p.2 Departures - Bowmanville, St. Lawrence, and Bay of Quinte left Kingston harbor.
-American Lake Line steamers sold at Ogdensburgh for $72,000.
The attention of the press has been drawn to a feature in the contract for the Lachine and Kingston steam tug service, advertised lately in the Mercury and other journals. As the point in discussion involves several Lower Canada steamboat owners, we deem it our duty to watch over the interests of our friends, lest - through the misstatements of interested old fogies - the government should reject their just claims on what, so far as has met the light, appears to us the most absurd objections, raised by no less a party than the very men tendering from Upper Canada. A venerable Kingston contemporary has drawn public attention to the matter, in a certainly candid though palpably unjust manner, with the evident view of influencing the adjudicators in favor of his own townsmen, Messrs. Calvin & Co.
It is only reasonable to expect the Council will not permit the outside influence of the Kingstonians, hinted at by the Whig, to interfere with what is justly due to parties tendering from Lower Canada. Did we consider that, according to the Whig's idea, memorials or certificates of qualification were at all called for, there is no doubt whatever, that one of no small magnitude could be furnished favorable to our Quebec friends.
Notwithstanding that a number of parties have tendered, and some of the offers from Lower Provinces are said to be lower in amount than Calvin's offer, that firm, it would appear, are urging, by every means in their power, to have their former contracts with the government considered as giving them a prior claim for the service of the ensuing year, in preference to all comers, especially those who may not now possess the full complement of steamers. Nothing could be more absurd than such a proposition, considering that it oft times occurs that people with capital tender for steam service without their possessing even a single steamer up to the time of their obtaining a contract - the proper execution of contracts being at all times guaranteed by securities. Were such a doctrine once admitted, why need any government go to the trouble of demanding tenders for any service? In other words, the man who was lucky enough to obtain one contract should monopolize the same service in future years, whether he was afterwards found to be making five hundred per cent on the work or not; and that healthy competition, which the People consider so essential to the economical carrying out of all government work, would be for ever set aside.[Quebec Mercury] (A healthy competition)
(In a matter of this kind, involving the interest of the canals and of shippers, it is of much importance that the contract should not be given to parties who might be unable to fulfil the duties required. Messrs. Calvin are possessed of ample facilities, and have had the experience of three years, during which time they have given the greatest satisfaction to the shipping community, and this fact should weigh with the government in awarding the contract.)
p.3 Imports - 5,6; Exports - no date (Raftsman acting as ferry boat).
Marine News - The schooner Maize, Capt. Dunnigan, has cleared from Oswego for Toledo with salt and water-lime. This is the first clearance for the Welland Canal.
Cleared From Oswego, April 2, 1858 - Schr. Maize, Dunnigan, Toledo, 300 bbls waterlime, 1000 do. Salt; Schr. Lucinda, Phalon, Cobourg, 200 bags salt, 500 bags salt, 1 ton cheese, 400 bbls plaster, 10 do. waterlime, 30 tons coal. Schr. Conquest, Johnson, Toronto, 1000 bbls salt, 300 do. plaster, 100 do. waterlime. Schr. Meteor, Quick, Wilson, 4 bbls salt. Schr. Hamilton, Johnson, Hamilton, 300 bbls salt.
The first arrival at the port of Genesee this season was the schooner John Wesley, from Port Hope, C.W., which came in on Saturday. The schooner had a cargo of lumber and peas for parties in this city. The Wesley discharged at Charlotte, took on some merchandise and sailed again for Port Hope yesterday. [Rochester Union, 31st]
The propeller Genesee Chief, of the New York and Erie Line, left this morning for Dunkirk, with a full cargo, consisting of 2,000 bbls flour, 100 do. high wines, 100 do. Eggs. The Chief is the first propeller of the season from this port bound east. [Sandusky Register 30th]
Important To Mariners - Capt. Fitzgerald, with the tug McQueen, yesterday took soundings at the mouth of the harbor, and reports as follows: - The channel is nearly the same as last year, with 13 feet of water, but vessels can have 14 feet by steering for the foot of Madison street as they come in until they have the tall chimney at Cleaverville over their sterns, then heading for the lighthouse on the north pier. There is ten feet of water in the north channel. [Chicago Press 30th]
Bound For the Straits - Some eight or nine vessels intend sailing for the lower ports with grain tomorrow (Thursday). They are mostly Canadian vessels, and are chartered to Canadian ports. The Schooners Jessie (now loading), Gibraltar, Alexander, Ayr and Allies, are among the number. [ib]