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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 20, 1871


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p.1 THE AMERICAN SURVEY OF THE ST. LAWRENCE

For about three weeks a party of some eighty individuals, representing themselves as engineers and labourers in the service of the United States Government, and having two steamers at their disposal, have been taking soundings in the river and measuring the Canal Locks between Dickinson's Landing and Cornwall. It is given out that these gentry are commissioned by the President, and that the Dominion Government, in advance of the ratification of the Treaty, gave its consent to their making a survey of the St. Lawrence and the Canadian Canals. With the exception of our contemporary, the Morrisburgh Courier, we are not aware that any journal in the Province has taken note of their presence - certainly we have seen no official notification nor heard of such being conveyed to local authorities, pointing to their being employed with the sanction of the Ottawa Cabinet, or asking that facilities may be afforded them in making a survey. Several complaints and queries have reached us about their proceedings, not only on the river and canals, but also on farms a mile inland. Not the slightest consideration seems to be shown by them for the interests of our agriculturists. We hear of them dragging boats and tackle through hay and grain fields, cutting down post, removing fences, and setting up little scare-crow signals with a more than republican indifference to the rights or feelings of the occupants. Remonstrance only brings out in strong relief the innate impudence and assurance of the American character. "They guess they can do as they like; and if, in carrying out their orders, injury is inflicted on property, the farmers have only to make out their bills and Uncle Sam will see them paid." Camping-grounds are selected whereever the party see fit to establish themselves. On Barnhart's Island, which is, but ought never to have been, American territory, (considering that it is on the Canadian side of the Long Sault), we believe permission has been asked, but the same courtesy has not been extended to Canadian occupants nearer Cornwall. In fact the conduct of the party conveys the impression that they regard themselves as occupying ceded territory, and it is in order to obviate possible collisions, - for an undeniably strong feeling is being created, - that we ask the immediate attention of the Ottawa Government to their proceedings. If our noble river and magnificent canals are to be handed over to the Americans in this fashion, antipathies which have long lain dormant, cannot fail to be aroused, and the consequences must be fatal to good neighbourhood. [Cornwall Gazette]

p.3 ad - To Captains and Vessel Owners - The Subscribers having leased the Portsmouth Marine Railway, beg to state that the Railway is now in complete working order, and are prepared to haul out and repair vessels on reasonable terms and with despatch.

Portsmouth, July 20th, 1871 Kelly & Howard


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July 20, 1871
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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 20, 1871