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Advertiser (Owen Sound, ON), May 20, 1875

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Departure of the Frances Smith

The steamer Frances Smith arrived here last night from Collingwood with a large number of passengers, and some freight which was loaded at the Northern Railway Wharf on receipt of special and peremptory orders of the owners. We are informed that the Frances Smith being unwilling to submit to the dictation of the Northern Railway and the owners of the Chicora and Cumberland has determined to compete with the Collingwood and Lake Superior Line for passengers and freight to Thunder Bay, Fort William and Duluth. On this her first trip of the season every obstacle possible was thrown in her way at the Northern Railway Wharf. Even the conveyance by cars of passenger's baggage was refused. This fact becoming known in Toronto, a large number of passengers including the Canada Pacific survey party under Mr. Hazlewood took the one o'clock p.m. trains per Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway and received here that attention which was refused them at Collingwood. The Frances passed the Chicora at Presque Isle, where she laid up for repairs, having spent her time since last Saturday in the ice off Collingwood harbor. The Frances having reached the clear waters of Owen Sound harbor, after having battled with the icebergs of Collingwood, left this port on her upward trip with a hundred and fifty passengers, about half of which number went aboard here. Mr. Carpenter of the firm of Carpenter & Co. the Dawson Route Contractors, took passage on the Frances with a large number of men and teams. At Presque Isle she will add to her already large freight and will doubtless reach her destination ahead of the Northen Railway's crack boat. We are glad that Captain Robertson has shown the pluck to defy the dictators and are sure that the travelling public, having appreciated in the past the comforts and conveyances of this favorite vessel, will second his efforts, and by a generous and liberal support prove that overbearing despotism will not meet with the approbation of the public.

THE FIRST TRIP - The steamer Silver Spray arrived here on Saturday evening last from Sault St. Marie and intermediate ports, having made the first trip of the season in less than four days. She had on 50 passengers, and a quantity of fish, hides etc. Capt. McNab reports very little ice between here and the Sault but considerable loose ice in Lake Superior.

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Bill Hester
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Advertiser (Owen Sound, ON), May 20, 1875