p.2 Yacht Race - The local aquatics are looking forward with interest to a yacht race on the 24th, when the comparative sailing qualities of the Zitella, Emma, and Laura will be tested. The Emma and the new yacht Zitella have had two friendly contests lately, which have resulted in a victory for each, and as both have their backers, this will doubtless render the coming race more interesting.
The Schooner E. Hall - Sharp Practice
The schooner E. Hall was held at Oswego last fall for wages of the sailors, who gave their claims to Mr. Poucher, a lawyer of Oswego, who happens to be Mayor this year - to collect. The claims were against the former owners of the E. Hall, and it is alleged, were settled in Canada where the men resided last winter, and now Mr. Poucher wants to hold the schooner, a Canadian one, for $125, the costs of a suit he never instituted, and has removed her up through the bridge. Captain Eccles has instituted a suit against the city to recover damages for the detention of his vessel, and will likely make it smart for this piece of sharp practice on the part of the Mayor. The Oswego Times strongly condemns the Mayor for conduct. It says:
"It is an excellent thing to have a lawyer for Mayor of the city, especially a smart lawyer. He can so easily advance the interests of the city and its reputation among our Canadian neighbours by blocking the river by his official mandate and preventing the passage of vessels into the lake. Suppose, for instance it should mulct the taxpayers of the city in a heavy bill of costs, as it undoubtedly will, of what consequence is that, so long as Lawyer Poucher works the owners of a vessel into the payment of his bill of costs against the former owners of the vessel! And it is a good thing for a lawyer to be Mayor, too. Just see what advantages the position gives a smart practitioner! Somebody trumps up a claim against the owners of a vessel. The drawbridge swings open and the vessel goes up the river for a load of coal. The law, as Mayor of the city orders the draw closed, and he's got em sure. Your merely "Admiralty lawyers" are no where. If you have a claim against a vessel owner or can trump up one against any man who has ever owned a vessel employ the Mayor as lawyer to collect it. He will run the vessel up into his cul-de-sac and the thing is done.
There is nothing like having a lawyer for a Mayor who can involve the whole city in his private business. And there is no advantage a lawyer can possess equal to being Mayor of the city, with which position, as Commander-in-Chief of the Harbour Master, Street Commissioner, and Bridge Tenders, he can get vessels into his "trap," and refuse to "open sesame" until they "come down with the rhino!"
Launch - Messrs. Power & Son intend launching a fine new schooner on Saturday next at 4 p.m. She will be named the Hyderabad.
p.3 Marine Notes
The harbour today was very dull, only one grain arrival being reported. There is half a gale blowing from the southwest, and the water is rushing over some of the wharves. The storm drum was ordered down at 8 o'clock last night.
Montreal Transportation Company - The tug Glide arrived up with the barges Toronto and McCarthy light, and left with barges Milwaukee, 21,000 bush. wheat; Relief, 12,500 bush. wheat; St. Lawrence, 8,000 bush. wheat; Toledo, 21,000 bush. wheat; Lancaster, 17,400 bush. wheat; Glengarry, 15,600 bush. wheat; and schr. Woodduck from Toronto to Prescott with grain.
James Swift's Wharf - The prop. Dominion called on her way to St. Catharines, prop. America to Montreal.
Holcomb & Stewart's Wharf - The prop. Scotia arrived from Kincardine and lightened 6,000 bush. wheat, proceeding to Montreal.
The new steamer Armenia arrived at Portsmouth this morning, where she will receive her machinery. The engines have been made by Mr. John Brokenshire.
Lake freights continue very dull, and, to say the least, very discouraging to vessel owners. Wheat rates to Buffalo were nominal at 3 cents; Kingston and Oswego rates 6 1/2 cents.
Captains report the ice on the south shore of Lake Superior plenty, extending from 20 to 40 miles, and drifted 10 feet high in many places.
First Arrival at Duluth - The propeller Quebec of the Sarnia Line arrived at Duluth on Friday night, the first boat through the Sault to Duluth this season. She came through seventy miles of ice in Lake Superior.
Port Colborne, May 16th, 7 p.m. - Up - props. Wm. Cowie, Ogdensburg, Saginaw, light; Garden City, do., Chicago, gen. cargo; City of Concord, do., do., do.; Columbia, Montreal, blank, do.; Lincoln, Kingston, do., light; schr. Anglo-Saxon, do., Cheboygan, do.; Jessie Stewart, Port Dalhousie, Ashtabula, do.; Cascade, Oswego, Detroit, coal; B. Mitchell, Sodus Point, Chicago, coal.
Down - schr. R. Gaskin, Toledo, Kingston, timber; Micestise ?, Milwaukee, Oswego, wheat; Lady Dufferin, Chicago, Kingston, corn; Hattie Howard, Saginaw, Oswego, staves; M.F. Merrick, Port Huron, Clayton, staves; O. Mitchell, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; tugs Becker and Riter, with two dredges and scows, from Buffalo to Montreal.
In Harbour - schr. Farewell, Russian, T.C. Street, Perry White, prop. Pittsburg and barges.
Customs Imports - May 16th - Schr. Yankee Blade, Chicago, M.T. Co., 15,676 bu. wheat.