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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 26, 1840

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Report of the Grand Jury on the Subject of the Late Fire.

Midland District, To Wit: We, the Grand Jurors of Our Lady the Queen, do present, that having deemed it our duty to examine into the circumstances connected with the origin of the calamitous fire which occurred in this Town on the morning of the 18th of April last, Report, that after a patient investigation of the matter, and hearing a large mass of evidence on the subject, give it as our opinion that the destructive element was communicated to the Buildings on Mr. Counter's wharf, by the American steamer Telegraph, which vessel was lying on the west side of said wharf, and which, in consequence of a strong gale of south-westerly wind, fired up and left the place about 12 o'clock on the night of the 17th ultimo.

Wm. McKay, Foreman.

Grand Jury Room, Kingston, 21st May, 1840.

(Editor does not agree with Grand Jury's verdict on cause of fire, and quotes a letter from Rochester which says it was arson, caused by friends of people who went to gallows for their part in late rebellion.)



The New Steam Boat


W.T. Johnson, Master,

Leaves Kingston for the Head of the Bay every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Mornings, at 9 o'clock precisely, and leaves Belleville every Monday, Wednesday and Friday Mornings, at seven o'clock.

This Boat touches at all the intermediate Towns and stopping Places, both on her upward and downward Trips, with the exception of the Isle of Tanti, at which place she stops four times a week - Monday and Friday downwards; Tuesday and Thursday, upwards.

For Sale - A Handsome New Boat. Sails very fast, and is equally well adapted for a Steamer or for pleasure. Apply at the office of the Kingston Marine Rail Way Company, to


Kingston, May 22, 1840.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), May 26, 1840