The Company's Works.
J. Gilborne, of the R. & O. N. Co.'s shops, Sorel, in the city, says the company has at present about 300 men employed. There are twenty-three of the company's boats laid up at Sorel. The repairing shops there make an immense establishment. One shop is about the size of the locomotive works while the laundry building is much after the model of the waterworks pump house. At this laundry all the linen, bedding, etc. from all the boats are cleaned, and in the summer it is a regular beehive of activity. Mr. Gilborne says the payroll at the works for two weeks this winter went over $8,000. The company owns a large hotel called the Richelieu there. Sorel is a busy place for its population.
p.4 The Soo Again Is Free - diplomacy ends Canadian rebate on tolls as well as American tolls on Canadian vessels at Sault Ste. Marie.
CANADIAN INLAND MARINE.
Toronto, Feb. 22nd - Captain Crangle presided at the tenth annual meeting of the Canadian Inland Marine Association in the Walker House yesterday afternoon. There were present: Captains Fairgrieve, Sylvester, Towers, Trowell, Gaskin, Jackson, Neelon, Ewart and Messrs. Thompson, Marks, Polson, Miller, Kerman, Jaques, McKay and Barlow Cumberland.
Capt. Crangle reviewed the business of last year and reported on the several deputations to Ottawa regarding canal tolls, shipping compass adjustment, tonnage dues and the incorporation of the association. Secretary-Treasurer W.A. Geddes read the financial statement, which showed equal disbursements and expenditures.
The election of officers resulted as follows: President, Capt. Crangle; vice-president, J.T. Matthews; second vice-president, Capt. Sylvester; secretary-treasurer, W.A. Geddes.
Mr. D.G. Thomson addressed the meeting at some length regarding canal tolls, asking whether the tolls at Sault Ste. Marie should be continued.
The secretary explained that he had written to Ottawa for the recent order-in-council on the matter, and that no action could be taken until the policies of the Governments at Ottawa and Washington were definitely announced.
This resolution was passed unanimously: "That in view of the keen competition for the carrying trade to the seaboard, via the New York and St. Lawrence routes, and in order to maintain the supremacy of the St. Lawrence route this association deems it essential that a public elevator with a capacity of 500,000 bushels be erected at Kingston, and as an inducement to capitalists to erect such elevator this association would urge upon the Dominion Government the granting of a site for that purpose."
"That the attention of the Dominion Government be called to the great loss sustained by the marine interests of Canada and the fact that the citizens are deprived of the labor of manufacturing in this country by the towing of logs across the lakes to American manufacturing points, thus depriving our vessels of the freighting of the timber, which would otherwise be manufactured in Canada and partly freighted by Canadian vessels."
The Royal Mail Line.
The directors of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company held a meeting today; all were present. The executive of the board, Messrs. Michael Connolly, Wainwright and McGreevy, submitted their report, and it recommended important changes in the company's offices. The staff will be completely reorganized, and some of the older employees will have to get out and younger men found to fill their places. A gentleman, not at present connected with the company, will be appointed head of the office. This position will be in addition to those existing. The report was unanimously adopted and the employees will be immediately notified of the changes. The aim is a thoroughly efficient staff in every department. [Montreal Star]