To the Editor of the British Whig:
Sir - It is a fact, that I think no one can dispute, that sailing vessels cannot compete with railroads in the carrying trade and pay such high wages to sailors as they in some ports demand. Now as it costs the sailors a good deal of money to keep up their society and as the Union was formed mainly for the purpose of forcing sailor's wages higher, I would suggest that the railroads ought to pay all the expenses of the institution, as every dollar of extra cost in the running expenses of vessels drives business away from them and over to the railroads.
Yours truly, Vessel Owner
p.3 Death of Mr. Alex. Falconer - son of the late Jas. Falconer, and succeeded him about 12 years ago in the well-known sailmaking and ship-chandlery business on Ontario Street, in partnership with Mr. Alex. Horn; he withdrew from business owing to the decline of the Canadian marine, and increased competition - details.
Died - A. Falconer, 33, near Bay City, Mich.; brother-in-law of Capt. Frank Patterson.
The sch. Sligo is loading steel rails for Duluth.
A number of vessels have been chartered to carry ice to ports on Lake Erie.
The sch. North Star is ashore on Amherst Island. She is light and can be easily released.
The sch. Senator Blood is chartered to carry iron ore from Ogdensburg to Cleveland at $1.05.
The sch. Gazelle is about to be sold. She has lain sunk in the Picton harbour for the past 2 years.
A storm drum has been received at Coopers, South Bay, and will be erected with as little delay as possible.
Captains state that at no Custom House in the country do they have so much trouble with their papers than at Kingston.
The Bangalore was pulled off on Monday. She did not receive any injury. On Thursday she reached Port Huron.
The str. Peerless and her consort Otonabee left this afternoon for Perth and Ottawa with general merchandise.
The tug McArthur left Detroit on Thursday for the rescue of the sch. Prince Alfred, ashore near Collingwood, laden with cedar posts.
Vessels Passed Through the Welland Canal yesterday for Kingston: sch. J.C. Stewart, Chicago, corn; Denmark, Fairport, Garden Island, timber.
The sch. Mary Battle has carried over 87,000 bush of corn so far this year. She arrived from Chicago this morning with 20,000 bush of corn.
Capt. Turner, who was in this city to purchase a steamer to ply between Toronto and Hanlan's Point, not finding a vessel light enough in draught, has left for Buffalo.
Arrivals for M.T. Co.: prop. Hercules, 17,000 bush wheat; prop. Scotia, Chicago, lightened 4000 bush corn; prop. Albion, Toledo, 16000 bush wheat; British Queen, Port Dalhousie, 7406 bush wheat; Mary Battle, Chicago, 20,000 bush corn; departures in tow of tug Elfin: - barges Toronto 22,475 bush corn; Harvest 15,200 bush wheat; Chicago 22,000 bush corn; Eagle 18,407 bush corn.
Wind Wafts - The old pleasure steamer Transit was burned yesterday at Belleville. She was insured for $600, about all she was worth.
The sch. Albatross left yesterday for Port Dalhousie, light; sch. North Star for Charlotte light; Mary, for Cleveland light; The tug Jessie Hall took 4 barges to Montreal from Portsmouth yesterday.