REPORT & RESOLUTIONS
On the subject of the Tolls Collected on the Rideau Canal.
To the Honorable the Commons' House of Assembly - discusses virtual monopoly of one company which owns all the steamboats on the canal and subsequent raising of tolls.
..."However, the defect in the present system is apparent from the fact, that a Company has obtained the entire possession of all the Steamboats on the Canal, which gives them the same power that the exclusive possession of the towing-path on the Welland or any other Canal would confer on a private Company. No craft can pass except by submitting to such terms as they choose to exact, consequently all the Forwarders formerly on the Saint Lawrence, have entered into an agreement - and thus have constituted a formidable monopoly - subjecting the public to the payment of any price they may please to impose."... It gives examples of price increases, recommends replacing arches over Rideau & Lachine Canals with swing bridges, and also recommends purchasing the lock at St. Ann's or building another for the public benefit.
The schooner Atlas, of Henderson Harbour, N.Y. was capsized in a squall near Oswego last Friday, and went to the bottom with all hands. - She was laden with stone. The Telegraph steamer put off to her assistance, but on reaching the spot, could find nothing but hats and coats.
Disgraceful Outrage - We learn, by a letter from the Collector at Port Colborne, of the 24th instant, to a gentleman in this village, that a most shameful outrage was committed at that place, upon the schooner Stephen Girard, bound to Cleveland. The vessel was about leaving the dock, to enter the harbor, with the American colors flying, when she was forcibly taken possession of, by about a dozen pot valiant militia men, who have been doing duty there during the winter, under the command of Col. Baldwin. Their object, it seems, was to get possession of the colors, which they accomplished by cutting the pendant halliards, and threatening the Captain with personal injury, if he did not surrender them. After this gallant exploit, they endeavored to prevent the lock tenders from opening the gates, by which means the ship's boats was crushed to pieces. The schooner then left the harbor without further molestation.
It is but an act of Justice to the commanding officer, to say, that as soon as he heard of the affray, he ordered a boat to proceed after the schooner with the colors; but it did not succeed in coming up with it before dark. A Court of Inquiry was promptly ordered to investigate the affair. Twelve persons have been examined upon oath, and a Lieutenant who was present, put under arrest, for not using his authority to suppress it.
The Colonel immediately despatched an express to Cleveland, with a handsome apology to the Captain, and an ample sum to pay for any damages which his vessel might have sustained. We have also much pleasure in adding, that there has not been an act committed, during the whole of our border troubles, that has received more general execration by all parties here, than this; and we have every assurance, that full justice will be meted out to the offenders, by the authorities, and the most efficient measures adopted to prevent any thing of the kind in future. [St. Catharines Journal]
One Hundred and Twenty Tons Measurement, now lying at the Marine Railway Company's Wharf in this place. - This excellent Vessel was built in the Winter of 1835, and has only sailed two Summers. She was lately fitted out by Capt. Henry Twohy, of the Steamer Rideau, and is now in complete order, ready for sailing.
Any information respecting the Vessel can be had of Mr. L. Shea, Master Builder at the Marine Railway, or of the Subscriber, to whom application is to be made for terms of payment.
Kingston, May 3rd, 1839.