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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 15, 1872

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p.2 The Grain Trade - In discussing the question of the Grain Trade of this Port, we spoke only of facts that came to our knowledge, and notwithstanding the statements of the gentlemen in yesterday's News, something is evidently wrong. The statement that the grain trade last year passing Kingston was entirely on Canadian account must be taken with little reserve. In fact one of the gentlemen expressly says, that the trade had to a very large extent exceeded anticipations, a fact that none could foresee. Now if the capitalists of Montreal owned and controlled the whole trade, how could they not foresee the matter sufficiently to guard against such a jam as was witnessed during the exhibition week? The broad fact however remains that vessels accepted cargoes, and had to remain for weeks here waiting to unload. We give a fact that we can vouch for. On the 21st of September last, a vessel came down with a part of the Kingston fleet, consigned to Ogdensburgh, this vessel went to Ogdensburgh, unloaded, returned to Toronto, loaded there and went to Oswego, unloaded there, and returned to Toronto, and during all this time the Kingston consorts were lying idle in our harbour. The forwarders may try to make matters smooth, but the real facts are, that it is about impossible to make them appear favourable. The trade must be controlled by vessel captains, and no one need tell us that they will accept cargoes to Kingston if they can find any place else to go. And does not the very fact that the companies are providing such additional accommodation bear out to the letter every word we have said? If matters were all serene last summer, why this additional expense? The fact is the business last year was sadly mismanaged, and an effort is now making to retrieve the blunderings. The efforts may be successful, but we have our doubts that so long as canals are liable to break, just so long must we see the necessity for an elevator at this point. Demurrage is objected to by all these gentlemen, but they very wisely state the "amount is not known," "it is in excess of the sum paid," and so on. All we can say is: The figures were furnished to us by one who knew, and we got the names of the firms who paid the demurrage as well. We can cordially agree with Mr. Thompson who urges charity, and we hope that under all circumstances, in the coming season a little charity will be extended to ships captains, and ship's owners, and allow them an early chance of unloading. We shall watch with much attention the events of the coming season. Meanwhile it might not perhaps be out of place, to ask some of the unfortunate captains, who waited for weeks and weeks, to state their opinions on the grain question.

Brevities - A vessel is reported adrift off Oswego harbour.

- The shipyards are unusually active, and the work is being rushed along lively.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 15, 1872