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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 26, 1870

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p.2 Steamer Rochester - Another cargo of over 600 barrels of apples was unloaded yesterday from the steamer Rochester, consigned from Charlotte to Brockville, Ottawa and Montreal.

Verdict Cancelled - A short time ago a suit was instituted by Rev. Mr. Harper, against the Royal Mail Inland Navigation Company, for the loss of a trunk, containing some valuable clothing and presents, which was alleged to have been placed, with ten other pieces of baggage, belonging to the same person on board of one of the defendants' steamers, and mislaid. The case was duly tried before a jury, and the company failing to produce evidence to show that the missing property had not been placed in their charge, a verdict of $375 damages was returned in favor of the plaintiff. Nothing of importance transpired in reference to the matter until Tuesday, when the trunk was forwarded to Toronto on the steamer Passport, it having accidentally turned up at Ottawa, where it had been sent in a mistake by the Railway officials at the Prescott Junction. This discovery settles the affair, and the handsome verdict for detention will undoubtedly be cancelled.

From Clayton - The little steamer Midge reached here today with a small party of Americans on board on a pleasure trip from Clayton, N.Y.

Wrecking Operations - Messrs. Calvin & Breck's wrecking party were engaged all last night in pumping out the schooner Kate Robinson, the American vessel driven ashore on Point Frederick, on Tuesday the 18th instant. Two large pumps (one a rotatory constructed expressly for the purpose) were constantly at work, and early this morning attempts were made by the steamers Hiram A. Calvin and Wellington to tow her off; but after moving the vessel fifteen feet, operations were suspended in consequence of the two lines having been broken, and the machinery of one of the pumps become deranged. The steamer Hercules was sent from Garden Island with new rope, and it is expected she can now be easily hauled off and taken to the Marine Railway, where she will be hauled out to undergo the necessary repairs. A number of men were also engaged today in making preparations to have the barque Pride of America, lying opposite the Military Cottages, raised on screw-jacks previous to launching on a temporary way. Tomorrow the steamers Wellington and William will go to the assistance of the schooner Preble, ashore at the Brothers. Captain Rice, Marine Inspector, Buffalo, is in the city superintending the work on the Kate Robinson. The Kate Robinson was towed off about noon today, and taken to Henderson's wharf.

Shipping News - Little or nothing is now doing in the shipping business, many vessels having already laid up; while many more are preparing to follow the same course. On Monday and Tuesday some eight or ten grain and timber laden schooners passed through the Welland Canal, bound for Kingston, and these together with a few at present under sail for Chicago and Milwaukee, are thought to constitute the greater number that may be expected to arrive in port during the remainder of the rapidly closing season of navigation. The Royal mail and other passenger steamers will continue to run for about three weeks yet.

The Propeller Lewis Shickluna - The propeller Shickluna, burned to the water's edge on Monday morning, when just about entering the canal, is a total loss, vessel and cargo about $40,000. The hull was insured in Canada, and on the cargo $18,000 was taken by the Merchants Insurance Company of Chicago, which amount was subsequently divided among several companies, $3,000 being assigned to the Western of Buffalo. The fire was first discovered issuing from the fire hold, and although water was immediately turned on the flames, she had to be abandoned in ten minutes, leaving but little time for the crew to man the boats and make their escape. All the books and papers of the propeller was lost.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 26, 1870