The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Champion (Barge), 14 Jan 1892

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Milwaukee Wis., Jan. 14. - Peter Wex, of Buffalo, has become involved in what promises to be both interesting and expensive litigation through laying up the barges POTOMAC and CHAMPION with grain cargoes on board prior to the close of navigation. It appears that the CHAMPION was loaded at Chicago with corn which constituted part of a 200,000 bushel lot that the shippers had contracted to deliver at Liverpool by the 20th of the present month. At the time shipment was made documents showing that the CHAMPION's cargo constituted part of the corn under contract were forwarded to the foreign consignees, and as the price of the cereal has since then declined from 10 to 15 cents other corn cannot be substituted without consent of the purchasers abroad. Knowing this, the American shippers had for some time past been negotiating with Mr. Wex for his consent to the delivery of the cargo at an elevator here in order that it might be forwarded by rail, but he insisted upon payment of the CHAMPION's freight money before granting the permission asked. To this the shippers demurred, and replevined the cargo having it transferred to cars. The last of the corn was removed from the vessel on Monday. With the best of dispatch it is questioned whether the consignment can be placed on board ship at New York before the 20th and therefore extremely doubtful whether this fractional part of the 200,000 bushel lot will or will not result in an art nulment of the entire contract. In the event of annulment the shippers would have to bear a loss of anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000, because of the delay, and naturally they will look to Mr. Wex for compensation. At any rate they will decline to pay the CHAMPION's freight, and endeavor to collect from Mr. Wex, through the courts, the additional expense they have been put to in forwarding the corn to the seaboard.
      The Marine Review
      January 14, 1892

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Champion (Barge), 14 Jan 1892