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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Jul 1897

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p.2 Incidents of the Day - The crews of the steamer Glengarry and schooner Minnedosa, together with other employees of the M.T. Co., will attend the funeral of the late Capt. Irwin in a body tomorrow afternoon.


The steamer Ketchum and consort Owen, light, cleared today for upper lake ports.

The schooner Burton, Oswego, arrived in port today with a cargo of coal consigned to Booth & Co.

The steamer Arabia, Duluth, arrived in port yesterday and lightered 24,000 bushels of wheat at the M.T. Co.'s elevators, clearing again for Montreal.

The steamer Elfinmere, Chicago, arrived yesterday with 42,500 bushels of corn for the M.T. Co. She was discharged and cleared today for the west.

The steamer Glengarry towed four grain laden barges down the river yesterday, exchanging with the tug Walker, and bringing back four light barges. She went down this morning with eight grain laden barges and exchanged tows with the tug Thomson, returning with four light barges. Tomorrow night, having the Minnedosa in tow, she will leave for Fort William to load grain for this port.

The Prescott Elevating Company.

[Trade Bulletin, Montreal]

The Prescott elevating company loaded tow of their new steel barges with 26,000 bushels of grain each this week, which are now on their way to Montreal. This company will soon have four more steel barges in use which are a great improvement upon the old wooden barges now in use. The Prescott elevating company is doing a large business, no less than 535,364 bushels of grain, chiefly corn, having cleared from Chicago within the past week or eight days for this company, as follows: Steamer Newaygo, 41,405 bushels; steamer Nicaragua, 64,700; schooner Grampian, 57,100; schooner Paisley, 63,000; steamer L.J. Murphy, 69,655; steamer W.P. Ketchum, 57,549; schooner G.B. Owen, 51,803; schooner Godfrey, 41,000; schooner J.B. Lozen, 39,152; steamer J. Ruyce, 50,000.

Since writing the above, the following additonal vessels have cleared from Chicago for Prescott: schooner F.D. Ewen, 54,000 bushels; steamer Sir S.L. Tilley, 42,000; steamer Servia, 56,500; steamer Topeka, 53,000; steamer Pueblo, 53,500; steamer Josephine, 40,800; steamer W.B. Moseley, 72,500; schooner T.L. Parker, 43,500; steamer Colonial, 61,000; steamer C.A. Street, 28,500; steamer Ionia, 53,500; steamer Elfinmere, 42,500. Total 601,300. This makes over 1,100,000 bushels of corn that have cleared from Chicago for Montreal via Prescott during the past two weeks. This clearly demonstrates that Kingston is losing the grain trade owing to lack of elevating facilities, and as Prescott has taken the trade it will be a difficult matter for Kingston to get it back again.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, July 30th - Passed down: Sir S.L. Tilley, Chicago to Prescott, corn; Melbourne, Toledo to Montreal, general cargo; George Fairwell, Superior to Kingston, wheat; barge T.R. Merritt, Tonawanda to Brockville, iron.

Port Dalhousie, July 30th - Passed down: Steamer Shores, Duluth to Oswego, lumber; barge Millawen, Nipigon to Ogdensburg, lumber; barge Watson, Nipigon to Ogdensburg, lumber; steamer Topeka, Chicago to Ogdensburg, corn; steamer Street, Chicago to Prescott, corn; barge Godfrey, Chicago to Prescott, corn; barge Lozen, Chicago to Prescott, corn; steamer James, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer Arabian, Detroit to Prescott, wheat.

Kingston Vessels Superior.

The two new steel barges built for the Prescott elevator company this summer started yesterday on their first trip from Prescott to Montreal with wheat. The vessels are rated in class B-1. The barges being built by the locomotive works company, in this city, for the M.T. Co., are in class A-1, the different grades being: Class A-1, class A 1 1/2, class A2, class A2 1/2, and class B-1.


The Civic Committee Held A Meeting On Friday.

Chairman Donnelly met the following named members of the special elevator committee yesterday afternoon in the city engineer's office: Aldermen Stewart, Carson, Livingston, Richardson, Elliott and Ryan. City solicitor McIntyre was also in attendance.

Chairman Donnelly explained that the principle reason for the calling of the committee together was to come to some understanding as to the agreement to be entered into by the Montreal transportation company and the city council, provided the proposed bonus by-law, granting $35,000 to the company, received the approval of the citizens.

The city solicitor was of opinion that in considering such a question it would be as well for the committee to have present a member of the company. Alderman Livingston informed the board that Capt. Gaskin was authority for the statement that B.M. Britton, Q.C., M.P., was authorized to act for the company in the matter. The company was further informed that Mr. Britton was out of the city. It was then suggested that Mr. Whiting be asked to attend the meeting, representing the company, but he could not be located, and it was pointed out that it would be useless to ask Capt. Gaskin to be present. Alderman Livingston wanted the committee to postpone consideration of the agreement, saying that no matter how much progress was made at that meeting, the ground would have to be gone over again with the company's solicitor. The chairman contended that the committee had better make a start. The members would not be bound by any agreement arrived at during that meeting.

Alderman Stewart asked if, in the event of the by-law carrying, would the elevator constructed by the Montreal transportation company be a public elevator and store-house. The chairman replied in the affirmative. If it was not to be a public elevator he would not support the bonus by-law. Granting that the bonus was carried by the citizens, alderman Livingston wanted to know if the M.T. company would be held to an agreement similar to the one entered into by the Mooers company. Chairman Donnelly replied in the affirmative. As far as he was concerned each company would enjoy the same privileges and restrictions.

Alderman Carson thought the committee could not do better than to adopt the agreement, is so far as it would apply, entered into by the Mooers company. This met the approval of the committee. The resolution being seconded by alderman Stewart, was adopted.

Alderman Elliott approved of the agreement in so far as it went, but it did not go far enough. There was nothing in the agreement which compelled the company to remain here. He wanted that attended to, and also a clause inserted to the effect that in building the elevator and storehouse materials must be purchased here and only Kingston workmen must be employed.

Alderman Carson - "You cannot draft any agreement which will compel the company to remain here."

Alderman Elliott - "I grant you that, but you can put in a proviso providing for the forfeiture of a sum of money by the company in the event of it not complying with the terms of the agreement."

City solicitor McIntyre was of opinion that there was a clause in the agreement entered into by the council and the M.T. Co. at the time the company was granted exemption, which compelled the company to remain in the city for a term of years. Alderman Elliott thought there was something to that effect, but not sufficiently broad. The by-laws granting exemption, and also the agreement entered into by the company were looked up. The first clause forms part of the by-laws, the second clause is taken from the agreement, which is signed by Hugh McLennan:

"If the said company cease for a period of six months to be a going concern, or cease or omit to transact their whole business in the province of Ontario, in the city of Kingston, so far as the same are capable of being transacted in the said city of Kingston, or if the said company fail or omit to observe or fulfil any of the following conditions, the said exemption from payment of taxes shall from thenceforth cease and become determined," etc.

In the signed and sealed agreement, speaking of the company, is this clause:

"Their successors and assigns, executors or administrators, shall and will, upon any failure or default happening, forthwith pay to the said corporation, their successors or assigns, the sum of $2,000 of the lawful money of Canada." etc.

The bylaw is dated from 1893, has been three years operative and has seven yet to remain in force. The company pays $217.86 in school taxes.

Alderman Ryan said that exemption would not keep the company in the city, but alderman Elliott replied that the city was protected against the company's going for seven years. Alderman Carson thought the company was not fulfilling the terms of the agreement. He was given to understand that twelve of the company's barges were used at Montreal in which to store grain. He thought it would be worthwhile learning if there was any truth in the statement. Alderman Richardson did not credit the statement. The company could not secure sufficient barges to handle its grain arriving at this port.

The consideration of the agreement was proceeded with, some of the members wanting to postpone the task until such time as the company's solicitor could be present. This cause was not approved of by the chairman, who thought the committee should arrive at an understanding as to the basis of the agreement it wanted the company to enter into.

All the clauses in the Mooers company agreement passed muster until the ninth was reached. "The charges for elevating, unloading and spouting grain from and to vessels and cars shall in no case exceed one half cent per bushel." Alderman Richardson wanted the word "cars" eliminated from the agreement. It costs more to load and unload cars. Alderman Elliott objected. He thought both companies should be treated alike. The clause was allowed to remain.

Alderman Ryan thought the company would object to clause ten, which provided for the payment by the company of the outstanding debenture debt in case the elevator was burned or destroyed within twenty years, and the company refused or neglected to rebuild. The clause was permitted to remain.

May 1st was named as the date for completing and equipping the elevator for business.

That portion of clause thirteen providing for the non-payment of the bonus until such time as the company had given the city a first mortgage on the building and land brought forth some discussion. Under the circumstances the chairman thought such a condition in the agreement a hardship. So did alderman Richardson. Aldermen Carson and Elliott wanted the clause left undisturbed. The city solicitor thought it had better be allowed to remain. The company would not be injured by it, was alderman Livingston's opinion. It was allowed to stand.

Clause fifteen was non-operative, the company being already incorporated.

When the agreement had been gone through and amended, alderman Richardson objected to clauses eleven and thirteen, the last named for reasons already mentioned. That part of clause eleven he found fault with was the payment of ten dollars a day for each day the elevator was not in use during the season of navigation, covering a period of twenty years. He characterized the clause as being no good. The other members of the committee thought that if it was no good it would do no harm to be left alone.

Alderman Elliott presented a rough draft of his clause, compelling the company to buy its materials for the elevator here, and for the employment of Kingstonians on the work as far as practicable.


Only Twenty Bushels Damaged - While running down Lake Michigan the schooner Owen, consort of the steamer Ketchum, struck a reef. To provide against the possibility of anything serious occurring, a steam pump was put aboard at Detroit. In discharging here it was found that her hull let in very little water and that only twenty bushels of her cargo of grain was damaged. She will go to Buffalo to be docked and receive repairs.

Incidents of the Day - The schooner Two Brothers is discharging a cargo of coal brought from Charlotte at Swift's coal yard.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Jul 1897