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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 May 1897

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The schooner Nellie Hunter cleared last evening for Oswego to load coal for this port.

Three barges are loading peas, oats and buckwheat at Richardson & Sons' elevator for Montreal.

The steamer Nicaraqua and consorts, Duluth, wheat, are due to arrive at this port at noon tomorrow.

The steamer Columbian has been chartered for an excursion from Ogdensburg to Kingston on May 24th.

The steamer Bannockburn is on her way down the lakes with 75,790 bushels of wheat consigned to the M.T. Co.

The steamer Saturn and consorts, Serpent River, timber, passed through the Welland canal bound for Collins' Bay.

The steamer Outhwaite was discharged last evening and expected to get away today with her consort, the schooner Barr.

The tug Jessie Hall arrived from Montreal last evening with four light barges and cleared again this morning with six grain laden.

If an elevator was in existence here the M.T. Co. would send some of its barges up to Fort William for wheat. As it is now these barges have to be kept here for storage purposes.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes, Toledo, arrived last evening with 9,000 bushels of corn for Richardson & Sons, the remainder of her cargo, 8,000 bushels, was left at Toronto.

The barge Laura, 30,000 bushels of oats consigned by Richardson & Sons, cleared for Montreal today in tow. Part of the cargo, 12,000 bushels, was composed of the oats which were dried at the malt house last summer, and which in drying gave forth such an offensive smell complained of at the time.

The steamer Rosemount arrived this morning from Fort William with 76,790 bushels of wheat, consigned to the M.T. company. Capt. Mawdsley says that had his cargo been composed of No. 1 hard wheat he could have carried down several additional thousand bushels. The steamer drew less than sixteen feet aft.

The O.C. & T. company intend putting the steamer Oclemena on the route between Alexandria Bay and Oswego this summer. The boat carries four hundred passengers, and is handsomely fitted, and lighted with electricity. The great charm about this steamer is her speed. She is said to be able to run twenty miles an hour, having on one occasion made the trip from Brockville to Ogdensburg, a distance of twelve miles, in thirty-six minutes. The Oclemena will make semi-weekly trips.


Elevator Report Accepted And Approved By Council.

The city council held a special meeting last evening to receive and act upon the report of the grain elevator committee. Mayor Skinner presided and there were in attendance Alds. Allen, Bell, Elliott, Carson, Donnelly, Kent, Johns, Livingston, Minnes, Mooers, McKelvey, Richardson, C. Robinson, W. Robinson, Ryan, Stewart, Tait, Taylor, Toye, Walkem, Wright - 22.....

Chairman Donnelly of the special grain elevator committee presented his committee's report, as published in another column today, recommending that said report be adopted and that a by-law be prepared for submission to the people in accordance with the city's offer re bonus for building an elevator here.

Ald. Donnelly said Mr. Mooers and the committee also were prepared to change clause two of the agreement so as to leave it to the city engineer, the chairman of the elevator committee and two other aldermen, to pass upon the elevator plans and specifications and to say whether or not they shall be accepted by the city.

The agreement was taken up and discussed clause by clause.

Clause one was passed with the amendment that the cost of the elevator, including the site, be $100,000 instead of $90,000.

On motion of Ald. Donnelly clause two was amended so as to have the plans and specifications referred to the city engineer, the chairman of the elevator committee, two other aldermen and a fifth person to be named by the company. This amendment was accepted, and the clause as thus changed was passed.

Clause three was passed unchanged.

Ald. McKelvey moved to amend clause four to read "the elevator shall be built within an area between West street and Cataraqui bridge." Both he and Alds. Richardson and Wright held that any site west of West street would be too exposed. The clause was amended accordingly.

Clauses five, six, seven, eight and nine were adopted without amendment, and clause ten was amended to read that the companies in which the elevator is insured shall be satisfactory to the city.

Ald. Ryan wanted clause 11 amended to make the penalty imposed on the company for not running the elevator for twenty years, during the season of navigation each year, $100 a day instead of $10 a day. The audience enjoyed a hearty laugh at this suggestion and Ald. McKelvey refused to accede to Ald. Ryan's request to second the amendment. He thought $20 a day quite enough to fine the company for failure in this respect. Ald. Ryan accepted Ald. McKelvey's hint and cut the proposed fine to $20 a day but the council refused to increase the penalty and the clause passed without change.

Clause 13 caused a little breeze. Ald. Donnelly said, in answer to a question, that he had just been told by Ald. Mooers that the elevator was to be built as a tank elevator, partly of steel. Ald. Richardson said it was evident some members of the committee had had access to plans and specifications that other members had not. It was not right for members to go away by themselves, put their heads together, and fix things to suit themselves. Many things had been smothered, that ought to have been brought to light. It was perfectly disgraceful the way things had been done at the committee. The meeting had been set for Thursday, but the date was changed.

Ald. Donnelly threw back the insinuation that any disgraceful proceedings had characterized the committee. He could well understand how Ald. Richardson would desire to have the committee work other than smoothly. But he (Ald. Donnelly) threw back as untrue, what Ald. Richardson had said. The committee had done its best to settle this matter amicably and to the city's best interests. All that had been made known in committee he had laid before council.

The mayor asked Ald. Richardson to withdraw the word "disgraceful."

Ald. Richardson refused. There had been perfectly disgraceful proceedings in committee. No alderman had a right to leave the committee, to go to one side, talk the matter over, and be joined by a third alderman.

Ald. Elliott repudiated Ald. Richardson's accusations. He (Ald. Elliott) acted as chairman of the committee Monday afternoon in Ald. Donnelly's absence, and he would state emphatically that no alderman or aldermen had left the committee to confer on the subject in hand. That was done after adjournment, and then any member had the right to do so.

Ald. W. Robinson said that if any member of the council had endeavored to do right that member was Ald. Donnelly. If some of those who were obstructing the elevator scheme would display less selfishness, it would be better for themselves and for those they are backing.

Ald. Donnelly pointed out that a tank elevator would cost more than the ordinary elevator, and with such a structure there would be less liability of damage to the grain than there would be with another kind.

Clause twelve passed without change.

Clause thirteen was amended by having it agreed that the (first) mortgage on the elevator act as a lien only to the extent of the principal and interest outstanding and unmatured, and as so amended was passed.

Clause fourteen was amended by inserting after the words, "city engineer," "or any other competent person appointed by council," and was passed as thus amended. Clauses fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen and twenty passed without amendment.

Ald. Kent wanted Mr. Mooers to deposit a marked cheque for $5,000 as a guarantee that the elevator will be constructed, and he moved, seconded by Ald. Allen, a resolution to that effect, the cheque to be returned when the sum for which it is drawn has been expended in construction.

Ald. W. Robinson said that before the council went out of existence a proposal would be laid before it to build a $150,000 railway. He hoped that those who voted for the deposit of $5,000 by Mr. Mooers would vote for the deposit of $30,000 by the promoters of the $150,000 scheme.

Ald. Kent's motion was carried and added to the agreement as clause twenty-one. The agreement was then adopted as a whole, and the committee was instructed to carry out the recommendations of its report, and the agreement was signed by the mayor, and by Ald. Mooers as representing Edwin Mooers.

Alds. Richardson and Stewart were appointed to represent the council on the committee to examine the plans and specifications for the elevator.

Ald. Elliott moved, seconded by Ald. Ryan, "that, as the date of the next regular meeting of the council falls on the anniversary of the birthday of our most gracious queen, Victoria, when this council adjourns it shall stand adjourned until the next following night of meeting, and that all accounts be paid on being properly certified by the chairmen of the different committees." The motion was carried unanimously.

Ald. Allen moved, seconded by Ald. Stewart, that "the council suggests the granting of $25,000 to Richardson & Sons and others connected with them for the building of an elevator, and refers the matter to the special grain elevator committee requesting that a report be made on the subject at next meeting of the council."

Alds. W. Robinson, Donnelly and Carson held that the resolution was out of order. The mayor agreed with the contention, and Ald. Allen withdrew his resolution.

Ald. Donnelly introduced a by-law to raise by way of loan on the credit of the debentures of the corporation, the sum of $25,000 to be granted to Edwin Mooers, for the purpose of erecting a grain elevator in the city. The by-law was read a first and second time and will be submitted to the people in June.


Chairman Donnelly was unavoidably absent from town yesterday afternoon, and alderman Elliott presided at the meeting of the elevator committee in his absence. There were present besides alderman Elliott, aldermen Stewart, Carson, Ryan, Richardson and Livingston. The city solicitor, J. Farrell, solicitor for the proposed Mooers company, alderman Mooers and G. and H.F. Mooers were in attendence also.

Mr. Farrell gave as the names of the promoters of the company J. Inglis & Sons, Toronto; Edwin Mooers, Duluth; H. Mooers, Kingston; George Mooers, Kingston; W.J. Livingston, Kingston; McLeod, Campbell & Smith, Duluth; Bartlett Fraser Co., Chicago. Mr. Mooers said, answering a question put by alderman Ryan, that $75,000 stock has been subscribed. Alderman Ryan thought the sum should be $100,000. Alderman Livingston and Carson believed $75,000 to be a sufficiently large sum.

Mr. Mooers, to satisfy the objections of aldermen Ryan and Richardson, submitted the following list of names of prospective share-holders: E. Mooers, Duluth, $5,000; Henry Mooers, Kingston, $25,000; George Mooers, Kingston, $20,000; J.T. Armstead, Duluth, $5,000; W.J. Livingston, $5,000; Inglis & Sons, Toronto, $5,000; D. Couper, Kingston, $1,000; George F. Clarke, Collins Bay, $1,000; R. McLeod, Kingston, $1,000; R.F. Clow, Kingston, $1,000; R. Carroll, Kingston, $1,000; McLeod, Campbell & Smith, Duluth, $10,000. Total, $80,000.

Mr. Farrell read letters from several American business firms, stating their willingness and readiness to take stock in the company.

Ald. Carson moved "that after hearing the names of the stockholders in the proposed company, this committee is of opinion that the company's financial standing is all that is necessary." The motion carried.

The offer of Richardson Bros. was left over until the Mooers offer has been disposed of.

p.6 General Paragraphs - The steamer Clinton, towing the Lisgar and the Grimsby, cleared from Garden Island last evening for Toledo, Ohio, there to load timber for the Calvin company.

The Emerald cleared from Garden Island last evening bound for Toledo for a cargo of oak timber for Garden Island.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 May 1897