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.
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.
9:40am July 16, 1917
TRANSCRIPT RANGER TELEPHONE LINE JOE LAKE SHELTER HOUSE ALGONQUIN PARK HEADQUARTERS.
IT’S ROBINSON. REPORTS ARE THOMSON’S BODY FOUND THIS MORNING.
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.
KEEP THIS QUIET. [… UNINTELLIGIBLE… ] YOU GOT THAT?
KEEP ME UPDATED.
Saturday July 15, 1917
I went and patrolled east and north shore of Canoe Lake in search for Tom Thompson found no trace of him and I returned home.
Saturday, July 14, 1917
Morning fine Ranger Patterson returned this morning having visited Huntsvile getting no information of importance regarding Tom Thompson. I was feeling very tired and remained at Home all day meeting trains etc
Ranger Patterson returned to Moose Lake.
Mr. Thompson Left for his home this morning.
Friday, July 13, 1917
We returned to Canoe. Myself and son Jack Robinson searched Bertrams Island and the western shore of Canoe Lake also the portage to Gaunther Lakes to which we carried our canoe. After searching the Gaunther Lakes we went north up the Gilmore road for about half a mile when we turned west for a mile then north to a large beaver pond which we went around and travelled south the Gills Creek where we turned west to Gills Lake. At Gill’s Lake we found Mr. Colsons canoe or canvas boat. Found no traces of any person having been there for some time. We returned to Canoe Lake having called on Mr. Fraser and Mr. Thompson. We also called on Mr. Lowrie Dixon and fire Ranger MacDonald then returned home and met evening train.