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From the foregoing, both locks fully employed, passed at the rate of 227 boats per day (of twenty-four hours).
The undersigned, Horatio E. Crewe and John N. Van Evera, being duly sworn, do depose and say that they were employed to take an account of the boats passing the Fort Plain locks from twelve o'clock and nine minutes (12.4) the 27th day of September noon to four o'clock and twenty-three minutes (4.23) in the afternoon of the 30th day of September, 1867; that they respectively kept a true and exact account of all the boats and cribs of timber which passed said locks, and the exact time (so far as practicable) that each boat or crib took in passing the same, as is specifically stated in the foregoing account; that both of the said locks were fally employed in locking boats, and faithfully and energetically attended during all of said time, except as stated in the aforesaid account, with plenty of water, except when the water had been (CON. No. 164]
drawn down by flooding out the boats eastward to facilitate the passage, so that it was necessary to suspend business during the time stated; that during the entire time from the 27th at noon to the 30th day of September (4.23) four twenty-three P. m., boats were waiting to be passed through said locks, and for most of the time the boatmen assisted the lock-tenders, thus greatly facilitating the passing of their boats.
H. E. CREWE,
J. N. VAN EVERA. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 15th day of October, 1867, D. C. SHULTS, Justice of the Peace,
Fort Plain, N. Y.
Walstine Roof, George A. Burdick, George L. Dygert and Richard Pulver being duly sworn, do depose and say that they have respectively heard the foregoing affidavit read, and that they were respectively employed as lock tenders at the Fort Plain locks from the 27th day of September at noon to the 30th day of September, 1867, at four o'clock and twenty-three minutes in the afternoon (4.23), and that during the time that each was on duty respectively the locks were well, faithfully and energetically tended, with plenty of water except as stated in the said affidavit; that there were boats waiting all the time, and they were passed as rapidly as they could be, and those going eastward were flooded out, which accelerates the passage considerably.
D. C. SHULTS, Justice of the Peace.
To an Address from the Legislative Assembly to His Excellency
the Governor General, dated the 5th instant, praying His Excellency to be pleased to cause to be laid before the House, a Return of the recent Survey and Report of the Engineers on the Ottawa Ship Canal.