The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 24, 1880

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p.2 Wrecking Laws - Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 24th - Regarding the statement by the Canadian Minister of Customs, in the House of Commons on Wednesday, regarding the Canadian wreckers, the Express says: "Assuming that the Minister was correctly reported, it is difficult to understand how he could have the face to make such a statement in view of some recent facts. What the Government may have been willing to do nobody but the Minister can know, but what the Canadian Custom Officers have done a great many of our people do know and have testified. American vessels have been prevented from attempting to rescue American lives and property shipwrecked in Canadian waters. American masters and sailors have been threatened with arrest if they should venture to go to the relief of American vessels in distress near the inhospitable Canadian shores without first obtaining permission from a Custom's office miles and miles away when danger was imminent, when every moment was precious and when there was no Canadian vessel to hand to afford the sorely needed speedy relief. Instances of this sort of sordid inhumanity have been repeatedly given in these columns. There may not have been any intention on the part of the Government, as ministers insert, to prevent any vessels going to the relief of vessels in distress, but the practice of Canadian officers has been to prevent any but Canadian vessels from going to the relief of any vessels in Canadian waters. Our good free-trade neighbours seem to have regarded wrecking as a profitable home industry which must be protected at any cost to American or Canadian life and property. If the American Government has desired that American sailors should have the privelege of saving Canadian as well as American vessels in Canadian waters, the fact redounds (sic) to our Government's credit, and we are proud of it, since the only apparent object is the one that appeals to common humanity.

p.3 Loss of Grain - The Customs Regulations and the Damaged Grain Question - the Commons Debate.

p.5 The Pierrepont forced her way over to the Island about noon today.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 24, 1880