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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Oct. 11, 1834

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p.2 Coal - benefits of using it in steam boats instead of wood. (full column) [Patriot, June 5th, 1832]

Coal - It is a fact perhaps not very generally known, that there is a cargo of Coal, of very superior quality, at present for sale at the wharf of Messrs. Macpherson & Crane, in this place, under the charge of Mr. Brown. The Coal is from Ohio, and was forwarded in a Schooner through the Welland Canal. It is sold here for about a quarter dollar a Bushel - and we have no doubt that upon trial, it will be found a much more pleasing and profitable article for consumption as fuel, than cord wood. We sincerely hope our new House of Assembly will take this subject into consideration, and afford every facility to the introduction of the article in question into the country, by taking off the duties, etc. In the course of a short time, the advantages that would accrue to the Welland Canal from this single article of Commerce would be immense.

We copy from the Toronto Patriot of the 2nd instant, some able and sound observations on this subject, which will be found in another column.

The Western Trade - The following article we would strongly recommend to the notice of our mercantile community. When the Welland Canal is permanently completed, and the improvement of the Saint Lawrence thoroughly effected, we guess we shall be enabled to contend to some purpose with our enterprising neighbours for a share of the "loaves and fishes" of the western world.

Lake Ontario Marine Intelligence

Oswego, Sept. 24th, 1834.

Arrived at this port, within a few days past, the schooners Detroit, Huron and Winnebago, belonging to Messrs. Bronson & Crocker, from the ports of Chicago in Illinois, Michigan city in Indiana, and St. Josephs in Michigan on Lake Michigan, where these schooners discharged about 2,400 barrels of Onondaga Salt, returning to Lake Erie in ballast, where they took on board cargoes of Ohio wheat for the Oswego mills, destined (when floured) for the New York market. These, although not the first voyages between our own and the western States, are almost, the commencement of a regular trade between these distant points, a trade, destined to grow up in a brief period to a vast amount....

(follows with 4 paragraphs about possible future growth of this trade)

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), Oct. 11, 1834