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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Sep 1897

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The steamer Arabian cleared last night, light, for Chicago.

The tug Bronson with six light barges arrived this morning from Montreal.

The steamer Glengarry, with consort Minnedosa, cleared for Duluth to load wheat for this port.

The sloop Maggie L. arrived from Napanee this morning with 3,745 bushels of oats consigned to Richardson & Sons.

The steamer Bannockburn with consorts Selkirk and Dunmore cleared today for Duluth to load wheat for the M.T. Co.

The steamer Bannockburn and consort Minnedosa, Chicago, arrived this morning with 130,000 bushels of corn consigned to the M.T. company.

The steamers B.J. Murphy, Chicago to Ogdensburg, corn; Erin and consort, Chicago to Kingston, corn; Rosedale, Toledo to Prescott, corn, passed Port Colborne yesterday.

Over 300,000 bushels of grain arrived at the M.T. company's elevators during Friday and today. All the freighters received ready despatch and are on their way up the lakes to reload.

Capt. LaRush is now sole owner of the sloop Maggie L., having bought out the half interest of his partner, alderman Mooers. The Maggie L. has just been refitted above water, newly rigged and a new main sail added.

For the past ten days W.L. Scott, civil engineer, Montreal, has been in the city employed in taking soundings of the harbor from a point in line with Point Frederick and Swift's wharf to Cataraqui bridge. He has made many borings and finds the average depth of clay covering the rock to be from thirty to thirty-five feet. If dredged out a channel sufficiently deep to float the largest ocean steamer would be obtained. The work of making the survey was done at the instance of the M.T. Co.


A Letter From George A. Kirkpatrick About It.

Below is given a copy of a letter received yesterday by Capt. Gaskin from Sir George A. Kirkpatrick, lieutenant-governor of Ontario. The letter refers to a subject of interest to every citizen, and coming from such an authority ought to convince everyone of the necessity of supporting the proposed bonus by-law:

Government House, Toronto, 8th Sept., 1897.

"I am glad to hear that the prospect for carrying the M.T. elevator by-law is good. It seems to me that the retention of the business of the M.T. company in Kingston is of the greatest importance to every property owner and taxpayer in the city. The annual charge upon the city on $35,000 at four per cent will be $1,400. This will be paid several times over by the taxes from employees of the company. Merchants and others will benefit largely by the purchase in the city of supplies and provisions for the company's large fleet of vessels, and the large amount paid out by the company in wages.

"The more elevators erected in Kingston the more facilities there will be for the transportation of grain at that port, and the greater inducement for the export of grain via Kingston. I would like to see half a dozen elevators along the docks of my native city.

"I am a tax payer in more than half the wards of the city, and so anxious am I to see the by-law carried that I will try to go down and vote for it if my medical adviser will give me permission.

I am, yours very truly, George A. Kirkpatrick."

The Elevator Bonus By-law In Kingston.

Kingston, Sept. 10th - To The Editor:

The bonus by-law will be submitted to the electors on Wednesday. There is opposition to it of course. In this respect we in Kingston always make the same mistake. Toronto is known as hog town because there every one is interested in promoting Toronto interests against outsiders. It seems to have been conclusively proved that Kingston is the proper point for transhipping grain and that any business done here is a clear gain as it brings money here, let it be by the M.T. company or any one else. We cannot hope to accomplish much else in Kingston's development. The timber and lumber trade is fast passing away. The district does not offer promise of much extension in agricultural lines as the land in the northern district is unsuitable.

We can make Kingston a residential city by making it attractive in appearance and by adding to its importance as a marine city, building vessels and transhipping grain or merchandise. But unfortunately we have a few who will not see their own advantage in any proposition in their haste to try and read between the lines that B.W. Folger or John Gaskin or some other enterprising citizen, in trying to make $100 for the city, makes one for himself. Brother Bickley spoke of them as croakers, and I believe he was right. We have had lessons enough, for, while quarrelling, Prescott erected an elevator, Peterboro the Edison works, Belleville the G.T.R. shops, Hamilton a rolling mill, and in all probability many others. Enterprising strangers would not waste time in a place like Kingston as there is nothing so discouraging as blind croakers.

When we find men like Messrs. Richardson, Pense, Folger, Minnes, Britton, Elliott, Shanks and any number of other prominent men endorsing the propositions we should hesitate, before striking a blow, perhaps a fatal one, at Kingston's best interests. Reason the matter over with some of these men, change your mind and help it, but hesitate before voting it out. The writer has no financial connection with the elevator interests, and is only a common citizen with a property that will pay part of the burden much more easily than it would pay the present ones if the M.T. Co. left here. NOAH.


Why Don't They Tackle the Other Fellows?

Newspapers are not unduly sensitive. They expect criticism, and it is administered quite often for their good, but they draw the line at attack based on absolute untruth. For two or three weeks representatives of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company in Kingston have been spreading the report that the managers of the line will not winter their boats in Kingston this year because of the offensiveness of the Kingston press. This may possibly be the reason given by the exciteable head of the line, who, unaccustomed to opposition, is almost frantic at the success of the America, and can bear no mention of that boat; but the Kingston agents have every facility for knowing the exact truth. There has been no attack upon the Richelieu line and Whig files are at the disposal of these agents to act like men and back up their assertion if they can. So far from the newspapers being inclined to attack the company they have shown them exceptional kindness. In thirty-five years experience on the Kingston press the writer can attest to the mail line being puffed daily almost, though their patronage was trifling and they were absolutely devoid of courtesy in turn. It has been all on one side, a begging for favors on the part of the Richelieu folk. Further, the general manager of that line has stated on the streets that the Whig treated him better than he deserved. Yes, and the Whig can add, treated him fifty times better than he deserved. The agents now trying to injure newspapers in the estimation of their fellow citizens by untruthful statements not long since wrote a letter of warm thanks to the publisher of the Whig, and that is not the first occasion for a similar expression, although the paper has not been fairly treated in that quarter. It is not a week since an official of the line expressed his gratitude to the Whig that it had forgotten his attack of a few weeks since and treated him with the kindest consideration. Does it seem reasonable that a newspaper with kindly instincts of that kind is likely to drive any company out of Kingston? If the Kingston agents who cry down the press of their own city did one quarter as much for its advancement it would be a lively town. It is a contemptible spirit which makes a false charge to injure a local institution.

The feelings between the owners of the two river lines are, no doubt, pretty warm, but opposition has to be encountered in all branches of trade. Newspapers have to meet opposition just the same as steamboat men, but they fight out their battles between themselves, and Mr. Forger and his agents in Kingston can gracefully do the battling with the Messrs. Folger like men in open waters, and say their little prayers, always remembering one of the commandments about bearing false witness. They may be a little jealous because the American line has received kindly notices. They are but the result of warm personal feelings for the Messrs. Folger in the breasts of a number of their attached friends. The Richelieu line has had fifty notices per season, for which it has never expressed even gratitude, and it can afford to bear the opposition both in and out of the newspapers with equanimity. They cannot prevent people praising a fine boat and good meals; it is as natural as daylight.

p.4 The Very Reason - why the M.T. Co. should be retained by the electors.

p.6 A New Situation - grain trade expected to grow; if the bonus by-law is carried, Kingston is in a good position to more than compete with Prescott.

Burned and Scuttled - Midland, Ont., Sept. 11th - The tug D.L. White, of Midland, was burned and scuttled near Moon River on Thursday night. The cause of the fire is unknown. The vessel is a complete loss; insurance unknown.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Sep 1897