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de la BASTIDE & JACELON
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO:
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
IN THE ESTATE OF
FREDERICK WALTER HAMER -
Late of 5 La Seiva Avenue, Maraval in
the Ward of Diego Martin in the Island of
Trinidad, who died on the 5th day of
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
creditors and other persons having claims
against the estate of the above-named
Frederick Walter Hamer - Deceased
should give notice in writing to the under-
signed who are the Attorneys-at-Law for
Republic Bank Limited the Executor of the
Will of the above-named Deceased, not
later than Friday September 25, 2015
after which time the Executor intends to
distribute the estate of the said Deceased
among the persons entitled thereto hav-
ing regard only to the claims for which
notice have been received by the
Dated the, 17th day of August, 2015.
de la Bastide & Jacelon
17 - 19 Pembroke Street
Attorneys-at-Law for the Executor
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for AUGUST 21ST, 2015
Walking up the incline from Ply-
mouth jetty to return to my car, I
notice the sign for the Mystery
Tombstone. I have heard and read
about this tourist attraction, but have
never seen it. Now is my opportu-
The simple grave is painted black
with white words etched onto its sur-
face. The best known portion of the
text, featured in most tourism liter-
ature, reads: "She was a mother with-
out knowing it and a wife without
letting her husband know it except
by her kind indulgences to him."
I ponder: Did Betty Stiven die dur-
ing childbirth and never have the
opportunity to know motherhood?
And her husband...how could he not
Interested in hearing other perspec-
tives, I ask a few random people.
My first conversation is with a
woman from Carnbee who suggests
that Betty Stiven was pregnant, but
died before giving birth...and that she
was married, but had an "outside
man" whom she treated like a "hus-
band" but never told about her legal
husband...Or maybe she got a man
drunk and married him without his
A shop owner in Crown Point says
of the inscription: "I felt it was totally
confusing and I wondered if it was
An elderly fruit vendor tells me that
he has heard about it but has never
been to see the grave.
"But if I read out the inscription to
you, will you tell me what it suggests
to you?" I ask.
"No, because seeing is believing,"
he says. "I would have to actually see
that grave to know what I feel about
A multifaceted mystery
Later, while buying supplies in a small Bon Accord
grocery, I ask the cashier if she has heard about
the Mystery Tombstone.
She looks at me with wide eyes, slowly shakes
her head and states that she " fraid dem thing."
"It s nothing to be scared of," I say.
"It s a tourist site---a grave with this inscription
written on it."
As I start to read the words, recognition sparks
on her face. She has heard this apparent riddle
before, but never quite understood it.
"Maybe the slave master did rape she and she
mind she son without knowing it was she own,"
A man standing nearby pipes up: "You want to
know the story? You want to know the real story?"
Convinced by his confidence, the cashier and I
are all ears. I begin to scribble down the words as
his version of the story unfolds ...
"In those days on the slave plantation there was
something called the Bull Pen with big black men.
When young slave girls did first see their blood,
they would be sent up to the Bull Pen, but they
would have to pass the Master s house first. They
would blindfold her so she wouldn t be able to see
who do what.
"The Master would do he business, then they
would send she in the Bull Pen. They used to breed
them like pig to produce more slaves for work.
"When the child born, it was red. They send
away the child to Scotland, but when it grow and
come back, it saw this same slave woman, fell in
love with her and married her, not knowing she
was the mother."
One can also go online and read a variety of the-
ories about the grave, but the answers from people
on the street, are very creative and could give even
the most popular soap opera a run for its money.
The simple grave is painted black with white words etched onto its surface. The
best known portion of the text, featured in most tourism literature, reads: "She
was a mother without knowing it and a wife without letting her husband know
it except by her kind indulgences to him."
My first conversation is with a woman from
Carnbee who suggests that Betty Stiven was
pregnant, but died before giving birth...and that
she was married, but had an "outside man" whom
she treated like a "husband" but never told about
her legal husband...Or maybe she got a man drunk
and married him without his sober knowledge.
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