The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1830

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(last date on microfilm N-9625)

(Note - Microfilm N-9626 from the P.A.C. (or National Library ?) runs from June 2nd, 1830 to March 24th, 1835.)

p.2 Smuggling - On Saturday evening about 9 o'clock, Mr. Thomas Robison, one of the deputy Collectors at this Port, having had previous information that a boat laden with smuggled goods would probably arrive at Ives' wharf, proceeded thereto in company with Mr. Edgar, in order to make a seizure - which he accomplished after some opposition from a man whom he found in the boat. Before, however, they had time to shove off from the wharf, they were attacked by a numerous gang of ruffians who sallied from Ives' house, and rushed into the boat, throwing Edgar overboard and dragging Mr. Robison on to the wharf, where they knocked him down, and were in the act of inflicting many severe blows on his head with clubs when fortunately a neighbouring Magistrate, attracted by their cries, arrived at the spot just in time to rescue him from the evident intent of the villains to murder him. Mr. Edgar, after having narrowly escaped from many large stones which were thrown at his head while in the water, reached the shore with no other injury than a wound over his eye-brow.

We hope the worthy Collector of this Port will be warned by the late daring outrage, so to increase the strength of his preventive establishment, that in future it may prove numerous enough, and sufficiently well armed, to deter the persons employed in so disgraceful and unlawful pursuit as smuggling, from attempting to offer resistance to the proper authorities.

We cannot refrain from embracing this occasion to express in the strongest manner our detestation and abhorrence of the illicit commerce in question; how can we think, at a time when Temperance and other moral societies are patronized and strenuously supported by many, that it would be any more than consistent with the present march of morality, were an association of Merchants and others to be formed for the purpose of putting down a practice, which, though it be too much encouraged by some, who for the sake of appearances dare not acknowledge it, yet is universally admitted to be a violation of the laws of morality, and as conducive to crime as many other vices which it is less inconvenient to cry out against.

Burlington Canal - A Gentleman who has lately passed through the Burlington Canal, in one of the Steam Boats, assures us that the passage was without interruption or any difficulty whatever. The sand has been cleared out with a dredging machine. That was found to be necessary; for the angular and irregular shape of the Canal produces eddies, and occasions a deposit of sand. To remedy that inconvenience, the Canal is to be straightened and made of a uniform width throughout. A contract is entered into for that purpose. There are two wharves at Burlington Lake, at the Hamilton landing, where passengers and freight are taken on board. When the Desjardins Canal shall be completed, Steam Boats will be able to go up to Dundas, passing through Burlington Lake or Bay and the water called Coote's Paradise, which has a navigable channel. From Dundas there will be a direct road to Guelph and Waterloo.

The Canal - The works at Kingston Mills, under the direction of Mr. Drummond, are advancing rapidly, and we understand that the utmost activity prevails throughout the whole line of the Canal. At the Mills, within the last two weeks, a commodious Roman Catholic Church has been erected, by the voluntary contributions of the workmen.

The steam-boat Martha Ogden arrived from Oswego on Monday, it being her first trip this season.

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Rick Neilson
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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1830