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GUARDIA - Memorial University of Newfoundland

GUARDIA - Memorial University of Newfoundland

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across the Eay-the first fisherman or trader, long looked for. They had hardly reached the hill when they spied a white sail. It seemed to be a small boat. The last words given to my brother were: "In the spring, coming down, leave the vessel at atasquan. A man there, Mr. Caslanio, is building a new boat for me. Take charge of her and bring her down." "William," said my mother, "if the boy is alive that is he bringing your new boat," and they both hurried down to the wharf. Sure enough it was William in the new boat. He said the Bessie Marie had met a bit of a storm in the Gulf on the way up but he could not account for the story of the wreck with the name of Marie on it-"Bush Telegraph," as we call it on the coast. was not very reliable. But what anguish could such a report cause and no way to deny or confirm it. Turning to my father, mother said: "William, this is the last winter I spend on this coast unless you get the Government to give us a postal service. a winter mail." .. "How can I get rhe Government to do any such thing" said my father. "By going to Quebec and fighting for it" said Mother. "We will all go" said my Father. The Fight for Winter Mail In the fall, after the voyage had been disposed of and everything settled, he got the little schooner ready and with the family as it was at that time, four girls, four boys, two hired men, they set sail for Quebec 1000 miles away. After a rough rrip up the St. Lawrence they reached Quebec a month later. Taking a house in Lower Town and getting his family settled. he then engaged a lawyer, Mr. Dunbar, Q.c. and began his task of besieging the enemy, every Member of the House of Assembly from the Prime Minister down, especially the Post Office Department. When the Assembly met in the spring they attended the opening and again urged the Postmaster COLONIAL CORDAGE CO., LTD. ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND ;',IA;-iUFACTURER OF SALES DISTRIBUTORS OF ABOVE PRODL;CTS A;-iD CORDAGE, LINES, TWINES, NETTING CORKS, CUTCH, OAKUM, LEADS, TRAWL NETS and ACCESSORIES COLONIAL CORDAGE SALES CO., LTD. P. O. BOX 517 ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND ATLANTIC CUARDIAN

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