The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Monday, Oct. 6, 1890

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Lively Times At The Custom House All Day Yesterday.
Thirty-Eight Entries Since Saturday Evening - A million Bushels of Grain Entered -- The Saving to the Shippers About $110,000 in Duties - The Propeller Shickluna the Last to Enter

If the appearance of Oswego harbor to-day was its general appearance, Oswego would be a lively port. Old timers who stood on the bridge looked at it with delighted eyes and said it looked like the good old times, when the harbor was crowded with shipping and vessels had to drop down below the island before making a turn.

All day Saturday white sails gleamed on the distant horizon and the smoke of coming steamers could be seen. The Canadians had evidently picked up everything on the north shore which would hold grain and hurried it across, and a delighted look swept across the countenance of every skipper as his vessel came in between the piers.

Every captain as he came in had his papers ready and made a wild rush for the custom house and was only happy when his entry had been regularly made. The entire force of the custom house was kept busy and the work was rattled off in lively fashion.

Importers are under obligations to Collector Lyman for the rule he made in relation to the custom house. Had the rule adopted by Collector Erhard had been followed a large amount of grain would have arrived too late for entry under the old duty and the result would have been large losses.

It was only after along controversy that the New York collector consented to keep the custom house open until 12 o'clock Saturday night. Collector Lyman gave the importers an additional day and the result was that every cargo started for Oswego got here on time. The last to arrive was the steamer Shickluna which came in about eight o'clock Sunday night.

After that jolly red faced mariners paraded the streets and shook hands with each other and offered congratulations on the result. There was a report that a Canadian captain was pounding on the door of the night office at 12:45 o'clock this morning but that is not true. Every vessel got here on time. The records of the custom house show since Saturday night thirty-eight entries from Saturday evening to Sunday night.

These vessel carried over half a million of grain upon which the duties collected were $55,641.40. If the same entries were to be made this morning it would take $166,900.80, and it will be understood why such lively work was necessary. Up to this morning in round numbers 1,800,000 bushels of barley have been received here. It must not be supposed that this will end it. Considerable barley will be shipped here, but probably not as much as would have come under the old duty.

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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Monday, Oct. 6, 1890