Adam Chapter Fourteen

Kingwell By Kingwell, 15th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1fsg4lbp/
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Adam follows with interest as The National Convention continues it's deliberations in St. John's. Mona has some upsetting news.

A Knack For Teaching

Mona had a sister living in Petersview, and so had no problem with accommodations when she and Adam went there to write exams in June of 1947. She was naturally a little nervous as she knew none of the other students, and so was happy to learn that Adam would be in the same classroom. Adam of course, stayed with his friend Baxter who was also writing the grade ten exams. Baxter had also passed grade nine the year before but was still having problems. Adam was glad to help and appeared to have a knack for teaching.
As the two studied, they were both very aware that the following September would see them beginning their last year of high school. Adam spoke as he had so often before, of his desire to enter Memorial College in St. John’s, but had made no plans beyond that. Mona, he knew, wanted to become a nurse, and hoped to do her training at The Grace Maternity Hospital in St. John’s. Baxter too, had thought of college but doubted that his grades were good enough to meet the entrance requirements... Adam, he knew, had no such worries.

A National Convention Convenes in St. John's

The week flew by quickly and soon Adam and Mona were back in Little Valley. Adam once again returned to the fishing boat but often his thoughts were on other things. He continued to follow the news religiously as well as reading every book and magazine that came from St. John’s via the travelling library program. Occasionally, a few outdated copies of the city’s two daily newspapers, The Daily News and The Evening Telegram would be included with the books and Adam read them all.
The National Convention with 45 members representing 38 districts, had convened in St. John’s on the 11th of September the previous year, and under the watchful eye of Judge Cyril Fox, it was to consider and discuss … “the changes that have taken place in the financial and economic situation of the island since 1934, and bearing in mind the extent to which the high revenues of recent years have been due to wartime conditions, to examine the condition of the country and to make recommendations to Government as to the possible future forms of government to be put before the people at a national referendum” .
It soon became clear that “the merchant class” was determined that the island return to self-government and had as their spokesman, local war hero and renowned orator Major Peter Cashin. Major Cashin had vehemently opposed the commission of government and now came out solidly in favour of a return to responsible government.

Everything appeared to be going as planned until the 28th of October of that year, when J. R. Smallwood, the representative from Bonavista Centre moved that the Convention send a delegation to Ottawa to ascertain possible terms of union with Canada. Smallwood was one of the few members who openly supported joining the Canadian confederation. His motion found only 17 supporters, and sparked a bitter and divisive debate which polarized the Convention.
In these circumstances, an impartial assessment of the country’s condition and prospects became a near impossibility. Eventually, the Convention decided to send delegations to London and to Ottawa, both of them led by the Convention’s new chairman, F. Gordon Bradley (Bonavista East), himself an active confederate. (Fox had died on 16 November 1946).
Adam had followed the proceedings of the convention as they were broadcast on VONF, the government owned radio station, and knew that the delegation to Ottawa had departed Newfoundland just three days earlier. Although too young to vote by five years, Adam already had strong opinions on the subject, and was convinced that the people of his little island nation would be better served as a province of Canada. The delegation was to return in one month, but was still in Ottawa when Adam returned to school in September.

Mona's Delima

Adam had won the district scholarship of one hundred dollars again the previous school year and Mona had passed grade nine with an average of 75%, again, no small feat for the community’s one room school system. A week later, he learned that Baxter would also be in his final year of school when it opened in September. Mona and Adam continued to study together on weekends, and the two no longer tried to hide the fact, that that their relationship had become something more than just good friends. From Monday to Thursday, they saw each other only at school but weekends were different.
One Friday night shortly after ten, as Adam was walking her home, he noticed that Mona was especially quiet. When he spoke of it, she suddenly starting crying and wrapped her arms around him. Finally she confessed to what was bothering her. Her mother, she told Adam, had been ill for several weeks, and it had now reached a point where she could no longer care for the family. As the oldest unmarried daughter, there was no choice but for her to leave school to care for her, as well as her father and two younger brothers.
Adam, who knew how much his girlfriend had counted on finishing school, and following a career in nursing, was dumbfounded. He hugged Mona gently as his mind searched for the right words to comfort her. When Mona had regained her composure, the two talked about the situation until they realized it was well past her curfew time of 10:30. They had agreed that she would ask Mrs. Walsh to set lessons for her to study in her spare time at home, and that Adam would help her at night and on weekends.

When she objected, saying that his grades might suffer, he gave her that boyish smile that had already won her heart and simply said “I’ve got it covered, you have enough to worry about – now let’s get you home before your father comes after me with a shotgun”.
Mrs. Walsh was more than willing to help Mona in any possible way. She agreed to assign her homework, and even offered her services free during after school hours – at her home if necessary. It was common knowledge that Mona and Adam were her favourites but no one appeared to mind. Adam missed Mona at school during the first week but always found a few minutes to spend with her after school. It was agreed that Adam would come to her house on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a one hour study period, and that they would spend as much time together as much time together as possible on weekends.

Tensions Highten At The Convention.

The Newfoundland delegation to Ottawa that had left in June for supposedly one month did not return until early October. Adam was smart enough to realize that something was afoot. The group had indeed stayed in Ottawa until they had obtained from the Canadian government an acceptable draft of the terms of union which could be discussed by the Convention and the electorate. Those opposed to such a union were infuriated at this turn of events. Bradley was forced to resign as chairman of the Convention and was replaced John McEvoy. The convention now turned to the final stages of its business and Adam waited in eager anticipation. He knew, what many adults didn’t, that the decisions made by this convention would affect life in Newfoundland like nothing before in its history. The world was changing and Britain’s oldest colony would have change with it!
TO BE CONTINUED -See Chapter Fifteen
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author avatar Retired
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Great share. thanks!

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Apr 2015 (#)

How did I miss answering this? Thank you Jessica my friend. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Another great Chapter! Great story!

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you for following my friend and somehow I missed this comment earlier. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
15th Mar 2015 (#)

I enjoyed reading that, thankyou. =)

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Coffee Queen.

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author avatar spirited
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Our lives are profoundly connected to/affected by/even altered by, our families at times, as Mona's was here by duty to her mother.

Insightfully written Kingwell

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you spirited. I am grateful for your comments and encouragement. Blessings.

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author avatar WOGIAM
16th Mar 2015 (#)

I enjoyed your aticle, kudos on the way you used your words.

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you WOGIAM. I am pleased that you like my writing. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
16th Mar 2015 (#)

was it really British's oldest colony? for example the Bahamas was a colony for 119 years, starting from 1719 -1976

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol for your comments. Newfoundland became a British colony in 1583 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Blessings,

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author avatar Utah Jay
16th Mar 2015 (#)

It seems the world is always changing, just as we are now...Great writing.

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Mar 2015 (#)

These were the politics of the day and Adam sees the changes that it will bring. Blessing.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Mar 2015 (#)

Events unfolding both at personal and at wider levels. Good to read Adam is in the thick of them and also plays a meaningful part. Lovely share Kingwell - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank You Siva. Nice to see you are back here. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
2nd Apr 2015 (#)

Great chapter Kingwell. I felt so sorry for Mona but Adam will be such a help to her and so will Mrs. Walsh. Blessings

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author avatar Kingwell
3rd Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you for continuing to follow Nancy. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
3rd Apr 2015 (#)

Kingwell, Happy Easter and many blessings to you!

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author avatar Kingwell
3rd Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you NANCY. Happy Easter to you as well. Blessings.

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