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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Nov. 5, 1839

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[Montreal Courier, Oct. 31st]

We, last week, stirred up this subject, a little, and we now purpose, stirring it again, a little, - and we shall continue to stir it, detemps en temps, until the Company is on its legs, for, we are quite resolute that this little baby shall grow up into a comely youth, fair to look upon, and strong as a young Hercules.

A friend has communicated to us, and we have reason to believe, he has the entree, behind the scenes, that, already, have the Committee employed eminent legal counsel, to draw up the Articles of Association; the Committee, like a very sensible Committee, have concluded it is better to have to do with lawyers, now, than hereafter; and, from what we know of the learned professors, we conclude, the Committee are men of experience, and seek their safeguard, and bulwark, against pettifogger, and Samson of the law, in a good, sound Constitution.

The Committee intend to confine their attention, en premier lieu, to obtaining subscriptions to lists, and applying to the Special Council for a charter, but, in case they fail in that, they will go on, like independent and bold people, without a charter; the President, or Secretary, here, having authority to sign the articles.

A part of the plan is, to import from Britain 5 or 6 small Iron Steamboats calculated to pass through the Lachine Canal, if necessary; and, to be propelled upon the new, or screw paddle principle. To build, likewise, 12, or more barges, to carry 1200 a 1500 barrels of flour in hull, in each, and, so constructed, that they may run from Lake Michigan to Quebec, and back again; but, they will be more particularly meant to run, from this, to Kingston, via the Ottawa and Rideau, and back again, by the Saint Lawrence. It is intended, the steamers shall tow them from Lachine up to Kingston, and down the rapids of the St. Lawrence. These Steamboats and Barges are also to proceed to Quebec, occasionally, as circumstances may require. It will be imperative on the company to tow boats or barges for persons, firms, or associations, unconnected with the Company, at fair remunerating rates; so that every man may be his own forwarder. This clause is introduced to guarantee to the public, that the Company shall not become a monopoly. A very proper clause, we think, this is, for, it is in the nature of the creature, man, to be a screwing monopolist; and, lastly, Goods are to be carried by weight, or measurement, according to a tariff to be fixed.

This is the outline of the plans of the proposed Company; and now, what remains to be done, is the somewhat important matter of getting the £50,000; but, it can be got, provided the people of Upper Canada, and the people of Montreal, are sufficiently sick of monopolies; if not, we hope they will be dosed with them, until they cry out for quarter, and when they do, we hope it will not be granted....

The British gov't have made a contract with the Niagara Dock Company, to build a war steamer, for Lake Erie, of 400 tons burthen. The vessel will be built at Chippewa, where the company has purchased ground for a shipyard, which is now in course of preparation.

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Rick Neilson
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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), Nov. 5, 1839