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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Sep 1897

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p.2 Didn't Run The Yacht Down - denied that Algerian ran down A. Roney's yacht while entering harbor.



Kingston, Sept. 3rd - To the Editor:

Those who term the second elevator scheme "opposition to Mooers" have been wrongly informed, for as a matter of fact it is in perfect harmony with anything tending to the welfare of Kingston, and the only opposition it will offer will be to the Prescott and Ogdensburg elevators.

This is a fight between Prescott and Ogdensburg as one trans-shipping point and Kingston as another. The M.T. Co. have to and are, I understand, carrying grain at the same rate from Kingston as they and other companies are carrying it for from Prescott, and they could not do this if they did not receive the elevating of the grain here.

If we want the M.T. company to do all their business at Kingston we must assist them by passing the bonus by-law to build a storage elevator here. It will not pay them to freight their grain from here in opposition to Prescott if they have to give their elevating to some one else to do. Freight rates are so cut on the river today that there is very little money in the business outside of the elevating. Prescott now has an elevator with a million bushels capacity, and I understand they have three-quarters of a million capacity at Ogdensburg, therefore Kingston cannot expect to capture with one house of a half million capacity the trade which these two places are doing and which we think we should have.

If the elevator by-law is not carried and the M.T. Co. are forced to leave this city, as I believe they surely will be in order to properly compete for business, a large number of houses will be vacated on account of their departure. This will bring the law of supply and demand into force and rents will naturally fall, while taxes will be affected, so that the burden, if the by-law is not carried, will rest, and heavily, too, on those only who own real estate.

It is the property owners who have all the say in the voting on this by-law, and surely they will study the facts carefully and look after their interests and the interests of the city at large and see that the majority for the by-law is a large one, and thus show the M.T. Co. that they have the good will of the people of Kingston and that Kingston wishes to have the good will of the M.T. Co. in its development in matters outside of the elevator question altogether.



Accident To A Lumber Barge.

The barge Minnie Francis, carrying 150,000 feet of lumber, to be used in the construction of the Mooers elevator, struck a rock near Kemptville and sank. Owing to the fact that her cargo was of lumber she was floated without great difficulty, and 90,000 feet of lumber was put ashore. The barge brought the remainder here, and after having discharged was placed in Davis' dry dock to have the large hole stove in her hull by the rock repaired.


The schooner S.H. Dunn, with a cargo of timber from Toledo, arrived at Garden Island this morning.

The steamer St. Lawrence, of the Thousand Islands steamboat company, concludes her season's work on Tuesday next.

The steamer Empire State will carry four parties of excursionists to and among the Thousand Islands on Sunday and Monday.

The Rathbun company has sold the barge Osiris to Larkins & Sangster, contractors for the Iroquois canal. She will be overhauled at the Deseronto shipyard.

The sloop Echo, Picton, is in port with 3,000 bushels of peas. The sloop Maggie L. arrived this morning from Bay of Quinte ports with 3,000 bushels of oats.

At Ogdensburg the crew of the steamer Cormorant deserted just as the boat was to sail for Lake Superior. Their places were taken by men on the dock.

Another big week's business has been done in grain freights at Chicago. Rates were firm at two cents on corn to Buffalo, three and a half cents to Lake Ontario. Charters: to Kingston, Glidden, Sophia Minch, Monteagle, Topeka, corn, on Wednesday.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, Sept. 3rd - Passed down: steamers Stewart, Chicago to Kingston, corn; Niagara, Toledo to Prescott, corn; Manisto, Chicago to Kingston, corn; Cuba, Toledo to Montreal, general cargo; Pickands, Toledo to Prescott, corn; Langdon, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; Escanaba, Chicago to Ogdensburg, wheat.

Passed up: steamers Orion and consorts, Collins Bay to Grand Marias, light; D. Lenty, Ogdensburg to Duluth, light; A.B. Andrews, Ogdensburg to Chicago, light; Cormorant and consort, Ogdensburg to Duluth, light; Saturn, Collins Bay to Ontonagon, light.

Port Dalhousie, Sept. 3rd - passed up: steamer Saturn, Collins Bay to Ontonagon, light; steamer Bothnia, Kingston to Chicago, light; schooner S.J. Collier, Kingston to Chatham, light; schooner Annandale, Kingston to Cleveland, light; steamer Rosemount, Kingston to Chicago, light; barge Winnipeg, Kingston to Chicago, light; barge Melrose, Kingston to Chicago, light.

Passed down: steamer S.L. Tilley, Fort William to Prescott, wheat; steamer Mona, Thorold to Coteau Landing, cement.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Sep 1897