p.2 Harbor Improvements - On Tuesday evening a special meeting was held of the City Council to take up Alderman Jackson's bill to adopt a line for the uniform extension of the wharves also to open a street or railway track along the present water front, something after the plan of that of Montreal. The bill being a very important one of course received proper consideration on the part of the Council. It was taken up in Committee of the whole, clause by clause, Councillor Rudston in the chair, and after a session of five hours the entire bill was passed without amendment. To Alderman Jackson, it cannot be denied, is due the passage of this important Bill, indeed it may be said to be entirely a conception of his own. For two years has he perseveringly struggled for it, and the success which has crowned his efforts in this single instance, will alone, we feel assured, cause his services in the City Council to be remembered with gratitude in after years. Although not upon the best terms with Alderman Jackson, we consider this much due to the public spirit with which he has secured this, without doubt, the most important improvement ever designed for the benefit of Kingston. [Commercial Advertiser]
Buffalo, Dec. 22nd - We have intelligence of considerable suffering among crews of vessels ice-bound in Lake off Malden, and between Point au Pelee Island and shore. They have no means of reaching shore and are supposed to be without food. Flags of distress are flying from many of them, but efforts to get a steamer to them through the ice has been as yet unsuccessful; but means are being taken to reach them in small boats.
Daring Ingenuity - Captain Albert Kibble rescued 9 men from sailboat frozen in ice off wharf in harbor. [Sandusky Register]
Inquest - Verdict of Wilful Murder - A few weeks ago, we had the melancholy duty of recording the perpetration of a murder on board the schooner Leander, which was then lying at one of the city wharves. The deceased, William Corcan, received such severe injuries on board that vessel on the night of the 22nd of November last, that when he was conveyed to the Hospital he expired a short time after his admission. His skull was fractured to such an extent that trepanning had to be resorted to by the Hospital Surgeon. A jury was summoned by Dr. King to hold an inquest on the remains, which after the reception of some evidence adjourned sine die, to afford time to the presiding coroner to institute enquiries, and if possible, succeed in producing testimony which would throw more light on the matter. The vessel in which the deceased received the fatal blows had gone to Kingston, where she was laid up for the winter and the crew discharged. Owing to the active exertions of the Coroner and the co-operations of the Chief of Police in different parts of the Province, the cook of the Leander was forthcoming on Tuesday last, and the jury were resummoned to meet at the Hospital on that evening. The man gave his evidence with considerable reluctance, asserting that he knew but one of the crew by name. After a very lengthened consideration, the Jury at 12 o'clock, returned a verdict of guilty of murder against James alias Joseph Lebro and others at present unknown. Dr. King acted promptly on the find of the Jury and an officer was forthwith despatched to arrest Lebro who is at present at a considerable distance from Toronto. [Toronto Globe]
Dec. 28, 1854
Dec. 29, 1854