The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), February 2, 1844

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Welland Canal - We are happy to have it in our power to assure the public, that there is now every prospect that peace and quietness is permanently restored throughout the entire line of this great work; and that, hereafter, whatever may be the condition - and that is certainly deplorable enough now - of the immense number of laborers who are living along the canal, none of those disgraceful riots, growing out of petty feuds or strikes, will again occur. Through the indefatigable exertions of the Rev. Mr. McDonagh; David Thorburn, Esq.; Mr. Power; the chief engineer; and all the subordinate officers on the work, an arrangement has been effected which, it is believed, will produce the most happy results to all concerned. this has been accomplished - and an arduous task it was - by inducing the laborers to subscribe to a solemn affirmation - without a certificate of which, signed by the priest and a magistrate, none can be employed - in which they declare, in substance, that they have not in possession any gun or other fire arms, or offensive weapons of any description; and that they will henceforward keep the peace towards all persons, and use all their endeavors to prevent its disturbance by others.

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), February 2, 1844