The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 19, 1855

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p.2 Toronto & Georgian Bay Canal - A meeting of several gentlemen representing the commercial interests of Toronto, Oswego, Chicago and othe cities, was held in Toronto on the 13th instant, when it was agreed to collect subscriptions for a survey of a canal from Georgian Bay to Toronto, and the following resolution terminated the proceedings.

Resolved, - That the great increase of the commerce of the lakes, present and prospective, demands an immediate organized effort to bring the facts of this subject before the public with a view to press upon the Canadian Government the importance of duplicate locks on the Welland Canal, or a new Canal, if practicable, between Toronto and Lake Huron; and that with a view to present statistics and information necessary to the full understanding of the subject before the public, this meeting would be pleased to see the Toronto Board of Trade invite delegates from the Boards of Trade of all the Cities on the Lakes to meet in convention in some central place.

Some years ago Capt. Child commanded the Oneida on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence. It was the custom, in those days, for the steamer to call at Oak Point whenever a signal light was shown, indicating that passengers wished to get on. One dark and stormy night the signal was shown and the steamer was soon at the dock, built of poles and logs. No sooner was she alongside than a stalwart fellow jumped aboard and demanded to know the price of passage to Alexandria Bay. "Twenty-five cents" was the answer, in Captain Childs' most insinuating tone.

"I'll be d__d if I'll give that." was the prompt reply, and the would be traveller jumped ashore as suddenly as he had come on board. The Oneida went on her way, her captain a sadder if not a wiser man. So says an exchange.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Sept. 19, 1855