p.1 Money In These Boats - Montreal, Feb. 8th - R. & O. Nav. Co. annual meeting - facts and figures, etc.
p.2 Incidents of the Day - Capt. Barnhardt, of the schooner Loretta Rooney, is in the city. The schooner is being rebuilt at Deseronto and will be in first-class condition for the opening of navigation.
p.6 An Unfounded Report - A report gained currency this morning that the Kingston & Montreal forwarding company had decided to move their floating stock from Portsmouth, but local manager James Stewart states there is no truth in it. A large number of men were started at work in the company's shipyard yesterday.
Feb. 9, 1898
p.6 To Take Soundings - This morning Col. Anderson, chief engineer of the marine department, and W.H. Noble, assistant, together with civil engineer Mitchell and Capt. Donnelly drove out to Snake Island to take soundings in the old ship channel for the purpose of changing the light on Four Mile Point in accordance with a request made by the local board of trade.
Feb. 10, 1898
p.2 Entered Another's Employ - After a connection with the firm for thirty-seven years, Paul Reid, foreman shipbuilder for the K. & M. F. Co., has left his connection with that institution and has entered the service of the M.T. company as superintendent of marine construction. In him the big firm has secured the most experienced shipbuilder in Ontario, and one in whom they can place the greatest dependence.
Death of Mrs. Augustus - wife of Capt. Webster Augustus, Division street.
EXPORT OF GRAIN.
Any Vessel Should Be Permitted To Carry It To Canadian Ports.
Alexander McFee, Montreal, writes a letter to the Montreal Witness pointing out the reason that only a small percentage of the surplus wheat of the north-west is exported via Kingston and Montreal. He says: "At the close of last season while the elevators of the C.P.R. and G.T.R. were being filled with Chicago and Duluth grain, large cargoes of our Manitoba wheat were being carried to Buffalo, and at that very time it was impossible to make a charter from Fort William to Canadian ports via Canadian vessels. The Montreal transportation company will not charter its boats to carry grain from Fort William to Midland or Owen Sound. It fixes the destination at Kingston, and if we exclude the Montreal transportation company we have, practically, no Canadian lake marine, and you can count on your five figures, including the Montreal transportation company's fleet, the Canadian vessels on the upper lakes that will class A-1. Even in the face of the large increase of Canadian north-west wheat that was carried last season over previous years, we do not hear of any A-1 steamers now being constructed for our Canadian trade, showing clearly that, as the Canadian northwest grain increases, our proportion of the carrying of that crop will decrease; and as a natural consequence the Manitoba grain will in large quantities go via the American channels. There is only one solution, and that is on the lines of the resolution which was passed by the Montreal board of trade and corn exchange association two years ago, which was to the effect that until our Canadian marine was of sufficient capacity to carry the grain from the north-west, that United States vessels should be permitted to take cargo from Fort William to a Canadian port. Open up the privilege to United States vessels to carry our Canadian grain from Fort William to a Canadian port and you would then find that elevators at Owen Sound, Midland and other lake ports, including Prescott and Kingston, would be filled with our Canadian wheat, for account of Canadian merchants. Canadian merchants would handle this wheat via Canadian channels and export it to foreign countries, thereby deriving any benefit which might be obtained from the business."