The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1854

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p.2 Niagara Falls Canal - new reciprocity treaty gives Americans free navigation of Canadian canals so an American canal around Falls won't be necessary. [Buffalo Advertiser]


(part) To the Editor of the Daily News,

Dear Sir, - The last time I wrote to you I promised I would write you again, as I should be passing through different parts of the country; and knowing your readers to comprise a large share of the business men, I thought it would not be wrong to give a short sketch of the fishing trade and its effects. This trade is being carried on with greater avidity than in any former year, or, perhaps I should say, the preparations are far more extensive, as the fishing season has only commenced. Ten years ago, I am told, white-fish would not sell for cash; the fact was, the article was so little sent away that the bulk of dealers in cities and towns in Canada had never heard of them, and consequently they were unmarketable; in all probability two or three thousand barrels was the whole catch. Last year, although it was considered less than an average catch for the means employed, it must have come up to $100,000 worth, or 15,000 to 20,000 barrels fish. This year the number of men engaged will be double that of any former year. To give some idea of the thing, I am told that there will be nearly, if not fully, 100,000 rods of nets in the summer fishing, and about seventy-five seines fishing from the shore in the fall, affording labor to about 1,000 men in the summer months of July, August and September, and double that number in November, when all ply to gather this production directly; and the manufacture of the implements done in the county gives impetus to trade, and Wellington and Consecon share largely in the benefit; perhaps there is no village that seems to share so much of this trade as Consecon, which is the principal furnishing place, and situated in proximity to the operations. (continues on to describe businesses, merchants, etc.)

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1854