The Protestant, July 23
A Coroner's Inquest was held before W.H. Williams, Esq., at Souris, on the body of a young man named Charles Bushy, a resident of that place, who died from the effects of injuries received in a quarrel with Peter McInnes, foreman for Hon. D. Beaton. They met at Paquet's forge, and some joking was carried on between the parties, when Bushy (who it appears had been drinking too freely) cast some reflections on McInnes's wife, a woman very respectably connected, which so irritated McInnes that he knocked Bushy down and jumped upon him, inflicting the injuries which caused his death. The jury returned a verdict of “Manslaughter,” and McInnes has been committed to jail to await his trial.
Jim Hornby: Peter McInnis was quickly tried for murder on July 22 (actually, the day before this story appeared in the weekly newspaper) and convicted of manslaughter by a jury that recommended him to mercy, probably on the basis of provocation. He received a sentence of nine months in jail, without the stipulation “at hard labour.” None of Charlottetown's six private weekly newspapers reported on the conviction and sentence.
The Protestant, July 23
During the thunderstorm which occurred on Wednesday the 13th inst., the brig lately launched by Messrs. Davidson & Dingwell, Rollo Bay, was struck by lightning. The royal and top gallant masts and the top sail yard were considerably damaged. We are happy to state that although a number of men were working in and about the vessel, no one was injured.
The Examiner, July 25
SCOTCH MUSIC AND GAMES. We are requested to direct attention to the advertisement, in another column, respecting Scotch games and Scotch music, by which the whole Island will be happily translated from its present dullness into a beautiful state of excitement on the 17th of August next. We are assured that all the bagpipes in the Colony--and their name is legion--are undergoing thorough repair, and every one of them will be brought to Town on that auspicious day, when the whole place will overflow with such a flood of melody as it never experienced in its life before. All the public games ever practised in Scotland, from the earliest days of the Caledons down to the present time, will be exhibited in all their pristine elegance and ingenuity, and every man will be proud of being a Scotchman--an honour to which we ourselves have some notion of putting in a claim.
J.H.: A droll tribute, as editor Edward Whelan was probably the most prominent Irishman in the colony.
The Examiner, July 25
THE LATE P. STEPHENS, ESQ. Seldom has any community been so shocked as Orwell, on learning the sudden and unexpected death of Patrick Stephens, Esq.—one of its most active and energetic inhabitants. “Patrick Stephens fell dead upon the wharf!” was in everybody's mouth scarcely two hours after the sad occurrence took place, yet no one could believe it.
Perhaps there was not another man upon the Island who had dealt so much with the public and enjoyed such a spotless reputation. Had he stooped to the man-degrading practice of liquor selling, he might have added wealth upon wealth. But his philanthropic spirit wouldn't allow him. He despised the bait, and would be content to drink the dregs of poverty rather than “deal damnation round the land.” (A Protestant.)
J.H.: The quotation at the end is from the English writer Alexander Pope, (no relation to the prominent Island family), in his poem, The Universal Prayer: “Let not this weak, unknowing hand/Presume thy bolts to throw,/And deal damnation round the land/On each I judge thy foe.” — a message that both sides of the Catholic/Protestant divide would have done well to heed.
The Monitor, July 28
POLICE COURT. William B. Dawson vs. Michael King, James Ring, Edward Charlton, and John MacLauchlan, minors, charged with having made use of fire arms and fire works. Their parents being present in Court, the Law was read and explained. Mr. Dawson declined to press a judgment against such juvenile offenders, provided their parents would prevent a repetition of such a dangerous practice in the vicinity of the City Tannery.
John Murphy, aged 17, an apprentice to John Gillan, was arrested by the City Marshal for indecently bathing in day time in the waters off ferry wharf. 2s.6d. and costs or 3 days. Four boys aged 7 to 12, for “indecently bathing in the open day in the salt waters off Dundas Esplanade.” Admonished and discharged.
J.H.: William Dawson, owner of the malodorous City Tannery, just north of Black Sam's Bridge at Grafton Street near Rochford, later got into financial problems and absconded. Dr. John Mackieson's diary, Oct. 26, 1867: “Dawson the Tanner skedaddled with 18 thousand pounds!”
Ross's Weekly, July 28
LAUNCHED. On Thursday last, from their Shipyard in this City, under the superintendence of Mr. John Darrach, a brig of about 200 tons, medium measurement, named the “Citizen,” built to class A1 at Lloyd's, and owned by the Messrs. John and Jas. Douse.
J.H.: “A1,” Lloyd's Registry's term for the best-constructed class of ship with the best rigging, entered the English language as a general word meaning “the best.” Charlottetown had a number of active shipyards at this time: the Douse brothers (at the west end of Sydney Street), James White (Water Street corner Hillsboro), James Duncan (Dorchester Street near Great George), and William White (Brighton Road, North River).
Jim Hornby’s column, “1864: The Way We Were: gleanings from Charlottetown’s newspapers,” will be presented in The Guardian every Monday throughout 2014 (on holiday Mondays when there is no paper, it will appear on Tuesdays). It contains excerpts from various newspapers of that era, as well as Hornby’s comments on what he has found. To give feedback on this feature, which is presented in celebration of the sesquicentennial of the Charlottetown Conference, contact the author at email@example.com.