p.2 The Prospects of Kingston - Letter First - a letter to editor discussing Kingston's future prospects; ...."The spirit of enterprise appeared to have expired, and, with the exception of building the Frontenac, nothing has been done for the last twenty years worthy of special notice, & even this exertion was permitted rather to injure than to promote the interest of Kingston. In the expectation of its being a most profitable speculation, the shares were principally retained by the Capitalists of Kingston, instead of endeavouring to interest the Inhabitants of Niagara and Toronto and other places around the Lake. This exhibited such a selfishness, as to disgust the Merchants and Traders in the upper part of the Province, and induce them to build other Steam Boats which passed Kingston, and proceeded to Prescott. Moreover, the management of the Steam Boat Frontenac was so miserable, that, instead of a successful, it became a losing concern, and this seemed for a time to give the death blow to all enterprise or commercial exertion.
The policy which ought to have governed the inhabitants of Kingston in building the Frontenac, should have been to enlist Commercial men in all parts of the Province, and they should have retained only a reasonable proportion of the stock to themselves, while they held out that this was an experiment, which, if successful, would be followed by building other Steam Boats, and thus securing to Kingston the centre of operations. All this would at that time have been eagerly acquiesced in by the Inhabitants of the Western part of the Province, and had it been done, it is evident that Kingston would have retained its commercial prominence, and the greater part of the Forwarding business which has been transferred to Prescott."
Toronto, 22nd April, 1837.
p.3 The Kingston Stave Company - The Company's Schooner Britannia, and the Schooners Caroline, and Telegraph, all laden from the upper ports, arrived on Thursday, Friday and Saturday last. The Company is also receiving a large quantity of timber, and is preparing to do an extensive business both in timber and staves. Last year their operations were hampered by their arrangements being incomplete, but this year they start fair with every prospect of an abundant recompense.
The Legislature of the State of New York has passed a law, requiring the master of every schooner, sloop or other vessel that navigates Lake Ontario, or the Niagara and St. Lawrence rivers by night, within the jurisdiction of the State, "to show a good and sufficient light in some part of her rigging, at least twenty feet above her deck and from her taffrail." As a similar law passed our Legislature during the last session, compliance with the injunction is now obligatory on all who navigate these waters by night, either in the States or in Canada jurisdiction.
Erie Canal opened on 26th, immense quantities of flour ready. [Buffalo Star]
Died - On Sunday morning, the 16th instant, after a few days illness, aged 40, Emery Cushing, Esq., Agent for and Partner in the Ottawa & Rideau Forwarding Company, of which it may be said he was the founder. Mr. Cushing was a native of Shrewsbury, Mass. but passed the greater part of his life in Canada. He has left numerous friends who will long remember his sterling and ? worth, and the loss to his widow, children and immediate relatives, is altogether irreparable.
The Bay of Quinte is quite clear of ice to the Trent, and the boats are running full trips. Wheat and flour are brought down in considerable quantity. The Brockville brought down last night a large quantity of flour.....
At a Meeting of the Stockholders of the Welland Canal Company, held at the Canal Office, in St. Catharines, on Monday, the 3rd of April, 1837, Ogden Creighton, and Alexander McDonell, Esquires, were unanimously elected Directors for the ensuing year.
JOHN CLARK, Secretary, W.C. Co.
Welland Canal Office, St. Catharines, 3rd April, 1837.