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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Dec 1856

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Weekly British Whig, Dec. 25, 1856

p.2 Sheriff's Sale - The undersigned will sell by Auction on Wednesday, the 31st December, at the Commercial Mart, by authority of the Sheriff of the United Counties of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, the splendid Barge Sarah, in good running order with Sails and Rigging complete, now lying at Spencer's Wharf, below the bridge. Sale at 2 o'clock p.m. Terms made known at time of sale. John Patterson, Auctioneer Dec. 23rd.

Dec. 27, 1856

p.2 Imports - Dec. 22nd - Ferry Boat, Wolfe Island, (gen. cargo).

Dec. 23rd - Str. America, Cape Vincent, (gen. cargo).

A Disgraceful Business

Picton, December 23rd

Some few weeks ago, the Propeller Lord Elgin, laden with flour, was driven ashore in a gale near the Point Peter Light House. It is reported that 1,800 barrels of flour were thrown overboard from her, most part of which reached the shore, or was taken out of the water by people living in the vicinity. A salvage of 2s 6d per barrel was given for all the flour taken out of the water, and left in safety upon the shore. The result up to last Wednesday was, that the owners of the flour had only yet received 500 bbls. What has become of the rest ? Why, the Agent sent to secure and sell all that could be saved, has been forced to procure warrants against two hitherto respectable and wealthy farmers to obtain the property. Several barrels of the flour was found secreted on their premises. At least, we have been credibly informed they denied having it. These men were brought before some of the resident Justices of the Peace in the neighborhood, and were fined 5 pounds each, and costs; and all the costs these said Justices would allow was their own, and 5 s to one Constable - although the Agent had been to a large expense in watching the premises, to prevent the removal of the property, until warrants could be obtained; and afterwards to find men to assist the Constable in searching for the property and securing it. This in the model County of Prince Edward ! Breaking into one of our mills, and stealing flour, is respectable business compared with preying on misfortune. Now, where is the flour belonging to the persons whose Agent is here looking for it ? This is a question which not only the resident Magistrates of Athol and Marysburgh should strive to find out, but also the Magistrates of the whole County, and every one who regards the fair fame of Prince Edward. The Agent says - his first attempt to seize the flour by law and arrest the parties, has cost him nearly as much as the article was worth. But smooth it over - keep dark - and mind your own business ! Yes - "film over the ulcerous place," and call things by their wrong names, is getting greatly in vogue.

If the owners of this flour are unable to obtain their own, without an expense that would make it of no object, then it is time that the Government took the matter in hand. If the law makes it a less offence to take and secret flour strewn upon a shore from a wreck than stealing and secreting flour from a mill, then it is time it was altered.

The parties that were fined, we understand, have appealed to the Sessions - but it is all a put off; however, should the case come up we will report it fairly; until then we forbear from mentioning names.

Dec. 29, 1856

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Dec. 30, 1856

p.2 Imports - Dec. 23rd - Str. America, Cape Vincent, (gen. cargo).

Dec. 24th - Ferry Boat, Wolfe Island, (gen. cargo).

Disasters To Steamers - The year about to close will present a fearful record of lives lost on passenger steamers, mostly navigating inland waters. Ocean steamers have thus far been more favoured than for several years. The list now stands as follows:

Lives Lost

March, ferry boat New Jersey 32

June, steamer at Longueuil 38

July, str. Northern Indiana, Lake Erie 26

July, propeller Tinto 18

July, steamer John Jay, Lake George 15

July, steamer Empire State 14

August, str. Nautilus, Gulf of Mexico 40

Sept., steamer Niagara, Lake Michigan 66

Oct., str. Superior, Lake Michigan 35

Oct., prop. J.W. Brooks, Lake Ontario 30

November, steamship Le Lyonnais 78

November, propeller Toledo 41

Total 483

The gales on the lakes during the present season have been almost unprecedented in severity. Forty-nine vessels have been lost, including seventeen steam craft and thirty two sailing vessels, and the loss of life is estimated at two hundred, at the lowest calculation. [Detroit Advertiser]



Will be sold by Auction, on Friday, 30th January, 1857, without any reserve whatever, the New and Splendid Fast Sailing Schooner CARRIER DOVE, 155 tons burthen, with Sails, Rigging, Anchors, Cables, Chains etc. complete, as she now lies at the Wolfe Island Ferry Wharf, opposite the city.

The above Schooner has only run One Season, is strongly built of the best of lumber, and of a handsome model; she is noted for her qualities as a fast sailing vessel, and for sea worthiness she cannot be surpassed on these lakes, having weathered all the severe gales of last Fall; she is also in perfect running order, and will be fit for sea without any repairs, on the opening of Navigation.

Hour of Sale, 2 o'clock p.m., alongside the Vessel.

Terms will be made known at the time of sale.

John Patterson, Auctioneer & Commission Merchant.

Kingston, Dec. 27th, 1856

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Dec 1856