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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 25, 1836

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p.2 steamboat Kingston to make special trip to Bath for people interested in election.

The Steamboat Commodore Barrie, left this Port for the head of the Lake, on Tuesday last, for the first time since the alterations and improvements in the formation of her boilers. She is in most excellent condition, and is said to sail uncommonly fast. She is under the command of Capt. Patterson, formerly of the Schooner Union. Our statement, that this noble vessel had been sold to the Rochester folks, was incorrect, a negotiation to effect a sale was then in existence and failed. [Whig]

The Rideau Canal - From advices received from the scene of the late accident, so late as Monday last, we learn that the most energetic exertions are being adopted to repair the broken Bywash. Capt. Bolton, and several other officers of the Engineer Department are on the spot, attended by a body of tradesmen and laborers, and one week only from the date of our letter, was mentioned as the time required to make good the damage. We also learn, that in order to prevent a similar occurrence, a new Bywash, on the opposite side of the river, will be immediately commenced, and completed this summer. This Bywash will pass immediately behind the Lock Master's Cottage, and on the hill by the locks, and by means of a cut, communicate with the Rideau, opposite where the Jock empties into that river. [Whig]

The Ottawa & Rideau Company have made arrangements, and are now receiving goods from Montreal, via the St. Lawrence. Several barges have arrived, and more are daily expected. [Whig]

Welland Canal Office,

St. Catharines, 14th June, 1836.

To the Editors of the Commercial Advertiser.


It is with regret that we so frequently notice the impositions practices upon the editors of the New York papers, by some persons disposed to injure our property, as well as that of your own citizens. Last fall a notice was published in some of your papers, stating that the Welland Canal would be closed, by order of the board of directors, on the first day of November. No order of the kind existed - the canal was in good order, and remained open until closed by the ice - but that false notice produced the desired effect, and lost us the November trade. In your paper of the 9th June, I observed the following paragraph:-

"Welland Canal - It is reported that one of the locks of the Welland Canal has given way and a schooner has sunk in the ruins."

This game is certainly, to say the least, highly dishonorable - and I desire seriously to make the enquiry - Would not the company have legal redress in your courts of justice if special damages can be shown?

Will you have the goodness to inform me, either by letter or through the medium of your valuable paper, whence the information published by you was received. The canal is in good order and vessels passing daily. The safety of the route for merchandise and produce has been so successfully tested for the last two years, that any comment on that subject is unnecessary.

I am, Gentlemen,

Very respectfully yours,


President Welland Canal Co.

We are sorry that we cannot give our esteemed correspondent the information he desires. The paragraph, consisting of two lines and a half, is one of those items of news which do and must get into every newspaper, nobody can tell how or whence. It was probably copied from some Canada paper, or perhaps from one in the western part of this state. We perceive that the one immediately preceding it was taken from the Niagara Gleaner; probably this was from the same. It was given, of course, as an item of intelligence merely, without any suspicion of its accuracy, or any intention to injure the business of the Welland Canal. [eds. Com. Adv.]

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Chronicle & Gazette (Kingston, ON), June 25, 1836