Why The Privilege Was Granted.
An Ottawa despatch says that the marine section of the Toronto board of trade seems to be laboring under misapprehension with respect to the recent action of the dominion government in allowing American vessels to carry grain temporarily from one Canadian port to another on exports only. For some years the great bulk of the wheat crop of Manitoba, shipped from Fort William has been going to Europe by way of Buffalo and New York, eight times as much being sent by way of those places as through Montreal. This diversion of traffic to American seaports represents a heavy loss to Canadian labor, steamships, railways and banks. It was found that the chief reason for this was the lack of Ontario lake tonnage towards the close of the season when grain is offering. In view of this, in 1896, the Montreal board of trade recommended that pending the increase of Canadian tonnage until it is equal to the requirements of the trade originating at Fort William, American vessels be permitted to load wheat at Fort William for Canadian ports for export. The Winnipeg corn exchange recently made a strong recommendation to the same effect. It was on these recommendations that the government decided to act as it did. The permission granted for the remaining few weeks of the present season cannot injuriously affect Canadian vessel owners as there are more freights just now offering than the capacity of vessels can meet.
Repairing the Wharf - Extensive repairs are being made to the long government pier at Portsmouth. The work is being done under the supervision of Edward Beaupre, Sr. Planks are now being laid and new spiles will be placed in position during the winter. The dock is greatly used by the Kingston forwarding company.
The schooner Acacia cleared today for Oswego.
The tug Active cleared last night for Montreal with the dredge Fin MacCool and two grain laden barges.
The schooners Two Brothers and Madcap, from bay ports, discharged cargoes of peas and oats at Richardsons' elevator today.
The R. & O. N. company expects that the season's earnings will reach the $1,000,000 mark, an unprecedented record. Last year the earnings were $728,000.
The R. & O. N. company is endeavoring to secure a boat to run with the Toronto next season. Another offer has been made for the American steamer Virginia.
THE COMPANY FORMED.
Duluth, Minn., Nov. 1st - The Canada Atlantic transit company, recently incorporated, has elected officers as follows: President, J.R. Booth, Ottawa; vice-president and counsel, H.F. Stevens, St. Paul; secretary, J.T. Rose, Duluth; treasurer and assistant secretary, C.J. Fleck, Ottawa; assistant treasurer, W.H. Burk, St. Paul; general manager, E.J. Chamberlain, Ottawa.
Most of these officers are connected with the Canada Atlantic railroad company, with whom it will operate. The company has operated the Menominee fleet of six boats since early in 1897 between Duluth and Parry Sound. This fleet was recently sold to the National steel company , and the Canada Atlantic has purchased the George N. Orr and Arthur Orr. It will purchase four more vessels. The company organized here is to make Duluth its port of hail.
Still On The Island - Up to a late hour this afternoon the schooner Augustus, ashore near the Carleton Island, had not been liberated. The steamers Calvin and Bothnia are attempting her release, using the schooner Valencia as a lighter. The prevailing west wind makes wrecking operations difficult.