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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Oct 1896

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The steamer America has been laid up below the bridge.

The sloop Monitor is in with 1,800 bushels of peas from Napanee.

The Donnelly Co. broke two large hawsers in liberating the schr. Case.

The str. Quebec arrived this morning from Montreal with a cargo of salt.

The schr. Pilot, from Picton, with 2,500 bushels of peas, arrived in port last night.

The str. Samoa and barges are bound down from Fort William to this port with wheat.

The schr. Aberdeen, Duluth, 25,000 bushels of wheat, is at the M.T. Co.'s anchorage.

The sloop Maggie L., from Howe Island, arrived this morning with 2,500 bushels of peas and oats.

The schr. Ballou, from Napanee, is at Richardson & Sons' elevator with 3,000 bushels of peas.

Capt. Patrick Dacey, formerly of the schr. Cavalier, and a well-known lake man, is mate on the schr. J.I. Case.

A gang of men are at present engaged laying up the str. Columbian. She will be all ready for the winter by Saturday.

Mr. Hitchcock, representing the insurance company in connection with the schr. J.I. Case, arrived in the city this morning. A survey will be held when the vessel is docked. It is not expected that the damage will amount to much.

Capt. Oliver, of the schr. Pilot, has been sailing for fifty-two years. He is now sixty-nine years of age and seems good for many a voyage yet. When a mere lad he shipped on a merchantman on salt water and served an apprenticeship of seven years. Shortly after receiving papers showing him to be an able seaman, he left salt water and located at Chicago, out of which port he sailed some of the largest and finest craft then afloat on the upper lakes. After marrying he drifted eastward, purchased a schooner of his own and for many years has continued to command his own craft. He says the weather this fall is the most unreliable he has met with in thirty years. The weather cannot be relied on for two minutes at a time. Wednesday morning he was running down from Picton with a cargo of grain when the big storm arose. He managed to weather Fish Point and drop anchor where his schooner lay in safety. The weather was wild for a time, tearing up trees on the point and lashing the waters into foam. He saw the schooner Case go ashore and was very thankful to have escaped such a fate with his schooner.

p.4 General Paragraphs - The str. Cuba, aground at Rondeau harbor, Ont., since Sunday last, was released this morning.

The str. Corsican, which passed down yesterday, was held at Toronto because of the storm. This kept her several hours late.

Peter McCarthy, Toronto, owner of the schr. J.I. Case, arrived in today to look after his interests in the survey to be held. The vessel has been hauled out on the dock. She is only slightly damaged.


[Toronto Telegram]

Word was received by Sylvester Brothers this morning that they were again sufferers by the recent storms on Lake Huron. The effect of the message received was that the propeller Shickluna, Captain H. Jackson in command, and the schooner St. Louis, with Captain Williams in charge, had gone ashore in eight feet of water at Tawas, Lake Huron, and asking that assistance be sent to them at once.

The vessels were loaded with wheat for this port from Fort William, that of the St. Louis being consigned to the McLaughlin Bros., and that of the Shickluna for Richardson & Sons, Kingston, the total cargo being 30,000 bushels, which was insured. The vessels were not insured, however, and if the sea continues to run high before aid can reach them they will be a total loss to the owners. Sol Sylvester left this morning for Tawas, and will take a wrecking tug and lighters from Port Huron.

Last fall Sylvester Bros. met with a similar loss, when the J.G. Worts went to pieces near Devil's Island on Lake Huron while in tow of the steamer Owen Sound.

In the event of the vessels going to pieces Sylvester Bros. say their loss would be about $12,000, for which they have not one cent of insurance.

A Port Huron, Mich., despatch says the tug Thompson, with the schooner St. Lawrence has left with a full wrecking outfit to release the crafts.


A meeting of the special committee appointed by the joint committee to bring in suggestions about the proposed grain elevator, met yesterday afternoon and discussed the question. Present were: Mayor Elliot, Alds. Hewton and Redden, and Messrs. R.J. McKelvey, George Richardson, Capt. Gaskin and R.J. Carson.

George Richardson explained that he had a conversation with Mr. McLennan, president of the M.T. Co., at Montreal, and he stated that if the city would give exemption from taxes and a bonus of $50,000 an elevator would be built. He claimed that if Kingston had erected an elevator four years ago there would never have been a stone laid in Prescott. If an elevator was built the trade would certainly go to Prescott. There was no hope for retaining the trade whatever.

It was suggested that two-thirds of the M.T. Co.'s trade was done at Prescott and Ogdensburg this year, and if an elevator was to be built Mr. McLennan should be gotten to take such an interest that it would pay him to do his trade here. A $25,000 stock to the M.T. Co. would not do.

Mr. Richardson contended that it could not be expected that stockholders, outside of grain men, could be obtained.

R.J. Carson felt sure that the people would never carry a bonus for $50,000. With floating elevators here an elevator would never pay.

Mr. Richardson agreed that there would be no money in the venture for the city. It would only be a matter of retaining the trade.

Capt. Gaskin stated that the most money made by the transportation company was through their floating elevators.

Mr. McKelvey said that the matter had come down to whether it was advisable to give a bonus or the city to take stock.

Capt. Gaskin compared the case of a joint stock elevator to the Kingston locomotive works. If that concern had connection with the railroads there would be 700 or 800 men working there today. The same with the elevator. If it was a case where a joint stock company had hold of it, why grain men would go where it best pleased them.

Mr. McKelvey stated that there was no doubt but that the grain business would greatly increase in years to come. The grain trade would be a great thing in this section of the country. He would much rather the city take stock for $50,000 than give a bonus. He considered that there would be money in the elevator in years to come.

Mr. Carson would not go over $20,000 for a bonus. As a matter of business he would rather take stock himself with the city out of the scheme than with it as a stock holder.

Ald. Redden favored giving a bonus of $25,000.

In answer to Mr. McKelvey Mr. Richardson stated that in Prescott's case the town gave a free site and the citizens subscribed $50,000.

The mayor put the motion for a $25,000 bonus. Alds. Redden, Hewton and Capt. Gaskin voted for the motion.

It was decided that Mr. McLennan be made acquainted with the feeling of the meeting and his answer obtained to different questions.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Oct 1896