The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Apr 1908

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p.3 State of the Ice - ferry boats running at Soo for a week; navigation considered open on Lake Erie and Lake Huron.

Fell Through Wheel - On Tuesday evening a man named McDonald, working on the steamer Islander, had a narrow escape from a serious accident. He was working around the top of the paddle box, when he lost his balance and fell into the lake. He was exceedingly lucky that his head did not come in contact with any of the steel buckets as he fell through the wheel. He was uninjured when pulled out by his companions.



In The Lake Seamen's Union Dispute.

James Stewart, postmaster of Kingston, has been appointed an arbitrator in the dispute between the Lake Seamen's Union and the employers. The Dominion Marine Association declined to appoint a representative to board to meet the representative of the union, and Hon. Mr. Lemieux, minister of labor, had to step in and make an appointment. Last evening the minister wired James Stewart, asking if he would accept the appointment as government representative, and Mr. Stewart wired in reply that he would. This morning he received notice of his appointment.

The selection of Postmaster Stewart by the minister of labor was quite a compliment. It came as a big surprise to Mr. Stewart, who thought that he had stepped out of marine life for good. He was prominent in marine circles until a couple of years ago, having been for twenty years local manager of the Kingston and Montreal Forwarding company, and later connected with the transhipping business at Coteau for the Canada-Atlantic railway. Mr. Stewart has had a good deal to do with sailors and, no doubt, that is why he was chosen as one of the board of three who will try and settle the Seamen's dispute before navigation opens. If the seamen do not come to terms, navigation will be seriously hampered.

John A. Flett, of Hamilton, is the Seamen's Union representative. He is in Kingston at present, and will confer tomorrow morning with Mr. Stewart as to a third arbitrator.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Apr 1908