The schr. Emerald from Chicago, with corn for Prescott, passed down the river today.
Arrivals: prop. Lake Ontario, Montreal, general merchandize; prop. Niagara, Chicago, 9,500 bush. wheat.
The mail steamer from the west, which should have arrived this morning, had not reached here at noon.
The schr. M.J. Cummings, with stone from Grindstone Island to Chicago, sprang a leak near Port Colborne. She will be repaired before proceeding.
Where is the tug Thompson? She started from Oswego with two barges, coal laden, on Monday last and has not yet reached this port. Some think that the boats are ashore.
The schr. Jessie Scarth is safe. She is at Collingwood. She has gone to Mudge Bay to load cedar for Chicago. The reason she failed to join the prop. Erin was that she could not get loaded in time.
The prop. W.A. Haskell, which ran aground at Port Colborne while bound to Ogdensburg, was obliged to have repairs made at Buffalo. She requires a new rudder and shoe, entailing an expense of $2,500 besides a delay of two weeks.
The steamers of the Richelieu company, running between Toronto and Montreal, have had a very prosperous season. The number of passengers carried exceeded that of last year. The last boat for Toronto will leave Montreal on the 28th, and that from Kingston on the 30th will be the last downwards.
The schr. Lady Macdonald is in port with over 17,000 bushels of grain. She is being discharged at Portsmouth. There is some dispute regarding the character of the grain in her, the shipper at Chicago claiming that inferior grain was put in at Milwaukee. He refuses to accept it and looks to the insurance company for its value. It appears that after the schooner had left Chicago she encountered severe weather and sprung a leak. For several days and nights the crew worked the pumps until they were exhausted, when a life-saving crew found the boat, went on board and rendered assistance until she reached a port of safety. Then she was towed to Milwaukee with a steam pump on board and her cargo put into an elevator. Some 1,760 bushels of grain were found to be damaged and sold. Repairs were made and the wheat reloaded on the vessel. The journey to Kingston was then continued. The condition of the grain is being watched by the shippers, who want to make the insurance companies meet the loss entailed. The underwriters have a representative here also.