WEEK 6: Feb. 5-11, 1864
The Islander, Feb. 5
We are happy to say that poverty, or rather destitution, is not of frequent occurrence in this Island. The demand for labour is so constant, excepting at peculiar periods of the year, that there is scarcely any person who is willing and able to work, who cannot procure the absolute necessaries of life. We believe that no instance has ever occurred of any person dying for want of food in Prince Edward Island. There are now, however, some, and as the population increases there will be many more who, from various causes, are in that unfortunate condition that the means of subsisting themselves, by the ordinary modes of industry, are not within their reach. The blind, the maimed, the old, and all the young of these, unable to provide for themselves or their offspring, are becoming more numerous every year. The number of children that are now to be met with in the streets of Charlottetown, going from door to door seeking for cold victuals, is not only astonishing but alarming.
The Protestant, Feb. 6.
FARM SERVANT WANTED. A GOOD PLOUGHMAN, and one accustomed to the general duties of Modern Farming. Apply at this office.
The Protestant, Feb. 6
PASSENGER.--In the Ice-Boat on the 26th ult., from New York, via Halifax,--Finlay McNeill, Esq., of Georgetown.
Jim Hornby: Winter passenger and mail service was achieved by "crossing at the capes," Cape Traverse, P.E.I. to Cape Tormentine, N.B., in iceboats at least 16 feet long; Finlay MacNeil, Justice of the Peace, listed as a "general importer," moved to Summerside in July.
The Protestant, Feb. 6
Died on the 30th ult. of inflammation of the windpipe, Martha, 2nd daughter W.C. and Sarah Harris, aged 7 years and 8 months.
J.H.: William C. Harris was listed as a provision dealer living at King Street near Hillsboro. The deceased girl's siblings included William Critchlow Harris, noted architect, (then 9), and Robert Harris, noted painter, (then 14), whose major works include the iconic Conference at Quebec in 1864 to settle the basics of a union of the British North American Provinces (commonly called The Fathers of Confederation), 1884, (which was lost in the fire that destroyed the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa in 1916). Trained on the violin, flute and cornet, Robert Harris was a member of the orchestra that played for the closing fete and send-off for the delegates at Province House on Sept. 8, 1864.
The Examiner, Feb. 8
THE LATE WILLIAM DOUSE, ESQUIRE. Our obituary list to-day contains a notice of the demise of WILLIAM DOUSE, ESQ. The deceased was for many years a member of the House of Assembly, and was, perhaps, the most personally popular with his own constituency of all who had ever served them. He was extreme in his political views, which were on the Conservative side, but he was sincere, consistent, thoroughly honest, blunt and unaffected in all his political dealings. No public man, perhaps, had fewer personal enemies, and no man could serve his party more steadily and faithfully than Mr. Douse did.
J.H.: The warmth of these remarks is all the more generous, and perhaps surprising, when it is noted that their author, editor Edward Whelan, was a leading member of the Liberal party in those contentious times and normally at daggers drawn with such a deep-dyed Tory politician and land agent as William Douse.
The Vindicator, Feb. 10
The present winter has been exceedingly mild. We have had little frost and snow, yet enough to make excellent travelling. There have been during the past months only very few days on which the thermometer descended a little below the freezing point. We believe that that respectable gentleman, "the oldest inhabitant," has never witnessed in this Colony a winter so free from cold and storms as the present one.
Ross's Weekly, Feb. 11
CHARLOTTETOWN AND SOURIS PACKET. The well-known fast-sailing schooner CHRISTIANA, Lauchlin McNeill, Master, will run between Charlottetown and Souris this summer, calling at intermediate Ports. For Freight or Passage please apply to W.W. Lord & Co., Charlottetown; Robert Boswall, Souris; Ronald Walker, Grand River; Thomas Cameron, Georgetown; D. R. Stewart, Murray Harbor; J.C. McMillan, Wood Islands.
J.H.: Grand River Wharf was later renamed Annandale. A packet ship followed a route with regular stops, delivering passengers, mail and goods.
Ross's Weekly, Feb. 11
RUM! RUM!! A FEW PUNCHEONS of superior old DEMERARA RUM, for sale by GEORGE COLES. Also at his brewery, Whiskey, Gin and Ale.
J.H.: George Coles, Leader of the Liberal Opposition, soon to be a "Father of Confederation" and anti-Confederation Premier, had operated a successful brewery and distillery on Kent Street for the past 30 years and had led the movement for responsible government, becoming the first premier holding the support of the majority of the elected assembly in 1851.The spelling of the name of the popular distilled spirit made from fermented grain mash depends upon its country of origin: those from Canada and Scotland are "whisky," while those from Ireland and the United States add an "e". The P.E.I. Liquor Control Corporation's large "Whiskey" signs in its stores are in error - as a look at the labels on the shelves will show - for a Canadian company.