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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 17, 1879

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p.2 Yachting - The yacht Surprise, of Trenton, was to be launched today. She has been undergoing a thorough repair. Her bottom has been overhauled, and her deck, cabin, bulworks and spars made new.

The Brockville Recorder says that the boss sailing yacht of Brockville, the Sleepy Canadian, will be put into the water in a few days, and will then be ready for business. Her hull has been painted black with a strip of gold leaf just below the bead, which adds materially to her nobby appearance. Her spars and rigging are also in excellent condition.

Customs' Imports

May 17th

Schr. Republic, Toledo, Kingston and Montreal Forwarding Co., 20,861 bush. corn.

Schr. Gleniffer, Milwaukee, Montreal Transportation Co., 19,600 bush. wheat.

Barge Grimsburg, Milwaukee, Montreal Transportation Co., 18,550 bush. wheat.

Schr. J. Graham, Toledo, Montreal Transportation Co., 19,590 bush. corn.

Barque St. Louis, Toledo, St. Lawrence and Chicago Forwarding Co., 20,635 bush. corn.

Prop. Clinton, Milwaukee, St. Lawrence and Chicago Forwarding Co., 16,000 bush. corn.

p.3 The Faxton - Capt. Fraser left with the Faxton last night for Chicago, where the steamer will be employed in the excursion business, plying between that city and Lincoln Park, a beautiful resort about twelve miles distant. We have no doubt that the Faxton will be as great a favourite in her new route as she was in the waters of the St. Lawrence.

The Maritime Court - It is somewhat singular that Mr. W.H.R. Allison, a Reform barrister in Picton, was appointed Judge of the Maritime Court for Prince Edward, while the County Judge (Jellett), a Conservative, was passed over. It was understood that as a rule the County Judges were to be appointed Judges of the Maritime Court, and this was assigned as a reason why Judge Price and other Reform Judges were appointed. It seems, however, that there are exceptions to this rule as well as others.

Marine News

The Algerian arrived from Montreal at Swift's wharf.

S.L. & C.F. Co. - Arrivals - schr. M.A. Lydon, from Port Whitby, 15,800 bushels of peas; schr. Garibaldi, Toronto, 12,300 bushels of wheat; St. Louis, 20,600 bushels corn from Toledo; Undine, Hamilton, 12,000 bush. wheat; H. Butler, Cobourg, 6,900 bush. peas; Craftsman, Hamilton, 18,800 bushels wheat; tug Jessie Hall, with barges Alfred, Arthur, Powerful and Mohawk. Departures - tug Jessie Hall, with barges Kansas, 21,000 bushels wheat; Nebraska, 23,500 bushels corn; Powerful, 16,000 bush. peas; and Alfred, 7000 bush. peas and 500 bushels wheat for Montreal.

M.T. Co. - Arrivals - schr. N.P. Downey, from Napanee, 2,756 bushels of peas; barge Milwaukee, 19,600 bush. wheat; schr. Jessie McDonald, from Port Whitby with 5,282 bush. peas; Great Western, Toledo, with 10,000 bushels of wheat; schr. W.W. Grant, Napanee, 8,245 bushels of rye from Napanee.

The tug McArthur left last night for Oswego for a timber raft. The McArthur had her engines and boilers tested yesterday by Capt. Joseph Taylor. The inspection proved satisfactory.

Vessel Business of the Lakes - President O.H. Brown, of the Oswego Board of Trade, in his inaugural address on Tuesday last dwelt at length on the important bearing which the enlargement of the Welland Canal would have upon the future of the lake trade. He spoke thus on the subject: "The completion of the Welland Canal enlargement in the immediate future will be an event of vital importance to our city. It appears to me that the people of our State and especially of the city of New York fail to fully comprehend the impending crisis. When vessels pass down to Lake Ontario with their cargoes of fifty or sixty thousand bushels of grain destined to European markets, the question will arise which is the most favourable outlet to tide water - whether by way of the St. Lawrence, New York or Boston - whether by water or rail. The contest will not then be confined to Buffalo and Oswego, but will extend to the cities of New York, Boston and Montreal. There exists a fundamental principle requiring business to cut its own channels, regardless alike of local interests and nationalities." He advocates strongly the construction of a barge canal from Oswego to the Hudson river, which he thinks would be sufficient to keep the trade for Oswego.

Port Colborne, May 16th, evening - Passed since last evening: Up - schrs. Bay Trader, Merriton, Port Rowan, light; M.J. Cummings, Sodus, Chicago, coal; Hoboken, Oswego, Chicago, do.; props. American, Montreal, Owen Sound, light.

Down - schrs. M.L. Breck, Toledo, Kingston, corn; Mary of St. Catharines, Erie, Thorold, coal.

Port Colborne, May 17th, 11 a.m. - Up - schrs. Azov, Hamilton, Georgian Bay, light; A. Mulvey, Hamilton, Cleveland, light; W.R. Taylor, Toronto, Fort William, light; J.C. Woodruff, Thorold, Cleveland, light; Gold Hunter, Toronto, Georgian Bay, light.

Down - schrs. Stafford, Cleveland, Welland Canal; Anglo Saxon, Toledo, Kingston, corn; Monticello, Toledo, Kingston, corn; Reindeer, Toledo, Ogdensburg, wheat; E.H. Rutherford, Toledo, Kingston, corn.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 17, 1879