Thistle Mission Band - 11, by Alta Flynt

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#81 Date: November 15, 2000

(The Canadian Press)
Halifax, Dec. 6 -- Canada's greatest disaster - the Halifax explosion - occurred twenty-four years ago to-day, leaving 1,600 dead, thousands injured and damage amounting to $35,000,000. Halifax was then, as it is now, one of the world's most important wartime ports. Activity in the city was just commencing on Saturday morning, Dec. 6, 1917, when the Belgian relief ship Imo and the French
munitions freighter Mont Blanc collided in the narrows of the harbor. The Mont Blanc's deckload of benzol burst into flame as the ships parted, and a few minutes later 3,000 tons of explosives in her holds blew up.
Three thousand buildings were smashed as the tremendous concussion of the explosion struck the north end of the city, leaving it a shambles.  Dazed survivors, many of them badly hurt, searched ruins for their families. Twelve hundred bodies, were located, and 400 are still listed as missing.
The great explosion is still fresh in the minds of many Halifax citizens, for many still bear the scars of that Saturday twenty-four years ago, but the city holds no special observance of the day.

#81b (Hand written at the top of the clipping - 1939.)
Ithace, N. Y., April 15 -- To shivering New Yorkers, awaiting the delayed advent of warm weather, came to-day this chilling news - in 1816 there wasn't any summer! A scrapbook diary kept by the grandmother of an Elmer Dillon of Buffalo, reveals chronologically a summerless 1816 when there was snow in March, April, June and October. There was frost in the other months.

Pte. L. Bruce,
"C" Coy. Car. York Regt.
March 10, 1940.
To Editor of The Daily Gleaner,
Fredericton, N. B., Canada
Sir: -- I am a private from the district of Nasonworth, N. B., near Fredericton and I am now in training with the Carleton and York Regiment in England. On an impulse I decided to try and give some idea of what we think of our Mother Country. I wish very much to have this or extracts of this article published, but of course this is for your judgment. The English scenery is very beautiful and I was impressed by the particular care that had been taken on the houses and fences which are nearly all built of brick or stone. The streets themselves are narrower than ours and accordingly the cars are smaller and the English motorists drive on the left-hand side of the roads thus the cars have all right-hand drive. London has been the main center of sight-seeing with most of the soldiers, with a few who have been given leave to more distant points, for many of our boys have relatives in Scotland and Ireland, as well as England.
At first it was almost impossible to get around after darkness had fallen for "the blackout" which is strictly enforced here, both by military and civil law was more confusing to us than the forests of
Canada, but as we grew more accustomed to our surroundings, we became more familiar with the place. My leave was given me for Liverpool where I was given an address and asked to go by a friend back home, whose relatives are living there. On my arrival I was warmly welcomed and shown many sights of interest. Among these were the Liverpool and Gladstone Docks which extend for
miles up the mouth of the River Mersey. I was then taken thorough the Mersey Tunnel which is a wonderful feat of engineering and extends for two miles under and across the river.


They tell us this is England
And well perhaps they may,
For in what other country
Could freedom hold such sway?

With all its fame and glory
To all the world is known,
And told that old, old story
Of England and her throne.

Where men have bravely struggled
And sacrificed their lives
To keep her name and honor,
And praise it ot the skies;

From Knights in shining armour
To soldiers of our time,
Have fought and died for England
And liberty sublime;

The fortress of our Empire,
She stands for truth and right.
Would you dare to hesitate
To help us win the fight?

Rise up, ye Allied nations,
Take heed to England's call,
To fight in desperation
Lest our Dominion fall.

To thee in salutatoin,
We give our country's pride,
The dearest of our nation,
To fight by England's side

May victory then be handed
To those who follow Him,
With arms once more disbanded,
And nations all are kin.
L. Bruce

#82 Date: November 15 2000

and in Nova Scotia
1816 - The year with no summer. Freezing weather in May. Blizzards in June. Vegatables froze in garden. Animals starved. Thought to have been caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora, Indonesia on August 10-12, 1815 in which 10,000 people were killed and 72,000 died of starvation and disease.
Clemm Larsen

#83 Date: November 16, 2000

This is the last newspaper clipping in the Thistle Mission Band notebook. There is no date except the month and day, and no real genealogical information. It does have some interesting tidbits about New Brunswick. I hope the rest of you have enjoyed these clippings as much as I have, and that someone has found some help with their family's history.

#83a Unusual Features In New Brunswick Make Varied List [The Canadian Press]
Saint John, N. B. July 15 -- Oddities and unusual features are numerous in New Brunswick.  (Note: format altered for easier reading.)

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