Taking Passengers on at Charlotte and Refusing to Allow Them to Land at Oswego
The manner in which the business of the Canadian Navigation Steamboat Company is conducted is disgraceful in this age and extortionate in the extreme. Americans who take passage on the boats are treated with the supremest contempt by the officers and are looked upon as fit subjects for plucking.
Since the line commenced running here this season, complaints innumerable have poured into this office from passengers who charged the company with extortion in demanding fabulous prices for state rooms and bunks. The last complaint made against the company, and one that will probably entail a law suit, is that made by Mr. Chas. W. Geekie, of Baltimore, Md. at Niagara Falls.
Mr. Geekie left for Rochester where he arrived last Friday, and soon after took passage with his wife, children and nurse on the steamer Norseman. When the boat arrived at this port, about eleven o'clock, Mr. Geekie was prevented from landing his family, the officer of the boat telling him that the boat could not carry passengers from one American port to another, and that he must go to Kingston before he would be allowed to land. Remonstrance with the officers availed Mr. Geekie nothing, although he told them that his wife was in feeble health and was adverse to traveling on the water, and he was taken to Kingston.
At Kingston Mr. Geekie was aroused just as the boat was leaving, without giving him time to land. Dressing himself hastily he went o the captain and demanded sufficient time for himself and family to land safely, which was given and the unwilling passenger with his family was allowed to go ashore. Mr. Geekie waited upon the agent at Kingston and informed him of the outrage that had been perpetrated in inducing him to take passage from Charlotte to Oswego and then preventing him and his family from landing.
After Mr. Geekie had denounced the management of the company and threatened to commence suit, the agent offered to refund the passage money and to pay the fair of Mr. G. and his family from Kingston to Oswego by rail. The offer was declined and Mr. Geekie, who is now in the city, will commence action against the company.
We have no desire to say aught of Mr. Bushell, the agent, at this port. He does his duty and does not mislead travelers.