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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 4, 1836

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p.2 We are requested by a Subscriber to copy the following from the British Whig of Saturday.

Novel Mode of Obtaining Health - We are led to use this title from the perusal of an advertisement of a certain Forwarding Establishment on the River, in a recent number of the Montreal Gazette. The tread-mill was long considered an infallible remedy for all persons laboring under certain bodily infirmities, such as repletion, fullness of habit, shortness of breath, weakness in the hams, distortion of the limbs, cum multis aliis, - but the present advertisement offers a new nostrum on an unbelieving public. We are here told that exercise in pully-hauling the Barges of the River Forwarders over the Rapids in the St. Lawrence is an excellent specific for the restoration of the health. That is to say, let all poor unfriended Emigrants, and if in ill health, or laboring under bodily indisposition - so much the better - let them take a spell, and labor like beasts of burden, at hauling their Barges up the St. Lawrence, and lo! health will reward their toils. We do not repeat what has never been denied, that Emigrants have been subjected to various discomforts and ill treatment by the River route, nor yet that measures have been resorted to at times by the Forwarders to coerce the passengers to labor in their vocation, but we merely allude to the circumstance now because we were not aware before that such was done from motives of the purest philanthropy, namely, the renovation of the health! Verily they will have their reward. Let the Rideau Canal then, which cannot hold out such powerful incentives to Emigrants, hide its diminished head, and continue to bring on its passengers in sluggish idleness, without a motive or a mean for exercise. [British Whig]



The New And Elegant Steam Boat


H. Calder, Master,

Will leave Kingston on Wednesday morning the 27th inst., at 8 o'clock, A.M., for the head of the Bay of Quinte, and will thereafter, for the season, leave the head of the Bay, on Monday and Thursday mornings, and Prescott on Tuesday and Friday evenings, pursuant to notice heretofore given.

Brockville, April 21st, 1836.

The Ottawa Rideau.


Take leave to notify their friends, and the public generally, that they will be ready at the opening of the Navigation, to transport MERCHANDISE and PRODUCE of all descriptions, up and down, between Montreal, Bytown and Kingston, via the Rideau Canal.

The extensive preparations made by the Company to render their Line efficient, (being able, unless by some accidental detention, to despatch Barges, sufficient to carry 500 tons of Goods per week, if required) warrant them in stating that the utmost reliance may be placed, by those who employ them, that property entrusted to their care will be forwarded with the greatest possible safety and expedition.

For "Up Freights," they need only state that the Goods are put into large covered Barges at Montreal, (exept such way freight as may not be liable to damage, smaller boats being found more convenient for this purpose) and towed by Steam Boats from Lachine to Kingston. The risk of damage is so small, that Merchants sending their property by this route, have hitherto scarcely deemed it necessary to insure.

The time for performing the trip to Kingston is generally about four and seldom exceeds five days, and Goods can be forwarded on immediately from thence, by Steam Boats or Schooners as may be required.

For "Down Freight," their Barges contain upwards of 500 barrels below decks, and descend either by the Rideau or St. Lawrence, as circumstances require - navigating the Lakes in the most boisterous weather, with the greatest safety.

For Emigrants this line of communication is particularly advantageous, as they can embark with their luggage on board of decked Barges, which are towed through to Kingston by Steam Boats, as above mentioned, without being subjected to the great inconvenience of landing and walking past the Rapids, as is the case with the St. Lawrence route. Provisions are abundant at the different Stations along the Line.

The Company further beg leave to intimate that, on account of the large amount of their cash disbursements, they will invariably require payment of Freight on delivery, except in those cases, at the principal stations on the Line where the parties have heretofore been ready to settle their accounts whenever called upon.

The great difficulty the Company have hitherto experienced in collecting small parcels of Way Freights on the Line of the Ottawa and Rideau (where there are no Agents) renders it necessary that such Freight should be paid before shipment.

Agents will be appointed at the different stations along the Line of the Ottawa and Rideau, of which due notice will be given. Rates of Freight will be moderate, and will not exceed to and from Kingston, the regular charges by the St. Lawrence boats to and from Prescott.

For further particulars apply to the undermentioned Agents.

E. Cushing, Montreal.

G. Brush, Kingston.

E. Routh, Bytown.

J. Frothingham, Chairman of the Committee.

Montreal, 21st April, 1836.

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), May 4, 1836