The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Enterprise (Collingwood, ON), November 2, 1882

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The verdict of the corner's jury at Parry Sound, given in another column will cause surprise to all, and though it is difficult to suspect men under oath, of being contrary to the dictates of right and conscience; still it is even more difficult to believe that with the slight evidence before them, an impartial body of citizens could bring in any such verdict. Its very indefinite nature would make the verdict, amusing were it not for the air of tragedy that surrounds everything in connection with the Asia disaster.


THE SMALL SOUL OF THE Bulletin man attempts to help the proposed Asia concert this week by throwing cold water on it. First he says Mr. Sawers has been employed to organize the affair, which is not true as it is under purely local management; and then because some one has told him our home poor are being neglected he impertinently interferes with the management...


We are in receipt of a very impertinent letter from a Mr. Jas. Anderson who signs himself "owner of the Wiarton Belle" in reference to which tub an item recently appeared in the ENTERPRIZE By the tone of the letter we should judge Mr. A. to be a very warlike as well as impertinent personage and one who evidently is labouring under the pleasant impression that his frown alone is needed to bring the newspaper man to the point of apology. For in addition to demanding the publication of his letter Mr. Anderson demands an apology from us. We notice Mr. Anderson's letter simply from the fact that we desire him to know we have received it and at the same time to acquaint him with the fact that we positively decline either to publish his letter or to make apology... The fact that the Wiarton Belle a small propeller with accommodations for travellers is not considered a fish boat to carry passengers by the Inspectors proves to the impartial mind that she is not really fit to carry human beings at all even a crew. The only point our item which might be taken as unjust was the reference to Capt. Dusome, who Mr. Adnerson informs us is able to read and write in two languages. This may be true, but the gallant Captain could not tell among his papers which was the certificate and first handed the Customs officer a document dated 1880. Mr. Adnerson threatens us with the law, unless we do as he requests us to. Well we intend to do no thing of the kind... Finally we give to our readers the classing of the Wiarton Belle, formerly Chicago Belle by Lloyds insurers. The boat was built at Chicago in July 1871, is valued at $2, 500, classed at B1 and rated for river traffic only. Those who have not seen the boat can judge for themselves what kind of craft she is and whether she is adapted for the Georgian Bay traffic.

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Bill Hester
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Enterprise (Collingwood, ON), November 2, 1882