The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Argus (Kingston, ON), July 7, 1848

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p.3 The U.S. Men of War - These two vessels, the Jefferson and the Dallas are both lying in the canal opposite the new flour mills of Mr. Gould. The Dallas, in consequence of her dismantled state, looks by no means what we are accustomed to fancy "ship shape;" but that could not be expected in her present condition. The Jefferson being a propeller, had no paddle wheels to unship going through the canal, and therefore looks cleaner and handsomer than her consort. Both are iron boats, and pretty models enough. The vessels are under the joint command of Captain Frazer, the head of the revenue department at Washington. The name of the officer in charge of the Dallas is Ottinger, and the Jefferson Howard. Crowds of people were on the wharf, looking at them, the whole of Sunday. [Montreal Transcript]

A Praiseworthy Act.

To the Editor of the Prescott Telegraph:

Sir, - On Saturday last, while the mail steamer Canada was at the wharf on her downward trip, and the ferry steamer Lady of the Lake lying at the dock at Mr. Hooker's, a boy named Maurice Cowley was attempting to board the latter steamer, from a small boat, at the moment the steamer was backing out, and in endeavouring to fend off from her, he lost his balance and fell into the river. He struggled for a few minutes, during which time chairs and stools were thrown over towards him from the Canada, but alas! he could not reach them; his strength failing, and about to sink, when John McCarty, the Mate of the Canada, sprang into the river and swam towards the boy, whom he reached at the moment he was sinking, ( in all probability to rise no more alive,) and brought him to a boat which had put out to his assistance.

I mention the foregoing, as I consider such an action should not go unnoticed although unrewarded. But however humble the writer of this, he will not fail to bring the conduct of the Mate of the Canada under the notice of the Royal Humane Society of London, which will no doubt acknowledge his having saved the life of a fellow creature in terms that will be alike honorable to him and gratifying to his feelings, as this is not the first or second time he has saved persons under similar circumstances.

Prescott, 17th June, 1848.

[Prescott Telegraph]

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Argus (Kingston, ON), July 7, 1848