The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 31, 1835

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p.1 We had the pleasure this morning of seeing the Captain of one of the Rideau Canal steamers: he says the Canal is in perfect order, and has stood well all summer; no serious delay or interruption having occurred. We are ever proud thus to report of this extraordinary work, the capabilities of which are but beginning to be known, and but a few years hence, and every one of its valuable hydraulic privileges will be in use, and its banks be studded with machinery of every description, and its waters covered with craft suited to its size and importance, which is not yet the case. We have heard some rumors, which we hope can be explained, of carelessness of the lock tenders and masters, since a reduction of wages had taken place. We would take the liberty of expressing our opinion that on such a work the wages should be liberal, and we hope the government will, if possible, come back to the old price, retrenchment should not begin with laboring men; but when we take this liberty with the government or their officers, we cannot but remind the men that any reduction of pay does not warrant them to neglect their duty; if they are not satisfied, give up their places, and not remain and impede business, or annoy passengers, as such conduct is not only very injurious to the public, but disreputable to themselves, and detrimental to the Canal. [Perth Courier]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 31, 1835