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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 9, 1858

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p.2 The Welland Canal

To the Editor of the Daily News.

Sir, - From a report of a meeting of the Board of Trade of this city, published in your columns last week, it appears that one of the subjects then discussed was the proposed enlargement of the Welland Canal. The necessity for increasing the facilities of transit for the products of the vast western region by way of the great aqueous artery to the seaboard, has become a question of paramount importance to Canada, and merits most careful consideration. The means proposed to effect that object should be closely scrutinized, in order that the improvement of the navigation, when effected, may fully to meet the requirements of the carrying trade. From inquiries made a few years ago, I am induced to believe that the construction of an entirely new line of canal, with Lake Erie as the feeder, and debouching at the navigable part of the Niagara river, will, upon examination, be found not only feasible, but most desirable; and, therefore, I beg to suggest to the Committee of the Board of Trade, that in any application they may deem it expedient to make for the improvement of the communication between Lakes Erie and Ontario, a request should be made for the examination of the route I now mention, so as to secure to this Province the greatest possible advantages for the expenditure of the large sum of money which will be required, irrespective of the local interests of influential parties resident in the vicinity of the Welland Canal.

March 8th, 1858 A Kingstonian

Brighton Harbor In February - We are enabled to illustrate the excellence of our harbor by recent facts. The schooner Lucinda, Capt. Phalen, left Oswego yesterday week, laden with salt, for Cobourg. (They need salt there, even in winter, after the election of friend Smith.) Today week the Lucinda attempted to make Cobourg harbor, but failed. The Captain, after encountering sundry difficulties, put about and made our harbor, where he lay most securely till again ready for a new push westward. The shipping point, sometimes called Colborne harbor, lies between where Capt. Phalen turned and entered our harbor, but not coinciding with the Insurance Gazette, the Capt. came right along to old Presqu'Isle, now christened Brigton harbor. Having heard that Weller's Bay was becoming a harbor of reguge, the Capt. attempted to run in there, but he definitely ascertained that he could not. [Flag 5th]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 9, 1858