Hamilton Spectator

Deaths 1874


January 2, 1874


CLUCAS - Died on the 2nd January, at 125 Cannon street west, Mary S., youngest daughter of William Clucas, aged 4 years and 6 months. The funeral will leave her father's house on Sunday, the 4th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to accept this notice.


SWINYARD - Died at Dover, England, on New Year's Eve, Thomas Ernest, eldest son of Thomas Swinyard, Esq., aged 20 years.


LUCAS - A man named Thomas Lucas, from the Township of Beverly, was brought to this city on the 26th ultimo, and committed for trial on a warrant from William McDonald, J.P. and P. Freed, J.P. of that township, as a dangerous lunatic. He was a married man and a respectable member of society. He went crazy shortly after suffering from the measles. Whether this was the cause of his lunacy is not known. Since he was confined in jail, he refused sustenance, and died from exhaustion on Wednesday morning. An inquest was held by Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, on Wednesday morning, when the following evidence was taken.

Gegor McGregor was sworn and testified that he was turnkey of the county jail, and first saw the deceased on the 26th ultimo on which date he was committed as a dangerous lunatic on a warrant of a justice of the Peace. His name was Thomas Lucas, was 23 years of age and born in Canada. He was of a religious sect known as the United Brothers in Christ. His habits were temperate, was a mason by trade. He was very violent when brought to jail and seemed to in poor health. He seemed to have been sick with the measles, and the constable who brought him said he had had them recently. He had four men attending to him up to the time of death. The doctor was also in attendance. I saw him very lately in the cells, and the attendants were very attentive to him.

Thomas Carr, a prisoner in the jail, was sworn and testified that he was attending to the deceased with three other prisoners from the 26th last. He was very violent as described by the former witness. He seemed to be in bad health and spoke but little, what he did say, referring to his wife. He was not sane from the time he came to the cells. He could not be prevailed upon to take food. He frequently asked for water and drank it. He sometimes drank a little milk. He had no medicine. The doctor saw him once a day from the time he was sent for. It took four of us night and day for the first two days to manage him. After that, two at a time could do it. He was very quiet from four o'clock this morning, and died about 8:30 a.m. He did not speak all this time.

Thomas Govan, another prisoner, who happened to attend him, corroborated the evidence

of the last witness. He was with him last night from 9 o'clock till midnight. He asked for boiling hot water, and I gave him milk and coffee cold. He took about a pint of it and asked for it several times. I also read to him, and he seemed to appreciate it, and said it was very nice. About this time he told me his time was short. He did not speak about himself or his affairs more than that time. He complained of a pain in the bowels.

Dr. John W. Rosebrugh was sworn and testified that he was a surgeon to the jail, and saw the deceased first on Saturday, the 27th ultimo. Mr. Milne informed me that the deceased had been committed for lunacy on Friday. On Saturday last, he saw him, but could make nothing out of him. He would neither speak nor swallow fluids. He never spoke to me. Seemed better on Wednesday. Stood up that day and walked out of the cell. Seemed to be sinking from the time I saw him. It was a case in which nothing could be done. Have no doubt that his insanity was produced by disease of the brain and that he died from exhaustion produced thereby. Steps had been taken to take evidence in order to convey him to the Lunatic Asylum.

The jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from exhaustion, produced by insanity, brought on by disease of the brain.

A number of friends of the deceased came to see after him since his death and, we understand, have let the city authorities inter his body.


KELLY (Ottawa) - The sudden death of Mr. Kelley, manager, Bank of British North America, has thrown a gloom over the community, and was quite a damper on the New Year festivities, he having been for 25 years, a resident of Ottawa, and a man, universally esteemed.


January 3, 1874


MINNES (Peterborough) - A poor orphan boy named Thomas James Minnes, who has been living with Mr. Gibbs of this place for several years past, was this morning found dead upon the floor of the room he occupied to sleep, having retired in his usual health. An inquest was held to‑day and adjourned for a post mortem examination when further particulars as to the cause of death will no doubt be elicited.


January 5, 1874


NICHOLSON - On New Year afternoon, a son of Captain Nicholson of Stoney Creek, while skating on the marsh below that village, in company with another small boy, fell into an air hole near the outlet to the marsh, and was drowned. The body was recovered about half an hour after the accident took place, but too late for resuscitation. The deceased was but twelve years old, and was known at school as a brilliant little fellow.

MCNULTY - A young man, named Dennis McNulty, fell from the top of a freight train at Clifton between the cars while in motion, about six o'clock Friday evening, on the American side. He was in the employ of the Great Western Railway company as yardman, and was on duty at the time. He was a sober and industrious young man.


LENNON - Died at Wellington Square, or Sunday morning, the 4th instant, Herbert Lennon, Esq., Collector of H.M. Customs, aged 73 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, at 2 o'clock to‑morrow (Tuesday) afternoon.


January 6, 1874


DILLON - A boy named Dillon was kicked by a horse at Mira Bay, Cape Breton, last week, and was killed.


CURSON - On Monday morning, about nine o'clock, Mr. John Curson, aged 30 years, only son of Mr. William Curson, of the Township of Storrington, while skating across Longborough Lake, about a mile and a half from the village of Batterson, broke through the ice, and was drowned. The body was recovered three hours later.


KRIGNEAULT - George Krigneault, a young man, aged about 28 years, and well‑connected in Montreal, was fined by the Recorder on Saturday morning, $1 or eight days, for drunkenness, and in default of payment, was sent to jail. During the night, he died, and the sad news was communicated to his relatives on Sunday afternoon by a messenger. They had sent to pay his fine and release him. It is supposed he died of epilepsy as he was accustomed to fits of that kind. An inquest was held, and the verdict "died from epilepsy and softening of the brain" was returned.


January 7, 1874


MCCARTHY - An old man, named McCarthy, died suddenly at Dartmouth, last night.


ALBERTSON - On Monday, Mr. William Albertson, a farmer residing near Queensville, was severely wounded by the accidental discharge of gun in the hand of his nephew. The two went out for a day's shoot, and while chasing some game, the gun of the nephew was discharged, shattering the knee of Mr. Albertson. He had to lie in the woods until assistance was procured. Dr. Douglas soon arrived, but the shock to the system was so great that the wounded man died in a few hours afterward. He was 38 years of age, married, and highly respected by all who knew him. .


CORBETT (Kingston) - One by one, the patriarchs of Kingston are rapidly passing away.

Thomas A. Corbett, so long a citizen, and a very prominent one too, is the latest departure for "that bourn from whence no traveller returns". We do not know whether deceased was a native of Kingston, but if not bom here, he certainly resided among us for a long period. His father was Town Major of Kingston and is buried in St. Paul's Churchyard with other members of his family. The deceased was Sheriff for upwards of twenty years, part of the time for the old Midland District and recently of the County of Frontenac. He took a prominent and active interest in church matters, having been Lay Delegate for many years to the Synod of Toronto, and more recently of Ontario, from St. Paul's Church. He had also been Colonel of the First Frontenac Militia for a long period, and recently he had held the position of military store‑keeper of the garrison. He was pre‑eminently a loyal man, and prided himself on having two or three sons holding commissions in the British army. While he held the position of Sheriff, his hospitality was generously dispensed, and with the opportunities of acquiring a large personal fortune, we believe he has not died wealthy. He had in his lifetime many warm friends, and his death will make a gap in the social circle which will remain long unfilled. He leaves a family of one daughter and four sons, among whom is Dr. Henry T. Corbett, of Ottawa.


January 9, 1874


ROSS - Died Thursday, 8th January, Bella Lloyd, Infant daughter of Thomas S. Ross.


January 13, 1874


HEALY - The body of the deceased woman found dead on Sunday morning has been recognized as that of Mrs. Healy who lived unhappily with her husband at the corner of Hunter and Walnut streets. The inquest will be resumed on Friday evening.


January 14, 1874


CHISHOLM - Died at Oakville, on Tuesday, 13th instant, John Alexander Chisholm, aged 58 years, second son of the late Col. William Chisholm. The funeral will take place on Friday morning, the 16th instant, at 11 o'clock.


January 17, 1874


HEALY - The adjourned inquest upon the body of Margaret Healy, which was found near the G.W.R. ice‑house on Sunday morning was resumed before Coroner White last night, when

the jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased came to her death from exposure and want.


January 19, 1874


HERRON - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Andrew Herron, aged 31 years. The funeral will leave her late residence, No 209 James street north, on Tuesday afternoon, the 20th instant, at 2 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


BALDWIN - Yesterday, a male child, aged 3 months and 2 weeks, died suddenly in his mother's arms. It appears that Mrs. Baldwin, wife of Mr. Lewis Baldwin, farmer, Glanford, came into this city to visit her mother, Mrs. Garneau, King William street. She had deceased in her arms, and two other older children in the sleigh. While near the toll gate on the mountain, the child was well and alive. When she arrived at her destination, she handed the child to one of the occupants of the house who observed something strange about it, and upon examination, it was found to be dead. Dr. White, coroner, was immediately sent for. He pronounced that the infant died from natural causes and that it was unnecessary to hold an inquest.


ANDERSON (Dundas) - This afternoon about 1 o'clock, Isaac Anderson, proprietor of the Red Lion Hotel here, met with an accident which proved instantly fatal. It appears from what we can learn that Mr. Anderson was coming home from Hamilton in company with a young man named James Wyld. Attached to the buggy were the two trotting mares, Flora Temple and Eagle. Coming down the hill near the Cotton Factory here, Mr. Wyld requested Anderson to slacken the pace at which they were then going. Anderson replied, "All right. Everything is safe".

On making the turn at the bridge, Wyld said that he felt something give under him like as if the wheels had broken down, and he jumped, Anderson coming out on top of him. The latter held on to the reins, and the mares started off at a furious pace, dragging him along the road and finally striking his head against a telegraph pole, causing instantaneous death. The horses continued on their mad course, leaving the buggy, badly shattered, in front of Riley's Hotel, and turning into King street, made for their own stables.


January 22, 1874


CLARK - Died in Hamilton, on the evening of the 20th instant, from the effects of injuries received by an accident on the steamer "Lake Michigan", John Clark of the firm of Morrison and Clark, engine builders, aged 52 years. The funeral will take place in Dundas,

from the residence of James Somerville, brother‑in‑law of the deceased, on Friday afternoon, at 3 o'clock. Friends in Hamilton will please accept of this intimation.

About dusk on Tuesday evening. Mr. John Clark, of the firm of Morrison and Clark, machinist, of this city, met with an accident which unfortunately proved fatal. The firm of which he is a member, whose works are situated near the Great Western Railway station, had a large contract upon the machinery of the steamship "Lake Michigan", upon which he was engaged at the time of the occurrence. He was working on deck, and by some unexplained means, he slipped and fell into the hold of the vessel, breaking his neck, and causing almost instantaneous death.

Mr. Clark, before engaging in his present business, was for many years in the employ of Messrs Beckett, and for a portion of the time as foreman. Many years ago, while working for these gentlemen he got one of his legs broken by a boiler he was working at, and has ever since been lame, a circumstance which is supposed, to a certain extent, prevented him from saving himself in his fatal fall. He was a married man and leaves a family of five children to mourn his loss.


January 26, 1874


LEWIS (Ottawa) - Mr. J. B. Lewis, late M.P. for this city, and one of the nominees of the Reform party for the Commons, died on Sunday evening, after a very short illness. Inflammation of the bowels, succeeded by mortification, was the immediate cause. He was the ablest lawyer here and an old resident. He will be much missed. His death will change somewhat the election programme. Those who would have voted for him will now vote for Aumond. Universal sorrow is expressed, at this juncture, for his family.


MILLS - Died at West Lawn, on Saturday, the 24th instant, the Honourable Samuel Mills (senator), aged 67 years. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, 28th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends are invited to attend.

It is our painful duty to announce the death of one of Hamilton's oldest and most influential citizens, the Hon. Samuel Mills, which took place after a short illness on Saturday night at 11 o'clock. His health had been failing slightly for some time past, but it was not until within three weeks of his death that any serious apprehensions were entertained. At that time he was attacked with paralysis which extended to the brain and baffled all the efforts of medical attendants. The following memoir of the deceased gentleman, who has been so long and familiarly known amongst us and who has been identified with the city of Hamilton since its earliest infancy, will, we are sure, be read with interest by a large circle of sympathizing friends.

The late Hon. Samuel Mills was the second son of the late James Mills, Esq., one of the earliest settlers in Ontario and the son of a U.E. Loyalist. He was born in Hamilton on December 1, 1806, and received his education at the grammar school here. In October, 1831, he married Aurora, the eldest daughter of the late Dr. Holton, of Rochester, N.Y., by whom he had a numerous family, six of whom, three sons and three daughters survive to lament his loss.

Mr. Mills, at an early period of his life, was extensively engaged in mercantile transactions as well as in various enterprises of milling and steamboats, and by prudence and steady, persevering industry, amassed an independent fortune. The position he, at various times and up to the day of his demise, held in the banking and other public institutions of the city, bespeak not only his affluence but also the confidence that was reposed in him as a man of shrewdness, sound judgment, and strict integrity. He also filled various offices of public trust. For several years he was chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Provincial Lunatic Asylum. He sat in the Legislative Council of Canada as a life member from January, 1849, until the Union. He was then called to the Senate by royal proclamation in 1867 as a life member. The fact of his having been selected for the seat in the Legislative Council during the administration of the late Lord Elgin by a Reform Government consisting of the late Robert Baldwin, Sir Francis Hincks, Lafontaine, and others, and by Sir John Macdonald's cabinet for a seat in the Senate, is a clear indication that he possessed the confidence and approval of both political parties.

Within the last year or two, Mr. Mills has largely identified himself with public charities of Hamilton, having deeded to the Corporation of the city in trust, a piece of land adjoining Dundurn with a frontage on York street of more than two thousand feet for a cemetery, the burial lots to be disposed of by the trustees and the proceeds of the same to be applied to charitable purposes under the direction of the City Corporation.

His last and crowning act was the erection at his sole expense of All Saints' Church at a cost of about $14,000, for which he furnished the site and also provided a handsome organ, both at his own cost. Thus from first to last, the name of the deceased has been associated with this city. Here he was born, here he lived, here he died, and here he acquired his wealth, and here he expended it, investing his money in public roads and other enterprises of a local nature, which contributed to the opening up of the country and the growth and prosperity of his native place, and he has left an enduring monument in having erected a church for the edification of the living, and set apart a cemetery for the repose of the dead. He was ever a firm and faithful member of the Church of England, and amid many seductions to swerve to the right and to the left, he maintained with unshaken steadfastness his adherence to his faith.

January 27, 1874


DAVIDSON - We regret to learn that, a young man named Charles Davidson, nephew of Mr. Alexander Davidson, artist, of this city, died at Dunnville yesterday evening. Deceased had been for a long time in Mr. Lawrence's drugstore, King street, and latterly in a drugstore in Dunnville, where he took an overdose of morphine.


STEVENSON - Died at Dunnville, on the 26t,h instant, Charles George Stevenson, aged 17. Funeral will leave 55 Park street north, at 3 o'clock prompt, on Thursday. Friends are invited to attend.


January 28, 1874


STEWART - We learn with extreme regret and deep pain of the death of C. E. Stewart, Esq., proprietor of the Hamilton Evening "Times", which took place In Toronto, last evening. Mr. Stewart has been suffering for about a year from an accident which lamed him, and went to Toronto to have an operation performed. Up to the hour of going to press, we have been unable to obtain particulars in reference to the sad affair. We shall refer to the matter more at, length to‑morrow.


January 29, 1874


STEWART - Died in Toronto, on Tuesday, the 27th instant, of necrosis of the foot, Charles E. Stewart, Esq., of this city, publisher and proprietor of the "Times", aged 37 years. Funeral will leave his late residence, No 69 George street, to‑morrow (Friday) morning at 11 o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.


MOORE - Died in this city, on the 27th January, William Moore, aged 42 years. Funeral will leave his late residence, No 5 Simcoe street east, on Friday, January 36th, at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


January 30, 1874


STEWART - The remains of the late Mr. C. E. Stewart, proprietor and publisher of the Hamilton "Times", were conveyed to their last resting place this morning. The funeral cortege left, the deceased's late residence at 11'o'clock and proceeded to All Saints' Church where the solemn and impressive funeral services of the Church of England were read and intoned, the officiating

 clergy being the Rev. J. G. Geddes, rural dean, and the Rev. R. G. Sutherland, curate. The following gentlemen were the pall‑bearers:

Messrs J. M. Williams, M.P.P.

J. M. Gibson

J. W. Harris

T. Mewburn

T. C. McMahon, Brantford

A. S. Hardy, M.P.P.

F. Geddes

Chief mourners were Messrs F. C. Stewart, brother to the deceased; and R. Kennedy.

The esteem in which the memory of the deceased was held was evinced by the large concourse of people who attended his funeral, many from Brantford and other places. At the conclusion of the service in the church, the coffin, which was a large handsome casket with silver trimmings, was replaced to the hearse, and then conveyed to the cemetery. The funeral was under the management of Mr. Blachford, undertaker.


January 31, 1874


MANNING - Alexander Manning, of French River, Merigonish, fell last week from the roof of a house upon which he was working, and received injuries that caused his death.


CHISHOLM - Rosanna Chisholm of Guysboro Intervale was crossing the river near her father's residence last Friday, when she accidentally fell, and was immediately drowned. She was 19 years of age and highly esteemed.


KITCHEN - Mr. James Kitchen, the well‑known shipbuilder of River John, Pictou, died at his residence on Thursday. Among the many men in Nova Scotia who have contributed to our great fleet of shipping, none have stood higher than Mr. Kitchen. His fame as a shipbuilder extended to all parts of the province, and beyond, too. The last vessel he launched was the fifty‑eighth he had built, and nearly all were of large size ‑ ships and barques. His death will be a severe loss to the County of Pictou, the prosperity of which was largely promoted by his enterprise.


BOGART - One of the oldest residents of Adolphustown, Mrs. Mary Bogart, died Friday morning at the residence of her son, Mr. L. Bogart, at the advanced age of 102 years. She was one of the first settlers, having located in Adolphustown in the year, 1790, and ever since made that her home. She was born in New Jersey, near New York, while it was yet a British province. For the last two years, her friends and relatives have celebrated her birthday by giving a great picnic. At the last celebration, about one thousand people were present, some coming

from Chicago, Ill,, and other distant places. Her funeral will take place on Sunday at 11 o'clock from her son's residence.


February 2, 1874


DALLYN - Died in this city, on January 31st, 1874, Maria, wife of Joseph Dallyn, aged 73 years. Funeral will leave her late residence, No 7 Murray street west, on Tuesday, February 3rd, at 3 o'clock p.m.


February 4, 1874


BOOKER - The many friends of the late Mrs. Col. Booker will be sorry to learn that this estimable lady died last night. A telegram, received by W. D. Booker, Esq., M.D., of Montreal, says that deceased was stricken with apoplexy yesterday morning, and that death ensued last night.


February 5, 1874


KIPPER - Alexander Kipper, a blacksmith of Shakespeare, committed suicide on Wednesday evening by cutting his throat from ear to ear.


CARR - A man named Alexander Carr, living on the seventh concession of East Flamborough, about five miles from Waterdown, was found dead on Sunday last in his house, having been shot through the head. An inquest was opened by Coroner Skinner on Monday, but adjourned for further evidence.


HOGAN - Margaret Kennedy, widow of Hugh Hogan, was found dead in her bed in Tabb's Yard, Montreal, Wednesday morning, the place rendered famous by the 'vinum colchici' poisoning. An inquest was held, and a verdict of congestion of the lungs, caused by excessive use of intoxicating liquor, was returned.


O'BRIEN - Last Monday night, William O'Brien, a labourer of Paris, Ontario, was killed by the express train on the Great Western Railway, about three miles east of that place. It appears he was aware of the approach of the train, but under the influence of liquor, did not move. He was struck by the engine, and died about an hour afterward. He leaves a wife and six children.


February 6, 1874


STEVENS - A very sad accident occurred at Port Elgin, on Thursday afternoon. A son of Hugh Stevens, 12 years of age, was smothered in Ruby and Hilken's grain warehouse.

He was playing near the hopper of the elevator and jumped in, when he commenced to sink in the wheat. His brother, who was working there, tried to get him out, but did not succeed, and went to get help, but when help came, it was too late as life was extinct.


HONNIBROOK (Toronto) - Constable Honnibrook died on Wednesday at the age of 73. He was 31 years on the police force. His funeral takes place on Sunday, and will be attended by the entire force.


February 7, 1874


WANZER - Died at Ypsilanti, Michigan, on the 6th instant, Marion Electa, youngest daughter of R. M. Wanzer, of this city, aged 12 years. Funeral at Ypsilanti on Sunday, the 8th instant, at 1 p.m.


February 9, 1874


PHINEY - William Phiney, of Peterborough, took a fit on Saturday night, and died next morning.


KENNEDY - Mrs. Kennedy, of North Wallace, Cumberland County, N.S., fell at her doorstep, on the ice, the other day, and striking on her temple was instantly killed.


BENNETT - A widow, named Bennett, residing on Julia street, Quebec, died suddenly while on her way home. The cause of her death is supposed to be heart disease.


BROWN - James Brown, a blacksmith, living at Milford, Hants County, N.S., died from suffocation in Nelson's hotel, Shubenacadie, on Thursday. The man was drunk and fell asleep in this condition.


GAIGUIS - The Reverend Monseigneur Gaiguis, R. C. Bishop of Ottawa, died last night. His remains will lie in state till Thursday when they will be removed to the crypt under the Cathedral, & pontifical high mass will be held on Thursday. The archbishop of Quebec is coming for the purpose.


February 10, 1874


MACABE - The many acquaintances of Mr. Thomas Macabe of the late firm of Messrs Macabe & co, carriage builders, of this city, died yesterday. The notice of funeral will appear in our columns to‑morrow. The deceased was a member of the Orange Society, and also of the Hamilton Volunteer Field Battery.

HUNT - Died at Montreal, on the 9th instant, Charlotte, the beloved wife of Mr. William Hunt, late of Panama, and formerly of this city.


February 11, 1874


DALE - Died in this city, at the residence of Richard Fuller, Esq., George Dale, aged 75 years, native of Hull, Yorkshire, England, and for many years a resident of Middle Road, Nelson, Ontario. Funeral will take place at Wellington Square, on Thursday, the 12th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m., and will leave Mr. Fuller's residence, 41 Cathcart street, at 12:30.


MACABE - Died on the 9th instant, Thomas Macabe, carriage builder, aged 43. Funeral will leave his late residence, No 103 Bay street, to‑morrow (Thursday) at 3 o'clock.

We are informed that the remains of the late Mr. Thomas Macabe will be buried to‑morrow afternoon with military honours. The deceased was one of the organizers of the Hamilton Field Battery, and was appointed Lieutenant under Captain Booker. The latter having been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant‑Colonel, Mr. Macabe was promoted to the Captaincy of the Battery which he subsequently resigned.


February 12, 1874


WARREN (Guelph) - On Monday evening, Francis Warren, a seven‑year‑old son of Mr. George Warren of the South Ward, was returning from the Central School, and being attracted by a bob‑sleigh loaded with his school‑mates, gave chase and secured a seat upon the front half of the sleigh while nearing Sallow's blacksmith shop on the Dundas Road. Not being securely seated, he fell off, and in a moment was under the hind bob, or rear half of the sleigh, the runner going over his abdomen and crushing out portions of his bowels. The little fellow was taken home speedily, but inflammation and mortification soon placed him beyond human help, and he died at three o'clock this morning. We have nothing to say as to the child's fault. Doubtless he had been warned again and again by his parents and teachers, but we do hope the children will take warning by the sad end of Frank Warren and keep away from danger, and it is the duty of every driver to whip the careless, though unoffending, children from off his sleigh. This is the only way by which such melancholy accidents can be prevented.


THOMPSON - A melancholy and painful death of a young girl, thirteen years of age, took place on Monday last The deceased, whose name was Polly Thompson, was brought out to this country by Miss Rye last September and was adopted by Mr. J. R. Adamson, and while taking a pot of

 potatoes from the stove about one o'clock, her clothes, by some means or other, caught fire. Mrs. Adamson at the time was confined to her room through illness; and hearing the screams of the little sufferer, instructed Mrs. Harrison, the nurse, to run to the kitchen at once and see what was the matter. When she arrived there, she found deceased on her knees on the floor with all her clothes burning around her. Mrs. Harrison immediately took hold of a railway wrapper and threw it over the child and put out the fire. Dr. Macdonald was sent for and used every attention that medical skill could devise to alleviate her suffering. Mr. Adamson's family also did all in their power to soothe and comfort the little sufferer in her agonies until death claimed her about ten o'clock the next morning. The portions of the body were much burnt. The only desire the child expressed during her pain was the presence of her Sunday‑school teacher which desire was promptly gratified, and the teacher was with her when she died.


February 13, 1874


MUIR - Died on Thursday morning, the 12th instant, at Halfway, Irvine, Scotland, Mr. David Muir, aged 31 years.


SUTHERLAND - Alexander Sutherland was found dead in his bed at Ficher's Grant, Pictou, on Sunday morning, having perished from cold and drunkenness.


February 14, 1874


HOWARD - Died at Barton, on the 12th instant, Mrs. Mary Howard, aged 72 years.


COONS - As the No 2 train on the Hamilton and Lake Erie Railway had got a short distance south of the Caledonia bridge, the engine driver saw a man walking along the track in front of his train. He whistled the usual warning, and the man started to run, but still continued on the track. The engine driver then put down his brakes and continued to sound the alarm, but he could neither stop his train in time nor induce the infatuated man to leave the track. The result was that the ergine struck him and he was instantly killed, having received a fatal blow on the head. We have only been able to learn that the name of the deceased was John Coons, and that he is supposed to have been in one of the shanties along the line. The coroner was immediately notified of the sad occurrence, and from the inquest, we shall have further particulars. We believe, however, that no blame attaches to the company's servants.

February 16, 1874


MURPHY (Perth) - An occurrence of a melancholy and somewhat shocking character took place in this vicinity within the past week which calls for a close and scrutinizing by the authorities and court officials. We will briefly narrate the leading circumstances.

On Saturday morning last, the body of a young woman named Elizabeth Murphy was found dead by the roadside in the Township of North Burgess, about twelve miles from Perth, the unfortunate creature having been apparently frozen to death. The story of the sad affair is something like this. It seems that she and her brother came to Perth on Friday forenoon and started for their home again in Burgess in the evening, it is believed, somewhat intoxicated. The next morning the body of the girl was found on the road lifeless with marks of violence about the face and head. Her brother professes total ignorance as to what occurred before and after this had transpired, pleading an excess of intoxication which deprived him of the power of observing what took place around him, or in fact to himself, save in one thing. He has, he says, an indistinct recollection of the horses running away. To those who are charitable enough to take cognizance of the fact only, and leave out other circumstances bearing on this case, the running away of the team may sufficiently account for the bruises that appeared on the body of the girl. But it appears that the brother was not so drunk as he endeavoured to make it appear. Parties giving evidence at the inquest swore that they saw him looking for his horses after they had run away, very far from being so far gone in intoxication as his testimony made it appear, and his own mother testified that when he got home, before commencing the search after the runaway animals, he was sober enough to make his own tea. Though this does not establish anything of itself, still it convicts him of falsifying his evidence and goes to prove at least an amount of cold‑blooded indifference as to his sister's fate after she was thrown out of the sleigh, which confounds our ideas of humanity and fraternal affection. It is probable that the charge of inhumanity in not looking after his sister instead of searching for his horses on that freezing right when, by the best of evidence, he knew that she must be injured, is all that will be brought home to Murphy. But still it is an affair that demands investigation.

On Sunday last, upon proper representation of the affair having been made, Dr. Howden of Perth, coroner, set out for the place and proceeded to hold an inquest on the remains. After hearing the evidence of several parties knowing more or less of the circumstances we have given above, including that of Terence Murphy himself, the jury, through their foreman, Mr. Patrick Dooner, returned the following verdict:

"The jury find upon oath that the deceased came to her death on the night of the 6th February through injury and exposure, the result of having been left on the road while driving in company

 with her brother, Terence Murphy, on the aforesaid night, and the jury are further of opinion that the said Terence Murphy was guilty of culpable neglect in not looking after the deceased inasmuch as opportunity was afforded, and the evidence show that he was not incapable through intoxication".

On the Wednesday following, Coroner Howden issued a warrant for Murphy's arrest in order that the case might go before the Grand Jury at the approaching assizes, and having been taken in charge by the constable, is now in jail awaiting the final disposal of the case.


HARGIN - The members of the Typographical Society of the city as well as many other friends will regret to learn that Mr. John Hargin, one of the news hands in the "Times" office and a first‑class workman, died in this city yesterday. He was a married man, and his remains were sent to Woodstock this morning. His disease was dropsy.


FREEMAN - On Saturday afternoon, while Mr. Rufus Freeman and his wife, who reside in Binbrook, were driving home from the market and while near the corner of John street and the wood market, Mrs. Freeman coughed twice and then threw her arms up and fell backward in the wagon. Her husband at once rendered her all the assistance in his power but to no avail, as his wife had died from disease of the heart. He then drove to Squire Hannon's house, that gentleman being her uncle, when a bed was procured upon which the deceased was laid and driven to her husband's residence. Mr. Freeman is a nephew of S. B. Freeman, Q.C., of this city.


February 17, 1874


KINMOUND - Died of erysipelas, at his residence, Montreal, on the 12th instant, William L. Kinmound, Esq., formerly of this city.


February 18, 1874


HARDING - Died in this city, on February 18th, Rebecca Emily, daughter of Henry Harding, plumber, aged 8 years and 21 days. Funeral from the residence of her father, 71 James street north, on Friday afternoon, the 20th instant, at 3 o'clock.


February 19, 1874


CARLIS - A man named Carlis was instantly killed on the Southern Canada Railway at St. Thomas, on Tuesday.

February 23, 1874


QUINN - Rev. Edmund Quinn, a Roman Catholic priest, died at St. Stephen, N.B., a few days ago.


KNOX - A man named Thomas Knox in the employ of Mr. Stephens of Glencairn was accidentally killed on Saturday by a log rolling on him while engaged in loading sleighs in the woods. The deceased was an honest, straightforward man and much respected in the community, and his loss will be deeply regretted by his numerous friends and acquaintances.


DICK - Died at Paisley, County of Bruce, on Friday, the 19th instant, Janet, beloved wife of Robert Dick, Esq., aged 36 years. The deceased was niece to Dr. Livingstone, the celebrated African explorer.


February 25, 1874


BANNER - Died in Beverly, near Rockton, on the 20th instant, Patrick Banner, aged 74 years. Deceased was a native of County Meath, Ireland, and has been a resident of Beverly for 40 years.


February 27, 1874


ROPER - The death of James Roper, of East Royalty, from exposure, is announced.


ELLISON (Toronto) - A man named Ellison was arrested at an early hour this morning in a state of delirium tremens, firing off a revolver in the public streets. In his miserable home near Duchess street, the decomposing remains of his deceased wife were found in one of the rooms. She will be buried at the public expense.


February 28, 1874


YOUNG - Yesterday, Mr. A. Young, better known as Captain Young, an old and respected resident of Mount Hope, died in his wagon near Caledonia, of disease of the heart. Deceased had, at one time, been a member of the Glanford Township Council, and much respected.

We learn that Mr. Abram Young, a farmer in the Township of Glanford, about 70 years of age, died suddenly yesterday morning while loading a load of wood for the Hamilton market. The deceased, who had been enjoying unusually good health and who had always been hale and hearty for a man of his advanced years, drove out to near Caledonia for a load of wood, and when he had partly loaded it, suddenly dropped dead. Heart disease is the cause assigned.

March 2, 1874


THOMAS - A very sad accident happened at Windsor on Saturday in which a man named Thomas lost his life. The scaffolding gave way on which several men were building a tower in the Great Western Railway yard. Two other men were seriously injured, but hopes are entertained of their recovery.


LAQUIER - Intelligence has reached town announcing the sudden death of the Rev. L. Laquier, superior of the Fathers of St. Saviour, which occurred on Saturday at noon, at Green Island where the learned gentleman had gone to preach a retreat. Deceased was an intimate friend of the late Bishop Gaisguis of Ottawa.


PEIKAURWACK - By special dispatch from Desoit village, the Ottawa "Citizen" learns the following particulars respecting the late Indian Chief Antoine Peikaurwack. He died on Friday at six a.m. aged about seventy. For about thirty years he had been Chief of the surrounding Indians of the Algonquin tribes. He was very intelligent; could read, write, and keep his own accounts. He conducted the affairs of the Indians with wisdom. He died a good Christian. He left no children, but had some grandchildren.


March 3, 1874


SMITH - Died at Winona, on the 25th instant, after a short illness, Mr. Ananias Smith, in his 80th year. The funeral will leave his residence, Saturday, at 11 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


WATSON - Died in this city, this morning, Harriet Watson, wife of Mr. Andrew Watson, baker, aged 37 years. The funeral will leave her husband's residence, 220 King street west, to‑morrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 3 o'clock, friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


COLLINGS - Died at the City Hospital, on Thursday, February 26th, James Collings, messenger Royal Canadian Bank, of inflammation of the lungs, aged 47 years.


March 4, 1874


BUTLAND - The little daughter of Mr. James Butland, Oshawa, who was run over on Friday last by a sleigh‑load of ice, died Sunday morning. She was so severely lacerated and bruised that the amputation of the limb was thought useless. Mortification set in rapidly, and the poor little sufferer soon expired.

BRUCE - Died suddenly at Port Maria, St. Mary's, Jamaica, on the 4th day of February, in the 6lst year of his age, John Peter James Bruce, eldest son of the late Major James Bruce, 33rd Foot.


March 5, 1874


ARMSTRONG - An old man, named Armstrong, hung himself at Brampton on Wednesday. An inquest was held by Coroner Mullin, and a verdict returned as follows: "Committed suicide while labouring under a fit of temporary insanity".


ARNOLD - Mrs. Arnold, wife of Mr. George Arnold, of Bowmanville, died suddenly on Tuesday afternoon. An inquest was held by Coroner Christie, and the evidence showed that the deceased had of her own accord attempted to procure an abortion upon her own person. The verdict was that the deceased came to her death by using violent means to procure an abortion. A physician had been celled by her husband when the first alarming symptoms were apparent, but the injuries from forcible means and poison were of such a nature that all efforts to save her life were unavailing, she was 26 years of age and leaves two children.


DUGGAN - Died in this city, on the afternoon of the 4th instant Thomas Duggan, M.D., aged 61 years. The funeral will leave his late residence, 54 Park street north, on Sunday, the 8th instant, at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


CHISHOLM (Toronto) - The funeral of Mr. Chisholm, formerly stock‑broker of Toronto, takes place at Oakville to‑day. The corn Exchange adjourned yesterday, and a large number of members went by early train this morning.


March 6, 1874


FINCH - A farmer named John Finch, living in the Township of Osprey, committed suicide by hanging himself on Thursday morning while in a fit of temporary insanity.


DUGGAN - Our obituary column of yesterday contained the announcement of the death of Dr. Thomas Duggan, one of our oldest and most respected citizens, and an efficient and trustworthy medical practitioner The tidings of his demise, although not unexpected, will be received with marked sorrow by the many residents of Hamilton and other parts of Canada who can claim his acquaintance or friendship, and by none more than by those to whom he was best known, for to know him well was sure to engender a very‑high appreciation of his sterling worth and integrity of character For over a year, the doctor's well‑known ,face and venerable appearance has been

 missed on our streets, for the once robust and active frame was gradually becoming enfeebled, and his intercourse with the outside world limited. On the afternoon of Wednesday last, about 4:15, he quietly passed away, surrounded by his sorrowing family and friends.

The late Dr. Duggan was born in Toronto on the 24th of September, 1812. He was the eldest son of the late Colonel R. O. Duggan, barrister, of that city. He early chose the study and practice of medicine as the object of his future life, and at the age of 17 began his professional studies under the celebrated Dr. Stephens of Montreal and at McGill College, Dr. Joseph Workman of Toronto being his fellow student. He afterward practiced in Toronto, having been encouraged to settle there by the late well‑known Dr. Widmer and here he soon commanded an extensive practice. On the breaking‑out of the Rebellion in 1837, Dr. Duggan was appointed surgeon to the troops, and during the whole of that troublesome period, served with great acceptance on the St. Clair frontier. He then resumed his practice in Toronto, but from a feeling of independence and self‑reliance, which were always marked traits of Dr. Duggan's character, he decided to remove from all family influence and the appearance of patronage, for he was a great favourite of Dr. Widmer, and strike out on a path for himself. He chose Hamilton as the future field of his labours and settled here in 1840 where his straightforward manner and integrity of purpose, combined with great attention to those who came under his professional care, soon won for him a large circle of patients and friends. For over 36 years, Dr. Duggan pursued his arduous avocation in this city, and that his exertions were appreciated was well illustrated by the increasing esteem of all whom his professional or other business brought him in contact. He early took an active part in all that concerned the interests and advancement of his adopted city, and we find his name associated with such undertakings as building societies and insurance companies; of one of the former he was for many years President. He acted as a school trustee for several terms and was once elected a member of the city Council. Dr Duggan never took a very active part in political struggles, but he was always consistent in his support and advocacy of the principles of the Conservative party with which party he identified himself.

For many years, Dr. Duggan conducted an extensive medical practice here, but he was best known as an obstetrician, in which department of his professional duties his aid and counsel were often sought after by his brother practitioners, both in the city and at a distance.

Dr. Duggan early associated himself with Free Masonry in Hamilton, and was initiated as a member of the old Barton Lodge in 1841. He continued an active member of the order until within a year or two of his decease as the following will show. He was early raised to the Master's Degree, and subsequently became a member of the Royal Arch Masons of the

Hiram Chapter, and for many years occupied the position of presiding officer as High Priest, now recognized as First Principal Z. At the formation of the Grand Lodge of Canada in 1855, he was appointed Grand Superintendent of Works. In 1857 on the institution of the Grand Chapter of Canada, R. E. Comp. Duggan was elected Grand Third Principal J; the following year Grand Second Principal H; and during the years, 1860‑61, was chosen Grand Superintendent of Royal Arch Masonry for the Hamilton District. In consideration of the valuable and faithful services rendered to the Royal Arch Masons of the Hiram Chapter by R. E. Comp. Duggan in the 1856 capacity of Most Excellent High Priest, they presented him with a very handsome piece of silver plate and laudatory address.

When our city hospital was opened to the general profession, Dr. Duggan was chosen by his confreres, a member of the Medical Board and attendant physician, and for some time acted as chairman of that Board. Subsequently he was elected a consulting physician of the hospital in appreciation of his high professional standing and of his services to that institution. He was one of the original members of the Hamilton Medical and Surgical Society of this city, and also a member of the Montreal Medical and Surgical Society. The Medical Society met here on Wednesday night and below will be found the resolutions of condolence passed on that occasion.

In his family relations, Dr. Duggan was a loving husband and father, and although a strict disciplinarian, his firmness was always mingled with affection and tenderness, and the great love shown him by his sorrowing family clearly indicated to those friends who visited him during his illness that his strictness with his children never degenerated into harshness.

The remains will be carried to their temporary resting place at 3 o'clock on Sunday afternoon, there to remain until, in accordance with his life‑long wish, they will be permanently interred in the family vault in Toronto.

The Masonic body will attend the funeral on Sunday and pay the usual honours to their deceased brother on that occasion.


Copy of resolutions passed by the Hamilton Medical and Surgical Society at a meeting held March 4, 1874, referred to in the foregoing notice:

Moved by Dr. Case, seconded by Dr. Macdonald, that the members of the Hamilton Medical and Surgical Society, having heard with deep regret of the death of their former member, Dr. Duggan, desire to express their sincere sympathy with the bereaved widow and family of the deceased.

That the members of the Society do attend in a body the funeral as a mark of respect to the memory of their deceased professional brother.

That a copy of these resolutions be transmitted by the secretary of Mrs. Duggan. Carried.

C. O'Reilly, M.D., secretary, D. Mackintosh, president.

March 7, 1874


ZEALAND - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, Henrietta Jane, youngest child of Captain Edward Zealand, aged 18 months and 24 days. The funeral on Monday next at 3:30 p.m.


HASTINGS - Died in this city, on Friday, the 6th instant, Mr. John Hastings, in the 60th year of his age. The funeral will take place from his late residence, 40 West avenue, on Sunday, the 8th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.


March 9, 1874


FRASER - A man named George Fraser was found dead in his bed at Cow Bay, eastern Halifax, on Saturday.


WILSON - Mrs. Clarrissa Wilson died in St. Catharines on Sunday afternoon at the venerable age of one hundred and one.


BULLOCK - The Rev. Dean Bullock, rector of St. Luke's Cathedral, Halifax, died Saturday morning, aged 78. In early life, he was a midshipman in the navy. At the time of his death, he had been fifty‑two years in the ministry, eighteen of which he was a missionary in Trinity, Newfoundland. He had been twenty‑two years rector and curate in St. Luke's, Halifax.


SIMPSON - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, William McClure, youngest son of Samuel Simpson, aged 3 months. Funeral to‑morrow at 3 o'clock p.m. from 45 Hughson street north. Friends will please accept this intimation.


HOLDER - Died at his father's residence, York street, on Monday, the 9th instant, Charles Hyla, second son of John Ross Holder, Esq., in the 24th year of his age. Funeral on Wednesday, the 11th instant, at 3 p.m.


March 10, 1874


LAMONT - Died in Barton, on the 9th instant, at her son's residence, Ann, widow of the late John Lamont, a native of the parish of Torosay, Isle of Mull, Argyllshire, Scotland, in her 78th year. The funeral will leave her son's residence, D. Lamont, corner of Main and Burlington streets, on Wednesday, the 11th instant, at 2 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.


STUART - Died at his father's residence, 179 Bay street north, aged 20 years, 5 months, and 4 days, Napier Hamilton Stuart, third son of Mr. Andrew Stuart, of this city.

 Funeral at 9 o'clock, on Thursday morning. Friends will please accept this notice.


March 11, 1874


DUFF (Ottawa) - Mr. Duff, a merchant of this city, has lost five out of his family of six children from scarlet fever, within the last few days. Another family has lost three children, and there is quite a panic among parents lest the epidemic should spread. All our medical men have as much as they can do. Scarlet fever is also very prevalent throughout the adjoining counties.


March 13, 1874


WILMOTT - We regret to hear of the death yesterday of Mr. William S. Wilmott of the Township of Waterloo. He was a widely‑known and much respected resident of that place, and died at the extreme old age of 98 years.


March 14, 1874


BUSSIERES - A young man, aged 16 years, Hilaire Bussieres by name, was found last week hanged in the garret of his father's house at St. Lambert. He used, says the Quebec "Mercury", for the sake of amusement to mount the ladder and suspend himself to a cord with a loose knot by passing through it his two elbows. After twisting the cord hundreds of times so as to make it short, he would push the step‑ladder away, and leave himself to turn in the air, amused at the giddiness resulting therefrom. This was forbidden to him several times by his parents, but he would not listen to them, and on Thursday last, he was found hanged, his head being but two feet from the floor, the hands and feet touching the floor. The coroner held an inquest, and the jury rendered an open verdict of "death by hanging, by what means the jurors had no evidence before them."


KIMBALL - The Cariboo correspondent of the “Mainland Guardian” writing from Cariboo says of the accidental death of Mr. Kimball, mail carrier: News has just reached Barkerville that at 8 o'clock yesterday morning, Mr. Kimball, the Keithley expressman, was buried in a snow slide near the Gorge on the Camile Creek, in the neighbourhood of Antler Creek. It appears that he was in company with "Kansas John." The men were on the way to Williams Creek. The weather being soft, they noticed the snow on the mountain side to look threatening, it being very steep at this place, and aware of danger, they hurried along to reach a place of safety which was but a short distance from the scene of the accident.

Suddenly they heard a sound as of thunder; the avalanche had caught them. Kansas John, who was about six feet behind his unfortunate companion, escaped unhurt. Kimball saw the slide coming, but was unable to save himself. He was heard to cry out in an agony of horror,"Oh God, we're gone". The next moment he was swept away and buried in the merciless slide.


March 16, 1874


HILES - Died on the 16th instant, Mary Elizabeth Bliss, eldest daughter of H. O. and Mary Hiles. Funeral will take place from her father's residence, 40 Pearl street north, on Wednesday, 18th, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this notice.


GOOCH - At the Bible Christian Church, yesterday evening, the Rev. Mr. Ayres preached an impressive sermon on the death of Mr. Gooch, a member of the Order of Odd Fellows. The church was attended by a large number of the brethren besides the regular congregation, and the reverend gentleman delivered the service in his usual earnest manner.


March 17, 1874


HOLMWOOD - Yesterday morning a fatal accident occurred to a young lad named Henry Holmwood in the employ of Messrs Murton and Reid. He was loading a wagon with coals, and while shoveling them out from beneath a projecting heap of frozen coal, the mass fell upon him, crushing several ribs and breaking his arm. When taken out, he was dead. An inquest was held yesterday afternoon at the city hospital before Dr. White, when a verdict of accidental death was rendered. We understand the lad was buried to‑day.


March 18, 1874


KNOX - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, Captain David Knox, in the 49th year of his age. Funeral will leave his late residence, No 10 Augusta street, on Friday, the 20th, at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.



At the conclusion of the inquest in this case on Monday evening, the jury returned the following verdict.

We, the Jury empanelled to investigate the cause of death of Miss Purves, Mrs. Manass and child, Harriet Anne Dunne, Anne Scarcliff, John McKellar, Master Bernham and a man to us unknown, do find that named were burned to death in a passenger train the above on the Great Western Railway on the 29th February, 1874, and their death was occasioned by the falling of a

 kerosene lamp, the cause of falling to us unknown, and that George Williams, engine driver, and John Mitchell, conductor, and William Burke, brakeman, by neglect to put up a bell rope as required by the rules of the G.W.R. company, had no means at hand by which the conductor could signal the driver to stop the train in time to let the passengers off. We, therefore, find that they have been accessory to the death of the said persons above mentioned, and that we deem them guilty of manslaughter. We believe the G.W.R. company are censurable for not having the best‑known appliances on their trains for signaling and also for not having their employees strictly comply with their rules and regulations, and we strongly disapprove of kerosene oil in any train carrying passengers, and we would urge upon the Government to pass a law compelling all railway companies to discontinue the use of kerosene oil on passenger trains". We understand the gentlemen who were deemed guilty, as above, were arrested and have since been released on bail.


March 19, 1874


FINDLAY - Died on the 18th instant, in East Flamborough, Mrs. Isabel Findlay, relict of the late William Findlay, in the 74th year of her age.


March 20, 1874


TIMMS - A farmer named Andrew Timms, residing in East Nissouri, while engaged on Wednesday in taking down an old log barn, was fatally hurt by one of the logs falling on his chest. He died on Thursday morning. He leaves a wife and young family.


BEATTY - We learn from a St. Catharines paper that about seven o'clock Wednesday morning, the dead body of a man was found floating in the canal between locks 10 and 20, at Merritton. The body is decomposed so much as to be unrecognizable, but is believed to be that of a Mr. Beatty of Choroid who has been missing since last November.

To‑day we learn that he had been recognized as John Beatty of Thorold, a sawyer, and a man of education. He was unfortunately addicted to strong drink and has been missing since last fall. He leaves a wife and family. He was a man of about 35 years of age, and was long a resident of the vicinity.


March 24, 1874


CONNOR - Died in this city, on the 23rd instant, James Connor, aged 90 years. The funeral will leave his daughter's residence, Cannon street west, to‑morrow, Wednesday, at two o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.

March 25, 1874


MOORE -Died on the 25th March, at his father's residence, 46 Hess street north, Charles Frederick, fifth son of Mr. John Moore, aged 15 years. Funeral at half past three o'clock, on Friday afternoon.


MURRAY - Died at Carlisle, on the 19th instant, In the 86th year of his age, J. J. Murray, M.D., of Trinity College, Dublin, and M.R.C.S. of London. English papers please copy.


March 26, 1874


PALMER - Benjamin Palmer, who resided at Plum Hollow, about six miles from Farmersville, on the 24th went to the woods to chop, and not returning to his dinner, his family went in search of him and found him dead. He was killed by a tree falling on him.


March 27, 1874


ANDERSON - A woman named Mrs. James Anderson, aged 84, committed suicide on Tuesday, at Drummondville, by throwing herself into a well. No cause is assigned for the act.


LAMPMAN - We learn from the St. Catharines "Journal" that on the 22nd instant, another of the veterans of 1812, in the person of Mr. Frank Lampman, of the Township of Stamford, was gathered to his fathers. Deceased took part in the battle of the Beaver Dams which resulted in the surrender of the whole American force. He also fought at the battle of Lundy's Lane which was the severest fight of the whole campaign. Mr. Lampman was taken prisoner during the battle and was sent to Greenbush in the state of New York where he was confined in prison for over twelve months. He was a resident of Stamford for many years and died at the ripe age of 83.


March 30, 1874


CARTER - Mr. William Carter, one of the oldest and most respectable citizens of Brampton, in returning from Guelph last Friday night, missed the passenger train, and went into the caboose of the freight train just leaving. In a few minutes, he was observed to fall from this seat. The conductor had him put back, but being a stranger, supposed him to be under the influence of drink. On arriving at Brampton, he called to the station master to remove him. On approaching him, however, they found he was dead. He had been subject to heart disease from some months past, and there is no doubt he died from this cause when he fell from his seat just after leaving Guelph. Being a man of sterling character, his sudden death has cast a gloom over the community.


MCINNES - Died at his residence, Bellevue, in this city, on Sunday, March 29th, Hugh Mclnnes, Esq., in the 43rd year of his age. The funeral will take place on Wednesday next at half past three o'clock.

Their number is very large who will learn to‑day, or have already learned, with mournful interest of the decease of Hugh McInnes, Esq., of this city, which took place at his residence yesterday afternoon. It is true that the death of Mr. McInnes does not come to his friends with the shock of a surprise, for those who have known him most intimately have not been unprepared for it for some time past, but on the other hand neither were they altogether without hopes of his recovery. By the advice of his physicians, he spent the winter of 72‑73 in Florida, but without much perceptible benefit. He spent a portion of last winter there also, but returned a short time ago without experiencing the contemplated benefit.

For nearly 30 years, the deceased gentleman was a resident of this city, and for 20 years past he has been a member of the firm of McInnes, Bro., and Co., and in the management of their European transactions, his abilities assisted in a large measure to build up their extensive business.

An open, frank and loyal regard was the feeling which his genial disposition inspired in all who came into intimate intercourse with him, and there was no exclusiveness in his choice of friends. Deep, sincere, and manly will be the grief with which these friends will follow his remains to their lust resting place.


SILVER - Died in this city, on the 30th instant, Mary Jackson, the beloved wife of William Silver, aged 46 years. Funeral will leave her late residence, 15 Hunter street west, Tuesday afternoon, at half past three o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


GALT - On Saturday evening last, a middle‑aged coloured man named Albert Galt died at Pauline's house on the corner of Cherry and Hannah streets. Galt followed wood sawing, and was generally known about town. He had been ill for some time before he died, and being poor, was suffered to lie neglected. This morning at 11 o'clock, a coroner's inquest was held upon the body before Dr. White, when the jury returned the following verdict: That the deceased Albert Galt came to his death from natural causes, and your jury are of opinion, from the evidence produced before them, that the neglect of the neighbours of the deceased at the time of his illness very much hastened his death. The verdict was returned at 12:50.

March 31, 1874


HISCOTT - The funeral of the late Mr. Hiscott, a Peninsular veteran, took place at Niagara, on Sunday last, with military honours.


HENDERSON - Died at Blossburgh, Pa., on the 30th instant, Elizabeth Munro, daughter of Mr. A. Henderson, of this city, aged 3 years and 9 months.


April 1, 1874


GREEN - Died in Caistor, on the 26th March, Clara, wife of Andrew W. Green, in her 44th year.


YOUNG (Caledonia) - About 7 o'clock last evening, a young lady, about 18 years of age, third daughter of David Young, Esq., who resides close by the river about two miles below here, was drowned while attempting to cross the river in a small boat, for the purpose of attending a minister's social at a neighbour's house. It seems the young lady was accustomed to cross the river in this manner, but having on rubber shoes and there being ice in the bottom of the boat, her feet slipped and she fell over the side of the boat into the water when she screamed and made desperate struggles to regain the boat, but all in vain, She rose once to the surface after sinking. Several friends, who stood on the opposite shore, were witnesses of this heartrending scene, but as no boat was at hand and being unable to swim, were not able to render any assistance. The body was recovered only this morning about 8 o'clock after a long and weary search during the whole night. Mr. Young is one of the oldest and most respectable citizens on the river, and he and his family have the sympathy of the entire community in this terrible calamity.


April 2, 1874


THIBADO - A serious accident occurred at Hollin on Tuesday, resulting in the death of James Thibado, a son of Mr. John Thibado, of Maryborough. The lad was engaged in hauling wood, and in some unknown manner, became entangled in the front of the sled while in motion, and being unable to stop the horse, was killed before assistance could be rendered. Dr. Maudsley, coroner, held an inquest on the body on Wednesday, when a verdict of accidental death was given by the jury.


April 4, 1874


MCNIVEN - Mr. McNiven, late customs officer at, Montreal, who died in Colorado a few days

 since, was buried with Masonic honours on Thursday. The funeral was a very large one.


SLATTERY - In the case of the woman, Slattery, who was set fire to and burned to death on Wednesday afternoon at Halifax by John Kieley, the coroner's jury, this afternoon, brought in a verdict of wilful murder.


PARRY - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, Charles W. Parry, aged 25 years and 8 months. The funeral will leave his late residence, corner of King and Caroline streets, on Sunday, the 5th instant, at 3:30 p.m. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.


PROUT - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, Mr. Thomas Prout, late of Tavistock, Devonshire, England, in the 66th year of his age. Funeral on Monday, the 6th instant, at 3 o'clock, from the residence of Mr. J. Anderson, 69 Vine street.


COLLIER - Yesterday afternoon, says the Halifax "Citizen", a little girl named Mary Collier died suddenly in the Morris Street public school. She was standing with her class which was at a reading lesson when, throwing up both hands, she fell to the floor and instantly expired. She was carried home by her teacher.


April 6, 1874


MCILREY - A boy named Alexander McIlrey was accidentally shot by another youth near Thorold on Good Friday, and died the same night.


PARKER - On Friday last, Mr. George Parker, Sr., of Port Kenham, while attempting to jump from his wagon on account of one of his horses taking fright, received injuries which resulted in his death the following day.


BROWN - A Mr. Brown, a colliery contractor, met, with a fatal accident at the Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, on Thursday last by falling down a shaft, seventy‑five feet deep. He received injuries which cannot terminate otherwise than fatally.


FAIRCHILD - Died in this city, on Sunday, the 5th instant, at the residence of his son. C. D. Fairchild, Esq., of Newtown, Conn., aged 73 years.

C. D. Fairchild, Esq., of Newtown, Conn., father of Mr. Fairchild, King street west, died at his son's residence yesterday afternoon at the age of 73 years after a painful and lingering illness of five weeks duration. Deceased came here on a visit about six weeks ago, and was shortly after

 confined to his bed by an attack of erysipelas of the most malignant type. Being subject to a disease of the heart, his system, although otherwise strong, had to succumb to the "fell destroyer". His remains, under the superintendence of Mr. Blachford, undertaker, were taken to the depot this afternoon and conveyed from thence on board the 3:00 train to his late residence in Connecticut, at which place they will be interred in the family vault. His respected and aged widow, who is in feeble health, and an only daughter, alone remain of the family, with the exception of his son in this city. Deceased was one of the oldest members of the Masonic fraternity in his native place, and was looked upon with great respect and confidence by all who knew him. Those who had the pleasure of his acquaintance in this city hold his memory in great respect and veneration. He was of a genial and kind disposition, and always made hosts of friends wherever he went.


STEWART - Miss Margaret Stewart, a grand‑daughter of Sir William Johnson and of his wife, Miss Brant, sister of the Chief Joseph Brant, died at Niagara on Monday, the 30th of March. This venerable and amiable lady has latterly lived in very reduced circumstances, finding many kind friends, however, among the people of Niagara. She was a native of Niagara and about 74 years of age.


PARRY - Yesterday the funeral of the late Charles W. Perry took place and was attended by a large concourse, though a heavy storm occurred at the time. The deceased was formerly Secretary of the Typographical Union here, and worked in this city as a printer.


April 7, 1874


CULIERNE - The body of a man named Culierne, who had been frozen to death, was found Monday on Rushog Lake. It seems he left Minden about a fortnight ago, intending to walk to Haliburton, a distance of nineteen miles. He must have lost his way and perished from exposure.


April 8, 1874


CAVANAUGH - Died of consumption, on Tuesday, 7th instant, Bridget Agatha, youngest daughter of Mr. John Cavanaugh, in the 15th year of her age. The funeral will leave her father's residence, No 40 Mulberry street, to‑morrow (Thursday) morning at 9 o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.


GRAHAM (Strathroy) - A man named John Graham, a farmer residing in Caradoc, was killed by the late train going east, last night about a mile from the town. Graham was walking along the

 track in the same direction that the train was going, and evidently failed to perceive its approach. The train was delayed some time near Wyoming the same night, having there run over and killed a coloured woman. Graham was a young man and unmarried.


April 9 1874


GREGORY - Colonel Daniel Gregory, one of the oldest and most respected residents of Louth Township, passed away on the 6th instant, in his 83rd year. The deceased was one of the few brave sons of Canada who turned out in 1812 to resist the American invading force.


April 10, 1874


GORMAN - Mrs. Gorman committed suicide by hanging herself to the limb of a tree last Wednesday night on the farm of Mr. Smith, 2nd concession of King. Dr. Killary, coroner, held an inquest, and after hearing the evidence, the jury brought in a verdict of "suicide while labouring under temporary insanity.”


FINDLAY - Mrs. Findlay, wife of Mr. John Findlay of Port Elgin, dropped dead about 11 a.m. in her mother‑in‑law's house. She was in good health apparently a few minutes before she died. Dr. Griffith was summoned at once, but life was extinct before he arrived. The deceased was a daughter of the Rev. John Duff, of Nichol. She leaves five children to mourn her loss. The cause of her death is supposed to have been apoplexy.


DAVIDSON (Quebec) - The wife of Captain Davidson of the Gulf Ports steamer "Secret" fell back in her chair and expired at 10 o'clock last night. The cause was disease of the heart.


April 11, 1874


MOORE - Died at noon today, at his father's residence, Palmerston Terrace, Maiden Lane, of typhoid pneumonia, Lewis DeLacy, eldest son of Lyman Moore, Esq., aged 19 years and 6 months. The funeral will take place at 3 o'clock p.m. on Tuesday, the 14th instant.


GRAHAM - Died at Dundas, on Friday, the 10th instant, Andrew Graham, in his 47th year. Funeral, on Monday, the 13th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends are invited to attend.


OSBORNE - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Mr. Robert Osborne, in his 59th year. The funeral will take place on Monday, at 3 o'clock p.m. from the family residence, Vine street.

 Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.

This morning there is a void in our commercial circles, a gap in the list of our old citizens, which casts a gloom over a large circle of business and social friends and acquaintances. Mr. Robert Osborne, who had been suffering for about three months from an attack of paralysis, but was so far recovered that on Thursday last he was looking forward hopefully to the time within the limits of a few days when he could sally forth into the streets and greet his old friends once more in the marts of commerce, was suddenly stricken at an early hour on Friday morning with a second attack of the complaint, beneath which he rapidly sank, dying late the same evening. The feeling of sorrow which spread itself over the community this morning as the news of his death was circulated, was of no ordinary character. It was deep and genuine, and caused many a business man to exhibit a more than common degree of nervousness as he tried to perform his accustomed task, while not a few felt that they ‑ well, that they could not think of their dead friend and do business; so they just let business run itself for a time, while they gave themselves up to sorrow which had its birth in his death.

Mr. Osborne was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, in the year 1815. In the year 1839, filled with all a genuine Scotchman's desire to see new worlds and explore new and wider fields of commercial enterprise, he turned his attention to America. In the spring of that year, he landed in Canada, and after looking for some time, he settled in Beamsville, then a place of some importance in the new country, and engaged in the business of watchmaker and jeweler. He remained there some five years, and then removed to Hamilton where he has steadily pursued his business for a period of thirty years, earning for himself a reputation for sterling integrity both in business matters and in private life such as any man might be proud of.

Mr. Osborne aspired not after honours, but in his own quiet way, he was quite as widely known as many who do so, while his actions, both in public and private, soon won for him quite as much and so widespread esteem as if he had filled the highest public offices in the land. The only public position of any kind that he ever filled was that of treasurer of the St. Andrew's Society, which he held for many years. In business matters, he was careful, prompt, and reliable, in his private relations, social, cheerful, and kind, and there be many who both in their commercial and social relations to‑day mourn the loss of a friend on whose wise counsel and words of cheer they could always rely with confidence. They have this consolation, however, that he was well‑prepared for his end.

April 13, 1874


SAUNDERS - Died on the 12th instant, at his residence in the Township of Walpole, in the 69th year of his age, Samuel Saunders, Esq. Deceased came to this country in 1831 with a wife and one child, settling on a lot of wild land near Nanticoke with little else that his axe to aid him, but by persevering industry, he cleared and paid for his farm, and by his strict integrity and urbanity of manner, he so won the respect and conscience of all who knew him that he became for nine years a member of the Walpole Council, and was for four years Reeve of that body. He also was a Justice of the Peace, and held a Captain's commission in the Militia. He has left a wife and eleven children to mourn his loss, nine of whom are sons. One is a Wesleyan minister; the others all own farms of their own or other property, and are mostly settled near the old homestead. They are all educated, partly by himself after his day's work was done, and like their father are Christian in principle, Conservative in politics, upright in business, and affable in manner, respected and useful members of society.

The object of this notice died in peace with a firm trust in his saviour, surrounded by his numerous family, and was followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends. Few men can leave behind them a better record.


DONAHOE - Died at the residence of Mr. John Andrews, Barton, on the 13th instant, Thomas Donahoe, in his 25th year. The funeral will take place from the family residence, Glanford, on Wednesday, at 12 noon. Friends will please accept this intimation.


BLACK, MCDOWELL (Sparta) - A dreadful accident occurred on Saturday afternoon in the small village of Dexter whereby three young men lost their lives. It appears that two men named Black and one named William McDowell were taking an old kurb out of a wall, one of the Blacks being at the bottom and the other two men on the top, All of a sudden, the sides of the wall caved in and buried the one at the bottom. The others attempting to rescue him were buried in the same manner by the sides caving in a second time. A large number of men set to work to dig out the other men buried. It took an hour before either of them could be reached, and when found life was extinct. The last body was recovered at 10 o'clock the same night. One of the young Blacks leaves a wife to mourn his untimely end.


April 14, 1874


MOWAT - Died on the 14th instant, William Mowat, in the 54th year of his age. Funeral will leave his late residence, 6 Mary street, on Thursday at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend.

FREEMAN - Died on Tuesday, the 14th instant, at his residence in Hamilton, Samuel B. Freeman, Esq., Q.C., County attorney and Clerk of the Peace for the County of Wentworth, aged 60 years and 2 months. Funeral on Thursday next at 3 P.m. when relations and friends are requested to attend.


CHISHOLM - One by one, the old inhabitants of this region are travelling the way of all flesh, some of them after lingering illnesses, others comparatively suddenly. The last week added several names to the death roll in which our citizens were interested. To‑day adds two more. One of these was not a resident of this city, but was favourably known and highly respected in it. We refer now to Colonel George King Chisholm of Oakville who answered the Master's summons this morning at 7 o'clock. His death was very sudden. It was only yesterday that we received a lengthy communication from him for publication, and we understand that last evening he was in his usual state of health. The immediate or remote cause of death is not stated in our information, and we are left entirely in the trackless regions of surmise on the subject.

Colonel Chisholm was an old resident of Oakville, and some twenty years ago he represented the County of Halton in the Parliament of the province of Canada which has since outgrown its provincial character and developed into a Dominion, embracing many provinces and not inaptly designated as "Greater Britain". At the hour of writing, we are not in possession of particulars as to the time and place of his nativity, but we believe he was about sixty years of age.

Colonel Chisholm connected himself with the Masonic fraternity some sixteen years ago, being initiated into the St. Andrew's Lodge, No 16, Toronto, on the 11th of May, 1858. He was subsequently made a Royal Arch Mason in St. Andrew's Chapter, Toronto. He was charter member of White oak Lodge, No 196, Oakville, and its first Master. He also held the position of Master in it at the time of his death. He will be interred with Masonic ceremonies.

The time when the funeral is to take place has not been arranged yet, but will be as soon as distant relatives have arrived.


April 15, 1874


GOULD - Died at Mrs. Vernon's, Vernonville County, Northumberland, of congestion of the lungs, George Gould, Esq., late of Ancaster, in his 84th year.


FREEMAN - The Late S. B. Freeman, Esq., Q.C.: As we have announced, the subject of this obituary died yesterday morning. For long years, he had practised in this county as the leading counsel . Born in Nova Scotia on the 14th of February, 1814, he, while yet a child, moved with his father and the rest of the family to near Wellington Square where for some years,

young Freeman, as he was then called, was noted as a hardworking Canadian lad. His two brothers still reside on the old homestead.

When about twenty years old, he joined the Law Society, and was admitted as a barrister and attorney in 1840. At that time, he entered into partnership with Miles O'Reilly, Esq., Q.C., and has since practised in this city. He ranked fourteenth on the roll of Q.C.G. For the last seven years, he has been doing the duties of Clerk of the Peace and County Attorney.

The deceased leaves a wife and eight children to whom his loss is irreparable, as no husband or father could be more kind and affectionate to his family. The public will sadly miss the kind, genial, gladsome face of one everyday landmark.

The members of his profession both in the county and where he was accustomed to go on circuit are unanimous in sharing grief which prevails with all who knew the deceased, at his loss. Ever willing to oblige, never otherwise than in the best of humour, and this coupled with his acknowledged talents and ability as one of the leaders of the bar, it is with no undeserved eulogy that we who have known his mettle so long, say that it will be long ere we see his like again.


April 16, 1874


EARLEY - Died at Nelson, County of Halton, on the 12th instant, of apoplexy, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. J. Earley, aged 51 years.


CHISHOLM - Died at Oakville, on the 14th instant, Col. George King Chisholm, aged 59 years. Funeral will take place from his late residence at Oakville, on Saturday, the 19th instant, at 2 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


PARK - Died at her residence, 189 John street south, on the 16th instant, aged 70 years, Elizabeth, relict of the late William Park. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral at 3 p.m., Saturday, the 18th instant.


PAYSON - William Payson, aged 75, fell into a vat at Digby, on Saturday, and lived less than an hour after he was taken out.


SPRAGGE (Ottawa) - William Spragge, Superintendent of Indian Affairs here, died suddenly last night. He had just returned from a party at Government House, when he lay down and expired.

April 17, 1874


HAGERMAN - On Wednesday, about 12 o'clock noon, a man by the name of Hagerman was found dead about a quarter of a mile from Widder. As he was in the village the previous evening very much under the influence of liquor, it is supposed that in his attempt to go home, he must have fallen over the embankment at the bottom of which he was found, and there perished in an insensible condition.


MASON - Died in this city, on the 16th instant, Elizabeth, relict of the late James Mason, in the 78th year of her age. The funeral will take place on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from 69 York street. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


April 18, 1874


MCKEE - Died in this city, on the 16th instant, Minnie O'Garrety, the beloved wife of Jacob McKee, aged 26 years. Funeral will leave the residence of her husband, No 57 John street south, for the English Church, Glanford, to‑morrow, Sunday, 19th instant, at 10:30 a.m. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


April 19, 1874


ABEL - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, Mary Ann Carr, relict of the late John Abel, formerly of this city. Funeral will leave the residence of John Mitchell, to 27 Main street west, on Tuesday, the 21st instant, at 4 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


CASE - Died in Barton, at 11 p.m. on Sunday, April 19th, 1874, from a relapse of pneumonia, Ruth Case, relict of the late Dr. William Case, and mother of Dr. Case, Sr., of this city, aged 94 years, 8 months, and 19 days. The funeral will leave her late residence, Barton, on King street east, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.

It is with deep regret that we are called upon to chronicle the death, in her 95th year, of Mrs. Ruth Case, relict of the late William Case. She died at her old residence in Barton just below the first toll gate on the macadamized road, where she lived since the year 1810. She was a native of Pennsylvania and came here years‑before the name of Hamilton was known, before it was even a village. She had seen what very few, if any, have ever been singled out to witness ‑ the growth from a mere wilderness to a large and populous‑city. She raised a numerous family, all of whom that are now living, have done honour to her old age and her pious name.

MACABE - Died this morning, at 2 o'clock, Elizabeth, youngest daughter of Mr. Henry Macabe, aged 23 years. The funeral will take place from her father's residence, 55 Hess street, to‑morrow (Tuesday) afternoon, at 4 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are requested to accept this intimation.


MACABE - Died this morning, Mary Ann, wife of the late Captain Macabe, aged 43 years. The funeral will take place from her late residence, 108 Bay street north, on Wednesday next, 23rd instant, at 4 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are requested to accept this intimation.


CHAPMAN - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, Maria Morton, relict of the late W. M. Chapman


April 20, 1874


PORTER (Toronto) - The funeral of the late Rev. James Porter takes place this afternoon. His remains will be accompanied by the school trustees, and to allow teachers to attend, and out of respect to the inspector's memory, a half holiday has been granted to the children. An active canvass is going on already for the dead man's shoes.


SMITH (Toronto) - A strange case of sudden death occurred in the Police Court this morning. A man named John Smith was arrested at 4 o'clock this morning in Front street in a state of intoxication and taken to No 1 station. At 9 a.m. he, with other prisoners, was taken to the Police Court. On leaving the "Black Maria" he complained of feeling weak and took hold of a policeman's arm to assist him upstairs. Upon reaching the cell, or as it is more irreverently called, the cage at the top, he sat down and instantly died. The sudden death created quite a flutter in the court.


April 21, 1874


ROSS - A man named James Ross lost his life at Goderich on Saturday evening by falling into an uncovered cistern in his own back yard.


CORKINGDALE - Eight persons have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the death of Donald Corkingdale, found in the River Sydenham at Strathroy, a few weeks ago.


COBURN - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Elizabeth W., wife of H. P. Coburn, aged 35 years. Funeral will leave her late residence, Victoria avenue, on Friday, at 2 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


FREEMAN - Died in this city, on the 20th instant, Deborah F. Gage, eldest daughter of the late Peter Gage, Esq., and wife of Lewis B. Freeman, aged 48 years.

The funeral will leave her husband's residence, No 202 John street north, on Thursday, the 23rd instant, at 2 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.


SMITH (Toronto) - An inquest was held on the body of John Smith who fell down and died at the Police Court. A verdict of "died from exhaustion in consequence of delirium tremens" was returned.


April 22, 1874


COBURN - In this city, on the 21st instant, Elizabeth W., wife of H. P. Coburn, aged 35 years. Funeral will leave his residence, Victoria avenue, at 2 p.m. to‑morrow (Thursday) to G.W.R. station for train going east. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


RAPELO (Clifton) - A young man named Rapelo, a brakeman on No 16 Air Line mixed, was found fatally injured on the Air Line track near the Clifton junction at 8:30 last evening. He is supposed to have fallen off the top of the train between the cars. He was only lately employed on the road, and was formerly of Simcoe.


April 23, 1874


MCCORMACK - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, George McCormack, aged 74 years. The funeral will leave his residence, No 51 Hannah street, on Sunday afternoon next, at two o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


April 24, 1874


ARMOUR - A watchmaker of Guelph, named Armour, committed suicide by shooting himself through the head.


CURTIS (Toronto) - The late Captain Curtis's remains will be interred this afternoon


April 28, 1874


CORMACK - Died in this city, on Tuesday, 28th instant, at 2:45 a.m., James Cormack, aged 21, a native of the Orkney Islands. Funeral will leave James Inch's, 131 John street on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend


PAXTON - The death of Major Paxton of Amherstburg, Essex, has taken away one of the oldest

 residents, and the Conservative party have lost a true and faithful friend. Hoary with years, he paid the debt of nature. The deceased gentleman was respected by all who knew him. In the Rebellion of '37 he won his spurs. He was always loyal to the land from which he came and devotedly so to Canada. His death was like his life, calm and peaceful.


WHITEHOUSE - Monday evening about six o'clock, a man by the name of Whitehouse, was found in one of the bedrooms of the American Hotel with his throat cut from below the left ear partly round the neck. A large pool of blood was on the floor where the unfortunate man lay, and a large jack‑knife with which he evidently cut his throat. He was seen about noon in apparently good spirits and was talking with some of the people in the house. No motive is yet known for the act, and little is known of the person himself who from his appearance, is a gentleman, but a stranger here. His sister and her child are stopping at the hotel, but such excitement prevails that it is impossible to get any particulars yet. A coroner's inquest will be held immediately

The following particulars are all that could be learned. A shoemaker, calling himself R. E. Whitehouse, left his wife in Massachusetts, US., about four years ago, and came to Detroit last summer, accompanied by a woman who had lived with him since that time. During most of the winter, it appears he has been suffering under a serious attack of melancholy which had apparently affected his intellect. On Monday, he came over to this place on his way to Buffalo in company with the same woman who was going to Union, Ontario. They put up at the American Hotel, and this evening he locked himself up in a room. The suspicion of the clerk being aroused that all was not well, he followed him soon after, and finding the door locked, looked through the keyhole and saw the man, Whitehouse, lying on the floor. When the door of the room was opened, it was found that, he had deliberately cut his throat while standing before the looking‑glass. It seems that the woman who was with Whitehouse suspected that he intended taking his life, as she found him handling a razor in a suspicious manner, but succeeded in getting it away from him. Immediately after the occurrence, Dr. Bartlett empanelled a jury where the evidence of the Clerk; Dr. Aikman, who had been sent, for; the woman who had accompanied deceased; and also the party with whom they had boarded in Detroit was taken, bringing out the foregoing facts. The verdict of the jury was "that Whitehouse had committed suicide while labouring under temporary insanity". (Windsor)


April 29, 1874


WHITE - Died in this city, on the 29th instant, W. ,T. White, aged 30 years, of consumption, native of Huntingdon, England. The funeral will take place on Friday at four o'clock, from

43 Catherine street south. Friends will please accept this intimation.


MCDONALD (Cape Breton) - A man met his death under very painful circumstances in the woods a few days ago. It seems that Mr. McDonald was chopping a wind‑fall, in two, and was standing on the trunk from which a branch protruded, and after severing the tree, the weight of earth about the root forced it to spring back, when the branch entered his body about fifteen inches. After considerable difficulty, he was extricated, but only walked a short distance when he fell and expired.


May 1, 1874


DOWNE - Died at his residence in Beverly, on Saturday, the 25th ultimo, William Downe, aged 52 years. The deceased was an old and respected resident of the Township of Beverly and filled many offices of public trust with credit to himself and general satisfaction to the public. He leaves a wife and family to mourn his death.


HAYES - While the yard hands and a pony engine of the Great Western Railway were engaged in shunting freight cars on one of the sidings yesterday afternoon about five o'clock, a boy named Hayes accidentally received injuries which have since resulted in his death. The little fellow, in hopes of getting a ride, jumped on to the train, and when it was in motion, fell, and before he could drag himself from the track, the wheels passed over both legs above the knees. Drs. White and Billings were soon in attendance, and under their skill, amputation was effected, after which the wounded lad was taken to the Hospital where he died at eleven o'clock last night. He lived with his parents near the Palace, and his father is employed in the Great Western Railway shop. An inquest will be held in the Hospital at 2 o'clock this afternoon. The inquest is going on as we go to press.


May 4, 1874


PATON (Ottawa) - The funeral services over Archdeacon Paton will be held to‑day. His death was referred to yesterday in all the city churches.


May 5, 1874


HALL - On Sunday morning, Sarah Jane Hall, the wife of Henry Hall who lives on Stuart street, near John, was found dead in her bed. She had been much addicted to the excessive use of ardent spirits for some years past, and for two weeks previous to her sudden and wretched end, had been drinking harder than usual, throwing her stomach into such a state of disorder that it would not

receive any sustenance whatever. Though in this condition, she was able to be about the house and was walking around comparatively well on Saturday. Her two daughter, who slept with her, on waking up at 8:15 on Sunday morning, discovered that their mother was stiff and cold. She must have passed away easily as they had not been aroused during the night. According to the wish of some of the family, an inquest was called and was held before Coroner Mackintosh yesterday at No 2 Police Station. After the evidence had been taken agreeably to the above facts, the jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to her death from exhaustion caused by want of food and the excessive use of ardent spirits.


May 6, 1874


ANDERSON - Died in Esquesing, on Tuesday, April 28th, William Anderson, aged 75 years.


MCKAY - Died in this city on the 6th instant, William McKay, aged 40 years. Funeral will take place on Friday, 9th instant, at 2 p.m., from his late residence, 52 Catherine street north. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.

It was both with surprise and deep regret that the many friends of William MacKay, Esq., of the firm of McKenzie and MacKay, heard this morning of his death. It was known that he had been confined to his house with illness for a few days past, but it was not thought to be at all serious, and even his physicians, we believe, had no apprehensions of a fatal termination of the disease until late on yesterday afternoon when he grew rapidly worse, and expired at eleven o'clock last night. In the prime of life, and with every appearance of robust health, Mr. MacKay seemed destined to a long career of useful activity, and the thought of its having been so prematurely closed will be a saddening one to his very large and attached circle of friends.


NEEDHAM (St. Catharines) - The inquest into the cause of death of the late Terence Needham was resumed at 8 o'clock last evening in the Council Chamber, before Coroner Comfort.

Bridge Harrold, recalled: Visited the two persons in gaol to‑day. Recognize the tall man who said his name was Purcell and who is the same man who was in my house with deceased on the 21st April.

Samuel Sharp, recalled: Saw the two men in the jail to‑day. Recognized the tall man as one of those who rode with me from Halmer's Hill to Bain's saloon as given in my former evidence. The short man I saw was, I think, the man who accompanied him on that occasion.

William Crawford, recalled. Saw two men in jail to‑day and recognized the tall man as being the one I saw leading the old man on the 21st of April. Think the small one is the other of the two men. Am not certain.

John Gumming, sworn: Caused two men to be arrested on suspicion of having caused the death of Terence Needham. One is called John Purcell, alias Bill Warner; the other, George Foli James alias George Sayers, or Sawyer, alias George Robinson. Am satisfied that the two arrested are the two men who were with Terence Needham on Apri1 21 in Dittrick's and other taverns.

The Coroner announced that he had received a letter from Dr. Ellis of Toronto giving the results of the analysis of the stomach of the late Terence Needham. He read the letter which stated that he had detected a very small quantity of morphia which was extracted and identified by the usual tests. Also he stated that "Under the circumstances, I have no hesitation in stating it is my belief that the deceased came to his death from the effects of Morphia".

The jury then deliberated for a few minutes, and returned the following verdict: That the deceased Terence Needham came to his death on the 21st of April in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred, and seventy‑four, at St. Catharines, by poison administered by one or two parties; viz., John Purcell, alias Bill Warren or Warner, and George Foli James, alias George Sayers or Sawyer, alias George Robinson, but by which one, the jury cannot say, but that the other was accessory, aiding and abetting, and they should be held liable for the murder, and committed for trial

The jury also desired to express their gratification at the manner in which the Police had ferreted out the murderers

Patrick Needham, son of the deceased, was in our office a few days ago. He said his father was never subject to heart disease, and on examination for life insurance six weeks ago, he was found all sound, but was rejected on account of pedigree. He had, when he left Barrie, nearly $100, and all he spent was $15 in Toronto to a son, and his whole expenses were $5.80. So he must have had on him over $70. He was a very healthy man with the exception of complaining a little of his stomach. The son says the same two scamps that robbed him here took $90 out of his pocket in Barrie, and drugged him there. He lay seven or eight hours stupid.

A day after Needham's death, Purcell. one of the prisoners, wrote a letter to Chief Cummings offering to come over here to give evidence, and stating that he was with Needham on the 27th of April. This was written from the Albion Hotel, Toronto, and probably only a blind,

The prisoners will be brought up before the Police Magistrate on Saturday, and committed to stand their trial at the Fall Assizes.

May 9, 1874


COLLINGWOOD - Died on Thursday, May 7th, Jane, relict of the late Thomas Collingwood, Esq., aged 61 years. The funeral will leave her late residence, 27 Catherine street, on Sunday, the11th instant, at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


RACEY - Died at Tuscarora parsonage, on Friday, the 8th instant, James B. Racey, Esq., of Clinton.


MCVEIGH - As Mr. McVeigh, an old man aged 62, who resides on the 8th concession of the Township of Bathurst, was riding home from a visit last Thursday night, he fell between the front wheel and dashboard of his buggy, and was killed. His head was bruised so as to be hardly recognizable. It is thought that he was under the influence of liquor that he got at a tavern on the road. Deceased was highly respected for his upright and honest character.


MALSBURG - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, Mrs. Christina Malsburg, mother of Mrs. L. Bauer, of this city, aged 64 years. The funeral will leave her late residence, 370 Hughson street north, at 3 o'clock p.m., on Monday, the 11th instant. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


HARDING - Dr. Harding, resident physician of the quarantine establishment at Partridge Island, died very suddenly on Wednesday.


DEWOLF - Mr. N. B. DeWolf of the firm of DeWolf Bros., Parisborough, fell over a wharf in that town on Thursday night and was drowned.


BOWIE - Edward Bowie, a Montreal confectioner, cut his throat with a razor on Thursday.


May 11, 1874


WALLACE - Died on the 10th instant, at the residence of her husband on Markland street, Mary, wife of William Wallace, G.W.R., aged 55 years. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, 12th instant, at 3 o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation without further notice.


BECK - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, George Beck, aged 40 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, King street west, brewery, at 3 p.m., on Tuesday. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.

May 12, 1874


PEW - last Sunday evening, Mr. James Pew, Jr., of Port Dalhousie, went into a field adjoining the barn for the purpose of bringing in a young horse. After catching it, and when near the barn, the horse took fright, and in consequence of Mr. Pew having thoughtlessly tied the halter around his arm, he was dragged several times around the field. When found, he could scarcely be recognized, and life was quite extinct.


BLOUNT - Died at Clifton, on the 10th instant, Jessie, daughter of David Blount, aged 7 weeks and 5 days.


May 13, 1874


FIELDS - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, J. C. Fields, in the 40th year of his age. Funeral will leave his late residence, King street east, Thursday, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


ROBERTS - The funeral of the late Richard Roberts took place this afternoon with full Orange honours. There was a large procession, though the weather was uncomfortably warm.


JOHNSTON - A man named Johnston, a Swede employed in Brown's work on the new canal at Thorold, was knocked down by an engine on the Welland Railway on Monday afternoon and killed on the spot. His body was frightfully mangled, his head being smashed to pieces. At the time of the accident, he was trying to hold a team of horses back from the passing engine which was going backward at the time.


May 14, 1874


MESSENGER - Died on the 9th instant, in the village of Caledonia, after a short and painful illness, Mary Ann Theresa, wife of Thomas Messenger, Esq., in the 52nd year of her age.


KOLOR (Toronto) - An inquest will be held this afternoon on Margaret Kolor who died suddenly in gaol yesterday afternoon.


May 15, 1874


HUGHSON - Died of Consumption, on the 15th May, Tamar Hughson, aged 57 years, daughter of George Hughson, deceased, and grand‑daughter of the late Nathaniel Hughson, of the city of Hamilton. The funeral will leave her residence, 47 Hunter street east, on to‑morrow afternoon, at 4 o'clock.

DOBBIN - Mr. Dobbin, chief of the Hull police, drowned on Wednesday afternoon, while gallantly trying to rescue a boy who had fallen into the creek at the old brewery, Hull Village. The bodies were recovered. The wife and three children of the brave deceased only arrived from Quebec last week.


FAIRBAIRN - The sad news was learned on Wednesday that Mr. Thomas McCulloch Fairbairn, M.P.P. for West Peterborough, died this morning at Jacksonville, Florida. The deceased was a native of Bowmanville and brother of the present postmaster of that place. For the past nine months, he has been striving against that insidious disease, consumption, and at the time of his death at Jacksonville, Florida, whither he went shortly after the opening of the last session of the Ontario parliament with the hope of gaining renewed strength in the sunny south. For three years Mr. Fairbairn represented West Peterborough in the Ontario Legislature, and for several years he enjoyed a large practice as a lawyer in that town. He was 34 years of age and leaves a widow and four children to mourn their sad bereavement.


YOUNG (Toronto) - A sad event occurred Wednesday afternoon at No 4 James street which cast quite a gloom over the neighbourhood. It appears that about a week ago a young Englishman who gave his name as Henry Young called upon Mrs. Barber, No 4 James street, and said he wished to board there. As he had a respectable and prepossessing appearance, no objection was raised, and he was allotted a room on the second flat. During the course of the present week, he made several unsuccessful attempts to get work, and his failure seemed to throw him into a very despondent state of mind. About five minutes to six, Wednesday evening, one of the boarders, named Nicolai Christenson, upon going to his room, was horrified to find the young man lying upon the bed apparently lifeless. He at once called for assistance, and it was found that the unfortunate lad had shot himself. Blood was trickling from a small bullet wound over the left eye, and a miniature pistol, evidently recently discharged, lay on his breast. Coroner De La Hooke, having been informed of the distressing occurrence, held an inquest on the body at the house of Mrs. Barber. A jury having been empanelled were taken to view the body. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased died from the effects of a bullet wound inflicted by himself while labouring under depressed spirits.


May 16, 1874


TUCKETT - Died in this city, on Saturday morning, the 16th instant, Mary, wife of Elias Tuckett, Esq., in the 71st year of her age. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from the residence, Cannon street west, on Tuesday, the 19th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m.

CARROLL - A boy named John Joseph Carroll, eleven years old, was run over by a wagon in Antigonish, on Monday, and was killed


MCDADEAN - An old man named Edward McDadean, an inmate in the Nova Scotia insane Asylum, committed suicide at that institution, on Thursday, by stripping the sheets off his bed into strips & hanging himself by the bedstead.


WELCH - The body of James Welch, a truckman who has been missing from Halifax since January, was picked up in the dock at one of the wharves on Friday morning in an advanced state of decomposition.


May 20, 1874


HULL - Died at Stoney Creek, on the 19th instant, Mr. Henry Hull, in the 49th year of his age. The funeral will take place with Masonic honours from his late residence, on Friday next at 1 p.m. The masonic brothers of the Hamilton lodges are respectfully invited to attend, as well as friends and acquaintances.


OGDEN - On Monday, as Dyer Ogden, a farmer at East Lake, was engaged in rolling in the field, by a sudden jerk he was brought over the roller, and it passed over his body. On examination, a joint in the back of the neck was found to be dislocated. He died in a few hours.


May 21, 1874


SPROUT - Died at Milton, on the 21st instant, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of John Sprout, Jr., aged 26 years. Funeral will leave her husband's residence, on Saturday, 23rd instant, at ten a.m.,and will proceed to St. Matthew's Church on the plains.


REEDHEAD - At the village of Lowville, about a week ago, a runaway occurred in which a little boy and girl, the son and daughter of Mr. Reedhead, were thrown out of the wagon and badly injured. We are sorry to say that the lad died from the effects of his injuries the night before last.


May 22, 1874


KAY - A very melancholy case of suicide occurred in Goderich last Tuesday night. John Kay, of the firm of W.& J. Kay, merchants, terminated his existence by shooting himself with a Spencer carbine. In the evening, he went to the store as he was in the habit of doing, and when last seen was engaged in writing. Not returning home by midnight, his family became alarmed, and search being made, he was found dead, having shot himself through the head.

Besides being a prominent merchant, he was agent of the American Express Company. The cause of the rash act was evidently pecuniary embarrassment which had been preying on his mind for some time. An inquest was held on Wednesday morning when the jury returned a verdict that deceased killed himself by shooting while in a state of unsound mind. The melancholy event has cast a gloom over the whole community, as the deceased was held in high esteem by all.


HAMILTON - To‑day an inquest was held before Dr. White on the body of an old woman named Margaret Hamilton who died in her home on York street. The jury brought in a verdict that the deceased came to her death from disease of the heart hastened by intemperance.


May 26, 1874


GAY - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, James Walter, youngest son of James Gay, in his 34th year. The funeral will leave his father's residence, 66 Hughson street south, on Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.


SHAW - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, Mr. Hugh Shaw, a native of Oban, Argyllshire, Scotland, aged 54 years. The funeral will take place to‑morrow afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Victoria avenue, first house north of the railway.

Our readers will regret exceedingly to hear of the death, in his 54th year, of Mr. Hugh Shaw, which took place at his late residence last evening. The deceased was widely known in this city and generally respected by all who knew him. He was for 17 years a member of the Hamilton Horticultural and Agricultural Society of Wentworth and Hamilton, under which societies he will be buried. He had only been ill since Sunday week. We are sorry to hear that Mrs. Shaw has been taken very ill since her late husband's sickness.


May 28, 1874


MACDONALD (Ottawa) - News has been received here of the sudden death of Mr. Macdonald, ex M.P., from Lunenburg, N.S.


May 29, 1874


VANSICKLE - On Monday evening last, an accident occurred to Rinear Vansickle,a teamster in the employ of Mr. William Nichol of Beverly, which resulted in his death, He had been in Dundas with a mast, and in going home, the hind axle of the heavy truck having broken down near one of the wheels, was supported on a long stick which dragged on the ground,

when from some cause or other unexplained, Vansickle fell off the truck, and the stick which supported the weight of the truck and dragged on the ground, passed over his body, and inflicted injuries of such a serious character that he died in about 24 hours. He was about 30 years old, and a married man.


MITCHELL - The body of the stableman of Mr. Moulding of Thorold village, whose disappearance was recorded as having taken place on Monday, the 18th instant, was found on Wednesday morning, floating in the pond between Wadsworth's flour mill and McDonagh's saw mill in that village. His name was Michael Mitchell.


PANKHURST - Died on Tuesday, the 26th instant, Arthur R. Pankhurst, aged 36 years, a native of Minehead, Somerset, England.


June 1, 1874


DOWNEY - Yesterday shortly before eleven o'clock, a violent squall swept over this part of the country, accompanied by a heavy fall of rain. Several yachts and row‑boats were on Burlington Bay at the time the storm came on, and all that could make the shore sought its shelter. Some were caught, however, in the middle of the Bay, and among these was a yacht manned by seven glass‑blowers from the glass factory here. Unable to bear up against the fierceness of the tempest, the man managing the boat brought her round on the wind and gave orders for the sail to be let down. When she was brought round, the boom swung about and struck a young man named Michael Downey overboard into the water, and the yacht drifted so rapidly away, notwithstanding three of them were pulling with all their might with the only oar they had, that he sank from the weight of his clothes and rose again no more in this life. An inquest was held before Dr. White this forenoon, and following evidence taken.

Thomas Jones, sworn, said: I know the deceased. We boarded together at the corner of James and Ferrie streets. Seven of us glassblowers got a boat at Mr. Bastion's and went for a sail to the Beach. When about a mile from the Beach, a squall struck the boat, and as soon as it struck, I saw that I could not keep her or her course, and so let her up into the wind. I held on to the tiller, and three others let down the sail. When the sail came down, the halyards went up out of reach. I gave the tiller into Harry Pritcher's hands and went forward to get the halyard. When I was forward, the boom swung round and struck Downey in the back, throwing him into the water. He swam for some time, and then we lost sight of him. We tried to get the boat round but could not. He swam quite a while. The sail of the boat was down, and she was running before the wind.

We could not reach him. We went ashore after this and asked Fred Corey to come and grapple for him twice, the second time finding him, when we returned to the city. Deceased was sober. He was about 21 or 22 years old. Was born in South Boston. Was a Roman Catholic. I understand sailing thoroughly and think I was competent to manage the yacht. There was no quarrelling on board. We were all on good terms. Gave the rudder to Harry Pritcher when we let the sail down. The sail was down when he went overboard. We had three at work on the oars, but were drifting back all the time in spite of our effort.

William Pritcher, Henry Pritcher, Samuel Algoe, Charles Fry, John Angel, and Joseph Kerr, all glassblowers, corroborated Jones's evidence.

The jury returned a verdict of accidental death from drowning.


June 2, 1874


MESTON - Died this morning, at his late residence, on York street, Charles Meston, for many years secretary of the Hamilton Horticultural Society, aged 51 years. Funeral will take place to‑morrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 1 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation to attend.


June 4, 1874


GIBSON - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, Emily Annie, the beloved wife of J. M. Gibson, Esq., in the 28th year of her age. Funeral from the residence, 61 Hunter street west, to‑morrow (Friday) afternoon at 4 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


June 5, 1874


MCCORMICK (Renfrew) - A very sad accident happened at Mount St. Patrick on the afternoon of the 4th instant. Rev. Father John McCormick started after his dinner for a short walk. A party called on him, and after considerable time, the housekeeper went in search of him, and he was nowhere to be found. She gave the alarm, and the neighbours traced him along the Consta Creek where it was supposed he was fishing. They came back to a place where the tracks stopped and found him lying on his face, drowned in about four feet of water. No further particulars yet.


June 6, 1874


EASTONS - A child of Mr. James Eastons, four years old, dropped dead in a field at Canard, Cornwallis, on Thursday.

COATES - A sad case of poisoning occurred about a mile from Dryden on Friday. A son of Mr. Coates, aged 6, ate some wild parsnips growing in the field near the house, and very shortly after eating it, was seized with convulsions and died in about two hours.


VAIL - Assistant‑Surgeon Vail of St. John, NB., of the active militia, who distinguished himself so much at the Wimbledon meeting in England last year, shot himself with his own rifle on Friday morning during a fit of temporary insanity. He was a son of Dr. Vail, speaker of the late House of Assembly and member for King's County.


STRASBURGER - A child named Ernest Strasburger, aged six years, was drowned on Friday in the river at New Hamburg. His hat was noticed lying on the bank of the stream where he had been playing, when it became apparent that he had fallen into the water. Search was at once commenced, and after some time, the body was found in two feet of water.


RENNICK - On Friday morning, a young man named Rennick, employed in Messrs Currier and Company's planing mill, Canal Basin, Ottawa, while engaged in tying a string from which a door was suspended to prevent shavings being knocked into his eyes, had his arm caught in the planing machine, and before he could extricate it, he was drawn in, and instantly killed. His body was terribly bruised and his right arm completely cut up to the shoulder. His head was also badly bruised, and it was from this that death resulted. Coroner Beaubien shortly after the accident empanelled a jury and held an inquest over the body. A verdict of "accidental death" was returned.


June 8, 1874


SEXSMITH, ENGLISH, GOODSON - The following deaths of clergymen were reported at the Wesleyan Conference:

The Rev. George Sexsmith, the Rev. Noble Englis, the Rev. George (died May 11)


June 9, 1874


LUNNEY - During a thunder storm on Sunday morning, a young man named John Lunney was killed by lighting in the Township of Logan.


BECKHAM - Mr. J. Beckham, an old pioneer of Middlesex, died at Strathburn, on the 4th instant, aged 87. He has resided on the spot for nearly forty years.


BURK - By the upsetting of a boat at Low Point, Cape Breton, on Tuesday, Thomas Burk,

of Sydney, was drowned. Two other men were in the boat with him and succeeded in swimming ashore.


S COTT - We are painfully compelled to chronicle another case of accidental drowning. The victim this time was a little boy named Willie Scott whose parents reside on Guire street in a house immediately fronting on Hughson street. Yesterday about eleven o'clock, the lad, in company with a few others, was playing on some loose timber which lay in the water at the foot of James street in what is known as the Mackay slip. While the little fellows were thoughtlessly playing young Scott fell in, and after a short struggle in deep water, he sank to rise no more. The body was soon recovered, and in the evening, Dr. White, coroner, held an inquest over it at McAuliffe's Bay View Hotel when a verdict of accidental death by drowning was returned.


GWYN - Died in Dundas, on the 4th instant, William Beechy Gwyn, Esq., Collector of customs, eldest son of Commander William Gwyn, Royal Navy, of Tasburgh Lodge, Long station, Norfolk, England, aged 58 years.


MALLOCH - Died at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the 8th instant, Eliza Chislett, wife of Francis S. Malloch, of Brockville.


CHAPMAN - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, Edna J., only child of Joshua and Charlotte Chapman, aged 7 months and 17 days. Funeral will leave her father's residence, 28 Main street west, on Wednesday, the 10th instant, at 2 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.


TODD (Ottawa) - The funeral of the late Mr. Todd, clerk of private bills, took place yesterday. For forty years he had been in public life.


June 11, 1874


BROWN - Margaret Brown, a little girl three years old, fell into a tub of hot water at Montreal on Monday right, and was so badly scalded that she died on Tuesday.


MALONEY - A prisoner named Michael Maloney, who was sent to the Halifax City Prison on Tuesday for stealing a coat, dropped dead Wednesday morning while putting on the prison clothes.


MCGREGOR - Mr. John McGregor, a farmer living in the Township of Sullivan, five miles from Chatsworth, was killed yesterday while driving through his own fields, The horses became

unmanageable, upsetting the wagon, and causing injuries to his spinal column that proved fatal two hours after.


YULE - On Tuesday evening, as J. Yule of Wawanosh was unloading lumber at the Clinton station, a train arrived which started his horses and also a second team. Mr. Yule attempted to stop the horses, but was knocked down. Both teams passed over him. He was taken to Turner's Hotel, and every attention paid him, but his injuries were so severe that he died on Wednesday at noon.


FULLER - Some time ago, Fuller, a Montreal boarding house keeper, spent a whole day ineffectually trying to get a boarder of his named Turner, who had the smallpox, into the General Hospital or Hotel Dieu. He had to keep Turner in his house until next day when he was taken to the hospital. Meanwhile, Fuller caught the disease and died in hospital on Wednesday. He had not been vaccinated.


June 12, 1874


GARRICK - This morning, about half past ten o'clock, a little child, three years old, named Hamilton P. Garrick, son of Mr. Garrick who resides at the corner of Caroline and Hannah streets, was found by his sister, feet uppermost, in a barrel of rain water that had been sunk in the ground at the rear of the house. The child had slipped out of the house without the knowledge of its parents, and had been in the water but about three minutes when found. An inquest will be held to‑night at the residence.


June 13, 1874


BONNETT - The wife of Isaac Bonnett, Sheriff of Annapolis, died suddenly at Bridgetown, on Thursday.


HARDING - A child about two years old, son of Mr. John M. Harding, fell into one of the docks at Annapolis last Wednesday evening, and was drowned.


PETERS - Mr. and Mrs. Peters were killed on Friday afternoon on the Grand Trunk Railway near Weston, the light wagon in which they were being run into by a train as they were crossing the line. A son of the deceased couple, who was along with them at the time, is seriously injured.


MCCALL - On Tuesday, the 9th instant; a man by the name of George McCall, in the employ of Mr. J. H. Jackson, of Severn Bridge, not returning from his work at the proper time, search was made for him when the boat used by him in going to and returning from his work was found adrift, and also his hat. All the circumstances tend to the belief that he is drowned.

The river has been dragged, but no discovery has been made of the body, as yet.


JANATT - The wife of James Janatt died at her residence in St. James street, Quebec, last Wednesday night. The suspicions of the neighbours were aroused at the occurrence, and it was hinted that the woman had been so ill‑used by her husband that her death was accelerated by his bad treatment. Information was given to the coroner who held an inquest on Thursday when the evidence of the woman's father and other persons in the house proved that she had been well‑used by her husband and there was not the slightest suspicion attaching to him. Dr. Jacob Jackson held the post mortem examination, and could find no marks of violence on the person of the deceased. He was of opinion that death was caused by inflammation of the lungs, and the jury returned a verdict accordingly.


June 19, 1874


YETTING - This forenoon, the neighbourhood of King and James streets was thrown into great excitement by the news which spread through this ordinarily quiet part of the city with remarkable rapidity, that a man had been killed at the Bank of British North America buildings. In five minutes a large and anxious crowd had gathered at the place, and as one of our reporters arrived at the scene a minute or two later, the body of a man was being borne into the bank buildings from the street by his late fellow workmen. The form was deposited on a board with a bunch of shavings for its pillow while the men endeavoured to discover if any animation yet remained. The dead and throbless pulse and the glazed upturned eyes soon told that life was extinct though the limbs were yet warm and damp with perspiration. On enquiring from the men on the spot where the fatality had occurred, our reporter learned the facts of the case to be as follows.

The deceased, whose name is Thomas Yetting and who is an English immigrant, lately come to Hamilton with his wife and five children, was working with another man in a cut which was dug for a branch sewer from the Bank of British North America on King street to the main sewer on James street. He was packing down earth about ten feet below the surface of the street around the pipe of the sewer junction that had just been made when a ton of earth detached itself from the south side of the cut and fell bodily upon him. The great weight of the falling heap crushed him down into the hole in which he was standing and he was knocked down on his knees. At the same time, he was squeezed back against the water pipe on which his shoulders lay, while his head was back against the other side of the cut. His companion in the farther end of the cut heard him utter a sudden cry and turning around and approaching him found him buried in the

earth up to his breast with his features already fixed and changeless, and the man to all appearances dead. Immediately several men were around him, and as soon as possible got the earth removed, and pulled him out. Medical attendance was at once sent for, and in about 25 minutes Dr. Mackelcan came upon the scene, and an inquest was appointed for this afternoon. We understand that the wife and family are in poor circumstances, and the calamity will therefore be heavy. The deceased is said to be 44 years of age. An inquest is being held as we go to press.


BROWN (Fort Garry) - Mr. James A. Brown, formerly of Hamilton, was murdered last night by soldiers. The perpetrators have been arrested.


June 20, 1874


CLEAVER - Friday morning, about eight o'clock, a young man by the name of Hy Cleaver, while engaged in Mr. Cooper's sawmill at Bracebridge running the edgings from the saw, seems to have caught his left band against the saw and then fallen forward, the saw cutting through his shoulder into the lung. The poor fellow was dead before the mill hands got to him. An inquest was held by Coroner Bridgeland and a verdict of 'accidental death' returned by the jury. The deceased was a very steady, respectable young man and had not been long out from England.


CLUCHEY (Toronto) - About noon yesterday, a French‑Canadian raftsman, named Edward Crevier, entered the City Hall Police Station and gave himself into custody, saving he had accidentally killed, in a fight, a man named Moses Cluchey. It appeared from his explanation that both men were raftsmen and had shanties or cabins erected on the lot between Princess and Berkeley streets fronting the Bay. The deceased, who had been drinking, assaulted the prisoner, and a fight ensued in which the former was killed.

Coroner Dr. Bridgeman, having been informed of the circumstance, issued his warrant for an enquiry to be held at Seaborn's Hotel, corner of King and Berkeley streets. A jury was accordingly empanelled, and the body of the deceased having been viewed, the following evidence was adduced. The witnesses being for the most part French‑Canadians with an imperfect knowledge of English, the evidence is necessarily somewhat obscure.

Joseph Belair, having been duly sworn, deposed as follows: I knew the deceased who had been in my employ nearly one month. He had always been quiet and an unoffending person until to‑day (Friday). He appeared this morning to be under the influence of liquor, Last Sunday, he and the prisoner came to my shanty, and high words took place between them. Crevier asked deceased to go outside and said he would fix him pretty quickly.

Deceased in reply told him to go about his business as he did not want to have anything to do with him. Nothing more occurred till to‑day when soon after dinner time the deceased, who was the worse of liquor, said he would fix Crevier if he said a word to him. He then walked away and met Crevier coming from his shanty, and when I went to the door, they were fighting. Deceased picked up a stick and struck the prisoner on the shoulder. I walked away, and immediately heard the deceased fall against the shanty door. I then picked him up and carried him into the shanty, and as he did not show signs of life, sent for a doctor. Never knew the prisoner to be quarrelsome. Deceased was not a healthy man and had often complained of a pain in his chest.

J. Eli Weversoiny stated that he had known the deceased for the past three or four years and always knew him to be quiet and civil. Deceased always appeared to be in good health and witness never heard him complain of indisposition. He saw the two men fighting. Crevier appeared to be getting the worst and started to run. Deceased ran after him, picked up a stick and hit him on the shoulder. While he was doing this, Adolphus Queen caught deceased and held him. He, however, got away, and the quarrel was renewed. Prisoner asked deceased what he picked up a stick for. Deceased answered, "I am too small to fight with you". They recommenced fighting, and after some scuffling, Crevier struck deceased and knocked him against the door, apparently causing him to be partially insensible. The blow was struck with the right hand on the mouth and cheek of deceased. Deceased then seemed to stand up again, and Crevier struck him again about the face. Deceased then fell, to all appearance, dead. The prisoner then turned round and said to the men in the shanty, "Didn't I tell you that if I could get one good blow at him, it would be enough for him?" Witness saw no kicking by anyone. He knew deceased had been drinking, but was not aware that the prisoner had.

William Ward deposed that he was in the shanty at the time the row occurred. Saw deceased strike prisoner with a stick. The foreman separated the two, but deceased again followed prisoner up. Several blows were interchanged, and deceased was struck in the face and left insensible against the door.

Joseph Marlowe gave evidence somewhat similar in purport, showing deceased was the aggressor. The first blow struck by the prisoner was in the temple and the second over the mouth of deceased. When deceased fell, prisoner said, "My good man, don't you ever insult me again."

The inquest was adjourned till to‑day to await the results of the post mortem examination.


JOHNSON (Scotland) - Last night about 12 o'clock, flames were seen issuing from the house of Samuel Johnson in this village. On repairing to the scene of the fire, it was found to be so extensive as to preclude all hope of saving the building.

The neighbours at once removed the furniture and tried to prevent the spreading of the flames to the adjoining building. They were shocked by finding Johnson lying in a pool of blood in the garden, about three rods from the house, in a dying condition. On turning the body over, a horrible gash was found in his throat, and a few gasps closed his earthly career. A bloody razor was found near the body. Johnson was a dissipated character and lived alone, his wife having left him a few days ago. A coroner's inquest is now being held.


June 22, 1874


JOHNSTON - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Rebecca, youngest daughter of the late James Johnston, in the 20th year of her age. The funeral will leave her sister's (Mrs. Richard Fields) residence, No 15 Grove street, on Tuesday, 23rd, at 4 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


MURPHY - This morning about 8 o'clock as a special, train was passing Copetown station, Daniel Murphy, a brakeman of the iron train then on the station sidings stepped out from a car and stood upon the main track just as the special come along In an instant, he was knocked down, run over, and killed by the engine which was moving at a high rate of speed. It is supposed that in stepping out on the main track, he was perfectly unaware that the engine was coming or at least so close upon the place. The deceased was a resident of this city, his late dwelling being on Strachan street between John and Hughson streets, He was a married man but had no family. His wife left the city this afternoon and proceeded to Copetown in order to identify the body.


CARTIER - A sad accident occurred about noon on Saturday at Baptiste Creek. The boiler of the Great Western Railway steam dredge exploded. William Cartier of Stoney Point was instantly killed, and J. Willis, P. Demara, F. Bailey, A. Morris, and P. Ritchie were badly injured. P. Demara has since died.


LANNING - A sad accident occurred on the Grand Trunk near Fulford street, Montreal, about half past ten last Saturday night. A young lady. Miss Mary Ann Lanning, very respectably connected, residing in Coursol street, was crossing the track or her way home from the grocery when she was caught by a passing train which she did not hear, being a little deaf. She was terribly mangled, her left arm and leg were cut off, and her head was severely injured. She lived for about half an hour, but was quite unconscious.


WARD (Ottawa) - A patient in hospital escaped, and after running wildly a distance, dropped dead. He was an old pensioner named Ward.

June 25, 1874


OSBORNE (London) - About 11 o'clock last night, the G.W.R. New York express train ran off the track at Sifton's Cut, four miles from the city, caused by the displacing of a rail by some evil‑disposed person. The engine ran into the bank on the side of the road, completely wrecking the tender and some of the cars. The engine driver jumped off, thereby saving his life. The fireman, named Joseph Osborne, of Windsor, was instantly killed, his skull being fractured. The passengers had a very fortunate escape, only a few being hurt, and those so slightly that they were able to proceed on their journey. A gang of men are now cleaning the track of debris.


June 26, 1874


MITCHELL - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, Mr. Thomas Mitchell, a native of Dundee, Scotland, aged 54 years. The funeral will take place to‑morrow (Saturday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock, from corner of Caroline and Hannah streets. Friends will please accept this intimation.


HODGES - On Monday last, a fine lad, seven years old, son of Mr. Joseph Hodges, at Mount Healy, was drowned in the Grand River while engaged, in company with his two little sisters, in fishing. It appears that the little fellow was preparing himself a convenient seat with his back to the water, and losing his balance, fell in. The circumstance is the more distressing as he is an only son and that the father and mother had but a short time gone from home to visit a sick friend at, a short distance, and had but barely arrived when the message followed informing them of the sad fate of their child. Mr. Hodges received the deep sympathy of all his neighbours.


June 27, 1874


ANDERSON - Died at Toronto, on the 27th instant, Margaret Hately, the beloved wife of Mr. W. N. Anderson, in the 35th year of her age. Her funeral will leave the G. W. Railway station, Hamilton, on Monday, the 29th instant at half past two o'clock. Friends are respectfully requested to attend.


June 29, 1874


MCMILLAN - Died on Sunday, 28th instant, at storey creek, Enos M. McMillan, in the 49th year of his age. The funeral will take place with Masonic honours from his late residence on Thursday, 30th instant, at 2 p.m.

The Hamilton brothers are respectfully invited to attend, as well as friends and acquaintances.


DEVELIN - Yesterday about noon, or shortly after, a labourer on the Street Railway, named Develin, went in company with a fellow labourer named Sherry to the bay in order to have a bathe. They proceeded to Beckett's wharf where behind a pile of cordwood on the end of the wharf, both stripped. Sherry plunged in where the water was about fifteen feet deep, and in a few minutes, Develin leaped after him. Develin rose to the surface after the first plunge, appearing to struggle in the water and in a few minutes sank below and was seen no more. In the course of the afternoon, the body was fished out of the water and taken home.

An inquest was held before Dr. White at 11 a.m. to‑day at Yalden's Hotel on MacNab street, when Sherry who saw Develin sink, admitted on oath that when he went down, he (Sherry) made no effort to save him and swam to the raft off the pier, twenty yards or so, and back before giving the alarm even. He said, however, that he thought the deceased could swim. Develin is a poor man and leaves a wife and two children. The jury returned a verdict of death by drowning.


June 30, 1874


LAFONTINE, THOMPSON - A crib of timber struck one of the Portage‑du‑Fort bridge piles, or some logs that had jammed against it, and completely capsized the crib. There were four men on it, two of whom were drowned; one named Lafontine, who lived at Calumet Island; the other, John Thompson of Litchfield, both very old men.


SMITH - Last evening considerable excitement was occasioned at the depot of the Great Western Railway over a sad and sudden death which came accidentally to a little boy, 8 years old, named Bernard S. Smith. The child, it seems, was coming out from the repair train in the western part of the station about 5 o'clock just as the No 9 freight from Toronto was coming in, and when he had got on the main track, the train was not many yards from being upon him. Mr, Moses, the engineer, saw the child in his dangerous position and immediately whistled for the purpose of getting him off, and at the same time reversing the engine. The train was going at the rate of seven miles per hour and too ponderous to be stopped so soon. The child from fright, no doubt, fell down on the centre of the track, and the whole train of 18 cars passed over the paralysed boy, and when it had sped by, the body was discovered an undistinguishable mass of mangled flesh, torn and blood‑besmeared clothes. What was left of the head lay across the track with the brains spattered about on the rails. The left arm was cut entirely off and had dropped outside the track. Pieces of the legs were crushed between a switch and the main rail, while gashed and scattered fragments of the body were strewn over the middle of the track.

Last night an inquest was held before Dr. White, when, after the evidence of those who saw the fatality was taken, the jury returned a verdict that "the deceased Bernard G. Smith came to his death accidentally by being run over by a train of cars on the Great Western Railway, and that no blame can be attached to the employees of the said railway."

The mother of the deceased lives at the corner of Locomotive and Burton streets. About a year ago, the boy's father met his death in much the same manner and on the same railway.


July 3, 1874


SMITH - A telegram last evening announced that Lovejoy Smith, an old and respected citizen of Brantford, was killed by the cars at Harrisburg yesterday. The deceased was walking on the track when he was struck by the cars. He was formerly a resident of this city where most of his relatives live.


July 6, 1874


PIERSON - This morning, an old woman, Mrs. Pierson, who resides at 15 Barton street west, and who formerly lived on James street, was found dead in her bed by a relative named Mrs. Brown. The woman had been living alone for some years and was known about town as a midwife, in which occupation she was considered an expert. The cause of her death is not yet known for a certainty, but a small box containing extract of Hyoscyamus (is a small genus of flowering plants in the nightshade family), a violent narcotic poison, was found in the room, and it is presumed by some that she took an overdose of it. An inquest and post mortem examination is being held at the Albion House as we go to press


July 7, 1874


MCDONALD - A book‑keeper named Duncan McDonald was seized with cramp on Sunday while bathing at Renfrew, and lost his life.


PIERSON - Yesterday afternoon at the Albion House, James street north, an inquest was held on the body of Mrs. Pierson, the old midwife who was found dead in bed at her house, No 15 Barton street west on Monday morning last. It appears from the evidence that the woman swallowed about 360 grains of the solid extract of hyoscyamus (henbane), a narcotic poison of which 30 grains is allowed to be sufficient to kill an ordinary human being. The box containing the hyoscyamus lay beside her on the bed when she was found, and her mouth was blackened and besmeared with the fatal stuff. She had been in the habit of drinking, and was intoxicated more or

less for several weeks before her death, and it was probably in a moment of despondency, brought on by the overuse of liquor that she committed the deed which put a period to her existence. The husband of the deceased, a steward on the steamer "Passport", says that she attempted to take poison several times before this.

William Pierson, husband of the deceased, deposed that she was 52 years old, a Scotchwoman by birth, and a Presbyterian by religion. She had been in not very good health for some time before her death and had tried to destroy herself several times before. He was away from home on the steamer when her death took place.

Mary McDonald, a sister‑in‑law, deposed that she had called over to see her about 9 o'clock in the morning, and in rapping, no one answered. Thinking something was wrong, she got into the house, and found the deceased lying dead in her bed with the box beside her, and some of the contents on her fingers.

Mr. George Magann, druggist, deposed that a box of henbane similar to the one produced was sold from his store some time since, that 360 grains were missing, that 5 or 6 grains were an ordinary dose as an opiate, and that 30 grains would produce death.

Dr. O'Reilly who held the post mortem examination testified to finding on the body all the symptoms of poisoning by hyoscyamus, the principal ones being dilated pupils and venous congestion of the vital organs, and to finding a large quantity of the substance in her stomach. Her liver was also diseased.

The jury returned a verdict of "death from an overdose of hyoscyamus administered by her own hands".


July 8, 1874


WATERMAN - A man named Waterman, from Temperanceville, committed suicide on Tuesday at Mitchell by taking poison.


July 9, 1874


HEAP - Died on the 5th instant, aged 29 years, Jeannie Colclough, wife of Mr. James Heap of Lindsay, and granddaughter of James Kirkpatrick, Esq., County Treasurer, Hamilton.


MASTERMAN - The verdict of the coroner's jury who investigated the death of George Masterman, Jun, by poison, found that he committed suicide while temporarily insane.


July 11, 1874


CUNNINGHAM - The death of Mr. Robert Cunningham, of Marquette, is announced.

BRAY - Patrick Bray, who fell from a scaffold on the new Molson's Bank, London, a week ago, died Friday morning from his injuries.


MCGOWAN - Last Thursday evening, two young lads at Ottawa went down the river for a sail in a small boat, and when a short distance below Kettle Island, the boat capsized, and both were thrown into water. They cried for help and were heard by a man on shore who had no boat to reach them. He procured two saw logs and paddled out to the youngsters who splashed around and kept their heads above the surface of the water until he came almost within their reach. Being that they were almost exhausted, he stretched out his paddle and the boy nearest him caught it. The second boy, whose name was McGowan, also made an effort to seize the paddle, but missed it, and sank to the bottom, never to rise alive. The difficulty was how to get the other boy mounted on the logs which rolled over every time an attempt was made to board them, but the man finally succeeded in getting him ashore. He then went after the boat and recovered it also. The body of the boy who drowned has not been found.


SIMPSON (Toronto) - Last night, Mary Simpson, a little girl four years of age, fell down a flight of stairs in a house on Victoria street, and died almost instantly from fracture of the skull.


SMITH (Toronto) - An inquest was held last night on the body found in the Bay. It appears that deceased was Maria Smith, a girl 18 years of age, a servant of Mr. Hall, caretaker of the court house. She was last seen yesterday week when she went down to the wharf to meet her mistress. Mrs. Hall returned home in a cab, and the girl never came back. The inquest will adjourn to this evening.


July 13. 1874


LEBRICK - Last Friday evening, Mr. Philip LeBrick, of Beamsville, while chasing his cow, fell down and died in a few minutes


DEWERS - The wife of Edward Dewers, a farmer of St. Bergia, near Laprairie, had a sunstroke on Thursday, and died in a few hours.


HUNTER - Saturday afternoon, a lad named Hunter, aged about nine years, fell from the Champlain Market wharf into the river at Quebec, and was drowned.


DOBSON - J. J. P. Dobson, apprentice on board the ship "De Salabery", aged 18 years, was accidentally drowned on the 5th instant. His body was recovered on Saturday when an inquest was held. A verdict of "accidentally drowned" was returned.

July 14, 1874


SWAIN (Walsingham) - Last week, a daughter of Ferry Swain, 12th concession, while holding a horse that always before was perfectly quiet, was kicked most violently in the abdomen. For several days, she suffered the most severe pain, and even begged her parents to shoot her, but at last the welcome messenger she urgently and earnestly prayed for, released her Although but eleven years of age, it would melt to tears the hardest sinner to hear her supplications. She was an intelligent child and beloved by all who knew her, and her sudden demise has cast a gloom over the whole neighbourhood.


TYLER - About three o'clock Monday afternoon, a young man named Harry Tyler, professionally known as 'Leon Javelle' was instantly killed by falling from rings attached to a rope stretched from Conway House to the North American Hotel, Lindsay, at a height of about 40 feet. He was in the act of turning a somersault through the rings when he missed his hold and fell, alighting upon his head. He was formerly connected with the Watson Bros., and left the profession owing to having his arm broken by a fall in Detroit a year ago. The arm broken being weak was the cause of the accident. He was a sober industrious young man and was employed as a baker in the town.


CLEMOW - It is very rare that accidents by drowning are ever met with in port. They are generally quite proficient in swimming and are almost as much at home in the water as out of it. They are also familiar with exciting scenes and incidents so that they seldom lose their presence of mind so far as to meet with death in the water.

Yesterday an accident happened to one of these men who unfortunately was unable to swim. The circumstances combine to show that great carelessness is apparent in the condition of the wharf at which the accident happened.

At five o'clock last evening, foreman John Pillar of Wilson and Bradley's gang was proceeding over the long wharf of the extreme end of the Great Western Railway yard with a number of his men, among whom was Isadore Clemow, a fine stout fellow, 17 years of age. Near the extremity of the wharf, a plank has been broken and taken away, leaving a long hole about 14 inches deep. These raftsmen were walking in a straggling manner along the wharf. Four or five stepped across the dangerous spot, but Clemow, either carelessly or unknowingly, made a false step when immediately over the hole, and before he could recover his balance, he slipped and fell through, striking his right side against the jagged broken wood in his descent. As quick as a thought his comrades were at the place over which he had just sunk like a stone, and then they waited eagerly for his re‑appearance to the surface of the water so that they might catch him and haul him up.

 Deluded with the idea that he would surely rise once or twice, the men stood waiting for some time, but on the body never coming up, they hurriedly looked about for other means of rescue. A pike pole was soon at hand, but the ill‑luck that had attended the whole affair never left it, for even now the pole was found to be too short. Quick hands soon spliced another one to it, and then it was made just long enough to reach the bottom. The time taken to do all these little things unhappily left the unfortunate young man in the water until it was too late to recover him alive. After grappling once or twice with the long pike, they secured the body, and it was brought up without a spark of life remaining. The raftsmen sorrowfully conducted their late comrade to the G.W.R. tank house where Coroner White held an inquest. On examination of the remains , it was seen that an ugly bruise on the right side was the direct cause of death. The blow inflicted when falling, had doubtless deprived the man of his breathing powers, and this accounts for his never re‑appearing near the surface. A verdict of accidental death by drowning was returned.

Clemow was a native of Duncanville, Russell County, on the Ottawa river where his father resides, a telegram from whom caused the body to be forwarded to that place by the three o'clock train this afternoon.


July 15, 1874


LEAMY (Toronto) - David Leamy was convicted by the coroner's jury last night on the charge of murdering his wife on Friday last by beating her with a boot‑jack, and his son Samuel was brought before the Police Magistrate this morning and discharged as he was not in the house when the beating took place.


July 20, 1874


WHITE - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, Thomas White, Esq., in the 62nd year of his age. The funeral will leave his late residence, 44 Hess street north, on Tuesday, the 21st instant, at 3 p.m.

We regret to learn that Mr. Thomas White of this city died at his residence on Hess street this morning. Mr, White was a brother of John White, lately member of parliament for Halton, and father of Dr. White of this city. The deceased gentleman was for some years past Inspector of Inland Revenue for this district, a position which he filled with satisfaction to the public and to the Government. For some time past, he has been in failing health, and his recovery has not been expected. Mr. White was for several years a useful member of our Board of School Trustees, and always took a lively interest in educational matters.

As he was a kind friend and an exemplary citizen, his death will be much deplored, and the large family he leaves will have the condolence of the community in their bereavement.


STEELE - Died at Greenfield Ayr, on Tuesday, the 14th instant, at half past 9 a.m., Mrs. Steele, late of Ayr, Scotland.


NEPEAN - Last Friday night, several small boys were playing on the logs in the bay near Mr. Rochester's mill, near Ottawa, when one of them named Nepean, about 7 years old, fell between them and was drowned. Instant alarm was given and several of Mr. Rochester's men endeavoured to recover the body, and succeeded in doing so, but unfortunately too late.


LAW - Some three weeks ago, a man named James Law, a very intelligent farmer in the Township of Stamford, had some misunderstanding with his wife, relative to his going to the Free Masons and Grangers, to which she had serious objections. Without saying where he was going or what he intended to do, he deliberately left home, went to Clifton and settled up some trifling accounts, and was never afterward seen alive. On Friday, a body was found in the river near the whirlpool. It was in a pretty advanced state of decomposition, but still from the clothes, it was recognized as that of Mr. Law. Coroner Lewis held an inquest, and the verdict returned was "found drowned".


MOONEY - An inquest was held at Cook's tavern, Thornhill, last Friday night before the coroner, Dr. Reid, upon the body of an unfortunate man, Peter Mooney, who was found with his head nearly severed from his body. From the evidence given by Mr. Russell, farmer, it appears that about a month ago, he hired this man, Mooney, in Toronto, the latter having just arrived from England as an immigrant. During the short time he was in Mr. Russell's employ, the manner in which he conducted himself never led them to suppose there was anything wrong with him. On Sunday morning last, he went out for a walk, and nothing was heard of him until found as mentioned in yesterday's despatch. There was found on his person part of a rope which had been used for fastening his trunk and out of which he had made a noose, no doubt for the purpose of hanging himself. He leaves a wife and four children in Leeds, England, where he had resided for the twelve years previous to his coming to Canada. His remains were interred in the grounds of the Thornhill cemetery.


July 21, 1874


ASKIN - Died on the 2oth instant, at 112 Main street, Hamilton, Geraldine, infant daughter of A. H. Askin, Esq.

July 23, 1874


SWALLOW - David Swallow was killed on Saturday while assisting to move a box‑car or to the siding at Wentworth Station, Intercolonial Railway. A freight train ran over him.


GILBERT - A young man named Gilbert was accidentally drowned at Quebec on Sunday while bathing in the Charles river near the general hospital. His body was recovered about an hour afterward.


VANWORMER - A sad case of drowning occurred on Tuesday after‑noon in the River Thames near Victoria Bridge at London. Mrs. VanWormer, an old and much respected resident of London, accompanied by her adopted daughter, aged about 14 years of age, attempted to cross the stream in a buggy, the bridge having been carried away by the spring freshet. When about midway, the horse stumbled into a deep hole, and in a moment the vehicle was overturned and its occupants struggling for life in the water. Their screams for help brought a number of men to the scene, but their assistance was vain. The child was taken out a corpse, and the elderly lady, though not quite dead, passed in a few minutes beyond resuscitation. That part of the river is crossed often by teams, there being a very safe track, but close by is the treacherous hole which caused this calamity. It is said to be about sixteen feet deep. In former times such accidents were more common. Further down the stream many years ago, a horse and buggy belonging to High Constable Groves disappeared forever in a whirlpool. In the present case the bodies were removed to the gas works where an inquest was held. The authorities are not responsible as the thoroughfare had been closed, and parties crossed the stream at their own risk.


MOSES - Died in this city, on the evening of the 22nd, M. Moses. Funeral will leave his residence, John street south, Friday at 2 o'clock.


July 25, 1874


THOMPSON - A man named David Thompson was drowned at Grimsby on Thursday night while bathing off the west pier on the lake shore. He had been there about ten days, and was a native of Calmachie, near Glasgow, Scotland. No papers or anything are found to show where his people are. He was aged about twenty‑eight, had a sandy beard and hair, and was inclined to baldness. There is a large scar under the left arm between the elbow and shoulder. An inquest was held, and a verdict of "accidentally drowned" recorded. The remains were buried in the Episcopal burying ground.

July 27, 1874


MACDONALD - Died on the evening of Sunday, the 26th instant, at 31 Caroline Street north, Hughson Barkley Macdonald, eldest daughter of the late Lieut. John Duff Macdonald, R.N., aged 56 years. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, the 28th instant, at 4 o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.


July 28, 1874


BURROWS - Carelessness and helplessness while on the water has been the cause of the death of another victim.

Yesterday afternoon, while Crispin's picnic was going on at Rock Bay, a young man, aged 22 years, named Thomas Burrows, a carpenter by trade and employed at the G.W.R. shops, got a boat from Matt Thompson and proceeded across the Bay. From the time he left the boat‑house until about seven o'clock, very little is known of his movements. At this hour, two young fellows named J. O'Neil and M. Murphy were proceeding home in one of Bastien's boats, and when near the centre of the Bay, they descried a boat with one inmate in it which was drifting about in a singular manner. They at once approached the curious object and when near enough were hailed by the occupant to come over and help him. This they quickly did by bringing their boat alongside his. They found the party to be none other than the man Burrows who had left Thompson's earlier in the day. He seemed to be in a helpless condition with one oar broken and told them he did not know where he was, and wished them to take him to Thompson's. This request they attempted to comply with by towing Burrows's boat after them. After going a short distance, they got tired of making such slow progress, and Burrows proposed that he should shift into their boat. After some reluctance, the boys agreed to let him enter their craft, and it was here that the fatality occurred. The boats were brought broadside and held while Burrows could step over, but unfortunately while the feat was being attempted, the man made a false step and fell into the water between the two boats and sank like a stone. All possible efforts were made by Murphy and O'Neil to save the drowning party, but he never rose again, and after waiting some time, they sorrowfully took the empty boat with the coat, hat, and an umbrella belonging to the lost man, and pulled for shore. Since the catastrophe occurred and up to the present time, no trace of the body has been found although every attempt has been made for its recovery. The unfortunate fellow was without friends in this city, and it is not known where they are located. It is feared that at the time of the accident he was not in a proper condition on account of having been drinking.

July 28, 1874


SNOWDROP - Died at 72 George street, at ten minutes past one this morning, Lilly Snowdrop, aged about six months.


July 30, 1874


BURROWS - Unceasing efforts have been made since the melancholy death of the young man, Thomas Burrows, on Monday night to recover the body, but we are sorry to say that no success has attended the work. Several man and boats relieve each other and drag the water in the hope of bringing up the deceased man. The lad's friends, for he has several very respectable relatives in town and we were misinformed in saying that no friends of his resided here, are using every means to bring him to shore, and we hope that their endeavours will be successful. At the spot wherein the catastrophe happened, there is a very strong current, and we are afraid the body has drifted.


July 31, 1874


LYDIATT - Died on Thursday, after a short illness, Sarah, wife of James Lydiatt, formerly of St. Helens, England, aged 38 years. Funeral will leave her husband's residence, 202 James street north, to‑morrow, Saturday afternoon, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this notice.


PIERSON, GRAHAM, WELSH - This year has been a sorry record against the waters of the bay and lake. While the sad impression caused by the death of young Burrows is yet fresh in the mind of many, additional sorrow was added when the news that three children had also met their deaths in the remorseless waves. Yesterday, on the 'Tansit', the little orphan children from the St. Joseph Convent under the charge of the Sisters of Charity were taken to the Beach for a jaunt. They were landed at Dines's wharf and permission was given them to indulge in any harmless play, but on no account were they to go upon or into the water. A group of the largest boys wandered along the lake shore until they were a distance of three‑quarters of a mile from Dines's and near the water‑works fence. At this spot, a fisherman named John Taffe lives, and his large boat was hauled upon the sand a short distance from his house. The boat presented such a temptation to the little boys as it lay there with the oars in it that they could not resist the invitation to go out for a short ride. Accordingly, three of the largest boys, named Wm. Pierson, F. Graham, and Wm. Welsh, the very ones that were subsequently drowned, shoved the craft into the lake, and seven of the smaller boys at once jumped in with them, and they commenced

to paddle around. None of the parties on shore saw this proceeding. After the boat had been out but a few seconds, an oar was irrecoverably lost. This left the occupants of the boat with only one paddle, and it seems that a panic at once seized the youngsters. Their minds could comprehend the danger they were in while drifting away from the shore and being lost, but they did not understand the treacherous nature of the deep water. One of the big boys put his leg into the water to try its depth, and not being able to feel bottom, warned the smaller ones that it was too deep for them to attempt it, but larger boys would try to get ashore. Without further thought, the boys, Pearson, Walsh, and Graham, jumped into the lake, and another boy named Abell, aged 12, tied a rope around his arm and stepped in also. All this was done in a few seconds, and the boat was drifting out as each wave sent it. After Abell had sunk twice, the small boys dragged him into the boat, but the other three went under quickly and were drowned. A great outcry was now set up by the seven who remained in the boat. This summoned Mr. Taffe who hurriedly got a small skiff and went out to the children. They were about 75 yards, from the shore, pulling around in a circle with one oar. Mr. Taffe took them ashore, and after hearing their tale, sent for John Dines, and with his assistance, cast a large net which, after being dragged two or three times, brought to land the three bodies. The were found in about twelve or fourteen feet of water, and quite dead, having been so for an hour and a half. Mr. Ware Foster with his team then on his way to Hamilton, the bodies were placed in the wagon and so brought to the St. Joseph Convent at ten o'clock this morning. Coroner White held the inquest at Yalden's tavern, McNab street. Evidence from the several witnesses in accordance with the above was elicited, and Dr. O'Reilly deposed to having observed no external marks of violence on the bodies and also testified to the cause of death. A verdict of accidental drowning was therefore returned by the foreman.


MODRE - Dr. Luke Modre of Montreal, to whom reference has been made in these columns, died at his residence early yesterday morning.


August 4, 1874


BURROWS - Pursuant to adjournment, the jury that bed been empanelled on Saturday to enquire into the cause of death of the late David Burrows met last evening at 7:00 in the Police Court. The rooms were filled throughout the examination by an eager crowd of listeners, and as the case had been much talked about, we give the evidence in full as far as heard before Coroner White.

The first witness called was Michael Murphy who on being sworn, said: I am a printer. Last Monday night about 10:30 as John O'Neil and I were in a rowboat on the Bay, and when

about 100 yards from Cook's old wharf, I turned round and seen a boat crossing our bow and told O'Neil to row slowly so as to prevent our running into the boat ahead. This strange boat passed us, and we had but started for Bastien's when the party in the other boat asked us where Thompson's boathouse was. I replied that he was going in the very opposite direction, and if he wished to reach Thompson's to follow us and we would show him where it was. I then saw deceased was pulling with but one oar, and after pulling on the off one for some time he described a circle and came near us, we backing up to him, his bow lying along side of ours. O'Neil took hold of the rope in the boat. I told him to let go as it prevented me pulling my oar. He did so, and I then took the rope and attempted to tie it to the rear of our boat, but found no place to do so. I then told deceased that I could not find any place to tie the rope and for him to hang on to our stern and we would tow him in. I asked him if he was a stranger and he muttered something I did not catch. He did not take hold of our boat, and I then said to him that if he did not like to hold on, to get into our boat and pull his own after us. He was very slow in rising and when he did start up, his boat appeared shaky, and I asked O'Neil to back our boat up to deceased's, which he did, both of us remaining in our seats.

Deceased then made an attempt to get into our boat, placing his left hand and knee on our stern. All this time, the boats were separating, and deceased fell into the water between the two boats, his head and knee going down together. I dropped my oars and ran to the stern of our boat and called to O'Neil that deceased was drowning. O'Neil backed water and made a grab for him, but he was out of reach. I then called for help, and two boats came up. O'Neil told me to watch out for deceased as he would likely rise, but we waited a short time, and seeing no signs of the drowning man, we started for Bastien's and on the way we picked up the blade of an oar. We reached Bastien's, and according to his advice reported the case at the police office. We had attempted to tie his boat to ours after the accident to the foot stick, but it would not hold, and a party named Dunn rowed deceased's boat to Thompson's. I then went to Thompson's boathouse to enquire who the man was and described deceased as well as I could to him, asking him if it was one Barlow. Thought deceased was intoxicated from the way he sank. He made no efforts to save himself and sinking like a store. I did not know deceased.

Mr. Leggo, on behalf of the friends of the deceased, cross‑examined Murphy, but succeeded in eliciting no further evidence.

John O'Neil was next called, and he corroborated Murphy, only differing with him in one or two minor points.

It being now eleven o'clock, the coroner adjourned until this evening at seven when the remaining twenty‑five witnesses will be examined.

August 5, 1874


CALDER - Died at 253 Jarvis street, Toronto, on Wednesday, 5th instant, Norman Stanley, the infant son of John and Susan Calder, aged 11 months and 26 days. Funeral will take place from his father's residence, 86 James street south, Hamilton, or Friday afternoon, at 3 o'clock.


BURROWS - At the City Hall last evening, Coroner White was compelled to adjourn the Burrows inquest owing to the non‑attendance of a juryman, although he did appear about half an hour after the adjournment. This want of punctuality on the part of jurors is much to be deplored as it puts all concerned in such cases to unnecessary inconvenience. The coroner on making the adjournment signified his intention of making an example of the next tardy individual who might be empanelled on one of his juries. At 10 o'clock to‑day, the full numbers put in an appearance on time, and the examination went on without interruption.

The first witness was Robert Graham who deposed: Knew the deceased. On Monday week met him on James street. We went down to go on a steamer excursion. When we got to the wharf the steamer had gone. Burrows proposed to get a boat. I objected because I could not row. He offered to row. We went to Thompson's and got a boat and then pulled to Rock Bay. Deceased was sober at that time. At Marshall's tavern I treated, can't say what he drank, but think it was brandy. We fell in with a couple of girls who were with the picnic party. My brother, Burrows, and I afterwards drank again. Burrows drank beer. We then went into the ballroom. Burrows treated next and drank pop. I left him talking to a party and did not see him for quite a bit. When I did see him, he only sat beside me for a few minutes. About 9 o'clock, Burrows and I and four girls went down to the boat. Two of the girls got in and deceased pulled us over until we arrived very near the wharf, when he said, "I have forgotten my umbrella", and he wished to return for it. I said, "All right, Dave, row us in, and we can go over some other day and get it." One of the girls said, "Perhaps we have got time to go over for it yet".

With that, he pulled us back to Rock Bay. He went to the hotel alone, and when I thought he was gone a long time, I went up after him. I found him in Marshall's bar‑room leaning on his umbrella. He did not come at my first solicitation. When he did go, he asked me to turn back for a bottle of whiskey. Before this he asked me for the loan of some money. I did not give him any, and told him he did not want any whiskey. He said he could drink some. When I saw that nothing else would do him, I went to the bar and told the bar‑tender not to give deceased any drink. I then told Dave I couldn't get any whiskey. He said, "Oh, pshaw, we can get any amount." He went into the bar and was refused drink. I thought he was not quite sober at that time and that's the reason I did not want him to have whiskey. I then stood the drinks. He took brandy and I a cigar.

 We both then walked to the boat. He sat in the seat with his back to the stern and his face to the bow and commenced to row very strangely. I then said, "Dave, go back and let the girls out". The girls got out and went to the steamer. I then said to Dave, "you can't take this over. Let us go into the bush and stay there until you get a little sober and then we'll both go home together". He then turned to his right position, and in doing so, he slipped and fell. At this, I jumped out and said,"I'm not going home in that boat to‑night, and don't you go, Dave." He would go, and then I ran to catch the steamer and asked Alex Holmes if he would go with Dave. He refused and I couldn't see anyone that would accompany him. When I was on the steamer, Holmes called out, "He's pulled out". After reaching Hamilton I took the girls home and did not hear of man being drowned until noon of next day. I then sent word to his brother that I thought something had happened to Dave.

To Mr. Leggo: 1 can't say that I knew deceased over a year. I never saw him drunk so that he could not look after himself. I know nothing about boats, and I am very timorous on the water.

Elizabeth McGillis testified: I knew Dave Burrows just to speak to. I saw him at the picnic at Rock Bay. Think he was sober at the time, saw him several times during the evening up to half past nine. At that time, Graham asked myself and Miss Morrow to go in a boat with Burrows and himself. We consented. I can't say whether deceased was under the influence at that time. He rowed us over towards Hamilton. After going about a quarter of the way, Burrows turned back to get his umbrella. He landed at Rock Bey and went up the hill. He was away about fifteen minutes when Graham went after him. They came back and we got into the boat and went out a piece when we saw that Burrows was unable to manage it because it would go round in a circle. I thought he was intoxicated. I would prefer to go home in the row‑boat if he had not acted so. The girls landed and we went home by steamer.

The Foreman here suggested that another witness would give all the information the jury wished to hear as he believed they were unanimous in the belief that no foul play had occurred.

Charles O'Reilly, M.D., deposed: At 5:30 Saturday morning I was informed that a body was floating in the Bay near MacKay's wharf. I and two other men went out in a boat, got the body, and brought it to the hospital dead‑house. I have, in company with Dr. Malloch, examined the body as viewed by the jury. It was thoroughly clothed except the hat. Nothing was missing with the exception of a stone in one of the shirt studs. The body was that of a well‑developed muscular man. The face and head were very much decomposed. No marks of violence were observed on the trunk. A slightly bruised condition of the inner side of the lower right arm was present.

No wounds or bruises were found on the head or face. The right side of the head was full of blood, and all the blood in the body was in a fluid state. His stomach contained no undigested food. No smell of alcohol could be distinguished. From the examination we made, we came to the conclusion that deceased came to his death by suffocation from drowning.

To Mr. Leggo: We made a thorough examination of the entire body, including the scalp, to see if any blow had been inflicted, but found none. A slight blow might have been given and it was not perceptible to us, but it might produce stupefaction. This is mere supposition, however. We found nearly all the signs of drowning. We did not find anything to indicate violence. As a rule, people falling into the water come up again, but a sudden chill to a person will completely overpower them so that the body will not rise. If a person was to go into the water in possession of his senses, he would come up once or twice. It is a noted fact that people that have been drunk don't come up. If a man is in a state of drunkenness was thrown into the water, he would sink like a stone. A man might be able to row a boat, and not able to walk.

Dr. Malloch corroborated the evidence of the preceding witness with reference to the examination.

Cross‑examined by Mr. Leggo; I do not believe a blow inflicted by an oar or a fist could be done without leaving marks that could be seen after examination.

Henry Welsh testified: Was in company with three men in a boat on Monday week at 10:30. We left Rock Bay the same moment with Dennis Bowen. When we got about 500 yards outside the long wharf, we passed a single man in a boat pulling aimlessly about. Not taking interest enough in the matter, we passed on. We had just rounded the wharf when we heard; parties calling out. We turned around and on reaching the spot found the boats together. There was a tolerably clear light. Heneaberry and Webster were on one side of an empty boat, Murphy and O'Neil in the other. We drew alongside Murphy's boat and heard what had occurred. They told us exactly what Murphy has given in evidence. Saw two whole oars in deceased's boat. Webster said that he was about breaking his own in pulling to the scene. He then took one of the oars from the empty boat and we took it in tow.

Elizabeth Low deposed: I live on Hughson street north. Mr. O'Neil is my next‑door neighbour. He lives there with his mother. I know Murphy by sight. I have lived next O'Neil's since last October. On Friday morning, the day after the drowning, between 11 and 12 o'clock I heard considerable conversation going on near the door. I heard O'Neil and Murphy talking together. I was within a few feet and could hear‑ every word. I heard Murphy ask O'Neil if he was going down. He said he did not know; he guessed not.

Murphy said, "We had better go down so that they would not have such great suspicion on us". O'Neil then asked Murphy what time they would go. He answered, two o'clock. They then separated.

To a juror: I am not on speaking terms with the O'Neil family, and have not visited the house for three months.

Isabella Marshall testified: I live at Rock Bay. Saw Burrows at the picnic at my father's place when he came for the umbrella. He appeared to he perfectly sober. Did not see him drink anything during the evening. He could have been in the bar‑room without my seeing him.

‑‑‑‑Marshall sister to the last witness, testified: Saw deceased on the night in question about 9 o'clock. He appeared to be sober as far as I could judge. If be had been tipsy, it is probable I should not have observed it.

Thomas Johnson deposed: Saw Burrows at Rook Bay at 9:40 on Monday week. Was talking to him and he seemed to be perfectly sober. If he had been drunk, I should have observed it. Knew his habits pretty well. Used to meet him once in two or three weeks. Have seen him a little the worse of liquor.

This closed the evidence. The jury held a few minutes' conversation, and returned a verdict of "accidental drowning while passing from one boat to another".


August 7, 1874


WILSON - Died in the Township of Binbrook, County of Wentworth, Eliza Jane Stewart, late wife of Edward Wilson, Hamilton, Ontario.


August 8, 1874


MOORE - Died at Montreal, on the 30th July, at his residence, 643 Sherbrooke street, Luke Moore, Esq., merchant, aged 50 years.


MARSHALL - Just as we are going to press, the following is handed in. George Marshall, formerly a tavern keeper on John street, was run over and killed on the railway near the Junction by the Harrisburg train at 2:15 p.m.


August 10, 1874


MARSHALL - Saturday's "Spectator" announced the accidental death of George Marshall, but on account of the lateness of the receipt of the news, could not publish particulars. The unfortunate person who met with such a fearful fate is an old resident of this city named George Marshall, and he was well and favourably known. He lived at No 144 John street south with his wife and five children, in former years, he kept a tavern near the wood market. Lately he

was working on the H. and L.E. Railway, but left over a week ago, and at the time of his death was seeking work at the G.W.R. Believing that employment could be found at the gravel pits near the Toronto junction, he was proceeding to them, walking on the track, when the engine, coming up behind with whistle screeching and bell ringing, struck his feet from under him, and the train passed over his right leg completely crushing it to fragments. A horrible hole in the back of his head creates the supposition that he fell on to casting of the 'push bar' of the engine and was thrown from that to the position he was found lying in. He was talking to various parties shortly before the accident and not the slightest singularity of conduct or signs that could account for the persistent manner in which he remained walking on the track when the train approached could be discerned. When the body was brought to the station, Constables Griggs and Strongman took charge of it, and a jury was empanelled at Baylis's Albion House on Saturday night where Coroner White held an inquest which elicited the following evidence and verdict.

William Davis, nephew to deceased, testified: Deceased was an uncle of mine. He was born in Ireland about 45 years ago. saw him alive about 8 o'clock this morning at his residence.

Richard Pitten, engine driver, deposed: Was going west on the 2:15 passenger train this afternoon. When about 150 yards from the Toronto junction, saw a man on the track about two engine lengths ahead, walking west. Immediately whistled. He paid no attention whatever to it and did not see him again until the train had passed over him. The train was stopped at once as the fireman put on the air brakes. We were going about eight miles an hour. I kept whistling from the moment I saw him until we struck him.

Jos Nicholson, fireman, sworn, corroborated the evidence of the last witness on every particular except that when he first saw the deceased he was walking on the outside of the rails from where he stepped to the middle of the track.

David Crombie, telegraphic operator at the Junction, testified: My attention was drawn to something wrong with the 2:20 train by a succession of short sharp whistles. I also heard the switchman shout. I looked out and saw deceased about 3 yards ahead of the engine, walking along quite deliberately with his head down. Next moment the engine struck him. I next saw him lying on the left side of the track with one leg across the rail and his head on the rail of a siding that ran into the track.

Patrick Crane, sworn, said: I am track foreman on the G.W.R. At 2:20 this afternoon, I saw a man about 30 yards in front of No 15, walking on the track. The engine gave four sharp whistles and the man paid no attention. I saw the engine strike him and knock him to the left. I think his head struck the side track. Had him conveyed on the lorry to the station.

C. R. Griggs, constable, deposed to having seen the body brought into the station and to placing it in the position seen by the jury.

Wm. Strongman, constable, corroborated the evidence of the last witness in every particular.

Edward Treganza, switchman at the G.W.R., sworn, said: Knew the deceased, saw him at 1:30. He sat in my switch box. Said be was going to the Junction to seek for a job. He left me and went up the track. In about 15 minutes, his body was brought down in a lorry. He was perfectly sober when in my switch box. He could hear perfectly.

Charles O'Reilly, M.D., testified: A little after 3 o'clock, I saw the body of the deceased at the station. Blood was oozing from the ear and the right leg was severed just above the ankle joint. Examined the body since and found a bad wound on the back part of the head. The occipital bone was fractured. There were two bruises on the lower part of the back. No other marks of violence were visible. Should say death ensued from the injury to the brain.

This concluded the evidence, and after a short consultation the following verdict was returned.  "That the said George Marshall came to his death accidentally on the afternoon of the 8th instant from being run over by an engine and train on the Great Western Railway".

The remains were interred yesterday afternoon in the Burlington cemetery with Orange honours. A very large concourse of friends attended the funeral.


August 13, 1874


BRUSH - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, at No 31 Bay street north, B. B. Brush of Austin, Texas. Brethren of the masonic order are requested to attend the funeral to‑morrow (Friday) at 10 o'clock a.m. without further notice.


LAURIN (Ottawa) - A man named Laurin, working on a raft in the river, was instantly killed by another flash, the lightning having apparently struck him on the head and passed off at his feet into the timber, his hat and his boots being torn in shreds.


August 15, 1874


CLIFF - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, Frederick Thomas, infant son of Mary and W. H. Cliff, aged 8 months. Funeral will leave the parents' residence, 90 Catherine street south, to‑Morrow (Sunday), at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.


DAVIS - Died at Buffalo, August 14, 1874, Andrew Davis, only son of James C. Davis, Esq., aged 13 years. The funeral will leave his father's residence, 124 Main street east, on Sunday, 16th instant, at 2 p.m. Friends will please attend without further notice.

August 17, 1874


ANDERSON - Died at Bracebridge, on Saturday, the 15th instant, Alfred Lewis Mozart, infant son of Mr. W. C. Anderson, aged 3 months and 26 days. Funeral to‑morrow (Tuesday) from the residence of Mr. W. T. Munday, 218 McNab street north. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


August 18, 1874


FAIRLEY - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, the infant daughter of Lavenia and William Fairley, aged 8 months, Funeral will take place from 91 Cherry street, to‑morrow (Wednesday) at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


RICHARDSON - Died at Port Hope, on the 17th instant, John Francis, youngest son of the Rev. George Richardson, late of this city, in the 18th year of his age.


DAVIS - Died at Barton, on Tuesday, the 18th instant, James C., youngest son of the late W. A. Davis, aged 33 years. Funeral will leave the residence of his mother at 3 p.m. to‑morrow, Wednesday. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


August 19, 1874


BATTY - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, James Batty, oldest son of Mr. Benjamin Batty, jeweller, in his 24th year. The funeral will take place to‑morrow at 4 o'clock p.m., from 120 McNab street north. Friends will please accept this intimation.


August 20, 1874


MACPHERSON - Died at Murray Bay, on the 20th instant, Maggie Maud, daughter of D. R. MacPherson, Esq., Montreal.


August 21, 1874


STEPHENSON - In this city, Mr. James Stephenson, aged 56 years. The funeral will leave his late residence, 55 Park street, at 3 o'clock tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon. Friends will please accept this intimation.

BATTY - Almost simultaneously with the starting of the Masonic cortege yesterday afternoon, there departed from the corner of MacNab and Mulberry streets a mournful military procession that was conveying the remains of private James Batty from his father's residence to their last resting place in the Burlington cemetery. Private Batty was a respected member of No 1 Company, 13th Battalion, and his late comrades turned out to pay a parting duty to the remains of a fellow soldier. The solemn procession started at about 4 o'clock with a firing party of No 1 Company under Colour‑Sergeant Omand in the van, each men with reversed rifle and each step measured and slow. The Battalion Band came next playing a dead march with muffled drum. Following the band was driven the hearse, on either side of which walked three pall bearers. In rear of this marched a fair number of the Battalion and some men of the Field Battery. The rest of the procession was then made up of a numerous line of carriages containing the chief mourners and friends of the deceased. In this manner the graveyard was reached, and in a few minutes a rumbling volley of musketry told that the body of one of our volunteers had been consigned to the dust.


August 22, 1874


STEPHENSON (Stevenson) - The late James Stevenson will be interred to‑morrow afternoon with the ceremonies of Odd Fellowship, a deputation from Union Lodge, No 16, St. Catharines, of which lodge he was a member, attending for the purpose. The members of the city lodges will meet in the hall of Unity Lodge at 1:39 p.m. and take part in the solemnities of the occasion. The Band of the 13th Battalion will play appropriate music.


THOMPSON - Died on the 21st instant, at East Flamborough, in the 29th year of her age, Marianne Halliday, the wife of William Thompson. Her remains will be removed for interment in Dundas cemetery, on Sabbath morning, the 23rd instant, at 11 o'clock.


August 24, 1874


MCCORMICK - A Mrs. McCormick got lost in the woods near Westbrook on Monday and perished from exhaustion, her body not being found till Friday.


CAMPBELL (Owen Sound) - The steamer "Silver Spray" which arrived this morning from Sault Ste Marie reports as follows. At 9:30 on Thursday, the propellor "City of London", while lying at the dock in Collins Inlet, took fire from somewhere near the engine room, and in a few minutes she was a mass of flames. She had about 30 passengers on board who were in bed at the time and

 barely escaped with their lives, so rapid was the progress of the flames. Nearly all the passengers and crew lost their personal effects, and a great number jumped on the dock in their night clothes. A tug was sent to Killarney to procure blankets and other necessaries for the sufferers. A dock hand named Archie Campbell was burned to death. The "Silver Spray" brought the "London's" passengers here this morning. The purser of the "London" had not gone to bed when the alarm of fire was given and cannot account for the origin of the disaster. Within five minutes after it was discovered the vessel was enveloped in flames. The officers and others lost everything they had on board and only escaped with what clothing they had on at the time. A man named Johnson, with his family, eight in all, from Michigan, taking with him his household goods, stock, and implements, has lost everything and had to borrow enough clothing from the mill‑hands to cover his family. The boat was insured with the Western for $18,000. She is burnt to the water edge, and lies in eleven feet of water. About 100,000 feet of lumber on the dock was also burred.


JENKINS, TATE, NESBIT (London) - One of the most heartrending cases of drowning we have been called upon to chronicle for some time past occurred near this city between five and six o'clock on Saturday night past, by which, we regret to state, three persons lost their lives instantly. The facts are that Vaughan T. Jenkins, who was employed as travelling agent for Crawford and Co's Agricultural works, left this city about five o'clock on the night in question with the intention of visiting the residence of his brother‑in‑law, Mr. Joseph Micheltree, butcher, who lives a short distance from the city near the north branch of the Thames on the city side. Jenkins had in his light wagon with him, his sister‑in‑law, Miss Elizabeth Tate, and his nephew, Warren H. Nesbit. Instead of going by the Front Line Road, for some unexplained reason he crossed the Kensington Bridge into Peterville and drove to the 3rd concession line of London Township, following this road until the river was reached. Immediately opposite stands Mr. Mitcheltree's house, but there was no means of reaching it unless by fording the stream. Before the bed of the river could be gained at this point, a steep embankment, estimated at from ten to twelve feet in depth, had to be traversed, and at this place no provision has been made for the passage of a vehicle. Jenkins, it is stated, desired the girl and boy to leave the wagon while he led the horse down the embankment. They complied with his request, and he managed to reach the second landing which overlooks the river, in safety. The three again resumed their seats in the vehicle, and Jenkins drove a short distance north so as to reach a suitable place for driving across. At this point the water is very clear and numerous holes, estimated from sixteen to eighteen feet

 deep, are to be found, the presence of which it is not likely Jenkins was aware of. They continued on for a few feet, and in an instant the horse plugged into one of these caverns head‑first, followed by the wagon and the occupants. It is believed the victims were buried beneath the vehicle, and in all probability, suffered injuries by contact with the poor animal while in its struggling for liberty. At all events, neither of the bodies came again to the surface until found some time afterward by willing hands. The remains of Miss Tate and Nesbit were recovered first, and the grappling irons, obtained from the city, served to bring Jenkins's body up a few hours subsequent. The horse was also lost.

The remains were then removed to Mr. Mitcheltree’s house. Word was despatched to Dr. Moore, coroner, but when that gentleman was made acquainted with the circumstances, he did not deem it necessary to hold an inquest. Miss Tate, who was aged 16 years, we understand, was on a visit to her relatives here. Her parents reside in Collingwood. Warren Nesbit was aged about 17, and Jenkins , who was a married man, about 27. Much sympathy is expresses for the bereaved families. Those acquainted with the place cannot conceive how a man in his sober senses would attempt such a hazardous journey, especially when there is not the slightest appearance of a wagon or vehicle having been in that direction at any previous time. M. W. Hinton of this city will conduct the funerals Which are announced for this afternoon at one o'clock.


DALLYN - Died in this city, Monday, 24th instant, Annie Matthews, beloved wife of Henry Dallyn, aged 25 years. Funeral will leave her late residence, No 7 Murray street, on Wednesday afternoon next, at 3 o'clock.  Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation to attend.


August 25, 1874


COCKERELL (COCHRAN) - We have just learned the particulars of a fearful and perhaps murderous occurrence that took place Saturday night in the Township of Onondaga, our informant tells us that on Saturday night. William Allan, a farmer who lives on the high road about two miles from the village of Middleport and seven from Caledonia, was horrified to hear groans issuing from his orchard. On proceeding to find what caused them, he found an old man lying under an apple tree, evidently in great pain. The sufferer called for some water, and after regaining his power of speech, told Mr. Allan that his name was William Cockerell and that he had just been beaten by some parties on the road. A few minutes afterward, the man died.

On Sunday morning, Coroner Buckley of Onondaga held an inquest on the body before a jury of parties who lived in the vicinity where the deceased was found. At the examination it was elicited

 that the man, William Cockerell, had been known in the township for some time, he having been employed by various farmers, and the character borne by him has been generally a good one. On the Saturday evening, it is said that he was travelling down the road and when near the farms of E. and R. Walker met a group of children playing, one of whom, a little girl, he enticed to him with the promise of a copper and asked her to kiss him. The other children witnessing this proceeding, immediately went to the house of the Walkers and told Elijah, one of the brothers, what they had seen. In the meantime, the old man had continued on his journey. Walker was incensed at what he had heard and at once went in pursuit of the party, and what occurred when they met is not known. When he was returning to the house, he met his brother Robert also going after Cockerell, and told him that he had better come back. This request Robert would not comply with and went on in the direction he was going. Mrs. Douglass, a witness who was examined at the inquest, stated that she saw Robert Walker returning home afterward and was told by him that "the old man had got enough".

The verdict returned was to the effect that deceased came to his death from receiving foul play from some one unknown. One of the Walker brothers was on the jury as also was a brother‑in‑law. Two doctors made a post mortem examination of the deceased, and found terrible marks of violence, ribs broken and skull fractures in several places. The deceased was not known to have any friends in that part of the country, although a daughter of his is supposed to live in Toronto. Our informant tells us that public feeling in that section of the country is that the case should have had a closer inquiry. (name later corrected to Cochran.)


August 26, 1874


BUTTERY - A tailor named R. W. Buttery was (run) over by a train near London, Ontario, on Tuesday night and literally decapitated.


LEE - The body of an old man named Nathan Lee who was lost in the neighbourhood of Omomee a few days ago was found on Sunday in a cedar swamp, the deceased having perished from starvation and exhaustion.


August 27, 1874


PENNY - A sad accident occurred about half a mile north of Simcoe on Wednesday afternoon by which a young men named Penny lost his life. The deceased, in company with John Lee, was out shooting, and in passing through a hole in a picket fence, he pulled his gun after him by the muzzle when the hammer caught, causing the gun to discharge its contents under his chin,

killing him on the spot. Dr. Hayes, coroner, held an inquest, upon the remains, and a verdict was rendered in accordance with the above.


MILLS - Died at Kingston, on the 27th instant, Annie Maud, youngest daughter of George H. Mills, aged 6 months.


August 28, 1874


CONNOR - A young man, named William Connor, of Dartmouth, N.S., got on the top of a hay mow in a field and went to sleep. He soon after rolled off and broke his spine from which injury he died on Thursday. He had been drinking hard.


MICHAUD, BROWN - The prisoner, Michaud, was hung at Fort Garry at eight o'clock on Thursday morning for the murder of James Brown, a young man from Hamilton, last June. Michaud in a paper which he intended to read on the scaffold, but did not do, attributed his crime to drunkenness and bad company. The execution was private. The gallows had been erected nearly a week beforehand. Hundreds who came from all parts of the Province were disappointed in the sightseeing they had expected.


August 29, 1874


BRYAN - Died at Oakville, on the 23rd August, Henry Egerton, youngest son of Mr. William L. Bryan, of Toronto, formerly of this city.


August 31, 1874


MCCOMB - Died at his late residence, No 60 Bay street north, Thomas McComb, in the 38th year of his age. Funeral will take place on Wednesday at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


JAMIESON - Died in this city, on the 31st, Capt. George Jamieson, aged 69 years. The funeral will, leave his late residence, 13 Charles street, at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 1st September. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.


HENERY - Died in this city, on the 30th instant, Grace Addison, only daughter of Capt. Henery, Chief of Police, aged one year and two months. The funeral will leave her father's residence, 125 King street east, to‑morrow (Tuesday) at 2:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintance will please attend without further notice.

September 2, 1874


DOW - Died in this city, on the 1st instant, James G. Dow, aged 40 years and three months. The funeral will take place from the corner of Ray and Canada streets, Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


GARRETT - Died on Wednesday, 2nd instant, William, infant son of John Garrett, aged one month and two days. The funeral will leave his father's residence, 157 King street west, to‑morrow (Thursday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock.


September 4, 1874


STONE - Died at Hamilton, September 4th, Eliza, relict of the late John Stone, formerly of Toronto, in the 70th year of her age. Funeral will leave her late residence, 86 Main street east, on Sunday, 6th instant, at 3 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation without further notice.


September 7, 1874


JACKSON - A woman named Jackson, the wife of James Jackson, of London East, died suddenly in bed Saturday morning. An inquest held by Coroner Flock resulted in a verdict of "Died from fatty degeneration of the heart and the inordinate use of intoxicating liquor.”


BURNET - A murder was reported to have been committed at Point Claire, near Montreal, on Saturday, and the detectives were telegraphed to arrest one Boyer for the murder of an old man named Burnet, but the result of the coroner's Inquest was "Died by the visitation of God". The affair is somewhat mysterious.


CHIPOGO - A painful accident occurred at Harwood Friday evening by which an Indian name Chipogo was run over by the train. Medical aid was called in, but the sufferer had received such injuries that he expired Saturday morning. A jury was summoned Saturday afternoon by the coroner, Mr. H. Mason of Cobourg, which returned a verdict of accidental death.


MILLER - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, Anna Sophia, second eldest daughter of Mr. Joseph Miller, aged 32 years. Funeral will take place from her father's residence, No 9 park street south, at 3 o'clock p.m., to‑morrow. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


DEWAR - Died at the Poplars, Ancaster, on Sunday, the 6th instant, Robert Douglas, infant son‑of William Dewar, aged 17 days.

September 9, 1874


BRUCE - Died on the 9th instant, Norman Percy, infant son of John M. Bruce, aged 8 months. Funeral to‑morrow at 3 o'clock.


TROUT - A sad case of death took place at Cobourg on Monday night, the deceased being under the influence of liquor. At the inquest by Coroner Ewing, it was ascertained that the deceased was a native of England, having been in this country only four months, that his name was Thomas Trout, and that he came to his death through taking an excessive quantity of whiskey.  Sad to relate, he had just written home for his wife and children who are expected here in three weeks.


September 10, 1874


SPENCER - Mr. W. H. Spencer, who a short time ago had a tin‑shop on John street, died in the hospital yesterday from inflammation of the bowels.


COOLEY - Died in this city, September 9th, of gastric fever, Thomas Cooley, formerly agent of the Toronto "Mail", aged 31 years. Funeral will leave 51 James street north, at 3 p.m., to‑morrow (Friday). Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.

Mr. Thomas Cooley, formerly agent for the "Mail" in this city, met his death very suddenly yesterday. Deceased had been complaining of gastric irritation, and his physicians recommended his removal to the hospital, and while on his way thither in a cab, he expired.


WHITE - Died at his residence, Woolmarket, Berwick‑upon‑Tweed, on the 18th August, Thomas White, solicitor, aged 80, eldest and last surviving brother of David White of this city.


September 11, 1874


NEW - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Clara Elizabeth, infant daughter of Henry New, aged 2 years, 7 months, and 4 days. Funeral will leave her father's residence, 250 Main street west, to‑morrow (Saturday) at 4 o'clock. Friends please attend.


September 17, 1874


COPP - Died on the 15th instant, Bertha Theodora, infant daughter of Mr. W. J. Copp.

LYGHT - Last week, a young man, named Richard Lyght, came to his death in a melancholy manner in St. Catharines. He was a member of the Order of Odd Fellows; and by them was interred. Before deceased died, he had been boarding at the Ellis House and was known to have in his possession over $300. After the funeral a friend went to the landlord and received what was said to all the effects. It was supposed that the trunk contained the cash, but on its being opened, the only money found was fifteen cents. Believing that all was not right, the people went to the landlord and demanded the money, and after some talk, got out of him $246. They intend to have the case sifted so as to recover the whole amount.


September 19, 1874


HOODLESS - Died at his father's residence, No 43 John street south, William James, youngest son of Joseph Hoodless, in his 19th year. Funeral will take place to‑morrow (Sunday) afternoon at half past three. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.


September 21, 1874


SALMOND (Clifton) - The neighbourhood of the Falls has been in a state of commotion since two o'clock yesterday afternoon when a rumour circulated that a visitor from Brantford had committed suicide by deliberately walking over the Falls just above Table Rock. The circumstances under which this painful occurrence took place are told as follows.

Between one and two p.m., there arrived at the Canadian side of the Suspension Bridge by the Canada Southern road, a stranger now described as a man about five feet eight inches in height, of light complexion, and sandy‑coloured hair, who, on alighting enquired the charge for a cab thence to the Falls and back. After some of that sparring which is inseparable from negotiations attending cab hire, one Christopher Flannigan offered to drive him to the Table Rock and back for $2. "How much if you leave me there?" enquired the stranger. "A dollar", replied the cabman and the bargain was struck. Nothing particular in his fare's demeanour attracted Flannigan's attention during the drive except that he remembers that he knelt on the front seat of the carriage looking after him freely at the Falls and objects of interest that were passed. He also asked his charioteer whether bodies going over the Falls were ever found afterwards, to which John answered oracularly, "Some are, I guess, and some isn't". When he reached the museum, he had the carriage halt, and he and the driver went for a glass of beer. Here, too, he paid the dollar, and handed Flannigan a letter to post which was addressed to a Mr. Robertson, a banker at Brantford, an act which he supplemented by giving the driver also his own address which was

"Robert Salmond, Mohawk Institute, Brantford". Proceeding then leisurely, as any other visitor might do, to the large piece of square timber overhanging the precipice and around which but a thin stream of water runs he stepped into the current, and almost immediately, making false step, slipped on to his knees, but immediately regained an erect attitude and walked on until carried off his feet by the increasing volume of water, and there, as if it were a chip on the tide, his body shot over the into the abyss below. It took but a few seconds for all this to occur, and on observing what had happened, Mr. Saul Davis at once sent his men down under the comparatively thin sheet of water to see if any traces of the body were to be found on the ledge, but their search was fruitless. The next thing done was to telegraph Mr. Robertson news of what had occurred and ask for instructions respecting the letter. The answer received was to the effect that the letter was to be at once posted, and the question was asked if the unfortunate man's wife had been with him at the time.

And at the moment of writing, this is all that is known here of the tragedy and its history, Opinions differ as to the use which the letter might have beer put to without infringement of the laws of privacy and the sanctity of the seal. That the letter would have afforded a clue to the cause of the suicide is probable, but whether any end of justice would have been served thereby cannot be decided until more is known of the wretched man's history who so deliberately sought a watery grave without a word or exclamation to warn those about him of his awful intention.


PHIBBS - Six weeks ago we gave an account of the determined though unsuccessful attempt of John Phibbs, an old man living on King street, to end his existence by taking a heavy dose of Paris Green. The circumstances as detailed in the last report were that the person was driven to the deed by want and indigent circumstances. Since then, his position was not improved, and difficulties had beset his life every day. A couple of weeks ago, the landlord of the miserable tenement then occupied by deceased expelled him and his wife from the premises. This treatment compelled the poor old fellow to fall back on the charity of his relations who were not in a position to give him any great assistance. Liquor seems to have been a curse to him, and oftentimes he would be found under the influence. On Saturday night during the storm, he did not stay at the house of his step‑daughter as he had previously done, and on Sunday morning a young man named Alexander Gibson saw deceased's body lying among some cabbages. Near deceased was found an empty box which had contained Parson and Company's insect and vermin exterminator, a deadly poison, and beside this was a whiskey bottle, also empty, The body was taken to the King William street station, and to‑day Coroner Mackintosh held an investigation as

 to how death resulted...The jury found a verdict to the following effect: "That deceased came to his death by poison administered by his own hand".


DALY - Died at the Convent of the sacred Heart, Manhattanville, on the 18th of September, Mary Rose Pia, daughter of Thomas J. Daly of New York, aged 5 years and 4 months.


CORSAN - Died on the 21st instant, at the Church of the Ascension rectory, in this city, Olive Madeline, infant child of Thomas Corsan, Esq.


September 23, 1874


BARRETT - Died on the 22nd instant, at the residence of her son‑in‑law, Frederick Wyld, 76 South Pembroke street, Toronto, Caroline Barrett, widow of the late Hugh Massey Barrett, Esq., Port Royal, County of Norfolk, in her 80th year. Funeral at Woodhouse Church, Simcoe, on Thursday, 24th current, on arrival of the G.W.R. Air Line train at 12:30 forenoon.


URQUHART (Ottawa) - Word has been received here of the death of W. T. Urquhart, Clerk of the Northwest Council in Manitoba, and formerly editor of the "Times" here, and once on the "Spectator" staff.


September 24, 1874


BIGGAR - One of the most painful and distressing accidents that have come under our notice happened yesterday in st. Catharines near Phelps Mills. Mrs. R. W. Bigger of Saltfleet, with her little child and Mrs. Peter Paxton of Grantham, were driving in a buggy from Thorold. Their horse became restive and Mr. Height came to their assistance and drove the horse until he became apparently docile, and the ladies insisted upon his returning to their home as they thought the horse was all right. Soon after, the horse ran away, and Mrs. Biggar was thrown out upon her head on the road, causing instant death. The other lady was bruised but not dangerously, the child being unharmed, Mrs. Biggar saying to her companion, "All I care about is to save my child", and she lost her life in the effort. The body was removed to a neighbouring house. Her maiden name was Ida Gilleland, grand‑daughter of the late John Gilleland of Grantham, and niece to James Gilleland of that town. She was married about two years ago, and the child above referred to was her own offspring.


MCMILLAN - It will be with very sincere and heartfelt regret that the citizens of Hamilton will learn of the death of Mr. William McMillan which took place at the residence of his son in

 Detroit this morning. We say the citizens of Hamilton because though Mr. McMillan held no public position, he was known to everyone in Hamilton either personally or by reputation. Those who knew him only by reputation will know that a good man has passed away, but those who knew him personally will feel that they have been bereft of a highly valued friend. To a nature that had all the simplicity of greatness in it, there was added in him a geniality of humour, a kindliness of heart, and a charm of companionship which made him the delight of every circle whether old or young, for years had done nothing towards hardening his affection or lessening the cheerfulness of his disposition.

Mr. McMillan came to Hamilton in 1834 and had not ceased to be a citizen of it up to the time of his death, and indeed had been a resident during that time except for one or two temporary intervals. Soon after his arrival here, he became associated in business with Mr. Donald McLellan and was afterward superintendent of the construction of the Hamilton and Brantford road. At the opening of the Great Western Railway, he was selected as superintendent of the fuel department, the duties of which he discharged with great ability and to the entire satisfaction of the company until a few years ago when a severe illness which threatened to prove fatal at that time induced him to resign. A naturally strong constitution enabled him to recover from that attack, and soon afterward he was pressed to resume his old position on the Great Western, which he consented to do, and retained up to the time of his death. The deceased gentleman was born in Stanraer, Scotland, and was, we believe, about 65 years of age. We have not yet learned whether the remains will be brought to Hamilton or interred in Detroit.


STARR, DARLINGBY (Ottawa) - By the breaking of a scaffold yesterday at the new wing of the Union House, two men were instantly killed. A third only escaped by clinging to the parapet where he hung some minutes until rescued by means of a rope lowered to him. The names of the killed are Starr and Darlingby.


September 25, 1874


BALFOUR - Died at Montreal, on the 20th instant, Mrs. Annie Balfour, sister of Mr. John McKenna of this city, aged 23 years.


September 28, 1874


CLARKE - A telegram on Saturday evening announces that at the Simcoe station of the Air Line Railway, a brakesman of freight No 30, named William Clarke, while engaged in coupling two

 cars, was caught between the buffers when his chest was crushed in such a fearful manner that death was almost instant. The parents of the deceased reside at Saltfleet and had not seen their son for about two years till he was brought home a corpse.


September 30, 1874


MCLEOD - This afternoon, the members of the Hamilton Commercial and Strict Observance Lodges, C.O.O.F. met and attended the funeral of the late Mr. McLeod, which was very large, many mourners as well as members of the order to which the deceased belonged being present.


BROWN - Park street north was disturbed from its usual quiet and thrown into the greatest consternation to‑day by the sad news that a young and highly clever lad had been accidentally shot. At No 73 resides Mr. George Brown of Thomas Saunders & Co, John his son aged 13 years, and the pet and pride of the household. He had just left school with an education. One of his greatest pleasures was to spend his time in the garden with his pigeons and rabbits flocking around, as he owned a large number of the pets. Lately some cats had been making incursions among the pigeons. The youth, wishing to put a stop to their robberies, borrowed a small breech‑loading pistol from a friend of his named Bradley. This morning, the boy was known to be in the garden. Nothing extraordinary was noted from that direction until 11:15. Mrs. Brown had occasion to go to the woodshed for some wood, when she saw her son lying upon his face immediately in front of the barn, and was agonized beyond description to find that the poor boy was dead and bleeding from a horrible pistol wound in the heart. It was afterward discovered that he had been sitting on the bench in the barn with the pistol in his hand. The floor of the room was covered with walnuts drying, it is supposed that one of the detestable cats made its appearance and the young fellow sprang up quickly, stepped on to some of the treacherous rolling walnuts, tripped up, and when trying to regain his balance the cocked and loaded pistol went off. He then staggered as if to go into the house and fell forward on to his face, cutting it terribly. In this position he was found lying. The mourning family are stricken down with grief. Coroner White is holding an inquest in the City Hall at 3:30 this afternoon.


October 3, 1874


MOORE - Died in Toronto, on the 2nd instant, at his mother's residence, deeply regretted, Edward Henry, eldest and dearly beloved son of the late Edward Moore of this city,

aged 34 years, 4 months, and 13 days. Funeral will leave the G.W.R. station on arrival of the Toronto train at 2:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.


HICKEY (Harrisburg) - W. Hickey, a brakesman, was fatally hurt at this station this a.m. He was plying the brake to one of the cars on his train, the handle of which, breaking, threw him across the track between the cars, two of which passed over his legs above the knee. He died three hours afterward.


October 5, 1874


DENNEE - The result of the inquest at Napanee upon the death of a little boy named Dennee, alleged to have died from ill‑treatment of an older companion named Deline, was a verdict completely exonerating the latter.


October 6, 1874


HAVENS - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, Mr. Robert Havens, in the 69th year of his age, The funeral will take place from 97 John street north, to‑morrow, at three o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


KERR - Died in Chicago, October 4th, Charles J. Kerr, youngest son of the late William C. Kerr, aged 24 years, funeral to‑morrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from No 12 Park street south.


October 7, 1874


WILLSON - Died at his residence, 19 Catherine street south, Thomas Whitehead Willson, youngest son of the late Hon. John Willson, of Winona, aged 49 years. Funeral on Friday at 3 o'clock p.m.


October 8, 1874


STEWARD - Died on Thursday afternoon, Thomas Percy, infant son of T. R. Steward, aged 6 months. Funeral on Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


October 12, 1874


JAMIESON - Died at her residence, No 13 Charles street, on Monday, the 12th instant, at 6:15 a.m., Mrs. Jane H. Jamieson, relict of the late captain George Jamieson, aged 47 years.

BRAND - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Mr. Edward Brand, aged 71 years. The funeral will take place to‑morrow at 3 o' clock from the corner of Pearl and Peter streets. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


October 13, 1874


BLAKE - Died in this city, October 12th, John Blake, a native of County Clare, Ireland, aged 65 years. The funeral will leave his late residence, No 13 Barton street west, to‑morrow (Wednesday) at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


October 14, 1874


SCOTT - The trial of Lepine in connection with the murder of Thomas Scott commenced yesterday at Fort Garry before Chief Justice Wood. It is expected to be a protracted one.


MOORE - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, Mary A., the beloved wife of W. I. Moore, aged 29 years. The funeral will take place on Friday, the 16th, at 2:30 p.m., from her husband's residence, 183 Hughson street north. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


October 16, 1874


WOLFE - A man named Richard Wolfe was fatally stabbed about two miles from Marmora on Wednesday evening. Two men, with one of whom deceased had a quarrel earlier in the day, have been committed for trial in connection with the crime.


WATSON - Died at Dublin, Ireland, on the 28th September, Margaret Caboel Dewar, wife of Capt. R. I. Watson, 29th Regiment.


October 17, 1874


MEAKINS - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, Francis Reuben, youngest son of J. M. Meakins, aged 9 months and 17 days. Funeral Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from 85 Main street east. Friends will please accept this intimation.


October 21, 1874


COCHRAN - (See the murder of Cockerell, page 78.) Yesterday in Brantford at the County of Brant assizes, Robert and Elijah Walker were arraigned before Justice Strong, charged with the murder of an old man named James Cochran (first published as William Cockerell) and on their

arraignment pleaded not guilty. Elijah Walker was then remanded to the cells, and the trial of Robert Walker began, resulting as will be seen hereafter.

That the circumstances of this frightful murder may be better comprehended, it will be necessary to recount briefly the particulars which were published in the "Spectator" but a day or two after the tragedy was enacted, and to make allusion to other points which have never been made public through the press. To begin with, the scene of the murder is the road leading from Middleport, a little village in the Township of Onondaga, County of Brant, to Caledonia, and James Cochran, the murdered man. He was an old army pensioner of about sixty years of age or more. Little is known of him by the people of the neighbourhood in which he lived. He wandered around from one house to another around Middleport and through the township taking jobs of wood cutting or any other work he could obtain. He was a man of medium height, was in looks rather mild and good‑natured, and was somewhat inclined to obesity. He was known and regarded as a kind‑hearted, harmless old man whom nobody cared a great deal about, and whom no one would dream of injuring. The only noticeable feature about the man's nature and habits was that he was exceedingly fond of children. No sooner would he draw his pension than he would return in the neighbourhood with his pocket full of toys and candies, presents for the children. He could not long remain near a store with any loose change in his pocket before it would all be spent in little fooleries for the young ones. Just before his death, he had purchased a doll, which, it is said, was found in his pocket afterward. But he was so very little known that no one could find out, after his death, when the facts became subject to investigation where he had drawn the last pension. Captain Roberts, the paymaster of this district, has been written to by Mr. Conboy, one of the magistrates of Onondaga, on the matter, but he has just returned a reply that no such man ever drew a pension in the district. Cochran said, both at, and previous to, his death that he had a daughter in Toronto. Letters have been sent there and a note was published in the "Irish Canadian", but no information has been received. It is known, however, that he was a Roman Catholic by religion as he had, when examined, a small oval image of the Virgin Mary attached to a cord around his neck, and he wanted a Father Confessor when dying.

Robert Walker and Elijah Walker are two brothers who have always lived in the Township of Onondaga and are the children of respectable parents. Each owns a farm on the road running from Middleport to Caledonia, and the two farms are separated only by a small farm on which a man named Douglas lives. Their farms are about two miles or more east of Middleport and five or six from Caledonia. Both are married, one having six children and the other, four, and the most lamentable feature of the affair is that they are both connected by marriage with

the most estimable and most honoured people in that section. It is not the purpose of this notice to enquire into the antecedents of the Walkers. The notorious name which the village of Middleport has held for a number of years is but too well known, and it was said that but for a few individuals, the people of the region would breathe freer of a certain social terror which hung over the minds of all and would be disenthralled from an infamous reputation which they know they did not deserve. Stories of a dark and inhuman description floated about from time to time around all of which mystery held her pall and kept the causes enshrouded from sight. For some reason the Indians of the vicinity nursed a lodged hate against the Walkers. One of their number has been found dead in the woods under mysterious and suspicious surroundings. Gratifying a feeling which they accounted for to their own satisfaction, they were in the habit of making inroads on the land attended to, and carrying off cattle and other stock, one time during the winter season driving a herd of cattle across the river.

Robert Walker had been married eighteen years. He is a man of most vicious temper and nervous disposition, though to all appearance he is quite the contrary, never seeming to be moved or unnerved by anything. In his home, he is said to be a tyrant and a brute. During all the eighteen years of his married life, his wife has seldom, if ever, been seen outside the limits of their farm. But notwithstanding this state of things and the dread which such a man would naturally inspire in his home, the wife and children are all devotedly attached to him, and in all misery and deep distress of being thus situated as the wife and children of a murderer and a would‑be suicide, have never deserted him or ceased to regard him with that solicitude and fidelity which, under such circumstances, seem to be attributes above human possession. In person, Robert Walker Is not much above medium height, is of dark complexion with black fine hair and very dark eyes of an undefined expression. His forehead is clear and high and the wrinkles on his brow as he sat in the box seemed to be more that of anxiety than of ordinary appearance. His head in well‑developed above and in front of the ears, but the organs behind the ears are all full to prominence.

Elijah Walker is a taller, better‑looking man with lighter complexion and more mental vigour, one who would not be taken to be the brother of Robert.

On the 22nd of August last, James Cochran passed through Middleport on his way east. He stopped at Thomas Young's tavern and had been drinking, but left in a sober state about 11 o'clock in the morning. On his way down the road, he called at Abram Dinsmore's house, on the next lot to Elijah Walker's, and got a drink of water. On his way down, he met a couple of girls, the smaller of whom was a daughter , six years old, of Elijah walker, and stopped to talk to

them in front of the house. While talking with them, he bribed the little girl to kiss him by giving her a copper, and afterward gave her another copper for a second kiss. On this, the girl's companion began to tease her which set the child to crying. This was conveyed to the house which was not a hundred feet from the road. Rebecca walker, a daughter of Robert, was at the house when it occurred and told her aunt, Elijah's wife, that an old man was teasing the child on the road. The inmates of the house were all at dinner, and when Mrs. walker repeated to her husband what her niece had told her, he sprang up from the table and ran out in the road, when, without making enquiries as to the nature of the occurrence, he set upon the old man and gave him an unmerciful beating. There were six eye‑witnesses to the scene: George Powlis, an Indian in the employ of Walker; Thomas Kelly, another employee; two neighbour boys, Walter and Albert Bertram: and Mrs. Walker and her niece Rebecca.

 The latter witness says the weapon used by Walker in the assault was a stake from a wood rack, while others say it was a fence picket. At any rate blows were showered on the head of the old man with such vehemence that the weapon was broken and the victim prostrated in the road, held his hands over his gray head, and groaned for mercy. After kicking him, Walker came in, and the beaten man got up as soon as possible and went away as rapidly as he could down the road. In the meantime, Rebecca Walker, little dreaming of the consequences that were to ensue, went home to her father's and told him what had happened. As soon as he had heard it, Robert Walker went out avowing his intention of giving further punishment. Following the unfortunate down the road, he caught up to him in a hollow near Douglas's farmhouse. Here, what occurred is not known, for no eye was near to see, but cries of "Ou, Ou" were heard by the boys who had after a while followed to see what was going on, and Mrs. Douglas heard a voice in which she distinguished the words,"Why did you do it?" Soon after this, Robert returned, and coming over the hill, met an old vagrant, Robert Robinson, who has frozen feet and wanders about earning a precarious living at job work. On catching sight of him, he exclaimed, "Here comes that old b‑‑‑; he wants something, too".

But he passed on and returned home without molesting the old fellow. And now the old man wandered on until he came to Mrs. Allan's house which as will be seen from the plan given above is a little distance in from the road, to which it is connected by a lane, when half‑dead and exhausted he found his way on the lane and finally fell down in the rear of the house. Here he was found by Mrs. Allan who seeing him grovelling in the dirt supposed him to be drunk. On speaking to him, however, she found that he had been hurt and suffering great pain. He said he was dying and had been killed by a man, and muttered something about a wood (It was on the road near a wood indicated on the plan that the voices had been heard), but she could not make

 out what his words were. When he wanted a priest to confess to, she said to him "Perhaps you have done something to some one", but the dying man replied in broken exclamations, "No, I call God to witness that I have done no wrong to anyone, and I was all right when I left Middleport". Mrs. Allan placed his bundle under his head to make him more easy, and went out to see what could be done in the matter. After lying there till five or six o'clock, and with groans, mutterings, and words which no one could understand, the old man died.

On Sunday, the 23rd, an inquest was held on the body of the murdered man in Allan's barn. Elijah walker was by this time under arrest, and his brother‑in‑law and Robert's brother‑in‑law were on the jury. William Buckwell was the coroner and the brother‑in‑law, foreman of the jury, when the coroner told Elijah that he must not give evidence criminating himself, testimony was given accordingly, and a verdict rendered that the "Deceased came to his death by violence by the hand of some parties unknown" Then Walker was released, but was afterward re‑arrested. The examination into the murder took place on the 27th before the township magistrates, Mr. Thomas Armor and Mr. Conboy. The Town Hall of Middleport never saw a sight like that presented during the investigation. The news of the murder had spread far and wide, and the people were wrought up to a fearful pitch of excitement. While the trial went on, the room bore a deathly stillness, and when some facts became known, the indignation of the people had almost resulted in violence. The two Walkers were committed for trial, but bail was accepted in the sum of $4000 each.

Cochran had now been buried in the English Church graveyard of Middleport where his remains lie in an obscure part, unknown and unnoticed, and the matter here rested. The case exhibited no new features till one day during the Central Fair. Robert Walker and his brother‑in‑law came to this city with a load of grain. He had been in an uneasy state of mind for a time, and his brother‑in‑law thought a ride would do him good. They had taken the grain to Birely’s storehouse and were unloading it. when Walker‑manifested odd actions which found an explanation in a short time.

He stood for a while looking over the Bay with a wild stare and an uneasy contemplation, at times, of the steep bluff, the edge of which was obscured by the storehouse fence that ran down from the range of warehouses, when on a sudden he gave a quick spring and scaled the board fence. Down the precipitous steep he went, end when he struck, twenty or thirty feet below, he was hurled over and over, and was bruised, mangled, and almost senseless by the time he was stopped in striking a platform beneath. But recovering himself, he snatched up a large stone, and with a determination that was simply horrifying, to look upon, commenced to beat out his brains.

 In this he did not succeed, for some of the crowd that had gathered on the heights above came down and stayed the hand of desperation, but not till he had hurled a rock at the first one who had come to save him from suicide. He was got into the wagon and conveyed home to the country by his relative. The latter said that all the way coming into town he had an extraordinary expression in his eyes and wanted to stop in several places along the road to do something. When he was got home, he was put into custody for insanity, but here again he showed fight, and severely hurt the constable who arrested him. He was lodged in the Brantford jail where he has remained ever since.

His trial commenced yesterday morning and lasted all day, and far into evening. Mr. Osler was the Crown prosecutor in the case, and Mr. Robertson appeared for the prisoner. At a quarter past ten at night, after the Judge had given his charge to the jury, a verdict of Manslaughter was given, and Robert Walker received a sentence of 14 years in the penitentiary.

The case will be referred to again more fully to‑morrow in connection with the case of Elijah Walker which is going on to‑day.


GRANT (Ottawa) - Mr. Alpine Grant of this place died yesterday from injuries received while jumping off the Gatineau ferry boat.


October 22, 1874


COCHRAN - (There are three and a half columns detailing the testimony at the trial.)


ANDERSON - Last Tuesday night, a respectable farmer, named Alexander Anderson living near Cape Rich, about ten miles from Meaford, hanged himself in his own barn, No cause can be assigned for the deed. The day before there was a threshing bee at his place, and he sat up late chatting cheerfully to the men, apparently in his usual spirits and soundness of mind. He must have left his bed shortly before daybreak to commit the rash act. He was apparently in comfortable circumstances. He leaves a wife and family to mourn his untimely end.


GOOD - The body of a man named James Good was found in a swamp near Tavistock about eleven o'clock last Tuesday night, by a farmer. An inquest was held on Wednesday. The jury returned a verdict of "death by exposure". The body appears to have been in the place where it was found since Monday night.


STODDART - A young man of twenty, named Stoddart, in the employ of Mr. John McArthur of Ops, while driving a team Wednesday morning from the lower wharf, fell from his wagon which

 was heavily laden with log timber, and the wheels passed over his chest, crushing him so severely that he died in about fifteen minutes after the accident occurred.


October 23, 1874


CHARLSLEY - Shortly after eleven o'clock this forenoon, a fatal accident of a sad and lamentable description took place at the Inebriate Asylum buildings, now in course of erection on the mountain above the head of Queen street. Two young men named Buckingham and Charlsley were working on the roof of the building and were laying down a bundle of galvants of iron when the fatality occurred. The buckling which fastened the galvanized iron was loosened and the sheet stretched out along the gutter at the lower edge of the mansard roof between the position occupied by two dormer windows. The long and heavy sheet of iron was turned up on its edge for the purpose of loosing a fastening for the better laying of it down when it turned endwards in the middle, and its weight pulled the sheet away from the grasp of Edward Charlsley who had hold of one end and stood near and just below one of the dormer windows.

In order to keep himself steady in holding the sheet of iron to prevent the possibility of his falling, he caught the frame of the window which had not been permanently fixed in its place, so that the strain on it, though but slight, caused it to give way. He probably would not have suffered the mortal consequences which ensued had it not been that the frame fell over upon him while he still hung to the iron. His companion, Buckingham, saw the danger of the situation but was of course totally powerless to do anything, being at the other end of the sheet. Backward he fell, hurled by the descending piece of iron, and frame, man, and all went flying down through the air, presenting the frightful picture which only such a terrible fatal descent could present to the eye of the spectator, and in a few moments more, struck crashing upon the solid earth below, a distance from the point of falling, of fifty feet.

He whirred over and over in his fall and struck first upon the hands and then the head. Both wrists were broken and his hands put painfully out of shape, while his nose was gashed, the bone being broken, and his upper lip cut up almost to the nose. He was picked up almost immediately by the workmen, but life had already become extinct, and the only duty that could be done was to convey the lifeless body down town. This was performed and the corpse taken to the dead house where it now remains. The features of the dead are discoloured & disfigured with blood and bruises, but enough can be seen at a glance to show that the young; man was of far more than ordinary intelligence. He was a carpenter in the employ of Mr. William Sharp, contractor for the

 Asylum, and had been out from London, England, about two years. He boarded at Mrs. Kelk's, No 12 George street, and formerly was in the employ of Allan and Gmith, carpenters. An inquest will be held before Dr. White to‑night at 6:30.


October 24, 1874


WEBBER - Died at his residence on Marie street, on Thursday afternoon, Esau Webber. The funeral will take place to‑morrow, Sunday afternoon, at half past two o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.

It has seldom been our lot to chronicle the death of a more useful and respected citizen than that of Mr. Esau Webber, which took place at his residence on Thursday evening. He was the son of our old and respected townsman, William Webber, who immigrated here from Devonshire, England, about twenty‑eight years ago with his family consisting of five sons and four daughters.

The father and sons may be said to be the forerunners of the building trade in this city and have ever been considered as occupying the confidence of the community for their skill, industry, and integrity. They have been engaged in the erection of most of the principal buildings, including the Lister and McKeand blocks of stores; the Centenary, Mount Zion, and primitive Methodist churches; also the Wanzer sewing‑machine factory; and the Masonic Hall on James street, being the last work upon which he was engaged, he being selected by the Masonic body for the masonry and brick work. The building will long stand as a monument of his usefulness and industry, reflecting great credit upon his name as a fellow craftsman, in his private life, he was respected by all who knew him, being a true friend and counsellor when applied to. As a public man, he took a deep interest in the educational institutions of the city, and for a long time he the representative of St, Patrick's Ward as school trustee, and at one time he represented the Township of Binbrook as one of its councillors. His widow and family have the sympathy and condolence of the entire community.

Emergency meetings will be held to‑morrow by the respective Masonic Lodges of the city to perfect arrangements for the funeral which will take place to‑morrow afternoon from his late residence on Main street which will be conducted with Masonic honours.


October 26, 1874


IRELAND - Died at Wellington Square, on the 19th instant, Mr. John Ireland, formerly of Yorkshire, England, aged 77 years.

October 27, 1874


TYE - Died at Haysville, Wilmot, on Friday, 23rd instant, Daniel Tye, in the 82nd year of his age.


October 28, 1874


MCTAVISH - An elderly man named Angus McTavish lost his life on Tuesday at Dunwich through being gored by a fractious steer.


October 30, 1874


KOUGH - Died at Column Terrace, Shrewsbury, England, on the 12th instant, aged 71 years, Thomas Harvey Kough, solicitor.


MASSEY - Died in this city, on the 29th instant, Margaret Grassey, the beloved wife of Mr. James Massey, a native of County Armagh, Ireland, in the 63rd year of her age. The funeral will leave her husband's residence, No 2 Elgin street, to‑morrow at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


November 2, 1874


TAYLOR - Died in this city, on Sunday, November 1st, Lille, wife of Mr. Joseph Taylor (G.W.R.). Funeral will leave the residence of Mr. Joseph Taylor, 47 Duke street, on Tuesday.


November 3rd, at 2 p.m.


FLANNIGAN - Dr. Mackintosh, coroner for the city and county, is holding an inquest at Evans's tavern, York street, this afternoon on the body of Mrs. Frances Flannigan. Deceased was found dead by her daughter yesterday morning in the cooking shanty of their home, corner of Ray and Napier streets. The husband of deceased states that he saw his wife on Saturday night about nine o'clock, sitting by the stove in the back shanty. He had just come in from work and noticing that she seemed to be engaged in sewing, asked her when she was going to bed. She replied that she would go in a few minutes, and he retired, thinking that she would soon follow. In the morning, the daughter, who was the first to get up, went out into the shanty and to her horror, discovered her mother lying dead on the floor beside the chair in which she had been sitting. When Dr. Leslie was called to see her, it was found that life was extinct, though the body was still warm. Whether she had sat there all night or whether she had lingered in suffering and died gradually is not known. It is stated, however, that the probable cause of her death was a fit of apoplexy. She was about fifty years old, and was known as being subject to cramps.

November 3, 1874


FLANNIGAN - As stated yesterday, an inquest was held at Evans's tavern before Dr. Mackintosh, coroner for the city and county, on the body of Mrs. Frances Flannigan who was found dead, when the jury returned a verdict that "the death of deceased was caused by suffocation while in a state of intoxication".


TALBOT - Died in this city, on Tuesday, November 3rd, Ann, wife of William Talbot, and mother of James Jobson.


HOBART - A Mrs. Hobart, of Kingston, immediately after the extraction of a tooth under chloroform, threw up her hands and expired.


HEATH - A boy, named Harry Heath, working in a saw mill at Lakefield, was caught by a board that threw him on to a saw which nearly cut him in twain.


November 6, 1874


RAE - Died at 25 Hay street north, on Thursday, November 5th, R. H. Rae, in his 63rd year. Funeral from his late residence on Sunday, the 8th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m.


HUTCHISON - Died, the Rev. John Hutchison, in his 78th year. Funeral will take place from his late residence, No 77 Catherine street south, on Saturday, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.


FIELD - Died this morning, 6th November, at Main street east, Barton, Dubart Long, youngest son of Alderman Field, aged 4 years, and 8 months. Funeral to‑morrow, Saturday, at 2:30 p.m. Friends will please accept this notice.


LEWIS - A verdict of manslaughter was found yesterday at Goderich on the trial of Clump for the alleged murder of Lewis of Tuckersmith.


November 9, 1874


RAE - Yesterday, the remains of the late Richard H. Rae were interred in Burlington cemetery by the Masonic fraternity of which deceased had been for many years a member. He was the first candidate who was initiated in the Lodge of Strict Observance, No 27, having been made in the year 1847, and although of late years, he had not taken an active part in Masonic duties, he had previously filled some of the chairs, amongst them that of secretary. The Lodge of Strict Observance was opened in due form at 2 o'clock, after which a procession was formed and the brethren marched to the late residence of brother Rae on Ray street. Among those present were

 noticed R.W. brothers H R. Bull, Charlton, Mason, Reid, Murray, Brierley: and V.W. brothers Munday and Stewart. R.W. brother Murray and V.W. brother Munday acted as Marshalls. The usual service of the Church of Scotland was performed at the house by the Rev. R. Burnet, after which the Masonic services were conducted by V.W. brother Despard, W.M. of the Strict Observance Lodge, assisted by R.W. brother Mason, D.D.G.M. The procession then re‑formed and accompanied the remains to the cemetery where the concluding Masonic services were performed, the same brothers officiating. After the ceremonies, the brethren re‑formed and returned to the Lodge room where resolutions of condolence were passed.


November 10, 1874


BOUCHER Two men named Boucher, father and son, were drowned in the River St. Lawrence last Friday.


November 11, 1874


STEEP - The body of Mrs. Steep of Thorold which had been missing for about three weeks was found Tuesday morning in a mill pond.


BATEMAN - Yesterday morning an old man named Samuel Bateman was found dead in his bed at his home near the village of Bartonville. He died at an extreme old age, and during his life was a very peculiar character. Once he was in rather good circumstances, but as he grew old, he became poor, and for some years his mind had 'wandered from its dwelling'. His lunacy exhibited frequently some very pitiable singularities. He would imagine that demons hovered in the air around his head and were constantly watching him. One night, in spite of the efforts of his wife, he sprang out of bed under some hallucination of this kind, burst out of the house making a terrible outcry, and ran through the darkness over field after field until he sank exhausted from fright and overexertion. Scenes similar to these occurred often, and the old man could frequently be heard as he worked at his old employment of stone‑breaking on the macadamized road, to talk to the imagined demons that always beset him and implore them to let him alone. Sometimes he would quit his work and go to one of the neighbours' houses to entreat their intercession against the haunting fiends and would say that he could live contentedly and peaceably if it were not for the 'black devils' that were always hanging around him. He died leaving a wife and several children in destitute circumstances. The immediate cause of his death is not known.

November 12, 1874


BATEMAN - An inquest was held yesterday, before Dr. J. C. McArthur, on the body of Samuel Bateman whose sudden death was noticed in the columns last evening. The verdict of the jury was in accordance with the fact elicited by a post mortem examination that death was caused by the bursting of a blood vessel.


HAMILTON - Died of diphtheria, on the 12th instant, Kate Mitchell, eldest daughter of J. M. Hamilton, aged 1 year, 2 months, and 13 days. The funeral will take place from her father's residence, 91 Maiden Lane west, on Wednesday afternoon, at 4 o'clock.


November 13, 1874


HAMILTON - Died at Springhill, Flamborough West, on Thursday, 12th instant, Ann Draper, beloved wife of Dr. Hamilton, aged 69 years. Funeral will take place from the residence of Dr. Hamilton, on Sunday, the 15th, at half past two o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


THORPE - William Thorpe, one of the oldest drivers on the Toronto, Gray, and Bruce Railway, met with a fatal accident yesterday while endeavouring to reverse his engine on account of cattle being perceived upon the track.


November 14, 1874


GORMAN - Died on Friday, the 13th instant, at 79 Robert street, the residence of her son‑in‑law, Mr. John O'Donahoe, Mrs. A. Norman, widow of Mr. John Gorman, in the 79th year of her age. Funeral on Sunday, the 15th instant, 8t 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.


MACDONALD (Washago) - Yesterday afternoon, a man named Alexander D. Macdonald caused considerable annoyance in the Washago House of this place, insulting and striking several respectable residents. His conduct was such that he was turned out of the house twice, and on the last occasion, while standing on the side of the road with his back towards the hotel, the report of a pistol or revolver was heard, and at the same moment the man fell on his face. On being raised by his friends, a small wound was noticed in the back part of the skull from which brain matter and blood issued. Dr. Ramsay of Orillia was immediately telegraphed for, and on arriving he found that a bullet had penetrated the brain in the place indicated. Before morning, death took

 place, and an inquest was opened by Coroner Ramsay at half past 9 o'clock this morning. The investigation was of a most searching character, and at last it was ascertained from a witness named Polson that he saw Mr. Stephen Whitney, a farmer who for years has occupied a respectable position in this neighbourhood, deliberately aim and fire upon the deceased at a distance of twenty feet. Mr. Ardagh, who opened the skull, found the bullet in the base of the brain. In the meantime, Mr. Whitney, who at the commencement of the proceedings was in the room, disappeared into woods east of Washago. Special constables were at once sworn in, but no clue has as yet been found. Telegrams describing him have been sent to Orillia, Barrie, Toronto, Lindsay, Beaverton, Woodville Junction, Port Hope Ottawa, and Bracebridge, as follows:

Medium size; stooping shoulders; aged about fifty years; greyish hair; small eyes; left eye black from a blow.

Clothes: blue‑black jacket; striped pants; and long boots. Constable Hammond and Moffat are at present engaged in the search. The jury returned a verdict of 'wilful murder' against Stephen Whitney. Mr. John Hawkins was foreman.


November 16, 1874


PARRY - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Thomas Parry, aged 39 years. The funeral will leave her late residence, No 70 park street north, to‑morrow, Tuesday, the 17th, at 3 p.m. All friends are respectfully invited to attend.


GRAHAM (Ottawa) - A man named Graham was thrown from his wagon and killed on Saturday evening while returning from the Union House garden with vegetables.


November 17, 1874


MOGK - Mrs. Elizabeth Mogk was burned to death, along with her own house, at Waterloo on Sunday night.


November 19, 1874


COLBECK - Died at Newcastle‑on‑Tyne, England, 4th November, 1874, William Coxon Colbeck, aged 55 years, of the firm of James Coxon &, Co., and oldest son of the late Henry Colbeck, High Weetslade, Northumberland, and brother of Henry Colbeck, P.O. Department of this city.


November 23, 1874


HAYES (Brockville) - Last Thursday afternoon, a man named Wright, while engaged in trapping in the vicinity of St. Lawrence park, discovered what proved to be the remains of the little boy,

 Hayes, who was lost on the 21st of June last. The discovery was made quite accidentally in a large swamp about a mile from the place where the child was missed by its mother. Nothing is left of the boy but a few white bones, and had not the hat which he wore at time he was missed been found near to the remains, it would have been a difficult matter to identify them. The bones, when gathered together, were found to be the complete form of a child, the only part missing being the under jaw. Part of the shirt was found about the neck, and the button, a small blue one, was identified by the sisters of the child as one which they had sewed on. There can be no doubt whatever that these are the remains of the missing child, and the only mystery is how he came to his death. The only conclusion that can be arrived at is that the little fellow wandered into the swamp which in June is said to have over two feet of water on it, and was then drowned. From the position of the bones, it would be natural to surmise that they were scattered by the ebb and flow of the water. The remains were buried to‑day.


November 24, 1874


MCDERMOTT, LAMETT - Two men, named McDermott and Lamett were killed on Monday at St. Williams by the fall of a piece of timber upon them while engaged in shipbuilding.


November 25, 1874


SAPLEY - Died on Saturday, the 21st instant, in the Township of Culross, near Teeswater, suddenly of paralysis, aged 74 years, Edward Sapley, the beloved father of the Rev. Edward Sapley, of Gorrie, County of Huron, and formerly resident at Bartonville near this city. His children are sustained by a noble hope that he 'sleeps in Jesus'.


PETTIT - Mr. Andrew Pettit, of Grimsby, died on the 15th instant at the residence of his son, Rev. Charles Pettit, rector of Richmond, County Carleton, at the ripe age of 84 years. Mr. Pettit, the son of U.E. Loyalists, was the second or third white child born in the neighbourhood of Grimsby. He served in the war of 1812, being present in several engagements at that time. Two of his sons served in the rebellion of 1838; two more and his son‑in‑law in 1866. Among the oldest of the settlers, there was no man in the surrounding country more universally respected and esteemed in every department of life. An honourable man, a worthy representative of his father's staunch loyalty to the British Crown, a generous neighbour, a friend that could always be trusted, a father that must be revered, a sincere Christian and devoted member of the Church of England for whose creed and services he ever manifested an ardent and active love. His religious

principles and acceptance of divine truth, deeply engraved in his heart, manifested themselves in works rather than in words.

On Wednesday last a large number of the family, friends, and neighbours followed his remains to the grave in the burial ground attached to St. Andrew's church, Grimsby. in which church from early childhood he delighted to worship God in spirit and in truth, following the example of his worthy father whose pious zeal, manifested among other things in reading the church service for many years before a clergyman was appointed, had greatly contributed in forming a congregation and keeping it together.

The Rector of the parish delivered an address on the occasion from which the following passage has been supplied. "A venerable servant of God has been removed from our midst whose sojourn in this world was extended far beyond the usual period of human life. He has gone to his long home full of years and bearing with him the tribute of sincere respect from all who knew him: gone, as we well believe, to that Master whom he only and fully trusted; in whose house he gladly worshipped as a foretaste of the heavenly rest; and whose service he humbly followed. Of him, it may well be said 'the hoary head is a crown of glory when found in the way of righteousness'. The name and character of our venerable friend has been associated with this place further back than many can now remember. With the early days of this settlement and the early worship of this church, an ornament to the society he lived and the church which he loved, I know that all present will join with me when I say there was much in his character which was noble, honourable, just, and true, No man ever doubted his word or questioned his integrity, nor will any cast a shade on his memory. He has left behind him a record which will be remembered with deep respect. His family inherit the fruits of his industry, but no earthly treasure has he bequeathed to them so precious as his good name. Well may they emulate his example. Yet on ground higher and more sacred we rest our confidence that to him may be applied the consoling language of Holy Writ, 'Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord".


November 26, 1874


HENRY - We regret to announce the death at an advanced age of Mrs. Henry, relict of the late Phineas Henry of Queenston. Her death took place at Stoney Creek on Tuesday morning last after an illness of about two weeks. The funeral took place this afternoon and was largely attended by the residents of the village and vicinity, among whom the deceased was held in high estimation.

November 27, 1874


GIBB (Ottawa) - Dr. Gibb, a promising young physician here, died yesterday from Bright’s disease.


November 28, 1874


ANDERSON (Toronto) - The man named Anderson, who was sent down to jail a short time since suffering with an attack of delirium tremens, died suddenly yesterday. An inquest was held this afternoon.


November 30, 1874


DUMMER - The remains of the late Henry Dummer, a native of Hampshire, England, and a member of the order of Foresters, were yesterday interred in the Burlington cemetery with Foresters' honours by the members of the different courts of this district. The Foresters assembled at their hall at 3 o'clock and marched thence to the late residence of the deceased, Strachan street. At the house, the first part of the order's burial ceremonies were read, after which the procession wended its way up York street to the cemetery. Rural Dean Geddes received the procession at the chapel and read the Church of England burial service over the body, and D.C.B. Buckingham performed the last rites of the Foresters' ceremony as the deceased was laid in his last resting place.


December 1, 1874


MCINTYRE - Died on the morning of the 1st December, Agnes McIntyre, aged 70 years, widow of the late James McIntyre, and sister of the late John Young. The funeral will leave her late residence, No 5 Catharina street, on Thursday, at half past two o'clock


December 2, 1874


MCKINNON (Brantford) - One of the most brutal murders on record was perpetrated in a house of ill fame immediately outside of the corporation of this town between the hours of three and four o'clock on Sunday morning last by a noted desperado named McNamara who had been evading the law of justice for a brutal assault committed upon a man named Moony in a saloon on Market street some time last winter. About a week ago, so we are informed, he succeeded in inflicting a wound upon the arm of a young man in west Brantford. A few days ago he had an altercation with a man named Mahaney, residing in the east end. They repaired to a vacant lot somewhere in the suburbs of the town where it was intended they should settle what little

difference existed between them in a fair and square fight, as they termed it. On reaching the spot where the combatants were to settle their grievance, McNamara drew a knife upon his antagonist and would certainly have murdered him then and there had he not taken to his heels and fled from this most notorious scoundrel. Mahaney issued a warrant for his arrest, but until this present occurrence, he evaded the officers of the law.

Again the culprit turns up. This time he proves himself successful in his many attempts to take the life of his fellow man, his victim being a young man named Donald McKinnon, aged 23 years and 4 months, residing with his parents in the swamp just outside of the corporation and about four hundred yards from where the tragedy took place. Our reporter repaired to the scene of the bloody tragedy about ten o'clock yesterday morning, and the sight that met his gaze was most horrible to behold. There lay the corpse of young McKinnon who had a few hours before enjoyed the blessings of this world, being possessed of health and strength, but who without a word of warning had been slain by his fellow‑man by being stabbed in two places in the region of the heart, either of which would have produced death. The facts of the case, as near as we can get at them, are these. McKinnon, it appears, was uptown in Brantford on Saturday afternoon and met in with several friends. They had partaken of considerable whiskey throughout the afternoon. About nine o'clock, he started for home. Not wishing to go into his father's house intoxicated, he stepped into Zoury's, a house of ill fame, for the purpose of getting 'sobered up' as the term is given. He took off his coat and vest and lay down in a bed in the rear of the house. How long he slept, we have not ascertained, but between the hours of three and four o'clock, he awakened, got out of bed, and came to the front part of the house. As he did so, McNamara, who was in the house, jumped up and pulling a knife from his pocket which we are informed he keeps open at all times, he without a word of warning deliberately stabbed McKinnon in the heart. McKinnon staggered back and fled through the door he had entered and stood against it, trying to save himself from a further attack. MacNamara, being a powerful thickset fellow, burst the door open and again attacked him. McKinnon then started to run and as he did so, two more stabs with the knife were inflicted. He cried out "Oh, let me lay on the bed till I die". With that he struggled forward upon the bed and expired in less than fifteen minutes from the time he received the wounds which proved so fatal. The scoundrel then fled through the back door. Constable Wallace and Dunn were immediately notified of what had taken place and repaired to the scene and commenced their search for the murderer, the morning being clear, and the snow having fallen through Saturday and Saturday evening they had not much trouble in tracking him. They

 immediately took up the trail and traced his steps to a Mr. Griffin's whither McNamara had gone and asked to be admitted. After being admitted he asked to lie by the stove, a request which was readily granted, Mr. Griffin being well acquainted with him. Shortly after, a rap came to Mr. Griffin's door. McNamara jumped up and ran out of the house into the barn. Mr. Griffin admitted the constables and was asked by them if McNamara was there, and were told that he had just gone out at the back. They repaired to the back of the house and into the barn where they found him. He offered no resistance and was conveyed to the cells to await the verdict of the jury...The jury empanelled to inquire how, when and where, and by what means, the deceased Donald McKinnon came to his death on the 28th day of November, 1874,and after hearing the evidence adduced and after a post mortem examination of the body, are of the opinion that deceased came to his death by wounds received by some cutting instrument in the hands of James McNamara.


December 5, 1874


CARMICHAEL - Died at Port Hope, November 26,1874, James Carmichael, formerly of Hamilton, aged 46 years.


December 7, 1874


LATTA - Joseph Latta, of River Herbert, N.S., 77 years of age, died on Tuesday from the effects of a fall from a ladder.


COGSWELL - Miss Cogswell, daughter of the late Hon F. Cogswell, and one of the wealthiest and most philanthropic ladies of Halifax, died on Sunday afternoon after a short illness


BINGHAM - Died in this city, on the 7th instant, Lillian Louise, youngest daughter of Mr. A. Bingham, aged six years and two months. Funeral will leave her father's residence, 75 Hunter street west, on Tuesday afternoon, at 3:30 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


BUCKINGHAM - Died in the Township of Barton, on the mountain, on Sunday, 6th instant, Mr. William Buckingham Sr., aged 61 years, a native of South Moulton, Devonshire, England. The funeral will leave his late residence on Wednesday, the 9th instant, at 2 p.m. for the place of interment, Burlington cemetery.


RAW - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, Mrs. Robert Raw, aged 50 years. Funeral will leave her husband's residence, 23 Bay street south, or Tuesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.

December 10, 1874


JOLLEY - Died at the residence of his father, Belmont House, on the mountain, James Edwards, second son of Mr. James Jolley, aged 31 years. The funeral will take place on Friday, 11th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice, cabs will start from the shop, 47 John street south, for the interment, at half past one o'clock p.m.


December 11, 1874


MAURIER - A veteran named Louis Maurier died in Amherstburg, Ontario, on Saturday last, at the age of 84 years. He was engaged in several battles during the war of 1812, and was one of the witnesses of Tecumseh’s death.


December 12, 1874


FLETCHER - Died at Rockford, Michigan, on the 9th instant, of typhoid pneumonia, Lillie L., wife of Orlin O. Fletcher, in the 23rd year of her age.


December 18, 1874


BURNS - Died on Thursday, 17th instant, Margaret Gertrude, daughter of Mr. Robert Burns, G.W.R., aged 2 years, 2 months. Funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday, 19th, from the family residence, 106 Catherine street north. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


December 21, 1874


HILL - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Mr. T. S. Hill, Sr., in the 71st year of his age. The funeral will take place from 63 Hughson street south, on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


December 23, 1874


HILL - The funeral of the late Thomas G. Hill took place to‑day from his late residence, Hughson street, end was largely attended by friends and mourners. The funeral arrangements were under the direction of W. M. Chapman Sons. The deceased was interred in a costly and handsome velvet casket with solid plate glass lid, large silver handles, and silver breast plate, and with lining of French Merino and white satin. The deceased was a native of Fifeshire, Scotland,

and in 1834 emigrated to this country and resided in Peterborough for three years, after which he removed to this city and carried on business as a watchmaker for some time. He then retired until 1861 when he resumed his occupation until about three months ago when he was taken with gastric fever which terminated fatally yesterday.


PARENT (Ottawa) - Mr. Parent, late under‑secretary of state, died yesterday.


December 26, 1874


LAING - Yesterday afternoon, Dr. White was called at the request of the friends of the deceased to hold an inquest on the body of a married woman named Ann Laing, wife of Thomas Laing who lives on the corner of John and Wood streets. The deceased had been out from home on Thursday afternoon, and returned slightly intoxicated. She lay down on a bed in the house and requested her husband to awaken her at 12 o'clock at night. He did not do so, and when he went to her bed between seven and eight in the morning, found her feet cold. He covered her feet to keep them warm, supposing nothing else to be wrong with her, and it was not until a Mrs. Myles, a boarder in the house, came to awaken her, that her death was discovered. Dr. O'Reilly was sent for and examined the body. The jury returned a verdict, death of natural causes, heart disease being the immediate occasion of her sudden end. She was 56 years of age and was an Irish Presbyterian.


December 28, 1874


BOGART - Died on Monday, the 28th instant, Walter Scott, youngest son of D. A. Bogart, aged 3 years, 7 months, and 28 days. The funeral will leave his father's residence, 18 Grove street, to‑morrow (Tuesday) at 2:30 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


December 29, 1874


TROTMAN - Died at the residence of his father‑in‑law, H. G. Grist, Watertown, N.Y., Mr. Charles Knowles Trotman, aged 42 years.


TODD (St. Thomas) - Last evening, about 8 o'clock, as an aged couple, named Todd, were returning from a visit in the country and while crossing the bridge below the Canada Southern Railway, they were overtaken by a yard engine. Mr. Todd was instantly killed, and Mrs. Todd was thrown from the track down an embankment and fatally injured, living but a short time.


December 30, 1874


LESLIE - Died on Wednesday, 30th instant, Isabella Johnston, aged 4½ years, youngest child of Dr. J. Leslie. funeral will leave her father's residence, 123 King street west, to‑morrow (Thursday), at 2 p.m.