The rates from Chicago to Kingston have dropped to 4 1/4 cents on corn.
The tug Chieftain and schooners Oriental, Saxon and Denmark leave Garden Island for Toledo tonight.
The number of vessels which have arrived and been discharged at Garden Island this week has not been exceeded for some years.
The str. D.C. West has made the quickest trip on the Rideau Canal on record. She made the distance between Kingston and Westport in 7 hours.
The arrivals at the K. & M. Forwarding Company are: Schr. Pandora, Toronto, 17,000 bush. wheat; schr. Flora Emma, Toronto, 8,300 bush. peas.
It is reported that Capt. McKee has left the command of the schooner Falconer and has taken the position - under the Government - of foreman of the scows used at the shoals. The recompense is $2.50 per day.
The contract for the construction of the Tay Canal has been signed by the Ministers of Railways and Canals and by Messrs. Manning and McDonald, the lowest tenders. Work will be commenced on the locks at the Rideau end of the Canal next week.
Isaac Oliver's descent into the water, to see about the small sliding ways, was interesting, but the water was too cold for him to stay under very long. His face, when he appeared on the surface, indicated surprise, and he seemed to have met the large sea serpent reported to be in port by Captain Stephen Tyo.
The arrivals at the Montreal Transportation Company's wharf are: Prop. C.N. Pratt, Duluth, 6,150 bush. wheat; schr. Ella Murton, Hamilton, 13,485 bush. wheat; prop. Scotia, Toledo, 6,000 bush. corn; prop. Prussia, Chicago, 6,200 bush. corn; prop. Myles, Duluth, 2,100 bush. wheat; schr. Eliza White, Port Whitby, 7,114 bush. wheat; schr. Annie Falconer, Toronto, 12,286 bush. wheat.
Grumbling has broken out again about detentions of vessels in the Cornwall Canal. Vessel masters say that it is the rule now for a craft to be obliged to lie over part of a day, waiting for night and the shutting down of the mills. There is not water enough to run the mills and keep a sufficient or regulation depth of water in the canal, and the vessels have to wait. Indignant Captains declare that the canal is now only a mill-race, and rights of vessels are considered second to those of mill owners.
Here & There - The St. Lawrence Steamboat Company will run from Clayton.
Capt. Eli Kendall goes master of the excursion steamer John Thorn, of Clayton.
The steamer Corsican will leave here for Toronto tomorrow morning at six o'clock.
The steamer Maynard, of Alexandria Bay, has been in port undergoing repairs. The Captain is George Sweet.
the derrick broke on scow working on shoal, man injured.
Extending The Works - Locomotive Works is filling in space between their wharves.
The Whistling Nuisance - clause introduced in harbor bylaw to stop noise.
The Hero's Trip - Captain responds to letter of complaints about excursion.