The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), June 25, 1850

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Our Canadian neighbors sometimes are annoyed at the activity on this side of the lake among business men, when compared with the quiet way things are usually done on their side. The editor of the Kingston Whig, made a running visit here the other day, and he speaks of the aspect of businesses. He sais:-

"The striking difference which exists between the streets of Kingston and those of cities and towns on both sides of Lake Ontario, is one of vital importance to the welfare and prosperity of its inhabitants. In Oswego, in Rochester, in Buffalo, and partially in Toronto, the side walks are crowded with packages of merchandize. Auctioneers are selling in the open air, and the streets themselves are almost covered with awnings, overhanging signs, flags and outdoor ornaments and decorations, all conducive to the increase of business generally, and more particularly to the encouragement of a retail trade. In Kingston, on the contrary, the streets are denuded of everything likely to attract attention from the passing people, scarcely a sign board is allowed to exist, and everything in the shape of an awning is strictly prohibited. Not a barber's poll is allowed to be raised without a vexatious outlay of time and money, and the policeman is everlastingly employed serving summonses upon his townsmen, for petty violations on the City's By-laws."

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), June 25, 1850