The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), August 30, 1865

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The Attorney General is said to have ordered a trial to be had before a jury in reference to the charges on which this vessel had been seized by order of the Government.


With a span of fiery steeds, and good driving, the 14 miles of road between Orillia and Coldwater were speedily passed over, reaching the latter place at about 5 p.m. Here we had to change our mode of travel, exchanging terra firma for that of cold water The Brady a boat the praises of which the Coldwater folks seem to delight in - was waiting, not only for us, but for what was, we hope, of far more importance to the village of Christieville - the mail. We embarked about 7 o'clock and guided down that deep dark stream, the name of which produces such opposite feelings when contemplated in the extreme seasons of heat and cold - the Coldwater. About a mile brought us to the big swamp, not the "dismal swamp" of Uncle Tom's Cabin, but the swamp from which an unlimited quantity of hay is cut every season, and is of great value to the whole neighbourhood. Here we met over a dozen canoes of various sizes and shapes filled with the stalwart villagers returning from haymaking. A hearty "good night" shouted from each as we passed assured us of their kind and social condition. Being now in Matchedash Bay our jolly tars had to tug hard at the oars against a head wind, to reach the Severn, about eight miles. At 11 o'clock the wharf was reached...

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Bill Hester
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Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), August 30, 1865