Regulation Concerning The Transport of Bodies

By order of the Provincial Minister of Health, 1916

The body of anyone who has died of bubonic plague, smallpox, asiatic cholera, typhus fever, scarlet fever or any communicable disease in respect of which the Minister of Health may declare by regulation this regulation to be applicable shall not be transported by railway, boat or other conveyance within the Province or beyond it, unless all orifices of the body have first been blocked with absorbent cotton, the body itself wrapped in a sheet saturated with a strong disinfectant fluid, and the body enclosed in metal or metal-lined coffin or casket that is permanently sealed to prevent its being opened and to prevent leakage.

These provisions shall be carried out to the satisfaction of the Medical Health Officer of the district concerned or other constituted authority, whose certificate to this effect shall appear on the outside of the coffin or casket.

Mark Robinson Journal July 16

Monday, July 16
Morning fine and clear I washed and Baked Bread We spent forenoon cleaning up around and. Mr and Mrs Dougherty called this morning and got Key to look over the Boys Camp at Little Joe Lake.

Charles Scrim reported that Tom Thompson’s body was found in Canoe Lake by Geo Rowe this morning about 9 am.

I reported to Mr. Bartlett over the phone and he wired for the coronor and County Crown Attorney.

Body found by Dr. G. W. Howland, M.B., M.R.C.P. of 538 Spadina Ave Toronto who Directed Guides Geo Rowe and Lowrie Dixon to Body they took same and put it near shore. Later Martin Blecher Jr. and Mr. Hugh Trainor Put Blanket over body and it remained there all day.

Telephone Transcript Robinson Bartlett

9:40am July 16, 1917

TRANSCRIPT RANGER TELEPHONE LINE JOE LAKE SHELTER HOUSE ALGONQUIN PARK HEADQUARTERS.

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OFF HOOK

BARTLETT HERE.

IT’S ROBINSON. REPORTS ARE THOMSON’S BODY FOUND THIS MORNING.

WHERE?

CANOE LAKE. BY LITTLE WAP.

WHO FOUND IT?

A VISITOR AT THE STATTEN CABIN. ROWE AND DICKSON CONFIRMED. I GOT THE MESSAGE FROM CHARLIE SCRIM, A GUEST AT MOWAT LODGE. I HAVEN’T BEEN DOWN YET.

IN THE WATER?

YES SIR. THAT’S THE REPORT. BODY IN BAD SHAPE.

KEEP IT IN THE WATER. I’LL GET THE CORONER FROM NORTH BAY. SHOULD BE HERE BY EVENING. WE’LL NEED UNDERTAKERS TOO.

YES SIR.

KEEP THIS QUIET. [… UNINTELLIGIBLE… ] YOU GOT THAT?

YES SIR.

KEEP ME UPDATED.

YES SIR.

GOODBYE.

GOODBYE.

ON HOOK