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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 23, 1878

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p.3 Canal Tolls - A rumour is in circulation to the effect that it is the intention of the New York State Legislature to considerably reduce or abolish altogether the tolls on the Erie Canal. The rumour cannot be traced to any authentic source; but if true, such action would undoubtedly materially injure the shipping interests of Kingston, as well as some of the Lower St. Lawrence ports, especially those directly interested in the grain-carrying trade. If the rumour has any foundation in fact, it might necessitate a corresponding move in regard to the Welland Canal; but, after all, it may have been only started as a "feeler" by some sore-headed ultra free-trader whose vision of a fat office in the near future had vanished.

Marine Items

Collision - The Oswego Palladium says: "The schooner E.G. Benedict, Captain Webster, had quite a time at Oswego on Friday morning. She collided with the East pier, one of her anchors falling into the water, then started back across when she dropped the other one. Both were pulled aboard considerably damaged. When she got up the river she ran into the propeller Kincardine and broke her rail and cat head and the Kincardine's rail and a few stanchions."

Sailor Missing - Wm. Seege, of Mill Point, mate of the schooner Sibylla, has been missing since last Monday night. He left his vessel, which was lying at Rathbun's dock, Oswego, went up town, and after drinking at several saloons, became intoxicated and was last seen crossing the lower bridge from the east to the west side. His hat was found the next day on a lath pile in Rathbun's lumber yard, but as the schooner had gone out and he was supposed to be on her, nothing was thought of it. Saturday the Sibylla returned to Oswego, and it appears that Seege did not go on her. He has a wife and several children at Mill Point. [Oswego Times]

Stranded at Charlotte - The Rochester Democrat says: "During the heavy gale which was blowing at the lake last Saturday morning, the schooner Julia, hailing from Kingston, went ashore nearly opposite the yacht club house, Summerville. The crew, consisting of five men and one woman, were in a perilous position for some time, but finally rescued by the following named crew of the life-boat stationed at Charlotte: Captain Doyle, G.F. Seibel, A.J. Mulligan, Mr. Latta, Charles Carey, David Kerr, Wm. Higbie, Thomas Lafferty, and John Cunningham. The shipwrecked crew were cared for by Mr. Donaldson at the club house. The boat was taken off yesterday having sustained little damage."

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 23, 1878