p.1 Report on Welland Canal - figures on volumes of products, etc. (full column)
p.2 On Tuesday night last, as the splendid steamer, the Princess Royal, was coming up from Kingston, she encountered a tremendous gale from the S.W., a very heavy sea struck her, carrying away a large part of her bulkhead, and washed Capt. Colcleugh from the Promenade Deck, he was saved fortunately by clinging to the gaff. We rejoice in common with all who know Capt. Colcleugh at this marvellous escape. [Patriot]
articles for a Steam Navigation Co. already drawn up, a steam ship designed for navigating Lake Ontario will be started in spring. [Rochester Democrat quoting Buffalo Commercial Ad.]
A little dust was kicked up in town last week, notwithstanding the frost and snow. The Messrs. Ives have dismantled and laid up their Schooners for the winter, and directed the mate of the Superior to dry the colours previous to their being stowed away. In doing this, he hung the American flag above the British. This arrangement was observed by two or three of our steamboat captains and some others, and taking offence at it, they went aboard the schooner and hauled down the flags, in doing which two of them were torn. The mate (who is a British subject, a Welshman) explained that as the flags were merely hung up to dry, and not on the signal halliard, he had paid no attention to the arrangement, and hung the American flag highest because it was the longest, to keep it out of the water. He also offered to alter the flags himself, but this did not satisfy his visitors, who did the business themselves. They were summoned before the magistrates for the trespass, and fined 5s. each, besides 7s. 6d. for the damage to the flags; Mr. Ives remitted the fine. It is to be regretted that men who pride themselves on their British feeling should so easily adopt the practices of our neighbours their proneness to resort to Lynch law. If the arrangement of the flags had been intended for an insult, there are proper authorities who would have set the matter right had they been applied to. We neither honour the British flag, nor promote British feeling by taking the law into our own hands.
Mr. Hitchings for the defence contended the action was quite harmless, arising out of a proper national feeling not to allow the least insult to our national flag; that the flags being torn was by accident, and asked would it be legal or right to punish any persons under the petty trespass act, who going upon a neighbors premises happened to break a jug? Mr. Macdonald said the defendants were committing an unlawful act, not by going peaceably on board, but by ordering the person in charge of the vessel, to do and themselves in doing an act which they had no legal right to do; that if such pleas could be allowed, private injury might be inflicted under a pretended zeal of loyalty. That it was not a just comparison, the accidental breaking of a jug on a persons premises when doing no wrong, to that of doing damage by making a different arrangement without the owner's leave. That it was clearly a species of Lynch law. The chairman said a majority of the magistrates considered the act illegal. Messrs. McFarlane & Marks openly expressed that opinion, on the bench with them were Messrs. Wilson & Baker & Capt. Sandom.
In connection with this or rather growing out of it, Mr. Geo. Ives was fined 25s. by Mr. McFarlane for an assault upon Wm. Steers, clerk in one of the public offices, who in company with others were met by George Ives, who asked Steers if he were one of the party cutting up shines on board the Schooner a short time ago, Steers, gave an evasive answer and was making off when Ives took hold of his coat, (the witnesses differed materially in their opinions on that point, on one side it was stated, Ives pulled Steers violently, and on the other only gently with a view to draw his attention to the enquiry he was making.) Steers aimed a blow at Ives, who returned the compliment, and they parted.
Winter seems to have set in. Snow fell last week, accompanied with keen frost. The navigation is drawingn to a close, and Schooners & Steamboats are taking up their winter quarters. The lake packets are still running. The Kingston attempted to go up the Bay of Quinte on Saturday, but got no farther than about a mile past Culbertson's, the Bay above being frozen up. Messrs. Ferguson & McGibbon's new steam-boat Aid came up this morning from below, and forced her way through the ice to their wharf; and 3 or 4 barges are expected up with goods; but the forwarding business is about closed for the season. The mail packet Niagara will make another trip to Toronto, and then lay up. The River boats are laid up, and the east mail is sent by land.
Windsor Road Company has built a new warehouse 120 x 40, three stories high, spacious wharf, Windsor Bay the natural outlet for townships of Whitby, Pickering, parts of Darlington and Markham; Board of Works have determined on improving Windsor Harbor and building a road to the rear of the District. [Toronto Examiner]