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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 25, 1871

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To the Editor of the Daily News.

Dear Sir; - I took passage on board the steamer Kingston on Friday, the 14th inst., at 5:30 p.m., from this city for Toronto, for which I paid $4.50 including meals. Well pleased to shake off the dust of a week's ramble through the townships and enjoy the cool refreshing breeze and beautiful scenery of this lake, thoughtless of anything likely to mar the pleasure of the trip, I was up before sunrise with most of the passengers, whose appetites keened under the influence of the lake air, but who, like myself, were doomed to have their taste for edibles sorely tried. The clock timed six and seven, but no sign of breakfast appeared. Now and then anxious looks slanted towards the culinary department in vain. In vain your correspondent offered payment for breakfast, but no refreshment of any kind was provided. It was exactly twenty minutes to 9 a.m. when the hungry passengers were put on shore.

Now, Mr. Editor, you are aware that a large number of passengers on these boats are Americans, whose early meal hours are well known, and by whom such illiberal and unfair treatment will be considered as reflecting most unfavourably on the accommodation provided for excursionists to our shores. Respectfully yours,

Kingston July 25th A Resident of Kingston.

Shipping News - At the M.T. Company's wharf the propeller Acadia arrived from Toledo and lightened 4,000 bushels of wheat. The propeller Enterprise arrived from Port Dalhousie with 17,800 bushels wheat.

At Swift's wharf the steamer Picton left yesterday for Oswego, and the steamer Athenian passed up last night. The steamer Corsican and Abyssinian passed down this morning with decks crowded with tourists.

Wreckers - The St. Helen left last night having on board Mr. Courneer and Mr. Brokenshire, the latter with his new wrecking pump, the Pacific, and two of the Atlantic pumps, to proceed to the Morrisburgh canal for the purpose of raising the sunken barge Resolution.

Mr. John Donelly (sic - Donnelly ), with steam pump, left this morning in the steamer Berthie for the Rideau to the wreck of the Whitehall, which vessel is now all ready to raise.

At Gurney & Glidden's wharf the steam barge Nile arrived this morning with a cargo of cordwood and two barges in tow similarly laden. The Nile and one of the barges are discharging their cargoes at the penitentiary wharf. The steam-barge Waterlily left last night for the Rideau, light.

The Late Captain Hurst - The particulars of the death by drowning of Captain Hurst have been received in town. It seems that a stage was placed over the side of the vessel for the purpose of painting her, which was considered to be unsafe unless the vessel was in perfectly still water. Contrary to the advice of the owner of the vessel, Captain Hurst, anxious to complete the painting, went over the side on to the stage at the time when the water was rough and the vessel going through the water at the rate of eight knots an hour. Either Captain Hurst's foot slipped on stepping upon the stage, or the motion of the vessel swung the stage from the side, which of the two is not certainly known, but he fell into the water, and the men sung out to him to catch hold of the lead line, which hung over the vessel's side. This Captain Hurst succeeded in doing, and the headway of the vessel was stopped as much as possible, and a boat lowered. When the struggling man saw that the vessel was put about and a boat approaching him, let go the lead line and commenced swimming, but sunk, probably from sheer exhaustion, before the boat could reach him. His death is much regretted in Kingston, where he was well known and respected. A subscription has been set on foot for the relief of his widow and family. Captain Hurst was a member of Cataraqui Lodge of A.F.A. Masons, and an expression of regret for his death was made manifest at a meeting of the lodge by the passage of the following resolution:-

"The Worshipful Master, Wardens and Brethren of Cataraqui Lodge A.F.A.M., deeply lament the death of our much esteemed and revered Brother Thomas G. Hurst, who has been a devoted member of our Order for many years, and beg to express our sincere sympathy with the family of our deceased friend and brother under their severe bereavement, and trust that the Great Architect of the Universe will comfort and sustain them under this afflictive dispensation in the loss of so kind a husband and devoted a father, and that He will ever prove to them the widow's help and orphan's stay."

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 25, 1871