The Month That Was – November 1930

Lucan Constable Held After Wild Ride in Fire Truck
(By Canadian Press Leased Wire)

London, Nov. 1. – Harry Lankin, chief of police at Lucan, found himself in Middlesex jail today after a wild ride in the fire truck in the village late yesterday afternoon and seriously injured two people. Lankin who is also an official of the fire department, was arrested by Constable Arthur Wharton on a charge of criminal negligence, as a result of the accident which occurred on the main street of Lucan. According to the police, the Lucan chief climbed into the fire truck bent on giving it a test run about the village. Disaster soon overtook the heavy machine when it crashed into the side of a parked car causing grave injury to its two occupants.


(By Canadian Press Leased Wire)

London, Nov. 1. – William Gough former accountant – who pleaded guilty to the theft of $155, 110 from the People’s Loan Company, where he was employed for 20 years, was sentenced this morning to eight years in Portsmouth penitentiary.
Gough admitted to taking the funds during 19 of the 20 years he was employed. He joined the staff as a junior. Working himself up to the office of accountant and cashier, Gough held one of the most responsible positions in the company and was one of the most trusted employees.



Allege He Stole Parcel Containing $3, 660 in Currency

(By Canadian Press Leased Wire)

Hawkesbury, Ont. Nov. 1. – A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Phillipe Laboucheur, 23- year- old sub- Collector of customs here, following the theft from Hawkesbury post office of a package containing $3, 660, destined to the Banque Canadianne Nationale at Montreal.
The currency was being transferred by the local branch of the bank to the head office at Montreal. After it had been placed in the past office, a dummy package of paper was substituted for that containing the currency. According to the reports to the police. Laboucheur was in the postal office at the time the money disappeared and he has not been seen since.


Prince of Wales and Prince George May Both Make Trip
(By Canadian Press Leased Wire)

London, En., Nov. 1. – The Prince of Wales may take his youngest brother, Prince George, along with him on his tour of South America early next year, it appeared today when it became known that both are studying Spanish in preparation for the trip.
The heir apparent already has some acquaintance with the language but he is perfecting his knowledge of it. His plans are still indefinite but it is believed that he may start the journey about January 17 and that he will be present for the opening of the British exhibition at Buenos Aires on March 14. After that it is likely that he will visit several other Argentine cities to renew the friendship he made during his tour of five years ago.



Nov 1 1930-8
LARGE FREIGHTER REPORTED MISSING: Steamer Ashbay UNG Reported Since Tuesday- the steamer Ashbay of the Tree Line Navigation Company is believed to have been the ship seen floundering in Lake Superior. The above photo shows this boat in the Oshawa Harbour on the occasion of the opening last August.


Unknown Steamer, Sighted Thursday With Decks Awash and in Distress, Now Thought to Have Been Ashbay.


Ship Was Seen by Thousands of Local People When It Called Here in August- Is Now Unreported Since Last Tuesday Night

(By Canadian Press Leased Wire)

Sault Ste. Marie, Nov. 1. – Local marine officals are investigating in an attempt to determine if the steamer reported in destress off Michipicoten Island was the Ashbay, of the Tree Line Navigation Company, Montreal. The Ashbay, according to officials, left the head of the lakes last Tuesday night and has not been heard of since.

Ray Turner, local representative of the Tree Company, said he had not been advised the steamer was missing but was attempting to check her position.
Marine men said the floundering ship described by lighthouse keeper Miller, of the Michipicoten Island, resembled the description of the Tree Line Vessel.
The United States coastguard vessel Seminole which returned this morning from the vicinity of Michipicoten after searching the neighbourhood waters, will return later today to continue her search.

Was Experiencing Difficulty
According to Miller the distressed vessel, which he could not determine whether it was a barge or steamer was making slow progress towards Quebec Harbor on the island. Her decks, he said, were awash and she appeared to be experiencing great difficulties in bucking the heavy seas. Radio messages from the light keeper on Michipicoten Island started at about 11 o’clock Thursday morning that an unknown steamer could be vaguely seen with her decks awash, pounding her way through the storm near Michipioten Island. The light keeper said he set out in a small boat in hopes to reach the vessel, presumably in distress, but the choppy sea prevented him from making any headway and he had to turn around and seek shelter.

Ashbay Known Here
The steamer Ashbay lost out by a narrow margin in the race to be the first boat to be the new Oshawa Harbour in August last, coming in a short time after the City of Kingston, which officially opened navigation into the port.
Smith Transportation Company, local agents for the Tree Line Navigation Company, started to The Times this afternoon that the Ashbay has not called here since. They did not know whether there was any cargo on the ship, which had cleared from the head of the lakes on Tuesday night, destined for Oshawa firms.


From the Daily Times, November 3, 1930
From the Daily Times, November 3, 1930

International Movement Started for Animal Protection

Paris- An International Committee for the Protection of Animals has been formed here on the initiative of M. Louis Lespine, legal advisor to the society for the protection of Animals. The committee takes a stand that animals should not be legally regarded as inanimate objects, protected only by sentiment on the part of their owners, but as living creatures having legally defined rights on the same basis as man himself.
Every month the decrees, verdicts and other matters bearing on the right of the animals are to be published. Among the recent rulings are the following: In Belgium, it is forbidden to bling song birds, and rabbit hutches must be sufficiently high for the rabbit to stand on its hind feet. In Spain, the land of bull fights, punishment may be meted out to those who throw stones at dogs and cats and who tie objects to them for amusement, who pluck live poultry. The Republic of Lebanon prohibits the utilization of the female animals for strenuous labor while feeding their young.

From the Daily Reformer, November 1, 1930
From the Daily Times, November 1, 1930


Thomas John McKinstry, formerly employed at the Fittings Ltd., left the city Thursday night for Montreal where he will board the Anchor-Donaldson liner Letata for Belfast, Ireland. Mr. McKinstry, who has resided in Oshawa for the past three years has expressed pleasure for the kindness which has been shown to him during his stay here and particularly for the consideration of his foreman, E. Goodman. He was also gratified that so many of his friends found time to bid him goodbye as he took the train for Montreal.
Speaking to The Times before his departure this genial Ulsterman commented that he was enamored with Canada and with Oshawa. He was looking forward to rejoining his family in Belfast but hoped that in the near future they would be able to accompany him back to Canada.



Children in gay costumes roamed the streets and citizens were ordered by gay little revellers to “Shell Out”

Fire men spent quiet night- false alarms not included in program of night’s pranks- little property damage done by Elves and Goblins

Hallowe’en has passed for another year. The yearly fete night was celebrated with all the ceremony last night in the city by old and young alike. While it was the younger children who roamed the streets and made all the noise, their olders probably got as much enjoyment from the weird characters that appeared at their doors with the age old cry “Shell Out”. Noise makers and horns seemed to be very popular so that all evening the city resounded with noise of all kinds. The night however was one of the quietist that has ever been experienced here. Damage to property was slight and the fire department which usually spends an extremely busy evening chasing false alarms, did not have even one call.
Last night was in every way an evening given over almost entirely, to the younger generation of the city, to whole hearted enjoyment. From early until late at night the streets resounded with the happy laughter of children, the blowing of horns and all the noise that show that the children were having the time of their young lives. Hallowe’en always conjures up memories in the minds of the older people, who can remember when ducking for apples and other forms of entertainment featured the annual fete night. Now although parties are still popular features of the evening, most of the younger children take to the streets like gamins and make their raids upon householder and merchant alike. It might be said that ninety percent of the homes of the city were visited last night by elves and goblins, who took their toll of candy and apples. Some of them did not escape from the homes without showing some of their talents before they were rewarded, but it was all in the spirit of good fun.
For young people dances and various other parties were held, all tending to increase the enjoyment of the evening by pleasant associations with others. Black and gold decorations were the predominant note of color at all such gatherings.
A pleasing feature of the evening was that the fire department was not even called upon once to put out a fire, or to answer a false alarm. It is something of a record, in that there are almost always some thoughtless persons who in a mistaken idea of having a good time send in an alarm and laughs as the reels go by, the police spent a busy evening checking up on the merry makers, but The Times was informed this morning that the damage that was done was slight

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