There were a large number of passengers for the small boat this morning.
The steamer Hi (Hill ?) is en route with 38,000 bushels of wheat for Kingston at 4 cents from Duluth.
Clearances: tug Thompson, Montreal, with seven barges grain; tug Hall, Montreal.
Frank O'Rourke says the dredge engaged in the harbor should dig down to the solid rock and not merely skim off the top.
The Norwegian steamer Wergeland is en route from Chicago to Norway with a cargo of flour. She is expected in Kingston in a few days.
The dredge Nipissing fished a rudder and a couple of railroad irons out of the M.T. Co.'s slip this morning. The dipper struck and broke the gas works suction pipe.
The steamer Orion is expected down from Toronto with timber. The Orion was formerly the str. Isaac May and was rebuilt last year and took fire on Georgian Bay the same fall. She will be dry-docked here.
Arrivals: schr. Flora Carveth, Wellington, 16,700 bushels of peas; schr. Kate Eccles, Wellington, 6,400 bushels of peas and 1,700 bushels of fall wheat; str. Persia, St. Catharines; str. Corsican, Montreal.
Mr. Miller, American steamboat inspector, tested the boilers of the steamers Richelieu, Maud and Passport. The machinery of all steamboats carrying American passengers must be tested by an American inspector.
Str. Niagara and Lisgar and Grimsby, Duluth, wheat to Kingston; str. Orion and barges, Marquette, Collinsby, timber; tug Active with barges Minnedosa and Kildonan, Port Colborne to Kingston, passed Port Colborne last night.
With reference to a statement by R. Davis which appeared in Monday's Whig, Capt. Gaskin said this morning: "The whole thing is wrong and this is the way it occurred: Mr. Howden, who had charge of the government dredges, came to me Saturday night and begged of me to send my men there. He said he wanted to get some person who could rush it through and no one hearing that we had the men, material and appliances came to me. The statement he makes that we have no right to furnish outside help is also wrong. Mr. Davis don't know what he is talking about. The M.T. Co. has got the liberty to do as it likes in this respect. The other charge that the highest wages we pay is $1.50 a day is not correct as is also the statement that we get the benefits of wages over $1.50 per day. I don't care to say what we pay our men."
p.2 Westport, June 7th - Capt. Thomas Lynch, master of the str. Freemason, will make weekly trips between Montreal and Westport for the rest of the season.