The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), June 12, 1838

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p.1 Proclamation by Earl of Durham offering £1000 reward for capture of people responsible for burning Sir Robert Peel.

p.2 Another Outrage - Last Wednesday night about 11 o'clock, a gang of pirates landed on Amherst Island, and robbed the houses of Mr. Preston, Mr. Patterson, Senr., and Mr. Tait, taking from the former $180 in money, two guns, two silver watches, a quantity of provisions, and some bedding. Mr. Preston offered some resistance to the robbers, and was fired at and struck violently on the head with a pistol; the ball from which shot one of his sons in the hand, carrying away some of his fingers. Another son was struck senseless with a pistol. From Mr. Patterson they took a musket and bayonet, and some clothes and provisions. Mrs. Preston escaped from the house and alarmed the neighbours, who with Mr. Patterson, Junr., followed the robbers to their boats, and Mr. P. was going to fire his musket, loaded with three or four balls, among the thieves; but his neighbours overruled him, lest their houses should be burnt by the gang. Some others of them robbed the mills at Booth's creek at the same time. On Sunday morning, two boat loads of the pirates were discovered on Pigeon Island by a boat from Wolfe Island which had gone thither to collect eggs. The pirates instantly ordered our men away. In consequence of their evidence that the robbers are still assembled in the neighbourhood, supposed to be on the Galloup Islands near Sackett's Harbour, a company of militia went yesterday morning to Bath.

Governor Marcy was on board of the Steam Boat Telegraph at this Port on Saturday morning, and stated that he had ordered Scanlan to be re-arrested, and had done what he could with his inadequate means to bring the whole gang to punishment. His Excellency has offered a reward of $500 for the apprehension of Scanlan, $250 for each of the following, Daniel McLeod, Samuel C. Frey, Robert Smith, and $100 for any other of the offenders not named or in custody.

It is reported that Bill Johnson has gone up to the West in disguise, but that we should think very unlikely, though it is not improbable that similar inroads will be made in the west, as the pirates here evidently adopted the guerilla warfare recommended by Van Rensselear.

p.3 Mr. Craig, master of the Schooner Leander, was unfortunately drowned on Sunday week up the Bay of Quinte. He was crossing in a bark canoe which he could not manage; it upset and he was drowned.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), June 12, 1838