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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 May 1909

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The steamer Alexandria will be at Folger's wharf tonight from Montreal.

The sloop Ariadne is unloading baled hay at the Kingston & Pembroke wharf.

The steambarges Ida E. and S.S. Sowards cleared for Oswego today to load coal for Kingston.

Swift's: steamer City of Montreal up from Montreal with freight; steamer Aletha from bay points.

The steamers Canadian and Edmonton are grain laden on their way from Fort William to Richardsons' elevator.

The Davis' Dry Dock company has entered its fast thirty-six foot motor boat in the open race for Victoria Day. All boats must have a speed of over twenty miles an hour to enter.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: steamer Gargantua, from Fort William, 40,000 bushels of wheat; steamer Strathcona from Fort William with 72,000 bushels of wheat; steamer Westmount from Fort William, 50,000 bushels barley and 46,000 bushels of wheat; barge Ungava with 70,000 bushels of wheat; tug Emerson from Montreal with three light barges, cleared for Montreal with four barges; steamer Arabian cleared for Gananoque; steamer Strathcona cleared for Oswego; steamer Rosemount and barge Quebec, reported in the canal, will arrive tomorrow.



Charles H. Hungerford, Utica, N.Y., is camping on the Maynard farm near Fuller's Bay. On Friday afternoon of last week he noticed on the shore a small evergreen tree that had been washed up by the waves. An inspection of the tree disclosed the fact that to it was securely tied a small wooden box. This he secured, and upon opening the same found a baking powder can. On removing the cover he discovered four letters securely sealed and addressed, but without stamps. Three of the letters bore the following addresses: Miss Dollie Parker, Watertown; James Clark, Picton, Ont.; C.W. Cole, Cape Vincent. The fourth letter was addressed as follows:

"To the finder of this raft: Open this letter and read the contents and oblige.

GEO. BILKEY, Main Duck Island, Lake Ontario.

Mr. Hungerford opened the envelope and found the following letter, dated December 18th, 1908, therein:

"To the finder: Dear friend, who ever you may be, please be kind enough to mail these letters to my dear friends ashore, it being the only device of sending the last tidings before winter sets in, and trust to Providence to deliver the raft safe and sound on some welcome shore. I trust you will be kind enough to mail them for me. Enclosed you will find the money for mailing. Not knowing which side of the lake this raft will land on, I send the money. Mail the letters and keep the change for your trouble. This is all. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. - Yours truly, GEORGE BILKEY. [Cape Vincent Eagle]



[Montreal Witness]

By judgement rendered in the admiralty court, Justice Dunlop has ordered the deputy-registrar, W.S. Walker, to distribute the proceeds of the sale of the tug Kate, which took place at Sorel, between the Slater company, Montreal; Calvin company, Kingston; and L.C. Webster, Quebec, according to their respective rights. The claims were made for goods and supplies furnished, and the tug was sold for $4,375. ($1,375 ?)

Justice Dunlop has also given judgement in the case of the Montreal Transportation company, limited vs. the steamship Norwalk (Norfolk ?), and Alexander D. Thomson, intervenant. This was a claim for $26,500 damages resulting from a collision between the Norwalk and a tow of the Transportation company on Lake St. Louis, on the night of Oct. 23rd, 1907. The company's steam tug Glide was towing the barges Jet and Winnipeg when the steamship struck the Jet, which foundered with its cargo. The court found that the Norwalk was soley to blame for the accident. The court ordered the amount of damages to be established by the deputy-registrar, W.S. Walker, with the aid of merchants, and the intervenant Thomson to receive the proportion of such damages reverting to him as value of the cargo. The costs to be paid by the owner of the Norwalk.

Must Remove Derelicts - Harbormaster McCammon has notified the owners of derelicts in the northern end of the harbor that they must remove their hulks. If they do not remove them within a reasonable time, police court proceedings will be taken, under the direction of the city solicitor, and with the harbormaster as complainant. The lower end of the harbor has of recent years been turned into a marine graveyard, and looks very sad. Another thing that needs attention is the Kingston and Pembroke railway old spile wharf, which in its present condition is very dangerous to small craft. It is understood that John Fisher of Portsmouth, has made an offer to the K. & P. Railway company to remove the spiles if given them.

Big Cargo of Grain - This afternoon a big cargo of grain arrived from Fort William, for Richardson's elevator; the steamer Canadian carried 80,000 bushels of wheat, and the steamer Edmonton 80,000 bushels of oats. The steamer Plummer passed up today and the steamer Kenora down.



"Old Man of the Reindeer Fleet"

Chaumont, N.Y., May 14th - Captain William W. Sheley died at his home, in this place, Tuesday, after a brief illness. Two weeks ago he contracted a cold, which developed into pneumonia, and because of his remarkable vitality he was doing well and his friends hoped for his recovery up to within two hours of his death, when he was stricken with apoplexy and did not rally. Death followed at 3:15 Tuesday. He was nearly eigthy-two years of age. His father was Martin Sheley, of Herkimer county, and his mother, Betsy Weeks. In 1857 he married Mary E. King, and they resided for some time at Cape Vincent, later coming to Chaumont, where they have made their home up to the last three years, when they went to Massena for their health, returning two weeks ago.

Captain Sheley was master of several different vessels on the Great Lakes, in the employ of Merrick, Fowler & Esselstyne, of Clayton, and Detroit. He was recognized as "The Old Man of the Reindeer Fleet," and was widely known. He was a member of the M.E. church of Chaumont, where he served as trustee for years. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. William Armstrong of Massena, six grandchildren, Ruth Sheley, of New York; Grace and Jessie Sheley, of Cape Vincent, daughters of his late son, William R. Sheley, Stowel, Lawrence and Helen Armstrong, of Massena, and one brother, Captain George Sheley, of Clayton.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 May 1909