The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 11, 1887

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The Tolls At Ottawa.

Kingston, March 10th - To the Editor:

I noticed in last night's issue of the Daily News a very lengthy report in connection with the deputations from the different cities in Canada, sent to interview the government for the purpose of getting the canal tolls taken off for the coming season of navigation. I trust this action is not an election dodge, as in the case of another election. Previous to the last election the conservatives of the city did a good deal of talking. They claimed credit for the good Sir John did the city by the reduction of the canal tolls during the last two years. But what do we find? A conservative deputation is appointed to go to Ottawa, and the members of it are at the meeting of the privy council when the canal toll question is under discussion. Men from all the other cities take part and make speeches, but not one of the Kingston deputation opens his mouth. And after all is over, at some future time, no doubt, we will see some of those fellows get up in our city, and take credit for having the canal tolls taken off.

A Boat Owner

[This letter should be put away for reference at the next election, and it will be sooner than some people think.]

Who Benefits By Them?

Kingston, March 10th - To the Editor:

A great fuss is made about canal tolls, especially by the agents of the M.T. Co. Who benefits by the reduction? The vesselmen, the carriers on the lake? Not a bit of it. They have to take a lower freight in consequence, they bring trade here, and the forwarding companies make a "combine" to keep up the rates. The forwarders are helped to add from 10 to 15 per cent to their profits and the people as a whole, the taxpayers of the country, are so much out of pocket. I am against a reduction of canal tolls until the "combine" is bursted, and the forwarding companies do not demand as much, or nearly as much, for carrying grain to Montreal as the vesselmen get for carrying it from Duluth to Kingston.

Vessel Man

p.8 Incidents Of The Day - The Welland Canal will be open to vessels drawing 12' water on May 1st, and on May 15th to vessels drawing 15'.

The marine painting, which is on exhibition in Wade's drug store window, is only valued at $250.

The schrs. A.M. Foster and Craftsman, and prop. Scotia are receiving extensive repairs.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 11, 1887