The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 10, 1858

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p.4 Canadian Enterprise - A railroad is now being constructed in Canada on the banks of the Welland Canal for the purpose of facilitating the transportation of grain from Port Colborne on Lake Erie to Port Dalhousie on Lake Ontario. The Welland Canal being too narrow to admit vessels of heavy tonnage to pass through, it is proposed to employ larger vessels on both lakes, both above and below the canal. The cargo is to be transferred to rail cars by means of elevators, and again put on board vessels in Lake Ontario. A few hours time will only be necessary thus to transfer a cargo of grain from a vessel of the largest class in Lake Erie to another in the lower lake, when the produce can take shipment either to Oswego, Rochester, Ogdensburgh, or any other port on the Upper St. Lawrence. The projectors of this enterprise say, that as grain is now handled it costs three cents a bushel more to New York by way of the Welland Canal than by Erie Canal, and that by adopting the rail system on the banks of the Welland, the 3 cents will be saved. This will undoubtedly increase the transportation business at Oswego, though the State will lose tolls on the Erie Canal by 120 miles, of thus avoiding Buffalo.

Captain of a Vessel Killed By U.S. Officer - Several days ago a writ was issued from the U.S. Court, at the suit of Col. Sheldon McKnight, against the brig Concord, which vessel ran into the propeller Gen. Taylor off Whitefish Point, Lake Superior, some three or four weeks since. The process was placed in the hands of Deputy U.S. Marshall Wm. H. Tyler to serve. The Concord was bound for Cleveland from Marquette with a cargo of pig iron, and the master, Captain Harry Jones, having learned of the issue of the process, stopped with his vessel at Port Sarnia, in Canada, opposite Port Huron. In reference to what followed we have the statement of the marshall, and also that of the second mate of the brig, which we subjoin:-

Marshall Tyler's Statement

"Learning that the Concord was at Port Sarnia, the tug Cliff Bilden was employed by Mr. Begg, U.S. Marshall, with which vessel I left Detroit for Port Huron on Saturday morning. We laid at Port Huron until about half-past twelve o'clock on Monday morning, when we started for the Concord. The Concord was lying at anchor near the dock of the Grand Trunk Railway. As the tug came alongside of the Concord, the crew of the latter seemed to be working at the windlass, as if they were about weighing anchor. I told the crew of the tug to keep out of sight, as I did not wish to have any trouble in serving the process, but wanted to do it in a peaceable manner. After saying this I jumped on to the rail of the vessel and said, "I am the United States Deputy Marshall, and have come to seize your vessel." When I said this I had the paper in my hand. The captain of the vessel stood with an axe in his hand, and the crew had handspikes.

After I had stated my business, the captain said:- "Any man who comes on board here will get his head split open." "Come on, Bill, I am ready for you, and will split you open." and "Come on, G_d d_m you, come on." The captain raised his axe, and I drew my revolver to keep him back, but did not intend to shoot him; but as I pointed the pistol at him it went off, the ball entering his head near the left temple. The captain fell, and I went on board the tug, and had him brought on board, and proceeded with him to Port Huron, where we sent for a surgeon to come to his assistance, and I then gave myself into the custody of the United States Deputy Marshall James, who came on the tug with me to this place.

The pistol must have got cocked while I was pulling it from my pocket, and its going off was not intentional, as I only drew it to keep the captain from hitting me with the axe."

The mate says that Tyler asked who the person was that he had shot, and when told that it was Harry Jones, said: "My God! If I had known that it was Harry, I wouldn't have fired for a thousand dollars."

Captain Jones' family live on a farm about nine miles from this city, owned by him. He was said to have been a peaceable man, and a good sailor. It will not fully be known who was in fault until a judicial decision is had. [Detroit Advertiser]

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Weekly Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 10, 1858