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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Jan 1898

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Detroit, Jan. 21st - Before the closing of the lake carriers' association yesterday afternoon, the committee on Soo River rules reported in favor of increasing the Erie canal to accommodate barges of large capacity, along the lines indicated by Major Simons in his report to the war department. The report was endorsed by the association. The grain shovelling committee was continued, with instructions to arrange for grain trimming at Duluth and Fort William for this season, securing a reduction in each case if possible. A committee was appointed to gather subscriptions for a memorial for the late Gen. Poe. Each lake port is represented on this committee. The idea is to erect a tablet, statue or monument to the general to be placed upon the government property surrounding the new Soo lock, his greatest work.

p.2 News of the District - Judge Wilkinson was at South Marysburg on Tuesday to take evidence on charges preferred against Mr. McIntosh, light-keeper at South Bay Point, and J. Hudgin, light-house keeper at False Ducks.

Jan. 22, 1898


Jan. 24, 1898

p.2 Ice Yacht Club Discontinued - Cape Vincent correspondent in [Watertown Times] is not happy with rules, believing that the Kingston club's adoption of the forty minute time limit would prevent a race from being completed, and thus Kingston would continue to hold the cup.

Incidents of the Day - The Bertram engine works, Toronto, in addition to building steamers for the R. & O. navigation company, will construct three steel barges for the Prescott elevator and transit company.

Lengthening the Steamers - The steamers Seguin and Sir L. Tilley are being lengthened to Welland canal length. When completed the Tilley will be 260 feet long and the Sequin 260 feet. Both steamers have visited this port with cargoes of grain.


Hugh McLennan's Career.

A striking example of what can be done by energy and push is seen in the career of a noted Canadian, Hugh McLennan, president of the Montreal transportation company. Mr. McLennan was born in Glengarry county, and got his education there. In 1842, when seventeen years of age, he took a position as purser for a line of steamers plying between Montreal and Kingston. Later he became wharfinger and freight agent in Kingston for the company and was soon transferred to Montreal in the same capacity. In 1853, in partnership with his brother, he undertook a grain and transportation business, and in 1867 the present company was formed, with Mr. McLennan as president, which position he has occupied ever since. He has also become identified with many successful business ventures. [Montreal Herald]

p.6 Snips - The M.T. Co.'s tug James A. Walker will be extensively overhauled this winter for needed improvements.

It is understood that repairs to the S.S. Rosedale, now in the government graving dock, will be commenced in a week.

Jan. 25, 1898

p.1 Notice - The Annual Meeting of the shareholders of the Calvin Company, Limited, will be held at the Office of the Company on Garden Island on Tuesday, 8th February, 1898, at 1 o'clock, p.m. ANTHONY MALONE, Secretary.

p.2 No Definite Arrangements - John Donnelly, jr., returned from a western business trip last night. He states that nothing definite has been decided about the repairs to the steamer Rosedale. He visited the steamer Cambria, recently purchased by the Donnelly wrecking company, and is quite pleased with the purchase made.

p.4 The Ice Club's Conditions - a copy of letter sent to Cape Vincent club.

p.6 General Paragraphs - Twelve ice yachts started in the scrub race yesterday, making a lively run around the course the first time. The wind dropping during the second lap, nearly all the yachts were forced to drop out. Howard Folger's Breeze led all the way round, and came in first, but not anywhere within the time limit. Carl Folger's Snow Bird reached the home flag second. The triangular course was eleven and three quarter miles around, the home flag being located just below Cedar Island, one near Milton Island and the other near Knapp's Point.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Jan 1898