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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Jun 1900

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The tug Hall arrived with three light barges from Montreal.

The steamer Alexandria, from Charlotte, called at Craig's wharf last night.

The government tug Shanly, with superintendent Phillips aboard, was in port to-day.

The steambarge King Ben cleared this afternoon for Oswego to load coal for Folger Bros.

The steambarge John Milne, from Smith's Falls to Oswego, light, passed this port this morning.

The schooner Maggie from Wolfe Island, discharged hay and oats at Richardsons' elevator to-day.

Arrivals at Swift's wharf to-day: steamers Hamilton from Hamilton, Spartan from Toronto, Algerian from Montreal.

Alterations to the Maria street bridge at Ottawa, which interfered with the steamer Rideau Queen, will be completed this week.

The tug Thomson arrived from Charlotte with two barges of coal for the M.T. company, and cleared for Sodus with two light barges.

The steamer North King arrived at Swift's wharf this afternoon from Charlotte and made her first semi-weekly trip down the river.

The new steambarge,owned by Mr. Foster of Smith's Falls, will be several weeks at the Kingston foundry wharf, where its machinery is being put in.

Incidents of the Day - When coming across the lake on Sunday, a carrier pigeon landed on the schooner Fabiola, and was caught by the crew.

p.4 Down The River - Thousand Island Park, June 25th - The steamer Arundell is on her regular route between Charlotte and Alexandria Bay, and is carrying immense quantities of fruit.... According to eye witness reports no blame can be attached to the steamer Corsican, which accidentally sunk Chalmer's naptha launch Thursday morning near here. No effort has yet been made to raise the sunken craft, as it lies in over ninety feet of water.... The yacht Where Now, Capt. L.B. Spencer, has arrived for the season, and is occupying the slip at Gridley's dock. The steamer Empire State called here on Friday with the Watertown high school excursion on board. The R. & O. navigation steamers call here regularly now. The steamer New York ran an excursion from Clayton to Ogdensburg yesterday.

p.5 After Many Days - Capt. J. Johnston, who sailed the schooner Undine in 1876, was the fortunate agent in saving the lives of six men and a woman, the crew of the schooner Juno, wrecked in a storm on Lake Erie in that year. The captain did not look for any reward, and even if he had cherished expectations in that line, twenty-four years is a long time, and he almost forgot the circumstances himself. Last week, however, there came to him from Cleveland a check for a comfortable sum, with instructions how to expend it, and now the captain carries a handsome gold timepiece, bearing this inscription: "To Capt. J. Johnston, for rescuing crew on Lake Erie, 1876." Today the captain started on a trip to the Pacific coast, and his ticket says he may stay away nine months. [Hamilton Herald]

Incidents of the Day - The steamer New Island Wanderer today began her fifty mile ramble among the islands. Two trips will be run daily.

p.7 Notes From Wolfe Island - The scow Maggie L. recently set sail for Kingston, laden with forty tons of hay and 1,900 bushels of grain, from C.A. Barry, a well-known farmer on Wolfe Island. This is the seventh time in succession the boat has anchored in Breakey's bay for his hay and grain.

p.8 Still Greater Reputation - William Lesslie returned to the city this morning after an absence of seven months at the wreck of the Scottish King off the coast of Newfoundland. He describes the work as of the greatest difficulty, requiring patience and persistence in order to carry it through successfully. Mr. Lesslie applied an entirely new method, namely, the pumping of compressed air into the parts of the vessel invaded by water, the effect of which was to expel the water and raise the vessel. In fact the vessel was floated from Fermeuse to St. John's on a compressed air cushion. Mr. Lesslie's latest success has given him a still greater reputation all over Canada and in the northern states.

Marine Notes.

The tug Antelope passed this port this morning with three laden barges for Montreal.

The schooner Fabiola cleared this afternoon for Oswego.

The schooner Lydon arrived at Swift's wharf this afternoon with coal from Oswego.

The steamer Parthia, with two laden barges, cleared from Garden Island this morning for Montreal.

The steamer Bothnia and consort Valencia arrived at Garden Island last night from Georgian Bay with a cargo of deals, and cleared again for Montreal. The Bothnia brought down the largest cargo of deal ever loaded on one vessel. Her cargo measured 927 square feet.


Action Over The Wreck of Cornwall Bridge.

Dr. R.T. Walkem, Q.C., returned this morning from Cornwall, where he acted as defendant's counsel in the case of the New York and Ottawa company vs. the Collins Bay rafting and forwarding company, tried on Monday before justice Street. This was an action to recover a deposit of $25,000 made by plaintiffs as security to the defendants as payment for the work under contract, and made between the parties to remove the wrecked spans of Cornwall bridge.

The plaintiffs claimed that time was the essence of the contract, and that the defendants themselves had named a time for completing the work, but that even if they had not, they did not finish the work in a reasonable time - in fact it is not completed yet. The defendants contended that it was an open contract, requiring no more than that the defendants should use all possible diligence in removing the wreck, and that there was no time limit. The plaintiffs contended that one of the objects in making the contract was to use the wrecked spans in the construction of a new bridge, that the delay had defeated this object, and had compelled them to build an entirely new structure.

The evidence showed that the work was one of extraordinary difficulty owing to the rapidity of the current, which flows at the rate of six or seven miles an hour. Engineers examined, admitted that no work of a similar character had ever been undertaken to their knowledge, Judgement was reserved.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Jun 1900