p.1 Workmen were busily engaged this morning making repairs to Capt. Craig's ferry steamer, the Paul Smith. It will take hem about a week to complete the work necessary to put her in fit condition for commencing her trips to and from the island before navigation closes. During her stay in winter quarters further repairs and alterations will be made.
Incidents of the Day - The Collins Bay rafting company has secured an extention of time in which to complete their contract of laying water pipes in Toronto harbor and their plant is now being laid up for the winter.
Dec. 10, 1896
Marine business on the great lakes has about closed down for the season. Nothing passed through the Welland canal yesterday. One steamer and barge cleared from Port Colborne, but had to run back owing to a storm.
Ald. Stewart has returned from Ogdensburg, N.Y. He states that the grain elevator at that point is very nearly filled with grain, and that the cargo of the str. Algonquin , which will arrive there in a day or two, will completely fill it. Fully 1,000,000 bushels of grain, in vessels now lying in the harbor, will be left in the boats until spring. Work on the 500,000 bushel extension to the present elevator has been commenced.
On The Elevator Question - H. Mooers, who is an aldermanic candidate in Victoria ward, in speaking on the grain elevator question a few evenings ago, remarked that if the proposed elevator were to be made a public one, he could, in two weeks' time, secure enough capital from outside the city, to build it. As to the location of the building, Mr. Mooers is of the opinion that it should be erected in the neighborhood of the Grove Inn.
Hugh Maclennan, of Montreal, president of the Montreal transportation company, who is in the city on his annual fall visit, was seen by a Whig representative this morning and was asked for an interview on the grain elevator question. He stated that while he would very much like to see an elevator erected at Kingston, he would prefer not to talk on the subject, especially as the name of the company has been connected with the project.
"I believe," said Mr. MacLennan, "that the citizens of Kingston should discuss the question from a Kingston point of view, and should decide for themselves whether they will build an elevator, or lose the trade. As for the Montreal transportation company our business has been to put money into barges and floating elevators, not to go to great expense for wharfage. If grain is put into an elevator it must be taken out again, whereas, with barges and floating elevators one transference is all that is required. Nevertheless, the time has come when, as elevators are being erected at other points, Kingston must follow suit if she wishes to retain the grain trade here. The question is one of vital interest to the people of this city, and should be given every attention by them."
Asked whether or not any extensive work would be required this winter in connection with the Montreal transportation company's property here, Mr. Maclennan answered that beyond the usual repairs to the fleet he knew of nothing that will have to be done.