p.2 The Grain Trade - The trade between Chicago and Kingston, however, shows a marked falling off, and there are many reasons given for this. The consideration of the question, equivalent to that of the rival water routes, and in this the Americans have at present a decided advantage. The Erie canal tolls, elevating charges, port dues at New York, and similar items of expense have been reduced from 50 to 90% during the past 2 years and act as a premium to ships by that route, while on the Canadian side the heavy canal tolls, the delay at Kingston and Port Colborne, but the extortionate harbour, Trinity, and port dues at Montreal, add to the burden borne by the already handicapped Canadians. The reduction or abolition of the canal tolls would of course make it a non-paying institution, but that should not be compared with the immense advantage that would accrue to the Canadian shipping interests. It is also but a question of time as to when the Government will assume the collection of the Montreal tolls, but not until then can it be expected that they will be reduced. With enlarged canals and a free water route to the sea the Canadians will secure an advantage that no amount of American capital can compete with. Vessel men at this port intend to take the matter up and petition Parliament to make at least some of the desired changes, and if others will but follow their example, and work persistently, there is no doubt but that the change will be effected. [Mail]
The river is still open but few steamers are running on it.
The sch. Bangalore, a Kingston vessel, is wintering at Port Colborne.
The sailors have quite a cosy resort at their rooms, No. 41 Princess St.
The sch. Vision is loading barley at Millhaven for Cape Vincent. Within 10 days she has made 4 trips to Cape Vincent with barley at 3 cents.
As yet there are no vessels wintering at Bath. The sch. George Suffel is the only one likely to do so. She will take another cargo to Cape Vincent.
The Sailor's Union will hold their annual Convention in Cleveland on the 13th inst. Delegates will be present from all branch unions, including that of Kingston.
Upwards of 20,000 bush of barley are in vessels that are frozen up for the winter in the Napanee River. The grain will be transhipped and forwarded by rail to its destination.
The steamers Armenia, Pilgrim and Deseronto are out on the ways at Mill Point, all being repaired. The Deseronto is cut in two and will be lengthened 20'. She will be the best of the Deseronto Navigation Company's steamers.
The sch. Polly M. Rodgers, of Cape Vincent, is laid up in Button Bay, the only vessel yet laid up here. Large shipments of barley from Canada are being (sic) to the Cape, it being the most available one at present, the facilities for receiving at the elevators here & shipping by rail being good.
Capt. Saunders, of the sch. Eureka, reports that when out about 8 miles from Oswego on Friday night he passed the spars of a wrecked vessel. Some pieces of the sticks were floating above the water; but he thinks there was canvas below and that it held the spars in an upright position. The tug C.P. Morey was towing the Eureka at the time, and when she let go the vessel she returned picked the wreck up, and towed it to Oswego.
Funeral Obsequies - The funeral of William Snell, whose remains were found in the sch. Norway, took place on Saturday afternoon. The members of the Sailor's Union in this city, numbering about 40 seamen, attended in a body. Messrs. John McCutcheon, Kingston, F. Rogey, J. Harris, W. McRobbie, S. Dick and A. Davy, Garden Island, acted as pall-bearers. Rev. Father Spratt, of Wolfe Island, performed the funeral ceremonies.