The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
St. Catharines Constitutional (St. Catharines, ON), August 27, 1856

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The Welland - Gross Falsehood

We were somewhat surprised to see our neighbor of the Journal permit some unprincipled scamp to communicate through its columns base innuendoes against Capt. Hamilton by maintaining that the burning of the steamer Welland was but the natural termination of "a drunken spree". This is a foul-mouthed libel upon the respectable position of our townsfolk, who were present at the last moonlight excursion, and as such we hurl it back upon the slanderer. Under the skilful management of Messrs. Donaldson and Hamilton, there was nothing to offend the most fastidious; we were present all the time, and among the last to leave the boat, and, with the exception of one person, saw none the least intoxicated. But the Journal's scribe exalts over the loss to the town, and dashes down the insurance that he may take "a dead loss of $110 to every mother's son of us." We have heard before of men to whom falsehood was more natural than truth, and who gloated exultingly over disaster, but never to our knowledge were in such close proximity before; however the base auspiciousness of a scribbler who could quietly stand on the top of the Welland House, with a spy glass in his eye whistling Lilibuluoo and Hundred And Nineteenth Psalm alternately, while the steamer was burning, will have but little weight, and, were it not that readers at a distance might attach credence to them if permitted to escape uncontested, are scarcely worthy of passing notice.

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Peter Warwick
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St. Catharines Constitutional (St. Catharines, ON), August 27, 1856