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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1849

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p.2 Serious Accident - A melancholy accident occurred on Wednesday last on board the river mail steamer Passport, on her upward trip. The Passport was nearly opposite Lancaster, when, from some as yet unexplained cause, an escape of steam took place, which rushing among a body of emigrants who were near the boiler, occassioned the death of 16 of their number and more or less injury to 21 others. Two leaped overboard into the lake and were drowned. We give the names of the sufferers. This unfortunate affair will doubtless undergo a thorough inivestigation before a coroner's jury. In all such cases inquiry cannot be too searching, either for the public interest or for that of the parties immediately concerned. On receipt of the disastrous intelligence at the mail office here, orders were at once despatched for procuring all necessary medical aid for the surviving sufferers.

Drowned - Jane Roony, Hannah Forsyth.

Dead - Mary Brown, Jane Brown, Mrs. Glarrner and two children, Christine Barnhart and 1 child, James Ferguson, Mrs. Boyd, son and daughter, Mrs. Garvin and daughter, Jane Colton.

Injured severely - Thomas Bridle, Hugh Halton & wife, J. Ferguson, Arthur O'Connor, John Brown, Thomas Gordon, P. Sullivan, Ann Hickey, Peggy Cummins, Ann Brown, Robert Ross & wife, C. Knox.

Injured slightly - Catherine Mullin, Mrs. Small, Wm. Cook, Two Canadians, Hugh Montgomery, Wm. Hannah.

p.3 Trade of the St. Lawrence - The Herald of Montreal thus notices the arrival at that city, of two large vessels from the upper lakes:

We mentioned in our last the arrival of some schooners loaded with Western produce, and we have since col lected some information relative to their voyages, which may be of interest to our mercantile readers at a distance. The Western is loaded with 4100 bushels of Indian Corn, 222 barrels of Lard, and 35 barrels of Pork. The Moses and Elias has brought 5625 bushels of Indian Corn, and 4 bales of Tennessee Cotton. Both vessels are from Toledo, and are to be followed by the Miranda, which vessel will probably reach this city tomorrow, with 10,000 bush. of Indian Corn. The Western and Moses and Elias have made the voyage from Toledo in ten and a half and eleven days. The deepest of them draws eight feet water, and neither have touched any where throughout the navigation. Both vessels are chartered to return to Toledo with cargoes of salt, which will be put on board them alongside, from a vessel now in port from St. Ubes, at a freight of 8 cents per 80 lbs, equal to something less than $2 1/2 per ton. The Sophia Car, a Canadian schooner, also arrived yesterday, from a similar voyage, laden with Indian Corn, Meal and Flour in bond, and proceeded for Quebec, where the American vessel s cannot go at present, owing to the operation of the navigation laws. She is also chartered for a return voyage with pig iron, which she is to deliver at Chicago, at $4.50 per ton. It may be worthy of notice that this freight, for the voyage to Chicago, is agreed for at 25 cents per ton lower than the rate paid recently for a cargo of railroad iron, shipped at Quebec for Cleveland, although the latter port is some hundreds of miles nearer than the former. The four bales of Cotton, which have come down in the Moses and Elias, have been sent as an experiment of the advantages of this route when compared with that by New York. They are intended for the Sherbrooke Factory. We believe there can be no doubt that the rates of upward freight here given, are so low as to place the St. Lawrence route out of al l danger of competition. We have conversed with the Captains of the American schooners, and they agree in their praise of the accommodation of the port and the facilities of the voyage. Both of them assured us that nothing could prevent a very extensive trade on the St. Lawrence with the American Lake Ports.

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1849