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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Sep 1897

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The steamer Algonquin passed down the river yesterday with 82,000 bushels of wheat, consigned to Prescott.

The steamer Bon Voyage has been withdrawn from the Gladstone, Menominee and Manistee route after an unprofitable season.

The sloop Laura D. is undergoing extensive repairs. New masts have been added, planking put in, and new rigging rove.

The tug Walker arrived from Montreal last evening with three light barges, clearing again this morning for the same port with three barges grain laden.

The steamer Servia and consorts bring wheat from Duluth to Kingston at 4 1/2 c. per bushel. The steamers Aragon and Rosemount, with consorts, carry corn from Chicago to Kingston at 3 3/8 c.

An impression has gone abroad that the Mooers' elevator company has no means of transporting grain from this port to the seaboard. Adlerman Mooers would like to correct this false impression. There are three large forwarding companies connected with the elevator and their barges and tugs will afford more than sufficient means of moving to Montreal all grain arriving at the elevator.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, Sept. 8th - Down: steamer Myles, Fort William to Prescott, wheat; steamer Prince, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer Kathadin, Chicago to Ogdensburg, corn; steamer Pueblo, Chicago to Oswego, corn.

Port Dalhousie, Sept. 7th - Down: steamer James, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer Algonquin, Fort William to Prescott, wheat; steamer D.D. Calvin, French River to Kingston, timber; barge Ceylon, French River to Kingston, timber; barge Augustus, French River to Kingston, timber; steamer Argonaut, Toledo to Prescott, corn; steamer Myles, Fort William to Prescott, wheat.


In Regard To Elevator Put Up By Mooers.

Kingston, Sept. 7th - To The Editor:

Nothing more clearly demonstrates the intention of Capt. Gaskin in securing this bonus than his statement on the market square on Saturday morning last, when he told Mr. Mooers before thirty or forty people that his elevator would be a "monument to the people to look at six months after the M.T. company's elevator started." About the same remark was made by the captain at a council meeting, "that he would send any surplus they should have to Prescott rather than give the Mooers any part of it." Now if these remarks indicate the feelings of Capt. Gaskin towards the other company, what fair play is there in it? Is it the intention of the people of this city to grant $35,000 to the Montreal transportation company for the purpose of trying to close up the first elevator? I think the city has done all it could be expected to do in one year in the way of granting bonuses to elevators. I am informed by Mr. Mooers that should their elevator prove incapable of handling the grain that comes to them, that they would increase their elevator to 1,000,000 bushels capacity without one dollar extra bonus from the city. In this case should we not go slow before granting another bonus from the city. There is not a case in the history of any city in this country where bonuses have been granted to two companies in the same line of business. Capt. Gaskin had all the chance he wanted to accept the first bonus, but he thought it better to wait and try and get the city to increase the amount. He never thought of any other person being willing to accept the bonus, and his present action shows how badly he feels over losing the first bonus. Is it a fair deal between the city on the one hand and the Mooers people on the other? They came forward and put their money into this deal when no one else would, and expected to get a fair chance to carry out their agreement with the city, and the city should be willing to do the same with them. FAIR PLAY.

On being interviewed with regard to the above, Capt. Gaskin says that what he said was "that in case the present by-law did not carry Mr. Mooers' elevator would be a monument to the folly of the people of Kingston." His reason for believing this is that he believes the M.T. Co. will leave Kingston in case the by-law does not carry and that they together with the Prescott elevator company would concentrate the trade at Prescott, and Kingston would gradually cease to be a trans-shipping point and there would be no work to do here for an elevator company, which has, as far as can be seen, no connection with people in the grain trade.

However, on the other hand, if the by-law carries and the business of the M.T. company is retained here then, under their agreement with the city, they must freight from here all the grain they have control of, and in that case any that they cannot handle themselves they will have to give to Mr. Mooers to care for, and with the grain trade to a large extent concentrated here, he believes that Mr. Mooers will find work for his elevator to do.

There is nothing at present to force the M.T. Co. to do all their freighting from here and unless they have to they would be foolish to bring grain here to be freighted to Montreal unless they have the handling of it, for the reason that they get no higher rate of freight from here than they do from Prescott. With regard to the city granting two bonuses in one year it would be sacrificing the city's best interests if we were to wait until it was seen whether or not Mr. Mooers' elevator could keep the trade here. We know that Prescott and Ogdensburg have nearly two million storage capacity, and we cannot expect to recover our trade from them with one elevator of half a million bushels capacity.

Grain is freighted from the west to Prescott at the same rate as to Kingston, and Prescott has the advantage of being some seventy miles nearer Montreal than Kingston, and in order to overcome this disadvantage Kingston must encourage the forwarders in some way, or they will not carry grain to Montreal from here in competition with Prescott and at the same rate of freight.

p.3 Collins Bay Items - Sept. 7th - The steamer Parthia took a raft down the river on Saturday for the Leslie company. The steamer Quinn and barges from Marquette unloaded timber here last week and left for Grand Marie (sic - Marias ?). The steamer Saturn and barges from Toledo also unloaded and left again for Ontonogan.

p.6 Snips - The roller boat constructed at the Polson ship yards, Toronto, was launched this afternoon.

Owners or captains of vessels desiring to have marine protests or average bonus drawn should call on J.P. Gildersleeve, 42 Clarence street, who, as a notary public, makes a specialty of that class of business.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Sep 1897