The Dry Dock Service.
The action of Hon. J.I. Tarte, minister of public works, in reducing the fees of the Kingston dry-dock for the owners of the Rosemount, has given great satisfaction to the citizens. There is a hope now that the rates will be revised, and a permanent lowering must be the result of a fair consideration of the subject. The tendency of the deputy minister and officials of the dock has been to adhere rigidly to a scale, whether it is in the public interest or not, while business has been moving off to Ogdensburg, Buffalo, Oswego and other foreign docks. There should be some reasonable consideration of application, not a cast iron reference to scales. The government has to bend where foreign institutions compete, to hold even the legitimate work of our own country.
The Inter-Ocean, Richard Winslow and Norwalk are en route from South Chicago for Kingston.
The schr. Loretta Rooney arrived in yesterday afternoon from Oswego with coal for Booth & Co.
The Monday steamer of the R. & O. navigation company, from Kingston to Montreal, has been withdrawn.
The demand for boats to load grain is letting up a little, owing to a falling off in receipts. Charters to Kingston, Marquette, corn.
The Montreal transportation company will pay $100 per day for the use of the dry dock while the str. Rosemount is being re-united.
The str. John Haggart and the str. Hero had quite a little race last night. The Haggart left Ogdensburg five minutes before the Hero, and the Hero beat her into Brockville by five minutes.
The schr. Fabiola arrived in last night. While at Oswego the vessel started leaking pretty badly. She was unable to get the dry-dock just then, and the leaks had to be patched up for the time being. When she returns to Oswego she will go in the dry-dock.
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TWENTY ONE FOOT CHANNEL.
Chicago, Aug. 19th - statement from Hon. Mr. Laurier regarding canal question - Canada is planning on enlarging the Welland and St. Lawrence canals to twenty feet depth, but it will be very costly.
The schr. Queen of the Lakes, in from Fort William with 17,300 bushels of wheat, is lightened at the M.T. Co.'s dock. She was drawing too much water to get into Richardson's dock the way she was.
The S.S. Bannockburn is expected to arrive in the Welland canal tonight. This will bring her into Kingston about Monday morning.
The minister of public works has promised to dredge the bank of clay near the shoal tower where so many boats stick.
The dry-dock is being put in readiness for the Rosemount.
General Paragraphs - The schr. Burton arrived this morning with coal from Charlotte. The vessel is from Port Hope, but Capt. Fox had a Kingston crew on this trip. The sailors say Capt. Fox is one of the finest mariners they ever sailed with.
While lowering the mast of the sloop Volunteer to allow it to pass under Kingston Mills bridge, the gearing broke and the stick fell to the deck. No one was hurt. By means of tackle the mast was re-stepped.