The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 3 Oct. 1827, page 2

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BUFFALO, Sept. 2.

Common Carriers.--A case was tried at the circuit court, in this village, last week, which, as it turned upon the liability of common carriers, cannot be uninteresting to our readers. It was an action for damages sustained upon goods; and the court held that where an individual or a company of common carriers advertise or otherwise notoriously hold themselves forth to the public, as carriers from one point or location to another, they are liable for damages through the whole distance so advertised, even though they show upon trial, that another person did, in fact, carry a part of the distance, by arrangement with them, and receive the whole and entire pay for that portion of the distance which he carried. Although this man is, so far as the income or receipts of the business is concerned, an independent carrier, yet, as between the public and the persons with whom he agrees, he is their agent, only, of whom the public have no legal knowledge.

This view of the subject of liabilities, though apparently old and well settled in law, we believe to be new to many persons in this vicinity, who are most intimately concerned in its operations, and we therefore give it publicity.


Steam boat burned.--The Steam boat Frontenac, we understand, was fired at Ft. George, last week, by some incendiary, in the night, and then set adrift in the river. Capt. Mosier, of the steam boat Niagara, while coming in fell in with the burning boat, about three miles from land, drifting into the Lake, and towed her back to port. She now lies at Ft. George, a perfect shell, being burned to the water's edge.--Ib.

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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 3 Oct. 1827, page 2