TUG BOATS ON THE ST. LAWRENCE
To the Editor of the Daily News;
Sir: - If your correspondent, "One who has paid ten dollars a ton upwards to Kingston," can adduce no better argument in favor of the Tug Line than the fact that last season flour was carried from Toronto to Montreal for ten pence per barrel, he would have shown more discretion by not touching on the subject at all. Indeed, I have much doubt if the gentleman with that fearful signature, (it almost beats that of a certain society of this city,) can prove an instance, with perhaps one solitary exception, when flour was taken at the low rate of ten pence per barrel. And I also should like to be informed when the high rates upwards, of which he speaks, were paid. It surely must have been prior to the completion of our splendid canals, for the writer has good reason to suppose that ten dollars a ton upwards has not been paid since that event.
Your correspondent seems to shirk the fact that the quantity of produce to be freighted downwards generally regulates the expense. It is simply absurd to fancy that the Tug Line or no Tug Line, will make any material difference in the cost of transport the ensuing season. If the prices range higher than last year, it will be owing to the extra quantity to be forwarded.
ONE WHO KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT IT
Toronto Bay - The Bay is free of ice, to admit steamers to Yonge-street Wharf. The Admiral, from Rochester, was the first to run in so far, on her arrival here on Friday, to the great delight of the crowds on shore. She had a good freight and numerous passengers - among whom were many German emigrants, destined for Waterloo. They came out by way of New York. The ice was cut on Saturday as far as Church-street Wharf, to pass out the City of Toronto. [Colonist 10th]