Kingston, Sept. 12th. - (To Editor):
A few years ago I made a trip from Ottawa to Kingston via the Rideau canal. It was both unique and pleasant, in fact, I was so delighted with it that I was the means of having many of my friends in Boston make the trip also. When I went aboard of the Rideau King, Tuesday afternoon, at Ottawa, I found everything changed, the scenery on the route was as beautiful as ever, but the accommodation on the boat was wretched, everything was done by the management, it would seem, to prevent tourists from ever taking the trip again.
The boat was advertised to sail at two o'clock, and the passengers were all aboard at that time, but we did not get away till after four. When we asked the purser to assign us to our stateroom, he refused every request that was made to him, assigning as the reason that it was a rule of the company that the freight had precedence over the passengers, and that when the boat pulled out he would give us our rooms. So the passengers stood around with their hand baggage for over two hours awaiting the purser's pleasure.
The next thing that awaited us was a notice that prices had been recently changed, (berths from $1 to $1.50; stateroom from $2 to $3; meals from 50 cents to 75 cents). But the worst thing was the condition of the boat. She appeared as if she had not been painted this season; she was covered with soot and smut, and appeared as if she had not been washed down since she started running.
When we had breakfast at eight o'clock, our coffee was dreadful. When the waitress was asked the reason she said it was made some hours before, when the officers went on watch, and that there was room for only one pot on the stove.
If space permitted I could add more - the boat getting aground, arriving at Kingston fourteen hours late, etc. But I can assure the Rideau Navigation company, that if they desire their route to become popular, they will certainly have to change their methods of doing business. JAMES H. STARK.
The schooner Acacia cleared for Oswego today.
The steambarge Waterlily was at Folger's, Friday morning, on its up trip.
The schooner Charley Marshall has arrived from Charlotte with coal for the penitentiary.
The sloop Pilot, in Richardsons' slip, is being loaded with grain from the steamer Edmonton.
The Dominion government revenue cutter, Dalais, lay at anchor in the harbor, yesterday afternoon and evening, before proceeding on her way up the lakes.
Swift's: Steamers Picton up last night; Toronto down and up today; Hamilton down tonight; Belleville up tonight; steamyacht Rowent (sic - Rowena ?) in last night; steamyacht Capt. Dan Waggoner, today, with a party for the Rideau; steamyacht Niagara today with fishing party for up the lake.
M.T. Co.'s elevator: Steamer Britannic from Chicago with 45,000 bushels of corn; steamer Iroquois cleared for Fort William; tug Thomson cleared for Montreal with three grain barges; steamer Rosemount and barge Hamilton, loaded with grain, will arrive from Fort William, Saturday.
p.5 The Kathleen Not Sold - tenders were much below the reserve.
p.8 Fireman Drowned - a fireman on tug Florence Yates, which was helping turn the steamer Toronto at Charlotte, got his foot caught in line, and was drowned.
Going To Detroit - Capt. Thomas Donnelly leaves tomorrow for Detroit on the steamer Edmonton, which will be unloaded tonight, and proceed from Prescott to Detroit to be repaired.