p.2 Rideau Canal - The Steamboats Cataraqui & Margaret arrived this afternoon from Bytown, with three barges in tow, being the last of the forwarding business done this year on the Rideau Canal. By the last accounts, the water is being let out of the Canal. [Whig 17th]
We regret to hear that the ice on the Rideau Canal has taken so securely, that there is very little hopes of its opening again this season. This will be a very serious inconvenience to many of the merchants of the line, whose goods will be detained till our winter roads set in.
A report is current in town that the steamer Shannon was to be laid up to be repaired, and it was the intention of the Ottawa Forwarding Company to have substituted the Cataraqui to ply in her place, during the remainder of the season, between this and Grenville. The premature setting in of the ice in the Rideau Canal will, it is feared, interfere with this arrangment, as the Cataraqui may not get down to this station. Should this be the case, which we hope for the credit of the Company will be obviated, it will prove very injurious to the merchants of Bytown, who have so many years contributed to the emoluments of this company. No less serious will it be to those engaged in Lumber, many of whom have not returned from Quebec with their full supplies for their Shanties. [Bytown Gazette]
p.3 100 dollars reward for missing letter, given to Capt. Jacob Herchmer, of steamer Britannia, and sent by John G. Parker to M.S. Bidwell in Toronto.