p.2 editorial about need for line of schooners to trade with West Indies and South America.
The Steamer Canada, Capt. A. O'Connor, will leave the Commercial Wharf, foot of Princess Street, on Wednesday, April 24th, at half-past 5 A.M. for Coteau du Lac, touching at the intermediate ports.
Kingston, April 23rd, 1850.
To Be or Not To Be - On Wednesday a grand convocation of the steamboat interests will be holden in Kingston, to determine upon the operations of the season. Last year the British Steamers had the fight all to themselves. This season the American boats intend to put in their oar. They say, and they say very justly, "gentlemen quarrellers, you can't injure yourself without hurting us - consequently, if you must have opposition, if you will pull down prices, and destroy the passenger trade, for the benefit of no one but a passing crowd, you shall have your bellyful of it." This "argumentum ad hominem" and doubtless it would prove efficacious. We should be loath, notwithstanding all said and done, to see the Through Line bluffed off, and trust that such will not be the case. Opposition is the soul of trade. Let there be opposition, but no ruinous putting down of prices. No cheap and nasty boats. There is business enough for all, if the trade be but encouraged and properly managed. The Americans have found out the scent.