four,’ as the case might be. By the time the boat arrived, the good woman would be ready for her guests, and ample justice would be done to the plain substantial fare.
If it was dinner time, the boatmen would find on their return the boat passed through the lock, ready for a renewal of their trip.
At supper time they must remain, unless the moonlight might serve to reach the next tavern.
None other than the lock tender could pass the boats through, under penalty of $10, and a system of ‘passports,’ or way bills, that had to be endorsed at every lock, served to keep the tenders at their places, and prevent ‘imposition on the part of the boatmen.’
Among the incidental expenses of the canal was the ‘bounty’ (about two shillings each) paid for the killing of ‘musk ratts.’
Evidently the boys of those days profited thereby, as they could retain the skins of the ‘ratts.’
It has been intimated to the writer that not all for which the bounty was paid were trapped within prescribed limits; but let us trust that the boys were all honest, for how could the agent tell?
Another expense that appears in the accounts is, ‘Rum found the men at the time of the freshet and on other disagreeable jobs, $1.50.’
While the demands of the ‘men’ were satisfied with this modest amount for ‘rum’ on special occasion, the ‘directors' party’ of the same year had a supply of $27 worth of ‘wine, lemons and sugar.’
The bill also had an extra charge for broken tumblers, but had a contra credit of over $14 for wine not used.
From this we may infer that the ‘junket’ is not an altogether modern affair; but it is doubtful if the expense of those of the present is nearly as light, or if any material items of credit appear on the bills.
The wages paid the boatmen and laborers varied somewhat.
For instance, one who ‘found’ himself, received $1.50 per day, but deducted from his bill a shilling each for meals had at the taverns.
Others received from $17 to $21 per month and board.
In the bills of such against the company appear charges of