The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), June 16, 1842

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"Westward The March Of Empire Takes Its Course" - The new steam packet Chicago left here, on the first of June, as noticed in our last paper, for Chicago via the Welland Canal, with a full freight and over 80 passengers, mostly destined to Wisconsin and the shores of Lake Michigan. There were some entire families, who have resided in this vicinity for many years, among the passengers, who have gone with their effects to seek out a new residence in the boundless west. The separation of friends and relatives, at the moment of departure, presented an interesting scene to a large concourse of people upon the dock, attracted thither by the novel character of the vessel and the commencement of a voyage by steam, as long as half across the Atlantic. There was something touching and melancholy as well as romantic in the reflections awakened by the contemplation of the hardships and privations endured by the settlers of a new country, leaving for good, paternal and long cherished homes, as the last bell summoned the passengers on board. The fasts were cast off and the Chicago gracefully rounded to, in the river, and "walked the waters like a thing of life", at the very moment the heavens were made radiant with the light of a glorious sun-set, in the bosom of Lake Ontario. - Oswego Her.

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Journal (St. Catharines, ON), June 16, 1842