Over one million bushels of wheat have come to the St. Lawrence route this season in excess of the same period last year. Shippers are hopeful, and they believe that the improvement has been caused by the reduction in the canal tolls. English buyers are patronizing the Canadian route to a great extent, and ocean tonnage is quickly taken up. Sixty shillings per head is being paid for cattle against fifty shillings last year.
Yesterday afternoon the steamer Passport, the first boat up from Montreal of the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company line, arrived in port. She had on board many passengers and a large quantity of freight. She looked exceedingly well, having been thoroughly repaired and fitted out for the season's work. Her officers are: Capt. Irwin; first mate and pilot, J. Carraway; second mate, J. Alore; purser, G. Souville; porter, D. Lawson; and headwaiter, J. Devine.
The Passport was built in Kingston and owned by Hon. J. Hamilton. Her hull was purchased in Scotland by Mr. W. McCausland, who was afterwards appointed boiler inspector by the government. The steamer was launched in 1847, since which time she has been in active service. After a short time in commission her boilers were condemned and another set built by Currie & Son were placed in her. Some years later while the steamer was sailing into Kingston harbour she struck a rock near the shoal tower and sank.
Arrivals - schr. Annie Falconer, Toronto, 11,968 bush of wheat; schr. Julia, Toronto, 7,000 bush. wheat; schr. A.M. Foster, Charlotte, 123 tons slack coal; schr. Monticello, Sandusky, 21,177 bush. corn; schr. Atmosphere, Toledo, 18,150 bush. corn; schr. M.J. Cummings, Chicago, 23,500 bush. corn.
Cleared - Sloop Two Brothers, Cape Vincent, 1,350 ties; schr. C. Gearing, Oswego, 101,673 feet lumber; schr. Pulaski, Buffalo, light; schr. Charger, Detroit, light; props. Celtic, Hamilton; Ocean, Montreal; steamer Algerian, Montreal; schrs. Jessie Breck, Toledo; steambarge Erin and barge Mary, for Chicago, light; prop. Cuba, Chicago, general merchandise; schr. Olive Branch, Cape Vincent, 120,000 shingles and 15,000 lath; schr. Trade Wind, Toronto, 15,000 ft. lumber; schr. Cora W. Post, Wolfe Island.