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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 11, 1879

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p.3 Short Weight - The Captain of the schooner Pandora, from Chicago, ran twenty bushels short in his cargo of grain. He asked Mr. Baxter to make an inspection of the elevator scales, but Mr. Baxter informed the mariner that he was now out of office. The captain had no redress but to telegraph to Ottawa and await developments. He could not remain over, and so he says he is $22 out of pocket, which amount he would have saved had he received a certificate that the elevator scales here were correct.

Machinery Removed - This morning Messrs. Davidson & Doran were having removed the engine and other machinery upon the Dry Dock property, upon which they have a mortgage. Such a circumstance will not encourage some gentlemen who are reported to have voted the Tory ticket on the 5th of June for certain considerations, ie., promised government aid for the speedy building and operation of the Dry Dock.

Welland Canal, Aug. 9th - Up: Schr. Oliver Mowat, Kingston, Chicago, light; Arabia, do, do, salt.

Marine - The following have been chartered from Chicago to Kingston at 7 3/4 cents: Schr. Trinidad, wheat, 20,000 bushels; schr. Antelope, wheat, 22,000 bush; schr. E.J. McVea, corn, 21,000 bushels.

Heroism Rewarded.

On Wednesday last Captain Patrick Langan, of the schooner C.J. Wells, was presented at Buffalo with a medal by the United States Government, for his heroism in rescuing a drowning seaman, on the night of October 6th, 1876. The following letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, which accompanied the medals, explains the circumstances under which the rescue was affected:

Treasury Department,

Washington, D.C., June 25th/'79

Capt. Patrick Langan, Master Schooner Chandler J. Wells, Buffalo, N.Y.,

Sir, - I have the honor to transmit herewith, in recognition of your services in rescuing Maurice Langan from drowning on the 6th October, 1876, at the peril of your life, the gold life-saving medal, authorized by the Act of Congress, approved June 20th, 1874. The evidence presented to the Department in this case shows that after midnight, during a violent storm on Lake Erie, Maurice Langan, the mate of your vessel, was swept overboard by a heavy sea, that with great presence of mind, you at once threw to him the wooden cover of the steering gear, which he fortunately caught and which proved the means of sustaining him; that you then lowered a boat, and aided by two volunteers, rowed back upon the vessel's track, in the thick darkness and perilous sea, searching for the lost man, who was at last found and taken on board the boat. The vessel meanwhile it seems, had disappeared, and owing to the darkness and the storm could not be regained. It seems that you passed the greater part of the remainder of the night in the tempest-tossed boat, engaged in the difficult task of keeping its head to the waves, that the boat might not be swamped or capsized, and all on board lost, and that upon the approach of day, you were enabled to run before the sea for the Canadian shore, upon which a landing was effected, though not without the boat being upset in the surf and the lives of her crew again imperilled. Your humane and courageous conduct in this affair is evident, and it gives me much pleasure to forward you the medal which recognizes it.

I have the honor to be,

Very Respectfully,

John Sherman, Secretary.

Mr. Langan lives on Wolfe Island, and is known by many of our readers.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 11, 1879