p.2 Boat For Alexandria Bay - str. Princess Louise now leaves city at 4:30 each afternoon.
THE SHORTAGE QUESTION.
"Considerable dissatisfaction has been felt for some time past in shipping circles," said a prominent Montreal shipper to a Star reporter, "with regard to the treatment received by transporters from the Custom House officials at Kingston. It appears that if a cargo of grain from the States is delivered there, and proves to be a few bushels short, duty is charged on the shortage. At Montreal things are a little better, on other imports such as iron or sugar duty being charged on the declared cargo but if afterwards proved short the shortage duty is refunded. A cargo of sugar from the West Indies, delivered at this port and found to be less than the declared amount would only pay duty on what was landed, whereas at Kingston duty on shortage would be charged. This state of things wants remedying. The danger arising from the present state of affairs is, that if American vessels are harassed in Canadian ports the Americans may be tempted to retaliate. There would also be a tendency to make rates of freight to Canadian ports higher than to American, obviously a disadvantage to shippers by the St. Lawrence route. Hon. Mackenzie Bowell, Minister of Customs, promised to remedy the matter some time ago, but no steps have been taken as yet."
The Montreal Gazette, speaking of the shortage question, says: "What is important is that the grain shipped at an American port shall be accounted for without the bulk being broken; and the simple method to accomplish this will be to require from the captain an affidavit that he delivered the grain as he got it, without bulk being broken on the passage. If this is done the question of shortage may be left to be dealt with between the captain and the consignee. Some such regulation, we believe, will be at once announced, and it is one which will prove quite satisfactory to the trade and a sufficient protection to the revenue."
The schr. White Oak has cleared for Fair Haven with 325 tons of iron ore.
The steamer Spartan passed down this morning with a full load of passengers.
The Dominion Wrecking Company have had two new pontoons launched in Montreal.
The steamer Maud, from Alexandria Bay last evening, delivered here 140 boxes of cheese.
The schr. Wm. Elgin, from Sodus Point, is discharging at Swift's dock 285 tons of coal.
The steamer Varuna begins her trips to the Thousand Island Park, from Trenton, on Saturday, 29th inst.
The schr. Annie Falconer arrived at noon from Toronto with 12,500 bushels of wheat. She made a quick trip.
So far this year there have been remarkably few accidents upon the lakes. The steam pumps of the Wrecking Company have not yet been used.
Matters were quiet in the harbour last night. The landing waiters had an easy time of it, but one of them, waiting for the steamer F.B. Maxwell, lost his rest for the night.
The steamer Corinthian took down the river today the Brearley party from Detroit. Ten pullman cars were crowded with passengers as far as Kingston.
The steamer Ontario is evidently doing a fine trade on the Rideau. She was recently so heavily laden that her keel touched the bed of the canal. She had to be partially unloaded before she floated.
The Mail says the tug Conqueror has frozen to Simcoe street wharf. She has been lying there for the past ten days, and in all probability will be there for another ten - waiting for a raft that is growing somewhere away North.
The schrs. Enterprise and North Star have cleared for Charlotte and Oswego, respectively, with lath, posts and ties. The schrs. W.J. Suffell and Eureka have been chartered to carry cargoes of the same material to American ports. Messrs. Rathbun & Sons are the shippers.
The steamer F.B. Maxwell did not arrive last evening, and for a very good reason. The Company, finding that the boat was not being patronized as expected by the citizens, decided to abandon her trips between Clayton and this city. She will, however, make her Tuesday excursion to Brockville.
About noon the steamer Celtic arrived here from Chicago and discharged 7,500 bushels of wheat. She then proceeded on to Montreal, where she will unload the balance of her cargo of wheat and deckload of flour. She left Chicago on the 14th inst., and experienced excellent weather throughout the trip. She had many passengers, including L.L. Bond, ex-Mayor of Chicago, and wife; Mr. and Mrs. Volney Underhill, Mrs. and Miss Ayers, J.G. Giles, Chicago; F.C. Dean, Three Rivers, Ohio; L.W. and Mrs. Weber, and H.L. Hodge, Cleveland; Miss Lizzie Roberts, Princeton, Ill.; Miss Charbonnell, Sherbrooke, Que.; George and E.H. Coan, Persia, and Jos. Fisher, Kingston. Before separating here the passengers presented the Captain with an address, expressive of their appreciation of the efforts put forth by him (George Malcolmson), C.H. Taylor, purser, and other officers of the boat to entertain them on the voyage down.