Vessel Owners Meeting
The Oswego Vessel Owners Association met yesterday afternoon, Cheney Ames in the chair.
J. A. Hathaway, from the committee on scalping rates read a letter from a Chicago vessel man, stating that the Chicago Association had adopted a resolution to pay 75 cents per thousand bushels to agents for chartering vessel this season. He thought this rate would be generally adhered to.
Mr. Ames, from the committee on shoveling, reported that he had written to Buffalo about the matter but had received no reply and recommended that action be deferred until the next meeting,
The committee on Towing in the Canal introduced Mr. Kimmet, of the Towing firm Brattle, Cochrane and Kimmet, who had come from the Canal to confer with Oswego vessel owners on the question of rates for the season. His firm were willing to establish a fair tare at which they would do all the towing for Oswego vessels, provided an agreement was entered into that would be satisfactory to both parties.
The question of horse and bug towing was discussed at some length, The Secretary read a dispatch received from Gordon, a Welland canal towman, offering to two Oswego vessels for $40 the round trip if he was guaranteed all the towing.
Mr Green offered the following resolution which was adopted:
Resolved: That any satisfactory arrangement the present canal committee may make with, Brattle Cochrane and Kimmet or other parties for towing through the canal, we pledge ourselves to fully support.
MR. M. J. Cummings was added to the canal committee.
The committee on towing in the Oswego harbor reported progress and were granted further time.
A Buffalo Board of Trade weighman had written a letter to the association deprecating their action with regard to dispensing with the services of gentlemen of his calling. The letter, which was read also contained a number of reasons why the writer thought the Board of trade weighman should be (sustained) by vessel owners. NO action seemed necessary on this subject, and the arguments of the Buffalo man did not appear to convince the meeting that they could reconsider their former action in ths matter.