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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 16, 1881

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The Belleville Intelligencer contains a lengthy report of the presentation at Consecon of testimonials to those who exhibited great bravery in the rescuing of shipwrecked crews off Consecon last fall. The correspondence which the different gentlemen had with the Government is the most interesting feature of the recorded proceedings. First there was the letter of Mr. J. Redmond, Inspector of Fisheries, who tells of the manner in which one man was saved off the schr. Belle Sheridan, and six off the Garibaldi, and remarks that had there been a proper life boat convenient every soul on the two vessels could have been rescued. He says he was informed by an eye witness that the

Seas Rolled Mountains High

and that at times it was impossible to see any of the wrecks but the bare top masts; yet the gallant fellows, now rewarded, ventured out and saved seven out of the thirteen and also brought to land the corpses of one frozen to death in the forecastle of the Garibaldi. Special mention was made of the conduct of William Andrew Young, who went to the bottom twice, and, grasping two of the crew of the Garibaldi, brought them to the top of the water, helped them into their little boats and conveyed them to land where they were resuscitated by the people. Mr. Redmond urged the Government to recognize the heroism in some tangible way, in money if possible, as some of those who rendered the noble service were poor.

Mr. McCuaig's Importunities.

The matter seems to have been lost sight of for a time, but after the prorogation of Parliament, Mr. McCuaig, M.P., pressed the Minister of Marine and Fisheries to recognize the gallantry of those named below in a suitable way, which he consented to do.

Worthy Of The Honor.

Mr. McCuaig also read a letter from the Minister of Marine, dated 5th May, to the effect that the Government would present to the four men of the John Walters, for their services in attempting to rescue the crew of the Garibaldi, a handsome silver medal with a beautiful inscription on it, as soon as they can be got ready. He was glad that the Government had recognized the principle that when men imperilled their lives to save the lives of others they should be rewarded for such services.

The ceremony of presenting the testimonials was then proceeded with. It consisted of each of the gallant fellows being called to the platform, when some prominent gentleman made the presentation, which consisted of an address accompanied with a cheque for $25.

Correct List of Heroes.

The correct list of the gallant men, whose bravery has been thus publicly recognized by the Government, is as follows:

W.A. Young, laborer, Carrying Place.

J.M.W. Brickman, laborer, Consecon.

Marshall Chase, laborer, Carrying Place.

Stephen Clark, brakesman, Consecon.

Franklin Bonter, farmer, Carrying Place.

R.L. Hayes, constable, Consecon.

Walter Locie, farmer, near Consecon.

John H. Huyck, fisherman, Consecon.

A. Simpson, light house keeper, Brigthon.

Stephen Taylor, sailor, Presqu'Isle Point.

Captain Maitland, of the schr. Caledonia, Presqu'Isle Point.

Captain Weaver, of the Eugene, Presqu'Isle Point.

W. Clark, school teacher, Consecon.

In the information sent to us on Saturday, an error was committed in saying that Simpson's name was not mentioned with the Presqu'Isle men. He was honored and there is a cheque and an address for him.

An Absent Friend.

A letter, expressing regret at not being able to attend, was read from Mr. G.A. Kirkpatrick, M.P.


To The Editor of the British Whig.

Sir, - I see in the columns of the News of Thursday evening that Mr. Calvin is dissatisfied with the Seamen's Union, and complains of the wages they ask or rather demand. Now I would like to make a few remarks. In the year 1879 Mr. Calvin stated that he could not pay any more than $1 per day as his freights could not afford it, but if freights would raise he would like to pay a fair day's pay. Now in 1881 we find him with the same old cry, "Poor freights," when he is actually getting double the freights he received in 1879. There is not another vessel owner on the lakes making such monies as Mr. Calvin. I will now take for instance the Oriental. She carries 14,500 ft. of timber, at $80 per thousand, giving her a freight of $1,160. I will now give her $500 for expenses for the trip (she made this last trip in 18 days) which leaves him $660 clear profit. The sailors made the big sum of $23, and poor Mr. Calvin only made $600! Mr. Calvin's fleet of vessels don't amount to much to the members of this Union, for if he laid them up for the season they would not be missed. Mr. Calvin must be doting when he says a man of business should not be dictated to. I hope Mr. Calvin will understand that if Jack has not money he has brains. Some of the seamen know just as much as Mr. Calvin. He states that he, as well as other vessel owners, cannot make a charter with safety for they do not know when the Union may advance the wages. Mr. Calvin has had everything his own way for years. Fifteen years ago he used to fine men $1 if they took a day to come over to Kingston from the island to do business for themselves. The men's wages were $12 per month, and stop his day's pay besides. Mr. Calvin was never known to pay a fair day's pay unless he was forced to do so, and as long as members of the Union sail in his vessels he will have to pay our scale of wages. As for him saying that every sail will be swept off the lakes that is all bosh, for where a sailing vessel's expense is $1 it will cost steam $3. So as long as there is water in the lakes there will be sailing vessels. Hoping that this will satisfy Mr. Calvin's mind,

I remain, yours

C.W. CROWLEY, President Seamen's Union


The Picton Times, after explaining the rejection of the oil brought to Prince Edward, says: Orders were given for it to be returned to Oswego, but as navigation was about closing some difficulty was experienced in obtaining a vessel on which to send it. Finally Capt. Cameron, whose vessel had taken on a cargo of lumber and was down the bay near Prinyer's Cove, consented to take it if it was sent there, and it was accordingly teamed down and placed on board the Sea Bird. Meanwhile Mr. German had, by instruction from Parker at Oswego, obtained possession of the oil consigned to Branscombe & Talcott, so that the entire 40 barrels were under his control. Before the Sea Bird could get out of the bay

She Was Frozen In,

and had to remain where she was for the winter. Capt. Cameron put her in charge of Francis T. Wright, Mr. German's son-in-law, who lives near the place, and the oil was placed under the supervision of Mr. John Prinyer, preventive officer, who also lived near. In January Mr. German's stock of oil running low he asked Wright if he would give him the oil off the vessel if he sent for it. Wright agreed to do so, and David Scott, a teamster in Picton, was sent down on several occasions at night, assisted to remove some of the oil from the vessel, and drew it to Picton. A farmer named Hurlburt who lived near, also teamed a portion of it, and some of it was stored in his barn for a time. The barrels as emptied were replaced on the vessel. To account for Mr. Prinyer's

Apparent Want of Vigilance

it may be stated that he was ill at the time, and the parties admit that they watched their opportunity and took advantage of his sickness to carry out their plans. Before the vessel set sail Mr. Prinyer did begin to feel a little uneasy about the oil, and under instructions from the Collector here, one day went on board to examine, being accompanied by Wright. The latter went down into the hold where the lumber over the barrels had been pushed aside, and with a gimlet bored one of the barrels and brought up some oil in a bottle. Whether a little had been left in the barrels or how the specimen was obtained, we cannot say, at all events it appeared as if the oil was all right.



The steam yacht Swan is receiving a new wheel at the shipyard.

The schr. Bangalore loads pig iron at Portsmouth for Chicago on p.t.

The schrs. Sir C.T. Van Straubenzie and Cavalier have reached Collinsby with timber.

The schrs. Siberia and Gleniffer have arrived at Garden Island, timber laden.

The schr. Queen of the Lakes is at the esplanade wharf. She loads iron ore.

The schrs. Singapore, Toledo, 22,212 bush. corn; Guelph, Port Dalhousie, 16,602 bush. wheat, have arrived.

The new elevator of the Chicago & St. Lawrence Forwarding Company began operation this morning and worked satisfactory.

The schrs. E.H. Rutherford and Pride of America, vessels through the Welland Canal for Kingston, corn laden; and the M.C. Upper, with timber.

The steam barge Albion, from Toronto wth 17,000 bush. of corn; the A.G. Ryan, Oswego, 350 tons of coal, and the Eureka, Charlotte, light, have reached Portsmouth.

The str. Varuna broke a small clip in connection with her steam valve on leaving Belleville this morning. The boiler had to be blown off, which caused a delay of two and a half hours.

The tug McArthur has arrived at Collinsby with a raft from Toronto. Twenty one drams containing 450,000 feet will leave that place for Quebec tomorrow, the largest raft bound down the river this season.

The str. Gipsey made her trial trip on Saturday evening. The speed of her engines far exceeded the expectations of her owner. She will probably make her first trip to Ottawa on Thursday next.

The schrs. Albacore, 19,580 bush. of corn, and Antelope, 19,520 bush. of corn, from Toledo, have arrived at the M.T. Co.'s wharf, and were today discharged into the barge John Gaskin, both at the same time. The barge had a vessel on each side of her.

Swift's - Arrivals: Armenia, from Ogdensburg; Spartan, from Hamilton; Armenia, from Deseronto; Persia, from Montreal; California, from Cleveland; Passport, from Montreal; Niagara, from Montreal; Corsican, from Montreal; Glenfinlas, from Hamilton; Cuba, from Toronto.

The old str. Passport still holds the reputation of being the fastest steamer of the Royal Mail Line. On Thursday last she made the trip from Toronto to Kingston in one hour and three quarters less than the usual time allowance. Yesterday she arrived from Montreal an hour ahead of time.

The str. Rupert, formerly running between Quebec and other ports, arrived here on Saturday evening. She had been purchased by a Toronto firm, and will be used as an excursion boat. The steamer is now at Power's shipyard for refitting. She will receive a hurricane deck, an extension of the promenade deck, repairs to the ladies' cabin, new pilot house, and new stairs from the main to promenade deck. All modern improvements for the safety and comfort of passengers will be added. The boat will leave for Toronto in about two weeks.

Third Lake Port - Fair Haven is third in rank, for customs receipts, for American exports on Lake Ontario.

Prince Edward R.R. - Wellers Bay and Trenton being examined for location of docks proposed to be built by Prince Edward County R.R. Co.

Remarkable Circumstance - A coincidence occurred at the M.T. Co.'s wharf this morning. The first grain put into the new barge was that taken from two vessels owned by a relative of the man after whom the barge is named. Such an event may not soon occur again.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 16, 1881