p.2 The Queen's Cup Races - Major Gifford yesterday wrote to Commodore J.S. Dickerson that the Countess of Dufferin would be ready to sail the race with the Madeline, in the contest for the Queen's Cup, on Aug. 14th, and that he would agree to the proposition to sail on successive days. The races will now undoubtedly take place on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 14th and 15th. Mr. Dickerson was out of town yesterday, hurrying forward the necessary work to be done upon his yacht. The 14th is the day appointed by the New York Yacht Club to start on the annual cruise, but it is believed by some of the members that the start would be postponed until after the race. Major Gifford stated that he had just ordered a new foresail, which would not be finished and bent before Saturday of next week, and that his gaff-top-sails needed alterations. His yacht is also to be hauled up on the ways, to have the bottom cleaned and pot-leaded. He regretted the necessary delay, but thought it could not be avoided, as he did not wish to enter the race under unfavourable circumstances. [N.Y. Tribune, Aug. 4th]
Yacht Race - On Saturday afternoon about two o'clock, the yachts Peerless, Surprise and Zitella, started for a race on their own account from Clayton to Kingston. The wind was light and therefore unfavourable to quick sailing. The Peerless got the best of the start, the Surprise being second and the Zitella third. The yachts kept in this order until they reached the foot of Wolfe Island, when the breeze freshened and the Zitella passed the Surprise and got close to the Peerless, which stood towards the St. John's Island shore. On tacking the Surprise took the lead, crossing the bow of the Peerless, which was ahead of the Zitella. On the next tack the Zitella got ahead of both boats and kept the lead. When about seven miles from the city, the Zitella was a mile ahead of the Peerless, and two ahead of the Surprise, both of which dropped anchor for the night and the Zitella came to town.
The Harbour - The harbour is at present somewhat dull, there being very little grain arriving, and there is not much expected until the fall.
The Maud - The Maud is being extensively patronized by our American friends this summer. On Saturday she brought over a large excursion from Antwerp, N.Y.; on Wednesday she brings a party from Pulaski, N.Y., and on the 24th instant she takes a party of Americans down the river to Montreal, when she will be absent for a week. Besides these, she has a number of engagements from Kingston.
J. Swift's - Arrived - steamers Armenia from Picton; Corsican from Montreal; Magnet from Charlotte; Spartan from Montreal; Algerian from Hamilton; props. Oswego Belle from Oswego; Dromedary, from Montreal; Persia, from do.; steam-barges Van Allan from Quebec; Nile, from Ogdensburg; props. Lake Michigan, from Montreal; Georgian from St. Catharines.
Montreal Transportation Co. - Arrived - schrs. M.J. Cummings, from Chicago, 29,533 bush. oats; Jennie Matthews, from Chicago, 19,050 bush. wheat; Hartford, from Chicago, 19,184 bush. oats; E.R. Williams, from Toledo, 18,000 bush. wheat; Two Friends, from Chicago, 18,068 bush. wheat; Montpelier, from Milwaukee, 19,700 bush. wheat, and Jennie White, from Toledo, 16,221 bush. corn.
The schooner Brooklyn, Capt. Allen, leaves this evening for Bay City, to load staves at $58 per thousand. She is a very large vessel and can bring a good load.
Port Colborne, Aug. 5th - Up - schooner Jamaica, Oswego, Milwaukee, coal; brig. Hercules, Kingston, Port Burwell, light; schrs. White Oak, Port Robinson, Cleveland, do.; Montana, Oswego, Detroit, light; B. Franklin, Toronto, Toledo, do.; Telegraph, Oswego, Toledo, coal; J.M. Scott, Rochester, Racine, do.; Bay Trader, Port Dalhousie, Port Rowan, light; props. Acadia, Montreal, Windsor, light; Abercorn, Ogdensburg, Chicago, light.
Down - props. California, Toledo, Montreal, gen. cargo; Georgian, Duluth, Quebec, do.; City of Concord, Chicago, Ogdensburg, do.; Westford, Alpena, Ogdensburg, lumber; schrs. Lewis Wells, Cleveland, Toronto, coal; Gulnare, Ashtabula, Hamilton, do.; Harvest Queen, Sandusky, Toronto, do.
In harbour - schrs. Montana, Russian, New Dominion and Bay Trader.