January 18th 1933

January 18, 1933

The Register Is Again A Medium For The Renewal Of Old Friendships


Editor The Register,

Berwick, N. S.

Dear Sir: - I am sure I never appreciated the power of the press as much as at Christmas time. I was so gratified to get a remembrance from my old friend, Fred M. West of California. He wrote he noticed a personal you had inserted in The Register. It gave my address as the "Queen Hotel" and he sent me a most charming booklet from the poppied fields of California. He wrote, "It is 42 years since I saw you." I cannot tell you how much I feel indebted to you for putting me in touch with him.

We were great pals as boys and many many times I wanted to write him, but did not know his address. I always felt "Fred" would make good. He was one of the most determined boys of our set. In the scraps that all schoolboys indulge in, more or less, Fred never knew when he was beaten. I guess the same spirit has carried him along through all the years that have passed since our boyhood days in the little town that nestles between the two mountain ranges.

"Pete" Lawson also remembered me, and it did me a wonderful lot of good to get these messages from two of my friends of days gone by when life was all out in front. Whatever of disappointment life has held, it has never effaced the happy memories of the old home town of my school days. Some day with your permission I should like to comment on our lives in the country village, with its homely joys and rural simplicities as against the activities of the present day young folk in the progressive up to date modern town of Berwick.

May I again thank you for the pleasure I received from hearing from two of my old time friends.


Halifax, N.S.

Jan. 16th, 1933.

(The Register will be glad indeed to hear further from Mr. Snyder in reference to his boyhood days and friendships in the old home town. – Ed.)

January 18, 1933



Berwick hockey enthusiasts turned out last Saturday evening to watch the Bruins turn back the Centreville Rangers 3 –1, in a regular Kings County League fixture. Incidentally, it was the first game of hockey played at the local arena this season. Added interest was attached to it in that the Bruins had suffered a 7 – 4 drubbing at the hands of the Rangers at Centreville the previous evening.

To give our readers a description of this latter game, the Bruins were outclassed throughout. The Centreville aggregation put the game on ice in the first period. Scoring four counters in this stanza, they poke-checked and skated their heavier opponents dizzy. The only period in which the Bruins might be said to have dominated the play at all was the second, when H. Lloyd and B. Ward, on individual efforts scored two and one goals respectively. This period ended 5 – 3, but the Bruins were spent and showed it in the final period, in which session saw the Rangers rap goals 6 and 7 past Anderson in rapid succession; and, in the dying moments of the game, the Bruins secure their fourth. The most effective man on the ice for the winners was Bishop, who scored three of his team’s goals.

The game here the following night, however, had a different ending. Playing on home ice the Berwick sextette showed to better advantage and, in the first period, secured two of the goals that were to give them their first victory this season, Ward scoring both counters. Several other good chances to score in this session were lost because of too hurried shooting on the part of the home aggregation.

Although the contest was anything but rough, only one penalty, incurred by a Centreville defenceman for tripping, being handed out by Referee Fletcher throughout, a deplorable accident happened in the second frame when Al. Cox, Bruin defenceman, was struck with terrific force on the forehead by a flying puck, the blow rendering him semi-conscious.

Play was halted while the injured man was removed to the hospital, to be out of the game for several days to come. Following resumption of play, the Rangers worked in their lone goal of the evening on a close shot, following a nice bit of combination work that led them right to the goal entrance.

The third period found the visitors playing four men up the ice in a futile attempt to tie the count, while Anderson was busy turning aside flying rubber. However, Crawford and Huntley allayed the tense situation when, breaking through the one man defence in the final minutes of play, they tallied Berwick’s third counter.

The Bruins went into battle again on Monday evening at Kentville, dropping a hard fought game to the Atlantics, 2 – 0. Soft ice made fast hockey impossible, but the contest was replete with action. Wade and Perry accounted for the winning markers, each getting one in the second session, following a scoreless first period when the Bruins certainly looked like winners to your truly. It was in this period that the redoubtable bruin, Tom Parker, in a scramble before the Berwick net, impulsively threw his stick in an attempt to stop Wade from scoring again and thus drew a ten-minute penalty from Referee Barteaux, the minimum punishment for such a transgression. The same player when on the ice used his weight to good effect, checking them high and handsome. The Bruins played their regular lineup, minus Al. Cox, whose place on defence was filled by Parker.

In about as rough a game of hockey as one would care to watch, the Berwick Bruins went down before an aggressive Canning onslaught at the Berwick Arena last evening, 2 – 1, their fourth straight game in as many days. Played on ice that was never meant for hockey, it was a match with thrills aplenty.

The locals drew first blood, Huntley twinning the rubber in the second period. Shortly following the start of the final round, the visitors made it 1 – 1. Five minutes later a quirk of fate gave them the winning goal, a slow dribbling shot which somehow swerved by Anderson and into the net.

Port Williams is scheduled to play here Friday night.