The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 26, 1850

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As a good many Canadians are now journeying westward, taking passage on Lake Erie, it may be as well to call their attention to the system of imposition now practiced at Buffalo and Lewiston on the travelling community, by a new set of Runners, technically called Scalpers. These men sell tickets in the streets and at the hotels for passages to Detroit, Chicago and other places, at certain rates, generally at the most they can procure; and when they have got a certain number of passengers together, they proceed to make a lumping bargain with some steamboat about to depart West, for as little as possible; thus gaining a good livelihood out of the difference between the money received and the money paid. The consequence of this system is, that the passengers are treated as so many pigs, contracted for as freight.

Kingston Imports.

April 24th - Str. Bay State, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.

Str. Prince of Wales, Belleville, 100 bbls. flour, 5 casks whiskey, 4 head cattle, 1 horse, E. Browne & Co.

April 25th - Schr. S. Wright, Rochester, in ballast, H. Danley.

Schr. J. Coleman, Hamilton, 53 bbls. ashes, 5 tierces hams, 44 kegs butter, and 200 bbls. flour, E. Browne & Co.

Schr. Duke, Darlington, 800 bbls. flour, H. & S. Jones.

The Result of the Convocation - Opposition on the River and Lake has been bluffed off for the present year. The real facts of the compromise we cannot make public, for the best of all possible reasons, but a compromise has been effected.

p.3 Montreal, April 25th - As the steamer Erie was descending the Cedar Rapids yesterday, a barge which she had in tow, laden with 2000 bbls. flour, struck on the rocks and was so much injured that it was found necessary to run her ashore.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 26, 1850