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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 22, 1849

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p.2 There was no mail last night from Montreal, owing to some accident to one of the locks in the Beauharnois Canal.....

For the British Whig.


Mr. Editor:-

The following facts are hereby made public, with the view of preventing, if possible, a recurrence of gross imposition complained of by imigrants just arrived here.

A Mr. Bale and family engaged a cabin passage from Quebec to Hamilton, and paid the fare. They accordingly proceeded in the Lord Elgin, as far as this port, where it was proposed to transfer them to the Steerage of the Princess Victoria, instead of to the cabin of the Mail Boat, as previously arranged. The proposition being contrary to agreement, Mr. Bale objected to it, and was consequently put ashore and left to his own resources, having at the same time being refused to be refunded any part of the passage money paid by him. He has been moreover put to the expense of boarding himself and his family since then in Mr. Iron's Hotel, where he is now awaiting an answer to a letter of remonstrance addressed by him to the owners of the Lord Elgin.

The Princess Victoria having last Saturday offered to carry passengers from Kingston to Toronto at 6s. each, a large body of emigrants availed themselves of the offer, and got aboard. Afterwards a boat runner, named ___, pursuaded about fifty of them to disembark, promising as an inducement to have them carried per mail boat at 4s. 6d. each. The Princess having started, those persons who remained applied to the Purser of the Mail Boat for their passage, on the terms stipulated, when they were informed that the runner in question had no authority to act for the boat, and that they would be charged at the rate of 10s. each. They had consequently no alternative than to comply with this demand, or remain, and it was only this day that they were enabled to leave.

Some of the emigrants daily arriving are lying under cholera on the wharves, without medical aid or shelter being afforded them.

Now, the following questions naturally arise out of these facts:

1st - Whether the duty of the Emigrant Agent, with reference to such cases, is altogether confined to the interior of his Office?

2nd - Whether steamboats are not accountable for the misdeeds of those who are known as runners, while acting as such?

3rd - Whether there is any provision made for medical and other aid, to sickly and indiginent emigrants coming into port?

Trusting that the matter will be enquired into,

I am, Sir,

Your most obed't serv't,


Kingston, 20th August, 1849.

Note - The above letter comes from too respectable a source for us not to give it an insertion. The facts, if facts, speak for themselves. With respect to Mr. Bale and the Lord Elgin, we have reason to know, that the owners of that vessel, as soon as they were made acquainted with the cause of detention at Kingston, immediately rectified the error by paying the full passage of that person and his family in the Princess Royal to Toronto.

Port of Kingston.

August 20th - Str. Bay State, French Creek, gen. cargo.

Str. Ontario, Lewiston, gen. cargo.

Schr. Governor, Toledo, 10,000 bush. corn, Fairbanks & Co., Halifax, N.S.

Aug. 21st - Schr. Hannah Counter, Chatham, 58 pieces timber, Calvin, Cook & Co.


Lake Ontario And River St. Lawrence


United States Mail Line.

Bay State Capt. Van Cleve,

Niagara Capt. A.D. Kilby,

Cataract Capt. R.B. Chapman,

Ontario Capt. H.N. Throop.

The above Steamers, in connection with the Steamers

British Queen Capt. Chamberlain, and

British Empire Capt. L. Moody,

Will form a Daily Line for 1849,

(Sundays excepted,)

Between Lewiston, Oswego, Ogdensburgh, and Montreal,

Landing at intermediate ports, leaving as follows:

Downwards - Leave

Lewiston at 3 P.M. daily.

Rochester at 10 P.M. daily.

Oswego at 9 A.M. daily.

Sackett's Harbor at 12 M. daily.

Kingston at 4 P.M. daily.

Ogdensburg at 8 A.M. daily.

Arriving at Montreal at 6 o'clock P.M.

Upwards - Leave

Montreal at 9 A.M. daily

Ogdensburgh at 8 A.M. daily

Kingston at 4 P.M. daily

Sackett's Harbor at 9 P.M. daily

Oswego at 10 A.M. daily

Rochester at 7 P.M. daily

Arriving at Lewiston at 4 o'clock A.M., in time for the Steamboats for Hamilton and Toronto, and for the Cars for

Niagara Falls and Buffalo,

And Morning Steamers thence up Lake Erie.

Fare from Syracuse, via Oswego and Lake Ontario, to Niagara Falls, including Board (except breakfast at Oswego) and berth on Steamers, $4.50. A charge of 50 cents each will be made to those who occupy a berth in a State Room.

Railroad & Steamboat Fare, from Syracuse to Buffalo, $5.

E. BROWNE & Co., Agents.

Custom House Wharf, Kingston.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 22, 1849