excerpts from the SKATING section of SPIRIT OF THE
TIMES Jan 31 1885, page 5
MORE ABOUT SKATING IN BLUENOSE LAND
(by correspondent F.H.R.)
ST. JOHN N. B. Jan. 26
Some interesting skating contests have occurred in this vicinity of
The St. John River and lakes adjoining were in prime condition for
skating until recently. Lieutenant-Colonel Mannsell, D.A.G., on the 10th
inst., skated from St. John to Fredericton, 84 miles, in 7h. 10m. The
colonel states that he skated five miles out of his way by losing his
bearings at the mouth of Jemseg.
THE LONG REACH SKATE.
"F. H. R.", our attentive correspondent at St. John. N. B., sent
this week drawings and full description of the famous Long
Reach skates, used by all the speed skaters of the Maritime
Provinces. By a curious coincidence, when this letter was opened, Mr.
J. A. Whelpley, of Greenwich. N. B., the inventor and manufacturer of
these skates, was sitting in our office, and our desk was littered with
specimens of the various styles and sizes of Long Reach skates. Mr.
Whelpley is of a skating family, each of the four brothers having won
many races. He has made skates for twenty years, and bringing to their
manufacture mechanical skill, inventive ability, and long experience as
an expert skater, he has added improvement after improvement until the
present Long Reach skate stands at the head of all speed skates.