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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 10, 1872

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p.2 To the Editor of the Daily News.

Sir;- In your paragraph on "strikes" last night you tried to strike me and my mates rather hard, and to make your readers think we were a poor miserable lot, too lazy, or too greedy, to work unless we got far more than we were worth; too poor to stay idle without starving, and so hard hearted that we cared not how much the poor people of this place have to pay for the few sticks that they need to boil their cup of tea. But we are not those who grind the face of the poor widow and orphans and oppress the destitute and needy. Let me tell you that more blame is due to the wood dealers and merchants than to us. Why last year we got only seventy-five cents per cord for freighting when some three years ago we got a dollar for it, and yet did not the dealers charge more for wood last winter than ever they did before, while we got less? They bought wood on the canal for $2 or $2.50 per cord, paid us seventy-five cents or a dollar for bringing it to the wharf, and sold it to you and your friends for $5 or $5.50. Please tell us, kind sir, who made the profit there? Did we, who worked and toiled day and night on the raging billows at the risk of life and limb, or did those who stayed quietly at home and cleared $2 or $2.50 for every cord? All we ask is but a small increase on what we got in years gone by. Another little cat I will let out of the bag, those wood merchants who charge their fellow-citizens $5 and $5.50 a cord, sell to others for $4 or less. Had you not better tell the people of Kingston to strike against paying the merchants their high prices, meanwhile we will live well and happily on our savings until we get our rights.

Kingston, May 9th, 1872 One of the Scowmen.

Marine News

Messrs. Jones and Miller's wharf - The barges Cato and Alabama, with a combined cargo of 21,000 bushels of wheat left in tow of one of the Government steamers for Montreal last night.

Messrs. Coulthurst and Macphie's wharf - Arrived: The schooners Tim Baker, from Toledo, with 13,999 bushels of corn; Hartzell, Toledo, 16,320 bushels of corn; Garibaldi, Toronto, 5,056 bushels of corn; and Three Friends, 6,915 bushels of corn. No departures.

Montreal Transportation Company's wharf - The following vessels arrived during yesterday afternoon and last night: Schooners Antelope, Toledo, 11,215 bushels of corn; Willie Keller, Toledo, 16,980 bushels of corn; New Dominion, Toledo, 12,500 bushels of corn; J.G. McGrath, Toledo, 13,139 bushels of corn; W. Raynor, 13,950 bushels of corn; Albatross, Toledo, 19,866 bushels of corn; W.Y. Emery, Toledo, 12,060 bushels of corn; Magdala, Toledo, 10,596 bushels of corn. The tug Glide left for Montreal with four barges carrying 70,000 bushels of wheat and corn. The schooner Summit sailed for Erie with pig iron.

Messrs. James Swift & Co.'s wharf - The propeller Dominion, from St. Catharines, passed down yesterday for Montreal with a general cargo, and the steamer Corinthian passed up last evening. The steam barge Nile left for various places on the Rideau Canal witha heavy load of general merchandize. The barge Star is loading 5,000 bushels of peas and rye from Sills' storehouse for Montreal.

Propeller - It is anticipated that Captain Fairgrieve's new propeller will be launched in a few weeks. Under the management of Mr. Robinson she is fast becoming a neat and staunch vessel.

Welland Canal - A large fleet of vessels are on their way to Kingston from the west, and many have passed through the Welland Canal during the last few days.

Harbour Soundings - This morning a strong party of the Board of Trade, on board of the steamer Watertown, consisting of Messrs. John Carruthers, G.M. Kinghorn, W. Robinson, J. Richardson, W.R. McRae, W.B. Simpson, Col. Cameron, A. Livingston, the Chairman, and others, proceeded to examine and make soundings in the harbour, the more thoroughly to satisfy themselves as to the point in dispute - whether Capt. Taylor's suggestion was correct, that a mile in length of a pier would be necessary to protect the harbour; or the suggestion of Col. Cameron, who contended that only one-fourth of that length was required. The party were unanimous in concluding that, as the harbour is land locked by Garden, Wolfe and Simcoe Islands, the breakwater is required to protect the shipping from the winds blowing parallel with the line of the harbour coast, from what is called the Lower Gap, north of Simcoe Island; and that the proper situation for such pier would be to commence a little above the residence of the Hon. John Hamilton, near Murney Tower, in a line with the lower end of Garden Island nearly, till such pier intersects an imaginery line from the north point of Simcoe Island to the centre of the bridge or thereabouts, and that the length of such pier need not be necessarily more than a quarter of a mile.

An Iceberg - This morning a large block of irregularly shaped ice was observed apparently stationed in the harbour, about fifty yards from the United States wharf. It soon attracted attention and boats went out to examine it. The ice was stated to be formed similar to a cone, gradually tapering towards the part out of water, and that its dimensions were so huge that it grounded at a depth of 30 feet. This is enough, surely, to astonish the "oldest inhabitant."

Blue Water Once More - The ice has at last disappeared and the harbour once more is completely open. Looking up towards Nine Mile Point and the lighthouse this morning, scarcely a particle of ice could be seen.

Sounding the Harbour - The Mayor, Alderman Allen and six other gentlemen secured a large yawl yesterday afternoon and proceeded to take soundings at different points in the harbour with a long pole. Near Murney Tower the boat was surrounded by ice floes from which they had considerable difficulty in extricating themselves. The result of the examination will no doubt be very interesting to the public.

p.3 Custom Imports - 9th - Str. Watertown, Cape Vincent, (mixed cargo)

Schr. Argyle, Toledo, J. Swift & Co., 5,585 bush corn.

Str. Shickluna, Chicago, Montreal Trans. Co., 1,986 bush corn.

10th - Schr. Albatross, Toledo, M.T. Co., 19,867 bush corn.

Schr. W. Rayner, do., M.T. Co., 13,930 bush corn.

Prop. Dalhousie, do., Stewart & Co., 4,021 bush corn.

Schr. T. Baker, Toledo, Coulthurst and Macphie, 13,999 bush corn.

Schr. Willie Keller, Toledo, M.T. Co., 16,980 bush. corn.

Schr. W. Gurney, Toledo, M.T. Co., 12,060 bush corn.

Schr. J.H. Hartzell, Toledo, Coulthurst and Macphie, 16,320 bush do.

Schr. Magdala, Toledo, M.T. Co., 10,596 bush corn.

Schr. H.G. Cleveland, Cleveland, Kingston Gas. Co., 225 tons coal; M.T. Co., 235 tons coal.

p.4 Board of Trade - Improvement of Harbour - special meeting; gives memorial to be read to Gov.-Gen., and report of actions of committee (2 columns).

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 10, 1872