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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 2, 1872

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p.1 Letter From The Northwest

The following extracts from the letter of a young Kingstonian, written from Fort Francis, will be received with interest:

Fort Francis, Rainy River.

Tuesday, July 10th, 1872.

"I came to Toronto by mail steamer, from Toronto to Collingwood by Northern Railroad ninety-five miles, Collingwood to Thunder Bay, Lake Superior, by steamer five hundred and sixty miles. Fare, Toronto to Thunder Bay, including meals and state rooms, $20. Thunder Bay to this place about fifty-five miles by land, and two hundred and twenty-five by water conveyance. The land, roads and portages are most of them in good order. The conveyance by water is done by small tugs and the government boat that were building at the time the first troops came here in 1870. There are now on the route from Thunder Bay to the northwest angle, on the water communication seven small tugs, and three additional new tugs at Thunder Bay, to be put on the lakes and rivers besides the two new steamers building here, one of which is one hundred feet long and nineteen feet beam, and the other one hundred and twenty feet long and twenty feet beam, both fine boats, and expected to be ready, the first one, for the Rainy Lake, in four or five weeks, and the other one for Rainy River and the Lake of the Woods, in some two months from now, which will make twelve steamers and tugs on the route from Thunder Bay to the Northwest Angle. From this place to Fort Garry is about one hundred and thirty miles by water communication through Rainy River and the Lake of the Woods, and one hundred and ten miles by land conveyance from the Northwest Angle to Fort Garry....

Marine News

Messrs. Coulthurst and Macphie's wharf - Arrivals since the 29th ult. - Schooners Dauntless, from Toronto, 10,800 bushels of corn; Eliza White, from do., 6,955 bushels of do.; Miami Belle, from Toledo, 16,036 bushels of do.; H.B. Rathbun, from Hamilton, 45,000 West India staves; barque (sic - barges ?) James, Montreal, 831 bars of railroad iron and 14 fish plates; D., 662 bars of railroad iron and 717 bundles of fish plates; Quebec, 924 bars of railroad iron.

Montreal Transportation Company's wharf - Prop. China, from Toledo, lightened 4,082 bushels corn; propeller City of London, from Toledo, 4,082 bushels; propeller East, from Toledo, 4,343 bushels of do.; all proceeded with the balance of their cargoes to Montreal. Departures per tug H.F. Bronson: barges Burgess, 10,875 bushels of corn; Staghound, 10,868 bushels of do.; Emma, 5,640 bushels of wheat; Consort, 9,525 bushels of do.; Faith, 8,082 bushels of corn.

Messrs. James Swift and Company's wharf - The steamer Corinthian passed up, and the steamers Spartan, Passport and Abyssinian, propellers Acadia and Akron down. The barque L.J. Richardson arrived from Oswego with 200 tons of coal for Messrs. Swift and Company.

Port Colborne, August 1st - Down - Schr. Cortez, Milwaukie, Oswego, wheat.

Up - Prop. Cleveland, schr. J.B. Penfield, Penokee, L.S. Hammond, Grace Whitney, Jane Ralston, Jas. Norris, Marysburg, Bismarck, barque British Lion, schr. Maize, Fairhaven, Toledo, coal; Babineau & Gaudry, Cobourg, Cleveland, iron ore; Annie Craig, Kingston, Romney, light; Nett Woodward, Toronto, Cleveland, light; barque Bessie Barwick, Oswego, Windsor, coal; schr. G. Mollison, Oswego, Chicago, salt; schr. Wanotue ?, M.L. Breck, prop. City of Chatham.

Surveying Party - The United States fleet surveying the St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario is now at work, with headquarters at Ogdensburg. The steamer Ada and two smaller crafts comprise the fleet, and there are two shore parties. Capt. W.R. Livermore of the U.S. Engineer Corps is in command, with Mr. Lampson, Senior Assistant, in charge of the shore parties.

Change of Time - Kingston, Gananoque and Clayton Route - str. Watertown.

p.3 The Ship Yard - man dismissed for voting wrong way.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 2, 1872