p.1 Reduced Fees at Kingston, Ont. - Washington, Aug. 26th - The state department is informed that the dominion government has reduced the fees of the dry dock at Kingston, Ont., fifty per cent, which is a matter of interest to the United States shipping on the great lakes.
p.2 The Second Elevator - A great many people believe that the Montreal transportation company will not transfer its business to Prescott if the elevator by-law is defeated. This is a false impression. Negotiations for the amalgamation of the company's business with an elevator company on the river have been going on for some time. If the company does not own an elevator here it will handle its grain at a port lower down the river.
Some Elevator Notes - tug Maggie May brings two barges loaded with pine lumber for Mooer's elevator; grillage (maple timbers 12 feet long, six inches wide and 12 inches thick) placed on piles which are cut off twenty inches below water level.
The steamer James Swift cleared from Swift's wharf, for Ottawa, this morning.
The steamer Arundell arrived at Swift's wharf from Alexandria Bay this morning.
There were no marine arrivals or departures at either the M.T. Co.'s wharf of that of Richardson & Sons last night or today.
The R. & O. steamer Spartan called at Swift's wharf this morning on her way from Toronto to Montreal, and this afternoon the Corsican called, going in the opposition direction.
Welland Canal Report.
Port Colborne, Aug. 25th - Down: schooner Vienna, Toledo to Kingston, corn; steamer Murphy, Chicago to Ogdensburg, corn; steamyacht Truant, Detroit to Toronto.
Up: steamer Seguin, Prescott to Ashtabula, light; James, Ogdensburg to Chicago, general cargo.
Port Dalhousie, Aug. 25th - Up: yacht Artemus, Cobourg to Buffalo, light; steamer Juno, Hamilton to Port Colborne, light; steamer James, Ogdensburg to Chicago, general cargo; steamer Topeka, Oswego to Chicago, coal. Down: steamer Niagara, Chatham to Prescott, wheat.
Hamilton, Aug. 26th - The pleasure steamer Acacia, owned by Matthews Bros., and which plied between Simcoe street dock and Bay View Roman Catholic cemetery, was burned to the water's edge at an early hour this morning. The schooner Bullock, lying on the opposite side of the wharf, was badly scorched, and the private steam yacht Athena, owned by Glendenning & MacDonald, tied up to an adjoining dock was burned beyond repair. The Acacia was valued at about $7,500 and was insured for $1,500. The Athena was valued at about $3,000. It was badly burnt about a year ago and repaired, but now its usefulness is gone. The Bullock can be repaired for about $350. The dock owned by the Matthews Bros. was damaged to the extent of $800. The origin of the fire is unknown.