SEIZURE OF VESSELS
For Violation of Navigation Laws - The Washington Treaty.
A report has gained credence, within a few days, among vessel owners, that our Government is about to seize a large number of Canadian vessels and steamers for violation of our navigation laws, and that the Canadians, in turn, will seize a number of American vessels that have violated the Canadian laws. The Canadian craft concerned, or some of them, are caught for the winter in American ports - several here in Chicago - and some of the American crafts are caught for the winter in the Welland Canal and in Canadian ports, so that if seizures are to be made there is nothing to interfere with the movement, and this fact is what causes the immediate alarm. But there need be no anxiety. American vessels can carry cargoes from one Canadian port to another Canadian port, if a portion of such transportation is made through territory of the United States by land carriage and in bond; the Canadian vessels can carry cargoes from one American port toanother American port if a portion of such transportation is made through the Dominion of Canada by land carriage and in bond. It is on this point that all the alarm exists, and there need be no alarm at all. For instance, a Canadian vessel can take on a cargo of grain in Chicago, unload it at Port Colborne, have it taken by rail to Port Dalhousie, there unload it and carry it to Oswego or any other American port. Or, a Canadian vessel, if she chose, could carry a cargo from Chicago to Collingwood, there have it shipped by rail to Toronto, and go around, reload, and deliver it at any American port. [Inter-Ocean]
p.3 Marine - The schr. Tranchemontagne from Genessee with coal, for Crawford & Co., arrived here yesterday. The schr. Annie Foster has gone to Bath to bring down a load of barley for Mr. John McMillan.
City Council - Petitions: - the petition of Thomas F. Taylor, et al., vessel owners, asking for a consideration of the question of taxes, in so far as they were concerned, the past season having been unrenumerative, the insurance being high, and they having to meet an undue competition with American vessels, which are not taxed as the Canadian craft are - Referred to the Court of Revision to report.
Harbour By-Law - Ald. Gaskin moved the second reading of the by-law, fixing a new line for the extension of the wharves into the harbor 240 feet; Ald. Irving in the chair.
The Mayor explained that the new line was desirable in view of the entrance of the harbor of a larger class of vessel when the Welland Canal enlargement was completed.
The by-law was passed after some discussion, an amendment being made by the Mayor, extending the line 300 feet from the present boundary, from Barrack Street southward.