THE TUG BOATS AND MR. YOUNG
The late Commissioner of Public Works, in his reply to the Montreal Board of Trade last winter, disclaimed having given any notice to the Forwarders of his intention to abandon the Tug Line on the St. Lawrence, and in his defence before the House, on Mr. Robinson's motion, he repeated the assertion and corroborated the statement by saying that, "so far from coming into collusion with any of the Forwarders, his friend Mr. Holton had strongly advised him against such a course." (Query) How did Mr. Holton find out his intention?
With regard to one of his vessels having been detained for six weeks at Prescott, we think his Captain must be possessed of no ordinary share of patience in the matter, as we are told that about one half of the vessels on the downward trip preferred getting a pilot and sailing. What has become of all the pilots at this particular time?
It is also urged that numerous complaints against the line were made from time to time; but we would ask, is it likely that the Commissioners would so far spare the parties, and overlook this constant violation of their conduct? If so, we would simply say they served the public badly; for, if the above be a specimen, and true, of the complaints alluded to, we know not what amount of blame the Commissioners are chargeable with; and if untrue, why should such an assertion be allowed with impunity on the floor of the House? However, we presume, the late Chief Commissioner has by this time discovered that a discerning public have found out that all these complaints and reasons put together, could not furnish a sufficient ground to justify his wanton conduct in removing this motive power from the river.
Oct. 12, 1852