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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 4, 1877

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To the Editor of the Daily News.

Sir; - I read a letter in your last night's paper signed "Holcomb & Stewart," which is so far from being correct, that it must be answered.

It occurs to me that the parties who are signers, namely, Holcomb & Stewart, might find a better occupation in minding their own business and let the Montreal Transportation Company attend to theirs. I think the past history of both concerns goes to show that the latter are quite able to manage their business unaided by Holcomb & Stewart, which can hardly be said of that firm. We might go into facts and dates and show the utter untruthfulness of what Holcomb & Stewart say regarding the vessels named by them, but we will simply state that four days prior to the arrival of the schooners Fitzhugh and Morewood we had advice from the owner of cargoes to inform the captains of said vessels on arrival to apply to Messrs. A. Gunn & Co. for despatch. Respecting the Hartford and F.G. Fort we had a similar advice from the owner two days before arrival. We had also advice from our Montreal Office that these vessels were not intended for us, and that we must attend to the vessels first in order which were on our list to arrive; and after that to do our best in assisting others. And we assert, and defy contradiction, that we were equal to our work, having handled over half a million bushels in a very few days, and all vessels intended for us were regularly unloaded and to the entire satisfaction of all parties concerned, and no demurrage was incurred. And, in addition to that, we unloaded two cargoes to oblige Messrs. A. Gunn & Co., amounting to 46,000 bushels, besides elevating for Millar & Co. all we could do to assist them in their difficulties, they having sufficient barge capacity but elevator disabled. And yet this man, Wm. Stewart, who should know his own shortcomings, rushes into print to endeavour to show that the Montreal Transportation Company were not equal to their work, when his firm alone, of all the forwarders, were the only parties who were making the blockade by undertaking work they were unable to carry out. It puts me in mind of the thief, who, after having stolen, went out into the street and shouted "stop thief," to draw attention from his own misdoings. These facts are patent and well known to every one acquainted with the facts, and we will not further waste your valuable space by attempting to prove what is so well known.

Yours, etc.,

Oct. 4th P.R. Henderson, Agent Montreal Transportation Co.

p.3 Touched - During the gale the schr. Wm. Home anchored off Nine Mile Point, and in weighing this morning she touched ground. The Lady Franklin pulled her off without difficulty.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 4, 1877