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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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that when the rafts reached there, (they were coming pretty
close together), to advise him, and he would send an officer
to take possession of the logs. As soon as the rafts reached
the tieing-up place, half a mile above the mill, I was notified
by the foremen of the camps that if they did not receive their
pay as soon as the logs were tied up they would run them to
the locks, have them locked through, and take them to a point
below where they could sell them and get their pay.
   Nothing could be learned of the contractor, McDanold.
Of course, I informed Mr. Angling what the men proposed to
do, that they would probably move the logs past the mill into
the basin of the locks and demand the lockmaster to lock them
through, which was not authorized to refuse to do. The next
morning, bright and early, the chief of police of Kingston ap-
peared, dressed with blue coat and brass 'buttons. Asking me
where the logs were, I pointed them out from the mill, and he
asked me to send him there in a boat. I found a man ready to
go, told the officer the men were desperate, and that I thought
he would find it difficult. from what they had said to me, to get
possession of the logs. He replied that he felt able to handle
that matter, and didn't seem to want my advice. I guess he
thought I was a pretty young fellow to advise him. As he was
a resolute fellow, I dropped the matter. They started about
nine o'clock to the rafts. When the men saw the boat com-
ing thirty or forty of them arranged themselves on the out-
side of the rafts. Some of them were armed with pike-poles,
and some with guns, and when the officer got within a few feet
of a raft the chief spokesman, who was known among them
as "Bold McGinnis, from the County Tyrone," warned the
officer that he must not put his foot upon the raft, or if he did,
that he would be a dead man. The officer told the man who
was rowing to turn the boat around, stern to the raft, and he
drew out a paper which he said to the men was an order from
the Queen's Bench that they must leave the rafts with luggage,

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