p.1 Reed's Bay Ripples - R. Davis, lighthouse keeper, Pigeon Island, is getting a new sailboat for the service. She is first-class in every respect and does credit to her builder, W.C. Wills, who is also building two steam yachts for city gentlemen, to be propelled with Shipman engine.
p.2 General Items - After the opening of navigation the light at Point Peter, Lake Ontario, will be changed from a revolving white light, attaining its brightest brilliancy every 100 seconds, to a revolving white light, their flashes attaining their greatest brilliancy every 35 seconds.
Owing to the heavy ice it is believed that Chicago vessels, bound for Buffalo, will not be able to pass Mackinaw Straits before June.
Byron Johnson, lighthouse keeper on the Galloup Island, says that at times water can be seen from the lighthouse tower.
An Action Too Late - Mr. Justice Ferguson has given judgement allowing the defendants' demurrer in the case of Lesslie v. Calvin, argued the other day. The action (so far as the demurrer is concerned) was against the defendants as executors of the late Mr. D.D. Calvin for an account of the profits accruing to him in his lifetime from a certain withe-crushing machine used by him in his business, as is alleged, in infringement of a right patented by the plaintiff. The defendants concluded that the cause of action (if any) died with Mr. Calvin and did not survive against his executors, and this was the point raised by the demurrer. The learned judge considered that the executors might have been liable for the profits come to their hands which accrued to the deceased from some active wrong done by him, but not so, where as here, the wrong, if any, merely caused a saving of expense in the deceased's business. He holds that here the cause of action was gone when Mr. Calvin died, and allows the demurrer with costs.
Some Affairs At Gananoque - Capt. E.L. Bass, late master of the str. Puritan, was in the city today. He says that business in general is brisk at Gananoque. The steamer Prince Arthur, owned by an American company, is being put in order for summer work. She is at present under seizure by the government, for having broken a lock in the Beauharnois Canal. The sum claimed is $2,000.
p.7 Infringing Upon A Patent - W. Leslie (sic - Lesslie), of the Collinsby Rafting Company, has entered an action against the estate of the late D.D. Calvin, Garden Island, for $2,000 damages and an injunction forbidding the infringement of a patent withe-crushing machine. The defendants claim that no infringement occurred, that the patent is invalid owing to want of novelty and invention. A demurer was raised in the Chancery Division, Toronto, for the first time in Ontario as to whether the estate of a deceased person is liable for damages for a tart committed by him during his life time. The decision was not given. Lount & Marsh, Toronto, appear for plaintiff, and Walkem & Walkem for defendants.
April 1, 1885
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