IN MARINE CIRCLES.
The tug Walker, with four light barges, arrived from Montreal last night.
All the M.T. Co.'s boats are being laid up as expeditiously as possible. It is expected the entire fleet will winter here.
The tug Bronson, with eight light barges, arrived from Montreal yesterday. She cleared again this morning for the same port with four grain laden barges.
On their return from Fort William with wheat cargoes the steamers Rosemount and Bannockburn will at once go into winter quarters. The grain they carry will be stored aboard until spring.
Work on the str. North King is going on apace. Her old boilers have been taken out, and her smoke-stacks taken off. The improvements now under way will require some weeks for completion.
The steamer Hamilton called at Swift's dock last night on her last trip for this season from Hamilton to Montreal. After having discharged her cargo at Montreal she will proceed to Sorel, where she will be put in winter quarters.
The last tow of the season to leave the M.T. Co.'s anchorage for Montreal cleared this morning, when the tug Bronson left with four barges having aboard the grain brought down by the str. Bannockburn. On returning the boats will go into winter quarters.
The str. Bannockburn, Fort William, with 67,000 bushels of wheat, arrived at the M.T. Co.'s anchorage at seven o'clock last evening. She was discharged during the night and, after taking aboard 120 tons of coal for fuel, cleared at four o'clock this morning for Fort William to reload wheat for this port.
The steamer Glengarry, with 350 tons of coal from Oswego, and tow barge Minnedosa, from Fort William with 6,000 bushels of wheat, arrived at the Montreal transportation company's anchorage this afternoon. Both boats will go into winter quarters at once. The wheat aboard the Minnedosa will be stored in her hold until spring.
This season the Montreal transportation company carried in their own boats from Fort William to this port upwards of five million bushels of wheat. The company is now in a position to carry seven million bushels during a season. A half million bushels can be carried at one trip between Fort William and Kingston. The company has not made up the figures of the total amount of grain carried to the sea board during the entire season, but it is away up in the millions. It is the best season the company has had in years.
THE COMPANY NOT TO BLAME.
The Toronto News states that the Collins Bay Rafting Co. some time ago contracted to lay a steel pipe from the shore of Hanlan's Island to the bell buoy in the lake off the island, and to have the work completed this fall, but that, so far, not a length of pipe has been laid. The News calls for the enforcement of the penalty clause of the contract, and sees injustice to Toronto contractors in the delay.
W. Leslie, manager of the Collinsby Rafting Co., was seen by a Whig reporter this morning and was shown the News article. "Let them go for their local men, who are entirely to blame for the delay," said Mr. Leslie. "We would have commenced and proceeded with the work had it been possible to do so. But "not a single length of pipe has been laid" yet because not a single length of pipe was ready for us until long after the time at which they were to have been in readiness.Even then water tank, on which work should be begun first, was not ready. How could we begin work when they had not the materials ready for us? We did not contract to send and keep workmen there, at a heavy expense, while they could earn nothing. We are not to blame in any way. The onus rests on the shoulders of Toronto men who failed to fulfil their contracts, and whose failure forced us to a postponement of the work, which, as things are, cannot be commenced until next spring."
p.4 Were They In American Waters? - Detroit, Nov. 23rd - A Sandusky despatch says the Canadia cruiser Petrel is again busy on Lake Erie. At a late hour yesterday afternoon 35 nets belonging to Lay Bros., of Sandusky, were confiscated. The nets were filled with fish and the loss to fishermen will be considerable. Capt. Blemiller says the nets were in American waters, and a protest to secretary of state Olney may be expected.