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Chenango Union (Norwich, NY), Thurs., June 1, 1876

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The Canal to be Opened

At a meeting of the Canal Board held at Albany n Wednesday of last week, it was decided to open the Chenango Canal for navigation, June 15th. In announcing this gratifying result of the deliberation of the Board, the Utica Herald of Thursday says:

"This information will be received with great satisfaction by boatmen and others to whom the failure to open the Chenango canal without previous notice, was a great hardship. the action is undoubtedly taken by the Canal Board in response to public sentiment, and to relieve the State from the penalty of claims for damages that would have been made by the owners of boats in the ditch, had they not been relieved in some way.

"The board also acting in accordance with the provisions of the law which gives it authority to expend upon the lateral canals twice the amount of the tolls of the previous year for navigation purposes. The tolls last year amounted to about $2,909, this will give the board about $5,800, probably enough to maintain operation for a short time.

"The boatmen nd residents along the line of the canal, will make hay while the sun shines, and be ready to float their craft and lay in a stock of coal, salt, flour, etc., just as quick as a heavy dew settles upon the bottom of the ditch."

The fund at the disposal of the Canal Board for the operation of the Chenango amounts to $4,200. This, with great economy, will give about two months of navigation.

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Richard Palmer
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Chenango Union (Norwich, NY), Thurs., June 1, 1876