p.1 Many Were Fined - Capt. Donnelly has just returned from the Nipissing district where he has been engaged prosecuting steamboat owners for infractions of the steamboat inspection act. The owners of the steamers Booth and Camilla were arraigned before Judge Doran and fined $660 and costs for neglecting to have their steamers inspected and for running their steamers without certificated officers. Two other cases were adjourned until the 7th Feb. to enable the defendants to procure other witnesses. The department of marine is bound to compel steamboat owners to obey the laws or pay the penalties. W.H. Williams, of White & Williams, solicitors, Pembroke, conducted the different cases on behalf of the department of justice and Capt. Donnelly says he did it well.
Incidents of the Day - The Kingston foundry started to put up the frame of the str. Algonquin yesterday. There are seventy or eighty men at present engaged in the foundry.
Watertown, N.Y., Jan. 25th - The end has just been reached in a case involving an important question arising from the provisions of the McKinley bill, which puts on the free list fish caught with nets or tackle owned by Americans. The Lake Ontario fish company, which controls the wholesale fish trade on the Upper St. Lawrence river, purchased the outfits of some fishermen on the Canadian side and continued the business, the company occupying the position of an American citizen. In the early part of January, 1892, it was alleged that the Lake Ontario fish company held entirely as free a large quantity of dutiable fresh fish at the port of Cape Vincent, by which upwards of $8,000 in duties had been withheld from the government. Its president, Willard Ainsworth, and secretary, W.C. Horton, were arrested on warrants charging them with smuggling. The defendants gave no evidence, and were held to wait the action of the grand jury. Because of the supposed illegal importations Collector Smith directed early in the spring to charge duties on all fish entered by the company. These were paid under protest, and appeals were taken from the collector's ruling to the board of general appraisers of New York. The first appeals were heard June 23rd and August 26th. A decision was made reversing the action of the collector. United States district attorney Alexander then dropped the criminal proceedings. On the third of November the remaining appeals were heard by the appraisers, and a like decision was made by them on the 18th of December. More than thirteen days having elapsed, the time for the collector or secretary of the treasury to appeal has now expired, and the decision is thus made final. The treasury department has refunded the duties so paid under protest. It is supposed that the prosecution was instigated by certain unfriendly Canadian fishermen and fish dealers, who were excluded from exercising the rights given to American citizens.