Hamilton Spectator

Deaths, Jan-June 1876


January 3, 1876


TINDILL - On New Year's eve, a suicide of a peculiarly painful nature occurred in the east end. William Tindill, the proprietor of the Street car inn, shot himself through the body with a revolver expiring a few minutes afterwards. An inquest was held on the remains on New Year's day, the result of which will be found below. The deceased was well known throughout the city and was a general favourite with his acquaintances. He was a member of the Driving Park Association and took a deep interest in all manly sports. The following evidence contains all the particulars relating to the unfortunate event,

Elizabeth Tindill, sworn: Deceased was my husband. He was 33 years of age. He was born in England and belonged to the Established Church. Been married twelve years, Always lived happily. He had not been well for several days. Complained of pains in his bowels. At 7 p.m. yesterday, I went up to his bedroom. At about half past seven, I heard the report of a pistol in his room. He had been fretting for some time over the loss of some money. He died in a few minutes after I went into the room, saw no revolver. Went to the drawer and found the revolver missing. He never said he would take his life. Am perfectly sure no one was in the room when he died. He was lying covered with clothes. He never spoke afterwards.

Other evidence was given, corroborating the above, after which Dr. Crooke was sworn and testified: William Tindill came to me on Wednesday for medicine. He was unable to sleep and felt very bad. Was summoned here about half past five last night. Found him dead. His wife asked me if he had shot himself. Pulled up his shirt and found a bullet wound in the region of the stomach to the left of the centre. Searched for the pistol and found it between the feather bed and the mattress. The pistol must have been held within one or two inches of the body. There was no hole in the shirt. The pistol was in such a position that it might have been placed there after inflicting the wound. Have heard him express himself about the loss of money. Have made a post mortem examination and have found that death resulted from a bullet wound.

After due consideration of the evidence, the jury returned the following verdict: "That William Tindill came to his death from a pistol wound inflicted by himself while labouring under temporary insanity.”


PHILLIPS (Toronto) - At ten o'clock this morning Coroner Riddell held an inquest at the General Hospital on the body of John Phillips who died yesterday from the effects of wounds inflicted by his younger brother, Charles, while quarrelling. The jury empanelled were all inmates of the

hospital. The prisoner was present under the charge of Detective Reid, and is about 15 years of age.

Annie Phillips, residing at No 15 Renfrew street, sworn, stated: The deceased, John Phillips, was my brother and was about 18 years old. He was born in South Wales, England, and had no trade. The prisoner, Charles Phillips, is also my brother, and is 15 years of age. My mother died about five weeks ago and my father died about four years ago. When my mother died, she left about £200, but made no will. The money was all in the house. My mother did not divide the money. I have another brother five years of age. After mother's burial, I paid the expense of the funeral and then put the money back in mother's box where I found it. For almost two weeks there was nothing said about the money. One evening while I was out, my brother took the money out of the box. I missed the money the next day, and asked Charlie, the prisoner, if he had taken it. He replied that he had and divided it equally between them. The deceased came home that night about eight o'clock, and being intoxicated, I did not say anything to him about the money. The next morning the deceased went out before breakfast and returned about half past ten, being still intoxicated. I told him unless he put the money back where he got it, I would leave the house, and he replied that he was going home to the old country, acknowledging that he had half of the money. The box containing the money was nailed down, and the deceased told me that he asked the prisoner, Charles, to open the box and get the money. Charles got a file and pried it open, and then took the money and divided it between them. The deceased had been continually drinking since mother's death, but I never saw the prisoner drunk in my life. On the night of the 15th ultimo, my brother was stabbed. On that evening Charlie the prisoner, came home from his work at the usual time. John, the deceased, was brought home by two young men about half past eight o'clock. He was then slightly under the influence of Liquor. He did not take anything to eat, and only stopped in the house about three quarters of an hour. He then went out and returned about half past eleven. When John came in, Charlie was in the next house helping a neighbour put some stove pipes up. John was at the time too drunk to undress and threw himself on the bed in which he and Charlie slept together. Charlie came in shortly afterward and undressed and got in bed. My youngest brother, Alfred, slept between them until I was ready to go to bed, and about twelve o'clock I went to move him, and disturbed John. Charles was now awake. John commenced to vomit and curse. Charlie made the remark to me, "He's drunk again like all fools.” John lifted his hand and struck Charlie in the mouth. Charlie sat up in bed and I took one of the lamps and went into the kitchen. I heard a scuffle on the bed and went back into the room. When I went in, the boys were facing each other and kneeling on the

bed. John attempted to catch Charlie by the throat and being stronger, forced him on his back on the bed. He then attempted to strike Charlie, but was so drunk that he struck the pillow. Instead. John still had hold of Charlie by the throat. I reached over the bed and tried to pull him off. I heard Charlie say, "Johnny, be careful for I have a knife in my hand.” Just as Charlie made use of this expression, John fell and turned over on his left side. Charles then got out over the foot of the bed. John was leaning on his left hand, and I went over to get him to lie down so that I could cover him, and in pulling the blankets off the floor, I dragged a knife from under the bed. The knife was a small white-handled pocket knife and belonged to John. I picked up the knife and said, "It's a wonder some of you were not cut,” and just as I said that, Johnny's hand fell off his arm and he exclaimed, "I'm stabbed.” I saw blood on his right wrist and immediately tore his shirt sleeve open to look for the wound but saw the blood coming through and laid it on the place the blood was coming from. As soon as Charlie saw the blood, he dressed and went out and came back in about five minutes with Dr. Wagner. Before the doctor's arrival, a neighbour living upstairs, named Mrs. Gartland, came down and found the wound. It was bleeding very much when Mrs. Gartland arrived. She tore the shirt open and then went to look for cotton while I held the wet cloth to the wound. The bleeding was nearly stopped when the doctor arrived. The doctor took the bandage off and examined the wound. I asked him if it was dangerous, but he did not answer me. He put a wet sponge to the wound and sent for Dr. Pollard. Dr. Aikins was afterwards called in, and he advised that John should be taken to the hospital. He was brought to the hospital a week ago last Wednesday. I do not know what became of the knife. I threw it on the floor when I saw the blood, and I have not seen it since. When I picked the knife up, it was open, but I did not notice blood on it. The night John was stabbed, I heard him say, "it's not Charlie's fault";

After hearing some further evidence, the jury brought in a verdict to the effect that the deceased came to his death from the effects of a wound inflicted by his brother.

The prisoner was committed for trial.


January 4, 1876


ELLWORTHY - On Saturday morning, one of the oldest residents of Guelph died suddenly. On that morning, Mr. Richard Baker entered the residence of Miss Ellworthy on Cardigan street near Goldie's mills, and was surprised to find her lying on the bed. Upon making further examination, he found that she was dead. Dr. Herod was called in, but did not deem it necessary to hold an inquest. Heart disease is supposed to have been the cause of her death. Deceased is one of the oldest residents in the town, and is very respectably connected. She had always lived alone.

January 5, 1876


NEWMAN - A man named William Newman, who was undergoing a sentence of imprisonment in the Central Prison, Toronto, died on Monday.


VANASSE (Sorel) - Paul Vanasse, dit Beauvais, aged 35 years, bachelor and farmer, lived alone in a state of single blessedness for the last ten years in a cottage, range of St Henri, parish of St. Guillaume d' Upton. He had frequently showed signs of mental alienation, but his symptoms did not last. Some days ago, the jubilee was preached at St. Guillaume by a reverend Oblat Father, and Paul Vanasse attended these services two or three times, and confessed. On Tuesday of that week, several friends went to spend the evening with him. Early that evening, he told them his intention of going to bed early as possible in order to enable him to attend church betimes in the morning to perform his jubilee. Then he changed his idea and told them he had decided to wait later. The friends then left. Next morning Paul Vanasse’s brother came to his house, bringing back a horse whose use he had been allowed for a few days and was astonished, on entering the stable, that it had not been cleaned. Alarmed, he ran to his brother's house, but found the door looked. Going at once for a neighbour, the two burst open a door and were appalled at the spectacle presented to their eyes. There, stretched on its back, lay the corpse of Paul Vanasse, a part of the face and skull smashed and the brains lying around. A discharged gun was on the body. The suicide had acted with a frightful coolness, After having made a pillow with his great-coat carefully folded, he had stretched himself upon the floor, attached one end of a cord to his right foot and the other to the trigger of the gun. This done, he had supported the muzzle of the gun on his throat, and then with a sudden movement of his foot pulled the fatal trigger. The whole left side of his face was shot away by the terrible discharge which fired six big balls. The wadding was found in the left temple, and the lead in the wall with some of the teeth. Deputy Coroner Turcotte held an inquest over these shocking remains, and the jury found a verdict accordingly.


MILLER - The Brantford "Expositor" says: Last evening about eight o'clock, a man was found dead in the stable adjoining the hotel of B. C. VanLoon on Queen street with his throat cut. A common knife was found beside him, and it is supposed that he made away with himself. The deceased was identified as E. M. Miller, a former resident of Brantford, who occupied a good position and society, although, at times inclined to give way to intemperance. He was connected some twelve or fourteen years ago with Mr. Alfred Waits in the management of the distillery

at the Locks. He was engaged also with Mr. George Watt for a time in purchasing pork for export, and was looked upon as a careful, honourable business man. He sold out here some eleven years ago and went to the States It is said he came here about Christmas and gave way to drink, after a long period of abstinence, and continuing his carouse, reached his unfortunate end. He was missing some time before he was found. He had a wife and family when in Brantford who were highly respected and well connected, although his late place of residence we have been unable to ascertain. The body was removed to the dead house by Mr. Clifford, undertaker, where it still remains.


January 6, 1876


THISTHUP - Thisthup, formerly an engine driver on the Great Western Railway, died in Welland jail on Tuesday night where he has been confined for about two weeks as a lunatic, convicted by A. G. Hill, Police Magistrate for Clifton, for ill-using his wife and family. He is supposed to be worth $10,000. He leaves a wife and three children.


MAIER - An inquest was held at Petersburg, Waterloo County, on the 4th instant before Coroner Walden, on the body of a man found lying in the woods. The jury returned the following verdict; We find that the body is that of John Maier, formerly of Baden and Petersburg. We also find that the said John Maier came to his death through the effects of a bullet wound in the head, but we are unable from the evidence adduced to decide whether said wound was inflicted by his own hand or that of another.


WILLOUGHBY (Guelph) - Yesterday afternoon, Constable Turner arrested a man named Willoughby on a charge of drunkenness, the general appearance of the man being that he was in a fit. He was cutting wood during the afternoon, and as was frequently the case, drank too much whiskey. He was conveyed to the jail for shelter and was visited in the cell at ten o'clock by Mr. Mercer and Mr. Taylor, and was then in a state of drunken: stupor. When Mr. Taylor went to the cell again at five o'clock this morning, he found the man dead. Dr. Herod viewed the body this morning and will hold an inquest at the Town Hall at seven o'clock this evening.


January 7, 1876


CARSCALLON - Died on this Friday morning, 7th instant, Percy, youngest son of Mr. H. Carscallon, aged 3 months and 2 days. Funeral to-morrow afternoon, at half past two o'clock, from his father's residence, No 37 Catherine street north. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.

MEADOWS - Died on the 6th instant, at the residence of his father, 83 Hess street north, James T. W., eldest son of Samuel Meadows, aged 19 years. Funeral on Sunday, at three o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.


MCDONNELL On Friday evening last, about 8 o'clock, Mr. William McDonnell, one of the oldest residents of Dundas, passed to his long home. He was in the 82nd year of his age, and had not been ill for any length of time. Mr. McDonnell was well known for years as the landlord of the Elgin House which he built in 1837, and was highly respected by all who knew him. Mrs. McDonnell still survives and has the sympathy of the entire community in her affliction.


January 8, 1876


EWING - The man Ewing, who fell through the bridge at Doon on Thursday, died at nine o'clock yesterday morning.


FARRELL (Guelph) - On the 21st day of November last, a man named Walter Farrell, about 30 years of age, called upon Mr. Fitzpatrick on the town line of Peel, and after tea, left to go to a hotel, and up to Tuesday the 3rd instant, nothing was heard of him. Mr. Fitzpatrick, on crossing the field of his next-door neighbour on Tuesday, found the man dead. An inquest was held on Wednesday, and the jury found the usual verdict. Deceased was some time ago a resident of Guelph, having been engaged in buying grain on the market. His relatives, who reside here, brought his remains down to Guelph Thursday night, and they were interred in the cemetery.


January 10, 1876


WAUGH - Christopher Waugh, an old resident of London Township, who settled in the spot where he has lived ever since, in 1819, died on Friday.


SHARP (Napanee) - On Friday last, a man named William Sharp and his nephew, a boy about ten years of age, were crossing Hay Bay on foot when they broke through the ice and were both drowned. A dog that had accompanied them returned with his master's hat in his mouth. The friends became alarmed and started at once for the ice. They were not long in finding the hole where the unfortunate persons had broken through and in it the other hat and a spear which they had evidently taken along to try the ice. The bodies were recovered next day, and from their position, Mr. Sharp had evidently got the boy upon his back, determined to save both their lives if possible.


CAMERON - Died at 31 Victoria avenue, on Saturday, 8th instant, the beloved wife of Mr. Hugh Cameron, and only daughter of Alexander Stuart. Funeral took place this afternoon at 3 p.m.

MEADOWS - Yesterday afternoon, the body of Private Meadows, of the 13th Battalion, was interred with military honours. No 4 Company, to which the deceased belonged, turned out in force and marched to the cemetery with arms reversed. The magnificent band of the XIIIth preceded the hearse, playing the Dead March in Saul. At the cemetery three volleys were fired over the grave, and the cortege returned to the drill shed, headed by the band, where they dispersed.


MILLS - Died at his residence, Queen street, on Sunday morning, the 9th instant, James Nelson Mills, in his 57th year. The funeral will take place from his late residence, Queen street, to-morrow, Tuesday afternoon, at 3 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


Yesterday morning at half past eight o'clock, the gentleman who was so brutally stabbed by the man, McDonnell, died at his late residence on the corner of George and Queen streets. Mr. Mills had been suffering from the hiccoughs the night before, and this had caused inflammation of the wounds, and had weakened the sufferer terribly, and at the time above mentioned, while engaged in conversation with his wife, he passed suddenly away, almost without a struggle. Coroner White was immediately notified of the fact, and Constable Fitzgerald received instructions to subpoena a jury, and at half past eleven, they were gathered at Palm's Saloon on the corner of Bay and King streets. Here they were duly sworn and Mr. James Walker, Sr., appointed foreman. Dr. White stated that the reason he had called them together at this untimely hour was because the relatives of the deceased wished to take the body in charge, which they could not do until the jury had viewed it. The physicians also wished to make a post mortem examination before the body became rigid. The inquest by common consent was adjourned until 3 o'clock this afternoon. The jury then proceeded to the late residence of the deceased and viewed the body, all the wounds, eight in number, being exposed and laid bare. As we go to press the inquest is going on at Palm's Tavern where eye-witnesses of the murder are giving their evidence.

The physicians of the Allopathic school having refused to consult with Drs. Husband and Verne, Homeopathists, these gentlemen called on the services of Dr. Campbell of Toronto to assist at the post mortem examination.


CHAMBERS - On Tuesday afternoon, Mr. John Chambers (English), East Oxford, started from Woodstock for home, driving a load of coal and iron. He was observed by Mr. McGee when passing his back yard on the middle town-line, and shortly afterward the horses must have become unmanageable and threw him out, continuing on their course until they reached Mr. Frizelle's gate where they halted. Mr. Frizelle at once drove them back in search of their driver who was found lying in the ditch quite dead, no mark about him indicating injury save

a scratch on his forehead. He had doubtless been killed instantly when thrown from the wagon. Dr. Turquend, who was called, considered an inquest unnecessary. Mr. Chambers was a wealthy and respected farmer and was perfectly sober at the time of the accident. His wife and family have the sympathy of the community.


SPEERS - We are sorry to have to state that on Saturday, the 18th ultimo, James Albert, son of Mr. James Speers, of Speers' Mills, Essa, came to his death by falling into a pail of boiling water which had been momentarily placed upon the floor of the kitchen of the dwelling house of the family. The sufferer was so fearfully scalded in the region of the chest, bowels, and arms, that death ensued within twenty-four hours, notwithstanding the best of medical aid immediately summoned, and the most assiduous assistance of the family. Mr. Speers and family are held in high esteem, and have the sympathy of all who know them. The poor little sufferer was within a few days of being two years of age. He was playing about the floor and fell, and ere he could be extricated, fatal injury had ensued.


MCDONOUGH (Morrisburg) - A boy named John McDonough, in the employ of Mr. John S. Hickey, was drowned in Pillar's Bay on Christmas morning. He was crossing on the ice on foot to join a boat waiting at the edge of the ice to convey him across the river on a visit to his friends. When almost half way across the bay, he was seen to break through the ice, and before assistance could reach him, he sank and was seen no more. A warning to young and old for more care! The poor lad's father was drowned about a mile below the spot about fifteen months ago.


January 11, 1876


RYCKMAN - On Sunday last, Mr. Samuel Ryckman, for nearly twenty years, crier of the court for this city, died at an advanced age. He was a favourite with the legal gentlemen of the city, and was well known by all his fellow officers of the court, and they will all learn of his demise with sincere regret.


PIKE - A little boy, named Pike, fell into a tub of boiling water on Saturday at Kingston, and died from the effects of scalding.


MURDOCH - Charles Murdoch, for many years a leading drygoods merchant and banker, died yesterday at Halifax. He was reported of late years to be the wealthiest man in the province of Nova Scotia.


ANDERSON - The third daughter of George Anderson of Ameliasburg, age 14 years,

while skating home from a neighbour's house on Saturday afternoon, accompanied by a young man, fell in an air hole and was drowned. Immediate search was made for the body which was not recovered until Sunday morning.


FARRELL - James Farrell, a resident of the Township of Storrington, was found dead on the ice on Dog Lake near Battersea, on Sunday morning, the 9th instant. He left Battersea on Wednesday morning very drunk to go home, and got into a crack in the ice. When found, he was lying upon his face on the ice, his legs hanging in the opening made by ice being heaved up. The water was about eight or ten inches deep in the hollow of the ice when his body was found.


January 12, 1876


BAUER - Died at his son's residence, John street north, on the 12th instant, John Bauer, father of H. and L. Bauer, in the 85th year of his age. Funeral will take place from his late residence, Sunday, the 16th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


BEAUDRY (Ottawa) - The death of Judge Beaudry creates a vacancy on the Bench for the government to fill.


DAVID - A lunatic, named Mr. David, of LaPrairie, cut his throat on Monday with a razor which he had secretly obtained in a private room. He was dead when discovered.


January 13, 1876


ALEXANDER - Mr. William Alexander, an old resident of Guelph Township, died on Tuesday night, aged 85 years.


PEANHEN - Three children named Peanhen, aged nine, ten, and twelve yesrs, were drowned near Arichet, Cape Breton, on Tuesday while drawing home a hand sled of wood on the ice.


FLEMING - We notice the death of one whose name is associated with the early exploration made by the Government of Canada in the north-west. Mr. John Arcot Fleming died on the 8th instant, and was buried on the 12th at Collingwood. The reader of Hind's "Red River, Assiniboia, and Saskatchewan Exploring Expedition" will remember the service of this gentleman as assistant to Professor Hind. Nearly all the beautiful plates are from his pencil and many of the maps in the two volumes referred to are from his survey. He spent the greater part of 1857 and 1858 in the North-West, and in the latter year, Mr. Fleming, then a youth of 20 years of age, with two Indians, explored the Saskatchewan from the 'Elbow' to Lake Winnipeg, and was the first and only member of the expedition who travelled that great river to its mouth.

An interesting narrative of Mr. Fleming's adventurous journey occupies the 21st and 22nd chapters of Mr. Find's book, the concluding paragraph of which reads as follows: A ride of twelve miles brought me to the middle of the Selkirk settlement, and by eleven p.m. I was in our old quarters after a canoe voyage of forty-eight days in all, nine of which were occupied in descending from the elbow of the south branch of the Saskatchewan to Fort a la Coone, fourteen from thence to the mouth of the Saskatchewan, and twenty-five days in traversing Lake Winnipeg. The whole distance travelled and explored in canoe is 940 miles, 600 of which were down the Saskatchewan, and 300 in open lake navigation. In performing the latter, part of the journey with a little frail canoe, heavily laden, we were completely windbound for twelve days and had to contend nearly all the time we were moving with boisterous head winds, foul weather, and a hand-to-mouth sustenance. This will in some measure account for the slow rate of progress we unwittingly made through Lake Winnipeg. I must take this opportunity of bearing testimony to the unwearied labours, patient endurance and unflinching devotion of my two voyageurs. Their conduct while they were my companions for nearly two months was beyond all praise, and they sustained hardships and risks of no ordinary description without a murmur.

Mr. John Fleming's career promised to be one of great usefulness, but the exposure on the occasion referred to, immediately succeeded by close and continuous office work, sapped a constitution somewhat delicate, and brought on a serious illness from which he never fully recovered. Mr. Fleming came to Canada when ten years old, and is now cut off at the early age of 39. His services in connection with the expedition referred to undoubtedly entitle him to rank amongst the pioneer explorers in what is now, or soon will be Central Canada.


January 14, 1876


BYRNE - Died in this city, on Wednesday, the 12th instant, Andrew Byrne, P.O., in the 57th year of his age. Funeral will leave his late residence,57 York street, at 2:30 p.m., Sunday. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


SMALL - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, Mary Small, aged 74 years and 6 months. Funeral will leave the residence of her son, Mr. Thomas Small, corner King and Burlington streets, on Sunday at 2 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please attend.


PEACOCK (Ottawa) - Mr. Sames Peacock, one of the oldest settlers here, died yesterday.

SMITH - Yesterday afternoon, John Smith, aged 20 years, was drowned while skating on Toronto Bay.


MORRISON - On Wednesday night, P. Morrison, supposed to be under the influence of liquor, was found frozen to death on the road near Lakefield.


MOYEAU - Yesterday morning, an infant child of Mrs. Moyeau, residing at the upper end of Maria street, Ottawa, was accidentally smothered to death. The mother left the child in bed while doing some housework, and on returning, found it lying upon its face dead. Dr. Corbett was called is as coroner, but he considered there was no necessity for holding an inquest.


ROBERTSON - William Robertson, a respectable farmer, fifty years of age, living on the line between Fredericksburg and Adolphustown, was kicked in the forehead last evening by a horse he was leading to the stable, which he had just got newly shod. His skull was badly fractured, and he remained unconscious till ten this morning when he died. He leaves a large family.


January 15, 1876


CREPAULT - Maurice Crepault was accidentally killed at Quebec in Baldwin's shipyard on Thursday afternoon. He was trimming a piece of timber when a sudden gust of wind overturned a sawing apparatus near him, which in falling struck him on the side of the head, killing him instantly.


January 17, 1876


LYONS - Died in this city, on Sunday, January 16th, Mr. William Lyons, aged 74 years. The funeral will leave his late residence, No 92 Maiden Lane east, on Wednesday afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


SMITH - Died at the residence of her husband, on the 17th instant, Christina, wife of James Smith, gilder, of this city, aged 27 years. Funeral will leave her late residence, Hannah street near Caroline, on Tuesday, 18th, at 3:30 p.m. Friends will please accepts this intimation.


CAMERON - A. M. Cameron, Sr., father of Messrs Cameron of the London "Advertiser", died yesterday morning.


MORLAND - An old man, named George Morland, of Lotbiniere, was found dead near his residence on Friday. He is supposed to have died from paralysis to attacks of which he was subject.

PRICE - A young lad, named Martin Price, aged about 9 years, whose parents live in Petersville, fell into the river near the dam below Blackfriars Bridge, London, on Saturday evening and was drowned. The body had not been recovered at last accounts though the river was frequently dragged during last evening.


BEAUPRE - The funeral of the late Mr. Justice Beaupre of Montreal on Saturday was attended by a large concourse of people, and almost all the lawyers turned out to show their respect for the deceased. The pall bearers were: His Honour Justice Dorion, His Honour Justice Monk, His Honour Justice Berthelot, His Honour Mr. Justice Mackay, and Sheriff Leblanc. The body of the church was filled with worshippers. Mass was conducted by Mgr. Vinet, and Bishop Poissonault was present in the sanctuary with a number of priests. The church was draped and the catafalque illuminated with tapers. The funeral was characterized, however, by the absence of any great pomp, the large attendance of prominent citizens being the most notable feature. All the Courts stood adjourned, and the flag of the Court House was hoisted half mast.


KENNEDY (Guelph) - We regret to learn that Mr. John Kennedy, until a little over a year ago a barrister practising in Mount Forest, died in Toronto yesterday under circumstances peculiarly sad, having been an inmate of the Lunatic Asylum there for some time past. Deceased was born in the County of Glengarry about the year 1832, so that at the time of his death he was still in the prime of life, being only 42 years of age. He studied in Mr. Potman's office in Dundas and for fourteen years successfully practised his profession in Mount Forest until about a year ago last June reason forsook her throne, and since then he has been confined the greater part of the time in the asylum in Toronto where he died. He leaves a widow to mourn his loss. Deceased was a brother-in-law of Mr. G. A. Drew, Q.C., of Elora. The remains of the deceased will be brought here this afternoon and will be interred in St George's cemetery. A large number of friends of the deceased from Mount Forest and Elora are in town to attend the funeral.


HOPKINS - On Friday, 4th instant, the Welland "Telegraph" says, Mr. Swayze Hopkins was shelling corn in the barn in the Township of Pelham when about 3 p.m. he went to the door feeling somewhat ill with pains in the chest. His wife mixed up some cordial and gave him, after which he felt some better. About 5 o'clock, he got worse again and medical aid was sent for, but no serious doubts were entertained. The patient continued in that state, being up and around the house, till between twelve and one o'clook at night, while walking across the floor, he dropped dead. The cause was heart disease.

January 18, 1876


SALMOND - Died at the Spectator building, McNab street, Hamilton, on the 17th instant, David Murray Lyon Salmond, B.A., Cantab., M.A., Aberdeen, formerly of Aberdeen, Scotland, in the 58th year of his age.


AMBROSE - A little boy, named Ambrose, was choked to death at Digby, Nova Scotia, on Sunday, by a piece of apple lodging in his windpipe.


January 20, 1876


TEMPLETON - On Thursday evening while John Templeton, of Marlborough, was returning from the village, in crossing Rideau River the ice broke and himself and team of horses were drowned. The horses were found yesterday afternoon, but the man's body has not yet been found.


NEWTON - Mrs. Samuel Newton, residing with her brother-in-law, A.J. Maxham, in Quebec, was suffocated during Tuesday night by gas, supposed to have escaped from a leak in the main pipe. The other inmates of the house and also of the adjoining houses suffered severely- from the same cause. A servant attempted to light a match, but fortunately fell senseless before accomplishing the purpose. Had she succeeded, a fearful explosion must have followed.


HENWOOD - Died on the 19th instant, at No 2 Main street, Margaret, the wife of E. Henwood, M.D. Funeral on Saturday, the 22nd, at 2 o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.


HUGHSON - On Thursday last, a sad occurrence took place at Norval by which a man named Thomas Hughson ultimately came to his death. It appears that late on Thursday night, Hughson was at Lyons' Hotel, and a fight occurred between two dogs belonging to Hughson and a man named Clay. Lyons afterward went out and a scuffle ensued in which Lyons struck Hughson, giving him a black eye. Hughson, however, does not seem to have retaliated, but the dog fight continued, and more scuffling followed, when Lyons gave Hughson a push, throwing him down, his head striking on the hard ground, probably on a stone. For some time, he remained on the ground insensible, when a man named Miller, connected with the Norval mills, had him conveyed home where he wan laid on a sofa and warmly covered up by his wife and daughter, thinking he was drunk. He remained there till the next morning when he arose and walked about the room. His daughter spoke to him, but could get no answer. He appeared as if he did not hear her. He remained in that state all day, apparently not even recognizing his wife, and about ten

o'clock on Friday night, about twenty-four hours after he was pushed down by Lyons, he died. Dr. Freeman, the coroner, held an inquest and Dr. McGarvin held a post mortem examination which showed that Hughes was in a very healthy condition and there was nothing to cause death in the ordinary course of nature. The examination of the head, however, showed that the skull was fractured and that a portion of the bone had penetrated to the brain and caused death. The verdict of the jury accordingly was that Hughson had come to his death through a fall caused by being pushed down by Lyons. Lyons was therefore arrested on Saturday night and lodged in Milton jail on a charge of manslaughter.


January 21, 1876


WILKINS - Died on Thursday, the 20th instant, Jemima Emma, youngest daughter of the late Rev. John Wilkins, and sister to Miss Harriet Annie and Mr. D. T. H. Wilkins of this city. Funeral will leave the residence of her sister, Mrs. Robinson, Saturday afternoon. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation


SMITH - The unfortunate man who was drowned at Orillia last Friday while fleeing across the Narrows has been identified as John Smith, a navvy on the railway near Gravenhurst.


LAMERE - A fearful affair occurred on the ice on Wednesday night near Laprairie. Tuesday afternoon three men named Pasquin, Cote, and Lamere, drove over to Laprairie from the city, and went on a spree. Cote and Lamere were left behind on Wednesday by Pasquin who drove off violently. His horse dropped dead a mile from the shore and he, after attempting to drag the sleigh, gave up and wrapped himself in robes and stayed all night. Lamere foolishly attempted in his drunken condition to follow Pasquin on the ice, but was overcome by the cold and was found frozen to death yesterday morning about half a mile from the dead horse. Pasquin escaped without injury, owing to his being in the sleigh. All three are of respectable families.


HAMILTON - We regret to hear of the death from pneumonia of Dr. Andrew Hamilton of Melbourne, Province of Quebec, son of Dr. James Hamilton of Dundas, which took place on Monday last, after an illness of four days. The deceased was 39 years of age, and had resided at Melbourne for a number of years.


January 22, 1876


MONTROSE - Died at Haln's Ranch, Nevada, on the 18th of December, 1875, Eliza, beloved wife of Mr. R. G. Montrose, formerly a resident of Houghton Township, Norfolk County, and the second daughter of M. W. and H. White.

January 24, 1876


HOPKINS - On Saturday afternoon, Mrs. Samuel Hopkins was brutally murdered by her husband at Lyndoch, Norfolk County. The murderer has been arrested.


SPENCER - About ten o'clock on Saturday morning, a little boy about four years of age, son of Rev. A. Spencer, of Kemptville, accidentally fell into a cistern and drowned. He was taken out by his father while alive, but died in a few minutes. Everything was done to save the child's life but proved of no avail.


JAMIESON - A man, named John Jamieson, was instantly killed about three miles from Renfrew on Saturday on the Canada Central Railway extension by a ballast train passing over his head. He was getting off at his boarding house, and the train stopped too far down and moved again quickly, Jamieson, not waiting for it to stop, jumped, and owing to ice being on the edge of the track, he slipped and fell between the cars and seven cars passed over his head.


BLACKBURN - On Friday night, about eleven o'clock, a young man named William Blackburn, a photographer of Perth, was thrown from his buggy when entering the yard of Williams Hotel, Armstrong Corners, about five miles from Perth, and died from the effects about 4 o'clock on Saturday afternoon. Though deceased was in a state of coma during the whole interval, no doctor was sent for, or word sent to his friends until his death, an act of neglect which excites much comment in the neighbourhood.


NELSON - An inquest was held at Orangeville on Saturday on the body of John Nelson who was found frozen to death near Alton station, resulting in a verdict of "Found dead from exposure". It appears the young man left Orangeville by the evening train going east on Thursday last, remained about an hour at Marshall's hotel near Alton, then left for home, and after wandering about in the dark over some rough ground on his mother's farm, lay down and succumbed to the cold about four hundred yards from the station. The body was discovered on Friday evening by a woman passing. The event left a gloom over the whole neighbourhood as deceased was widely known and highly respected.


TWEEDLE - The Brighton "Ensign" says: On Friday afternoon, a little girl, the youngest child of Mr. James Tweedle, about two years old, was so badly scalded that she died the next day. it appears that the mother had been washing, and when done, emptied the boiler that had hot water in it into a pail beside the stove, and went into an out-house to hang the boiler up. She had gone only a second or two, and when she came back, the little girl was in the pail of hot water,

partly sitting. She was got out as quickly as possible and a doctor sent for. The usual remedies were applied and the child was doing well. During the evening some parties we do not wish to name came in and ordered the doctor's remedies off, and applied what they considered better. Next morning the child was quite smart, but at noon she was taken with a fit and in a minute or two was dead. The spine must have been injured.


MURPHY (St. Catharines) - Today we are called upon to record the particulars of a very sad case, the death of a woman and her infant child from want and exposure. On Thursday evening a woman named Murphy entered a house on York street, occupied by an old and infirm woman, and asked for shelter. The relatives of the old woman had moved out the day previous, taking all the furniture, including the stove, the old woman refusing to leave the place until the family had been settled in Port Dalhousie. Such accommodation as the place afforded was offered the woman, Murphy, a quantity of straw for a bed and an old horse blanket for covering. About two o'clock on Friday morning, she was delivered of a child, having no help but such as the old, infirm, and crippled woman could render. At the time there were neither fuel nor light in the place, and thus in the darkness and almost alone, the great trial in a woman's life was passed. The attention of Very Rev. Dean Mulligan was called to this sad care a few hours afterward, and he at once proceeded to extend relief. Visiting the house, he found the woman in the condition above described, and the infant without a stitch of clothing or other means of warmth than the old blanket afforded. He at once sent a stove, some wood, provisions, and help, but the relief was too late to save the lives of the erring woman and baby. During the night, the souls of both mother and baby took flight and to-day we trust are where Christian charity is not so rare as it seems to be in this neighbourhood. The woman whose sad fate we have recorded came here about a year ago from Barrie and was for some time employed as a domestic in the General and Marine Hospital. The story needs no commentary from us. It is its own best commentary and conveys the lesson that with a loss of virtue ruin quickly follows. If this lesson can only be impressed upon the minds of the young by the terrible picture which is here unfolded, then indeed much good shall have come out of a great wrong.


January 25, 1876


TAILLON - The death is announced of Madame Taillon, wife of the local member for Montreal East, after an illness of only two days.


FINNIGAN - The body of the unfortunate man found on the sand banks near Wellington,

has been identified an a son of Mr. Finnigan of Belleville.


TAYLOR - Mrs. Taylor of Nissouri, one of the persons injured on the street in London a few weeks since by the runaway of a team belonging to a farmer named Perkins, died on Saturday of her wounds.


HASSARD - A letter was yesterday received from the Rev. G. M. Armstrong of St. John, New Brunswick, by a clergyman of this city, announcing the death on the 13th January instant of the Rev. C. L. F. Hassard, who for about the period of nine years, from 1857 to 1866, was assistant minister of the Church of the Ascension here. We noted his death which occurred at Carleton, close to New Brunswick, as he was so well known by most of our citizens, by whom, as by all who knew him, he was held in the highest esteem as a Christian gentleman and a most devoted servant of the Church of Christ. He had nearly attained his 80th year, having been born in Germany in 1796; We understand that his illness was brief, having been seized with sickness while in church on Sunday, the 9th instant. His remains were interred at his own desire in the rural cemetery of Carleton, having been brought first to St. John's Church, and followed to the grave by all the city Clergymen of the Church of England, by several ministers of other churches, and many others of the inhabitants, including the Vestry of St. John's Church where he used to attend, and in which he preached on Thursday evening just one week before he died. He was to have attended the anniversary of the British and Foreign Bible Society on the evening of the day on which he died. He has, we understand, left by his will, $500 to that society, and a similar sum to the Church Missionary Society, in both of which he has always taken the deepest interest.


January 26, 1876


WALDREN - Died in this city, Wednesday morning, January 26th, 1876, of apoplexy, Thomas Waldren, Esq., aged 69 years, a native of the County of Kildare, Ireland, and a resident of Hamilton for 42 years. The funeral will take place from the family residence, No 58 Barton street, on Sunday afternoon, at 2 o'clock. The remains will be buried in Burlington cemetery. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.


BAINE - Died in Hamilton, on the 26th instant, John Baine, police constable, in the 65th year of his age. The funeral will take place from his late residence, 44 Mulberry street, at 9 a.m. on Friday next. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


KELLY - Andrew Kelly, a young man holding the position of turnkey in the London gaol, dropped dead at his house yesterday morning. He had been suffering for a few days from

an affection of the throat. Shortly after rising this morning, a collection of matter in the windpipe broke and strangled him.


January 28, 1876


GURNETT - Mr. S. S. Gurnett, editor of the Ingersoll "Chronicle", died rather suddenly yesterday. Mr. Gurnett has been for many years a promising member of the Canadian press, being more particularly connected with Reform journals. He has edited and published for a number of years the "Chronicle", a paper frequently quoted by its contemporaries. Deceased was of a kindly and genial disposition, and enjoyed the respect of the people of Western Canada throughout which he was widely known.


JOHNSON - A man named William Johnson, 35 years of age, unmarried, was killed yesterday afternoon by the 1:45 Canada Central train as it was nearing the depot at Ottawa. He stepped upon the track about thirty yards in front of the engine, and although the engine driver whistled loudly, he never moved to the side. Having been out of work for some days, he is supposed to have taken this way of committing suicide.


THOMAS - The Guelph "Herald" regrets to have to announce the death of Mr. Edward Thomas, a highly respected resident of Nassagaweya, at the age of 76. Deceased was born in Shropshire, England, whence he emigrated to Canada in 1820, and settled in Nassagaweya where he cleared the farm on which he has resided ever since. The body of the deceased gentleman was interred in the burial ground at Nassagaweya on Wednesday last, the funeral being one of the largest that have ever taken place in this section of the Dominion. His widow and family, who are held in deservedly high esteem, will, we are sure, receive the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.


WALKER - A brakesman of the Intercolonial Railway, belonging to Moncton, named Richard Walker, met a horrible death yesterday morning near Belleduna station. As the train was passing a tank house, he reached out to hand a section man a letter. His head striking against the building, he was tossed in front of the snow plough and dragged along with the cars nearly half a mile. The body was much mangled, one arm being almost amputated.


January 29, 1876


LAFRANCE - An inquest was held yesterday on the body of a man named Lafrance who fell over a precipice at the back of the Parliament Buildings and was so severely injured that he died. Verdict: accidental death.

TROUP - Died on the morning of the 28th of January, at his. late residence, 69 Main street west, in his 58th year, the Rev. William Troup, a native of Aberdeenshire, leaving a bereaved widow and family. His funeral will leave his late residence on Main street at 3 o'clock on Monday, the 31st instant. Friends will please accept this intimation.


January 31, 1876


MASH - Died in this city, on the 30th instant, Samuel Mash, aged 53 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, 187 John street south, on Wednesday, February 2nd, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


DUSBY - Last evening a young man, named Jeremiah Dusby, who has been ailing for some time, died suddenly at his residence on the corner of Walnut and O'Reilly streets. His physician gave it as his opinion that death was caused by the bursting of a blood vessel of the heart. The deceased was 22 years of age.


KIRKPATRICK - Last Tuesday, James Kirkpatrick, son of the Treasurer of the County, went to bed in his usual good health at his home in Beverly. His wife endeavoured to wake him the next morning, and found that her husband was dead. Death was caused by disease of the heart. The deceased was buried with Masonic honours on Friday.


TORRANCE - Mr. D. Torrance, President of the Bank of Montreal, died in Montreal on Saturday. Deceased was a prominent merchant of that city.


SINGLETON - Alexander Singleton, a young man out from Scotland a few months, was accidentally killed at Lakefield while chopping on Friday by a lodged tree falling upon him.


FLEMING - Samuel Fleming, aged 9 years, son of John Fleming, of the Township of Dalton, Ontario County, was instantly killed on Saturday morning at nine o'clock by the fall of a tree.


HENDERSON - A young man named John Henderson, employed at the Victoria Hotel, Kinmount, while attending the stable, was kicked by a horse in the abdomen, and his injuries, in a short time, proved fatal.


CARSWELL - The man, Thomas Carswell, who was injured by falling into a cattle guard on the Grand Trunk on Friday last, died on Saturday morning. The deceased was of medium height, of reddish complexion, with a moustache and chin whiskers cut short. He was apparently of about 38 or 40 years of age.


CHAMBERS - An Inquest was held on Friday evening at Charleston on the body of a man named Robert Chambers who was found dead the night before. The jury returned a verdict that the said Robert Chambers died from the effects of drink, and the evidence proved that the unfortunate man had indulged in alcoholic beverages to excess for many years back, spending almost every cent he made in this way. He leaves a wife and several children.


February 1, 1876


PAULLOT - A Quebec butcher, named Paullot, committed suicide in that city yesterday by stabbing himself in the throat and arm with a pair of scissors.


FLETCHER - William Fletcher, lately in the employ of Mr. Woods Lyons, carriage maker of Brantford, committed suicide on Saturday night. He was formerly given to drink, but lately had been temperate until Saturday night. On his return from work, he brought liquor home with him. He went out again and came home during the evening intoxicated. He was found on Sunday morning in one of the out-houses, suspended by a rope round the neck. The inquest was held yesterday, the jury returning a verdict that the deceased came to his death by hanging himself while labouring under a temporary fit of insanity, supposed to be caused by the use of intoxicating liquors.


February 2, 1876


KAHOE - Died at Bold street to-day, Maria Kahoe, aged 87, nurse in the family of Mr. William Hendrie.


JACOBS - Mr. Joseph Jacobs, an old resident of Baden, was accidentally killed on the track on the night of the 31st January by being struck in the back by some engine of the G.T.R., he having been too hard of hearing to notice the approach of the same, He was retired farmer and about 70 years of age.


February 4, 1876


BEGG - Mr. J. B. Begg, an old and much respected citizen of Belleville, died in that town on Wednesday.


LESLIE - John Leslie, of Englehead, Queen's County, whilst chopping wood on the 2nd instant, cut himself with the axe, and bled to death before medical aid could reach him.

GORING - An Orillia despatch says: On Wednesday afternoon, George Goring, aged 29, an employee of the Northern Railway, at Mara station, in crossing the railway bridge at the Marrows, fell a distance of twelve feet on to the ice, fracturing his skull, He remained insensible up to the time of his death which took place yesterday. He leave a wife and three children wholly unprovided for.


February 5, 1876


MCDONALD - A boy named Duncan, aged ten years, son of John McDonald of Flora, better known as 'Heelan John', was instantly killed in that village yesterday. He wore a long scarf, and was standing close to a shaft at Mindell's cabinet factory, when the wind blew the scarf to the shaft and the unfortunate youth was whirled round at the rate of one hundred and eighty revolutions per minute. The neck was drawn close to the shafting, and death was caused by suffocation. The shafting was on the outside of the building and about two feet from the planking. The legs were badly broken and the body terribly bruised. The mangled form of the poor boy was a sickening sight indeed.


BROWN - A sad record of bereavement is given by the St. John, N.B.. "Telegraph". Mr. and Mrs. Brown of Canterbury, York, have lost their son, Allan, aged 15 years, and their daughters, Jemima, Martha, Margaret, Garah, all grown to years of maturity, as also Mary Adelaide, aged 12 years, who were all cut off by diphtheria in a few days. What a family desolation!


February 7, 1876


STEVENS - A man named James Stevens, a farmer in the Township of Keppel, was found dead on the public road near Wiarton on Friday, it is supposed he was kicked by a horse.


RODIER - Honourable Charles S. Rodier, a member of the Quebec Legislative Council and Mayor of Montreal for four successive terms, died in that city on Friday. He was also a commissioner to settle the losses arising out of the Rebellion of 1837-38.


REID - Died at her residence, in Saltfleet, February 4th, Isabell, wife of Peter Reid, in her 64th years.


February 8, 1876


COOK - Died in this city, February 7th, Ada Bell, only daughter of Charles and Mary Cook, aged 2½ years. Funeral to-morrow (Wednesday) at half past two o'clock, from her father's residence, Main street east. Friends will please attend without further notice.

February 9, 1876


MORRISON - Two young men, Duncan Morrison and John Clark, farmers in Kincardine Township, were poisoned on Friday night by drinking horse liniment from a bottle, supposing it to be whiskey. Morrison died on Monday morning, and only very slight hopes are entertained of Clark's recovery.


LEMIEUX (Ottawa) - A melancholy case of poisoning occurred on Gloucester street, Lower town, last Saturday evening, by which a three-year-old son of Mr, Alfred Lemieux met his death. It appears his mother left him upstairs playing with some toys about 4:30 o'clock on Saturday afternoon. She remarked shortly afterward that he was keeping unusually quiet and asked him if he was doing any mischief. He replied that he was not and came downstairs. Nothing further was noticed until about 6 o'clock the same evening, when the young lad was seized with a fit of vomiting. Dr. Germain was called in, and after an examination, stated the child had been poisoned. He (the boy) was questioned as to what he had been eating and stated that he had eaten the tops off a box of matches. The doctor applied all the restoratives possible in such cases, but they had no effect, and the poor little fellow died early yesterday morning after much suffering. coroner Beaubien was informed of the unfortunate affair, and this morning summoned a jury of which Jacob Fink was foreman, and held an inquest over the body at Mr. W. Cote's residence. The evidence of Dr. Germain went to show that death was caused by perforation of the stomach caused by the phosphorus contained in a package of matches having been eaten by the child. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.


February 10, 1876


RICHARDS - A London woman, named Richards, aged 70, who lived on charity and had a refuge in an old pork factory, was yesterday found dead, the result of excessive drinking and exposure.


SLEAVEN - On Tuesday last, a young woman named Mary Sleaven, employed as a servant in the residence of Mr., F. Leigh, Dundas street, Toronto, suddenly became ill and died about two hours afterward. Heart disease was the cause.


COY - Died by the visitation of God" was the verdict of the King's County, New Brunswick, coroner's jury on the body of the boy, Coy, whose death was reported to have been caused by violence at the hands of Isaac Holmes, his schoolmaster. Holmes, who is in custody, will now be discharged.


VANSKINE - Mr. John Vanskine, a farmer living near Northport, Prince Edward County,

while drawing timber from the bush on his farm on Tuesday, was fatally injured by a tree which was being out by another man. The tree fell upon Vanskine, striking him on the shoulder and completely crushing the side of his body. Medical aid was at once summoned, but his injuries were fatal. He lingered for about nineteen hours when death put an end to his suffering. The deceased leaves a wife and four children.


February 11, 1876


MILLS - Died on the 10th instant, Samuel Mills, the second son of the late Senator Mills, aged 24 years. The funeral will leave his brother's house, 113 Main street west, to-morrow (Saturday) afternoon at 3 o'clock

On Thursday morning, at an early hour, Mr. Samuel Mills, son of the late Hon, Samuel Mills, died of inflammatory rheumatism after a short but painful illness. The deceased was a young man of great promise, and was a general favourite with all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. His good qualities of head and heart had won him many friends, all of whom will mourn sincerely on hearing of his untimely death.


IVORY - Mr. James Ivory, one of the most prominent residents of Omemee, died yesterday morning after a very brief illness of congestion of the lungs.


MURDOCH - Mr. Beamish Murdoch, one of the oldest lawyers in Nova Scotia, died at Lunenburg last week. Gome years ago he wrote a history of Nova Scotia.


MALHIOT - The death is announced at Three Rivers of Madame Malhiot, wife of the Hon. H. Malhiot, Railway commissioner, and late commissioner of Crown Lands in the DeBoucherville government.


BROWN - Mr. Brown, formerly a member of the Nova Scotia legislature, was found dead in his bed at Wolfville, on Wednesday morning. He had been in the habit of taking chloroform to put himself to sleep, and it is supposed he took an overdose.


LEBLANC - A man named Harcisse LeBlanc was killed at Penetanguishene yesterday while engaged in loading saw logs. Dr. Spohn was notified, but did not consider an inquest necessary as the death was purely accidental. The deceased leaves a wife and twelve children.


DOMPERIE - Yesterday morning in Vallin's shipyard, Quebec, a young son of Mr. Bomperie, ship carpenter, aged about 9 years, while gathering chips, met with a fatal accident. A man engaged in dressing a log, struck him on the head with his axe, not seeing the lad in the way.


February 14, 1876


HENSLEY - Rev. Canon Hensley, of King's College, Windsor, Nova Scotia, died yesterday of inflammation of the lungs.


SHUTT - William and Janet Shutt, old residents of Boyanston, London Township, died last week within a few hours of each other. Their united ages numbered 161 yearn, the man being 76 and the woman 85 years of age.


MARTIN - William Martin, house-joiner of Kingston, New Brunswick, was recently frozen to death near that village. He was intoxicated and is supposed to have fallen over the bank of the Richibucto River, was stunned, and being unable to help himself, perished.


February 15, 1876


MCFARLANE (Guelph) - On Tuesday, 1st instant, there passed from this changing scene Mr. James McFarlane, one of the oldest settlers in this section of the country, almost a centenarian, being a little over a month of having reached his 99th birthday. He lived on a farm in Puslinch about four miles from town till about three years ago when he went to Luther to live with a grandson where he died. The Mount Forest "Examiner", speaking of him, says: The deceased wan a native of Tyrone, in Ulster, Ireland, and was born on the 17th of March, 1777, and was consequently at the time of his death 98 years and 11 months.

He emigrated to this country about the year 1810, and first settled in Guelph, there only being at that time three houses in that place. He next removed to Puslinch where he remained till the year, 1873, when he came to Luther and settled with his grandson, Mr. David McFarlane. He was supposed to be the oldest man in this section of the country, and up to the time of his death was always hale and hearty, and would often, when he stood in need of anything, even within the past few months, start off on foot and walk to Arthur village, a distance of about eight miles, and return again next day.

He was never without a large circle of friends, being respected by all who knew him. He was also a strong adherent of the Presbyterian Church, and was for over sixty years a Freemason, and one in his latter years of a high order. On Thursday, February 3rd, his remains were conveyed from his late residence to Eden burying ground in Eramosa, five miles from Guelph, where they were interred on the following day. A few months ago deceased was in Guelph, seemingly hale and hearty as ever, and even then when 28 years beyond the three score and ten, he said to an old friend with whom he was conversing that he was just going home and intended to walk up as far as Fergus.

February 16, 1876


RENNELSON - Died at the residence of Mr. C. A. Morse, 504 Church street, Toronto, on the 15th instant, at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. William Hector Rennelson, M.A., minister of Knox Church, Hamilton, aged 30 years and 9 months. Funeral will leave 504 Church street, Toronto, on Friday, the 18th instant, at 2:30 p.m.

It is with deep regret that we have learned of the death of this talented and devoted minister of the gospel, which took place at Toronto yesterday at half past one p.m. We deeply sympathize with the sorrow of the widow and with the congregation of Knox Church whose earnest and devoted pastor the deceased clergyman has been for nearly two years. A more extended notice of the deceased will appear in a future issue. The funeral will take place on Friday at 2:30 p.m. from the residence of Mr. G. A. Morse, the deceased's father-in-law, 504 Church street, Toronto.


JEFFERS - Within the past eight weeks, Mr. James Jeffers of Mono Mills, lost his whole family by scarlet fever. On the 1st of January, his wife, shortly after her late confinement, died, and the newborn babe was laid beside the mother on the 25th. On the 5th of February, a promising boy, between two and three years of age, who had recoverd, died of enlargement of the heart, supposed to have been produced by the fever, and thus a father within a very brief space of time was left to mourn the loss of his whole family. So painful a circumstance has deeply moved the sympathy of the whole community for the bereaved.


DICKSON - Mr. Dickson, so long known as Deputy Inspector in the Finance Department, and who was superannuated one year ago, died yesterday in England. (Ottawa)


February 17, 1876


DAVEY - Mr. J. G. Davey, steward of the London Asylum, died yesterday of heart disease.


TAYLOR - The remains of a young man, Peter Taylor, formerly living in Montreal, and who was killed at a railway accident in Tennessee, arrived yesterday morning at the Bonaventure station. His remains were so mangled as to be unrecognizable.


CLARK - A man named Alfred Clark was killed yesterday at Thorold on one of the Brown's sections on the new canal works while excavating earth, about a ton of which fell upon him, killing his almost instantly. He leaves a wife and six children.

February 18, 1876


GRACE - A farmer named William Grace was killed yesterday near Kingston by a threshing machine with which his sleigh was loaded falling on him


DUNCAN - On Wednesday, while two men were chopping in Mrs. Chisholm's bush, near Douglas, one of them named Alexander Duncan was instantly killed by a cedar tree which fell and struck him.


LENNAGAN - A fatal accident occurred about three miles from Southampton yesterday. A son of Mr. James Lennagan while returning home from school was trying to get on a wagon when his foot slipped, throwing him to the ground, and before he could recover himself, another team that was coming behind ran over him, breaking his neck, and causing death in a few minutes.


HASKING - Mr. John Hasking, farmer of Whitchurch, while driving north and crossing about half a mile north of Newmarket yesterday, was run over by the passenger train and killed. His two legs were literally torn to pieces, and one arm was severed from the body. The wagon was a complete wreck, but the horses were uninjured. His son, who was ahead, driving another team, crossed safely.


February 19, 1876


VANEVERY - Died at the residence of Mr. J. C. Macklin, 37 Palmerston Terrace, on the 15th instant, Mr. Peter VanEvery, aged 78 years. Funeral will take place on Sunday next at 3 o'clock.


MCCULLOUGH - The "Enterprise" says that on Saturday, 12th instant, a painful accident happened to a child of Mrs. S. McCullough of Arthur Township. It appears that Mrs. McCullough had set a tub containing boiling hot water on a chair and turned to reach for something when the little child, two years old, taking hold of the chair, upset the boiling water over its body, scalding it in a fearful manner from head to foot down the chest and legs. Dr. Henderson was immediately sent for, but the little sufferer only survived until the next day when death relieved it from its painful situation.


HALBHAUS - Mr. Halbhaus, a farmer in Berlin, died very suddenly on Monday night, the 14th instant. He had spent the evening as one of a committee engaged in making arrangements for a ball. During the evening he danced for some time, and when he left for home was to all appearance in perfect health. Shortly after his arrival at home, he complained of feeling unwell, and immediately fell backward a corpse. The cause of death is said to have been heart disease.

GIBSON - We deeply regret to have to chronicle the death of Mrs. Jane Gibson which took place at her residence, Montgomery Farm, in Garafraxa, on Sabbath morning, 13th instant. Deceased and her husband were natives of Lanarkshire, Scotland, and embarked with their family for Canada on May 15th, 1843, and settled on lot 4, concession 10 in said township, in August of the same year, where they remained until her death. She was much respected in the community in which she lived, having won the esteem and regard of all with whom she associated. Great sympathy is extended to the bereaved husband with whom she had shared the toil and trials of this life for sixty-two years. They were both in their 85th year.


TYDD (Toronto) - A very melancholy accident occurred yesterday afternoon to Mr. Edward J. Tydd, a clerk in the freight department of the Great Western Railway, it appears that Mr. Tydd, who was stationed in the Yonge street office of the railway company, boarded on Bathurst street and was in the habit of walking home to dinner and returning to Yonge street on the yard engine or on the express train which usually passed the foot of Bathurst atreet at one o'clock. Yesterday, after dinner, he got on board the freight train for the purpose of returning to his office, but as it was necessary to shunt the train in order to release one of the cars on a siding, he, to oblige the yardsman, jumped on to the last car but one, with the intention of taking out the pin when the engine backed.

When the engine began to move, he raised the pin, but in so doing, missed his footing and fell on the line between the two cars. The result was that one of the cars went over his body and fearfully mangled him. The other cars and engine did not touch him as the train was just stopping in order to return to the main line. A man who saw the accident immediately signalled to prevent the engine from starting again until he had drawn the pin of the car that had passed over the sufferer. This done, the train was moved away. Drs. Archibald and Moorehouse were at once sent for and they pronounced the injuries fatal. On examination, it was found that the right leg was severed from the body, the left foot was very badly cut, and the lower part of stomach, which had been run over by the wheels, was left in such a frightful condition that surgical aid was of no use. The young man was conveyed to his boarding house on Bathurst street where he lingered till four o'clock when he died in great agony. Dr. de la Hooke will hold an inquest on the body to-day. The deceased belonged to Dublin and had no relations in this country. He was about 23 years of age and had only been in the employ of the Great Western Railway Company for about eight months.


February 21, 1876


GRIST - Died on February 19th, at 407 Jarvis street, Toronto, aged 3 years, Ethel Coombs, youngest and beloved child of Herbert George and Henrietta Grist.

Friends are requested to attend the funeral on Tuesday from the G.W.R. station to the cemetery on arrival of the train from Toronto at 5 p.m.


HUSBAND - Died at sunrise, Sabbath, 20th February, of diphtheria, Susan Elizabeth, only daughter of Dr. and Elizabeth Husband, aged 2 years and 5 months. Funeral on Tuesday, 22nd instant, from her father's residence, 75 Main street west, Hamilton, at 10 a.m., to G.W.R. station thence to the Falls. Friends are requested to attend.


February 28, 1876


WEBSTER - Died at his residence, Bullock's Corners, west Flamborough, George, third son of Joseph Webster, Esq., of the Asbhbourne Mills, aged 34 years.


BERRINGTON - Died at Lynden, Ontario, on the 25th instant, Maria, the beloved wife of John Berrington, second daughter of the late Mr. William Cotton, Wyre, near Pershore, Worcestershire, England. Funeral will meet at the G.W.R. depot, Hamilton, on Tuesday, on the arrival of the 11:35 train.


MARRIOTT - An employee of the Canada Southern Railway, named Marriott, dropped dead at a temperance meeting in St. Thomas on Saturday night. Heart disease was the supposed cause.


SAYON - Baptiste Sayon of St. Eugene, Renfrew County, was killed on Friday by the limb of a tree falling on him.


February 29, 1876


DODGE - Nelson Dodge, of South Marysburg, and ex-warden of Prince Edward County, died yesterday. He has been a prominent man in the county for many years.


March 1, 1876


ORTON - We very much regret to have to announce the death of Henry Orton, only son of Dr. Orton, M.P. for Centre Wellington, at the aged of 6 years. He was taken ill with inflammatory croup on Wednesday, 23rd, but it was not until Sunday that the really dangerous symptoms manifested themselves. A despatch was then at once sent to Ottawa, and Dr. Orton left Ottawa immediately, arriving at Guelph on the midnight train on Monday, whence he drove to Fergus, but was not on time to see the child alive, death having occurred at eleven o'clock on Monday night. Dr. and Mrs. Orton will, we are sure, receive the sympathy of their large circle of friends, in their sad and sudden bereavement.

March 2, 1876


SCOBLE - Died at 50 George street west, on 2nd March, Mary Anne, wife of John Scoble, Esq.


OSBORNE - Died at Tuscarora, on February 25th ultimo, Kate, wife of John Osborne, Esq., daughter of the late Colonel William Johnston Kerr, grand-daughter of the late Chief Thayendenagea, captain Joseph Brant.


CALDER - On Sunday night, Mr. Duncan Calder, well-known in Dundas, died at the residence of his son-in-law, J.J. Ross, Esq., London. Mr. Calder was a native of Argyllshire, Scotland, from which he emigrated to Canada about 1820. He was for some time in the service of the Hudson Bay Company at Fort Garry, and afterwards lived in the province of Quebec, after which he settled in Dundas where he taught school for a number of years. He also taught school at Strabane, but on being superannuated returned to Dundas. Death having made sad inroads in his family, he removed to London some years ago where he lived with Mr. Ross until his death.


March 3. 1876


MUIR - Died on February 18th, at the residence of her daughter, Miss Maria Muir, in the Township of Grimsby, Barbara Douglas, widow of the late Mr. George Muir, in the 82nd year of her age.


HUTCHINSON - Mr. Samuel Hutchinson, for many years a shorthand reporter at the "Globe", and latterly editor of the Galt "Reformer", died yesterday in Montreal of dropsy. After retiring from the publication of the "Reformer", Mr. Hutchinson removed to Montreal and devoted himself to law, and at the time of his death, had just completed his studies. He was well known and respected by all the newspapermen in Ontario.


GILKIE, LEARY - A sad accident occurred near Sambro, Nova Scotia, on Wednesday evening. Joseph Gilkie, keeper of the Sambro light, accompanied by his broth-in-law, John  Leary, and an artilleryman, were going in a boat from Ketch Harbour to Sambro Island, and all were drowned except the artilleryman who escaped to the shore in a very exhausted condition, and it is doubtful if he recovers. Gilkie was married only two months.


March 4, 1876


BEATTY - Died at Hamilton, on the 3rd instant, Mr. William Beatty, surveyor, H.M. Customs, aged 56 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, 251 MacNab street,

on Monday next, at half past three o'clock. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.

Yesterday there passed away one of the oldest, if not the oldest, employees of the Custom House at Hamilton. Mr. W. Beatty, a nephew of James Beatty of the Toronto "Leader", died in the afternoon about half past four. Mr. Beatty had been for twenty-four years in the Custom House, rising to the position of surveyor, which position he held at the time of his death. He was born in the County of Tyrone, Ireland, and emigrated to this country at an early age. Mr. Beatty was head clerk in the old Custom House situated at the foot of MacNab street, and on the completion of the present building, he resumed his duties of his office in it. He was a member of the St. John Lodge, No 40, A.F. & A.M., Hamilton. Mr. Beatty was a good husband, a kind father, and a good citizen, and will leave behind him kind recollections by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. He leaves a widow, three sons, and two daughters. The family have the sympathy of the community in their sad bereavement.


March 8, 1876


AYLEN (Ottawa) - Mr. Peter Aylen, a well known and able lawyer in this district, died yesterday at Aylmer.


March 9, 1876


FRASER - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, Jeannie F. Fraser, aged 9 years and 9 months, daughter of William and Sarah Fraser. Funeral at 3 o'clock to-morrow (Friday) from her father's residence, 126 Wellington street north. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.


BISHOP - Died at Exeter, England, Mr. Jacob Bishop, formerly a resident of this city, 31st January, aged 66 years.


MENZIES (Dundas) - On Saturday last, Constable McDonnough received information which led him to believe that a girl names Ellen Menzies, who was in the service of A. R. Wardell, Esq., had secretly given birth to a child which had not been seen. On proceeding to the house, Mr. McDonnough found the body of a full grown male child concealed in a trunk in the girl's room. It was neatly dressed and bore no marks of violence with the exception of a mark on the head which bad been caused by a fall and which is believed to have been suffered accidentally at time of birth. A post mortem examination showed that the child had lived, and the evidence having been submitted to a jury, a verdict of concealment of birth was returned. A strange part of the story is that after the birth which occurred between four and five o'clock on Thursday evening, the girl was able to prepare tea for the family and also go about her work the greater part of the following day.


March 10, 1876


BARTRAM - A coroner's jury brought in a verdict of manslaughter against a blacksmith's apprentice named Graham Smith for causing the death of a son of Joshua Bartram, living three miles east of Arkona, by thrusting a red-hot iron into his bowels to the depth of four inches, death ensuing in three days after the commission of the deed. The prisoner has been arrested and committed to London to stand his trial at the coming assizes.


March 11, 1876


TURNER - Died at No 2 Sandyford Place, on the 10th instant, Norman Strang, infant son of Mr. Alexander Turner.


LIVINGSTON - A boy, aged about three years, son of Mr. J. Livingston of the flax mills in Listowel, was accidentally drowned about noon yesterday by falling into a cistern.


March 13, 1876


DEADY - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, Mary Douglas, third daughter of Thomas Silvester, Esq., and beloved wife of W. H. Deady, of Rochester, N.Y. aged 24 years. Funeral from her father's residence, No 42 Cherry street, on Wednesday, March 15th, at 3 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


THOMPSON - A sad accident occurred at Woodstock last week. On Wednesday last, the wife of Mr. Thomas Thompson, an employee of F. G. Scofield of that town, went to Paris to see her father, Mr. Fisher, whose death was daily expected. On Friday, she sent a letter to her family to say that she would not return to Woodstock till Monday, but it appears that she returned by the accommodation train the same evening, and on proceeding down the track in the direction of her house, fell into a culvert crossing the railway at the mill pond. The depth is ten to twelve feet, and the culvert had five feet of water when the unfortunate woman fell in add where she was found on Sunday morning by some employees of the railway. She leaves a husband and eleven children living. It has cast a sad gloom not only among her numerous relatives but also the whole community.


March 14, 1876


MCDONNELL - This morning Michael McDonnell paid the penalty of his terrible deed with forfeiture of his life upon the scaffold. Even up to the last, he manifested nothing which could

be called penitence for his crime. The same perverse theory which he put forward in his first defence he clung to the end.


CAMPBELL - Died in this city, on the 13th March, of Diphtheria, after five days illness, Carrie E., the youngest daughter of Mr. Walter P. Campbell, aged 5 years and 5 months. Funeral will leave Mr. Campbell's residence, No 69 Wellington street north, to-morrow (Wednesday) at 3 p.m. Friends will kindly accept this intimation.


O'GRADY - Died in Chicago, on the 12th instant, of consumption, Michael O'Grady, in the 25th year of his age. Funeral will leave the residence of his brother, John O'Grady, corner of Wellington and Robert streets, at 3 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.


March 15, 1876


CLARK - Died this morning, at Walthamstown, near London, Reymour Clark, Esq., vice-president of the Great Western Railway of Canada, and for many years general manager of the Great Northern Railway of England.


Our obituary column announces to-day the death of Mr. Seymour Clark, vice-president of the Great Western Railway of Canada. Mr. Clark was chiefly known to the Canadian public as one of the ablest and most accomplished of English railway managers. When the reconstruction of the board of the Great Western took place, he was chosen vice-president in the hope that his great experience would be of service to the company. Even at that time, however, his health was impaired, and we presume that he had never entirely recovered. His death will cause a very wide-spread regret in England where he was well known to the public and highly esteemed.


BOYLES - A widow woman, named Mary Boyles, of Richmond Hill, was found lying dead on the floor of her house yesterday.


GIVENS - On Saturday evening, the body of a coloured man, named Green Givens, was found on the track of the Great Western Railway, about 4 miles east of Chatham. It was thought at first that he had been hit by a passing train, but upon examination by Dr. Bray, coroner, it was found that he had been murdered by being stabbed in the back of the neck. The inquest was commenced on Monday, and adjourned until to-day. No arrests have been made yet.


FELLOWES (Ottawa) - Mr. Lyon Fellowes, mayor of this city, died suddenly last night, His death at the very time when the mayoralty protest was being investigated is a curious

co-incidence, and all kinds of rumours are afloat this morning. He will be much regretted, and Conservatives will lose in him a staunch supporter.


March 16, 1876


CUNNINGHAM - Samuel Cunningham, a resident of Omemee, was killed on Tuesday evening by a limb of a tree falling on him.


CHANDLER - A young lawyer, named Chandler, was found frozen to death yesterday morning in a street near his residence in Windsor, Nova Scotia.


TAYLOR - The remains of John Taylor, who disappeared mysteriously from London a couple of weeks ago, were brought to that city yesterday from the Boston General Hospital where deceased died.


March 17, 1876


PEPPARD - George Peppard, who had his thumb taken off in a saw-mill at Great Village, Nova Scotia, last week, has died from the effects.


March 18, 1876


PECKLOW - On Thursday morning, an Indian named Pecklow, together with his team of horses, were found dead at Granoon's Narrows, five miles from Bobcaygeon. Pecklow left Bobcaygeon on the evening before for the Indian village with flour and groceries, and it is supposed that while on Pigeon Lake, he lost his way and broke through the ice as the horses were found in the water with their heads above the ice, and the man lying on the ice beside them, all frozen stiff. It is supposed that he perished while attempting to rescue the horses.


AMBROSE - Mr. William Ambrose, Judge of the County of Wentworth, died yesterday morning at his residence in this city. The deceased gentleman had been in ill health for some time previous to his death, and his recovery had scarcely been hoped for, for some time past.


March 20, 1876


LOCKHART - James Lockhart, of Brooklyn, Hants, Nova Scotia, was kicked by a horse some days ago and died on Saturday from the effects of it.


WALLACE - Stephen Wallace, proprietor of the Farmers Exchange, Chatham, fell down dead Friday night in the middle of King street near the Market Square.


GIVENS - At the adjourned inquest on the body of Green Givens, found on the railway track near Chatham, nothing of importance was added to the testimony of the first sitting. The jury decided that there had been a murder and suggested that a reward be offered for the apprehension of the guilty person or persons.


BISSELL - Died at North Ridge, on the 3rd of September last, William A. Bissell, aged 37 years and 11 months. Also William Henry Bissell, aged 2 years and 2 months.


AMBROSE - Yesterday afternoon, at half past three o'clock the remains of the late Judge Ambrose were conveyed to their last resting place. The funeral was a large one and was attended by most of the legal profession and a large number of our prominent citizens. The solemn cortege left the late residence of the deceased, proceeding to Hughson street to Gore, up Gore to James, up James to Merrick, up Merrick to York, and thence to the cemetery.

The following gentlemen acted as pall bearers: Vice-Chancellor Proudfoot; Deputy Judge Smart; Edward Martin, Q.C.; Mr. J. D. Pringle; R. P. Street; Mr. Barnes, G.W.R.; Mr. C. O. Counsel; and Mr. James Howard. The beautiful burial, service of the church was read by the Rev. Mr. Hebden, of the Church of the Ascension, who afterward delivered a short address in which he spoke of the many good qualities and virtues of the deceased. The address was very affecting and was appreciated by all present.


March 21, 1876


FEATHERSTON - Died at Turkeno River, New Zealand, on the 22nd of January last, by drowning, Mr. Stephen Featherston, son of Mr. John Featherston, of Strabane, West Flamborough, in the 29th year of his age.


March 22, 1876


ATKINSON - Died at the residence of Mr. John Featherston, Strabane, on the 22nd instant, Miss Margaret Atkinson, daughter of Mr. Thomas Atkinson, Sr., late of Nelson, aged 62 years.


BIGELOW - Died at his residence, James street, in this city, on the 21st instant, Albert Bigelow, Esq., in the 65th year of his age. Funeral on Saturday, the 25th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this notice.

It is with regret we announce the death of the late Albert Bigelow who died early this morning of heart disease. The deceased gentleman has been engaged in the wholesale crockery and glass

business in this city for the last 35 years, and by his strict attention to business and unswerving principles as a gentleman and a man of business earned for himself the respect of our citizens. The late Mr. Bigelow was born at Montreal, Quebec, and at the time of his death, was about seventy years of age. The lamented gentleman never married, and there is only one member of his father's family left to mourn his death, a sister aged 80 years, residing in New York. He leaves a very large estate which is in the hands of Vice-Chancellor Proudfoot and Mr. F. H. Mackenzie whom he appointed his executors. His funeral will take place on Saturday at three o'clock p.m.


BARRY - On Friday night, Sarah M. Barry, a mulatto girl nearly twenty-three years of age, died in Leslieville, under circumstances which led to the body being taken from the Necropolis, a coroner's jury empanelled, and a post mortem examination made to determine the cause of death. The evidence heard yesterday implies that deceased was improperly intimate with a young nan, now under arrest, a boarder at her father's house, and had an operation performed or taken medicine to hide her shame. The inquest will be continued on Thursday when the medical testimony will be submitted.


OSBORNE - We have been requested to publish the following obituary notice which, though late, is interesting.

The late Mrs. Osborne was the grand-daughter on her mother's side of the celebrated Indian Chief, Sage, and Warrior, Thayendanagea, captain Joseph Brant, and great-grand-daughter on her father's side of Sir William Johnston. She was born at Wellington Square about the year, 1839. Her father, Col. William Johnston Kerr, married Elizabeth, daughter of Chief Brant. They were married at the Mohawk Church near Brantford in the year, 1829. This church was built by Chief Brant about the year, 1783, when he, with the rest of the Six Nations, came from the States to Canada, they preferring to remain under English rule than to be subservient to the United States government. Mrs. Osborne's father, Colonel William Johnson Kerr, was son of the late Dr. Robert Kerr, of Niagara, and grandson of Sir William Johnson. Mr. and Mrs. Kerr both died at Wellington Square in April, 1844, leaving behind them four children: Walter, Joseph, Kate, and Simcoe. Simcoe, who was the last surviving with the exception of Kate, it will be remembered, died in February, 1875, and was buried at Wellington Square. Through hereditary descent he was the Head Chief of the Six Nations, which title now belongs to the late Mrs. Osborne's son, William Johnson Kerr. The subject of this notice married on the 1st June, 1859, Mr. John Osborne, a merchant of this city. Previous to this, she, after the death of her parents, resided with the late Dr. Hunter's family. The ample means left by her parents enabled her to obtain a superior education; she was most accomplished.

In appearance, she was tall and queenly, and in disposition truthful and kind. At the time of her death, she was residing at Tuscarora. She died on the 25th February, 1876. Her last words which have been preserved were, "I die trusting only in the Lord, my Saviour". Her remains were interred by the side of her illustrious grandfather at the old Mohawk Church near Brantford on Monday, 28th February. She leaves a husband and three young children, the eldest being only 13 years of age, and the youngest about 9.

She was a noble specimen of the spirit of her grandfather and the race she represented so worthily and ably, and was beloved by all who knew her. At the time of her death, she was about 37 years of age. Her absence leaves a vacancy that can never be filled.


March 23, 1876


DOBBIE - Mr. James Dobbie, an old and respected resident of Guelph, fell dead on Tuesday night while taking his supper. Heart disease was the cause.


HENDERSON - Robert Henderson, of Monkton, hung himself yesterday morning. He went out to harness his team at five o'clock, and not returning at seven, his wife went to the barn and found him hanging by the neck from a beam, quite dead. A coroner's jury returned a verdict of "Death by hanging while in a fit of temporary insanity". He was a young man and only married at New Year.


WILLIS - Died at the residence of his father, London, Ontario, Alexander Willis, Jr., aged 23 years and 3 months. Funeral from the G.W.R. station on arrival of the 11:30 train, on Saturday, 25th instant. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


MACKINTOSH - This morning at ten o'clock, one of our most popular city physicians, Dr. Mackintosh, died very suddenly at his private residence on John street. He arose this morning in his usual health and ate a good breakfast, complaining of nothing but a dull pain in his heart, nor had the family any suspicions that he was particularly ill until they discovered that he was a corpse. The late Dr. Mackintosh was born in the town of Inverness in the year 1821. He was educated at the Royal Academy, Inverness, and finished his studies in Edinburgh, receiving his diplomas there. From Edinburgh, he went to Aberdeen where he accepted a professorship in one of the colleges there, and at the end of three years he removed to Denny in Sterlingshire, where he practised for some time as a physician. In 1834, he immigrated to this country, settling in this city, practising as a physician very successfully. Some twelve years ago, the deceased was appointed a coroner for the County of Wentworth and the city of Hamilton, and has presided at inquests in a number of important cases.

He was for some years a zealous member of the Board of Education and distinguished himself by his endeavours to increase the welfare of the city by improving the schools and her school system. He was also an active member of the John Street Wesley Church. Dr. Mackintosh will be much missed from the circle to which he belonged, and will be lamented by all who knew him. He was a gentleman of genial manner and kind heart, and one whose liberality to the poor was only equalled by his ability as a physician. An inquest is being held on the body as we go to press.


MAINVILLE (Pembroke) - On Wednesday last, word reached town that a man, named Joseph Mainville, had been fatally shot at his residence on the Allumette Island about two miles from Chapeau Village. At first it was rumoured that the shooting had been accidental, but later intelligence proved beyond a doubt that the unfortunate man had deliberately taken his life.

Shortly after the finding of the body, Mr. W. T,. Cray, Deputy-Coroner, Chapeau, summoned a jury and after an examination of the body by Drs. Deloges and Judge, of Chapeau, the facts given below were elicited.

It appears that on Wednesday morning about four o'clock, Mainville got out of bed in his usual quiet manner, and after dressing with even more that usual deliberation and saying his prayers, he quietly performed his ordinary duties, among others the lighting of a fire in a couple of stoves. After this, the family did not observe him going out and knew nothing whatever of the tragedy which was being enacted so close to them, until they found his body in the hay-loft of an adjoining out-house about two hours afterwards.

The first discovery was made by one of the sons who went out to the shed and there saw blood streaming down the walls from the loft. He immediately ran in and told the rest of the family that some of the poultry must have been killed by weasels, as blood was streaming from the loft. One of Mainville's daughters then went up into the loft and found her father lying on his face on the floor with a gun alongside his body. She turned him over on his back and, of course, immediately saw what had happened as he was lying in a large pool of blood and with a gunshot wound in his breast about two inches in diameter,

From an examination of the position in which the body was found, the jury came to the conclusion that after resting the butt of the gun on a log on which the rafters of the stable were fixed and which was about three feet from the ground, deceased had placed the muzzle opposite his heart and pulled or pushed the trigger by means of a stick. This view was amply corroborated by the finding of a small piece of wood which had been used as a poker and which was burned to a point at one end, and deceased's right hand being blackened by holding the burned end, still further proved this. At the time of the discharge, the muzzle of the gun must have

been within a couple of inches of Mainville's breast as the wadding and a portion of his shirt were found to have been forced almost right through his body. The gun was loaded with ordinary small shot. Death must have been instantaneous as nearly half of the heart and a portion of the left lung were blown away.

The wife testified that on the previous Sunday morning, he appeared very low-spirited and refused to eat, and on being remonstrated with by the rest of the family, he burst into tears and said if he was doing any harm to take a stick and beat him. His actions at this time also show pretty conclusively that his mind must have been dwelling on the dreadful act which he so successfully accomplished. At one time he proposed to make over the half of his property to his son with the object of the latter assuming all the debts and thus leaving his wife with remainder of the property free of all encumbrances. This the wife would not agree to, and he told her she knew best, and he would leave it all to herself. The evidence of the remainder of the family was all very similar to the above, not differing in any essential particular. No reason of consequence can be assigned for the dreadful act as deceased was known to be of an unusually cheerful and happy disposition and was besides in very comfortable pecuniary circumstances.

The jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased had come to his death by his own hand while labouring under a fit of mental depression.


March 24, 1876


MACKINTOSH - Died on the 23rd instant, of congestive apoplexy, David Mackintosh, M.D., late of Inverness, Scotland, aged 55 years. Funeral from his late residence, 96 John street north, on Sunday, the 26th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.


SMITH - Died on the 24th instant, of diphtheria, at his father's residence, Wellington street north, William Walker, son of C. R. Smith, aged 7 years and 4 months. Funeral to-morrow, Saturday, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.


CROSS - William Cross, aged 92 years, died in Quebec, on Wednesday. He formerly belonged to the Eighth or King's Regiment, and took part in the expedition to Martinique and Copenhagen.


O'BRIEN - A man named O'Brien died at Mattawa on Wednesday from the effects of an injury received in Allan's shanty two weeks ago. Deceased was loading teams, and in moving logs on a roll-way became entangled when two logs rolled on him, bruising him severely.

March 25, 1876


MASON - Died in this city, on the 24th instant, of inflammatory croup, James H. Mason, eldest son of Mr. James Mason, aged 10 years and 2 months. Funeral will leave his father's residence, 67 York street, on Sunday next, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this notice.


March 27, 1876


MACKINTOSH - The funeral of Dr. Mackintosh: Yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock, the remains of the late Dr. Mackintosh were conveyed to their last resting place in Burlington cemetery. The  St Andrew's Society and Medical Profession of the city, with a few exceptions, attended in a body. The pall bearers were Drs. Mackelcan, Macdonald, Rosebrough, Mullin, Ryall, and Ridley. The funeral was a very large one.


BRENNAN - An old Irishman named Brennan, who had attained the age of 105 years and 10 months, died at the hospital of the Sacred Heart last week. He was born in Ireland, but came to this country when young. He was a shoemaker by trade and passed the greater part of his life at Carleton, Baie de Chaleur.


MCCOURT - An inquest was held in the Township of Wawanosh, County of Huron, about seven miles from Wingham, on Friday, by Coroner C. Tait Scott on the body of James McCourt. Deceased was a respectable well-off citizen, but had been for some time past wrong in his mind, he on several occasions threatening to put an end to his existence, but his family paid no attention to him. On Thursday morning last he rose early in the morning and ran down to the river Maitland and evidently deliberately jumped in, for he was tracked to the water's edge, and his remains were found a short distance from where his last tracks were seen. The jury returned a verdict of "suicide committed while labouring under a temporary fit of insanity."


March 29, 1876


CRAIG - Alexander Craig, brother of the late member for the County of Russell, died in Duncanville yesterday morning of inflammation of the lungs.


WEBB - While Mr. Manning was going along the base line, about one mile west of Oshawa, on Saturday evening, he discovered a woman partially covered with snow, and dead. She proved to be Mrs. Webb, a well-known vagrant in that vicinity. An inquest was held on the body. Verdict: death from exposure.

March 30, 1876


WHITE - Mr. W. White, for the past two years station agent for the Great Western Railway, Galt, died very suddenly yesterday. He had been complaining of slight indisposition about a month previous to his death, but only yesterday was compelled to relinquish duty. Heart disease is the supposed cause of death.


SMITH - Died in this city, on the 30th instant, of diphtheria, Clara Jane, daughter of C. R. Smith, aged 1 year and 6 months. Funeral will take place to-morrow (Friday) from her father's residence, Wellington street north, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this notice.


YATES - The following is the verdict of the jury empanelled to investigate the death of Mrs. Yates of Brantford: "That the said Eliza Ann Yates on the 24th day of March, 1876, came to her death through inadvertently taking an overdose of medicine containing strychnine in excess of the quantity prescribed by her physician, from which cause she died".


April 1, 1876


MONAHAN - An old man, named Patrick Monahan, was shot and killed by burglars at Warwick, Lambton County, on Thursday night. No clue has been discovered as to the perpetrators yet.


BARNARD - A young man named George Barnard, a moulder by trade, residing in London, accidentally fell off a train coming from St. Thomas to that city on Thursday night, sustaining injuries about the head that resulted in death.


EVERITT - Died suddenly of congestion of the lungs at her residence, 72 Chatham street, Liverpool, on the 8th of March, Catherine Racater, wife of Richard Sharrock Everitt, Esq., and sister of Mrs. George Taylor of this city.


YOUNG - Died in this city, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Alexander Scobie, on the 1st of April, in her 88th year, Sarah, relict of the late Joseph Young. Esq., of Haldimand. Funeral on Tuesday at 3 o'clock from 120 Market street.


April 3, 1876


WHITING - The funeral of the late A. G. Whiting, president of Cedar Dale Works, took place from his late residence, South Oshawa, Saturday. Deceased was one of the oldest residents of that place and one of the principal promoters of manufactures. His funeral was largely attended by over one hundred cutters. All the manufactures of Oshawa were shut down during the afternoon,

and at the time of the funeral, all the stores were closed.


April 4, 1876


MARKS - William Marks was killed near Kingston last Saturday by the fall of a sand pit.


WHITE - Early yesterday morning, a brakeman, named Alexander White, a resident of London, was killed at Chatham while coupling cars of the Great Western.


MCDOUGALL - Rev. George Young preached the funeral sermon of the late Rev. Mr. McDougall in the Methodist Church, Winnipeg, on Sunday night. The church was crowded and the sermon excellent and appropriate.


DOYLE - The body of a man, identified to be that of Peter Doyle, a late resident of Merritton, who has been missing upwards of four months, was found on Saturday in the paper mill level. Doyle was given to strong drink.


O'CONNER - On Monday, as Thomas O'Conner, an old and respected resident of Colebrook, was leading a horse to water the horse in playing kicked him in the side, which proved fatal. He got up, walked to the house, and expired ten minutes afterward.


YOUNG - On Saturday John Young, better known as 'Brigham Young', was found dead in his room in Allandale. The place was in a most filthy state. The post mortem examination pointed to congestion of the brain and lungs as the cause of death. Deceased was a hard drinker.


April 6, 1876


BAXTER - Died at Wellington Square, 6th April, 1876, Thomas Baxter, aged 55 years. Funeral from his late residence, Balsam Lodge, Saturday, 8th instant, at 2 o'clock. Friends please accept this intimation.

One of the saddest accidents that have occurred in the neighbourhood of Hamilton for a long time back took piece this morning in the vicinity of Wellington Square by which a respected resident of that place, named Thomas Baxter, lost his life. The deceased gentleman left his home this morning at seven o'clock in his usual state of health for the purpose of taking a walk over his farm as was his custom. A small creek runs through the middle of the farm into which a number of under-drains empty. Mr. Baxter, it appears, was examining the drain to see if they were working. One of then emptied into a very deep part of the creek, and the deceased gentleman

having laid his hat on the bank stooped down, it is thought, for the purpose of looking the mouth of the drain, and in doing so lost his balance and fell into the creek and was drowned. The trackmen working on the Great Western Railway, having observed Mr. Baxter walking through the fields, noticed the hat lying on the bank, and fearing that something was wrong, informed the family of the deceased, and then proceeded to the creek where they found that their suspicions were only too true. The event has cast a gloom over the entire community of Wellington Square as Mr. Baxter was one of the most active business men there, and not only that, his fine qualities of mind and heart commanded the respect and love of everyone. Mr. Baxter was a prominent grain dealer and stock breeder, and owned one of the best cultivated farms in the neighbourhood of Hamilton. He was well and favourably known in this city not only as a merchant but as a politician. He was one of the leading reformers of Halton and always took a deep interest in the politics of the country.

Mr. Baxter was about 55 years of age, and was born, we believe, in the vicinity of Wellington Square. He was stout of build, but active, and looked the picture of good health. His disposition was peculiarly hearty and outspoken, and his intellect in matters of business had a rare quickness of perception and readiness of decision. He was in this city yesterday in his usual state of health. His sudden taking off will cause a deep shock to a very large number of friends in Hamilton.


April 7 1876


CAMPBELL - Robert Campbell, son of Alexander Campbell, while chopping in the woods near Lawrence, on Thursday, was struck in the head by a falling tree, and instantly killed.


YOUNG - On Thursday morning, at St. Lambert, Mr. George Young, of the editorial staff of the "Witness", was found lying dead in his house. The deceased was possessed of considerable talent, but unfortunately had contracted a love for liquor which grew upon him despite repeated efforts of the proprietors of that journal to reform him. He was at work as usual on Thursday of that week, but since that time the old habit had returned upon him. He was found lying at the foot of the stairs of his own house quite dead, and it is possible that death was the result of apoplexy.


April 8, 1876


WHEELER - Three men went gunning at Sackville, New Brunswick, on Friday morning. One of them, Reuben Wheeler, while getting over a fence, received the full discharge of his gun in the temple, killing him instantly. He leaves a helpless family. He had previously lost an arm from a similar accident.

April 11, 1876


WINTON - Died this morning, at 116 Rebecca street, James T. Winton, in the 24th year of his age. Funeral on Thursday, 13th instant, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


April 12, 1876


WILKIE - Mr. D. Wilkie, for many years rector of the Quebec High School died yesterday.


CRAIGIE - Died on the 18th March, at Columbus, Esmeralda County, Nevada, of typhoid fever, in the 36th year of his age, Archibald, sixth son of the late Dr. Craigie, of this city.


JARDINE - Died at Saltfleet, on the 12th instant, after a brief illness, in the 27th year of his age, Mr. John Kennedy Jardine, eldest surviving son of Joseph Jardine, Esq.. The funeral will take place from his late residence to the burial place of the family, on Friday, 14th, et 2 o'clock p.m. Friends are hereby respectfully invited to attend without further notice.

This morning at 6 o’clock, Mr. John Jardine, a son of Mr. Joseph Jardine, of Saltfleet, died of inflammation of the bowels. The young man was sick only three days, but sank rapidly from the moment he was taken ill. The deceased was a very popular young man and gave promise of great things. He took a great interest in stock breeding and agriculture and in the Institution of Grangers. His death has cast a gloom over the entire community to whom his sudden decease has been a great shock.


April 15, 1876


RUPP - Mrs. R. Heinhart Rupp, of the Township of Grey, committed suicide on Tuesday morning by throwing herself into the river Maitland near Ethel while labouring under a fit of temporary insanity. An inquest was held and a verdict rendered in accordance with the fact.


KENNEDY - Good Friday is notorious for its shooting accidents. Yesterday a party of boys went out from London to practise with revolvers. The result was that one of them. Thomas Kennedy, was shot, and died in a few hours. It is not known which of his companions unknowingly was the cause of his death.


REID - On Thursday, while two young women were driving over a bridge on Stag creek, near Ottawa, their horse became frightened by the noise of the falls and jumped over the bridge.

One of the women managed to jump out of the sleigh, but a Miss Reid fell with the horse and sleigh into the stream and was drowned. There was no railing on the bridge.


BULLER - During Thursday night, a young woman named Isabella Fuller of St. John, N.B., aged 22 years, whose mind has been affected by incipient softening of the brain, escaped from her mother's custody in her night clothing and was found drowned near Charlotte Street extension wharfs. The verdict of the coroner's jury was in accordance with these facts.


RYDER - On Thursday, at Colebrook, as the young son of Thomas Ryder, aged about 4 years, was playing on the bank of the river near a bank of sawdust upon which there were some sawlogs placed, one of the logs started off the bank, striking the boy, knocking him down, and rolling over him in such a way as to kill him nearly instantly. He was carried to the house where death ended his sufferings.


PURVIS - On Sunday last, Mr. Robert Purvis died at his residence in Dundas at the age of 75 years. He removed into town from his farm in Beverly some few years ago, where he had resided for many years having been amongst the earliest settlers in that township.


IRELAND - An accident which cast a gloom over the whole town of Dundas occurred on Thursday afternoon between five and six o'clock by which Mr. Thomas Ireland, formerly a resident of Beverly, but at that time a citizen of Dundas, was drowned. Mr. Ireland, with a number of other men, was engaged placing brushwood along the banks of the creek which had swollen to a fearful extent, and while in the act of pulling some brush into place, the branch he held in his hand snapped, suddenly precipitating him into the stream upon which he was whirled down the swollen current at the rate of twenty miles an hour. About two hundred yards from the point where the deceased fell in, there is a bridge, and to this several gentlemen ran, and one of them, a Mr. Wilson, lying down on the bridge, caught the unfortunate man by the coat as he passed under, but the current was so strong that the body was wrenched from him, leaving part of the coat in his hands. At the next bridge, the head of the unfortunate man was seen to be dashed against the timbers, upon which he was seen to suddenly sink out of sight. The last that was seen of him was when he was passing through the dam at the Cotton Mills when he was observed floating with his arms over a stick of wood. All day yesterday and to-day parties were dragging for the body in the creek and canal without success. The deceased was formerly a resident of the Township of Beverly and was highly respected there for his talents as a gentleman and a business man. He was the proprietor of a large and valuable farm, but left it some two years ago to

enter into partnership with Forsyth and Co., machinists, Dundas. He leaves a wife and two little children, besides a host of friends, who will never cease to mourn his untimely end.


April 17. 1876


TRILLER - Died at Canandaigua, N.Y., on the 16th instant, Mary Amelia Triller. Funeral on Wednesday, the 19th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m., from the residence of Lewis Spring, Esq., east Hamilton. Friends are invited to attend.


COPP - Died on the 15th instant, at Wellington Villa, in this city, Hersella Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Mr. W. J. Copp, aged 42 years. The funeral will take plane to-morrow, the 18th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


CASHEN - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, Ellen Cashen, wife of Mr. John Cashen, aged 58 years. Funeral on Wednesday at 3 o'clock p.m. from the corner of Main street west and Pulett street. Friends will please accept this intimation.


KING - A Miss King, of Toronto, died suddenly of heart disease on Saturday.


DEWEY - William Dewey, who was run over by a railway train in London on Thursday last, died on Saturday from the injuries which he received.


SEATON - A fatal accident took place on the farm of James Seaton, near Priceville on Friday. Mr. Seaton, while out chopping, was killed by a falling tree. It being late in the evening, his family did not find him till next morning. He was a man about 55 years of age.


CRYSON - Mr. T. Maxwell Cryson, well-known as a custom-house broker, died in Montreal on Saturday, aged 58. He was born in Londonderry and emigrated to Philadelphia where he was employed for some time in the large establishment of the eccentric Quaker, Townsend Sharpies. Subsequently he was in business in St. John, N.B., coming thence to that province where he, about twenty years ago, set up business as customhouse broker.


CUNNINGHAM - On Friday night, a man named Henry Cunningham, of McGilllvray, met his death on the Grand Trunk Railway track, about one and a half miles west of Parkhill, found lying next morning by the section men. Life was not quite extinct when he was rescued, but he died very shortly afterwards. He leaves a large family.

MACKIE - Alexander Mackie, proprietor of the Headford Mills in the Township of Markham, near Richmond Hill, was accidentally drowned on Good Friday while in the act of letting the water off at the waste-gate of his mill dam. He was a married man, but had no family. He was much respected in the neighbourhood. Mr. Mackie, formerly in the employ of the Great Western Railway Company, recently purchased the flouring and carding mills at Headford.


SCATCHERD - The remains of Mr. Scatcherd, M.P., who died at Ottawa on Saturday morning, were conveyed to the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Railway during the forenoon, and left by the noon train for London. The pall bearers were: Hon. A. Mackenzie, Hon. Edward Blake, Hon. R. J. Smith, Hon. Mr. Vail, Hon. Speaker Anglin, and Mr. Rufus Stephenson, M.P. Hon. Messrs Scott, Laird, Burpee, and Cauchon, and a large number of local acquaintances of the deceased were also present to pay their last tribute of respect. The bereaved widow, who had been in attendance upon her husband during his last illness, was attended home by her son, a brother of the late Mr. Scatcherd, Mr. Meredith, M.P.P., Q.C., law partner of the deceased, and Mr. David Glass, Q.C.


April 18, 1876


O'DONAHOE - Died at New York, on the 14th instant, the 3lst anniversary of her birthday, Julia Phillis, second daughter of Mr. John O'Donahoe, late of this city. She fell asleep in Jesus.


AUGER - A woman named Auger was drowned at Brentwood on Sunday. She had been taking water from the creek, and had apparently fallen in. When found a few minutes afterwards, she was dead.


CAMPBELL (Chisholm) - On Friday last, the body of a drowned man was found in the Government drain of Dunwich Township. He worked under the name of Campbell while there, but in his time-book, he had worked at Mono Mills under the name of T. Chisholm previous to coming there. He came to Dunwich about November 1st last and worked until Christmas Day when he was last seen. On that day, he said that he was going to see his three children who, he stated, lived in Bosanquet township with his sister-in-law. He also said his wife had been dead about two years. He would not give the name of his sister-in-law. He was of fair complexion, weight about 160 or 170 pounds, brown hair and whiskers, about forty or forty-five years old. An inquest was held by Dr. Lings, Wallacetown, and the above facts were given. He had a watch on his person and his friends might identify him by it.

April 19, 1876


MCDONALD - Mr. Henry McDonald, jailer at Picton for the last twenty-two years, died last night.


April 20, 1876


HAYES (Dundas) - For some weeks Mr. Hayes has been labouring under the effects of a severe cold which finally assumed the form of inflammation of the lungs, and proved fatal at an early hour on Saturday morning. Mr. Hayes has been a member of the Town Council for some time and was generally esteemed by the community. He possessed a large share of the wit characteristic of his countrymen, and his early death is much regretted by a wide circle of friends. The respect in which he was held by the public was abundantly evidenced by the funeral cortege which was more numerously attended than the funeral of any citizen of Dundas for many years.


April 21, 1876


EAGER - Died of congestion of the lungs, at 9:30 on the morning of Friday, the 21st instant, at his father's residence, 80 Maiden Lane west, Sydney Lawrence, fifth son of Henry A. Eager, aged 4 years and 7 months. Funeral on Sunday, the 23rd instant, at 4 p.m. Friends will please attend without further notice.


April 22, 1876


WILLIAMSON - Funeral of the late Mrs. Williamson, of Kingston, took place yesterday and was attended by the professors and students of Queen's College and a large number of citizens generally.


HUMMEL - William Hummel, son of Mr. Amos Hummel, Chesterville, was drowned in the Nation River, a short distance from the village, on Monday. April 17th, while attempting to cross the river to his uncle's sugar bush. The body has not yet been recovered.


GRIEG - James F. Grieg, bookseller and stationer, in Almonte, died suddenly of heart disease on Thursday night about 11 o'clock. Mr. Grieg was in his usual health, attending to his business during the day and had just gone to bed. He was speaking to his wife when suddenly she heard a gurgling sound in his throat, but before she got a lamp, life had fled. He leaves a wife and seven children.


HAMILTON - The Guelph "Mercury" of Friday says: We learn that Mrs. James Hamilton, well-known for many years as a hotel keeper on the Brock Road, died this (Friday) morning. The

old lady had been ailing for some time past, but no active disease was apparent, and there is little doubt that she succumbed to old age and its many infirmities as she was over 80 years of age. The deceased was perhaps the eldest tavern keeper in the County. In the early days long before Brock Road was gravelled, she kept a tavern a little below what is known as Hamilton's Corners, and the house was well known to all who ever travelled that road. She was a clever active woman and always had the right answer for everyone who called at her house. In fact she was a bit of a character and her wit was often more than a match for those who thought themselves much better than she was. She has at last passed away at a ripe old age, and will be missed as one of the old landmarks of earlier days when settlers were few and far between, and this section of the country was in its primeval state.


April 22, 1876


DUMBOLD - The body of the man, C. Dumbold, who was buried alive by the caving in of a well at Berlin, was recovered yesterday afternoon and appeared to have been dead for 24 hours though the body was not rigid. He was buried in the well at three p.m. on Tuesday afternoon and was heard speaking until eight o'clock the same evening, but it was not till yesterday that the diggers succeeded in reaching him.


MEDFORD (St. Catharines) - About eight o'clock on Monday evening as the boat "Red Bird", owned by W. F. Hartley of Thorold, was proceeding up the Feeder and when about four miles above the Junction, a young man named Charles Medford accidentally fell from the boat and being unable to swim, drowned. The body was found Tuesday. Coroner Schofield held an inquest on Wednesday when the facts above given were elicited and a verdict of accidental drowning was returned. The relatives of the deceased reside in Hagersville, and his brother, who attended the inquest, took the remains to that place by O.C.R. for interment. The young man was an O.Y.S, and his remains were attended to the station by a number of the fraternity as a mark of respect.


SANDS - The body of a man named Sands was found about a mile north of Goodwood, Ontario County, yesterday. It is supposed he was drowned in a freshet.


April 24, 1876


SHOEBOTTOM - The death of Mr. Thomas Shoebottom, one of the oldest settlers in London Township, is announced, at the age of 73 years.

GUERTIN - A most horrible murder was committed at St. Valerien de Milton, Quebec, on the morning of the 10th instant, by a woman named Guertin, a resident of that place. The mother, it appears, had placed the child in the bed where her sister-in-law lay sick. The child cried and its mother came and nursed it. The sick girl, in the meantime, endeavoured to get to sleep. She had partially succeeded when she was aroused by the sound of blows, and looking in the direction from which they came, saw the inhuman mother holding the infant by the heels and thrashing its head against a large wooden trunk. The sick girl screamed for assistance, and the mother-in-law succeeded in snatching the child from its mother's grasp, but not before the poor infant was beyond human aid. The occurrence took place at seven a.m. and the helpless infant lived until one o'clock. Insanity is the reason assigned for the mother's conduct who had, from time to time, demented spells in which she had been known to attempt her own life with a razor, on one occasion nearly succeeding. Since then, however, she had appeared better, but of late these symptoms had returned. An inquest was held and a verdict returned that the infant was murdered by its mother.


MITCHELL - Died in this city, on the 24th instant, Daniel G. Mitchell, printer, in the 42nd year of his age.

The craft will learn with the deepest regret of the death of Daniel Mitchell, an old and respected compositor and pressman, who expired at an early hour this afternoon. The late Mr. Mitchell served his apprenticeship as a printer in the old Hamilton "Gazette". On learning his trade, he was given cases on the "Spectator" which he kept for twenty years. He was a fast and skillful compositor and filled the position of foreman of the newsroom of the "Spectator" office for a number of years. His health failing him, he was obliged to give this up and has since been only occasionally able to work at his trade. He was well liked by his fellow craftsmen and his demise will be regretted by all who knew him.


SMART - For several days in the beginning of last week, residents in the Township of Malahide and surrounding district were considerably excited over the report that a man named George Bain had beaten his son-in-law with a whiffletree and that his life was despaired of. The rumour turned out to be only too true, Dr. C. W. Clarke, who has been attending the injured man, laying an intermission before the magistrates, certifying to the fact that there was no probability of Smart's recovery, and praying for a warrant for the arrest of Bain. The warrant was granted and placed in the hands of Chief Constable Caverley, who succeeded in arresting Bain at a farmhouse in South Dorchester.

The scene of the tragedy is on the 8th concession , Malahide, near Glen Collis post office, three and a half miles north-east from Aylmer, and the particulars of the sad affair are as follows.

Bain and his wife have lived unhappily together for some time past, being "a little ugly by spells" as his wife says. He has often struck her, and on one occasion, she lost the use of her arm. Three weeks ago, after one of Bain's periodical outbursts, his wife left him and went to reside with her son-in-law who was generally regarded as of a quiet disposition. On Monday night, Smart was sawing wood in front of his home when Bain came up slightly the worse for liquor and demanded to see his wife. Smart told him to go on and get her. Bain went by the back door, and Smart following, entering by the front door with an axe in his hands. Bain said to Mrs. Smart "Good Morning", and she replied. He also addressed his son-in-law in the same manner when he replied with an oath, and told him to leave.

Smart's wife took the axe from him, being apparently frightened of the consequences, and Smart went out and returned immediately with a whiffletree which Bain took from him and struck him, fracturing his skull in a frightful manner, and rendering him insensible. The two women took the club from Bain who then went out and hung around the premises for some time, apparently solicitous of the circumstances. He expressed himself sorry for Smart who, he said, had caused him to do it by his ordering him out of the house when he went to see his wife. Mrs. Smart and Mrs Bain put the deceased to bed, who never again spoke except to ask George Yonge, a neighbour, to pull off his hoots. Bain afterwards came back and asked for his wife, and she went away with him. Smart lay in a miserable condition till a late hour on Wednesday evening, when death ensued.


April 26, 1876


HALLIDAY - On Monday night about ten o'clock, a man named Halliday was accidentally drowned at Lock No 12, Welland Canal, near Merritton, by walking into it. He was a helper on the canal.


GIBSON - Mr. H. P. Gibson, a talented business man, who for many years held positions in the old Niagara District Bank of St. Catharines, accidentally poisoned himself on Monday by taking an overdose of chloral hydrate to induce sleep.


DENISON - Mr. G. Shirly Denison, son of Colonel Denison, of Toronto, died yesterday at Montreal after a short illness, of typhoid fever. The deceased gentleman was universally respected there, and well known as a prominent advocate of the temperance cause.


O'ROURKE - On Monday evening, a man named Barney O'Rourke, whilst returning home from the Great Western depot at Belleville, complained of being ill, and shortly afterwards expired. He had been engaged in loading a piano on a waggon at the station. The coroner's jury brought in a verdict of death from apoplexy.


HUNTER - An inquest was held at Peterborough on Tuesday by Coroner Kincaid upon the body of Elise Hunter who was found dead, lying upon her face on the floor of her residence. The investigation developed the fact that she had been dead for over forty-eight hours without anyone being aware of the fact, though the residence was in the heart of town. She lived alone and supported herself by her needle. She was supposed to be in want, but refused the offers of the benevolent who wanted to assist her. The jury returned a verdict of death from spasmodic convulsions and want of taking proper nourishment.


BLOUNT - Died in this city, Tuesday, April 25th, John H. Blount, aged 30 years, of Stores Department, Great Western Railway. Funeral from his late residence, 153 Bay street north, on Friday afternoon, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited.


HART - On Wednesday, April 18th, a sad accident occurred near Maitlandville, whereby Mrs. Hart, a Colborne lady, aged sixty-five, was almost instantly killed and her grandson, William Albert Mclean, son of Mr. James McLean, was badly injured. It appears that Samuel Hart, Sr., of Colborne, was driving to Goderich, accompanied by hie wife and grandson, the latter of whom was returning to his parents. On reaching Maitlandville, Mr. Hart stopped at McLaren's tavern to water his horse. On getting out of the vehicle, he fastened the horse with a chain to the post and watered it, afterwards going into the house.

Mr. Hart had hardly entered when he heard his wife cry out, and running out, he saw at once that the animal had broken its bit. He tried to secure it. In doing so, he unloosed the clip of the chain from the bit and grasped the beast by the mane, but the animal, being too strong for him, dragged him along the road. After holding on for some fifty or sixty yards, Mr. Hart fell, the wheel passing over his legs. After getting rid of Mr. Hart, the animal increased its speed and almost flew along for some distance, and when near the old limekiln, it turned to the left, and running over the bank at this spot, caused the buggy to upset.

As the buggy turned over, Mrs. Hart was thrown out, and falling heavily upon some bricks, one of which made a considerable indentation in her head, was so badly injured as to die in less than ten minutes. The child was thrown out also and badly hurt, it being severely cut about the face and head, and otherwise injured. Dr. Taylor was soon in attendance and sewed the open wounds on the child's face. Mrs. Hart was badly disfigured about the face, and this, with the wound in the head, was the cause of death. The deceased lady, who was one of the oldest inhabitants, was much respected.

April 27, 1876


CAMPBELL - Thomas Campbell, an old resident of West Wawanosh township, fell from a wagon yesterday, and was killed instantly.


BLAIR - Last evening, Thomas White, M.D., coroner, held an inquest on the body of Rose Blair, a married woman, who died suddenly at her residence on the corner of Main and Wentworth streets. The circumstances of her death, as adduced at the inquest, are as follows.

The evening before, after having partaken of tea in company with her husband and Mr. Yelden, she became suddenly insensible and fell down in the corner of the sitting-room. Mr. Yelden having started for home, her husband did his best to get her into bed but failed, and finally became tired and left her there. Strange to say, however, he said nothing about what had happened to the neighbours. In the morning about half past six, the woman being still insensible, he informed a neighbour, name of Mrs. Magill, who, on seeing the unfortunate woman, despatched one of her sons for Dr. Locke who, on his arrival, found life extinct.

The husband of the deceased demanded a post mortem examination, which was granted, when it was found that death had been caused by apoplexy.


CODY (Welland) - Last evening, about nine o'clock, Constable McMurray, with grappling hooks, discovered where the body of the unfortunate engineer, Cody, one of the victims of Monday's smash-up, lay, but it was not extricated till about nine o'clock this morning. The corpse is not mangled as much as was supposed. One leg is broken in three or four places, the chest broken in, and the arm is badly lacerated, and several small cuts and bruises on other parts of the body. An inquest will be held this afternoon.


GRANT (Galt) - A lamentable case of suicide occurred on Wednesday evening last whereby a man named David Grant, of Glenmorris, put an end to his existence. He was seen in the water of Hume's dam by a passerby, and attempts were made to prevent him committing the act, in every way possible, but he determinedly struck at those who tried to reach him, and getting into deep water, sank. There was no boat at the dam and some time elapsed before his body was recovered. The act is supposed to have been the result of drinking.


April 28, 1876


HAYES - Died at Orangeville, on the 20th instant, Helen C., wife of James Hayes, and daughter of John Vert, aged 31 years.


BETTS - A murder was committed during the winter in Nova Scotia by a man named Betts who took refuge in the woods where his body was found the other day.


BENNETT - A farmer, named Richard Bennett, living on the 9th concession of Bathurst, Lanark County, was instantly killed on Friday by being thrown from his waggon through his horse taking fright and running away.


MCRAE - Mrs. Flora McRae, Victoria County, of the great age of 100 years, who lived in a house by herself a few rods from that of her son, Colin McRae, was on Thursday morning found dead, sitting by the fireside with her clothes burnt almost completely off her body. She was not very severely burnt, but when found, life was extinct.


THOMAS (Winnipeg) - The Iroquois Indian, Louis Thomas, convicted of the murder of Henry Cornell, at Rat River last spring, was hanged at eight o'clock this morning. He retired at 7 o'clock last night and slept till eleven, when he arose and partook heartily of oysters, after which he again retired and slept soundly till awaken at an early hour this morning. He met his fate unconcernedly, but apparently weak and trembling on the road to the scaffold, the result of sickness and confinement. After repeating prayers, he said, "Friends, I am sorry for what I have done. I don't be afraid to die. I hope you will all excuse me. I am going to see my father. This is the last you will hear me speak." He made a long confession yesterday before the authorities and representatives of the press. His statements are very conflicting, but all implicating 2 persons named Tourond and Gaudry, one as giving him the gun with which he shot Cornell, the other helping to throw the body in the well.


ENGLISH - Last evening, by the latest train going from this city to Caledonia, a man named Thomas English took passage to Rymal station. On reaching his destination, he went across the way from the depot to Young's tavern where, it is believed, he imbibed a considerable quantity of drink. After some time he started to go home, walking down the track between Rentonville and Rymal. The next train coming ran over him, killing him instantly. The driver, feeling the locomotive jump, imagined it was a rail, but on examining the wheels found blood and hair upon them. He instantly ran back to the spot, where they found the unfortunate man frightfully mangled. His body was cut in two, and his heart and one of his kidneys were picked up quite separate from the body along the track.


An inquest was held this morning before Thomas White, M.D., coroner for the County of Wentworth, and a verdict of accidental death was rendered. We were incorrect in stating above that the accident was detected at Rymal Station. It was not till the train arrived in Hamilton that blood was discovered on the driving wheels when the authorities sent an engine and car to discover the body.


STORROR - Died at Toronto, April 27th, Sarah, daughter of William Storror, aged 39 years. Funeral will leave her father's residence, 31 MacNab street south, to-morrow, Sunday, at 9 a.m. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.


May 1, 1876


BURROWES - Died on Sunday morning, 30th of April, Annabella Masson, beloved wife of William Burrowes, aged 25 years. Funeral from her late residence, Barton street, between Pearl and Locke streets, on Tuesday, 2nd May, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends kindly invited to attend.


MURPHY (Quebec) - A brutal murder was committed at Ste. Henedine, the county town of the neighbouring county of Dorchester, on Thursday last. It appears that a girl of the name of Lahouillier, a seamstress in the employ of Daniel Murphy of Ste. Henedine, asked Mrs. Murphy to hand her some articles from the cellar. Mrs. Murphy raised the cellar trap and had barely descended more that a single step of the stairs when the girl drew a revolver from the folds of her dress and fired four shots successively into her body with the muzzle of the weapon placed almost against it. The unfortunate woman fell into the cellar mortally wounded. The murderess,  immediately after the deed, gathered all the valuable articles she could lay her bands upon and fled. Mrs. Murphy survived two hours during which she communicated the above particulars.

The murderess was arrested yesterday morning on the train on the Levis and Kennebec train while endeavouring to make her escape to Quebec.


May 2, 1876


MUIR - Died at Grimsby, on the 30th April, Sarah, wife of Andrew P. Muir, Esq., in the 68th year of her age.


BUTLER - Yesterday an inquest was held on the body of Sarah Butler, a girl of ten years of age, whose parents reside at No 20 Augusta street. The inquest was held before Dr. White and the verdict of the jury was that the deceased came to her death from natural causes. The deceased died suddenly at 1 a.m. on Sunday last.


FLOYD - T. F. Floyd, an old resident of the Township of Thurlow, committed suicide in Belleville gaol during Saturday night. He accomplished his object by immersing his head in a pail which contained less that three inches of water and holding it there with desperate resolution until he suffocated. When found in his cell on Sunday morning, he had been dead for some hours. The deceased was forty-five years of age. He had been insane for a short time.


May 3, 1876


BURNS - Died this morning, at 203 Mary street, Mr. James Burns, tailor, in his 27th year. Funeral on Friday, 5th instant, from his late residence, at 2 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are invited.


COLTON - Charles Colton, a young man from Des Joachims, Quebec, who had been attending school at Belleville, died from typhoid fever on Sunday. A large number of Orangemen, of which order he was a member, and many of his fellow students accompanied the remains to the Grand  Trunk station.


GANGE (Thomasson) (Quebec) - Intelligence has reached here from Chicoutimi to the effect that during the past winter, three men left there on a hunting expedition to the neighbourhood of Lake Mislassine. Since their departure, nothing has been heard of their movements. The hunting excursions being usually rather extended in that part of the country, no anxiety was felt regarding their absence. A few days since, however, an Indian, also on a hunting excursion, discovered two bodies in the woods, pierced with bullets. One of them was recognized as Thomas Gange, alias Thomasson, and his clothes were torn to rags, showing that a fearful struggle had taken place before he was overcome. Concerning the whereabouts of the third, nothing is known. It is generally thought in the neighbourhood that these hunters met with a party of Indians of the Nasgoupi tribe by whom they were murdered.


May 4 l876


LETELLIER -Mrs. Letellier, wife of the Minister of Agriculture, died at River Ouelle, Quebec, yesterday afternoon.


LONG - Mary Long, a well-known vagrant, died in Belleville jail on Tuesday. She had lived an abandoned life for upwards of twenty years.


MAJOR - Mr. Peter Major, of London, who sustained concussion of the brain last Thursday by the running away of his horse, died yesterday afternoon, having only regained consciousness sufficiently to recognize a few of his friends.


MORGAN - While the apparatus of the fire department was being tested at Halifax on Wednesday, the hose burst in Bannington street, the water striking a boy named Morgan, about ten years old, knocking him down, and he died in ten minutes. His breast was much bruised. It is thought rupture of the heart caused death.

CRANE - J. B. Crane, aged 62, who has been living near Aylmer for many years, came to Watford a few days ago on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. C. Pollock, and on Tuesday afternoon, he went out to see a neighbour, and soon after was found lying by the roadside quite paralysed. He was taken to his daughter's where he died yesterday morning.


PERRY - The funeral of the late Senator Perry, who died on Monday last, took place at Cobourg, yesterday. He was one of the earliest settlers of the district and was esteemed by all. The funeral was very largely attended, the Town Council and Commissioners of the Town Trust appearing in a body. The places of business were closed.


DAVIS - A London dispatch says: A melancholy accident occurred at West Lorne, about two o'clock on Friday morning last, resulting in the decapitation of a man named William Davis. On close enquiry, the following particulars have been obtained respecting the unfortunate man. He was lately married, and lived near Lawrence station in Southwold. He had been working near Highgate, and on Thursday started homeward on foot along the track. He stopped at Rodney where he partook of two or three drinks of liquor, and then set out for West Lorne in company with another gentleman. He stopped there until after midnight, remarking to some that if he could get a train bound eastward, he would go on board to Iona or Sheddon. Being at Wilton's hotel about one o'clock he was informed that there was a train just in, going east. He immediately started towards the station, saying that failing to get on the train, he would return to the hotel. A short time afterward, train No 17 came in from the east, switching on the side track, and soon the engineer communicated the intelligence at the station that he had cut a man's head off. The headless trunk was drawn from beneath the 4th or 5th car from the engine, about 120 feet from where the head and one of the arms were found. Some suppose that on missing the train, he lay down under a car and went to sleep. However the accident occurred, it seems probable that he was somewhat intoxicated, Dr. Ling held an inquest on the body, when the jury returned a verdict of "accidental death".


May 6, 1876


HILLMAN - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, James Hillman, youngest son of the late Thomas Hillman, Esq., a native of Worthing, Sussex, England. Funeral will take place on Sunday from his brother's residence, 130 Cannon street east, at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


SUTER - Died in Dundas, on Friday, 5th May, Louise, wife of R. W. Suter, in the 58th year of her age. The funeral will leave the residence of Mr. Suter, on Main street, on Monday next at three o'clock p.m.


BOYD - Died on Friday, the 5th instant, at Owen Sound, Elenor, wife of William Boyd, aged 29 years and 10 months. Funeral on Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock, from Robert Stuart's, her father's residence, No 130 West avenue north. Friends are kindly invited to attend.


UNKNOWN MAN - Last Saturday, there arrived at the residence of Mr. Joseph Millgrove, Hall's Corners, a man about five feet nine and a half inches tall, 55 years of age, dark hair sprinkled with gray, prominent features, and fairly dressed as a labouring man which he appeared to be. He could give no intelligent account of himself, and the interpreting powers of the neighbourhood were exhausted in vain in the effort to translate his language, and although be put on paper what purported to be his name, nobody could make it out. He acted like a man not in the full possession of his wits, and being very weak, had erysipelas in the foot. Mr. Millgrove treated him very kindly and procured medical assistance, but notwithstanding all that charity could suggest and liberality supply, be gradually sank, and died last evening. The only property in his possession was a small bundle of razor handles, tightly tied together with twine. As no trace of his name or belongings could be obtained, this paragraph is published in the hope that its circulation may extend to his friends or relations, if he had any in this country. Could he be the insane man for whose whereabouts parties in Montreal were making inquiries through the press some days ago?


May 8, 1876


BEATTIE, SAVAGE - Two young man named William A. Beattie and Thomas Savage, carriage builders of Embro, went out in a small rowboat on Shaw's millpond Saturday evening, and both were drowned by the accidental upsetting of the boat. The bodies were recovered about an hour afterwards.


KINGSMILL (Toronto) - Colonel William Kingsmill died on Saturday morning at the residence of his son, Mr. Nicol Kingsmill, No 123 Wellington street, Toronto. His death was somewhat sudden and unexpected, although he had not been very well for a few days previous. He was in his 83rd year. He was in full possession of his faculties up to the evening before his death and evidently passed away in his sleep... In compliance with Colonel Kingsmill's request, he will he buried at Niagara. The funeral cortege will leave Toronto on Tuesday by "The City of Toronto". The funeral will be accorded full military honours.

May 11, 1876


MCKINNON - Died at the residence of his father, Caledonia, Major R. A. McKinnon, aged 32 years.

We regret to learn that Major R. A. McKinnon, son of Mr. Ranald McKinnon, of Caledonia, died at his father's residence last night of inflammatory rheumatism. The deceased gentleman was a little over 30 years of age and was well known in this city and in the country surrounding. He was a very great favourite and his untimely death will be greatly regretted.


PIGOTT - Mr. Thomas Pigott, butcher of London, who was injured in a friendly scuffle on the market square a week or so ago, died yesterday as the result. He leaves a wife and six children - all girls.


FERGUSON - A man named Thomas Ferguson, about 50 years of age, was found on the Welland Railway track Wednesday morning, about half a mile from Merritton, in an unconscious state, and died soon after his removal to the station. On examination, it was found that his collar bone and shoulder blades were broken and his skull fractured. He was an employee on the new canal where he has been for about two years. He was a married man and leaves a wife and child in Oil City.


May 12, 1876


MACRAE - Died at West Lawn, Hamilton, on Thursday, the 11th day of May, Georgia, wife of F. Octavius Macrae, and second daughter of the late Edmund Ritchie, Esq. Funeral at 3 p.m., Sunday, the 14th instant. Friends and acquaintances please accept this intimation.


EGAN - Died of consumption, on Thursday, the 11th instant, James Egan, aged 26 years. The funeral will start from his late residence, 106 McNab street north, on Saturday afternoon, at 2 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


LOWRIE - John Lowrie, confined in Sarnia gaol for vagrancy, died yesterday morning. A coroner's jury found that he died from consumption.


LEBLANC - The steamer "Jane", while crossing between Ottawa and Hull, on Thursday morning, collided with a skiff containing two men named Jerome Leblanc and Theodore Morisset. Leblanc was drowned, but Morisset succeeded in catching one of the boat's fenders and was rescued. The body has not yet been recovered.

May 13, 1876


GAGE - Died at Glanford, on the 13th Instant, Mr. William Gage, in his 64th year The funeral will take place on Monday, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this Intimation.


THOMAS - The Waterford "Star" of the 12th instant says: On Friday morning last, a young man by the name of Matthew Thomas, at work at Wilcox’s mills, near Hartford, in this township, while engaged in pitching some wood over a large belt into the fire-pit while the mill was in motion, became overbalanced and fell upon the balance wheel which was making about 500 revolutions per minute, and was hurled against a large belt moving with the same rapidity in a contrary direction, which brought him down through the floor of the mill into the fire-pit. In passing through the floor, his body struck a pine plank, 16 inches wide and 4 3/4 inches thick, snapping it like a small stick, and killing him instantly. His back, neck, both legs and both arms were broken, and his ribs all torn away, besides cuts on the temple and back of the ear An inquest was held on the following day by Dr. Merritt, coroner, when the jury brought in a verdict of 'accidental death'


March 15, 1876


O'REILLY - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, of inflammation of the lungs, Arthur Francis, youngest son of Mr. Peter J. O'Reilly, aged 4 months. Funeral at 2 o'clock on the 16th instant, to-morrow, from his father's residence, corner of Barton and McNab streets. Friends will please accept this intimation.


RYAN (Peterborough) - Mr. James Ryan, who now stands in the awful position of awaiting trial for the murder of his wife, came to Peterborough when a mere child, and is the only son of Patrick Ryan, Esq., J.P., one of the oldest, if not the oldest, living residents of Peterborough, and ever since he came of age has been carrying on business in conjunction with his father, first as a merchant and tanner, but latterly they confined their operation to the leather business. Old Mr. Ryan is well off, being a considerable property owner, and consequently his only son was in comfortable, if not affluent, circumstances. 

Some twenty years ago he married a Miss Brophy, niece of the late priest Butler of Peterborough, with whose murder he now stands charged, and by whom he has four surviving children, two sons and two daughters, one of the boys being at the present time pursuing his studies at college for the priesthood.

By this melancholy tragedy, caused undoubtedly by drink, we have by one blow, one human being sent to her eternal account without a moment's notice, a man who under ordinary circumstances was apparently a loving husband and father placed in the dock for the murder of ber whom he swore to love and cherish, four children left practically orphans, and an aged father and mother worse than bereft of their only son...

The coroner charged the jury, and the room was cleared preparatory to the return of a verdict. After an absence of about an hour, the jury returned with the following verdict: That the said Mary Ryan came to her death on the evening of the 8th day of day, one thousand, eight hundred and seventy-six, by the infliction of a wound in the chest by some sharp instrument which penetrated the heart as well as the chest, and that from the evidence adduced the said wound was produced by James Ryan, the husband of the deceased.

We understand that on both Tuesday morning and evening before and after the inquest, the prisoner attempted to hang himself, the first time being with a towel and his necktie, the second time with his suspenders, but fortunately did not succeed in accomplishing his purpose. He also made an attempt to escape from the constable on his way back to the jail from the inquest.


May 16, 1876


BOUCHARD - A lad named Peter Bouchard was drowned at River du Loup yesterday by falling out of a boat.


May 17, 1876


KEIFER - A fine young lad named Valentine Keifer, aged about 15 years, son of Mr. Mathias Keifer, hotel keeper, Berlin, was wrestling with another boy in his father's hay loft on Tuesday when, from some cause or other, the two lads fell to the floor below. The other lad was not injured, but Keifer's neck was broken and be died immediately.


MCQUILLAN (Belleville) - A most shocking cold-blooded murder was committed in the Township of Madoc on Sunday. James McQuillan, a farmer living in the 7th concession of that township, near the village of Bannockburn, separated from his wife in March last. He went to Kingston leaving her destitute, and she was given a home with a neighbour with whom she resided while her husband was absent. He returned about three weeks ago, but his wife did not return to their home. On Sunday he sent his father to get her to consent to return, and she promised to meet him at his brother's. She left shortly after nine o'clock on the same morning to keep the appointment, taking with her, her two children, aged 2½ and l½ years, and was seen about ten o'clock in company with her husband, he carrying one child, and she the other.

Four hours later, her dead body was found by her husband's brother lying by the roadside, horribly mutilated, the upper part of the skull having been smashed in with a large stone. Her brains were scattered about and marks on her throat showed that she had been half choked before being killed outright. The husband, who was found at his father's house with the two children, was at once arrested by the neighbours who had turned out, and did not deny the charge. His coat was found to be spotted with blood and parts were still wet an if he had been washing out the blood-stain. An inquest was held on Monday before Dr. Sutton, coroner, of Madoc, and a verdict of wilful murder returned against McQuillan who was brought to the County jail here to-day.

He is a man of about 35 years of age and has always been considered inoffensive, though of a jealous nature. At the time of the commission of the crime, he was perfectly sober. The murdered woman was married to McQuillan about four years ago. She was far advanced in pregnancy.


May 18, 1876


MCCULLY - Died in this city, on the 17th instant,, Edith Maud, only daughter of George A. and Annie McCully, aged two years and 6 months. The funeral will leave the residence of her father, 73 James street north, to-morrow (Friday), at 3 p.m.


CALDER - Died on Thursday, the 18th instant, at 217 Gerrard street, Toronto, John Alexander, infant son of John and Sara Calder, aged 10 months and 16 days. Funeral from his father's residence, 98 Hughson street south, Hamilton, on Saturday at 3 o'clock.


MORDEN - We regret to have to chronicle to-day the death of Mr. H. H. Morden, who for the past ten years had occupied the position of Township Clerk of East Flamborough to the general satisfaction of the ratepayers, which occurred at an early hour this morning. Deceased had been ill for a year past, and his demise therefore was not unexpected, but none the less regretted. He belonged to one of the oldest, and most respectable families of the district, and was a native of the adjoining township of West Flamborough. His funeral takes place on Saturday next.


LEUCHEANEAULT - A young man name Leucheaneault was drowned yesterday by the upsetting of a scow in which he and three others endeavoured to cross the St. Charles River. His companions were saved with difficulty. All were under the influence of liquor at the time.


FOTHERGIL - O'Neil of St. John, M.B., charged with the murder of his mother-in-law,, Mrs. Fothergil, was found guilty. The Judge has not yet sentenced him, but it is understood that no hope of a reprieve will be held out. The prisoner heard the verdict without moving a muscle.



May 19, 1876


MILLER - Mrs. Miller, wife of Samuel Miller, Windsor, died almost instantly of heart disease.


JOHANINE - Joseph Johanine, a raftsman, aged 40, dropped dead at Ottawa, on Wednesday night while splitting wood. An inquest was held and a verdict of death from heart disease returned.


FALLIS - Died in this city, on the 16th instant, Mr. John Fallis, in the 83rd year of his age. The funeral will take place from the residence of his son-in-law, Mr Joseph Dodson, 65 Maria street, on Sunday afternoon, the 21st instant, Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.

Mr. John Fallis of this city died on Tuesday last at the advanced age of 83 years. Mr. Fallis was a native of Haseby, Yorkshire, England. In his early days he was a soldier in the 82nd Foot, and in that capacity he was through the war of 1812-14. After the close of the war, his regiment was ordered for service under the Duke of Wellington and was on its way for that purpose when news of the battle of Waterloo arrived. Mr. Fallis has been for over a quarter of a century a resident of this city and was highly respected by all who knew him. Up to within a short time ago, the physical vigour of the deceased was remarkable for a man of his years.


May 20, 1876


CALDWELL - Arthur Caldwell, a young man, was accidentally shot while taking his gun from a boat on Thursday, near Newport, Nova Scotia. He died instantly.


HAMILTON - Miss Katie Hamilton, of London, who was so severely hurt by being thrown against a telegraph pole by a runaway pony, died on Friday morning.


PRINGLE - A child of Mr. Pringle's, of Seaforth, section foreman, Grand Trunk Railway, aged 18 months, fell into a well on Friday afternoon and was drowned.


GOODENOUGH - On Thursday night, an old man named William Goodenough, of Bobcaygeon, left his son-in-law's house in the afternoon to chop wood and was found dead when they went to call him for tea with a tree he had felled lying on him. The tree appears to have struck another tree and glanced on him. Death must have been instantaneous.

FORTUNE - A melancholy drowning accident, resulting in the loss of three lives, occurred on Pigeon Lake on Tuesday morning last. Mrs. Fortune and her two youngest children aged respectively 6 months and 2 years, started on Tuesday morning in a small punt to row over to Mr. Crowley's on Jacob's Island. Nothing was heard of them till Thursday when the body of Mrs. Fortune was found a short distance from where they were last seen on Thursday morning rounding a point on the Harvey shore. The bodies of the two little children have not yet been recovered. Every search is being made to find them.


IRWIN - The body of George Irwin, the ill-fated engine driver who was scalded to death at the Hyde Park accident was conveyed to Windsor yesterday for burial. A party of Oddfellows accompanied the remains. A special train will leave on Sunday morning with those desirous of attending the funeral. The section boss, David Spence, yesterday secured bail for his appearance and was liberated from custody. The fireman Pringle, who was Irwin's step-son, is still alive, but cannot long survive his terrible injuries about the lower part of the body. He was engaged to be married shortly to Miss Cooper of Port Huron who had been telegraphed for. Mrs. Irwin has the deepest sympathy of the public in being so suddenly bereaved of both husband and son.


May 22, 1876


PRINGLE - The fireman, Pringle, injured in the railway accident at Hyde park on Thursday last, died yesterday about the same time that his companion, the engineer, Irwin, was being buried at Windsor.


MCCANN - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Ezekiel McCann, aged 78. Funeral will take place from his late residence, 50 Maiden Lane east, to-morrow (Tuesday) at 4 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.


May 23, 1876


WOOD (St. Catharines) - A melancholy accident occurred last evening by which a young man, named Lewis Wood, aged 22 years, lost his life. Wood and two other companions, named Teller and Snyder, who are attending the Collegiate Institute in this city, went boating on the canal between locks one and two, and not being used to handling a boat, all three were by some means thrown out. Wood made a determined effort to save his life by swimming, but sank before reaching shore. Teller reached the shore in an exhausted condition, and Snyder clung to the boat and was rescued. F. V. Bodwell, superintendent of the canal, rendered every assistance in his power to assist in finding the body of Wood, but it was not recovered till this morning.



The father of the unfortunate young man, who lives near St. George, Ontario, was notified of the occurrence and arrived early this morning. The young man was a nephew of Judge Wood of Manitoba.


BUTLER - James Butler, the brakesman who had his legs cut off by a train on the Grand Trunk yesterday, died three hours after the accident.


MORGAN - Harriet Morgan died suddenly at the Protestant Hospital, Ottawa, on Sunday. A verdict of death from natural causes was returned by the jury at the inquest.


SHIRLEY - Dr. Joseph W. Shirley, of Watford, died on Saturday, aged 32. The Masonic fraternity of which he was a member took charge of the body which left yesterday for his former home, Louisville, Ky.


MARKLE - Gilbert Markle was run over and killed on Saturday night on the railroad track about half a mile east of Colborne station. Deceased had been drinking. An inquest was held on Sunday when the verdict was rendered accordingly.


BISSELL - A sad accident occurred yesterday at the Coulson House, Owen Sound. It appeared that a nurse girl at the house, aged about 13, named Carrie Bissell, from Orangeville, accidentally fell into the soft-water cistern and was drowned before assistance could be rendered.


SINCLAIR - Yesterday afternoon, as George Sinclair, an old employee of the G.W.R. Co., was stepping on board the train at Lynden on his way to Hamilton, he dropped dead and was conveyed lifeless to his former home in this city. This morning at half post ten o'clock Dr. White, coroner for the County of Wentworth, held an inquest at the Rob Roy Hotel on John street when the following evidence of several witnesses, including medical men, was taken and a verdict returned by the jury that the deceased came to his death through natural causes, disease of the heart.


May 25, 1876


POWIS - Died at Ancaster to-day, 25th instant, Ophelia Melvina, beloved wife of William Powis. The funeral will leave the residence in Ancaster on Saturday, 27th instant, at 4 o'clock p.m. Friends are invited to attend.


PHELAN (Lanark) - A young man named James Phelan, employed on McLaren's timber drive, was drowned this morning while starting a jam on the Mississippi, about thirty miles above here. The corpse was conveyed to his father's residence in the Township of Drummond, this evening.

May 26, 1876


WOODCOCK - An old man, named Nicholas Woodcock, was killed by a train on the Grand Trunk at Belleville yesterday


LAWSON - Mr. D. Lawson, steamship and telegraph agent at Father Point, died rather unexpectedly on Wednesday from inflammation of the lungs.


DES LOGES - Pierre des Loges, an 1812 veteran, died suddenly at Ottawa on the 24th. He was 91 years of age and had been a resident of Ottawa since 1826.


FLEMING - A burglar who was shot near Brantford on the morning of the 24th, has been identified as John Fleming. He was a native of the United States, was a soldier during the Civil War, and lately one of a desperate gang who live about Middleport and near the Indian woods. A corner's inquest was held on the body and a verdict rendered of Justifiable homicide.


CLARKE - On Wednesday afternoon a deplorable accident occurred on the lake a little below Port Hope. Three young boys had gone out in a very small sailboat and on turning, the boat upset. One of the little fellows, a son of Captain Clarke, was drowned. The little fellow was an apprentice of the "Times" office and had got up at four in the morning to deliver his round in order that he might have a full holiday to spend with his fellows. He was a fine little boy and will not be missed more by his own family that he will be in the office where he was an apprentice.


ARMSTRONG (Stratford) - On Saturday Mr. Robert Armstrong, an employee on the G.T.R. works, went home at 11 a.m., the hour at which the works close on Saturday. He went to do some work in the garden, and while his wife was engaged in her housework, she heard him call out, "Oh Pol". She ran to the back door and found him leaning against the wall with blood pouring from his mouth. She led him into the house and laid him on the bed with the assistance of her brother who happened to be in the house. She then ran for assistance while her brother went for a doctor, and although the latter arrived within ten minutes after Armstrong was laid on his bed, life was extinct before his arrival. Mr. Armstrong bad been in the employ of the G.T.R. company about thirteen years and bore the character of a sober industrious man, a good neighbour, and an excellent shopmate. He leaves a widow and three children to mourn his loss. Deceased was a member of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers, the American Order of Oddfellows, and the Masonic fraternity. The flag on the workshops was at half-mast on Monday.

May 27, 1876


CHAMPAGNE (Ottawa) - A man named Champagne and a span of horses were drowned at the broken bridge at Hull yesterday by the upsetting of the lumber ferryboat.


VAUGHAN - James Calvin Vaughan was drowned near Windsor, Nova Scotia, on Thursday while stream driving.


BISSELL - William Bissell's son, three years old, of Kintore, Nova Scotia, was burned to death this week while lighting a bush fire on his father's farm.


RYLEY - Miss E. Ryley lost her life by drowning at Lindsay on Friday. Robert Bell, hotel keeper, and his wife; Mr. Arnott, a carpenter; Miss Ryley and another young woman went on the River Scugog in a skiff. The current being very strong carried then against the end of a scow in the river which caused their boat to upset. By assistance from the shore the other four were saved. The body of Miss Ryley has not yet been recovered. They had not been out five minutes at the time of the accident.


May 29, 1876


GORDON (Port Perry) - A deep gloom was cast over the entire community here this morning by the announcement of the death at 12:20 last night of Mr. Adam Gordon, the member for North Ontario in the House of Commons after an illness of only four days, the disease being inflammation of the bowels. Deceased was descended from the noble family of Huntley, and the son of Mr. Gordon, formerly a merchant of Dundee and Forfar, Scotland, who settled in Whitby in 1838, He was born in Forfar and educated at Whitby, was deputy-reeve of Mariposa in 1864, and deputy-reeve and reeve of Reach in 1866 and 1872, a delegate to the Prohibitory Convention in Montreal in 1875. He was first returned to parliament at the last general election as a government supporter.


HENDERSON - Thomas Henderson, shoemaker, residing in a tenement house on Church street, Belleville, committed suicide yesterday morning by hanging himself to the bed post with a strap. He was formerly from Montreal, and leaves a wife and several children. He is supposed to have been under the influence of alcohol.


WALKER - Yesterday morning there was enacted in Waterdown one of the most terrible tragedies that ever occurred in this part of the country. At about ten o'clock in the forenoon, the inhabitants of the village were thrown into the highest state of consternation by the report that Dr. Walker, a dentist well known in the village had shot his wife and then committed suicide. The report proved to be only too true.

The scene of the tragedy was Baker's Hotel, and soon after the news had spread abroad, a large crowd of people had gathered round.

From what can be learned, the particulars of the sad affair are as follows. It appears that yesterday morning Walker and his wife were in an upper room at the hotel in which they were stopping when an altercation took place between then. It commenced concerning some trifling thing and Mrs. Walker taunted her husband as having another wife somewhere. This apparently enraged Walker and he drew a revolver and fired two shots at his wife. Mrs. Walker was standing in such a position that she received both bullets in the side but too far forward to be anything more than flesh wounds. Immediately after being wounded, Mrs. Walker ran out of the room and downstairs screaming "Doc has shot me". Walker remained in the room in company with his son, a little boy seven years of age, and as soon as his wife had disappeared, shot himself twice and died instantaneously. Drs. Philip and McGregor were soon in attendance and on examination found Walker himself quite dead and Mrs. Walker suffering from the effects of her wounds which however were soon ascertained to be not necessarily fatal. The medical gentlemen gave their attention to the wounded woman and in a short time bad extracted both bullets which were found to be lodged in the breast.

At the time Walker fired the shot at his wife, she was standing with her left side toward him. One bullet passed through the fleshy portion of her arm and thence through the left breast, lodging against the bone about the centre of the chest. The other passed along just below the left breast and lodged about three inches below the first one.

In the body of the deceased, there was one wound about the centre of the breast opposite the upper portion of the heart and some of the large blood vessels. The second wound was about four inches below the first. As it was evident that death resulted from these wounds, it was not deemed necessary to hold a post mortem examination.

Dr. Albert Walker, or as he was familiarly called, 'Doc Walker', was a man about 35 years of age, of medium stature, dark complexion, and on the whole rather fine-looking. He married the woman whom he yesterday attempted to murder about ten years ago and shortly after came to Hamilton to practise his profession. He remained here for some time and then went to the States. After remaining there for some years, he returned to Canada and latterly he and his wife have been living sometimes in Hamilton and sometimes at the residence of Walker's father-in-law in Waterdown. Deceased, who was considered a very skilful workman, at one time worked in the office of Dr. Filfiano and subsequently in that of Dr. Bastedo.

Regarding the domestic life of the unfortunate pair, there is reason to believe that for some years it has been most unhappy. After they had been married about a year, it appears that another


woman made her appearance and claimed Walker as her husband. She, however, went out of sight soon after but apparently not out of mind, at least as far as Mrs. Walker was concerned, and the subject was one which caused great bitterness between him and her husband. Whether Walker really had another wife is not certain, but he evidently could not endure being charged with it, and yesterday on the mention of it by his wife, he, in a fit of desperation, committed the rash act which resulted in his own death and the serious wounding of his wife.


May 30, 1876


HARTWELL - The body of Sidney A. Hartwell, who mysteriously disappeared on the 5th of November last, was found in the canal at Keely's Bay on Saturday afternoon.


MARTIN - On Saturday as some boys were bathing in the pool at Lobby's Mill, Villa Nova, one of them, a son of Samuel Martin of Townsend, was drowned. It is supposed he was taken with cramps as the boy could swim, but as the other boys were small they were so afraid that they did not give the alarm as soon as they might have.


May 31, 1876


TUCKER - The body of a man named W. Tucker was found in the cattle guard of the Canada Southern Railway at Stevensville between six and seven o'clock Tuesday morning. It is supposed that he attempted to jump on a passenger train. He was seen last evening in a state of intoxication. The body has been identified by his late employer. He was a single man.


O'MEICH - A barber named Henry O'Meich, living in Bertie, Welland County, committed suicide on Tuesday morning by shooting himself. It appears that he had been going about for some days the worse of liquor and frequently threatening to kill himself. Tuesday morning he by some means got hold of a pistol, and going into the woodshed, shot himself through the head. He was found a few minutes after, lying on his back with a bullet hole in his temple and the pistol lying at his feet. Death must have been instantaneous. Deceased was almost a stranger in the village, having lived only a few months in the place. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his untimely end.


June 1, 1876


GIRARD - A man named Joseph Girard fell from the roof of a house which he was repairing in Montreal, and was almost instantly killed, yesterday.

PIRIE - Died at Dundas, on the 3lst, George M. Pirie, aged 57 years. The funeral will take place on Friday at 2:30 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


WALLBRIDGE - Mr. S. S. Wallbridge, one of the oldest and most respected residents of Amherstburg, died at his home in that town on Tuesday morning. Deceased had been a member of the County and Township councils, and was the son of Elias Wallbridge, one of the U.E. Loyalists. His age was sixty-three.


June 2, 1876


CAMERON - Hon. Malcolm Cameron, M.P. for South Ontario, died yesterday forenoon in Ottawa. Both ridings of Ontario are now unrepresented in the Commons.


KERR, POMEROY - While two young men named Kerr and Pomeroy were  swimming at noon yesterday in Schofield's pond,  Brockville, the former took cramp, and the latter went to his assistance, when both were drowned.


FITZSIMMONS - On Wednesday in the Township of Stanhope, about fourteen miles north of Minden, Mrs. James Fitzsimmons, having had occasion to go to a neighbour's, had to pass through a portion of the woods which had lately been burned, and in passing under one of the burning trees, a limb fell and struck her, causing almost instant death. When found, portions of her body were burned to a crisp. She leaves a large family of young children.


LAWLESS - Died in this city, on the 2nd June, Sarah M. Glover, wife of Thomas Lawless, printer. Funeral will take place from the family residence, No 79 Catherine street north, on Sunday afternoon, at 2 o'clock. Friends are invited to be present.


June 3, 1876


CAUCHON - The youngest son of Hon Joseph Cauchon, an infant of twenty months, died on Thursday


MCLEOD - Mrs. McLeod, an old lady living in Huron Township, was killed on the crossing on the Kincardine side of Lucknow yesterday by the express train from Palmerston.


WETENHALL - Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, James S. Wetenhall, of apoplexy, aged 67 years. The funeral will take place to-morrow from his daughter's, Mrs. Sadleir, No 31 Palmerston Terrace, at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.

WETENHALL - It is with deep sorrow that we have to record the death of another of our old and prominent citizens. Mr. James Sedgwick Wetenhall, after a short illness, expired last night about 12 o'clock. He appeared, up to the time he had the fall on King street about nine o'clock, in his usual health and his accustomed flow of good humour. There, and at that time, he had an apoplectic stroke and fell heavily on the stone sidewalk. From the moment of his fall to that of his death, he remained apparently insensible. While he remained in this condition on the street, Dr. Rosebrugh having been called on, appeared on the scene. He announced the unfortunate gentleman to be in a comatose state and in a dying condition. A cab having been procured, there being plenty of willing help upon the sad occasion, the officers of the police force acting in the most praiseworthy manner, Mr. Wetenhall was taken to his home where he peaceably passed away about midnight.

Mr. Wetenhall's record as a citizen and as a member of our local community is a varied and full one. He settled in Canada in 1839, locating himself on a farm in Glanford. He had been in his earlier days in the British navy, and while sojourning in France on leave of absence, married a daughter of the Hon Captain Rodney, and a grand-daughter of the celebrated Admiral Rodney. He then left the service and came here. His abilities, acquirements, and experience were soon felt, and as a matter of course be was inducted to the Magistracy in the county of Wentworth. His decisions in that capacity, we understand, were often, and as a rule, of a fine, broad, and racy description, embodying good practical common sense.

In 1854, at the general election of that period, he came forward as a representative of South Wentworth in the Conservative interest in opposition to the late S. B. Freeman. As we know, he was defeated in that contest, the Clergy Reserves question being then that of the day. Mr. Wetenhall's life has in many ways been that of a busy and useful one. He was one of the originators of the Provincial Exhibition and in that capacity as secretary to our county shows a general administrative ability. His services were always considered valuable, if they were not actually a sine qua non. (An essential condition.)

He was one of the originators, too, of the Farmers' Mutual insurance Company and did, for many years, office duty in that institution. His latest public service was that of auditor for the County accounts which he performed with his usual ability.

His tall figure and altogether remarkable physical appearance will not soon be forgotten, while his urbane manner and kindly acts will remain a long time green in the memory of a wide circle of friends who knew and could appreciate the virtue, generosity, and kindness of Squire Wetenhall.

June 5, 1876


GAGNON - Albert Gagnon, aged fifteen, was drowned at Montreal on Friday.


JOHNSON - William Johnson, about ten years old, was drowned at Brantford, on Saturday, The body has not yet been found.


DAFOE - Saturday morning, James Dafoe, of the 8th concession, Sidney, gave his little son the halter of one of his horses, which was feeding in the door-yard, to hold. The animal becoming restive, wheeled around and kicked the boy so severely that he died within a few minutes.


LEITCH - A body was found at Varennes on Saturday and has been identified as that of Mr. Leitch, the wholesale iron merchant of Montreal who in February mysteriously disappeared. When last seen alive, he was walking down from his counting house to the river, and it was surmised that he had jumped into an air hole while labouring under temporary mental aberration. The remains will be brought to Montreal for interment. Mr. McLean, his partner, has cabled the news home to the relatives of the deceased. The firm is an old established one and did a heavy hardware business on St. Paul street. Business troubles were not the cause of the suicide.


June 6, 1876


HOLMES - We have intelligence of the death of another member of the Dominion parliament, Senator John Holmes, who died at his residence near New Glasgow at an early hour on Saturday morning at the advanced age of 86 years. Senator Holmes was a native of Ross-shire, Scotland, where he was born in the year 1789, removing to Nova Scotia when he was fourteen years of age. He sat for Victoria, Nova Scotia, in the Legislative Assembly of that province from 1836 to 1847, when he was defeated, but again elected in 1851. He held his seat until 1858 when he was appointed a Legislative Councillor, an office he filled till Confederation when he was called to the Senate. Mr. Holmes, who was a Conservative in politics, had been prevented by the infirmities of old age from attending parliament during the recent session. The event creates another vacancy in the representation of the Maritime Provinces in the Upper Chamber.


BONGARD (Picton) - We are sorry to learn of the drowning of a son of Jackson Bongard, Esq. of Point Traverse, a boy of three or four years of age, on Wednesday, 31st May. The little fellow left the house with a pail in his hand to find his brother who was ploughing in a field a short distance. He strayed over to the lake shore about ten rods from the house, and going out on a precipice rock to dip up some water which is nearly level with the top of the rock and about four

feet deep, he slipped and fell in. About an hour after, his grandfather went in search and discovered him standing erect with his head leaning forward against the rock about ten inches below the surface of the water. Dr. Searls happened to be passing at the time and was called, but the poor little fellow was beyond resuscitation.


PENAYER - John Penayer, livery stable keeper, of Ottawa, drove up to Aylmer on Saturday evening, was suddenly taken ill, and died the same evening. An inquest was held and a verdict of death from angina pectoris returned.


WARD - Another sad drowning accident occurred at Bobcaygeon on Saturday, which makes the fourth person drowned there this season. While some boys were fishing on the dam near the slide, a small boy, the son of George B. Ward, lost his balance and fell in the slide, and as the water rushed through there at a fearful rate, he was seen only once after falling in. The body has not yet been recovered.


COX - At an early hour yesterday morning, a woman named Mrs. Cox, mother of three children, committed suicide at her residence in Ottawa by hanging herself with a shawl from a window. Mrs. Cox has led an intemperate life for some years past, and is the same woman who gave birth to a child on the platform of the Protestant Hospital not long since. At the inquest her eldest child, Lily, nine years of age, said her mother bought a small loaf of bread on Thursday last and divided it between the family. Since that time, they have had nothing to eat till yesterday after the tragedy was enacted. The jury brought in a verdict of deliberate suicide.


TOOLE - An aged woman, Mrs. Toole, who resided in Brockville, was discovered on Saturday afternoon hanging by the neck to the bed post with a handkerchief tightly twisted. The deceased had been in very poor health for some months and was last seen alive about noon. The post of the bed was not above thirty inches in height, and to accomplish her purpose she was compelled to lie down, and when found, her feet were under the bed. Dr. Brouse was promptly in attendance, but life was extinct. The only cause assigned for the rash act is ill-health and depression of spirits. The police took charge of the house and body.


CURLEY (Toronto) - A young man named Thomas Curley was drowned in the River Don on Sunday morning while bathing. It appears that the deceased, in company with three young men named William and Robert Baily and James Gorman, entered the water in the vicinity of Todmorden. They were all good swimmers except Curley who for a short time kept near the shore, but on seeing his companions start for the other side of the river, attempted to follow them. They advised him to turn back, but he took no notice of the warning and continued to follow

them until he came to deep water where he struggled for about two minutes and then sank. The other young men who were some distance ahead at the time swam back to the spot as quickly as possible and dived a number of times in hopes of saving their companion but without success. They then left in search of grappling irons, and while absent, a man named S. Hallett, who had heard of the accident, entered the water and commenced diving for the body. After a short time he succeeded in finding it in fourteen feet of water. A boat was procured and the body wets taken to the dead house from whence it was removed to the residence of the deceased's father, No 29 Denison avenue, where an inquest was held this morning by Coroner Riddell. The three young men who were in company with the deceased et the time of the accident were the only witnesses examined, and their evidence corroborated the facts given above. The jury, after a short absence, gave a verdict to the effect that "Thomas Curley came to his death by being accidentally drowned in the Don River."


June 8, I876


GIBSON - A boy, named Walter Gibson, was drowned at Brantford yesterday


BREIMER - Died in this city, on the 7th instant, Ferdinand H. Breimer, aged 28 years. Funeral from his late residence, Mo 13 MacNab street north, at 3 o'clock p.m. to-morrow, Thursday. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.


MCCOLL - Last evening, the worst fears of the friends of the Rev. John McColl of the Central Presbyterian Church of this city were realized by his demise. Early last fall, the lamented gentleman was taken with a bad cold which settled upon one of his lungs, causing its congestion. He was disabled from attending to his ministerial duties for several weeks in consequence, but at the end of that time, he had so far recovered that his medical advisers were of opinion that a winter spent in a mild southern country would effect a permanent cure. He consequently went to southern California, and so much improved in health that the hopes of his congregation of his final recovery were very high. On Tuesday of last week he returned with the intention of resuming his pulpit, and many went to his church last Sabbath In hope of hearing his familiar voice again, but it was only to learn that he had had a relapse upon the journey which prevented him from preaching. It was hoped, however, that it was but the fatigue of the journey which had prostrated him, and that a few days' rest would restore him. The few intimate friends who could be admitted to see him had a different opinion and to them his death will be a surprise only in the suddenness.

It, is about five years since Mr. McColl, then a little over thirty years of age, became pastor of Central Presbyterian church in which position he succeeded Dr. Ormiston on that gentleman's departure to New York. There were some misgivings at the time that so young a man could not be a suitable successor to Dr. Ormiston, but these misgivings speedily vanished as the congregation became acquainted with his pleasing power of pulpit oratory, his broad common sense, and affectionate interest which he took in all the members of his flock. Few ministers have ever succeeded in inspiring the warm regards of his congregation better than Mr. McColl did. There was no sacrifice which they would not have made to effect his restoration and their kindly treatment of him in his illness must have smoothed his dying pillow and it will be looked back to with satisfaction. The great disposer of events, however, had ordered it otherwise, and the only duty they can perform for him now is to follow his remains mournfully to the grave.

Mr. McColl was born in Oban, Argyllshire, and came to this country when quite young. He received his early education in St. Thomas, and subsequently passed with honours through Knox's College, Toronto. After his call to the ministry, he laboured for some time in the back districts of Canada, and then was called to the pastoral charge of the Presbyterian church in Dundas in which position he was when he received the call from Central Presbyterian Church in this city.


June 9. 1876


MCCOLL - Died on Wednesday morning, 7th June, at the Manse, Maiden Lane, Rev. John McColl, pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, in his 37th year. Funeral will take place from the church on Saturday afternoon at half past three.


MCLOCHLIN, COCHRANE (Port Elgin) - Last evening, a little girl, aged  five years, a daughter of Robert McLochlin, Hotel  keeper of this place, was killed by a runaway team passing over her and breaking her neck. Another fatal accident occurred in Saugeen. At the raising of a barn, Mr. John Cochrane met his death by the falling of a beam, crushing him beneath.


GILCHRIST - On Saturday last, James Gilchrist of Ernestown, was called to his long home with startling suddenness. He had been at Mr. William Bell's during the day and had sown some grain and harrowed it in, looking apparently as well as usual. In the evening before going home, he went into Thomas Bateson's where he reclined in an easy position upon a sofa. In a moment or two a gurgling sound was heard, and on reaching the side of the man, a stream of blood was seen flowing from his mouth. He expired in a very few minutes without having spoken a word.


Deceased was a man of about 35 years of age, strong and robust, although for some time previous, he had slight attacks of bleeding at the lungs and manifested some symptoms of consumption.


June 10, 1876


MOORE - It is our painful duty to chronicle the death of Mr. John Moore, Clerk of the Peace Commissioners and Licence Inspector. He came to his office at the City Hall this morning, but as a sick feeling came over him, he made arrangements with the Mayor for some one to take his place for the time, and started for home. On the way thither, the unfortunate gentleman dropped on the sidewalk and died in a few minutes. An inquest will be held this afternoon.


MAILLOUX - About one mile back from Lake St. Clair, at Stony Point, some fifteen miles above Windsor, stood a rather large frame house which was the residence of Mr. Francis Mailloux, his wife, and seven children, the oldest 17 years of age and the youngest 8 months...About nine o'clock on Wednesday night, Mr. Mailloux and his wife were awakened by the struggles of the baby which was in the bed with them and immediately they discovered that their room was filled with smoke. To spring from the bed with the baby in their arms and to awaken the oldest child was the work of an instant, They then opened the door into the dining room with the intention of going out at the side door, and also to awaken the children upstairs. There they were met by a wall of flame extending across the opposite side of the dining room and driving them back with its awful heat. Closing the door, Mr. Mailloux passed through the bedroom and parlour and out at the front door, followed by his wife with the baby and eldest child. Taking them to a safe distance from the house, Mr. Mailloux turned to give the alarm to the remainder of the family and saw a small quivering flame struggling through the roof which was completely overshadowed with thick and dense volumes of smoke.

Then it was that he saw a sight calculated to shake the stoutest heart. The chamber became suddenly lighted and he could see that it was filled with smoke. Still none of the children appeared. He went to the side door and found the stairway a mass of fire. He returned to the front door and dashed into the room wild with fear, and for a moment was lost to sight. When he returned, his hands were badly burned and his hair, whiskers, and eyebrows singed. He was met by his wife, and together they looked at the chamber window. There they saw indistinctly through the smoke the forms of their children frantically waving their hands and feebly struggling to reach the sash. One by one they disappeared until only two remained in sight, and just then a pane of glass was shattered, the fragments as they flew being followed by a cloud of smoke


which hid the window for several minutes during which time Mr. and Mrs. Mailloux could only watch, hoping that from the dark canopy above, their children would drop into their outstretched arms. The minutes seemed hours. The suspense was awful, and only the rush and roar of the flames were heard. Suddenly with a sharp and short crash of glass, the window above their heads where hut a short time before they had seen their children sent forth a huge hot bar of flame, driving the now thoroughly distracted parents away from beneath it and telling with terrible brevity the sad fate of their little ones. All that could be bad been done by the parents, and returning to the two surviving children, they gave themselves over completely to their grief where they were found shortly by their neighbours. The nearest neighbour lived half a mile away and it is probable that no assistance would have arrived had it not been for Hector Prudhomme of Windsor who, while riding about a mile awy, saw the flames and gave the alarm. Soon there were fifteen on twenty persons at the scene and while some of them attended the grief-stricken parents, the others turned their attention to extinguishing the flames. After an hour's hard work, the fire was out.

Then began the sad search for the bodies. Last seen near the front window, the search for the children began at that point, but they were not there. At last in a corner of the room about fifteen feet away from the window were found clustered together in a sickening horrible heap the remains of the unfortunate ones. They were not distinguishable, there being no clothing, nothing but bones and portions of limbs. The details are too horrible to relate, but may be realized when it is stated that when collected they were placed in an ordinary flour barrel and occupied about half the space therein

A telegram was sent to John Pages of Windsor to send a coroner to the scene, and Mr. Pages notified Dr. Casgrain who will accompany a coroner to-day to hold the required inquest.


June 12, 1876


TURNER (Fitzroy Harbour) - One of Miss Rye's orphans, named David Turner, was drowned here last evening while bathing, and another boy named Robinson nearly lost his life trying to save him. The body was recovered about twenty minutes after, but life was extinct.


GREEN - Lawrence Green, a farmer near Marmora, dropped dead on Saturday, while hoeing potatoes.


WATSON - On Friday night, a child of Mr. James Watson, merchant of Sarnia, accidentally fell into a cistern which was left open and was drowned.


HOWEY - A brakesman, named James Howey, was killed Friday night on the Canada Southern Railway about half a mile west of Rodney.

About ten o'clock he went back from the engine to put out a fire on one of the cars, and it is supposed he fell off in the dark as he had no lantern. He was found shockingly mangled, two trains having passed over his head.


STEPHENSON - Yesterday the funeral of the late William Stephenson, Past Master and Director of Ceremonies of Hamilton Benefit L.O.L., No 286, took place with Orange honours. The funeral cortege was a large and imposing one and showed by the numbers of the Orange fraternity who were present at that time that the deceased was highly respected by the Order.


MOORE - Mr. John Moore, Clerk of the Board of Police commissioners and late Licence Inspector for the city, who died very suddenly of heart disease while driving borne from his office on Saturday morning last, was the youngest son of the Rev. Alexander Moore, of Ruthdrum, County Wicklow, Ireland, and had been a resident of this city for about a quarter of a century. During the greater part of this time he has been in the employment of the City Corporation and was always known as a conscientious, painstaking, and obliging official. He has filled the different positions of Chief Constable, Collector of Taxes, Clerk to the Board of Police Commissioners, and Licence Inspector, which position was taken from him under the new Licence Act in March last, but owing to the length of his service and the estimation in which he was held, the Police Commissioners retained him as clerk to their board. The deceased gentleman had been slightly ill for a couple of weeks past, but or Saturday morning drove down to the City Hall to attend to the duties of his office, and while returning home with the younger son, a lad of ter years of age, the summons came for him, and ere reaching home, life had fled.

Mr. Moore was a vice-president of the Irish Protestant Society and a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, being a trustee of the Centenary Church in this city. In politics he took but a small part on account of his critical position, but he was always understood to be a staunch supporter of the Reform party, and whenever he voted always cast it for that side. Although a political opponent of ours, he was a man who by his kindly disposition and generous nature made no enemies, and gained by his firm adherence to what he considered right a large number of strong personal friends.

Previous to leaving Ireland, the deceased gentleman was married to Isabella, youngest daughter of John Huggings, Esq., of Kildallen, County Cavan, who with his two sons and four daughters, survives him, and has to mourn the loss of an affectionate, honourable, and much respected husband and father. The circumstances of his death were particularly trying to them, Mrs. Moore and her two daughters being alone in the bouse to perform the sad duty of receiving him who had left them in comparative good health only a couple of hours before.

His eldest son, Major Moore, was absent at Kingston attending the school of Gunnery, but returned yesterday. As we go to press, the funeral is taking place, attended by the Mayor and City Council, the Board of Police Commissioners, and members of the force, and the Irish Protestant Benevolent Society. We are sure our readers of all classes will join us in an expression of sympathy for the bereaved widow and family of Mr. Moore. We are requested to add that as Mr. Moore had been under the care of his family doctor for some time past, and knowing that heart disease was troubling him (he lost two brothers in as sudden a manner as he went himself), it was not considered necessary to hold an inquest.


June 13, 1876


PIERCE - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, Charles William Kent, eldest son of C. E. and Annie Pierce, aged 6 years and 10 months. The funeral will leave his father's residence, No 3 Bay street south, on Thursday afternoon, at half past three o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.


DAVIS - A sad accident having a fatal termination happened near Erin village on Saturday afternoon. The facts as furnished by telegraph are as follows. On Saturday afternoon about one o'clock as Mr. James Davis, farmer, Erin, with a hired man was hitching a span of colts to the waggon, they became unmanageable and ran away, passing near the house. Mrs. Davis, hearing the noise, went outside as if to stop them. When opposite her, the reach split and running into the ground, threw the hind part of the waggon against her, crushing her against the house, breaking a number of ribs, and seriously injuring her internally. She died about three and a half hours after the accident.


GUGY - Colonel Gugy died suddenly at his residence at Beauport on Sunday evening.


HUMPHREY - John Humphrey, a brakesman on a Grand Trunk freight train fell between the cars while the train was in motion at Brampton and was instantly killed. He was unmarried.


BOYLE - James Boyle, a young man in the employ of Peter McLaren, mill-owner at Carleton Place, was drowned at ten o'clock yesterday while attempting to cross over some logs in the millpond.


June 13, 1876


JOLY - The intelligence of another fatal accident comes from the Upper Ottawa. A man named Joly, in the employ of David Moore received a crushing among some timber at the Mattawa last Saturday and was drowned.


June 16, 1876


SANDERSON - A sad accident occurred in Lakefield on Wednesday afternoon by which Miss Jennie Sanderson of Smith lost her life. She, together with another lady and two gentlemen, started up the lake for a sail when their progress was interrupted by a rope which was stretched from a boom to the main shore. In trying to pass under it, the boat capsized. The body has not yet been recovered.


CADDY - Died at Peterborough, Ontario, on the 14th Instant,, Hannah, widow of Colonel Caddy, late of the Royal Artillery, aged 96 years.


June 17, 1876


DUGGAN - The body of the late Judge Duggan was interred in Toronto with public honours yesterday.


COWEN - A young girl named Cowen, aged 5 years, prostrated by sunstroke, died in St. Catharine yesterday.


QUICK - An inquest was held in Ottawa on Thursday night on the body of John Quick who died very suddenly while working in a trench. Verdict: death from sunstroke.


ABERDEEN - On the 14th instant, Alexander Aberdeen, a farmer in the Township of Egremont, committed suicide by cutting his throat with a razor. An inquest was held and a verdict returned of 'suicide while labouring under a fit of temporary insanity'.


HASTINGS - A fatal accident occurred near Wingham yesterday afternoon on the farm of John Powell, 8th concession of Turnberry, at which a man named James Hastings, was instantly killed by the falling of a bent. Three others were injured seriously but not fatally. Hastings was an unmarried man and about 34 years of age.


BOSTWICK - A printer named George Bostwick, aged 22 years, of St. Catharines, was accidentally drowned in the Welland Canal early yesterday morning while returning from Port Dalhousie in a small boat.

A printer named Bostwick, an employee in the "Journal" office, St. Catharines, was drowned in the canal below Lock 2 last evening. It happened that he and Mr. John Ross, a young lawyer, were down to Dalhousie Port spending the evening and coming home in a row boat when within 400 yards of Lock 2, Ross heard his companion splash into the water, whether intentionally

or not he could not say. Bostwick at once called for help and Ross extended to him an oar which he took hold of. For some time he tried to get him up but failed, and finally he sank to rise no more, holding the oar in his hand. This is the account Ross gave of the affair. He also says they were both perfectly sober. The body of the deceased had not been found at about noon though a number of men were all morning in search for it. The deceased, we believe, was a single man.


O'LOANE (London) - The many friends of Mr. R. J. O'Loane and family in this city and vicinity will bear with deep regret of that gentleman's death which occurred at his residence, corner of Bond and Waterloo streets, about half past five last evening. Deceased had been ailing for some time past but his medical attendants had strong hopes that be would shortly be enabled to resume his usual avocation. The excessive heat of the past week, however, had the effect of weakening him very much, and last evening at the hour named, he breathed his last. Mr. O'Loane was the son of Mr. Lawrence O'Loane of Stratford at which place the old gentleman, now over 90 years of age, resides. He was born in Waterloo, and in his youth assisted his father in the post office at Stratford. Subsequently he entered the insurance business and was for some time the General Agent in Ontario of the Connecticut Mutual Assurance Company, his headquarters being Toronto. In 1868 he removed to this city and continued his connection with the company till his death. Mr. O'Loane was about 42 years of age and leaves a wife end three children to mourn his loss. He was an ardent Reformer and was a host in himself during the election campaign, and exercised considerable influence amongst his co-religionists by a very large number of whom he was held in highest esteem. His gentlemanly deportment, genial disposition, and kindly bearing towards all with whom he had business made him a favourite in society circles. He was one of the recently appointed Licence Commissioner of London.


June 19, 1876


BOSTWICK - Though the body of George Bostwick has been searched for in the Welland canal at every point indicated by his companion, John Ross, it has not been recovered. Ross's story is generally disbelieved and there are some who think Bostwick is not drowned at all.


PLANK - John P. Plank, who fifty years ago settled in what is now the village of Oxbridge, died yesterday in the 81st year of his age. His name has been so interwoven with the history of the village that in his death almost the last link is broken which connects its first settlement with the present time.

RIDDLE Died at Ashfield, on the 5th instant, John Riddle, aged 51 years.


June 20, 1876


IRELAND (Dundas) - The body of the late Mr. Thomas Ireland of the firm of Forsyth & Co., who was drowned on the 13th of April last, was found in the canal to-day.


TALBOT - William Talbot, a blind man in the Township of Kingston, committed suicide last Sunday by shooting himself.


UPPER - A son of Mr. James Street Upper, of Allanburg, aged six years, was drowned on Sunday evening by falling into the canal from the swing bridge.


HARRIS - Saturday, 17th instant; Constable McKay, assisted by a man named Hall, attempted to arrest James Harris who resides near Pleasant Hill, Ontario. Harris resisted his arrest. McKay shot him in the neck. After falling, Hall struck him on the head with a club, causing instant death. An inquest was held by Coroner Phelan, and a verdict of wilful murder returned against both men. They have been committed to take their trial at the next assizes at Simcoe


TROUP - Died at 69 Main street west, on Monday, the 19th Instant, George W., infant son of the late Rev. W. Troup.


PIRIE (Gravenhurst) - Captain George Pirie of the steamer "Simcoe" was drowned from the steamer while lying at the dock last night. It is supposed that deceased rose from bed and walked overboard while asleep, or from stupor induced by previous want of sleep during the towing of rafts lately. Captain Pirie was a native of Scotland and followed the business of both sailing and carpentering, and came to Canada five years ago with his family, but his wife and children returned to Scotland some time since and are now staying at Aberdeen, Scotland. The deceased was about 40 years old. He was strong and active and much liked hereabouts. Dr. Adams, coroner, has held an inquest. The verdict rendered was 'accidental drowning' .


June 21, 1876


LAWRENSON - Upon the arrival of the Grand Trunk emigrant train at the Detroit junction at 3:30 Saturday afternoon, a woman named Barbara Lawrenson, enroute from Glasgow, Scotland, to Fort Garry, Manitoba, jumped off the train and ran into the train station dining-room to get a loaf of bread. The train pulled up, and Miss Lawrenson, supposing it was about to continue the journey, hastened to resume her place, and in trying to get upon the platform, she slipped and

was thrown under the car which passed over her body, killing her almost instantly. The remains were placed in the waiting room and Justice Sink was summoned to hold an inquest. The jury at the inquest returned a verdict exonerating the Grand Trunk Railway Company and the attaches of the train from all blame. The personal effects found on the deceased were taken charge of by the Justice. Among them was a letter from her brother-in-law written at Rat Portage, dated August 5th, 1875, advising her, if under no engagement, to come to that place via Red River where her brother-in-law would be waiting to receive her, he, the letter stated, being in the employ of some company. It appears that the deceased was in service as a servant and that the intention of her brother-in-law was to give her a home. She was about 25 years of age.


BIAS - The body of a man supposed to be Mr. Bias of St. Thomas was yesterday morning found floating in the river off the Finlay Market wharf at Quebec. Investigation showed that he was murdered on the wharf adjoining the Finlay Market and the body thrown into the river. Plunder was doubtless the object of the murder. A sum of money which the unfortunate victim is known to have had on his person is missing.


June 22, 1876


BANKS - A young man named Allan Banks, while bathing in the Rideau River, was drowned on Tuesday night. An inquest was held yesterday and a verdict of accidental drowning returned.


BOSTWICK - Tuesday night, the inquest into the death of George E. Bostwick was resumed at St. Catharines and held with closed doors. The jury found that the deceased came to his death "by falling from a boat while returning from Port Dalhousie with Mr. John Ross, both parties being under the influence of liquor". Two jurors objected to this verdict, but as more than the usual number were on the jury, it was recorded.


PARMEE - Tuesday morning, Alfred Parmee, a well known resident of Stratford, was killed at the Grand Trunk crossing east of Stratford station. It appears that he had been in the act of crossing the track when he was struck and knocked down by the yard engine and mangled in a frightful manner, the wheels cutting him almost completely in two. Death was instantaneous. An inquest was held by Coroner Hyde when a verdict was rendered in accordance with the facts.


June 23, 1876


TRAFFIER - On Wednesday evening a nurse girl, while out fishing near St. Louis dam at

Ottawa, canted the boat and threw a girl named Traffier into water. The child was drowned before the girl could rescue her.


JACKSON - Another is added to the long list of casualties from the careless handling of firearms. A young married woman, Mrs. Raymond Jackson, living near Bracebridge, died almost instantly from the effects of a wound caused by the discharge of a gun in the hands of a young  man who was standing near her.


June 24, 1876


MULLIN - Died in this city, at his late residence, 123 Main street east, James Mullin, aged 65 years. Funeral will take place on Monday, 26th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation

Our citizens generally will regret to learn of the demise of Mr. James Mullin which occurred this morning about 3 o'clock at his residence, 123 Main street east, in the 65th year of his age. Deceased was a native of the County of Armagh, Ireland, whence he emigrated to this country forty-five years ago. He settled in Hamilton in 1837 and so great was his popularity amongst his fellow citizens that for eighteen years he occupied a seat on the City Council. For the past two years, he suffered from cancer which, defying the best medical skill at home and abroad, has at last proved fatal and removed him from the scene of his life and labours.


June 26, 1876


ARSCOTT (London) - A little boy named Willie Arscott, while fishing at Phillips mill dam, was drowned to-day. He was sitting on the breakwater and slipped in, no assistance being at hand. He was nine years old.


LYONS (Queensville) - A melancholy accident occurred here this afternoon and has cast a deep gloom over the village. A boy named James Lyons, eleven years of age, had been in Mr. Joseph Fidel's shingle factory while the men worked outside. He must have been meddling with the machinery, for he was drawn into it. When the men came in, he was quite dead and his body fearfully mangled. The coroner is holding an inquest on the body.


EVELAND (Port Stanley) - David Eveland, a lad fourteen years of age, in the employment of Messrs Hepburn, about two miles from this place, went to the field early this morning to drive the cows up to be milked. No one knew where he had gone, but his prolonged absence caused anxiety and search was made, when he was found quite unconscious, lying; in a furrow and stripped of every stitch of clothing. His mouth was filled with sand and his body shockingly

bruised, having been belaboured by a bull, a young animal less than two years old, that ran with the cows. He was taken to the house and medical aid at once procured, but nothing could be done for him. He died about an hour and a half after he was found, never having rallied from the shock. The bull was supposed to be harmless.


June 27, 1876


MCCOMB - Died on the 26th instant, George, the youngest son of the late Thomas McComb, aged 7 years and 9 months. Funeral from his mother's residence, 98 Merrick street, to-morrow (Wednesday) at 3:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


SADLEIR - Died on the 27th instant, Henry Herchmer Sadleir, eldest son of Charles A. Sadleir, at the age of 25 years and one month. Funeral from 31 Palmerston Terrace, on Friday next, at 4 p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.


MCEWAN - A serious accident occurred at Collingwood on Monday morning, resulting in the death of a young man named W. McEwan, who was engaged in painting on the Northern Railway elevator. It supposed that in passing under a shaft running from the engine house to the elevator with a rope in his hands he became entangled with the shaft and was immediately killed. He was found by one of his companions, only a few minutes after he had left him, on the revolving shaft. The engine was immediately stopped, but the man was dead. An inquest was held resulting in a verdict of 'accidental death'.


June 30, 1876


BROWN (St. Catharines) - It ia our painful duty to record the death of Mr. John Brown of Thorold, which sad event took place last (Wednesday) night at 11:30 o'clock, from the effects of an accident which occurred the previous day. Few men will be as much missed as the deceased. He was a man of great enterprise, constantly engaged in gigantic undertakings, and gave employment to hundreds of mechanics, labourers, and others. In the full sense of the term, he was a self-made man, and the position he gained in the world was due entirely to energy, perseverance, and indomitable courage. He was of Scotch parentage, born in Lanarkshire in the year 1809, and at the time of his death was, of course, 67 years of age. In his youth he served an apprenticeship to the stone-cutting trade, and when 23 years of age emigrated to New vork. After a short sojourn in the American Metropolis, he removed to Lockport, N.Y., and took his first contract which was the erection of a large flouring mill, known as the Niagara.


His next work was the building of the cataract House, Niagara Falls, and several of the magnificent private residences that beautify and adorn that famous resort of pleasure and wonder-seekers. In 1838, he crossed the Niagara River and took up his residence in Canada. His first work in this locality was building of the pioneer horse railroad between Niagara town and the village of Chippawa. Securing some quarries at Queenston, he furnished the stone for the re-building of Fort Niagara, and also the structure at Toronto now known as the "Old Garrison building". In 1841-5, he did a vast amount of work on the Welland Canal including locks 2 and 3, the aqueduct at Welland, and the waste weir at Port Dalhousie. He also did a great deal of dredging-work in the neighbourhood of the Deep Cut. In 1855, he built a number of lighthouses for the Government, and when the Great Western Railway was in course of construction, secured, in company with Mr. Alexander Macdonald, several sections on the Hamilton and Toronto branch. After completing his railroad contracts, he deepened the Montreal harbour and the ship channel in Lake St. Peter. His next great work was the building of the Welland Railway. In this work he associated himself with Messrs. A. P. and Alex Macdonald. Among his more recent contracts was the building of the Lincoln County Jail and the making of a harbour at Saginaw Bay, building the piers at and deepening Rondeau harbour; also a great deal of work in improving the harbour at Southampton, Goderich, Kincardine, and the entrance to the river Thames. The present St. Clair Flats canal was also one of his greatest contracts, but we believe this work was not very profitable. In 1872-3, he obtained contracts for sections 14, 15, 16, 31, and 32, the latter two being west of the junction on the new canal. The work in these sections has been pushed forward with commendable energy, and it is only a few days since that we had the pleasure of accrediting to the deceased the honour of completing the first lock on the new Channel.

In his vast business transactions, Mr. Brown was ever looked upon as a most thoroughly conscientious and honourable man, and the enviable position he gained amongst his fellow men was due to his energy of character and honesty of purpose. His loss will be a severe blow to the town of Thorold and indeed the whole of this section of country.

To add to the misfortune of death, which is always the more seriously felt by the community when a great employer of labour dies, we regret to learn that Mr. Brown left, no will or in any way signified what disposal he desired of his vast estate computed as being worth from $500,000 to $600,000. To administer in the usual way of such a vast estate, mainly consisting of personal property, is an impossibility, as the administrators would be required to give security to double the value thereof. The only way open, we believe, is for the Court of Chancery to appoint trustees under whose management the works now underway can be carried to completion. Mr. Brown was never married, and the nearest surviving relative is a brother.