p.2 Propeller Burned - Port Colborne, Oct. 24th - The propeller L. Shickluna, owned by the North Shore Transportation Company, with a cargo of 16,000 bushels wheat, from Milwaukee to Montreal, took fire this morning about 1 o'clock when getting ready to lock into the canal, and was burned to the water's edge. The cargo is all damaged. The fire, it is supposed, started at the wood work near the boiler and smoke stack. The hull of the boat lies sunk in the harbour. The crew escaped with the loss of some of their clothes.
The Propeller L. Shickluna - The new propeller Lewis Shickluna, which took fire and was burned to the water's edge this morning at Port Colborne, was entered on the register list of craft plying on the Canadian lakes at a valuation of $26,000. She was built at the Welland Canal railway last winter by Shickluna & Co., her owners, and launched from the ways in April, thus making this season of navigation the first in which she has been engaged in running in connection with the propeller City of London for the North Shore Transportation Company. The cargo of wheat which she was carrying from Milwaukee to Montreal, when lost, was worth about $16,000.
The Vessels Aground at Point Frederick - Messrs. Calvin & Breck's wrecking party, under the supervision of Mr. Donnelly, made an attempt on Sunday to take off the schooner Kate Robinson, one of the vessels aground at Point Frederick. They succeeded in unloading the entire cargo of lumber and pumping out 15 inches of water from the hold, but a strong southwest by west wind springing up caused them to desist work. We are informed that with a little further pumping and the assistance of a steamer when the weather moderates, she can now be safely removed from the position at present occupied by her. Her bottom is badly damaged by the severe pounding she received on the rocks during the gale of last week.
Classification of Grain - The shippers of grain in large quantities to foreign ports, and bankers and others associated with them, loudly complain of the uncertainty of the trade occasioned by the want of adoption by the grain buyers here of some method of classification whereby the quality of a cargo of grain and its consequent value at a foreign port shall be at once determined. The present plan adopted by grain buyers is that of giving one price for all grain brought to them irrespective of quality or condition, the difference being made good by a deduction or tareage of a certain number of bushels for the inferior, the whole, good and bad, being ultimately thrown together in one heap. In this state it is shipped to a foreign port, and the price there altogether depends upon the proportion of good or bad grain which preponderates, or appears to preponderate, in the mass upon its arrival. This has given rise to a dishonest practice of placing a certain number of bushels, cleaned for the purpose, upon the top of the grain immediately under the hatches of the grain laden vessel, to deceive those who inspect it for the purpose of purchasing the cargo in bulk, which is a common practice. It is proposed to remedy the evil by the buyers from farmers keeping the article in different lots designated by figures, when its quality would be at once generally known, and by paying the grower a price proportionate to the quality of the article brought into market. This would at once obviate the present unsatisfactory system of tareage, and offer inducements and encouragements to farmers to bring the best quality of grain into the market, and in the very best condition.
Quick Trip - The little schooner Eliza Fisher, of Kingston, loaded a cargo of barley at Napanee, left for Oswego, discharged and returned to the former place last week, in the quick time of 41 hours.