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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 14, 1849

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Another steamer, the Farmer, under the charge of our old acquaintance Captain Chambers, has been placed on the Bay of Quinte route, as a Day Boat, leaving Kingston and Belleville, alternately every morning. Mr. Weller continues to run his Coach at four every afternoon, and the two regular boats, Queen and Prince of Wales oppose him. We look upon this opposition as the (ex ) of folly, and the sooner the contending parties unite and make peace the better. Among other evils attendant upon this state of warfare, is the receipt of letters for publication from persons who consider themselves in some way wronged, and who fly to the Press for redress, forgetful that the bare publication of any matter having a tendency to exalt one party at the expense of another is considered an unpardonable offence. The following is one of those letters, which we give under hope of its being the last of the kind:-

Belleville, June 12th, 1849.

Dear Whig,-

At the present day it seems that the greatest humbug wins the race. I have been endeavoring to discover which is the greatest humbug - Mr. Weller's Coach, or the Bay of Quinte Steamboats; and I really think that the Boats have it all hollow. The Coach certainly brings you to Belleville in 7 hours, for a dollar, at the risk of having your bones ( ) shaken on the road; but how is it with the Boats? They profess to carry you to Belleville for one dollar too, but on the way hither they draw upon your pocket for meals, making up the old rate of two dollars. Now, as you, Mr. Whig, are a hater of humbug, you should expose this sort of thing, for it frequently happens, as it has to me, that persons travel in the steamers with a bare dollar in their pocket under the impression that the fare covered the meals on the way.


Note - The writer appears to forget that if people travel by Stage, they must pay for what they want on the road. - Ed.





The Steamer


Capt. Chambers.

Will run during the remainder of the Season on the Bay of Quinte, as follows:-

Upwards - Leaving Kingston every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, at 9 o'clock precisely, calling at all the intermediate stopping places.

Downwards - Leaving Belleville Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 6 o'clock, calling at the intermediate stopping places, and arriving at Kingston in time for the American and Lake Boats.

June 14th, 1849.

Freight to Lake Huron - 3-4000 tons of coal to be taken to Bruce Mines on Lake Huron from Erie or Cleveland - tenders called by Montreal Mining Co.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 14, 1849