The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Aug 1900

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The Story Told By The Young Woman Assaulted Sunday.

The Whig of Monday's issue contained an exclusive account of an assault by two lake captains upon the young woman cook aboard the schooner Peterson, lying in the harbor Sunday. The Peterson is the consort of the steamer Niko and is owned by Mr. Ward, of Chicago. The young woman intended returning to Chicago yesterday, but was too ill, as a result of the abuse she had received Sunday, to undertake the journey. She left at nine o'clock this morning, however, for her western home

When asked why she did not prosecute her assailants she replied that she did not want to have her name published in the newspapers; she had gone to the chief of police to lay a complaint, but upon thinking the matter over decided not to do so to save publicity; but she placed her case before Col. Twitchell, United States consul, who will see that she receives justice.

"He tried to choke me," she said, "when I resisted his advances. My throat is very sore and my body black and blue from the hard usage he gave me. I told them they would not leave me alive and fought desperately to get away from them. My cries brought the nightwatchman of Richardsons' elevator and two members of the crew, who took me ashore and found me an hotel where I remained until this morning."

She stated further that she had placed her case in the hands of the United States consul, who promised to have her case attended to. The captain of the Peterson paid her off and gave her half her fare back to Chicago. Col. Twitchell sent a notice to the captain of the Peterson to come to his office, but he refused to accept the notice and left port last evening without settling up. The matter will be entered in the courts at Chicago and the captain will be compelled to pay over all expenses incurred as a result of the trouble here.


The steamer India and consort, Escanaba, Mich., iron ore laden, is at Deseronto.

The tug Thomson, from Montreal, with four light barges, arrived at the M.T. company's elevator this morning, and cleared again for Oswego, with two light barges to load coal.

The tug Jessie, formerly the Drake, burned at Montreal some time ago, left Davis & Sons' dry dock this morning after being thoroughly rebuilt. She is now a trim little craft, a credit to the firm that rebuilt her. She cleared this morning for Montreal.

Called at Swift's wharf: Steamer North King, on down and up trips between Charlotte and Gananoque; steamers Corsican and Hamilton, on down trips; steamers Algerian and Spartan on up trips; steamer James Swift on up trip from Ottawa, clearing again this evening.

Carroll Saw the Serpent - a month ago near Channel Grove.

p.5 "Archie Marshall The Victim" - who drowned off North King, not Charlie Marshall.

Incidents of the Day - Tonight the Calvin company will despatch raft No. 10 from Garden Island for Quebec. The tug Johnston will be in charge.

p.6 Broke Her Wheel - The new steamer Victoria, of the Rockport navigation company, was in port today and will tomorrow enter Davis' dry-dock for repairs. While en route west from Brockville, she was making a landing at Senecal's dock, Grenadier Island, situated a few miles below Rockport, when her wheel was broken. The steamer Antelope, of Gananoque, is taking her route. Arthur Davis, former owner of the Antelope, is engineer on the new steamer, and Robert Carnegie is captain. The boat has been most successful so far.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Aug 1900