A BRIGHT FUTURE.
Mr. Marks, Port Arthur, owner of the prop. Algonquin, is in the city on business in connection with the boat, now undergoing improvements at the locomotive works. Mr. Marks is largely interested in marine; besides being the sole possessor of the largest vessel on the lakes, is also concerned in other vessels. In his opinion the Ottawa government will inflict tolls on both American and Canadian vessels next season. If the government deems it advisable to tax American bottoms, the same will certainly hold good with Canadian crafts. This will mean a big blow to vessels coming through the canals, and a big portion of the limited profit now enjoyed will be confiscated, so to speak. Comparing freights last year with rates received ten or fifteen years ago, Mr. Marks finds a falling off of at least one fourth. Small vessels cannot be making a fortune, although Mr. Marks believes that propellors between Chicago, Duluth, Fort William, etc., and Montreal make money. This is due to the advantage these boats have in returning up the lakes with merchandise. Mr. Marks says Port Arthur is a growing place, established some twenty years ago with a population now of about 4,000 people. Port Arthur has a bright future.
Incidents of the Day - The steam yacht being built by Davis & Sons for Mr. Eaton, Toronto, will be forty feet long, with an eight foot beam and is expected to run twelve miles an hour. It is an open launch after the model of Mr. Davis' Flyer. The yacht will be tested on the opening of navigation and shipped by train to Toronto. She will be used on Muskoka lake next summer.
Feb. 10, 1893
p.1 A Big Fine Imposed - The adjourned case against J.R. Smith & Sons, North Bay, owners of the steamer Sparrow, was resumed before Judge Doran on Wednesday. They pleaded guilty to two charges - one of running the boat without being inspected, and the other of using it for a tow boat without having a certificated master. For the first offence the firm were mulcted in the sum of $400 and costs, and for the second a fine of $100 and costs was imposed. Capt. Donnelly prosecuted.