Detention of Canal Boats - The cost of an Oversight.
At three o'clock yesterday, upwards of 250 canal boas, bound east and west, were detained on the Canal a little east of this village, in consequence of an injury to the Lodi Lock. The gate of the Lock gave way on Sunday night, and though no time was lost in repairing it, boats were unable to pass that afternoon.
For the distance of a half mile on the west side of the Lock, and for a mile and a half on the east side, the canal was literally lined with boats until 3 and 4 o'clock yesterday, (Tuesday). Boatmen, drivers, horses, were "all brought standing."
Allowing four persons to each of the 250 boats there were 1,000 men and boys temporarily unemployed, in consequence of the delay. To keep them company there were at least 500 idle horses. As may well be conceived, the towpath presented an animated spectacle.
We would not willingly censure anyone; yet that the defective condition of this lock should have escaped the attention of those whose duty it was to examine it, is a little surprising.
Whether anybody is at fault or not, in the matter (and we do not aver that there is,) the loss occasioned by the detention is not inconsiderable. The late opening of the canal, and the anxiety of forwarders and others to push their freight through, renders such occurrences at this time peculiarly annoying.