The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), December 21, 1843

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Beauharnois Canal Troubles - We are sorry to have received some intelligence of the state of affairs along the line of the Beauharnois Canal, which leads us to anticipate a good deal of distress, during the winter. In consequence of the neglect of agricultural pursuits, for the more remunerative employment on the canal, partly, also from the disturbances on the line, during the spring, and the almost total failure of the root crops, the habitans are likely tp be seriously unconvinced during the winter. Grass was not generally a good crop, and the little fodder that was raised has been sold at the canal, to provide for the more immediate necessities of the French farmer; and therefore, being without winter provision, they must either dispose of their cattle at once at an enormous sacrifice, or run the almost certain chance of seeing them starved this winter. The payment of the assessed damages done to their farms by the canal, will bring a good deal of money among them, but this is more than mortgaged, as we understand, to the seigniors and the store-keepers, whose arrears will leave a mere fraction to the habitans. - Montreal Courier

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), December 21, 1843