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“Sad Disaster in Labrador”

 Editor “Presbyterian Witness”.


Dear Sir;

In a letter from Dr. Hare who is working in Harrington Harbour, Labrador, in connection with the “International Grenfell Association”, dated November 24th 1914, but which only arrived last Friday, I received the following sad information.


On the eighteenth November a number of the men of Harrington rowed to the “Cape” which extended a short distance out from the shelter of the harbour. Their intention was to shoot birds, and if possible a seal or two. The day was fine when they set out, but without warning a wind swept down upon them from the northwest. It was blowing off the shore and before the men had time to regain shelter it had developed into a hurricane that blew at the rate of 84 miles an hour. It was a desperate row for all. Some of the boats were over an hour in covering the few hundred yards to safety. Three of the men never got back. One of them; Albert Ransom, was a leader in the work of our church. At different times head of the Endeavor Society, a member of the choir and one of the ablest fellows in the village, his loss well be bitterly felt. He leaves a wife and son. The other two were Enos Cox, who leaves a wife and four children, and an orphan boy James Herritt, and their loss as well will cast its deepest gloom over all. For in such a small village, where not only the ties of kinship, but of years of daily companionship, bind everyone together, the sadness though greatest for those immediately connected will make its deep impression upon all. Sad things are happening in other places today, but Labrador is bearing its load as well.


Will you kindly insert this notice in your paper that those interested in our northern mission and the people here may see it?

I am,

Yours Very Sincerely,

Harold A. Smith

Presbyterian College, Halifax, N.S.


Date entered on the Web: 13 March 2005

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