LETTERS FROM THE EDITOR.
Montreal, Aug. 19th, 1850.
My Dear Whig:-
...The Montreal merchants complain sadly of the want of reciprocity on the part of the United States Government, in matters of internal navigation. For instance, the barges and other small craft of Lake Champlain, to a number exceeding thirty, are allowed to come into the Canadian waters for cargoes, pass through all the canals up to Bytown, for sawed lumber, to the serious injury of the Canadian Forwarders; while every impediment is purposely thrown in the way of Canadian craft, doing the like business in American waters. For instance, by a very recent regulation, the shipment of Railroad iron is prohibited to all ports but the Port of Entry, in the Revenue District. Railroad Iron cannot now be shipped to Dunkirk, on Lake Erie, where it is needed, but it must be sent to Buffalo, the District Port of Entry, and thence transhipped in American bottoms to Dunkirk, a little higher up the Lake! This restriction, and numberless others of like kind, act like a prohibition to the forwarding business on the part of Canadians, and consequently serve as a protection to American shipping. Let Free Trade Reciprocity, or whatever it is called, be Free Trade Reciprocity, but don't let it be like the handle of a jug, all on one side.
I observe that some gentlemen deeply interested in the matter, have been circulating for general signature in Montreal a Petition to the Board of Public Works, to extend the Tug Line of steamers to Kingston; thereby enabling transhipment to be effected with advantage at that port. I regret to add, that not one of these parties is a Kingston resident, which in a matter so highly important to that City's interests, is much to be wondered at and deplored. I heartily hope that a like Petition will be sent round to the various business men in Kingston, and that a successful movement will be made. As far as I can learn, your columns, my dear Whig, are the only ones agitating this extension in Canada. Were the terminus of the Tug Line changed to the foot of Lake Ontario, it must be of the greatest advantage to the commercial prosperity of Kingston....
The people of Montreal, that is to say the merchants, seem greatly to regret the discontinuance of the "Through Line." It was just about becoming known and appreciated; and would have been fully employed by this time, had it been in continued existence. It was a most unwise step to lay the vessels up, particularly as fast and handsome boats are now so much wanted on the Canadian side of the River and Lake. (A little mistake of mine, I shall take the present opportunity to correct!) The Comet, the third boat of the line, has not been changed into "a freight boat," as the British Whig stated, but forms an independent Line of herself, leaving Montreal every Saturday morning early, some hours before the Mail Line, and returning from Hamilton at the end of the week. The Comet is a new and spacious vessel, capitally well adapted for Lake navigation, and well fitted for the passenger trade, cabin, steerage, or deck. Let her be patronized, I say, for I have no patience with the laying-up men.....
Aug. 20th - Brig Breeze, Port Dalhousie, 175 pieces oak timber, Calvin & Cook.
Str. Cataract, Oswego, gen. cargo.
Aug. 21st - Str. Northerner, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.
Str. Clifton, Oswego, gen. cargo.
Str. City of Toronto, gen. cargo.
Aug. 20th - Str. Cataract, Ogdensburgh, passengers and baggage.
Aug. 21st - Str. Northerner, Lewiston, passengers and baggage.
Str. Clifton, French Creek, gen. cargo.
The Provincial Fair - We are glad to learn by the Hamilton Spectator, that Captain Masson of the steamer Rochester has obtained permission from the government to carry passengers and stock to and from the Provincial Fair. The public will also be gratified to learn that the worthy Captain has determined on reducing his fares during the show week.