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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 17, 1881

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The Government has granted a loan to the Halifax dry dock. What about the Kingston work?

As a shipping port Oswego hopes to gain something by the establishment of the new river line of steamers.

The propeller Alma Munro is reported disabled at Grey Nun's Island, Point Claire. No particulars are given.

The surveyors have computed the damage to the hull of the schooner W.R. Taylor at $3,000, and that to the sails, rigging, etc. at $445.

The Chicago Grain Insurance Pool have appointed Captain William Lewis agent of the pool at Kingston, to look after the transhipment of cargoes, see that grain goes into good standard barges, etc.

The steamer Carlisle, while passing through the locks at Burritts Rapids, carried away one of the gates. The damage will be repaired by tomorrow, when the navigation of that portion of the Rideau Canal will be resumed.

The captain of the schr. Nellie Sherwood declares that some of the coal dealers of Brockville are very slow in transhipping operations. He was kept two days in unloading 192 tons.

The barge John Gaskin, in tow of the tug Champion, from Montreal, for Kingston, ran aground yesterday at Point Tree Point. She has a deck cargo of railway iron, which will have to be taken off before she can be released. She will probably not be damaged. The tow will arrive here tonight.


Str. Corinthian, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Str. Passport, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Gipsy, Merrickville, pass. and fgt.

Schr. Wm. Elgin, Toledo, 10,026 corn.

Schr. Hartford, Chicago, 22,470 corn.

Schr. W.T. Greenwood, Toronto, 9,100 wheat.

Schr. Pandora, Toledo, 19,000 corn.

Schr. Cavalier, Charlevoix, 14,500 ft. pine timber.

Prop. Scotia, Chicago, lightened 5,000 wheat.

Prop. California, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Armenia, Ogdensburg, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Ocean, Chicago, lightened 4,000 corn.

Steambarge Carlyle and barge Ironsides, 450 tons ore.

Steambarge Nile, Ogdensburg, light.

Barge Bedford, Ogdensburg, light.

Barge McCameron, Charlevoix, 15,000 ft. pine timber.

Barge Ayr, Charlevoix, 15,000 ft. timber.

Barge Annie Craig, Charlevoix, 14,500 ft. timber.

Scow Empress, Rideau Canal, 50 tons hay.


Schr. Nellie Sherwood, Oswego, 75 tons hay.

Schr. Annie Falconer, Oswego, light.

Schr. Forest Queen, Charlotte, 220 tons ore.

Tug Edmond, Cape Vincent, light.

Barge Quebec, Cape Vincent, 2,000 ties.

Barge Ontario, Cape Vincent, 2,100 ties.

New Steamboat Line - Mr. Lunt has completed the sale of his steamers Prince Arthur and Rothesay to a new American company to be known as the St. Lawrence Steamboat Company. The price received was $65,000, and the new company has contracted with a number of railways for a period extending over ten years to run in connection with them, and expect to do a large business. The route will be from Cape Vincent to Montreal, the Prince Arthur connecting at Dickenson's Landing and running the rapids. The company is the creation of Gustave Leve. The steamers are elegantly furnished, having commodious staterooms, luxurious table, and an orchestra on Rothesay. The time table will be so arranged that one can leave Oswego in the early morning, make the tour of the islands and the upper rapids by daylight, and reach Oswego before midnight of the same day, or may continue on to Montreal, arriving at nightfall, reaching Oswego the next evening.

The Harvest Queen - Capt. Crease, part owner of lost schr. Harvest Queen, over the loss and insurance of which there is a great law suit in Chicago, has been in this city for two days in order to secure the affidavit of George Leadford (the mate of the sunken craft) who disputes the statement of a sailor named Scott alias Murdock, to the effect that the vessel was deliberately allowed to perish. Leadford made his statement before the American Consul here. It is said that he has received offers from the insurance companies of large sums of money if he would sustain the defendants in the present action, but to a Canadian truth is right and must prevail, and the offer of bribes had no effect. The case will not be settled before next October. Capt. Crease left last evening for Chicago.



To The Editor of the British Whig;

Dear Sir, - Will you allow me space to answer a few charges made by Capt. Hudgins in the Daily News of the 16th. Now Capt. Hudgins came to me on Tuesday the 14th and stated that a member of the Kingston Branch of the C.S. Union, James McIntosh, was sick and under the doctor's care; that he had a large family to support, and that we ought to help him; that he had sailed a vessel, had been mate, and was obliged to go before the mast; that he was a gentleman, and that if we did not aid him he would injure our Union. I told the captain that Mr. McIntosh was in arrears and that I could not do nothing for him, but I would call a special meeting to accommodate him, and I did so. On Wednesday morning Capt. Hudgins called again to know what conclusion we had come to, and I stated to him we could not grant McIntosh anything as he was not in good standing at the time of being taken sick. Article 5, Sec. 2 of our constitution reads as follows: "Any member of this Union, or branch thereof, being twelve months a member and nine months in good standing, shall, on being taken sick or disabled by accident or from natural causes, on reporting to this Union or branch thereof, by certificate from a practicing physician stating the nature of his disease or bodily accident, be entitled to the benefits, payable weekly."

Now any man with sense can understand that section of the constitution, but Capt. Hudgins could not. He stated that I utterly refused to give any aid on the grounds that Mr. McIntosh was 50 cents in arrears. Now Capt. Hudgins is better at writing falsehoods than he is at writing truth if he can prove what he inserted in the News of the 16th. My book of membership is open to anyone that wants to examine it, and it will show and correspond with James McIntosh's membership card, that he owes this branch $3.60 to date in place of 50 cents, as Hudgins states. Capt. Hudgins makes the remark, if I understand aright, that none but members living in the city can receive benefits. This is also false, as there are members belonging to the branch living in the city since it was first organized who applied for benefits last spring and were refused. One of them belonged to another benefit association, which I will not name, and he was also in arrears there and got no benefits, as its constitution reads the same as the sailors', "No dues, no benefits." Now, Capt. Hudgins stated to me that he would injure the Union all he could by letting the public know of this man through the papers, and sailors especially; but when the public at large and the sailors find that his first letter was a falsehood, which I can prove, his second won't amount to much if he writes facts.

Yours truly, C.W. Crowley, President Seamens' Union.

Kingston, June 17th, 1881.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 17, 1881