The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 18, 1834

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p.2 It will be seen by a notice in our paper of today, that the beautiful new steamer Brockville is to commence her trips on the 1st day of April next. We understand that until the roads are well settled she will run between the Long Sault and Kingston, for the comfort and accommodation of travellers. She is without exception the handsomest boat on the river. [Brockville Recorder]

The navigation of the lake has opened unusually early this year. The ice went out of our harbor on Saturday last, and the whole coast of the lake, as well as the River St. Lawrence, we understand is entirely clear. A schooner arrived here from Oswego yesterday.

[Sacketts Harbour Courier]

p.3 Mr. Editor: - On Saturday last, I was summonsed to the Court of Requests to answer the complaint of a sailor who shipped on board a schooner under my command by the month, and who left the vessel thirteen days after he entered without leave. His wages I refused to pay, according to established Maritime custom, no sailor being entitled to demand any wages for a portion of a month's service, if he leaves the ship on his own account before the month is up. Many decisions have made this fact notorious even in these inland seas. About three months ago, Capt. Harper of the Steam Boat St. George was summonsed by one of his men for wages under the like circumstances, and on the same day I was summoned on a similar charge. In both of these cases the Commissioners gave their decision in favor of the vessels against the men. But on this occasion, in the teeth of the former judgements, the sailor gained his suit, and I was ordered to pay the debt and costs.

I can attribute this decision to no other cause than private pique. The public may recollect a few weeks ago when I was stigmatized in the Chronicle of this town, as the "son of a noted smuggler; " this occasioned angry words between the publisher (one of the sitting Commissioners,) and myself, in which I took the liberty of telling him what I thought of his conduct in that respect. To my free behavior on that day, I attribute the decision against me and against all former precedents.

Considering myself ill-used on this occasion, and also by the Commissioners having permitted and encouraged the use of most abusive language towards me by the Plaintiff, I remonstrated with them, and in the heat of passion refused to pay the debt. Upon which I was without further ceremony dragged away like a criminal and placed in the cells amongst the refuse of mankind, for what they were pleased to call contempt of court; although it was not considered any contempt of court to have me blackguarded openly by my own man. After being confined about an hour, I was called before the same Commissioners and discharged.

I have laid the particulars of this scandalous transaction before the public, and no comment on my part is wanted.

Kingston, March 16th, 1834. JOHN IVES

Note by the Editor - The language permitted by the Commissioners to be used in Court between Plaintiff and Defendant, is generally of an infamous nature.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 18, 1834