The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 29, 1856

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p.2 The Rochester Union of Wednesday gives the following curious narrative of an incident connected with the schooner Isabella of Toronto:-

"Running Away With A Vessel - Caught In a Tight Place - Some time since the schooner Isabella, of Toronto, was disabled in a gale and was repaired at this port by Messrs. Rodger & Marshall of Charlotte. The contract for repairing provided for the payment of $433 ?, but the contractors demanded something like $130 for extra work. The contract price was paid by the captain, and Mr. Beard, of Toronto, the owner, but they refused to pay the extra demand. On Saturday, Messrs. R. & M. went before Justice Reed, of Greece, swore out an attachment and levied it on the schooner. Finding that the process was not likely to stand a lawsuit, they came to the city and procured an attachment from the Supreme Court, and the Sheriff seized the Isabella and tied her up. The Captain and Mr. Beard were told that the first process was not good and that they had better leave with the vessel. Inferring that the Sheriff's papers were not better than the constable's, they left here yesterday morning for Toronto with the Isabella. A storm drove them back into port last night, and into the clutches of the Sheriff, who put them in gaol. The grand jury were in session yesterday and indicted them for a felony. They were arraigned in Court this morning and gave bail to answer. They have committed a grave offence against the laws, but, being foreigners, it is probable that they were not aware of the fact. We trust they will receive the lenity which their case seems to demand."

The Appearance of the Falls of Niagara During the Gale -

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 29, 1856