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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 15, 1841

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p.1 Survey of Ottawa Route to Lake Huron (concluded) [Monthly Review]

p.2 Launch - A Steam Boat of a beautiful model called the Vulcan, was launched Wednesday, from Mr. Perkin's Ship Yard; she is owned by Sanderson & Murray, and is intended for the Rideau Canal. She went off in fine style, and was towed in by the Swan which boat is to play on the Rideau for S.& M. who will also have three boats with Ericson's propellers running in about a fortnight. [Brockville Recorder]

Some trials took place during the Assizes arising out of breaches of the revenue laws, a notice of which may be productive of benefit.

The American schooner Crevoline, having come down the Welland Canal, bound, we believe, from Cleveland to Oswego, was at Port Dalhousie on the evening of 15th October, 1840. The Collector of Customs when going his round late at night, observed some suspicious characters, and some singular movements on board this vessel; having retired to a distance and narrowly watched them, he saw the crew, the defendant Allen, and others, busily engaged in unloading barrels. He came forward, and all fled but John Allen, whom the Collector knew. Allen offered some frivolous excuse, but on Colonel Clark insisting on examining the barrels he confessed they contained fish that he had purchased. Col. C. seized them, and conveyed them to the Welland Canal Company's Warehouse, but during the night the Warehouse was broken open and the fish stolen by some reckless miscreants who have yet escaped detection. The government ordered Allen to be prosecuted for aiding in unloading smuggled goods, the Jury found him guilty without leaving the box, and he was fined £100 sterling and costs. The Schooner and cargo were seized and await adjudication. On the 19th November, 1840, by direction of Colonel Clark, the American schooner Jefferson was seized, her cargo not corresponding with her papers. The Collector sent his deputy, Mr. John Clark, Jr. up the Welland Canal, and at Port Colborne he ascertained that four barrels of Fish had been landed; he found two in the possession of John Lewis, Lock Tender for the Welland Canal Company, and two in the possession of H.B. Ostman, who acknowledged having received the same from on board the Jefferson. H.B. Ostman was convicted and also fined to the sum of £100 sterling and costs; but strange to say, Lewis was acquitted on the self same evidence by a different Jury. The cargo of the Jefferson likewise awaits adjudication....

[Niagara Chronicle May 6th]

Despatch - To shew the activity of the River Forwarders in the transport of Goods via the St. Lawrence, we may mention that the barge Ayr, the property of Messrs. McGibbon & Ferguson was loaded at Montreal last Monday with merchandize for Toronto, the goods were transhipped to the St. George on Thursday evening, and would arrive at that city about noon yesterday, making only four and a half days from Montreal to Toronto.



The undersigned, with new and efficient means, have made preparations to carry on the Forwarding Business betwixt Kingston, Prescott, intermediate places and Montreal, by way of the St. Lawrence, under the firms of

Ferguson & M'Gibbon, Montreal.

M'Gibbon & Ferguson, Kingston.

Freight of Goods upward, charged altogether according to weight, and at rates as reasonable as those of any others in the trade.



Montreal, April 26th, 1841.

THE COPARTNERSHIP existing between the undersigned since 1838, under the name or title of MACPHERSON, CRANE & Co. is this day DISSOLVED by mutual consent. Alexander Ferguson secedes from the firm, and all accounts due to and owing by the establishment, will be settled by Macpherson & Crane.




April 26th, 1841.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 15, 1841