p.1 Rumors of a planned attack on H.M. steamers Minos and Toronto, at Dunnville, by Patriots. [Niagara Chronicle]
p.2 A new steamer, called the America, was Wednesday launched in capital style from the yard of our Harbour & Dock Company. Mr. Bethune is owner of the new vessel, which is 5 feet longer than the Traveller, will be propelled by 1 engine of 60 hp, and is intended to ply between Toronto and Rochester. [Niagara Chronicle]
COURT OF KING'S BENCH.
Friday, 7th January, 1842.
Before Mr. Justice Rolland and a Special Jury.
Goodwin and another;
Henderson & Hooker.
This was a case of some importance to the Mercantile community. The Plaintiffs, who are speculators in wheat, bought a quantity of some 8000 bushels towards the close of the year 1839 in Ohio, which they brought out in two schooners, and consigned to the house of Macpherson & Crane at Kingston, to be forwarded to Montreal. Macpherson & Crane refused to receive the wheat, declaring they had more on hand to forward than they could conveniently do. In this emergency the plaintiffs applied to the Defendants, who have a branch of their firm at Kingston, who agreed to forward a part of the wheat (some 2000 bushels) to Montreal, in one of a brigade of boats which they daily expected to arrive at Prescott. That the remainder should be warehoused in the Defendant's stores, at Prescott, and might be conveyed early in the spring, the lateness of the season (about the 15th of December) and their other engagements precluding the possibility of forwarding more than 2000 bushels. Wheat at that time commanded the rather high price of 7s. 6d. per bushel. The barges, however, never reached their destination and the wheat remained in the stores of the Defendants at Prescott, and did not arrive at Montreal until the September following, when wheat had fallen 2s. per bushel from the price it ranged at when the agreement was entered into. The Plaintiffs now bring an action of damages assessed at £1050 for the loss incurred by them in consequence of the non-fulfillment of their contract.
The examination of witnesses, and the addresses by the respective Counsel occupied the whole day. Mr. Justice Rolland, after summing up, in a lucid and learned charge to the Jury, laid down the law which he considered applicable to this case, and touching upon the peculiar business carried on by forwarders in this Province.
The Jury, after a short absence, brought in a verdict for the Plaintiffs of £100 damages.
Messrs. Fisher & Smith appeared on behalf of the Plaintiffs, Mr. Walker for the Defendants. [Montreal Gazette]
Efforts to Divert Trade from N.Y. - projects contemplated in Canada by St. Lawrence improvements to divert trade. [N.Y. Express]