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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jun 1904

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Masters Surrender To the Carriers'Association.

Cleveland, Ohio, June 15th - After six weeks of a tie-up on the great lakes that has directly involved only a couple of thousand men, but indirectly more than a hundred thousand, who have been idle because of its existence, a cessation was brought to the strike last night by the surrender of the masters who, with the pilots, have been holding out for a more uniform scale of wages this season than was offered by the Lake Carriers' Association, whose boats were most affected by the difficulty between the vessel owners and their employees.

The strike was declared off by Paul Howell, district captain of the Masters' and Pilots' Association, who gave out the following statement:

"The Masters' and Pilots' Association have concluded that it would be good policy at this stage of the game owing to existing conditions over which we have no control to advise our captains to go to work and make the most of a bad situation.

Our mates will meet at the earliest possible opportunity and make arrangements along the lines of their own ideas and present them to the Lake Carriers' Association for acceptance. In the meantime, the mates will remain where they are until the arrangement is made and agreed upon by the two associations."

It is understood that the Lake Carriers' Association will soon come to an agreement with the mates and that the full fleet of the Lake Carriers' Association will be got under way within a very few days.

The Lake Carriers' Association was willing to pay last year's scale of wages, but this was not agreeable to the masters and pilots because of the alleged great difference in the wages of men doing similar work.

The strike has been one of the most costly in wages and time lost and stagnation of business that has occurred in recent years.



Craig's wharf: steamer Persia down.

The schooners Clara Youell, Luff and Fleetwing cleared for Oswego.

The S.S. Westmount brought the lake barge Augustus to Garden Island with timber.

The steambarges Kenirving and John Milne, en route to Fairhaven, remained in port here till the fog lifted.

The tugs Brown and Orillia, which took two dredges from Cornwall to Glenora were in port today on their return.

M.T. company elevator: S.S. Westmount and consort Hamilton, from Fort William with 150,000 bushels of wheat.

Swift's wharf: steamer Hamilton up last night; steamer Spartan down this evening; steamer Rideau King from Ottawa this evening.

Garden Island: Steamer Calvin and consort Ceylon cleared for Garden River to load timber; steamer Tecumseh and consort Meringo, from Toledo with timber.

The illuminant in the following lighthouses in the river St. Lawrence has been changed from petroleum to acetylene, and the lights will henceforth be unwatched, but in other respects unchanged: Lindoe Island, Gananoque Narrows, Jackstraw Shoal, Spectacle Shoal, Red Horse Rock, Burn Island.

Judge Morson, R.L. Joynt, M.L.A., John Hazlett, J.W. Hazlett, Thomas Long (Port Hope), W.C. Wilson, and Capt. O'Brien, have been chosen directors of the newly organized Lake Ontario Navigation company. At a directors' meeting these officers were elected: President, Judge Morson; vice-president, R.L. Joynt, M.L.A.; managing director, John Hazlett; treasurer, J.W. Hazlett; secretary, T.L. Church. The Argyle will run this season under the following officers: Capt. O'Brien, mate Capt. Sullivan; purser, J.W. Hazlett; chief engineer, John Hazlett; steward, William Owens.


And Should Be Vigorously Suppressed.

Complaints are being made of the unnecessarily long and frequent sounding of steamboat whistles in the harbor, and the annoyance caused. This is particularly the case in the early morning when worthy citizens are roused from peaceful slumber by long and discordant notes, which nearly set them crazy. There were times, in the long ago, when it was necessary for steamers to announce their arrival, but in these days when the telegraph and the telephone are in service, when every steamboat line has a time-table known to the public, and possesses an agent; when customs officers are always on the alert, and the wharves are never without persons to receive the "lines" - the whole city does not need to be awakened by the announcement of a steamer's arrival. It might be all right for boats to blow themselves lustily when approaching a town like Belleville, and awake the sleeping watchmen and policemen, but Kingston needs none of that.

A clause of the city by-law relative to the harbor and vessels says:

"No steam whistle shall be blown or sounded more than ten seconds at one time without an interval of one minute each time of blowing." That by-law is continually broken. Some years ago there was an agitation against the useless blowing of whistles, which was set down as a common nuisance. The various steamboat companies were requested to issue orders to their captains, and the result was that there was less blowing. On Sundays it was requested that there be just as little as possible, and if one takes the trouble to listen, he will find that the old steamer Pierrepont has more reverence for the Sabbath day than all the other boats put together. It gives just a soft religious toot when leaving or landing at the ferry wharf.

It is the whistle of the steamer Kingston that complaint is chiefly made about now, and that boat, called after the Limestone City, should know better than to create a disturbance so early in the morning. The harbor master is evidently a sound sleeper.

p.3 Picton, June 13th - The steamer Alexandria left nearly on time tonight, well loaded and with about twenty through passengers....The schooners Lone Star and Gull cleared the harbor today, having unloaded lumber. The gasoline launches Maculla, Belleville and Shamrock, Deseronto, were in the harbor over Sunday.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jun 1904