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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 16, 1880

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p.3 Labourers Union Dissolved - The Laborer's Union is no more. After a very indifferent existence of 3 months the Association has been dissolved, and once more the laborers will engage to do work as they please, or as it can be obtained. There was considerable trouble among the men. While one man would hold out for 20 cents an hour, another would take the job for 15 cents an hour; thus dissatisfaction ensued. We had our doubts regarding the ultimate success of the Union. The work for laborers in this city is not such that laborers can demand fixed rates of wages. Besides, since the National Policy has come into force the times have not improved, and hundreds of men who have been unable to get employment at their trades will work for any reasonable sum on which they can live.

Marine News.

The tug Active, with 8 barges, came in this morning.

The sch. Maize, from Toledo, with 18,320 bush of corn, arrived this morning.

The sch. William Elgin is having some slight repairs made to her at the foot of Clarence St.

The T.C. Street came in at noon from Toronto with 22,000 bush corn. She had a fine run down.

Mr. Commodore Wilson will have his new steam yacht launched in about a week. She is a beauty.

The yachts Countess of Dufferin and Coquette are lying in the harbour. They are on a cruise amongst the islands.

The steam yacht Rawson, of Ogdensburg, arrived last evening with a party of six; including Judge W.S Sawyer.

Freights at the present time are quite renumerative. Detroit offers 6 1/2 cents, Toledo 6 3/4 cents, and Chicago 8 1/2 cents, on wheat to Kingston.

Messrs. Richardson & Sons have shipped over 200 tons of phosphate to Europe. Tomorrow evening 300 tons more will be despatched.

Passed Through the Welland Canal: barges F. Russel, H. Benson, Geo. Manley and tug Metamora, Collinsby, Elk Rapids, light.

The steam barge Lothair has been hauled out and is undergoing repairs. The barge Beaupre is also getting repaired. They are both at the ship-yard.

The steam barge Anglin, with 221 tons of iron ore, arrived this morning from Ironsides. The sch. Nellie Hunter carries the ore to Fairport at 65 cents per ton.

Called at Swifts: Dromedary, from Hamilton; Corinthian, from Montreal; Armenia, from Toronto, Algerian, from Hamilton; and Cuba from Ogdensburg.

There is quite a demand for labour on the wharves and at the shipyards. A few months ago the exodus of a large number of carpenters occurred. Now their departure is much regretted.

The sch. Forest Queen has had upwards of $500 expended in improvements upon her. She has been repainted. The owners have offered the Sailors Union the use of her for an excursion tomorrow afternoon.

Oswego is preparing for the enlargement of the Welland Canal, and hopes to benefit from it. The Kingston harbour could be made best on the lake by an expenditure of $2000 or $3000. Will the government make the appropriation?

Yesterday the str. Hastings, while backing out of Picton harbour, ran upon a sunken pier and broke her rudder pin. When she arrived here she had a new pin put in. This necessitated her remaining overnight. The Pierrepont took her trip up the Bay.

The barge Dauntless, which has been partially rebuilt at the M.T. Co.'s wharf, was launched this morning. She had been in the slip so long that she was deeply imbedded in the mud. The tug Active was employed upwards of 2 hours in hauling her off. She was towed below the bridge where she will receive a new cabin.

There has been much enjoyment at the expense of a gullible Toronto Mail reporter, who stated that there was a regular "blockade" here, and that no barges could be secured. As we stated yesterday no delay has been caused at all. In fact Kingston takes the belt for having forwarding companies that are not afraid of work, day or night. In other places an extra charge is made when vessels have to be loaded or unloaded at night, but here such a difference is not made. At no time during the season has there been a stoppage, the companies having every facility for transhipping the grain. When a blockade occurs we will report it.

Personal - Mr. G.M. Kinghorn was one of the Montreal deputation which passed west yesterday to examin the route of the proposed Trent Valley Canal.

p.4 From Lake Ontario - steam boat Ruby of Brockville at Montreal. [Montreal Witness]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 16, 1880