The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), March 13, 1844

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p.2 Lakes Erie, Huron and Michigan are almost entirely clear of ice. Should the present mild weather continue, Kingston Harbour will be open about the first of April.

p.3 Welland Canal - We understand that the labourers have all struck for an advance of wages.

Last Friday there was a manifestation of "destructiveness" at Allanburg. Several barrows belonging to one of the Contractors were destroyed, and the windows of Mr. Swayze's Tavern and Mr. Falconbridge's store were all smashed in. Some of the parties implicated have been lodged in gaol.

We learn that Mr. Power, the engineer of the Board of Works, has suspended one of the Contracts in consequence of complaints that the Contractor gave short weight in the commodities purchased at his store by the laborers, and othewise treated them with injustice. It is to be hoped that this will be a lesson to the laborers. If when they have unjust treatment to complain of, instead of wrecking vengeance with their own hands, they will endeavor to obtain redress by authenticating their complaints to the Engineer, to Mr. Thorburn, or to the Magistrates on the line of the canal, their interests will be far more efficiently promoted. The authorities we are sure will, at any rate as far as their power extends, see justice done to them.

We have heard complaints that "short weights" are not restricted to the portion of the Canal upon which the Contract has been suspended, and that laborers are compelled to purchase provisions at the stores of contractors. Now there is an Inspector of Weights and Measures in this District, and persons using such as do not bear his mark are liable to be fined on complaint being made to a magistrate. And if Contractors carry on the truck system, they violate a leading condition of their contracts, the remedy for which rests with the Board of Works. [Niagara Chronicle]

Died - At Montreal, on the 8th inst., of inflamation in the brain, Mrs. Shea, widow of the late Luke Shea, so long known here as Master Ship Builder for the Marine Railway Company.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), March 13, 1844