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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 10, 1881

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p.3 Steamer Purchased - The steamer Cultivateur was sold to the Richelieu Navigation Company for $24,000 worth of stock, equal to about $12,000 cash. The steamer originally cost $48,000.

Personal Mention - Capt. J.H. Scott of Elginburg leaves for Port Dalhousie to prepare prop. Scotia.


To the Editor of the British Whig;

Sir; - I observed in the News of the 8th a reply to my last communication by "Subscriber." He states he is surprised at the figures I quoted in regard to the timber freights and he would be willing to place three or four vessels in my hands to charter at their figures, or he will give me $200 if I charter an A 1 vessel for the season at these rates quoted by me, the terms to open for one week. Now if "Subscriber" would look over the columns of the Whig of Jan. 14th and Jan. 24th, he will see where the Grantham was chartered to carry timber from Tyrconnell and Port Stanley to Kingston at $90, and that is better than $100 from Toledo; he will see a charter from Bay City to Kingston at the rate of $120, and he will see where the Jessie Breck refused $90 from Toledo. Now "Subscriber" is very generous in giving me such a chance to make money, but I hope he will understand that I am not a sub-contractor, and I don't think "Subscriber" is a vessel owner or captain or a man that would like to see a sailor get a fair day's pay as he says but is just writing to make himself a big man with vessel owners. As for his saying that the Union compels men to work for one rate of wages it is like the future to him - he knows nothing at all about it. He says this is his last reply if I do not accept his offer. Why don't he give his name so I will know who I am answering and tell me what he thinks is a fair day's pay for the above freights. I would like "Subscriber" to name any men whom I have compelled to stay ashore half of the season by misleading them, for which transaction I will give him $5 a man, and he will make more money out of it than by writing for the vessel owners' cause.

I remain, yours, etc.,

C.W. Crowley, President of Seamens' Union Kingston, March 10th

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 10, 1881