Freights, Port Hope and Toronto, 1 1/2 cents per bushel.
Ten barges, captains and crews arrived last night.
The schrs. Glenora and J. Gaskin are fitting out and will likely make the first trip to Toledo.
The passing of the exemption bylaw will make the lower end of the harbour look brisk this season.
The Hero has made her first round trip. Capt. Craig reports no ice up the Bay. He had a full cargo up and down.
Lake Champlain is reported to be clear of ice. The first steamer leaves for Kingston today. The canals open today.
The schr. Jessie Breck, from Hamilton, with timber, has arrived at Collinsby. She came down the lake in two days.
The steamer Active was launched from Power's Marine Railway this morning after having her stern bearing repaired and hull caulked.
The steamer Alexandria has had her engines replaced by the much stronger ones taken from the Queen Victoria, and a considerable increase of speed is expected.
Arrivals at the M.T. Co.: prop. Niagara, Port Hope, 20,000 bush. wheat; prop. Bruno, Toronto, 15,500 bush. wheat; schr. W.T. Greenwood, Toronto, 9,300 bush. wheat.
The scow Frank Smith, loaded with withes at Belleville for Collinsby last week when a Sheriff's officer put a piece of red tape on the craft. It appears that the cargo was to be forwarded to the Rafting Co. at Collinsby, but John Hall had a claim for $200 against the cargo and he had the vessel tied up. The matter is yet in dispute.
The Exemption Question - The owners of the K. & M. Forwarding Co. do not want exemption. They think it wrong to pass such a sweeping measure as that which received the Council's sanction last night. They are at all times willing to pay their taxes. Ald. Gildersleeve last night gave the reason why exemption was granted to the Forwarding Companies on all their property. It was to have the Companies to permanently anchor here, to erect large elevators, and when the canals were deepened prevent the trade from being carried to Prescott and other points east of Kingston. The exemptions will be to the city's advantage.
p.3 Carried At Last - the by-law exempting the forwarding companies. (full column)