p.2 We are happy in being enabled to inform our friends at a distance, that the Harbour of Kingston is now open, and the Channel of the River to the Lake entirely free from ice.
We learn from good authority that the Mail Line of Steamers, between Montreal and the head of Lake Ontario, will commence their regular trips on the 10th of April next.
Those vessels of the line at present in Kingston Harbour, are undergoing a thorough repair - and it will be seen by advertisement that the Henry Gildersleeve, leaves this port for Prescott on Monday next.
p.3 We understand that the Court of Queen's Bench in Upper Canada has granted a new trial, without costs, in the case of Ham vs McPherson & Crane. This was an action brought for the recovery of a quantity of flour destroyed by fire at Kingston in April, 1840, whilst stored in the warehouses of the defendants, and was tried last year at Nisi Prius before Mr. Justice Hagerman. The Jury was charged to find to find a verdict for the plaintiff, on the ground of the defendants liability as common carriers, and they returned accordingly. Mr. Draper on behalf of the defendants contended that they held the property in store, not as common carriers, but as warehousemen, and that their liability in the former capacity extended only during the season of navigation, and whilst the property was in transitu between Kingston and Montreal. The Judges, with the exception of Mr. Justice Hagerman, who tried the case, were unanimous in granting a new trial, and ordered that the costs of the former should abide the event of the next. [Montreal Herald]
A meeting of the stockholders of the new steamer for the Bay was held pursuant to notice at Kethum's Hotel in Picton, on the 10th instant, when Simcon Washburn, Esq., was called to the Chair, and John Ross, Esq., Barrister, of Belleville, was appointed Secretary. It is to be regretted that the state of the roads prevented the people of Belleville from being present, but they were ably represented by Mr. Ross. At this meeting it was decided that the boat should be called the Prince Edward in compliment to this District, and Captain Johnson was unanimously appointed to the command. She is to be the length, and power, of the Henry Gildersleeve, and from the cheapness of the contract, for building, being £1700 less than the tender from the Niagara Dock Company, besides the saving on the engine which was bought upon very favorable terms, it is likely that the stock will be very profitable. There are only two persons holding stock in Kingston, Messrs. Thirkell and Cameron, and we have the pledge that none will be sold but to residents of the Bay. The books are now open with Messrs. J. & J. Miller & Co. The people on the Bay will now see the necessity of owning a boat expressly for these waters - one that will "sink or swim" on the Bay of Quinte, as Mr. Cameron announced at the meeting, and a better opportunity may not again occur of making so profitable an investment, as from all we can learn, the Prince Edward will obtain the "lion's share" of the public patronage. [Prince Edward Gazette]
The America, a new steamer of 60 horse power, built by the Niagara Dock Company, for Mr. Bethune, and which is intended to ply between Toronto and Rochester, on Tuesday made a trial trip from this port to Lewiston and back, and performed the distance (14 miles, half against a strong current) in 62 minutes. The America is a handsome well fitted boat, and looks remarkably well on the waters; her machinery works admirably. [Niagara Chronicle]
Steam Boat Notice - The Mail Steamer Henry Gildersleeve, Capt. Bowen, will commence plying daily between Kingston and Prescott on Monday next, the 28th inst., until further notice - leaving Kingston every morning at 7 o'clock.
Kingston, 23rd March, 1842.