p.1 letter to editor talking about "Scale of Tolls on the Rideau Canal" issued from the Executive Council Chamber at Kingston on 5th; argues that tolls have increased from 1/2 d. per ton per mile to 2 1/2 d. per mile; it can only hurt trade. (1/2 column) [Morning Courier]
p.2 On Saturday last the Steamer Highlander made her first appearance at our wharf this season, and since then has been making her daily trips between this and Coteau du Lac. She has been thoroughly repainted and is again commanded by Captain Stearnes one of the finest fellows on the St. Lawrence. The steamers Brockville and Henry Gildersleeve have also, we understand, commenced their regular trips between Dickenson's Landing. We have seen a gentleman who arrived on Tuesday last from Quebec and who states that on Sunday last he travelled upwards of 30 miles of the distance between that place and Montreal in a sleigh there being between 4 and 5 feet depth of snow on the ground - quite a contrast with the locomotive facilities in this quarter. [Cornwall Observer]
Cleveland, April 2nd - The steamer Chesapeake sailed hence for Chicago, on the 20th ult., and returned last night, bringing news that the navigation is now unobstructed between this and Chicago. This is at least a month earlier than last year. By the Chesapeake, as I learned, that there are about 100,000 bushels of wheat in store at Chicago......Many vessels have left for the upper lakes and more are preparing to leave.
p.3 editorial on advance of the Tolls on Rideau Canal.
Memorial presented to His Excellency Sir Charles Bagot, by citizens complaining about desecration of Sabbath by steam boats carrying Mails on Sunday; also has reply.
TO OWNERS AND MASTERS OF
Toronto, 8th April, 1842.
Sealed Tenders will be received at this Office until Tuesday the 3rd of May next at Noon, (after which no tender will be admitted) from all persons willing to Charter to the Commissariat Department, a SCHOONER for the undermentioned services, viz.:-
The Vessel, which is to be staunch, in good condition, well found and of not less than 140 tons measurement, is to be in readiness at the Port of Toronto by the 1st of July, to receive on board such Indian Present Goods or other stores as may be required by the Commisariat Department to be embarked in her. She is to proceed as soon as loaded, to Amherstburg, where after discharging the portion of her Cargo intended for that Station, she will embark such Stores or Passengers as may be sent on board by the Commissariat Department, and proceed without delay to Penetanguishene, where she must arrive, wind and weather permitting, by the 18th of July. She will receive on board at Penetanguishene such further quantities of Stores, Cattle, and Passengers, as she may be required by the Commissariat Department at that place to embark for Manitoulin, to which port she must immediately proceed, so as to arrive about the 28th of July. From that day until the 10th of August following, the vessel will remain at Manitoulin, subject to orders, if required to do so.
The Surplus Stores and Passengers are to be re-embarked at Manitoulin, and after being landed at Penetanguishene, the contract will terminate.
Should the vessel be detained by weather so as not to arrive at Manitoulin till after the time specified, she must still wait 10 days, if required to do so, without charge for Demurrage.
During the period the Vessel shall be in the employment of Government - the Cabin, Cooking utensils, and other conveniences of the vessel are to be at the disposal of the Officers and Party proceeding in her, and no Passengers nor Stores are to be embarked without the permission of the Senior Officer of the Commissariat or Indian Department.
Tenders to specify the sum required for the Voyage, and Payment will be made upon the production of a certificate from the Senior Commissariat Officer at Penetanguishene that the Contract has been properly performed.
Two Sureties will be required for the fulfilment of the Contract.
Of 100 Horse Power For Sale on Lake Eire.
Notice is hereby given that sealed Tenders will be received until Wednesday the 1st day of June next, at noon, from such persons as may be willing to purchase the Steam Engine, Boilers and Machinery, now on board Her Majesty's Steam Ship Toronto, at Grand River, Lake Erie.
The Tenders are to be addreseed to Mr. Marks, Naval Yard, Kingston; the price offered is to be stated in words at length, Halifax Currency, with the names of two Sureties for the payment of the money. The Engine is of 100 Horse Power, (Cylinder 48 inches Diameter, and 8 feet stroke) of Superior Manufacture, and in good condition, with Boilers and Machinery complete, and may be seen on application to the Officer in charge, on board the Toronto, at Grand River, where further particulars may be learned, as also at the Naval Yard, Kingston.
Kingston Yard, Canada 8th April, 1842.