Exciting Times on a Steamer
Under the above heading the Toronto World of the 8th inst. publishes the following item;
"A Hamilton merchant just returned from the Manitoulin Islands says that the steamer he was a passenger by had two narrow escapes on Sunday and Monday nights. While the Captain was fooling about below, the Northern Belle struck a rock, and the vessel almost went ashore. This was on Sunday night. On Monday evening the lamp-room took fire, and spread consternation amongst the passengers, but was speedily put out."
The item is not a mistake, but a gross libel. All who know Captain Taylor, of the Belle, know he is a most careful and conscientious officer, and the charge that he was "fooling about below"is simply absurd. We have carefully enquired into the matter and find from statements made by officers and crew that the boat did not approach a rock, much less strike on it . It is to be hoped the "Hamilton merchant" will be made to retract his false statement.
NEARLY DROWNED - A young lady, Miss Boyd, nearly met her death on Wednesday night. In walking a plank to reach the Oneida at the railway dock, she made a mis-step and fell into the water. She was rescued with great difficulty by Capt. P. Cameron, who went down after her wit a rope around his body.