p.2 THE TARIFF
In our issue of yesterday we called attention to the fact that by our new Tariff "the workingman" and the poorer portion of our community were made to pay the taxes of the rich, in the matter of tea and coffee. We now propose to throw a little "more light" on the question as to how it affects the ship-building interests of the Dominion in which our good old Limestone City is somewhat interested. We therefore take for our text today
The Ship-Builders' Tariff.
It is pretty well established as a fact that a ship-master can purchase for his vessel, in any foreign port, and bring home with him all he requires, in the way of sails, ropes, anchors, chains, in fact, anything in all the ship's articles in the "Schedule B" which is proposed under the new Tariff "to amend" by exacting a duty of 5 per cent instead of admitting them free as at present. This new impost will have to be paid by the importing sail-makers, riggers, shipbuilders, etc., and if they add it to their prices in selling they will thereby reduce their sales and business to a minimum, and reduce their numbers also. The result will be that our people engaged in this business will be compelled to turn their hands to some other occupation, or live on their wits, or else emigrate to the country whose Government can see a little further than the immediate supply of present wants, and who, consequently, are not inclined to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. We humbly submit for the earnest consideration of those in Kingston who are interested in this branch of trade that if it was the intention in framing this Tariff to destroy the shipbuilding trade, it was pretty well devised, as it imposes a duty on almost all the raw material used in the business, except lumber; and it would be effectually so if our present "men in power" would only add consistency to their other virtues, and impose an excise duty on all lumber required for shipbuilding purposes, we tender them our legal opinion without charge that with such a cap on such a climax it would be done very effectually.
p.3 Marine Intelligence
There is scarcely anything new to report this morning in marine affairs. The departure of vessels for up the lake continues. The propeller Columbia arrived last evening for Coulthurst and McPhie with 184,000 (sic) bushels of spring wheat from Toronto, which Jones and Miller's elevator is unloading. There is now a considerable quantity of grain in the harbour awaiting the opening of the St. Lawrence Canals to leave for Montreal.
Messrs. Radford and Barstow, of Wolfe Island, loaded 4,000 bushels of wheat into the Morning Star a few days ago, which was consigned to Cape Vincent.
Port Colborne, April 17th - Down: Schrs. Union Jack, Sandusky, Port Colborne, coal; Bell Mitchell, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; brig. Masillion (sic), Cleveland, Port Colborne, coal.
Up: Schrs. Wm. Hunter, Sodus, Cleveland, ice; Mowat, Kingston, Toledo, ice; barque Alexander, Clayton, Romney, light; British Lion, Kingston, Sodus, light; prop. America, St. Catharines, Milwaukee, light; Sovereign, St. Catharines, Scotia, light (sic); schrs. Olive Branch, Oswego, Detroit, Clyde, Toronto, Chicago, light; Two Friends, Toronto, Port Colborne, light; Melos, Oswego, Detroit, waterlime; Grace Murray, Toronto, Cleveland, light; J.R. Noyes, Fairhaven, Milwaukee, coal; Surprise, Cape Vincent, Cleveland, iron ore; Samana, Oswego, Cleveland, coal; Polly M. Rogers, Cape Vincent, Cleveland, ice; Hammond, Cape Vincent, Toledo, ice; Mystic Star, Annie Mulvey, Undine, props. Brooklyn, Ocean City, Toledo, Europe.