This book is a spin-off from more than thirty years of historical research by the author, J. Clinton Morrison. Many years ago, after weeks of frustration searching in vain for particular people and events, Mr. Morrison adopted the philosophy that never again would he walk away from hours of newspaper research with nothing to show for his efforts.
He resolved to record references pertaining to anything of interest, whether bizarre or real, which he encountered during research on other historical topics, in the hope that someday they might be of interest to the reader. That decision became the basis for this book.
These chronicles are primarily meant to entertain, but they also inform and educate the reader about real people and events in yesterday’s news.
Most of the stories that constitute this book have been printed verbatim as they originally appeared in Prince Edward Island newspapers, and the author has made no effort to distort or rewrite them in any way. Since it has not always been possible to prove or disprove their authenticity, these stories are presented to the reader who will draw his or her own conclusions.
The stories are organized chronologically, spanning the years 1829 to 1942. Rarely has Mr. Morrisoin strayed from the original wording of the stories other than to make minor grammatical alterations or corrections to better facilitate the reader’s understanding. He has purposefully re-created or modified most datelines and headlines for each story, based upon the actual newspaper source, in an effort to add a greater degree of historical authenticity and nostalgic appeal for the reader.
These chronicles primarily pertain to Prince Edward Islandn(about 85%), but more than a dozen take place in the other Maritime Provinces (New Brunswick and Nova Scotia), as well as the neighboring Îles de la Madeleine; and one indirectly relates to Newfoundland.
A few tales, like the burning ship of the Northumberland Strait/Bay of Chaleur area, are regional in scope anyway. Understandably, due to the geographic location of P.E.I. and the other Maritime Provinces, many of the stories are centered around the sea.