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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Sep 1897

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The schooner Nellie Hunter cleared last evening for Oswego to load coal for Crawford & Co.

The schooner Grantham, Oswego, arrived last night with a cargo of coal, consigned to P. Walsh.

The schooner Acacia is tied up at the foot of Queen street awaiting a charter. She has not been in commission for a week or two.

Work will be commenced in a couple of weeks rebuilding the steamer International, damaged by fire at Prescott. The Armstrong will replace her on the Prescott-Ogdensburg route while the work is in progress.

So far the M.T. company has not done anything towards raising the barge Kinghorn, sunk in one hundred feet of water just below Rockport. She is laden with 20,000 bushels of corn, worth at least $2,000. The Collins Bay rafting company offered to raise the Kinghorn for $5,000. If the barge was not successfully raised the company would not ask for any money, but as yet the M.T. company has not accepted the offer.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Dalhousie, Sept. 15th - Down: schooner Avondale, Cleveland to Montreal, steel; steamer Monteagle, Chicago to Kingston, corn; barge Winnipeg, Chicago to Kingston, corn; steamer Rosemount, Chicago to Kingston, corn; barge Melrose, Chicago to Kingston, corn.

Port Colborne, Sept. 15th - Down: Rosemount and consorts, Chicago to Kingston, corn; Haskell, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; Servia and consort, Duluth to Kingston, wheat; Isabella Boyce, Milwaukee to Brockville, pig iron.


Taxpayers Are Six To One In Favor Of It.

The stand, regarding the second elevator question, taken by the Whig in the interests of the city and of the people was vindicated and endorsed by the taxpayers of the city yesterday, as it has frequently been on previous occasions. The supporters of the bonus by-law worked steadily all day; their organization was perfect, and the work of conveying the electors to the polls was done in the shortest possible time and with not the slightest "fuss" or excitement. The opposition saw early in the day that their cause was hopeless, and they admitted that they would be beaten by a good round majority. Neither side expected, however, the majority would be so large.

No sooner had the polls closed than crowds began to assemble in front of the Whig office to await the posting of the returns from the different wards. It was a quiet and orderly assemblage and no cheering or similar demonstration was indulged in. The deputy-returning officers did their work rapidly and the first return was posted in the Whig window a few minutes after the closing of the booths.

The vote by wards was as follows:

For. Against.

Sydenham ward 141 22

Ontario ward 77 12

St. Lawrence ward 66 10

Cataraqui ward 228 17

Frontenac ward 304 54

Rideau ward 336 67

Victoria ward 218 36

1,370 219

Majority for 1,151

An analysis of the vote recorded shows that every ward in the city gave a majority for the by-law. Rideau ward gave the largest majority, 269. Frontenac was next with 250 majority; Cataraqui was third with 211; then came Victoria with 182, Sydenham giving 119, Ontario 64, and St. Lawrence 56. The majority for the by-law was larger than the total number of votes recorded for and against the Mooers bonus by-law, and there were six times as many votes cast in favor of the by-law as there were recorded against it. The total vote polled was 1,589. The total possible vote is between 1,800 and 1,900. It will be seen, therefore, that the ratepayers of the city are almost unanimously in favor of erecting a second elevator, and of retaining the business of the M.T. company here as long as possible.

Manager Gaskin Interviewed.

Capt. Gaskin was seen by a Whig reporter, this morning. He was justly elated over the result of the vote, and said that he desired to heartily and sincerely thank all friends for the assistance they had rendered in securing such a decided victory. Said he: "Our organization was the best that has ever been arranged in this city, in the case of a contest such as this. The organization of the political parties for a parliamentary campaign could not have been more complete."

"What does the company propose to do, captain? Will operations commence at once?"

"Yes. We propose going ahead with the work immediately, and to have the elevator ready to receive grain by next spring. You see we have not to wait for the stumps, neither have we to form a company before commencing the work. We have had men at work for some time, taking soundings, with the object of ascertaining the most suitable site for the elevator. They are at work now, and no time will be lost in any department. We are prepared to fulfil our part of the agreement to the letter and we fully intend to do so."

It is stated that plans of the proposed structure have been prepared and felt the elevator will, in all probability, be situated on the long wharf at the M.T. company's dock. There can be no doubt that an era of greatly increased prosperity for Kingston has dawned, and ere long the city will be forging ahead to take her rightful place among the leading grain distributing centres of the continent.

p.3 Port Milford - Sept. 14th - ....The tug Thistle left here on Sunday last instead of Monday, as she was heavily laden with fish....

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Sep 1897