p.3 Marine Notes
There is absolutely nothing doing in the harbour at present, there having been no arrivals for several days. This may be accounted for by the lowness of freights, which are not paying wages. Owing to the war news from Europe, however, freights are expected to rise; and should war actually take place, a good deal of money may yet be made on the lake by schooners.
At Swift's the following are the arrivals: props. Celtic and Lake Erie from Montreal; Persia from St. Catharines; Corsican from Hamilton, and Oswego Belle from Oswego.
Capt. Frank Higgie, of the schooner City of Manitowoc, which is now in Leith, Scotland, passed through the city enroute for Racine, where he resides. We understand he does not consider the present freight ($5,500 gold) for carrying deals across the ocean profitable, and thinks the rate ought to be $6,500. His vessels will remain at Leith for the present. [Buffalo Courier]
Captain Capron of the schooner M. Capron, furnishes us with the particulars of an outrageous swindle which was perpetrated on his vessel at Thorold. He loaded with wheat at Detroit for Thorold, for which he was to receive 4 cents per bushel. On arrival at Thorold the consignee was dissatisfied with the rate paid, and in order to vent his spite charged the vessel 1/2 cent per bushel for elevation, 1/4 cent more than has been charged any vessel this season. In addition to this the measure was filled with a large quantity of screws and nails, which were fortunately discovered, but not before considerable grain had been elevated, the vessel being short some fifteen bushels. On receiving the freight money, Capt. Capron refused to sign the receipt unless the overcharge of 1/2 cent per bushel was rectified. This the consignee refused to do. Accordingly the captain pocketed the money and came on to Buffalo. He has the screws and nails in his position, and it is his intention to seek redress for the contempible act. [Buffalo Com. Adv.]
Port Colborne, Oct. 17th - Up - schrs. Fanny Campbell, Kingston, Windsor, light; Blazing Star, Oswego, Detroit, light; Wm. Elgin, Belleville, Toledo, barley; Monterey, Ogdensburg, Chicago, iron ore; O. Mitchell, Oswego, Chicago, coal; Belle Mitchell, Oswego, Chicago, coal.
Down - schr. Defiance, Port Colborne, Port Robinson, light.
In Harbour - schr. Sea Gull, Wm. Elgin, W.J. Suffell and Russian.