p.1 Protecting Lake Shipping - Washington, Jan. 30th - The house committee on merchant marine made an important determination as to lake ship building. A majority of the committee had favoured the proposed free ship bill, which would admit foreign built ships, including those of Canada, to the privileges of American of American vessels, thus exempting them from tonnage dues and other charges. Congressman Farquhar, of Buffalo, made an argument in favour of exempting the shipping of lakes and rivers from the provisions of the bill. At the conclusion it was agreed to make this exception, and also one excepting the vessels used in coasting trade. This insures the continued protection of lake shipbuilders against the competion of Canadian or foreign yards.
p.4 The Oswego Palladium has information that all vessels carrying grain to Kingston via the Welland canal, whether American or Canadian, get rebate of canal tolls at Kingston immediately that they unload there, and this, without reference to whether the grain is for consumption in Canada, or for exportation. "It is understood," it remarks, "and taken for granted, that corn, wheat and other grain received at Kingston by this route is for exportation and the toll is paid back to the vessel whether it be American or Canadian. The discrimination, therefore, is not against American ports, and Mr. Collector Poucher is right when he says it is a violation, if not of the letter, certainly of the spirit of treaty obligations." And this declaration is made despite the assurance of Folger Bros., who, in a letter say that grain coming to Canada for consumption (not export) whether in American or Canadian vessels is subject to the 20 cents per ton tolls. The minister of customs, too, has flatly contradicted the assertion of the collector at Oswego.
p.5 Look Out Yachtsmen - Scottish yacht Madge bought by members of the Rochester yacht club.
Work on the Steamers - Work on the steamer Cibola, at the Deseronto shipyard, is progressing. The promenade deck will soon be finished. Several sleeping rooms below are also completed. The boilers, six in number, have been put in position.
The accommodations on the str. Ella Ross having been found inadequate, large additions will be made. The saloon will be retouched. The Ella Ross will continue to run the rapids of the St. Lawrence during the coming season.
p.8 Incidents Of The Day - Oldrieve and Horn are making sails for the schr. Blanche.
W.F. Phillips has received the contract for repairs to the Jack Straw light station, Gananoque.