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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 25, 1834

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To the Editor of the British Whig.

Sir, - Having business to transact at Mr. Drummond's wharf last Saturday evening, and having finished, a friend and I stepped on board the steam-boat Thomas McKay, which had recently arrived; when to our astonishment and great annoyance, we beheld about a dozen of the Kingston Carters acting in a rude and unbecoming manner, by pushing with great violence one against another; and against the inoffending passengers, to the great disgust and indignation of the persons on board, and of the spectators on the wharf. This shameful and uncalled-for exhibition of unmanliness and brutality having ended there, (for by the bye they were expelled from the boat,) they commenced the same scenes on the crowded wharf, by knocking a poor passenger down on the hard boarding; and as soon as the man recovered from his fall, he attempted to remonstrate with his assailant, when the ruffian carter with a whip in his hand, and encouraged by the rest of his fellows, threatened to strike the poor man on his face if he said one word more; at last the fellows perceiving the spectators notice their conduct, they moved off to the road where their horses stood, and finding no game there adapted to their disgusting inclinations, commenced a battle of their own, two of the party differing and going to combat, and which battle terminated in two or three blows.

What will the proprietors of wharfs say, or think, when they meet this statement, and which I can validate by gentlemen present? Indeed I need only refer them to J. Nickalls, Esq. Clerk of the Peace of this place, for a corroboration of this statement.

Sir, I should like in future to see strict watch kept over these impudent gentry, so that a recurrence of such gross and unmanly conduct may be prevented.

Sir, by inserting the above in your journal, you will oblige yours, etc.


Kingston, July 24th, 1834.

34 vessels of different classes passed the Welland Canal from the 11th to 20th June, inclusive.

The Trade on the Rideau Canal is in full vigor; the Rideau Steamboat is in active operation, as are also the Thomas McKay and Margaret.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 25, 1834