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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 May 1897

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The tug Thomson and three light barges arrived from Montreal this morning.

The sloop Amelia loaded wheat at Richardson & Sons' elevator today for Collins Bay.

The schooner Acacia is discharging 400 tons of soft coal at the M.T. company's wharf.

The steamer Rosemount is discharging 70,200 bushels of wheat at the M.T. Co.'s anchorage.

The schooner Ballou, Belleville, discharged 4,000 bushels of peas at Richardson & Sons' elevator today.

The sloop Madcap, Bay ports, arrived this morning with 4,000 bushels of peas, consigned to Richardson & Sons.

The steamer D.D. Calvin and consorts, light, Garden Island to Bay City, passed through the Welland canal yesterday.

The steamer St. Lawrence, Duluth, wheat laden, is en route to this port. She passed through the Welland canal today.

The new steamer building at Portsmouth for Capt. Craig will be launched on the 24th inst. Capt. R. Milne will have charge of the new craft.

The schooner Flora Carveth, Darlington, 10,000 bushels of buckwheat, consigned to the M.T. Co., arrived in port this morning, but could not be accommodated with ready dispatch, so was sent on down to the Prescott elevator.

The str. J.J. Glidden, light, from Prescott, touched at the M.T. Co.'s wharf last evening and landed a steam pump and other wrecking apparatus, which were shipped to Detroit over the G.T.R. system. The wrecking apparatus, etc., were put aboard the Glidden on her trip down but it was found unnecessary to use them.

Will Have Good Facilities - Alderman James Stewart states that the "Kingston Elevator & Transit Co., (Ltd)," formed by Edwin Mooers, will easily be able to provide sufficient transportation facilities in connection with the grain elevator the company proposes to build here. The president of his company - the K. & M. F. Co. - has agreed to supply enough barges to handle 350,000 bushels of grain a week.


Grain Elevator Negotiations Take Definite Shape.

Chairman Donnelly presided at the meeting of the elevator committee last evening, and there were in attendence aldermen Stewart, Elliott, Livingston, Carson, Richardson and Ryan, the city solicitor and Messrs. Mooers, senior and junior, and J. Farrell, solicitor for the Mooers company.

The offer of James Richardson & Sons, referred, by the council, to the committee on Monday evening last, was laid over until Mr. Mooers' offer had been dealt with.

Alderman Elliott said the committee should first ask the promoters of the scheme to give satisfactory proof that the company has the financial ability to build and operate the elevator.

In response, Mr. Farrell, on behalf of the company, said that to show that the company is financially able to build and operate the elevator, Mr. Mooers would propose that the company should not receive any portion of the bonus of $25,000 until the elevator has been built. The city would then be taking no risk, and the erection of the building would show that the company had the money to carry out the scheme.

Alderman Ryan said the proposal was indefinite. It did not satisfy him. He wanted to know what material the elevator was to be built of and what the cost of it would be.

Aldermen Elliott and Carson said they were quite satisfied with the proposal.

Alderman Stewart advised the committee to lose no time in coming to a satisfactory bargain. His company has already had to give 300,000 bushels of grain to the Prescott elevator, because there was none here.

Alderman Richardson agreed with alderman Stewart. He said that he had intended to retire from the committee, as he was interested in the company that had made the second offer to the city to build an elevator. But if others who were stockholders in the Mooers company took part in the discussion, and had a share in negotiating with that company he thought he too should have a similar privilege.

Alderman Elliott protested against alderman Richardson's retirement. The members of the committee, he asserted, were all perfectly satisfied that alderman Richardson would act fairly, honorably and in the city's best interests. He was a practical grain dealer, and the committee wanted his advice and assistance in this matter, which was of the greatest importance to the city.

The other members of the committee endorsed what alderman Elliott had said, and alderman Mooers said he desired alderman Richardson to retain his place. He knew he would deal fairly with the Mooers company.

Alderman Ryan said that his position towards the Mooers company had remained unchanged since last Monday night's council meeting, and was defined by the resolution he had moved and which alderman McKelvey had seconded at that meeting. He wanted to know, before going further with the negotiations, the names of the members of the proposed company, their financial standing, where they propose to build the elevator, of what material it is to be constructed, what capacity it is to have, etc. The offer made by Mr. Mooers to build the elevator before receiving any part of the bonus was vague and unsatisfactory.

Alderman Richardson agreed with alderman Ryan throughout.

Alderman Stewart pointed out that the elevator will be of no benefit to local grain dealing firms so far as the St. Lawrence river trade is concerned, unless it be ready for operation by November 1st next.

Alderman Richardson corroborated this statement.

Mr. Mooers said that the company would like to be allowed a period of six months in which to erect the structure.

Alderman Richardson said the elevator could be built in three months, but it would nearly double the cost to have the work done so quickly.

It was agreed that the work of building the elevator must begin within twenty days after the passing of the by-law, must be carried on with all possible speed, and that the elevator must be completed and ready to be operated and to receive grain by the 15th of November next. If not completed by that date the bonus will not be paid until April 1st, 1898.

Dr. Ryan insisted upon knowing what the cost of the elevator would be and whether it would be of such durability as to be capable of being used for years to come.

Mr. Farrell, for the company, said the company proposed to build an elevator that will be of use for many years. It would be satisfactory to the company to leave the question of whether or not the elevator is of proper construction, to the chief engineer, the chairman of the committee and a representative of the company, who should have the right to call in a disinterested engineer in case of disagreement. The company wants to build an elevator that will be better than any that has yet been seen in this country.

The elevator, it was agreed, must have a "marine leg" capable of handling at least 12,000 bushels of grain an hour, and must be capable of loading grain into one vessel and out of another at the same time; it must have railway connection.

Alderman Richardson thought the company should lay its own railway connection between the elevator and the C.P.R.

Alderman Mooers said the question of switching charges could not be settled at once. The matter was left over till next meeting. The company agreed to give ten days' free storage, for which, and for unloading and "spouting," one-half cent a bushel is to be charged. The elevator is to cost not less than between $90,000 and $100,000, including site. In case of fire the company is to return to the city the amount of the unpaid debentures.

Chairman Donnelly and Alderman Elliott held that the company should give security that the elevator will not be left idle, or filled with grain to the detriment of other shippers, and the interests of the city, and it was agreed that a penalty shall be imposed if the company fails to move grain from the elevator, when there are apparent facilities for doing so.

The company is to be known as the 'Kingston Elevator and Transit Co., Ltd.,' and it is to be an incorporated concern.

The city solicitor was instructed to draft an agreement based upon the understanding arrived at at this meeting, and the committee then adjourned.

p.6 Snips - The schooner Albatross reached Garden Island yesterday with a cargo of oak timber for the Calvin Co. from Toledo, Ohio.

The Calvin Co.'s steamer Calvin, with her consorts, the Augustus and the Ceylon, arrived at Garden Island last evening, with cargoes of oak timber, from Toledo, Ohio.

The work of repairing the steamer Bannockburn, necessitated by her mishap at Four Mile Light, will be completed on Saturday. There are, at present, no applications for the use of the dry dock after she has been taken out.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 May 1897