A VESSEL OWNERS' SCARE
Needless Alarm Over a Sensational Report.
The Chicago Inter-Ocean gives the following explanation - in support of which it quotes article **** of the Washington Treaty for the comfort of vessel owners disturbed by recent rumours of wholesale seizure of vessels by the United States and Canadian Governments:
"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 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 craft are caught for the winter in the Welland Canal and 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 the territory of the United States by land carriage and in bond, and Canadian vessels can carry cargoes from one American port to another 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 reload it and take 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 to any American port. This is not the way, of course, that the Collingwood shipments are made, but it is allowable. Cargoes going from here that way are carried by Canadian vessels to Collingwood and there unloaded, and Canadian vessels take on the same cargoes at Toronto, which are finally distributed throughout New England. C.J. Magill and J.B. Linsted, of Chicago, have built up a large grain trade on that route within a few years. The past season millions of bushels of grain have gone to New England by Collingwood. Again, if there was a Canadian railroad along the line of the Sault Canal, American vessels could take on cargoes at Canadian ports on Lake Superior, have the cargoes shipped over this Canadian territory by rail, reload at the other end of the canal, and deliver at any Canadian port on the lower lakes or the rivers. Vessel owners and shippers do not seem to understand all this, and yet it is just as we state it."
p.3 Vessel Assessment - The City Council of Toronto has reduced the assessment of vessel property. We are safe in stating that the petition of the vessel men here will have the effect of bringing about a similar result.
Visiting Here - Mr. Powers, a delegateof the Chicago Seamen's Union, is in the city. He reached here this morning, and is in consultation with the local Seamen's Association. At Port Hope, yesterday, he was accorded a great reception, being escorted to the depot by a large procession carrying torch-lights.
Dec. 24, 1879