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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 25, 1851

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To the Editor of the Daily News.

Sir. - As a canal across Wolfe Island is a work of vital importance to the interests of this city, looking to the early completion of the Rome and Cape Vincent Railway, I think it is desirable that the subject should be kept as much as possible before the public. I had an opportunity some time since, of inspecting a plan of the work, and there seems to be no engineering difficulties to contend with. It is very generally believed that the water on this side of Wolfe Island is higher than the water on the other side. Of this I am rather doubtful, but, at all events, it is a matter of little consequence, in the construction of the canal. My own impression is, that were the assumption a fact, it would be found useful rather than injurious to the work, for as the difference in the level of the water on the two sides must be very slight, if such difference really exists, the current through the canal would serve the purpose of keeping it clear. The estimates for the construction of the canal is £10,000, and this is certainly fully adequate to cover all expenditures connected with it, if, indeed, it will not do much more. I suspect, from looking over the plan, and from a knowledge of the ground, that the work may be well done for a sum considerably less than this, perhaps for £5000 or £6000. It is not necessary to point out the advantages of a communication with the Rome and Cape Vincent railroad, for it must force itself on every mind that unless this city is thus made a terminus of that road, Cape Vincent must be, and in that event we will not have the pleasure of seeing the lake boats call here as they do now.

But the question is very naturally asked, "What can the inhabitants here do towards the construction of the canal? In answer to this it may be said that their interests are so deeply involved in the matter, that it were better to construct the canal from the proceeds of a gratuitous subscription, than to leave the work undone. As a part and parcel of the railway scheme, it seems to me, however, that it should be undertaken by the company, and that the funds should be advanced for this, as well as for the railroad across the Island, by the people of Kingston, in the shape of so much additional stock. Were this done, there can hardly be a doubt the money for the canal could be at once procured, whereas, as an isolated work, there might be some difficulty in procuring the means for making the canal. All the stockholders in the company are equally interested in facilitating the communication with their road, and thus attracting to it the greatest possible amount of travel and freight, and the completion of the line to this city is essential to that object. Trusting that the suggestion here thrown out will receive the attention of the parties immediately interested in this important enterprize, I remain

Yours, etc.


Oct. 23rd, 1851.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 25, 1851