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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jun 1894

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The captain of the str. Ketchum complains that he was compelled to pay a doctor's fee for examining his boat to see if there were any cases of small-pox on board when he had a health bill issued at Chicago.

It was expected the cargo of the str. Ocean would arrive here today on the str. Pierrepont. The report that it was intended to blow up the Ocean with dynamite is contradicted. It was originated by a correspondent of a Watertown paper.


The str. Rideau Belle is in from Perth.

The str. Magnet will not hereafter call at Hamilton.

The str. Spartan will go into active service on Monday.

The barge Columbian is in from Bedford Mills with wood for Breck & Booth.

The schr. B.W. Folger has arrived with coal for Swift & Co. Business is picking up at Oswego.

The str. Pelerin, on her way to Toronto, has entered Davis' dry-dock. The steamer has been leaking. She will be caulked.

The prop. Acadia called at Gunn's wharf yesterday on her way up and the prop. Melbourne called this morning from Montreal.

The schr. Muskoka, in tow of the str. Orion with square timber from Ashland for Kingston, filled with water in Lake Michigan and listed over so that she broke her mizzenmast. She was taken to Middle Island to be unloaded.

The barge Kent, recently sunk in collision with the str. Ocean, at Sister Light, is at Ogdensburg. The Donnelly company were given the contract of raising her, and after the hole in her bow had been patched up she was pumped out and floated. The work was done in short order.

Capt. Thomas Donnelly has just returned from Cornwall. She was attending the trial against the str. Rocket for infringement of the steamship inspection law. It lasted four days. The owner was fined $50 and full costs of court. This is besides the costs of the court of appeal held at Toronto. This is the third trial.

p.2 Napanee, June 15th - ....The schr. Baltic is in the harbor with a load of coal for J.R. Dafoe. The Ella Ross took an excursion to Belleville this morning.


Toronto, June 13t - To The Editor:

We hear a great deal at the present time from over the border of "America for the Americans," and some of their doings, such, for instance, as pouncing upon an unfortunate carpenter engaged in the pursuit of his calling and deporting him from the great United States for the sole reason that he happens to be a Canadian. This seems to us trivial and unworthy of a great nation, yet we cannot, in contrast to the treatment meted out by our own government at Ottawa to the Canadian vessel owners, help finding something to admire in the American way of protecting in the most jealous manner the rights of their citizens.

Last year, in answer to charges of discrimination in the Welland canal against American ports and vessels, our government places them on precisely the same footing as our own Canadian vessels, and at the same time by raising the rates of toll 8 cents per ton, or 3/10 of a cent per bushel on wheat, handicapped by that amount the "Canadian highway" to the seaboard.

Within the last fortnight, notwithstanding the indignant representations and protest of the Canadian marine association, who, up to the present time, have not even been deigned a reply from Ottawa, three American steamers of the largest size have been permitted to clear from the port of Fort William for the American port of Ogdensburg, carrying Canadian grain destined for the port of Montreal, a clear violation of the Canadian coasting trade law, while the Americans will not allow a bushel of grain destined for Boston or New England points to be shipped from Chicago or Duluth to Georgian Bay ports in Canadian vessels, clearances in all cases being refused as a violation of the American coasting trade law.

Today we learn that Sir Charles Hibert Tupper is introducing a bill to increase to ten cents per ton the annual inspection fee charged to the unfortunate steamboat which is registered on this side, while the American steamboat pays "nil." Truly it is hard to compete with our American cousins in the lake carrying trade. Our government is spending vast sums of money in deepening the St. Lawrence canals, but the result of giving away the Canadian coasting trade will inevitably prevent the Canadian carrier from participating in the benefit thereof.

It was not so in the time of the late Sir John Macdonald, who always took the keenest interest in the Canadian lake trade and the Canadian vessel owner.

In talking over his death at the time a prominent Kingston forwarder remarked to the writer: "Truly the lake vessel interest has lost its best friend."


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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jun 1894