The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), May 21, 1844

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p.3 Assizes - On Saturday was tried an action brought by Mr Burckle, of Oswego, against Messrs. Macpherson & Crane, to recover the value of some flour that was burnt in the great fire at Kingston. The jury were in from 5 o'clock on Saturday afternoon to half past nine on Monday morning, and as they could not agree they were discharged. We understand that nine of the jury held that as the flour was not consigned to any house below, but the defendants advanced $3 per barrel on it, and were to dispose of it to the best advantage, this rendered them Commission Merchants in the transaction, in which capacity they were not liable. The other three jurors held that the defendants were only acting as Common Carriers and therefore were liable. It is understood that there are several other suits of the same nature against the same parties.

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Rick Neilson
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Kingston Herald (Kingston, ON), May 21, 1844