p.2 Duty On Non-Existent Grain - Several days ago the schr. Samana, an American vessel, arrived from Chicago with 22,000 bushels of corn. She discharged into a Montreal Transportation Company's barge, and when the figures were totalled up it was found that she was 77 bushels short. After paying for the grain the captain went to the Custom House to secure clearance papers, when he learned that he was to be taxed at the rate of 7 1/2 cents per bushel for the amount of grain he was short. He refused to pay the assessment, and of course clearance papers were refused him. In his perplexity the Captain applied to the American Consul, with whose assistance the matter was arranged. The claim was paid under protest, the Captain claiming that he should not pay the duty on grain which he did not have. He was prepared to file evidence that he delivered all the grain that he took on board at Chicago. The matter will be referred to Ottawa for a decision. Collector Mingaye intimates that the certificate given by the American officers supercedes that of the forwarding company to which the grain is consigned. The matter of shortage is a much vexed question, but apparently the party suffering in any case is the vessel captain. Vessel men should refuse to sign "hard and fast" bills of lading.
The steamer H.A. Calvin left last evening with a barge and schooner for Montreal.
The schr. B.W. Folger arrived yesterday from Oswego with 175 tons of coal for the Penitentiary.
The schr. Oliver Mitchell brings 22,000 bush. corn from Chicago to Kingston at a through rate of 6 3/4 cents.
The schr. Russia has been rebuilt, changed to an American bottom, and called the Eugenia Vesta.
Since 1880 about 50 Canadian bottoms have been Americanized on the lakes, aggregating about 20,000 tons.
Two schooners have been chartered to carry iron ore from Belleville to Cleveland at $1.25 free in and out.
The tug H.A. Calvin yesterday succeeded in pulling off the schr. William Elgin, which ran upon Four Acre Shoal. The vessel has been brought to Kingston. She will be discharged, hauled out and caulked.
The water in the harbor this year is higher than it has been for about four years. Today Messrs. Gunn & Co. removed salt from their wharves to prevent it being damaged by water.
The dull times in sailing gives sailors a chance to talk politics. One Captain at Toronto wants the Macdonald Government to go, because they never did anything for vessels, nor vessel owners, nor even sailors. "And they will go, too," he said; "they are scared to death; they are rigging the pumps and getting out the boats for the ship is getting deeper in the water." He said every vessel man should know how to vote against the Tory Government.
The following supplement of Lloyd's Canadian is dated June 1st:
Str. City of Toronto, A 2 1/2; prop. Bruno, A 1 1/2; schr. Cataract, A 2 1/2; S. & J. Collier, A 2 1/2; Emerald, A 2; Forest Queen, B 1 1/2; W.W. Grant, B 1; Eliza Quinlan, B 1 1/2; George Suffel, B 1 1/2; Barges Hiram Benson, A 2 1/2; Franz Russell, A 2 1/2; Victor, A 2.
Prop. Armenia, Ogdensburg, pass. and fgt.
Prop. Cuba, Toronto, pass. and fgt.