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Archbishop O'Brien of Halifax srourly affirmed that Cape Breton was the place where Cabot first sighted the New World. Our own Archbishop Howley and Judge Prowse held out strongly for Cape Bonavista. Others claimed that the landing had been made on some part of the Labrador. Formidable arrays of facts were marshalled by the various historians to support their claims. And the dispute is still going on. Our fellow Canadians on neighboring Cape Breton Island would no doubt, fight at the drop of a hat if told that Cabot did not make his landfall there. They have their Cabot Trail and their Cabot celebrations. We have our Cabot Tower. our Cabot Highway, and our annual holiday to commemOr- ate the event of Cabot's landfall in this country. Howevery, most historians agree that the arguments in favor of Cape Bonavista carry more weight than those in favor of Cape Breton or the Labrador. On the spot where he firsr landed, Cabot erected a crass and unfurled the flags of Sr. George and St. Mark, and took formal possession in the name of the King of England. The presence of the Venetian banner shows that the great navigator had still a strong affection for the dreamy old town on the Adriatic. His Reward-flO Cabot returned to England in August, 1497, and was rewarded for his discovery with the princely sum of t 10 by Henry. Some time later the King became more gener- "GLOBE" EXPERIENCE INSURES HARMONY OF DESIGN CHURCH AND SCHOOL FURNITURE A SPECIALTY Pews. Pulpits. Altar Rails. etc.; Combination Desks-all sizes; Separate Desk and Chair-all siles; Teachers' Desk_Kindergarten; Primar}' Chairs and Tables; Typewriter, LaboratOry. Music and Art Tables; Theatre Folding Chairs, Auditorium Scating, Stadium Seating. WillE, WRITE or PHONE FOR FREE ESTIMATES 39 SMITH AVENUE EXT. P. O. UOX 98 PHONE 4295A ST. JOHN'S DISTRIBUTORS FOR THE G LOB E FUR NIT U R E C O. LTD. Your rccluirements, large or small, will ha\'c our best attention. 4. ATLANTIC GUARDIAN
ous and awarded rhe navigator a pension of £20 a year. It was a small sum, indeed, for the man who had opened up the great continent of North America. The demand for spices to season meat and fish which become bad due to lack of means of preservation had started Columbus and Cabot and others on their search for a western route to the far away countries of the east. Cabot's discovery netted something far more valuable than spices. It gave to England the waters off Newfoundland, teeming with countless millions of fish, containing a wealth that, as Bacon said, was far greater than the mines of Peru. It marked the beginning of England's maritime supremacy, and the found- JUNE, 1956 arion of her commercial and industrial greatness can be traced back to the humble Newfoundland codfish. That Cabot during his voyage also put into St. John's harbor is perhaps pure conjecture on the part of an imaginative historian. But. through the mass of evidence put forward to prove the case, we in Newfoundland regard Cape Bonavista as the "Happy Sight" seen by Cabot and his men on the eventful 24 of June, 1497. And year after year, as the anniversary of Cabot's discovery comes along, the people of this country give due honor to the hardy, courageous Venetian who brought his frail craft across the treacherous waters of the Atlantic to open up a New World. Wehavefl I MILLION oflhem. It has always seemed to us that the first function of any advertisement is to get itself read. People do not have CO read advertisementlS. Therefore any art or device. even as simple and inexpensive as this advertIsement was to prepare, commands more arrentlOn than just cold type.