p.3 The Sailors' Union - In our account of the formation of the Sailors' Union we mentioned that mates wages were 25 and 50 cents more for first and second respectively than the rates of common seamen. It was not intended to convey the impression that these figures were fixed by the Union, but only to say that these are the usual rates. It seems to be understood, however, by captains and mates that the Union was interfering with their business, and considerable dissatisfaction has been expressed. We make this explanation at the request of several members of the Union, who declaim all intentions of meddling with the concerns of officers.
The Harbour Open - The ice on the upper part of the harbour has all gone out and the harbour is now open.
The Crusoe starts on Monday. Success to her.
Most of the Detroit river tugs have gone into the association.
The St. Clair river is badly blocked with ice, and latest advices say that the straits will not be open until May 1st.
The steamer Armenia will ply between Kingston and Picton this summer, anything to the contrary in any wise, notwithstanding.
The ferry steamer Prince Edward commenced her regular trips yesterday between Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, thirty-eight days later than last year.
The plans for the new elevator at Detroit have been made. The capacity will be 650,000 bushels. It is estimated that the elevator will have power and capacity to unload vessels at the rate of 6,000 bushels per hour. In loading, vessels can be supplied at the rate of 25,000 bushels an hour. The building is to be finished in time for the fall trade.
We lately mentioned the inconvenience of the tolls at present demanded on the Welland Canal, and pointed out the necessity in the interests of our shipping of having them taken off. Kingston depends for its grain business on our keeping the carrying trade from the Americans. We are glad to see that the matter has been taken up elsewhere, as the following from St. Catharines shows:-
"An adjourned meeting of the shipowners of St. Catharines and vicinity was held at the office of Captain James Murray on Wednesday, April 17th. The rates for towing along the Welland Canal were discussed, and several other matters, after which Captain Murray moved that a committee be appointed to memoralize the Government in reference to canal tolls, and to embody in the memorials such points as had reference to the percentage, and matters affecting navigation generally. The canal tolls are considered too high, and freights are diverted to other channels. It was decided to send a deputation to Ottawa to confer with Messrs. Rykert and Bunting, to meet Sir John Macdonald and Dr. Tupper, to represent their views in the interest of the canals and the general trade of the country. It was also recommended that a portion of the deputation include representatives from Hamilton, Toronto and Kingston."