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A Vessel Attached
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), 11 May 1883

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A Vessel Attached

The Pride of America Seized on an Old Tow Bill Amounting to $800

The Canadian schooner Pride of America, which arrived here yesterday morning with rye from Brockville, was seized last evening by sherif Huntington on a writ of attachment issued yesterday afternoon by Judge Churchill to Mr. George N. Burt, attorney for E. B. Smith of Milwaukee. The facts in the case are as follows: In the fall of 1881 the Pride of America became disabled on Lake Michigan and was taken in tow by a tug owned by Smith and towed to Milwaukee. The tow bill amounting to $700 was presented to Captain McDonnell soon after for payment, and he at once drew a draft for the amount on James McDonald of St. Catharines, the owner of the vessel, receiving in return from Mr. Smith a receipted bill for that amount. This bill, however, bore on its back a provision that in case payment was refused on the draft the lien on the vessel would still hold good. When the draft was present to McDonald the owner, he declined to pay it and Smith has since been waiting for the vessel to appear in an American port to attach her. The vessel was dropped down to the salt dock last night and Henry Lewis and Frank Mattoon were put in charge of her.

Capt. McDonnell a short time before his schooner was tied up, was cursing his bad luck, claiming that he had been three weeks on his last trip and lost $150. When the sheriff served the papers he became furious and refused to take them. The sheriff left the papers on board and put two deputies in charge. The captain cooled off this morning, and as he started up town he remarked to one of the deputies that he would have an all summers’s job if he intended to watch the vessel.

This morning Capt. Mc Donnell engaged Mr. Benedict as counsel and an effort is now being made to settle the matter. The captain of the vessel is, it is understood, willing to pay one fourth of the debt at present and the balance before the season is over.

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11 May 1883
Richard Palmer
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
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A Vessel Attached