The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Feb 1879

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p.3 Lively Cotillion - The schr. Belle, now lying at Oswego, was the scene of a lively cotillion. Last fall Capt. Farrington, of South Bay, after having his vessel loaded with coal, abandoned the intention of crossing the lake, leaving a sailor, Charles Storey, and the cook, Mrs. Korshum, on board. The sailor says he was engaged at $25 a month, but the Captain says he was not an employee, but an intruder whom the cook harbored while he was away. At any rate, when the Captain arrived at the Belle he did not like the appearance of things, and the cook avers that, as the finale of a dispute with her, he fired a knife at her, striking her in the side. He then lay in wait for Storey, but when he appeared the cook called to him that the Captain was armed with two knives, and away Charley put. The Captain charges Storey and the young (grass) widow with having living improperly, and Storey in turn charges the Captain with the same offence. There is to be a law suit over the case. Storey shipped from Kingston, whether as a passenger or hand will be determined.

Gormley Case - The case of Capt. Gormley, (of the new schooner Singapore) is simply this, as we have been told: Some time ago he had a difference or a difficulty with two men, relatives, who declared that they would get even with the captain. They waited long and were finally successful on Saturday last. The captain lives on Amherst Island, where they also live. Gormley was seen to pass where they were, in his own sleigh, and at once they pursued him. They overtook him between the Island and Bath, and gave him an unmerciful beating, being so fearfully bruised and pounded that his life is despaired of. The disposition of some is to hush up the matter, so that in the event of the maltreatment resulting in the death of Capt. Gormley his assailants may be arrested. If those who made the brutal attack are known they should be placed in custody at once, thus to await the recovery or demise of the injured man.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Feb 1879