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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Jul 1896

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The tug Hall, with four light barges, arrived from Montreal last night.

The schr. Fabiola, loading lumber, will get away to Oswego in the morning.

The tug Walker left yesterday for Montreal with three grain laden barges.

The schr. Nellie Hunter, Charlotte, 350 tons stove coal, is discharging at the Queen street slip.

The schr. Kildonan, from Montreal, is discharging a cargo of salt at the foot of Queen street.

The str. Glengarry and consorts, Fort William, grain laden, are expected to arrive here tonight.

The damaged str. Samoa and barges, bound to Buffalo for repairs, cleared the Welland canal yesterday.

The schr. Emerald, Ashtabula, light, and str. Juno, Toledo, light, cleared the Welland canal on Saturday night.

The steam barge King Ben cleared for Oswego yesterday morning with lumber. She returns with coal for Smith's Falls.

A Serious Break In Trade.

Fully two thirds of the grain coming down the lakes is going through to the elevator at Prescott this year. Not only the forwarding companies suffer by this but local merchants who used to supply the boats miss the trade considerably. The M.T. Co.'s barges are used in transhipping the grain from Prescott to Montreal but this means a loss, as the establishment here (last line cut off at bottom of page)

p.4 Gates Should Be Put On - The crowd that gathers on Swift's wharf, Sunday nights, to witness the departure of the str. North King, has got to be a regular nuisance. Passengers embarking and disembarking experience the utmost difficulty in getting through the crowd, and the employees of the boat are interfered with in the performance of their duties. It is about time gates were put on the wharf. They should exist where traffic is so great.

A Grain Elevator At Kingston.

Kingston, July 27th - To The Editor:

It was announced in your news columns on Saturday that the barges of the M.T. Co. were being loaded with grain at Prescott for Montreal. This looks as if the predictions that unless Kingston did something to encourage the grain trade here that it would depart to some place down the river, where the people are alive to their own interests. It is very dull now here in this line, not because there is no grain to be carried, but because the cargoes are going where there is a certainty of storage.

When it was proposed to erect an elevator in Prescott, the Kingston board of trade became interested to such an extent that a deputation was appointed to go to Montreal and interview gentlemen interested in the trade to see what they would do towards the construction of an elevator here. The deputation went to that city and were informed by the gentlemen referred to that they were prepared to give $100,000 toward the enterprise. This was considered a most liberal offer, and coming from the source which it did, it was bona fide. It being thought that Kingstonians were in interest a competent civil engineer was brought here from Chicago, by Montreal parties, to make soundings in the harbor at a place that would be suitable for the building. What was the result of this spurt of activity? The deputation came back, reported, and there the matter was allowed to linger and die. Some men were then of the opinion that the trade could not be taken from Kingston. They now see their mistake and realize the fact that if they desire to retain it, action, prompt at that, must be taken with a view to having a million bushel elevator erected here. Few have any idea of the number of men such an institution would employ, not to speak of the large number of citizens it would be the means of causing to remain in Kingston. Of course if the grain trade was allowed to go, boat crews, wharf hands, shovellers, shipcarpenters and others now living in the city would have to seek employment elsewhere. Kingston would then cease to be a transhipping point. It is hardly necessary to state what that would mean to a city situated as Kingston is. The elevator in Kingston was to have been a public one in which grain could be stored fifteen days free of charge, same as at Prescott.

Yours truly, Property Owner.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Jul 1896