The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Kingston News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 24, 1846

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p.2 Relief To The Sufferers By the Cedar Island Calamity - [Chronicle and Gazette]

p.3 The Harbor Bill - The Corporation has at length come to a decision upon the Harbor Bill, which has been republished with a reduced schedule of taxation. The parties chiefly interested in this measure - the owners and masters of vessels - see no necessity whatever for the proposed Act. All the wharves and shipping facilities in the harbor are the property of private individuals, and the Corporation has not expended one penny in any shape for the benefit of the parties to be taxed by the bill. The question then is naturally asked, upon what principle is the imposition to be made? We confess ourselves unable to furnish an answer. On the other hand this imposition may be attended with positive injury to the interests of the city, as parties will even allow their interests to suffer to some extent to resist what they conceive to be injustice. We will suppose a not very improbable case. There is a large stave and timber forwarding establishment at Garden Island, two miles distant from the harbor, employing a large number of vessels, and to the proprietors of this establishment the Corporation tax, which absurdly extends to them, must amount to a heavy charge. Now it would be a very simple thing for them to evade this, but their removal, by taking from us the expenditure of perhaps £8,000 or £10,000 a year, would be rather a serious matter to this city. Then it is not difficult for others to follow the example of Messrs. H. & S. Jones, and fix establishments beyond the Corporation limits similar to that at Port Sydney, and thus deprive the city of a further amount of trade. These are facts worthy of consideration. They have prevailed we believe, to defeat the extravagance of some of the members of the Council, but we should like to see them so far influence that body as to induce it to confine the assessment to a sum simply sufficient to maintain a harbor master. Where we have not sown, we surely have not a right to reap. And in the precarious state of our shipping trade, the imposition of taxes upon shipping in the harbor is not only unjust but highly impolite.

The Montreal Transcript says that a man named John Allen, belonging to the schooner Canadian, of Belleville, fell from on board that vessel on Saturday morning last, above the Cedar Rapids. The accident was caused by the boom jibing, and notwithstanding every effort made to save him, he sunk to rise no more.

Bankrupt - Matthew Thomas Hunter, of the City of Kingston, Ship Chandler; Commission issued 10th September.

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Kingston News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 24, 1846