p.2 The Alexandra unfortunately broke her shaft and piston rod near Morrisburg on Saturday evening, and was towed to Dickenson's Landing. This, of course, puts an end to the excursion, which is to be regretted. The Alexandra is a very fine boat, and we hope this accident will not prove of any importance.
The Richelieu Company intend placing the steamers Canada and Berthier on the route between Montreal and Quebec to run in opposition to the two large steamers Abyssinian and Athenian of the new Union Steamboat Company. The fare by these steamers will be $1 cabin, and steerage 25 cents. The last named steamers will commence their trips on Monday.
The steamer Algerian is entirely finished and only waiting to receive her furniture. She will make her first trip on the 1st of July, under happier auspices we hope than she has hitherto been favoured with.
The Tug Line Service - An article in a contemporary a few days ago on the above subject is replete with fallacies. It is no doubt easy enough to lay down general rules, such as the law of supply and demand, and argue that the abolishment of the tug line will inflict no injury on the mercantile community, but an ounce of experience is worth a pound of theory, and in this matter we have the experience of the past to guide us in forming an opinion of what the proposed change is likely to be. Previous to the establishment of the tug line service, freights were from 25 to 100 per cent higher than they have been since. It is very clear that the establishment of the line, therefore, keeps down monopoly and reduces freight. In 1852 the then Hincks Government abolished the tug line, and were our contemporary's principle "that where there is a demand there will spring up a supply" only correct, no inconvenience would have been felt. But what was the fact? In one year trade on the St. Lawrence fell off 30 per cent, and such an amount of grumbling was heard on the part of the business community, that the Government were obliged to re-establish it in 1853, and it has been continued ever since, and so far as we are aware, with perfect success. If transient vessels cannot depend on an established tug-line, freights will be increased, a monopoly will be created, and trade will be diverted to the American route. What induced the Government to abolish the tolls for all vessels which have passed through the Welland or Burlington canals, but the desire to facilitate and attract trade. We would be glad to hear of the Government changing their views on this point, as we believe the business community consider it a mistake to abolish the tug line.
Port Colborne, June 23rd - Down - steambarge Wm. Cowie, Penetanguishene, Oswego, lumber; prop. Lake Erie, Toledo, Montreal, corn; schr. Olive Branch of Picton, Erie, Cobourg, coal; prop. City of Montreal, Toledo, Montreal, corn; Empire, Toledo, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; Ocean, Chicago, Montreal, gen. cargo; barge Sacramento, Port Colborne, Kingston, coal; schr. H.G. Cleveland, Cleveland, Toronto, wheat; Craftsman, Spanish River, Welland, lumber; Clyde, Point au Pelee, Kingston, timber; W. Stalker, Cleveland, Hamilton, coal and stone; prop. Brooklyn, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; schr. Reindeer, Milwaukee, Kingston, wheat; G. Smith, Chicago, Oswego, corn; Cortez, Chicago, Oswego, corn; Cossack, Chicago, Kingston, wheat; Madeira, Milwaukee, Kingston, wheat; Mary Coply, Chicago, Oswego, corn; Grace Whitney, East Saginaw, Ogdensburg, lumber; W.G. Grant, Toledo, Oswego, corn; Elevina, Milwaukee, Kingston, wheat; Huron, Cleveland, Hamilton, coal; Florida, Milwaukee, Oswego, corn and wheat; John Magee, Chicago, Oswego, corn; steambarge D. Powers, Milwaukee, Kingston, wheat; J.R. Noyes, Milwaukee, Cleveland, light.
Up: schrs. John Miner, Pt. Colborne, Cleveland, light; N.P. Goodell, Quebec, Cleveland, salt; Two Brothers, Toronto, Cleveland, light; Mary, Collins Bay, Pt. Stanley, light; Annandale, Kingston, Pt. Colborne, light; Lady Dufferin, Kingston, Chicago, light; barque Acorn, do., do., do.; schr. Queen of the Lakes, Cobourg, Ashtabula, iron ore; Milan, Prescott, Chicago, light; J.J. Hill, Lewiston, Erie, stone; Kearsarge, Cape Vincent, Tonawanda, iron ore; D. Sharp, Kingston, Pt. Rowan, stone; Duncan City, Oswego, Duncan City, coal; Tecumseh, Kingston, Cleveland, light; Sweden, Kingston, Bay City, light; E.P. Dow, Fair Haven, Toledo, coal.
In harbour - schrs. J.J. Hill, Tecumseh, Duncan City, Queen of the Lakes, Milan.
At elevator - schr. Monticello, Amogher ?.