The Rosedale will continue to ply between Chicago and Kingston. It is probable, however, that an additional steamer will be put on the route and the capital stock of the company will be doubled.
The Campana was out of commission last year and will probably be sold this year. Her owners thought it better to keep her idle than to accept the low freight rates prevailing last season. This year they have received an offer to buy the ship, and are seriously considering the matter. If the sale is effected the Campana will be taken off Lake Ontario altogether.
W. Hagarty, Toronto, thinks "the coming season has no great promises of remunerative rates. The carrying trade must feel the universal depression. Indeed, there is a movement among American vessel owners to the effect that those owning more than one vessel shall start only half on May 1st and the other half on June 1st, while those owning one shall start on May 15th. This will be decided at a meeting in Detroit on Thursday."
THE RICHELIEU COMPANY.
Considerable dissatisfaction exists among the French-Canadian people over the rumor that Mr. Chabot, the late general manager of the Richelieu company, is to be succeeded in that important position by an American, and this dissatisfaction has spread to Quebec and the river towns, whose business supports the company's boats. The company was originally a French-Canadian enterprise. Starting in 1845, their first boats were market boats running from Montreal to the parishes on the Richelieu river. The traffic between Quebec and Montreal being supplied by several lines of large steamers, the Molson line, Torrance line, Tate's line and by other boats, the Richelieu company found no encouragement for some years to put boats on the Quebec route. The loss of Torrance's "Montreal" and the breaking up of the "Queen," however, emboldened the company to build the "Victoria" and "Napolean" and try for a share of the trade between the two Laurentian cities. These two steamers ran to Quebec in 1856, and small as they were, they obtained sufficient patronage to dishearten the English owners of the large boats. In 1857 came the awful burning of the Sydenham "Montreal," and that winter the Molsons and the Torrances withdrew from the St. Lawrence traffic in favor of the Richelieu company. Under the management of the late Joseph Levy, a French-Canadian, the Richelieu company became very prosperous, and in course of time it extended its operations as far west as Hamilton and as far east as the Saguenay. Since it became an English company with the western connections it has not been as prosperous as it was in Mr. Levy's time, and many French-Canadians think they should organize a company of their own to do their own business. The actions of the new board in so summarily dismissing Mr. Chabot and replacing him by an alien is likely to give the company trouble.