(from bound volume of originals at Queen's University - Special Collections)
A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR.
Steamboat Opposition is as fierce here as elsewhere. Fares between Kingston or Hamilton, a quarter of a dollar, and passengers are fought for here, as also in other places. All sensible men unite in condemning this most ridiculous warfare; and the upshot will be, that when the contending parties have expended their own means, they will find the supplies cut short too. In other words, that they'll get no tick from butchers and bakers, cord-wood men, and general dealers. Each party is confident that the other will be obliged to haul off, and there they go, destroying one of the only remunerative businesses remaining left in Canada. How stupid! how infinitely worse than stupid! It is equalled only by newspaper writers' abusing each other, forgetful that they hurt themselves more than they injure their opponents. Meanwhile, the public take advantage of this unhappy state of things, and all the vessels plying to and from Hamilton and Toronto, are crowded to excess, despite the bad weather. It is somewhat singular that all the while the legitimate trade is thus destroyed on the British side of the Lake, an American steamboat, the Rochester, is running unopposed between Hamilton and Lewiston with full fares; and as a great body of people are now in motion, is reaping the advantage of her neutral position. Oh! these steamboat owners! They destroy travelling when friends with one another, by the imposition of an extravagant tariff; and when they quarrel, they equally destroy themselves by no tariff at all. When may Canada hope for the regular establishment of prices, equally as advantageous for both public and people?
Port of Kingston.
May 14th - Schr. Sovereign, Hamilton, 948 bbls. flour, Mr. Quigly; 500 bbls. flour, Douglas Prentiss.
Str. Lady of the Lake, Ogdensburgh, gen. cargo.
Str. Ontario, Rochester, fruit and other goods, E. Browne & Co.
May 15th - Schr. Lady Bagot, Port Dover, 1318 bbls. flour, Mr. Quigly.
Schr. Austria, Toledo, 473 bbls. mess pork, Hooker, Henderson, & Co.; 267 do., E. Browne & Co..
Schr. C.P. Thompson, Toronto, 1000 bbls. flour, Macpherson & Crane.
Schr. Minerva Cook, Amherstburgh, 64 pieces timber, Calvin, Cook & Co.
Schr. England, Toronto, 1600 bbls. flour, Quebec Forwarding Co.
The Western Steamboat Mail will hereafter be closed at 3 P.M., instead of at 4 P.M., as heretofore.
Should the River Steamboat, however, not be in by 3 P.M., the Western Steamboat Mail will be kept open till her arrival.
Letters will be received at the Mail Conductor's Offices, on board the River and Lake mail Steamers up to the time of their departure.
By order of the Deputy Postmaster General.
R. DEACON, Postmaster.
Post Office, Kingston, 15th May, 1849.