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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 20, 1851

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p.2 funerals announced for Thomas Grist and Thomas Thorne, victims of yachting tragedy.


To the Editor of the British Whig.

Kingston, August 20th, 1851.

Sir:- Allow me through the medium of your paper, to call the attention of Steamboat Proprietors, on both lake and river, to a grievance which a large portion of the Merchants and Forwarders suffer from - the permission granted by Steamboat owners to their Pursers, Captains, Engineers and Stewards, and every person in their employ, inclucding the Mail Conductors, in putting themselves in Competition with their principle supporters in the different articles of Trade, viz.: Flour, Pork, Apples, etc., etc. I think it is really unfair that owners of the steamboats should allow their servants to place themselves in competition with those who make it their business to carry on trade in this way. Mr. Editor, I would not like to be considered that would wish to curb any man from doing his utmost in making money, but this Competition is an injury we cannot put up with - for two obvious reasons, viz.: we Merchants pay heavy rents and taxes; also pay heavy fares on board these boats; and on the other side, those belonging to the boats pay neither of these; they pay no taxes - they pay no fares; the consequence is, the latter can undersell the former in the markets.

I hope that the above remarks will have the desired effect, viz. putting a stop to such unfair competiton.

I remain yours,


Buffalo, 15th August - The 2nd cook of the steamboat Buckeye State, named Daniels, was arrested this morning as a a Fugitive Slave from Louisville, Kentucky. He is claimed by a man named Moore. It was kept as still as possible, but the report soon spread through the city, and a crowd soon collected around the building in which he was confined.

An attempt was made to take him to Jail in a private carriage, but a very large and excited crowd blocked up the passage, seizing the horses by the bits and making threats of violence if he was not released.

The fire bells rung, which served in a measure to disperse the crowd, and he was then taken to the watch house still followed by a large crowd. This is all that has transpired up to this time.

FOR SALE - The Yacht BREEZE, with Sails, Rigging, Anchor, Chain, Cable and Iron Ballast, etc. Apply to D. O'Gorman, Barriefield.

Collision on Lake Superior - Detroit, Aug. 6th - About midnight on Wednesday last, the propeller Monticello, bound down, and the propeller Manhattan, bound up, came in collision off Whitefish Point.

The Manhattan was struck on the starboard, forward of the smoke pipe, and sunk to her upper deck in a few moments after. No lives were lost. The passengers and crew were taken off by the Monticello, and the Manhattan towed to the source of the St. Mary's River. There is no insurance on the vessel. The Monticello was uninjured.

Loss of the U.S. Steamer Jefferson - An arrival at New York from Rio Janeiro reports that the U.S. surveying steamer was lost in July last at the mouth of the Straits. A portion of the machinery would be saved, but the vessel will prove a total loss. A schooner had been chartered at Montevideo, which has proceeded to the wreck to bring up the officers and crew. The Jefferson was an iron steamer, built for the Government at Oswego during the administration of Captain Tyler. After serving at that port for some time as a Revenue Cutter, she was taken down the St. Lawrence with another steamer of the same class under charge of Capt. Frazier, and went round to the Pacific.


18th - Schr. Dexter Calvin, Dresden, 20,940 pipe and West India staves, Calvin & Cook.

Schr. Lord Seaton, Sydenham River, 80 pieces white oak timber, Calvin & Cook.

Schr. Minerva Cook, Sydenham River, 75 pieces square oak timber, Calvin & Cook.

Brig General Worth, Chicago, 12,800 bush. Indian corn, Jas. Morton.

Schr. Triton, Oswego, in ballast.

Schr. Rachel, River St. Clair, 90 pieces square oak timber, Calvin & Cook.

Str. Northerner, Oswego, mixed cargo.

19th - Str. Britannia, Ogdensburgh, mixed cargo.

Barge Canada, Quebec, 1060 bars railroad iron, J.T. McCuaig.

Brig Breeze, Bear Creek, 292 pieces oak timber, Calvin & Cook.

Schr. May Flower, Trent Port, 42,000 feet lumber, James Morton.

Schr. Primrose, Wellington, 151 bushels buck wheat, 420 bbls. flour, D. McIver.

Str. St. Lawrence, mixed cargo.

Str. Ontario, Oswego, mixed cargo.


19th - Str. Bay State, Lewiston, horses.

Brig British Queen, Barcelona, 1167 bars railroad iron.

Schr. Royal Susan, Oswego, 90,000 feet pine lumber.

Schr. L. Goler, Oswego, 57,211 feet pine lumber.

Schr. Sovereign, Fairport, 869 bars railroad iron.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 20, 1851