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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 29, 1872

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p.2 Police Court - (Mr. Strange, P.M., Presiding)

Monday - James Bennett, William N. Bennett, and Richard Dowler were charged by Mr. Keys, lessee of No. 1 Market, with selling fish to Simon Davis & Co. on the 22nd inst., contrary to the by-law, which requires all fish brought to market to be exposed for sale on the Fish Market. No sale was proved by the informant. Mr. Bawden, for the defence, produced a contract between Davis & Co. and the fishermen, by which the former agreed to pay the latter the current market price for their fish in Albany, New York, and where else sold, less commission and cost of transportation, and the fishermen bound themselves to deliver the whole of their catch to Davis & Co. until the first of July next. The Police Magistrate dismissed the case.

[The imposition of a toll of twenty-five cents on a boat containing sometimes not more than two dollars worth of fish is iniquitous. A farmer may sell as much meat as he can pile on a waggon - perhaps fifty dollars worth - on payment of sixpence. Surely our market tolls are a shame as well as a burden. - Ed.]

Shipping News - The schooners W.W. Grant and Irene, the former laden with stone and the latter having a cargo of rye, while sailing up the Bay of Quinte collided, owing to the jam of ice.

-The schooners Ben Folger and Peerless arrived from Hamilton on Saturday afternoon and proceeded to Garden Island.

-The schooners Marysburg, Garibaldi and Sibella arrived yesterday from Toronto to load grain at Macphie's wharf.

-The schooner Annie Falconer, laden with iron, sailed for Hamilton today.

-The propeller Belle P. Crosse, having three barges and two schooners in tow, touched at Swift's wharf yesterday. It was the intention to go up the Bay of Quinte last night, but her captain considered it advisable to remain over until this morning, when he continued his passage towards Saginaw.

-Seven propellers are reported to have been trying since Thursday to break their way through the ice in the American channel, near the head of Wolfe Island - the effort has been unsuccessful, and they will probably turn back and gain access via this point and the Bay of Quinte.

-A telegram from Belleville says navigation in the Bay of Quinte is now open. The steamer Quail arrived here today from Picton, and reports meeting with some floating ice, but that the channel is now clear. The steamer Picton is also expected here on Monday, and will at once resume her old route between Belleville and Oswego, making tri-weekly trips.

-The depth of water in the St. Clair flats new channel is twelve feet six inches.

Launch of the China - On Saturday afternoon the new propeller built at Power's marine railway during the past winter was launched in the presence of a large number of spectators, ladies and gentlemen, who had assembled to witness the exciting event. She is substantially constructed, and is the largest capable of passage through the St. Lawrence Canals (the dimensions being given in a late issue of the News), but in addition to the attractive features of such craft, she is composed in part of material heretofore unused and unthought of for the purpose, and which if adopted by shipbuilders on the same plan as devised by Mr. Power will make the improvement one of the most profitable in marine architecture, a description of which has likewise been given. At 3:30 o'clock the preparations being complete, the last wedge was removed, and she quickly and smoothly glided into the water, Mrs. W. Power naming her the China. It was when she gracefully turned in the harbour that her appearance was seen to advantage, and many were the encomiums passed upon her by the nautical fraternity. Her mast was gaily decorated with flags of various nationalities, and a number of persons aboard experienced the sensation of a "launch." She is undoubtedly a very fine propeller, one of the finest navigating our inland waters. She is owned by Messrs. Patterson (of Kingston) and Proctor (of Cobourg).

The Ice - The ice in the upper bay and in the harbour greatly impedes navigation. From Amherst Island to Wolfe Island it is closely packed. A large number of schooners upward bound yesterday were obliged to go up the Bay of Quinte and get out by the Upper Gap. A westerly wind is much required for the purpose of driving the ice down the river.

ad - Kingston & Gananoque Route - The New Iron Steamer Pierrepont, C. Hinckley, Jr., Master, will leave Kingston for Gananoque every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 4 p.m.

Returning, will leave Gananoque every Wednesday and Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.

For Freight or Passage apply on board or to G.M. Kinghorn, Ferry Wharf, foot of Brock Street. Kingston, April 29th

p.3 From Garden Island, April 29th - The schooners Peerless and B.W. Folger were towed here through the ice on Saturday evening by the tug Mixer. They are loaded with staves and sailed to Kingston down the Upper Gap. The schooner Orion with staves from Hamilton, arrived here on Sunday afternoon. She sailed through large quantities of cake ice. The schooners Victoria and E.H. Rutherford, from Hamilton, also arrived on Sunday.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 29, 1872