August 10th 1898

August 10th 1898



At Berwick, on Tuesday, August 2nd, David Caldwell, aged 77 years.

At Denver, Colo., July 14th, Arthur E., oldest son of Wm. W. Meek, of Canning, aged 45 years, leaving a widow and one son.

At Kempt, Queens Co., July 30, Charles Ellison, Esq., aged 37 years.

An August Wedding:

On Wednesday of last week a pretty took place in the Robie St. Methodist church, Halifax, when Miss Rose M. Theakston of that city was united in marriage to Fred W. Killam, of Woodville. The ceremony was preformed by the Rev Dr Smith, assisted by the Rev J.E. Hughson. The bride wore a pretty costume of French grey cashmere, with hat to match. She was attended by her sister, Miss Tillie Theakston, who was becomingly dressed in bluette. The groom's "best man" was his brother, Mr. Harold Killam, who had charge last year of the school at South Berwick. The church, which was handsomely decorated in honor of the event by the members of the Epworth League, was crowded to the doors by the numerous friends of the bride and groom.

After the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Killam took the D.A.R. train for a trip through the valley. They were the recipients of many handsome gifts including a set of carvers and dinner knives from the fellow employees of the groom at the Nova Scotia nursery. The groom's gift to the bride was a gold watch and chain.

Fatal Accident:

A fatal accident of a peculiarly distressing nature occurred at Aylesford on Wednesday of last week, the victim being Mr. David Bent, a well known and highly respected citizen of that place. Mr. Bent was on his way to the hay field, riding on horse back along the back road at the foot of the mountain. It is supposed that the horse must have been frightened by the rattling of a tin dinner pail which Mr. Bent carried, as he became unmanageable and threw his rider to the ground. Mr. Bent was entangles in the reins and was dragged over the field, striking against a wire fence and receiving such severe injuries that death resulted before medical assistance could be procured. The deceased was known and respected as an honest, industrious citizen, and will be much missed in the community where he so long resided. He leaves a widow and one brother, Mr. Joseph Bent of Port George.

His Opinion of the War.

What do your people think of our war? Asked a Nova Scotia bound tourist of a Nova Scotian on the Prince Edward the other day. The answer was to the effect that while our people had little sympathy for Spain they could not feel a great deal of pride in the achievements of their United States cousins; the contest resembled too much the beating of a decrepit old man by a vigorous youth. "Well, " said the tourist, "that's the way a good many of our people feel about it. It's a mean business anyway. There would have been no rebellion in Cuba if it had not been for our people; it was kept up by American filibusters and they had the sympathy and indirect support of the government, which was very careful not to seize any filibustering vessels till after supplies had been landed. Then the Maine was blown up. Of course the Spaniards did it, but I don't see what business she had in Havana anyway. She was only sent there to make a quarrel. Rather than fight, Spain offered everything that a nation could be expected to offer, but we would make no terms and really forced them to go to war."

The Nova Scotian with whom the tourist was conversing listened in some amazement and began to doubt if his companion was really the Yankee that he professed to be. But the next sentence settled the question:-"The war has done one good thing. It has shown the world what the United States can do. There isn't a nation on earth, not even Great Britain, that would dare to risk an encounter with the United States navy now!"

The Nova Scotian courteously went aft to look at the log.

The War:

The terms of peace appear to be virtually settled, Spain having accepted "in a general way," the conditions demanded by the United States, which are in substances follows:-

The relinquishment of all claim of sovereignty over or title to the island of Cuba, as well as the immediate evacuation by Spain of the island; the cession to the United States and immediate evacuation of Porto Rico and other islands under Spanish sovereignty in the West Indies, and the like cession of an island in the Ladrones. The United States to occupy and hold the city, bay and harbour of Manila, pending the conclusion of a treaty of peace which shall determine the control, disposition, and government of the Philippines.

It is probable that one of the most potent factors in bringing hostilities to a close has been the havoc wrought by sickness in the United States army. If any kind of prolonged or vigorous resistance could have been made by Spain, it would have been physically impossible to continue the war. Some idea of the state of affairs may be gained from a published letter of Col. Roosevelt's to General Shafter, in which he says, that in the cavalry division alone there are 1500 cases of fever, adding:-

If we are kept here it will, in all human probability, mean an appalling disaster, for the surgeons here estimate that over half the army, if kept here during the sickly season, will die. This is not only terrible from the standpoint of the individual lives lost, but it means ruin from the standpoint of the military efficiency of the flower of the American army, for the great bulk of the regulars are here with you. The sick list, large enough as it is, exceeding 4,000, affords but a faint index of the debilitation of the army. Not 10 per cent are fit for active work.

General Ames telegraphs to the assistant secretary of war: "This army is incapable because of sickness of marching anywhere except to the transports. If it is ever to return it must do so at once." And to the press the same officer said: "A full list of the sick would mean a copy of the roster of every company here."

Could the garrison at Santiago have held out until the present time or had this sickness attacked the United States troops a few weeks earlier, the results for all concerned would in all probability have been far different.

The statement that the Queen Regent had sent a letter to President McKinley asking him to deal leniently with Spain, is pure fiction. The Minister of War denies a sensational story that Col. Martin has been shot in Porto Rico.

The Central House Burned:

On Sunday morning the services in the different churches were interrupted by the cry of "Fire!" and the worshipers hurriedly departed, to find that the alarm proceeded from the Central House, from which dense volumes of smoke were issuing. It was soon apparent that with the limited facilities which Berwick possesses for fighting fire the building was doomed, and the utmost that could be done was to save the furniture and other contents of the house and to prevent the spread of the flames to adjacent buildings. Willing hands soon cleared the house of about all that it contained, while splendid service was done by others in protecting the residence and store of Mr. J. B. Chute, the residences of Mr. Geo. Lydiard and Rev. Wm. Ellis, and that Anglican Church. Although there was a very high wind, its course was fortunately from the westward, blowing the flames toward the street. Had it been blowing as furiously in a northerly direction the disaster would in all probability have been much greater. As it was, the damage was confined to the Central House, which was burned to the ground, making an unsightly gap in what was one of the prettiest spots in our village.

The fire evidently originated from a burning chimney and had been eating its way under the roof of the house for some time before being discovered. An attempt was made to reach the fire by cutting through from below, but the opening made only afforded a draft which caused the fire to spread more rapidly, and before ladders could be placed upon the roof and water carried to the top of the house, it was too late to save the building

The contents of the building were removed to the Frank Borden house nearly opposite, which was freely placed at Mrs. Vaughan's disposal by the owner, Mr. M. B. Anthony. Mrs. Vaughan has the warmest sympathy of all in the loss of her fine property, which she had recently fitted up, at considerable expense, with bathroom and other improvements, making it the equal of any country hotel in the province.

The Maine:

The Americans now have time to discuss the explosion under or inside the battleship Maine, and an uncertainty seems to be growing in the public mind similar to that which can be read between the lines of the official report. It is now remembered by the American press that Spain asked for an impartial investigation before some neutral tribunal, the committee of the American naval officers scarcely coming under that classification. Carlyle classes all war as misunderstanding, and the desire to forget the Maine may some day be as strong as the cry to remember it.

UNSUCCESSFUL. - The steamer Hiawatha has returned to Halifax after an unsuccessful search for the bodies of the relatives of Judge Dillon and John Perry by whom she was chartered. The Hiawatha, which was in charge of Geo. S. Clay, of New York, with Dr. H. S. Jacques as medical assistant, succeeded in finding a large number of bodies, some being identified and all given burial at sea after the clothing had been thoroughly examined and marks of identification removed.


Mrs. B. O. Davison and children, of Wolfville, returned home on Sunday, after spending two weeks with her mother, Mrs. J. M. Card.

Rev. Mr. Chute, of Halifax, preached in the Baptist church here on Sunday 31st.

Miss Mary Sweet spent two weeks recently with friends in Kentville.

Hopeful Mission Band held a missionary meeting in the church o Sunday evening, 6th, which was very much enjoyed by those present.

Miss Clara Rand is home again after spending a few weeks in Canning.

Mrs. T. Porter and daughter Alice, of Saugus, Mass., are visiting friends in Billtown and Brooklyn St. this week.

Miss Fannie Rand, of Canning is visiting her friend, Miss Mary Sweet.

We all welcome our esteemed pastor, Rev. M. P. Freeman, home again after his visit to friends in P. E. Island.

Harry Newcombe, of Hantsport, was visiting at his uncle's, J. M. Card's, last week.

Quite a number of the Billtown young folk accepted an invitation to a large lawn party at Mrs. G. Skinner's, Brooklyn St., on Friday evening. Aug. 15th.

Miss Cassie Bill has returned home after spending two or three weeks at Hall's Harbor in company with other friends.

FARM LABORERS WANTED IN THE CANADIAN NORTH WEST - Arrangements have been made for the sale of one way second class tickets on Tuesday, August 16th only, to points in Manitoba or Assinaboia to and including Moose Jaw, Estevan, Binscarth and Winnepegosis at rate of $14.00 each. With each ticket will be given a certificate which when filled out by a farmer to show that the holder has worked with him at least one month will entitle him to purchase a return ticket on or before November 16th at rate of $14.00 each. Tickets are sold via St John, N.B. and Canadian Pacific all rail line only.

Camp Meeting:

The annual series of meetings on the Berwick Camp Ground opened on Friday. Hundreds of visitors from all parts of the province are in attendance although the number is not so large as in some previous years. Nine new cottages have been erected, making a total of fifty-six now on the grounds.

Dr. Louis Albert Banks, Pastor of the First Methodist Church of Cleveland, Ohio, is the principal worker this year, and his sermons are most favorably commented on. This afternoon a mass temperance meeting in the interests of the approaching plebiscite will be held on the grounds and an interesting occasion is anticipated.


Miss Johnson, of Wolfville, is visiting her cousins, the Misses Sommerville, of Berwick.

Arthur A. Caldwell, wife and child, of Oakdale, Mass., arrived on Thursday to attend the funeral of Mr. Caldwell's father.

Mr. Joseph Caldwell arrived on Tuesday of last week, a few hours before the death of his father. He left Berwick again on Saturday.

Mr. J. Dan Nichols spent Sunday in Berwick.

Miss May Nichols returned from Paradise on Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Starratt, of Yarmouth are among the camp meeting visitors.

Mr. H. W. Davison was in Berwick over Sunday. Mrs. Davison and children are now here and will remain until September.

A. J. McLeod, Esq., Barrister of Boston, is spending a few weeks vacation with his relatives and friends in Queens County.

Miss Georgie Keith, of Windsor arrived on Saturday, to visit her friend, Miss Nichols.

Rev. J. L. M. and Mrs. Young returned from their bridal tour on Thursday of last week. They were cordially received by the young people of Somerset.

Mrs. Dunbar, wife of ex-Mayor Dunbar, of Halifax, is spending a few days in Berwick, the guest of Mrs. J. Andrews.

Mrs. Russell Bowden, of Marblehead, Mass., is visiting Mrs. A. S. Banks, Waterville. Mrs. Bowden was formerly Miss May Shaw, daughter of the late Mr. I. H. Shaw, of Waterville.

Mr. Geo. Chisholm, foreman of the Windsor Tribune Office, was among the Camp Meeting visitors.

Mr. J. E. Hopkins, of the Experimental Farm, Nappan, accompanied by Mrs. Hopkins, arrived in Berwick on Saturday. Mrs. Hopkins remains in Berwick while Mr. Hopkins continues his tour of inspection farther west.

Mrs. Pitblado, of Boston, arrived on Thursday on a visit to her mother and other relatives and friends in Berwick.

Mr. and Mrs. Cox, of Portland Maine, with their daughter, Miss Blanche, spent last week in Berwick, guests of Mrs. Cox's brother, Mr. S. W. Bligh.

Miss Nellie Clark, of Victoria General Hospital staff, spent Sunday with her parents in Berwick, returning to the city of Monday afternoon.

Mrs. J. F. Chute and her daughters, Misses Lottie and Margaretta Chute, are visiting friends in Victoria Harbor.

Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Collins, of Wolfville, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Geo. H. Oxley.

Miss Moir and Miss Fannie Gilliatt, of Portland, Maine, are in Berwick, guests of Mr. and Mrs. Geo H. Oxley.

Miss L. M. Birt, of Liverpool, Eng., sister of Dr. Arthur Birt, of Berwick, is visiting friends in this county, and was in Berwick over Sunday.

Mr. Geo. C. Parker, of Somerville, Mass., and his sister, Miss Jennie Parker, are on a flying tour through this county.


A number of our teachers have been attending the Dominion Teachers Association, which met at Halifax last week.

Misses Bertie and Leora Webster and Thomas Lawson, B.A., returned home on Saturday, Miss Banks, on Monday and Miss Lena Woodroff is expected home today.

Miss Olive Coburn, of Boston, spent a few days, last week, with her friend, Miss Elsie Best.

N.A. Osborne, who has a position as teacher in one of the schools in B.C., arrived home last week for a short visit to his parents.

The Misses Blackader, from Halifax, are visiting Mrs. Harry Sawyer.

Dr. Melbourne Read is spending his vacation with his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Read.

Mr. Albert and Aubrey Vaughn, of Boston are visiting their aunt, Mrs. Thos. Margeson.

Mr. Jack Crispo left o Monday for Montreal, where he has accepted a position in a bank. His many friends wish him success.

Mrs. Hoyt, of St. John, is spending a few weeks with her daughter, Mrs. W. W. Pineo. She is accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. Kinsman, and her grandchild, Horace.

Mrs. G. D. Pineo and daughter, Mrs. Louis Hirsch, are spending a few days with Mrs. Pineo's daughter, Mrs. Harry Reid, at Kentville.

Mrs. J. E. Betton and son have been visiting at Mr. M. Skinner's. They returned to their home in Kentville, last night.

Mrs. Wm. Poole and Miss Maude Best are spending the week with their brother; Mr. Harris Best, in Kentville.

The ladies of Waterville Baptist Church intend holding a tea meeting at "Maple Ridge" - the grounds occupied by Mr. Wylie Pineo, on the afternoon of the 17th of August, commencing at 4 p.m. Ice cream, candies and fruit will be for sale on the grounds.

Everybody is cordially invited as a good time is expected. Admission, Adults 30cts, Children 25 cents.

Rev. Mr. Parker and daughter, of Boston, are spending a few days in Waterville, the guest of Rev. and Mrs. E. O. Read.

Mr. Longwood arrived from Boston on Thursday and is visiting at Mr. W. Sanford's.

Miss Chesley, of Bridgetown, is visiting Mrs. Twining Lyons.

The Art Club, of Waterville, which meets on Saturdays and Mondays from one to three o'clock, is making rapid progress under the skilful management and teaching of Mrs. Goldston. - Mrs. Goldston spends part of the week at Grand Pre, where she is sketching some of the beautiful scenes of Evangeline's land.

Rev. E. O. Read preached an able and appreciative sermon to a large audience on Sabbath evening from 1 Chr. XXVIII, 9.

We are glad to see Mrs. W. P. Lyons, who has been ill for the past few days, able to be out again.

Miss Jessie Young and little sister Mollie spent a few days with friends in Nicholsville and Morristown.

Mrs. Sanford and two children from Halifax are staying at the Margeson House.

Mr. Fred Gates arrived home from Boston on Saturday and is the guest of Mr. Beardsley.

Mrs. Forsyth and little boy of White Rock and her sister Mrs. Fenelson, of Boston, were in Waterville last week.

Miss Laura Wright, of Brookline, Mass., is visiting her brother, Mr. Frank Wright.

Mrs. Alfred Whitman returned from a visit to her sister, Mrs. Whitfield Whitman, who is seriously ill at Nictaux. She was accompanied by her aged mother, Mrs. Milbury.

Mr. Wm. Farquharson, of Halifax, is spending a few days in Waterville, the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Charlton.

Miss Marla Lyons returned home yesterday from an extended visit among friends and relatives in Bridgetown.


Miss Cassie Westcott and Mrs. Frank Westcott, of Boston, Mass, are visiting friends and relatives here.

A few days ago the "Band of Hope" had a picnic at the parsonage grounds. Each member had the privilege of inviting one friend, so that a large number were present to enjoy the pleasures of the day.

Miss Augusta Williams left last week for an extended visit with friends in Mahone Bay. We hope she will be much improved in health when she returns.

The much needed new school house is to be built here this fall. Miss Ferguson, of Hantsport, and Miss Eagles, of this place, will have charge of the school for another year.

Miss Hattie and Ina Kew of Lowell, Mass., are spending the summer with their grandfather, John Selfridge, of this place.

Miss Bessie Clark, of Boston, Mass., is visiting her aunt, Mrs. Byron Davison.

The farmers on account of wet weather have had difficult work to harvest their large crops of hay.

Mrs. Smith, of Boston, and son from California, are visiting Mr. J. L. Gertridge.

Quite a number of the boys and girls have bicycles this summer, and seem to enjoy them.

Dr. W. B. Slayter, one of the most widely known surgeons in the Province died at this home in Halifax on Thursday morning.


A number of visitors from the States are enjoying a vacation here.

Miss Maggie Neily is a welcome visitor at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eri Neily.

The quarterly Methodist district meeting was held here July 26th. A number of delegates were present.

Mr. Leander Graves, of Welton Corner, and Miss Helena Spinney, were married at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Spinney, on Wednesday evening, July 20th, by Rev, H. H. Saunders. A reception was afterward held at Mr. Graves'. The bride received many valuable and useful gifts.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Neily are visiting his father. A friend, Mr. Newton, accompanies them.

A pretty wedding recently took place on Mr. Wm, Neily's lawn, when his son, Mr. Everett W. Neily, was married to Miss Inez, daughter of Mr. Abraham Spinney, of South Greenwood. The ceremony was performed by Rev. H. H. Saunders, assisted by Rev. Wm. Ryan. Sixty guests were invited to witness the ceremony. The bride received many lovely gifts of silverware, etc.

Mrs. Wilfrid Newcomb and Miss Monard, of Oakham, were among the guests at the wedding of Mr. Neily and Miss Spinney.

North Kingston:

We were called last Friday to lay away the remains of Mr. David Bent, one of our most respected citizens, who was suddenly killed on the previous Wednesday, by being thrown from his horse.

Rev. M. R. Foster, from Massachusetts, is spending a few weeks vacation among relatives and friends here. He preached in the Methodist church on Sabbath afternoon.

Rev. Chas. Eaton, of Boston, who is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Eaton, occupied the pulpit of the Baptist Church on Sunday morning.

Mrs. Albert Spratt and son Irvin, of Providence, R. I., are spending a few weeks with her father, Mr. Charles Smith.

Mr. Ezekiel Hudgins has some apples of the russet variety, grown in the season of 1895, which have retained their flavor and firmness remarkably. Mr. Hudgins says they have been kept in the cellar.

Miss Macdonald, of Halifax, who has been spending a few weeks with Mrs. Monaghan, returned home on Monday.

Mrs. Ezekiel Hudgins sprained her wrist last week by falling from a wagon.