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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Sept. 27, 1834

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p.2 A Coroner's Inquest was held this day on the body of Bernard Madden, who was unfortunately drowned last evening by falling into the water from on board the Steam boat St. George, while in harbour. The jury returned the following verdict: "That the deceased came to his death in consequence of falling from the gangway of the Steamer St. George into the water, while labouring under the effects of liquor."

The deceased was formerly Color Sargeant in H.M. 37th Reg't of Foot, and has left a widow and three children residing in the neighborhood of Perth.

The Jury expressed their regret that more care was not observed on board the different steamboats, in securing their gangways while lying in harbour. Such carelessness whereby the lives of fellow beings were placed in jeopardy, they considered perfectly inexcusable - several deaths having occurred within these few years, by neglect in this particular.

For the Chronicle and Gazette.

Mr. Editor, - I shall thank you "pro bono polico" to give the following few lines insertion in your valuable paper.

On Sunday night last, I arrived by the Great Britain from Oswego, expecting to get on to Belleville the following day either by a steam boat, or stage. I made enquiry at the stage office, and was informed there was no stage to that place, but to my surprise, this morning, I observed a stage destined for it, ready to start; and as to proceeding by steam, I was also disappointed, although having observed in an advertisement that the Commodore Barrie was to leave here on Tuesday and Friday mornings at ? o'clock. However, she went downwards, playing hide and go seek with the public. Such conduct is highly deserving of public censure.

There should be a black mark placed against such boat's names in the public journals.

I am, Sir,

A well wisher to the anxious and way-worn Traveller.

Kingston, 23rd September, 1834.

We again give insertion to a complaint against our public means of conveyance, in order to show (if it be necessary) how much travellers are inconvenienced by the irregularities of steam-boats, etc. Proprietors and captains of boats, we think, would find it most to their interest to pursue their trips with unvarying regularity, whether they promise to be profitable or not; for in this way, whatever they may lose by going empty, they would gain in another way, by having a character for punctuality. In justice to the Commodore Barrie, it may be observed, that she only commenced her trips on the Bay and River this week, and at the time of our correspondent's complaint, might not have assumed her regular route. She was advertised a little in advance. (Ed. Chron. & Gaz.)



The Rideau and Ottawa Steamboat Company respectfully inform the Public, that the undersigned is now their Agent in this place, in the room of the late Robert Drummond, and that they are prepared to receive and transport Passengers, Merchandise and Produce, to and from Montreal to Kingston until the Rideau Canal is closed, at the following Rates, viz.:

Cabin Passengers from hence to Montreal, and from Montreal to this place, 60s. and found.

Emigrants taken at Montreal and going through this route to this place, viz. for every full grown person, Ten Shillings. Children between the age of Seven and Fourteen, Five Shillings. Do. between Three and Seven, Three Shillings and Four Pence.

Luggage 2s. 9d. per cwt.

Freight of Merchandise from Montreal to this place, 2s. 9d. per cwt.

Freight of Produce from this place to Montreal, viz.:

Flour per Barrel 1s. 9d.

Pork " 2s. 6d.

Ashes " 5s. 0d.

Wheat in bulk, per 60 lbs. 0s. 7 1/2d.

Freight in all cases to be exacted on delivery of the Property.

Goods by this Line will be put into good large Barges, (which are decked all over,) and will not be removed until arrive in Kingston, and being an inland navigation, and always towed by Steam Boats, the expense of insuring may be dispensed with.

At Lachine and along the route Emigrants from off the Barges are allowed the privilege of embarking on board Steam Boats.

The Steam Boat St. George plys regularly twice a week between Kingston and round the Head of Lake Ontario, besides other Steam Boats depart daily for the several Ports round Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte, and Goods can always be forwarded from this Place without any delay.

James McCutchon, Agent.

Kingston, 24th September, 1834.


The Fast Sailing Packet Boat


James Carpenter, Master,

Will run constantly, until the close of the navigation, between Oswego and Kingston, making as many trips per week, as wind and weather will permit.

For Freight or Passage, apply to the Master on Board.

Kingston, Sept. 19th, 1834.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Sept. 27, 1834