p.2 Day's Episodes - The barges sent to Oswego by the M.T. company are to load hard coal for Montreal dealers. They had not begun to load on Tuesday.
Craig's wharf: steamers Persia down; Niagara up.
Swift's wharf: steamers Corsican down; Hamilton up.
The schooner New Dominion cleared for Oswego to await a cargo of hard coal.
M.T. company elevator: tug Thomson cleared for Oswego with two light barges.
Richardsons' elevator: steambarge John Milne and schooner Echo from bay ports with grain.
The schooner Oliver Mowat, from Oshawa, unloaded 17,500 bushels of barley at the M.T. company elevator today.
The schooner Jamieson, from Frenchman's Bay, is unloading wheat at the malt house. She clears for Oswego to load hard coal.
The Montreal Transportation company has contracted with Swan & Hunter, Wallsend, Newcastle-on-the-Tyne, England, to build a steel steamship. The new vessel will be a little larger than the Bannockburn or Rosemount. Its dimensions will be 248 feet over all; 42 feet beam, and 23 feet molded depth. Engines will be aft. The new steamship will arrive at Kingston at the opening of navigation next spring.
WAITED ON MINISTER.
Rideau and Other Canal Employees Ask For Increased Pay.
Police Magistrate Farrell returned on Tuesday night from Ottawa, whither he went on the previous morning to present the petition of the Rideau Canal employees to the department. This petition, which was signed by every man along the canal route as well as by prominent citizens of Kingston and other places, prays the department to increase the employees' wages from $1.25 to $1.75 a day. Petitions were also presented from the employees of the Welland, St. Lawrence, Trent Valley, Soulanges and Sault Ste. Marie canals, asking for an increase in pay, though a stipulated raise was not mentioned in all cases. The deputation was received by A.G. Blair, minister of railways and canals. The minister did not commit himself to an expression of opinion, but promised to lay the matter before the department and to make enquiries into the existing conditions.
Those who had charge of the petitions urged that the prayer of the employees be given every consideration. These men worked only from May 15th to Nov. 30th, and were paid but $1.25 a day, which yields them less than $250 a year. This was scarcely a living wage at present. Furthermore, the canal employees are obliged to live at the locks during all the rest of the year, in order that they may be summoned at any time in case of emergency. This prevents them from going elsewhere to seek employment, and most of them are obliged to remain idle during almost half of the year. One can easily understand how impossible it would be for them to secure work at Kingston Mills, Washburn and other points along the Rideau during the winter months. These employees surely deserve consideration at the hands of the department, and it is felt that existing conditions will be improved.
Returns From England - Henry Thurston, chief engineer for the Montreal Transportation company, has returned from a month's sojourn in England. In company with some of the directors he went thither with a view to having built at Wallsend, near Newcastle, a new boat, which would be a sister ship to the Bannockburn.
p.6 W.H. Godwin, of the British America and Caledonia Insurance companies, was in Deseronto, on Tuesday, adjusting the loss on the Rathbun company's barge Recruit, damaged by fire at Michipicoten.