The late arrivals reported are: Prop. Lake Ontario, from Chicago, 17,000 bushels of corn, M.T. Co.; A.G. Ryan, Oswego, 266 tons of coal, St. Lawrence and Forwarding Co. (sic).
The following vessels passed through the Welland Canal yesterday for Kingston: Schrs. William Elgin, Chatham, wheat; Siberia, Toledo, timber; Defiance, St. Catharines, wheat.
The freight rates at Toronto went up until yesterday, when they reached three cents per bushel for barley to Oswego per Forest City, and the schr. Mary Battle was chartered to carry wheat to Kingston for 2 3/4 cents per bushel.
THE VESSEL TRADE
The Shipment Of Grain by American Routes
Some days ago we referred to the dissatisfaction that was felt by vessel men in consequence of the grain carrying trade being diverted into American channels by the system of tolls and harbor dues which obtained in our canals and at Montreal. The experience of the schooner M.L. Breck is narrated, as given to establish a case in point. This schooner lay for two or three weeks at Toledo, light, waiting for a load for Kingston, but failed to get it. Her owner, Mr. H. Julian, of Port Dalhousie, went to Toledo to try and get grain to carry to Port Colborne for Oswego or Ogdensburg, to be transferred over the Welland Railway, and thence shipped in Canadian bottoms, which can be done under the Washington Treaty, but he found that it was being carried cheaper via Buffalo and thence by Erie Canal, so the vessel had to come light and try for a load of grain on Lake Ontario. A large number of Canadian vessels have been waiting at Toledo several weeks for loads, but are now leaving, some for Lake Ontario ports light, and others to their home ports, to lay up for the winter, there being no coal freights at Cleveland for Canadian ports. Very much dissatisfaction is expressed by Canadian vessel men at this state of affairs, the opponents of the present Government attributing it to the National Policy in causing a scarcity of ocean steamships at Montreal, others to the high canal tolls and harbor dues at Montreal, and the delays to forwarding and shipping grain at Kingston and Montreal. Others say shippers having the forwarding of grain in their own hands send it via Buffalo, thereby benefitting their own vessels and retaliating on Canadians for the new tariff and wrecking laws. Canadian vessels at Chicago have also been detained weeks for loads. Whatever be the cause Canadian vessel owners have lost thousands of dollars this season by the shutting down of grain freights to Kingston so much earlier than former years. We dispute the statement that the grain trade has been injured any by delays of transhipment at this port. We look upon the Canal tolls and the Montreal harbour dues as the great grievance and serious drawback, and we hope the agitation for a release from these will be successful.