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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1835

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p.2 explosion using 150 pounds of powder in Mr. Harvey's section of Long Sault canal work. [Cornwall Observer]

Travels in Upper Canada - No. XIII - Midland District, Kingston.

p.3 Last Wednesday the Steam-Boat Rideau arrived here with three loaded barges in tow. One of the barges went to Montreal by the river, and returned by the Canal in one week; - thus circumnavigating the country bounded by the St. Lawrence, the Ottawa, and the Rideau, in seven days.

On Thursday the Steam-Boat Bytown arrived here in 29 hours from Bytown, being the shortest passage yet made on the Canal.

The experience of the present season fully warrants us in stating that the trade between Upper and Lower Canada will be carried on chiefly by way of the Rideau Canal. A considerable amount of the downward freight may pass by the river but the greatest part of the upward freight will come by the Canal. The only measure that can divert this course of internal trade will be the completion of the St. Lawrence Canal, and its continuation to Montreal. In this Province that canal may be completed; but there is no hope of its being taken up and continued by the Lower Province. Mr. Papineau is too much occupied with tilting at wind-mills, & charging flocks of sheep, to take into his sublime the best means of promoting the trade and commerce of the country. - The St. Lawrence may hurl his world of waters with appalling roar on the mighty rocks that obstruct his channel, and may rage fierce battle with the granite obstacles to his deep and silent flow, unheeded by the moon-struck Speaker, who mechanically counts and re-counts the thousands of pounds that he has gained by sitting in a chair a few hours per day for two or three months in the year. The tumultuous conflicts and overpowering roar of the galloping rapids disturb not the peaceful slumbers of the Canadian Patriot. His coffers are well filled from the public chest; why should he disturb his repose by attempting to curb the impetuous river, or striving to turn its bounding yet fruitless waters into a sluggish yet profitable canal?

Extraordinary Expedition on the Rideau Canal - This morning at 7 o'clock the Rideau steamer, with barge Clara Fisher in tow, laden with merchandize and passengers, arrived at this Port, the latter having left Montreal on Friday last, thus performing the trip in four days. The goods are now being shipped on board the St. George, and will probably arrive in Toronto on the fifth day.


Arrived - July 9th - steamboat Bytown, with passengers.

Sailed - July 10th - Bytown, with barges Hope and Jane in tow, loaded with potash, etc., for Montreal; Consignees - P. McGill & Co., John Torrance Co., Thomas Molson, Montreal.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1835