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Ingram, Orrin Henry, 1830-1918 / Autobiography, Orrin Henry Ingram : May, 1830--December, 1912

Manager--law in Canada,   pp. 10-16 PDF (1.4 MB)

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cession from the government for the use of the water power,
and had made contracts for logs along the Rideau canal suf-
ficient to stock the mill. I got there before the ice went out
of the lakes, and the camps that were putting in the logs were
breaking up, so it was necessary for me to make arrangements
for getting the logs to the storage ground above the mill, or
rather to see that the contractors who were to deliver the logs
put them into the storage ground, in rafts. I made a trip to
the contractor's camps. Some of the time I had to go across
the lakes on the ice and some of the time by wagon road. I
found the men waiting on the contractor for their pay. They
were getting short of provision and were very uneasy, as the
contractor had not been there for some time; and in some
cases they were getting ugly, and made demands upon me,
as agent of the company, for their pay. After two or three
days spent in looking over the logs I returned to the mill and
went immediately to Kingston to see Mr. Angling. I learned
that he had paid the contractor in full for the logs. I returned
to the mill, made inquiries as to his whereabouts, and the best
information I could get indicated that he had left the country,
without paying either the bills or the men, 'but had arranged
with the foremen at the different camps to put the logs into
rafts and deliver them at the storage ground at the mill, which
would be making more bills to be paid. Meantime, the ice
had gone out of the lakes and the logs were being moved in
rafts to the mill; and I learned from men who had been dis-
charged that they were looking for McDonald, the contractor,
for their pay, and they said if they didn't get it they would
run the logs through the locks and sell them to somebody
from whom they could get their pay. I soon discovered I had
a pretty big job on my hands, besides getting the mill ready
to run. So I hurried to Kingston with horse and buggy to see
what Mr. Angling would propose to do. He, of course, said it
would not do to allow the men to run the logs by the mill, and

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