The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Quebec Gazette (Quebec, QC), Oct. 13, 1841

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(copied from Whig by Quebec Gazette, Oct. 13, 1841)

p.2 No Monopoly (From the Kingston Whig, Oct. 7th) - In a late Quebec Gazette, the editor in taking notice of the Rideau and other Canals, perpetrates a variety of most egregious blunders, and among others, makes mention of the Forwarding Trade being a monopoly. Whatever might have been partially the case, a very different state of things prevails at present. The utmost competition exists between the various and numerous Forwarding Establishments, both on the River and Canal; and independent of the Propellers, and small steamers, which make the entire passage round, there are three Lines of Steamers on the Canal Route, between Montreal and Kingston, viz. that of the O. & R. Company; Hooker, Henderson and Jones; and Murray and Sanderson. Some very quick transits of goods have taken place this Fall, among which we notice, four loaded barges, belonging to the O. & R. Company, leaving Montreal on Friday night last, and arriving at Kingston on the Tuesday night following. Considering that the Editor of the Quebec Gazette spent upwards of three months recently at Kingston, and passed through the Rideau Canal on his way home, it somewhat surprises us, that he could have repeated so antique a cry.

(What the Quebec Gazette did say was that the Forwarders, "at times, have come to an understanding to exclude competition and exact their own prices." and the Whig admits it. - So long as boats cannot get through the Canal without them there will be a danger of such understandings.)

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Quebec Gazette (Quebec, QC), Oct. 13, 1841