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July - August 1880

July 2, 1880

Passengers Arrived

In the W. I. & P. C. steamer Australian from St. Thomas: - Mr. A. Colas; Mrs. Dyer.

From Port-au-Prince: - Miss Rosa Calvert; Mr. E. L. Isaacs; Mrs. R. Hinds. No passengers from England.


At Rae Town, at the Residence of Mr. David Wolfe, Esther Da Crasto, aged 79. The friends and acquaintances of her nieces are requested to attend her funeral at 4:30 p.m.


The Governor has been pleased to issue Letters Patent, under the Broad Seal of this Island, to the Revd. W. C. McCalla, appointing him Trustee of the Escheatable Estate of the late Alexander Richard Kemble, in the room of Moses Bravo, Esq.

It is expected that the Governor will visit May Penn Cemetery on Monday next the 5th inst.


Yesterday a burial took place at the new Cemetery, in the Roman Catholic allotment. This was the first interment since the Cemetery was declared open.


In the new May Penn Cemetery, opened yesterday, Kingston possesses a public burial ground of which the richest and most populous cities of the world might fairly be proud. At present, much as to be done towards transforming a late wilderness of thick bus and rank grass into a fit resting place for the dead, but the work goes on apace and is likely to be finished within the month. Unfortunately, the Governor found it beyond his power to prolong the period of preparation, and the gates were therefore opened yesterday, although the rules and regulations have not been published for the information of persons to whom the denominational graveyards in various parts of the city are peremptorily closed. But there can be no question as to the wisdom of extramural interments, and once in proper condition, May Penn will prove a blessing to Kingston. It has been objected that the Cemetery is a long distance from the city, and that funerals from the East end will be exposed to inconveniences on that score. The objection does not seem material, for it would apply with equal force were the Cemetery place Northward or the city or Eastward by Rock Fort. In England and America the Cemeteries often lie at a distance of eight or ten miles from the towns and cities they serve, and access to them is then gained only by rail and water passage.

Everyone who has seen May Penn Cemetery must admit that in beauty of situation it is not inferior to Greenwood, the famous American city of the dead by the seaside, nor to Kensal Green, the equally celebrated city of the dead, near London. From the Spanish Town Road, which skirts its Northern wall for a quarter of a mile, it extends over hill and dale, but with a very gradual slope, to the harbour, whose waters wash its Southern limit. Standing on the broad table land near the main North entrance, one has in full view the Harbour, and the sea beyond the Palisadoes; Port Royal and the Healthshire Hills; the mountains that encompass Kingston, and the St. Catherine Hills on the extreme left. Human nature is such that most of us like to think of our bodies lying after death amidst quiet and beautiful surroundings, and there are few of us whom the breezy uplands of May Penn, shut in by blue mountains and the silver sea, would not satisfy. And so long as the hot tears of grief fall on the cold face of death, so long we shall desire to lay our departed friends in places whose very aspect recalls the bright hope of Immortality.

The Custos has a commendable anxiety to avail himself of all the opportunities that Nature has lavished, and he hopes to make the place, in his own words, "a second Greenwood". The Clerk's Lodge and the Receiving House close to the main entrance are, according to plan, slightly but simple structures. Between the Receiving House and the gates, a circular plot of grass with flower beds is being made, and from this point the roads and paths branch off in every direction. Whilst cutting down the brushwood, Mr. Parry has been careful to preserve all healthy young shade trees, and if these are carefully tended, it may not be necessary to plant many more. The Cemetery is destined to become a favourite resort in the cool of the day, more especially when the car lines run thither.

As we have stated, the grounds have but just been delivered up for public uses, but they have inmates already. Near the centre of the Cemetery on a knoll, are a few large and irregular mounds. These mark the deep trenches into which were put the victims of the late Cholera, which scourged the Island so terribly in 1850. Adjoining the mounds are trenches which were not used, but which have lain unfilled since that day. We think that above all things the Superintendent of the Cemetery should first see to the proper condition of these neglected graves, and take care that they are not trampled upon by visitors to the Cemetery, who may not know of what these mounds are the mementos.


The Governor has been pleased to appoint Richard Miles, Esq., to be a member of the Board of Parochial Road Commissioners for the Parish of Manchester for the year.

July 5, 1880

Passengers Arrived

In the R. M. C. steamer Don from Southampton: - Mr. J. Hutton.

From Barbados: - Judge Baird and servant; Miss Marshall; Sergt. Marshall, wife and two children.

From Jacmel: - Mr. E. Athias; Mr. John Olivier.


Last night at 112 East Street, Mrs. J. Pauline Branday. The friends and acquaintances of her son, Mr. Louis P. Branday, are requested to attend her remains this afternoon at 4:45, to the place of interment.


Mr. Maxwell Hall was elected an Honorary Member in the Jamaica Branch of the British Medical Association on Friday last.

It is rumoured on the Northside that the Hon. W. McDonald will resign the Custoship of St. Mary in October next.

July 6, 1880


At 67 Upper Berkeley Street, London, on 5th June 1880, of Paralysis of the Heart, Dr. Amos Henriques, aged 72, formerly of Kingston, and deeply regretted by an affectionate wife and children, his sister here, Mrs. James D. Ford, two brothers in Australia, and numerous relatives and friends here in London.

July 8, 1880


No. 7, Corner of John and Hannah Street, Rae Town, Dwelling House with usual accommodation, now occupied by the subscriber, and within easy distance of the Car Terminus.

For further particulars apply to D. Wolfe.


At Breezy Castle, in this City, at 3 p.m., on Wednesday 7th inst., Sarah Ann, relict of the late John Hollingsworth, of Manchester.

July 12, 1880

The friends and acquaintances of Mr. Frederick L. Solomon are requested to attend his remains from his late residence, No. 8 Princess Street, to the place of interment at 5 o'clock this afternoon.

July 13, 1880


At Experiment Penn, Vere, on 6th inst., the wife of Ernest C. Elliott of a son.

July 15, 1880

Passengers Arrived

In the R. M. C. steamer Belize, from out-ports: - Rev. Garsia del Rio; Rev. McGregor; Rev. Ramson; Rev. Collymore; S. Farquharson; Rev. E. Clarke; Rev. Z. Mennett; Rev. Stuart; Mr. N. Ewen; J. W. Barnett; Rev. C. H. Davis; Rev. D. S. Heaven; B. S. Gassett; C. B. Bovell; Rev. Bovell; Mr. Nethercote; Mr. C. M. Farquharson; Mr. G. Rouse and 12 Deckers.

In the S. S. Alpha from Halifax, N. S.: - Mr. Morrow; Mr. Taylor; Lieut. Power.

In the Atlas steamer Ailsa, from New York: - Hon. Isaac Levy and Mrs. Levy; Mr. and Mrs. Eustace DeCordova; Mr. Harris; Mr. Chas. Ripoll; Mr. Kemp; Mr Abaldo Lowandie; Mr. Fraser; Mr. Lewis; Sister Chalett; Sister Philippe; Mr. Mahoney, and 8 in Transit.


Mr. Maxwell Hall was elected an Honorary Member of the Jamaica Institute at a meeting of the Board of Governors held on Monday last.


On Tuesday night, the 13th inst., the residence of D. R. Da Costa, Esq., near the North Street Bridge, was entered by a thief who, although surprised in the act, succeeded in making away with some valuable jewellry. In his flight, the man dropped a brooch just outside the house.

July 16, 1880

The Governor has appointed A. Robertson, Esq., to be Harbour Master for the Port of Morant Bay, in the room of R. C. J. Bacquie, Esq.

The Governor has appointed George Robertson, William L. Kerr, and Edmund Fray, Esquires, to be Justices of the Peace for the Parish of St. James.

The Governor has appointed J. G. Robinson, Esq., to be a Member of the Board of Parochial Road Commissioners for the Parish of St. Mary for the year 1880.

The Governor has granted leave of absence for fourteen days, from the 14th inst., to Capt. K. H. A. Mainwaring, R. N., Harbour Master, Kingston, and has appointed George A. Williams, Esq., to act as Harbour Master during such leave.

The Governor has been pleased to recognize provisionally, and subject to a reference to Her Majesty's Government, Simon Soutar, Esq., as Acting Consul for the United States of Venezuela, during the temporary absence of John Duff, Esq.

July 19, 1880

WALSH - CASSERLY -- July 7th, at Charlottenburgh, St. Andrew, Eleanor Mary, eldest daughter of John Casserly, Esq., J. P., to George Patrick Joseph, seventh son of John Galway Walsh, City of Cork, Ireland. Nuptial Mass celebrated by the Right Rev. Thomas Porter, V. A., assisted by the Revds. J. Ryan, William Spillmann, and Joseph Meyers.

July 20, 1880


On Saturday the 17th July, 1880, Mary Shaw Vass (nee Fyfe), widow of the late Douglas Vass, Esq., U. S. A., aged 84.

On the 14th July, 1880, at Glenroy Lodge, St. Andrew, Charles Silburn. Aged 68 years.

July 21, 1880

The Special Synod for the election of a Bishop being over the following changes and removals are expected to take place: -- Rev. George Hall, from Brown's Town to Lucea; Rev. C. H. Davis, from Green island to Morant Bay; Rev. H. Nethercott, from St. John's Darliston, to Manchioneal; Rev. L. Richards to Browns' Town and Stewart Town.

July 22, 1880

Passengers Sailed

In the Atlas Steamer Atlas for New York: -- Mr. Henry Lindo; Mr. R. B. Braham; Miss Braham; Mr. W. M. D. Douet; Mr. E. J. Wortley; Mr. A. Musgrave, Jnr.; Mr. A. Lowe; Mr. D. D. Reid; Mr. L. D. Baker.


On 19th inst, the wife of Edward A. Savage, H. M. Customs, of a daughter.


At 3 o'clock this morning at his residence, No. 37 Princess Street, Daniel H. Mesquito.


Anthony Musgrave, Esq., Private Secretary to His Excellency the Governor, left here yesterday evening for New York, on leave of absence for three months. His place will be filled by Mr. L. R. Fyfe, who acted in a similar capacity during the administration of His Excellency Sir. W. Gray. Mr. Musgrave has given general satisfaction in his official capacity, in this Island; and Halfway-Tree is indebted to him for its flourishing Book Club, established by his exertions about three years ago. This Club is accumulating a large number of standard works and supplies its members with the best English and American literature, for the moderate annual charge of a guinea. The Library is under the care of Miss Neyle at the Post Office, Halfway Tree.

July 27, 1880


At Smithfield, Manchester, wife of A. N. Henriques, of a son, Thursday night, 22nd July 1880.

July 29, 1880


At her residence, no. 21 Orange Street, Wednesday, 4:50 p.m., Leah, relict of M. M. Sollas.

July 30, 1880

The Honorable Isaac Levy has resumed his duties as Custos and Chairman of the Parochial Boards of the Parish of St. Catherine.

The Governor has been pleased to appoint John C. Fegan, Esq., to be an Official Visitor of the General and Female Penitentiaries.

The Governor has appointed Louis Alexander Morris, Esq., as a Land Surveyor, under and in accordance with the provisions of the Land Surveyor's Law, 1879.

August 4, 1880

On Friday night last, the Auction Store of Mr. Barnet Stines, Jr., was entered by burglars, who succeeded in carrying away about £22 in cash. Entrance was made through a very small hole in the Brickwork above the frame of the back door, a ladder being the means of ascent outside, and a rope the means of descent inside. A heavy crowbar was used to dislodge the bricks and to break open the desk in the Counting House.


The abstract of births and deaths for the month of July gives total of 98 births against 99 deaths, and as compared with 83 births and 110 deaths in July 1879. Of the 98 births 51 were male, 47 female, and 65 illegitimate. Thirty one of the deaths occurred in public institutions. Ten deaths were due to fever, five to diarrhoea, seven to brain diseases, twenty three to lung diseases, twelve to infantile diseases, and thirty-five to "other causes". Nineteen of the deceased were under one year of age, and two were registered at 95 and upwards. Twenty-two deaths are recorded as not medically certified.

August 5, 1880

Passengers Arrived

In the R. M. C. Tagus from Southampton: -- Mr. and Mrs. Morrice, daughter and son; Miss Da Costa; Mr. Reckman; Lieut. B. S. Pemberton; Miss Ellen Brookfield; Mr. Faulkner; Mr. Hall; Mr. Ballinger.

From Barbados: - Mr. John Bradshaw.

August 6, 1880

We learn that the Installation of officers of the Surry Lodge, G. N. O. of Odd Fellows, No. 1954, will take place at 7 o'clock this evening, (Friday) at the Lodge Room, No. 2, Port Royal Street. Dr. A. H. Cotter, the Medical Attendant of the Lodge, and several other influential gentlemen of this City have promised to use their efforts in support of this Lodge.


The Installation of Officers of Phoenix Lodge, No 914 Prov. 6, Port Royal, took place on 3rd inst., when the following officers were installed: --

Wor. Lieut. W. H. Hastings, W. M.

Bro. N. D. Smedmore, S. W. [sic ...should be W. D. Smedmore]

Bro. J. Duffus, J. W.

Wor. L. C. Hollar, Scty.

Wor. G. P. Myers, Treasurer

Bro. J. Newman, S. D.

Bro. J. C. Henriques, J. D.

Bro. J. W. Hollar, J. G.

Bro. G. G. Crosbie, Tyler

The following Past Masters were present and assisted in the ceremony: Wor. Ferron, H. Barned, R. Langley, D. Barned, L. Hollar, W. A. Paine, J. K. Spicer, C. W. Tait, S. H. Watson, G. Sergeant. The installing officer was Wor. G. P. Myers. After the ceremony the brethren retired to a well spread banquet, where many pleasant hours were spent. The Steam Launch conveyed the brethren to Port Royal and returned at the small hours of the morning.


The Governor has appointed Thomas H. Sharp, Esq., Stipendiary Justice of the Peace for the Parish of St. James. to be during the absence from the Island of the Hon. W. Kerr, Custos of the Parish, the chairman of the Parochial Boards, and chairman of the Pilotage and Harbour Board for No. 3 District. The Hon. W. Vickers, Custos of Westmoreland, E. J. Sadler and C. S. Farquharson, Esqrs., and the Inspector of Immigrants for the district, have been appointed members of the Board of Visitors for the Sav-la-Mar Public General Hospital. Leave of absence for three months has been granted to Dr. Lewis Alexander, P. M. O., Montego Bay Dist., and Dr. A. McCatty will take temporary charge of said Dist., in addition to his regular duties. The Hon. J. T. Wigham and G. W. Middleton and F. Skyers, Esqrs., have been appointed to the Board of Visitors of the Public General Hospital, Buff Bay.

August 9, 1880


We have to thank the Director of Public Gardens and Plantations for his courtesy in sending us specimens of the East Indian Mango fruit, believed to be the first of the kind that have ripened in Jamaica.

The fruit was produced by two trees growing at the Hope Plantation which were taken from trees at the Castleton Gardens by inarching five years ago. The Castleton trees were introduced, in the first instance, from Bombay, and although much older than the Hope Trees have never borne fruit. "It is evident from this" says the Director, "that the Hope District is very favorable to the growth of Mangoes, and with such luscious and acceptable fruit as the present, their cultivation in the neighbourhood of Kingston will, no doubt, soon become an important industry."

The new Mangoes -- new, at least, to Jamaica -- are in bulk and shape very similar to the "yam" mango, and have a pleasant flavour of their own. Superior to many varieties of Jamaica mango, they do not, however, in any way approach our Number Eleven - the mango par excellence. But they have a rosy, comely exterior, the rind is exceedingly thick, and the edible part is firm, but not stringy. We incline to the belief that the New Mangoes will keep a long time and as they are sweet and attractive in appearance, they are admirably adapted for shipment to the American market. Already such Jamaican Mangoes as have survived the perils of the sea passage have found a ready sale in New York, at the fruiterers and along the sidewalk, yet hitherto the delicate mango has been a risky fruit to ship. A but the ruddy, sturdy stranger bids fair to bear without injury the trip of six or seven days, and as sweet fruits are peculiarly acceptable to the American palate, this variety has before it the promise of being soon in as great demand as the banana. We hope therefore, to find its cultivation extended in the Island, with a view to profitable export. Mr. Morris has done well to call attention to what may prove a highly valuable addition to our list of fruits.

In this connection, it is interesting to note that the mango when introduced into this island a hundred years ago, as part of a botanical collection captured by Lord Rodney from a French ship bound to St. Domingo from Bourbon, was grown in gardens established by the House of Assembly under Dr. Dancer.

August 13, 1880


At Rosebank House, Kingston, on the 12th inst., the wife of Wellesley Bourke, of a son.


On the 11th inst., at Halfway Tree Church, by the Revd. C. H. Hall, grandfather of the bride, assisted by the Revds. Joseph Williams, H. H. Isaacs, G. W. Downer and D. J. Lewis, Chaplain, R. N., Louis Edward, youngest son of the late Julius Delmage, Esq., of 36 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, and Rathkeale House, Co. Limerick., Ireland, to Rosalie Annie, Daughter of the Revd. Hugh Croskery.


At Kennington, London, 18th July 1880, Thomas Nicholson, 1st W. I. Regiment.

August 14, 1880


At no. 120 Duke Street, on the 10th inst., the wife of H. K. Jacobson of a son.


In Spanish Town, on the evening of Tuesday, the 10th inst., after a very short illness, Charlotte Grey Thomas in the 70th year of her age.

August 16, 1880

The friends and acquaintances of Mr. Charles Sherlock are requested to attend the remains of his sister, Mrs. Boyer Laforest, from her late residence no. 73 George's Lane to the place of interment at 4:30 p.m.

August 17, 1880

The friends and acquaintances of Mr. Colin Hogg are requested to attend the remains of his mother Mrs. Elizabeth Hogg from his residence, No. 13 Sutton Street ...

August 18, 1880


On the 11th instant at the Scotch Kirk, Duke Street, by the Rev. John Radcliffe, Ellen Agnes Matilda, eldest daughter of John Milholland, Esq., to Henry Priest, of Kensington, England.

August 19, 1880

Passengers Sailed

In the Atlas steamer Alps for New York: - Mrs. Autey; Mr. Cunha; Mr. H. M. Davis; Mr. J. R. Latreille; Mr. E. Reidmayr.


In Spanish Town on the morning of the 14th inst., Edmund G. Gauntlett, aged 39 years, leaving a sorrowing wife, five children, and a large circle of relatives ...



The weather experienced in Kingston last night was such as had not visited the city for along time, and against which few precaution had been taken on account of the supposed immunity from great meteorological disturbance. The gale was predicted by Mr. Maxwell Hall, but its advent was not expected in so violent and disastrous a manner.

From 3 p. m. yesterday rain fell heavily, the wind rising gradually. About 8 p. m., the storm began to do damage, and it increased in force until about half-past 11, from which time it lulled. It is impossible, at present, to give a full account of the havoc wrought, but a hasty survey this morning revealed a most disheartening sight of desolation. The Park has suffered terribly -- fine trees being blown down in every part. Along the northside, the pailings have given way under weight of broken tree trunks and limbs. The windows and west front of Coke Chapel have suffered, and the Chapel in Church Street, just above the Parade, has lost a large section of its roof. All the upper thoroughfare exhibit the effects of the storm, in uprooted trees, levelled fences, broken shutters, etc. In King St., a stable gave way crushing a buggy to chips. The Roman Catholic School, in Sutton Street, has been seriously wrecked. Down town, the solid construction of stores and offices has generally baffled the violence of the wind, but zinc roofs, signs on the street, and all poorly built houses tell a tale of destruction.

As might be expected the harbour is a sad spectacle. Every wharf is ruined and is a mass of wreck, from Soutar's wharf to the Railway. The "Atlas" wharf was saved to some extent by the barrels of flour on it. The drogher "Empress" was driven on shore and smashed up completely, at the Market Wharf. The drogher "Ann" next it, is in little better condition. The Brigt. "Corona" with fish from Halifax sunk when the storm was fiercest and only her masts show above water by the Royal Mails' Co.'s Wharf. The S. S. "American" was grounded, and stands in very few feet of water. The Market Pier has lost its flooring and its huge paving stones have been thrown right and left. The Royal Mail Co.'s steam launch was carried high and dry on shore, and all the smaller crafts in port were so injured as to require extensive repair.

The Halfway-Tree Car lines were blocked up by fallen trees, but are now clear. The Railway lines are impassable. The school of Ebenezer Chapel has suffered seriously. As far as can be learned no life has been lost. Some anxiety is felt as to the safety of the "Alps", and "Don". The "Trent", "Manuelita", and "Tamar" sailors are sunk at Central Wharf. The "Spray" was carried up Princess Street and wrecked. The "Peter" is sunk of Schloss's Wharf. The "Dauntless" is sunk alongside the S. S. "American'. At Port Royal, H. M. S. "Phantome" and "Tyrian" lost a good deal of top gear, but the other vessels escaped without hurt worth mention. A few small boats sank, and the water tanks were washed ashore.

The Kingston Mills were damaged, and much bread destroyed in the bakery. Up Park Camp did not escape harm, and May Pen Cemetery has been swept almost bare.

The Schooner, "C. C. B.", has gone to pieces and we have just learned that the Mate of the "Dauntless" was drowned.

August 20, 1880

The Governor has been pleased to appoint Mr. William Shaw to be Harbour Master for the port of Ocho Rios, vice Mr. J. G. Mesquita, and William Kirkland, Esq. to be a Justice of the Peace for the parish of Portland.

August 21, 1880


On the 7th July 1880, at Tower Hill, Sierra Leone, West Africa, the wife of Orderly Room Clerk W. C. McCorhell, 1st West Indian Regiment, of a son.


FARMER - On Monday 19th July 1880, at no. 19 Clifton Hill, St. John's Wood, London, Emma, the beloved wife of Benjamin Farmer, deeply regretted. Aged 65.

Passengers Arrived

In the R. M. C. Steamer Nile from Southampton: -- Deputy Asst. Company General Whitehead; Mrs. Whitehead and 2 children; Sergt. G. F. Colley; Rev. and Mrs. Clark; Miss Clark; Miss Sturridge; Mr. Berry; Mrs. Binney; General Mann and wife; Mr. Dodd; Mr. C. Orrett; Mr. St. Cyr; Mr. Espeut.

From Demerara: - Mr. Dickinson; Mr. Cooper. From Havana: - Mr. J. Robertson.

From Port-au-Prince: - Mr. and Mrs. Magnus and family, and Mr. A. DeCordova. Mrs. T. D. Feres and child.


The Rev. A. Robb, D. D., president of the Presbyterian College, will preach at East Queen Street Baptist Chapel tomorrow morning and evening.

August 27, 1880


At Norwood Lodge, St. Andrew, this morning at 5:30 o'clock, Abraham Hyams. The funeral will leave this evening at 4:30 to the place of interment at Halfway-Tree Church.


The Governor has been pleased to appoint Simeon King Eldridge, Esq., to be a Justice of the Peace for the Parish of Clarendon.

The Governor has been pleased to grant letters of naturalization, under the act 35, car. II, cap. 3, to Gustav Adolph Boettcher, a native of Konitz, Prussia, an alien born, but now an inhabitant of the island of Jamaica.

The brigt. Caroni, sunk with fish at Messrs. Davidson, Colthirst & Co.'s wharf, was put up to public auction on Wednesday by Mr. Joseph Stines, and sold to Mr. John P. D'Aguilar for the sum of £40.

August 28, 1880


Last night at Devon Villa, the residence of her brother, W. R. McPherson, Annie S. Howell, wife of A. T. H. Howell ...

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