The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., Oct. 4, 1890

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Port Ontario.

It doesn't matter to the people of Oswego county whether or not the Auburn Bulletin knows where Port Ontario is, but the government deems the place of enough importance to maintain it as a port of entry. navigators dare not enter the harbor there except in the day time and then the feat can only be accomplished under the greatest difficulties and danger.

Mr. Payne promised to get a small appropriation - $10,000 - to remove the obstructions and then permitted the item to be stricken out without a word of protest. It will not do for Mr. Payne to tell the people of the Second district that he could not help it - that it was beyond his control. They know better. They know that as the only Republican member from the great State of New York on the Ways and Means Committee in Congress; as the particular friend of Speaker Reed, selected by the latter as one to stump his district up in Main; with all the other members in the House soliciting his aid, as a member of the most important committee, to help pass their bills; occupying this position of influence, he could not get a paltry little appropriation of $10,000 for his own district!

That is too thin. It seems he had influence enough to hold the committee to a 30 cent rate on barley without difficulty, but Port Ontario and Fort Ontario, well - to h--- with Oswego county anyway!

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., Oct. 4, 1890