Hamilton Spectator

Deaths 1872


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


January 3, 1872


MOORE - Joseph Moore, M.P.P. for Westmoreland, and member of the New Brunswick Executive Council, died suddenly at Amherst, yesterday morning.


STEPHENS - We deeply regret to learn of the death of W. C. Stephens, Esq., formerly secretary of the Great Western Railway, and brother-in-law of E. J. Rastrick, Esq., of this city. The melancholy event took place at his residence, Blackheath, near London, England, on the 19th of last month from the bursting of a blood vessel in the lungs. Mr. Stephens was well known and highly respected during his residence in Hamilton. It is seldom, indeed, that one meets such a gentleman of equal geniality, culture, and refinement. He was even while here predisposed to some form of lung disease which caused apprehension among his friends, and which seems at last to have justified their fears. His death will be deeply regretted by a large circle of friends at Hamilton, and indeed throughout Canada.


January 4, 1872


MCMAHON - On Christmas Day, Mr. Isaac McMahon, hotel-keeper, on the north side of John Street Market Square, went to Buffalo to see his brother who had only a few days previously left the city of Rochester, and who it was reported had received a fatal blow from a constable's baton. After the funeral of his brother, he started for home, and arrived at Suspension Bridge on Sunday, in company with his son. Mr. McMahon went out of the hotel where he stayed on this side of the bridge, and did not return in time for the train for Hamilton. His son, imagining that he was on the train, came home, but Mr. McMahon could neither be seen or heard of until yesterday when the sad news came to the family that he had been found in a dying condition in a shanty adjoining the railway track about five miles from Clifton, his head being completely crushed. As he was supposed to have a considerable sum of money about his person, matters look very suspicious. Mr. F. F. Ellis, landlord of the Western Hotel, Clifton, has been indefatigable in his exertions to ferret out the mystery.


January 5, 1872


GEDDES - Died on Thursday evening, the 4th instant, after a brief illness, Caroline Emma, youngest daughter of W. Allan Geddes, Esq., aged 12 years. The funeral will take place on Saturday, 6th instant, at 3 p.m.


GEDDES - We regret to learn of the sudden demise of Miss Geddes, daughter of W. A. Geddes, Esq., barrister. The young lady, who was 13 years of age, was skating on the Bay on Tuesday, and on Wednesday morning, she complained of illness, and at four o'clock yesterday afternoon she expired.


BURKE - On Monday last, a labouring man named William Burke was killed at Rothsay about ten miles from St. John, N.B. by falling down an embankment and his head striking a gravel cart.


January 6, 1872


SIMPSON - Died in Toronto, on the 5th instant, of diphtheria croup, Melville Jennings, second son of the Rev. A. B. Simpson, of Hamilton, aged 3 years and 5 months. The funeral will leave the residence of the Rev. A. B. Simpson, John street, Hamilton, on Monday, 8th instant at 3 o'clock p.m.


NELSON - The death of Dr. Williams Nelson, Sr., Chief English Translator to the House of Commons, occurred at Ottawa on Wednesday.


ROUSSEAU - The body of a farmer, named Rousseau, was found in a wood near St. Bernard, frozen to death, on Wednesday last. He left Levis on Saturday, was drunk when he got to St. Romald, and was never seen afterward alive.


January 10, 1872


KURST - A young man, name Kurst, was run over by a cordwood sleigh yesterday, near Gananoque, and killed instantly.


SHAW (Ottawa) - Mr. Shaw, of the Inland Department, died yesterday of smallpox, which is still very prevalent.


January 11, 1872


JOHNSTON - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, in the 86th year of her age, Miss Sarah Johnston, a native of Omagh, Ireland. The funeral will leave the residence of Thomas White, Esq., No 14 Hess street, on Saturday next at 3 o'clock p.m.


January 12, 1872


HARMAN - The Windsor "Eclipse" gives the following facts about a murder which took place in West Tilbury on Christmas Day. On last Christmas Day, an unmarried man, named Barman, and Gaspard and Joseph Croteau, married, who had lately arrived from Quebec where they left their families, were amusing themselves by drinks and playing cards in Cuerier's tavern in the Township of Tilbury West, and becoming tired of playing, Harman wanted his companions to quit and give the cards to him, which they refused to do, until the game in progress should be completed. The parties, thereupon, indulged in boisterous language and behaviour, and not wishing to have a fight in his house, the landlord put the lot out of doors. In the street, the quarrel was resumed, and Harman and Gaspard Croteau got into a fight during which a third party interfered in behalf of peace. Joseph Croteau, misunderstanding the motives of the interference, concluded to try his muscle with the stranger to save his brother, but before he got fairly to work, Harman disengaged himself from Gaspard and made a desperate onset upon Joseph. What followed was simply the unusual concomitant of such cat-and-dog encounters, and need not be repeated here. Suffice it to say that the combatants were finally parted by the crowd of onlookers, all pretty badly bruised by blows from fist and boot, and Harman knocked into a state of insensibility from which he did not recover, but died on Wednesday morning.

Dr. Casgrain, coroner, empanelled a jury and held an inquest on the body of the deceased. Dr. Andrews made the post mortem examination and readily discovered the cause of death in a bruise, supposed to been made by a kick upon the left side of the top of the head. After long deliberation, the jury concluded the charge "wilful murder" against the brothers, and the latter were consequently arrested and committed to sandwich jail for trial at the spring assizes.

All the parties in this melancholy affair were held in high esteem by those who knew them, as quiet, inoffensive, and peaceable people. Their one offence was indulging in this spree. It is unnecessary to point a moral to the lamentable tale as it must occur to every reader.


BROWN - A school-girl, named Brown, while attempting to jump on a sleigh near Blythe, was run over and instantly killed.


BUTLER - A shocking murder has been committed at Grand Grane, Richmond County, Cape Breton. A young man, named William Butler, was found in the evening of the 5th instant in an exhausted state near his residence with a gun-shot wound between the shoulders. Dr. McDougall of St Peters was sent for immediately and pronounced the wound fatal. A deposition was taken to the effect that while Butler was sitting near the fence at William Lafford's field, Alexander Lafford, son of the latter, approached Butler from behind with a gun, and unexpectedly, when within six yards, cocked the gun and fired without a word, and then ran away. It appears that Butler was engaged to Lafford's sister, and the family disapproved of the match. He had arranged for an elopement, and expected to meet Miss Lafford clandestinely that evening. He died twenty-eight hours after. At a post mortem examination, it was found that the shot, or slugs, had penetrated the lungs. The coroner's jury returned a verdict of "wilful murder" against Alexander Lafford, and he has been committed to jail to await his trial. He is only 20 years of age.


January 13, 1872


BROWN - John Brown, Streetsville, hotel-keeper, and Division Court bailiff, committed suicide Friday morning under very distressing circumstances. It appears he had breakfast and afterward went to the stable and procured a strap, proceeded to a bedroom upstairs, and fastening the strap to a ladder, he sprang from a bedstead and strangled himself. His wife found him in this fearful position and held him up for some time until assistance arrived, but life was extinct. Business troubles and intemperate habits are supposed to be the cause of the rash act.



January 15, 1872


WAUGH - Died in Stratford, on the 6th instant, of scarlet fever, George J. R., eldest son of Mr. George J. Waugh, aged 7 years and 5 months.


WAUGH - Died in Stratford, on the 9th instant, of scarlet fever, Henry Armour, youngest son of Mr. George J. Waugh, aged 5 years and 13 months.


MALCOMSON - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, Mrs. Christine, wife of Mr. Stewart Malcomson, in the 77th year of her age. The funeral will leave her husband's residence, corner of McNab and Ferrie streets, on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.


LEWIS - Died at Winona (50 Mile Creek) on the 14th instant, James Lewis, Esq., in his 80th year. Friends are invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, on Wednesday, at 11 o'clock a.m.


January 16, 1872


CROSS - While a man, named Thomas Cross, was engaged in felling a tree four miles north of Rockwood, it lodged in another tree and nearly carried it to the ground when the latter rebounded and broke off, coming towards Cross who was walking backward and had just come with his back against a standing tree, when the falling one dashed his brains out against the one he was standing at. He was a labourer and leaves a large family.


January 17, 1872


HENRY - Died at Beamsville, on the 16th instant, James W. Henry, third son of James S. Henry, Esq., merchant, in his 14th year.


CAMPBELL - Died on the 16th instant, at 118 Market street, John, eldest son of John Campbell, aged 7 years, 5 months, and 26 days. Funeral to-morrow (Thursday) at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.


ADAMS - The death of the late Col. Adams renders vacant the office of paymaster on the Welland Canal, worth about $1400 a year.


GURSTON - The body of Robert Gurston, a labourer in the employ of B. Riley, a contractor on the Canada Southern Railway, was found on Monday morning about two miles from Fort Erie by the section man of the Erie and Niagara Railway. Deceased had been in the village about 11 a.m. taking some liquor with him. It is supposed he became stupefied with the liquor and had been frozen to death by the intense cold of the night. A jury was empanelled by Coroner Douglass when a verdict was rendered in accordance with the above facts. Deceased was a stranger, no one knowing where he belonged.


January 18, 1872


RAMSAY - Died at Montreal, on the 16th instant, Jane Torrance, wife of W. M. Ramsay, Esq., manager of the Standard Life Assurance Company.


PEARASE - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, Emma Atkins, the beloved wife of Mr. William Pearase, and third daughter of Richard Atkins, Esq., of Fergus. The funeral will leave her late residence, 207 John street north, on Saturday, at half past eight a.m. to the Great Western station. Friends will please accept this intimation.


January 19, 1872


WAUGH - Died at Stratford, on the 13th instant, of scarlet fever, Jennie Louisa Mabel, only daughter of George J. Waugh, aged 12 years, 8 months, and 17 days.


January 22, 1872


MCLELLAND - Died at Ruchendennan, Dumbartonshire, at eight o'clock on the 1st of January, Mary Turner, relict of John Mclelland, Esq., Glasgow, in her 91st year.


PAPPE - Died at Chatham, near Canterbury, England, on Christmas Eve, Rosa Mary, the late wife of Mr. Henry Pappe, formerly of this city, and brother of Mr. George S. Pappe.


January 23, 1872


MACAULAY (Aylmer, P.O.) - The Grand Jury has found a true bill for manslaughter against Tranche-Montagne who killed George W. Macaulay at Montebello on the 7th of July last. His trial is fixed for to-morrow.


CUSACK (Montreal) - The funeral of the late C. J. Cusack was largely attended this morning by members of the Corn Exchange, Board of Trade, Mayor and Corporation, and many other leading citizens.


January 25, 1872


ANDERSON - Mr. Ebenezer Anderson, eldest son of the postmaster of Wyoming, died very suddenly Tuesday evening while out in the yard feeding the cattle. He was seized with a fit. When found, he was unconscious in which state he remained until his death which occurred in an hour or two afterward.


HORTON - The Picton "Standard" of Tuesday says: The remains of B. N. Horton, Esq., late United States consul at Picton, and of his daughter, which were interred in the St. James churchyard, were yesterday forwarded to New York to be interred in the family cemetery. A number of the consul's old friends accompanied the remains from the cemetery to the Railway Station.


CURRIER - Mrs. Nancy V. Currier, who has for some time been living with John Dewey at the corner of Market and Park streets, has of late been ailing. We have not learned the nature of the complaint, but understand it to have been considered slight. Last night about 12 o'clock, she called on Dewey to come and turn her over in bed. He complied and as he did so, he saw she was gasping for breath. Before he could do anything for her relief, she expired. An inquest will be held this evening at 7 o'clock.


BERTRAND (Montreal) - A man named Prudent Bertrand fell from a house scaffolding last evening and was instantly killed. Aged, 41; a widower, leaving three orphan children.


January 27, 1872


BRADY - The death is announced of Sir Francis Brady, formerly Chief Justice of Newfoundland.


January 29, 1872


SULLIVAN - A very malignant type of scarlet fever is at present affecting the ordinary health of the village of Hayner, attended by a 'black throat', it runs its course in a few hours. In one family, that of Mr. M. Sullivan, four deaths occurred within the week. The violence and rapidity of the disease seems to baffle all medical treatment.


January 30, 1872


FLAVIEN - A young man, named Edward Flavien, aged 24, and employed as a wood-cutter near Windsor, attempted to cross over to Detroit on the ice on Friday, against the wishes of many people, and was drowned.


January 31, 1872


ROUTH - We notice In the Memphis "Appeal" that Mr. T. Routh, late of the firm of Routh and Land, wharfingers (owner or keeper of a wharf.) and forwarders in this city, and latterly of Montreal, died in the city of Memphis on the 23rd instant. Mr. Routh was well known to many of our citizens for many years.


February 1, 1872


MAYRAND - The death of Hon. Etienne Mayrand in his 96th year is announced. The deceased was a member of the Special Council of Lower Canada which advised the Governor General during the existence of the troubles in that Province from 1836 to 1838. At the Union in 1846, he was appointed to the legislative Council.


CHISHOLM - Died at Oakville, on the 31st of January, 1872, Col. George Chisholm, in the 80th year of his age. The funeral will leave the residence of his son, Capt, George B. Chisholm, Oakville, for the Presbyterian burying ground neur the village of Nelson, at 11 o'clock a.m., on Saturday, the 3rd February instant. Friends will please accept this intimation.


We record to-day, the death of an old and highly respectable Canadian, Col George Chisholm, who died last evening at the residence of his son, Capt. George B. Chisholm, of Oakville, in the 80th year of his age. He was born at Fort Erie on the 16th of September, 1792, and was the youngest son of George Chisholm, Sr., who was a U.E. Loyalist, and settled on the north shore of Burlington Bay in 1794 and died there in 1842 and was said to have attained the advanced age of one hundred years. Col. Chisholm took an active part in the war of 1812.

He belonged to the 1st Flank Company of Volunteers, was present and fought at the battle of Queenston when General Brock was killed, and took part in nearly all the battles that were fought at that time on the Canadian frontier. At the battle of Lundy's Lane, he commanded a company. He was one of the party who went over with Colonel Bishop and burned what there was at that time of Buffalo. He was present when the steamer "Caroline" was sent over Niagara Falls in 1837, and for some years after, held the colours that were taken from the steamer before she took her leap, and he afterward gave them to Capt. McCormick who was then returning to England, but before giving them to him, he exacted a promise that he would always hoist them on the 29th of December. In 1837, he was gazetted a Lieutenant Colonel, and in 1838, Colonel. When the rebellion broke out in 1837, he proceeded with the late Sir Allan McNab, with seventy-two volunteers to Toronto, then York, and marching up to City Hall, they found the late Chief Justice Robinson standing sentry. He supplied the men with government arms and ammunition. On the 7th of December, while crossing a field to dislodge the rebels from a piece of woods near Montgomery's farm, back of Toronto, a ball from the enemy struck the stock of his musket, partially splitting it and remaining embedded in the stock. Sir Francis Bond Head afterward presented him with this musket, accompanied with an appreciation of his services. In 1851, his wife died, since which time he has lived with his sons. He leaves behind him one daughter and five sons, the youngest of whom is D. B. Chisholm, Esq., our present Mayor. There are many old settlers yet living who relate with pleasure the many acts of kindness which they received at the hands of Col. Chisholm when they first landed on Canadian soil. His house was always a home for the stranger, and he was never known to send any away empty. His thorough knowledge of the Chippewa Indian language enabled him to be of great service to the Government and people in an early day when the Indians abounded in this part of the country. He possessed a constitution of unusual power, and during the whole of his eventful life, he was entirely free from sickness until within a few weeks before his death, when his constitution began to give way, and he died in perfect peace without any apparent pain, and retaining his mental power to the last. During the vigour of his life, he took an active part in the politics of the country and was always allied with the Conservative party. He belonged to the Masonic fraternity and was among the oldest of the members in this part of the country. There are few men of his generation now living in this part of the country, and we part with them with regret, for they were a hardy, noble race of men and did much for this country when it was a wilderness. Of Col. Chisholm, it way be truly said another landmark is gone.


LAND - Died in this city, on the 1st instant, Mrs. Helen Elizabeth, wife of Mr. George Land, and daughter of the late Major King who fell at the battle of New Orleans, aged 64 years. The funeral will leave her husband's residence, corner of Wentworth and Stinson streets, on Sunday afternoon, at 2 o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.


February 2, 1872


WEST - The Kentville "Star" contains the following: As a carriage with two ladies and a child were passing over the bridge at Harborville, on Monday, the horse took fright and ran away. Mrs. West jumped out with her child in her arms, and by some means the little one fell off the bridge, striking the beach below, a distance of fifteen feet, and sad to say, was so injured that it died about an hour afterward. The other lady, Mrs. Brown, had an arm broken in two places. Mrs. West was but slightly injured.


PLAMONDON - The "Constitution" of Three Rivers states that an Indian named Boucher has been arrested in that city under very peculiar circumstances. Boucher had gone in pursuit of beavers up the St. Maurice, and had with him a nephew named Plamondon. The lad growing weak and exhausted was abandoned on the ice by the uncle at a distance of nine miles from his dwelling. The boy was afterward picked up by some passers-by, but was so badly frozen that he died two days afterward. It was rumoured that the body exhibited traces of cruel treatment and that Boucher had a motive for desiring his death.


February 3, 1872


CREAR - Wallace Crear, a book-keeper in St. John, N.B., was found dead in the porch of his father's house, Friday morning. He is supposed to have perished from cold and exhaustion. Crear is highly esteemed by all who knew him.


February 5, 1872


LANCASTER - Mrs. Lancaster of Amherst slipped and fell across a stove, severing the windpipe. Medical aid was called but she died in two hours from the time the accident occurred.


CRERAR - Died at Hamilton, on the 5th instant, the infant son of John Crerar, Esq., barrister.


February 6, 1872


INNES - On Friday last, Mrs. Innes, wife of Mr. Charles Innes, 10th concession, East Zorra, went to the barn to feed the poultry, leaving the children playing in the house. During her absence, the clothing of their only daughter, aged one year, eight months, accidentally took fire, and the poor little thing was so badly burnt about the neck and breast that it died on Saturday morning.


February 7, 1872


MCLACHLIN - Mr. McLachlin of Arnprior, an old settler of the locality and extensive lumber merchant, is dead.


February 8, 1872


GAUSQUARDILER (Montreal) - The inquest on the body of the young man, Joachim Gausquardiler, who was suffocated to death at the burning of a house on Besson street, yesterday, returned a verdict of accidental death. The accident was clearly the result of another reckless use of burning fluid to effect the lighting of the stove fire.


February 10, 1872


SKINNER - Died on the morning of the 10th instant, Alan, youngest son of Mr. A. F. Skinner. Funeral on Monday, the 12th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m.


HUTCHINSON - Died in this city, on the 10th instant, Thomas Arthur, son of Mr. Thomas and Mary Ann Hutchinson, aged 3 years, and 3 days. Funeral will take place from his father's residence, 37 Stuart street east, at 3 o'clock p.m. to-morrow (Sunday). Friends will please accept this intimation.


WHITEFORD - Mrs. Whiteford, of Clinton, died lately from injury received by slipping down at her doorstep. She was previously in good health, but lived but a few hours after the accident. She leaves a family of five very young children.


February 12, 1872


DERROCHE - Died, Bessie Kersteman, aged 1 year, 3 months, and 17 days, infant daughter of the Rev. Charles T. Derroche.


MCKENZIE - Died at the residence of Mr. William Smith, on the farm of J. A. Bruce and Co. Barton, on the 10th instant, James McKenzie, aged 33 years, a native of Littlesleaf, Roxboroughshire, Scotland. The funeral will leave Mr. Smith' residence on Tuesday, the 13th instant, at 1:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


TRILLER - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, Deborah, relict of the late John Triller, Esq., aged 50 years. The funeral will leave her late residence, corner of Main street and East avenue, on Wednesday, the 14th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


GRAY - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Minnie Grey, only child of H. Gray, aged 3 years, 10 months, and 11 days. The funeral will leave her father's residence, Strachan street, between McNab and Bay streets, to-morrow (Tuesday) afternoon, at 3:30 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


MOGRATH (Quebec) - The woman who murdered her infant at Levis, Mrs. Mograth, has not yet been found. The coroner's jury returned a verdict of "Wilful murder".


February 13, 1872


MARENTETTE - Pierre Marentette, an old settler in Sandwich, while performing some office at the altar of the R. C. church in that town on Thursday at a funeral being held at the time, fell from a platform to the brick floor, some ten feet, and died within an hour, from the effect of the injuries received.


HANNAH - One day last week, Mrs. Thomas Hannah of the 4th line of Garafraxa, went over to visit a neighbour and carried her child, about three months old, in her arms wrapped up in a shawl so as to be kept warm. Upon unwrapping the shawl, she was horrified to find that the infant was smothered to death.


POWERS - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, Agnes Powers, in the 28th year of her age. The funeral will take place from the residence of her brother-in-law, Mr. H. Weston, 48 Hunter street east, to-morrow (Wednesday) afternoon, at three o'clock.


February 14, 1872


VIDAL - E. G. Vidal, son of W. P. Vidal, barrister, Mooretown, was instantly killed on Saturday by a derrick falling on him. A team passing caught the guy rope.


WEBB - Catharine Webb, a married woman of low and intemperate habits, was found dead on the roadside within twenty yards of her house, and a short distance from the township of Mara, on the 31st January. Mr. J. P. Foley, coroner, held an inquest on the body, and the evidence adduced showed the there were three men of intemperate habits in her company on leaving the tavern which is only half a mile from the deceased's house.

After the examination of several witnesses, it was deemed advisable to adjourn the inquest until the 8th of February for the purpose of obtaining additional evidence. The inquest was resumed on Thursday, the 8th instant, and after the examination of twenty-three witnesses and a long deliberation, a verdict was brought in that deceased came to her death from cold and exposure, and that Archibald McKay, who was in her company, was accessory to her death. Coroner Foley committed McKay to take his trial at the next assizes.


February 15, 1872


COLLINS - Yesterday afternoon, Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, held an inquest of the body of an old woman named Johanna Collins who was found dead on the floor of her house on Tuesday evening. Deceased resided by herself in a small house on York street. The inquest was held at the Dundurn Hotel, York street, and after hearing the evidence, the jury returned a verdict that deceased came to her death from leading a long life of intemperance.


BEAUDRY (Montreal) - The inquest on the body of the late Mr. Beaudry is going on to-day. He was badly injured a few days ago from an accidental explosion of gas at his residence, Elizabeth street. He incautiously went into his cellar with a lighted candle, and on opening the door, the air was charged with escaped gas which exploded on coming into contact with the light, hurling him to the ground and fracturing the skull.


February 16, 1872


CHRISTOPHER - Mr. James W. Christopher, of Brookfield, Queen's county, N.S., has been found dead under a sleigh load of hay.


NEWTON - In reference to the late Mr. Newton of Brentford, the "Courier" says: It is our melancholy duty to record the death of George Newton of the Robinson Hall hotel of this place. The deceased had been ailing for some time, but his death was not expected. At four o'clock this morning, the grim 'king of terrors' entered his chamber and carried off one of the oldest and most useful residents. His loss is regretted by a large circle of friends, and it will be long ere his place will be filled by one of a disposition so kindly and liberal. He was, we believe, carried off by a stroke of paralysis.


SAUNDERS - Died on the 13th instant, at the residence of his son, John Saunders, in the 79th year of his age, a native of Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland. (Dundee and Perth papers please copy)


MCKINDSEY - Died at Watford, Ontario, on the 15th instant, Mr. Thomas McKindsey, of this city, in the 32nd year of his age. The funeral will leave the G.W.R. station to-morrow the 17th instant on the arrival of the 3:25 p.m. train. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


February 17, 1872


HARDING - Died in this city, on the 16th instant, of consumption, Jane Harding, aged 32 years and 9 months. The funeral will leave the residence of her brother, Mr. Henry Harding, Patterson's Buildings, James street, at 2 o'clock Monday next, 19th instant. Friends will please accept this intimation.


MOSES - The Yarmouth, N.S. "Tribune" says that as Mr. B. B. Moses, Hebron, was returning, in company with his son, from Deerfield, the horse they were driving took fright and ran away. The team waggon in which the parties were driving came violently in collision with a pile of cordwood projecting into the road and was overturned, throwing Mr. Moses to the ground with such force as to cause almost instant death. His son was injured by the collision.


February 22, 1872


ROBINSON - James Robinson, aged 57, residing in the village of Khiheburg (Kleinburg?), was found dead in his own house on Friday last with a double-barrelled gun beside him. Deceased shot himself in the forehead with slugs, making a fearful wound.


LINTON - On Sunday morning last, as Walter Linton, son of Mr. Walter Linton, farmer near New Aberdeen, was engaged in letting the horses out of the stable, after setting some at liberty, he slipped behind a three-year-old colt, when it kicked him. He received a severe blow in the abdomen and was unable to leave the spot where he fell. A little boy who was present ran and informed the household who carried him to the house. Two physicians were sent for, but all their efforts proved unavailing. The lad became insensible but after a while revived somewhat. He gradually sank, however, and on Monday his injuries proved fatal. He was nearly 16 years of age, and much esteemed. His sorrowing family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire neighbourhood.


February 22, 1872


FRASER - Died at Brantford, on the 21st February, 1872, Margaret, relict of the late James Fraser, and eldest daughter of the late Thomas McCormick, Esq., of Niagara, aged 55 years.

The funeral will take place from the residence of William Griffin, Esq., 88 Ferguson avenue, at 4 o'clock p.m. on Friday. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation,


ROGERS - The people of the neighbourhood of Fairfield, Township of Stephen, (Huron Co.) were last week the subject of a profound sensation caused by the sudden death of one of their most respected inhabitants, Mr. Joseph Rogers, eldest son of Mr. James Rogers, second concession, Stephen. Deceased left his father's residence on the 6th instant in his usual good health and spirits for the purpose of joining an acquaintances who was engaged in lumbering operations in the Township of Middleton, County of Norfolk, When there a few days, he was taken suddenly ill, and after a very short illness, breathed his last at the residence of his friend, Mr. Kennedy. The bereaved family heard nothing of the matter until a telegram reached them announcing his demise which took place on the 12th instant. The relatives at once left for the body which was brought home on Thursday morning, the 15th instant. Deceased was a very estimable young man, much esteemed for his many good qualities, one whose winning smile, gentlemanly manner, and exemplary conduct generally, won for him the respect of all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. The sympathy felt for the heart-stricken family, as well as respect entertained for the dead, was shown by the fact that nearly one thousand people assembled on Friday last to pay their last tribute to departed worth.


EVANS - From the Melbourne "Argus", Australia, November 21, 1871: Died on the 18th instant, at his residence, Chapman street, George Evans, late Town Clerk of Hoteam, in the 55th year of his age, deeply regretted by a large circle of friends.

Mr. Evans was for several years a hardware merchant in this city, but left here about twenty years ago. He had a large number of friends in Hamilton and vicinity.


TRAVERS (Toronto) - John Travers was hanged this morning at five minutes past nine, in the jail yard. On being brought on the scaffold with his arms pinioned, he said, "Mr dear friends, I will let you know before I die that I am the man who killed him, and not only Pat, but my intentions were to shoot his wife as well. But God has long arms to stay guilt. It is an awful thing to shoot anybody. I hope that I may meet the dear man in heaven. I am going home. Jesus is with me now. He has me by his arms and my dear mother on the other side. It is just to pass over the narrow stream, and then I will be home".


He then stepped on the drop, the cap was placed over his head, the rope adjusted, the signal was given, and the drop fell. Death was almost instantaneous, the unfortunate man expiring without a struggle. The Rev. Mr. Price of the Bible Christians, Rev. Mr. Curtis, Methodist Episcopal, and the Rev. Mr. Helper were present, besides about sixty other persons, most of whom had no right to be there, but were admitted by the sheriff.


February 23, 1872


BROWN - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, of paralysis, after five days illness, John Henry, only son of Sergeant Major Brown, aged 5 years and 3 months. The funeral will take place from his father's residence, No 8 Ferguson avenue, on Saturday, the 24th instant, at half past two o'clock in the afternoon. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


FITZGERALD (Picton) - R. J. Fitzgerald, Esq., County Judge for Prince Edward, died here last night at twelve o'clock after a long and painful illness.


February 26, 1872


BEGUE - Died at his residence, Dundas, on Monday, the 26th instant, A. F. Begue, Esq., aged 66 years and 3 months. Funeral will take place to-morrow (Tuesday) at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


February 29, 1872


WADDINGTON - Alfred Waddington, the projector of the Pacific Railway, has just died in the Ottawa hospital from the effects of smallpox, after eleven days illness.


ROGERS - The "Planet" learns that a young man named Rogers, lately out from England, and who lived with his brother near Buckhorm, was found dead in his bed one day last week, and that on Friday last, 10th instant, Dr. VanVelsons, of Blenheim, held an inquest on the body, another, Dr. Sampson, making a post mortem examination. The verdict of the jury, or at least a majority of them, was that the man died from congestion of the lungs, but owing to certain circumstances, it appears that some of the jury and many residents in the neighbourhood are not altogether satisfied with the verdict, and there is some talk of applying to the authorities to institute another inquest that all the facts may be elicited.


LOVERLETTE (Ottawa) - Two men named Dunning and Gaffney have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the murder of a man named Loverlette at a place about twenty-five miles from here, two or three weeks ago. The body of the murdered man has been exhumed.


March 1, 1872


ALTON - Died at Nelson, on the 29th February, Thomas Alton, Esq., in the 77th year of his age. The funeral will take place from his late residence on Sunday, March 3rd, at 10 o'clock a.m.

 Friends will please accept this intimation.


CLARKE - A special dispatch last evening announces the death of Mr. Macneil Clarke, member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for the south riding of Grenville, which took place at his residence, Prescott, yesterday afternoon. The deceased had been confined to his house for two months past by a severe cold caught on returning from his parliamentary duties during the Christmas recess. His death has cast a gloom over the whole community in which he lived, all sects and classes feeling the loss of an ever-ready friend, an able lawyer, a hardworking representative, and an upright and exemplary member of society.


BEGUE - The Dundas "Banner" says: It becomes our painful duty this week to record the death of one of our oldest and host respected citizens in the person of Alexis F. Begue, Esq., who died on Monday morning after a few weeks of severe illness. Mr. Begue has resided in Dundas and neighbourhood for over forty years and was esteemed and respected by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. He was a native of France and was related to the late Mr. Desjardins, the proprietor and builder of the Desjardins canal in whose interest the deceased came to this province in 1832, and in which work the deceased gentleman always manifested great interest, he having occupied the position of president of the company for many years, and for over a quarter of a century, he filled the office of clerk of the 4th Division Court of Wentworth. As a politician, Mr. Begue was an ardent and consistent reformer, and took an active interest on every occasion in the furtherance of the news of his party. He leaves a wife, and one son and two daughters to mourn his death, and the entire community in which he was so deservedly respected will join with us in an expression of sympathy with the family in this great affliction which has overtaken them.


March 2, 1872


HENRY - Died at Quebec, on the 1st instant, Mary Alice, wife of Charles Henry, Esq., of the Montreal Bank, and eldest daughter of John R. Holden, Esq., of this city, in her 23rd year.


WATSON - This morning, when Mrs. Watson, residing at No 142 Bay street, was getting up at the hour of about half past four, she discovered that her little girl, aged a little over two years, was a corpse. The child had not been sick for some time, and no cause can be assigned for the cause of her death. Dr. White, coroner, is holding an inquest on the body this afternoon.


March 4, 1872


WATSON - On Saturday afternoon, Dr. White, coroner, held an inquest upon the body of Ann Watson, a child of a little over two years of age, who was found dead in bed on Saturday morning at 142 Bay street. After hearing the evidence of several witnesses and Dr. O'Reilly who made a post mortem examination, the jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased came to her death from an enlargement or disease of the heart.


March 6, 1872


KENNEDY - Died in Dundas, on Tuesday, the 15th instant, Robert F., youngest son of Thomas Kennedy, aged 11 years, 11 months, and 4 days. The funeral will take place on Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock, from the residence of his father, King street, to the place of interment. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this notice.


MAY - Mr. Henry May, of Streetsville, was killed on Friday by the bursting of a circular saw.


RODGERS - Died at two o'clock to-day, Margaret, wife of Mr. John Rodgers, of this city, aged 66 years and 6 months. The funeral will leave her husband's residence, corner of Barton and Locomotive streets, at 4 o'clock, on Friday, the 8th instant.


March 7, 1872


TURNER - Died at Halftown, Luss, on the 15th last, James Turner.


KREIGHOFF - A dispatch from Chicago announces the sudden death of C. Kreighoff, artist, formerly of Quebec.


March 8, 1872


DREED (Montreal) - Mr. Thomas Dreed, Sr. was found dead this morning in his bed. The supposed cause of his death was heart disease. He is 77 years of age, and was a native of London, England. He has resided thirty years in this city.

He was a deacon of the First Baptist Church here, and took a permanent part in the revival meetings.


March 9, 1872


JARDINE - Died at Saltfleet, on the morning of the 9th instant, Agnes Rae, a native of Dumfries-shire, Scotland, and the wife of Joseph Jardine, Esq., aged 63 years.


SMART - Died in the Township of Blenheim, on the 4th instant, Agnes Macfarlane, wife of Mr. James Smart, aged 40 years. The funeral will take place from Mrs Macfarlane's residence at the old Race course, on Sabbath afternoon, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are hereby respectfully invited to attend.


CLARK - On Wednesday last, Coroner Wilcon held an inquest on the body of George Clark of Port Dover who was found dead in his bed in the poor house on that morning. After hearing the evidence of several witnesses from which it appeared that deceased had received every care from the authorities of the poor house, the jury returned a verdict that he died from natural causes.


WILLIAMSON - Died this morning, at his residence, Lisnadill, near the village of Stoney Creek, John Williamson, Esq., aged 82 years. The funeral will take place on Tuesday next, the 12th instant, at the hour of 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.


Died at his residence, Lisnadill, near the village of Stoney Creek, in the Township of Saltfleet, this morning, John Williamson, Esq., aged 82 years. Mr. Williamson was born near Armagh, Ireland, and came to this country a young man, at the close of the war of 1812. He settled in Stoney Creek where he was engaged with much success in mercantile pursuits. In 1861, he received the nomination of the Reform party as candidate for member of parliament for the County of Wentworth, but was defeated by the Hon D. Christie. For many years, he has lived in retirement and spent his time very largely in the cultivation of fruits and in improving and extending his large orchards and graperies, and in beautifying Lisnadill, his pleasant and attractive home. Mr. Williamson was one of the oldest magistrates of the county, in which office it was his privilege often to reconcile those who might be at variance with each other, and to heal strifes and divisions among his neighbours. He leaves a widow to mourn the loss of him who has been so long her companion and counsellor, a son Joseph Williamson, Esq.. and a daughter, the wife of His Honour Judge Jones of Brantford. At a good ripe age, he has been called away, and we who are left have to mourn the removal of another of the old familiar forms that have so long been amongst us. May he rest in peace.


March 11, 1872


MCBURNEY - Died in this city, on the 10th instant, Robert McBurney, son of Mr. Robert McBurney, aged 10 months and 10 days. Funeral from his father's residence, 49 Hunter street east, at 3 o'clock to-morrow. Friends will please accept this intimation,


WORRAL - Between six and seven o'clock this morning, a little boy named Francis Worral, living with his parents at No 2 Lock street, died suddenly without any signs of previous ailment. Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, will hold an inquest on the body at 3 o'clock this afternoon.


March 12, 1872


WORRAL - Yesterday afternoon, Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, held an inquest on the body of an infant named Francis Worral who died suddenly on Lock street yesterday morning. The jury returned a verdict that he came to his death from natural causes.


March 13, 1872


WATSON - A man named Samuel Watson was found dead on Friday night on the 5th concession, Markham, half a mile from Unionville. His neck and arm were broken, and he is supposed to have been thrown out of his wagon while the horses were running away.


SECORD - Died in Hamilton this morning, Harry Hamilton, son of W. M. C. Secord, aged 5 years and 9 months. The funeral will take place from his father's residence, corner of Catherine and Catharina streets, at 2 o'clock to-morrow.


BARTINDALE - Died on Wednesday, the 13th instant, at No 1, Cannon street west, Henry Stone, infant son of Thomas H. and Sarah Bartindale, aged 5 months and 14 days. The funeral will leave Mr. Bartindale’s residence to-morrow (Thursday) at 4 p.m. Friends will please accept the above intimation.


March 15, 1872


LEEMING - Died in Dundas, on Wednesday, the 13th instant, Rev. Ralph Leeming, aged 88 years. The funeral will take place on Saturday, 16th instant, from his late residence to the place of interment at Ancaster, at 11 o'clock a.m.


PETIT - Died at Saltfleet, on the 14th instant, Mr. Henry Osgood Petit, aged 48 years. The funeral will leave his late residence on Sunday, the 17th instant, at 11 o'clock for the Burlington cemetery. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.


March 16, 1872


ANCHEL (Quebec) - A man named Joseph Anchel, of St. Anne de la Pocatier, died in his sleigh while crossing the River St. Lawrence, yesterday.


March 18, 1872


SMITH - On Saturday afternoon, Dr. White, coroner, held an inquest on the body of Mrs. George Smith who resided at No 130 Park street who died suddenly on Friday evening. The inquest was held at the Parlor saloon, MacNab street, and the jury returned a verdict that death was caused by disease of the heart.


MOORE - Died in this city, on Monday morning, the 18th instant, Minnie E., the beloved wife of J. H. Moore, Esq., of the firm of Bowman and Moore, and daughter of the late Rev. Thomas Campbell. The funeral will leave the residence of her mother, corner of Main and Walnut streets, on Tuesday, the 19th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this notice.


MACKAY - Mr. John B. Mackay, the oldest inhabitant of the city of Kingston, died last Friday. Mr. Mackay was born in Plymouth, England, in 1767, and entered the Royal Navy at an early age, serving under Lord Nelson at the battle of Copenhagen, the Nile, and Trafalgar. He first came to Canada in 1848 in H.M.S. Woolwich for service on the lakes. He was a man of great ability, and was universally respected. For several years, he represented the County of Frontenac, his politics being strongly Conservative.


NORTON - The many acquaintances of Mr. William Norton, of the 9th concession of Ancaster, will regret to learn that he was found dead in his bed this morning. The deceased was between seventy and eighty years of age and was living alone in a small house in close proximity to his son-in-law. He was complaining of a slight illness for the last few days, but no dangerous symptoms were observable. When some of his neighbours called to see him this morning, they found that the vital spark had flown. He was an old resident of Ancaster and owned considerable property in the township. He was a man of considerable influence in his locality and generally respected by all who knew him. He was born in Yorkshire, England, and emigrated to the United States from whence he came here in the year 1842.


March 20, 1872


BROWN - We glean from the Toronto papers this morning the following particulars concerning a brutal murder which took place in the west end of that city last evening. Mr. George Brown, a well known builder, with a number of others, was drinking in the bar-room of ex-alderman Riddell when a dispute arose concerning a recent horse race.

It appears that at the races which took place on the Bay a few days ago, there was a race between two horses owned by Mr. Owen Cosgrove and Mr. Dobson of Yorkville respectively, but for some reason, the judges failed to decide between the merits of the two animals. In order to make a final decision, a small party of persons drove out to Dundas street to see the race repeated and the horses fairly tested. It would appear that Cosgrove drove his own horse and Dobson's was driven by a man named George McFarlane, and that the race was won by Cosgrove's horse. The party then drove back about dusk, and on their return, called at ex-alderman Riddell's tavern on the north-east corner of Tecumseh and Little Richmond streets where they got into a discussion in regard to the relative merits of the two horses. From what can be gleaned from the haze which usually surrounds such matters, Brown was speaking in favour of Cosgrove's horse, while McFarlane was warmly advocating the merits of Dobson's.

The debate at length became of a warthy nature, and a boisterous brawl ensued which finally led to blows, It has been affirmed that Brown was the first to strike, but the allegation has not been sustained. One thing is certain however, a row occurred in which the deceased was most brutally mutilated and bruised, and then he was put into his buggy and taken to his house where he died in about half an hour. Drs. Ogden and De la Hooke were called and upon examination found several ribs broken. The head was so shockingly bruised as almost to defy recognition. It also stated that one of the ribs was driven into the lungs which was the immediate cause of death. He appeared as if he had been literally kicked to death.

The police were at once informed of the affair, and they went in search of the men known to have been in the tavern at the time and engaged in the dispute. McFarlane and Colwell were arrested and conveyed to the cells to await the results of the coroner's investigation. Riddell was also taken in charge.

The murdered man was a builder and contractor. He lived in the west side of John street. He was a man who moved in a respectable sphere. He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his untimely end. It is said he was very fond of trotting horses and always owned a fast animal or two.

Colwell kept a blacksmith shop on Queen street west and is said to be a quiet respectable man when sober, but rather savage when under the influence of liquor. He is 28 years of age, tall,

and heavily built. McFarlane, until lately, has been driving a bread wagon for Alderman Kerr, but had recently been dismissed, and is now keeping a grocery on Elm street. He is 26 years of age and of smaller proportions than Colwell.


March 21, 1872


MYLES - Died on the 21st instant, at No 7 Elgin street, Edwin Thomas, infant son of Charles and Emma Myles. Funeral will take place to-morrow (Friday) at 10 o'clock a.m. Friends will please accept of this intimation.


March 22, 1872


CARROLL - Mr. Peter Carroll, aged 100 years, died in the Township of Pilkington, on Tuesday last. Deceased was a native of the County of Louth, Ireland. Mrs. Carroll, the wife of deceased, is six months his senior and is still hale and hearty.


MCINTYRE - Among our obituary notices will be found recorded the death of Mrs. McIntyre of East Williams at the ripe old age of 102. The lady was one of the very oldest settlers of the country, and could relate incidents of life in the bush which would astonish the more nervous and sensitive of the present and coming generations. She survived all her children, except one, now a tender child of about 80 years.('Argus')


LEEMING - On Sunday morning next, a funeral sermon for the late Rev. R. Leeming will be preached in St. John's Church, Ancaster, by the Rev. Archbishop Fuller. There will be appropriate hymns and anthems on the occasion when Miss Wilson of Montreal will assist in the choir. As the church will be crowded, friends from a distance are requested to attend early that they may obtain accommodation. Divine service will commence at 11 a.m.

Mr. Leeming was the oldest clergyman in this neighbourhood, having entered upon his duties in Ancaster in 1816. For many years, he has been incapacitated for work. He has left several bequests, and among others $2000 to the parsonage of Ancaster and $4000 to the mission fund of the Diocese. Arrangements have been made for the building of a parsonage in Ancaster for which six acres of land have been secured towards which the bequest of $2000 will help.


SPIERS - Mr. Samuel Spiers, proprietor of Rock Bay hotel and pleasure grounds, died of inflammation of the lungs at 2 o'clock this morning. On Monday last, he was in the city, and in the evening after he went home, he complained of sickness and got gradually worse until he expired this morning.


FISHER - This forenoon, a young man named W. Fisher, a native of Redditch, England, who had been working at Beckett's machine shop and boarding at Mr. Armstrong's, Florence street, committed suicide by shooting himself with abreach-loading rifle, the ball entering the left breast. From the position of the body when found, it was evident that he had placed the muzzle of the rifle against his breast and with a lath it is supposed he forced the trigger to snap. The ball passed through the body and also a door behind, and entered deep into the plaster of the wall. The deceased appeared to be highly respectable, was well-clothed, and appears to have plenty of means. This afternoon the Chief of Police was notified of the fact, and Sergeant Logan went to the house and caused the body to be brought to the police station on King William street shortly after four o'clock this afternoon. An inquest will be held this evening.


March 23, 1872


MUIR - Andrew Muir, of Huron, indulging freely in intoxicating drinks, paid a visit to a neighbouring village a week or so ago. About dusk he took his departure for home and took a bottle of whiskey with him, since which time he has not been seen or heard of. It is supposed that being on foot and alone, he has wandered from the road and got frozen to death. The night was one of the most bitterly cold of the season.


FISHER - Yesterday we announced that a young Englishman, named William Fisher, boarding on Florence street, fatally shot himself. Dr. White, coroner, hearing of the circumstances, issued his precept authorizing the empanelling of a jury to enquire into the cause of death. The inquest was held, accordingly, at No 1 police station, King William street, when the following evidence was taken.

Sergeant Logan, sworn: About half past one, Mr. Armstrong called at the chief's office and said that a young man boarding at his house was in his bedroom and that they could not get the door open. Constable Ballantyne and myself went up to the house. The home is situate No 17 Florence street. I found that some attempts had been made to open the door. The door was unfastened, and after some effort, we pushed the door open sufficiently wide for us to pass in. The body of deceased was laying on its back on the floor and a pool of blood around the neck and shoulders. His head was towards the door. He appeared to be dead for some time. The body was perfectly stiff. Across the legs, the barrel of the rifle lay as if it had fallen on him with the muzzle towards the door. There was also a piece of lath across his body. A piece of door leading to the closet was broken off. The door was to the right of where he laid. I supposed it was taken off by the ball, and on tracing its course, I found it went through a piece of one of the shelves, and found the ball produced underneath the spot where it had stuck. I examined the rifle and found that it had been recently discharged. The rifle is an improved breach-loader. Constable Ballantyne and myself took charge of the body and brought it down to the dead house. I found some letters in his pockets upon searching him. I also found $3.13 in a purse. From the position of the body, I should judge that deceased had placed the butt of the rifle against the foot of the bed and the muzzle at his breast, and leaning against the door of the closet partly opened. The piece of lath, I think, must have been used to move the trigger. It was about four feet in length. It was not possible for anyone to leave the room and leave the body in the position it was found.

Constable Ballantyne confirmed the evidence of the previous witness.

Henry Armstrong, sworn, said: I knew the deceased. He came to board with me about the middle of December, and remained about five weeks, when he left and went to Brantford. He returned this day two weeks. I think he was born in England. He is about 23 years old. I don't think he belonged to any particular church. He went to the Methodist church with me. I noticed that he felt a little dejected because he was out of work. I asked him what made him feel so downcast. He replied that the people he lived with in Brantford were very religious and made him think of his past life. He did not tell me what he had done. I tried to cheer him up all I could and told him that he need not feel despondent, and that he had plenty of friends around him. I heard him tell a man that lived in the house that he would go to California as soon as the spring opened. He told me that it was his intention to go farming when he came out here. When I went home to dinner, I was told he was in Mr. Shelleto's room and that the door was fastened. I went up and found the door locked with the key inside. I tried to force the key out as to use another key but failed. When Mr. Shelleto came in, I got an axe and forced the door open about an inch, when I saw the head of deceased against it. I could not tell then whether he was dead or not. I immediately went for two constables who came with me. I was present when they opened the door. I corroborate the evidence of Sergeant Logan. I saw deceased last alive about eight o'clock at breakfast. I noticed nothing unusual in him at that time. He had a fowling piece with him as well as the rifle which he brought out with him from England.

Mrs Blake, sworn, said: I live in Mr. Armstrong's house. I knew the deceased as a boarder there. I saw him last alive at ten o'clock last night. He was then reading an evening paper. He put that down and took up a book. He appeared to be then well and cheerful. I slept in the next room to him and I could hear that he was restless during the night. When I went upstairs to make up the rooms about twelve o'clock to-day, I found Mr. Shelleto's room door closed. Mr. Shelleto's little boy came home from school and told me that the door was closed and that he could not get in,  and that the key was inside. I did not hear any unusual noise during the morning. He appeared to be a little downcast of late and said he could not do what his family at home might expect of him.

Douglas McQueen, sworn, said: I knew the deceased. I boarded with him at No 88 Park street. He was always complaining about the country. I did not see him very frequently since he left Park street and went to board with Mr. Armstrong. I saw him one day at the post office when he told me he was going to Brantford. I saw nothing of him till last Thursday week when he appeared very despondent. He told me that he could not get any work either in Brantford or in Hamilton and that the best thing he could do was to put a bullet through his head. 1 spoke to him and told him not to think of such a foolish thing and that, if he would wait for me, I would come out and converse with him. I went to him and he told me he intended to put an end to himself if he could not get anything to do to rid himself of his friends and acquaintances. I advised with him. He told me he could not sleep, and I advised him to get a sleeping draught and go to bed. I saw him yesterday in front of the stove in the post office. He looked very wretched and miserable.

To a juror: I did not speak to him yesterday. I saw him through, the glass rubbing his hands and appearing very miserable.

Mr. Dawson, station-master, G.W.R., sworn, said: I knew the deceased and recognize the body as that of Mr. Fisher. He brought a letter of introduction to me from Arthur Jones and Company, wine merchants, Birmingham, England, asking me to use any influence to get him some employment as he was a mechanic. I got employment for him at Mr. Beckett's as pattern maker. I saw him several times afterwards, and he appeared quite contented. He told me that he was making money and getting more wages than he ever could in the old country. I have not seen him for the last six weeks. I was not aware that he had left Beckett's.

Harriet Elizabeth Armstrong, sworn, said: I knew the deceased. I live in the house where he boarded. I saw him last alive this morning when I gave him his breakfast. It was about 8 o'clock. He appeared to be then well. He did not eat a hearty breakfast. I never noticed when he went after breakfast. I had no suspicion about him. I did not hear any particular or unusual noise in the house during the morning as of a gun being fired off.

Arthur Shelleto, 12 years of age, said: I was going upstairs in Mr. Armstrong's house about a quarter to eight to get some buttons to put on my coat. When I went up, I found that the door of my father's house was fastened. I then smelt a strong smell of gunpowder and smoke coming from under the door. It was a blueish kind of smoke. I then looked through the keyhole and saw a dark object lying between the window and door. The object appeared like two feet of a man. I then went downstairs and told Miss Armstrong that I perceived smoke coming from under the door; I told her I saw some object lying on the floor. She told me I had better go to school and that if there was anything wrong, I could see about it when I came home from school. When I saw that object on the floor, I thought the gentleman was sleeping on the floor. When I came home at noon, I told Mrs. Blake what I had seen in the morning. She then went up and looked through the keyhole and saw the same thing as I did, and told me to wait till Mr. Armstrong came home when he would see what was the matter. Mr. Armstrong said that perhaps he was lying on the floor asleep. He found the door locked with the key inside. My father and Mr. Armstrong got a piece of wood and the axe to force the door open. After the door was partly open, my father put in his hand and felt the hair of deceased.

Maria Blake, sworn, said: I live at Mr. Armstrong's. I knew the deceased. I did not get up this morning until a few minutes after twelve o'clock. I have been unwell of late. I sleep in the upper part of the house. The door of my bedroom is about ten feet from the room where deceased was found. I was sleeping until a little after 8 o'clock, but remained in bed. I did not hear any unusual noise as of a gun going off. My hearing is very good. I saw deceased last alive about ten o'clock last night. He was then reading. I did not speak to him nor he to me.

John Hendrie, sworn, said: I live at No 17 Florence street. I knew the deceased. We have slept in the same bed for about a fortnight. We slept together last night. I did not notice any unusual in his manner last night, only that he was very restless. He had been so for two or three nights. I left him in bed awake when I got up about half past six in the morning. The first thing he said to me was "John, have I disturbed you last night?" I replied "Very little. It matters nothing so long as you do not keep me awake too much". When I was dressing myself, I asked him if he would get up and go a part of the way with me when I went to work. He replied, no, and that he would rest in bed and try to have some sleep. I did not see him again alive. He has been very despondent for some time, and felt downhearted. I often used to try and cheer him. He had $600 in the Bank of Montreal and some $90 in the Savings Bank. He told me that in a short time he would be entitled to £1500 left him by his father when he was 12 years of age, and that the money was now in the hands of trustees.

Captain John Henry, Chief of Police, sworn, said that he had taken an inventory of the property owned by deceased which were handed to him by Sergeant Logan; viz., a quantity of clothing, rifle and shotgun, a large box containing tools, a deposit receipt for $400 in the Bank of Montreal and $85 in the Savings Bank, and $28 in a box, a number of letters, etc.

Dr. O'Reilly, hospital surgeon, sworn, said that he had examined the body of deceased and found a small punctured wound in the left side of the chest about half an inch below and entered to the left nipple. The edges were slightly inverted. The surrounding skin presented a discoloured and burnt appearance. The fifth rib was fractured through the sternal cartilage. The wound pierced a portion of the left lung, passing pericardium, rupturing both ventricles of the heart. The right lung was wounded, and the body of one of the vertebrae fractured on the right side of the spinal column. The exit of the wound with slightly everted edges took place just about the first floating rib about two inches from the vertebrae. The stomach was full of partially digested food. The other organs were healthy and normal. The bullet produced, I think, would cause the wound. The wound, on account of the rupture of the heart, was sufficient cause of death.

Mr. W. T. Pearman, classical teacher at the Wesleyan College, Toronto, sworn, said: I viewed the body of the deceased and recognized it as that of William Fisher. He was a second cousin of mine. I have been corresponding with him for some time. During that time, I had no reason to expect that he would commit any rash act. He would, when 24 years old, be entitled to considerable property left him by his father. He came to this country with the intention of getting an insight into his business and then setting up for himself.

The jury returned a verdict that deceased came to his death by a bullet wound produced by his own hand whilst labouring under an attack of mental despondency.


FISHER - The young man whose untimely death produced by his own hand, referred to in another part of this paper, was a native of Hillborough, Alcester, County of Warwick, England, and his name is William Fisher. He came to this country, as will be seen in the evidence produced adduced at the coroner's inquest, for the purpose of getting a more perfect insight into his business with a view of ultimately starting his own account. He was a young man of very abstemious habits and rather religiously inclined. For the first few months since his arrival here, he appeared to be getting along very cheerfully and seemed perfectly contented until about four weeks ago when he went to Brantford where he remained about two weeks. Since his return here, about a week ago last Thursday, he appeared to be very despondent, and those who knew him wondered at the cause of it, but did not apprehend anything serious would arise from the fact. To-day we learn that in two years, when he would be 24 years of age, he would be entitled to receive something like $20,000 from his late father's estate. He also had $400 deposited in the Bank of Montreal in this city, besides $85 in the post office Saving bank, and $33 in his trunk, and some $3.13 in his pockets, so that it was not pecuniary difficulties that could have prompted him to commit the rash act. It is very evident, however, that he was labouring under heavy mental despondency from some unknown cause or other, and while in that state of mind, he put an end to his earthily career. The following letter found upon his person was written to his mother on Thursday last but remained unposted. It will give our readers some idea of his sanity.

 Hamilton, Ont., Canada

 May 21, 1872

My dear mother. Forgive my not writing for so long for I have not been well this last few weeks. I have decided to leave Canada for England. I shall go via New York. Expect me by the beginning of April or anyway in the second week. It grieves me much to write this to you, but I am utterly unable to get my own living and must come home and get on the best way I can, helping Lawrence on the farm or anything you can find me to do. My mind is not right, and since I last wrote you, I have been acting more like an insane person than anything. The news will, I know, put you about and alarm you, but I trust you will not, take it too much to heart. I am truly sorry to so much disappoint everyone. I like the country very well and should get along first rate were I good for anything. But I am not. So what must I do? I have long thought the matter over, and I very reluctantly take this final step. I was always thick-headed, and I am now worse than ever. Do not send any more letters or papers, I pray, for they can be of no use whatever to me. I am just packing up things ready to start to New York and shall take the steamer thence to Liverpool. Tell people at home that I have had an accident, and am consequently obliged to leave for home. Pray God to forgive me, for this is the prayer of your

Affectionate son W. Fisher.


March 25, 1872


LEEMING - Yesterday, St. John's Church, Ancaster, was attended by a very large congregation who attended to listen to a funeral sermon in commemoration of the demise of the late Rev. Mr. Leeming. The church, which is one of the neatest and most substantial in this section of the country, was appropriately draped in mourning. The pulpit, reading desk, and communion table were covered with black cloth, and the stained window on the west side was draped with crepe. The service commenced at 11 a.m. The Rev. Mr. Cartwright read the lessons, and the Rev. Dr. Fuller, Archdeacon of Toronto, preached the funeral sermon, taking for his text the 27th verse of the 9th chapter of the Epistle of Paul to the Hebrews: "And it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment". The sermon was very impressive and eloquent throughout, but in consequence of its extreme length, we are unable to publish it in full. The biographical portion of it, however, will be highly acceptable to our readers, as the deceased was universally known and respected in this section of the Province, having lived here for many years in his capacity as a faithful minister in connection with the Church of England.

The late Rev. Ralph Leeming was born of respectable parents in Lancashire, England, on the 17th of July, 1788, and was a little more than a year younger than the late William Leeming, rector of Chippewa. He was educated at Ledburgh, a celebrated grammar school in Yorkshire, connected with the University of Cambridge, and in his day under the very able ministership of the Rev. Dr. Stevens. Amongst those who were his schoolfellows at Ledburgh were lads who became afterwards eminent as scholars and divines; viz., Messrs Dickensteth, Bland, and Ledgwick, the first, second, and fifth wranglers at Cambridge University in the year 1808. Mr. Leeming did not go to Cambridge or Oxford, the means of his parents not enabling them to send their son to such an expensive place as one of the English universities. Nor did he go to St. Bees College, in Cumberland, an institution to which his older brother went, but some years after his ordination. When he was ordained to Holy Orders by the Bishop of Chester, he was appointed to the charge of two adjoining curacies in the Diocese of Rochester, and was also appointed an assistant master in the King's school in that Episcopal city.

But providentially his attention was turned to Canada, and he landed at Quebec in 1816 as one of the missionaries of the Society for propagating the Gospel in foreign parts. The Bishop of Quebec, the first Dr. Mountain, an excellent scholar, was desirous of retaining him in Lower Canada in order to avail himself of his high scholastic attainments and his experience in teaching, but Mr. Leeming, having come to this country to act as a missionary, declined the Bishop's urgent offer, and requested to be sent to some country mission. He was therefore appointed to "The mission of Barton and places adjacent". The word 'adjacent' in those days was construed to extend as far as a missionary could go without coming on the mission of another. And as his nearest neighbours were the Rev. Mr. Sampson at Grimsby in the east and the Rev. Mr. Pollard at Sandwich in the west, his field of labour was by no means so circumscribed as our fields of labour are at the present day. Towards the west he could have wandered over almost the whole of the present Diocese of Huron which has now ninety clergy and a most efficient Bishop. On his arrival at Quebec he made the eighth clergyman in the diocese that extended from the gulf of St. Lawrence to the St. Clair river and northward to the Pole. The only church which Mr. Leeming found in this part of the country was the old church at Barton which was shared by church people and the American Presbyterians.

Those were the days in which the spirit of church building had not arisen, for during his 14 years' incumbency of the mission, no church except the one burnt down on this site some years ago was erected in it. People then thought they had enough to do to maintain their families in those days, and the missionary's time was so taken up with attending to his people scattered over immense tracts of country that he had no time to press these duties upon the people of his charge. He was obliged to go long distances to visit the sick and dying, to baptize children, to solemnize marriages, and to bury the dead. Many of those present this morning were baptized by our departed friend; many were prepared by him for confirmation; many were married by him; and some, perhaps, attended by him during cases of dangerous illness.

During the time he had charge of this section of the country, he was induced in consequence of the scarcity of learned men at that time in the country, to undertake the management of the public school at the small village of Hamilton, and there I first made his highly valued acquaintance, 52 years ago. This school he was not long allowed to conduct, for the 2nd Bishop of Quebec, very properly, considering that the charge of an immense missionary field like the one committed to him needed all his care without the addition of a school, required him to choose between the two, and again he gave himself exclusively to missionary duties. But after serving his Master for 14 years in this part of his vineyard, he found himself sinking under his arduous duties and under duties of another kind for which his previous training had not fitted him, and at his own earnest request he was relieved from his duties here, in the year 1830. His intention when leaving this was to return to his native land, and he had gone as far as Montreal on his way thither when he was persuaded by his friend, Dr. Stuart, second Bishop of Quebec, to accept the smaller mission of March, on the Ottawa, 14 miles above the present capital of the Dominion, a township settled chiefly by retired officers of the Army and Navy. There he remained two and a half years, but feeling himself unfit for any further active duty, he was put upon the retired list. He then went to Florida where he remained some time and thence to Cuba in hope of having his health restored, and did not return to this country until 1837 when he settled in Dundas.

His disease, or weakness, is supposed to have been one of the heart. I have always supposed it to have been one of the nervous system. He never, however, felt himself capable of taking any public ministerial duty since he left March, A.D., 1833. I have never heard of his having preached, although he may have done so. Some of his brethren have thought that he could have done ministerial duty much of the time after 1837, but we should perhaps remember that a nervous affection is one which disables some people from doing certain things just as much as a disease of the body or of the mind disables certain other people from doing certain other things. I know many excellent, devoted, and useful clergymen who cannot walk the streets of a city unless accompanied by a companion. His fear is that the houses will fall on him, but when he has a companion with him, he has no fears. Verily we are strangely constituted creatures.

The late Mr. Leeming often lamented during his vacation from the discharge of his duties to the ministry, his inability to again resume them and he endeavoured to reconcile himself to it by the idea that it was God's will that it should be so, that in his infinite wisdom he designed him to occupy a position no different then than he had occupied when he first came to this country, that in humble submission to God's will he might yet do some good in the world in a private, quiet way. Like his brother, the late excellent rector of Chippewa, our departed friend was a man of most habits industrious, prudent, and economical. Wherever he lived, he made fast and firm friends. All who knew him regarded him for his sterling worth. They believed him to be an earnest, honest Christian and a benevolent man, one who was always ready to relieve the distressed poor and needy. I have heard with much pleasure and gratitude since his death that by his will he devised 400 pounds for the erection of rectory in this parish and a thousand pound to the Mission of his Diocese. He was a man of good natural abilities which he had improved by culture, reading, and observation. His attainments as a scholar were of a high character. He was shrewd, ready, and a good speaker.

Of late years, since the death of his excellent brother in 1863, I have paid him regular periodical visits and always spent a night under his hospitable roof, so that I had good opportunities to judging him. I always found him very grateful for the many mercies, temporal and spiritual, vouchsafed him and looking solely and entirely to Jesus Christ for the salvation of his soul. He felt that his time on earth could not be long, and he looked beyond the grave to a blessed immortality. So lived our departed friend, waiting for the blessed Lord's coming, and when he came to call him home without any apparent disease, he was doubtless found with his loins girt and his lamp burning. (Luke 12:35)

In connection with the service, we must not omit paying tribute to the excellent singing by the choir and the instrumental music by Mr. Collins who presided at the organ. Miss Wilson of Montreal kindly volunteered her services on the occasion which was of very material aid to the choir. The playing of the 'Dead March in Saul' was grand and impressive.


KIRKLAND - There died in Milverton, on the night of Tuesday of last week, Mr. Kirkland, shoemaker. It appears that for a considerable time previous to his decease, he had been in the habit of taking periodical sprees which lasted generally for a month. On this occasion, his thirst for drink appears to have been almost insatiable. On the above evening, he purchased a bottle of cognac which he drank in an incredibly short space of time, and soon after, sank into that sleep from which there is no waking. Mr. Kirkland was a quiet inoffensive man whether under the influence of liquor or not, and his death under such circumstances has cast a gloom over our village. Deceased leaves a wife and a large family to mourn his untimely end.


MACABE - Died in this city, March 24th, Araminta, wife of Mr. Henry Macabe, aged 70 years. Funeral from her late residence, 55 Hess street, to-morrow (Tuesday) at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


March 26, 1872


MAYNES - A farmer, named Maynes, was frozen to death near Barrie, on Thursday night.


BEATY - A sad accident happened in the Township of Haldimand on Friday afternoon by which a little girl lost her life. The following are the particulars. A daughter of Mr. William Beaty of Haldimand, 8 years old, accidentally cut herself, having been sent by her mother to the cellar for some lard. She took a butcher's knife in her hand with a lamp, and must have stumbled. The knife penetrated her neck, cutting an artery. She returned upstairs, and just told her mother that she had cut herself and died in a few minutes.


DOWN (Clifton) - This morning about 7 a.m., a man by the name of Thomas Down, American express porter at the Suspension Bridge, was killed. He had just finished unloading the car as the train started, and the plank used in unloading, fell, striking him in the neck, breaking it, and causing immediate death.


March 28, 1872


TYAS - The London "Free Press" of Wednesday says: Mr. George Tyas, one of the oldest and most respected residents of this city, died yesterday morning after a lingering illness, aged eighty. Deceased was one of the early pioneers of the Western district, and throughout his eventful life did good service for his country. His exertions in connection with the quelling of the Rebellion in 1837 at Windsor and other places were highly spoken of by those in authority at that time, and on more than one occasion was he complimented for the bravery and judgment displayed by him in those stirring times. He was a merchant of twenty years' standing , but lately pursued the calling of a florist in this city, and died full of years, deeply regretted by a large circle of friends.


MCFALL - Died at Brantford, on the 27th instant, Mary, wife of James McFall, aged 28 years. The funeral will take place at 4 o'clock p.m. to-morrow (Friday) from the residence of her brother, Robert Harris, Barton street, near James street. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


March 30, 1872


SMITH - Mr. James Smith, of Meaford, was killed Wednesday while felling trees about two miles from the village. He leaves a wife and family.


HILL (Guelph) - A married man, named Robert M. Hill, about 36 years of age, who arrived here from the old country some two weeks ago, took ill on Saturday afternoon while out walking, and had to be carried home where he lingered until Thursday morning when he died, inflammation having appeared to an unusual extent. His remains were interred the same day in the Union cemetery. He was a quiet sober man, leaves a wife in the old country, and had been employed at Hepburn's shoe factory for but one week.


ROGERS - Yesterday morning, the remains of the late Bro. W. H. D. Rogers, son-in-law of Alderman Kelly, were buried with the solemn and customary rites of Masonry. Deceased, while living, was station master at Ionia, Michigan, and died on the 24th instant. He was a member of Ionia Lodge, No 36, and his remains were brought here on Thursday evening, accompanied by a deputation of four members of his lodge; W. Bro. W. H. Dunn, Bros. W. Campbell, R. H. Bedford, and J. L. Hudson. The brethren in Hamilton, on learning of the arrival of the corpse at the station, immediately proceeded to make the necessary arrangements to carry out the desire of their deceased brother, and though the hour was late, the promptness with which the brethren were notified, that they turned out to pay a last tribute to their departed brother in very respectable numbers. Such is the universal love that permeates the masonic fraternity that, although a brother hails from a foreign country, the same courtesy is extended to him as to those near at home. The solemn and impressive funeral service of the masonic order was read by T. B. Harris, Right Worshipful brother, Grand Secretary, assisted by V.W. Bro. R. Brierly, W.M. of Barton Lodge. At the conclusion of the service, the brethren adjourned to the Hall when W. Bro. W. H. Dunn of Ionia lodge gratefully returned thanks on behalf of the members of his lodge and

the masons of Michigan for the courtesy extended to them and the respect paid to the remains of their departed brother.


HALL - Died at the residence of her son-in-law, John Clark, on Hughson street south, Jane Buchanan, relict of the late Captain William Hall, of Sorel, Province of Quebec, aged 72 years. The funeral will take place on Monday, 1st April, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.


April 1, 1872


MCCULLOCH - Died on Sunday morning, the 31st ultimo, Sarah Mcculloch, aged 19 years. The funeral will leave her brother's residence, No 150 Main street west, to-morrow (Tuesday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock.


CRAIG (Strathroy) - On Tuesday evening last, a startling rumour circulated throughout the town relating to the discovery by Constable B. Furey of the body of an infant in the bottom drawer of a bureau which he had seized from the premises of John Craig and which had been conveyed to the Exchange Hotel stables about eleven days before upon a landlord's warrant. Some days subsequent to the seizure, Mrs. Craig and a girl named Mines had called upon Constable Furey, requesting to remove some underclothes from the bottom drawer. He signified his willingness to allow this, but Mrs. Craig said the keys were not with her and postponed bringing them or opening the drawer. This continued for some days until on Tuesday the anxiety manifested by Mrs. Craig awakened his suspicions, and on Tuesday he opened the drawer and removed the overlid and discovered to his astonishment, the body of a dead infant. He immediately communicated the intelligence to His Worship the Mayor who called upon Dr. Billington to institute an inquest, and subsequently upon the evidence, issued a warrant for Mrs. Craig on a charge of misdemeanour. Mr. Hugh Fraser, having been chosen foreman of the coroner's jury, evidence was elicited establishing the fact that the child was born about a month ago. Mrs. acknowledged that she was the mother of the child, but that the child was born dead. She was in the house alone, and no one to assist, was cold and impoverished., and thus the life of an innocent being was sacrificed. She could give no reason for concealing the birth. Drs. McTaggart and Edwards made a post mortem examination of the infant's body, and gave evidence to the effect that the child was alive when born but could not be positive regarding the length of time it had lived after birth. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the child had died from neglect, and that Mrs. Craig had wilfully concealed its birth. Mrs. Craig left this evening for London in charge of a constable. The case will be brought before the Grand Jury of the present assizes and if a true bill is found, the trial of the unfortunate woman will take place in a few days. Though the poor creature erred, there are many extenuating circumstances. She was poverty-stricken, neglected, and ignorant, and whilst erring, was unaware of her sin. She will be treated with clemency on this account, and perhaps the ordeal may not be without good results.


April 2, 1872


CLAPP - Mrs. J. H. Clapp was run over by a G.T.R. train near Napanee on Saturday morning, and instantly killed.


ROHREBACK - A man by the name of Martin Rohreback, a farmer residing near Weybridge, was instantly killed by a limb of a tree while chopping in the woods on Friday afternoon. It completely smashed his head, face, and arm. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his untimely death.


April 3, 1872


GORMAN - On the morning of Sunday, March 31st, a little boy found the dead body of a woman named Mary Gorman lying beside a fence within a few yards of Cornelius Donovan's tavern on the Cannifton road. An inquest was held before coroner Roy on the following day, the evidence taken at which showed that deceased had been intoxicated on the night in question, thereby giving rise to the supposition that she had strayed from the road and that, after crossing the fence, had fallen where she was found, and there perished from exposure, being unable to rise. The verdict of the coroner's jury is in accordance with the above facts, and expressed a regret that it cannot be ascertained where the deceased procured the liquor. Deceased was the wife of George Gorman, a man employed in cutting wood for the Grand Trunk. She leaves a family of seven children. The medical evidence showed that she had been enceinte for six months past. (Intelligencer)


April 4, 1872


BROWER - On the evening of Friday last, Ephraim Brower, a farmer, was thrown out of his wagon when returning home from Widder and died at 8:30 o'clock on Sunday evening from the injuries received. He was intoxicated when thrown out of the wagon.


April 5, 1872


DRYLAND - Died in this city, on the 4th instant, Martha Dryland, aged 22 days, youngest daughter of John and Margaret Dryland.

The funeral will take place on Friday afternoon, from the residence of her parents on Sophia street, at 4 o'clock.


CLAPPISON - Died at Clappison's Corners, on the 4th April, 1872, Mr. Thomas Clappison, a native of Yorkshire, England, aged 55 years. The funeral will leave his late residence, on Saturday morning, the 6th instant, at 10 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


April 6, 1872


MCLEAN (Woodstock) - On Saturday morning last, an old woman, Margaret McLean, better known as Granny McLean, was found dead in the ditch in the west end of the town by a boy named McLeod, living in that neighbourhood. On discovering the body, the boy told his mother who sent for Constable Martin by whom it was taken in charge until the arrival of the coroner. On Monday evening, an inquest was held at Caistor House by Coroner Swan. From the evidence adduced, it appeared that deceased, as was her wont, had been drinking during the previous day, and overcome by the effects, had tumbled into the ditch where, the night being cold and blustering, she died from exposure. The jury, after hearing the evidence, returned the following verdict: "That the said Margaret McLean came to her death on the 31st ultimo by exposure to cold and excessive intemperance".


April 8, 1872


HAY - On Saturday week, an accident befell Mr. Hay of lot 25, in the 8th concession of Downie, which resulted in his death last week. In going to the well for water, his feet slipped, and he fell backward on to one of the pails which he was carrying, the fastening of the handle of which pressed against his kidneys, producing inflammation and which, despite surgical skill applied, terminated his career a few days after the accident. Deceased was highly respected in the neighbourhood and his unexpected death has occasioned universal regret. He resided in Downie twenty-nine years, and leaves a wife and family.


DIGNAN - Mr. James Dignan, P.L.S., died at his late residence, Berthier en Haut, on the night of the 24th of March, in the 74th year of his age, during fifty of which, he resided in the above town. Emigrating to this country when quite young, he soon gained a large circle of friends who will learn with regret of his demise. Particularly by the poor of Berthier will his loss be felt, for his heart and hand were always open to the cry of distress. His last will containing a handsome bequest for the poor of Berthier as well to educational and other institutions shows the benevolence of his disposition constantly exercised during his long and useful life. His model and retiring disposition prevented him from accepting political distinction which more than one constituency would have been pleased to confer in recognition of his public services as well as his private virtues and abilities. The deceased was a native of Ireland.


PENFOLD - Died at Dundas, on the 7th instant, George Rawson Penfold. The funeral will leave the residence of B. B. Osier, Esq., Dundas, for Ancaster, on Wednesday, the 10th instant, at 2 p.m.


HILL - Died in this city, on Saturday, April 6th, Mrs. Ann Hill, widow of the late John Hill, aged 86 years. Funeral will leave the residence of her son, Mr. Charles Hill, No 9 Hunter street, to-morrow (Tuesday), at 2 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


April 9, 1872


CLARK - We have to record this week the death of the fifth child of Mr. James Clark, Colborne, by malignant scarlet fever. It is seldom the hand of affliction is laid so heavily on any family as it has been on his. Five children out of seven have been called away within a month while the sixth is in a precarious state. We feel certain Mr. Clark has the sympathy of the entire community. (Goderich)


KERR - The Late R. W. Kerr: A notice in another column will inform our readers of the death of an old and respected citizen whose name appears at the head of the paragraph, a death we are sure will be deeply regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. The late Robert Warren Kerr was born on the 19th day of March, 1810, at the family residence, Tulley Hall, Sligo, Ireland, and who, therefore, at the time of his death was a few days over 62 years of age. Having fitted himself for and embraced the profession of land surveyor and engineer, he practised it for a short time in Enniskillen. He was offered a position in the Sligo branch of the Bank of Ireland, that of agent, which he accepted and held until his removal to Canada in 1835. Shortly after coming to Canada, he settled in Dundas as engineer of the Desjardins canal. He held the position of captain of militia during the rebellion of 1837. In 1840, he removed from Dundas to a place near Guelph where he lived and practised his profession until 1847. In the last named year he removed to Hamilton, and in 1853 was appointed to the post of City Chamberlain which he held up to the day of his death. He was married on 1st January, 1837, to Jane, daughter of James Kirkpatrick, Esq.


April 10, 1872


KERR - Died on Tuesday morning, the 9th instant, at the residence of his son-in-law, Thomas White, Jr., M.D., Robert Warren Kerr, City Chamberlain, in the 63rd year of his age. The funeral will take place on Thursday next, at 3 o'clock.


DALBY - Died at Elora, Ontario, on Sunday, the 31st ultimo, greatly respected, Mary Ann, relict of the late Francis Dalby, aged 60 years, formerly of Sutton on the Forest, Yorkshire, England.


KELLY - Edward Kelly, a Prince Edward Island editor, died on Saturday, of heart disease, superinduced by political excitement.


SUSIE - A squaw, living at Shediac, known as old Susie and 110 years old, fell down a cellar in the above-named town, and broke her neck.


MOSE (Montreal) - P. S. Mose, popularly known as the stout conductor, died at the General Hospital, at an early hour this morning.


April 11, 1872


CHAPLIN - A child of Mr. William Chaplin, Port Stanley, aged four and a half years, was accidentally drowned.


BLACKMAN (London) An old man, named Thomas Blackman, met with an accident at Komoka on Monday night while on his way from the station to his residence, which has since resulted fatally, it seems that deceased was walking along a track and had to cross a bridge that spans the road, a little to the west of the station. During the day, the bridge in question had been undergoing repairs, and the foot boards, which had been taken off, were not replaced. It Is supposed the unfortunate man had stepped on to the bridge, thinking the plank was in its proper place. At any rate, he was found by the workmen next morning on the road, having fallen a distance of about twenty feet, in great agony and suffering from internal injuries. He was removed to a place nearby, but did not survive many minutes. The deceased had resided in this city a long time, and was a watchman at the G.W.R. repair shops a number of years.


April 12, 1872


COCHRANE (Greenwood) - A shocking and fatal accident occurred yesterday afternoon by which John, aged about 17 years, eldest son of William Cochrane, 8th concession, Pickering, lost his life by being suffocated by the falling in of a turnip pit in which he was engaged in removing turnips. He was there working alone a short distance from the house, and when found about an hour after the accident, life was quite extinct. Deceased was a very quiet and promising young man, and great sympathy is expressed in the neighbourhood for the bereaved parents.


ROBERTSON (Galt) - The brakeman, Lewis Robertson, who was injured at the G.W.R. depot on Wednesday evening, died last night at 11 o'clock.


April 13, 1872


GIBSON - Died at Richmond Hill, on the 10th instant, Robert Gibson, in the 42nd year of his age, brother of Mr. James Gibson, of Ancaster.


April 16, 1872


KELLY - A little boy, son of Mrs. Kelly of Napanee, drank some muriatic acid on Wednesday and died soon after.


CORNELL - Yesterday morning, Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, held an inquest Upon the remains of George Cornell who died suddenly on Saturday night. The deceased lived on Ferguson avenue between King William and Rebecca streets. The following is the evidence at the inquest.

Lydia Cornell, of Hamilton, being sworn, said: I am widow of the deceased. He was 45 years of age, a Methodist. He was a steady sober man. He used to be a bill-poster, but has been rather sickly for some time. We have lived in Hamilton for a year. Deceased had medical men attending him before he came here. They never told him what was the matter with him. He complained of a pain in his left breast and a rush of blood to his head. He was even better than usual lately. He was well on Saturday and took a good supper at six o'clock or a little after. He complained of nothing more than usual. I went out about half past seven and left him sitting in a chair. When I told him I would be back soon, he said "Very well, all right", and seemed quite cheerful. I returned soon, not being away more than an hour, and he was dead when I returned. Mr. Philips, Mr. Mays, Mrs. Mays, Mr. Williams, and Mrs Williams, my little girl had been left with her father. Mr. Balcom was present when I left. I had no idea that death was so near, although I feared that he might be just cut off suddenly. He has been subject to fits of giddiness and appeared to have fits at times. He had one of these turns on Sunday week.

Brigham Balcom, sworn, said: I was acquainted with deceased. I was at his house on Saturday night between seven and eight o'clock. Mrs. Cornell went, out for some time, and I was left alone with deceased and his daughter.

I remained fifteen or twenty minutes after Mrs. Cornell went out. Deceased seemed cheerful and well, but was not so talkative. I left him sitting in his chair. Deceased took some medicine out of  a bottle when I was present. It was taken out of the bottle produced. I have seen deceased take the same medicine perhaps twenty times. I heard of his death about nine o'clock that evening.

Josephine Cornell, sworn, said: I am 13 years of age. I was at home on Saturday night with my father. My mother went out. I was not in the room when Mr. Balcom left. I came in soon after, and my father asked me to bring in a light. He was lying on his bed then, and was laughing and cheerful in his usual way. I left a light there and looked at him and saw nothing the matter. In a minute or two, I removed the light and sat in an adjoining room. My father asked me to sing a hymn which he was very fond of, and I did so, sitting in the adjoining room. Shortly after, I heard him kicking on the floor, and when I went in, he was lying on the bed with his feet out. I ran back for the light and when I returned, he was lying on the bed and snoring very heavily. I thought he was asleep and spoke to him and asked him to wake up. He opened his eyes but could not speak. I stayed for a little while, and becoming alarmed, I ran upstairs for Mrs. Mays. My father was still alive when I returned and breathing heavily. I remained there a short time, and he died before I left. I then went out and told Mr. Philips, and then went in search of my mother.

Joseph Mays, of Hamilton, being sworn, said: I live in the upper part of the house occupied by the family of deceased. I saw him frequently. He did not seem a very delicate man. I was called on Saturday evening by his daughter. It was between half past eight and nine o'clock. She came running upstairs in great excitement and said her father was dying. I ran downstairs and found deceased as described by his daughter. Thinking he was in a fit, I raised his head on my arm, but he was dead in a short time. Deceased did not speak after I got beside him. I went for Dr. Ryall, and he came shortly after.

David Philips, being sworn, said: The daughter of the deceased came to my house on Saturday night about nine o'clock and said her father was dead or dying. I came over at once. He was dead when I got there. Mr. Mays was there and also his daughter. I have seen deceased frequently and always thought him a delicate man.

Isaac Ryall, M.D., sworn, said: I have been attending the widow and daughter of the deceased for some time. I have seen deceased occasionally during my visits. Mrs. Cornell told me her husband was delicate and not able to do work to make a livelihood. I was not consulted in his case. I was called on Saturday night, but when I got there, deceased had been dead for some time. I have examined a bottle of medicine produced. It seems to have been intended for external use. I think it was too strong for his use from what I can judge of his case from the evidence I have heard.

I have heard the evidence as to the condition and symptoms of deceased immediately before his death and consider that he died of apoplexy. I should fancy that he suffered from enlargement of the heart which might lead to apoplexy and produce the symptoms present at his death.

The jury said: "That George Cornell died at his own house in the city of Hamilton on the evening of Saturday, the 13th day of April current, and that death was produced by apoplexy consequent upon enlargement of the heart", and therefore brought in a verdict of death from natural causes.


MACKENZIE (Corunna) - Archibald Mackenzie, eldest son of Charles Mackenzie, Esq., was accidentally shot dead this morning at 8:30 o'clock in the residence of Mrs. P. Gilbert of this place while he and his cousin, Robert Mackenzie, were carelessly playing with a shotgun.


April 17, 1872


BOND - Died this morning, at Rose Hall, Barton, on the mountain, after a long and most painful illness, Annabella, eldest daughter of Silas and Leonora Bond, aged 19 years, and 3 months. Funeral will take place Friday, at 3 p.m., to the place in interment at St. Peter's Church, Barton.


April 18, 1872


HEALERS (Orillia) - At Thorley, about 9 o'clock, last night, a contractor for stone work on the Muskoka Junction Railway, named Gunn, in an altercation, drew a revolver and shot John Healers of Rama. The ball passed through his head from the left temple, killing him instantly. Gunn walked quietly from the house and made his escape. Ten or a dozen men were there at the time, including Healers' brother, but no attempt was made to arrest him. It is considered disgraceful on their part. Gunn is still at large.


April 22, 1872


WASHINGTON - Died on the 20th instant, John Isaac, only son of George B. Washington, aged six years and eleven months. The funeral will take place from his father's residence, John street, at 3 p.m. to-morrow (Tuesday).


JACKSON (Fingal) - Considerable excitement prevails here at the announcement of the death of Matthew Jackson, a farmer residing about four miles from Fingal on the back street southward, who was severely assaulted by another farmer, William McMullen, a near neighbour, on the 6th instant, and shamefully beaten, from the effects of which he died on Sunday morning. McMullen is known as a man of bad reputation and quarrelsome disposition, and bearing that Jackson had purchased the farm on which he was a tenant, he immediately went to Jackson's house, burning with revenge. Jackson was then at dinner, having just returned from the village, his son being absent in the sugar bush, and no one in the house except himself and a hired woman, having lost his wife some time ago. Unaware of the evil intentions of his neighbour, he was unprepared for the sudden attack. McMullen, after taking the dishes and breaking them, seized him by the collar, dragged him over the table and across the heated stove, on to the floor where he beat and choked him severely until the woman summoned the boys from the woods, who rescued their father, badly cut in several places and choked till nearly breathless. Erysipelas has since set in, which made his case less hopeful. A post mortem examination was held by Dr. Gusten, coroner, of St. Thomas, when a verdict of manslaughter was returned, and a warrant for the arrest of McMullen was issued, but no trace of him is yet heard of.


April 23, 1872


BECKETT - Died at Leslieville, near Toronto, on Monday, April 22nd, Mrs. Beckett, mother of William Beckett, aged 78 years.


RUSSELL - William Russell drowned in Squaw Lake, near Bobcaygeon, a few days ago.


KIRKLAND - Henry Kirkland, druggist, Elora, died from an overdose of laudanum.


April- 25, 1872


LYONS - Died in Rochester, Minnesota, on the 13th instant, Joseph Lyons, Esq., formerly of West Flamborough, aged 75 years.


April 26, 1872


CAMPBELL - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, Achrah Campbell, relict of the late Stephen Campbell, aged 81. The funeral will take place on Sunday next, at 2 o'clock p.m., from the residence of her son, George W, Campbel1, 173 King street east. Friends will please accent this notice.


MACABE - Died at 4:30 p.m., on the 25th instant, James Macabe, aged 39 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, 98 Bay street, at 4 p.m. Sunday.


AULD - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, William Auld, aged 75 years. The funeral will leave his late residence, 64 Hughson street, on Saturday at 2 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


ROUSSEAUX - Died at Brooklyn, New York, Thomas H. Rousseaux, late of Ancaster, of smallpox, aged 28 years.


GREEN - Brantford "Expositor" of Tuesday evening contains the following: An Indian, named David Green, was found murdered this morning about a mile below Newport and mangled so horribly that it was almost impossible to recognize him. He had been at a tavern at Newport last evening with a number of other Indians and this was the last that was seen of him. The perpetrators of the foul deed have not yet been discovered, but we hope they may speedily be brought to justice. It is expected that whiskey had something to do with it.


April 27, 1872


MCKENZIE - The Woodstock "Sentinel" says: We have the particulars of a most distressing suicide which occurred in East Nissouri on Tuesday morning. A very respectable farmer named Hector McKenzie, living on the 10th concession of that township, had been in a very melancholy state of mind for about a year. Although in excellent circumstances, he appeared during that time in a continued dread that himself and family would yet be reduced to beggary, and frequently expressed a wish to die rather than live to meet such a fate. While incapable since summer of transacting business or doing heavy work, he nevertheless continued to attend to the ordinary chores about the farm. On Tuesday morning, he rose and went to the barn about half past five o'clock. Thinking that he was absent longer than usual, his wife went out to ascertain the cause, and found him hanging by a chain which was attached to a rail lying across the beams on opposite sides of the barn floor. The poor woman then ran to the next farm and told Alexander Ross, her brother, who along with several others had the body taken down. An inquest was held in the afternoon, and after hearing the evidence, the jury brought in a verdict of suicide by hanging while in a fit of insanity. Deceased was an honest, respectable, and Christian man, and his melancholy end is deeply lamented by the whole neighbourhood.


KERR - Died in this city, on the 27th instant,, at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. R. O. Cooper, Mrs. Mary Kerr, relict of the late Robert A. Kerr. Funeral will take place on Monday afternoon, at 2 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


CHILDS - Died in this city, on the 27th instant, Alfred Samuel Childs, aged 8 years. The funeral will leave his father's residence, at 4 o'clock p.m., on Monday, the 29th April.

Yesterday afternoon, a boy named Alfred Childs was accidentally drowned in the Bay. The body was shortly after recovered when Dr. White, coroner, was notified and held an inquest, in the evening, at the James Street police station. The following evidence was adduced.

Alexander William Ambrose, affirmed: About five o'clock this afternoon, I was walking along the track of the G.W.R. with deceased. This was opposite the middle of the stone warehouse on the railway wharf. I was walking behind Alfred Childs, and was looking down to the ground. I heard the deceased running towards the edge of the wharf. I looked around for my companion and not seeing him anywhere, looked over into the water and saw deceased floating. I ran for assistance and in passing the end of the storehouse, met a man who went to find the deceased, but could not see him. I went to his father and told him, and then we went back to the place of the accident when they got a boat and dragged for the body which, after some time, was found.

Frederick Childs, deceased's uncle, testified to the finding of the body.

Dr. O'Reilly examined the body and stated that death was caused by suffocation by drowning.

A verdict was rendered in accordance with the facts.


April 29, 1872


MACABE - Yesterday afternoon, the remains of the late James Macabe were consigned to their last resting place, attended by an immense concourse of people. Deceased was an active member of the Hamilton Field Battery since its formation, and held the position of Sergeant at the time of his death. The obsequies were accordingly under the supervision of that corps. Besides the firing party which was composed of members of the 13th Battalion, in command of Captain Omand, there was quite a turn-out of the Battalion, Adjutant McCready in command. Deceased was also a member of No 71, Loyal Orange Lodge, and the brethren turned out in large numbers, over thirty being in the procession. Deceased was also a member of the Fire Brigade, and the members thereof also turned out in full force. The Irish Protestant Benevolent Society, of which he was a member, was largely represented, but not in that part of the procession on foot. The funeral was announced to take place at four o'clock, but long before that time, hundreds of people might be seen going along to the neighbourhood of the deceased's late residence on Bay street, while others proceeded to the cemetery. About a quarter to four, the military arrived and took their position in front of the house, while the Orange and other societies took their respective positions. The body was laid upon one of the guns of the Battery, drawn by six horses. The cortege moved in the following order:

Firing party

Pall-bearers, corpse on the gun carriage, pall

Artillery band

Orange band

Members of the Battery

13th Battalion

Young Britons

Fire Brigade


The streets through which the funeral passed were crowded with people, and by the time all arrived in the cemetery, it was computed that between 5000 and 6000 people were on the ground. The burial service of the Church of England was read by the Rev. Mr. Geddes, rector of Christ Church, at the conclusion of which the members of the Orange Order passed alongside of the grave, each taking a small piece of orange ribbon which was pinned on their breasts and dropping it into the grave as they passed by. The firing party, having fired the usual number of rounds, the procession re-formed. The military, headed by the Battery band, returned along York street, while the Orangemen and their band turned up to King street and marched to the hall where they dispersed. It was remarked by many old residents that this was the largest funeral seen in this city for many years.


DOUGLAS (Lanark) - A young man, named Samue1 Douglas, about 20 years of age, was drowned yesterday afternoon while out boating on the Mississippi about three miles from this place.


April 30, 1872


MCNEIL - The Antigonish "Casket" says: We record this week the death of the oldest man in the County, perhaps in the province. Born in 1765 in Moidart, Scotland, John McNeil, with his wife and family came to America in 1802, and having lived for some months in Newfoundland, he removed latterly to Upper South River in this county where he died on the 26th of February last. He retained all his faculties unto the very moment of dissolution. It certainly is something wonderful, 51 years after the first Napoleon's death, to witness the demise of a man that was four years of age before the great Bonaparte was born. Mr. McNeil was a very estimable man in all the relations of life.


May 2, 1872


HENRY - At St. Catharines, Tuesday, April 30, Lillie Margaret Henry, fourth daughter of James S. Henry, Beamsville, aged 16 years.


May 3, 1872


NIXON - Died at Petrolia, this morning, James Nixon, aged 38 years.The funeral will take place from the Orange Hall, King street, on Sunday afternoon, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.

Died this morning, at Petrolia, of consumption, Mr. James Nixon, printer, of Hamilton.

Mr. Nixon was the son of the late Mr. James Nixon, for many years in the British army. He was born in Portsmouth, England, and was taken by his father to Mauritius with his corps where he remained about ten years. He came to Canada in 1848, and in the same year he began his apprenticeship of printing in the "Spectator" office, then under the management of Mr. Smiley. Subsequently he visited New York, served for a few months in the United States army, and was present at the first battle of Bull Run. He returned to Hamilton some years ago, and has been in poor health ever since. He has been a member of the volunteer force for many years. He was on a temporary visit to his sister at Petrolia when he somewhat suddenly succumbed to the disease from which he had so long suffered. His friends embrace all the printers of Hamilton, and many others, who will sincerely deplore his loss.


MASON - Next Sabbath evening, a memorial service will he held in the Centenary Church in respect to the late Mr. Edward Mason for some time organist of this church. A sermon suitable to the occasion, will be preached by the Rev. W. J. Hunter, pastor of the church, and choice selections of music will be supplied by the choir. We have no doubt that the service will be a very solemn and at the same time a profitable one. Mr. Mason was respected and beloved by all who knew him, and his early death has cast a gloom over a large circle of acquaintances.


May 4, 1872


DRAKE - Died at the residence of her mother, 116 Rebecca street, Elizabeth Jane, the beloved wife of S. C. Drake, of Montreal, and third daughter of the late George F. Lind, aged 25 years and 6 months. Funeral will take place from her mother's residence, 116 Rebecca street, on Monday, at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this notice.


May 6, 1872


CLARKE - A well-known character, named Kitty Clarke, was found dead at her residence, Robert street, yesterday morning. Dr. White, coroner, is holding an inquest on the remains as we go to press.


WORTHINGTON - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, George Worthington, Esq., aged 46 years. The funeral will leave the residence of Mr. John Hardiker, 143 James street north, at three o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.

Our readers will regret to learn that Mr. George Worthington is no more. His health has been failing for some time, and being advised by his medical advisers, went to Colorado for a change of air, and after remaining there for a while, he was so much improved that he returned, and arrived here on Tuesday last. He suddenly had a relapse and died yesterday morning. His remains will be interred next Thursday with Masonic rites, he being a worthy member of the craft for the last eleven years, having been initiated in the St. John's Lodge in this city in 1861. In 1862-3, he was Junior Warden. Ever since his initiation, he has invariably taken a deep interest in Masonry, and had upon several occasions exhibited his interest by substantial proofs. We have no doubt the craft will turn out in large numbers to do honour to departed worth. Mr. George Worthington was one of the many of our self-made men. He was born in Midley Rock, Staffordshire, England, in July 1825, and came to America, arriving in New York during the spring of 1848 when he came to Toronto and joined his brothers, John and James, who were there in business as builders and contractors in the city of Toronto. His first contract in Hamilton was the building of the new portion of Christ Church at which time he came to reside in this city. He subsequently built the magnificent edifice of St. Andrew's church, James street; also the Commercial Rank, Upper Canada Bank, and that emblem of commercial property known as McInnes's Block, corner of King and John streets. Although a man of robust health and great activity, he was attacked in the fall with bronchitis, when he went to Colorado and returned as announced, much improved in health. The immediate cause of death was a disease to which stone-cutters are subject, known as phthisis, a peculiar type of consumption. The deceased was married twice, his second wife being now living. He died without issue, leaving his widow in affluent circumstances. While living, he was highly respected by all who knew him, and when dead his memory will be revered by those who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.


May 7, 1872


WILKINSON - John Wilkinson, the founder of Leamington village, committed suicide on Friday last.


May 8, 1872


DURAND - This morning, Mr. Sadleir, barrister, received a telegram to the effect that James Durand, Esq., Registrar of Kingston, died at his residence at an early hour this morning. The deceased gentleman had lived to the age of 72, and during his existence had won the friendship and esteem of a host of his fellow citizens throughout the Dominion.


HENDERSON - Died at Trewbridge, Allegan County, Michigan, May 1st, Mrs. Isabella C., wife of James Henderson, and a native of Harpedale, Caithness-shire, Scotland, aged 75 years, a resident of Hamilton, Ontario, in 1834, but a resident of Michigan since 1835.


DONNELLY - Died at Woodmount, Upper John street, in this city, on the 7th instant, Edward Donnelly, Esq., in his 75th year. The funeral will take place on Friday, the 10th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m.


WATKINS - Died at Pontiac, Michigan, on the 7th instant, Samuel Watkins, formerly merchant of this city. The funeral will take place on Friday afternoon


BEC (Quebec) - At the inquest yesterday on the body of Mrs. Jacob Bec of St. Columbe, who committed suicide by hanging, a verdict of temporary insanity was returned.


May 9, 1872


BECKETT - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, Eliza, the beloved wife of Samuel A. Beckett, aged 26 years. The funeral will take place on Friday, the 10th instant, at 3 p.m. from her late residence, 219 MacNab street north. Friends will please accept this intimation.


QUIGLEY - A man named Thomas Quigley, a resident of Oshawa, was killed on Monday at the Belleville station by the giving way of some machinery which was employed in lowering a steam sawing-machine from the cars.

May 10, 1872


ALMAS - Died suddenly at the residence of Frederick Almas, Esq., Ancaster, on the morning of the 9th instant, Mrs. Jane, relict of the late Lt.-Col. John Almas. Funeral will take place on Sunday next at 9:30 a.m., the 12th instant, from her late residence to St. Peter's Church, Barton. Friends will please accept this intimation.


May 11, 1872


MCILROY - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, at her mother's residence, Maggie McIlroy, youngest daughter of the late William McIlroy, aged 24 years. Funeral will leave her mother's residence, 79 Main street east, at 11 o'clock a.m., on Monday, 13th instant. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


O'MARA (Hillsdale) - A young man named John O'Mara was accidentally drowned yesterday while driving logs on the rapids of the Nottawasaga river. The body has not yet been recovered.


May 13, 1872


O'CONNOR (Ottawa) - Mrs. O'Connor, one of our oldest citizens, was buried yesterday. It was the largest funeral ever seen in Ottawa.


May 16, 1872


MAYES - Edward Mayes, an old veteran, died at his residence, Luther, on the 27th ultimo. He was long in the British army, serving under General Brock at the Battle of Queenston Heights, and afterwards fought in the West Indies. He emigrated to Canada in the year 1832, and took an active part in quelling the Rebellion of 1837.


DAVIS - Died on the 15th instant, Maria Antoinette Davis, aged 18 years. The funeral will take place to-morrow at 3 p.m., from her mother's residence, 144 King William street east. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.


HULLETT - Died at her residence, on the 16th instant, Elizabeth Ann Hullett, aged 32 years. Funeral to take place at 4 o'clock, from her late residence, 53 Maiden Lane west, between Bay and Caroline. Friends and acquaintances are cordially invited to attend without further notice.


May 17, 1872


FINLAY - Died at Ancaster, on the 16th instant, youngest daughter of Mr. S. A. Finlay. The funeral will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.



May 18, 1872


GILLESPIE - Last Wednesday night, a Mr. Gillespie, formerly a hotel keeper near the village of Burford, was found dead on the Governor's road about four miles from Paris. It appears the deceased was driving home in a democrat wagon and was attacked and murdered by some ruffian, as there are severe cuts on each side of his head behind the ears. It is supposed he had a considerable sum of money when leaving Paris. No trace has yet been found of the guilty party or parties.


CONROY - The inquest on the body found in the Bay yesterday afternoon was held by Dr. White, coroner, at the Police Court Room, City Hall, last evening. From the evidence adduced, the body was found floating in the Bay near the elevator wharf. On the 23rd of last month, a sailor, employed on the schooner "Sweet Home", was missing, and it was surmised that he must have fallen into the Bay and drowned while the vessel was moored alongside the elevator wharf. The crew of the vessel and others dragged for the body but in vain, and it is surmised that the one found yesterday is the body of Thomas Conroy, the missing man. He was dressed in dark clothes, and in his pockets were found a knife, pipe, a twenty-five cent piece, and two boxes of matches. Around the neck was a leather charm, but nothing could be found upon his person to lead to his identity. The decomposed state of the body and the disfigurement of the face were such that none of his most intimate acquaintance could recognize him. There were no marks of violence upon the body, and from the evidence of Dr. O'Reilly, who made a post mortem examination, there is no doubt the deceased came to his death by drowning. The inquest was adjourned until the evening of the 17th to give the relatives of Conroy an opportunity of identifying the body.


MOORE - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, Emily, the beloved wife of William Moore, Station Hotel, aged 41 years. Funeral will leave the Station Hotel at half past three o'clock to-morrow. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.


May 20, 1872


GIBSON - Died at the residence of her son-in-law, William Hood, Markham, Mrs. James Gibson, aged 75 years, mother of Mr. James Gibson, Ancaster, deeply regretted by all who knew her.


JOHNSON - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, Elinor, the beloved wife of James Johnson, second daughter of Massay Burns, Esq., aged 25 years. Funeral will leave her late residence, No 45 Wellington street north, at one o'clock to-morrow afternoon to go to Waterdown. Friends will please accept this intimation.


May 22, 1872


DAVIS - A man named Davis was killed at Fort Erie on Monday morning, the cause being an accident by which a locomotive drawing a car off the ferry boat was thrown from the track.


PATTER - On Sunday afternoon, a young man, J. R. Patter of Sarnia or Windsor accidentally shot himself near Fort Garry while going to hunt. An inquest was held on the body, and a verdict of accidental death given. Deceased was universally esteemed.


KING - On Monday afternoon, a son of Mr. Charles King, farmer near Wellington Square, was killed while riding a horse. His hat blew off, causing the horse to shy. The boy falling from the saddle, his foot became entangled in the stirrups leather. The horse ran with him in that position, kicking him at every jump. His head was fearfully smashed, the brains protruding therefrom. His father was an eye-witness of the fearful accident.


May 28, 1872


ABBOTT - Mr. Abbott, son of Rev. Mr. Abbott, together with three other gentlemen who had been engaged in the Pacific railroad survey, were drowned coming, down the Ottawa river some distance west of here. (Ottawa)


June 1, 1872


MACDONALD - Almost at the moment of going to press, we received a telegram announcing the death of the Hon. John Sandfield Macdonald. The time at our disposal does not admit of our doing anything more than announcing the melancholy event in this issue. In the active struggle of party politics, the deceased gentleman made many enemies, but he also made many warm friends, and now that death has removed him from the reach of envy and party strife, a dispassionate view of his public career becomes possible, and many, we are satisfied, will modify the verdict they have formed of it.

Mr Macdonald was born in St. Raphael, Ontario, on the 20th day of December,1812, and was consequently in his 60th year. He died at 2 o'clock this afternoon.


RYAN - This morning, a man named Edward Ryan was found dead in the hay loft of Alfred Little's barn near the brickyard. Deceased had been a very hard drinker, and it is supposed he died from the effects of liquor. The body was brought down to the dead house adjoining No 1 station, King William street. An inquest will be held by Dr. White, coroner, at police station at 5:30 o'clock, this evening.


CLARKE - Last evening at 8:30, Dr. White, coroner, held an inquest on the body of a child, between four and five years old, son of a man named Clarke, residing on the corner of Barton and Wentworth streets. It appears from the evidence that deceased, in company with his sister about two years his senior, were sent to the cooperage yard close by to pick up some chips. About 5 o'clock, a boy passing by a cistern about six feet square with four feet of water in it saw the body face downwards floating in the water. He immediately gave the alarm, when the body was taken out. Every means available for restoration was adopted, but of no avail as life was extinct. The cistern has a 1ow curb around it, and it is supposed that deceased, while throwing chips into the water for amusement, had overbalanced himself and fallen in. The jury returned a verdict that, deceased came to his death by suffocation from drowning.



MACFARLANE (Ottawa) - Mr. Macfarlane, M.P. for Perth, died suddenly this morning at his boarding bouse. The House will probably adjourn out of respect to his memory, to-night.


BISSONETTE - The wife-poisoner Bissonette, aged 36, black-smith, was hanged yesterday at Moremagay. He died repentant and fearless. The two executioners employed were nearly beaten to death on the cars on their way down here. (Quebec)


June 3, 1872


RYAN - At 7 o'clock Saturday evening, Dr. White, coroner, held an inquest in the City Hall on the body of Edward Ryan who was found dead in Mr. Little's stables near the brick kilns in the west end of the city on Saturday morning. From the evidence adduced, deceased was a man about 40 years old of very intemperate habits, and had no acknowledged place of residence, but was in the habit of sleeping around straw stacks, stables, and other out-buildings. He could not be induced to work steadily for anyone, and whenever he could procure liquor, he preferred doing so to purchasing anything else. On Friday he was seen under the influence of liquor, and next morning when next seen between four and five o'clock he was alive but evidently suffering from a severe attack of delirium tremens, crawling the floor of the stable, but apparently very harmless. Shortly after, upon going to the stables to see after him, he was found dead. After hearing all the evidence, the jury returned a verdict that deceased came to his death by congestion of the heart, brought on by intemperance and exposure.


MACDONALD - Hon John Sandfield Macdonald: Perhaps one of the first feelings that will arise in generous minds in contemplating the death of the Honourable John Sandfield Macdonald will be one of regret that he did not live to see some measure of justice done to his eminent services to his country. He died an unpopular man. His reputation was in one of those eclipses which public men have periodically to suffer but which, when not deserved, pass away. The way in which Mr. Macdonald has been represented to the country for the last four years has led a large number of the people to believe that he was not only a dishonest man in his public life but that even his private life was one calling for unmitigated reprobation. Those who have been led to believe so have not reflected upon that, but a few years ago he was the political friend and the confidential companion of those who have been his principal revilers, and that his character then was exactly what it remained afterward. In those days his incorruptible honesty and the spotless purity of his life were the claims put forth for his subsequent assailants in his behalf.

That Mr. Macdonald had prominent defects of character there can be no doubt. What is firmness in most men degenerated into downright stubbornness in him. While he was being branded as a 'servile tool' of Sir John A. Macdonald, it was well known that Sir John dared not make even a suggestion to him in regards to the measures of conduct of the Government in Ontario. He was completely deficient in that subtle quality called tact, and the blunt frankness of his utterance often gave his opponents an advantage over him. He was certainly not a man of great breadth of view, but within its range his intellect was a notably clear one, and his long experience of Canadian politics gave him in his later years a vast advantage over men of even superior capacity. As to his honesty of character, there will no longer be a question because nothing can now be made by questioning it. During the whole of his long political career, he has never been known to use his official position for the advancement of his private interests, or even the interests of his family connections. In his blunt outspoken way, indeed, he used to boast that he had more poor relations than any other man in Canada and that he had never procured an office for one of them.

As the Premier of a Government, his most prominent characteristic was that of a rigid economy. Open-handed, benevolent, and liberal with his own money, be was a very niggard with that of the people. Contractors who had been disappointed of their expected gains and hoped to make good their deficits by 'extras' found him an inexorable enemy. Men who endeavoured to inveigle him into jobs for their own benefit found their designs dissected by him with the quickness of intuition, and never failed to come away disappointed. To himself, his administration in Ontario was the pride of his political life. It was in his estimation the very model of what a government should be. He never doubted that it would be triumphantly sustained by the people, and hence took none of the ordinary precaution of political, managers to secure this result. This had no small share in his defeat.

Mr. Macdonald was certainly not an orator- he was not even a good speaker. He owed his success as a public man to his immense capacity for work. In social life he was a genial companion, a warm friend, and a tolerably good hater when he imagined there was cause for it.

He first entered parliament in 1841, and continued a member of it up to the time of his death. In his early political career he took part with Baldwin and Lafontaine in perfecting the system of responsible government which the Governors of that time had scarcely begun to understand. In 1849, Mr. Blake, father of the present Premier of Ontario, was elevated to the Chancellorship, thereby creating a vacancy in the office of Solicitor General which was offered to Mr. Baldwin by Mr. Macdonald, and accepted by him, and he remained in that office until the retirement of his political chiefs in 1851. Mr Hincks then became Premier, and Mr. Macdonald was not taken into the Cabinet, contrary to the general expectation. In 1852, however, be was elected speaker of the House, and retained that position until the resolution in 1854. The election which followed saw the remarkable feature of a coalition between George Brown, Sir Allan MacNab, and John A. Macdonald which they succeeded in accomplishing, On the resignation of Mr. Hincks, Sir Allan became premier, and Mr. Brown went into opposition to his government as the leader of the Clear Grits, and Mr. Macdonald followed him as leader of a section of the Baldwin Reformers. From that time, the personal and political relations between Mr. Macdonald and Mr. Brown became of the most intimate kind though they differed on the question of representation by population. When Mr. Brown was called upon to form his 'two days ministry' in 1858, Mr. Macdonald became Attorney General.

In 1862, upon the defeat of the Macdonald-Cartier ministry, he was called upon to form a government. For two years he remained in power but by a very narrow margin, and was defeated at last through Mr. Brown's refusal to support a reconstitution of the Cabinet which would have secured him the support of the House.

The remainder of his political career will be in the recollection of all, and need not be recounted.

The disease that terminated his life was of some twenty years' standing, and nothing but the marvellous vitality of his constitution has enabled him to withstand it so long.


Jure 4, 1872


INGLIS - Died at Newark, N.J., on the 1st instant, Rev. James Inglis, son of the late Rev. David Inglis, Greenlaw, Scotland, aged 60 years.

REDDIN - A young man named William Reddin, living near Clifton, was killed by the accidental discharge of a shotgun, on Friday.


June 5, 1872


RAYMOND (St. John) - At Hampton, on Tuesday afternoon, a little son of Isaac B. R. Raymond, Esq., of Bloomfield, was run over and fatally injured by the passenger car attached to the E. and N. A. freight train going east. In returning from school, he attempted to get on the car while it was in motion and was thrown on the track. The wheels passed over his legs, crushing them both shockingly. Medical aid was summoned, but nothing could be done to save the boy's life. He died within three hours. An inquest was held yesterday, and the railway officials exonerated from all blame.


June 6, 1872


MCCUAIG - We regret to learn of the death of Col. John McCuaig of Picton which occurred on Saturday evening last at his residence in that town. Colonel McCuaig was one of the oldest settlers in Prince Edward County, being at the time of his death over 80 years of age. He was a man very much respected, and his death is universally regretted.


TWEEDLE - Died at Saltfleet, on the 6th instant, Jane, relict of the late Archibald Tweedle, in the 85th year of her age. Funeral from her late residence on Saturday, the 8th instant, at 10 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


June 7, 1872


SKINNER - Died on the 7th instant, Norman, eldest son of Mr. A. F. Skinner. Funeral on Monday, the 10th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m.


KENNEY - Two girls named Margaret Molson and Annie Kenney endeavoured to cross the river at Beaverton on Tuesday evening by walking over the saw logs which at present thickly cover the water. They both lost their footing and fell into the river. Annie Kenney never rose to the surface. Mary Molson, however, was saved by the praiseworthy efforts of Capt. Peterson and some of his men who happened to be at drill near the spot. The body of the girl Kenney was recovered about 11 o'clock.


June 8, 1872


NEWBERRY - Died on Friday evening, June 7th Ellen, wife of Mr. Charles E. Newberry, aged 34 years and 5 months. Funeral from her late residence, 95 Maiden Lane east, on Tuesday the 11th instant, at 3 p.m. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.


June 10, 1872


BERTHAM - Having been notified by the authorities yesterday afternoon that a body had been taken out of the water near the beach, Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, proceeded to the place. On investigation, it appeared that a boy named John Henry Bentham had been missing since Wednesday morning last, and although search had been made for him in the water every day, the means used were ineffectual till yesterday afternoon when the body was discovered below the bridge near Fitch's tavern. Dr. Mackintosh will take evidence in the matter this afternoon.


June 11, 1872


BENTHAM - At the inquest on the body of the boy Bentham which we noticed in yesterday's issue, it appeared from the evidence that he had gone out fishing in the creek and had taken a small scow belonging to Mr. Fitch without consent of the owner. This was about 7 a.m. Wednesday last. The scow was found about an hour and a half afterward with two fishing poles in it. It was surmised by some that the boy had run away from home, but search was made for the body every day by several parties. On Sunday afternoon, the body was found by Messrs Cage and Fitch while searching at the bridge rear the filtering basin. If the boy fell into the water by accident, it is surprising that no cries were heard as the tavern is close by and several people were working within a few yards of the place. Taking all the evidence that could be adduced, the jury found a verdict of "Accidental drowning".


June 15, 1872


DALY - An unmarried man, 45 years old, Michael Daly, of Stephen, was engaged in raising a barn on the 17th concession when a heavy plate fell upon him, breaking his back and killing him.


SCOTT - This morning, Mr. William Scott departed this life at his residence, Park street. Deceased was born in the County of Norfolk, England, and came to Hamilton in 1831 when he carried on successfully a lucrative business as a builder and contractor and speedily amassed a comfortable competency and left behind him a good name. He was a man well known and highly respected in the city, and had made a large circle of friends. His remains will be buried on Monday afternoon at the hour of four o'clock.


June 17, 1872


DELORME - A boy named Delorme, aged 10, was drowned at Egansville, on Thursday.


SINCLAIR - A boy of Captain Sinclair, merchant of Cannington, was drowned on Tuesday last, while boating on Beaver Creek.


WILSON - An old and highly respected citizen, Mr. William F. Wilson, tanner, of Woodstock, dropped down dead on Tuesday at his farm in West Oxford. The deceased had been lifting some heavy weight, and the immediate cause of his death is supposed to have been heart disease. He has been a resident of that town since 1839, and his sudden death has cast a gloom over the inhabitants which will not soon be dispersed.


MCCAULEY - Yesterday a young man, about 18 years of age, named John McCauley, a member of No 2 Company, 11th Battalion, along with a few others, went to the river Niagara to bathe. The place selected is a very deceptive and dangerous spot, and last year while the volunteers were in camp, they were forbidden to bathe at that place indicated in consequence of a man being drowned there shortly after arriving in camp. The current is exceedingly swift and the entrance to the river very abrupt, and as the deceased could not swim, he was immediately carried away. A sergeant of his company who was along with him endeavoured to save the poor fellow's life and nearly lost his own in the attempt. Deceased was a painter in the employ of Mr. Atkinson of this city. His friends left here this morning in search of the body. Since writing the above, McCauley's body was found this (Monday) morning at 11 a.m. by Mr. Tinning.


BLAKE - Died at Paris, on Saturday, June 15th, Jessie May Blake, aged 10 months and 15 days, daughter of Freeman H. Blake, United States Consul at Hamilton.


KERNS - Died at his residence, Brant's Block, in the Township of Nelson, after a short but severe illness which he bore with Christian fortitude, on the 28th April last, David Kerns, aged 59 years.


JONES - Yesterday evening, while three men were returning in a boat from Rock Bay, one of their number named John Jones fell overboard and was drowned. Deceased was a man about 30 years of age, and was employed as a fireman on the Great Western Railway.


June 18, 1872


BLAKE - Jessie May Blake, infant daughter of the Hon. F. H. Blake, American Consul at Hamilton, at the residence of George C. Baker, Consular Agent at Paris, June 15th, 1872, aged 10 months and 15 days.


In Memoriam

A little, tender, loving flower

That blossomed scarce a day

Hath folded its half-opened leaves

And softly passed away.


The watching loving Saviour saw

The floweret he had given

Too fragile for the stormy earth

And garnered it for Heaven.


For once Himself had trod the earth.

Once in the vanished years,

He stood beside an opened grave

And wept with human tears.


And once he garnered in His arms

The little ones they brought

"Of such as these my kingdom is;

"Suffer and chide them not".


Oh, wondrous, gracious, healing words

That down the streams of time

Came floating to a mother's heart

With melody divine.


They shine above the new-made grave

Sweet little Jessie May.

The bud that scarcely op'ed on earth

Shall blossom in Heaven's own day.

Hamilton, June 17, 1872. K .F.


June 19, 1872


FLASHMAN - Yesterday afternoon, a man named Henry Flashman, was accidentally drowned while bathing alongside of Mackay's wharf. It appears from the evidence adduced at the inquest held by Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, at No 2 station, this morning, that deceased shortly after eating a hearty dinner, went down to the wharf to bathe, and being a good swimmer, he had no hesitation in striking out for deep water. He had not been many minutes in the water before he was seized with cramps when he called out for help. Some boys who happened to be on the wharf threw out some planks to him, but a handkerchief which he had tied over his head slipped down over his eyes so that he could not see the boards thrown to him. Dr. O'Reilly, resident physician at the hospital, happened to be on the verandah, hurried down and procured a boat, but too late to be of any service to deceased as he had sunk before he got there. Deceased was from Barnstaple street, South Moulton, Devonshire, England, and arrived here about two months ago. He first got employment from Mr. Kraft of this city, and latterly he was In the employ of Mr. AF. D. Mackay. He was 26 years of age, of strong and healthy constitution, and of temperate habits. The jury returned a verdict of "accidental drowning". Mr. Widgery, shoemaker, who knew deceased from his references, has taken charge of the body and will communicate with his friends in England.


June 20, 1872


FOTHERGILL - Died at Nelson, on the 19th instant, Hannah Maria Louisa, eighth daughter of the late Christopher Fothergill, aged 19 years and 10 months.


CAMPBELL (London) - The execution of Mrs. Phoebe Campbell, convicted of the murder of her husband in the Township of Nissouri in July last, took place in a private manner at the jail here to-day. The condemned woman walked from her cell to the scaffold unpinioned and without assistance, her step firm, her countenance ruddy and healthful, and her whole demeanour that of a person of good spirits, satisfied with herself and all around her. On the scaffold her clergyman made a statement corroborating her last confession, bidding farewell to all, and advising them to take warning by her unfortunate position and to meet her in heaven. The drop fell at 8:25 a.m. She died without a struggle, the neck being perfectly dislocated by the fall. The body was interred in the jail yard. The fellow that hung Travis at Toronto recently did the disagreeable work.


June 22, 1872


BOYLE - John Boyle, a bandsman of the 44th Battalion, got badly sunstruck, and died from the effects of on Thursday.


KEYS - On Monday morning, a wrangle occurred between two farmers named Thomas Keys and William Keeling in Sydenham township, about four miles from Owen Sound, which resulted in the death of one of the men. Keys was taking Feeling's horses to pound as they had been trespassing on his property, and was shortly after found with his skull fractured and bleeding profusely from the brain. He was attended by two surgeons from Owen Sound, but he died Thursday morning. A gun stock has been found covered with blood, and Keeling is under arrest.


WARD, THOMAS - On Thursday evening, a collision took place between a construction train and a special blue line freight train loaded with hogs at a curve near the chemical works about a mile and a half east of the city of London by which a man named Michael ward was instantly killed, the upper portion of his body being smashed into pulp. Another man named Thomas were so severely injured that he died in a few hours after the accident;. These men, along with about a dozen others, were on the tool car of the construction train. Noah Walsh had a fracture of the leg; Robert Healy, fingers smashed and body bruised; Isaac Wells, fracture of a leg; Thomas Andrews, slightly injured; Samuel Farnworth, two ribs broken and his face and hands badly cut and bruised. At the time of the collision, both trains were moving slowly and carefully, but in consequence of the curve here in the road and the fact that on the other hand was a siding filled with new boxcars just issued from the Ontario Car Works, the driver did not discover the impending danger of a collision till the locomotives were within a few rods of each other, when the drivers did all in their power to prevent the accident, and to save themselves jumped from their engines. The Blue line train, being heavily loaded, crashed into the other with terrific force and drove the entire train back about fifty yards from where they struck. The tool car which was next to the engine on the construction train was broken into atoms, and the caboose mounded bodily upon the boiler, tearing away the smoke stack and whatever apparatus came in the way.


OLIVER - Peter Oliver, a labourer, dropped dead yesterday in Quebec, from sunstroke.


June 24, 1872


BRADLEY - John Bradley was scalded to death in Labatt's brewery, Prescott, on Friday.


Belleville: The accident at Shanonnville on Saturday morning on the Grand Trunk Railway was probably the most horrible and disastrous in its effect upon human life since the catastrophes at Desjardins bridge and Belle Isle, but far surpassing either of the last named in the dreadful tortures now being undergone by the unfortunate survivors.





T. HARDY, Kingston

WILLIAM COLLENDER, wife, and one child, Kemptville

Child unknown, a girl

Mr. and Mrs. NELSON, Montreal



JOHN BEAN, St. Martin



O. MONTELIER, Vaudreuil


A boy unknown

Mrs. LEVOI, District Joliette


Quebec Lady unknown, and child

Two men, unknown


COCHRANE - Died at East Flamborough, Concession 5, Lot 10, on the 23rd instant, Susan Cline, wife of Thomas Cochrane, Esq., in the 48th year of her age. The funeral will leave the residence of her husband on the 26th instant at 10 o'clock for Burlington cemetery. Friends will please accept this intimation.


Jure 25, 1872


MCCANN - A boy of about six years, the son of Mr. McCann, lockmaster a little below Smiths Falls, was found drowned near the locks a day or two ago.


MCCORMICK (London) - This afternoon, a young man respectably connected here, named Roland McCormick, was drowned in the River Thames, foot of Dundas street, at the place known as 'The Forks'. This morning, deceased had been drinking freely and became intoxicated. He was observed going towards the river about 1 o'clock by Mrs. Hamilton who followed him and implored him to come to her residence and dine. He replied that he was going to swim a race for two miles, and pointing to the river, he said, "There, don't you see the people waiting for me?" He took off his coat and vest and prepared to enter the water. Mrs. Hamilton left and went, to the Sulphur baths for assistance. An old man came out, but deceased threatened to strike him if he interfered. She then proceeded to secure other assistance, but it was too late. Before help came, the unfortunate man had entered the river and drifted to 'The Forks' where he was observed to rise feebly once or twice and then sank to rise no more. Deceased is, we understand, the only son of widowed mother who resides near the Hellmuth Boys' College. He was a medical student of Toronto University, and formerly residing at Fingal, and was only 22 years of age. We understand that he was heir to considerable wealth. The river was dragged this afternoon for his body.


June 26, 1872


GRANGE - At Napanee, on Monday afternoon about three o'clock, two little girls aged five and seven years, the former a daughter of G. Grange, M.P.P. of that place, the other of Thomas Grange, were drowned in a pond while bathing at Grange's mills. Great sympathy is expressed for the bereaved parents.


JACKSON (Guelph) - We have to record with regret the sudden death of Richard Jackson, Esq., living on the Waterloo road, Guelph Township, which took place on Sunday night about 9 o'clock. As he and wife were sitting together, she being engaged reading, he complained of being unwell, rose, and went out for a little. He returned very soon, much worse, when Mrs. Jackson, after getting him to bed, went to a neighbour to get him to run for the doctor. She had just returned when Mr. Jackson, attempting to rise, expired, apparently without a struggle. It is supposed he died of disease of the heart. Mr. Jackson was an old settler in the township. He came from Yorkshire, England, to Canada about the year 1836, and settled on the farm now owned by Mr. Husband. Shortly after, he removed on to Waterloo road where he lived about 30 years. He was for many years President of the Wellington Mutual Insurance Company. Although he never took an active part in public matters, he was well known in the town and surrounding section, and highly esteemed by a large circle of attached friends who valued him for his consistent upright life and his generous disposition. He was 72 years of age at the time of his death.


June 27, 1872


VERNON - A man named Vernon committed suicide on Tuesday in the Township of West Winchester.


PURCELL - Ellen Purcell, aged 23, committed suicide near Gananoque, on Tuesday, by hanging herself. Cause: Disappointed love.


HALLESEY - A nine-year-old son of Michael Hallesey was buried by a falling embankment on Tuesday, He was smothered to death before he could be disentombed.


MOSES (Montreal) - The verdict in the case of Alfred J. Moses, aged 30, an English Jew, killed on Tuesday at Point St. Charles by the Western train while walking on the track, was that deceased came to his death from accident and not otherwise.


June 28, 1872


HANNAH - On Wednesday last, a man mined John Hannah, labourer, residing near the lime kilns, in Barton, died rather suddenly, supposed to be from sunstroke. After his burial, it was deemed necessary to have the body exhumed, and Dr. Mackintosh was requested to investigate the cause of his death. Yesterday afternoon he held an inquest at the Royal oak Hotel, and after examination of witnesses, the jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased came to his death by taking a quantity of arsenic, administered by his own hand while labouring under strong mental depression.

June 29, 1872


HEALES - Died at his residence in Water Valley, State of Mississippi, Howard Heales, Esq., aged 40 years and 10 months, a native of Coventry, England.


July 5, 1872


NICHOLSON - Died in this city, on the 3rd July, Ruth Manly, relict of the late John Nicholson, and mother of the late W. Nicholson of the Barrie "Examiner", in the 86th year of her age. The funeral will leave the residence of her son-in-law, Thomas Dickinson, 39 Catherine street north, on Friday afternoon, at 4:30. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


July 6, 1872


MCRAE - Norman McRae, lumber merchant, was killed at Arnprior, on Wednesday by being crushed between two cars.


BAILEY (Chatham) - On Tuesday afternoon, a well-known woman named Mrs. Bailey fell down on Adelaide street, and in a few moments was a corpse. An inquest was held the same evening by Dr. Bray, coroner, and a verdict returned that the woman died from the effects of heat and whiskey.


CLAYTON - A man named E. B. H. Clayton was shot by George B. Seeley on Wednesday at Nashwalk, about nine miles from Fredericton. Seeley was deputed by the Sheriff to put some parties in possession of the property held by Clayton which had been sold by the Sheriff. The latter resisted the process and fired three pistol shots at Seeley, but missed. The latter then drew his revolver and fired at Clayton, killing him instantly.


ALLISON - Whilst a man named Thomas Allison, a stone mason by trade, living in the Township of Harwich, was proceeding home on Saturday last in his wagon along the gravel road, and when trying recklessly to pass another wagon ahead of him, his own gave a sudden lurch and he was thrown out upon the hard road. The severe fall resulted in concussion of the brain, from which he died the following day. It was not considered necessary to hold an inquest.


July 8, 1872


COLVILLE - A young man named James Colville, of Beaverton, was engaged in getting out logs from the river on Friday when he slipped off one on which he was standing and fell into the water. He was speedily taken out, but life was extinct. He was a young man much respected in the community by all who knew him for his quiet demeanour and sober industrious habits.


July 10, 1872


ABBOTT - Archibald Abbott was drowned at Lake Belmont a few days ago.


CLIFFORD (London) - Yesterday afternoon, an Englishman named Clifford, boarding with his wife at Mrs. Gordon's, Richmond Terrace, corner of Kent and Richmond streets, died suddenly from the effects of an overdose of hydrate of chloral.( AKA chloral hydrate, sedative and hypnotic pharmaceutical drug.) The deceased was a carver by trade, came to this city from Toronto about a month ago, and failed to get employment. He was much addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors, and about three weeks ago he relinquished their use, but substituted in their place doses of a new narcotic stimulant named hydrate of chloral which is similar in its effect to chloroform, producing oblivion and slumber. We understand that this species of stimulant is being extensively used now and is taking the place of opium, it is generally administered to produce sleep, but by its repeated use, an appetite for the stimulant is formed which is not easily relinquished. It is generally given in doses of from 15 to 20 grains. It acts directly on the brain, and a large dose speedily produces insensibility and a comparatively easy death. A jury was empanelled on the above case to-day by Coroner Nelles, Mr. George Peters being chosen foreman. The jury returned as their verdict that the deceased came to his death from an overdose of hydrate of chloral, administered by his own hand, and the jury recommend to the druggists the propriety of putting hydrate of chloral among the list of poisons and subjecting the sale of it to the same restrictions. The deceased was in somewhat straitened circumstances, and it is stated he had threatened to take his life some days ago. The recommendations of the jury with regard to the sale of this new stimulant and poison will meet with the approval of all right-thinking people.


July 11, 1872


LESTER, CAPES, JOHNSON - Verdict of an inquest: Claud B. Lester, Fanny Capes and Edith M. Johnson came to their deaths by suffocation at a place called, or known as, Martin's Wharf, situate at Burlington beach, on the 1st of July, 1872, in consequence of the breaking down of the said wharf, whereby they and others were precipitated into the water.


FAIRBANKS - From the minutes of a meeting of the Masonic Grand Lodge: We have also to lament the loss of B.W. Bro. Silas B. Fairbanks, past Grand Reg., who died at Oshawa, in September. He was held in high estimation among the brethren in his section as an earnest and careful worker, and a lover of the fraternity wheresoever dispersed.


July 12, 1872


JONES (Fort Erie) - A young man, single, named W. B. Jones, was accidentally drowned this morning while in the act of getting a couple of pails of water. His foot slipped, and he fell in. He was got out in about twenty minutes, but life was extinct. His parents reside in Stratford.


TOOLE (Montreal) - A woman, named Mary Toole, in the employ of Dr. D. McCallum, was burned to death yesterday by the accidental explosion of a coal oil lamp. She is supposed to have fallen into a apoplectic fit to which she was subject and kicked over the lamp, and this caused the catastrophe. She was alone in the house at the time with Mrs. McCallum who is blind and could afford no assistance. This is the seventh coal oil explosion in one week, and insurance men are questioning the effectiveness of coal oil inspectors.


July 13, 1872


HARVEY - A lad named Harvey was drowned at Brighton on Thursday.


HUFF - Joel Huff, Centreville, dropped dead on Thursday. Cause: sunstroke.


FRASER - Col Alexander Fraser, an old veteran of the war of 1812, died at his residence, Annafield, near Perth, on Wednesday morning. Deceased was born in the Scottish Highlands in the year 1794, and at 15 enlisted in the British army as a private soldier. Among other battles, he fought at Queenston Heights and Stoney Creek, and for distinguished conduct, especially at the latter, was raised to the rank of adjutant, though yet only nineteen. He settled in this neighbourhood 56 years ago, and for a long period was a prominent public man and active magistrate in the county. For some time past, however, his age and infirmity of body and mind caused his retirement into strict private life. He was in all respects a true gentleman of the old school.


SAUNDERS - Died at his residence, Township of Luther, on Monday, the 8th instant, Duncan Saunders, Esq., aged 48 years, a native of Perthshire, Scotland.


MOORE - Died at Grimsby, on Friday morning, the 12th instant, Charles Campbell, infant son of J. H. Moore, Esq., of this city, Funeral from No 15 Walnut street south, at four o'clock this afternoon.


BIGGAR - A sad accident, occurred at Port Robinson on Tuesday evening. The tug "Maggale King" was returning from Chippewa with an excursion party, having in tow a large scow, and on entering, the creek or river, they ran into a fishing boat containing two ladies, Mrs. Stineff and Miss Biggar. When they saw the tug approaching, Miss Biggar became frightened, and in her confusion, jumped overboard. Immediately Mr. John Killey from the tug jumped after her and succeeded in holding her up for some time, but unfortunately the scow in tow passed over them, compelling Killey to let go his hold, and although he struggled bravely to regain the unfortunate girl, his gallant efforts were in vain, she sank to rise no more. Killey escaped by swimming alongside the scow where help was extended to him and brought him safely on deck.


GEEHAN, SEARS - Newfoundland papers hold the details of the execution of Patrick Geehan for the murder of Garret Sears.

Time and its developments have served to confirm the universal conviction of the righteousness of the verdict against the wretched man. The following is a condensed account of the prisoner's conduct and fate. At his desire he was permitted to have an interview with his accomplice, Johanna Hamilton, in presence of the Rev. Dr. Howley and the prison officials. It is described as a scene highly affecting. He asked her in terms most earnest and imploring if she had any feeling remaining against him and if she could heartily forgive him for the misery he had brought upon her. Hamilton cried aloud and bitterly, and assured him of her entire forgiveness. He then said he was satisfied, repeated his former declaration of her innocence of the crime, begging her to think no more of him, but solely of herself and of her child yet unborn. Whatever property he possessed, he willed it to her and her child.

Early on Monday morning, July 1st, the Rev. Dr. Howley, Fathers McGrath and Doulney, with the nuns, went to the cell to administer the consolations of religion and remain with the condemned man to his last moment. Fr. Howley offered the holy sacrifice of the mass at which Geehan received his last communion. Shortly before eight took place the preparation of pinioning, Geehan praying that his hands might be free to shake hands with the priests.

At the appointed hour of eight, he appeared at the front door of the prison in the prison dress, accompanied by the clergymen and officials. He gave a hasty glance at a few persons in the yard, only the officials and one or two reporters, no others being admitted according to the arrangements under the new criminal law of England making all executions private. Geehan then walked out with great firmness of step, but his face was ashy pale. The priests walked one on each side of him; one of the gates of the interior yard close to the western side of the penitentiary had been thrown open, and Geehan followed by those present, ascended the scaffold. The gallows rising about ten feet above the platform consisted of a cross beam supported by two uprights from which hung a manilla two-inch rope with a noose. The doomed man walked still firmly under, and nervously looked at his feet, right and left. He then shook hands with the priests and bid them faintly adieu. All the ghastly preliminaries completed, the executioner descended the scaffold to a position beneath the platform, and here, upon a given signal, he drew a large iron bolt or trigger when the platform fell with a fearful sound, and the unhappy man made a descent of about six feet. At first his body hung motionless as if instantly dead, and then the knees were drawn up convulsively. Soon after, every limb quivered and from one foot the shoe was shaken off. When this ceased, all was still forever. This is the first execution which has taken place in Newfoundland during the past 40 years, but there are other villains there who should be hung.


July 15, 1872


GRIST - Died July 13th, at Victoria Avenue south, in this city, aged 8 months, Evelyn Mary, the beloved child of Hubert George and Henrietta Grist.


CHAPMAN - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, William M. Chapman, aged 52 years and 9 months.


JACKSON - It is our painful duty to-day to record the death of Edward Jackson, Esq., an old and respected citizen of Hamilton whose death took place last night. Pressure upon our space prevents us from giving a biographical sketch until to-morrow.


July 16, 1872


JACKSON - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, Edward Jackson, Esq., aged 73 years. The funeral will leave his late residence to-morrow (Wednesday) afternoon, at four o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without, further notice.


By our obituary notice yesterday our readers have observed the departure from our midst of the late Edward Jackson, Eq. , who died at his residence, Maiden Lane, on Sabbath evening last. Mr. Jackson was one of our oldest residents and has been identified with its manufacturing and mercantile interests. He was born at. Redding, Conn., in April, 1798, and consequently had attained the age of 73. In 1820, he came to this country, commencing business in the town of Niagara where he remained till the fall of 1828. He then moved to Ancaster. at that date a place of considerable importance. In 1810, with his usual sagacity, he recognized the advantages of the geographical position of the then-rising village of Hamilton, and removed hither where he has passed the last 42 years of his life. He established the business which is still continued by the well-known firm of D. Moore and Co., whose present head, Dennis Moore, Esq., began his business life with him at the early age of fifteen. Mr. Jackson did not confine his attention to his interests in this city alone, but was also a silent partner of extensive firms in Toronto, Port Hope, London, and Chicago; and several heads of leading firms in the Dominion date their early training as business men under his care and guidance. To the various enterprises for the advancement of our city, he gave a willing and effective support. He was one of the earliest directors of the first bank, the Gore, established here. Many years ago he clearly perceived the great advantage to be derived by means of intercommunication with the surrounding country and a warm supporter in the efforts made to secure the success of the various railway schemes which have been, and now are being brought to a successful issue.

Mr. Jackson has long been identified with the Wesleyan Church, having become a member during the pastorship of the late Rev. James Evans in 1833. By his removal the church in its local and connectional interests has lost one of its warmest and most liberal supporters, but his munificence was not restricted to his own denomination.

Every charitable institution in the city found in him a warm friend and generous donor.

In his private walk and conversation he was the type of good citizen and earnest Christian, and his decease has left a blank not easily or readily filled. About six weeks ago while on a visit to St. Paul, Minn., he caught a severe cold which led to his being confined to the house since that time. He was, however, under careful treatment, improving rapidly till last Wednesday when he was seized with an attack of Spasms caused by neuralgia in the stomach. By timely remedies, he was greatly relieved, and on Sabbath expressed himself as feeling much better, and all looked forward to speedy convalescence. On Sabbath evening after service, the Rev. Messrs Hunter and Benson, pastors of the Centenary Church, called on him and found him unusually cheerful and engaging with interest in conversation in reference to the services of the day. Mr. Hunter, having left to visit a parishioner who was very ill, Mr. Jackson requested Mr. Benson to sing some hymns remarking "Before you are done, give me that one I like so much, 'The Power of Prayer'". After the singing, which he seemed to enjoy very much, he requested him to lead the family worship. While at prayer, a slight noise attracted the attention of those present, and he was discovered to be in a sort of fainting fit. He breathed heavily two or three times, they laid him quietly down, and without a struggle or a groan, his spirit took its flight.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday next at 4 p.m. when no doubt many of our citizens will join in paying the last tribute of respect to one who has held a place so deservedly high in this community.


CARPENTER - On Monday, the 15th instant, Jonathan H. Carpenter of Stoney Creek, at the time of his death Master of Wentworth Lodge No 166, was buried with Masonic ceremonies. Mr. Carpenter was a young man, but he was widely known and universally respected throughout the townships of Barton, Saltfleet, Clinton, and others. There was a large attendance at the funeral, more than a hundred carriages being in the procession.


CHAPMAN - At 4 o'clock this afternoon, the funeral of the late W. M. Chapman took place. Mr. Chapman, whose illness was very brief, was at the time of his death Chief Patriarch of Burlington Encampment No 7, IOOF and a P.G. of Victoria Lodge No 64. He was buried with the solemn rites of that Order, a very large number of its members attending the funeral to render the last office that the living may minister to the dead. The deceased was extensively known and respected by all who knew him, and many people testified their regret at his departure by following his remains to the grave.


RAE - A young man, named Rae, died of sunstroke at Barrie on Saturday.


GILMOUR - About 8 o'clock last evening, a man named George Gilmour, a butcher in the employ of Mr. Nash, proprietor of the pork packing factory, Rebecca street, died suddenly at his residence, West avenue. The deceased went home about seven o'clock and partook of a hearty supper as usual, not complaining of any ailment. Shortly after, he had occasion to go out into the yard when he was seen to stagger and then lie down on the grass. The parties in the house immediately ran out to him, carrying a pillow along with them to put under his head, not apprehending anything serious about him. By the time they reached him, life was extinct.


DILLON (Quebec) - A dreadful case of killing has occurred on Lower Town market. The captain of a brig had just landed with his steward, a Negro lad, when the latter was accosted by one James Dillon who made overtures to the boy to leave his vessel. Captain Pelletier interfered and, as alleged, was struck by the 'crimp', when the captain seized a butcher's axe within reach, burying it in the body of Dillon. The man lived only long enough to receive the rites of the church. Captain Pelletier gave himself up to the police, and is now at the station house.


July 17, 1872


MITCHELL - Died in this city, on the 16th instant, Jennie, the beloved wife of Edward Mitchell, Esq., of the Bank of Commerce, in the 27th year of her age. Te funeral will leave Mr. Mitchell's residence, 58 Ferguson avenue, at 3:30 p.m. to-morrow. Friends will please accept this intimation.


YOUNG - Died on the 10th July, at Belle Prairie, Jasper county, Mo., Racey Moore Young, aged 2 months and 18 days. "Suffer little children to come unto me for of such is the kingdom of Heaven".


July 19, 1872


MCCURDIE - William McCurdie was struck and killed by lightning in a field near Ottawa.


July 20, 1872


BOLTON - We deeply regret to announce the death of Mr. Bolton, M.P. for Charlotte, N.B.


POWEL - Died at his father's residence, Dumfries street, Paris, on Tuesday, the 16th instant, Giles Arthur, youngest son of Mr. W.G. Powel, proprietor of the Paris “Star”, aged 16 years.


WILSON - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, James S., infant son of Mr. Thomas Wilson.


July 23, 1872


MACKIE - A young girl named Mackie, employed in Thomas Stewart's cloth factory at Arnprior, was caught by one of the revolving shafts on Thursday afternoon, and so bruised and mangled that she died two hours afterward.


CROWLY - A sad accident happened at Merritton last Thursday. When the men were returning from their work, the horses they were driving took fright and ran, and threw a man out, injuring Dennis Crowly fatally. Dr. Palmer of Thorold was called, but could do nothing to relieve his sufferings. He expired two hours after the accident occurred. Deceased was a mason and was employed at the St. Catharines paper mill.


THOMPSON (London) - Elmer A. Thompson, a young man well known to many in this city as the son of Mr. I. V. Thompson, oil refiner, aged 18 years, met with a sudden and melancholy death yesterday afternoon. He entered one of the stills which had been run off, for what purpose is not exactly known, and was suffocated before being missed or assistance could be rendered.


DICKSON - A daughter of Mr. O. Dickson of Orangeville, aged one year, was accidentally poisoned on Friday evening by the nurse's giving her laudanum in mistake for tincture of rhubarb. When the fatal error was discovered, Dr. Henry was immediately sent for, but the poison had already permeated the system, and the child fell into a stupor which ended in death. An inquest was held on the body by Dr. York, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the facts.


July 25, 1872


FOLLANSHEE - On Saturday, a brakesman, named Samuel Follanshee, was crushed to death between the cars at Halifax.


MCDONALD - A lady named Miss McDonald, of Porage, P.E.I., committed suicide recently, by hanging herself to a tree.


HARCOURT - Mr. Michael Harcourt, late ex-M.P. for Haldimand, died at York at 6:30 Tuesday morning. The deceased was long a prominent man in his own county, and while in politics, he was an uncompromising Reformer. He was universally liked by men of all classes. His illness was long and painful and borne with Christian resignation and fortitude.


LEWIS - At noon on Tuesday, while Samuel Kelly, carter, Napanee, was unloading a load of edgings, a boy named William Lewis (coloured) standing near Kelly's wagon, commenced calling Kelly names, when Kelly threw one of the edgings at Lewis, hitting him just behind the ear, killing him instantly. Kelly was immediately arrested and is now waiting an investigation. A jury was summoned by W. H. Chamberlain, coroner, and a verdict returned that the deceased, William Lewis, came to his death by a blow from a picket thrown from the hands of Samuel Kelly. Kelly was removed to jail where he will remain until his trial comes off at the fall assizes.


RUDDY (Sherbrooke) - On Saturday an inquest was held on the remains of the infant, son of William Ruddy of this town. It appears that the mother of the child purchased at Mr. Tuck's a quantity of flypaper, and on Tuesday last, during her absence from the room, her little boy drank a portion of the water from the saucer where the poison was. He was immediately taken ill and Dr. Gilbert was called in, but the child died on Saturday. In the evidence taken at the inquest, it appears that, the doctor, supposing that the poisonous part of the paper was composed of cobalt, treated the child accordingly, giving milk and white of egg, but the poisonous substance in the paper was really arsenic as stated by Mr. Tuck who manufactured the paper. Dr. Gilbert testified that the antidote or remedies applied in cases of poisoning by cobalt and arsenic are precisely the same, and that consequently it would not have made the hopes of recovery any stronger had he known the poison to be arsenic at the first.


July 24, 1872


BEST - Mr. Benjamin Best of Eldon, Restigouche County, was drowned from a scow last week while crossing the river. Coroner McKendrick held an inquest on the body which was recovered the day after the accident.


WALLACE - A son of Patrick Wallace was killed on Monday afternoon. He was driving a load of lumber into town and fell off the wagon which, passing over his body, caused immediate death. (Newmarket)


GIBSON - A young man, named Charles Gibson, about 26 years of age, who was working at Wadsworth, Kelley, and Murchie's mill at Magaguadavic lake, was drowned on Tuesday evening by falling from a horse which he was swimming in the lake. His remains were brought to St. Stephen by train last evening and will be buried to-day at 2 o'clock from the house of Mr. William Robinson. He belonged to Moncton and was a worthy young man.


July 26, 1872


HIGGINS - The turntable of the B. & O. Railway at Brockville, which was being raised for repairs on Wednesday, fell upon and killed a man named Higgins.


SHERWOOD - A sad accident occurred at Drayton on Wednesday in which a young man named William Sherwood, fireman in Mrs. Owen's steam grist saw mill, received fatal injuries. It is supposed that when attempting to put in a board, he slipped and fell, his right arm catching between the cogs of the two large wheels, crushing his arm fearfully as high up as between the elbow and the shoulder, at the same time bringing him back and his head striking a beam, causing a deep wound in the back of the head so that the brain was laid open to view.


FRASER (Montreal) - Dr. Fraser, who died suddenly yesterday, was aged 58. He succumbed to a severe and rapid attack of erysipelas. His career was one of prominent usefulness.


July 29, 1872


ATKINSON - A man named Edward Atkinson, between 30 and 40 years of age, who lately arrived from England, was found dead in his bed this morning at Moore's tavern near the Railway Depot where he was boarding. Dr. White will hold an inquest upon the body at the said tavern at 7 o'clock this evening.


LEVERLETTE (Montreal) - A carter, named Lever1ette, was drowned last night at Longueuil.


July 30, 1872


ATKINSON - Last evening, an inquest was held by Dr. White, coroner, at Moore's hotel, opposite the railway depot, on the body of Edward Atkinson, the man who was found dead in bed yesterday morning. The jury returned a verdict that deceased came to his death from disease of the heart.


July 31, 1872


PENNINGS - Thomas Pennings, sailor, drowned at Port Colborne on Sunday.


BERRY - Died at Hamilton, on the 29th July, Mrs. Berry, aged 84 years. Funeral to-morrow at 4 p.m. from the residence of her son-ir-law, J. W. Murray, 52 Napier street.


MUNRO - Died in this city, on the 29th instant, of an abscess on the lung, Henry Douglas Munro, aged 48 years, second son of the late William Munro, Esq., Druids Stoke, Gloucestershire, and brother of Major General Munro, late Colone1 H.M. 29th Regiment. The funeral will take place from his father-in-law's residence, 113 Main street east, on Wednesday at half past two o'clock


RYAN - A terrible murder took place in Haldimand township on Sunday afternoon, causing great excitement in that neighbourhood. The following are the particulars as far as car be learned. A young man named English, coming along the road driving, espied the deceased man named Ryan sitting on the fence in company with another man, name unknown. He alighted, and coming up angrily where Ryan was sitting, they had a few words concerning a woman which they quarrelled about, whereupon English drew a knife and stabbed Ryan twice when the man who was sitting with Ryan knocked English down. English regained his feet and fled. Ryan died in four or five hours. Both men were not over 20 years old. The constables are after English all day.


MUSSER - A Hespeler correspondent of the Guelph "Mercury" writes on Monday as follows. The farmhouse of Mr. Eli Wildfang, about three miles from Hespeler, was burned down on Sunday morning last. Mr. and Mrs. Wilfang and four children awoke in time to escape in their night clothes, but old Peter Musser, Mrs. Wildfang's father, was burned to ashes, nothing but a few charred bones being left of the unfortunate old man. It appears that the house consisted of two parts, an old and a new, the new being built against the old. The family used one room of the old as a kitchen, and the old man occupied the two remaining rooms, and was averse to having any member of the family sleep in his room, so much so that it was customary for some one to go quietly into his room when he was unwell after he was asleep and remain until morning, slipping out again before the old man awoke.

On Saturday night, the old man was quite well and retired at the usual time. About 2 o'clock on Sunday morning, one of the boys who slept upstairs in the new part was awakened by smoke blowing into his room from an open window, and woke his father saying "The house is on fire". Mr Wildfang ran to his father-in-law's room and opened the door and was driven back by the fire. He then tried to gain an entrance by two windows, one after the other, but was prevented by the flames. By that time, the fire had got through the door to the kitchen and thence spread through the rooms on the lower flat, thus preventing the family from saving anything. Nothing is known of the origin of the fire, but it is supposed that the old man got up, lighted a candle, and went into the next room, and on his return had fallen, dropping the candle which had ignited some light wood near the stove, and Mr. Musser from his great age, being stunned by the fall, was unable either to escape or give the alarm.

This view of the case is borne out by the fact that his remains were found lying across the threshold with his head below the room where he slept and the feet under the other room. Dr. Swan of Hespeler is holding an inquest, and the jury will probably give a verdict in accordance with the above facts. The neighbours are doing all in their power to assist Mr. Wolfgang. Messrs David Panabaker and David Helm went out among the friends yesterday and succeeded in getting sufficient clothing, bed clothing, provisions, etc to make the family comfortable until they have time to make the necessary arrangements. Insurance, $350 in the Mennonite Mutual. It also appears that out of the above, $100 which the old man had in the house, $40 in silver was found very little damaged but the balance being in bills was burned.


August 1, 1872


CONDON - Thomas Condon, a soldier of the 87th Regiment, dropped dead in Halifax, Monday.


TAYLOR - A fatal accident occurred at Tillsonburg at about half past twelve Tuesday by which a boy, 14 years old, named James Taylor, was killed. Some men were raising one end of a load of heavy timber and had got about three feet when the blocking gave way, throwing the blocking several feet to one side of the road and on the boy who sat near. It threw him on his back, the timber falling on his breast and head, killing him instantly. When the body was taken out, it was very badly crushed.


DATSON - George Bell is a coal miner at Nanaimo, BC in good circumstances, married to an Indian woman by whom he had a family. A near neighbour of his was another miner named Datson, a bachelor. Early on Friday morning last, says the Victoria "Chronicle", Bell left his wife, apparently asleep, and went to the pit, intending to descend. Upon arriving at the pit, he found that the engine was slightly out of order, and pending the running, he returned to his house and found that his wife had left the premises. He walked over to Datson's house, and listening at the window, discovered his wife in conversation with Datson. He returned home and sent his little girl to call his wife, and upon her arrival, he knocked her down and beat her until she confessed that Datson had enticed her to his house for an improper purpose. On the following day, Bell told Datson that he would give him 24 hours in which to leave town. If he remained he would kill him. Datson immediately withdrew from the Vancouver Company's employ, and went to Departure Bay, three and a half miles from Nanaimo, and engaged to work in the Wellington mine. On Tuesday morning, Bell made his will at Levi's store, procured a canoe, and arming himself with a double-barrelled rifle, a revolver, and Bowie knife, paddled off to Departure Bay, standing on the shore of which he unfortunately saw Datson. Bell immediately fired the rifle at him and missed. Datson ran. Bell fired again and missed the second shot. He then leaped ashore with his revolver and fired three shots at the flying man. One of the shots appears to have struck him as Bell overtook him, and plunging the Bowie knife into back, inflicted a frightful gash. Datson fell and Bell threw himself upon him and cut and hacked him with the Bowie knife in the face, head, back, and body, and then beat the head almost to a jelly with the revolver stock. Twenty stabs and cuts were found after death. He then walked back to the canoe and met Alport and Beck who had heard Bell's threats and followed him to Departure Bay in a canoe. They asked Bell where Datson was supposing he had escaped. "Come, and I'll show you", replied Bell, and he led them to the spot where the dreadful sight completely unmanned the two pursuers, Bell remaining apparently unconcerned. The turned the hacked and bleeding form upon its back. A groan whs emitted, and Bell said, "Hurry up and take him back to town. You may save him yet." But Datson never breathed again. Messrs Alport and Beck arrested Bell, and after demurring slightly, he consented to accompany them.

With the murderer's assistance, the body was placed in Bell's canoe, and the three men towed it behind the other canoe to Nanaimo, Bell assisting in paddling, and being jocular in his manner. The town of Nanaimo was thrown into a state of great excitement by the arrival of the canoes , and the awful spectacle of the dead man's body created a sensation of horror. An inquest was held over the body, and a verdict of 'wilful murder' rendered against Bell who is closely confined. It is said that Bell raised his wife from a child and married her several years ago. He was devotedly attached to her and has an interesting family of children.


August 2, 1872


BURTON - F. H. Burton, Esq., late M.P. for West Durham, died at Port Hope, on Monday last.


August 3, 1872


BINKLEY - Died at Woodstock, on the 1st of August, Catherine, relict of the late Jacob Binkley, Ancaster, in the 80th year of her age. Funeral on Sunday, August 4, at 10 o'clock a.m. at Binkley's private burying ground.


WALKER - Between 6 and 7 o'clock this morning, Mr. Smith, grocer, saw a man lying down in an alleyway in rear of Mr. Prongney's carriage factory, Market Square, and upon examining the body, he found he was dead. He recognized the body as that of Mr. J. P. Walker, a man about 35 years of age who formerly had been a hardware merchant in this city. Mr. Smith immediately proceeded to the police station end gave information of the fact, when Constable Blaine proceeded to the place and took the body to the dead house, King William street. Deceased had been complaining of diarrhoea for the last three days, and had been taking medicine. Yesterday, he was at home in his mother's house during the day, and about 6 o'clock he took supper, then went out. Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, being notified, received the body, and says that from the appearance of the body, is inclined to the belief that deceased must have died from the effects of prussic acid. The eyes were wide open and dilated. The doctor will hold an inquest this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Commercial Hotel, corner of Park and York streets. Deceased was a single man and very respectably connected.


August 5, 1872


THOMPSON - On Saturday evening, a little boy, 14 months old, son of Mr. Thompson, shoemaker, residing on Maria street, was accidentally drowned. It seems that the pump had been taken from a well in rear of the house, and the hole was left uncovered. The deceased got out into the yard, and in a few minutes he was missing. Upon search being made, the body was discovered at the bottom of the well. The brother who discovered the deceased is about twelve years of age, and in the excitement of the moment went down into the well unassisted by clinging to the stones around it. The water was not over three feet at the bottom. Life was extinct by the time he got to the body, and it is supposed the deceased was killed instantaneously by the fall. Dr. Rosebrugh empanelled a jury, and after reviewing the body, the inquest was adjourned to this evening.


August 6, 1872


CREAMER - The Charlottetown, P. E,. Island "Herald" reports that in that city a few mornings since whilst Mrs. Creamer was in the act of pouring kerosene from a can into the stove, in order to light the fire, the smouldering embers suddenly burst into a flame, caught the fluid, exploded the can, and enveloped her in a flame. Although there was help in the house at the time, yet it appears that the parties were so paralysed that they allowed the burning woman to rush into the street, and before aid could reach her, the unfortunate being was a charred and blackened mass. She died in a few hours.


EDWORTHY - On Aug. 5, at the home of his son-in-law Mr. Arthur Peacock, Barton, William Edworthy, aged 51 years, a native of Devonshire, Eng. Funeral on Aug. 7.


WOOD - Orand Wood, second son of Mr. S. C. Wood, M.P., Lindsay, accidentally shot himself Saturday afternoon, and died a few minutes afterward. It appears he and an elder brother and a comrade went out berrying, taking a gun with them. While picking berries, it began to rain, and Orand was about to place the gun, which was a short distance from the berrying place, in a dry place. In a few minutes, the boys heard the report of a gun, and hurrying towards the spot, called out "Orand, what have you shot?" There being no answer, or coming to the spot, they were horrified to find the poor boy shot through the head. It is thought he must have stumbled over a log, causing the gun to go off. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents.


BOUTHILLLER - The Quebec "Chronicle" records the death of Hon John Bouthillier, member of the Legislative Council of the province of Quebec, which occurred at his residence, Fort Ramsay House, Caspe Basin, on Monday. The deceased gentleman was of French descent, and was born in the Island of Jersey in 1797. He was educated there and in England. He came to Paspeliare in 1813, and in 1813 married Elizabeth, only daughter of the late P. Robin, Esq., of Gaspe'. He carried on a very extensive business in Gaspe' and was noted for his extensive commercial abilities. He sat for Bonaventure in the Canadian assembly from 1845 to 1847, and for Gaspe' from the general election in 1854 until the Union, when he retired. He was called to the Legislative Council in 1867.

He was Lieutenant-Colonel of the First Battalion Gaspe' Militia. In politics he was a Conservative. Mr. Le Bouthillier will be long mourned by the people of Gaspe', to many hundreds of whom his commercial affairs afforded employment, while his benevolent character endeared him to all. He was an able man in public matters, careful, active, and attentive; in private life, genial and kind, thoughtful of the feelings of his fellow men, and open-handed and generous. He has passed away in the fullness of years, but has left a record which will not soon die.


August 7, 1872


EASTWOOD - Died in this city, on Wednesday, 7th August, Mr. John Eastwood, Sr aged 62 years. The funeral will leave his late residence, O'Reilly street, on Thursday afternoon, at 4 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend, without further notice.


GARDLE (Quebec) - The funeral of Mr. Gardle, killed at the station, is for three o'clock this afternoon from 223 Champlain street to the English Cathedral, from thence to Mount Harmon cemetery, by St. John street. The shops along the line of march will be closed. The funeral will be attended by all the respectability of Quebec. The Young Irish Association will muster with the friends and neighbours of the unfortunate victim of daylight assassination.

Feeling still bitter. The danger of another conflict was feared this afternoon but measures were taken by the Government authorities to prevent violence. The inquest is still sitting. No evidence so far adduced to establish the identity of the murderous ruffian who fired the fatal shot.

Mr. P. Gauvoraw, alluded to as having fired the shot that killed Gardle, is now stated by local papers to have not been the party at all. He is supposed, however, to have left town to avoid the odium of the charges. There are many Gauvoraw’s here. It is hard to ascertain any reliable information from the fearful confusion of that evening.


August 8, 1872


HAGGART - Died at St. Thomas, on the 4th instant, of heart disease, Margaret, wife of Mr. Peter Haggart, aged 45 years, a native of Barrhead, Renfrewshire, Scotland.


TURNER - Died in this city, on Thursday, the 8th instant, Adelaide Mary, youngest daughter of Alfred and Sarah Turner, aged 8 months and 3 days. The funeral will leave her father's residence, 217 MacNab street north, corner of Strachan street, at 4 o'clock, on Friday afternoon. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.

TRANCHE-MONTAGNE, MOLL - On Monday, Mr. F. B. Tranche-montagne, one of the oldest

 merchants on the north shore of the St. Lawrence, died at his residence, Berthier, at the age of 65. Dr. Moll, an old citizen of the same village, and a member of the first local parliament for Quebec, also died suddenly on the same day of apoplexy, at the age of 52. Both gentlemen occupied prominent positions in the county, and were highly respected by their fellow citizens.


August 9, 1872


DANCEY - Dr. Dancey died at Aylmer on Wednesday, aged 75.


BRIGGS - A son of Mr. B. Briggs, Napanee, aged about five years, was drowned on Wednesday morning.


August 10, 1872


KINMOUTH - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, Robert Kinmouth, printer aged 35 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from his mother's house, Walnut street, between King end Main, to-morrow (Sunday) afternoon, at 4 o'clock without further notice.


CAMPBELL - Drowned on the 15th ultimo, while bathing at Rothsay, Scotland, Mr. Roderick Campbell, of Toronto, and formerly of this city. The funeral will take place from the residence of his father-in-law, Mr. James Miller, 346 Church street. Friends will please accept this invitation without further notice.


August 12, 1872


SHEPPARD - Died on Sunday, the 11th instant, Washington George Sheppard, youngest son of George Sheppard, Esq., aged 20 years. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, 13th instant, at 2 o'clock, from the family residence, No 133 John street south. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


August 14, 1872


MCKAY - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, William Alexander, aged 5 months and 10 days, only child of Alexander and Catherine McKay. The funeral will leave his father's residence, Victoria Hotel, King street east, on Thursday, the 15th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


HARTLEY (Ancaster) - On the night of the 12th instant, about eight o'clock, a man named George Hartley, residing in the village, met his death under painful circumstances. He was quarrelling with the family when Arthur Crooks, who was passing by the house at the time, tried to allay the dispute. Hartley used foul language towards Crooks and was struck by Crooks in the face. He died in almost an hour afterward. A coroner's inquest was held in the Town Hall yesterday morning before Dr. Horton, and a post mortem examination was made by Dr. Robertson, and the verdict of the jury was that Hartley came to his death in consequence of the blow by Crooks. Crooks was committed to take his trial upon a charge of manslaughter. Hartley was a violent and drunken man as shown by the evidence. The members of the family were often in danger through his abuse.


August 15, 1872


PASSMORE - Died at his residence, Prospect Place, Barton, on Wednesday, August 14th, after a short illness, Richard Passmore, aged 56 years, a native of Devonshire. Funeral will leave his residence on the mountain, to-morrow (Friday) the 16th Instant, at 1 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


MCDONALD - Yesterday afternoon, Catherine McDonald, wife of John McDonald, residing at No 73 Catherine street, died suddenly under the following circumstances, so far as we have been able to glean. Mrs. McDonald and her husband were suffering from a severe attack of diarrhoea. The deceased has been confined to her bed for four days. Yesterday afternoon about five o'clock, she appeared to be very feeble and spoke to her husband who was then in bed with her and complained of her position being worse. He then got out of bed and assisted her, and in a few minutes after, she expired. Weak as he was, he went to inform a friend of his, Archibald Quinn, residing at the corner of Walnut and King streets, who advised him to inform Mr. McCracken, Health Inspector, of the fact. Having done as requested, he returned home and then found Constable Armstrong and some of the neighbours in the house. Some of the relations of the deceased notified Dr. Mackintosh of the fact and requested him to hold an inquest. A jury was empanelled at half past ten o'clock this morning at Hiscox's tavern, John street, and when the jury went to view the body, her husband was attacked with an epileptic fit, and as his evidence was indispensable at the inquest, the jury, upon the advice of the coroner, adjourned until half past seven o'clock to-morrow evening.


August 16, 1872


EDIE - The Dunnville "Gazette" of the 9th instant, says: On Thursday evening last, Charles Edie, Esq., of South Cayuga, had a son, about seven years of age, drowned in the Grand River, under peculiarly painful circumstances. The lad, accompanied by a companion, was fishing in the river, each having a boat, and becoming hungry, each lad went to his own home for his supper, promising to afterward return. Mr. Edie's son did so, but his companion did not. Consequently the particulars of his death are not known, nor was any suspicion of his sad fate aroused until the next morning, when finding he had not returned overnight, inquiries were made, and no intelligence of his whereabouts being received, apprehension of his sad fate were aroused, and search being made, his boat was found stranded on a sand bank, but unoccupied. Measures were at once taken to drag the river in the neighbourhood of where the accident must have taken place, but his body was not discovered until early on Saturday morning. Mr. Edie and his family have the sympathy of a very large circle of attached friends in their sad bereavement.


MCCORMICK - Died in this city, on Thursday, the 15th instant, Johanna, the beloved wife of Ralph McCormick, aged 36 years. Funeral from Mr. McCormick's residence, No 57 Hannah street, at the foot of the mountain, on Sunday, the 18th instant, at 3 o'clock. Friends are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.


August 19, 1872


MACNAB - Our readers, we are sure, will peruse with painful interest, the following details copied from the Montreal "Gazette" of the melancholy death of the Rev. Allen Napier MacNab, who was well-known in this community as an exemplary and excellent young clergyman. His first charge in Hamilton was St Thomas Church, during the illness and after the death of the Rev. Dr. Neville. Subsequently he was appointed curate of Christ Church, in which position he was universally respected and beloved. He had obtained two months leave of absence with a view to taking charge of his father's parish at Bowmanville. His health failing, he was summoned by telegram from Bonn, in Germany, to join his father there, and it was on his way to take the steamer for Liverpool that the sad event occurred.

Yesterday evening, Mr. Coroner Jones and a jury held an inquest touching the death of the Rev. Allan Napier MacNab, B.A., of Bowmanville, who was drowned in the river a few days ago, and whose body was found this morning.

The first witness called was Mr. Robert Foster, merchant, who stated that he had known the deceased for more that ten years. He came to Montreal on Thursday by the steamer from Upper Canada and went to his house. He went to rest there that evening about half past eleven, and on the following morning, witness aroused him. They went round the city, though the deceased was not very willing to go as he complained of being fatigued. While they were out, they went to Messrs Allan's office where witness bought a ticket to Europe for Mr. McNab. After he left the office, witness returned to ask a question, but on his emerging he found that deceased had gone. He went in search of him, thinking that he saw him, but he was mistaken. Then he returned and walked along the wharves to try and see him, but failed, and gave information of the matter to the Water Police, asking them to direct the deceased to his house if they saw him. About half past twelve, he went home to ask if Mr. McNab had returned, but he had not been heard of. Witness never saw him again alive, but he identified the body as being that of Mr. McNab, from one of his garments.

There was nothing that led witness to believe, from the deceased's manner, that he was not himself, the only thing he noticed being his indisposition to go out of the house. Witness did not hear the deceased say anything as to what had occurred or the boat coming down. In answer to a juror, Mr. Foster stated that he paid for the passage of the deceased to England, but he found afterward that the passage had been taken and paid for in Hamilton. That circumstance had not been told to him by the deceased who had perhaps forgotten it. When in the office, witness asked him for the money, but he said he had nothing except a bill of exchange.

Mr. Alexander Wellesley McNab, brother of the deceased, stated that he (his brother) was a clergyman of the Church of England in charge of his father's parish at Bowmanville, and had been ordained a year. He last saw the deceased on Thursday evening last at Prescott. The deceased had been always weakly and sickly from hard study, and a year ago, after his ordination, he was sent to Hamilton to take charge of a church. He remained there until June, labouring zealously and for the last two months, his work was greatly increased by his studying for priestly orders, visiting during the day and studying all the night. He came to Toronto at the end of June and wrote a sermon, but he could not concentrate his thoughts, so that he could not carry out the examination, and therefore went home at the advice of the Rev. Mr. Gervis, the examining chaplain. He took the duty at home and did it well enough, but he acted strangely, was despondent and melancholy. On Wednesday evening, they left by boat, and witness left him in Prescott, but he had no object in accompanying him beyond that. He had arranged to do so. He had heard from his cousin that, after the boat left Prescott on Thursday morning, the deceased was sitting in the sun near the taffrail quite quiet, All at once, he became very excited and asked to see the captain. His cousin who was with him said she would go for him, but deceased ran on to the upper deck to see the captain, and called to him to put them into a little boat and take them on shore as the boat was going to be lost. He was very excited and called upon them to pray for salvation or they would he lost. Then several of the passengers brought him on to the lower deck, placed him in the captain's cabin where they applied ice to his head. At that time, his heart was beating very rapidly, and his head was feverish, but he soon recovered and talked quite rationally, and went to Mr. Foster's house. All that information, witness obtained from his cousin, Mrs. Murray, who was on board with the deceased and a young lady, a connection of hers. Her opinion was that the excitement was due to the heat. Witness believed the primary cause of the deceased's weakness was application to study. In answer to a juror, the witness stated that for some time past the deceased had acted very strangely and been very despondent. He had never been violent, but was always timorous, and looked on everything in the darkest light.

Mr. Anthony Rogers, bookbinder, stated that on "Friday evening, soon after half past six, he was near the Victoria bridge, close to the water, when he saw a young man walking up and down with his hands clasped as if in prayer, and in great agony of mind. The portrait produced as that of Mr. McNab represented the person he saw. The person had his pants, shirt and boots on, and his coat and vest lay on the ground. He was walking on a spot of ground under the bridge not covered with water. Witness saw him look so strange that he went up to him and asked him if it was a good place to bathe, if he had bathed, or what was his name, but he got no answer. He repeated the questions in French with the same result. Then witness bathed his feet, and Mr. Lyons and another person came up. Witness spoke to Mr. Lyons, and the latter then returned to McNab, and then the deceased went into the water. Whether the deceased was frightened or not, he did not know, but witness went after him into the water. Then the deceased was caught in the current, but he kept walking and using his hands, and walking further into the water, so that witness was obliged to give up the pursuit. When deceased was a good long way off, he saw the deceased rise up in the water and then sink. Both witness and Mr. Lyons were satisfied that deceased was not in his proper mind, as he looked very wild in the eyes, and his attitude and actions were strange. In answer to a juror, Mr. Rogers stated that the deceased tried to keep away from him and Mr. Lyons, and they never got near enough to restrain him. The deceased could have drowned himself sooner than he did if he wished.

Mr. Amabel Dubrie, a boatman, deposed to finding the body of the deceased in some weeds near the bridge.

Mr. Foster stated, on being called, that he had heard from the captain of the "Spartan" that he had seer him on the Grand Trunk tracks near to the wharves about an hour after he left him with an umbrella over his head.

The jury returned the following verdict: "That the deceased Allan Napier MacNab, while in a state of mental aberration, entered the water of the River St. Lawrence near the Victoria Bridge, and was there accidentally drowned.


DANCEY - Died at his residence, near Aylmer, on the 5th instant, Dr. Dancey, aged 75 years.


August 20, 1872


WILLIAMS - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, Robert Bint, infant son of G. S. Williams, chemist, late of Plymouth, England, aged 10 months.


PENTZ - Shortly after six o'clock yesterday morning, a man named Pentz, a German about 50 years of age, fell down dead in the yard in rear of his boarding house on York street. Deceased was a furrier by trade, and was employed as a cutter in Mr. James Hutchison's establishment, Janes street. For some time past, he has been leading a very intemperate life. On Saturday afternoon, he was very drunk, but complaining of being unwell. In the morning when he got up, he entered the room of one of the boarders and told him that he felt much better, and walked down into the yard where he expired instantly. Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, held an inquest on the body at the King William street station this morning. A post mortem examination was made by Dr. White, coroner. After hearing the evidence of the various witnesses, the jury returned the following verdict: "That Charles Pentz died in Hamilton, on the morning of Sunday, the 18th of August, and that death was caused by disease of the heart, hastened by intemperate-habits". The jury would strongly condemn the habit of furnishing intoxicating drinks to parties who are known to be habitual drunkards, and would express a hope that if there is any law to prevent it, it should be put into force.


WINTERS - On Thursday afternoon last, during the excitement of the election contest, East Hastings, a man named John Winters was shot at Lonsdale, from the effects of which he died at his residence in Richmond street, the following morning. It appears that deceased, who was an Orangeman, came from one of the polling places after the close of the poll, with a number of his friends, to Lonsdale, where there was a large crowd of Roman Catholics congregated. As the wagon containing Winters and his friends stopped, he and another man got out, whereupon the other party immediately made for them, throwing stones and other missiles at them. During the row, two shots were fired which took effect in the body of Winters who then walked back to the wagon and was at once taken home. An inquest was held on the body on Friday evening before W. R. Chamberlain, county coroner. From the evidence, it appeared that there had long been a feud between the two parties which unfortunately culminated so fatally on this occasion. The jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against James Smith and one Tighe, and every effort is being made to capture them. It is reported that one of the murderers was caught.


August 21, 1872


DICKSON - Mr. R. Dickson was drowned at Niagara on Monday.


BOWES - A boy, named Bowes, was drowned at Chippewa, on Sunday.


MILLS - On Monday morning, a man named Edward Mills, was killed while canting logs at Spaulding and sawyer's saw mill, about nine miles from Angus.


August 22, 1872


RACEY - Died at the residence of her brother, R. M. Racey, Esq., Clinton, Ann, fourth daughter of the late James Racey, Esq., of Mount Pleasant.


MCMANN (Montreal) - Edward Murdy, mate of the ship "Helen Marlot", accidentally shot the cook, John McMann, last evening, while in the act of cleaning a revolver.


April 23, 1872


LAURA - Duncan Laura fell from a tree near Point Edward a few days ago and was killed.


JACKSON - Mr. Jackson, a guard at the Kingston Penitentiary, died very suddenly, on Monday, of apoplexy.


August 24, 1872


COLQUHOUN - The Rev. Archibald Colquhoun of the Church of Scotland died on Saturday, the 10th instant, at his residence in Mulmur, County of Simcoe. He was sent out by the Established Church, about 45 years ago, and first settled in Montreal District, then in Dunne, County of Peterborough, and lately County of Simcoe.


MOIS (Ottawa) - The young man named Mois who met with an accident about a month ago in Baldwin's mills and had his arm amputated twice since, died yesterday in the hospital after great suffering.


August 26, 1872


CARDINAL (Ottawa) - A young woman, named Cardinal, died in the hospital yesterday from injuries received at the late fire. This makes the third victim of the disaster.


August 27, 1872


CUMMINGS - Yesterday afternoon, the remains of the late John Cummings were buried. The funeral proceeded from the residence of Mr. George McAndrew, John street. Deceased was one of the old members of the Scarlet Chapter in this city, and, we believe, one of the first members in this city.


August 28, 1872


DRYSDALE - A fatal accident occurred in the Township of Medonte on Saturday last. A young woman named Christiana Drysdale was accidentally killed by falling from a load of grain, breaking her neck in the fall.


BAMUSTER - On Friday afternoon, while helping to raise a log building, at Wylebridge, David Bamuster was instantly killed by a log falling and striking him on the breast. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his death.


PLANTE - A fatal accident occurred at Petite Cote, Sandwich West, on Tuesday last where a mother and son, named Plante, were suddenly hurried into eternity. They had both eaten of a fungus, commonly known as the 'toad stool', mistaking them for mushrooms. The son lived but a few hours, the mother lingering a short time longer. We trust this will be a warning to parties to be careful in the use of fungi, some of which are nutritious and harmless, and others deadly.


BOND - Died at Rosehill, Barton, on the 27th instant, Jennie Bella Ashton, infant daughter of Silas and Leonora Bond. Funeral to-morrow (Thursday) at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


August 29, 1872


LAMONT - The 13th Battalion has met with the loss of another of its efficient members: viz., Private Lamont of No 5 Company. His remains will be buried with military honours to-morrow afternoon.


CURRIE - On Sunday last, a little girl, aged 5 years, daughter of Alexander Currie, Jr., of Walkerton, while in the act of lighting the fire, her clothes caught fire, and when first discovered,  she was enveloped in flames. She ran out into the air screaming, and before her parents could reach her, she was so badly burned that death ended her sufferings on Monday.


August 30, 1872


BOURCHIER - A Sutton telegram says; It is our painful, duty to record the death, after a short but severe illness, of one of landmarks of this vicinity, Mr. James O'Brien Bourchier, who died to-day at his residence, the Manor House, Sutton, in the 75th year of his age. He came to this country in the year 1818 when everything was a wilderness, and to his determined energy and perseverance this village had its rise. The deceased gentleman was for many years postmaster. His loss is lamented by all in this neighbourhood.


August 31, 1872


MORAN - Died in this city, on the 31st instant, William, only son of Mr. Edward Moran, aged 3 years. Funeral from 315 York street west, to-morrow (Sunday) at 4 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


September 2, 1872


HEBDEN - Died on Sunday night, September 1st, at the Church of the Ascension rectory, in this city, Joshua J. Hebden, aged 27 years, late captain, 13th Battalion, V.M.I., eldest son of the Rev. John Hebden. The funeral will leave the rectory on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.


MCKERSIE - The Guelph "Mercury" of Friday records the death of another of the pioneers of that district, Mr. Daniel McKersie, Sr., who settled in Guelph Township in 1827, and has ever since, or at least till the recent fire on the premises, resided on the farm which he purchased about two miles from Guelph. Deceased was a native of Paisley, Scotland, and died at the ripe old age of 87, leaving behind him five sons and two daughters, who all survive. Mrs. McKersie, Sr. died about fourteen years ago.


September 3, 1872


HEMSWORTH - C. M. Hemsworth, one of the oldest residents of Wallace, and for many years clerk-treasurer of the municipality, died a few days ago, aged 84.


DRENNAN - We regret to announce that James Drennan, who was thrown from his horse on Sunday, received such injuries that death put an end to his sufferings at 10 o'clock this morning. His remains will be buried in the Roman Catholic cemetery on Thursday next.


DRENNAN - We regret to learn that a very exemplary young man, Mr. James Drennan, 19 years old, met with a very serious, if not fatal, accident yesterday morning, The young man is the only son of a widowed mother, living on Hughson street, and having received a good and practical education, conceived a desire to educate himself for the priesthood in the Roman catholic church. He has for some time past been attending the St. Michael's college, Toronto, and from the report of the professors of the college was making rapid strides in theological knowledge. Yesterday morning he went out for a ride, and left home about 8 o'clock and when on Victoria avenue near King street, he was thrown from the horse. He being very tall and stout for his age, weighing it is estimated 200 pounds & falling upon his head, the concussion was so great as to fracture the base of the skull. He was shortly after picked up and carried home when medical aid was promptly procured, composed of Dr. White, with Dr. Billings and Dr. White as consulting physicians. The united opinion of the medical men was that the injuries received would prove fatal; yet they did all that medical science has discovered to assist the patient. Last evening he was very low, and leeches were applied to the temples. Again this morning, a considerable quantity of blood was taken from the arms. A quantity of blood and a portion of the brain have passed through the ears, and so the symptoms are very unfavourable for the young man. The medical gentlemen say that he might survive but they have no hope. Such was the estimation in which the young man was held by his co-religionists and others that the sidewalks on both sides of the street near his residence were crowded to such an extent that it was impossible to pass by the house without taking the middle of the road. The sympathy of the public is with him and his bereaved mother.


LINDSAY (Ottawa) - I regret to announce the death of Mr. Lindsay, Clerk of the House of Commons, which occurred yesterday afternoon. He was appointed Clerk to the Legislative Council in 1855, succeeding his father. This makes the fourth death among the House of Commons in little more than a year.


FORSYTH (Ottawa) - Captain Forsyth, an old resident, also died yesterday. He commanded the Field Battery here.


September 6, 1872


GARD - Our readers will regret to learn of the death of Mr. R. T. Gard, late of Devon-Vale Mills, Ancaster, which event took place at his father's residence in Derbyshire, England, on Thursday morning, August 8th. Mr. Gard came to Canada about two years ago, and after some inquiry and observation, he purchased property and built a mill in the neighbourhood of Ancaster. His health, however, becoming very delicate, he resolved to return to England, and accordingly left here in July. In a little more than a week after his arrival home, he expired calmly and peacefully. Mr. Gard had many excellent qualities and was highly respected by those who knew him. A very large circle of friends in Canada will share in the grief of his parents in England at his premature removal. He was only 27 years of age.


HEBDEN - The remains of the late Capt Hebden of No 5 Company, 15th Battalion, were buried with military honours yesterday morning. It was one of the largest military funerals seen here for some time. The coffin was laid upon a gun carriage covered with the British Ensign, on the top of which were the cap, sword, and belt of deceased. The route of the cortege was crowded with citizens who highly respected the deceased as a young man of great promise and a general favourite with the public. His kind and affable manners were such that he commanded the respect and friendship of all who knew him. His respected father, the Rev. John Hebden, and family have the sympathy of all, in their bereavement.


PROCTOR - Died on Thursday morning of typhoid fever, after a few days illness, Mr. George R. Proctor express messenger, in the 23rd year of his age. He leaves a wife and child to mourn their bereavement.


September 7, 1872


STREET - We deeply regret to learn that Mr. T. C. Street, Member for the County of Welland, expired at his residence, Chippewa, at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The sad event was by no means unexpected as the deceased gentleman had been lying in a critical state for several days previous to his death.

Mr. Street was the only son of the late Hon. Samuel Street of Niagara Falls, from whom he. inherited a considerable fortune which largely increased in his hands. He was called to the bar of Upper Canada in 1838. He was elected to Parliament for the County of Welland in 1851, but was defeated at the general election of 1854. He was again elected in 1861, and retained the seat from that time until his death.

Mr. Street will be much missed in the neighbourhood in which he lived,, and by a very extensive circle of friends in every part of the Dominion.


CROSSWAITE - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, Letitia Crosswaite, aged 72 years. Funeral to-morrow (Sunday) at 3 o'clock p.m. from her late residence, MacNab street north, near Mulberry street. Friends will please accept this intimation.


KENNEY - Died in peace, at her residence in Nelson, on the 28th of August, Hannah, beloved wife of John Kenney, Esq., in the 75th year of her age.


September 9, 1872


FORSTER - Died at the Queen's Hotel, Toronto, on Saturday, 7th September, of congestion of the brain, John Ewart Forster, eldest son of the late George James Forster, of Hamilton. The funeral will take place from the residence of his grandfather, John Young, Esq., at 3 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon.


GARVEY (Thornbury) - A brakesman, named James Garvey, was accidentally killed at the station here this morning while coupling cars.


September 11, 1872


ANDERSON - A correspondent of the Fredericton "Express" states that at or about midnight on Sunday, August 25th, or early on Monday morning, the burial ground of the St. George's Church, Lower Caverhill, was illegally entered by a body of men, a grave opened, and the body of a man named John Anderson, who had been buried by the rector on the previous Wednesday, taken up, removed from its coffin, and carried away through a gap in the fence, the grave being left unfilled and the coffin thrown on one side.


GRANT - Died in this city, at his residence, Denistone House, King street east, on Wednesday, the 11th instant, Peter Grant, Esq., in the 60th year of his age. The funeral will take place from the late residence of the deceased on Saturday next, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.


It is our painful duty to-day to record the loss of one of the most popular and useful of our citizens, that of Peter Grant, Esq, who died at his residence at the east end of the city shortly before 7 o'clock this morning. His death was not unexpected, however, as he had been in ill health most of the summer, Latterly he went down to the Lower Province for the purpose of trying the efficacy of sea air. Here he gradually grew worse and returned about two weeks since, and was confined to his bed until death released him from his pains. He had for a long time past a premonition that he would not recover and was perfectly resigned to his fate. He died as calm as if going to sleep, being perfectly conscious to the last.

Deceased was born in the parish of Stockenham, Devonshire, England, on the 31st of March, 1813, and was at the time of his death 59 years, 5 months, and 11 days old. He arrived in Canada  in the spring of 1833, and settled in the Province of Quebec, being engaged in the lumbering business, where he remained until he came to Hamilton in 1838, and went on Col. Land's farm. In 1841, he started a grocery store, which business he carried on for seven years. In 1849 he, in company with Mr. Snowden, went into the Spring brewery where they carried on a most successful trade. Subsequent to the death of Mr. Snowden, Mr. Middlewood and Mr. Townsend united themselves with him. The former of these two gentlemen died about two years ago, and the latter gentlemen retired from the firm, Mr. Grant then carried on the brewery in connection with his son, Major Grant.

Deceased was always foremost in all public enterprises, and his name carried such influence with it that success was certain. He identified himself most prominently and beneficially with our Agricultural Association, and laboured hard for their success. To him, in connection with two or three other gentlemen, is due the credit for the great success of our central fair last fall. This and many other instances we might mention in connection with his name and usefulness. He was a gentleman of very even temperament and cheerful disposition, and affable to extreme. He always had a kind word for everybody. In his death we lose a kind and affectionate husband and father, a good Christian, and an invaluable citizen. During his lifetime, he amassed considerable wealth. He leaves a wife and eleven children; viz., four sons and seven daughters, who will inherit what his energy and perseverance have accumulated, but the void left by his decease will be long felt, not only by his bereaved family, but by the city at large, we may truly say that he was a man beloved by all, and that he had not an enemy in the world.


September 12, 1872


CLARKE - Died at her grandfather's residence, Barton, on the 11th September, Mary Letitia, daughter of the Rev. George Clarke, aged 13 months. The funeral will take place on Friday at 11 o'clock at the City Cemetery. Friends will please accept this notice.


BURNS (Quebec) - On Saturday night was perpetrated in a house of ill fame a fearful crime, the details of which will shock every one of our readers. An unfortunate woman was seized by an infuriated villain and strangled for the sake of a few dollars which he had claimed to have lost.

The police statistics of Quebec for the present year show a fearful record of crime, and there seems to be no sign of amelioration. Day after day we are called to record robberies and thefts, and for the fifth time this year we publish the details of murders. The present instance is the most horrible and we hope that we will never have to chronicle in our paper such a case again. On Saturday, a man named Jean Patry, a French-Canadian wood sawyer, aged about 52 years, married, and the father of a large family, was employed to cut wood in the house in St. Genevieve street, Montcalm ward, belonging to one wall, and occupied by Mary Jane Moore as a house of ill fame. After the work of the man had been finished, he came into the house and partook of some liquor. He afterward entered into conversation with one of the girls living in the house named Rachel Burns, and went up to her room with her. About a quarter past nine, the other inmates of the house heard an altercation between them. Patry accused the girl, of having stolen six dollars from him which she strenuously denied, asked him to search her clothing and her room. This he refused to do and kept up his charges, threatening to use violence if he did not get the money back. The row between them took place in a narrow passage. He pushed her to the stairs leading to the ground floor and again demanded the money which he averred she had taken from him, and when she replied that she had none, he seized her by the throat with both hands. She uttered a piercing shriek, but he held her the closer and pressed her head back against the banister. The noise brought out those who were in the front room below, and they saw Patry choking the girl who commenced to grow black in the face with blood gushing from her nostrils. Several of them rushed at him and tried to separate them. Patry held on, but was at length pulled off, and the girl taken down end laid on a bed in a room at the foot of the stairs. She was totally insensible, and evidently in a bad state. A man who was in the house at the time was made to hold Patry while one of the women of the house ran for the police and another for a priest. The priest arrived just in time to administer the last rites of the church when the girl died. The police in charge of Sergeant Rigby came up and arrested Patry at once who was lodged in the Central station where he remained all day yesterday.

Rachel Burns, the murdered woman was according to the records of the Police Department 30 years of age and a native of Kilkenny, Ireland. She could neither read nor write. She was short, stout, and rather good-looking. She was not accounted to be of very sound mind, and was harmless and inoffensive. As she lay there, cold and dead, the words of hood's 'Bridge of Sighs' came to remembrance, and the spectator was fain to leave the abode of sin, crime, vice, and all lewdness, Forgetting her weakness,

Her evil behaviour,

And leaving with meekness

Her sins to her Saviour.

The house in which she lived, kept by Mary Jane Moore, is of the lowest class of House of prostitution in Quebec, and on the stairs where she met her death, Belleau was killed a year or two ago. The house is a one-storey wooden one, low and dirty. The rooms are very unclean, especially the one in which the body of the murdered woman is laid. It was frequented by the  very lowest class of loafers, rowdies, thieves, and drunkards, and was well known to the police.

Jean Patry, under arrest for the murder, is a well known character. His feet were frozen some years ago, laming him, and he is partially paralysed in the lower limbs, though possessing immense strength in the hands and arms. His character is not a good one, and he is well known to the police.

The neighbourhood in which it stands is a most disreputable one. No less than ten houses of ill fame are clustered within half an acre of it, all occupied by the third and fourth classes of degraded women. The social evil is to be seen in this locality in its most hideous forms, and an amount of vice abounds which would astonish those persons who think themselves thoroughly acquainted with the city and its movements. The houses are all unlicensed groggeries and gambling dens.

The inmates of the house were all arrested and detained as witnesses. The murderer was kept in solitary confinement all day yesterday and none were permitted to communicate with him. He took matters very coolly, indeed, and seemed to think that his position was not a particularly unpleasant one. The body of the unfortunate woman was laid in a room at the foot of the stairs just as she was picked up, and covered with a sheet. The features are not at all disfigured, and except for the appearance of clotted blood on the upper lip, it would be hard to say that she had not died a natural death. An inquest will be held by the Coroner to-day.


MCMAHON - A boy, named McMahon, was run over and killed by the C. P. and M. Railway at Cobourg on Wednesday.


September 13, 1872


SANDFORD - On September 13, at Brockville, Harry Vaux, youngest son of W.E. Sandford. Funeral from the home of Mrs. Jackson, Maiden Lane, on Sat., September 14.


September 14, 1872


WALKER - Died at her residence, 19 Bay street south, Hamilton, on the 12th September, Ann, the beloved wife of Mr. James Walker, aged 61 years. The funeral will take place or Monday, 16th instant, at 3 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


EVANS - Died on Monday, the 9th instant, at Indiana, Ontario, Mr. Thomas Evans, late of Waterdown, in his 57th year, eldest son of John Evans, Esq., Her Majesty Customs, Belfast, Ireland.


September 16, 1872


DONOVAN - Died in this city, on the 16th instant, Elizabeth Mary, daughter of Cornelius Donovan, printer, aged 1 year. Funeral will leave her father's residence, 92 Walnut street, to-morrow, Tuesday afternoon, at 2:30 p.m.


CRAIGIE - Died at his residence, Barton, William Craigie, barrister, in his 43rd year.

We are called upon to-day to fulfil a most painfu1 duty in recording the death of William Craigie, Esq., barrister-at-law, who calmly passed away this morning about seven o'clock, in the 42nd year of his age. The deceased was the eldest son of the late William Craigie, Esq., M.D., formerly of Aberdeen, Scotland, but for many years a resident of this city, He was educated at Tipper Canada College, and took his degree at University College, Toronto, after which he entered the office of Messrs Freeman and Jones as student-at-law where he completed his studies, and was called to the Bar in Hilary term, 1851. Shortly afterward, Mr. Jones having been appointed Judge of the County Court for the County of Brant, Mr. Craigie entered into partnership with S. B. Freeman, Esq., Q.C., which has only been dissolved by the sad occurrence we now record. In his legal capacity, none more thoroughly enjoyed the confidence of the profession and the public at large, and none was more respected and beloved by his large circle of friends and acquaintances. Thus has passed from our midst a polished gentleman, an accomplished scholar, and a loved and highly valued friend.


YOUNG - Our readers will regret to learn that Captain Jacob Young, for many years business manager for F. Browne, Esq., wharfingers and forwarder in this city, is dead. Captain Young had previous to this been in command of lake and river steamboats, and had made for himself a host of friends during his lifetime. He departed this life yesterday morning at the residence of his brother-in-law, Hunter street. His remains were taken to Oakville this afternoon for interment.


EVANS (Waterdown) - Walter Evans, Esq., an old and respected resident of East Flamborough, died suddenly this morning. He rose about six o'clock and called his sons, but shortly after calling them, he did not feel well, lay down again, when after a few moments he expired.


September 17, 1872


HENHAM (St. Thomas) - An Indian name Henham was attacked on Saturday and so maltreated that after lingering in a semiconscious state he died at three p.m. yesterday. Henham was an old herb doctor and father of a large family. It appears that he had been in town, and on his way home sat down to rest on the platform of a public house. While there, two men, Fitzsimmons and Lipsey, came up mad with drink, and without any provocation attacked the old man, dragged him into the street, and battered him on the head in a brutal manner. When found, there were three long wounds on his head, and a severe bruise on the ears. The material used seems to have been  an old axe and a club. Medical aid was at once sent for, but he was no longer able to speak. The men fled to the wood afterward. The town is greatly excited over the event, and search was kept up all day yesterday. Last evening, the volunteers were called out to surround a piece of wood where they were seen lurking. Up to this time, the search has been without success.

Fitzsimmons is a slim, rawboned man, 6 feet in height, light complexion, with large sandy side whiskers and moustache. The ring finger of the right hand is crippled and is turned at right angles towards the palm which is also deeply scarred. Lipsey is square built and stout, 5 feet, 10 inches in height, dark complexion, has no whiskers but wears a thin dark moustache. Both were dressed in dark clothes when last seen.

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On Saturday night, about 10 o'clock, Henry Fitzsimmons and Henry Lipsey, two Southwold roughs, made a murderous assault on Henry Henham, the well-known old Indian doctor of Oneida town, from the effects of which he died yesterday afternoon. It appears that Dr. Henham had been on a professional visit to some members of his tribe, camping in Dorchester, and was returning home on Saturday afternoon. Reaching the place somewhat late in the day, he spent a few hours around town, and about 9 o'clock went to Mitchell's boarding house where he was in the habit of staying overnight when overtaken by night. Mrs. Mitchell noticed him walking backward and forward under the verandah of the house, and shortly afterward saw Fitzsimmons and Lipsey trying to get into Laxton's hotel on the opposite side of the street. Both appeared to be drunk, and on being refused admittance, they started across to the Indian, and roughly ordered him away. He left, but he had only gone a few feet when they called on him to come, back. This he refused to do, and started to run, One of the ruffians then picked up a bag containing a new axe which a neighbour had left there a short time before, and both started in pursuit. The old doctor was overtaken within three rods of the house and felled to the ground with a blow of the axe. He was then kicked and pounded in a frightful manner, and before help could come, Fitzsimmons and Lipsey had fled to their wagons and driven off. Dr. VanBuskirk was sent for and dressed the wounds. There were three bad scalp wounds near the top of the head and another over the right ear from which the blood was flowing a heavy stream. The ground for several feet around was drenched with blood. After being dressed, Henham was removed to Mitchell's house where he remained in a state of coma till death.

A warrant was immediately issued by the Mayor for the arrest of the criminals, and although constables were scouring the neighbourhood all yesterday and last night, they have so far evaded capture. It is reported that they slept last night at the house of a farmer within a few miles of Wallacetown, and it is supposed that they are making west.

Dr. Henham was 70 years of age and was a man of large and powerful frame. Thirty years ago when he came to Canada from New York, he stood six feet, four inches, and weighed three hundred and thirty pounds. Judging from his massive proportions to-day as he lay stretched in death, his height and weight could not have been any less.

Great indignation exists against his cowardly murderers, and every effort will be make to effect their capture. It is understood that the town council will offer a reward.


COBB (Cookstown) - A married man by the name of Cobb, a shoemaker, residing at Clover Hill, near this place, while labouring under a fit of temporary insanity, caused by excessive drinking, committed suicide by hanging himself, or rather by strangulation. He was found in a shed in rear of the house with a rope around his neck and leaning forward with his feet resting on a box. A prayer book was left open. After reading his own burial service, he wrote the following in his diary: "I put my hand in my own death at half past ten this l7th day of September, with friendship to all". He was found about ten minutes after, not quite cold. An inquest will be held this p.m. by Dr. Norris, coroner of this place. He leaves a wife and one child.


September 19, 1872


PRICE - Died at Mountain View Hotel, this morning, at ten o'clock, Mary Catherine, wife of Mr. Charles Price.


September 20, 1872


PRICE - The funeral of Mrs. Price will leave the Mountain View Hotel at half past twelve (sharp) to-morrow, and proceed to the Railway Station, whence the deceased will be taken to Stratford for interment. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.


THOMAS - The particulars of the murder of a coloured man by the name of John Thomas by a man named Mitchell which took place on Friday night last in the Township of Maidstone are to hand. It appears the deed was not premeditated as at first supposed from the statements of the dying man but that during a struggle a gun was discharged, the contents of which lodged in Thomas's body. The occurrence is narrated by the woman who witnessed it as follows. The man, Thomas, who has resided in Windsor, Detroit, and Sandwich, and had the reputation of being a peaceable when not under the influence of drink, went to the house of the Negro, Mitchell, on the night in question quite drunk. It was near midnight when he called, and Mitchell had just turned out of big bed to go and start his watch of six hours in a sawmill. His wife and a female relative  of his were in bed. Thomas was admitted, and he asked for a pipe, tobacco, a light, and a drink of whiskey. He was given the first, but Mitchell told him that he had no whiskey and wouldn't give him any if he had. This angered Thomas who charged that his friend had gone back on him. Some angry words passed, and finally Thomas lit his pipe and sat down on the floor as if intending to stay the rest of the night. Mitchell was going out when the women declared that they would go too if Thomas did not leave the house as they were afraid of him. Mitchell then ordered Thomas out, and when he would not go, an attempt was made to put him out. He resisted and drew a knife. Mitchell got his shotgun to scare him, and Thomas tried to get it away. In the struggle the gun was discharged and several slugs passed through Thomas's arm and into his side. He did not seem badly injured, and stood on the steps and made threats. He finally went off, and walking to the house of a man named Howard, sank down in a dying condition, and was taken into the house, and died there. After learning that the victim was dead, Mitchell ran away to escape arrest. He was seen in the outskirts of Windsor on Sunday, but all further trace of him has been lost.

September 21, 1872


EDSON - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Freddie C. Webster, youngest son of Mr. A. E. Edson, aged 1 year and 2 months. The funeral will take place at 2:30 from the residence of his father, No 134 King street. Friends will please accept this intimation.


September 23, 1872


MILLS - Died on Sunday, the 22nd instant, Florence Edith, infant daughter of George H. Mills, Esq.


GAGE - Died in Barton, Lakeshore, on the 22nd instant, Mary Catherine, eldest daughter of Andrew Gage, Esq., granddaughter of William Gage, Esq., in the 22nd year of her age. Funeral to-morrow (Tuesday) at 2 o'clock p.m. from her father's residence. Friends will please accept this intimation.


HENRY - Died on Sunday, the 22nd instant,, at the residence of his brother-in-law, Frederick E. Hooper, Esq., Walter James Henry, Esq., M.D., Inspector General of Hospitals, aged 37 years.


September 25, 1872


PRICE - On the 19th instant, Mrs. Mary Catherine Price, wife of Mr. Charles Price of the Mountain View Hotel, after a long and painful illness, departed this life. Mrs. Price, whose  maiden name was Goetz, was born in Inzenheim, in the Province of Alsace, now forming part of the German Empire, but formerly belonging to France. The immediate cause of death was internal disease. She leaves behind her, besides her husband, four brothers, five sisters, and many other relatives and friends to mourn her loss. Before her death, she had expressed a wish to have her remains buried at Fullarton, which has been complied with. On Saturday, they were removed to Fullarton and buried on Monday following. There were four hundred people in the funeral cortege. The funeral was conducted by Revs. Jacob Anther, Joseph Umbach, and Gear Graffe, ministers of the Evangelical Association.


September 26, 1872


WALSH - A fatal accident occurred at Bowmanville on Thursday, resulting in the death of Thomas Walsh, conductor on the Grand Trunk Railway, while attempting to jump from the front end of the train when in motion, he slipped and fell under, the wheels passing over both his legs, smashing them fearfully. Drs. Reid and Reith were in attendance, but the shock was of too serious a nature for his recovery.


September 27, 1872


MULLIN - This morning, word was sent to the Police Station to the effect that a man was lying dead below the embankment at the 'Heights', a short distance east of Desjardins Canal. The body was brought down to the dead house and recognized as that of one Mullin. Dr. White, coroner, being notified, issued his precept for the holding of an inquest. The inquisition will be held at 7 o'clock this evening at the King William Street Station.


September 28, 1872


FIELDS - Died at Bronte, on Friday, the 27th instant, Euphemia Fields, mother of Mr. J. C. Fields, leather merchant of this city, in the 80th year of her age. The funeral will take place to-morrow (Sunday) afternoon at 2 o'clock, from her son's residence, King street. Friends will please accept this intimation.


MULLIN - Last night, an inquest was held on the body of Henry Mullin, aged 59, who was found dead near the Desjardins Canal yesterday morning. The inquest was held at the Police Court, Dr. White, coroner. After examining two witnesses, the inquest was adjourned until Monday morning. There is no suspicion of foul play, and the supposition is that he fell over the embankment.


WAKEFIELD - This morning, a man by the name of Robert Wakefield, a native of Sheffield, England, was found dead in his room at McCulloch's hotel, Market Square. The deceased was engaged as a porter in the wholesale establishment of Messrs A. Hope and Co,, and is reputed to have been a steady and persevering man. For some days past, he complained of being unwell, and on Sunday there was a perceptible change, although no danger was apprehended. Last night he went to bed between seven and eight o'clock, and about half past seven this morning, Mrs. McCulloch went to his room to enquire if he required a cup of tea, etc., when to her astonishment, she found him on the floor a corpse. An inquest is now going on when all the particulars will be made public. We understand that deceased leaves a wife and three children in England.


September 30, 1872


WAKEFIELD - At the inquest held at McCulloch's tavern in the Market Square on Saturday upon the body of Robert Wakefield who was found dead in his bedroom that morning, the jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased came to his death from natural causes.


October 1, 1872


DUCAT - A man named Ducat was found dead in his wagon on the Clinton road on Saturday morning. Cause: whiskey.


HENDERSON - Died this morning, at 72 Wellington street north, Jeannie Young, infant daughter of Mr. Alexander Henderson. The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon at 3 o'clock.


October 2, 1872


CARDEN - There was found dead, on the evening of the 29th ultimo, about half a mile east of Iroquois station, Grand Trunk Railway, a young man named John Carden, a brakesman on a freight train going west. He is supposed to have slipped off the top of one of the cars.


MILNE - A very melancholy accident occurred at Bowmanville on Sunday night on the Grand Trunk Railway. A young man named Thomas Milne, brakesman, lost his life. Deceased came to his death by accidentally falling between the cars of a special train going east, between Ottawa and Bowmanville, literally smashing him to a jelly. He was a sober, industrious young man aged 25 years.


HILL - Died at 121 James street in Hamilton, on Tuesday, October 2nd, John Hill aged 77 years, a native of Somersetshire, England. The funeral will take place from his late residence,  to-morrow (Thursday) afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


October 4, 1872


TONER - Yesterday morning, a married woman named Catherine Toner was found dead in her bed. She was in the habit of indulging freely in whiskey, and had partaken of considerable before retiring the night previous to her death. When her husband awoke, he was surprised to find that she was dead. Yesterday afternoon, Dr. White, coroner, held an inquest upon the body, and after hearing the evidence, the jury brought in a verdict that deceased had died from the excessive use of ardent spirits. She leaves six young children motherless.


October 5, 1872


BROOKS - An old man named William Brooks, a farm labourer from West Oxford, was, on Thursday morning, found lying in Canterbury street, Ingersoll, in a dying condition. Help was obtained, but the man only survived a few moments. He had been suffering from dropsy for some time past. It is said that he had been drinking immoderately during the day, and it is supposed that while in a state of intoxication or helplessness, he lay down, remaining the whole night in the cold, causing death from exposure.


PEDEN - We are sorry to learn that Graham Peden, a fine active young man, son of the late Robert Peden, Esq., of Brockville, was killed on Sunday morning by jumping from an engine on the Brockville and Ottawa Railway. It appears that the cars had run off the track near Smiths Falls, and that to escape injury, Mr. Peden jumped from the engine in which he was at work, but before he could get clear, the tender fell over upon him and killed him. The young man was a great favourite among his fellow companions, and his death is sincerely regretted.


MAIN - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, Alexander Main, Jr., aged 23 years and 10 months. Funeral will take place from his father's residence, corner of Mary and Strachan streets, on Monday, the 7th instant, at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


October 7, 1872


WHITE - Died at her son's residence, No 109 Main street west, on Monday, the 7th instant, Isabella wife of Mr. Thomas White, and mother of: Mr. T. H. White, of this city in the 82nd year of her age. Funeral will take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, for intimation of which, friends and acquaintances will please accept this notice.


October 8, 1872


MAIN - The remains of the late Sergeant Main of No 5 Company were buried yesterday afternoon with the customary military honours. Deceased was also a member of Excelsior Lodge of the Odd Fellows, and the brethren turned out in a strong force to pay their last respects to their departed. The funeral service of the Order was read in a very impressive manner by the Rev. J. Gilray.


October 10, 1872


EGLESTON - Died at Ancaster, on Wednesday afternoon, October 9th, 1872, Charles Herbert Egleston, eldest son of Alonzo Egleston, Esq., reeve of the township, aged 19 years and 6 months. The funeral will take place from his father's residence, Ancaster, on Saturday afternoon next, at 2 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are requested to accept this notice.


SCHWARTZ - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, Margaret, the beloved wife of Mr. Lewis Schwartz, aged 25 years and 6 months. The funeral will take place from her husband's residence, 68 Margaret street, to-morrow (Friday) at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


October 12, 1872


EGAN - Died in Barton, on the 10th instant, Mr. Edward Egan, of this city, aged 25 years. The funeral will leave the residence of Mr. John Blachford, on the mountain, on Sunday afternoon, the 13th instant, at 2:30 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


October 14, 1872


FEATHERSTON - Died on the 7th October, 1872, at Lot 20, Dundas road, in the Township of Nelson, Ralph Featherston, aged 91 years and 6 months, was born at Dry Gill, near St. John's Chapel, Weardale, County of Durham, England, and emigrated to Canada in the year 1832.


October 17, 1872


BUG - About two weeks ago, while a young man by the name of Walter Bug, was sawing lath in a sawmill in the village of Inniskillen, a stave thrown from the saw struck him in the eye,  penetrating the brain, and killing him instantly. The young man was about 17 years of age, and formerly lived near Linwood, Waterloo County.


WHEELER - The Newcastle, N.B. "Advocate" says: Some days ago, Matilda, daughter of Mr. Thomas Wheeler, aged about 14 years, trod on a rusty rake lying in the garden attached to her father's house and wounded the sole of her foot. She complained during the week of not feeling well, lost her appetite, and on Saturday evening last, symptoms of tetanus commonly known as lockjaw, set in, and she died on Monday morning last.


October 19, 1872


PERRY - Died at Buffalo, on the 18th instant, Mr. Phillip P. Perry, in his 33rd year. The funeral will take place from J. Blachford's, 6 MacNab street, to St. Peter's Church, Barton, to-morrow, at 1 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation,


BRITAIN - Died recently, at her residence, London, England, Maria, second daughter of the late Rev. David Francis, D.D., wife of W. Britain, Esq., and, aunt to D. F. Henry Willkins, B.A., of this city


HEAD - On Wednesday morning, Mr. H. Head, aged 85 years, died at his residence, Copetown, after an illness which had continued for a long time. Mr. Head was one of the oldest residents of North Wentworth, having first settled in Dundas in 1815 where he remained until 1829, when he removed to Beverly. He first came to Canada from England in 1810 as bandmaster of the 19th Dragoon Regiment, and remained in the service until the close of the war when he obtained his discharge.


October 21, 1872


APPLEYARD - Died in this city, on the morning of the 21st instant, Thomas Appleyard, aged 58 years. Funeral will leave his late residence, 86 Maiden Lane east, Wednesday, the 23rd instant, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


WILSON - The Masonic fraternity of Canada suffered a severe loss in the death of Captain Thomas Wilson, which took place in London last evening. Capt. Wilson was one of the oldest Masons in Canada. He was past Grand Z of the Grand Chapter of Canada, a member of the Supreme Council of England and Wales, and had filled many less important offices in the half-century during which he had been an active member of the fraternity.

He will be buried with Masonic honours, to-morrow afternoon. The Hami1ton brethren are invited to attend, und we understand that a number have signified their intention to do so.


HALL (Ottawa) - A man named Hall, formerly employed in one of the departments at Toronto, arrived here a week or two ago, and was noticed to be in very despondent spirits. On Saturday last, his body was found in the bush. It was evident that he committed suicide as a handkerchief was around his throat and tightened with a stick. An inquest was held on Saturday afternoon, and evidence to the above effect elicited. He had taken off his collar and securely fastened the handkerchief about his neck; having exhausted himself by strangulation he fell forward, and when found was much decomposed. The body was found by Miss Stewart while out in the bush with a couple of children gathering leaves. His watch and money were found on his person. A verdict of 'strangulation by his own hand' was returned by the jury.


October 22, 1872


RYCKMAN - Died near Millgrove, West Flamborough, Ontario, on the 10th instant, Mary Jane, infant daughter of Sylvester H. Ryckman, aged 1 year and 1 month.


WINER - Died at Chicago, on the 21st instant, Dr. William Winer, in the 41st year of his age, only son of John Winer, Esq, of this city.


INCH - On Saturday week, a young man named Inch, in the employment of Mr. Bentley of Katesville, was kicked in the abdomen by a horse, the result proving fatal shortly after. The deceased had been employed in the cheese factory for some time, and was a man of good character.


BURK - Last evening, an inquest was held by Dr. White, coroner, on the body of John Burk, who was found dead in one of the houses in Nelson Mills's rookery, on Sunday last, and the jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased came to his death from disease of the heart, brought on by intemperance and exposure,


October 23, 1872


KELDT - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Mary, relict of the late Joseph Keldt, a native of Holbeck, near Leeds, Yorkshire, England, aged 68 years and 11 months. The funeral will leave the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. John Noble, Robert street east, on Thursday, the 24th instant at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this notice.


LEWIS - Died in this city, on the 23rd instant, Sarah, the beloved wife of Mr. Thomas Lewis, butcher, late of Barton, aged 40 years. The funeral will take place to-morrow, from her husband's residence, No 262 on the corner of James and Simcoe streets. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


WINER - The funeral of the late Dr. Winer, of Chicago, will leave his father's residence on Main street, to-morrow afternoon at 3 o'clock.


October 24, 1872


ORR - Died on the 24th instant, at his mother's residence, No 16 John street north, William George Orr, in the 23rd year of his age. Funeral will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, 26th instant. Friends and acquaintances will please attend.

(Toronto "Globe" and New York "Tribune" please copy.)


October 25, 1872

WINER - We find the following obituary of our late townsman, Dr. Winer, son of John Winer, Esq. of this city, in the Chicago "Tribune" of Wednesday last.

Died on the evening of the 21st of October, at Burk's hotel, William D. Winer, of severe inflammation of the lungs, in the 41st year of his age.

Born and nurtured under the most genial influences, he obtained his degree of Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto, and several years afterward graduated in the medical department of that institution. After a year or more of travel and study to still further finish him for the vocation which he had chosen, he established himself in this city in the autumn of 1856, and from that date to his fatal illness, if we except his absence as Surgeon General of Mulligan's Brigade during our late civil war, continued in the active practice of his profession.

There have probably existed few men whose traits of character were so well marked and pronounced as to draw around them such hosts of friends, and by his death, to make all feel that a great and irreparable deprivation has been visited upon them. Thoroughly unselfish, a firm and just friend, with charity towards all and malice to none, untiring in his attendance upon the sick and suffering, ever ready to assist the weak and distressed, his name has become a household word in so many families and his popularity secured in every grade of society that this announcement will bring sorrow to many a hearthstone and the poor will grieve, for indeed they have lost a friend.

With a comprehensive mind and excellence of analysis, backed by an unerring judgment, he had  worked himself to the highest eminence as a medical practitioner, and the members of his profession will acknowledge that they have lost from their midst a safe adviser, a firm supporter of its dimities and honour, and one who under all circumstances had reflected credit upon them all.

The illness which brought him to his death began in the early part of the year and was the result of long continued labour and constant exposure in his practice, but unwilling to realize that his splendid physique should succumb to such apparent trivialities, he persisted until the very formation of life had almost become dried, and upon the urgent entreaty of his wife and medical adviser, he finally consented to remit his exertions, and by relaxation and travel in milder climates, to rebuild his shattered forces. This course was in a measure successful, and for a time, it seemed as if that greatest boon to the human race, good health, would be regained, but the hope was delusive, and eleven days ago a return of his former complaint under a more aggressive phase, ensued, which terminated his useful career.

Even in this sad extremity, as he struggled manfully, resolved that if determination and resolution could be of avail, to resist to the utmost the approaches of death. Yet the inexorable Harvester slowly but surely cut the tendrils of life, and while with hope in the mercy of his Maker through the intercession of his saviour Jesus Christ, that his good deeds would balance that sin which is inherent in all and born in the blood, the soul of this strong man passed to the bosom of God.

Peace to his ashes, and may the memory of his goodness ever live with all.


FORSYTH - A man, named Archibald Forsyth, who had been drinking pretty freely, quarrelled with a companion in Daniel Rodman's hotel, Mount Brydges, Tuesday, and to terminate the squabble, the hotel keeper threw Forsyth out of the door. The violence of the concussion was such that Forsyth's shoulder blade and collar bone were broken. He entered the hotel again and was a second time thrown out, receiving altogether such injuries that he shortly afterward died.


HOLMES (London) - One by one, the pioneers of this western district are passing away. This morning, we have to chronicle the death of Mr. Marcus Holmes in his 67th year, which took place at his residence in this city yesterday morning. Deceased had been ailing for a long time, and very seldom left the house during the past three years. He settled in this city in 1812, and conducted a large and profitable business for a number of years. He filled various municipal offices during his lifetime, and was the last Mayor of London previous to its incorporation an a city. He was much respected, and in bygone days took an active interest in the welfare of the  place. His remains will be interred in the English Church cemetery this afternoon near by those of his first wife and his daughter. The Board of Aldermen will attend out of respect to his memory.


ORR - We are called upon to-day to record the death of Mr. William Orr, a member of the printing trade who served his apprenticeship in this city, and who was very generally respected by his brother printers of this and other cities where he had sojourned, as many testimonials in his profession proved. Mr. Orr was but 23 years of age, and by his death, the promise of an honourable and successful life has been cut short. His death occurred at his mother's residence yesterday. The funeral will take place to-morrow at Half past two o'clock.


November 1, 1872


ROOKE - The injuries received by Mr. Rooke in Dundas, yesterday terminated fatally during the

 day. Mr. Rooke was an Englishman, and had been in the country eight or nine years. He was highly respected.


INGERSOLL (Woodstock) - This community has been deeply affected by the sudden and melancholy death, by accident, of Master Thomas Ingersoll, third son of our respected townsman, James Ingersoll, registrar, which occurred yesterday, Young Ingersoll had been out shooting the day before, accompanied by a number of lads about his own age. While resting, one of the lads tossed something into the air, and young Dunn attempted to hit it. In doing so, his gun went off in range of Ingersoll, and the whole charge lodged in his hip, or between the hip bone and the spine. He was at once taken home and placed under the best medical care, but as some of the shots had entered vital parts, little hope of his recovery were entertained, and he died at one o'clock this morning. The youthful sufferer bore the pair with heroic fortitude, and died in the embrace of his distressed mother with perfect calmness.


November 2, 1872


DALY - Our readers will regret to hear of the death of Lady Daly, the much esteemed consort of the late Sir Dominick Daly, who held the office of Provincial Secretary of Canada for many years, and was subsequently successively Governor of Prince Island and South Australia. Lady Daly was a daughter of General Gore of the British Army, and a sister of Mrs. G. B. Ryland, of Montreal.


MASSON - Died this morning, at his residence, 141 King street west, Mr. Allan Masson,

a native of Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland, aged 55 years. The funeral will take place on Monday, the 4th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. which friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.


HOWARD - The funeral sermon of the late Miss Elizabeth Mary Howard will be preached to-morrow evening at the King Street Wesleyan Methodist Church by the Rev. S. D. Rice, D.D.


November 5, 1872


WHITE - The London "Free Press" of Monday says: This morning, we have to record an accident which resulted fatally to a cooper, named Patrick White, and which occurred shortly before midnight on Saturday while the victim was attempting to cross the track at Waterloo street. At 12 o'clock, Constable Boyle received information that a man was lying dead at the railway crossing on the street named, and immediately visited the place to ascertain if there was any truth in the rumour. On arriving there the officer discovered a man with both legs nearly severed from the body a few inches below the knees, lying across one of the rails, still alive and in great agony. Constable Boyle acquainted Dr. Moore of the circumstances, and in a very short time that gentleman accompanied him to the place, and the unfortunate man was removed to his home. On examination, the doctor gave it as his opinion that the man was fatally injured, and yesterday afternoon Mr. White breathed his last at his residence, Burwell street, after intense suffering. It is thought deceased, while attempting to cross the track, was knocked down by a passing train and received the injuries which caused his death. He worked for Mr. Benjamin Shaw, and, we understand, leaves a widow and five young children to mourn his untimely end. He was returning from making purchases of provisions, several articles of which were found where he met with the accident.


PENNEY - A patient, named Robert Penney, leaped from the highest window of the public hospital at St. John, N.B., the other day. He had not, it is stated, exhibited any indication of dangerous delirium, but was, at the time of the occurrence, fastened down to the bed in the usual manner in such cases not dangerous; namely, sheets twisted into ropes and passed over the body in such a way as to bind the hands without causing inconvenience. At a quarter past two o'clock, the nurse, who had been applying cold water to the patient's head, again approached the bed for the same purpose, when the patient, who had freed his right hand, made a spring at her. The nurse, fearing danger, ran out of the room, locked the door, and gave the alarm. Scarcely had she done this, when the crash of glass was heard, and the next thing known was that the unfortunate man had leaped from the window to the gravel walk below. He was picked up lying on his face,  fully conscious, and when taken into the ward, lived until twelve minutes after three, being excessively violent. It would appear that after the woman left the room, he ran to the window, tore down the Venetian blinds and endeavoured to raise the sash. Failing, he made a leap at the window and passed out, breaking away the frame of the sash, and getting on the outer sill from which he leaped, alighting some ten or twelve feet from the building. The outside of the window is protected by an iron framework, some eighteen or twenty inches high. This lattice was covered in places with blood which was also scattered on the stonework of the building.



SENKLER - A Brockville paper, recording the death of the Rev. Edward J. Senkler of that town, at the ripe ape of 71, says that he came to Canada in 1843 and settled in Brockville in 1847. The deceased gentleman, on leaving England for Canada, left many warm friends. The fact was exhibited at the time of his departure by the receipt of several testimonials from both the laity and the clergy in the neighbourhood. After arriving in Canada, Mr. Senkler occupied the position of rector of the High School of Quebec for about a year, a position, from his scholastic abilities, he was well qualified to fill, He was anxious, however, to westward, and concluded to settle in Brockville where for a considerable time after his arrival here, he held services in connection with the Church of England in the Stone School House above the town. He was for several years a member of the Board of Education, and was also a member of the Board of Examiners for the University of Toronto. The deceased gentleman was a fine scholar, probably one of the first mathematicians in the Dominion. He was well-versed in astronomy, meteorology, and various other sciences. He was a man of broad views and true Christian character, unfettered by sectarianism, a staunch churchman, but on friendly terms with ministers of all denominations, always ready to subscribe to any good works. The deceased gentleman gave up all his labour several years ago and passed his latter days among his books of which he was an ardent admirer almost to the last. His beloved wife still survives. He also leaves three sons and three daughters. One daughter is widow of the late Dr. Reynolds; the second is wife of J. D. Buell, Esq., Mayor and M.P.; the third is unmarried. Two of his sons are well-known barristers of Brockville, the eldest being County Attorney. The third son is Dr. Senkler of St. Cloud, Minnesota.


November 6, 1872


MACAULAY - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, John Macaulay, R.N., M.D., aged 70 years. Funeral will leave his late residence, 55 Bay street, on Friday, the 8th instant, at 2 o'clock. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.


MARSHALL - A carpenter, named Henry Marshall, was accidentally drowned at Orillia, or Sunday night, by the upsetting of a sailboat.


SHAVER - John Shaver, a young man, 21 years of age, accidentally shot himself with a shotgun, while out shooting near his residence, Scotland, Ontario, on Saturday. His dead body was found shortly afterward.


November 7, 1872


TIFFANY - Died at Ridgetown, on the 5th instant, Clara Beatrice, infant daughter of E. H. Tiffany.


November 9. 1872


WHITE - Died at Peterborough, on the 8th instant, Dorothea, wife of Thomas White, Esq., in the 78th year of her age.


WELLS - The Kentville "Star" reports that Judah Wells, an old resident of East Cornwallis, left home on Saturday, the 19th ultimo, his birthday, to visit some friends. The afternoon proved stormy, and he did not reach home, but no concern was felt nor was he looked after by any of the family as they thought he would stay with some relatives. The next morning Sunday, 20th, he was discovered about a mile and a half from his residence, lying dead on the roadside where he had fallen and died, apparently from exhaustion and the effect of an ailment of the abdomen, irritated by the walking and exposure to the storm on his return. He had walked about five miles from home and back again where he was found.


November 12, 1872


FORTUNE - The "Canadian Gleaner", published at Huntington, Quebec, gives the following paragraph on the death of Mr. Fortune of that place, at the ripe age of 95.

The death of Mr. Fortune, Sr., as recorded in its proper place, is notable as severing, perhaps, the last link in Canada between this generation and Robert Burns. When a boy, the great poet visited the house where he was at the time, and addressed a few kindly words to him. Mr. Fortune said there was nothing remarkable about the appearance of Burns and that he looked like any other ploughman. When a resident of Paisley, he became familiar with Tannahill (Robert Tannahill) whose songs, though in a different and minor key to that of the Ayrshire hard, are yet so sweet that the world will not willingly let them die. Mr. Fortune retained all his faculties to the end of his life and was able to move about until four months ago.


RODWELL - Died on the 11th instant, of inflammation of the lungs, George Rodwell, aged 55 years, a native of Oxford, England. The funeral will leave his late residence, No 10 Catherine street north, on Wednesday afternoon, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


November 13, 1872


CARLYLE - The death is announced at Mount Pleasant, Ontario, of John Carlyle, Esq., a native of Dumfries-shire, Scotland, and brother of Thomas Carlyle, London, England, at the age of 81 years.


LINDSAY (Ottawa) - Mrs. Lindsay, widow of W. Lindsay, late of the House of Commons, died yesterday


SENECCA - The Brantford "Courier" of the 14th says: A murder case was brought before William Mathews, Esq., to-day. Robert Davis of the Township of Tuscarora was charged by Lucy Senecca of the same place with heinously killing Mary Senecca of Tuscarora on or about the 22nd day of August, 1872. The case appears very decided. A witness saw the Indian fire the pistol, and saw the girl fall; also saw the pistol with the accused two or three days previous to the murder. Witness also spoke to the prisoner after he had fired the fatal shot. The prisoner threatened to shoot witness if she said anything concerning the matter. The prisoner, Robert Davis, is now in jail awaiting further examination.



November 16, 1872


OMAND - Died in this city, on the 16th instant, Robert L. Omand, son of Mr. Robert Omand, aged 1 year and 9 montbs. The funeral will take place from his father's residence, corner of Emerald and Barton streets, on Monday, the 18th instant, at 2:30 p.m.


HALL - Died in this city, on the evening of the 14th instant,, Emily, widow of the late Robert Hall, aged 58 years. The funeral will leave deceased's late residence, No 35 Napier street, on Sunday, the 17th instant, at 2:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


PAYNE, DOUGHTY (Peterborough) - One of the most atrocious and apparently unprovoked murders which have ever taken place in the County of Peterborough occurred on Thursday forenoon in the Township of Dummer near the head of Stoney Lake.

The scene of the murder being a new locality and comparatively isolated thus afforded an opportunity for the murderer to accomplish his hellish work without the unfortunate victims being able to give the alarm. It appeared that Payne has had in his employ during the past six months a man named William Brenton who, although giving frequent exhibitions of a morose and vindictive temper, gave the family no reason to suppose that he could be guilty of the horrible deed laid to his charge.

On Thursday, Payne left home early in the morning to assist at a threshing bee at a neighbour's, leaving Brenton engaged in the erection of a root-house, together with his wife, child, and the boy Doughty who was on a visit at Payne's. Just after dinner, Brenton came to where Payne was with the threshing mill and told him he wanted him to come home and settle up with him as he was going to leave. Payne replied that he could not go then as they were short-handed to work the mill as it was and that he must wait until night. Finding that he could not get Payne to go then, he left, and as it turned out, made tracks for Peterborough by a circuitous route through the Township of Douro. Fortunately for Payne, the threshing machine broke down not long after Brenton left, and as it was necessary to go to Warsaw to get it repaired, the men engaged departed for their homes. In going home Payne was accompanied towards his own house by two neighbours also going from the bee. They separated just a short distance from the house, and were not out of sight of each other when they were attracted by the shouts of Payne who had discovered his wife lying murdered a few feet from his own door. The alarm was at once given, and under the circumstances, a crowd was speedily gathered. Both of the doors of the house were shut with the little child and a dog inside, and on a search being instituted for the boy, he was found inside the root-house with his throat cut from ear to ear, while the handle of the pickaxe which Brenton had in use at the root-house was found near the boy. The iron part of it was found near Mrs. Payne, covered with blood. A rifle and ammunition belonging to it, which were in the house in the morning, were also missing, and there is little doubt but that had Payne accompanied Brenton, as he desired, he also would have shared the same fate as his wife.

Suspicions falling on Brenton, pursuit was at once given in every direction. The party who proceeded to Wakefield, on their arrival there, at once telegraphed to Peterborough a description of the man. Chief Constable Johnson not only took immediate measures for his capture but a number of private citizens turned out and paraded the streets with the view, if possible, of preventing his escape. The result was that about one o'clock a man answering the description which had been sent from Lakefield was discovered in the principal street with a small bundle under his arm. The parties who observed him entered into a conversation and enticed him into a saloon to have a drink, when by questioning him, they became convinced that they had got the right man, he having acknowledged that he came from Payne's that morning.

The Police Magistrate was at once communicated with, who instructed a constable to lodge him in the lock-up for the night. Scarcely had this been accomplished than his pursuers, including those who had tracked him the whole way, arrived in town, and it was well for Brenton that he was in safekeeping as otherwise the probabilities are that he would have been tried, condemned, and executed on the spot.

The Coroner, R. Kincaid, M.D., who has just returned from the scene of the murder gives the following particulars of the awful tragedy. The atrocious deed was committed at Stoney Lake in the Township of Dummer, distant from Peterborough twenty-eight miles, in a small log house situated in a clearing, with no houses nearer than half a mile. The scene which presented itself was one of the most horrible and heartrending that was ever witnessed. The victims were two in number, a woman about 20 and a young lad about 12. The body of the woman was found about three feet from the door with her head beaten out of all semblance of humanity, and the boy lay in a root-house within a short distance of the house with his throat cut from ear to ear. The unfortunate woman was enceinte.

A jury was immediately empanelled, and after an examination of some thirty witnesses, a unanimous verdict to the following effect was rendered: "That the deceased, Jane Payne, came to her death by blows upon the head with a pickaxe, and by having her throat cut across, and that the jury are unanimous in the opinion that William Brenton committed the murders."

The murderer is now lodged in the Peterborough gaol. Great credit is due to the coroner, Dr. Kincaid, for the promptness with which he proceeded to the scene of the murder and for the thoroughness with which he investigated all the circumstances connected with the occurrence.


November 20, 1872


WHITE - Died in this city, on the 20th instant, Robert White, Esq., of the Township of Mulmur, County of Simcoe, third son of Thomas White, Esq., of this city. The funeral will take place from his father's residence, No 44 Hess street north, on Friday next, at 3 p.m.


CLARKE - Died this morning, 20th instant, at East Saginaw, Michigan, Frederick E. Clarke, youngest son of the late Mr. W. E. Clarke, of this city. Funeral will take place from the residence of Mr. J. W. Murton, corner of Main street and East avenue, on Friday afternoon, 22nd instant, at 2 o'clock. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.


November 21, 1872


DEMPSEY - Died at Milton, on the evening of the 18th instant, after a short illness, Mary Dempsey, in the 56th year of her age. Her end was peace.


November 22, 1872


CAMPBELL - The following story comes from British Columbia. In the summer of 1871, several returning Ominecans were lost in attempting to reach the Skeena hy Fryingpan pass. Last summer, the road party discovered the bones of a man lying within a few feet of the trail under a tree. Portions of his clothing and blankets in shreds were scattered about. The poor man's coffee-pot, jack-knife, and a drinking cup lay near. On the cup was scratched the name, David Campbell, perhaps done while he lay there dying, starving to death. In the coffee pot, to show the extremity to which he was reduced, were found sprigs of spruce. He had evidently used these for tea. The body had been devoured by wild beasts, the marks of their teeth being visible on the bones. The Indians, last winter, found three fingers on the snow crust where they had been dragged by the wild animals. Search was made during the summer for the remains of the other lost men but was unsuccessful.


BLISS (Ottawa) - The Rev. C. P. Bliss, private secretary to the Hon. S. L. Tilley, died almost suddenly yesterday. He was a son of the late Receiver-General of New Brunswick. He leaves a large family. His loss will be much felt in the civil service.


AUMOND (Ottawa) - Charles Aumond, Esq., a well-known lumberer of this section of the country, died yesterday.


November 23, 1872


GRANTON - A man named Granton was run over and killed by a freight train near Granton, on Wednesday.


JOHNSTON - It is reported that a young man named Johnston, mail carrier between Georgetown and Murray Harbour, P.E.I., was shot last week by a young man named Singleton. We hear that Singleton, being newly married, was shivereed by a party, among whom was Johnston. He warned them off, but they not going, it is said he fired at them, and several shots striking Johnston, he shortly after expired.


November 25, 1872


JARDINE - Died at Saltfleet, on the evening of Saturday, the 23rd instant, George, eldest surviving son of Joseph Jardine, Esq., Saltfleet, aged 28 years and 5 months. The funeral will take place from the residence of the late James Auld, Barton street, on Tuesday, the 26th instant, at 1 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.


GORDON - Died on the 18th instant, deeply regretted, Fliza, wife of John Gordon, Nelson, in her 67th year.


HORTUNG - A farmer named Daniel Hortung of North Easthope committed suicide on Friday, by hanging himself in his own barn.


WHITEALL - Mr. F. Whiteall of the Township of Mersea died very suddenly last week. He had been at a 'raising' during the day where it is supposed he strained himself, although he appeared to be in his usual health up to the moment of his death. Deceased was an Orangeman and was much respected by all who knew him. He was buried with the honours of the Order. Lodges Nos. 1140, 1225, 1283 accompanied his remains to the grave. He leaves a large family behind him.


MCCURRACH - On Saturday afternoon, the remains of the late Bro. McCurrach. S.W. of Ivy Lodge, Beemsville, were buried with Masonic rite in this city. The corpse was brought from Beamsville by the railway, accompanied by a large number of his own and Union Lodges. The cortege was met at the station by the brethren of Hamilton, and proceeded to the cemetery. The solemn and impressive Masonic burial service was read by M.W.Bro. T. B. Harris, Grand Secretary.


BLISS - The funeral of the late Mr. Bliss yesterday was one of the largest ever seen in Ottawa. The Masons were out in full strength in accordance with the last wishes of the dead. Next to his sons, Hon. Messrs. Tilley and Tupper were the chief mourners. The Bishop took part in the burial service at St. Alban's, which church was crowded to its utmost, and hundreds were unable to gain admission. His death is universally regretted.


November 26, 1872


REDMAN - A sad accident occurred in Bluevale, County of Huron, on Thursday evening last. A little boy, about two years old, a son of Mr. Thomas Redman, blacksmith, while playing in the house, overturned a lamp full of burning fluid which was burning on the table near him. The lamp was broken, end the fluid taking fire soon enveloped the boy in the flame. The boy's mother, who was in the house at the time, naturally made every endeavour to save him, but her efforts and those of Mr. Redmond, who was working near the house, only succeeded in quenching the flames when it was too late to save the boy's life. He was burned so severely that he only lingered until 12 o'clock. Mr. and Mrs. Redmond were both burned pretty severely, and it was only by the strenuous exertions of Mr. Redmond and Mr. C. Herbert that the bouse was saved from the flames.

October 29, 1872


CAMPBELL - Two boys, aged 14 and 10, named respectively Gouldie and Campbell, while playing with a gun at Minder on Saturday, met with a sad accident in which Gouldie shot Campbell, He was capping the gun when it went off, shooting Campbell through the head, causing instant death.


THOMSON - Mr. Andrew Thomson, manager of the Merchants Bank and one of the most respected and prominent citizens of Belleville, died on Saturday morning at 9 o'clock. Mr. Thomson was for many years prominently connected with the Commercial Bank at Brockville, Kingston and at Belleville.


November 18, 1872


ANDERSON - Died at Esquesing, Ontario, on the 11th instant, Margaret Leys, wife of William Anderson, aged 68 years.

FEATHERSTON - Died at Dundas, on the 31st October, 1872, Mary Featherston, aged 59 years and 11 days, was born at Corn Riggs, Weardale, County of Durham, England, emigrated to Canada in the year 1832.


MCFARLANE - Died in this city, on Sunday, the 17th instant, Margaret, relict of the late John McFarlane, Esq., of Nelson, aged 56 years. The funeral will take place from her daughter's house, corner of King William street and Ferguson avenue, on Tuesday, 19th instant, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.


REILLY (London) - During Wednesday night, a man supposed to be James Reilly formerly treasurer of the Township of Metcalf, was run over on the G.W.R. track between Glencoe and Appin, and literally cut to pieces. Some parts of his clothing were found on the brakes of the night express by the wheel tappers at this station while examining the wheels and gearing. It seems the unfortunate man lived for several years past in Nebraska and was on a visit to his relatives near Appin. He left the train at Glencoe and was proceeding along the track towards Appin when he was run over and instantly killed. From the mangled appearance of the body, it is evident that several trains had passed over the body. In his hat which lay near the place was found a ticket from Windsor to Appin. Evidently the train on which he took passage did not stop at the latter station, and in trying to reach the residence of his friends by walking along the railway track, he appears to have been knocked down and fatally injured.

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November 27, 1872


WAKEFIELD - Died suddenly in this city, on the 26th instant, Mr. John WakefieId, in the 48th year of his age. The funeral will take place on the 23th instant, at 2 o'c'ock, from his late residence, 41 Hunter street west.


DEMPSEY - The London "Free "Press" of Tuesday says: An inquest was held last night by Coroner Moore on the body of a woman named Dempsey who died on Sunday evening under suspicious circumstances. The evidence showed that she was a habitual drunkard and quarrelled frequently with her husband. On Wednesday week, he came to tea, and there was none. A row of some violence ensued between them. Before that, for a couple of weeks, she had been drinking heavily. On Saturday morning last, she complained of a severe pain in the head. On Sunday morning at 9 o'clock, she was found by her husband lying insensible, and as he thought, snoring. He called in a neighbour, Mrs. Allen Armstrong, who said the woman must be in her death struggle and advised him to call a doctor. Dr. Flock attended and tried to relieve her, but ineffectually. At about 8 o'clock in the evening, she died. Drs. J. H. and C. W. Flock held a post mortem examination and found the stomach very much affected by excessive liquor drinking. A polypus was in the artery of the heart, and blood was largely effused in the brain. Some old marks of violence were on her face and ear. From the combined internal causes, death resulted. Demnsey was under arrest, but no evidence came out to justify the suspicions at first entertained that he was responsible for his wife's death. A verdict in accordance with the above facts was returned.


November 28, 1872


MCVICAR (Ottawa) - A man named McVicar died here suddenly yesterday from the bursting of a blood vessel.


DONOVAN (Montreal) - A verdict of 'found dead' was given in the case of James Donovan who drove his carriage into the canal on Monday night. The origin of the accident is still buried in mystery.


December 2, 1872


MILNE - Died on the 2nd instant, at the residence of his father, corner of Main and MacNab streets, James Frastus Milne, aged 26 years. The funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


LONEY - Died in this city, on the 1st instant, William John Loney, youngest son of Mr. C. Loney, aged two years end four months.


TAYLOR - Died in this city, on Sunday, the 1st instant, Margaret, wife of Mr. George Taylor, and daughter of the late Colonel John Young, of Pockshaw, New Brunswick, aged 57 years. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, the 3rd instant, at 3 o'clock, from her late residence, No 117 York street. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend.


December 3, 1872


STEPHENS, BLYTHE, CHADWICK, TAYLOR, CALDWELL, REARDON, RORKE, CAMPBELL - We find the following details of the late disaster near Owen Sound in the Owen Sound "Times".

 It becomes our melancholy duty this week to record one of the saddest marine disasters which have ever taken place in this vicinity in the wreck of the propellor "Mary Ward" of this port, and the subsequent drowning of eight of the passengers and crew.

She called at this port on Sabbath last on her way to Collingwood from Kincardine, having on board a surveying party which had started by the "Cumberland" for Thunder Bay, but left the steamer at Tobermory, believing that they would be unable to reach their destination this season, and were now returning home. Several of our citizens, amongst them Mr. J. R. Stephens, one of the owners, took passage for Collingwood, and she proceeded on her way, calling at Presque Isle for wood. The evening was so dark and foggy that the Collingwood light could not be seen, though they were aware they must be approaching the vicinity, and about eight p.m., they grounded on what is known as Nottawasaga Reef, about four miles from the lighthouse and three miles from shore. Finding the vessel fast and ascertaining their position by the light which was afterward seen, a boat in command of Mr. J. A. Stephens went ashore and landed Mr. George Corbet, purser, and Mr. F. Moberly, surveyor, to go to Collingwood for assistance, the boat returning to the steamer. Toward morning, a terrific storm from the south-west sprang up, tearing one of the boats from the davits and breaking the cabin windows.

Steam was kept up, and the screw at work to endeavour to bring her off, and by eight a.m., they had succeeded in moving her several feet when the connecting pipe burst, thus rendering the engine useless, after which the force of the waves drove her on again, in order to prevent further damage, the captain ordered her to be scuttled, and seeing no assistance starting from Collingwood, it was determined that a boat must be sent for relief. The mate being a stranger, prevailed on the Captain to go with the boat while he remained in charge of the vessel, and about 11 a.m. after cautioning those remaining on no account to attempt to leave the vessel until assistance reached them, Captain Johnston started with a boat to Collingwood. The sea running fearfully high, they were driven on to the island where they landed, completely drenched and benumbed with the cold from the waves which broke over them, and were detained there for about three hours, unable to get away.

In the meantime, the tug "Mary Ann" started from Collingwood to the relief of the "Mary Ward", but owing to the heavy sea, was unable to reach her and compelled to return to Collingwood. Those on board waited anxiously the appearance of the tug coming to their relief, and when they saw her turn back from her ineffectual attempt to reach them, despairing of assistance, determined to make an effort to reach shore, and a boat with eight put off from the propellor, but hardly had they gone a hundred yards till the man at the helm seemed to lose control of the boat and letting her get broadside to the waves, she was capsized in the breakers, and all on board precipitated into the raging element, perishing in full view of their companions on the propellor who stood on deck looking on with horror, but powerless to assist. The struggle was a short one, for human strength could not withstand the power of the elements or long endure the piercing cold, and although three were seen to cling to the boat for a little while, soon all that remained to tell of eight human beings having found a watery grave was the boat drifting helplessly among the breakers.

The names of the lost are: John R. Stephens and Robert Blythe, of Owen Sound; Chadwick, of Simcoe, Taylor, of Orillia, and Caldwell, of Toronto, belonging to Murdoch's surveying party; R. Reardon, wheelsman; William Rorke, deck hand, late from England; and Charles Campbell, who resided on the shore opposite and perished in sight of his home.

On arriving at Collingwood, Captain Johnston engaged three fishing boats and sent them by train to Thornbury from whence they reached the wreck, rescued those on board, and took them to Collingwood. The unfavourable weather has so far prevented a successful attempt to get the "Mary Ward" off, but she is comparatively uninjured, and no doubt is entertained that she can easily be got off when a favourable day comes. Boats have been engaged in searching for the bodies of those drowned, A. M. Stephens, Esq., having offered $200 reward for his nephew's body, but little hopes are entertained of any of them being found.

The mournful intelligence has evoked a feeling of sorrow amongst our citizens generally, and the greatest interest has been manifested in learning the particulars of the sad affair. Mr. John R. Stephens was the eldest son of the late Mr. Thomas C. Stephens and leaves a widowed mother and a large circle of relatives to mourn his untimely fate. Having grown up amongst us from infancy, he was universally known and liked, and his sad fate is sincerely deplored, especially by the young men of our town amongst whom his many manly qualities had rendered him a general favourite.

Mr. Blythe leaves a widow and several small children, and his loss is also deplored by a large circle of relatives and friends.


December 4, 1872


CLARK - Died at No 15 Gore street, on Wednesday morning, the 4th instant, in the 28th year of his age. Arthur J., third son of Benjamin Clark, Esq., of this city. Friends are requested to attend the funeral from his late residence, No 15 Gore street, to the place of interment, on Friday next, the 6th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m.

The deceased had but recently returned from England wither, accompanied by his young wife, he had but a few months since gone in search of health. He only came back in time to die among his friends, and passed away perfectly resigned. Mr. Clark was a young man of great promise, a fond and obedient son, and endeared himself to all with whom he came in contact. For some years, while yet a boy, he was a resident of this city, but lately he had made his home in the United States where he was largely engaged in the publishing business. He leaves an affectionate wife and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss.


DREW - Michael Drew, sailor, was drowned at Port Colborne on Monday.


DAVIS - Isaac Davis, chief engineer of the steamer "Frances Smith", became entangled in the machinery of his vessel, at Owen Sound on Monday, and was killed.


December 5, 1872


BRUNEAU - From the Quebec "Daily Mercury" we learn of the death of Mrs. Harriet Bruneau, nee Gregory, sister of S. E. Gregory, Esq., of this city. Mrs. Bruneau, after a few hours of pain and suffering, died of heart disease. Her loss will be felt not only for her charitable nature and charming grace of her manner which had made for her many earnest and hearty friends but also for her talents in the arts which made society agreeable and which made her the favourite of a circle of numerous friends. We understand that Mr. Boscovitz played Chopin's dead march at the funeral service in St. Patrick's church on the occasion of her interment.


December 7, 1872


GIBSON (London) - An old cripple, named Gibson, who was sent to the jail for vagrancy three weeks since, breathed his last there, early yesterday morning. An inquest was held by Dr. Moore,  Mr. F. Ashton being foreman of the jury, and a verdict of "death from natural causes" was returned. He had been the victim of a railway accident many years since.


CHADWICK - The young man, Chadwick, drowned on the propellor "Mary Ward" was a nephew of Aquilla Walsh, Esq., chairman of the Intercolonial Railway Commission.


December 9, 1872


SMILEY - We unfeignedly regret having to chronicle to-day the death of Mr. Hugh Smiley, youngest brother of Mr. Robert Reid Smiley, the well-known founder of the "Spectator". The sad event occurred yesterday morning. Well nigh 27 years have elapsed since the elder Smiley with his mother, three brothers, and two sisters, came to the city. Now all save one of them, Mrs. Wright, have gone to the 'silent land' carried off by that fell disease, consumption. Mr. Robert Smiley died in the midst of his usefulness after having succeeded in establishing the "Spectator" as a semi-weekly, weekly, and daily. The two surviving brothers, John and Hugh, continued the publication of the paper, and in 1861, Hugh became a partner in the book-binding business from which, however, he soon retired. He was for some time engaged in the lumber business in the west, and returned to Hamilton in ill-health from which he never recovered, his sickness extending over seven years. He leaves a widow and three children to mourn their sad bereavement.


SMITH - On Saturday last, a woman named Elizabeth Smith was sent to jail on the charge of vagrancy. The poor creature came to this city from Toronto some time in the spring, but up to Saturday had evaded the police. On the day of her commitment, she appeared more dead than alive, and last evening, about ten minutes before she died she was walking up and down the corridor. As we go to press, an inquest is being held in the jail by Dr. Mackintosh, coroner.


TEMPLE - On Saturday last, while a young man, 18 years of age, was driving a load of stone for a bridge or culvert for the Hamilton and Lake Erie Railway, about four miles this side of Caledonia, his wagon swung round and upset, the whole load falling upon him, from the effects of which he died in a few minutes. Deceased was a nephew of Mr. Temple, livery stable proprietor in this city.


STIFF - Died on Sunday morning, 3th instant, at her husband's residence, No 623 York street, Chicago, Ill., Alice Honoria, beloved wife of William Stiff, and second daughter of the late John Usher, Esq., of Drove Farm, Chippewa, aged 32 years.


GREER - Died yesterday morning, at the residence of her father, Duke street, Willie Douglas,  youngest daughter of John H. Greer, in the 23rd year of her age. Funeral to-morrow (Tuesday), at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


December 10, 1872


SMITH - Died at Glanford, on the 10th instant, Mr. Archibald D. Smith, aged 41 years, a native of Lanarkshire, Scotland.


SMITH - Announced in yesterday's "Spectator", Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, held an inquest last night on the body of Elizabeth Smith who was committed on the charge of vagrancy on Saturday last, and who died in the jail on Sunday evening. After hearing the evidence, the jury returned the following verdict:

"Elizabeth Smith died in the County of Wentworth jail in the city of Hamilton, on the evening of Sunday, 8th December instant, and that death was produced by vomiting of blood from disease of the stomach induced by drinking ardent spirits. The jury are of the opinion that every kindness and attention had been shown to deceased by the surgeon, matron, and other officials of the jail. The jury would, however, express a strong opinion on the fact of a person in such delicate health being sent to jail, and believe that when, a prisoner or vagrant is sent in a sick state to the cells at the station, the constable in charge should have in his power to send either for the hospital surgeon or some other medical man to give his opinion of the case, and the jury are of opinion that had such been done in the case of deceased she would have been sent to the hospital instead of to prison and thus the jail authorities be relieved from the onus of receiving a prisoner in such a delicate state of health. The jury would respectfully call the attention of the City Council to this matter to prevent a recurrence of such a case.

James A. Green Foreman


December 12, 1872


POWERS - A man named Patrick Powers was burned to death at Acton, Ontario, Sunday morning. The house was likewise destroyed. It appears that an old woman stayed at the bouse all night who came there drunk, and Powers and she sat up late drinking till both were drunk. He then went to bed, and about 4 o'clock, his wife woke up and discovered the house on fire. It is supposed the old woman set it on fire smoking during the night. Powers got up and let the cow out of the stable next door and then went back into the bouse to recover his money amounting to about $600 which was in a box under his bed. It is supposed he had recovered the money and was returning with it when the roof fell in on him. He was heard to cry , "Oh, save me". After the fire, be was found near the door with his arms and leg burned off and the body a mass of charcoal, burnt of all semblance of humanity.

He leaves a large family in destitute circumstances. Deceased worked as a section man on the Grand Trunk Railway here.


December 13, 1872


MARSLOIS - A wretch, named Marslois, of Newport, N.S., beat and kicked his wife while in a drunken frenzy. The woman died next day, and the murderer has been arrested.


SUTHERLAND - Mr. John Sutherland, farmer, of the Township of Metcalfe, Lot 3, 8th concession, went out on Saturday to help a neighbour to butcher some hogs, and after returning home, went out to feed his horses. One of the animals, smelling blood on his clothes, struck out at him with his fore foot, and kicked him in the abdomen so severely that he died the following day about noon. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his untimely end. Mr. Sutherland was a man of good repute and highly esteemed by all who knew him.


BARTLEY (London) - We are advised by a correspondent that Miss Marion Hartley, a highly respectable and well-connected young lady, residing at Lakeside, recently died under very sad circumstances which have created grave suspicions of foul play in the minds of those conversant with the affair. It seems that the unfortunate girl had conceived an attachment for, and had been seduced by, a designing scoundrel of middle age, living in her immediate vicinity. It seems that, she made no confidante and strictly concealed her unhappy condition from her most intimate friends and relatives. A day or two previous to her death, she consulted with a well-known doctor of St. Mary's whose political peccadilloes have brought him more prominently before the public notice than his medical skill, and received some medicine from him. Immediately after taking a dose of his prescription, she was seized with violent convulsions which continued unabated and with increasing severity until she was released by death. Public indignation against the base villain who had betrayed the girl, and expressions containing deep suspicions of collusion between him and the doctor to remove her, grew so loud that her body was exhumed, and a post mortem examination held on it by coroner Adams, assisted by Drs. Ross and Hall, Mr. John Seaton acting as foreman of the jury. Although nothing definite was elicited, we are credibly informed that the contents of the stomach are to be sent to Toronto for analysis, and every effort made to unravel the mystery surrounding the affair. The libertine who was the cause of it all conducted himself at the inquest with the most unconcerned effrontery and manifested an indifference which not only earned universal execration but merited a severe reprimand from the foreman and a threat of committal from the coroner.

The verdict rendered was "That deceased came to her death either from the effect of medicine or from causes unknown."


December 14, 1872


CLINE - Died at Toronto, on the 25th November, Margaret Marilla, beloved wife of George W. Cline, Esq., Grimsby, aged 24 years and 6 months.


WRIGHT - A widow woman named Wright accidentally fell into an open well near her residence in the North Ward of the town of Brantford on Thursday evening last and was killed. The occurrence was not discovered until Friday morning when her lifeless body was taker out of the well and an inquest held upon it by Coroner Kerr. The verdict of the jury was in accordance with the facts. It seems she had been attempting to draw water and lost her balance and bad toppled in head foremost. She leaves three children - boys- to the cold charity of the world, unprovided for.


December 16, 1872


HART - A man named Patrick Hart, of Indian Cote, Point Levis, was walking the track yesterday with three companions just after the arrival of the train at Richmond when he was struck down by the down train and decapitated.


HOGAN - A fatal accident occurred in the Township of Hincks last week to Patrick Hogan, a son of Mr. John Hogan, one of the oldest settlers in Hull. The deceased was working in one of Mr. W. J. Welch's shanties and was killed while endeavouring to hold back a log on a railway. Failing to do so, the heavy stick passed over his body, literally crushing him to pieces. Being a very powerful man, be lived for upwards of a day after the occurrence and spoke sensibly to within a short time of his death. His remains were buried at Chelsea last Monday.


PLUNKETT - Died at Beamsville, on the 16th instant, at the residence of her father, J. B. Osborne, Bessie, wife of E. W. Plunkett. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, at 1 o'clock.


HUNTER - Died at 14 Main street west, on Monday morning, the 16th instant, Ann Jane Bartindale, the beloved wife of Mr. A. Hunter, aged 29 years. The funeral will leave her late residence to-morrow, Tuesday, at 2:30 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.


HARRIS - Died at Saltfleet, on the l6th instant, Mr. David Harris, aged 75 years. The funeral will  take place from the family residence, at 2 o'clock p.m., on Wednesday, the 18th instant. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


MCCONNELL (Quebec) - A man named Thomas McDonnell aged 72 years, who was sent to jail at his own request, on the 14th of last month, died suddenly on Friday. The Coroner's verdict was "death from the visitation of God".


December 17, 1872


BENGOUGH - Mr. James Bengough was killed on Friday morning in Mr. Wilson's mill, four miles from Zurich. There was no one in the mill at the time, but it appear he wanted to pass under the saw. His head was cut half through from behind. He was dead when found.


COX - Died at 105 Market street last evening, Mary, wife of A. J. Cox, and sister to Alderman and David Edgar. The funeral will move from her late residence at 2:30 o'clock p.m. to-morrow, Wednesday. Friends will please accept this intimation.


TEMPLE - Died in Glanford, on the 7th instant, William James Temple, eldest son of Richard Temple of Glanford, in the 21st year of his age.


MICHAUD (Quebec) - Trepple Michaud was arrested last night on suspicion of having poisoned his wife who died suddenly last week. The inquest will be resumed to-day.


December 18, 1872


FRICKER - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, Amelia H. Coombe, the beloved wife of Mr. Henry Fricker, aged 27 years. The funeral will leave her late residence, 14 Main street west, on Friday, the 20th instant, at 2:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.


WILSON - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, Margaret Douglas, beloved wife of William Wilson, aged 57 years. The funeral will leave her husband's residence,53 Hess street north, on Thursday, the 19th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


WILSON - About 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, a man named Robert Wilson, of West Flamborough, was accidentally killed at the Wellington street crossing of the Great Western Railway while returning from delivering a load of lumber for Messrs L.D. Sawyer & Co. Deceased drove to the track before he discovered that the express train west was close to him, travelling at the speed of 25 miles an hour. At the sound of the whistle, he got partly bewildered and did not seem to make any effort to save himself. McInerney, the watchman at the crossing, seeing the danger the deceased was in, ran towards him and took hold of the horses by the bridles with a view of hurrying them on, when the locomotive struck the hind part of the wagon, throwing it across the road. The concussion was so great that deceased was thrown about thirty feet, and died in a few minutes. McInerney was very badly hurt by the horses being thrown against him, and in now confined to bed. This morning, Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, held an inquest on the body of the deceased, and Dr. Strange made a post mortem examination. A piece of the skull, about two inches in diameter, was broken on the left side of the head, besides several bruises on the body. After the examination of a few witnesses, the inquest was adjourned until Friday morning at 10 o'clock for the purpose of producing other witnesses of importance.


PETRY (Quebec) - A fatal accident occurred at Mill Cove yesterday afternoon, resulting in the death of Mr. William Petry of this city. It appears that a carter who was drawing deceased attempted to cross the railway as a train was advancing, when the sleigh was caught and smashed. The carter was saved; the engineer and Mr. Petry killed on the spot.


December 20, 1872


DYKE - Died on Thursday, the 19th instant, Thomas Dyke, in his 84th year. The funeral will leave the residence of his son-in-law, I. K. Griffin, Esq., Waterdown, for the Hamilton cemetery, at 2 ½ p.m., Sunday next.


HASSETT - Yesterday, Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, held an inquest upon the body of David Hassett, a prisoner in the jail, who died the night previous. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased came to his death caused by exhaustion brought on by intemperance and exposure.


December 21, 1872


DYKE - To-morrow evening, the death of Mr. Thomas Dyke, originally of Connecticut, United States, who came to this city in 1835, and has been ever since a member of the Congregational church and who died on Thursday morning, will be improved in a discourse by the pastor of the Congregational Church, Hughson street. Divine service will commence at half past six o'clock.


WILLIAMSON - Died at the Methodist Episcopal parsonage, John street, at 1 p.m. to-day, the beloved wife of Rev. T. Williamson, aged 26 years. Funeral will leave 86 John street north, on Tuesday, at 8:15 a.m. and proceed to the station. Friends will accept this intimation.


December 23, 1872


TULLY - A labourer, named M. Tully, while engaged in lining a well for Mr. Lee of Newmarket, met with an accident on the 17th instant which proved fatal next day. It appears while an assistant was lowering some bricks down to deceased, one of them fell off, striking Tully on the head, fracturing the skull. Drs. Nash and Weddifield were immediately summoned and did all in their power to relieve the sufferer, but the injury was so serious that death resulted.


December 27, 1872


CRAVEN - James Craven died of drink at Elora a day or two ago. He has not been sober since the 24th of May.


DUNCAN - R. Duncan, Fredericton, died last Friday in consequence of taking an overdose of Hydrate of Chloral.


BLANCHARD - Benjamin Blanchard, Arthur, died on Christmas Day from the effects of a kick received last Saturday.


VINET (Montreal) - Mr. Charles Vinet, 66 years old, a respected citizen, fell dead on the street yesterday.


PENTON (Montreal) - Miss Penton, aged 17 years, the young lady who died suddenly yesterday, was the daughter of the respected Police Chief Penton.


December 28, 1872


MACAROW - Judge Macarow, of Frontenac, is dead.


YOUNG - Mrs. Young, wife of Robert Young, merchant, of Charlottetown, died suddenly on Wednesday evening last.


December 31, 1872


LIND - Died on the 31 December, James W. Lind, aged 24 years. The funeral will take place from his brother's residence, 37 Bay street north, on Friday, the 3rd of January, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.