Beating McKinley's Bill
A Big Business By Local Importers
They Paid Big Freights, But They Received Nearly Two Million Bushels of Fine Canadian Barley and Beat the Buffalo Importers
The barley importers of Oswego have been pretty busy for the past two weeks. The pernicious McKinley bill has kept them hustling and they have done their best to mitigate some of the losses that it will cause them. Usually Oswego takes between three and four million of the ten million of bushels of Canadian barley imported to this country. This year the Oswego importers so far have received less than two million bushels at the old rate of duty and they feel a little happier than they did a week ago.
Two weeks ago the barley began coming and there has been received a total of just 1,777,303 bushels. The highest freight paid was five cents a bushel and it was obtained by the schooner Neeland. Business in the harbor and at the Custom House was rushing yesterday. There was a good deal of anxiety among vessel men lest the vessels should not all be able to report at the Custom House before 12 o'clock last night, and every captain who left the North shore received instructions before starting to take no chances, and if an opportunity for a tow came along to accept it and charge the amount paid to the importers.
There was no need of this, and only one vessel, the Erie Belle, took advantage of the order. The Belle arrived in tow of a canal tug from Toronto yesterday. The last vessel to arrive was the schooner Schickluna from Whitby. She arrived about 8:30. The Wave Crest was reported as being on the lake, but a telegram received from Charlotte stated that she had run in there and reported. Every barley vessel was in an American port before the law went into effect. If they were not they had instructions to run back to Canada.
The total number of bushels of barley received at this port yesterday was 291,287, upon which there was paid a duty of $55,641. The barley was received here in thirty-eight steam and sailing craft. The barley importers of Oswego are to be congratulated on their hustle. Buffalo, with all its blow and brag about its great shipping and commercial business, received less than 700,000 bushels of Canadian barley, and Buffalo malsters were here to-day trying to arrange to buy the cargo of the steamer Stimpson, consisting of 30,000 bushels. The harbor last evening presented a fine sight, filled with sail and steam vessels and many fine views were obtained by amateur photographers.
Messrs. Gaylord, Downey & Co., having promised to take care of all barley consigned to them, had their force of clerks on duty up to 12 o'clock last night. Mr. Irwin was at his office and Mr. Gaylord was at the custom house with money to pay all duties.