To the Editor of the British Whig:
Sir, - Two boats have been daily plying between Kingston and Gananoque for some time, a result of this being a reduction of fares, for which the public should be thankful, these having been in the past unnecessarily high. But the public, or a portion of it, at least, does not feel so thankful when, on the Fourth of July, both boats simultaneously desert their regular service and betake themselves to carry excursions, so that on that day there was no boat either to or from Gananoque. As this was done, too, without any notice given by advertisement, so far as I know, a number of persons who had depended on these boats keeping their printed engagements were left in the lurch and put to considerable inconvenience. This incident shows, of course, how much the convenience of the public depends on competition, and how it suffers when this is removed. I doubt whether steamboat owners have any legal right to break faith with the public, but if they do, surely the least they might do is to give due warning by advertisement in the papers, so that people might not make arrangements only to be disappointed.
July 7th, 1879 Yours, etc. A VICTIM
[In justice to the Messrs. Folger we should remark that their boat was engaged for a church excursion from Gananoque a long time ahead, when they supposed that, as a matter of course, the public would be served on the day in question by the opposition boat and could hardly forsee that their rival would carry competition so far as to get up an opposition excursion on his own account, and leave the Gananoque folks in the lurch as our correspondent complains.]
ad - Cape Vincent, Gananoque, Garden Island & Wolfe Island, Thousand Island Park Steamboat Route - Maud, Pierrepont and Geneva - with schedules. July 10th
p.3 Welland Canal Tolls - The Detroit Free Press says: "Complaint is made by American vessel captains, who trade through the Welland Canal, that the fees charged for passage, are exhorbitant and entirely out of proportion to the present state of the marine interests. The following are some of the fees charged: on flour, grain and iron (except nails) 20 cents per ton; on nails, 40 cents per ton; on iron ore, 5 cents per ton; on all other classes of merchandise, 45 cents per ton." Well, it cannot be helped. The Canal cannot be kept in service for nothing or little. [Detroit Free Press]
Big Blow - There was a great gale on the lake last night. Capt. Baillie, of the steamer Spartan, which arrived here this morning, reported that the storm was about the roughest he ever experienced. The velocity of the wind was remarkable, and the water rolled mountains high.
Wind Wafts - Joseph Tisdale, boat builder of Belleville, is building himself a racing shell.
Yacht Race - between Katie Gray and Ella on 15th.
River Excursion - on Oswego Belle, John Pinder captain, Rob't McCaul engineer.
Welland Canal - Port Dalhousie, July 9th - Passed Up: Schrs. B. Eveleigh, Ogdensburg, Astabula, iron ore; J.C. Woodruff, Toronto, Cleveland, light; L.D. Bullock, Oswego, Lake Superior, lighthouse supplies.
Bound Down: Schrs. Acadia, St. Catharines, Whitby, light; Smith & Post, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; Elgin, Sheboygan, Collinsby, timber; Fanny Campbell, Sarnia, Montreal, coal oil; Peerless, Cleveland, Belleville, coal.