#00689
Who Stopped The Gun? (Maurice A Devine)

"Now hasten forth, reporter man," the Editor did say,
"For some important news is out about the town today;
Go down to Skipper Eli Dawe and question him, my son;
He knows, I s'pose, who told Tom Rose
To stop the Sunday Gun."

Then straight hied that reporter man to Skipper Eli Dawe,
And sought the information with considerable awe;
"I cannot tell," the Skipper said, "but ask E C Watson;
He knows, I s'pose, who told Tom Rose
To stop the Sunday Gun."

E C received the pencil-fiend with bland and kindly smile,
And said, "I'll get the news you want in just a little while;
I'll inquire of H C Morris (he is out now for a run),
He knows, I s'pose, who told Tom Rose
To stop the Sunday Gun."

Ere long the stalwart form of Mr Morris hove in sight;
He said, "My dear reporter man, go call on Richard White;
For information of this sort, good Richard takes the bun;
He knows, I s'pose, who told Tom Rose
To stop the Sunday Gun."

Good Richard, in his kindly way, received the wandering scribe,
And said he always had a liking for the tribe,
But for such information Captain English is the one;
"He knows, I s'pose, who told Tom Rose
To stop the Sunday Gun."

The captain calmly listened to the scribbler's tale of woe,
And said he always told the papers anything he'd know;
"Try Mr Wheatley; he's the man who'll ask no better fun;
He knows, I s'pose, who told Tom Rose
To stop the Sunday Gun."

To Mr Wheatley's private den the wanderer led the way;
But the lights were out, and doors were locked,
It was the close of day;
But 'round the vaulted corridor an echoing run;
Who knows, I s'pose, who asked Tom Rose
To stop the Sunday Gun.

The brave policeman on his beat was shocked at dawn of day
To find the body of a man, prone, lifeless by the way;
The spirit of the puzzled scribe had flown beyond the sun
And now knows, I s'pose, who told Tom Rose
To stop the Sunday Gun.

####.... Maurice A Devine [1859-1915] of Kings Cove, Bonavista Bay, NL ....####
See more songs by the Devines.

From Parks Canada, Eastern Newfoundland:
The noonday gun on Signal Hill in St John's was fired for approximately 155 years starting about 1840. For a brief period in 1906 the local clergy told the signalman, Tom Rose, to stop firing the gun on Sundays. The clergy's request was overruled by public opinion.



line

Index Page
GEST Songs Of Newfoundland And Labrador



line

~ Copyright Info ~

~ Privacy Policy ~

Confirm Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Here