WORKING OFD TH$ NEW PLAN OV GOVI;RNMI:NT. 249
lands should be put under its control, and that responsible government should be granted. The British Government still refused responsible government, but agreed to the other conditions. The Reformers persisted, however, and after their leader, George Coles, had moved a vote of want of confidence in the execu-
tive council, the assembly refused to go on with the ordinary business of the session. The result was that responsible government was granted in 1851.
Newfound- The people of New-
land. foundland began to iagitate for responsible government about 1847,
47, and obtained it in 1855. In 1846 there was a terrible
fire ai St. John's. A few NveeKS UEORGF COLFS.
later a frightful storm caused the loss of many lives, and wrecked ships, fish-stages, and houses along the shore.k