THE SHIPPING BUSINESS
There are occasionally hopeful signs, but so far as we can understand the position of affairs there is little ground for exultation among mariners. Indeed the reverse is the case. The depression having caused a reduction in freight rates, upon which there is no prospect of an improvement, the owners of floating property - of steam craft especially - have figured upon a curtailment of their running expenses. A tariff of wages has been adopted in the west, and we have reason to believe that it will prevail generally, at all ports on the river, Lake Ontario, and probably on Lakes Erie and Superior, and the Georgian Bay, tho' special circumstances may lead to a difference in some cases. The following is the list: Captain, $70 per month, or $500 for the season, as may be agreed upon; first mate and pilot, $40 and $45; first mate, not pilot, $35 to $40; second mate and pilot, $35 to $40; second mate, not pilot, $20 to $25; wheelsman (2 men) $18 to $20; wheelsman (3 men) $16 to $18; deck hands, $10 to $12; first engineer, $45 to $50; second engineer, $25 to $30; fireman, $15 to $17; cook, $14 to $16; lady's maid, $6 to $8.