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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 30, 1871

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p.1 City Council - a communication from the shipowners, wharfingers of the city and others, requesting that the clock of the city hall be illuminated as a beacon, and that the government be communicated with upon the subject by the council to request it, and to light the clock.

Alderman Allen was in favor of lighting the clock, or doing all possible to encourage the shipping trade of the port. He adverted to the ridiculous buoys upon Point Frederick shoal, which he considered disgraceful to the port.

His Worship explained that he had been advised to get the names of the shipowners to a petition for funds for lighing the clock, to be forwarded to Ottawa, and he had no doubt but the government would grant the necessary funds.

Alderman Livingston referred to the shoal tower, and advised that it be made a lighthouse or removed altogether. It was a nuisance, and all sailors coming to the port considered it so.

Alderman Chown moved that the communication be sent to the government.

Alderman Allen said such a course was absurd. The proper course would be to refer the matter to a committee, and let it prepare a petition to the government for a grant.

Alderman Cunningham agreed with the last speaker as to the course to be taken.

Mention being made of the buoys on Point Frederick, and Alderman Kinghorn being referred to, he said that the buoys were not sufficiently conspicuous, but he thought that if the clock became a beacon its bearings upon the shoals would be publicly made known to mariners by the government. The removal of the shoal tower and shoal would be a very expensive affair. He understood that it was the fault of those in charge of the vessel which went on Point Frederick; the mate of the vessel knew the harbour well.

Alderman Sullivan then moved, seconded by Alderman Allen, that the communication of the shipowners, wharfingers and others be complied with. Refered to His Worship and the committee on wharves and harbours, to take the necessary steps to confer with the government to erect a lighthouse on the shoal tower.

A letter to the Mayor by Mr. Kerr was read as to the cost of lighting the clock, which would be about $4 per night.

Alderman T. Robinson thought the government would not respond to the petition for a lighthouse on the shoal tower, which would be little good if erected. He was in favour of lighting the clock.

Alderman Cunningham moved, seconded by Alderman Chown, that the Mayor and the committee on wharves and harbours communicate with the government and report.

A communication from the Harbour Master, respecting the shoals and buoys, was referred to the same committee.

-There has been a difficulty with regard to the landing of goods at Duluth, it not being a port of entry, and in consequence the Chicora from Toronto was obliged to go to Marquette to enter. This difficulty, however, has been promptly met by the American government, and a collector appointed at Duluth, so that goods can now be landed there without delay.

p.2 Shipping News - At the wharf of J.H. Henderson & Co. - The schooner Amaranth arrived from Milwaukee this morning with 15,050 bushels of wheat, and at the same time the schooner Russian, from Chicago, with 19,971 bushels of wheat.

At Swift's wharf - The propeller America passed up, and the steamer St. Helen down last night. The steamer Corsican and propeller Brantford passed down, and the propellers Shickluna and Bristol up this morning.

At Gurney and Glidden's - The steam barge Nile, with two barges, with 8,000 cedar railway ties, arrived this morning, and proceeded to Cape Vincent. The schooner Dutchman left for Toronto this morning with 50 cords of fuel wood.

The schooners White Cloud and Jane McLeod fouled this morning in the harbour off Henderson's wharf and were relieved by the tug Mixer.

Cleared - The schooners Camanche and Czar, both light, for Oswego, and the schooners Athenian and Hattie Wells, also light, for Chicago.

At the M.T. Company's wharf the following have arrived since yesterday:- The Willie Keller, with 16,972 bushels of wheat, and the Hinckley with 21,489 bushels of corn, from Chicago, and the Jane McLeod, from Milwaukee, with 13,700 bushels of wheat. The tug Glide, with six barges, containing 70,000 bushels of wheat, left last night for Montreal. The schooner Wilcox is loading pig iron for Cleveland.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 30, 1871