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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Oct. 1, 1836

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p.2 Arbitrators engaged in settling drowned lands claims for Rideau Canal.

Oswego and Utica Rail Road - together with other improvements like the Trent Canal it will help speed up flow of goods and emigrants - Kingston will benefit.

p.3 Another Steamboat Race - A trial of speed took place on Friday last between the steamers Brockville and the United States; and in running a distance of 12 miles the Brockville was the winner by at least half a mile; both of the above Boats left Kingston about 3 o'clock on Friday morning, the Brockville having set off a few minutes sooner than the United States, stopped at the foot of St. John's Island, and awaited the arrival of her competitor - upon coming up the captain of the United States stopped the engines of his Boat and stated he was not prepared for running at that time, but if the Brockville would remain at the village of Brockville on her way down, until he came in, he should be in proper trim to try the speed of the two Boats from that place to Prescott; the race accordingly took place on Friday afternoon, with the result before stated.

The Boats we are informed had a fair start, the States, being of the two, rather ahead and although the wind blew strong from the east, which materially affected the Brockville, she being light and drawing but little water, still she found no difficulty in walking away from her antagonist, notwithstanding every exertion used on board of her, and in despite of large quantities of red cedar and Spirits of Turpentine which we are told were used with no sparing hand.

We do not approve of boasting on an occasion of this kind, but we are well aware, that Brother Jonathan is not a wit behind in this respect, he generally makes the most of a victory, and sometimes adds ? . (See a lengthy statement in the Ogdensburgh Times respecting a late race between the United States and the William IV.) We think, however, in this case a little boasting is admissable, especially as one of our Bay Boats has beaten the crack Steamer of our neighbours over the water, a steamer that (to use their own phrase) beat King William IV, and has subsequently challenged all competition.

The American Boat Oneida after the defeat of her coadjutor came across, and waited in Port evidently with the intention of running; the Brockville left at her usual hour, and although she had 15 or 20 Tons of Merchandize on board, she beat the Oneida with great ease.

[Prescott Herald]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Oct. 1, 1836