p.1 General Paragraphs - The members of the crew of the tug Petrel were paid off last evening because there is no work in sight for the tug.
The str. City of Belleville will leave the dry-dock on Friday.
The str. Jessie Bain will be dry-docked some time this fall and have a leak repaired.
Clearances: schr. Annie Minnes, Oswego; prop. Ralph, Buffalo; schr. Harold, Buffalo; prop. Toltec, Chicago; prop. Algonquin, Ogdensburg.
R. Davis has had to widen the gates of his dry-dock ten inches in order to provide for the Collinsby barges. The barges are 31 feet wide and fill the dock completely.
Arrivals: str. Algonquin, Toronto; str. Persia, St. Catharines; str. Cuba, Hamilton; str. Magnet, Hamilton; str. Corsican, Montreal; prop. Ralph, Chicago, 51,000 bush. corn; schr. Harold, Chicago, 48,000 bush. corn.
The str. Arizona was reported to collector Clark, Chicago, on a charge of violating an important customs regulation. The Arizona cleared direct from Kingston to Chicago, but stopped at Buffalo and without reporting to the custom authorities as arriving from a Canadian port, took on a cargo of coal. Her report was refused at the custom house. The captain disclaims any idea of wrong-doing. The rule requiring boats from foreign ports to report at the first American point passed is to prevent smuggling.
The Ogdensburg elevator is again blocked and vessels with cargoes are being delayed several days. The prop. Niko arrived at Portsmouth last night, having been sent up from Ogdensburg to unload. The steamer had been lying there for the past few days, and the captain is not at all pleased over the way he has been used. The prop. Algonquin got here with 65,000 bushels of wheat yesterday and was sent by the M.T. Co. to Ogdensburg. There are twelve boats ahead of the Algonquin and this will mean a delay of at least ten days to the steamer. There is something about the blockade that many persons in marine circles cannot understand. The grain mostly belongs to the M.T. Co., and it is thought that it is being kept there in the attempt to knock down ocean freights, at present very high. Unless something is soon done a regular stampede among several owners may be expected. A delay of ten days to a boat like the Algonquin means a pile of money. The prop. Tilley and her barge are also tied up at the Burg, and have been there about a week. The M.T. Co. has not paid a cent for demurrage this year, while the K. & M. Co. has had to put up when such a thing occurred. The latter company has found little difficulty, however. It has done a business so far of 6,000,000 bushels, and only in the spring were a few vessels delayed, the longest being two days. The whole cost of demurrage will not amount to more than $300.