The water in the Rideau is unusually high. The steamer D.C. West is doing a good business.
Montreal Transportation Co. - Arrivals - Prop. Argyle, from Toledo, lightened 5,000 bush. corn and proceeded to Montreal; Prop. Russia from Toledo, also lighted 5,000 bush. corn; schr. Myosotia, 19,000 bush. wheat from Milwaukie; the tug Active with four light barges. The Active leaves this afternoon with barges Eagle, 19,297 bush. corn; Detroit, 19,209 bush. corn; Kinghorn, 18,009 bush. peas and wheat; Dalhousie, 16,700 bush. corn; McCarthy, 12,258 bush. wheat.
Richardson's Wharf - The Nellie P. Downey arrived with 7,000 bush. rye and peas; the tug Peerless brought up two scows from Lake Opinicon, with 400 tons of phosphate, quality known as Quebec pinflates; the steambarge Adventure arrived with 9,000 bush. wheat, and the barge Milwaukee arrived with 20,005 bush. peas.
St. Lawrence and Chicago Forwarding Co. - Arrival - Schr. Elgin, 20,000 bushels of corn from Toledo. Departures - The tug Frank Perew left for Montreal with barges; Minnesota, 19,000 bushels of corn; Seneca, 19,000 bushels of corn; Jones, 11,000 bushels of wheat; "B.", 11,000 bushels of corn.
Swift's Wharf - Arrivals - Prop. Dominion from Montreal. Prop. Armenia from Toronto. Prop. Acadia from Montreal. Prop. Shickluna from Montreal. Steambarge Kitty Friel and Consort with 800,000 laths. Departures - Schr. Anna M. Foster with laths and pickets for Charlotte. Schr. Forest Queen for Cape Vincent, with 300 ties for the New York Central.
The Chicago Tribune says: The propellor Wissahickon got aground Friday morning on Peche Island, and a small portion of her grain cargo (for Buffalo) was lightened before she could be pulled off. The Canadian tug Prince Alfred went to her assistance, with orders not to allow American tugs to pull her off if she was in Canadian water, but the Detroit tugs got the best of it by showing that the propeller was on this side of the line.
Port Colborne, May 13th - Up - Schrs. Cossack, Oswego, Chicago, coal; J. Stevenson, Hamilton, ____.
Down - Nothing.
Port Colborne, May 14th - Up - Schrs. Lewis Ross, Toronto, ____, light; Sam Cook, Oswego, Chicago, coal; Mystic Star, Oswego, Chicago, coal; J.G. Worts, Toronto, Kincardine, light; H. Roney, Kingston, Georgian Bay, light; Hartford, Oswego, Milwaukee, coal; St. Clair, Picton, Pike Bay, light; J. Ralston, Ogdensburg, Cleveland, iron ore. Barges Lisgar, Kingston, Chicago, light; Gibraltar, Kingston, Chicago, light. Steambarge Lincoln, Kingston, Chicago, light. Props. Champlain, Ogdensburg, Chicago, light; Scotia, Montreal, Chicago, light; Lawrence, Ogdensburg, Port Sarnia, light.
Down - Schrs. Canada, Toledo, Kingston, timber; Ella Murton, Cleveland, Hamilton, coal.
Cutting rates still continue in Chicago, notwithstanding the large reductions that have been made.
The Chicago Board of Directors of the Grain Vessel Owners' Association reduced the Buffalo rate on wheat this morning to 3 1/4 cents. They also reduced the rates to Oswego and Kingston 6 cents on corn and 6 1/2 cents on wheat, and the rates to Ogdensburg to 6 1/2 cents on corn and 7 cents on wheat.
The Assizes - Keys vs. Dawson - An action brought up by Capt. Thomas Keys, of Wolfe Island, for his wages during part of last summer. Plaintiff claims that he was engaged by Mr. Thos. Dawson for the whole of last summer to sail his schooner, but, business being dull, was discharged before his engagement was half complete. The action is still proceeding. McIntyre for plaintiff; Kirkpatrick and McGuire for defendant.
p.3 Steam Boat Whistling - Some of the steamboat captains in the harbour have neither compassion, conscience, nor ears for music. About eight o'clock last night one boat commenced to whistle with terrible vehemence, emitting a noise such as might proceed from a gigantic stuck pig. During the middle of the night a propeller which was coming into Kingston set up a dismal howl which awakened many sleepers, who thought it was the last trump. There may be some necessity in whistling previous to departure, in order to notify those who are coming on board. But what the object can be in driving nervous people frantic with a fifteen minute solo on one discordant note, heaven only knows. The Captain of a certain propellor which plied to this port last season used to pull the whistle and tie down the string while he was at supper. Mr. J.D. Thompson, when an Alderman, brought in a by law to end this nuisance, but we don't know what has become of it.