The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), June 22, 1843

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Verdict Of The Jury - The Inquest upon the bodies of parties killed in the late riots at Beauharnois, which was convened by Mr. Jones, On Wednesday, closed on Friday evening, when the following verdict was given by the jury, who were, we understand, unanimous: -

"We are of opinion that Jean Baptiste Laviolette, in the execution of his duty as a Magistrate, was justified in ordering the commanding officer to fire with ball cartridge on a mob comprising upwards of one thousand persons, who were collected on the Queen's high road, opposite Grant's hotel, parish of St. Timothy, county of Beauharnois, for illegal purposes - whereby William Dowie, Miles Higgins, Thomas M'Manus, Bernard Gormley, and a man to us unknown, were killed - and therefore render a verdict of "justifiable homicide".

Quiet is, in a great measure, restored along the canal, and upon some sections this work will be resumed, on Monday, at 3s the day, and hours from 6 till 6. Two hundred men of the 74th, and 30 of the Queen's light dragoons, are stationed, some in the mill, and others in tents, at St. Timothy; one hundred of the 71st are quartered at Beauharnois. Sir. James Hope proceeded this morning to inspect the arrangements.

On Thursday evening, two barrels of powder, stolen from Mr. Black, were brought back and left at the door of the magazine.

One of the ringleaders was taken, last night, and will be brought in to-day, under escort; this has alarmed some of the most guilty, and they are making off as fast as they can. The leader has not yet been discovered, but search will be made for him to-day. In addition to the men upon whom the Inquest was held, there are several others known to have died of their wounds, and been privately buried. It is stated by some of the military, and the miller, that they saw eight men go down the rapids; one who was clinging to an overhanging tree, was ordered to come ashore and surrender, when letting go his hold, he was whirled down the stream and disappeared; none of there bodies have been found. The wounded are more numerous than at first supposed - one ball, in some instances from the denseness of the crowd, and the short distance, must have wounded two or three. There are many bad sabre wounds, and several men had one ear cut off. Upwards of thirty wounded are known, and every day discloses fresh cases.

No further sets of open violence are expected, but the men have sworn to have the lives of several of the contractors, if they dog them for ten years. Mr. Crawford leaves the canal to-day, and will not again return. - Mont. Her.

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), June 22, 1843