p.8 Incidents of the Day - Calvin & Co. have purchased the prop. Armenia from Messrs. Hume, Hagerty and Geddes, of Toronto. She will be converted into a steam barge.
Personal Mention - Capt. Theo. Allen is superintending the repairs on the schr. Jessie Breck.
REDUCING CANAL TOLLS.
Objection To An Order-in-Council Obtained By Kingston Forwarders.
For several years the government has been discriminating, in the matter of grain transhipment, in favor of the St. Lawrence route at the earnest solicitations of the local forwarding companies. Chicagoans are excited and one says: "I can ship grain, consigned to either American or Canadian ports, for twenty cents a ton canal dues, but if grain is intended for export I can save eighteen cents a ton by consigning via Montreal instead of unloading it at an American port and shipping it thence by canal or rail to the American seaboard for exportation. Of course we would much prefer to send our shipments from American ports for many considerations, but this unwarrantable tax of eighteen cents compels us in many instances to avail ourselves of the St. Lawrence river route. It is a matter which the people of every Canadian or American port on Lake Ontario ought to agitate, as it affects their interests even more than it does ours." Then Collector Pouchor, of Oswego, N.Y., gravely told congress that a cargo of 24,000 bushels of corn, passing through the Welland canal destined for Oswego, pays a toll of $134.40 more than the same cargo for Kingston, Ont. This last statement, however, is incorrect because all grain passing through the Welland canal destined for Hamilton, Toronto, Port Hope, Belleville, Kingston, Brockville, Prescott, or even Beauharnois, which is but twenty-five miles from Montreal, pays the same toll, twenty cents, as that for Charlotte, Oswego, Clayton or Ogdensburg; so that discrimination does not exist at all against Oswego. The matter is being freely ventilated, and it is said the Kingston forwarders will have to forego the discriminating rates that have made the St. Lawrence route so popular in years past, at least it is given out that the government has not yet indicated its intention in regard to the matter for next season.