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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 [6] April 1853

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Spring Walk

It is so rarely that we have it in our power to say a good word in favor of the Corporation of Kingston that it would be both a sin and shame not to do it. The streets are remarkably clean, considering the season of the year. The scavengers have been well to work; have scraped up all the mud and other winter accumulations into heaps, the most of which has been carted away, leaving the streets tolerably clean and dry. Persons desirous of making good gardens should obtain as much of this street muck as possible and cart it away at their own expense, for no other kind of manure is half so valuable in gardens. The market gardeners round about London pay large sums of money annually to the London Scavengers for the exclusive privilege of these same scrapings and sweepings.--Having said so much in praise of the clean state of the Kingston Streets, let us now continue "Our Walk."

THE ST. LAWRENCE WHARF -- This wharf, once called "Counter's," from being owned by the worthy Mayor, is again this year in the occupation of Mr. William Bowen, under whose superintendence very large and important additions and improvements have been made to it. It has been extended seventy feet into the harbor, and planked throughout; the warehouses have been wholly repaired; a new office built and the entire wharf made fit to do the best business in the city, of which it is very capable, from its admirable central location. In addition to the business of Wharfinger, Mr. Bowen adds this season that of General Forwarder; but as he shortly intends to acquaint the intelligent public of that fact, in the usual legitimate mode, we shall say here but little about it. The arrangements made for business by Mr. Bowen at the St. Lawrence Wharf, during the ensuing season comprise the following, viz:-- Of the Mail Lake Line of Steamers, the Maple Leaf, Capt. J. Dick, the Magnet, Capt. Sutherland and the Arabian, Capt. Colcleugh will make, the St. Lawrence Wharf their regular stopping place, both going and coming; and it is to this wharf all intended passengers should direct their steps, and here all expected packages must be looked for, Mr. Bowen will be the local Agent for the above named vessels.

Of the Mail River Line, the steamers Lord Elgin, Capt. Farlinger, and the steamer St. Lawrence, Capt. Howard, will stop regularly at the St. Lawrence Wharf; and the same rule will apply to these vessels as to those of the Lake Mail Line.

That fine steamboat, the Bay of Quinte, Capt. Chambers, has adopted the St. Lawrence Wharf as her chief stopping place.--This Steamer has been admirably fitted out to run on the Bay this, season, and is expected to make a Daily Trip between Kingston and Belleville.

The Rideau Canal Steamers, Prince Albert, Capt. McNeil, and another boat, not yet named, will form two vessels of a Daily Line to Bytown, and arrive and depart from the St. Lawrence Wharf.

The two fine Lake Steamers the Ocean Wave and Boston belonging to the Ogdensburgh Railroad Company, and carrying freight in connection with that Railroad will also stop at the St. Lawrence Wharf; and of these two steamboats, Mr. Bowen will be the local Agent. Although the Ocean Wave and the Boston are owned in Ogdensburgh, yet they are Canadian vessels, and sail under the British Flag. This is saying a great deal of the intimate condition of commercial relations between the two countries.

In addition to these steamer, Mr. Bowen has also made arrangements for a small fleet of Schooners to do his Forwarding Business generally, of which he will doubtless afford the public due information. A large business is daily growing in Kingston by the transmission of building stone to Toronto, as return Cargo to the head of the Lake -A toise of stone can be laid down at the wharf here at five dollars, which sells on the wharf at Toronto for twelve dollars, thus affording a margin for freight, commission and handling. As one of the warehouses on the St. Lawrence Wharf is a Bonded Warehouse, all dutiable goods consigned to Mr. Bowen whether by one of his regular vessels or not, will be landed there; and this is an important fact for the distant man of business to make himself acquainted with. Mr. Joseph Doyle, who resides on the premises, is the Wharfinger of the St. Lawrence Wharf.

The Mail River Line steamer, the St. Lawrence, lies off this wharf, in an almost complete state of readiness to commence operations. This vessel, owned in Kingston, has been chartered this year by Mr. Bethune to complete his Mail Line to Montreal which Line comprises Mr. Hamilton's New Era and Ottawa, the Lord Elgin and St. Lawrence, chartered by Messrs. Bethune, Heron & Co. The St. Lawrence has had an important addition to her passengers' comforts put on her this winter, in carrying forward the Hurricane Deck, to protect them from sun and rain. In other respects she has had every attention paid to her in the way of paint and furniture, and never looked better than she does at present. The St. Lawrence will be commanded again this season by Capt. Thomas Howard.

MR. WHITEHEAD's WHARF.--That large stack of buildings, once the property of the late Mr. Garratt, and recently purchased by Messrs. A. & D. Shaw has been leased for a term of years by Mr. Whitehead, the well-known Dry Goods merchant, of Brock and Kings Streets who has abandoned his old business, for the more exciting occupation of a Wharfinger and Forwarder. His premises are very ample, convenient and commodious; the warehouses very much the largest in the city, and the whole calculated to do a large business in. That Mr. Whitehead anticipates a great business in the Transhipping and Forwarding, Line, is apparent from the public spirit displayed by him in putting up an elevator worked by Steam Power, a thing never attempted when at Kingston all the transhipment in the province was done. This Elevator is worked by a Steam Engine of Ten Horse Power (made by Mr. Honeyman) and is, said to be capable of discharging 1500 bushels of grain per hour. At any rate a vessel holding 10,000 bushels would be discharged in a day, instead of having to wait as in former seasons, three or four days ere her cargo could be discharged. We learn that a Quebec merchant, (whose name we shall not mention, lest our information be incorrect) has entered into arrangements to tranship all the grain he can buy for the London Market, by this into river craft; and also, that he has several schooners already purchased, together with three others now building at Quebec, all of which are to be engaged in this newly-revived trade, transhipment at Kingston. We heartily trust that such may prove the case and Kingston once more take her stand, as of yore, as the head of river navigation.

Mr. Whitehead intends to do a General Forwarding and Commission Business--(see his advertisement). He has every convenience on his premises to do it, and his experience in Mercantile affairs gives an assurance to those who may entrust consignments to him, that their interests will be properly attended to. His wharf will be the regular stopping place of the Bay of Quinte steamer, Novelty, Capt. Bonter, and also of other vessels, when his arrangements are more definite. This fact must not be forgotten -- all goods consigned to him will be delivered at his wharf, no matter by what vessel sent--a sine qua non, which every Wharfinger and Forwarder in Kingston intends rigidly to insist on. That is, to receive no goods landed at another wharf, but to compel the steamer or sailing craft to come to the wharf, and deliver them to the proper consignee. A very proper regulation say we. We shall pay a visit to the United States and Bay of Quinte Wharf tomorrow.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 [6] April 1853