There are eight properties laden with grain in port.
The schr. Ariel, of Port Hope, is laid up at Portsmouth.
The str. Van Allen left today for Oswego with lumber.
There is no demand for shipwrights in Portsmouth at present.
The schr. Philo Bennett arrived from Oswego with coal screenings for the electric light company.
The schr. Blake, which has been laying off Portsmouth for several days past, weighed anchor and proceeded on her way last evening.
The schr. A. Foster is loading barley at Richardson & Sons for Oswego, and the schr. Clara White at Wolfe Island for the same port.
An elevator belonging to the M.T. company and a gang of shovellers left this morning for Prescott where they will unload grain vessels.
H. Harold is building a steam yacht back of Patterson's blacksmith shop on King street. The yacht will be called the Mulberry.
The steamer Khartoum is here with 1,600 bushels of barley from Wolfe Island. The steamer has been chartered to load barley at Morton's dock for this city.
Already $13,000 has been expended for labourers' wages in connection with the break in the Cornwall canal. It is said that $75,000 or $100,000 will be spent before the repairs are complete.
Captain Irwin, of McGarigle fame, who has been sailing the steamer Macassa out of Hamilton, has been matched against Phil Raymer, of the International hotel, St. Catharines, in a walking match for half a mile for a barrel of flour to be donated to the poor.
The steamer Empress of India is in port with 3,000 barrels of apples and a large quantity of other freight from Picton, which it was intended to take to Montreal. The state of the canal prevents this and a discharge of the cargo is being made. The apples are consigned to England, but they will probably be sold at points between here and Montreal, as the cost will be too much, in the view of the transhipment and the depressed state of the European market, to send them on now. The steamer Alexandria reached Cornwall yesterday with a cargo for bay ports, but she will have to return to Montreal and discharge it. This is the third time the steamer has failed to get through the Cornwall canal.