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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 21, 1871

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To the Editor of the Daily News;

Sir, - In the Daily News of Wednesday I noticed an article with the above heading, in which allusion is made to my pumping out the schooner Saucy Jack last fall at Timber Island, laden with stones, after an attempt had been made with a large tug and steam pump, which I beg leave to correct. It is true that we did pump out the schooner referred to, and brought her to Kingston with Mr. Chaffey's tug for the sum stated, $180, all told, and it is also true that the large tug referred to with its steam pump was paid the sum of $600 a day, but, on account of the severity of the weather, no attempt was made by them to pump her out, but returned to Oswego, when my pump, in connection with the tug Mixer, was employed, and did as before stated. But the allusion to my pump pumping out grain at the rate of five or six hundred bushels a day refers to the schooner William John, sunk at Kingston last fall near the Water Works' wharf, and not to the Saucy Jack. I also notice that reference was made to one of the novel features of my pump, which was not quite correct. What I suppose the lounger meant was that the pump had an elevated pipe, or what is termed a mechanical syphon, and is a reference to the description of my pump in my circulars.

Yours respectfully,

Kingston, July 21st J. Brokenshire

-Montreal, July 21st - Two hundred barrels of flour, damaged by the sinking of the Magnet, were sold yesterday at the flour sheds.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 21, 1871