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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 28, 1847

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p.3 Coroner's Inquest - An Inquest was held on Sunday last, on the body of a man who died from the prevailing sickness, on board the propeller Ericsson, which arrived from Montreal via the Rideau Canal, after a twelve days' passage, with two barges in tow, containing many emigrants, of whom several died on the way up. The detention on the journey was considered so long and so unnecessary, that through the active interference and instigation of John Counter, Esq., an Inquest was determined to be held on the body brought to Kingston. It was proved in the course of the investigation, that the propeller was wholly unfit for the purpose of transporting emigrants, much less to tow barges; that the passengers were detained one day at Lachine, and two days at Portland, R.C., to load a barge with wheat; and under these circumstances, the Jury brought in a verdict that the deceased's death was hastened by the leaky and unsound condition of the vessel, and the unnecessary detention on the passage. As the man died on board the Ericsson, a deodant? of £50 was laid upon that propeller which in reality operates as a fine to that amount upon the proprietor, and it may teach him a useful lesson.

For Sale - The new fast sailing, clinker built Sail Boat Oddfellow, with Iron Keel, Oars, Sails, etc. all new and complete; can be seen any time lying at anchor below the Bridge, in front of Rogers old Brewery.

For further particulars apply to Mr. Job Rogers, or to the Subscriber.


Kingston, July 27th, 1847.


Notice is hereby given that the water will be retained in the Lachine Canal until the night of Saturday, the 7th of August next, from which date the Navigation through the Canal will be suspended until further notice is given.

By order,

Thomas A. Bagley,

Sec'y Public Works.

Department of Public Works,

July 7th, 1847.


Rates Reduced

From Wednesday Next, the 28th inst., until the 31st of August next, the undersigned will charge the following Rates of Freight from Kingston to Montreal, and the same to Lachine, while the Canal is closed.

Flour, per barrel 0 1s. 0

Pork, per barrel 0 1s. 6d.

Wheat, per 60 lbs. 0 0 4 1/2d.

And other articles in proportion.


HOOKER, HOLTON & Co. Montreal, July 26th, 1847.

The Health of the City - Garden Island will not be used as emigrant hospital.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 28, 1847