The talk Active arrived from Montreal last night with three light barges.
The str. Chieftain left for Montreal yesterday with three barges, lumber laden.
The schr. W.J. Suffle, Port Huron, peas, is expected to arrive here tonight.
The schr. Kate, South Bay, was discharged at Richardson & Sons' elevator this morning.
Capt. T. Donnelly inspected the repairs on the str. Pierrepont at the government dry dock this forenoon.
The schr. Queen of the Lakes cleared, this morning, for Pelee Island to load wheat for Richardson & Sons.
The schr. Ballou, light, cleared for Bay of Quinte ports this morning to load barley for Fisher Bros., Portsmouth.
The str. Glengarry and consort Minnedosa, bound for Fort William, light, cleared the Welland canal yesterday.
The sloop Dandy loaded 3,000 bushels of wheat at Richardson & Sons' elevator this morning and cleared for Smith's Falls.
The sloop Madcap, Simcoe Island, arrived at Richardson & Sons' elevator this morning with 2,000 bushels of peas and oats.
The str. Bannockburn, with consorts Melrose and Selkirk, Fort William, arrived last night at the M.T. Co.'s anchorage with 165,000 bushels of wheat.
The schr. Vienna, which called at this port yesterday, on her way to Montreal, carried 250 tons of pig iron, the first shipment made from the Hamilton blast furnace.
The tug Reginald cleared for Charlotte, N.Y., from the K. & M. Forwarding company's wharf, Portsmouth, yesterday, with three barges, to load 1,800 tons of coal for Montreal.
The str. St. Andrews, from Fort William, with 37,000 bushels of wheat for Richardson & Sons, is unloading at the K. & M. forwarding company's elevators, Portsmouth.
The str. Bannockburn cleared, light, this afternoon, for Fort William to load wheat for this port. It is expected that the steamer will make at least four more trips this season before laying up for the winter months. She will go above this trip, and it is not known so far whether her consorts, the Selkirk and Melrose, will be sent up the lakes again this season.
TALKING OF ELEVATORS.
A meeting of the committee appointed to consider ways and means towards the erection of a grain elevator was held in the mayor's office last evening. Mayor Elliot presided, and in attendence were Alds. Hewton, Martin, Stewart, Skinner, Walkem and Redden, A. Chadwick, J. McKelvey, R.J. Carson and secretary King of the board of trade.
The mayor, for the sub-committee, laid before the committee a letter received from a Montreal citizen, interested in a large shipping company.
The proposal contained in this letter was, in substance, as follows: The city to grant a bonus of $50,000, the government to dredge the approaches to the elevator for vessels drawing fifteen feet of water; the elevator must be a public warehouse, vessels discharging grain at the elevator to pay one-fourth cent a bushel, including ten days free of storage, thereafter the grain to pay one-fourth cent per bushel for each succeeding ten days or part thereof. Under these conditions the writer would advise his company to take fifty per cent of the stock necessary for the completion of the work.
The committee decided unanimously not to entertain the proposal made.
The mayor read a letter from Prescott stating that that town gave a free site and twenty years' exemption from taxation to the company that built the elevator there.
Mr. McKelvey favored the plan of the city building the elevator and accepting the offer made by a citizen to lease it for ten years and give the city three and one-half per cent on the money invested.
Three proposals were made, the first by Alds. Walkem and Stewart, the second by Messrs. Chadwick and Carson, and the third by Mr. McKelvey and Ald. Hewton, and the sub-committee received authority to act in the matter at once, the mayor being instructed to write to the Montreal citizen who has already made an offer to the committee.
Ottawa, Oct. 17th - The contracts with George Goodwin, Ottawa, on several sections of the Soulanges canal, have been cancelled owing to non-performance. The claim of Mr. Goodwin for $72,000 will come before the exchequer court on Oct. 27th.
The machinery on the Canadian Soo canal is so much more satisfactory than that of the American Soo that vessel owners say that they can get in and out of the Canadian canal in half the time it takes them to go through the American one.