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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 May 1858

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p.2 Extensive Fire in Montreal - schooner C.J. Kershaw, which returned from Liverpool to Montreal last year, was proceeding up canal for Chicago and had narrow escape. [Pilot]

-steamer Zimmerman running between Hamilton and Toronto, Capt. Masson.

-The Steamers - Royal Mail Line and Zimmerman now running. [Colonist]

-Break in Welland Canal - schooner Amelia carries away gate of Lock #7.

-A Strange Bird - Mr. Harvey Dayan set his net to inveigle the innocent pike from their gambols in Chaumont Bay, Jefferson County, on Monday. The Irishman who shot at the robin, and when the smoke cleared away picked up a toad, supposing that it was his game "with the feathers shot off," was hardly more astonished thereof than was Mr. Dayan, on drawing his net, he found in it no less an animal than a fine seal, or "wild water dog of the ocean," as the bills of the circus sideshow used to call it, in our youthful days. The animal was of course dead, having been drowned in the net. It weighed 85 pounds, and measured about three and a half feet in length. The body of a large dog would appear not so large by the side of it. It had a beautiful coat of gray, mottled with spots of a lighter blue, presenting a very fine appearance, and rejoiced besides in the possession of a very regular out-and-out bull dog nose, with teeth to match, and a couple of holes in the side of the head in the place where the ears ought to be.

The animal is the first of the kind ever caught in this section, and where it came from has not been definitely determined. Dr. Throwbridge, of Watertown, has become the possessor of the curiousity, and will preserve it for addition to his museum.

- Imports - 5.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 May 1858