March 15, 1899



Death of Dr. F. Best

Dr. Frederic Best, of Somerset, passed away on Thursday night last, after a prolonged and painful illness. The news of his death will be heard with regret wherever he was known. Dr. Best was a good type of the country doctor, quiet and unpretentious, always ready to respond to the calls of his patients and faithful in his attendance upon them. He was born in Cornwallis, fifty-nine years ago, thus spending his whole life within a short distance of his birthplace. During his earlier years he taught school, then devoted himself to the study of medicine, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1876. After practicing for a short time in Waterville, he purchased a residence in Somerset, where he resided until his death.

(same issue, same page ... Phil)

Steamship Castilian Wrecked.

The fine new Allan liner Castilian, Capt. Richard Barret, struck on Ganet Rock, 10 miles south-west of Yarmouth light, early on Sunday morning during a thick fog. She will probably become a total loss. The Castilian was returning to Liverpool on her maiden trip, having called at Halifax, March 3rd, on her way from Liverpool, afterwards proceeding to Portland. It is supposed that the steamer’s compasses were deranged causing the disaster. The passengers and crew were taken off in safety by the tug Wanda and the steamer La Tour, and taken to Yarmouth, where they were cared for until Monday morning, when they were forwarded to Halifax to take the steamer Vancouver for England.

The Castilian is valued at about $700,000 and the cargo at nearly half a million, being the most valuable cargo ever shipped from Portland by an Allan steamer.