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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), June 14, 1848

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p.2 Revenue Steamer Jefferson - The American Revenue Steamer Jefferson has been for some days in port, lightening, for the descent of the St. Lawrence. This is one of the steamers for which permission has been given by government to pass down the river to sea. The Dallas has not yet joined.

Opening of the St. Lawrence - to free trade. [Toronto Globe]

p.3 New sources of trade are daily opening to our merchants. We note that the Free Trader has been despatched to Chicago with a cargo similar to that forwarded by the Ireland a few days since, and that her return cargo is intended for Halifax, to be delivered there without break of bulk. It seems to us that steamers of the class of these just named are peculiarly adapted to the route on which the Free Trader is to be tried. The Gazette mentions the following gratifying fact:-

"We learned on Saturday a very fact - that an American gentleman is now in Montreal for the purpose of buying cured fish, to export to Cincinnatti by our inland waters from this Colony. 500 barrels of mackerel will pass by this route, instead of the much longer, and more tedious one of the Atlantic, and ascending the Mississippi. The road to the Western States by Canada and the canals is unquestionably the nearest and cheapest, and much earlier in time than the circuitous route of New Orleans."

The Long Sault - North Channel.

The steamer George Frederick has again descended the Northern Channel of the Long Sault Rapids. She made her second passage on Wednesday morning from Dickinson's Landing to this place, a distance of 12 miles, in 30 minutes. It has for a length of time been the opinion of many, that the north channel is the safer of the two, but still the owners of Steamers appear to entertain a dread of its wild and boisterous appearance, and consequently never allowed the vessels to descend by it. It is now, however, we think, a well established fact, that it is the more expeditious and the safer channel. Persons who came down in the George Frederick yesterday, state that it appeared plain to them, that at least three or four large vessels could have descended on each side of her without danger. The George Frederick had on board a "pleasure party," composed of many ladies and gentlemen from Dickinson's Landing, who were enlivened, we are told, by excellent music. This channel being now deemed navigable, we suppose that many steamers will follow the example set by the George Frederick, and we conceive that in the course of a year or two the Southern Channel will be totally abandoned. This, then, must prove advantageous to that prosperous village, Dickinson's Landing, the inhabitants and business men of which have hitherto been precluded from the many benefits that naturally accrue from Steamers calling at a port. This discovery, if such we can call it, is to be attributed to A. Kexar, Esq., and others, from Dickinson's Landing, who have for years been attempting to dispel the prejudices against this channel that existed in the minds of so many. [Cornwall Observer]

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Chronicle & News (Kingston, ON), June 14, 1848