The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Aug 1899

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p.1 A Pleasant Trip - on str. Empire State from Kingston to Cape Vincent.



The sloop Maggie L., Gananoque, arrived this morning with 4,000 bushels of oats for Richardson & Son.

The steamer Alberta and schooneer Burton, Oswego, arrived this morning with coal for Crawford & Co.

The tug Active cleared for Oswego this morning with the barge Kingston to load 1,400 tons of coal for the M.T. company's use here.

The tug Jessie Hall arrived from Montreal last evening with five light barges, clearing again this morning for the same port with four barges laden with 140,000 bushels of grain.

The steamer Rosemount and consorts, after discharging 185,000 bushels of wheat at the M.T. company's elevator, cleared again this morning for Duluth to load wheat for this port.



Chicago Aug. 19th - Capt. John Freer, an old-time lake navigator, died on board his vessel, the schooner M.T. Downing, on Tuesday last at Goderich, Ont. His remains were brought to his late home in this city. Funeral services were held yesterday with interment at Rose Hill.

Capt. Freer was about sixty years of age and had sailed lake boats nearly all his life. He came prominently into public notice during the great trial in Chicago, when he assisted warden McGarrigle to escape to Canada.

Capt. Freer was at that time in command of the schooner George A. Marsh and took McGarrigle from the Canadian schooner Edward Blake on Lake Huron and landed him in Canada. The police had learned that McGarrigle was on board the Blake and was prepared to overhaul that vessel at the time Freer took the noted boodler from the craft.



Capt. Gaskin is of opinion that if the authorities of "A" field battery would pay more attention to the refuse dumped into the harbor fronting the barracks by occupants of that place, there would not be so much ground for complaint as to the foulness of the water thereabouts. There is at present to be seen in front of the barracks' wharf a pile of offensive refuse high above the water level. The stuff was dumped there by the battery people. Capt. Gaskin issued strict orders that no refuse was to be dumped from any of the M.T. company's boats into the water fronting the barracks, and all the company's employees have been warned to report anybody found disobeying this order. Occasionally, however, there is an odd straw tick dumped into the water, but the straw generally floats away and does not give offense.

Capt. Gaskin points out that long before the M.T. company build its long pier and elevator the barracks were condemned as being unsanitary. The M.T. company cannot move its plant away simply because the drainage of the barracks is not good. The company must have wharf room to transact its enormous business. The proper place for the barracks, as frequently pointed out, is over on the Barriefield shore. Capt. Gaskin wants it distinctly understood that it is not the M.T. company that pollutes the water fronting the barracks. The offense is committed by the battery people.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Aug 1899