p.2 Port Colborne - The barque Two Fannies, with corn from Chicago, for Buffalo, went ashore in a fog last night at Kinnard's Point, nine miles west of here. She is making water.
The Act authorizing the town of Belleville to impose and collect harbour dues contains a clause which merits the attention of shipowners and the captains of all vessels trading to that port. Section 4 provides that "Every vessel, boat, or other craft, on board of which wares, merchandise, chattels and other things are brought and shipped, shall be liable for the dues chargeable against such goods, wares, merchandise, chattels and other things; and in the event of nonpayment thereof, may be detained until payment thereof is made."
Legislation of this kind is very objectionable and injurious in the interests of commerce. Instead of seeking to levy against the vessel, the Harbour should be content to have its remedy soley against the goods, in which case defaulters would alone be made to suffer. But by making the remedy for default by the owners of merchandise to apply to the vessel, the necessary result will be that all freight carried to Belleville will have to pay higher rates and be made to bear the premium on the risk which the vessel owner thus incurs. If the Corporation of Belleville in framing its by-laws would forego this remedy against the vessel the advantage to the commerce of Belleville would more than compensate any loss that might possibly be incurred in restricting the remedy for non-payment of dues to a seizure of the goods.
FOR MONTREAL - The steamer Passport, Capt. D. Sinclair, will leave the St. Lawrence wharf, foot of Johnson Street, for Montreal, calling at intermediate ports, on Saturday Morning next, the 22nd of April, at half-past five o'clock, connecting at Brockville with the Brockville and Ottawa R.R. for Perth, Smith's Falls, and at Prescott with the Prescott and Ottawa R.R. for Ottawa City; and with the Northern R.R. for Rouse's Point, Boston, etc.; and at Montreal with the steamers for Quebec, passing through the delightful scenery of the Thousand Islands and all the rapids of the St. Lawrence by daylight.
For Passage Tickets apply at the Lake and River Steamboat Office, St. Lawrence Wharf, foot of Johnson Street.
C.H. Hatch, Agent, 20th April