p.2 The "Globe's" Grain Blockade - The organ of the Government labours hard to prove what never existed, namely, a grain blockade in the harbour of Kingston during the last week of September. That one firm was in that condition there is no necessity to deny, but that the two principal firms doing business here were unequal to the occasion is very far from the truth. The quantity that came into port on Sunday and Monday, the 23rd and 24th of September, was certainly unusually large, but all the forwarders here were quite prepared for all they had undertaken, and if they had only exercised proper forethought they could have done as the others did, and made provision in time. In proof of the foregoing, we may state that there was no damage (sic - demurrage ?) paid to any vessel except the one referred to. (Com.)
p.3 The Floating Oil Tanks - Messrs. McEwen & Son expect to have the schooner Fanny Campbell fitted up this week with the oil tanks at which they have been working for some time. She will be able to carry a very large quantity of oil, and we hope, and have no doubt, the adventure will be a paying one. While speaking of Messrs. McEwen & Son's work, we may say that they have received an order for a boiler for a thirty horse power engine, which they will proceed with immediately.
The Welland Canal - The contracts for sections 27 and 35 of the Welland Canal have been awarded to Messrs. Hunter, Murray and Cleveland. Mr. Cleveland is the gentleman who built the city branch of the Kingston and Pembroke Railway so well and so expeditiously, and we have no doubt the firm will be able to give a good account of themselves on the Welland Canal. Mr. Cleveland is at present in the city, and informs us that the work will begin at once. He expects that the operation will take about four years.
The Garden Island - A despatch from Montreal says: "The barque Garden Island, built at Garden Island this year, and which left for Liverpool with a cargo of lumber some months ago, has returned to this port after a quick and successful passage.
Port Colborne, Oct. 1st - Up - schrs. Arabia, Kingston, Chicago, stone; Hoboken, Oswego, Chicago, coal; J.S. Richards, Oswego, Chicago, light; Hyderabad, Kingston, Chicago, salt; J.R. Merritt, Kingston, Chicago, light; John Wesley, Oswego, Cleveland, light; J.R. Benson, Kingston, Chicago, light; Jennie Graham, Kingston, Chicago, stone; Annie Craig, Toronto, Cleveland, light; Trinidad, Oswego, Chicago, coal; props. Champlain, Ogdensburg, Chicago, gen. cargo; L. Shickluna, Montreal, Detroit, gen. cargo.
Down - schrs. Garibaldi, Cleveland, Hamilton, coal; Cohen, Toledo, Ogdensburgh, corn; Pulaski, Chicago, Oswego, corn; W.B. Phelps, Milwaukee, Oswego, wheat; Maggie McRae, Milwaukee, Kingston, wheat; L.A. Burton, Milwaukee, Kingston, wheat; Hungarian, Milwaukee, Ogdensburg, oats; Galtain, Milwaukee, Ogdensburg, oats; Gladstone, Parry Sound, blank, lumber; Mary of St. Catharines, Fairport, Welland, coal; Undine, Cleveland, Hamilton, stone; Hattie Howard, Toledo, Oswego, wheat; Mystic Star, Milwaukee, Oswego, wheat; Mont Blanc, Chicago, Kingston, wheat; Itasca, Chicago, Kingston, wheat; Wm. Bond, Milwaukee, Kingston, wheat; Jennie White, Toledo, Oswego, wheat; Bismarck, Toledo, Kingston, timber; S.S. Hammond, Milwaukee, Cape Vincent, wheat; L. Seaton, Toledo, Oswego, wheat; Smith & Post, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; Skylark, Chicago, Kingston, corn; Blazing Star, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; Bessie Barwick, Stuble, Pt. Medcalf (sic), timber; Oriental, Toledo, Kingston, timber; barge Russel, Black River, Brockville, coal; H. Benson, Black River, Brockville, coal; G. Manly, Black River, Brockville, coal; tug Metamora, Black River, Brockville, coal; prop. Africa, Detroit, Montreal, gen. cargo; steam barge Abercorn, Muskegon, Ogdensburg, lumber.
At Elevator - schrs. Lake Forest, Chicago, Pt. Colborne, wheat; Wm. Jones, Milwaukee, Pt. Colborne, wheat; Reed Case, Chicago, Pt. Colborne, wheat; Golden Rule, Chicago, Pt. Colborne, corn.
Barley Inspection at Oswego - standards for different grades, with their weights per bushel; Winchester bushel used in Oswego; smaller than Imperial so 1 lb. 9 oz. is added.
p.4 The barge Gipsey Queen was burned on Rideau Lake last week. She was loaded with railroad ties and fence posts, consigned to Kingston dealers.