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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 25, 1844

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p.2 Her Majesty's Birthday - ...At an early hour of the morning the numerous vessels which resort to our beautiful Harbour, were gaily decorated and dressed out with numerous Flags and Pennants...

p.3 Quick Travelling - Seeing the Hon. John Hamilton passing down by the Canada Royal Mail Steamer on the afternoon of Wednesday last; and being ourselves a passenger from Brockville to Kingston on board the same boat, on Friday, where we again found Mr. Hamilton, we had the curiousity to ask him how long it had taken him to go to, and return from, Montreal; or if he really had been to that city and back in so short a period? From him we learned the following particulars.

He left Kingston on board the Canada, Capt. Lawless, at 12 o'clock on Wednesday, and in 19 hours afterwards he was in Montreal. He remained in that city five hours, during which time he transacted all his necesary business; returned by the same conveyance to Kingston, which place he reached between 2 and 3 o'clock on Friday. Thus performing the journey from Kingston to Montreal, and from Montreal to Kingston in 50 hours, including the five which were spent in Montreal! We think this is the quickest passage we have yet heard of, and it deserves notice. [Statesman]

Disgraceful Outrage - The Steam Boat Swan, which had just been fitted out for services, was on Friday night last taken from the wharf of Mr. Sanderson of this town, by some persons, (as is pretty well ascertained,) from the other side of the St. Lawrence. She was towed over to Morristown so stealthily that, although the Captain and three men were on board, and a gentleman sitting up in the cabin waiting for the Pioneer, and who did not go to sleep, they were unaware of the removal until the gentleman went on deck in the morning and found the boat was lying at Morristown. We doubt if any law can be found on either side of the St. Lawrence to countenance such proceedings. [Brockville Recorder]

Disaster - The schooner Freedom, Capt. Ward, capsized during a squall on Lake Huron, about 1 o'clock Tuesday, when she was about 15 miles above the Fort Gratiot lighthouse and three miles from shore. There were six persons on board at the time of the disaster, three of whom were drowned. The names of the persons lost were John Wright, ___ Taylor, and ___ Brown of Newport. They were all young men, under 20 years of age. [Buffalo Commercial Advertiser]

One of the most remarkable voyages downwards to this port, on record, has just been completed by the steam propeller Adventure, belonging to the Toronto & St. Lawrence Steam Navigation Company, having performed her voyage in the wonderfully short space of two days and a half. [Montreal Gazette]

Stone Cutters - Wanted immediately, on the Welland Canal, from 400 to 500 Stone Cutters, to whom liberal prices will be given, and constant employment for the season. May 14th, 1844.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 25, 1844