p.1 The prospects are that the grain forwarding business will be very dull this season. In view of this the K. & M. F. company discharged four crews today.
MAKE SUITABLE RATES.
The Dry Dock of Little Value at the Present Tariff.
The leaders in conservative politics should, by strong persuation, induce the dominion government to make the new dry-dock a benefit to Kingston. Under the present circumstances it is a useless expenditure of money and does not meet requirements. It was argued that it would be a great feature in Kingston's advancement, and that it would constantly keep employed a large number of ship carpenters. This dream has not been realized. It is true it created offices for followers, but it has not done anything further. It is said the cause of the trouble is that the government will not lower the rent of the dock and that the rates are too high for vessel owners and forwarding companies who would like to use it. Had the rent of the dock been reasonable the steamer Ocean would have been rebuilt here instead of at Deseronto. This contract will amount to between $6,000 and $7,000. It was reported today that a local syndicate will endeavor to rent the dock from the government and fix a schedule of rates to suit the times.
p.4 The schr. Annie Falconer is unloading a cargo of coal at the penitentiary, which contract James Swift has.
The schr. Fleetwing is loading coal at Oswego for Kingston.
The tug Thompson will arrive from Montreal, today, with light barges.
The schr. Ella Murton cleared for Oswego today to load coal for Swift & Co.
The str. Corsican, Toronto; str. Passport, Montreal; str. Magnet, St. Catharines, arrived at Swift's dock yesterday.
The steambarge Iona called here last night. She is on her way to Trenton from Cornwall, where she loads ice for Cleveland, Ohio.
Called at Gunn's dock yesterday: str. Cuba, Hamilton to Montreal; Armenia, from Bay of Quinte ports; Lake Michigan, Cleveland to Montreal.
The str. Monteagle has been the first arrival from up the lakes in the past three or four days. She comes from Chicago and has 46,000 bushels of wheat for the M.T. company.
Arrivals at Garden Island, July 11th: str. D.D. Calvin, barges Ceylon, Augustus and Norway, Lake Superior, timber; str. Traveller with Calvin Co.'s ninth raft left, this evening, for Quebec.
The harbor master's attention is called to a stake in the harbor opposite the water works dock. Its top is a few inches under water and it is sufficiently hid to be a dangerous obstacle. Skiffs are liable to be damaged.
Captain E.F. Forrester, for several seasons in command of the steamer Island Wanderer, on the route between Alexandria Bay to Ogdensburg, has purchased from H.A. Redfield, Connecticut, the steam yacht Claud S.
Thomas Hackett unloaded the schr. Fabiola yesterday. Mr. Hackett says she had the nicest and brightest cargo of coal he ever experienced. It was Scranton coal, and the reason given for its fine appearance is because of the mines becoming deeper. The coal improves as the mines go deeper into the bowels of the earth.