The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 16, 1856

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p.2 Board of Works - Expenditures - Completion of Works in Progress - Forming and protecting foundations of Light Houses on Pointe Pelee Reef - 4,100 pounds; Light Houses Lake Huron - 8,000 pounds; Lanterns, Lenses, Revolving Machinery, Lamps, etc. for lighhouses in course of construction - 13,049 pounds; Burlington Bay Canal -2,000 pounds; New Works Proposed - lighthouse on Snake Island, Lake Ontario, to cost 3,000 pounds.

Imports - 14,15.

The Assizes - Chambers & Farrell vs A. & D. Shaw - This was an action instituted by the plaintiffs to recover damages for the non-fulfillment of a contract on the part of the defendants. In the spring of 1855 Captain Chambers and Mr. P. Farrell rented from A. & D. Shaw the wharf formerly known as Garrett's wharf. According to a contract entered into by the defendants the second pier was to have been completed and the storehouse built and iron-covered by 1st May. The terms of the contract were not so complied with until some time towards the latter end of May, and the plaintiffs gave up their property in the wharf. Damages claimed for the nonfulfillment of contract 500 pounds.

Mr. O'Reilly, on the part of the plaintiff, called on Captain Maxwell to show that he (Maxwell) intended to enter the forwarding business in the spring of 1855, had offered Mr. Farrell 75 pounds for his share of the business, on certain conditions - these were that the Messrs. Shaw should guarantee the wharfage of the Cape Vincent and Bay steamers. Capt. Maxwell understood that Messrs. Shaw had made this guarantee to the plaintiffs. Other witnesses were called on to show that Mr. Farrell, in order fully to devote himself to wharfinger business, had sold out his grocery establishment, and the contract not being complied with, had been out of business the whole summer; that Capt. Chambers had in the same manner sustained damages.

Mr. Kirkpatrick, on the part of the defendants, contended that Messrs. Shaw could not guarantee the wharfage of these steamers, and that no such guaranty had been made in the contract; he called on Capt. Maxwell to show that such being the case the plaintiffs had actually benefitted by being thrown out of a business that would not enable the plaintiffs to pay 750 pounds a year rent, and on such testimony he rested his defence. The jury found for the plaintiffs damages of two hundred pounds.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 16, 1856