WIND AND WAVE.
The tug Thomson cleared today for Montreal with six grain laden barges.
The schr. W.J. Suffel arrived today from Toledo with 17,000 bushels of corn.
The tugs Walker and Thomson arrived up from Montreal last night each with three light barges.
The schr. Balleau (sic - Ballou ), from Bay of Quinte ports, is at Richardson & Sons' elevator with a cargo of barley.
The str. King Ben is at bay ports loading apples which will be carried direct to Montreal. She will have over 2,000 barrels on board.
The str. Hero ran out in two feet of water at Telegraph Island during a heavy fog yesterday, and did not reach Kingston until eight o'clock last night.
The str. Hero arrived last night from bay ports with 300 barrels of apples. They were for the English markets and were shipped east today by the K. & P.R.
The str. Bannockburn arrived last night with her consorts Selkirk and Winnipeg with 160,000 bushels of wheat for the M.T. Co. The steamer and her tow cleared again today for Fort William to load for this port.
The water in the St. Lawrence canals between Cardinal and Cornwall is so low that grain en route for Montreal is delayed. Unless the water rises within ten days the grain will be too late for shipment from Montreal.
The str. Alexandria arrived in port last night from Montreal, it being her first trip since her recent accident in the Lachine canal. Sufficient repairs were made to her hull to enable her to continue her trips this season without going into the dry dock here.
The str. Bannockburn experienced quite a rough time at the commencement of her last trip. On Lake Superior snow storms and wind were met with. After leaving this lake the remainder of the passage was very good. After this trip with her consorts the steamer will return alone to Fort William and bring back a cargo of wheat providing the canals remain open.
Removing the Shoals - Capt. W.J. Daly, who is engaged with his outfit removing shoals from the channel of the St. Lawrence above Brockville, was in Ogdensburg Tuesday and reports the work of blasting the rock of three of the shoals nearly completed. Opposite Allen's Park one shoal of 250 yards and another of 110 yards have been blasted, and all that remains is to dredge out the rock. They are now at work on a shoal of 400 yards lying between Crossover and Cole's Lights, directly in the channel. With good weather they will finish blasting this in a day or two. There is a fourth shoal which, if it can be found, will be removed. Thus far the U.S. engineers have been unable to locate it. A channel is being made which is seventeen feet deep at the present level of the water. The water in the river is now two and a half feet below zero, so that when the water is at zero, the depth of the channel will be nineteen and a half feet.
p.4 Affairs of the Hour - The str. Missoula, of the Wilson line, is nearly a week overdue from Fort William, and it is feared she and her crew of sixteen are at the bottom of Lake Superior. For three days three tugs have kept up a constant search for the steamer.