To the Editor of the British Whig;
Sir: As I have been President of the local branch of the Sailor's Union for the last seventeen months, and have filled the position to the satisfaction of all concerned, I would like to state to the Chicago and other branches the position of matters. I was elected last Spring for 1880, and it was my intention to use my utmost endeavors to push this branch forward, but to my surprise, I was notified by several branches of the American Union to send in my resignation, and I did so. Since my resignation has been accepted, several have been appointed in my stead. The only charge against me was that I kept a saloon, and I was required to either give up the business or the Presidency of the Union, but I claim that I was elected for the year by the members of the Kingston branch. By all accounts the Americans don't go much on Canadian Union, now that I have left myself in the hands of the law, fighting the battle of the local branch. Some time ago this branch elected Frank Shepard alias Ingersoll - it seems that he didn't suit. Now it has elected C.W. Crowley, holding meetings on the Market Square, and around the corners, that every passerby may get the particulars regarding the constitution and bylaws. If it intends to carry on business in this manner the results will not amount to much for the time to come. Had it notified me of the last meeting, and of the purpose to elect another President, I would have only been too proud to come forward and support any man whom I thought eligible for the place. Several officers of the Union have demanded the books, whereas I am not supposed to give them up.
With respects to the several branches of the Union,
I am, yours truly,
E.J. Cochran, Ex-President Kingston, Sept. 22nd
p.3 Very Busy - The arrival of so many timber vessels at Garden Island has caused quite a "hum". One gentleman asserts that they have never been as busy in 10 years.
Sailors Union - Yesterday the President of the Sailor's Union demanded from E.J. Cochran the books in which the proceedings of the Association had been kept. Mr. Cochran refused to deliver them, they having been purchased by him with his own funds, and he not having heard from the central authorities in Chicago. He was afterwards served with a letter, written by a lawyer, threatening legal proceedings unless the books were handed over to Mr. Crowley. The end is not yet.
Race of Oswego Schooners - A letter from a well-known Oswego vessel-master to Commodore Crimmins of the Oswego tug fleet, dated Buffalo, Sept. 18, says: "I thought I would drop you a few lines and inform you of the race that is now to come off between the schrs. Bolivia, Leadville, and Jamaica for a purse of $25, the two latter to give the Bolivia 24 hours the start. The mammoth sch. Sage, Capt. Holland, was going into the pool, but weakened. Chattean also wished to join in the pool, but he was barred out by the committee, he wanting too much leeway. Lyons and Son hold the stakes and are to present the winner of an elegant campaign flag."
Wind Wafts - The str. Hastings brought here a Harvest Home excursion from Picton and Bay ports today.
The sch. Singapore is loading salt (ballast) for Toledo.
The sch. Albatross has sailed for Chicago with 300 tons pig iron.
The sch. B.W. Folger loads barley at Gananoque for Oswego.
The steambarge Nile arrived with 2600 bush rye from the Rideau.
The steambarge Carlyle and barges, with 300 tons of iron ore from Ironsides, has reported.
The yacht Greyhound arrived here this afternoon. New canvas is to be placed upon her.
The schr. Fellowcraft ran into shallow water near Garden Island. When unloaded she will be easily floated.
Messrs. Rathbun & Son have shipped their first cargo of ties for the N.Y.O. & W. R.R.; 25,000 have been purchased.
The str. Algerian, bound up last evening, was detained by the gale. She resumed her journey at midnight.
The sch. Richardson takes 9000 bush barley and the Anna M. Foster 5,500 bush barley to Oswego at usual rates.
The tug Easton and barges were blown on a shoal near Kingston Mills yesterday, but ultimately worked off without injury.
Swifts - arrivals: Algerian from Montreal; Passport from Port Hope; Spartan from Hamilton; Persia from St. Catharines; Cuba from Toronto; Armenia from Ogdensburg.
Forwarders and others are petitioning the Department of Railways and Canals to deepen two cuts in the Rideau Canal (one at Merrickville) the shallows in which interfere with navigation.
M.T. Co. - Arrivals: Lewis Ross, Chicago, 16,000 bush corn; Speedwell, Toronto, 14,965 bush corn; Garibaldi, Toronto, 12,400 bush wheat; Lyman Casey, Toledo, 19,000 bush wheat; Falmouth, Detroit, 16,833 bush wheat.
The sch. Falmouth, from Detroit, has made the trip from Detroit to Kingston in 78 hours, reaching here last night. 27 hours were consumed in passing through the canal. The Lyman Casey, from Toledo, made similarly fast time.
There is no end to the slander of the western press upon the ports of Kingston and Montreal and their forwarding trade. Now the Chicago Times calls the river barges old tubs which wet their grain and entail losses on the insurance companies. The latter are about to appoint another sea-faring man to assist Capt. Lewis in his inspections here as he has already done much service. The complaint is very much over-drawn. All the barges are not perfect, but, as a class, the fleet is a fine one.