p.3 In consequence of a succession of strong gales of wind, the ice in the river began to break up on Sunday last, and this morning we observe that the main channel is completely open; the harbor will also be cleared in a few days, and the navigation of the lake then be free from obstruction.
The waters of the lake and river are this season, much lower than they have ever been known to be since the settlement of the country, and though this is the period when they usually begin to rise, no alteration in their height is yet perceptible. We are apprehensive that accidents will happen to boats descending the rapids. The shallowness of the water will at least materially impede their progress upwards.
We observe in the Niagara Gleaner, of the 30th ultimo., some remarks on the bill for relieving steam-boats to a certain degree from payment of Light House and Tonnage duties, in the course of which the Editor quotes some of our observations on the subject, and takes occasion to attribute to us an undue partiality, and a desire to see the owners of steam-boats vested with privileges of an exclusive nature. We shall, in the first place, hint to the Editor, that it would have been well, if, before charging us with partiality, he had removed from his own eye the beam which prevents him viewing the whole case clearly and correctly, and which (perhaps without being conscious of it) gives him a bias in an opposite direction. In the next place, we refer him to our paper of the 6th inst., for our undisguised sentiments on the subject of Light House duties, as they affect the general trade of the Country.
The Editor of the Gleaner speaks doubtfully of the advantages derived by the public from steamboats, but it is quite too late in the day, to deny, or call in question, their superior utility. The comparison he institutes between steam-boats and schooners is indeed liable to many exceptions, but it is unnecessary to enter into any discussion on the subject, especially as the Editor admits what we said in commenting on the debate, viz. that in the event of war, we can only expect our Mercantile Lake Marine to furnish pilots for our armed ships. He certainly undervalues the qualifications required in the men employed on board steam-boats, the majority of whom must be quite as expert seamen as those employed in navigating schooners.
In conclusion, we think the Editor of the Gleaner has been rather hasty in calling the bill for the relief of the Frontenac, a partial measure, because his observations will not bear a strict scrutiny, and he somewhat unadvisedly cast reflections on the supporters of the bill and even on the whole House. He will please to recollect, that so far from there being the least desire on the part of any person to obtain for the Frontenac exclusive privileges, the honourable member for Kingston, who supported the first bill relative to steamboats, also introduced another for the relief of all other craft belonging to our own people. The Proprietors of the Frontenac, feeling the Light House duties extremely burthensome, stated their own case, in a petition to Parliament - Why did not the Editor of the Gleaner, and other owners of schooners, long ago adopt a similar mode of proceeding?
The Subscriber has this day disposed of all his right and interest in the Houses of Jones & Van Slyck, at Prescott, Levi Sexton & Co. Lachine, Lower Canada, and Eri Lusher, at Ogdensburg, to Cornelius A. Van Slyck & Levi Sexton.
ERI LUSHER April 24th, 1820.
The settlement and adjustments of all accounts relative to the House of Lusher & Sexton, Lachine, Lusher & Van Slyck, Prescott, and Eri Lusher, Ogdensburg, will be made by Levi Sexton, who is duly authorized for that purpose.
Cornelius A. Van Slyck,
The Subscribers again offer their services to the public, as Forwarders on the St. Lawrence, & beg leave to refer them to the above Notice wherein Eri Lusher has disposed of all his interest in their concerns to Levi Sexton & C. A. Van Slyck. They have now no hesitation in pledging themselves to the public, for the Transportation of any Merchandise or Produce on equitable terms, to or from Montreal, or any part of Lakes Erie and Ontario, or to the Cities of Albany and New York. The interest of the Subscribers in the Steam-Boat Navigation, gives them a great advantage over their competitors in the transportation of Produce down, or of Merchandise up the River; - their Stores at Genesee River, Ogdensburgh, Prescott, and Lachine, are now prepared to receive, and their Boats ready to forward, as soon as the Navigation opens, to any of the above places. It will be at the option of their customers to have their Goods forwarded either by Steam Boat to Kingston, or by the Schooner Lord Nelson to any part of Lake Ontario, for which they are Agents to the owners, William and James Crooks, Esquires. They still continue to do business under the old firms of Jones & Van Slyck, at Prescott, Levi Sexton & Co. Ogdensburgh, C.A. Van Slyck, Genesee River, and Sexton & Crane, Lachine.
C.A. VAN SLYCK,
April 10, 1821.
Notice is hereby given, that Tenders will be received at this Office, until the 18th day of April next, at one o'clock P.M. from persons willing to contract for the transport of such quantities of Naval, and Naval Ordnance Stores, Provisions, Baggage, etc. as may be required to be forwarded from Lachine, into His Majesty's Naval Yard at Kingston, for one year. Proposals will not be attended to, unless made in the form hereafter prescribed, and signed by the principal, and two sureties, nor unless the former, or his Agent duly authorized, attend at the opening of the Tenders, which must be addressed to the "Naval Storekeeper" and endorsed "Tenders for Transport," specifying the rate per Hundred Weight of 112 lbs.
Similar proposals will also be received for the Transport that may be required of the same species of Stores from the Naval Store-house at Lachine: likewise from the Naval Store-house at Montreal into the Naval Store-house at St. Johns on the Richelieu.
N. RADIGER, Chief Clerk.
Naval Store-keeper's Office, Kingston, 24th February, 1821.