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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), June 16, 1840

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p.2 Returns from Welland Canal - during month of May; business is increasing.

[St. Catharines Journal]

letter to Patriot comparing amount of tolls collected at Port Colborne for 1838, 1839 and 1840.

Something New - In about 2 months from this date a steamboat intended to ply between this city and Kingston will be in this port. The boat is now building in Sorel and will be launched in about 3 weeks. The engine is of a new model, invented by Mr. William Nunns, for many years engineer of steamers on the St. Lawrence, and for which he has taken out a patent. It is intended to fit out the boat for cabin and steerage passengers, and as the engine will occupy very little space, there will be a considerable space for the freight that a steamboat 16' broad by 92' long can take. We will not now speculate upon the revolution that this improvement of the navigation will create; we trust it will be as successful as the ingenious inventor so richly deserves; and that next year we may see a daily line of steamboats established to run between Montreal and Kingston. It is calculated that the trip to Kingston by the Ottawa will be made in 2 or 3 days and from Kingston to Montreal by the St.Lawrence in 24 hours. [Mont. Herald, June 10th]

Diabolical Attempt to Burn the Steamer Great Britain - Arrest of Lett and Defoe. [Oswego Herald] and further details by [Oswego Palladium]

The small steam boat Napanee was burnt to the water's edge on Saturday morning. She came up from the Bay about 10 o'clock on Friday night, and moored in the slip at the foot of Brock Street near Mr. Scobell's wharf. About a quarter past ( ) o'clock in the morning, Mr. Scobell's watchman discovered the boat to be on fire above the ( ) and instantly gave the alarm, but the flames spread so rapidly that the Captain (Brown) had to jump into the water to save himself. The wind ( ) north-east, and blew the fire away from Mr. Scobell's new store and other buildings. The boat was cut loose, and drifted over towards Mr. Fraser's wharf endangering a schooner and MacPherson & Crane's new store on the ( ) wharf. The steam boat Oneida had just ( ) come into port, and she took the Napanee in tow and drew her over the harbour, so that she grounded on Point Frederick. Some produce in the boat was burnt, the captain & crew lost all of their clothes, and a passenger lost his bed, bedding, clothes, etc. The Napanee was owned chiefly by Mr. G. Webster, and the rest by a company at that village.

The Captain & Engineer were up about ( ) minutes before the fire, in order to take a ( ) from the Oneida, which brushed along side of the ( ) to get into Scobell's wharf, but being unable to do so, went up stream. The Capt. & Engineer remained on deck about half an hour, and saw every part of the boat, but no signs of fire were ( ). They turned in, and in about 20 minutes the alarm was given. They think the boat was set on fire. The Captain is badly burned in his hands and ( ).

Flour and other produce continue to arrive faster than it can be sent down. There seems to be no end to the supplies from the West, and in about a month the harvest will commence to add to them.

To the Editor of the Upper Canada Herald.

Sir, - In the last Whig, under the head of "Observations on the Rideau Canal," regret and surprise are expressed that dissatisfaction should be felt, at Bytown and villages along the Canal, in consequence of the "Ottawa and Rideau monopoly," which presses more there than in any other part of the country. Many acquaintances of the writer of the "Observations" are also surprised, - not so much, however, because of the existence of dissatisfaction along the Canal, as because he regrets it; for it is not usual with him, they say, to express much surprise at, and for his regret for, whatever may be the means of procuring for him a goodly allowance of "bread and butter, which substantials he invariable holds at their (full ?) value - as the dissatisfaction and prejudice (being so called by him to suit convenience) which surprise is expressed to ( ?) his jaw (Simpson's weapon) for his own, as well as for his employer's benefit. And as ( ) he has no doubt discovered that the hungry dog which barks not to monopolize a bone must ( ) continue hungry, the poor writer of the "Observations" will perhaps be held excusable. The public will have to judge whether so much (can be ?) said of his employers when the following three queries are unequivocally and truly answered, namely:

1st - Whether they did not, in 1838, endeavour to bind down their brother Forwarders to such humiliating and ruinous terms as would soon, if agreed to, would have put an end to their existence as rivals.

2nd - Whether their said brother Forwarders did not, by threatening to form an opposition tow line, and adopting certain measures to accomplish that end, extort such other terms as have hitherto shielded themselves and the mercantile community from a most pernicious sway; and whether it was not owing to this threat, etc., rather than to what the writer of the "Observations" calls the "fair dealing" of the would be no monopolizers, that the former gentlemen still exist as competitors?

3rd - Whether the Ottawa Company have at any time past given cause to believe that they would not afford the same towing advantages to the other forwarders as to themselves, if they could escape notice?

I might and may hereafter ask many other pertinent questions, but I shall in the meantime put out one - and that is simply, Why the steamer Hunter in which the author of the Observations travelled, as he tells us, was called by that name?

Under the motto of "least said, sooner mended," which I would advise the employers of those who travel to make "Observations" for them on the ( nal) to adopt.

I remain, Sir, yours respectfully,

An Upper Canada Merchant.

Cobourg, 13th June, 1840.

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Upper Canada Herald (Kingston, ON), June 16, 1840