I went west last weekend. In Corner Brook, I spent a couple of pleasant hours browsing in an emporium which stocks Newfoundlandia. Much of it was priced out of my personal range. However, I was pleased with one acquisition I made, the May 1945 edition of theCourier, which is self-described as the “magazine for Newfoundlanders.”
The cover depicts both King George VI and a Newfoundland dog. Philip G. Butler, member of the Federal Union, wrote “Reveille to Peace.” Cyril D. B. Knight, wireless operator at Cabot Tower, wrote “ Behind the Radio Dial.” Howard Frost took the reader on a tour of Bowring Park in St. John’s. Carrie R. Cross wrote about “ Street Noises.”
However, the item that captured my undivided attention was a Newfoundland quiz. I taxed my brain trying to correctly answer the questions. Perhaps it would be instructive for readers to take a stab at the questions, as follows:
1. Is the word “sculling” used in baking, bowling, rowing or skiing?
2. In which of our two daily newspapers appear the column, “On Thinking It Over?” 3. Of what island is Tilting a part? 4. What Beothuk woman was named after the month in which she was captured?
5. Who was governor of Newfoundland at the outbreak of the First World War?
6. Is a “ bogie” a marshland, worthless coin, small stove or carriage?
7. What famous names of Newfoundland are usually associated with the following places: Bonavista, Brigus, Trinity and St. Anthony?
8. With what product is Corner Brook associated?
9. Ferryland was successfully defended against the French by John Downing, Robert Carter or Michael Gill.
10. What firms use the slogans: The House of Value, Invest in Rest, The Home of Good Apples, and Insure in Sure Insurance?
11. Who wroteThe Ryans and Pittmans? 12. What was the real name of Fanny Goff? 13. Give the surname to each of the follow-
the ing: William Epps, William Gilbert and Daniel Woodley.
14. According to nautical distances, is it farther direct from St. John’s to Harbour Grace or Bay Roberts?
15. During what Premier’s administration in Newfoundland did prohibition come into force?
16. Glover Island is situated on which of the following: Red Indian Lake, Gander Lake or Deer Lake?
17. To whom was the Third Charter granted?
18. Is theHumber Flyera steamship, famous native runner, train or an airplane? 19. Which of the following bays have capes according to their names: Bonavista, St. Mary’s, Fortune or Hare?
20. What are the kilocycles of the following radio stations: VONF, VOCM, VOWR and VOAR?
21. What were the following formerly called: Avondale, Port Nelson, Humbermouth and Tors Cove?
22. For what are the following Newfoundlanders famous: F. Fraser Bond, Johnny Dwyer and Mme. Marie Toulinguet?
23. Which King Georges were ruler of England during the appointment of the first Naval Governor to Newfoundland, and ruler of England during inauguration of Commission of Government in Newfoundland?
24. What have the following in common: Amadeus Anspach, Richard Whitbourne and Daniel Prowse?
25. What four coves may be identified by food and animals?
26. What same astronomical oddity was observed at St. John’s in 1840 and then in 1904?
27. From where was the first telegraph message to Newfoundland received?
28. How long has the telephone system been in operation in St. John’s?
The answers will be given in my column next week.