The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Times (Orillia, ON), November 2, 1882

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Oct.28 - The adjourned corner's inquest into the loss of the Asia met last night. No further evidence being forthcoming, the corner recapitulated what had been alleged and laid before the Court, and then charged the jury, laying before these the insufficient equipment of the boats, and that had those boats been properly supplied with ors and other portions of boats' equipments they might have weathered the storm, the boats' heads might have kept to the wind, the frequent capsizing might not have resulted, and the fatal strain on the men's powers of endurance might have been avoided. The jury then retired, and in forty minutes returned the following verdict; - "That John Savage, John McDonald, John M. Calpiu, and two other, names unknown, came to their death through the wreck of the steamer Asia and undue exposure in open boats. That the exposure was caused by an insufficient equipment of those boats, inasmuch as there were only three oars in the three boats, and nothing with which to bail out the boats. That the aforesaid insufficient equipment was the result of gross and culpable negligence on the part of some person or persons unknown to this jury, and that those persons are therefore guilty of manslaughter"

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Bill Hester
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Times (Orillia, ON), November 2, 1882