the late David Lindsay, formerly of Forfarshire, Scotland, aged 70 years.


DANGERFIELD - About noon on Saturday, the body of a coloured man named William Dangerfield was discovered in the Desjardins canal near the new bridge. The body was first discovered by two little boys named Smith who notified two teamsters who happened to be passing and who immediately went down and pulled the body out of the water. Coroner White was notified of the fact and issued a warrant for the holding of an inquest.

The jury met at the King William street police station in the evening at which the above facts were elicited. The body was recognized as that of Dangerfield by several parties. Deceased was about 60 years of age, had been 7 years in the army, and was in the country during the rebellion of 1837. At the inquest, Constable Beadle deposed to having seen deceased between five and six o'clock in the afternoon of Friday on King street and appeared to be perfectly well then. What is most singular about the affair is that the head of deceased was much bruised and his right leg broken just above the knee.

The inquest was adjourned until to-morrow evening for the purpose of having a post mortem examination, and also to give the police time to make enquiries in reference to the affair.


ARMITAGE - Dr. Hyde, coroner, held an inquest in the gaol yesterday on the remains of John Armitage, late of Wallace, who died suddenly the night previous. Deceased was committed on Wednesday by the Reeve of Wallace as being insane and dangerous and who, according to testimony adduced, had been afflicted with insanity for some time. So violent had he become that in conveying him to gaol it was deemed necessary to have his eyes bandaged, his hands and feet bound, and his arms pinioned. The gaol surgeon at once pronounced his case fatal. The jury returned as their verdict that deceased died from exhaustion, produced by insanity. He was 60 years old, and was a Quaker.


ROTHENBILLER - A man named Philip Rothenbiller left Dyce's hotel, Salem, about half past nine on Monday night, and on Tuesday morning he was found drowned in the flume of Eby's mill dam. As there is no reason for supposing that he had committed suicide or that he was put into the water by force, the general belief is that he stumbled in on his way home, and that is the most natural conclusion to arrive at for the spot is a very ugly one, and a man might easily stumble off the road and fall down a bank on a dark night. An inquest was held, and we understand that the verdict of the jury censures the County Council for leaving such a dangerous place on the county road unprotected.


LANDON (Guelph) - The news reached Guelph this morning that a man had been stabbed in Aberfoyle last (Thursday) night. We at once proceeded to the place and obtained the following particulars. It appears that Peter Landon, a young men of about 20 years of age, son of Mr. E. Landon, living on lot No. 21 in the 8th concession of Puslinch, had been at Mr. Kenneth McKenzie's sale on the day. On his return from the sale, he called at Haines's tavern, late Johnston's, in Aberfoyle where he met with James Lamb, son of Mr. Walter Lamb who lives on lot 13 in the 7th concession. They met in the tavern in the evening, and as far as we can learn, had drunk a little but not much in the bar-room. Those who saw them say that they were not sensibly the worse for liquor, and that there to their knowledge no quarrelling or high words between the parties except some words about a walking stick which Lamb had in his possession. The information in regard to the subject in dispute between the two while in the bar-room is not very clear, and we were unable to gather what actually took place there.

It appears, however, that after some little time, the two went outside, that Lamb said to Landon that he had his stick and that Landon collared Lamb. Nothing more is known as to what took place between the two until Landon called out to McLeish, Thomas Amos, and Leonard Blain, who were in the driving shed, that he had been stuck. At that time the two men were some yards from the tavern and within a few feet of the shed. They noticed that Landon partially fell, but got up and made towards them and said, "He stuck me". When he reached them at the entrance to the shed, he fell and began to bleed freely from the wound. They helped him up, set him in a chair, and at once sent for a doctor, but Landon died in a few moments after being brought in. This is all that the parties know of the affair. After Landon was brought into the bar, Lamb came in and remained till he died. Before his death, he meant as if making for the door, but McLeish stopped him and kept him in the room where he remained without making any resistance. When speaking on the subject to those present, he denied that he had done anything to Landon. Lamb was kept in the tavern all night, and in the morning, was taken prisoner by Constable Ingram who took him away from Aberfoyle in his custody. Dr. Keating was notified of the occurrence who summoned a jury and proceeded to hold an inquest. Alexander Smith, J.R., issued a warrant on information of deceased's father for the arrest of the murderer.

During the night, Lamb was not very communicative in regard to the crime he had committed. In response to a remark by constable Ingram that he had done the deed, he asked if Ingram had seen him do it to which Ingram replied that he had not. He then said in reply that he did not do it. The unfortunate young man when we saw him was sitting in the chair in which he died. The pallor of death was in his face, and the blood on his clothes showed where the wound had been inflicted. From a partial examination we are inclined to believe that the wound was inflicted in the groin, but the post mortem examination will fully establish the fact. It must have been of a most fatal character, for the deceased only survived a few minutes. The knife pierced the coat and trousers as the cut in these plainly show. The weapon which inflicted the fatal stab cannot be found, and it is supposed that Lamb, after he had stuck his victim, either threw it away or hid it. The deceased as we have said was quite young, just opening on manhood. Lamb, the murderer is about 55 years of age, and is a widower. He lost several of his fingers years ago by being frost-bitten, and does not bear a very good character in the neighbourhood. The only traces of the crime are a few drops of blood which fell from the wound when Landon went to the driving shed after being struck. It would appear as if the blow had been stuck with a large knife as the cuts in the coat and trousers are of considerable size. Dr. Keating has summoned a jury and ordered a post mortem examination when everything that can throw light on the crime will be brought out. As may be supposed, the excitement in the village is intense, and nothing is talked about but the crime which has sent a young man to an early grave, and which seems to have been committed either through the influence of drink, or in the heat of ungovernable passion.


March 28, 1871


MUIR - Died at Ecorse, Michigan, on the 26th instant, Thomas Parker, infant son of Thomas Muir, late of Hamilton.


HOWE (St. John) - Last evening, between five and six o'clock, a lady named Miss Eliza Howe, about 50 years old, residing in Princess street, nearly opposite the Centenary Church, while on her way to visit a friend living in the upper flat of a house two doors below her own residence, fell downstairs. Two young ladies, dressmakers, living in the lower flat, hearing the noise occasioned by the fall, rushed out and found the unfortunate lady lying in a heap near the door which was at the foot of the stairs. They immediately stretched her out in a more easy position and sent for Dr. Inches. She spoke to them as though she wished for something, but her words were unintelligible. They brought her a cup of water which she drank. In a very few minutes, the doctor arrived and informed them that she was quite dead. It is supposed that she was seized with a sudden faintness or a fit which occasioned her to fall backward down the stairs. The doctor thinks her neck is not broken, for if such had been the case, her death would have been instantaneous. The coroner was at once notified. A post mortem examination will probably be held on the body to-day.


March 29, 1871


DUMAIS - On Saturday last, a woman named Dumais, residing in Pakenham, had her clothes caught in a large motion wheel at Hillyard and Dickson's cloth factory, and was instantly killed. The unfortunate woman was a widow and leaves two children.


CAMPBELL - An old and highly respected man named James Campbell, an employee on the Great Western Railway, at Clifton, lost his life on Saturday afternoon last by being thrown from the top of a car owing to the concussion produced in coupling. The wheels passed over his right thigh and the left leg below the knees, completely smashing them. He was almost instantly killed. The deceased was about 60 years of age.


DANGERFIELD - The adjourned inquest on the body of the coloured man named William Dangerfield, found in the canal on Saturday afternoon, was held by Coroner White at the King William street station last night. Dr. O'Reilly, who made a post mortem examination of the body, deposed that deceased came to his death by drowning. A number of witnesses were examined, and deceased was traced up to nine o'clock on Friday night in the neighbourhood of the high bridge, and it is supposed from the fact that his hat was found a considerable distance from the bridge that the wind had blown his hat over the embankment, and that he in his endeavour to recover the same had fallen down the embankment and received the wounds found upon his body before falling into the canal. There 17 witnesses examined, and the jury returned a verdict of "Found drowned".


March 30, 1871


BLOUNT - Died in this city, on the 29th instant, James Blount, Sr., aged 76 years, late of Dumfries-shire, Scotland. The funeral will take place from his late residence, 153 Bay street north, on Saturday, April 1st, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.


HAGGERTY (Kingston) - Peter Haggerty, the man who received several blows in the face in a fight with Robert Patterson a short time since which resulted in copious bleeding at the nose, died yesterday, and an inquest will be held this afternoon at the deceased's residence, Pittsburgh, by Dr. Parker, coroner. The coroner will open the enquiry this afternoon and adjourn it until to-morrow to give time for the production of witnesses.


March 31


In this city on March30, Michael Culmane, age 70 years. Funeral from home 7 Hunter Str. on Sunday, April 2.


April 1, 1871


QUASIND - Robert Quasind, an Ojibway Indian, died on the 29th ultimo at the Indian reservation, Sarnia, aged 95 years. Quasind was the oldest warrior on the reserve. He was in six battles during the war of 1812, those at Niagara and Detroit being among the number.


April 3, 1871


MORRIS (Merrickville) - Many of our readers will learn with regret of the demise of the Rev. Mr. Morris of Carleton Place. Deceased at one time resided in the village, and we find that those who were acquainted with him during his sojourn here speak well of him as a man and as a pastor.


April 5, 1871


FREEMAN - Died at Saltfleet, on Sunday, the 2nd instant, Catherine, wife of William Freeman, aged 70 years and 6 months. The funeral will leave Mr. Freeman's residence, Saltfleet. to-day (Wednesday) at half past- eleven a.m. for the place of interment, Burlington cemetery. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


BRACKEN - A few days ago, a map named John Bracken, living at Caledon East, poisoned himself by taking an ounce of laudanum. On being asked why he took it, he answered that he owed $200 and could not pay it, that he was long enough in this world and wanted to go to the other side. He refused to take any antidote to relieve him. An inquest was held on the body, and a verdict given: That the deceased committed suicide by taking an ounce of laudanum while labouring under mental depression caused by intemperance and financial difficulties. He leaves a wife and family in not the best of circumstances.


April 6, 1871


DEMPSTER - A young man, named Wallace H. Dempster, one year out from the old country, came to this city about the 20th of March last and obtained a position as traveller in one of our leading establishments. He took up rooms at the Tecumseh House, and retired to rest on the night of the 20th ultimo, apparently in good health, purposing to start a trip through the Province next day. Before morning, he was seized with rheumatic fever, and notwithstanding the best attention of nurses and physicians, he died at 3 o'clock yesterday morning. Deceased formerly lived in Woodstock and was greatly respected, and his sudden death is regretted by all who knew him. The funeral will take place this afternoon at half past two o'clock.


April 7, 1871


PARRY - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, John H., third son of Thomas Parry, aged 18 years and 6 months. The funeral will leave his father's residence, No 70 Park street, this (Friday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.


April 8, 1871


VINCENT - Phillipe Vincent, of Theonwathasis, the worthy old chief of the Huron Indians, is dead at Lorette.


FRIER - A man named Frier was missed from Lindsay last fall. His body was found in the Scugog river on Tuesday.


DEFRIES - Mr. Robert Defries, who for many years had the position of postmaster to the Legislative Assembly of the old Province of Canada, died at Toronto, on April 1st.


LOMBARD - We regret to learn that Mr. H. H. Lombard who formerly lumbered in Walsingham was accidentally shot while duck shooting in Iowa and died three days afterward. The deceased was in business with Mr. H. C. Lyons in Keokuk, Iowa, and his death is regretted by all who knew him.


CAMPBELL - We regret to announce the death of George Montgomery Campbell, Esq., Professor of Classics in the University of New Brunswick which took place last Sunday about noon in Portland, Maine, whither a few days previously he had gone for change of air. Professor Campbell had been severely indisposed since the beginning of the year, but we believe it was not thought until very lately that he was in a dangerous state, Mr. Campbell was a gentleman of very superior classic attainments, having won high honours at Cambridge, and was exceedingly well qualified to discharge the duties of the Chair to which he was appointed when the university was remodelled. Mr. Campbell, on his first coming to New Brunswick, acted as the Private Secretary to Hon T. H. T. Manners-Smith, Governor of the province. We are sure that the general feeling in the community amongst whom Mr. Campbell dwelt is that of deep regret that he should have been cut off in the very prime of his life and of his usefulness, and of deep sympathy with his bereaved family.


April 10, 1871


MINTY - Died on Saturday, the 8th instant, at 27 Wellington street south, Arthur Grahame, infant son of F. C. Minty, Esq., aged 2 months and 22 days.


MURRAY - It is said that a man named Thomas Murray, foreman on Mr. Evans's farm, Cote St. Paul, died on Wednesday morning from the effects of being crushed by a large stone which slid and fell on him while he and two fellow-workmen were excavating for the purpose of sinking it.


April 11, 1871


HERROLD - Died at Oswego, N.Y., on Sunday, April 9th, at the residence of her son-in-law, B. Hagaman, Esq., Mrs. Catherine Herrold, aged 70 years. Funeral will take place on Wednesday at 3 p.m., from the residence of P. W. Dayfoot, Esq., Spruce Lawn, King street east. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this notice.


CARON - A man named Fortunat Caron dropped dead this morning at 9 o'clock in Kane's tinsmith shop - disease of the heart.


April 13, 1871


LAMONT - On Thursday evening last, the body of an elderly man was found in a culvert of the railway about a mile and a half west of Glencoe. Beside him lay a bag containing some clothes, and on his person was found $300 Canadian and United States money, and numerous papers, all of a personal nature. Dr. Smith of Komoka held an inquest on the body at Glencoe on Friday, and a verdict was rendered according to the facts. Dr. Lumley of Glencoe held a post mortem examination. In the man's stomach was found only a small piece of orange peel. It appeared that he starved himself. From the papers, we are able to make out that his name is Hugh Lamont, or McLammond, as it appears spelt in both ways, and that he is a native of the island of Tyree, Argyllshire, Scotland, and immigrated here in 1836. He appears to have been of eccentric mind and to have no settled place of abode. We find him as mate of the steamer "Cobourg" in 1848, in which capacity he took part in the battle of Windmill Point (The Battle of the Windmill was fought 177 years ago, on November 12 to 16, 1838) on November 17 in that year. At or near that time he had his great toe crushed as if a cannon ball had fallen upon it. For his services and wounds, he claimed a pension from the Canadian government. The year he seems to have put in his claim, the account showed thus: To service at $2 a day, $180; interest $334.80; total $514.80. He had had some transaction with Mr. Macdonald in Victoria County and always laboured under the idea that Macdonald owed him the price of an ox, and he wished to sue him for it and the interest accruing. In 1847 or 48, he set out to search for work in distant parts and sold one of his oxen for $60. The other he left in charge of Mr. Macdonald while he went wandering about in all directions, sometimes sailing on the lakes, at other times working as a gardener in the south. After the lapse of 14 years, he returned to Victoria, and claimed his ox. But his friend claimed to have paid him, and Lamont thenceforth sought for legal redress which it appears he could not get. He also claimed to be the only heir of 4000 acres of land near Chatham which had been granted to General Loughlin McLean of the 84th Regiment in 1800.


April 14, 1871


CALLAGHAN (Galt) - On Monday morning, a distressing accident happened in the family of Dennis Callaghan of Beverly street. A pail of boiling water, which was to be used in mixing feed, was standing on the floor of the basement, and a young child, but little over a year old, came along and stumbled backward into it, scalding its body so badly that it died yesterday morning.


April 15, 1871


LAFONTAINE - (Montreal) An inquest or the body of H. D. LaFortaine, collector, who was killed by being run over by a railway train while walking on the track between Richmond and Guy streets, resulted in a verdict of "accidental death" The evidence proved that LaFontaine was subject to violent bleeding at the nose which greatly weakened him. On Thursday night while on the road home, he was suffering from such an attack and must have fallen on the track to become a victim of the next passing train. The body was horribly cut up.


MCDONALD - Some six weeks ago, Mr. William McDonald, Reeve of Proton, received on the head a severe kick from a horse from the effects of which he died on Saturday morning last. Since the period of the accident, he had been able to attend more or less actively to his private and public duties, and it was thought at one time that he was in a fair way of recovery. But for a week or two before his death, more serious symptoms presented themselves and terminated fatally on the morning above mentioned.


April 17, 1871


SHERWOOD - We regret to learn that on Sunday last, Mr. Elisha Sherwood, of the 10th concession of Maryborough, taking a stroll in the bush, dug up some roots of wild parsley and made a drink from it, taking some of the fluid himself and his wife a weaker potion. In two hours, the man was dead, and his wife suffering from the effects. Parties ought to be very careful how they eat wild roots whose virtues they do not understand or dilute the liquor provided by nature with that which may defile or poison it.


GIROUX - A man named Vital Giroux, of Beauport, aged 24, died suddenly yesterday morning. He was at the house of Honore Lacasse on Sunday night when he appeared in good health. Lacasse went to waken the deceased at 5 o'clock yesterday morning when he was found to be dead. An inquest was held by the coroner to-day, and a verdict of death from congestion of the lungs was returned.


RANCOUR - A woman named Gabrielle Rancour died suddenly this morning at her residence, St. Francis street, St. Roch. The verdict returned in her case was: Death from disease of the heart.


LEBAR - On Good Friday, Mr. Andrew Lebar, who for sixty years had been a resident of the Township of Trafalgar, breathed his last, having succumbed to the decay attending old age. As the deceased was widely known, the liberty of a short sketch of his life is taken. Mr. Lebar was born in Northampton county, Pennsylvania, in the year 1781. His grandfather in 1730, to escape persecution because of his faith, left France and settled in Pennsylvania on the lands of William Penn. He and his brothers struggled through the toils and difficulties attending hardy pioneers of the day, fighting the Indians, and subsisting chiefly by hunting. At the age of 23, the grandson left friends and all, and came to Canada, marrying, and settling where Hamilton now is. When the war of 1812-14 broke out, he volunteered his services for the war, and did gallant duty for the flag he venerated. He was particularly active in the battle of Queenston Heights where he signalized himself during some trying moments of that memorable fight. On account of his loyalty, he was familiarly known among his friends as General Lebar. Shortly after this war closed, he moved to Trafalgar where he continued to reside till his decease which took place at the ripe age of 90 years and 2 months. Mr Lebar was possessed of great strength, powers of endurance, and energy. He was hospitable and kind, and very temperate in his habits. Longevity prevails in the family. Nearly all the members have lived to advanced ages. A brother in Pennsylvania has reached the age of 107, and last summer worked every day and seems to be not older than 65. Mr. Andrew Lebar's funeral was largely attended, many old friends gathering about the grave.


April 18, 1871


MCKINSTRY - Died on Monday morning, at his residence, 74 Park street north, H. McKinstry, aged 66 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, on Thursday afternoon, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


It is our painful duty to chronicle the death of an old and respected citizen, H. McKinstry, Esq., late manager of the Royal Commercial Bank, who departed this life suddenly yesterday morning. The deceased had complained of slight pains in his shoulders and chest for the last few days, and on Sunday he visited Dr. Ryall, who prescribed for him. His illness was not of such a nature as to create any apprehension, and on Sunday evening he went out as usual and visited some of his friends. Yesterday morning, he got up as usual, shaved and dressed himself, and sat down to breakfast. The housekeeper, hearing an unusual noise in the dining room and violent ringing of the bell, rushed upstairs, when she saw deceased lying on the floor. She assisted him on the sofa, and Dr. Strange, being the nearest physician, was sent for. The deceased retained his faculties until death claimed its victim, which was but a few minutes after the attack.

Deceased was born in Antrim, Ireland, in the year 1805, came to Canada in 1833, and remained in Montreal as an accountant until 1837 when he went to Kingston where he was engaged as senior clerk in the Commercial Bank. He returned to Montreal in 1840 as cashier of the branch of the Commercial Bank. In 1843, he came to Hamilton as cashier of the bank, and remained in that capacity until 1857. He then resigned for some motives of his own, and retired from commercial pursuits. In 1858, he was elected Mayor of the city by a majority over Mr. Magill, his opponent. This was the first occasion of a mayor being elected by the people. In 1859, he was elected by acclamation, also in 1860 and 1861. In 1862, he was opposed by Mr. McElroy, and defeated by a small majority. From this time until the opening of the Royal Canadian Bank in 1866, he remained inactive. He took great interest in promoting the establishment of the bank and in inducing the citizens to take stock in the same. As soon as the branch of the bank was opened in this city, he was appointed manager, which position he held to the satisfaction of the stockholders and merchants up to the time of his demise. In the death of Mr. McKinstry, a void will be perceptibly felt in the city of Hamilton.


WOOD - Died suddenly at her residence, Walnut street, in the city of Hamilton, the 16th instant, Mrs. Emma Wood, widow. The funeral will leave her late residence, on Tuesday, the 18th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.

Last evening, Dr. White, coroner, held an inquest at the Engine House, Walnut street, on the body of Emma Wood, who resided on that street. Deceased was born in Scotland, and at the time of her death was 76 years old. She was residing alone in the house above, and in the evening previous, when last seen alive, she appeared to be in her usual good health, and yesterday morning she was found dead in her bed. From the evidence of several witnesses examined at the inquest, and a card found in her possession giving her name and address in case of accident, it was discovered that she was subject to epileptic fits. Dr. Strange, having examined the body, gave it as his opinion that deceased came by her death through suffocation while in a fit of epilepsy. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.


TRACY - Phoebe Ann Tracy, who was found on the bank of the Chippewa creek on the town line between Glanford and Binbrook in such a deplorable condition, to which reference was made in a previous issue, died in the City Hospital about 10 o'clock yesterday.


SARARAS - We regret to learn that a son of Mr. Samuel Sararas who resides near New Dundee was kicked on the head by a young colt on Sunday last by which the skull was fractured so as to let some of the brains come out. The little fellow was never conscious after receiving the kick, and died the same evening. He was about six years old.


ENGLISH - We learn from a private source that a very lamentable accident occurred in the village of New Hamburg on Friday last. It appears that on that day, three of the children of Mr. English, who resides in that village, were hauling chips on the flat near the river with a horse and wagon, and that while two of the children were on the wagon, the horse suddenly became unmanageable, and before it could be stopped, backed into the river which at the spot is very deep. The eldest boy made a noble effort to rescue his brother and sister, nearly losing his own life in the attempt. The girl was aged about 13 years, and the boy 9. The parents have the earnest sympathy of the entire section in this irreparable loss.


April 19, 1871


WOOD - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, after a long and painful illness, Mr. David Wood. The funeral will leave his late residence, No 91 West avenue, on Thursday, the 20th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


BOURGNE (Ottawa) - A telegram, received here to-day, announces the death of Father Bourgne and two other persona living in the same house with him, from typhoid fever.


EBY - Joseph Eby, St. Jacobs, shuffled off the mortal coil on Saturday morning.


UPPER (St. Catharines) - On Saturday night last, the quiet village of Allanburg, was thrown into commotion by a report that a murder had been committed. The report was unfortunately too true. Between 9 and 10 o'clock, an old man about 60 years of age, named Matthew Carroll., who earns his living by working as a labourer amongst the farmers of the neighbourhood of the village, visited Dilke's tavern where some tow-drivers were congregated. The old man who bears the reputation of being a well-seasoned toper, had some liquor in his carcass, and the tow-drivers teased him considerably. Two boys were there also looking on, as boys do at what they consider to be fun. They soon started for home, and on nearing the canal bridge, they overtook Carroll who came up to them and said, "I will give it to you now". The boys, being acquainted with him, asked him what was the matter, thinking no harm, when Carroll, who had an open clasp knife in his hand, plunged it into William Upper's thigh, severing important blood vessels. The young man expired in about fifteen minutes from loss of blood. Dr. Lemon was sent for, but before he arrived, the vital spark had fled. Carroll was soon afterward arrested with the murderous weapon in his hand. On being told that he had committed murder and would likely be hung, he exclaimed, " Yes, and I'll kill another of them". The murderer was only slightly under the influence of liquor at the time he committed the foul and cruel deed. His reputation, like that of all professional whiskey suckers, is bad, and he was generally shunned by all respectable people. He lived alone by himself in a hut near the village, having no friends or relatives. An inquest will be held by Dr. Rannie to-day at Allanburg.


April 20, 1871


LEE - Died at Stockport, England, on the 15th March, 1871, David Lee, printer, aged 67 years.


BELL - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, John Bell, aged 67 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, 80 Catherine street south, on Thursday afternoon, at 4 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


ALLINS - The unfortunate coloured woman, named Mrs. Allins, who was burned on Saturday evening, died last night between ten and eleven o'clock.


SIMSON - We regret to record a fatal shooting accident which occurred yesterday forenoon, near Lobo village. William Simson, son of the widow Simson, was out with his gun in company with Elgin Coakley. They were lying in the grass. In drawing the gun, muzzleward, towards him, the trigger in some way came in contact with his foot, when the whole contents of the gun, loaded with buckshot, entered his stomach. He was immediately taken home, and Dr. Leay called in, but all efforts to stay the ebbing tide of life proved unavailing, and the unfortunate young man died this morning. Much sympathy is felt for the widowed mother in the loss of an affectionate and eldest son. The incident is another warning of the extreme folly of careless handling of firearms.

April 21, 1871


REID - The St. John, N.B. "Telegraph" relates a melancholy case of drowning on the night of the 12th instant, at Annapolis, from the deck of the steamer "Emperor". The unfortunate victim was James M. Reid, formerly a tutor at McGill College, and recently one of the proprietors of the Halifax Sugar Refinery Company (Cunningham and Reid & Co.). Immediately after stepping on board, he walked across to the outside, leaned against one of the post that support the upper deck near the gangway, for the purpose of looking out on the water, and swung around, apparently unconscious of the fact that the railing was not in the place, it having been removed with the intention of lying with that side to the wharf, and stepped backward, lost his balance, grasped convulsively for the railing that he supposed to be within reach, and with a despairing shriek, fell headlong into the tide. Lines and every available thing within reach were thrown over by the excited passengers and crew, but the struggling form of the drowning man was borne swiftly from view, and only his agonizing cries for aid were borne to them from out the enveloping darkness. The tide was running so swiftly that nothing could be done to rescue him, and his cries for aid were soon succeeded by the silence of death. His body was recovered yesterday morning, and his friends offered $80 for a tug to convey his remains to Halifax, but were not able to obtain one, and were obliged to wait for the next train. The deceased was a native of Scotland, a scion of good family, a gentleman of more than ordinary talents and cultivation, and a genial social companion. He was well known in the city, and has numerous friends throughout the Dominion. He was coming to this city for the purpose of taking passage on the "Assyria" for England where he intended purchasing two engines for his sugar works. His death in so unexpected and horrible a manner while in possession of buoyant health and the full vigour of manhood struck a chill to the hearts of his fellow passengers, and the recollection of the scene hung like a pall over the voyage to this port.


April 22, 1871


TINLINE - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Isabella Paterson, beloved wife of Andrew Tinline, aged 31 years and 5 months. The funeral will leave her late residence, 85 Hughson street north, on Sunday, the 23rd instant, at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


WELSH (St. John) - A sad accident occurred yesterday from the incautious use of firearms. Two lads, named Normansell and Welsh, were about starting on a duck shooting excursion when Normansell put a cap on his piece for the purpose of clearing the nipple, not knowing the gun was loaded, and lodged the full charge in duck shot into his companion's head. Welsh never spoke after the accident, and died about three hours later.


April 24, 1871


WALKER - Died at the Bank of British North America, on Saturday, the 22nd April, in the 36th year of her age, Joanna M. Walker, widow of the late Rev. David Walker, minister of Canada Presbyterian Church, Sarnia, Ontario. The funeral will leave her late residence for the Great Western Railway station, on Tuesday, 25th instant, at 1 o'clock p.m.

April 26, 1871


TILLEY - Mr. T. M. Tilley, father of the Hon. Minister of Customs, died yesterday in New Brunswick, aged 75 years.


April 29, 1971


NASH - Died on Thursday evening, at 10 o'clock, after a long and painful illness which was borne with Christian fortitude, Miss A. Nash, aged 27 years. The funeral will leave the house, 111 Rebecca street, for the cemetery at 2 o'clock to-day (Saturday). Friends will please accept this intimation without further notice.


MANNING - On Saturday last, the body of Thomas Manning, a shoemaker, was found in the woods on the farm of Samuel Curtis, in the Township of Alnwick, about four miles from Harwood, by a boy who was searching for cows. The last account that can be had of him is that he was seen not far from where his body was found about the 2nd day of January last, and as he was one of the migrating class who come and go without any attention being paid to them he was never missed. The features were very much disfigured, and the body could not have been identified but for his clothes and one of his feet which was peculiarly deformed. The deceased was very much addicted to drinking, and it is altogether probable that he was labouring under the influence at the time he met his death. From the position in which he was found, it would appear that he went a short distance from the road to seek shelter, but the weather being cold, he soon perished. Dr. Tisdale of Cold Springs held an inquest on the body on Monday, and a verdict was returned in accordance with the above facts.


MABEE (Woodstock) - The following particulars of the late infanticide at Otterville have reached us. It appears that a young woman named Margaret Miller some time last winter married a man named Mabee. Neither Mabee nor his wife were recognized as possessing a full share of intelligence. However the marriage was followed almost immediately by separation of the parties, Mabee having discovered that his wife was 'enceinte' (pregnant). Driven from the house by her husband, Mrs. Mabee found shelter where best she could until after the birth of her child, when she left the neighbourhood and found employment in Woodstock. The discovery, on Sunday last, of the body of a child about six weeks old in the mill pond at Otterville directed suspicion to Mrs. Mabee, and Dr. Joy, the coroner, caused her arrest and attendance at the inquest, when the full particulars were established. On the coroner's warrant, this unfortunate woman is in custody. It may be said in extenuation that her case in exceptional. From youth, she seems to have had no friends, certainly no adviser whose counsel could be of value, and as she grew up, her temptation was the more pernicious, ending in the way stated. That she is without reasoning faculties may be said. Still she is no imbecile. In a fit of frenzy and looking at her and her position, driven from door to door, and deserted by her husband, she plunged her child into the millpond, and of course will suffer for her act. Still is not society to blame? Her forlorn condition was known as well to the ministers of religion and the magistracy of Norwich as to the general public, and we can hear of no effort to arrest her in her career of indifference to decent procedure in her life of shame.


May 1, 1871


RYAN - On Saturday last, a melancholy accident occurred on the Great Western Railway near Grimsby to a trackman named Patrick Ryan, aged 23. He attempted while on the iron and tie train to jump from one car to another, but fell between them, and was horribly mangled by the wheels. He was brought to this city where Dr. Bullen was in attendance, and everything done to alleviate his agony, but no hope was entertained of his surviving his injuries. He expired shortly after being taken to his home on McNab street below the railway bridge. His life was insured for $500. The inquest before Dr. White was held on Saturday evening at the James Street police station, and a verdict rendered of 'accidental death'. The funeral took place yesterday and was largely attended.


May 2, 1871


BINGHAM - Died at Port Royal, Norfolk county, E. Bingham, Esq., late of Glanford, Wentworth county, aged 77 years.

Among our death notices will be found that of E. Bingham, Esq., father of A. Bingham, Esq., of this city. Deceased was a native of the state of New Hampshire and came to this country when a young man, and was one of the first settlers of the Township of Glanford. He filled for a long time the position of magistrate in this County, and in 1856 removed to his late residence. He was over forty years a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, and by his many acts of kindness and benevolence, and by a life of strict integrity, won for himself a large number of warm and true friends. His decease will be regretted by a large number throughout the country.


May 3, 1871


WEBB - Mrs. Webb, wife of Mr. Webb, a farmer who resides in the Township of Murray, was killed last night by being thrown from a wagon which her husband was driving, the horses having run away. Mr. Webb was also severely hurt and was not, expected to recover, so says the Belleville "Intelligencer" of Saturday.


May 4, 1871


BEDELL - Died on the 3rd instant, Jeremiah Bedell, second surviving son of Stephen Bedell, Saltfleet. Funeral will leave his residence on Friday, at 10 o'clock. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.


May 5, 1871


MCKECKNIE (Odessa) - An inquest was held to-day by Dr. Chamberlain on the body of James McKechnie, tailor of this place, who died on the 24th of last month under circumstances considered suspicious. Drs. Ross and Dupont of this village made a post mortem examination of the body. The inquest was adjourned until Friday, the 13th, in order to have the stomach analysed.


JUDSON - Mr. J. R. Judson, of Thamesville, died suddenly on Sunday night, while going to bed.


HOLDER - Child of Mrs. Holder, of Grantham, was choked to death by a marble, lately.


FOSTER (Montreal) - A horrible murder was committed at an early hour this morning at Lachine Junction Hotel. An old woman, named Foster, aged 60, wife of the hotel proprietor, was brutally chopped in the head with an axe. The murderer escaped. He is supposed to be a Swedish sailor named John Techewer, who boarded in the house. An inquest was commenced to-night and is still going on. The police are out everywhere in search of the murderer.


May 6, 1871


RASBERRY (Lakefield) - A man named A. Rasberry was drowned to-day at a place called Young's Creek, six miles north of this place, by being thrown from a stick of timber while running the rapids here.


DIAMOND - An old man named Andrew Diamond fell out of a boat at Napanee on Saturday night, and was drowned.


QUINLAN - A young man, Thomas Quinlan, from Peterborough, was killed on Monday at Gravenhurst by a saw log rolling on him.


FOSTER (Montreal) - The inquest on the body of Mrs. Foster, murdered and robbed of $500 yesterday, at Lachine Junction, which commenced last night, was adjourned till to-night, and still continues, Dr. Ratton made a post mortem examination and reported death to have been caused by wounds in the head made by an instrument similar to an axe. The only other evidence last night was that of Foster, the husband. Peter Mallory, the pensioner who was discovered hopelessly drunk on the premises, being yet too confused from drugged liquor to be able to give his evidence.

Last evening about midnight, John Lee, the supposed murderer, a Norwegian sailor, in company with a prostitute named Sullivan, was arrested behind the mountain. It seems he hired a horse and buggy from a livery stable, and calling at a house of ill-fame on the corner of Dorchester and Dominique streets, induced an inmate of the house to drive out round the mountain with him. When taken, he fought desperately, and was evidently in a semi-state of intoxication. He was lodged in the Central Station, On Lee's person, the police found a $100 bill, and a $50 bill which he had previously changed has also been found and corresponds with the money which was in the purse of Mrs. Foster before she was murdered, and a gold sovereign Lee paid to Brown for the hire of the buggy. The clothes of Lee were in parts marked with blood, and very strong proof can be brought forward to connect him with the murder.

The woman states, and which is corroborated by others, that he came to their house with a carpetbag about two o'clock on Thursday morning. He had lots of money in bills, gold, and silver. In the forenoon he sent out and bought a pair of high boots and some clothing for which he changed those he had on. In the afternoon, he, with the woman Sullivan, visited several of the taverns there before arrested. The prisoner says he is Norwegian, but that his English name is John Lee, that last fall he came from Newfoundland in the schooner "Breadalbane" to Montreal, and has been here ever since. He says he left Mr. Foster's house about three o'clock on Wednesday morning, and knew nothing about the murder or robbery. The money found on his person, he says, is his own. He was brought up to-night to the inquest. Lee was much affected at the sight of his victim's body, and confesses to the murder, alleging that it was committed with the axe found on the premises. He expresses a willingness to be hanged for the crime.


MCMANUS (London) - Coroner Nelles held an inquest yesterday afternoon at the surgery of the City Hospital on the body of the infant mentioned in our columns yesterday as having been found in a trunk in a prominent hotel in this city. The mother proved to have been Alice McManus, employed in the Tecumseh House as dish-washer. From the evidence adduced, we get the following facts of the case. The girl had been at the hotel for about ten months, and up to within a few days past, she bore a good name. On Saturday evening, she was seized with pains and betook herself to bed where she remained in considerable agony till Monday morning, At this time, she urged her room-mate, Tilly McCullough, to get up, which she did, and asked her to bring up a cup of tea and a bit of toast, to leave it at the door, and she would come out and take it. The girl did as desired, and some time after returned to the room to see how the patient was getting on. The door was closed, and she could not gain entrance for about 20 minutes. When she was at last admitted, she found her companion leaning up in bed with her waterproof on, and observed traces of a recent confinement, both under the bed and on the floor. She saw no child and made no inquiries about it, but mentioned her suspicions to a fellow-servant on going out, and the matter was next day reported to the mistress of the house who, who together with the housekeeper, questioned the girl as to her state. She, however, denied the truth and refused to submit to a medical examination which Dr. Hagerty was requested to make. During the early part of the day, Miss McCullough, being bent on an investigation, attempted to open the sick girl's trunk and found it locked, a thing which she had never observed before. But she found the key and unlocked it, when the appearance of a bundle in one end, with the stains upon it, suggested to her mind the shocking fact. She locked the trunk and reported what she had found, when Dr. Moore and the chief of police were summoned by Mr. Derby. In a short interview with the doctor, she appeared to be very nervous and excited, confessing that she had given birth to a child and it was in the trunk. She said further that she did not kill it, but that it was dead, that the father was a young man connected with the railway who had overcome her under promise of marriage, but had deserted her in this extremity. She was then by order of Dr. Moore removed to the hospital where she at present remains under treatment. It should have been before stated that on Tuesday she got up apparently much better and resumed her duties, but was obliged to retire again. While the inquest was in progress yesterday, Dr. Moore made a post mortem examination of the body, and testified that it had attained its full growth. One lung was partially inflated, and it had evidently been born alive. The cord, however, had been cut or torn, and not tied. The body bore no external marks of violence, and it is possible it might have died because it was not helped to live. The verdict returned was in accordance with the facts.


May 8, 1871


OGILVIE - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, Ann Maxwell, eldest daughter of Mr. Robert Ogilvie, aged 18 years. The funeral will leave her father's residence, No 27 Spring street, on Monday at 12 o'clock noon. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.

MCKENZIE - Died at 39 Cherry street, on the 6th instant, or congestion of the lungs, Andrew Lyon, son of Mr. A. D. McKenzie, aged 4 years and 7 months. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 2 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


May 9 1871


CAMPBELL - The Kincardine "Reporter" says that about five o'clock on Monday evening, a child, two years old, only daughter of James Campbell, Esq., of Pine River, while playing with a Lima bean, unfortunately put it into her mouth, and in the effort to swallow it, the bean entered and passed down the windpipe. Notwithstanding that medical aid was speedily procured, it was found utterly impossible to dislodge it, and we regret to state that after suffering extremely, she expired about two o'clock the next morning.


May 12, 1871


MCKAY - Died on Wednesday evening, in Hamilton, Frederick, third son of the late John McKay, aged 5 years and 11 months. The funeral will leave the Victoria Hotel, King street, on Friday morning, at 10 a.m. Friends and acquaintances will pleaase attend without further notice.


SLOMAN - Died on the 10th instant, at Barton, John Sloman, innkeeper, late of the Black Horse tavern, Dundas road, aged 50 years. The funeral will take place on Friday, 12th instant, at 2 o'clock, to Burlington cemetery. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.


BUTLER - A man named Edward Butler, trackman on the G.T.R., was killed last evening by a shunting train at Point Pt. Charles. He leaves a wife and three children, and was 53 years of age. Verdict: accidental death.


DOWNIE - Last week we mentioned the fact of a man named Cornelius Downie of Harwich having been missing since the Fair Day in town, 26th April last, the last seen of him having been in a grocery store on King street about dusk that evening. It was thought that he might have fallen off the railway creek bridge on his way home, and search was made there for his body, but without success. On Monday morning last, a young son of Mr. Walter Andrew, who lives on the bank of the river at Dover, about four miles from town, observed the body of a man floating in the water opposite the house, and told his father who had the body brought ashore, Dr. Askin of Chatham, coroner, having been notified of the fact, held an inquest the same day at which it was proved that the body was that of the missing man, Downie, and there being no evidence of how

 he got into the water, an open verdict of "found drowned" was awarded. There were no marks of violence found on the body. The remains were buried in the Roman Catholic burying ground on Tuesday. The only supposition that can be arrived at is that the poor man must have missed his way going home and fallen into the creek or river, the current carrying the body to the place where it was found. (Chatham)


CHAMBERS - Yesterday morning, Mr. D. Chambers, bricklayer, a well-known citizen of Hamilton for over twenty years, died suddenly in his bed. The deceased was at work as usual on Wednesday, and in the evening, a short time previous to retiring for the night, he complained of a pain in his head, but as he was subject to such complaints, his wife did not take much notice of the fact until about midnight when she sent for Dr. White who arrived shortly after, when he found deceased labouring under a fit of apoplexy, from the effects of which he died about one o'clock. Mr. Chambers was well and favourably known in this city for many years and was possessed of considerable property. Only a few weeks ago, he purchased a vacant lot upon which he had commenced erecting a valuable building for a homestead, but an all-wise Providence declared otherwise. Mr. Chambers was a staunch member of the M.U. Odd Fellows fraternity, and that his remains will be interred with the customary honours of that Order.


HELMER - On Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. Helmer, wife of Dr. Helmer, of Hagersville, was so overcome by fright from her horse running off that immediately on the horse being stopped, she stepped out of her buggy and walked to the fence side where in a few moments she died,. This occurred at Mr. Stewart's farm, four miles south of Caledonia. Her husband was soon at her side deeply affected at his sudden bereavement .


May 17, 1871


MAY (Montreal) - A boy, named May, was run over and killed in Craig street by a carter whose name is unknown. An inquest was held this afternoon. The injuries received were internal.


May 18, 1871


ANDERSON - Died on the 17th instant, Isabel Annie, aged 7 months and 28 days, youngest daughter of Mr. W. J. Anderson, butcher. The funeral will leave her father's residence, Burlington street, Barton, on Thursday, the 18th instant, at 4 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.


GAINER (Montreal) - An inquest was held to-day at the jail on the body of John Gainer, labourer, aged 32, who was killed by the blow of a hammer inflicted by a fellow prisoner named Patrick Ryan. The turnkey and three prisoners witnessed the assault which seems to have been utterly unprovoked, for on the prisoner being asked why he did it, the answer was that he did not know. The hammer is double headed, weighing 2˝ pounds, used by prisoners in breaking stones. After striking Gainer, prisoner flourished his shovel exclaiming, "I'm an Irishman and fear nobody". Sergeant Kyles of jail guard only took him by threatening to use his bayonet. At 7 o'clock this evening Dr. Beaublen reported to the jury the result of the post mortem examination, and a verdict was rendered in accordance with the facts.

May 20, 1871


MACNAB - Died in this city, on Friday, the 19th instant, in the 77th year of her age, Ann, eldest daughter of the late Allan MacNab, 19th Light Dragoons. Funeral will leave her late residence, Mrs. Hatt's, James street, on Sunday, at 3:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


GRICE - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, Martha S. Grice, aged 25 years. The funeral will take place to-day (Saturday), from her father's residence, corner of York and Pearl streets, at 5 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


LEMIEUX - A young man, named George Lemieux, 32 years old, of St. Paul street, Montreal, was drowned this evening while stepping from barge to barge, opposite the Military Wharf. He fell into the river and was drowned.


May 22, 1871


ROSS - Died in this city, on Sunday, the 21st instant, Joseph Forbes, eldest son of Thomas B. Ross, aged 8 years. The funeral will take place from his father's residence, No 22 Wilson street, on Tuesday, 22nd instant, at 3 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


May 23, 1871


FURY - Died on the 22nd instant, Mrs. Mary Fury, aged 66 years. The funeral will leave the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. D. Travers, 114 John street south, on Wednesday, May 24th, at 9 O'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.


DOUGLASS - Jeremiah Douglass was found dead in a field about a mile north of Milton on Monday last. A jury was empanelled to investigate the cause of death, and a verdict returned of "Death from exposure and want of proper nourishment".


PLOWS - On Monday evening last, Mr. William Plows of Amabel was engaged in washing sheep, his father-in-law, Mr. James Plows, an old man of 71 years, sitting on a log close by, watching the operation. After a time, one of the children observed that his grandfather had fallen down beside the log, and on Mr. Plows' going over to raise him, he found that he was dead. He appeared in the day to be in his usual health, and a few minutes previously, has eaten a hearty supper. No apparent cause for his sudden death was visible. Coroner Francis of Invermay was immediately sent for, but we have not heard the result of the inquest.


May 24, 1871


CLARKE - A man named Clarke dropped dead at the Chaudiere yesterday evening. He had owned a farm near Long Island which, having been overrun by fire last summer, he sold out, and came to Ottawa when he drank constantly the strongest liquors without ever working. His wife complained repeatedly of his conduct, but there appeared to have been no remedy for it. He died last evening. An inquest will be held on the body to-day.


PONTBRIANT - A Mr. G. Pontbriant recently died at St. Ours on the River Richilieu at the patriarchal age of 105 years. He has a brother living at Sorel who is no less that 108, and is probably the oldest man in Canada. When he was born, George III sat on the throne; the United States were colonies; and the last French soldiers had scarcely returned to France form Canada. He was 13 years old when the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed in 1776; 40 years old when the war of 1812 broke out; 74 when his countrymen rose in arms in 1837; and 104 when Confederation went into effect. The population of all Canada when he first saw the light did not exceed 30,000 souls. It now exceeds 4,000,000. Upper Canada was a trackless wilderness. The further settlement under the British crown was at Detroit. Ontario now blossoms like the rose, and the time-honoured flag has crossed Lake Superior, the Mississippi, the Saskatchewan, and the Columbia, and now floats on the waters of the Pacific.


May 25, 1871


WOODS - Died accidentally on the Railway, near Toronto, on the 23rd instant, Thomas Q. Woods, Esq. Funeral from Andrew Craigie's, Esq., corner of Main and Ray streets, on Friday, 26th instant, at 3 o'clock. Friends are invited to attend.

On Tuesday afternoon, when the train due at Toronto at 5:30 passed the Humber bridge, Thomas Q. Woods, Esq., engaged in the legal firm of Messrs Freeman and Craigie of this city, was on his way to Toronto, and while the train was going at the rate of 30 miles an hour, he was standing on the platform of the car when a sudden current of air blew his hat off, and in his endeavour to secure it, he missed his footing, and was thrown violently on the track, and falling upon one of the ties, the back part of his head was fearfully fractured and his left arm broken. The train was stopped as soon as possible, and when his body was discovered, life was extinct. His body was taken to Toronto where an inquest was held by Dr. Buchanan, coroner, and a verdict recorded in accordance with the facts. Mr. Woods was a gentleman highly respected in this city by all those who knew him, and among the legal fraternity his genial countenance will leave a blank not easily filled. His remains were brought to this city last evening, and as per announcement in our obituary column, will be interred to-morrow afternoon.


May 26, 1871


COOK - On Tuesday morning, the body of a man was found on the track of the Brockville and Ottawa Railroad, near the former place, completely severed in two by the wheels of the cars passing over him. The body was recognized as that of a young man named Asa Cook, a brakesman on the Canada Central through train which left Brockville on the previous evening for Ottawa, and had no relatives in that part of the country. An inquest was held, and a verdict of "accidental death" rendered. It is supposed he fell between the cars. Rumour says, and we believe with some truth, that the unfortunate young man was to have been married on Wednesday to a young lady milliner in Ottawa.

May 27, 1871


MCKILLOP - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, Catherine, the beloved wife of Mr. Archibald McKillop, aged 40 years. The funeral will leave her husband's residence, 107 Hunter street east, on Sunday, the 28th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.


SPAIGHT, LODGE (Montreal) - Messrs Spaight and Lodge of the "Gazette" went to Lachine

on Wednesday, the 24th instant where they took a boat to row across to Caughnawaga, but carried down, and were drowned. They were seen going over the rapids about 7:30 p.m. Mr. Lodge was unmarried. Mrs. Spaight only came from the West yesterday. Later: The staff of the "Gazette" office has met with a sad loss. Messrs George Spaight, and C. E. F, Lodge, night editor, took advantage of the holiday On the Queen's birthday to go boating to Lachine. They were seen by Mr. Sexton, recorder of Montreal, to set off in a skiff, heading for Caughnawaga and were last seen by a farmer named Somerville making frantic efforts to carry their boat clear of the current at Lachine rapids. While in the first rapid, the boat upset, and both gentlemen have undoubtedly met a watery grave, as nothing has been found of them or the boat since. Mr. Spaight was a married man, a native of Limerick, and aged 33. Mr. Lodge was also an Irishman and had been formerly in the army, but for several years past has been engaged on the press of this city. They were highly respected both as journalist and as private citizens.


SPAIGHT - It is with a feeling of personal loss that we announce to-day the death by drowning of Mr. George Speight, principal editor, under Mr. White, of the Montreal "Gazette" and a short time ago one of the editors of the "Spectator".

It seems that on Wednesday he and Mr. Lodge, night editor of the "Gazette", went to Lachine, and took a boat with the intention of rowing up the river, but by some means, they were thrown into the rapids, and both were drowned.

In the death of Mr. Spaight, Canadian journalism loses one of its most brilliant ornaments. Others may be as painstaking, as logical, and as effective, but in the play of an exquisite fancy, in the breathing of a felicitous humour and in all the niceties of literary workmanship, he has not left his equal. His mind had been well trained in youth by en excellent classical education, and was well stored by a familiar and extensive acquaintance with the cream of English literature. The series of sparkling tales which for some time delighted the readers of "The Craftsman", then published by Messrs T. and R. White, were from his pen. His sketches of the public men of Canada, written in Ottawa a few years ago, were largely copied by Canadian journalists, but the authorship was not then generally known, and indeed is not even now. In addition to his literary attainments, Mr. Spaight had travelled to nearly every part of the world, and the streets of Madrid, of Paris, and of nearly every capital city in Europe were as familiar to him as those of Montreal and Hamilton. A quick observer of men, manners, and institutions, his travelled lore made him familiar with every phase of foreign politics and with the opinions, position, and antecedenta of leading statesmen everywhere.

In private life, Mr. Spaight was all that his writings would lead an appreciative reader to expect. With his companions he was frank, cordial, and sincere. The glittering shafts of his nimble humour were never used as weapons to give offence, of which indeed his general dispostion was wholly incapable. While able to grasp comprehensibly the aspects and tendencies of public

 affairs, he was wholly unskilled in the petty ways of the world so much so, indeed, that his only attempt to establish a business on his own account was a mirth-provoking failure, the obvious lesson of which he did not fail to read and profit by.

Perhaps the most marked feature of his character was an entire absence of either vanity or self-esteem. If there were any of his attainments in which he took a pride in it was his skill in the management of a boat, a recreation he was passionately fond of. He had passed through many a perilous scene on shipboard and was thoroughly familiar with nautical affairs; possibly his over-confidence in his skill contributed in some measure to his tragic death.

Mr. Spaight was not much over 30 years of age. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn his untimely end.


WOODS - It was our melancholy duty on Thursday last to chronicle the sudden and most unexpected demise of one of our esteemed fellow-citizens, Thomas Quilliam Woods, Esq., who met with his death by accidentally falling from one of the cars of the Great Western train going to Toronto on last Tuesday afternoon. As appears from the evidence adduced of the inquest, held by Coroner Buchanan at Toronto the deceased was standing on the rear platform of the last passenger car in the train, reading , and when near the Humber bridge, as the train was rounding the sharp curve at that point with the velocity of some thirty-five miles an hour, a sudden gust of wind took off his hat, and in the attempt to recover it, he lost his balance and fell from the train, the back of his head striking one of the ties, which caused, as it is supposed, instant death.

The sad news, having been telegraphed to William Craigie, Esq., of this city, in whose office Mr. Woods was for some time past the Managing Chancery Clerk, that gentleman, accompanied by Mr. Despard, proceeded at once to Toronto to bring back to this city the remains of their trusted friend,

Mr. Woods was a man of modest and unpretending demeanour, and was not disposed on every occasion to exhibit himself for what he really was. A man of good natural gifts, improved by great study, extensive reading, and close observation of men and their actions, he was an earnest and devoted student of nature, he lost no opportunity of adding to his stock of knowledge of botany, geology, and music. To spend an hour or an evening in the company of Mr. Woods was the greatest wish of any of his numerous friends in this city or any part of this country. To his friends at a distance, the news of his early and sudden death will be as sad and melancholy as it was to those in Hamilton, and often will his name be mentioned with respect by his old friends and associates.

Messrs Craigie and Despard returned on Wednesday evening with the corpse, and were met at the station by a number of the friends of the deceased who accompanied his remains to the residence of Mr. Andrew Craigie where they remained till yesterday afternoon.

Mr. Woods was, we think, the second son of George Augustus Woods, Esq., of Ballodale, in the Isle of Man, and was in his 42nd year at the time of his death. Yesterday afternoon the remains were escorted by a large number of sorrowing friends to the Burlington cemetery where all that was earthly of our old and valued friend is now deposited.

All who had the pleasure of even a casual acquaintance of Mr. Woods will regret and deplore his loss, but to those who knew him intimately and who alone could appreciate and value his sterling worth, his loss is almost irreparable. They will long cherish green in their memories his genial and pleasant countenance, and kindly speak of his pleasing peculiarities.


May 31, 1871


SLOANE - Died on the 28th instant, the infant daughter of W. T. Sloane, of Hamilton.


June 1, 1871


MARSHALL - In this city, on 31 May, Frederick, youngest son of Thomas Marshall, aged 18 months. Funeral from his home, 145 King William St.


June 5, 1871


BOWMAN (Toronto) - A boy named Bowman was drowned last night. His body was recovered by Mr. T. Tinning.


GIBSON - Died in the City Hospital, on the 3rd instant, Mr. William Gibson, aged 34 years, formerly of Dumfries-shire, Scotland. The funeral will take place to-day (Monday) from the hospital at 11 a.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


MCLAUGHLIN - Died in this city, on the 4th instant, of inflammation of the lungs, Mr. Luke Joseph McLaughlin, aged 20 years and 8 months. The funeral will leave his mother's residence, 106 Hughson street north, to-day (Monday) at 4 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.


June 8, 1871


DOHERTY - Much sorrow was felt in Windsor over the death of Major Doherty, for thirty years a resident of that town and of Amherstburg, and generally respected for his good qualities

as a man and a member of the Masonic fraternity. He was buried with the Masonic honours.


June 9, 1871


O'CONNER - The Sombra correspondent of the Sarnia "Canadian" writing under date of the 5th instant, says: A man named Richard O'Conner was found dead in the dining room of Mowbray's hotel here last Wednesday morning. Deceased was a man of about 30 years of age, and had been employed by Mr. Murray in making bricks. Several days previous to his death, he had been attacked with haemorrhage of the lungs which left him very weak although he had sufficient strength to walk about the streets. It appears that towards morning he had another attack of the haemorrhage, when he got up without disturbing two of his fellow boarders who occupied the same room, and went down into the dining room, carrying a basin to hold the blood as he went. He was apparently in the act of mixing some medicine at the table when he dropped dead. When found by Mr. Mowbray in the morning, he was quite dead although the body was still warm. Dr. Gamble, coroner, held an inquest, and the jury returned a verdict of "Died from haemorrhage of the lungs".


BROCKDORFF - The same correspondent mentions another sudden death. We learn with deep regret of the sudden death of the Countess Von Brockdorff of Lambton village, which mournful event became known on Monday morning. Madame Brockdorff was in town on Friday last looking well. On Saturday and Sunday, she was in her usual health, but on Monday was found dead in her bed. The funeral took place here yesterday, being attended by a large concourse of friends and acquaintances.


June 12, 1871


STEWART (Peterborough) - On Saturday last, as Mr. A. Stewart of Otonabee, his wife and son, were about leaving Clancy's blacksmith shop, Ashburton, for home, the horses ran away with them. The son, who was driving, in attempting to stop the runaways, ran them to the sidewalk which overturned the wagon, throwing them all out. Mr. Stewart's neck was broken by the fall, and he only breathed a short time after the accident. Mrs. Stewart came off tolerably safe, while the son received some severe but not dangerous injuries. Mr. Stewart was an old resident of Otonabee and deservedly respected by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.


June 13, 1871


DUNLOP (Montreal) - Adam Dunlop while shovelling grain into a pipe of the Canal Mills slipped down on the wheat piled over the pipe, and raising too slowly, was drawn into the mouth and carried down, notwithstanding the immediate exertion of his companions. He was smothered before he could be reached. A verdict of accidental death was returned but the jury deemed it incumbent upon all mill owners to indicate by proper notices all dangerous localities about.


RHODE - A serious accident occurred on the Grand Trunk railway at Grafton on Sunday morning. An emigrant train ran into a freight train, causing the death of four persons on the former; viz., the conductor, engineer, fireman, and one passenger. Several persons were injured. It appears that the conductor of the emigrant train, whose name is Henry Rhode, received a telegram at Colborne, that his train would cross the freight train which was ahead at Grafton. Knowing that the express was in front, he was anxious to keep as close after it as possible. He therefore got upon the engine with the driver, and nearing Grafton where they were not supposed to stop, the express train was observed standing on the line. It being foggy, the express train was not seen until the emigrant driver was close upon it and too late to stop, a Mr. Allen, who was standing on the platform of the station, observing that a collision would take place with the express, with great presence of mind, turned the emigrant train off on the siding on which the freight train was standing. By this means, he prevented the emigrant train running into the rear of the express to which was attached a Pullman coach, probably preventing the loss of many lives. At the inquest held at Grafton before Coroner Mason of Cobourg, a verdict was returned to the effect that the deceased met with their deaths through the negligence of the conductor and engineer. The emigrant who was killed is supposed to have been either a Dane or a Swede, and had a ticket for Milwaukee. The other bodies were forwarded to their residences.


June 14, 1871


WYATT - Died on the 13th instant, at his house on George street, Hamilton, Henry Wyatt, Esq., of Berberton, in the 75th year of his age. The funeral will take place from his late residence and proceed to the burial ground at St. Matthew's Church, East Flamborough, on Friday next, at 3 o'clock p.m.


MAJOR (Montreal) - Louis Major, aged 19, employed at McGauvrans' saw mill, while starting the machinery to work, fell in front of the revolving saw. He was cut in two and died instantly. Deceased was unmarried.


June 19, 1871


MANSFIELD - On 16 June, Maty Louisa, eldest daughter of Charles Mansfield, of 81 King st. East, aged 7 years.


WARREN - In this city on 18 June, Thomas Warren, aged 29 years and 6 months. Funeral from his mother’s home, Catharine St. North near railroad bridge.


July 3, 1871


BEASLEY - Died on the 1st of July, 1871, John Edward Beasley, second son of R. S. Beasley, aged 18 years and 2 months. The funeral will take place from his father's residence, 38 Charles street, on Tuesday at half past one o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.


On Saturday, a young man, aged 18, named John Edward Beasley, son of Mr. Sylvester Beasley, went on to the Bay fishing, and not making his appearance at home in the evening, his parents naturally became alarmed about him, knowing that he had for many years been subject to fits. Search having been made, his dinner basket was found on the trussel work bridge near the Desjardins canal. The body was discovered near the spot where he had been fishing yesterday afternoon, and taken to his father's house. Dr. White held an inquest this morning at the American hotel when the following verdict was rendered: "Deceased came to his death by suffocation by drowning during a fit of epileptic convulsion".


MCHENRY - On Saturday noon, Daniel McHenry, baggageman on the Guelph branch of the G.W.R., was accidentally killed. It appears that deceased, while in the act of jumping on the baggage car, fell under the train while it was in motion, the wheels passing over both legs just below the knee. The accident occurred at Harrisburg. The unfortunate man bore an excellent character and was a general favourite on the road. His body was brought here on Saturday when Dr. White, coroner, issued his warrant for the holding of an inquest. After the jury was empanelled, they viewed the body, and after an examination of one witness, the inquest was adjourned until this evening. Deceased was interred yesterday afternoon.


BARLOW - On Saturday evening, about 8 o'clock, a man named Barlow, a blacksmith who resided at Copetown, was killed at Waterdown. The deceased, while returning home on Saturday, got on the Toronto train, and when at Waterdown he discovered his mistake, and jumped out while the train was in motion, and fell, the wheels passing over him, fearfully mangling his body. The corpse was brought to Hamilton, and sent to Copetown last evening. We believe that an inquest was held at Waterdown on Saturday evening.


July 4, 1871


RAMSAY - Died at Bartonville, on the 4th instant, Jane, daughter of Mr. Robert Ramsay, aged 12 years. The funeral will take place on Thursday at 1 o'clock, from her father's residence to Burlington cemetery. Friends will please accept this intimation.


NEVILLE - Died in this city, on the 4th instant, Rev. Edmund Neville, D.D., rector of St. Thomas Church, in the 67th year of his age. The funeral will take place from his late residence, West avenue, on Thursday, the 6th instant. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.

The many friends of the Rev. Edmund Neville, D.D., will hear with pain, though not with surprise, that death has at length terminated that gentleman's protracted suffering. He died at his residence, on West avenue in this city this morning in the 67th year of his age.

Dr. Neville was the son of General Charles Neville and was born in London, England, March 23, 1805. At an earlyage he chose arms as his profession, and in 1822 received a commission as ensign in the service of the Hon. East India Company's service, being attached to the Second Grenadier Regiment with headquarters in Bombay. After about five years service, he returned to England, and thence to America where in 1838, he took deacon's orders at St. John's Church, Philadelphia, and priest's orders in the following year at Taunton, Mass. He came to Hamilton in 1863, and was appointed assistant minister to Christ Church, September 4. After serving in that capacity about five years, he assumed the incumbency of St. Thomas Church, August 27, 1868, which position he has since filled. By his effort, the new edifice was built, its dedication to the service of God taking place on the 31st of October last.

His sufferings have been very severe and protracted. Heart disease first prostrated him, as a consequence of which dropsy set in, and for several weeks past, his condition has been such that he and all who have attended him have felt that death would be a welcome visitor. With the unfaltering trust of a Christian soldier, he awaited the awful moment, and never felt a doubt that for him to die was gain. It is almost superfluous to say that he had taken a high place in the affairs of his own flock and that of Christ Church, and in the esteem and confidence of the whole community. Of the many hundreds who have enjoyed the friendship and sat under the ministrations of Dr. Neville, there is not one who would not say tearfully and fervently:

Servant of God, well done.

Rest from they loved employ,

The battle foilght,the victory won.

Enter thy Master's joy.

Dr. Neville joined the Masonic Order in Philadelphia in 1849.


July 5, 1871


WARREN - Last evening, Charles Warren, fishpeddler for Mr. Davis, Market Square, fell from his wagon while driving on the Beach, and dislocated his neck. An inquest was held on the body to-day by Dr. Mackintosh, at T. Corey's tavern.

July 8, 1871


WATSON - Died in this city, on the 7th instant, Mrs. Elizabeth Watson, aged 74 years, a native of Bathshire, England.


STINSON - Mrs. Stinson, well known in Princeton, and the mother of Mr. W. H. Stinson, died suddenly in Streetsville, at the residence of Mrs. Laird, while walking in the garden. She had been ailing for some time from spasm in the chest, and being somewhat better, went from the home of Mrs. Bateman, her daughter, of Princeton, and was there suddenly cut off.


BURKHOLDER - Drowned in Burlington Bay this morning, Michael Burkholder, Jr., aged 26 years. The funeral will take place to-morrow (Sunday) afternoon from his brother's, H. Burkholder' s, residence, No 19 Barton street. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.

Between 1 and 2 o'clock this morning, Mr. Michael Burkholder, a young man well known in this city, fell off the yacht "Vis-a-vis" on the way home from Rock Bay where he had been at a party got up by several young gentleman and their friends for a little social pastime. After he fell into the water, the alarm was given, and every effort made to save him, but all in vain. The body was grappled for and found shortly afterward, brought to the city, and taken to his brother's (Mr. Henry Burkholder's) house.

At 10 o'clock this morning, an inquest was held by Dr. White, coroner, at the James street police station when the following evidence was taken.

Henry Clayton, sworn, said: That he knew the deceased and saw him alive between 12 and 1 o'clock in the morning, and he then appeared in good health. At the time of the accident deceased was standing in the stern of the boat next to the rudder. He was talking with Mr. Hurrell, or in the act of paying him some money for the music. I did not nee him fall into the water. Some one remarked that them was a man overboard. I turned round and saw a young man, an employee of Mr. Bastien's, jump overboard and grasp the deceased and seize hold of a boat which was attached to the stern of the yacht the deceased had fallen from, and endeavouring to get in. One of the party succeeded, but do not know which. On doing this the boat was capsized. law them both struggling in the water and the boatman strike for the yacht. I assisted James Bates and others in pulling the boatmen on the deck. I assisted in bringing the boatman to his senses again, but did not see deceased again.

William Secord, sworn, said: That he knew the deceased and that he was his brother-in-law.

James Bates, sworn, said: I knew the deceased. He was in company with myself and several others on a pleasure excursion to Rock Bay last evening. We left there about one o'clock on board the yacht "Vis-a-vis". He was sitting next to me at the stern of the boat, and almost opposite to Mr. Hurrell in the act of paying for the music. He had the money in his left hand. I think he had about $11. I heard some one singing at the bow of the boat, and turned around, and a few minutes afterward, heard a cry of 'man overboard'. Paid no attention to the cry at first. Some person said that the deceased was overboard, and on turning round, missed him. I saw him come up in the water some four yards from the boat.

We had 3 or 4 skiffs in tow. Some one reached out for him, and he took hold of one. One of boatmen jumped into the skiff and attempted to haul Burkholder on board. The skiff capsized, and both occupants fell into the water. I next saw them 3 or 4 feet from the boat. The boatman got hold of the deceased. They both got on the bottom of the overturned boat but fell off again. The boatman was taken on board the yacht, but I did not see the deceased again.

D. Mackintosh , Esq., M.D., sworn, said: Have examined the body of the deceased. I saw no marks of injury about the head except bleeding from the left ear. There was no mark of a blow. The face had all the appearance of death from suffocation by drowning.

James White, sworn, said: I know the deceased. I was in his company at the time of the accident just before he fell in. I saw him with his hand in his pocket, facing towards the bow of the boat. I have heard the evidence of Henry Clayton as to the endeavour to save the deceased and corroborate it.

Thomas Fee and Edward Maloney gave evidence as to finding the body of deceased.

The jury returned a verdict: "That Michael Burkholder came to his death from suffocation by drowning."

The late Mr. Burkholder was engaged in the Freight Department of the Great Western Railway under Mr. Barr. The deceased was an old and active member of the 13th Battalion and a universal favourite of his comrades. He will be buried to-morrow afternoon with military honours.


SEARS - Last night, Dr. White, coroner, held an inquest on the body of Elizabeth Sears who was found dead in her bed yesterday morning. The inquest was held at McKee's hotel, John street. Several witnesses were examined. Dr. O'Reilly, the resident physician at the hospital, having made a post mortem examination upon the body, said that he found no external marks of violence, and upon examination of the lungs found them both very much congested and adhering to the walls of the chest. There was an old-standing disease of the heart. The liver was very much softened and easily broken down. The kidneys were healthy and normal in size. The stomach itself was healthy. He did not examine the brain. Did not think it was necessary, and that his opinion was that death was caused by congestion of the lungs, hastened by the old-standing disease of the heart.

The jury returned a verdict that deceased came to her death by congestion of the lungs.


July 11, 1871


HUTCHISON - Died at Hamilton, Ontario, on the 10th July instant, Catherine Hodge, aged 50 years, wife of the Rev. John Hutchison. The funeral will leave her late residence, 79 Catherine Street south, for the place of interment, at Wellington Square, at 8 o'clock a.m., on Wednesday, the 12th instant. Friends will please attend without further notice.


MCCULLOCH - Died in this city, yesterday afternoon, David McCulloch, Sr., aged 60 years. The funeral will leave his late residence, Little Peel street, to-morrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 4 o'clock.


MCINTOSH - Died at his mother's residence, Inchbury street, Mr. William McIntosh, aged 34 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, at 3 p.m., on Thursday, 12th instant. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.


ST. JEAN (Plantagenet) - The house of a man, named St. Jean, in this township, was burned down this morning. He and his wife had gone out to the field, and on their return found the house and its contents consumed to ashes. Four children, the eldest of whom was not quite eight years of age, were burned to death. Up to this hour, no portions of the bodies have been recovered.


CLINTON (Galt) - James Clinton, a farmer on the 5th concession, put an end to himself on the morning of the 25th June by taking a dose of strychnine. He had a dispute with his father at the barn, and went directly to the house and took a quantity of poison which had been in the house over two years. He died in about twenty minutes afterwards.


July 12, 1871


PERCY (Quebec) - An old man, named Percy, was drowned this morning while crossing the gangway from the wharf to the steamer "Napoleon".


DOMINIQUE (Quebec) - A stevedore, named Dominique, was accidentally killed yesterday on board the ship "Hampden" while working in the discharge of a cargo.


July 14, 1871


WALKER - A case of a child being put to death by a cat, is related by the London "Free Press". An infant child of Mr. George Walker of Westminster died on Saturday night under the following melancholy circumstances. Mrs. Walker left it on the bed and asleep. On her return, she found a large cat crouched upon its breast and "sucking its breath" as the term is understood to be. Upon driving the cat away, she discovered to her great horror that her baby was dead. This is the first case of that kind heard of in the neighbourhood .


KELLY - We learn from Stratford that a horrible accident occurred yesterday afternoon by which a farmer of the Gore of Downie, named Kelly, violently lost his life. He was driving in a wagon, with his wife and daughter. As they neared the track, the express bound east came thundering along, and passing the lines to his wife, Mr. Kelly jumped out to hold the horses' heads. The engine and several cars passed without giving him much trouble, but as the pullman car came up, the horses became very fractious, and in his efforts to control them, Kelly was thrown with great violence against the car, resulting in a severe fracture of the skull, from the effects of which he expired in a very short time.


POLLOCK - A young boy, about nine years old, son of Mr. James Pollock, Provincial Land Surveyor, was drowned on the 13th instant in Mr. James Blane's millpond at Galt. He was in bathing at the time.


July 15, 1871


CAMPBELL (Thorndale) - Mr. George Campbell, a farmer, was murdered this morning by two robbers with blackened faces. The robbers presented a pistol at his head while he was in bed and demanded his money. They hauled him out of bed, and Campbell called on his wife for the axe. She got it, and one of the robbers took it from her. She then got the butcher knife to assist her husband. They cut Campbell's head open with the axe. They then ransacked the house for money and only got ten cents. The place is bespattered with blood. The murderers have not been discovered yet. They are supposed to be about five feet eight inches high and of middling sizes, and were dressed in dark clothes. They had a dark lantern. They left the single-barrelled pistol with a shop-keeper's ticket that has the private marks or price tied on the trigger, and it was loaded. The neighbourhood is still much excited.


July 17, 1871


FAGAN - Died in this city, on the 16th instant, Jessie Henrietta, infant daughter of James G. Fagan, aged 4 months and 12 days.


FRELAND - On Saturday afternoon a fatal accident occurred to Mr. Freland, a very respectable farmer from the Township of Sarawak. It appears he and his mother came to town to do some trading, and after leaving her, he enquired where was a good place in the river to drive in, as the tire of his wagon wheel was very loose. However, instead of going to the place directed, he drove in where the bank is deep. He was last seen getting off his wagon and on the back of one of the horses, still attached to the wagon, when they were both seen to sink. His body is not yet recovered. The horses were both drowned.


NORMAN - A melancholy accident occurred at Sulphur Springs in the Township of Ancaster on Saturday afternoon, causing the death of a young man named John Norman, belonging at Dundas. The deceased was employed by Messrs Mercer and Casey, builders of Dundas, and on Saturday afternoon he went out to the Springs to assist in raising the frame of a new building in course of construction at that place. The workmen were engaged in raising a bent when from some cause it slipped and fell, young Norman being caught beneath, and the heavy timber struck him across the forehead, fracturing his skull. He lingered in an unconscious state for about twenty minutes after the accident, his injuries being beyond the aid of medical skill. The deceased was about 21 years of age, and the sole dependence of a widowed mother whose anguish was pitiful when the body of her son was returned to her within three hours from the moment he had started from home in the full vigour of health and strength.


TURNBULL - On Saturday afternoon, a respectable farmer, named Turnbull, residing at Hagersville, fell from his wagon and broke his neck. It appears that the deceased had been drinking rather freely, and when near Ryckman's Corners, he collided with a buggy driven by a couple of ladies, doing considerable damage to their buggy. He immediately stopped, got off his wagon, and assisted the ladies, telling them who he was, that he was sorry, and that he would make good the damages. He then went into the tavern nearby, and partook of more liquor, returned to his wagon, and started for home. It is supposed that he fell asleep and that the jolting of the wagon threw him out. The hind wheel passed over his neck, and instantly dislocated it. The body was taken to Hagersville yesterday morning.


July 18, 1871


BURTON - Last week, Walter Burton, a son of Mr. William Burton, grain dealer at Wellington Square, fel1 overboard from the barque "Maria Martin", at Buffalo, and was drowned. The body was recovered and has been taken to Wellington Square.


MOORE - Died at Simcoe, on the 15th instant, of typhoid fever, Mr. Joseph Moore, in the 48th year of his age, formerly of Saltfleet.


July 19, 1871


ADAMS - Edwin A. Adams, a sailor belonging to Port Colborne, fell from the foretop of the schooner "Montezuma" at Buffalo on Saturday, and was instantly killed. Deceased leaves a wife and family.


HURST - Captain Hurst, of the schooner "Union Jack", was knocked overboard by the main boom of his vessel on Thursday last on Lake Huron, and was lost. Deceased was well known in this city, and belonged to Kingston where he leaves a wife and family.


July 20, 1871


LOMBARD (Quebec) - Yesterday evening, about half past six, a boy named Louis Lombard, was drowned in the portion of the river adjacent to the custom-house steps. He had been playing in the locality and accidentally fell into the water. Mr. George O'Brien, who had only the use of one arm, plunged into the river to save the poor lad, but it was too late. It has been properly suggested that a life buoy should be kept in this neighbourhood for use in case of future accidents of this kind.


PALMER - A fatal accident occurred at the plaster mines near Paris, concerning which the following particulars are given by the "Star". Two of the miners were engaged in blasting the plaster rock for the purpose of being carried out, and each drilled a hole, charged it with powder, and applied a match, after which they retired a little to allow the charge to explode. One of the charges, put in by Arthur McDonald, exploded in due course, but the other did not. His comrade, Samuel Palmer, after waiting a little, went forward to see what was the matter, but had just got up and put his head to the fuse when an explosion took place. A large body of rock was reft off. Palmer himself was thrown back some 8 yards by the force of the explosion, and several heavy pieces of rock were thrown upon his head and body. In the meantime his comrades had kept back, but they, with as little delay as possible, had procured a light and penetrated through the smoke to the spot where he lay. They found him altogether insensible, a heavy piece of rock, some two hundred weight, resting upon his head, and other still heavier portions of stone having crushed his left side and shoulder. A portion of the skull had been fractured, his left arm broken in two places, and his right fractured at the wrist. He was brought to his lodging at Mrs. Fluelling's Hotel late in the evening on a stretcher. After having lain insensible at the mines for some fifteen minutes, he rallied and was able to converse sensibly up to within a few minutes of his death which took place about 4 o'clock on Friday afternoon, some thirty hours after the accident had occurred. The deceased was a sober, industrious man, and had accumulated a considerable amount of money. He was an Englishman, and was said to have served in a cavalry Regiment during the Crimean war. He had no relations in this country, but his mother still survives at an advanced age in England.


July 22, 1871


EVATT - Died at Toronto, on the 22nd instant, at the residence of her brother, J. G. Worts, Esq., Mrs. Evatt, relict of the late Dr. Evatt, of Port Hope.


MAGANN - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Mrs. Mary Magann, relict of the late Daniel Magann, Esq., solicitor, Dublin, in the 62nd year of her age. The funeral will take place from her late residence, No 26 Sheaffe street, at 3 o'clock p.m. on Sunday first. Friends will please accept this intimation.


THURESSON - Died on Friday, July 21st, Edith Maud, youngest daughter of Mr. Eyre Thuresson, of Ancaster, aged 4 years. The funeral will take place on Tuesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock from her father's residence.


HOGAN - Mr. Hogun of Chippewa, three weeks since, had a daughter drowned in the Welland river. On Tuesday, the 11th, a second daughter, about 3 years of age, fell into a well, receiving such injuries on the head as caused instant death. The body was soon discovered, It was found floating in the water, but life was extinct.


FLYMAN - On Thursday evening, a young man named Michael Flyman attempted to get on board the cars at Preston while the train was in motion, and was thrown upon the track and had one of his legs crushed so badly that the bones protruded. He was taken to Guelph where he died in a few hours after the accident.


July 24, 1871


KENNEDY - Died at Chicago, July 19th, Jennie Fennix, wife of D. Kennedy, aged 23 years and 10 months.


July 25, 1871


MUTTON - Two or three months ago, John Mutton of Fullarton struck his knee slightly against a wood-cutting machine. A month after, swelling set in and amputation became necessary. He did not survive the amputation.


CURTIN - About midway between Stratford and Sebringville on the Buffalo and Lake Huron division of the Grand Trunk Railway is a crossing with three shanties. One of these dwellings is occupied by David McGowan, section boss. A little to the south-west lived a man who worked under him, named Curtin, and directly south of McGowan, one Hagarty. The character given of Curtin is that of a quiet, inoffensive man, while Fagarty is described as a fellow who was always ready to pick a quarrel and get up a fight and was full of threats towards his neighbours, the bully, in fact, of the little settlement. On Saturday evening, his passions led him to commission of the dreadful crime of murder, poor Curtin being the victim.

Mrs. Curtin, McGowan and his wife, Mrs. Fitzgerald, and a Mr. Connolly went to Stratford about six o'clock on the evening of Saturday. It would seem that shortly afterwards, Curtin, who had been seen about in Stratford all day, came home the worse of liquor. He went to Hagarty's shanty, and after a jocular remark about taking Hagarty's life for what he said to him, Curtin, the night before, he good-naturedly asked for a cup and produced some whiskey which he and Hagarty drank of several times. Afterwards they adjourned to the railway track when a neighbourhood woman heard them say something about fighting. Curtin, in fun, then tripped Hagarty over. Hagarty got up and challenged Curtin to fight which Curtin declined, and Hagarty knocked him down. After a struggle, the women folks parted them, and got them away to their respective shanties. But Hagarty, full of fight, could not be restrained. He at once returned with stones and attacked Curtin across the fence. A second time, however, the women succeeded in parting them. Presently the cry was raised that Hagarty had a gun. Curtin said if that were so, he would take his bayonet, the weapon entrusted to him as one of the Grand Trunk Volunteers. He was locked in but escaped by the window, and Hagarty coming up with his gun, they met at the crossing. Hagarty pointed the gun, an old shot gun, two or three times at Curtin, and probably would have fired, had it been loaded, which it did not appear to be.

Curtin, however, never lifted the bayonet which was by his side. Notwithstanding, Hagarty taking hold of the barrel of the gun, dealt Curtin a terrible blow on the jaw which felled him to the ground, and he was not afterward heard to speak or seen to stir. To Curtin's little boy who stood by crying, he addressed the brutal remark, "Your father will sleep sound to-night", and taking the gun and bayonet, walked unconcernedly into his shanty. Whether dead or alive at the time, the unfortunate Curtin was allowed to remain weltering in his blood until residents of the township, returning from Stratford, heard at the crossing of the dreadful tragedy and hurried off to town to obtain assistance. It was fully nine o'clock when Dr. Shaver and chief constable Harrison got there, and then poor Curtin was stark and cold.

A little later, Deputy-Sheriff Hossle and Constable Wilson arrived. His murderer, who had made no attempt to escape, was at once arrested in his own shanty, and conveyed to Stratford gaol. The expression he made use of on the way, "I soon fixed the b_____" , showed that he was still unimpresed, as we believe is yet, by the awful crime with which he stands charged.

The inquest was opened on Sunday at Mr. John Kastner's hotel, Kastnerville, before Dr. Shaver, coroner. (Then follows a long account of the inquest.)


RICHARDSON (British Columbia) - Yesterday morning, a deplorable accident occurred on Orcas Island. An Englishman, named George Richardson, collier, of Bellingham Bay, had been on a visit to his uncle, Mr. Richardson, at Cowichan, and started in a canoe yesterday morning for home, in company with his wife and sister. Seeing a deer on the north end of Orcas Island, Richardson, who had a pistol in his belt, jumped ashore to have a shot at it. He tripped, however, on the rocks, and in falling, the hammer of the pistol struck a stone and the weapon went off. The ball entered the unfortunate man's abdomen. The wife and sister placed him in the canoe and started for San Juan Island, but he died a short time before the canoe reached the island. The gunboat "Boxer" happened to be lying off the English garrison, and Captain Egerton kindly consented to bring the two women and the body to Esquimalt where they arrived last night. The women were taken care of by Mr. Howard of the Union Hotel. An inquest will be held to-day. Richardson formerly lived at Nanaimo, was a young man, and had been married only about a year.

July 27, 1871


FOSTER - Died in East Flamborough, on the 26th instant, Mr. Thomas Foster, aged 70 years. The funeral will take place to-morrow (Friday) from his late residence to the burying place, Waterdown, at 10 o'clock a.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


HACKEY, BOWIN, FORTIN (Quebec) - In Jones's saw mill at Laucaudier, the boiler exploded and almost demolished the building. Pieces of machinery were thrown hundreds of feet. About 90 persons were at work, but only Hackey, millwright, who was attending the engine in the absence of the engineer, was killed. His headless body was found about 300 feet from the building. Part of his face has been found. Two other men named Bowin and Fortin were fatally injured. Six other men were slightly hurt.


July 28, 1871


KEMP - Died on Friday, the 23th instant, Henry Cassady, only child of David Kemp, Merchants' Bank, aged 5 months.


FOURNIER (Halifax) - On Tuesday of last week, as the steamer "Commodore" having on board the Baptist Sunday School excursion party neared Sturgeon Point, one of the boat hands, named Fournier, in the attempt to jump ashore to make the boat fast, slipped and struck his breast aginst a log from the effects of which he died next morning about six o'clock.


HOWE - A melancholy accident occurred yesterday afternoon at Messrs Wilson and Co's foundry in Dundas, resulting in the death of Mr. Thomas Howe, one of the firm and bookkeeper of the establishment. A number of the workmen were engaged in hoisting a large casting, Mr. Howe standing by superintending the movements, when the crane fell, striking him on the head and completely crushing one of his legs. The injured man was taken up and conveyed to his home where he died at about half past six in the evening. The deceased was well known and highly esteemed resident of Dundas, at a former period being engaged in the leather trade. He was an active and consistent member of the Methodist Church for many years, taking an earnest interest in all religious and charitable works, and for a prolonged term occupied the position of supertintendent of the Sabbath school. His sudden death is deplored by the people of Dundas who feel the loss of an estimable and enterprising citizen. Mr. Howe leaves a wife and eight children to mourn the bereavement.


ANDREWS - The funeral of Edward James Andrews was attended this morning by the Masonic Order to Burlington cemetery. The deceased was employed by the Great Western Railway, and had latterly lived in London, but it was his desire to be buried in Hamilton where his attachments in this country had principally been formed. He was a member of St John's Lodge in this city, and also a member of the Odd Fellows.


July 29, 1871


RALSTON - Died on the 29th instant, Mary Jane, daughter of George Ralston, aged 10 months and 23 days. Funeral will leave her father's residence, 100 West avenue, at 3 o'clock to-morrow, 30th instant. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.


SHERLOCK (Southampton) - A most lamentable accident occurred resulting in the death of a young lad, William Sherlock aged about 13 years, son of Mr. Sherlock of this village.

Whilst in the woods with his father, the young lad went to shoot a woodpecker, and in getting over a log in a thicket, the gun went off, the charge taking effect in the right arm in close to the axilla, severing the principal blood vessels and shattering the shoulder joint, and a portion of the charge entering the chest above the superior lobe of the right lung. Although medical aid was procured as soon as possible, it was of no avail, and about seven hours after the accident, the vital spark had fled.


SWITZER - Whilst walking on the barge "General Sherman", a young man, named Charles Switzer, from near Ottawa, slipped and fell overboard, and although efforts were made to rescue, they were ineffectual, and he sank in about 50 fathoms of water.


STEELE - Dr. Steel of Lakefifeld was accidentally upset out of his canoe on Clear Lake on Monday and drowned. He had just joined a pleasure party encamped on Sandy Point, and had gone out in his canoe to fish. A party being nearby in a row boat, forgetting him for a moment, they looked around to see where he was when they saw his canoe upset, and he had sunk to rise no more alive.


July 31, 1871


BANKS - A young man named Banks met with a sudden death on Monday evening. He had been assisting to clear the ground for Mr. Edmonson's new sawmill. The men had just dropped work and started for home when a partially burned pine tree suddenly fell and killed Banks and the horse which he was riding. Deceased was about 22 years of age.


BOYCE - (Peterborough) On Sunday morning, Porter Boyce, eldest son of Mr. Matthew Boyce, saddler of this town, who was boarding with Mr. Hugh Davidson, of Smith, was riding one of his horses when the animal ran away with him and jumped over a pair of bars, and in doing so, Boyce was thrown from the horse and had one arm broken twice, the flesh torn from the other by the horse trampling on it, his skull injured, and his body very much bruised. Mr. Davidson lost no time in procuring medical aid, and within an hour Dr. Harvey was present and attended to the wants of the sufferer. On Monday evening, he was brought home, and hopes were entertained of his recovery until Tuesday evening when the symptoms became unfavourable. On Wednesday afternoon the poor young man expired and was thus relieved from all earthy pain. We are sure his parents have the sympathy of their friends in this sad and sudden bereavement.


MCILWRAITH - Died in this city, on the 31st instant, Alexander McIlwraith, a native of Ayrshire, Scotland, aged 66 years. The funeral will leave his late residence, No 4 Wellington street, at 3 o'clock, on Wednesday, August 2nd. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.


COOPER (London) - This morning, about half past ten o'clock, a young lad, aged 17 years, named Robert Cooper, the only son of a widowed mother, was instantly killed by the explosion of a fountain or generator at Bilton's soda-water manufactory on Dundas street.


August 1, 1371


CARTER - On Sunday evening last, Mr. Carter, an old resident of Kincardine Township, died very suddenly. He retired that evening as well as ever, and was found dead in his bed next morning. An inquest was held, and the body opened at the request of some of the friends of the deceased. A verdict of "death caused by the bursting of an artery" was rendered.


August 2, 1371


FELD - Mr. William Feld. of Windham, fell out of a wagon, struck his stomach against a post, and died within an hour.


August 3, 1871


ROBINSON (Quebec) - Joseph Robinson, of this city, clerk, is supposed to have been drowned at Cacouna.


STEWART (Quebec) - A young son of Maclean Stewart was drowned at Tadousac yesterday.


August 4, 1871


ROBINSON (Quebec) - The body of Robinson, drowned at Cacouna, is not yet recovered. His life was insured for $2000 in the Travellers Accidental; $4000 in the Equitable; and $3600 in the Aetna, $9000 in all.


DUBORD (Quebec) - Mrs. Dubord died yesterday while under a surgical operation.


August 5, 1871


MCKINEY - The Ottawa "Times" says: A boy named McKiney accompanied his father to McTaren's mills yesterday where he met his death accidentally, it appears he was amusing himself about the lumber piles and that he fell from the top of one of them, a distance of 40 feet on a boom of logs below. He dropped into the water, and though he was got out immediately, life was extinct, the fall having caused instantaneous death.


August 7, 1871


CANDY - The Aylmer "Enterprise" details a sad accident as follows: We regret to learn of an accident which happened to a little girl, about 2 years of age, daughter of Mr. Candy of this place, on Saturday last. It seems that Mrs. Candy placed a bucket of water on the floor for the purpose of scrubbing the same, when the little girl with a large bonnet over her face came running into the house gleefully and blindly, and stumbling over the pail of boiling water, which was upset and the water thrown into the child's face and upon her body. The little innocent lingered in agony until Sunday afternoon when death came to her relief.


August 8, 1871


MCDONALD - A man named McDonald, employed at Eddy's match factory, died at Hull about a week ago. One Kelly undertook to raise money on the pretence that it was to defray the funeral expenses of the deceased. He obtained $5 from Mr. Eddy and several small sums from other parties, but it being finally discovered that he appropriated the money to himself, he was arrested. He was tried and committed to stand trial at the assizes, but was let out in the meantime on giving bail. Shortly after getting out, he insulted a woman, was arrested, and tried before Dr. Graham who discharged him. He was re-arrested and taken before Mr. Marston and another magistrate by whom he was fined $2 and costs, but making a desperate attempt, he escaped, and has not since been seen by the authorities.


August 10, 1871


HUNTINGDON - Mrs. John Huntingdon, of Kemptville, committed suicide by hanging, on the 7th instant.


RICHARDSON - Yesterday afternoon between one and two o'clock, four lads named respectively, William John Richardson, Donald Irvine, Willie Johnson, and Andrew Bloomer, went down to Cook's wharf for the purpose of bathing. Richardson and Johnson could not swim, but the other two could. The boy, Richardson, was advised not to go near some 1ogs which were were very slippery beyond which the water was from 3 to 9 feet deep. He disregarded the injunction, and going too near the edge of the logs, slipped off into the deep water, when notwithstanding the efforts made by Bloomer and Irvine to save him, he was, before further assistance arrived, drowned.

The body was recovered by a man named Barker in about ten minutes after the accident. The body was taken to Stalley's boathouse and medical assistance speedily procured. Every effort made at resuscitation proved fruitless. Dr. White, coroner, being notified of the fact, issued his warrant for summoning an inquest which was held at James Street police station at seven o'clock last evening. The jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning. The deceased, whose parents reside at 281 Hughson street, was eleven years old and partially deaf and dumb.


August 11, 1871


MCLEOD (Hawkesbury) - An unfortunate accident occurred here last evening, resulting in the death this morning of Norman McLeod. Deceased was attending an edging saw in the mill of W. A. Hersey when he was struck by a board thrown from the saw.


MURPHY, HENRY (Montreal) - On Friday evening, two little boys named Joseph Murphy and Alexander Henry were drowned in the St. Lawrence. Neither of them could swim, but were playing in two feet of water near the shore below the tail race. Being told by two big boys to go further out into the river, they commenced wading out, but had gone only a few yards when they got beyond their depth and became entangled with weeds at the bottom, and cried out for assistance. The boys on the bank ran away, but a little boy named George Waters, twelve years old, who resides in Columbia street, hearing the cry, ran to their assistance, and swimming out, got Murphy on his back to swim ashore with him, but Henry got hold of Waters' feet, and held him down. He tried to free himself and get away, but Henry held all the faster, and soon waters and Murphy were sinking. Waters had to shake off Murphy and free himself from Henry. By this time, he was so much exhausted that he with difficulty got ashore. Shortly after, some people arrived, and a gentleman in a boat got Murphy on to the bank He was not quite dead, but although everything that could be thought of was done, yet he died within three minutes after being brought ashore. Henry was not got ashore until twenty minutes after, and was quite dead. Joseph Murphy was only nine years old and resided with his widowed mother at No 36 Farm street. Alexander Henry, the same age, was a son of Mr. William Henry, milkman, Farm street. At the inquest, the coroner's jury returned averdict of accidentally drowned.


GREEN - Old Sam Green, a local celebrity of West Flamborough, died suddenly in Ancaster on Wednesday from luxuriating too heavily in green fruit.


August 16, 1871


MAHONY (Port Colborne) - The schooner "Atmosphere", just arrived, reports having a boy killed on Lake Michigan by the forebeam falling on him. Residence of the boy: Kingston; name, Daniel Mahony, aged about 16 years. The captain came to Sheboygan and had an inquest held and the body buried there.


August 17, 1871


MCEACHERN - Died in this city, on Wednesday evening, the 16th instant, Hector McEachern, aged 31 years. The funeral will leave his mother's residence, No 78 Hughson street, at three o'clock to-morrow (Friday) afternoon. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.


GALBRAITH - (London) On Tuesday afternoon, a young man named Galbraith, about 17 years of age, a nephew of Mr. F. C. Cornish, lost his life while bathing in the pool below the mill dam, Blackfriars bridge. It appears that the youth who with his mother was on a visit at his uncle's, went out to bathe in company with a young cousin, when after having been in the water a short time, he suddenly disappeared from sight, the supposition being that he was taken with cramps caused by the cold springs issuing into the pool. He rose again and called loudly for help and was seen by Mr. Coffee, Sr., who being too infirm to render active assistance himself called to others near at hand, but they in turn seemed to be unequal to the task by lack of nerve or knowledge. The unfortunate lad then sank his last. Alarm being given, Mr. E. Meredith, Mr. Manville, Mr. Moore, Mr, Cornish, Mr. Teale, and others came to the spot, and after long searching the body during nearly two hours, succeeded in recovering the body, Meredith, Moore, and Manville having been a long time in the water. Mrs. Galbraith, having been made aware of the event, became a spectator to the scene, and as may be supposed, suffered such grief as a mother alone can feel under such trying circumstances. The body having been at last recovered and lifted out of the water by Mr. Moore, Dr. McAlpine tried some methods of restoration, but he had long since passed away. Having wrapped him in a sheet, he was borne amid very sorrowful sadness back to the home he had left but a short time before in pursuit of healthful recreation, full of youthful hope.


NOONAN - Yesterday morning, a young girl named Noonan, aged 14, died at the house of Mrs Taylor, corner of Macnab and Burlington streets. Deceased complained of a headache and weakness the day previous, but no serious notice was taken of it. when she arose yesterday, she began to vomit, and Dr. White was sent for, but before he arrived, she had expired. Mrs. Taylor was anxious that an inquest should be held, but the doctor did not see the necessity for such a procedure, for he was satisfied that no foul play existed. After considerable remonstrance, and to satisfy Mrs. Taylor, he issued his warrant and gave it to the constable to summon a jury. The friends of the deceased subsequently begged that no inquest should be held as they were satisfied from the doctor's statement and their own conviction that it was unnecessary. Coroner White, under the circumstances, cancelled the warrant calling the inquest, rather than put the city to unnecessary expense and wasting the time of those who would be summoned as jurors and witnesses. The relations of deceased took charge of the body.


August 19, 1871


NORTHEY - A boy, about four years old, belonging to Mr. Northey, of Salwyn, last week was so severly burned by falling into a tub of hot water that he died a few hours later.


TORRANCE (Quebec) - The body of the Rev. Mr. Torrance has arrived from below by the steamer "Secret".


MCPHERSON - Says the Woodstock "Times", We have to chronicle the death of one of the early settlers of Woodstock, and one who throughout a lengthened period commanded the respect and esteem of the entire community. Mr. Donald McPherson, who for a long time had been in failing health, died on Saturday last and was interred on Monday. Mr. McPherson came to Canada in 1832, and for four years after, settled in West Zorra. Subsequently he removed to Woodstock and engaged in business which he conducted with marked regard to the highest principles of integrity. He was one of the early magistrates of the place, but avoided active duties of magisterial and municipal character, contenting himself with persevering industry and the quiet regard of his neighbours. He leaves as relict an aged lady of seventy-five, and one son, Mr. Donald McPherson, of Hamilton. Mr. McPherson was a native of Golspie, Rutherlandshire, Scotland, and at the time of his death, was aged seventy-one years and seven months.


August 21, 1871


STEWART - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Sheppard, Bay street, Margaret Stewart, relict of the late John Stewart, of the parish of Avach, Ross-shire, Scotland, in the 90th year of her age.

UNSWORTH - Mrs. Unsworth, one of the oldest and most successful teachers of Guelph, died on Thursday.


LESTER - Murray Lester, an aged resident of the Township of Burford and Village of Cathcart, was found dead in his bed on Thursday morning, having retired in apparent good health the previous night. An inquest was called in the case, the result of which we have not yet learned.


August 22, 1871


HARWOOD - Died at Spring Dale, Palermo, on the 13th instant, Henry Harwood, second son of the late Rev. Uriel Harwood, rector of Priors Marston, Warwickshire, England, aged 71.


BARKER - John H. Barker, of the firm of Dawbarn and Co., Toronto, was drowned in the lake, on Sunday evening.


ELLIOTT - The funeral of the late Robert Elliott, who was thrown from a wagon, near Meadowvale, and instantly killed by a wheel passing over his head, took place at Streetsville yesterday, and was one of the largest ever known in this section. He was past master of the Orange Lodge 290, and his remains were followed to the grave by members of the different lodges of the county. The procession extended over a mile, besides an equally large number who thronged the sidewalks. His sudden death caused an unusual sensation in the community.


NICHOLSON - We regret to learn, by special telegram, that Mr. W. M. Nicholson, editor and publisher of the Barrie "Examiner" in that town, died this morning after a short illness. Mr. Nicholson was for many years a resident of this city, having been connected as printer and publisher with several journals no longer in existence. He was a1so for a time on the "Spectator", and afterwards the Ottawa "Citizen". He leaves a widow and several children.


August 23, 1871


UPPER - Death of Jacob Upper: This old and prominent resident in the County of Lincoln died yesterday at his house in St. Ann's, Gainsborough Township. Mr. Upper had occupied the position of postmaster of St. Ann's for about twenty-five years. He whs captain of the Gainsborough volunteer company, in the welfare of which he took an active interest, and was one of the most universally esteemed and influential residents of the County.


MOTT (Port Colborne) - Drowned in this port last night, the porter of the propeller "City of Concord" named Walter Mott, a resident of Ogdensburg, N.Y. Some lady passenger said that she had seen the porter fall overboard, and when searched for, he was missing. The captain left a man here to look for him, and do what may be necessary towards interring the body if found.


FURNESS - The San Francisco "Mail" of the 9th instant contains an obituary notice of George Furness who died suddenly on a stage between Wickenburg and La Kaz, Arizona. The deceased was formerly a produce dealer at London who absconded in 1869, and went to California.


HURST - On Friday, the 17th, a man named James Edway Hurst, of Grimsby, was found lying across a cutter in his father's wagon house dead. An inquest was held before J. A. Nelles, coroner, and from the evidence taken, it was made apparent that he had been subject to epileptic fits for a number of years and that he must have died in one of these fits. The verdict of the jury was in accordance with the above facts. Deceased was about 34 years of age.


ROWAN - As John Rowan, a farmer in Caledon, was returning home from Hillsburg in his buggy on Saturday night last, his horse took fright going up a hill, throwing him out and down an embankment of several feet, receiving injuries which caused death in a few minutes. An inquest was held on Sunday by Dr. McNaughton, when the jury returned a verdict of accidental death, censuring the County Council for negligence in leaving the embankment unfenced. It will be remembered that Rowan was the cause of the girl, Conaly, poisoning herself in Toronto a short time ago.


August 21, 1871


HILL - Died at her brother's residence, Morpeth, Elizabeth Hill, only daughter of the late Rev. Bold C. Hill, York, aged 22 years. The body was brought down to Caledonia, and buried in York yesterday afternoon.


ARCHAMBEAULT - The death is announced of the Hon. Pierre Urgel Archambeault who was for some time a member of the Legislative Council of the late Province of Canada.


MCFADYEN - In Seaforth yesterday, a man named William McFadyen of the Township of Grey was accidentally killed while attempting to stop his horses which were running away near the: railway station.


CAMPBELL - At London yesterday, a carpenter named T. Campbell, while working on a frame building near the corner of Grey and Cartwright streets, accidentally fell from the scaffolding, a distance of about 12 feet to the ground and seriously injured his back from the effects of which he died in about four hours.


BARROWS - Yesterday afternoon, the body of an infant was found in the vacant lot where J. M. Williams, Esq. is now erecting a building for manufacturing purposes in the rear of the post office. The corpse was encased in a rough box and had been buried for several months. The body was removed by the police and Dr. White, coroner was requested to hold an inquest on the same. The inquest was accordingly held at 11:30 this morning when the following evidence was adduced.

Mr. Hunter Lattimor, sworn, said: On Tuesday last about 8 o'clock in the morning, I was digging a foundation in the rear of the post office. A person came and asked me if I had seen anything of a box. Said I had not. On Tuesday afternoon, I found a box about eighteen inches from the wall, I moved the earth from off it and left it where it was lying. Mr. Webber told me not to disturb it.

James Morrison, constable, sworn: Yesterday afternoon, Mr. J. M. Williams came to the office of the chief of police and told him that when the workmen were digging a foundation on the premises, they had found a box which was said to contain a child. The chief told me to go and make enquiries about it. I went to the place and saw Mr. Auld. He showed me where the box was. He told me he understood that it was a stillborn child belonging to a person by the name of George D. Barrows. I immediately reported the case to the coroner who directed me to have the box removed to the King William street station. I opened it there in the presence of the coroner and found the remains of an infant, the box now lying downstairs in the Engine House, and which the jury have viewed in the same box.

William Auld, sworn: Some time in December last, I was ill and heard that a woman living next door to me but one, had been delivered of a child. Heard that her name was Mrs. George D. Barrows., It was put in a woodshed and left there two or three days in a box until some of the neighbouring women became anxious to have it removed. Barrows came to me and asked me what he was to do with it. I told him to remove it right away. He told me that he had buried it in the lot opposite my house and which is the same one in which the box was found. Barrows was married to the woman he called his wife.

Mrs. Izard, sworn, said: Saw him in December last. Mr. Barrows came to my door one evening and asked me if I would slip in and see his wife, as she was taken sick and stay there until he went for Dr. Vernon. I did so. She was delivered of a female child before the doctor reached the house. The child was quite dead and partly decomposed. The doctor came soon after. The next morning the father got a board and made a box, stained it black, and put the child in it. Had seen the box downstairs and recognized it as the one which Barrows put the child in. He went up to the cemetery in the afternoon to see what it would cost him to have it buried. He was told two dollars and a half. He said he would let it be till Monday. He kept it in his own shanty for three days and then put it in my woodshed covered up with a cloth. Complained about it and said he had got leave to bury it in the garden opposite. He did go out and bury it.

Elias Vernon, M.D., sworn: I was called on the 23rd of December last to see Mrs. Barrows who was about to be confined. When I arrived, the child was born and was very much decomposed. I did not think the child was more than a seven-month foetus. I have examined the remains of the child downstairs, but cannot say whether it is the same child or not. From the examination of the remains, I would think it was a newly-born infant, and not fully developed.

The jury, after a short deliberation, returned the following verdict: That the child died from natural causes.


August 24, 1871


HILL - At her brother’s home, Morpeth, Elizabeth Hill, only daughter of the late Rev. Bold C. Hill, York, age 22 years. Body brought to Caledonia and buried at York on Wed. Aug. 23, 1871.


August 25, 1871


NASH - Died at her brother's residence, Picton, Ontario, on the 24th instant, Cecilia, only daughter of the late Mr. James Nash, of this city, in the 21st year of her age.


MILLS (Quebec) - As a passenger train passed down near Durham, a freight train telescoped it, killing Professor Mills of the Quebec High School, who was standing on the platform.


MOTT (Port Colborne) - The body of Walter Mott who was drowned off the propellor "City of Concord" on Monday night was found this morning. The body is to be forwarded to Ogdensburg for burial.


MILLS - Mr. Mills who was killed by accident on the Grand Trunk was buried to-day did not belong to the High School, but to the British and Canadian School at St. Rochs.


HAMILTON - Matthew Hamilton, aged 45, a respectable farmer in North Easthope, was on Wednesday in full health and vigour. He sat down to breakfast and immediately expired in his chair.


August 28, 1871


CLELAND - Died in Glanford, on the 27th instant, Mrs. William (Margaret) Cleland, aged 50 years, a native of Lanarkshire, Scotland.


HANNAH - Died this morning, Edith Ridley Ramsay, infant daughter of James and Jeannette Helen Hannah, aged 3 months The funeral will take place at 3 o'clock p.m., to-morrow, Tuesday, from Mrs. Snelgrove's residence, 83 James street north, Friends are respectfully invited to attend.


FINCH - (Ottawa) A young man named Finch was found lying dead, in his room yesterday. Deceased was a law student of rather dissipated habits, and was in the habit of taking laudanum, an empty phial of which was found beside him. It is not known whether he committed suicide or accidentally took an overdose.


BRECKENRIDGE - James Breckenridge, a farmer of Huntingdon, was burnt to death last Thursday by a bush fire. An inquest was held. Verdict: accidental death by fire in the woods.


CARBONNEAU - A most horrible circumstance occurred at Lateur's sawmill on the Upper Ottawa last week. A young man, named Baptiste Carbonneau, was filing a circular saw, and while leaning over the work, the bull-wheel was started by some of the men, and the unfortunate filer was sawn from the right shoulder down to the bowels. The machinery was stopped as quickly as possible, the unfortunate man was extricated from his terrible position, and his horrible wounds bound up in the best manner possible. Medical assistance could not be obtained nearer than Pembroke, over one hundred miles distant, but he was placed in a bark canoe and paddled down the river, the boat with the patient having to be carried over the different portages on men's shoulders. The poor fellow did not live to reach Pembroke, however, and died a few hours after the accident.


ROBINSON - An inquest was held at Watford, Friday, on the body of Joseph Robinson who died from the effects of a pistol wound inflicted on Wednesday, 22nd instant, by William Horton. Dr. Harvey, coroner, presided. Mr. J. Fuller was chosen foreman of the jury.

Two or three witnesses were sworn as to the manner in which the murder had been committed and the arrest of the murderer, the circumstances being as furnished in the first account of the tragedy published in the "Advertiser".

Robert Lucas and Mrs. Hawn certified that a few days before the murder, they heard Horton threaten to shoot Robinson. To Lucas he said that he would not shoot so as to kill him instantly, but he would put the bullet in about the hip so as to put him in as much agony as possible until he died. Both witnesses thought parry Horton was a little flighty and paid no attention to the threats made. James Elliot and J. T. Wilson heard prisoner threaten to shoot the deceased. They considered him perfectly sane at the time, but gave no heed to what he said.

George Pike had known Horton for over twenty years, and never thought him right in his mind. Since last fall, he had been worse. He stopped at Pike's the night before the murder, but made no mention of his intent to shoot Robinson.

The jury, after hearing the evidence, returned a verdict of "wilful murder" against William Horton.

The murdered man's remains were taken to Warwick yesterday for interment, a large procession of persons in vehicles and on horseback accompanying them. The Watford Volunteers and the local Orange Lodge, to both of which deceased belonged, turned out to pay their last respects to the remains of their departed comrade and brother.


SUTTON - On Saturday, Dr. White, coroner, held an inquest at the Volunteer's Hotel, King street, upon the body of an infant, the child of Joseph Sutton, residing on Hess street.

The father of the child was the first witness and deposed as follows: I am the father of the deceased child. It is nine days old. It was born in Hamilton. I saw it last alive between 12 and 2 o'clock this morning. It appeared to be in good health. I got up about half past five o'clock this morning and dressed myself. After breakfast and before going to my work, I went into the bedroom as it was my usual custom to kiss the baby and found it dead. I know of no cause of its decease. I then went direct to the coroner and gave notice of the death. I was perfectly sober when I went to bed the night previous. Know of no cause that could have produced its death. The child was placed in the inside of the bed between my wife and the wall of the room. Before going to bed last night, my wife had drunk the greater part of half a pint of whiskey. I took a small quantity between six and seven o'clock last evening. We had a light burning in the room all night. When my wife went to bed, she was not in a sober condition. My wife has been in the habit of drinking, and has been occasionally under the influence of liquor.

Eliza Sutton sworn: I am the mother of the deceased child. Saw it last about two o'clock this morning. She nursed very well at that time and seemed quite well with the exception of a slight hiccough. I got up about half past four this morning and lit the fire. Before I got up, the deceased was lying on my arm, and I thought it was asleep. I laid it on the bed. I did not look at the child when I laid it off my arm, but got up immediately. I did not go near the child again till my husband called to me that it was dead. I was perfectly sober when I went to bed. I drank one glass of punch about half past three o'clock yesterday afternoon. I did not drink any whiskey after that time last evening. Have been occasionally under the influence of liquor. I bought half a pint of whiskey yesterday afternoon from Mr. Dollman. There is none of the whiskey in the house now. I gave Mrs. Lucas half the full of a tumbler of it. I drank rest of the half pint of liquor myself. My husband did not know that I had the whiskey in the house. I drank it all before he came home from work.

Margaret Lucas, sworn: Saw the deceased child last alive about six o'clock last evening. Its mother had it in my house at that time. It seemed to be quite well. Mrs. Sutton did not give me any liquor yesterday. I live near Mrs. Sutton.

I have seen Mrs. Sutton when I thought that she had been drinking. About two o'clock the day before yesterday, Mrs. Sutton gave me some whiskey. Am certain it was not yesterday.

C. O'Reilly, M.D., sworn: I have examined the body of the deceased. Found no external marks of violence. The body was that of a well-matured child. The face and right side of the chest was dislocated. The tongue was protruding between the teeth. There was a slight quantity of frothy mucus in the mouth. Both eyes were congested. When I first saw it, it was lying on its face with the right arm immediately covering the mouth. We undressed the child and found the clothes perfectly loose. From the father's evidence, and from the external examination I have made, I am of the opinion that the child came to its death from suffocation.

The jury returned the following verdict: That deceased came to its death from suffocation, and it is the opinion of the jury that the mother of said child was not in a state to attend to it properly last night on account of her being under the influence of liquor.


August 29, 1871


ROBERTSON - Died on the 26th instant, at Burlington, Iowa, U.S., Sarah Ann, beloved wife of Benjamin Robertson, aged 23 years, and also their infant daughter. Funeral will leave No 20 Ray street, to-morrow, 30th instant, at 4 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


MCBRAINEY - As Mr. Stafford McBrainey, Reeve of Elizabethtown, was returning home on Saturday night with his wife, his horses ran away. They were thrown out of the buggy, and Mrs. McBrainey's neck was broken. The horses were found soon after by Mr. Cluse. Mr. McBrainey was not materially injured. The loss is generally regretted, as Mrs. McBrainey was an estimable woman and much respected.


THORN (London) - An inquest was held yesterday by Coroner Hagarty at the Derby Arms on the body of William Thorn, aged 62 years, who died suddenly on Saturday night. The deceased came from Detroit a few months ago, and was possessed of considerable property. On Saturday evening, he went into the tavern, and shortly afterward called for something to drink, after which he went into the kitchen, sat down on a lounge, and in an hour gave a deep sigh and expired. A post mortem examination of the remains was made by Dr. Nelles from which it was apparent that the death of the man had been the result of heart disease from which he had been suffering for some time past.


CUNNINGHAM - The young woman named Cunningham who was committed by the coroner on the charge of infanticide in Binbrook has absconded. She was left in charge of a constable until such time as she would be in a fit condition to be removed to jail, she gave the constable "the mitten" however.


RYAN - Yesterday morning an accident occurred in Weston's brick yard, London, by which one of the employees, John Ryan, about 30 years of age, lost his life. Ryan was excavating an embankment for clay when a portion of the overhanging mass gave way and buried him beneath it. In a very short time, he was dug out when he was bleeding from the nose and mouth. The only words he uttered were "Ease my back", after which he expired from internal bruises. The unfortunate man had been married only about three months, and his wife was disheartened at learning the painful intelligence. A companion working with him escaped with but slight injury.


August 30, 1371


DAUBE - A stranger named James Daube committed suicide at Cobourg yesterday morning by hanging himself. While under the influence of liquor, he was. heard to say that he would put an end to himself when his money was gone. Mrs. Pomrey who keeps boarding house in the west end of King street and where he was stopping, on going to the woodshed about half past four in the morning found him suspended about one foot from the floor, quite dead. As soon as she saw him, she fainted. Beside him was a chair which he had stood upon to do the act, and it was lying as if he had kicked it from him in his struggles. A jury was empanelled at ten o'clock, and after about two hours examination, returned a verdict that deceased came to his death by his own hand. The deceased was a man about 60 years. The sum of seven dollars was found on his person.


August 31, 1871


MCPHERSON - Died in Hamilton, to-day, at a quarter to four o'clock, Margaret Frances, daughter of John McPherson, aged 15 years and 8 months. Funeral will take piece from her father's residence, No 12 Hess street, on Saturday at 9 a.m.


September 1, 1871


MCLAREN - Mr. Daniel McLaren, of Mount Forest, who left some time ago for a trip to Scotland, died in Montreal on his way home, on Tuesday last.


SUTHERLAND - At Collingwood, on Saturday last, as the freight train came in from Toronto, Mr. John Sutherland was lying on the track near the station, and the train ran over him, killing him instantly. He was so frightfully mutilated that he could hardly be recognized by his friends. The deceased was an engineer and had charge of the engine of the elevator. He leaves a wife and three children.


September 2, 1871


SMILEY - Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, John Gibson Smiley, printer, in the 37th year of his age. The funeral will take place on Monday afternoon, at 3 o'clock, from the residence of Mr. James Gay, 66 Hughson street south. Friends will please accept this intimation.


September 4, 1871


NICHOLS (Park Hill) - William Nichols of the Township of McGillivray hung himself on Saturday. Dr. Scaw, coroner, of Park Hill, held an inquest, and from the evidence it appears that deceased had traded horses the day before, and on reflection on the bad trade he made, committed the fearful crime.


SMILEY - Many friends of the late John G. Smiley were no doubt startled by the brief announcement of the death in our columns on Saturday evening, as it was not generally known that he had been lying ill in this city for a month past. The deceased came to Hamilton in the summer of 1846 along with his three brothers, the eldest of whom, Mr. Robert R. Smiley, started the "Spectator" at that time. He learned the printing business in the "Spectator" office, and on the death of his brother became the senior partner in the ownership of the paper which position he relinquished, however, two and a half years afterward, when he went to Chicago where he was engaged on the "Tribune", and only returned to this city a month since, feeling he was about to die. Carried off by the same insidious malady that had taken two of his brothers and a sister before him, John G. Smiley leaves behind him many sorrowing friends who esteemed him for his goodness of heart, and now that he is gone, they will often recall his genial countenance to remembrance. Few looked at life with greater calmness or found less fault with the lot assigned him in it. Had he been more ambitious, his aspirations would not have disappointed him, for he might have shone if he had but willed it.


September 5, 1871


HILL - Mr. Richard H. Hill, one of the pioneer settlers of Owen Sound, died on Friday last. Deceased was the first schoolmaster in the place.


WHALEY - As Mr. David Whaley of Cedar Grove was returning home from Markham on Friday evening last, it is supposed he took a fit and fell from his buggy, receiving such injuries as resulted in his death on Monday night.


HATCHELL - On Wednesday last, shortly after the schooner "Oriental" had left Port Dalhousie on her way to Kingston, a seaman named William Hatchell deliberately threw himself overboard. Although there was a large sea running at the time, a boat was lowered and every effort made to save him, but without effect. Deceased belonged to Wexford, Ireland, and had no friends in this country.


WHITE - Says the Guelph "Mercury": On Thursday we recorded the death of Mrs. Alexander White of Guelph Township, and now it is our melancholy duty to chronicle that of her husband which took place on Sunday morning after a short but painful illness of a fortnight. Thus within three days have wife and husband been stricken down. Mr. White was well known throughout the town and township as an old settler, an honest, upright, good man, and was much esteemed by all who knew him for his kind and obliging disposition.


HOGG - James Hogg, who was injured in the hurdle race at Waterloo on Friday, died on Saturday. The deceased leaves a wife and three children who reside near Carlton. Dr. Walden, coroner, held an inquest at which Dr. Bowlby of Berlin made a post mortem examination and found that the neck was dislocated between the first and second and cervical vertebrae, which was the cause of his death. The jury returned the following verdict: "We find that James Hogg came to his death while riding in a hurdle race on September 1st by his horse coming in contact with a hurdle, causing horse and rider to fall, and that no blame attaches to anyone, but we desire to express the opinion that hurdle races, being so exceedingly dangerous, should be dispensed with". This untoward termination of the race has cast a gloom over the whole village.

September 6, 1871


FEARMAN - Died Florence Louisa, third daughter of F. W. and E. Fearman, aged 7 months. Funeral will take place from her father's residence, Stinson street, on Thursday at 4 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.


WILEY - William Wiley, the reputed oldest resident of St. Catharines, expired on Monday evening, after an illness of only twenty-four hours.


ARVISAIS - A French-Canadian from Papineauville, named Gregoire Arvisais, fell from the passenger train and was run over near Pakenham on Monday evening. His injuries were so severe that he died yesterday morning.


MORTON - Thomas Morton, an employee of the G.T.R., was killed about 10 o'clock Monday night at Gananoque station by a freight train going east. He was in company with an unknown man who has decamped. Deceased was about 23 years of age and unmarried.


September 7, 1871


RUSSEL - On Tuesday of last week, a little daughter of Mr. William Russel, Talbot street, met with an accident from the effects of which she died on the following day. Her mother was engaged in canning fruit and filled some jars with warm water before putting in the fruit. The jars were sitting on a table, and the little girl, taking hold of one, it upset, the warm water falling upon her head and shoulders. Medical assistance was procured as speedily as possible and everything done to alleviate the sufferings of the child, but the injuries proved too severe, and she expired on Wednesday.


CLARKE - Mrs Eliza Clarke, daughter of Mr. W. G. Clarke, of Bloomfield, aged 22 years, cut her throat on Saturday morning, and expired. She dressed on Saturday morning as usual and appeared among the family. A short time after, she seems to have gone back to her room and put on her night clothes. She was called but made no answer, and calls were repeated until alarm was felt, and the door, which had been fastened inside, was broken open. The poor girl was found on the f1oor weltering in blood. Miss Eliza was a beautiful and accomplished girl, and she was beloved and respected by all who knew her. Her father is a wealthy man and an old resident of the country, but for many years he has been dissipated, and not always agreeable to the family. The impression is that the daughter who was inspired with commendable ambition had become disheartened, and in a moment of deep despondency was tempted to the horrible deed.


September 8, 1871


BROWN - (Montreal) On Wednesday night, about 7 o'clock, a labourer named Robert Brown of this city was drowned in the canal at Lachine. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss.


GIBBS - Mr. W. Gibbs, of the Township of Colchester, met his death by accident on Tuesday last. While attempting to walk from one mow to another, his foot slipped, and he fell into the threshing machine. When Mr. Green, his son-in-law, ran to pull him out, his body was found cut in two, and life was extinct within a few minutes after the catastrophe. This melancholy and fatal accident has cast a gloom over the whole neighbourhood.


MCGILL (Baker) (Guelph) - Last Wednesday, about half past eight o' clock, a melancholy accident occurred on the Waterloo Road by which a man named James McGill (or Baker) lost his life. The deceased lived in the first rough-cast house on the north side of the street after passing Pound Creek. He had been out all day with young Mr. Holliday, shooting, and returned in Mr. Holliday's wagon. When the wagon drew up opposite the door, the deceased got out and was in the act of taking his gun, one of the barrels of which was loaded. While doing so, the horses started to go, and the box of the wagon struck the hammer of the gun which went off. It was loaded with buckshot, and the whole contents lodged in the unfortunate man's right breast. The muzzle of the gun must have been close to his breast as a large opening was made in it. A portion of the ribs was forced in on the lung, and a portion of the lung was shot through and forced towards the back part of the body. The unfortunate man fell as soon as struck, and Messrs Thornton, Macklin, and Kirkland, who were passing at the time, ran up, but before they reached him, he was dead, death having taken place almost immediately. The body was at once conveyed into the house, and Dr. Keating sent for. He and Dr. Worsfold examined the body, and Dr. Keating then summoned an inquest which met at the police station on Thursday morning. After empanelling a jury, Mr Robins foreman, the inquest was adjourned to this evening to be held at the same place.

Deceased was about 30 years of age and was a quiet and industrious man. His wife had died some months ago. He leaves behind a child, quite young, and his adopted mother, Mrs. McGill, whose name he assumed and who was greatly attached to him. Her grief at his sudden death was of the most touching and heartrending character.


September 9, 1871


FOX - Rev. Dr. Fox, formerly assistant minister of St. Thomas Church, Belleville, died suddenly at Chicago on Wednesday while undergoing a surgical operation.


NELSON - On Monday last, as Mr. Nelson of Chinguacousy was walking home from Claude in company with Mr. Alexander Cunningham, he suddenly dropped dead in the road. A coroner's inquest was held, and the verdict rendered was: Died from heart disease. Mr. Nelson was about 70 years of age.


MURRAY - The Embro "Planet" regrets to chronicle the death of one of West Zorra's oldest residents in the person of Alexander Murray who departed this life on the afternoon of Thursday last, the 31st ultimo at the advanced age of 81 years. Deceased was born in the Parish of Dornah, Sutherland-shire, Scotland, in the year 1791, and emigrated to this country over 40 years ago.


BARNES - A young man named Barnes, of the Township of Dalton, met with a sad end on Tuesday last. The deceased went out hunting in the morning, and during the day, a neighbour found the body of the unfortunate young man lying beside a fence not far from his home with the

upper portion of his skull blown away, and his gun lying on the opposite side of the fence.


THOMPSON - A little boy, about five years of age, son of a farmer named James Thompson, living in Carrick, three miles from Walkerton, was accidentally killed Wednesday night. His father was drawing in some grain, and the child was minding the gap in the fence through which the team was passing. Fearing that rain might come on, Thompson went for a load after dark and the child following him again without being noticed, took up his position in the gap, when it seems he lay down and fell asleep. On coming back with the load, the father drove over the sleeping child and crushed his head to pieces. The little fellow was not missed for some time, but was soon discovered dead and cold with his brains scattered on the wagon track.


ROUTH - On Thursday evening, two boys, aged five and seven, sons of L. Routh of the firm of L. Routh Co, woollen manufacturers, of Port Dover, were drowned in Silver Lake while bathing in company with another lad about the same age. One body was found the same evening, and other yesterday morning. Deep and heartfelt sympathy is manifested for the sorrowing family.


September 11, 1871


ARMOR - The "New Era" states that on Tuesday afternoon, a middle-aged man named Armor was, with another man, digging a drain for Mr. Foster of the woollen factory. The companion called to Armor to take care of the embankment, but before he could take a step, it fell, crushing him. After an hour and a half of hard digging, he was taken out dead. He was a sober industrious man, for many years a resident here, first with Mr. Foot in the brewery, and then with Mr. Foster as engineer. He leaves a wife and seven young children.


TUCKLING - On Saturday afternoon, a little girl, two years old, daughter of William Tuckling, corner of Canada and Pearl streets was run over by a wagon loaded with bricks, driven by Robert Little, on Saturday afternoon at 5 o'clock and was killed. Dr. Rosebrugh, coroner, empanelled a jury yesterday afternoon, and after viewing the body, the Inquest was adjourned till 7:30 this evening.


September 12, 1871


KELLY - The body of a man was found in the canal at St. Catharines on Sunday near lock No 2, in an advanced state of decomposition. The deceased is supposed to be a man named James Kelly who was employed as a helper on the canal to open lock gates, etc. He was an Englishman and had only been in this country about two months. The body was taken to the cemetery and interred at Corporation expense.


FITZGERALD - On Saturday last, a little boy, aged seven years, son of Mr. Fitzgerald, blacksmith, was amusing himself at the base of Pier No 1 at the new bridge, when a number of planks which were piled up close to the edge, tumbled over, on which probably struck him in the head, and the poor little fellow was thrown upon his back into the water. Mr. Robert Mitchell saw the accident happen, and took the boy out of the water. Upon examination, it was found that the skull was fractured. The boy never spoke after the accident, and died at one o'clock, just two hours after the occurrence. (Elora)


HAVINS - Mr. D. P. Havins, one of the old settlers of St. Catharines, died on Sunday last. Mr. Havins was a native of Worcester, Mass., and emigrated from that place to St. Catharines in 1836. For many years he was engaged in the stage-coach business in connection with the late Colonel Stephenson, and accumulated a comfortable property. During the great temperance agitation which swept over the country about the year 1852, he took a very active part in the movement and did good service, both by precept and example, in spreading the total abstinence principle. He was during his entire life a strictly temperance man. He was in his 73rd year when his death closed his career.


September 14, 1871


EBERHARD - While endeavouring to keep a bush fire from burning a schoolhouse and other property at Bayfield on Saturday night by hauling water in wagons, a tree, which was on fire and nearly burned through, fell across the wagon of a man named Eberhard, in which he was sitting, inflicting wounds from which he died in a few hours.


September 18, 1871


MONDER - Mr. Monder, the harbour master at Sorel, and for twenty.years agent at the Montreal Trinity House, at that port, is dead.


LESLIE - We regret to learn of the death of Mr. John T. Leslie, many years collector for the Township of Guelph, which took place on Sunday last. The deceased, says the Guelph "Mercury", settled in the township in the year, 1836, and was greatly respected by all who knew him.


September 19, 1871


CONWAY (Quebec) - The body of a young man, named Conway, of Valcartier, was found in the Jacques Cartier River.


WHITE - On Thursday evening, the 7th instant, a quarrel took place in Charles Stewart's hotel, Erinsville, a small village, four miles north-west of Tamworth, between Jonas White and Archibald Stewart, brother of the hotel-keeper. Stewart threw White out of the house and seriously injured him. He died on Friday last.


CUNNINGHAM - The Merrickville "Chronicle" gives the particulars of a most melancholy accident which happened on last Monday week to a young woman about 13 years of age, the eldest daughter of John Cunningham, of the Township of Wolford. It appears that while all alone in the house, she had fallen downstairs and broken her neck. When discovered, she was quite dead.


MCGINNIS - A man, some 30 years of age, supposed to be named Duncan McGinnis, died on Thursday morning in the yard of the Davenport House, Windsor. He came the day previous, soon after noon, and calling for a room, said he did not feel well and went to bed where he remained until next morning. About 7 o'clock, he came down and started for the water closet, and not returning for a half hour or so, the landlord went to look after him, and found him dead, sitting against the fence in the backyard. An inquest was held on the body, but nothing more was ascertained of the man than that he was a holder of a certificate empowering him to act as a second engineer on the tug "L. L. Lyon", and that he was from Hamilton, Ontario. Physicians decided that he died from heart disease.


September 21, 1871


HENDERSON - Died at Clifton, on the 19th September. Mr. George Henderson, Sr., in the 75th year of his age, a native of Aberdeenshire, Scotland.


RANKIN - A man named William Rankin, about 23 years of age, an employee in one of Messrs Gillmor's mills at St. George, while at his work on Thursday last, was struck by an edging thrown from the saw, and so injured that he died on Friday night. He leaves a wife and child.


COMPTON - We are sorry to see announced the death of John F. Compton, Esq., one of the proprietors of the Halifax "Express". Mr. Compton was well and favourably known to the members of the Press as well as to the general public, and we hear of his unexpected demise with much regret.


ARMSTRONG - A correspondent of the Sarnia "Observer", writing from Forest, relates that a fatal accident occurred there on Monday morning. Mr. McGregor, a farmer residing within a mile of Forest, had been engaged in digging a well immediately in rear of his house. Having dug down 25 feet without finding water, he resolved to bore down some 60 or 70 feet deeper. While his son and a man named Armstrong were boring, a stream of gas spurted up, which almost instantaneously stupefied both men at the bottom of the well. We heard the gas rumbling like thunder in the bowels of the earth.

Strangely enough, operations had been carried on at the great depth without any precautions having been taken to have the men hoisted up in the event of any unforeseen occurrence. Consequently considerable time was lost before the needful apparatus could be procured for bringing the insensible bodies of the unfortunate men to the surface of the ground. After this had been effected, it was found that Armstrong had passed away forever. Dr. Hutton, who was providentially at hand, found his efforts unavailing to recall the vital spark. Poor Armstrong leaves a wife and child to bewail his unexpected decease. The other man, the son of the farmer, is expected to recover, though at present he lies in a very precarious condition.


HENDERSON - One of those accidents which are so often occurring and are generally the result of carelessness took place some time during .Saturday evening at Tuttle's hill, near Kingston Mills, whereby Mr. James Henderson lost his life. The deceased went to shoot snipes on the marshy land between Kingston and the Mills, and returned home and reported having had very good success. He started again in the afternoon, attended only by his setter dog, and not returning at a late hour, search was instituted for him, and he was found yesterday morning, lying in the marsh near Tuttle's Hill, quite dead, with a fearful wound in his face and head, evidently caused by the explosion of his gun. The fingers of his right hand were in his vest and held a gun wad, from which it is conjectured that he was in the act of loading the gun when the accident happened, and it has been suggested further from the position of the wound that the ramrod having stuck in the barrel of the gun, he endeavoured to overcome the difficulty by drawing it out with his teeth. As no person was present when the accident occurred, the precise circumstances attending it, of course, are mere conjecture. The dog remained with his master the whole time and was found with the body this morning.

The deceased was about 35 years of age, a resident of Kingston Mills, well known and much respected, and his death is the subject of deep regret. He leaves two children of tender age to mourn his loss. The body wag discovered by the deceased nephew, Mr. Joseph Morton. Dr. Barker, the coroner, having heard the particulars of the accident, did not consider that there was any necessity to call an inquest. The deceased resided with his brother-in-law, Mr. McConnell, Kingston Mills.


BURFORD - To-day a very singular case occurred in this city. It appears that two labouring men, who represented that they had been working on the Wellington, Grey, and Bruce Railway, went to the tavern known as the Travellers Home, a few doors south of the drill shed, about eleven a.m. and ordered dinner. In the meantime when dinner was being got ready, the deceased, who was the worse of liquor and his mate had something to drink, and shortly after, the deceased fell against the counter as in a fit.

He was assisted into the back kitchen and laid down upon some folds of carpet on the floor. While in this position, after a short rest, he pressed his hands against his sides and groaned as if in great agony. His comrade then suggested that they should help him into the yard where there was more air. Deceased accordingly, with his mate and the landlord's assistant, walked into the garden and lay down on the ground. After a while, the living man went into the house and had dinner and left deceased alone, at the same time telling the people of the house not to distract him as he would take his dinner by and by.

Subsequently, after finishing his dinner, he said that he would go to the American Hotel to look after some trunks belonging to them, and purchase tickets to take them to England where they represented in the first part they were going. About one o'clock, the landlord went out into the yard and looked at deceased when he found his face much discoloured, and upon examination, found that life was extinct. Coroner McKelcan was notified and immediately went to view the body and ordered an inquest to be held this evening at No 1 police station at 7 o'clock. The comrade of deceased, up to going to press, has not been found since, although the police are making diligent enquiries. Upon the person of the deceased were found two pieces of paper, one an envelope and the other a receipt with the name of Harrison thereon, and $15 in money.

Until the inquest and the finding of the deceased's comrade, the affair will remain a mystery. (The deceased's name appeared in the continued inquest.)


September 22, 1871


BIRCH - This city has been startled by the report of three sudden and mysterious deaths that have come to light during this week. On Tuesday, Dr. Mackelcan, coroner, was called upon to hold an inquest upon the body of an unknown man found in the woods near the Dundas marsh. At the inquest the only clue had was the evidence of a woman who said she saw deceased go towards the bush about two weeks ago and said to her that he felt unwell and would go and lie down. This was the last seen of him alive. The verdict of the jury was that deceased was found dead.


BIRCH - Yesterday we had to chronicle the death of another unknown man, and again this morning, a man named William Birch, living on Rebecca street, was found dead in his bed. As we go to press, an inquest is being held on the body by Dr. White, coroner.


BURFORD - Last night, an inquest was held on the remains of a man who died yesterday at the Travellers Rest Hotel, James street, when the following evidence was adduced.

Annie Bowers, sworn, said: I keep a saloon on James street in this city called the Travellers Rest. Deceased came into my place between 11 and 12 o'clock to-day. That was the first time I ever saw him. Did not know his name. He came in company with another man. They came in looking for a young man named George Bailey who used to board with me. I told them that he was not there, and that he owed me some money and that likely he would not be there. He said that he was going to start for England, and he would like to see him, Bailey, first. That they all worked on the W. G. and H. Railway together. He and his friend had something. They asked for some bread and cheese. I gave them some, but deceased did not eat anything. Deceased paid me and pulled out of his pocket a $5 bill and $1. He gave me the $1 bill. He said he was going to show the change in Canadian silver to his missus, that she would be proud to see it.

He came in pretty tipsy. His comrade asked for more to drink, as they were going. I gave them more to drink as they were going. I gave them some more. Deceased tried to go out of the door and fell on the floor on his face. The barber came forward and saw him, and he and his comrade picked him up. The barber and comrade led him to the kitchen. He said, "Let me lie down here". I got some carpet for him to lie on. He sat down on the floor and his comrade at his feet. He said he would not leave him. Deceased said that he wished to go out to the yard. His comrade led him out and both stayed out some time, about 5 or 10 minutes. His comrade came in alone and said he would have his dinner first and that the other man could have his dinner afterwards. I asked him what he had done with him. He said he had laid him down in the air and did not want any of us to disturb him and to be left alone to get sober so as to be able to go by the train in the evening.

His comrade went out into the yard after dinner and then came towards the window and said, "If he wakes up, you must not let him out of here." He said if he got out, he would get into the hands of the police. I said we would not let him out. His comrade said that he was going to the American Hotel to see after some luggage. That was the last I saw of his comrade. The barber went out into the yard shortly after, and looked at the deceased, and came in and told us he thought the man was dead. We all went out and seeing that he was dead, sent for Dr. Wolverton who came immediately. The two men seemed to be on friendly terms.

His comrade called the deceased, Jack. The comrade carried the deceased out by himself. Both were Englishmen. The comrade had a hesitation in his speech.

To a Juryman: When deceased fell, he did not fall against the counter. The comrade was the tallest of the two.

Annie Sutherland, sworn, said: I am cook in the employ of Mrs. Bowers. Deceased came into the house about half past eleven o'clock to-day. The first I saw of the deceased was when his comrade and the barber brought his through the bar into the dining room. Deceased seemed to be quite tipsy. He said he wanted to lie down. He laid down on some carpet and presently asked to be helped up and taken but side into the yard. His comrade raised him up by the shoulders, and when on his feet, he groaned two or three times. His comrade took him outside. He seemed to drag him along with his feet upon the ground. Did not see anymore of the deceased till the barber came to tell us he was dead, cannot see the yard from the kitchen.

I heard no noise in the yard. Is not more than twenty feet from the kitchen door to where he was lying. When I went out, the head of deceased was lying partly on a stick of wood. He was lying on his left side. His comrade had had his dinner and gone away by this time. He seemed to eat his dinner quite heartily. He was not excited. He was laughing about the corn, and said, "We can't be horses to eat corn". Deceased lay about ten minutes on the kitchen floor. Deceased laid in the yard about 20 minutes or half an hour. Saw his comrade drink ginger ale and whiskey, but the deceased spilt his. Did not see his comrade pass into the yard-after dinner.

Mary O'Brien, sworn, said: I am a hired girl to Mrs. Bowers. I went to change a $1 bill. I got four 25 cent scrips, and then got silver for one of them. Did not notice the men. Saw the barber bring deceased into the dining room. His comrade took deceased out into the yard alive. I was not in the yard afterwards till the barber came in and said the man was dead. The barber had his dinner at the table with the rest. Never saw deceased before.

John LeDuke, sworn said: I am a barber. I board at Mrs. Bowers'. I was not at home when deceased came in. When I came in about twenty minutes past 11 this morning, saw deceased and comrade at the bar. They were drinking. The comrade shook hands with me as I had seen him about two months before. Went into my shop, I then heard the report of a fall on the floor. Went into the bar and helped to pick up deceased. He fell away from the counter towards the wall. His forehead struck the floor and both hands were above his head. I helped him as far as the dining room door assisted by his comrade. He said he wanted to go out. Did not see them again for some time. The comrade then came and asked about getting shaved. I then went out into the yard and there I saw him beside his comrade who had followed me out. Deceased was lying on the ground and his comrade standing between him and me.

This was before dinner. I said he ought to bring deceased in. He said he was better there. I said you had better bring him in to dinner. He said no, he could have his dinner after he waked up, We all went to dinner then. The comrade, after dinner, went through the bar and out into street, and through the gate into the yard. He went past where deceased was lying and came back and went up to him. He then went to Mrs. Bowers and told her not to let him out of the house if he woke up before he got back. He then went through the gate into street. When his comrade was beside Deceased, I could not nee him as he was behind the fence. He was not more that a minute behind the fence. Did not hear him speak to deceased. Immediately after the comrade went away, I went out into the yard and was talking to Mrs. Day, jr. for about five minutes. Then went into the house for about 45 minutes. Then went into the yard again and noticed deceased's face was black and blue, and concluded he was dying or dead, and went for the doctor. The doctor said he was dead. The two men seemed to be quite friendly. Deceased was pretty drunk. Was not able to walk very well. The comrade was pretty sober. I was present when the constable searched the deceased. Found $15.45, 4.45 in silver, a $10 bill, and $1 bill, a ticket of passage for John Hosford, and an envelope directed to William Harrison

William West, constable, sworn: Was called about 2 o'clock this afternoon to Mrs. Bowers'. Found deceased lying on the ground in the yard, partially lying on his left side. He was quite dead, but warm. Searched deceased and found $4.45 in silver, a $10 bill on Tornto Bank, and $1 bill, a receipt for passage out, and an envelope addressed to William Harrison, care of Thomas Mepham, Hamilton, Province of Ontario, Canada West, with postmark of London, England, April 4, 1871. Searched for comrade of deceased and could got find him.

The inquest was here postponed to this evening to hear the evidence touching the post mortem examination.


September 23, 1871


PRINGLE, TODD - A sad accident occurred on Lake Scugog, near Port Perry, on Sunday last by

which two young men named Pringle and Todd were drowned. The deceased with three other young men were out sailing when the boat was suddenly upset by a gust of wind, precipitating the whole of them into the water. All clung to the boat and endeavoured to right it which they were unable to do. They shouted for help, but before it could arrive, Todd and Pringle sank. The others were rescued from their position in more that a half-dead condition.


ROOTES - The London "Advertiser" of Thursday says: An elderly man, named C. F. Rootes, put up at the City Hotel in this city on Tuesday night, and yesterday morning was taken seriously ill. Mr. Massop sent for Dr. Moore who attended the sick man and did all in his power to assist him, but he gradually sank and died within half an hour of his arrival. Deceased formerly resided in St. Johns, and more recently in Hyde Park and neighbourhood. He was a native of Herefordshire, England, and as far as is known, had no relatives in this country. His remains were removed to the city dead-house previous to interment.


CARPENTER - At home, Saltfleet, Alexander carpenter, in his 63rd year. Funeral from home to Grimsby on Mon., 25 Sept.


BURFORD - The adjourned inquest before Dr. Mackelcan concerning the sudden death of an unknown man at the place kept by Mrs. Bowels on James street, known as the Travellers Rest, on Thursday afternoon, terminated at the King William street station last evening. The missing companion of the deceased, named William Harrison, had in the meantime been discovered, and the further elucidation of the circumstances of the affair quite satisfactorily solved the shade of mystery that had enveloped it. The evidence taken is entirely explanatory of the sudden death. The inquest was continued as follows.

Eliza Mepham, sworn: I have seen the body of deceased. I saw him yesterday on King street, opposite tbe American Hotel. I was going to market and I saw him with his comrade, William Harrison, who used to board with me. They spoke to me and said they were going to the old country. I asked Harrison if he was going to my house, and he said he would after he saw my husband. I did not see Harrison's friend again until I saw him dead. I met them between 8 and 9 o'clock in the morning, and both were quite sober.

I have known Harrison since last October when he arrived from the old country and boarded with me. He was a quiet civil man. He left our house on the 14th of June and said he was going out into the country. I never knew Harrison to get unruly from drink. I do not know the name of deceased. Harrison stopped at our house last night. He came there shortly after dinner in the afternoon. I asked him where his comrade was, and he answered "down town". That was all he said about him. He went out in the field and stopped with my husband all the afternoon. This morning he left the house between 7 and 8 o'clock. He said nothing in the morning about his companion. He went out in the field to take leave of my husband and was there when he was arrested. Harrison said that himself and deceased were going home together on the same boat.

Dr. Wolverton, sworn: I was called to see the deceased yesterday afternoon about 2 o'clock. I found him lying in the corner of the garden with his face turned to the ground. I turned the body over and found the man was dead. His countenance was livid and swollen. The ears were of a dark livid colour, and mucous issuing from his lips.

I made a post mortem examination subsequently, and have prepared a report. I found the body to be that of a well-developed man about 38 years old. He presented externally no bruises, no extravasation of blood or any sign of violence whatever. The pupils were dilated, and their appearance was that of death from suffocation. On opening the chest, found adhesions of the lungs and chest walls. Found the heart somewhat displaced to the right. The valves were quite healthy. All the blood vessels leading to the heart were filled with unoxygenated blood. The lungs were small and contained little air, but they were dark with congested blood. In the stomach I found a quantity of partially digested food. It showed no signs of irritating poison.

Did not detect the smell of alcohol. His stomach appeared very healthy. The liver and spleen were congested and the former enlarged. The kidneys were much congested. On examining the neck, I found no traces of violence or extravasation of Blood. The membranes of the brain were deeply congested and the surfaces of the brain were more vascular than common. I found nothing in the brain proper to account for death. As a result of my examination, I come to the conclusion that the deceased was attacked with an epileptic fit, probably brought on by drink, and in this helpless condition, he lay on his face and so suffocated, and this fatal result might have been avoided by proper assistance.

William Harrison, sworn, said: I know the deceased. Got acquainted with him 4 weeks ago. He went by the name of John Francis when we were at work, but he told me his real name was John Francis Burford. We had been working together in a quarry in Dekensville, County of Haldimand. We were paid off the day before and had about $40 between the two. We reached Hamilton Wednesday night and lodged together that night. We were together all Thursday forenoon. Went in search of a young man who had been working with us. Burford drank a great deal of whiskey. He drank much whiskey at Mrs. Bowers'. I drank gingerbeer with whiskey in it. I think Burford. drank whiskey about a dozen times at Mrs. Bowers'.

He got down tipsy and we carried him into the kitchen and laid him down. He fell down in the bar-room before we carried him in the kitchen. I afterward helped him out in the yard where he fell down again and complained of a pain in his side. I put a piece of wood under his head. After dinner I went out to see about my luggage which was to come by stage from Caledonia. I met my old boss and got tipsy with him, and did not go back as I promised to. I thought when I left Burford that he was only tipsy and would be all right again soon. He got tipsy often. He swore a great deal, was swearing when I left him in the garden. I thought it was best to leave him there until he got sober as his language was not fit for the women to hear. I first heard of his death after I was arrested to-day. Burford drank large glasses of whiskey, about half a tumbler each time.

He drank fully a dozen glasses at Mrs. Bowers'. He drank three glasses in immediate succession. I think Burford had about $15 in his pocket when I left him. I was about starting after him to leave the city when I was arrested. We calculated to work our passage home.

The jury, after hearing an explanation of Dr. Wolverton's report, returned a verdict "That the deceased, John Francis Burford came to his death by suffocation resulting from an epileptic fit, and which attack was brought on by drink."

BIRCH - An inquest was held yesterday at 3 p.m. at the King William street station to enquire into the circumstances attending the death of William Birch who expired suddenly at his residence on Rebecca street, near Mary, about eight o'clock yesterday morning. Dr. White was the attending coroner, and the following evidence was taken.

Kate Sims (servant), sworn, said: I knew the deceased and was a servant in the family. I saw him last alive about half past eight this morning. He appeared then in his usual good health. He was in bed, having taken his breakfast. He had two cups of tea, a piece of toast, and an egg. I afterward gave him a glass of water. I was not out of the room more than two minutes when Mrs. Birch, who was in bed with him, asked me to bring some more water, that her husband was in a faint. I assisted her to sprinkle him with water. I did not think he was alive, and ran for the neighbours. Last night he took two pills. He did not say why he took them. He complained of a headache yesterday and did not eat either, breakfast or dinner. He remained in bed. Mrs. Birch and I put wet cloths on his head. This morning he took a dose of some tonic medicine which he got from Dr. Reid, as Mrs. Birch told me.

Sarah Birch, wife of the deceased, sworn: My husband was 38 years of age. He was born in Ireland, His religion was Wesleyan Methodist. Saw him last alive about half past eight this morning. He did not complain of being unwell, except that he said that he was weak. He had taken his breakfast. He had procured a tonic medicine to sharpen his appetite. He was sitting up holding the baby when he died, and suddenly leaned back as if he had fainted. He had taken a portion of his tonic before eating his breakfast. He had appeared weak and worried for some time past, and was up much at night. He appeared to die immediately when he lay over and did not breathe again. He was a carpenter by occupation.

Dr. J. D. Macdonald, sworn: I have known deceased about six weeks, and I have attended his family frequently during that time. He did not seem to be a robust man, but he did not complain to me. I saw the body to-day, and observed no marks of violence. He called at my office last night and appeared in his usual health. He complained previously of being dyspeptic, and was in the habit of getting drugs from the druggists. He seems to have died from some effusion of blood from some blood vessel. I could not determine where.

Dr. L. Crawford, sworn: I was called to attend deceased this morning. He was dead when I arrived. When I saw him first, the body was somewhat livid. Death might have occurred from congestion, disease of the heart, or the bursting of some blood vessel. I had never seen deceased before.

The jury, after hearing the evidence, returned a verdict "That deceased died from natural causes".


September 25, 1871


JEFFERS (Halton) - It is with regret that we announce the sudden death of the Rev. Mr. Jeffers who was well known and highly respected by a large circle of friends in this part of the country. Deceased, after taking part in the camp meeting services on Thursday last, walked over to the residence of Mr. Foster, where after conversing a short time, said he did not feel very well and lay down on the sofa and in few minutes he breathed his last.


BROWN (Waterdown) - On Saturday evening, 23rd instant, Richard Brown was killed by a tree falling on him while chopping at Attridge's farm.


BINNEY - Funeral of Capt. Joseph Binney: This old veteran and early pioneer of the Province, who died at his residence near Bronte, was buried yesterday with Masonic Honours, the funeral proceeding from Bronte to a point in Nelson Township on Dundas street about eight miles. The celebrity of the deceased as having been at the time of his death the oldest living member of the Masonic Order of the Dominion and believed to be the second oldest .on the continent of America, in connection with his eventful history and estimable character, drew together a large concourse at, the funeral. The several Masonic lodges in Hamilton were represented by a deputation numbering about seventy, a portion of whom proceeded to Bronte on the little steamer "F. A. Gardiner" and the remainder by carriages. Representatives also attended from Waterdown, Wellington Square, Oakville, and most of the neighbouring townships, and the procession extended nearly a mile in length. Captain Joseph Binney, who was 94 years and a month of age at the time of his death, came to his province from the neighbouring states. He was engaged in the defence of the country in the war of 1812, and also held a commanding position in the suppression of the rebellion of 1837. For some time past, he has been distinguished as the oldest Mason in the Dominion. He was initiated in Barton Lodge in Hamilton when the place was a mere hamlet on the 11th of February, 1803, and had therefore been upwards of 68 years a Mason. Barton Lodge was then No 10, F.R. In the history of the Barton Lodge, it appears that Lodge ceased working in the year 1810, and after an interval of twenty-six years, it was again reopened by Capt. Binney, Br. Ephraim Land, and others. He was one of the twelve signers of a memorial to the Grand Lodge at England for a new charter in 1844, and his history was almost identical with that of Barton Lodge from its origin.


September 26, 1871


BLOUNT - Died at Wellington Square, on the evening of the 25th instant, J. S. Blount, conductor, G.W.R., aged 33 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, 153 Bay street north, to-morrow (Wednesday) afternoon at three o'clock. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.


ECKHARDT - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, Edmund Eckhardt, aged 36 years and 9 months. The funeral will leave his late residence on the Dundas road, on Thursday afternoon, at 2 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


LONGLEY - Mr. Joseph Longley, son of William Longley, Lake Shore, Plympton, was kicked by one of his own horses, a quiet animal, on Friday last, from the effects of which he died next day.


CAREY, CHARLEBOIS - Two young men, named Carey and Charlebois, employed in a shingle mill at Prescott, were drowned on Monday evening of last week while crossing from Prescott to Ogdensburg.


WELSH - On Friday last, a brakesman named Robert Welsh, whose parents reside at St. Catharines, was run over by a locomotive at Windsor and cut in pieces. The unfortunate man had just been coupling some cars and stepped back on the side track when a locomotive approached unperceived, knocked him down, and passed over his body, mutilating it in a most frightful manner.

BROWN - A correspondent sends us the following particulars of an accident at Waterdown which briefly noted by telegraph yesterday. An accident of a painful character occurred on Saturday last in the woods belonging to Attridge and Co., near Waterdown where a number of men were employed cutting logs. A young man by the name of Richard Brown, who had been for some time in the employ of the firm and was highly esteemed as an honest and industrious hand, went to the woods to assist in the work. After staying a short time with two of the men, he left them to go further where others were working. The two men in the course of their work continued felling trees and cutting them into proper lengths for the mill. When night came, Brown did not return, but no uneasiness was felt until Sunday morning when not putting in an appearance, the men went in search of him, and after some time, they found his remains crushed beneath one of the trees they had felled the day before. A jury was summoned by Dr. Skinner, coroner, when a verdict was given in accordance with the above facts. No blame was attached to anyone.


BLOUNT - A melancholy accident occurred on the Toronto branch of the Great Western Railway at the Wellington Square station last evening, resulting in the instantaneous death of an old and faithful servant of the company, conductor James Blount. The deceased was in charge of the accommodation train which left Toronto at 5:30. On reaching Wellington Square at about 8 o'clock, a number of freight cars were at that station to be coupled on to the train. Conductor Blount undertook the duty of attaching the cars, and after backing up his train on the siding, he was walking with his back against the platform of a passenger car, carrying his lantern in one hand and with his other, directing the coupling link to the freight cars. When the cars came in contact, he missed the coupling and attempted to spring out at the side and was caught between the platform of the passenger car and a projecting side timber of the freight car which closed together. The timber caught the deceased in the region of the heart and other vital organs, crushing his body completely. As the cars rebounded, the conductor fell out at the side, and on being taken up, he gave one gasp and life was extinct. The body was taken-on board the train and brought to Hamilton. The deceased had been engaged on the Great Western Railway in the capacity of conductor for many years and was universally known and esteemed as one of the most faithful and obliging officers in the employ of the company. He was unmarried and resided on Bay street in this city with his mother who is overwhelmed with grief by her sad bereavement.


ECKHARDT - This forenoon, between 11 and 12 o'clock, Mr. August Eckhardt of the lager-beer brewery located on the Dundas road in the vicinity of Beasley's Hollow, was driving into the city with a load to supply his customers. When opposite the Crystal Palace grounds on King street, a sudden jolt of the wagon threw him from his seat and he fell to the ground, striking his head with such violence as to cause instant death. On examining the body, it was found that the neck had been dislocated by the fall, and the head was much bruised. An inquest was appointed to be held before Dr. Mackelcan, coroner, at 4 o'clock this afternoon.


HUNT - At Wellington Square on 25 Sept., 1871, J.S. Hunt, contractor G.W.R., age 23 years. Funeral from home, 153 Bay St. North on Wed. 27 Sept.


September 27, 1871


DAVIDSON - A sad situation has recently taken place in the family of Mr. William Davidson of Guelph. The youngest daughter, 5 years old, died on the 5th; the second, aged 7˝ years, on the 11th; and the eldest, aged 9 years, on the 15th; and on the 18th, his infant son died, all of scarlet fever. Thus within fifteen days, four children have died in one family.


ECKHARDT - Yesterday afternoon, an inquest was held on the body of Edmund Eckhardt who accidentally fell from his wagon on King street west, between Bay and Pearl streets. The inquest was held by Dr. Mackelcan, coroner, at the brewery at Beasley's Hollow. Deceased bad been suffering from ague for several days, and when in the city yesterday, he was attacked with chills, and on his way home, he fell out of the wagon. From the evidence adduced at the inquest, although no one saw him fall out, the supposition is that one of the traces became loose and that deceased endeavoured to fasten It without getting out of the wagon, and so doing fell on his head. From the evidence of all the witnesses examined, the deceased was perfectly sober.

Dr. Bullen, being called, testified that he knew deceased by sight and had seen him about 10 a.m. He was swaying about from side to side on the seat and appeared to be very sick, and having examined the body found an abrasion on the forehead and nose. The body was not emaciated, and from the absence of any other symptoms and from the evidence, thought that he had his neck broken in the fall from the wagon. The jury returned a verdict "that Edmund Eckhardt came to his death by accidentally falling from his wagon, driven by himself, in the city of Hamilton on the 28th day of September, 1871" Deceased was a married map, and leaves a widow and two children to mourn his untimely death.


BOOKER - We are grieved to announce the death of Col. Alfred Booker, formerly of this city, who expired at his residence in Montreal this afternoon. The deceased was a son of the Rev. Alfred Booker who came to this province from England and was for many years pastor of Park street Baptist Church. He met his death at the memorable accident at the Desjardins bridge. During a long business career in Hamilton, Colonel Booker the highest of confidence and esteem, and he was in the enjoyment of great prosperity in Montreal when prostrated by his final illness. His death will be deeply lamented by a large circle of friends.


September 28, 1871


DUPUIS - A young man, named Dupuis, whose parents reside in Maidstone, near Puce River, was killed while loading logs on a truck a few days ago. The log, a heavy sycamore, was rolling back on the skids when the boy, stepping backward, was arrested in his flight by another log which lay at his feet, and he was crushed between the two, causing instant death.


CLOHECY - Mrs. Thomas Clohecy, of Cherry street, who was so severely burned by the explosion of a petroleum lamp on Tuesday evening, died from the injuries yesterday morning. The deceased leaves a family of four helpless children. Her husband was one of the oldest residents of this city and years ago was the leader of the choir of St. Mary's Church.


September 29, 1871


LANE (Ottawa) - A woman named Caroline Lane, wife of a tailor, an habitual drunkard, was found dead in her bed yesterday morning at daybreak at her home in Broad street, Chaudiere. Her little girl, about seven years of age, told some of the neighbours that her mother was dead, and on going into the house, they found the statement true, she lay, a corpse, on a bedstead with a bundle of old rags on a bed, with nothing to cover her, and no food of any kind in the house. A more wretched place could scarcely be imagined. Furniture there was none deserving the name. It had all gone to supply the unnatural cravings of the deceased for whiskey. No regard had been paid to the requirements of their poor little child who had to live as best she might. The one thing needful for them was drink, and all the decencies and amenities of life, even parental love, had yielded to that. Drink was their food and their god.

When the poor half-starved child was questioned, she could tell little more than that for some days past her mother had eaten no food except a little gruel, and that in the night, her father had given the dying woman some whiskey and vinegar. When it was discovered that the woman was dead, some of the neighbours went to inform police sergeant McVeity who at once hurried to the spot and found the state of things as we have described them. Messengers were then sent to a coroner and McVeity sent a policeman to the relieving officers of St. George's Society that arrangements might be made for the burial and for the temporary relief of survivors. The husband says his wife had had 16 children, only one of whom, the little girl mentioned, is now living. They came from England about 15 years ago and were sober and industrious, and so long as they were so, they prospered for he being a tailor, could earn wages sufficient to make them so, but about 5 or 6 years ago, his wife took to drinking a little whiskey, but soon a little would not do.

The appetite for it increased, and in time became inordinate, and she was constantly craving for drink, more drink. Soon the effects were felt in their home. All Its comforts and love had departed. One thing after another was sold, a sacrifice to the demon of the still. Work was neglected. He fell into the hands of the police more than once, and instead of their former comforts, their home became desolate and a ruin, and now their ignominy is crowned with death. The old man who is older than his years had just enough sensibility to shed a tear, but who can tell but in a few hours the apparent grief will be forgotten In the oblivion of drink? and what of the child; who will care for her?


October 2, 1871


ROSS - Mr. James Ross, journalist, of Manitoba, and who occupied the position of chief justice under Riel's government, died at Winnipeg on the 20th ultimo, after a long illness. Mr. Ross was an accomplished journalist and a genial gentleman. For some years he fulfilled the duties of night editor on the Toronto "Globe", and at a previous period was connected with the staff of the "Spectator". It is said that he deeply regretted in the last years of his life having allied himself with the Riel insurrection.


October 3, 1871


LONGMAN (Montreal) - Matthew Longman, a well known citizen and newspaper man, died yesterday.


PARADIS (Montreal) - The coroner's jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against Pinsonnault who killed Paradis, near Laprairie, last week.

FOSTER - John Inglebritzen (or John Lee), who killed Mary Rooney, wife of Charles Foster, on the 3rd of May last, has been sentenced to be hanged on the 17th of November.


MADIGAN - The verdict in the case of Madigan who was killed by a brick wall falling on him, not being considered satisfactory, no blame being attached to the building inspector, the St. Patrick's Society are understood to have taken up the case of the widow and have instructed the Hon, J. J. C. Abbott, Q.C. and Mr. Matthew Ryan to take proceedings to recover damages for the man's death. (Montreal)


CAMPBELL - On Monday evening last, Duncan Campbell, son of Archibald Campbell, Conn road, Southwold, entered Smith's hotel at Fingal and asked the landlord for the loan of an overcoat, stating that he was going to Dunwich where he owned some mill property. The landlord replied that he would get one in a few minutes, and started out. Campbell took a seat in a chair, and shortly after, his head was seen to drop; a bystander caught him, and supposing that he had fallen into a fit, Dr. Penwarden was immediately sent for. The doctor arrived in about ten minutes, but found that Campbell was already dead. An inquest on the body was held by Dr. Gustin of St. Thomas on Wednesday when the jury rendered a verdict that death resulted from apoplexy, induced by intemperance. Deceased was 35 years of age and unmarried.


October 4, 1871


WARING - Died in this city, on the 4th instant, Mrs. Juliana Francisco Waring, aged 59 years. Funeral will leave her late residence, Wilson street, opposite the old St. Thomas church, to-morrow (Thursday) afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.


October 5, 1871


WRIGHT - Died on October 4th, at the residence of his father, David Wright, No 92 Merrick street, Thomas B. Wright, in the 39th year of his age. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Saturday next, at 3 o'clock p.m.


October 6, 1871


AGER - On Friday last, as Mr. Gore Ager, a farmer residing In the Township of Keppel, was returning home from town, accompanied by his wife, a painful accident took place, resulting in the death of the latter. It appears that Mr. Ager has reached his own gate and alighted from the wagon for the purpose of opening it when Mrs. Ager, seeing an approaching shower, suddenly opened her umbrella, which caused the horses to take fright and run away, throwing her out and inflicting such injuries that she died ere medical assistance could be procured. Mr. Ager has the sympathy of the neighbourhood in his sudden bereavement.


BECKETT - Died on the 4th instant, at Wigan, England, Mr. William Beckett, aged 64 years.


DOHERTY - Died at Quebec, on the 19th September, Thomas Doherty, aged 78 years, a native of Coleraine, Ireland. Mr. Doherty had been in the Government employ In Quebec for 40 years past, and was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends.


SWAYZE - Yesterday afternoon, Mr. Stephen Swayze, who resided near Hall's Corners, in the Township of Binbrook, paid a visit to the fairgrounds, and while there, incautiously approached a vicious horse from which he received a fearful kick in the abdomen. The injured man was conveyed to the residence of a friend in the city where he received the attention of Dr. Bethune of Binbrook and physicians of the city, but his in juries ware found to he of a fatal character, and after suffering great pain, he expired this morning. The deceased was a thriving farmer, much respected, and leaves a family to mourn his untimely death.


October 7, 1871


SWAYZE - Died this morning, at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. William Neville, Rebecca street, Mr. Stephen Swayze, in his 66th year. The funeral will take place to-morrow (Sunday) at 1 p.m. from his late residence, Binbrook. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.


DICKENSON - Died at Hamilton, Ont., on the 7th of October, Sarah, the beloved wife of Thomas Dickenson, and sister of the late W. M. Nicholson, of the Barrie "Examiner", aged 53 years. The funeral will leave her late residence, No 39 Catherine street north, on Monday afternoon, at 3 o'clock.


KEYES - Yesterday morning, a brakeman on the Great Western Railway named Alfred Keyes, employed on a special freight train west, fell from the cars between Thorold and St. Catharines, and was instantly killed. He was attempting to turn on the brakes, and owing to a defect in the wheel, it broke, precipitating him between the wheels. He was frightfully mangled, having one of his arms and one of his legs completely severed, and otherwise greatly bruised and disfigured. The deceased resided at London where he leaves a wife and three children.


MOONEY (Montreal) - The carter, Mooney, run over by his cart at the crossing at Point St. Charles, died last right at the city hospital.


October 9, 1871


RICHARDSON - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, Edith Florence, youngest daughter of the Rev. George Richardson, aged 3 years. The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon from 52 Park street north. Friends will please accept this intimation.


HENDERSON - Died at Rock Bay, on the 8th instant, Mr. David Henderson, in the 53rd year of his age, a native of Glasgow. The funeral will take place to-morrow at 3 o'clock from his late residence to Burlington cemetery. Friends will please accept this intimation.


STALKER (Orillia) - A melancholy case of accidental drowning occurred at Point Kay, Muskoka Lake, on Saturday last. It seems that a young woman, the daughter of Mr. C. Stalker, kindly undertook to assist some newly arrived settlers to remove their luggage by boat from Point Kay where it had been landed by the "Nipissing", and while attempting to roll a barrel on board the small boat, she was overpowered by It and carried into the lake which being deep at that point, the unfortunate young woman was drowned before assistance reached her. The body was recovered in a short time, and every effort made to restore animation. The sad occurrence has cast a deep gloom on the neighbourhood in which the deceased was well known and much respected.


SWEAYZIE (Swayze) - The earthly remains of the late Mr. Stephen Sweazie who received fatal injuries by a kick by a horse in the Show Ground in Hamilton were conveyed to their last resting place in Binbrook on Sunday, the 8th instant. The funeral was without exception the largest ever witnessed in the township. The Rev. Mr. Hunter of the Centenary Church, Hamilton, who attended the deceased during his short but painful illness, conducted the funeral service and delivered a powerful and impressive sermon to the large concourse of people who had assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to the memory of the deceased. Mr. Sweazie was one of the earliest settlers in the township and had by industry and perseverance hewn out for his family a comfortable home in the woods, His mournful demise has sent a gloom over the whole neighbourhood where he was generally respected, and a strong feeling of sympathy has been expressed in favour of the bereaved family as the large funeral cortege yesterday fully testified.


October 11, 1871


SNIDER - A little girl, five years of age, daughter of Mr. Snider of Brooke, slipped from a load of grain rear Watford on Saturday, the wheels of the wagon passing over her and killing her instantly.


FOX - On the 6th instant, while Mr. Fox of the Township of Murray was driving homeward with his wife from the East Northumberland fair at Brighton, a colt which he led behind his buggy became very restive. Suddenly the animal sprang into the vehicle which it overturned. Both the occupants fell out, Mrs. Fox's head striking heavily against a stone, killing her instantly. Mr. Fox was also hurt badly, but his injuries are not dangerous. The parties are well known residents of the Township of Murray where they had lived for many years.


October 13, 1871


LAND - Died in London, on the 11th Instant, George P. Land, Esq., barrister, aged 32 years. The funeral will leave his father's residence, 120 Rebecca street, on Saturday, the 14th instant, at 4 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.


October 14, 1871


MCLEOD - Alexander McLeod, who was distinguished for his connection with the stirring events in the history of the country, died recently at his residence just above the falls on this side of the Niagara river at the age of 76. He had a fit of apoplexy, and died sitting in his chair. It will be remembered by many that Mr. McLeod was arrested by the United States Government on the charge of burning the steamer "Caroline" while it lay at the dock at Schlasser in 1838 at the time of the Canadian rebellion. He lay in jail for some time, was tried, and finally acquitted and released. In the meantime feeling between the two governments worsened, and his case nearly involved the two governments in war. He laid his claims before the Home government for damages, and sixteen years ago succeeded in getting a pension of about $1000 a year which continued until his death.


October 16, 1871


FALLON - The Woodstock "Review" states that a young girl of the name of Fallon who had been in service in Woodstock became sick with typhoid fever and went to her miserable home to be cared for. She became delirious and had principally the attendance of a sister about ten years of age. The mother was for the most part of the time in wild delirium with drink, screaming like a demon, and in her mad moments even jumped upon the sick girl and striking her. The place for three weeks was a bedlam, and consisted of a log shanty. The girl died and was a corpse for hours before the body was laid out properly for burial. The neighbours were afraid to go near the place.


KLINE - Last week, we stated that Mr. Kline had recovered from an attack of paralysis and was apparently improving. On Friday, however, he received another shock from which he gradually sank and died about one o'clock yesterday afternoon. Deceased was well known in this city for many years and had a large number of friends and acquaintances.


PRICE - Some days ago, a brakeman named Price fell off a gravel train about a mile from Harriston, and fourteen loaded trucks passed over him, literally cutting his body in pieces. His head was taken off, his side split open so that the heart came out, and he was otherwise mangled and torn. Price was about 22 years of age, and unmarried. He came from England a few months ago and boarded in Fergus for a time. He had but little experience on the cars and consequently did pot expect the concussion which threw him off. He was a man of temperate habits and good conduct.


October 12, 1871


RUMLEY - On Saturday morning last, the body of James Rumley was found on the shore near the mouth of the river at Meaford, apparently washed up by the waters of the lake. An inquest was held by Coroner Albery, and a verdict was returned that deceased came to his death by drowning, and that the cause was excessive drinking.


October 18, 1871


AYLWIN - Judge Aylwin died on Saturday forenoon in the 66th years of his age.


HALL - On Monday evening, a carpenter named George Hall, a resident of London, was found dead sitting in his chair.


LOWS - On Saturday evening last, a young man by the name of George Henry Lows, son of Mr. Caleb Lows, of Harwich, was engaged in piling lumber at the mill of Messrs Pike and Richardson, Buckhorn Dock, and by some means or other, a large pile of lumber fell upon him, killing him instantly. Deceased was but a short time married, and was aged about 20 or 21 years.


MCNEIL (London) - Considerable excitement was created in the southern part of the city yesterday by the discovery of the body of a woman in the water at the foot of Bridge street at Clark's Bridge. The name of the deceased was Ann McNeil, wife of Daniel McNeil, plasterer, living on Grey street. The cause of her death is a mystery as at the place where she was found lying, the water is only three or four inches deep. The body was removed to her late residence where an inquest was held by Dr. Moore, when the following facts were elicited. In company with her daughter, she left home on Saturday evening for the purpose of attending a wake at the house of Mr. Morrison on Bridge street. She remained there till about one o'clock, when in consequence of a slight quarrel with Mr. Morrison, she started up saying to her daughter, "Anne Jane, come right home. I'm not going to stay here any longer". She then passed out through the front door to the gate, and so far as is known was never seen afterward alive.

It is supposed that she missed her way and turned towards the river instead of towards home. Her daughter stayed behind for a few moments to pacify Mr. Morrison. She was alarmed at not overtaking her mother, and expressed her fears to her companion. When she got home, she aroused the family, and immediately search was made, but without effect until morning when the body was found on the edge of the river, partially covered with water. The inquest was adjourned until to-night at 7 o'clock to allow a post mortem examination to be made of the body.


October 20, 1871


KELLY - William Kelly, a boy 14 years of age, son of Mr. James Kelly, of Dunkinville, was driving a wagon and team on Friday last, when by some accident the tongue of the wagon dropped from the neck yoke. The horses became frightened and started to run. The boy was thrown under the front wheels and was dragged along the ground for some distance. The horses at length stopped, and the unfortunate lad's head was caught under one of the hind wheels where he remained with his face buried in the send until help arrived to release him. When he was taken out, he was senseless, and died less than two hours afterward.


DICKINSON - On Sunday last, says the Chatham "Planet", the body of a man named Adam Dickinson was discovered on the Great Western Railway track a short distance from town. An inquest was held on Monday, and the facts elicited that the deceased had been seen by several witnesses between 5 and 6 o'clock on Saturday evening under the influence of drink. It was his usual custom to walk home on the track, a distance of nearly four miles. Late in the afternoon, he was observed sleeping in a field some twenty yards off the track. After waking up, it is presumed he attempted to get home, the attempt resulting as above. His feet were cut off and lay a short distance from the body. His left leg and arm were mutilated. A verdict of accidental death was recorded.


MARTIN - The Panama "Star & Herald" of the 18th ultimo contains a lengthy obituary notice of David R. Martin, Esq., formerly of Hamilton. The deceased was born in Belfast, Ireland, and came to Hamilton with his parents when quite young. After finishing his education in this city, he was engaged here for some time in mercantile pursuits. Subsequently he removed to Boston, and thence to Nicaragua. There he accepted an engagement in the service of the Royal West India Steamship Company at Aspinall. He finally succeeded to the chief agency of the company in the Isthmus, and at the time of his death, he also held the office of British vice-Consu1 at Panama. Mr. Martin had become a man of prominence and much influence in the Isthmus, and his death caused a feeling of regret among all classes. He was buried at Panama with Masonic honours, and a general demonstration was made in respect to his memory.


RAMSHAW - On Wednesday afternoon, a shocking accident occurred on the 4th line of Esquesing by which a young man of the name of John Ramshaw came to his death. It appears that while he and another person were engaged in sawing down a large oak tree, they found it falling, and both retreating, Ramshaw ran almost in rear of the tree which, instead of going to the ground direct, slid back over the stump with great rapidity, and catching the young man between the thigh and knee, drove him with such force against the ground that when taken up, it was found that the leg was completely crushed. Medical aid was summoned as soon as possible, but nothing could be done for him. He expired about 9 o'clock the same evening.


October 21, 1871


WHITNEY - On Friday last, the wife of Mr. Seymour Whitney, of Port Whitby, ruptured a blood vessel while in the act of milking the cow, and died almost instantly.


ATKINS - The Milton "Champion" says: Mr. Thomas Atkins, a respectable and highly esteemed farmer, residing on the 4th line, Esquesing, was on Tuesday last gored to death by a bull. Mr. Atkins had gone into his stable about 6 o'clock in the morning to look after the animal, when it broke its chain and knocked him down, goring him frightfully. Mr. Stark, hearing the chain break, rushed in to the rescue, but too late to save the life of his friend who lay dreadfully mangled on the floor. He managed to drive off the infuriated brute, and carried Mr. Atkins out to his house. His right arm was nearly torn off, the animal's horn had been driven clear into his right lung, and the whole right side of his chest had been smashed in. Mr. Freeman of Milton was sent for and did all that medical skill could devise to relieve the unfortunate sufferer, but without avail, and he died in about two hours after the dreadful occurrence.


HOPKINS - J. W. Hopkins, Esq., magistrate of Stoney Creek, died suddenly yesterday morning from erysipelas in the head. Deceased was in the enjoyment of ordinary good health up to Thursday evening when the symptoms of the fatal malady first appeared. He was a man of leading influence in the Township of Saltfleet, and his sudden death is universally lamented. The funeral was held to-day and largely attended.


October 24, 1871


MCKAY - Died on the 23rd instant, at the residence of Mrs. Munro, 74 Hughson street, Augusta Anna, eldest daughter of the late James D. McKay, aged eleven years.


NICHOLSON - yesterday, Dr. Rosebrugh held an inquest on the body of the late Richard Nicholson, aged 63.

Deceased had been in the police force in this city some years ago, and lately had been working on the farm of Mr. W. Gage, near Ryckman's Corners. About three months ago, he was taken ill and remained so for four weeks, during which time he was under the care of Dr. Bethune. Having recovered his health, he went to work as usual, yesterday morning, he was ploughing, and at noon came home to dinner. It was his usual custom to take s short sleep after dinner, and he did the same yesterday. At half past two o'clock, he took his team out and went into the field again. A short time after, a man passing along the road saw deceased lying on the ground, and went over to him when he found that he was lifeless. He at once communicated with Mr. Gage who instantly went to see deceased and found the sad news to be true. At the inquest, Dr. Bethune made a post mortem examination, and in his evidence said that he found one of the arteries in the chest ruptured and that deceased bled internally sufficiently to cause death. A verdict in accordance with the facts was returned. The deceased was a brother of the late Mr. W. Nicholson of the " Barrie Examiner" and formerly of this city.


October 25, 1871


HILL - Died at the residence of Mr. Mark Hill, Bartonville, on Tuesday, 24th instant, Samuel Hill, aged 53 years, after a painful illness. The funeral will leave Bartonville on Thursday afternoon, at 1 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.


ROBERTSON - Died on the 24th instant, William James, only son of James Robertson, aged 3 years and 5 weeks. The funeral will leave his father's residence, James street south, to-morrow (Thursday) 26th instant at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this notice.


SIMSON - W. Simson, one of London's oldest merchants, died on Monday.


WAMBACK (Lunenburg, N.S.) - A man, named Solomon Wamback, living about twelve miles from Bridgewater, N.S., murdered his wife and family on Sunday night week, and then committed suicide. Wamback was a fisherman, and about 40, and had just returned from a Greenland fishing voyage in an American vessel. He had lately been reduced in circumstances. His family consisted of his wife and four children. The ages of the children were as follows: Rufus, the eldest child was eight years of age; Margaret, 6 years of age; Janet, four years of age; and a baby, nine months old. Wamback since his return had been drinking pretty freely, although he was not intoxicated at the time the horrible act was committed. He had been in Bridgewater on the Friday and Saturday previous to the murder and was under the influence of liquor. While in this place, he endeavoured to purchase a five-barrelled revolver, giving as a reason that it would be useful when travelling. Whether he obtained the weapon is not known, but it appears the murder was committed with an axe, while the unfortunate victims were sleeping. Wamback was rather a fine intelligent-looking man, always kind to his wife and family, and considered by his neighbours and shipmates to be of a quiet and peaceable disposition.

His shipmates say that during his voyage to Greenland, he appeared to be in trouble and would frequently walk the deck while others were asleep.

The reporter of the "Acadian" gives the following particulars: Upon learning that Wamback had actually murdered his wife and the four children named and had drowned himself in the well near the house and that the bodies were inside, we entered the house, and the first object which met our eyes was the dead body of Wamback stretched on two benches in the kitchen and his head lying on a book. In a corner of the room lay the baby with its throat cut, the interior part, of the neck being completely severed. A more distressing spectacle we never beheld. There was a peaceful expression on the father's face from which a stranger could not in the slightest degree infer that it was that of a murderer. There were no bruises or scars of any importance on the body. Shuddering, we turned away from the dead body and of the guilty wretch who had gone to meet his God with a five-fold murder on his soul, and went into the room where Mrs. Wamback lay dead upon the bed.

A frightful spectacle here presented itself to our view. The skull of the unfortunate woman was completely smashed in, exposing the brain. There were three wounds on the back of the neck, nearly severing the posterior half of the neck, also a cut above the left eye, two inches in length. The pillow, bed, and bedclothes were entirely saturated with blood, and the place resembled a slaughter house than a bedroom.

On entering another room, pools of blood on the floor first attracted our observation, and on the bed lay three young children, covered with blood. The eldest, Rufus, had been murdered by a wound severing the anterior half of the neck. The poor boy had received a wound two inches in length, extending from the middle of the clavicle to the upper edge of the scapula. Lying by his side were his sisters, Margaret and Janet. The former has her head severed from her body and two large wounds on the skull dividing the left portion of the same. The latter had received a wound severing the left half of the neck, also a wound extending from the centre of the upper lip to the outer side of the mouth to the outer side of the left nostril; a wound in the front of the arm four inches in length, extending from the coratoid process to the middle of the arm; also a wound extending from the acromion process to the insertion of the deltoid muscle; and a wound severing the thumb, forefinger, and the lower joints of the second finger.

After witnessing this revolting spectacle, we were shown the axe with which this devilish deed of cruelty had been committed. It bore marks of having been recently sharpened and was covered with blood and feathers of the pillows.

Glad to escape from this chamber of horrors, we went from the house to the well in which the body of the wretched father had been found. On a stake close by hung the coat and hat of the miserable man. It appears that he proceeded with his work in a cool deliberate manner. Two large stones were lying outside the well; one weighing 20 pounds had been found tied to the neck and the other, weighing 50 pounds. fastened to his feet. On examining the well, we found it contained about 4 feet of water into which he had thrown himself headlong. We remained to see the six bodies placed in their coffins, and mournful enough was the fatal spectacle.

This is the most fearful tragedy that has ever occurred in this county, and has cast a gloom over the whole community in which it occurred. A more awful murder could scarcely be recorded.


October 26, 1871


HARRIS - Mr. James Harris, an old and esteemed resident of Trafalgar, was engaged yesterday in repairing the woollen factory of Mr. L. McCann where he fell from a scaffolding, a distance of about 20 feet to the ground. His head struck on a piece of timber, fracturing the skull and causing almost instant death. This is the fourth person who has met death by accident in the that locality within a fortnight.


October 27, 1871


JOHN - A very strange accident occurred on Wednesday last at Middle Road, a short distance from Bathurst, whereby a man named George John lost his life. It appears that deceased was engaged in working at an anvil when he was struck in the side by a piece of iron which mortally wounded him. The unfortunate man lived only a few minutes after.


October 28, 1871


MACINNES - Died in Hamilton, on October 27th Johanna Macinnes, relict of the late Duncan Macinnes, Esq., of Appin, Argyle-shire, In the 79th year of her age. The funeral will leave her late residence on Maria street, on Monday, October 30th, at 3 o'clock.


October 30, 1871


HANCOCK - Died in this city, on the 29tb instant, Mr. William Hancock, father of W. and J. Hancock, builders, of this city, aged 62 years, 11 months, and 3 days. The funeral will leave his sons' residence, No 51 Locomotive street, to-morrow (Tuesday) afternoon at half past two o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


DAVIS - Died this morning, in her 76th year, Margaret, wife of Thomas Davis, Esq. Friends are respectfully invited to attend her funeral from her husband's residence, on Wentworth street, to Burlington cemetery, on Wednesday, the 2nd of November, at two o'clock p.m.


October 31, 1871


SHEPARD (St. Mary's) - A Lambton farmer, named Shepard, was called to assist one of his neighbours to intercept the fire which was praying on his fields and fences and threatening his buildings. After working till he was quite exhausted, he looked in the direction of his home, and saw his own house burnt down, and when he approached it, found his family in a lethe (oblivion) weeping the loss of everything. This was more than he could bear. His reason gave way. He wandered about, a raving man for a few hours, and died.


COPEMAN - An accident occurred on the farm of Mr. Bowles on the gravel road, Melancthon, last week by which a boy named J. Copeman lost his life. It appears that he was attending a threshing machine and got caught in the tumbling shaft and whirled several times around with it, shattering one of his legs in a horrible manner, and almost severing it at the knee joint. Drs. Kearnan and Christo amputated the limb, but the injury was so severe that the patient died thirty-six hours after the operation was performed.


MCDONALD - In Arnprior, on Wednesday evening last, a man named McDonald, while in a state of intoxication, had an altercation with a policeman who endeavoured to arrest him. McDonald proved unruly and refused to be taken to the lock-up. Thereupon, the policeman drew his baton end struck him a severe blow on the temple, knocking him down insensible to the ground. He was carried to the lock-up and medical assistance at once obtained, but the poor man never rallied, and after continuing in an insensible state for about three hours, died from the effects of the blow he received. the policeman is in custody pending investigations into the matter.


SWEENY - On Sunday evening last, an encounter occurred near the village of Lonsdale, Tyendinaga, between two men named John Sweeny and Patrick Mahan, farmers, living in the vicinity, which resulted in the death of Sweeny. The particulars given to our reporter are as follows. On the evening in question, Sweeny, while on his way homeward from Lonsdale, met Mahan at a crossing about half a mile from the village. There was an ill feeling existing between the parties, Sweeny having some time previous beaten Mahan's brother. Mahan, on seeing Sweeny, called him to stop and asked him to fight. For this purpose, deceased dismounted from his horse when Mahan struck him senseless with a club or slung shot, and it is supposed jumped upon him as his intestines were badly ruptured. The injured man was conveyed home where he lingered in great agony until Thursday morning, the 26th instant, when he expired. The occurrence has caused great excitement in the neighbourhood of Lonsdale and through out the township. The murderer, informed by a friend of the death of his victim, has fled to avoid arrest. Deputy Sheriff Taylor, Chief of Police Petrie, and County Constable Garrett went to Mahan's residence to arrest him, but were foiled by his speedy disappearance. The authorities of other towns have also been put upon the alert so that his capture may be hoped for. Coroner John P. Macdonnell went to Tyendinaga this afternoon to hold an inquest upon Sweeny's remains.


November 1, 1871


STEVENS (Southampton) - In the case of Johnson charged with murdering William Stevens, the coroner's jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death by blows administered by Isaac Johnson. The prisoner acknowledged to two of the witnesses that he had killed William Stevens, but now denies it. He was committed this morning for trial to Walkerton. The prisoner is an Indian from Michigan, and not from Walpole Island as before stated.


DAVIS - The mortal remains of the late Mrs. Davis were followed to the grave this afternoon by a large number of friends and mourning relatives. The death of this amiable lady has severed an important link in the past history of the country and leaves us with scarcely a single individual who can narrate any of the stirring events she remembered so well, she was probably the oldest native Canadian in this part of the country, and had seen it rise from a wilderness trodden only by the red man to a smiling and fruitful land dotted with flourishing towns and villages. Her mother was stolen by Indians when a child and brought from the United States to Canada, and was restored to her parents after being kept in captivity for several years. Her father was in the Indian service and died at the post of duty, having received his death wound while fighting in the defence of his country.

Mrs. Davis was 17 years old at the time of the last American war and could give graphic descriptions of the occurrences of that eventful period. She had seen the brave General Brock and described his appearance with wonderful minuteness. Her accounts of the battles of Queenston, Lundy’s Lane, and Stoney Creek, as given by her from hearing them from the lips of those who had been eye-witnesses, were more vivid, clear, and connected that we read them in the country's annals. She had seen Hamilton grow from a wooded plain into a city of twenty-five thousand inhabitants, and remembered when Toronto had scarcely the old name it once bore. Gradually the old landmarks are being removed and soon we shall have none to tell the tales of other days when the whole of this Western Peninsula was little better than a howling wilderness. Mrs. Davis was the type of a true woman and among the last of her heroic race who did so much to ennoble the character of her sex as exemplified in the dangerous difficulties and suffering through which they passed in the perilous times that tried men's souls. She was a fine specimen of the cheerful, kind and generous-hearted matron one loves to meet with, and her goodness of heart and sweet disposition will be long remembered by all who knew her.


November 2, 1871


O'MEARA - The London "Free Press" gives the following particulars of the death of Thomas O'Meara of this city by being run over by the cars on the Great Western Railway. Early Tuesday morning the body of a man was found on the Great Western Railway track near Appin. A passing train had severed the body across the middle, tearing out his internal organs and presenting a terrible spectacle. When the body was discovered, it was still bleeding, thus indicating that the tragic occurrence had but recently taken place. The remains were removed to Glencoe where an inquest was held the following day by Dr. Lumley. It appeared from the evidence that the unfortunate man's name was O'Meara, a moulder by trade, living in Hamilton. Being out of work, he and a man named Foley had attempted to walk to Detroit, trusting to the chance of catching a ride on the freight cars. The deceased, who was a little touched in the head, had wandered from his companion and was struck and mangled in the manner described, or else committed voluntary suicide by lying down across the track and allowing the cars to pass over his body. The coroner's jury returned a verdict of accidental death, the deceased being of unsound mind. The remains were sent to Hamilton for interment.


November 3, 1871


ROBERTSON - Died on the 3rd instant, Margaret Annie, second daughter of James Robertson, aged 4 years, 4 months, and 13 days. Funeral will leave her father's residence, James street south, to-morrow (Saturday), the 4th instant, at 2 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this notice.


November 4, 1871


MITCHELL - Died in this city, on the 4th instant, Emma Elizabeth, infant daughter of D. G. Mitchell, aged 7 months. Friends are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from her father's residence, Maiden Fane, below Catherine street, to-morrow (Sunday) afternoon at 2 o'clock.


GUTHRIES - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, George Guthries, aged 36 years. The funeral will leave the residence of his brother-in-law, Alfred Crowe, 163 Mary street north, at 2 o'clock p.m., to-morrow (Sunday). Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


November 6, 1871


BARKER - Died in Hamilton, on Saturday, the 4th instant, Wright Barker, eldest son of Hiram Barker, aged 4 years and 11 months.

About 12 o'clock on Saturday, a little boy named Wright Barker, son of Mr. Hiram Barker who resides on McNab street between Murray and Barton streets, was run over by a grain wagon and killed. The child was found by his mother in the agonies of death, the wagon having passed on and the driver being unaware of the accident. It appeared that deceased and two other little boys attempted to get on the wagon as it was passing slowly along the street, the deceased clinging on at the side between the fore and hind wheels, and his companions at the end. While in this position, he lost his hold, and falling upon the ground, one of the hind wheels passed directly over his breast. An inquest was held this morning before Dr. White, coroner, and on the above facts being presented, the jury returned a verdict of accidental death. The deceased was nearly five years of age.


November 8, 1871


CHRISTIE - Died at her residence, West Flamborough, in the 76th year of her age, Barbara Petrie, relict of the late Rev. Thomas Christie. Funeral on Thursday, the 9th instant, at 11 o'clock a.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


CONNOR - On Monday afternoon, a man named Thomas Connor, belonging to Harrisburg and employed on the Brantford branch of the Great Western, was run over by a locomotive about two miles from Harrisburg and instantly killed. The deceased attempted to cross the track in front of the locomotive which was approaching rapidly, but his defective calculation of time and distance cost him his life. The body was horribly mutilated, and death must have resulted instantly.


November 10, 1871


SLOAN - On Wednesday last, John Sloan, a stone mason who resided at 88 Bay street in this city, received injuries near Paris which resulted in his death yesterday morning. Sloan was employed on the new railway bridge of the Great Western across the river Nith and came down to Paris on Wednesday to draw his pay, intending also to proceed to Hamilton to visit his family. He received his money, but missing the train he intended to take for home, he boarded another train to return to his boarding bouse about four miles from Paris to remain until the next day. The train slackened up at the point where he expected to get off, but in jumping from the cars, he slipped and fell and rolled down an embankment about sixty feet. He was able to rise, however, and reach his boarding place where he retired to bed complaining of having been injured by his fell. Nothing more was heard from him until yesterday morning when he was found dead in his bed. The body was brought to this city last night. Deceased was 31 years of age and leaves a wife to mourn his loss.


FRASER - The Antigonish "Casket" says: On Monday, the 23rd ultimo, Mr. John Fraser, Angus's son, of St. Joseph's, Ohio, in this county, left home with the intention of engaging as a school teacher in one of the neighbouring settlements. As he started on foot, he took a gun with him as was his custom, particularly when passing through places in which game was likely to be found. For an entire week, nothing was heard, nor did any anxiety thence arise, but on the on the 29th ultimo, his hat, gun, and heavier garments were found on the margin of St. Joseph's lake. On Tuesday, after a prolonged search, his body was dragged to the surface. The fatal casualty from this and other circumstances is of easy explanation. Having shot a duck, obviously that found floating on the lake a few days previously, he divested himself of his hat, coat, and outer garments, and in the effort to seize the victim of over-cunning art, sank to rise no more. The deceased bore an excellent character and is much regretted.


November 11, 1871


FLEMING - A man named James Fleming, aged 62, committed suicide at Lanark, on Wednesday, by banging himself. Cause - intemperance.


NELLIS - A sad event occurred at Caledonia yesterday, and which has caused a deep feeling of regret, is the suicide of a prominent and esteemed resident, James C. Nellis, Esq., J.P., resulting from the effects of insanity. The deceased was in the most promising circumstances of life, having lately entered into partnership with Mr. A. Wilson of Caledonia in mercantile business after leaving his farm and disposing of his stock, and the firm was prosperously engaged. An inquest was held before Coroner Messenger when from the evidence adduced, it appeared that deceased, having lost the use of his right hand by erysipelas, became depressed in mind, and this coupled with the wrenching of old ties involved in removing from the family homestead which had been their home for generations, resulted in the rash act. The deceased's brother, J. Hamilton Nellis, was murdered by the notorious Townsend, at which time the deceased procured a revolver which he loaded a few days since, observing that as he was carrying a large amount of money about him it might be useful. The possession of the loaded revolver doubtless suggested the means of carrying out the prompting of his brain. A verdict of "suicide while in a state of temporary insanity" was returned. The deceased leaves a wife and large family who have the sympathy of his numerous friends throughout the country, He was the son of a U. E. Loyalist and companion-in-arms of Brant.


November 13, 1871


REID - Died at Hamilton, Ontario, late on the evening of Saturday, the 11th November, in the 90th year of her age, Isabella Reid, spinster, formerly of Inverness, Scotland. The funeral will leave the residence of her nephew, Mr. Hugh Mackintosh, 64 King street west, to-morrow (Tuesday) 14th instant, at 3 p.m. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.


CAULFIELD - In Oshawa, on the 6th instant, a woman named Ann Caulfield, was found drowned in a mill race. Her husband has been arrested on suspicion of being her murderer and sent for trial, by the coroner's jury. His cap was found floating on the water, and locks of hair and marks of a struggle having taken place on the bank.


IRVINE - Yesterday afternoon, the remains of the late bombardier Irvine of H.V.A. were interred with military honours. The members of the battery and a large number of the 13th battalion met at the drill shed at 2 p.m. and proceeded to the late residence of deceased on Ferry street. The Rev. Mr. Burnet preached at the house before the departure. The body was placed upon a gun carriage, the coffin and seat being covered with flags. A firing party was composed of No 2 Company, Captain Moore. The band of the 13th preceded, playing along the route the solemn dirge "The dead march from Saul". The whole obsequies had a grand but solemn impression upon all who witnessed the scene. Hundreds of people lined the streets through which the funeral passed to the cemetery. After the body was lowered into the grave, the firing party discharged their rifles in tribute to their departed comrade in arms.


November 14, 1871


PALEN - Mr. Fulton Palen, one of the oldest residents of Wellington, was knocked down by a horse while crossing the street on the 6th instant, and died.


STONEHOUSE - A very sad accident occurred in Goderich Township on Thursday evening, November 2nd, by which Mr. Henry Stonehouse lost his life. It appeared he went into the stable to feed an entire imported horse which he had purchased from Mr. Mason of Tuckersmith. While doing so, the horse seized him by the arm with his mouth, knocked him down, and trampled on him. He managed to crawl to the door where he alarmed the girl who was milking. He was assisted into the house and medical aid immediately sought, but he died in two hours. He was buried on Sunday last in the Goderich cemetery, his remains being followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of mourners. His death has cast a gloom over the neighbourhood in which he was greatly respected. He was aged about 46 years.


November 15, 1871


BASRIGED - David Basriged was tried at Cobourg last week for the murder of his wife by poison on the 3rd of April last. He was found guilty and sentenced to be executed on the 14th of December.


LITTLE - The London "Free Press" learns from Cincinnati that a young Canadian, named James Little, formerly of Rathro, Oxford County, who was working on the Cincinnati and Newport Railway bridge, on Tuesday last fell a distance of seventy feet into low water, and broke his neck. He was 21 years of age and unmarried.


IRWIN - A very sad accident happened to a daughter of Mr. Richard Irwin, of Mulmur, on Monday last. The girl, who was about 11 years of age, was sent by her mother to mind an infant in an adjoining room, and a box containing a pistol was left open, and she, taking it out, thought to raise the lock, and in doing so, pressed it against a table, and it immediately exploded, shooting herself through the bowels. With the words"Dear mother, I'm shot", she fell dead on the floor. The pistol was loaded over twelve months. A warning to those in the habit of keeping firearms.


November 17, 1871


MITCHELL - Died in this city, on the 16th instant, Amelia Maud, daughter of D. G. Mitchell, aged 4 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from her father's residence, Maiden Lane, below Catherine street on Sunday next, the 19th instant, at 2 o'clock.


November 18, 1871


LEE (Montreal) - The body of Lee, executed yesterday, was removed to St. Bridget's Church, and afterward conveyed to the Roman Catholic cemetery for interment.


PROULX (Quebec) - A man named Joseph Proulx, blacksmith of St. Thomas, fell from the Citadel cliff, a distance of about one hundred feet yesterday afternoon. When thirty feet down, he caught on a tree and remained hanging for a few minutes. His position was discovered, but before assistance arrived, he fell perpendicularly to the rocky ground, and was killed. He came to town to make purchases, and was accompanied by his daughter, when last seen, be was driving with a carter and was drunk. An inquest is how being held.


FORTIN (Quebec) - A young man named Louis Fortin was killed yesterday by being caught in the machinery at Poss's mill, St. Nicholas.


November 21, 1871


MORRIS - While two little boys, aged six years each, a son of Mr. Edgar Magee and the other a son of Mr. Samuel Morris, were playing on the ice at Rockwood on Sunday, both fell into the water, and the son of the latter got drowned before assistance reached the spot.


GUDGEON - An old man, a pensioner named M. Gudgeon who lived on the 4th concession of the Township of London, was found dead in a ditch by the roadside about half a mile from his home yesterday. He had been missing since Tuesday last. From the position of the body, it would appear that Gudgeon, who when last seen was intoxicated, wandered from his home and had probably fallen down a steep embankment into the roadway where he lay and from the effects of the fall and the whiskey he had imbibed perished with cold.


November 22, 1871


BOSKILL - A farmer named Boskill, living in Eden Mills near Rockwood, committed suicide yesterday morning by hanging himself. The cause is unknown. He leaves a wife and six or seven children.


HILLIER - Mr. Jacob Hillier, of the Township of Ernestown, died yesterday at the advanced age of 101 years. He was born near Little Falls on the Mohawk river on the 5th of November, 1760. After the revolutionary war, he removed to this country and took up his abode in Odessa, where he resided up to his death. He leaves a wife but eight years younger than himself to mourn, with a large concourse of children, grand and great-grand children.


LONGBOAT - Mrs. Longboat was seriously injured by falling from a buggy after coming out of the Presbyterian Church at Douglas on Sunday, the 5th instant, and died on Thursday evening from the effects of the injuries which she sustained. She never regained her senses, and although she lingered for several days, she did not speak a rational word after the accident. Though 74 years of age, she was active and hearty up to the time of the fatal fall.

DALEY - Yesterday morning, a man named Michael Daley, who lives in a house on Trainor's Hill, close to the Grand Trunk, Guelph, was killed by being run over by the cars. He was going into Guelph to his work before 7 o'clock, and was walking on the track. A freight train was going from Guelph and came up to him. He was facing the wind, and not hearing or seeing it, the car struck him on the head, killing him instantly. When some of the neighbours who learned the circumstance and went to him, he was quite dead. Deceased lived with his sister who occupies a house on the Hill near the track.


November 23, 1871


MORRISON - Died at Balmoral, Haldimand, on November 18th, Erastus James, son of Mr. S. W. Morrison, aged 7 months.


JOHNSTON (Newmarket) - A deliberate & wilful murder was committed this morning in East Gwillimbury, about nine o'clock, near Queensville. A respectable farmer, named Johnston, who lives on the 5th concession of East Gwillimbury, in company with a young man, John Travis, in a sleigh, and as three children going to school saw a runaway team, they stopped it and found Mr. Johnston lying dead in the sleigh. On examining Johnston, it was found that he was shot through the mouth.

John Johnston had a gun in the sleigh and is the murderer. After committing the deed, he left the sleigh and went home and told his sister what he had done, and then ran off to the woods. It is reported that he has a rifle with him. The people in the neighbourhood are after him and have surrounded the woods. In consequence of the snow, they think they can trace him.

The cause of the foul dead is reported that Travis is paying his address to a farmer's daughter, and Johnston had been giving him a bad character in that family.


GOSLIN - It is with deep regret that we learn of the death of Mr. John Goslin who for several years was connected with the editorial staff of the "Globe". He was a man of good parts and genial temperament, and a universal favourite with his 'confreres'.

He was an Irish Canadian and Catholic. His father resides in the vicinity of St. Catharines where deceased was widely known and will be deeply regretted.


MURDOCH - The Sarnia "Canadian" speaks of a case of great inhumanity which has just occurred in Petrolia. It is stated that when young Murdoch, who was killed by the explosion of a boiler last Thursday, was lying unconscious at the dead hour of night without a soul near him, a young friend of his named Thomas Thomson, who was running an engine nearby, came to his assistance, rendering him all the aid and comfort in his power and remaining with him until the dying boy was taken to his mother's house. On returning to his work, his employer dismissed him from his service, great indignation is said to exist in the village owing to this exhibition of heartlessness


November 24, 1871


HENDERSON - Yesterday and to-day, the flags are hoisted at half-mast out of respect to the memory of the late Captain Henderson of the propellor "Brantford", who died yesterday morning.

November 25, 1871


HARVEY - Mr. Arthur Harvey, who left Brockville a short time since for a trip to Italy for the good of his health, died soon after reaching the shores of the old world.


November 27, 1871


KNOX - Died in the Township of Onondaga, on the 13th of October last, Thomas, second son of Mr. Andrew Knox, aged 21 years.


WHITE - Died in Montreal, on the 26th instant, Charles, youngest son of Richard White, Esq., aged 10 months and 2 days.


OSTRANDER - A bright little lad of twelve summers came to his end on Wednesday last by the bursting of some part of the machinery on the steam mill at Point Traverse. The little boy named John Ezra Ostrander was working in the mill when the shingle-joiner burst into pieces which flew like cannon shot in every direction. One piece struck the unfortunate boy in the forehead and killed him instantly. The escape of the other workmen was almost miraculous.


LAUDER - We are sorry to learn by telegraph from Detroit that Mr. Lauder of the general freight department of the G. W. Railway and assistant to Mr. Crampton was found dead in his bed this morning.


November 28, 1871


LAUDER - Died at Detroit, Michigan, on the 27th November, suddenly of disease of the heart, Mr. John Lauder, formerly of this city, aged 35 years. The funeral from Mr. George McKay's, No 90 Park street, on Wednesday afternoon, at two o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.


November 29, 1871


AUSSEM - Died in this city, on Wednesday, November 29th, of inflammation, Mrs. Vannarandle, beloved wife of J. H. Aussem, aged 38 years. The funeral will take place from her husband's residence, No 136 King street west, on Friday, at half past two p.m. Friends will please accept this invitation.


November 30, 1871


ALDENS (Alders) - The Guelph "Herald" says that in Weehawken, a man named Aldens (or Alders), who had been missing for several days, was discovered dead in his room. When found, he was seated at a table with $1540 and some odd change before him, his hands in such a position as showed that he had died in the act of counting his money. He lived entirely alone, and had, so far as can be ascertained, no relations to whom the money may go.


December 1, 1871


BURNET - Died on the morning of the 1st December, at the Manse, Hamilton, James Abercromby, eldest son of the Rev. R. Burnet, in the 16th years of his age. The funeral will take place on Monday, the 4th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.


December 2, 1871


DOOR - Died in this city, on the 1st instant, John, eldest son of James Door, in the 9th year of his ape. The funeral will leave his father's residence, No 12 Market street, to-morrow, afternoon at half past one o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.


OLIVER - Died at Waterdown Station, G.W.R., on the 1st instant, Eliza Oliver, relict of the late John Oliver, in the 73rd year of her age. The funeral will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, the 3rd instant, from her late residence, to Hamilton cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


December 4, 1871


PROUDFOOT - On Sat., 2 Dec., Ann H. Proudfoot, wife of William Proudfoot. Funeral on Tues., 5 Dec.


December 6, 1871


GORDON - We regret to state that we have been advised by telegraph of the death of J. P. Gordon, Esq., barrister, of Goderich, and son-in-law of Sheriff McDonald. He died very suddenly at an early hour this morning of heart disease. His sudden demise will be keenly felt in the community in which he resided, as he was one of the most respected residents of that place and first in all pertaining to the interest of the town. His place will not be easily filled.


December 7, 1871


IRVINE - Miss Margaret and Miss Catherine Irvine, daughters of the late Col Irvine, P.A.D.C., died on Sunday night in Quebec of scarlet fever.


LOUIS - Louis Lefranc has been convicted of shooting Gros Louis, a Huron Indian, near Lorette, last fall. He shot the unfortunate man to rob him of $12 which he had received for guiding Col. Rhodes and a party of sportsmen.


December 8, 1871


HICKS - A man named Hicks was frozen to death at Lachine Junction in the late cold snap, and a woman was badly frozen at Long Point road. She is not expected to recover.


DONOHUE - Yesterday afternoon, a man named James Donohue, who was formerly employed as policeman at the Paris station, was fatally killed by being run over by a freight train on the Great Western. He was looking at the express passing at the time, and was not aware of the approach of the other train. He leaves a wife and child.


BYERS - A girl died in Ellice last week under very painful circumstances. Her name was Byers, and she resided with an aunt, Mrs. Robert Hannah. Early in October, suspicion was aroused that the girl, who was only fifteen years old, was inceinte (pregnant), and a medical examination confirmed the impression. Thereupon her friends bundled her off to her mother who lives near Ottawa. About three weeks ago, she returned to the neighbourhood, and one night about that time, she was discovered lying in an open shed belonging to Mr. Wilson, tavern keeper, Milverton, with a wisp of straw for her bed and a stick of wood for a pillow. Mr. Wilson drove her to the residence of her aunt, Mrs. Hannah, where she shortly afterward expired, and on Saturday she was buried. She was sister to a mute, and was considered to be of a weak intellect. The circumstances surrounding the case of which the above are a mere outline are of a very distressing character.


UNNAMED WOMAN - On Monday evening, a poor old woman aged 73 years, who had left Germany with the intention of reaching the home of her only son who some years ago settled in Michigan, died while sitting in the railway station between Dundas and Copetown. The journey from the fatherland had been too fatiguing for the old lady, and she died in a strange land among strangers just as the hope of her declining years was about to be realized. Her remains were deposited in a coffin by the railway authorities and forwarded to her son under the care of a fellow passenger.


FINGLAND - About ten days ago, while Mr. William Fingland, of the 5th concession of Beverly was sitting at the table taking his dinner, he was struck with palsy and expired before he could be removed from his chair. Mr. Fingland was 77 years of age and an old settler in the township. He was much and deservedly respected.


CHRISTIE - The "Free Press" states that a fatal accident occurred in London last evening,, resulting in the death of a son of Ald. John Christie. The ill-fated youth was engaged with a number of others on the roof of the Insane Asylum which is now nearly completed, end by some mischance slipped off and fell with great violence to the ground. He was killed instantly. Deceased was a young man of excellent promise, very industrious habits, find a favourite among his comrades. He was aged about nineteen years. His parents have the sympathy of our citizens generally in this bereavement.


December 9, 1871


MCVANNELL - Cyrus Pickard is to be hanged at London on the 28th instant. He was sentenced to death at the late assizes for the murder of a man named McVannell in the Township of Nissouri last summer.


December 11, 1871


RUTLEY - Died this morning, at 30 Wellington street north, Mrs. Rutley, wife of Mr. G. Rutley, aged 58, much respected and loved by all who knew her.


PAXMAN - A man by the name of Paxman recently died very suddenly at Park Hill. After death, the deceased looked very lifelike, and after the interment had taken place and the people about to retire from the graveyard, it was suggested that the deceased might be in a trance. The grave was at once opened and the corpse disinterred. Dr. Caw was sent for who declared that life was quite extinct. Re-interment did not take place until the following day.


December 12, 1871


COOKE - Yesterday afternoon, the bent of a bridge which was being raised on the Great Western Air Line Railway near Simcoe slipped and fell. One of the workmen, named Henry Cooke, was killed, and another named McCoombie had his arm broken.


December 13, 1871


DARKE - Died at his residence, Thornhill Cottage, Barton, of heart disease, Mr. James W. Darke, a native of Devonshire, England, in the 32nd year of his age. The funeral will leave his late residence at half past 1 o'clock, on Friday, the 15th instant. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.

Yesterday afternoon, between five and six o'clock, Mr. James Darke, butcher, expired suddenly at his residence, Thornhill Cottage, on the mountain, Township of Barton. It appears that Mr. Darke had been subject to attacks of heart disease, and for the last few day has been unable to attend his stall in the market, and remained at home. Shortly before be expired, he was sitting in his chair when the family observed something strange in his countenance and a kind of drooping of the body. He was immediately carried and laid upon a sofa in the room, where he expired in the course of a few minutes. Deceased was born in Exeter and came to this country when he was seventeen years of age, and since that time, fifteen years ago, he has been engaged and in business for himself, which makes him at the time of his death, in his 32nd year. He was much respected by his fellow-butchers and all who knew him for his upright and straightforward dealing. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss. His remains will be interred at two o'clock on Friday next in Barton churchyard on the mountain.


GOURLAY - Sunday night, about 9 o'clock, at Miller's hotel in Collingwood, a middle-aged man named Gourlay committed suicide by cutting his throat. He appeared to be all right when going to bed, but a little after, a noise was beard from his room, and the hotel-keeper, upon going in, found him lying in a pool of blood. The motive is not known.


HAGGARTY - The "Beacon" says: Mr. Ballantyne, Reeve of Downie, states that he visited the shanty occupied by the family of the man, Haggarty, who committed suicide in Stratford jail some weeks since, and found the place in a wretched state. It was unfit for human beings to live in, and one would scarcely credit the fact that human beings did live in It. He further states that Mrs. Haggarty and her children had been living for weeks on scarcely anything but raw turnips,

and yet it was but the other day the Province gave most hearty and grateful thanks to Almighty God for the blessing of a most bountiful harvest.


BOYLE - Charles Boyle, boy of 14 years of age, the son of a widow residing in Almonte, was attending a threshing machine yesterday at Mr. Marshall's farm, four miles from Almonte. The horses were in motion when he came hastily out of the barn and attempted to go between two spans of horses while still moving. The man who drove the horses tried to stop them, but before he could succeed, the boy was caught in the couplings which attach the horse power to the spindle which drives the machinery, and dragged him rapidly around. His leg was broken, also the ankle, and his neck was badly cut, besides getting various other injuries. He only lived two hours after the accident, in a state of unconsciousness.


HUMPHREYS - An unmarried man, named Humphreys, between 30 and 35 years of age, while returning home to his father's in a hopeless state of intoxication, in the 10th or 11th concession of the Township of Wolfe Island, on Wednesday right last, was frozen to death by exposing himself to the severe cold of that date by lying down and falling asleep on the roadside. A pint bottle of whiskey, with the neck broken off, and about half the contents gone, was found about two rods from the deceased's remains, and this alone was amply sufficient to tell the tale of woe. Humphreys was a sailor, and must have been released in his season's voyaging, as when the body was found, he was apparently in the act of carrying a valise and clothing which was found lying by the side of his inanimate form. The unfortunate victim was well-connected on Wolfe Island.


December 14, 1871


GIBSON - Died at Ancaster, on Wednesday, the 13th instant, Jemima, wife of Mr. James Gibson, a native of Berwickshire, Scotland, aged 31 years. The funeral will leave her husband's residence, Ancaster, to-morrow afternoon at two o'clock.


MAJOR - A dispatch from Southampton states that the body of a man has been cut out of the ice near Fisherman's Islands. He is supposed to be E. Major, purser of the propellor "Cobourn".


COX - The Brighton "Ensign" says that on Wednesday last a man named Bill Cox, teamster for Mr. Burnett of Grafton, was accidentally killed near Hastings by the upsetting of a load of whiskey upon him.


BUCKERIDGE - Yesterday morning, a trackman on the Great Western Railway, named William Buckeridge, was run over on the track between Clarence and Wellington streets, London, by the yard engine 'Falconer', and almost instantly killed. Deceased was about thirty-five years of age, married, but had no family. His life was insured in the Railway Employees Company for the sum of $300 or $500. An inquest was held on the remains by Coroner Nelles, and a verdict In accordance with the facts and exonerating the engine from all blame, was returned.


December 15, 1871


DICK - A most serious and fatal accident occurred on Wednesday to Mr. William Dick, one of the oldest and most respected inhabitants of the County of Norfolk. He was returning from Goshen where he had been to attend a funeral. On the way home, the horses became unmanageable. He was sitting on the hind seat of a democrat waggon; the seat being loose, gave way, throwing him and his daughter-in-law out with great violence. They were picked up by the neighbours in a state of insensibility, from which he did not recover. He died the next day. His daughter-in-law is doing well, A young child which she held in her arms, and must have thrown out in her fright, received no injury.


December 16, 1871


SIMARD - Thomas Simard, aged 61, of Bruce, died while driving to market lately from the effects of the cold.


WILLIAMS - A man, named Williams, living near Goderich, was run over by a Grand Trunk express on Tuesday, and instantly killed. He saw the train coming, but made no effort to get out of the way.


MCMENEMY, MASON, BLAIR, GRINGER - One of those melancholy accidents that annually occur at this time of year, we regret to announce, took place on Burlington Bay yesterday evening The facts, as far as we are enabled to gather, are these. Five little boys, named and aged respectively as follows went out on the Bay to skate yesterday afternoon: R. McMenemy, aged 11, son of Detective McMenemy; E. J. Mason, aged 13, son of E. Mason, engine driver; Samuel Blair, 11; W. G. Gringer, 7, son of W. Gringer, saddler and harness-maker; and ________ Connolly, 8 years.

After amusing themsleves for some time and skating across to Rock Bay, they returned homeward, and darkness coming on, it is supposed that they did not observe an opening of about 100 yards in the ice about midway between the two shores, when McMenemy, Mason, and Blair fell in. The water at this point is over 45 feet in depth. This must have occurred shortly after six o'clock. The boy, Connolly, although not able to give a very accurate account of the whole affair, made the best of his way to the Railway Depot where he related the unfortunate circumstance of his companions, when as soon as the facts became known, a number of people immediately went in search of the little fellows. The boy, Gringer, was found frozen to death near the spot where his comrades were drowned, but how that, came about is unknown, and the only theory adduced is that he must have been fatigued and rested himself, or that he remained there awaiting the succour of his companions. When found, he seemed to be in a calm sleep with an affecting smile upon his innocent countenance. His hair was frozen to the ice. The other three boys were found this morning and taken to the residences of their parents. Dr. White, coroner, will hold an inquest on the remains this evening at 7:30 at the Dundurn hotel, corner of Locke and York streets.


December 18, 1871


JOHNSTON - Died at "Annandale", Grafton , on the 17th instant, Robert, fourth son of the late Robert Johnston, Esq., in his 28th year.


December 20, 1871


HENDERSHOTT, VANSICKLE - Morris C. Hendershott and John Vansickle, Sr., two of the oldest settlers in Lynden, died suddenly, the former while addressing his brother members in the Lodge of the Sons of Temperance, held there on Monday evening. An inquest was held yesterday by Coroner Orr, when a verdict of "Died from apoplexy" was returned.


December 21, 1871


THOMPSON - Last night, an inquest was held upon the body of the woman found dead on Burlington Heights, at the police station King William street. The deceased was recognized as one Thompson by Dr. O'Reilly as a woman who bad been lately discharged from the hospital. The inquest was adjourned until Tuesday as the body was too much frozen to make a post mortem examination.


December 22, 1871


MACRAE - Died on Friday, 22nd instant, Kenneth Beverly, youngest son of J. Octavious Macrae, aged 3 years. Funeral will take place on Sunday next at 3:30 p.m., from his father's residence, 60 Bay street. Friends will please accept this intimation.


TAGGART - We regret to learn of the death of the eldest son of Mr. James T. Taggart, of Thorold, of lockjaw on Sunday last. It appears that or Friday or Saturday, one of his hands was caught in a cutting machine, and one of his fingers cut off. The boy went into convulsions a short time after, and died of lockjaw as stated. He was aged 15 years.


BOYLE - An accident of a dreadful character occurred at Mr. Alias Marshall's in Ramsay on Monday last. A boy named Charles Boyle, while engaged in working about a threshing machine, got his clothes entangled in the horizontal bar and was carried around with dreadful velocity, his head striking a log at every revolution. He died a few minutes after being extricated.


December 26, 1871


WHITTICAR - Died at the residence of Mr. Metcalfe, 35 Ray street, on the 25th instant, Harry Pemberton Whitticar, aged ten years. The funeral will take place to-morrow at 2:30 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


December 27, 1871


DICKSON (Wingham) - An inquest was held by Coroner C. Tait Scott, at Holmes Hotel, Wingham, on the body of Robert Dickson, an hostler in the employ of Godfrey Holmes, Deceased was found dead, lying on his face, about 5 o'clock in the morning of the 26th in the bar-room of said hotel. After a thorough investigation, the jury returned the following verdict: "found dead - death caused by the excess use of intoxicating drink", This should be another warning to all to leave strong drink alone.

THOMPSON - The adjourned inquest upon the body of the woman, Thompson, who was found dead on Wednesday morning last on Burlington Heights, was resumed last night, when the deceased was recognized by Dr. O'Reilly, hospital physician, as a late inmate of that institution, and that she left the hospital on the Tuesday previously to her death. A post mortem examination was made upon the body, and the jury returned a verdict that deceased came to her death from cold and exposure.


December 29, 1871


PICKARD - Cyrus Pickard, without any just cause or provocation, shot Duncan McVannell on the 21st day of last April. Cyrus confessed his crime, and after due trial before a jury of his countrymen, was found guilty of murder. Yesterday he atoned to the offended majesty of the law on the gallows.

The execution was private, no person being admitted to the jail yard but the sheriff, jail officials, representatives of the press, and clergy.The rope was improperly adjusted by the clumsy executioner, and the unfortunate victim died apparently in great agony from the knot slipping. In fact, he must have died by strangulation, the neck not being broken. The arms being also improperly pinioned, he got one of them loose and made vain efforts to clutch at the rope overhead to free himself. At length all was over, and in due time the body was cut down. An inquest was held in the afternoon by Coroner Nelles.


DONNELLY - The Montreal "News" of Tuesday, says: An Inquest was held by Mr. Coroner Jones this morning, on the body of a woman named Ellen Donnelly who was found last evening in a cellar at No 46 St. Paul street, under the following circumstances: A person, named James McNiece, who lives next door to the premises in question, had just returned from Lachine when he heard cries proceeding from the house next door. He went in and found that a young woman, a cousin of witness, had fainted in consequence of going down cellar where lived a man named Nolan, his wife, and sister-in-law, and seeing the body of the sister-in-law partly eaten by rats. Mr. McNiece said to a boy who came in at the moment, "Let us go down and see". They went down, and after forcing open the door which was fastened by a piece of wood, they saw a body covered with a quilt, from which a hand protruded which was eaten by rats. They withdrew the covering and found that the greater portions of the body were eaten in the same manner.

McNiece covered it up again and went and notified the police immediately. The coroner was notified and procured permission from the authorities of the Medical Institute on Craig street to have the body deposited there until morning. Nolan, the brother-in-law of the deceased woman testified that the deceased was 60 years of age, was unmarried, and had lived with himself and wife for about twenty years. On Thursday last, she died and his wife, he supposed, covered her with a quilt. He did not know from what she died. She had been accustomed to drink, as they all were. He did not notify the police because he expected to get money enough to buy a coffin for her himself. She had, in consequence, lain there from Thursday until last evening when the body was found in the manner above stated. Both Nolan and his wife were, during the greater part of the time, in a state of beastly intoxication as they were last night when the body was found. According to the evidence of Detective Murphy, the room was nothing but a mass of filth and straw, and the stench was almost insufferable.

The premises are owned by a person named McNiece who keeps a crockery store there, and is a relation of the witness above named. Dr. Rittat, who made an examination of the body, stated that part of the inside was ossified and the liver was softened. He was of opinion that death was caused by congestion of the lungs consequential on the ossification of the arteries. A verdict was returned in accordance with the evidence.


December 30, 1871


HOWLES - Died in this city, on the 30th instant, Mary, the beloved wife of M. Howles, Esq., late of Lancaster, England, aged 38 years. Her end was peace. The funeral will leave her husband's residence, 121 King street west, at 2 o'clock on Monday, the 1st of January, 1872.


NEWBONE - Thomas Newbone, Milton, was found dead in his bed on Thursday morning. Cause: congestion of the lungs.


WILLIAMS - Last night, an inquest was held on the body of John Williams, about 60 years of age, by Dr. Mackintosh, at the Dundurn Hotel, corner of York and Locke streets, It appears from the evidence that the deceased had been of intemperate habits for some time, and that on Monday night, he left his house and went into a shanty close by where he laid down on the floor until morning when he complained of pain in his back on that and the following day. Yesterday morning, he woke up about 4 o'clock in a delirious state, and ordered the girl to get up and prepare breakfast for his son, and then remained quiet. About 6 o'clock, the girl went to his bedside to see how he was, when she found that he was dead. Dr. Rosebrugh made a post mortem examination of the body. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased came to his death from inflammation of the lungs, superinduced by intemperate habits.